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Giuseppe Cammarrota (Parti vert) about environmental issues in L’Île-Bizard

Giuseppe Cammarrota, Parti vert

“I’d like to answer all your questions at once:

Yes. If I were to be elected, I’m prepared and willing to do everything within my power to protect the green spaces on Ile Bizard from deforestation and development. There are several methods worth exploring in order to protect these spaces and support projects such as the ecological flowering of the (future) old bridge. The most efficient way to move forward on such projects (as well as aiding with flood prevention) in a symbiotic and self-sustaining manner would be through the adoption of permaculture. 

Even if I don’t get elected, I stand with you.”

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?
  • 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?
  • 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)?
  • 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?
  • 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?

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.

Second anniversary of the protection of the Petty land

On November 19th, 2015, the Service des grands parcs of the City of Montreal announced the acquisition of 4 million square feet of green space, located on chemin Bord-du-Lac in Île-Bizard. The land was then attached to the parc-nature du Bois-de-L’Île-Bizard and therefore protected from housing developments that threatened to destroy it. Thank you to the Marinacci administration, as well as to all the people who supported the APEVIB in its campaign to save the space. Two years later exactly, the first snow of the season falls on this beautiful prosperous land. A first trail has been set-up to allow for people to snowshoe on this land : a snowshoe trail has been marked and can be accessed from the main entrance of the parc going towards the big marsh (take the first path on your left).

http://ville.montreal.qc.ca/portal/page?_pageid=5798,42657625&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL&id=25989

Act 122 : why it is more important than ever to vote at these municipal elections

What is Act 122?

This year, more than ever, it is of utmost importance to vote at the municipal elections, and to do it in a careful and informed way, because a new law was passed at the National Assembly, Act 122 which increases municipal powers considerably and reduces as much the power that the citizens have, in particular with regards to land use and governance. Indeed, since June 15, 2017, municipal democracy is not what it used to be when we had the last municipal elections in 2013.

According to its designation, this law is an Act “mainly to recognize that municipalities are local governments and to increase their autonomy and powers”

But it seems that it is also aimed at neutralizing citizens’ opposition. When explaining the necessity of this new act, Martin Coiteux, minister of municipal affairs, said that the previous system was based on the possibility to oppose projects and called for opposition, instead of inviting citizens to look into what would be the best project for the community.

(http://www.ledevoir.com/politique/quebec/501458/referendums-municipaux-le-projet-de-loi-finalement-adopte)

Among other things, Act 122:

  • increases municipal powers with regards to urbanism and zoning;
  • says that municipalities are not obligated to hold a referendum to get public approval on decisions related to urban planning if they have a policy for citizen participation that meets the requirements of ministerial regulation (regulation which has not yet been established);
  • increases to $100,000 the authorized cap for the direct award of public contracts (without going through a tender process);
  • removes the obligation to publish public notices in local newspapers;
  • allows the government to authorize by by-law the use of farm lands for other purposes than agriculture, without going through the Commission de protection du territoire agricole du Québec (CPTAQ) (clause 185);
  • amends the Loi sur la protection du territoire et des activités agricoles in order to relax the rules to allow residential construction in agricultural zones. These modifications are aimed at accelerating the treatment of certain requests and change the analysis criteria that the CPTAQ has to take into consideration.

One consequence of the last item listed is that small municipalities will be able to authorize construction of residences or the installation of industries in green zones. Indeed, the municipalities are exempted of paragraph 61.1 of the Loi sur la protection du territoire et des activités agricoles which allows the CPTAQ to reject any request to use a land for other purposes than agriculture, based on the fact that other more appropriate spaces – so called white zones – exist elsewhere in the municipality. (http://www.ledevoir.com/politique/quebec/490091/agriculture-quebec-veut-se-passer-de-l-avis-de-la-cptaq)

The various measures encompassed in Act 122 increase the risk of connivance and corruption. Moreover, municipalities are not obligated to have a public consultation policy, and the mechanisms they will chose to incorporate to their policy will not necessarily be legally restrictive.

This summary was based on the Act itself:

http://www2.publicationsduquebec.gouv.qc.ca/dynamicSearch/telecharge.php?type=5&file=2017C13A.PDF

 

Other references:

www.lapresse.ca/le-soleil/actualites/politique/201706/15/01-51080

https://www.lesoleil.com/actualite/politique/adoption-du-projet-de-loi-122-les-maires-obtiennent-plus-de-pouvoirs-c7f3d6cf720f4b513ef1f8010ed4d3dd

http://www.journaldemontreal.com/2017/02/23/lumq-veut-labolition-totale-des-referendums-dans-les-municipalites

http://www.ledevoir.com/politique/villes-et-regions/501649/projet-de-loi-122-faire-des-municipalites-de-veritables-gouvernements-de-proximite

http://ici.radio-canada.ca/nouvelle/1040536/oubli-projet-loi-122-droit-exproprier-proprietaires-immeubles-maire-quebec-regis-labeaume-gouvernements-proximite

Some information about L’Île-Bizard, a green island…

Here is some information about L’Île-Bizard’s green spaces that reminds us how important it is to protect them…

L’Île-Bizard is a green island! Fortunately, despite the housing developments of these past 50 years which quadrupled the island’s population, L’Île-Bizard is an ecological gem unique in Montreal which fosters an extremely rich biodiversity. We want it to stay that way, for the good of today’s population and future generations!

Some numbers…

The island covers a surface area of 2277 hectares (22.7 km), 1087 of which (48%) are farm lands located in the Western part of the island. L’Île-Bizard has three great golf clubs, totalling 617 hectares (27 % of the island), 457 of which are zoned agricultural. They are also located on the Western side, on the Elm Ridge and Royal Montreal golf clubs covered by the humanized landscape project (Paysage humanisé – see next post). The nature park spreads over 255 hectares, occupying 11 % of the island.

Ecological characteristics of the island…

L’Île-Bizard’s territory is characterized by a network of important wet lands (marshes and swamps) connected through waterways and mature forests. These green spaces are home to many rare plants and constitute a habitat of major interest for amphibians and reptiles, as well as the waterfowl and forest birds. Many vulnerable or threatened species can be found on the island, like the black maple, the map turtle, the brown and the king snakes, the red shouldered and Cooper’s hawks and the waterfowl bird. Also in the Western part of the island we find the greatest concentration of riparian wetlands in the Montreal agglomeration. These are home to birds of prey, whitetail deers and birds like the bobolink, the Eastern meadowlark and the blue rock thrush, which are becoming scarcer in the Montreal region because of a loss of habitat.

A dozen plant species there are considered potentially threatened or vulnerable, like the swamp white oak, the oval hickory, the Columbia watermeal, Goldie’s woodfern and the Bur-reed Sedge. The northern part of the nature park is made up of large wild lands that are feeding areas for birds of prey, with neighboring cedar groves used by the whitetail deers in the winter. The southern part of the park is dominated by sugar maple ecosystems that are over a hundred years old and where we can find five rare plant species. These maples are protecting the wetlands of the nature park. These forests can be used by two rare birds of prey considered to be precarious: the red shouldered and Cooper’s hawks. The black maple grove in the north-western part of the park is extremely rare in Montreal, and not very common in the province. It has been designated an exceptional forest ecosystem (EFE) by the Natural Resources ministry. We count up to seven precarious plant species in that area.

 

 

MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS 2017

The municipal elections will take place in less than 2 weeks, on November 5th! In the meantime, the APEVIB will publish information about the borough’s environmental issues and the mayoral candidates on its Facebook group.

Check out our posts here : https://www.facebook.com/groups/1487049068224202/

If you do not have access to Facebook, but would like to receive this information, please let us know by sending us an email at : espacesverts.ilebizard@gmail.com.

Enjoy the readings and the rest of the campaign!

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

Bike repair and ramial chipped wood permaculture technique

After a successful day of discovery and marvel in good company on some of Île-Bizard’s farm land July 30th, the APEVIB invites you to another day of workshops next Sunday at Ferme Bord-du-Lac. Join us on August 6th to discover the famous Ramial chipped wood (RCW) permaculture technique and learn how to do basic repairs for your bicycle for a more enjoyable ride!

2 pm to 3 pm: Bike workshop: Lubricate and adjust your bike’s parts for a more enjoyable ride! Amateur level.
In collaboration with Cycles Recyclés Dave.

3 pm to 5 pm: Discover the technique of Ramial Chipped Wood which enables you to produce a lot of food with the least amount of effort!
In collaboration with Benoît Girard, agronomist from Ferme Bord-du-Lac.

Suggested contribution of $10 per workshop. Nobody will be turned back by lack of funds. The people who contribute $10 or more can get a 3-year membership to the Association.

See you soon!