VISITE COMMENTÉE,

Hôtel de ville de Bolton-Est,

à Bolton Centre


Grande fête communautaire pour célébrer le 150e anniversaire de la construction de l'Hôtel de Ville de Bolton-Est


Au coeur des Cantons-de-l'Est se trouve un bijou architectural méconnu: l'hôtel de ville de Bolton-Est. En fait, ce fut la mairie qui desservait le grand Canton de Bolton.

Cette année, on fête le 150e anniversaire de la construction de l'édifice. À cette occasion, une visite guidée sera faite de l'édifice: extérieur et intérieur. On relatera l'histoire mouvementée de sa construction, la compétition avec les hameaux environnants. On verra également la grande inventivité des pionniers qui conçoivent un édifice multifonctionnel et écologique exceptionnel.

On présentera également les détails architecturaux de cet édifice, et on découvrira comment il se fait que le bâtiment, entièrement en bois, ait survécu intégralement pendant un siècle et demi. Peu le savent, mais la mairie du Canton de Bolton est l'un des plus beaux édifices publics en milieu rural du 19e siècle, et cela, pour l'ensemble du Canada.

La mairie de Bolton-Est est un Immeuble patrimonial reconnu par le Québec, et désigné Lieu historique national par le Canada.

* Dimanche 20 août, 14h
858, Route Missisquoi, Bolton Centre (Bolton-Est), J0E 1G0 (sur la route 245)

* Avec Serge Wagner, Patrimoine Bolton Heritage



George Harold Baker


(1877-1916)







The Diary of Myra Place

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Organisé par

Comité culturel - Austin



1916-2016


Bolton-Est Remembers

Along With the Families

of Our Veterans






Friday, November 11, 10:00 am


Centre Saint-Patrick, Bolton-Est (854 Missisquoi /route 245)

Please join us as we express, in the presence of the families of the veterans, dignitaries, relatives and friends, our gratitude to the men and women who served during the wars so that we may live in peace.

10 am Remembrance Day Ceremony and Cenotaph
Centre Saint-Patrick, 854 Missisquoi (route 245), Bolton-Est

11:30 am Official Opening of the Exhibition:
GEORGE HAROLD BAKER AND THE VOLUNTEERS OF EAST BOLTON
and
Book Launch:
A GENUINE BUT UNRECOGNISED HERO, George Harold «Harry» Baker, 1877-1916
Bolton-Est Town Hall, 858 Missisquoi (route 245), Bolton-Est


The 32-page book, illustrated in colour, and published in English and in French, was researched and written by local historian Serge Wagner, and published by Patrimoine Bolton Heritage with the support of the Government of Canada, Departments of Canadian Heritage and Veterans Affairs, as well as by the Municipality of Bolton-Est.

The Exhibit features 10 illustrated, historical panels, and artefacts relating to the participation of local residents and in particular Harry Baker, in the First World War.

It will be open from November 11 to 16, between 10 am and 4 pm, in the Council Room of the Town Hall. The book will be offered for free to the first 150 visitors to the Exhibit.

Harry Baker was born in Sweetsburg (now Cowansville), spent his summers in East Bolton, and was elected Member of Parliament for Brome in 1911. At the beginning of the First World War, he recruited and commanded a regiment that he led to the front where he was killed in June 1916.

Lieutenant Colonel Baker is the only Parliamentarian in Canadian history to be killed in action. He was initially honoured by the Canadian Parliament which erected a statue in his memory. Soon, however, the Canadian and military authorities forgot about George Harold Baker. In 1923, in his own riding of Brome, he was posthumously humiliated when his name was omitted from the Brome County War Memorial, commemorating local soldiers killed in action.

For 50 years, his memory was solely perpetuated by the soldiers who served under him, as they annually paid tribute to his statue on Parliament Hill. The aging veterans’ last pilgrimage took place in June 1966 and went generally unnoticed by the House of Commons.

In recent years, the memory of Lieutenant Colonel G. H. Baker has begun to be commemorated again in the Eastern Townships. By publishing this first in-depth review of Harry Baker’s life in 100 years, Patrimoine Bolton Heritage aims to rehabilitate his memory and make known the life of a truly remarkable human being.

Don’t miss this opportunity to discover an exceptional man who once lived in our region!


Organized with the support of           and       



Organized by

Patrimoine Bolton Heritage
Information: (450) 292-4822
Presented as part of our Concert Series to benefit Patrimoine Bolton Heritage (PBH) and Holy Trinity Church.
PBH is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting, promoting and preserving the built and natural heritage of East Bolton.



Historical Lecture


(George Harold Baker )

FREE ADMISSION (Free-will offering)
Bring your own cushion!







With the support of

      

In the Context of the Fête du Canton de Bolton

George Harold

Baker


A Hero Ignored,

A Political & Military Career

Unrecognized,

An Outrageous Cover-up

Historical Lecture

by Serge Wagner

Sunday, August 14, 1:30 pm

Holy Trinity Church,
South Bolton

(near the rocket)
(903 Bolton Pass / Route 243 South)


Lecture in French, bilingual discussion

A resident of East Bolton, George Harold Baker, a lawyer and Member of Parliament for Brome County, raised a regiment in the Eastern Townships, and was killed on the front in 1916. Yet he remains unknown, largely due to cover-up efforts that took place in Ottawa and in the County. While presenting the facts, this lecture will attempt to right the wrong and recognize this truly authentic hero.

Organized by

Patrimoine Bolton Heritage
Information: (450) 292-4822
Presented as part of our Concert Series to benefit Patrimoine Bolton Heritage (PBH) and Holy Trinity Church.
PBH is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting, promoting and preserving the built and natural heritage of East Bolton.



Public Lecture



Photo courtesy of Brome County Historical Society

The life and letters of

G. H. Baker’s sister

an Independent & Cosmopolitan Woman of the Early 20th Century

Harriet Baker is best known as the sister of Eastern Townships’ war hero and Member of Parliament for Brome County George Harold Baker, but she was also an articulate and worldly woman in her own right. This lecture will focus on the fascinating life and letters of Harriet Baker and her experiences abroad between the two world wars.


Public Lecture

with Jim Manson

Sunday 10 July at 1:30 PM

Holy Trinity Church
South Bolton (near the Rocket)

(903 Bolton Pass / Route 243 Sud)

FREE ADMISSION (Free-will offering)
Bring your own cushion!


With the support of

    

Organisé par

Patrimoine Bolton Heritage
Information: (450) 292-4822
Présenté dans le cadre de notre série de concerts pour le bénéfice de Patrimoine Bolton Heritage (PBH) et l’Église Holy Trinity.
PBH est un organisme sans but lucratif voué à la préservation et à la diffusion du patrimoine historique bâti et naturel de Bolton-Est.




IL Y A 100 ANS :


NOËL À BOLTON-EST


ET EN EUROPE

(english coming soon)

Portrait du colonel Baker à sa résidence de Glenmere, sur la montée Baker Pond, Bolton-Est







Patrimoine Bolton Heritage

par Serge Wagner

Bolton-Est s’engage d’abord dans la Première Guerre mondiale par l’initiative du jeune député de Brome, George Harold Baker. Avec sa sœur Effie, celui-ci réside régulièrement à Glenmere, Bolton Centre, résidence d’été des Baker. À la fin de 1914, le député Baker commence à recruter des bénévoles des Cantons-de-l’Est afin de constituer un régiment de fusiliers à cheval, le 5th Canadian Mounted Rifles. George Harold Baker, en est nommé le lieutenant-colonel; et dès juillet 1915, il conduit un premier contingent en Europe accompagné de son cheval, Morning Glory.


À Bolton-Est

La période de Noël 1915 constitue un tournant dans l’effort de guerre de la population alors majoritairement anglophone de Bolton-Est. Des militaires et ministres protestants organisent deux rencontres de recrutement – patriotic meetings – dans le Town Hall de Bolton Centre. On rappelle fièrement que le colonel Baker fut le premier volontaire de la municipalité. Par contre, des femmes prennent la direction de la mobilisation. Ainsi, des pansements et colis alimentaires sont rassemblés pour la Croix rouge canadienne. De plus, dans plusieurs activités sociales d’avant Noël, on recueille de l’argent – comme lors d’une soirée de la Loge maçonnique.

Les gens de Bolton-Est célèbrent néanmoins joyeusement Noël. Ainsi, on organise à nouveau l’activité traditionnelle du Christmas Tree, avec l’érection d’un sapin, de la musique et la distribution de cadeaux.















Carte de Noël 1918, 5th Canadian Mounted Rifles. Au décès du colonel Baker, William Rhoades, alors capitaine, prend la direction du régiment

Sur le front, en Europe

Sur le front, 1915 est une année difficile pour le colonel Baker et ses volontaires des Townships. Le bataillon Mounted Rifles est transformé en unité d’infanterie – et le colonel perd donc son cheval. En novembre, ces soldats font l’expérience directe des tranchées en Belgique; 16 jours plus tard, ils sont déplacés dans le nord de la France. Le colonel note que les célébrations de Noël 1915 se déroulent dans la bonne humeur (high spirits). Il ajoute que la plupart de ses hommes peuvent prendre le repas de Noël… assis (a sit-down dinner)!

Les joies de Noël se dissipent rapidement. En mars, le régiment retourne en Belgique, dans les tranchées d’Ypres, à quelques mètres de l’ennemi. Heureusement, quelques moments de joie entrecoupent un printemps difficile. Ainsi, le colonel Baker revoit son cheval qu’il espère ravoir. De plus, des colis arrivent du Canada – comme celui des 300 paires de bas envoyés par les sœurs du colonel; les hommes les apprécient tellement qu’ils les lavent eux-mêmes par peur de les perdre! Pareils moments sont toutefois rares, car la bataille d’Ypres est infernale avec des attaques au gaz et des bombardements presque incessants. Aussi le colonel Baker aspire-t-il à son prochain congé ajoutant qu’il se sent « comme l’enfant qui rêve au prochain Noël, le 26 décembre! » (as a boy does to Christmas on December 26th!).

Noël 1915 est vite oublié. Le 2 juin, l’armée allemande lance une attaque massive, le colonel Baker est l’une des premières victimes. Partout au Canada, on le pleure. Bolton-Est continuera à soutenir l’effort de guerre, et d’autres volontaires s’enrôleront – une vingtaine, au total. Et, à la fin de la Guerre, des amis des Cantons rapatrieront au Canada le cheval du colonel qui sera enterré à Glenmere, à son décès en 1936.



Events - Autumn 2015



Film, Concert and Lecture Sundays at 3 pm
Holy Trinity Church,
903 Bolton Pass Rd (Route 243), South Bolton

Sunday, August 16

Sunday, August 23

Sunday, September 13

Film
Nicholas Austin Founder of Bolton Township (1793)
Documentary presented by
Martin Duckworth

Film in English, bilingual discussion

Concert
Full Circle
Folk and Spiritual Music
with
Trisha Pope
and Jeffrey May

Historical Lecture
The Beginnings of the Anglican Church in
Bolton Township

by Serge Wagner

Lecture in French, bilingual discussion




Historical Lecture


(THE THIN END OF THE WEDGE. Daring attempt to break into a church)
During the 19th century, many Protestants associated the ritualism of the Anglican Church with the Roman Catholic Church.

FREE ADMISSION (Free-will offering)
Bring your own cushion!

Wars of Religion

in Potton and Bolton

1797-1877

Historical Lecture

by Serge Wagner

Sunday, August 23, 3 pm

Holy Trinity Church,
South Bolton

(near the rocket)
(903 Bolton Pass / Route 243 South)


Lecture in French, bilingual discussion

At the inception of the Eastern Townships, the British Government wants to impose the Church of England on the U.S. settlers, with its values of submission to British rule. However the American colonists (especially Methodists and Baptists) and their pastors will oppose the Anglican missions. The stages of the conflict within Protestant denominations will be examined.

Organized by

Patrimoine Bolton Heritage
Information: (450) 292-4822
Presented as part of our Concert Series to benefit Patrimoine Bolton Heritage (PBH) and Holy Trinity Church.
PBH is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting, promoting and preserving the built and natural heritage of East Bolton.



Nicholas Austin


FREE ADMISSION (Free-will offering)
Bring your own cushion!

Benefit Film

Sunday, August 16, 3 pm

Holy Trinity Church,
South Bolton

(near the rocket)
(903 Bolton Pass / Route 243 South)


Film on Nicholas Austin, Founder of Bolton Township (1793)

Documentary presented by
Martin Duckworth

Film in English, bilingual discussion




Organized by

Patrimoine Bolton Heritage
Information: (450) 292-4822
Presented as part of our Concert Series to benefit Patrimoine Bolton Heritage (PBH) and Holy Trinity Church.
PBH is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting, promoting and preserving the built and natural heritage of East Bolton.



Full Circle


FREE ADMISSION (Free-will offering)
Bring your own cushion!

Benefit Concert

Sunday, August 23, 3 pm

Holy Trinity Church,
South Bolton

(near the rocket)
(903 Bolton Pass / Route 243 South)


Jeffrey May and Trisha Pope are the eclectic duo "Full Circle." Jeffrey's lush guitar voicings and grooves meet Trisha's calm and expressive voice to explore a mixed-bag of folk songs: from Gordon Lightfoot to African American Spirituals, from original Celtic ballads to Leonard Cohen.

"Full Circle" brings a unique sound that is tender, warm-hearted, soulful and open to new possibilities!

Organized by

Patrimoine Bolton Heritage
Information: (450) 292-4822
Presented as part of our Concert Series to benefit Patrimoine Bolton Heritage (PBH) and Holy Trinity Church.
PBH is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting, promoting and preserving the built and natural heritage of East Bolton.



Bevan Skerratt


FREE ADMISSION (Free-will offering)
Bring your own cushion!

Benefit Concert

Sunday, July 26, 3 pm
Holy Trinity Church,
South Bolton

(near the rocket)
(903 Bolton Pass / Route 243 South)


Don’t miss this opportunity to hear Bevan Skerratt, a talented singer-songwriter with a full sweeping voice reminiscent of Gordon Lightfoot and Johnny Cash, in this intimate setting – the historic little church of Holy Trinity!

Organized by

Patrimoine Bolton Heritage
Information: (450) 292-4822
info@boltonheritage.org
www.boltonheritage.org
Originally from Saskatchewan of Cree and Celtic ancestry, Bevan Skerratt is a talented singer-song writer with a full sweeping voice that contains vibes of Gordon Lightfoot and Johnny Cash. Bevan is also a poet and storyteller. Having been active in the field of holistic healing for over 30 years, Bevan also serves as a spiritual advisor for the male aboriginal population in the Cowansville correctional institution, and is founding Director of the Urban Aboriginal Medicine Fellowship. A practising psychotherapist and a traditional First Nations ceremonialist and teacher, Bevan has recently been awarded the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee medal for his work in helping to raise understanding of First Nations spirituality and culture. Bevan, who will celebrate his 70th birthday this year,was active musically in the Eastern Townships during the days of the Woodacres Hotel, and is happy to return to his old stompin’ grounds to raise his voice in song once again!

Organized by

Patrimoine Bolton Heritage
Information: (450) 292-4822
Presented as part of our Concert Series to benefit Patrimoine Bolton Heritage (PBH) and Holy Trinity Church.
PBH is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting, promoting and preserving the built and natural heritage of East Bolton.



Bolton Heritage                                

                                                      

Municipality of Bolton-Est’s Town Hall


858 rte. Missisquoi



Located near the four corners in Bolton Centre, on the west bank of the Missisquoi River, the Town Hall is a
distinguished building.


Constructed in 1867 1868, the building reflects the neoclassical architecture of the New England pioneers.;
Symmetrical in design with peaked roof, decorative trim and vertical boards at the entrance, imitating plaster
columns. The structure is typical of buildings in the area, with a stone foundation, wood frame and exterior horizontal
boards. The building is unique because of its size and imposing appearance, with an over hang roof at the entrance
and decorative wood columns. The wood structure is predominant and the material is from the area and was cut at a
local saw mill. However, it was difficult to justify such a building in a community that, at the time was without
churches or a post office.

In 1845, the Government of United Canada, implemented a decentralization process that established municipalities, parishes and townships. The Municipality of the Township of Bolton was created. In September 1847, the municipality was amalgamated with others to form the Municipality of the Township of Stanstead and in 1855, the founding municipalities were re-established. For Bolton, the municipal elections of representatives to the municipality of Stanstead and the sittings of council took place in a number of different locations; schools, Hotels or Country Inns. Over time, it became clear that a Town Hall was needed and the Village of Bolton Centre was selected because of its central location. Construction was started with great optimism. In 1865, the opening of a copper mine in the area started an economic boom and the building of the railroad. The forestry industry also expanded. Finally, in 1867 a post office opened in Bolton Centre. The Town Hall project also benefited from the positive activity and reported $479.00 in contributions, wood was cut and the building constructed by the community. The land, next to St. Patrick's Church was donated for the structure by the Anglican Diocese.

The building called the Town Hall or Town House served several purposes. It met the needs of the community as well as
the legal responsibilities of the municipality. It served to house the administration of the community, a court house;
cultural events, dances, concerts, public meetings as well as a one room school. The School Commission paid
$350.00 to acquire one large room on the main floor. Slowly the development of the Village and the township
stopped. The copper mine closed and several years later, the railroad also closed down. Between 1876 and 1939,
the township was divided four times, decreasing its size as well as cutting its access to Lake Memphremagog. As
industrialization influenced the development of many towns in the Eastern Townships, Bolton Est was largely
unaffected demographically and economically. However, the central location of the community itself ensured the
viability of the area and the preservation of the building. It is one of the most beautiful public buildings in the Eastern
Townships. The Town Hall was declared a National Historic Site by the Government of Canada in 1984 and in 2012
it was recognized as a heritage building by the municipality.

Texte : Patrimoine Bolton Heritage, par Serge Wagner.







World War 1 Exhibit November 8 -11

Schedule of the Exhibit of the soldiers

from the Eastern Townships

who fought in the First World War



Saturday, November 8; 10am – 5pm

Sunday, November 9th; 10am – 5pm

Monday, November 10; 10am – 5pm



Remembrance Day Ceremony, November 11

Welcome: 10am – 10:30am

Remembrance Day Service: 10:30 – 11:00

Wreath laying ceremony: 11:00am – 11:30

Reception at the exhibit in the Town Hall: 11:30 – 2pm

For more information please contact Alexandre Béchard, Leisure and Community Development Coordinator for the Municipality of Bolton-Est at (450) 292-3419 ext. 29
a.bechard@boltonest.ca




Gospel Music Concert

Holy Trinity Church, South Bolton

August 17 at 1:30

 

As part of the Bolton Day celebrations sponsored by the Municipality of East Bolton, Patrimoine BOLTON Heritage (PBH)  invites you to a concert of some of the great Gospel favorites on Sunday, August 17 at 1:30 p.m. at Holy Trinity Church.  Come hear the blues concert as well on August 16 at 6 p.m. in Bolton Centre.  PBH is looking for volunteers if you interested in heritage activities.

 

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1.    Gospel Music Concert on Sunday, August 17 at 1:30 p.m. at Holy Trinity Church

Caroline Pépin-Coulombe will sing well-known Gospel classics accompanied by Andy Bourgeois on piano.  Caroline Pépin-Coulombe is a singer, composer, and writer.  Come hear her subtle, elegant voice as she performs such favorites as Amazing GraceGo Down MosesWalk With Me, Lord, among others. 

 

Where?  Holy Trinity Church, 903 Bolton Pass (Route 243), South Bolton

 

When?  Sunday, August 17 at 1:30 p.m.

 

Free admission, free-will offering

 

Bring your own cushion!

 

Information: (450) 292-4822 or info@boltonheritage.org

  

2. Popular Music concert on Saturday, August 16 at 6 p.m.

Who?   Blues singer, Brian Tyler, finalist in La Voix competition, and the Rude Mood group

 

Where? Terrio Park, Terrio Street (near Route 245), Bolton Centre

 

When? Saturday, August 16 at 6 p.m

 

Free admission

 

Information: (450) 292-3444

 

3. Volunteers needed

 Patrimoine BOLTON Heritage is committed to the preservation of Holy Trinity Church in South Bolton and to the promotion of the rich heritage of East Bolton.  We are looking for volunteers interested in working on a number of projects such as an inventory of the contents of local churches, the collection of old photographs, etc.  To know more, call  450-292-4822 or info@boltonheritage.org.





Stop Cell Towers from Destroying our Heritage

Municipality of Ordord rejects Bell Mobility Tower

See story in the Reflet du Lac of August 6, 2014 by clicking here

Update on developments in Bolton-Est July 11, 2014!

 

Things are moving fast.... very fast.

 

COUNCIL MEETING - July 7, 2014

Thanks to those who came to the meeting of the East Bolton Town Council on Monday.  We were 22 citizens - so the room was quite full.

 

The bad news is that they voted FOR the tower in beautiful Bolton Pass not far from the Nature Reserve La Mine-aux-Pipistrelles that seeks to protect 5 species of bats some of which are vulnerable or threatened.

 

 

The mayor said that they turned down Bell's request to put up the tower on Mountain... but she cautioned us that there is no guarantee that Bell would simply leave.  We need to be on the lookout as they may be looking for another property owner to approach.

 

The citizens were not at all happy.

 

They expressed their frustration at this lack of democracy. 

 

Norman Roy of our group was an amazing spokesperson.  (We are very lucky to have him on our side.)

 

Indeed, how could they in good conscience vote FOR the tower when their citizens were overwhelmingly against it.

 

When asked what motivated them to vote against the wishes of the majority of the population that they represent, they acted insulted but did not provide any adequate answers (at least in our opinion). 

 

They said that they did it "in the public interest". 

One councillor said that she did it "for the wellbeing of the citizens".  It seemed that these councillors believed that they know better what is best for the citizens, like parents know better what is best for their children.

 

ZONING CHANGES TO MAKE WAY FOR TOWERS

 

We learned that the Comité d'aménagement of the MRC of Memphrémagog recently received several requests for zoning changes to allow the building of cell towers in Austin, Potton and Stanstead.

 

The tower planned for Bolton Pass is also in a green zone and would require a zoning change.

 

WHAT WE HAVE TO DO NOW

If we don't act quickly, these telecommunications giants will disfigure our beautiful Eastern Townships and turn our landscapes into industrial parks, not to mention the serious dangers they are causing to our health.

 

We have no intention of giving up.

 

At the local level:

The next step is to help the residents in Bolton Pass to stop that tower.

 

At the Eastern Townships level:

We really need to get the Townships wide Coalition going.

 

At the national level:

Wednesday, Frank and April along with two residents from Bolton Pass went to Ottawa to tell Health Canada that we find their proposed revision of Safety Code 6 appalling.

 

We made a lot of contacts and learned a lot about the dangerous effects of electromagnetic radiation on our health.  We came back more convinced than ever that we have to act NOW !

 

The press conference was organized by "Canadiens for Safe Technology (C4ST)" in answer to Health Canada's public consultation that will end on July 15.  If Safety Code 6 were revised to take into account the 2000 studies showing that there are serious biological effects at radiation levels much lower than those allowed by Health Canada, we would be automatically protected from the proliferation of cell towers near our residences.

 

 

§       Watch the press conference with Mr. Clegg (former CEO of Microsoft Canada) and Dr. Carpenter (Harvard Medical School graduate and Director of the University of Albany's School of Public Health) http://www.c4st.org/website-pages/pages/health-canada-submissions.html

 

§       See the video of the Public's input (BUTTON : 12:45pm - Public Input to Health Canada) (Frank is at 9:35; and April is at 36:15) http://www.c4st.org/website-pages/pages/health-canada-submissions.html

 

§       Read the Declaration entitled « Scientists Call for Protection from Radiofrequency Radiation Exposure » signed by 53 scientists from 17 different countries, including 7 Canadians, including 7 Canadian scientists, who publish studies on electromagnetic radiofrequency radiation.  They say that they are very concerned that the proposed revisions to the Safety Code 6 guideline are  inadequate to protect public health. http://www.c4st.org/images/documents/hc-resolutions/scientific-declaration-to-health-canada-english.pdf

 

§       Read the Declaration entitled « Doctors Call for Protection from Radiofrequency Radiation Exposure » signed by 22 Canadian physicians http://www.c4st.org/images/documents/hc-resolutions/medical-doctors-submission-to-health-canada-english.pdf

 

§       Canada Post removes Wi-Fi to provide barrier free access to their buildings to those suffering from Electrohypersensitivity
http://www.c4st.org/news/what-s-happening-in-canada/canada-post-removes-wi-fi-to-provide-barrier-free-access-to-their-buildings-to-those-suffering-from-ehs.html

 

 

Thanks for your support

 

Patrimoine Bolton Heritage

Natural Heritage Committee

 

info@boltonheritage.org

450-292-3456, ext. 223

 




Congratulations to the elected officials of Châteauguay for standing firm right all the way, and to the UMQ for supporting them!

The Court of Appeal of Québec confirmed on Tuesday that the municipality has the right to oversee towers for cellular antennas.

Click here for radio interview

Did you know that Bell is planning to put up three cell phone towers in our area – two in East Bolton and one in Potton?


Bell admits that, in East Bolton at least, it is not about providing better cell phone coverage.  That has already been achieved.   It is all about providing increased bandwidth for Internet service.  However, high speed internet access is already available through many other ways (satellite, fibreoptic cable in some areas, and even through the cellular network)…

When Patrimoine Bolton Heritage discovered Bell’s plans, our first concern was what these towers would do to our beautiful landscapes.  The tallest tower which they want to put on chemin Mountain would be 90 meters high.  Imagine a 30-storey unsightly structure on our beautiful mountain in the same view as the Abbaye Saint-Benoit-du-Lac!

We soon discovered the many other negative impacts that these towers have, and how people in Canada and all around the world are fighting against them.

Over 2000 studies by reputable scientists show that the microwave radiation emanating from cell towers is dangerous to our health.  It can damage our cells, it can alter our DNA, it can prevent our bodies from producing important hormones such as melatonin.  It can cause everything from headaches, sleep & memory problems, dizziness and depression… to cancer, childhood leukemia, heart problems, Alzheimers, Parkinsons, autism, and more.

Health Canada has guidelines on the amount of such radiation that is safe, but they are woefully out of date and don’t look at the many serious biological effects of long-term exposure, even at low levels of radiation.

We also discovered that the presence of these towers:

Get informed through our web site www.thecelltowers.org, which includes pertinent films, research studies, campaigns led by other communities, addresses to write to, and great links.

Stay in touch (give us your email address or telephone number to receive updates)

 

Meanwhile, we encourage you to spread the word to all of your friends and colleagues.  Feel free to forward this to everyone you know (pdf on web site).

Let’s make sure that decisions are not made based on economic desires of private interests such as Bell but rather on a public planning process that evaluates the actual communications needs and how they can best be met.

These decisions should benefit us and not just Bell!

 

Patrimoine Bolton Heritage
Natural Heritage Committee

info@boltonheritage.org
450-292-3456, ext. 223

Those who don’t have cell coverage in East Bolton, and in many parts of Potton, need to upgrade their cell phones to the latest version – which IS capable of communicating with existing towers – or look into changing the service provider.

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Three Lectures : Bolton Township and its environs

Sunday, July 28, 1:30 pm - Église Saint-Patrick, Bolton-Centre
        Nina M. Owens (1869-1959) Painter from the area

Sunday, August 25, 1:30 pm - Église Holy Trinity, Bolton-Sud
        The First Leaders

Sunday, September 15, 1:30 pm - Église Holy Trinity, Bolton-Sud
        Bolton, 1797-1860