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May 4, 2017: Green Coalition Annual General Meeting


Annual General Meeting
Green Coalition

To all Green Coalition Members and Friends:
You are cordially invited to the Green Coalition Annual General Meeting on May 4, 2017.
After a brief business meeting there will be an update on the Legacy Project followed by presentations from representatives of our member groups.

Date: Thursday, May 4, 2017
Time: 7:00 – 10:00 pm
Place: Sarto-Desnoyers Community Centre
Salon A
1335 Lakeshore Road, Dorval
(Six streets west of Dorval Avenue)

Light refreshments, Tea and Coffee will be served.
It will be a pleasure to meet you there.
Gareth Richardson for the Green Coalition


Febuary 8, 2017: Green Coalition News Release - Green Coalition expert reports uncover negligent environmental assessment process by Quebec Environment Ministry in the destruction of wetlands in the Saint-Laurent Technoparc.

In September 2016 the Green Coalition requested a preliminary injunction to halt the ongoing work to extend boulevard Alfred Nobel and other intrusions into the wetlands then being carried out by the borough of Saint-Laurent to facilitate the development project known as the Èco-campus Hubert Reeves.
The request was judged to be urgent but was not granted when, during the hearings, lawyers for the Ministère du dévelopment durable, de l’environnement et de la lutte contre les changements climatiques du Québec (MDDELCC) submitted a list of studies on which they had apparently based their decision to grant Certificates of Authorisation for the project.
The Green Coalition subsequently commissioned analyses of these studies by two independent experts which identified major faults and irregularities in the studies, faults and irregularities that were never submitted to the first Judge by the MDDELCC.
The expert reports clearly demonstrate that the Technoparc studies were exclusively conducted by and for the real estate promoter and were outdated, incomplete and totally inadequate to support the granting of the certificates.

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January 20, 2017: OCPM announces consultation on the future of Pierrefonds West

DEUX NOUVELLES CONSULTATIONS DÉJÀ ANNONCÉES POUR 2017


January 20, 2017: BAPE report critical of proposed REM

Projet de réseau électrique métropolitain de transport collectif


January 20, 2017: Green Coalition comments on Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue's NORTH SECTOR SPECIAL PLANNING PROGRAM (SPP)

The Green Coalition strongly believes that 100% of Anse-à-l'Orme must be conserved in both Pierrefonds and Saint-Anne-de-Bellevue. This conviction stems from our absolute commitment to conserving and preserving natural spaces on the Island of Montreal, to conserve them for their inestimable ecological value and their importance to Montreal's citizens. Conservation of this kind is an environmental and political imperative since we are living through an era of immense environmental destruction.

For the Green Coalition, saving the natural heritage of Saint-Anne-de-Bellevue North, its agricultural lands "en friche" and forests in the Le Corridor écoforestier de la rivière-à-l’Orme, has been a preoccupation since the 1980s, because the Corridor harbours the richest biodiversity in the Montreal Agglomeration. Green Coalition insists that a Grand-parc national be created to conserve the entire Anse-à-l’Orme Corridor and adjacent nature parks, east, west and north along Lac-des-Deux-Montagnes, and, that the Grand-parc become the keystone piece of the "Ceinture verte du Grand Montrèal".

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References

NORTH SECTOR SPP

Charte Forum Nature Montreal

SCIENTIFIC STUDIES_1 Évaluation écologique de louest du territoire de Pierrefonds-Roxboro-16février2016

SCIENTIFIC STUDIES_2 Rapport sur les connectivites-Pierrefonds

The Growth Ponzi Scheme Part 1

The Growth Ponzi Scheme Part 2


December 6, 2016: Consultations on proposed Pierrefonds West development to go ahead

Kate Sheridan, Special to the Montreal Gazette

The City of Montreal’s executive committee officially referred the proposed 5,500-home development in Pierrefonds West to the Office de consultation publique de Montréal (OCPM) on Nov. 16, Pierrefonds-Roxboro Mayor Jim Beis confirmed at the borough council meeting Monday night.
No date has been set for the start of the first, “upstream” public consultation period, expected to begin early in 2017. The entire consultative process, which will require a new, specific urban planning program and several rounds of consultations, could last until 2019.

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December 4, 2016: Government-Owned Corporations and their Obligations to Citizens

What is the obligation of government-owned corporations to listen to citizens’ concerns and most importantly protect citizens from potential harms? What role does the voice of citizens play in determining the implementation of projects ultimately funded by constituents? In May 2016, a proposed Hydro Quebec project to construct a 315kV transmission line in densely populated Dollard-Des-Ormeaux (DDO) between the Boul. Des Sources and Boul. St. Jean power substations entered the government-mandated public consultation phase. At these public hearings, before the Bureau d'audiences publiques sur l'environnement (BAPE), concerned residents presented their well-researched issues and arguments opposing the aerial installation of this high voltage transmission line. While recognizing Hydro Quebec’s need for an upgraded power grid on Montreal’s West Island, the citizens of DDO called for the line to be constructed underground. Their call has been fully supported by the DDO city officials, whose mayor and entire town council unanimously passed a resolution requesting an underground installation of this line. The list of concerns regarding this project includes:

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November 16, 2016: Trump win a challenge to Canada's climate change fight

Leehi Yona, Special to the Montreal Gazette

A year ago, I listened to Justin Trudeau talk about “sunny ways” Canada. I cautiously believed in a new, bright, reconciliatory moment for our country.
Yet last week, in response to Donald Trump’s election, Trudeau spoke about his “shared values” with Americans.
As a Canadian studying in the United States, I have been surprised and shocked by the outcome of last week’s presidential election. As a graduate student researching climate change, I am horrified that a country as important as the United States will be led by someone who denies climate change; he will be the only leader of a major industrial country to take that stance.

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August 28, 2016: Bird watching event at the St-Laurent Techno Park


August 13, 2016: Come to the Exhibition l’Anse à l’Orme launches the Alarm!

Sauvons l'Anse-à-l'Orme invites you to an exhibition of works by artists who oppose the destruction of the last natural spaces on the Island of Montreal!


August 13, 2016: Elizabeth May calls for protection of endangered species in the Saint Laurent Technoparc


July 22, 2016: For 375th birthday, let's get serious about green spaces

Sylvia Oljemark, Special to the Montreal Gazette

When Denis Coderre came to office in 2013, Montreal ranked dead last of any city in Canada for per capita green space. But in inheriting a huge green space deficit, the new mayor and his team also inherited the responsibility to do something about it.
Instead, one of the first things that team Coderre did was to slash existing funds for the protection of natural spaces. At the same time, the mayor claimed he would find the money, if it were needed, for green spaces.
The mayor’s ambivalence sends a signal that Montreal is indifferent to the crisis of its dwindling natural spaces, and does not take its own objectives seriously. What a pity, since Montreal could be a world champion, proud to protect its iconic natural heritage.

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July 18, 2016: Technoparc expansion will disrupt bird-watching 'paradise', conservationists warn

CBC News

Bird lovers in the St-Laurent borough are calling on an industrial park to reconsider developing on wetlands they claim have some of the richest biodiversity on the Island of Montreal.
Construction of the Éco Campus Hubert Reeves, an incubator for young cleantech firms, is set to start next month on a piece of undeveloped land just north of Trudeau airport.
This would expand the current Technoparc Montreal, where companies like Bombardier, 3M and Hewlett Packard have offices.

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Monday May 16, 2016: Students protest l'Anse-à-l'Orme development


May 15, 2016: Environmentalists renew push to save Hirondelles Woods in St-Bruno

CBC News

About 200 people rallied near Saint-Bruno to make another push to save a wooded area from a luxury housing development.
The six-hectare forest, called Hirondelles Woods, is considered an important home for wildlife by environmentalists, and one of the few remaining spots for an endangered plant, the wild ginseng.
Protesters want Quebec Environment Minister David Heurtel to nix the project, which would subdivide the forest — about the size of nine football fields — to build 30 luxury homes.

 

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May 5, 2016: Green Coalition Annual General Meeting.

April 21, 2016: Local environmental groups demand halt to green space development

Michelle Lalonde, Montreal Gazette

Just in time for International Earth Day on Friday, local environment groups are calling on Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre to make a real commitment to preserving the remaining natural green space on the island of Montreal.
On Thursday, representatives of several local environment groups posted a Charter on Green Space Protection on the door of Montreal City Hall, demanding an immediate moratorium on development of green spaces on the island and recognizing every Montrealer’s right to live near accessible natural spaces.
The charter is the fruit of a forum held last weekend which brought together about 100 people, including scientists and experts in biodiversity, green space protection, urban planning, health, social welfare, along with members of 40 local environmental organizations, including Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS), Les amis du Parc Meadowbrook, Sauvons L’Anse-à-l’Orme, GRAME, Sauvons la Falaise, the Green Coalition, and the Sierra Club Québec.

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February 23, 2016: Scientific studies-the proposed Pierrefonds development project must not be built

Green Coalition News Release February 23, 2016:

For the Green Coalition, Feb. 23, 2016 is an historic day. Today, in David Suzuki Foundation made public the results of two important environmental studies that indicate that a real estate project must not be built on the wet meadows of Western Pierrefonds.
First, there is the Report entitled Ecological Assessment of the Western Area of Pierrefonds Roxboro, prepared by Marie-Éve Roy, Patrick Gravel, and Jérôme Dupras.
The report is an ecological inventory of wet meadows targeted as a site for a massive real estate project. The results of the report revealed that there are more than 270 species of flora and fauna present in the area, some of which have special status under both provincial and federal law, as well as rare and endangered species, and at least one that had been thought to have disappeared entirely from the island of Montreal.
Secondly, another study by a group of experts in environment and land management indicates that a very large housing project in this area would increase the fragmentation of this eco-territory by 90% thereby negatively affecting the environmental connectivity and regional biodiversity.
The head of scientific projects for the David Suzuki Foundation, Jean-Patrick Toussaint, draws a very clear conclusion: "In the light of these studies, it is obvious that a real estate project in this area must not be built. The Montreal Agglomeration and the borough of Pierrefonds-Roxboro must stop this project and Quebec and Ottawa must issue emergency orders under Quebec's law on endangered species and Ottawa's legislation on imperiled species, and certainly for the brown snake and the Canada black snakeroot.

Évaluation écologique de l'ouest du territoire de Pierrefonds-Roxboro

The impacts of the Cap Nature real estate project (Pierrefonds West)on ecological connectivity

Press Coverage

Montreal Gazette

Global News


February 17, 2016: Group with Mafia links offers controversial Pierrefonds land for sale to developers

Linda Gyulai, Montreal Gazette

A parcel of land in the largest remaining natural space on Montreal Island, where the administration of Mayor Denis Coderre vowed last year it would block development to create an eco-territory, is for sale by a group of people and companies that have links to a who’s who of the Montreal Mafia.
And the Coderre administration now says that residential construction on the piece of land near Gouin Blvd. W. in western Pierrefonds is “theoretically” possible. That’s after the administration vowed in June to “completely block all development” on it in response to a Montreal Gazette article that revealed the property’s ownership and the fact that the city had negotiated for years with the owners to buy it for conservation but gave up without trying to expropriate it.

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February 16, 2016: Opposition growing to housing project on western Pierrefonds natural space

Linda Gyulai, Montreal Gazette

Political and public opposition appears to be building against the Coderre administration’s plan to allow a large-scale housing project in western Pierrefonds on what is the largest remaining natural space on Montreal Island, but the project developers say that’s only because the public doesn’t know enough yet about the plan.
Ten thousand signatures have been gathered on a petition against the Pierrefonds-Ouest development, a plan that would allow a group of five developers to build 5,500 residential units on the natural space. As well, the borough of Pierrefonds-Roxboro now has the results of a poll it ordered late last year showing that 13 per cent of local residents approve of a development on the 185 hectares of natural space.

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February 16, 2016: Owner of part of Angell Woods ready to cut 5,000 ash trees

Albert Kramberger, Special to the Montreal Gazette

Faced with a legal challenge by the city of Beaconsfield, a private owner of a tract of land in Angell Woods is proposing a timetable to potentially fell more than 5,000 ash trees as a preventive measure to control the spread of the destructive emerald ash borer beetle.
Last October, city council tabled a resolution calling for legal recourse targeting private land owners who have yet to submit a plan to protect wooded areas from the spread of the EAB, whose presence had been confirmed within Beaconsfield’s territory and neighbouring municipalities.
Under Beaconsfield’s EAB control bylaw, tabled in 2014, private owners of one hectare or more of forested areas were required to submit a silviculture prescription, outlining the possible felling or treatment of ash trees, by spring 2015.

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February 15, 2016: Ste-Anne goes back to drawing board with development plan for north sector

Albert Kramberger, Special to the Montreal Gazette

Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue has mandated a firm to prepare a new and much anticipated special planning program for a vast undeveloped area east of its industrial park near the l’Anse à l’Orme nature reserve.
An initial plan for the northern sector of the town proposed in 2012 that would have seen about 4,000 residents added to the area, almost doubling the population of Ste-Anne, which stands at about 5,000, was dropped after residents objected.
Last week, council awarded a $40,000 contract to Provencher Roy Urbanisme Inc. to prepare a new planning program, revise existing regulations and establish development guidelines specifically aimed for a 276-hectare area in the town’s northern sector.
“This is the one we will present to citizens,” said Mayor Paola Hawa.

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February 11, 2016: Groups call for bike/pedestrian bridge over Highway 20 and train tracks

Andy Riga, Montreal Gazette

In 2010, Transport Quebec said it would build a green bridge over Highway 20 and the CN train tracks when they were moved as part of the Turcot reconstruction project.
A wide concrete overpass covered in grass and trees, it would be reserved for cyclists and pedestrians crossing between the Lachine Canal and a new bike/walking path at the foot of the falaise St-Jacques, an escarpment just north of the former Turcot train yards.
The 1,900-square-metre link — referred to as a “dalle-parc” or park on a slab — was still on Turcot planning maps as recently as 2012 but is no longer shown in official maps related to the $3.7-billion Turcot project.
Now, a coalition of groups is demanding that the idea be revived to improve access between Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, the falaise bike/walking path and points south, including the Lachine Canal and Ville-Émard.

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February 4, 2016: Falaise St-Jacques: A pocket of wilderness in Montreal's concrete jungle

Andy Riga, Montreal Gazette

The gusts of cold wind die down after you slip through a hole that trespassers have made in the mangled chain-link fence behind a Notre-Dame-de-Grâce bowling alley.
Leaving the desolate, ice-encrusted Rose Bowl parking lot behind, you’re embraced by an unexpectedly warm urban forest — a microclimate favoured by as many as 65 species of birds, with tracks indicating raccoons (and maybe even deer and foxes or coyotes) like to visit, too.
Lisa Mintz is leading a tour of the urban oasis that she has taken under wing.
We’re on the falaise St-Jacques — a forested, four-kilometre escarpment between the Turcot Interchange and Montreal West. Some call it the lungs of N.D.G.

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February 1, 2016: Close to 10,000 signatures on petition to save Pierrefonds green space

Kathyrn Greenaway, Montreal Gazette

Community group Sauvons l’Anse-à-l’Orme presented a petition with 9,700 signatures to Pierrefonds-Roxboro borough Mayor Jim Beis on Feb. 1. The petition, presented by Sauvons spokesman Ross Stitt, calls for the protection of 100 per cent of a green space in Pierrefonds West now zoned for residential development.

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January 29, 2016: Citizen’s group submits petition signed by more than 9500 citizens demanding protection of 100% of l’Anse-à-l’Orme corridor.

Pierrefonds, January 29, 2016 – At the monthly Pierrefonds council meeting, on February 1, 2016, members of the citizen’s group Sauvons l’Anse-à-l’Orme will submit the first installment of a petition to Pierrefonds-Roxboro Borough Mayor Jim Beis. The petition containing more than 9500 signatures demands the conservation and protection of 100% of the Rivière-à-l’Orme Ecoforest Corridor and the surrounding wetland meadows. In part the petition states; ‘This development will destroy this ecosystem and its local and unique biodiversity.’

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December 12, 2015: Outcomes of the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Paris

Parties to the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) reached a landmark agreement on December 12 in Paris, charting a fundamentally new course in the two-decade-old global climate effort. Culminating a four-year negotiating round, the new treaty ends the strict differentiation between developed and developing countries that characterized earlier efforts, replacing it with a common framework that commits all countries to put forward their best efforts and to strengthen them in the years ahead. This includes, for the first time, requirements that all parties report regularly on their emissions and implementation efforts, and undergo international review.

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December 14, 2015: Sierra Club Quebec, GRIP-UQAM, the Green Coalition and several citizen groups demand a ten-year moratorium on all residential development in green spaces on the island of Montreal.

Sierra Club Quebec, GRIP-UQAM, the Green Coalition Sauvons Anse-à-l‘orme, Sauvons la Falaise and les Amis du Parc Meadowbrook join forces to demand from the Montreal Agglomeration, from all municipalities on the island of Montreal and from the government of Québec a Green Moratorium. Such a moratorium requires a halt to all development on and in green spaces on the island of Montreal for the next ten years, the time needed to assure proper protection of natural spaces.

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December 2, 2015: Green spaces and biodiversity - Montréal moves forward and acquires land to expand the Parc-nature des Rapides-du-Cheval-Blanc

Montréal, le 2 décembre 2015 - Mr. Réal Ménard, member of the Montréal Executive Committee responsible for sustainable development, the environment, large parks and green spaces, recommended to the urban agglomeration council the acquisition of a 22,999.4-square-metre piece of land in the Pierrefonds-Roxboro Borough, to expand the Rapides-du-Cheval-Blanc Nature Park. This piece of land is located on 5e Avenue Nord between boulevard Gouin and rivière des Prairies. The transaction is valued at $3,431,280, taxes included.

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November 22, 2015: Montreal moves to spend $6 million to expand Île-Bizard nature park

Kate Sheridan, Special to the Montreal Gazette

A 4-million-square-foot lot on Île-Bizard should be bought and added to the Bois-de-l’Île-Bizard Nature Park, the City of Montreal recommended to the agglomeration council on Nov. 19. The proposed purchase was also presented at Montreal’s city council on Monday.
The lot, near Bord-du-Lac Road, would cost the agglomeration about $6 million. The purchase would still have to be finalized with the property’s current owner.
The acquisition is part of the city’s goal to increase the amount of green space in Montreal. The recent Schéma d’aménagement et de développement, an urban planning document for the city adopted in January, set the target for protected natural areas to be 10 per cent of the city’s area.

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November 15, 2015: C-vert CDN-NDG shows supports for Sauvons La Falaise


November 7, 2015: Citizens gather to defend the L'Anse-À-L'Orme natural space on the island of Montréal


November 7, 2015: Anse-à-l'Orme conservation group blocks road of new housing development

CBC News

Inspired by Mayor Denis Coderre's jackhammer-versus-mailbox incident, residents and activists in Pierrefonds raised their pickaxes and jackhammers in protest against a planned housing development.
The group Sauvons l'Anse-à-l'Orme claims a road in the l'Anse-à-l'Orme nature park is illegal and they want the city to halt any further development.
"We're following mayor [Denis] Coderre's symbolic action of taking a jackhammer to mailboxes and doing the same thing to the road here," said Donald Hobus, a member of Sauvons l'Anse-à-l'Orme.
"It's symbolic. We're not doing any damage but we're saying this road is illegal, we want it removed and want the whole area protected."
The planned 185-hectare development would erect 5,000 new housing units.
The group has collected more than 6,000 signatures for a petition to stop the project, and this week it filed a second injunction against the developer.
It plans to present the petition to Coderre and the Pierrefonds-Roxboro borough mayor Dimitrios Beis next month.

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November 3, 2015: With Pierrefonds mayor a no-show, group delays presenting petition agains massive housing development

Kate Sheridan Special to the Montreal Gazette

An environmental group protesting the planned 5,000-house development in Pierrefonds West decided to delay presenting a petition to Pierrefonds-Roxboro borough council Monday evening when they discovered the mayor was not at the meeting.
Members of Sauvons-l’Anse-a-l’Orme had planned to present their petition, months in the making at the borough’s November council meeting. But just before the meeting started, they learned borough mayor Dimitrios Jim Beis wouldn’t be there to receive it.
The petition asks the city and borough governments to protect 185 hectares currently designated for a 5,000-house development. “This development will have an irreversible, detrimental impact on this unique ecosystem and it’s biodiversity,” the petition reads.
About 6,500 people signed the petition, which the group posted online and took on a door-to-door campaign in the area.

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November 2, 2015: Petition! Injunction! S.L.A.L. Go! Go! Go


November 2, 2015: Fight continues to save Pierrefonds green space

By Felicia Parrillo Global News

PIERREFONDS-ROXBORO – On the courthouse steps Monday morning, a group opposing a development in Pierrefonds took their fight to a new level.
“We’ve deposited an injunction with the courts last Thursday morning,” said Donald Hobus, with the Sauvons l’Anse-à-l’Orme group.“It essentially asks the courts that the government, Minister of Transport, Minister of Environment and the City of Montreal be forced to respect the law and that’s something they have not done.”
The group objects a plan to develop over 5,000 homes on the forest and wetlands near the l’Anse-à-l’Orme Nature Park.They insist the land is home to a variety of wildlife that would be devastated by the plan.

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October 29, 2015: OCPM Consultation: Reducing dependance on fossil fuels

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October 22, 2015: Angell Woods: Montreal to spend $3.5M to buy part of West Island forest

Ainslie Maclellan CBC News

The City of Montreal will spend $3.5 million to acquire a 78,500-square metre expanse of land in the West Island and add it to the protected l'Anse-à-l'Orme nature park.
The property at 575 Elm Avenue in Beaconsfield is part of the Angell Woods forest. The acquisition of the land – about the size of ten CFL football fields – would extend l'Anse-à-l'Orme nature park to Highway 20.

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October 9, 2015: Opinion: Let's protect the St-Jacques escarpment

Lisa Mintz Special to the Gazette

Montreal is facing an important moral question: do we live up to our own stated environmental goals, or do we fail to do that and break our word?
I am a citizen and a member of the Sauvons la falaise and the non-partisan Green Coalition, two of this city’s groups working to protect the environment. I have a story about Montreal’s aspirations, and the environmental destruction that is taking place right before our eyes.

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September 20, 2015: Nature as Medecine


September 17,2015: Fight to stop 5,000-unit development in Pierrefonds West continues

Kate Sheridan, Special to the Montreal Gazette

Almost 2,000 have signed an online petition calling for the mayor of Montreal and the borough mayor of Pierrefonds-Roxboro to reconsider a planned 5,000-house development near the Anse-à-l’Orme eco-territory in Pierrefonds West.
The petition, circulated by environmental group Sauvons-l’Anse-à-l’Orme, calls for the city and borough governments to protect 185 hectares currently designated for the development, noting that the ecosystem is vital to the area, and borough residents may also have to pay more in taxes to support services for the new development, including snow removal and garbage services.
The city announced in June that 180 hectares would be set aside for conservation as part of the development plans, but critics said that the effort was nothing more than a new, environmentally-friendly label on an old plan that would exacerbate traffic issues and destroy an ecosystem that is “unique” on the island of Montreal..

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September 11, 2015: Opinion: Pierrefonds West site should be preserved, not used for housing

Floris Ensink, Special to the Montreal Gazette

In 2002, the Quebec government created a designation of “humanized landscape” to be applied to areas possessing remarkable qualities, making necessary the conservation of their particular biodiversity. The government wants these kinds of lands to be protected so that, “these territories will not become museums, but areas of excellence for sustainable development in which economic activities, conservation of biodiversity and the social and cultural development will form a harmonious whole,” as explained on the website of the Ministère du Développement durable, de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques.

As the president of Sierra Club Quebec, I am one of many local environmentalists attempting to preserve 185 hectares of wet meadows in western Pierrefonds that are extremely valuable for the ecology of Montreal Island.

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September 1, 2015: What's in the Wild of Pierrefonds West

By John Symon, Montreal Times

We wrote earlier about the controversial 6,000-home residential project in Pierrefonds West that is strongly opposed by environmentalists. To understand their point of view, The Times did a nature walk there with David Fletcher, 75, a retired teacher who is extremely knowledgeable about local flora and fauna. This 185-hectare parcel was farmed until the 1980s, but now sits fallow.

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August 24, 2015: Global Temperature Update

James Hansen and Makiko Sato

It is clear that 2015 will be the warmest year in the period of instrumental measurements, as an ongoing El Nino adds to a warming trend. We can already predict that the 2015 global temperature will exceed the prior warmest year (2014) by an unusually wide margin (~ 0.1°C), exceeding 1998 (“El Nino of the century”) even further.

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July 7, 2015 Group filing lawsuit to prevent western Pierrefonds land from being developed

Linda Gyulai, Montreal Gazette

A new group that says it will use the courts to defend the environment in Canada plans to fire its opening salvo at the city of Montreal and its project to allow high-density residential development on a vast natural space in western Pierrefonds.
Montreal lawyer Campbell Stuart said he will file an injunction against the city, the Montreal Metropolitan Community and a developer in Quebec Superior Court on Wednesday morning on behalf of the new organization, which is called Legacy Project (or Projet génération in French), and a Pierrefonds resident.
The object of the injunction request is to have a judge recognize the protected agricultural zoning of a nearly 20-hectare parcel of land that slices through a 180-hectare area of natural space where the administration of Mayor Denis Coderre has declared its intention to allow the development of 5,000 to 6,000 homes. The zone is beside another 180-hectare area of natural space further west and close to the border between Pierrefonds and Senneville that the administration says it will conserve as an eco-territory.

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July 3, 2015 Opinion: It's crucial to preserve Montreal Island's remaining natural spaces

AL HAYEK,SPECIAL TO THE MONTREAL GAZETTE

Last Friday, Montreal and the borough of Pierrefonds-Roxboro announced plans for western Pierrefonds: To sweeten the deal to build 5,000-6,000 housing units on 185 hectares of land, developers are to cede approximately 80 hectares of surrounding area to the city for preservation. (About 100 hectares of mainly forest had already been preserved.)

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June 28, 2015 Please write a letter to Denis Coderre

Save the 185 hectares targeted for a monster development at Anse-à-l’Orme in Pierrefonds West!

A monster development is being planned – up to 6,000 housing units, some 16,000 new residents, adding 10,000 more cars to West Island ’s traffic gridlock. Instead of this unacceptable encroachment on the l’Anse-à-l’Orme Corridor, the Green Coalition and the Mouvement Ceinture Verte are appealing to the Coderre administration to conserve the 185 hectares of prime farmland “en friche” and to protect its outstanding habitat and biodiversity.

For more information, see sample letter and Green Coaltion position below.

Please write a letter, in your own words, to Mayor Denis Coderre and send a copy to Mr. Jim Beis, Mayor of Pierrefonds-Roxboro and to Mr. Russell Copeman, Ville de Montréal executive committee member for housing and urban planning.

Also, please send a copy to the Green Coalition and to the Mouvement Ceinture Verte so that we can keep a record of the letters.

Kindly circulate this message as widely as possible. Thank you for helping to protect and conserve Montreal ’s natural heritage for our children and grandchildren.

Patrick Barnard, David Fletcher and Sylvia Oljemark Green Coalition

Sample letter

mm dd, 2015

Monsieur Denis Coderre
Mayor of Montreal

Please save the 185 hectares targeted for a monster development at Anse-à-l’Orme in Pierrefonds West

Dear Mayor Coderre,

I appeal to you save the 185 hectares of prime farmland “en friche” at Anse-à-l’Orme in Pierrefonds West and to protect its sensitive habitat and biodiversity. Please do not carve a housing development into Anse-à-l’Orme Corridor. Anse-à-l’Orme Corridor is an asset of exceptional ecological and economic potential – unique among urban agglomerations – anywhere. Will you please protect Anse-à-l’Orme Corridor in its entirety for our Metropolis – including all 185 hectares in Pierrefonds West? You will bestow a living legacy in perpetuity on all Montrealers.

Yours sincerely,

Your name
Group (if applicable)

c.c. Monsieur Jim Beis, Maire de l'arrondissement Pierrefonds-Roxboro
Monsieur Russell Copeman, responsable de l'habitation, de l'urbanisme, des immeubles et stratégies immobilières au comité exécutif de la Ville de Montréal.

email to:
Denis Coderre : maire@ville.montreal.qc.ca cc to :
Jim Beis : dimitrios.beis@ville.montreal.qc.ca
Russell Copeman : russell.copeman@ville.montreal.qc.ca greencoalitionverte@yahoo.ca
mouvement.ceinture.verte@gmail.com


June 12, 2015 Sauvons L'Anse À L'Orme!


June 9, 2015: Plans for 5,000 new homes in Pierrefonds West moves forward slowly

KATHRYN GREENAWAY, MONTREAL GAZETTE

No concrete plans on the table and no permits issued. That was Pierrefonds-Roxboro Mayor Jim Beis’s answer to a question raised about the future development of 175 hectares in western Pierrefonds during the borough’s council meeting June 1.

“There is nothing to present at this point,” Beis said. “But we continue to meet every month with all the partners involved (representatives from the City of Montreal and investors) to discuss the best way to develop Pierrefonds West.”

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April 7, 2015: Green Coalition Opposes Massive Development on Prime Farmland in Pierrefonds West

GREEN COALITION’S POSITION

*De-zoning the “permanent”agricultural zone:In 1991, despite the massive majority opposition mobilized by Green Coalition at the public hearings, 700 hectares of prime farmland were deleted from the permanent agricultural zone in Senneville, Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Île-Bizard and Pierrefonds. After 1991, Pierrefonds farmlands were designated RURAL until that designation was quietly changed to RESIDENTIAL in 2009.

EFFECTS OF DEVELOPMENT IN PIERREFONDS WEST AT ANSE-À-L’ORME ON SERVICES, INFRASTRUCTURE AND QUALITY OF LIFE


March 2, 2015 Letter to Mayor Coderre

March 2, 2015

CONGRATULATIONS TO MAYOR DENIS CODERRE:

The New Schéma boosts the protection for Montreal’s natural heritage

Dear Mayor Coderre,

The Green Coalition is delighted that you and your administration have entrenched the protection of both Meadowbrook and Angell Woods in the new Schéma – the Land Use and Development Plan for the Agglomeration of Montreal. Citizens have sought to save these two iconic green spaces for more than a quarter-century. How exciting that these special places will now be protected for all Montrealers today and tomorrow. The Green Coalition is equally delighted that the Schéma will provide a significant boost for the protection of Montreal Island’s natural heritage to 10% of the territory. Your administration has taken up a brave and bold challenge: a good place to start is Western Pierrefonds.

The Coalition strongly recommends that the 175 hectares there, slated for a massive residential development, be re-dedicated for conservation. Not only is this the largest remaining swath of unprotected natural green space in the agglomeration, but it is also prime farmland. These farmlands have excellent soil quality and the longest growing season in the region, due to Montreal Island’s unique micro-climate created by its surrounding river systems. These are simply the best agricultural lands in all of Quebec. For our sustainable development city, it is imperative to seize the opportunity to save its Pierrefonds farmland, a non-renewable resource with outstanding potential as a food source, while helping to attain the new 10% target.

Mayor Coderre, we trust you will recall our discussion in your office about the Green Coalition’s proposals – major projects to salute “Montreal & its River” for the 375th Anniversary of Montreal in 2017.  These projects will also contribute to achieving the 10% target. All feature River connections to Montreal’s spectacular green spaces:

Mayor Coderre, please accept our hearty congratulations on all your new initiatives for the protection and conservation of the natural spaces of our Metropolis. We look forward to more opportunities to continue our dialogue with you on these vital matters.

Sincerely,

Patrick Barnard, David Fletcher and Sylvia Oljemark Porte-parole, Coalition Verte

Affiliations:
Partenaires du Parc Écologique de l’Archipel de Montréal (PPEAM)
Mouvement Ceinture Verte


January 22, 2015: Montréal Executive Committee approves revised Agglomeration Land Use and Development Plan

The revised plan includes an increase in the terrestial natural space protection target from 6% to 10% and 'Green Space or Recreational' zoning for all of the Meadowbrook golf course.

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December 5, 2014: Opinion: Canada's postion on climate change is an embarrassement

LEEHI YONA: SPECIAL TO MONTREAL GAZETTE

As Canadians we pride ourselves on transparency, accountablility and compassion-values that Stephen Harper campaigned on when running for prime minister in 2006. And yet, the actions of the Canadan government this week at the United Nations Climate Change negotiations in Peru represent the most shocking shift in Canada's values since this goverment took office.

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October 26, 2014. Mayor Denis Coderre promises to protect more forests by 2017

BY MICHELLE LALONDE THE GAZETTE

Mayor Denis Coderre took a hike Saturday through the hardwood forest of the Bois-de-Liesse Nature Park, a breathtakingly beautiful woods that would have been mowed down in the late 1980's if not for the hard work of some of his tour guides.

A group of about 100 Green Coalition members accompanied Coderre on the hike along a wide gravel path, now carpeted with golden leaves, that undulates through the towering trees.The afteroon was cool and overcast, but that had not discouraged the hike participants, nor dozens of runners, cyclists, and hikers - many pushing strollers - from flocking to this popular park.

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Fight to keep Greenspace October 25 2014

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Montréal Mayor Denis Coderre visits the Bois-de-Liesse October 25 2014


THE VISIT OF MONTREAL MAYOR DENIS CODERRE TO THE MAGNIFICENT

BOIS-FRANC FOREST IN BOIS-DE-LIESSE NATURE-PARK ! 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 25 AT 1:30 PM

RAIN OR SHINE  

Celebrate Montreal’s natural heritage with the Green Coalition & help save our last green spaces.  Join the invited dignitaries & citizens – walk the forest path through the enchanting Bois-Franc.  

Rendez-vous:  Sunnybrooke Boulevard Entrance, just south of Kingsley Street, in Dollard-des-Ormeaux, (from Trans-Canada, Exit des Sources north, Hyman Drive east to Sunnybrooke, turn south to Kingsley)

PLEASE BE PRESENT OCTOBER 25 - RAIN OR SHINE! 

Help make the Green Coalition’s dramatic proposals for 2017 a reality.

FOR MONTREAL’S 375th ANNIVERSARY IN 2017, GREEN COALITION PROPOSES MAJOR PROJECTS TO SALUTE “MONTREAL & ITS RIVER” 

ALL FEATURE RIVER CONNECTIONS TO MONTREAL’S

SPECTACULAR GREEN SPACES!


Montreal needs to recognize and value its riverside green spaces

BY PATRICK BARNARD, THE GAZETTE

Geography marks all major cities in the world, especially those at the edge of great rivers.

Think of New York City, seen by a visitor who approaches over the George Washington Bridge spanning the Hudson River. The green and brown bluffs of the Palisades in New Jersey, across from Manhattan’s busy streets, almost seem to gesture to the city just over the river. But more than a century ago, quarrying companies were so anxious to mine the Palisades that a public commission was needed to save the magnificent cliffs by creating a permanent park system.There’s a lesson here for us in Montreal: In order to preserve its environmental “signature,” a city needs to consciously recognize and value its own natural features.

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Peoples Climate March September 21 2014


City of Montreal Agglomeration Council Question Period May 29 2014


City of Montreal Agglomeration Council Question Period May 1 2014

 


Green Coalition Annual General Meeting May 8 2014

Annual General Meeting
Green Coalition
 
To all Green Coalition Members and Friends:
You are cordially invited to the Green Coalition Annual General Meeting on May 8, 2014.
 
The guest speaker of the evening will be 
 
Jérôme Dupras
 
Founding member of the “Cowboys Fringants” and President of the “Cowboys Fringants Foundation”
 
Topic: “The Greenbelt of Greater Montreal : how can biodiversity be conserved and our quality of life protected?”
 
Presentations from member groups will be heard, and an update of the Parc Écologique de l’Archipel de Montréal project will be included. A brief business meeting will follow. 
 
Date:       Thursday, May 8, 2014
Time:       7:00 – 10:00 pm
Place:      Sarto Desnoyers Community Centre
                  Salon A
                  1335 Lakeshore Road , Dorval
                  (Six streets west of Dorval Avenue )
 
Light refreshments, Tea and Coffee will be served.
 
It will be a pleasure to meet you there.
 
Gareth Richardson for the Green Coalition

Its time for green plan from Denis Coderre

BY SYLVIA OLJEMARK, SPECIAL TO THE GAZETTE APRIL 30, 2014

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 Letter: Montreal fails once again on habitat protection

AL HAYEK, THE GAZETTE MARCH 27, 2014

http://www.montrealgazette.com/technology/Letter+Montreal+fails+once+again+habitat+protection/9668901/story.html

 

BY MICHELLE LALONDE, THE GAZETTE MARCH 27, 2014

http://www.montrealgazette.com/business/Groups+unhappy+with+Montreal+decision+reappropriate+funds+green+space+preservation/9670467/story.html

 

 City of Montreal Agglomeration Council Question Period March 27 2014

 
 

 

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                                                                            Montréal, le 23 septembre 2013

   

LETTRE OUVERTE À MADAME LA MINISTRE MARTINE OUELLET

 

·        La Coalition Verte a soumis à Madame Ouellet le 16 septembre dernier des demandes  officielles pour qu’Hydro Québec établisse de nouveaux protocoles.

·        Réponses de Madame Martine Ouellet, ministre des Ressources naturelles et de la société d’État Hydro Québec.

 

Madame la Ministre,

 

Les représentants de la Coalition Verte, Tommy Montpetit, David Fletcher et Sylvia Oljemark ont été honoré de vous rencontrer le 16 septembre dernier. Tommy Montpetit et David Fletcher sont également les porte-parole des Partenaires du Parc Écologique de l’Archipel de Montréal (PPÉAM). Nous vous sommes reconnaissants de l’attention que vous avez porté à nos revendications, lesquelles se résument comme suit :

 

1) Cessation permanente de la pratique d’abattage des arbres par Hydro Québec dans le village de Saraguay :  Ce paisible village est situé sur le bord de la Rivière des Prairies et est abrité par deux parcs nature, le Bois de Liesse et le Bois de Saraguay. Depuis le début du mois de mai, les résidants appréhendent l’abattage injustifié et inacceptable des arbres matures, vigoureux et majestueux sur le parcours de la servitude d’Hydro Québec traversant ces parcs-nature. Les citoyens craignent les effets néfastes de la perte de ces arbres sur leur qualité de vie. Cette situation est devenue intolérable pour ce village. Malheureusement, de nombreux quartiers de la grande région métropolitaine sont également ciblés par Hydro Québec.

 

2) Protocole d’Hydro Québec à Saraguay : Par conséquent, la Coalition Verte demande officiellement qu’Hydro Québec se dote d’un protocole, une entente par écrit rédigée pour la perpétuité, afin de préserver la biodiversité et les écosystèmes fragiles à Saraguay, et ce, par une méthode stratégique d’élagage des arbres au lieu de la pratique d’abattage. Cette méthode appliquée de manière rigoureuse garantira la sécurité des lignes électriques à haute tension d’Hydro Québec de tout danger potentiel incluant l’arc électrique.

Village de Saraguay-milieux naturels : http://geoegl.msp.gouv.qc.ca/golocmsp/?id=c37ca46e29

 

3) Protocole d’Hydro Québec visant l’aménagement écologique de son réseau hydroélectrique et ainsi donner le coup d’envoi à la création de la Ceinture verte de la grande région métropolitaine de Montréal : La société d’État Hydro Québec peut contribuer de manière substantielle aux objectifs de création de la Ceinture verte du Grand Montréal - un vaste réseau d’espaces naturels verts et bleus interconnectés par des corridors écologiques à travers les zones urbaines, périurbaines et agricoles de la Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal. Hydro Québec possède des servitudes dans les milieux urbains et en périphérie de la CMM qui peuvent servir de corridors verts suite à des efforts de restauration. Le repeuplement des servitudes d’Hydro Québec au moyen d’arbres et d’arbustes indigènes à faible hauteur exempts d’entretien (ex. : espèces à fruits et à fleurs peuvent contribuer à nourrir des populations d’oiseaux et d’abeilles en déclin) pourra rétablir les ravages des coupes à blanc trop largement répandues. Par conséquent, la Coalition Verte requiert formellement la contribution d’Hydro Québec ; une contribution indéniable pour préserver notre patrimoine naturel pour les générations actuelles et futures grâce à l’adoption de ce protocole qui favorise la mise en oeuvre du projet d’envergure de la Ceinture verte du Grand Montréal.

 

Les lettres d’appui : Les représentants de la Coalition Verte étaient fiers de présenter à la ministre des lettres d’appui émanant d’organismes prestigieux:  2013-09-11_Lettre d'Appui CRE de Laval , 2013-09-12 lettre appui CRE-Montréal Protocole Saraguay HQ , Héritage Laurentien lettre d'appui CoalitionVerte , Lettre Martine Ouellet HQ lignes Fondation David Suzuki

 

Réponses de Madame Martine Ouellet, ministre des Ressources naturelles et de la société d’État Hydro Québec : Madame Ouellet est manifestement en faveur de la création d’une Ceinture verte du Grand Montréal. Elle explique toutefois qu’elle ne peut s’ingérer dans les demandes spécifiques de la Coalition Verte – Elle considère que ces questions relèvent de la gestion interne d’Hydro Québec. La ministre va faciliter une rencontre entre les représentants haut placés d’Hydro Québec et la Coalition Verte pour faire avancer ces enjeux. Cet appui de la ministre est grandement apprécié; la Coalition Verte est désireuse de créer un nouveau rapprochement entre Hydro Québec et les résidants du Grand Montréal.

 

Veuillez accepter Madame Ouellet nos sincères remerciements pour avoir pris connaissance des préoccupations de la Coalition Verte relatives à Hydro Québec et de nous aligner vers une démarche pour résoudre ces questions extrêmement critiques pour de nombreux résidants de la grande région de Montréal.

 

Cordialement

 

Sylvia Oljemark   

Présidente fondatrice

Membre du CA

Coalition Verte

Partenaires du Parc Écologique de l’Archipel de Montréal (PPÉAM)

Membre du Mouvement Ceinture Verte  

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Pour informations : 

Sylvia Oljemark         

Tommy Montpetit    

David Fletcher 

 


COMMUNIQUÉ

pour diffusion immédiate 

À l’occasion des élections municipales de novembre 2013 

 

Partenaires du Parc Écologique de l'Archipel de Montréal (PPÉAM)

 

Important ralliement des citoyens de la Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal

pour la conservation de la Nature

Les citoyens exigent des engagements publics des candidats aux élections municipales.

 

Montréal, 23 septembre 2013 - L’ensemble des groupes de citoyens associés à la Coalition Verte, aux Partenaires du Parc Écologique de l’Archipel de Montréal (PPÉAM) et du Mouvement Ceinture Verte exige que les candidats aux élections municipales dans les 82 municipalités de la Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal (CMM), s’engagent publiquement durant la campagne électorale à mettre en œuvre le Plan métropolitain d’aménagement et de développement (PMAD) aux chapitres du transport en commun et de la conservation des milieux naturels.

 

Deux jours avant le début officiel de la campagne électorale, la centaine de groupes qui représentent des milliers de citoyens ont tenu le 18 septembre dernier dans Milton Park un important ralliement pour la nature. Plusieurs leaders, tels que David Fletcher de la Coalition Verte et Tommy Montpetit des Partenaires du Parc Écologique de l’Archipel de Montréal veulent inciter tous les candidats à se commettre fermement avant le 3 novembre prochain sur la protection des milieux humides et des boisés sur leur territoire. Rappelons que le PMAD de la CMM s’engage à la conservation d’au moins 17 % du territoire alors qu’il est actuellement de 1 % à Laval et 4,3 % à Montréal, seule Longueuil est en voie d’atteindre cet objectif. Le PMAD s’engage aussi à ce que la restauration atteigne 30 % du couvert forestier régional.

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Tommy Montpetit    

David Fletcher      

 


URGENT URGENT – le BOIS ANGELL menacé !!   Soyez présent le mardi 24 septembre!

Consultation publique :

19h30 à l’Hôtel de Ville de Beaconsfield, 303 boul. Beaconsfield.

 

WE NEED OUR MEMBERS TO COME OUT IN GREAT NUMBERS ON SEPTEMBER 24, AT 7:30 PM, TO MAKE YOUR VOICES HEARD.

NOUS AVONS BESOIN QUE NOS MEMBRES ASSISTENT EN GRAND NOMBRE À LA RÉUNION DU 24 SEPTEMBRE, À 19H30 POUR VOUS VOUS FASSIEZ ENTENDRE.

Suivez-nous sur Facebook – Join us on Facebook – APAW – APBA

 

Dear members:

 

This note is further to our messages to you of August 24 and September 5, in response to the sudden August “rollout” by Beaconsfield City Council of an urban plan to develop Angell Woods.  Our community has been given one month to digest this plan in anticipation of its planned approval by Council on October 1.

 

Over 150 concerned citizens showed up for the September 9 information session on the plan.  Most expressed general unease with the process and the plan.  The Mayor himself is opposed.  While the documentation is complicated, the City itself acknowledged that the plan commits to close to 500 condos in Angell Woods.  500 condos means at least 1000 additional cars.  Citizens were told to focus on the glossy SPP overview document while at the same time being advised that the really important detail is in the actual zoning amendment by-laws.   These by-laws were not tabled at the meeting and are in an apparent state of flux that is not being shared with the public. 

 

The results of the traffic study of the Woodland Exchange that the City commissioned in June are not being disclosed.

 

Council is meeting on September 23 to approve for immediate construction Phase I of the development plan, being 68 condos on the wooded Sunrise north lot.  No other details have been provided and no public input has been sought.

 

The day after the approval of Phase I, Council is holding a formal public consultation, as required by law, on the balance of the Angell Woods plan.

 

WE NEED OUR MEMBERS TO COME OUT IN GREAT NUMBERS ON SEPTEMBER 24, AT 7:30 PM ,TO MAKE YOUR VOICES HEARD. 

The meeting is again at Beaconsfield City Hall , 303 Beaconsfield Boulevard .

PLEASE COME EARLY TO MAKE SURE YOU GET A SEAT!

  

Here are some things to keep in mind when preparing your questions:

 

1.       No Prior Public Consultation – The City has stated that their plan is a direct result of its prior public consultation on Angell Woods.  This assertion is not accurate.  In 2011, three “Discussion (not consultation) Meetings” were held with people and groups hand-picked by the City.  Beaconsfield also issued a general call for input from the citizens.  The citizens responded with over 150 letters, ALL of which called for the protection of Angell Woods as a whole.  APAW has copies of the letters. The City has never provided minutes of the Discussion Group meetings.  Our APAW representative who was present at the meetings as a citizen took detailed notes, which have been placed on our website. http://www.apaw.ca There is absolutely no mention of a consensus of any sort on the part of the citizens for a “condos now, conservation later” solution for Angell Woods.

 

2.       Running out of Runway – Council has had 3 years to consult with its citizens and propose a reasonable Angell Woods solution.  Because the citizens were first advised of the plan at a regular Council meeting in August, many people in Beaconsfield are still not even aware of it.  There is no mention of this major initiative in Beaconsfield ’s Contact magazine.  The relevant documents were simply posted on the City’s website on August 21.  The formal public consultation on these documents will be on September 24.  Those citizens who are aware of what is going on will in good faith present their initial views and suggestions, after having had one month to review the plan.  There will undoubtedly be other submissions and follow up questions after the September 24 meeting.  Citizens and Councillors learn and get new ideas from listening to each other and reflecting calmly on what others have said.  It completely unrealistic and highly irresponsible to think that the citizen input may be meaningfully integrated into a final plan between September 24 and October 1, which is the last day where the Council is legally permitted to meet to pass this plan.  This current Council has run out of time.  They should gather the initial comments and input from the citizens on September 24 and following and provide the whole package to the incoming Council after the municipal elections, for them to deal with it.  This Council should not pass a plan that is still a work in progress.

 

3.       No Real Conservation – With the benefit now of 3 weeks in which to review the plan, citizens have discovered, and it has been acknowledged, that there is no real conservation in the plan. The 500 condos are authorized in great detail up front, but the “80% conservation compromise” is sketchy at best. There is no requirement for any of the land-owners, who benefit from the right to install condos, to transfer any parts of their lots for conservation.  There is nothing to stop  “natural spaces” which form part of one condo project from being themselves then turned into condos as part of the next project.  The details matter.  When read carefully, this plan is a recipe for gradual development of the whole woods.  And this Council will not be around to be accountable for the effects of that decision.  For an outside critique, see the attached:http://cremtl.qc.ca/communiques/2013/bois-angell-beaconsfield-menace-disparition-porte-grande-ouverte-developpement

 

4.       Who Killed the Montreal Conservation Buyout? – Through the mainstream mediahttp://www.ledevoir.com/politique/montreal/387749/feu-vert-controverse-a-un-projet-immobilier-dans-un-boise-de-beaconsfield we have all learned that Montreal is not happy with the current Beaconsfield Council and administration.  An Angell Woods conservation plan was being implemented by Montreal and the formal buy-out process was underway.  Moneys from the provincial and regional conservation funds are available for this purpose.  We were that close.  Beaconsfield Council killed this process by advising the land-owners in early July that a Beaconsfield development plan would be tabled on August 19.  The land-owners of course refused the City of Montreal offer, anticipating a better deal with the Beaconsfield rezoning.  Now the City of Montreal is reluctant to proceed, for understandable reasons.  We need to re-establish trust in Beaconsfield and get this process back on the rails.  THAT is the Angell Woods solution.

 


To members and friends of the Green Coalition:

 

PRE-ELECTION RALLY – THE PPÉAM and the GREEN COALITION

 

September 18, 2013 at 19:00

Église Notre-Dame-de-la-Salette, 3535 Park Avenue, Montreal

(Metro Station: Place des Arts; transfer to No. 80 Bus going North)

 

The Partenaires du Parc Écologique de l’Archipel de Montréal (PPÉAM) and the Green Coalition want to invite you to a very important meeting. Like you – and many others – we participated in the public consultations of the Plan métropolitain d’aménagement et de développement (PMAD) in 2011. We all demanded that the Greater Montreal Region have a Greenbelt .

 

There were nearly 400 groups who filed briefs at that time, and all those carefully prepared position papers must not be disregarded and forgotten!

 

People need to know the truth. In the Greater Montreal region we face a crisis. Despite all the promises of the PMAD, our natural spaces and agricultural lands are more threatened than ever.

 

That is why the PPÉAM and the Green Coalition would like you to attend this public discussion, prior to the 2013 municipal elections, of the vital environmental questions facing our community.

 

Here are the critical issues that will be discussed:

·        The absolute requirement that protection of natural spaces and agricultural lands be part of the electoral agenda

·        The all-important viewpoints of citizens struggling to protect their woods and wetlands

·        The sharing of strategies among activists from Saint-Bruno, Carignan, Otterburn Park, Longueuil, La Prairie, Léry, Laval, and the West Island… 

 

Participants: Guy Garand, Tommy Montpetit, David Fletcher, Dr. Phil Blais, and many others…

 

Come and be there!

Comité du PPÉAM and the Green Coalition

 

 

 

Dear APAW members:

 

The City of Beaconsfield is presenting to the public its Urban Plan for Angell Woods on Monday, September 9 at 7 p.m. at the Beaconsfield City Hall , 303 Beaconsfield Boulevard .  The plan provides for some undefined, future conservation initiatives, but commits the City to the immediate development of over 400 condo units.

 

This plan is due to be approved in two phases: 68 condo units at the Council meeting on September 23 and the balance of the 400+ units at the Council meeting on October 1, being the last public meeting before the municipal elections.  A public consultation will be held on September 24th.

 

We need our APAW members to get out and  voice their opposition to this development plan. The current elected Council has no mandate to implement the development of Angell Woods.   This is more properly an election issue!

 

There are other options available to Council: Angell Woods is eligible for provincial Fonds Vert acquisition support, and negotiations are still ongoing to purchase the site as a conservation park for the public.  Why the rush to get a development plan through, and get 400 + condos built first?

 

To help you, we have posted a critique of the City’s plan on our website www.apaw.ca.

 

The key points:

 

1.       400+ units means 1000 new cars, creating a traffic nightmare at Woodland , Windermere and Montrose

2.       the City’s plan is a step backwards for conservation. It would not protect the wooded areas we know and love – only the undevelopable wetlands would be saved – and would replace them with drainage basins

3.       the City’s plan actually zones for residential development ALL of Angell Woods, including the Ducks Unlimited conservation zone. Nothing is formally set aside as a protected area

4.       the City’s plan is actually not in conformity with the regional PMAD zoning for the area, which sets aside Angell Woods as a Bois metropolitain d’interet, to be protected

5.       the “carveout” of the Sunrise north woods from the urban plan is an urban planning manoeuvre designed only to circumvent public consultation and accelerate construction this fall of the first 68 condos.

 

See you on Monday night!


                                                                                        Montréal, le 28 août 2013 

                                                                                                         

LETTRE OUVERTE À MADAME LA MINISTRE MARTINE OUELLET

 

·        La Coalition Verte demande officiellement qu’Hydro Québec se dote d’un protocole visant à protéger l’exceptionnelle biodiversité du village de Saraguay et de ses deux parcs nature.

 

·        Situation critique : chaque jour, les résidants de Saraguay craignent que les équipes d’Hydro Québec arrivent à l’improviste pour abattre les arbres matures, vigoureux et majestueux sur la servitude d’Hydro Québec qui traverse les deux parcs nature.

 

·        Des interventions immédiates sont requises pour mettre sur pied un projet de grande d’envergure et des plus ambitieux : la ceinture verte du Grand Montréal : Hydro Québec se doit de collaborer.

 

Madame la Ministre,

 

Les représentants de la Coalition Verte attendent impatiemment de vous rencontrer. Nous sollicitons votre intervention immédiate pour résoudre une crise et donner le coup d’envoi à un projet de grande envergure et des plus ambitieux : la ceinture verte du Grand Montréal. Hydro Québec est concernée dans les deux cas.

 

La crise: Les citoyens du village de Saraguay sont indignés. L’abattage injustifié et inacceptable des arbres matures, vigoureux et majestueux dans les deux parcs nature sur la servitude d’Hydro Québec serait intolérable pour ce village - tel que souligné dans le document de la Coalition Verte préparé pour la rencontre du 13 août 2013. Cette rencontre privée, entre les représentants d’Hydro Québec, les élus, les représentants de la direction des grands parcs et du verdissement de Montréal ainsi que des membres de différents groupes citoyens, a été sans précédent : elle semble indiquer un nouveau rapprochement entre Hydro Québec et les résidants du Grand Montréal. Le 13 août dernier, les groupes citoyens se sont ligués solidairement contre l’abattage des arbres par Hydro Québec, non seulement à Saraguay, mais aussi dans tous les milieux densément peuplés du Montréal métropolitain pour lesquels ils ont présenté des solutions de rechange. Les résidants de Saraguay craignent cependant que les prises de décisions affectant leur qualité de vie se fassent à leur insu sans possibilité de consultations futures : jour après jour, ils appréhendent l’arrivée des équipes d’Hydro Québec s’attaquant à l’abattage des arbres dans les parcs nature.

 

Demande officielle à Madame la Ministre : Madame Ouellet, la Coalition Verte sollicite votre aide en tant que ministre des Ressources naturelles – incluant la société d’État Hydro Québec – d’accepter notre requête formelle qu’Hydro Québec se dote d’un protocole visant à protéger l’exceptionnelle biodiversité du village de Saraguay et de ses deux parcs nature. Le caractère « champêtre et villageois » de cette communauté patrimoniale dans l’arrondissement Ahuntsic-Carterville est connu depuis très longtemps. La carte gouvernementale des zones de chaleur indique que ce village est l’un des sites les plus verts (et les plus frais) dans le Sud-Ouest du Québec – une oasis verte au milieu d’un océan d’îlots de chaleur.

Village de Saraguay-milieux naturels : http://geoegl.msp.gouv.qc.ca/golocmsp/?id=c37ca46e29

 

Protocole d’Hydro Québec : Par conséquent, la Coalition Verte exige un protocole d’Hydro Québec, une entente par écrit rédigée pour la perpétuité, afin de préserver la biodiversité et les écosystèmes fragiles à Saraguay, et ce, par une méthode stratégique d’élagage des arbres au lieu de la pratique d’abattage. Cette méthode appliquée de manière rigoureuse garantira la sécurité des lignes électriques à haute tension d’Hydro Québec de tout danger potentiel incluant l’ARC ÉLECTRIQUE. Le Bois de Liesse et le Bois de Saraguay sont des aires protégées, des biens publics représentant d’importants investissements venant des contribuables : ce protocole doit préserver ces biens publics de tout effet dommageable.

 

Une vision pour la grande région de Montréal : la ceinture verte du Grand Montréal : Un défi pour Hydro Québec et nous tous.

Madame la Ministre, lors de notre rencontre, nous espérons partager avec vous nos objectifs à court et long terme et la manière dont Hydro Québec peut y contribuer de manière substantielle. En 2003, la Coalition Verte a fondé les Partenaires Écologique de l’Archipel de Montréal (PPÉAM) qui compte maintenant plus de 100 partenaires à l’échelle locale, incluant 17 partenaires municipaux, dont la Ville de Montréal et son agglomération. Le PPÉAM exige la création d’une ceinture verte pour le Grand Montréal et le Sud-Ouest du Québec, comme celle de Vancouver, d’Ottawa, de Londres et de Berlin. La ceinture verte de l’Ontario en périphérie de Toronto, instaurée il y a tout juste huit ans, représente aujourd’hui la plus grande ceinture verte au monde! Pourquoi ne pas parvenir à des objectifs aussi ambitieux pour la grande région de Montréal?  

 

Le défi est authentique et il est énorme : d’ici 2020, le PMAD (Plan  métropolitain  d’aménagement et de développement) s’engage à la protection des milieux naturels sur 17 % du territoire métropolitain et à ce que la restauration atteigne 30 % du couvert forestier régional. Le PMAD s’engage aussi à la création d’une ceinture verte : un vaste réseau d’espaces naturels protégés et interconnectés par des corridors verts à travers les zones urbaines et périurbaines de la Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal (CMM).

 

Il faut souligner qu’actuellement, les aires protégées en milieu terrestre ne représentent que 2,1 % de tout le territoire de la CMM – très loin des objectifs du PMAD pour 2020! 

 

Hydro Québec peut fournir un apport substantiel : l’aménagement écologique de tout le réseau d’Hydro Québec sur l’ile de Montréal et à travers le Grand Montréal peut réellement faire la différence!

Hydro Québec possède des corridors dans les milieux urbains et en périphérie, comme envisagé par le PMAD. Le repeuplement des servitudes du vaste réseau d’Hydro Québec au moyen d’arbres et d’arbustes indigènes exempts d’entretien dont la croissance maximale respectera les normes de hauteur imposées par Hydro Québec (ex. : espèces à fruits et à fleurs peuvent contribuer à nourrir des populations d’oiseaux et d’abeilles en déclin) pourra rétablir les ravages des coupes à blanc trop largement répandues. La restauration de cette biodiversité saine et essentielle sur les servitudes du réseau d’Hydro Québec servira de coup d’envoi pour la création de la ceinture verte du Grand Montréal : une contribution indéniable pour préserver notre patrimoine naturel pour les générations actuelles et futures.

 

Madame Ouellet, ce sera un honneur et un plaisir de vous rencontrer bientôt.

 

Cordialement

 

Sylvia Oljemark   

Présidente fondatrice

Membre du CA

Coalition Verte

www.greencoalitionverte.ca

Partenaires du Parc Écologique de l’Archipel de Montréal

Membre du Mouvement Ceinture Verte  

 

c.c.     Ministre Yves-François Blanchet  

           Ministre Sylvain Gaudreault            

           Ministre Jean-François Lisée

           Ministre Maka Kotto 

           Monsieur Jean-Marc Fournier, député de Saint-Laurent

  Mme Josée Duplessis, présidente du Comité exécutif de la Ville de Montréal et responsable du                  

Développement durable, de l'Environnement, des Grands Parcs et des Espaces verts

           M. Harout Chitilian, conseiller de Bordeaux-Cartierville

           M. Pierre Gagnier , maire de l’Arrondissement Ahuntsic-Cartierville

           M. Alan DeSousa, maire de Ville Saint-Laurent

          Mme Julie Boucher, Chef Relations avec le milieu – Montréal,  Direction Affaires régionales et collectivités – Hydro-Québec            

           M. Mario Cicioli, directeur, Direction des grands parcs et du verdissement et du Bureau du Mont-Royal

           M. Ronald Cyr, Directeur d'arrondissement, Arrondissement d'Ahuntsic-Cartierville 

*supplémentaire 2013-09-19 * - des lettres d’appui des membres du MCV (et du MCV) sur la question des lignes électriques HQ et la destruction de boisés: