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Request for the Province to Rescind the Provincial Regulation Overriding Toronto’s Construction Noise By-Law

July 29, 2020

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Recent immigrant Thomas Kyrgios waits for a bus on Kingston road. He says he finds the whole city much louder than his village back in Greece.  (RICHARD LAUTENS / TORONTO STAR FILE PHOTO)

Children playing. Cars revving. Dogs barking. At what point do everyday neighbourhood noises become an issue? Often, as records of the city’s noise complaints show...

September 22, 2018

Letters in response to: Turn down the volume, please, Sept. 16

How loud is too loud for a busy city? Readers complain about the ever-increasing background noise in Toronto, including the menace of leaf blowers and lawn mowers, oversized car mufflers, too-loud sound tracks in restaurants, and music from outdoor concerts that spills into residential n...

September 16, 2018

The Toronto Star September 16 editorial eloquently reflects the Toronto Noise Coalition’s position that the City must address excessive noise issues. Among other points it notes:
•    “It turns out (no surprise) that constant exposure to loud motorcycles, blaring loudspeakers in cars, back-up warning beepers on trucks and all the other din in a cit...

September 6, 2018

Research has focused on noise as an auditory stressor that can produce both direct and indirect health effects. Read the article: Noise and your Health (PDF)

September 3, 2018

Mayor John Tory is revving up the fight against noisy nuisances on Toronto streets according to the September 3 Toronto Star article, Tory takes aim at noisy motorcycles on Toronto streets.  He has requested that the City’s licensing and standards chief look at excessive noise from cars and motorcycles in the review of Toronto’s noise bylaw. He als...

August 20, 2018

The License Appeal Tribunal’s decision of August 20, 2018 on the case of Powerhouse Corporation vs the Registrar of Alcohol, Gaming and Racing states that the public interest requires there “shall be no amplified music on or directed toward any outdoor are or patio”. The decision was made after a long hearing where the main evidence was provided by...

May 31, 2018

The Board of Health’s 2017 report How Loud is too Loud – Health Impacts of Noise on Environmental Health describes the increasing concern about the impacts of environmental noise on health, especially in urban areas.

The World Health Organization standard is for a level of 55 dB daytime while Toronto has environmental levels up to an average of 64.1...

May 21, 2018

Livability for the thousands of residents who live and work in the Downtown Core must include regulation of noise. The May 21. 2018 TNC letter to Downtown Councillors re TOCore Downtown Plan (pdf) recommended enhancing policies to protect these residents.

Instead, City Council requested a report in 2019 on the feasibility of the creation of a propos...

April 10, 2018

Municipal Licensing &Standards staff is now to report back in the fall of 2019 with proposals for  a new bylaw. The March 28 ML&S report outlined the history of the unsuccessful Working Group process and recommended new next steps, some reflecting our requests, outlined in the April 9 Toronto Noise Coalition letter.

The new ML&S process for dealin...

January 31, 2018

Over the 9 months of meetings, the TNC pushed for our principles, and documented our concerns that they were ignored both in the proposed working group terms of reference and the meetings that focused on presentation of ML&S proposals.

However, the final meeting was planned to include short collaborative discussions with noise making industries. Onl...

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