News and announcements

Côte Saint-Luc to honour anti-apartheid activist at Human Rights Walkway on Friday, October 19

Côte Saint-Luc, October 12, 2007 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc will unveil a plaque adding the name of Helen Suzman to the list of distinguished honorees on the city’s Human Rights Walkway on Friday, October 19 at 1pm.

Inaugurated in September 2000 and located at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park (6975 Mackle Rd.), the Côte Saint-Luc Human Rights Walkway is dedicated to those men and women who, by their steadfast commitment to mankind, have held high the torch of human rights and let it light the world. Helen Suzman joins other notable honorees on the Walkway, including René Cassin, John P. Humphrey, Raoul Wallenberg, Jules Deschênes, Maxwell Cohen, and Mary Two-Axe Early.

Born in 1917, Ms. Suzman served in the parliament of South Africa for 36 years and was a vocal critic of the policy of apartheid. She was once accused by a minister of asking questions in parliament that embarrassed South Africa, to which she replied: “It is not my questions that embarrass South Africa, it is your answers.”

After apartheid ended and when free elections were held, Ms. Suzman was by the side of President Nelson Mandela when he signed the new constitution in 1996. Today, she is 90 years old and lives in South Africa.

Ms. Suzman's achievements have been acknowledged by many awards and honours. No fewer than 27 honourary doctorates have been bestowed on her, including from Oxford, Harvard, Columbia, Brandeis, Yale, and Cambridge universities, as well as from several South African ones, including her alma mater, Wits. She has also twice been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. In 1989, she was made a Dame of the British Empire.  In 2002, she was awarded the International Freedom Prize by Liberal International.

“The city council and residents of Côte Saint-Luc believe deeply in the protection of human rights and the Human Rights Walkway is a means of honouring individuals who have made an incredible contribution to the world,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “It is also a means of teaching our youth about the importance of respecting and defending the rights of others.”

The ceremony will last approximately for 45 minutes. Expected to speak are Mayor Housefather, the Consul General of South Africa, Ms. N F Nojozi, and a member of Ms. Suzman’s family.

The public can learn more about the past honourees at www.CoteSaintLuc.org/en/Walkway. For more information about Helen Suzman, visit her foundation website at www.hsf.org.za .

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

Côte Saint-Luc disappointed by lack of consultation with reconstituted cities in awarding of recycling contract

Côte Saint-Luc, October 11, 2007 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc is shocked the City of Montreal executive committee announced today the awarding of a major recycling contact for all cities on the island without consultation or formal approval at the agglomeration council.

“We are disappointed, but not surprised, that the Montreal executive committee has announced a major contract for an island-wide service without first consulting the other 15 cities on the island,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “This kind of closed door decision-making is exactly the reason why reforms are needed to the structure of the island-wide council.”

Earlier this year, Côte Saint-Luc publicly objected to the granting of a 10-year contract to Les Marroniers without public tender. Once Montreal pulled the contract, Côte Saint-Luc repeatedly asked the central services to consult the reconstituted cities in the preparation of the tender and the evaluation of bids. Notwithstanding these repeated requests, the tender was prepared, studied and the contract approved without prior consultation or information to the reconstituted cities.

“The original tender was re-drafted because of objections Côte Saint-Luc raised,” said Councillor Dida Berku. “This resulted in lower bids from multiple bidders, which has saved taxpayers money.  Yet, the Montreal executive committee continues to act behind closed doors, without any consultation with its partners.”

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

City of Côte Saint-Luc reminds residents to verify their smoke detector and plan an emergency escape route

Côte Saint-Luc, October 9, 2007 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc today urged its residents observe Fire Prevention Week from October 7 to 12 by planning a fire escape route and by changing the batteries in their smoke detectors.

Fire Prevention Week is recognized every October. During this week, fire departments across Canada promote public awareness of the dangers of fire and the ways we can protect ourselves from fire. The theme for Fire Prevention Week 2007 is “It's Fire Prevention Week - Practice Your Escape Plan.”

“Fire safety professionals say you have just two minutes to escape your home safely once a fire starts,” said Mayor Anthony Housefather. “Every second counts, so you must plan how you and your family will escape your home during a fire.”

In addition to planning an escape, residents should also verify that their smoke detectors are working correctly.

“There is no excuse for not having a working smoke detector in one’s home,” said Councillor Glenn J. Nashen, the council member responsible for public safety. “Press the test button to make sure the smoke detector works and change the batteries twice a year. When you change the time on your clocks in the spring and fall, change your smoke detector batteries too.”

Côte Saint-Luc is served by Fire Station 78 of the Agglomeration of Montreal Fire Department, which is responsible for fire suppression including fighting fires, protecting life and property and other emergency assistance.

Residents can learn more about fire prevention by calling the Fire Prevention Bureau at 514-280-0868.

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

Côte Saint-Luc library introduces new reusable bags

Côte Saint-Luc, October 3, 2007 – Patrons of the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library can now purchase for $2 reusable bags to carry away their books and DVDs and are also good for shopping.

“I am happy to be able to offer library patrons a reusable bag,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “Our current council continues to do our utmost to make Côte Saint-Luc an example for other environment-friendly communities.”

In 2007, Côte Saint-Luc launched recycling collection in apartment buildings and condos, started an organic waste collection pilot project, sold backyard composters, gave away free biodegradable plastic bags for leaf collection, passed an anti-idling bylaw, switched to low-sulphur diesel fuel in municipal vehicles, organized a volunteer clean-up day and collected more than 6.5 tonnes of household hazardous waste. The new reusable bags are the latest green initiative in Côte Saint-Luc.

“It is estimated that a traditional plastic bag can take several hundred years to decompose,” said Councillor Dida Berku, who is the councillor responsible for environmental issues. “We need to reduce the number of plastic bags we use as individuals. We can all do our part to reduce our environmental impact.”

The new reusable bags are blue and feature the library logo on the front and the website address on the side. The bags are long-lasting and are made from non-woven polypropylene, which can be cleaned using a machine machine’s gentle cycle. The bag can be recycled when no longer needed.

“I visited many homes this year and got the sense that residents truly want to do more on environmental issues,” said Councillor Steven Erdelyi, who is the councillor responsible for the library. “This city council has done a lot this year for the environment and again made Côte Saint-Luc a leader on the island of Montreal.”

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

 

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

Côte Saint-Luc collects 1.2 metric tonnes of organic waste during first week of new brown bin organic waste collection program

Côte Saint-Luc, September 27, 2007 – Mayor Anthony Housefather announced today that about 75 percent of residents targeted in the Côte Saint-Luc organic waste collection pilot project put their brown bin at the curb and 1.2 metric tonnes of organic waste was collected during the first collection on Tuesday.

“We are very pleased by the participation rate during week one of our pilot project,” said Mayor Anthony Housefather. “This is a new program in Côte Saint-Luc, so we expect it will take time before residents get used to put their organic waste into a separate bag. But we are excited that this pilot project has been very well received by residents so far.”

Côte Saint-Luc is one of the first cities on the island of Montreal to introduce curb-side collection of organic waste, such as leftover fruits and vegetables, pasta, tea bags, meat, grass clippings, flowers and much more. Similar programs are already underway across Canada, including the Toronto area, where residents are reducing significantly the amount of garbage they produce.

The project was introduced to 500 homes in districts 4 and 5, in the western third of Côte Saint-Luc.

Every Tuesday, residents in the pilot project will place their brown bin on the curb along with their blue box. The organic waste will be composted at a special facility and will then be used for gardening and landscaping projects. The process of composting also produces roughly 25 times less harmful greenhouse gases than sending the waste to landfill.

The organic waste is processed at the Lachute Composting Centre of GSI Environment composting facility 40km north-west of Montreal in Lachute, Quebec.

Residents can visit ecoCSL.org or call 514-485-6868 for more information.

Attention editors: Photo caption: Côte Saint-Luc Waste, Environment and Safety Technician Oriana Familiar shows off a mound of compost at the composting facility. Côte Saint-Luc collected 1.2 metric tonnes of organic waste during the first week of its new brown bin pilot project. 

 

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

 

Four Heart in Motion walking paths will encourage Côte Saint-Luc residents get active and improve their health

Côte Saint-Luc, September 21, 2007 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc will introduce four Heart in Motion walking paths through the city at the official launch ceremony on September 30 from 10am to 2pm at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park.

The day’s events will include warm-up exercises, a health walk, a blood pressure clinic, music, face painting, balloons for children and prizes. The event will take place rain or shine.

“The City of Côte Saint-Luc is committed to providing services for the health and well-being of residents,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “The four new walking paths and will give residents another way to stay physically fit and maintain a healthy lifestyle.”

Côte Saint-Luc created walking paths of 1km, 3km, 5km and 8km on existing city sidewalks as part of the Heart in Motion program of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Quebec. This program has spread around the world, with similar paths in Ireland, Denmark, Finland, Germany, and Sweden. The paths are visible and easily accessible to encourage residents to use them frequently and enjoy the numerous benefits of walking, such as improving blood circulation and strengthening the heart.

“For more than 50 years, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Quebec has sensitized people to the importance of adopting healthy habits to reduce heart and stroke diseases, the leading cause of death in Canada,” said Ms. Gloria Sacks Silver, Director, Health Promotion and Research of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Québec. “We invite everybody to use the Heart in Motion paths. Keep in mind that 30 minutes of walking everyday can help to reduce your risks of having heart disease or a stroke. It’s an easy way to enjoy physical activity and to rediscover your city by the same time.”,

There are routes for every fitness level. The paths will be marked every half kilometer with distinct yellow and blue Heart in Motion signs. The Heart and Stroke Foundation suggests using the paths to monitor progress and improve health by slowly graduating to longer paths and walking at increasingly faster speeds. In addition to the one kilometer markers, there will be directional signs at all turning points.

“Côte Saint-Luc is the first city on the island of Montreal in take part in the Heart in Motion program,” said Ruth Kovac, the councillor responsible for parks and recreation. “The paths are a valuable addition in the city for novice walkers, local joggers and social walking groups, offering them opportunity to walk or run outdoors and monitor exact distances.”

The paths start from the southwest corner of Pierre Eilliott Trudeau Park. A map of the four routes will be posted at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park and at CoteSaintLuc.org.

Councillor Steven Erdelyi says the paths will encourage residents to meet other residents.

“We hope these walking paths will encourage residents to stay active and meet other residents,” Councillor Erdelyi said. “The half-kilometer markers will give people an exact way to measure their walking distances.”

“I love to walk in this city,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. ”It is one of the best ways to see and appreciate this beautiful city.”

For more information on how to adopt a healthy lifestyle, please visit the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s website at www.heartandstroke.qc.ca.

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

Côte Saint-Luc receives $1.375 million for infrastructure from the federal and provincial governments

Michael Fortier Lawrence Bergman Anthony Housefather Mitchell Brownstein

Côte Saint-Luc Mayor Anthony Housefather and Councillor Mitchell Brownstein accepted a cheque of $1.375 million on September 20, 2007 from D'Arcy McGee MNA Lawrence Bergman and the federal Minister of Public Works, Michael Fortier on behalf of the governments of Quebec and Canada.

Côte Saint-Luc is receiving the funds as part of a federal-provincial program to help fund municipal infrastructure, such as aqueducts and roads.

 

Côte Saint-Luc seeking new recruits for Volunteer Citizens on Patrol (vCOP) program

Côte Saint-Luc, September 20, 2007 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc is looking for more recruits to expand its successful crime prevention program, Volunteer Citizens on Patrol, or vCOP, Mayor Anthony Housefather announced today.
 
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 Quebec to implement the innovative vCOP program on July 1, 2006. Similar programs have been established in communities throughout Canada and the United States.
 
“Community safety and security remains a prime objective of Côte Saint-Luc,” Mayor Housefather said. “The vCOP program is proactively helping improve safety in the community.”
 
Visible on the streets and at many special events throughout the year, the vCOP patrol helps deter crime and assists people in need. The volunteers contribute to the well-being of the community and assist residents and visitors in a meaningful and tangible way, such as alerting Public Security or the police about suspicious activity, downed power lines or other possible dangers to residents.
 
“We have already recruited and trained more than 60 members who are patrolling the streets of Côte Saint-Luc,” said Glenn J. Nashen, who is the City Councillor responsible for public safety including all aspects of local emergency services, civil protection and disaster readiness. “We are looking for the next group of concerned residents who are interested in making a real difference in our community.”
 
Volunteer patrollers, in marked vCOP vehicles, bicycles and on foot notify local agencies with emergency and non-emergency situations as they act as observers throughout the community.
 
“vCOP volunteers gain a better understanding of crime prevention issues and strategies while having fun and getting to know their community even better,” Councillor Nashen said.

Volunteers must be at least 18 years old, in very good physical and mental health and residing, working or having a vested interest in Côte Saint-Luc. Volunteers must pass a security check, have good interpersonal and communications skills, possess a positive attitude and be able to work in a team environment, act professionally and participate in training sessions. Patrollers will also be required to commit to a minimum six hours per month.
 
“Whether you are a university student, a business person or a retiree, you can make a difference,” Mayor Housefather said. “As long as you're in good shape with some time to spare, call to find out how you can help.”

vCOP training includes seven sessions with presentations by Côte Saint-Luc Public Security, Montreal police and fire officials as well as radio communications, first aid, CPR and AED (automatic external defibillation).
 
"These volunteers will be an ally in the effort to keep our community safe,” said Commander Sylvain Bissonnette of Neighbourhood Police Station 9, which is located in Côte Saint-Luc.
 
Councillor Nashen said that a new corps of volunteers will be called upon in the event of major emergencies and disasters, and to help with community services and public education.

“It is important to be well prepared and to have members throughout the community who are trained and ready to help,” Councillor Nashen said.
 
The vCOP program is under the direction of EMS Director Stephane Kallos, and volunteer coordinators and supervisors including Councillor Nashen, Murray Genis and Lewis Cohen. Claireview Leasing and Toyota Montreal-North are major sponsors of vCOP having each donated minivans for use by patrollers.
 
For more information about joining the vCOP program, please call 514-485-6800 or e-mail vcop@cotesaintluc.org.

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

 

Transfer of a portion of Federal Gasoline Excise Tax Revenues and the Government of Quebec’s contribution

PRESS CONFERENCE

Transfer of a portion of Federal Gasoline Excise Tax Revenues and the Government of Quebec’s contribution

Côte-Saint-Luc, September 19, 2007 − The Mayor of Côte Saint-Luc, Anthony Housefather, invites the media to a press conference on Thursday, September 20, in Côte Saint-Luc. In attendance will be the Minister of Public Works and Government Services and the Minister Responsible for the Region of Montreal, the Hon. Michael M Fortier, and the Member of the National Assembly for D’Arcy-McGee, Lawrence S. Bergman.

The government representatives will make an important announcement regarding infrastructure work in Côte Saint-Luc.

SUMMARY

Date:    Thursday, September 20, 2007

Time:    2 p.m.

Place:    City Hall
    Council Chamber
    5801 Cavendish Blvd.
    City of Côte Saint-Luc, Quebec

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For more information:
Darryl Levine
Director of Public Affairs and Communications
City of Côte Saint-Luc
514-485-8905 or
dlevine@cotesaintluc.org

Côte Saint-Luc Mayor for a Day winners to read essays at City Council meeting tonight

Côte Saint-Luc, September 10 – The two winners of the 2007 Côte Saint-Luc Mayor of a Day contest held earlier this spring at local elementary schools will read their essays tonight during the City Council meeting at 5801 Cavendish Blvd.

The two winners of the Mayor for a Day essay-writing contest are Alon Sandberg, a grade 6 student at Ecole Maimonide, and Kayla Eisenberg, a grade 5 student at JPPS.

“One of our priorities in the City of Côte Saint-Luc is to encourage students to learn about their city and their municipal government,” Mayor Housefather said. “We received many interesting ideas from the students and I am pleased to welcome Alon and Kayla back to City Hall to read their essays to our City Council and residents.”

Mayor Housefather welcomed the Mayor for a Day winners to City Hall on August 24 where he discussed with them their ideas on how to improve the city. The Mayor also gave the students a tour of the municipal offices where they learned about the day-to-day operations of the city.

This was the first Mayor for a Day essay-writing competition in Côte Saint-Luc. Another is planned in early 2008 for students in grades 5 and 6 and grades 10 and 11.

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

Puppet workshop in Côte Saint-Luc on Sunday, September 16

Côte Saint-Luc, September 7, 2007 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc is pleased to present two puppet workshops with professional puppeteer Jacques Boutin on Sunday, September 16, at 11am and 1:30pm at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library (5851 Cavendish Blvd.).

Children age 5 and older will be able to create their own personalized puppet using a variety of high-quality materials.

“This puppet workshop will be a fun-filled time for all aspiring puppeteers,” said Mayor Anthony Housefather. “I invite residents to take advantage of this workshop.”

Master puppeteer Jacques Boutin has worked in television for Jim Henson creator of the Muppets and Sesame Street. Working with professional stage sets and sound tracks, Boutin will teach the children how to manipulate their puppets to create their own shows.
 
The workshop is $5 and registration is required. Call the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library at 514-485-6900 for details.

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For more information, contact: Mona Turner, 514-485-6926, mturner@cotesaintluc.org

 

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Côte Saint-Luc to argue today for Cavendish extension before island-wide committee studying proposed Montreal Transport Plan

Côte Saint-Luc, August 29, 2007 – Mayor Anthony Housefather and Councillor Dida Berku will be presenting a brief today at 7pm to the Permanent Commission of the Agglomeration Council on Environment, Transport and Infrastructure, which is holding public hearings on the proposed Montreal Transport Plan at Montreal City Hall (275 Notre Dame St. E.).

These public hearings will take place over four days starting tonight at 7pm and continuing on August 30 (at 9:30am) and August 31 (at 9:30am) and September 6 (at 7pm).

“After 25 years of study, six years of promises from the Montreal administration and more than two years of study by an engineering task force, the City of Montreal must now respect its promises and its timeline to build the Cavendish corridor to connect Saint-Laurent and Côte Saint-Luc by 2012,” said Côte Saint-Luc Mayor Anthony Housefather. “This Cavendish extension project is long overdue and vital to the development of the centre of the island of Montreal. It must be part of any short-term transport plan on the island of Montreal.”

To obtain the details of the dates and times when the mayors and councillors of other cities and boroughs will be presenting briefs to the commission, please contact the City Clerk of the City of Montreal at 514-872-3770.  

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

Author Sid Tafler to speak in Côte Saint-Luc on September 4, 2007

Côte Saint-Luc, August 24, 2007 – Author Sid Tafler will read and discuss his book entitled Us and Them, A Memoir of Tribes and Tribulations at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library (5851 Cavendish Blvd.) on September 4 at 2pm. Admission is free.

“It is always a pleasure to welcome to our library,” said Mayor Anthony Housefather. “Our library is more than just a home for 200,000 books. It is also an active place where people come together to share ideas. That’s why more than 2,600 additional Côte Saint-Luc residents have joined the library since January 1, 2006.”

According to Tafler, Us and Them is about how we see each other as members of our own group or other groups. It's about home, belonging, identity and the tribal nature of the human species, which evolved tens of thousands of years ago and is still a strong influence on how we live today.

“Something fascinating happened in Canada during the last fifty years,” said Sid Tafler, a former Montrealer now living in Victoria, BC. “It evolved from a place of narrow tribal divisions to a country recognized around the world for tolerance and diversity. Us and Them is the story of a changing country, changing people and a new understanding of identity, belonging and the place we call home.”

Us and Them received positive reviews in Boulevard Magazine, Victoria News, Vancouver Sun, Victoria Times Colonist, Monday Magazine and CFAX 1070 radio.
 

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For more information, contact: Mona Turner, 514-485-6926, mturner@cotesaintluc.org

Cities and borough mobilize to put Cavendish/Royalmount/Cavendish extension project back on track

Côte Saint-Luc, August 22, 2007 – Five cities and towns and the borough of CDN/NDG, all together representing, more than 280,000 residents on the island of Montreal, have passed resolutions and/or will be presenting briefs, demanding that the City of Montreal prioritize the Cavendish Blvd. road construction project in the next five years in accordance with the original schedule adopted by the City of Montreal in December 2004.

The Montreal Transport Plan presented by the City of Montreal in May delays the extension until after 2017 and the elected officials denounce this delay as unacceptable.

When the $5 million Project Bureau on Cavendish Extension was created by Montreal, it had a very tight timeline to study, consult, prepare plans and oversee the design and construction of the Cavendish extension, which was to start in 2007 and be completed by 2012.

The mayors and councillors of Côte Saint-Luc, Côte des Neiges/Notre Dame de Grace, Dollard des Ormeaux, Hampstead,  the Town of Mount Royal and Montreal West have all taken positions in favour of  ensuring that the Montreal Transport Plan makes the Cavendish extension project a priority during the next five years. Many, elected officials  will also be presenting  briefs to the Permanent Commission of the Agglomeration Council on Environment, Transport and Infrastructure, which is holding public hearings on the proposed Montreal Transportation Plan. The public hearings are being held on August 29, 30 and 31 and September 6 at Montreal City Hall (275 Notre Dame St. E.).

Parallel public hearing which are also being organized by the City of Montreal will take place on August 22, 23 and 24, also at Montreal city hall.

“After 25 years of study, six years of promises from the Montreal administration and more than two years of study by an engineering task force, the City of Montreal must now respect its promises and its timeline to build the Cavendish corridor to connect Saint-Laurent and Côte Saint-Luc by 2012,” said Côte Saint-Luc Mayor Anthony Housefather. “This Cavendish extension project is long overdue and vital to the development of the centre of the island of Montreal. It must be part of any short-term transportation plan on the island of Montreal.”

To obtain the details of the dates and times when the Mayors and councillors will be presenting briefs to the commissions, please contact the City Clerk of the City of Montreal at 514-872 3770.  Also please see attached resolutions for CSL, CDN/NDG, DDO, Hampstead and Montreal West.

For more information please contact the following municipal representatives:

  • Côte Saint-Luc Mayor Anthony Housefather (514-485-6936) and Councillor Dida Berku (514-531-6896)
  • CDN-NDG: Councillor Warren Allmand (514-872-4863)
  • TMR Mayor Vera Danyluk (514-734-2914)
  • Dollard-des-Ormeaux Mayor Edward Janiszewski (514-684-0879)
  • Hampstead Mayor Bill Steinberg (514-483-6954) and Councillor Bonnie Feigenbaum (514-369-8200)

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

Symphony orchestra to perform free outdoor show in Côte Saint-Luc this Sunday

Côte Saint-Luc, August 15, 2007 - The City of Côte Saint-Luc is proud to present a free concert by the Musicians of the World Symphony Orchestra on Sunday, August 19, at 4pm at Ashkelon Garden, behind the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library (5851 Cavendish Boulevard).

Admission is free and residents can bring their own chair.

"We are proud to be a sponsor of this wonderful ensemble," said Mayor Anthony Housefather. “They bring together musicians from across the world.”

On the program are the following: Mozart Marriage of Figaro Overture, Brahms Hungarian dances #1 and 5, Mozart Eine Kleine nacht Musik, Rossini Barber of Seville Overture, Ponchielli Dance of the Hours. Also, Chantal Parent will sing two original Broadway selections, Summertime and Memory. The rain date is August 26 at 4pm.

Founded in 2005 by Côte Saint-Luc resident Joseph Milo conductor and Lucy Ravinsky manager, the Musicians of the World Symphony Orchestra brings together more than 50 musicians from 20 countries.

Joseph Milo, a graduate from the Israeli Academy of Music in Tel Aviv, recruited professional musicians who had immigrated to Canada. The symphony practices in the Harold Greenspon Auditorium of the Bernard Lang Côte Saint-Luc Civic Centre and benefits from a small subsidy. The orchestra has recently obtained charitable tax status and is actively seeking support from all levels of government and private benefactors.

To book the Musicians of the World Symphony Orchestra or to make a tax-deductible donation, call 514-484-4018.

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For more information, contact: Mona Turner, 514-485-6926, mturner@cotesaintluc.org

Côte Saint-Luc district meeting give participating residents first look at city’s new brown bin composting program

Côte Saint-Luc, August 13, 2007 – Côte Saint-Luc Councillor Steven Erdelyi will lead an orientation session on Thursday, August 23 at Le Waldorf Residence (7400 Côte Saint-Luc Rd.) for residents of more than 500 homes in districts 4 and 5 participating in the new brown bin compost collection program.

The orientation is part of Councillor Erdelyi’s regularly-scheduled Côte Saint-Luc District 4 meeting.

“Côte Saint-Luc is one of the first cities on the island of Montreal to introduce curb-side collection of organic waste, such as leftover fruits and vegetables, pasta, tea bags, meat, grass clippings, flowers and much more,” Councillor Erdelyi said. “Similar programs are already underway across Canada, including the Toronto area, where residents are reducing significantly the amount of garbage they produce.”

The project is being introduced to residents in districts 4 and 5, in the western third of Côte Saint-Luc. In addition to the information session, residents will also receive instruction cards and a DVD-Video explaining what can and cannot be put into the brown bin.

“I am proud that Côte Saint-Luc is, once again, a leader in environmental issues on the island of Montreal,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. ”By deciding to collect regular garbage in-house this year, we gave ourselves much more flexibility and can now offer residents composting pickup every week.”

Participating residents will receive a small kitchen collector, into which they can dispose their organic material. They can then dispose the contents of the small container into the brown bin, which they can keep in their garage. The organic waste in the brown bins will be collected by the city every Tuesday.

Sorting organic waste is easy and convenient, thanks to the free kitchen collector and brown bin.

“After enjoying, say, your favourite barbecue chicken dinner at home, you can put your leftover chicken, baked potato and hamburger bun into the free kitchen collector,” Councillor Erdelyi said. “Then, whenever the kitchen collector becomes full, you can empty the contents into your brown bin. So, instead of having one garbage bin in your kitchen, you will have two. It’s a pretty straightforward and easy system.”

The new brown bin compost collection program will help reduce the amount of garbage the city collects and dump in landfills, which will save the city money.

Councillor Allan J. Levine has already been explaining the composting collection on Blossom and Wentworth.

“Ninety-nine percent of residents were both enthusiastic and appreciative to be part of this CSL initiative,” Councillor Levine said. “More than 50 percent of household waste is recyclable and I look forward to Tuesdays when blue and brown recycling will replace regular collection.”

Residents will receive the wheeled brown bin, a kitchen collector, sample compostable bags and important information on the program during the week of September 17.

Beginning Tuesday, September 25, and every Tuesday that follows, residents will place their brown bin on the curb along with their blue box. The organic waste will be composted at a special facility and will then be used for gardening and landscaping projects. The process of composting also produces roughly 25 times less harmful greenhouse gases than sending the waste to landfill.

“By dividing our waste into regular garbage, recycling and organic, Côte Saint-Luc will reduce significantly the amount of garbage buried in landfill,” said Councillor Dida Berku, who is responsible for environmental issues on council. “Our goal is to divert 60 percent of household waste to recycling or composting.”

Residents can visit ecoCSL.org or call 514-485-6868 for more information.

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

Côte Saint-Luc to use low-sulphur diesel fuel for municipal vehicles

Côte Saint-Luc, August 10, 2007 – Côte Saint-Luc Mayor Anthony Housefather announced today that Public Works Department vehicles will now use low-sulphur diesel fuel, which will help reduce the amount of smog-causing pollutants released in the atmosphere.

“Our current council continues to do our utmost to make Côte Saint-Luc an example for other environment-friendly communities,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “Just as we were one of the first municipalities to ban pesticides, we are again taking action to make our air even cleaner.”

In the transportation sector, about 94 percent of all freight is moved by diesel power. Very high sulphur content in regular diesel causes nitrogen oxides to be released into the atmosphere causing smog, respiratory problems, cancer, and nitrate deposits that are harmful to lakes and rivers.

The sulphur in regular diesel clogs the car exhaust filter. This allows more smog-causing nitrogen oxide to escape into the atmosphere. By removing sulphur from diesel, the filter stays cleaner and is able to capture more of the harmful emissions. Regular diesel contains 97 percent less sulphur (from 500 parts per million to 15) than regular diesel.

By 2010, only the new low-sulphur diesel will be sold in Canada. Similar rules exist in the US, Europe and Asia. In Sweden, more than 90 percent of the highway diesel sold today is low-sulphur.

“Côte Saint-Luc has committed itself to 15 items of the Montreal island-wide sustainable development plan,” said Councillor Dida Berku, who is responsible for environmental issues for the City of Côte Saint-Luc. “Using low sulphur diesel is a step towards achieving two of these goals, implementing measures favouring durable transport in the work environment and implement measures for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.”

Some of the effected vehicles in Côte Saint-Luc include eight heavy vehicles, four heavy duty trucks, 26 work trucks, and all trailers, tractors, loaders, backhoes, street sweepers, Mad-Vac leaf collector vehicles, snow blowers, salt spreaders, and parks equipment.

“I am proud that we are minimizing the environmental impact of our city vehicles,” said Councillor Mitchell Brownstein, who is responsible for Public Works. “By switching to low-sulphur diesel now, we are improving air quality and making our engines run more cleanly, which will save the city money.”

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

Better traffic flow and safety on Cavendish Blvd.

Cavendish Blvd. traffic light synchronization sign

 

Motorists will spend less time idling at red lights and pedestrians will be able to cross the road more safely thanks to the new synchronized traffic lights installed on Cavendish Blvd. from Mackle Rd. to Merton Ave.

The synchronization project started in May and involved replacing the traffic light controllers, cabinets and heads—which are the traffic lights themselves. The new configuration of the traffic light head feature shapes for better visibility and now include left and right turn signals. The Cavendish Blvd. synchronization project cost $175,000.

The new traffic light controllers allow more control over traffic flows. For instance, southbound traffic leaving Côte Saint-Luc has the priority during the morning rush hour. In the afternoon, northbound traffic entering Côte Saint-Luc has the priority. The programming of the traffic lights follows a traffic study, which identified ways to improve traffic flow.

Apart from better road safety and pedestrian safety, synchronized traffic lights can help reduce driving time and vehicle emissions and increase fuel economy, according to the United States Department of Energy. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions is of the 15 sustainable development goals Côte Saint-Luc committed itself to this year.

Côte Saint-Luc completes synchronization of traffic lights on Cavendish Blvd.

Côte Saint-Luc, August 8, 2007 – Motorists will spend less time idling at red lights and pedestrians will be able to cross the road more safely thanks to the new synchronized traffic lights installed on Cavendish Blvd. from Mackle Rd. to Merton Ave.

“Road safety, pedestrian safety and reducing wait times at red lights are important to our City Council and I’m happy we were able to achieve them all in this project,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “Traffic light synchronization on Cavendish Blvd. is a good investment and I hope our neighbours in the Borough of NDG join us by synchronizing Cavendish Blvd. south of Côte Saint-Luc Rd.”

The synchronization project started in May and involved replacing the traffic light controllers, cabinets and heads—which are the traffic lights themselves. The new configuration of the traffic light head feature shapes for better visibility and now include left and right turn signals. The Cavendish Blvd. synchronization project cost $175,000.

“Pedestrians will benefit because we installed countdown timers at every intersection along Cavendish Blvd. to help pedestrians decide whether to cross the street,” said Councillor Sam Goldbloom, who is responsible for traffic. “The crossing time is now 32 seconds at Cavendish Blvd. and Kildare Rd. In addition, motorists have more time to turn left onto Kildare Rd. from Cavendish Blvd.”

The new traffic light controllers allow more control over traffic flows. For instance, southbound traffic leaving Côte Saint-Luc has the priority during the morning rush hour. In the afternoon, northbound traffic entering Côte Saint-Luc has the priority. The programming of the traffic lights follows a traffic study, which identified ways to improve traffic flow.

Apart from better road safety and pedestrian safety, synchronized traffic lights can help reduce driving time and vehicle emissions and increase fuel economy, according to the United States Department of Energy. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions is of the 15 sustainable development goals Côte Saint-Luc committed itself to this year.

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

Flowers on Fleet 2007

Flowers on Fleet Road in Côte Saint-Luc, Quebec, Canada
The flowers planted in summer 2007 on Fleet Rd. were very popular with residents. For the record, here are the name of the flowers.

  • Nicotiana Humming Bird True Lime
  • Zinnia elegans Zesty Pink
  • Pennisetum setaceum
  • Senecio Cirrus (plant with a gray foliage)
    Marigold 'Sweet Cream'
  • Petunia Easy Wave 'Rosy Dawn'
  • Monarda citriodora Bee Balm
  • Salvia Victoria White (annual flowering sage)
  • Helichrysum bracteum Chico Pink


On your next walk, run or drive, take a moment to appreciate this wonderful reminder that summer is here. 

Kim Waldron exhibits in Côte Saint-Luc from July 12 to September 3, 2007

Côte Saint-Luc, July 31, 2007 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc is pleased to present “Working Assumption” photographs by Kim Waldron from July 12, to September 3, 2007. This exhibition is on view daily between 10am and 10pm at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library, 5851 Cavendish Blvd.  

“These photographs are the result of four months spent in Paris, France,” Waldron said. “I asked male strangers of a variety of professions if I could borrow their clothes and their workspace for about an hour. I found these situations through the yellow pages, by stopping people on the street and by visiting different establishments. I then made appointments to put on their clothes and take a picture of myself in their space.

These photographs were an excuse to talk to a lot of different people in hopes of improving my French and working through my fears about personal relations.”

Kim Waldron is a visual artist. Conducting a kind of social experiment with her photography and video work, she seeks to determine appropriate emotional boundaries. In her attempt to document authentic experience, Waldron’s art explores themes of identity, time and perception. She graduated from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 2003 and currently lives in Montreal.

She has exhibited across Canada, most notably at Khyber Centre for the Arts, Gallery 44, Art Gallery of Windsor and La Centrale.

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For more information, contact: Mona Turner, 514-485-6926, mturner@cotesaintluc.org

Repercussion Theatre will perform Molière’s comedy Scapin: The Schemer, in Côte Saint-Luc on Thursday, August 9

Côte Saint-Luc, July 26, 2007 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc presents Repercussion Theatre’s English-language production of Scapin: The Schemer, by Molière, on Thursday, August 9 at 7pm at Pierre Elliot Trudeau Park (6975 Mackle Rd).

The free outdoor event is presented yearly by Repercussion Theatre to give people on the Island of Montreal the opportunity to experience professional, classical theatre in their community.

“The City of Côte Saint-Luc is happy to host this performance,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “We are committed to providing our residents with a wide spectrum of entertainment events throughout the year and this performance by Repercussion Theatre allows us to enjoy wonderful theatre in the outdoors."

Amanda Kellock is the director of the production. While this is Kellock’s first time directing a production for the company, she is one of their veteran actors. Last year she played a lead roll in the hit Shakespearian comedy Much Ado About Nothing.

The English-language production of Scapin: The Schemer is open to the public and admission is free. Visit www.repercussiontheatre.com for more information about the theatre company or call 514-916-PARK for show updates and cancellation information.

Attention editors: High-resolution credited media materials are available at www.repercussiontheatre.com (login ID: repercussion, Password: press2007).

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

Stop for pedestrians

Cote St. Luc crosswalk sign - Stop for pedestrians

New signs have been placed at several intersections across Côte
Saint-Luc to remind motorists to always stop for pedestrians at
intersections. These signs are placed on the road at eye level in the
middle of the intersection where motorists will see them.

Book launch

Anthony Housefather

Thomas Hecht presents a copy of his book Czech Mate: A Life in Progress as told to Joe King to Mayor Anthony Housefather and Tanya Abramovitch, director of the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library. The book was launched in June 2007.

Bell Senior's Golf Outing a Success

Bell Canada Sponsors Event

CÔTE SAINT-LUC’S 28th ANNUAL  SENORS’ GOLF
OUTING A SUCCESS


CÔTE SAINT-LUC, JULY 18, 2007-  The 28th annual Seniors’ Golf Outing took place at Meadowbrook Golf Course on July 10. More than 100 participants hit the links for the nine hole affair on  the back nine of the beautiful property in Côte Saint-Luc.

For the first time in the event’s history, there was a sponsor. Bell Canada fulfilled that role and each participant received a cap with the city and Bell logos on it. Two representatives from Bell, Mario Scraire and André Paré, were part of a foursome which also included Councillor Mike Cohen and City Manager Ken Lerner. Councillors Cohen and Sam Goldbloom co-chaired the event. Police Station 9 Commander Sylvain Bissonnette was also among the  “guest” golfers. 

Following the game an awards luncheon was held at the Senior Men’s Club headquarters at the Côte Saint-Luc Shopping Centre. Sylvia Schacter won the closest to the pin on the 16th hole for females while Morty Zafran captured this prize in the male category. Runners up were Patty Heller and Iven Coltai. Ms. Heller was also recognized for the longest drive on the 17th hole for females. Lou Miller got the nod in the male category. Runners up were Helen Zafran and Lee Gold.

Volunteer Committee Chair Bernard Pont and event coordinator Loretta Anisef brought in a large number of door prizes. Councillor Cohen served as emcee and distributed the prizes in an entertaining “let’s make a deal” fashion.

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Contact:
 
Councillor Mike Cohen
(514) 485-6945

 

Harry Potter Extravaganza in Côte Saint-Luc on Sunday, July 21

Côte Saint-Luc, July 6, 2007 - The City of Côte Saint-Luc is pleased to present the Harry Potter Extravaganza on Sunday, July 21 to celebrate the launch of new J.K. Rowling book Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

Festivities will include crafts and a reading from the new book at 1pm at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library (5851 Cavendish Blvd.).

"The Harry Potter series of novels are wonderfully-written and I'm happy to be participating in this event," said Mayor Anthony Housefather. "I hope to see Harry Potter fans of all ages at the library."

Library members (ages 7 to 17) can enter to win a copy of the latest book by completing a quiz available at the youth department and online as of July 14. Contest ends July 19 at 1pm.

Tickets cost $3/ person or $10/ family and are on sale now at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library. Call the library at 514-485-6906 for details.

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

Residents invited to official opening of Côte Saint-Luc municipal pool on July 8 and to inauguration of new Maimonides Park

Côte Saint-Luc, June 29, 2007 – The opening ceremony of the Côte Saint-Luc outdoor municipal pool (7500 Mackle Rd.) and inauguration of the renovated Maimonides Park will take place on Sunday, July 8 from 3pm to 6pm.

Newly-renovated basketball and volleyball courts have enhanced Maimonides Park, which will now be part of the municipal pool facility during the summer season.

“Our goal was to make the pool an even better destination for families,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “The added recreation and enhanced activities at the pool will ensure people of all ages will have fun.”

The opening ceremony will include an air brush tattooist, a DJ, a magic show, free snow cones, and arts and crafts. Members of council will be there to officially launch summer pool season.

"Last year we introduced the Fun Card to enable our residents to have access to all our facilities for a fixed affordable fee,” Councillor Mitchell Brownstein said. “This year we wanted to do more, so we have added a much wider range of activities and improved our pool facility for our residents to enjoy.  Our pool is now a real community club with a hotel-like atmosphere."

All this summer, the pool staff will present a fun family activity every Sunday as part of its Funday Sundays lineup. The activities include live music, bingo and more. The following is the scheduled Funday Sundays schedule:

  • July 15, 3pm: Gerry Gareau musical performance
  • July 15, 4pm: Bingo Night
  • July 22, 3pm: Guy Bouchard (music & karaoke)
  • July 29, 3pm: Hawaiian Day and Game Show Day
  • August 5, 2pm (until late): Family Night / Olympics
  • August 12, 3pm: Gerry Gareau musical performance
  • August 19, 2pm: Fun Day
  • August 26, 3pm: Magic Show


In addition to the regularly scheduled Sunday activities, the pool staff will present a movie on Thursday evenings from 7pm to 9:30pm.

Anyone with a Côte Saint-Luc Fun Card can access the pool and the activities for free. People can swim in the municipal pool weekdays during the regular season from 12:30pm to 8pm and weekends from 10am to 8pm.

For more information about activities at the Côte Saint-Luc municipal pool, call 514-485-6806.

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

EMS director the first person in Quebec certified by the Canadian Red Cross as an emergency medical responder instructor

Côte Saint-Luc, June 28, 2007 – The director of Côte Saint-Luc Emergency Medical Services, Stéphane Kallos, has become the first person in Quebec to be certified as a Canadian Red Cross emergency medical responder (EMR) instructor.

The Red Cross EMR course is the first one that meets the strict requirements of the Paramedic Association of Canada. The course provides the knowledge and skills necessary in an emergency to help sustain life, reduce pain, and minimize the consequences of injury or sudden illness until the next level of health care takes over.

“Stéphane is an outstanding first response medic and instructor,” said Councillor Glenn J. Nashen, who is responsible for public safety. “Our city is extremely lucky to have someone with such advanced training to help train our Côte Saint-Luc EMS medics. This is another reason why we are pleased the Quebec government has tabled legislation that will permit EMS to respond to the most serious emergency medical calls, also called Priority One calls.”

Other EMS volunteer medics are also in training to enhance their skills. Barry Watson is currently training to receive his EMR instructor certification. Michael Palumbo and Catherine Patocka recently became certified instructors in the international Prehospital Trauma Life Support course based on training developed by the American College of Surgeons.

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

Mayor and council convince Quebec to save EMS

Glenn J. Nashen, Lawrence Bergman, Anthony Housefather, Ruth Kovac

Côte Saint-Luc residents received sensational news on June 21, 2007 when the Quebec government tabled Bill 22.  The bill included a provision to allow the City of Côte Saint-Luc to remain responsible for pre-hospital emergency care in the municipality and to allow Emergency Medical Services (EMS) to continue to respond to all emergency medical calls in Cote Saint-Luc including Priority One calls.

"Côte Saint-Luc has been a leader in emergency services for decades," Mayor Anthony Housefather said. "The continued operations of EMS will be felt by the community for years into the future. Côte Saint-Luc and its residents will continue to work with the government and all parties in the legislature to ensure the proposal is adopted. I have been fighting for this moment since I heard about Montreal’s collective agreement with the firefighters in 2003 that would have put an end to EMS’s ability to respond to Priority One calls. Having worked so hard to see this legislation be tabled, I can only say it is a wonderful moment for me. ”

Bill 22 is part of a reform to the island-wide Montreal agglomeration, which includes the City of Montreal and the 15 demerged suburbs, including Côte Saint-Luc. The bill is expected to be debated and voted on in the fall.

The councillor responsible for public safety in Côte Saint-Luc, Glenn J. Nashen, was himself an EMS volunteer for many years.

"This is a watershed moment for Côte Saint-Luc,” Councillor Nashen said. “While we are very pleased that the residents throughout the island will finally have first responders coming to their aid in a medical emergency, residents of Côte Saint-Luc want to continue with their existing service. When this bill is adopted, we will be guaranteed a continuation of fast and highly trained personnel, focusing entirely on pre-hospital emergency medical care."

Mayor Housefather and the City Council launched the Save EMS campaign with a series of banners and signs across Côte Saint-Luc, petitions at all municipal counters and a website, www.SaveEMS.com. The campaign helped mobilize community groups and residents to collect more than 2,000 signatures and dozens of letters to the Quebec government urging it to help save EMS.

Mayor Housefather thanked Lawrence Bergman, the Member of the National Assembly for D’Arcy McGee, for his assistance on the file as well as Councillor Nashen and Councillor Ruth Kovac for their persistence over years in enhancing and supporting the life-saving service. He also recognized the efforts of the other members of City Council and the thousands of residents who circulated petitions and wrote letters to help save the service.

"Our residents can be proud of the incredible efforts of Mayor Housefather," Councillor Nashen said. "Our mayor’s continued communications with the government, ministers and all parties helped tremendously."

Mayor Housefather corresponded with all 125 MNAs on the EMS issue and held numerous meeting with all parties, union and civic leaders together with Councillor Nashen. He also received a commitment from the Quebec Minister of Municipal Affairs, Nathalie Normandeau, 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."

Mayor Housefather and councillors Nashen and Kovac praised the EMS volunteers for their dedication and commitment to the community and for riding out these difficult last few years.  

"Our EMS medics are amazing volunteers and great human beings," Mayor Housefather said.

Côte Saint-Luc EMS is the only volunteer-based first responder service on the island and its training exceeds, and response time is less than, those fire stations that currently provide first responder service. It responds to 3,000 calls every year, including 1,500 Priority One calls.

“Côte Saint-Luc volunteer emergency care providers are extra sensitive to seniors, speak a multitude of languages, and are trained to deal with cultural sensitivities,” said Councillor Nashen, who has been involved with the EMS service for more than 25 years.

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, new 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 in the community and throughout south-western Quebec.

>> Read the official Côte Saint-Luc press release

>> Read the Quebec government press release on the proposed law

Quebec government bill tabled today would save Côte Saint-Luc EMS

Côte Saint-Luc, June 21, 2007 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc is pleased by a Quebec government proposal that would allow Côte Saint-Luc Emergency Medical Services (EMS) to continue to respond to Priority One emergency medical calls.

During the years of the forced municipal mergers, the City of Montreal signed a collective agreement with the firefighters union that gave firefighters the responsibility to respond to life-threatening emergencies (also called Priority One calls) across the island – including in Côte Saint-Luc. Following its demerger from the mega city on January 1, 2006, the new Côte Saint-Luc Council worked with D’Arcy McGee MNA Lawrence Bergman to safeguard EMS, resulting in a three-year exemption so it could continue to respond to Priority One emergency calls until December 31, 2008. The proposed Quebec law tabled today regarding the island-wide agglomeration effectively makes permanent the exemption previously received.

"Côte Saint-Luc has been a leader in emergency services for decades," Mayor Anthony Housefather said. "The continued operations of EMS will be felt by the community for years into the future. Côte Saint-Luc and its residents will continue to work with the government and all parties in the legislature to ensure the proposal is adopted.”

The councillor responsible for public safety in Côte Saint-Luc, Glenn J. Nashen, was himself an EMS volunteer for many years. "This is a watershed moment for Côte Saint-Luc,” Councillor Nashen said. “While we are very pleased that the residents throughout the island will finally have first responders coming to their aid in a medical emergency, residents of Côte Saint-Luc want to continue with their existing service. When this bill is adopted, we will be guaranteed a continuation of fast and highly trained personnel, focusing entirely on pre-hospital emergency medical care."
 
Mayor Housefather thanked Lawrence Bergman, the Member of the National Assembly for D’Arcy McGee, for his assistance on the file as well as Councillor Nashen and Councillor Ruth Kovac for their persistence over years in enhancing and supporting the life-saving service. He also recognized the efforts of the other members of City Council and the thousands of residents that circulated petitions and wrote letters to help save the service.
 
"Our residents can be proud of the incredible efforts of Mayor Housefather," Councillor Nashen said. "Our mayor’s continued communications with the government, ministers and all parties helped tremendously."
 
Mayor Housefather corresponded with all 125 MNAs on the EMS issue and held numerous meeting with all parties, union and civic leaders together with Councillor Nashen. He also received a commitment from the Quebec Minister of Municipal Affairs, Nathalie Normandeau, 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."
 
Mayor Housefather and councillors Nashen and Kovac praised the EMS volunteers for their dedication and commitment to the community and for riding out these difficult last few years.  

"Our EMS medics are amazing volunteers and great human beings," Mayor Housefather said.

Côte Saint-Luc EMS is the only volunteer-based first responder service on the island and its training exceeds, and response time is less than, those fire stations that currently provide first responder service. It responds to 3,000 calls every year, including 1,500 Priority One calls.

“Côte Saint-Luc volunteer emergency care providers are extra sensitive to seniors, speak a multitude of languages, and are trained to deal with cultural sensitivities,” said Councillor Nashen, who has been involved with the EMS service for more than 25 years.

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, new 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 in the community and throughout southwestern Quebec.

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