This week, I called into question the credibility of Montreal public health official Monique Beausoleil.

Ms. Beausoleil is Pointe-Claire’s go to experts on the health impacts of the PCB spill. On March 15 2016, she released a statement: http://bit.ly/2nT5Ioa on behalf of the government that said that there was no « serious » health risks for local workers.

Shortly thereafter, Pointe-Claire director general sent her this email http://bit.ly/2oRmvZy in which he applied pressure on the health authority to change their statement with respect to the level of risk that the site posed to public health. Two weeks later, on April 1 2016, just days before our April 5th protest was to take place at city hall, Ms. Beausoleil released another statement http://bit.ly/2oh2DkV this time she indicated that there was « no risk » to public health.

Ms. Beausoleil is also involved with the issue of lead pipes in the city of Montreal. She has stated http://bit.ly/2o6ixML that even though the official government recommendation is that pregnant women and children under 6 should filter their water before drinking it, that it is not important to do so. These statements drew strong criticism from drinking water specialist Michèle Prévost from Ecole Polytechnique.

It is deeply concerning that in both of these cases Ms. Beausoleil (who is not a doctor) is making statements that are effectively holding back hundreds of millions of dollars that should be spent on protecting public health.

Meanwhile children at Montreal’s FACE elementary school have been exposed to lead in their drinking water: http://bit.ly/2nT7aqH

This week, I called into question the credibility of Montreal public health official Monique Beausoleil.Ms. Beausoleil is Pointe-Claire's go to experts on the health impacts of the PCB spill. On March 15 2016, she released a statement: http://bit.ly/2nT5Ioa on behalf of the government that said that there was no « serious » health risks for local workers. Shortly thereafter, Pointe-Claire director general sent her this email http://bit.ly/2oRmvZy in which he applied pressure on the health authority to change their statement with respect to the level of risk that the site posed to public health. Two weeks later, on April 1 2016, just days before our April 5th protest was to take place at city hall, Ms. Beausoleil released another statement http://bit.ly/2oh2DkV this time she indicated that there was « no risk » to public health. Ms. Beausoleil is also involved with the issue of lead pipes in the city of Montreal. She has stated http://bit.ly/2o6ixML that even though the official government recommendation is that pregnant women and children under 6 should filter their water before drinking it, that it is not important to do so. These statements drew strong criticism from drinking water specialist Michèle Prévost from Ecole Polytechnique. It is deeply concerning that in both of these cases Ms. Beausoleil (who is not a doctor) is making statements that are effectively holding back hundreds of millions of dollars that should be spent on protecting public health. Meanwhile children at Montreal's FACE elementary school have been exposed to lead in their drinking water: http://bit.ly/2nT7aqH

Posted by Alex Tyrrell on Friday, April 7, 2017

Cette semaine, j'ai mis en question la crédibilité de Monique Beausoleil, employée de la direction de la santé publique à Montréal (DSP). Mme Beausoleil est l'experte vers qui la ville de Pointe-Claire se tourne pour TOUTES leurs questions sur les impacts du déversement de BPC sur la santé. Le 15 mars 2016, elle a publié cette déclaration http://bit.ly/2nT5Ioa au nom du gouvernement indiquant que le déversement de BPC ne pose pas un risque « important » pour la santé des résidents et travailleurs du quartier. Peu de temps après cette déclaration, le directeur général de la ville de Pointe-Claire lui a envoyé ce courriel http://bit.ly/2oRmvZy dans lequel il réclamait que les autorités de la santé publique modifient leur déclaration du 15 mars 2016 afin qu'ils rassurent davantage la population quant au niveau de risque que le déversement représente pour leur santé. Deux semaines plus tard, le 1er avril 2016, quelques jours avant notre manifestation du 5 avril à l'hôtel de ville de Pointe-Claire au sujet du déversement, Mme Beausoleil a publié une seconde déclaration http://bit.ly/2oh2DkV dans laquelle elle indiquait que le site du déversement ne présentait "aucun risque" pour la santé publique. Mme Beausoleil est aussi impliquée dans l'enjeu des tuyaux de plomb de la ville de Montréal. À cet effet, elle a déclaré http://bit.ly/2o6ixML que, malgré les recommendations officielles du gouvernement qui recommande aux femmes enceintes et aux enfants de moins de 6 ans de filter l'eau avant de la boire, qu'il n'est pas important de le faire. Cette déclaration a été accueillie par de vives critiques de la part de Michèle Prévost, spécialiste en eau potable à l'École Polytechnique. Il est très inquiétant que, dans ces deux cas, les déclarations de Mme Beausoleil (qui n'est pas médecin) réduisent les dépenses publiques de millions ou même de centaines de millions de dollars, qui devraient être investis pour la protection de la santé publique.Pendant ce temps, les enfants de l'école primaire FACE de Montréal boivent de l'eau qui contient des quantités non négligeables de plomb.

Posted by Alex Tyrrell on Saturday, April 8, 2017

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here