Leaf blower ban
The town of Beaconsfield, which is part of Montreal, has banned gas powered leaf blowers. (It would appear as though the process and the seeming lack of consultation has annoyed a good number of residents, which is too bad. It would be much better to get people to agree to the ban.) It seems they can still use electric powered blowers. You can read about it here.
This blog discusses the noise generated by leaf blowers and lists a number of communities in the USA that have banned or restricted the use of leaf blowers.
And here is an article that further discusses the issue. This piece points out that not only is the noise an issue, but so is the level of hydrocarbon emissions:
“In 2011, Edmunds, the car reviewer, compared a two-stroke-engine leaf blower with a Ford F-150 Raptor pickup truck, finding that a half-hour of yardwork produced the same amount of hydrocarbon emissions as a 3,887-mile drive in the truck. In other words: Blow leaves from your lawn, or drive from Maplewood to Juneau, Alaska. Your choice.” (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/17/realestate/on-banning-on-leaf-blowers.html)
So maybe you can get these noisy machines banned in your community too! Good luck!