MONTREAL, Aug. 11 /CNW Telbec/ - Les amis de la montagne recognize that
the recommendations of the Office de consultation publique de Montréal (OCPM)
on the project to develop the Sulpician's former philosophy seminary is a step
in the right direction. However, we believe that the most important point
regarding the mountain's limits to receiving new construction is still not
resolved. Specifically, Les amis support the OCPM's position that a project on
a site of such exceptional importance on the mountain be nothing less than
"We note that the report contains a number of positive elements," said
Peter Howlett, president of Les amis de la montagne. "Nonetheless, the OCPM is
of the opinion that the Développement Cato project poses numerous problems
regarding its volume, the protection of viewpoints and naturals spaces and
public access to the site." Les amis de la montagne ask, in support of the
OCPM's recommendations, that clear and precise guidelines be applied to the
site prior to the approval of any project on the location.
"We are asking the Ville de Montréal to emit a moratorium on the proposed
project and to quickly form a working group whose mandate it will be to
identify concrete solutions that will allow the economic development of
Montreal without any sacrifices to our heritage," added Peter Howlett. "This
exercise must be given the highest priority for the former philosophy seminary
site and solutions must be put into effect for all future projects within the
Mount Royal Historic and Natural District."
About Les amis de la montagne
Les amis de la montagne is an independent charitable organization founded
in 1986 that works to protect and enhance Mount Royal through community
involvement and environmental education. For more information on Les amis'
activities, visit www.lemontroyal.qc.ca.
For further information:
For further information: Gabrielle Korn, Director of Communications, Les
amis de la montagne, (514) 843-8240 ext. 237, firstname.lastname@example.org