Every year since 1991, the Amis de la montagne organizes a clean-up of Mount-Royal, held the first Sunday in May. Under a radiant sunshine, more than 700 Montrealers took part in the 24th edition of the Mount-Royal Clean-Up (Corvée du Mont-Royal). Together, they collected 201 bags of trash and 31 bags of recyclable material, dismantled 12 campsites and 35 camp fires, and monitored the health and growth of over 1400 trees.
At the event’s closing ceremony, Peter Howlett, President of Les amis de la montagne, thanked the participants for their involvement and announced the launch of May 2015: Mount Royal Month. Guests of honor Stéphan Bourbonnais, Executive Vice-President and Regional Manager for Eastern Canada, TD Wealth Management, and Chairman of the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, Réal Ménard, Executive committee member at the Ville de Montréal, in charge of sustainable development, the environment, large parks and green spaces and Hélène David, Minister of Culture and Communications and Minister responsible for the Protection and Promotion of the French Language, also had words of praise for the exceptional turn-out at the mountain clean-up.
Consulate staff who participated were happy to be able to give this belated Earth Day present to their adoptive city. You can see a video of the event on The Montreal Gazette’s website.