Montreal, June 13, 2019 — This summer, the borough of Côte-des-NeigesNotre-Dame-de-Grâce is taking action to control the spread of ragweed. Mayor Sue Montgomery is participating today in a cleanup to remove ragweed with members of the new Anti-Achoo Squad.
Many citizens are concerned with the spread of ragweed. Summer has arrived and with it, for thousands of allergy sufferers, itchy eyes and runny noses caused by reaction to pollen, especially that of ragweed. Seasonal allergies are a threat to pubic health — affecting one in eight Quebecers.
Last summer, the borough uprooted some 485, 507 ragweed plants, which were transformed into compost. This year, Côte-des-Neiges-Notre-Dame-de-Grâce is investing $ 100,000 to implement an even more ambitious ragweed control program. To support our local efforts, we are pleased to have been awarded funding from the Green Fund created under the Government of Quebec's 2013-2020 Climate Change Action Plan.
The borough has mandated the Anti-Achoo Squad, a specialized team created to rid the borough of this highly allergic plant. The Squad may remove plants from in front of your home or business in order to maximize the efforts to control the spread of ragweed. The number of uprooted plants will be compiled for statistical purposes.
Several partners have already confirmed their participation in the ragweed control program. Mobilizing the broader community to act in tandem will be crucial to the program's success. “We are delighted by the participation of Sainte-Justine hospital, Collège Notre-Dame, the Hellenic Community of Greater Montreal, the HEC, Saint Joseph's Oratory, our merchants' association Expérience Côte-des-Neiges and the Centre integer universitaire de santé et de services sociaux du Centre-Ouest-de-l'Ile-de-Montréal” said the councillor for the district of Côte-des-Neiges, Magda Popeanu.
“As a seasonal allergy sufferer, I am very concerned about ragweed in Côte-des-Neiges—Notre-Dame-de-Grâce. I am proud that once again this year our borough is taking concrete action to improve the quality of life for people affected by allergies.”