News and announcements

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.

Côte Saint-Luc municipal election results




Côte Saint-Luc, November 2, 2009 - All the current members of the Côte Saint-Luc city council have won either acclamation or election in the 2009 municipal election and will be returning for another four-year term.

For the position of Mayor, the incumbent Anthony Housefather was elected by acclamation.

The following councillors were re-elected by acclamation: Sam Goldbloom (District 1), Mike Cohen (District 2), Dida Berku (District 3), Mitchell Brownstein (District 7), Ruth Kovac (District 8).

For the position of District 4 Councillor, Steven Erdelyi was re-elected with 752 votes. Candidate Charles Lemieux-Marchand received 45 votes.

For the position of District 5 Councillor, Allan J. Levine was re-elected with 728 votes. Candidate Leo Sculnick received 250 votes.

For the position of District 6 Councillor, Glenn J. Nashen was re-elected with 753 votes.
Candidate Charles Chalom Lugassy received 343 votes. Candidate Sonia Cohen-Peillon received 49 votes.

 

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

Nouvelle-France comes to life with music, dance and period costumes in Côte Saint-Luc

Côte Saint-Luc, October 27, 2009 – Les Idées heureuses will perform the concert Musique et danse en Nouvelle France, today at 7pm at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library. Tickets for this program are $3.

This concert is being presented by the Conseil des arts de Montréal en tournée and the library. Musique et danse en Nouvelle France will bring to life an evening of music, dance, and period costumes from a bourgeois salon in 18th century New France.

Olivier Brault (musical direction), Caroline Guibault (stage design), Marie-Nathalie Lacoursière (choreography), and Brigette Lacoursière and Évelyne Bouchard (costumes) have collaborated to bring forth an enchanting concert full of lively music and entertaining dance. This performance will give spectators a taste of an age of pomp and splendor that will delight the senses.

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.

Montreal television news anchor buys old street sign

Allan Levine and Mutsumi Takahashi with street sign

Councillor Allan J. Levine presents CTV News anchor Mutsumi Takahashi with an old Côte Saint-Luc street sign. Takahashi is one of many residents or former residents who have purchased the old black-on-white street signs, which the city is selling. All proceeds of the sale will go to Côte Saint-Luc EMS, the city's volunteer medical first responder service.

>> Learn more about the sale

Recipients of the 2009 volunteer awards

The recipients of the 2009 Côte Saint-Luc volunteer awards are listed below. Congratulations to all the award recipients and thank you to everyone who volunteers their time for our community.

  • William E. Kesler Memorial Trophy—Recognizes a volunteer for exceptional contribution to the Parks and Recreation special events programs. This year's award goes to Bernard Pont.  
  • Community Services Award—Recognizes a volunteer for exceptional contribution to the community special events programs. This year's award goes to Mindy and Irving Schok.
  • Royal Canadian Legion Brigadier Frederick Kisch Br. #97 Award—Recognizes the Youth Volunteer of the Year, a “leader of tomorrow”, for outstanding efforts in making a difference in Côte Saint-Luc through volunteer activities. This year's award goes to Kevin Barnes.
  • Socio-Cultural Award—Recognizes a volunteer for exceptional contribution to the Parks and Recreation socio-cultural programs. This year's award goes to Roz Agulnick and Harold Greenspon.
  • Special Recognition Award—Honours a volunteer for significant contribution to parks and recreation activities over a number of years. This award recognizes special achievements at the community level. This year's award goes to Rhonda Shechtman.
  • Hazel Lipes Award—Recognizes a volunteer for their exceptional contribution to the Community Services Programs. This year's award goes to Beverley Rath.
  • Lifetime Achievement AwardRecognition of a lifetime of outstanding contribution and dedication. This year's award goes to Mollie Udashkin.
  • Emergency Medical Services Award—Recognizes a volunteer for outstanding contribution, dedication, and leadership to the Emergency Medical Services. The first EMS award for excellence in operations goes to Rafael Aroutunian. The second EMS award for excellence in education goes to Jarred Knecht. The third EMS award for rookie of the year goes to Phil Vourtzoumis. 
  • vCOP Award—Recognizes a volunteer for outstanding contribution as a leader in the promotion of community safety. This year's award goes to Susan Schwartz.
  • ECO Award—Recognizes a volunteer for demonstrated leadership in the promotion of environmental advocacy and action within the community. This year's award goes to Alison Levine and John Sciascia.
  • Ambassador of the Year Award—Honours the Côte Saint-Luc resident best portraying
    charitable qualities and serving the community at large. This year's award goes to Al Grosser.
  • Sports Award—Recognizes a volunteer for exceptional contribution to the community
    sports programs. This year's award goes to Jack Rosenfield. 
  • Stewart Mankofsky Memorial Trophy in recognition of an athlete / volunteer who best exemplifies the qualities of dedication, sportsmanship and love of competition. This year's award goes to Matthew Zeitz.
  • Edward J. Kirwan Award—Honours the Volunteer of the Year for exceptional contribution to the community parks and recreation programs. This year's award goes to Cynthia Segal-Friedman.

Free compostable bags available to deal with excess leaves and garden waste

Côte Saint-Luc, October 20, 2009 – Every household the City of the City of Côte Saint-Luc can obtain four free large compostable bags to use for its leaves and other garden waste.

“Residents at the 4,900 single-family homes and duplexes in Côte Saint-Luc have brown bins, which they use to dispose of kitchen waste and garden waste,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “However, because of all the excess leaves and garden waste during the fall season, there may not be enough room in the brown bins. That’s why we are offering free compostable bags.”

Residents can place the compostable bags filled with garden waste next to their brown bins on collection day. Only garden waste placed in compostable bags will be collected—plastic bags will not be collected.

The compostable bags are available while supplies last weekdays at City Hall (5801 Cavendish Blvd.) from 8:30am to 4:30pm or at Public Works (7001 Mackle Rd.) from 8am to 4pm. Proof of residency is required.

Residents or contractors are encouraged to dump yard waste and leaves at the Public Works yard (7001 Mackle Rd.) from Monday to Thursday from 8am to 3pm and Friday from 8am to 11:30am. Call 514-485-6868 for details.

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

Library staff walking to raise money for juvenile diabetes research

Côte Saint-Luc, October 19, 2009 – Staff from the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library hope to raise more than $2,000 by walking at the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Walkathon on Wednesday, October 21

Ten staff members will participate at the walkathon, which takes place at 2pm at West Island College in Dollard des Ormeaux.

“Our staff interact with people all day and feel very connected to the community,” said Tanya Abramovitch, the Director of the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library. “Raising money for good causes—especially those that help kids—is important to us. Last year we held all-night read-a-thon and raised almost $3,000 for the Comfy Cozy Fund.”

To learn how to make walkathon donation, contact Communicate Outreach Coordinator Gloria Caplan at 514-485-6900 ext. 4207.

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 about the library call 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 to sell old street signs in support of EMS

Côte Saint-Luc, October 9, 2009 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc will sell its old street signs to the public starting October 19 with all proceeds going to support Côte Saint-Luc Emergency Medical Services (EMS).

Côte Saint-Luc installed new, larger signs this summer, which replaced the old black-on-white and black-on-yellow signs. The city is selling only the black-on-white signs.

“When we announced that we were installing new street signs, many residents asked me if they could buy the old ones, as is done in many cities,” said Councillor Mike Cohen, the council member responsible for toponymy and communications. “We researched the way cities went about selling old street signs and developed a plan and pricing that I think residents will like.”

Starting Monday, October 19, the public can buy old street signs at City Hall (5801 Cavendish Blvd.) from Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm. From October 19 to 23, the cost per street sign is $50. From October 26 to November 6, remaining street signs will cost $25.

“These signs are a great gift for anyone who has ever lived in Côte Saint-Luc,” Councillor Cohen said. “They are a part of the history of the city.”

Some of the black-on-white signs were rusted and so the city will not be selling these damaged ones.

A list of available street signs will be posted at CoteSaintLuc.org and at all municipal buildings. Signs are available on a first-come-first-served basis. All monies raised will benefit Côte Saint-Luc EMS, the city’s volunteer medical first responder service.

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

CSL and union representing white collar employees sign collective agreement

The City of Côte Saint-Luc and the Syndicat des fonctionnaires municipaux de Montréal (SCFP, local 429), the labour union representing Côte Saint-Luc white collar employees, signed a new collective agreement on Wednesday, September 30 at 4pm at Côte Saint-Luc City Hall. The new collective agreement is valid until December 31, 2012.

 

 

Côte Saint-Luc and labour union representing white collar employees sign collective agreement

Côte Saint-Luc, September 30, 2009 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc and the Syndicat des fonctionnaires municipaux de Montréal (SCFP, local 429), the labour union representing Côte Saint-Luc white collar employees, signed a new collective agreement on Wednesday, September 30 at 4pm at Côte Saint-Luc City Hall. The new collective agreement is valid until December 31, 2012.

“The collective agreement we negotiated ensures a favourable outcome for Côte Saint-Luc and its white collar employees,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “I am particularly happy that we regained a lot of flexibility we had lost during the forced mergers including the right of the city to hire student or seasonal employees without the applicability of most of the collective agreement and the recognition of the right of the city to use our volunteers in a number of different capacities including Emergency Medical Services and Volunteer Citizens on Patrol.

“I am also very happy that the agreement is being signed in both English and French with both versions of the agreement being official, which will allow our residents and staff to read the agreement in their preferred language and speaks to the importance of bilingualism in Côte Saint-Luc. This collective agreement truly reflects the unique needs and reality of Côte Saint-Luc and its residents and I am very proud that the entire collective agreement was negotiated in-house. I want to thank Andrea Charon our HR Legal Counsel and Nadia Di Furia our HR Director and their team for their hard work.”

Depending on the season, between 150 and 170 white collar employees are employed by Côte Saint-Luc. White collar employees perform jobs such as office support staff, public security agents, dispatchers, building inspectors, purchasers, front counter service providers, archivists and library clerks.

Last February, Côte Saint-Luc signed a collective agreement with its blue collar employees. That agreement is also valid until December 31, 2012.

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

Councillor from Japanese town visits Côte Saint-Luc

Masako Awata, a town council member from the Japanese town of Toyoyama, toured the Côte Saint-Luc city hall and library and attended a city council meeting on September 29, 2009. Councillor Steven Erdelyi, who taught English in Japan for two years, welcomed Councillor Awata in Japanese before Mayor Anthony Housefather invited her on stage to address to the audience. Councillor Awata was in Canada visiting her daughter, who lives in Côte Saint-Luc. Toyoyama, which is in central Japan, has a population of about 13, 500 and is the home town of Seattle Mariners all-star right fielder Ichiro Suzuki.

The Language of Nature at the Côte Saint-Luc Library

Côte Saint-Luc, September 24, 2009 – The Language of Nature by artist Susan Coolen is a photographic exhibition that explores the visual shapes and forms of nature specimens. It is on display at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library until October 25.

Working with her own gathered specimen collections for this exhibition, which include bones, branches, shells, insects, seed pods and other nature objects Coolen highlights their simplicity while exploring our human urge to make meaning with what surrounds us. By using darkroom processes and the scanner as a camera she presents her own mode of cataloguing, classification and organization.

“By arranging and organizing these images of nature objects in relation to systems of reading and writing we can see a glimmer of the urge to read these visual forms as marks, to sense the process of written language,” Coolen said.

The Language of Nature is suggestive rather than literal and reflects her pleasure of hinting at connections to such language forms as the arabesque, hieroglyphics, runic and twig alphabets, sign language and shorthand, to name a few.

On Saturday, September 26 from 11am to 4pm Susan Coolen will be at the library for a one-day artist residency. Individuals are invited to visit her exhibition The Language of Nature in the library’s art gallery and to see her at work. She will be happy to answer questions about her creative process and share techniques. This event is part of Quebec-wide Les Journées de la culture and is free.

Susan Coolen is a Montreal-based visual artist and has a Bachelor of Design from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, a BFA in Photography from Concordia University, and an MFA in Photography from Columbia College in Chicago. She has participated in solo and group exhibitions across Canada, the USA and Europe.

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 Public Works Week receives top prize for second consecutive year

Côte Saint-Luc, September 14, 2009 – For the second consecutive year, the association representing public works professionals in Canada has awarded the City of Côte Saint-Luc the top prize in its annual National Public Works Week Awards.

The Canadian Public Works Association (CPWA) awarded the top prize to Côte Saint-Luc among cities with a population of 75,000 or fewer. The results will be announced formally at the CPWA Luncheon at the American Public Works Association Congress in Columbus, Ohio on September 14.

“Our Public Works Week has become an annual event in Côte Saint-Luc because we want residents to fully appreciate the outstanding efforts the men and women who clean our streets, plant our flowers and help make our city what it is,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said.

Public Works Week in Côte Saint-Luc raised $4,000 for the Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation over the course of several days, from May 19 to 24. The Director of Public Works, David Tordjman, flexed his muscles as he joined the garbage collection crew for one day, which helped raise money from staff. More money was raised at a staff barbecue during a pie-throwing event. Grade 3 classes from Hebrew Academy toured the Public Works Department facilities and our waste education staff visited École Maimonides to promote waste-free lunches and recycling. The Public Works Carnival closed on Sunday, May 24 with a barbecue, inflatable games for children, wagon rides, household hazardous waste collection and more.

“I want to thank Beatrice Newman for planning another outstanding and award-winning week of activities and David Tordjman for supporting her efforts,” said Councillor Mitchell Brownstein, the council member responsible for public works issues. “I can’t wait to see what they have planned for next year.”
 

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

A month of learning at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library

Côte Saint-Luc, September 14, 2009 – The month of September is full of programs that shed light on fashion, history and health at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library.

Celebrated local author Joe King will begin a five-part lecture series titled Jewish Montreal: A Ramble through Two and a Half Centuries of Jewish Life based on his books From the Ghetto to the Main and Fabled City. The lectures are on Fridays at 2pm on September 11, 25, October 2, 16 and 23. Tickets are $5 per lecture.

On Wednesday, September 16 at 7pm Michael Wex, author of the New York Times bestseller Born to Kvetch, will discuss his new book How to Be a Mentsh (And Not a Shmuck). Tickets for this author talk are $3.

The following week on Tuesday, September 22 at 2pm fashion historian Pamela Grimaud will discuss French fashion designer Paul Poiret, inventor of hobble skirts, harem pantaloons and lampshade dresses. Tickets for this lecture are $3.

On Thursday, September 24 at 10:30am Harvey Levinson will give a lecture on famed historical figure Grigori Rasputin. Tickets for this lecture are $3.  

On Saturday, September 26 from 11am to 4pm visual artist Susan Coolen will be at the library for a one-day artist residency. Individuals are invited to visit her exhibition The Language of Nature in the library’s art gallery and to see her at work. She will be happy to answer questions about her creative process and share techniques. This event is part of Quebec-wide Les Journées de la culture and is free.

Lastly, on Wednesday, September 30 at 6:30pm holistic care expert and owner of Café Juicy Lotus, Gigi Cohen, will share recipes and tips for a healthy lifestyle when she hosts her cooking demonstration Good Fats, Bad Fats. Tickets for this program are $6.

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.

Free walking tours will tell story of the trees of Côte Saint-Luc

Côte Saint-Luc, September 1, 2009 – Côte Saint-Luc residents have two more chances to follow Bronwyn Chester on her guided Leafy Treasures walking tour of Côte Saint-Luc.

The two remaining Leafy Treasures walking tours take place on Wednesday evenings on September 2 and 9 at 5:30pm and will give individuals the chance to learn about the various trees in their neighbourhood.

The first tour was very successful, having attracted more than 25 people on August 26.

The Leafy Treasures walking Tours are led by Bronwyn Chester, writer, translator and self-taught interpreter of the urban forest. Chester recently penned the guidebook A Leafy Legacy: The Trees of McGill University and has given guided tree tours in numerous Montreal parks and neighbourhoods since 2005.

Tour 2 on Wednesday, September 2 at 5:30pm covers the area around Baily Rd. and Merton Rd. (District 3). The meeting point will be at Congregation Tifereth Beth David Jerusalem (6519 Baily Road).

Tour 3 on Wednesday, September 9 at 5:30pm covers the area from Westminster Ave. to Blossom Ave. (District 5). The meeting point will be at Beth Zion Synagogue (5740 Hudson Avenue). All tours are from 5:30pm to 7pm.

“Few of us know the names of the trees we see every day and this walking tour is designed to make people more aware of the value and variety of their local trees,” said Councillor Dida Berku, the council member responsible for environment issues. “We cannot take for granted the benefits of our urban forest. The trees we nurture protect the air we breathe and provide the canopy for our leafy neighbourhoods".

To register, call the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library at 514-485-6900 ext. 4205.

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 about the library call 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 appoints Jordy Reichson Director of Public Safety

Côte Saint-Luc, August 31, 2009 - The City of Côte Saint-Luc announced today the appointment of Jordy Reichson to the position of Director of Public Safety.

Reichson has been employed by the city since July 2008 as Manager of Urban Planning. For the past 11 years, Reichson has volunteered countless hours as a first responder with the Côte Saint-Luc Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

“Jordy brings a valuable mix of skills to the administration and will continue to be a tremendous asset to the city,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “His know-how and determination will benefit residents, staff and volunteers alike.”

Reichson will be responsible for five safety dossiers: Public Security, Emergency Medical Services, Volunteer Citizens on Patrol, Emergency Communications Centre and Emergency Preparedness.

“This new position will bring together all our emergency and prevention services under one professional hat and will help to further improve the position of Côte Saint-Luc as one of the safest communities in Quebec,” said Councillor Glenn J. Nashen, the council member responsible for public safety. “Having volunteered with Jordy in several capacities over many years, I have enormous confidence in his abilities to achieve great success in this new position.”

Reichson holds a bachelor degree in arts with a specialization in urban studies from Concordia University. He is an active volunteer with the St. John Ambulance where he serves as regional director and the Canadian Ski Patrol. At Côte Saint-Luc EMS he holds the title of Lieutenant and has extensive experience as a first responder. As a student he worked as a dispatcher in the Côte Saint-Luc Emergency Communications Centre.

“I am looking forward to serving the residents of Côte Saint-Luc in this new capacity,” Reichson said. “Côte Saint-Luc has been a leader in health and safety issues and I will work hard to continue to uphold and further improve these standards.”

Reichson reports to the City Manager and to the councillor responsible for public safety. He can be reached at 514-485-6800, ext. 5105 and at jreichson@cotesaintluc.org.

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

A Bird’s-Eye View of the World at Côte Saint-Luc Library

Côte Saint-Luc, August 25, 2009 –The exhibition Vertigineux Espaces by photographer Guy Lavigueur is a series of aerial images that is currently being exhibited the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library until September 13.

For more then twenty years, Guy Lavigueur has been flying over the earth, focusing in on unique patterns and traces, some created by natural forces and others by human ingenuity. He scans, explores, criss-crosses, searches and returns ten times over the same territory in order to create his unique images.

In Guyana, Senegal, Arizona, France, Indonesia, above the Rocky Mountains, the Great Lakes, and Abitibi, Guy Lavigueur captures what he calls “terrestrial marks”. He shares a portrait of the planet as seen from above. “In my work, I want to draw the attention of my fellow residents on this blue planet to the fact that although the earth offers an infinite palette of colours; its resources have their limit” says Lavigueur.

In 2004 he was accepted as a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. He has exhibited in various places including Montréal, Galerie Montcalm in Gatineau, and the Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design in British Columbia. He has also contributed to the design of more then twenty postage stamps for Canada Post.

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.

Côte Saint-Luc to host Montreal Juniors Hockey Game

Côte Saint-Luc, August 21, 2009 – On September 3, the Samuel Moskovitch Arena in Côte Saint-Luc will be one of four community stops for the Montreal Juniors QMJHL franchise in their 2009 preseason hockey tour, as the Juniors will host the Foreurs from Val D’Or at 7:35pm.

“We are once again thrilled to be partnering with the Montreal Juniors” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “Our city council, staff members, Côte Saint-Luc Minor Hockey Association and most importantly our hockey players are extremely excited about being part of this event and welcoming the Montreal Juniors into our arena.”

Tickets are on sale now for only $5 with a portion of the revenues to be redirected to a charitable organization. Parents and players should visit the pro-shop at the Samuel Moskovitch Arena (6985 Mackle Rd.) or the Parks and Recreation Department (7500 Mackle Rd.) to buy tickets. For more information, please contact the Samuel Moskovitch arena pro-shop at 514-485-6806 ext. 2107 or Alvin Fishman at the Parks and Recreation Department at 514-485-6806 ext. 2012.

Pool closing

The Côte Saint-Luc swimming pool was closed on Thursday, August 20, 2009 out of respect for the passing of Hila Zohar. May the family be spared further sorrow.