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City-wide organic waste collection begins on Monday in Côte Saint-Luc

Côte Saint-Luc, October 17, 2008 – Starting Monday, October 20 at 8am, Côte Saint-Luc will begin collecting kitchen and garden waste from brown bins as the city expands its curbside organic waste collection—sometimes called compost collection— to nearly 5,000 single-family homes and duplexes.

In September 2007, Côte Saint-Luc began collecting organic waste from 500 homes as part of a pilot project to help divert waste from landfill. The program was a success and Côte Saint-Luc is now expanding it.

“Cote Saint-Luc is committed to becoming an environmentally responsible city,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “Toronto and other Ontario cities have been doing curbside collection of organic waste for several years. Côte Saint-Luc is one of the municipalities leading the way in Quebec.”

On Monday, October 20, organic waste will be collected in the south-western section of Côte Saint-Luc, on Baily Rd. and all streets south. The other three sections of Côte Saint-Luc follow on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. See the collection schedule map at

Currently, residents put paper, plastic, glass and aluminum into a blue box, which is collected every week. Now residents will put food waste and garden waste into a brown bin supplied by the city, which will also be collected every week. Anything that is left, like some kinds of plastic or Styrofoam, is thrown away as garbage.

Supermarket plastic bags are not allowed in the brown bin. Only certified compostable bags and paper bags are allowed in the brown bin.

Residents in all single-family homes and duplexes received last September a brown bin, kitchen collector and information materials and a DVD video explaining how everything works. They also received information on the new garbage collection and organic waste collection schedules.

Residents can learn more about curbside organic waste collection at


For more information: Darryl Levine, Director of Public Affairs and Communications, 514-485-8905,

Roadwork at Cavendish/Fleet intersection starts October 20

Côte Saint-Luc, October 14, 2008 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc will begin major roadwork on southbound Cavendish Blvd. near Fleet Rd. on October 20, as part of a road reconfiguration project that will include the addition of a second left-turning lane.

“The Cavendish-Fleet interchange was designed a generation ago when the population of Côte Saint-Luc was smaller and few families owned more than one car,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “For years, residents have suggested the city improve the intersection to reduce wait times. After considerable study, we are now taking action.”

The city held public consultations on May 26 to get resident feedback on the proposed project and made various revisions based on the feedback received. When the planned roadwork is complete, motorists wishing to turn left from Cavendish Blvd. to Fleet Rd. will be able to do so from two dedicated left-turning lanes. An engineering traffic study indicates that this will reduce wait times and line-ups of vehicles turning onto Fleet Rd.

“The project will be done in two phases,” said Councillor Mitchell Brownstein, the council member responsible for public works issues. “In phase 1, we will break parts of the concrete medians in the area and repave parts of the street. Once we are confident the new configuration is successful, we will complete the project in phase 2, in which we will beautify the green spaces and add permanent barriers in spots.”

During the construction period, motorists should try to avoid the construction zone during the morning rush hour, if possible. For instance, residents west of Parkhaven Ave. are encouraged to use the Westminster Ave. route in the western part of the city to leave Côte Saint-Luc during the morning rush hour.

Residents can call 514-485-6800 ext. 1501 to provide feedback or ask questions about the project. A project page including maps of the planned reconfiguration is available at All residences are receiving by mail this week a pamphlet explaining the project.


For more information: Darryl Levine, Director of Public Affairs and Communications, 514-485-8905,

All-night Read-A-Thon in Côte Saint-Luc to raise money for Comfy Cozy Fund

Côte Saint-Luc, October 10, 2008 – Kids, parents and library staff will be staying up late on Saturday, October 25 to read and raise money at the first ever all-night Read-A-Thon at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library.

The event is open to adults and children. Participants will spend the night reading at the library to raise money for Comfy Cozy Fund. The Read-A-Thon will showcase the magic of libraries and reading, and highlight their importance to the well-being of our society. Participants are encouraged to get sponsored, as the money their donors contribute will have an immediate and powerful impact on the lives of sick children and their families. Sponsorship forms are available at the library at the library website,  

“This event promotes reading, is a fun activity for parents and kids and raises money for a great cause,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “I am proud by the wonderful work done by our library staff to organize this unique event.”

There will be a special children’s event from 7pm to 10pm for those kids with an earlier bedtime. The more stout-hearted are encouraged to stay until 7am the next morning to enjoy the midnight pizza party, the 3am fruit and cardio break and the 6am breakfast.

The Read-A-Thon is part of the library’s celebration of Public Libraries Week.

The Comfy Cozy Fund was established in 2004 by Jake Shtern, a boy undergoing treatment for leukemia. His goal was to provide comfort to other children undergoing chemotherapy like him. The Comfy Cozy team works to ensure that the entire Montreal Children’s Hospital becomes a comfier and cozier place for the kids and family who spend time there. The treatment centre and the newly renovated oncology floor are now equipped with Game Boys, PlayStations, televisions and DVD players.  The Comfy Cozy Fund is currently funding a support program for the families of cancer patients and working to transform hospital departments, rooms and hospital stays throughout the Montreal Children’s Hospital.

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

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For more information, contact: Mona Turner, 514-485-6900 ext. 4205 or

Côte Saint-Luc to host third open house on October 16 to explain organic waste collection program to residents

Côte Saint-Luc, October 8, 2008 – Residents will be able to ask questions about the upcoming organic waste collection program at the third and final open house at the Bernard Lang Civic Centre (5801 Cavendish Blvd.) on Thursday, October 16 at 7pm.

The City of Côte Saint-Luc delivered the new 240 litre brown bins to 4,798 single-family homes and duplexes in late September. Residents will use their bins to dispose of their garden waste and kitchen waste. The city will collect the contents of the brown bins each week.

The first collection is the week of October 20. The collection day in each area is indicated on the map that came with the brown bin. Residents can learn more by reviewing the instructional material that came with their brown bin, by visiting or by calling 514-485-6868.


For more information: Darryl Levine, Director of Public Affairs and Communications, 514-485-8905,

Kids with Cameras exhibit in Côte Saint-Luc shows Jerusalem from the camera lens of Jewish and Arab children

Côte Saint-Luc, October 6, 2008 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc is presenting the exhibition “Beyond the Wall – Jerusalem” by Kids with Cameras at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library until November 2, 2008.

The photographs on display were taken by Jewish and Arab children from Jerusalem. Jason Eskenazi, the coordinator of “Beyond the Wall – Jerusalem”, taught photography to the children and gave then cameras. Each group photographed the Old City. Although the two groups had separate classes with Eskenazi, they began to be curious to see each other’s work. At the project's close, they discussed their work together.

“In the end all the kids were brought together just by being in the same project seeing Jerusalem from two vantage points,” Eskenazi said. “I hope somewhere down the road in a time to come that some of these kids will remember taking pictures and stopping to think how their counterpart might view the world.”

The organization Kids with Cameras was founded in 2002 by photographer Zana Briski out of her work teaching photography to children in Calcutta's red-light district. They see photography as an effective tool in igniting children’s imaginations and building self-esteem, and they believe in the power of art to transform lives, for both the artist and the viewer.

The exhibition “Beyond the Wall – Jerusalem” by Kids with Cameras is on view daily between 10am and 10pm at the library, which is located at 5851 Cavendish Blvd. Admission is free.

“This photo exhibit has been shown at the Jewish community centres of New York and San Francisco and I am proud Côte Saint-Luc has the privilege of putting it on display at our library,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “Exhibits like this one are another reason the public library in Côte Saint-Luc is regarded as one of the finest in Quebec.”

For more information about the Kids with Cameras program, visit

In conjunction with this exhibition the library is running a children’s art program “Côte Saint-Luc Kids in Focus”, which is an opportunity for kids ages 9 to 12 to experiment with photography and share the way they see their world. Participants will have the chance to learn about using a camera and take a tour of the Kids with Cameras exhibition. They will have the opportunity to shoot photos (using their own cameras or borrowing the library’s cameras) on a theme of their choice and take part in putting together their very own exhibition.

Registration for the Côte Saint-Luc Kids in Focus program is $5. Call the library for information at 514-485-6900.

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1. Photos from the Kids with Cameras project are on display in Côte Saint-Luc until November 2, 2008.

2. Two 12-year-old participants, Raneen and Zvi, review their photos with photograpy instructor Jason Eskenazi.


For more information, contact: Mona Turner, 514-485-6900 ext. 4205 or

Pamela Grimaud to lecture on fashions of the 1940s in Côte Saint-Luc

Côte Saint-Luc, September 17, 2008 – Costume specialist Pamela Grimaud will be discussing fashions of the1940s on Tuesday, September 23 at 2pm at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library.

Grimaud says that the1940s remains one of the most vibrant and innovative periods in twentieth century fashion.

“The occupation of Paris, long the center of fashion, coupled with the strict rationing of materials led to a surge of ingenuity both here and abroad,” Grimaud said. “While the French couture industry struggled to stay alive, American designers came into their own and women on the home front adopted trousers, made do and mended, and flocked to factory jobs in unprecedented numbers. Hollywood, military uniforms, newly developed textiles, practicality and patriotism were just a few of the influences that shaped the fashions of this most memorable of decades.”

Grimaud is an independent lecturer, researcher, writer and editor. She has been the assistant editor for Worn Fashion Journal, a publication that examines and celebrates the role of fashion and material culture in history and in contemporary society, edited The Costume Society of America (CSA) e-newsletter, provided research assistance for Kelly Killoren-Bensimon’s book American Style and executed several fashion research projects for Grace Mirabella, former editor-in-chief of American Vogue and founder of Mirabella magazine.  She has taught at Lasalle College, Concordia University, Parsons School of Design (NY), and The Fashion Institute of Technology (NY).

Tickets for Fashions of the1940s cost $3.

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

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For more information, contact: Mona Turner, 514-485-6900 ext. 4205 or

Côte Saint-Luc Senior Social Club appoints new president

Côte Saint-Luc, September 16, 2008 – Members of the Côte Saint-Luc Senior Social Club appointed Barbara Akerman club president for the years 2008 through 2010.

For the last two years, Akerman has been a volunteer at the Senior Social Club. She was responsible for the club’s publicity and served as a member on the executive telephone committee. She replaces Eva Silverman, a club member for more than 30 years.

The Senior Social Club is open to residents age 55 and older. The ladies meet every Wednesday afternoons for stimulating and informative programs. Interesting and relaxing day trips are planned. Activities include guest speakers, fitness and bridge. Beginner bridge, Mah Jong and line dancing instructions are available. Bridge is played every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon and is open to all members.

The Côte Saint-Luc Senior Social Club meets at 7101 Côte Saint-Luc Rd, Suite 203, above the Côte Saint-Luc Shopping Centre. Call 514-485-6819 for more information.


For more information: Darryl Levine, Director of Public Affairs and Communications, 514-485-6800 ext. 1802,

Dentist Dr. Michael Wiseman to discuss the connection between oral health and overall health

Côte Saint-Luc, September 10, 2008 – Dentist Dr. Michael Wiseman will be speaking the impact of oral health on overall health on Thursday, September 18 at 2pm at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library.

In partnership with the McGill Centre for Studies in Aging (MCSA) “Brainy Boomers” Lecture Series, Dr. Wiseman will discuss the connection of the mouth bone to the body bone. He will argue that the health of the oral cavity has an impact on the incidence of strokes, osteoporosis, diabetes, and heart disease in more ways than people realize.

Tickets for Your Smile: Healthy for life with Dr. Michael Wiseman cost $3.

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

Côte Saint-Luc mourns the passing of former City Manager James G. Butler

Côte Saint-Luc, September 10, 2008 – Mayor Anthony Housefather, the city councillors and the staff of the City of Côte Saint-Luc express their condolences to the family and friends of the city’s former long-time city manager James G. Butler, who passed away on Monday, September 8, at age 74.

“We were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Jim Butler,” Mayor Housefather said. “Jim was involved in the development of Côte Saint-Luc for more than 30 years and he worked closely with former Mayor Bernard Lang and the city council on many major projects that transformed Côte Saint-Luc from a small town into the municipality we know today. He left his mark on Côte Saint-Luc.”

Butler joined Côte Saint-Luc in 1965 as city treasurer. He became the city manager in 1969 and served for 32 years. He retired in 2001 at the time of the forced municipal mergers. Following his retirement, the city's Parks and Recreation Department offices were named for Butler.

During his time as city manager, Butler helped oversee the building of the municipal garage, the Samuel Moskovitch Arena and the city hall/library complex. He was particularly proud of having helped create the city’s public library with former Mayor Lang and librarian Eleanor London. The library is widely-considered the best on the island of Montreal.

Butler was born in the Saguenay region of Quebec. He graduated from St. Francis Xavier University. At age 25, he moved to Montreal and worked at the accounting firm of Clarkson Gordon (now Ernst and Young). He took night classes and earned his Chartered Accountancy designation. Before joining the City of Côte Saint-Luc, Butler was the city treasurer for the City of Dollard des Ormeaux.

When Côte Saint-Luc was reconstituted in 2006, Mayor Housefather and the city council invited Butler to serve on its committees, including the Planning Advisory Committee and the Sponsorship and Toponymy Committee.

The City of Côte Saint-Luc will be flying its municipal flag at half mast on Friday, September 12. The funeral service of Jim Butler takes place at Kane & Fetterly Funeral Home Chapel (5301 Décarie Blvd., corner Isabella) on Friday, September 12 at 11am. Visitation is two hours prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to St. Mary's Hospital Foundation.


Contact: For more information: Darryl Levine, Director of Public Affairs and Communications, 514-485-8905,

Côte Saint-Luc seeking recruits for Volunteer Citizens on Patrol program

Côte Saint-Luc, September 8, 2008 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc will be holding an information session on Tuesday, October 7 at 7pm at Côte Saint-Luc City Hall (5801 Cavendish Blvd.) for residents interested in joining the city’s crime prevention program, Volunteer Citizens on Patrol or vCOP.

Working in conjunction with Côte Saint-Luc Public Security, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and the Montreal police department, vCOP volunteers patrol the city, observe and report any suspicious activities or problems. Côte Saint-Luc was the first city in the Montreal region to implement this innovative neighbourhood-watch-on-wheels program in 2006. Similar programs have been established in communities throughout Canada and the United States.

To date, more than 70 volunteers patrol the streets of Côte Saint-Luc in marked vCOP vehicles, on foot and on bicycles. The volunteers notify local agencies about emergency and non-emergency situations as they act as observers throughout the community. There is a one-time membership fee of $75 to defray the costs of uniforms and accessories.

For more information or to join the vCOP program, please call 514-485-6800, send an e-mail to, or visit


Contact: For more information: Darryl Levine, Director of Public Affairs and Communications, 514-485-8905,

Côte Saint-Luc Public Works Week receives top prize

Côte Saint-Luc, August 22, 2008 – The association representing public works professionals in Canada awarded the City of Côte Saint-Luc the top prize in its 2008 National Public Works Week Awards.

The Canadian Public Works Association (CPWA) awarded the top prize to Côte Saint-Luc among cities with a population of 50,000 or fewer. The results were announced at the CPWA Luncheon at the American Public Works Association Congress in New Orleans on August 18.

“We are thrilled that our Public Works Week activities were ranked number one this year,” said Councillor Mitchell Brownstein, the council member responsible for public works issues. “We put a lot of work into organizing events for kids to entertain and inform them about how our public works people improve the quality of every day life in Côte Saint-Luc.”

Public Works Week in Côte Saint-Luc included several days of activities. The Director of Public Works, David Tordjman, spoke at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library on May 21. Students from grade 3 of Hebrew Academy toured the Côte Saint-Luc public works facilities to learn about recycling on May 22. They also planted flowers and took part in a relay race to put the correct items in a blue box, a brown bin or a garbage can. Finally, the week culminated with the Public Works Carnival on May 25 and included inflatable games, arts and crafts, an eco-information booth, a household hazardous waste and electronic waste disposal area and much more.

“A lot of people helped make this event a success, but I want to thank Public Works Director David Tordjman and the Coordinator of Administrative Services Beatrice Newman,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “Beatrice, in particular, made an incredible contribution and helped make Public Works Week an award-winning event. I also want to recognize the outstanding work done every day by our Public Works Department staff.”


For more information: Darryl Levine, Director of Public Affairs and Communications, 514-485-8905,

Free music workshop in Côte Saint-Luc give children the chance to try different instruments and be evaluated

Côte Saint-Luc, August 20, 2008 – Children and teenagers in Cote Saint-Luc can try up to eight instruments and be professionally assessed as to their musical potential and instrument suitability at the free musical instrument workshop on Sunday, September 7, 2008 at Chalet 1 of Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park from 11am to 1pm.

Five professional musicians will perform with a junior jazz band and with local children aged 5 to 14. After the instruments are demonstrated, all the children attending the workshop will have an opportunity to try the various instruments and be assessed by the professionals who will inform parents on which three instruments the participants show the most potential.
The professional musicians include Roger Walls, Eloi Bertholet, David Jespersen, Tristan Rogers and Jana Jast. Walls is a trumpet player and has performed with the Duke Ellington Orchestra in New York, Wynton Marsalis, George Harrison, Aretha Franklin, Paul Anka and many more. He has taught trumpet to groups, private lessons and bands at several Montreal-area schools since 1990.
Jast has worked as a music director at LCC, Hebrew Academy, Herzliah Snowdon and St. Laurent, Roslyn and Elizabeth Ballantyne Elementary, Camp B’Nai Brith, and the City of Côte Saint-Luc community program. She is a highly specialized band director, piano teacher and vocal coach. The other musicians also have many years experience performing at the Montreal Jazz Festival, with some celebrities abroad and local teaching at various schools.

Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park is located on Mackle Rd., near Stephen Leacock Ave.
To register or for more information, call the Côte Saint-Luc Parks and Recreation Department at 514-485-6806.


Côte Saint-Luc unveils curbside organic waste collection to residents at open house on Wednesday, August 20 at 8pm

Côte Saint-Luc, August 18, 2008 – Côte Saint-Luc is holding an open house on Wednesday, August 20 at 8pm at city hall to unveil its curbside organic waste collection program, which starts in mid-October with all 4,798 single-family homes and duplexes.

Residents and the media are invited to attend the open house to ask questions, view the new brown bin and learn what organic materials should go inside.

“Our pilot project was launched last September in 500 homes has been a success and very well received by residents,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “The expansion of the program to all single-family homes and duplexes will make Côte Saint-Luc a leader on the island of Montreal for the treatment of residual waste.”

Instead of separating garbage two ways (recycling and garbage), participants will now separate it three ways (recycling, garbage, and organic waste) and will receive a new brown bin container and small kitchen collector.

Diverting organic waste to compost facilities (and paper, plastic, glass and aluminum to recycling plants) will save Côte Saint-Luc money as dumping garbage becomes most costly.

“Côte Saint-Luc is committed to developing eco-friendly programs and minimizing our carbon footprint,” said Councillor Dida Berku, the council member responsible for environmental issues. ” Eighty percent of waste is either recyclable or compostable. We want our city to be one of the first to achieve the Quebec government goal of 60 percent waste diversion.”

Councillor Steven Erdelyi has worked closely on the curbside organic waste collection program and has visited the doors of more than 1,000 residents to help explain the program and answer questions.

“Most residents we meet are happy Côte Saint-Luc is doing this and very eager to participate,” Councillor Erdelyi said. “Like anything new, some people have fears and misconceptions about how it works. But based on our experience in the pilot project, once the program begins and people realize how simple it is, their fears will vanish and they will feel very good to be part of this.”


For more information: Darryl Levine, Director of Public Affairs and Communications, 514-485-8905,

Public screening in Côte Saint-Luc of film by CBC journalist Geeta Nadkarni

Côte Saint-Luc, August 12, 2008 – CBC journalist Geeta Nadkarni will present her film A Place Called Hope on Thursday, August 21 at 7:30pm at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library.

Geeta Nadkarni’s film project visits The Ashraya Initiative for Children. The Ashraya Initiative is a home for street children in Pune, India, that replicates a family environment, allowing for the holistic physical, mental, emotional, and social development of eleven former street children, and nurturing individual growth while promoting community values. It also seeks to address the deeper issues that force children to live on the streets as well as strive to empower those around them to design and implement their own ideas for improving society around them.

Geeta Nadkarni was born in Mumbai, she worked as a print journalist in Singapore and later moved to Montreal where she now works for print, radio and television. She currently does a column called “Be Green” for CBC which focuses on small actions people can take to help the environment. She also does a weekly book column for Radio Canada International’s “The Link”.  Nadkarni is fluent in Hindi, English and French and has written for publications in India, the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Singapore and the Middle East. She loves hearing, telling and retelling stories.

Tickets for A Place Called Hope with Geeta Nadkarni cost $2.

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

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For more information, contact: Mona Turner, 514-485-6900 ext. 4205 or

Me Ronald H. Levy to be recognized by Côte Saint-Luc City Council this evening

Côte Saint-Luc, August 11, 2008 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc will recognize this evening at 8pm the accomplishments of Ronald. H. Levy at the starts of the city council meeting. Me Levy is a resident of Côte Saint-Luc and was recently named President of the Lord Reading Law Society.

Me Levy is a senior partner at the law firm De Grandpré Chait and was admitted to the Bar of Quebec in 1978 after having attended law school at McGill University in 1976 (B.C.L.) and 1977 (LL B.). He specializes in commercial litigation and also maintains a practice in business and corporate law in addition to insurance and international trade.

“We are very pleased that a Côte Saint-Luc resident has been chosen to be president of the Lord Reading Law Society,” said Mayor Anthony Housefather, himself an attorney. “We wish Ron the best of luck in this mandate.”

This year, the Lord Reading Law Society will be celebrating its sixtieth anniversary as the collective voice of Jewish jurists in Quebec. The society is known for its work in the area for social justice, its tradition of legal excellence and its contribution to the judiciary.

“We are very fortunate to have residents such as Me Levy in Côte Saint-Luc,” Councillor Ruth Kovac said. “He is not only a successful lawyer in the courtroom, but a kind and generous individual as well.”

The mayor and councillors will show Me Levy a new book that will be added to the collection of Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library. The book will include a bookplate that will have the following inscription: “Donated by the Mayor and Councillors of the City of Côte Saint-Luc to honour Me Levy on his appointment as President of the Lord Reading Law Society.”


For more information: Darryl Levine, Director of Public Affairs and Communications, 514-485-8905,