Archive for ◊ July, 2011 ◊

• Monday, July 18th, 2011

Hen House open to PublicIt is unlawful to keep chickens or raise them in a coop in the city of Montreal although it is legal in Westmount.

A new pilot project this summer in the Montreal borough of Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie will test community interest and acceptance towards letting everyone on the island have the ability to raise chickens in their backyards.

Source: CTV News

The city of Montreal outlawed chickens in 1966, part of the era’s trend against livestock within municipal boundaries.

While the law is still on the books, advocates are hoping a pilot project launched this summer in one borough could be the beginning of its undoing within the municipality.

“We had a lot of demand from residents, especially because it’s now allowed in other cities,” says Francois Croteau, mayor of the Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie borough.

The project announced last month means the borough will operate a hen house open to the public.

The original proposal was to permit residents to keep a few hens in their backyard if they had a large enough plot, but not everyone was in favour of the plan.

There were concerns backyard chickens would make too much noise and attract pests, such as rats.

“After one year (of considering) the regulations we found the first step would be a project that would focus on education and environment,” Croteau said of the project.

• Sunday, July 17th, 2011

Montreal West and Cote St. Luc are having a rain barrel sale! This is an amazing opportunity to buy a rain barrel at prices much lower than those in stores.

Rain barrels are an excellent way to save valuable rainwater for many summer activities such as watering plants or washing the car. While rainwater is not potable, it is perfectly good for these activities and prevents wasting potable water. With a rain barrel you will save money on your water bill, as well as do your part for the environment.

Rain barrels often are sold for at least 90 dollars, but we are selling ours for only 45 dollars for Montreal West or Cote St. Luc residents and 55 dollars for everyone else.

To purchase your rain barrel, go to the website, where you can order you rain barrel to be picked up on July 31st, 2011 at the Montreal West arena. You have the option of either paying online now with credit or debit card, or paying on the day of pickup with cash.

Thanks for doing your part!

Sydney Warshaw
Patrouille Verte
Montreal West
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• Wednesday, July 06th, 2011

Zurich street that is car freeMontreal has a choice to make: design itself to be a car-friendly American city, or a pedestrian, bike and bus friendly European city.

In the Plateau, where the debate over parking has been raging for several years between the Green party and store owners, both sides could learn from Europe.

The city of Zurich found that when cars were banned and the street was turned into a pedestrian zone with trams, foot traffic increased 30-40 percent, actually helping local business.

Source: New York Times

While American cities are synchronizing green lights to improve traffic flow and offering apps to help drivers find parking, many European cities are doing the opposite: creating environments openly hostile to cars. The methods vary, but the mission is clear — to make car use expensive and just plain miserable enough to tilt drivers toward more environmentally friendly modes of transportation.

Cities including Vienna to Munich and Copenhagen have closed vast swaths of streets to car traffic. Barcelona and Paris have had car lanes eroded by popular bike-sharing programs. Drivers in London and Stockholm pay hefty congestion charges just for entering the heart of the city. And over the past two years, dozens of German cities have joined a national network of “environmental zones” where only cars with low carbon dioxide emissions may enter.

“In the United States, there has been much more of a tendency to adapt cities to accommodate driving,” said Peder Jensen, head of the Energy and Transport Group at the European Environment Agency. “Here there has been more movement to make cities more livable for people, to get cities relatively free of cars.”