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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 (, 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!


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:

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

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

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!

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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The APEVIB (Association pour la protection des espaces verts de l’Île-Bizard) is currently looking for biologists and/or chemists to take part in the TeaComposition H2O Initiative, a worldwide study led by researchers from the Deakin University, in Australia. The study aims at studying the long-term litter decomposition and hence the long-term C dynamics, and its key drivers both in terrestrial-based and marine ecosystems. Additionnally, the project offers the possibility to test soil samples. These are key indicators of climate change and pollution in the mid- and long-term.

For more info about the project, visit :
This is a unique opportunity to take part in a worldwide fight against climate change!
In short, the process consists in inserting tea bags in the soil and letting them incubate for 6 months to 3 years. The samples are then sent to the Blue Carbon Lab in Australia for analysis.
The APEVIB is looking to form one or two teams made of two or three people in order to proceed to the installation and retrieval of the tea bags in Ile-Bizard’s wetlands, as well as various data gathering (temperature, water levels, sample weight, GPS coordinates, etc.).
This will necessitate about 10 hours (spread over two days) of your time this summer, that is for a meeting, a few emails and a day for preparation/installation. Same thing for the retrieval of the bags, so about 10 hours next Spring, with the same people or different. More details will be given to participants.
If you are chemist or biologist, or you know people with such skills and knowledge, please, write us an email at
Thank you in advance for your help!