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A taste of Russian opulence at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library

Côte Saint-Luc, August 31, 2012– As part of the fifth annual Côte Saint-Luc Reads program, the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library is encouraging residents to read the same book and then discuss it with friends, family and neighbours.

The selected novel is The Winter Palace by Eva Stachniak. Copies are available at the library and major bookstores. The novel sweeps readers into the passionate, intimate and treacherous world of Catherine the Great. A novel of historical fiction, it captures in
glorious detail the opulence of royalty and the perilous loyalties of the Imperial Russian court.

Author Eva Stachniak will be at the library on November 1, 2012 at 7 pm to discuss her novel. This event is free of charge. Light
refreshments will be served starting at 6:30 pm.

First launched in the Fall of 2008, Côte Saint-Luc Reads was created to engage residents, foster a sense of community and promote a culture of reading in the city.

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 www.elcslpl.org.

 

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

Qualia: a new art exhibit at the Côte Saint-Luc library’s Art Gallery

Côte Saint-Luc, August 30, 2012 –The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library is presenting a series of large-scale acrylic and oil paintings by Stanzie Tooth entitled Qualia from August 16 to October 7, 2012 at its Art Gallery.
 
Stanzie Tooth is a painter and curator at the Lonsdale Gallery, a contemporary art space in Toronto. Her work has been exhibited at numerous venues in Toronto and Kingston, including most recently Summer Session at Angell Gallery and 60 Painters at Humber Arts and Media Studios, a major exhibition of contemporary Canadian painters. Her current artworks can be viewed at www.stanzietooth.com.
 
Her interest is in landscapes and figuration. She uses landscape as an entry point to create her work. Many of her compositions feature figures in a landscape that seem to be absorbed by or made of their natural surroundings. Growing up in rural Ontario has shaped many of the narratives in her work.
 
She graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCAD) in 2007 with an award of distinction for excellence in painting.
 
The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library is located at 5851 Cavendish Blvd. and is open from 10am to 10pm every day. For more information, call the library at 514-485-6900 or visit www.elcslpl.org.
 
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For more information, call 514-485-6900 ext. 4205 or dbelanger@cotesaintluc.org

Delightful evening of harp music in Côte Saint-Luc on August 23, 2012

Côte Saint-Luc, August 13, 2012– Harpist Gisèle Guibord will perform a concert of light classical music at the Harold Greenspon Auditorium (5801 Cavendish Blvd.) on Thursday, August 23 at 7 pm.

The concert is organized by the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library. It is the second edition of the library’s Candlelight Concerts series. This event is free of charge.

Guibord has performed extensively across Canada and Europe. An established organist as well, she is a regular soloist for Les Concerts Spirituels at St. Joseph’s Oratory and has performed with various choirs and orchestras. She specializes in playing the Paraguayan and Celtic harps. She began her studies at the École de musique Vincent d’Indy and continued on at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal. 

She has seven recordings and continues to perform across Quebec and Ontario.

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

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

 

 

 

 

Inauguration of Imagination Park on Sunday, August 19, 2012

Imagination Park in Côte Saint-LucCôte Saint-Luc, August 13, 2012 –  The City of Côte Saint-Luc will inaugurate Imagination Park, which is adjacent to the Aquatic and Community Centre (5794 Parkhaven Ave.) on Sunday, August 19, 2012 at 5 pm.

Côte Saint-Luc spent $350,000 to landscape Imagination Park and to install play equipment, urban furniture, picnic tables, a fire pit, LED lighting and more.

“We wanted this new park to become a destination for residents,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “We used the principles of placemaking from the very start to create a place where people will want to come to see other people. People will be drawn to the park because of the features of the park itself—such as the fire pit—but also because it is connected to the new Café Aqua, the Parkhaven Outdoor Pool and the Aquatic and Community Centre.”

Imagination Park also includes computer-enhanced playground equipment on top of a rubber surface, an open space for gatherings, and a terrace.

Imagination Park can be accessed via Trinity Ave., Glenarden Ave., Fairside Ave., or through the atrium of the Aquatic and Community Centre.

Côte Saint-Luc is only one of three cites in Quebec with the new computer-enhanced playground equipment. Manufactured by the German company Kompan, the Icon playground equipment includes lights and other interactive features that will appeal to kids and adults.

 

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

Côte Saint-Luc completes annual inspection of fences around properties with private pools

Côte Saint-Luc, July 13, 2012 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc has completed its annual inspection of the fences surrounding properties with private pools. 

“Our Public Security agents visited every home with a private pool to ensure that the safety rules in our by-law are being respected,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said.

Côte Saint-Luc PS visited 135 pools to ensure the safety of local residents. Côte Saint-Luc By-law 2217 states that properties with a pool must  have a fence of between six and eight feet around the property, 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.

“For the past several decades the city has emphasized prevention in issues of public safety,” said Councillor Glenn J. Nashen, the council member responsible for public safety. “We have been proactive in the promotion and teaching of CPR, in our emergency preparedness initiatives, in bicycle helmet legislation and our first-class volunteer public safety programs.” 

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

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

Consumer Reports Online at the Côte Saint-Luc library


Consumer ReportsCôte Saint-Luc, July 10, 2012
– Members of the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library can now access Consumer Reports Online for free.

"We are thrilled to add Consumer Reports Online to our library's growing list of online resources," Library Director Janine West said. "This service is an excellent resource for those looking for consumer advice and information. Our library strives to provide the best services possible to our patrons and this is just one more way we hope to achieve this goal."

Consumer Reports is an independent, nonprofit organization that tests, reviews and rates products. Its subscription-based online service contains the reviews from the monthly magazine. The information is updated frequently, providing reliable data, unbiased information and more than 1,000 ratings, reviews, product comparisons and video clips. Annual access costs $30, but is free for library members.

To access Consumer Reports Online, library members can visit www.elcslpl.org from home or from a library computer. To sign in, members can click the Reference & Research link on the left side, then the Databases button, and then enter their name and library card number.

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

 

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For more information, contact: Janine West, 514-485-6800 ext. 4202, or jwest@cotesaintluc.org.

Spotlight on trees at the Côte Saint-Luc library

ash treeCôte Saint-Luc, June 27, 2012 –  Environmentalist David Fletcher will talk about the importance of the tree canopy and urban forests on the island and in our city on Wednesday, July 4, 2012 at 7 pm at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library.

Fletcher will also present the challenges we face due to climate change, putting the focus on our own indigenous trees and the new invasive diseases like the emerald ash borer.

This event is part of the Doing Your Part lecture and workshop series presented by the library.

Patrick Raggo, the Director of the Public Works Department, will also be on hand to discuss the city’s plan to combat the effects of the emerald ash borer on the city’s ash trees.

For the full schedule of Doing Your Part events, visit ecoCSL.org.

 

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

 

Côte Saint-Luc District 4 meeting on Thursday, July 5, 2012

Côte Saint-Luc, June 28, 2012 – The city councillor for Côte Saint-Luc District 4 will be hosting a meeting at Le Waldorf Residence (7400 Côte Saint-Luc Road) on Thursday, July 5 at 7 pm for residents to ask questions about local and city-wide issues.

Councillor Steven Erdelyi will answer questions and brief residents on what’s new in Côte Saint-Luc and District 4 and give an insider’s point of view on Public Works along with the department director Patrick Raggo.

“This is the fifth District 4 meeting I have organized,” said Councillor Erdelyi, who is also the council member responsible for Public Works and Engineering. “Based on comments and feedback at the last meeting, the city made improvements to parks, signage, and added traffic calming measures. If you have a suggestion for how to improve your neighbourhood, this is a great way to share it and make a difference.”

District 4 encompasses the south-west corner of Côte Saint-Luc bordered by Westluke Ave. (to the west), Magnolia Rd and Westover Rd. (to the south), Small Rd. and Tyme Rd. (to the east) and Baily Rd. (to the north).

 

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

 

Vibrant large-scale oil paintings showcased in a new art exhibit in Côte Saint-Luc

Côte Saint-Luc, June 26, 2012 –The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library is presenting a series of large-scale abstract oil paintings by Mirana Zuger entitled Bloodhorse from June 28 to August 12, 2012 in the library’s art gallery.

Material considerations play an important role in Mirana Zuger’s works, for example tennis table paint chalkboard and natural glues all serve to dictate the final look of each piece.

A prolific young artist, Zuger has developed a personal style within the field of abstract art. She continues to evolve from the most minimal to the very expressive. The artist says she titled her exhibit Bloodhorse because the tension of time, anticipation and release that inspired the paintings evoke “the energy of the racehorse as it is released from the starting-gate.”

Her works have been exhibited in Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto and Zagreb, Croatia.

Her current artworks can be viewed at www.miranazuger.com

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

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For more information, call 514-485-6900 ext. 4205 or dbelanger@cotesaintluc.org

 

 

Live-streaming of Gary Carter Field dedication in Côte Saint-Luc

Gary Carter at Kirwan Park in 1981Côte Saint-Luc, June 21, 2012 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc will live-stream the Gary Carter Field dedication ceremony on Sunday, July 1, 2012 at 9 pm.

Viewers can watch live as Mayor Anthony Housefather, former Montreal Expo Warren Cromartie, and other dignitaries unveil the design for a sign marking the city’s primary baseball field. The event is part of the city’s annual Canada Day festivities.

“Gary Carter was a frequent visitor to Côte Saint-Luc during summers in the late 1970s and early 1980s at the Johnny Elias Grand Slam Baseball School,” Mayor Housefather said. “Carter had fans across North America so we wanted to share our event with them, live over the Internet."

Cromartie, who is president of the Montreal Baseball Project, which seeks to return professional baseball to Montreal, will speak at the event. Fans will also watch pre-recorded video messages from teammates Andre Dawson, Tim Raines, Bryn Smith, Ellis Valentine, Rodney Scott, Rowland Office and former Expos general manager and field manager Jim Fanning.

The live stream will available at 9 pm through a link at www.CoteSaintLuc.org/GaryCarter.

The City of Côte Saint-Luc is the third most populous municipality on the island of Montreal, with a population of more 32,321. Gary Carter Field is located at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park and is considered one of the best municipal baseball fields in Quebec. Each year, the field used by Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau Invitational to scout prospects in the region.

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

 

Dance improv tournament takes centre stage in Côte Saint-Luc

Les ImprudansesCôte Saint-Luc, June 11, 2012Les Imprudanses, a Montreal dance league specializing in improvisation, will perform at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library on Father’s Day, June 17 at 2 pm.

Les Imprudanses is made up of Montreal contemporary dancers. Two teams at a time will compete in a dance duel by creating on-the-spot choreography according to specific criterion. Each team will attempt to outperform the other with dance moves. A referee will outline the dance sequences. A DJ will supply the music, helping create an unpredictable, dynamic show energized by interaction and the public’s vote.

The June 17 performance is the second stop of a six-city tour. People ages 9 and older are welcome to attend. This event is free of charge.

The event is presented in collaboration between the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library and the Conseil des arts de Montréal en tournée.

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

The Sounds of Jazz this June in Côte Saint-Luc

Min Rager concertCôte Saint-Luc, June 5, 2012 – A lecture on Cole Porter with live music and a jazz concert featuring tributes to John Coltrane and Miles Davis will be spotlighted this month at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library.

On Wednesday, June 20 at 2 pm music librarian Farah Mohammed will discuss the life of one of America’s greatest songbook composers, Cole Porter, which will include live performances by the library’s own Eden Pelletier. This event is free of charge.

On Thursday, June 28 at 7 pm, piano virtuoso Min Rager will perform music from her 2009 modern jazz album First Steps. She will be joined by other musicians in a quintet featuring piano, alto  saxophone, trombone, double bass and drums. Alternating blues, ballads, hard bop and bossa nova, Min Rager will pay tribute to saxophonist John Coltrane, and trumpeter Miles Davis. Tickets cost $7 in advance and $10 on the day of the concert and can be purchased at the library’s main circulation desk.

“This is a great opportunity to broaden your musical horizons and hear some fabulous live music,” said Library Director Janine West.

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

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

Councillor Berku receives Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal

Councillor Dida Berku

Côte Saint-Luc, June1, 2012 - The City of Côte Saint-Luc is proud to announce that Councillor Dida Berku has received a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of her community service and her initiatives in helping preserve the natural environment.

The letter signed by the Governor General accompanying the medal reads: “In granting you this honour, I thank you for your dedicated service to your peers, to your community and to Canada.”

“I am very honoured to have received this award,’’ said councillor Berku who was first elected in 1990 in an effort to protect the green space at the Meadowbrook Golf Course. “I would like to thank Senator Judith Seidman for having recommended me for my environmental efforts.”

Councillor Berku has been a Côte Saint-Luc councillor for over 17 years, including representing the Borough of Cote Saint‐Luc/Hampstead/Montreal West as Leader of the Majority of the City Council of Montreal, during the merger years (2001‐2004). “Throughout the years there have been so many causes and issues that have drawn my attention,” Councillor Berku said. “I have devoted myself to them with passion and purpose and I am proud that my efforts have been recognized.”

“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.”

Councillor Dida Berku with David Fletcher during a Jane's Walk tour of Meadowbrook, on May 10, 2012Councillor Berku first got involved in municipal politics as a young law student at McGill University in 1974. She and her fellow activists successfully prevented the demolition of historic mansions and other heritage buildings in the Goden Square Mile, which kick-started the preservation movement in Montreal. Throughout her legal practice and municipal career, she has defended the principles of heritage preservation, tenants’ rights and the protection of green space.

The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal was created to mark the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accesion 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.


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For more information: Darryl Levine, Director of Public Affairs and Communications, 514-485-8905, dlevine@cotesaintluc.org or Dida Berku dberku@cotesaintluc.org, 514-531-6896.

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Côte Saint-Luc median age continues to fall

Côte Saint-Luc, May 29, 2012 – In the near future the City of Côte Saint-Luc will no longer be perceived as one of the oldest communities on the island of Montreal.

The median age in the City of Côte Saint-Luc fell from 49 to 46.2 between 2006 and 2011, according to data from the 2011 Census of Canada released today by Statistics Canada. This continues the decrease in median age that was noted in the 2006 Census of Canada, which had seen the median age decline from 50.5 to 49 years.

“Côte Saint-Luc is one of the few communities in Canada that is now getting younger,” said Mayor Anthony Housefather. “This has occurred due in large measure to programs and initiatives we have put in place to attract younger singles and families and I fully expect this trend to continue until our median age is about the same as other communities on the island of Montreal.” 

According to the 2011 Census, the number of children ages 0 to 9 rose by 16 percent between 2006 and 2011, from 3,015 to 3,585 and Côte Saint-Luc saw significant growth in every age segment below age 40.

Since 2006, Côte Saint-Luc has invested in programs and services for young people and young families including the $18 million Aquatic and Community Centre established last September, water-play areas in parks, new playground equipment, more library and recreation programs for children and teens, and a dramatic society, which was founded last fall to appeal to young people who enjoy theatre. Also, the city continues to take steps to broaden its housing stock with townhouses and other dwellings attractive to younger families.   

The Census in Canada takes place every five years. It is conducted by Statistics Canada. The census provides demographic and statistical data that is used to plan public services. The data about Côte Saint-Luc is available at:

http://www12.statcan.gc.ca/census-recensement/2011/dp-pd/prof/details/pa...

 

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

Business skills for artists at the Côte Saint-Luc library

YES MontrealCôte Saint-Luc, May 10, 2012 – People with creative and artistic talents can learn how to make a living doing what they love on Thursday, May 24, 2012 at 7 pm at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library.

The Artist Information Session will be led by Monika Majewski, the Artist Program Coordinator at YES Montreal, a non-profit organization that provides English-language support services to help Quebecers find employment and start businesses. Majewski will outline the services available to artists through YES Montreal and provide information on company registration and incorporation, GST/ QST, income taxes, networking, grant writing and available funding. 

This event is free of charge, however registration is required. Please call the library at 514-485-6900 ext. 4205 to register.

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 www.elcslpl.org. 

 

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