Press releases


Mitchell Brownstein acclaimed as Mayor of Côte Saint-Luc

Mitchell Brownstein became the new mayor of Côte Saint-Luc on Friday March 11, 2016.

Mayor Brownstein, who has served as a Côte Saint Luc councillor since 1990, was the only candidate to have submitted nomination papers before the close of the nomination period.
"I am truly humbled by the outpouring of support from my colleagues and the residents of Côte Saint Luc over the last many months,” Mayor Brownstein said. “I am honoured to be returning to work on Monday as Mayor of Côte Saint Luc."
Mayor Brownstein will be sworn in to office on Monday, March 14 at 8 pm as the first order of business at the Côte Saint-Luc council meeting at City Hall (5801 Cavendish Blvd.). He will be making his first public statement as mayor at that time. He will also be available for interviews prior to the swearing-in ceremony.

Enlightening new art exhibit at the Library’s Art Gallery in Côte Saint-Luc

A new exhibit of paintings by Dennis Ekstedt runs from January 21 to March 20, 2016 at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library Art Gallery.

Ekstedt will present his large-scale paintings depicting masses of many small lights and luminous forms in a series entitled Lodestar. The lights and forms evoke nighttime images of the earth from a bird’s eye view. The lights represent an interconnected system, like that of a living organism. In his work, the artist is concerned with the rapid and excessive population growth around the globe. 

A vernissage to mark the opening of this exhibit is on Thursday, January 21 at 7 pm.

Dennis Ekstedt lives and works in Montreal. He received his Diploma in Fine Arts in 1986 from Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver, B.C and his M.F.A in 1993 from Concordia University. He was the Eastern Canada winner of the RBC Canadian Painting Competition in 2002 and his paintings are included in many public, corporate and private collections. He is currently represented by Herringer Kiss Gallery in Calgary, Alberta and Katharine Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects in Toronto, Ontario.

His current artworks can be viewed at

The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library is located at 5851 Cavendish Blvd. and is open from Monday to Thursday from 10 am to 10 pm, and Friday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm. It is open from 10am to 5pm on statutory holidays. For more information, call the library at 514-485-6900 or visit


Local residents Stanley Sklar and David Chandler present unique exhibits at Côte Saint-Luc Public Library

Two Côte Saint-Luc residents are exhibiting their art work in January at the Côte Saint-Luc Public Library.

Born and raised in Montreal, Stanley Sklar's passion for art began at an early age. He was an award-winning fashion designer.

He studied at the Fashion Institute of Technology (F.I.T.) in New York and at École Contoir Caponi in Montreal. He then pursued his studies in Fine Arts at École des Beaux Arts. Stanley also taught the art of draping at Montreal's Sadie Bronfman Centre.

Throughout his career he always continued painting and evolving as an artist, working often on glass. Fascinated by reflections that light cast on his images, Sklar continued creating three-dimensional architectural sculptures. This culminated in his latest art form. His imagination transforms his houses into homes. Meticulous attention to detail, from the hand-crafted bricks, worn stairs, to the people that inhabit each neighbourhood, makes this art unique. These sculptures are encased in clear Lucite boxes. They may be displayed free standing or hung on a wall. This art may be purchased or commissioned to capture everlasting memories of your home to be shared for generations.

The exhibit can be viewed in the fiction section of the library.

David Chandler’s exhibit runs until January 31 and is titled "Antique Maps from the Holy Land to New France.” It can be viewed in the Community Art Space section of the library. The exposition consists of 56 maps printed between the late 16th and late 19th centuries that depict either the Holy Land and surrounding areas, or early North America (including Montreal). This exhibit is informative and beautiful. The amount of artistry and dedication that went into creating these maps is nothing short of inspiring.

Chandler has been interested in maps from an early age and in the 1980s began using antique maps in his history and geography classes. This eventually grew into David becoming the only antique map dealer in Québec, under the name Ptolémée Plus. David’s current collection consists of several thousand maps from all parts of the world.

New concept Library Lounge opens at Aquatic and Community Centre

The Côte Saint-Luc Public Library has transformed the library annex at the Aquatic and Community Centre into the new Library Lounge, which includes the popular take-a-book-leave-a-book concept.

“The very popular concept of Little Free Libraries has been gaining momentum in North America over the last few years,” said Councillor Mike Cohen, who is the council member responsible for the library. “People bring books, CDs, or movies they no longer need and take ones already there. There is no need for membership cards and no associated fees. Items are not part of the regular library collection so they don’t need to be returned so there are no due dates to contend with.”

The Aquatic and Community Centre is located at 5794 Parkhaven Ave. The Library Lounge is open from 6 am to 10 pm. The space is loaded with thousands of donated items. People can also use the space to read, relax, play a game, do a puzzle and use the public computer. There is also an outdoor return slot where official library items can be returned 24/7.

Material and monetary donations are welcome and can be made in place.

For more information please contact Justin Burnham at


Côte Saint-Luc adopts 2016 budget: city spending stays flat, average residential property tax increase of 2.3 percent

The City of Côte Saint-Luc has adopted an operating budget for 2016 that kept spending flat and saw the property tax of 2.3 percent for an average single-family home in the city, which is in line with what the Conference Board of Canada has forecast as the inflation rate for the greater Montreal region.

“We made every effort to keep property taxes as low as possible while maintaining the highest quality services,” Acting Mayor Glenn J. Nashen said. “We continue to operate as efficiently as possible to help ensure that Côte Saint-Luc remains to be one of the best places to live.”

The Côte Saint-Luc City Council adopted the $67 million operating budget on December 14, 2015. About 42 percent of all taxes collected by Côte Saint-Luc are transferred to the Agglomeration of Montreal, which is the island-wide regional government that funds services such as police, fire, and public transit. 

The property tax bills will be sent to homes by the last week of January. The deadline to pay property taxes has been set at February 26 for the first installment and May 27 for the second installment.

“We understand that the public entrusts us with their money and we take that responsibility seriously,” said Councillor Steven Erdelyi, the council member responsible for finances. “My family uses many of our municipal services. I’m keenly aware of how important they are to our residents, while also understanding the need to keep property taxes as low as possible.”

Budget and tax highlights include the following:

Average increase in taxes for single-family home valued at $572,300: 2.3 percent (or $142)

Decrease in water, residential and non-residential tax rates

Increase in revenues from taxation: 2.39 percent

Revenues from property taxes: 86.7 percent

Revenues from compensation in lieu of taxes: 1.9 percent 

Other revenues (eg, program fees, memberships, etc.): 11.2 percent


The three-year capital expenditures plan was also adopted on December 14. Approximately $10.5 million in capital expenses is anticipated in 2016. It will be used for projects such as enhancements to Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park, improvements and repairs to the Westminster and Cavendish underpasses, repairs to municipal buildings including the Bernard Lang Civic Centre building envelope, repairs to roads and sidewalks and more.




Côte Saint-Luc releases 1974 Remembrance Day video

The City of Côte Saint-Luc has released video of the 1974 Remembrance Day parade and ceremony.

The release of this video is part of an ongoing effort by Côte Saint-Luc to share its history with the public. Côte Saint-Luc has digitized more than 1,000 photos from its archives and posted them online. Visit to see photos.

The 41-year old film was donated by Sheldon Caplan, whose his parents Albert and Lily Caplan, were active in Royal Canadian Legion and Auxiliary. The city digitized the 16-millimetre film and is making it available on YouTube to honour its veterans this Remembrance Day. The film includes then-Mayor Samuel Moskovitch and other members of council of that era.

Watch the video at:

“One of my goals has been to help gather old photos, films, documents and other artifacts from the history of Côte Saint-Luc,” said Acting Mayor Glenn J. Nashen. “It will be presented in some combination of rotating public display and website. We’d like suggestions from people in the community who are willing to volunteer and help build a Côte Saint-Luc Historical Society.”

Côte Saint-Luc hopes the Côte Saint-Luc Historical Society can help unearth more gems and bring them to the public. To volunteer for the Côte Saint-Luc Historical Society, call Darryl Levine at 514-485-6800 ext. 1802 or email

Côte Saint-Luc salutes Mayor Anthony Housefather on election win

City of Côte Saint-Luc councillors and staff congratulate Mayor Anthony Housefather on his election last week to the House of Commons representing the riding of Mount Royal.

Mayor Housefather was first elected in November 2005. Before that he was a councillor in the Town of Hampstead and the then-Borough of Côte Saint-Luc/Hampstead/Montreal West. He led the effort to demerge from the mega-city in 2004.

The following are statements from the city’s eight city councillors.

Councillor Dida Berku: “I served with Anthony for 14 years and have never seen anyone work so hard and with such enthusiasm and such sincerity in campaigning. On top of the intellectual brilliance that we all recognize and the stamina and energy, Anthony has a great appreciation for the constituents.”

Councillor Mitchell Brownstein: “There have been so many accomplishments that he’s achieved over the last 10 years. He helped save our EMS first-responder service, saved police station 9, built the Aquatic and Community Centre, helped oversee several residential development projects in our city, and supported new initiatives like urban agriculture, vCOP, the Dramatic Society and more. He also led in the fight against the Charter of Values, and the attack on bilingual status.”

Councillor Mike Cohen: “It has been an honour and privilege to serve under Anthony for the last 10 years. I know he’s going to make a great MP.”

Councillor Steven Erdelyi: “Anthony has a sense of what needs to be done and what initiatives to move forward on. Côte Saint-Luc has been a leader on environmental issues and been financially sound because he knew these issues were enormously important.”

Councillor Sam Goldbloom: “I have never encountered anyone with the energy, integrity and intelligence of this young man. Our riding and Canada is very fortunate to have someone of his caliber representing all of us.”

Councillor Ruth Kovac: “I think Anthony will be one our greatest MPs just as he has been one of our greatest mayors. I have learned so much for him over the last 10 years.”

Councillor Allan J. Levine: “Anthony is the hardest-working person I ever met. Our loss is Ottawa’s gain. Anthony will be a strong voice in Ottawa for the English-speaking community of Quebec. I wish him all the best.”

Councillor Glenn J. Nashen: “I want to thank Anthony personally for his stewardship, integrity and intelligence in leading the city for almost 10 years. I like to think that we’re not losing a mayor but gaining an incredible Member of Parliament.”

Côte Saint-Luc congratulates the winning candidates across Canada as well as all other candidates who took part in the democratic process.




Public Libraries Week takes centre stage at the CSL Library

The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library presents a series of special events, including a used book sale, free cultural events, and drop-in information sessions to celebrate this year’s edition of Quebec Public Libraries Week. 

“More and more, public libraries are becoming community centres offering fun and learning for people of all ages,” said Library Director Janine West. “We’ve prepared a week full of activities to showcase all we have to offer here in Côte Saint-Luc. If you haven’t been to see us yet, this is the perfect time to come and explore!”

Public Libraries Week kicks off with the library’s semi-annual Used Book Sale, which runs from 11 am to 5 pm on Saturday, October 17 and Sunday, October 19. A huge selection of fiction, kids’ books, paperbacks, biographies, travel books, and many more will be for sale with prices starting at $1. All proceeds from the sale go towards special projects at the library.

Throughout the week, library members and non-members are invited to attend free special events including a storytelling performance for adults as part of the Quebec Intercultural Storytelling Festival and a travel lecture on architecture and culture in Prague. On Thursday, October 22, the library presents an author talk with award-winning author and poet Alison Pick, author of the best-selling and intriguing memoir Between Gods, for the the sixth annual Côte Saint-Luc Reads event. A reception with live classical music and light refreshments will begin at 6:30 pm with the author talk to follow. The event is free and open to the public.

Library staff will also be hosting daily drop-in sessions from 1 pm to 3 pm from October 19 to 24. Members of the public are invited to drop by and meet staff members, enjoy a cup of coffee, and discover the resources and programs available to library members. Are you a Côte Saint-Luc resident but not yet a library member? Become a member for free and take advantage of all the library has to offer.

Kids of all ages can come for a family story time on Sunday, October 18 and families with kids ages 7 and over are invited to watch the classic 1939 film The Wizard of Oz on the big screen on Saturday, October 24 (registration required).

For the full list of Public Libraries Week events at the CSL Library, visit or email





CSL Library launches Jewish heritage program series

This October, the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Library is kicking off a series of programs focusing on Jewish heritage and culture, including workshops, lectures, music, theatre, and literature. Library members and non-members alike are invited to participate in the series and explore their family and cultural history.

The series begins with a concert of traditional Sephardic music by the Opus Prize-winning Ensemble séfarade et mediterranéen on Thursday, October 8. The following week on Wednesday, October 14, the library will present Portrait of a People, the latest production by Aviva Ravel’s Performance Playreading Ensemble. The show melds dramatic and comedic stories, legends, and poems portraying the culture of the Jewish people from Biblical times to the present. Tickets for both the concert and playreading are available for sale now at the library.

In partnership with Stanley Diamond of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Montreal, the library is offering a genealogy lecture and workshop designed to help you begin discovering your family’s unique stories. The lecture will take place Thursday, October 15 at 2 pm, and is free and open to the public. The workshop is on Thursday, October 29 at 2 pm and requires registration and payment in advance ($5 for library members; $7 for non-members).

The program series culminates with the library’s annual Côte Saint-Luc Reads literary event on Thursday, October 22 at 6:30 pm. Each year, library staff choose one book to engage CSL residents and foster a reading culture in the city. This year’s selection is Between Gods, Alison Pick’s remarkable memoir about discovering her family’s hidden Jewish history and reclaiming an identity and religion that she had not known before. Alison Pick will speak about her book and engage with readers at this free event.

For more information about these events and programs, visit or contact the library’s Programs Department at 514-485-6900, ext. 4205.


Intriguing new art exhibit and vernissage at the Library’s Art Gallery in Côte Saint-Luc

A new exhibit of paintings by Brigitte Radecki will run at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library’s Art Gallery from September 10 to November 1, 2015.

The Double Chance exhibit opens with a vernissage on September 10 at 7pm.

Radecki will present her latest works in a series called Double Chance, alongside a handful of other pieces from previous bodies of work. Double Chance addresses the happy accidents created when relying upon elements of chance and randomness. Radecki initially creates a form by throwing paint and employing dripping techniques. She then goes a step further by adding to the equation a more rigorous methodology of photography, enlargement, printing, tracing, and reproducing in order to arrive at the final artwork. In this manner, her work differs from what is traditionally referred to as “action painting” as well as “geometrical abstraction” in the sense that deliberate and exacting methods are used in order to subvert the spontaneous and gestural aspect of the very process art critic Harold Rosenberg uses to describe the work of Jackson Pollock.

Brigitte Radecki received both her BFA and MFA from Concordia University.  She has exhibited throughout Canada and Europe for over thirty years. Her work is in several public and private collections such as the Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal, Musée d’art contemporain in Montréal, the Musée National des beaux-arts du Québec, Air Canada and the National Bank. Her career initially began working in sculpture and installation and since the 1990s she has concentrated entirely on abstract painting installations. She lives and works in Montreal and Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.

Her current artworks can be viewed at

The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library is located at 5851 Cavendish Blvd. and is open from 10 am to 10 pm except on statutory holidays. For more information, call the library at 514-485-6900 or visit


Let Me Grow by Brigitte Radecki





Ten Côte Saint-Luc artists convene for a one-night-only group show

Ten local artists will convene for a one-night-only group art show on Wednesday, July 22 at 7 pm in the Harold Greenspon Auditorium at 5801 Cavendish Blvd. 

The show is dubbed the Community Art Celebration and will feature all past exhibitors in the Community Art Space of the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library, the organizer of this event.

“This is a very talented group of photographers, painters, printmakers, and artists in mixed media,” said Councillor Mike Cohen, who is the council member responsible for library and culture.

This is the first event of its kind to be presented by the library, with the goal of highlighting the multi-talented residents of Côte Saint-Luc.

“The quality of art made by Côte Saint-Luc residents is astounding,” said Justin Burnham, the library coordinator responsible for the Community Art Space. “Currently there is no venue to fully appreciate the variety of our local talent, so we’re trying to change this by bringing a number of artists together in one place.” 

The library is eager to display this wide selection of artwork and sees this as a great opportunity for artists to meet, share their passion, and celebrate their love of the arts.

“The artists are looking forward to exhibiting their works and meeting many friends, neighbours, fellow artists, and art lovers who will join them for this event,” said Ron Novolker, a nature photographer who will be exhibiting his work.

For more information about the Community Art Celebration, visit or contact Justin Burnham at514-485-6900, ext. 4701.


A record number of golfers to play at Côte Saint-Luc Golf Classic, while city to honour veteran volunteer Ron Yarin

A record 104 people will tee off at the 36th annual Côte Saint-Luc Golf Classic on Tuesday, July 14 at the Meadowbrook Golf Course, 8370 Côte Saint-Luc Rd.

The event begins at 7 am and is followed by an awards banquet at 1 pm honouring long-time volunteer Ron Yarin at the Aquatic and Community Centre (ACC) at 5794 Parkhaven Ave.

“This year’s event is attracted so many new and returning players in part because we presented a new format of play, as well as two new age-specific classifications whereby players can compete on a friendly basis amongst their own age group,” said Councillor Mike Cohen, the event co-chair. “The groups include Masters for people age 65 and older, and Eagle, for those age 64 and younger.”

The title sponsor is Freemark Apparel Brands Inc. and its Bench brand. Mark Routtenberg, president of Freemark Apparel Brands and former minority owner of the Montreal Expos, has been named honourary chairperson for this year's event. Routtenberg, who raised his family in Côte Saint-Luc, will be the guest speaker at the luncheon and talk about the Expos and the possibilities surrounding the return of baseball to Montreal.   

“We will be honouring Ron Yarin for more than 35 years of dedicated service to the community,” said Councillor Sam Goldbloom, the event co-chair. “Many friends will be on hand to help celebrate the occasion including the Routtenberg family, whom Ron worked with for many years.”

Sam Eltes, president of Silver Star Mercedes-Benz, has sponsored a hole-in-one contest. If someone achieves this feat they will drive way in a brand new Mercedes-Benz.

The new format of play is called “Scramble” and is quite popular in today’s golf outings. This format helps speed up the game for all players and is being introduced as a result of many requests from previous participants. The players decide which golfer hits the best shot off the tee and then all players from that foursome play their next shot from that point. Play continues from hole to hole in the same fashion for the rest of the outing.

In case of thunderstorms on Tuesday, July 14, the luncheon  will proceed with festivities at the Aquatic and Community Centre at 1 pm. Golf will be postponed until the following Tuesday, July 21. The same starting times will be honoured at Meadowbrook Golf Club. History will note that this event has never been rained out before.



Ballroom dancing championship coming to Côte Saint-Luc

For the fifth consecutive year, the Canadian Amateur Open Dancesport Championships will be at the Côte Saint-Luc Gymnasium (7500 Mackle Rd.) on Saturday, September 26, 2015 from 11 am to 11:30 pm.

The Canadian Amateur Open Dancesport Championships is presented by Danse Sport Québec. It allows ballroom dancers to compete for the title of Canadian Open Amateur Champion.

Tickets to this event are $35 for people age 16 and older or $25 for people 15 and younger and can be purchased online at or offline by filling in the ticket order form and sending it with your payment information :


Fax: 450 222-2305

Mail: Danse Sport Québec, 380 rue Lafond, St-Calixte (Québec) J0K 1Z0.

Dancers of all ages and from all regions of Canada, the United States, and possibly Europe will perform their best efforts in both Latin and standard styles of dance for judges and spectators. Dancers will be dressed in ball gowns and tailcoats and as they perform the Slow Waltz, Tango, Viennese Waltz, Foxtrot and Quickstep. They will also dance to Latin music including the Cha-Cha, Samba, Rumba, Paso Doble and Jive.

Danse Sport Québec has a number of dancers from Côte-St-Luc who will be introduced at the competition. Danse Sport Québec extends an invitation to its spectacular event to all dance lovers.

For more information, please visit or call 1-800-474-5746.




Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park will be the Quebec host site for the 2015 Blue Jays Honda Super Camps

Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park in the City of Côte Saint-Luc is one of 15 places across Canada -- and the only one in Quebec -- to host the annual Blue Jays Honda Super Camp for amateur baseball players ages 9 to 16.

The camp runs in Côte Saint-Luc on Tuesday, August 18 and Wednesday, August 19, 2015. To register, visit the Blue Jays Baseball Academy at 

“We have earned a reputation for some of the best baseball fields in Quebec,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “People in the baseball world know that if they need high-caliber baseball fields, in the heart of a community that loves its baseball, Côte Saint-Luc is the place.”

Every year, Côte Saint-Luc hosts two Major League Baseball scouting events, as well as all home games for the university baseball teams of McGill and Concordia, many baseball tournaments, and baseball camps. More than a dozen baseball and softball leagues play games in Côte Saint-Luc. Every few years, the Canadian Intercollegiate Baseball Association host their national college tournament in Côte Saint-Luc. The main baseball field at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park was renamed Gary Carter Field on July 1, 2012, to honour the late Montreal Expos catcher.

The camps will be run by the Blue Jays Baseball Academy in partnership with both Baseball Canada and Little League Baseball Canada.  

A large group of Blue Jays alumni once again return as instructors including Duane Ward, Roberto Alomar, Devon White, George Bell, Lloyd Moseby, Jesse Barfield, and Homer Bush. The Blue Jays alumni will be joined by both coaches from both Baseball Canada and Little League Canada to help provide top level instruction to each participant.

Blue Jays Honda Super Camps will run for four hours each day. Each participant will receive a Blue Jays hat, t-shirt, Blue Jays Baseball Academy Instructional Manual, along with a 12” Alomar Baseball glove.

For more information, contact or 416-341-2500.




Montreal Gazette political cartoonist Aislin to speak at the Côte Saint-Luc Library

Terry Mosher, the Montreal Gazette political cartoonist better known by his pseudonym Aislin, will be speaking at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Library on Wednesday, June 10 at 7 pm. The event is free and open to the public and is presented by the Library in collaboration with the Canadian Writers’ Society.

“I always look forward to opening the morning Gazette to see Aislin’s take on current events, and I know many of our patrons do, too,” said Library Director Janine West. “We’re proud to host fascinating and legendary figures like Terry Mosher at the library.”

The author of 46 books, Mosher has been the Gazette’s political cartoonist for more than 40 years. His most recent collection, The Wrecking Ball, published in 2014, features acerbic and irreverent cartoons about the Parti Québécois's proposed Charter of Values, Montreal corruption scandals, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, and the Sochi Olympics, among other topics.

Mosher has received numerous accolades for his contributions to public discourse over the course of his career. In 1985, he was inducted into the Canadian News Hall of Fame. He was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2003 and received an honorary Doctor of Letters from McGill University in 2007. He is president emeritus of the Association of Canadian Editorial Cartoonists.

At the Côte Saint-Luc Library event, Mosher will speak about his work, answer audience questions, and sign copies of The Wrecking Ball, another recent collection Was It Good For You?, and Caricature Cartoon Canada, a compendium of cartoons that he edited.

For more information about the event featuring Terry “Aislin” Mosher on June 10, visit or email