Cote St. Luc asks Ottawa to make land close to Trudeau airport a nationwide city park

Cote St. Luc is demanding the federal authorities step in to assist shield one of many metropolis’s main inexperienced areas — and it desires different communities within the Montreal space to comply with swimsuit.

On Monday, Cote St. Luc’s municipal council adopted a unanimous decision calling for the lands north of the Pierre Elliot Trudeau airport to be became a nationwide city park.

In keeping with David Fletcher, vice-president of the conservation group Inexperienced Coalition, it is a wealthy ecosystem that is house to a plethora of crops and animals.

“If it is left alone — or higher but, if it is helped alongside — this can grow to be even higher,” he advised CTV Information on Saturday. “It is a website with monumental potential.”

The 215-hectare area is owned by the Canadian authorities, however is leased to Aeroports de Montreal (ADM).

To guard this ecosystem, Cote St. Luc Mayor Mitchell Brownstein desires Ottawa to make use of its jurisdiction over the land to “halt all and any growth” there.

He mentioned the council is asking different majors to make the identical request.

“We’re pushing for all majors from throughout the island of Montreal to go related resolutions in order that the federal government of Canada will act and protect this area,” he mentioned.

Fletcher mentioned a collaborative effort is the one solution to obtain this.

“We want all the gamers, the political gamers on Montreal island, to be doing the equal.”


The information comes just a few weeks after a subject of shrubs, flowers and milkweed crops on the location was mowed, prompting outrage from conservationists.

Chatting with CTV Information earlier this month, the conservation group Technoparc Oiseaux referred to the realm as “Monarch fields,” claiming it was house to Monarch butterflies in addition to varied species of birds, snakes, mice, shrews, and bugs.

Earlier than and after pictures of the Monarch Fields within the Dorval Technoparc the place a conservation group says 1000’s of milkweed crops had been reduce throughout nesting season. SOURCE: Technoparc Oiseaux

The Cote St. Luc council cited the transferring of those fields in its attraction to the federal authorities.

“Sadly, within the final weeks, the ADM mowed the butterfly fields and broken 19 hectares of habitat which is equal to 2 M sq. ft or 35 soccer fields,” reads a press launch from town. “This additional added to the threats of fragmentation and destruction of the entire 215-hectare ecosystem.”

ADM didn’t reply to a request for remark Saturday. Nevertheless, in a press release despatched to CTV Information in early July, ADM mentioned the patch doesn’t have the attributes of a “crucial habitat.”

“No delicate species, delicate habitat or protected areas are current on this space,” the assertion reads.

ADM mentioned the lands had been mowed as a part of “upkeep operations,” including that there is a “low presence of milkweed” in that exact space — milkweed being the only real meals supply for Monarch caterpillars and the place the place butterflies lay their eggs.

Whereas the ADM denied the ecological significance of this specific patch of land, they acknowledged the worth of lands past it, pointing to its institution of the Des Sources Ecological Park in 2021.

“ADM Aéroports de Montréal is the one airport authority in Canada to have created an ecological park in an effort to higher protect its environments,” the assertion continued.

ADM mentioned a number of areas inside the Des Sources park are devoted to Monarch butterflies.


Advocates however need extra preservation efforts from larger up — and Brownstein believes the institution of a federally-protected park is the most effective method.

“The federal land north of the airport on the Technoparc and Golf Dorval— together with the Monarch butterfly fields— are a very good location for such an city park,” he mentioned.

In 2021, Ottawa invested $130 million right into a program at making a community of nationwide city parks throughout Canada.

The purpose is to determine a nationwide city park in each province and territory by 2030.

With information from CTV’s Daniel Rowe.