Bolt from Bolton Bell Told

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Staff, Bolton

A demonstration with a couple of dozen peo­ple was held on Mon­day af­ter­noon in front of the Bolton-East Town Hall to ex­press op­po­si­tion to a 200 foot tall cell­phone tower that Bell Mo­bil­ity wants to put up in Bolton Pass - one of the most beau­ti­ful and iconic land­scapes in the East­ern Town­ships.

The or­ga­nizer claims that the Town Coun­cil is sit­ting on the fence and says that they are afraid of the threat of a law­suit that they have re­ceived from Bell Mo­bil­ity.

This is not strictly a lo­cal (Mem­phrem­a­gog) ques­tion in their view. Bolton Pass is one of the most beau­ti­ful nat­u­ral sites in the Town­ships, and one of the best pre­served. Res­i­dents of Brome-Mis­sisquoi, as well as tourists, take the Pass to reach the US border... or sim­ply to ad­mire this rare land­scape. It is a favourite spot for cy­clists and hik­ers.

Pat­ri­moine Bolton Her­itage and a group of con­cerned cit­i­zens mailed a bilin­gual flyer to all res­i­dents in the Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of East Bolton, as well as send­ing it to ev­ery­one on their large email list of cit­i­zens who have been fight­ing th­ese cell tow­ers over the past 28 months!

It is the same tower that was stopped a year ago.

Up un­til now, the Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil had suc­ceeded in push­ing back the con­struc­tion of the tower. How­ever, Bell has be­come im­pa­tient and is now ex­ert­ing pres­sure that is in­tim­i­dat­ing our mu­nic­i­pal elected of­fi­cials, claims the or­gan­iser who says that Bell re­cently threat­ened to sue the Town, which forced it to is­sue the build­ing per­mit.

Bell is in a hurry be­cause there have been ma­jor changes in Ot­tawa, ac­cord­ing to the press release, be­cause the Stand­ing Com­mit­tee on Health of the Cana­dian Par­lia­ment rec­om­mended that a re­view of the ef­fects of elec­tro­mag­netic ra­di­a­tion on the pop­u­la­tion be car­ried out and that the Lib­eral Party of­fi­cially de­clared its con­cern re­gard­ing the ef­fects of hu­man ex­po­sure to elec­tro­mag­netic ra­di­a­tion and com­mit­ted it­self to "ev­i­dence-based de­ci­sion-making”.

The demonstration in­cluded a short First Na­tions cer­e­mony by Be­van Sk­er­ratt, a lo­cal res­i­dent. Be­van, who is part Cree, is a Keeper of cer­e­monies. This was fol­lowed by a short speech by the pres­i­dent of Pat­ri­moine Bolton Her­itage, April O'Don­ahue.

Photo Stanstead Jour­nal

A few dozen res­i­dents demon­strated against the erec­tion of a Bell Mo­bil­ity cell phone tower, on Mon­day, in front of the Bolton East Town Hall.

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