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NEWS: Iqaluit August 15, 2012 - 10:40 am

“Quiet time” in Iqaluit scaled back to 10 p.m.

City council passes noise by-law unanimously

DAVID MURPHY

Iqaluit City Council wants the streets of Iqaluit to get a little quieter in the evenings.

City councillors unanimously passed an amendment to the Iqaluit noise bylaw Aug. 14.

The bylaw scaled back the evening “quiet time” by an hour. “Quiet time” will now be in force from 10 p.m. until 7 a.m.

Bylaw enforcement officer Michael Hatch said there has been a growing increase in noise complaints from residents

While enforcement officers don’t often charge people with noise complaints and there’s no set fine for a noise disturbance, that doesn’t mean you won’t get charged if you are found to be making noise in the “quiet time.”

“It just means you would go to court and a judge would decide what the fine amount is based on the circumstance,” Hatch said.

Noise and nuisance can be anything from yelling and screaming, loud music, dog barking, unnecessarily revving an engine, setting off loud fireworks, or anything disturbing the peace that is deemed “unnecessary or unreasonable.”

“Once a complaint comes in, it’s up to the officer to determine whether it’s unreasonably disturbing the peace, and they would attempt to resolve the issue. And if the issue is not resolvable, then charges could be laid,” Hatch said.

“Technically, yeah, there’s nothing to prevent people from setting off fireworks but you are not permitted to set off fireworks from the hours of 10 p.m. to 7 a.m.,” he said.

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