I haven’t blogged this story closely because it’s been a little too micro-local but now there’s a legal angle that makes it kind of interesting from an urbanism point of view.
The Marguerite-Bourgeoys school commission wants to build a elementary school on Nuns Island, not a bad thing in itself, but they want to build it in a public park. A lot of residents have gone through the process of signing a register to demand a referendum on the issue.
Now Montreal seems likely to make a change in its charter to do an end run around the residents by declaring that building a school is on a different legal level and renders the referendum process null and void.
Sounds like they’re still in for a fight.