Welcome to Les amis' newsletter - October 2012
2012-10-04

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NEWS


ACTIVITIES


OCTOBER CALENDAR


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WORKSITES ON THE MOUNTAIN


NEWS

LES AMIS DE LA MONTAGNE RECEIVE AN AWARD FROM THE ASSOCIATION QUÉBÉCOISE DES INTERPRÈTES DU PATRIMOINE


The Association Québécoise des Interprètes du Patrimoine awarded the Prix d’excellence en interprétation du patrimoine 2012 to Les amis de la montagne and the creative collaborators of the permanent exhibition “Mount Royal, A Territory to Discover”, in recognition of an exhibition that respects a diversity of perspectives and audiences.

The AQIP awards program pays tribute to the work of Quebec heritage interpreters for the exceptional quality of their heritage related activities, programs and products.

Officially inaugurated on November 9, 2011 at Maison Smith in Mont-Royal Park, the permanent exhibition allows visitors to discover the rich heritage of Mont Royal. Dynamic exhibitions, old photos and a historical fresco, artifacts, audio and visual elements, games and touch screens are spread over the three floors of the house offering an immersive and interactive experience for visitors of all ages, available free of charge.

Les amis de la montagne are grateful for the contribution of a network of experts, collaborators and institutions and extends thanks to the following partners for their financial support: the Ville de Montréal and the Ministère de la Culture, des Communications et de la Condition féminine as part of the Entente sur le développement culturel de Montréal, the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, the Fondation Hydro-Québec pour l’environnement and the Fondation de la faune du Québec.


CÉCILE GRENIER IS NAMED GOVERNOR EMERITUS AT LES AMIS’ 26TH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Les amis de la montagne proudly named Cécile Grenier Governor Emeritus of the corporation during the 26th Annual General Meeting held at Maison Smith on September 25, in the presence of Governors and partners of the organization.

Cécile Grenier has a long history of commitment to the cause of Montreal's heritage since the major battles of the 1970’s. Involved as an activist for a number of years with Sauvons Montréal, Cécile Grenier acted as President and organizer of the juries of the Prix Oranges et Citron.

To read the complete article, please click here.

At the Annual General Meeting, the Directors of the Board and the Executive Director presented an encouraging report of the activities of the organisation for the 2011-2012 fiscal year despite trying economic conditions. The 2011-2012 Activity Report is available in “virtual paper” format on the website by clicking here.

Left to right: Susan Scott Evans, Governor, Sylvie Guilbault, Executive Director, Peter A. Howlett, C.M., Founding President, Cécile Grenier, Governor Emeritus, Gerald Hogan, Governor, Dinu Bumbaru, Governor, Les amis de la montagne.


ACTIVITIES

YOUTH TO THE RESCUE OF BIODIVERSITY

For the fourth consecutive year, the Projet de Restauration et de Valorisation de la Biodiversité en Milieu Urbain (PRVBMU) recruited a number of young people to contribute to the eradication of one of the most prevalent alien invasive species in Montreal’s natural environment, the common buckthorn. The species has invaded the flanks of Mont Royal and the nature parks of the Ile-de-la-Visitation and Bois-de-Liesse, to the detriment of the indigenous species.

This project offered summer employment to 30 high school graduates from different cultural communities and disadvantaged sectors of Montreal. During the summer, under the supervision of biologists, they cut the stems of the common buckthorn and then planted indigenous vegetation.

Photo : Martine Hamel, Fondation Hydro-Québec pour l'environnement

Organized by the Direction des Grands Parcs et du Verdissement and the Bureau du Mont-Royal of the Ville de Montréal, this project was made possible by contributions from the following partners: the Fondation Hydro-Québec pour l’environnement, the Valorisation Jeunesse – Place à la relève program of the Ministère de l’Immigration et des Communautés Culturelles, the Ministère de la Culture, des Communications et de la Condition feminine as part of the Entente sur le développement culturel de Montréal, the Programme C-Vert of the Claudine and Stephen R. Bronfman Family Foundation, Soverdi, GUÈPE (Groupe uni des éducateurs naturalistes et professionnels en environnement) and Les amis de la montagne.


“PETIT GESTE, GROS IMPACT” THE CAMPAIGN TO RAISE AWARENESS CONTINUES IN MONT-ROYAL PARK

A new sign has been added to the awareness-raising arsenal of tools installed in Mont-Royal Park to combat the feeding of wild animals by humans.

This eye-catching educational sign designed by Les amis de la montagne, produced thanks to a contribution by Gaz Métro, was installed on Chemin Olmsted between Maison Smith and the Chalet du Mont-Royal, an area of the park where the feeding of squirrels is rampant and where raccoons have begun to prowl. The Ville de Montréal has also added warning signs throughout the park where the problem is particularly prevalent.

 


STUDENTS GET INVOLVED IN A NEW CONSERVATION PROJECT

Fourteen classes of grade two and grade three students from seven different elementary schools have responded enthusiastically to the call of Les amis de la montagne and the Société de Verdissement du Montréal Métropolitain (Soverdi) to participate in the "Seeds for the future of Mont Royal and a greener city" program, a fledgling conservation initiative to raise awareness about the importance of trees in an urban setting.

During a visit to Mont Royal this fall, students will discover the mountain’s biodiversity by identifying and collecting seeds from indigenous trees. In class, they will plant the seeds and become familiar with the lifecycle of the tree, its role in the ecosystem and its ecological contribution to the forest through the use of an educational kit developed by Les amis de la montagne.

Students will then take care of the seedlings and plants until May 2013 when they will return them to the Soverdi tree nursery, where they will eventually be replanted either in a schoolyard or on Mont Royal.

This project is made possible by a partnership between Les amis de la montagne, Soverdi and the Université of Montréal, with the financial support of Evergreen and Mr. Raymond Bachand, MP for Outremont.

 


OCTOBER CALENDAR

Here is a preview of the October calendar of activities, please click here for more details.


ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP PROGRAM – LAST CALL
We’re preparing the “Mont Royal tree nursery” for winter!


GUIDED WALKS

BIRDS OF PREY DURING THE FALL MIGRATION


FROM THE MOUNTAIN TO THE RIVER


THE THREE SUMMITS OF MONT ROYAL


BEAVER LAKE BASIN WORKSITE TOUR

 


“THE MOUNTAIN THROUGH A LENS”, SPECIAL THEME FOR OCTOBER
A WEEKEND OF PHOTOGRAPHY ACTIVITIES FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY


UNVEILING OF THE WINNERS OF THE 2012 “LA MONTAGNE EN IMAGES” PHOTO CONTEST


NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY FOR THE FAMILY


NATURE AND LANDSCAPES PHOTOGRAPHY COURSE


TAKE ACTION

MAKE A DONATION AND INVEST IN LES AMIS DE LA MONTAGNE, BECAUSE “THAT’S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR!”

Donations from citizens like you make up the majority of Les amis de la montagne’s revenues. Without this support, we would be unable to achieve our mission. Help us, and participate in the protection of Mont Royal for the benefit of current and future generations.

Click here to make a secure online donation. You may also send your gift in the mail – click here to download the donation form.

Your support is truly appreciated … Thank you!


WORKSITES ON THE MOUNTAIN

MAJOR CONSTRUCTION ON AVENUES DES PINS AND DOCTEUR-PENFIELD

The Direction de l’eau potable of the Ville de Montréal will begin major construction of water and sewer mains on Avenue des Pins and Docteur-Penfield on October 9. The Réservoir McTavish water pipes are in need of significant repairs, requiring street closures in the area which will impact traffic and parking for a period of nine months.

For more information, contact the Ville de Montréal: Info-travaux telephone line: 514 872-3777, Monday to Friday, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. or ville.montreal.qc.ca/chantiers.
 

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