Tag-Archive for ◊ air pollution ◊

• Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

The act of idling – leaving the car engine running when there is no point in doing so – is terrible wasteful and polluting. Unfortunately the dear inhabitants of “La Belle Provence” don’t give a damn.

Despite by-laws established in Westmount, NDG and the city of Montreal, the residents and the police don’t care to turn off their engines…

Via: The Monitor

In early 2006, the City of Montreal adopted the Strategic plan for sustainable development by-law, which included an action to ”eliminate unnecessary vehicle idling” through, among other things, a public awareness campaign. The borough of CDN-NDG subsequently adopted the by-law to support the city’s initiative. Since that by-law was passed, borough residents might recall a notice in the July 2008 NDG-CDN Eco-Quartier newsletter, reminding them that a ”green patroller” employed by the City of Montreal would be out telling people about the harmful effects of car-idling. The newsletter warned its readers not to ”get caught by our patroller with your engine idling”. More recently, you might remember having seen television ads on local TV channels, in which a passer-by steps into a parked car where the driver sits oblivious to the idling of his engine. The passer-by turns off the engine and pats the astonished driver on the leg before climbing out, as the tag line “were you waiting for someone to do it for you?” scrolls across the screen.


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• Tuesday, November 18th, 2008

God forbid if people want to use a sustainable, local fuel — you know wood — to heat their homes. In Hampstead’s view, it is better to ban wood than to ban driving a car which produces far more air pollution and air contaminants than wood. I wonder if there will be backlash against this when TSHTF economically.

Source: Montreal Gazette

Montreal Island’s top elected official responsible for air quality refused to say yesterday whether he plans to emulate tiny Hampstead’s plan to cut winter smog caused by wood smoke.

A new Hampstead bylaw that bans installation of wood stoves or wood-pellet-burning furnaces “is currently under study” by Montreal, said Alan DeSousa, executive committee member for sustainable development.

“We should be making our views known shortly,” he added.

Hampstead’s bylaw also orders that all stoves or furnaces fed by wood and already installed be permanently extinguished within seven years, by Nov. 3, 2015.

The ban covers wood stoves, furnaces fed by pellets, fireplace inserts or similar devices.

Unanimously approved two weeks ago, the bylaw provides two important exceptions:

  • The use of indoor masonry fireplaces not equipped with inserts will remain perfectly legal.
  • The ban explicitly does not apply to barbeques.

Hampstead Mayor William Steinberg said council acted to fight air pollution and discourage fireplace use generally – and without knowing how many residents use wood to heat.

In 2007, the Montreal public health department pegged the number of Montreal Island households with fireplaces or wood stoves at 85,241.

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• Sunday, November 09th, 2008

This was partly caused by the recent warm weather, but it is still shocking for a relatively small city.

I wonder if morning commuters from the suburbs ever consider that their daily commutes contribute to 2,500 deaths a year in Quebec through air pollution?

Via: CNW Group

SAINT-LEON-DE-STANDON, QC, Nov. 7 /CNW Telbec/ – The Association
québécoise de lutte contre la pollution atmosphérique (AQLPA) is asking the
people of Quebec to take action. The health of the population of southern
Quebec is being harmed by a fourth consecutive day of very poor air quality.
According to health authorities, air pollution kills approximately 2,500
people a year in Quebec. Unfortunately, we are in many respects responsible
for our suffering and the victims of our own actions.

These recent episodes of air pollution are unusual for this time of year,
and are caused primarily by automobile emissions. Because of current
meteorological conditions – stable and low cloud cover, combined with high
humidity and very weak winds – airborne pollutants are not being dispersed. As
a result, the marked decrease in air quality is mostly due to pollutants that
are emitted locally.

The cause of the problem lies largely with the state of vehicles in
Quebec. The province is one of the last regions in North America that allows
cars not equipped with anti-pollution systems to remain on the road. There are
no mandatory emissions inspections, and, as a result, vehicles that emit
excessive amounts of pollution continue to be tolerated.

We can create change!

In order to reduce pollution resulting from the use of automobiles, we
must increase use of public transit, car-pooling and car sharing.

• Sunday, October 26th, 2008

For more information and to sign the petition.

We should be using these funds to completely rethink and redesign the southern part of Montreal says Gaétan Legault of the ‘Coalition pour humaniser Notre-Dame‘ «We have a not to be missed opportunity to design a sustainable development project, including a completely integrated public transit network, where Montrealers’ access and view of the river would finally be unimpeded by artificial barriers».

Both coalition groups want improved quality of life in the Montreal neighborhoods affected by the MTQ highway projects and they criticize the Quebec government:

  • For ignoring the many Montreal Department of Public Health warnings about studies reporting the negative health effects of air pollution upon residents living within close proximity of high traffic roads (especially seniors and children);
  • For the lack of strategies aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions and the lack of coherence of these highway mega projects with the ‘Ministère de l’Environnement et du Développement Durable et des Parcs’ 2006-2012 Action Plan;

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