CITY OF MONTREAL - OFFICE OF THE MAYOR/EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

CITY OF MONTREAL - OFFICE OF THE MAYOR/EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

March 11, 2005 11:46 ET

City of Montreal: A Momentous Day for Mount Royal!


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MARCH 11, 2005 - 11:46 ET

City of Montreal: A Momentous Day for Mount Royal!

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - March 11, 2005) - The Table de
concertation sur le Mont-Royal will be holding its first working session
today, while the Quebec Government is set to issue a decree formalizing
the status of Mount Royal as a historic and natural borough, which will
ensure the mountain is protected and illustrates how its history is
intimately linked to that of our city.

"This will be a day to remember for Montreal as all the institutions and
organizations committed to protecting the mountain are now gathered
under the chairmanship of Claude Corbo with the initial goal of
reviewing the Mount Royal Enhancement Plan. From now on, the Table de
concertation will provide the framework for further discussion in which
everyone including the five affected boroughs and all stakeholders will
be present in order to secure a future for the mountain that reflects
the status it holds within the city and in the hearts of Montrealers,"
said Montreal Mayor Gerald Tremblay.

The establishment of the Table de concertation sur le mont Royal is
consistent with the unanimously-approved protection, development and
enhancement plan proposed during the Montreal Summit in 2002. Its
purpose is to bring together stakeholders from the corporate, community
and municipal sectors and become the group that will advise and support
the Bureau du mont Royal in updating the Mount Royal Enhancement Plan.
The plan will ultimately become the Master Plan for the next twenty
years and will adhere to a coherent and integrated approach.

"As the executive committee member responsible for Mount Royal, Green
and Blue Spaces, Parks and Nature Museums, I am pleased by the new
dynamics that have being created, which should help to better protect
and enhance our mountain. Mount Royal is a part of our heritage, our
history, our architecture, our landscape and our environment. This new
group will provide us with a global and systemic perspective of the
different challenges," said Helen Fotopoulos.

The Quebec Government's decree makes Mount Royal a historic and natural
borough, thereby granting the mountain special status. This significant
gesture will assist in ensuring the lasting presence of this priceless
public heritage.

The mayor said he wanted to thank the government for this long-awaited
gesture and said he was pleased he was able to fulfil his commitment
concerning Mount Royal. "We appointed an elected official responsible
for the mountain, created the Bureau du mont Royal and established the
Table de concertation. All these actions had one goal, which was to
ensure that Montrealers of today and the future will be able to fully
enjoy a site that truly belongs to the entire community. Mount Royal
deserves all our attention and care," concluded Mayor Tremblay.

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Contact Information

  • FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
    Source:
    Cabinet du maire et du comité exécutif
    or
    Renseignements :
    Direction des sports, des parcs et des espaces verts
    Nicole Halpert - Chargée de communication
    (514) 872-4181
    or
    Bernard Larin
    Attaché de presse
    (514) 872-9998