Urban plan sparks outrage in Ste. Anne
More than 150 angry Ste. Anne de Bellevue residents gathered for a public consultation on May 26 on the city's urban plan in the northern sector of town. The plan which was set to add up to 4,500 residents to a current population of 1,500 in the city's northern sector did not resonate well with citizens who grilled city officials present with questions for three-and-a-half hours.
Oil spill confounds borough officials
Fifty litres of an oily substance were dumped in a manhole at the bottom of 5th Avenue North in Roxboro on May 22. The substance was pumped out of the nearby Roxboro Island park where it dispersed but borough officials still had no clue what the substance was two weeks later.
No more taxes for Angell Woods landowners
The Tribunal Administratif du Québec ruled two large Angell Woods lots held by private developers have fallen out of the commercial market conserving only nominal value of $1. The two lots total over five million square feet, making up the vast majority of the Angell Woods territory in Beaconsfield. From that point on, owners would not have to pay taxes on these lands although the lots kept their market value. Should the owners decide to sell the lands, they would receive market value for them.
Traffic prompts petition over safety concerns in West Pierrefonds
Residents of Heritage sur le Lac neighbourhood in western Pierrefonds banded together to present a petition to the Pierrefonds-Roxboro council on June 4 about the high volume of speeding traffic using their neighbourhood as a thoroughfare. They gathered 87 signatures and complained that their neighbourhood was being used as a shortcut by drivers bringing their children to Collège Charlemagne located on Gouin Boulevard, just west of the area. Mayor Monique Worth told the group the borough's traffic-sign committee would look into the issue.
Lakeshore General Hospital Foundation raises over $88,000 with 'duck race'
The Lakeshore General Hospital Foundation held its annual charity duck race at Valois pool in Pointe Claire on June 16 in a bid to raise money to raise money to buy new equipment for the hospital. Throughout the months of April, May and June, the foundation sold around 5,000 ducks for $10 apiece that were released in the pool for the traditional 'duck race.'
Toilet costs stir controversy in Ste. Anne
On June 11, nearly 40 Ste. Anne de Bellevue residents expressed their dissatisfaction with the council's decision to build a new public toilet on the town's boardwalk and to demolish the old one – an operation carrying a $200,000 price tag. The council's decision was a split one with councillors Paola Hawa and Ryan Young voting against it while Jay Van Wagner, Gerry Lavigne, James Anderson and Michel Bouassaly voted in favour.