No food desert in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue!
Easy access to food is a right.
In Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, residents only have access to two grocery stores within a 3 km radius: Provigo and Marche Richelieu, the latter closed on Saturday, the 14th of January. Provigo is said to be closing in the foreseeable future. People without cars are forced to find extrapolated ways and time to access food.
For students, the alternatives offered are not viable over the long term. McGill’s residence has found a way to provide one shuttle for students. However, it is not enough for all students living on campus in terms of capacity and timing. On top, public transport on the West Island is limited, especially in the evenings and on weekends. Thus, grocery shopping is a time-intensive endeavour for on-campus and off-campus university and cégep students.
For McGill and JAC students, as well as for residents of Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, the absence of grocery stores nearby reinforces our dependence on cars to seek food commodities which contributes to increase greenhouse gas emissions and daily traffic.
Sign this petition to raise awareness about this issue and manifest your discontent! We hope to achieve a positive change for our community by presenting enough signatures to the mayor of Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue and McGill’s Mac Campus Dean.