What's New

COVID-19 PREVENTION

In order to comply with the recent guidelines announced by Public Health regarding sports and leisure activities, we are informing you of the changes to the leisure programme effective today. The City is working to adapt its services in order to continue to offer programs and activities suitable for the current situation.
 
 
Effective immediately, the following activities are cancelled: 
  • Sunday Public Skating
  • Pickleball
  • Badminton
  • Basketball 
  • Preschool gym 
  • Open gym
 
New directives for swimming activities: 
  • Capacity of 20 swimmers – bathers at any given time
  • All swimmers and bathers must come dressed in their suits
  • Locker rooms will be open for changing after swimming activities. 
  • No spectators allowed except for parents or caregivers providing supervision of young children during leisure swim periods. 
 
New directives for skating activities: 
Capacity of 20 skaters for weekday public activities
  • Shinny hockey
  • Weekday public skating
  • Public figure skating
No spectators allowed except for parents or caregivers providing supervision during of young children. 
 
All other COVID 19 measures are still in effect. 
 

From September 28 to October 9, 2020

The City of Montréal will be performing work to modernize the water supply system on James-Shaw Street, between Gérard-Guindon and Antoine-Villeray, from September 28 to October 9, 2020.
 
Nature of the work
This work is part of the project to optimize the main drinking water supply system in the greater Montréal area. The construct ion and repair of the infrastructure required to regulate pressure will facilitate the management andoperation of the water supply system and will reduce water main breaks.
 
Work duration and schedule

September 28 to October 9, 2020

Monday to Friday, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Work may be carried out during evenings and weekends, if necessary
Please note that work activities may be moved or extended due to unfavourable weather conditions or other constraints.
 
Drinking water supply
This work will have no impact on the drinking water supply or its quality.
 
Impacts of the work
  • Street parking: Parking restrictions will apply in the work zone and on neighbouring streets.
  • Access to buildings: Pedestrian access to the buildings around the work site will be maintained at all t imes. Sidewalks will generally be accessible but may be obstructed during certain phases of the work.
  • Public transit: Public transit will be maintained. Schedules, routes and bus stop locations may change. Please contact the STM-INFO service (514 786-4636 or WWW.STM.INFO/EN).
  • Noise and dust: Noise and dust may be generated by trucks circulating in the area.

For information

514 872-3777, Monday to Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. or Saturday and Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

During the question period at the September 21 Council Meeting, the Mayor gave the wrong answer to the question regarding the footprint for the future Beacon Hill chalet. The 37% mentioned is representative of the additional floor space that the new chalet will provide, not its footprint. The new footprint will be 2.74 times that of the existing chalet with the objective to provide universal accessibility, which is not available in the existing building. The information was provided by the administration and we apologize for the confusion.

The citizen feedback period ended yesterday, September 21. Questions received regarding this project and the answers are available online at the following link:

https://www.beaconsfield.ca/en/what-s-new/16874-virtual-presentation-construction-project-of-a-new-chalet

Also, two plans have been added to the web  page: Plan – Site condition and demolition as well as Plan – Projected works

Thank you for your participation in this virtual event.

During the question period at the September 21 Council Meeting, the Mayor gave the wrong answer to the question regarding the footprint for the future Beacon Hill chalet. The 37% mentioned is representative of the additional floor space that the new chalet will provide, not its footprint. The new footprint will be 2.74 times that of the existing chalet with the objective to provide universal accessibility, which is not available in the existing building. The information was provided by the administration and we apologize for the confusion.

The citizen feedback period ended yesterday, September 21. Questions received regarding this project and the answers are available online at the following link:
https://www.beaconsfield.ca/en/what-s-new/16874-virtual-presentation-construction-project-of-a-new-chalet

Also, two plans have been added to the web page: Plan – Site condition and demolition as well as Plan – Projected works

Thank you for your participation in this virtual event.

From September 21 to 25

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.

September 17, 2020 – City Council is asking for significant federal and provincial grants as well as for private donations to revitalize Centennial Park and the Lord Reading property. The project aims to establish a multipurpose centre with a library, encourage access by active transport, and relocate the parking lot to the roadside along Beaconsfield Boulevard. 
 
“The participatory consultations held in 2019 made it possible to reach a clear consensus that these exceptional sites must be revitalized and that the project should be a vehicle for sustainable development and quality of life, but that the implementation depends on funding by higher levels of government and private donors”, indicates Mayor Georges Bourelle.
 
The City administration intends to substantially reduce the municipal financial contribution by obtaining government grants for two thirds of the costs. The City’s part will be further reduced by raising funds from private donors.
 
“Public and private contributions are essential for guaranteeing the execution of this project and for respecting the taxpayers’ capacity to pay while enabling the realization of a quality project”, explains Mayor Bourelle.
 
To this end, City Council will present four specific financial aid requests to the Green Municipal Fund of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, to the Canadian Cultural Spaces Fund of Heritage Canada, to the Capital Assistance Program of the Ministry of Culture and Communications, and to the ÉcoPerformance Program of Transition énergétique Québec.
 
Once the financial support of government authorities and private donors is secured for the revitalization of the park and the construction of a multipurpose centre with a library, a multidisciplinary architectural contest will be held in the spring 2021. The call for tenders for its execution will then determine the final budget for this project.
 
Centennial Park and the Lord Reading property are exceptional public waterfront sites that are very popular among residents and visitors.
 
“This project is the result of a comprehensive and collaborative community initiative. It respects the wishes of our citizens who want the City’s largest waterfront park to be revitalized, accessible, frequented, animated and appreciated by the entire community”, concludes Mayor Bourelle.
September 10, 2020 – According to a preliminary pre-project study commissioned by the Ministère des Transports du Québec (MTQ) for the construction of a sound wall along a 5km stretch on the south side of Highway 20 in Beaconsfield, costs will increase by 127% from $20.5M to $46.6M.
 
“This is a substantial increase considering that the MTQ’s pre-project study is only at the preliminary stage. Yet five years ago, the minister at that time had guaranteed that there would be no cost overrun, and the budget would be respected”, recalls Mayor Georges Bourelle.
 
In 2015, Beaconsfield had reached an advantageous agreement with the then minister that the City would contribute 25% or approximately $5M of the implementation costs. “This was already a major commitment for our City considering the relative impact of such an expense on our budget”, indicates the mayor.
 
Since the beginning of this project, Mayor Bourelle has maintained the necessity of a citizen’s consultation and approval for a financial participation of the City in view of its sanitary, geographic and financial impact. This is even more significant today: “The skyrocketing costs make the social acceptability of this project even more difficult”, says the mayor.
 
According to a survey conducted among citizens by a renowned independent firm, the community is deeply polarized on the pertinence of the wall and the cost-sharing between districts. 
 
The preliminary pre-project study shows that the wall with a height of 4 to 4.5m, erected from east to west, will allow for a noise reduction varying between 7 to 13 decibels. Current noise levels vacillate between 63 to 71 decibels over 24 hours. In its policy on traffic noise adopted in 1998, the MTQ acknowledges its share of responsibility regarding sound pollution generated by road traffic. The MTQ has committed to intervening if the anticipated reduction by mitigation measures is at least 7 decibels.
 
In order to continually ensure a transparent decision process, Mayor Bourelle and members of Municipal Council will request MTQ officials to present the project in a public meeting once the final report is completed.
 

It is with great regret that Mayor Bourelle announces the passing last night of Mr. Al Gardner, Councillor for District 6. On behalf of the City, as well as of the members of Council, administration and Beaconsfield residents, the Mayor offers his heartfelt condolences to Councillor Gardner's family and friends. In his honour, the City will fly its flags at half-mast as of today.

More details will be provided in the following days.

Beacon Hill Park BVIConstruction Project of New Chalet in Beacon Hill Park

Virtual presentation available from August 14 to September 21

Construction of a new chalet in Beacon Hill Park is planned for Spring/Summer 2021. This project is part of the City's long-term plans to bring sports and recreation facilities up to code.

We invite you to view our virtual presentation which explains the stages of this project, from community consultation to planning and construction drawings.

CLICK here to watch the virtual presentation.

Click here to consult the presentation about the construction project of Beacon Hill chalet (PDF)

 

Do you have any questions? Write to us before Monday, September 21 at chalet-bhill@beaconsfield.ca.

 

Here is the plan for the proposed chalet.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)
- as of August 21

  1. The artist concept depicted on page 12 of the presentation does not appear to match the floorplan. Please confirm which is the more current information.
    The sketch and plan view are conformed to what is proposed.

  2. The floorplan provides no legend to interpret what the various rooms are (they have numbers but no description, example: 102, 103, 104, etc).
    A new plan is provided hereinafter with a legend of the rooms.

  3. The floorplan does not include a scale to judge size of the various rooms.
    The new plan shows the dimensions.

  4. Although mentioned in the presentation, the plan/proposal does not indicate parking.
    The location of future parking lots and related work are not included with the construction of the new chalet but will be carried out in a later phase. The location remains to be determined.

  5. I was unable to stop the video to have a longer view of the plans, nor was I able to comment.
    It is possible to pause while viewing with the menu bar at the bottom of the screen. Comments may be submitted via the email indicated at the end of the presentation.

  6. Is it possible to see the plans?
    A new plan was provided on the web site which includes a legend of the rooms.

  7. Also, would the small children’s park be near the chalet?
    The chalet will remain in its current location therefore the playground area will still be near the chalet.

  8. Will there be a large enough overhang or sheltered area in case of rain?
    The proposed overhang is 8 feet wide.
  9. I would like to see several options for the exterior facade.
    For now, the exterior cladding is as proposed by the architect.

  10. Also I would like to see a plan showing the new size versus the old site and how and where the parking is going to be.
    Please refer to answer 4 of FAQ.
  11. Is the new chalet going to be built on the same lot area?
    Yes, the chalet will be built in the same location as the existing chalet.

  12. Are you planning on modifying the setup of the park around 89 Harwood gate?
    We are not planning to modify the part of the park near 89 Harwood Gate.
  13. The current BeaconHill Chalet is much better than Christmas Park and Drummond Chalet. Why is our money being spent there? Drummond and Christmas Park are already half the size of BeaconHills Chalet.
    The City proceeded with a Building Audit in 2018 which identified investment priorities based on the current conditions of the buildings. Although it is true that Drummond Park Chalet is also high on the list for reconstruction, Beacon Hill Chalet was chosen over Drummond Park because of the higher occupancy rate by several associations whereas Drummond Park Chalet is not used by any associations. Priorities where not established necessarily taking into consideration the size of the chalets.
  14. Because it is larger in size and all on one floor you should mention where it will be located and what other facilities will have to be modified / moved to accommodate it.
    The chalet will be located at the same location as the existing chalet. Although the footprint of the new Chalet will be larger, no other facilities will need to be modified or moved. A new site plan is hereinafter added.
  15. The architectural plans (shown in the presentation) are illegible and out of focus. Therefore it is hard to give any comment on it.
    We invite you to visualize the plans available hereinafter.


  16. My main question is if it is possible to have access to more documents regarding the design of the chalet, in particular the floor plan for the proposed chalet. What is shown in the presentation is a reflected ceiling plan, which is a little misleading when deciphering where the entrances and main circulations are located. A site plan would also be helpful in understanding how the chalet is integrated into the surrounding context and how it responds to the existing neighbourhood. A rendering showing context would also be helpful in understanding how the proposed building interacts with the site.
    We invite you to visualize the plans available hereinafter.
  17. What did the $225,000 2018 maintenance deficit include? How much has been spent by the City since 2018 maintaining the Chalet facility?
    The following elements were identified by the 2018 Building Audit:

    Replacement of electrical panels, lighting system, heating system, hot water tanks, several bathroom apparatus, ceiling finishes, floorings, interior and exterior doors, exterior staircase.

    The City has not made any expenses since 2018.


  18. Was there any thought given to incorporating the “Beacon Hill Pool Chalet” into the “New Chalet” project? 
    The Beacon Hill Pool Chalet is a private property. The Beacon Hill Chalet, a municipal facility, serves the entire community and responds to other needs.


  19. The artist rendition does not match the floor plan.
    The artist rendition was done prior to the final floor plans.

  20. Is there a basement to the building, is there a plan for that?
    There is no basement.

  21. The Chalet is larger than the existing one, (Good!) How much of the park area is lost to the new building.
    Approximately 3 500 sq. ft. of grassed area will be lost.

  22. It appears that the entrance is from the West / South corner is that correct?
    Yes.

  23. Where are the changing areas for the rink users? And how do they access the rink?
    They are located at the back of the building (south side) near the tennis courts.

  24. The rooms 102, 103, (combined 36’ x 29’) don’t look that much larger than the existing room at the chalet, was that the intent?
    When combined, it will be larger.
  25. After seeing the recently completed Shannon Park chalet, please be sure to have a water fountain accessible from the outside that can properly fill a reusable water bottle.
    We have to install a fountain that is for exterior use, at a reasonable price.
  26. Will there be temporary storage provided for associations (who use and have storage at the current chalet) throughout the demolition and building process?
    Depending on the size of necessary storage, we will see if arrangements can be made with the Culture & Leisure Department and we may consider temporarily renting trailers or containers.

  27. Will we be able to include the Beacon Hill Community Association’s time capsule somewhere in the plans? Either on display out of reach at the chalet or buried in the grounds?
    This is something to be discussed with the City's technical service team. However, we cannot bury a time capsule under the chalet – we would rather suggest that it be hidden somewhere in the building.
  28. Is the chalet going to have sustainable development materials certification?
    No.

  29. Why is the chalet roof not a green roof?
    This is not suitable for a sloping roof.

  30. What are the heating costs for this cube?
    The anticipated costs will be less than the current chalet although the chalet would be 37% larger.

  31. Is the chalet very energy-consuming? How much?
    No.

  32. Does the construction provide for the use of solar energy during possible seasons?
    No.

  33. Are rainwater collection tanks provided?
    No.

  34. What is the anticipated water consumption of the aqueduct?
    The same as now.
  35. What was planned in terms of heating/cooling? If so, will the mechanical plans be made available?
    It is planned to have air conditioning. No, the mechanical drawings will not be made available.

Plan of the Chalet with a legend (PDF) 

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Site Plan (PDF)

Chalet Beacon Hill propos Plan implantation

Plan – Site condition and demolition (PDF)


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Plan – Projected works (PDF)

plan travaux projetes bhill

After seeing the recently completed Shannon Park chalet, please be sure to have a water fountain accessible from the outside that can properly fill a reusable water bottle.

Until September 30, a representative of the City of Montreal will travel around Beaconsfield and other West Island neighbourhoods to take samples of drinking water directly from the tap (of residences). This person will have an official identification card, a vehicle and a shirt with the City of Montreal logo and will visit homes to take samples. The procedure takes about 20 minutes. During these tests, the representative will wear a face covering and ensure that hygiene and physical distancing measures recommended by Public Health are applied.

The by-law on the quality of drinking water requires municipalities to take annual samples of the drinking water in their distribution networks, from residents who agree to participate. The samples are then analyzed in the laboratory and the results are sent to the Ministry of the Environment (MDDELCC).

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 Beaconsfield-henge rock will be staying in the new park.
 
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.
 
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.
 
 
 
 
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.
 
 
 


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 

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.

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. 
 
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
 
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.