Montréal takes part in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative Annual Meeting and conference

    MONTREAL, July 18 /CNW Telbec/ - Helen Fotopulos, member of the Montréal
executive committee responsible for the environment, parks, green and blue
spaces, and Mount Royal, is pleased to take part in the Great Lakes and
St. Lawrence Cities Initiative annual meeting and conference, which will be
held in Toronto from July 16th to July 18 2008. More than 200 delegates from
different municipalities are participating in the event.
    "I am proud to represent Montréal at this important event. Our
administration has already expressed its commitment to preserving the
St. Lawrence River. At this meeting, I plan to reiterate our promise to take
part in the solution-finding process, to make sure that our main concerns are
taken into consideration," said Helen Fotopulos.
    Several workshops will be open to alliance members. At one of these
meetings, members will discuss investments by municipalities versus government
    "A 2007 study by the alliance found that each year municipalities
invested $15 billion in the area of water protection. However, in order to
obtain the objectives that have been set in the areas of water quality and
protection, the Ville de Montréal will be spending $500 million annually over
a period of 20 years in terms of maitenance, upgrading infrastructure and
optimizing our network. It is clear that this effort will require the
increased participation of our other levels of government. Other investments
are planned in the area of protecting natural spaces and increasing
accessibility to river banks," said Ms. Fotopulos.
    The topic of discussion at another workshop will be the St. Lawrence
Plan, which is a five-year agreement (2005-2010) valued at $114 million, which
was signed by the governments of Canada and Québec. It proposes actions to
enhance the St. Lawrence River. Today, Ms. Fotopulos will be making a
presentation as part of a workshop taking place under the theme of
"Sustaniable Cities Leading the Way."
    Members of the Initiative will have an opportunity to submit several
resolutions for approval on a number of subjects in the area of water and the
enhancement of the Great Lakes and Saint Lawrence River.
    Finally, a water conservation program was introduced last year to show
other levels of government that municipalities were indeed taking the issue of
the water quality of the St. Lawrence and Great Lakes seriously. Through a
signed document, the Mayor of Montréal, Gérald Tremblay, committed to reducing
water consumption by 15% over a period of 15 years. A progress report covering
all members of the alliance is to be submitted during the meeting taking place
in Toronto.

For further information:

For further information: Darren Becker, Attaché de presse, comité
exécutif  (514) 872-6412

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