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Pointe-Claire Celebrates Earth Day 2017

More than a thousand Pointe-Claire residents took part in the various activities organized by the City to celebrate Earth Day on April 21 and 22. The aim of these activities was to raise public awareness of environmental issues by highlighting the importance of protecting the environment for the benefit of citizens and improving the biodiversity of the tree species in Terra-Cotta Natural Park.

On Friday, April 21, ninety people attended “Plastique”, a children’s show presented at Stewart Hall featuring puppets using plastic bags. Funny colourful creatures appeared on stage and then became transformed in a stage production especially designed to raise children’s environmental awareness. The City also distributed mini greenhouses to the children to allow them to grow their own herbs.

From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 22, twelve different species of trees were distributed free of charge in the Public Works yard, as well as compost, wood chips, rain barrels and Kitchen Cones for the recovery of compostable materials.

Some 118 Kitchen Cones for organic material recovery as well as 218 rain barrels were distributed. The first 100 residents who showed up received a free barrel, and an additional 118 barrels were sold at a discounted price of $40. Residents who would like a rain barrel can still obtain one for the $40 price at the Public Works Counter in City Hall.

To commemorate Earth Day, 150 residents began working at 9 a.m. with Guides and Scouts on the chore of cleaning up Terra-Cotta Natural Park; this was followed by the planting of 250 trees on the north side of the Park.

Afternoon activities at the Stewart Hall Cultural Center included the Community cARTography workshop presented by Emmanuelle Jacques. With the help of residents, she was able to create a collective mural representing water, which was one of the themes of Earth Day 2017.

The Valois Village Library organized a bilingual story time about water in all its forms.

The City of Pointe-Claire would like to thank all residents for participating in the Earth Day activities; in so doing, they also made a contribution to a better environment for future generations.

From left to right: Aldo Iermieri, Dennis Smith, Jean-Pierre Grenier, Paul Bissonnette, Cynthia Homan and Kelly Thorstad-Cullen (bottom row) during the tree planting in Terra-Cotta Natural Park on April 22