Welcome to Les amis' newsletter - October 2011
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Wood duck in Lac aux Castors, september 2011: © Samuel Montigné
INVITATION TO THE PUBLIC FORUM
The public forum is back after a short hiatus and will be held:
Join us for a brief recap of the various dossiers and recent news items related to the mountain, including: Montreal General Hospital; former convent of the Saint-Noms-de-Jésus-et-de-Marie; the M sur la montagne project on the former Marianopolis College campus; the Belvédère Éphémère project; and the briefs submitted by Les amis de la montagne over the last several months.
Photo: Ville de Montréal
Also, we invite you to join us for a stimulating exchange with members of several new groups that have formed around the mountain in defense of their particular interests, in order to become better acquainted and to forge stronger links in working together.
We look forward to seeing you at what promises to be an animated forum!
For further information, contact Firoozeh Djavedani, community relations coordinator, at 514 843-8240, ext. 241.
THE VILLE DE MONTRÉAL REJECTS THE MONTREAL GENERAL HOSPITAL’S EXPANSION PROJECT
The Office de consultation publique de Montréal (OCPM) has rendered its decision to reject the project to expand the Montreal General Hospital (MGH) in a residential building located outside the hospital’s actual property, following an exhaustive study of 25 briefs and oral presentations by citizens and concerned community groups, including Les amis de la montagne.
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PUBLIC CONSULTATIONS AND BRIEFS
Les amis de la montagne participate in the Projet métropolitain d’aménagement et de développement and the Plan d’urbanisme sur les antennes.
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LES AMIS DE LA MONTAGNE WELCOME AN ARMENIAN DELEGATION TO MAISON SMITH
Representatives of Erevan, the capital of Armenia, were in Montreal in September to learn about the mechanism’s Montreal has in place regarding public consultation and civic participation in the municipal process. The Office de consultation publique de Montréal (OCPM) coordinated numerous visits with a variety of stakeholders, including Les amis de la montagne.
Since 2001, Montreal has been developing relations with the capital of Armenia, which led in 2010 to the signing of a memorandum of cooperation for a period of two years. According to the last Quebec census of 2006, the greater Montreal area has an active population of close to 24,000 people of Armenian ethnic origin.
LES AMIS HOLD THEIR 25th ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Les amis de la montagne held their 25th Annual General Meeting in the freshly renovated meeting rooms of Maison Smith on September 27th last. Members of the Board and management provided the assembly with a very positive review of the organization’s activities for the fiscal year 2010-2011. You may click on this link to read the 2010-2011 Activity Report available in « virtual paper » format on Les amis’ website.
The annual meeting was also the occasion to distribute the 8th edition of the Mont Royal map, entitled « Historic and Natural District by the numbers ». The theme of the 2011 map highlights the double contribution of Mont Royal to our collective quality of life and our economic prosperity. The map is distributed to participants of Les amis’ interpretation activities, such as the public forum, during presentations by members of the team or guided walking tours. You may request a copy on your next visit to Maison Smith.
The activities of Les amis de la montagne are made possible through the generosity and the involvement of a great many individuals, foundations, companies, public bodies and partner organizations. Les amis extend particular thanks to all members of the Board and its committees, the campaign cabinet and Governors of the corporation, who through their commitment and participation in the mission of the organization, perpetuate a 150-year tradition of citizen involvement in the preservation of the mountain.
FIDO-EVERGREEN’S “SHARE YOUR CARE” CAMPAIGN: LES AMIS RECEIVE $2,500 FOR THEIR URBAN TREE NURSERY PROJECT
Since 1994, Les amis de la montagne have mobilized members of the Montreal community in tree and shrub-planting exercises on Mont Royal. Since 2006, about 2,000 plants have been planted per year. In total, 3,500 volunteers have planted 16,000 trees.
Over the next several years, Les amis are getting involved in a project in partnership with another local organization to develop an urban tree nursery in Montreal that also has an educational mission.
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ÉCOLE POLYTECHNIQUE DE MONTRÉAL RECEIVES “SUSTAINABLE CAMPUS” CERTIFICATION
The École Polytechnique de Montréal, an institution located on Mont Royal, received « Sustainable Campus » certification on September 20th last by the Sierra Youth Coalition, a Canadian, non-profit organization that publicly recognizes the efforts undertaken by universities with regards sustainable development.
As part of their new policy on sustainable development put in place this year, the École Polytechnique stands as an example of commitment, success and change. According to the institution, the certification is not only a reward, but also a catalyst in the pursuit of further initiatives.
THE SUMMIT WOODS GETS A LITTLE HELP FROM ITS FRIENDS
Les amis de la montagne welcome the recent creation of a citizens’ committee dedicated to conservation and awareness-raising activities on the Westmount summit, a territory well used by the community that lies within the protected Mont Royal Historic and Natural District. Les amis have shared their experiences and expertise in environmental stewardship initiatives with representatives of this new committee and is committed to pursuing such collaboration as desired.
Following the request by a group of citizens, the City of Westmount recently decided to change the name of « Summit Park » to « Summit Woods ». This new designation is intended to better describe the reality of this territory as a natural reserve, in order to make the community more aware of its fragility. One project the committee is undertaking is the installation of an educational sign in a highly trafficked area of the woods related to the observation of flora and fauna in all seasons.
LES AMIS DE LA MONTAGNE LAUNCH AN INNOVATIVE MOBILE APPLICATION FEATURING MONT-ROYAL PARK
Les amis de la montagne are pleased to launch a brand-new, free and unique mobile application that will enhance your next visit to Mont-Royal Park. This application is the newest addition to Les amis’ interpretation tool-kit that for 30 years, has provided a host of opportunities to the community and visitors to discover the mountain’s rich heritage.
Using the latest in georeferencing technology, where geographic coordinates are attributed to an image, the « Géoguide du mont Royal » provides nearly 20 points of interest in Mont-Royal Park that the visitor can discover more in-depth.
Once you have downloaded the application on your iPhone (or iPod Touch or iPad), you must come to Mont-Royal Park; when you are within close proximity of a point of interest, your iPhone is activated and an audio-video capsule is automatically launched. Each point of interest also contains a slide-show that allows you to see the area in a variety of angles, under different conditions or in an earlier era. The points of interest are all taken from Les amis de la montagne’s interactive map.
This preliminary 1.0.1 version of the application, currently available only in French, was produced by Thierry Gendron, David Genest and Éric Fortin of the fledging company, Iekho.com.
Click on this link to download the application free of charge for your iPhone from the iTunes “app store”.
Have a great visit!
REGISTRATION PERIOD FOR CHILDREN’S CROSS-COUNTRY SKI LESSONS IS NOW OPEN
Take advantage of the outdoor activities offered for children this winter in Mont-Royal Park. As of now, you may register your children in the Club de ski de fond des Amis de la montagne, that offers, in collaboration with Ski de Fond Québec, both Bunny Rabbit lessons for 4 and 5 year-olds and Jackrabbit lessons, for children 6 to 9 years-old (10 and 11 year-old novices are also accepted).
Click on this link for information on the time and cost of lessons, as well as the registration details. For all other information, you may call Les amis at 514 843-8240, ext. 0.
AN AUTUMN “MUST” IS BACK: THE MOUNT ROYAL’S THREE SUMMITS GUIDED WALKING TOUR
Autumn colours are striking this time of year on Mont Royal! Fall is the perfect season to explore the mountain’s three summits to discover the many heritage elements of the Mont Royal Historic and Natural District and a presentation of its inherent protection challenges. Bring your lunch and wear a solid pair of walking shoes for this 12 km excursion.
This guided walk will be offered on Sunday, October 16 and 23, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Reservations are required by calling 514 843-8240, ext. 0. The presentation is in French.
LES AMIS DE LA MONTAGNE CELEBRATE THEIR 25th ANNIVERSARY, THE AGE OF A GENERATION
Les amis de la montagne’s 25th anniversary campaign is in full swing! This year is particularly significant for us, since 25 years represents the age of a generation. And Mont Royal has been at the centre of the lives of Montrealers for generations. Please make a contribution to our campaign and support our efforts: we just launched another exciting season of school programs and guided walks, and have many other initiatives on the go.
Click on this link to make your secure online donation today.