The city is getting yet another new park. On Thursday, Mayor Valérie Plante and Robert Beaudry, the executive committee member responsible for housing, real estate strategy, major parks, and Parc Jean-Drapeau "[announced] the official boundaries of the Parc de l'écoterritoire de la falaise," in a press release. The new Montreal park, which will extend from the Saint-Jacques Escarpment south of rue St-Jacques to rue Notre-Dame between the boroughs of CDN-NDG and the Sud-Ouest, "will total nearly 60 hectares" — roughly five times the size of the 10.8-hectare Laurier Park in the Plateau.
The press release promises "wooded areas, wetlands, and grassland areas to promote biodiversity."
"More than ever, we see the importance of being able to offer Montrealers green spaces as places to escape and be in contact with nature," the mayor said.
"This new milestone that we are setting today brings us closer to the creation of another great park in Montreal."
Part of the park will convert a former rail yard into public space, "[improving] air quality and stormwater management in the city, as well as [creating] a new canopy and reduce heat islands."
"The creation of this new park is part of the City of Montreal's efforts to protect the natural environments on its territory."
The City's website page for the Escarpment explains that a number of species, including migratory birds and the threatened brown snake, already make use of the area.
The Turcot Interchange project first presented opportunities for the redevelopment of the area.
"The new challenge represented by the Parc de l'écoterritoire de la falaise will allow us to innovate by renaturalizing an area that was previously inaccessible and highly mineralized," Robert Beaudry stated.
The other major ongoing park project on the Island of Montreal is the creation of the Grand Parc de l'Ouest, which will combine a number of existing natural spaces, flood land, and areas previously slated for development.
Political leaders in Quebec have spoken out about the shooting in Montreal on Monday, August 2. Three people were killed and two others were injured.
Premier François Legault and Minister of Public Security and Deputy Premier Geneviève Guilbault both referred to the incident as "worrying," while Mayor Valérie Plante added that "gun violence must stop."
Une enquête est en cours sur les événements d'hier à Rivière-des-Prairies. Que des fusillades surviennent chez nous… https://t.co/0DXKVMsA7B
In a tweet on Tuesday morning, Premier François Legault reacted to the shooting. He wrote, "an investigation is underway into yesterday's events in Rivière-des-Prairies. It is disturbing and worrying that shootings are happening in our area. My condolences to the relatives of the victims. We are going to protect Montrealers and Quebecers."
Geneviève Guilbault also added to the conversation in a tweet that said, "we offer our condolences to the loved ones of the victims of the shooting in Montreal yesterday. Recent events are worrying. We have invested significant sums in the fight against violence and our teams of @secpubliqueqc continue to work with our partners."
The mayor of Montreal, Valérie Plante, spoke out about the matter. She tweeted, "like the people of Montreal, I am shocked by yesterday's shooting in RDP. Gun violence must stop. The safety of Montrealers is an unconditional priority. Our team is fully mobilized and works with the @SPVM to find the culprits."
The investigation remains ongoing.
This article's cover photo was used for illustrative purposes only.
Can't make it to the Bas Saint-Laurent this summer? No problem. The city's latest culinary catch, Pincette, is landing in Old Montreal.
Led by Chef Khelil Ben Ammar formerly of Nelligan and Su, and "inspired by Montreal's vibrant culinary scene," the new Montreal lobster bar aims to "bring the East Coast experience to Montreal," according to a press release shared with MTL Blog.
The décor sets the scene. The dining room evokes an elevated lobster shack with a "chic Montreal-European vibe." It even has charming lobster trap light fixtures.
Among the mouthwatering menu items are lobster mac n' cheese, a lobster roll, lobster poutine and a lobster club sandwich, as well as many other seafood treats and dishes (gotta highlight the cod fritters!).