Special newsletter - the mountain and its limits

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  • Wednesday, October 14, 2009 (exceptionally)
  • Smith House, 1260 Remembrance Road, Mount Royal Park
  • 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Free
The mountain has its limits!
The large number of residential developments that have surfaced on Mount Royal in the last several years calls into question whether the mountain is able to receive new construction while keeping its heritage assets in tact. Despite this rise in development, the notion of the mountain’s “capacity limits” to receive new construction remains vague and the protection of the mountain is subject to different interpretations. Can we arrive at a definition of this notion and apply it to a territory as vast and diverse as Mount Royal?
Photo: Ville de Montréal
To stimulate the thinking on this question, Les amis de la montagne are organizing a public discussion with the participation of five distinguished professionals:
  • Clément Demers, executive director of the Société du Quartier international de Montréal
  • Nancy Dunton, consultant on architectural projects
  • Peter Jacobs, professor at the École d'architecture du paysage of the Université de Montréal
  • Josette Michaud, architect with Beaupré et Michaud architectes
  • Claire Poitras, professor-researcher at the Centre - Urbanisation Culture Société at the INRS
For more information, contact François-Xavier Caron, public forum coordinator at 514 843-8240, ext. 241.

Les amis de la montagne wants all mayoral candidates to take a clear stand in favour of the mountain’s protection and its future
Following the debate on environmental issues organized by the Conseil régional de l’environnement on October 6th, Les amis de la montagne regrets that serious problems still persist concerning the protection of Mount Royal. The organization remains concerned about the mountain’s long-term protection, in particular the future of the large institutions situated on its flanks, such as the former Sulpicians’ philosophy seminary. (Continued here.)

“We’re tied to our mountain!”
Hundreds of citizens demonstrate their love of Mount Royal
Photo: © Les amis de la montagne/Bob Hendriks, 2009
Hundreds of Montrealers filled the lookout on Mount Royal on October 4th to “tie” themselves to Les amis de la montagne’s giant shoelace in a strong, symbolic gesture in support of Mount Royal.
During this extraordinary event, Peter Howlett, President of Les amis de la montagne, underlined the community’s attachment to their mountain, a unique site that comprises vast green spaces, mature forests, monuments and prestigious institutions. Dr. Douglas Avrith, President of Yellow Groupe Inc., partners of the event, also attached himself to Les amis’ giant shoelace together with many of his employees.
As principal partner of the “We’re tied to our mountain event”, Yellow is supporting Les amis de la montagne in the sale of the event’s signature “amis de la montagne” shoelaces, available for only $5 at all Yellow stores in the Montreal metropolitan region, as well as at the information centres in Mount Royal Park (Smith House, Beaver Lake pavilion and Chalet du Mont-Royal).
Les amis de la montagne invite all mountain supporters to purchase a pair of “amis de la montagne” shoelaces and to encourage their family and friends to do alike, in order to demonstrate their attachment to the mountain with pride.
Les amis de la montagne thank their partners and sponsors for their participation in this first edition of the « We’re tied to our mountain » event: Zoom Média, Astral Média, CHOM 97.7 FM, CJAD 800 AM, Virgin 96 FM, La Presse, L’Assommoir restaurant, Bell, The Gazette, Ville de Montréal, Westmount Examiner, Planète Jazz, Barefoot, Point d’Outremont, Naya, Itsi-Bitsi, Bixi, Communauto, St-Ambroise, Bob Hendriks photographe, Sources Média, Greiche & Scaff, Première Moisson, CIBL, Luxury Report Magazine, KNX, Verger L’Oiseau Rouge de St-Hilaire, Le Commensal, Louis Garneau, Spectacle Sheherazade and Restaurant Pica Pica. Special thanks to our star MC Rob Kemp of CHOM 97.7 FM, the masterful DJ Max Julien and musical groups Nomadic Vide Band and Zuruba Band.
Finally, a great thank you to all our volunteers without whom the event would not be possible.


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