Obtains permission to build at St. Barnabas Church
Rogers has obtained permission from Industry Canada to build a telecommunications tower on the St. Barnabas Church’s property in Pierrefonds despite the borough’s opposition.
In October of last year, The Chronicle reported that Pierrefonds-Roxboro had refused to grant a permit to Rogers-Telus to set up a telecommunications tower at St. Barnabas Church (12301 Collin St.).
At the April 4 council meeting, it was revealed that Industry Canada sent a letter to the borough in January which stated that Rogers had permission to build the tower at that location.
According to Industry Canada’s dispute resolution process, the applicant for a telecommunication project must present their infrastructure plan to land-use authority (the city or borough). The ensuing consultation process is supposed to provide an opportunity for both parties to consider each other's requirements and find solutions to reduce the impact on the environment.
However, the letter specifies that under no circumstances does this process give veto power to the borough, giving Rogers the go-ahead to pursue its project.
The borough plans to fire back on this issue. Councillor Christian Dubois claims the borough will impose daily fines on Rogers for not respecting borough regulation.
Collin Street is a small, 200-metre street with only five houses on one side of the street and the church on the other side. Marc Lewton, a resident of the street says that he and his fellow residents are not pleased with this news.
“A lot of the people are scared of the effect of telecommunications waves but it’s not our only concern. A tower is quite a high structure and it’s imposing. Some of us are afraid the value of our houses is going to go down,” he said. “There are many children in the neighborhood. There are two daycares nearby. Even if the radio-communication waves aren’t dangerous, a tower is something that’s attracting for children to climb up on.”