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Library audiovisual department launched

Mayor Anthony Housefather and library director Tanya Abramovitch

Mayor Anthony Housefather and members of Council joined library director Tanya Abramovitch at the official launch of the new audiovisual department at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library on June 11, 2007.

Library users can now browse the entire A/V collection in person or review the full catalog on the library website. They can view films on the new DVD players and LCD televisions, and sample musical selections on the digital listening station. The new A/V lounge will even feature more sleek and modern furnishings.

“The Côte Saint-Luc library is the only one of its kind with a music librarian and a movie librarian,” said Councillor Steven Erdelyi who is the councillor responsible for the library and culture. “If you love documentaries, science programs, foreign films, and music, then become a member and take advantage of this wonderful resource.”

To become a member of the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library, visit the Circulation Desk (5851 Cavendish Blvd.) The one-time membership fee is $5 for adults, teenagers and children residing in Côte Saint-Luc. Proof of residency is required. For more information, call 514-485-6900 or visit www.elcslpl.org.

Library audiovisual department launched

Mayor Anthony Housefather and library director Tanya Abramovitch


Mayor Anthony Housefather
and members of Council joined library director Tanya Abramovitch at the official launch of the new audiovisual department at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library on June 11, 2007.
Library users can now browse the entire A/V collection in person or review the full catalog on the library website. They can view films on the new DVD players and LCD televisions, and sample musical selections on the digital listening station. The new A/V lounge will even feature more sleek and modern furnishings.

"The Côte Saint-Luc library is the only one of its kind with a music librarian and a movie librarian,” said Councillor Steven Erdelyi who is the councillor responsible for the library and culture. “If you love documentaries, science programs, foreign films, and music, then become a member and take advantage of this wonderful resource.”

To become a member of the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library, visit the Circulation Desk (5851 Cavendish Blvd.) The one-time membership fee is $5 for adults, teenagers and children residing in Côte Saint-Luc. Proof of residency is required. For more information, call 514-485-6900 or visit www.elcslpl.org. 

Official launch of new audiovisual department

Official launch of new audiovisual department: Côte Saint-Luc library provides residents CDs, specialty films, audio books, and language courses

Côte Saint-Luc, June 11, 2007 – Residents and the media are invited to the official open house of the new Audiovisual Department at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library today from 4pm to 7pm. The official launch is at 6pm.

Mayor Anthony Housefather, members of the City Council, and A/V staff will be on hand to launch the new and improved services at 6pm. Residents can also meet the movie and music librarians and desk clerk/artist Justin Burnham, whose art prominently hangs in the A/V lounge

WHAT: Launch of new and improved audiovisual department

WHERE: Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library, 5851 Cavendish Blvd.

WHEN: Monday, June 11 at 6pm

Library users can now browse the entire A/V collection in person or review the full catalog on the library website. They can view films on the new DVD players and LCD televisions, and sample musical selections on the digital listening station. The new A/V lounge will even feature more sleek and modern furnishings.

“The Côte Saint-Luc library is the only one of its kind with a music librarian and a movie librarian,” said Councillor Steven Erdelyi who is the councillor responsible for the library and culture. “If you love documentaries, science programs, foreign films, and music, then become a member and take advantage of this wonderful resource.”

To become a member of the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library, visit the Circulation Desk (5851 Cavendish Blvd.) The one-time membership fee is $5 for adults, teenagers and children residing in Côte Saint-Luc. Proof of residency is required. For more information, call 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

Employees shave heads for kids with cancer

Employees from the Public Works and Parks and Recreation departments shaved their heads on June 7 to raise money for children with cancer.

The employee initiative raised more than $2,000 for Leucan Quebec and was one of many Shaved Head Challenge events to take place across Quebec. In 2006 in Quebec, more than 5,100 people shaved their heads and raised $2.5 million for children with cancer.

Cote Saint Luc employees shave heads to raise funds for children with cancer


Ten employees shaved their heads to raise more than $2,000 for Leucan Quebec
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Côte Saint-Luc municipal employees to shave heads on June 7 to raise money for children with cancer

Côte Saint-Luc, May 29, 2007 – Employees from the City of Côte Saint-Luc will be shaving their heads on June 7 to raise funds for Leucan, a non-profit organization that enhances the well-being, healing and recovery of children with cancer.

The media is invited to watch the Shaved Head Challenge at the City of Côte Saint-Luc recreation building at 7500 Mackle Rd. on Thursday, June 7 at 1pm.

“Our municipal employees are extremely proud to be joining thousands of other Quebecers in raising money for children with cancer,” Côte Saint-Luc City Manager Ken Lerner said. “Apart from raising money, shaving one’s head is also a symbolic gesture to show these children that hair loss need not be a dramatic thing. Residents can help support our efforts by sponsoring an employee.”

The Director of Public Works and Urban Planning, David Tordjman, will be among the municipal staff who will shave their heads to raise money for Leucan.

Launched in 2004 across Quebec, the Shaved Head Challenge is an annual fundraising event. Last year in Quebec, more than 5,100 people shaved their heads and raised $2.5 million for children with cancer. Visit www.tetesrasees.com for more information. To make a donation, visit www.leucan.qc.ca/dons/don_en.asp or call 514-731-3696.

Leucan is non-profit organization founded in 1978. Its mission is to enhance the well-being, healing and recovery of children with cancer and ensure support for their families. Visit www.leucan.qc.ca 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 pleased by decision to keep open Neighbourhood Police Station 9

Côte Saint-Luc, May 23, 2007 – Mayor Anthony Housefather and the Côte Saint-Luc City Council are pleased that the Montreal public security committee last evening adopted recommendations to keep open Neighbourhood Police Station (NPS) 9.

“The decision to keep NPS 9 open is excellent news for the residents of Côte Saint-Luc, Hampstead and Montreal West,” said Mayor Anthony Housefather, who is also a member of the Montreal public security committee. “Our municipalities have an outstanding relationship with the police service including NPS9 commander, Sylvain Bissonette, and our local station is a model for how neighbourhood policing should be done.”

When the original proposal to merge NPS 9 and NPS 11 was received by Côte Saint-Luc, the city embarked on a vigorous lobbying campaign to retain its local station. Mayor Housefather accompanied by the mayors of Hampstead and Montreal West had numerous meetings with the police and Claude Dauphin, the City of Montreal Executive Committee member responsible for public safety. Additional meetings were held by Mayor Housefather, Councillor Glenn J. Nashen and Councillor Ruth Kovac with police representatives and these discussions along with the strong representations made by Côte Saint-Luc residents at a public consultation meeting held May 3 convinced the police service and the public security committee that NPS 9 should be retained.  

On May 22, the public security committee formally approved the recommendations from the Montreal Police Department to leave NPS 9 in its current location at the corner of Cavendish Blvd. and Kildare Rd. in Côte Saint-Luc.

“The Mayor, Councillor Kovac and I lobbied hard to keep our station and we are thrilled by the result,” said Councillor Glenn J. Nashen, responsible for Public Safety. “We have a close and effective relationship with the police station. Our EMS medics help train their police officers in CPR and automatic defibrillation.  The police officers work with routinely with our Public Security officers and volunteer Citizens on Patrol members to improve safety in our community. We want to keep crime prevention high on the agenda and ensure we are the safest city in the region.”

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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 Montreal transportation plan

Côte Saint-Luc disappointed by Montreal transportation plan:
Plan delays Cavendish to Cavendish extension until after 2017

Côte Saint-Luc, May 18, 2007 – Côte Saint-Luc Mayor Anthony Housefather expressed his disappointment that the City of Montreal transportation plan announced yesterday delays the development of the Cavendish Blvd. corridor.

“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 has ignored its promises and its timeline to build the Cavendish corridor to connect Saint-Laurent and Côte Saint-Luc,” Mayor Housefather said. “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.”

Councillor Dida Berku says the delays in the Cavendish Blvd. extension project are not acceptable.

“Initial discussion on connecting the two parts of Cavendish Blvd. started in the mid 1960s,” Councillor Berku said. “Studies were done in 1981, 1988, 1992, 1995, 1996 and 2000. The engineers at the Project Bureau on Cavendish Extension has been studying how to make it a reality since 2005 and route recommendations were scheduled for December 2006— but have not yet been presented.”

In December 2004, an engineering task force called the Project Bureau for Cavendish Extension was given the mandate and a $5 million budget to prepare feasibility studies, and make recommendations for the best route options. By prolonging the project another 10 years, much of the investment will now be wasted and many of the studies will have to be redone. The work was supposed to have started by 2007 to be completed by 2012.

“The City of Montreal has not respected its own deadlines and continues to delay the presentation of recommendations by the engineers at the Project Bureau,” Councillor Berku said. “And, today, Montreal has pushed back the completion of the project by another 10 years. This is a huge disappointment to our residents. According the transportation plan schedule page 103, phase one from Saint-Laurent to Royalmount is to be completed between 2012 and 2017. And phase two from Côte Saint-Luc to Royalmount after 2017.”

Montreal will hold public hearings before the final transportation plan is adopted in November 2007. Councillor Berku says the City of Côte Saint-Luc will mobilize its residents to demand the Cavendish plan be put back on schedule in accordance with the original schedule of the Project Bureau adopted in December 2004 by the City of Montreal and paid for by the Montreal Agglomeration.

“Our City Council and residents are very much in favour of extending Cavendish Blvd. to create north-south link from Côte Saint-Luc to the Borough of Saint-Laurent,” Councillor Berku said. “We will prepare for the public hearings to ensure that our voices are heard and to insist that Montreal keep its past promises and—once and for all—build the Cavendish Blvd. extension.”

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

Author Barbara Coloroso to speak in Côte Saint-Luc on Tuesday, May 29

Côte Saint-Luc, May 16, 2007 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc is proud to present a discussion with Barbara Coloroso, author of ‘Extraordinary Evil: A Brief History of Genocide… and Why It Matters’ on Tuesday, May 29 at 7:30 pm at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library (5851 Cavendish Blvd.).

In her book, Coloroso examines of three clearly defined genocides— the Armenians in the Ottoman Empire, the Jews, Roma, and Sinti in Europe and the Tutsi in Rwanda – Coloroso illuminates the commonalities among them in order to identify and define their root causes. She then proposes means by which would-be genocidaires might be deterred and devastated victims might begin to heal.

Tickets cost $3 and are on sale now at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library. The discussion is presented in partnership with the Penguin Group (Canada) . Call the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library at 514-485-6900 for details.

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

                

Media invited to Côte Saint-Luc volunteer Citizens on Patrol assembly on May 17

Côte Saint-Luc, May 16, 2007 – The media is invited to attend the next assembly of the Côte Saint-Luc volunteer Citizens on Patrol on Thursday, May 17 at 7pm at City Hall, 5801 Cavendish Blvd.

The vCOP patrollers meeting is held once every two months. It provides refresher training to vCOP volunteers, which adds to the seven hours of classroom training and six hours of on-the-road training received when they joined vCOP.

What: vCOP assembly

Where: City Hall, Auditorium, 5801 Cavendish Blvd.

When: Thursday, May 17 at 7pm


Please note: vCOP volunteers in uniform will be available for media photos with their patrol vehicles in front of City Hall between 6:45pm and 7pm.

About 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 the innovative vCOP program on July 1, 2006. Similar programs have been established in communities throughout Canada and the United States. All vCOP follow basic training, which includes:
 
    * Observation and effective patrolling skills
    * Shift procedures
    * Personal safety
    * Crime prevention
    * First aid and defibrillation

The training is provided by volunteers on the training team, and local law enforcement, EMS and Fire Department representatives. The classroom training takes approximately seven hours scheduled over two evenings. On-the-road training takes six hours during three shifts of two hours each.

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

Irving Layton Avenue dedicated

The City of Côte Saint-Luc honoured the late Canadian poet Irving Layton at a street dedication ceremony on Sunday, May 6, 2007. Layton spent parts of his life in Côte Saint-Luc and raised two of his children here. Irving Layton Ave. is situated behind St. Richard’s Church and École Maimonide near Guelph Road and Parkhaven Avenue.

The event was also an opportunity to showcase the proposed new Côte Saint-Luc street sign design. The sign is the first on the Island of Montreal to use the ClearviewHwy typeface, which has been proven to increase readability, especially for older drivers. It also uses a white-on-green text for better legibility than Montreal’s black-on-white signs. It includes the civic number range for each block at the bottom of the sign to improve wayfinding. Finally, it reflects the bilingual nature of Côte Saint-Luc with French and English street designations.

Irving Layton Avenue street sign -- City of Cote Saint-Luc
New Côte Saint-Luc street sign 

 

More than 100 people attended the Irving Layton Ave. street-naming ceremony on May 6, 2007 in Cote St. Luc

 

More than 100 people attended the Irving Layton Ave. street dedication ceremony 

MP Irwing Cotler, MNA Lawrence Bergman, and members of the Layton family join City Council members at the unveiling of the street sign

MP Irwin Cotler, MNA Lawrence Bergman, and members of the Layton family join City Council members at the unveiling of the street sign 

The City of Côte Saint-Luc reiterates its opposing to police station mergers

Côte Saint-Luc, May 2, 2007 – Mayor Anthony Housefather today renewed his opposition of any forced merger of Neighbourhood Police Station 9 by the Montreal Police Department and island-wide Agglomeration Council.

Côte Saint-Luc passed an anti police merger resolution at its last City Council meeting on April 16 and sent copies to the members of the Agglomeration Council, the Minister of Public Security and to the MNAs for the ridings of D’Arcy McGee and NDG.

“After having experienced being served by a joint station operating out of NDG before community policing was introduced, we are not prepared to support the merger of our Police Station 9 with Police Station 11,” said Mayor Anthony Housefather. “A visible police presence gives residents—particularly our large senior population—a sense of safety and security that cannot be achieved from a distance.

“In addition, our combined 14 schools and numerous religious institutions often require additional police presence. There is no room for compromise when it comes to the safety and security of our residents. We need Neighbourhood Police Station 9.”

Councillor Glenn J. Nashen said that the residents of the City of Côte Saint-Luc, the Town of Hampstead and the Town of Montreal West fear that the removal of their neighbourhood police station would dramatically diminish the local police presence to undesirable levels.

“We insist on retaining a local neighbourhood police station in the territory of Côte Saint-Luc serving the population,” said Councillor Nashen, who is responsible for public security on City Council.

Councillor Ruth Kovac said that police service decreased the last time Côte Saint-Luc lost its local police station.

“Police service declined when Côte Saint Luc lost its own police department in the late 1960s, and was subsequently served by the Montreal Urban Community police, service declined drastically, until Côte Saint Luc, Hampstead and Montreal West decided to lobby for more police presence,” Councillor Kovac said. “It took about 30 years, but we finally got Station 9 and saw immediate improvement to our safety and security and response time.

“The residents of Côte St. Luc, Hampstead and Montreal West pay handsomely to the Agglomeration Council. Why should we settle for any less of a service?”

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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 honour the poet Irving Layton at street naming ceremony

Côte Saint-Luc, April 26, 2007 – Mayor Anthony Housefather and the Côte Saint-Luc City Council will officially dedicate a new street in honour of the poet Irving Layton on Sunday, May 6, 2007 at 11am on Irving Layton Ave.

The event is chaired by Councillor Mike Cohen, who is responsible for toponymy in the city, and Councillor Mitchell Brownstein, who represents the district where the street is located. Other participants include École Maimonide, Max Layton—son of Irving Layton—other members of the Layton family, Mount Royal MP Irwin Cotler, and D’Arcy McGee MNA Lawrence Bergman.

All residents are invited to attend the street naming ceremony.

“Irving Layton lived for long periods of his life in Côte Saint-Luc,” Mayor Housefather said. “He raised two of his children in our community and chose to spend his last years here. Layton was an extraordinary prolific writer, poet and teacher. I am proud to dedicate this avenue to his memory.

“It’s an opportunity to give something back to a man who gave so much to our community and country with his enduring works.”

Born in the small Romanian town of Tirgul Neamt in 1912 to Jewish parents, Layton immigrated with his family to Canada in 1913, settling in Montreal. He grew up in a poor neighborhood around St. Urbain Street and fell in love with poetry in grade 10.

Layton spent most of his career as a teacher. He taught at Concordia University (then Sir George Williams), Herzliah High School and the Jewish Public Library. Many of his students have become prominent figures, including Mr. Cotler, and Mr. Bergman.

Layton published 50 books of poetry and prose between 1945 and 1992, many of which were translated into Greek, Italian, Spanish, Korean and other languages. His collection of poetry, A Red Carpet for the Sun, won the Governor General's Award in 1959. He was made an Officer in the Order of Canada in 1976. Irving Layton passed away on January 4, 2006 at age of 93.

“Because of my father I am a better human being,” said Max Layton, now a Toronto school teacher and a musician referring to how his late father influenced his life and made him who he is today. Max described his father proudly as “amazingly well-read with an astonishing breadth of interests and insights.” Max believes having had his father to talk to has been his greatest privilege.

The dedication ceremony will include the unveiling of the street sign, a plaque in honour of Irving Layton, and speeches by Mayor Housefather and Max Layton. Refreshments will be served at École Maimonide following the ceremony. Irving Layton Ave. is situated behind St. Richard’s Church and École Maimonide bordering Guelph Road, Parkhaven Avenue, Chamberland Crescent, Midway and Windfall.

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

Atom A Canucks meet Prime Minister Harper

Congratulations to the Côte Saint-Luc Atom A Canucks, who won the Eastern Hockey League Atom A Season championship this year after a 16-1-1 regular season record. 

The Canucks played in the championship game at the Ottawa Year End Minor Hockey Tournament where the team met Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Canucks with Prime Minister Stephen Harper

>> More: http://www.cotesaintluc.org/en/AtACanucks

 

Our e-mail addresses have changed

Our email addresses have changedIf you communicate with the staff or elected officials regularly, please note that our e-mail addresses have changed.

Every e-mail address now ends with @cotesaintluc.org -- instead of @cote-saint-luc.qc.ca.

 

C.S.L. stays close to Israel - Israel 11, Canucks 8

It wasn’t a good night for the goalies, as the Israel junior A national hockey squad outlasted the midget A Côte St. Luc Canucks to earn an 11-8 win on Israel’s Quebec stop on its North American two-week tour last Sunday night at the Samuel Moscovitch Arena.

The packed house was entertained by old-fashioned fire-brand hockey.

Despite 19 pucks finding the back of the net, Côte St. Luc goalies Josh Waisgrus and Giuseppe Cappuccio and Israel’s Eden Nemenoff and Liam Horowitz made several stellar stops in their respective tours of duty.

The crowd was buzzing about Israel’s Daniel Erlich, who scored five of the 11 goals for the visitors, including the first four Israel goals.

Erlich, 15, was born in Toronto and began playing at the age of three. By the time he turned four, his family had moved to Metula.

“When the program started up, I was excited about being able to play hockey again,” Erlich said.

“Having this opportunity to come over here and play in the United States and Canada is important for the development of the game in Israel.”

Côte St. Luc was the first Canadian stop on their tour after games in Chicago and New York.

“They (the Canucks) were a good team,” he said. “They gave us a better game than the American teams we played.”

The closest the Canucks got to a lead came in the third when Shaun Waisgrus tied the score at 6-6 on a nice effort where he flipped the puck past Israel’s goalie Liam Horowitz.

Leading the Canucks attack was team captain Gregory Kates, who had a hat trick on the night.

“Scoring three in front of that many people in a game like this was special,” Kates said. “Getting three in the loss taints it a bit. I would have rather had the win.”

Kates felt his team turned it up a notch against the visiting Israelis.

“They had some amazing players,” he said. “That number 10 (Erlich) was hard to stop, but we all played hard.”

Israel also had to adjust to playing no contact against the Canucks as per Hockey Quebec rules.

“It was interesting to play without the hitting,” Erlich said. “It made for a more skilled game of working the puck around.”

The head coach of the Israel program for the past three years is former Montreal Canadiens’ coach Jean Perron, who has seen hockey in Israel come a long way in a short time.

“When we started three years ago I was wondering how we’d get enough players to play,” Perron said. “Now we have too many players, so it is great to see the amount of participation grow.

“This tour will do a lot for the program; we wanted to bring the players into hockey culture by getting them to play in American and Canadian cities with strong hockey histories.”

Rounding out the scoring for Israel were Ethan Wereck with three, Daniel Mazor with a pair and a single by Jonathan Rebibo.

The other scorers for the Canucks were Daniel Harroch, Andrew Kligman, Kevin Libman and Josh Salzberg.  

By Mark Lidbetter, The Suburban

Côte Saint-Luc honours volunteers by proclaiming April 15 to 21 as Volunteer Week

Côte Saint-Luc, April 16, 2007 – Côte Saint-Luc today proclaimed the week of April 15 to 21, 2007 as Volunteer Week in Côte Saint-Luc.

“Volunteers are a part of the service we provide our residents and we want to shine the spotlight on their efforts,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “Our volunteers come from all backgrounds, ages and life experiences. Our volunteers help plan events, coach sports teams, assist seniors, patrol our streets our streets and—in the case of our EMS volunteers—save lives.”

Volunteer organizations in Côte Saint-Luc includes Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Senior Social Club, Senior Men’s Club, Senior’s Garden Club, Royal Canadian Legion – Brigadier Frederick Kisch Branch 97, Communauté Sépharade Unifiée du Québec, Minor Hockey Association, Figure Skating Association, Adult Sports Association and many more.

In addition to proclaiming Volunteer Week, the City Council also honoured the volunteering efforts of Jack Budovitch who helped found the Senior Men’s Club 20 years ago, and Abe Simpkin, president of the Senior’s Garden Club for the past 26 years.

In Canada, more than 11.8 million people volunteer their time to help others, contributing almost 2 billion volunteer hours each year.

Attached photo: The City Council and Senior Men's Club co-founder Jack Budovitch. 

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

André Dubois photography exhibit coming to Côte Saint-Luc

Côte Saint-Luc, April 13, 2007 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc presents “Promenades urbaines au sténopé”, photographs by André Dubois, from April 19 to May 27, 2007 at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library (5851 Cavendish Blvd.).

Dubois uses pinhole photography to create images of urban environments.

“I favour using pinhole photography to create my images, because pinhole naturally produces an extended depth of field, allowing me to present interesting perspectives,” Dubois said. “What I enjoy particularly is creating intriguing images out of familiar places, images which are sometimes very surprising because they present reality from a different angle.

“I am fascinated by the environment and by everything that surrounds me, thus urban architecture has become my main subject. Montreal, with its amazing variety of distinctive architectural buildings, is a great source of inspiration for me. My many images of Montreal reflect my attachment to this city. These photos are representative of my contemplative nature.”

Dubois is a self-taught photographer with almost 30 years practice in artistic printing. He has been involved in photography from a very early age, but he has only been practicing full-time for five years.

“We welcome the Dubois exhibit to our library and encourage residents to view these fascinating images,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said.

Visitors can view the exhibit daily between 10am and 10pm. Call 514-485-6900 for details.

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

Côte Saint-Luc asks for volunteers to help clean up the city on Earth Day, April 20

Côte Saint-Luc, April 5, 2007 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc is calling on residents and organizations to join communities around the world by picking up trash in green spaces on Earth Day, Friday, April 20, 2007.

“We are asking for schools, companies, social clubs, athletic associations and residents to pitch in for an hour or so to help keep our city beautiful,” said Councillor Steven Erdelyi who is co-chairing the event with Councilor Dida Berku. “You can clean up the lawn outside your house or apartment, or help clean part of a park in your area.”

The clean up will begin at 2pm on Friday, April 20. Residents must sign in between 2pm and 6pm at the Public Works building (7001 Mackle Road) to pick up gloves and garbage bags. A Côte Saint-Luc Eco Action team leader will suggest a location for clean-up. Schools and other organizations will take part between 9am and 2pm.

Côte Saint-Luc will be one of many communities around the world participating in the clean up initiative, which was started 15 years ago by Clean Up the World, a community-based environmental program that inspires and empowers individuals and communities from every corner of the globe to clean up, fix up and conserve their environment. To date, more than 35 million people around the world have taken part in Clean Up the World events.

Volunteers will be supplied with gloves and garbage bags and will receive certificates from the city. Residents and organizations should register by Tuesday, April 17 in order to participate. They can join in by calling 514-485-6868 or visiting www.CSLearthday.com.

 

Attached photo: Members of the CSL Eco Action Team 

Foreground: Councillor Dida Berku
Middle (L to R): Afrouz Izadpanah, Robin Goldstein, Gail Goldstein, Leslye Lang, Ulli Elia, Naomi Jacobson, Vivian Riley
Background: Toby Shulman, Ron Gallant, Mayor Anthony Housefather, Councillor Steven Erdelyi
Absent: Sondra Goldman, Irene Klein

 

 

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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 information session on April 10 at 6pm

Côte Saint-Luc, April 2, 2007 – An information session for potential Côte Saint-Luc Emergency Medical Services (EMS) volunteer medics will take place on April 10 at 6pm at EMS headquarters, 8100 Côte Saint-Luc Rd.

Those interested in attending the information session or who want more information should call or leave a voice message at 514-485-6956.
 
EMS trainees are required to attend a 120-hour training course, which is held on Wednesday evenings and every other weekend (Saturday and Sunday during the day) for four months.
 
“We’re looking for volunteers who care about their community,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said.  “EMS needs energetic and dynamic people who want to learn a new skill and be part of a team of lifesavers.”
 
Subsidized by the City of Côte Saint-Luc, the EMS training course will teach volunteers about human anatomy, physiology, emergency scene approach, oxygen administration, defibrillation, spinal immobilization, trauma care, cardiac monitoring and much more.
“The EMS experience is an invaluable opportunity where recruits will learn lifesaving techniques, develop challenging career paths and gain leadership skills,” said Councillor Glenn J. Nashen, the councillor responsible for public safety and a former EMS volunteer. “Most volunteers are either students or have full-time jobs. Many past EMS volunteers have gone on to careers in medicine and allied health professions thanks to their Côte Saint-Luc EMS experience.”
 
The Côte Saint-Luc EMS is a first responder service that responds to medical emergencies within Côte Saint-Luc. Calls are received through 9-1-1 and EMS volunteers are dispatched simultaneously with Urgences-santé ambulances. While ambulance response time in Côte Saint-Luc stands at an average of 10 minutes, EMS crews arrive in less than three minutes and immediately put their life saving skills to good use. Last year, EMS volunteers responded to 3,000 calls.
 
For more information about joining Côte Saint-Luc EMS, call 514-485-6956.

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

Côte Saint-Luc calls on Minister Lawrence Bergman to take up EMS cause

Côte Saint-Luc calls on Minister Lawrence Bergman to take up EMS cause after  Montreal shuts door to negotiations to save first responder service

CÔTE SAINT-LUC, March 26, 2007 - Mayor Anthony Housefather called on D’Arcy McGee MNA Lawrence Bergman to state publicly what he will do if re-elected to maintain Côte Saint-Luc Emergency Medical Services (EMS) as a first responder service now that the Mayor of Montreal has refused to negotiate with Côte Saint-Luc to preserve its status.

“Minister Bergman told us to negotiate with the City of Montreal to keep our EMS first responder service,” Mayor Housefather said. “We tried in good faith, but the Mayor of Montreal made it clear he has no intention of negotiating with us or keeping his word on past promises. It is now time for Minister Bergman to tell Côte Saint-Luc residents what he will do to protect EMS if he is re-elected.”

At the island-wide Agglomeration Council meeting on March 22, Mayor Housefather, and councillors Glenn J. Nashen, Dida Berku and Ruth Kovac asked Gerald Tremblay, the Mayor of Montreal, to explain why he broke a 2001 election promise to help preserve EMS.
“Mayor Tremblay couldn’t adequately explain to any of the questioners why he broke his election promise,” said Mayor Housefather. “Instead, he said that the terms of the collective agreement with the firefighters union made it difficult to fight to protect our first responder service.”

A 2003 letter to Côte Saint-Luc from the director of the Montreal Fire Department, Alain Michaud, stated clearly that nothing in the collective agreement prevents EMS volunteers from continuing their service.

The letter from the fire chief was followed by a press release issued on October 27, 2003 by the City of Montreal that confirms the contents of the letter and quotes Montreal Executive Committee member Peter Yeomans stating that Montreal will negotiate with the firefighter’s union:

Notre administration à l’intention de s’asseoir avec le syndicat des pompiers afin d’aborder la question du service SMU de Côte St-Luc, comme exemple de « pratiques exemplaires », pouvant servir de modèle à reproduire pour les autres arrondissements.

Councillor Nashen, responsible for public safety, said that Minister Bergman must now take this issue up at the next sitting of the Quebec legislature.

“Minister Bergman must fulfill his obligation to better represent our interests in Quebec City by striking out any deadline for EMS to cease offering Priority One service,” Councillor Nashen said. “Minister Bergman must clarify his intentions with regard to EMS before we vote.”

In additional to questions from councillors Nashen, Berku and Kovac, EMS volunteer medics Mike Lessard and Lt. Leon Yetnikoff questioned Mayor Tremblay on his flip-flop on protecting EMS.

Residents can learn more about the campaign to help save Côte Saint-Luc EMS by visiting www.saveEMS.com or by calling 514-485-6892.

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

Councillor Glenn J. Nashen to speak at Le Waldorf Residence this evening on the urgency of saving Côte Saint-Luc EMS

Côte Saint-Luc, March 15, 2007 – The media is invited to attend a discussion this evening at 6:45pm at Le Waldorf Residence (7400 Côte Saint-Luc Rd.) on the future of Côte Saint-Luc Emergency Medical Services (EMS). Councillor Glenn J. Nashen and EMS Director Stéphane Kallos will address residents.

Residents of Le Waldorf will also present a signed petition to Councillor Nashen in support of the Côte Saint-Luc EMS service.

DATE:        Thursday, March 15, 2007

TIME:        6:45pm

LOCATION:    Le Waldorf Residence, 7400 Côte Saint-Luc Rd.

The event is part of a campaign launched by the City of Côte Saint-Luc to pressure the Quebec government to modify its law on first responders to allow the volunteer EMS service to respond to emergency medical calls after December 31, 2008.

The media are invited to attend the event. Photo opportunities are available.

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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 Public Security Chief is 29-year veteran of Montreal Police Department

Côte Saint-Luc, March 2, 2007 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc is happy to welcome former Montreal police investigator Michel Martel as its new Public Security Chief.

Chief Martel worked for the Montreal Police Department from 1970 to 1999. He specialized in reconstructing the events that led to fatal accidents for coroner inquests.

“Chief Martel brings a wealth of experience from 29 years with the police to our Public Security Department,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “He is a major asset to the city and his presence and recommendations will certainly improve safety and crime prevention in Côte Saint-Luc. Our city is safe. Michel will help make it even safer.”

Glenn J. Nashen, the Councillor responsible for public safety, says he is pleased Chief Martel will lead the Public Security Department.

"Chief Martel will work to raise the profile of our outstanding group of public security officers and bring them closer to the public in terms of education and awareness of bylaws".

Chief Martel reports to the City Manager.

About the Public Security Department
The Public Security Department is responsible for enforcing municipal bylaws. Staffed 24-hours-a-day, 365-days-a-year, the sworn officers enforce parking and noise by-laws, patrol local parks and municipal buildings, respond to major incidents, control traffic and much more. The Public Security Department budget for 2007 is $589,603.

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

Award-winning art from Montreal Arts Council on display at the Côte Saint-Luc Public Library until April 12

Côte Saint-Luc, March 1, 2007 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc and the Montreal Arts Council present Œuvres de Prix : Collection du Conseil des arts de Montréal at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library from March 2 to April 12, 2007.

This exhibit showcases past winners of the Montreal Arts Council Grand Prize, which was established in 1985. On exhibit are works by 19 artists including Raymonde April, Pierre Ayot, Geoffrey James, Serge Tousignant, and Irene F. Whittome.

Founded in 1956, the Montreal Arts Council was the first arts council in Canada. This year it is celebrating 50 years of providing support to the arts, emerging artists and artists from ethnocultural communities that together make Montreal vibrant.
 
The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library is located at 5851 Cavendish Boulevard, in Côte Saint-Luc. Opening hours are Monday to Sunday, 10am to 10pm. For information, call 514-485-6900.
 

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

 

Attached image for use by media publication:

"To Be or Not" by Francine Simonin (1990)
Photo credit: Guy L'Heureux

Seniors rally to help save EMS

Seniors rally to help save EMS

More than 40 residents from St. Patrick Square for Seniors and B'nai Brith House delivered more than 250 signatures at City Hall on February 26, 2007 in support of Cote Saint-Luc Emergency Medical Services (EMS). Council also received other petitions in support of EMS from residents of Le Waldorf.

>> More information on how to help save EMS  

Second annual Laughter is the Best Medicine Comedy Benefit coming March 8 to Côte Saint-Luc

Côte Saint-Luc, February 23, 2007 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc is pleased to announce a benefit comedy show on Thursday, March 8 at 8pm at the Harold Greenspon Auditorium of the Bernard Lang Civic Centre (5801 Cavendish Blvd.).

The second annual Laughter is the Best Medicine Comedy Benefit feature some of the top young, up-and-coming comedians in Montreal, including Kristoff Bonaparte, Kevin Gasior, Peter Radomski and Andrew Searles. The show headliners are Alan Shain and Phil Shuchat. The show is organized and hosted by Michael Lifshitz.

Shuchat is a regular on the Montreal comedy scene. His quirky insight and energetic delivery have resulted in appearances in the Just for Laughs International Comedy Festival, successful tours through Canada and the United States and television appearances including the Comedy Network's Adventures in Comedy and Comedy at Club 54. Shain, from Ottawa, who has cerebral palsy, uses humour to attack the idea that disabled people are passive and helpless. His artistic work is founded on a deep commitment to disability activism and taking a personal responsibility for creating change.

Proceeds from the evening will go to the Norman Lifshitz Memorial Fund to support the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics at McGill University. The endowment is named after Lifshitz’s father, who was a pharmacist.

Lifshitz, 31, is a chartered accountant and completed his MBA in November 2006. He advocates for the disabled and launched in 2005 the website sureican.info , which aims to help people live and succeed with a disability. He is also a contributor to Exceptional Family magazine. Lifeshitz, who himself is disabled, says his goal is to inspire and give hope to parents whose children have disabilities.

“Hopefully, by sharing my experiences, I can help parents deal with the challenges they and their children may face," Lifshitz said. "Comedy gives me another avenue to reach people. First of all, humor puts people at ease. If you can laugh at your disability, it becomes less of an issue. Also, by joking about the attitudes of some, it makes people realize just how silly some stereotypes can be."

Tickets for the second annual Laughter is the Best Medicine Comedy Benefit show are $10 if purchased in advance, or $15 if purchased at the door. To get tickets or for more information, contact Michael Lifshitz at 514-569-2605 or michael.lifshitz@investorsgroup.com.

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For more information: Darryl Levine, Director of Public Affairs and Communications, 514-485-8905, dlevine@cote-saint-luc.qc.ca

Residents of St. Patrick Square for Seniors rally to help save Côte Saint-Luc EMS

Côte Saint-Luc, February 22, 2007 – Côte Saint-Luc Mayor Anthony Housefather and the City Council will welcome residents from St. Patrick Square for Seniors who will deliver a signed petition asking Minister of Revenue and D’Arcy McGee MNA Lawrence Bergman to help save Côte Saint-Luc Emergency Medical Services (EMS).

The presentation of signatures is part of a campaign launched by the City of Côte Saint-Luc to pressure the Quebec government to modify its law on first responders to allow the volunteer EMS service to respond to emergency medical calls after December 31, 2008. Unless the Quebec government changes its law on first responders, EMS will lose that right.

DATE: Monday, February 26

TIME: 6pm

LOCATION: Côte Saint-Luc City Hall, Council Chamber, 5801 Cavendish Blvd.

The media are invited to attend the event. Photo opportunities are available.

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For more information: Darryl Levine, Director of Public Affairs and Communications, 514-485-8905, dlevine@cote-saint-luc.qc.ca

Suburbanites are happy their towns demerged


The following text by Mayor Anthony Housefather appeared in The Gazette on January 31, 2007. 

In June of 2004, The Gazette editorially counselled suburban voters to vote against demerger. Fortunately, most suburban residents didn't take The Gazette's advice and 15 municipalities on the Island of Montreal and four municipalities on the South Shore were reconstituted on Jan. 1, 2006 with their own mayors and councils in charge of local services once again.

While your editorial on Jan. 27 recognized the unfairness of the forced mergers, the arrogance of the mayor of Montreal and the absurdities and injustices of the agglomeration council, you again opined that: "If they had known then what we know now, we believe, many suburbanites would have stifled the impulse to vote themselves out of mega-Montreal."

That passing comment demonstrates that the editorial board of The Gazette is as out of touch on this issue today as it was in June 2004. I believe that if there were a referendum today, the majority for demerger would be even higher than it was in 2004 because residents of the demerged cities have seen their local services gradually return to the levels that they expect and deserve.

While it is true that the agglomeration council is an unfair structure and an affront to democracy, so was the megacity.

When I campaigned for demerger, I always stressed that the principal reason for demerger was that local councils would have complete control over our human resources and the services our residents care most about such as snow-clearing, garbage collection, recycling, recreation programs, libraries and public security. Demerger would also restore our ability to tax to pay for such programs and ensure that that local services would eventually return to pre-merger levels. I think most reconstituted cities have achieved this and our residents recognize it.

In Cote St. Luc, for example, given the fact the local municipality once again controls human resources, we have been able to appoint a young and energetic management staff that has worked tirelessly with council to rebuild our services and we have established a management policy that is fair to managers but also affordable given our size.

We have also been able to restore good relationships with our local unions, and have enjoyed a year of total labour peace. We now control our own collective-agreement negotiations which means we can sit down with the unions and agree on terms that make sense for our city and our employees.

In megacity Montreal, human-resources policies are set by the central city and not the boroughs. Had we stayed in Montreal, we would have continued to have Montreal dictate human-resources policy and we would have continued to be hostage to the city of Montreal's struggles with its unions. Not a good scenario.

The reconstituted municipalities now are able to raise money for local services through the local tax bill. We decide locally how much money we need to run our services effectively. Boroughs within Montreal do not have that luxury and simply receive the amount of money the Montreal executive committee decides to allot for local services. Their only option is to levy a surtax to raise additional funds leading to average tax hikes in a borough like LaSalle of approximately 17 per cent.

Meanwhile, a year after demerger, through visibility and control of finances, most demerged cities have seen an average increase of local residential taxes that is less than the rate of inflation while having far greater amounts to spend on local services than they did as boroughs of the city of Montreal.

As demerged communities we have once again been able to introduce new and innovative services or improve what existed in Montreal. In Cote St. Luc, for example, we regained control of our local water network and this year fixed breaks in an average of a few hours compared with the several days it took while we were part of Montreal.

We introduced a Voluntary Citizens on Patrol Program that has been heralded by the police as an excellent enhancement to public security and have agreed with our blue-collar union to do garbage collection in-house at a significant savings to the increased tender prices that came in this year.

We have once again been able to ensure that our public library has sufficient funding to serve our residents by charging non-residents for membership. Other demerged cities have their own accomplishments and it is very rare that I hear any resident of a demerged city wishing that they were part of the megacity once again.

Sure, the agglomeration council is a source of constant frustration. As always when it comes to regional services, we pay a lot and get very little with no real say. I join my colleagues in calling for the Liberal government to undo the structure it has created to provide a fairer, more accountable and more democratic regional level of government that can not be abused by the city of Montreal.

I do believe that one day a Quebec government will change this structure as almost everyone agrees that it makes no sense. That being said, if we had not demerged, we would have continued to have no real say over any services, local or regional and the improvements to local services that our residents have seen since demerger would not have occurred.

Let me assure The Gazette that suburban residents do not regret the decision that they made in 2004 to leave the megacity. It was a good decision; it was the right decision.

Anthony Housefather is the mayor of Cote St. Luc.

Annual Jeannôt Bouchard Memorial CanSkate Gathering at the Samuel Moskovitch Arena on February 17 and 18

Côte Saint-Luc, February 9, 2007 – The City of Côte-Luc and the Côte Saint-Luc Figure Skating Club will be hosting the 13th annual Jeannôt Bouchard Memorial CanSkate Gathering on February 17 and 18, 2007 at the Samuel Moskovitch Arena (6985 Mackle Rd.).

Hundreds of skaters aged five to 12 representing 13 skating clubs across western Montreal and the West Island (part of the Lac Saint-Louis region) will participate in the event.

“I wish all the participants good luck,” Côte Saint-Luc Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “I hope Côte Saint-Luc residents are inspired by this competition and take advantage of our indoor and outdoor ice rinks.”

The Côte Saint-Luc Figure Skating Club will send 38 skaters in eight teams to compete in five competitive categories and a number of individual freestyle skaters to compete in solo categories.

The competition runs from 9am to 9pm on Saturday and 9am 2pm on Sunday. Admission is free and all are welcome.

The 13 skating clubs are from cities and towns of Beaconsfield, Côte Saint-Luc, Dollard des Ormeaux, Dorval, Kirkland, Lachine, LaSalle, Saint-Laurent, Outremont, Pierrefonds, Pointe Claire, TMR, and Verdun.

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For more information: Darryl Levine, 514-485-8905, dlevine@cote-saint-luc.qc.ca

Help save EMS

Help save EMS
by Glenn J. Nashen, City Councillor (Public Safety)

When we were first elected, the Côte Saint-Luc City Council worked closely with MNA Lawrence Bergman to get an exemption for our unique first-responder service, Emergency Medical Services (EMS).

During the merger years, the City of Montreal planned to transfer the most serious medical calls—called Priority One—to the fire department and signed a collective agreement with the fire department setting out those terms. Priority One calls constitute half of the calls EMS responds to on an annual basis.

Against all odds, we were able to secure a three-year exemption until December 31, 2008 but that date is fast approaching. In order to ensure that our ability to maintain our unique EMS service as we know it, we need the Quebec legislature to intervene and provide us with a permanent exemption to remain fully in control of our life-saving service that has operated successfully and at low cost for more than 25 years.

Côte Saint-Luc EMS is the only such volunteer service on the Island of Montreal and has saved many lives.

Having the fire department serve as first responders throughout the rest of the island is big bonus to those residents who do not already enjoy such a service. But while the fire department hopes to respond in six minutes, Côte Saint-Luc EMS already has a response time of less than three minutes. When seconds count most, why would we accept a slower response? Fire department responders will have about 50 hours of training while our volunteers have three times more training. Our EMS volunteers know Côte Saint-Luc better, speak more languages and have been connected the community for more than 40 years!

These are just some of the more important reasons why we must speak out now, before the next provincial election, and demand that our provincial government grant Côte Saint-Luc EMS continued authority over all medical emergencies, including Priority One calls, on a permanent basis. Please do not delay. Côte Saint-Luc EMS is a matter of life and death!

Please contact your Quebec MNA, Lawrence Bergman, to ask him for his help to save Côte Saint-Luc EMS.

Lawrence Bergman
Minister of Revenue
Member for D'Arcy McGee
5800 Cavendish Blvd., Suite 403
Côte Saint-Luc, QC  H4W 2T5
Tel.: 514-488-7028
E-mail: cabinet@revenu.gouv.qc.ca

Côte Saint-Luc now has nine life-saving defibrillators in use across city

Côte Saint-Luc, February 5, 2007 - The City of Côte Saint-Luc installed three new automatic external defibrillators (AED) in municipal buildings this week, which increases the number of life saving devices available across the city to nine.

The three automatic external defibrillators were installed at the Bernard Lang Civic Centre (which includes City Hall and the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library), the Samuel Moskovitch Arena and the Côte Saint-Luc Community Centre.

"Côte Saint-Luc has always been leader in public safety, whether it is our volunteer Emergency Medical Services program, our pesticide ban or our bicycle helmet bylaw,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. "Automatic external defibrillators are proven life-saving devices and may make the difference one day to someone in the first critical moments after cardiac arrest."

An automated external defibrillator is a portable electronic device that diagnoses and treats cardiac arrest by re-establishing an effective heart rhythm. These devices are automated with recorded voice prompts to guide the user on how to apply it. Once the device is properly set up, it delivers the shock automatically without the user having to push a button. The device won’t shock someone with a normal heart rhythm, so they are not a danger to anyone.

In addition to the three permanent automated external defibrillators, there are also four units in use by Côte Saint-Luc Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and two units in use by Côte Saint-Luc Public Security.

Public Security constables received eight hours of CPR training, including use of the automated external defibrillators. They will use these devices only if Côte Saint-Luc EMS or Urgences-santé are not on the scene.

Dr. Mitch Shulman, a specialist in emergency medicine as well as being the Medical Director of the Côte Saint-Luc EMS, says out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest, caused by ventricular fibrillation, is an important cause of death in Canada.

“The most effective treatment available to victims of sudden cardiac arrest is early defibrillation,” Dr. Shulman said. “Medical studies have shown that targeted responders, such as police and security personnel, can learn to use an automated external defibrillator safely and effectively."

Côte Saint-Luc EMS has been equipped with defibrillators since 1993. In additional to the four defibrillators used by EMS, there are now AEDs positioned at the Samuel Moskovitch Arena, the Bernard Lang Civic Centre, the Côte Saint-Luc Municipal Pool. There are two AEDs in the Public Security vehicle fleet.
Later this month, two more automated external defibrillators will be installed in both volunteer Citizens on Patrol (vCOP) vehicles, bringing the city-wide total to 11. Volunteer patrollers are currently receiving additional medical training on the proper use of these devices.

“Côte Saint-Luc has set a goal to make Public Access Defibrillation part of the municipal scene in Côte Saint-Luc and CPR training more accessible to our residents,“ said Glenn J. Nashen, the Councillor responsible for public safety. “Expanding their use to our trained Public Security constables and vCOP patrollers and installing permanent ones in key municipal buildings will help us cover more area and provide help to residents who need it."

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For more information: Darryl Levine, 514-485-8905, dlevine@cote-saint-luc.qc.ca