Welcome to Peace and Quiet
Here is the link to the latest Spring 2016 online newsletter
More and more, human-generated, undesirable and unhealthy sound unduly burdens the soundscape - the indispensable, integral acoustic component of our environment.
To bring about awareness of this problem, prevent and abate noise as much as possible, the Right to Quiet Society for Soundscape Awareness and Protection was established in 1982, with charitable status in Canada.
Our objectives are to promote awareness of the increasing problem of noise pollution and the dangers of noise to our physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being; to work for noise abatement through regulation and enforcement and by encouraging responsible behaviour; and to foster recognition of the right to quiet as a basic human right.
We do not seek to create an absolutely silent world. However, we want to see a world where quiet is a normal and readily available part of life.
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The 33rd World Congress of Audiology will be held September 18 through 21 in Vancouver, Canada.
Acoustics Week in Canada 2016 will be held September 21 through September 23 at the Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia.
At Monthly Music Hackathon NYC, musicians, programmers, artists, scientists, composers, and others meet on the last Saturday of the month to collaborate and exchange ideas.
The Noise Hackathon will be held in New York City on September 24 from 12:00 to 8:00 p.m. The event is free, but registration is required.
The Session of Acoustics and Vibrations of the XXII Congress on Numeric Methods and their Applications, ENIEF 2016, takes place in Cordoba, Argentina from November 8 through 11.
The 172nd Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America and
the 5th Joint Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America and
the Acoustical Society of Japan will be held in Honolulu from November 28 through December 2.
The 12th ICBEN Congress on Noise as a Public Health Problem will be held from June 18 through 22, 2017 in Zurich, Switzerland.
The congress is open to everybody interested in the field of auditory and non-auditory effects of noise. The call for abstracts is open until January 15.
The 23rd International Congress on Acoustics (ICA) will be held from September 8 through 13, 2019 in Aachen, Germany.
The International Commission for Acoustics is working toward having the year 2019 declared the International Year of Sound, a global initiative to highlight the importance of sound and related technologies and the need for quietness and peace in the lives for all in society.
The 22nd International Noise Awareness Day will be observed
on April 26, 2017. The Center for Hearing and Communication founded this global event in 1996 to encourage people all over the world to raise awareness of the effects that environmental noise has on health and well-being.
Noise is more than an annoyance; it is one of our most serious environmental problems, as well as a public health issue deserving of more attention.
It isn't too soon to start planning
for INAD 2017.
Noisy boats cruising Vancouver harbour, Burrard Inlet and English Bay each summer!
Vancouvercruises.com Charters Ltd. operates the M.V. Queen of Diamonds and plays infernally loud "music" on board that blasts residents and people on the beaches even miles away during the summer. It is alleged that this particular company was not in compliance with legal requirements regarding proper licensing and had been fined for that. In spite of it all, this business continues to operate as a "floating night club", possibly worse.
We ask where the corresponding authorities are to enforce the applicable rules and regulations, and where that company's dignity and corporate conscience went; if it existed?
Reject irrelevant, irritating audio-entertainment while on hold on the telephone
If you don't like to listen to imposed "music", advertising or other undesired audio-programme while put on hold on the line, don't hesitate to let the other side know that you dislike having their choice of programme imposed on you. It is completely irrelevant and has nothing to do with the purpose of calling. It's an imposition and, indeed, an insult. If they don't want to do without it, then provide us the option to "press one for silence. "
Vancouver International Airport (YVR) Noise Monitoring
A new website was launched by the Vancouver Airport Authority that will allow the public to view flights over the Metro Vancouver area as they occur. WebTrak for YVR supposedly shows in real time where planes are flying and simultaneously displays the resulting noise level at several monitoring stations on the ground. there are 20 such stations in Metro Vancouver. For security reasons there is a 10-minute delay in the transmission of the flight data. The website is here.
"If we had a category for endangered conditions as we do for endangered species, then quiet would certainly top the list. Quiet has already largely disappeared from many urban areas. There is ever more encroachment of human-generated noise on the soundscape, the "habitat" of quiet, that quiet gets pushed to the brink of extinction."
Excerpt of a letter to the editor of Alive magazine, September 2010, by Hans Schmid.
Calling noise a nuisance is like calling smog an inconvenience. Noise must be
considered a hazard to the health of people everywhere."
Dr. William H. Stewart, former Surgeon General of the United