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Major news for the West Island’s green spaces

On this 8th day of August 2019, Montreal’s mayor Valérie Plante announced the creation of the largest urban park in Canada, in the West Island of Montreal :

This park spreads over 30 square kilometers, taking a large chunk of the tip of the island as well as most of L’Île-Bizard!! (See map below) Therefore, L’Île-Bizard’s farm lands will be protected and cared for ad vitam aeternam, in addition to being protected by the Paysage humanisé status, which we are hoping to be obtained. The citizens of L’Île-Bizard do not have to worry any more about the 440 right-of-way and the ghost of the highway project going through L’Île-Bizard hanging over our heads like a Damocles sword for 40 years.

This is great news for biodiversity in L’Île-Bizard and in the West Island, as well as for the Montrealer’s quality of life! The only thing left to do now is to make sure things are done the right way, and that recreotourism is not done at the expense of the fauna and flora living in the park.
Let’s stay watchful! But happy! 😉

Leslie Eric Murphy (NPDQ) about environmental issues in L’Île-Bizard

Leslie Eric Murphy, NPDQ

QUESTIONS asked by the APEVIB to the five candidates:

As the MP for Nelligan,

Are you ready to do everything in your power to support and accelerate the attribution of the Paysage humanisé status for the farm lands of L’Île-Bizard, which is currently under study at the ministère du Développement durable, de l’Environnement et de la lutte contre les changements climatiques?

Yes. Île-Bizard is unique in the Montreal area. It has 3 rivers that flow by it; it has forests, wetlands and marshes, incredible bio-diversity, and active farming. It also has such a rich history dating back centuries. The NPDQ believes that governmental powers should be pushed down to the level of government closest to the people and spaces affected. Then those bodies should receive the full support of the provincial government. This is an example where that would be applied.

Are you ready to alienate the 440 right-of-way in L’Île-Bizard, which belongs to the ministère des Transports du Québec, in order for the green spaces (parks and farm lands) that make it up to be protected, per example with a land trust or a national park?

I’m sorry to not be familiar enough with this issue to be able to comment.

Are you ready to support, financially or otherwise, the acquisition of land that holds ecological value in L’Île-Bizard in order to protect it (either with a land trust or any other way)?

Yes. The NPDQ believes, though, that there must be support, buy-in, and participation at all levels of government and with community stakeholders.

Are you ready to support, financially and otherwise, the creation of ecological flower beds on the former L’Île-Bizard bridge once the new one will be built, where bee and butterfly friendly plants would grow and to which would be attached a sign explaining some of the ecological features of L’Île-Bizard?

What an interesting idea. Yes, the NDPQ would support a green initiative like that. Like many other issues around climate change, we believe that the time to act to save pollinators is now. On a personal note, I would like to see many of our neighbourhood green-spaces convert lawns to wildflower beds too.

Globally, how do you intend to protect the green spaces in the Nelligan constituency, known for their rich biodiversity, their ecological value and the environmental services they render, like reducing greenhouse gases, slowing down erosion and absorbing flood waters?

The NPDQ is actively involved with groups seeking to preserve and protect existing green spaces and resident species at the Technoparc and l’Anse-à-l’Orme.

Research shows that wetlands, ponds, and marshes help mitigate flooding by absorbing water when rivers are high. Additional green spaces around our rivers would also serve as parks and public spaces for families.

The NPDQ would like public consultation to consider managed retreat in some flood zones. This is a controversial idea and so must be done in consultation with existing governments and residents. Those areas would also add to our permanent, protected green spaces.

Chantal Legendre (Parti québécois) about environmental issues in L’Île-Bizard

CHANTAL LEGENDRE, PARTI QUÉBÉCOIS

QUESTIONS asked by the APEVIB to the five candidates:

As the MP for Nelligan,

Are you ready to do everything in your power to support and accelerate the attribution of the Paysage humanisé status for the farm lands of L’Île-Bizard, which is currently under study at the ministère du Développement durable, de l’Environnement et de la lutte contre les changements climatiques?

The Parti québécois is making the green shift and cares about land use planning. With the PQ, agriculture always went forward in Quebec. The Liberals neglected to assert the province’s powers with regards to environmental issues and established new rules for the nomination of the BAPE commissioners that do not guarantee their independence. The Parti québécois will adopt a new law that will assert the primacy of Québec’s powers with regards to environmental issues, including affirming our exclusive power to assess any project in the province, and will guarantee the political independence of the BAPE commissioners.

Are you ready to alienate the 440 right-of-way in L’Île-Bizard, which belongs to the ministère des Transports du Québec, in order for the green spaces (parks and farm lands) that make it up to be protected, per example with a land trust or a national park?

A greener Quebec calls for a continuous and organized commitment from the entire governmental apparatus. A government led by the Parti québécois will consider land use and urbanism like priorities. We will adopt a national policy which will include measures for land-use planning in our communities that are compatible with the fight against the climate crisis. We will protect biodiversity by designating 17% of the land and 10% of the waters and coasts as protected areas from now until 2020, in line with Québec’s international commitments with regards to the protection of biodiversity.

Are you ready to support, financially or otherwise, the acquisition of land that holds ecological value in L’Île-Bizard in order to protect it (either with a land trust or any other way)?

A government led by the Parti québécois will be committed to adopt a national policy pertaining to the use of the province’s territory, thus asserting that urbanism and land-use in communities are priorities. These measures are necessary and an integral part of the fight against climate change. As an MP, such a project would surely be a priority. In conjunction with the other authorities concerned, I will make sure to preserve and maintain the lands and green spaces with ecological value, and to keep the quality of life of the citizens of L’Île-Bizard.

Are you ready to support, financially and otherwise, the creation of ecological flower beds on the former L’Île-Bizard bridge once the new one will be built, where bee and butterfly friendly plants would grow and to which would be attached a sign explaining some of the ecological features of L’Île-Bizard?

As an MP for the Parti québécois in Nelligan, with the view of a greener Quebec and an interest for land use and urban planning, I will certainly gather all relevant stakeholders for the assessment and potential realization of such a project. Therefore, the MP for the PQ in Nelligan would follow this case closely, and commit to it in a more concrete manner if necessary.

Globally, how do you intend to protect the green spaces in the Nelligan constituency, known for their rich biodiversity, their ecological value and the environmental services they render, like reducing greenhouse gases, slowing down erosion and absorbing flood waters?

A government led by the Parti québécois will consider the fight against climate change a real priority for the state. Our commitment is based on seven important pillars: reforming environmental stewardship, changing the way Quebecers move around, establishing green buildings, increase investments into a greener economic growth et exit from fossil fuels. More specifically for Nelligan, we will take into consideration the risk of floods when planning for land-use and urbanism, protection of natural environments and improving knowledge about flood risk areas.

2017 Floods: How it happened and why, and can we protect ourselves better?

Conference

When: February 27th, 7:00 pm

Where: 490 de L’Église Street, in L’Île-Bizard

Summary of the presentation

**Whispered translation into English will be available upon request**

In general, we can see a significant increase of weather or climate disasters since the 1960’s in Canada and worldwide. From 1980 to 2015, the number of natural catastrophies was multiplied by three on a global scale in a context of rapid and pronounced increases of temperature. Moreover, in Canada, the temperature warming has been more than double the global tendency observed since the 1950’s, and in the north of Canada and Quebec, it is three times higher than the global average. Over the past 25 years in Quebec only, we have had over 30 catastrophic floods (that is more than one per year).

This presentation will go over the 2017 spring floods, explaining the context in which they occurred and the global picture of the climate changes happening right now, in particular in Québec, as well as the known links between the floods and climate change. This will allow us to analyze the contributing factors, and how they can evolve and eventually generate more risks of major floods in the future, as the warming continues. In conclusion, the presentation will address realistic strategies in terms of prevention, preparation, intervention and recovery or rebuilding after the major damages incurred following the floods.

Presentators : Ursule Boyer-Villemaire et Philippe Gachon

BIOGRAPHY of the presentators

Ursule Boyer-Villemaire (PhD)

Ursule Boyer-Villemaire has a bachelor’s degree in physical geography, a master’s degree in oceanography and a PhD in environmental sciences. She is a consultant and independent researcher in environment on risk management and adaptation to climate change. She offers guidance and training to municipalities, certain ministries and individuals. She specializes in particular on the vulnerability of coastal communities in the face of climate change impact, from a geomorphological perspective as well as from the perspective of the communities’ capacity to adapt. She participated in the analysis of coastal adaptation options and the development of public policies and public security programs. She created the portal Surveillance Côtière Québec in order to contribute to citizens’ science. She worked with the municipality of Rigaud and its residents following the 2017 floods (per example, by offering options to prevent, adapt and plan).

Philippe Gachon (PhD)

Philippe Gachon teaches hydro-climatology at the department of geography and is a researcher at the ESCER centre (Étude et Simulation du Climat à l’Échelle Régionale) at UQAM, as well as the research chair on hydro-meteorological risks related to climate change. Mr. Gachon obtained his PhD in 1999 in Environment sciences at UQAM and did a post-doctorial internship at the Institut Maurice-Lamontagne (Fisheries and Oceans Canada) between 1999 and 2002. From 2003 to 2014, Mr. Gachon was a scientific researcher at the Canadian Centre for Climate Modelling and Analysis, where he analyzed storms and extreme climate events, and developed regional climate scenarios and evaluated disaster risks related to climate change.

Facebook Event to share! : https://www.facebook.com/events/2054118621526186/

 

Interviews with the mayoral candidates in L’Île-Bizard-Sainte-Geneviève

The APEVIB is proud to send you this video presenting the three mayoral candidates in L’Île-Bizard-Sainte-Geneviève who are answering questions regarding environmental issues in L’Île-Bizard.

Please, share this video widely!

Municipal elections are very important! These elected officials are our closest representatives and can have a great impact on our living environment, in particular with regards to the green spaces. We hope that this will help voters make an informed choice on November 5th.

Also check out our Facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/1487049068224202), because we will regularly publish information about L’Île-Bizard and its green spaces, municipal politics and mayoral candidates. If you do not have a Facebook account, please let us know so we can send you the information by email.

Thank you for your participation and have a great campaign everyone!

CALL FOR PICTURES OF THE FLOODS

In the context of a conference on extreme climatic events, like the spring floods, hosted by Philippe Gachon, teacher at UQÀM’s geography department, the APEVIB invites you to submit your best photos of the 2017 spring floods. The exhibition will take place on the evening of the conference, October 20th, in the Boileau room of the Centre socioculturel (490 montée de L’Église).

The pictures will be printed in large format. The exhibitors will be able to keep them after the exhibition. A contract will be signed between the exhibitors and the APEVIB.

Send us your best photos in 300 dpi format at: espacesverts.ilebizard@gmail.com.

Include in your message:

  • your full name
  • your full address
  • a description for each photo (including where it was taken)

Maximum of 5 pictures per person. Professional photographers and candidates to the municipal elections will not be able to submit photos.

A committee composed of APEVIB members will select about 20 pictures that will be printed in large format for the exhibition.

For more information, visit www.espacesvertsilebizard.org.

Deadline: October 12th

 

 

Learn how to grow your own sprouts and mushrooms!

Learn how to grow your own sprouts and mushrooms, while sampling fresh produce from the farm! Welcome to the whole family!

In collaboration with Les Racines de L’Île, Jardins Mycorhize and Terre promise.

September 24th | Chemin Wilson (look for the radish sign!), Île-Bizard

12 pm to 3 pm: Harvest season sampling from the agricultural cooperative Les Racines de l’Île.

12 pm: Grow your own sprouts and eat fresh all winter!

1 pm: Grow your favourite mushrooms at home!  Opportunity to bring back mycelium to start your own culture!

Entrance to the site: suggested contribution of $10*

* No one is turned away for lack of funds. A free subscription to the APEVIB will be offered to anyone contributing $10 or more.

The tea bag test!

This summer, the Association took part in a worldwide initiative by researchers in ecology at the Deakin University, in Australia, following a suggestion from our allies Sauvons L’Anse-à-l’Orme. It was an exciting adventure!

The project is called the TeaComposition H2O – Global Aquatic Litter Decomposition Initiative. The research consists into measuring the impact of climate, floods and other factors on the decomposition of the aquatic litter, therefore, on the carbon cycles and the greenhouse gas emitted by this environment. This is advanced scientific research aimed at better understanding the complex dynamics of climate change.

The soil samples are collected using tea bags! Indeed, the tea – which we dried in advance – will absorb the liquid in the ground. We will then collect the bags after 3, 6, 12, 24 and 36 months to send them to the Deakin University for analysis.

So, two teams of APEVIB volunteers, composed of Emily Brown (biologist), Michela Artizzu (trained in inventory and research in biology), David Kalant (biochemist) and Marie-Chantal Scholl (coordinator for the APEVIB) went this summer in the Parc-nature du Bois-de-L’Île-Bizard and the Parc-nature du Cap-Saint-Jacques à L’Île-Bizard to plant tea bags in the wetlands, with both feet and hands in the mud!

We are very excited to be part of this worldwide project, which reminds us that this beautiful island is part of the planet’s ecosystems!

So, if you come across the orange flags, think about us, the tea bags and our neighbors in Australia!

 

A million thanks to our volunteers and many many thanks to Ira Tanya Handa, teacher at the biology department of UQAM, for lending us her lab!

August 6th workshops

Thanks to everyone who came to the workshops last Sunday, and thank you to our partners Dave (Cycles recyclés Dave) and Benoît (Ferme Bord-du-Lac) for the enjoyable and instructive workshops on bike repair and the use of ramial chipped wood (RCW) in the garden. It was a beautiful day!

Atelier sur l’utilisation du bois raméal fragmenté au jardin donné par Benoît Girard, agronome de la Ferme Bord-du-Lac

Atelier de réparation de vélo avec Dave des Cycles Recyclés Dave

Atelier de réparation de vélo avec Dave des Cycles Recyclés Dave

SUMMER ACTIVITIES 2017 : Nature and permaculture!

The APEVIB (Association pour la protection des espaces verts de L’Île-Bizard) is proud to present to you its Summer program for 2017. We are inviting you and your family to a series of discovery activities from July 30th to September 24th.

Take a walk in the farm fields with the farmers and taste fresh produce from Île-Bizard. Learn to make a garden that is fruitful and in harmony with your environment, learn to grow your favourite mushrooms and sprouts, and how to make basic repairs to your bike!

Next activity:
July 30th | Chemin Wilson (look for the radish sign!), Île-Bizard

1 pm: Guided tour of the agricultural cooperative Les Racines de l’Île and sampling of the farm’s products.

2 pm to 4 pm: Workshop on applying permaculture to the garden, including identification of edible wild plants, in collaboration with Jardins Mycorhize et Terre Promise (artisanal seed farmer).

Entrance to the site: suggested contribution of $10*

These workshops will be given in both languages if needed.

We look forward to sharing these moments with you!

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