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Video: Vancouver Noise Task Force webinar with guest Ingrid Buday of No More Noise Toronto (NMNT) (June 27, 2024)

Video: Vancouver Noise Task Force webinar with guest Ingrid Buday of No More Noise Toronto (NMNT) (June 27, 2024)
Video: Vancouver Noise Task Force webinar with guest Ingrid Buday of No More Noise Toronto (NMNT) (June 27, 2024)

Discover how No More Noise Toronto is engaging the city and its citizens to tackle noise pollution in Toronto, and get ideas for Vancouver.

CityHallWatch and the Vancouver Noise Task Force hosted a Zoom webinar on June 27, 2024 with guest speaker Ingrid Buday of No More Noise Toronto (NMNT). They wanted to learn more about her collaboration with the group during Toronto’s own recent Noise Bylaw Review, what they’re doing to address noise issues in Toronto, and how citizens can best engage with the City of Vancouver during the current Phase 2 of Vancouver’s Noise Bylaw Review.

Ingrid Buday, founder of No More Noise Toronto, has captured the attention of the City of Toronto by taking a data-driven, process-driven approach to noise and encouraging people to share their noise stories with city councillors. By creating a supportive, engaging environment, people are better able to understand how their voices can be heard and are empowered to speak up. Now, departments across the City of Toronto are listening to her community and engaging in conversation to learn how they can work together to create a better-sounding city.

In Vancouver, Vancouver City Council adopted a staff report on April 23, 2024, reviewing and recommending changes to Phase 1 of the Vancouver Noise Bylaw. Of particular interest to the public is Appendix D of the report, which summarizes issues and input from a survey conducted in 2023. For Phase 2 in Vancouver, the City has outlined specific areas it will focus on. But the big question is how the City will respond to public expectations.

According to the Vancouver report, The next phase of the Noise Control By-law review will use departmental funding to retain an acoustic engineer to provide technical expertise. Staff will work with the acoustic engineer, partners and stakeholders on a review of the noise and noise-related regulations for commercial properties and for arts and special events in Vancouver. The goal of this work is to support a vibrant arts and culture environment in Vancouver. Staff will explore ways to reduce barriers and increase opportunities, including a review of the noise exemption process for special events and regulations for commercial properties, including restaurants and liquor establishments, as well as options to mitigate impacts on neighbourhoods. This work will be aligned with the implementation of the City of Vancouver’s UNDRIP strategy, the music strategy and Culture|Shift, as well as Council’s direction on outdoor events and Granville Street Planning.

HOSTS Randy Helten and Elvira Lount

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Find much more information via this link for the Vancouver Noise Task Force – https://cityhallwatch.wordpress.com/special-topics/noise-task-force/