News and announcements

Jane’s Walk: Neighbourhood walking tour of Côte Saint-Luc on May 4 and 6, 2018

Jane’s Walk: Neighbourhood walking tour of Côte Saint-Luc on May 4 and 6, 2018

 

The City of Côte Saint-Luc will host a neighbourhood walking tours on May 4 and 6, 2018, as part of the annual Jane’s Walk event across North America and the world.

Norm Spatz, educational consultant and history buff, will be leading a tour “A Tale of Three Cities” on Friday, May 4 and Sunday, May 6, 2018 at 11 am starting at the Shaare Zion Congregation, 5575 Côte Saint-Luc Road (enter by the side door), Metro Villa Maria or bus 66. The walk is free of charge, but participants are encouraged to RSVP at jeisman@cotesaintluc.org.

The Montreal-area walks are organized by the Montreal Urban Ecology Centre (promenadesdejane.com/en/participer-a-une-promenade).

Jane’s Walk is a series of free neighbourhood walking tours that helps put people in touch with their environment and with each other, by bridging social and geographic gaps and creating a space for cities to discover themselves. Since its inception in 2007, Jane’s Walk has happened in cities across North America, and is growing internationally.

Jane’s Walk honours the legacy and ideas of urban activist and writer Jane Jacobs who championed the interests of local residents and pedestrians over a car-centered approach to planning. Jane’s Walk helps knit people together into a strong and resourceful community, instilling belonging and encouraging civic leadership.

City street sweepers clean things up after a long winter

Street sweeping: spring cleanig in CSL

After a long winter, Côte Saint-Luc Public Works will begin cleaning our roads and sidewalks as the weather warms up.

First, we use a flusher truck to flush the sand and gravel towards side of the road.

Then, later on, one of our two sweepers drives by and sprays water on the ground to moisten the debris. This is done to prevent dust from flying up as the brushes vaccum up the debris.

It can take the sweepers a few passes to collect all the debris left during the winter months.

Because we use water in this process, we have to wait until the temperature is reliably above the freezing mark. It takes about three to four weeks to sweep all our roads and sidewalks, so we should be done by the end of April.

 

Flushing of fire hydrants from April 11 to 17, 2018

We will be flushing the fire hydrants across Côte Saint-Luc from April 11 to April 17, 2018. We do this twice a year to make that sure our fire hydrants work properly and also to help clear sediments from the underground pipes. After we’re done, you may notice that your water is slightly coloured. This is normal. It’s not dangerous. All you have to do is run the water until it’s clear again. 

 

Used book sale on April 21 and 22

The Côte Saint-Luc Public Library is holding its two-day used book sale on Saturday, April 21 and Sunday, April 22, 2018 from 11 am to 5 pm at the Harold Greenspon Auditorium at 5801 Cavendish Blvd. For more info, call the library at 514-485-6900.

Côte Saint-Luc to pay tribute to Holocaust survivor Marcel Zielinski at city council meeting on Monday, April 9

To mark the upcoming Yom HaShoah or Holocaust Remembrance Day, the City of Côte Saint-Luc will show a 10-minute video featuring Holocaust survivor Marcel Zielinski at the start of today's city council meeting at 8pm at 5801 Cavendish Blvd.

Zielinski, 83, lives in Côte Saint-Luc. He will be present at the city council meeting.

"Approximately 35,000 Holocaust survivors ended up in Canada, with at least 9,000 in the Montreal area and many of those in Côte Saint-Luc," Mayor Mitchell Brownstein said. "I met Marcel Zielinski last year and he shared his story with me. I'm honoured he agreed to share it with us on video so that we can share it with our community and beyond."

Zielinksi was born on Krakow, Poland in September 1934. Nazi Germany invaded Poland around the time of his fifth birthday. His family was forced to live in the overcrowded Krakow Ghetto, before being sent to the Płaszow concentration camp, just south of Krakow. This camp was depicted in the movie Schindler's List.

Zielinski, who is an avid cyclist, rode across Canada in 1998 at the age of 63. At the end of June, he will be reurning to Poland for The Ride of the Living, a 90 km fundraising bike ride from the gates of the former Birkenau concentration camp to Krakow, a route that Zielinski walked at age 11 after the camp was liberated. The public can sponsor him at https://jcckrakow.kindful.com/ride-for-the-living-2018/team-zielinski.

Lane reduction on Westminster near Shell station from April 9 to 13, 2018

Two of the four lanes on Westminster Ave., just south of Guelph, will be blocked from Monday, April 9 to Friday, April 13, 2018, between 9am and 3pm. Prior to and after the daily work hours, the road will be re-open to all lanes of traffic.

Energir (Gaz Métro) is performing work to its underground network and needs to block these lanes during this period. The contractor has told the city that the eastern sidewalk (on the side with the homes) will be closed for about 1 hour during the work. The western sidewalk (on the side near Shell/Adar) will be unaffected.

Côte Saint-Luc has limited the work to between 9am and 3pm in an effort to minimize disruption during the main rush hour periods.

Westminster lane reduction

Spring cleaning drop off at Public Works

Drop off* your household waste during the extended hours of the Public Works Yard. For Côte Saint-Luc residents only. Proof of residency required. Drop-off of food waste free on these days. Also, donate your non-perishable food and we’ll deliver it to a food bank.

See fee schedule and regular drop-off hours at CoteSaintLuc.org/wastedropoff

* Standard allowed quantities apply.

Sewer rehabilitation work

Sewer rehabilitation

 

The City Côte Saint-Luc is rehabilitating the sewer main on many streets across the city in 2018. To view the list of upcoming work, visit the sewer rehab page.

 

 

Overnight parking tolerance and hours of operation for Good Friday, March 30 and Easter Monday, April 2

Hours of operation

  • All administrative offices will be closed.

  • Aquatic and Community Centre: 8 am to 8 pm (indoor pool opens at 10 am to 7:30 pm)

  • Library: 12 pm to 5 pm

  • Public Works Yard

    • Open: Friday, March 30 from 7:30 am to 3pm

    • Closed: Monday, April 2

  • Samuel Moskovitch Arena:
    • Closed Friday, March 30 and Sunday, April 1
    • Open: Saturday, March 31 and Monday, April 2
  • Gymnasium: 8 am to 8 pm

Overnight parking

Overnight parking will be tolerated during the following dates:

  • Thursday, March 29 at 5 pm to Tuesday, April 3 at 8 am 
  • and from Thursday, April 5 at 5 pm to Sunday, April 8 at 8 am

Note: Vehicles are not permitted to park in front of fire hydrants, in fire lanes, in front of driveways, in no-stopping zones or anywhere else when parking is never permitted etc.

 

Curbside waste collection

Waste collection service is not affected by the holiday.

 

vCOP info session on Tuesday, April 3

Residents interested in joining vCOP should come to an information session on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 7 pm at Côte Saint-Luc City Hall (5801 Cavendish Blvd.). They should bring identification and a completed copy of the application form available at www.CoteSaintLuc.org/en/vcop.

Special council meeting: Monday, March 26, 2018 at 7:30pm

City Council meeting

 

A special meeting of the Côte Saint-Luc City Council takes place on Monday, March 26, 2018 at 7:30pm at City Hall, 5801 Cavendish Blvd. For information, visit: www.cotesaintluc.org/councilmeetings.

 

New extended hours on Saturdays at the Côte Saint-Luc Public Library starting May 1, 2018

Extended hours at the library

The Côte Saint-Luc Public Library will be staying open until 10pm on Saturdays starting May 1, 2018.     

With this change, the Côte Saint-Luc Public Library will be open six days a week (Monday to Thursday, plus Saturday and Sunday) from 10am to 10pm, and Fridays from 10am to 6pm.

“By extending the hours on Saturday night, we  are offering more access to arts and culture for the community,” Mayor Mitchell Brownstein said. “Students need the space to study for exams, and families enjoy coming here as a fun and inexpensive activity. We will also be able to offer additional free activities like family movie night on some summer weekends.”

Councillor David Tordjman, who is the council member responsible for the library, says libraries are a community gathering place.

“Libraries aren’t just as a place to borrow books or movies, but they have become what’s called the third place – that is, a meeting place for a community,” Councillor Tordjman said. “We are very lucky to have this gem and we want to make sure as many people as possible have a chance to use it.”

The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library is located at 5851 Cavendish Blvd. For more information, call the library at 514-485-6900 or visit www.csllibrary.org.

 

Felling of trees behind Ashkelon Garden

Tree Felling

Like many places on the island of Montreal, many of the ash trees in Côte Saint-Luc have been infected by the Emerald Ash Borer and have become sick or are dead. 

The forested area behind the library has also been infected. The trees there are sick and could potentially fall down on their own or even catch on fire if we don’t remove them. The existing maple trees will remain.

We are hiring a contractor to fell these trees starting approximately March 29 or 30, 2018. During the work, nearby residents will hear the sounds of workers and chainsaws. The work will be carried out weekdays between 7am and 5pm and weekends between 9am and 5pm. All the work must be complete by April 15 to comply with Quebec regulations.

After the trees have been felled, we also must remove the invasive plants. Once we are confident the area is ready, we will plant new trees and other species of vegetation over the next two years.

Like you, we are heartbroken that we are temporarily losing the beautiful forested area. Regrettably there was nothing we could do to save them. While we are replacing these trees, the new ones will take many years to grow to the size of what’s there now.

The city held an information session for area residents on March 5, 2018 to discuss the project. You can hear the presentation here.
 

CP siren test

There will be a CP siren test this morning, Tuesday, March 20, at 9am. Some parts of CSL may hear the sound. You can ignore it. It is only a test.

Special council meeting: Friday, March 16, 2018 at 4:30pm

City Council meeting

A special meeting of the Côte Saint-Luc City Council takes place on Friday, March 16, 2018 at 4:30pm at City Hall, 5801 Cavendish Blvd. For information, visit: www.cotesaintluc.org/councilmeetings.

Council meeting - Monday, March 12, 2018 at 8pm

Council Meeting

A meeting of the Côte Saint-Luc City Council takes place on Monday, March 12, 2018 at 8 pm at City Hall, 5801 Cavendish Blvd. For information, visit: www.cotesaintluc.org/councilmeetings.

 

 

Share your ideas for the Smart Cities Challenge

Smart Cities Challenge

Côte Saint-Luc, like other local governments across Canada, lacks hard data to monitor our air quality, electromagnetic radiation, traffic data, and noise levels. In the context of the Government of Canada Smart Cities Challenge, the city is looking for ways to address the problems connected to its geography, lack of accessibility, and proximity to the rail yards. 

The Smart Cities Challenge is a pan-Canadian competition open to communities of all sizes to encourages communities to adopt a smart cities approach to improve the lives of their residents through innovation, data and connected technology. More info at impact.canada.ca/en/challenges/smart-cities.

Our idea
The City of Côte Saint-Luc is considering deploying a low-cost distributed sensor array across our city to monitor air quality and noise, electromagnetic radiation, temperature, sewer capacity, traffic volume and other environmental data to allow it to:

  1. Capture the vital signs and baseline data of the city.
  2. Share with residents, and health, planning and safety authorities, and researchers.
  3. Provide a real-time alert system for emergency preparedness.

Benefits
This will allow the city to better plan and implement its urban development, allow researchers to correlate health to environmental factors, and to improve traffic flow and promote its future growth, mobility and accessibility to its neighbouring communities. It will also engage residents by allowing them to adopt sensors in the array and give them access to data.

Feedback
Here’s how to give your feedback on this idea:

 

UPDATE

Listen to the audio from the Smart Cities Challenge meeting at:

https://soundcloud.com/cotesaintluc/smart-cities-consultation-meeting-march-14-2018-cote-saint-luc

 

Consultation on Feb. 26 at 2pm at Cummings Centre regarding Montreal action plan for seniors

Our neighbours at the City of Montreal are developing its 2018–2020 municipal action plan for seniors and would like to receive comments on its objectives and proposed measures from residents and other concerned citizens.

There is a survey available for residents of the City of Montreal only, and a series of public consulations, including on Monday, February 26, 2018 at 2pm at the Cummings Centre (5700 Westbury Ave, Montreal). Register online for the consultation at the Cummings Centre or call 514-343-3510.

Côte Saint-Luc encourages its residents to attend as many of the issues most affecting seniors relate to public transit, which is an Agglomeration of Montreal issue. (Côte Saint-Luc is one of the 16 cities that make up the Agglomeration of Montreal.) Côte Saint-Luc has been asking the Montreal transit authority to establish a shuttle bus service connecting the west end to the hospital district, which includes the Jewish General Hospital, St. Mary's Hospital and the medical offices along Côte-des-Neiges Rd.

This forum provides another opportunity for seniors from all the west end communities to make this request

Representatives from Côte Saint-Luc will attend the consultation to listen to comments.

 

 

 

 

Lace and Tape Drive in Côte Saint-Luc

The Lace and Tape Drive is on until March 15, 2018, at the Samuel Moskovitch Arena (6985 Mackle Rd.) in the City of Côte Saint-Luc.

Donors can drop off a roll of tape or a box of hockey laces at the arena Pro Shop. In return, donors will receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win a pair of tickets to a Montreal Canadiens game later this season. 

The hockey equipment will go to the Canada Israel Hockey School in Metula, Israel, which brings together Jewish, Christians, Druze and Muslim kids.

“We encourage people who are coming to the arena to watch their kids play or coming for free skate to bring a roll or tape or a box of laces,” Mayor Mitchell Brownstein said. “Côte Saint-Luc has helped facilitate the collection of equipment for the Canada Israel Hockey School for more than 25 years. When youth play sport as a team they forget about their differences and create bonds that help guide them through life’s sometimes difficult journey.  It’s a great cause and we’re happy to be a part of this.”

Côte Saint-Luc resident David Lisbona spearheads the drive and another initiatives in support of the hockey program in Israel. For more information about the Lace and Tape Drive, contact him at cfihockey@gmail.com.

Call for Candidates - Planning Advisory Committee

CALL FOR CANDIDATES

Planning Advisory Committee

 

The City of Côte Saint-Luc is looking for a resident to fill a vacant position on its Planning Advisory Committee (PAC) for a two-year renewable mandate.

The PAC is a working group established under a City by-law in accordance with the Act Respecting Land Use and Development (RSQ c. A-19.1). This committee sits in closed meetings once a month in the early evening. It is made up of seven members designated by Council resolution, including three members of City Council and four residents. The committee is assisted in its work by the staff of the City’s Urban Development Department.

The Municipal Council entrusted this committee with the task of studying and making recommendations in particular regarding applications for minor exemptions, site planning and architectural integration programs (SPAIP) applicable to new constructions and building modifications or for applications concerning signs.

Interested candidates are invited to submit a letter of interest and any other relevant documents, in which they will present their skills, expertise or training in architecture, construction, urban planning or other disciplines that are an asset to play a role on the committee.

Please send your application by Monday, April 2, 2018.

by email at: cchiasson@cotesaintluc.org

or by mail at:           City of Côte Saint-Luc

Urban Development Department

                              5801 Cavendish Boulevard

                              Côte Saint-Luc, QC

                              H4W 3C3

To the attention of Mr. Christian Chiasson, Urban Planner and Secretary of the PAC

If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Chiasson at 514-485-6800, extension 1602.

 

This call for candidates also aims to create a bank of potential candidates for the PAC. Any selected candidate will be recommended to the City Council which will make the final decision regarding his or her appointment, as appropriate.

Council meeting - Monday, February 12, 2018 at 8pm

A meeting of the Côte Saint-Luc City Council takes place on Monday, February 12, 2018 at 8 pm at City Hall, 5801 Cavendish Blvd. For information, visit: www.cotesaintluc.org/councilmeetings

Winter Carnival 2018

The Côte Saint-Luc Winter Carnival takes place on Sunday, February 18 from 11:30 am to 3:30 pm at Trudeau Park. Come early for a pancake breakfast (while supplies last), horse drawn carriage rides, taffy on snow, face painting, ice sculpture activities, public skating (1:30 pm to 2:45 pm), hockey games, a figure-skating exhibition, and more.

Throughout the Carnival we will be accepting donations for Ronald McDonald House. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sewer rehabilitation

The City of Côte Saint-Luc is investing nearly $2.1 million to rehabilitate sewers across the city. We have mandated CWW Réhabilitation (Clean Water Works) to perform the work. There are several phases involved in sewer rehabilitation work and residents in affected areas will receive a more detailed letter. 
 

Affected sectors are:

  • Baily between Glencrest and Rosedale
  • Borden between Fleet and Merton
  • Caldwell between Kildare and Mackle
  • Fleet between Borden and Cavendish
  • Guelph between Wentworth and Jellicoe
  • Kincourt between Lockwood and Lockwood
  • Léger between Kildare and Guelph
  • Léger between Kildare and Mclear
  • Melling between Mackle and Guelph
  • Oakwood between Earle and Baily
  • Palmer between Wavell and Guelph
  • Parkhaven between Kildare and Trinity
  • Redwood between Holland and Heywood
  • Robinson between Fleet and Régal
  • Silverson between Côte-Saint-Luc and Elgin
  • Smart between Côte Saint-Luc and the C.P.R. Yards 
  • Trinity between Kildare and Parkhaven
  • Wentworth between Mackle and Kildare
  • Westminster between Kildare and Wavell
  • Westminster between Westover and Côte-Saint-Luc

During this first phase (called flushing), expected to last until end of Feburary, residents can expect:  

  • No disruption to sewer service
  • Drinking water not to be affected
  • Some occasional noise
  • Some traffic and parking restrictions

For urgent matters

To report any problems during the work, please contact our contractor CWW Réhabilitation 24/7 at 514-738-2666. For general information about the project, contact the Côte Saint-Luc Engineering Division at 514-485-6800 ext. 1501 or engineering@cotesaintluc.org.

ACC Indoor pools closed January 26 and 27

The Aquatic and Community Centre indoor pools will be closed to the public Saturday, Jan. 27 and Sunday, Jan. 28 for a swim meet. The public is encouraged to come cheer the local teams. Swimming lessons are cancelled.

Regular pool schedule resumes on Monday, Jan. 28.

Adoption of the city budget on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at 6pm

A special meeting of the Côte Saint-Luc City Council takes place on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at 6pm at City Hall, 5801 Cavendish Blvd. A second special meeting will take place on the same evening at 6:30pm to set the tax rate.

For information, visit: www.cotesaintluc.org/councilmeetings

Montreal’s surprise budget increase: what Côte Saint-Luc is doing

The 2018 budget for the City of Montreal and the Agglomeration, filed on Wednesday, January 10, came as a shock and disappointment to Côte Saint-Luc and the 15 suburban municipalities on the island of Montreal. 

Côte Saint-Luc had prepared a draft budget with no tax increases. Montreal’s draft budget, if adopted, will change that.
Côte Saint-Luc had built a draft budget assuming a 2 percent (or $500,000) increase in how much it must pay for island-wide Agglomeration services such as the police and fire departments. However, the increase ended up being 6.7 percent (or 1.8 million). This difference between the assumed increase and real increase is $1.3 million, which amounts to $125 per average single-family dwelling.

Côte Saint-Luc and the other cities of the Association of Suburban Municipalities have adopted resolutions denouncing the unexpectedly large Agglomeration bill increase directed at our cities. We’ve also written to Montreal Mayor Plante to express this outrage, and participated in a news conference. We encourage our residents to attend a rally on Sunday, January 21 at noon in front of the Pointe-Claire City Hall (451 St. Jean Blvd.).

While Côte Saint-Luc hopes this pressure works, we have had to make a Plan B in case it doesn’t. We have prepared another draft budget to pay for the extra $1.3 million Montreal is forcing us to pay.

Regardless of whether Montreal changes its draft budget or not, Côte Saint-Luc will adopt its budget on Wednesday, January 24 at 6pm. The public is welcome to attend to ask questions after the budget is presented.

For more information

Council meeting - Monday, January 15, 2018 at 8pm

A meeting of the Côte Saint-Luc City Council takes place on Monday, January 15, 2018 at 8 pm at City Hall, 5801 Cavendish Blvd. For information, visit: www.cotesaintluc.org/councilmeetings

 

 

The 15 suburban municipalities urgently call for a revision of the City’s inflationary budget

WESTMOUNT, January 12, 2018 – The 15 mayors of the suburban municipalities of the Montreal Island are urgently asking the Plante-Dorais administration to revise the inflationary budget that it submitted on Wednesday of this week. To everyone’s surprise, the new budget brings in tax hikes that are, on average, twice as high as in previous years and nearly six times the inflation rate for some of the Island’s municipalities!

“This increase is both unacceptable and unfair and must be rectified out of respect for taxpayers,” stated these 15 mayors. Collectively, their municipalities represent 246,000 Montreal Island residents who pay on average 50% of their municipal taxes to the Agglomeration. These people did not vote for such draconian tax hikes,” stated Beny Masella, President of the Association of Suburban Municipalities and Mayor of Montreal West.

While many Montrealers in the City’s 19 boroughs palpably expressed their dissatisfaction over this 3.3% increase, taxpayers in the 15 suburban municipalities are feeling even more aggrieved because they will see hikes of up to 9.8% of their assessments.

These 15 suburban municipalities face average contribution increases equivalent to 5.3% of their Agglomeration budget assessments which equates to three times the 1.7% inflation rate projected for 2018. These 246,000 taxpayers are thus looking at tax increases ranging from $30 to $440 per residence.

"As mayors and public administrators, we have the duty each year to make judicious choices between expenditures and tax rates that reflect the ability of our citizens to pay. This is one of the obligations of elected officials. Ms. Plante is Mayor of Montreal but she is also the leader of the Agglomeration and, in this capacity, she must consider the impact of her decisions on all taxpayers, including those in our 15 municipalities who pay half their taxes to the Agglomeration,” pointed out Georges Bourelle, Vice-President of the Agglomeration’s Finances and Administration Commission and Mayor of Beaconsfield.

There is a recent precedent in the City of Montreal where its administration urgently revised its budget after it had been tabled, in order to lessen the impact on taxpayers’ ability to pay and to fulfil its electoral promises.

“This is what we are seeking in this first Plante-Dorais budget and we are doing so on behalf of the quarter of a million people whom we represent on the Montreal Island. Budget growth must not exceed the inflation rate, which was one of the promises of the new administration. This is the spirit in which we all prepared our own local budgets, and it is in this spirit that we are asking for a revision of the Plante-Dorais budget,” said President Masella.

Working as partners 

The mayors of the 15 suburban municipalities are partners of the City of Montreal within the Agglomeration; they are familiar with the rigorous, demanding exercise involved in the preparation of a municipal budget and are offering to help Mayor Plante revise the budget in such a way as to ensure a balanced result.

“As always, we are acting as true partners, and it is our hope that Ms. Plante will fulfil her promise to treat us as partners in turn, in a spirit of respect for all taxpayers,” said Mr. Masella. 

Thanks to a revision of the City of Montreal’s budget in 2006, it was possible to contain the budget and fulfil the promises made to taxpayers during the electoral campaign.

The Montreal Island suburban municipalities linked to the City of Montreal represent the sixth largest population in Quebec (246,000) and the second largest economic power. These municipalities include Baie-D’Urfé, Beaconsfield, Côte-Saint-Luc, Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Dorval, Hampstead, Kirkland, Dorval Island, Town of Mount Royal, Montreal East, Montreal West, Pointe-Claire, Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Senneville and Westmount.

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Source:    Association of Suburban Municipalities of Montreal

Information:    Astérisme, Public Relations and Communication
    Jean Maurice Duddin, jmduddin@asterisme.com
    514 771-5777

How to prevent frozen pipes and what to do when pipes do freeze?

As temperatures plummet, there is a risk of water pipes freezing in homes across the country.

Here's a list of tips from the Red Cross on how to prevent frozen pipes and what to do when pipes do freeze:

  • Keep garage doors closed if water supply lines are in the garage.
  • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing.
  • When the weather is very cold outside, let the cold water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe - even at a trickle - helps prevent pipes from freezing.
  • Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night.
  • Leave the heat on in the home, even while out of town. Set to a temperature no lower than 13 C or 55 F.

How to Thaw Frozen Pipes

If only a trickle of water comes out when taps are turned on, suspect a frozen pipe. Here are some tips on what do when pipes freeze:

Likely places for frozen pipes include against exterior walls or where water service enters the home through the foundation.

Keep the faucet open while treating a frozen pipe and as the frozen area begins to melt, water will begin to flow through the frozen area. Running water through the pipe will help melt ice in the pipe.

Apply heat to the section of pipe using an electric heating pad wrapped around the pipe, an electric hair dryer, a portable space heater (kept away from flammable materials), or by wrapping pipes with towels soaked in hot water.

Do not use a blowtorch, kerosene or propane heater, charcoal stove, or other open flame device.

Apply heat until full water pressure is restored. If the frozen area can’t be found, if the frozen area is not accessible, or if the pipe cannot be thawed, call a licensed plumber.

Check all other faucets in the home to find out if there are additional frozen pipes. If one pipe freezes, others may freeze, too.

Future Protection

Consider relocating exposed pipes to provide increased protection from freezing. Pipes can be relocated by a professional if the home is remodeled.

Add insulation to attics, basements and crawl spaces. Insulation will maintain higher temperatures in these areas.

For more information, please contact a licensed plumber or building professional.

 

Source: www.cbc.ca

Dog owners invited to attend special meeting at City Hall January 8

The City of Côte Saint-Luc inviting dog owners to a special meeting on Monday, January 8 (7:30pm) in the Council Chamber of City Hall (5801 Cavendish Boulevard).

Councillor Mike Cohen, who is responsible for the Animal Protection portfolio, has asked two new councillors who are dog owners – Mitch Kujavsky and Oren Sebag – to join him at the podium along with Public Safety Director Jordy Reichson.

“The objective of this meeting is to begin the process of having an actual Dog Owners Committee established,” said Councillor Cohen. “Eight years ago we held such a public meeting for cat owners. The turnout was outstanding and as a result a very successful hard working committee was born.”

Councillor Cohen expects the subject of allowing dogs in parks (on leashes) to be a major topic of discussion. He has invited Diane Liebling, the chair of the CSL Cats Committee, to deliver opening remarks about what is needed to set up a successful committee.

Two years ago Councillor Cohen set up an ad hoc Dog Run Advisory Committee. It was headed by Abe Haim, who became a spokesman for dog owners using the Mackle Road facility. Haim proposed that a fence be constructed to sub-divide the area between small and large dogs. This was done in the fall. More recently, he requested that lighting be installed. That was done too. In the spring a new dog run will debut near Meadowbrook Golf Course on Côte Saint-Luc Road.

For more information about the meeting call 514-485- 6945 or e-mail mcohen@cotesaintluc.org.