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Information meeting on the topic “Hippodrome without Cavendish” planned | City news

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An information session will be held in the next few weeks about the prospect of expanding the Hippodrome without the Cavendish expansion, Côte St. Luc councillor Dida Berku said at the council meeting in May. Berku said she hopes hundreds of people will attend.

Berku said The suburb that the date and location of the meeting have yet to be finalized. “The three mayors of Côte St. Luc, the city of Mount Royal and St. Laurent will host the information session,” she added. “Suddenly the city of Montreal is in the fast lane [regarding the Hippodrome]they've been dragging it, dragging it, dragging it since they filed their complaint with the Bureau d'audiences publiques sur l'environnement. They announce the development on April 19, they hold a briefing on May 15, on June 21 you have to file briefings. Suddenly we're in the fast lane, without Cavendish.”

During question period, CSL resident Sharon Freedman, who has frequently questioned council about the delayed Cavendish link, said the recent alliance between CSL, TMR and St. Laurent and business leaders to demand the link be prioritized is a pretty good idea, “but it's not going to change much. Mayor Plante is outdoing you all. How much longer is this council going to allow her to continue to disregard and turn him down? It's really time to play hardball. They need to demand that the Quebec and federal governments take on this project. The federal government needs to take all of Plante's funding away. We need to withhold our agglomeration taxes,” as proposed by Hampstead Mayor Jeremy Levi, who would have all the seceding towns keep their respective shares.

Mayor Mitchell Brownstein asked Freedman to come up with suggestions on how the city could crack down, adding that withholding agglomeration shares for police, fire and public transit would result in the municipalities being placed under provincial trust management.

“It's time to sue them,” Freedman suggested. The mayor responded that he was OK with legal action, but according to legal opinions the city had received, municipalities “don't necessarily have the right to sue. You (the residents) would have to sue them,” he added. “The residents have the right, in my opinion, because they pay the taxes to the agglomeration, and you are the ones who can't get in and out of the city. Maybe residents like you can all get together or the business alliance.”