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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World Listening Day was observed on July 18 with the theme Sounds Lost & Found.
With a theme of Towards a Quieter Future, the conference will be held in Hamburg, Germany from August 21 through 24.
The International Congress on Acoustics provides the opportunity once every three years for all those around the world who are working in all areas of Acoustics to meet, discuss and exchange ideas.
The 22nd International Congress on Acoustics will be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on September 5-9.
The International Symposium on Musical and Room Acoustics, ISMRA 2016, satellite of the International Congress on Acoustics, ICA 2016, will be held in La Plata, Argentina, on September 11-13, 2016. The conference will include contributed and invited papers, and special keynote presentations on room and musical acoustics. There will also be visits to the more important musical halls of La Plata and Buenos Aires: Teatro Argentino, Teatro Colon, Ballena Azul, and Usina del Arte.
Acoustics Week in Canada 2016 will be held September 21 through September 23 at the Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia.
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 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.
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. "
ICBEN—International Commission on Biological Effects of Noise. The abstracts of the contributions are available from ICBEN2008, the 9th International Congress on Noise as a Public Health Problem, 21–25 July, 2008, Foxwood, Connecticut, USA.
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