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Côte Saint-Luc approves responsible balanced budget with average tax increase less than the rate of inflation

CÔTE SAINT-LUC, DECEMBER 18, 2006 – The Council of the City of Côte Saint-Luc tonight adopted the local municipal budget for 2007.
 
“Côte Saint-Luc adopted a responsible budget that keeps the average residential tax increases below the rate of inflation,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “The Côte Saint-Luc City Council and management team worked hard to cut unnecessary expenses while ensuring that our local services, such as our library and recreation programs, will continue at the high level residents have come to expect.”
 
The City of Côte Saint-Luc budget will rise 2.3 percent versus last year's adjusted budget—from $29.2 million to $29.8 million. Regarding the tax rate, the owner of a single-family home whose property valuation increased at the average rate of 36 percent will pay 1.15 percent more in property taxes. Other individual tax accounts may be lower or higher, depending on the new four-year property valuation assessment roll, which increased the valuation of some properties more than others.
 
Revenues

To help minimize the impact of property valuation increases greater than the Côte Saint-Luc average of 35.7 percent, the City of Côte Saint-Luc has reduced the tax rate (also called the “mill rate”) on all properties, and staggered the valuation increases over four-years instead of applying the new valuations in 2007 alone.
 
Côte Saint-Luc residents will notice the same two water tax items on their local Côte Saint-Luc tax bill as last year. These water taxes were maintained and money raised will be used to buy water from the City of Montreal, pay down the debt owed to the City of Montreal for the purchase the water distribution network under Côte Saint-Luc and pay engineering consulting Dessau Soprin for the maintenance and improvement of the Côte Saint-Luc water infrastructure. Each water tax bill is based on the value of the owner's property.

Operating Expenses

The City of Côte Saint-Luc kept increases in operating expenses to a minimum by trimming the budgets of all departments in a way that will not affect the services residents expect. This was achieved by a judicious review of all expenses and finding new and less costly ways to achieve excellent services to residents.
 
“Côte Saint-Luc decided to do our garbage collection in-house in 2007 to avoid paying huge increases from outside garbage collection firms," Mayor Housefather said. “This kind of financially wise decision would not have been possible had Côte Saint-Luc still been a borough in the mega-city because we had no control over budgets and local services.

“Fortunately, Côte Saint-Luc demerged and our local services improved considerably in 2006 and will be even better in 2007 because our local City Council has control over local services and we have gotten over the transition pains that occurred in early 2006 as we recreated departments that had barely existed during the four years we were merged.”
 
The biggest rise in expenses is an increase in salaries and employee contributions, which is a direct consequence of the forced municipal mergers. When Côte Saint-Luc was a borough from 2001 to 2005, the mega-city increased employee salaries. When Côte Saint-Luc demerged, it inherited a payroll that was much higher than what existing before the forced merger and given that many of those increases happened in the last months before demerger, the 2006 budget underestimated salary line and employee contributions.
 
The water infrastructure budget has also risen because Côte Saint-Luc identified water testing and infrastructure improvements as a priority.
 
“The engineering consulting firm Dessau Soprin will continue to test our water every week, fix leaks, fix fire hydrants and improve the underground water network we inherited from the City of Montreal,” said Councillor Dida Berku, who chairs the Côte Saint-Luc Finance Committee. “After years of inattention to our water system by the City of Montreal, we are finally able to make crucial improvements.”
 
Capital Expenditures Budget

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

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

The three-year capital expenditures budget is $5.89 million in 2007, $5.57 million in 2008 and $4.36 million in 2009.
 
About the tax bills

Residents of Côte Saint-Luc will receive two municipal tax bills in early 2007 – one from the City of Côte Saint-Luc and another from the island-wide Agglomeration Council.

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

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For more information, contact: Darryl Levine, 514-485-8905, dlevine@cote-saint-luc.qc.ca

Côte Saint-Luc Senior Men's Social Club to serve homeless Montrealers at Old Brewery Mission on December 7, 2006

CÔTE SAINT-LUC, NOVEMBER 14, 2006 – The Côte Saint-Luc Senior Men's Social Club will be serving homeless Montrealers at the Old Brewery Mission on December 7 from 4pm to 7pm. The group has also made a donation to the Old Brewery Mission.

"We believe strongly in giving back to those who need it the most," said Archie Moss, President of the Côte Saint-Luc Senior Men's Social Club. "Many of us grew up in humble surroundings and we have never taken for granted what we have. It is a great joy for us to help feed those who are hungry."

Sam Goldbloom, the Côte Saint-Luc councillor responsible for the seniors portfolio, says this annual activity demonstrates how seniors in Côte Saint-Luc are a vital resource for the community.

"We are proud of the Côte Saint-Luc Senior Men's Social Club," said Councillor Goldbloom. "They have a wealth of experience and a desire to do good things for others in the community. They are an invaluable resource."

TD Canada Trust will also be donating $5,000 to the Old Brewery Mission again this year, bringing its five-year total to $25,000. Ms. Teta Filacouridis, the manager at the Westminster branch, Paul Lelievre, the district vice president for the Quebec region, and bank staff will also be serving meals.

"We are very proud to join the Côte Saint-Luc Senior Men's Social Club for the fourth consecutive year in serving meals at the Old Brewery Mission," said Mr. Lelievre. "We believe strongly in giving back to the community and to such a worthy cause."

The TD Canada Trust branch at Westminster supports or participates in many community initiatives including R.A.G.S. Poverty, Maple Leaf Lodge, Walk in Her Shoes, Share the Warmth, the Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation, the Alzheimer Society of Canada. It also sponsors a breakfast for the Côte Saint-Luc Senior Men's Social Club.

The Old Brewery Mission is located at 915 Clarke St. in Montreal. People can donate by telephone at 514-788-1884 ext. 21 or online at www.oldbrewerymission.ca.

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For more information, contact: Darryl Levine, Manager of
Communications, City of Côte Saint-Luc, 514-485-8905,
dlevine@cote-saint-luc.qc.ca

Côte Saint-Luc introduces a new monthly newsletter

CÔTE SAINT-LUC, NOVEMBER 8, 2006 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc launched on Tuesday the CSL Capsule, a monthly bilingual newsletter distributed in paper format and by e-mail.

The October issue features information on the new real estate valuations, the eco-friendly leaf collection program, a calendar of events and more.

“There are a lot of interesting services and important news we want our residents to be know about,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “I hope residents read the CSL Capsule each month and tell a neighbour about it.”

Residents can pick up a paper copy at City Hall (5801 Cavendish Blvd.), the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library, the Samuel Moskovitch Arena and other public municipal spots. Residents can also subscribe to an electronic version of the newsletter, which is delivered each month by e-mail.

“We have a tremendous un-tapped opportunity to use e-mail to inform residents in a cost-effective way,” said Councillor Mike Cohen, who is responsible for the communications portfolio. “The cost of distributing information by e-mail is negligible. We also produce a limited number of paper copies because we know not everyone has a computer.”

Residents can sign up for the CSL Capsule by sending an e-mail to dlevine@cote-saint-luc.qc.ca.

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For more information, contact: Darryl Levine, Manager of Communications, City of Côte Saint-Luc, 514-485-8905, dlevine@cote-saint-luc.qc.ca

Côte Saint-Luc Seeking New Recruits for Volunteer Citizens on Patrol Program

CÔTE SAINT-LUC, OCTOBER 27, 2006 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc is looking for more recruits to expand its successful crime prevention program, Volunteer Citizens on Patrol, or vCOP, Mayor Anthony Housefather announced today.
 
Working in conjunction with Côte Saint-Luc Public Security, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and the Montreal Police Department, vCOP volunteers patrol the city, observe and report any suspicious activities or problems. Côte Saint-Luc was the first city in 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.
 
“Community safety and security remains a prime objective of Côte Saint-Luc,” Mayor Housefather said. “The vCOP program is proactively helping improve safety in the community.”
 
Visible on the streets and at many special events throughout the year, the vCOP patrol helps deter crime and assists people in need. The volunteers contribute to the well-being of the community and assist residents and visitors in a meaningful and tangible way, such as alerting Public Security or the police about suspicious activity, downed power lines or other possible dangers to residents.
 
“We have already recruited and trained 30 members who are patrolling the streets of Côte Saint-Luc,” said Glenn J. Nashen, who is the City Councillor responsible for public safety including all aspects of local emergency services, civil protection and disaster readiness. “We are looking for the next group of concerned residents who are interested in making a real difference in our community.”
 
Volunteer patrollers, in marked vCOP vehicles and on foot notify local agencies with emergency and non-emergency situations as they act as observers throughout the community.
 
“vCOP volunteers gain a better understanding of crime prevention issues and strategies while having fun and getting to know their community even better,” Councillor Nashen said.

Volunteers must be at least 18 years old, in very good physical and mental health and residing, working or having a vested interest in Côte Saint-Luc. Volunteers must pass a security check, have good interpersonal and communications skills, possess a positive attitude and be able to work in a team environment, act professionally and participate in training sessions. Patrollers will also be required to commit to a minimum four hours per month.
 
“Whether you are a university student, a business person or a retiree, you can make a difference,” Mayor Housefather said. “As long as you're in good shape with some time to spare, call to find out how you can help.”
 
vCOP training includes presentations by Côte Saint-Luc Public Security, Montreal police and fire officials as well as radio communications, first aid and CPR.
 
"These volunteers will be an ally in the effort to keep our community safe,” said Commander René Allard of Neighbourhood Police Station 9, which is located in Côte Saint-Luc.
 
Councillor Nashen said that a new corps of volunteers will be called upon in the event of major emergencies and disasters, and to help with community services and public education.
“It is important to be well prepared and to have members throughout the community who are trained and ready to help,” Councillor Nashen said.
 
The vCOP program is under the direction of EMS Director Stephane Kallos, and volunteer coordinators and supervisors including Councillor Nashen, Jordy Reichson and Murray Genis. Claireview Leasing is a major sponsor of vCOP having donated a minivan for use by patrollers.
 
For more information about joining the vCOP program, please call 514-485-6800.

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For more information: Darryl Levine, Manager of Communications, 514-485-8905, dlevine@cote-saint-luc.qc.ca

Côte Saint-Luc residents invited to Public Information Session on Cavendish Blvd. extension

CÔTE SAINT-LUC, OCTOBER 20, 2006 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc will hold a Public Information Session at City Hall (5801 Cavendish Blvd.) on Monday, October 30 at 8pm to update residents on the status of the Cavendish Blvd. extension project.

“The Cavendish extension is extremely important for the future of the west-end transportation network,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “Our City Council believes it is important to update residents on the status of the project and to give residents a chance to discuss their concerns and ask questions.”

The City Council will present the history and context of the Cavendish Blvd. extension project and the next steps.

“The Project Bureau has been working toward realizing this project and we invite all interested parties to participate to make it happen,” said Dida Berku, the Councillor in charge of the Cavendish Blvd. extension portfolio. “A northern exit from Côte Saint-Luc would be important to residents and would provide them with an alternate entry and exit route.”

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For more information, contact:

Darryl Levine, Manager of Communications, City of Côte Saint-Luc, 514-485-8905, dlevine@cote-saint-luc.qc.ca

Côte Saint-Luc Library presents ‘Familial Ground’ exhibit by Rafael Goldchain

CÔTE SAINT-LUC, SEPTEMBER 26, 2006 – An art exhibit featuring the work of Chilean-born artist Rafael Goldchain will be launched at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Library (5851 Cavendish Boulevard) on Thursday, September 28. The gallery is open from 10am to 10pm every day. The exhibit will last until November 5.

Entitled “Familial Ground”, the exhibit is an autobiographical exhibition that features digitally-altered self-portrait photographs. Mr. Goldchain says the exhibit suggests that grounding identity within a familial and cultural history is subject to erasures, geographic displacements, and cultural dislocations. He says it entails a process of gathering and connecting scattered fragments of past familial history while acknowledging the impossibility of complete retrieval.

“Familial Ground is the product of a process that started several years ago when my son was born,” Mr. Goldchain said. “I gradually realized that my new role as parent included the responsibility to pass on to my son a familial and cultural inheritance, and that such inheritance would need to be gathered and delivered gradually in a manner appropriate to his age.”

“My attempts at articulating histories, cultural and familial, public and private, made me acutely aware of how much I knew of the former, and how little of the latter. I thought of the many erasures that my family history was subjected to, and of the way in which my South American and Jewish educations privileged public histories.

“While I could access the considerable existing stores of knowledge of Eastern European Jewish life, knowledge of the pre-Holocaust lives of my grandparents and their families only exists in fragments deeply buried within the memories of elderly relatives. As I reached my middle years it became important to not only retrieve basic historical facts such as family names, dates, and genealogical relations, but also to attempt to know the world of my ancestors as a basic foundation of an identity that I could pass on to my son,” Mr. Goldstein said.

Born in Santiago, Chile, Mr. Goldchain received a Master of Fine Arts from York University and currently teaches photography and digital art at Sheridan Institute of Technology. He is an Adjunct Professor at York University’s Graduate Program in Visual Arts. Mr. Goldchain artwork has been shown across Canada, and in the United States, South America and Europe. His work is in the collections of the Bibliothèque nationale in Paris, the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography in Ottawa, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Toronto, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego, and in private and public art collections.

For more information about Mr. Goldchain, visit www.rafaelgoldchain.com . For more information about the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Library, visit www.elcslpl.org .              

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For further information, please contact: Darryl Levine, Manager of Communications, City of Côte Saint-Luc, 514-485-8905, dlevine@cote-saint-luc.qc.ca

Côte Saint-Luc names permanent City Manager

CÔTE SAINT-LUC, SEPTEMBER 19, 2006 - Côte Saint-Luc Mayor Anthony Housefather today announced the appointment of Ken Lerner as the City Manager for the City of Côte Saint-Luc.
 
Mr. Lerner has been Interim City Manager since March 2006. Prior to that, Mr. Lerner was Division Chief in the Department of Purchasing and Interim Director of Information Systems for the City of Côte Saint-Luc.
 
“We are pleased to make Ken’s role as City Manager a permanent appointment,” Mayor Housefather said. “Since coming to city hall just after Cote Saint-Luc’s reconstitution, Ken has done an outstanding job working with Council and staff to re-build services to the level residents expect and deserve. I have full confidence in him and a strong relationship between the Mayor and City Manager is a key element in a successful municipal organization. By making his status permanent, the City Council is reaffirming its goal to attract experienced managers and staff with strong ties to Côte Saint-Luc.”
 
Mr. Lerner first moved to Côte Saint-Luc more than 20 years ago. His children are active in minor hockey and baseball Côte Saint-Luc and his wife runs the Meals-On-Wheels program at the Maimonides Hospital.
“I love living in Côte Saint-Luc and feel very connected to the community,” Mr. Lerner said. “As City Manager, I direct a team that provides the best services to the most people. I like the idea that the services we provide make life better for my neighbours.”
 
Mr. Lerner was formally assistant director of procedures and automation at the International Air Transport Association (IATA), a trade association representing more than 280 airlines. He helped implement a $1.4 billion cost-reduction across the airline industry. He was also the manager for sourcing planning and supply at Lafarge North America. In addition, he has served as the corporate material manager for Velan Engineering and cargo operations support and service manager for Canadian Airlines International.
 
“This Council’s goal, which I share, is to run the city like a business by bringing more accountability and transparency to city management,” Mr. Lerner said. “For instance, we are leveraging information technology to improve efficiency and save costs. We are rationalizing purchasing in the same manner.”
 
Mr. Lerner graduated from Concordia University with a Bachelor of Arts degree and a certificate in purchasing and inventory control. He is a long-standing member of the Association of Production and Inventory Control (APICS).
 
The City Council formally appointed Mr. Lerner during a Special Council Meeting on September 18, 2006.
 
The City Manager is the senior civil servant in the City of Côte Saint-Luc and works closely with the Mayor and City Council to establish the objectives of the City and to manage its daily operations. He solves problems and   establishes priorities for ongoing programs and projects on a daily basis.

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For more information:
Darryl Levine
Manager of Communications
City of Côte Saint-Luc
Tel.: (514) 485-6905
E-mail: dlevine@cote-saint-luc.qc.ca

Côte Saint-Luc residents invited to Public Information Session on new Valuation Roll for 2007-2008-2009

CÔTE SAINT-LUC, SEPTEMBER 15, 2006 - Côte Saint-Luc residents are invited to attend a Public Information Session on Monday, September 18 at 7:30pm at City Hall (5801 Cavendish Blvd.) to learn about changes to the valuation roll and how those changes might affect property taxes for residents.

The average property assessment in Côte Saint-Luc increased by 36 percent. By comparison, the average property assessment for 16 municipalities of the Montreal urban agglomeration increased by 41 percent.

The assessment role represents the inventory of all properties in Côte Saint-Luc and indicates its quantity, characteristics and value. The new assessment role is the basis for the 2007, 2008 and 2009 tax bills for residents of Côte Saint-Luc.

The Côte Saint-Luc City Council will provide more information about the new valuations at the Public Information Session and explain how it might affect residents. This will be the first information session held on this topic on the Island of Montreal since this week's release of the
assessment rolls for the 16 municipalities of the Montreal urban agglomeration.

Date
Monday, September 18, 2006

Time
7:30pm

Location
Côte Saint-Luc City Hall
City Hall Council Chamber, 2nd floor
5801 Cavendish Blvd.
Côte Saint-Luc, Quebec

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For further information, please contact:
Darryl Levine
Manager of Communications
City of Côte Saint-Luc
t. (514) 485-8905
e. dlevine@cote-saint-luc.qc.ca

Côte Saint-Luc Creative Social Centre prepares vernissage, exhibition and sale

CÔTE SAINT-LUC, SEPTEMBER 15, 2006 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc wishes to salute the Creative Social Centre and its vernissage, exhibition and sale from October 9 to 11, 2006.
 
“This is a wonderful group that showcases the multiple talents and boundless energy of our seniors,” said Côte Saint-Luc City Councillor Sam Goldbloom, who is responsible for the seniors portfolio.
 
Located on the second floor of the Congregation Chevra Kadisha B’nai Jacob – Beith Hazikaron (5237 Clanranald Avenue), the Creative Social Centre is formally affiliated with Côte Saint-Luc’s programming for senior citizens. Many of the group’s members reside in Côte Saint-Luc. The Creative Social Centre was founded by Helen Knight on November 28, 1982. She remains at the helm of the organization and looks forward to celebrating the 25th anniversary in the fall of 2007.
 
Recently, Ms. Knight met with Côte Saint-Luc City Councillor Mike Cohen. One of his portfolios is communications and he has agreed to assist the group in its new promotion plan leading up to anniversary planning.
The vernissage, featuring paintings and sculptures created by more than 70 of the Centre’s members, will take place on Monday, October 9 from 3pm to 8pm at the synagogue. It will be followed by an exhibition and sale during the following two days from 1pm to 5pm.
 
Shirley Katz will present “Art – One Woman’s Perspective” on October 10. Ruth Dranov will speak on “Wellness” on October 11. Refreshments will be served.
 
This program is being sponsored by Congregation Chevra Kadisha B’nai Jacob – Beith Hazikaron and the cities of Montreal and Côte Saint-Luc.
Ms. Knight says the Creative Social Centre was modeled on Abraham Maslow’s ‘Hierarchy of Needs’ as participation in the various activities serves to enhance and encourage motivation and self-esteem.
 
“The camaraderie of the Centre fulfills the need to belong and potential for personal growth is ultimately achieved,” Ms. Knight said. “Our annual vernissage, where paintings and sculptures are exhibited and sold, confirms the creativity and enthusiasm of the membership. Our journey begins with the need to belong. Therefore all classes are small. Many activities are held in groups, where seniors have the opportunity to socialize, to get to know one another and greet one another by name and often with a hug.”
 
Open Mondays through Thursdays, year-round, the Centre is a bee hive of activity. In addition to art, there is a choir, creative writing, a playwright group, folk dancing, recorder lessons, tai chi and yoga instruction and a rabbi’s talk. Day trips are organized regularly for concerts, ballets, theatres and museums. There is an annual five-day bus trip to Stratford, Ontario or Niagara-on-the Lake. Every Wednesday, a delicious lunch is served for a nominal price in the Centre’s attractive eating area. They also publish a monthly bulletin.
 
Membership is only $25 per year. Different fees exist for the various courses and activities.
 
“We are grateful for all of the support we receive,” Ms. Knight said. “The synagogue is our lifeline. They provide us with wonderful space in a location which is very convenient for seniors.”
 
The most “senior” member of the Centre is Eva Chait, who turns 102 on October 2. She is full of energy and an inspiration to all.
 
For more information about the Creative Social Centre please call 514-488-0907.

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Contact:
Darryl Levine
Manager of Communications
City of Côte Saint-Luc
 
Tel: 514-485-8905
Email: dlevine@cote-saint-luc.qc.ca

Côte Saint-Luc to name permanent City Manager

CÔTE SAINT-LUC, SEPTEMBER 14, 2006 – The City Council of Côte Saint-Luc will appoint a permanent City Manager prior to the Public Information Session on Monday, September 18.
 
The City Manager provides direction and general management to the overall efforts of the city government. As the head civil servant in Côte Saint-Luc, the City Manager meets with City Council to discuss problems, projects and programs worked on or proposed by members of the municipal staff. The City Manager also coordinates and establishes priorities for ongoing programs and projects.

Date
Monday, September 18, 2006

Time
7:20pm
 
Location
Côte Saint-Luc City Hall, 5801 Cavendish Blvd., Côte Saint-Luc, Quebec
City Hall Council Chamber, 2nd floor
 

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For further information:
Darryl Levine
Manager of Communications
City of Côte Saint-Luc
t. 514-485-8905
e. dlevine@cote-saint-luc.qc.ca

Côte Saint-Luc appoints new City Treasurer

CÔTE SAINT-LUC, SEPTEMBER 11, 2006 - Côte Saint-Luc Mayor Anthony Housefather today announced the appointment of Angelo Marino as the new city Treasurer, effective September 25. He will report to Interim City Manager Ken Lerner.
 
For the last five years, Mr. Marino was the Director of Financial Resources for the Eastern Townships School Board. He was responsible for accounting/finance, school local taxation, payroll, and buildings & equipment, and oversaw a budget of $64 million. His responsibilities included collecting school taxes from more than 19,000 taxpayers each year and working with approximately 160 municipalities and towns.

Mr. Marino graduated from Concordia University in 1987 with a Bachelor of Commerce degree, major in Accounting and minor in Management Information Technologies. He earned a Certified General Accountant Designation in 1990. His career began in the private sector for Sun Life Assurance Company and Universal Reinsurance Technical Services. In 1992, he moved into the public education sector at the Protestant School Board of Greater Montreal as a Finance Officer responsible for the maintenance of the Board's annual operating budget. After several years, he was promoted to coordinator of accounting services, overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Board. In 1998, he became the assistant director of Financial Services for the new English Montreal School Board (EMSB). Overseeing the financial operations of the newly-created entity, he had the opportunity to learn the complete budget-building process and financial statement preparations for non-profit organizations.
 
“We are very fortunate to have found someone like Angelo Marino for this very important position,” said Anthony Housefather, Mayor of Côte Saint-Luc. “He brings into this position 20 years of relevant work experiences and an expertise in increasing efficiency with technology, and developing and implementing financial and operational internal controls.”
Councillor Dida Berku, who holds the finance portfolio, said the timing of Mr. Marino's hiring could not be better.
 
“We are just about to embark upon the process of building our 2007 budget,” Councillor Berku said. “I know that members of council, staff and the taxpayers will benefit from his vast experience.”
 
Said Mr. Marino: “I believe in lifelong learning and I look forward to the new challenges and opportunities as treasurer for the City of Côte Saint-Luc.”
 
Mr. Lerner welcomed Mr. Marino aboard, stating: "Angelo brings to the senior management team a skill set that will support our ambition to run the city in a corporate environment. His values are a direct fit with our senior management team."

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For further information:
Darryl Levine
Manager of Communications
City of Côte Saint-Luc
(514) 485-8905

Côte Saint-Luc to name new street after Irving Layton

CÔTE SAINT-LUC, AUGUST 14, 2006- Côte
Saint-Luc city council has adopted a resolution to name a new
residential street after celebrated poet and former resident Irving
Layton, who died last January at the age of 93.

 
Irving Layton Avenue will be situated behind St. Richard's Church
and Maimonide School, bordering Guelph Road, Parkhaven Avenue and
Chamberland Crescent. Twelve new homes are presently under
construction. They are expected to be ready for occupancy in early
winter.
 
Stated Mayor Anthony Housefather: “We are proud that Irving Layton
lived for long periods of his life in Côte Saint-Luc, brought up two of
his children in our community and spent his last years here.  Given the
links which he has to our city, his international renown and his recent
passing, naming the new street after him is a mark of respect which he
rightfully deserves.”
 
An extraordinarily prolific writer and poet, Layton published 50
books between 1945 and 1992. His poetry had a lyrical and romantic
style. He taught at Concordia University (then Sir George Williams)
from 1950 to 1964, and returned in 1989 as writer-in-residence for a
year.
 
 “In terms of toponymy it is our objective to recognize
individuals with a direct connection to Côte Saint-Luc, who, in their
lifetime, made significant contributions to both society and their
community,” said Councillor Mike Cohen, who chairs the city's Toponymy
Commission. “Irving Layton is certainly very high on the list.”
 
Councillor Mitchell Brownstein added his enthusiasm for the new
street name, which is located in his District 7.  “The residents of
this new street can take pride that their address will be associated
with a literary figure whom is known around the world,” he said. “The
fact he is a former resident makes it that more special.”
 
As per Côte Saint-Luc's policy of full bilingualism the street
will be officially named Avenue Irving Layton Avenue and will be the
first street to carry Côte Saint-Luc's new model of street sign which
council plans to erect city-wide next year.
 
Arrangements for a dedication ceremony for the new street name will be announced soon.
 
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Library to kick off 40th anniversary, celebrations with outdoor concert

CÔTE SAINT-LUC, AUGUST 14, 2006 - The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public library will formally kick off its 40th anniversary celebrations with a free outdoor concert on Sunday, August 20 at 7:30 p.m.
 
Featured performers for the evening will be the Kleztory Band.  No tickets or passes are needed for this event. Just bring your own lawn chair.  In case of rain, the concert will be moved inside to Greenspon Auditorium. Given the limited capacity, only those individuals who have already obtained a rain pass will be able to attend.
 
There will be music indoors as well, with the popular violin and guitar duo Jeux de Cordes providing background music as people tour the new and improved library, which is undergoing extensive renovations. The owners of the soon-to-opened library café will also be providing samples of their food, beginning at 5 p.m. 

Cote Saint-Luc applauds island-wide first responder services and demands ongoing protection for its volunteer emergency medical

COTE SAINT-LUC, Friday, July 14, 2006 - Mayor Anthony Housefather is responding with guarded optimism about today's announcement about Island-wide First Responder Services by the Montreal Agglomeration's Fire Department. 

Cote Saint-Luc has demanded that its all-volunteer Emergency Medical Services (“EMS”) department be authorized to continue responding to life-threatening emergencies in Cote Saint-Luc.   Previously Cote Saint-Luc had successfully negotiated to have its EMS designated as a local service under the control of Cote Saint-Luc in the agglomeration decree and that exemption continues until December 31, 2008.   Cote Saint-Luc has now requested that the Quebec Government take action to legislate the perpetual protection of this unique service.
 
“Cote Saint-Luc EMS is manned by highly trained, dedicated personnel who volunteer their time and efforts to serve the community,” said Mayor Housefather.   Their training is provided by the EMS Training Academy and follows U.S. guidelines for First Responders and E.M.T.'s, all of which is overseen by an emergency department physician serving as Medical Director, and an oversight committee of elected, lay and professional leaders in the Emergency Services Committee. 
 
Mayor Housefather commented that we strongly approve of the entire Island of Montreal being covered by First Responder Services but would vigorously oppose any attempt by the Fire Department to take over the EMS role in Cote Saint-Luc.   We have our own service, which is of higher quality than what the rest of the island will receive and will not accept it being sacrificed here.   We have met with our own MNA, Minister of Revenue Lawrence Bergman on many occasions on this issue and will work closely with him to get the legislation amended to ensure our service remains intact as a local service for generations to come.
 
“The extremely strong community support for the preservation of EMS needs to be recognized by the Quebec Government, the City of Montreal and the Agglomeration Fire Department”, said Public Safety Councillor Glenn J. Nashen. “In the event the Government fails to amend the decree prior to a provincial election, this may well turn into a hot button election issue in D'Arcy McGee.   The Fire Department also needs to be aware of massive opposition if they would ever try to come into our City and take over the service.”
 
EMS was created in 1965 and has been providing high quality First Responder services to the territory of Cote Saint-Luc since 1980.   EMS is equipped with a fleet of three modern emergency vehicles, state-of-the-art emergency medical equipment, devices, tools and supplies which have been purchased by the City of Cote Saint-Luc, all housed in EMS headquarters at 8100 Cote Saint-Luc Road.
 
“EMS responds to more than 3000 medical assistance calls each year and assists at community events, crises and other major emergencies in the community and throughout south-western Quebec,” said Councillor Nashen.   “EMS has a response time averaging 3 minutes, which is the fastest average response time for First Responder medical calls on the Island of Montreal.   The significant time differential in response between EMS and those Montreal fire stations providing emergency first response can mean the difference between life and death.”
 
The EMS system and volunteers have earned the praise and admiration of the community they serve and those whom they have aided through the years.   They have provided an important educational, community and volunteer opportunity to hundreds and perhaps thousands of young adults from the entire Montreal region, many of whom have entered the medical professions as a result of their rewarding experiences in this impressive organization said Mayor Housefather.   “On behalf of the Council of the City of Cote Saint-Luc, I assure our EMS volunteers and our residents that we will vigorously fight to ensure that our service remains intact and protected for future generations and will do everything we can to convince the Quebec Government and the agglomeration to support us in this matter.”
 

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CSL calls upon municipalities and boroughs with bilingual status to erect signs in French and English

COTE SAINT-LUC, JULY 14, 2006 - Côte Saint-Luc City Council has unanimously adopted a resolution calling upon all municipalities and boroughs in Quebec with bilingual status to erect all new signs in both French and English.

Mayor Anthony Housefather emphasized that the Charter of the French Language allows municipalities with bilingual status to erect bilingual signs and indeed all signage erected by municipalities with bilingual status can be in both the English and French languages provided French is predominant.  "The City of Côte Saint-Luc feels strongly that municipalities with bilingual status should erect bilingual signs to show that residents from both linguistic communities are equally respected," he stated. "Our signs send a message to young people and when our youth sees the English being removed from municipal signs they begin to doubt their place and future in Quebec. Unfortunately the OQLF has a tendency to adopt very restrictive interpretations of the law related to bilingual signs and often confuse municipalities into believing that their interpretation is the law, when indeed it is not."

Councillor Mike Cohen, whose corporate identity portfolio takes into account matters related to signage in the city, noted that it is  clear that Section 24 of the Charter of the French Language, which allows municipalities with bilingual status to erect bilingual signs, only requires that French be predominant, not markedly predominant which is the case with commercial signs. "We interpret this to mean that municipal signs in municipalities with bilingual status can have French and English letter of equal size with the French language being given more prominence by being on the left or the top part of the sign," he said. "Some representatives of municipalities with bilingual status believe that they can not put up bilingual signs or believe that if they do put up bilingual signs the French text would need to be larger than the English text or that the name of a street would need to be repeated twice on a street sign. This entirely stems from misleading information given by the OQLF or the Commission de la Toponomye".

Mayor Housefather made it clear that in his view those interpretations are contrary to the plain wording of Section 24 of the Charter of the French Language, which has now been in force for almost 30 years.

Both Mayor Housefather and Councillor Cohen emphasized that the city is currently reviewing its own street signage to ensure it is scrupulously bilingual and compliant with the law. A new bilingual street sign for Cote Saint-Luc will be unveiled in the fall and signage templates are in development. The Mayor and Council plan to replace every street sign in the city with the new model as part of the 2007 capital expenditures budget.

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