April 02, 2006 14:34 ET

The City of Montreal and the Chinese Community Combine Their Efforts In Major Clean Up Campaign

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - April 2, 2006) - The Mayor of Montreal, Mr Gerald Tremblay, today participated in the launch of a spring clean up in Chinatown with Mr. Marcel Tremblay, member of the executive committee responsible for services to citizens, Mr. Benoit Labonte, Mayor of the Ville-Marie borough, Councillors Frank Venneri and Karim Boulos as well as several leaders of the Chinese community.

"Our action plan for cleanliness designed to beautify Montreal is well known and we are now acting on our promises. Today's clean-up will help launch a major mobilization on the part of citizens in terms of making our city more beautiful. I would like to highlight the efforts of the numerous volunteers from the Chinese community and neighbouring areas who are participating today in order to make sure Chinatown, which is an extremely important part of our city, receives the attention it deserves in terms of being a major tourist attraction," Mayor Tremblay said.

During the course of the day, numerous volunteers cleaned up the area of Chinatown between Clark and St. Dominique Sts. and Viger Ave. and Rene Levesque Blvd. The volunteers picked up empty containers, paper, cardboard boxes and other garbage littering the streets and placed it in bags that will be collected by blue-collar workers from the Ville-Marie borough.

The clean-up in Chinatown today is an addition to city sweepers and other specialized city equipment designed to clean streets and sidewalks that have already been working in the borough. As well, efforts are being made to remove graffiti and install new garbage bins and urban furniture for the spring and summer.

Over the next five years, the Tremblay-Zampino administration will invest an additional $75 million to clean up the city. " We are respecting our promise to dedicate the additional funding and efforts that are necessary to increase cleanliness in Montreal. However, in order to ensure that our city remains clean, we also have to be able to rely on the involvement of all Montrealers," said Mr.Tremblay.

"Small gestures can make a big difference like not dumping domestic waste in city trash bins, placing papers and other waste in the garbage, ensuring that recyclable materials are properly placed in the right bins while respecting existing collection schedules as well as cleaning your own property and even taking care of the small area of sidewalk in front of your home. Every gesture counts and speaking with your neighbours can also make a difference in terms of making our city a model of cleanliness," said Mr. Marcel Tremblay.

Contact Information

  • Source:
    Maxime Chagnon
    Cabinet du maire et du comite executif
    (514) 872-5527
    Information :
    Michel Champoux
    Charge de communication
    (514) 872-8055