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  1. Jan Mayes

    Would you be able to add me to your map of Noise Activists and Quiet Advocates? I’m in Vancouver British Columbia Canada.

    Also thank you very much for focusing attention on many noise/ear damage issues that have been dragging on for years. I feel much less alone on my very old bandwagon.

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    1. GMB (Post author)

      Would love to add you to the map. One problem–need to learn the new mapping software. I haven’t made additions in a while because of it. I hope to figure it out soon. As soon as I do, I will contact you for relevant information.
      G.M. Briggs, Editor

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      1. Debby Quashen

        I have a particularly bad problem with honking Horns. Not only cars, but school buses, who honk at least twice a day. They do it to pick up and drop off the school kids. They don’t have to do it any more then drivers in their cars do. It’s very stressful, it’s disruptive, and loud. It’s illegal, but even if you file a complaint it (no pun intended) falls on deaf ears. Could I be put on you mailing list? I tried to sign up but for some reason failed.

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        1. GMB (Post author)

          Sent you an email to address your question.

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  2. Jen

    Please return us the option to have your emails come Daily or Weekly (at WordPress.com) and not just Immediate or I will have to unsubscribe. Thanks.

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    1. GMB (Post author)

      I will look into this issue this evening. GMBriggs

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  3. Roberto Gautier

    Motion alarms on construction vehicles and on others as well are deserving of more attention by those who seek relief from sleep disruptions and overall peace of mind. Let’s not omit sirens & “rumblers” on police cars and emergency vehicles. Might as well include helicopter noise, too.

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    1. GMB (Post author)

      Agreed. Rumble sirens are horrible. Recently heard a piercing, unignorable siren on a traffic cop car. I hope we reach the tipping point soon.

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  4. Nick

    I’ve written extensively about hearing protection for infants in urban environments and am a strong advocate for awareness. I’m currently in Tokyo where the Japanese have taken incredible steps to minimize noise pollution during intense construction for the 2020 Olympics. A quiet positive culture in general, I would think we can learn a lot from them. Keep up the good work!

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    1. GMB (Post author)

      Would love to hear more.

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  5. richard templeton

    What are the organizations that leading the attack on mowers, leaf blowers, etc?
    Richard Templeton
    Annapolis

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    1. GMB (Post author)

      Our colleagues at Quiet Communities are leading the charge against gas-powered leaf blowers and the like.

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  6. Richard Templeton

    What are the organizations that are leading the attack on mowers, leaf blowers, etc?
    Richard Templeton
    Annapolis

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  7. Geoffrey Milos

    My group, the Independent Accountability League of Toronto, is currently focused on excessive noise in our City. Toronto recently updated its noise by-law, and initiated a Noise Action Plan, which are all steps in the right direction. One glaring hole is the abuse of privilege by EMS services, particularly the fire department. Near as I can tell from the scholarly literature, the benefits of routine siren use are dubious in most situations, and certainly not risk-justified over all. On the other hand, the demonstrable health harms from excessive noise are beyond dispute: stress, sleep loss, hearing loss, and consequential effects.

    The continued popularity of EMS noise-making appears due to traditions that date back five centuries, to at least 1521, when urban conflagrations demanded that inhabitants assemble at the blaze to assist with fire suppression. With the advent of professional firefighting brigades, we no longer need or want general participation at fire scenes. But the social cohesion signaled by bells and sirens is powerfully embraced by practitioners despite the lack of risk justification. In my city, the fire department is fighting tooth and nail for its “right” to disrupt the community. Some of those tactics, like disinformation campaigns, mirror the tobacco industry playbook. It may be a long fight unless we are newly graced by enlightened leadership.

    How do we get ourselves added to your map of activists?
    Do you have any comments or suggestions about urban use of sirens?

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    1. GMB (Post author)

      Will be happy to include your group when we update the map. That won’t be immediately, sadly. As for comments about urban use of sirens, we hope that U.S. cities adopt the European sound profiles which are far more tolerable.

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