This morning, roughly 50 people set up a makeshift camp obstructing heavy machinery in order to force construction work to a halt on the land where the corporation Ray-Mont Logistics is planning to build an enormous transshipment platform.

Situated on the east side of Avenue Viau, the plot of land long abandoned by industry is now home to the many lifeways of the neighbourhood, teeming with flora and fauna, clashing with its bitumen and concrete surroundings. While CAQ would like to see the emergence of a port-industrial complex and an increase in freight transport, we have been resisting the destruction of one of the last remaining uncommodified and green spaces on the East of the island—whether through the construction of a motorway connection, a Hydro-Québec substation or a transshipment platform.
This terrain vague, which served as a place to live for marginalized communities, up until their violent expulsion last Spring, is for many a place that enables us to get away from the city, to go for a walk; a place to get fresh air in the dead of a heat wave, a space where we can imagine a world-to-come beyond highways and factories.  

As part of CAQ's maritime strategy "Avantage Saint-Laurent," the transshipment platform proposed by Ray-Mont Logistics is one in a series of other projects aiming to convert the Saint-Lawrence River into a "highway for commodities," enabling an increase in international trade, and by turns accelerating the exploitation and destruction of the land. Among others we can think of include the project for the expansion of Montreal's port into Contrecoeur, GNL-Quebec in so-called Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, the Laurentia project, now abandoned due to significant disputes, the "Zone d'innovation littorale Est" in Quebec City, and many more. What these projects have in common is the reduction of the land and the waters traversing it to market values, in a context where the environmental and climate crisis is demanding us to do otherwise.

Whether the Ray-Mont Logistics project will be endorsed by the government and the municipality or not, we will continue to occupy this space, we will continue to place ourselves as obstacles in the path of destruction, and we will continue to assail, by all means within our reach, the pillaging of the ecosystems and territories in which we inhabit.

To those of you who have had enough of concrete and machinery dictating the unbridled pursuit of a world hurtling towards its own death, this is a call to organize and join together to oppose, through solidarity, in common and struggle, the devastations of capitalism and colonialism.