The port, a curse and a blessing

The Port of Montreal is refusing to cede a few islands to the Parc des îles de Boucherville which would allow the area protected as parkland to be enlarged by 25%.

The activities of the port are important to Montreal, but the coming and going of large, fast ships has interfered with the whales – the speed limit imposed on ships last year was rescinded last month – and is also being blamed for erosion of the river banks. A better balance has to be arrived at.