Who we are


MISSION


The mission of the Peter-McGill Community Council is to bring together and promote collaboration between the district’s residents, shopkeepers, workers and  students, and the public and community organizations that serve them. The Table aims to encourage a sense of belonging to the neighbourhood and an active involvement in the life of the community by creating a place where stakeholders can express their concerns, collectively determine priorities for action and be  empowered to improve the quality of life in the neighbourhood.

OBJECTIVES


  • To create a space (literal or figurative) where the population (residents, merchants, workers, students in the district) may express concerns, make known their points of view and engage in collective actions to improve the quality of life in the neighbourhood;
  • To develop ways of informing and communicating with the district’s residents, merchants, workers and students, and the public and community organizations that serve them;
  • To bring together residents, merchants, workers and students with the public and community organizations that serve them to collectively identify community needs, prioritize  actions and carry them out.

OUR HISTORY


Before 2002 there were a few sectoral round tables in the western part of downtown. They included the Regroupement des services aux aînés-centre-ville, Forum jeunesse, the Table des centres de la petite enfance, the Comité de direction jeunesse, a table for groups working with women in the CLSC Métro area and an itinerant round table. These were discussion or information forums consisting solely of community organizations and public institutions. With the exception of the itinerant round table, their area of concern was the CLSC Métro area (which included the Westmount borough, western downtown and the McGill ghetto) and not a geographically determined area.

These round tables focussed on certain subjects, and it was apparent that they were limited in their ability to act more globally on topics concerning the quality of life downtown. The idea of developing a neighbourhood round table grew in the minds of several people for some time. Forum jeunesse entertained the notion with a view to carrying out certain large-scale projects that exceeded its mandate and for which it did not have the resources to get off the ground.

The Montreal Summit, which was held in May and June 2002, was an occasion to bring together the community organizations in the Peter McGill district, with all sectors of intervention taken into account, to inform them of how the consultative event would unfold and to collectively define the district’s priorities and needs. Once these needs were identified, and due to the fact that very few of the organizations in the district were invited to speak during the summit, the organizations present were prompted to band together in order to put forward their point of view, coordinate their efforts and take action regarding the needs that had been identified.

A working committee was then formed to start up a neighbourhood round table. The Peter McGill Community Council round table was incorporated in December 2002 and held its founding meeting in June 2003.

Since then, the Table has conducted various activities and allowed community actors to speak with one voice on matters related to urban planning, social housing, social inclusion, urban safety, abatement of traffic, green spaces, cleanliness and the place of families.

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PRESS RELEASE – Community mobilises for primary public school downtown, while Quebec government sits on its hands

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Community mobilises for primary public school downtown, while Quebec government sits on its hands

“No School in Peter-McGill” discussion and youth digital art exhibit to take place on December 6.

Montreal, December 4, 2017406, this is the number of students in Peter-McGill that have to commute to neighbouring areas to go to school, some of whom must travel up to 2 hours per day to get there and back. 37, is the number of classes that need to be built in the neighbourhood by 2021 to respond to the needs of a growing demographic of school children, a number which does include factors of immigration. 3 is the number of applications submitted by the Comission Scolaire de Montréal (CSDM) in September for a public primary school downtown. We have the opportunity today to see the first francophone public primary school in western downtown on the former Montreal Children’s Hospital Site. The government already let this opportunity pass them by once before, when this invaluable public site was first sold to Luc Poirier without any terms or conditions to satisfy longstanding community needs. The delay for the Education Ministry to complete studies is usually around one year, but there is no time to wait when it comes to the Montreal Children’s Hospital site. Currently Devimco, the site’s developers, are pursuing plans to reorganise the site without taking a school into account. We are calling on those in power to take action now, so that the school can see the light of day.

Despite government inaction, concerned parents and residents of the neighbourhood will be meeting on Wednesday, December 6 to discuss next steps in making the school a reality. Thirteen youth will also be contributing to the exchange, by presenting animated GIFs that they made during a workshop in early November. Lead by Concordia Doctoral Arts Education candidate Marie-Pierre Labrie, the participants learned how to make digital art to express their feelings about the missing school, and their experiences with long commutes, issues of accessibility and belonging.

The discussion will be lead by the Peter-McGill Community Council as part of the Collective Impact Project launched this past May.

No School in Peter-McGill will take place on Wednesday, December 6th at Innovation Youth (1647 rue Ste. Catherine Ouest) from 5pm-7:30pm. The event is free and open to all with refreshments and childcare available on site.

About the Peter-McGill Community Council:
Peter-McGill Community Council is a non-profit organisation that brings together people who reside, study or work in the Peter-McGill area, as well as community organisations and institutions that serve them. Its mission is to improve the quality of life in the Peter-McGill district by supporting the development of neighborhood life and promoting citizen participation. The Community Council has more than 200 members, including 125 residents of the district and 75 organisations and institutions that serve a diversity of residents in the area.

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For further information:
Corey Gulkin, CIP Communications Officer
Peter-McGill Community Council (514) 424-6614 communicationPIC@petermcgill.org

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