Reducing Hospital Noise Can Improve Patient Care And Health

Steve Titus | Posted 11.02.2016 | Canada Living
Steve Titus

Excessive noise in a health-care environment is not just annoying but studies have shown that it adversely affects patient healing. A U.S. study found the average noise level in hospital wards to be close to 95 decibels -- 10 decibels beyond the noise level at which U.S. federal law requires ear protection for prolonged exposure.

Will The National Building Code Changes Reduce Noisy Neighbour Complaints?

Steve Titus | Posted 06.13.2016 | Canada Living
Steve Titus

Though these are welcome changes to anyone who has endured noisy neighbours, the changes will not result in an immediate noise reduction for all as they are only applicable to new buildings. If you are facing noisy neighbours, there is some relief for existing multi-unit home owners.

Are Open Office Environments Hurting Productivity?

Steve Titus | Posted 01.18.2017 | Canada Business
Steve Titus

Open offices create a more collaborative atmosphere because employees can interact more easily. However, there should be spaces that allow employees to be focused and others for collaboration. Open office frustration tends to happen when the spaces are not used properly.

Neighbour Noise Complaints About Your Kids Can Be Easily Handled

Raina Delisle | Posted 03.11.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Raina Delisle

Living below two little kids (who sounded like quintuplets) when I was a university student gave me a soft spot for people who want to live in relative peace and quiet. So when my landlord sent me an email last month kindly asking me if there was anything I could do about my baby's crying, I wasn't miffed. I was, in fact, apologetic and obliging.

A Funerary Call To Bewitch This Halloween

Allan MacInnis | Posted 12.25.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Allan MacInnis

Harlow MacFarlane makes some seriously evil music. Combining elements of ritual ambient, power electronics, and the atmopsheric end of the black metal spectrum, his various recording projects -- Funerary Call, Sistrenatus, and the analog synth-oriented Grey Towers Stone Temples -- have earned him recognition from avant-garde music fans worldwide. He's also a horror movie expert who has worked for years in the make-up and prosthetics industry in B.C. Hopefully, his upcoming live performance -- under the Funerary Call aegis, providing a live score for Häxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages -- might help raise his profile here at home. Magazine's Plastic Surgery-Inspired Editorial (NSFW PHOTOS)

Huffington Post Canada | Stefani Forster | Posted 03.27.2013 | Canada Style

Australian magazine is targeting plastic surgery in its latest editorial spread -- and it isn't exactly pretty. The editorial called "Pull ...

Quick Study: What Is Construction Noise Doing To Your Health?

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 07.31.2012 | Canada Living

Think all that banging, pounding and hammering outside your window is only annoying you during the day? Unfortunately, it could be killing you -- not ...