South Shore link a fatal mistake: health expert

MONTREAL, Que. — A public-health expert says a new road link to Montreal from the South Shore would mean not only higher traffic volumes, but also a dramatic increase in fatalities.

“If you have a congestion problem on the roads, you have a congestion problem in your emergency wards,” Dr. Louis Drouin, who heads the environmental health division of the central Montreal public health department, told a provincial hearing on South Shore project.

The inquiry commission, led by engineer Roger Nicolet, continues its hearings tomorrow at McGill University. It is to make recommendations to the government in January.

Drouin adds it’s people with respiratory problems, especially the young and old, who would be hit the hardest.

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