Welcome to Les amis' newsletter - November 2008
2008-10-30

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INVITATION TO THE NEXT PUBLIC FORUM
NEWS
ACTIVITIES
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
TAKE ACTION

INVITATION TO THE PUBLIC FORUM ON NOVEMBER 5
 
“Outremont, the ‘hill beyond’: Projects and vision for a forgotten summit” will be the featured topic at the next public forum to be held Wednesday, November 5 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Smith House in Mount Royal Park. Members of the public are invited to participate in large numbers.
 
The northern summit of Mount Royal, located in Outremont, remains left aside during discussions on the protection and enhancement of the mountain’s heritage. In the absence of any formal landscaping or public access points, the northern summit is the least known by the community.
 
The latest news on the project to control mountain biking on Mount Royal will be presented by Les amis, as well as an update concerning plans for the Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery by the director of the cemetery, M. Yoland Tremblay, followed by a question period.
 
For more information, please contact François-Xavier Caron, public forum coordinator.
 
 

NEWS
 
Les amis de la montagne react to the renewal of the lease with the Société Radio-Canada for their antenna on the mountain
 
Les amis de la montagne presented their position paper before the Office de consultation publique de Montréal on October 29 on the project to renew the lease between the Ville de Montréal and the Société Radio-Canada for their antenna located in Mount Royal Park.
 
Les amis are pleased that the renewed lease includes a financial compensation to be directed exclusively towards the protection of the Mount Royal Historic and Natural District.
 
With the renewal of the lease, occurring for the first time since the creation of the protected district in 2005, Les amis propose that different scenarios be envisioned to better integrate the tour in the mountain landscape. You can read Les amis’ position paper (available in French) here.
 
 

ACTIVITIES
 
Les amis de la montagne salute the 1,082 volunteers of the environmental stewardship program
 
Les amis de la montagne honoured 1,082 “friends” for their volunteer contribution towards the 2008 edition of the environmental stewardship program during a recognition event at Smith House on October 29.
 
These volunteers provided more than 2,300 hours of their time and energy between May and October 2008, all for the benefit of Mount Royal!
 
 
The objectives of the environmental stewardship program are the following:
With more than 15 years of solid experience in environmental stewardship projects, Les amis’ program encourages the participation of the entire Montreal community in efforts to conserve the natural environment by property owners and managers of sites on the mountain.
 
Activities of the environmental stewardship program this year included litter pick-up on the forest floor, indigenous tree and shrub planting, cutting down of exotic invasive species, analysis of the survival rate of tree plantings and the research project on the control of Common Buckthorn and Norway Maple.
 
We extend 1,082 thank-yous to all our volunteers for making the program a success again this year.
 
 
The event to launch “Mount Royal, A Territory to Discover” was a great success!
 
Only a few weeks after the launch of Les amis de la montagne’s interactive map, “Mount Royal, A Territory to Discover” and the newly revamped website, there’s no doubt that lemontroyal.qc.ca has made inroads with more than 8,000 individual visits and 1,100 subscribers to the organization’s electronic newsletter. The launch was also reported on the Internet by numerous bloggers, as well as mentioned in a variety of forums.
 
The success of the interactive map is due in very large part to the generous collaboration of 16 institutional and association partners on the mountain who contributed to the creation of the site. Herewith some testimonials:
 
“I congratulate you for the interactive map on your website that beautifully showcases the Musée des Hospitalières de l’Hôtel-Dieu de Montréal. We are thrilled about the quality of the audio and visual elements the map offers. Our collaboration throughout the year was pleasant and productive.” Dominique Trudeau, project coordinator, education and animation, Musée des Hospitalières de l’Hôtel-Dieu de Montréal
 
“I was present at the launch of Les amis de la montagne’s new website and I was very impressed by the visual result and the high quality of this creation … you can be very proud of your work. It reflects the care taken to transmit with perfection the hidden treasures of Mount Royal.” Jacques Dorais, photographer
 
 

CALENDAR OF EVENTS
 
Discover Mount Royal by guided podcast
 
Among the numerous guided podcasts offered via the interactive map, “Mount Royal, A Territory to Discover”, one guided walking trail is offered beginning at Smith House.
 
With a multimedia player in hand, you will be taken along a trail that tours the mountain’s summit loop, while listening/watching a series of short podcasts to better appreciate the site.
 
You can either download the podcast free of charge directly from Les amis’ website at www.lemontroyal.qc.ca or you can loan a multimedia player at Smith House during regular business hours. Rental of the player is $5 and we ask for an identity card with photo. The duration of the tour is about 1.5 hours or can be adapted to your own pace.
 
 
 
Call for volunteers for the FeederWatch project
 
Under the auspices of the Mount Royal Conservation Patrol, Les amis de la montagne are calling all interested volunteers to participate in the FeederWatch project every Friday and Saturday from November 14, 2008 to March 28, 2008.
 
The FeederWatch project is an inventory of winter birds at feeders that began in Canada and the United States in 1976. The patrol will be participating for a fourth winter.
 
If you would like to become a volunteer participant or have any further questions, please contact us.
 
 
Services at Smith House
 
Les amis de la montagne’s welcome and information service will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. until December 14. Located on the main floor of Smith House, the welcome and information service provides a wealth of answers to questions of a general nature about Mount Royal Park, the mountain and the activities of Les amis (telephone: 514 843-8240, ext. 0).
 
The Café Smith restaurant, also located on the main floor of Smith House, is the ideal place for a wholesome lunch or snack in convivial surroundings: sandwiches, hot meals, hot and cold beverages, beer and wine, as well as sweet treats and our famous organic fair-trade hot chocolate. The Café is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. until December 14.
 
All revenues generated from our services are reinvested in the activities offered in the park and are designed to promote appreciation for and conservation of the site. Smith House opening hours are available on Les amis’ website under the heading “Activities and Services - Calendar of Events” or for more information, please send us an email.
 
 

TAKE ACTION
 
Invest in the conservation of Mount Royal: become Les amis’ partner of the Tuques Bleues Celebration
 
Les amis’ partnership program is a tangible and sustainable approach to support the organization’s many activities that promote the protection and enhancement of Mount Royal through community involvement and environmental education.
 
To ensure that Mount Royal continues to contribute to the quality of Montreal’s environment and our collective quality of life, Les amis de la montagne invites you to become partner of the Tuques Bleues Celebration and Snowshoe Event -- at the Gold, Silver or Bronze level -- and winter activities on the mountain.
 
Detailed information about the partnership possibilities is available on Les amis’ website under the heading, “Take Action – Become a partner.”
 
Photo: A. Dobrowolskyj 2008
 
 
We’re hiring ...
 
Les amis de la montagne are in search of a development director to lead their annual campaign and to develop a major gifts program. For further information or to send your curriculum vitae, please contact Executive Director, Sylvie Guilbault, no later than November 14, 2008.
 
... and also for the 2008-2009 winter season!
 
You love the outdoors? You can prepare a panini with dexterity and serve it with a smile? You stand out because of your dynamism, your sociability and your sense of teamwork? Les amis are looking for people like you to round out the outdoor activities and sales team for the winter season in Mount Royal Park. A variety of jobs are available as follows:
Details on the winter season jobs are available on Les amis’ website under the heading, “About us – Employment opportunities.” Kindly indicate the job you are applying for, as well as your availability. The deadline to receive CVs is November 21, 2008.
 

 

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