Fundraising goal of Les Pollués de Montréal-Trudeau now 50% complete. The first noise measurement stations are already on order or installed.
(Montreal, August 13, 2014) – Les Pollués de Montréal-Trudeau have already collected half of the $10,000 they hope to collect as part of the campaign financing launched in June. Consequently they were able to order half of the ten measuring stations they want to install in the boroughs of Ahuntsic-Cartierville, Saint-Laurent, Villeray-Saint-Michel-Parc-Extension, as well as in Mont-Royal. Three of these stations have now been installed.
“We continue to ask citizens for contributions, although we strongly believe that municipalities should be at the forefront in supporting our initiative and releasing sums that will help us document the noise produced by aircraft flying over Montreal,” said Francine Lauzon, Registrar of Les Pollués de Montréal-Trudeau and head of the fundraising campaign. “We have approached many of the elected municipal officials of the boroughs concerned, and we expect a positive response from them in the coming days or weeks.”
The contribution of the municipalities would allow Les Pollués de Montréal-Trudeau to establish more than ten of these stations throughout the north of Montreal and measure the extent of the problem.
In this context, the interim board of Les Pollués de Montréal-Trudeau adopted at its last meeting a preliminary list of locations where the monitoring stations could be installed. It now appeals to citizens living near these locations, who would be prepared to have a measuring station installed at their address (at no charge), to make contact with it.
Les Pollués de Montréal-Trudeau will shortly determine the priority ranking of the sites. Here are the preliminary locations:
Parc Saint-Simon-Apôtre neighbourhood
Parc Dakin neighbourhood
Parc Thibodeau neighbourhood
Parc Darling neighbourhood
Villeray/18e Avenue neighbourhood
École Jean-Grou neighbourhood
Marcel-Laurin/Du Collège neighbourhood
Parc Philippe-Laheurte neighbourhood
École Gardenview neighbourhood
Ms. Lauzon hopes that other citizens will want to do their share financially to support the volunteer work of Les Pollués. She notes that it is possible to pay via PayPal on the website wwww.lpdmt.org, or to send a check payable to Les Pollués de Montréal-Trudeau to 12260 Desenclaves Street, Montreal (Quebec) H3M 2W3. A receipt is given to donors.
“We have received donations ranging typically from $10 to $200 with an average of $50 per person,” says Francine Lauzon. “This reflects the widespread support of our funding. In this sense it is still important that more people support our work with a donation according to their means. ”
The noise measuring stations with their accessories cost about $500 each. Half of the money raised during the fundraising campaign will be for the purchase of the stations, and the other half will be applied to cover costs incurred by the non-profit organization for its activities and projects, and for the establishment of a reserve fund.
The stations are from Germany, are pre-calibrated, and the data they record (which is available online) is analyzed by software able to specifically identify aircraft noise. For further information: 514 237-5331 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Pictured: Francine Lauzon receiving from Stéphane Demers (centre) the check for $50 which allowed the organization to reach the $5,000 milestone in its campaign financing, and order its fifth noise measuring station. Antoine Bécotte, president of Les Pollués de Montréal-Trudeau is present at the handover of the check. Mr. Demers lives on rue Alice-Nolin, at the crossroads of Ahuntsic, Saint-Laurent and Bordeaux-Cartierville, whose residents are greatly affected by noise of aircraft coming in to land at the Montreal airport.