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Côte Saint-Luc median age continues to fall

Côte Saint-Luc, May 29, 2012 – In the near future the City of Côte Saint-Luc will no longer be perceived as one of the oldest communities on the island of Montreal.

The median age in the City of Côte Saint-Luc fell from 49 to 46.2 between 2006 and 2011, according to data from the 2011 Census of Canada released today by Statistics Canada. This continues the decrease in median age that was noted in the 2006 Census of Canada, which had seen the median age decline from 50.5 to 49 years.

“Côte Saint-Luc is one of the few communities in Canada that is now getting younger,” said Mayor Anthony Housefather. “This has occurred due in large measure to programs and initiatives we have put in place to attract younger singles and families and I fully expect this trend to continue until our median age is about the same as other communities on the island of Montreal.” 

According to the 2011 Census, the number of children ages 0 to 9 rose by 16 percent between 2006 and 2011, from 3,015 to 3,585 and Côte Saint-Luc saw significant growth in every age segment below age 40.

Since 2006, Côte Saint-Luc has invested in programs and services for young people and young families including the $18 million Aquatic and Community Centre established last September, water-play areas in parks, new playground equipment, more library and recreation programs for children and teens, and a dramatic society, which was founded last fall to appeal to young people who enjoy theatre. Also, the city continues to take steps to broaden its housing stock with townhouses and other dwellings attractive to younger families.   

The Census in Canada takes place every five years. It is conducted by Statistics Canada. The census provides demographic and statistical data that is used to plan public services. The data about Côte Saint-Luc is available at:

http://www12.statcan.gc.ca/census-recensement/2011/dp-pd/prof/details/pa...

 

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

Business skills for artists at the Côte Saint-Luc library

YES MontrealCôte Saint-Luc, May 10, 2012 – People with creative and artistic talents can learn how to make a living doing what they love on Thursday, May 24, 2012 at 7 pm at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library.

The Artist Information Session will be led by Monika Majewski, the Artist Program Coordinator at YES Montreal, a non-profit organization that provides English-language support services to help Quebecers find employment and start businesses. Majewski will outline the services available to artists through YES Montreal and provide information on company registration and incorporation, GST/ QST, income taxes, networking, grant writing and available funding. 

This event is free of charge, however registration is required. Please call the library at 514-485-6900 ext. 4205 to register.

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.

Mayor of Côte Saint-Luc and other municipal politicians to act in dark comedy




Norm Foster's Office Hours in Côte Saint-Luc

Côte Saint-Luc, May 9, 2012 – The Mayor of Côte Saint Luc and three city councillors will perform on stage in the dark comedy Office Hours by Canadian playwright Norm Foster later this month at the Harold Greenspon Auditorium, 5801 Cavendish Blvd. 

Mayor Anthony Housefather, Côte Saint-Luc city councillors Mitchell Brownstein and Sam Goldbloom, and Dollard des Ormeaux city councillor Herbert Brownstein will star with other members of the Côte Saint-Luc Dramatic Society.

Showtimes are at 8 pm on Thursday, May 24, Friday, May 25, and Saturday, May 26, with two 2 pm matinee performances on Friday and Saturday.

Tickets are $15 plus tax and are available at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library (5851 Cavendish Blvd.), the Côte Saint-Luc Aquatic and Community Centre (5794 Parkhaven Ave.), or by telephone at 514-485-6806 ext. 2200. Credit card or Interac will be accepted.

“Côte Saint-Luc is committed to community theatre,” Mayor Housefather said. “I hope that my participation helps draw attention to this great community initiative."

The January 2012 performances of the musical Grease were sold out.

Norm Foster’s Office Hours takes place during the same Friday afternoon in six different offices in the big city. We follow the stories that take place in each office, and, as they unfold, each story becomes connected with the other: A newsman who will do anything to keep his job, a Canadian producer willing to overlook the shortcomings of a down-and-out director, an entertainment agent caught in a scandal, a lawyer with big news to share, a delusional jockey, a love-starved therapist and a man on a ledge.

Anisa Cameron returns to direct the cast of 15, which includes also includes Ariel Sterlin, (who played Frenchy in Grease) as the production stage manager, and Scott Drysdale as the lighting and technical director.

The Halifax Daily News said that playwright Norm Foster “is Canada's most-produced dramatist, and no wonder. His snappy dialogue, everyday situations and gently balanced characters dare to represent that great, under-represented middle of North American society." 

For more information about the production, visit www.CSLDramaticSociety.com.


About the Côte Saint-Luc Dramatic Society

The Côte Saint-Luc Dramatic Society is a community theatre initiative that began in the summer of 2011 in partnership with the City of Côte Saint-Luc. The goal of the society is to bring together actors, writers, musicians and other artistically-minded community members to produce theatrical works in an inclusive environment where emphasis is placed on team work and camaraderie, not celebrity.

 

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

 

Art exhibit in Côte Saint-Luc highlights re-imagined landscapes

Suzanne Olivier: A Singular VisionCôte Saint-Luc, May 4, 2012 – The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library is presenting a series of large-scale oil paintings of landscapes by Quebec artist Suzanne Olivier seen through her unique perspective.

A Singular Vision/Une vision particulière art exhibit runs from May 10 to June 24, 2012 at the Art Gallery of the library, 5851 Cavendish Blvd.

“As my pictorial personality developed and my search intensified during my years at the Beaux-Arts in Montreal, I returned to and continued this movement and manner of painting, suggesting elements of nature on my canvas,” Olivier said. “This new approach transformed my work into imaginary landscapes, liberated from tradition and representation.”

Olivier is often associated with the impressionist movement due to her use of soft brush strokes and colour palette. However, having grown up under the influence of the automatist art movement in Quebec, she was heavily influenced by such internationally-renowned Quebec abstract artists as Paul-Émile Borduas.

Her current works can be viewed at www.suzanneolivier.net and at beauxartsdesameriques.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 

 

 

Helping the Facebook generation to honour the Greatest Generation

We Will Remember Them campaignCôte Saint-Luc, April 27, 2011 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc and the Brigadier Frederick Kisch Branch 97 of the Royal Canadian Legion launched the We Will Remember Them online campaign today.

The goal is to encourage the Facebook generation to honour the sacrifice of the Greatest Generation by changing their Facebook profile photo to the We Will Remember Them logo or to pose with the We Will Remember Them poster, both available for download at www.cotesaintluc.org/WeWillRememberThem.

“Every new generation must remember those who fought to defend Canada and her allies,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “Côte Saint-Luc is a community that remembers its past and honours the veterans who returned to build our community and the memory of those who did not.”

The annual Victory in Europe (V-E) Day commemoration ceremony in Côte Saint-Luc takes place on Sunday, May 6, 2012 at 2 pm at Veterans Park. In the event of rain, it will take place next door at City Hall, 5801 Cavendish Blvd. The Master of Ceremony will be Frank Levine, a veteran of the Second World War and local Legion president. The event co-chairpersons are councillors Allan J. Levine and Ruth Kovac.

The City of Côte Saint-Luc and the Brigadier Frederick Kisch Branch 97 of the Royal Canadian Legion organize the V-E Day event, which commemorates the victory of the Allies over Nazi Germany.

Victory in Europe (V-E) Day was May 8, 1945, the date when the Second World War Allies formally accepted the unconditional surrender of the armed forces of Nazi Germany. The cenotaph at Veterans Park honours the memory of those who gave their lives in the First World War, the Second World War and the Korean War. 

The Greatest Generation is a term coined by journalist Tom Brokaw to describe the generation who grew up during the deprivation of the Great Depression, and then went on to fight in Second World War, as well as those whose productivity within the war's home front made a decisive material contribution to the war effort.

 

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

 

Ensemble Caprice in concert at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library

Ensemble CapriceCôte Saint-Luc, April 18, 2012 – Ensemble Caprice, one of Canada’s foremost early music ensembles,  will perform on Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 7 pm at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library.

This concert, entitled Salsa Baroque, will feature baroque music of Latin America and Spain. Best described as a fusion of harmonies and rhythms of Europe and Africa blended with Amerindian nuances and styles, this concert promises to be full of lively music with distinctive Hispanic flavours.

Ensemble Caprice consists of many fine musicians, including Matthias Maute, Sophie Larivière on flutes and recorders, David Jacques on baroque guitar, Erin Helyard on harpsichord, Ziya Tabassian on percussion, and singers Esteli Gomez, Marie Magistry and Scott Belluz.  

This event is presented in partnership with Le Conseil des arts de Montréal en tournée.

Tickets for this program are $7 in advance and $10 the day of the event. 

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

 

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

 

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.

 

Attention editors: High-resolution photo available.
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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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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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.