Safe schools would keep young families in Montreal: Bergeron

By Lynn Moore | Published October 14, 2013 by THE GAZETTE

The offer of safe neighbourhood schools would help keep young families in Montreal, says Richard Bergeron, who wants the city’s mayor to have direct contact with school boards and Quebec’s education minister.

While too many inner-city schools were being sold to condo developers, new schools were popping up in suburbia, the Projet Montréal mayoral candidate said Monday.

“There has been a lack of leadership from the mayor of Montreal” who seemed indifferent to the outward flow of families, Bergeron said.

He and Projet Montréal candidates in the Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve area pointed to three schools along a kilometre-long stretch of Adam St. All three are infested with mould.

École Baril is soon to be demolished while “parents are being kept in the dark” about the fate of École Hochelaga and École Saint-Nom-de-Jésus.

Projet Montréal wants that stretch of Adam and surrounding streets to be reconfigured for the safety of students, pedestrians and cyclists.

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