Strong interest in Publisac distribution forces more public hearings

PUBLISAC

The city of Montreal says it's had to delay adopting recommendations on what to do about Publisac distribution since so many people have registered to voice their opinions that it's had to add more public hearings on the control of flyer distribution.

The city commission responsible for environment and sustainable development announced that given "the interest generated by the public consultation" and "the significant number of registrations received," it's holding two more public hearings for the hearing of briefs in addition to the three already scheduled to begin next week.

The new hearings are set for November 7 at 9:30 a.m. and November 12 at 7 p.m.

The three existing hearings were already scheduled for:

  • - October 25 at 2 p.m.
  • - October 30 at 7 p.m.
  • - November 1 at 2 p.m.

They've also rescheduled the November 20 meeting to adopt the recommendations to December 5 at 7 p.m.

Charles Montpetit started the anti-Publisac petition that ended up gathering the 15,000 signatures needed to launch the public consultations.

"We're not surprised," said Montpetit about the additional hearings.

While he is happy so many people are interested, Montpetit said he is disappointed there are more delays.

"We're being the victims of our success here," said Montpetit in an interview with CJAD 800.

"As long as the rules haven't changed for flyer distribution, we're still being deluged by 900,000 plastic bags every week."

You can still send in emails to the city until Monday to express your opinion.

All the meetings will take place at the temporary city hall in the Lucien-Saulnier Building at 155 Notre-Dame East.