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Council meeting: Monday, March 10, 2014

Council Meeting

Council Meeting

A meeting of the Côte Saint-Luc City Council takes place on Monday, March 10, 2014 at 8 pm at City Hall, 5801 Cavendish Blvd.


How to ask a question at the city council meeting

The City of Côte Saint-Luc allows both residents and non-residents to ask questions at its council meetings, however when there are a large number of questioners residents are given preference. When someone is called upon to ask a question, he or she must address the question to the mayor. A brief statement of no longer than one minute is permitted before the question and once the question is asked the mayor will respond on behalf of council. One follow-up question is allowed. No statement may be made prior to the follow up question. Following the first question period and the remainder of the agenda of the council meeting, there is a second question period. Attendees can only ask questions about items on the agenda that evening.


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Association of Suburban Municipalities: Bill 60 is deeply flawed and will have a detrimental impact on our cities

On December 20, 2013 the Association of Suburban Municipalities (ASM) submitted to the provincial government its brief concerning Bill 60 - Charter affirming the values of State secularism and religious neutrality and of equality between women and men, and providing a framework for accommodation requests. To date, the ASM has yet to be invited to submit its brief to the government’s Commission on Institutions. Given the prospect of a provincial election in the very near future, it now appears unlikely that the ASM will ever have the opportunity to do so. Therefore, the ASM is now releasing its brief.

A copy of the ASM brief is available at CoteSaintLuc.org/Bill60.

We, as democratically-elected municipal officials, are being told we must adopt policies in line with a proposed law that run contrary to our deepest convictions and those of the citizens we represent. Moreover, this bill attacks the autonomy of our cities and ultimately forces us to sanction a divisive strategy concocted for purely political purposes.

“The reality of the situation is that the proposed law is an attempt to solve an alleged problem that simply does not exist,” said Anthony Housefather, Mayor of the City of Côte Saint-Luc and Secretary of the ASM. “Nobody has presented any evidence of an issue with civil servants forcing religious views on others based on their dress. None of us have ever experienced a complaint in our municipalities related to our employees who wear religious symbols. The Quebec government has offered no statistics to show how many employees would be impacted by the proposal. In fact, the government presented this bill without a single research study showing why such radical intervention has suddenly become necessary.”

The ASM believes that a person’s ability to serve as an employee in our municipalities depends on their qualifications to do the job, not on what they wear. 

“Religious and cultural diversity is more prevalent on the island of Montreal than anywhere else in Quebec,” said Mayor Philippe Roy of the Town of Mount Royal. “Given this fact, I believe that accommodation requests and how to deal with them should be addressed by local elected officials.” 

The ideology that divides us here is so wide and so glaring that Bill 60’s requirements related to municipalities to adopt a policy to implement the provisions of the proposed law would be a violation of the conscience and morality of the ASM elected officials involved. We could never support policies that were consistent with many of the provisions of the proposed law.

The law goes on to state that if a public body (including each ASM city) refuses to adopt a policy within one year, the Quebec government can then step in and force one upon it. In our view this shows a complete misunderstanding of the realities of our citizenry and a complete disrespect for municipal autonomy to deal with its own distinct realities and to be governed according to the values of its elected officials and its citizenry. We cannot agree with this government’s implied position that democracy means that the major¬ity can simply pass laws or impose policies that trump the rights of minorities or individuals. This is exactly why both Canada and Quebec have adopted human rights charters that are supposed to protect individual liberties regardless of the will of the majority or government of the day.

For these and many other reasons as outlined in our brief, the ASM strongly opposes Bill 60. 

We firmly believe a number of its provisions are unconstitutional and totally unacceptable for the vast majority of our citizens. It is a law that will not only have a detrimental impact on our cities, it will also breed division within Quebec society accompanied by major social and economic damage.

The Association of Suburban Municipalities represents 15 municipalities on the Island of Montreal, with an approximate population of 242,600 citizens. The municipalities represented by this brief include Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Côte Saint-Luc, Pointe-Claire, Kirkland, Westmount, Beaconsfield, Town of Mount Royal, Dorval, Hampstead, Montreal West, Baie-d’Urfé, Senneville and Dorval Island.  

Côte Saint-Luc adds safety cameras and side-guards on its snow plows, safer for residents, pedestrians

To help improve the safety of pedestrians, the City of Côte Saint-Luc has added side-guards and external cameras on each of its six snow plows.

Each vehicle will have a camera on the passenger side and the rear. This will give the driver improved visibility of pedestrians or obstructions when making right turns or backing up.

“The goal was to significantly improve safety for our residents by giving our snow-plow drivers tools for more visibility, especially on the passenger side when making right turns and in the rear when backing up,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “It significantly reduces blind spots.”

Each camera system includes two video cameras and a 7-inch screen. The side-guards and cameras are only installed on the six city-operated snow plows, which clears snow from approximately 65 percent of Côte Saint-Luc streets. Contractors plow the other city streets and don’t yet have such cameras or side-guards.

“The side-guards and the cameras are major improvements in our efforts to make our residents as safe as possible while around heavy equipment deployed to clear the snow,” said Councillor Glenn J. Nashen who has long championed safety initiatives in Côte Saint-Luc and brought up the issue of cameras and side-guards with Council and the Public Works staff. “Cameras improve visibility, reduce blind spots, and make it safer to operate these large vehicles on our suburban streets.”

This entire safety upgrade cost under $4,000 or just $622 per vehicle and went into operation on January 1.

“The cost was low but the safety benefits are high,” said Councillor Dida Berku, the council member responsible for Public Works. “The City of Westmount was a great help to our staff in advising them based on their own recently-installed camera system. The suburbs on the island are constantly sharing best practices and this is a good example of how we learn from each other.”

The City of Westmount installed a similar camera system on its large trucks last November. The two cities are now among the first in Canada with such a camera safety system.

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Special Council Meeting: Monday, February 24 at 7 pm

Council Meeting

Special Council Meeting

A meeting of the Côte Saint-Luc City Council takes place on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 7 pm at City Hall, 5801 Cavendish Blvd.


How to ask a question at the city council meeting

The City of Côte Saint-Luc allows both residents and non-residents to ask questions at its council meetings, however when there are a large number of questioners residents are given preference. When someone is called upon to ask a question, he or she must address the question to the mayor. A brief statement of no longer than one minute is permitted before the question and once the question is asked the mayor will respond on behalf of council. One follow-up question is allowed. No statement may be made prior to the follow up question. Following the first question period and the remainder of the agenda of the council meeting, there is a second question period. Attendees can only ask questions about items on the agenda that evening.


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Turnstiles now active at Aquatic and Community Centre

Starting Wednesday, February 12, 2014, you will need the CSL Fun Card or other membership card to get through the turnstiles, fitness room door, teen lounge door, and games room door at the Aquatic and Community Centre.

If your card doesn’t have a barcode, please visit the Parks and Recreation Administration front desk or the Aquatic and Community Centre front desk and you will be issued a new card. If you have any problems with the turnstiles or doors, please ask our staff for help. We will be happy to assist you.

 

Council meeting: Monday, February 10, 2014

Council Meeting

Council Meeting

A meeting of the Côte Saint-Luc City Council takes place on Monday, February 10, 2014 at 8 pm at City Hall, 5801 Cavendish Blvd.


How to ask a question at the city council meeting

The City of Côte Saint-Luc allows both residents and non-residents to ask questions at its council meetings, however when there are a large number of questioners residents are given preference. When someone is called upon to ask a question, he or she must address the question to the mayor. A brief statement of no longer than one minute is permitted before the question and once the question is asked the mayor will respond on behalf of council. One follow-up question is allowed. No statement may be made prior to the follow up question. Following the first question period and the remainder of the agenda of the council meeting, there is a second question period. Attendees can only ask questions about items on the agenda that evening.


Council agenda

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Flying the rainbow flag outside city hall

We're proud to fly the rainbow flag outside Côte Saint-Luc city hall for the duration of the Olympics in solidarity with those who are being persecuted because of their sexual orientation. 

 

Rainbow flag

Statement by the City Council regarding the announcement made by Mount Royal MP Irwin Cotler

The Council of the City of Côte Saint-Luc wants to express its appreciation for the excellent work performed by Mount Royal MP Irwin Cotler who announced this week he is not seeking re-election.

Reading the tributes from the MPs of all parties for Professor Cotler makes one keenly aware of the esteem in which he is held and the excellence he brought to Parliament. That he was our representative is the source of pride for our residents--equal to that felt by residents when Pierre Trudeau represented the riding.

We look forward to continuing to work with Professor Cotler until the next election as he continues to speak out for what's right both in Canada and around the world.

 

Côte Saint-Luc adopts 2014 budget: city spending stays flat, average residential property tax increase of 0.9 percent

The City of Côte Saint-Luc has adopted an operating budget for 2014 that kept spending flat and saw the property tax of an average single-family home in the city equal to the Canadian rate of inflation, which is 0.9 percent.

“We adopted a budget that controls costs and maintains all our public services across the city,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said.

The Côte Saint-Luc City Council adopted the $65.2 million operating budget on February 3, 2014. The adoption was delayed because Côte Saint-Luc needed to know how much Agglomeration of Montreal budget would be. About 42.8 percent of all taxes collected by Côte Saint-Luc are transferred to the island-wide regional government, which funds services such as police, fire, and public transit. 

The property tax bills will be sent to homes in mid-February. The deadline to pay property taxes has been set at March 28 for the first installment and June 27 for the second installment.

“As a responsible city administration sensitive to the financial constraints of our taxpayers we made every effort to meet our target and hold the tax increase to less than 1 percent – with no increase in water tax – all in line with the increase in the cost of living,” said Councillor Dida Berku, the council member responsible for finances.

Budget and tax highlights include the following:

  • Average increase in taxes for single-family home valued at $572,300: 0.9 percent
  • No increase in water tax and non-residential tax
  • Increase in revenues (due to growth in property roll): 1.46 percent
  • Revenues from property taxes: 86 percent
  • Revenues from local improvement taxes: 0.22 percent
  • Revenues from compensation in lieu of taxes: 2.48 percent
  • Other revenues (eg, program fees, memberships, etc.): 11.3 percent

The three-year capital expenditures plan was adopted at a public meeting on December 16, 2013. Approximately $8 million in capital expenses is anticipated in 2014.

 

>> View the 2014 budget presentation

Special Council Meetings: Monday, February 3 at 7 pm and 7:05 pm

Council Meeting

Special Council Meeting

A meeting of the Côte Saint-Luc City Council takes place on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 7 pm and 7:05pm at City Hall, 5801 Cavendish Blvd. The topics are adoption of the budget and taxes and tariffs for 2014.


How to ask a question at the city council meeting

The City of Côte Saint-Luc allows both residents and non-residents to ask questions at its council meetings, however when there are a large number of questioners residents are given preference. When someone is called upon to ask a question, he or she must address the question to the mayor. A brief statement of no longer than one minute is permitted before the question and once the question is asked the mayor will respond on behalf of council. One follow-up question is allowed. No statement may be made prior to the follow up question. Following the first question period and the remainder of the agenda of the council meeting, there is a second question period. Attendees can only ask questions about items on the agenda that evening.


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Congratulations to Mayor Housefather on a Canadian swimming record

Congrats to Mayor Anthony Housefather

 

Mayor Anthony Housefather, Mike McMurray, Ilka Lowensteyn and Noemi Brand of the Côte Saint-Luc Sharks swim team broke the 4 by 200 meter long-course freestyle relay on Saturday, January 25, 2014 in Pointe Claire at the Coupe du Québec master swim competition. The swimmers broke the Canadian record by almost 10 seconds, coming in at a record 9 minutes 25 seconds.

The swimmers won in the 160 to 199 category, which represents the combined the age of the four swimmers.

There are six Coupe du Québec competitions each year. The Côte Saint-Luc Aquatic and Community Centre will host one in March.

Video from the race is at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u93Ix4qgK0s&feature=youtu.be


Mayor announces portfolios for council

At a City Council meeting on January 20, 2014 Côte Saint-Luc Mayor Anthony Housefather unveiled the portfolios he and his members of city council will oversee.

Mayor Housfather will retain responsibility for the Agglomeration Council, Legal Affairs, Purchasing, Human Resources, Inter-governmental Affairs and take on Inter-cultural and Intercommunity Relations.

Councillor Steven Erdelyi will assume responsibility for Finance and will continue to work on the Environment. 

Councillor Dida Berku will assume responsibility for Public Works and Railway Relations, co-chair Environmental issues with Councillor Erdelyi  and retain responsibility for the Cavendish Boulevard extension.  

Councillor Mike Cohen will assume responsibility for Library and Culture while retaining Sponsorship and expanding his role from the Côte Saint-Luc Cats Committee to Animal Protection.

Councillor Glenn J. Nashen will assume responsibility for Communications and Information Technology. He will retain Emergency Preparedness and vCOP.

Councillor Sam Goldbloom will  assume responsibility for Public Security, Dispatch and EMS .

Councillor Allan J. Levine will retainresponsibility for  Seniors, the  Legion and Tennis while adding  Urban Agriculture and Hockey.

Councillor Mitchell Brownstein  will continue to oversee Parks and Recreation. 

Councillor Ruth Kovac will continue to oversee Urban Development (Engineering and Urban Planning). 

“I think that all members of council are excited about the challenges they are taking on or retaining,”  Mayor Housefather said. “I believe that all members of council agree that the portfolio system I introduced in 2005, when first elected as Mayor, should continue as it has given councillors heightened responsibility and ensured a specific member of council was accountable for each activity within the city in addition to the council as a whole being accountable.” 

Council meeting: Monday, January 20, 2014

Council Meeting

Council Meeting

A meeting of the Côte Saint-Luc City Council takes place on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 8 pm at City Hall, 5801 Cavendish Blvd.


How to ask a question at the city council meeting

The City of Côte Saint-Luc allows both residents and non-residents to ask questions at its council meetings, however when there are a large number of questioners residents are given preference. When someone is called upon to ask a question, he or she must address the question to the mayor. A brief statement of no longer than one minute is permitted before the question and once the question is asked the mayor will respond on behalf of council. One follow-up question is allowed. No statement may be made prior to the follow up question. Following the first question period and the remainder of the agenda of the council meeting, there is a second question period. Attendees can only ask questions about items on the agenda that evening.


Council agenda

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Tickets on sale for Côte Saint-Luc Dramatic Society production of Norm Foster’s Bedtime Stories

The Mayor of Côte Saint Luc and two city councillors will perform with others on stage in the Côte Saint-Luc Dramatic Society production of the dark comedy Bedtime Stories by Canadian playwright Norm Foster.

The show runs for five performances from January 30 to February 2, 2014 at the Harold Greenspon Auditorium, 5801 Cavendish Blvd.

Norm Foster’s Bedtime Stories brings together six funny and touching tales. Each story intertwines into the next, all with the central focus being a bed. It weaves itself seamlessly as a shock radio jock pays a couple $5,000 to make love on the air; an aging rock star is confronted by a groupie; a woman visits a dying man she feels she hurt years ago. 

Taking the stage with his fourth Côte Saint-Luc Dramatic Society show will be Mayor Anthony Housefather. Councillor Mitchell Brownstein will be performing in his fifth production and Councillor Sam Goldbloom in his third. Other actors include Judy Kenigsburg, Steve Stein, Jordana Kujavsky, Mikey Samra, Ariel Sterlin, Lia Ollo, Matais Ritt, Suzanne De Jonge, Seymour David, Priam David and Brenda Epstein. 

The show is directed by Anisa Cameron. The stage manager is Brandon Schwartz. The technical director Scott Drysdale.

Tickets are on sale online at CSLDramaticSociety.com or at the Côte Saint-Luc library (5851 Cavendish Blvd.), at the Côte Saint-Luc Aquatic and Community Centre (5794 Parkhaven Ave.), or by telephone at 514-485-6806 ext. 2200.

An early-bird ticket price is on until December 31 of $18 (for students and seniors) and $20 (general admission). Starting January 1, 2014, the ticket price is $20 / $23.

The Côte Saint-Luc Dramatic Society is a community theatre initiative that began in the summer of 2011 in partnership with the City of Côte Saint-Luc. The goal of the society is to bring together actors, writers, musicians and other artistically-minded community members to produce theatrical works in an inclusive environment where emphasis is placed on team work and camaraderie, not celebrity. 

For more information about the production, visit www.CSLDramaticSociety.com.

Special Council Meetings: Monday, December 16, 2013

Council Meeting

Special Council Meeting

Two special meetings of the Côte Saint-Luc City Council takes place on Monday, December 16, 2013, at 6:55 pm and 7 pm at City Hall, 5801 Cavendish Blvd.


How to ask a question at the city council meeting

The City of Côte Saint-Luc allows both residents and non-residents to ask questions at its council meetings, however when there are a large number of questioners residents are given preference. When someone is called upon to ask a question, he or she must address the question to the mayor. A brief statement of no longer than one minute is permitted before the question and once the question is asked the mayor will respond on behalf of council. One follow-up question is allowed. No statement may be made prior to the follow up question. Following the first question period and the remainder of the agenda of the council meeting, there is a second question period. Attendees can only ask questions about items on the agenda that evening.


Council agenda

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Council meeting: Monday, December 9, 2013

Council Meeting

Special Council Meeting

A special meeting of the Côte Saint-Luc City Council takes place on Monday, December 9, 2013 at 8 pm at City Hall, 5801 Cavendish Blvd.


How to ask a question at the city council meeting

The City of Côte Saint-Luc allows both residents and non-residents to ask questions at its council meetings, however when there are a large number of questioners residents are given preference. When someone is called upon to ask a question, he or she must address the question to the mayor. A brief statement of no longer than one minute is permitted before the question and once the question is asked the mayor will respond on behalf of council. One follow-up question is allowed. No statement may be made prior to the follow up question. Following the first question period and the remainder of the agenda of the council meeting, there is a second question period. Attendees can only ask questions about items on the agenda that evening.


Council agenda

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Special Council Meeting: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at 5 pm

Council Meeting

Special Council Meeting

A special meeting of the Côte Saint-Luc City Council takes place on Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at 5 pm at City Hall, 5801 Cavendish Blvd.


How to ask a question at the city council meeting

The City of Côte Saint-Luc allows both residents and non-residents to ask questions at its council meetings, however when there are a large number of questioners residents are given preference. When someone is called upon to ask a question, he or she must address the question to the mayor. A brief statement of no longer than one minute is permitted before the question and once the question is asked the mayor will respond on behalf of council. One follow-up question is allowed. No statement may be made prior to the follow up question. Following the first question period and the remainder of the agenda of the council meeting, there is a second question period. Attendees can only ask questions about items on the agenda that evening.


Council agenda

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City donates $1,000 to aid to the people of the Philippines

The City of Côte Saint-Luc is donating $1,000 to the organization Development and Peace to provide aid to the people of the Philippines affected by the recent typhoon. Côte Saint-Luc encourages residents who want to help to donate as well.

 

How to donate

  • Donate online
  • Donate by phone at 1 888 664-3387
  • Donate by mail to 1425 René-Lévesque Blvd West, 3rd Floor, Montreal, QC, H3G 1T7.

 

For more information about other ways you can help, contact the Filipino Association of Montreal and Surrounding areas (FAMAS) at Famas.ca, famas1963@videotron.ca, 514-341-7477, or 4708 Van Horne Ave., Montreal, Quebec, H3W 1H7.

City of Côte Saint-Luc to hold rally for religious freedom on December 2 at 6 pm

The City of Côte Saint-Luc will hold a rally for religious freedom on Monday, December 2, 2013 at 6 pm outside city hall, 5801 Cavendish Blvd. 

The rally event will be preceded by a Christmas tree lighting event with Father Peter Laviolette of Saint Richard’s Church of Côte Saint-Luc. Following the rally event will be a Chanukah menorah lighting event with Rabbi Mendel Raskin of Chabad of Côte Saint-Luc.

“We call on all our residents and our neighbours to attend this rally to send the message that residents of Montreal island municipalities reject the Parti Québécois’ proposed Bill 60 that would restrict our rights as Canadians and Quebecers,” Côte Saint-Luc Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “We hope that people from all faiths, backgrounds and communities will join us to send a message to the PQ government that we respect individual rights and freedoms and reject Bill 60 and the division it has caused.”

Speakers at the rally will be Mayor Housefather, D’Arcy McGee MNA Lawrence Bergman and Rabbi Chaim Steinmetz of Congregation Tifereth Beth David Jerusalem.

More information about the rally, including a video message from Mayor Housefather about Bill 60 is available at CoteSaintLuc.org/Rally.

Disaster relief for the Philippines

The City of Côte Saint-Luc encourages residents who want to help the people of the Philippines affected by the recent typhoon to donate to the organization Development and Peace.

How to donate

  • Donate online
  • Donate by phone at 1 888 664-3387
  • Donate by mail to 1425 René-Lévesque Blvd West, 3rd Floor, Montreal, QC, H3G 1T7.

For more information about other ways you can help, contact the Filipino Association of Montreal and Surrounding areas (FAMAS) at Famas.ca, famas1963@videotron.ca, 514-341-7477, or 4708 Van Horne Ave., Montreal, Quebec, H3W 1H7.

Council meeting: Monday, November 11, 2013

Council Meeting

Special Council Meeting

A special meeting of the Côte Saint-Luc City Council takes place on Monday, November 11, 2013 at 8 pm at City Hall, 5801 Cavendish Blvd.


How to ask a question at the city council meeting

The City of Côte Saint-Luc allows both residents and non-residents to ask questions at its council meetings, however when there are a large number of questioners residents are given preference. When someone is called upon to ask a question, he or she must address the question to the mayor. A brief statement of no longer than one minute is permitted before the question and once the question is asked the mayor will respond on behalf of council. One follow-up question is allowed. No statement may be made prior to the follow up question. Following the first question period and the remainder of the agenda of the council meeting, there is a second question period. Attendees can only ask questions about items on the agenda that evening.


Council agenda

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Auction of tools and surplus equipment from Public Works on November 11, 2013

The City of Côte Saint-Luc will hold an auction, during which various goods will be offered to the public, of which are various tools and surplus equipment used by the municipality.

The auction will be held on November 11, 2013 at 10 am at the office of Public Works (7001 Mackle). Doors will be opened one hour earlier for those who wish to examine the auction merchandise.

All sales are final and payment must be received in cash on the spot. The goods are sold without any warranty of any kind and must be removed at once. 

The City of Côte Saint-Luc reserves the right to refuse any bid, even from the highest bidder.

The City of Côte Saint-Luc exonerates itself from all liability concerning the auction. 

For more information, please contact Patrick Raggo at  514-485-6868 or at praggo@cotesaintluc.org

Fourth annual Build a Better You fundraiser on November 24

Côte Saint-Luc, October 8, 2013 – A Zumbathon fundraiser benefitting the Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation will be held at the Côte Saint-Luc Gymnasium (7500 Mackle Rd.) on Sunday, November 24 at 11 am. 

Organized by Dorit Hood, certified personal and group trainer, the 4th Annual Build a Better You fundraiser uses Zumba dance to promote fun and fitness for all ages. 

“Dance is a great form of exercise,” said Dorit Hood, who helped raise $2,500 last year. “We’ll burn calories and release stress as we focus on the fantastic music around us.”

The Zumbathon will feature Zumba instructors Gilda Genis Triana, Elena Bertoldi, and Marcela Lia Wierny. For those who want to take part in the event, but don’t want to dance, other activities are offered in the gymnasium such as tag, jump rope, and more. 

A donation of $25 is required to register. People can make a donation in advance at childrenfoundation.com/en/fundraiser/4th-annual-build-better-you-fundraiser or donate at the door.

Montreal police alert: Preventing thefts of cash or bank drafts

The following alert was provided by the SPVM Police Station 9 (514-280-0409).

 


 

Public alert: Preventing thefts of cash or bank drafts

Montreal, September 27, 2013 – The Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM) is asking you to be alert when leaving banks, currency exchange establishments or stores after withdrawing money or having bank drafts made. 

A group made up of three to four perpetrators in your neighbourhood has been watching and observing the comings and goings of customers at these locations. They follow the victims to their vehicles. One of the perpetrators distracts the victim, while another steals the victim’s handbag or briefcase. 

The perpetrator usually approaches the victims once they have unlocked their car door and placed their personal belongings inside the vehicle. The perpetrator generally tells the victim: “You dropped some money on the ground,” “Your coat or overcoat is stained,” “Could you tell me how to get to the nearest hospital?” The perpetrator’s accomplices then take advantage of the victims’ distraction in order to steal their money.

In some instances, the perpetrators puncture one of the victim’s car tires while he or she is making a withdrawal. The victim then has to stop a few blocks away, which is when the perpetrators offer to help and then steal the victim’s money.

Here are some tips to prevent you from becoming a victim of this type of theft: 

  • Keep a close eye on your surroundings when you are withdrawing money from an ATM to make sure that you are not being watched by someone or followed when you leave.
  • Beware of strangers approaching you.
  • Get into the habit of unlocking your car door only on the driver’s side to prevent any perpetrators from opening other car doors.
  • If you get a flat tire, call a tow-truck company.
  • Call 911 immediately if you are the victim of theft or witnessed such an incident. OR
  • Go to the nearest police station to report the incident you were a victim of.
  • Don’t forget to report your stolen bank, ID or credit cards to the appropriate issuers.
  • If you have any information to report, you can also provide it anonymously and confidentially to Info-Crime Montreal at 514 393-1133.

Council meeting: Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Council Meeting

Special Council Meeting

A special meeting of the Côte Saint-Luc City Council takes place on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at 8 pm at City Hall, 5801 Cavendish Blvd.


How to ask a question at the city council meeting

The City of Côte Saint-Luc allows both residents and non-residents to ask questions at its council meetings, however when there are a large number of questioners residents are given preference. When someone is called upon to ask a question, he or she must address the question to the mayor. A brief statement of no longer than one minute is permitted before the question and once the question is asked the mayor will respond on behalf of council. One follow-up question is allowed. No statement may be made prior to the follow up question. Following the first question period and the remainder of the agenda of the council meeting, there is a second question period. Attendees can only ask questions about items on the agenda that evening.


Council agenda

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Location

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Ballroom dancing championship coming to Côte Saint-Luc

For the third consecutive year, the Canadian Amateur Open Dancesport Championships will be at the Côte Saint-Luc Gymnasium (7500 Mackle Rd.) on Saturday, September 28, 2013 from 1 pm to 11 pm.

The Canadian Amateur Open Dancesport Championships is presented by Danse Sport Québec. It allows ballroom dancers to compete for the title of Canadian Open Amateur Champion.

Tickets to this event are $45 for people age 16 and older or $30 for people 15 and younger and can be purchased at www.dansesportquebec.com or at the door. 

Dancers of all ages and from all regions of Canada, the United States, and possibly Europe will perform their best efforts in both Latin and standard styles of dance for judges and spectators. Dancers will be dressed in ball gowns and tailcoats and as they perform the Slow Waltz, Tango, Viennese Waltz, Foxtrot and Quickstep. They will also dance to Latin music including the Cha-Cha, Samba, Rumba, Paso Doble and Jive.

Danse Sport Québec has a number of dancers from Côte-St-Luc who will be introduced at the competition.  Danse Sport Québec extends an invitation to its spectacular event to all dance lovers.

Tickets can be purchased at the door. For more information, please visit www.dansesportquebec.com or call 514-418-TANGo (8264).

 

 

Peer-to-Peer Reading Program at the Côte Saint-Luc Library

The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library Children’s Department is offering a program called Peer-to-Peer Reading Buddies. 

This school year, teen volunteers will be available to read with elementary school children, helping to improve their confidence and comfort with the written word. 

Reading pairs meet regularly one-on-one. Teens listen to their younger buddy read, offering guidance and support as needed along the way. Reading buddies programs have the capacity not only to boost the confidence of both child and teen, but also to improve the reading of those who are falling behind. A U.S. Department of Education study showed improved classroom performance, behaviour, and an increased appreciation of reading in struggling or reluctant readers. 

Our volunteers are passionate about helping their younger peers become confident readers. This bilingual program blends mentoring and literacy so that both teens and young readers benefit from the experience; confidence and motivation come naturally from this positive peer relationship.

Matches are made based on the availability of our teen volunteers. To sign up for the program or to become a teen reading buddy, please contact the Children’s Department at -514-485-6900, ext. 4111 or visit www.csllibrary.org.

Award-winning author Nancy Richer will speak as part of Côte Saint-Luc Reads

Author Nancy Richler will be at the library on Thursday, October 17 at 7 pm to discuss her latest novel The Imposter Bride, this year’s selection for Côte Saint-Luc Reads: One City, One Book. 

First launched in 2008, this community-wide reading initiative was created to promote a love for books in the city. 

The Imposter Bride focuses on an enigmatic woman who arrives in post-war Montreal to marry a man she has never met. It is immediately clear that she is not who she claims to be but her attempt to live out her life as Lily Azerov shatters and she disappears, leaving a new husband and baby daughter, and a host of unanswered questions. It is left to the daughter she abandoned to find the answers to these questions as she searches for the mother she may never really know. Set in Montreal and periodically in Côte Saint-Luc, Richler’s novel will entice readers with her beautiful prose and a haunting plot that goes back and forth in time. 

Nancy Richler’s first novel, Throwaway Angels, was published in 1996 and was shortlisted for the 1997 Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Crime Novel. Her second novel, Your Mouth Is Lovely, won the 2003 Canadian Jewish Book Award for fiction and Italy’s 2004 Adei-Wizo Prize. It has been translated into seven languages. The Imposter Bride has been shortlisted for the Giller Prize in 2012. Born in Montreal, Nancy Richler now lives in Vancouver.  

Refreshments will be served prior to the event starting at 6:30 pm. Select musicians from the Musicians of the World Symphony Orchestra will play light classical music at the reception. This event is free of charge.

A lecture, Diamonds: From the Elusive Rough to the Sparkling Gem given by the founder of the Montreal School of Gemmology, Odile Civitello will take place on Thursday, October 10 at 7 pm. The topic of diamonds is prevalent throughout Richler’s The Imposter Bride. Tickets for this event are $3 in advance and $5 the day of the event.  

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

Côte Saint-Luc crime prevention volunteer patrollers add layer of security for residents

The city is looking for new Volunteer Citizens on Patrol recruits and will be holding an information session on Tuesday, October 8 at 7pm at the Harold Greenspon Auditorium at Côte Saint-Luc City Hall (5801 Cavendish Blvd.). 

Prospective volunteers should be residents age 18 or older. They should bring identification and a completed copy of the application form available at CoteSaintLuc.org/en/vcop. There is a one-time membership fee of $75 to defray the costs of uniforms and accessories.

Volunteer Citizens on Patrol (vCOP) members have contributed the equivalent of more than four years of 24/7 patrols, providing Côte Saint-Luc residents with another layer of security.

Since its inception in July 2006, vCOP volunteers have worked alongside public security, police, fire and EMS services to add to Cote Saint-Luc's substantial safety initiatives and have logged in more than 36,000 hours. 

More than 80 volunteers patrol the streets of Côte Saint-Luc in marked vCOP vans, scooters, on foot and on bicycles. The volunteers notify local agencies about emergency and non-emergency situations as they act as observers throughout the community. Volunteer patrollers also help out at all community events, work with the fire department going door to door in providing smoke detector safety checks and assist with residents at major fires and other large incidents.

“Our vCOP patrollers have made an enormous contribution to the safety of our city,” said Councillor Glenn J. Nashen, the council member responsible for public safety. “We can always rely on vCOP to provide assistance, be it for planned events or in an emergency situation. They are an invaluable resource to Côte Saint-Luc,” said Nashen, who created the group seven years ago.

Volunteers are required to make a minimum commitment of six hours per month. 

Côte Saint-Luc was the first city in Quebec to implement this neighbourhood-watch-on-wheels program in 2006. Similar programs have been established in communities throughout Canada and the United States.

Since its inception in July 2006, vCOP volunteers have spent patrolled more than 200,000km of city roads, which is the equivalent of circulating the length of the equator five times. 

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

Auditions for CSL Dramatic Society on Sept. 23 and 24 from 5pm to 10pm

The Côte Saint-Luc Dramatic Society will be holding auditions on Monday, September 23 and Tuesday, September 24 for the winter production, Bedtime Stories: A Comedy by Norm Foster.  Auditions will be held in the Auditorium or Council Chamber of City Hall (5801 Cavendish Blvd) from 5pm to 10pm on both days.  

To reserve an audition appointment and indicate which hour would be most convenient for you, email csldramaticsociety@gmail.com.

Information about the CSLDS: The Côte Saint Luc Dramatic Society is a community theatre initiative that the city began in the late spring of 2011. We pull together actors of all ages, writers, and musicians interested in producing works of theatre in an inclusive environment.

Information about the commitment: The Production will rehearse two times per week in the Harold Greenspon Auditorium on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.  The production will go up on January 30th and run through February 2nd with 5 performances.  All participants will pay a membership fee of $100 and agree to fundraise through Ticket and Advertisement sales. 

Looking forward to another stellar production!

Anisa Cameron, Director, Côte Saint-Luc Dramatic Society

 

About the Audition Process:
There will be sides at the audition for you to cold read from. 

About Bedtime Stories
Six different scenes which all feature a bed as their primary focus. A shock radio jock pays a couple five thousand dollars to make love on the air. A woman visits a dying man she feels she hurt years ago. Two men rob a house and discover a shocking secret. An aging rock star is confronted by a groupie. An accident-prone stripper meets with her no-nonsense boss. A woman leaving her husband lectures the movers on the proper way to treat a lady.

 

Characters

Eddie “Nighthawk”Nichols  - A Shock Radio Disc Jockey

Lou and Betsy Ballantyne - A middle-aged married couple 

Derek Baumgarden - A man who is chronically ill

Susan Upchurch - A woman from Derek’s past

Nick - A Thief

Davey - Middle-aged, a hired hand

Melody Ballantyne - A teenaged groupie

Tommy Quick - An aging rock legend

Charlie - The owner of an exotic dance club

Sandy - An accident-prone exotic dancer

Laura Nichols - Eddie’s wife

Steve - A mover

Jerry  - A mover

Yolanda - A woman of interest