Rivière-du-Loup: cut it all! | Black Sheep diary

“Everyone has the right to the poetry and beauty of our forests.”

George Sand, French writer, 1872.

A housing shortage is hitting Bas-Saint-Laurent like all regions of Quebec. One direct consequence is the rapid disappearance of the last urban woodlands, giving way to residential areas and high-rise buildings. Rivière-du-Loup is a great example. West of the Hôtel Au Fleuve d’Argent, off Fraser Street, is the last wooded area left. In early December, the promoter shaved him with a finger. Another development that will prevent buildings boasting and selling river views and biodiversity will disappear. Without worrying… And at that very moment 15e The UN Conference on Biodiversity (COP 15) adopted a new framework to restore and protect 30% of the planet’s terrestrial and marine ecosystems.

In the four corners of Rivière-du-Loup, real estate development is accelerating its open war against trees, canopy, humus and that cursed biodiversity.

It was like the planet was doing amazing.

The city’s last wild areas cannot be counted quickly enough, so razed that the city’s ordinances are so lax that they allow agitators to dynamite, level, asphalt, and concrete with impunity at a hellish pace. In a city that doesn’t count any of these felled trees because its “tree policy” doesn’t apply to wooded areas other than forests.

To the point where there is no more nature left to protect and defend. All remnant forests are actually temporary anomalies that need to be corrected. Their owners are just waiting for the right and profitable moment to develop them.

See a tree stand in town? My best advice: take a picture of it, it’ll be the last time you see it.

Close view… bite-bite

And the worst thing is that they are always replaced by constructions higher than the tops of the old peaks… Normal: the tenants of these luxury residences should benefit from compensation in the form of solitary pleasure for the entire horizon. themselves.

Thus, the motto of Rivière-du-Loup remains as always: privatize the views and close the horizon line, bite without bite.

Forever. For centuries and centuries. Amen.

Want to walk in the woods in Rivière-du-Loup? The choice is yours: Parc des Chutes, Parc des Chutes or… Parc des Chutes. This already saturated park, where so many citizens gather and flock in search of a healthy bath in the forest, its paths have become highways for leisurely strolls.

And the west side of the Rivière du Loup will soon be nothing more than a series of huge buildings, from the residence of Le Saint-Louis to the House of the Elders, through the most terrible: the huge Medway project.

Gone is the impression of walking on the other side of the world: every walker will put on a show in front of pensioners piled on top of each other.

In such a context, the mayor continues to confirm his opinion”We are proud of our many green spaces“… What? But there’s only one left! All that’s left is oceans of lawn with a few sparse trees.

By the time the citizens wake up, it will be too late.

If you are visiting your relatives during the holidays, go and enjoy the beautiful view of the river from the footbridge of the waterfall for the last time in your life. Those close to you will explain it to you: “Medway, you see, bought half of this landscape with the enthusiastic and unanimous support of the council to better privatize it.”

When such an investment in exceptional beauty goes to waste, I feel not proud, but disappointed, sad, and ashamed.

It remains to be hoped that Rivière-du-Loup will eventually find the balance between development and conservation, which will take time and determination.

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