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Dorval Municipal Golf Course members fight against Trudeau airport expansion

04/23/2015 01:08 EDT | Updated 07/20/2015 12:59 EDT
Members of a Dorval golf course are worried they will soon lose their land to the Aéroports de Montréal.

Montreal's Trudeau airport could soon expand onto the grounds of the Dorval Municipal Golf Course. 

Members of the golf course and residents who live nearby are concerned not only about the course, but also lost green space and increased pollution.

The ADM has been leasing the land to the golfers for the last 20 years.

"We already have air pollution that we put up with, how much more do you want us to put up with at this point?" Bruce Orr, the golf course's vice president, told CBC Montreal's Daybreak.

Orr said he's wary of possible noise and air pollution caused by cars, trucks and general construction in the area.

Orr also told Daybreak members of the golf course put up signs one day last month encouraging people to sign a petition to fight its eviction, but they were taken down that evening.

Christine Beaulieu, a representative of the ADM, wouldn't say whether the company had taken down the club's signs.

Beaulieu insisted residents need not worry and that the airport was already looking into noise reduction measures.

She said it would maintain a "treeline" for residents living on the street behind the airport.

Beaulieu said the golf course was consulted in 2013 and the extension of the airport is scheduled to be in operation as of April 2016.

She said the ADM had met with Dorval Mayor Edgar Rouleau and Jean-Guy Aubry, president of the golf course.

"We have nothing to hide," said Beaulieu.

Beaulieu said the airport worked with Rouleau to provide golfers with another 18-hole golf course in Dorval that they could rent for $1 a year.

The current Dorval Municipal Golf Course has nine holes.

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