BEACONSFIELD, QC, May 15, 2019 – The Beaconsfield Pollution Corridor Initiative (BPCI) invited you to an information and education session about the air and noise pollution along the Autoroute 20 (A-20) with presentations by two experts, Sophie Goudreau M.Sc. and Louis-François Tétreault, PhD. officials from the Public Health Department from the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux du Québec. Solutions were presented with a question and answer period.
The event was free and open to all. Become more informed about the pollution corridor and its effects on your quality of life, health and safety.
The event took place on
- Thursday, May 23, 2019 and
- Tuesday, June 18 2019
“Noise is an underestimated threat that can cause a number of short- and long-term health problems, such as for example sleep disturbance, cardiovascular effects, poorer work and school performance, hearing impairment, etc.”, states the World Health Organization (WHO). The noise levels on the south side of A-20 are well above World Health Organization standards.
The Transport Minister (MTQ) recognized the seriousness of the problem and confirmed responsibility by financing 75% of the mitigation project. The MTQ sound study released in January 1987 and October 2010 determined Beaconsfield is beyond the acceptable ranges and a sound barrier is required for 4,887 metres along the south side of A-20 between Pointe-Claire and Baie d’Urfé on the south side of A-20. However, so far, Beaconsfield municipal representatives do not support the project.
Residents living along the autoroute 20 endure a growing noise level substantially above the maximum acceptable to the provincial public health authorities. The high levels of dust and C02 can lead to an increase in respiratory and asthmatic symptoms, affecting Beaconsfield citizens, especially our children and the elderly. Within 100 metres from the autoroute, there are over 2,000 residents, an elementary school, a high school, parks, playgrounds and a public swimming pool.