/R E P E A T -- What are your thoughts on the mountain?/

    MONTREAL, March 20 /CNW Telbec/ - As part of its consultation on the
Mount Royal Master Protection and Enhancement Plan, the Office de consultation
publique de Montréal (OCPM) is pleased to announce the posting on its Web site
of a questionnaire for the general public concerning issues crucial to the
future of Mount Royal. The questionnaire, added to the information session,
thematic workshops and presentation of briefs, seeks to take the citizens'
pulse on this symbolic Montréal landmark. The aim is to gather, via the
Internet and in printed form, the general perceptions of Montrealers and other
Quebecers in terms of approaches to preserving and enhancing Mount Royal.
    As indicated by Office President Louise Roy: "With no scientific
pretensions, the questionnaire is a survey to better define expectations
regarding the management of the mountain, at a time when important decisions
must be made to allow the cohabitation of its various functions and uses. The
commissioners believed that Montrealers' attachment to Mount Royal justified
additional effort on our part to allow as many people as possible to express
their opinions. For some, a venue for gatherings and activities and, for
others, a place for relaxation, reflection, or communion with nature, Mount
Royal, with its natural environments, is one of the city's green lungs
increasingly affected by climate changes, intense heat waves, and urban smog.
Its future concerns us all, which is why we are inviting all citizens to fill
out the questionnaire and participate in the consultation activities."
    The questionnaire addresses a number of issues, including:

    - The protection of green spaces, plants and animals;
    - Automobile circulation and parking;
    - Off-road cycling;
    - Access;
    - New constructions and facilities;
    - Landscapes, etc.

    It may be completed on line at www.ocpm.qc.ca, between March 20 and April
20, 2008. The answers will be compiled and provide food for thought for the
commissioners responsible for the consultation.
    The Office is also in the process of launching a page on Facebook to
promote discussion and gather comments about issues surrounding Mount Royal.
To reiterate, thematic workshops will be held between March 25 and April 1 on
some of the most critical aspects of the Mount Royal Master Protection and
Enhancement Plan. All documentation pertaining to the project is available on
the OCPM Web site at www.ocpm.qc.ca

For further information:

For further information: Luc Doray, (514) 872-3568, Cell.: (514)
977-8365; Catherine Escojido, Cell.: (514) 927-8807

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