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Quebec COALITION Against Noise

Hello, dear English speaking Quebecers ! First, please note that we are a young organization.. There will be more English pages and surfing indications in the near future. We will need your help and feedback in this regard. Perhaps you may be able to help translate pages, for example. For now, welcome you and good reading !

The creation of the Regroupement québécois contre le bruit/ Coalition of Quebecers Against Noise (CQAN) arose from a growing refusal to accept a situation that has been steadily growing worse along with the feeling that it is time to take urgent action. CQAN believes that the problem of noise in Quebec is becoming a veritable scourge. In winter: the growling of snowmobiles (both foul-smelling and polluting) everywhere in the countryside; in summer, the deafening whine of jet-skis, roaring all-terrain vehicles, unmuffled motorcycles (extremely polluting), and, as if that weren't enough, the recent appearance of motor scooters. In towns, automobile sound systems pumped up to full volume and businesses playing music that is far too loud. These sonic nuisances are many, common and ubiquitous. It has reached a point where it is virtually impossible to find a refuge from the racket. Some whose vehicles make excessive noise or who engage in noise-generating activities are sometimes unaware of their behavior. Some people show an entirely unacceptable indifference to the rights of others for a peaceful environment. It is high time that those of us who are the victims of this noise aggression join forces and refuse to continue our passive acceptance of these assaults. Here in Quebec, and throughout the world, noise is destroying the beauty of our environment—and we're not going to take it any more ! We are opposed to the culture of noise and motors, particularly the antiquated two-cycle engine, which should be outlawed.

Experts agree that ambient noise is doubling every ten years. Are we prepared to accept this? We are asking all those who share the concerns and goals of the CQAN to join with us. Write to us, share your experiences, and take up the fight. We need your support.

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Objectives of the CQAN

  • to unite all those who are affected by excessive noise;
  • to create awareness among Quebecers of the significant problems associated with noise pollution;
  • to propose and discuss action strategies;
  • to lobby governments at all levels to take legal measures to solve the problem of unnecessary noise;
  • to demand that the government of Québec assume responsibility for the supervision of its territory, working with towns and cities to develop an effective policy on noise;
  • to ensure that our towns and cities truly provide quality of life;
  • initiate a discussion on the problem that noise represents for our civilization;
  • protect the beauty of our natural environment, the beauty of the earth, of our forests, of our historic villages, of our historic sites;
  • establish links with other ecological organisations in Quebec and throughout the world which share objectives with the CQAN;
  • insist that noise be recognized for what it is—a form of psycho-physiological aggression;
  • insist on the right to quiet, the right not to be assaulted by unnecessary noise (recognizing that some noise, such as road repair, is necessary);
  • to demand that the use and/or manufacture of outdated two-cycle motors be forbidden (the replacement technology already exists, as evidenced by the many motorcycles and watercraft that make no more noise than the standard automobile);
  • stop the development of all new routes for off-road vehicles. Quebec has already been covered with them (33,500 kilometers of snowmobile trails; 17,000 kilometers of ATV trails), with no thought given to their impact, and no opportunity for the population to comment on the threat to the essential nature of our fields and forests;
  • make those responsible for unacceptable noise aware of the harm they are causing to their fellow citizens;
  • praise and encourage those rare initiatives to reduce noise pollution and create respect for peace and quiet (for example, the restrictions of music in Parc Mont Tremblant, where users are required to use headphones) ;
  • publicize the addresses of “quiet zones”;
  • work to create a “no noise” designation for recreation, vacation destinations (in Quebec and elsewhere);
  • discourage tourists from coming to Quebec to practice noisy and aggressive “sports”;
  • make Quebec a world leader in soundscape awareness (there is nothing to stop us) and, consequently a leader in a better quality of life.
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Looking for Members

PLEASE JOIN US ! WE NEED YOU 1

We need support from everyone who feels that noise has invaded their space : nature lovers, people who relax, meditate, and need quiet to think. We could also use the help of artists, sports enthusiasts, researchers, mediators, civil servants, legal professionals, scientists, experts.

Share your observations and suggestions with us. We need people to speak up.

We encourage as many Quebecers as possible to get involved in the fight against noise pollution. Sources are listed on this site. It's time to stop suffering in silence.Keep us informed of your initiatives in all regions of Quebec.

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Taking on Noise

Noise is bad for our health, disastrous for the environment and a threat to our peace of mind.

Think of it ! Across Quebec, signs that read NO TO NOISE–the Townships, NO TO NOISE–Mauricie and all areas of the province. The CQAN looks forward to citizens across Quebec joining us in the fight to combat noise pollution.

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History, operations and goals

Exasperated by so much noise around us, a group of people decided in August 2006 to found the Regroupement Québécois contre le Bruit/Quebecers against Noise(CQAN). We have been on line since November 16, 2006. We are not yet a formal organization, but our goals include:

  • sensitizing as many Quebecers as possible to the problems of noise and environmental pollution;
  • networking with individuals and groups concerned with the soundscape;
  • sharing experiences;
  • establishing a preliminary list of members based on supporters' names;

That's where we are now. The rest will follow. Our initial efforts are the work of volunteers among our first supporters. We need All the help we can get ! We need you !

So please share your ideas and join us.We will add your name to the members list. Ask for it; contact us : courrier@rqcb.ca One can see this list going to the end of "Recherche de collaborateurs".

N.B. Please note this important following point. The CQAN is not part of any other organization, nor affiliated with any political party, provincial or federal.

MARch 2011- a new study from world health organization (who) - Burden of disease from environmental noise -

Traffic-related noise accounts for over 1 million healthy years of life lost annually to ill health, disability or early death in the western countries in the WHO European Region. This is the main conclusion of the first report assessing the burden of disease from environmental noise in Europe, released today by WHO/Europe. Noise causes or contributes to not only annoyance and sleep disturbance but also heart attacks, learning disabilities and tinnitus.

Our visitors can read this document on the WHO website.

http://www.euro.who.int/en/what-we-do/health-topics/environmental-health/noise

CTV NEWS interview - noisy world - March 11 2010

Special Report Promo: Noisy World

Listen to this special CTV news report about noise. Alan Strand, a member of the RQCB/CQAN was talking about noise pollution with Rob Lurie !

Listen to the report presentation and the report itself.

http://montreal.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20091019/mtl_special_reports_2009/20091026/?hub=MontrealHome

http://montreal.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20091019/mtl_special_reports_2009/20091026/?hub=MontrealHome

 

"Quiet as a basic human right"

It's the title of a text about silence recommended by a member of RQCB/CQAN.

Very interesting paper written by Thomas C. Reeves | 24 February 2010.

If you want to read it, use the following url :

http://www.mercatornet.com/Newsletterv0810/view_txt/quiet_as_a_basic_human_right/

NOISE AND OUR HEALTH

Ear In Canada, the Working Group on Environmental Noise of the Federal/Provincial Advisory Committee on Environmental and Occupational Health, has written this :

"Noise is more than just a nuisance since it constitutes a real and present danger to people's health."

Its a main reason why in Quebec we have founded QUEBECERS AGAISNT NOISE. On this important issue, go and read a text titled NOISE AND YOUR HEALTH. It's by Sheela Basrur.

http://www.artsandopinion.com/2009_v8_n3/noise-basrur.htm

NOISE AND CIVIL PROTEST

The Goethe-Institut of Montreal will host a panel discussion on Tuesday, October 14, entitled "Noise and Civil Protest." The RQCB looks forward to this event and invites all its members and friends, along with all those concerned with the problem of noise pollution, to attend the panel discussion, where they will not only be able to hear the views of the panelists but to take part in the the discussion and express their own concerns--and, why not, give voice to the work our group has been doing.

For further details and the location, refer to the following Web site:

http://www.goethe.de/ins/ca/mon/ver/en3094250v.htm

a significant threat to our health

Read on the following Webpage :

http://www.newscientist.com/channel/health/mg19626355.700-news-review-2007-hidden-harm-from-noise-pollution.html

•  22 December 2007

•  From NEW SCIENTIST Print Edition.

•  Andy Coghlan

Car alarms, horns, sirens. The booming bass of radios and hi-fi, the tinny noise leaking from other people's MP3 players. Roadworks, roaring jet planes and people shouting down cellphones.

And so it goes on, every minute of every day. Individually, such sounds can be dismissed as an unavoidable consequence of modern life. Together, they create an incessant wall of sound that experts now say poses a significant threat to our health.

In August, the World Health Organization broke new ground by releasing preliminary estimates of the number of Europeans killed or disabled by exposure to noise . For example, chronic and excessive traffic noise is implicated in the deaths of 3 per cent of people in Europe with ischaemic heart disease. Given that 7 million people around the globe die each year from heart disease, and assuming an average exposure to traffic, that would put the annual toll from exposure to noise at 210,000 deaths.

Noise kills in much the same way as chronic stress does, by causing an accumulation of stress hormones, inflammation and changes in body chemistry that eventually lead to problems such as impaired blood circulation and heart attacks. Such insidious effects on our health can happen even when we're asleep and unaware that we're exposed, as our bodies still produce a similar physiological response.

So is there any way to damp down the volume? Next year, the WHO will finalise its estimates of the damaging effects of noise. Crucially, it will also provide guidelines on exposure levels that are likely to cause harm, allowing local or national governments for the first time to justify tough noise-abatement rules. Like smoking and its passive effects, making a din may no longer be considered simply antisocial, or even illegal. It might be deemed lethal.

Read all the biggest stories of 2007 in our News Review

From issue 2635 of New Scientist magazine, 22 December 2007, page 25

Related Articles

•  Dying for some quiet: the truth about noise pollution

•  22 August 2007

Web Links

•  World Health Organisation noise factsheet

Noise Free America campaign website

STRUGGLING AGAINST NOISE IN ENGLAND

Environmental noise maps go online

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2008/may/17/pollution.travelandtransport

http://www.defra.gov.uk/environment/noise/mapping/index.htm

Noise triggers stress hormones which could affect the immune system

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Down next information has been read on the following webpage :

http://current.com/items/89333028/noise_triggers_stress_hormones_which_could_affect_the_immune_system.htm

There is growing evidence that noise-related stress is a significant public health hazard. According to a report from the World Health Organisation, unwanted noise is causing hearing impairment including tinnitus, disturbing our sleep and triggering stress hormones which could in turn affect the immune system and metabolism.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2008/sep/23/healthandwellbeing.pollution
Quiet please
Noise pollution causes sleep disturbance, raises blood pressure and can lead to heart disease. Rebecca Hardy on how to survive in an increasingly noisy Britain

By Rebecca Hardy;
The Guardian, UK

Photographer Image : Dan Burden

 

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Visitors observations

PLEASE ADD ME TO YOUR LIST

" Please add me to your list of those fed up with noise and the lack of political will power to enforce existing laws designed to control excessive noise. Thank you and good luck."


Pat Dolla, St.Lambert, Qc

A FORM OF AGGRESSION

" For the past seven or eight years, I've been looking for an organization that addresses noise pollution in Quebec. It is appalling that noise is not treated as a serious environmental issue, or at least, not serious enough to stand in the way of business. I entirely agree that noise is a form of aggression. I can hear the assault increasing, both where I live in Montreal West, and at my cottage on Lac Gagnon. Please add me to you list.

Sincerely "

Mary Perchanok, Montreal West, Qc

I AGREE

"Hello, I have just been made aware of your site.  I agree that there is far too much noise caused by more people moving to the suburbs of cities.  I live in Otterburn Park, QC and have been trying to find a more peaceful town to live in, asisde from moving into the deep woods somewhere.  Why should I move ?  There should be laws for this noise polution.   It just keeps getting worse.  We have to cope with motorcycles, mini motor-cycles that parents purchase for their very young children, cars with radios up full blast with music vibrating in your chest, dogs barking constantly during the day, all day everytime someone passes their house.  It is not healthy and very stressful. I am going to send your site to everyone in my email list to let them know about your efforts.

Sincerely,"

Patricia Breault, Otterburn Park, Qc

MOTORCYCLES : I'M SO FED UP...

"Please add us to your list of people who are fed up with noise  pollution.  3 years ago we moved out to a small farm in the country.   We loved that it was far away from the noise of neighboring towns, and we looked  forward to spending several quiet years here raising our family.  What a  joke.  Last Saturday
we counted 120 motorcycles, most of them without  mufflers and all of them speeding, go past our house.  We have a four  month old son who doesn't nap on weekends because as soon as he gets to sleep he  is woken up by the noise.  My husband is currently renovating our house  every evening and weekend so that
we can sell and get out  of here.  So much for quiet country living.  After being up half  the night with the baby I was woken up at 5:30 this morning by a  motorcycle.  We can't have the windows open in our house, and even when  they
are shut we can still hear the noise.  I am so frustrated and fed up;  I'm glad there is an organization that is trying to change this.  Thank  you! "
 

Victoria Frohloff & Graydon Smith, Tres-St-Redempteur, (near Rigaud), Qc

NOISE ISSUES

"Hello,
I just heard of your site this morning on the CBC. Thank you for your efforts. I live in Pointe Saint Charles in the south west section of Montreal. I've been here for 10 years and indeed the noise levels have gotten worse over time. My neighbors don¹t realize how sound travels and bounces around. I can often hear conversations taking place across the street through my back windows. We have a group of neighbors who live in a rent controlled co-op who create much of the noise. Some of them turn their stereo speakers onto the streets for all to share. We've created a neighborhood committee to deal with noise issues (as well as garbage problems). Sometimes we talk to them directly and if that doesn't work, we call the police. But as you said it¹s short term. I don't think they realize how difficult it is to deal with their noise.
Myself and my neighbors have spent many years working on the noise levels in our immediate neighborhood. It is a relief to know that others, like yourself, are doing the same. Please put me on your list. Also I might be interested in attending your meetings.


Thanks for all you do,
Best"

Kimberlie Robert, Knox St. Committee, Pointe St. Charles, Montreal, Qc - MAY 1, 2008

FROM ONTARIO

"Congratulations, you are doing a great job for our health,
the noise pollution is going out of hand:

Here close to Wiarton, Ontario on beautiful Colpoy's Bay (Georgian Bay) the unbelievable loud motorcyles which now come en masse the increasing number of boom cars
the reckless speed and racing cigarette boats with and without noise abatement
Honking to greet the neighbours by passing by
etc etc etc making our hearing painful and life miserable.
Nature is getting raped and nobody cares!

The enforcement is hardly doing a dent and noise pollution awareness and actions are none.

Please advise, if you also have a group in Ontario, which is active.

Thank you in advance

Caspar Radden, Wiarton, ON

 

NEW MEMBER

On the top of noise agressions for me, there are :

Loud cars & motorcycles with "special" exhausts as described on this wonderful website ;  the deliberate squealing tires ;  loud voices in the street late at night ;  leaf blowers ;  use of cellphones in public places like restaurants, public transport (only because for some reason people often talk louder on cellphones than they do in normal conversation.

I did a Google search on "Quebec noise laws" and found this site.  Thank you for this site and this citizens  movement and for all the useful information on this site.  I have just moved to a new area and, having read the information on illegal exhaust systems in cars & motorcycles, I am going to start complaining regularly to our local police.

Daphne Tuck, Lachine, Qc - 9 sept. 09

MEMBER REQUEST

Hello,

I was browsing on the internet in my research on the effects of  noise impact in multi-dwelling homes and found your website.
I would love to be part of your group.

Patricia Spagnolo
, Montreal, Qc - 4 oct. 09

NEW MEMBER
Hi,
I would like to join your organization! I live in St. Lambert. No comment necessary ! I keep ear plugs in my purse and do use them.
In 1975, I was in the Uffizzi Gallery (Florence) and put in ear plugs to "see" the paintings in silence !! Many people felt compelled to talk loudly and comment on everything. I stopped buying tickets for chamber music at McGill because of conversation during the music or candy wrappers opening. I downhill ski, and yes, there is music at the bottom of the hill !! And music for the snowboard area too.
I bought 16 acres of forest in West Bolton 5 years ago and have just found out that the land in back has a trail for ATV's - summer, and snowmobiles - winter !! Luckily I did not build. Was hoping to find QUIET. I am one of the rare persons that can live in silence without background music. But do listen to music as well when I want to, but not for blocking silence. Last winter, I was alpine touring in Grand Teton Park. Was shocked. Some small airplanes overhead. We are talking about a park of thousands of acres. No escape.
I bet Waldon Pond isn't quiet anymore. Here Sunday - a no machine use is in the bylaws. Most people observe this. Thank goodness !
Send me your thoughts.


Nina Pesner, St-Lambert, Qc - octobre 2010

THE CULTURE OF MOTOR ENGINES

Front page article in The Gazette, November 1, 2007:
Car kills toddler on lawn. Girl's death raises issue of reckless driving, drag racing.

http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/story.html?id=a9573f1d-0eda-46cc-b544-0e1697ea97d1

In The Gazette, October 29, 2007. Article by Amélie Auger:
Cars don't kill people, reckless drivers kill people.


It's all about perception. Université de Montréal survey finds a driver's attitude is influenced by the type of vehicle he is driving. How appropriate, that the article referred to the all too common experience we all live, while driving on the road, of having a tuned up car with an illegal after market muffler tailgating us and then weaving through traffic. Illegal after market mufflers make more noise to give the driver the impression he's driving a more powerful car, it also changes the driver's attitude towards other drivers on the road, and false perceptions about the car's performance.
These car owners display a total lack of environmental respect, adding constantly to the ever increasing noise pollution in our cities. And they act the same way regarding the public's safety on the roads. Why is it that the government and the police do nothing to rein in this madness? Having a driver's permit is a privilege, and it also comes with responsibilities. When did it become ok for a car owner to illegally make noise pollution and modify his vehicle to the point where it doesn't meet the safety standards set by the auto industry and the government?
Do we really have to keep burying our children and loved ones just to accommodate the tuning industry and please these anti-social vehicular bullies?

Sent by Claude Houde, Montréal, member of RQCB/CQAN.

NOISE AND CIVIL PROTEST

The Goethe-Institut of Montreal will host a panel discussion on Tuesday, October 14, entitled "Noise and Civil Protest." The RQCB looks forward to this event and invites all its members and friends, along with all those concerned with the problem of noise pollution, to attend the panel discussion, where they will not only be able to hear the views of the panelists but to take part in the the discussion and express their own concerns--and, why not, give voice to the work our group has been doing.

For further details and the location, refer to the following Web site:

http://www.goethe.de/ins/ca/mon/ver/en3094250v.htm