News and announcements

Côte Saint-Luc begins work to fix more than one-third of city’s leaky pipes

Côte Saint-Luc, April 15, 2009 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc 2009 water infrastructure network work began last week and the city anticipates this year’s work will help reduce the number of ruptures to its underground pipes by approximately one third.

The city plans to repair pipes underneath 31 streets at a cost $5 million in 2009. The majority of the funding for this project comes from infrastructure funds from the governments of Canada and Quebec. The work involves placing a pipe sleeve inside the pipe at the weak spot. This prevents the leak and is less costly than digging up and replacing the old pipes.

“When the City of Côte Saint-Luc took over control of the network on January 1, 2006, we made water infrastructure a priority,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “We studied the state of the aqueduct and sewer system to determine how best to invest in our infrastructure. We expect this year’s repairs will help prevent more than one third of water main breaks. The upgrades to the network are expected to benefit our city and its residents for the next 50 years.”

Signs have been posted on city streets where the work is being done. Residents will also receive letters advising them of the work on their street.

In order to minimize disruption to the water service, Côte Saint-Luc will install a temporary above-ground water network to affected streets. Water service will be disrupted for about two hours when the new network is connected, but after that the service is safe and reliable. The above ground system is less disruptive than digging into the street—an invasive procedure that would have made it difficult or impossible for residents to drive their cars to their driveways.

“This is a huge project affecting a lot of residents,” said Councillor Mitchell Brownstein, the council member responsible for public works. “We are minimizing the inconvenience to residents, however, by communicating with them in advance, using a temporary above-ground water network during the work to avoid breaking street surface, and by avoiding even temporary water stoppages on religious holidays when residents need water to prepare meals.”

Water in the temporary above-ground network undergoes a series of tests regularly to ensure it surpasses all safety norms.

Repairs will start on the following streets: Alpine Ave. (between Fleet Rd. and Merton Rd.), Cavendish Blvd. (south of Kildare Rd.), Parkhaven Ave. (between Kildare Rd. and Trinity Ave.), Pinedale Ave. (between Baily Rd. and Fleet Rd.), and Randall Ave. (between Baily Rd. and Fleet Rd.). Repairs under the other streets will follow.

Côte Saint-Luc has spent or set aside more than $11 million for repairs, maintenance and improvements to our water infrastructure network from 2006 to 2009.

Côte Saint-Luc wins award for organic waste collection program

Côte Saint-Luc, April 8, 2009 – The environmental group CRE-Montréal yesterday honoured the City of Côte Saint-Luc with an award for its organic waste collection program at the third annual Gala de reconnaissance en environnement et développement durable de Montréal held at the Bonsecours Market in Old Montreal.

“We are happy to be honoured for leading the island in the collection of organic waste,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “We are committed to becoming an environmentally responsible city and our city has a lot for which to be proud.”

The awards highlight the innovative projects of businesses and organizations on the island of Montreal that combine economic development and protection of the environment. Côte Saint-Luc won its award in the category of public organizations. Other winners included the Eaton Centre, the SAQ, and Cégep Saint-Laurent. The full list of winners is available at www.cremtl.qc.ca/gala.

The awards are organized by the Conseil régional de l’environnement de Montréal (CRE-Montréal), the Conférence régionale des élus de Montréal (CRÉ de Montréal) and the City of Montreal.

“Our organic waste collection program was made possible because of the vision of our mayor and councillors, our dedicated staff and the many volunteers who helped inform and educate their neighbours,” said Councillor Dida Berku, the council member responsible for the environment. “In particular, I want to congratulate my colleague Councillor Steven Erdelyi for all the work he did to make this program a reality in Côte Saint-Luc.”

Côte Saint-Luc launched an organic waste collection pilot project in 500 single-family homes in September 2007. The city expanded the program to all its 4,800 single-family homes and duplexes in October 2008.

“Because we pioneered organic waste collection in Quebec, we studied carefully the programs of cities in Ontario, the Atlantic provinces, the United States, Europe and Australia,” Councillor Erdelyi said. “The experience of the Côte Saint-Luc is that organic waste collection is relatively easy to start, less costly than many believe thanks to Quebec government funding, and popular with residents.”

Organic waste includes food and garden waste. Residents in 4,800 single-family homes and duplexes put their organic waste into a covered brown bin supplied by the city. Côte Saint-Luc transports the organic waste to a composting facility in Montreal East, which run by the company EBI. The waste is transformed into nutrient-rich compost. By comparison, when organic waste is sent to a landfill (garbage) site, it decomposes and releases methane, which is about 25 times more potent as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. About 38 percent of Canada’s total methane emissions come from landfill sites.

Residents can visit ecoCSL.org or call 514-485-6868 for more information.

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For more information: Darryl Levine, Director of Public Affairs and Communications, 514-485-8905, dlevine@cotesaintluc.org

Trio Fibonacci to perform in Côte Saint-Luc on Thursday April 2, 2009

Côte Saint-Luc, March 19, 2009 – The Conseil des arts de Montréal en tournée and the Eleanor London Côte Saint–Luc Public library are pleased to present Trio Fibonacci in concert on Thursday, April 2 at 7:30 pm at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library.

Formed in 1998, Trio Fibonacci is recognized today as one of the only music trios that can perform cutting edge contemporary music alongside masterpieces of earlier eras with equal brilliance. This ability to breathe life into traditional pieces has led the talented trio on their concert tours as far as Argentina, Sweden, and Japan. Continuing their commitment to the next generation of musicians and composers the Trio Fibonacci has given workshops and master classes at the Royal Academy of Music in London, at Oxford University, at National Conservatories in China, at the Hanns Eisler Academy in Berlin, and at universities in Japan, Brazil, Canada and Sweden.

On the program are two critically acclaimed pieces Canadian pieces by Jean-Lesage and Paul Frehner which were composed during their residency at the Chapelle Historique du Bon-Pasteur in Montreal between 2004 and 2007. Also on the program from the traditional classical repertoire, the Trio op.8 by Brahms and the Trio of Ravel.

Trio members include violinist Julie-Anne Derome, cellist Gabriel Prynn and pianist Jacynthe Riverin. Born in Montreal, Derome has is the winner of the prestigious Mendelssohn Trust Award in England in 1994 and of the Emerson String Quartet Competition in 1995, Julie-Anne Derome also received a special prize from the jury at the 1992 Yehudi Menuhin Competition in Paris for her interpretation of Anthèmes by Pierre Boulez.

Cellist Gabriel Prynn studied at the Royal Northern College of Music (U.K.) with Clive Greensmith. In addition to various awards he has received, Prynn has also been the recipient of the scholarships from the King Edward VII Foundation (U.K.) and the University of New York at Stony Brook. Based in Berlin, Prynn appears regularly as a soloist and chamber musician in Canada and Europe.

Pianist Jacynthe Riverin studied at the Conservatoire de Musique du Québec in both Val d'Or and Montreal, and later earned a masters degree from Laval University (2001). Grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec enabled Riverin to perfect her craft with Dominique Weber in Geneva Switzerland. In 2000 Riverin won the Montreal Symphony Orchestra's concerto competition and has since appeared with a number of international orchestras. She is the most recent member of Trio Fibonacci having joined in 2007.

According to music critic Andrew Clements from The Guardian: “There aren’t many permanent piano trios who make a specialty of contemporary music, but the Fibonacci have already carved out their own niche, and shown their sympathy for a wide range of contemporary composers”. Clements also described one of the trio’s most recent performances as “muscular and appropriately dramatic.”

Tickets for Trio Fibonacci in concert cost $3. The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library is located at 5851 Cavendish Blvd. and is open from 10am to 10pm every day. For more information, call the library at 514-485-6900 or visit www.elcslpl.org.

New program highlights 50th anniversary of the Côte Saint-Luc Tennis Club

Côte Saint-Luc, March 12, 2009 – The Côte Saint-Luc Tennis Club is looking for 10 female players to want to play competitive tennis matches against other municipalities in a fun social setting.

The Côte Saint-Luc tennis players will play in Level 2 matches against women from Roxboro, Dorval and Baie d’Urfé. Level 2 is a competitive level for advanced tennis players. Matches will be held on either Tuesday or Thursday evenings.

“The Côte Saint-Luc Tennis Club is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “As an avid tennis player and fan, I am proud Côte Saint-Luc has brought back these competitive Level 2 evening matches.”

The Côte Saint-Luc Tennis Club is open for social and competitive play every day including weekends. It features nine clay tennis courts, lit courts for evening tennis, a clubhouse with showers and lockers and more. It is located at 8215 Guelph Rd. Call 514-487-7862 for more information.

For more information about the Level 2 evening program, please contact Lianne Barski at 514-906-7990 or liannebarski@hotmail.com

Bee photographer to speak at the library in Côte Saint-Luc

Côte Saint-Luc, March 12, 2009 – Artist Adam Makarenko will talk about his photography exhibit on the miniature world of bees and hives on Wednesday, March 25 at 6:30pm at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library.

The exhibit is called “Miniature Apiary Series” and will be on display from March 12 to April 19. An apiary is a place where bees and beehives are kept.

Makarenko creates the nature scenes he photographs using dioramas and bee models. He created these images of bees and landscapes from models he constructed and lit using cinematic techniques. He states that he uses this narrative to explore how humanity exploits its natural wonders, and often in the end destroys what it has exploited.

Makarenko grew up in Atikokan, a former mining town in northern Ontario. He has been a recipient of the American Photo magazine’s Photographer of the Year award and was also chosen as the overall winner of the Magenta Foundation’s Flash Forward competition. His work draws on the influences of science, and nature. He often explores a narrative style within his photographs, which he finds provides a solid base for the subject matter that is being presented. A common theme that runs through Makarenko’s work is the human manipulation of nature.

The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library is located at 5851 Cavendish Blvd. and is open from 10am to 10pm every day. For more information, call the library at 514-485-6900 or visit www.elcslpl.org.

Residents have until March 31 to choose their new blue bin

Côte Saint-Luc, February 27, 2009 – Residents of Côte Saint-Luc have until March 31 to choose between three sizes of blue bins, which the city will deliver to single-family homes and duplexes this spring.

“In 2008, Côte Saint-Luc introduced recycling in apartment and condominium buildings, which has helped increase our overall recycling rate and reduced the amount of garbage sent to landfills,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “With the introduction of new, taller blue bins in single-family homes and duplexes in 2009, we hope to increase the recycling rate even more.”

The blue bins are available in sizes of 120 litres, 240 litres and 360 litres. Residents will receive a detailed flyer by mail next with more information. Residents can inform the city of their choice by recording a message at 514-485-6868 ext. 5555, completing the form at ecoCSL.org or visiting the city hall (5801 Cavendish Blvd.) weekdays between 8:30am and 4:30pm.

If residents don’t inform the city of their choice by March 31, they will receive the 240 litre blue bin. Delivery of the new wheeled blue bins will begin in May or June. Once residents receive their new blue bins, they must begin using them right away because the recycling collection trucks will use a mechanical arm to lift blue bins into the air and dump the contents into the truck. These trucks cannot use the arm to collect the old blue boxes.

“We recognize that in the current global economic crisis the recycling industry is suffering a set back,” Mayor Housefather said. “While we hope to encourage residents to recycle items rather than throw them away in the garbage, we also encourage them to reduce the amount of household waste they produce and to reuse what they can."

To get the lowest possible price for recycling collection, Côte Saint-Luc joined 13 suburban municipalities on the island of Montreal in switching to taller blue bins in 2009. These bins replace the old 64 litre blue boxes first introduced in the 1980s.

“As the landfill sites in and around the island of Montreal are reaching capacity and are gradually being shut down, the Quebec government has mandated us to increase our diversion of waste away from landfill and towards recycling and organic waste recovery,” said Councillor Dida Berku, the council member responsible for environmental issues. “We need to reduce, reuse and then recycle.”

Apart from giving residents more room to store their recyclables, residents of single-family homes and duplexes will not have to sort their recyclables anymore. Instead, they can simply toss paper, cardboard, plastic, metal and glass into the blue bin. Another benefit is that the new blue bins will be easier to bring to the curb because they have wheels. Finally, the blue bin cover will help prevent rain or snow from wetting the materials inside and prevent the wind from blowing recyclables into the street on collection day.

Owners of single-family homes and duplexes were charged a one-time fee of $50 on their property tax bill earlier this year to pay for their new blue bin. Owners of duplexes will receive only one new bin, which they can share with tenant. To order a second blue bin at a cost of $50, residents can call 514-485-6868 extension 5555 before March 31.

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For more information: Darryl Levine, Director of Public Affairs and Communications, 514-485-8905, dlevine@cotesaintluc.org

Art, history and food usher in spring at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library

Côte Saint-Luc, February 23, 2009 – Photographer François Brunelle will discuss his current art exhibit “I'm Not a Look-alike! / Je ne suis pas un sosie !” at the art gallery of the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library on Thursday, February 26 at 7pm. The exhibit features large-format portraits of people who look like twins, but who aren’t even related. The vernissage will be held from 6pm to 8pm and Brunelle will give a lively talk on this fascinating exhibit starting at 7pm.  

On Friday, February 27 history lecturer Neil Cameron will launch his most recent six-part lecture series entitled “Changing Minds: Reinterpretations of the Twentieth Century” beginning Friday, February 27 at 2pm. This group of lectures examines some major elements of the twentieth century in the light of both recent historical scholarship and our own changing perspective on ideas, culture, politics, economics, and war. The cost is $25 for six classes or $5 for each class at the door.

Lastly, holistic care expert Gigi Cohen will demonstrate how to prepare delicious dishes that aren’t hard on your heart Wednesday, March 18 at 6:30pm. Cohen is the owner of the Monkland Ave. health food store Jessy Naturel. She has been featured on two radio shows: the Wellness Within show on 940 AM and Prenez votre santé en main avec Gigi Cohen on radio 690 AM. Born in Israel, she was raised in Lachine and has traveled extensively to learn about diverse approaches to health. Cohen believes eating naturally can have many positive impacts to one’s overall health and well being. Tickets for this cooking program are $5 each.

All these events are organized by the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library.

The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library is located at 5851 Cavendish Blvd. and is open from 10am to 10pm every day. For more information, call the library at 514-485-6900 or visit www.elcslpl.org.

City raises $2,500 for Ronald McDonald House

CSL helps raise $2,500 for Ronald McDonald House at Winter Carnival 2009

Councillors Allan J. Levine, Ruth Kovac, Mitchell Brownstein and Mike Cohen join Mayor Anthony Housefather and Parks and Recreation Director David Taveroff in the presentation of a cheque for $2,500 to the Manoir Ronald McDonald House charity on Sunday, February 8, 2009 during the Côte Saint-Luc Winter Carnival.

The Manoir offers an affordable and comforting home away from home for families who have a child hospitalized for a serious sickness in a Montreal hospital. Information is available about the Manoir at www.rmhc.ca

City and blue collar union sign collective agreement

Mayor Anthony Housefather

Mayor Anthony Housefather cuts a cake following the signing of a collective agreement with the city's blue collar workers.


The City of Côte Saint-Luc and the Syndicat des Cols bleus regroupés de Montréal, local 301, the labour union representing Cote Saint-Luc blue collar workers signed a new collective agreement on Friday, February 13 at 2:30pm at Cote Saint-Luc City Hall. The new collective agreement is valid until December 31, 2012.

“The collective agreement we negotiated ensures a favourable outcome for Côte Saint-Luc and its blue collar workers,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “This agreement takes into account the specific needs of our city, which was not possible when Côte Saint-Luc was part of the Montreal mega-city.”

Among the highlights of the collective agreement are: a return to the pre-merger 38 and 39 hour work weeks (depending on the nature of work being performed) as well as the introduction of regular night and weekend shifts, all of which will reduce overtime costs; salary increases of between 1.5 and 2.5 percent per annum during the term of the collective agreement; the right of the city to hire student employees who would only be covered by certain clauses in the collective agreement; a freeze on sick days and vacation days; a return to the pre-merger system of mobile days and statutory holidays;  paperless payslips, which is more efficient and saves time; updated work task descriptions better suited to needs of the city; better collaboration between the city and the union to discipline workers when required; clear rules on how an employee attains permanence and the introduction of programs to improve work through collaborative training.

“As the document states, this collective agreement reflects the will of the parties to implement new labour relation practices and to cooperate in developing new ways of achieving the mission of the city regarding services and public utilities at the best possible cost, in the best interests of the citizens and employees,” said Councillor Mitchell Brownstein, the council member responsible for public works.

Between 45 and 90 blue collar workers from the labour union are employed by Côte Saint-Luc, depending on the season. Blue collar workers perform tasks including but not limited to snow clearing, pot-hole repairs, cleaning of parks and planting of flowers.

“Blue collar workers genuinely enjoy working for the City of Côte Saint-Luc and our already positive relationship with them helped during the negotiations,” Mayor Housefather said. “I am very proud that the city handled the entire negotiations in house and I want to compliment our Human Resources Director Nadia Di Furia and everyone else involved in the negotiations from the city side and the union side. These negotiations went forward in a collegial manner with a great deal of mutual respect and with a goal of attaining a win-win collective agreement. I believe we successfully achieved that goal.”

Côte Saint-Luc and union representing blue collar workers sign collective agreement

Côte Saint-Luc, February 13, 2009 –The City of Côte Saint-Luc and the Syndicat des Cols bleus regroupés de Montréal, local 301, the labour union representing Cote Saint-Luc blue collar workers signed a new collective agreement on Friday, February 13 at 2:30pm at Cote Saint-Luc City Hall. The new collective agreement is valid until December 31, 2012.

“The collective agreement we negotiated ensures a favourable outcome for Côte Saint-Luc and its blue collar workers,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “This agreement takes into account the specific needs of our city, which was not possible when Côte Saint-Luc was part of the Montreal mega-city.”

Among the highlights of the collective agreement are: a return to the pre-merger 38 and 39 hour work weeks (depending on the nature of work being performed) as well as the introduction of regular night and weekend shifts, all of which will reduce overtime costs; salary increases of between 1.5 and 2.5 percent per annum during the term of the collective agreement; the right of the city to hire student employees who would only be covered by certain clauses in the collective agreement; a freeze on sick days and vacation days; a return to the pre-merger system of mobile days and statutory holidays;  paperless payslips, which is more efficient and saves time; updated work task descriptions better suited to needs of the city; better collaboration between the city and the union to discipline workers when required; clear rules on how an employee attains permanence and the introduction of programs to improve work through collaborative training.

“As the document states, this collective agreement reflects the will of the parties to implement new labour relation practices and to cooperate in developing new ways of achieving the mission of the city regarding services and public utilities at the best possible cost, in the best interests of the citizens and employees,” said Councillor Mitchell Brownstein, the council member responsible for public works.

Between 45 and 90 blue collar workers from the labour union are employed by Côte Saint-Luc, depending on the season. Blue collar workers perform tasks including but not limited to snow clearing, pot-hole repairs, cleaning of parks and planting of flowers.

“Blue collar workers genuinely enjoy working for the City of Côte Saint-Luc and our already positive relationship with them helped during the negotiations,” Mayor Housefather said. “I am very proud that the city handled the entire negotiations in house and I want to compliment our Human Resources Director Nadia Di Furia and everyone else involved in the negotiations from the city side and the union side. These negotiations went forward in a collegial manner with a great deal of mutual respect and with a goal of attaining a win-win collective agreement. I believe we successfully achieved that goal.”

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For more information: Darryl Levine, Director of Public Affairs and Communications, 514-485-8905, dlevine@cotesaintluc.org

Exhibit brings look-alikes face-to-face in Côte Saint-Luc

Côte Saint-Luc, February 2, 2009 – They look like twins, but they’re not. Photographs of look-alikes will be on display from January 29 to March 8 at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library in an exhibit by François Brunelle called “I’m not a look-alike! – Work in Progress”.

Brunelle has traveled across North America and Europe photographing people who look very much like but are not related. In some cases one participant is Canadian and the other look-alike comes from Europe, South America, or Russia.

“When I find two look-alikes, I bring them together in my portrait studio,” Brunelle said. “This initial meeting is usually the first time each participant has encountered someone whom they could be confused with, and results in a photo which captures a certain emotion or state of being, and a startling visual similarity. The photographs in this project address the fundamental ideas of resemblance and identity. Have we not all had the experience of being mistaken for someone else?”

Brunelle says the photo pairs are most thought-provoking when the real life dopplegangers are of different nationalities. He has photographed 160 pairs of look-alikes to date. His project has benefited from worldwide interest, and has been mentioned in more then 300 websites and blogs in French, English, Spanish, German, Turkish, Russian, Korean and Japanese.

“I am fascinated—one might say obsessed—with portrait photography and I have devoted my life’s work to taking portraits of the people around me in an ongoing effort to capture the elusive human soul,” Brunelle said.

People can see examples of look-alike portraits and suggest new ones at FrancoisBrunelle.com.

The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library is located at 5851 Cavendish Blvd. and is open from 10am to 10pm every day. For more information, call the library at 514-485-6900 or visit www.elcslpl.org.

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For more information, contact: Clara Halpern, 514-485-6900 ext. 4205 or chalpern@cotesaintluc.org

Nancy Daigneault instructs an art workshop in Côte Saint-Luc on Thursday, February 5, 2009

Côte Saint-Luc, January 26, 2009 – Artist Nancy Daigneault will teach participants how to design a unique jewelry box made from a real goose egg at the “Art on Eggs” workshop on Thursday, February 5 at 7pm at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library.

The event is organized by the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library.

Artist Nancy Daigneault will teach participants how to design a unique jewelry box made from a real goose egg. Daigneault has been hand-crafting her egg creations since 1995. She specifically works with goose, ostrich, rhea and emu eggs which she carefully chisels and sets on to a base. She then transforms these eggs into unexpected pieces such as music boxes, perfume bottles and keepsake boxes.

Born in Montreal, Daigneault left for British Columbia in 1988 where she first discovered the fine art of egg design. She moved back to Montreal in 1996 where she further developed her craft independently. When she is not instructing workshops she studies Fine Arts at Concordia University.

Daigneault has appeared on several television programs including the Discovery Channel’s How It’s Made. In September 2007 she was presented the Coup de cœur prize at the Cultiv'Art Gallery in Oka, Quebec. Daigneault also has the distinction of having her work featured on the cover of Antique & Collectible Showcase magazine.

This workshop provides participants with a unique opportunity to delve into the art of egg design. Participants will be decorating both the inside and outside of a real goose egg and will ultimately leave with a one of a kind personalized piece. Tickets are available at the library and cost $10 each. Materials are included in the price.

The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library is located at 5851 Cavendish Blvd. and is open from 10am to 10pm every day. For more information, call the library at 514-485-6900 or visit www.elcslpl.org.

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For more information, contact: Mona Turner, 514-485-6900 ext. 4205 or mturner@cotesaintluc.org.

Côte Saint-Luc mayor and councillors launch fund in support of residents of its twin city, Ashkelon, Israel

Côte Saint-Luc, January 20, 2009 –Côte Saint-Luc Mayor Anthony Housefather and members of the city council last evening presented cheques totalling more than $1,100 to the Chief Financial Officer of Federation CJA, Susan Szalpeter in support of the people of Ashkelon, Israel, which is a twin city of Côte Saint-Luc.

“Our goal is to buy computers for the kids of Ashkelon who have been living in bomb shelters for the past three weeks,” Mayor Housefather said. “We also call on our residents to match our contribution or to make any contribution in support of our twin city.”

Residents can send cheques directly to Federation CJA made to the order of “Federation CJA Ashkelon-CSL Fund.”

Ashkelon is a sea-side city of 109,000 residents. As early as July 2006, rockets were fired by Hamas from the Gaza Strip which landed in Ashkelon. Seven residents of Ashkelon were injured on March 1, 2008. There was also property damage. Today, longer-range Hamas rockets are able to reliably hit the city.

“People in our twin-city have been under attack by indiscriminate rocket fire since 2006,” said Councillor Dida Berku, who traveled last year to Ashkelon and saw firsthand the physical and psychological damage caused by rocket fire into Israeli cities during the past eight years. “We need to act to help the people of Ashkelon get through this long crisis.”

Representatives from each city has visited its twin city for more than 30 years. Côte Saint-Luc councillors Dida Berku, Mitchell Brownstein, Glenn J. Nashen and Mike Cohen have all paid official visits to Ashkelon. On June 28, 1988, the Ashkelon Garden was inaugurated behind the Côte Saint-Luc city hall/library complex in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the independence of Israel.

“The people of southern Israel have been hit by 5,000 rockets and mortars since August 2005,” said Councillor Glenn J. Nashen, the former chair of the twin city committee. “We want to convey our unfettered support for the people of Ashkelon and our hope for peace in the Middle East.”

“Schools and students have been affected by the rocket fire over the past year and it has disrupted classes,” said Steven Erdelyi, the councillor responsible for twin-city relations. “The funds collected can be used to buy computers for children who are not able to go to school during the current crisis and in the future.”

Councillor Brownstein met with the deputy mayor of Ashkelon and a group of 10 city representatives in September 2008.

"We discussed the possibility of creating a Côte Saint-Luc park in Ashkelon and other joint projects," Councillor Brownstein said.

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For more information: Darryl Levine, Director of Public Affairs and Communications, 514-485-8905, dlevine@cotesaintluc.org

Michele Bismuth Marmor brings the flavours of Tunisia to Côte Saint-Luc on Thursday, January 29, 2009

Côte Saint-Luc, January 19, 2009 –The City of Côte Saint-Luc and the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library are pleased to present “Tunisian Shabbat Couscous” on Thursday, January 29 at 6:30 pm at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library (5851 Cavendish Blvd.).

Michele Bismuth Marmor will be demonstrating her delicious traditional couscous recipe. Marmor has been cooking and exploring new recipes since 1970. She describes her cooking style as “creative and improvisational” and cites her mother as her greatest culinary influence.

The Shabbat couscous recipe that Marmor will be demonstrating is deeply rooted in the tradition of Jewish Tunisian cuisine. Marmor’s cooking tells a narrative about her family history in Tunisia as many of her recipes have been passed down from generation to generation.

Born in Tunis, Marmor left Tunisia at the age of fourteen for Canada. She frequently revisits her homeland where she continues to hone her cooking skills and gain inspiration. 

This program provides a unique opportunity to discover and taste authentic Tunisian cuisine and to experiment with new flavours at home.    

Tickets are $5 and the presentation will be presented in English and French. Call the library at 514-485-6900 for details.

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For more information, contact: Mona Turner, 514-485-6900 ext. 4205 or mturner@cotesaintluc.org.
 

Council members launch fund in support of twin city in Ashkelon

Federation CJA Ashkelon CSL Fund

Côte Saint-Luc Mayor Anthony Housefather and members of the city council presented personal cheques to Susan Szalpeter (centre) of Federation CJA on Monday, January 19, 2009 at city hall.

The fund is in support of the people of Ashkelon, Israel, which is a twin city of Côte Saint-Luc. The personal contributions from the nine council members totalled more than $1,100. No public city funds were used.

The mayor encouraged residents of Côte Saint-Luc to donate to the fund. Residents can send cheques directly to Federation CJA made to the order of “Federation CJA Ashkelon-CSL Fund.”

Ashkelon is a sea-side city of 109,000 residents. As early as July 2006, rockets were fired by Hamas from the Gaza Strip which landed in Ashkelon. Seven residents of Ashkelon were injured on March 1, 2008. There was also property damage. Today, longer-range Hamas rockets are able to reliably hit the city.

Côte Saint-Luc helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions through city-wide organic waste collection program

Côte Saint-Luc, January 19, 2009 – In the first 12 weeks of organic waste collection in Côte Saint-Luc, the city has collected 215 tonnes (472,000 pounds) of kitchen and garden waste—which is more than the weight of a Boeing 747 aircraft.

“We have surpassed our goal for the amount of waste being diverted to compost facilities,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “Our residents have demonstrated that people on the island of Montreal are ready to make a small change in how they dispose of household waste.”

Côte Saint-Luc estimates that the average household produces about 40 pounds (18 kilograms) of household waste each week. The 5,000 single-family homes and duplexes who participate in the organic waste collection program—sometimes called the brown bin program—put about 8 pounds (3.6 kilograms) of kitchen and garden waste into their brown bin container each week—which represents about 50 percent of all their organic waste. The rest of their waste goes in blue boxes, in the garbage or in the case of household hazardous waste or construction materials is brought to the Côte Saint-Luc Public Works depot at 7001 Mackle Rd.

Côte Saint-Luc transports the organic waste to a composting facility in Montreal East, which run by the company EBI. The waste is transformed into nutrient-rich compost. By comparison, when organic waste is sent to a landfill (garbage) site, it decomposes and releases methane, which is about 25 times more potent as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. About 38 percent of Canada’s total methane emissions come from landfill sites.

“Every time you put your table scraps into your brown bin, you are helping reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions in the Montreal region,” said Councillor Dida Berku, the council member responsible for environmental issues. “So, Côte Saint-Luc residents aren’t just helping produce compost for gardens. We are also helping reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”

According to a 2007 report published by Recyc-Québec and Éco-entreprises Québec, 47 percent of household waste can be composted and another 40 percent can be recycled.

Côte Saint-Luc was the first city on the island of Montreal to introduce to all single-family homes and duplexes curbside collection of organic waste, such as leftover fruits and vegetables, pasta, tea bags, meat, grass clippings, flowers and much more. Similar programs are already underway across Canada.

“Our organic waste collection program was relatively easy to start, less costly than many believe thanks to provincial funding, and popular with residents,” said Councillor Steven Erdelyi, who researched other programs before helping launch it in Côte Saint-Luc. “We hope to become one of the first municipalities in Quebec to reach the provincial goal of diverting 60 percent of its waste. Based on the positive feedback we have received from our constituents, I think we’ll make it.”

Residents can visit ecoCSL.org or call 514-485-6868 for more information.

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For more information: Darryl Levine, Director of Public Affairs and Communications, 514-485-8905, dlevine@cotesaintluc.org

Côte Saint-Luc adopts its 2009 budgets

Côte Saint-Luc, December 16, 2008 – The Côte Saint-Luc city council last evening adopted the City of Cote Saint-Luc operating budget for the 2009 fiscal year. The 2009 operating budget amounts to 54 million dollars and reflects a tax increase of 1.9 percent for a property that increased an average 36 percent as a result of the implementation of the 2007-2010 valuation assessment roll. The increase of 1.9 percent is less than the rate of inflation.

“The council is sensitive to the pressure many families feel as a result of the economic recession and fears about finances and savings,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “We again reviewed all our programs and services and added programs and services where required and balanced those additions with cuts across all departments to ensure we can continue to deliver the highest quality of service at a reasonable cost. This year was exceptionally challenging due to the large increases in the costs of some contracts such as snow clearing and asphalt so council and staff spent a very long time reviewing expenditures to ensure we could keep the average tax increase below 2 percent.”

Property tax bill
The owner of a single-family home whose property valuation increased at the average rate of 36 percent will pay 1.90 percent more in property taxes than in 2008. Other individual tax accounts may be lower or higher, depending on the variation of their assessment in the four-year property valuation assessment roll, which increased the valuation of some properties more than others. To help minimize the impact of property valuation increases greater than the Côte Saint-Luc average of 36 percent, the City of Côte Saint-Luc has reduced the tax rate (also called the “mill rate”) on all properties.

As a result of reforms to the island-wide Agglomeration council in 2008, the City of Montreal will no longer send a tax bill to Côte Saint-Luc residents. Instead, the City of Côte Saint-Luc now sets the property tax rates, collects the taxes and sends money to the Montreal Agglomeration based on a fair mathematical formula approved by the Quebec government. Residents will receive this one bill from Côte Saint-Luc in late January 2009. The property tax bill is due in two installments: February 26 and May 28, 2009.

In 2009, owners of single-family homes and duplexes will be charged a one-time fee of $50 for the purchase of a covered new blue recycling bin. Residents will be permitted to choose the size of their new bin. Also, the City of Côte Saint-Luc will continue to charge a water tax and apply the revenues from this tax to its special financial reserve for water. The taxes raised will be used to pay engineering consulting firm Dessau Inc. for the maintenance and improvement of the Côte Saint-Luc water infrastructure, to buy water from the City of Montreal and to pay down the debt owed to the City of Montreal for the purchase the water distribution network in the territory of Côte Saint-Luc. Similar to municipal taxes, the water tax is also based on the taxable valuation of residential and non-residential properties.

Operating budget
Again this year, the city council and management team used a strict budget process used in the private sector. Instead of using historical budgets as a base and adding to it, a form of zero-based budgeting was used where every department function was reviewed comprehensively and all expenditures had to be justified. This budgeting process allows city council and the management team to allocate resources more efficiently as it is based on real needs and priorities, allows for better understanding of overall budgets, encourages managers to find cost effective ways to improve operations, and complements the city’s objectives of financial accountability.

Capital expenditures budget
Just as the operating budget allows short-term planning and control of current operating needs, the capital expenditures budget is a tool to aid long-term planning and control of long-range and capital needs, such as road and sidewalk replacement, sewer replacement and repairs, repairs to municipal buildings, upgrades and improvements to parks, pools and equipment, replacement and upgrade of municipal vehicles.

The three-year capital expenditures budget is $20.4 million in 2009, $5.8 million in 2010 and $5.4 million in 2011. The City of Côte Saint-Luc will continue to maximize the use of grants that are available for capital expenditures such as the Gas Tax Fund, F.I.M.R. and sports/recreation grants from the Ministry of Education, Leisure and Sports (MELS). The Intergenerational/Aquatic Centre has been identified as a possible project for 2009 costing approximately $15 million. The City of Côte Saint-Luc has submitted an application for funding of $7.5 million to MELS to cover half the cost of the project. The municipality is waiting for a positive reply from MELS before making a decision to proceed.

Expanded community outreach program brings the library to homes and seniors residences in Côte Saint-Luc

Côte Saint-Luc, December 2, 2008 – If you cannot come to the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library, the library will come to you thanks to an expanded community outreach program and more than 75 active volunteers.

“We have as one of our missions to go outside library walls to where the people are,” said Tanya Abramovitch, Director of the library. “We want to be active players in Côte Saint-Luc, and empower residents to make a difference in other people’s lives.”

The library’s Adult Volunteer Program has brought the library to more than 180 seniors living in residences across the city. The first initiative was launched at the Manoir Montefiore in 2007, where volunteers had already been making regular shut-in deliveries to some of the residents. Now library volunteers visit Le Waldorf and B’Nai Brith House and lead group discussions on current affairs as part of the Your Opinion Please program.

“We really appreciate the services that Côte Saint-Luc provides,” said Eileen Katz, Executive Director of B’Nai Brith House. “Our book review program uses the book kits from the library. Residents are able to borrow the book, which is then followed by a discussion group. Residents also enjoy the Your Opinion Please program in which a library volunteer brings interesting news articles for the group to discuss. There is a lot of laughter. The residents love it.”

The expansion of the community outreach program has helped increase the number of volunteers. For instance, the number of volunteer drivers for the shut-in book delivery service increased by 50 percent in the past year and the service will soon expand to five days a week. In 2007, volunteers donated 1,888 hours.

Delivery of books is only part of the story of community outreach in Côte Saint-Luc. The library has created new ways for its residents to volunteer to help fellow residents including peer tutoring, computer buddies, general helpers and residence visits in the community.

“The library volunteers are Côte Saint-Luc residents and range in age from teen to senior,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “They take pride in being able to contribute to their community in such a profoundly meaningful way. They bring not only knowledge and information to the seniors who attend these programs, but also the human interaction, which they miss by no longer being able to come to the library. A library volunteer even gives computer lessons at the Manoir Montefiore.”

The library has also expanded its reach among seniors and housebound residents through a partnership with the CSSS Cavendish Health and Social Services Centre. University students in the field complete required training hours at the CSSS by delivering library material and spending some time with people from the community who have become isolated in their homes.

“Great communities are made when people care about their neighbours and their environment,” said Councillor Steven Erdelyi, the council member responsible for the library. “It’s not enough to think about doing something—you have to go out and do it. I am very proud of this library initiative and I invite residents interested in volunteering to call the library today.”
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Residents can learn more about volunteering by calling the library’s Community Outreach Coordinator Gloria Caplan at 514-485-6900, ext. 4207.

The Adult Volunteer Program was organized by Adult Services Manager Sarah Topey in 2007 with a goal of getting the community involved in the library, affording them opportunities to give back to a place that meant so much in their hearts and minds. The program has been so successful that it grew into a new Community Outreach Program headed by Gloria Caplan.

The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library is located at 5851 Cavendish Blvd. and is open from 10am to 10pm every day. For more information, call the library at 514-485-6900 or visit www.elcslpl.org.

City brings together community groups

The Côte Saint-Luc Intercommunity Relations Committee, chaired by Councillor Mike Cohen, convened a meeting on December 2, 2008 hosted by Congregation Or Hahayim.

Representatives from different community organizations and institutions based in the city attended. They received an update on city matters, including the new organic waste collection program and exchanged information.

The Côte Saint-Luc Intercommunity Relations Committee

Seated front row: Councillor Mitchell Brownstein; Rabbi Moise Ohana, spiritual leader, Congregation Or Hahayim; Councillor Mike Cohen, Intercommunity Relations Committee Chair; Councillor Allan J. Levine

Standing left to right: Arnold Rosner, Canadian Magen David Adom for Israel; Sharon Bitensky, B’nai Brith Canada; David Smajovits, JPPS-Bialik; Momy Bouzaglou, president, Congregation Or Hahayim; Sheldon Weinstein, executive director, Beth Zion Congregation; Roger Dahan, executive director, Congregation Or Hahayim; Ruth Najman, Agence Ometz; Brita Brown, CSSS Cavendish; Claire Valiquette,  CSSS Cavendish;  Joseph Panunto, St. Richard’s Parish; Armand Moyal, Congregation Kol Yehuda; Tye Hunt, Assistant Waste, Environment and Safety Technician for the City of Côte Saint-Luc; Rabbi Yehuda Benoliel, Cong. Juive Francophone Chouva Israel.

Authors Ami Sands Brodoff and Gina Roitman will speak in Côte Saint-Luc on Thursday December 4, 2008

Côte Saint-Luc, November 12, 2008 – In celebration of Jewish Book Month, acclaimed authors Ami Sands Brodoff and Gina Roitman will be speaking on Thursday, December 4 at 7pm at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library.

Ami Sands Brodoff’s book The White Space Between is a family's story of the Holocaust.  It is a story which lies buried in the soil of a graveyard in Prague, in the old neighborhoods of Montréal, in the serenity of a small New Jersey town, and in the memory of a mother.   

In Tell Me a Story, Tell Me the Truth, author Gina Roitman has captured her own experience as the daughter of Holocaust survivors in the character of Leah Smilovitz. Leah lives in a world trapped between two solitudes. An outsider, she belongs neither to her parents’ painful generation nor to her own, freshly minted in the freedoms and contradictions of Montréal in the 1950s and 60s.

Ami Sands Brodoff is an award-winning novelist and short story writer. She has contributed to Vogue, Self, Elle, The Globe and Mail, and Montreal’s The Gazette. Originally from New York, she now lives in Montreal with her husband and two children. She serves on the executive of the Quebec Writers’ Federation and is active in Montreal’s literary community. She wrote The White Space Between in memory of her mother-in-law, who was a Holocaust survivor.

Gina Roitman, the daughter of Holocaust survivors, was born in Passau, Germany in 1948 and lived in the Pocking-Waldstadt Displaced Persons Camp before emigrating to Canada at 18 months of age. She is an award-winning writer and poet whose stories have aired on CBC Radio and appeared in numerous publications. She is currently completing a film entitled My Mother, the Nazi Midwife, and Me. A Montrealer by choice and inclination, Gina supports her passion for travelling by working as a communication consultant for the travel and tourism industry.

Tickets for Ami Sands Brodoff and Gina Roitman author talk for Jewish Book Month cost $2.

The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library is located at 5851 Cavendish Blvd. and is open from 10am to 10pm every day. For more information, call the library at 514-485-6900 or visit www.elcslpl.org.

Côte Saint-Luc EMS volunteers honoured for long service

Côte Saint-Luc, November 6, 2008 – Mayor Anthony Housefather and the Côte Saint-Luc municipal council will honour 32 Emergency Medical Services (EMS) volunteers for their contribution to Côte Saint-Luc’s first responder service, Monday November 10, 2008 at 8pm at City Hall (5801 Cavendish Blvd.).

“Our EMS volunteers provide outstanding care to those in medical distress in Côte Saint-Luc,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “We are very proud to honour and thank them for their important contribution to our community.”

“Côte Saint-Luc EMS first responders receive extensive training and must complete more than 110 hours of advanced classroom learning and respond to 30 calls before becoming full EMS first responders,” said Councillor Glenn J. Nashen, who is responsible for public safety issues. “Upon completion of their certification, volunteers are required to commit a minimum of 12 months of service to EMS, we are happy to see that some will be celebrating 20 years with the organization.”

“Our volunteers come from all walks of life; some are young medical students while others are proficient business entrepreneurs in various domains, not related to the medical field,” said Stephan Kallos, Director of EMS. “We are always looking for new volunteers; if you would like to become an EMS first responder, please call 514-485-6800 to learn more.

Founded in 1965 as the Emergency Measures Organization, Côte Saint-Luc EMS has provided first responder services to the community since 1980. Its EMS offers a superior quality of pre-hospital emergency medical care to the residents of and visitors to Côte Saint-Luc. EMS responds to more than 3,000 medical assistance calls each year and assists at community events, crises and other major emergencies in the community and throughout south-western Quebec.

Residents of Smart Ave. and Baily win grand prize at annual Maisons Fleuries home garden contest

Côte Saint-Luc, November 4, 2008 – Côte Saint-Luc announced the winners and runners up in the 2008 Maisons Fleuries home garden contest yesterday evening at 7:30pm at the Bernard Lang Civic Centre.

The grand prize winner in the category of single-family homes or semi-detached homes was the Giordano family of Smart Ave. The grand prize winner in the duplex category was Remo D’Alesio of Baily Rd.

“It has been a pleasure to walk, bike or drive through the streets of Côte Saint-Luc and see the beautiful gardens that adorn our city during the summer months,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “The efforts made by many residents to maintain their lawns, tend to their gardens and landscape their flower beds in a creative and unique fashion, beautifies our community and is tremendously appreciated.”

The Maisons Fleuries contest was chaired by Harold Greenspon, and councillors Allan J. Levine and Steven Erdelyi. The awards were presented by the eight city councillors, City Manager Ken Lerner and Mayor Anthony Housefather.

The following is the list of grand prize winners, and district winners and runners up. The elite category is reserved to honour people who have been district winners at least twice in the past three years.

Grand Prize Winners

Single Family and Semi-Detached Homes
1st Place - Giordano Family

Duplex Category
1st Place - Remo D`Alesio

Elite Winners

Elite Single Family Category
3rd Place - Rose Sacks
2nd Place - Pat Cerulli
1st Place - Bernice Bratz

Elite Duplex Category
3rd Place - Florinda Alfonso
2nd Place - Carlo Palucci
1st Place - Antonio Giobbi

Elite Townhouse Category
3rd Place - Angéline Lawrence
2nd Place - Laurentia de Vreeze
1st Place - Susan and Harvey Schwartz

Elite Apartment/Condominium Category
1st Place - Manoir Mackle

Elite Commercial Building Category
1st Place - Canada Trust

Elite Public Building Category
1st Place - Mount Sinai Hospital

Elite Senior Residence Category
1st Place - St. Patrick`s Square

District Winners

Single Family and Semi-Detached Homes in District 3
3rd Place - Mollie and Joe Morantz
2nd Place - Hanna Cohen
1st Place - Zelda Rabin

Single Family and Semi-Detached Homes in District 4  
3rd Place - Marcella Ciambella
2nd Place - Ida Panaccione
1st Place - Sylvie Beaulieu

Single Family and Semi-Detached homes in District 5A
3rd Place - Debbi Lydynia
2nd Place - Irene Darrell
1st Place - Giordano Family

Single Family and Semi-Detached Homes for District 5B
3rd Place - Peter Forlini
2nd Place - Tony Pittarelli
1st Place - Carolina and Philip Palucci

Single Family and Semi-Detached Homes in District 6  
3rd Place - Fenster Family
2nd Place - Leah Benedek
1st Place - Jo Ann and Eric Goldapple

Single Family and Semi-Detached Homes in District 7
3rd Place - Alberto Cambone
2nd Place - Hannah and Billy Sheffren
1st Place - Max and Sigy Laredo

Duplex Category
3rd Place - Domenico Alfonso
2nd Place - Susan and Tony Alfonso
1st Place - Remo D`Alesio

Townhouse Category
1st Place - Cambridge Court East

Apartment/Condominium Buildings Category
3rd Place - La Tour Sunnybrooke
2nd Place - La Marquise
1st Place - Le Bellagio

Senior Garden Category
1st Place - Lot D9 - Mr. Chuck Schwartz

Senior Residence Category
1st Place - B`Nai Brith House

Public Building Category
1st Place - Standard Life

Ensemble Caprice will perform in Côte Saint-Luc on Sunday, November 9, 2008

Côte Saint-Luc, November 3, 2008 – The musical group Ensemble Caprice will perform a concert entitled Vivaldi and the Gypsies on Sunday, November 9 at 2pm at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library.  

The concert is presented by the Montreal Arts Council, the City of Côte Saint-Luc and the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library.

The concert focuses on a unique, anonymous collection of early Gypsy (or Roma) music (circa 1730) from eastern Europe and works by composer Antonio Vivaldi.

Under the artistic direction of Matthias Maute and Sophie Larivière, the Ensemble Caprice has its own concert series at Redpath Hall in Montreal and was recently nominated for the Prix Opus award. Originally formed in Germany in 1989 and now based in Montreal, the ensemble continues to give concerts in Europe and has appeared at festivals in Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany. In 2005, the ensemble made its American debut in the Boston Early Music Festival concert series and has subsequently appeared in many parts of the United States, with additional tours of Israel and Taiwan.

Matthias Maute has achieved an international reputation as one of the finest recorder and baroque flute players of his generation and as a composer. He has made many recordings on respected labels. He is a professor at McGill University in Montreal.

Sophie Larivière is the artistic co-director of the ensemble. She has appeared in numerous concerts internationally. She plays the recorder and baroque flute and has appeared with such early music ensembles as the Arion Ensemble, the Opéra de Montréal, and Le Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal,

Susie Napper was awarded Quebec’s “Personality of the Year” Prix Opus in 2002. She plays the viola de gamba and the violoncello. She is the founder and artistic director of the Montreal Baroque Festival. She grew up in an artistic milieu in London, studied at the Juilliard School in New York and later at the Paris Conservatory. She has appeared with several internationally-known early music ensembles.

Erin Helyard plays the harpsichord and graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with first class honors and completed his Masters at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University in Montreal. Earlier in his career, he was co-conductor of the Australian Chamber Orchestra. Since moving to Montreal in 2004, he has become an active member of Quebec’s early music community.

Tickets for Vivaldi and the Gypsies with Ensemble Caprice cost $5.

The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library is located at 5851 Cavendish Blvd. and is open from 10am to 10pm every day. For more information, call the library at 514-485-6900 or visit www.elcslpl.org.

Upcoming lectures at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library

Upcoming lectures at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library include topics on American politics, health information online, Greek cooking at the stock market

Côte Saint-Luc, October 20, 2008 – Residents can learn about American politics, health resources on the Internet, Greek food and the stock market in a series of lectures next week at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library.

The President: On October 28 at 7pm, American presidential historian Gil Troy will discuss U.S. politics and the upcoming presidential elections. He is a professor of history at McGill University and a Visiting Scholar affiliated with the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington. His latest book is Leading from the Center: Why Moderates Make the Best Presidents. Tickets are $3.

Your Health, Online with Francesca Fratti: On October 29 at 7pm, Francesca Fratti will share tips on how to find the best and most accurate health information online. She is the librarian and patient information specialist at the Jewish General Hospital. The discussion is free.

Tastes of Greece: On October 30 at 6:30pm Gigi Cohen will share vegetarian recipes for delicious Mediterranean dishes. She is a holistic health care specialist who has appeared on Montreal radio on the Wellness Within show on 940 AM and Prenez votre santé en main avec Gigi Cohen on 690 AM. She also owns Jessy Naturel, a health food store on Monkland Ave. in NDG. The audience will be able to sample the Greek food. Tickets are $5.

Stock Market and Modern History: History professor Neil Cameron will be giving a lecture series on the stock market on Fridays at 2 pm until November 21. Tickets are $5 per lecture.

The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library is located at 5851 Cavendish Blvd. and is open from 10am to 10pm every day. For more information, call the library at 514-485-6900 or visit www.elcslpl.org.

Home security information session in Côte Saint-Luc on October 28

Côte Saint-Luc, October 20, 2008 – André Belotte of Neighbourhood Police Station 9 will provide security tips for residents at the Home Security for Snowbirds information session on Tuesday, October 28, 2008 at 10am at the Bernard Lang Civic Centre (5801 Cavendish Blvd.).

Organized by the City of Côte Saint-Luc and the Montreal police department, this annual event is designed to help residents make their homes more secure—especially those who fly south for several months of the year.

“Côte Saint-Luc is one of the safest communities on the island of Montreal in part because of the emphasis we place on prevention,” said Councillor Glenn J. Nashen, the council member responsible for public safety. “There are practical ways you can make your house look more lived in while you are away. We want to make sure our residents have that information and take preventative action.”

At the information session, residents will learn about tips related to newspaper deliveries, mail deliveries, use of light timers and radios, answering machine messages, ladder locations and much more.

This event is free and open to all. People should call 514-485-6800 ext. 1801 today to confirm their attendance. Space is limited.

City-wide organic waste collection begins on Monday in Côte Saint-Luc

Côte Saint-Luc, October 17, 2008 – Starting Monday, October 20 at 8am, Côte Saint-Luc will begin collecting kitchen and garden waste from brown bins as the city expands its curbside organic waste collection—sometimes called compost collection— to nearly 5,000 single-family homes and duplexes.

In September 2007, Côte Saint-Luc began collecting organic waste from 500 homes as part of a pilot project to help divert waste from landfill. The program was a success and Côte Saint-Luc is now expanding it.

“Cote Saint-Luc is committed to becoming an environmentally responsible city,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “Toronto and other Ontario cities have been doing curbside collection of organic waste for several years. Côte Saint-Luc is one of the municipalities leading the way in Quebec.”

On Monday, October 20, organic waste will be collected in the south-western section of Côte Saint-Luc, on Baily Rd. and all streets south. The other three sections of Côte Saint-Luc follow on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. See the collection schedule map at www.CoteSaintLuc.org/en/brownbin.

Currently, residents put paper, plastic, glass and aluminum into a blue box, which is collected every week. Now residents will put food waste and garden waste into a brown bin supplied by the city, which will also be collected every week. Anything that is left, like some kinds of plastic or Styrofoam, is thrown away as garbage.

Supermarket plastic bags are not allowed in the brown bin. Only certified compostable bags and paper bags are allowed in the brown bin.

Residents in all single-family homes and duplexes received last September a brown bin, kitchen collector and information materials and a DVD video explaining how everything works. They also received information on the new garbage collection and organic waste collection schedules.

Residents can learn more about curbside organic waste collection at www.CoteSaintLuc.org/en/brownbin.

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For more information: Darryl Levine, Director of Public Affairs and Communications, 514-485-8905, dlevine@cotesaintluc.org
 

Roadwork at Cavendish/Fleet intersection starts October 20

Côte Saint-Luc, October 14, 2008 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc will begin major roadwork on southbound Cavendish Blvd. near Fleet Rd. on October 20, as part of a road reconfiguration project that will include the addition of a second left-turning lane.

“The Cavendish-Fleet interchange was designed a generation ago when the population of Côte Saint-Luc was smaller and few families owned more than one car,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “For years, residents have suggested the city improve the intersection to reduce wait times. After considerable study, we are now taking action.”

The city held public consultations on May 26 to get resident feedback on the proposed project and made various revisions based on the feedback received. When the planned roadwork is complete, motorists wishing to turn left from Cavendish Blvd. to Fleet Rd. will be able to do so from two dedicated left-turning lanes. An engineering traffic study indicates that this will reduce wait times and line-ups of vehicles turning onto Fleet Rd.

“The project will be done in two phases,” said Councillor Mitchell Brownstein, the council member responsible for public works issues. “In phase 1, we will break parts of the concrete medians in the area and repave parts of the street. Once we are confident the new configuration is successful, we will complete the project in phase 2, in which we will beautify the green spaces and add permanent barriers in spots.”

During the construction period, motorists should try to avoid the construction zone during the morning rush hour, if possible. For instance, residents west of Parkhaven Ave. are encouraged to use the Westminster Ave. route in the western part of the city to leave Côte Saint-Luc during the morning rush hour.

Residents can call 514-485-6800 ext. 1501 to provide feedback or ask questions about the project. A project page including maps of the planned reconfiguration is available at www.CoteSaintLuc.org/en/CavendishFleet. All residences are receiving by mail this week a pamphlet explaining the project.

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For more information: Darryl Levine, Director of Public Affairs and Communications, 514-485-8905, dlevine@cotesaintluc.org

All-night Read-A-Thon in Côte Saint-Luc to raise money for Comfy Cozy Fund

Côte Saint-Luc, October 10, 2008 – Kids, parents and library staff will be staying up late on Saturday, October 25 to read and raise money at the first ever all-night Read-A-Thon at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library.

The event is open to adults and children. Participants will spend the night reading at the library to raise money for Comfy Cozy Fund. The Read-A-Thon will showcase the magic of libraries and reading, and highlight their importance to the well-being of our society. Participants are encouraged to get sponsored, as the money their donors contribute will have an immediate and powerful impact on the lives of sick children and their families. Sponsorship forms are available at the library at the library website, www.elcslpl.org.  

“This event promotes reading, is a fun activity for parents and kids and raises money for a great cause,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “I am proud by the wonderful work done by our library staff to organize this unique event.”

There will be a special children’s event from 7pm to 10pm for those kids with an earlier bedtime. The more stout-hearted are encouraged to stay until 7am the next morning to enjoy the midnight pizza party, the 3am fruit and cardio break and the 6am breakfast.

The Read-A-Thon is part of the library’s celebration of Public Libraries Week.

The Comfy Cozy Fund was established in 2004 by Jake Shtern, a boy undergoing treatment for leukemia. His goal was to provide comfort to other children undergoing chemotherapy like him. The Comfy Cozy team works to ensure that the entire Montreal Children’s Hospital becomes a comfier and cozier place for the kids and family who spend time there. The treatment centre and the newly renovated oncology floor are now equipped with Game Boys, PlayStations, televisions and DVD players.  The Comfy Cozy Fund is currently funding a support program for the families of cancer patients and working to transform hospital departments, rooms and hospital stays throughout the Montreal Children’s Hospital.

The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library is located at 5851 Cavendish Blvd. and is open from 10am to 10pm every day. For more information, call the library at 514-485-6900 or visit www.elcslpl.org.

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For more information, contact: Mona Turner, 514-485-6900 ext. 4205 or mturner@cotesaintluc.org.

Côte Saint-Luc to host third open house on October 16 to explain organic waste collection program to residents

Côte Saint-Luc, October 8, 2008 – Residents will be able to ask questions about the upcoming organic waste collection program at the third and final open house at the Bernard Lang Civic Centre (5801 Cavendish Blvd.) on Thursday, October 16 at 7pm.

The City of Côte Saint-Luc delivered the new 240 litre brown bins to 4,798 single-family homes and duplexes in late September. Residents will use their bins to dispose of their garden waste and kitchen waste. The city will collect the contents of the brown bins each week.

The first collection is the week of October 20. The collection day in each area is indicated on the map that came with the brown bin. Residents can learn more by reviewing the instructional material that came with their brown bin, by visiting www.CoteSaintLuc.org/en/brownbin or by calling 514-485-6868.

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For more information: Darryl Levine, Director of Public Affairs and Communications, 514-485-8905, dlevine@cotesaintluc.org

Kids with Cameras exhibit in Côte Saint-Luc shows Jerusalem from the camera lens of Jewish and Arab children

Côte Saint-Luc, October 6, 2008 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc is presenting the exhibition “Beyond the Wall – Jerusalem” by Kids with Cameras at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library until November 2, 2008.

The photographs on display were taken by Jewish and Arab children from Jerusalem. Jason Eskenazi, the coordinator of “Beyond the Wall – Jerusalem”, taught photography to the children and gave then cameras. Each group photographed the Old City. Although the two groups had separate classes with Eskenazi, they began to be curious to see each other’s work. At the project's close, they discussed their work together.

“In the end all the kids were brought together just by being in the same project seeing Jerusalem from two vantage points,” Eskenazi said. “I hope somewhere down the road in a time to come that some of these kids will remember taking pictures and stopping to think how their counterpart might view the world.”

The organization Kids with Cameras was founded in 2002 by photographer Zana Briski out of her work teaching photography to children in Calcutta's red-light district. They see photography as an effective tool in igniting children’s imaginations and building self-esteem, and they believe in the power of art to transform lives, for both the artist and the viewer.

The exhibition “Beyond the Wall – Jerusalem” by Kids with Cameras is on view daily between 10am and 10pm at the library, which is located at 5851 Cavendish Blvd. Admission is free.

“This photo exhibit has been shown at the Jewish community centres of New York and San Francisco and I am proud Côte Saint-Luc has the privilege of putting it on display at our library,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “Exhibits like this one are another reason the public library in Côte Saint-Luc is regarded as one of the finest in Quebec.”

For more information about the Kids with Cameras program, visit www.kids-with-cameras.org/jerusalem.

In conjunction with this exhibition the library is running a children’s art program “Côte Saint-Luc Kids in Focus”, which is an opportunity for kids ages 9 to 12 to experiment with photography and share the way they see their world. Participants will have the chance to learn about using a camera and take a tour of the Kids with Cameras exhibition. They will have the opportunity to shoot photos (using their own cameras or borrowing the library’s cameras) on a theme of their choice and take part in putting together their very own exhibition.

Registration for the Côte Saint-Luc Kids in Focus program is $5. Call the library for information at 514-485-6900.

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ATTN' EDITORS: Photos

1. Photos from the Kids with Cameras project are on display in Côte Saint-Luc until November 2, 2008.

2. Two 12-year-old participants, Raneen and Zvi, review their photos with photograpy instructor Jason Eskenazi.
 

 

For more information, contact: Mona Turner, 514-485-6900 ext. 4205 or mturner@cotesaintluc.org.