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Côte Saint-Luc tackles social isolation of seniors with sensors and AI in proposal to Government of Canada Smart Cities Challenge contest

The SHARED InitiativeThe City of Côte Saint-Luc has submitted an application to the Government of Canada Smart Cities Challenge detailing how it would help socially isolated seniors with a network of stationary and mobile sensors, and track the environmental vital signs of the city.

The Senior Health and Real-time Environmental Data (SHARED) Initiative would give participating seniors personal GPS tracking/fall sensors for their home. The sensors would monitor things like whether the person has gotten out of bed or opened the fridge in the last day. Failing to do so would trigger an alert that could be followed up by the city or other partner organizations. The SHARED Initiative would also create a city-wide sensor grid to monitor noise, air pollutants and other environmental factors.

The Smart Cities Challenge is a competition open to all municipalities, local or regional governments, and Indigenous communities across Canada. The Canadian government is offering prizes for the winning cities. In its category, Côte Saint-Luc is eligible for a $10 million prize, which will be awarded to a city that addresses local issues their residents face through new partnerships, using a smart cities approach.

“I am very proud of the efforts of Councillor Dida Berku, who is the council member responsible for citizen engagement,” Mayor Mitchell Brownstein said. “She was able to pull together residents, people in industry, and staff to develop a Smart Cities Challenge application that addresses some of the key issues facing Côte Saint-Luc and most other cities across the country.”

A copy of the SHARED Initiative proposal for the Smart Cities Challenge is available at CoteSaintLuc.org/smartcitieschallenge.

“This was a team effort from start to finish,” Councillor Dida Berku said. “I want to thank our Member of Parliament Anthony Housefather for encouraging Côte Saint-Luc to apply, and to Mayor Brownstein and the city council for supporting it. Thanks, too, to the residents who participated in the public meetings organized by the city and a citizen’s group.

“In particular, I want to thank Charles Guerin who worked tirelessly on the project. We could not have done it without him. I also want to thank Marv Garellek and Steve Bransom of GlobeOwl Solutions, Professor Jia Yuan Yu of the Concordia Institute of Information System Engineering, and Gloria Freedman of the CIUSSS-CODIM, and the city councillors and staff who were part of the task group, in particular Darryl Levine.”

The 15 suburban municipalities urgently call for a revision of the City’s inflationary budget

WESTMOUNT, January 12, 2018 – The 15 mayors of the suburban municipalities of the Montreal Island are urgently asking the Plante-Dorais administration to revise the inflationary budget that it submitted on Wednesday of this week. To everyone’s surprise, the new budget brings in tax hikes that are, on average, twice as high as in previous years and nearly six times the inflation rate for some of the Island’s municipalities!

“This increase is both unacceptable and unfair and must be rectified out of respect for taxpayers,” stated these 15 mayors. Collectively, their municipalities represent 246,000 Montreal Island residents who pay on average 50% of their municipal taxes to the Agglomeration. These people did not vote for such draconian tax hikes,” stated Beny Masella, President of the Association of Suburban Municipalities and Mayor of Montreal West.

While many Montrealers in the City’s 19 boroughs palpably expressed their dissatisfaction over this 3.3% increase, taxpayers in the 15 suburban municipalities are feeling even more aggrieved because they will see hikes of up to 9.8% of their assessments.

These 15 suburban municipalities face average contribution increases equivalent to 5.3% of their Agglomeration budget assessments which equates to three times the 1.7% inflation rate projected for 2018. These 246,000 taxpayers are thus looking at tax increases ranging from $30 to $440 per residence.

"As mayors and public administrators, we have the duty each year to make judicious choices between expenditures and tax rates that reflect the ability of our citizens to pay. This is one of the obligations of elected officials. Ms. Plante is Mayor of Montreal but she is also the leader of the Agglomeration and, in this capacity, she must consider the impact of her decisions on all taxpayers, including those in our 15 municipalities who pay half their taxes to the Agglomeration,” pointed out Georges Bourelle, Vice-President of the Agglomeration’s Finances and Administration Commission and Mayor of Beaconsfield.

There is a recent precedent in the City of Montreal where its administration urgently revised its budget after it had been tabled, in order to lessen the impact on taxpayers’ ability to pay and to fulfil its electoral promises.

“This is what we are seeking in this first Plante-Dorais budget and we are doing so on behalf of the quarter of a million people whom we represent on the Montreal Island. Budget growth must not exceed the inflation rate, which was one of the promises of the new administration. This is the spirit in which we all prepared our own local budgets, and it is in this spirit that we are asking for a revision of the Plante-Dorais budget,” said President Masella.

Working as partners 

The mayors of the 15 suburban municipalities are partners of the City of Montreal within the Agglomeration; they are familiar with the rigorous, demanding exercise involved in the preparation of a municipal budget and are offering to help Mayor Plante revise the budget in such a way as to ensure a balanced result.

“As always, we are acting as true partners, and it is our hope that Ms. Plante will fulfil her promise to treat us as partners in turn, in a spirit of respect for all taxpayers,” said Mr. Masella. 

Thanks to a revision of the City of Montreal’s budget in 2006, it was possible to contain the budget and fulfil the promises made to taxpayers during the electoral campaign.

The Montreal Island suburban municipalities linked to the City of Montreal represent the sixth largest population in Quebec (246,000) and the second largest economic power. These municipalities include Baie-D’Urfé, Beaconsfield, Côte-Saint-Luc, Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Dorval, Hampstead, Kirkland, Dorval Island, Town of Mount Royal, Montreal East, Montreal West, Pointe-Claire, Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Senneville and Westmount.

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Source:    Association of Suburban Municipalities of Montreal

Information:    Astérisme, Public Relations and Communication
    Jean Maurice Duddin, jmduddin@asterisme.com
    514 771-5777

Tickets on sale for the 2018 Winter Carnival Dance

Tickets for the Saturday, February 10, 2018 Côte Saint-Luc Winter Carnival Valentine Dance will go on sale at the Aquatic and Community Centre starting Monday, December 11 from 8 am to 9 pm daily. Tickets are available for $35 each (tax included) in advance. The dance has been sold out for the past six years, so buy your tickets early. The dance begins at 7:30pm.

There will be hot and cold hors d’oeuvres served at your table, catered full size buffet and sweet table by Blossom by la plaza, and plenty of door prizes, etc. Guests can bring their own wine.

Entertainment and music will provided by the George Thomas Entertainment Group. The event is partly subsidized by community sponsors and the City of Côte Saint-Luc.

To learn more about the 2018 Côte Saint-Luc Winter Carnival Valentine Dance, call 514-485-6806, ext. 2200 or email recreation@cotesaintluc.org.

 

Valentine Dance

Halloween Skating Party on Ice on Sunday, October 29, 2017

The annual Côte Saint-Luc Halloween Skating Party on Ice will take place on Sunday, October 29 from 1:30 pm to 4:15 pm at the Samuel Moskovitch Arena (6985 Mackle Rd.).

Admission to the Halloween Skating Party on Ice is free for anyone dressed in a costume. Music will be playing while special effects take place throughout the rink.

Children will need skates to go on the ice. However, children without skates will be able to visit the activity stations—including arts and crafts, a magician, cutouts and a pumpkin decorating station. City staff will distribute candy to all participants in costumes and prizes will be awarded to those with the most creative costumes.

The event is open to all ages. Donations will be accepted for the Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation.

For more information about the event, contact the Côte Saint-Luc Parks and Recreation Department at 514-485-6806 or recreation@cotesaintluc.org.

 

 

Public Libraries Week in CSL offers something for everyone 

In celebration of Quebec Public Libraries Week 2017, join us for a compelling story of family secrets and mystery on Wednesday, October 25 at 2 pm. 

Jan Gregory presents: Ask No Questions: Family Secrets. Held in collaboration with the 14th edition of Montreal’s Intercultural Storytelling Festival, this event is free of charge and not to be missed! Join us beforehand, beginning at 1:30 pm for light refreshments.

If you have ever wanted to try your hand at Origami, now is the chance! Indra Singh will be holding a beginner’s workshop at the Library on Thursday, October 26 at 2 pm. Registration is required. The cost is $10 for library members and $15 for non-members. 

On October 24, at 2 pm, join our popular Bright Lights film Club for a screening of the film “Fences”. Witness the tour-de force 2017 Oscar-winning performances by both Denzel Washington and Viola Davis. This will be followed by lively discussion led by Gayle Cohen, BFA.

Later on October 24, at 7 pm Pediatric consultant Tracy Braunstein will be holding a sleep seminar to talk to parents about the key elements needed to provide a healthy foundation of sleep for your baby. This event is free of charge.

Last but not least, on Sunday, October 24 at 3 pm, come discover the world of aviation with a Stratos Aviation pilot and get to build the best paper airplanes. Children ages 8 to 12 will learn how airplanes fly. Registration required is required. The bilingual event is free for members and cots $5 for non-members. 

Check out the library’s website during Public Libraries Week for other surprises.

Call the library at 514-485-6900 or visit www.csllibrary.org for information on all our activities.

This is the nineteenth edition of Quebec Public Libraries Week with activities across Quebec from October 21 to 28, 2017.

 

Court judgment in Meadowbrook case good news for Côte Saint-Luc

A decision by the Quebec Superior Court released on Thursday affirms the position of the City of Côte Saint-Luc that the Meadowbrook land in the western part of the city can be zoned as exterior recreational.

The judgment stems from a case between Meadowbrook Group Pacific and the City of Montreal. Meadowbrook Group Pacific is also currently suing the City of Côte Saint-Luc alleging that a zoning bylaw is invalid.

“The judgement in favour of Montreal is very promising for Côte Saint-Luc, because it essentially affirms what we have been arguing for years,” Mayor Mitchell Brownstein said. “While there is still a case pending since 2002 against Côte Saint-Luc, this related decision validates many of our arguments.”

In her judgment, Judge Pepita G. Capriolo ruled that Meadowbrook Group Pacific never had a viable project because it never advanced its own project properly, the proximity to the rail yards made this project less viable, the costs of infrastructure of the project were far too high, the land's use was not sterilized, it did not prove its land had the value it alleged to have, and Montreal never acted in bad faith.

Côte Saint-Luc zoned its half of the Meadowbrook Golf Course in its territory as exterior recreational in 2001.

 

 

 

Côte Saint-Luc to consult public on Kirwan Park renovations on December 3, 2017

Consulation Parc Kirwan Park

The City of Côte Saint-Luc will hold a public consultation on the subject of renovations to Edward J. Kirwan Park on Sunday, December 3 from 3pm to 5pm, at the Aquatic and Community Centre, 5794 Parkhaven Ave.
 
All residents are invited to participate, however the city requests that people RSVP at consultations@cotesaintluc.org by December 1.
 
“The city council has designated  Kirwan Park as the next major park to renovate,” Mayor Mitchell Brownstein said. “The public consultation is one of the first steps, but there will be other opportunities for the public to provide input and participate.”  

An important part of the consultation is to get feedback on whether to build a large chalet to accommodate multi-purpose use, such as for a camp, or to build a more modest chalet with bathrooms, or something in between. Another key element will be safety, especially around the Wentworth Ave. and Blossom Ave. entrances to the parks.
 
While this is subject to feedback from residents, our initial belief is that the focus of the renovations will be on the central part of the park, between the baseball diamonds and the playground.
 
The budget allocated for the renovation of Kirwan Park will only be decided when the city budget is adopted in December.
 
 

Canadian Open DanceSport Championships return to Côte Saint-Luc on Saturday, September 23, 2017

The Côte Saint-Luc Gymnasium is home to 2017 Canadian Open DanceSport Championships and World DanceSport Federation events competition on Saturday, September 23, 2017 from 1pm to 11pm.

This is the sixth consecutive year that DanseSport Québec is holding the events in Côte Saint-Luc.

“I watch this event every year,” Mayor Mitchell Brownstein said. “It’s truly a magical sport and a dance event.”

The Canadian Open DanceSport Championships will be presented by DanseSport Québec and provide an opportunity for some of the best dancers to compete for the title of Canadian Open or WDSF Open Champion.

Dancers of all ages, from juvenile to senior, and from all regions of Canada, the United States and Europe, will present the judges and spectators with their best efforts in both Latin and standard styles of dance. The elegance of the Slow Waltz, Tango, Viennese Waltz, Foxtrot and Quickstep will be showcased, with dancers dressed in elegant ball gowns and tailcoats. In addition, the sensual and invigorating rhythms of Latin music will liven up the atmosphere, as dancers perform the Cha-Cha, Samba, Rumba, Paso Doble and Jive.

Tickets can be purchased online at dansesportquebec.com/main/cco/home or at the door. For more information, call 514-418-8264 or visit their website.

The Côte Saint-Luc Gymnasium is located at 5794 Parkhaven Ave. in the City of Côte Saint-Luc.

Cavendish Blvd. underpass and overpass work this summer and autumn

Major work on the Cavendish Blvd. underpass -- including the Heywood and Baily overpasses -- will run from July 4, 2017 to late November 2017, which will mean reduced lanes over the course of the project.

The Cavendish underpass was inaugurated in June 1965. This work is the most substantial rehabilitation of the structure since 1993.

“This is a major project on one of our most important arterial roads in the city,” Mayor Mitchell Brownstein said. “We waited to launch the project until after the school year to minimize the inconvenience to motorists. We are receiving an infrastructure grant from the federal and provincial governments to cover the major cost of this work.”

Key facts:

  • The underpass will be reduced to two lanes in either direction, except during a few brief periods when one side of the other will be reduced to one lane.
  • There will be no impact on the southbound Cavendish left-lane turn onto Fleet.
  • Both lanes of the Baily Rd. overpass will be blocked to traffic, and a detour will be in place..
  • The eastbound lane of the Heywood Rd. overpass will be blocked, however local access to the Mt. Sinai will continue. The westbound lane will remain open.

The work is part of a $2.7 million investment -- largely funded by a TECQ infrastructure grant. The work is being carried out by Construction Dimco.

The work to the underpass and overpasses includes the following, which will enhance the safety of motorists and pedestrians:

  • Replacement for the expansion joints on the overpass roads
  • Repair of the lower retaining walls and joints
  • Repairs of the central columns and replacement of the elastomeric bearing devices supporting the Baily and Heywood overpasses
  • Minor repair of the slab of the underpass deck and the walls
  • Full repair of the stairs on the south-east side (leading to Baily Rd.)
  • Replacement of sidewalks
  • Replacement of all handrails
  • Replacement of the lighting system
  • Painting of  the repaired walls
  • Replacement of guardrails on the overpasses roads
  • Paving and membrane of the overpass roads

Motorists should expect traffic delays caused by these closures and plan their route and time accordingly.

The city will post updates about the project at CoteSaintLuc.org/CavendishRoadWork and on social media.

 

New wildlife sculpture garden and plaque honouring Lt. Gen. Roméo Dallaire mark Canada 150 celebrations in Côte Saint-Luc

UPDATE

Newly-renovated Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park is home to Côte Saint-Luc’s celebration of the 150th anniversary of Canada on July 2, as the city honours the Canadian general who saved tens of thousands people, unveils a one-of-a-kind wildlife sculpture garden, and plays host to thousands of residents and visitors.

“We’re putting the finishing touches on our renovation of Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park and our Canada Day celebration will be the first of many memorable events at the park over the coming years,” Mayor Mitchell Brownstein said. “We’ll be joining thousands of communities across the country marking the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation.” 

The main Canada Day event begins at 4pm at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park (6975 Mackle Rd.) with the official unveiling of the Shalom Bloom Sculpture Garden. 

“Ten life-size bronze sculptures of wildlife animals were donated to the city by Canadian artist Shalom Bloom, who lives in Côte Saint-Luc,” said Councillor Ruth Kovac.

The Canadian citizenship ceremony takes place at 5pm at the Aquatic and Community Centre at 5794 Parkhaven Ave.

“At 9:30pm, Côte Saint-Luc will unveil a plaque on its Human Rights Walkway for Lieutenant-General Roméo Dallaire (Ret’d), who is a celebrated advocate for human rights, especially in regards to child soldiers, veterans, and the prevention of mass atrocities,” said Councillor Glenn J. Nashen. “In 1994, Gen. Dallaire disobeyed a command to withdraw UN forces from Rwanda and remained to fulfill the ethical obligation to protect those who sought refuge. More than 32,000 people were directly saved by Gen. Dallaire’s actions.”

Mayor Brownstein will kickoff the fireworks and laser light show at 9:45pm.

The master of ceremony for the event will be Dan Laxer of CJAD 800. The event co-chairs are Councillors Kovac and and Nashen.

A boat and airplane exhibit takes place from 10am to 1pm at the park.

See the schedule at http://cotesaintluc.org/canadaday2017.

Côte Saint-Luc hosts local author salon this summer

Don’t miss the chance to meet and hear from three talented writers at the local author salon taking place at the CSL library on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at 7 pm.

Join three local authors, Ami Sands Brodoff (In Many Waters), Harry Rajchgot (Gravitational Fields: A Novel of Peacetime & War) and Ravit Rose (Unwanted Nasty Divorces) as they share from their latest works.

Get inspired and learn first-hand what it takes to write a novel, have it published and be ready to share it with the whole world. An eye-opening experience featuring three distinct writing styles and paths to discovery, self-help and the art storytelling.

“This is a great opportunity to encourage local talent,” said Councillor Mike Cohen, the council member responsible for library and culture. “Copies of their books will be available for purchase at the event, so let’s show them our support.”
 
For more information about what’s on this spring and summer at the Library, visit csllibrary.org or contact the library at 514-485-6900.
 
 

Côte Saint-Luc will save $4.8 million thanks to fairer funding formula for island-wide service

The City of Côte Saint-Luc as part of the Association of Suburban Municipalities has negotiated a $4.8 million reduction in its share of payments to the agglomeration of Montreal for island-wide services over the next three years--savings that can be used to fund local programs, pay down our debt and reduce taxes by paying less interest on debt. 

“The new formula will allow us to keep more money in Côte Saint-Luc for programs and services that our residents value as well as allow us to reduce our debt and our overall tax rate,” Mayor Mitchell Brownstein said. “It is extremely good news.”

The ASM has argued for years that the percentages were not fair. Mayor Denis Coderre must be commended for being a fair partner in the City of Montreal that worked with us to find a fairer formula.

Côte Saint-Luc will continue to pay into the island-wide Agglomeration of Montreal for services like police, fire, and public transit but at a lower rate. 

Thanks to an agreement between the City of Montreal and the Association of Suburban Municipalities, the formula is changing. As a result, Côte Saint-Luc will be sending less money to the Agglomeration than we do today: $798,541 less in 2017, $1,597,081 less in 2018 and $2,395,622 less in 2019. That’s a savings of between 3 percent to 8 percent each year, compared to what Côte Saint-Luc previously paid the Agglomeration.

Registration for July 6 Côte Saint-Luc Golf Classic starts soon

The annual Côte Saint-Luc Golf Classic is scheduled for Thursday, July 6 at Meadowbrook Golf Club (8370 Côte Saint Luc Rd.). Starting times for the nine-hole course are from 7am to 10am. A buffet luncheon follows at the Côte Saint-Luc Aquatic and Community Centre (5794 Parkhaven Ave.).
 
Registration takes place at the Aquatic and Community Centre starting May 15. The cost to register is $30. Space is limited.
 
In the event of strong rain, the luncheon will still take place as scheduled but the tournament will be rescheduled for Tuesday, July 11, with the same starting times
 
Côte Saint-Luc will be honouring this year Johnny Elias – a long-time volunteer and past owner of the Grand Slam Baseball School. Elias has recently agreed to loan nearly 50 years’ worth of baseball memorabilia to Côte Saint-Luc. The city will announce its plans at the luncheon on where the items will be showcased.

“Johnny was a professional minor league baseball player and later got to know players from the Expos and visiting teams quite well,” Mayor Mitchell Brownstein said. “He put together a remarkable collection over the years and we’re very excited to be able to share it with the public in Côte Saint-Luc.”
 
Côte Saint-Luc will also officially inaugurate the Pierre Brunet Parks and Recreation Bursary Fund, which is sponsored by local McDonald’s franchisee Pierre Brunet. The Fund will be used to help local families who need financial help to register their children in recreation programs. Funds will also support children with special needs. 

“Pierre Brunet has been involved in our helping our community for many years,” said Councillor Mike Cohen, who is the co-chair of the event along with Councillor Sam Goldbloom. “This new initiative will have a direct impact in the lives of many kids in our community.”
 
The Golf Classic is open to all with participants slotted into groups of players ages 64 and younger or ages 65 and older.
 
The luncheon will include trophies, guest speakers and door prizes. There will be snacks on the golf course and souvenir packages available.
 
For more information, contact Alvin Fishman at 514-485-6806 ext. 2012 (afishman@cotesaintluc.org) or Harold Cammy at 514-485-6806 ext. 2011.(hcammy@cotesaintluc.org)

 

 

Côte Saint-Luc proclaims April 23 to 29 as National Volunteer Week in the city

From April 23 to 29, 2017, the City of Côte Saint-Luc joins communities across Canada in celebrating the county’s 12.7 million volunteers during National Volunteer Week.

“Côte Saint-Luc is home is to more than 530 active volunteers,” Mayor Mitchell Brownstein said. “This includes our first responders at EMS, our vCOP patrollers, sports coaches and officials, actors and production staff of our Dramatic Society, and the many people who donate their time at the Côte Saint-Luc Library and the Parks and Recreation Department. Thank you to everyone who gives up their time to enrich the lives of people in Côte Saint-Luc.”

In 2016, Côte Saint-Luc distributed 15 awards to its Volunteers of the Year. See the list and video at CoteSaintLuc.org/VolunteerAwards2016.

Côte Saint-Luc has proclaimed April 23 to 29 as National Volunteer Week in the city.

Côte Saint-Luc mayor and councillors to take part in 2017 McHappy Day

Mayor Mitchell Brownstein, Councillor Mike Cohen and others members of city council and staff will volunteer at the two McDonald’s franchises in Côte Saint-Luc on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 as part of the cross Canada McHappy Day initiative.

The day will also mark the launch of the Pierre Brunet McDonald’s Parks and Recreation Bursary Fund. Details of the fund, including application forms, will be announced towards the end of the summer.

“We encourage residents to drop by and make a contribution,” Mayor Mitchell Brownstein said. “The donations at the two local McDonald’s will stay in Côte Saint-Luc, thanks to the new fund. It will help families who cannot afford to register their child in a program. It will also take into account requests from children with special needs.”

McHappy Day is a national fundraiser when McDonald's restaurants across Canada and their communities, employees, customers and special guests raise money together to help children in need. At the heart of McDonald’s community commitment is RMHC Canada, which is dedicated to giving sick children the one thing they need most: their families by supporting Ronald McDonald Houses and Ronald McDonald Family Rooms across the country. RMHC provides families of sick children with a home-away-from-home or a place of peace and calm within a hospital. 

“Pierre Brunet has been a supporter of community activities in Côte Saint-Luc for many years,” said Councillor Mike Cohen, who is responsible for the Sponsorship portfolio. “We’re very excited that through his efforts, more kids in our community will have a chance to participate in recreation programs.”

Brunet operates 19 McDonald’s franchise on the Island of Montreal, including the two restaurants in Côte Saint-Luc. He was honoured in 2016 by the City of Côte Saint-Luc at annual Golf Classic for his continued generosity to community events over the past 30 years. 

Pierre Brunet with City Council of Côte Saint-Luc