- Municipal Council
Mount Royal, March 12, 2015 – Well into its third season and benefiting from an ever more refined and clearly defined approach, the Townschool Council recently welcomed none other than the Honorable Lucien Bouchard as a guest speaker. Mr. Bouchard, who, among other things, served as Quebec premier during a long and illustrious career in politics, paid a visit to discuss youth and ambition with the twelve councillors.
Free of any partisan bias, the former premier’s presentation consisted of a spirited and probing discussion with the councillors on the topics of democracy, perseverance and social engagement.
The friendly, relaxed meeting was also an opportunity for the group to consider the proposals received in response to a competition for muralists that was publicized online in recent weeks. The Townschool Council is working on a project that will see a blank wall in Mount Royal’s Town centre embellished with a mural by summer’s end.
Each year a new cohort of young councillors work together to realize a special community project of a certain size. The efforts of the preceding cohort led to an urban beehive being installed on the roof of Town Hall, the culmination of a process that included a significant environmental component. The current cohort is focusing instead on spotlighting the Town’s history and beautifying Townies’ living environment through a three-storey-tall mural.
It is in collaboration with MU, a non-profit organization specializing in murals, that the current council members plan to bring their project to fruition.
The Townschool Council is an initiative of Mayor Philippe Roy. Each year the young councillors, who are elected by their respective educational institutions, gain hands-on experience of municipal democracy. With sixth grade students from the Académie Saint-Clément and Carlyle and Dunrae Gardens schools holding seats, all of Mount Royal’s elementary schools are represented on the council.