Press releases


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 or get a free recreation activities booklet from City Hall (5801 Cavendish Blvd.) or the recreation building (7500 Mackle Rd.).


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

Côte Saint-Luc Emergency Services Day on Father’s Day, June 17

Côte Saint-Luc, June 12, 2007 – Children will be able to climb aboard a real fire truck, inspect a real ambulance, and learn safety tips from the police and others at the annual Côte Saint-Luc Emergency Services Day on Sunday, June 17 from 11am to 3pm in the Cavendish Mall parking lot (5800 Cavendish Blvd.).

“Public safety and community involvement in our security services are priorities in Côte Saint-Luc,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “Our annual Emergency Services Day is a chance for residents to meet the people who serve our community and to learn important safety tips related to fire prevention, crime prevention, first-aid and much more.”

The following organizations will be present at Emergency Services Day: Côte Saint-Luc  Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Côte Saint-Luc Volunteer Citizens On Patrol (vCOP), Côte Saint-Luc Public Security, Montreal police department, Montreal fire department, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, CP Police, Urgences-santé, St. John Ambulance, Hydro Québec and Gaz Metro.

In addition to the fire trucks and ambulances on site, the Montreal police department will bring its cavalry unit and will provide inspections to help parents ensure their car’s child seat is properly set up. Other services will have information booths and provide safety information. Children will enjoy inflatable games and cotton candy.

“Father’s Day is a wonderful time to teach your children about safety and to have them meet community police officers, fire fighters, EMS medics and other emergency service personnel who will be there to help in an emergency,” said Councillor Glenn J. Nashen, who is responsible for public safety. “It is also a good opportunity for parents to remind themselves about important safety tips, such as changing the smoke alarm battery regularly, using timers on your house lights when you are away and where to get first-aid and CRP training.”


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

Official launch of new audiovisual department

Official launch of new audiovisual department: Côte Saint-Luc library provides residents CDs, specialty films, audio books, and language courses

Côte Saint-Luc, June 11, 2007 – Residents and the media are invited to the official open house of the new Audiovisual Department at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library today from 4pm to 7pm. The official launch is at 6pm.

Mayor Anthony Housefather, members of the City Council, and A/V staff will be on hand to launch the new and improved services at 6pm. Residents can also meet the movie and music librarians and desk clerk/artist Justin Burnham, whose art prominently hangs in the A/V lounge

WHAT: Launch of new and improved audiovisual department

WHERE: Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library, 5851 Cavendish Blvd.

WHEN: Monday, June 11 at 6pm

Library users can now browse the entire A/V collection in person or review the full catalog on the library website. They can view films on the new DVD players and LCD televisions, and sample musical selections on the digital listening station. The new A/V lounge will even feature more sleek and modern furnishings.

“The Côte Saint-Luc library is the only one of its kind with a music librarian and a movie librarian,” said Councillor Steven Erdelyi who is the councillor responsible for the library and culture. “If you love documentaries, science programs, foreign films, and music, then become a member and take advantage of this wonderful resource.”

To become a member of the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library, visit the Circulation Desk (5851 Cavendish Blvd.) The one-time membership fee is $5 for adults, teenagers and children residing in Côte Saint-Luc. Proof of residency is required. For more information, call 514-485-6900 or visit


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

Côte Saint-Luc municipal employees to shave heads on June 7 to raise money for children with cancer

Côte Saint-Luc, May 29, 2007 – Employees from the City of Côte Saint-Luc will be shaving their heads on June 7 to raise funds for Leucan, a non-profit organization that enhances the well-being, healing and recovery of children with cancer.

The media is invited to watch the Shaved Head Challenge at the City of Côte Saint-Luc recreation building at 7500 Mackle Rd. on Thursday, June 7 at 1pm.

“Our municipal employees are extremely proud to be joining thousands of other Quebecers in raising money for children with cancer,” Côte Saint-Luc City Manager Ken Lerner said. “Apart from raising money, shaving one’s head is also a symbolic gesture to show these children that hair loss need not be a dramatic thing. Residents can help support our efforts by sponsoring an employee.”

The Director of Public Works and Urban Planning, David Tordjman, will be among the municipal staff who will shave their heads to raise money for Leucan.

Launched in 2004 across Quebec, the Shaved Head Challenge is an annual fundraising event. Last year in Quebec, more than 5,100 people shaved their heads and raised $2.5 million for children with cancer. Visit for more information. To make a donation, visit or call 514-731-3696.

Leucan is non-profit organization founded in 1978. Its mission is to enhance the well-being, healing and recovery of children with cancer and ensure support for their families. Visit for more information.


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

Côte Saint-Luc pleased by decision to keep open Neighbourhood Police Station 9

Côte Saint-Luc, May 23, 2007 – Mayor Anthony Housefather and the Côte Saint-Luc City Council are pleased that the Montreal public security committee last evening adopted recommendations to keep open Neighbourhood Police Station (NPS) 9.

“The decision to keep NPS 9 open is excellent news for the residents of Côte Saint-Luc, Hampstead and Montreal West,” said Mayor Anthony Housefather, who is also a member of the Montreal public security committee. “Our municipalities have an outstanding relationship with the police service including NPS9 commander, Sylvain Bissonette, and our local station is a model for how neighbourhood policing should be done.”

When the original proposal to merge NPS 9 and NPS 11 was received by Côte Saint-Luc, the city embarked on a vigorous lobbying campaign to retain its local station. Mayor Housefather accompanied by the mayors of Hampstead and Montreal West had numerous meetings with the police and Claude Dauphin, the City of Montreal Executive Committee member responsible for public safety. Additional meetings were held by Mayor Housefather, Councillor Glenn J. Nashen and Councillor Ruth Kovac with police representatives and these discussions along with the strong representations made by Côte Saint-Luc residents at a public consultation meeting held May 3 convinced the police service and the public security committee that NPS 9 should be retained.  

On May 22, the public security committee formally approved the recommendations from the Montreal Police Department to leave NPS 9 in its current location at the corner of Cavendish Blvd. and Kildare Rd. in Côte Saint-Luc.

“The Mayor, Councillor Kovac and I lobbied hard to keep our station and we are thrilled by the result,” said Councillor Glenn J. Nashen, responsible for Public Safety. “We have a close and effective relationship with the police station. Our EMS medics help train their police officers in CPR and automatic defibrillation.  The police officers work with routinely with our Public Security officers and volunteer Citizens on Patrol members to improve safety in our community. We want to keep crime prevention high on the agenda and ensure we are the safest city in the region.”


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

Côte Saint-Luc disappointed by Montreal transportation plan

Côte Saint-Luc disappointed by Montreal transportation plan:
Plan delays Cavendish to Cavendish extension until after 2017

Côte Saint-Luc, May 18, 2007 – Côte Saint-Luc Mayor Anthony Housefather expressed his disappointment that the City of Montreal transportation plan announced yesterday delays the development of the Cavendish Blvd. corridor.

“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 has ignored its promises and its timeline to build the Cavendish corridor to connect Saint-Laurent and Côte Saint-Luc,” Mayor Housefather said. “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.”

Councillor Dida Berku says the delays in the Cavendish Blvd. extension project are not acceptable.

“Initial discussion on connecting the two parts of Cavendish Blvd. started in the mid 1960s,” Councillor Berku said. “Studies were done in 1981, 1988, 1992, 1995, 1996 and 2000. The engineers at the Project Bureau on Cavendish Extension has been studying how to make it a reality since 2005 and route recommendations were scheduled for December 2006— but have not yet been presented.”

In December 2004, an engineering task force called the Project Bureau for Cavendish Extension was given the mandate and a $5 million budget to prepare feasibility studies, and make recommendations for the best route options. By prolonging the project another 10 years, much of the investment will now be wasted and many of the studies will have to be redone. The work was supposed to have started by 2007 to be completed by 2012.

“The City of Montreal has not respected its own deadlines and continues to delay the presentation of recommendations by the engineers at the Project Bureau,” Councillor Berku said. “And, today, Montreal has pushed back the completion of the project by another 10 years. This is a huge disappointment to our residents. According the transportation plan schedule page 103, phase one from Saint-Laurent to Royalmount is to be completed between 2012 and 2017. And phase two from Côte Saint-Luc to Royalmount after 2017.”

Montreal will hold public hearings before the final transportation plan is adopted in November 2007. Councillor Berku says the City of Côte Saint-Luc will mobilize its residents to demand the Cavendish plan be put back on schedule in accordance with the original schedule of the Project Bureau adopted in December 2004 by the City of Montreal and paid for by the Montreal Agglomeration.

“Our City Council and residents are very much in favour of extending Cavendish Blvd. to create north-south link from Côte Saint-Luc to the Borough of Saint-Laurent,” Councillor Berku said. “We will prepare for the public hearings to ensure that our voices are heard and to insist that Montreal keep its past promises and—once and for all—build the Cavendish Blvd. extension.”


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

Author Barbara Coloroso to speak in Côte Saint-Luc on Tuesday, May 29

Côte Saint-Luc, May 16, 2007 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc is proud to present a discussion with Barbara Coloroso, author of ‘Extraordinary Evil: A Brief History of Genocide… and Why It Matters’ on Tuesday, May 29 at 7:30 pm at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library (5851 Cavendish Blvd.).

In her book, Coloroso examines of three clearly defined genocides— the Armenians in the Ottoman Empire, the Jews, Roma, and Sinti in Europe and the Tutsi in Rwanda – Coloroso illuminates the commonalities among them in order to identify and define their root causes. She then proposes means by which would-be genocidaires might be deterred and devastated victims might begin to heal.

Tickets cost $3 and are on sale now at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library. The discussion is presented in partnership with the Penguin Group (Canada) . Call the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library at 514-485-6900 for details.


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


Media invited to Côte Saint-Luc volunteer Citizens on Patrol assembly on May 17

Côte Saint-Luc, May 16, 2007 – The media is invited to attend the next assembly of the Côte Saint-Luc volunteer Citizens on Patrol on Thursday, May 17 at 7pm at City Hall, 5801 Cavendish Blvd.

The vCOP patrollers meeting is held once every two months. It provides refresher training to vCOP volunteers, which adds to the seven hours of classroom training and six hours of on-the-road training received when they joined vCOP.

What: vCOP assembly

Where: City Hall, Auditorium, 5801 Cavendish Blvd.

When: Thursday, May 17 at 7pm

Please note: vCOP volunteers in uniform will be available for media photos with their patrol vehicles in front of City Hall between 6:45pm and 7pm.

About vCOP

Working in conjunction with Côte Saint-Luc Public Security, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and the Montreal Police Department, vCOP volunteers patrol the city, observe and report any suspicious activities or problems. Côte Saint-Luc was the first city in the Montreal region to implement the innovative vCOP program on July 1, 2006. Similar programs have been established in communities throughout Canada and the United States. All vCOP follow basic training, which includes:
    * Observation and effective patrolling skills
    * Shift procedures
    * Personal safety
    * Crime prevention
    * First aid and defibrillation

The training is provided by volunteers on the training team, and local law enforcement, EMS and Fire Department representatives. The classroom training takes approximately seven hours scheduled over two evenings. On-the-road training takes six hours during three shifts of two hours each.


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

The City of Côte Saint-Luc reiterates its opposing to police station mergers

Côte Saint-Luc, May 2, 2007 – Mayor Anthony Housefather today renewed his opposition of any forced merger of Neighbourhood Police Station 9 by the Montreal Police Department and island-wide Agglomeration Council.

Côte Saint-Luc passed an anti police merger resolution at its last City Council meeting on April 16 and sent copies to the members of the Agglomeration Council, the Minister of Public Security and to the MNAs for the ridings of D’Arcy McGee and NDG.

“After having experienced being served by a joint station operating out of NDG before community policing was introduced, we are not prepared to support the merger of our Police Station 9 with Police Station 11,” said Mayor Anthony Housefather. “A visible police presence gives residents—particularly our large senior population—a sense of safety and security that cannot be achieved from a distance.

“In addition, our combined 14 schools and numerous religious institutions often require additional police presence. There is no room for compromise when it comes to the safety and security of our residents. We need Neighbourhood Police Station 9.”

Councillor Glenn J. Nashen said that the residents of the City of Côte Saint-Luc, the Town of Hampstead and the Town of Montreal West fear that the removal of their neighbourhood police station would dramatically diminish the local police presence to undesirable levels.

“We insist on retaining a local neighbourhood police station in the territory of Côte Saint-Luc serving the population,” said Councillor Nashen, who is responsible for public security on City Council.

Councillor Ruth Kovac said that police service decreased the last time Côte Saint-Luc lost its local police station.

“Police service declined when Côte Saint Luc lost its own police department in the late 1960s, and was subsequently served by the Montreal Urban Community police, service declined drastically, until Côte Saint Luc, Hampstead and Montreal West decided to lobby for more police presence,” Councillor Kovac said. “It took about 30 years, but we finally got Station 9 and saw immediate improvement to our safety and security and response time.

“The residents of Côte St. Luc, Hampstead and Montreal West pay handsomely to the Agglomeration Council. Why should we settle for any less of a service?”


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

Côte Saint-Luc to honour the poet Irving Layton at street naming ceremony

Côte Saint-Luc, April 26, 2007 – Mayor Anthony Housefather and the Côte Saint-Luc City Council will officially dedicate a new street in honour of the poet Irving Layton on Sunday, May 6, 2007 at 11am on Irving Layton Ave.

The event is chaired by Councillor Mike Cohen, who is responsible for toponymy in the city, and Councillor Mitchell Brownstein, who represents the district where the street is located. Other participants include École Maimonide, Max Layton—son of Irving Layton—other members of the Layton family, Mount Royal MP Irwin Cotler, and D’Arcy McGee MNA Lawrence Bergman.

All residents are invited to attend the street naming ceremony.

“Irving Layton lived for long periods of his life in Côte Saint-Luc,” Mayor Housefather said. “He raised two of his children in our community and chose to spend his last years here. Layton was an extraordinary prolific writer, poet and teacher. I am proud to dedicate this avenue to his memory.

“It’s an opportunity to give something back to a man who gave so much to our community and country with his enduring works.”

Born in the small Romanian town of Tirgul Neamt in 1912 to Jewish parents, Layton immigrated with his family to Canada in 1913, settling in Montreal. He grew up in a poor neighborhood around St. Urbain Street and fell in love with poetry in grade 10.

Layton spent most of his career as a teacher. He taught at Concordia University (then Sir George Williams), Herzliah High School and the Jewish Public Library. Many of his students have become prominent figures, including Mr. Cotler, and Mr. Bergman.

Layton published 50 books of poetry and prose between 1945 and 1992, many of which were translated into Greek, Italian, Spanish, Korean and other languages. His collection of poetry, A Red Carpet for the Sun, won the Governor General's Award in 1959. He was made an Officer in the Order of Canada in 1976. Irving Layton passed away on January 4, 2006 at age of 93.

“Because of my father I am a better human being,” said Max Layton, now a Toronto school teacher and a musician referring to how his late father influenced his life and made him who he is today. Max described his father proudly as “amazingly well-read with an astonishing breadth of interests and insights.” Max believes having had his father to talk to has been his greatest privilege.

The dedication ceremony will include the unveiling of the street sign, a plaque in honour of Irving Layton, and speeches by Mayor Housefather and Max Layton. Refreshments will be served at École Maimonide following the ceremony. Irving Layton Ave. is situated behind St. Richard’s Church and École Maimonide bordering Guelph Road, Parkhaven Avenue, Chamberland Crescent, Midway and Windfall.


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

Côte Saint-Luc honours volunteers by proclaiming April 15 to 21 as Volunteer Week

Côte Saint-Luc, April 16, 2007 – Côte Saint-Luc today proclaimed the week of April 15 to 21, 2007 as Volunteer Week in Côte Saint-Luc.

“Volunteers are a part of the service we provide our residents and we want to shine the spotlight on their efforts,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “Our volunteers come from all backgrounds, ages and life experiences. Our volunteers help plan events, coach sports teams, assist seniors, patrol our streets our streets and—in the case of our EMS volunteers—save lives.”

Volunteer organizations in Côte Saint-Luc includes Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Senior Social Club, Senior Men’s Club, Senior’s Garden Club, Royal Canadian Legion – Brigadier Frederick Kisch Branch 97, Communauté Sépharade Unifiée du Québec, Minor Hockey Association, Figure Skating Association, Adult Sports Association and many more.

In addition to proclaiming Volunteer Week, the City Council also honoured the volunteering efforts of Jack Budovitch who helped found the Senior Men’s Club 20 years ago, and Abe Simpkin, president of the Senior’s Garden Club for the past 26 years.

In Canada, more than 11.8 million people volunteer their time to help others, contributing almost 2 billion volunteer hours each year.

Attached photo: The City Council and Senior Men's Club co-founder Jack Budovitch. 


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

André Dubois photography exhibit coming to Côte Saint-Luc

Côte Saint-Luc, April 13, 2007 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc presents “Promenades urbaines au sténopé”, photographs by André Dubois, from April 19 to May 27, 2007 at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library (5851 Cavendish Blvd.).

Dubois uses pinhole photography to create images of urban environments.

“I favour using pinhole photography to create my images, because pinhole naturally produces an extended depth of field, allowing me to present interesting perspectives,” Dubois said. “What I enjoy particularly is creating intriguing images out of familiar places, images which are sometimes very surprising because they present reality from a different angle.

“I am fascinated by the environment and by everything that surrounds me, thus urban architecture has become my main subject. Montreal, with its amazing variety of distinctive architectural buildings, is a great source of inspiration for me. My many images of Montreal reflect my attachment to this city. These photos are representative of my contemplative nature.”

Dubois is a self-taught photographer with almost 30 years practice in artistic printing. He has been involved in photography from a very early age, but he has only been practicing full-time for five years.

“We welcome the Dubois exhibit to our library and encourage residents to view these fascinating images,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said.

Visitors can view the exhibit daily between 10am and 10pm. Call 514-485-6900 for details.


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

Côte Saint-Luc asks for volunteers to help clean up the city on Earth Day, April 20

Côte Saint-Luc, April 5, 2007 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc is calling on residents and organizations to join communities around the world by picking up trash in green spaces on Earth Day, Friday, April 20, 2007.

“We are asking for schools, companies, social clubs, athletic associations and residents to pitch in for an hour or so to help keep our city beautiful,” said Councillor Steven Erdelyi who is co-chairing the event with Councilor Dida Berku. “You can clean up the lawn outside your house or apartment, or help clean part of a park in your area.”

The clean up will begin at 2pm on Friday, April 20. Residents must sign in between 2pm and 6pm at the Public Works building (7001 Mackle Road) to pick up gloves and garbage bags. A Côte Saint-Luc Eco Action team leader will suggest a location for clean-up. Schools and other organizations will take part between 9am and 2pm.

Côte Saint-Luc will be one of many communities around the world participating in the clean up initiative, which was started 15 years ago by Clean Up the World, a community-based environmental program that inspires and empowers individuals and communities from every corner of the globe to clean up, fix up and conserve their environment. To date, more than 35 million people around the world have taken part in Clean Up the World events.

Volunteers will be supplied with gloves and garbage bags and will receive certificates from the city. Residents and organizations should register by Tuesday, April 17 in order to participate. They can join in by calling 514-485-6868 or visiting


Attached photo: Members of the CSL Eco Action Team 

Foreground: Councillor Dida Berku
Middle (L to R): Afrouz Izadpanah, Robin Goldstein, Gail Goldstein, Leslye Lang, Ulli Elia, Naomi Jacobson, Vivian Riley
Background: Toby Shulman, Ron Gallant, Mayor Anthony Housefather, Councillor Steven Erdelyi
Absent: Sondra Goldman, Irene Klein




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

Côte Saint-Luc EMS information session on April 10 at 6pm

Côte Saint-Luc, April 2, 2007 – An information session for potential Côte Saint-Luc Emergency Medical Services (EMS) volunteer medics will take place on April 10 at 6pm at EMS headquarters, 8100 Côte Saint-Luc Rd.

Those interested in attending the information session or who want more information should call or leave a voice message at 514-485-6956.
EMS trainees are required to attend a 120-hour training course, which is held on Wednesday evenings and every other weekend (Saturday and Sunday during the day) for four months.
“We’re looking for volunteers who care about their community,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said.  “EMS needs energetic and dynamic people who want to learn a new skill and be part of a team of lifesavers.”
Subsidized by the City of Côte Saint-Luc, the EMS training course will teach volunteers about human anatomy, physiology, emergency scene approach, oxygen administration, defibrillation, spinal immobilization, trauma care, cardiac monitoring and much more.
“The EMS experience is an invaluable opportunity where recruits will learn lifesaving techniques, develop challenging career paths and gain leadership skills,” said Councillor Glenn J. Nashen, the councillor responsible for public safety and a former EMS volunteer. “Most volunteers are either students or have full-time jobs. Many past EMS volunteers have gone on to careers in medicine and allied health professions thanks to their Côte Saint-Luc EMS experience.”
The Côte Saint-Luc EMS is a first responder service that responds to medical emergencies within Côte Saint-Luc. Calls are received through 9-1-1 and EMS volunteers are dispatched simultaneously with Urgences-santé ambulances. While ambulance response time in Côte Saint-Luc stands at an average of 10 minutes, EMS crews arrive in less than three minutes and immediately put their life saving skills to good use. Last year, EMS volunteers responded to 3,000 calls.
For more information about joining Côte Saint-Luc EMS, call 514-485-6956.


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

Côte Saint-Luc calls on Minister Lawrence Bergman to take up EMS cause

Côte Saint-Luc calls on Minister Lawrence Bergman to take up EMS cause after  Montreal shuts door to negotiations to save first responder service

CÔTE SAINT-LUC, March 26, 2007 - Mayor Anthony Housefather called on D’Arcy McGee MNA Lawrence Bergman to state publicly what he will do if re-elected to maintain Côte Saint-Luc Emergency Medical Services (EMS) as a first responder service now that the Mayor of Montreal has refused to negotiate with Côte Saint-Luc to preserve its status.

“Minister Bergman told us to negotiate with the City of Montreal to keep our EMS first responder service,” Mayor Housefather said. “We tried in good faith, but the Mayor of Montreal made it clear he has no intention of negotiating with us or keeping his word on past promises. It is now time for Minister Bergman to tell Côte Saint-Luc residents what he will do to protect EMS if he is re-elected.”

At the island-wide Agglomeration Council meeting on March 22, Mayor Housefather, and councillors Glenn J. Nashen, Dida Berku and Ruth Kovac asked Gerald Tremblay, the Mayor of Montreal, to explain why he broke a 2001 election promise to help preserve EMS.
“Mayor Tremblay couldn’t adequately explain to any of the questioners why he broke his election promise,” said Mayor Housefather. “Instead, he said that the terms of the collective agreement with the firefighters union made it difficult to fight to protect our first responder service.”

A 2003 letter to Côte Saint-Luc from the director of the Montreal Fire Department, Alain Michaud, stated clearly that nothing in the collective agreement prevents EMS volunteers from continuing their service.

The letter from the fire chief was followed by a press release issued on October 27, 2003 by the City of Montreal that confirms the contents of the letter and quotes Montreal Executive Committee member Peter Yeomans stating that Montreal will negotiate with the firefighter’s union:

Notre administration à l’intention de s’asseoir avec le syndicat des pompiers afin d’aborder la question du service SMU de Côte St-Luc, comme exemple de « pratiques exemplaires », pouvant servir de modèle à reproduire pour les autres arrondissements.

Councillor Nashen, responsible for public safety, said that Minister Bergman must now take this issue up at the next sitting of the Quebec legislature.

“Minister Bergman must fulfill his obligation to better represent our interests in Quebec City by striking out any deadline for EMS to cease offering Priority One service,” Councillor Nashen said. “Minister Bergman must clarify his intentions with regard to EMS before we vote.”

In additional to questions from councillors Nashen, Berku and Kovac, EMS volunteer medics Mike Lessard and Lt. Leon Yetnikoff questioned Mayor Tremblay on his flip-flop on protecting EMS.

Residents can learn more about the campaign to help save Côte Saint-Luc EMS by visiting or by calling 514-485-6892.


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