- Municipal Council
Mount Royal, April 19, 2021 – Every year around April 22, Mount Royal is witness to various environmental initiatives celebrating Earth Day. Spring 2021 is no exception, with the Town Council implementing its first Urban Agriculture Policy—adopted at the regular meeting on April 19. The policy was inspired by the widespread interest in food autonomy when the pandemic hit a year ago and also by our garden city’s rich horticultural history. A survey of residents was integral to fine-tuning its content. The document adopted this month highlights private vegetable gardens and the increasing number of edible plants in the Town’s urban green spaces, among a raft of other initiatives.
To mark the launch of its new Urban Agriculture Policy (available online), the Town will be distributing 500 vegetable garden starter kits free of charge, including four herb plant varieties. Only one kit per address, Mount Royal residents only. Residents can register and request a kit via Eventbrite this week through a notice on the homepage of the Town’s website.
Earth Day: 50 azalea plants distributed
In addition to the herb starter kit, the Town ran a separate contest offering a Golden Lights azalea shrub, from the Rhododendron family, to the first 50 residents registered. (Event closed)
Compost distribution at Town Shops
Self-service compost distribution will go ahead as planned on May 8 and 9, from 9:00 to 16:00, at the Town Shops (180 Clyde Road). Limited quantity. Please bring a shovel and sturdy containers and have your proof of residency in hand. Our document shredding service will also be available on Saturday, May 8 only.
This service is also planned for this fall, on October 9 and 10 at the same hours and location.
Get riding with BIXI
The return of the warm weather also signals the return of BIXI, with its 2021 season beginning a week early this year, on Friday, April 9.
After adding two new locations in Mount Royal in 2020—bringing its total number of stations to four—the Town plans to add a fifth station this year on Brittany Avenue near the Community Gardens. The new solar-powered station will add 10 bikes to our inventory, five of which will be electric.
Residents can use the BIXI bike-sharing service at these five locations:
- In front of 1320 Graham Boulevard
- At the corner of Brookfield and Graham
- In front of the Reginald J.P. Dawson Library
- Near the Villa Armando restaurant
- Coming soon: On Brittany Avenue, near the Community Gardens