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Seeking Côte Saint-Luc crime prevention volunteers

Côte Saint-Luc Volunteer Citizens on PartrolCôte Saint-Luc, March 29, 2012 – The Côte Saint-Luc volunteer Citizens on Patrol are recruiting new members for this neighbourhood-watch-on-wheels program. 

Residents interested in joining vCOP should come to an information session on Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at 7 pm at Côte Saint-Luc City Hall (5801 Cavendish Blvd.). They should bring identification and a completed copy of the application form available at www.CoteSaintLuc.org/en/vcop. 

”Our volunteers have logged more than 28,000 hours and 156,000 kilometres since the program was launched in July 2006,” said Councillor Glenn J. Nashen, the council member who founded vCOP and is responsible for public safety issues. “These volunteers are trained to spot potential problems and to notify Côte Saint-Luc Public Security or the police.” 

The vCOP fleet includes two minivans, two electric scooters, two electric bicycles, and two regular bicycles. There are currently 75 active members.

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

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

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

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

City of Côte Saint-Luc announces plans to honour Gary Carter

Gary Carter at Kirwan Park in Côte Saint-Luc in 1981Côte Saint-Luc, March 19, 2012 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc will name its primary baseball field at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park after Montreal Expos legend Gary Carter. 

Mayor Anthony Housefather made the announcement during a Gary Carter Tribute at the annual Cummings Jewish Centre for Seniors Sports Celebrity Breakfast. He was joined on stage by other members of the Côte Saint-Luc city council, and Johnny Elias, who had Carter as his guest for more than a decade at his Grand Slam Baseball School in Côte Saint-Luc.

“We communicated with the Carter family in recent weeks and they have given us their blessing,” Mayor Housefather said. “It was fitting for us to make the official announcement at an event like the Sports Celebrity Breakfast where so many of Gary Carter’s admirers were on hand. Johnny Elias is also a long time resident of our community and we thank him for the many years in which he ran a baseball school in Côte Saint-Luc where Expos such as Gary Carter came  to share their skills and expertise.”

Côte Saint-Luc Councillor Mike Cohen said he had the good fortune of knowing Gary Carter on a personal basis. 

“I covered the Expos for a number of media outlets during Gary’s career here,” Councillor Cohen said. “He was the ultimate gentleman. I remember being in his presence when he attended the Grand Slam Baseball School sessions in Côte Saint-Luc. Here he was, the most popular player to ever wear the Expos uniform and the most highly paid at the time. He spent several hours on the day of a game working with young kids on their baseball skills. He never said ‘no’ when Johnny Elias called for his help.”

Mayor Housefather said that a formal ceremony for the naming of the field will be held at a later date.

 

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

 

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Caption: Gary Carter takes batting practice and signs autographs at Wentworth Park (today Kirwan Park) in Côte Saint-Luc.

Anti-Bullying Workshop in Côte Saint-Luc

Anti-bullying workshopCôte Saint-Luc, March 13, 2012 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc is hosting an anti-bullying workshop on Tuesday, March 27, 2012 from 6:30 pm to 8 pm at the Aquatic and Community Centre (5794 Parkhaven Ave.).

Don’t Bully Me is an interactive workshop for children ages 6 to 10 animated by George Manoli, a Montreal police officer and personal safety educator with more than 35 years of experience. Manoli is the author of three personal safety manuals: Realistic Self-Defense for Women, Street Smart Kids and Don’t Bully Me. He is also the founder of several scenario-based and simulation-oriented programs that empower his clients by teaching them to stand up for themselves when being bullied and to defend themselves against physical attacks.

During the 90-minute session, children will be playing both the roles of the bully and the bullied. They will learn effective strategies on how to display confidence, establish control and how to use the power of their voices and posture.

“With the number of teenagers that have been committing suicide recently as a result of school bullying, educating children, teens and adults about their role in preventing and standing up to bullying has become a major issue for all communities,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “I am very pleased that such an event is being held in Côte Saint-Luc and our city will continue to work with our schools and community partners to try to create a safe environment for our children and teens to thrive in regardless of their race, gender, religion, sexual orientation or ethnic origin.  Bullying should not be tolerated anywhere and the tone should come from the top. I want to make a clear statement that discrimination and bullying will not be tolerated in Côte Saint-Luc.”

According to Public Safety Canada, bullying is characterized by acts of intentional harm, repeated over-time, in a relationship where an imbalance of power exists. It includes physical actions (punching, kicking, biting), verbal actions (threats, name calling, insults, racial or sexual comments), and social exclusion (spreading rumours, ignoring, gossiping, excluding). Studies suggest that roughly 6 percent of students aged 12 to 19 report bullying others on a weekly basis, 8 percent report that they are victims of bullying weekly, and 1 percent report that they are both victimized and bully others on a weekly basis.

The cost of the workshop is $40 for Côte Saint-Luc residents or $50 for non-residents. Parents are welcome to attend (at no charge) and observe their children. The deadline to register is Friday, March 23. For more information about the program, contact Ryan Nemeroff at 514-485-6806, ext. 2024 or rnemeroff@cotesaintluc.org.

 

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

 

Textile art exhibit highlights movement and beauty in Côte Saint-Luc

Côte Saint-Luc, February 17, 2012 – The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library is presenting a series of photo-based Jacquard weavings by Louise Lemieux Bérubé

The exhibit “Danse et textile” runs from February 23 to April 1, 2012 at the library’s Art Gallery. 

Bérubé combines photography and weaving to produce unique artworks, using artists and dancers as inspiration. The combination of photography, computer-aided design and weaving techniques enhances the depth and texture of her work. 

A Jacquard weaving is a process of manufacturing textiles with complex patterns, invented by Joseph Marie Jacquard in 1801. 

Louise Lemieux Bérubé has a bachelor of arts degree in art history from the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM). She co-founded the Montreal Centre for Contemporary Textiles and is active in the textile art community. Her works have been shown throughout North America, Europe and Asia. She lives and works in Montreal. Her current works can be viewed at www.lemieux-berube.com

The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library is located at 5851 Cavendish Blvd. and is open from 10am to 10pm every day. For more information, call the library at 514-485-6900 or visit www.elcslpl.org.

 

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For more information, call 514-485-6900 ext. 4205 or dbelanger@cotesaintluc.org 

Côte Saint-Luc adds new limits to smoking in public places

Smoke freeCôte Saint-Luc, February 14, 2012 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc adopted a by-law on February 13 to update prohibitions on smoking in public places, continuing the city’s long-time leadership on this health and safety issue.

By-law 2374 entitled By-law to Regulate Smoking in the City of Côte Saint-Luc replaces by-law 2202. Côte Saint-Luc first adopted a by-law prohibiting smoking in April 1985, with updates in June 1997 and March 1999. The Quebec government enacted the Tobacco Act in June 1998, which set out a series of measures aimed at restricting tobacco access, promotion, and use.

“Côte Saint-Luc has always been a leader among municipalities in the area of health and safety,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “We decided to broaden the provisions of our existing by-law to add additional locations where smoking was prohibited and this is consistent with actions beginning to be taken by municipalities outside of Quebec.”

The new Côte Saint-Luc by-law adds additional prohibitions against smoking (1) within 20 meters of any playground, splash pool, or sports activity, (2) in all municipal parks during a special event, and (3) at all municipal outdoor pools. A copy of the by-law is available at CoteSaintLuc.org.

“Basically, what this new by-law does is take the rules against smoking one-step further,” Councillor Steven Erdelyi said. “Smoking in a public place, even outdoors, is a nuisance for all those close to the smoker. Our new by-law recognizes this and makes it possible for people to better enjoy the outdoors, whether at a child’s soccer game or at large public events like a winter carnival activity.”

The fine for contravening the by-law starts at $50 for a first offence. 

 

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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 to screen animated kids movie Eleanor’s Secret on Sunday, February 19, 2012

Eleanor's SecretCôte Saint-Luc, February 13, 2012 – The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library is presenting the animated children’s movie Eleanor’s Secret on Sunday, February 19, 2012 at 2 pm.

Free passes are available at the circulation desk of the library (5851 Cavendish Blvd.). 

Eleanor’s Secret is aimed at children ages four and older. This internationally–acclaimed movie is about a young boy, Nat, who inherits books from his Aunt Eleanor and discovers they are home to living versions of all the great fairy-tale characters, and it’s up to him to protect them. There is a strong pro-reading message that celebrates the wonder of children’s books and may encourage reluctant readers. The movie running time is 76 minutes.

The movie is being presented in partnership with Le Festival International du Film pour Enfants de Montréal. The movie screening is part of the library’s WOW Program for February.

The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library is located at 5851 Cavendish Blvd. and is open from 10am to 10pm every day. For more information, call the library at 514-485-6900 or visit www.elcslpl.org. 

 

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For more information, contact: Valerie Medzalabanleth, 514-485-6900 ext. 4204 or vmedzalabanleth@cotesaintluc.org.

 

 

 

 

Floating World: a new art exhibit in Côte Saint-Luc

Floating WorldCôte Saint-Luc, December 20, 2011 – The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library is presenting paintings by Gareth Bate in the exhibit “Floating World”, which runs from January 12 to February 19, 2012 at the library’s art gallery.

In his work, Bate explores the relationship of humans with nature and their existence in the world. The exhibit includes landscape paintings, many in response to the devastation of the Japanese tsunami last March. Bates says the disaster was “indiscriminate and inescapable.” He says the title Floating World is an homage to Japan as well as a representation of the fragility of Earth itself.

Bate lives and works in Toronto. He obtained his BFA with distinction from the Ontario College of Art and Design. He works in painting, photography, installation, performance, video and set design. 

His current works can be viewed at www.garethbate.com.

The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library is located at 5851 Cavendish Blvd. and is open from 10 am to 10 pm every day. For more information, call the library at 514-485-6900 or visit www.elcslpl.org

 

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For more information, call 514-485-6900 ext. 4205 or dbelanger@cotesaintluc.org 

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Space and Time: new art exhibit at the Côte Saint-Luc library Art Gallery

Supernova by Rick LeongCôte Saint-Luc, November 21, 2011 – The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library is presenting mixed media paintings by Rick Leong at the exhibit Space and Time, which is on until January 8, 2012 at the library Art Gallery.

The exhibit is a poetic exploration of cosmic phenomena and constellations. A third generation Chinese-Canadian, Rick explores Eastern and Western painting traditions. He uses ink as a medium to depict his beautiful and delicate large-scale landscapes.

“My interest in representing the unknown, and even the unknowable in a psychological, metaphorical, and literal way began with the use of mist, or negative space in classical Chinese landscapes,” said Leong. 

Rick Leong obtained his BFA (with honours) from the University of Victoria and his MFA from Concordia University in 2007. His work has been exhibited widely across Canada in numerous group and solo shows, and can be found in private and corporate collections including the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and the Canada Council Art Bank. His current art projects can be viewed at www.rickleong.com.

The paintings in this exhibit were kindly loaned to the library by the Parisian Laundry gallery. 

The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library is located at 5851 Cavendish Blvd. and is open from 10 am to 10 pm every day. For more information, call the library at 514-485-6900 or visit www.elcslpl.org

 

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For more information, call 514-485-6900 ext. 4205 or dbelanger@cotesaintluc.org

 

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Hot off the Press at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library

Bill Haugland in Côte Saint-LucCôte Saint-Luc, November 11, 2011 – The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library is offering newsworthy programs in November and December 2011.

The three-part series In the Headlines features lecturer Hershey Dwoskin who will discuss the story behind the story in world news. Dwoskin studied anthropology and political science at McGill University and received an M.A. in Asian and African studies from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He has taught for more than 30 years. The series takes place on Friday afternoons at 2 pm on November 25, December 2 and December 9, 2011. This event is free of charge.

Next, former CFCF news anchor and Montreal celebrity Bill Haugland will talk about his latest mystery novel, The Bidding, on Thursday, December 8, 2011 at 2 pm. The story is set in the Laurentians and is about a journalist who gets embroiled in a crime investigation. This is Haugland’s second book following a 46-year career in radio and television news, including 29 years as a news anchor. This event is free of charge.

Finally, Côte Saint-Luc mayor Anthony Housefather will analyze the year’s top stories at The Year in Review on Thursday, December 15, 2011 at 2 pm. This event is free of charge. 

The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library is located at 5851 Cavendish Blvd. and is open from 10 am to 10 pm every day. For more information, call the library at 514-485-6900 or visit www.elcslpl.org. 

 

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For more information, contact: Danielle Bélanger, 514-485-6900 ext. 4205 or dbelanger@cotesaintluc.org.

 

 

 

 

 

Free business counselling for entrepreneurs in the west end

CLD Centre WestCôte Saint-Luc, November 4, 2011 – From November 2011 to March 2012, entrepreneurs in municipalities of Côte Saint-Luc, Hampstead and Montreal West can get free business counselling from the economic development agency serving the west end.

The Développement économique Saint-Laurent Centre West—which includes the west end—offers grants to local start-up businesses that show promise and initiative, create new jobs, and whose services reflect the needs of the local community. It also provides consulting to entrepreneurs on the start-up or expansion of their businesses. The organization is part of a network of organizations that form the economic development agency Centre local de développement, or CLD.

Once a month and for the next five months, residents will have access to a business counsellor who can provide useful information on start-up and expansions business ideas, guidance for developing a business plan, targeted financial assistance, search for financial assistance, on-site consultation and business mentoring. The consultations will take place on November 16, December 14, January 18, 2012, February 15, 2012 and March 14, 2012, from 8:30 am to 12 pm at Côte Saint-Luc City Hall, located at 5801 Cavendish Boulevard. Contact Chavha Beddek at 514-855-6000 ext. 4848 or chavha.beddek@destl.ca to make an appointment. 

“Côte Saint-Luc, Hampstead, and Montreal West have an enormous pool of potential entrepreneurs,” said Councillor Dida Berku, who is also a member of the board of directors of the local CLD. “I encourage people to make an appointment with a counsellor who can help them turn business ideas into success stories.” 

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

A cultural harvest at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library

Shirley Valentine bagCôte Saint-Luc, October 13, 2011 – The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library is offering something for everyone this Fall season.

A performance playreading of Shirley Valentine will take place on Thursday, October 27, 2011 at 7 pm. Directed by Aviva Ravel and starring stage veteran Karen Cromar, Shirley Valentine focuses on the life of a middle-aged woman, before and after a transforming holiday abroad during which she finds romance and a renewed sense of self. Tickets are $5 in advance, and $7 the day of the event.

A local author salon showcasing the written works of  Beverly Akerman, David Brody, Melaine Lipsey, Ann Weinstein and S. Nadja Zajdman will take place on Thursday, November 3, 2011 at 7 pm. This event is free of charge.

Finally, feast your ears on the sounds of Ensemble QAT on Thursday, November 1, 2011 at 7 pm. Their new concert, 1938, will chronicle an unforgettable musical journey of a Europe on the brink of war. The narrator, a Jewish music critic from Vienna, encounters great composers including Bartok, Hindemith and Weill. This quartet consists of piano, cello, violin and clarinet. Jazz and klezmer will be featured as well. Tickets are $5 in advance, $7 the day of the event.

The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library is located at 5851 Cavendish Blvd. and is open from 10 am to 10 pm every day. For more information, call the library at 514-485-6900 or visit www.elcslpl.org.

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For more information, contact: Danielle Bélanger, 514-485-6900 ext. 4205 or dbelanger@cotesaintluc.org.

Art exhibit in Côte Saint-Luc features painter Michael Smith

Côte Saint-Luc, October 13, 2011 - The art gallery of the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library is featuring an exhibit called Mirror Sky with Studies 2009 – 2011 by Michael Smith from October 13 to November 20, 2011.

Smith has an international reputation. His paintings are also found in the permanent collections of the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Tom Thomson Memorial Art Gallery, Beaverbrook Art Gallery and Rideau Hall.

His major work Mirror Sky with Studies presents the various preparatory stages and collages leading to the finished version of the work.

“A large work takes several months to prepare,” Smith said. “In this exhibition, I’ve chosen just a few of the studies used in the working of the large diptych, Mirror Sky. I’ve also included in this exhibition photographs recording my process of working.”

This diptych, which refers to two paintings placed side by side, illustrates Smith’s longstanding exploration of landscape painting. He refers to images of water and woodland, and alternates between shadow and light to create unfamiliar and surprising landscapes.

Born in Derby, England in 1951, Michael Smith has lived in Montreal since 1978. He completed his Master of Fine Arts degree from Concordia University in 1983. Since 1981, his paintings have been exhibited across Canada and internationally. Reviews and essays of Smith’s work have appeared in ARTnews, Modern Painters, Canadian Art and Border Crossings magazines.  

His work is also on display at michaelsmithpainting.com.

The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library is located at 5851 Cavendish Blvd. and is open from 10 am to 10 pm every day. For more information, call the library at 514-485-6900 or visit www.elcslpl.org.

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For more information, call 514-485-6900 ext. 4205 or mturnercsl@gmail.com.

Public Libraries Week in Côte Saint-Luc

Côte Saint-Luc, October 7, 2011 – In celebration of Quebec Public Libraries Week 2011, the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library has planned several events for book lovers, teens, and children.

A used book sale takes place on Sunday, October 16, 2011 from 10 am to 2 pm at the main branch of the library (5851 Cavendish Blvd.). Books cost $0.50 - $1. The proceeds will be donated to Sun Youth Organization.

Visit the new Library Express branch at the Aquatic and Community Centre (5794 Parkhaven Ave.) from Saturday, October 15 to Sunday, October 23, 2011 for a chance to win a Kobo and a private tutorial on how to use it. Call 514-485-6900 x4700 for opening hours.

A Mother-Daughter book club for girls age 12 and older and their mothers starts on Sunday, October 16, 2011 at 2 pm at the main branch of the library. The book to be discussed is “If I Stay” by Gayle Foreman. The book club discussion is free. Call the Children’s Department before October 13 at 514-485-6900 x4204 for information.

On Tuesday, October 18, 2011 at 2 pm, the documentary film “Spy Web: The Cambridge Spies” will be shown at the library. The event is free.

Children age 4 and older can learn about volcanoes, volcanic bombs and eruptions on Sunday, October 23, 2011 at 10 am. Tickets are $5.  Space is limited.  It is recommended that tickets be purchased in advance at the main desk. Children will learn to make their own volcanic eruption following the presentation.

Call the library at 514-485-6900 or visit www.elcslpl.org for information on the activities.

The theme of Quebec Public Libraries Week is “De tout sur tout!” or Everything about Everything. This is the thirteenth annual Quebec Public Libraries Week with more than 500 activities across Quebec from October 15 to 23, 2011.

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For more information, contact: Lisa Milner, 514-485-6900 ext. 4206 or lmilner@cotesaintluc.org.

Free compostable bags in Côte Saint-Luc for leaf and yard waste

Côte Saint-Luc offers free compostable bagsCôte Saint-Luc, October 7, 2011 – To help encourage residents to put garden waste at the curb, the City of Côte Saint-Luc is offering four free compostable bags to every household.

Bags are available at City Hall (5801 Cavendish Blvd.) weekdays between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm and at the Public Works Department (7001 Mackle Rd.) weekdays between 8 am and 4 pm. Proof of residency is required. Residents can purchase additional compostable bags from Côte Saint-Luc or from retailers. The bags must be 100 percent compostable made from natural materials such as cornstarch or paper. For more information about compostable bags, visit www.CoteSaintLuc.org/brownbin.

“During the fall, households tend to produce more organic waste than can fit in their brown bin, due to the end of season cleanup of gardens and leaves on the ground,” said Councillor Dida Berku, the council member responsible for environmental issues. “Residents are asked to put the overflow of  leaves and grass clippings into compostable bags next to their brown bin on collection day.”

Côte Saint-Luc introduced curbside organic waste collection to its 5,000 single family homes in 2008 following a successful pilot project the previous year. Households received a brown bin on wheels with a lid. Kitchen waste such as food and paper towels, and garden waste such as leaves and grass clippings can be put in the brown bin. As a result of this initiative, in 2010 Côte Saint-Luc helped divert 1,300 metric tonnes (or 2.9 million pounds) of organic waste to a compost facility instead of to a landfill. This helped decrease the amount of garbage collected by almost 10 percent compared to the previous year.

The compostable bags are available while supplies last. Residents can contact info@cotesaintluc.org or 514-485-6800 for 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 and parents to host public meeting on October 19 to support proposal for Royal Vale move to Côte Saint-Luc

Wagar High SchoolCôte Saint-Luc, October 3, 2011 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc and parents who support moving Royal Vale High School from NDG to Côte Saint-Luc are co-hosting an information meeting on Wednesday, October 19, 2011, at 7:30 pm to get feedback and build support for the move, which is currently being studied by the English Montreal School Board, or EMSB.

The meeting takes place at the new Côte Saint-Luc Aquatic and Community Centre (5794 Parkhaven Ave.) and will include a tour of the $18 million facility. Côte Saint-Luc is preparing a brief to the EMSB in support of the proposal.

The Côte Saint-Luc Aquatic and Community Centre, or ACC, is across the street from the former Wagar High School building, which would house Royal Vale High School. The indoor pools and other facilities at the ACC coupled with the gymnasium next door and the nearby arena, soccer fields soon-to-be-renovated tennis courts and three baseball fields makes the proposed location an ideal one for students wishing to participate in sports at a high level.

“If it is the wish of a future high school to introduce a sports concentration option, we certainly have the facilities nearby to help make that happen,” Mayor Housefather said.

The Quebec Education Act stipulates that municipalities must be consulted by school boards on matters related to major school change. Mayor Housefather hopes that present-day parents and students of Royal Vale will attend, as well as those individuals in the community currently looking at different high school options. EMSB Commissioners Syd Wise,  Marvin Helfenbaum and Joseph Lalla will be in attendance, as will Côte Saint-Luc Councillor Allan J. Levine and other members of the city council. One of Councillor Levine’s portfolios is to serve as a liaison between the EMSB and the city. He was a teacher at Wagar High School for more than 30 years.

The former Wagar High School building is now called the Giovanni Palatucci Facility, named after  an Italian police officer who saved thousands of Jews from deportation to Nazi concentration camps. The building houses the Marymount Adult Education Centre and John Grant High School.

Hearings will be held in December 2011 on a series of recommended school changes the EMSB Long Range Planning Committee has recommended to commissioners, with a vote slated for mid-January 2012. If the move of Royal Vale High School to Côte Saint-Luc is approved, it would be expected to take effect in the 2012-2013 academic year.

The $18 million ACC, for which two thirds of the funding came from the provincial and federal governments, opened officially on September 6. It was designed to promote and facilitate active lifestyles and promote wellness, in the holistic sense of the term. It includes an indoor competition pool, an indoor recreation pool, a fitness room, a teen lounge, a games rooms, a kids room and babysitting service, a large rentable space for parties and conferences, a dance and aerobic studio, senior lounges, a library branch, an art studio and more.

Mayor Housefather says the EMSB’s approach towards bringing a mainstream public high school back to Côte Saint-Luc is much different than what it considered a year ago.

“Royal Vale High School already exists, whereas the plan last year was to create a new high school from scratch,” Mayor Housefather said. “I truly believe that if Royal Vale re-established its high school students here it would have enormous opportunities to grow and increase its student base. I am hoping that as many parents as possible attend our information meeting so we can get relevant feedback as we prepare our brief to the EMSB. I also think it will be eye opener to take part in our tour of the ACC.”

The last mainstream public high school in Côte Saint-Luc was Wagar High School, which closed after the 2004-2005 academic year. 


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