The Green Coalition saluted Avrom Shtern at the AGM on May 8. A long-standing supporter of Les Amis du Parc Meadowbrook, he is the Green Coalition’s transportation spokesperson with special expertise in rail-transport. Avrom was the very first recipient of the group’s Environmental Award a couple of years ago.
Sylvia Oljemark presented Avrom with the Green Coalition Salute and complimented him on the way he met the huge challenge of spokesperson in the wake of the runaway train disaster at Lac-Mégantic in 2013. He was sought out by local and international reporters and asked for his comments, interpretation and recommendations as a result of the environmental impacts & human tragedy.
Avrom responded with aplomb to journalists, and wrote informed and assured opinion pieces in the Montreal Gazette. He also managed to insist that existing setback guidelines from rail-lines be enforced – so that places like Meadowbrook can never be developed.
Thank you to Sylvia for generously providing her presentation notes, which served as the basis for this text.