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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



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.” 

Tickets on sale for Côte Saint-Luc Dramatic Society production of Norm Foster’s Bedtime Stories

The Mayor of Côte Saint Luc and two city councillors will perform with others on stage in the Côte Saint-Luc Dramatic Society production of the dark comedy Bedtime Stories by Canadian playwright Norm Foster.

The show runs for five performances from January 30 to February 2, 2014 at the Harold Greenspon Auditorium, 5801 Cavendish Blvd.

Norm Foster’s Bedtime Stories brings together six funny and touching tales. Each story intertwines into the next, all with the central focus being a bed. It weaves itself seamlessly as a shock radio jock pays a couple $5,000 to make love on the air; an aging rock star is confronted by a groupie; a woman visits a dying man she feels she hurt years ago. 

Taking the stage with his fourth Côte Saint-Luc Dramatic Society show will be Mayor Anthony Housefather. Councillor Mitchell Brownstein will be performing in his fifth production and Councillor Sam Goldbloom in his third. Other actors include Judy Kenigsburg, Steve Stein, Jordana Kujavsky, Mikey Samra, Ariel Sterlin, Lia Ollo, Matais Ritt, Suzanne De Jonge, Seymour David, Priam David and Brenda Epstein. 

The show is directed by Anisa Cameron. The stage manager is Brandon Schwartz. The technical director Scott Drysdale.

Tickets are on sale online at or at the Côte Saint-Luc library (5851 Cavendish Blvd.), at the Côte Saint-Luc Aquatic and Community Centre (5794 Parkhaven Ave.), or by telephone at 514-485-6806 ext. 2200.

An early-bird ticket price is on until December 31 of $18 (for students and seniors) and $20 (general admission). Starting January 1, 2014, the ticket price is $20 / $23.

The Côte Saint-Luc Dramatic Society is a community theatre initiative 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

City of Côte Saint-Luc to hold rally for religious freedom on December 2 at 6 pm

The City of Côte Saint-Luc will hold a rally for religious freedom on Monday, December 2, 2013 at 6 pm outside city hall, 5801 Cavendish Blvd. 

The rally event will be preceded by a Christmas tree lighting event with Father Peter Laviolette of Saint Richard’s Church of Côte Saint-Luc. Following the rally event will be a Chanukah menorah lighting event with Rabbi Mendel Raskin of Chabad of Côte Saint-Luc.

“We call on all our residents and our neighbours to attend this rally to send the message that residents of Montreal island municipalities reject the Parti Québécois’ proposed Bill 60 that would restrict our rights as Canadians and Quebecers,” Côte Saint-Luc Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “We hope that people from all faiths, backgrounds and communities will join us to send a message to the PQ government that we respect individual rights and freedoms and reject Bill 60 and the division it has caused.”

Speakers at the rally will be Mayor Housefather, D’Arcy McGee MNA Lawrence Bergman and Rabbi Chaim Steinmetz of Congregation Tifereth Beth David Jerusalem.

More information about the rally, including a video message from Mayor Housefather about Bill 60 is available at

Fourth annual Build a Better You fundraiser on November 24

Côte Saint-Luc, October 8, 2013 – A Zumbathon fundraiser benefitting the Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation will be held at the Côte Saint-Luc Gymnasium (7500 Mackle Rd.) on Sunday, November 24 at 11 am. 

Organized by Dorit Hood, certified personal and group trainer, the 4th Annual Build a Better You fundraiser uses Zumba dance to promote fun and fitness for all ages. 

“Dance is a great form of exercise,” said Dorit Hood, who helped raise $2,500 last year. “We’ll burn calories and release stress as we focus on the fantastic music around us.”

The Zumbathon will feature Zumba instructors Gilda Genis Triana, Elena Bertoldi, and Marcela Lia Wierny. For those who want to take part in the event, but don’t want to dance, other activities are offered in the gymnasium such as tag, jump rope, and more. 

A donation of $25 is required to register. People can make a donation in advance at or donate at the door.

Ballroom dancing championship coming to Côte Saint-Luc

For the third consecutive year, the Canadian Amateur Open Dancesport Championships will be at the Côte Saint-Luc Gymnasium (7500 Mackle Rd.) on Saturday, September 28, 2013 from 1 pm to 11 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 $45 for people age 16 and older or $30 for people 15 and younger and can be purchased at or at the door. 

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.

Tickets can be purchased at the door. For more information, please visit or call 514-418-TANGo (8264).



Peer-to-Peer Reading Program at the Côte Saint-Luc Library

The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library Children’s Department is offering a program called Peer-to-Peer Reading Buddies. 

This school year, teen volunteers will be available to read with elementary school children, helping to improve their confidence and comfort with the written word. 

Reading pairs meet regularly one-on-one. Teens listen to their younger buddy read, offering guidance and support as needed along the way. Reading buddies programs have the capacity not only to boost the confidence of both child and teen, but also to improve the reading of those who are falling behind. A U.S. Department of Education study showed improved classroom performance, behaviour, and an increased appreciation of reading in struggling or reluctant readers. 

Our volunteers are passionate about helping their younger peers become confident readers. This bilingual program blends mentoring and literacy so that both teens and young readers benefit from the experience; confidence and motivation come naturally from this positive peer relationship.

Matches are made based on the availability of our teen volunteers. To sign up for the program or to become a teen reading buddy, please contact the Children’s Department at -514-485-6900, ext. 4111 or visit

Award-winning author Nancy Richer will speak as part of Côte Saint-Luc Reads

Author Nancy Richler will be at the library on Thursday, October 17 at 7 pm to discuss her latest novel The Imposter Bride, this year’s selection for Côte Saint-Luc Reads: One City, One Book. 

First launched in 2008, this community-wide reading initiative was created to promote a love for books in the city. 

The Imposter Bride focuses on an enigmatic woman who arrives in post-war Montreal to marry a man she has never met. It is immediately clear that she is not who she claims to be but her attempt to live out her life as Lily Azerov shatters and she disappears, leaving a new husband and baby daughter, and a host of unanswered questions. It is left to the daughter she abandoned to find the answers to these questions as she searches for the mother she may never really know. Set in Montreal and periodically in Côte Saint-Luc, Richler’s novel will entice readers with her beautiful prose and a haunting plot that goes back and forth in time. 

Nancy Richler’s first novel, Throwaway Angels, was published in 1996 and was shortlisted for the 1997 Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Crime Novel. Her second novel, Your Mouth Is Lovely, won the 2003 Canadian Jewish Book Award for fiction and Italy’s 2004 Adei-Wizo Prize. It has been translated into seven languages. The Imposter Bride has been shortlisted for the Giller Prize in 2012. Born in Montreal, Nancy Richler now lives in Vancouver.  

Refreshments will be served prior to the event starting at 6:30 pm. Select musicians from the Musicians of the World Symphony Orchestra will play light classical music at the reception. This event is free of charge.

A lecture, Diamonds: From the Elusive Rough to the Sparkling Gem given by the founder of the Montreal School of Gemmology, Odile Civitello will take place on Thursday, October 10 at 7 pm. The topic of diamonds is prevalent throughout Richler’s The Imposter Bride. Tickets for this event are $3 in advance and $5 the day of the event.  

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

Côte Saint-Luc crime prevention volunteer patrollers add layer of security for residents

The city is looking for new Volunteer Citizens on Patrol recruits and will be holding an information session on Tuesday, October 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 There is a one-time membership fee of $75 to defray the costs of uniforms and accessories.

Volunteer Citizens on Patrol (vCOP) members have contributed the equivalent of more than four years of 24/7 patrols, providing Côte Saint-Luc residents with another layer of security.

Since its inception in July 2006, vCOP volunteers have worked alongside public security, police, fire and EMS services to add to Cote Saint-Luc's substantial safety initiatives and have logged in more than 36,000 hours. 

More than 80 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, work with the fire department going door to door in providing smoke detector safety checks and assist with residents at major fires and other large incidents.

“Our vCOP patrollers have made an enormous contribution to the safety of our city,” said Councillor Glenn J. Nashen, the council member responsible for public safety. “We can always rely on vCOP to provide assistance, be it for planned events or in an emergency situation. They are an invaluable resource to Côte Saint-Luc,” said Nashen, who created the group seven years ago.

Volunteers are required to make a minimum commitment of six hours per month. 

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.

Since its inception in July 2006, vCOP volunteers have spent patrolled more than 200,000km of city roads, which is the equivalent of circulating the length of the equator five times. 

For more information or to join the vCOP program, please call 514-485-6800, send an e-mail to, or visit

Côte Saint-Luc app allows people to report and track neighbourhood issues

Côte Saint-Luc, September 16, 2013 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc is the first municipality in Quebec to launch SeeClickFix, a website and mobile app that allows anyone to flag a problem in their city on a map.

“We are giving residents a way to report issues and then to be notified as soon as we have fixed the problem,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “Everything is public and anyone can monitor what issues have been posted and how many we have closed. This application allows us to monitor to ensure we fix problems fast and to the satisfaction of our residents.”

Boston was one of the first cities in the world to build this kind of app in late 2009. Other cities have forgone a large capital investment and instead pay a yearly fee to use the software, such as Toronto, Chicago, Houston, Washington D.C., and now Côte Saint-Luc. When users report an issue, they can choose to get updates by e-mail when the city has reviewed it, and fixed it. Anyone can monitor the issue, view the updates, make a comment, and vote to show they agree the issue posted should be fixed. This helps the city see what issues residents are most interested in.

Côte Saint-Luc did a soft launch of SeeClickFix in late July with staff and city councillors posting neighbourhood issues. Over the next few weeks, residents will learn about the service through social media, the city’s e-mail newsletter and outdoor billboards.

“From an operations point-of-view, SeeClickFix helps because it gives our Public Works foreman a more-or-less exact location of the issue, and a photo--if the person included one,” said Councillor Steven Erdelyi, who is responsible for Public Works issues. “For instance, if someone posted a photo of graffiti in a park, the foreman could dispatch the cleaning crew to take care of it right away instead of driving to the location to confirm it following a complaint by telephone.”

Users can report issues at or using the free app available for Android, iPhone, Windows Phone and BlackBerry smart-phones. Users can search “SeeClickFix” to download the app from the app stores, or else visit for the links.



Media contact: Darryl Levine, Director of Public Affairs and Communications, 514-485-8905,


Mayors from the Association of Suburban Municipalities Unanimously Oppose Charter of Quebec Values

September 11, 2013 -- The mayors of the 15 demerged municipalities on the island of Montreal unanimously oppose the Charter of Quebec Values proposed by the Marois government.

This plan reveals a conscious denial of the multicultural reality of Montreal and will only lead to division and exclusion. The plan threatens the rights and freedoms guaranteed in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the Quebec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms.

The Association of Suburban Municipalities (ASM) suggests that the Marois government focus instead on pressing problems such as Quebec’s spiralling debt, crumbling infrastructure, and stagnating economy. 

The ASM represents 15 municipalities on the Island of Montreal, with an approximate population of 242 600 citizens. These municipalities are Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Côte-Saint-Luc, Pointe-Claire, Kirkland, Westmount, Beaconsfield, Town of Mount Royal, Dorval, Hampstead, Montreal West, Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Baie-D’Urfé, Montreal East, Senneville and Dorval Island.


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Contact: Bruce St-Louis 514-989-5273

Annual vernissage at the Creative Social Center on Clanranald Ave.

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Côte Saint-Luc, September 10, 2013 – The Creative Social Center will host its annual vernissage and sale on Sunday, October 6 from noon to 4:30 pm and  Monday, October 7, from noon to 3 pm at 5237 Clanranald Ave.

Works from 30 artists will be on display including traditional, contemporary and abstract styles. Works range in price from $50 to $300 and some paintings are already framed. Sculptures, jewelry and blank cards will also be on sale. 

Located on the second floor of the Congregation Chevra Kadisha B’nai Jacob – Beith Hazikaron, the Creative Social Center is affiliated with Côte Saint-Luc. Many of the group’s 175 members reside in Côte Saint-Luc. The Creative Social Center was founded by Helen Knight on November 28, 1982.

In addition to painting classes, the Creative Social Centre also organizes aerobics, jewelry making, computer classes, drawing, folk dancing, and sculpture workshops. The courses are open to members and non-members. Membership costs $30 per year. 

For more information, call 514-488-0907 between 10 am and 3 pm, e-mail or visit


Media contact: Darryl Levine, Director of Public Affairs and Communications, 514-485-8905,





Côte Saint-Luc swimmers shine at Maccabiah Games: Mayor Housefather wins seven medals

Anthony Housefather with medals at Maccabiah Games 2013Côte Saint-Luc, August 6, 2013 – Five swimmers from the Côte Saint-Luc Aquatic Club competed at the Maccabiah Games held Israel in late July and early August. 

Mayor Anthony Housefather won seven medals for Canada in the masters division and David Hartal and Mikoh Benrimoh also each won two medals in the junior division. Alexandra Obrand and Robbie Laxer were also on the Canadian team and just missed the podium. Côte Saint-Luc Aquatic Director Martin Levine coached the Canadian swim team.

“I was very pleased with my times and was honoured to represent my country,” said Mayor Housefather, who missed a gold medal by four tenths of a second in the 400 metre freestyle.

Mayor Housefather won silver medals in the open water swim, the 100 metre butterfly, the 400 metre freestyle, the 50 metre backstroke and the medley relay. He won a bronze in the 200 metre freestyle, and the freestyle relay. Hartal and Benrimoh both won two bronze medals in the freestyle and medley relays and Hartal just missed a bronze medal in the 100 freestyle.

“I was a competitive swimmer in my teens,” said Mayor Housefather. “At a certain point I burned out and switched to water polo and then other sports but I decided to get back into competitive swimming when we launched our Côte Saint-Luc Sharks outdoor swimming team in 2009 and built the Côte Saint-Luc Aquatic and Community Centre in 2011. My goal has always been to build an aquatic culture in Cote Saint-Luc similar to what existed on the West Island when I was growing up and the rapid growth of our youth swim team and masters teams leads me to believe we will have a majority of the Maccabiah swim team coming from our club four years from now.”

The Maccabiah Games is an international Jewish athletic event, held in Israel every four years. The first Maccabiah Games were in 1932. The 2013 competition had 9,000 athletes from more than 70 countries competing in more than 30 athletic events. Canada sent a delegation of approximately 600 competitors and officials.

“Anthony is an inspiration to those adults who lead busy lives,” said Councillor Mitchell Brownstein, the council member responsible for parks and recreation issues. “In addition to his job as General Counsel of a multinational computer company, being mayor of the city, and defending the rights of bilingual municipalities, Anthony finds time for high-level athletic competition. It takes a lot of discipline and commitment to train every day the way he does.”



Media contact: Darryl Levine, Director of Public Affairs and Communications, 514-485-8905,