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Watch this space for important updates on news items, things we've been working on, and items of interest in the field of acoustical engineering.

VCL celebrates its 60th year!

posted Feb 4, 2015, 6:49 PM by Ian Matthew

VCL has been in business since 1954.  We look forward to the next 60!

NPC-300 Seminar for Municipal Planners

posted Feb 4, 2015, 6:49 PM by Ian Matthew

Feedback on the seminar was positive. We are working to develop similar seminars for the legal industry and planners.

Ontario Planning Journal

posted Feb 4, 2015, 6:46 PM by Ian Matthew

Al Lightstone was invited to submit an article for publication in the Jan/Feb OPPI.  The article is entitled "MOE Issues News Noise Guideline – Consolidation Resolves Longstanding Issues” .

AWMA Conference 2013

posted Feb 4, 2015, 6:45 PM by Ian Matthew   [ updated Feb 4, 2015, 6:45 PM ]

NPC-300 Environmental Noise Guideline

posted Feb 4, 2015, 6:44 PM by Ian Matthew   [ updated Feb 4, 2015, 6:48 PM ]

(Stationary and Transportation Sources, Approval and Planning)

 In 2009, Valcoustics Canada Ltd. was retained by the Ministry of Environment Ontario (MOE) to prepare and update noise guideline addressing both stationary and transportation sources of noise.  We are pleased to announce that, on October 21, 2013, this guideline known as NPC-300 was formally released.  There are significant changes from the noise guideline documents it replaced (NPC-205, NPC-232, and LU-131)  The staff at Valcoustics Canada Ltd. are happy to respond to any questions that you may have regarding the new guideline and how it will impact you.

Valcoustics Canada Ltd. is hosting a seminar geared towards Municipal and Regional Planning Staff on December 9, 2013 to explain the changes and the impact they will have.  Check out our seminars link under the resources tab above if you are interested in attending.  Additional seminars geared to the Legal Industry and Planners are also being developed.

Inter-Noise 2013

posted Feb 4, 2015, 6:43 PM by Ian Matthew

Al Lightstone presented an invited paper that he co-authored with Sam Du, titled “Challenges of Measuring Noise Compliance of Wind Farms”, in Innsbruck, Austria on September 17, 2013.

Duntroon Quarry

posted Feb 4, 2015, 6:42 PM by Ian Matthew

The Ontario Superior Court of Justice has dismissed a request for a judicial review of the Consolidated Hearings Board’s decision to approve the expansion of the Duntroon Quarry.  Walker Industries, which owns the quarry, said the decision means the quarry expansion can proceed.  “This is a great day for us, especially for the Duntroon Quarry members and for the many individuals and businesses that will be supported economically by the quarry expansion,” company vice-president Ken Lucyshyn said in a statement, adding Walker Industries is grateful for the support it’s received throughout the process.  The decision followed a 13-month hearing at which volumes of evidence and testimony were presented.  Source: Stayner Sun.

RAIC Examiner in Acoustics

posted Feb 4, 2015, 6:41 PM by Ian Matthew

After approximately 30 years, Al Lightstone has retired as the examiner in Acoustics for the RAIC.  In a note from the Registrar, Jeanné Fox, she states "I am at a loss for words to explain how grateful I am, as are many students, that you have given so much time to helping us deliver an Acoustics course.  You have been a reliable and consistent professional ~ thank you.  Enjoy your well-deserved retirement".


posted Sep 16, 2013, 7:58 PM by Ian Matthew   [ updated Sep 16, 2013, 7:58 PM ]

From the Enbridge Team, "I would like to take this opportunity to thank you [Valcoustics] for your support at the OMB and thank you for the patience you showed during the final positioning of the turbines in preparation of the hearing. It seemed that every day we gave you new coordinates. I would also like you to pass on my thanks to Sam and the Valcoustics team for their effort in meeting the additional request made by the MOE at the last minute. They did an exceptional job...I would put you on my team any time".


posted Sep 16, 2013, 7:57 PM by Ian Matthew   [ updated Nov 8, 2013, 9:50 AM by Heather Dalby ]

Congratulations to Bousfields Inc., celebrating 35 years in business. We are pleased to have been providing consulting services to their firm for a variety of land-use planning projects over the years.

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