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This Montreal Borough Is Saying "F*ck You" To Fast Food

Even though you might crave a Big Mac or a Whopper every now and again (or a lot more often than you'd like), no fast food-lover can deny that the quick-to-order-and-eat grub is straight up unhealthy. No amount of clever advertisement or wording (e.g. 100% Canadian Beef!) can disprove the fact that fast food is very bad for your health.

And yet, people still flock to fast food restaurants like McDonald's every single day, in Montreal and across the continent. The result is an unhealthy population that is programmed to eat poorly.

To counteract this harmful path of poor dietary health, one Montreal borough is putting its foot down, and is the first to do so in the city's history.

As of 2016, Côte-des-Neiges-Notre-Dame-de-Grâce will enforce a limit on fast food restaurants in the borough, all part of a new healthy living initiative enacted by the borough's leaders.

In fact, fast food joins will only be allowed in three specific areas, according to Metro, which are:

  • Decarie, from Queen Mary to Vézina
  • Saint-Jacques, between Benny and West Broadway
  • Plaza Côte-des-Neiges

There will be some guidelines as to what will be defined as "fast food" eateries under the new plan. Any spot that lacks a waiter/table service and serves a majority of their meals in containers will be prohibited, but coffee fiends worry not, cafes (e.g. Starbucks) won't fall under the fast food flag.

The borough's new healthy living initiative isn't solely directed at fast food, however, as the regulation on greasy-eats is only one part of a larger plan with many different aspects.

Outlined on CDN—NDG's city webpage, here are other ways in which the borough will aim to improve the health of residents:

Doubling the amount of bicycle parking spots in all new construction projects to promote cycling.

Reducing the amount of residential car spots within 500 metres of the metro to encourage alternative transportation options.

Limiting the amount of drive-thru spots in the borough in an effort to reduce driving overall.

Introducing car pool parking spots (that will replace regular parking zones) to encourage residents to drive less/only when needed.

Opening more fitness centers in various areas to promote physical activity.

Creating more access to fresh food by opening community gardens, health food stores, and seasonal markets.

Encouraging vendors to sell more fruits and vegetables by giving more commercial space if they do (e.g. deps)

Doubling the number of trees on residential properties

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