Gazebo to honour Mordecai Richler
The City's Executive Committee is laying out some money to honour Montreal literary legend Mordecai Richler.
It has given $57,753 to architectural firm Beaupré Michaud et Associés so it could start planning the restoring of the gazebo on Mount Royal overlooking Parc Avenue in his name.
But Marvin Rotrand, City Councillor for Snowdon, has been fighting for years to get the city to properly honour Mordecai Richler.
"On the 10th anniversary of his death [July 3, 2011], I tabled a petition of over three thousand names, asking that the city do something," Rotrand said. "The idea was to get a unanimous city council vote behind the proposal, which we did, almost two years ago, now. The project is certainly delayed."
Rotrand initially wanted to have something renamed after him in the Mile End borough — the place where Richler lived, worked, and often wrote about — but the borough council there refused so the gazebo became the next best thing.
“It was obviously a compromise,” Jacob Richler, Mordecai Richler’s son, said. “To my mind it would have been much more appropriate to have a street named after him, but it’s not what drove his career, so life will go on.”
The restoration of the gazebo is expected to be completed by July 2014.
Photo courtesy of The Gazette