A committee is currently meeting to study the future of Mount Royal. On one side are heritage and conservation groups that seek to slow or stop development on the mountain. This group wants elements on the mountain e.g. playgrounds, parks, lawns to be named “untouchable.” On the other side are institutional landowners seeking to expand their facilities on the mountain — like McGill University, University of Montreal, St. Joseph’s Oratory and two hospitals. A spokesman for the development group says the restrictions of the heritage group are “incompatible with the dynamic nature of a city, and with the dynamic nature of our institutions.” Is a compromise possible here before it is too late?
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