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Taking stock of noise at Parc Jean-Drapeau: A show of disrespect this summer

Friday 15 September 2017

This summer, against their wishes, the citizens of Saint-Lambert were subjected to the sounds of the shows and events taking place at Parc Jean-Drapeau. In fact, the temporary location of the stages in the hairpin turn on the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve caused the sound coming from the park to be louder than in previous years and heard over a greater area of the municipality. It was clear to the City of Saint-Lambert that even more residents were disturbed by this noise pollution, almost every weekend in July and August.

“Mr. Coderre recently stated that living together was in Montrealers’ DNA. Let’s hope that he is able to apply this concept to his relations with neighbouring municipalities, especially given that he is the president of the Montreal Metropolitan Community, an organization that brings together 82 municipalities, including the City of Saint-Lambert. As its president, he has already said that ‘it is by working together, by focusing on our common interests, that we will ensure a better quality of life for the population.’1 We sincerely hope he will be able to give substance to this statement through concrete actions, and that he will be open to finding common ground in this matter. While the economic and artistic vitality of the greater Montreal area is at stake, so too, and most importantly, is the quality of life of all its citizens,” said Mayor Alain Dépatie.

In the meantime, while it awaits the resumption of open dialogue with representatives from the Société du parc Jean-Drapeau and the Ville de Montréal, the City of Saint-Lambert will continue to pursue its legal action in order to preserve its rights and, if eligible and if it materializes, it will take part in the consultations on the Plan directeur d’aménagement et de développement du parc Jean-Drapeau 2018-2028 (Parc Jean-Drapeau 2018-2028 planning and development plan) conducted by the Office de consultation publique de Montréal (OCPM). The City is optimistic that this open approach will finally allow its concerns to be heard by the authorities and to ensure that quality of life is placed at the heart of Parc Jean-Drapeau’s development priorities. 

The mayor of Saint-Lambert is still convinced that a negotiated agreement is possible and preferable to an imposed agreement. As he explained, “We still believe it is possible to reconcile holding events at Parc Jean-Drapeau with the tranquility of the citizens of the city of Saint-Lambert. With this in mind, it is high time all parties returned to the discussion table so that we may put an end to this tug-of-war, in the interests of the entire population.”

1 Coderre, Denis, Word from the president, http://cmm.qc.ca/a-propos/nos-elus/mot-du-president, October 31, 2016