Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Alberta Acoustics Holiday Social

Link for RSVP: https://www.linkedin.com/events/aanvis-albertaacousticsholidays7133336862533844993/comments/


As we approach the close of 2023, it's time to come together and celebrate at the grand finale of the Alberta Acoustics, Noise & Vibration Society (AANViS) social events! Join us for an evening of camaraderie at Last Best Brewing & Distilling.

📅 Date & Time: Monday, December 11, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm
🎟️ Entry: Free
🍽️ Food: Provided

Let's reflect on the year gone by and look ahead to exciting prospects in the field of acoustics. It's not just an event; it's a chance to connect, share experiences, and toast to the accomplishments of the year.
Save the date and make this final AANViS gathering of the year a memorable one. See you there!

Calgary Takes a Sound Leap: A Promising Future with New Noise Policy Initiatives

In a resounding victory for the well-being of its residents, the City of Calgary (the City) has embarked on a pioneering journey to establish a comprehensive noise policy, demonstrating a commitment to safeguarding public health and enhancing the quality of life for Calgarians. On September 12, 2023, the Council unanimously moved the Motion for a Noise Policy to Protect the Health and Quality of Life of Calgarians.

Recognizing the pervasive impact of environmental noise on human health, the City is set to undertake a thorough review of existing bylaws, implement city-wide noise mapping, and introduce innovative measures for noise mitigation. This progressive initiative aligns with global best practices and is a significant step toward creating more liveable and harmonious urban spaces.

Joel Laforest sought assistance from our president Dan Clayton for putting forward a Motion to improve the noise exposure for Calgarians after hearing his keynote speech at the AANViS fall conference last year. Noise complaints have been increasing over the past few years and Joel was compelled to do something and received backing from Councillor Walcott, Councillor Spencer, and Councillor Wong to put a case to Council for a Motion.

Scientific evidence overwhelmingly supports the idea that exposure to environmental noise has far-reaching consequences on human health. From cardiovascular effects to cognitive impacts, sleep disturbances, mental health issues, and pulmonary effects, the detrimental effects are wide-ranging. This move by the City underscores the importance of addressing noise-related concerns as part of a broader public health strategy.

Acknowledging the need for effective noise management, numerous jurisdictions worldwide have implemented policies and action plans to mitigate the adverse effects of environmental noise. Some have even established urban noise observatories, drawing on the best practices outlined by international health authorities. The City's decision to follow suit exemplifies a commitment to learning from successful initiatives elsewhere and tailoring them to the local context.

Beyond addressing negative impacts, the noise policy envisions a city where positive and desirable sounds are integral to urban planning and public space design. This forward-thinking perspective recognizes the role of sounds in creating engaging and liveable environments, fostering a sense of community and well-being.

The City's resolution to direct the administration to return with a draft noise policy vision, a review of existing bylaws, and a comprehensive work plan for city-wide noise mapping and mitigation is a significant milestone. The proposed pilot project, engaging Calgarians in soundscape assessment, demonstrates a commitment to community involvement and reflects the city's dedication to inclusive decision-making.

This decision to embark on this journey towards a comprehensive noise policy is a cause for celebration. As the city prioritizes the health and well-being of its residents, it sets an example for others to follow. With a visionary noise policy, the City of Calgary is not just addressing a crucial public health concern but is also shaping a future where urban spaces are designed to promote positive sounds, community engagement, and an overall higher quality of life.

AANViS will keep you updated as this progresses, but this is a big win for improving noise policy in Alberta and an exciting time for our industry.

AANViS would like to thank Joel and the City of Calgary for striving for improvement in this key area.