Bolt from Bolton Bell Told
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.
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.