Petition: Allow Our Youth To Celebrate Purim Safely and Peacefully
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Letter to the Outremont Borough Council
February 28, 2014
First of all, congratulations on your election to the Borough Council of Outremont.
As you may be aware, the Jewish holiday of Purim is on March 15-16 this year. It is the most joyous of all our holidays, and is a highlight for both children and adults.
We would like to invite you to participate in our celebration. It would be our pleasure to welcome you and show you how we celebrate this holiday.
In addition, we would like to request that a solution be adopted at the March council meeting so that our boys can enjoy the holiday as well.
Please consider that 25% of Outremont’s population that celebrates this holiday is affected by the Borough’s strict interpretation of the A0-20 autobus ban. This stance, taken by the Borough of Outremont since 2009, considering some minibuses as regular autobuses, has greatly hampered the Purim celebration of our youth – the some 300 boys aged 13-16 – that have been using these minibuses for over 20 years to go around on Purim raising money for charity.
Please take into consideration that this ban – which was adopted in 2003 by the Borough of Outremont – was originally intended to ban only autobuses – “intercity” buses – and not any kind of minibus.
Please take into consideration that if the strict interpretation of the bylaw is to be followed, and only smaller minibuses are rented, it will significantly increase the number of buses on the streets of Outremont. It will cause undue financial burden of over $5000 per year for the schools. And most importantly according to the SPVM the minibuses used up on-till now are the safest mode to transport the boys on Purim.
Also, please ask yourselves, does the small number of complaints received over the course of all those years (a handful or so, as related by the SPVM) justify restricting an entire community of thousands?
We believe it is of utmost importance to find a permanent solution for this issue, and we understand that this requires a lot time to review, but till then, for this year Purim we ask you to please put a temporary hold on the rigorous application the Borough’s strict interpretation of the bylaw and allow ALL types of minibuses to be used until a permanent solution is found.
Please find attached the signatures of over 200 Outremont residents supporting this request.
Should you require further details, more information, or would like to discuss this in person; we are available to meet you at your convenience.
553 av. Outremont