Open Letter to Government TRAN Committee to Assess the Impact of Aircraft Noise in the Vicinity of Major Canadian Airports

The Canadian federal government Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure & Communities is holding meetings in Ottawa to Assess the Impact of Aircraft Noise in the Vicinity of Major Canadian Airports. October 30, 2018 was Meeting 117. It’s urgent for Canadians across the country to contact this Committee to let them know your views on aircraft noise.

If you check the witnesses, they are heavily weighted towards Airport Authorities, NAV Canada, and Aerospace companies over individuals and community alliances.

Like most countries around the world, Canadian airport and aircraft noise levels are much higher than World Health Organization (WHO) 2018 Environmental Noise Guidelines recommended to protect public health. Now’s our chance as Canadians to flood this TRAN Standing Committee with aircraft noise science. I’ve drafted up a letter that I’m sending by email. Please feel free to use this information as needed for your own letters and emails.

Of course, this info can by used by people in other countries for their own governments since the science and public health crisis is the same worldwide.

Dear Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure & Communities,

Thank you for assessing the impact of aircraft noise in the vicinity of major Canadian airports.

Please follow World Health Organization globally recommended noise limits for Canadian airports and aircraft. They provide robust public health advice, which is essential to drive policy action that will protect communities from the adverse effects of noise.

WHO (2018) Environmental Noise Guidelines recommends aircraft noise levels below 45 dB Lden (day/evening) outdoors to prevent adverse health effects.

WHO (2018) recommends aircraft noise levels below 40 dB Lnight outdoors to prevent adverse health and sleep effects.

Currently, airport noise contour maps show no major Canadian airport meets these noise limit guidelines. All are too noisy, and are causing a serious public health crisis.

Auditory and non-auditory effects of chronic environmental noise include hearing impairment, tinnitus, cardiovascular disease, cognitive impairment in children, sleep disturbance, metabolic changes from chronic stress, poorer quality of life, poorer well-being, and mental health problems.

Most vulnerable populations include children, the elderly, pregnant women, and people with pre-existing health conditions.

WHO guidelines date back to 1999, with body of scientific evidence rapidly increasing to date. The science on negative health impact of airport and aircraft noise is strong and undeniable.

Please implement noise control measures urgently, including suitable changes in infrastructure and other action plans to to control and reduce harmful effects. For example, EU countries and City of London Environment Strategy, UK, are developing action plans to protect their citizens from damaging environmental noise.

Please protect the health of all Canadians living in communities negatively impacted by aircraft and airport noise.

Sincerely, Jan L. Mayes MSc (Audiologist)

Send your letter or email to:

Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities
Sixth Floor, 131 Queen Street
House of Commons
Ottawa ON K1A 0A6
Fax: 613-947-3089
Website: TRAN Committee on Aircraft Noise Impact

Note: if you include links in your email it will likely go to spam. I got a reply. Trans will get all input translated (English/French) and post it on their website. Every piece of input counts!

[Photo credit ThePixelman on pixabay]

Jan L. Mayes

MSc, Aud(C), RAud

Author, audiologist, educator, quiet activist, playing with words.

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