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Council meeting: May 9, 2011

A meeting of the Côte Saint-Luc City Council takes place on Monday, May 9, 2011 at 8pm at City Hall, 5801 Cavendish Blvd.

 

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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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Community pitches in to help clean greenspaces in Côte Saint-Luc

ôte Saint-Luc, May 6, 2011 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc is looking for volunteers to help tidy-up four green spaces on Sunday, May 15 during Côte Saint-Luc Clean Up Day.

Clean Up DayVolunteers can visit Yitzhak Rabin Park, Nathan Shuster Park, Donald Fletcher Park, or Bialik field to assist in the clean up between 10 am and 1 pm. They will receive gloves and garbage bags. Every volunteer will also receive a voucher for a free slice of kosher pizza or falafel.

“We think it’s important to give people a way to take part in a group activity that combines ecological and community aspects,” Councillor Steven Erdelyi said. “I think people who participate in a clean up day are less likely to litter and more likely to say something to their friends who litter.”

The event is sponsored by Jewish National Fund (JNF) of Montreal.

“This is the first time we’ve ever sponsored a program like this in Montreal,” said Ed Rudick, President of JNF of Montreal. “Our regional office is based in Côte Saint-Luc and it was natural to partner with the city on an environmentally-based initiative like this.”

The Jewish National Fund (JNF) began in 1901 collecting coins in blue boxes to purchase land and return the Jewish people to their homeland. Today, the JNF is recognized as the ‘Caretakers of the land of Israel for over a century’ for their environmental work and development of the State of Israel.

For more information about all the Côte Saint-Luc Clean Up Day, visit www.CoteSaintLuc.org/en/SpringFair2011.

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

Côte Saint-Luc, B’nai Brith Canada-Quebec, and Congregation Beth Zion co-sponsoring candidates debate in the Mount Royal riding

Côte Saint-Luc, B'nai Brith Canada-Quebec, Congregation Beth ZionThe City of Côte Saint-Luc, B’nai Brith Canada-Quebec, and Congregation Beth Zion are co-sponsoring candidates debate in the Mount Royal riding

Côte Saint-Luc, April 15, 2011 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc, B’nai Brith Canada-Quebec, and Congregation Beth Zion are co-sponsoring a debate on Thursday, April 28, 2011 between candidates wishing to represent the Mount Royal riding in the House of Commons.

The debate takes place that evening from 7 pm to 8:30 pm at Congregation Beth Zion, 5740 Hudson Avenue, corner Kildare Avenue.

The candidates participating in the debate are: Irwin Cotler, Liberal Party of Canada; Jeff Itcush, New Democratic Party of Canada; Brian Sarwer-Foner, Green Party of Canada; and Saulie Zajdel, Conservative Party of Canada.

A portion of the debate will be devoted to written questions from audience members. The debate is being moderated by Anthony Housefather, Mayor of Côte Saint-Luc, and Beryl Wajsman, editor of The Suburban newspaper.

The federal general election takes place on Monday, May 2, 2011. Visit www.elections.ca or call 1-800-463-6868 for information on voting eligibility.

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For more information:

Heidi Oppen, Quebec Director, B’nai Brith Canada-Quebec, 514-733-5377 extension 23; cell: 514-295-8748

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

Council meeting: April 11, 2011

A meeting of the Côte Saint-Luc City Council takes place on Monday, April 11, 2011 at 8pm at City Hall, 5801 Cavendish Blvd

 

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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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Programs abound this April at the Cote Saint-Luc library

Concert in Côte Saint-LucCôte Saint-Luc, March 25, 2011 - Facebook, religion, Tudor-era portraits, bullying, a
Caplet musical concert, and a Neil Simon play will all be presented or
discussed in April at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library.

Professor
Robert Tittler, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History at Concordia University,
will present a two-part lecture series on English portraiture during the Tudor
period: Portraits of the Tudor Kings and Queens.
 Part 1, Portraying Henry VIII, takes
place on Friday, April 1 at 2 pm.  Part 2,
Portraying Elizabeth I, takes place on Friday, April 8 at 2 pm. Tickets
for each lecture are $5 in advance or $7 the day of the event.

On Wednesday, April
6 at 2 pm librarian Kathy Conroy will instruct a Facebook workshop where she will demonstrate the basics
of the popular social networking website. Tickets are $10 for Côte
Saint-Luc residents or library members and $15 for others.

On Thursday,
April 7 at 7 pm Dr. Kees Maas,
a psychologist at Batshaw Youth and Family Centres will present Let's Talk About Bullying, a lecture
geared to parents. A discussion will follow. Tickets are $3 in advance and $5
the day of the event.

On Thursday,
April 14 at 7 pm the Conseil des arts de
Montréal en tournée
and the library present Les Cordes Célestes, a concert
with Quatuor Claudel-Canimex and harpist Valérie Milot, which features early
20th century Caplet music. Tickets
for this concert are $5 in advance and $7 the day of the event.

On Thursday,
April 28 at 7 pm the Performance Playreading Ensemble stars in the
comedy The Sunshine Boys written by
Neil Simon and directed by Aviva Ravel. Tickets
are $5 in advance and $7 day of the event.

Lastly, on
Friday, April 29 at 2 pm Professor F.X. Charet, Ph. D., will launch his
five-part history lecture series: The
Challenge to Belief in God and the Traditions of Judaism, Christianity and
Islam
. The five lectures take place on Fridays at 2 pm from April 29 to May
27. Tickets for each lecture are $5 in advance or $7 the day of the event.

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.

 

 

Seeking Côte Saint-Luc crime prevention volunteers

Côte Saint-Luc, March 23, 2011 – The Côte Saint-Luc volunteer Citizens on Patrol are recruiting new members to join the 70 other volunteers who participate in this neighbourhood-watch-on-wheels program.

Residents interested in joining vCOP should come to an information session on Tuesday, April 12, 2011 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.

”Our volunteers patrol in marked vehicles, on electric scooters, bicycles and on foot and have logged more than 21,000 hours and 116,000 kilometres since the program was launched in July 2006,” said Councillor Glenn J. Nashen, the council member who founded vCOP and is responsible for public safety issues. “These volunteers are trained to spot potential problems and to notify Côte Saint-Luc Public Security or the police.”

Volunteers are required to make a minimum commitment of six hours per month. While vCOP members are 18 years of age and over there is a cadet program for 16 and 17 year olds. There is a one-time membership fee of $75 to defray the costs of uniforms and accessories. Training in patrol techniques, radio communications, first-aid, CPR and the use of an automated external defibrillator are provided.

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

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

 

Special council meeting: March 21, 2011

City of Côte Saint-Luc Council Chamber

A special meeting of the Côte Saint-Luc City Council takes place on Monday, March 21, 2011 at 8pm at City Hall, 5801 Cavendish Blvd.

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Council meeting: March 14, 2011

City of Côte Saint-Luc Council Chamber

A meeting of the Côte Saint-Luc City Council takes place on Monday, March 14, 2011 at 8pm at City Hall, 5801 Cavendish Blvd.

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Fugitive art at the Côte Saint-Luc library

Fugitive 12Côte Saint-Luc, March 4, 2011 – Portraits of women who are wanted for fraud are the basis of a series of paintings produced by artist Lorraine Simms, on show at the Art Gallery of the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library from March 10 to April 24, 2011.

The exhibit, titled Fugitive, includes artwork Simms produced while painting from photographs collected from newspapers, television, and the Internet. She says it is nearly impossible to tell just by looking who among them is a murderer and who committed a common misdemeanor. The image alone cannot reveal what truth lies behind the gaze.

“I based this series on images of women wanted for fraud,” Simms said. “Other than this tantalizing clue, no further information is offered. The viewer is left to make assumptions based on appearances, and this, of course, is tricky, as women do not easily fit any of our archetypes of the outlaw.”

Mona Turner, the manager of cultural development at the library, says that people can ask themselves the following questions when viewing this exhibit: “How does one go about interpreting these images? What does their appearance truly reveal? Can we find clues hidden within the color palette, the brush strokes or the emphasis on certain facial features? Or do these simply express the mood of the artist?”

Simms lives and works in Montreal. She completed a Master of Fine Arts degree at Concordia University in 1990, where she also taught for many years. She is currently teaching at Dawson College. Her work has been presented in solo and group exhibitions across Canada and in the United States. She has been the recipient of numerous awards from the Canada Council and the Conseil des Arts et des lettres du Québec.

Her current art projects can be viewed at www.lorrainesimms.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.

 

Special council meeting: March 7, 2011

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A special meeting of the Côte Saint-Luc City Council takes place on Monday, March 7, 2011 at 8pm at City Hall, 5801 Cavendish Blvd.

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New cat committee Launches TNR program in Côte Saint-Luc

Côte Saint-Luc, February 22, 2011 - The Côte Saint-Luc Cat Committee (CSLCC) has officially launched a Trap, Neuter and Release (TNR) program. Following a well-attended public meeting last summer and a series of meetings with individuals willing to volunteer for this cause, activities are commencing with the financial support of the City of Côte Saint-Luc and Canadian Pacific Railway .

Councillor Mike Cohen, who is spearheading the initiative, has expressed his appreciation to Mayor Anthony Housefather and other members of council for their financial support. He also thanked Canadian Pacific Railway, which has given a donation towards the project.

While TNR, which humanely traps, sterilizes and then releases feral cats back into their original territory, will be the main focus of the CSLCC, efforts will also be made to educate the public about the importance of sterilizing cats. This will be done by arranging visits to local schools, setting up information booths within the community and establishing a Facebook page. A special hotline will be introduced  for people to report feral cats in their neighbourhood.

“From our initial meeting, which attracted well more than 100 people, we have a dedicated group of cat lovers whom I believe will make a difference in our community,” Councillor Cohen said. “I am also grateful for the fact that both the SPCA and the Côte Saint-Luc Hospital for Animals are aboard.”

Shelley Schecter, considered to be one of the city’s foremost experts in TNR, has agreed to serve as the CSLCC’s special advisor.  She will train committee members on trapping.

A female cat can reproduce four times a year, beginning from six months old, and can give birth to from one to eight kittens each time. 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.   

Councillor Cohen hopes that other communities will follow the lead of Cote Saint-Luc and launch such committees as well.

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For information, contact: Councillor Mike Cohen, City of Côte Saint-Luc, mcohen@cotesaintluc.org, 514-485-6945.

Special council meeting: February 21, 2011

City of Côte Saint-Luc Council Chamber

A special meeting of the Côte Saint-Luc City Council takes place on Monday, February 21, 2011 at 8pm at City Hall, 5801 Cavendish Blvd.

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Special council meeting: February 14, 2011

City of Côte Saint-Luc Council Chamber

A special meeting of the Côte Saint-Luc City Council takes place on Monday, February 14, 2011 at 7:45pm at City Hall, 5801 Cavendish Blvd.

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Council meeting: February 14, 2011

City of Côte Saint-Luc Council Chamber

The next meeting of the Côte Saint-Luc City Council takes place on Monday, February 14, 2011 at 8pm at City Hall, 5801 Cavendish Blvd.

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Côte Saint-Luc launches downloadable e-book service

E-books at Côte Saint-Luc library

Côte Saint-Luc, February 11, 2011 – Members of the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library can now download e-books and read them on many popular e-book readers—without leaving home.
“More than 90 million e-book readers were sold across the world in 2010 and some of those belong to our library members,” said Janine West, Assistant Library Director. “Our library aims to be at the forefront of e-technology and offer the best options to our members. As with our downloadable audiobook service, we are offering our members new ways to access books.”
A collection of 142 e-books was added to the digital library on February 3. More e-book 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. In March 2010, the library launched a downloadable audiobook service and now has 334 titles in that collection.
“Library members have a well-rounded selection of titles to choose from, all from the comfort of their own home,” said Councillor Sam Goldbloom, the council member responsible for the library. “Some readers may always prefer the printed pages of a book, but e-books are increasingly popular with readers. The online retailer Amazon sold 15 percent more e-books than paperbacks in 2010, and three times as many e-books than hardcovers.”
To access e-books, library members can visit www.elcslpl.org, click the emedia link, sign in with their name and library card number, and then follow the on-screen instructions.
Library members can check out three downloadable e-books or audiobooks (in total) at a time and can choose a 1-week or 2-week loan period. Unlike downloadable audiobooks, e-books cannot be downloaded at the download station in Audiovisual Department of the library.
The e-books come in two file formats—EPUB and PDF—and can be displayed on many e-book readers such as the Kobo eReader and Sony Reader, but not the Amazon Kindle. Many can also be displayed on tablet computers, such as the iPad, and on other devices, such as the iPhone, iPod, and Samsung Galaxy. The list of compatible devices is available at www.overdrive.com/resources/drc/.
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: Janine West, 514-485-6900 ext. 4205 or jwest@cotesaintluc.org

Musical concert for children in Côte Saint-Luc

Annabelle CantonCôte Saint-Luc, February 10, 2011 – A production of the children’s musical Annabelle Canto will be performed at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library on Sunday, February 27 at 10am.

The 40-minute concert is presented in English and is aimed at children age 3 and older. Space is limited and tickets are available in advance for adults and children for $5 at the main desk of the library.

“This is a great event for families,” said Kathy Conroy, Manager of Children’s Services. “This musical blends music, theatre and storytelling. We hope to see both new and familiar faces at the show.”

The musical tells the story of a young opera singer named Annabelle Canto who loses her voice and her memory the morning of an important concert. Using spontaneity, innocence and humour, Annabelle Canto and her pianist, Henry, set out on a quest for this magical voice. Along their musical route, they discover astonishing and majestic opera characters. A short video of the concert is available at www.jmcanada.ca/en/main_nav/concerts/young-audiences-families/concerts/annabelle-canto/.

Annabelle Canto is presented in partnership with Jeunesses Musicales of Canada, which has dedicated its work to musical excellence and the promotion of young artists and music for young people since 1949.

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: Kathy Conroy 514-485-6900 ext. 4204 or kconroy@cotesaintluc.org.

 

Singer-songwriters to speak with teens and perform at the library in Côte Saint-Luc

Words and MusicCôte Saint-Luc, February 4, 2011 – The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library will get noisy in February as three promising Montreal-area singer-songwriters perform their music and talk to teens about how they write their songs and where they find creative inspiration.

Words and Music is a three-part series for teens and will take place Thursdays at 7:30pm. The singer-songwriters will be Brittany Kwasnik on February 10, Daniel Schachter on February 17, and Matt Stern on February 24.  

“This year we are really focusing on teens,” said Assistant Library Director Janine West. “We are doing this program, which is directed specifically at them, we have implemented a teen advisory council, we are planning a movie night, and this is just the beginning. We want them to feel that they are an integral part of the library.”

On each Thursday evening, one of the musicians will be in the library to talk about their art and play music. They will discuss their method for writing songs and discuss their creative inspirations. Free passes for teens are available at the main circulation desk of the library on a first-come, first-served basis. There is limit of five free passes per person.

Brittany Kwasnik is a 16-year old singer songwriter who found fame when she posted a YouTube video of herself singing and playing her guitar. Her music is part folk, part indie, part pop. Kwasnik recently signed a record deal with Justin Time Records and her first album I Don’t Know Me will be released later this year.  

Daniel Schachter is known for his signature folk rock music. Schachter has performed at The Yellow Door, the 2010 Osheaga outdoor music festival, and elsewhere. Schachter is also a filmmaker and a devoted fan of film director Federico Fellini.

Matt Stern gravitated to music at an early age and learned guitar, piano and trombone in his teenage years. Stern’s newest extended play (EP) album was launched in September 2010. I’m not the Only One (2010) is an acoustic-guitar driven pop-folk-soul-rhythm-infused collection of songs.

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: Janine West 514-485-6900 ext. 4202 or jwest@cotesaintluc.org.

Register students in new public high school

The English Montreal School Board (EMSB) has announced that parents wishing to enrol their children in a new high school at the Giovanni Palatucci Facility (formerly Wagar) in Côte Saint-Luc will first be asked to complete and submit an application form between February 7 and 18, 2011.

Plans call for the new school, with a focus on enrichment courses, heritage programs and sports concentration, to begin operating in August 2011. For the first year enrolment will be limited to Secondary I students only. The EMSB Council of Commissioners must first adopt a new three year plan before the school can formally register students.

Application forms can be downloaded from the EMSB website (www.emsb.qc.ca). The Council of  Commissioners will convene once the application period concludes to deternine the viability of starting the school next year. For more information call  EMSB Region 3 Director Paola Miniaci at 514-483-7200 ext. 7228 or email newhigh@emsb.qc.ca.

Special council meeting: January 31, 2011

City of Côte Saint-Luc Council Chamber

A special meeting of the Côte Saint-Luc City Council takes place on Monday, January 31, 2011 at 8pm at City Hall, 5801 Cavendish Blvd.

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Deep Oil – Forage: thought-provoking art at the Côte Saint-Luc library

Côte Saint-Luc, January 28, 2011 – Oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico are the unusal subject of Harlan Johnson’s moody landscape paintings on display at the Art Gallery of the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library from January 27, 2011 to March 6, 2011.

Two years before the massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Harlan Johnson had started work on Deep Oil – Forage. The series depicts offshore oil platforms in the Gulf of Mexico, often during blowouts. A blowout occurs when a sudden release of oil and gas from a well after pressure control systems have failed.

The artist uses a stark, sometimes muddled color palette to reinforce a sense of neglect and imminent danger. The drilling platforms are depicted as hulking silhouettes spewing flames, smoke and steam. The spatters and washy brush strokes are symbolic of the debris left behind by one of these devastating blowouts.

These large acrylic-on-canvas paintings illustrate the natural environment disrupted. The sea is shown in its strength and fragility.

Born in Halifax, Johnson has had a lifelong passion for all things Cajun. The south is not only the subject of this art exhibition, it also feeds his appetite for Zydeco music. (He plays the squeezebox in the Montreal-Cajun band Grouyan Gombo). He lives and works in Montreal where he received a BFA and MFA from Concordia University. His work has been shown in several Canadian cities including Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa and Moncton. He currently teaches in the Fine Arts Department at Dawson College and in the Studio Arts Department at Concordia University. His current art projects can be viewed at www.harlanjohnson.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.

Library card provides a passport to language learning

Côte Saint-Luc, January 14, 2011 - Members of the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library can now access a popular online language-learning system for free.

Mango (www.mangolanguages.com) is a language learning program teaching practical conversation and cultural awareness for the world's most popular languages. The company website describes the program as "a fun, easy and incredibly effective way for travelers of all kinds to learn to speak a foreign language."

"We are thrilled to add Mango to our library's growing list of resources, "Assistant Library Director Janine West said. "This service is an excellent resource for those wishing to learn a foreign language. Our library strives to provide the best services possible to our patrons and this is just one more way we hope to achieve this goal."

The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library is only the second library in Quebec to offer this service to members.

To access Mango, library members can visit the library website at www.elcslpl.org and then click Audiovisual link on the left-hand side. Then they must click the Mango button. To access the service, library members must sign in by entering their name and library card number. They can also create a profile at Mango to keep track of their progress. After that it is easy to get started by following the step by step instructions.

Mango includes a 100-lesson course and a shorter two to five hour course. There are 22 languages available and 15 ESL courses.

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: Darryl Levine, 514-485-6800 ext. 1802, or dlevine@cotesaintluc.org.

Urban Diary: inspired alleyways of NDG at the Côte Saint-Luc Library

Côte Saint-Luc, December 15, 2010 – Large-scale collages of NDG alleyways by artist Andrea Kastner will be on display at the Art Gallery of the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library from December 16, 2010 to January 23, 2011.

The Urban Diary exhibit explores humour, nostalgia and grittiness all brought center stage in the representation of the city’s neighbourhood alleyways. Cities tend to present the best possible façade to the public. Kastner, on the other hand, finds beauty in the spontaneous and unedited cityscapes of our daily lives.

3433 Oxford, collage on plywood, 15" x 15", 2008 Kastner is interested in the intimate, unvarnished truth of the anti-façade. Like a survey documenting her neighbourhood, her works bring to light the absurd and subtle ways that people let down their guard and allow their individuality to shine through. The medium she uses is appropriately unglamorous. Working on plywood, she builds up a collaged surface of everyday materials including metro transfers, shopping bags, electrical tape and price tags.

“As we empty out our pockets at the end of the day, we unearth a small cascade of tickets, transfers, wrappers and receipts,” Kastner said, discussing the process involved in creating these works. “These remnants of our daily trajectories, which usually end up in the garbage can, are the raw materials that I use to build my cityscapes.”

Urban Diary examines the colorful neighbourhood of NDG, where Andrea Kastner grew up, in the heart of the west end of the city of Montreal. The artist currently resides in Edmonton, Alberta where she is pursuing her Master’s Degree in Fine Arts. She obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Mount Allison University in New Brunswick. She has also taught art to children at the Visual Arts Centre in Westmount. Her current art projects can be viewed at www.andreakastner.ca.

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.

All About Richler at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library

Côte Saint-Luc, December 10, 2010 – Two special events surrounding the life of author Mordecai Richler will take place at The Eleanor London Côte Saint–Luc Public Library next week.

The library will present a screening of the biographical documentary The Last of the Wild Jews on Thursday, December 16 at 2pm. Then on Friday, December 17 at 2pm author Charles Foran will speak at the library about his new biography Mordecai: The Life and Times.

Director Francine Pelletier’s documentary The Last of the Wild Jews is a fascinating and original look at the persona and work of Mordecai Richler. The documentary features interviews with Richler’s wife, Florence, Margaret Atwood, Rex Murphy, Adam Gopnik and others. There will be a discussion after the presentation of the film. This event is free of charge.

Canadian novelist and journalist Charles Foran will discuss his new biography Mordecai: The Life and Times with attendees. Foran has authored eight books. His novel The Last House of Ulster was short-listed for the Governor General’s Award and won the QSPELL for best work of non-fiction by a Quebec writer. Foran’s biography of Mordecai Richler chronicles Richler’s early days in his birth place of Montreal, to his time spent in Europe when was in the company of fellow writers such as E.M. Forster, to his later years when he returned to Montreal. Mark Medley from The National Post offers this concise description of Foran’s book: “Coupled with a vast array of interviews with some of the most prominent literary figures of the latter half of the 20th century, Foran depicts Richler as a complex man, at odds with his family, his province, his country and, often, himself”. Tickets for this event are $3, if purchased in advance and $5, if purchased the day of the event.

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.

Students visit Senior Social Club

Students visit Senior Social Club

The 2010-2011 edition of the EMSB Intergenerational Program was launched on December 8, 2010, when the Grade 6 choir from Roslyn Elementary School in Westmount appeared at the Côte Saint-Luc Senior Social Club’s annual Christmas and Chanukah Luncheon. This year’s program is being made possible thanks to a grant from the Foundation for Vital Aging.

Roslyn Choir Delivers Holiday Cheers! from EMSBTV; on Vimeo.

Ta-da! A sprinkling of magic at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library

Côte Saint-Luc, November 30, 2010 – Magician Mike Deslauriers will present his show Magic & Laughter on Sunday, December 12 at 2pm at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library.

Magician Mike Deslauriers has been wowing audiences for years with his spellbinding tricks whether at carnivals, birthday parties or other special events. His show Magic and Laughter will have all the kids laughing, screaming and shouting out for more. There is lots of audience participation as candies appear, silk scarves disappear and giant dice move from place to place. A balloon animal is given to every child at the end of the show.

Manager of Children’s Services Kathy Conroy encourages families to make it out to this event: “This magic show is the perfect performance for audiences of all ages. There is definitely something in it for both the children and the parents.” 

Tickets cost $5. It is recommended that tickets be purchased in advance at the main desk as space is limited. Recommended age is 2 and up.

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.

Ballet, Jazz and African Dance Fused Into a Prayer for Hope

Côte Saint-Luc, November 24, 2010 –  Sisi, a contemporary dance performance, will be presented on Thursday, December 2 at 6:30p.m. at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library.

Dancer and choreographer Gibson Miruva, from the National Ballet of Zimbabwe, fuses the rich physicality of the African Dance tradition with ballet, jazz and con¬temporary dance in his choreography of Sisi. Sweeping upper body movements and graceful footwork are key elements to the performance. The overall effect is a performance that is as grounded as it is uplifting.  

Sisi (‘sister’ in the Shona language of Zimbabwe and Zambia) is a prayer for hope and solidarity. Told through the eyes of one man, we follow his journey, as he shares with us the story of his four sisters, confined by their gender, culture, and the HIV epidemic that afflicts Zimbabwe. Dancer Heather Mah will be giv¬ing an introductory talk before the performance for the audience.

Sisi promises to be a compelling evening of storytelling through the art of dance. Assistant Library Director, Janine West welcomes this presentation of Sisi to the library: “This is a rare opportunity to witness a truly beautiful and unique dance performance. It is not often that the library hosts performing arts events in dance so I strongly encourage everyone to attend.”

Presented in partnership with Le Conseil des arts de Montréal en tournée and The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library, Sisi is a production of MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels).

Tickets bought ahead of time are $4 and are available at the main circulation desk of the library. The cost is $6 on the day of the event.

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.

Library collects food for the Sun Youth Organization

Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public LibraryCôte Saint-Luc, November 9, 2010 – The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library will host a food drive from November 15 to December 14, 2010 in support of the Sun Youth Organization.

The public can drop off non-perishable items at the drop-off box inside the library entrance at 5851 Cavendish Blvd. Examples of accepted food items are soups, canned fish, and canned vegetables. The library will also accept baby products such as diapers, hygiene products, pet food, and new toys.

This is the fourth year the library has supported charities that help children—having previously raised approximately $5,500 for the Comfy Cozy Fund, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and the Friendship Circle’s Friendship Walk.

The Sun Youth Organization operates an emergency food bank during normal business hours for the general public. It also distributes holiday baskets in December. The public can donate online at www.sunyouthorg.com.

The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library is located at 5851 Cavendish Blvd. and is open from 10am to 10pm every day.

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

Replay: images that reinvent our notions of perception is on display at the Côte Saint-Luc library

Côte Saint-Luc, November 9, 2010 – The works of artist Sarah Bertrand-Hamel will be on display at the Art Gallery of the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library from November 11 to December 12, 2010.

The exhibit, entitled Replay, includes a series of images that encourages one to re-examine the concepts of perception, reality and deconstruction.
 
The artist’s work demonstrates how image manipulation and the process of repetition can modify the original meaning and context in which an image is presented. She questions the notions of observation, cognitive recognition and designation. Her work involves both discerning reality and deconstructing evidence.

Her recent paintings and drawings deal with portraiture and attempt to undo the evidence of things. She has developed a sewing technique that requires assembling several different views into larger images. This produces a vibrating surface full of tonal and formal shifts that scramble and shatter perceptions.

Sarah Bertrand-Hamel lives and works in Montreal. She holds a Bachelor in Studio Arts from Laval University (2006) and is currently completing a Master in Fine Arts at Concordia University. Her work has been exhibited in Quebec, France and Mexico, notably at the Châtel-Censoir Town Hall (France, 2006), at Joyce Yahouda Gallery (Montreal, 2008, 2009 and 2010), as well as at Occurrence and the Maison de la culture Frontenac (Montreal, 2010). Sarah Bertrand-Hamel's works are featured in public and private collections, including the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, Loto-Québec, and the Museo national de la cerámica (Mexico).

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 offers residents free compostable bags for leaf and yard waste

Côte Saint-Luc, October 26, 2010 – Côte Saint-Luc residents can put leaves and other garden waste directly in their brown bin or in compostable bags, but not in regular plastic bags.

“Again this year, Côte Saint-Luc is offering every household four free compostable bags that can be filled and placed next to the brown bin on collection day,” said Councillor Dida Berku, the council member responsible for environmental issues. “We cannot accept leaves in regular plastic bags because those kinds of bags do not decompose and contaminate the organic waste we send to the composting facility.”

Bags are available at City Hall (5801 Cavendish Blvd.) weekdays between 8:30am and 4:30pm and at the Public Works Department (7001 Mackle Rd.) weekdays between 8am and 4pm. Proof of residency is required.

Residents can also purchase additional compostable bags from Côte Saint-Luc or from retailers. The bags must be 100 percent compostable made from natural materials such as cornstarch or paper. For more information about compostable bags, visit www.cotesaintluc.org/brownbin.

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

Côte Saint-Luc director achieves hockey milestone

David TaveroffCôte Saint-Luc, October 19, 2010 – The Director of the Parks and Recreation Department, David Taveroff, officiated his 1,000th game in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) on Sunday, October 17 in Verdun, Quebec.

“We are proud of David’s accomplishment at the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “David’s love of sports and his ability to inspire respect from players and coaches help explain why he is so effective in his day job with the city.”

Taveroff is joining only two other officials at the 1,000-game level. He has been officiating QMJHL games for 28 seasons. His first game was on September 25, 1983. His association with the league led to a career highlight when Taveroff officiated at the World Junior Hockey Championship in Sweden in 1993. He is also the video replay judge for the National Hockey League for half the Canadiens games played in Montreal.

“People who know me, know how much I love sports in general and hockey in particular,” said Taveroff, who joined the City of Côte Saint-Luc in 2002. “Officiating games across Quebec, the Maritime provinces, and Maine has put a lot of kilomteres on my car, but rewarded me ten-fold with lifelong friends and wonderful memories.”

Taveroff says officiating has given him invaluable experience in managing people and building consensus.

“When you’re on the ice with young, strong players, you learn how to defuse situations quickly,” Taveroff said. “Hockey—like life—can be a tough, emotional experience and the job of the official is to make sure everyone feels they were treated fairly.”

QMJHL teams are based in Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Maine. Many hockey greats have passed through the league en route to National Hockey League, including Mario Lemieux, Luc Robitaille, Patrick Roy, and Sydney Crosby. The Montreal Juniors and the Quebec Ramparts are two of the league’s 18 teams.

“It’s been a blast watching the development of young players and of hockey in general over the past 28 years,” Taveroff said. “Officiating has allowed me to retain a passion for the sport of hockey and to participate at a high level.”

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