When she announced her candidacy for mayor of Verdun, Marie-Andrée Mauger pledged to present a strong vision for Nuns' Island. Today, along with her team, Marie-Andrée Mauger is unveiling the key elements of her platform:
Modern sports and cultural facilities adapted to the Nuns' Island community
The sports and cultural needs of the island community are changing and growing. To take this into account, the Borough must adapt and renew its infrastructure. Marie-Andrée Mauger's team wants to build a refrigerated or covered multi-purpose skating rink, develop an all-terrain closed circuit "pump track" at Archambault Park, maintain the West-Vancouver Park hill with snow in the winter, and add at least one launching area for non-motorized boats. The team also wishes to modernize the Nuns' Island library.
A vibrant commercial life for Nuns' Island
La Place du Commerce, given its central location and its attractive rental space, has great potential to be developed. Marie-Andrée Mauger is proposing various approaches: the creation of a lively public square with a Christmas or seasonal market, the adoption of commercial signage that will help create an inviting and attractive climate for doing business on the Island, and support for the creation of a commercial association.
Revitalization of Nuns' Island's parks
Nuns' Island offers unparalleled access to nature thanks to its shoreline, parks and wooded area, around which the community life is interwoven. Marie-Andrée Mauger's team is proposing concrete actions so that the residents of Nuns' Island can continue to take full advantage of this, such as the redevelopment of Dan-Hanganu (Elgar) Park and Lacoursière Park.
A redesigned transportation network tailored to the needs of Nuns' Island
Marie-Andrée Mauger and her team are proposing to build two multi-use paths, one towards downtown via the future Bonaventure Boulevard and another along the riverbanks behind Chemin du Golf to complete the Island's loop. In addition, the team wants to ensure that the new STM bus lines are put into service and connected to the Nuns' Island REM station. Another measure proposed by the team is the construction of a footbridge over the river to link the Nuns' Island and Wellington-de l'Église neighbourhoods. A footbridge that would have a load-bearing capacity for the passage of an emergency vehicle under certain controlled circumstances.
Visionary planning, maintenance and safety services worthy of Nuns' Island
In order to efficiently implement its vision, Marie-Andrée Mauger's team is proposing to initiate long-term urban planning for the entire island. The team also proposes to create a public works division, with a team dedicated to public works on the Island. The Projet Montréal Verdun team would like to ensure continuous police surveillance throughout the territory of the Island and is committed to working with the Montreal Police Department to implement photo radar.
Marie-Andrée Mauger and her team are working hard to implement proactive and visionary measures to improve neighbourhood life on Nuns' Island, as in other Verdun neighbourhoods.
"Nuns' Island is a magnificent place where the charm of the river rubs shoulders with urban vibrancy, a harmony that must be proudly protected and supported by concrete actions. With a wealth of expertise and experience in the field, we are able to propose a series of strong measures specifically designed for the current and future needs of the Island community," said Marie-Andrée Mauger, candidate for mayor of Verdun for Projet Montréal.
Here are the four candidates who wish to represent the community of L'Île-des-Soeurs:
Marie-Andrée Mauger, candidate for borough mayor
Véronique Tremblay, candidate for city councillor
Céline Audrey Beauregard, candidate for borough councillor
Enrique Machado, candidate for Borough Councillor