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Residents of Point Claire rage after fairview forest trees have been cut down

Bridget Watson has been to the green areas along Pointe-Claire's Fairviewer Venue almost every weekend for almost two years. She is one of the many Pointe-Claire residents who have spent time protecting the area known as the Fairview Forest.

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But she and others Is the edge of the green space on Fairviewer Venue.

"We came and investigated and found that the trees had been cut down and the brushes had been cleaned, but we didn't know why," Watson said.

Green space is owned by Cadillac Fairview. Cadillac Fairview has announced a $ 1 billion plan to transform the green space and adjacent parking lots into downtown West Island in 2020.

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In May, the Pointe-Claire City Council adopted the Provisional Management Ordinance. A city that includes green spaces.

In June, the Montreal Metropolitan Community Council also adopted the Articles of Incorporation to protect more green and wetlands in the Montreal region. The ordinance covered the forest.

According to Watson, the problem is that both of these articles of incorporation have exclusions that allow Cadillac Fairview to circumvent the rule.

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She and Mayor Pointe-Claire Tim Thomas has been modified to block access to the space and to create space for the company to build fences around the forest.

"They cut out a lot of small trees to block the forest and make a fence to let everyone know. It's a muscle flexion and it's that simple," Thomas said. rice field.

In an email to Global News, Cadillac Fairview stated that it complies with all applicable regulations. When asked what that meant or elaborated, the spokesman declined.

Watson says that even if the fence goes up, it doesn't stop here. She and others continue to fight for the survival of the universe.

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