The City of Côte Saint-Luc will hold a rally for religious freedom on Monday, December 2, 2013 at 6 pm outside city hall, 5801 Cavendish Blvd.
The rally event will be preceded by a Christmas tree lighting event with Father Peter Laviolette of Saint Richard’s Church of Côte Saint-Luc. Following the rally event will be a Chanukah menorah lighting event with Rabbi Mendel Raskin of Chabad of Côte Saint-Luc.
“We call on all our residents and our neighbours to attend this rally to send the message that residents of Montreal island municipalities reject the Parti Québécois’ proposed Bill 60 that would restrict our rights as Canadians and Quebecers,” Côte Saint-Luc Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “We hope that people from all faiths, backgrounds and communities will join us to send a message to the PQ government that we respect individual rights and freedoms and reject Bill 60 and the division it has caused.”
Speakers at the rally will be Mayor Housefather, D’Arcy McGee MNA Lawrence Bergman and Rabbi Chaim Steinmetz of Congregation Tifereth Beth David Jerusalem.
More information about the rally, including a video message from Mayor Housefather about Bill 60 is available at CoteSaintLuc.org/Rally.
The annual Côte Saint-Luc Halloween Skating Party on Ice will take place on Sunday, October 27, 2013 from 1:50 pm to 4:20 pm at the Samuel Moskovitch Arena (6985 Mackle Rd.).
Admission to the Halloween Skating Party on Ice is free for anyone dressed in a costume. Music will be playing while special effects take place throughout the rink.
Children will need skates to go on the ice. However, children without skates will have be able to visit the activity stations—including arts and crafts, a magician, cutouts and a pumpkin decorating station. City staff will distribute loot bags to all participants in costumes and prizes will be awarded to those with the most creative costumes.
The event is open to all ages. The event co-chairpersons are councillors Steven Erdelyi and Mitchell Brownstein. For more information about the event, contact the Côte Saint-Luc Parks and Recreation Department at 514-485-6806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Côte Saint-Luc, October 8, 2013 – A Zumbathon fundraiser benefitting the Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation will be held at the Côte Saint-Luc Gymnasium (7500 Mackle Rd.) on Sunday, November 24 at 11 am.
Organized by Dorit Hood, certified personal and group trainer, the 4th Annual Build a Better You fundraiser uses Zumba dance to promote fun and fitness for all ages.
“Dance is a great form of exercise,” said Dorit Hood, who helped raise $2,500 last year. “We’ll burn calories and release stress as we focus on the fantastic music around us.”
The Zumbathon will feature Zumba instructors Gilda Genis Triana, Elena Bertoldi, and Marcela Lia Wierny. For those who want to take part in the event, but don’t want to dance, other activities are offered in the gymnasium such as tag, jump rope, and more.
A donation of $25 is required to register. People can make a donation in advance at childrenfoundation.com/en/fundraiser/4th-annual-build-better-you-fundraiser or donate at the door.
For the third consecutive year, the Canadian Amateur Open Dancesport Championships will be at the Côte Saint-Luc Gymnasium (7500 Mackle Rd.) on Saturday, September 28, 2013 from 1 pm to 11 pm.
The Canadian Amateur Open Dancesport Championships is presented by Danse Sport Québec. It allows ballroom dancers to compete for the title of Canadian Open Amateur Champion.
Tickets to this event are $45 for people age 16 and older or $30 for people 15 and younger and can be purchased at www.dansesportquebec.com or at the door.
Dancers of all ages and from all regions of Canada, the United States, and possibly Europe will perform their best efforts in both Latin and standard styles of dance for judges and spectators. Dancers will be dressed in ball gowns and tailcoats and as they perform the Slow Waltz, Tango, Viennese Waltz, Foxtrot and Quickstep. They will also dance to Latin music including the Cha-Cha, Samba, Rumba, Paso Doble and Jive.
Danse Sport Québec has a number of dancers from Côte-St-Luc who will be introduced at the competition. Danse Sport Québec extends an invitation to its spectacular event to all dance lovers.
Tickets can be purchased at the door. For more information, please visit www.dansesportquebec.com or call 514-418-TANGo (8264).
The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library Children’s Department is offering a program called Peer-to-Peer Reading Buddies.
This school year, teen volunteers will be available to read with elementary school children, helping to improve their confidence and comfort with the written word.
Reading pairs meet regularly one-on-one. Teens listen to their younger buddy read, offering guidance and support as needed along the way. Reading buddies programs have the capacity not only to boost the confidence of both child and teen, but also to improve the reading of those who are falling behind. A U.S. Department of Education study showed improved classroom performance, behaviour, and an increased appreciation of reading in struggling or reluctant readers.
Our volunteers are passionate about helping their younger peers become confident readers. This bilingual program blends mentoring and literacy so that both teens and young readers benefit from the experience; confidence and motivation come naturally from this positive peer relationship.
Matches are made based on the availability of our teen volunteers. To sign up for the program or to become a teen reading buddy, please contact the Children’s Department at -514-485-6900, ext. 4111 or visit www.csllibrary.org.
Author Nancy Richler will be at the library on Thursday, October 17 at 7 pm to discuss her latest novel The Imposter Bride, this year’s selection for Côte Saint-Luc Reads: One City, One Book.
First launched in 2008, this community-wide reading initiative was created to promote a love for books in the city.
The Imposter Bride focuses on an enigmatic woman who arrives in post-war Montreal to marry a man she has never met. It is immediately clear that she is not who she claims to be but her attempt to live out her life as Lily Azerov shatters and she disappears, leaving a new husband and baby daughter, and a host of unanswered questions. It is left to the daughter she abandoned to find the answers to these questions as she searches for the mother she may never really know. Set in Montreal and periodically in Côte Saint-Luc, Richler’s novel will entice readers with her beautiful prose and a haunting plot that goes back and forth in time.
Nancy Richler’s first novel, Throwaway Angels, was published in 1996 and was shortlisted for the 1997 Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Crime Novel. Her second novel, Your Mouth Is Lovely, won the 2003 Canadian Jewish Book Award for fiction and Italy’s 2004 Adei-Wizo Prize. It has been translated into seven languages. The Imposter Bride has been shortlisted for the Giller Prize in 2012. Born in Montreal, Nancy Richler now lives in Vancouver.
Refreshments will be served prior to the event starting at 6:30 pm. Select musicians from the Musicians of the World Symphony Orchestra will play light classical music at the reception. This event is free of charge.
A lecture, Diamonds: From the Elusive Rough to the Sparkling Gem given by the founder of the Montreal School of Gemmology, Odile Civitello will take place on Thursday, October 10 at 7 pm. The topic of diamonds is prevalent throughout Richler’s The Imposter Bride. Tickets for this event are $3 in advance and $5 the day of the event.
The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library is located at 5851 Cavendish Blvd. and is open from 10 am to 10 pm every day. For more information, call the library at 514-485-6900 or visit www.csllibrary.org
The city is looking for new Volunteer Citizens on Patrol recruits and will be holding an information session on Tuesday, October 8 at 7pm at the Harold Greenspon Auditorium at Côte Saint-Luc City Hall (5801 Cavendish Blvd.).
Prospective volunteers should be residents age 18 or older. They should bring identification and a completed copy of the application form available at CoteSaintLuc.org/en/vcop. There is a one-time membership fee of $75 to defray the costs of uniforms and accessories.
Volunteer Citizens on Patrol (vCOP) members have contributed the equivalent of more than four years of 24/7 patrols, providing Côte Saint-Luc residents with another layer of security.
Since its inception in July 2006, vCOP volunteers have worked alongside public security, police, fire and EMS services to add to Cote Saint-Luc's substantial safety initiatives and have logged in more than 36,000 hours.
More than 80 volunteers patrol the streets of Côte Saint-Luc in marked vCOP vans, scooters, on foot and on bicycles. The volunteers notify local agencies about emergency and non-emergency situations as they act as observers throughout the community. Volunteer patrollers also help out at all community events, work with the fire department going door to door in providing smoke detector safety checks and assist with residents at major fires and other large incidents.
“Our vCOP patrollers have made an enormous contribution to the safety of our city,” said Councillor Glenn J. Nashen, the council member responsible for public safety. “We can always rely on vCOP to provide assistance, be it for planned events or in an emergency situation. They are an invaluable resource to Côte Saint-Luc,” said Nashen, who created the group seven years ago.
Volunteers are required to make a minimum commitment of six hours per month.
Côte Saint-Luc was the first city in Quebec to implement this neighbourhood-watch-on-wheels program in 2006. Similar programs have been established in communities throughout Canada and the United States.
Since its inception in July 2006, vCOP volunteers have spent patrolled more than 200,000km of city roads, which is the equivalent of circulating the length of the equator five times.
City of Côte Saint Luc residents can register for the first-ever Côte Saint-Luc Craft Fair starting Monday, September 30, 2013 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm at the Parks and Recreation administration office (7500 Mackle Rd.).
“The idea for a craft fair arose from the popularity of the artisanal tables during our recent seven-week run of the Côte Saint-Luc Farmers’ Market,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “People told us they wanted more venues for arts and crafts and we are acting on that feedback. If this event is successful, we may organize another one next year.”
Sellers of handmade goods can rent up to two tables. The 6-foot tables cost $40 for residents or $50 for non-residents. The 8-foot tables cost $50 for residents or $63 for non-residents. Two chairs are included with each table.
The Côte Saint-Luc Craft Fair takes place on Sunday, November 24, between 10 am and 5 pm at the Aquatic and Community Centre (5794 Parkhaven Ave.).
“The event will showcase homemade goods,” said Councillor Mitchell Brownstein, the council member responsible for Parks and Recreation issues. “We hope to attract jewellery makers, potters, knitters and other handicraft artists. The event takes place in late November to take advantage of the holiday shopping season. ”
Sellers must complete a registration form, available for download at CoteSaintLuc.org/CraftFair or the Aquatic and Community Centre and Parks and Recreation administration office.
Registration will open to non Côte Saint-Luc residents starting October 7, 2013.
Côte Saint-Luc, September 16, 2013 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc is the first municipality in Quebec to launch SeeClickFix, a website and mobile app that allows anyone to flag a problem in their city on a map.
“We are giving residents a way to report issues and then to be notified as soon as we have fixed the problem,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “Everything is public and anyone can monitor what issues have been posted and how many we have closed. This application allows us to monitor to ensure we fix problems fast and to the satisfaction of our residents.”
Boston was one of the first cities in the world to build this kind of app in late 2009. Other cities have forgone a large capital investment and instead pay a yearly fee to use the software, such as Toronto, Chicago, Houston, Washington D.C., and now Côte Saint-Luc. When users report an issue, they can choose to get updates by e-mail when the city has reviewed it, and fixed it. Anyone can monitor the issue, view the updates, make a comment, and vote to show they agree the issue posted should be fixed. This helps the city see what issues residents are most interested in.
Côte Saint-Luc did a soft launch of SeeClickFix in late July with staff and city councillors posting neighbourhood issues. Over the next few weeks, residents will learn about the service through social media, the city’s e-mail newsletter and outdoor billboards.
“From an operations point-of-view, SeeClickFix helps because it gives our Public Works foreman a more-or-less exact location of the issue, and a photo--if the person included one,” said Councillor Steven Erdelyi, who is responsible for Public Works issues. “For instance, if someone posted a photo of graffiti in a park, the foreman could dispatch the cleaning crew to take care of it right away instead of driving to the location to confirm it following a complaint by telephone.”
Users can report issues at SeeClickFix.com or using the free app available for Android, iPhone, Windows Phone and BlackBerry smart-phones. Users can search “SeeClickFix” to download the app from the app stores, or else visit CoteSaintLuc.org/SeeClickFix for the links.
Media contact: Darryl Levine, Director of Public Affairs and Communications, 514-485-8905, email@example.com.
September 11, 2013 -- The mayors of the 15 demerged municipalities on the island of Montreal unanimously oppose the Charter of Quebec Values proposed by the Marois government.
This plan reveals a conscious denial of the multicultural reality of Montreal and will only lead to division and exclusion. The plan threatens the rights and freedoms guaranteed in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the Quebec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms.
The Association of Suburban Municipalities (ASM) suggests that the Marois government focus instead on pressing problems such as Quebec’s spiralling debt, crumbling infrastructure, and stagnating economy.
The ASM represents 15 municipalities on the Island of Montreal, with an approximate population of 242 600 citizens. These municipalities are Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Côte-Saint-Luc, Pointe-Claire, Kirkland, Westmount, Beaconsfield, Town of Mount Royal, Dorval, Hampstead, Montreal West, Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Baie-D’Urfé, Montreal East, Senneville and Dorval Island.
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Côte Saint-Luc, September 10, 2013 – The Creative Social Center will host its annual vernissage and sale on Sunday, October 6 from noon to 4:30 pm and Monday, October 7, from noon to 3 pm at 5237 Clanranald Ave.
Works from 30 artists will be on display including traditional, contemporary and abstract styles. Works range in price from $50 to $300 and some paintings are already framed. Sculptures, jewelry and blank cards will also be on sale.
Located on the second floor of the Congregation Chevra Kadisha B’nai Jacob – Beith Hazikaron, the Creative Social Center is affiliated with Côte Saint-Luc. Many of the group’s 175 members reside in Côte Saint-Luc. The Creative Social Center was founded by Helen Knight on November 28, 1982.
In addition to painting classes, the Creative Social Centre also organizes aerobics, jewelry making, computer classes, drawing, folk dancing, and sculpture workshops. The courses are open to members and non-members. Membership costs $30 per year.
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Côte Saint-Luc, August 9, 2013 - The Musicians of the World Orchestra will perform a benefit concert in support of the Côte Saint-Luc Cats Committee on August 22, 2013 at 7:30 pm at the former Wagar High School (5785 Parkhaven).
Tickets are $10 each (tax included) and are available at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library (5851 Cavendish Blvd.), the Côte Saint-Luc Aquatic and Community Centre (5794 Parkhaven Ave.), and the Côte Saint-Luc Hospital for Animals (7930 Baily Rd.). Tickets can be purchased at the first two locations by credit card, Interact or cash. Tickets sold at the animal hospital must be paid by cash.
Conducted by Joseph Milo, the Musicians of the World Orchestra will perform Beethoven, Broadway and All That Jazz: the Cat’s Meow. In addition to the Orchestra, soprano Brigitte O’Halleran, as well Côte Saint-Luc resident and avid cat committee member Alexandra Cohen will give solo performances. Cohen, a grade 11 student, will be releasing a special video she produced about the Trap, Neuter, Release and Adopt program that will be used for an educational activity in schools beginning in the early fall.
“The concert is an opportunity for people who love animals to enjoy an evening of fine music while contributing to a good cause,” said Councillor Mike Cohen, who is the city’s official liaison to the Côte Saint-Luc Cats Committee.
Barbara Hilliker, who assists the Côte Saint-Luc Cats Committee in the vital role of fostering cats awaiting homes, will receive the 2013 Côte Saint-Luc Cats Committee Award of Merit. Information will be available at the concert for people interested in joining the committee or adopting a cat.
Funds raised from the event will go towards the Côte Saint-Luc Cats Committee Trap, Neuter, Release and Adopt Program, and Educhat (www.educhat.ca), the volunteer organization headed by Shelley Schecter, who has spearheaded efforts in Côte Saint-Luc. Volunteers trap feral cats, have them sterilized, and then adopted or returned to the spot where they were originally found. The committee has also rescued a number of baby kittens and found homes for them. The city’s first ever cat licensing bylaw was adopted last fall.
The Musicians of the World Symphony Orchestra (MWSO) was founded in 2006 by Milo and Lucy Ravinsky, as they realized the lack of opportunities for immigrating musicians to realize their talent. The mission of the MWSO is to grant these musicians the professional dignity they once enjoyed in their homelands, as well as the ability to share their talent and culture with the music-loving audiences of Montreal.
The MWSO includes 55 musicians, including about 80 percent from 15 different countries. To date, the orchestra has entertained Montreal audiences with more than 30 performances, including several benefit concerts, as well as having produced several recordings. The orchestra has also been selected as the subject of four documentary films. They have been rehearsing at Côte Saint-Luc City Hall for many years and as part of the arrangement, they agree to perform a free concert once a year. The CSL Cats Committee and Educhat will be the 2013 beneficiaries.
To learn more about the Côte Saint-Luc Cats Committee, including how to volunteer or donate funds, visit www.cotesaintluc.org/cats.
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Côte Saint-Luc, August 6, 2013 – Five swimmers from the Côte Saint-Luc Aquatic Club competed at the Maccabiah Games held Israel in late July and early August.
Mayor Anthony Housefather won seven medals for Canada in the masters division and David Hartal and Mikoh Benrimoh also each won two medals in the junior division. Alexandra Obrand and Robbie Laxer were also on the Canadian team and just missed the podium. Côte Saint-Luc Aquatic Director Martin Levine coached the Canadian swim team.
“I was very pleased with my times and was honoured to represent my country,” said Mayor Housefather, who missed a gold medal by four tenths of a second in the 400 metre freestyle.
Mayor Housefather won silver medals in the open water swim, the 100 metre butterfly, the 400 metre freestyle, the 50 metre backstroke and the medley relay. He won a bronze in the 200 metre freestyle, and the freestyle relay. Hartal and Benrimoh both won two bronze medals in the freestyle and medley relays and Hartal just missed a bronze medal in the 100 freestyle.
“I was a competitive swimmer in my teens,” said Mayor Housefather. “At a certain point I burned out and switched to water polo and then other sports but I decided to get back into competitive swimming when we launched our Côte Saint-Luc Sharks outdoor swimming team in 2009 and built the Côte Saint-Luc Aquatic and Community Centre in 2011. My goal has always been to build an aquatic culture in Cote Saint-Luc similar to what existed on the West Island when I was growing up and the rapid growth of our youth swim team and masters teams leads me to believe we will have a majority of the Maccabiah swim team coming from our club four years from now.”
The Maccabiah Games is an international Jewish athletic event, held in Israel every four years. The first Maccabiah Games were in 1932. The 2013 competition had 9,000 athletes from more than 70 countries competing in more than 30 athletic events. Canada sent a delegation of approximately 600 competitors and officials.
“Anthony is an inspiration to those adults who lead busy lives,” said Councillor Mitchell Brownstein, the council member responsible for parks and recreation issues. “In addition to his job as General Counsel of a multinational computer company, being mayor of the city, and defending the rights of bilingual municipalities, Anthony finds time for high-level athletic competition. It takes a lot of discipline and commitment to train every day the way he does.”
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Côte Saint-Luc, July 26, 2013 – The new Côte Saint-Luc Farmers’ Market takes place over seven Sundays starting August 4, 2013 from 10 am to 2 pm at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park.
“When we asked for feedback on launching a farmers’ market last February, the response on social media was huge and positive,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “The farmers’ market is one element of our new urban agriculture initiative. Thank you to City Manager Tanya Abramovitch and her team for putting this together.”
The farmers’ market will be on Sundays from August 4 to September 15 from 10 am to 2 pm at the Confederation Annex, which is a covered structure at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park (corner Mackle and Einstein). The market will take place rain or shine. People can buy fresh and local produce including and organic fruits and vegetables. There will also be handmade soaps, natural cosmetics, artisan gifts, honey, maple syrup and more. Kosher goods will also be available.
“We see each week of the farmers’ market as a unique event with different themes, activities for kids, and some different foods,” said Councillor Ruth Kovac, the council member responsible for the farmers’ market. “The goal is make people want to come back week after week.”
The activities for kids include face painting, a kids’ mini market, a game area, photo face stand-in cut outs and more. There will also be yoga and zumba classes, honey tasting, jam tasting, corn roast, taffy on snow, seasonal cooking workshops, container gardening workshop and more.
For a complete listing of weekly activities, please visit CoteSaintLuc.org/FarmersMarket.
Côte Saint-Luc, July 26, 2013 – Starting August 15, 2013, Côte Saint-Luc Fun Card holders will need a new one to get through turnstiles and open some doors at the Aquatic and Community Centre, Gymnasium, and Parkhaven Outdoor Pool.
Côte Saint-Luc has been replacing the Fun Card with the new one as memberships are renewed. However many members will need to replace their cards and be re-photographed before their annual renewal. There is no cost to members to replace the Fun Card.
People can replace their Fun Card at the Aquatic and Community Centre (5794 Parkhaven Ave.), which is open weekdays from 6 am to 10 pm, Saturdays from 8 am to 10 pm and Sundays from 8 am to 9 pm. They can also replace it at the Parks and Recreation administration office (7500 Mackle Rd.), which is open weekdays from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.
In the case of family memberships, all the members of the family need to visit to be re-photographed. They can come at the same time or on different days.
The CSL Fun Card is a pass that gives residents unlimited admission for one year to a variety of drop-in activities at many city facilities including the fitness room, teen lounge (ages 12 to 17), game room, public swimming, wadding pools, public skating at the arena, drop-in sports at the gymnasium, tennis courts at Rembrandt Park, and pedal boats at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park.