Cote St. Luc asks Ottawa to make land near Trudeau airport a nationwide metropolis park

Cote St. Luc is demanding the federal authorities step in to help protect one in every of many metropolis’s most important inexperienced areas — and it wishes totally different communities throughout the Montreal area to adjust to swimsuit.

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

Consistent with David Fletcher, vice-president of the conservation group Inexperienced Coalition, it’s a rich ecosystem that’s home to a plethora of crops and animals.

“Whether it is left alone — or greater however, whether it is helped alongside — this will develop to be even greater,” he suggested CTV Data on Saturday. “It’s a web site with monumental potential.”

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

To protect this ecosystem, Cote St. Luc Mayor Mitchell Brownstein wishes Ottawa to utilize its jurisdiction over the land to “halt all and any development” there.

He talked about the council is asking totally different majors to make the equivalent request.

“We’re pushing for all majors from all through the island of Montreal to go associated resolutions so that the federal authorities of Canada will act and defend this space,” he talked about.

Fletcher talked about a collaborative effort is the one resolution to acquire this.

“We would like all of the avid gamers, the political avid gamers on Montreal island, to be doing the equal.”


The knowledge comes only a few weeks after a topic of shrubs, flowers and milkweed crops on the situation was mowed, prompting outrage from conservationists.

Chatting with CTV Data earlier this month, the conservation group Technoparc Oiseaux referred to the realm as “Monarch fields,” claiming it was home to Monarch butterflies along with diverse species of birds, snakes, mice, shrews, and bugs.

Sooner than and after footage of the Monarch Fields throughout the Dorval Technoparc the place a conservation group says 1000’s of milkweed crops had been scale back all through nesting season. SOURCE: Technoparc Oiseaux

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

“Sadly, throughout the remaining weeks, the ADM mowed the butterfly fields and damaged 19 hectares of habitat which is the same as 2 M sq. ft or 35 soccer fields,” reads a press launch from city. “This extra added to the threats of fragmentation and destruction of your entire 215-hectare ecosystem.”

ADM did not reply to a request for comment Saturday. However, in a press launch despatched to CTV Data in early July, ADM talked about the patch does not have the attributes of a “essential habitat.”

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

ADM talked about the lands had been mowed as part of “repairs operations,” together with that there’s a “low presence of milkweed” in that precise area — milkweed being the one actual meals provide for Monarch caterpillars and the place the place butterflies lay their eggs.

Whereas the ADM denied the ecological significance of this particular patch of land, they acknowledged the value of lands previous it, pointing to its establishment 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 greater defend its environments,” the assertion continued.

ADM talked about a lot of areas contained in the Des Sources park are dedicated to Monarch butterflies.


Advocates nonetheless want additional preservation efforts from bigger up — and Brownstein believes the establishment of a federally-protected park is the simplest methodology.

“The federal land north of the airport on the Technoparc and Golf Dorval— along with the Monarch butterfly fields— are an excellent location for such an metropolis park,” he talked about.

In 2021, Ottawa invested $130 million proper right into a program at making a group of nationwide metropolis parks all through Canada.

The aim is to find out a nationwide metropolis park in every province and territory by 2030.

With data from CTV’s Daniel Rowe.