Public meeting about the future of Hôtel Dieu is a big success

Public meeting about the future of Hôtel Dieu is a big success

May 20, 2016.

There were close to 400 people at last night's public meeting concerning the future of Hôtel Dieu hospital.

A broad coalition of community organizations have been working for 3 years on a plan to develop the site. That coalition now has concrete plans and has met with the Minister of Health, the Mayor, and representatives from the Minister Responsible for the Métropole. Plans are afoot to meet with representatives of the federal government and other relevant agencies.

A petition calling on Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard was signed by hundreds present. Speakers called on those present to participate in large numbers in the public hearings on Hôtel Dieu.

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Clock from Concordia University

The clock shows a continuous countdown of the time remaining before we breach the 1.5 and 2°C climate targets (you can see the clock online at:, with the aim of putting the urgency of the climate challenge clearly into the public consciousness.  Every year the clock will be stopped and re-set based on the latest scientific data; we can add time to the clock, but only if we work collectively and measure our progress against the targets that we have set for ourselves.

Citizens in Action

Facebook event:

Citizens in Action

An Alternative Globalization Organization

“Another World is Possible”

Together we can make a difference

Citizens in Action, a non-profit, non-partisan, progressive group of concerned citizens, dedicated to political, social & economic justice is honoured to present:

A Free Public Conference


A first-hand, exclusive account of COP21 

& its significance for us 

 by guest speaker

Author, publisher & activist:

Dimitri Roussopoulos

Well-known activist and publisher with Black Rose Books, Dimitri Roussopoulos is the initiator of the Montreal Charter of Rights and a founder of the Montreal Urban Ecology Centre and the Institute of Policy Alternatives Montreal (IPAM). He is the author of Political Ecology - Beyond Environmentalism (2015). He was in Paris during COP21 as an invited speaker with the UCLG, a global federation of cities, and participated in various convergences of social movements. He will be able to give us a summary and analysis of what took place in Paris and explain the preoccupation of social movements as summed up by the chant: «System change, not climate change
His talk will be followed by a period of discussion & exchange


Date: Tuesday, january 12, 2016.

Place: Concordia University, School of Community & Public Affairs,

2149 Mckay St (between Sherbrooke & De Maisonneuve Blvd.) metro Guy-Concordia

Time: 7.00 p.m. sharp

N. B. We usually meet second Tuesday of each month, to tackle a different political issue, at Concordia University, same time, same place. For further information, please call the founder & coordinator of the group, Nadia Alexan, at tel. (514) 846-0644, or e-mail:  (sponsored by the Concordia’s Student Association)  

Public Piano 2015!

The Borough Plateau Mont-Royal has placed a public piano in Milton Parc for one month. It's located at the corner of Parc and Prince Arthur.  The photos come from the first event which was organized by the CMP and held on July 9th.  A second event is coming soon...

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Sugar Shack April 12th!


Milton Parc sugar snack 

All residents of the CMP are invited to indulge in maple taffy on snow. Pancakes will be served.


The Sugar snack will take place

Sunday, April 12th 2015

from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.


In the alley behind the Church


(entrance to the lane by Milton)

Please confirm your presence to help us to predict the amount of pancakes by emailing us at :


Organised by the Milton parc neighbourhood party (la fête des voisins de Milton-Parc) 

Strategic planning workshop on February 22nd

On February 22nd there will be a day of reflection on strategic planning for the future of the CMP.  The day will begin at 9 a.m. in the basement of Notre-Dame de la Salette at 3535 Parc and will end at 4 p.m.. Lunch will be provided to participants.  ALL residents of CMP and all members of boards (there are non-residents on some osbl boards) are invited to take part. 

The objective is to know the opinions, suggestions and vision of the residents on the futur of the CMP. The day will consist of a series of round-table discussions of 8 to 10 people.  After a period of exchange, we will meet in plenary to share the results from each table.   We will note the priorities and determine if a consensus on each subject has emerged.

It is best to register by email ( or by telephone: 514-289-9646.

A word from Lucia Kowaluk regarding La Coalition Sauvons les 5 sites hospitaliers

To the Members of the Milton-Parc Coalition

La Coalition Sauvons les 5 sites hospitaliers, and

the Individual Members of the Milton-Parc Citizens Committee


Lucia Kowaluk — November 19, 2014


Our community information meeting, Thursday, November 13, presenting ideas from the members of our large coalition (La Coalition Sauvons les 5 sites hospitaliers) was a huge success!

Over 200 people came, ready with questions and some ideas of their own. The atmosphere was alive.

We welcomed M. Jean-Jacques Bohémier, who represented Mayor Coderre, who could not be present, and who spoke on the Mayor’s behalf carrying the Mayor’s best wishes and support for much of our efforts; he also sent the message from the Mayor that we must meet with the appropriate people in the Québec government and pressure them to work with us; we have to convince them that we know what we are doing.

The expression on M. Bohémier’s face when he entered the room indicated his surprise at the large number of people filling the hall at Notre-Dame de la Salette. The addresses listed on our attendance sheets showed that about half the audience came from the greater Milton-Parc area, and the rest from all other parts of the city.  Clearly people are concerned about what is going to happen to our soon-to-be emptied 5 hospitals.

Having ten or more tables stretched over the room with knowledgeable activists accompanied by the appropriate future plans for each of the 5 sites, was very popular; everyone chatting together.

The speeches presented the many ideas coming from our member organizations that show how these sturdy old buildings, publicly owned, can be useful as housing, clinics, recreation and cultural projects, and community services.

The greatest applause greeted a few passionate speakers who spoke of the tremendous need in our city to house low income families, the homeless, and to make available in our neighbourhood emergency healthcare and walk in clinics, as well as other community services.

The success of this information meeting has given us a big boost forward.  The next step for the Plateau neighbourhood, which includes Milton-Parc, is to present the Quebec government with concrete plans that will show how our proposed uses can be managed, financed and governed.

We will keep you posted, and you can count on a similar spring information meeting to keep you up to date.

Final Note:  A thousand thanks to all the wonderful volunteers (about 30 I would guess) who are responsible for the success of this evening: putting up 600 posters, putting 1200 leaflets in doors all over the city, setting up and taking down the tables and chairs for the evening, arriving early and leaving late. I dare not start mentioning names for fear I will leave someone out.  Anyway – to you all, thank you!

We also want to thank all the generous individuals who contributed financially to the cost of the meeting; we raised $300, $200 of which goes to pay the church for the use of the hall and $100 will contribute to the expenses of printing the posters.  Thanks again for all your help.