Les Amis Keeping the Public Informed

    Les Amis du Parc Meadowbrook recently held the first of a series of information meetings to update the public on the current status of the green space at Meadowbrook. The meeting took place in Cote St. Luc, with similar events planned in Montreal West, NDG, Lachine and Westmount.

    Members of the audience signed a petition that calls on Mayor Denis Coderre to create a nature park, accessible to all, on the Meadowbrook site. There is a link to the Change.org petition at http://bit.ly/2fs1D9h.

    Speakers explained a proposal, sent to Montreal West, Lachine and NDG, to create infrastructure linked to a new bike/walking path to be built at the bottom of the Falaise St. Jacques as part of the Turcot project. Ideally, it would link to their communities and connect to Meadowbrook. Efforts continue to persuade the Quebec transport ministry to construct the dalle-parc pedestrian/bike bridge, shown in the original plans, over the Turcot, connecting NDG and the South-West borough.

    There was also discussion of the recent Montreal Green Charter event, held to mark the one-year anniversary of the adoption of the Charter for the Protection of Montreal’s Green Spaces and Natural Environments. This event drew about 60 people to hear panelists discuss issues related to the Green Charter, including urban sprawl, biodiversity, public transit and access to green spaces. The Charter was adopted at Forum Nature, Montreal’s first citizen conference on the protection of natural spaces, in April 2016.

    Participants attending this year’s Green Charter event gave the City of Montreal failing grades on environmental issues such as stopping urban sprawl, protecting green spaces and biodiversity, reducing car dependency, improving public transit and providing greater access to green spaces.

    To keep up regularly with the activities of Les Amis de Meadowbrook and to find out more about environmental issues in the Montreal area, see our Facebook page or sign up to receive our newsletter. To attend a regular monthly meeting or learn how you can help as a volunteer, email lesamisdemeadowbrook@gmail.com.

    Information meeting May 11, Cote St. Luc

    We’re grading Montreal on the 20th!

    Montreal’s Green Report Card and Panel Discussion – April 20, 2017
    One year after the adoption of the Charter for the Protection of Montreal’s Green Spaces and Natural Environments (Green Charter), a roadmap for responsible environmental action, it’s time to issue a report card. On April 20, 2017 we’ll do just that.

    Come to get the results, and learn about the subjects (found in the Green Charter) from university professors, scientists and experts.

    “There’s so much important research in environmental science in and around Montreal, and it is critical to bring this to the public’s attention,” says Louise Hénault-Ethier, Scientific Projects Manager for the David Suzuki Foundation and event moderator.

    Register: bulletin-vert.eventbrite.ca

    Panelists:

    Urban sprawl – Jochen Jaeger, Geography, Planning and Environment, Concordia University, www.concordia.ca/artsci/geography-planning-environment/faculty.html?fpid=jochen-a-g-jaeger

    Biodiversity, ecosystems and habitats – Marie-Ève Roy, Institut des sciences de la forêt tempérée, UQO, https://isfort.uqo.ca/notre_personnel/marie-eve-roy

    Moratorium of development on green spaces – Bradford Dean, Coordinator, Sierra Club Quebec

    Green spaces – Gareth Richardson, President, Green Coalition, http://www.greencoalitionverte.ca/

    Reducing car dependence – Jean-Francois Lefebvre, Département d’études urbaines et touristiques, UQAM, http://deut.esg.uqam.ca/

    Access to local green spaces – Serge Quenneville, Coordinator, Éco-quartier Sud-Ouest www.ecoquartiersudouest.com

    Moderator: Louise Hénault-Ethier, David Suzuki Foundation