Public Consultation: Montréal Charter of Rights and Responsabilities
Montréal, February 10, 2004 – The Office de consultation publique de Montréal (OCPM) announces an island-wide public consultation on the draft Montréal Charter of Rights and Responsibilities. The commission will hold its first public information session on Tuesday, February 24, 2004, in Montréal's Marché Bonsecours.
The president of the Office de consultation publique de Montréal, Mr. Jean-François Viau, has formed a three-member commission, to be chaired by Mr. Claude Corbo. Mr. Corbo will be assisted by Dr. Myrna Lashley and Me Claude Fabien.
THE MONTRÉAL CHARTER OF RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Born of the Sommet de Montréal and prepared under the aegis of the workshop on democracy, the proposed Montréal Charter is submitted to public consultation by the Ville de Montréal. It outlines a set of rights and responsibilities that fall within the jurisdiction of the city. The draft Charter also designates a neutral, impartial authority – an ombudsman – who will oversee the charter’s enforcement.
The text of the document comprises three main sections: Principles and values; Rights, responsibilities and commitments; and Scope, interpretation and implementation.
The proposed Charter sets out rights, responsibilities and commitments in the following areas:
- Democratic life
- Economic and social life
- Cultural life
- Environment and sustainable development
- Physical security
- Quality municipal services
Persons and organizations wishing to look over the draft Montréal Charter of Rights and Responsibilities are invited to do so during regular business hours, at the following locations:
- Borough offices and Accès Montréal offices;
- Montréal public libraries.
Moreover, all documents pertaining to the proposal and this consultation are available:
- At the Office de consultation publique de Montréal, 1550 Metcalfe, suite 1414, and on its Web site: www.ocpm.qc.ca
Montréal public libraries offer free Internet access.
PUBLIC CONSULTATION MEETINGS
The public consultation will be held in two parts:
- First part: Description and explanation of the draft Charter, followed by a question period;
- Second part: A session where individuals and organizations may express their opinions on the document.
The OCPM invites all interested persons and organizations to attend the following meetings:
First part (information sessions and question periods):
February 24, 2004 at 7:00 PM
Marché Bonsecours, 350 Saint-Paul Street East, Ballroom
March 8, 2004 at 7:00 PM
Langelier Library, 6473 Sherbrooke Street East
March 10, 2004 at 7:00 PM
Sarto Desnoyers Community Centre, 1335 Lakeshore Drive, Room A
Dorval borough (Bus 202)
March 15, 2004 at 7:00 PM
Centre d’éducation des adultes (CEDA), 2515 Delisle Street
March 16, 2004 at 7:00 PM
St-Nicholas Orthodox Church, 80 De Castelnau Street East
(De Castelnau Métro)
Second part (opinions and submission of memorandums):
April 5, 2004 at 7:00 PM
Marché Bonsecours, 350 Saint-Paul Street East
Ballroom (Champ-de-Mars Métro)
April 7, 2004 at 7:00 PM
Complexe sportif Claude-Robillard, 1000 Émile-Journault Street, Salon des dignitaires
(Crémazie Métro, Bus 146 East)
April 13, 2004 at 7:00 PM
Sarto Desnoyers Community Centre, 1335 Lakeshore Drive, Room D
Dorval borough (Bus 202)
Additional meetings may be scheduled as required.
REGISTRATION AND MEMORANDUM SUBMISSION
Persons and organizations wishing to express an opinion on the proposed Charter, or to submit a memorandum in the second part, are invited to register and/or to submit their memorandums, to the Office de consultation publique de Montréal, in ten hard copies, and in electronic format to: Ms. Marie-Claire Dumas (514) 872-8818, at the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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President of the Office de consultation publique de Montréal
Tel.: (514) 872-3568