We continue our journey on improving the night environment by reducing light pollution. This year most of our efforts and resources will be focussed on promoting the new standard BNQ 4930-100 Exterior Lighting established at the end of 2016 in partnership with the Bureau de Normalisation du Québec (BNQ). This standard establishes the exterior lighting requirements for protecting the night sky by controlling Light Pollution. We recommend a visit to the BNQ Web site at:
Dear members and supporters,
I wish you, with enormous hope, a beautiful and happy year 2017, rich in discoveries and meetings, strong in friendships, invincible in health and budget … In short, a real good year!
I will paraphrase our “cousins” of ANPCEN (National association for the protection of the night sky and environment – France): Life needs night. And night needs you. I invite you to continue to participate, speak and communicate for the promotion, conservation and protection of the night environment.
Much happiness and serenity for the New Year, as well as the realization of your most dear projects!
Happy New Year 2017!
Mihai R. Pecingina, ing.
President of IDA Quebec
Since September 22, the BNQ 4930-100 “Outdoor lighting – Control of light pollution” standard is available for purchase on the BNQ site (French only).
The standard represents a great progress on the path to reduce light pollution after 6 years of work for IDA Quebec. It comes as a culmination of the previous stage – the AIR Regulation developed with the International Dark-Sky Reserve of Mont-Megantic and AQME (Association Québécoise pour la Maitrise de l’Énergie).
Developed on the basis of the AIR Regulation, the new standard is proposing four lighting zones, the fourth being for cities of over 100 000 inhabitants. Zone 0 is for increased protection areas (natural parks, observatories etc.) while zones 2 and 3 are for the rest of the territory – residential (2) and other regions (3). Zone 4 is also divided into four: A – Increased protection areas (banks, nature parks etc.) B – Residential areas, C – commercial, industrial or mixed and D area of downtown.
For these zones are given parameters to control the amount of light, its direction and its color and the operating time of lighting, summary tables centralizing everything to facilitate the use.
We invite you to apply and send us your feedback. A review of the standard is expected to start in three years.
I thank you. Few months ago you have provided documentation and links for good practices in order to mitigate light pollution.
We used this material to inform two municipalities in the MRC Des Collines de l’Outaouais about. One of our interventions was already successful and the other one is under consideration.
Thank you very much,
President – AstroPontiac “
IDA Quebec is here to support you in your efforts to bring the night back in our lives. At the last meeting, the Board of Directors has decided to start developing new support material in French. Until the finished product is available, please contact us: our contact information.
Organized one week earlier than usual, the Earth Hour was celebrated Saturday, March 19th, all around the world. It was a quiet year on the social networks but also in Westmount where IDA Quebec was participating to its first public activity.
Despite the 25-year anniversary of the Committee “Westmount Healthy City”, the 10th celebration of “Earth Hour” in Westmount was rather discreet. Visitors do not show as in 2015 and the officials have missed the call – except Mr. Jacques Chagnon who gave a short speech at the beginning to retire immediately after.
IDA Quebec was represented again by Pierre Tournay and Mihai R. Pecingina.
The tradition has been respected. The Scottish bagpipes announced the arrival of Earth Hour (immediately after the presentation of the anniversary cake).
The lights around the Victoria Hall Centre were turned off. The sky was very clear so those present could take full advantage of telescopes in the nearby park.
The surprise of the evening was on the display of Westmount Hydro: the representative told us that the City is interest in the purchase of amber or PC amber LED. We’re expecting news with optimism.
And you? How have you spent the Earth Hour?