News and announcements

Côte Saint-Luc delivers new covered blue bins on wheels

Côte Saint-Luc, June 15, 2009 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc will begin delivering new covered blue bins on wheels to its 4,900 single-family homes and duplexes starting on Thursday, June 18.

“The new bin will be easier to bring to the curb because it has wheels and its cover will prevent items from blowing away,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “Also, residents can now mix paper, cardboard, plastic, metal and glass. There is no need to sort your recyclable anymore.”

Residents should begin using the new blue bins as soon as they receive it. The recycling collection trucks will now use a mechanical arm to lift the blue bin and dump the contents into the truck. It is therefore important that the blue bin be placed at the curb with the wheels facing the house—not the street.

Also, as the collection process is mechanized, residents cannot use their old blue box nor can they put recyclables on the side of the bin. Everything must go inside the new blue bin or it won’t be collected.

Côte Saint-Luc and 12 other suburban municipalities on the island of Montreal are switching to the new blue bins. Each city has its own distribution schedule. Côte Saint-Luc will be sending an information package to residents by mail in the coming weeks reminding them what is recyclable.

“We encourage you to reuse your old blue bin to store gardening supplies or other items,” said Councillor Dida Berku, the council member responsible for environmental issues. “Don’t throw it in the trash. If you really don’t want it, bring it to Household Hazardous Waste Day on August 23 at 7001 Mackle Rd.”

Last March, Côte Saint-Luc sent a brochure to every home informing residents about the new blue bins and offering a choice of a small (120 litre), medium (240 litre) or large (360 litre) blue bin. Residents who didn’t respond by the deadline of March 31 have received the medium-sized blue bin, which is the right size for most households.

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

Photographer Linda Rutenberg to exhibit in Côte Saint-Luc

Côte Saint-Luc, May 28, 2009 – Photographer Linda Rutenberg will exhibit The Garden at Night, a collection of her photos taken after dark in botanical gardens around the world, at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library from May 28 to July 5.

Linda Rutenberg photographs the secret lives of plants at night and reveals a luminous landscape.  

“The amazing thing about the night is that even the most ordinary plant is transformed into something mysterious and extraordinary,” Rutenberg said. “These images are about a sense of place, metamorphosis and the splendours of nature.”

In the past three years, Rutenberg and her husband Roger Leeon have visited and worked in 35 botanical gardens for The Garden at Night project. Rutenberg says that she and Leeon (who does all of the lighting for the photos) are “filled with anticipation and wonder as they enter each new place,” and they find that each garden has its own character, atmosphere and spirit.

Rutenberg has been a photographer, author and educator for the last 30 years. Her photographs have appeared in 15 books. Her most recently published books are The Garden at Night and After Midnight: Through the Seasons at the Montreal Botanical Gardens. A new book, The English Garden at Night, will be published in England this year.
She has exhibited her photographs internationally and can be found in many prestigious collections including the National Gallery of Canada, Agnes Etherington Collection, Standard Life, Banque Nationale Collection and the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris.
Rutenberg lives and works in Montreal.
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.

Côte Saint-Luc is happy Montreal commission recommends that Meadowbrook remain green

Côte Saint-Luc, May 28, 2009 – A commission of the Montreal agglomeration council studying green space protection recommended yesterday that Meadowbrook golf course be designated an eco-territory, which would protect it from urban development.

“The City of Côte Saint-Luc and the Town of Montreal West are happy that the commission agreed with recommendations made on May 6 by the Friends of Meadowbrook,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “Our city zoned as a golf course the part of Meadowbrook on our territory because we believe the space is a natural oasis in the west end. We’re happy that the agglomeration commission agrees with us.”

The Commission permanente du conseil d’agglomération sur les grands équipements et activités d’intérêt d’agglomération held public hearings for three days in April and May to study the 2007-2008 Report on the Policy on the Protection and Enhancement of Natural Habitats. Councillor Dida Berku and Montreal West Mayor Campbell Stuart spoke with others from environmental groups such as Friends of Meadowbrook and Héritage Laurentien about the importance of protecting that green space in the west end.

The commission recommended that the Montreal agglomeration council recognize Meadowbrook as an eco-territory and protect it along with a network of natural spaces in the south-west sector of Montreal.

"We are truly thankful that the commission chairperson Michel Labrecque and the members of the commission listened to our pleas," said Councillor Berku, a long-time advocate for protecting Meadowbrook.

Mayor Stuart and Councillor Berku intend to promote the commission’s proposal for a network of natural spaces proposal to the governments of Quebec and Canada.

“The idea is to create a green corridor in the area, linking Meadowbrook with the Falaise St. Jacques and in the process improve the quality of the Turcot exchange redevelopment,” Mayor Stuart said. “Next month we make a presentation to the BAPE environmental impact review board hearings on the Turcot exchange in support of the proposal put forth by Héritage Laurentien to trade development on Meadowbrook for the right to develop some of the brownfield land in the Turcot Yards. We are looking for win-win solutions for the cities, the developer and the natural spaces of the island."

The commission also recommended that the Montreal agglomeration council intervene with the Ministry of Transport to ensure that the Falaise St. Jacques (St. Jacques Cliff) be protected from damage from the new Highway 20, which the Ministry currently plans to locate right at the foot of the eco-territory. The Falaise St. Jacques is a densely-wooded linear green space hanging down a cliff on the south side of St. Jacques St. in NDG. The highway would have to be moved a substantial distance from the Falaise to protect its fragile ecosystems, and this would also enable the land swap mentioned above.

Montreal author Ann Charney to discuss her latest novel at the Eleanor London Côte Saint Luc Public Library

Côte Saint-Luc, May 28, 2009 – Author Ann Charney will be reading and discussing her third novel Distantly Related to Freud on Thursday, June 4 at 7:30pm at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library.

The event entitled Ann Charney and Guy Rodgers in Conversation: Memories of Time and Place is presented in partnership by the library and the Quebec Writers’ Federation (QWF). This event is part of the QWF’s Writers Out Loud series. It is presented with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.

The novel Distantly Related to Freud is a coming-of-age story set in Montreal. The protagonist, Ellen, is a precocious eight-year-old living in Montreal with her mother an expatriate from Poland. Through her thoughtful observation of a group of eastern European refugees who take shelter in her home, to awakening sexuality and an important friendship, Ellen develops her literary sensibility, leaving behind the simplicity of childhood for the complexities of the adult world.

Faustus Salvador, from the Montreal Review of Books, offers high praise for Distantly Related to Freud stating:  “It's not often that one can recommend a book based on how well it reads with a cup of hot tea on a grey Montreal day. With its winsome protagonist and the palpable interplay between innocence and the shadows that encroach on it, Charney has written one of the most endearing novels of the season.”

Charney is an award-winning novelist, short-story writer and journalist. Born in Poland and raised in Montreal, she has received awards for her fiction and non-fiction, including the Canadian Authors' Association Prize. She has also been a columnist for Maclean's Magazine, a frequent contributor to Saturday Night, Ms. magazine, and other leading publications. In addition, Charney was recently named an officer of the French Order of Arts and Letters.

Host Guy Rodgers is past president of Playwrights' Workshop Montreal (PWM). He has served on boards for Le Conseil Québécois du Théâtre (CQT) and the Blue Metropolis Literary Festival. He received the Quebec Writers' Federation's Community Award for leadership in building communities among artists in 2005.

Tickets for this program are $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.

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

Membership drive at the Côte Saint-Luc Senior Social Club

Côte Saint-Luc, May 20, 2009 – The Côte Saint-Luc Senior Social Club is in the middle of membership drive at the Senior Social Centre located at the Côte Saint-Luc Shopping Centre (7101 Côte Saint-Luc Rd., suite 203).

Existing and new members are encouraged to register by Friday, May 29 but can also join the club at any time during the year. The membership fee is $25 per year.

The Senior Social Club is open to female residents age 55 and older. The club meets for activities such as Mah Jongg, canasta, bingo and bridge. Members also go on day trips to theatres, listen to speakers and participate in fitness programs.

“We have had great reviews and feedback over the years from members,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “The Senior Social Club is a great way to enjoy the company of other senior women while participating in many unique and exciting activities.”

Call the Senior Social Centre at 514-485-6819 for more information.

Côte Saint-Luc Public Works director to collect garbage for charity

Côte Saint-Luc, May 15, 2009 – The director of the Public Works Department in Côte Saint-Luc will ride the back of a city garbage truck on Tuesday, May 19 and collect household trash to raise money for the Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation.

“Our city crews are pretty efficient so I hope I don’t slow them down too much,” said David Tordjman, who heads the Public Works and Urban Planning departments. “Some of our crews don’t think I’ll even survive the shift, but I hope to surprise them.”

This fundraising event is part of the second annual Côte Saint-Luc Public Works Week, which takes place from May 19 to May 24. The week-long activities will raise money for charity as the city highlights and celebrates the people who build and maintain the infrastructure in the city.

“We are proud of the way David and his staff help raise money for children’s charities every year,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “The people who work for our city take pride not only in their work but in their community involvement.”

At the end of the route, the garbage truck will pull into the Public Works yard at approximately 2:30pm, where Tordjman will be met by the Public Works Department staff.

“Last year David had his legs waxed for charity and two years ago he had his head shaved for charity, so I think his hair follicles will appreciate the richly earned rest,” said Councillor Mitchell Brownstein, the council member responsible for public works. “We look forward to David’s adventure aboard the garbage truck.”

National Public Works Week activities will be taking place across Canada during the same week. Last year’s Côte Saint-Luc Public Works Week was awarded the top prize among cities with a population of 50,000 or fewer by the Canadian Public Works Association, the group representing public works professionals in Canada.

Other events planned in Côte Saint-Luc during Public Works Week include outreach to schools, public discussions, and the Public Works Fair on Sunday, May 24 from 10am to 3pm at 7001 Mackle Rd.

Côte Saint-Luc Reads presents a series author discussions and events related to African culture and history in Canada

Côte Saint-Luc, May 12, 2009 – The second annual Côte Saint-Luc Reads from June 18 to July 9 is a city-wide initiative aimed at inspiring residents to all read the same book and to discuss it with friends, family and neighbours.

This year’s award-winning book, The Book of Negroes, is about the life of a young girl captured in Africa and transported and sold as a slave colonial America who then escapes to Canada during the Revolutionary War and eventually sails back to Africa.

Author Lawrence Hill will present an author talk on Thursday, June 18 at 7pm. The Book of Negroes garnered several prizes including the 2008 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book and the 2007 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. A number 1 Canadian bestseller, it was named one of the top 100 books of 2007 by The Globe and Mail. Hill will be speaking about his literary work and will be available to sign copies. Tickets for this event are $5 each.

Other events during Côte Saint-Luc Reads include The Beauty of African Beads on Thursday, June 11 at 7pm, which is a slide presentation featuring rare and beautiful African beads from the private collection of Ruth Shine, owner for more than 30 years of the Westmount Bead Emporium. Tickets for this program are $2 each.

Writer and historian Dorothy Williams, Ph.D., will speak on Thursday, June 25 at 7pm about the history of slavery in Montreal. Williams is a specialist in Black Canadian History. She has penned a number of books including Blacks in Montreal: 1628-1986 An Urban Demography. Williams was made a Québec Laureate in 2002 and awarded the Anne Greenup Prize for the Fight against Racism and the Promotion of Civic Participation. In addition, The Black Coalition of Québec presented her with The Mathieu da Costa Award in 1993. Tickets for this lecture are $2 each.

Vues d’Afrique will be presenting a workshop for children on Sunday, June 28 at 1pm on African dance. This workshop will explore African dance styles from different regions with influences from Brazil and the Caribbean. Vues d’Afrique organizes events highlighting African and Creole cultures. Tickets for this workshop are $5 each.

On Thursday, July 2 at 7pm the library will host The Trial of the Slave Angélique. This program is an interactive presentation and workshop about the trial of Marie-Joseph Angélique, the slave accused of burning down Montreal in 1734. David Bureau and actress Carol Jones will give the audience the clues and allow them to decide if Angélique is in fact guilty of arson. Tickets for this program are $2 each.

Wrapping up the Côte Saint-Luc Reads series of events on Thursday, July 9 at 6:30pm is the Tastes of Southern Africa with Thola Rusike. Rusike will demonstrate how to prepare a traditional savory dish from the southern region of Africa. The audience will be able to sample the dish at the end of the class and will also receive a copy of the recipe to take home with them. Tickets for this cooking program are $5 each.

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.

Second property tax installment due on May 28 in Côte Saint-Luc

Côte Saint-Luc, May 11, 2009 – The second installment of the Côte Saint-Luc property tax bill is due on Thursday, May 28, 2009. Tax payers can pay the bill using online banking, telephone banking, in person at their bank, at Côte Saint-Luc city hall (5801 Cavendish Blvd.) weekdays from 8:30am to 4:30pm or by mail. If paying in person, residents should bring their bill payment stubs.

For more information, call 514-485-6800 weekdays between 8:30am and 4:30pm or visit www.cotesaintluc.org/en/Taxes2009.

I Musici celebrate their 25th anniversary with a concert performance in Côte Saint-Luc

Côte Saint-Luc, May 4, 2009 – The musical group I Musici will perform a concert at the Harold Greenspon Auditorium in Côte Saint-Luc on Thursday, May 14 at 7:30pm.

The concert is presented by the Conseil des arts de Montréal en tournée and the Eleanor London Côte Saint Luc Public Library. I Musici is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Tickets for this concert are $10 each. The Harold Greenspon Auditorium is located at Côte Saint-Luc City Hall, 5801 Cavendish Blvd.

I Musici’s performance will be accompanied by a series of painted images projected onto a screen entitled Les tableaux dansants d’ une exposition by Natasha Turovsky, who is a violinist and painter.

I Musici director Yuli Turovsky studied at the prestigious Central Music School of Moscow. During this period he was principal cello of the Moscow Chamber Orchestra under Rudolf Barshai. He left the former Soviet Union in 1976 and settled in Montreal where he formed the Borodin Trio, which toured internationally and performed at venues such as Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall in New York. As a soloist, he has played with the MSO, the Orchestre métropolitain and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. In addition to his present role as I Musici director, Turovsky is part of the Turovsky Duo where he plays cello alongside his wife violinist Eleonora.  

Eleonora Turovsky also studied at the Central Music School of Moscow from which she garnered a silver medal award for her musicianship. She also holds a Ph.D. from the Tchaikovsky Conservatory where she had the distinct pleasure of studying under Dmitri Tziganov, first violin of the Moscow Beethoven Quartet. Together with her husband Yuli, she has toured extensively abroad and participated in more than 40 recordings for the Chandos and Analekta labels. Her recordings have drawn critical acclaim internationally, in particular, her recording of Kodaly's Duo, Op. 7, which won the Diapason d'Or. She presently teaches violin at the Université de Montréal and Concordia University.

On the program are works by Mozart, the Turovskys and Quebec composer Denis Gougeon, which was commissioned in 1998 from to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the I Musici de Montréal.
 
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 crime prevention volunteer patrollers log more than 65,000km

Côte Saint-Luc, April 27, 2009 – In the month of March, Côte Saint-Luc Volunteer Citizens on Patrol (vCOP) logged 375 hours patrolling 2,550km of city streets, thereby adding an extra layer of protection to residents, says the council member responsible for public safety.

“vCOP volunteers participated in a search for a missing person, reported a broken gate protecting a nursery, and reported 20 garage doors and one house door left open, to name just a few things,” Councillor Glenn J. Nashen said. “vCOP volunteers provide extra eyes and ears to help prevent crime and adds another layer to public safety services.”

The City of Côte Saint-Luc will be holding an information session on Tuesday, May 5 at 7pm in the auditorium at Côte Saint-Luc City Hall (5801 Cavendish Blvd.) for residents interested in joining vCOP.

Working in conjunction with Côte Saint-Luc Public Security, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and the Montreal police department, vCOP volunteers patrol the city, observe and report any suspicious activities or problems. Côte Saint-Luc was the first city in Quebec to implement this innovative neighbourhood-watch-on-wheels program in 2006. Similar programs have been established in communities throughout Canada and the United States.

Approximately 70 volunteers patrol the streets of Côte Saint-Luc in marked vCOP vehicles, on foot and on bicycles. The volunteers notify local agencies about emergency and non-emergency situations as they act as observers throughout the community. There is a one-time membership fee of $75 to defray the costs of uniforms and accessories.

Since its inception in July 2006, vCOP volunteers have spent 11,572 hours patrolling 65,126km of city roads, which is the equivalent of seven round-trips between Montreal and Los Angeles.

For more information or to join the vCOP program, please call 514-485-6800, send an e-mail to vcop@CoteSaintLuc.org, or visit www.CoteSaintLuc.org/en/vcop.

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

50th anniversary of the Côte Saint-Luc Tennis Club kicks off on May 1

Côte Saint-Luc, April 23, 2009 – The Côte Saint-Luc Tennis Club, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, will be opening for the 2009 season on Friday, May 1, weather permitting.

“In celebration of its 50th anniversary this year, the Côte Saint-Luc Tennis Club is inviting founding members for the May 23 open house,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “As an avid tennis player, I am proud of the steps that the Parks and Recreation Department and the dedicated volunteers of the Côte Saint-Luc Tennis Club have taken into turning the club into a tennis jewel.”

The Côte Saint-Luc Tennis Club is open for social and competitive play every day including weekends. The tennis club offers a wide range of programs including private lessons, group clinics, round robins, interclub teams, junior programs, and a popular tennis camp operated by the Tennis and Sports Psychology Academy. It features nine clay tennis courts, lit courts for evening tennis, a clubhouse with showers and lockers, swimming pool, snack bar and satellite television and more.

Registration is presently ongoing. Application forms are available at the Tennis Club, 8215 Guelph Rd., 514-487-7862 or at the Parks and Recreation Department, 7500 Mackle Rd., 514-485-6806 ext 2011.

For more information, please visit our website at www.CoteSaintLuc.org/en/tennisclub.

Alana Riley photo exhibit in Côte Saint-Luc

Côte Saint-Luc, April 23, 2009 – Montreal-based photo and video artist Alana Riley will exhibit a series of photos entitled I am still what I meant to be, at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library from April 23 to May 24.

In this series of photographs, Riley took two photos of each subject—one in their actual workplace and another in an imagined scene from their childhood dream job. In one set of photographs a woman poses as both a nurse and a pilot. In another set a man appears as both the pope and a museum archivist. By not revealing the subject’s actual vocation, Riley leaves it up to the viewer to draw their own conclusions. Through the juxtaposition of these paired images Riley makes the audience question why we define ourselves so much by what we do.

Riley completed her BFA from Concordia University in Studio Art and Photography in 2003. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group shows in Canada and the United States. She is on the Board of Directors at Dazibao, centre de photographies actuelles. Riley’s work is represented by the Joyce Yahouda Gallery.

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.

Healthy cooking, writing and fashion adorn the month of April at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library

Côte Saint-Luc, April 21, 2009 – April is brimming with programs at the Eleanor London Côte-Saint Luc Public Library. The entertainment will begin on Thursday, April 22 at 7pm when famed playwright and director Aviva Ravel will bring a performance playreading of her play Senior Moments to the stage. Written and directed by Ravel, this performance playreading is a delightful comedy of manners that has been well-received by audiences both in Canada and abroad. Tickets for this event are $3.
 
The next evening on Thursday, April 23 at 7pm the library will celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday with a lecture by Shakespearean scholar Kate Welch entitled Happy Birthday Shakespeare. Welch will speak about the famous bard and paint a picture of what it was like to see one of Shakespeare’s plays in his time. Tickets for this event are $3.  

The arts and entertainment continue on Tuesday, April 28 at 2pm when the library presents Coco Chanel: Fashion’s First Modernist. Costume historian Pamela Grimaud will give an entertaining lecture on the iconic fashion designer. Grimaud will be showing images of some of Chanel’s most memorable and lasting couture pieces from the various decades of her expansive career. Tickets for this lecture are $3.

On Wednesday, April 29 at 6:30pm, the library will host Cooking for your Brain with Gigi Cohen. Holistic health care expert Gigi Cohen will be demonstrating how to prepare flavorful dishes that are beneficial for your brain. An expert in fusing healthy cuisine with flavour, Cohen will share a signature recipe with the audience who is welcome to sample her cuisine as well as take a copy of the recipe home with them. Tickets for this cooking program are $5.  

And lastly, on Thursday April 30 at 7:30pm, the library will present QWF: Young Writer’s Out Loud. Writers Saleem Narwaz (author of Mother Superior) J.R. Carpenter (author of Words the Dog Knows) and Arjun Basu (author of Squishy) will speak about their respective literary works. This event provides a wonderful opportunity to meet a few of Montreal’s rising literary stars. Tickets for this program are $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.

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.