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March 31, 2022 – With the goal to enhance the property of the Centennial Marina and the adjacent park, the City authorized the submission of a revised grant application for this flagship project to the program Aide au développement des infrastructures culturelles managed by the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications (MCC) at the March 28 Council meeting.
 
The original grant application was submitted in 2021 in order to take the first steps to achieve this revitalization project, which includes the construction of a new multipurpose centre located on the marina property. Following discussions with the representatives of the ministry, the project was revised in order to increase the versatility of the spaces, to limit the footprint by highlighting the natural character of the site, and to provide an estimate that reflects current market conditions.
 
As a result of this exercise, the total area of the building has been reduced by 31%, with a revised project cost of $15,599,000 for the construction of the new centre as well as the adjoining landscaping. For a potential start of construction in 2024, this estimate includes an inflation rate of 6.1% for 2022 and a rate of 4.2% for 2023. The revised cost for professional fees, equipment, and other expenses is estimated at $4,035,000. According to the conditions of the program Aide au développement des infrastructures culturelles, the City is requesting a grant of $3,038,209. The City hopes to receive a response to the grant application during the fall of 2022.
 
The revitalization project meets the criteria of other financial assistance programs, for which grant applications will be submitted following acceptance by the MCC. A fundraising campaign with private donors is also planned. The City's contribution will be funded through a combination of a loan by-law, as well as from the City’s reserves and surpluses available at the time of the project implementation.
 
“These public and private contributions are essential to respect the financial capacity of taxpayers and realize a quality project for the benefit of the entire community The participatory consultations held in 2019 made it possible to reach clear consensus that these exceptional sites must be revitalized, and that this initiative should be a vehicle for the sustainable development and quality of life of our city”, underlined Mayor Bourelle.
Launched in 2018, the Reimagining SPACE project is framed by a vision to develop a project to revitalize Centennial Park and the Lord Reading property with the collaboration of Beaconsfield residents that combines culture, leisure and nature. Following consultations that highlighted, among other things, deficiencies in the Library (our busiest community hub in the City) the Project Steering Committee issued a series of recommendations in 2019. These include the following:
 
  • The marina property should be integrated with Centennial Park;
  • The redevelopment of Centennial Park should preserve its natural character;
  • The construction of a multi-purpose centre (including a library and community spaces) will serve as an anchor, allowing our community to enjoy this unique waterfront space.
February 17, 2022 - In 2021, the Commission municipale du Québec (CMQ) conducted a compliance audit with five municipalities to determine compliance with certain legislative and regulatory provisions relating to the publication of documents and information on contracts in the Système électronique d’appel d’offres (SÉAO) of the government of Quebec. The audit also aimed to verify that municipalities publish information on their websites regarding the list of contracts entered into and involving an expenditure of at least 25,000 dollars. 
 
Following the compliance audit by the CMQ, the City of Beaconsfield obtained a result of 96%. The City participated diligently and with rigour in this audit and is pleased with the audit report provided by the CMQ team. From the publication process to the awarding of the contract, Beaconsfield proves to be in the lead and attests to the quality and robustness of its control procedures in place for its calls for tenders relating to the execution of works, professional mandates and the purchase of goods and services. “We are very satisfied to see that the overall result is reassuring and that the City is in compliance for the vast majority of the elements audited”, explains the Mayor of Beaconsfield, Georges Bourelle.
 
The City provided all the information available and required to the best of its knowledge to enable the proper conduct and conclusions of this audit and takes note of the few changes to make in order to improve its internal controls. “This CMQ audit report confirms that the administration is working effectively and efficiently for the entire population of Beaconsfield” explains the Director General, Patrice Boileau.
 
The City of Beaconsfield wishes to thank the CMQ team for their professionalism and their constructive comments, which will allow the City to adjust its practices in a spirit of continuous improvement and for the benefit of all stakeholders.
 
You may consult the announcement by the Commission municipale du Québec as well as the compliance audit report at: https: cmq.gouv.qc.ca/fr/la-commission/salle-de-presse/la-commission-municipale-rend-public-son-rapport-d-audit-sur-la-publication-des-contrats-dans-le-systeme-electronique-d-appel-d-offres-seao (In French only).
January 18, 2022 – While the Municipal Council of the City of Montréal is preparing to officially adopt its 2022 budget of 6.46 billion dollars on Friday, the City of Beaconsfield increases its claim to 6 million dollars to recuperate taxes paid in excess for regional Agglomeration services.
 
“This is a matter of fundamental fairness for us. For three years now, our residents have been paying an additional 2 million dollars per year with no added services, whereas Montréal has lowered its contribution and obtained more services over the same period. This situation contradicts the principles of municipal taxation of the Québec government: each taxpayer contributes to the cost of services in proportion to the benefits obtained,” reiterates Beaconsfield’s Mayor Georges Bourelle. 
 
This injustice started in 2019 with the adoption of a Ministerial Order that differed from the rules established in the 2008 agreement on the reconstitution of the municipalities following the demergers in 2006. The new calculation algorithm became incomplete by the omission of the neutrality factor, thereby distorting the historic equity that had previously established the proportionate shares of the 16 municipalities on the island of Montréal for regional services, such as police and fire services, public transit, drinking water and waste water management. 
 
In 2020 and 2021, the Minister for Municipal Affairs and Housing, Andrée Laforest, tried unsuccessfully to find consensual solutions with Montréal who rejected them all. “All propositions aiming at re-establishing equity and justice would increase Montréal’s contribution and reduce ours. That is the only reason for Montréal’s continued stonewalling,” explains Mayor Bourelle. 
 
The mayor of Beaconsfield states that his administration has taken all useful and necessary actions with the Québec government as well as with the City of Montréal to address this overtaxation prior to resorting to legal procedures in order to secure and protect the rights of the citizens of Beaconsfield.
 
The injustice will get worse
 
Mayor Bourelle also notes that the injustice against Beaconsfield and, consequently, other municipalities with high residential density on the island of Montréal will be exacerbated by increasing property values which will be reflected in the next three-year (2023-2024-2025) property evaluation roll. Experts project an average increase of 30% in residential property values, but little change for commercial and industrial properties. This penalizes in particular the municipalities of Beaconsfield, Westmount, Mount-Royal, Hampstead, Kirkland, Dollard-des-Ormeaux and Montreal-West. 
 
“This injustice is intolerable. It is unconceivable to pay more taxes without receiving additional services, just because of a distorted algorithm resulting in inequitable sharing of regional service costs. It unnecessarily reduces the contribution of municipalities that have many businesses and industries at the expense of cities where the municipal taxes are paid, for the most part, by the citizens,” concludes Mayor Bourelle.
 
 
Please consult the brief and the application for judicial review filed in Superior Court and its amendments (in French only):
 

montreal 2022 englishOnce again, we are proud to announce that the City of Beaconsfield has been named one of Montreal’s top employers for 2022.

For the third year in a row, the editors of Canada’s Top 100 Employers have selected us based on criteria such as our retirement planning assistance, our parental leave support, and our sick and personal day policies. Our flexible work arrangements, tuition subsidies, and in-house training opportunities set us apart as a top employer.

Find the details of our nomination at reviews.canadastop100.com in the “Montréal’s Top Employers” section.

June 15, 2021 – The Mayor of Beaconsfield, Georges Bourelle and the members of City Council officially reaffirm the importance of the city’s bilingual status for the community of Beaconsfield as a pledge for multiculturalism, inclusion, tolerance and comprehension in a generous society. 
 
By adopting a resolution to that effect at last night’s Council meeting, the mayor and the elected officials of City Council confirm this fact in the light of Draft Bill 96 proposed by the Québec government to preserve the French language.
  
“For us, this resolution conveys an important message that reflects the spirit of our community. The English and French language have both forged our society and continue to unite our community in a social environment that is inclusive, tolerant and generous, open and multicultural,” states Mayor Georges Bourelle.
 
The City’s bilingual status was already confirmed, even prior to Draft Bill 96, since the most recent census conducted by Statistics Canada showed that more than 55% of Beaconsfield’s population identified English as their native language. 
 
Draft Bill 96 allows municipalities to maintain their current bilingual status, even if less than 50% of the population are native English speakers, provided that the City Council adopts a new resolution in that sense.