If you want to participate in the public consultations about the Wanklyn development next week, you must make an appointment with Gilles Vézina at (514) 872-8510 today or tomorrow.
The hearings will be held next Tuesday night, October 13 beginning at 7 p.m. at the Sofia reception centre, 420 Avenue Lafleur in LaSalle.
Vézina says that submissions in English are welcome, so please do so. Although residents who participated in the information session on September 15 who asked questions in English were given answers in French, the commissioners are capable of understanding English presentations.
The Wanklyn project is a residential development to take place on the old TransContinental printing plant property and adjacent lands. The entire project concerns 47,139 square metres between Cherry Lane, Jean-Milot, Wanklyn and Highway 138.
The owner, The Fonds immobilier de solidarité FTQ, proposes to build 786 units and a park on the site, including 119 units for people with low and moderate incomes, 230 units for first-time buyers who need government assistance to purchase a condo, and 437 rentals, condos and/or seniors’ units.
The hearings are the second step in a consultation led by Montreal’s public consultation office (Office de consultation publique de Montreal or OCPM).
Three commissioners will hear submissions: Bruno Bergeron, who participated in developing the Vincent d’Indy de Boucherville Park; Arlindo Vieira, who was behind a report about the under-representation of minorities in the public service when he led the Conseil des relations interculturelles; and Luba Serge, a specialist in analyzing social housing.
Submissions about the project from the developer and the borough of LaSalle are located at http://ocpm.qc.ca/ilot-wanklyn. Borough submissions a copy of the borough’s zoning, architectural bylaws and housing strategy; a copy of Montreal’s master urban plan and a copy of the regional agglomeration master development plan.
Despite the obvious link between this development and that of the agglomeration, the OCPM is also hearing submissions about the agglomeration development plan Tuesday night at 7 p.m.
Anyone interested in both developments must pick the one they care about most, something that particularly frustrates Sonja Susnjar, the activist who ensured that citizens knew how to reject two previous Wanklyn proposals for development in 2011 and 2012.
Everyone who lives in this enclave knows that expansive development in this area will lead to more gridlock than we already have,” said Susnjar. “There are no active transportation options in this area. I once tried to get to NDG by public transport and it took two and a half hours. If local citizens have a real say, this project won’t happen.”
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Three community groups and the local IGA have teamed up to collect food for the HOPE (Helping Other People Effectively) Food Bank in the St. John Brebeuf Church, 7777 George Street in LaSalle.
This is the fifth year in a row that the event has taken place.
Volunteers with St. John Brebeuf, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the LaSalle Knights of Columbus will be going door to door this Saturday (September 12) to ask for non-perishable goods from 10 a.m. until noon.
Residents who won’t be home, but would like to contribute are asked to leave their cans and other foods in a paper bag on their porch prior to 10 a.m.
The group also welcomes additional volunteers and drivers. Anyone who has the time and inclination to participate is asked to arrive at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints building, 7110 Newman Blvd. in LaSalle by 9:00 a.m. on September 12th.
For further information, the group has a Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1029744850372098/.
This month, Montreal’s public consultation office (Office de consultation publique de Montreal or OCPM) begins holding hearings into the residential project to be constructed on a 47,139-square-metre triangular property between Cherry Lane, Jean-Milot, Wanklyn and Highway 138 in LaSalle.
The owner, The Fonds immobilier de solidarité FTQ, prop
oses to build 786 units and a park on the site, including 119 units for people with low and moderate incomes, 230 units for first-time buyers who need government assistance to purchase a condo, and 437 rentals, condos and/or seniors’ units.
The office will hold an information session about the project on Tuesday, September 15 at 7 p.m. at the Sofia reception centre, 420 Avenue Lafleur in LaSalle.
Three commissioners have been appointed to conduct the consultations. They are: Bruno Bergeron, who participated in developing the Vincent d’Indy de Boucherville Park; Arlindo Vieira, who was behind a report about the under-representation of minorities in the public service when he led the Conseil des relations interculturelles; and Luba Serge, a specialist in analyzing social housing.
Anyone who wants to submit comments or recommendations about the project will be able to do so on Tuesday, October 13 in the same location at 7 p.m. To do so, however, they must make an appointment with Gilles Vézina at (514) 872-8510 prior to, or on, October 8.
Several LaSalle residents will probably participate in the hearings. The current project is essentially the same as one rejected by local citizens in 2012 due to concerns about traffic, parking, snow-clearing and noise. The developer submitted several reports about these issues to commissioners.
The borough of LaSalle also submitted its own reports about the project, including a copy of the borough’s zoning, architectural bylaws and housing strategy; a copy of Montreal’s master urban plan and a copy of the regional agglomeration master development plan.
Ironically, the OCPM is holding hearings into Montreal’s regional development plan on the same evening (October 13) as their Wanklyn consultation. Anyone who wants to present a brief about Wanklyn will not be able to follow or participate in hearings about the overall regional plan.
The Labatt Brewery in LaSalle was one of six Montreal companies to test their emergency sirens this afternoon. I’m too far away to hear them, but if anyone else did, I’d love to know what happened.
The tests are designed to train people to protect themselves from explosions and possible toxic gas exposure. When emergency sirens go off, anyone who hears them should take shelter in the closest building to their location and close all windows, doors and exterior ventilation systems.
Also, a reader mentioned that I forgot to publish my report on the May borough council in LaSalle here. The following report appeared in the May 20th City edition of the Suburban on page 9. So, here it is. (Note LaSalle’s borough meeting for June did indeed take place last Monday. I’ll publish my report about that meeting next Monday.)
LaSalle borough councillors approved or changed four large residential development projects—Wanklyn Island, Bois-des-Caryers, Bobois and Bouvier/Schevchenko—at their regular meeting Monday May 4. They also accepted payments to maintain parks from the developers of other large projects on Allion and LaSalle.
Wanklyn was the most controversial topic of the evening, followed closely by the council’s refusal to allow web diffusion of meetings. Residents also asked about a wall to protect them from noisy highway construction, late garbage pick-up and snow-clearing.
Throughout the evening, several people raised their voices, interrupted each other and heckled as Mayor Manon Barbe received and answered questions.
Wanklyn concerns a 47,139-square-metre triangular property between Cherry Lane, Jean-Milot, Wanklyn and Highway 138. The owner, The Fonds immobilier de solidarité FTQ, proposes to build 786 units and a park on the site, including 119 units for people with low and moderate incomes, 230 units for first-time buyers who need government assistance to purchase a condo, and 437 rentals, condos and/or seniors’ units.
This is essentially the same project that was already rejected by local citizens in 2012. (See my previous stories: referendum-or-revision-for-wanklyn-project, lasalle-borough-approves-wanklyn-vote, borough-sets-june-21-for-register-about-wanklyn-island-zone-changes, and merlin-immobilier-lowers-height-of-buildings-in-proposed-wanklyn-project).
Citizens, notably Sonja Susnjar, are asking why a local referendum isn’t being held now.
Instead, the borough of LaSalle has referred the development to City of Montreal councillors so that they can refer the project to the Office de consultation publique de Montreal (OCPM).
The Wanklyn project concerns all LaSalle residents and all LaSalle residents should have a say about what will happen,” said Mayor Manon Barbe in her remarks at the beginning of the meeting. “It will be better to have the consultation of residents conducted by an independent, credible organization specializing in urban planning and land-use planning—an organization consisting of no elected representatives or municipal officers.”
Monique Vallée asked the mayor to explain why the first page of the proposal outline referred to a larger vision of the entire Quartier de la Gare region.
What is this larger vision?” she asked.
There is no larger vision,” said Barbe, raising her voice. “This is the entire project for the Ilot Wanklyn.”
Sonja Susnjar, who led the citizens’ campaign against the project in 2012, lost her composure as Mayor Barbe denied additional development near the train station. Susnjar and her neighbours already face traffic jams in their area, particularly on Friday nights. She worries that large-scale development in the region will make those challenges even worse. She also worries about parking, snow-clearing and noise.
You spoke about 2,000 units in the area with a La Press reporter in 2011,” she said loudly. “There’s a map showing that bigger plan on the wall. Or at least there used to be. Is it still there?”
Barbe continued to express that the only development now under discussion is the Wanklyn project.
Francisco Moreno was supposed to be the final questioner of the evening. He had planned to ask about new construction, but instead kept criticizing the Mayor for refusing to accept web diffusion.
The Mayor ended the meeting instead of arguing with him.
On Saturday May 2, 23 veterans from World War II were brought from Ste. Anne’s Hospital to the Legion Hall in LaSalle for dancing and a lunch of corned beef, boiled potatoes and cabbage, just as they’ve been doing every year since 1975.
The tradition started in the 60’s after the women’s auxiliary from Royal Canadian Legion Branch 212 began visiting veterans they knew from LaSalle.
We started visiting and we noticed that some veterans didn’t have family or anyone to visit them,” said long-time member Trixie Sullivan. “We adopted two wards of veterans to visit. At that time, we used to bring them cigarettes and candy, but now we bring fruit or cookies.”
With the help of other Legion members, the group prepares small gifts, hand-made Christmas ornaments and a visit by Mr. and Mrs. Claus for the veterans.
Mary Snell and Winnie Kormack spoke about how important it was for them to make sure that the veterans who fought were treated well when they got home. Their efforts have always been personal, because they had family members who served.
I was 14 when the war started,” said Kormack. “I had two brothers in the Navy. My husband was in the Navy.”
My dad was in both wars and my brother was in the Navy,” said Snell. “My husband was in the Air Force. We used to call them the glamour boys.”
At first, visiting the veterans in Ste. Anne’s was shocking, said Sullivan. The wards the women adopted were in the diabetes wing, and several soldiers had lost limbs to the disease.
Over the years, visiting the veterans became much more than a duty and friendships were forged. As time went by, the women thought it might be helpful to bring the veterans back to visit their Branch. Those conversations led to the annual lunch, which has been going on since 1975.
Many of the women have since retired from the job, but most of them received awards for years of dedication, as did those who continue to serve. Vera Sherlock, who continues to arrange visits to Ste. Anne’s, received a plaque. Bernice Mungham and Nancy Chapman were presented with certificates for 40 years of service. Russell Belware, Paul Bienvenu, Carolyn Burke, Nancy Chapman, Avril Deul, Madeleine Esperance, Barbara Hastings, Bob Jennings, Ed Jones, Noreen Keenan, Jenny Kovak, Kathy McLeod and Carole Moore also received certificates for their volunteer efforts.
Barbara Hastings, who provided the names of volunteers, worried that she missed some important people.
I had some records, but the others were done by memory,” she said. “If I forgot someone important, I hope they’ll understand.”
Dominion Command Vice-president Thomas Irvine, Quebec Provincial Command President Norman Shelton, and Quebec Provincial Command Secretary Paulette Cook came to the lunch to thank the veterans and Legion volunteers for a job well done.
Members of the Montreal police, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and LaSalle Cadet Branch 796 came too, as did local politicians. Federal MP Helene Leblanc distributed volunteer certificates and LaSalle borough mayor Manon Barbe helped cadets serve veterans their dinner.
Singers Maddy and Doug sang old-time favourites like “red roses for a blue lady.”
A bagpipe band led by pipe major Sacha Mathew with Debbie Johnstone, Brandon Bernstein, Jean-Pierre Bourget and Olivier Dalphond played several tunes, including “Bonnie Dundee,” “Steamboat,” the “Liberton Boys Polka” and “Amazing Grace.”
Highland dancer Wendy Johnstone performed to “Louden’s Bonnie Woods and Braes” and the “Orange and Blue.”
LaSalle Branch 212 member Russell Belware, known to the pipers as Spike, joined in as drummer.
Moe Chapman served as master of ceremonies and Barbara Hastings kept everything running smoothly.
The event lasted from 11 a.m. until after 3 p.m.b