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CP rail destroys green space in Mile End

MONTREAL – Some residents in the Plateau-Mont-Royal are infuriated after Canadian Pacific Railway mistakenly bulldozed a field earlier this week.

Members of a group called Les amis du Champ des possibles say they struggled for years to protect the green space in the Mile End, which was meant to be turned into a small community park.

“Countless hours of volunteer work has been put into this project and all this has been destroyed by a single act of destruction by CP rail,”member Charles Latimar told Global News.

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He said the news was especially upsetting because the area is rich in biodiversity.

“It acts as a corridor for animals to go through, also habitat for a lot of birds and pollinators.”

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Les Amis du Champ des Possibles have a vision to tranform the land into a community park. Les Amis du Champ des Possibles
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CP Rail mistakenly destroyed city land that they used to own. Les Amis du Champ des Possibles
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CP Rail mistakenly destroyed city land that they used to own. Les Amis du Champ des Possibles
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CP Rail mistakenly destroyed city land that they used to own. Les Amis du Champ des Possibles
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A citizen group is infuriated after learning CP rail destroyed a Mile End green space . Les Amis du Champ des Possibles
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A citizen group is infuriated after learning CP rail destroyed a Mile End green space . Les Amis du Champ des Possibles

Even though the city bought the land from CP in 2006, workers destroyed it to build train tracks.

“CP just ploughed right through it, cut all of the bushes and trees and basically turned it into a construction site, illegally,” added Latimar. 

The company has agreed to pay for the cost of refurbishing the park, still the group is frustrated by the lack of communication prior to the beginning of the work.

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