Good day everyone,
As you may have heard in the media, the Camillien-Houde / Remembrance Transit Road will be closed to traffic from Saturday, June 2 to Wednesday, October 31 2018.
This pilot project announced by the Mayor and her executive committee concerns us since it requires the closure of our entrance on Remembrance. Many of you have shared your concerns with us about this. Rest assured that your concerns are our concerns.
Beginning Saturday, June 2, once the pilot project is set up, we invite you to share any difficulties accessing our location via a short survey available here on our Website, and in print at our administrative pavilion. We also encourage you to participate in public consultations on this matter and to give your opinion by completing the online questionnaire of the Office de consultation publique de Montréal. Their first information session will be held on May 10, 2018 at 7PM. Hotel Bonaventure, 900 de la Gauchetière Street West, in the Ballroom (Bonaventure Metro). A second will take place at the Église Notre-Dame-des-Neiges, 5320, chemin de la Côte-des-Neiges on May 15, 7PM.
In the meantime, know that our services are not in any way being questioned.
Contextualization and demand for solutions
We understand that for a large numbers of the families of the Cemetery who come from the East, this project requires a detour that might be a difficulty for many of them, for different reasons: age, physical condition, lack accessibility to public transport from their point of departure, etc.In its current state of implementation, the City’s project excludes some citizens. Some older people will have to walk uphill for a long time, because of the closure of the Remembrance entrance. In fact, The Cemetery has about thirty kilometers of paths. In a challenging context of grief, these already-weakened citizens will have to face additional obstacles. The pilot project is likely to discourage some people from coming to gather, and therefore to mourn in the most serene conditions possible.
The pilot project provides access for emergency vehicles, tourist buses, pedestrians and bicycles. It also plans to leave access to funeral processions identifiable. However, the city must consider that funeral processions today are no longer automatically identifiable. As a matter of fact, the practice of cremation no longer requires the use of hearses. Nevertheless, people are still gatherings for a last goodbye. What will the City do? Ask each vehicle of these processions to turn around?
Finally, we would also like the City to provide a concrete solution to allow people who wish to gather, to access the Remembrance entrance.
To all, dear citizens, and dear families of the Cemetery, rest assured that we are looking after your interests.