New Vaudreuil-Dorion Islamic community centre will proceed as planned
By John Jantak
THE JOURNAL FILE PHOTO/JOHN JANTAK
In responding to residents’ queries about the Islamic cultural centre, currently located in a strip mall on Harwood Boulevard (pictured) but slated to move to the old Sunny’s Restaurant location, Vaudreuil-Dorion Mayor Guy Pilon reiterated the centre will only be used for non-religious purposes.
The issues regarding the new Islamic community centre and Muslim cemetery in Vaudreuil-Dorion were raised again during the first question period at the start of the bi-monthly council meeting on February 1 when two residents asked for a clarification regarding both subjects.
Mayor Guy Pilon stressed the two issues are not related. “The community centre is a municipal issue. The cemetery is a regional matter and the Communauté régionale de Montréal (CMM) and the provincial Commission de protection du territoire agricole Québec (CPTAQ) have a word to say about it,” said Pilon
The mayor adamantly reiterated that the new community centre will only be used for non-religious purposes. “There cannot be any type of religious celebrations. Parents will be able to use the centre to tutor their children in school subjects. They’ll be able to make meals to give out to the community and hold other types of non-religious events which are allowed. We have officially accepted their proposal,” said Mayor Guy Pilon.
The new cultural centre will be located at the former Sunny’s Bar and Grill on Rue St. Antoine. Their current facility is located in a small strip mall on Harwood Blvd.
The city is also in the process of resubmitting a request the CPTAQ to build a new Muslim cemetery on Route de Lotbinière. “We have to restart the process with the MRC de Vaudreuil-Soulanges before we can resubmit our plans,” said Pilon.
“Nothing in the original proposal has changed. If it is accepted by the CPTAQ this time, the CMM said they will not oppose the project and work will be able to begin. It’s exactly the same project that will be built in the same place,” added Pilon.
New municipal mobile library mini bus
Council announced the city will purchase a new minibus that will house a mobile library and be available for residents to use during its many community and cultural events that it hosts every year. The city will pay for half the cost of the vehicle with the balance being picked up by the provincial Ministry of Culture and Communications.
“It’s a new way to reach our population especially our youngest citizens. This way everyone will learn more about our city. It’s also another way to reach out to our residents. We will bring our bus to the people and we hope they will come to our bus,” said Pilon.
Work will be done on the banks of the Quinchien River at Place Charlemagne to stabilize the slopes of the riverbank and even out the water flow in order to keep hydro poles from sliding into the water. “It’s not a big job but it’s something that has to be done,” said Pilon.
The city had planned to do the stabilization work almost three years ago but faced opposition from area residents. Pilon lamented the fact that the work could have been done earlier and at a lower cost if it wasn’t opposed by the residents.