Press releases

 

Côte Saint-Luc municipal employees to wax legs on Friday, June 20 to raise money for the Missing Children’s Network charity

Côte Saint-Luc, June 19, 2008 – Employees from the City of Côte Saint-Luc will be waxing their legs on Friday, June 20 to raise funds for the Missing Children’s Network, which assists in the search of missing children and the prevention of their abduction and disappearance.

The media is invited to watch the leg-waxing event.


WHAT:     Leg-waxing fundraising event

WHERE:   Côte Saint-Luc outdoor municipal swimming pool, 5700 Mackle Rd.

WHEN:     Friday, June 20 at 1pm



“Again this year, our municipal employees have found a unique way to raise money for children’s charities,” Côte Saint-Luc City Manager Ken Lerner said. “It is a fun way to raise money for an important cause.”

The Director of Public Works and Urban Planning, David Tordjman, will be among the municipal staff who will wax their legs to raise funds for the Missing Children’s Network.

Founded in 1985, the Missing Children's Network is the only organization in Quebec dedicated to the search of missing children and to the prevention of their abduction and disappearance. Thanks to the organization's collaborative efforts and international exchange network, 521 children are now safely home with their families and tens of thousands more have been taught how to stay safe in threatening situations through comprehensive safety and educational programs.

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

Tonight’s Bowser and Blue concert in Côte Saint-Luc postponed due to rain

Côte Saint-Luc, June 19, 2008 – The free outdoor concert scheduled this evening at Ashkelon Gardens in Côte Saint-Luc featuring Bowser and Blue has been postponed because of rain.

The free music and comedy concert will now take place on Sunday, July 6 at 4pm.

This free concert is presented by the City of Côte Saint-Luc and the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library. People should bring their own lawn chair. Call the library at 514-485-6900 for details.

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

Côte Saint-Luc opposes merging of municipal and school board elections

Côte Saint-Luc, June 18, 2008 – Côte Saint-Luc city council adopted a resolution on Monday evening calling on the Quebec education minister not to merge school board elections and municipal elections.

The Quebec government tabled last month Bill 88— An Act to amend the Education Act and the Act respecting school elections —to modify the laws governing public school boards and school board elections.

Côte Saint-Luc Councillor Mike Cohen said he hopes the Quebec government continues to ensure that municipal and school board elections are not held on the same date. Councillor Cohen, who moved the Côte Saint-Luc resolution on Monday, said that the presence of separate English and French voting lists at school board elections would create confusion at the polling stations.

“Let us remember that in the 2005 municipal election, there were already significant problems and delays at the polling stations,” Councillor Cohen said. “Both municipal and school board elections deserve proper attention paid to the candidates and the issues involved. The merger of these elections would be unfair to the candidates and the voters.”
 
A copy of the resolution was sent to the Quebec Union of Municipalities; the Association of Suburban Municipalities; the Minister of Education, Recreation and Sports, Michelle Courchesne; the Minister of Municipal Affairs, Nathalie Normandeau; the Chairman of the committee studying Bill 88, Pierre Arcand; the MNA for D’Arcy McGee, Lawrence Bergman; and municipal councils in Quebec.

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

New Côte Saint-Luc EMS defibrillators test for heart attacks

Côte Saint-Luc, June 16, 2008 – New defibrillators now in use by Côte Saint-Luc Emergency Medical Services are a first on the island of Montreal as they will test for heart attacks before the patient is transported to the hospital and can apply a smarter electrical shock to restart a heart beat.

“We are committed to providing a superb first responder service,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “Our pioneering EMS service is a model that others can follow.”
 
EMS first responders can now do electrocardiograms in people's homes before they are transported to the hospital. In addition to testing the heart beat, defibrillators are also used by medical first responders to send an electrical jolt to a heart that has stopped beating. The new Côte Saint-Luc EMS defibrillators use less energy to restart the heart, which means less damage is caused to the heart. The defibrillators also assess how much oxygen is getting around the body in the sickest of patients. Côte Saint-Luc purchased four defibrillators from Zoll.

"Côte Saint-Luc has illustrated its leadership in public safety with its pioneering EMS service, pesticide ban, and bicycle helmet bylaw,” said Councillor Glenn J. Nashen, who is the council member responsible for public safety. "The new defibrillators for EMS are a worthwhile investment and yet another reason why Côte Saint-Luc residents are very well-served by our unique volunteer first responder service."

Côte Saint-Luc EMS has been equipped with defibrillators since 1993. In additional to the four defibrillators used by EMS, Côte Saint-Luc has five automated external defibrillators (AEDs)—which come with step-by-step voice instructions—in its municipal buildings including at the Samuel Moskovitch Arena, the Bernard Lang Civic Centre, the recreation building, the Senior Social Centre and the Tennis Club. There are also two AEDs in the Public Security vehicle fleet and two more donated units in the Volunteer Citizens on Patrol (vCOP) vans. In all, Côte Saint-Luc has 18 defibrillators on the road and in its municipal buildings.

Stéphane Kallos, the director of Côte Saint-Luc EMS, urges residents to learn how to use an AED and learn CPR and infant CPR on Monday, July 28 at 6pm at the Côte Saint-Luc gymnasium at 7500 Mackle Rd. The cost is $65 (residents) or $85 (non-residents). The discounted cost for seniors is $52 (residents) or $65 (non-residents). Call 514-485-6806 to learn more.

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

Launch of newly renovated children’s department and kick-off of the summer reading club at the library

Côte Saint-Luc, June 13, 2008 – The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library will re-launch its newly renovated children’s department on Sunday, June 15 at 2:30pm.

This event will give the community a chance to see the exciting new changes at the children’s department, including new areas and educational tools. Kids will have the chance to test out the library’s new Wii console on a giant screen, the new microscope, ‘reading pen’, new televisions and DVD players.

It is also the kick-off to the summer reading club so children can register for this free program and receive a reading kit to work on at home. Since the theme of the summer reading club this year is Laugh Out Loud someone will be circulating the room making balloon animals for the kids.

“This grand opening gives families a chance to see the new face of the children’s department at the library,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “I encourage families to bring their kids to this event.”

This is a free 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: Darryl Levine, Director of Public Affairs and Communications, 514-485-8905, dlevine@cotesaintluc.org
 

Bowser and Blue will perform in Côte Saint-Luc on Thursday, June 19, 2008

Côte Saint-Luc, June 3, 2008 – The music and comedy duo Bowser and Blue will perform a free outdoor concert in Ashkelon Gardens behind the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library (5851 Cavendish Blvd.) on Thursday, June 19 at 7:30 pm.

Rick Blue plays acoustic guitar and harmonica and George Bowser plays electric and acoustic guitars. They are both talented Gemini-nominated musicians, vocalists, comedians and writers. Bowser and Blue have performed their unique musical satire to audiences across Canada. They live in Montreal and have released twelve CDs since they began performing together more than twenty years ago.

“This concert provides a great occasion for the people of Côte Saint-Luc and its surrounding areas to watch some talented performers outdoors in the beautiful garden behind the library,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “I encourage everyone to come out for this unforgettable event.”    

This free concert is presented by the City of Côte Saint-Luc and the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library. People should bring their own lawn chair. In the event of rain, the concert will be postponed until Sunday, July 6 at 4pm.  Call the library at 514-485-6900 for details.

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

Public information session on Cavendish/Fleet intersection

Côte Saint-Luc, May 16, 2008 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc will present to the public at city hall on Monday, May 26 at 8pm its proposed changes to the lane configuration on Cavendish Blvd. at Fleet Rd.

The proposed plan calls for a second left-turn-only lane on Cavendish Blvd. southbound. Both lanes will turn onto Fleet Rd. An engineering traffic study indicates that this will reduce wait times and line-ups of vehicles turning onto Fleet Rd. It will also and lessen the number of vehicles that use Baily Rd. as a shortcut to Fleet Rd.

The mayor, councillors and city engineers will present the plan. Should the plan be adopted, work will begin this spring or summer.

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

Côte Saint-Luc encourages seniors living alone to sign up for Hello Bonjour program

Côte Saint-Luc, April 23, 2008 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc encourages seniors living alone to register for its Hello Bonjour program— a free service that puts volunteers in daily contact by telephone with seniors and ensures their well being.

“Our Hello Bonjour program helps ensure the well-being of seniors living alone in our community,” Mayor Housefather said. “Like our Emergency Medical Services, Public Security service and Volunteer Citizens on Patrol, Hello Bonjour is an extra safety net we offer our residents.”

Every weekday morning, a city volunteer calls the registered senior to ensure he or she is okay. The senior can choose to call the city volunteer instead. If the senior cannot be reached, the city volunteer calls a pre-established list of contacts—such as the building concierge, relatives or friends— who can confirm the well-being of the senior.

The children of a senior can also ask their parent if he or she wants to participate. If the parent approves, the child can register the parent. To register for the free Hello Bonjour service, call 514-485-6819. To volunteer your time to call seniors, call 514-485-6819.

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

Côte Saint-Luc EMS responds to simultaneous emergency calls

Côte Saint-Luc, April 18, 2008 – Côte Saint-Luc Emergency Medical Services (EMS) responded to four medical emergencies in less than 30 minutes on the morning of Friday, April 11, and again later than day, illustrating its unmatched ability to respond to simultaneous medical calls.

Côte Saint-Luc EMS frequently has two or more dedicated first-responder teams ready to go to the scene of a medical emergency.

"Côte Saint-Luc continues to be a leader in emergency services," Mayor Anthony Housefather said. "The professional dedication of our EMS first responders is critical to our residents and these calls clearly illustrate why we have tried so hard to convince the members of the National Assembly why EMS must continue as our first responder service of choice on our territory.”  

The City of Côte Saint-Luc has successfully urged the Quebec government and official opposition party to support Côte Saint-Luc EMS when the issue comes to a vote, expected before the summer recess.

The councillor responsible for public safety in Côte Saint-Luc, Glenn J. Nashen, has been involved with the EMS service for more than 25 years. "This is a defining moment for Côte Saint-Luc EMS and our incredible volunteers,” Councillor Nashen said. “The kind of service our first responders provide day after day is unparalleled throughout Quebec. Last week’s achievement makes it crystal clear that we must keep our EMS intact, guaranteeing a continuation of fast and highly-trained personnel, focusing entirely on pre-hospital emergency medical care."
 
Mayor Housefather and councillors Nashen and Dida Berku presented a brief to the National Assembly on November 15, 2007 defending the supporting the Côte Saint-Luc EMS life-saving service. They have corresponded with all 125 MNAs on the EMS issue and held numerous meetings with all parties, union and civic leaders. They also collected thousands of signatures on local petitions and received many letters to help save the service.
 
Mayor Housefather, Councillor Nashen and the entire city council of Côte Saint-Luc have expressed appreciation to Minister of Municipal Affairs, Nathalie Normandeau, and D’Arcy McGee MNA Lawrence Bergman who have pledged support to allow Côte Saint-Luc to keep its service.  

"I want to thank Minister Normandeau very much," Mayor Housefather said. "She made the effort to truly consider the needs of Côte Saint-Luc and appreciated the investment we have made to build an incredible service that needs to continue as is."
 
Côte Saint-Luc EMS is the only volunteer-based first responder service on the island of Montreal. It responds to 3,000 calls every year, including 1,500 Priority 1 calls.

EMS is made up of highly-trained volunteers under the guidance of an emergency room physician. A committee of elected, lay and professional leaders in the Emergency Services Committee also oversee operations.

Côte Saint-Luc EMS is equipped with a fleet of three emergency vehicles, advanced emergency medical equipment, devices, tools and supplies. The annual budget exceeds $500,000. EMS responds to more than 3,000 medical assistance calls each year and assists at community events, crises and other major emergencies.

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

Côte Saint-Luc encourages book reading in May

Côte Saint-Luc, April 10, 2008 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc is encouraging all residents to read the same book in May and then discuss it with friends, family and neighbours as part of the first annual Côte Saint-Luc Reads program.

The selected novel is Can You Hear the Nightbird Call?, by Anita Rau Badami. Copies are available at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library and major bookstores.

“Many of our residents love to read,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “This new Côte Saint-Luc Reads program is a wonderful way for residents to share a common experience through books.”

Set against the tumultuous backdrop of a fragmenting Punjab and moving between Canada and India, Can you Hear the Nightbird Call? charts the interweaving stories of three Indian women each in search of a resting place amid rapidly changing personal and political landscapes. Anita Rau Badami lives in Montreal with her family.

Residents will have the chance to ask Badami about her novel on Thursday, May 8 at 7:30pm at the library. Admission is free.

Other events inspired by the novel include the following:

* Henna workshop for mothers and daughters to explore the beautiful art of mehndi (Sunday, May 11 at 3 p.m., ages 10 older, admission: $3).

* Simple Indian Cuisine with Gigi Cohen (Thursday, June 5 at 6:30pm, admission: $5).

* Discovering our Jewish Roots…in India, with Barbara and Jack Rosenthal.
(Thursday, June 12 at 2pm, admission: $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 www.elcslpl.org.

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

Côte Saint-Luc, Hampstead and Montreal West encourage residents to turn off lights for one hour on March 29 at 8pm

March 20, 2008 – The councils of the City of Côte Saint-Luc, the Town of Hampstead, and the Town of Montreal West are encouraging residents of the three west-end municipalities to turn off the lights in their homes for an hour on March 29 at 8pm as a symbolic gesture on the need for worldwide action on climate change.

The three municipalities adopted resolutions confirming their participation in the Earth Hour event earlier this year and will turn off non-essential lights in municipal buildings.
 
“The City of Côte Saint-Luc continues to introduce eco-friendly initiatives such as organic waste collection, low sulphur diesel fuel in our municipal vehicles, an anti-idling bylaw and much more,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “Participating in Earth Hour is small but symbolic act that illustrates our commitment to our 15 sustainable development goals.”

“Hampstead is very happy to join efforts with our neighbors in participating in this initiative to raise awareness about the issues facing our planet,” Councillor Bonnie Feigenbaum said. “It demonstrates, once again, our willingness to work together towards achieving a sustainable development and protecting the future of our children.”

“Montreal West is committed to making our town a more sustainable and environmentally friendly community,” Councillor Elizabeth Ulin said. “Through education, action, and policy change, we are committed to making Montreal West a greener neighbourhood.”

Earth Hour was launched in 2007 in Sydney, Australia, where 2.2 million people and 2,100 companies turned off their lights for an hour. This effort reduced energy consumption in Sydney by 10.2 percent for that hour, which is the equivalent of removing 48,000 vehicles from the roads for the same period. This year, several large cities throughout the world will be taking part, including Montreal, Toronto and Ottawa.

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For more information:

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

Councillor Bonnie Feigenbaum, Town of Hampstead, 514-369-8200, bfeigenbaum@hampstead.qc.ca

Councillor Elizabeth Ulin, Town of Montreal West, 514-481-8125, eulin@montreal-west.ca

Côte Saint-Luc seeking new recruits for Volunteer Citizens on Patrol (vCOP) program

Côte Saint-Luc, March 17, 2008 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc is looking for more recruits to expand its successful crime prevention program, Volunteer Citizens on Patrol, or vCOP, Mayor Anthony Housefather announced today.
 
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 is one of the safest communities in which to live on the island of Montreal and community safety and security remains a prime objective of our council,” Mayor Housefather said. “The vCOP program is proactively helping improve safety in the community.”
 
Visible on the streets and at many special events throughout the year, the vCOP patrol helps deter crime and assists people in need. The volunteers contribute to the well-being of the community and assist residents and visitors in a meaningful and tangible way, such as alerting Public Security or the police about suspicious activity, downed power lines or other possible dangers to residents.

The City of Côte Saint-Luc was the first city in Quebec to implement the innovative vCOP program on July 1, 2006. Similar programs have been established in communities throughout Canada and the United States.
 
“We have recruited and trained more than 70 members who are patrolling the streets of Côte Saint-Luc,” said Councillor Glenn J. Nashen, who responsible for public safety on council including all aspects of local emergency services, civil protection and disaster readiness. “We are looking for the next group of concerned residents who are interested in making a real difference in our community.”
 
Volunteer patrollers, in marked vCOP vehicles, bicycles and on foot notify local agencies with emergency and non-emergency situations as they act as observers throughout the community.
 
“vCOP volunteers gain a better understanding of public safety issues and strategies while having fun and getting to know their community even better,” Councillor Nashen said.

Volunteers must be at least 18 years old, in very good physical and mental health and residing, working or having a vested interest in Côte Saint-Luc. Volunteers must pass a security check, have good interpersonal and communications skills, possess a positive attitude and be able to work in a team environment, act professionally and participate in training sessions. Patrollers will also be required to commit to a minimum six hours per month.

“Whether you are a university student, a business person or a retiree, you can make a difference,” Mayor Housefather said. “As long as you're in good shape with some time to spare, call to find out how you can help.”
                                                 
vCOP training includes seven sessions with presentations by Côte Saint-Luc Public Security, Montreal police and fire officials as well as radio communications, first aid, CPR and AED (automatic external defibrillation).
 
"These volunteers will be an ally in the effort to keep our community safe,” said Commander Sylvain Bissonnette of Neighbourhood Police Station 9, which is located in Côte Saint-Luc.
 
Councillor Nashen said that a new corps of volunteers will be called upon in the event of major emergencies and disasters, and to help with community services and public education.

“It is important to be well prepared and to have members throughout the community who are trained and ready to help,” Councillor Nashen said.
 
The vCOP program is under the direction of EMS Director Stephane Kallos, and volunteer coordinators and supervisors including Councillor Nashen, Murray Genis and Lewis Cohen. Claireview Leasing and Toyota Montreal-North are major sponsors of vCOP having each donated minivans for use by patrollers. Côte Saint-Luc Car Wash is also a sponsor of the program.
 
For more information about joining the vCOP program, please call 514-485-6800 or e-mail vcop@cotesaintluc.org.

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

Scavenger hunt, author discussion and Clue Night highlight Mystery Month this March at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public

Côte Saint-Luc, February 22, 2008 – Mrs. Peacock, Professor Plum and Miss Scarlett are among some of the fictional characters you may see in costume on March 6 during Clue Night at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library.

The evening is part of the library’s Mystery Month this March, which highlights the mystery genre.

“The library is putting special emphasis on the mystery collection this year, highlighting various subgenres and lesser-known authors through special displays, reading lists and programs,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. "The number of mystery books loaned out has increased substantially since the project began. Even I discovered some new authors browsing the displays."

Clue Night is on Thursday, March 6 at 7pm. Guests are invited to the library to play the classic board game dressed up as their favourite character from the game. Library staff will be joining their fellow suspects in this fun mystery-themed game night. The event is free.

On Tuesday, March 11 at 10:30am, librarians will discuss must-read mystery books at the Passion for Mysteries program. The event is free.  

One of the highlights of Mystery Month will be a visit from award-winning author and former CBC radio journalist Louise Penny on Tuesday, March 25 at 2pm. Penny’s latest mystery novel, The Cruellest Month, has just been named by Canada's premier literary magazine, Quill and Quire's, as one of the 'Outstanding Books of 2008'. Penny will be discussing her series of cozy mysteries set in Three Pines, Quebec. Tickets are $3.

On Thursday, March 27 at 7pm, patrons are invited to search the library for hidden items during Scavenger Hunt night. The first person who finds everything on the list will be awarded a prize. The event is free.

On Monday, March 31 at 7:30 pm, cultural guru Andrea Braithwaite will give a lecture on best-selling mystery writer Janet Evanovitch. Braithwaite is presently a PhD candidate at McGill University as well as a lecturer. Her lively lectures have been described as accessible, fresh and entertaining and will bring a sensational ending to the library’s month long event. Tickets are $3. 

“As far as we know, we are the only library in Canada with a month dedicated to the popular mystery genre with programs, displays and activities,” said Councillor Steven Erdelyi, the council member responsible for the library. “Our librarians adore books and they are constantly developing new ways to introduce enjoyable and important books to library members.”
 
Library Director Tanya Abramovitch is excited about introducing the genre to more people.

“We are book people in the library, and we’re here to help people discover authors and books they have yet to love,” Abramovitch said. “We hope to introduce non-mystery readers to the genre, but also to give its hard-core fans new avenues to explore.”

The mystery genre is surprisingly overlooked, especially in literary circles. Abramovitch and Collections Manager Janine West spearheaded this event as part of an overall initiative to focus attention on the thousands of mysteries that are available to the public and to share a series of exciting mystery-themed programs.

“To even speak of mysteries is a bit misleading,” Abramovitch said. “The genre is ever-expanding, with subgenres appealing to every type of person. There are cat mysteries, culinary mysteries, police procedurals, cozies, forensic mysteries, and historical mysteries, just to name a few. I encourage residents to attend these wonderful events in March.”

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

City information by e-mail will be music to the ears of three lucky winners

Côte Saint-Luc, February 14, 2008 – Residents of Côte Saint-Luc and others who are subscribed to the city’s free e-newsletter by February 29, 2008 have a chance of winning one of three iPod shuffle portable music players.

People can register to receive the e-newsletter using the form near the top left side of every page of the Côte Saint-Luc website at www.CoteSaintLuc.org. The only information required is an e-mail address. No personal information is collected.

“We would like communicate important information to as many residents as possible,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “Sending messages by e-mail is cost-effective and extremely quick. The e-newsletter does not replace our traditional communications, such as standard mass mailings or newspaper ads because we know not all residents use e-mail. These e-mail alerts simply enhance what we already do.”

Côte Saint-Luc has been sending announcements by e-mail for more than a year on issues such as lane closures, special events and other practical information.

“Current subscribers appreciate the service,” said Councillor Mike Cohen, who oversees city communications. “For instance, we received several e-mail replies last December from residents who thanked us for letting them know about holiday office hours and changes to the garbage collection schedule.”

Current subscribers are automatically entered into the contest. Three winners will be selected at random after the contest closes on February 29, 2008.

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

Côte Saint-Luc organic waste collection program praised by Quebec environment committee

Côte Saint-Luc, February 11, 2008 – The brown bin organic waste collection program, launched by Côte Saint-Luc last September, was praised by members of all parties at the Quebec Transport and Environment Commission in Quebec City on Wednesday, February 6.

Councillors Steven Erdelyi and Mitchell Brownstein presented a brief to the commission, which is studying ecological waste management issues. The presentation provided members of the commission with information about how the City of Côte Saint-Luc successfully implemented its organic waste collection program.

The chairman of the committee, D’Arcy McGee MNA Lawrence Bergman, praised the Côte Saint-Luc initiative.

“When we see a project of this nature and with this type of success and given the fact that you did it without very much money—that you did more with less–it’s incredible,” said Bergman at the commission meeting.

Gerry Sklavounos, MNA for Laurier-Dorion, also praised Côte Saint-Luc on the initiative.

“I think these initiatives are an excellent example for the rest of the province,” Sklavounos said.

Agnès Maltais, the MNA for Taschereau, said she thought the work done by Côte Saint-Luc was very important for Quebec.

“It is truly extraordinary to meet people like you who decide to engage the society like this in their municipality and which, I think, can move Quebec forward,” Maltais said. “Bravo on what you are doing, Mr. Erdelyi, and on your perseverance in moving Quebec forward. It’s extraordinary.”
 
Côte Saint-Luc is one of the first cities in Quebec to introduce curb-side collection of organic waste, such as leftover fruits and vegetables, pasta, meat, grass clippings, flowers and much more. Similar programs are already underway across Canada, including the Toronto area, where residents are reducing significantly the amount of garbage they produce.

“Based on the pilot project results so far, we estimate that our 500 homes in the pilot project are diverting 54.53 percent of their organic waste away from landfills,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “That is very close to the Quebec government’s goal of 60 percent for every municipality.”

The organic waste collection pilot project was introduced to 500 homes in districts 4 and 5, in the western third of Côte Saint-Luc, represented by councillors Steven Erdelyi and Allan J. Levine.

The first collection was on September 25, 2007. Every Tuesday, residents put their brown bin on the curb along with their blue box. The organic waste is collected and brought to a processing plant in Saint Basile-le-Grand, where it is transformed into soil for gardening and landscaping projects. The process of composting also produces roughly 25 times less harmful greenhouse gases than sending the waste to landfill. The participation rate is 85 percent, which is considered very high.

“I am very proud of the work done by our council, staff and volunteers to make this project a reality,” Councillor Erdelyi said. “It was nice to get such positive feedback from all the political parties in the Quebec legislature.”

The City of Côte Saint-Luc city plans on expanding organic waste collection to all single-family homes in 2008. The brief submitted by the City of Côte Saint-Luc is available at www.CoteSaintLuc.org .

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