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!!!


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.

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

Losing Your Audition without Even Knowing It

Here are some recent findings about about ‘the hidden lost audition ’

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” Conventional wisdom says that damage to our hearing is an age-related phenomenon. But researchers caution that in a noisier world, chances are that more people, at younger ages, will begin to exhibit signs of hearing loss, hidden or otherwise. ”

You can have this hidden audition loss by being exposed to sounds that we don’t necessarily consider traumatic,” . The sound levels on a city street aren’t thought of as traumatic, but they can be enough.