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Le délire messianique de la COP 27 et (Cop 15 MTL)

par Jeromec, dimanche 27 novembre 2022, 11:44 (il y a 454 jours)

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Montréal se prépare à acceuillir 10 000 personnes du monde entier en AVION, et VUS Limousine, pour célébrer l'occasion ferme une station de métro pendant presque un mois et prend en otage les commerçants ainsi que les travailleurs de l'édifice du Palais des Congrès... seuls les personnes autorisés pourront avoir accès à l'édifice...(!)

Évidemment il y a aussi des groupes qui s'organisent pour tenter de faire flopper l'événement...

Tout ce merdier pourrait être éviter simplement en troquant le tout pour un événement VIRTUEL.. mais comme la devise des élites c'est ''FAites ce que l'on dit surtout pas ce que l'on fait...''

Un texte de Nathalie Elgrably à ce sujet...

https://www.journaldemontreal.com/2022/11/25/le-delire-messianique-de-la-cop-27
Le délire messianique de la COP 27


Nathalie Elgrably
Vendredi, 25 novembre 2022 05:00 MISE À JOUR Vendredi, 25 novembre 2022 05:00

Pour une 27e fois, les Nations Unies ont organisé une conférence sur les changements climatiques. Un post mortem s’impose.

BOURGEOISIE

Presque 45 000 personnes provenant de 195 pays et 1919 organisations se sont déplacées pour l’occasion. La délégation du Canada comptait environ 330 personnes. Autant d’amoureux de Gaïa qui traversent la planète, souvent en jets privés, pour un séjour dans les meilleurs hôtels d’une ville balnéaire égyptienne afin de discuter de l’urgence que les peuples réduisent leurs empreintes écologiques et acceptent avec enthousiasme une réduction de leur niveau de vie.  

Comment y voir autre chose qu’un cocktail fétide d’hypocrisie, d’incohérence et de suffisance ? Quand la bourgeoisie climatique prêchera par l’exemple plutôt que de nous sermonner et de nous culpabiliser injustement, peut-être sera-t-elle prise alors au sérieux !

Mais il y a pire.  

Au nom de la « justice climatique », les pays ont convenu de créer un fonds Pertes et dommages, en vertu duquel les pays réputés coupables de causer les changements climatiques devront envoyer plusieurs milliards de dollars aux pays qui en subissent les conséquences. 

L’éthique est remarquable. Mais l’idée est lamentable.  

L’histoire a montré que l’inefficacité, le gaspillage de fonds et la corruption gangrènent les États et leurs organisations. Et, loin de se résorber, l’infection ne fait que s’aggraver.  

Même à petite échelle, les gouvernements échouent à mener leurs missions avec probité et efficacité. Les médias nous en fournissent quotidiennement des preuves.

Alors, comment croire naïvement que le nouveau fonds, qui contiendra des milliards de dollars et qui impliquera des centaines de pays et des dizaines de milliers d’individus, sera utilisé à bon escient ? Comment nous assurer que notre argent permettra d’abreuver des vaches au Kenya plutôt que de financer la Rolex d’intermédiaires vénaux ?

CONFIANCE

Dans son délire messianique, la confrérie climatique réclame notre confiance aveugle. Or, même au pays des licornes une telle couleuvre ne passerait jamais !  


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on en beaucoup à montrer au monde entier sur QUOi ne PAS faire... comme dillapider 800 millions dédiés au transport en commun au profit d'une autre ville, improviser une fermeture de tunnel, augmenter les tarifs de métro, complexifier la tâche de la police pour le contrôle des billets de métro, augmenter les embouteillage, financer avec les fonds publique la F1, regretter que Montréal n'est pas eut la coupe du monde de soccer et ses 8 stades que ça prend(!)

Mais bon, BIXI a du succès et les rues piétonnières en été...

:-D

Chilean Indigenous Activist Says COP27 Promoted Devastating

par Jeromec, lundi 28 novembre 2022, 11:17 (il y a 453 jours) @ Jeromec

Saccager la planète tout en faisant semblant que c'est pour le bien de celle-ci...

Bienvenue dans le monde Merveilleux des Cops....:-|

https://truthout.org/articles/chilean-indigenous-activist-says-cop27-promoted-devastati...

Chilean Indigenous Activist Says COP27 Promoted Devastating Mega-Projects
''Un militant autochtone chilien déclare que la COP27 a promu des mégaprojets dévastateurs''
The Global North’s scramble for energy-secure futures dominated the COP27 last week in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. Corporate and mining lobbyists promoted high speed trains, lithium car batteries, hydrogen mega projects, and wind farms to transition from fossil fuels and reduce carbon emissions while Indigenous activists resisted those same projects which are already causing irreparable environmental devastation and worsening climate change.

The myth of “clean energy” has long been a guiding logic of the UN climate conference. COP27 illustrated not just a tension between financial strategies which environmental activists say are pointless, such as net zero carbon trading, but a battle over what transitioning from fossil fuels will look like.

“[If] everything is based on stopping emitting carbon then the solution [proposed] is electromobility, renewable energy, (solar, wind, green hydrogen),” said Indigenous activist Lesley Muñoz Rivera, a member of the Plurinational Observatory of Andean Salt Flats (OPSAL in Spanish) and the Colla people from Chile who attended COP27. “The problem is being looked at in a segmented way thinking only about gas emissions and not seeing that water, communities and ecosystems are also affected. The problem is not seen as a whole. They only propose the zero-carbon solution, but they have not quantified the cost of these solutions. The proposals to bet on this type of energy would greatly affect Indigenous peoples, their territories, waters and ecosystems — for example in the case of lithium extraction in the salt flats.

his year’s COP keyword was the term “loss and damages,” a legal phrase which evokes liability, compensation and reparations. But at COP27, loss and damage was reframed through the lens of adaptation strategies as a new iteration of carbon trading logics and investment in energy infrastructure ventures that disproportionately impact Indigenous peoples and the global south. Indigenous peoples are demanding an immediate end to fossil fuel and rejecting greenwashed mineral extraction. They question whether it is ethical to label infrastructure funding as justice for irreparable damage and permanent ecological and cultural loss.

Trade Show in the Face of the Apocalypse
As human rights activists around the world called for the release of the U.K.-Egyptian Activist Alaa Abd El-Fattah, grassroots communities attending the COP27 proclaimed “No Climate Justice without Human Rights,” addressing not just the exclusive context of the meeting hosted in Egypt but the violence directed at environmental activists and Indigenous land and water protectors globally. Funding generated by the UN climate process has largely been allocated to infrastructure projects that many Indigenous activists say will displace them rather than towards reparations for Indigenous and frontline communities harmed by the impacts of industrial development.

COP27 was a frenzied trade show or a county fair expo for technologists, mining companies and the energy sector. “I see that the focus is distorted, it is only based on selling products and presenting themselves as responsible with the environment in the market,” observed Muñoz Rivera. “Indigenous peoples, although they are given a space in the COP, are not part of any negotiation, nor can they issue an opinion in official meetings, therefore the COP is only complying with saying that there is participation of Indigenous peoples, but such participation is limited to the blue zone, parallel events.”

“All these situations lead to Indigenous peoples being the main victims of these false solutions, whose only logic is to continue producing, damaging everything in their path,” Muñoz Rivera explained. “The peoples are not being consulted as established by Convention 169 since the pressure [began] to reach carbon zero, increasing [energy] demand and selling solutions is [put] higher than respecting rights.”

The number of delegates with fossil fuel ties increased 25 percent compared to last year with 636 oil lobbyists in attendance including the heads of British Petroleum and TotalEnergies. One-third of the event space was designated as a corporate innovation room while communities impacted by climate change were corralled in a specially designated free speech area outside. The prospects for improving affordability and accessibility to affected peoples and grassroots climate activists in next year’s COP are even grimmer as the gathering will be held in the oil-rich United Arab Emirates (UAE) — a nation with a dismal human rights record and one of the heaviest fossil fuels and carbon emitters per capita.

Greenwashing Will Not Save the Planet
Invoking the goals outlined in the Paris Agreement, big tech and mining companies used the COP27 to accelerate lithium market expansion. In a pre-COP27 statement, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe said, “An estimated 50 more lithium mines, 60 more nickel mines and 17 more cobalt mines will be needed by 2030 to meet global net carbon emissions goals.” 

The World Bank is also campaigning for “critical raw mineral” extraction. Technologists have promoted lithium as their leading decarbonization solution, surging lithium’s market value. The anxious rush for lithium mining prospects at COP27 directly conflicted with the dire warning from Indigenous communities that water-intensive lithium mining is environmentally destructive and dangerous for human life.

Colla Indigenous activist Lesley Muñoz Rivera attended the COP27 to denounce the “white gold” rush on Chile’s Atacama Flat. The brine evaporation technique used in lithium mining threatens to permanently deplete water resources, drain wetlands and cause irreversible ecocide in the driest desert of the world. Mining innovations promoted at COP27 attempt to prolong the potential usefulness of lithium, despite the devastating impacts of lithium mining and the fact that it cannot support long-term global energy needs.

Ramón Balcázar, a Chilean rural development scholar and co-coordinator of OPSAL, critiqued how COP27 seemed to legitimize green extractivism and greenwashing of lithium through “responsible mining certifications” created by technology and mining companies that he said, “in the practice are validating companies that have denied the right to consultation and that systematically deny the loss of water through evaporation [caused by their industry], as well as the affectation of wetlands and biodiversity found in the marginal area of the Salar de Atacama.”

Muñoz Rivera is concerned that too many open questions remain about whether the approval process will protect the human rights of Indigenous peoples. “I believe that these certifications are only for these extractions to be approved, but they will not prevent the eventual damage to ecosystems and indigenous communities.”

The Colla and Likan Antai communities stand in active resistance to electric vehicles and the expansion of lithium battery mining to protect their only access to fresh water in the Atacama desert. COP27 illustrates how the climate crisis is taking on a new shape, a war between energy demands and water needs.

“Loss and Damages” Normalizes Colonial Environmental Destruction

In the final hours of COP27, the European Union finally agreed to a loss and damages fund for poorer countries amid defiant debate from the world’s top greenhouse gas producers. Still, the promised award of financial recompense to vulnerable countries fails to describe the immense and irreparable ecological, social, cultural, spiritual, historical and health costs to those on the front lines of the climate crisis. How do you calculate the cost of ending ancestral ways of life, the dissolution of the social and ecological fabric, and the death of loved ones from climate catastrophes?

Real loss and damages are not limited to financial terms. Lithium mining in the Atacama desert has propelled environmental degradation, damage to water systems and biodiversity loss. Despite this, narratives of lithium scarcity and control loomed in COP27 talks with Chile signing agreements with the World Bank and InterAmerican Development Bank to boost mining agency Corfo. Having just secured $150 million USD from the U.S. Department of Energy in October, U.S-based Albemarle advanced its own partnerships with lithium technology developers for “sustainable” electric vehicles.

Climate activists and heavily climate-impacted nations have a legitimate cause for concern that COP27 loss and damage funding will be used only for green energy infrastructure mega projects that create more environmental loss and colonial damage, particularly impacting Indigenous peoples. It’s unlikely that industrial centers will pay for the destruction green energy ventures inflict upon land, water and life — instead it seems that they will perpetuate the cycle of harm and monetization that generated the climate disaster in the first place.

“They insist on maintaining this economic model that does nothing but destroy us,” said Muñoz Rivera.

COP15 : les services de police prêts à faire face à toutes

par Jeromec, mardi 29 novembre 2022, 11:07 (il y a 452 jours) @ Jeromec

Tout ce délire de surconsommation d'énergies fossiles et d'Exposer la population locale à des risques d'attentats aurait pu si facilement être évité...

Mais non, Montréal Persiste et signe, il faut absolument déployer le plus possible d'avions et de limousines pour faire la réunion en personne au Centre Vide de Montréal.. avec des Gros Cadillac Escalade bien blindé qui carburent au 20 litres par 100 KM... :-|

Je conseille aux participants d'Adopter le Sac d'Épicerie sur la tête (en papier brun) pour se cacher... :-|

https://ici.radio-canada.ca/nouvelle/1936663/cop15-preparation-spvm-sq-grc-simulation-a...

COP15 : les services de police prêts à faire face à toute forme de menace

COP15 : les services de police prêts à faire face à toute forme de menace
Des policiers portant des combinaisons et des masques discutent entre eux.
Des policiers de la GRC munis de combinaisons de protection pour faire face à une menace d'origine chimique.

Pascal Robidas

Les corps policiers du Groupe intégré de sécurité (GIS) sont prêts à intervenir pour tout type de situation durant la COP15, même pour les scénarios catastrophes de menace d'attentat chimique, biologique, radiologique ou encore nucléaire.

Selon nos informations, le GIS, qui réunit la Gendarmerie royale du Canada (GRC), la Sûreté du Québec (SQ) et le Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM), vient tout juste de finaliser la rédaction de son plan d'intervention de calibre mondial de type CBRN (pour chimique, biologique, radiologique, nucléaire).

Conformément aux normes de sécurité actuelles, ce type de plan d’intervention est requis pour certains grands événements internationaux, dont les rassemblements sous l’égide de l’ONU. Toutefois, il est rare que le SPVM ait dû déployer un dispositif de sécurité d’une telle ampleur dans la métropole québécoise, qui a pourtant l'habitude de recevoir des événements internationaux.

La dernière fois remonterait à la première réunion de l'Assemblée générale des membres du Conseil mondial de l'eau, en 1997, qui s'était tenue à Montréal dans le cadre du neuvième Congrès mondial de l'eau de l'IWRA.


L'occasion est parfaite pour le SPVM, la SQ et la GRC de démontrer que la police au Canada est de classe mondiale, nous dit-on.

Bien que la menace d'une bombe sale soit plus qu'hypothétique à ce stade-ci des préparatifs, le GIS n'a exclu aucun scénario en raison du contexte sociopolitique mondial tendu, a-t-on indiqué.

La 15e édition de la Conférence des parties à la Convention sur la diversité biologique doit réunir jusqu'à 15 000 participants. Le GIS doit assurer leur sécurité pendant toute la durée de l'événement, du 7 au 19 décembre.

Aucun dirigeant d'État n'a cependant prévu venir à Montréal. Seul un faible nombre de dignitaires auront droit au protocole de sécurité sous escorte policière, selon nos informations.

Plusieurs scénarios élaborés
Dans ce plan d'intervention extrême, il est prévu de dicter la marche à suivre aux répondants de première ligne si des participants à la COP15 devaient être en contact avec une matière dangereuse.

Où les envoie-t-on en isolement? Où les soigne-t-on? Vers quel centre hospitalier sont-ils dirigés? Quel est le rôle de Santé Canada dans ce protocole? Que faire si des manifestants aux abords du Palais des congrès sont aussi exposés à des matières dangereuses?

Le plan doit répondre à toutes ces questions qui pourraient devenir sources de désorganisation, si rien n'est établi clairement à l'avance. D'autant plus que les urgences des hôpitaux débordent partout dans le Grand Montréal, à l'heure actuelle.

Des gens regardent un discours sur un écran.
La COP 15, présidée par la Chine, se déroule en territoire canadien dans un contexte sociopolitique mondial tendu.

PHOTO : AFP

Dans l'un des scénarios élaborés, si le Palais des congrès devait être évacué d'urgence, la police aurait dressé une liste d'immeubles dans un rayon de 2 km ou moins pour abriter les personnes évacuées.


À titre d'exemple, l'ancienne tour de Radio-Canada maintenant vacante, située à 2 km du Palais des congrès, boulevard René-Lévesque, pourrait servir d'abri à des milliers de personnes en cas d'attentat.

Rappelons que l’intérieur du Palais des congrès, qui deviendra une zone internationale, sera sous la responsabilité du Département de la sûreté et de la sécurité des Nations unies.

Tout immeuble désigné par la police peut donc servir à mettre en sécurité les participants et les dignitaires étrangers dans la zone bleue, sous la responsabilité de l'ONU.

Illustration d'un
Les policiers entrent en scène
Dès mardi, tous les policiers retenus pour assurer l'encadrement de la COP15 entament une formation.

Toujours selon nos informations, les objectifs de recrutement ont été atteints au SPVM ainsi que chez ses partenaires à la GRC et à la SQ.

Les responsabilités et les secteurs assignés leur seront dévoilés au cours des prochaines heures. Des simulations sont prévues dans les prochains jours pour les préparer à agir.

À titre d'exemple, les escouades canines de la GRC et de la SQ seront sur le terrain vendredi afin de fouiller tous les véhicules utilisés pour transporter les dignitaires.

Cinq policiers en équipement lourd autour du camion
Des centaines de policiers entament mardi leur formation pour assurer la sécurité durant la COP15.

PHOTO : LA PRESSE CANADIENNE / RYAN REMIORZ

Des manifestations sont déjà prévues au lever du rideau, le 7 décembre prochain, par des groupes de protestataires qui s'opposent à la tenue de la COP15 au Canada.

Pour encadrer ces manifestations, le SPVM a déjà annoncé qu'il va bénéficier de renforts provenant de la SQ et des services de police de Québec, de Longueuil, de Laval et de Gatineau.

Reste à voir maintenant quel sera le niveau de tolérance des policiers si les tensions montent rapidement dans les rues du centre-ville de Montréal.

Le SPVM n'a pas voulu commenter nos informations.

SVPM Antiterrorisme et mesures d’urgence

par Jeromec, mardi 29 novembre 2022, 11:20 (il y a 452 jours) @ Jeromec

Sera présente lors de l'événement 24/7 les unités antiterrorisme du SVPM et autre corps policiers
Avec des Gros Pick Up, Des Gros VUS, Des Gros Dodge Charger Muscle Car , avec des énormes poste de commandement roulant qui vont produire un maximum de GES pendant que la COP jase de réduction de GES

On ne fait pas d'omelette sans casser des oeufs, ça pourrait être le slogan de la Cop...

Et les commerçants et habitants de Montréal du secteur déjà dûrement éprouvé depuis 3 ans vont hériter de la facture salée pour payer tout ce beau monde.... tout en acceptant que la Ville Baisse Pavillon face au STM et accepte des réductions de service du transports en commun...

Mais le plomb est gratis dans l'eau potable... si on faisant des tests sanguins de métaux lourds dans le sang de certains de dirigeants... on ferait peut-être le saut...

https://spvm.qc.ca/fr/Pages/decouvrir-le-spvm/qui-fait-quoi/Antiterrorisme-et-mesures-d...

Budget de la STM : déficit de 77 M$ et baisse de services

par Jeromec, mardi 29 novembre 2022, 17:56 (il y a 452 jours) @ Jeromec

Afin d'accueillir en grandes pompes la COP, quoi de mieux que de baisser l'offre de services de transports en commun...


Budget de la STM : déficit de 77 M$ et baisse de services (Radio Canada)

La Société de transport de Montréal (STM) devra revoir à la baisse son offre de service de métro et d'autobus en raison de problèmes budgétaires liés à une diminution de l'achalandage.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QKjfLCcPDEU

Évidemment LA CAQ ne délie pas les cordons de la bourse puisque Montréal n'a pas voté du ''bon Bord''... mais pour le Tunnel Québec Lévis, ça oui ils sont prêt$ à Ca$$er la tirelire des enfant$...

Montréal 3 pas en avant, 24 en arrière...

par Jeromec, mercredi 30 novembre 2022, 01:30 (il y a 452 jours) @ Jeromec

COP La pointe de l'iceberg....

par Jeromec, mercredi 30 novembre 2022, 01:39 (il y a 452 jours) @ Jeromec

LE CHUM prit en otage par la COP

par Jeromec, vendredi 02 décembre 2022, 08:24 (il y a 450 jours) @ Jeromec

Le principal hôpital de Montréal le CHUM sera privé de la station de métro y donnant accès, ce qui cause davantage de difficulté pour les patients, dont les gens à mobilité réduite de s'y rendre...

https://www.chumontreal.qc.ca/actualites/cop15-arrive-chum-se-prepare

La COP15 s’invite, du 7 au 19 décembre, au Palais des congrès de Montréal. Avec la présence de nombreux dirigeants et dignitaires d’un peu partout dans le monde, un périmètre de sécurité a été mis en place autour de l’événement et le CHUM se retrouve en marge de celui-ci. Il est donc important, si vous devez passer à l’hôpital, entre le 1er et le 20 décembre, de bien planifier vos déplacements.

À quoi doit-on s’attendre?
La COP15 arrive, le CHUM se prépare!
Depuis le début de la semaine et durant tout le déroulement de la COP15, une zone clôturée est aménagée autour du Palais des congrès, afin de sécuriser l’accès réservé aux personnes autorisées.

Accéder au CHUM
Dès le 1er décembre, plusieurs portes seront fermées pour rediriger les visiteurs aux entrées principales. Veuillez noter que vos déplacements pourraient être complexifiés pour vous rendre au CHUM. La station de métro Place-d’Armes sera complètement fermée du 1er au 20 décembre inclusivement. La station Champ-de-Mars pourrait donc être plus achalandée et accueillir des personnes qui souhaitent se rendre à la COP15.''

Faites-vous en pas, les invités de l'incohérente COP viennent en AVIONS et ne prennent PAS, surtout PAS les transports en commun... et ne paient pas leurs billets d'avions c'est payés par les contribuables... tout comme la Sécurité d'ailleurs...
La Cop Bien Copé par des VUS 24/7:-|

Une entrevue en anglais, la Caq sera déçue, avec Valérie Plante

Les journalistes évitent toujours de poser des questions embarassantes... comme sur l'utilisation de jets, de VUS, et Avions pour s'y rendre... à la Cop... tout en bloquant une station de métro...

https://cultmtl.com/2022/12/an-interview-with-montreal-mayor-valerie-plante/

An interview with Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante
by Toula Drimonis
Our December cover story is a mayoral check-in ahead of the COP15 biodiversity conference, which begins on Dec. 7.

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With Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante just over a year into her second mandate, I had the opportunity to speak with her and discuss some looming post-pandemic challenges.

Toula Drimonis: You’re in year two of your second mandate. What do you consider to be your top 3 main issues to tackle?

Valérie Plante: For sure I would say the ecological transition remains top on my list. We’re doing everything we can to hasten it and taking as many steps as we need to treat it as a priority, and treat climate change as a reality we can no longer afford to ignore. Housing is, of course, a top issue for us, and one that we’re continuing to work on since our first mandate. Finally, homelessness is an issue I take very seriously and has only gotten worse since the pandemic. And if I can add a fourth, I would say that making sure that the city remains welcoming and inclusive to all also remains a top priority for me.

TD: What has proven to be the most challenging part of your mayoralty so far? The issue that you didn’t see coming — aside from the pandemic, of course.

Valérie Plante: Well… everything caused by the pandemic. The domino effect it created, where one problem amplified another. COVID caused an explosion of homelessness, and increased problems with public transit. For example, before COVID, we were trying to find solutions for congestion on the Orange Line, and now it’s the opposite; we’re working super hard to get people back on the subway and on the buses. This has had a huge impact on the city’s finances, but also the STM’s finances. Before the pandemic, we had the wind in our sails, we were developing, we went from lineups at Berri-UQAM metro station to the opposite. So, for me, that was such a big change. Even if we knew why these issues were happening, it was still such a paradigm shift and the pandemic exasperated so many issues already present.

TD: A post-pandemic reality features rising inflation, rising cost of living, property taxes going up. Assessments for property tax are up by 32.4% on the island of Montreal, a steep increase that has many homeowners worried. Are you concerned Montreal residents will blame your administration for issues that may be beyond your control? What do you say to them?

Valérie Plante: Inflation is hitting people hard and the precarity we’re seeing is forcing more people into more difficult financial situations. The economy is still stagnant, so there’s a lot of insecurity and it’s very tough for citizens. What we want to do is reassure Montrealers that, since the beginning, we’ve always been very sensitive to their financial capacity. Even though we won’t be able to freeze taxes this year like we did during the pandemic, we want to find a balance in between. It’s tough because we know Montrealers will say that they don’t want higher taxes, but at the same time inflation is totally hitting the city as well.

Whether it’s gas for the trucks to remove the snow or for garbage collection, the cost to construct a pool or a sports centre, the costs for us exploded as well. For us, it’s tough, too. It’s important to raise awareness in terms of the city’s financial capacity, and I’ll do my best to communicate why we have no choice but to raise them. I know it’s not a very sexy subject, but the fact of the matter is Montreal depends pretty much on property taxes [70% of city revenues come from property taxes], versus the government of Quebec that is sending cheques these days. I’m not saying that it’s a bad idea, but if they send cheques to people, I’m hoping that the government will send us a cheque as well.

We don’t want to raise taxes either. It’s all the same pockets, ultimately. But there’s no way that we will follow the inflation rate, which is currently around 8%. Increases are going to be between 3% and 6%, not more than that, because we know that it’s difficult for people and we don’t want to add an additional burden on people’s wallets.

December 2022 cover Cult MTL Valérie Plante interview
Valérie Plante on the cover of Cult MTL, Dec. 2022. Photo by Sylvain Légaré.
TD: What is your biggest challenge in dealing with a provincial government that often seems more focused on pleasing the regions? How do you communicate Montreal’s needs for more financial support and the city’s importance to Quebec’s economic prosperity without necessarily burning any bridges?

Valérie Plante: The government recognizes that Montreal is Quebec’s economic engine. I’ve been saying it and I’ve been repeating it, making sure that it’s clear and that we all share the same message. Pierre Fitzgibbon’s appointment as the minister responsible for Montreal, who also has the economic development portfolio, is, I think, a good sign. For me it’s about having a great relationship with that minister, and we’ve done great things in the past. I’d say, so far, we have allies when it comes to the city’s economic development.

I think the message that I carry all the time to any minister I meet is that anything related to Montreal’s economic development is also good for its social development and we need to link the two together. When we want to build, we bring investors to Montreal, those new employees, that talent, those new students, well… they need to live somewhere. Social equity is an important priority for me, so when we discuss how a society grows, we need to make sure that it’s handled from both an economic and social perspective and we tackle shortages in human resources. We need to come up with a great strategy, based on numbers, based on facts, and to see how having new people coming to Montreal is a great asset for economic development, but also for social development.

TD: Montreal is hosting the upcoming COP15 conference on biodiversity. [The 15th Conference of the Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity, a UN Summit ratified by 196 countries, is taking place in Montreal from Dec. 7–19.] It’s a huge international event that will necessitate massive security detail and bring protesters to the city but will also inject millions into the local economy. What are your expectations and concerns about such a big event? What do you hope Montreal will gain from hosting it?

Valérie Plante: I would say the first challenge would be for people to understand what the COP is. It’s a big, international event where there will be negotiations between countries about our objectives regarding biodiversity. What do we want to protect? A number that I often repeat because I find it very scary, but it’s a fact, is that in 50 years, we have lost 70% of our wildlife on this planet. Seventy percent is gone. This is very scary, and we need to act. As prime ministers and presidents and heads of state will meet, for me it’s also an opportunity to position Montreal as a leader in protecting biodiversity and putting concrete actions forward, like we recently did with protecting the bees and the butterflies. [Montreal recently unveiled an ambitious pollinator plan, ahead of the UN Summit.]

I also want to create a green legacy and I want Montrealers to gain something from the summit itself, like a “green gift.” As far as security goes, there will be a perimeter around the Palais des congrès but it will be focused on that specific area. [Of note: Place d’Armes metro station will be completely closed from Dec. 1–20.]

People will still be able to circulate around that area. It’s a Canadian event, essentially Canada is hosting the summit, so the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), the Sûreté du Québec (SQ), the SPVM and the City of Montreal are all involved here. But the SPVM will be very present outside the event site. Montreal is a city that’s used to protests, so I hope everything unfolds peacefully, I think it’s important to respect everyone’s opinions. The summit will also be great for Montreal because close to 15,000 representatives will be coming to the city, and that means that restaurants and hotels will be full. We want our businesses to benefit, too.

TD: From a very young age, you were involved in green initiatives. Even your high school yearbook states that you wanted to be president of Greenpeace. How important to you is meeting environmental targets? I intended to ask if the ecological transition is still on top of your list of priorities, but you answered this question by including it in your top 3 priorities.

Valérie Plante: Yes, but if I can just add to that, I also believe it’s one of the main reasons why we got re-elected with such big numbers as well. [Plante had a decisive win last year when she earned 52% of the vote compared with 38% won by her challenger, former mayor Denis Coderre. In fact, Plante increased her share of the vote the second time around, indicating clear support for many of her party’s policies and priorities.]

We’ve been very strong and bold and clear with Montrealers about our goals to do as much as we can to protect the environment.

TD: As a woman in politics, there are many challenges. Do you believe there are double standards for women, and that they often need to work harder to be respected? Do we still have a long way to go?

VP: It’s always a tricky question to answer. I would like to be able to say that there’s no double standard that exists, but at the same time it’s hard to point to specific examples. It’s no longer about, “Go back to the kitchen, woman!” It’s much more subtle, but I do believe there are still stereotypes to tackle and there are still ways that both men and women behave towards women politicians or female leaders. I think we all, as a society, need to reflect on that.

I think there’s been a lot of work for women to be more strategic and network better, and I do believe that the tools are being put in place and I see the way we’re moving forward, but even though I wish I could say that it’s exactly alike for a man and a woman to run for the mayoralty, it wouldn’t be true. We’re in a very progressive city and society in terms of sharing responsibilities, that’s a great thing, but there are still things that need to be changed for sure. It’s a tricky question but I still believe it to be relevant, that’s why I keep answering it.

TD: Without asking too many cliché questions about female politicians, I still need to ask this one. We keep trying to encourage more women to run for politics, but regardless of how gender equality has advanced and how many more men are stepping up, studies continue to show that women continue to carry the overwhelming burden of childcare. You yourself are a mom of two teen boys, and many female politicians are mothers themselves. How important is it for women aspiring to a political career to have a supportive partner?

Valérie Plante: I think it’s a fair question to ask. It means having a partner who understands and is also willing to make the sacrifices that a lot of women have made in the past. I generalize here, of course, but I think in the past there have been far more women who would sacrifice some aspect of their life to support their man’s ambitions, so there needs to be more role models. We talk about more models of women leading, and more representation of women, regardless of the colour of their skin or their background, so other girls and women can identify with them. But I think it’s also true for men. We need more models of men being supportive, being the trooper, being the caregiver, supporting a leader woman, so men can see that as a positive and acceptable role as well.

TD: What do you say to many Quebec anglophones and allophones, who because of recent declarations or legislation like Bill 21 and Bill 96 by the current provincial government may feel unheard and marginalized right now? Quebec’s diversity is primarily found in Montreal. How do you reconcile working successfully with the government while listening to diverse communities and their needs?

Valérie Plante: It’s a very good question. For me, it’s always about wanting Montreal to move forward. I aim to have good relationships with all my colleagues at other government levels, but the bottom line is this: I will always defend Montrealers’ voices. When certain instances happened during the provincial campaign, the last thing a mayor wants to do is participate in a campaign at another government level, but sometimes a mayor’s gotta do what a mayor’s gotta do, right? We want to make sure that no one feels left out. Though I respect the CAQ’s position on racism and systemic discrimination, for us in Montreal we decided to move forward.

[For more context: While Premier Legault and the CAQ continue to deny that systemic racism exists, Plante officially recognized its existence back in 2020, following a report by Montreal’s public consultation office. It’s been a slow process for the city as well, with a consultation only happening after activist and mayoral candidate Balarama Holness delivered a petition demanding the public consultation at City Hall in 2018. Once the report was out, however, the acknowledgment was quick to come and Plante referred to it as a “collective awakening that systemic racism does exist,” recognizing that the “report tells us in black and white that there’s systemic racism, which includes the SPVM.”

In 2019, Montreal City Council also unanimously passed a declaration against Bill 21, Quebec’s secularism legislation. At the time, Plante stated: “The message I want to send my population is that we are there. I want to bring their voice out saying, ‘You have the right to have the same opportunities whoever you are, whatever you wear. It is our duty to speak up.”

During the recent provincial campaign, Plante was also quick to react to comments made by then Immigration Minister Jean Boulet, who stated that “80% of immigrants go to Montreal, don’t work, don’t speak French and don’t adhere to Québécois values.” The Mayor immediately tweeted: “Mr. Boulet needs to withdraw his comments, which go against all our efforts to integrate newcomers. Montreal is a land of welcome for immigrants, who contribute to the economic, social and cultural vitality and to the dynamism of French.”

Throughout the course of her mayoralty, Plante has repeatedly criticized or cautioned against Premier Legault’s efforts to reduce immigration, referring to immigration as an asset and pointing to historic labour shortages. While she recently refused to condemn Legaut’s comments about more immigration being “suicidal” for Quebec, she has called for a calm and factual debate on numbers and continues to push for Quebec to give Montreal access to new sources of revenue to tackle some of the challenges new arrivals can bring, with regards to additional housing and teaching needs.

Valérie Plante: The entire city council was behind this position [the city’s declaration on Bill 21] and I was proud to bring it forward because it’s important for me as mayor to bring forward the voices of those who aren’t heard as often, who are part of our society and who contribute and are so important. Montreal was built on these diverse paths. It’s why Montreal is so special. I navigate through all this, but I believe my role, which I take very seriously, is to bring whatever data, experiences and conversations I can to the forefront and to my colleagues at other levels of government to raise awareness and sensitivity to maybe different realities in Montreal.

TD: What do you want your legacy to be? 30, 50 years from now, what do you want people to remember most about the Plante era?

Valérie Plante: I want to be remembered for being the first woman elected mayor in Montreal, but that’s already done, so I guess I’d like my legacy to be about making sure that Montreal is greener when I leave office than when I entered it. That we deployed all the energy we could to ensure the protection of our parks, our waterfront and our shores, protecting all the island’s biodiversity and making the city greener. Not only for residents’ quality of life but also for protecting the territory for generations to come. That would be the thing I’m really hoping to leave as a legacy, and this is how our decisions are made, and we continue to work on that.

Rapid-fire fun with Valérie Plante
Being a fan of the Proust Questionnaire, I ended the interview with a few lighter questions that have nothing to do with politics and would perhaps give us a glimpse into the lesser-known personality traits of our mayor.

What is your favourite quality in a human being?

I really appreciate humility.

What is the worst job that you’ve ever had?

I worked for a few months in a gas station, it was awful. (Laughter…) and I even had a car then. (More laughter…)

What are you most proud of?

Being the first woman mayor of Montreal is something I’m very proud of. And being a mom… I know it’s a cliché, but I love it.

How do you deal with stress?

I swim in the mornings.

What Montreal sound or smell do you love?

I love the smell of the mountain during winter when I go skiing in the morning. It’s very close to silence. And with the snow, it creates this cushion. It’s like a bubble.

What’s the best piece of advice anyone has ever given you?

To learn how to be comfortable in uncomfortable situations.

What would you miss most about Montreal if you moved elsewhere?

The parks and all the people who love going to parks. I love both. I love this little microsociety in parks.

What do you think people get wrong about you the most?

That I hate cars. That I wake up in the middle of the night hating drivers. That’s just not true. I don’t do that. I do understand that in some parts of the city asking people not to use their cars isn’t even an option, because there’s no option. Sometimes, when you have the kids and there’s a hockey game, you need to do what you need to do as a parent. But for me, it’s about sharing the roads better. It’s most certainly not about hating cars. ■

LA prise d'otage de la Station Place D'Armes

par Jeromec, vendredi 02 décembre 2022, 21:23 (il y a 449 jours) @ Jeromec

voici une vidéo de la station Place D'armes métro, prise en ''otage'' par la sécurité de la COP 15, qui prive d'accès en transport en commun à l'hôpital le plus achanlandé du Québec, le CHUM et souvent des gens à mobilité réduite!


facture très salée de 25 millions et plus pour le SPVM pendant que la STM prévoit des coupures de services(!)
Des policiers payés temps supplémentaires en dehors des heures ''normales'' pendant que la couverture policières de certains quartiers est déjà déficiente(faute de pouvoir combler les postes de policiers vacants (environ 400!))

Place-d'Armes Métro Station closed from December 1 to December 20 for the COP15 Conference - Day 2

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ubL9o3prKE

Le ministre Lacombe interrompu par une militante(Cop)

par Jeromec, lundi 05 décembre 2022, 16:23 (il y a 446 jours) @ Jeromec

Le ministre Lacombe interrompu par une militante
Yves Poirier | TVA Nouvelles| Publié le 5 décembre 2022 à 12:39
Le ministre Lacombe interrompu par une militante

Déjà de la tension dans l'air entre des militants environnementaux et membres du gouvernement Legault à deux jours de l'ouverture de la conférence de l'ONU sur la biodiversité.

Une jeune femme est venue interrompre la mêlée de presse du ministre responsable de la Jeunesse, Mathieu Lacombe, ce matin à Montréal. L’incident s’est produit au Grand Quai du port de Montréal dans le Vieux-Montréal, près du Palais des congrès où se tiendra la COP15, dès mercredi.

Après le discours de Mathieu Lacombe, la jeune militante, les pouces vers le bas, est venue perturber sa mêlée de presse. Elle juge que la CAQ n’en fait pas assez pour lutter contre les changements climatiques. Elle est demeurée pacifique, mais ça a mis un terme au point de presse du ministre.

Mathieu Lacombe a ri en disant: «C’est correct, je comprends qu’il y a parfois des désaccords. C’est important que vous fassiez entendre votre voix. Je vous souhaite de bons travaux», a-t-il appuyé en s’adressant à la manifestante.

«C’est un désaccord scientifique. Ce sont des faits scientifiques», a rétorqué la jeune femme. «Le gouvernement du Québec n’en fait pas assez et il le sait très bien. Il faut qu’il prenne ses responsabilités et qu’il agisse dès maintenant. C’est une urgence climatique. Prenons les choses au sérieux. C’est totalement irrespectueux», a-t-elle ajouté.

Valérie Plante a pour sa part refusé de rencontrer les journalistes sous prétexte que son agenda était trop serré, mais elle a parlé aux jeunes présents dans la salle en déclarant que la société civile doit faire partie de la discussion et influencer les dirigeants. Elle a exigé des changements radicaux.

«Quand on parle de lutte aux changements climatiques, c’est une lutte globale avec laquelle viennent des défis et des opportunités. Pour moi, la plus grande opportunité est que l’on parle tous le même langage quand il est question de dire: Sauvons la planète. Il agir, il faut des objectifs, des cibles. On en demande plus à nos décideurs, à celles et ceux qui ont été élus par le peuple pour pouvoir faire des changements radicaux quand il est question de biodiversité», a soutenu Mme Plante.

Quelque 15 000 participants de partout à travers la planète se donnent rendez-vous dans la métropole pour la COP15.
(en Avions et VUS notamment....)

On constate déjà une omniprésence de policiers qui auront du pain sur la planche cette semaine, car des manifestations sont prévues dès 7h du matin mercredi de la part de la Coalition anticapitaliste et écologiste et 19 500 étudiants se sont dotés d’un mandat de grève contre la COP15.''


Wow... 20 000 grèves d'étudiants de l'UQAM et leurs copains... ça promets... ça vous rappelle pas des souvenirs....? Les Fans des Canadiens de Montréal ont l'air modéré en comparaison...


Je ne pensais pas qu'il y aurait autant de monde(!)
ça explique l'imposante présence policière.. .mais pendant ce beau mois de Décembre, une bonne partie de la ville se trouve DÉGARNIE de surveillance policière...

tout ça pour éviter une rencontre VIRTUELLE(!)
comme si on avait le luxe de se permettre ça dans le contexte actuel...

PS : JE dénonce fermement tout geste de violence et d'intimidation.... on peut protester dans le respect... :-) Et la bonne humeur si possible...:-)

PPS : Val, une rencontre ça peut toujours s'annuler, il y a juste qui ne changent pas d'idée... et la remettre comme dans le bon vieux temps en VIRTUEL... c'est éco responsable... :-)

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