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by Jan L. Mayes, MSc, Audiologist, Member, The Quiet Coalition

Joe Cressy, the Chair of the Board of Health in Toronto, Canada, has called for a ban on the local annual air show. Cressy, who is also the Spadina-Fort York councillor, believes it’s time for new traditions, without this annual noisy event that disturbs people and pets.

Noise risk to public health is well established. Although critics point out uncontrolled problems with daily noise from loud motorcycles and vehicles, construction, and other common sources, annual events add to everyone’s lifetime noise exposure.

We agree that air show bans are needed.