News and announcements

Côte Saint-Luc street light poles equipped with identification tags

Identification tag on CSL light postCôte Saint-Luc, August 17, 2010 - The City of Côte Saint-Luc has completed a two-year project to catalog and place a visible identification tag on street light poles on city streets, which allows residents to report the exact location of faulty lights.

“Previously, a resident who reported a faulty light could only give us the nearest address as a reference point,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “Often when the electrician arrived on site during the day to repair the light, he wouldn’t know for certain which one was the faulty one because the lights are turned off during the day. Thanks to the new identification tag, we can receive more precise information, which speeds up the process.”

In the last three months, almost half of all calls from residents to report a faulty light have included the identification tag information, which consists of two letters and two numbers. The letters are an abbreviation of the street name and the numbers refer to the position of the light pole on the street. For example, the tag “WA02” refers to the second light pole on Wallenberg Ave.

Apart from making it easier to repair faulty lights, the city can now track the performance of every street light in a database.

“We will now be able to track when each light was installed, when it last received maintenance, how much electricity it consumes, and much more,” said Councillor Steven Erdelyi, the council member responsible for Public Works and Engineering. “All this information will enable us to compile statistics that will allow us to make improvements in a quicker and more efficient manner.”

In Phase 2 of this project, the city will tag street lights in city parks.

Residents can report faulty street lights by calling the Public Works Department at 514-485-6868 or by sending an e-mail message to info@cotesaintluc.org and referring to the identification tag number.

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

Côte Saint-Luc announces new City Manager and Associate City Manager

Côte Saint-Luc, August 10, 2010 – At last evening’s monthly council meeting, the City Council of Côte Saint-Luc appointed Tanya Abramovitch as City Manager and Nadia Di Furia as Associate City Manager.

“Tanya and Nadia bring strategic vision, youth, and strong administrative abilities to their respective roles,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “Each has shown outstanding initiative, sound judgment, and skills that make them ideal to lead our staff. They are also both in their 30s, which highlights the generational shift currently underway in our municipal government and across the city.”

The City Manager is the senior civil servant of the municipal government and works closely with the Mayor and City Council to establish the objectives of the city and to manage its daily operations. The Associate City Manager performs a similar function and works closely with the City Manager and Mayor and City Council.

Abramovitch began working in Côte Saint-Luc in 2001 as a reference librarian. She was appointed the Director of Library Services in May 2006. She has a Masters degree in history, and a Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS) degree from McGill University.

“I’m looking forward to this challenge,” Abramovitch said. “I loved modernizing our public library during almost five years and I cannot wait do the same across the entire city government with the help of our staff.”

Di Furia started her career in 2005 in Côte Saint-Luc as a payroll clerk and, later, payroll manager in the Finance Department. She was appointed the Director of Human Resources in April 2007. She has a background in commerce.

“We have an excellent team around our senior management table and I’m looking forward to working with our team to implement the vision of the City Council,” Di Furia said.

Together with the appointments of Abramovitch and Di Furia, the city announced that former City Manager Ken Lerner, who was appointed to the job in March 2006 was leaving the city.

“Ken helped re-build our municipal government when Côte Saint-Luc demerged from Montreal and was re-constituted as an independent city on January 1, 2006,” Mayor Housefather said. “The City Council and I wish Ken all the best.”

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

Public information meeting about responsible pet ownership and feral cats in Côte Saint-Luc

Côte Saint-Luc, August 9, 2010 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc will host a public information meeting on Wednesday, August 18 at 7:30pm at City Hall (5801 Cavendish Blvd.) about what residents can do to help control the city’s cat population.

Alanna Devine, the director of animal welfare at the CSPCA, and Dr. Marlene Kalin, the director of the Côte Saint-Luc Animal Hospital will speak at the meeting and answer questions from the audience.

“I am calling upon anyone who is a cat owner or has a love for animals to attend this meeting, which is the first of its kind ever held in Côte Saint-Luc,” said Councillor Mike Cohen, who will be chairing the meeting. “We are fortunate to have the likes of Alanna Devine and Dr. Marlene Kalin giving of their valuable time. Not only will their presentations be very interesting, I also hope they will inspire people to get involved with this issue.”

The speakers will discuss the Trap, Neuter, and Release (TNR) program, cat overpopulation, and responsible pet ownership. The TNR program humanely traps, sterilizes, then releases feral cats back into their original territory. Experts say that removing feral cats doesn't work because new cats simply move into the area. If the cat is adoptable, efforts are made to place it with a family. A cat can reproduce four times a year, beginning from six months old, and can give birth to from one to eight kittens each time. Two unaltered cats can, over a period of seven years, create more than 400,000 kittens. By sterilizing the cats, their numbers are brought down through attrition.

TNR programs have been proven worldwide, throughout Europe, the United States, parts of Canada, as the most humane and cost-efficient way of controlling and decreasing the numbers of homeless cats.  

Côte Saint-Luc Mayor Anthony Housefather gave Councillor Cohen a mandate to organize such a meeting and return to council with recommendations regarding the TNR program.

“As a cat owner myself I can attest to what amazing and loving animals they are,” Councillor Cohen said. “I know there are a lot of people out there whose lives can be given a real lift by bringing a feline into their homes. The Côte Saint-Luc Animal Hospital, for instance, has taken in many feral cats over the years and eventually found homes for them.”

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

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

Shié Kasai’s culinary crossovers are on display at the Côte Saint-Luc library

Côte Saint-Luc, August 3, 2010 – Survival Japanese Cooking, a project by artist Shié Kasai, is on display at the Art Gallery of the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library from August 19 to September 26, 2010.

In this multi-layered exhibition, Shié Kasai takes a closer look at the role that food plays in cultural identity and the immigrant experience. She explores the translation of Japanese food through a Canadian context. Having been away from Japan since 1998, she experiments with re-creating the foods from her homeland with the popular ingredients of her new home. In her witty visual translation of food from one culture to another, she examines the question of what Canadian food is and how we as culture are identified through it.

The works in Survival Japanese Cooking were displayed as part of a larger exhibition with MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels) in 2008. In Kasai’s exhibition catalogue, Zoë Chan writes: “Survival Japanese Cooking also stems from the artist’s own passion for food and her delight in its surrounding culture (markets, restaurants, lunch specials, menus, and so on)”. With a healthy dash of humor and a great sense of artistry, Shié Kasai finds herself “re-constructing” sushi from Canadian foods in a bold new version of her home country’s culinary favorites. In the melting pot process, she uses such foods as sausages and samosas. In creating this series, Shié Kasai mixes the ideas of exoticism and familiarity by crossing cultures, and constructing “hybrids” of Easter/Western perspectives.

On September 26 (the final day of the exhibition), as part of Journées de la culture, arts enthusiast and volunteer Carol Katz will be showing visitors around the gallery.

Shié Kasai is a Montreal-based mixed-media artist, whose concepts and imagery have been featured in solo shows, group exhibitions and in residencies. Her work has been exhibited in Montreal, the Netherlands as well as in Japan. She is a profiled-artist for CBC’s ARTSPOTS. Her current art projects can be viewed at www.shiekasai.com.

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

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

Mayor for a Day winner to visit city hall

Côte Saint-Luc, July 30, 2010 – On August 3, 2010, Mayor Anthony Housefather will welcome the winner of this year’s Mayor for a Day essay-writing contest to city hall. The contest is open to grade 5 and 6 students.

The 2010 winner Leah Bessner, a grade 6 student at Hebrew Academy, will see how the City of Côte Saint-Luc operates on a typical day, beginning with a breakfast with Mayor Housefather. Leah will also tour city hall, the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library, and the departments of Public Safety, Public Works, and Parks and Recreation.

A committed student interested in math and reading, and a member of the Côte Saint-Luc swim team, Leah will gain a greater understanding of city services and activities. Leah, who one day hopes to be a lawyer, looks forward to her meeting with the city administration.  

“I love living in Côte Saint-Luc,” Leah said. “I can’t wait to talk to the Mayor about his job and what it’s like to make important decisions.”

At the city council meeting on September 13, Leah will read her winning essay.

The Mayor for a Day essay-writing contest encourages students to tell the city what they would do to improve it if they were in charge. The annual contest was launched in 2007.

“One of our priorities in Côte Saint-Luc is to encourage students to learn about their city and their municipal government,” Mayor Housefather said. “We believe contests like these can help empower students by giving them direct access to their elected leaders and to matters that concern them.

“I was impressed with the number of interesting ideas expressed in the student essays. It was obvious that many students thought a lot about their city.”

Leah’s mother, Tina Kauffman, says their family regularly attends Côte Saint-Luc events and Leah’s father is a Volunteer Citizen on Patrol (vCOP). She says it was natural for Leah to be interested in writing an essay on how she would improve the city.

“Leah’s always been concerned about the world around her, so this will be a very exciting opportunity,” Tina said. “I’m sure she will tell the mayor how to make the city even better.”

Later this year, the city will launch a new junior advisory council, which will bring together young Côte Saint Luc residents to advise the city on youth-related issues.

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For more information: Darryl Levine, Director of Public Affairs and Communications, 514-485-6800 ext. 1802, dlevine@cotesaintluc.org

Exhibition at the CSL library explores four artists’ distinct visions of the future of books

Côte Saint-Luc, June 14, 2010 – Le livre imaginé, an exhibition of works in by Cara Barer, Estela López Solís, Guy Laramée, and Gabrielle Laforest is on display at the Art Gallery of the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library, until July 4 2010.

Throughout history, books have been profoundly influenced by their materials—from wood, stone, papyrus, and silk to parchment and paper, as well as by the emergence of the first printing presses. Today there are many new technologies for reading including mobile devices, audio books and e-books. In this exhibition, artists Cara Barer (photographs), Guy Laramée (sculpture), Gabrielle Laforest (painting) and Estela López Solís (video) propose their vision of the future of books in a variety of mediums.

Each artist takes a unique approach. Cara Barer, an artist based in Houston, Texas works with a distinctive process using books that she soaks in water, reshapes and photographs. She reassures viewers that “no important books have been injured during the making of any of these photo¬graphs.” Guy Laramée whose work is well known in Quebec, also works with books as a material. In his sculptures, volumes of dictionaries and ancient encyclopedias are transformed through sandblasting into landscapes of mountains.

Estela López Solís has contributed the video Read-to-Me (2009), which features a voice whose origins are ambiguous. It draws attention to the recent growth in technologies that synthesize voices on portable electronic books. The exhibition also includes work by Gabrielle Laforest. Her paintings explore the relationship between the canvas and the book as mediums. Her dyptichs in subdued tones offer of traces of writing that have been distorted by her technique of creating pressure between two canvases.

Le livre imaginé, is presented in partnership with L’aire libre and Librairie Monet. L’aire libre is a community of artists that endeavors to give the public unique access to the arts and to give artists the means to promote their individual work. Librairie Monet is a bookstore whose mission includes engaging socially and culturally in the community.

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

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

Côte Saint-Luc to honour human rights activists

Côte Saint-Luc, June 14, 2010 – Next month on its Human Rights Walkway, the City Côte Saint-Luc will honour those who spoke out and fought for Jews oppressed in the former Soviet Union, Syria, and Ethiopia.

The ceremony will take place on Canada Day, Thursday, July 1, 2010 at 5:30pm at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park.

“This year, instead of honouring a specific person, we are honouring a group a people—essentially a movement—that succeeded in pressuring foreign governments mistreating their Jewish residents,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “Many of the people involved in these movements were from Côte Saint-Luc or the Montreal area.”

To help mark the event, Côte Saint-Luc has produced a 20-minute mini-documentary called “Human Rights Activists for Oppressed Jews in Foreign Lands”. The video features interviews with Irwin Cotler and Stan Cytrynbaum. Professor Cotler, who today is the Member of Parliament for Mount Royal, discusses his involvement, including serving as the legal counsel for political prisoners in the Soviet Union. Montreal lawyer Stan Cytrynbaum provides a personal account of how the first learned about Ethiopian Jews and later helped create a movement in Canada to draw attention to their plight and advocate for their rescue. The video is available at CoteSaintLuc.org.

“Our mini-documentary is meant to educate young people about these events and to inspire them to join or create human rights movements of their own,” said Councillor Mike Cohen, who is the co-chairperson of this event with Councillor Glenn J. Nashen. “The video is part of a growing library of videos produced in-house by the city’s Public Affairs and Communications Department.”

The Human Rights Walkway was inaugurated in 2000 and is dedicated to men and women who, through their actions, have promoted and defended human rights. This will be the tenth plaque unveiled on the walkway, which is located at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park, 6975 Mackle Rd.

“Many of the past honourees have been people who put their lives on the line in many parts of the world,” Councillor Nashen said. “By selecting a movement of people—many of them local—we wanted to highlight the fact anyone, anywhere can help those in need, even from the safety and comfort of our suburban homes in Canada. Professor Cotler, Stan Cytrynbaum, and Judy Feld Carr—an unassuming former music teacher and grandmother of 10 who was responsible for the rescue of 3,228 Jews from Syria over 28 years—are three examples of a movement that helped rescue hundreds of thousands of people.”

The public can learn more about the past honourees at www.CoteSaintLuc.org/en/Walkway.

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

Career transitions lecture at the Côte Saint-Luc Public Library

Côte Saint-Luc, June 7, 2010 – Dr. Ada Sinacore, a leading authority on career issues, will give a lecture on career transitions on Thursday, June 10 at 6:30pm at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library.

Career transition refers to the process of changing one’s professional life due to changes in the demand for certain kinds of jobs or for other reasons. With change also comes a chance for individuals to pave a new career path and transform a personal passion or hobby into a viable career option. For some this may translate into a return to school in a particular area of interest. In this lecture, Dr. Sinacore will examine the challenges and opportunities that arise in the process of occupational transitioning.

Dr. Sinacore is an associate professor at the McGill University Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology. She has more than 16 years of experience working in the U.S., Canada, and abroad and is internationally recognized for her expertise and extensive presentations and publications in social justice, career development, migration and immigration, pedagogy, and feminist psychology. She has presented at the Forum of Labour Market Ministers: Pan Canadian Symposium and is actively involved in research, scholarship and program development addressing career transitioning of diverse populations in Canada and abroad. She lives and works in Montreal.

Tickets for this program are $3.

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

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

Public information session on the Cavendish Mall redevelopment project

Côte Saint-Luc, June 3, 2010 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc will hold a public information session about the status of the Cavendish Mall redevelopment project on Monday, June 7, 2010 at 7pm at City Hall, 5801 Cavendish Blvd.

WHAT: Information session about Cavendish Mall redevelopment project

WHEN: Monday, June 7, 2010 at 7pm

WHERE: Côte Saint-Luc City Hall, 5801 Cavendish Blvd.

Mayor Anthony Housefather and members of the city council will provide an overview and explain the next steps. The public will see maps showing the new zoning and density levels of the new residential housing project, which will be built on the eastern part of the Cavendish Mall site. Representatives from the developers will show preliminary designs on what the new area may look like. Residents can ask questions and make comments.

The official Public Consultation meeting will take place the next week, on Monday, June 14, 2010. At this Public Consultation meeting, the Mayor and/or another member of Council, will explain the first draft by-law and the consequences of its subsequent adoption and will hear the persons and bodies wishing to be heard.  

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

Côte Saint-Luc partners with two more schools to collect organic waste

Côte Saint-Luc, June 2, 2010 – Four schools in the City of Côte Saint-Luc now use the city’s organic waste collection service to dispose of food scraps, paper towels and other organics generated by students and teachers.

The two latest schools to launch organic waste programs are École de la Mosaique on McMurray Ave. and Merton School on Merton Rd. They join Bialik High School and the Jewish People's Peretz School (JPPS) Children's Centre who previously launched similar waste-diversion efforts.

“Côte Saint-Luc has been a leader in residential collection of organic waste and now we are expanding to include institutions like schools,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “We’re not only diverting more waste in certain schools. We’re also creating ambassadors for the city who will then help teach or remind their parents what goes inside the brown bin, the blue bin and the garbage bin.”

École de la Mosaique on McMurray Ave. launched officially its organic waste program on May 18, 2010. The school has small kitchen collectors in its classrooms where teachers and students dispose of used paper towels, food scraps, and other organic waste. A student from the class empties the contents of the kitchen collector to a large brown bin every day. A janitor brings the brown bins to the curb on collection day and city crews cart it away.

“Students have been very excited to learn what items to put in the brown bin or composter,” said Isabelle Boivin, the principal of École de la Mosaique. “They are able to go home and tell their parents how things like fruit and vegetable peels, paper napkins, and food scraps are transformed into compost that can be used in gardens. It is always fun for students to be able to teach their parents things they didn’t know.”

The school also puts some of its organic waste into its own backyard-style composter, which produces compost for the school garden. École de la Mosaique, which is part of the Marguerite Bourgeois school board, is the first French-language public school on the island of Montreal to launch such a program.

Students at Merton School on Merton Rd. have been disposing of organic waste since February 5, 2010. All eating areas, washrooms, and classrooms have brown bins, which students use to dispose of their banana peels, sandwiches and other organic waste. Côte Saint-Luc collects the organic waste from Merton School every week.

In addition to the two elementary schools, Bialik High school launched a similar program on January 5, 2009. The school cafeteria is now equipped with a brown bin so students can dispose of their left-off lunch and other organic waste. Côte Saint-Luc also collects the organic waste from Bialik High School.

Also, the Jewish People's Peretz School (JPPS) Children's Centre (daycare) has been disposing of organic waste in brown bins since September 2009.

Côte Saint-Luc has helped the schools launch their organic waste initiatives by providing for free the brown bins, kitchen collectors, collection services, composters, and for other technical assistance.

Côte Saint-Luc also collects organic waste from its 4,900 single-family homes and duplexes every week. In 2009, residents of the City of Côte Saint-Luc helped divert away from landfill 1,068 metric tons of organic waste.

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

Animated and narrated story books at Côte Saint-Luc library

Côte Saint-Luc, May 17, 2010 – The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library now provides access to TumbleBooks, which are animated, talking picture books available for viewing on the Web.

TumbleBooks are created from existing picture books which have been licensed from children's book publishers and converted to the TumbleBooks format. The end result is a book that appears on the user’s computer screen that features both text and illustrations. As the narrator tells the story, the words being spoken are highlighted next to the image. In some cases, the author of the book is the narrator.

Children and parents can pause the story to practice story prediction, interpret pictures, discuss new vocabulary words, discuss possible consequences of actions, encourage problem solving, or provide historical, geographical, or other perspectives. This offers parents and children a new way of experiencing reading that can be quite engaging.  

To access the TumbleBooks library, visit www.elcslpl.org and click Children’s on the navigation menu. There is no username or password required to access the TumbleBooks library, which means readers can get started right away. The majority of the collection is dedicated to picture books but there are also audiobooks for older children. The general chapter book section is geared towards children between ages 8 and 12.

TumbleBooks can only be viewed online and are not downloadable.

The Manager of Children’s Services, Kathy Conroy, says that her own children were laughing and enjoying themselves as soon as they experienced their first TumbleBook and recommends them to all parents and children.

“TumbleBooks is an amazing online library because it takes your child’s favourite book and transforms it into an action-packed reading adventure,” Conroy said. “Another bonus feature of TumbleBooks is that you can access books in French and Spanish too.”

In addition to animated talking books and audiobooks, TumbleBooks offers fun games and puzzles referred to as TumblePuzzles and TumbleGames, which can be used as educational tools.

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

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

Striking paintings of figures in free fall are on display at the Côte Saint-Luc library

Côte Saint-Luc, May 10, 2010 – Free Fall, a series of paintings by Joshua Barndt, is on display until May 23 2010 at the Art Gallery of the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library.

In this exhibition, Joshua Barndt has depicted figures that represent our society. These bodies falling through space appear vulnerable and out of control. For Barndt, these paintings represent a response to the many scientific studies and articles on the risk that climate change poses to earth’s delicate ecosystems, and a fear that it could already be too late to slow down this process.

Creating this series was an attempt to come to terms with this feeling of instability, and he expresses this through the striking imagery of bodies in free fall. The oil paintings depict friends and family members realistically rendered and tumbling through space. The backgrounds are intentionally void of the contexts of time or place, putting the focus solely on the figures and their precarious positions, which are at once compelling and disturbing. The paintings of figures in mid-air refer to fears of impending disaster, but perhaps could also point to liberation. This series provokes discussion, and inspires the viewer to come up with their own interpretation and response.

Joshua Barndt is a Toronto-based painter, installation artist, and curator. His artistic work stands out for its technical proficiency and raw emotive imagery. His work explores the decline of contemporary society and environmental degradation, and is dominated by dramatic images of bodies in free fall and dark dystopian landscapes. Barndt has exhibited extensively in Montreal and Toronto. He presented large public installations as part of Art Souterrain during Montreal’s contemporary arts festival Nuit blanche.  He is represented in Montreal by Galerie SAS.

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

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

Virtuoso Denis Chang brings Jazz Manouche to Côte Saint-Luc

Côte Saint-Luc, April 16, 2010 – Guitar virtuoso Denis Chang will perform at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library on Thursday, April 22 at 7pm.

This concert, presented in partnership with la Bourse Rideau and les Entrées en scène Loto-Québec, showcases an even¬ing of swinging Gypsy jazz by Denis Chang, one of the world’s top instructors of the jazz Manouche guitar style.

Chang’s musical style is strongly influenced by Django Reinhardt although he cites other influences as well including Bach, Chopin, George Benson and Michael Jackson.

Chang's formative years were spent alongside the some of the greatest Jazz Manouche guitarists of the day. In 2008, Chang performed with the legendary Les Paul at the Iridium in New York.

Apart from performing and producing concerts, Chang gives master classes on the guitar. As a teacher, he is very sought after; being regularly invited to give master classes in the context of his numerous tours since 2004.

In addition, Chang’s instructional DVDs on the guitar are a success all over the world attracting many aspiring and professional guitarists.

Tickets for this concert are $3.

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

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

Côte Saint-Luc multipurpose aquatic centre likely to be on Parkhaven Ave.

Côte Saint-Luc, April 7, 2010 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc announced today that it is likely to build its new multipurpose aquatic centre on Parkhaven Ave. adjacent to the existing Parks and Recreation Building and gymnasium. The new building will be across the street from the former Wagar High School building.

“After a great deal of thought we determined that our preference is to build the new facility on Parkhaven Ave.,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “We reviewed many other options but decided that this location on city-owned land is the least costly and most practical option.

“One of our hoped-for side effects of this new aquatic centre is that the English Montreal School Board might be encouraged to re-open a public school at the former Wagar site that would house a sports swimming program, amongst other things. The next step is to hire a firm to project manage this building project and design plans for the space. We have gone to tender for this and are looking forward to the results.”

The city will soon launch a new blog giving residents frequent updates about the planning, construction and eventual grand opening of the new facility. More details about the blog will announced in the coming days.

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

Côte Saint-Luc crime prevention volunteer patrollers log almost 16,000 hours

Côte Saint-Luc, March 31, 2010 – Television’s Jack Bauer would have to spend 667 sleepless 24-hour days to equal the amount of time members of Côte Saint-Luc Volunteer Citizens on Patrol (vCOP) have donated to help keep the city safe.

Since its inception in July 2006, vCOP volunteers have logged almost 16,000 hours. The City of Côte Saint-Luc wants new recruits and will be holding an information session on Tuesday, April 13 at 7pm at the Harold Greenspon Auditorium at Côte Saint-Luc City Hall (5801 Cavendish Blvd.) for residents interested in joining vCOP. Prospective volunteers should be age 18 or older. They should bring identification and a completed copy of the application form available at www.CoteSaintLuc.org/en/vcop.

Volunteers are required to make a minimum commitment of six hours per month. There is also a cadet program for 16 and 17 year olds.

“Our vCOP patrollers have made an enormous contribution to the safety of our already safe city,” said Councillor Glenn J. Nashen, the council member responsible for public safety. “For instance, when vCOP patrollers spot an open garage door, they notify the resident. This simple act may help prevent a theft. vCOP is a great past time for retirees.”

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

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 89,706km of city roads, which is the equivalent of the distance between three round-trip flights between Montreal, Canada and Sydney, Australia.

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

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

Côte Saint-Luc library first in Quebec to offer downloadable audiobooks

Côte Saint-Luc, March 22, 2010 - Members of the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library can now download audiobooks and listen to them with their computers or portable music players-without leaving home.

"We are moving with the times and responding to the needs and desires of patrons today," said Tanya Abramovitch, Director of the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library. "We truly feel that this new downloadable audiobook service will be both enjoyable and convenient for our library patrons."

More than 150 popular and award-winning audiobook titles of the most popular genres will be available for download on March 25 at 10am. More audiobook titles will be added later this year. The collection will be shared by members of the libraries of Côte Saint-Luc, Dollard-des-Ormeaux and Pointe Claire, and is available 24 hours a day and seven days a week. Côte Saint-Luc is the first of the cities to launch the service. Pointe Claire is expected to launch on April 23 and Dollard-des-Ormeaux will launch later this year.

Library members need the free Overdrive Media Console software for their Windows or Macintosh computer. Once that is installed, members can visit www.elcslpl.org to browse or search the downloadable audiobook collection, select one, and proceed to checkout-just as one would at an online store. Members then download a small file, which the Overdrive Media Console software uses to download the audiobook files. Members can play and organize the audiobooks from inside the software.

The audiobooks are in the MP3 or WMA file formats. All files can be played on a computer and most can be transferred to and played on portable audio players, such as the iPod or Zune. Some audiobooks can also be copied to a CD data disc. The MP3 and WMA files are protected with digital rights management (DRM), which allows users to listen to the file for a limited time. Once the files expire, they won't work if you try to listen to them.

"The patron doesn't have to do anything after the lending period," said Councillor Sam Goldbloom, the council member responsible for the library. "The file checks itself back into the collection automatically and will be available for others to download. There is no chance of late fees."

Library members can check out up to three downloadable audiobooks at a time and choose a 1-week or 2-week loan period.

"The age of the shiny disc is over," said Sarah Topey, Manager of Adult Services. "Downloadable audio is how people buy audio nowadays and portable music devices, like the iPod, is how people prefer listening to audio. It makes sense for libraries to start distributing audiobooks to our members in this way too. This is the easiest and most convenient way ever to enjoy library audiobooks and just one more of the many new benefits members of the Eleanor London Côte Saint Luc Public Library can access. Make the library a part of your life. It's all about the wonder of books, and we are dedicated to make them available every way we can."

The library has approximately 4,500 audiobooks on CD cassette. Downloadable audiobooks are the next step in the evolution of audiobooks.

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

 

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

 

Experts share their knowledge of oriental rugs in Côte Saint-Luc

Côte Saint-Luc, March 8, 2010 - Montreal appraisers and authorities on oriental carpets, Harold Bedoukian and Janice Summers, will speak about the unique history, design and techniques of oriental rug weaving at the Côte Saint-Luc Public Library on Thursday March 11 at 6:30pm.

Individuals attending the lecture are welcome to bring an oriental rug from their home for a free evaluation. Tickets for the lecture Oriental Rugs: the Art and the Market are $3.

Bedoukian and Summers will discuss the special hand-knotting and hand-weaving techniques that make an oriental rug authentic and explain the intricate pattern designs that make each oriental rug a unique work of art. In addition, Bedoukian and Summers will shed light on the present market conditions that determine the value of various oriental rugs.

Bedoukian is active in oriental rug associations in the United States and Canada. He is treasurer of the Armenian Rugs Society, past president of the Montreal Oriental Rug Club and The Quebec Carpet and Textile Society. Bedoukian is also the only appraiser in Montreal certified by the Oriental Rug Retailer's Association (ORRA).

Bedoukian works side-by-side with his wife, Janice Summers, who is also an internationally-respected authority on oriental rugs. Summers has more than 30 years of experience as a retailer, collector, author and lecturer, and is the author of four books and numerous articles on oriental carpets. She has taught courses on the subject at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Memphis State University, and the University of Akron. She has lectured in Canada and throughout the United States as well as participating in many international oriental carpet conferences.

When they are not travelling around the globe in pursuit of unique rugs, Bedoukian and Summers run their store, Ararat Rug Company, in the Plateau borough of Montreal.


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

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

 

Côte Saint-Luc Library exhibits abstract paintings on unexpected surfaces

Côte Saint-Luc, March 1, 2010 - Artist Justin Burnham will meet the public on March 4 at 6pm on the first evening of an exhibition of his abstract paintings on display at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library from March 4 to April 11.

Deluge is an exhibition of paintings on canvas and found glass, which evoke the vibrancy and fluidity of water in motion. Are we looking down on the swirling confusion of the earth from above, or seeing the hidden realms below the surface? In either case, Burnham's paintings call to mind water in its many forms and seasons.

Burnham sees his works as integral parts of daily life. Existing not only as marks on canvas, wood or glass, they are also frequently integrated into everyday objects. Burnham's use of alternative materials demonstrates a sustainable approach to his work. He often repurposes unique resources such as second-hand window frames, drum skins, tables and other found objects, giving these materials new life as a surface for painting.

Burnham's works are expressions of the colour and texture of his paints, using multiple thick layers and focusing on non-representational forms that result from the manipulation of his materials. Rather than addressing specific issues, his paintings reflect his engagement with the materials and method of his craft. The resulting images speak for themselves.

Justin Burnham is originally from the Eastern Townships. He now lives and works in Montreal. His works hang in numerous private collections, businesses, and public buildings.

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

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

 

Attn' editors: Images available at www.cotesaintluc.org/en/pr20100301

Côte Saint-Luc receives grants to build new aquatic centre and intergenerational centre

Ruth Kovac, Mike Cohen, Anthony Housefather, Allan Levine, Judith  Seidman, Laurent Lessard, Lawrence Bergman

The governments of Canada and Quebec announced at a news conference at city hall on February 19, 2010, that they were giving the City of Côte Saint-Luc grants totalling $11.57 million to pay for two-thirds of a new building to house an aquatic centre and intergenerational centre.

Canadian Senator Judith Seidman, Quebec Minister of Municipal Affairs, Regions and Land Occupancy, Laurent Lessard, the Member for D'Arcy McGee and Chair of the Government Caucus, Lawrence Bergman, and Mayor Anthony Housefather addressed the media.

This grant of $11.57 million will allow Côte Saint-Luc to build a world-class building, which will provide Côte Saint-Luc with an outstanding facility for swimming all year round. It will provide our clubs and associations, such as the seniors clubs, with modern facilities and sufficient space to accommodate hundreds of members. Côte Saint-Luc will also launch new programs to bring together young people and seniors to address social concerns and to create opportunities for lifelong civic engagement. This is the intergenerational aspect of the project.

The city must now invite companies to bid on the project, create architectural plans, and begin the project. The city will break ground this summer and the building should be complete in 2011.

>> VIDEO: Watch highlights from the news conference.

Nathalie Cooke dishes about great Canadian food

Côte Saint-Luc, February 5, 2010 - Professor Nathalie Cooke will give a lecture on Thursday, February 11 at 6:30pm at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library on the rich history and culture of Canadian food.

In her lecture, Great Canadian Food and Food Stories, Cooke will share her zest for iconically Canadian cuisine and explain its origins taking her audience on a gastronomic, cultural and historical journey throughout the country.

Food in the Canadian context has been a focus of Cooke's work since 2000. This topic fascinated Cooke so much that she published an encyclopedic entry titled "Cooking and Canadian Culture" in the Encyclopedia of Literature in Canada in 2002 as well as several magazine articles on the subject.

Most recently in 2009, Cooke's book What's to Eat? Entrées in Canadian Food History was published. A collection of essays, What's to Eat?, takes an introspective approach to Canada's food history and culture explaining how present day practices such as the slow food movement and buying locally are invariably linked to the past. As Cooke explains, the book primarily centres itself with: "what Canadians eat, did eat and what our meals tell us about ourselves."

Cooke is the editor in chief of Cuizine: The Journal of Canadian Food Cultures. She is also an Associate Professor of English and Associate Dean of Arts, Research and Graduate Studies at McGill University. She lives and works in Montreal.

Tickets for this program are $3.

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

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

Exhibit at Côte Saint-Luc library explores themes of recollection, narratives and dreams

Côte Saint-Luc, January 28, 2010 – Artworks by Amy A. Thompson and Amber Albrecht are on display at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library from January 21 to February 28.

This exhibition, Invented Memories: Works by Amber Albrecht and Amy A. Thompson, explores themes of recollection, narratives and dreams. Amber Albrecht has created prints and drawings of absurdist situations, which stem from her recollection of the creatures, landscapes and impossible happenings of the storybooks from her childhood.

“These stories created for me a very idiosyncratic conception of a past that-never-was, and much of my work is directed toward bringing this past into being,” Albrecht said.

In Amy A. Thompson’s mixed media series Glint, she depicts an imagined land. These dreamlike landscapes lead the viewer to reflect on the contrast between the intimacy of the self and the grand expanse of the cosmos.

“The further we look up and away, the more we must look inward,” Thompson said.

Both artists have also been influenced by myths and folklore. Albrecht’s prints and drawings are inspired by the folklore of many cultures, as well as literature, natural history, topography and the environment. Thompson draws on Norse myths and Greek mythology. In Norse myths, everything that is beautiful glints or sparkles: a moth’s wing, light reflected on hair and stars burning in the sky. The surrounding darkness and shadow evoke the contrast of good, evil, innocence and treachery.

Amber Albrecht grew up in White Rock, B.C. Following some world travel she settled in Montreal, where she studied Studio Art at Concordia University. She completed her BFA in 2005. She currently lives in Montreal where she works as an artist and illustrator. Amber Albrecht is represented by Galerie Division. Her artwork can be viewed at www.amberalbrecht.com.

Amy Thompson is an Ottawa-based mixed media artist. She studied Fine Arts at York University and graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design with honours in 1995. Her work has been exhibited internationally and has been featured in magazines and on album covers. Amy is represented in Ottawa by Dale Smith Gallery. Her artwork can also be viewed at www.amyalice.com. Amy Thompson wishes to gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the City of Ottawa.

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

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

The world at your fingertips: computer courses for absolute beginners

Côte Saint-Luc, January 28, 2010 – Two introductory computer courses at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library have furthered the library’s reputation as a centre of learning.

“These courses are tailored to those who have never touched a computer,” said Mona Turner, Manager of Programs and Marketing. “We want to help people overcome any anxiety they may have about using computers and learn the ABCs in a pleasant, relaxed environment.”  

Graduates of the computer courses often say they that learning the basics about computers has given them the confidence to learn even more and has made staying in touch with family and friends that much easier. Course instructor Tammy Halpern structures the course to help students first get comfortable with the computer (using the mouse, opening and closing windows, etc.) and then set up a personal e-mail account.

A recent student of Intro to Computers and E-mail has high praise for the course:

 “I learned so much from these computer classes,” Blandina Henriques said. “I can now easily stay in touch with my family now that I have my own email account.”  

Life long learning is one the mandates of the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library.

 “We see the public library as a sort of people’s university,” said Tanya Abramovitch, Director of Library Services. “While that certainly includes books, it extends to all aspects of learning and knowledge. We want to help people pursue and realize all of their goals, and courses like these help do that."  

Intro to Computers and Email (Level 1) is offered Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30am to 12pm from February 2 to 18, 2010. The follow-up course, Beginners Computers – Surfing the Web (Level 2) is also on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30am to 12pm from February 23 to March 11, 2010.

The price per course is $90 for residents of Côte Saint-Luc and library members and $120 for everyone else. People can register in person at the main circulation desk of the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library.

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

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

City of Côte Saint-Luc adopts its 2010 operating budget

Côte Saint-Luc, January 28, 2010 – At its meeting of January 27, 2010, the Côte Saint-Luc city council adopted the operating budget of the City of Côte Saint-Luc for 2010.  

Côte Saint-Luc council and administrative staff did extensive work to trim costs wherever possible and achieved a 0.7 percent decrease in the average residential property tax bill for the local portion of the bill controlled by the municipality. Unfortunately, despite the decrease in taxation for local spending, there was an overall increase of 4.9 percent in the average residential property tax bill because of the dramatic increase of 11.2 percent in the bill Côte Saint-Luc will be charged for island-wide services by the Montreal agglomeration council.

“We are proud that due to our careful planning and prudent fiscal management, residents will see a tax decrease on the local portion of the Côte Saint-Luc budget,” Mayor Housefather said. “Unfortunately the average residential property tax bill will rise 4.9 percent this year due to the dramatic increase in the cost of island-wide services. We opposed the Montreal budget that imposed these increases and continue to believe that in this recessionary environment, any increase in taxes beyond the cost of inflation is unacceptable and grossly unfair. We have done our utmost to mitigate the effect on our residents by our local cuts and are pleased that our average tax increase on a residential property is less than the average tax increase for an average property within the City of Montreal and most other neighbouring municipalities.”

Côte Saint-Luc is responsible for delivering local services, such as snow clearing, library and recreation services, road and sidewalk resurfacing, aqueduct repairs and much more. It is also responsible for delivering emergency medical services on its territory The island-wide Agglomeration of Montreal is funded by 16 municipalities—including Côte Saint-Luc—and is responsible for delivering island-wide and regional services such as public transit, fire services, police services, water treatment. Côte Saint-Luc collects property taxes on its territory and pays the Agglomeration of Montreal for island-wide services.

The 2010 Côte Saint-Luc budget totals $56.9 million representing $31.2 million for local services and $25.7 million to pay the Agglomeration of Montreal for island-wide services. While the cost of local Côte Saint-Luc services has increased by just 0.52 percent compared to 2009, the bill for island-wide Agglomeration services has increased by 11.2 percent.

“The tax bills were mailed this week and the first installment is due is March 1,” said Councillor Dida Berku, the council member responsible for finance issues. “The second installment is due May 31.”

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

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

The city council also approved the three-year capital expenditures budget on December 16, 2009. The budget is $23.5 million in 2010, $6.9 million in 2011 and $6.7 million in 2012. The City of Côte Saint-Luc will continue to maximize the use of grants for capital expenditures such as the PRECO, the new Gas Tax and FCCQ grants available by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs. The Intergenerational/Aquatic Centre has been identified as a possible project for 2010 costing approximately $18 million. Côte Saint-Luc has submitted an application for funding of $11.5 million to Ministry of Municipal Affairs (MAMROT) to cover two-thirds of the cost of the project. The municipality is waiting for a positive reply from MAMROT before making a decision to proceed.

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

All Suburban Mayors Will Vote Against Agglomeration Budget

ASSOCIATION OF SUBURBAN MUNICIPALITIES

Press release                                              For immediate release


All Suburban Mayors Will  Vote Against Agglomeration
Budget Increase Unacceptable to all Montréal Island Residents

Montréal, January 26, 2010 – The Association of Suburban Municipalities (ASM) of the Island of Montréal, representing 15 Montréal municipalities, denounces the 2010 agglomeration budget, in particular the proposed spending increase and the lack of transparency in the process leading up to the tabling of the agglomeration budget by the City of Montréal.

“The 9.4% increase in spending for the agglomeration budget, which will translate into an overall increase of 12.6% in the suburban municipalities` share, is fiscally irresponsible and unjustifiable especially in the current economic climate,” said Peter F. Trent, president of the Association of Suburban Municipalities and Mayor of the City of Westmount. “How can we ask all Montréal Island taxpayers, including those living in the City of Montréal, to shoulder an increase six times the rate of inflation, especially as it is not clearly explained or supported with solid facts or figures,” he added.

For example, two new expenses represent more than 80% of the spending increase: $91.9 million for employee pension funds and $62.2 million for increased mass transit spending. From the very onset of the creation of the Commission Ad-hoc du budget 2010, the ASM raised questions regarding these increases and requested clarifications. To date, no clear explanations have been forthcoming.

The Island of Montréal needs a better funded mass transit system. But should the money come exclusively from the pockets of already overburdened Montréal Island residents? Public transportation is one of the best ways to help Québec achieve its greenhouse gas reduction objectives, and the ASM is willing to support Mayor Tremblay in his representations to the Québec government to ensure adequate funding for Montreal Island public transit.  

Last December, the mayors of the Association of Suburban Municipalities welcomed the creation of an ad hoc agglomeration budget Commission. They looked forward to an open, transparent, and democratic budget review process, especially in light of Mayor Tremblay’s post election commitment to work with all partners, including the ASM mayors.

“We are disappointed,” said Mayor Trent. “The budgetary process was fraught with problems and inefficiencies. There were no objectives or guidelines, no transparency or true consultation, to name but a few. The result is an unjustified and unacceptable spending increase.”

To improve the planning of future budgets, the ASM has tabled a report with 20 recommendations. The two main recommendations are the creation of a permanent agglomeration budget Commission and the establishment of clear, transparent guidelines for future budget preparation.

Please visit the City of Westmount’s website (www.westmount.org) for a copy of the  minority report prepared by Mayor Peter F. Trent and Mayor Edgar Rouleau in response to the recommendations tabled by the Commission Ad-hoc du budget 2010 (Volet agglomération).  

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For information, please contact:
Peter F. Trent
President of the Association of Suburban Municipalities (ASM) of the Island of Montréal
Mayor of the City of Westmount
514 989-5240

Photographs by Doyon-Rivest visit the Côte Saint-Luc Library

Côte Saint-Luc, December 15, 2009 – The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library presents the exhibition Une visite s’impose by artistic duo of Mathieu Doyon and Simon Rivest (Doyon-Rivest) from December 10, 2009 to January 17, 2010.

This series of elaborately staged photographs shows a cast of costumed characters at sites around Quebec City. This project began in the context of the celebration of the 400th anniversary of Quebec City, “6 emissaries” by Centre Vu who invited six artists to carry out a photographic mission in the city. The challenge was to capture images of a specific place in the present moment in time.

Doyon-Rivest decided to take advantage of this opportunity to photograph places that are not often seen by citizens and visitors to Quebec. This series of images plays with cultural clichés, as a trio of characters visit sites around the city. In their poses, the figures act as wax mannequins and the city takes on the role of a museum.

Doyon-Rivest is a pair of artists who are inspired by the aesthetics and methods used in the advertising industry and in commerce. Their work has a “two-headed” nature because of the two artists’ diverse backgrounds. Mathieu Doyon is a visual artist and musician. Simon Rivest is a graphic designer and art director in advertising.  They use these two approaches to question the challenges of both contemporary art and the world of marketing. Their work is not a critique or an apology for publicity. Instead they appropriate conventions and strategies from marketing and apply them to their artistic practice. Their work has been exhibited internationally, and they were featured in the Quebec Triennale at the Musée d’art contemporaine in 2008.

Centre Vu is an artist-run centre that has been dedicated to the development of the photographic image since 1981.

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

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

Côte Saint-Luc launches CSL-TV as a new way to communicate with residents

Côte Saint-Luc, December 3, 2009 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc has launched an Internet video channel where it will post videos from municipal events.

The new CSL-TV website showcases videos produced by the city. Since 2007, Côte Saint-Luc has posted videos on its website, such as V-E Day ceremonies, Winter Carnival and more. CSL-TV is a way to organize these videos in one central place. Residents can see the video channel by clicking the CSL-TV button at CoteSaintLuc.org.

“Video is becoming a standard communications tool in business and government as the cost of producing quality videos decreases,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “There is an opportunity for municipal governments to show what we do in a visual way.”

Large government institutions such as the White House and the British Prime Minister use video extensively to communicate directly with the public. The council member responsible for communications in Côte Saint-Luc says small municipalities can also benefit.

“Communicating through video is something that would have been prohibitively expensive or even impossible for municipalities 10 years ago,” Councillor Mike Cohen said. “But new tools have leveled the playing field and we can do more for less. Our Director of Public Affairs and Communications, Darryl Levine, has a background in recording and editing videos, so we’re able to do everything in-house.”

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

Toy Swap at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library

Côte Saint-Luc, November 27, 2009 – Parents and kids will be able to trade used toys for other ones at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library at the first Toy Swap on Sunday, December 6.

Individuals are invited to bring in gently-used and well-cleaned children's and toddler's items to be swapped. There are a few exceptions to be noted: no clothes, car seats, cribs or walkers.

The public can drop off toys at 1pm. Toys will be colour coded according to value and donors will receive corresponding coloured tickets.  These tickets can then be exchanged for toys in the same colour category. The toy exchange will take place from 2pm to 4pm. If a person’s toy does not get swapped at the end of the toy swap, those individuals are welcome to take the toy back home with them or give the item to charity.

“This Toy Swap will hopefully be the first of many toy swaps at the library,” said Sarah Topey, Manager of Adult Services. “We are hoping that it will provide parents and their children the opportunity to meet neighbours, interact together, exchange, and have fun.”

Councillor Sam Goldbloom, the council member responsible for library and culture, says the event will help teach children the value of reusing items.

“What better place to learn the valuable lesson of 'waste not, want not' than in the comfort and security of the library?” Councillor Goldbloom said. “I’m proud of the way the library helps foster community spirit in the City of Côte Saint-Luc with events like these.”

This event is free and everyone is welcome.

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

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For more information, contact: Gloria Caplan, 514-485-6900 ext. 4207 or gcaplan@cotesaintluc.org.

Fans can watch the 2010 Olympic Torch Relay at the Côte Saint-Luc Shopping Centre on December 10

Côte Saint-Luc, November 18, 2009 – On Thursday, December 10, the City of Côte Saint-Luc will welcome the Olympic flame is carried past viewing stands in front of the Côte Saint-Luc Shopping Centre as part of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay.

“Côte Saint-Luc is very proud that the Olympic flame will pass through our city and we are inviting residents and non-residents to come out and view the Olympic flame on its journey to Vancouver,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said.

Côte Saint-Luc will set up viewing stands to accommodate students and the public. The city will also offer free hot chocolate, while supplies last. Residents can learn the latest about the event by visiting www.CoteSaintLuc.org and clicking the Olympic Torch Relay button.

The torch relay will arrive in front of the viewing stands at approximately 1:45pm as part of a convoy of vehicles, which will include torchbearer shuttles, media vehicles, relay support vehicles and police cruisers.  Temporary rolling road closures will ensure the safety of the torchbearers and spectators lining the relay route. The crowd will see a new torchbearer carry the flame every 300 metres through the community as it travels on its 45,000-kilometre-long journey across Canada — the longest domestic torch relay in Olympic history.

“Our goal with these celebrations has always been to bring the magic and excitement of the Olympic Spirit home to millions of Canadians no matter where they live and truly make these Canada’s Games,” said John Furlong, Chief Executive Officer of the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC).

The 106-day Olympic Torch Relay will visit more than 1,030 communities and places of interest in every province and territory. On February 12, 2010, the Olympic Flame will make its way to downtown Vancouver to light the Olympic Cauldron in a magical and awe-inspiring moment before a television audience of three billion people worldwide, signalling the kick off to the start of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

For more information on the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay visit www.vancouver2010.com/torchrelay. Detailed street-level route details will be available on the website approximately two weeks before the Olympic Flame arrives in the community.

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

Côte Saint-Luc announces portfolios of council members

Côte Saint-Luc, November 10, 2009 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc today announced the portfolios for its council members.

“At the start of our first mandate in 2006, I entrusted each council member with one or more portfolio,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “As we begin our 2010 to 2013 term of office, I am happy to announce the new distribution of portfolios.”

The portfolio model is based on the cabinet system where elected members represent not just their individual districts, but the city in general through specific portfolios.

Mayor Anthony Housefather will be responsible for issues related to human resources, legal matters, purchasing, information technology, and for relations with the Agglomeration of Montreal and other levels of government.

Councillor Dida Berku
will be responsible for issues related to finance, the Cavendish Mall re-development (with Councillor Ruth Kovac), the environment including the preservation of Meadowbrook, the implementation of a code of ethics, and the Cavendish Blvd. extension.

Councillor Mitchell Brownstein
will be responsible for issues related to parks and recreation and the construction of the Intergenerational and Aquatic Centre (with Councillor Kovac).

Councillor Mike Cohen will be responsible for issues related to corporate identity and communication, sponsorship, and inter-community relations.

Councillor Steven Erdelyi
will be responsible for issues related to public works and engineering.

Councillor Sam Goldbloom
will be responsible for issues related to the library and culture.

Councillor Ruth Kovac
will be responsible for issues related to city planning as chairperson of the Planning Advisory Committee, the Cavendish Mall re-development (with Councillor Berku), and the construction of the Intergenerational and Aquatic Centre (with Councillor Brownstein).

Councillor Allan J. Levine will be responsible for issues related to seniors, the Royal Canadian Legion, the establishment of an English-language public high school by the English Montreal School Board (EMSB), the rail yards, the Côte Saint-Luc Tennis Club, the construction of tennis courts at Rembrandt Park, and a feasibility study on the construction of indoor tennis facilities by the city or in partnership with a third party.

Councillor Glenn J. Nashen will be responsible for issues related to traffic, and public safety—which includes the EMS first responder service, public security, vCOP, emergency preparedness, and fire prevention.

The nine members of council were re-elected on November 1 or by acclamation.

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

A unique glimpse of the beauty of Labrador is on display in Côte Saint-Luc

Côte Saint-Luc, November 2, 2009 – The exhibition On the Labrador by photographer Arnold Zageris is on display at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library until December 6.

Through vibrant photographs, this exhibition provides visitors a glimpse of the dramatic landscape of Labrador that few have the opportunity to visit. The wild and open spaces of Labrador have taught Arnold Zageris not only to see things on a grander scale, but also to explore the subtle nuances of form and texture. To capture these finer details, he uses a 4x5 view camera. He often takes hours in a location and this slow, methodical approach allows him to pay attention to content and composition. He does not use filters for colour enhancement, so the final image is a true representation of what he sees.

Zageris lives in Rouyn-Noranda, a town in northern Quebec, and he specializes in large format photography with an emphasis on arctic and sub-arctic regions. He has been photographing scenery in Labrador for the past 20 years, and has visited the region 14 times.

His photographs have appeared in Canadian Geographic as well as several other publications, and are also found in numerous private and public collections. For the past 15 years, he has exhibited works in group shows across Ontario, including at the Canadian Museum of Civilization and the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography.

On the Labrador: Photographs by Arnold Zageris is a traveling exhibition produced by the Canadian Museum of Nature in partnership with The Rooms Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador.

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

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