RAIC Examiner in Acoustics

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”.

Duntroon Quarry

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.

Inter-Noise 2013

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.

NPC-300 Environmental Noise Guideline

(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.

Ontario Planning Journal

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” .

NPC-300 Seminar for Municipal Planners

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

VCL celebrates its 60th year!

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


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.


A state-of-the-art LMS Pimento data acquisition and analysis system is now in regular use for vibration measurements. Some applications involve vibration measurements in hospitals as part of prequalifying spaces for new medical imaging technology such as MRI scanners. Other applications include ground vibration due to railways and rapid transit systems, and industrial machinery.


The Toronto Construction Association gave the TCA 2007 “Best of the Best” Award for Project Acheivement to the William Osler Health Centre, Brampton. As part of the project team, VCL was responsible for a wide range of acoustical engineering services including interior acoustics, sound isolation, and environmental noise assessment for site plan approval.