Vélopousse : 2014 report
For a third year now, Vélopousse has provided pedicab tours of the Hochelaga-Maisonneuve district, this year to 1,066 passengers. Most of them are Canadian, but some come from the United States, Europe, Asia, Latin America and even Africa and Oceania.
Vélopousse is a collaborative project initiated by the community youth employment centre Carrefour jeunesse-emploi Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, a service of the Corporation de développement de l’Est (CDEST). It began operating in the summer of 2012. Its main objective: give local youth age 20 to 30 the opportunity to put their energy and skills to work in service to their neighbourhood through a stimulating job. The Port of Montreal is a proud partner of Vélopousse. Its contribution has been in the form of a grant towards the construction of booths and training the cycling tour guides about the history of the Port of Montreal.
Open houses at Contrecœur
On the evening of December 1, the city’s multicultural centre resounded with discussions among the residents of Contrecoeur and Verchère. More than 200 had accepted the Port of Montreal’s invitation. On the agenda: the project to develop a container terminal on land owned by the Port of Montreal in this municipality.
The person overseeing the project, Daniel Dagenais, Vice-President, Operations at the Port, was on hand to explain the ins and outs of this port development, and to answer people’s questions. His team was by his side: Claude Deschambault, Director of Operations, Environment; Claude Beaubien, Chief Engineer, Infrastructure Management; and Sophie Roux, Director of Communications.
The participants were interested. They wanted to know all about the project and asked about environmental issues, truck and train traffic and job creation for the region. The project is expected to create 470 jobs/year during construction and up to 1,000 jobs once the terminal is in operation. Well-known figures in municipal politics were in the crowd, including the Mayor of Contrecoeur, Suzanne Dansereau, and several city counsellors. All in all, the project was well received.
Completion of the container terminal, which has been underway for four years, will take about ten years. It is still in the planning stage. When it will actually be shovel-ready depends on several factors, such as continued growth in container traffic, positive impacts from the new economic agreement between Canada and the European Union and completion of the financing structure.
These open houses on December 1 were preceded by meetings with close to 40 municipal, environmental, government and transportation stakeholders, in keeping with the Port of Montreal’s commitment to carry out this project with the people of the region in a spirit of openness, communication and transparency.
Next step: the Port team will compile the information gathered during this pre-consultation process, enabling it to complete the “Project Description” document that it will file with the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency.
To view the schematic of the assessment process
New passenger terminal project
Last fall was definitely open house season at the Port of Montreal! On December 4, 5 and 6, residents of the Old Port were invited to a meeting at Iberville Passenger Terminal to get the scoop on a terminal restoration project put forward by the port as a contribution to mark the 375th anniversary of the city of Montreal.
Every year a growing number of cruise passengers arrive in Montreal and spread out through the streets of the Old Port and downtown, attracted by its historic old European districts and its big city appeal all wrapped up in francophone culture.
Yet Iberville Passenger Terminal, inaugurated in 1967 for Man and His World universal exhibit, although regularly maintained, now needs a serious makeover.
The project proposed by the Port of Montreal has two objectives: 1. Give Montreal a world-class passenger terminal; 2. Bring Montrealers and the St. Lawrence closer together. Accordingly, Alexandra Pier will be lowered and levels of terraces will guide visitors down to almost the water level. In addition, an observation tower will give residents and tourists an outstanding view of the river, facilities in the Old Port and neighbouring port operations. To top things off, the terminal will sport a green roof.
Naturally, carrying out this $78 million project depends on getting all the financing in place. Already the City of Montreal has announced its contribution of $15 million, and the MPA continues to work on the aspect of the project.
Check out the project presentation documents