The fight against climate change - The Port of Montreal offers the population of Montreal an island of greenery to offset the carbon emissions of its August 31st open house day



    MONTREAL, Aug. 25 /CNW Telbec/ - Patrice M. Pelletier, President and
Chief Executive Officer of the Montreal Port Authority, today inaugurated a
new island of greenery alongside the bicycle path on Notre-Dame Street, in the
presence of Francine Lalonde, Member of Parliament for La Pointe-de-l'Ile,
Maka Kotto, Member of the National Assembly for Bourget, and Lyn Thériault,
Mayor of the Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve borough.
    On this occasion, Mr. Pelletier stated that this development gift to the
populace reflects the approach the Port intends to take in its relations with
the surrounding communities, "to be proactive and attentive, so that everyone
can benefit from the wealth generated by Port activities, in the best possible
environment."
    Mr. Pelletier added that, "The Port of Montreal fully intends to
undertake new initiatives in the months and years to come, to continually
foster frank and open dialogue with representatives of the communities
affected by the Port's presence. "
    "This new attitude is reassuring and encouraging," stated Francine
Lalonde, MP for La Pointe-de-l'Ile, "at a time when all the public
stakeholders must work together to protect the environment and defend the
river."
    Bourget MNA Maka Kotto was delighted by the new environmental sensibility
at the Montreal Port Authority, "This approach is full of promise for the
shoreline population and for all the citizens of Bourget and Montreal East."
    "The borough of Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve is proud to count on one of
its largest corporate citizens, the Port of Montreal, which is advancing the
environmental cause in a most original way", concluded Borough Mayor Lyn
Thériault.

    About the Montreal Port Authority

    The Montreal Port Authority (MPA) operates the world's largest inland
port. It is a leader among container ports, handling 26 million tonnes of
cargo annually. In 2007, the Port of Montreal handled a total of 1,363,021
container TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent unit). The MPA operates its own rail
network, providing direct access to berths, and is linked to two major
railways and a highway system. It also operates a grain terminal and a marine
passenger terminal. All other terminals are operated by private stevedoring
firms. Through its activities, the Port of Montreal generates 18,200 jobs and
$1.5 billion in economic spin-offs.


    
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For further information:

For further information: Jean-Paul Lejeune, Acting Communications
Director, lejeunejp@pdminfo.ca, (514) 283-1489, Fax: (514) 283-0829,
www.port-montreal.com


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