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While trees have always been cherished in Mount Royal, they will be particularly celebrated this year.

Generally speaking, the trees forming our urban forest are the focus of concern for the Town. Inconspicuously, the urban forest is aging and suffers from the shortcomings of the past. This is why Town Council has decided to better support its development and bloom. In 2007, we provided the Town with its first tree policy, which suggested that trees planted should be better protected and increased in numbers. In 2012, Council is picking up pace. This year, more than 250 young trees – all species combined - will be planted, a significant rise in the planting rate so far. Our urban forest is our pride and Council has, at its last public meeting, formally renewed its intention to protect it and ensure its sustainability.

Besides, trees will soon be celebrated in Dakin Park, which will be the theatre of an urban sugar shack. On March 17, as part of the Centennial celebrations, young and old with family and friends are invited to welcome spring and to taste, for a nominal fee and only a few blocks from home, maple taffy on snow. Dakin Park maple trees will be put to use. Between 10:00 and 17:00, the park will provide enjoyable entertainment: pancake tasting, storytelling, songs, square dancing and much more! The event also has an educational component by means of booths on environment protection (Club 4-H), nutrition or the operation of an evaporator, for example. Maple products will also be on sale. This event is made possible thanks to the Centennial Celebration Society and numerous partners: Pierre Arcand, Mount Royal MNA and Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks, the SODER (Société de développement environnemental de Rosemont), health food store Rachelle-Béry and the Fédération des producteurs acéricoles du Québec. Everyone is welcome!

Are you, like me, sensitive to the tree issue? You will be delighted to see us work very hard to promote them and allow them to grow here and there throughout the Town.

Meanwhile, everyone with a sweet tooth is invited to the Dakin Park urban sugar shack on March 17!

Philippe Roy

Mayor

90 Roosevelt Avenue

Mont-Royal H3R 1Z5