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Sous toutes réserves – Without prejudice

– ONLINE PETITION: Please click here to visit an online petition against the Telus tower at Roxboro United Church – Thank you for signing it and inviting others to sign it

Summary
Click here to view a letter from Roxboro United Church (RUC) indicating they have entered into agreement with Telus
– This agreement would apparently allow Telus to install a cellphone tower antenna on Church Property
– In exchange, RUC would receive money for allowing Telus to use their property
– There are reports that some money may have already been paid by Telus to RUC on this matter
– As of June 6 2011, the borough had not received requests from RUC or Telus to install an antenna on RUC property
– Nearby residents are very concerned
– Roxboro United Church is across the street from a primary school, a library and close to many residences

An online petition is now available for residents to sign – please sign it
– A letter from a concerned parent was distributed at Charles Perrault School to alert parents and staff of the tower
– Below is a chronology of events along with useful links to information
– Links of interest to information on this topic, including what other people are facing in other jurisdictions, are available towards the bottom of this page

Location: Roxboro United Church (RUC) is located at 116 Cartier in Roxboro, across the street from a primary school and from the Roxboro library.



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2012-04-13Pas de discussions en cours entre arrondissement et Telus
A : f labouly
De: Residant
Cc : Pierrefonds-Roxboro ville Montreal Date : 2012-04-13 06:28
Objet : Tour d’antenne Telus – Roxboro United Church

Bonjour Mme Labouly; – Est-ce que vous pouvez me confirmer s’il y a des pourparlers presentement en cours entre l’arrondissement ou la Ville et une compagnie comme exemple Telus ou Rogers concernant une tour d’antenne qui pourrait etre installee a l’eglise Roxboro United Church a Roxboro dans le cadre d’une demande d’usage conditionnel?

Merci pour votre information. – Un residant.

To: Residant
CC: marco.papineau@ville.montreal.qc.ca
Subject: RE: Tour d’antenne Telus – Roxboro United Church
From: flabouly@ville.montreal.qc.ca
Date: Fri, 13 Apr 2012 10:17:27 -0400

Bonjour

– Nous n’avons reçu aucune demande,
– Si toutefois vous voyez une installation d’antenne à l’église ou tout autre secteur veuillez svp nous en informer ainsi que le 311 dès que possible.
– Nous sommes présentement en cour pour une antenne vidéotron aménagée en dedans d’une journée sans permis et depuis n’avons aucune demande faite officiellement à l’arrondissement.

Fabienne Labouly – Chef de division urbanisme et environnement
Aménagement urbain et services aux entreprises Arrondissement Pierrefonds-Roxboro
Ville de Montréal Tel: 624-1287 Fax: 624-1298

2012-04 – Borough council meeting update – April
– A resident asked if there was new information on the Telus tower at Roxboro United Church. Council said no, they had not been contacted by Telus

2012-02 – Borough council meeting update – February
– A resident asked if there was new information on the Telus tower at Roxboro United Church. Council said no, they had not been contacted by Telus

2012-01-26 – Publication of the 2012–12-22 OCPM report on the consultation regarding tower antennas

2012-01 – Borough council meeting update – January
– A resident asked if there was new information on the Telus tower at Roxboro United Church. Council said no, they had not been contacted by Telus
– A resident also asked borough council to withdraw section 5 for towers from the new conditional uses bylaw but council did not seem to want to do this or understand the risks involved as long as section 5 is left in the bylaw
– As long as section 5 on tower installations is left in the conditional uses bylaw, Pierrefonds-Roxboro residents are at risk of having towers installed in their residential areas.
As was shown by the Rogers tower at St Barnabas Church, Rogers presented their request to the borough CCU and received CCU recommendation. Council refused the Rogers request yet in the end the federal government approved the tower because it had been presented as a section 5 of the Conditional uses bylaw. Council does not seem to get this.
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2012-01-05Tower installations – the risks to residents from the conditional uses bylaw in Pierrefonds-Roxboro

2011-12-05 – Borough council meeting update
– A resident asked if there was new information on the Telus tower at Roxboro United Church. Council said no, they had not been contacted by Telus
– A resident also asked borough council to withdraw section 5 for towers from the new conditional uses bylaw but council did not seem to want to do this or understand the risks involved as long as section 5 is left in the bylaw
– As long as section 5 on tower installations is left in the conditional uses bylaw, Pierrefonds-Roxboro residents are at risk of having towers installed in their residential areas.
– As was shown by the Rogers tower at St Barnabas Church, Rogers presented their request to the borough CCU and received CCU recommendation. Council refused the Rogers request yet in the end the federal government approved the tower because it had been presented as a section 5 of the Conditional uses bylaw. Council does not seem to get this.
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– In the conditional uses bylaw, borough CCU meetings are much more important since they now serve as the public consultation regarding tower installations. Yet the boroughs often publishes the CCU agenda on the day of the CCU meeting leaving very little or no time for residents to become informed of the conditional use request and as a result residents are prevented from participating knowledgeably in the process

– After the council meeting on December 5th, councillor Dubois approached a resident and claimed he was not aware the conditional uses bylaw could have been used by Rogers in the manner that it has been used. The borough is presenting the Rogers tower issue as an error on their part but this is difficult to believe
– Are councillors adopting bylaws they do not understand or have not read?
– In the case of the Rogers tower, the borough urban planner was in contact with Rogers from march 2010 until the July 12 2010 CCU meeting where Rogers presented their request. This was the period of time where the borough council was consulting residents on the new conditional uses bylaw
– Rogers, with the aid of the borough urban planner, presented a conditional uses request only 2 weeks after the conditional uses bylaw had been adopted by council and before the new bylaw was promulgated into law
– And now the councillor claims he was not aware of this?

2011-12-01An important legal trial gets underway in Nova Scotia on the health impacts associated with tower antennas

2011-09-29Non a Rogers – Le Devoir
– A borough says No! to the installation of a Rogers tower

2011-09-28
Cell tower plan still sparks anger in Pointe Claire Rogers fails to sway residents (West Island Gazette
– Article on the Pointe Claire consultation from September 21 2011

2011-09-28
Rogers meets with concerned Pointe Claire citizens (The Suburban)An article on the Rogers consultation last Sept 21 concerning the Beck Park Tower

2011-09-16 Caution – Construction of antenna tower begoms at St Barnabas Church in Pierrefonds
– The antenna tower at St Barnabas Pierrefonds-Roxboro is similar to the situation at Roxboro United Church
– On Sept. 14, the construction of the tower began in the St Barnabas Church
Follow the details of the tower of St Barnabas Church on this page at this link

2011-09-06 Pierrefonds-Roxboro has not received a permit application for the Telus tower Church Roxboro United Church
– At September 6 Pierrefonds-Roxboro council meeting
– A resident asked if the borough had received new information on proposed tower for Roxboro United Church
– The borough answers No!

2011-07-21
(West Island Gazette) Cellphone tower plan faces static in Pierrefonds-Roxboro

2011-07-20
(West Island Chronicle) Petition opposes Roxboro cell tower project

2011-06-20
Pierrefonds-Roxboro residents promised public consultation over cell phone tower

2011-06-19
Sunday letter to RUC members

2011-06-14
Telecommunications tower project stirs up controversy- The Chronicle
Controversy brewing over Pierrefonds cell phone tower – West Island Gazette

2011-06
Pierrefonds to do battle with churches and cell towers – The Suburban

2011-06-07 Response from borough to a resident’s email
Click here to view the response sent by the borough to a concerned resident’s question concerning the possibility of a cell phone tower at RUC

2011-06-06 – Pierrefonds Roxboro Council meeting
– Council confirms they have not received any requests for a permit to install a tower at RUC

2011-05-31
IARC CLASSIFIES RADIOFREQUENCY ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELDS AS POSSIBLY CARCINOGENIC TO HUMANS
Cellphone use may be linked to cancer: scientists – From CBC-The National

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2011-05-25Response from RUC to letter dated May 4 2011

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2011-05-16 Another letter sent to RUC – requesting answer to May 4 letter
Dear RUC
Would it be possible to receive a response to the questions of my email of May 4 2011 below?

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2011-05-05
Lettre distribuée aux Parents et Employés de l’École Charles Perrault

Letter distributed to Parents and Staff of École Charles Perrault

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2011-05-04 – Second letter sent to RUC – Request for more information

Ms. Beverley Baker
Chair of Council
Roxboro United Church (RUC)

Thank you for your letter dated May 2 (Click here to view a copy of the letter)

I would have a few more questions concerning this tower and would like to discuss this with local officials and with Telus.

However, when I raised this issue at tonight’s Pierrefonds-Roxboro council meeting, the Mayor, council members and local administrators at the meeting were not at all aware of the intention of putting up a cell phone tower on the RUC property.

Would it be possible to obtain your Pierrefonds-Roxboro contact person so that I may persue it further with them?

May I also get the name and contact information of your Telus contact person so that I may contact them also.

Finally, there is word on the street that RUC has already received money from Tellus concerning this tower. Would it be possible to confirm if any payments have been received by RUC from Tellus concerning this proposed installation and if so, what amounts have been received by RUC?

Thanks in advance for the information.

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2011-05-03 – Pierrefonds-Roxboro Council NOT aware of RUC aggreement with Telus

At the may 3 2011 Pierrefonds-Roxboro council meeting question period, the Mayor, council members and local administrators were not at all aware of RUC intentions of having a cellphone tower installed on RUC property.

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2011-05-02 – Click here to view a letter from RUC indicating RUC has entered into agreement with Telus

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2011-04-10 – First email sent to RUC to ask if they are indeed planning to install a tower

Minister of Roxboro United Church

I have heard through local residents that RUC may be looking into installing a cellphone tower on its property in Roxboro.

Would it be possible for you to confirm if Roxboro United Church is indeed looking into possibly installing a cellphone tower somewhere on the Roxboro United Church property?

If yes, do you have a timeline for when local residents would be consulted on this matter?

Thanks for any information on this topic.

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Various links of interest

(See links to scientific articles farther down this page)

Click here to access the celltower.ca web site

2011-06-23 – Opposition to Telus towers in other jurisdictions
2011-02-25 – Telus loses cell tower bid
2011-02-15 – Metchosin to officially oppose tower
2010-12-08 – Nakusp council sides with residents on cell tower
2010-12-15 – Rogers cell tower concerning to Nakusp residents
2006-02-14 – Residents oppose radio towers
(Find more articles of interest – google « residents oppose Telus tower » )

Pierrefonds-Roxboro bylaws and cellphone towers

Règlements de zonage de Pierrefonds-Roxboro – Français

English zoning bylaws for Pierrefonds-Roxboro

IMPORTANT: Pierrefonds-Roxboro Conditional Uses Bylaw
– This bylaw was introduced and adopted in June 2010 when council revamped Pierrefonds-Roxboro’s zoning bylaws.
– The Conditional Uses bylaw now makes it easier to approve the installation communication towers
– On June 7 2010, council adopted these revamped zoning bylaws, including the conditional uses bylaw. Click here to read more on the issue of the adoption of these new zoning bylaws-2010

Highlights from the Pierrefonds-Roxboro Conditional Uses Bylaw:

Item 3. SCOPE OF APPLICATION
Any use or modification of the use of a structure or part of a structure not authorized in the Zoning By-law (CA29-0040) may be made to conform to the provisions in the present by-law.

Item 7. RULES OF PRECEDENCE FOR THE PROVISIONS OVER THOSE IN THE ZONING BY-LAW
The rules in this by-law take precedence over those in the Zoning By-law in force. Thus, a use subject to the present by-law must necessarily be subject to the procedure relative to a conditional use.

10. APPLICATION OF THE BY-LAW
The application of the present (Conditional Uses) by-law falls under the jurisdiction of the official appointed in accordance with the provisions of the by-laws on permits and certificates (By-law 1051 for the Town of Pierrefonds and By-law 93-558 for the Town of Roxboro)in force.

12. VIOLATIONS, SANCTIONS, RECOURSE AND PROSECUTION
The provisions relative to a violation, a sanction, recourse or legal prosecution in regard to the by-law are those set out in the by-laws on permits and certificates (By-law 1051 for the Town of Pierrefonds and By-law 93-558 for the Town of Roxboro) in force.

Sections 13-14-15-16 of the Conditional Uses Bylaw describe how the promoter can apply for a permit.

SECTION 5: COMMUNICATIONS TOWER

28. ZONES OF APPLICATION
The provisions in the present section apply in all zones identified in the Zoning By-law in which the main land use occupation is “Commercial (C)”, “Industrial (I)”, “Recreational (R) or “Community (P)”. =>NOTE: It appears the Church property is zoned P-7-440

29. CONDITIONAL USES THAT MAY BE AUTHORIZED
An antenna connected to a communications tower may be authorized as a conditional use.

30. EVALUATION CRITERIA AND CONDITIONS APPLICABLE TO THE CONDITIONAL USE “COMMUNICATIONS TOWER”
An application for authorization for the conditional use “Communications tower (471)” targeted by the present section must be evaluated by considering the following criteria:

1° The installation of the tower must be necessary for ensuring coverage for the entire territory of the Borough; this must be demonstrated by a document prepared by a consultant.

2° As a priority, the purpose of the tower must be to serve the residents of the Borough.

3° If alternative measures are possible, they must be preferred to the installation of a new tower. A consultant’s report must demonstrate the impossibility of using existing antennas.

4° Selections for the location, landscaping, colour and shape of the structures for the tower must reduce the visual impact.

5° The equipment is located at a site where it does not obstruct a visual opening or a landscape of interest.

6° The equipment is located at a site where it will have the least impact on residential areas and other sensitive zones.

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MAMROT – Information sur les Règlements sur les Usages Conditonnels

La technique des usages conditionnels introduit une souplesse dans la réglementation qui permet d’implanter, à la suite d’une procédure d’évaluation, des usages acceptables pour la population et compatibles avec le milieu sans qu’il soit nécessaire de modifier la réglementation à chaque fois. (Dans le cas de RUC, l’installation d’une tour de télécommunications)

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Scientific links of interest

Nov 5 2010 – Biological effects from exposure to electromagnetic radiation emitted by cell tower base stations and other antenna arrays “as a general guideline, cell base stations should not be located less than 1500 ft (*500 m) from the population, and at a height of about 150 ft (*50 m)

Click here for more links to science articles which are available on this APRPR page (click here then scroll down the page that appears in the pop up window)

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Federation of Canadian Municipalities Handbook
Dealing with Telecom Companies: Protecting Municipal Rights-of-Way The purpose of this handbook is to provide all FCM members with the best information currently available, as well as suggest concrete steps that can be taken to ensure that increased activity in the telecommunications sector does not translate into added costs to municipalities and their taxpayers.