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“1) Irish House blaring its music with brutal subwoofers until 3 a.m., limiting nearby residents to some 3 hours of sleep.
2) The horrific amplification at the David Lam Live Site, which was only bearable across the water from the south side of False Creek.
3) The incessant pounding at the Opening Ceremonies as the athletes came in.
4) The loud music playing between the figure skating performances while the judges were attempting to assign marks.
5) The screaming crowd at the curling venue that was so loud Cheryl Bernard was afflicted with a headache and had to communicate to the sweepers using hand signals.
6) The music blaring on Cypress during the mogul events, which some athletes blocked out by using their preferred music on their iPods. Music upon music. No wonder Quatchi was wearing ear muffs!
“I live at Haro Street and for the past three weeks have been subjected to the nightmare of the 24/7 ‘relaxation’ of the noise bylaw and am literally physically ill because of it. Are there any other people or groups as upset as I am at this inhumane treatment I can contact? I am ready to sue the city for turning the downtown peninsula into an amusement park for the world and a never ending nocturnal nightmare for its residents.”
“To the Editor, Vancouver Courier: Re: “City happy with ‘low’ number of Olympic noise complaints,” March 3. If there were only 157 complaints, make me 158. My wife and I and a few friends visited the Saskatchewan pavilion to get some ‘grub,’ but the band was so loud we had trouble placing our order because we couldn’t hear what the order taker was saying and I’m sure he couldn’t hear what we were saying. Eventually, after some tonsil straining, we conveyed our wants. If this is some idea to get customers, the Saskatchewan pavilion will never again see us, for sure!”
The Right to Quiet Society was approached by some Yaletown residents about very noisy gasoline-powered generators installed for VANOC at BC Place. Unfortunately, with city council having relaxed the noise bylaw, there is little legal recourse other than suing in civil court. We are not aware if those residents’ complaints to the City were heeded and some abatement measures taken.
Aside of the sky being abuzz with “flying eggbeaters” or helicopters day and night, on February 14 and 20 there were thunderous overflights by a couple of fighter jets that literally shook our building. Add to that the dramatically increased number of flights by jets at the airport and small planes flying to and from the harbour. All of that was rounded off by nightly fireworks reminiscent of a war zone.
With all this evidence before them, our jurors had a very hard time to choose just three finalists. After a lengthy deliberation, the medals were awarded with silent fanfares as follows:
GOLD goes to the raucous hockey games, especially the determining one between Canada and USA!
SILVER goes to the general hype and noisy entertainment, where the Irish House appears to stick out!
BRONZE goes to the helicopters, henceforth remembered as “hellish choppers” plus other busily buzzing aircraft!
Our sincere condemnation!
KUDOS to the quiet police cyclists!
We also express our heartfelt wrath to VANOC for deliberately inciting noise, and to Vancouver’s mayor and councillors who voted for an ill-advised relaxation of the noise-control bylaw, thus giving licence to all the noise-makers on a truly Olympic scale. Very badly done!
Word is out now that the Deaflympic Winter Games will be held in Vancouver–Whistler in 2015. Supposedly, spectators are discouraged from noisily cheering and asked to just wave their hands. What a consolation!