City wants to get an earful from you about cutting down on noise

"A lot of people are chronically exposed to noise levels that pose a health risk," said Tor Oiamo, an assistant professor in the department of geography and environmental studies at Ryerson University, citing studies by Toronto Public Health and the World Health Organization (WHO).

According to the Municipal Licensing and Standards department, the city's noise bylaw (also known as Toronto Municipal Code, Chapter 591) hasn't had a significant overhaul since 2002. City staff will consider all the feedback and have recommendations on what to do with the city's noise bylaws by the fall of 2019.

The five public sessions will each focus on a different aspect of noise pollution.

Monday evening's session will look at power equipment, such as leaf and snow blowers, and what restrictions should be placed on their use.

Other topics will include motor vehicle noise on highways and private property, amplified sound from bars, construction noise and what time restrictions should be placed on building activity and general noise, such as playing instruments and other residential noise.