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Looks Like Montreal Could Use Tutoring On Environmental Issues

By Hélène Montpetit

Is Montreal Really an Environmental Dunce?
Adopted in April 2016, the Charter for the Protection of Montreal’s Green Spaces and Natural Environments was signed by over 100 city planners, biologists, sociologists, economists, public health and social housing experts, as well as about 40 citizens groups. On April 20th, to mark its first anniversary, Forum Nature Montréal handed the City a Green Report Card. The final grade came out of a survey in which participants assessed Montreal’s performance on priority environmental issues such as the protection of natural environments and biodiversity, the reduction of urban sprawl and the accessibility of green spaces for all residents. How did the City fare? An overwhelming majority of respondents gave it a poor (D) or miserable (E) rate on all counts! Continue reading “Looks Like Montreal Could Use Tutoring On Environmental Issues”

Town Hall Meeting: Montrealers call for ambitious action at the Federal level

Montreal, May 26 2016 – More than 150 local residents, constituents, and community members packed an auditorium in Concordia University’s Hall building yesterday to demand bold action on climate change. The town hall meeting was hosted by Marc Miller, MP for Ville-Marie- Le Sud-Ouest- Ile-des-Soeurs as part of public consultation leading up to the drafting of Canada’s national climate strategy. Continue reading “Town Hall Meeting: Montrealers call for ambitious action at the Federal level”

Choice and Change: Hacking Carbon Neutral Solutions


On March 19, 2016, the Office de consultation publique de Montréal’s (OPCM) VertMTL hackathon gave creativity and entrepreneurship free reign as part of the city’s bid to reduce its carbon footprint. From measuring the environmental, social and economic impact of existing urban agriculture initiatives to long-term investments in education, by way of various transportation solutions, participants presented an impressive array of products and services, all carbon neutral life hacks that could significantly help the City reach its greenhouse gas emission reduction targets.
Continue reading “Choice and Change: Hacking Carbon Neutral Solutions”

Resilience and Transitioning To Fossil-Free Urban Environments: Montrealers Are On It!

by Hélène Montpetit

March 2, 2016 – The City of Montreal is consulting its citizens to get their suggestions as to how to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. As usual, the community has stepped up!

Click here to access a collection of briefs filed by community groups.

These documents are a great source of information and ideas for anyone interested in finding out more about resilience and transitioning to fossil-free living.

See briefs filed by Montreal community organisations on reducing greenhouse gas emission in the urban environment.
See briefs filed by Montreal community organisations on reducing greenhouse gas emission in the urban environment.

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Our Part, Our Power to Change

“The dilemma of modern life is to understand that there are not only consequences directly caused by what we do but also subtle and indirect effects that, when taken collectively, can cause havoc on the systems that sustain us.”

Ann Morrow, Upaya Environmental Chaplain, Zen Peacemaker Order

MtlVertMontrealers wishing to support the City’s transition to a more resilient state might consider supporting Ms Morrow’s brief in the context of the VertMontreal public consultations by filling out the online form here.


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