Mid-July newsletter from Les amis de la montagne
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Photo: Samuel Montigné
NEWS FOLLOWING THE MOUNT ROYAL SUMMIT 2013: LES AMIS REACT TO THE CREATION OF AN INTER-MINISTERIAL COMMITTEE FOR MOUNT ROYAL
Less than two weeks after the Mount Royal Summit, the Government of Québec announced the creation of an inter-ministerial committee on June 19 that will study the reuse of the soon-to-become surplus buildings belonging to the Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM) and the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) on Mount Royal.
Les amis de la montagne were pleased with this announcement. In letters addressed to Maka Kotto, Minister of Culture and Communications, and Jean-François Lisée, Minister responsible for the Montreal region, Les amis de la montagne President, Peter A. Howlett, indicated the organization’s support of an open and transparent process that relies upon consultation with all stakeholders, including the Montreal community. He also underlined the necessity to define, collectively, the principles and orientations that will decide the future vocation of these heritage buildings to ensure that all actions taken are in the best interest of the greater community.
Held on June 7 last, the Mount Royal Summit gathered more than 175 representatives of the community, institutions and various levels of municipal and provincial government to discuss the priority protection challenges for Mount Royal. The debate on the future of the great institutions located on the mountain and the governance of the territory were of foremost importance.
LES AMIS DE LA MONTAGNE MAKE A PRESENTATION DURING A WORKSHOP ON MONTREAL’S MASTER DEVELOPMENT PLAN
The Office de consultation publique de Montréal (OCPM) held a series of workshops on Montreal’s Master Development Plan featuring numerous panelists, in order to provide citizens with food for thought and debate as they prepare for the public consultations to be held later this fall. The proposals being put forward by the Ville de Montréal in the Master Development Plan will have a 20 year horizon and include topics such as Montreal’s leadership, density and cohabitation, heritage protection, culture, economic development, transportation and the future of natural environments.
Les amis de la montagne’s Executive Director, Sylvie Guilbault,was invited to make a presentation during the June 12 workshop titled, “Protect, increase and enhance the natural environment,” which touched upon protection challenges and efforts to consolidate and enhance Mount Royal’s natural environments, an exceptional asset in the heart of our city.
You may view the workshop presentations on the OCPM website by clicking here.
FONDATION YVES ROCHER AND ELLE QUÉBEC CAME TO “PLANT WITH US” ON MOUNT ROYAL
“Come plant with us” was the invitation extended to readers of Elle Québec on June 8 in collaboration with the Fondation Yves Rocher and Les amis de la montagne to plant some of the 1,500 trees subsidized by the Fondation as part of the “Plantons pour la Planète” program on Mount Royal.
Despite rainy weather, nearly 70 participants, mostly women, answered the call to action and helped plant 300 indigenous trees and shrubs on the mountain. Thanks to their rapidity, participants were treated by Les amis de la montagne to a short guided visit of the forest to appreciate and learn more about its origins.
Click here to view a short video of the tree planting day.
Les amis de la montagne thank the Fondation Yves Rocher, Elle Québec and all the tree planters for this effort in maintaining Mount Royal’s biodiversity!
A JAPANESE DELEGATION BECOMES LES AMIS DE LA MONTAGNE’S LATEST “INTERNATIONAL FRIEND OF THE MOUNTAIN”
A Japanese delegation from the Organization for Industrial, Spiritual and Cultural Advancement – International (OISCA) were welcomed to Mount Royal by Les amis de la montagne on June 10. As part of their trip to Montreal, the group was interested in making a concrete gesture in favour of biodiversity.
A Bitternut Hickory measuring 1.5 m in height was planted on the mountain by Mr. Yasuaki Nagaishe, Director of the OISCA, Ms. Kyoto Noda, coordinator of the UN’s Convention for Biological Diversity program, and a dozen other participants from Japan and the Philippines.
The event was organized by the Secretariat for the Convention for Biological Diversity, located in Montreal, together with the OISCA, a long-time collaborator in the La Vague Verte/The Green Wave campaign. For the last five years, the OISCA has worked with schools and local organizations in 32 Asian countries, raising awareness among young people and adults about biodiversity, planting trees and training local farmers in sustainable development techniques.
After delegations last year from Armenia, Brazil, Israel and South Korea, Les amis de la montagne are thrilled to welcome this group from Japan into the ranks of our “international friends of the mountain!”
“LES DIMANCHES EN MUSIQUE” AT THE CHALET DU MONT-ROYAL
Folk music and traditional dance take centre stage this summer!
Photo : Veronica Schleihauf-Gomor
Participants may join a bilingual guided visit of the Chalet following each performance, relating the buildings’ history, architecture and works of art.
This series of free concerts is presented each month until October and is produced by Les amis de la montagne in collaboration with the Ville de Montréal, thanks to the support of the TD Bank Group.
ALL ABOUT BUGS ON MOUNT ROYAL
INSECT DAY ON MOUNT ROYAL
Saturday, July 20
Les amis de la montagne invite you to join a series of free activities all about bugs in the company of two passionate entomologists, Étienne Normandin of AnimaNature and the fascinating Georges Brossard.
INSECTS AND MICROFAUNA OF MOUNT ROYAL
Come meet an entomologist from AnimaNature and discover the secret life of Mount Royal’s insects. Explore the hiding places and behaviour of the mountain’s microfauna while learning to identify different species.
KIOSK "A WINDOW ON MOUNT ROYAL'S BIODIVERSITY"
Explore this original, educational kiosk on Mount Royal’s biodiversity. Discover the mountain’s evolution through the centuries from the time of the Native Americans to the present day. Presented by Les amis de la montagne in collaboration with the Ville de Montréal, thanks to the financial support of Gaz Métro.
TEMPORARY EXHIBITION "LA MONTAGNE EN IMAGES"
Les amis de la montagne present an exhibition of a selection of photos from the "La montagne en images" photography contest.
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ROOF REPAIRS ON THE CÔTE-DES-NEIGES RESERVOIR
Repairs to the roof of the Côte-des-Neiges drinking water reservoir begun in May by the Ville de Montréal will continue through mid-September. The worksite is active from Monday to Friday, between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. No impact to traffic is anticipated since the work is taking place within the reservoir grounds and no interruption to the drinking water supply is expected during this project.
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UPGRADING OF PERCY-WALTERS PARK
Percy-Walters Park located on the south flank of Mount Royal in the Ville-Marie borough is undergoing a variety of upgrades to enhance the quality and layout of this green space: a new playground for children, a dog run and paths, the installation of urban park furnishings, improvement of the lighting system, in addition to planting and grass-laying. Due to the extent and nature of the work, the park will not be accessible to citizens this summer.
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WATER LEAK DETECTION IN AN UNDERGROUND PIPE IN MOuNT ROYAL PARK
The Direction de l'eau potable of the Ville de Montréal continue work to detect the origin of a leak in a conduit located in Mount Royal Park along Avenue du Parc. Two excavations near Avenue des Pins during the week of June 17 did not provide conclusive results. A second round of excavation work to detect the origin of the leak will be carried out in same sector through most of July.