It’s not exactly a simple question, but one that’s been asked a lot in the past few weeks as thousands of people have flocked to Canada’s remote communities to take part in the country’s “safe and quiet” holiday traditions.
As a result, the federal government is looking at some new legislation to help the provinces and territories deal with the issue.
But what’s really at play is the growing number of communities that have experienced the phenomenon of noise pollution, with many of the worst-affected communities having already reported increased health risks.
In many of these places, noise pollution is not an issue because residents have already started to adjust to a quieter life.
But in others, such as Hobe Sound in Nova Scotia, residents are beginning to feel the effects of the new legislation.
The legislation, the Quiet Communities Act, will allow residents to temporarily waive their noise abatement laws, which are already in place.
That means that, once again, residents can temporarily waive the noise abating laws they currently have in place if they want to continue to enjoy quiet, safe and quiet holidays.
It’s important to note that the new law doesn’t change existing abatements for people who live in isolated residential communities, or people who rent out a room to others, as the current legislation does.
Instead, it’s a temporary measure that allows residents to be “free” to leave the abatment laws in place while still having the same rights as others who live there.
In the case of Hobe, for instance, residents may still have to pay a $250 abatance fee each year if they wish to continue living in their home.
The law will be phased in over the next five years.
The province of Nova Scotia has already begun issuing a temporary abatation waiver for residents in some remote communities.
The act also allows residents who live within 10 kilometres of a rural community to temporarily waive noise abate laws, as long as they meet certain conditions.
These conditions must include: a resident living in a remote community, and a non-resident who is at least 17 years old and has lived in the community for at least 10 years.
There are also some restrictions on the kinds of activities residents can undertake.
For instance, if residents are in the habit of using a loud speaker in their homes or in their vehicles, they cannot participate in any recreational activities, including those that involve loud sound.
In addition, if the noise pollution problem affects more than 20 per cent of the population, residents must have a noise abation waiver in place, as well.
But if noise pollution affects fewer than 20 people, the province has a different set of rules that it applies to residents.
Residents in remote communities can still opt out of the abating law and continue to live in their communities.
Residents in the rest of Canada can also choose to waive their abatage law if they live in a community with a population of at least 25 people.
This is where the government will now have to look at whether those who opt out can also opt out.
In Nova Scotia and elsewhere, the rules will likely apply more widely.
In other cases, residents will have to opt out entirely, or the rules can be relaxed to make it easier for them to get out of abatings.
The federal government says that its new legislation will allow people to temporarily exempt themselves from noise abattings while they enjoy the quiet, and the province of New Brunswick says it will also look at waiving abatations.
It may be a long road, but it appears that Canada’s communities will be spared the noise problem and will now be able to enjoy a little bit of quiet.
It’s just a matter of time before the federal and provincial governments get a few more of these communities back on track.