Lester B. Pearson essay contest winners to attend Dr. David Suzuki’s lecture at John Abbott College
Grade 11 students at Lester B. Pearson’s 12 high schools in the West Island have a contest to win. The prize is a seat at environmental activist Dr. David Suzuki’s lecture at John Abbott College, Oct. 24. Students must write a one-page essay on Suzuki’s lecture topic, The Challenge of the 21st Century: Setting the Real Bottom Line. The deadline for essays is Tuesday. Suzuki will talk about how the human drive to work, win and live big are destroying the planet and how young people should become more engaged in the battle to change those behaviours.
Sort of ironic that they are writing about destroying the planet and that the lecture takes place right here in Sainte Anne De Bellevue. I wonder how many students are even remotely aware of the battle waged by the Citizens of the North Sector to stop development that will mean the end of our precious forests, fields, and wetlands.
It would be incredible if we could get these students mobilized – to join our cause. The lands the IQ sold to developers belonged to all Quebecers – now the fight is to keep the land zoned as an eco-territory – which is in our rights as a municipality. Keeping our community green has many other implications: we keep our taxes from increasing, we keep our property values from decreasing, we maintain our “country living” quality of life, we keep additional traffic, pollution, and crime out. And, as an added bonus, we don’t have to deal with the horrors of the construction industry here.
The latest scandal: the Mayor of Laval being raided today!
Members of opposition party Mouvement Lavallois said they recently met with the Charbonneau commission to discuss the embattled mayor and four allegedly questionable land deals they say were made by Vaillancourt.
The party said it uncovered deals that saw city land bought and then quickly sold for up to five times the amount. Other members of the opposition said the search is related to $20 million in legal contracts that were handed out to one law firm, Lurie reported.