Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante wants to build one of the largest urban parks in Canada, in the West Island of Montreal. The “Grand Parc de l’Ouest” project would span over 3000 hectares, of which 1600 hectares would become a newly protected area.
The park plan would link Île-Bizard to Cap St-Jacques through the Morgan Arboretum, the Bois-de-la-Roche agricultural park and l’Anse-à-l’Orme park. The Mayor’s plan goes as far as to include an organic vegetable farm, bicycle trails and a river shuttle to connect Île-Bizard to Pierrefonds.
The proposed land for the park has an obstacle to face – the land around the l’Anse-à-l’Orme area, as envisioned by Mayor Plante’s plan, is currently being reviewed for a development project by Les Immeubles l’Équerre. The development plan would include 5000 to 6000 residences on 185 hectares of the l’Anse-à-l’Orme area.
Other items on the developer’s proposal include the construction of a boulevard, shops and schools. The plan was originally proposed in 2015. The developers argue that the project would generate both revenue and employment, a feat that cannot be overlooked with the growing housing crisis in Montréal. They believe it would be one suitable solution to the shortage of affordable housing available in the cities core.
This year alone, the Island of Montreal saw the largest migration of families — some 23,000 people — who left the Island in search of affordable homes in suburbs. This was the largest migration to areas outside the core of Montreal since 2009-2010.
In response to the concerns of environmental groups, the developers have stated they will ensure the area is developed and buildings constructed in a way that respects the area’s biodiversity.
Following last week’s article, “DDO resident overwhelmed after a Hydro box explodes,” Hydro Quebec explained its procedure when underground cable wires malfunction.
Magdi Sorial the President of Clarity Management Group, which oversees the Woodside condo unit, explained that in December 2018, a Hydro box exploded causing a condominium’s cable wire to malfunction. This led to the condo resident losing power and electricity in their home.
The following day, Hydro was on site and installed a temporary wire that ran above ground, and a temporary security fence around those wires.
In January, Sorial and the condominium resident were notified that they had to pay to bury the wire underground.
“We don’t feel that this is fair because we were not responsible for the explosion, or [malfunction] of the Hydro box,” said Sorial. He claims that this is a failure of Hydro’s equipment, and that the explosion had caused the wires to fail.
However, Hydro Quebec responded that, “when the customer’s residence in Dollard-des-Ormeaux was built, the power system was […] directly buried in the ground.”
According to Hydro, “The [residents] service entrance cable, which connects the home to Hydro-Québec’s power distribution system, was also directly buried in the ground,” and belongs to the homeowner.
Jean-Philippe Rousseau a spokesperson for Hydro Quebec explained that the outage was caused by a failure in the customer’s service entrance cable.
On Dec 22. “Hydro-Québec crews arrived on site and connected the customer’s home to the power system using temporary cables that ran along the ground. Security fences were also installed.” Rousseau said in an email.
In January 2019, the Woodside resident received a letter from Hydro-Quebec notifying them that they must have a “master electrician carry out the necessary work to make his electrical installation compliant,” said Hydro. This means that they are responsible for having a conduit buried underground.
“Hydro-Québec would then run a new service entrance cable through the conduit to restore the customer’s permanent connection.” Rousseau added that, “Once the customer completes the work, Hydro-Québec will supply, at no charge, the service entrance cable between the customer’s home and the distribution system.” The customer’s electricity supply will then be restored permanently, he said.
Hydro explains that its procedure is similar to that of an aqueduct system. If there is a failure of the water intake a home, then it is the homeowners responsibility to repair its own pipe, that connects to the city’s drinking water system, to receive filtered water.