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“S’ENGAGER ICI ENSEMBLE”: LES AMIS DE LA MONTAGNE PARTICIPATES IN THE 12TH COLLOQUIUM ON ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION
 
Each year, this colloquium brings together stakeholders from school, community and non-governmental settings to discuss environmental and sustainable development education. This autumn, the theme of the colloquium “Let’s get involved: when education and the common good combine” was inspired by the “Mouvement des indignés”. It demonstrated that young people have a thirst for commitment and involvement and are seeking stimulating ways to change things. The questions of commitment, mobilisation and the common good were at the heart of this event held on November 8 and 9 at École secondaire Père-Marquette in Montreal.

For Les amis de la montagne, this colloquium was an opportunity to present the partnership program in place since five years ago with the École Saint-Germain d’Outremont. Due to the great collaboration with the school principal and all the teachers, 500 students participate each year in various environmental projects on Mount Royal such as the construction of birdhouses for bluebirds or tree planting - an exemplary collective commitment!
 
Les amis are members of the advisory and socio-scientific committee and partners of the Association québécoise pour la promotion de l'éducation relative à l'environnement (AQPERE), which organizes this event with the Fondation Monique-Fitz-Back pour l'éducation au développement durable and the Établissements Verts Brundtland.
 

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE PUBLIC FORUM OF LES AMIS DE LA MONTAGNE HELD ON NOVEMBER 19

The Public Forum of Les amis de la montagne was held in a packed room on November 19 at Maison Smith. Mathieu Payette-Hamelin, Ph.D., consultant in cultural development and André Chouinard, consultant in heritage and development with the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications du Québec (MCCQ), came to inform us of changes in the new law on cultural heritage which came into effect last October 19. This new law replaces the Cultural Property Act which had allowed the creation of the Historic and Natural District of Mount Royal in 2005.
 
For those who did not attend the Forum, the provisions of the new Act are available in the Heritage section of the Ministry website. Le Guide pratique destiné aux municipalités is of particular interest to Montrealers.
 
Les amis de la montagne also presented four important issues concerning the protection of Mount Royal and these will be discussed in a summit in spring 2013. The summit will bring together all parties concerned about the future of Mount Royal. A document titled Considerations for the future of Mount Royal is available in PDF format by clicking on this link.
 

LES AMIS SALUTE THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE OFFICE DE CONSULTATION PUBLIQUE DE MONTRÉAL

Read the Les amis de la montagne's Press release...

Last December 6, the Office de consultation publique de Montréal (OCPM) launched a new edition of its publication “Les cahiers de l’OCPM” on the theme “Le mont Royal, une richesse collective”.
 
This very beautiful 60 page document provides, in the first part, a chronology of the actions and involvement of citizens concerning protection and development of the mountain from Jacques Cartier to the present day. The second part of the document describes recurring themes from public consultations held by the OCPM since 2005 as well as follow-ups made by the Ville de Montréal and the issues to be addressed in coming years.
 
Download this document on the Office de consultation publique de Montréal website.
 

A NEW WEBSITE TO DISCOVER MONT ROYAL

A new website on Mont Royal, created by the Ville de Montréal and the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications, was launched on November 30.  Designed as a virtual exhibition, the site provides a reference principally dedicated to the landscape of the mountain, and includes inventories and documentation rich with information regarding the heritage and history of the mountain.

RECORD PARTICIPATION IN THE ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP PROGRAM 2012!

The 2012 edition of the Les amis de la montagne Environmental Stewardship Program ended in November with a very positive outcome. More than 1 440 volunteers came to lend a hand in environmental activities in 2012. Participation unmatched since 6 years ago clearly demonstrates a growing interest and heightened awareness in the community and its desire to get involved and do its part in preserving the natural environment of our beautiful mountain.

Actions in 2012 by the number…
 
Volunteer participation
Planting
Environmental monitoring
Cutting of invasive exotic plants
Cleaning underbrush
 
A huge thanks to all the volunteers and associations as well as the following businesses that financially supported the program between May and October, 2012:
Accenture / Cargill / Diageo in collaboration with Evergreen / Evergreen / ManuLife Financial /TD Bank Group / HSBC /HSBC Youth Series in collaboration with Evergreen / Intact Insurance / Microsoft in collaboration with Evergreen / Palais des congrès de Montréal / Revision Military inc. / Transat A.T. inc. / Yves Rocher
 
Les amis wish to thank warmly the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, our principal partner in May: Mount Royal Month and the TD Green Sunday, which has supported the program since 2006. Thank you also to Evergreen which has sponsored many projects and has been a key partner in the corporate component over past years.
Our thanks go especially to the team at the Direction des grands parcs et du verdissement de la Ville de Montréal and to the Mont-Royal Park maintenance team for their generous collaboration in implementing and monitoring the program.
 

AWARDS AND RECOGNITION

Les amis de la montagne are delighted to honour three governors who recently received high distinction.

For 35 years, the Prix du Québec has recognized people who have made exceptional contributions to cultural and scientific evolution and to the reputation of the Quebec nation.

Last October 29, the Government of Quebec revealed the names of 13 recipients in 2012. Among the seven personalities who shone in the field of culture, the Gérard-Morisset prize – heritage - was awarded to the architect Dinu Bumbaru. He has been policy director for Héritage Montréal since 2005, devoted principally to the preservation and development of architectural and landscape heritage in the city. He is also involved in the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), a non-governmental advisory organization in UNESCO concerned with cultural heritage. He has been chair of ICOMOS Canada since 2009. His expertise is recognized both locally and internationally.

The Macdonald Distinguished Alumni Award was created in 2006 by Macdonald campus section of the Alumni Association of McGill to recognize eminent graduates whose excellent achievements are a source of inspiration and leadership.
 
 
On October 13, Nathalie Zinger, vice president of the Nature Conservancy in Quebec, has received the Macdonald Distinguished Alumni Award for her remarkable professional achievements and community service. An outstanding leader, Nathalie Zinger has more than 30 years experience in the field of nature conservation.
The Telus Community Excellence Award was presented in Montreal last October 16 during the Telus Community Celebration which recognizes professionals and volunteers in the philanthropic sector who have made a big difference in their community.
Three accomplished leaders of community engagement in the Greater Montreal Area received this prize, among them Ugo Dionne, President of Synesis-Versalys and co-founder of Bénévoles d’affaires (Business Volunteers), for having created an innovative model that allows business people to share their expertise with non-profit organizations.
 
Bénévoles d’affaires has been active since 2006 and thanks to the involvement of M. Dionne and his team, has 3 000 volunteers and 800 organizations. The organization has twinned with more than 1 300 non-profits since its founding. In 2007, Ugo Dionne was selected amoung the “Top 40 Canadians under 40” of the Societe Caldwell, he received the Hommage Bénévolat-Québec from the Government of Quebec as well as the Prix de la relève from Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf.
 

 
INTERNATIONAL VISITORS
In October, the Consulate General of Israel in Montreal hosted the ELKA Mayors Forum, a study forum for mayors of small Jewish, Bedouin and Arab municipalities in Israel. The forum is part of a program for municipal leaders in Israel established to improve management skills and promote dialogue and cooperation. The group visited the Canadian municipalities of Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Hamilton and Barrie to learn about their operations, their structure, their budget and their respective education systems as well as how collaboration works among themselves and with the provincial and federal governments.

During their stay in Montreal, they visited Mont-Royal Park and came to meet Les amis de la montagne at Maison Smith. They discussed the operation and management of the site as a partner of the Ville de Montréal. This visit aimed to strengthen and forge new relations with Quebec at a municipal level and follows a visit of the Mayor of Montreal to Israel in September, 2012.
Last November, Les amis de la montagne hosted a group of employees from the government of Jeonnam Province, South Korea, as part of a training trip to Canada and the United States concerning methods of operating and managing large urban parks.

Many cities in South Korea are placing more and more effort into the creation of parks and green spaces and are adopting energy efficient practices. The group wanted to know more about methods in place for energy conservation and sustainable development in Mont-Royal Park. It was their only official visit to Canada after visiting Boston (Department of Public Works) and New York (New York Central Park Conservancy).
 

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