A July 12, 2017 Etobicoke Guardian article is entitled: “Etobicoke, Mississauga residents fight GTAA over Pearson airport growth plans: ‘It’s a war zone,” one resident said of aircraft noise above her home.”
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Air traffic noise is part of a wider topic – namely, it’s about life in cities. Street traffic (along with air traffic) is also part of our noise environment. An overview of recent research in Toronto regarding city noise is addressed in a June 9, 2017 CBC article entitled: “Toronto noise levels prompt concern from city’s medical officer of health: Loud streets jeopardizing people’s hearing, heart and mental health, report suggests.”
CBC Metro Morning on June 9, 2017 broadcast an interview with a CBC employee who spoke of the experience of living for some time on the 25th-floor of a condo overlooking the Gardiner Expressway. The interviewee noted that, even at the 25th floor, the noise of traffic began to permeate her sleep. The noise affected her (the CBC employee’s) sleep.
Then she moved to the second floor of a building in Leslieville (I believe it was Leslieville; anyway, some place that was quieter).
She noticed at once her sleep was much better. She was also aware of the sound of trees (the reference I guess was to rustling of leaves) outside, which she found very soothing.
Noise pollution is part of a related story line which includes air pollution and light pollution. A related topic concerns the health effects of an increase in average temperature in our cities as a consequence of climate change.
On a related topic (related in my mind, at any rate), a June 24, 2017 Toronto Star article is entitled:”81 per cent of Torontonians willing to trade lower speed limits for safer streets, poll says: The poll also found that 80 per cent of respondents support a safe network of bike lanes across the city, and 69 per cent want to keep the Bloor St. bicycle lanes.”
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You can read a recent email message – related to air traffic noise – from Pearson International Airport by accessing it in your browser.
Message from a Long Branch resident (for which we owe many thanks)
A local resident has mentioned that:
The next big meeting regarding the airplane noise/pollution is on Thursday June 28th at the Assembly Hall from 6:30 to 8:30.
A upcoming post (based on the email for which a link is available at the top of post you are now reading) is entitled:
“Message from Toronto Pearson Community Engagement concerning upcoming public meetings related to Air Traffic Noise”
However, I also have many other posts in the works, meaning I don’t know when the above-noted post will be completed.
List of upcoming meetings
Here’s a full list of meetings that are scheduled:
East of the Airport
Tuesday, June 20, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Ismali Centre Toronto
49 Wynford Drive
North York, ON M3C 1K1
North of the Airport
Thursday, June 22, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Peel Art Gallery Museum & Archives
9 Wellington Street East
Brampton, ON L6W 1Y1
South of the Airport
Wednesday, June 28, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
1 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Drive
Etobicoke, ON M8V 4B6
Tuesday, July 4, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Mississauga Living Arts Centre
4141 Living Arts Dr
Mississauga, ON L5B 4B8
West of the Airport
Thursday, July 6, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Harbour Banquet & Conference Centre, Bronte Room
2340 Ontario Street
Oakville, ON L6L 6P7
Can’t attend a Workshop? The email link (at top of the page) outlines other ways in which you can join in the conversation.
Air Traffic Noise is a global issue
A July 15 2014 Euroactiv.com article is entitled: “As aircraft become quieter, health concerns about noise grow louder.”
Today I was wondering if Air Traffic Noise is an issue at Arlanda Airport which is located at a fair distance from Stockholm. I’ve often travelled to Stockholm via Arlanda in years past but not in recent years.
I did an online search regarding Arlanda Airport. I came across the above-noted Euroactiv.com article. It turns out that, even when an airport is at some considerable distance from the downtown core, as is the case with Arlanda Airport, the people living close to the airport are still going to be affected by the Noise and Pollution.
I attended a May 27, 2017 meeting about Air Traffic Noise in Markland Wood. When time permits, I will write a post about the meeting and will post some videos as well. That will not likely be soon. By the time I write it, it will be an account about local history. There is so much reporting that would be great to get done, but time is limited for a blogger such as myself. For that reason, I’ve written a post on May 8, 2017:
Local associations across the GTA are doing a great job in sharing all manner of great news online, on an ongoing basis. That’s really what’s required, in order to really get the news out there. There is only so much that one or a handful of people, working on their own, can do.
Anyway, the May 27, 2017 meeting at Silverthorn Collegiate Institute was a remarkable event. I am so pleased I had the opportunity to attend.
So many well-spoken politicians, so many articulate officials, and so many eloquent residents were at the meeting. Just about every available parking spot on streets near Silverthorn C. I., where the meeting was held, was filled. It was a huge turnout and the discussion was most interesting – in fact, it was absolutely fascinating.
The meeting covered such an enormous amount of ground and featured such an array of eloquent and knowledgeable speakers (including speakers from among the large number of residents at the meeting). If you have the opportunity to attend and participate at such a meeting, it’s well worth the time it takes to make it to the event.
Regarding the general topic of urban noise, a July 7, 2017 Washington Post article is entitled: “Eating out may be bad for your ears.”