You see a health issue, you act to correct it and protect your citizens. No small politics to put people against each other in order to keep control. No mumbling about extended delays and being dependant on the MTQ.
ACTION TO PROTECT THE CITIZENS NOW!
The mayors of Baie d’Urfé, Laval and Longueuil signed up for a sound wall in the last year!
In June 2019, the mayor of Beaconsfield has announced a surplus of 10 Millions $ from the welcome tax over the last 5 years. So the city has the money,
The mayor wants to quash this project with a loan referendum where he will ask “Do you want to pay for a sound wall ?” to those who will NOT benefit from that noise protection…
But the mayor of Baie d’Urfé can use the city’s surplus without asking for a referendum?
About 23% of the Beaconsfield population is sick because of the noise and air pollution near the Highway 20. That is 4,500 citizens, including 2,500 kids, most of them located less than 20 meters from the highway in their homes, in a primary school, in a daycare, in a high school and an academy.
The citizens of Beaconsfield waited for 35 years to resolve this HEALTH ISSUE.
In 2020, the berm between Lakeview and Gray streets is finally going to happen. The Ministère des Transports will pay a minimum of 50 per cent of the $4 million project. [Baie D’Urfé] will pay our share out of the surplus said the mayor Maria Tutino to the Gazette on January 8, 2020.
November 12 and 13, 2019: the Ministry of Health organized the first edition of this two-day event, in collaboration with several other ministries, including transport and environment. It was a great success! Two hundred and forty five (245) participants were registered.
was intended for the municipal sector, representatives of citizen groups and
non-profit organizations, academia, health and social services network and
community stakeholders as well as the various government departments and
agencies concerned by this issue.
heard lectures on several important dimensions of this scourge and we have
mainly made contact with several important players in this field in Quebec in
ministries, research centers, cities and dedicated organizations.
Some say they are not affected by the noise level stemming from the highway. They believe in what they see, and since the harm is invisible, they say noise does not bother them. They forget that the impact is real and cumulative over years (both for noise and air pollution). Here is a simple way to “see” the noise level.
Take your smart phone or your tablet and go where you can download apps. Search for a “Decibel meter” app. You will be presented with many apps : Some are free, such as Soundprint, Decibel X, Sonometre, Decibel Meter. Other apps come at a fee.
Find the one you feel at ease with and go outside of your house on a weekday around 8 AM or 6 PM. Go on the side where the highway is. Start the app and watch the results. Look at the needles moving when a train is added in the environment..
Please note :
This mesurement is instantaneous. The measurement refered to by the Environment specialists and by the Government is an average measure over twenty four (24) hours. So, that includes the relatively low levels of the night.
An app on a phone cannot be as precise as the scientific equipment used by the authors of the studies.
Following is the general evaluation grid used by the MTQ (1987 and 2010) when measuring the noise levels along the Highway 20 :
September 17 2019 : CBC aired video, audio and web articles about the air and noise pollution in schools along the highways. Here are excerpts and links :
“One hundred and twenty seven (127) primary and secondary schools in Greater Montreal are within a hundred and fifty metres of busy roads, a zone that health authorities in Quebec and elsewhere have deemed hazardous to sensitive people.”
Ultra-fine particles concentrated near roads
” The area immediately next to busy roads has been found to have high concentrations of ultra-fine particles (UFPs). Pollutants too small to be filtered by the nose and trachea often make it inside the lungs. “
“From school administrators to senior staff, these issues have not been raised by any of these schools,” EMSB spokesperson Michael J. Cohen wrote in an email.
Marguerite-Bourgeoys School Board, which has six of its hundred and thirteen primary and secondary schools near busy roads, including Beaconsfied Primary, responded similarly.
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.
The sound wall in Beaconsfield is one small step closer to reality after city council passed a resolution to move ahead with a technical study. As Global’s Anne Leclair reports, residents say the project isn’t moving fast enough.