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Côte Saint-Luc celebrates Public Libraries Week with book discussions, lectures and more

Côte Saint-Luc, October 17, 2007 – Residents of Côte Saint-Luc can enjoy puppet shows, book and movie discussions, storytelling, and lectures from October 21 to 28 at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library (5851 Cavendish Blvd.) as part of the 9th annual Public Libraries Week.

“We are happy to showcase our wonderful library again this year during Public Libraries Week in Quebec,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “We have attracted more than 2,600 new members since January 2006. I invite all residents to take part in the events and enjoy this valuable community resource.”

On Sunday, October 21, at 1pm, the children’s library will hold an open house with guided tours and a “bookmaking” project. At 3pm, puppeteer Jacques Boutin will perform “Verrula”, the story of a little witch’s struggle to be good all the time. Tickets for the puppet show are $2.

On Monday, October 22 at 7:30pm in the library’s fireplace lounge, Melanie Ray from Vancouver will tell the epic romance, Tristan and Iseult. The event is co-sponsored by the Quebec Intercultural Storytelling Festival. Tickets are $3. Spaces are limited.

On Tuesday, October 23, at 10:30, librarians will talk about the books they love during the Passion for Books event. The library will be also launching a book club kits service. Admission is free.

On Wednesday, October 24 at 7pm, the audiovisual staff welcomes you to share their passion for movies. Staff will discuss their favorites and show clips of the best scenes. Admission is free.

On Thursday, October 24, the library director, Tanya Abramovitch, will don her witch’s robes and tell some scary tales at 6:30pm in the children’s library. Children age 7 and older are invited to get scared. Admission is free.

On Friday, October 25, at 2pm, historian Neil Cameron will lecture on the role of money, myths and machinery in forming the modern world. Tickets are $5 at the door.

On Sunday, October 28, at 2pm, author Monique Polak will discuss her work in progress, a memoir based on her mother’s experience at the Theresienstadt concentration camp. This event is part of the Holocaust Education series, in partnership with the Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre.

“Our librarian, Tanya Abramovitch, and her staff make our library a special, welcoming place for our residents,” said Councillor Steven Erdelyi, the council member responsible for the library. “I encourage even more Côte Saint-Luc residents to become members of the library.”

The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library is 23,000 square feet and home to 200,000 books, VHS tapes, DVDs, audiobooks and periodicals. More than 505,000 items circulate each year, including an average of 1,100 items checked out each day. Visit or call 514-485-6900 to learn more about the planned events or how to become a member.

The theme of Public Libraries Week in Quebec is “In action, for you!” Quebec's public libraries employ 3,161 permanent staff, including 390 librarians, and rely on more than 10,200 volunteers. Visit to learn what other libraries in Quebec are doing.

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

Côte Saint-Luc unveils opportunities for donations, naming rights and sponsorship

Côte Saint-Luc, October 15, 2007 - Côte Saint-Luc City Council today unveiled a blueprint to facilitate opportunities for donations, naming rights and sponsorships as ways of funding the growth and creation of new programs and facilities in the community.

Mayor Anthony Housefather commended the work of Councillor Mike Cohen and his committee, which worked for almost two years on developing a comprehensive set of guidelines that will encourage new donation opportunities.

“This is a new step for the City of Côte Saint-Luc,” said Mayor Housefather. “We are a community composed of individuals, families and corporations that care deeply about the city we live in. Now we have clear guidelines to accept their donations, whether it be a park bench, swing set, works of art or monies to help build a new indoor swimming pool.“

Councillor Cohen, who is responsible for issues related to toponymy, corporate identity and communications in the city, worked with senior staff members, the other members of council and a number of residents with expertise and experience in this area.

“Whether we are talking about the children’s section of our critically acclaimed library or a field at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park, there are some wonderful sponsorship opportunities available,” said Councillor Cohen. “The option of sponsoring a city event, such as a concert or winter carnival, also exists. We hope that a large number of people with connections to Cote Saint-Luc will wish to exercise this new option.”

Mayor Housefather and Councillor Cohen have already been approached by a resident who wishes to fund the purchase of some new equipment in a city park. The Côte Saint-Luc Volunteer Citizens on Patrol (vCOP) program is functioning thanks to the generosity of two car dealerships – Claireview Leasing and Toyota Montreal-Nord – which have thus far underwritten the costs of the two vehicles used to patrol the streets.

Mayor Housefather noted that all proposed projects will require the approval of council.

“There are many people whose families have a long association with our community,” he said. “We want these people to know that the door is open for them to leave a legacy for a friend or a relative.”

Residents and others interested in learning more can contact City Hall at 514-485-6800.

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

Volker Seding photo exhibit in Côte Saint-Luc from October 18 to December 2, 2007

Côte Saint-Luc, October 12, 2007 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc will present “Captive”, an exhibit of photographs by Volker Seding, at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library (5851 Cavendish Blvd.) from October 18 to December 2, 2007. The exhibit is on view daily between 10 am and 10 pm.

The exhibit features photos of zoo animals in their un-natural habitats and is, at once, breath-taking and horrifying. The lushness of the photographs themselves contrasts jarringly with the often desolate environments that the animals inhabit. Seding has combined his life-long fascination with zoos and his concern for endangered species to create an absorbing and thought-provoking exhibit.

Seding is a Toronto based artist and cinematographer who has exhibited widely across North America. His works can be found in many corporate and private collections. He is represented in Toronto by the Stephen Bulger Gallery.

The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library is open from 10am to 10pm every day of the year. The library is located at 5851 Cavendish Blvd.

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

Côte Saint-Luc to honour anti-apartheid activist at Human Rights Walkway on Friday, October 19

Côte Saint-Luc, October 12, 2007 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc will unveil a plaque adding the name of Helen Suzman to the list of distinguished honorees on the city’s Human Rights Walkway on Friday, October 19 at 1pm.

Inaugurated in September 2000 and located at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park (6975 Mackle Rd.), the Côte Saint-Luc Human Rights Walkway is dedicated to those men and women who, by their steadfast commitment to mankind, have held high the torch of human rights and let it light the world. Helen Suzman joins other notable honorees on the Walkway, including René Cassin, John P. Humphrey, Raoul Wallenberg, Jules Deschênes, Maxwell Cohen, and Mary Two-Axe Early.

Born in 1917, Ms. Suzman served in the parliament of South Africa for 36 years and was a vocal critic of the policy of apartheid. She was once accused by a minister of asking questions in parliament that embarrassed South Africa, to which she replied: “It is not my questions that embarrass South Africa, it is your answers.”

After apartheid ended and when free elections were held, Ms. Suzman was by the side of President Nelson Mandela when he signed the new constitution in 1996. Today, she is 90 years old and lives in South Africa.

Ms. Suzman's achievements have been acknowledged by many awards and honours. No fewer than 27 honourary doctorates have been bestowed on her, including from Oxford, Harvard, Columbia, Brandeis, Yale, and Cambridge universities, as well as from several South African ones, including her alma mater, Wits. She has also twice been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. In 1989, she was made a Dame of the British Empire.  In 2002, she was awarded the International Freedom Prize by Liberal International.

“The city council and residents of Côte Saint-Luc believe deeply in the protection of human rights and the Human Rights Walkway is a means of honouring individuals who have made an incredible contribution to the world,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “It is also a means of teaching our youth about the importance of respecting and defending the rights of others.”

The ceremony will last approximately for 45 minutes. Expected to speak are Mayor Housefather, the Consul General of South Africa, Ms. N F Nojozi, and a member of Ms. Suzman’s family.

The public can learn more about the past honourees at For more information about Helen Suzman, visit her foundation website at .

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

Côte Saint-Luc disappointed by lack of consultation with reconstituted cities in awarding of recycling contract

Côte Saint-Luc, October 11, 2007 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc is shocked the City of Montreal executive committee announced today the awarding of a major recycling contact for all cities on the island without consultation or formal approval at the agglomeration council.

“We are disappointed, but not surprised, that the Montreal executive committee has announced a major contract for an island-wide service without first consulting the other 15 cities on the island,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “This kind of closed door decision-making is exactly the reason why reforms are needed to the structure of the island-wide council.”

Earlier this year, Côte Saint-Luc publicly objected to the granting of a 10-year contract to Les Marroniers without public tender. Once Montreal pulled the contract, Côte Saint-Luc repeatedly asked the central services to consult the reconstituted cities in the preparation of the tender and the evaluation of bids. Notwithstanding these repeated requests, the tender was prepared, studied and the contract approved without prior consultation or information to the reconstituted cities.

“The original tender was re-drafted because of objections Côte Saint-Luc raised,” said Councillor Dida Berku. “This resulted in lower bids from multiple bidders, which has saved taxpayers money.  Yet, the Montreal executive committee continues to act behind closed doors, without any consultation with its partners.”


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

City of Côte Saint-Luc reminds residents to verify their smoke detector and plan an emergency escape route

Côte Saint-Luc, October 9, 2007 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc today urged its residents observe Fire Prevention Week from October 7 to 12 by planning a fire escape route and by changing the batteries in their smoke detectors.

Fire Prevention Week is recognized every October. During this week, fire departments across Canada promote public awareness of the dangers of fire and the ways we can protect ourselves from fire. The theme for Fire Prevention Week 2007 is “It's Fire Prevention Week - Practice Your Escape Plan.”

“Fire safety professionals say you have just two minutes to escape your home safely once a fire starts,” said Mayor Anthony Housefather. “Every second counts, so you must plan how you and your family will escape your home during a fire.”

In addition to planning an escape, residents should also verify that their smoke detectors are working correctly.

“There is no excuse for not having a working smoke detector in one’s home,” said Councillor Glenn J. Nashen, the council member responsible for public safety. “Press the test button to make sure the smoke detector works and change the batteries twice a year. When you change the time on your clocks in the spring and fall, change your smoke detector batteries too.”

Côte Saint-Luc is served by Fire Station 78 of the Agglomeration of Montreal Fire Department, which is responsible for fire suppression including fighting fires, protecting life and property and other emergency assistance.

Residents can learn more about fire prevention by calling the Fire Prevention Bureau at 514-280-0868.

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

Côte Saint-Luc library introduces new reusable bags

Côte Saint-Luc, October 3, 2007 – Patrons of the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library can now purchase for $2 reusable bags to carry away their books and DVDs and are also good for shopping.

“I am happy to be able to offer library patrons a reusable bag,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “Our current council continues to do our utmost to make Côte Saint-Luc an example for other environment-friendly communities.”

In 2007, Côte Saint-Luc launched recycling collection in apartment buildings and condos, started an organic waste collection pilot project, sold backyard composters, gave away free biodegradable plastic bags for leaf collection, passed an anti-idling bylaw, switched to low-sulphur diesel fuel in municipal vehicles, organized a volunteer clean-up day and collected more than 6.5 tonnes of household hazardous waste. The new reusable bags are the latest green initiative in Côte Saint-Luc.

“It is estimated that a traditional plastic bag can take several hundred years to decompose,” said Councillor Dida Berku, who is the councillor responsible for environmental issues. “We need to reduce the number of plastic bags we use as individuals. We can all do our part to reduce our environmental impact.”

The new reusable bags are blue and feature the library logo on the front and the website address on the side. The bags are long-lasting and are made from non-woven polypropylene, which can be cleaned using a machine machine’s gentle cycle. The bag can be recycled when no longer needed.

“I visited many homes this year and got the sense that residents truly want to do more on environmental issues,” said Councillor Steven Erdelyi, who is the councillor responsible for the library. “This city council has done a lot this year for the environment and again made Côte Saint-Luc a leader on the island of Montreal.”

The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library is open from 10am to 10pm every day of the year. The library is located at 5851 Cavendish Blvd.


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

Côte Saint-Luc collects 1.2 metric tonnes of organic waste during first week of new brown bin organic waste collection program

Côte Saint-Luc, September 27, 2007 – Mayor Anthony Housefather announced today that about 75 percent of residents targeted in the Côte Saint-Luc organic waste collection pilot project put their brown bin at the curb and 1.2 metric tonnes of organic waste was collected during the first collection on Tuesday.

“We are very pleased by the participation rate during week one of our pilot project,” said Mayor Anthony Housefather. “This is a new program in Côte Saint-Luc, so we expect it will take time before residents get used to put their organic waste into a separate bag. But we are excited that this pilot project has been very well received by residents so far.”

Côte Saint-Luc is one of the first cities on the island of Montreal to introduce curb-side collection of organic waste, such as leftover fruits and vegetables, pasta, tea bags, 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.

The project was introduced to 500 homes in districts 4 and 5, in the western third of Côte Saint-Luc.

Every Tuesday, residents in the pilot project will place their brown bin on the curb along with their blue box. The organic waste will be composted at a special facility and will then be used 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 organic waste is processed at the Lachute Composting Centre of GSI Environment composting facility 40km north-west of Montreal in Lachute, Quebec.

Residents can visit or call 514-485-6868 for more information.

Attention editors: Photo caption: Côte Saint-Luc Waste, Environment and Safety Technician Oriana Familiar shows off a mound of compost at the composting facility. Côte Saint-Luc collected 1.2 metric tonnes of organic waste during the first week of its new brown bin pilot project. 


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


Four Heart in Motion walking paths will encourage Côte Saint-Luc residents get active and improve their health

Côte Saint-Luc, September 21, 2007 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc will introduce four Heart in Motion walking paths through the city at the official launch ceremony on September 30 from 10am to 2pm at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park.

The day’s events will include warm-up exercises, a health walk, a blood pressure clinic, music, face painting, balloons for children and prizes. The event will take place rain or shine.

“The City of Côte Saint-Luc is committed to providing services for the health and well-being of residents,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “The four new walking paths and will give residents another way to stay physically fit and maintain a healthy lifestyle.”

Côte Saint-Luc created walking paths of 1km, 3km, 5km and 8km on existing city sidewalks as part of the Heart in Motion program of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Quebec. This program has spread around the world, with similar paths in Ireland, Denmark, Finland, Germany, and Sweden. The paths are visible and easily accessible to encourage residents to use them frequently and enjoy the numerous benefits of walking, such as improving blood circulation and strengthening the heart.

“For more than 50 years, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Quebec has sensitized people to the importance of adopting healthy habits to reduce heart and stroke diseases, the leading cause of death in Canada,” said Ms. Gloria Sacks Silver, Director, Health Promotion and Research of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Québec. “We invite everybody to use the Heart in Motion paths. Keep in mind that 30 minutes of walking everyday can help to reduce your risks of having heart disease or a stroke. It’s an easy way to enjoy physical activity and to rediscover your city by the same time.”,

There are routes for every fitness level. The paths will be marked every half kilometer with distinct yellow and blue Heart in Motion signs. The Heart and Stroke Foundation suggests using the paths to monitor progress and improve health by slowly graduating to longer paths and walking at increasingly faster speeds. In addition to the one kilometer markers, there will be directional signs at all turning points.

“Côte Saint-Luc is the first city on the island of Montreal in take part in the Heart in Motion program,” said Ruth Kovac, the councillor responsible for parks and recreation. “The paths are a valuable addition in the city for novice walkers, local joggers and social walking groups, offering them opportunity to walk or run outdoors and monitor exact distances.”

The paths start from the southwest corner of Pierre Eilliott Trudeau Park. A map of the four routes will be posted at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park and at

Councillor Steven Erdelyi says the paths will encourage residents to meet other residents.

“We hope these walking paths will encourage residents to stay active and meet other residents,” Councillor Erdelyi said. “The half-kilometer markers will give people an exact way to measure their walking distances.”

“I love to walk in this city,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. ”It is one of the best ways to see and appreciate this beautiful city.”

For more information on how to adopt a healthy lifestyle, please visit the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s website at


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

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

Côte Saint-Luc, September 20, 2007 – 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 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.
“Community safety and security remains a prime objective of Côte Saint-Luc,” 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.
“We have already recruited and trained more than 60 members who are patrolling the streets of Côte Saint-Luc,” said Glenn J. Nashen, who is the City Councillor responsible for public safety 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 crime prevention 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 defibillation).
"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.
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,


Transfer of a portion of Federal Gasoline Excise Tax Revenues and the Government of Quebec’s contribution


Transfer of a portion of Federal Gasoline Excise Tax Revenues and the Government of Quebec’s contribution

Côte-Saint-Luc, September 19, 2007 − The Mayor of Côte Saint-Luc, Anthony Housefather, invites the media to a press conference on Thursday, September 20, in Côte Saint-Luc. In attendance will be the Minister of Public Works and Government Services and the Minister Responsible for the Region of Montreal, the Hon. Michael M Fortier, and the Member of the National Assembly for D’Arcy-McGee, Lawrence S. Bergman.

The government representatives will make an important announcement regarding infrastructure work in Côte Saint-Luc.


Date:    Thursday, September 20, 2007

Time:    2 p.m.

Place:    City Hall
    Council Chamber
    5801 Cavendish Blvd.
    City of Côte Saint-Luc, Quebec


For more information:
Darryl Levine
Director of Public Affairs and Communications
City of Côte Saint-Luc
514-485-8905 or

Côte Saint-Luc Mayor for a Day winners to read essays at City Council meeting tonight

Côte Saint-Luc, September 10 – The two winners of the 2007 Côte Saint-Luc Mayor of a Day contest held earlier this spring at local elementary schools will read their essays tonight during the City Council meeting at 5801 Cavendish Blvd.

The two winners of the Mayor for a Day essay-writing contest are Alon Sandberg, a grade 6 student at Ecole Maimonide, and Kayla Eisenberg, a grade 5 student at JPPS.

“One of our priorities in the City of Côte Saint-Luc is to encourage students to learn about their city and their municipal government,” Mayor Housefather said. “We received many interesting ideas from the students and I am pleased to welcome Alon and Kayla back to City Hall to read their essays to our City Council and residents.”

Mayor Housefather welcomed the Mayor for a Day winners to City Hall on August 24 where he discussed with them their ideas on how to improve the city. The Mayor also gave the students a tour of the municipal offices where they learned about the day-to-day operations of the city.

This was the first Mayor for a Day essay-writing competition in Côte Saint-Luc. Another is planned in early 2008 for students in grades 5 and 6 and grades 10 and 11.


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

Puppet workshop in Côte Saint-Luc on Sunday, September 16

Côte Saint-Luc, September 7, 2007 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc is pleased to present two puppet workshops with professional puppeteer Jacques Boutin on Sunday, September 16, at 11am and 1:30pm at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library (5851 Cavendish Blvd.).

Children age 5 and older will be able to create their own personalized puppet using a variety of high-quality materials.

“This puppet workshop will be a fun-filled time for all aspiring puppeteers,” said Mayor Anthony Housefather. “I invite residents to take advantage of this workshop.”

Master puppeteer Jacques Boutin has worked in television for Jim Henson creator of the Muppets and Sesame Street. Working with professional stage sets and sound tracks, Boutin will teach the children how to manipulate their puppets to create their own shows.
The workshop is $5 and registration is required. 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,


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Côte Saint-Luc to argue today for Cavendish extension before island-wide committee studying proposed Montreal Transport Plan

Côte Saint-Luc, August 29, 2007 – Mayor Anthony Housefather and Councillor Dida Berku will be presenting a brief today at 7pm to the Permanent Commission of the Agglomeration Council on Environment, Transport and Infrastructure, which is holding public hearings on the proposed Montreal Transport Plan at Montreal City Hall (275 Notre Dame St. E.).

These public hearings will take place over four days starting tonight at 7pm and continuing on August 30 (at 9:30am) and August 31 (at 9:30am) and September 6 (at 7pm).

“After 25 years of study, six years of promises from the Montreal administration and more than two years of study by an engineering task force, the City of Montreal must now respect its promises and its timeline to build the Cavendish corridor to connect Saint-Laurent and Côte Saint-Luc by 2012,” said Côte Saint-Luc Mayor Anthony Housefather. “This Cavendish extension project is long overdue and vital to the development of the centre of the island of Montreal. It must be part of any short-term transport plan on the island of Montreal.”

To obtain the details of the dates and times when the mayors and councillors of other cities and boroughs will be presenting briefs to the commission, please contact the City Clerk of the City of Montreal at 514-872-3770.  


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

Author Sid Tafler to speak in Côte Saint-Luc on September 4, 2007

Côte Saint-Luc, August 24, 2007 – Author Sid Tafler will read and discuss his book entitled Us and Them, A Memoir of Tribes and Tribulations at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library (5851 Cavendish Blvd.) on September 4 at 2pm. Admission is free.

“It is always a pleasure to welcome to our library,” said Mayor Anthony Housefather. “Our library is more than just a home for 200,000 books. It is also an active place where people come together to share ideas. That’s why more than 2,600 additional Côte Saint-Luc residents have joined the library since January 1, 2006.”

According to Tafler, Us and Them is about how we see each other as members of our own group or other groups. It's about home, belonging, identity and the tribal nature of the human species, which evolved tens of thousands of years ago and is still a strong influence on how we live today.

“Something fascinating happened in Canada during the last fifty years,” said Sid Tafler, a former Montrealer now living in Victoria, BC. “It evolved from a place of narrow tribal divisions to a country recognized around the world for tolerance and diversity. Us and Them is the story of a changing country, changing people and a new understanding of identity, belonging and the place we call home.”

Us and Them received positive reviews in Boulevard Magazine, Victoria News, Vancouver Sun, Victoria Times Colonist, Monday Magazine and CFAX 1070 radio.

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