What's New

A new park will be built in the summer of 2020, between Prairie and Beaurepaire.
 
This park will include two recreational structures, a sandbox and swings, to serve new families in the area.
 
The project includes the access path, the urban furniture and the planting of trees to provide shade in the park. Construction will begin in early July.
 
The pathway will be closed during the construction period.
 

Make sure that your pool is inaccessible at all times

 
A child only needs a few seconds to slip away to the backyard and access the pool without anyone knowing. If a pool is inaccessible, there is no risk a child will accidentally fall into it during your absence.
  • Adequately fence in your pool
  • Install spring hinges and a latch on all fence gates
  • For above-ground or semi in-ground pools choose a ladder with a self-closing gate or barrier
  • Keep away from the pool any object that a person could climb to access the pool
 
 
For more information about safety rules to prevent drowning, you can also visit quebec.ca/en/homes-and-housing/swimming-pools-and-spas
 
June 25, 2020 – The City of Beaconsfield is protecting the second payment for quote-part to the Agglomeration of Montreal by legal protest, as it did in February, in order to recover the millions of dollars unduly collected by the City of Montreal from Beaconsfield citizens.
 
"Millions of dollars are collected in excess every year from our citizens. These are no longer taxes for services rendered, but invoices inflated by Montreal to the detriment of equity and justice" decries Mayor Georges Bourelle, who is also Vice-President of the Commission sur les finances et l'administration [Standing Committee on Finance and Administration] of the Agglomeration of Montreal.
 
As we approach the August 31 deadline provided in the Ministerial Order concerning the revision of the payment calculation for regional services of related municipalities to the Agglomeration of Montreal, the City of Beaconsfield guarantees its legal remedies by this payment under protest.
 
This ministerial order of December 18, 2019 invites the related municipalities to reach an agreement by August 31. However, the intervention of the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Andrée Laforest, has so far failed to advance talks with Mayor Valérie Plante’s administration in order to settle the numerous disputes concerning the shares paid for regional services on the Island of Montreal.
 
"There has been no development in the situation in six months despite Minister Laforest's formal invitation by ministerial order. The City of Montreal is stalling by providing proposals which are, in fact, placebo solutions, an illusion of settlement. The reality is that the inequities remain. The Montreal administration refuses to change the situation because it is the only one who benefits from it and imposes the sums to be paid, without consultation or consideration", reiterates Mr. Bourelle.
 
In addition, the Montreal administration uses two different financial approaches for the Agglomeration so as to reduce its contribution and increase its revenues. When it comes to revenues, it keeps 87% based on its demographic representation, but pays according to its fiscal potential, or 82%. The related cities, including Beaconsfield, then pay 18% of the expenses, but receive only 13% of the revenues.
 
The cost-sharing formulas applied by the City of Montreal to the Agglomeration are inadequate, outdated and the injustices are not corrected despite knowing all the facts, says Mayor Bourelle.
 
In 2020, without seeing any increase in services, Beaconsfield is paying for an 11% increase in its contribution to the Agglomeration, while general shares increased by 0.7%. This single distortion of the complex share calculation methods will cost the 20,000 Beaconsfield residents an additional $2 million this year.
 
"According to the ministerial order, there are only two months left to resolve these complex issues. We must establish lasting solutions which will have to be applied gradually over several years in order to avoid distortions penalizing taxpayers", concluded Mr. Bourelle.
 
 
 
June 15, 2020 – As public health authorities are endorsing the resumption of activities for children, the City of Beaconsfield is pleased to announce that summer day camps will open on July 6.
 
Given the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and in accordance with the guidelines issued by the Québec Government’s public health agency, the rules for physical distancing, cough and sneeze etiquette as well as hand hygiene must be observed in order to ensure the continued health of children, parents, and camp counsellors. 
 
“We know that day camps are an important service for many parents in Beaconsfield and that children have enriching experiences and build relationships in their community. We have therefore chosen to maintain them this summer, by adjusting to government directives, "said Mayor Bourelle.
 
The interest in our popular summer day camps was quickly confirmed during the registration period. The counsellor/camper ratio per age group has been increased to respect the first guidelines issued by the public health authorities although these ratios have been adjusted in the meantime to allow the usual ratio.
 
However rigorous and robust, the measures put in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 cannot guarantee the elimination of the risk of contagion in camps, as community-wide transmission may be possible through infected yet asymptomatic persons.
 
We remind you that children or parents presenting symptoms associated with COVID-19 must stay at home and self-isolate for 14 days, as prescribed by the National Public Health Institute.
 
 
 
Maire Bourelle rondJune 11, 2020 – Beaconsfield is a community where respect and basic fundamental rights are at the heart of our core values. We must honour this reality on a daily basis and defend it to ensure the well-being of current and future generations. 
 
The anti-racism protests that have been rocking the world over the past few weeks in the wake of the murder of US-citizen George Floyd during his arrest by four police officers in Minneapolis, denounce unacceptable violence against any human being.
 
The charters governing human rights constitute the foundation for justice, freedom and peace in our society. Any form of violence and discrimination must be reported, banned and punished. Law enforcement agencies must ensure that their representatives are systematically made aware of these societal issues in order to prevent brutality and profiling of any kind.
 
The current anti-racism protests remind us that discrimination exists even if it has little or no impact on our daily lives. Unfortunately, discrimination is a persistent reality, and we must be sensitive to the distress it causes. We need to be vigilant and attentive to any signs or behaviours that foster or conceal discrimination in overt or subtle ways. We have to stand up and take action to make it stop.
 
A few years ago, the City of Beaconsfield adopted policies relating to non-violence and harassment in the workplace. Respect for each individual and their rights is fundamental, be it in terms of race, colour, sex, age, civil status, religions, political affinities, language, ethnic or national background, social status, sexual orientation, pregnancy or handicap.
 
In fact, what differentiates us is the appreciation for the wealth of diversity we are a part of. Together, our differences form a whole and shape a society in which understanding and tolerance bind us together, set us apart and unites us. 
 
The protests to end systemic and individual racism remind us that human rights and freedom must be protected at all times. We need to listen to those who denounce injustice. We have to understand, and we must, above all, take action to put an end to it.
 
If you are a witness or victim of discrimination or violence, I encourage you to take legally appropriate action to get help for yourself, provide help for those in need, or report those who act in disregard of the rights of others to the authorities.
 
If we want to build a better world, no person shall be excluded, just as no person shall deliberately ignore discriminatory behaviour. We must join together to make sure that this stops. We all have a responsibility to shape a world that is a better place for everyone.
 
 
 

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the City has communicated almost daily with its residents. Now that the situation is calming down and services are gradually resuming, the City will slowly reduce the frequency of its communications.

Beaconsfield Updates e-newsletter:
We will now send our e-newsletter four times a week: Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

Calls to seniors and at-risk residents:
Calls to seniors and vulnerable persons, for which 700 residents are registered, will be reduced to twice a month in June and once a month thereafter.

Letters to seniors:
The weekly letter for seniors without Internet access, which is sent to about 60 residents, will now be sent every two weeks starting on Friday, June 12.

The City will continue to inform you of any development and measures put in place, so that everyone can stay safe and informed during these hard times.


Access to the boat ramps is now prohibited for boats with trailers.
 
Light watercraft only is permitted such as:

  • Kayak
  • Canoe
  • Windsurf board
  • Paddleboard

No trailer 

From May 25 until mid-July

Water main installation will take place on City Lane from Beaconsfield Boulevard to 1974 City Lane. Work will be carried out by the company Talvi.

Traffic will be affected in this sector during that time period.

We ask you to please use caution and ensure that you respect the temporary traffic signals.

Scheduled to start on the week of May 18
 
Elm Avenue: between Westcroft and Park
Saint-Andrew Avenue: at the intersection of Beaurepaire
 
For more information, please contact 311 or visit ville.montreal.qc.ca/chantiers
 

CN's Annual Vegetation Management Program
 
CN is required to clear its right-of-way from any vegetation that may pose a safety hazard.  It is therefore to ensure the safety of railway operations and the public that the annual vegetation control program will be carried out between May and October on CN rail lines.

Certified applicators will be applying herbicides on and around the railway tracks, mainly the graveled area known as the ballast, but also on other areas of the right of way where necessary for safety purposes.

All product requirements for setbacks in the vicinity of dwellings, aquatic environments and municipal water supplies will be observed.

Flushing of the water network is scheduled from May 4 until July 31.

Employees of Aqua Data, the company in charge, work between Sunday evening and Friday morning, from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m. The quality of drinking water will not be affected.

This one-way rinsing operation removes deposits in the pipes and ensures the continued supply of good quality drinking water. Despite all the precautions taken by the City, this operation can cause a slight drop in pressure accompanied by rust-coloured water. If this should occur, we recommend that you let the water run until it is clear.

We apologize for any inconvenience caused by this work.

For more information, contact Public Works at 514 428-4500 or info@beaconsfield.ca.

A notice will be distributed to homes three to five days before we start work in each area. Do not fill your pool during the work within your sector.

Opening statement from March 23 Council Meeting

In these exceptional times of public health emergency due to the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic, we must all show courage and determination, personal sacrifice and community solidarity to counter the spread of this virus and save lives.

The situation we are facing is a global first. It is a new and demanding challenge for all of us.
Public health authorities ask us to stay at home to limit the contagion. Our outings should be limited to our basic food and health needs and to help our loved ones and those in need. If out for a walk, we must still maintain a 2-meter distance from others we may encounter.

We all understand that no one appreciates being limited in their individual freedoms. However, these restrictions are of paramount importance for saving lives.

Let us also all have a generous thought towards all those who are on the front lines to provide care, safety, essential supplies and logistical support. These people put themselves at risk of contagion to protect us. Let's stay at home to protect them.

Let us remember this daily in this difficult time in the world: the sacrifices we make in our personal lives save lives. We must be aware of this and we must be proud of it. Each of us has a role to play, even if it is simply to stay at home.

When all this will be over - as it will end one day – we will be proud to have saved lives through the personal sacrifices we are all making right now.

Thank you to each of you for taking action, whether it be by directly helping others or by staying at home.

The coming weeks are crucial to the success of the measures in place to counter the spread of the Coronavirus. We must be brave in this humanitarian emergency. I count on each of us and thank you from the bottom of my heart for your personal sacrifices for the common good.

Georges Bourelle
Mayor

 

March 24, 2020 – In order to help citizens face the economic challenges linked to the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic, Mayor Georges Bourelle announces that the May 25 tax instalment is postponed to June 29 for 60 % of the amount - the Agglomeration of Montreal’s share - and a second instalment on August 31 for the portion of Beaconsfield's services (40%).

"By doing so, we are able to meet our budgetary obligations while allowing our taxpayers to take advantage of one more month to pay their bill, and by reducing the amount by creating an additional payment, which will be due at the end of August. This will help many people in these global exceptional circumstances”, explains Mayor Bourelle.

The deferral of tax payment was made possible thanks to the request made by the mayors of the suburban cities, including Mr. Bourelle, asking that the administration of Montreal postpone, by one month, the cities’ contribution to the budget for the Agglomeration of Montreal services.

In practical terms, the next tax bill instalment is deferred from May 25 to June 29. This portion of the tax bill will correspond only to Beaconsfield's contribution to the Agglomeration of Montreal. This will represent around 60% of the amount planned initially.

A third instalment is added on August 31. This will represent the portion of the tax bill dedicated only for the services offered locally by Beaconsfield. To make this possible, Council has submitted a draft by-law for notice of motion at the March 23 meeting, for adoption in April.

“We are aware of the exceptional challenges which all are facing. In this context, postponing and staggering the next municipal tax instalments is a concrete solution of financial respite," said Mayor Bourelle.

The Mayor would like to thank the City's employees for their efforts which enabled this solution, in particular for the reprogramming of computer systems.

"The current public health emergency forces us to act in a humanitarian, respectful, tolerant and ingenious manner with each other. Our social solidarity in these circumstances is essential”, concludes Mr. Bourelle.

 

 

Sound Wall Update: The City is awaiting the MTQ report


The City wishes to inform its residents that the report scheduled to be tabled this winter 2020 by the Ministère des transports (MTQ) concerning the preliminary draft study for the construction of a sound wall south of Highway 20 in Beaconsfield has not yet been received.

The City is awaiting a new tabling date and will communicate this information to residents once received. 

Click here for all the details regarding summer camp registration. 

SECBenchmarkLogoQUEST and Pollution Probe have launched the Smart Energy Communities Benchmark. The Benchmark measures where a community stands relative to Canadian best practices on ten measures that, taken together, constitute the core characteristics of a Smart Energy Community.
 
The City of Beaconsfield was one of nine pilot communities that participated in the development of the Benchmark. The City is very pleased to have contributed our experience and expertise to this new tool that will help other municipalities in Canada on their energy-smart journey.
 
 
Smart Energy Communities Benchmark: https://smartenergycommunities.ca/highlights/
 
February 3, 2020 – We are proud to announce that the City of Beaconsfield was named one of Montreal’s top employers for 2020.
 
Organized by the editors of Canada's Top 100 Employers, this annual competition recognizes the employers in Greater Montreal that lead their industries in offering exceptional places to work. Evaluations are based on criteria such as work atmosphere, benefits, vacation and paid time off, continuing education and skills development, employee engagement and work-family reconciliation policies.
 
"It's a great honour to be recognized among Montreal’s top employers. This recognition is a remarkable accomplishment and demonstrates a key priority for our organization – to provide a healthy and rewarding work environment where employees feel motivated and happy. The dedication and day-to-day commitment of our staff is the driving force behind our success. On behalf of Management and Council, I want to thank them warmly for their excellent work, "said Patrice Boileau, Director General.
 
The City of Beaconsfield is located in the West Island of Montreal. The organization promotes a positive workplace culture and offers many social benefits and pleasant surroundings. Depending on the season, the number of employees varies between 150 and 200 working in the following departments: Culture and Leisure, Sustainable Development, Finance and Treasury, Public Works, Urban Planning and Municipal Patrol, Human Resources, Registry and Public Affairs, and General Management.
 
 
November 19, 2019 – The Mayor and members of Council are proud to announce an agreement with the Lord Reading Yacht Club regarding the management of the Beaconsfield Centennial Marina. Adopted at the Council meeting of November 18, this agreement will allow the City to offer residents access to the banks of Lake St. Louis and the services of a marina.
 
“We are completely rethinking the space currently in use by the Lord Reading Yacht Club by renaming the future marina “Beaconsfield Centennial Marina” and by reducing the occupied area to allow more space for the park," explains Mayor Georges Bourelle.
 
As a property of the City, the marina will be located near the lake, and current buildings will be gradually replaced by a harbour master’s office which will be dedicated to the operation of docks and related equipment, for the benefit of residents and other users. By signing this agreement, the City recognizes the expertise of the Lord Reading Yacht Club in the management of quality boating activities. With a 15-year term and two renewal options of five years each, the agreement entails long-term projects for this municipal facility, and the Club is committed to a number of development, maintenance and improvement projects in order to ensure the sustainability of the facilities.
 
“I am very pleased with this agreement with the Lord Reading Yacht Club, which demonstrates the importance of working together to best serve our citizens. I want to acknowledge the openness of Commodore Wagner and his team, as well as the City managers involved in this community-based project,” said Mayor Bourelle.
 
 
November 5, 2019 – The City of Beaconsfield, among twenty-five municipalities across Canada, was selected for an intensive pilot project with the leading global climate initiative. 
 
The City will benefit from a network of leading municipalities across Canada who have joined the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy to help Beaconsfield achieve our specific climate action priorities. Over the next year, the municipality will receive targeted technical support, training and access to tools and resources. The City’s participation in this pilot project will be an important step in the implementation of the 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.
 
"Municipalities play a central role in climate protection because they have a direct or indirect impact on almost half of Canada's GHG emissions. We are proud of this unique initiative that allows us as a City and community to consolidate our efforts in this fight against climate change. This is a great opportunity that our administration is undertaking with energy and enthusiasm," says Georges Bourelle, Mayor of Beaconsfield.
 
The Global Covenant of Mayors Canada is a collaboration between FCM, ICLEI ˗ Local Governments for Sustainability, the Global Covenant of Mayors Secretariat and the International Urban Cooperation Project supported by funding from the European Union. 
 
The initiative combines two leading domestic climate programs, the Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) program and Building Adaptive and Resilient Communities (BARC), with the global climate program. 
 
GES PriDistinction FondBLANCOctober 28, 2019 - The City of Beaconsfield is proud to announce that the municipality took first place in the category « Management practices and psychological wellbeing – small and medium-sized enterprises » at the 2019 Distinction Award Gala of Groupe Entreprises en santé which took place on October 23, 2019, in Montreal.
 
The jury took into consideration the commitment of the City’s executive management to improve its actions relating to the health and well-being of its employees by introducing a very well structured programme aimed at obtaining the “Healthy Enterprise” certification under the BNQ 9700-800 standard. The standard sets out requirements regarding good organizational practices that foster healthy lifestyles among employees, a healthy workplace, and sustainable improvements in the health of individuals. 
 
The jury also took into account the numerous initiatives included in the City’s health and well-being programme implemented in 2018 which are based on needs previously evaluated by an extensive survey among its entire workforce. In terms of management practices, a number of actions have been put in place, including a survey tool used to regularly evaluate the mood, mindset and satisfaction of its employees and to take action as needed. 
 
“This award acknowledges the efforts of all the employees of the City of Beaconsfield who have contributed to the implementation of the Healthy Workplace Policy adopted by Municipal Council in 2018. All this work was carried out thanks to the involvement of our Health and Well-being Committee and senior executives,” states the Director General of the City of Beaconsfield, Patrice Boileau. “Investing in the health of our employees is a choice that pays off!”
 
August 20, 2019 - The Mayor and Council members are pleased to announce that they welcome the recommendations made by the Reimagining SPACE Steering Committee following the findings which emerged during the consultation process with residents to revitalize Centennial Park and the Lord Reading property.
 
At the August 19 meeting, the first step was taken when Council adopted a resolution concerning a list of criteria to help select a qualified professional advisor. Once chosen, this advisor will assist the City in launching a multidisciplinary architectural competition for the construction of a future multipurpose center. For this innovative project, the City is working with the Ville de Montréal Bureau du design, which has extensive expertise to oversee this process.
 
“City Council has carefully considered the recommendations of the Committee's report and agrees to proceed with this first step of the project. The process leading to an architectural competition involves several phases, and we must evaluate, along the way, the feasibility and relevance to pursue this venture. The support of a professional is essential for this unique project which is an exceptional experience for our municipality”, says Mayor Georges Bourelle.
 
In addition, the City will hold an evening dialogue with residents about the customers’ user experience of the cultural and library services on October 2, 2019, in the Council Chamber.
 
“We hope that residents will continue to get involved in this unifying project and that they will participate in large numbers during this special evening. Architecture shapes our public spaces, our neighbourhoods and has a lasting effect on the territory, which is why it is important for Council to have the pulse of our residents. We hope that this consultation approach, which we have applied since the beginning of the Reimagining SPACE project, will allow us to share information in order to envision a modern and adapted centre as a magnificent cultural and community place for our citizens”, declares Mayor Bourelle.
 
January 28, 2019 - The City of Beaconsfield is pleased to announce its participation in the Project for the electrification of municipal trucks and specialized transport - Study Component - (PéCTS) together with the cities of Nicolet, Plessisville, and Varennes. Led by the Société d’innovation en environnement and YHC Environnement, the four cities will participate in a feasibility study to evaluate the technical and financial considerations for the electrification of the municipal fleet.
 
The PéCTS project will develop solutions to convert trucks to use electric power or some of their components to achieve a reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of at least 20% and to lessen the environmental impacts of transportation.
 
In addition to GHG reduction in the identification of solutions, the targeted benefits of this study include the reduction of energy expenditure, the optimization of the management of the municipal trucks, the development of new regional expertise in the field of electrification of transport, and modernization of the vehicles of the municipal fleet.
 
"Municipalities play a central role in climate protection because they have a direct or indirect impact on almost half of Canada's GHG emissions. For Beaconsfield, there is no doubt that the environment is an important issue and that it is obvious to encourage the development of technological solutions aimed at reducing the ecological footprint of transportation. Thanks to the PéCTS project, this collaboration between Quebec municipalities allows us to multiply our efforts in this joint initiative for the benefit of our respective communities," says Georges Bourelle, Mayor of Beaconsfield.
 
The realization of the PéCTS project is possible thanks to funding from the Municipalities for Climate Innovation program of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM). The FCM contributed $95,440 for the study component of this project.
January 9, 2019 - The City of Beaconsfield is proud to have been selected to participate in the development of the Smart Energy Communities Scorecard. QUEST and Pollution Probe are non-profit organizations bringing together nine communities across Canada to help develop a roadmap on how to transition towards being a “Smart Energy” community, and evaluate their progress along the way. “Smart Energy” communities improve energy efficiency, limit energy consumption costs, enhance energy reliability and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
 
"Beaconsfield is the only city in Québec to make the short list for the QUEST pilot project. We are proud to collaborate with innovative communities across Canada, which will serve to motivate our residents to join us in the efforts to become a more sustainable, self-sufficient, and resilient community in the face of climate change," said Mayor Georges Bourelle.
 
The Scorecard is a tool that will help benchmark and evaluate the progress of Smart Energy Communities in Canada. Beaconsfield will join Bridgewater, Calgary, Grande Prairie, Inuvik, London, Yellowknife, Markham and Campbell River to provide insight on how best to gauge a community’s progress towards energy efficiency.  At the end of the pilot, Beaconsfield will receive a Scorecard Report that will contribute to its ongoing community energy planning efforts.
 
To learn more about QUEST and the Smart Energy Communities Scorecard visit questcanada.org/scorecard
City representatives participated in a first meeting with Transport Québec on October 11, 2018. The objective of this meeting was to launch the project. The firm mandated by Transport Québec, WSP, was also present at the meeting. WSP presented the work schedule and issues perceived. The next steps are to analyse the rights-of-way and to establish the concepts retained according to the results.  
 
A first deliverable should be submitted in 6 months, followed by consultation meetings with citizens. The initial schedule is being respected. The preliminary pre-project study for the construction of a sound wall on the south side of Highway 20 in Beaconsfield should be submitted in the fall of 2019.
 
211An information and referral service available 7 days a week, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., 365 days a year, which will eventually be open 24 hours a day.
 
211 Community resources directory is also available on the web. In collaboration with community organizations, all information on social and community resources is updated annually.
 
With the help of statistics from calls and web frequency, 211 sheds a light to government officials and decision-makers on social needs and in determining missing resources that are needed.
 
211 service helps curb poverty and social exclusion, giving the people with non-urgent social needs rapid information on the social and community resources that will help them find solutions to move beyond their precarious situations.
 
211 is a free service, largely accessible especially for low-income people, seniors and newcomers.
 
 

sewer grate 2sewer grate rectThe Public Works department has noticed that certain sewer lines in your sector are blocked due to an accumulation of small branches and other small bits of debris which can only be there if they were purposefully put down the gaps in the sewer grates.  Recently, the accumulation of debris has caused many sewer back-ups.

We would ask for your cooperation in stopping this recurring issue in your sector by asking you to inform your children and anyone else who you might see putting debris in the gaps in the sewer grates of the consequences of their actions.

Thank you for your cooperation.

 

Muted citizen response regarding utility and financing

November 20, 2015 – Beaconsfield residents are cautious in their assessment of the utility and financing methods of a sound wall along the south side of Highway 20, despite the exceptional proposal made by the Provincial Minister of Transport Robert Poëti for its implementation.

This was revealed by a survey of 600 adult Beaconsfield residents conducted by Léger Marketing from October 16 to 23, 2015; the results were weighted according to sex, age, owner or tenant status and district of residence. Such research reflects an overall position of citizens regarding the project’s relevance and financing methods. The results can be expected to be accurate to within 4% if repeated again 19 out of 20 times.

“We have conducted this survey to become fully aware of the overall position of our residents on this project. The results confirm the caution with which we have handled this matter from the beginning”, explains Mayor Georges Bourelle.

According to the pollster’s analysis, the survey results show that “the majority of the citizens seem unconvinced of the sound wall’s necessity […], because they have doubts regarding its efficiency and appearance or disapprove of the costs related to the implementation of the project.

“This first level of consultation allows us to take stock of the stakes to be considered before deciding whether to accept the Minister’s proposal. We will now address the financing and consultation methods to ensure that the decision will be made with total transparency as part of a democratic exercise which will respect all parties concerned”, adds the Mayor.

Transport Minister Robert Poëti recently offered to bear 75% instead of 50% of the project costs. Despite this exceptional proposal, Beaconsfield’s part would still amount to five million dollars.

The survey results demonstrate that the noise problems caused by the highway affect a very slight majority of respondents in the three districts closest to Highway 20, whereas the respondents in the three other districts declare to be hardly or not affected.

The two main reasons given by those opposed to the project are the costs (53%) and the fact that they are not directly affected by the noise generated by highway traffic (46%).

This trend is even more pronounced when considering the cost issue. The most impacted districts favour a general cost-sharing solution, while those less or not impacted believe that the costs should be covered by the affected owners.

Click here to consult the survey and its results (PDF)

 

The City of Beaconsfield has implemented an automated call system called CodeRed to provide the means to reach citizens in an emergency. It is an efficient call system that can reach a large number of people in a very short time and can be deployed in a specific area, even a street if, for example, a broken water main were to force interruption of the water supply. In other cases, authorities could use it to announce an environmental accident, a gas leak or other emergency. The message could include information on procedures to be followed.

Is your phone number confidential, have you only a cell phone or have you moved in the last month?
The CodeRed database system contains numbers of landlines in our territory. In case of an emergency, citizens are called at home, on their cell, or at both numbers. If your phone number is not in the database, you will not be called. The CodeRed automated call system gives individuals and businesses the ability to add their own telephone or cellular numbers directly to the system's database. This can be done by visiting the City's website and clicking CodeRed.

Caller ID

When you see 866 419-5000 displayed, you will know the call is from the City. If you would like to hear the last message delivered to your phone, simply dial the number back.

This project complements other procedures already established as part of the City's emergency plan to improve efficiency during emergency situations.