Press review


Corriveau, Jeanne. Le Devoir, juin 2016.

Montréal veut repeupler son centre-ville

Martinez, Sergio. Montreal Times, mai 2016.

The Franciscan site – To build or not to build?

Scott, Marian. Montreal Gazette, mai 2016.

As hearings open on downtown Montreal condo project, residents hold out for a park

Martinez, Sergio. Montreal Times, août 2015.

Homeless in Montreal 3,000 and counting

Martinez, Sergio. Montreal Times, juillet 2014, p.14.

Community life downtown Montreal

Martinez, Sergio. “Homelessness – No Easy Solutions”, Montreal Times, juin 2014.

Girard, Joëlle. “Vivre en famille au centre-ville, est-ce possible?”, Échos Montréal, septembre 2011, p.5.

Vanderstaay, Marilynn. “Cabot Square hosts weekly farmer’s market”, Westmount Examiner, July 7th, 2011.

Wilton, Katherine. “The renaissance of Cabot Square”, The Gazette, July 5th, 2011.

Marchal, Mathias. “Nouveau Quartier 21 dans le centre-ville”, Métro, 18 juin 2009, p. 3.

Faure, Elizabeth. “Farmer’s market transforms downtown square”, The Link, September 2009, p.3.

Dubois, Marjorie. “Mieux connaître son quartier pour l’améliorer”, Échos Montréal, janvier 2009, p.5.


Michaud, Henri. “Un tremplin pour les jeunes de la rue”, Échos Montréal, juin 2008, p.5.

Michaud, Henri. “De nouveaux défis pour Interaction du quartier Peter-McGill”, Échos Montréal, juin 2008, p.5.

Di Candido, Vincent. “Une journée importante pour lutter contre la pauvreté”, Échos Centre-Ville et Vieux-Montréal, juin 2008, p.3.

St-Pierre, Mélanie. “Criminalité au centre-ville: Les hauts et les bas d’un policier patrouilleur”, Échos Centre-Ville – Vieux-Montréal, février 2007, p.4.

Laville, Magalie. “Interaction du quartier Peter-McGill: Un organisme citoyen à l’oeuvre”, Échos Centre-Ville – Vieux-Montréal, février 2007, p.5.

Gallo La Flèche, Carolina. “Un centre communautaire pour le quartier Peter-McGill: pourquoi?”, Échos Centre-Ville – Vieux-Montréal, février 2007, p.5.

Recent Posts

The promise of a public primary school in Peter-McGill: Residents and organisations concerned by mixed messages

August 17, 2017 Montreal – Mayor Denis Coderre announced on Monday, as part of his action plan for the Downtown Strategy, that a public primary school will be built on the former Montreal Children’s Hospital site. While the inclusion of a school on the site was one of several recommendations from the Office de consultation publique de Montréal (OCPM), the Mayor’s announcement appears to be premature.

The President of the Commission scolaire de Montréal (CSDM), Catherine Harel-Bourdon, confirmed with Radio-Canada on Tuesday that Quebec government regulation does not allow school boards to rent private property for public schools. This regulation would make it impossible for the CSDM to rent space from Devimco, the developers and owners of the site. The CSDM is currently in conversations with Education Minister Sébastien Proulx to try to change these regulations, but nothing has been confirmed thus far. There are currently 330 children residing in Peter-McGill without access to a public primary school in their own neighbourhood.

This announcement is not the only precarious part of Mayor Coderre’s overly ambitious plan. The City relies too heavily on revenue from private developments and property taxes to fund its activities, inevitably leading to increased densification of the downtown area. As such, the action plan includes expanding the downtown population by 50,000 people before 2030. This disconcerting proposal encourages an influx of people in the downtown core without first addressing longstanding issues affecting the 34,000 residents of Peter-McGill. Residents of the neighbourhood have been deprived of ample green and recreational spaces, outdoor sports facilities, social housing, as well as the aforementioned public primary school for many years.

The Peter-McGill Community Council urges Mayor Denis Coderre to focus first on the issues affecting current residents of downtown before attempting to increase the population further. The Council also implores Minister Sébastien Proulx to work with the CDSM to change current education regulations so that this much needed school can be built.

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) 755-2305

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