Press releases


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.


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

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


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

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.


For more information:

Darryl Levine, Director of Public Affairs and Communications, City of Côte Saint-Luc, 514-485-8905,

Councillor Bonnie Feigenbaum, Town of Hampstead, 514-369-8200,

Councillor Elizabeth Ulin, Town of Montreal West, 514-481-8125,

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


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

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

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

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 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,

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 .

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

New Côte Saint-Luc EMS recruits to receive certificate at graduation ceremony

Côte Saint-Luc, February 11, 2008 – Twenty-seven new medical first responders will receive their certificate at the Côte Saint-Luc Emergency Medical Services (EMS) graduation ceremony on February 11, 2008 at 8pm at City Hall (5801 Cavendish Blvd.).

WHAT:     Côte Saint-Luc EMS graduation ceremony

WHERE:     Côte Saint-Luc City Hall, 5801 Cavendish Blvd.

WHEN:     Monday, February 11, 2008 at 8pm

New EMS recruits must successfully complete 110 hours of advanced classroom training and respond to 32 calls before becoming full EMS first responders.

“Our EMS volunteers provide outstanding care to those in medical distress in Côte Saint-Luc,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “Our newest recruits follow a 28-year tradition of excellence.”

Côte Saint-Luc EMS has provided first responder service to the community since 1980. EMS offers a superior quality of pre-hospital emergency medical care to the residents of and visitors to Côte Saint-Luc. EMS is equipped with a fleet of three emergency vehicles, new 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 in the community and throughout south-western Quebec.

“The next batch of EMS first responders has already started their in-class training,” said Councillor Glenn J. Nashen, who is responsible for public safety issues. “A summer class is also planned. If you would like to become an EMS first responder, call 514-485-6800 to learn more.”


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

Trio Muczynski will perform in Côte Saint-Luc on Sunday, February 10

Côte Saint-Luc, January 28, 2008 – Société Pro Musica’s Trio Muczynski are performing a live concert on Sunday, February 10 at 2pm at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library (5851 Cavendish Blvd.).

The concert is presented by the City of Côte Saint-Luc, the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library and the Montreal Arts Council On Tour.

“This concert provides a great occasion for the people of Côte Saint-Luc and surrounding areas to hear excellent music in a friendly and inviting environment,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “I encourage everyone to take advantage of the outstanding performing arts events our city has to offer.”

The Trio Muczynski include Evgenia Kirjner on piano, Airat Ichmouratov on clarinet and Luo Di on cello. They will perform works by Max Bruch (Huit Pièces, op. 83, nos. 1 et 2), Jeffrey/Ryan (Tripple Witching), Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (Koncertstuke, no.1, op.113), Ludvig van Beethoven (Trio, op.11) and the Trio’s namesake Robert Muczynski (Fantasy Trio, op.26).

Tickets are $3. Call the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library at 514-485-6900 for details

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For more information, contact: Mona Turner, 514-485-6926,

Côte Saint-Luc and Neighbourhood Police Station 9 to launch week-long school zone safety blitz

Côte Saint-Luc, January 15, 2008 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc and the Neighbourhood Police Station (NPS) 9 will launch a week-long school zone safety blitz from January 21 to 25.

Constables from Côte Saint-Luc Public Security and police officers from NPS 9 will patrol the school zones at every school in Côte Saint-Luc during the morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up.

“The goal of this week-long blitz is to make drivers and parents more aware of the school zone by-laws, which exist to protect our children,” said Councillor Glenn J. Nashen, who is responsible for public safety. “There will be zero-tolerance for any violations to these safety rules. We are serious about school zone safety year round it is helpful to focus our attention in a coordinated effort with all services from time to time.”

Public Security and police officers will enforce by-laws related to school zone and road safety, such as prohibitions against stopping or parking one’s car in a crosswalk, double-parking, driving faster than 30 km/h and U-turns. In addition, motorists will be reminded they are obliged to stop for pedestrians in a crosswalk.

“We will be enforcing speed zone regulations and other rules related to moving vehicles,” said Constable Vincent De Angelis of NPS 9. “Pedestrians have a 90 percent chance of surviving car crashes at 30 km/h or below, but less than a 50 percent chance of surviving impacts at 45 km/h or above. Respecting the speed limit—especially in school zones—can make the difference between life and death.”


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

Côte Saint-Luc City Council meetings to take place January 14 and 28

Côte Saint-Luc, January 14, 2008 – The Côte Saint-Luc City Council calendar for the month of January encompasses a special meeting taking place on January 14, 2008 and a regular meeting taking place on January 28, 2008. Both meetings will be held at the Côte Saint-Luc City Hall (5801 Cavendish Blvd.) at 8pm.

Although a regular meeting was originally scheduled for January 21, the city has decided to hold two meetings during the month in order to allow it to adopt oppositions to certain agglomeration bylaws within the required legal deadlines.

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

Côte Saint-Luc asks Canadians to remember Raoul Wallenberg

Côte Saint-Luc, January 11, 2008 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc urges Canadians to honour Raoul Wallenberg Commemorative Day on Thursday, January 17 by reflecting on those who have promoted human rights and saved lives.

The City of Côte Saint-Luc dedicated a street in honour of Wallenberg on May 8, 1983 and unveiled a plaque honouring him on its Human Rights Walkway on September 12, 2001. In 1985, in recognition of his humanitarian deeds, Canada declared Raoul Wallenberg its first honorary Canadian citizen and declared that January 17 of each year will be known as Raoul Wallenberg Commemorative Day

“Côte Saint-Luc has been a leader on human rights issues and encourages other cities and towns across the island of Montreal, Quebec and Canada to join us by honouring people who have held high the torch of human rights,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “Raoul Wallenberg is a true hero and our community is proud to have honoured him and others like him.”

The City of Côte Saint-Luc unveiled plaques on Human Rights Walkway in 2000, 2001 and 2007 for René Cassin, John P. Humphrey, Raoul Wallenberg, Jules Deschênes, Maxwell Cohen, Mary Two-Axe Early, and Helen Suzman. The Human Rights Walkway is located at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park (6975 Mackle Rd.).

Wallenberg was born in 1912 into a prominent Swedish family. In July 1944, Wallenberg was sent by the Swedish foreign ministry on a rescue mission to Budapest, Hungary to distribute Swedish certificates of protection to Jews with some connection to Sweden. Wallenberg applied pressure on the Hungarian government and gained friends and assistants for his work.

When the pro-Nazi Arrow Cross party seized power in Hungary in October 1944, Wallenberg initiated the establishment of an international ghetto for 33,000 Jews who lived in homes under the protection of flags of neutral countries. In November 1944, thousands of Budapest Jews were forced to march to the Austrian border. Wallenberg followed them with a convoy of trucks carrying food, clothing and medicine for the marchers.

Following the war, he was taken prisoner by the Soviet Union and disappeared. Several years later, the Soviets acknowledged that Wallenberg had been taken to labour camp where, they claim, he died of a heart attack on July 17, 1947.

To learn more about past honourees on the Côte Saint-Luc Human Rights Walkway, visit

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

Côte Saint-Luc launches pothole report form on website

Côte Saint-Luc, January 10, 2008 – Côte Saint-Luc launched a new online service for motorists to inform the city about potholes, and problems related to sidewalks, traffic lights, road signs or other road issues.

A Report-a-Pothole web form asks visitors to list where they spotted the problem and other pertinent details. Once completed, the form is sent directly to the Côte Saint-Luc Public Works Department, which is responsible for most of the 61.7 km of roads in Côte Saint-Luc. This new tool is another way the City of Côte Saint-Luc strives to use new technology to help improve services.

“The January thaw helped create several potholes on our streets,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “Our crews are always on the lookout for potholes and quickly fixed the ones they spotted. However it helps to have residents tell us about potholes they spotted on their drive to work or when they dropped the kids off at school.”

The Report-a-Pothole web form is available at . Motorists can also call 514-485-6868 to report a pothole by telephone.

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

Photographer Elena Willis will speak in Côte Saint-Luc on Sunday, January 13

Côte Saint-Luc, January 7, 2008 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc is pleased to present an art talk with photographer Elena Willis on Sunday, January 13 at 2pm at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library (5851 Cavendish Blvd.).  

Willis’ work is on exhibit in the library’s art gallery from January 10 to February 10. Simply titled “Photographic Works”, the exhibit is a collection of surreal images that explore the symbolic nature of dreams. According to Willis, the focus of her photographic work is to explore these dream-like images and their rich symbolism.

“The importance of the arts to the residents of Côte Saint-Luc has long been apparent,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “We continue to exhibit high quality work by internationally recognized artists.”

Willis has exhibited her work in both solo and group exhibits in Montreal, Toronto and Nice, France. She will be exhibiting her work in New York for the first time at the Eli Klein Fine Arts Gallery beginning this month. She is also is the recent recipient of a Type B grant from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and will be continuing her photographic work during an artist residency in Paris, France from January 20 to April 20, 2008.    

Admission is free. Call the library at 514-485-6900 for details.

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For more information, contact: Mona Turner, 514-485-6926,

Côte Saint-Luc passes budget with average tax increase less than the rate of inflation

Côte Saint-Luc, December 18, 2007 – The Côte Saint-Luc City Council last evening adopted its 2008 local municipal budget of $30.05 million, while keeping average residential property tax increase below the rate of inflation.

The budget provides for minimal property tax increases for the average residential taxpayer, with the average increase being below the rate of inflation. The owner of a single-family home whose property valuation increased at the average rate of 36 percent will pay 1.69 percent more in local property taxes than he or she did in 2007. Other individual tax accounts may be lower or higher, depending on the variation of their assessment in the four-year property valuation assessment roll, which increased the valuation of some properties more than others.

“The council has once again demonstrated it treats residents as shareholders by passing a balanced budget while keeping the average residential tax increases below the rate of inflation,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “Our council continues to make best efforts to apply best business practices to our finances, while striving to maintain the best possible services for our residents.”

The council and management team implemented a strict budgetary process used in the private sector. Instead of using last year’s budget as a base and adding to it, a form of zero-based budgeting was used where every department function was reviewed comprehensively and all expenditures had to be justified.

“In Côte Saint-Luc, we did our best to keep the residential tax increase to a minimum and below the rate of inflation, as opposed to the Montreal agglomeration where the increase to the same tax payer will be double,” said Councillor Dida Berku, who is responsible for finances on council.

To help minimize the impact of property valuation increases greater than the Côte Saint-Luc average of 36 percent, the City of Côte Saint-Luc has reduced the tax rate (also called the “mill rate”) on all properties, and staggered the valuation increases over four years.

The City of Côte Saint-Luc has merged its two water taxes into one special reserve fund. The taxes raised will be used to pay engineering consulting firm Dessau Inc. for the maintenance and improvement of the Côte Saint-Luc water infrastructure, to buy water from the City of Montreal and to pay down the debt owed to the City of Montreal for the purchase the water distribution network in the territory of Côte Saint-Luc. Similar to municipal taxes, the water tax is also based on the taxable valuation of residential and non-residential properties.
Operating expenses
The City of Côte Saint-Luc kept increases in operating expenses to a minimum by trimming the budgets of all departments in a way that will not affect the services residents expect. This was achieved by a judicious review of all expenses and finding new and less costly ways to achieve excellent services to residents.

The largest increase in expenses is related to the ongoing rise in energy costs, including fuel and electricity. During the course of the 2008 fiscal year, the City of Côte Saint-Luc will investigate ways to be more energy efficient and ultimately save money in this area in future years.

The recycling budget has also been increased to fulfill the city’s commitment to have recycling in all apartment buildings and condominiums in 2008. In addition, due to the successful implementation of organic waste collection in 2007, a budget was created to extend the program to all single family homes in 2008.

The water infrastructure budget has also risen slightly because Côte Saint-Luc has once again identified water testing and infrastructure improvements as a priority.

Capital expenditures budget
Just as the expense budget allows short-term planning and control of current operating needs, the capital expenditures budget is a tool to aid long-term planning and control of long-range and capital needs, such as:

  • Road and sidewalk replacement
  • Sewer replacement and repairs
  • Repairs to municipal buildings
  • Upgrades and improvements to parks, pools and equipment
  • Upgrades to the ambulance fleet of Côte Saint-Luc Emergency Medical Services and purchase of defibrillators
  • Replacement and upgrade of municipal vehicles and technology equipment

The three-year capital expenditures budget is $5.61 million in 2008, $12.98 million in 2009 and $5.68 million in 2010. The City of Côte Saint-Luc will continue to maximize the use of grants that are available for capital expenditures such as the Gas Tax Fund, F.I.M.R. and sports/recreation grants from the Ministry of Education, Leisure and Sports.

About the tax bills
Residents of the City of Côte Saint-Luc will receive two municipal tax bills in January 2008—one from the City of Côte Saint-Luc and another from the island-wide Montreal Agglomeration Council. The City of Côte Saint-Luc municipal tax bill is due in two installments: March 3 and June 2, 2008.

The City of Côte Saint-Luc tax bill pays for the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library, parks and recreation activities, road repairs, garbage collection, recycling, organic waste collection and other local services. The island-wide tax bill pays for Montreal island services such as police, fire prevention and public transit.


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