How much for the quality of life of 6,000 citizens?

High levels of noise from the highway and trains

Beaconsfield needs leadership to solve the major health issue that hurts one third of its population.

Follow this link, this situation is very similar to that of Beaconsfield because, in both cities, the administration hides behind the procedures and refuses to publicly acknowledge the existence of the problems caused by the situation instead of doing its duty : support the mitigation measures to protect the health [or life] its citizens.

Here are some relevant quotes:

Rather than simply voting to build the sidewalk [anti noise barrier], elected officials decided to adopt a loan by-law. This process opened the door to a referendum.”

“You claimed to follow the path of democracy, but in reality it was to avoid facing your duty
. Because you had a duty towards the coroner’s report, the parents of Anaïs and the safety of pedestrians in your village, ”Ms. Larochelle [the mother of the little girl] wrote in a letter sent to elected officials”. Shame on you.”

The municipality and the MTQ are passing the buck a bit and no one is exercising the expected leadership

That’s EXACTLY what our mayor is doing and, on top of that, he brags that it is a democratic process !!!

HOW MUCH FOR THE QUALITY OF LIFE OF 6,000 CITIZENS OF BEACONSFIELD?

2000 Signatures For The Noise Barrier, But The Mayor Stays Walled Up

Credits : CBC News and Global News
Credits : CBC News and Global News

PETITION DELIVERED

Monday, August 2021, we delivered a copy of our petition for

  • building the noise barrier on the South side, and
  • the preliminary evaluation by engineers of the requirements to mitigate the noise on the North side.

http://webtv.coop/group/video/Seance-du-conseil-municipal-de-la-ville-de-Beaconsfield-23-aout-2021/bc10937462e57dc806a9d586c03cdf0d/d0d75b0724808712b39ad1a91712fbd7

[32:00 to 44:30] The petition included 2,000 signatures (and is still open on this web site and in person). This means 2,000/14,000 voters = 14,2% of the voters in Beaconsfield are in favor of those two objectives.

THE MAYOR DOES NOT ANSWER

The mayor (did not) answered with his usual pitch about the procedure to be followed.

Speaking for the councilors, he did NOT answer to our question “do you agree that the A-20 and train tracks cause a major HEALTH issue to one third of the population of Beaconsfield?

The mayor tried to downplay this issue by saying that only the residents of about 300 houses are hurt were the noise level in beyond 70dBA. The reality is that as early as 1999, the WHO defined the dangerous zone at 65 dBA and therefore more than 6,200 citizens of Beaconsfield live in a zone of great danger to their health


[1:04:30 to 1:12:00] – a very interesting exchange between a citizen and Mr Bourelle

The citizen tried to have the mayor say what is the criteria to have a referendum when we are talking about a health issue. He also added that THERE SHOULD NOT BE ANY VOTE ABOUT THE HEALTH OF ONE THIRD OF THE POPULATION. A health issue must be corrected or mitigated. Period.

The mayor answered he is not a doctor (!..!). But the WHO studies clearly demonstrated the major health issues met by those living within 300 meters of as highway and/or a track.

You do not need to be a doctor to understand that!


WE ARE IN THE NEWS

Here are the news clips which covered this event (Credits CBC News and Global News)

CBC Daybreak Tuesday morning (August 24 2021) :

https://www.cbc.ca/listen/live-radio/1-15-daybreak-montreal/clip/15862323-should-beaconsfield-sound-wall-along-highway-20

Article on the Global site :

CBC news clip on Monday night (August 23 2021)

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1BI86CT2ESsf_O5BbR4RMX9L9vFed2Xi5/view

Global news link on Monday night (August 23 2021) :

Beaconsfield mayor responds to protesters demanding swift action on sound wall – Montreal | Globalnews.ca

Reduce the Greenhouse gaz (GHG) without acting upon it’s main source (the 20) in Beaconsfield ??? What a joke!

credit : Beaconsfield Journal

“the City was able to develop three action plans of the i3P project to make our community more resilient to the impacts of climate change: GHG Reduction Plan, Community Energy Plan and Climate Adaptation Plan.” See the City’s announcement

How come none of these plans even mentioned the biggest source of Greenhouse gaz in Beaconsfield : the highway 20 which splits the city in two?

Building a sound wall also brings a reduction of the air pollution (or GHG) close to the highway. See the Public Health Department’s 2006 report. This is Chapter 2 detailing the air-related health issues along highways.

Mr Bourelle: one third of Beaconsfield residents suffer

At the Monday October 26th Council meeting, the mayor showed how short sighted he can be. Challenging our numbers (6,000 residents plus 2,000 kids in schools), he mentioned the 100 or so houses directly on the highway (less than 20 meters), only to mention that some 1,000 are “close”.

Here is our rebuttal – you should look at both sides of the highway, Mr Mayor. One third of your population suffers from the noise on the highway and the MTQ proposal solves only half of that dire situation.

This also is why we need a wall!!!

CAR CRASH, EXPLOSION AND FIRE ON HIGHWAY 20 YESTERDAY NIGHT

This is what happened last night on the highway 20 in Beaconsfield from eye witnesses comments:

“This happened (Sept 21 2020) right behind our house at about 4 am this morning that a car exploded. My cameras also caught a lot of it but a little too dark. That’s why a wall is important for homes so close to the highway.”

“There was a car on the highway that was on fire right behind houses”

“We saw everything and called the police and firefighters they kept on calling because they couldn’t find the precise location!We thought all the houses were going to burn if they would have taken much longer. The car crashed and then exploded!!! That’s why the wall is so important for that area”

“A police car was there at 4:30 But I couldn’t see anything it was dark I didn’t even know there was a fire truck on the street”

New cost evaluation for the Soundwall – What leadership?

The City published a press release stating that the cost of the Noise Barrier is now evaluated to 46 Millions $, from 20 Millions $ in 2010. These look like big numbers. In reality, the city has a 25%-75% proposal from the MTQ. The burden on the city goes down to 10 Millions$

The mayor makes this statement without showing the report. And he doesn’t talk about fighting to reduce the city’s invoice, following this raise. He wants to on a referendum without a fight.

Where is the fiery attitude today ? The mayor should be fighting to protect one third of his population which is aggressed daily by the noise. Instead of that, he lowers his head, burns money fighting with his citizens, trying to hide behind a referendum to kill the project.

Videos of the “Journées du bruit environmental”

Here is a link to the videos of the conferences given at the “Journées du bruit environmental”, in November 2019.

https://www.msss.gouv.qc.ca/professionnels/sante-environnementale/journees-du-bruit-environnemental/programmation/

We told you then about our participation to this major two days event to which many provincial and federal ministries contributed, including :

  • Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux (including the Minister, Mrs Danielle McCann)
  • Ministère des Transports du Québec
  • Transports Canada

Also contributed Universities and research centers such as :

  • Université McGill
  • École de technologie supérieure
  • Université de Montréal
  • Université Laval
  • Université d’Ottawa
  • Institut national de santé publique du Québec
  • Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en Sécurité du travail (IRSST)

And various other organisations :

  • Ville de Gatineau
  • Ville de Cap-Santé
  • Ville de Massueville
  • Ville de Montréal
  • Conseil régional de l’environnement de Montréal
  • Vivre en Ville
  • Ordre des urbanistes du Québec
  • Acoucité