Sir Winston Churchill Square can be a noisy place sometimes, and it isn’t just because of all of the festivals that take place there on annual basis. It’s also because of individuals who want to be heard over the rest of the noise. Like the person who perceives himself to be a preacher and uses a blow horn to convey his messages.
Coun. Michael Oshry says excessive noise is tough to control, because bylaw and police officers often have more pressing issues to deal with.
“Response times aren’t great, and people have to fill out police reports and show up as witnesses. So it was great to hear during committee on Monday that the bylaw officers are going to step up enforcement, and by doing so they’ll be able to issue the tickets themselves, which should stand up in court.”
Leslie MacMillan hasn’t ever had to head to court about the noise in her neighbourhood. She has had to endure listening to someone ‘drum’ on plastic pails in the middle of the night close to where she lives, which is just off Whyte Ave. in Old Strathcona. MacMillan says it isn’t just Sir Winston Churchill Square that has trouble with over-the-top noise-makers.
“The police have been wonderful. I felt that calling the police was my only option, and they were very sympathetic. I lost track of how many times they had to go and tell the pail-pounder to stop, and correct the situation.”
MacMillan says the person usually pounds on the plastic pails – she refuses to call him a drummer – between 11 p.m. and 3 a.m. She’s happy to hear that Bylaw Enforcement is going to be more proactive in keeping a lid on excessive noise-makers.