Laval shows its support for Lac Mégantic

By Robin Della Corte

The City of Laval has announced that it will send $40,000 to help the citizens of Lac Mégantic recover from the massive devastation wreaked by the explosion of a runaway train, July 6.

In a statement, the city explained that the money will be paid to the Lac Mégantic 2013 Tragedy trust fund, which the Union of Municipalities of Quebec established, July 9.

At the outset of her first city council meet- ing as mayor, July 8, Martine Beaugrand called upon everyone in the council chamber to stand for a minute of silence in memory of the victims.

The decision to participate in the relief fund was made two days later, on Wednesday, July 10, by the city’s executive committee.

“Laval residents fully share the sorrow inflicted on the community of Lac Mégantic, which was overwhelmed by this tragedy”, Beaugrand subsequently said in a statement.

The city encouraged anyone who wants to donate to the cause to contact the Red Cross at 1-800-418-1111 or visit

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