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April 10, 2018 Noise Bylaw Meeting – Notice from the Toronto Noise Coalition

NOISE BYLAW DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (as of March 9, 2018)

Thanks to Cathie Macdonald, Co-Chair of the Federation of North Toronto Residents Associations and Member, Toronto Noise Coalition for providing this update.

The Noise Bylaw Review Update report will be on the agenda at the next meeting of the Licensing and Standards Committee,  April 10, 2018.

The agenda for this meeting, and the Staff Noise report will be available on April 3, 2018 at this link.  As of April 4, 2018: The following report is now available: Click here to read the Noise Bylaw Review Update (Dated March 28,2018).

April 10 is the time to make your voices heard!

Respond to the staff report, if possible, but also let the Licensing and Standards Committee know the noise problems you encounter and demand a new noise bylaw for Torontonians that protects our health from excessive noise. Best practices, such as the New York City Noise Code, show how this can be done.

We recommend that you:

·       PLAN TO ATTEND THE APRIL 10 MEETING – Committee Room 1 at City Hall starting at 9.30. The agenda, available April 3, may provide a specific time slot for the item.

·       MAKE A DEPUTATION – advise the Committee Clerk that you wish to speak to the item, by noon on Monday, April 9 by email: lsc@toronto.ca or phone 416-397-4592), or

·      EMAIL A LETTER TO lsc@toronto.ca addressed to the Committee Chair, Cesar Palacio, and members Jon Burnside, Glenn De Baeremaker, Frank Di Giorgio, Jim Karygannis and Frances Nunziata.

For More Information: Read the brief PRESENTATION  (June 26, 2017) that the Toronto Noise Coalition made to the City’s Noise Working Group. This presentation provides our Action Plan for effective noise regulation.

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As of February 16, 2018 – SERRA has been advised that this meeting (see below) has been cancelled. We will provide an update once more information is made available. Please visit the Toronto Noise Coalition website to find out more about this important initiative.


Feb 17, 2017 update: (Please see the note above – this meeting has been rescheduled to April 10, 2018)

More information from the Toronto Noise Coalition:

We have just learned that the City has cancelled the February 26th Licensing and Standards Committee meeting that was to consider changes to the Noise By-law. No reasons have been given and we have no information about the re-scheduling but expect it will not be until April.
We will notify you when we have more details.

We have received many responses, from across the City, to our February 12th email detailing many noise problems disrupting peoples lives, studies, and businesses.

We encourage you all to write City Council detailing your complaints.
Ask them for better noise control and enforcement! If you address your comments to “the Mayor and Members of Council” and send it to clerk@toronto.ca it will be distributed to all Council Members. They need to hear about the problems!

Read the brief PRESENTATION (June 26, 2017) that the Toronto Noise Coalition made to the city’s Noise Working Group.
This presentation provides our Action Plan for effective noise regulation.
If you want more details, read the TNC RESPONSE to the city’s report of the Noise Working Group (January 31, 2018).

Join the Toronto Noise Coalition Mailing List


Feb 12, 2018 update:

A notice from the Toronto Noise Coalition:

I If you care about noise levels in Toronto, please be aware and save the date
February 26, 2018 ( Note: this meeting has been cancelled) Please see the note above – this meeting has been rescheduled to April 10, 2018
Licensing and Standards Committee meeting
Toronto City Hall

WHAT’S HAPPENING?
Toronto’s antiquated and inadequate regulations are being revised. Progress reports will be provided 10 days before the meeting.

WHAT’S WRONG?
Instead of addressing the real problem and the real issues with new approaches, the City is proposing to tinker with the existing by-law and to do away with needed safeguards. Noise complaints have increased over 300%. For example, the latest proposal permits amplified sound of 85dB (like a diesel train) in your home and unlimited daytime construction noise.

WHY SHOULD YOU CARE?
Reports of the Toronto Board of Health and World Health Organization that show the evidence of the health risk of excessive noise is clear! Leading cities like New York have shown that effective noise regulation improves economic development while protecting health.

WHAT DO WE NEED TO DO?
On February 26, we need to ensure that the City will change its bylaw development process to:
Stop tinkering with out of date thinking!
Abandon the proposed 2016 by-law as a base!
Learn from applicable forward thinking best practice!
Hire experts in the field to help get this important work done!
Allocate sufficient budget!

Make your voice heard on February 26 – attend, depute or write
To assist, the Toronto Noise Coalition will provide you with meeting details and our overview of the City reports once they become available. Please email cathie.macdonald@sympatico.ca for any additional information and relevant reports.

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