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On Blog Action Day on the environment, Walking Turcot Yards suggested we all think about the falaise.

The post made me realize that I forgot to include a link to Transport Quebec’s plan for the abandoned Turcot rail yards in this site’s document list. So here it is: a 17-page document showing what the provincial government wants to do in the yards, which sit at the foot of the falaise St. Jacques.

More info about the proposal (including before and after shots) is here.

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After my article about the falaise ran in The Gazette, I got an email from John Fretz, who has done some very interesting research into the St. Pierre River (the pdf is here, on the Green Coalition website).

Fretz helped fill in a few of the gaps in my falaise research:

* Fossils and calcium deposits confirm the falaise is a geological formation dating back to the Champlain Sea, he writes.

* Otter Lake definately graced the location of the Turcot interchange. “It exists on early maps of the city easily available at Westmount Library,” Fretz says. “In fact, there is a park of that name in French at the bottom of Coursol Avenue (Lansdowne), far away from the Turcot. It relates to the St. Pierre River. The last tributary of that stream flows through Meadowbrook Golf Course.”

* In the story, I mentioned I didn’t meet much wildlife. “Try early morning, or late afternoon,” he writes. “Foxes and coyotes have been spotted in the Glen Yards before the devastation.”

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Falaise path advocates suggest the bike path planned for the McGill University Hospital Centre in the old Glen rail yard should be linked to a path crossing at least part of the falaise.  

The city of Montreal is expecting the new McGill superhospital project to connect its de Maisonneuve Blvd. bike path, which ends at Decarie Blvd., with the Westmount bike path on de Maisonneuve Blvd., which begins at Claremont Ave. Currently, there’s a 400-metre gap between these two paths.

The superhospital proposal (see map above) has the Montreal de Maisonneuve path swerving on to Girouard Ave., then Upper Lachine Rd, before winding its way on to hospital grounds and making its way to Westmount.

The problem is a borough urban-planning committee doesn’t like the plan (page 4 of this PDF, and on page 7 of this PDF) because the proposed link is circuitous and includes a 20-metre-long tunnel considered unsafe.

The map is from an MUHC document that can be found in this pdf (beware, it’s a huge file).

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the falaise dump

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Great pictures in this city PDF, including several from the 1990s that show how much of a dump the falaise was and how barren parts of it were.

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In May 2004, the Sud-Ouest borough presented a detailed plan on what to do with the falaise to the Office de consultation publique de Montréal. (The pdf is here, the HTML version here).

Essentially, they suggest the area be cleaned up, stabilized and turned into a linear park/bike path connecting the Sud-Ouest down below to Notre Dame de Grâce at the top.

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