Press releases

 

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.  

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

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, mturner@cotesaintluc.org

Cities and borough mobilize to put Cavendish/Royalmount/Cavendish extension project back on track

Côte Saint-Luc, August 22, 2007 – Five cities and towns and the borough of CDN/NDG, all together representing, more than 280,000 residents on the island of Montreal, have passed resolutions and/or will be presenting briefs, demanding that the City of Montreal prioritize the Cavendish Blvd. road construction project in the next five years in accordance with the original schedule adopted by the City of Montreal in December 2004.

The Montreal Transport Plan presented by the City of Montreal in May delays the extension until after 2017 and the elected officials denounce this delay as unacceptable.

When the $5 million Project Bureau on Cavendish Extension was created by Montreal, it had a very tight timeline to study, consult, prepare plans and oversee the design and construction of the Cavendish extension, which was to start in 2007 and be completed by 2012.

The mayors and councillors of Côte Saint-Luc, Côte des Neiges/Notre Dame de Grace, Dollard des Ormeaux, Hampstead,  the Town of Mount Royal and Montreal West have all taken positions in favour of  ensuring that the Montreal Transport Plan makes the Cavendish extension project a priority during the next five years. Many, elected officials  will also be presenting  briefs to the Permanent Commission of the Agglomeration Council on Environment, Transport and Infrastructure, which is holding public hearings on the proposed Montreal Transportation Plan. The public hearings are being held on August 29, 30 and 31 and September 6 at Montreal City Hall (275 Notre Dame St. E.).

Parallel public hearing which are also being organized by the City of Montreal will take place on August 22, 23 and 24, also at Montreal city hall.

“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 transportation plan on the island of Montreal.”

To obtain the details of the dates and times when the Mayors and councillors will be presenting briefs to the commissions, please contact the City Clerk of the City of Montreal at 514-872 3770.  Also please see attached resolutions for CSL, CDN/NDG, DDO, Hampstead and Montreal West.

For more information please contact the following municipal representatives:

  • Côte Saint-Luc Mayor Anthony Housefather (514-485-6936) and Councillor Dida Berku (514-531-6896)
  • CDN-NDG: Councillor Warren Allmand (514-872-4863)
  • TMR Mayor Vera Danyluk (514-734-2914)
  • Dollard-des-Ormeaux Mayor Edward Janiszewski (514-684-0879)
  • Hampstead Mayor Bill Steinberg (514-483-6954) and Councillor Bonnie Feigenbaum (514-369-8200)

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

Symphony orchestra to perform free outdoor show in Côte Saint-Luc this Sunday

Côte Saint-Luc, August 15, 2007 - The City of Côte Saint-Luc is proud to present a free concert by the Musicians of the World Symphony Orchestra on Sunday, August 19, at 4pm at Ashkelon Garden, behind the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library (5851 Cavendish Boulevard).

Admission is free and residents can bring their own chair.

"We are proud to be a sponsor of this wonderful ensemble," said Mayor Anthony Housefather. “They bring together musicians from across the world.”

On the program are the following: Mozart Marriage of Figaro Overture, Brahms Hungarian dances #1 and 5, Mozart Eine Kleine nacht Musik, Rossini Barber of Seville Overture, Ponchielli Dance of the Hours. Also, Chantal Parent will sing two original Broadway selections, Summertime and Memory. The rain date is August 26 at 4pm.

Founded in 2005 by Côte Saint-Luc resident Joseph Milo conductor and Lucy Ravinsky manager, the Musicians of the World Symphony Orchestra brings together more than 50 musicians from 20 countries.

Joseph Milo, a graduate from the Israeli Academy of Music in Tel Aviv, recruited professional musicians who had immigrated to Canada. The symphony practices in the Harold Greenspon Auditorium of the Bernard Lang Côte Saint-Luc Civic Centre and benefits from a small subsidy. The orchestra has recently obtained charitable tax status and is actively seeking support from all levels of government and private benefactors.

To book the Musicians of the World Symphony Orchestra or to make a tax-deductible donation, call 514-484-4018.

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For more information, contact: Mona Turner, 514-485-6926, mturner@cotesaintluc.org

Côte Saint-Luc district meeting give participating residents first look at city’s new brown bin composting program

Côte Saint-Luc, August 13, 2007 – Côte Saint-Luc Councillor Steven Erdelyi will lead an orientation session on Thursday, August 23 at Le Waldorf Residence (7400 Côte Saint-Luc Rd.) for residents of more than 500 homes in districts 4 and 5 participating in the new brown bin compost collection program.

The orientation is part of Councillor Erdelyi’s regularly-scheduled Côte Saint-Luc District 4 meeting.

“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,” Councillor Erdelyi said. “Similar programs are already underway across Canada, including the Toronto area, where residents are reducing significantly the amount of garbage they produce.”

The project is being introduced to residents in districts 4 and 5, in the western third of Côte Saint-Luc. In addition to the information session, residents will also receive instruction cards and a DVD-Video explaining what can and cannot be put into the brown bin.

“I am proud that Côte Saint-Luc is, once again, a leader in environmental issues on the island of Montreal,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. ”By deciding to collect regular garbage in-house this year, we gave ourselves much more flexibility and can now offer residents composting pickup every week.”

Participating residents will receive a small kitchen collector, into which they can dispose their organic material. They can then dispose the contents of the small container into the brown bin, which they can keep in their garage. The organic waste in the brown bins will be collected by the city every Tuesday.

Sorting organic waste is easy and convenient, thanks to the free kitchen collector and brown bin.

“After enjoying, say, your favourite barbecue chicken dinner at home, you can put your leftover chicken, baked potato and hamburger bun into the free kitchen collector,” Councillor Erdelyi said. “Then, whenever the kitchen collector becomes full, you can empty the contents into your brown bin. So, instead of having one garbage bin in your kitchen, you will have two. It’s a pretty straightforward and easy system.”

The new brown bin compost collection program will help reduce the amount of garbage the city collects and dump in landfills, which will save the city money.

Councillor Allan J. Levine has already been explaining the composting collection on Blossom and Wentworth.

“Ninety-nine percent of residents were both enthusiastic and appreciative to be part of this CSL initiative,” Councillor Levine said. “More than 50 percent of household waste is recyclable and I look forward to Tuesdays when blue and brown recycling will replace regular collection.”

Residents will receive the wheeled brown bin, a kitchen collector, sample compostable bags and important information on the program during the week of September 17.

Beginning Tuesday, September 25, and every Tuesday that follows, residents 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.

“By dividing our waste into regular garbage, recycling and organic, Côte Saint-Luc will reduce significantly the amount of garbage buried in landfill,” said Councillor Dida Berku, who is responsible for environmental issues on council. “Our goal is to divert 60 percent of household waste to recycling or composting.”

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

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

Côte Saint-Luc to use low-sulphur diesel fuel for municipal vehicles

Côte Saint-Luc, August 10, 2007 – Côte Saint-Luc Mayor Anthony Housefather announced today that Public Works Department vehicles will now use low-sulphur diesel fuel, which will help reduce the amount of smog-causing pollutants released in the atmosphere.

“Our current council continues to do our utmost to make Côte Saint-Luc an example for other environment-friendly communities,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “Just as we were one of the first municipalities to ban pesticides, we are again taking action to make our air even cleaner.”

In the transportation sector, about 94 percent of all freight is moved by diesel power. Very high sulphur content in regular diesel causes nitrogen oxides to be released into the atmosphere causing smog, respiratory problems, cancer, and nitrate deposits that are harmful to lakes and rivers.

The sulphur in regular diesel clogs the car exhaust filter. This allows more smog-causing nitrogen oxide to escape into the atmosphere. By removing sulphur from diesel, the filter stays cleaner and is able to capture more of the harmful emissions. Regular diesel contains 97 percent less sulphur (from 500 parts per million to 15) than regular diesel.

By 2010, only the new low-sulphur diesel will be sold in Canada. Similar rules exist in the US, Europe and Asia. In Sweden, more than 90 percent of the highway diesel sold today is low-sulphur.

“Côte Saint-Luc has committed itself to 15 items of the Montreal island-wide sustainable development plan,” said Councillor Dida Berku, who is responsible for environmental issues for the City of Côte Saint-Luc. “Using low sulphur diesel is a step towards achieving two of these goals, implementing measures favouring durable transport in the work environment and implement measures for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.”

Some of the effected vehicles in Côte Saint-Luc include eight heavy vehicles, four heavy duty trucks, 26 work trucks, and all trailers, tractors, loaders, backhoes, street sweepers, Mad-Vac leaf collector vehicles, snow blowers, salt spreaders, and parks equipment.

“I am proud that we are minimizing the environmental impact of our city vehicles,” said Councillor Mitchell Brownstein, who is responsible for Public Works. “By switching to low-sulphur diesel now, we are improving air quality and making our engines run more cleanly, which will save the city money.”

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

Côte Saint-Luc completes synchronization of traffic lights on Cavendish Blvd.

Côte Saint-Luc, August 8, 2007 – Motorists will spend less time idling at red lights and pedestrians will be able to cross the road more safely thanks to the new synchronized traffic lights installed on Cavendish Blvd. from Mackle Rd. to Merton Ave.

“Road safety, pedestrian safety and reducing wait times at red lights are important to our City Council and I’m happy we were able to achieve them all in this project,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “Traffic light synchronization on Cavendish Blvd. is a good investment and I hope our neighbours in the Borough of NDG join us by synchronizing Cavendish Blvd. south of Côte Saint-Luc Rd.”

The synchronization project started in May and involved replacing the traffic light controllers, cabinets and heads—which are the traffic lights themselves. The new configuration of the traffic light head feature shapes for better visibility and now include left and right turn signals. The Cavendish Blvd. synchronization project cost $175,000.

“Pedestrians will benefit because we installed countdown timers at every intersection along Cavendish Blvd. to help pedestrians decide whether to cross the street,” said Councillor Sam Goldbloom, who is responsible for traffic. “The crossing time is now 32 seconds at Cavendish Blvd. and Kildare Rd. In addition, motorists have more time to turn left onto Kildare Rd. from Cavendish Blvd.”

The new traffic light controllers allow more control over traffic flows. For instance, southbound traffic leaving Côte Saint-Luc has the priority during the morning rush hour. In the afternoon, northbound traffic entering Côte Saint-Luc has the priority. The programming of the traffic lights follows a traffic study, which identified ways to improve traffic flow.

Apart from better road safety and pedestrian safety, synchronized traffic lights can help reduce driving time and vehicle emissions and increase fuel economy, according to the United States Department of Energy. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions is of the 15 sustainable development goals Côte Saint-Luc committed itself to this year.

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

Kim Waldron exhibits in Côte Saint-Luc from July 12 to September 3, 2007

Côte Saint-Luc, July 31, 2007 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc is pleased to present “Working Assumption” photographs by Kim Waldron from July 12, to September 3, 2007. This exhibition is on view daily between 10am and 10pm at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library, 5851 Cavendish Blvd.  

“These photographs are the result of four months spent in Paris, France,” Waldron said. “I asked male strangers of a variety of professions if I could borrow their clothes and their workspace for about an hour. I found these situations through the yellow pages, by stopping people on the street and by visiting different establishments. I then made appointments to put on their clothes and take a picture of myself in their space.

These photographs were an excuse to talk to a lot of different people in hopes of improving my French and working through my fears about personal relations.”

Kim Waldron is a visual artist. Conducting a kind of social experiment with her photography and video work, she seeks to determine appropriate emotional boundaries. In her attempt to document authentic experience, Waldron’s art explores themes of identity, time and perception. She graduated from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 2003 and currently lives in Montreal.

She has exhibited across Canada, most notably at Khyber Centre for the Arts, Gallery 44, Art Gallery of Windsor and La Centrale.

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For more information, contact: Mona Turner, 514-485-6926, mturner@cotesaintluc.org

Repercussion Theatre will perform Molière’s comedy Scapin: The Schemer, in Côte Saint-Luc on Thursday, August 9

Côte Saint-Luc, July 26, 2007 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc presents Repercussion Theatre’s English-language production of Scapin: The Schemer, by Molière, on Thursday, August 9 at 7pm at Pierre Elliot Trudeau Park (6975 Mackle Rd).

The free outdoor event is presented yearly by Repercussion Theatre to give people on the Island of Montreal the opportunity to experience professional, classical theatre in their community.

“The City of Côte Saint-Luc is happy to host this performance,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “We are committed to providing our residents with a wide spectrum of entertainment events throughout the year and this performance by Repercussion Theatre allows us to enjoy wonderful theatre in the outdoors."

Amanda Kellock is the director of the production. While this is Kellock’s first time directing a production for the company, she is one of their veteran actors. Last year she played a lead roll in the hit Shakespearian comedy Much Ado About Nothing.

The English-language production of Scapin: The Schemer is open to the public and admission is free. Visit www.repercussiontheatre.com for more information about the theatre company or call 514-916-PARK for show updates and cancellation information.

Attention editors: High-resolution credited media materials are available at www.repercussiontheatre.com (login ID: repercussion, Password: press2007).

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

Bell Senior's Golf Outing a Success

Bell Canada Sponsors Event

CÔTE SAINT-LUC’S 28th ANNUAL  SENORS’ GOLF
OUTING A SUCCESS


CÔTE SAINT-LUC, JULY 18, 2007-  The 28th annual Seniors’ Golf Outing took place at Meadowbrook Golf Course on July 10. More than 100 participants hit the links for the nine hole affair on  the back nine of the beautiful property in Côte Saint-Luc.

For the first time in the event’s history, there was a sponsor. Bell Canada fulfilled that role and each participant received a cap with the city and Bell logos on it. Two representatives from Bell, Mario Scraire and André Paré, were part of a foursome which also included Councillor Mike Cohen and City Manager Ken Lerner. Councillors Cohen and Sam Goldbloom co-chaired the event. Police Station 9 Commander Sylvain Bissonnette was also among the  “guest” golfers. 

Following the game an awards luncheon was held at the Senior Men’s Club headquarters at the Côte Saint-Luc Shopping Centre. Sylvia Schacter won the closest to the pin on the 16th hole for females while Morty Zafran captured this prize in the male category. Runners up were Patty Heller and Iven Coltai. Ms. Heller was also recognized for the longest drive on the 17th hole for females. Lou Miller got the nod in the male category. Runners up were Helen Zafran and Lee Gold.

Volunteer Committee Chair Bernard Pont and event coordinator Loretta Anisef brought in a large number of door prizes. Councillor Cohen served as emcee and distributed the prizes in an entertaining “let’s make a deal” fashion.

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Contact:
 
Councillor Mike Cohen
(514) 485-6945

 

Harry Potter Extravaganza in Côte Saint-Luc on Sunday, July 21

Côte Saint-Luc, July 6, 2007 - The City of Côte Saint-Luc is pleased to present the Harry Potter Extravaganza on Sunday, July 21 to celebrate the launch of new J.K. Rowling book Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

Festivities will include crafts and a reading from the new book at 1pm at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library (5851 Cavendish Blvd.).

"The Harry Potter series of novels are wonderfully-written and I'm happy to be participating in this event," said Mayor Anthony Housefather. "I hope to see Harry Potter fans of all ages at the library."

Library members (ages 7 to 17) can enter to win a copy of the latest book by completing a quiz available at the youth department and online as of July 14. Contest ends July 19 at 1pm.

Tickets cost $3/ person or $10/ family and are on sale now at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library. Call the library at 514-485-6906 for details.

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

Residents invited to official opening of Côte Saint-Luc municipal pool on July 8 and to inauguration of new Maimonides Park

Côte Saint-Luc, June 29, 2007 – The opening ceremony of the Côte Saint-Luc outdoor municipal pool (7500 Mackle Rd.) and inauguration of the renovated Maimonides Park will take place on Sunday, July 8 from 3pm to 6pm.

Newly-renovated basketball and volleyball courts have enhanced Maimonides Park, which will now be part of the municipal pool facility during the summer season.

“Our goal was to make the pool an even better destination for families,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “The added recreation and enhanced activities at the pool will ensure people of all ages will have fun.”

The opening ceremony will include an air brush tattooist, a DJ, a magic show, free snow cones, and arts and crafts. Members of council will be there to officially launch summer pool season.

"Last year we introduced the Fun Card to enable our residents to have access to all our facilities for a fixed affordable fee,” Councillor Mitchell Brownstein said. “This year we wanted to do more, so we have added a much wider range of activities and improved our pool facility for our residents to enjoy.  Our pool is now a real community club with a hotel-like atmosphere."

All this summer, the pool staff will present a fun family activity every Sunday as part of its Funday Sundays lineup. The activities include live music, bingo and more. The following is the scheduled Funday Sundays schedule:

  • July 15, 3pm: Gerry Gareau musical performance
  • July 15, 4pm: Bingo Night
  • July 22, 3pm: Guy Bouchard (music & karaoke)
  • July 29, 3pm: Hawaiian Day and Game Show Day
  • August 5, 2pm (until late): Family Night / Olympics
  • August 12, 3pm: Gerry Gareau musical performance
  • August 19, 2pm: Fun Day
  • August 26, 3pm: Magic Show


In addition to the regularly scheduled Sunday activities, the pool staff will present a movie on Thursday evenings from 7pm to 9:30pm.

Anyone with a Côte Saint-Luc Fun Card can access the pool and the activities for free. People can swim in the municipal pool weekdays during the regular season from 12:30pm to 8pm and weekends from 10am to 8pm.

For more information about activities at the Côte Saint-Luc municipal pool, call 514-485-6806.

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

EMS director the first person in Quebec certified by the Canadian Red Cross as an emergency medical responder instructor

Côte Saint-Luc, June 28, 2007 – The director of Côte Saint-Luc Emergency Medical Services, Stéphane Kallos, has become the first person in Quebec to be certified as a Canadian Red Cross emergency medical responder (EMR) instructor.

The Red Cross EMR course is the first one that meets the strict requirements of the Paramedic Association of Canada. The course provides the knowledge and skills necessary in an emergency to help sustain life, reduce pain, and minimize the consequences of injury or sudden illness until the next level of health care takes over.

“Stéphane is an outstanding first response medic and instructor,” said Councillor Glenn J. Nashen, who is responsible for public safety. “Our city is extremely lucky to have someone with such advanced training to help train our Côte Saint-Luc EMS medics. This is another reason why we are pleased the Quebec government has tabled legislation that will permit EMS to respond to the most serious emergency medical calls, also called Priority One calls.”

Other EMS volunteer medics are also in training to enhance their skills. Barry Watson is currently training to receive his EMR instructor certification. Michael Palumbo and Catherine Patocka recently became certified instructors in the international Prehospital Trauma Life Support course based on training developed by the American College of Surgeons.

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

Quebec government bill tabled today would save Côte Saint-Luc EMS

Côte Saint-Luc, June 21, 2007 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc is pleased by a Quebec government proposal that would allow Côte Saint-Luc Emergency Medical Services (EMS) to continue to respond to Priority One emergency medical calls.

During the years of the forced municipal mergers, the City of Montreal signed a collective agreement with the firefighters union that gave firefighters the responsibility to respond to life-threatening emergencies (also called Priority One calls) across the island – including in Côte Saint-Luc. Following its demerger from the mega city on January 1, 2006, the new Côte Saint-Luc Council worked with D’Arcy McGee MNA Lawrence Bergman to safeguard EMS, resulting in a three-year exemption so it could continue to respond to Priority One emergency calls until December 31, 2008. The proposed Quebec law tabled today regarding the island-wide agglomeration effectively makes permanent the exemption previously received.

"Côte Saint-Luc has been a leader in emergency services for decades," Mayor Anthony Housefather said. "The continued operations of EMS will be felt by the community for years into the future. Côte Saint-Luc and its residents will continue to work with the government and all parties in the legislature to ensure the proposal is adopted.”

The councillor responsible for public safety in Côte Saint-Luc, Glenn J. Nashen, was himself an EMS volunteer for many years. "This is a watershed moment for Côte Saint-Luc,” Councillor Nashen said. “While we are very pleased that the residents throughout the island will finally have first responders coming to their aid in a medical emergency, residents of Côte Saint-Luc want to continue with their existing service. When this bill is adopted, we will be guaranteed a continuation of fast and highly trained personnel, focusing entirely on pre-hospital emergency medical care."
 
Mayor Housefather thanked Lawrence Bergman, the Member of the National Assembly for D’Arcy McGee, for his assistance on the file as well as Councillor Nashen and Councillor Ruth Kovac for their persistence over years in enhancing and supporting the life-saving service. He also recognized the efforts of the other members of City Council and the thousands of residents that circulated petitions and wrote letters to help save the service.
 
"Our residents can be proud of the incredible efforts of Mayor Housefather," Councillor Nashen said. "Our mayor’s continued communications with the government, ministers and all parties helped tremendously."
 
Mayor Housefather corresponded with all 125 MNAs on the EMS issue and held numerous meeting with all parties, union and civic leaders together with Councillor Nashen. He also received a commitment from the Quebec Minister of Municipal Affairs, Nathalie Normandeau, 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."
 
Mayor Housefather and councillors Nashen and Kovac praised the EMS volunteers for their dedication and commitment to the community and for riding out these difficult last few years.  

"Our EMS medics are amazing volunteers and great human beings," Mayor Housefather said.

Côte Saint-Luc EMS is the only volunteer-based first responder service on the island and its training exceeds, and response time is less than, those fire stations that currently provide first responder service. It responds to 3,000 calls every year, including 1,500 Priority One calls.

“Côte Saint-Luc volunteer emergency care providers are extra sensitive to seniors, speak a multitude of languages, and are trained to deal with cultural sensitivities,” said Councillor Nashen, who has been involved with the EMS service for more than 25 years.

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, 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 southwestern Quebec.

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

Global TV This Morning Live to broadcast live from Côte Saint-Luc Municipal Pool on Thursday, June 21

Côte Saint-Luc, June 20, 2007 – Global TV’s local morning show will be broadcasting live from the Côte Saint-Luc Municipal Pool on Thursday, June 21, 2007. This Morning Live reporter Richard Dagenais will interview pool staff and grade 5 and grade 6 students from Merton School at the pool.

WHAT: Live broadcast from Global TV at Côte Saint-Luc Municipal Pool

WHERE: 7500 Mackle Rd.

WHEN: Thursday, June 21, 2007 from 7am to 9am

The Côte Saint-Luc Municipal Pool is a 50 meter pool with a large shallow end and a diving board in the deep end. There is also a large grassy grounds which provides plenty of space for eating and relaxing.

The pool pre-season is from May 26 to June 22. During this period, the pool is open weekdays from 3pm to 7pm and weekends from noon to 6pm. The pool regular season is from June 23 to August 24. During this period, the pool is open weekdays from 12:30pm to 8pm and weekends from 10am to 8pm.

The pool is free to use for people who have a Côte Saint-Luc Fun Card, the city’s parks and recreation services membership card. Non-members can use the pool for $6 (adults), $5 (children ages 5 to 17), or $1 (children ages 4 and under).

For the complete pool schedule, visit CoteSaintLuc.org/en/Pool or get a free recreation activities booklet from City Hall (5801 Cavendish Blvd.) or the recreation building (7500 Mackle Rd.).

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