As part of the adoption of the Ecological Transition Plan under the theme “Act Now for Tomorrow,” Mayor Liza Poulin announced a significant concrete step, which is the protection of 140.6 hectares of natural habitats. These will soon be registered in the Metropolitan Directory of Municipal Conservation Initiatives of the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal (CMM). To get an idea of how big this area is, it is equivalent to 195 soccer fields.
This includes the Parc équestre woodland, Plan Bouchard woodland, Grand Coteau woodland (located between Asbestos and Martin streets in Le Grand Coteau), Locke Head Creek woodland along Seigneurie Ouest Boulevard, the future Chambéry woodland, and the ravines of Fontainebleau.
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“The city’s commitment to protecting these magnificent sites will now be recorded in this directory. Once registered, these sites will account for nearly 11% of municipal conservation initiatives for natural habitats listed in the directory of the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal. Blainville is therefore in an excellent position and leads the way among CMM cities in terms of conserving natural habitats,” said Ms. Poulin.
In addition to this major announcement, the very first actions that will be undertaken by the city include:
Conducting an inventory of greenhouse gas emissions in the Blainville area.
Adopting and implementing regulations to limit the use of certain single-use items, such as straws, glasses, plastic bags, and containers.
Developing a plan to combat urban heat islands.
Distributing compost to Blainville residents at public events, such as Park Fest, as a thank-you for their participation in green and food waste collections.
These actions are intended to serve as the ignition for the continuation of the Ecological Transition Plan.