Press releases


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,

Councillor Glenn J. Nashen to speak at Le Waldorf Residence this evening on the urgency of saving Côte Saint-Luc EMS

Côte Saint-Luc, March 15, 2007 – The media is invited to attend a discussion this evening at 6:45pm at Le Waldorf Residence (7400 Côte Saint-Luc Rd.) on the future of Côte Saint-Luc Emergency Medical Services (EMS). Councillor Glenn J. Nashen and EMS Director Stéphane Kallos will address residents.

Residents of Le Waldorf will also present a signed petition to Councillor Nashen in support of the Côte Saint-Luc EMS service.

DATE:        Thursday, March 15, 2007

TIME:        6:45pm

LOCATION:    Le Waldorf Residence, 7400 Côte Saint-Luc Rd.

The event is part of a campaign launched by the City of Côte Saint-Luc to pressure the Quebec government to modify its law on first responders to allow the volunteer EMS service to respond to emergency medical calls after December 31, 2008.

The media are invited to attend the event. Photo opportunities are available.


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

New Côte Saint-Luc Public Security Chief is 29-year veteran of Montreal Police Department

Côte Saint-Luc, March 2, 2007 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc is happy to welcome former Montreal police investigator Michel Martel as its new Public Security Chief.

Chief Martel worked for the Montreal Police Department from 1970 to 1999. He specialized in reconstructing the events that led to fatal accidents for coroner inquests.

“Chief Martel brings a wealth of experience from 29 years with the police to our Public Security Department,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “He is a major asset to the city and his presence and recommendations will certainly improve safety and crime prevention in Côte Saint-Luc. Our city is safe. Michel will help make it even safer.”

Glenn J. Nashen, the Councillor responsible for public safety, says he is pleased Chief Martel will lead the Public Security Department.

"Chief Martel will work to raise the profile of our outstanding group of public security officers and bring them closer to the public in terms of education and awareness of bylaws".

Chief Martel reports to the City Manager.

About the Public Security Department
The Public Security Department is responsible for enforcing municipal bylaws. Staffed 24-hours-a-day, 365-days-a-year, the sworn officers enforce parking and noise by-laws, patrol local parks and municipal buildings, respond to major incidents, control traffic and much more. The Public Security Department budget for 2007 is $589,603.

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

Award-winning art from Montreal Arts Council on display at the Côte Saint-Luc Public Library until April 12

Côte Saint-Luc, March 1, 2007 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc and the Montreal Arts Council present Œuvres de Prix : Collection du Conseil des arts de Montréal at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library from March 2 to April 12, 2007.

This exhibit showcases past winners of the Montreal Arts Council Grand Prize, which was established in 1985. On exhibit are works by 19 artists including Raymonde April, Pierre Ayot, Geoffrey James, Serge Tousignant, and Irene F. Whittome.

Founded in 1956, the Montreal Arts Council was the first arts council in Canada. This year it is celebrating 50 years of providing support to the arts, emerging artists and artists from ethnocultural communities that together make Montreal vibrant.
The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library is located at 5851 Cavendish Boulevard, in Côte Saint-Luc. Opening hours are Monday to Sunday, 10am to 10pm. For information, call 514-485-6900.

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


Attached image for use by media publication:

"To Be or Not" by Francine Simonin (1990)
Photo credit: Guy L'Heureux

Second annual Laughter is the Best Medicine Comedy Benefit coming March 8 to Côte Saint-Luc

Côte Saint-Luc, February 23, 2007 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc is pleased to announce a benefit comedy show on Thursday, March 8 at 8pm at the Harold Greenspon Auditorium of the Bernard Lang Civic Centre (5801 Cavendish Blvd.).

The second annual Laughter is the Best Medicine Comedy Benefit feature some of the top young, up-and-coming comedians in Montreal, including Kristoff Bonaparte, Kevin Gasior, Peter Radomski and Andrew Searles. The show headliners are Alan Shain and Phil Shuchat. The show is organized and hosted by Michael Lifshitz.

Shuchat is a regular on the Montreal comedy scene. His quirky insight and energetic delivery have resulted in appearances in the Just for Laughs International Comedy Festival, successful tours through Canada and the United States and television appearances including the Comedy Network's Adventures in Comedy and Comedy at Club 54. Shain, from Ottawa, who has cerebral palsy, uses humour to attack the idea that disabled people are passive and helpless. His artistic work is founded on a deep commitment to disability activism and taking a personal responsibility for creating change.

Proceeds from the evening will go to the Norman Lifshitz Memorial Fund to support the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics at McGill University. The endowment is named after Lifshitz’s father, who was a pharmacist.

Lifshitz, 31, is a chartered accountant and completed his MBA in November 2006. He advocates for the disabled and launched in 2005 the website , which aims to help people live and succeed with a disability. He is also a contributor to Exceptional Family magazine. Lifeshitz, who himself is disabled, says his goal is to inspire and give hope to parents whose children have disabilities.

“Hopefully, by sharing my experiences, I can help parents deal with the challenges they and their children may face," Lifshitz said. "Comedy gives me another avenue to reach people. First of all, humor puts people at ease. If you can laugh at your disability, it becomes less of an issue. Also, by joking about the attitudes of some, it makes people realize just how silly some stereotypes can be."

Tickets for the second annual Laughter is the Best Medicine Comedy Benefit show are $10 if purchased in advance, or $15 if purchased at the door. To get tickets or for more information, contact Michael Lifshitz at 514-569-2605 or


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