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Plans for old Royal Victoria Hospital get approval stamp despite opposition

CA, 25 May 2022
The former Royal Victoria Hospital site in Montreal is one step closer to becoming a McGill University research facility, following hearings last September by the L’Office de consultation publique de Montréal (OCPM).

In its lengthy report, the office makes 31 recommendations addressing some of the concerns brought forward by various groups.

“There’s a recommendation that we keep a lot of public spaces in this site,” said Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante, adding that it is very important for her.

They also noted that the possible presence of Indigenous graves be “treated with deference.”

A group called the Mohawk Mothers, however, who raised concerns about the possibility of graves of Indigenous children on the site, is not satisfied.

“That project [should] be stopped and we need to have an investigation on those lands,” group member Kwetiio told Global News.

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