Environmental enthusiasts clean up Ste. Anne shoreline

Anthony Abbondanza
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Volunteers cleaned up the Ste. Anne shoreline of garbage Saturday afternoon.

Dozens of people descended upon the Ste. Anne de Bellevue shoreline Saturday afternoon in a major cleanup effort.

The group cleaned the shoreline, from John Abbott College to the Ste. Anne canal, of garbage, that according to organizer James Maynard, is the result of a long winter.

“Lots of garbage accumulates at the edge of the shore,” he said.

The former Green Party candidate for the Jacques Cartier riding in the last provincial election in April, along with helpful children and their parents braved the hot, humid weather –garbage bags and all.

But it was worth it.

“I love the community and we really wanted to do something for the community and clean up the shore,” Maynard said.

Events like the shoreline cleanup have the full support of the municipality, regarded as one of Montreal’s favourite summer destinations. The city devotes a relatively large ‘environment’ section on its website, promoting several green projects, including its famous ‘A Birth, a Tree’ program.

In 2010, Ste. Anne was also declared the first fair trade town in the West Island, becoming the 13th city in Canada with the rare designation.

And the ‘green’ record hasn’t gone unnoticed.

“It’s a town that’s really proud of its community and its environment. Having a shoreline that’s cluttered with garbage is not in keeping with that.  We do draw a lot of tourists in the warm season and that just helps to promote it if we’re clean, healthy city,” said Maynard.

Organizations: John Abbott College, Green Party

Geographic location: Jacques Cartier, Montreal, West Island Canada

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