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Registration for aquatics programs

Registration begins on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 from 6 pm to 8 pm at 7500 Mackle Rd. for Côte Saint-Luc residents registering for fitness, arts and sports programs.

Residents of Hampstead and Montreal West can register starting August 26 during office hours (8:30 am to 4:30 pm). Other non-residents can register as of August 26.

>> Download the program guide (PDF)

Candlelight concert will feature voice and classical guitar in Côte Saint-Luc

Côte Saint-Luc, August 9, 2013 – On Thursday, August 15 at 7 pm Dr. Yi-Lan Niu and Dr. Christopher Cramer will perform a free concert at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Library. 

On the program will be pieces by Georg Friedrich Händel, Heitor Villa-Lobos and Isaac Albéniz.  

Dr. Yi-Lan Niu is an accomplished soprano. She received her Master’s degree in voice from the Eastman School of Music and her doctoral degree in vocal performance at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has been the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships including the Joyce and William Wartmann Scholarship and the UW-Madison Opera Props Award.

Classical guitarist Dr. Christopher Cramer began his music studies at the University of Wisconsin-Manitowoc, where he won a number of awards including the UW-Manitowoc County Fine Arts Award in the Area of Music. Dr. Cramer earned both his Master’s and Doctorate degrees in music performance under the direction of renowned guitarist Javier Calderón.  

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. 

 

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For more information, contact: Danielle Bélanger, 514-485-6900 ext. 4205 or dbelanger@cotesaintluc.org.

 

 

 

Council meeting: Monday, August 12, 2013

Council Meeting

Council meeting

A meeting of the Côte Saint-Luc City Council takes place on Monday, August 12, 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.


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Côte Saint-Luc swimmers shine at Maccabiah Games: Mayor Housefather wins seven medals

Anthony Housefather with medals at Maccabiah Games 2013Côte Saint-Luc, August 6, 2013 – Five swimmers from the Côte Saint-Luc Aquatic Club competed at the Maccabiah Games held Israel in late July and early August. 

Mayor Anthony Housefather won seven medals for Canada in the masters division and David Hartal and Mikoh Benrimoh also each won two medals in the junior division. Alexandra Obrand and Robbie Laxer were also on the Canadian team and just missed the podium. Côte Saint-Luc Aquatic Director Martin Levine coached the Canadian swim team.

“I was very pleased with my times and was honoured to represent my country,” said Mayor Housefather, who missed a gold medal by four tenths of a second in the 400 metre freestyle.

Mayor Housefather won silver medals in the open water swim, the 100 metre butterfly, the 400 metre freestyle, the 50 metre backstroke and the medley relay. He won a bronze in the 200 metre freestyle, and the freestyle relay. Hartal and Benrimoh both won two bronze medals in the freestyle and medley relays and Hartal just missed a bronze medal in the 100 freestyle.

“I was a competitive swimmer in my teens,” said Mayor Housefather. “At a certain point I burned out and switched to water polo and then other sports but I decided to get back into competitive swimming when we launched our Côte Saint-Luc Sharks outdoor swimming team in 2009 and built the Côte Saint-Luc Aquatic and Community Centre in 2011. My goal has always been to build an aquatic culture in Cote Saint-Luc similar to what existed on the West Island when I was growing up and the rapid growth of our youth swim team and masters teams leads me to believe we will have a majority of the Maccabiah swim team coming from our club four years from now.”

The Maccabiah Games is an international Jewish athletic event, held in Israel every four years. The first Maccabiah Games were in 1932. The 2013 competition had 9,000 athletes from more than 70 countries competing in more than 30 athletic events. Canada sent a delegation of approximately 600 competitors and officials.

“Anthony is an inspiration to those adults who lead busy lives,” said Councillor Mitchell Brownstein, the council member responsible for parks and recreation issues. “In addition to his job as General Counsel of a multinational computer company, being mayor of the city, and defending the rights of bilingual municipalities, Anthony finds time for high-level athletic competition. It takes a lot of discipline and commitment to train every day the way he does.”

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Media contact: Darryl Levine, Director of Public Affairs and Communications, 514-485-8905, dlevine@cotesaintluc.org.

District 4 Advisory Meeting on August 15, 2013

District 4 Advisory Meeting with Councillor Steven Erdelyi

Thursday, August 15, 7 pm

Le Waldorf Residence

7400 Côte Saint-Luc Road

 

Please join us and feel free to raise any issue related to the City. It is an open discussion. Topics to be discussed include:

  • What’s new in District 4 and Côte Saint-Luc
  • Proposed renovations at Richard Schwartz Park
  • Côte Saint-Luc Grown, an urban agriculture initiative

Special Guest: Sarah Topey-Arns, Manager, Community & Staff Development

For more information and to confirm your attendance please contact Steven Erdelyi or Tammy McEwen at City Hall at 514-485-6945 or by e-mail at serdelyi@cotesaintluc.org

District 4 encompasses the south-west corner of Côte Saint-Luc bordered by Westluke Ave. (to the west), Magnolia Rd and Westover Rd. (to the south), Small Rd. and Tyme Rd. (to the east) and Baily Rd. (to the north).

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Kildare between Westminster and Hudson closed to traffic on Tuesday July 23

Kildare between Westminster and Hudson closed to traffic (except for buses) on Tuesday July 23 between 9 am and 4 pm for aqueduct repairs. Motorist will be asked to follow detours signs. 

Côte Saint-Luc inspects 137 fences around properties with private pools

Côte Saint-Luc, July 19, 2013 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc completed its annual inspection of the fences surrounding 137 properties with private pools earlier this month. 

“I have been swimming my whole life and love pools,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “But like anything else, pools can be dangerous for infants and children, which is why we have local and provincial rules about fences near backyard pools. We want to do everything in our power to reduce the risks for our residents.”

Côte Saint-Luc Public Security visited properties with pools over the last month to ensure that the fence surrounding the property is between six to eight feet high, and that there is a gate with a self-closing and self-locking device out of the reach of children and capable of keeping the door closed. Owners of any property found to be non-conforming are given 48 hours to take corrective measures. By-law 2217 states that residential properties with pools must have a fence.

“Côte Saint-Luc has a long record to preventative safety,” said Councillor Glenn J. Nashen, the council member responsible for public safety. “By checking the exterior fences near pools, we are helping spot potentially dangerous situations and also raising the level of awareness about safety issues. Be sure that you have all the required safety and rescue devices and consider installing a pool alarms to protect against sudden intrusion by humans or animals. But most important, the best protection is never to leave an infant, toddler or child unattended and never to leave the back door from the house to a pool unsecured.”

For more information about the rules governing private pools, visit www.cotesaintluc.org/BylawGuide.

 

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

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Stay cool during the heat wave

High heat temperatures are not letting up. Remember to drink to stay hydrated and try to catch a break from the heat. Our air conditioned library (5851 Cavendish Blvd.) is open until 10 pm every day.

You can also visit one of splash pads located in one of these parks : 

  • Rembrandt Park (Kildare / Rembrandt)
  • Richard Schwartz Park (Smart / Côte Saint-Luc Rd.)
  • Fyon Park (Clover / Sunrise)
  • Yitzhak Rabin Park (Kildare / Hudson)
  • Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park (Mackle / Einstein)

Special council meeting: July 15, 2013

A special meeting of the Côte Saint-Luc City Council takes place on Monday, July 15, 2013 at 7:30 pm at City Hall, 5801 Cavendish Blvd.

Council agenda

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How to ask a question at the city council meeting

City of Côte Saint-Luc Council Chamber

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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Council meeting: Monday, July 8, 2013

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



Council agenda

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How to ask a question at the city council meeting

City of Côte Saint-Luc Council Chamber

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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Wrong date in Suburban article about about Hydro Quebec meeting

The June 12, 2013 edition of The Suburban stated on page 6 that the Hydro-Québec smart meter event would be on June 19. In fact, this event already took place on June 12 at the library café.

 

Mayor Housefather and Councillor Cohen with the new Hydro-Québec smart meters

Information meeting about Hydro Québec next-generation meters

The City of Côte Saint-Luc invites its residents to come and meet with Hydro-Québec representatives in order to learn more about next-generation meters.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Eco-Café
Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Library
5851 Cavendish, Côte Saint-Luc

From 4 pm to 8 pm, Côte Saint-Luc residents will have the opportunity to learn more about next-generation meter technology and operation at an information stand set up by Hydro-Québec.

 

For more information: www.hydroquebec.com/residential/customer-services/next-generation-meters

Trees for just $25 until June 15 at the Eco Quatier

Until June 15, 2013, you can buy trees of 1.5 to 2 meters (5 to 6 feet) at an Eco Quartier location. It's part of an effort across the island to plant 1,000 trees in June. Each tree costs $25.

You can choose from six types of trees: red oak, red maple, butternut, basswood, hackberry, or Saskatoon tree. First come, first served.

 

Éco-quartier Côte-des-Neiges

6767 Côte-des-Neiges Rd., suite 591

Telephone: 514-738-7848

Email: info@socenv.ca

 

Éco-quartier Notre-Dame-de-Grâce

6575 Somerled

Telephone: 514-486-2727

Email: ecoquartier@gmail.com

Mayor receives Diamond Jubilee Medal

Côte Saint-Luc, June 11, 2013 – Mayor Anthony Housefather of the City of Côte Saint-Luc was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his service to the community. 

“Although there are thousands who have received this award across Canada in the past year, our mayor merits this award more than most,” said Councillor Dida Berku, who presented the award on June 5 during a reception for Côte Saint-Luc volunteers at the Aquatic and Community Centre. “He is a multi-talented individual who has proven himself from young age.”

Councillor Berku highlighted his career including being the youngest councillor elected on the island in 1994, helping lead the demerger campaign in 2005, and serving two terms as mayor of Côte Saint-Luc.

“In particular I must mention the leadership he showed in the construction of this great Aquatic and Community Centre, which was built on time and within budget and which now offers a first-class facility for our residents,” said Councillor Berku, who also received a Diamond Jubilee Medal last year in recognition of her community service and her initiatives in helping preserve the natural environment. “For as well as being a very accomplished athlete and champion swimmer, Anthony is recognized as a top lawyer in his field.”

The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal was created to mark the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the Throne. The medal is intended to honour individuals who have given selflessly in service of their communities. During the year of celebrations, 60,000 deserving Canadians will be recognized. Mayor Housefather was nominated for the award by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.

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Media contact: Darryl Levine, Director of Public Affairs and Communications, 514-485-8905, dlevine@cotesaintluc.org

Green Patrollers visiting homes this summer

Green PatrolCôte Saint-Luc, June 11, 2013 – Homes, businesses, and institutions may receive a visit over the next eight weeks from a member of the Green Patrol, an island-wide program to provide information about ecological issues.

The Green Patrol agent will not ask to enter the home. She or he will be wearing a green t-shirt and have proper identification.

“Côte Saint-Luc once again will benefit from the services of the Green Patrol, an educational service offered by the Eco Quartier and the Agglomeration of Montreal,” said Mayor Anthony Housefather. “The goal is to give people information so they can choose to incorporate more ecological behaviours in their daily lives.”

The Green Patrollers will also set up kiosks at municipal buildings, schools, apartment buildings, and townhouse developments. They will also be at special events, such as Canada Day.

For more information regarding the patrollers, contact Juliana Costa, Environmental Technician for the City of Côte Saint-Luc at 514-485-6868, ext. 3106 or jcosta@cotesaintluc.org.

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Media contact: Darryl Levine, Director of Public Affairs and Communications, 514-485-8905, dlevine@cotesaintluc.org.

 

Council meeting: Monday, June 10, 2013

A meeting of the Côte Saint-Luc City Council takes place on Monday, June 10, 2013 at 8 pm at City Hall, 5801 Cavendish Blvd.



Council agenda

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How to ask a question at the city council meeting

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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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Special council meeting: June 10, 2013 at 7:53pm

A special meeting of the Côte Saint-Luc City Council takes place on Monday, June 10, 2013 at 7:53 pm at City Hall, 5801 Cavendish Blvd.

Council agenda

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How to ask a question at the city council meeting

City of Côte Saint-Luc Council Chamber

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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Blue Patrollers visiting homes this week

Blue patrolHomes, businesses, and institutions may receive a visit this week from a member of the Blue Patrol, an island-wide program to provide information about water conservation.

The Blue Patrol agent will not ask to enter the home. He will be wearing a blue t-shirt with a white circle and have proper identification.

“Côte Saint-Luc is happy once again this year to benefit from the services of the Blue Patrol, an educational service offered by the Service de l’eau (Water Service) of the of Agglomeration of Montreal to all cities on the island to help promote healthy water conservation habits,” Mayor Housefather said. “The patroller is authorised by the city to

discuss with you issues regarding water conservation. We hope people will take a few minutes and listen to any tips they can provide.”

For more information regarding the patrollers, contact Juliana Costa, Environmental Technician for the City of Côte Saint-Luc at 514-485-6868, ext. 3106 or jcosta@cotesaintluc.org.

Côte Saint-Luc Compost Giveaway

Compost will be distributed free of charge to residents (proof of residency required) at the Côte Saint-Luc Compost Giveaway.

Thursday, May 30, 2013 from 2 pm to 8 pm
Public Works Department Building
7001 Mackle Road

Every household is entitled to 120 litres. Residents can bring their own empty 40 litre buckets to help cart away the compost. Bags will be available for residents without buckets. Residents should bring a utility bill or some other official document showing they live in Côte Saint-Luc. If there is compost left towards the end of the day, residents may return to take away more.

Info: 514-485-6868 or bnewman@cotesaintluc.org

Bloomsday Irish cabaret celebration in Côte Saint-Luc

Côte Saint-Luc, May 27, 2013 – James Joyce will be commemorated and celebrated at a Bloomsday event at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library in June.

Bloomsday is an international commemoration and celebration of the life of Joyce during which the events of his novel Ulysses are relived. Ulysses follows the wanderings and musings of the main character Leopold Bloom on June 16, 1904.

The Bloomsday Irish Cabaret in Côte Saint-Luc takes place on Thursday, June 13, 2013, at 7 pm and will include Irish literature, storytelling and song. 

Initially, Bloomsday began as a small literary celebration that was held in Dublin in 1954. It has since grown to a major festival each year on and around the date of June 16. James Joyce enthusiasts in more than 60 other cities around the world, including Montreal, New York, London, Paris, Buenos Aires, Sydney, Tokyo, and others have celebrated Bloomsday.

“This library event is a unique opportunity to share in the celebration of this famous literary day and learn more about the rich and diverse Irish culture,” said Library Director Janine West. 

 

Parlour songs from the turn of the twentieth century will be performed by local musicians and lyrical passages from Ulysses and Dubliners will be read aloud by local actors. The event is presented in collaboration with the McGill Centre for Lifelong Learning.  

Tickets cost $3 in advance or $5 the day of the event and can be purchased at the library circulation desk at 5851 Cavendish Blvd.

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

 

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Media contact: Danielle Bélanger, 514-485-6900 ext. 4205 or dbelanger@cotesaintluc.org.

Boil-water advisory lifted

Montreal’s Civil Security Centre (Centre de la sécurité civile de Montréal) lifted the boil-water advisory on Thursday at 10pm. The results of tonight’s water tests at the Atwater filtration plant now confirm that the water is consumable. Therefore it is no longer necessary to boil water before drinking it.

Events like this, or more major ones like the ice storm, remind us that we need to all be prepared with bottled water, batteries, emergency kits and more. Visit the 'Get Prepared' website to learn how to cope on your own for at least the first 72 hours of an emergency. 

 

Special council meeting: May 27, 2013

A special meeting of the Côte Saint-Luc City Council takes place on Monday, May 27, 2013 at 7 pm at City Hall, 5801 Cavendish Blvd.

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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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Council meeting: Monday, May 13, 2013

A meeting of the Côte Saint-Luc City Council takes place on Monday, May 13, 2013 at 8 pm at City Hall, 5801 Cavendish Blvd.



Council agenda

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How to ask a question at the city council meeting

City of Côte Saint-Luc Council Chamber

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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Jackie Robinson event in Côte Saint-Luc on May 10

 

Jackie Robinson poses before his first Minor League game, in Jersey City, N.J., on April 18, 1946Côte Saint-Luc, April 30, 2013 – A discussion about how Jackie Robinson broke the major league baseball colour barrier and how his achievements advanced tolerance and understanding takes place on Friday, May 10, 2013 at 10 am at Côte Saint-Luc City Hall, 5801 Cavendish Blvd.

Guest speakers include former Montreal Expos star and head of the Montreal Baseball Project Warren Cromartie; Jack Jedwab, executive  director of the Association of Canadian Studies; and Kermit Kitman, who was part of the Brooklyn Dodgers organization with Robinson 67 years ago and spent four weeks getting to know him during the 1946 spring training. 

The event is hosted by the City of Côte Saint-Luc and the English Montreal School Board. Students from local schools will attend the event. The public is also welcome to attend this free event.

Although there had been African American baseball players as early as the 1880s in the professional leagues, the teams that made up professional baseball eventually agreed unofficially to stop using black players. In November 1945, Brooklyn Dodgers General Manager Branch Rickey broke with convention and signed Robinson to a contract. Robinson played for Dodgers triple-A team, the Montreal Royals in 1946. He debuted with the Dodgers in 1947 and was selected as the Rookie of the Year. Robinson was the National League’s Most Valuable player in 1949, and helped the Dodgers win the World Series in 1955. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962.

“Having been involved in the sports world all of my life I cannot remember a time when black athletes did not make up a high percentage of major leaguers,” said Councillor Mike Cohen, who will co-chair the event with Councillor Allan J. Levine. “But you only need to go back 60 years to know a time when there were no black players in Major League Baseball. Jackie Robinson changed history in a tangible way.”

Councillor Levine said that this event is part of ensuring that local schools find a way to bring Robinson’s inspiring life story part of the classroom curriculum. The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library will present a formal display of books about Jackie Robinson.

On July 1, 2013, Côte Saint-Luc will unveil a plaque honouring Robinson on the city’s Human Rights Walkway at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park.

 

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Media contact: Darryl Levine, Director of Public Affairs and Communications, 514-485-8905, dlevine@cotesaintluc.org

 

 

Montreal West to detour traffic away from Westminster on Saturday, April 27, 2013

The Town of Montreal West has announced that Westminster southbound will be closed in both directions between Avon and Ainslie (near its town hall) on Saturday, April 27, 2013 in order to repair a water break in the area. Traffic will be detoured during the work.

 


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Special council meeting: April 22, 2013 at 7 pm

A special meeting of the Côte Saint-Luc City Council takes place on Monday, April 22, 2013 at 7 pm at City Hall, 5801 Cavendish Blvd.


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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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Côte Saint-Luc launches first-in-Quebec urban agriculture initiative

Urban Agriculture in CSLCôte Saint-Luc, April 18, 2013 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc unveiled today its food charter and action plan to transform the mostly residential suburb into an urban agriculture leader in Quebec. 

Urban agriculture is the practice of growing food in or around a city. The Côte Saint-Luc Grown urban agriculture action plan announced at a press conference at City Hall includes the creation of a demonstration garden behind the City Hall/Library complex to teach gardening skills to adults and children, edible landscaping on city property, new community gardens, a farmers’ market, and the distribution of food boxes.

“The goal is to entice and empower our residents to take an active role in the growing of their own food to make them more knowledgeable and savvy food consumers, and hopefully, healthier overall,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “In a short time, we have put together programming that will help contribute to personal and community wellness, now and for the future.”

In addition to the action plan, Côte Saint-Luc also unveiled its food charter, which is a statement of values and principles to guide the food policy. The goals of the food charter are wellness, the creation of great places, community building, food security, the joy of growing food, sustainability and more.

The action plan and food charter are available at CSLGrown.org.

“Over the coming weeks and months, residents of all ages will have the opportunity to participate in urban agriculture, in whatever ways suits their lifestyle,” Mayor Housefather said. “They can sign up for a space in one of our new community gardens or plant their own backyard or balcony garden. They can participate in gardening classes at the library or learn at the demonstration garden. People can shop at the Côte Saint-Luc farmers’ market, or sign up to get a food basket, and more.”

Cities like Toronto, Vancouver and Chicago have already embraced urban agriculture.

“There has been a rising concern about where our food comes from over the last few years, which has led people to get more engaged with what they eat,” said City Manager Tanya Abramovitch. “Urban agriculture is not a passing fad, but rather something that more and more urbanites are demanding. It is the future. Côte Saint-Luc City Council recognized this reality and mandated me to make Côte Saint-Luc a leader in urban agriculture.”

In February, Côte Saint-Luc launched a survey to gauge interest for a farmers’ market. More than 700 people responded to the survey and the city’s Facebook post on the subject received the most likes, shares, and positive comments of any item the city has ever posted.

 

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

 

Côte Saint-Luc to announce an urban agriculture initiative

Côte Saint-Luc, April 17, 2013 - The media is invited to a press conference where the City of Côte Saint-Luc will announce a comprehensive urban agriculture initiative. 

This initiative is intended to entice and empower residents to take an active role in the growing of their own food and will make them more knowledgeable and savvy food consumers, and hopefully, healthier overall. Côte Saint-Luc will also unveil its Food Charter, a first on the Island of Montreal. 

Following the press conference, city representatives will be available for interviews. 

Date: Thursday, April 18, 2013

Time: 10:30 am

Location: Côte Saint-Luc City Hall, 5801 Cavendish Blvd., Côte Saint-Luc, Quebec, City Hall Council Chamber, second floor

                

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

Council meeting: Monday, April 8, 2013

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



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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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Next vCOP info session on Tuesday, April 2, 2013

vCOP logoResidents interested in joining vCOP should come to an information session on Tuesday, April 2, 2013 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.

If one cannot attened the information session, then please bring the completed form to the first training session on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at 7pm at Côte Saint-Luc City Hall. Or come early and complete the form before the start of the traing session.