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City mourns passing of Jim Butler

James (Jim) G. ButlerMayor Anthony Housefather, the city councillors and the staff of the City of Côte Saint-Luc express their condolences to the family and friends of the city’s former long-time city manager James G. Butler, who passed away on Monday, September 8, 2008 at age 74.

Butler joined Côte Saint-Luc in 1965 as city treasurer. He became the city manager in 1969 and served for 32 years. He retired in 2001 at the time of the forced municipal mergers. Following his retirement, the city's Parks and Recreation Department offices were named for Butler.

During his time as city manager, Butler helped oversee the building of the municipal garage, the Samuel Moskovitch Arena and the city hall/library complex. He was particularly proud of having helped create the city’s public library with former Mayor Lang and librarian Eleanor London. The library is widely-considered the best on the island of Montreal.

Butler was born in the Saguenay region of Quebec. He graduated from St. Francis Xavier University. At age 25, he moved to Montreal and worked at the accounting firm of Clarkson Gordon (now Ernst and Young). He took night classes and earned his Chartered Accountancy designation. Before joining the City of Côte Saint-Luc, Butler was the city treasurer for the City of Dollard des Ormeaux.

When Côte Saint-Luc was reconstituted in 2006, Mayor Housefather and the city council invited Butler to serve on its committees, including the Planning Advisory Committee and the Sponsorship and Toponymy Committee.

The City of Côte Saint-Luc will be flying its municipal flag at half mast on Friday, September 12. The funeral service of Jim Butler takes place at Kane & Fetterly Funeral Home Chapel (5301 Décarie Blvd., corner Isabella) on Friday, September 12, 2008 at 11am. Visitation is two hours prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to St. Mary's Hospital Foundation.

2008 Mayor for a Day winners at city hall

2008 CSL Mayor for a Day winners with the city council

Ileana Solivo and Lennyx Craig of Merton School and Jeremy Elbaz of École Maimonide were selected as the 2008 Mayor for a Day winners in Côte Saint-Luc, following an essay-writing contest.

Lennyx discussed pollution problems, Ileana wrote about issues regarding snow removal and road work, and Jeremy touched on library renovations and traffic congestion. Côte Saint-Luc residents or students attending a school in Côte Saint-Luc in grade five, six, 10 and 11 were asked to submit an essay explaining what they would do if they were the mayor of Côte Saint-Luc for a day.

The three winners visited city hall and toured the city on June 30. They read their winning essays in front of the Mayor and city councillors during a council meeting at city hall on September 8 (pictured above).

Dentist Dr. Michael Wiseman to discuss the connection between oral health and overall health

Côte Saint-Luc, September 10, 2008 – Dentist Dr. Michael Wiseman will be speaking the impact of oral health on overall health on Thursday, September 18 at 2pm at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library.

In partnership with the McGill Centre for Studies in Aging (MCSA) “Brainy Boomers” Lecture Series, Dr. Wiseman will discuss the connection of the mouth bone to the body bone. He will argue that the health of the oral cavity has an impact on the incidence of strokes, osteoporosis, diabetes, and heart disease in more ways than people realize.

Tickets for Your Smile: Healthy for life with Dr. Michael Wiseman cost $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.

Côte Saint-Luc mourns the passing of former City Manager James G. Butler

Côte Saint-Luc, September 10, 2008 – Mayor Anthony Housefather, the city councillors and the staff of the City of Côte Saint-Luc express their condolences to the family and friends of the city’s former long-time city manager James G. Butler, who passed away on Monday, September 8, at age 74.

“We were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Jim Butler,” Mayor Housefather said. “Jim was involved in the development of Côte Saint-Luc for more than 30 years and he worked closely with former Mayor Bernard Lang and the city council on many major projects that transformed Côte Saint-Luc from a small town into the municipality we know today. He left his mark on Côte Saint-Luc.”

Butler joined Côte Saint-Luc in 1965 as city treasurer. He became the city manager in 1969 and served for 32 years. He retired in 2001 at the time of the forced municipal mergers. Following his retirement, the city's Parks and Recreation Department offices were named for Butler.

During his time as city manager, Butler helped oversee the building of the municipal garage, the Samuel Moskovitch Arena and the city hall/library complex. He was particularly proud of having helped create the city’s public library with former Mayor Lang and librarian Eleanor London. The library is widely-considered the best on the island of Montreal.

Butler was born in the Saguenay region of Quebec. He graduated from St. Francis Xavier University. At age 25, he moved to Montreal and worked at the accounting firm of Clarkson Gordon (now Ernst and Young). He took night classes and earned his Chartered Accountancy designation. Before joining the City of Côte Saint-Luc, Butler was the city treasurer for the City of Dollard des Ormeaux.

When Côte Saint-Luc was reconstituted in 2006, Mayor Housefather and the city council invited Butler to serve on its committees, including the Planning Advisory Committee and the Sponsorship and Toponymy Committee.

The City of Côte Saint-Luc will be flying its municipal flag at half mast on Friday, September 12. The funeral service of Jim Butler takes place at Kane & Fetterly Funeral Home Chapel (5301 Décarie Blvd., corner Isabella) on Friday, September 12 at 11am. Visitation is two hours prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to St. Mary's Hospital Foundation.

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

Côte Saint-Luc seeking recruits for Volunteer Citizens on Patrol program

Côte Saint-Luc, September 8, 2008 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc will be holding an information session on Tuesday, October 7 at 7pm at Côte Saint-Luc City Hall (5801 Cavendish Blvd.) for residents interested in joining the city’s crime prevention program, Volunteer Citizens on Patrol or vCOP.

Working in conjunction with Côte Saint-Luc Public Security, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and the Montreal police department, vCOP volunteers patrol the city, observe and report any suspicious activities or problems. Côte Saint-Luc was the first city in the Montreal region to implement this innovative neighbourhood-watch-on-wheels program in 2006. Similar programs have been established in communities throughout Canada and the United States.

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

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

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

CSL collects record amount of hazardous waste in 2008

The City of Côte Saint-Luc collected 9.05 metric tonnes (or nearly 20,000 pounds) of household hazardous waste (HHW) and electronic waste at the annual HHW Collection Day on Sunday, August 17, 2008.

This represents in increase of 28 percent versus 2007, when about 6.5 tonnes of HHW was collected.

The HHW Collection Day took place at the Public Works yard (7001 Mackle Rd.). Residents who missed it can also drop off HHW and electronic waste weekdays between 8:30am and 2:30pm at the Public Works yard.

For a full list of accepted materials, visit www.cotesaintluc.org/en/hhw.

 

Montreal Vintage baseball team are World Series Champions

The Montreal Vintage Baseball Team that emanates from Côte Saint-Luc won the Vintage Baseball World Series Championship in Westfield, Mass. on August 17, 2008. Vintage baseball employs the rules, uniforms and equipment of 19th century roots.
A special thanks goes out to Côte Saint-Luc resident John Elias who managed the team and selected a group of talented young players from the Quebec Senior Elite Baseball League to compete in this World Series event and who represented Canada in this classic old world traditional baseball championship. 
 

Côte Saint-Luc Public Works Week receives top prize

CPWA Publuc Works Week award: Peter Kay, Ian Vaughan, David Tordjman, Stan Siu, Jean Perrault, Mitchell Brownstein

(left to right) Peter Kay, Chief Executive Officer CPWA; Ian Vaughan, Outgoing President CPWA; David Tordjman, Director of Public Works and Urban Planning, City of Côte Saint-Luc; Stan Siu, Director CPWA and Chairperson of the Public Works Week Contest; Jean Perrault, Mayor of Sherbrooke, Quebec and President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities; Mitchell Brownstein, Councillor responsible for public works, City of Côte Saint-Luc

 

The association representing public works professionals in Canada awarded the City of Côte Saint-Luc the top prize in its 2008 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 50,000 or fewer. The results were announced at the CPWA Luncheon at the American Public Works Association Congress in New Orleans on August 18.

“We are thrilled that our Public Works Week activities were ranked number one this year,” said Councillor Mitchell Brownstein, the council member responsible for public works issues. “We put a lot of work into organizing events for kids to entertain and inform them about how our public works people improve the quality of every day life in Côte Saint-Luc.”

Public Works Week in Côte Saint-Luc included several days of activities. The Director of Public Works, David Tordjman, spoke at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library on May 21. Students from grade 3 of Hebrew Academy toured the Côte Saint-Luc public works facilities to learn about recycling on May 22. They also planted flowers and took part in a relay race to put the correct items in a blue box, a brown bin or a garbage can. Finally, the week culminated with the Public Works Carnival on May 25 and included inflatable games, arts and crafts, an eco-information booth, a household hazardous waste and electronic waste disposal area and much more.

“A lot of people helped make this event a success, but I want to thank Public Works Director David Tordjman and the Coordinator of Administrative Services Beatrice Newman,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “Beatrice, in particular, made an incredible contribution and helped make Public Works Week an award-winning event. I also want to recognize the outstanding work done every day by our Public Works Department staff.”

Public Works Week in Côte Saint-Luc 2008

Public Works Week in Côte Saint-Luc 2008

Côte Saint-Luc Public Works Week receives top prize

Côte Saint-Luc, August 22, 2008 – The association representing public works professionals in Canada awarded the City of Côte Saint-Luc the top prize in its 2008 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 50,000 or fewer. The results were announced at the CPWA Luncheon at the American Public Works Association Congress in New Orleans on August 18.

“We are thrilled that our Public Works Week activities were ranked number one this year,” said Councillor Mitchell Brownstein, the council member responsible for public works issues. “We put a lot of work into organizing events for kids to entertain and inform them about how our public works people improve the quality of every day life in Côte Saint-Luc.”

Public Works Week in Côte Saint-Luc included several days of activities. The Director of Public Works, David Tordjman, spoke at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library on May 21. Students from grade 3 of Hebrew Academy toured the Côte Saint-Luc public works facilities to learn about recycling on May 22. They also planted flowers and took part in a relay race to put the correct items in a blue box, a brown bin or a garbage can. Finally, the week culminated with the Public Works Carnival on May 25 and included inflatable games, arts and crafts, an eco-information booth, a household hazardous waste and electronic waste disposal area and much more.

“A lot of people helped make this event a success, but I want to thank Public Works Director David Tordjman and the Coordinator of Administrative Services Beatrice Newman,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “Beatrice, in particular, made an incredible contribution and helped make Public Works Week an award-winning event. I also want to recognize the outstanding work done every day by our Public Works Department staff.”

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

Free music workshop in Côte Saint-Luc give children the chance to try different instruments and be evaluated

Côte Saint-Luc, August 20, 2008 – Children and teenagers in Cote Saint-Luc can try up to eight instruments and be professionally assessed as to their musical potential and instrument suitability at the free musical instrument workshop on Sunday, September 7, 2008 at Chalet 1 of Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park from 11am to 1pm.

Five professional musicians will perform with a junior jazz band and with local children aged 5 to 14. After the instruments are demonstrated, all the children attending the workshop will have an opportunity to try the various instruments and be assessed by the professionals who will inform parents on which three instruments the participants show the most potential.
 
The professional musicians include Roger Walls, Eloi Bertholet, David Jespersen, Tristan Rogers and Jana Jast. Walls is a trumpet player and has performed with the Duke Ellington Orchestra in New York, Wynton Marsalis, George Harrison, Aretha Franklin, Paul Anka and many more. He has taught trumpet to groups, private lessons and bands at several Montreal-area schools since 1990.
 
Jast has worked as a music director at LCC, Hebrew Academy, Herzliah Snowdon and St. Laurent, Roslyn and Elizabeth Ballantyne Elementary, Camp B’Nai Brith, and the City of Côte Saint-Luc community program. She is a highly specialized band director, piano teacher and vocal coach. The other musicians also have many years experience performing at the Montreal Jazz Festival, with some celebrities abroad and local teaching at various schools.

Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park is located on Mackle Rd., near Stephen Leacock Ave.
 
To register or for more information, call the Côte Saint-Luc Parks and Recreation Department at 514-485-6806.

 
 

Côte Saint-Luc unveils curbside organic waste collection to residents at open house on Wednesday, August 20 at 8pm

Côte Saint-Luc, August 18, 2008 – Côte Saint-Luc is holding an open house on Wednesday, August 20 at 8pm at city hall to unveil its curbside organic waste collection program, which starts in mid-October with all 4,798 single-family homes and duplexes.

Residents and the media are invited to attend the open house to ask questions, view the new brown bin and learn what organic materials should go inside.

“Our pilot project was launched last September in 500 homes has been a success and very well received by residents,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “The expansion of the program to all single-family homes and duplexes will make Côte Saint-Luc a leader on the island of Montreal for the treatment of residual waste.”

Instead of separating garbage two ways (recycling and garbage), participants will now separate it three ways (recycling, garbage, and organic waste) and will receive a new brown bin container and small kitchen collector.

Diverting organic waste to compost facilities (and paper, plastic, glass and aluminum to recycling plants) will save Côte Saint-Luc money as dumping garbage becomes most costly.

“Côte Saint-Luc is committed to developing eco-friendly programs and minimizing our carbon footprint,” said Councillor Dida Berku, the council member responsible for environmental issues. ” Eighty percent of waste is either recyclable or compostable. We want our city to be one of the first to achieve the Quebec government goal of 60 percent waste diversion.”

Councillor Steven Erdelyi has worked closely on the curbside organic waste collection program and has visited the doors of more than 1,000 residents to help explain the program and answer questions.

“Most residents we meet are happy Côte Saint-Luc is doing this and very eager to participate,” Councillor Erdelyi said. “Like anything new, some people have fears and misconceptions about how it works. But based on our experience in the pilot project, once the program begins and people realize how simple it is, their fears will vanish and they will feel very good to be part of this.”

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

Public screening in Côte Saint-Luc of film by CBC journalist Geeta Nadkarni

Côte Saint-Luc, August 12, 2008 – CBC journalist Geeta Nadkarni will present her film A Place Called Hope on Thursday, August 21 at 7:30pm at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library.

Geeta Nadkarni’s film project visits The Ashraya Initiative for Children. The Ashraya Initiative is a home for street children in Pune, India, that replicates a family environment, allowing for the holistic physical, mental, emotional, and social development of eleven former street children, and nurturing individual growth while promoting community values. It also seeks to address the deeper issues that force children to live on the streets as well as strive to empower those around them to design and implement their own ideas for improving society around them.

Geeta Nadkarni was born in Mumbai, she worked as a print journalist in Singapore and later moved to Montreal where she now works for print, radio and television. She currently does a column called “Be Green” for CBC which focuses on small actions people can take to help the environment. She also does a weekly book column for Radio Canada International’s “The Link”.  Nadkarni is fluent in Hindi, English and French and has written for publications in India, the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Singapore and the Middle East. She loves hearing, telling and retelling stories.

Tickets for A Place Called Hope with Geeta Nadkarni cost $2.

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.
 

Me Ronald H. Levy to be recognized by Côte Saint-Luc City Council this evening

Côte Saint-Luc, August 11, 2008 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc will recognize this evening at 8pm the accomplishments of Ronald. H. Levy at the starts of the city council meeting. Me Levy is a resident of Côte Saint-Luc and was recently named President of the Lord Reading Law Society.

Me Levy is a senior partner at the law firm De Grandpré Chait and was admitted to the Bar of Quebec in 1978 after having attended law school at McGill University in 1976 (B.C.L.) and 1977 (LL B.). He specializes in commercial litigation and also maintains a practice in business and corporate law in addition to insurance and international trade.

“We are very pleased that a Côte Saint-Luc resident has been chosen to be president of the Lord Reading Law Society,” said Mayor Anthony Housefather, himself an attorney. “We wish Ron the best of luck in this mandate.”

This year, the Lord Reading Law Society will be celebrating its sixtieth anniversary as the collective voice of Jewish jurists in Quebec. The society is known for its work in the area for social justice, its tradition of legal excellence and its contribution to the judiciary.

“We are very fortunate to have residents such as Me Levy in Côte Saint-Luc,” Councillor Ruth Kovac said. “He is not only a successful lawyer in the courtroom, but a kind and generous individual as well.”

The mayor and councillors will show Me Levy a new book that will be added to the collection of Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library. The book will include a bookplate that will have the following inscription: “Donated by the Mayor and Councillors of the City of Côte Saint-Luc to honour Me Levy on his appointment as President of the Lord Reading Law Society.”

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

City to remove public recycling bin from behind Cavendish Mall following expansion of recycling collection to most buildings

Côte Saint-Luc, August 5, 2008 – Following the expansion of recycling collection to most multi-family buildings in the City of Côte Saint-Luc, the city will be removing at the end of August the large metal bin used as a drop-off for recyclables in the south-west area of the Cavendish Mall parking lot.

“To date, we have spread recycling to 79 percent of multi-family buildings and expansion to almost all the others in underway,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “The large recycling bin in the mall parking lot is no longer as vital as it once was.”

Residents can still drop off recyclables in the recycling bin near the corner of Westminster Ave. and Baily Rd. They can drop off construction materials at the Public Works yard (7001 Mackle Rd.) weekdays between 8:30am and 2:30pm. Large items like sofas, furniture, mattresses, hot water tanks and so on can be left at the curb on garbage collection day and city crews will take note and send a truck to collect it later in the day.

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

Visual artist Holly King exhibits in Côte Saint-Luc until August 10, 2008

Côte Saint-Luc, August 4, 2008 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc is presenting the photograph exhibit “View of the Sublime” by artist Holly King at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library until August 10, 2008.

This exhibition is on view daily between 10am and 10pm at the library, which is located at 5851 Cavendish Blvd.

King creates large format photographic landscapes in her studio with sculptural props and painted backdrops. She is interested in the tension between artifice and constructed realities. The imposing scale of the works allows the viewer to project himself or herself into the invented landscapes, which hover in the balance between the memory of real places, and nostalgia for an imagined landscape.

Holly King was born in Montreal and has a BFA from Laval and an MFA in visual art and modern dance from York University. She currently teaches at Concordia University.

Her photographs have been shown in Canada and internationally, notably at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. The Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography organized a traveling show of her works, Landscapes of the Imagination, which was on tour from 1998 to 2002. Her works can be found in many prestigious collections, including those of the Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art, the Musée national de beaux-arts du Québec, the Leonard and Bina Ellen Gallery in Montreal, the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Art in Toronto, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Ottawa, and the Canada Council Arts Bank. She lives in Ayers Cliff in the Eastern Townships and works in Montreal.

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

Food lovers invited to sample the flavours of Thailand and learn about vegetarian recipes from Gigi Cohen

Côte Saint-Luc, August 4, 2008 – A holistic health care advocate will demonstrate her vegetarian Thai recipes on Thursday, August 14 at 6:30 pm at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library.

Gigi Cohen has appeared on Montreal radio on the Wellness Within show on 940 AM and Prenez votre santé en main avec Gigi Cohen on radio 690 AM. She also owns Jessy Naturel, a health food store on Monkland Ave. in NDG.

Born in Israel, Cohen was raised in Lachine and has traveled extensively to learn about diverse approaches to health. She has had training in Florida, where she also created her popular vegetarian sushi rolls. In India, she studied yoga and meditation and later earned certification in aromatherapy and meditation practice. She says eating naturally can have many positive impacts to one’s overall health and well being. Later this fall, Cohen will be demonstrating Greek, Israeli and international flavours at the library.

The audience will be able to sample the Thai foods. Tickets for Gigi Cohen Cooks Thai cost $5.

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.
 

Open house on August 6 at the Côte Saint-Luc Senior Social Club

Côte Saint-Luc, July 28, 2008 – The Côte Saint-Luc Senior Social Club will be holding an open house on August 6, 2008 at 1:30pm at the Senior Social Centre. Piano player and singer Edwin Brownell will entertain guests. There is no admission charge and all seniors are welcome to attend.

“We hope that the open house brings new members to the Côte Saint-Luc Senior Social Club,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “Being a member is a great way to enjoy the company of other seniors while participating in interesting and exciting activities.”

Open to residents age 55 and older, Senior Social Club members meet Wednesday afternoons for activities that include Mah Jong, line dancing, bingo and bridge, which is played every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon. Day trips to theatres are planned while guest speakers and fitness programs are also incorporated into the Club’s activities.

“We have had great reviews and feedback over the years from existing members,” said Councillor Sam Goldbloom, who is the council responsible for seniors. “I encourage seniors to join and participate in the many programs being offered.”

The Côte Saint-Luc Senior Social Club meets at the Senior Social Centre at the Côte Saint-Luc Shopping Centre at 7101 Côte Saint-Luc Rd., Suite 203. Membership fees are $25 per year.
 

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

Côte Saint-Luc urges province to allow U.S.-licensed physicians to easily obtain Quebec medical license

Côte Saint-Luc, July 21, 2008 – The Côte Saint-Luc city council passed a resolution on July 14 urging the Quebec government and the Collège des Médecins du Québec to allow U.S.-licensed physicians to obtain licenses to practice medicine in Quebec. The city council is reviewing the question of physicians licensed in other Canadian provinces and other jurisdictions and may follow up with future resolutions on these issues.  

“I have personally heard about U.S.-licensed medical practitioners who were prepared to move to Quebec but then found that they were unable to do so because of the difficulties in obtaining a license to practice medicine in Quebec,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “This means that despite the acknowledged shortage of doctors in this province, medical institutions have been unable to recruit U.S.-licensed physicians due to the rules set by the Collège des Médecins du Québec. The Quebec government must remove the barriers that block American physicians from coming here and that block Quebec-born or Quebec-trained physicians that are only licensed in the United States who want to return home.”

The Ontario government tabled a bill on June 17 to allow physicians who have trained and worked in countries where the medical education and health-care system is similar to Ontario's to go directly to work, instead of forcing them to retrain. The bill has the support of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario.

Dr. Jeff Winterstein, a Quebec-born physician who has practiced medicine in the United States since 2007, says he in interested in returning to Quebec.

“My wife and I were born, raised and married in Quebec and would like to return,“ said Dr. Winterstein, who is fluently bilingual and successfully completed an emergency medical rotation at the Jewish General Hospital in Montreal while in medical school. “Our families are here and after several years in New York and Virginia, we are ready to come home.”

Dr. Winterstein applauds the government and the Collège des Médecins du Québec for wanting to ensure the highest medical standards. He thinks physicians trained or practicing the in United States will meet Quebec’s strict standards.

“I learned from excellent physicians during medical school in Montreal and while practicing in the United States,” Dr. Winterstein said. “I’d like to contribute to the health and well-being of Quebecers and return home.”

According to the Quebec government website, Quebecers age 65 years and older with be 20 percent of the total population by 2031, “ranking Quebec among the oldest populations in the industrialized world.” Mayor Housefather says there is an urgent need for physicians like Dr. Winterstein.

“We need more licensed medical practitioners to treat an aging population in Quebec,” Mayor Housefather said.  “This is a simple and effective way to increase the number of physicians in our province.

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

Norene Gilletz will be cooking in Côte Saint-Luc on Sunday, July 6, 2008

Côte Saint-Luc, June 20, 2008 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc and the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library are pleased to present Healthy Summer Salads with Norene Gilletz on Sunday, July 6 at 2pm at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library (5851 Cavendish Blvd.).

Norene Gilletz is the leading author of Kosher cookbooks in Canada.  She is an experienced food consultant, food writer, cooking teacher and lecturer. She will be sharing some of her favourite fresh summer salads.  Her best-selling books include: Healthy Helpings, MealLeaniYumm!, The Food Processor Bible, MicroWays, and Second Helpings Please.

“This program provides an excellent opportunity for the people of our community to learn some healthy new recipes from an accomplished chef,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said.

Tickets are $10. Call the library at 514-485-6900 for details.

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

Côte Saint-Luc convinces Montreal agglomeration council to set timetable for phase 2 of the Cavendish road extension project

Côte Saint-Luc, June 20, 2008 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc succeeded last evening in having the agglomeration council of Montreal amend the Montreal Transport Plan to state that phase 2 of the Cavendish road extension project, which would link Cavendish Blvd. in Côte Saint-Luc to Royalmount Ave. in the Town of Mount Royal, will start as soon as possible once Canadian Pacific Railway makes known its plan for the St. Luc rail yards.

The amendment proposed by Côte Saint-Luc Mayor Anthony Housefather and seconded by Town of Mount Royal Mayor Vera Danyluk was one of the first times that a substantive amendment has been adopted at the agglomeration council.
 
“We thank Montreal executive committee member André Lavallée who is in charge of transport issues for agreeing to support the amendment and in particular want to thank Côte des Neiges—NDG borough Mayor Michael Applebaum for speaking in favor of the amendment at the agglomeration meeting,” said Mayor Housefather. “Having the Cavendish road extension project back on track is of enormous importance to residents of Côte Saint-Luc and the entire west end.”

The Montreal Transport Plan tabled in 2007 had delayed until after 2017 phase 2 of the Cavendish road extension project, which would link Cavendish Blvd. in Côte Saint-Luc to Royalmount Ave. in the Town of Mount Royal. Côte Saint-Luc mobilized five municipalities and the borough of CDN-NDG to pass resolutions to urge Montreal to make the Cavendish road extension project a priority in its transport plan. The agglomeration commission studying the plan, which was chaired by Mayor Applebaum, agreed with Côte Saint-Luc and made a similar recommendation to the Montreal executive committee.

The updated Montreal Transport Plan released last week modified the draft plan and made reference to taking steps to start phase 2 of the project in 2008 (“les démarches pour réaliser la seconde phase seront entreprises dès 2008”, page 219). The amendment approved at the agglomeration council meeting yesterday clarifies that even though the expenditure for phase 2 is listed in the Montreal Transport Plan as being spent after 2017, a note will be placed in the plan alongside stating that it is the intention of the agglomeration of Montreal to start phase 2 of the project as soon as possible (“dans les meilleurs délais”) once the intentions of Canadian Pacific Railway is known regarding the future of the St. Luc rail yards.

“Through our efforts, we were able to put the Cavendish extension project back on track,” said Councillor Dida Berku, who is the council member responsible for the Cavendish extension portfolio. “We have come a long way since the original Montreal Transport Plan was released and I sincerely thank our colleagues in the other municipalities and boroughs, and the City of Montreal executive committee for agreeing to re-prioritize this road construction project.”

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

Côte Saint-Luc municipal employees to wax legs on Friday, June 20 to raise money for the Missing Children’s Network charity

Côte Saint-Luc, June 19, 2008 – Employees from the City of Côte Saint-Luc will be waxing their legs on Friday, June 20 to raise funds for the Missing Children’s Network, which assists in the search of missing children and the prevention of their abduction and disappearance.

The media is invited to watch the leg-waxing event.


WHAT:     Leg-waxing fundraising event

WHERE:   Côte Saint-Luc outdoor municipal swimming pool, 5700 Mackle Rd.

WHEN:     Friday, June 20 at 1pm



“Again this year, our municipal employees have found a unique way to raise money for children’s charities,” Côte Saint-Luc City Manager Ken Lerner said. “It is a fun way to raise money for an important cause.”

The Director of Public Works and Urban Planning, David Tordjman, will be among the municipal staff who will wax their legs to raise funds for the Missing Children’s Network.

Founded in 1985, the Missing Children's Network is the only organization in Quebec dedicated to the search of missing children and to the prevention of their abduction and disappearance. Thanks to the organization's collaborative efforts and international exchange network, 521 children are now safely home with their families and tens of thousands more have been taught how to stay safe in threatening situations through comprehensive safety and educational programs.

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

Tonight’s Bowser and Blue concert in Côte Saint-Luc postponed due to rain

Côte Saint-Luc, June 19, 2008 – The free outdoor concert scheduled this evening at Ashkelon Gardens in Côte Saint-Luc featuring Bowser and Blue has been postponed because of rain.

The free music and comedy concert will now take place on Sunday, July 6 at 4pm.

This free concert is presented by the City of Côte Saint-Luc and the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library. People should bring their own lawn chair. Call the library at 514-485-6900 for details.

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

Côte Saint-Luc opposes merging of municipal and school board elections

Côte Saint-Luc, June 18, 2008 – Côte Saint-Luc city council adopted a resolution on Monday evening calling on the Quebec education minister not to merge school board elections and municipal elections.

The Quebec government tabled last month Bill 88— An Act to amend the Education Act and the Act respecting school elections —to modify the laws governing public school boards and school board elections.

Côte Saint-Luc Councillor Mike Cohen said he hopes the Quebec government continues to ensure that municipal and school board elections are not held on the same date. Councillor Cohen, who moved the Côte Saint-Luc resolution on Monday, said that the presence of separate English and French voting lists at school board elections would create confusion at the polling stations.

“Let us remember that in the 2005 municipal election, there were already significant problems and delays at the polling stations,” Councillor Cohen said. “Both municipal and school board elections deserve proper attention paid to the candidates and the issues involved. The merger of these elections would be unfair to the candidates and the voters.”
 
A copy of the resolution was sent to the Quebec Union of Municipalities; the Association of Suburban Municipalities; the Minister of Education, Recreation and Sports, Michelle Courchesne; the Minister of Municipal Affairs, Nathalie Normandeau; the Chairman of the committee studying Bill 88, Pierre Arcand; the MNA for D’Arcy McGee, Lawrence Bergman; and municipal councils in Quebec.

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

New Côte Saint-Luc EMS defibrillators test for heart attacks

Côte Saint-Luc, June 16, 2008 – New defibrillators now in use by Côte Saint-Luc Emergency Medical Services are a first on the island of Montreal as they will test for heart attacks before the patient is transported to the hospital and can apply a smarter electrical shock to restart a heart beat.

“We are committed to providing a superb first responder service,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “Our pioneering EMS service is a model that others can follow.”
 
EMS first responders can now do electrocardiograms in people's homes before they are transported to the hospital. In addition to testing the heart beat, defibrillators are also used by medical first responders to send an electrical jolt to a heart that has stopped beating. The new Côte Saint-Luc EMS defibrillators use less energy to restart the heart, which means less damage is caused to the heart. The defibrillators also assess how much oxygen is getting around the body in the sickest of patients. Côte Saint-Luc purchased four defibrillators from Zoll.

"Côte Saint-Luc has illustrated its leadership in public safety with its pioneering EMS service, pesticide ban, and bicycle helmet bylaw,” said Councillor Glenn J. Nashen, who is the council member responsible for public safety. "The new defibrillators for EMS are a worthwhile investment and yet another reason why Côte Saint-Luc residents are very well-served by our unique volunteer first responder service."

Côte Saint-Luc EMS has been equipped with defibrillators since 1993. In additional to the four defibrillators used by EMS, Côte Saint-Luc has five automated external defibrillators (AEDs)—which come with step-by-step voice instructions—in its municipal buildings including at the Samuel Moskovitch Arena, the Bernard Lang Civic Centre, the recreation building, the Senior Social Centre and the Tennis Club. There are also two AEDs in the Public Security vehicle fleet and two more donated units in the Volunteer Citizens on Patrol (vCOP) vans. In all, Côte Saint-Luc has 18 defibrillators on the road and in its municipal buildings.

Stéphane Kallos, the director of Côte Saint-Luc EMS, urges residents to learn how to use an AED and learn CPR and infant CPR on Monday, July 28 at 6pm at the Côte Saint-Luc gymnasium at 7500 Mackle Rd. The cost is $65 (residents) or $85 (non-residents). The discounted cost for seniors is $52 (residents) or $65 (non-residents). Call 514-485-6806 to learn more.

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

Launch of newly renovated children’s department and kick-off of the summer reading club at the library

Côte Saint-Luc, June 13, 2008 – The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library will re-launch its newly renovated children’s department on Sunday, June 15 at 2:30pm.

This event will give the community a chance to see the exciting new changes at the children’s department, including new areas and educational tools. Kids will have the chance to test out the library’s new Wii console on a giant screen, the new microscope, ‘reading pen’, new televisions and DVD players.

It is also the kick-off to the summer reading club so children can register for this free program and receive a reading kit to work on at home. Since the theme of the summer reading club this year is Laugh Out Loud someone will be circulating the room making balloon animals for the kids.

“This grand opening gives families a chance to see the new face of the children’s department at the library,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “I encourage families to bring their kids to this event.”

This is a free 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: Darryl Levine, Director of Public Affairs and Communications, 514-485-8905, dlevine@cotesaintluc.org
 

Bowser and Blue will perform in Côte Saint-Luc on Thursday, June 19, 2008

Côte Saint-Luc, June 3, 2008 – The music and comedy duo Bowser and Blue will perform a free outdoor concert in Ashkelon Gardens behind the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library (5851 Cavendish Blvd.) on Thursday, June 19 at 7:30 pm.

Rick Blue plays acoustic guitar and harmonica and George Bowser plays electric and acoustic guitars. They are both talented Gemini-nominated musicians, vocalists, comedians and writers. Bowser and Blue have performed their unique musical satire to audiences across Canada. They live in Montreal and have released twelve CDs since they began performing together more than twenty years ago.

“This concert provides a great occasion for the people of Côte Saint-Luc and its surrounding areas to watch some talented performers outdoors in the beautiful garden behind the library,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “I encourage everyone to come out for this unforgettable event.”    

This free concert is presented by the City of Côte Saint-Luc and the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library. People should bring their own lawn chair. In the event of rain, the concert will be postponed until Sunday, July 6 at 4pm.  Call the library at 514-485-6900 for details.

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

Public information session on Cavendish/Fleet intersection

Côte Saint-Luc, May 16, 2008 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc will present to the public at city hall on Monday, May 26 at 8pm its proposed changes to the lane configuration on Cavendish Blvd. at Fleet Rd.

The proposed plan calls for a second left-turn-only lane on Cavendish Blvd. southbound. Both lanes will turn onto Fleet Rd. An engineering traffic study indicates that this will reduce wait times and line-ups of vehicles turning onto Fleet Rd. It will also and lessen the number of vehicles that use Baily Rd. as a shortcut to Fleet Rd.

The mayor, councillors and city engineers will present the plan. Should the plan be adopted, work will begin this spring or summer.

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

Côte Saint-Luc encourages seniors living alone to sign up for Hello Bonjour program

Côte Saint-Luc, April 23, 2008 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc encourages seniors living alone to register for its Hello Bonjour program— a free service that puts volunteers in daily contact by telephone with seniors and ensures their well being.

“Our Hello Bonjour program helps ensure the well-being of seniors living alone in our community,” Mayor Housefather said. “Like our Emergency Medical Services, Public Security service and Volunteer Citizens on Patrol, Hello Bonjour is an extra safety net we offer our residents.”

Every weekday morning, a city volunteer calls the registered senior to ensure he or she is okay. The senior can choose to call the city volunteer instead. If the senior cannot be reached, the city volunteer calls a pre-established list of contacts—such as the building concierge, relatives or friends— who can confirm the well-being of the senior.

The children of a senior can also ask their parent if he or she wants to participate. If the parent approves, the child can register the parent. To register for the free Hello Bonjour service, call 514-485-6819. To volunteer your time to call seniors, call 514-485-6819.

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

Côte Saint-Luc EMS responds to simultaneous emergency calls

Côte Saint-Luc, April 18, 2008 – Côte Saint-Luc Emergency Medical Services (EMS) responded to four medical emergencies in less than 30 minutes on the morning of Friday, April 11, and again later than day, illustrating its unmatched ability to respond to simultaneous medical calls.

Côte Saint-Luc EMS frequently has two or more dedicated first-responder teams ready to go to the scene of a medical emergency.

"Côte Saint-Luc continues to be a leader in emergency services," Mayor Anthony Housefather said. "The professional dedication of our EMS first responders is critical to our residents and these calls clearly illustrate why we have tried so hard to convince the members of the National Assembly why EMS must continue as our first responder service of choice on our territory.”  

The City of Côte Saint-Luc has successfully urged the Quebec government and official opposition party to support Côte Saint-Luc EMS when the issue comes to a vote, expected before the summer recess.

The councillor responsible for public safety in Côte Saint-Luc, Glenn J. Nashen, has been involved with the EMS service for more than 25 years. "This is a defining moment for Côte Saint-Luc EMS and our incredible volunteers,” Councillor Nashen said. “The kind of service our first responders provide day after day is unparalleled throughout Quebec. Last week’s achievement makes it crystal clear that we must keep our EMS intact, guaranteeing a continuation of fast and highly-trained personnel, focusing entirely on pre-hospital emergency medical care."
 
Mayor Housefather and councillors Nashen and Dida Berku presented a brief to the National Assembly on November 15, 2007 defending the supporting the Côte Saint-Luc EMS life-saving service. They have corresponded with all 125 MNAs on the EMS issue and held numerous meetings with all parties, union and civic leaders. They also collected thousands of signatures on local petitions and received many letters to help save the service.
 
Mayor Housefather, Councillor Nashen and the entire city council of Côte Saint-Luc have expressed appreciation to Minister of Municipal Affairs, Nathalie Normandeau, and D’Arcy McGee MNA Lawrence Bergman who have pledged support to allow Côte Saint-Luc to keep its service.  

"I want to thank Minister Normandeau very much," Mayor Housefather said. "She made the effort to truly consider the needs of Côte Saint-Luc and appreciated the investment we have made to build an incredible service that needs to continue as is."
 
Côte Saint-Luc EMS is the only volunteer-based first responder service on the island of Montreal. It responds to 3,000 calls every year, including 1,500 Priority 1 calls.

EMS is made up of highly-trained volunteers under the guidance of an emergency room physician. A committee of elected, lay and professional leaders in the Emergency Services Committee also oversee operations.

Côte Saint-Luc EMS is equipped with a fleet of three emergency vehicles, advanced emergency medical equipment, devices, tools and supplies. The annual budget exceeds $500,000. EMS responds to more than 3,000 medical assistance calls each year and assists at community events, crises and other major emergencies.

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

Côte Saint-Luc encourages book reading in May

Côte Saint-Luc, April 10, 2008 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc is encouraging all residents to read the same book in May and then discuss it with friends, family and neighbours as part of the first annual Côte Saint-Luc Reads program.

The selected novel is Can You Hear the Nightbird Call?, by Anita Rau Badami. Copies are available at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library and major bookstores.

“Many of our residents love to read,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “This new Côte Saint-Luc Reads program is a wonderful way for residents to share a common experience through books.”

Set against the tumultuous backdrop of a fragmenting Punjab and moving between Canada and India, Can you Hear the Nightbird Call? charts the interweaving stories of three Indian women each in search of a resting place amid rapidly changing personal and political landscapes. Anita Rau Badami lives in Montreal with her family.

Residents will have the chance to ask Badami about her novel on Thursday, May 8 at 7:30pm at the library. Admission is free.

Other events inspired by the novel include the following:

* Henna workshop for mothers and daughters to explore the beautiful art of mehndi (Sunday, May 11 at 3 p.m., ages 10 older, admission: $3).

* Simple Indian Cuisine with Gigi Cohen (Thursday, June 5 at 6:30pm, admission: $5).

* Discovering our Jewish Roots…in India, with Barbara and Jack Rosenthal.
(Thursday, June 12 at 2pm, admission: $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