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Annual Côte Saint-Luc Golf Classic to honour community leader Pierre Brunet

The  37th annual Côte Saint-Luc Golf Classic will take place at Meadowbrook  Golf Course, 8370 Côte Saint-Luc Rd. on Thursday, July 7, 2016. 

Some 100 golfers will tee off beginning at 7 am, with a special awards banquet honouring long-time community leader and McDonald’s Restaurant franchisee Pierre Brunet set for the Aquatic and Community Centre (ACC) at 5794 Parkhaven Avenue at 1 pm p.m.

Co-chairs, city councillors Mike Cohen and Sam Goldbloom, note that this year’s event will repeat the popular new  format launched in 2016, as well as the two  specific age classifications whereby players can compete (on a friendly basis) amongst their own age groups: MASTERS (age 65 and older) and EAGLE (age 64 and younger). The title sponsor this year will be La Capitale General Insurance. McDonald’s Restaurants of Quebec and Freemark Apparel Brands Inc. and its Bench brand are also among the sponsors. Veteran Côte Saint-Luc volunteer Ron Yarin is back as the honourary chair of the event along with Mark Routtenberg, president of Freemark Apparel Brands and former minority owner of the Montreal Expos. We are also pleased to once again thank Paul Steinberg and Silver Star Montreal for sponsoring our Hole-in-One contest. A hole in one will bring you a Mercedes-Benz on a free loan for one month. 

The event will honour Brunet as the Personality of Distinction. He will be recognized for more than 30 years of dedicated service, not only as franchisee of two local McDonald’s Restaurants in Côte Saint-Luc, but for his undying support for community events. In addition, the event will pay special tribute and raise funds for the Manoir Ronald McDonald. This is a temporary home away from home for out-of-town (more than 70 km) families of children with critical illness who must travel here for medical treatments. Traditionally, Côte Saint-Luc directs proceeds from its annual Winter Carnival events to this facility located next door to Ste. Justine Hospital via a pancake breakfast. This has resulted in donations of close to $50,000 for the Manoir. 

Côte Saint-Luc resident Matthew Ross, the host of TSN 690 Radio’s Game Points and the founder of Expos Nation (, will be the special guest speaker. Expos Nation has been working towards bringing professional baseball back to Montreal. Legendary broadcaster Dick Irvin will be among the golfers.

In case of thunderstorms on Thursday, July 7, the luncheon  will proceed with festivities at the Aquatic and Community Centre and golf will be postponed until the following Thursday, July 14. History will note that this event has never been rained out before.

The registration fee will remain at $27 (tax included),  which includes nine holes of golf, a catered sit down buffet luncheon, award-winning trophies for contests such as Longest Drive, Closest to the Pin, and the opportunity to win one of many door prizes. A minimum donation of $10 is also being requested for the Manoir. Businesses can also sponsor a hole for $100, with proceeds going to the Manoir.

For more information, contact Harold Cammy or Alvin Fishman at or or call 514-485-6806.

>> View photos from the 2015 Golf Classic

CSL Library gets jazzed up for its 50-year landmark anniversary

On Wednesday, June 22 at 7 pm rising-star pianist Emie R. Roussell and her jazz trio will perform the concert Quantum, featuring music from their critically acclaimed CD of the same title.

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the library’s circulation desk. This concert is presented in collaboration with the Conseil des arts de Montréal en tournée.

Winners of the Felix Award for Best Jazz Album 2015, critics and jazz lovers alike are unanimously referring to the Emie R. Roussell trio as “one-to-watch”.

“I am so proud of the library and its outstanding programming,” Mayor Mitchell Brownstein said. “I hope residents can join us for a delightful evening of jazz music and get a sneak preview of what the trio will be offering at this year’s Montreal International Jazz Festival. Don’t miss your chance to hear them first right here in Côte Saint-Luc.”

We will also be inaugurating the library’s own baby grand piano. We were able to acquire this gem of an instrument through various fundraising initiatives including our heartfelt 88 Keys to Music Campaign, allowing us to honour donors’ names on a plaque to be unveiled outside the Harold Greenspon auditorium the evening of the concert. We are thrilled to be able share this piano with our community, and our hope is that it will be enjoyed for years to come.

"I want to thank all those who contributed to our 88 Keys campaign and our dedicated staff and volunteers for the efforts they put into the library’s books sales, proceeds of which helped pay for the piano and achieve our goal,”  said Councillor Mike Cohen, who is the council member responsible for library and culture.

As the library’s 50-year landmark anniversary approaches, please stop by on June 22 and pick-up your free list of anniversary-related activities and events leading up to our mega birthday party on Sunday, September 18. If you’re a Côte Saint-Luc resident and haven’t joined the library yet, bring some ID and we’ll sign you up for free. Tell your friends and family, and help us continue to make the Côte Saint-Luc Library the perfect place to discover, share, create and connect.

For more information about these events and programs, visit or contact the library’s Programs Department at 514-485-6900, ext. 4205.


Extended hours on Sundays at the Côte Saint-Luc Public Library

The Côte Saint-Luc Public Library will be staying open until 10pm on Sundays starting May 29.

“Council is very responsive and attentive to the community and this modification is a testament to our commitment to address resident concerns in a timely manner in order to provide the highest quality of service,” Mayor Mitchell Brownstein said. “We listened to residents who asked that we restore late hours at the library, particularly on Sunday evening, which was a popular study time for students.”

Starting May 29, the updated Côte Saint-Luc Library hours are from 10am to 10pm from Sunday to Thursday, and 10am to 6pm on Friday and Saturday.

“We worked hard to find a way to restore the Sunday hours,” said Councillor Mike Cohen, who is the council member responsible for the library. “Careful re-organization of our staffing plan by Director Janine West made this modification possible.”

The virtual library remains open 24/7 with online access to eBooks, audiobooks, magazines and reference material. Library membership is free for Côte Saint-Luc residents.

The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library is located at 5851 Cavendish Blvd. For more information, call the library at 514-485-6900 or visit

Côte Saint-Luc reaches tentative agreements with two labour unions

The City of Côte Saint-Luc announced today tentative agreements with two labour unions representing its workers.

Côte Saint-Luc negotiators and those from the Syndicat des fonctionnaires municipaux de Montréal (SCFP, local 429) who represent white collar employees, agreed to a tentative agreement on May 17, 2016. Once officially signed, the collective agreement with cover the period from 2013 to 2018. The city currently has approximately 150 white collar employees.

Côte Saint-Luc also reached a tentative agreement with Syndicat des Professionnelles et Professionnels Municipaux de Montréal, the union representing professionals, such as librarians. This agreement will cover the period of 2013 to 2018.

The general terms of the agreement will be released once the agreement is official signed in the next few weeks.

“We thank both unions for working with us to find terms acceptable to both sides, and which are in the interest of our workers and our taxpayers,” Mayor Mitchell Brownstein said. “We have long enjoyed very good relations with our unions and these agreements demonstrate the value of mutual respect and reasonable compromises.”

Côte Saint-Luc also has four days of negotiations scheduled in the next two weeks to try to finalize the collective agreement with its blue collar workers.

71th anniversary V-E Day commemoration ceremony on Sunday, May 1, 2016 at 2 pm 

The annual Victory in Europe (V-E) Day commemoration takes place on Sunday, May 1 at 2 pm at Veterans Park, in the City of Côte Saint-Luc. 

The ceremony will highlight the 71st anniversary of the liberation of Europe from the armed forces of Nazi Germany, on May 8, 1945. 

In attendance will be members of the Brigadier Frederick Kisch Branch 97 of the Royal Canadian Legion, Mayor Mitchell Brownstein, the Côte Saint-Luc city council, dignitaries, veterans and residents. 
In the event of rain, the ceremony will be held indoors at the City Hall.

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. 

Veterans Park is located next to the Bernard Lang Civic Centre, 5801 Cavendish Blvd.


Côte Saint-Luc disappointed by union’s decision to hold one-day strike

The City of Côte Saint-Luc is disappointed in the blue collar union’s decision to hold a one-day strike on Monday, May 2, 2016.

The union’s purported reason for the strike is that the city has stalled negotiations. Despite the union’s allegations, the city has made every effort to advance negotiations. Since the negotiation process began in February 2014, an internal union election delayed negotiations and led to a change in union negotiators. In fact, the union has changed negotiators four times in two years. In addition to the union’s internal changes, it also stalled negotiations several times in order to protest the Quebec government’s pension plan law, also known as Bill 3 or Law 15.

“We respect our employees and have been negotiating in good faith for two years with the blue collar’s negotiating team,” Mayor Mitchell Brownstein said. “We want a collective agreement that is fair to our workers and taxpayers. We have historically had good relations with our unions, and we see no reason why that should not continue.  We have certainly given the union no reason to act in this way.”

“We have always negotiated in good faith and respected our undertakings,” said Interim City Manager Nadia Di Furia.  
However, it appears that union negotiators have chosen confrontation over conciliation.  

Last Wednesday, the City of Côte Saint-Luc and the union reached a deal with respect to a grievance. The next day, the union reneged on the parties’ agreement. Then, later that same day, the union called for a strike, much to the city’s disappointment. Their salary increase demands are double what other blue collars have received in other cities on the island of Montreal.

Côte Saint-Luc management, white collar workers, and professionals remain on the job on Monday, May 2 to deliver services to residents. Waste collection is provided by an outside contractor and is unaffected by the strike. Côte Saint-Luc is in contact with the union to ensure that essential services provided by blue-collar works will continue.

As a result of the one-day blue-collar strike, the following services or installation will be closed: the Samuel Moskovitch Arena and the Public Works Yard. In addition, baseball games have been cancelled at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park and Kirwan Park.
The Côte Saint-Luc Library, Aquatic and Community Centre, Gymnasium, and City Hall remain open.


New wildlife sculpture garden part of soon-to-be renovated Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park

The City of Côte Saint-Luc will be home later this summer to 10 bronze sculptures of wildlife animals, donated by one of Canada’s pre-eminent wildlife sculptors, Shalom Bloom.

“We are honoured that Shalom Bloom is donating these impressive sculptures to Côte Saint-Luc,” Mayor Mitchell Brownstein said. “Our new Shalom Bloom Sculpture Garden will be a one-of-a-kind attraction, unlike anything else in Montreal. When people visit the island, this will become one of the must-see stops.”

An exhibit of the works of Shalom Bloom is currently on display at the Côte Saint-Luc Library Art Gallery at 5851 Cavendish Blvd.

The Shalom Bloom Sculpture Garden will be part of the overall renovation project at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park approved by the City Council on Monday, April 11. 

“The park renovation also includes the reconstruction of the pathways, the replacement of the lighting, new playground equipment, new landscaped areas and furniture, a new water feature and an upgrade to the electrical supply for special events,” Mayor Brownstein said.

The overall cost to renovate Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park is $2.6 million. The work is scheduled to start in April and be completed by the end of October 2016.

Plans and specifications for the refurbishing of Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park were prepared by the consulting firm Stantec Experts‐conseils. The city received 10 tenders for the work. The lowest tender received was from Les Excavations Super Inc. for $2,607,789.45, which includes taxes.


Canada’s pre-eminent wildlife sculptor presenting his work at the Côte Saint-Luc library art gallery

An exhibit of wildlife sculptures from Shalom Bloom will be on display at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library’s Art Gallery from March 31 to May 29, 2016.

The vernissage is April 14, 2016 at 7pm.

Bloom is considered one of Canada’s pre-eminent wildlife sculptors. Many of his sculptures are on display at corporate headquarters worldwide as well as in White Tail Deer Park in Elliot Lake. His work has been commissioned by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to create a sculpture for their headquarters in Montreal. 

Just as fascinating as his art is his personal story. Bloom, who is today an active resident of Côte Saint-Luc, only started working on his sculptures at age 50, while creating a successful career building his own businesses. He was CEO of Arlington Sports, the South Africa Diamond Company, as well as a chain of restaurants. Starting in 1995, he devoted much of his time to pursue his art.

He stumbled across his talent by accident when his children were working with plasticine modeling clay and asked for his help.

“The minute I got my hands on the wax, it changed my life,” Bloom said. “All my inner thoughts, philosophies, and my yearnings and doubts came out in the wax. I became the master and wax became my tool.”

Bloom credits his wife for encouraging him in his new endeavour.

Bloom says there was one incident that convinced him to get into art more seriously.

“One day my secretary was standing at the door of my office with her 5-year old son,” Bloom said. “The young boy was standing there just staring at the life-size sculpture of a sleeping cub. Then he ran to the sculpture, gave it a hug and kiss, and shyly turned back. I realized that if I am able to evoke that kind of reaction from a child, then I should enter it seriously.”
For many years, Bloom worked in his studios as well as his garage at home. Often after dinner, the children on the street would sit near the driveway and watch as he worked. He would explain what he was doing and often allowed his young audience to add small pieces of wax to his sculptures so they could feel they contributed something.

“On many occasions, someone would be driving down my street, glance in my garage and stop the car so suddenly that one could hear the screeching of the brakes,” Bloom said. “They thought they saw a real life-size bull in the garage.”

Bloom, an opera lover, created most of his sculptures with the music of Puccini in the background.

“A businessman achieves success with his head and tongue, while an artist creates with his heart and hands, providing something that outlasts material wealth,” Bloom said. “Each human being is like a mine and you must constantly dig to find the vein of talent that is hidden. Once you find it, it can lead to endless beauty and interesting directions—changing your life forever.”

The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library is located at 5851 Cavendish Blvd. and is open from Monday to Thursday from 10 am to 10 pm, and Friday to Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm. The Library remains open on all statutory holidays from 12 pm to 5 pm. For more information, call the library at 514-485-6900 or visit


Shalom Bloom scultures


Mitchell Brownstein acclaimed as Mayor of Côte Saint-Luc

Mitchell Brownstein became the new mayor of Côte Saint-Luc on Friday March 11, 2016.

Mayor Brownstein, who has served as a Côte Saint Luc councillor since 1990, was the only candidate to have submitted nomination papers before the close of the nomination period.
"I am truly humbled by the outpouring of support from my colleagues and the residents of Côte Saint Luc over the last many months,” Mayor Brownstein said. “I am honoured to be returning to work on Monday as Mayor of Côte Saint Luc."
Mayor Brownstein will be sworn in to office on Monday, March 14 at 8 pm as the first order of business at the Côte Saint-Luc council meeting at City Hall (5801 Cavendish Blvd.). He will be making his first public statement as mayor at that time. He will also be available for interviews prior to the swearing-in ceremony.

Enlightening new art exhibit at the Library’s Art Gallery in Côte Saint-Luc

A new exhibit of paintings by Dennis Ekstedt runs from January 21 to March 20, 2016 at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library Art Gallery.

Ekstedt will present his large-scale paintings depicting masses of many small lights and luminous forms in a series entitled Lodestar. The lights and forms evoke nighttime images of the earth from a bird’s eye view. The lights represent an interconnected system, like that of a living organism. In his work, the artist is concerned with the rapid and excessive population growth around the globe. 

A vernissage to mark the opening of this exhibit is on Thursday, January 21 at 7 pm.

Dennis Ekstedt lives and works in Montreal. He received his Diploma in Fine Arts in 1986 from Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver, B.C and his M.F.A in 1993 from Concordia University. He was the Eastern Canada winner of the RBC Canadian Painting Competition in 2002 and his paintings are included in many public, corporate and private collections. He is currently represented by Herringer Kiss Gallery in Calgary, Alberta and Katharine Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects in Toronto, Ontario.

His current artworks can be viewed at

The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library is located at 5851 Cavendish Blvd. and is open from Monday to Thursday from 10 am to 10 pm, and Friday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm. It is open from 10am to 5pm on statutory holidays. For more information, call the library at 514-485-6900 or visit


Local residents Stanley Sklar and David Chandler present unique exhibits at Côte Saint-Luc Public Library

Two Côte Saint-Luc residents are exhibiting their art work in January at the Côte Saint-Luc Public Library.

Born and raised in Montreal, Stanley Sklar's passion for art began at an early age. He was an award-winning fashion designer.

He studied at the Fashion Institute of Technology (F.I.T.) in New York and at École Contoir Caponi in Montreal. He then pursued his studies in Fine Arts at École des Beaux Arts. Stanley also taught the art of draping at Montreal's Sadie Bronfman Centre.

Throughout his career he always continued painting and evolving as an artist, working often on glass. Fascinated by reflections that light cast on his images, Sklar continued creating three-dimensional architectural sculptures. This culminated in his latest art form. His imagination transforms his houses into homes. Meticulous attention to detail, from the hand-crafted bricks, worn stairs, to the people that inhabit each neighbourhood, makes this art unique. These sculptures are encased in clear Lucite boxes. They may be displayed free standing or hung on a wall. This art may be purchased or commissioned to capture everlasting memories of your home to be shared for generations.

The exhibit can be viewed in the fiction section of the library.

David Chandler’s exhibit runs until January 31 and is titled "Antique Maps from the Holy Land to New France.” It can be viewed in the Community Art Space section of the library. The exposition consists of 56 maps printed between the late 16th and late 19th centuries that depict either the Holy Land and surrounding areas, or early North America (including Montreal). This exhibit is informative and beautiful. The amount of artistry and dedication that went into creating these maps is nothing short of inspiring.

Chandler has been interested in maps from an early age and in the 1980s began using antique maps in his history and geography classes. This eventually grew into David becoming the only antique map dealer in Québec, under the name Ptolémée Plus. David’s current collection consists of several thousand maps from all parts of the world.

New concept Library Lounge opens at Aquatic and Community Centre

The Côte Saint-Luc Public Library has transformed the library annex at the Aquatic and Community Centre into the new Library Lounge, which includes the popular take-a-book-leave-a-book concept.

“The very popular concept of Little Free Libraries has been gaining momentum in North America over the last few years,” said Councillor Mike Cohen, who is the council member responsible for the library. “People bring books, CDs, or movies they no longer need and take ones already there. There is no need for membership cards and no associated fees. Items are not part of the regular library collection so they don’t need to be returned so there are no due dates to contend with.”

The Aquatic and Community Centre is located at 5794 Parkhaven Ave. The Library Lounge is open from 6 am to 10 pm. The space is loaded with thousands of donated items. People can also use the space to read, relax, play a game, do a puzzle and use the public computer. There is also an outdoor return slot where official library items can be returned 24/7.

Material and monetary donations are welcome and can be made in place.

For more information please contact Justin Burnham at


Côte Saint-Luc adopts 2016 budget: city spending stays flat, average residential property tax increase of 2.3 percent

The City of Côte Saint-Luc has adopted an operating budget for 2016 that kept spending flat and saw the property tax of 2.3 percent for an average single-family home in the city, which is in line with what the Conference Board of Canada has forecast as the inflation rate for the greater Montreal region.

“We made every effort to keep property taxes as low as possible while maintaining the highest quality services,” Acting Mayor Glenn J. Nashen said. “We continue to operate as efficiently as possible to help ensure that Côte Saint-Luc remains to be one of the best places to live.”

The Côte Saint-Luc City Council adopted the $67 million operating budget on December 14, 2015. About 42 percent of all taxes collected by Côte Saint-Luc are transferred to the Agglomeration of Montreal, which is the island-wide regional government that funds services such as police, fire, and public transit. 

The property tax bills will be sent to homes by the last week of January. The deadline to pay property taxes has been set at February 26 for the first installment and May 27 for the second installment.

“We understand that the public entrusts us with their money and we take that responsibility seriously,” said Councillor Steven Erdelyi, the council member responsible for finances. “My family uses many of our municipal services. I’m keenly aware of how important they are to our residents, while also understanding the need to keep property taxes as low as possible.”

Budget and tax highlights include the following:

Average increase in taxes for single-family home valued at $572,300: 2.3 percent (or $142)

Decrease in water, residential and non-residential tax rates

Increase in revenues from taxation: 2.39 percent

Revenues from property taxes: 86.7 percent

Revenues from compensation in lieu of taxes: 1.9 percent 

Other revenues (eg, program fees, memberships, etc.): 11.2 percent


The three-year capital expenditures plan was also adopted on December 14. Approximately $10.5 million in capital expenses is anticipated in 2016. It will be used for projects such as enhancements to Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park, improvements and repairs to the Westminster and Cavendish underpasses, repairs to municipal buildings including the Bernard Lang Civic Centre building envelope, repairs to roads and sidewalks and more.




Côte Saint-Luc releases 1974 Remembrance Day video

The City of Côte Saint-Luc has released video of the 1974 Remembrance Day parade and ceremony.

The release of this video is part of an ongoing effort by Côte Saint-Luc to share its history with the public. Côte Saint-Luc has digitized more than 1,000 photos from its archives and posted them online. Visit to see photos.

The 41-year old film was donated by Sheldon Caplan, whose his parents Albert and Lily Caplan, were active in Royal Canadian Legion and Auxiliary. The city digitized the 16-millimetre film and is making it available on YouTube to honour its veterans this Remembrance Day. The film includes then-Mayor Samuel Moskovitch and other members of council of that era.

Watch the video at:

“One of my goals has been to help gather old photos, films, documents and other artifacts from the history of Côte Saint-Luc,” said Acting Mayor Glenn J. Nashen. “It will be presented in some combination of rotating public display and website. We’d like suggestions from people in the community who are willing to volunteer and help build a Côte Saint-Luc Historical Society.”

Côte Saint-Luc hopes the Côte Saint-Luc Historical Society can help unearth more gems and bring them to the public. To volunteer for the Côte Saint-Luc Historical Society, call Darryl Levine at 514-485-6800 ext. 1802 or email

Côte Saint-Luc salutes Mayor Anthony Housefather on election win

City of Côte Saint-Luc councillors and staff congratulate Mayor Anthony Housefather on his election last week to the House of Commons representing the riding of Mount Royal.

Mayor Housefather was first elected in November 2005. Before that he was a councillor in the Town of Hampstead and the then-Borough of Côte Saint-Luc/Hampstead/Montreal West. He led the effort to demerge from the mega-city in 2004.

The following are statements from the city’s eight city councillors.

Councillor Dida Berku: “I served with Anthony for 14 years and have never seen anyone work so hard and with such enthusiasm and such sincerity in campaigning. On top of the intellectual brilliance that we all recognize and the stamina and energy, Anthony has a great appreciation for the constituents.”

Councillor Mitchell Brownstein: “There have been so many accomplishments that he’s achieved over the last 10 years. He helped save our EMS first-responder service, saved police station 9, built the Aquatic and Community Centre, helped oversee several residential development projects in our city, and supported new initiatives like urban agriculture, vCOP, the Dramatic Society and more. He also led in the fight against the Charter of Values, and the attack on bilingual status.”

Councillor Mike Cohen: “It has been an honour and privilege to serve under Anthony for the last 10 years. I know he’s going to make a great MP.”

Councillor Steven Erdelyi: “Anthony has a sense of what needs to be done and what initiatives to move forward on. Côte Saint-Luc has been a leader on environmental issues and been financially sound because he knew these issues were enormously important.”

Councillor Sam Goldbloom: “I have never encountered anyone with the energy, integrity and intelligence of this young man. Our riding and Canada is very fortunate to have someone of his caliber representing all of us.”

Councillor Ruth Kovac: “I think Anthony will be one our greatest MPs just as he has been one of our greatest mayors. I have learned so much for him over the last 10 years.”

Councillor Allan J. Levine: “Anthony is the hardest-working person I ever met. Our loss is Ottawa’s gain. Anthony will be a strong voice in Ottawa for the English-speaking community of Quebec. I wish him all the best.”

Councillor Glenn J. Nashen: “I want to thank Anthony personally for his stewardship, integrity and intelligence in leading the city for almost 10 years. I like to think that we’re not losing a mayor but gaining an incredible Member of Parliament.”

Côte Saint-Luc congratulates the winning candidates across Canada as well as all other candidates who took part in the democratic process.