Councillors Vote to Wait on Noise By-law Concern

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THUNDER BAY – City Council heard from Robert Rickards last night during the Council Meeting at City Hall. Rickards told Council and Administration that the noise from the Canadian Lakehead Exhibition is impacting his health and his enjoyment of his home.

Rickards also explained that the low frequency, bass sounds coming from the new trampoline park at the CLE are causing him to have an a re-lapse into seizures caused by his epilepsy. Rickards said that he has not been experiencing that for years.

The local resident found some supportive members of City Council. Councillor at Large Aldo Ruberto questioned by City By-Law Enforcement does not work after 4:30PM. Councillor Mark Bentz from Northwood offered words of support.

Councillors Ken Boshcoff and Joe Virdiramo who sit on the CLE Board promise to raise the issue at the next CLE Board Meeting.

While Councillor Ruberto sought for a faster solution to the problem, Council in the end decided to pass a motion directing Administration to examine the city’s noise by-law and report back to Council in October.

Rickards said to Council that he was surprised as Thunder Bay and Ontario have Occupational Health and Safety regulations on noise.