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Significant traffic disruptions to be expected during COP15

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Traffic may be disrupted in the Montreal area for the duration of COP15, in early December, in particular due to the closure of the Place-d’Armes metro station and several traffic lanes around the Palais des Congrès .

The 15e Conference of the Parties (COP15) of the Convention on Biological Diversity, which will welcome between 10,000 and 15,000 delegates in Montreal from December 7 to 19, will entail a major police deployment and exceptional security measures.

The perimeter around the Palais des Congrès will be delimited by high fences, which will be installed from November 7. The installation will last about twenty days. These fences will cut off one traffic lane on each of the streets surrounding the meeting place (Saint-Urbain, Viger, Saint-Antoine and Place Jean-Paul-Riopelle).

In addition, during the installation phase, these streets could be completely closed at certain times. Police will be deployed in the area to ensure traffic flow.

From 1er on December 20, the Place-d’Armes metro station, located in the Palais des Congrès, will be closed. Metro trains will not stop there.

The closure of the Ville-Marie tunnel, which passes under the Palais des Congrès, is however not planned for the duration of the event.


This information was transmitted to the media on Wednesday, during a technical briefing attended by the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM), the Sûreté du Québec (SQ), the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) , the City of Montreal and the Société de transport de Montréal (STM).

The police forces, which are part of the Integrated Security Group (GIS) of the COP15, indicated that preparations were underway for the implementation of security measures, which will be the most important of the last 20 years in Montreal. However, it was impossible to know how many staff will be deployed on the ground.

Normally, the preparation of security measures for an event of this magnitude takes 12 to 18 months, whereas the GIS only had 3 months to plan them.

Reinforcements

We have nevertheless learned that police officers from Quebec, Laval, Longueuil and Gatineau will come as reinforcements to Montreal for the duration of the international meeting, in particular to participate in the supervision of possible demonstrations which could take place on this occasion.

The police do not yet know which heads of state will be present at COP15, but they expect to have to form a few security processions between Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau airport and the Palais des Congrès to accompany dignitaries.

Security measures will also have to be taken in the hotels where Heads of State and delegates will be staying.

Corporal Tasha Adams, spokesperson for the RCMP, points out that, although some information is still unknown, the members of the GIS have experience in managing large events and know the security measures required.


PHOTO ALAIN ROBERGE, THE PRESS

Corporal Tasha Adams, RCMP spokesperson

This is an event that requires immense planning, and you can understand that at this time, we must ensure that all measures are in place, but there may be other measures that will be decided and put in place. in place in the coming weeks before the event.

Corporal Tasha Adams, RCMP spokesperson

We learned last week that the SPVM has planned to spend $25 million to ensure security during COP15, mainly to pay the salaries of the police officers who will be deployed there. These sums should be reimbursed by the federal government, organizer of the event.

The SQ and the RCMP have not estimated the amount of their expenses within the framework of COP15.

The SPVM police officers who will work during COP15 will do so on a voluntary basis, overtime. If necessary, SQ agents will fill the gap in police resources.



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