Feb 02 2008

CityView: Sorry, Sam, the sirens stay on. Can I suggest earplugs?

Published by at 11:47 pm under Uncategorized

Some advice for renters and condo owners in Vancouver’s overheated real estate market: if you don’t want to get woken up in the middle of the night by loud noise, don’t live downtown.

Really, I do sympathize with Vancouver Mayor Sam Sullivan, who came up with the unprecedented idea of allowing firefighters to keep their fire engine sirens off at night so that he could sleep soundly in his Yaletown apartment. Vancouver’s fire brigadiers have announced that they have not the slightest intention of turning off the sirens, since, um, pedestrians and drivers really ought to be warned to get out of the way of three-ton machines hurtling down streets at 100 km per hour.

I am cursed by Superman-like hearing at night that can pick up the sound of a rubber pin falling on carpet. The slightest bump can wake me from a slumber and jumpstart my heart into a less than serene wakefulness.

That’s why I knew I couldn’t live downtown. Surely a man of Sullivan’s keen intellect would have understood that emergency vehicle operators just can’t shut off their noisemakers to ensure everyone gets a good night’s sleep.

There are some new condos coming on to the market right in my neighborhood in Mount Pleasant, though. Perhaps the mayor could find some quieter digs a little closer to Vancouver City Hall?

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6 Responses to “CityView: Sorry, Sam, the sirens stay on. Can I suggest earplugs?”

  1. […] Currents wrote an interesting post today on CityView: Sorry, Sam, the sirens stay on. Can I suggest earplugs?Here’s a quick excerpt Some advice for renters and condo owners in Vancouver’s overheated real estate market: if you don’t want to get woken up in the middle of the night by loud noise, don’t live downtown. Really, I do sympathize with Vancouver Mayor Sam Sullivan, who came up with the unprecedented idea of allowing firefighters to keep their fire engine sirens off at night so that he could sleep soundly in his Yaletown apartment. Vancouver’s fire brigadiers have announced that they have not the slightest intention […]

  2. Raulon 03 Feb 2008 at 11:39 am

    Thanks for this Jonathon :)

    Man, I’ve heard this guy Sullivan say some really stupid things, but if he really said what the newspaper says that he said, he IS really an idiot.

  3. jnarveyon 03 Feb 2008 at 5:14 pm

    Whoa, Raul. I actually have a lot of respect for Sullivan’s intelligence (especially his astute political skills). That’s why I was so surprised to see this story come to light. It seems to prove that we are all fallible.

    That said, it was a pretty BAD idea.

    Cheers, my friend.

  4. Samon 05 Feb 2008 at 2:43 am

    i too enjoy not getting killed in the middle of the night by fast moving brightly flashing vehicles

  5. Raulon 05 Feb 2008 at 10:25 am

    Hmmm… true, we are all fallible. But that one phrase (and again, the question is – did he actually say that?) is really really dumb, in my humble opinion.

    Hope you’re doing well 😀

  6. Vancouver condoson 07 Feb 2008 at 6:39 am

    If you want a peaceful family life with your pets running around the backyard or garden – go ahead and invest into a detached family home. And change your car frequently. If you, however, lack the money to do so, or you just want to live in the heart of the city, buy a condo. At another blog, someone bursted over too much construction noise, dirt, and dust. Well, this is the price you have to pay. Yes, for others, too.

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