Press release: Sale of the Royal Victoria and Hôtel-Dieu hospitals
2013-04-04

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Sale of the Royal Victoria and Hôtel-Dieu hospitals on Mount Royal: Les amis de la montagne denounce the decision made by the Agence de la santé et des services sociaux de Montréal

Montreal, April 4, 2013
– Les amis de la montagne denounce the decision made by the Agence de la santé et des services sociaux de Montréal to authorize the sale of the Royal Victoria and Hôtel-Dieu hospitals. The organization deplores the fact that the Agence is simply following the standard legal procedure in deciding upon the future of these two large institutional properties located within the protected Site patrimonial declaré du Mont-Royal.

“The public authorities have the obligation towards citizens to develop a transparent and participative process to identify reuse projects for these hospitals that serve the interests of the greater community,” said Peter A. Howlett, C.M., President of Les amis de la montagne. “The standard legal procedure that the Agence de la santé et des services sociaux de Montréal has initiated is completely inadequate with regards the protection of two institutional sites of such vital importance to the identity of Mount Royal and Montreal.”

The relocation of these institutions will mark Mount Royal by the most profound changes it has undergone in the last 150 years, putting the mountain’s integrity at risk more than ever before.

The governmental decree in 2005 and the adoption of the Ville de Montréal’s Mount Royal Protection and Enhancement Plan in 2009 require the protection of Mount Royal’s heritage through exemplary means. Decisions regarding the imminent transformation of the Royal Victoria and Hôtel-Dieu hospitals merit a process that is equally exemplary.

“We propose that our public decision-makers wait no longer to put a working group together to identify concrete solutions that encourages the development of Montreal without sacrificing our collective heritage,” added Marcel Côté, strategic advisor, Services conseils-management, KPMG-SECOR, and Director of the Board, Les amis de la montagne.

To this end, Les amis de la montagne are working on the organization of the “Mount Royal Summit 2013” this spring, in order to identify concrete actions to be put into place for the next 10 years, to address the following protection and enhancement challenges: the future of the mountain’s large institutional properties, the protection of views, landscapes and the natural environment, and the governance of large public spaces.

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Source and information:
Gabrielle Korn
Director of communications
Les amis de la montagne
514 843-8240, ext. 237


 

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