Plateau Citizens Want To Ban Wood Burning Ovens, Montreal Bagels Will Never Be The Same

Saint-Viateur and Fairmount are under threat.
Plateau Citizens Want To Ban Wood Burning Ovens, Montreal Bagels Will Never Be The Same

Last week we heard that Canada was officially banning trans fats across the country. Of course, we panicked and wondered what was going to happen to the classic Montreal poutine

But now there's another iconic Montreal food being threatened, the bagel.

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A group of citizens who live near Fairmount Bagel and St-Viateur Bagel, will be asking the city of Montreal to ban wood burning ovens and to force them to cease production.

Not only is the smoke hazardous to their health, but it's gotten so bad that when it's windy, they have to keep their windows closed, otherwise they get soot all over their furniture.

In 2009, the city of Montreal tested Fairmount bagels' chimney. They found it was spewing up to 15 times the legal limit of toxic particles!

Since then, steps have been taken to reduce emissions, like using air purifiers and compressed wood logs. It did help a little, but the emissions are still 3 to 4 times over the legal limit.

Saint-Viateur said they refuse to change their cooking method because that's what makes it taste a Montreal bagel. However, come Monday, if the citizens get their way, Saint Viateur and Fairmount will either have to scramble to adhere to the clean air laws, or they'll have to turn their ovens off.


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