International Noise Awareness Day Report

On the 10th anniversary of INAD we wrote to all ministers of health, education and environment across Canada, to over 30 municipalities in B.C., plus the provincial and territorial capitals and 5 other major cities. 13 of them, including Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver and Victoria issued a proclamation. For the first time, the ministries of education of Manitoba and Saskatchewan expressed interest in reviewing relevant educational material we could either provide or introduce them to. We have recently sent off a package with samples of what we presently have on hand, along with a list of other available material.

From the federal ministry of health we received an interesting reply mentioning several initiatives by that department. For example, the Canadian Standards Association published CSA Z107.58 - 02: Noise Emissions Declarations for Machinery, a voluntary standard that became a National Standard of Canada in 2003. It is expected to be an important complement to existing occupational regulations and community noise bylaws. Also, draft Health Canada guidelines for machinery noise are planned for review and comment by stakeholders in fiscal year 2005-2006 and publication by the end of fiscal year 2006-2007.

  Regarding progress in education about hazards of noise to hearing health, two It's Your Health documents were published: Personal Stereo Systems and the Risk of Hearing Loss, and Hearing Loss and Leisure Noise. These are available on Health Canada's website at To protect children too young to protect themselves from noise, the Hazardous Products Act specifies a limit to the amount of noise that can be emitted from a toy. The Department is developing National Guidelines for Environmental Assessment: Health Impacts of Noise, and chairing a working group of noise control experts and stakeholders from across the country. For this work to reach a wide Canadian audience, It's Your Health documents are also being developed. Of these, Aircraft Noise is published and available on the website, and another is being developed on the topic of community noise.

On April 20th several of us were out on Vancouver streets again distributing our leaflets and speaking with people. We did not get much media coverage this year in spite of sending a press release to some 30 media outlets nationwide. However, the new daily paper 24 hours put us on their front page, out-competing our premier and the new Pope.

Petition to require the use of headphones in hospitals and care facilities
In our Spring 2005 newsletter we wrote about unhealthy noise in hospitals on page 6 and mentioned the existence of a petition demanding the use of headphones or pillow speakers. This time we enclose a copy of that petition for every one to see and - we hope - sign as well. If you could possibly get others interested and sign, we would, indeed, be very grateful. To allow time for that, we suggest to keep this petition and collect more names on it until January, when it's time to renew the membership, and then return it to us along with your dues.

Ooh La Loud

A quiet revolution is under way. By 2007 every major city in Europe must map its traffic noise - and find ways to lower the volume. Paris wins, with a computer model that lights up the town in shades of sounds.

How it works: The computer model runs on gigabytes of real data: the volume, variety, and speed of traffic on 1,000 miles of streets and roads at all hours; the heights, shapes and acoustic properties of buildings; and the whereabouts of the city's 2.2 million residents.

  A vast software programme calculates how the noise propagates and how loud it sounds at each of 26 mil- lion virtual microphones throughout the computer city. An interactive version of the Paris traffic-noise map is available online at

An overview of noise policies in the European Union, with links to further reading, can be read at
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