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The City of Montreal and the Société du parc Jean-Drapeau ignored recommendations by several acoustical consulting firms regarding the layout of the stage at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Tuesday 17 October 2017

In its case against the Société du parc Jean-Drapeau and the City of Montreal regarding the issue of noise, the City of Saint-Lambert has obtained certain documents that clearly show that as far back as 2014, before legal action was initiated, evenko and an acoustical consulting firm contracted by the Société du parc Jean-Drapeau had both recommended orienting the stage toward the northwest to limit the prejudice suffered by the citizens of Saint-Lambert during events.

Several subsequent studies by other external consulting firms came to the same conclusion: pointing the stage towards the northwest was the solution to limiting the noise pollution that would affect the citizens of Saint-Lambert.

Despite these recommendations, the documents unambiguously show that the mayor of Montreal and the chair of the executive committee decided to keep the stage directed toward Saint-Lambert, essentially under the pretext that downtown Montreal would be visible behind the stage. “The mayor of Montreal, who, I would like to point out, is also the chair of the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal, therefore felt the aesthetic consideration was more important than the well-being of the population. This is unacceptable!” noted the mayor of Saint-Lambert, Alain Dépatie.

Besides the orientation of the stage, the issue of the decibel level is also of concern in this file. According to documents obtained, the experts are of the view that the shows presented in the new amphitheatre will raise the perceived noise level on the territory of Saint-Lambert by a margin that could reach up to 24 decibels. Given that an increase of 10 decibels doubles the level of perceived noise, this is very significant.

Mr. Dépatie has said he is more determined than ever to defend the interests of the citizens of this city. “The citizens of Saint-Lambert have received a lot of bad press and have been accused of being intolerant. However, the latest information obtained as part of the legal challenge clearly demonstrates that their quality of life is truly and significantly impacted during events, which are held throughout much of the summer. Furthermore, these recently acquired documents reveal the lack of transparency and collaboration on the part of representatives of the City of Montreal and the Société du parc Jean-Drapeau. They appear to confirm that, for the time being, we must pursue legal action.”