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

Losing Your Audition without Even Knowing It

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

Traffic Noise

” 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. ”

https://elemental.medium.com/you-might-be-losing-your-hearing-and-you-dont-even-know-it-b621f6b4aadd

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.

Baie d’Urfé plans for a sound wall in 2021

Highway 20 east in Baie d’Urfé – (The Montreal Gazette)

Mayor Tutino said ” “Over the years we have put money aside to pay this out of our surplus “

THAT IS LEADERSHIP !

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!

“The city of Pointe-Claire had listed, as recently as late 2015, a proposed sound wall to run between St-Jean Blvd. and Sources Blvd. in its capital program for infrastructure projects. ” (The Gazette, January 22 2020)

WHAT ABOUT BEACONSFIELD?

Baie d’Urfé gets a sound wall. What about Beaconsfield?

Baie d’Urfé gets a sound wall paid 50% by the MTQ and 50% by the city’s surplus. For the mayor of Baie d’Urfé this is a health decision to protect her citizens.

https://globalnews.ca/video/rd/eb481f60-37d3-11ea-a621-0242ac110004/?jwsource=em

In Beaconsfield, the proposal is 75% for the MTQ and 25% for the city. But the mayor is talking about difficulties, costs overruns and delays. To him this is a decision about money.

https://globalnews.ca/video/rd/d3936422-3866-11ea-a4ce-0242ac110003/?jwsource=em

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,

10 Millions in surplus over 5 years !

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.

https://globalnews.ca/video/rd/bb4ae7c0-38a0-11ea-a07e-0242ac110003/?jwsource=em

So it seems the mayor of Beaconsfield wants to save the money and get re-elected without considering the health of those citizens and those kids who are suffering in this polluted area.

We say that this is a Public Health issue, and therefore the highest priority project for our city.

PS Thank you GLOBAL NEWS for covering this story.

« JOURNÉES DU BRUIT ENVIRONNEMENTAL »

WE WERE THERE !

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.

The event 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.

We have 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.

This conference will have impacts.

Measure the noise impact at your home

Noise measurement tool to “see” the impact

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 :

This is the grid used to evaluate the noise levels : Below 55 dBA is weak, 60 dBA to 65 dBA is average, and beyond 65 dBA is strong and requires mitigation.