1. Pamela Silliker-Smith
    April 25, 2016 @ 6:21 pm

    Interesting research which I give full support to. I moved to Drake and Pacific in 2013 into a 55+ building after retiring and the volume of these sirens is beyond necessary. As for sleep deprivation – being startled out of sleep in the middle of the night on numerous occasions in the month is not healthy for anyone. I question how much greater that toll is on the elderly.


  2. Herb Barbolet
    August 10, 2016 @ 5:02 pm


    This came up at the top of the list when I Googled “North American cities restricting siren use”.

    Has there been any interest in reviving this initiative?



  3. Robert Nevison
    October 26, 2016 @ 6:12 am

    Sirens in Vancouver are excessive period. AND the siren window piercing sound resembles an BOMB AIR RAID in character. How can Vancouver have so many “emergencies” all hours of the night and day.
    Full on Siren on a Ambulance crossing the Burrard bridge at 4am with NO cars anywhere.
    i could continue…
    in all the world capitals ive lived in- i have never heard this excess siren activity anywhere like what happens here daily.
    serious action (legal) should be taken with AIR RAID sirens replaced with and a strict protocol and training enforced
    just now i can hear a siren going on and on for 3 minutes as if parked stationary on light traffic roads.


  4. Karli
    December 9, 2016 @ 2:55 am

    Have you any further information since your findings, report and post in 2013?


  5. John Kocela
    April 6, 2017 @ 3:22 pm

    I have noted in the last 6 to 8 months a notable uptick in sirens that I hear – particularly in the late hours and early mornings. Can we say for sure the frequency of emergency responders is on the incline .. decline… no difference??? Not an easy subject to research.

    I have lived downtown Vancouver for over 25 years and I can’t recall a time where it was this noticeable. In any event… I agree that it’s a problem…. and I’d sure like to know if the problem is getting worse or better…


    • Robert Martinez
      September 17, 2017 @ 8:50 am

      I have recently moved to Vanvouver and have just experienced yet another night with my sleep shattered by four wailing siren events. I have lived in many cities around the world and never experienced anything remotely like this before, except during a terrorist attack. How can you people stand this? Why does the “world’s best city” have so many more emergencies? And are these ambulance, police or fire vehicles? Surreal.


  6. Greg
    May 21, 2017 @ 4:47 pm

    The City Gate strata and residents are insufferable. They’ve even complained about the noise made by the skytrain; infrastructure that existed before City Gate was built.


    • billcurrie
      June 6, 2017 @ 8:57 am

      The issue with Skytrain is the dramatic increase in noise recently as the cars and tracks between Main Street & Stadium station deteriorate. At one point, decibel levels reached 90db…almost double the safety limits. It’s an issue that harms Skytrain users as well. Translink has reached out, and together we’re working on a solution that will benefit residents and Skytrain riders.


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