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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 cscmtl@gmail.com or visit www.cscmtl.com.

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Media contact: Darryl Levine, Director of Public Affairs and Communications, 514-485-8905, dlevine@cotesaintluc.org.

 

                

 

 

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.”

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Media contact: Darryl Levine, Director of Public Affairs and Communications, 514-485-8905, dlevine@cotesaintluc.org.

Côte Saint-Luc inspects 137 fences around properties with private pools

Côte Saint-Luc, July 19, 2013 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc completed its annual inspection of the fences surrounding 137 properties with private pools earlier this month. 

“I have been swimming my whole life and love pools,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “But like anything else, pools can be dangerous for infants and children, which is why we have local and provincial rules about fences near backyard pools. We want to do everything in our power to reduce the risks for our residents.”

Côte Saint-Luc Public Security visited properties with pools over the last month to ensure that the fence surrounding the property is between six to eight feet high, and that there is a gate with a self-closing and self-locking device out of the reach of children and capable of keeping the door closed. Owners of any property found to be non-conforming are given 48 hours to take corrective measures. By-law 2217 states that residential properties with pools must have a fence.

“Côte Saint-Luc has a long record to preventative safety,” said Councillor Glenn J. Nashen, the council member responsible for public safety. “By checking the exterior fences near pools, we are helping spot potentially dangerous situations and also raising the level of awareness about safety issues. Be sure that you have all the required safety and rescue devices and consider installing a pool alarms to protect against sudden intrusion by humans or animals. But most important, the best protection is never to leave an infant, toddler or child unattended and never to leave the back door from the house to a pool unsecured.”

For more information about the rules governing private pools, visit www.cotesaintluc.org/BylawGuide.

 

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Darryl Levine, Director of Public Affairs and Communications, 514-485-8905, dlevine@cotesaintluc.org

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Mayor receives Diamond Jubilee Medal

Côte Saint-Luc, June 11, 2013 – Mayor Anthony Housefather of the City of Côte Saint-Luc was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his service to the community. 

“Although there are thousands who have received this award across Canada in the past year, our mayor merits this award more than most,” said Councillor Dida Berku, who presented the award on June 5 during a reception for Côte Saint-Luc volunteers at the Aquatic and Community Centre. “He is a multi-talented individual who has proven himself from young age.”

Councillor Berku highlighted his career including being the youngest councillor elected on the island in 1994, helping lead the demerger campaign in 2005, and serving two terms as mayor of Côte Saint-Luc.

“In particular I must mention the leadership he showed in the construction of this great Aquatic and Community Centre, which was built on time and within budget and which now offers a first-class facility for our residents,” said Councillor Berku, who also received a Diamond Jubilee Medal last year in recognition of her community service and her initiatives in helping preserve the natural environment. “For as well as being a very accomplished athlete and champion swimmer, Anthony is recognized as a top lawyer in his field.”

The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal was created to mark the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the Throne. The medal is intended to honour individuals who have given selflessly in service of their communities. During the year of celebrations, 60,000 deserving Canadians will be recognized. Mayor Housefather was nominated for the award by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.

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Media contact: Darryl Levine, Director of Public Affairs and Communications, 514-485-8905, dlevine@cotesaintluc.org

Green Patrollers visiting homes this summer

Green PatrolCôte Saint-Luc, June 11, 2013 – Homes, businesses, and institutions may receive a visit over the next eight weeks from a member of the Green Patrol, an island-wide program to provide information about ecological issues.

The Green Patrol agent will not ask to enter the home. She or he will be wearing a green t-shirt and have proper identification.

“Côte Saint-Luc once again will benefit from the services of the Green Patrol, an educational service offered by the Eco Quartier and the Agglomeration of Montreal,” said Mayor Anthony Housefather. “The goal is to give people information so they can choose to incorporate more ecological behaviours in their daily lives.”

The Green Patrollers will also set up kiosks at municipal buildings, schools, apartment buildings, and townhouse developments. They will also be at special events, such as Canada Day.

For more information regarding the patrollers, contact Juliana Costa, Environmental Technician for the City of Côte Saint-Luc at 514-485-6868, ext. 3106 or jcosta@cotesaintluc.org.

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Media contact: Darryl Levine, Director of Public Affairs and Communications, 514-485-8905, dlevine@cotesaintluc.org.

 

Bloomsday Irish cabaret celebration in Côte Saint-Luc

Côte Saint-Luc, May 27, 2013 – James Joyce will be commemorated and celebrated at a Bloomsday event at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library in June.

Bloomsday is an international commemoration and celebration of the life of Joyce during which the events of his novel Ulysses are relived. Ulysses follows the wanderings and musings of the main character Leopold Bloom on June 16, 1904.

The Bloomsday Irish Cabaret in Côte Saint-Luc takes place on Thursday, June 13, 2013, at 7 pm and will include Irish literature, storytelling and song. 

Initially, Bloomsday began as a small literary celebration that was held in Dublin in 1954. It has since grown to a major festival each year on and around the date of June 16. James Joyce enthusiasts in more than 60 other cities around the world, including Montreal, New York, London, Paris, Buenos Aires, Sydney, Tokyo, and others have celebrated Bloomsday.

“This library event is a unique opportunity to share in the celebration of this famous literary day and learn more about the rich and diverse Irish culture,” said Library Director Janine West. 

 

Parlour songs from the turn of the twentieth century will be performed by local musicians and lyrical passages from Ulysses and Dubliners will be read aloud by local actors. The event is presented in collaboration with the McGill Centre for Lifelong Learning.  

Tickets cost $3 in advance or $5 the day of the event and can be purchased at the library circulation desk at 5851 Cavendish Blvd.

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

 

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Media contact: Danielle Bélanger, 514-485-6900 ext. 4205 or dbelanger@cotesaintluc.org.

Jackie Robinson event in Côte Saint-Luc on May 10

 

Jackie Robinson poses before his first Minor League game, in Jersey City, N.J., on April 18, 1946Côte Saint-Luc, April 30, 2013 – A discussion about how Jackie Robinson broke the major league baseball colour barrier and how his achievements advanced tolerance and understanding takes place on Friday, May 10, 2013 at 10 am at Côte Saint-Luc City Hall, 5801 Cavendish Blvd.

Guest speakers include former Montreal Expos star and head of the Montreal Baseball Project Warren Cromartie; Jack Jedwab, executive  director of the Association of Canadian Studies; and Kermit Kitman, who was part of the Brooklyn Dodgers organization with Robinson 67 years ago and spent four weeks getting to know him during the 1946 spring training. 

The event is hosted by the City of Côte Saint-Luc and the English Montreal School Board. Students from local schools will attend the event. The public is also welcome to attend this free event.

Although there had been African American baseball players as early as the 1880s in the professional leagues, the teams that made up professional baseball eventually agreed unofficially to stop using black players. In November 1945, Brooklyn Dodgers General Manager Branch Rickey broke with convention and signed Robinson to a contract. Robinson played for Dodgers triple-A team, the Montreal Royals in 1946. He debuted with the Dodgers in 1947 and was selected as the Rookie of the Year. Robinson was the National League’s Most Valuable player in 1949, and helped the Dodgers win the World Series in 1955. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962.

“Having been involved in the sports world all of my life I cannot remember a time when black athletes did not make up a high percentage of major leaguers,” said Councillor Mike Cohen, who will co-chair the event with Councillor Allan J. Levine. “But you only need to go back 60 years to know a time when there were no black players in Major League Baseball. Jackie Robinson changed history in a tangible way.”

Councillor Levine said that this event is part of ensuring that local schools find a way to bring Robinson’s inspiring life story part of the classroom curriculum. The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library will present a formal display of books about Jackie Robinson.

On July 1, 2013, Côte Saint-Luc will unveil a plaque honouring Robinson on the city’s Human Rights Walkway at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park.

 

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Media contact: Darryl Levine, Director of Public Affairs and Communications, 514-485-8905, dlevine@cotesaintluc.org

 

 

Côte Saint-Luc launches first-in-Quebec urban agriculture initiative

Urban Agriculture in CSLCôte Saint-Luc, April 18, 2013 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc unveiled today its food charter and action plan to transform the mostly residential suburb into an urban agriculture leader in Quebec. 

Urban agriculture is the practice of growing food in or around a city. The Côte Saint-Luc Grown urban agriculture action plan announced at a press conference at City Hall includes the creation of a demonstration garden behind the City Hall/Library complex to teach gardening skills to adults and children, edible landscaping on city property, new community gardens, a farmers’ market, and the distribution of food boxes.

“The goal is to entice and empower our residents to take an active role in the growing of their own food to make them more knowledgeable and savvy food consumers, and hopefully, healthier overall,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “In a short time, we have put together programming that will help contribute to personal and community wellness, now and for the future.”

In addition to the action plan, Côte Saint-Luc also unveiled its food charter, which is a statement of values and principles to guide the food policy. The goals of the food charter are wellness, the creation of great places, community building, food security, the joy of growing food, sustainability and more.

The action plan and food charter are available at CSLGrown.org.

“Over the coming weeks and months, residents of all ages will have the opportunity to participate in urban agriculture, in whatever ways suits their lifestyle,” Mayor Housefather said. “They can sign up for a space in one of our new community gardens or plant their own backyard or balcony garden. They can participate in gardening classes at the library or learn at the demonstration garden. People can shop at the Côte Saint-Luc farmers’ market, or sign up to get a food basket, and more.”

Cities like Toronto, Vancouver and Chicago have already embraced urban agriculture.

“There has been a rising concern about where our food comes from over the last few years, which has led people to get more engaged with what they eat,” said City Manager Tanya Abramovitch. “Urban agriculture is not a passing fad, but rather something that more and more urbanites are demanding. It is the future. Côte Saint-Luc City Council recognized this reality and mandated me to make Côte Saint-Luc a leader in urban agriculture.”

In February, Côte Saint-Luc launched a survey to gauge interest for a farmers’ market. More than 700 people responded to the survey and the city’s Facebook post on the subject received the most likes, shares, and positive comments of any item the city has ever posted.

 

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For more information: Darryl Levine, Director of Public Affairs and Communications, 514-485-8905, dlevine@cotesaintluc.org.

 

Côte Saint-Luc to announce an urban agriculture initiative

Côte Saint-Luc, April 17, 2013 - The media is invited to a press conference where the City of Côte Saint-Luc will announce a comprehensive urban agriculture initiative. 

This initiative is intended to entice and empower residents to take an active role in the growing of their own food and will make them more knowledgeable and savvy food consumers, and hopefully, healthier overall. Côte Saint-Luc will also unveil its Food Charter, a first on the Island of Montreal. 

Following the press conference, city representatives will be available for interviews. 

Date: Thursday, April 18, 2013

Time: 10:30 am

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

                

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For more information: Darryl Levine, Director of Public Affairs, Communications and IT, 514-485-8905 or dlevine@cotesaintluc.org

EMS rapid response and training help save two lives in January

EMSCôte Saint-Luc, February 13, 2013 — Quick action from Côte Saint-Luc Emergency Medical Services (EMS) first responders in January helped two people survive cardiac arrest—two incidents that highlight the skills and professionalism of the volunteer service.

On January 17, 2013, the Côte Saint-Luc EMS crew responded to a call for someone reported to be having convulsions. They  found a 30-something female in cardiac arrest. Cardiac arrest occurs when the heart develops an arrhythmia that causes it to stop beating. They delivered one electrical shock with their defibrillator and administered CPR before the Urgences-santé arrived on scene. The Urgences-santé crew delivered more shocks while en route to hospital. The patient was conscious in hospital and it is believed the patient will will suffer no long term effects from the incident. She was released from the hospital and is recovering at home.

On January 23, a 70-something male collapsed outside a food shop on Westminster. The primary Côte Saint-Luc EMS crew was busy on a pediatric trauma call, so another first responder was dispatched. When he arrived, the patient had no pulse. He delivered one electrical shock with a defibrillator and Urgences-santé arrived shortly thereafter. The patient regained a pulse and was breathing on his own. He was transported to hospital and has since been released to convalesce at home.

Councillor Glenn J. Nashen, who is responsible for the public safety portfolio, thanked the first responders for providing exceptional services to the residents Côte Saint-Luc and visitors.

"Their quick action and sharp skills mean the difference between life and death," Councillor Nashen said.

Côte Saint-Luc EMS is a volunteer service that provides emergency response services to residents of Côte Saint-Luc, and has since 1990. More than 95 volunteers offer superior quality pre-hospital emergency medical care to the residents of and visitors to Côte Saint-Luc. Côte Saint-Luc EMS responds to more than 3,000 emergency calls each year,  arriving on scene in the critical first minutes of an emergency and often making the difference between life and death.

 

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Media contact: Darryl Levine, Director of Public Affairs and Communications, dlevine@cotesaintluc.org, 514-485-8905.

 

Momentum building as more than 50 municipalities across Quebec adopt pro-bilingual status resolutions

Côte Saint-Luc, February 13, 2013 — The city councils of more than 50 municipalities and boroughs with bilingual status have adopted resolutions stating their desire to keep their bilingual status irrespective of whether their mother tongue English-speaking population falls below 50 percent.

Each resolution declares the city or borough’s opposition to the provisions set out in the Parti Québécois’ proposed Bill 14 which would allow for the status to be removed against the will of the local elected council.

“The speed at which municipalities have adopted and continue to adopt these pro-bilingual status resolution illustrates how important this issue is to the cities, towns, and boroughs concerned,” said Mayor Anthony Housefather, who has played a leading role in this movement together with his fellow mayors at the Association of Suburban Municipalities, or ASM. “We’re optimistic that these resolutions along with calls to Members of the National Assembly from mayors, councillors, and the general public, is having an impact.  We intend to present them at the public hearings.”

Bill 14, or An Act to amend the Charter of the French language, the Charter of human rights and freedoms and other legislative provisions, was tabled by the Parti Québécois minority government in December. The National Assembly Committee on Culture and Education will be holding hearings starting in March. Mayor Housefather and Town of Mount Royal Mayor Philippe Roy will speak on behalf of the ASM, but will also be representing the position of other municipalities and boroughs with bilingual status, including parts of the south shore of Montreal, the north shore of Laval, the Eastern Townships, the Gaspé, the Magdalen Islands, the Laurentians and the Outaouais.

“We encourage the public to e-mail or tweet their Member of the National Assembly and, in particular, the leaders of the Liberal Party of Quebec and Coalition Avenir Québec,” Mayor Housefather said. “These e-mail and Twitter addresses are listed at BilingualStatus.com and StatutBilingue.com.”

There are 83 municipalities and three boroughs with bilingual status in Quebec, which is just 6 percent of all municipalities in Quebec.

 

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Media contact: Darryl Levine, Director of Public Affairs and Communications, dlevine@cotesaintluc.org, 514-485-8905.

Côte Saint-Luc urges Montreal to proceed as quickly as possible with the construction of the new compost centre for the west end of the island

Côte Saint-Luc, February 7, 2013 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc is very pleased with the report issued today by the City of Montreal’s public consultation office recommending the construction of a new compost-treatment centre in St. Laurent. 

A new compost-treatment centre will allow Côte Saint-Luc and other west end and West Island cities and boroughs to send their mixed food and garden organic waste to be treated and converted to quality earth compost that could then be reused on the island. Côte Saint-Luc urges Montreal to proceed as quickly as possible with this project.

“Since Côte Saint-Luc is the first city on the island of Montreal to have introduced door to door collection of organic waste, we are very anxious to increase our output and to ensure that our organic waste is treated responsibly on the island,“ said Councillor Dida Berku, who is responsible for the environmental portfolio.

The model in Côte Saint-Luc has proven that residents are open to accepting organic waste collection, that it was relatively easy to implement and that we are very close to the provincial target among participating homes. Currently, we are piloting organic waste collection in a few multifamily buildings and would like to expand the program to more condos, townhouses and apartment buildings but cannot until new treatment sites are available. The city cannot achieve the provincial target of 60 percent organic waste diversion city-wide without having organic waste collection in multifamily dwellings.

“The new compost-treatment centre will reduce travel costs for the waste trucks, and will allow more cities and boroughs to divert, collect and send their organic waste to a centre where it will be properly treated,“ said Councillor Steven Erdelyi who is responsible for the public works portfolio.

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Media contact: Darryl Levine, Director of Public Affairs and Communications, 514-485-8905, dlevine@cotesaintluc.org.

 

City of Côte Saint-Luc to present Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medals to Dr. Marc Afilalo and Roy Salomon

Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee MedalCôte Saint-Luc, February 7, 2013 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc has nominated and will present Dr. Marc Afilalo and Roy Salomon with Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medals at the start of the council meeting on February 11, 2013 at 8 pm.

Dr. Marc Afilalo has been nominated for this award for his contribution in the field of emergency medicine. Chief of the Emergency Department at the Jewish General Hospital for the past 27 years, Dr. Afilalo has become a reference in the field of overcrowding, use and misuse of the Emergency Department, acute asthma management, pain control, treatment of unstable angina and myocardial infarct. He is also largely credited for the recognition and development of emergency medicine as a specialty in Quebec.

Roy Salomon has been nominated for his long time involvement with Maccabi Canada, from player to eight-term president of the organization. Mr. Salomon has received numerous awards for his volunteer contribution to the sports community. He is this year’s Honourary Co-President of the Maccabiah Games in Israel. He has also been Vice-President and Honourary President of the YM-YWHA, received the Norah and Joe Rubin Leadership Award for 50 years of involvement with the organization, and is a 2001 recipient of the prestigious Yakir Maccabi Award. In 1995, he was inducted to the Montreal Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.

“We are proud that these two deserving individuals are Côte Saint-Luc residents,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “They are both uncontestedly leaders in their respective fields who have realized significant contributions and achievements.”

Côte Saint-Luc will also be acknowledging Councillor Dida Berku who has received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of her community service and her initiatives in helping preserve the natural environment. Councillor Berku was nominated for this medal by Senator Judith Seidman.

“I’ve known Dida since 1994 and she is a worthy recipient of this medal,” said Mayor Anthony Housefather. “It is rare to find someone who combines the precision of an attorney, the political smarts of an elected representative, and the passion of an environmentalist.  She is someone whose advice and counsel I rely upon.”

The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal was created to mark the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the Throne. The medal is intended to honour individuals who have given selflessly in service of their communities. During the year of celebrations, 60,000 deserving Canadians will be recognized. Côte Saint-Luc was invited to nominate two recipients.

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Media contact: Darryl Levine, Director of Public Affairs and Communications, 514-485-8905, dlevine@cotesaintluc.org.

 

Côte Saint-Luc to honour Jackie Robinson on Human Rights Walkway

Jackie RobinsonCôte Saint-Luc, January 31, 2013 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc will induct Jackie Robinson to the city’s Human Rights Walkway on July 1, 2013 during the Canada Day celebrations at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park.

“Although the understanding of racial equality has advanced a great deal since Jackie Robinson broke the major league colour barrier, his achievements in advancing tolerance and understanding through the world of sport deserves to be honoured,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said.

Although there had been African American baseball players as late as the 1880s in the professional leagues, the teams that made up professional baseball eventually agreed unofficially to stop using black players. In November 1945, the Brooklyn Dodgers General Manager Branch Rickey broke with convention and signed Robinson to a contract. Robinson played for Dodger’s triple-A team, the Montreal Royals in 1946. He debuted with the Dodgers in 1947 and was selected as the Rookie of the Year. Robinson was the National League’s Most Valuable player in 1949, and helped the Dodgers win the World Series in 1955. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962.

“Having been involved in the sports world all of my life I cannot remember a time when black athletes did not make up a high percentage of major leaguers,” said Councillor Mike Cohen, who will co-chair the event with Councillor Allan J. Levine. “But you only need to go back 60 years to know a time when there were no black players in Major League Baseball. Jackie Robinson changed history in a tangible way.”

Councillor Levine said he hopes that local schools will find a way to bring Robinson’s inspiring life story part of the classroom curriculum, beginning in February, which is Black History Month in Canada. The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library will present a formal display of books about Jackie Robinson during the month of February.

Hollywood will also pay homage to Robinson this year with the release in April of the motion picture “42”, starring Harrison Ford as Dodgers owner Branch Rickey and Chadwick Boseman as Robinson.

Former Montreal Expo Warren Cromartie, and president of the Montreal Baseball Project, will partner with the city to honour Robinson. He is scheduled to attend the ceremony on July 1, 2013. More details on the event will be released as the event approaches.

Inaugurated in September 2000, the Côte Saint-Luc Human Rights Walkway is dedicated to those men and women who, by their steadfast commitment to mankind, have held high the torch of human rights and let it light the world. Previous inductees include René Cassin, John P. Humphrey, Raoul Wallenberg, Jules Deschênes, Maxwell Cohen, Mary Two-Axe Early, Helen Suzman, Antonio Lamer, Miep Gies, Human Rights Activists for Oppressed Jews in ForeignLands, and Aung San Suu Kyi.

 

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Media contact: Darryl Levine, Director of Public Affairs and Communications, 514-485-8905, dlevine@cotesaintluc.org.