"Happy and relieved," admits Pierre-Eloi Talbot, lawyer and partner at LJT Lawyers. The reason? On June 29, the Minister of Education transferred the neighborhood where he lives, Glenmount, from the Montréal School Board (CSDM) to the Marguerite-Bourgeoys school board (CSMB).
For the past 20 years, parents living in neighbourhoods from the gray areas were able to opt for a school from one or the other of the two school boards. The adoption of the new admission criteria for the CSMB in January caused parents in these areas, to lose priority access to one of its schools. And as schools overflow, children may be ejected.
As a result, in recent months, Pierre-Eloi and a group of other parents knocked on doors and circulated a petition to collect a sufficient number of signatures in support of their application for annexation to the CSMB. They also received a boost from local MP Pierre Arcand.
Determination, commitment and a sense of social responsibility are qualities that represent the core values of our firm
explains Christian Joly, managing partner of LJT Avocats.
Read the article (available in French): LaPresse, Commissions scolaires: des familles libérées de leur «zone grise»