As Saskatoon grows, so do noise levels

Joanne Paulson, The StarPhoenix
Published: Wednesday, May 24, 2006

"Piya Chattopadhyay of CBC had an excellent mini-documentary on the news this long weekend. I always listen for Piya, because she was briefly an intern at The StarPhoenix, and I'm so impressed by her journalism. It's not just good; it's also really interesting.

This piece was on noise pollution, a subject that particularly interests me. I have extremely sensitive ears, for some reason. As an example, when I use some automated tellers, their loud beeping is excruciating. I also like to sleep, so loud noises and boom box music don't go over well with me, at least at night.

As part of her noise doc, Piya interviewed a Toronto woman who lives at the top of a high rise fitted with soundproof windows. She also lives in a district crammed with bars and restaurants, where drunken denizens flow into the streets between 2 and 4 a.m., howling and shrieking. Even from her aerie, with soundproof windows, she can't sleep, it's so loud."

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