“Curse not in thy thought; and curse not in thy bedchamber: for a bird of the air shall carry the voice, and that which hath wings shall tell the matter.”
THE SOUND OF MATTER
I propose that tinnitus is in reality merely the perceivable sound of matter, but hardly anyone is listening so that those who do pay attention to their situational awareness are mistakenly diagnosed with “tinnitus” — the sound of matter.
Art is beautiful… when she imitates nature.
A 2010 Petition From The Residents Surrounding The Upper Massawippi River Valley, Quebec, Canada – between the Old Covered Bridge and the Dam:
Wild Soundscapes are THE MOST SENSITIVE RENEWABLE NATURAL RESOURCE for Habitat Restoration and Protection. *See Dr. Bernie Krause.
To help organize our neighbourhood cause to restore and protect the Upper Massawippi River’s MOST SENSITIVE RENEWABLE NATURAL RESOURCE of Wild Soundscapes – insuring that the Abenaki Crown Lands in this area live up to the definition: ‘Aboriginal lands held in trust by the Crown’ to – SPECIFICALLY – preserve and protect the Wild Soundscape of this area; simply listen…
Mont Hatley — NATIVE ABENAKI LANDS HELD IN TRUST BY THE CROWN — realistically speaking the mountain is known as “Abenaki Mountain”, which demonstrates a little RESPECT to all those Abenaki Natives & co. who were slaughtered here in the past by the ignorant narcissistic colonialists; but hey don’t worry about it: you’re so disgustingly filthy rich that you installed a railway to escape cholera in the southern US, back in the late 1800’s — AND — then dismantled that railway at your mighty convenience now that you’re done using it, right?
“Hatley”… what a ridiculously stupid fucking useless name for a wilderness park. This area isn’t a goddamn HAT. What are you, fucking… four?
But enjoy trapping your massive number of one beaver each few years. We can’t have nature TAKE OVER, now can we, Precious?
Information and the context of our — APPARENT — situation:
Massawippi (a Native Abenaki word apparently meaning “deep waters”) lake and river, with the citizens (marked by numbered white dots) that apparently signed a petition in early spring of 2010 to help make ‘QUALITY CARE’ improvements to a local kennel, to enforce apparent laws concerning animal shelters, and to reduce apparent nuisances (such as the regular barking of dogs, which apparently interfere with THE MOST SENSITIVE RENEWABLE NATURAL RESOURCE OF OUR WILD SOUNDSCAPES, apparently adversely affecting native fauna–such as song birds, and the dogs themselves)–that apparently remains a challenge for our municipality to address anew.
***WILD SOUNDSCAPES: THE MOST SENSITIVE RENEWABLE NATURAL RESOURCE FOR HABITAT RESTORATION***
Local communities can make SMALL STEPS towards valuing and protecting the few natural resources that remain, such as Wild Soundscapes, by educating the people about the sensitivity of Wild Soundscapes and by progressively adopting new methods for some municipal activities on the environment; integrating “quiet” or electric machinery, such as electric or “quiet” chain saws, electric or “quiet” lawn mowers etc. that are designed to reduce mechanical noise to a minimum.
Why not improve the future canvas of our environment’s wild soundscape, while attracting back native fauna that flee on account of sonic competition, so our children’s children can live in a SUSTAINABLE LANDSCAPE COMMUNITY where advocating for the protection and valuation of such resources is a PROFITABLE ECONOMIC INVESTMENT, and virtuous?
Regular noise stresses, such as the continuous BARKING OF DOGS or LOUD MACHINERY capable of generating volumes over 120dBs, AFFECT migratory and population behaviour of animals native to their region, such as the apparent duck, lynx, eagle, wolf, loon, owl, coyote, beaver, turkey, heron, pheasant, goose, mink, moose, thrush, nightingale, wood and hermit thrush, cardinal, robin, woodpecker, sparrow, swallow, red-wing black bird, finch etc., coyote, raccoon, porcupine, bear, rabbit, fox and any other SENSITIVE fauna, apparently. “As more creatures vie for acoustical space, the ability to clearly articulate a voice within that space is more critical to each species’ survival.” “Some people, believing that fragile environments can be continuously and endlessly developed, must begin to listen, as well as observe what changes are taking place. Developmental advocates suggest that if just small biological islands are preserved, that will be enough… especially for the development of eco-tourism.”
From the New York Times: “Many animals…have evolved to squeeze their vocalizations into available niches of the soundscape in order to be heard by others of their kind. Evolution isn’t just about the competition for space or food but also for bandwidth. If a species cannot find a sonic niche of its own, it will not survive.”
“In Conservation Biology, Scott Creel of Montana State University reported that the acoustic presence of snowmobiles in Yellowstone, Voyageurs, and Isle Royale National Parks caused the stress enzyme levels in elk and wolves to elevate notably.” “Incidental sound induced by walking, clothes rustling, sneezing, or coughing would only create a sense of presence in some settings that would cause alarm to particularly SENSITIVE animals.”
“Five types of species interactions—competition, predation, parasitism, mutualism, and commensalism—affect the resource use and population sizes of the species in an ecosystem.” “Competition:  One species becomes more efficient than another in acquiring resources. Greater the overlap in niche, more intense the competition. Competitive exclusion principle states: No two species may occupy exactly the same ecological niche for very long.”
April 2nd 2010
A Petition from the Residents Surrounding the Upper Massawippi River Valley:
The purpose of this petition is to provide an opportunity for the residents surrounding the upper Massawippi river to raise municipal awareness on issues concerning the ecological management of our beloved river valley. One way to contribute to the sustainable development surrounding our residential area may be to form a consensus, as to what potential ecological stresses might be more effectively managed.
An example worth considering might be the apparent noise pollution caused by the barking of the dogs housed in Miss Bennett’s kennel, situated at 4640, Capelton Road, Hatley County, Quebec. We, the undersigned, apparently consider the noise generated from the kennel’s dogs to be a preventable disturbance. Contrary to the presumption that windows are kept closed and people always stay indoors, the residents surrounding the kennel enjoy activities out of doors (such as hiking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing) but these activities are apparently interfered with by the noise of the kennel’s apparent barking dogs, but in these tax-paying citizens’ own back yards–our dogs apparently do not bark at their dogs all day long; why should their dogs be, apparently, unrestrained to bark at ours?
Apparently, as long as there have been dogs housed at the kennel, the apparent barking nuisance has apparently continued regularly, within a twelve hour period (07:00 – 19:30). In spite of there being, apparently, at least one complaint by the residents each year to the municipality concerning this issue, the noise pollution from the kennel persists unchecked, apparently. While we apparently concede that Miss Bennett has the right to operate her business, albeit a ‘reputable’ one, apparently, we believe that this does not also give her the right to cause persistent nuisances that apparently interfere with the quality of life of the tax-paying residents – when this can be prevented, apparently.
Those animals must be barking for a reason – apparently! Is it possible they are barking – AT – us, pointing us out as a perceived threat, such as the Code For Canadian Kennels suggests?
• That the kennel asks those who use the kennel’s service for donations, and volunteers, to help with improvements; for more personnel and more free-run time and socializing for the dogs; and/or finds other alternative solutions, such as adjustments to the kennel’s building design, or a change of location.
• That the Municipality acknowledges this problem with some measure of action to help provide materials that can be used to reduce the apparent barking, such as: larger enclosures, or materials for dog-friendly walls built around the cages of the animals using acoustic paneling and/or straw-bails (with timed water sprinklers to prevent fire hazards), or concrete walling—at an adequate distance and height from the cages, lined with coniferous trees, such as pine, or raised earth-beds up to 3/4 or 2/3 of the height of the cages in order to give a den-like sense of security for the dogs, with flowers and/or vines planted in these earth-beds; there can be excessive white noise in facilities like this for these sensitive little guys! We suggest alternatives to minimizing the noise pollution on their sensitive ears and even play Songbird recordings on the speakers and rain or thunder storm recordings to calm them, and/or the use of vibrating bark collars or citronella bark collars or scentless spray bark collars for the animals if nothing else can be achieved (designed to reduce barking in veterinarian facilities – NOT SHOCK COLLARS).
• That the kennel reduces its apparent noise pollution from the current volume believed to exceed 100 dBA, to 45 dBA—the mean volume output standard for human dwellings in residential areas, according to the JOURNAL OF APPLIED ANIMAL WELFARE SCIENCE .
• That the kennel restricts the neighbours’ exposure to the apparent barking of the dogs by allowing the animals to go outside for a maximum of TWENTY MINUTES (the minimum acceptable time for exercise, according to the Code for Canadian Kennel Operations), twice daily (excluding 12:00 – 13:00 but between 07:00 – 17:00) and that these hours be respected and consistent.
If no cordial agreement can be found through any of the above-mentioned solutions, or any other mutually acceptable ones, we, the undersigned, would THEN ask our municipality for the revocation of the given right to operate a kennel in our residential area, as the municipal laws apparently describe.
The Benefits of Improving the Kennel’s Management Would:
1) Improve living conditions for the animals (more personnel, larger enclosures and more free-run time and socializing).
2) Give a fair equity for the surrounding properties.
3) Improve the biodiversity of the ecological system in the upper Massawippi river valley surroundings, apparently stressed by the barking of the kennel’s dogs (loud noises, like regular barking stresses, apparently AFFECT migratory and population behaviour of animals native to the area, such as the apparent duck, lynx, eagle, wolf, loon, owl, coyote, beaver, turkey, heron, pheasant, goose, mink, moose, thrush, nightingale, wood and hermit thrush, cardinal, robin, woodpecker, sparrow, swallow, red-wing black bird, finch etc., coyote, raccoon, porcupine, bear, rabbit, fox and any other SENSITIVE, and apparent, fauna).
4) Insure a more peaceful environment for the upper Massawippi river valley’s eco-friendly projects such as the Massawippi bicycle trail and the Parc Familial de Montjoye (that the community and tourists use for specific reasons associated with natural, and peaceful, environments), while making these outdoor recreational resources more enjoyable for participants.
5) Demonstrate a consideration for human concerns about the environmental impacts on their residential properties, over one property that houses domesticated animals, as well as the living conditions of the animals themselves.
The undersigned chose to live in the upper Massawippi river valley in order to enjoy the potential of its natural environment which is currently compromised by the above example of apparent noise pollution: the apparent regular barking of dogs apparently housed by Miss Bennett’s kennel. We consider that our outdoor spaces are worth treasuring, as the activities that take place there are a cherished part of our cultural heritage here in Hatley county. We would be happy to cooperate with Miss Bennett’s kennel, to the measure of our ability, so that a harmonious community can be shared and enjoyed by everyone.
“Preserving natural silence is as necessary as species preservation, habitat restoration, toxic waste cleanup, and carbon dioxide reduction, to name but a few of the immediate challenges that confront us in this still young century,” writes Gordon Hempton, an acoustic ecologist and Emmy award-winning sound recordist.
“We’ve reached a time in human history when our global environmental crisis requires that we make permanent lifestyle changes. More than ever before, we need to fall back in love with the land…
Silence is not the absence of something but the presence of everything… left with a more receptive mind and a more attuned ear, we become better listeners not only to nature but to each other…”
–book by Gordon Hempton
The scientists, companies and “soundscapers” on a quest to make our society quieter and less stressful.
The soundtrack of our emotions
IN BBC NEWS:
Urban noise ‘killing sparrows’
Noise in urban areas could be increasing the mortality rate among young house sparrows, a study suggests. Like many musicians, Andrew Flintham had trouble making that difficult second album.
Two decades ago, the record producer completed The Brecklands Dawn Chorus, a one and a half hour recording of early morning bird song. It went on to become the biggest-selling wildlife recording of the 1990s. But 15 years later, whilst trying to make a follow-up, he hit an impasse. The problem was not a lack of creativity, but a paucity of available content. From the mountains of Scotland to deepest Wales, he was unable to find an uninterrupted dawn chorus anywhere in the UK.
“The most I could gather was about five minutes,” he says. “When I played back all the recordings there was always a hum of noise that drowned out the birds. It was either the drone of traffic, civilian aircraft, military jets, electricity sub-stations or even mobile phone masts and that was in 2008. I’ve tried in several places since then and it’s become worse.”
Flintham’s tale, which many will find tragic, reminds us just how rapidly societies are changing. He believes that we live in a constant rush-hour, having replaced Monday to Friday, nine to five working patterns and leisurely weekends with 24/seven shift working and its accompanying constant din. For Flintham, it has made life worse. And, he is by no means alone. Campaigners and health organisations point to a growing body of evidence that noise can profoundly affect our health and emotions. The World Health organisation, for example, says that persistent sounds of just 30 decibels, equivalent to someone whispering in a library, are enough to disturb sleep patterns. As a result, politicians are starting to take note, and as the public starts to react against the ever-growing cacophony, businesses are responding with products designed to bring back the peace and quiet of years gone by.
Actress Poppy Elliott is one of those (quietly) leading the charge. The granddaughter of John Connell, the founder of the UK’s Noise Abatement Society, launched Quiet Mark earlier this year. The charity’s premise is that the reason products are noisy is because it is cheaper to make them that way. It campaigns for quieter products, whether they are airlines, trains, hair-dryers, food-mixers or even musical instruments. The initiative then awards a striking purple Q stamp of approval to products or schemes designed to be sensitive to the ears of those around them.
“Even the inclinations of the sound of our voices can make or break our day,” says Elliott over coffee in a busy café near her home in Brighton, in the south of England. As we speak, a blender roars into action in support of her cause. “Life revolves around the sensitivity of sound. It’s a fundamental pillar of our existence, as important as light.”
Quiet Marks are awarded to encourage companies to produce less noisy products whether they are aeroplanes, trains, hair dryers, food mixers or even musical instruments. Early winners include the Corinthia Hotel in London for providing a quiet haven away from the “urban buzz”, Stihl for its range of quiet lawn movers and hedge trimmers, as well as Yamaha for its range of silent instruments, including a violin that allow headphone-wearing musicians to practice without disturbing others. The construction firm Temple Mace and the London borough of Southwark also recently received one for reducing disruption and noise disturbance during the building of the Shard, the capital’s new landmark tower – particularly important because of the proximity to a prominent hospital.
The Shard’s Quiet Mark award is unique, but it echoes similar moves around the world. In New York, for example, the city’s department of environmental protection rewards contractors who use tools and machinery that are designed to reduce noise. The city even issues guidance to help construction firms buy quiet versions of necessary kit.
Back in the UK, Quiet Mark’s initiatives have been welcomed by some UK politicians, while it has also received support from a cast of companies that have pledged to build quieter products. That includes the car maker Lexus, which underscored its commitment in 2011 when it launched its “Shhhh” television advertisement for the CT200h compact hybrid, featuring pop singer Kylie Minogue. “Quietness is at the heart of our engineering philosophy,” says a Lexus spokesperson, who backs up the claim by revealing how its engineers listen to its cars’ engines “through a stethoscope” to ensure that noise is at an optimum level. “Quietness appears to be an appealing feature to today’s car buyer,” they add.
But Jamie Weaden, industrial design leader at the home appliance maker Kenwood, says it is not just premium products, like cars, where consumers are demanding more. “Historically the noise of products wasn’t as high on the agenda when it came to design of small domestic appliances,” he says. “But modern consumers, including myself, now rightly demand products with lower and better noise quality without this requirement being reflected adversely in price.”
It would be tempting to think reducing noise is just a marketing gimmick used by firms to differentiate themselves in crowded markets. But, according to Elliott, it is more than that. “Sound profoundly affects our emotions and health,” she says, adding that she has plans to follow Quiet Mark with Quiet Bark – involving sound-proofed kennels and tips from dog trainers in how to reduce barking humanely. “We’re creating a melody of brands to bring the people new, easy-listening, lifestyle choices. Like John Lennon, all we are saying is give peace (and quiet) a chance.” ‘Buy quiet’
Elliott’s claims about the harmful impacts of environmental noise are backed by a growing body of evidence. One study, published in the European Heart Journal in 2005, found that long-term exposure to high noise levels was linked to a tripling of the risk of HEART ATTACK for women and a 50% increase for men. German scientists who carried out the research said they believed loud sounds were largely to blame for the effects; however associated stress and annoyance could also play a role thanks to elevated levels of hormones and brain messaging chemicals such as adrenaline and noradrenaline.
A report published by the World Health Organisation (WHO) concluded environmental noise was responsible for thousands of cases of heart attacks and cases of tinnitus in European Union member states per year. It also backed the findings of other previous studies showing high noise levels can undermine reading, memory, language and attention in children with life-long knock on effects on educational attainment.
Such findings have meant that everyone from governments to employers are now taking the effects of noise more seriously. For example, the US space agency Nasa, where you might think the roar of a rocket taking off was an occupational hazard, has an entire programme dedicated to what it calls “hearing conservation”. In addition it has introduced a “buy quiet” procurement policy, aimed at reducing workplace noise where possible.
Forward thinking as these schemes are, they are of no help to the hundreds of thousands of people who live – and try to sleep – amidst the noise of our modern cities. Over the years, engineering has led to better sound proofing and glazing of newer buildings in these areas, but they do not tackle the problem at source. As a result, nearly ten years ago, the European Union launched its environmental noise directive that requires member states to produce maps of noise levels in large urban areas. The ultimate goal is to help politicians and officials reduce their populations’ excessive exposure to loud noises, which, despite numerous efforts over the past 40 years to reduce them, have continued to rise.
“This is by far the most significant international attempt to reduce environmental noise impact that there has ever been,” says Dr Mike Goldsmith, previously of Keele University in the UK, who led Dreamsys, a three-year project for the British government to build low-cost measurement systems into noise maps based on reality, not prediction. They were produced using figures from arrays of low-cost microphones placed around urban areas rather than the traffic flow and flight timetable data previously used in the UK.
“Historically there have been two trends which are relevant here,” adds Dr Goldsmith, whose book Discord: The Story of Noise, is published late September. “One is the use of zoning to restrict areas affected by noise and to define quiet areas on different scales. The other is the slow but steady development of the perception by individuals that they have a right not to be exposed to significant noise.”
Not all those in the field are working to turn down the volume. Sounds ability to change behavior can also be used in a positive way.
Canadian transport managers were the first to combat vandalism and other anti-social behaviour by playing classical music at remote stations in order to deter teenage gangs. The tactic has been used by transport and supermarket managers in the UK.
Dr Harry Witchel, an expert on physiology and acoustics, and lecturer at the Brighton and Sussex Medical School in the UK, has experimented with playing relaxing music in a lively clubbing district in Brighton in an attempt to dampen the raucous atmosphere on Saturday nights. Although his efforts have so far proved inconclusive, he believes “soundscape” design can be used to change behaviour.
“Soundscapes are about making the sound appropriate for the space, and the people and animals that share the space,” he says. “Some spaces should ideally be peaceful, while other spaces should be vibrant.
Dr Witchel is working with Soundscapes of European Cities and Landscapes, an EU-funded project that promotes the view that managing noise should not be just about reducing sound levels. His book You Are What You Hear, published last year, seeks to answer tricky questions such as why some prefer Beethoven and others rap, why aggressive young men in cars play their music so loud and why music can enhance sexual pleasure.
Another proponent of soundscaping is Martyn Ware, founder member and keyboard player of the pop group Heaven 17. When he is not touring, he runs the Illustrious Company, a 3D sound installation company. He turned London’s Millennium Bridge into a 3D sound system during the Olympics in a project called Tales From The Bridge.
Ware has also been working with the Noise Abatement Society on pilot schemes involving creating immersive, calming soundscapes in troublesome urban areas. However he does not believe all the problems caused by noise can be solved by soundscaping.
“I’m not sure that overall it’s possible to do so. However, with intelligent and considerate design as well as sensitively curated urban sound curation, the negative effects can be ameliorated. I think we need to acknowledge the multiplicity and complexity of the soundscapes we encounter daily, and look at ways of changing them for the better.”
If the efforts of campaigners, politicians, businesses and artists to re-introduce some peace and quiet to our lives are successful, Andrew Flintham will perhaps one day be able to complete his mission to record another uninterrupted dawn chorus.
“There is probably a dawn chorus somewhere in the UK, but I don’t know where it is, and even then it probably doesn’t last very long,” he says. “Nature’s natural relaxant is birdsong and it’s something I’d really like to hear again without any interference.”
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Concerning Mr. Curtis Mullin’s efforts to bring awareness to the need to restore and protect the Natural Soundscapes in the upper Massawippi river valley:
Registered letter is sent to:
4640, Capelton Road
Hatley County, QC
As we last discussed, I was able to obtain feedback from many of your neighbours, and we would like to politely request your cooperation in finding a possible solution that would significantly reduce our exposure to the regular barking of your clients’ dogs.
We hope that a satisfactory solution can be found soon, as we recognize the value of your organization, and trust that it can continue to provide a useful service to the community.
2010-04-12.26 CORRESPONDENCE Petition de Mr. Curtis Mullin–concerning the apparent BARKING NUISANCE apparently coming from the Bennett kennel (this was not specifically mentioned, and it is technically not ‘CORRESPONDENCE’ when, apparently, tax-paying citizens both inquire about and support a neighbourhood petition, while attending a ‘PROCESS VERBAL’ but are, quite apparently, ignored);
11-07-04.12 DOSSIER, PLAINTE 4640 CHEMIN CAPELTON ATTENDU QU’une plainte a été reçue de Monsieur Jacques Thibault concernant le commerce situé au 4640 chemin Capelton relatif aux jappements excessif.
The David Suzuki Foundation apparently empathizes with our neighbourhood concerns about the possible STRESSED-ZONE of an otherwise potentially bio-diverse area surrounding the upper Massawippi river valley where, currently, an apparently feeble number of birds are nesting, in comparison to potentially THOUSANDS of these and other fauna teeming the landscape of an improved Wild Soundscape; currently the entire ecosystem is, apparently, minimized by the powerful audible stresses (reaching up to 120dBs) of the apparent predator-sounding regular-barking dogs apparently caged-in at this local kennel, situated in the heart of this potentially pristine river valley environment.
APTN (Aboriginal Peoples Television Network) apparently values this information at their bureau in Montreal, and might air the story for greater public awwareness.
Several calls to kennel owner, Miss Bennett, 4046 Capleton road, Hatley County Quebec inquiring about a solution to the apparent barking nuisance ignored (2010).
Registered letters sent out April 7th 2010 politely asking kennel owner Miss Bennett’s cooperation concerning a possible solution to the apparent nuisance of her clients’ barking dogs, and other sharing relevant information like a copy of the Code For Canadian Kennel Operations.
Complaint to Surete Du Quebec (police) about apparent nuisances from barking dogs at the kennel mentioned above… LATER – this issue of disturbing the peace and filing complaints was designated to the municipality.
Complaints to Hatley Municipality (at least one from the neighbours each year – according to Municipal worker: ‘Paul’).
Petition with dozens of neighbours’ signatures seeking a possible solution to the apparent nuisance circulates on ‘Good Friday’, 2010.
Neighbours attend the Hatley town meeting 2010 – where the Municipal counselors apparently fail to immediately address the concerns in the above petition (‘Correspondence recu de Mr. Curtis Mullin’ – no explanation on municipal record of the contents of this petition).
Neighbour Jaques Thibault files a ‘Mise En Demeur’… apparently ignored.
Municipal counselor Mr. Claude Meilleur apparently illegally enters Curtis Mullin’s property without permission to apparently scratch Mr. Meilleur’s – wife’s – name off the petition, apparently.
Darcy Ryan and other Municipal counselors apparently admit to using the kennel – conflict of interest, apparently.
Mr. Curtis Mullin apparently posts a poster at the local private property Accomodation Massawippi in North Hatley that has information concerning Aboriginal Recognition (Act of 1982) and Natural Soundscapes.
Above poster is apparently violently torn down over three times – Mr. Curtis Mullin has a crumpled piece of the poster found on the floor of the private property – with finger prints on it.
Camera Surveillance apparently records the above act of apparent discrimination against the author of above informative poster.
This document is apparently posted on MANY Facebook pages (Universities, Occupy etc.) concerning the situation of the apparent kennel nuisance and neighbourhood petition bringing public awareness to the restoration/protection of Wild Soundscapes which, apparently, continues to remain a challenge for the municipality to address anew.
The apparent kennel owner apparently ATTEMPTS to sue Mr. Curtis Mullin $50, 000 for ‘reputation and business damages’, but fails miserably because this costly injunction does not even see the light of day in court – ONE CANNOT SUE A MAN OR WOMAN FOR EXERCISING THEIR NATURAL RIGHTS UNDER NATURAL LAW VIA A PEACEFUL PETITION. -.-
The apparent harassment and resulting provocation from the kennel dogs, apparently pointing out the neighbours, apparently continues (4+ years since the petition).
Proprietor of 90 acre land on Montminy road opposite the kennel, which is across the Massawippi River, Mr. Andre Blais (since 1972 – 15 years BEFORE the kennel was installed), was apparently not asked permission to allow Miss Bennett to install and manage the kennel adjacent to this area in 1987.
Proprietor of land on Guillemette road (inherited from the Guillemette family for GENERATIONS), Mr. Etienne Guillemette was apparently not asked permission to allow Miss Bennett to install and manage the kennel adjacent to this area in 1987.
Mont Hatley — NATIVE ABENAKI LANDS HELD IN TRUST BY THE CROWN — realistically speaking the mountain is known as “Abenaki Mountain”, which demonstrates a little RESPECT to all those Abenaki Native & co. who were slaughtered here in the past by the ignorant narcissistic colonialists; but hey don’t worry about it: you’re so disgustingly filthy rich that you installed a railway to escape cholera in the southern US, back in the late 1800’s — AND — then dismantled that railway at your mighty convenience now that you’re done using it, right?
“Hatley” what ridiculously stupid fucking name for a wilderness park. This area isn’t a goddamn HAT… what are you, four?
, where there are beaver/duck ponds, and other native fauna and water fowl – apparently continues to be exposed to the apparent nuisance.
Code For Canadian Kennel Operations apparently remains a challenge to be addressed anew by kennel owner/municipality.
Deputy Pierre Reid is contacted for a measure of involvement in addressing the apparent issue mentioned above.
Apparent conflict in definition of ‘QUALITY CARE’ or…
Apparent possible inaccurate/out-dated meaning in the advertisement concerning the kennel’s officially registered name/title under the description of ‘QUALITY CARE’ (as defined by the Code for Canadian Kennel Operations).
Hatley Municipal Laws concerning nuisances apparently remain a challenge to be addressed anew.
Mr. Curtis Mullin was apparently not issued an ‘Accuser de Reception’, until over one year later by the municipality, when attempting to dress this issue publicaly.
Recently, former Supreme Court Judge FRANK LACOBUCCI says: “Aboriginals are not sufficiently represented on juries.”
Environmental stresses apparently continue to exist on native fauna in the ABENAKI (Crown Lands) area of the former Parc Famillial Montjoye, now Mont Hatley, according to the research on effects of noise pollution on habitats. Why not call it ‘Abenaki Park’ in honour of the thousands of years of Abenaki graves and still living family lineages deeply rooted here in Massawippi?
Do you let your dog bark at the trees and wilderness fauna such as Songbirds twelve hours each day, or do you love your animal with plenty of free-run time and socialization with other dogs, reducing the animals’ need to bark—or would you prefer leaving your poor little helpless puppy caged-in and subjected to the apparent LOUD BARKING of other dogs?
The following source, JOURNAL OF APPLIED ANIMAL WELFARE SCIENCE, 9(l), 1-7, mentions that:
“Sound levels in animal shelters regularly exceed 100 dB. Noise is a physical stressor on animals that can lead to behavioral, physiological, and anatomical responses. There are currently no policies regulating noise levels in dog kennels…
Peak noise levels regularly exceeded the measuring capability of the dosimeter (118.9 dBA). Often, in new facility design, there is little attention paid to noise abatement, despite the evidence that noise causes PHYSICAL and PSYCHOLOGICAL STRESS…
Sound is measured in decibels (dB) and the scale is logarithmic, meaning that 90 dB is 10 times the intensity of 80 dB and is 100 times the intensity of 70 dB. A noise level over 70 dB(A) is considered “loud” (Baker, 1998). To put this into context, 95 dB(A) is comparable to a subway train, 110 dB(A) is a jackhammer, and 120 dB(A) is a propeller aircraft; any sound in the 90 to 120 dB(A) range is considered to be in the CRITICAL ZONE and can be FELT as well as HEARD (Key, 2000)…
It has long been documented that audible sound has PROFOUND PHYSIOLOGICAL and PSYCHOLOGICAL EFFECTS […] and disturbs the healthy equilibrium of the body (Wei, 1969). Noise-induced cortisol increases can cause immunosuppression, insulin resistance, cardiovascular diseases, catabolism (molecular decomposition), and intestinal problems (Spreng, 2000)…
If one were to follow the standards for human dwellings, a mean sound level of 45 dBA would be the norm for animal houses.”
Blue Seal–a wonderful local dog shelter in Lennoxville–keeps their clients’ dogs in a healthy social environment, together in a large enclosure, which greatly reduces the animals’ need to bark. As a result this excellent dog shelter receives no complaints from the surrounding neighbours, who greatly appreciate their services and the RESPECT that they have for the animals and the neighbours. Good job Blue Seal!
Our local Pet Connection-Lennoxville mentions that:
‘Dogs are very social creatures. They would prefer to have friends and be able to play over solitary confinement any day… if a dog is just sitting at the corner of its play area barking at the door, I would say he is asking for something. Most likely “Come get me and play with me because I don’t want to be alone”.’ Great display of sensitivity to your animals – Keep up the good work!
The Au Bonneur Des Chiens kennel also has a good, exemplary facility where their dogs are given much attention, and the consideration of the neighbours is a deep concern for the owner of this appropriate, caring kennel. Great job!
American Kennel Club:
‘If they are barking ALL day long, that’s a little odd.’
Intermountain Pet Hospital:
‘Dogs need a lot of room to run and socialize and if they are given those two things then they will be less likely to bark .–Dr. Bingham’
Action for Animals:
‘That doesn’t sound like it’s a good situation for the dogs — dogs are social pack animals who like each others company, and it’s not in the dogs’ best interest to make them live like that.’
Best Friends Animal Society – Dogtown:
‘Living in a bigger area with other dogs provides more mental stimulation for a dog thus reducing boredom behaviors. A dog living in a smaller area, ensures their safety from other dogs, but dogs tend to become cage crazy over time… the way to prevent boredom behaviors (barking) is to provide enrichment:
The ideal situation is for a dog to be housed over night by themselves in a small run, and spend their day in a larger area with a play group.’
Down East Animal Refuge:
‘I think we have found that the dogs seem to be happy if they share their kennel with another dog. Our kennels are fairly big and can safely have two dogs in them. The dogs are fairly quiet most of the day. They only start barking when there are humans around. We try to give them run time during the day. On weekends, they get walked, and during the summer, they get a chance to swim.’
‘A dog’s bark can signify territorial protection, exertion of dominance, or expression of some need. Typically, barking is “a means of communication triggered by a state of excitement.” Being a natural trait, barking is not considered a behavioural problem, until it is produced in EXCESS.’
A Code of Practice for Canadian Kennel Operations–an educational tool by dog breeders, members of the general public acquiring dogs, animal welfare groups, and as a standard by those interested in the promotion of QUALITY CARE:
“Dog owners are legally and morally responsible not only for the well-being of their dogs, but also toward others in society who may be affected by the animal’s behaviour…
DEFENSIVE AGGRESSION: Threatening behaviour displayed by a dog baring its teeth, growling, and barking IN RESPONSE TO A PERCEIVED THREAT FROM A HUMAN…
HYPERACTIVITY: A behaviour pattern frequently characterized in dogs by BARKING.”
Excessive Barking – Is your dog trying to tell you something?
Problem Solving For Excessive Barking
An important part of pet ownership is teaching your puppy or dog proper pet manners and how to be a good neighbor. It is your responsibility to have control over your dog and to correct bad behavior, like excessive barking.
‘One word describes a healthy dog’s hearing – SENSITIVE. A dog can sense sounds at FOUR TIMES THE DISTANCE OF A HUMAN.  Dogs depend on their acute sense of hearing to survive, to hunt, to PROTECT, to DETECT and to perform.
[Dogs can] differentiate between similar sounds such as the footsteps made by their owner, the postman, the neighbor or friend, and they can clearly differentiate pitch, voice tone, and word pronunciations.
 As an example, turn the volume up on the television or radio to four times what you normally listen to and you’ll have an idea of a dog’s audio sensitivities. Psychologically a diet of continued loud sounds such as screaming children, rock music, increased television volume or similar volumes, [such as continuous loud barking in apparent INAPPROPRIATE, INHUMANE dog kennels] can cause a dog to have BEHAVIOURAL PROBLEMS DUE TO NOISE STRESS.’
‘The range of [a dog’s] hearing is approximately 40 Hz to 60 kHz, which is much greater than that of humans.’
‘Specifically, humans have a maximum aural range that begins as low as 12 Hz under ideal laboratory conditions, to 20 kHz in most children and some adults.’
One study, published in the European Heart Journal in 2005, found that long-term exposure to high noise levels was linked to a tripling of the risk of HEART ATTACK for women and a 50% increase for men. German scientists who carried out the research said they believed loud sounds were largely to blame for the effects; however associated stress and annoyance could also play a role thanks to elevated levels of hormones and brain messaging chemicals such as adrenaline and noradrenaline.
Dogs can hear and smell a person or animal very well within a 500 meter distance. I’m not so sure that these dogs are perceiving you as a threat, per se, but are probably alert barking. This is barking that occurs when dogs perceive the presence of a stranger.
I hope this clarifies your question:-)
Species Approximate Range (Hz)
Guinea pig 54-50,000
Beluga whale 1,000-123,000
Tree frog 50-4,000
Chicken [Rooster] 125-2,000
We apparently began a democratic process attempting to politely, and appropriately, communicate with Miss Bennett, the kennel owner, for a possible solution and compromise to the apparent neighbourhood nuisance. Our petition served to organize DOZENS of neighbours who have been apparently complaining to their municipality (whose council members have, apparently, found it challenging to address these concerns voiced by the neighbours ‘at least once each year’ – according to municipal worker, ‘Paul’, apparently) about the apparent issue of regular-barking nuisances generated by Miss Bennett’s dog kennel, according to the neighbours’ observations. Miss Bennett was kind enough to communicate with us ONCE to listen to these neighbours’ possible solutions to the apparent problem – the most popular being: to simply pay more individual attention to them so that they have no good reason to, apparently, bark at the neighbours, as many have suggested is the case.
Apparently, she was never heard from again. The apparent problem, apparently persisted, unchanged. This petition with dozens of tax-paying neighbours’ signatures again, apparently, remained a challenge for our municipal counselors to address at our town-meeting in 2010. In fact, more than ONE YEAR LATER our municipality apparently finally acknowledged our petition by informing us that there, apparently, “was not a problem”. Apparently, many neighbours had offered financial support (in one case, up to thousands of dollars!) and physical labor of their own to help construct a sound-proof wall, made of various materials (concrete, straw bails, dirt mounts etc.), with vines and flowers and trees around the cages of the animals. This offer was also rejected, apparently.
Is it POSSIBLE that Miss Bennett is apparently insensitive enough to be purposely exposing those neighbours to that apparent nuisance—to those people who apparently tried to politely and appropriately communicate to her on the nature of the apparent neighbourhood problem with her business when there are POSSIBLE solutions to make improvements to her facility? Would you continue to be such an apparent bother to more than DOZENS of neighbours who apparently clearly signed a polite and informative petition that expresses a need for change, if you were a kind, loving, and cooperative neighbour?
Hatley County Municipal Laws
2006-08 art. 45.0 & 53.0 concerning animals and nuisances:
Un permis de chenil ou de chien de traîneaux peut être émis par la SPA au coût de 50 $. Ce permis donne droit de garder 8 chiens au total dont un maximum de 4 chiens reproducteurs;  Le demandeur d’un tel permis doit avoir l’autorisation écrite de la division de l’urbanisme de la municipalité avant l’émission du permis. Il doit se conformer à tous les articles du présent règlement incluant le paiement des licences annuelles pour ses chiens. Il doit se conformer aux normes de garde généralement econnues et être inspecté une fois par année par la SPA. Tout manquement à ces dispositions entraînera la révocation immédiate du permis.
Les faits, circonstances, gestes et actes ci-après énoncés constituent des nuisances ou infractions et le gardien est passible des peines édictées dans le présent chapitre:
1) Le fait, pour un chien, d’aboyer ou de hurler de façon à troubler la paix, la tranquillité et d’être un ennui pour une ou plusieurs personnes;
Laws 2010-06 art. 6.0 concerning noise in “pleasure locations” such as the Massawippi bicycle trail, and river:
6. BRUIT ET TAPAGE [bruit violent] DANS LES EMBARCATIONS DE PLAISANCE [tels que le Setntier Massawippi et la Riviere Massawippi]
6.1. Constitue une nuisance et est prohibé le fait de produire un bruit perturbateur, dans une embarcation de plaisance, avec un instrument de musique destiné à produire ou à amplifier le son, qui est susceptible de troubler la paix, la tranquillité, le confort, le repos ou le bien-être des personnes qui résident ou se trouvent dans le voisinage ou de nature à nuire à l’usage paisible de la propriété dans le voisinage, et la personne qui émet un tel bruit, qui est propriétaire ou usager ou qui a la garde ou le contrôle de la source de ce bruit ou qui en tolère l’émission, commet une infraction au présent règlement.
6.2. Constitue une nuisance et est prohibé le fait de produire un bruit perturbateur, dans une embarcation de plaisance, en criant, en vociférant ou en chantant à un point tel que le bruit produit est susceptible de troubler la paix, la tranquillité, le confort, le repos ou le bien-être des personnes qui résident ou se trouvent dans le voisinage ou de nature à nuire à l’usage paisible de la propriété dans le voisinage, et la personne qui émet un tel bruit, commet une infraction au présent règlement.
6.3. Au sens des articles 6.2 et 6.3, un bruit perturbateur signifie tout bruit repérable distinctement du bruit d’ambiance.
“I offer the best “quality care” service to the community because when you bring your dogs to my place your dogs bark at the trees from a sterile cage at the neighbourhood all day and — CLEARLY — that’s much more important to everyone than the tranquil song of songbirds who nest in those trees, of which you stand up for in bad defiance, or the fact that you are expressing to me over and over again every single year, for decades, that there is a problem with my perfect minuscule “community service”. There is no problem. But I am really sorry for causing everyone persistent stress twelve hours each day, especially when I am not around to pay more love and attention to the dogs so that they have no reason to bark at the trees, and so now I will simply continue to manage my “business” ( code for god-appointed divine stewardship ), the way that I see fit. Clearly, I understand what apologies both mean and require of me… because, heck! I am certainly no narcissist! I’m PERFECT. And very calm. I always speak with a very quiet controlled vocal tone that even the likes of judges and lawyers will insist that I speak up in court so the microphones can hear me better too; after all just LOOK at me: I am so frail and innocent… can’t you see that? It SHOWS — doesn’t it? But the fact that I now have a terminal disease and look like the spitting image of the wicked witch of the west from the wizard of “awes”… well, clearly it’s because you harass me with excessive complaints concerning my right to violate your quality of life — especially because you live in a wilderness area surrounded by hectares and hectares of native American land which could otherwise be a songbird sanctuary but is instead a dead zone cesspool of dog shit. Nobody cares about you. YOU deserve to be kidnaped from your domicile across the valley, shackled at the ankles with a dog choke chain, no less, and imprisoned for 33 hours because I am afraid of you for allegedly cursing at me from the road for five minutes one day — because I say that you did so — after finally no longer being able to cope with my “quality care” service to the community, plus I tried to sue you for $50K because you organized the neighbourhood into a petition with dozens of signatures of exasperated tax paying citizens which cost you $5K for a lawyer because you just didn’t know better then… and thanks for paying me that $2K penalty fee. Hey — I earned it fair and square. Plus I am highly AWARE of the municipal laws concerning my excellent public service that such a municipality will certainly keep me accountable to because I pay two taxes and my $500K sterile facility dropped from the sky one magical sunny day. At $20/day/animal… of which I will claim, say… 80 animals each day? Yeah, that’s a decent number; that works for me, so I win! LOSER. But hey… you learned tons about the psychology of toxic abusers and even wrote about it in your blogs so you ought to thank me; you can take it. Your just a boy, remember?”
~ Tough Girl
YOU are not welcome here;
YOU never were, and YOU never will be.
That includes you too, Mr. Bishop. You weren’t even man enough to apologize to me after all these years for what you had done to me; thinking you were “helping” me because I was screaming at the insanity of the way you people manage things “around here”. It was always okay with you people to leave your caged-in abandoned dogs screaming at me but not okay for me to scream back at that disgusting sterile pin-drop prison complex that I helped to build with men I once respected, harbouring animals that have FOUR TIMES the sensitivity of a human’s hearing when you people did not even consider ANY suggestions to improve that torturous environment for them, not to even mention: ME — yet you people have the NERVE and the lack of heart and intelligence to wear earplugs in there and then call that “quality care”… quality care for who? YOU??? What are you… some kind of fucking genius who failed in elementary school arithmetics? Your sense of reality is off, geniuses. You didn’t help me. You too are also responsible for having caused me trauma and silencing my voice while trespassing. Do not communicate with me ever again. I do not respect you. I was the one who was man enough to apologize to YOU for swearing at you to get the fuck off my property, no less — not the other way around. Know this. Everyday single day since then I keep wondering if and when a couple of “tough guys” are going to break in here with “just cause” (of which they did not have) and their guns out pointed at my face. THAT is your gift to me. Well now I am giving it back to you, just like when the ex wife left ME — never to be heard from again as though I was some kind of useless dead trash that she never knew of or some kind of criminal for having smoked weed with a man-friend once the year before she left, and all four highly loving and very considerate proud xian ex in-laws then sent me back the CD’s of my music that I gave to all of them as a goddamn xmas gift while I thought that I was in LOVE. Enjoy it. Now go volunteer your manhood in the mental ward where — YOUR — actions resulted in having me taken there against my will and shattered glass all over the fucking place for a well-deserved and proportionate five hours of abuse in front of my MOTHER and SISTER and FATHER — while you still can before karma does it for you — because clearly INTENTION means absolutely nothing to you sweet considerate people.
THERE IS NO PROBLEM
Have a good one folks!