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Discussion panels on vital issues



Last autumn, during the launch of Greater Montréal’s Vital Signs 2015, the FGM held five theme-based discussion panels that demonstrated its ability to mobilize the energy and forces of the community around common goals for the betterment of Greater Montréal. The 23 participating stakeholders were all recognized experts from scientific bodies, local government and community organizations. They established a global view of the situation, identified the main challenges and presented recent statistics on issues that are vital for Greater Montréal.

REDUCING HOMELESSNESS: Great teamwork is making a difference!

If reducing homelessness is now a public priority, it is thanks to the concerted efforts of organizations involved at many levels in the fight. The panels have forged an even greater collaboration between the City of Montréal, community organizations and institutional stakeholders.




SUPPORTING YOUTH ALL THE WAY, REDUCING EARLY SCHOOL LEAVING

While great progress has been made in recent decades on the issue of early school leaving, results are not defined solely by graduation rates. Accompanying young people to the finish line, in step with their own abilities, is also a form of success to consider. This discussion panel allowed the participants to focus on concrete situations, shared achievements and research that must be acted upon.

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ENVIRONMENTAL CHALLENGES IN MONTÉRÉGIE AND MONTREAL: SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND HEALTHY LIFESTYLES 




Two discussion panels heard from experts and community representatives in Montérégie and Montreal, with the goal of obtaining an overall reading of the climate change phenomenon and the local measures that communities can implement. Many challenges remain in the fight against the effects of climate change. 

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There is the simultaneous need to contribute to the development of a quality urban environment, with planning based on public transport, and to encourage people to adopt healthy lifestyles. It is also necessary to establish cooperation mechanisms at the regional level so as to identify common priorities for action.




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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE – IT’S TIME TO TALK ABOUT IT!
 
The panelists emphasized the importance of ensuring effective coordination between different stakeholders, both before and after situations of family violence occur, so as to develop a shared vision and understanding of this issue. Moreover, the question of funding remains central. It is clear that greater resources must be allocated to counter this phenomenon in Greater Montréal.

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