Vaudreuil-Dorion waiting to hear from Muslim group about plans for mosque


PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK

Vaudreuil-Dorion will decide at its next council meeting on November 2 whether it will hold a referendum to determine if the Islamic Cultural Centre on Harwood Blvd will be able to move from its current facility to a new location at 2400 Rue Saint-Antoine or whether they will abandon their plans to relocate.


The City of Vaudreuil-Dorion is awaiting word from the promoter and representatives from the Islamic Cultural Centre as to whether they want to proceed with their intention to relocate to a larger building or whether they will scrap their plans altogether.

Their decisions are needed for the city to determine whether it will proceed with the motions to hold an upcoming referendum that will decide the fate of the proposed new mosque that is planned for the site of the former Sunny’s Bar and Grill at 2400 Rue Saint-Antoine at the corner of Rue Chicoine.

Mayor Guy Pilon said enough signatures were collected in the registry against the project to proceed with a referendum. A minimum 59 signatures were needed but 157 people signed the registry.

Project could be scrapped

“This means that people have asked us to go ahead with a referendum,” Pilon told The Journal. “We have two weeks to decide whether we will go ahead with it or not. We will decide at the next council meeting on November 2 whether we will proceed with the referendum.”

The hiatus is to allow the developer of the project and the Islamic Cultural Centre members the opportunity to determine whether they want to carry on with the project under the current conditions.

If the parties involved in the project decide not to proceed with the project before the next council meeting, it will be scrapped and a referendum will not be held. If they decide to forge on, the date for the referendum will be set.

Possible referendum

“If the people who are involved in this project – the promoter and the Muslim community – decide not to go ahead, we will stop it now. If for any reason they decide to go right to the end and have a referendum, we will have the referendum just like we had for other projects. They have to make a decision, one way or the other,” Pilon added.

The mayor said there were two or three people who were instrumental in persuading area residents living near the proposed new Islamic Cultural Centre to sign the registry opposing the project. “I’m always surprised when there are a couple of citizens who can completely break a project that seems to be okay for a neighbourhood, but that’s part of the democratic process,” said Pilon.


PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK

Vaudreuil-Dorion has commissioned a mural to adorn a side wall of the former Dorion City Hall that will be painted by the same group who created the large fresco currently displayed on the city’s water tower on Harwood Blvd.


New mural

The city has commissioned a mural that will adorn the side wall of the former Dorion City Hall building at 190 Saint-Charles Ave. The building currently houses the city’s human resources department and hosts various community activities that are held in the basement.

The fresco will be painted by artist Monke from the ASHOP collective, the same group that created the large fresco that adorns the city’s water tower on Harwood Blvd which was officially inaugurated last summer.

Beautifying the city

“This is the second project we’re doing with ASHOP. I would eventually like to see more murals in Vaudreuil-Dorion. We’ll see how it goes. We’re doing this to make our city look more beautiful and more welcoming,” said Pilon.

The cost of the new mural is just under $28,000 and is expected to be completed before the start of winter.


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