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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

Ballroom dancing competition comes to Côte Saint-Luc

Jean-Francois Rousseau, the president of Danse Sport Québec, will be on the dance floor as well with his wife and dance partner Nathalie LadouceurCôte Saint-Luc, September 20, 2011 – The sixth annual La Relance ballroom dancing competition takes place on Saturday, September 24, 2011 from 1 pm to 11 pm at the Côte Saint-Luc Gymnasium (7500 Mackle Rd.).

More than 500 people are expected to attend to watch the La Relance 2011 competition, including top 10 finalists from the television show So You Think You Can Dance Canada Danny Arbour and Vincent Desjardins.

The competition will include several dancing styles, including Latin (cha cha, samba, rumba, paso doble and jive) and standard (waltz, tango, foxtrot, Viennese waltz and the quick step) ballroom dance routines. The competitors are from Quebec, Ontario, New Brunswick and even Vermont. There will be championship rounds in the youth, adult and senior categories, with competitors ranging from age 11 to 60 and older.

Jean-Francois Rousseau, the president of Danse Sport Québec, will be on the dance floor as well with his wife and dance partner Nathalie Ladouceur. They are the Ten-Dance Quebec Senior 1 champions.

“The Quebec DanceSport Federation brings together amateur dancers in the province,” Rousseau said. “Our goal is to promote dance. All of the people who work with us do so on a volunteer basis. Our competitions can be compared to figure skating as all of the couples in each category perform together at the same time on the dance floor. Judges must deliberate at the same time.”

Tickets cost $35 for adults and $15 for children. Côte Saint-Luc residents who show their Fun Card will benefit from a reduced rate of  $15  for adults and $5 for teenagers and children 16 years and younger. For more information visit www.dansesportquebec.com or call 514-418-TANGo (8264).

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

Thousands visit the new Côte Saint-Luc Aquatic and Community Centre

Côte Saint-Luc, August 29, 2011 – An estimated 2,000 people streamed into the Aquatic and Community Centre, or ACC, on Sunday, August 28, 2011 for the official open house giving the public its first viewing of the new $18 million municipal facility.

Mayor Anthony Housefather cut the ribbon to officially open the ACC. He then spoke to a packed atrium saying that this building had been a dream in Côte Saint-Luc for a very long time.

“It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to our Aquatic and Community Centre,” said Mayor Anthony Housefather to great applause from the crowd. “When I was young, I was a competitive swimmer growing up in the West Island. I have always dreamed of bringing a building like this to Côte Saint-Luc.”

A part of the Mayor Housefather’s speech and highlights from the event are in a 5-minute video on the front page of CoteSaintLuc.org.

Representing the government of Canada, Senator Judith Seidman spoke about the government’s commitment to investing in communities.

“This type of facility is necessary to the vitality of community life,” Senator Seidman said. “The government of Canada is proud to contribute to the development of communities throughout the province. It is essential that we help them meet the challenge of modernizing and building quality public facilities.”

The Member of Parliament for Mount Royal, Irwin Cotler, paid homage to the team that made the building a reality.

“This is really a celebration in every sense of the word,” said Professor Cotler. “It leads to me express on everyone’s behalf a real commendation… to the great mayor of Côte Saint-Luc, Anthony Housefather, to the model Côte Saint-Luc council, to all those who worked with him, to the governments who contributed to this, and to all the citizens who will benefit from it.”

Lawrence Bergman, the Member of the National Assembly for D’Arcy McGee and chairperson of the government caucus spoke about the building as a place for people of all generations.

“I hope these new installations will benefit the entire community and contribute to improving their quality of life in all regards: social, sports, community and cultural,” Mr. Bergman said.

The ACC will open for business on Tuesday, September 6, 2011. Regular building hours will be weekdays from 6 am to 11 pm, and weekends from 8 am to 10 pm. The address is 5794 Parkhaven Ave. (corner Mackle Rd.).

The $18 million ACC took just 11 months to build. The ACC was designed to promote and facilitate active lifestyles and promote wellness, in the holistic sense of the term. People will be able to benefit from 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.

The governments of Quebec and Canada gave Côte Saint-Luc grants totaling up to a maximum of $11.57 million, which equals two-thirds of the costs of building the facility. The City of Côte Saint-Luc funded the other third. The City of Côte Saint-Luc appreciates its partners who worked closely with council and staff on the ACC. MHPM Project Managers Inc. oversaw this building project and design plans for the new building. Pomerleau was the design builder and the architects were Rubin & Rotman Associates, and Martin, Marcotte/Beinhaker.

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

Learn about a fashion designer, a legendary actress, art and metaphysical belief in Côte Saint-Luc in September 2011

Côte Saint-Luc, August 24, 2011 – The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library announced today four upcoming lectures to kick off the Fall 2011 season.

On Thursday, September 8 at 7 pm costume historian Pamela Grimaud will lecture on renowned fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier. Grimaud will examine and reveal the world of this unconventional haute couture designer. Tickets are $3 in advance and $5 the day of the event.

On Wednesday, September 14 at 2 pm we travel along the yellow brick road to discover the life and times of American singer and actress Judy Garland. Presented by music librarian Farah Mohammed, this lecture will include live performances by Eden Pelletier. This program is free.

On Thursday, September 15 at 7 pm local artist Phil Kurtz will deliver an art lecture on his painting,  A Trip Through the Omer Calendar. In this lecture, he will discuss themes of Jewish history and tradition represented in his artwork. This program is free.

Lastly, on September 20 at 7 pm Daniel Citrome will present a lecture called The Law of Attraction, which refers to a metaphysical belief that positive and negative thinking bring about positive and negative physical results, respectively. Citrome draws upon elements of human psychology, spirituality and quantum physics. Tickets are $3 in advance and $5 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.

Côte Saint-Luc unveils new Aquatic and Community Centre on Sunday, August 28, 2011

Côte
Saint-Luc, August 22, 2011
– After breaking
ground on the future site of the Aquatic and Community Centre, or ACC, in early
October 2010, the City of Côte Saint-Luc has completed construction of the
facility and is welcoming the public to an open house on Sunday, August 28,
2011.

The ACC Open House is being combined with a Fun Day at the adjacent
Cote Saint-Luc outdoor municipal swimming pool which will admit all comers free
of charge that day with fun activities taking place for people of all
ages.

The ACC Open House is
from 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm. The ACC is located at 5794 Parkhaven Ave. (corner
Mackle Rd.). There will be music and entertainment for kids at 12:30 pm, a
ribbon-cutting ceremony at 1 pm, and water polo and synchronized swimming
exhibitions 1:30 pm to 3 pm. Also, the public will be invited to tour the
building from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm.
Following their tour of the building
people are encouraged to join the Fun Day at the outdoor swimming
pool

“Getting the ACC
built on time and on budget is a tremendous accomplishment for our city
council,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “I have no doubt that this
facility—both the aquatic side and community side—will become a community hub
together with the adjoining gymnasium and outdoor pool. I certainly plan on
spending a lot of time there myself.”

The ACC will open for
business on Tuesday, September 6, 2011. Regular building hours will be weekdays
from 6 am to 11 pm, and weekends from 8 am to 10 pm.

The $18 million ACC
took just 11 months to build. The ACC was designed to promote and facilitate
active lifestyles and promote wellness, in the holistic sense of the term.
People will be able to benefit from 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.

The governments of
Quebec and Canada gave Côte Saint-Luc grants totaling up to a maximum of $11.57
million, which equals two-thirds of the costs of building the facility. The City
of Côte Saint-Luc funded the other third. The City of Côte Saint-Luc appreciates
its partners who worked closely with council and staff on the ACC. MHPM Project
Managers Inc. oversaw this building project and design plans for the new
building. Pomerleau was the design builder and the architects were Rubin &
Rotman Associates, and Martin, Marcotte/Beinhaker.

 

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

Household hazardous waste collection on Sunday, August 21, 2011 in Côte Saint-Luc

Côte Saint-Luc, August 18, 2011 – Residents can dispose of old paint cans, batteries and other household hazardous waste (HHW) on Sunday, August 21, 2011 from 9 am to 5 pm at the Public Works Yard, 7001 Mackle Rd.

“Many products we use in an around our homes are dangerous to human health and the environment if disposed of improperly,” said Councillor Dida Berku, the council member responsible for environment issue. “Compact fluorescent bulbs, old televisions and computer monitors contain mercury and shouldn’t be thrown away in the regular trash.”

The following are some additional examples of household hazardous waste: paints, solvents, varnishes and stains, pesticides, dry-cell batteries, car batteries, propane tanks, aerosol cans, products marked toxic, and corrosive, reactive or flammable.

Resident who can’t attend this special collection can visit the Public Works Yard weekdays or the Côte-des-Neiges Eco-centre at 6925 Côte-des-Neiges Rd.

For more information on disposal options and lists of household hazardous waste, visit www.CoteSaintLuc.org/en/hhw.

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

Jewish themes explored in Côte Saint-Luc art exhibit

Côte
Saint-Luc, August 15, 2011 -
A group exhibit at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library art gallery by three local artists examines Jewish themes from three distinct and very personal perspectives.

In her series, Ancestors,
Bertha Shenker employs a variety of different media, including tin
etchings, to explore the theme of Jewish ancestry throughout ancient and modern
history. Some of her pieces include images of ossuaries and cave burial sites
dating back to 1 BCE Jerusalem,
and chimneys which became a recurring theme and a specifically Jewish statement
-- a provocative and very unfortunate historical symbol of modern Jewish
ancestry.

A professional chemist and devoted artist for the past 40
years, Phil Kurtz has focused many of his works on Jewish themes. Kurtz uses a
decoration practiced by the Celtic Monks of the 8th to 10th century in his painting Shoferot
(plural for Shofar in Hebrew).

Raphaël Benisty uses bright colours and abstract forms to
examine the theme of light in Judaism. One of his pieces, And there was Light, illustrates the separation of light from
darkness on the first day of creation, while Hanukah depicts how the light of good behaviour is reflected back
to us in blessings from above.

Together, the works of these artists give us an intimate
look at their unique relationships to Jewish art. The exhibit is on display from September 1 to October 9, 2011.

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 mturnercsl@gmail.com.

 

Côte Saint-Luc art exhibit has a dual nature

Dual (Pushkina), 2010Côte Saint-Luc, July 13, 2011 - Large-scale works of exquisite charcoal drawings of northern animals by Toronto artist Amanda Burk are on display at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library from July 21 to August 28, 2011.

The drawings represented in two almost identical mirror images examine ideas about symbiotic relationships. Burk adds a playful twist by naming each drawing after a famous duel. For example, Dual (Pushkina), 2010, depicts Russia’s national animal, the bear. The image was titled after Natalya Goncharova Pushkina, wife of the famous Aleksandr Pushkin. He and his brother fought a duel over Natalya, in which Pushkin was mortally wounded.

Burk’s art practice is rooted in drawing, although she draws on everything from the usual paper to mylar to painted wooden balls. She received her MFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 2003 and her Honours BA Fine Arts Specialization from the University of Waterloo in 2001. Her work has recently been exhibited in Switzerland, Chicago, New Orleans, and Toronto. She is an assistant professor at Nipissing University in North Bay, Ontario.

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, send an e-mail to mturnercsl@gmail.com or call 514-485-6900 ext. 4205.

Chef Elliott Cohen presents tastes that tantalize in Côte Saint-Luc

Chef Elliott CohenCôte Saint-Luc, July 12, 2011 – Chef Elliott Cohen will be offering a hands-on cooking demonstration at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library on July 21, 2011 at 7 pm.

”We will highlight the ease and simplicity of fresh summer cooking through the use of quality seasonal ingredients, a key element needed to produce optimal results,” said Cohen, who has prepared meals for Hollywood celebrities including Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio.  Cohen will present three appetizers: mango gazpacho, goat cheese and fig pinwheels and quinoa salad.

Cohen attended the New England Culinary Institute in 1994 and completed his internship at the five-star Inn at Spanish Bay resort in Pebble Beach, California. In addition, he pursued studies in Napa Valley. He has worked in restaurants, catering, private homes as a chef/buyer, and on several motion picture sets.

“Come to the library to sample three delectable treats and learn to re-create them in your own kitchen,” said Janine West, Assistant Manager of the library. “If you want to expand your cooking repertoire, the library boasts an enviable collection of cookbooks and culinary magazines.”

Tickets cost $5 in advance and $7 the day of the event. They can be purchased at the library's main circulation desk. A limited number of tickets is available for this program.

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.

Aung San Suu Kyi to be honoured by Côte Saint-Luc and U2 in July

Aung San Suu Kyi to be honoured in Côte Saint-LucCôte Saint-Luc, June 30, 2011 – A week before U2 honours Aung San Suu Kyi at its concerts at the Hippodrome, the City of Côte Saint-Luc will unveil a plaque honouring the Burmese opposition leader on the city’s Human Rights Walkway.

The presentation by Côte Saint-Luc takes place as part of the city’s Canada Day celebration on Friday, July 1 at 5:30 pm at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park (6975 Mackle Rd.).

“Like others we have honoured, Aung San Suu Kyi put herself in danger to help bring about democratic change,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “We are honoured to unveil the plaque. We are also thrilled that she recorded a video message thanking us, which will be posted at CoteSaintLuc.org. Audio from that message will also be played at the event.”

At the U2 concert on July 8 and July 9, the band will show a video message from Aung San Suu Kyi before the performance of the song "Walk On", which was originally written for her. An excerpt of the lyrics from “Walk On” appear in the plaque being unveiled in Côte Saint-Luc.

The Human Rights Walkway, inaugurated in 2000, is located at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park (6975 Mackle Rd.), and is dedicated to men and women who have promoted human rights. The co-chairpersons for this year’s event are councillors Ruth Kovac and Glenn J. Nashen.

The public can learn more about the past honourees at www.CoteSaintLuc.org/en/Walkway.

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

Côte Saint-Luc launches Emergency Response Team

Côte Saint-Luc, June 28, 2011 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc has launched its Emergency Response Team, or ERT, to help respond to reports of fire, mass casualty incidents, or other confined incidents.

The ERT will include first responders from Côte Saint-Luc Emergency Medical Services, Public Security agents, and volunteer patrollers from the city’s vCOP program. The ERT members will wear a special identification to easily identify them on scene, worn over top of their regular uniform.

The ERT will be led by David Sasson, a veteran of the Emergency Measures Organization, or EMO, which was the predecessor of EMS. Sasson recently completed a 23-year career at Urgences-santé and is an active EMS driver-medic. Sasson will report directly to and work closely with the Director of Public Safety, Jordy Reichson.

“When responding to an incident, ERT members will assist affected residents in coping with the situation, helping them make arrangements, advocating on their behalf with other services and responding to any pressing concerns,” said Councillor Glenn J. Nashen, the council member responsible for public safety and traffic issues. “Once activated and on scene, the ERT will usually assume command of the on-scene city resources, liaising with the fire department, police department and Urgences-santé incident commanders.”

ERT members will be chosen based on availability, experience, knowledge and capacity to deal with complex, stressful situations. All members are volunteers and there will be no compensation for this service.

The announcement of an ERT follows the March 2011 adoption of an emergency preparedness plan by Côte Saint-Luc. The city is also planning the creation of a Community Emergency Response Team, or CERT, in 2012 or 2013. CERT will involve people from the community with special skills or equipment.

The ERT is a division of the Côte Saint-Luc Public Safety Department, which also includes Emergency Medical Services, Public Security, Volunteer Citizens on Patrol, and the Emergency Communications Centre.

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

Côte Saint-Luc launches bicycle paths

Côte Saint-Luc, June 27, 2011 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc launched a bicycle route along an 10-kilometer stretch in the northern half of the city, as part of an initiative to encourage residents to stay active.

The route will mostly be on-street with sections through some parks. It will follow Mackle Rd., Blossom Ave., Wavell Rd., and Marc Chagall Ave., and some additional connecting roads. In addition, the route will go through Shuster Park and Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park.  

No parking spaces will be lost to the new bicycle route. About 115 chevrons have been painted at 100 meter internals on the road surface to warn motorists to look out for bicyclists and small directional signs will point the way for cyclists. On some stretches of the route, there will be parallel lines to mark a reserved bicycle lane.

The bicycle route is the beginning of a five-year plan creating the “Vélo CSL Cycles” bicycling promotion and safety initiative. In addition, the city will also be making it safer to for bicyclists to use the three underpasses on Cavendish Blvd., Côte Saint-Luc Rd., and Westminster Ave.

“We’re making is safer for cyclists who want to use the sidewalk at the three underpasses,” said Councillor Glenn J. Nashen, the council member responsible for public safety and traffic issues. “The route will be mostly on street and still requires vigilance but hopefully will provide a safe and enjoyable loop around the Luc.”

"Of course helmets are a must," Nashen said. In 1992, Côte Saint-Luc passed a by-law requiring the wearing of bicycle helmets, making it the first municipality in Canada to do so.

The bicycling promotion and safety initiative was recommended by a sub-committee of the Public Safety and Traffic Committee, which is chaired by Councillor Nashen. The next phase will seek to link the route with the one in NDG, including the de Maisonneuve Blvd. bike path and the Lachine Canal bike path.

For a map of the bicycle path and more information about the bicycling promotion and safety initiative, visit www.CoteSaintLuc.org/en/cslcycles.