l’Quebec Association of Physicians for the Environment (AQME) and the physicians who have co-signed this letter – all of whom work in the Quebec or Lévis regions – would like to express to you their concerns regarding 3e Highway link between Quebec and Lévis.
This plan is an inadequate solution to the problems of highway congestion and will only increase our collective dependence on the automobile, with all the associated negative health effects.
We are primarily concerned with the contribution of transport to air quality problems, which emits 62% of air pollutants. Air pollution alone already causes 4,000 premature deaths a year in Quebec, with health costs exceeding $30 billion. Air pollution is increasingly associated with road traffic, and many air pollutants produced by motor vehicles are widely recognized as harmful and dangerous to human health – particularly socio-economically marginalized and racialized populations, often near major highways.
Note that electrifying transport is not a miracle solution, as a significant part of air pollution comes from brakes, tires and road friction.
We also cannot ignore the adverse health effects of car addiction. By promoting a sedentary lifestyle, the latter is associated with many common diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and some cancers. In addition, it contributes to the mineralization of urban space with materials such as asphalt, concrete and cobblestone. This phenomenon is strongly associated with urban heat islands, which are unevenly distributed and cause some neighborhoods to suffocate local residents, especially in summer.
Finally, we are concerned with Draft 3e Connectivity distracts us from our collective objectives in the fight against climate change, making it more difficult to meet our greenhouse gas reduction targets. The construction of motorway infrastructure and the massive use of polluting materials such as concrete are antithetical to measures to address the climate emergency.
Our organization encourages officials to design good plans for health, environment, mobility and public finance. Plan 3e The currently proposed motorway link does not meet any of these conditions.
At a time when many North American cities are eliminating their urban highways for the sake of public health and well-being, we urge your government to abandon the current highway tunnel project. Health of current population and future generations.
Frederic Dubinier Martin, Coordinator of the Association of Quebec Doctors for the Environment (AQME), Medical Resident in Public Health and Preventive Medicine, CIUSSS de la Capitale-Nationale and Doctors Group.
Frédéric Dubinier Martin, Coordinator of the Capitale-National Regional Committee of the Quebec Association of Doctors for the Environment (AQME), Medical Officer in Public Health and Preventive Medicine, CIUSSS de la Capitale-Nationale
Julie Boulanger, family physician, Clinic Miserets
Frédérike Frigon-Tremblay, family physician, GMF-U Maizerets
Thierry Arsenault, Resident Physician in Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Laval University
Bernard Fruteau de Laclos, Biochemist, CHU de Québec-Laval University
Charles Poissonnault, family physician, GMF-U Maizerets
Isabelle Poirier-Euel, family doctor, Clinique Maizerets
Pierre Auger, Physician, Regional Public Health Department of Capital-National
François Aubin, Doctor, CIUSSS de la Capitale-Nationale
Sarah Jean Pelletier, Clinical Specialist in Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Department of Public Health at Capital-National
Isabelle Goupil-Sormany, specialist in public health and preventive medicine at the CHU de Québec
Cécile Jeanmart, family doctor, GMF-U Maizerets
Marie-Claude Letellier, Expert in Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Cabinet
Catherine Trudel-Guy, Medical Student, Laval University
Emma Scott, MD, Laval University
Catherine Wolff, Clinical Resident in Public Health and Preventive Medicine, CIUSSS de la Capitale-Nationale
Nikolai Guzun, Medical Resident in Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Department of Public Health at Capital-National
Martin Lalinec-Michaud, Family Physician, CIUSSS de la Capitale-Nationale
Victoria Bernardo, Resident Physician in Psychiatry, CIUSSS de la Capitale-Nationale
Marianne Boisvert Moreau, Medical Resident in Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Laval University
Luc Bhérer, specialist in occupational medicine, CIUSSS de la Capitale-Nationale
Mariajka Beauregard, Specialist in Public Health and Preventive Medicine, CHU de Québec
Slim Haddad, Public Health Physician, CIUSSS de la Capitale-Nationale
Marilee Samson, Psychiatrist, Laval Hospital
Real Morin, physician, National Institute of Public Health of Quebec
Caroline Laberge, Family Physician, CIUSSS Capitale Nationale, GMFU Laurier
Isabelle Collin, Family Physician, Medical Assistant, GMF-U Laurier and HSFA-Hospital
Helen Landry, Family Physician, GMF-U Laurier
Marie-Odil Gilbert, Family Physician (Midwife), GMF-U Laurier and CHUL
Dominique Deschênes, family physician, GMF-U Laurier
Soufiane Bensaidane, MD, GMF-U Laurier
Anne-Frédérique Lambert-Slythe, Doctor, CIUSSS de la Capitale-Nationale
Johanne Elsener, Veterinarian, Health Urban