News and Dues

To make our work more efficient and minimize expenses, our board decided to issue a tax receipt only for a contribution of $10.00 or more, with the exception of our $6.00 "low income" membership category. It would be very helpful if you could possibly remit your dues for two years at a time. However, you are not required to do so, especially if this would cause you a financial hardship.

Now that we have a second account for the Legal Assistance Fund, please let us know if you wish your contribution (dues and/or donation) to go to our "General Account" (# 1) or the "Legal Assistance Fund" (# 2). You may also choose to give a part of your contribution to # 1 and the rest to # 2. If you do not specify, we use it at our discretion. For this and other reasons, it would be greatly appreciated if you could always fill out a membership application slip and mail it along with your payment.

If you have not yet renewed your membership, please consider doing so now. We do appreciate very much any contribution you make. The success of our work depends on your continuing support. For information about membership dues, please check the application slip on page 11. We have also included a handy merchandise order form on the back of this slip.

Legal Assistance Fund

In our Spring 2002 newsletter we introduced the concept of a "Legal Fund" to assist people with court costs once they have already exhausted all other avenues and have no other recourse left but to sue in civil court. We are pleased to report that we are in the process of establishing qualification criteria and conditions.

They will be explained on an information sheet which, along with an application form, will be available from us soon. It will also be posted on our website. If you have access to the Internet, please keep checking our website. Otherwise, please contact us.

Sound-level Readings:
People in the Point Grey area in Vancouver, please note: Our member Walter Coole kindly offered to go to people's places with his sound-level meter and take readings of what noise they may be afflicted with. If interested, you may call Mr. Coole at 604-224-7243 or e-mail him at .

Massive Noise Assault by US Navy Sonar

The US Navy plans to cover 80% of the world's oceans with a sonar system which emits signals as loud as 215 decibels (dB), which can expand to 240 dB. Sounds louder than 110 dB are believed to negatively affect whales, and at 180 dB their eardrums can explode. Dolphins and other higher functioning mammals of the world's oceans, as well as human divers are equally at risk.

In late January, 2001, the navy released its own environmental impact report in which it admitted to exposing a 32-year-old navy diver to 12 minutes of the LFA system, at 160 decibels. After 12 minutes, the diver experienced dizziness and drowsiness. He was hospitalized, but continued to suffer memory problems and seizures. He improved only after being treated with antidepressants and seizure medications.

Whales and other mammals employ their sensitive hearing to follow migration routes, locate one another and keep track of their calves. Noise that can destroy their eardrums will kill whales.

However, the navy has been granted a five-year exemption from the Marine Mammal Protection Act. Under the act, the navy and the personnel responsible could be charged over the death of a whale or other marine mammals, but as Michael Jasny of the Natural Resources Defence Council explains, "The Bush administration has issued a blank cheque for the global use of the system.", August 5, 2002

Right to Quiet Society Newsletter, Spring 2003

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