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City to unveil highlights of disaster plan on Monday, September 15

The City of Côte Saint-Luc will unveil a summary of its emergency plan to the public on Monday, September 15 at 8pm at City Hall, 5801 Cavendish Blvd.

“We have updated our plan this year and our city council, staff, and volunteers are trained on what to do in case of a disaster or major emergency,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “We want to give residents an overview of the plan and explain how it would be used in an emergency.”

Councillor Glenn J. Nashen, the council member responsible for emergency preparedness will also discuss how residents can prepare for the first 72 hours of an emergency.

“Even with the best disaster plan and the best execution of that plan, it may take emergency workers some time to get to you because they have to prioritize who needs the most help,” Councillor Nashen said. “In the event of a major emergency, residents need to be prepared, too, with enough bottled water, canned foods, medication, and anything else you require.”

 

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For more information on how to prepare for an emergency, visit CoteSaintLuc.org/EmergencyPreparedness.

Grand re-opening of Nathan Shuster Park on September 14 at 11 am

Nathan Shuster Park re-opens on Sunday, September 14, 2014 at 11 am after a $1.02 million renovation that includes some of the most innovative new equipment for kids on the Montreal island.

“The play equipment we have installed for both younger and older kids at Nathan Shuster Park will make it unique on the island,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “In order to plan the park, council and staff, and residents engaged in place-making exercises. Place-making is the process of making public places that will attract people and promote their health, happiness, and well-being.  I am confident the revamped Park will succeed admirably in doing so.”

District 8 Councillor Ruth Kovac says the park will be well used because of its unique features.

"I am very proud of the way the process that led to the rejuvenation of the park," Councillor Kovac said. "We engaged, discussed, debated and in the end have a great park. I think parents and grandparents will have a lot of great memories here."

The park is located between Collins Ave. to the south and Wallenberg Ave. to the north. It is near the northern-most part of Cavendish Blvd. The park now includes a zip-line, tube slide, enhanced nature walk trail, and other items for kids. Given that the Park sits together with a protected forested area, many of the items play on the forest theme with benches that look like logs sliced in half and a play equipment that looks like a treehouse.

“We think Nathan Shuster Park will attract people from across Côte Saint-Luc who want to experience something different,” said Councillor Mitchell Brownstein, the council member responsible for parks and recreation issues. “We think it will become a favourite destination in Côte Saint-Luc, not just for people in the area but from all over our city.”

Nathan Shuster Park was originally inaugurated on June 14, 1990. It is named in honour of the late Nathan Shuster who was a city councillor in Côte Saint-Luc from 1964 to 1989. He passed away in 1989 before the end of his term of office. Nathan Shuster’s children have been invited to the event and are expected to attend the grand re-opening.

 

To learn more about Nathan Shuster Park, visit CoteSaintLuc.org/NathanShusterPark.




The Association of Suburban Municipalities and Bill 3

The Association of Suburban Municipalities issued a press release today on the issue of Bill 3. 

>> Read the press release

 

Côte Saint-Luc EMS recruiting sessions this Thursday and Sunday

Côte Saint-Luc Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is looking for new members to join its team of volunteer medics.

A Côte Saint-Luc EMS recruiting sessions take place at the Côte Saint-Luc Aquatic and Community Centre on Thursday, August 7 from 7 pm to 8:30 pm, Sunday, August 10 at 9a m to 10:30 am, and again at 1 pm to 2:30 pm.

“Members must be active, eager to get involved, ready to learn and enjoy taking on challenges and making a difference in the community,” said Councillor Sam Goldbloom, the council member responsible for Public Safety services. “No previous first-aid training is required.”

EMS courses are offered twice during the year. Students complete in-class sessions and an on the-road apprenticeship, where they respond to real calls and put into practice the skills they learned in class. Members are encouraged to perform at least one shift per week.

Art exhibit at the Côte Saint-Luc library features New York-based painter Paul Hunter

Luminous paintings by New York-based artist Paul Hunter are on display at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library from July 31 to September 21, 2014.

Hunter will also discuss his work and what inspires him on July 31 at 7 pm at a Meet the Artist event at the Library. This event is free of charge. Refreshments will be served.

The New York Reflections art exhibit features contemporary original abstract and minimal cityscapes using gold and metal leaf in combination with acrylic paint applied on canvas.

“I've perfected a method of applying gold, bronze and other metal leaf into his canvases, having spent many years pursuing techniques that produce a radiant effect in my work,” Hunter said. “The result is an overall luminescence that deserves to be seen in person.”

Born and raised in Quebec City, Hunter was exposed to art at an early age.  His father taught sculpture at the prestigious École des Beaux-Arts and both his parents are artists. Hunter obtained his MFA in Montreal and currently lives and works in New York City. His art has been shown both in solo and group exhibits in North America, Europe, Asia and the United Arab Emirates.

His current artworks can be viewed at PaulHunterArt.com.

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





Hampstead, Côte Saint-Luc and Montreal West celebrate 10th anniversary of successful demerger referendum

Côte Saint-Luc, June 9 ,2014 – The demerged towns of Hampstead and Montreal West and the City of Côte Saint-Luc will join forces to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the demerger referendum. A FREE show with Bowser and Blue will be held:

Date: Sunday, June 15, 2014
Time: 4:30 - 6:30 pm
Place:   Trudeau Park
  6975 Mackle Rd.
  Côte Saint-Luc
   
Who: Bowser and Blue, Mayor Anthony Housefather, Mayor William Steinberg, Mayor Beny Masella

In the event of rain, the celebration will be held in the Confederation Annex (in Trudeau Park).

“Even though I have won three hard fought elections and enjoyed many successes as Mayor of Hampstead, no campaign was as exciting as the demerger battle and no victory more significant,” stated Mayor Bill Steinberg. “This is Hampstead’s centennial year and so it is fitting that it’s also the 10th anniversary of the demerger referendum. Had we not won, we would not have reached our centennial and we would be much worse off than we are today.”

“The forced mergers were a sad chapter in our history but the demerger gave us a happy ending,” said Anthony Housefather, Côte Saint-Luc Mayor. “It was also a true example of people standing up for what they believe to be right. The fight to take back our cities and towns was tough, but well worth it. Today, I would venture to say that almost all of our residents are very happy we chose to demerge.”

“The demerger referendum was the first step in getting our Towns back,” affirmed Montreal West Mayor Beny Massella. “Many people worked very hard to get to that step and I believe history shows it was the right move.  The municipal demergers allowed each of us to retrieve and reinforce our Towns’ independent identities while still working together toward common goals.”

About the blue ribbons:
During the demerger campaign, residents tied blue ribbons to their trees as a sign of support. The ribbons are back. This time they are a sign of celebration at our success in getting our cities back. Ribbons will be hung on major streets in the period leading to the event.

 

 

 

 

Côte Saint-Luc Dramatic Society produces the Canadian debut of Catch Me If You Can: The Musical

The Côte Saint-Luc Dramatic Society will perform Catch Me If You Can: The Musical from June 3 to June 22, 2014 at the Harold Greenspon Auditorium, 5801 Cavendish Blvd.
 
“We’ve assembled a wonderfully talented cast including Brandon Schwartz, a very gifted 17-year-old singer and performer,” director Anisa Cameron said. “Brandon has a remarkable voice and if he chooses to stay in Montreal, he’s going to be a fixture in the professional theatre scene for years to come.”
 
Schwartz has been performing since age 6 and is now studying music with a specialization in jazz voice at Marianopolis College. Director Cameron is joined by musical director David Terriault, who worked with the Côte Saint-Luc Dramatic Society last year on Fiddler on the Roof. The choreographer is Alexia Gourd, a talented performer who will next be seen in the musical Sister Act at Place des Arts. The assistant choreographer is Ariel Sterlin, who has worked with the Côte Saint-Luc Dramatic Society since its inception in 2011.
 
“Our cast and crew are brimming with talent,” said Councillor Mitchell Brownstein, who helped launch the Côte Saint-Luc Dramatic Society. “With every production, we are able to up the ante and put on memorable shows. Anisa has helped assemble amazing performers and a professional crew. It’s going to be our best show yet.”
 
Catch Me If You Can: The Musical is based on the musical book by Terrence McNally, who also wrote The Full Monty and Ragtime. The score is by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, who also wrote the music for Hairspray.  The musical is based on the film by Dreamworks, which was based on the book by Frank Abagnale Jr.
 
The Côte Saint-Luc Dramatic Society presentation of Catch Me If You Can: The Musical is the first in Canada. Tickets are on sale online at CSLDramaticSociety.com or at the Côte Saint-Luc library (5851 Cavendish Blvd.), the Côte Saint-Luc Aquatic and Community Centre (5794 Parkhaven Ave.), or by telephone at 514-485-6800 ext. 2024.
 
Tickets for evening performances are $27 for adults, and $24 for seniors/students. Matinees and preview shows are $18. Taxes are included in the price.
 
The Côte Saint-Luc Dramatic Society is a community theatre that began in the summer of 2011 in partnership with the City of Côte Saint-Luc. The goal of the society is to bring together actors, writers, musicians and other artistically-minded community members to produce theatrical works in an inclusive environment where emphasis is placed on team work and camaraderie, not celebrity.
 
For more information about the production, visit CSLDramaticSociety.com.
 
 

Jane’s Walk neighbourhood walking tour of Meadowbrook on May 3 and 4, 2014

The City of Côte Saint-Luc will be home to one of 50 neighbourhood walking tours around the island of Montreal on May 3 and 4, 2014, as part of the annual Jane’s Walk event across North America and the world.

Councillor Dida Berku and David Fletcher of the Green Coalition will be leading the two-hour tour “Meadowbrook: A Treasure to Discover” on Saturday, May 3 and Sunday, May 4, 2014 at 11 am starting at Richard Schwartz Park (Côte Saint-Luc Rd. at Westluke Ave., bus route 103). The walk is free of charge, but participants are encouraged to RSVP at dberku@cotesaintluc.org.

The Montreal-area walks are organized by the Montreal Urban Ecology Centre (www.ecologieurbaine.net/activites-et-projets/activites/promenade-de-jane).

Jane’s Walk is a series of free neighbourhood walking tours that helps put people in touch with their environment and with each other, by bridging social and geographic gaps and creating a space for cities to discover themselves. Since its inception in 2007, Jane’s Walk has happened in cities across North America, and is growing internationally.

Jane’s Walk honours the legacy and ideas of urban activist and writer Jane Jacobs who championed the interests of local residents and pedestrians over a car-centered approach to planning. Jane’s Walk helps knit people together into a strong and resourceful community, instilling belonging and encouraging civic leadership.

Digital magazines arrive in Côte Saint-Luc

Côte Saint-Luc, April 29, 2014 – On May 8, 2014 the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library, in partnership with RBdigital, will launch Zinio for Libraries, a collection of digital magazines.  

From the Library’s website, members will have unlimited access to search and download the complete digital copy of a magazine. Zinio’s publications can be viewed on most Internet-enabled devices such as (Android, iPhone, iPad) as well as a Mac or PC.

Their unique technology digitally recreates a magazine page for page, including full color pictures and features intuitive navigation, keyword article search and interactive elements such as audio and video. Using only their library card and email account, members will be able to access popular titles such as Rolling Stone, Shape, Men’s Health, PC World, Popular Science, andPrevention. Currently, the library subscribes to approximately 20 titles.

Multiple readers can download the same content simultaneously. Once on a device or computer, it remains there until the next time you want to consult it.

According to Janine West, Library Director, “While print magazines are still a dominant force in the market place, digital is quickly catching up.  Many people are already comfortable with reading e-books on their tablets and devices. The Côte Saint-Luc Public Library is excited to be able to provide this additional service to its increasingly tech-savy public”.

For more information on how to access this service, call the library at 514-485-6900 and speak with a Reference Librarian or visit www.csllibrary.org.

 

The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library is located at 5851 Cavendish Blvd.

 

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For more information Jennifer Eisman, Manager of Public Services & Development, 514-485-6900, ext. 4203, jeisman@CoteSaintLuc.org. 

MMFA exhibit talk on Peter Doig at the Côte Saint-Luc library

A guide from the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) will present a lecture at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 7 pm about the museum’s new exhibit from Peter Doig’s called No Foreign Lands.

Born in Scotland, Doig later moved to Montreal where he spent his formative years and later returned for some years in his late 20s, eventually calling Trinidad home. The exhibit at the MMFA features a retrospective of Doig’s work and explores his connection to Montreal and his decision to later settle in Trinidad.  

“The exhibition covers Doig’s output since he settled in Trinidad in 2002, a turning point in his painting,” states the MMFA website on the exhibit. “It also reveals a previously unknown side of his art: the preparatory works, drawings and sketches that reveal the formal genius of this master colourist. The exhibition features a total of almost a hundred drawings and paintings as well as a wealth of personal documents.”

Admission for this program is free of charge and is open to members and non-members of the library.

The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library is located at 5851 Cavendish Blvd. For more information, call the library at 514-485-6900 or visit www.csllibrary.org

 

Côte Saint-Luc Volunteer Citizens on Patrol looking to recruit a few more patrollers

Côte Saint-Luc, March 27, 2014 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc is looking for new recruits and will be holding an information session on Tuesday, April 8 at 7pm at the Harold Greenspon Auditorium at Côte Saint-Luc City Hall (5801 Cavendish Blvd.). 

Prospective volunteers should be residents age 18 or older. They should bring identification and a completed copy of the application form available at CoteSaintLuc.org/en/vcop. There is a one-time membership fee of $75 and volunteers are required to make a minimum commitment of six hours per month. 

Since its inception in July 2006, vCOP volunteers have worked alongside public security, police, fire and EMS services to add to Côte Saint-Luc's substantial safety initiatives and have logged in close to 40,000 hours. 

More than 75 volunteers patrol the streets of Côte Saint-Luc in marked vCOP vans, scooters, on foot and on bicycles. The volunteers notify local agencies about emergency and non-emergency situations as they act as observers throughout the community. Volunteer patrollers also help out at all community events, check smoke detectors in homes in partnership with the fire department and assist with residents at major fires and other large incidents.

“I’d like to encourage residents to come to our meeting and find out first-hand what our volunteer patrollers can do for our city on a daily basis,” said Councillor Glenn J. Nashen, the council member responsible for vCOP. “Members of vCOP will be in attendance to answer questions and hopefully recruit a few more members. They have made an enormous contribution to the safety of our city and are an invaluable resource to Côte Saint-Luc,” said Councillor Nashen, who created the group eight years ago.

Côte Saint-Luc was the first city in Quebec to implement this neighbourhood-watch-on-wheels program in 2006. Similar programs have been established in communities throughout Canada and the United States.

For more information or to join the vCOP program, please call 514-485-6800, send an e-mail to vcop@CoteSaintLuc.org, or visit CoteSaintLuc.org/en/vcop.

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An evening of classical delights: cello and piano music in Côte Saint-Luc

Babich and ManulikOn Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 7 pm Dmitry Babich and Andrey Manulik will perform a concert featuring pieces by Bach, Mozart, Bruch and Chopin at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library. 

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the library’s main circulation desk at 5851 Cavendish Blvd.

Babich graduated from the celebrated Moscow Tchaikovsky State Conservatory under professor Mariya Chaikovskaya—a former student of Mstislav Rostropovich. Babich was awarded the jury’s Special Prize at the 3rd International Shostakovich String Quartet Competition and was a member of Moscow Philharmonic Franck Quartet for several years. He obtained his Master’s Degree in Performance at the University of Montreal in 2013, being the last graduate student of professor Yuli Turovsky. Babich presently teaches cello at the McGill Conservatory, le Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf as well as le Conservatoire de musique et d’art dramatique du Québec.

Manulik spent four years studying music in college under the tutelage of Olga Kudryavtseva. Manulik performed and won several competitions, including the international S. Prokofiev youth competition in Moscow. He also studied under Zoya Kacharskaya in Minsk. Under her guidance, Manulik also finished a Master course in 2004. Manulik is currently working toward his Doctorate at the University of Montreal, under Professor Paul Stewart. 

The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library is located at 5851 Cavendish Blvd. For more information, call the library at 514-485-6900 or visit www.csllibrary.org

 

 

Hi-res photos: Dmitry Babich, Andrey Manulik

 

 

Côte Saint-Luc adds safety cameras and side-guards on its snow plows, safer for residents, pedestrians

To help improve the safety of pedestrians, the City of Côte Saint-Luc has added side-guards and external cameras on each of its six snow plows.

Each vehicle will have a camera on the passenger side and the rear. This will give the driver improved visibility of pedestrians or obstructions when making right turns or backing up.

“The goal was to significantly improve safety for our residents by giving our snow-plow drivers tools for more visibility, especially on the passenger side when making right turns and in the rear when backing up,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “It significantly reduces blind spots.”

Each camera system includes two video cameras and a 7-inch screen. The side-guards and cameras are only installed on the six city-operated snow plows, which clears snow from approximately 65 percent of Côte Saint-Luc streets. Contractors plow the other city streets and don’t yet have such cameras or side-guards.

“The side-guards and the cameras are major improvements in our efforts to make our residents as safe as possible while around heavy equipment deployed to clear the snow,” said Councillor Glenn J. Nashen who has long championed safety initiatives in Côte Saint-Luc and brought up the issue of cameras and side-guards with Council and the Public Works staff. “Cameras improve visibility, reduce blind spots, and make it safer to operate these large vehicles on our suburban streets.”

This entire safety upgrade cost under $4,000 or just $622 per vehicle and went into operation on January 1.

“The cost was low but the safety benefits are high,” said Councillor Dida Berku, the council member responsible for Public Works. “The City of Westmount was a great help to our staff in advising them based on their own recently-installed camera system. The suburbs on the island are constantly sharing best practices and this is a good example of how we learn from each other.”

The City of Westmount installed a similar camera system on its large trucks last November. The two cities are now among the first in Canada with such a camera safety system.

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Côte Saint-Luc adopts 2014 budget: city spending stays flat, average residential property tax increase of 0.9 percent

The City of Côte Saint-Luc has adopted an operating budget for 2014 that kept spending flat and saw the property tax of an average single-family home in the city equal to the Canadian rate of inflation, which is 0.9 percent.

“We adopted a budget that controls costs and maintains all our public services across the city,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said.

The Côte Saint-Luc City Council adopted the $65.2 million operating budget on February 3, 2014. The adoption was delayed because Côte Saint-Luc needed to know how much Agglomeration of Montreal budget would be. About 42.8 percent of all taxes collected by Côte Saint-Luc are transferred to the island-wide regional government, which funds services such as police, fire, and public transit. 

The property tax bills will be sent to homes in mid-February. The deadline to pay property taxes has been set at March 28 for the first installment and June 27 for the second installment.

“As a responsible city administration sensitive to the financial constraints of our taxpayers we made every effort to meet our target and hold the tax increase to less than 1 percent – with no increase in water tax – all in line with the increase in the cost of living,” said Councillor Dida Berku, the council member responsible for finances.

Budget and tax highlights include the following:

  • Average increase in taxes for single-family home valued at $572,300: 0.9 percent
  • No increase in water tax and non-residential tax
  • Increase in revenues (due to growth in property roll): 1.46 percent
  • Revenues from property taxes: 86 percent
  • Revenues from local improvement taxes: 0.22 percent
  • Revenues from compensation in lieu of taxes: 2.48 percent
  • Other revenues (eg, program fees, memberships, etc.): 11.3 percent

The three-year capital expenditures plan was adopted at a public meeting on December 16, 2013. Approximately $8 million in capital expenses is anticipated in 2014.

 

>> View the 2014 budget presentation

Mayor announces portfolios for council

At a City Council meeting on January 20, 2014 Côte Saint-Luc Mayor Anthony Housefather unveiled the portfolios he and his members of city council will oversee.

Mayor Housfather will retain responsibility for the Agglomeration Council, Legal Affairs, Purchasing, Human Resources, Inter-governmental Affairs and take on Inter-cultural and Intercommunity Relations.

Councillor Steven Erdelyi will assume responsibility for Finance and will continue to work on the Environment. 

Councillor Dida Berku will assume responsibility for Public Works and Railway Relations, co-chair Environmental issues with Councillor Erdelyi  and retain responsibility for the Cavendish Boulevard extension.  

Councillor Mike Cohen will assume responsibility for Library and Culture while retaining Sponsorship and expanding his role from the Côte Saint-Luc Cats Committee to Animal Protection.

Councillor Glenn J. Nashen will assume responsibility for Communications and Information Technology. He will retain Emergency Preparedness and vCOP.

Councillor Sam Goldbloom will  assume responsibility for Public Security, Dispatch and EMS .

Councillor Allan J. Levine will retainresponsibility for  Seniors, the  Legion and Tennis while adding  Urban Agriculture and Hockey.

Councillor Mitchell Brownstein  will continue to oversee Parks and Recreation. 

Councillor Ruth Kovac will continue to oversee Urban Development (Engineering and Urban Planning). 

“I think that all members of council are excited about the challenges they are taking on or retaining,”  Mayor Housefather said. “I believe that all members of council agree that the portfolio system I introduced in 2005, when first elected as Mayor, should continue as it has given councillors heightened responsibility and ensured a specific member of council was accountable for each activity within the city in addition to the council as a whole being accountable.”