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Council says no to loudspeakers outside new Vaudreuil-Dorion Islamic cultural centre


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Vaudreuil-Dorion council approved preliminary plans in August for a new Islamic cultural centre that will be built on the site of the former Sunny’s Bar and Restaurant and have adopted a resolution to restrict outside noise and the flying of flags.

Outdoor loudspeakers will be prohibited at the site of a new Islamic cultural centre after Vaudreuil-Dorion council unanimously adopted a resolution at the first bi-monthly meeting on Monday, September 8, forbidding their use.

The resolution amended the original cultural centre project that was adopted by council at their last meeting, said the city’s Director General Olivier Van Neste in a telephone interview with The Journal. The resolution also prohibits the flying of flags outdoors.

Restriction disallows outdoor speakers

“We added a restriction that it is not allowed to use outside speakers to reproduce sounds. It was a worry from certain citizens that if there were speakers, it would be used for a call of prayer like it happens in certain parts of the world,” said Van Neste.

“There are some Muslim cultural centres that use speakers outside. We added this condition for the project that it won’t be allowed to have speakers outside. It’s a project to change the former restaurant into a cultural centre for the Muslim community,” added Van Neste.

The recent changes made by the city in regards to the project were done as a result of a consultation process the city undertook earlier with residents. “The consultation already took place. It was a written consultation because of COVID-19 but now the next step is that if people want to oppose or support the project, they can sign a petition that will either open or not open a register,” said Van Neste.

Petition signing

Residents in five specific zones – the zone where the new cultural centre will be located and the four surrounding zones – will be able to voice their support or disapproval of the project by signing a petition from September 10 until September 18.

There is still no word on when work to build the new cultural centre will begin. It will be built at the site of the former Sunny’s Bar and Restaurant, 2400 Rang St. Antoine at the corner of Rue Chicoine.

“I know they have been waiting to operate in a new place for a while. I’m guessing they’ll start the work as soon as it’s possible in terms of the by-law,” said Van Neste.

Boulevard de la Cité-des-Jeunes

Council also adopted a resolution that will allow the city and provincial Ministry of Transport to reach an agreement regarding the work that has to be done to reconfigure the Highway 30 traffic ramps that exit onto Boulevard de la Cité-des-Jeunes.

“We’ve been discussing with the ministry, the Société québécoise d’infrastructure (SQI), and the health department in terms of what we have to do on Cité-des-Jeunes hopefully before the hospital arrives. The road has to be redone to accommodate all the extra traffic,” said Van Neste.

“The Transport Ministry asked us to adopt a resolution because they want to start an agreement. We want an agreement in terms of negotiating the responsibility and distribution of the costs around the project. This is just the initial step in starting the agreement process.”

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