Welcome to Les amis' newsletter - October 2009
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- “We’re tied to our mountain”
- DATE CHANGE: Wednesday, October 14 at 5:30 p.m. at Smith House
- Les amis de la montagne presents its 2008-09 Annual Report
- High marks for the fall session of Les amis’ Environmental Stewardship Program
- The 12th Festival de la marche is a hit!
- Three summits guided walking tour – 20th anniversary
- Purchase your pair of “amis de la montagne” shoelaces and contribute to the preservation of Mount Royal!
“We’re tied to our mountain”
On Sunday, October 4, Les amis de la montagne are organizing a great gathering on Mount Royal, presented by Yellow. All friends and fans of the mountain are invited to the lookout near the Chalet in Mount Royal Park at 2 p.m. for a fabulous photograph of everyone “tied” to Les amis de la montagne’s giant shoelace. Join us to demonstrate your attachment to the mountain – a strong and symbolic gesture in favour of the mountain’s protection!
Each participant will be able to obtain their official “friend card”, as well as the event’s singular and signature item - a pair of dazzling green shoelaces - that everyone can continue wearing proudly after the event as a show of their commitment to the cause. Participants will also be invited to enjoy a fall afternoon on the mountain in the company of artists and DJs at the chalet, where a variety of snacks and beverages will be available.
Come and dance to the vibes of musical mix-master DJ MAX JULIEN and the colourful performances of Montreal group NOMADIC VIBE BAND and Brazilian group ZURUBA BAND, all under the direction of star MC Rob Kemp of CHOM 97.7 FM.
The “We’re tied to our mountain” event will be held rain or shine!
Purchase your pair of $5 “amis de la montagne” shoelaces and demonstrate your attachment to Mount Royal!
SCHEDULE – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4 AT THE CHALET DU MONT-ROYAL
- 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.: DJ Max Julien / snacks and beverages available at the chalet
- 3 p.m.: special photo-op of everyone attached to Les amis’ giant shoelace on the lookout
- 3:15 p.m. to 4 p.m.: Nomadic Vibe Band performance
- 4:15 p.m. to 5 p.m.: Zuruba Band performance
- 5:15 p.m. to 6 p.m.: DJ Max Julien
- 6 p.m.: event closure
- Wednesday, October 14, 2009 (exceptionally)
- Smith House, 1260 Remembrance Road, Mount Royal Park
- 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
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
Les amis de la montagne present their 2008-09 Annual Report
Les amis de la montagne presented their 2008-09 Annual Report at the Annual General Meeting held September 30, as well as the 2009 edition of the « Map of Mount Royal: Protection Challenges. »
The Annual Report, which presents the activities of the organization, as well as the financial statements for fiscal 2008-09, is available in PDF format on Les amis’ website under the section “About Us
”. The Map of Mount Royal is distributed during the public forum or other interpretive activities of Les amis de la montagne held throughout the year.
Environmental Stewardship Program – fall session
Les amis’ Environmental Stewardship Program, which began in early September, will continue this fall until October 12.
Activities have been concentrated in the area surrounding the children’s playground near Beaver Lake, in order to consolidate the forest edges and to improve the important ecological corridor that links the large forest of Mount Royal Park with the woods at Summit Park.
Thank you to our many volunteers, who since September, have participated on Saturday mornings in a number of conservation activities, such as planting and cutting alien invasive species. If you would like to participate in these activities, there’s still time to join
We also thank the employees of a number of corporations for their participation, including GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals, Diageo, Palais des Congrès de Montréal, Tourisme Montréal and the Institut Canadien des Comptables Agréés
The 12th edition of the Festival de la marche is a success
Under a clear blue sky and on a magnificent autumn day, hundreds of walkers and hikers took to the trails on Mount Royal on Saturday, September 26, as part of the Festival de la marche.
Photo: Jacques Lacroix
This 12th edition was organized by the Fédération québécoise de la marche, Les amis de la montagne, Chinook Aventure, Le club de marche de la Côte, Jass, Le club de marche Dynamique and Sportvac Plein Air. We extend heartfelt thanks to the many partners and volunteers for their contributions to the success of this event.
"Mount Royal's Three Summits" guided walking tour - 20th anniversary
Join Les amis de la montagne's most popular and longest-running guided walking tour to discover the historic and natural heritage of Mount Royal and the many viewpoints from the mountain’s three summits. An opportunity to enjoy the autumn colours on the mountain. Offered in French.
- Sunday, October 11, 18 and 25
- 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (about 12 km)
- Departure from the G.-E. Cartier Monument, corner Avenue du Parc and Rue Rachel.
- Reservations required: 514 843-8240, ext. 0
- Price: 13 years and over: $15; ages 6 to 12: $10
By wearing a pair of “amis de la montagne” shoelaces, you help to conserve and keep this symbol of Montreal’s identity vibrant. Les amis de la montagne invite you to contribute to the mountain’s protection.
Purchase a pair of “amis de la montagne” shoelaces for $5 and show your attachment to Mount Royal. Wear the laces with pride and with the knowledge that you have taken a step in the right direction! The dazzling green laces make an excellent gift – at a very good price.
The shoelaces will be on sale as of October 4 at Smith House in Mount Royal Park and at Yellow stores throughout metropolitan Montreal – and soon on line on Les amis’ website.