University of Saskatchewan to award Hayley Wickenheiser honorary degree

The University of Saskatchewan (U of S) announced it will celebrate Canadian hockey icon Hayley Wickenheiser, 38, by awarding her an honorary degree next month.

University officials said the five-time Olympic medallist’s impact as a mentor for female hockey players has helped develop the game dramatically across the country.



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    “Hayley Wickenheiser has been the face of women’s hockey for decades and a remarkable role model for young players from coast to coast,” U of S president Peter Stoicheff said in a press release.

    “Off the ice, Hayley has been a passionate advocate for youth in all sports, working with a wide variety of charities and community programs as well as fundraising for girls who couldn’t otherwise afford to play hockey.”

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    Wickenheiser grew up playing minor hockey in Shaunavon, Sask., before moving to Calgary with her family.

    At age 15 she made her international hockey debut and went on to play 23 seasons wearing the Maple Leaf before retiring as the all-time leading scorer in the history of the national women’s team with 168 goals in 276 career games.

    Additionally, Wickenheiser was a member of Team Canada when women’s hockey was first introduced as a medal sport in 1998 and served as flag bearer at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

    “It is really special, especially coming from the U of S,” Wickenheiser said.

    “My heart is, and always will be, in Saskatchewan. That is where my life was really shaped and I am grateful to be able to come there and receive an honorary degree and to be able to address the students.”

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    She will receive her honorary Doctor of Laws during a spring convocation ceremony on June 8 at Saskatoon’s TCU Place.

New Brunswick business owners concerned over increased WorkSafeNB premiums

Businesses owners in New Brunswick have seen WorkSafe New Brunswick insurance premiums increase by 33 per cent this year and it’s sparking concern with many companies within the province.


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In 2016, the premium was a rate of $1.11 per $100 of payroll. A year later, the average rate is $1.48 per $100 of payroll.

Urban Machinery Coporporation production manager Harald Kopp has 45 employees who work nine hour days.  He said he also works with local producers and suppliers and said the increase will raise costs across the board.

“WorkSafeNB is important, we know it, it’s important to have it here, it’s important for New Brunswick, but you cannot increase the rates, the basic rates, so significantly,” Kopp said.

Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters vice-president and SPARK executive director Joel Richardson said there needs to be a “stable, predictable and affordable workers compensation in New Brunswick .”

Richardson said businesses across the province have already faced a number of increased costs over the last several years, such as corporate taxes, payroll taxes, minimum wage, property taxes and HST.

“The more burden you add on employers and on entrepreneurs, the harder it is for them to be able to invest in their companies and for us to be able to attract investment and create jobs in this province,” Richardson said.

He said businesses of all sizes are impacted, and said many businesses are “struggling to keep people employed right now.”

“We’re trying to make sure that workers are protected through the worker’s compensation system, but at the same time that employers are not put into too much of a position that they can’t afford to be able to protect workers through the [program],” Richardson said.

Fredericton Chamber of Commerce CEO Krista Ross said the chamber is one of several in New Brunswick promoting a letter writing campaign.

“The chamber has spoken out on [the premium increase], we have talked to WorkSafe, we have talked to politicians, but we felt it was really important for businesses to express this to their elected officials,” Ross said.

Ross said business owners are encourages to write letters explaining how the increase will impact their business and they decisions they have to make based on the changes to their business.

“Businesses just can’t continue to absorb these increased costs and continue to keep people employed.  It’s not a matter of how much profit they’re putting in their pocket, it’s a matter of sustaining their businesses,” Ross said.

Richardson said if WorkSafeNB plans to increase the rate again for 2018, employers and manufacturers and business of all sizes will be calling on the provincial government to work with WorkSafeNB to “bring the rate down to a manageable level so it’s affordable by all companies in New Brunswick.”

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Premier Brian Gallant told reporters Tuesday he understands the right balance needs to be struck between protecting workers and ensuring that there continues to be economic growth in the province.

“For us, what’s important is to remain competitive here in New Brunswick so that jobs can be created and businesses can start and thrive, but also we want to make sure we strike the right balance and have people that are working have the protections that they need as well, ” Gallant said.  “So, we’re going to monitor what WorkSafeNB does and if we feel that there’s any issue that has to be dealt with and that’s in our capacity to be dealt with by us as a provincial government we will do so.”

Gallant said he hopes WorkSafeNB will “act prudently” when it comes to any rate increases.

WorkSafeNB Acting President and CEO Tim Petersen said in a phone interview he understands the concerns businesses have and said he realizes the pressure they’re facing in the province.

“I think we also have to also understand that there are concerns on the workers side as well and at the end of the day the solution in this lies in finding a system that is balanced and that’s going to involve some compromise from the employer and worker community,” Petersen said.

“The employers fund the system right, 100 per cent, and where we’ve seen costs going up that’s what’s lead to the increase in rates but it’s really the system, the system belongs to the workers and employers and they really need to really I think come together and strike a compromise, strike some balance.”

He said a stakeholder meeting was held on April 19, and said there will be several more taking place, including one in June.

Petersen said the purpose of the meeting was to get everyone to try to work together to “ensure that something is sustainable going forward.”

“We know that we don’t want to see their rates skyrocket, but on the other hand we’ve got to have a benefit package that is fair for the workers of the province.  So really the solution to this lies in working together and we’ve started doing that with that April meeting,” Petersen said.

Why the premium cost increase

According to Petersen, the last rate increase was in 2010, and since then it was going down until 2015.  He said the increase is related to policy changes.

“It’s not that necessarily that we’re seeing a huge increase in the the number of claims being filed, where we’re seeing an increase is in the number of claims that we’re accepting and there’s a very important difference,” Petersen said.  “Workplaces have not suddenly become unsafe.”

He said there have been “huge improvements” in workplaces.  He said the increase in premiums is related to the way claim decisions are made that result “in part from decisions of the workers compensation appeals tribunal.”

“Some of those changes have lead to significant increases in the number of accepted claims and an increase in the length of time people are on claims,” Petersen said.

“So people are not returning to work as quickly and when you have those two factors – you have those two factors kind of working in a downward direction.”

Petersen said it’s why the rate continually declined between 2010 and 2015 due to less money being needed to fund the system.

He said in late 2015, early 2016, the “trends” that caused the rate to decline are seeing a reversal. He said not only did it have an impact on 2017, with the rate increasing by 33 per cent, he said “if the trends continue in an upward direction,” the rate could increase significantly for 2018.

Over 15 cyclists sent flying in massive pile-up during NYC bike race

In moments, a cycling race in Brooklyn, New York quickly turned into chaos after a minor fall triggered a massive chain reaction pile-up, sending more than fifteen racers flying.

The women’s final of the Red Hook Crit was held Saturday night on a 1130 metre track in Brooklyn, New York. As with all criterium cycling races, the Red Hook Crit was held on a closed, confined track.

In this case, 60 riders competed in the 22-lap race in which all bikes are fixed-gear, and brakes are forbidden.

As you might imagine, this kind of race is quite dangerous for riders and can be a recipe for disaster in the wrong set of circumstances – as occurred Saturday night.



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    Just a few minutes into the race, one cyclist’s fall triggered a massive chain reaction, sending some fifteen fast-moving cyclists flying and skidding onto the pavement.

    According to Nine News, only one rider had to leave the competition to seek medical attention despite over a dozen being thrown forward from their bike.

    The Red Hook criterium is no stranger to big crashes. The 2016 version of the race featured a similar all-out crash between multiple racers as well.

    Luckily the race continued for all involved, allowing Colleen Guilick and runner-up Eleonore Saraivas to finish the race with times of 32 minutes, 21 seconds and 32 minutes, 22 seconds respectively.

Should you expose cheaters you find on dating apps? Experts weigh in

Anyone looking for love knows there’s nothing worse than finding a cheater on a dating app. But what if you know this unfaithful person or they’re in a relationship with your friend? Do you expose them?

Waterloo, Ont., dating coach Chantal Heide says cheating has become much easier with dating apps because they facilitate the leading factor that causes people to cheat — attraction.


“Swipe right if you’d sleep with them, swipe left if no. Cheaters play a numbers game, in essence playing to the laws of averages,” she tells Global News.

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“Apps make it very easy to reach out to numerous people in a short period of time, and the onus is on the person on the other end to do some vetting if honesty is an important criteria.”

Ceilidhe Wynn, an Ottawa-based matchmaker with Friend of a Friend Matchmaking, says it’s also about variety.

“It is really easy to go online and pick someone from a list of names and pictures,” she says. “Everyone also seems more anonymous, there’s a disconnect that makes [cheaters] feel like they won’t get caught or that they’re cheating.”

How cheaters function online

Heide says there are two types of cheaters on apps like Tinder and Bumble: those looking for  “hopeful” people and those who are just looking for sex.

“Hopeful” people want commitment and intimacy, but they also make easy targets for cheaters. These daters may believe what the cheater is saying is truthful, and end up having sex with them to create an intimate bond.

WATCH: How to navigate the world of online dating

And it’s really easy for those who fall into the latter category, in particular.

“The number one reason apps are the main tool for cheaters is convenience,” Heide explains. “In a few minutes they can be up and running, and finding someone who hopes that what they’re saying is the truth.”.

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If you catch a cheater

But as an outsider looking in, what should you do if you catch someone cheating on their partner online?

Heide says you should let the person who is being cheated on know as soon as possible.

“Cheating partners are already showing reckless behaviour, and they may be having unprotected sex and could ultimately infect their partners with an STI.”

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“The unknowing partner is at risk, and you’d be doing them a favour by alerting them to the fact that they’re potentially in danger,” she says.

In April 2016, a company even came out with a website that allowed you see if your partner was cheating on you on Tinder, Vanity Fair reports. Swipebuster allowed users to add in the first name, location and age of the potential cheater.

If you don’t want to get involved

Some people just don’t want to get involved, however, especially in someone else’s clearly complicated love life.

Wynn says sometimes people can also make assumptions and jump to conclusions about the “cheater.”

“What if this couple is an open relationship and you’re not close enough to know about it? It has to be on a case-by-case basis.”

In this case, Heide recommends setting up a fake e-mail account and reaching out anonymously.

“If you want your friend to know but don’t want to get dragged into their messy relationship problems, you can always create a fake e-mail account and send a link to the profile you discovered.”

Sometimes it’s better not to meddle

Wynn maintains that when it comes to cheating, it can often be better to avoid meddling with someone else’s relationship, especially if you don’t know them well.

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“At the end of the day, that’s a hard thing to hear and it would feel embarrassing. There’s almost no doubt the person is going to react negatively and probably towards you.”

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680 CJOB has been Winnipeg’s trusted source of information for over 70 years.  Our commitment to providing Winnipeg with accurate and timely information is unwavering.  We know our audience wants information at their fingertips and the new CJOB杭州桑拿 provides the information you have come to expect from CJOB in the digital environment.


When our parent company Corus Entertainment purchased in the spring of 2016, a plan was put in place to integrate our News Talk radio stations with Global News. This plan has brought together our newsrooms across the country, utilizing our television and radio personalities for expanded, in-depth coverage of the issues that matter most to Canadians.

We are happy to announce that the next step of this integration is now underway with the online experience for 680 CJOB being incorporated into the GlobalNews杭州龙凤 domain.

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GlobalNews杭州龙凤 has become one of the top news destinations in Canada and by combining forces with our fellow journalists across the country, 680 CJOB will now be able to serve the Winnipeg community better by dedicating our resources and focusing on the hyper-local issues that matter to you, our readers.

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Your Saskatchewan – Saskatoon: May 2017

Every day on Global News at 6 and Global News at 10, we feature a viewer submitted photo for Your Saskatchewan.

To submit a picture for Your Saskatchewan, email to [email protected]杭州龙凤.

Pictures should be at least 920 pixels wide and in jpeg format.

GALLERY: Your Saskatchewan – Saskatoon: April 2017

May 1: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Paige Ziprick near Borden.

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May 2: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Braden Ottenbreit at Narrow Hills Provincial Park.

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May 3: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Jennifer Stewart-McGillivary at Cumberland House.

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May 4: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Meghan Mickelson at Cranberry Flats.

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May 5: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Kim Gilbert near Consul.

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May 6: Stacie Misponas took this Your Saskatchewan photo on the English River First Nation.

Stacie Misponas / Viewer Submitted

May 7: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken near Kenaston by Leah Pople.

Leah Pople / Viewer Submitted

May 8: Alyssa Thunstrom took this Your Saskatchewan photo in Grasswood.

Alyssa Thunstrom / Viewer Submitted

May 9: This Saskatoon Your Saskatchewan photo was snapped by Marilyn Wiggins.

Marilyn Wiggins / Viewer Submitted

May 10: Elaine King from Saskatoon took this Your Saskatchewan photo.

Elaine King / Viewer Submitted

May 11: Albert Katsiris took this Your Saskatchewan photo of three bears at Battlefords Provincial Park.

Albert Katsiris / Viewer Submitted

May 12: This Your Saskatchewan photo of eleven goslings tucked under their mother’s wing was taken in Saskatoon by Helen Anderson.

Helen Anderson / Viewer Submitted

May 13: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Carol Neabel in Cochin.

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May 14: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Annette Wylie at Wakaw.

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May 15: Dennis Iron took this Your Saskatchewan photo at Canoe Lake.

Dennis Iron / Viewer Submitted

May 16: Xander Dreger took this Your Saskatchewan photo in Watrous.

Xander Dreger / Viewer Submitted

May 17: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Scot Muri near Hodgeville.

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May 18: Jordan Leis took this Your Saskatchewan photo near Perdue.

Jordan Leis / Viewer Submitted

May 19: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken in Hepburn by Tara Stadnyk.

Tara Stadnyk / Viewer Submitted

May 20: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Carol Neabel of a great horned owl at Battlefords Provincial Park.

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May 21: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Susan Sagen at Kenaston.

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May 22: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Darren in Lanigan.

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May 23: Tanya Callaway took this Your Saskatchewan photo at Beaver Creek.

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May 24: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken in Warman by Wendy Miller.

Wendy Miller / Viewer Submitted

May 25: Breyanne Parkinson took this Your Saskatchewan photo in Cando.

Breyanne Parkinson / Viewer Submitted

May 26: This Your Saskatchewan photo was snapped by Val Lins in Humboldt.

Val Lins / Viewer Submitted

May 27: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Patrick Therrien in Willow Bunch.

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May 28: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Marie Krystyna at Riding Mountain.

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May 30: This Saskatoon Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Jordan Leis.

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May 31: Aaron Suek took this Your Saskatchewan photo of a rare whooping crane with five sandhill cranes just west of Saskatoon.

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London and St. Thomas realtors claim record sales in April

With all eyes on the real estate markets in Ontario cities, the London and St. Thomas Association of Realtors is trumpeting April as a record month for home sales.

An announcement from LSTAR says 1,220 homes were sold in the month, marking an increase of 14.2 per cent over April of 2016.

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    “This represents the best results ever for April since LSTAR began tracking sales data in 1978,” the association said in a statement.

    The most significant increase was in condominium sales, which went up by more than 25 per cent since last year. The 971 detached home sales signified an uptick of 11.7 per cent over 2016.

    LSTAR’s president, Jim Smith, said this makes a continuation on what’s been a banner year for the organization with every month breaking previous records.

    “After the first four months, we’re about 25 per cent ahead in home sales compared to 2016,” said Smith. “It just shows how desirable the region is, when you consider affordability, accessibility and lifestyle. London and St. Thomas have so many features that make them an attractive destination to live, work, raise families and retire. We’ve got farm-to-table restaurants, London Knights hockey, big-name concerts and culture such as the North American Railway Hall of Fame, and the Grand Theatre.”

    In St. Thomas specifically, the average home price has increased by over nine per cent since March to $270,439 —; well behind the average London price of $347,062.

Mill Woods golf course seeks compensation for summer pipeline LRT work

The term “burning up the course” will take on new meaning this summer in Mill Woods. ATCO will be on site for a good chunk of the summer, burying deeper natural gas pipelines that need to be lowered because of Valley Line LRT construction.

At some point during the process there will be flaring.

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Joan Kirillo, the business manager with MCARFA, the not-for-profit agency that runs the course in partnership with the city, only found out late last week how extensive the job will be this summer.

“They’re not telling us enough information,” Kirillo told reporters after appearing before city council’s executive committee Tuesday.

“I’ve been working with the city on this since 2012 and I’ve always been told: there’s no relocation of the pipelines.”

“It wasn’t until somebody sent me an email about moving one of our gates that is on that area that they went, ‘Oh, by the way, the relocation is happening.’”

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City Coun. Mike Nickel was also shocked by the turn of events.

“I know so little about it, that’s my point. I’d like to know because I think my constituents would like to know exactly what they’re doing, when they’re doing it, what mitigation, if any, needs to be done.

“I mean, when you’re flaring a gas line in the middle of a city, wouldn’t you like to know? I would.”

Kirillo has asked for compensation from the Valley Line LRT project since work will begin this month, and she said the email from ATCO indicates the pipeline work will be between July 25 and Aug. 31. A pump house on the corner of the property at 66 Street needs to be moved, which also means pipelines have to be moved as well and buried deeper.

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“Those pipelines have to be lowered. My understanding from the pipeline companies [is that] they have to be lowered because of the vibrations of the train. So they’re lowering them under 66 Street which means directional drilling, which could be okay, but where they’re showing the dig sites it’s right on our No. 3 green, right beside it.”

She’s been told that compensation will be on a “case-by-case basis.”

“That’s a really good lawyer answer, isn’t it?” she said.

Staff at the course, at the height of golf season in the summer, numbers about 50, Kirillo said.

“As people who are employing people and running businesses to hear, ‘We don’t pay,’ that’s just a standard law answer. Good on them, but we won’t give up.”

“There are 80 golf courses within 20 minutes of Edmonton. If we don’t have a full facility that’s really run properly, people will just go somewhere else.”

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Nickel has asked questions before about performance measures from TransEd, the P-3 consortium building the Valley Line.

“P-3s only work well if there’s good communication between the partners and right now I’m not seeing it.”

Harjit Sajjan pulls out of fundraiser for Afghan vets amid credibility controversy

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan has bowed out of an annual fundraising event originally set up for veterans of the war in Afghanistan, an event whose main beneficiaries include military personnel returning from combat.

The embattled defence minister is, however, pressing ahead with a speech Wednesday to members of the Conference of Defence Associations Institute, billed by his department as an update on “the state of Canadian defence.”


Sajjan had been scheduled to speak at the 8th annual “To the ‘Stan and Back” event Tuesday, but founder Cheri Elliott said she was told a scheduling conflict had arisen and he would not be able to attend.

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“The official reason for his not being able to attend is he was asked to be elsewhere at the time. That is what I was told,” said Elliott, who is the mother of a serving Canadian Forces member.

The minister spoke at the same event last year, which raises money for service members as well as first responders dealing with PTSD and other psychological trauma.

Sajjan, a former soldier and veteran of the Afghan war, was back in question period Tuesday, where he again met sustained fire for having exaggerated his role in Operation Medusa, a key battle involving the Canadian Forces in Afghanistan in 2006.

READ MORE: Reality check: What Harjit Sajjan said about Operation Medusa vs. what really happened

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stood alongside his embattled defence minister as interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose picked up where she had left off, again calling for Sajjan’s resignation.

Ambrose accused Sajjan during question period of having embellished his military record for political gain, while Trudeau praised Sajjan’s “exemplary record” as a soldier, police officer and minister.

The prime minister also rebuffed NDP calls to open an inquiry into the treatment of detainees in Afghanistan, which Sajjan had earlier refused.

The partisan bickering on Tuesday extended beyond question period, as the Liberals pushed back a so-called opposition day that they had promised to the Conservatives for Thursday.

WATCH: Is Justin Trudeau hurting his own credibility by standing behind Harjit Sajjan?

Conservative House leader Candice Bergen accused the government of postponing the opposition day until next week to avoid a full day of questions about Sajjan’s comments and conduct.

Central to that would have been a non-binding motion the Tories say they intended to table and which would have seen MPs vote on whether they still had confidence in the defence minister.

“The minister of defence has to resign, and this is a motion that would have forced the prime minister and the minister of defence to address this,” Bergen said.

“It would have been all day on Thursday, and instead they’re running scared.”

WATCH: Tories demand Defence Minister Sajjan to step aside

Government House Leader Bardish Chagger, however, said the scheduled opposition day had to be postponed because more time was needed this week to debate a bill that would implement the budget.

“There’s a slight tweaking taking place in the calendar because we do need to debate certain pieces of legislation,” she said.

Meanwhile, a watchdog group that tracks military imposters says many veterans are still upset with Sajjan despite his apology Monday, but that Ambrose went too far in accusing him of “stolen valour.”

Projet Montréal wants to build city’s first urban national park in Pierrefonds

With public hearings starting Tuesday for the future of the Pierrefonds-West green space, it seems residential developers are up against environmentalists to decide the future of the land.

Now, a new suggestion has been added to the list.

Montreal’s official opposition proposed the creation of the city’s first urban national park, offering year-round recreational and touristic activities.



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    “The province of Quebec hasn’t created a national park in the Greater Montreal area for over 30 years,” said Projet Montréal Leader Valérie Plante.

    “Such an infrastructure would ensure the long-term preservation of this unique natural space in Montreal.”

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    The green space has been a hotly debated issue over the last few months.

    While environmentalists want the nature park left alone, development plans on the table include a 5,500 residence project built on a 185-hectare area.

    The borough sees it as a way to keep working families in Montreal.

    Pierrefonds-Roxboro Mayor Jim Beis backed the idea in March, saying “it was identified way back” that the land could be developed and that “it can be done responsibly.”

    Yet, not everyone on the Pierrefonds-Roxboro council agrees with the mayor.

    READ MORE: Hundreds protest at Montreal City Hall to save Pierrefonds green space

    Councillor Justine McIntyre said she is opposed to developing the park as the zoning bylaws will favour the developers in the end.

    In 2007, the borough made changes to the status of the agricultural land, despite recommendations from Montreal’s Office of Public Consultation (OCPM) to hold off on the decision.

    “Everything that used to be agricultural land in Pierrefonds West was dezoned and is now residential and this is why the game is stacked,” McIntyre said.

    Projet Montréal representatives explained they hope to win over environmentalists with the possibility of a national park.

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    “A new urban national park on the island would not only respond to a need, but would also send a strong signal in favour of the protection and preservation of our green spaces,” said Eric Alan Caldwell, the party’s urban planning spokesperson.

    He explained other national parks around Montreal like Oka, Îles-de-Boucherville, and Mont-Saint-Bruno are filled to capacity with over 1.7 million annual visits.

    The creation of a Pierrefonds-West national park would consolidate 16 square kilometres of territory, encompassing the Morgan Arboretum, the Bois-de-la-Roche Agricultural Park, l’Anse-à-l’Orme, and the Cap-Saint-Jacques Nature Park.

    The party’s leader said the area would almost be equivalent to Îles-de-Boucherville and Mont-Saint-Bruno combined.

    “It is up to us to protect them for future generations and to ensure that our families will continue to enjoy them in the years to come,” she said.

    “We want all Montrealers to benefit from these pristine natural areas.”

    Public hearings on the future of the land begin Tuesday, May 2 at 7 p.m. at Pierrefonds-Roxboro City Hall.

    Hearing Schedule

    All public hearings are taking place at Pierrefonds-Roxboro City Hall (13664 Pierrefonds Blvd.):

    May 2 – 7 p.m.May 8 – 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.May 9 – 7 p.m.May 10 – 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.May 11 – 1 p.m.May 15 – 1.p.m. and 7 p.m.

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