Open letter, Feb. 25, 2021
Open letter to the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal (CMM)
Re: City of Notre-Dame-de-l‘Île-Perrot
Funding request from the City for the Financial Assistance Program for projects contributing to the establishment of the Green and Blue grid in metropolitan territory - Phase II
The City of Notre-Dame-de-l'Île-Perrot (NDIP) intends, or has already undertaken, a canvassing with your organization in order to obtain funding for the development of a 75-hectare nature park project on the territory of the city.
As a citizen of NDIP since March 2002, I strongly oppose the allocation of this funding to the city. Here are some reasons why this project does not meet the eligibility conditions of this program managed by the CMM:
1) To be eligible, a project must, “integrate with reforestation activities aimed at increasing the area of forest cover.”
The facts: For 2021, NDIP has allocated five residential projects with a total construction of more than 100 houses over 50,000 square-feet of land. All these developments require clearcutting of forests and woods. At least one of these projects, already underway, saw the cutting of rare White oaks and the destruction of a natural habitat of tree frogs. Therefore, the nature park project presented by the city does not aim to increase the area of forest cover. Through their actions, the city has already made known its intentions: A dramatic reduction in this cover and aggressive residential development. This Nature Park project is just a veil hiding the environmental atrocities committed by this municipal administration in recent years.
Three other major residential projects, representing tens of thousands of square feet of forests and woodlands and a financial envelope of over $30 million, are also awaiting approval from the various levels of government.
To this day, Mayor Danie Deschênes is still keen to move forward with all the residential projects mentioned above, despite the public discontent which is only increasing day by day.
2) In Article 3.1 - Objectives of the project
The facts: The city has already abandoned its priorities towards natural environments, creating major disturbances to the city's natural environments and has not yet provided a coherent plan to re-establish connectivity between natural environments. In fact, the city's forest cover is on the verge of extinction. The city has not presented anything concrete to the citizens that could lead us to believe that this project is commendable, relevant and of service to the citizens.
You should also know that the City of Notre-Dame-de-l 'Ile-Perrot already has three large parks on its territory, in addition to other smaller ones as well as four soccer fields, serving a small population of a little more than 11,200 inhabitants.
• The Parc des Éperviers
• The Parc des Mésanges
• The Parc de la Pointe-du-Moulin, a huge Historical Park located on the shores of Lac Saint-Louis.
The total area of these parks exceeds several hectares in area.
This Nature Park project would therefore only be added to an already well-stocked list for such a small municipality. It could also result in an increase in municipal taxes, despite the statements of Mayor Deschênes. In addition, townspeople would prefer to keep their current forests and woodlands intact and teach their children and grandchildren the benefits of environmental conservation. We do not need another park project for this administration to teach us a lesson on the environment as it abandons us from our forests and woodlands.
In order to shed light on the destruction of the environmental heritage of Notre-Dame-de-l’Île-Perrot perpetrated by the municipal administration, I invite you to visit us. It would be my pleasure to accompany you and make you witnesses of the devastating construction projects of the city and convince you of the unfounded request for funding from this municipal administration.
Until then, I remain yours.