New schools : “we need to be creative,” acknowledges Valerie Plant

News 15 January, 2018
  • Dario Ayala / QMI Agency
    The mayor Valerie Plant, in an interview with the newspaper 24 hours, at the city hall of Montreal, on Thursday 21 December 2017.

    Sarah Daoust-Braun

    Monday, January 15, 2018 16:16

    Monday, January 15, 2018 16:16

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    The mayor of Montreal’s Valerie Plante believes that it is necessary to think “outside the box” and to be “creative” to succeed in finding land for the construction of new schools in Montreal.

    “We really want to work to find solutions, because it is urgent : it is necessary to schools in Montreal,” said Ms. Plant after discussion Monday morning with the minister of Education Sébastien Proulx.

    The two politicians were passing to school Iona in Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grace for the unveiling of an investment of 740 million $ from the provincial government to renovate the schools of Québec.

    The mayor believes that it is necessary to be creative since little land is available. They are often expensive and may need to be decontaminated. “It is necessary that the rules of construction of the ministry can adapt to the context of montreal,” she pointed out.

    The president of the Commission scolaire de Montréal Catherine Harel-Bourdon was said to be surprised and disappointed in October after having taken knowledge of the list of a dozen courses offered by the City, under the management of Denis Coderre, to build new schools. In this list, some courses were, among others, located in places of industrial, next to the railroad tracks or high-voltage power lines.

    “In the list that had been offered, there had the choice of which we wondered what it was doing there. It is committed to review this list and see the possibilities”, reiterated Valérie Plant.