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Bell Senior's Golf Outing a Success

Bell Canada Sponsors Event

CÔTE SAINT-LUC’S 28th ANNUAL  SENORS’ GOLF
OUTING A SUCCESS


CÔTE SAINT-LUC, JULY 18, 2007-  The 28th annual Seniors’ Golf Outing took place at Meadowbrook Golf Course on July 10. More than 100 participants hit the links for the nine hole affair on  the back nine of the beautiful property in Côte Saint-Luc.

For the first time in the event’s history, there was a sponsor. Bell Canada fulfilled that role and each participant received a cap with the city and Bell logos on it. Two representatives from Bell, Mario Scraire and André Paré, were part of a foursome which also included Councillor Mike Cohen and City Manager Ken Lerner. Councillors Cohen and Sam Goldbloom co-chaired the event. Police Station 9 Commander Sylvain Bissonnette was also among the  “guest” golfers. 

Following the game an awards luncheon was held at the Senior Men’s Club headquarters at the Côte Saint-Luc Shopping Centre. Sylvia Schacter won the closest to the pin on the 16th hole for females while Morty Zafran captured this prize in the male category. Runners up were Patty Heller and Iven Coltai. Ms. Heller was also recognized for the longest drive on the 17th hole for females. Lou Miller got the nod in the male category. Runners up were Helen Zafran and Lee Gold.

Volunteer Committee Chair Bernard Pont and event coordinator Loretta Anisef brought in a large number of door prizes. Councillor Cohen served as emcee and distributed the prizes in an entertaining “let’s make a deal” fashion.

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Contact:
 
Councillor Mike Cohen
(514) 485-6945

 

Harry Potter Extravaganza in Côte Saint-Luc on Sunday, July 21

Côte Saint-Luc, July 6, 2007 - The City of Côte Saint-Luc is pleased to present the Harry Potter Extravaganza on Sunday, July 21 to celebrate the launch of new J.K. Rowling book Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

Festivities will include crafts and a reading from the new book at 1pm at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library (5851 Cavendish Blvd.).

"The Harry Potter series of novels are wonderfully-written and I'm happy to be participating in this event," said Mayor Anthony Housefather. "I hope to see Harry Potter fans of all ages at the library."

Library members (ages 7 to 17) can enter to win a copy of the latest book by completing a quiz available at the youth department and online as of July 14. Contest ends July 19 at 1pm.

Tickets cost $3/ person or $10/ family and are on sale now at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library. Call the library at 514-485-6906 for details.

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

Residents invited to official opening of Côte Saint-Luc municipal pool on July 8 and to inauguration of new Maimonides Park

Côte Saint-Luc, June 29, 2007 – The opening ceremony of the Côte Saint-Luc outdoor municipal pool (7500 Mackle Rd.) and inauguration of the renovated Maimonides Park will take place on Sunday, July 8 from 3pm to 6pm.

Newly-renovated basketball and volleyball courts have enhanced Maimonides Park, which will now be part of the municipal pool facility during the summer season.

“Our goal was to make the pool an even better destination for families,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “The added recreation and enhanced activities at the pool will ensure people of all ages will have fun.”

The opening ceremony will include an air brush tattooist, a DJ, a magic show, free snow cones, and arts and crafts. Members of council will be there to officially launch summer pool season.

"Last year we introduced the Fun Card to enable our residents to have access to all our facilities for a fixed affordable fee,” Councillor Mitchell Brownstein said. “This year we wanted to do more, so we have added a much wider range of activities and improved our pool facility for our residents to enjoy.  Our pool is now a real community club with a hotel-like atmosphere."

All this summer, the pool staff will present a fun family activity every Sunday as part of its Funday Sundays lineup. The activities include live music, bingo and more. The following is the scheduled Funday Sundays schedule:

  • July 15, 3pm: Gerry Gareau musical performance
  • July 15, 4pm: Bingo Night
  • July 22, 3pm: Guy Bouchard (music & karaoke)
  • July 29, 3pm: Hawaiian Day and Game Show Day
  • August 5, 2pm (until late): Family Night / Olympics
  • August 12, 3pm: Gerry Gareau musical performance
  • August 19, 2pm: Fun Day
  • August 26, 3pm: Magic Show


In addition to the regularly scheduled Sunday activities, the pool staff will present a movie on Thursday evenings from 7pm to 9:30pm.

Anyone with a Côte Saint-Luc Fun Card can access the pool and the activities for free. People can swim in the municipal pool weekdays during the regular season from 12:30pm to 8pm and weekends from 10am to 8pm.

For more information about activities at the Côte Saint-Luc municipal pool, call 514-485-6806.

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

EMS director the first person in Quebec certified by the Canadian Red Cross as an emergency medical responder instructor

Côte Saint-Luc, June 28, 2007 – The director of Côte Saint-Luc Emergency Medical Services, Stéphane Kallos, has become the first person in Quebec to be certified as a Canadian Red Cross emergency medical responder (EMR) instructor.

The Red Cross EMR course is the first one that meets the strict requirements of the Paramedic Association of Canada. The course provides the knowledge and skills necessary in an emergency to help sustain life, reduce pain, and minimize the consequences of injury or sudden illness until the next level of health care takes over.

“Stéphane is an outstanding first response medic and instructor,” said Councillor Glenn J. Nashen, who is responsible for public safety. “Our city is extremely lucky to have someone with such advanced training to help train our Côte Saint-Luc EMS medics. This is another reason why we are pleased the Quebec government has tabled legislation that will permit EMS to respond to the most serious emergency medical calls, also called Priority One calls.”

Other EMS volunteer medics are also in training to enhance their skills. Barry Watson is currently training to receive his EMR instructor certification. Michael Palumbo and Catherine Patocka recently became certified instructors in the international Prehospital Trauma Life Support course based on training developed by the American College of Surgeons.

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

Mayor and council convince Quebec to save EMS

Glenn J. Nashen, Lawrence Bergman, Anthony Housefather, Ruth Kovac

Côte Saint-Luc residents received sensational news on June 21, 2007 when the Quebec government tabled Bill 22.  The bill included a provision to allow the City of Côte Saint-Luc to remain responsible for pre-hospital emergency care in the municipality and to allow Emergency Medical Services (EMS) to continue to respond to all emergency medical calls in Cote Saint-Luc including Priority One calls.

"Côte Saint-Luc has been a leader in emergency services for decades," Mayor Anthony Housefather said. "The continued operations of EMS will be felt by the community for years into the future. Côte Saint-Luc and its residents will continue to work with the government and all parties in the legislature to ensure the proposal is adopted. I have been fighting for this moment since I heard about Montreal’s collective agreement with the firefighters in 2003 that would have put an end to EMS’s ability to respond to Priority One calls. Having worked so hard to see this legislation be tabled, I can only say it is a wonderful moment for me. ”

Bill 22 is part of a reform to the island-wide Montreal agglomeration, which includes the City of Montreal and the 15 demerged suburbs, including Côte Saint-Luc. The bill is expected to be debated and voted on in the fall.

The councillor responsible for public safety in Côte Saint-Luc, Glenn J. Nashen, was himself an EMS volunteer for many years.

"This is a watershed moment for Côte Saint-Luc,” Councillor Nashen said. “While we are very pleased that the residents throughout the island will finally have first responders coming to their aid in a medical emergency, residents of Côte Saint-Luc want to continue with their existing service. When this bill is adopted, we will be guaranteed a continuation of fast and highly trained personnel, focusing entirely on pre-hospital emergency medical care."

Mayor Housefather and the City Council launched the Save EMS campaign with a series of banners and signs across Côte Saint-Luc, petitions at all municipal counters and a website, www.SaveEMS.com. The campaign helped mobilize community groups and residents to collect more than 2,000 signatures and dozens of letters to the Quebec government urging it to help save EMS.

Mayor Housefather thanked Lawrence Bergman, the Member of the National Assembly for D’Arcy McGee, for his assistance on the file as well as Councillor Nashen and Councillor Ruth Kovac for their persistence over years in enhancing and supporting the life-saving service. He also recognized the efforts of the other members of City Council and the thousands of residents who circulated petitions and wrote letters to help save the service.

"Our residents can be proud of the incredible efforts of Mayor Housefather," Councillor Nashen said. "Our mayor’s continued communications with the government, ministers and all parties helped tremendously."

Mayor Housefather corresponded with all 125 MNAs on the EMS issue and held numerous meeting with all parties, union and civic leaders together with Councillor Nashen. He also received a commitment from the Quebec Minister of Municipal Affairs, Nathalie Normandeau, to allow Côte Saint-Luc to keep its service.  

"I want to thank Minister Normandeau very much," Mayor Housefather said. "She made the effort to truly consider the needs of Côte Saint-Luc and appreciated the investment we have made to build an incredible service that needs to continue as is."

Mayor Housefather and councillors Nashen and Kovac praised the EMS volunteers for their dedication and commitment to the community and for riding out these difficult last few years.  

"Our EMS medics are amazing volunteers and great human beings," Mayor Housefather said.

Côte Saint-Luc EMS is the only volunteer-based first responder service on the island and its training exceeds, and response time is less than, those fire stations that currently provide first responder service. It responds to 3,000 calls every year, including 1,500 Priority One calls.

“Côte Saint-Luc volunteer emergency care providers are extra sensitive to seniors, speak a multitude of languages, and are trained to deal with cultural sensitivities,” said Councillor Nashen, who has been involved with the EMS service for more than 25 years.

EMS is made up of highly trained volunteers under the guidance of an emergency room physician. A committee of elected, lay and professional leaders in the Emergency Services Committee also oversee operations.

Côte Saint-Luc EMS is equipped with a fleet of three emergency vehicles, new emergency medical equipment, devices, tools and supplies. The annual budget exceeds $500,000. EMS responds to more than 3,000 medical assistance calls each year and assists at community events, crises and other major emergencies in the community and throughout south-western Quebec.

>> Read the official Côte Saint-Luc press release

>> Read the Quebec government press release on the proposed law

Quebec government bill tabled today would save Côte Saint-Luc EMS

Côte Saint-Luc, June 21, 2007 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc is pleased by a Quebec government proposal that would allow Côte Saint-Luc Emergency Medical Services (EMS) to continue to respond to Priority One emergency medical calls.

During the years of the forced municipal mergers, the City of Montreal signed a collective agreement with the firefighters union that gave firefighters the responsibility to respond to life-threatening emergencies (also called Priority One calls) across the island – including in Côte Saint-Luc. Following its demerger from the mega city on January 1, 2006, the new Côte Saint-Luc Council worked with D’Arcy McGee MNA Lawrence Bergman to safeguard EMS, resulting in a three-year exemption so it could continue to respond to Priority One emergency calls until December 31, 2008. The proposed Quebec law tabled today regarding the island-wide agglomeration effectively makes permanent the exemption previously received.

"Côte Saint-Luc has been a leader in emergency services for decades," Mayor Anthony Housefather said. "The continued operations of EMS will be felt by the community for years into the future. Côte Saint-Luc and its residents will continue to work with the government and all parties in the legislature to ensure the proposal is adopted.”

The councillor responsible for public safety in Côte Saint-Luc, Glenn J. Nashen, was himself an EMS volunteer for many years. "This is a watershed moment for Côte Saint-Luc,” Councillor Nashen said. “While we are very pleased that the residents throughout the island will finally have first responders coming to their aid in a medical emergency, residents of Côte Saint-Luc want to continue with their existing service. When this bill is adopted, we will be guaranteed a continuation of fast and highly trained personnel, focusing entirely on pre-hospital emergency medical care."
 
Mayor Housefather thanked Lawrence Bergman, the Member of the National Assembly for D’Arcy McGee, for his assistance on the file as well as Councillor Nashen and Councillor Ruth Kovac for their persistence over years in enhancing and supporting the life-saving service. He also recognized the efforts of the other members of City Council and the thousands of residents that circulated petitions and wrote letters to help save the service.
 
"Our residents can be proud of the incredible efforts of Mayor Housefather," Councillor Nashen said. "Our mayor’s continued communications with the government, ministers and all parties helped tremendously."
 
Mayor Housefather corresponded with all 125 MNAs on the EMS issue and held numerous meeting with all parties, union and civic leaders together with Councillor Nashen. He also received a commitment from the Quebec Minister of Municipal Affairs, Nathalie Normandeau, to allow Côte Saint-Luc to keep its service.  

"I want to thank Minister Normandeau very much," Mayor Housefather said. "She made the effort to truly consider the needs of Côte Saint-Luc and appreciated the investment we have made to build an incredible service that needs to continue as is."
 
Mayor Housefather and councillors Nashen and Kovac praised the EMS volunteers for their dedication and commitment to the community and for riding out these difficult last few years.  

"Our EMS medics are amazing volunteers and great human beings," Mayor Housefather said.

Côte Saint-Luc EMS is the only volunteer-based first responder service on the island and its training exceeds, and response time is less than, those fire stations that currently provide first responder service. It responds to 3,000 calls every year, including 1,500 Priority One calls.

“Côte Saint-Luc volunteer emergency care providers are extra sensitive to seniors, speak a multitude of languages, and are trained to deal with cultural sensitivities,” said Councillor Nashen, who has been involved with the EMS service for more than 25 years.

EMS is made up of highly trained volunteers under the guidance of an emergency room physician. A committee of elected, lay and professional leaders in the Emergency Services Committee also oversee operations.

Côte Saint-Luc EMS is equipped with a fleet of three emergency vehicles, new emergency medical equipment, devices, tools and supplies. The annual budget exceeds $500,000. EMS responds to more than 3,000 medical assistance calls each year and assists at community events, crises and other major emergencies in the community and throughout southwestern Quebec.

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

Global TV broadcast from municipal pool

Global TV's This Morning Live broadcast live from the Côte Saint-Luc outdoor municipal pool on June 21, 2007. Grade 6 students from Merton elementary school enjoyed a morning swim, a day before their graduation ceremony

 
 
Global TV broadcast from Cote St. Luc municipal pool
 
From left to right: Richard Dagenais (This Morning Live co-host), Alicia Schiavi (Assistant Swimming Pool Manager), Gilareh Darabi (This Morning Live co-host ), Shauna Berenbaum (Swimming Pool Manager), Shawna-Marie Arnone (Asisstant Swimming Pool Manager), Krystina Arnone (Lifeguard)

Interview with Councillor Mitchell Brownstein


Interview with Director of Parks and Recreation David Taveroff

 

Interview with swimming pool manager Shauna Berenbaum 

 

Making lemon-aid with lifeguard, André King

 

Global TV This Morning Live to broadcast live from Côte Saint-Luc Municipal Pool on Thursday, June 21

Côte Saint-Luc, June 20, 2007 – Global TV’s local morning show will be broadcasting live from the Côte Saint-Luc Municipal Pool on Thursday, June 21, 2007. This Morning Live reporter Richard Dagenais will interview pool staff and grade 5 and grade 6 students from Merton School at the pool.

WHAT: Live broadcast from Global TV at Côte Saint-Luc Municipal Pool

WHERE: 7500 Mackle Rd.

WHEN: Thursday, June 21, 2007 from 7am to 9am

The Côte Saint-Luc Municipal Pool is a 50 meter pool with a large shallow end and a diving board in the deep end. There is also a large grassy grounds which provides plenty of space for eating and relaxing.

The pool pre-season is from May 26 to June 22. During this period, the pool is open weekdays from 3pm to 7pm and weekends from noon to 6pm. The pool regular season is from June 23 to August 24. During this period, the pool is open weekdays from 12:30pm to 8pm and weekends from 10am to 8pm.

The pool is free to use for people who have a Côte Saint-Luc Fun Card, the city’s parks and recreation services membership card. Non-members can use the pool for $6 (adults), $5 (children ages 5 to 17), or $1 (children ages 4 and under).

For the complete pool schedule, visit CoteSaintLuc.org/en/Pool or get a free recreation activities booklet from City Hall (5801 Cavendish Blvd.) or the recreation building (7500 Mackle Rd.).

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

Meeting the lifesavers

Residents of Côte Saint-Luc celebrated Father's Day by climbing aboard fire trucks, inspecting the calvary and canine police units or eating cotton candy at the second annual Côte Saint-Luc Emergency Services Day on Sunday, June 17 from 11am to 3pm outside Cavendish Mall.

“Public safety and community involvement in our security services are priorities in Côte Saint-Luc,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “Our annual Emergency Services Day is a chance for residents to meet the people who serve our community and to learn important safety tips related to fire prevention, crime prevention, first-aid and much more.”

The following organizations were present at Emergency Services Day: Côte Saint-Luc  Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Côte Saint-Luc Volunteer Citizens On Patrol (vCOP), Côte Saint-Luc Public Security, Montreal police department, Montreal fire department, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, CP Police, Urgences-santé, St. John Ambulance, Hydro Québec and Gaz Metro.

Cote Saint-Luc Emergency Services Day 2007
Côte Saint-Luc EMS 
Cote Saint-Luc Emergency Services Day 2007
Councillor Glenn J. Nashen and Mayor Anthony Housefather 
Cote Saint-Luc Emergency Services Day 2007
Montreal police calvary unit 
Cote Saint-Luc Emergency Services Day 2007
Inflatable truck 
Cote Saint-Luc Emergency Services Day 2007
Neighbourhood Police Station 9 Commander Sylvain Bisonnette 
and Montreal fire department Division Chief James Ross 
Cote Saint-Luc Emergency Services Day 2007
Royal Canadian Mounted Police 
Cote Saint-Luc Emergency Services Day 2007
Montreal fire department pumper truck 
Cote Saint-Luc Emergency Services Day 2007
Montreal police department canine division 

Côte Saint-Luc Emergency Services Day on Father’s Day, June 17

Côte Saint-Luc, June 12, 2007 – Children will be able to climb aboard a real fire truck, inspect a real ambulance, and learn safety tips from the police and others at the annual Côte Saint-Luc Emergency Services Day on Sunday, June 17 from 11am to 3pm in the Cavendish Mall parking lot (5800 Cavendish Blvd.).

“Public safety and community involvement in our security services are priorities in Côte Saint-Luc,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “Our annual Emergency Services Day is a chance for residents to meet the people who serve our community and to learn important safety tips related to fire prevention, crime prevention, first-aid and much more.”

The following organizations will be present at Emergency Services Day: Côte Saint-Luc  Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Côte Saint-Luc Volunteer Citizens On Patrol (vCOP), Côte Saint-Luc Public Security, Montreal police department, Montreal fire department, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, CP Police, Urgences-santé, St. John Ambulance, Hydro Québec and Gaz Metro.

In addition to the fire trucks and ambulances on site, the Montreal police department will bring its cavalry unit and will provide inspections to help parents ensure their car’s child seat is properly set up. Other services will have information booths and provide safety information. Children will enjoy inflatable games and cotton candy.

“Father’s Day is a wonderful time to teach your children about safety and to have them meet community police officers, fire fighters, EMS medics and other emergency service personnel who will be there to help in an emergency,” said Councillor Glenn J. Nashen, who is responsible for public safety. “It is also a good opportunity for parents to remind themselves about important safety tips, such as changing the smoke alarm battery regularly, using timers on your house lights when you are away and where to get first-aid and CRP training.”

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

Library audiovisual department launched

Mayor Anthony Housefather and library director Tanya Abramovitch

Mayor Anthony Housefather and members of Council joined library director Tanya Abramovitch at the official launch of the new audiovisual department at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library on June 11, 2007.

Library users can now browse the entire A/V collection in person or review the full catalog on the library website. They can view films on the new DVD players and LCD televisions, and sample musical selections on the digital listening station. The new A/V lounge will even feature more sleek and modern furnishings.

“The Côte Saint-Luc library is the only one of its kind with a music librarian and a movie librarian,” said Councillor Steven Erdelyi who is the councillor responsible for the library and culture. “If you love documentaries, science programs, foreign films, and music, then become a member and take advantage of this wonderful resource.”

To become a member of the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library, visit the Circulation Desk (5851 Cavendish Blvd.) The one-time membership fee is $5 for adults, teenagers and children residing in Côte Saint-Luc. Proof of residency is required. For more information, call 514-485-6900 or visit www.elcslpl.org.

Library audiovisual department launched

Mayor Anthony Housefather and library director Tanya Abramovitch


Mayor Anthony Housefather
and members of Council joined library director Tanya Abramovitch at the official launch of the new audiovisual department at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library on June 11, 2007.
Library users can now browse the entire A/V collection in person or review the full catalog on the library website. They can view films on the new DVD players and LCD televisions, and sample musical selections on the digital listening station. The new A/V lounge will even feature more sleek and modern furnishings.

"The Côte Saint-Luc library is the only one of its kind with a music librarian and a movie librarian,” said Councillor Steven Erdelyi who is the councillor responsible for the library and culture. “If you love documentaries, science programs, foreign films, and music, then become a member and take advantage of this wonderful resource.”

To become a member of the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library, visit the Circulation Desk (5851 Cavendish Blvd.) The one-time membership fee is $5 for adults, teenagers and children residing in Côte Saint-Luc. Proof of residency is required. For more information, call 514-485-6900 or visit www.elcslpl.org. 

Official launch of new audiovisual department

Official launch of new audiovisual department: Côte Saint-Luc library provides residents CDs, specialty films, audio books, and language courses

Côte Saint-Luc, June 11, 2007 – Residents and the media are invited to the official open house of the new Audiovisual Department at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library today from 4pm to 7pm. The official launch is at 6pm.

Mayor Anthony Housefather, members of the City Council, and A/V staff will be on hand to launch the new and improved services at 6pm. Residents can also meet the movie and music librarians and desk clerk/artist Justin Burnham, whose art prominently hangs in the A/V lounge

WHAT: Launch of new and improved audiovisual department

WHERE: Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library, 5851 Cavendish Blvd.

WHEN: Monday, June 11 at 6pm

Library users can now browse the entire A/V collection in person or review the full catalog on the library website. They can view films on the new DVD players and LCD televisions, and sample musical selections on the digital listening station. The new A/V lounge will even feature more sleek and modern furnishings.

“The Côte Saint-Luc library is the only one of its kind with a music librarian and a movie librarian,” said Councillor Steven Erdelyi who is the councillor responsible for the library and culture. “If you love documentaries, science programs, foreign films, and music, then become a member and take advantage of this wonderful resource.”

To become a member of the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library, visit the Circulation Desk (5851 Cavendish Blvd.) The one-time membership fee is $5 for adults, teenagers and children residing in Côte Saint-Luc. Proof of residency is required. For more information, call 514-485-6900 or visit www.elcslpl.org.

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

Employees shave heads for kids with cancer

Employees from the Public Works and Parks and Recreation departments shaved their heads on June 7 to raise money for children with cancer.

The employee initiative raised more than $2,000 for Leucan Quebec and was one of many Shaved Head Challenge events to take place across Quebec. In 2006 in Quebec, more than 5,100 people shaved their heads and raised $2.5 million for children with cancer.

Cote Saint Luc employees shave heads to raise funds for children with cancer


Ten employees shaved their heads to raise more than $2,000 for Leucan Quebec
certificate

Côte Saint-Luc municipal employees to shave heads on June 7 to raise money for children with cancer

Côte Saint-Luc, May 29, 2007 – Employees from the City of Côte Saint-Luc will be shaving their heads on June 7 to raise funds for Leucan, a non-profit organization that enhances the well-being, healing and recovery of children with cancer.

The media is invited to watch the Shaved Head Challenge at the City of Côte Saint-Luc recreation building at 7500 Mackle Rd. on Thursday, June 7 at 1pm.

“Our municipal employees are extremely proud to be joining thousands of other Quebecers in raising money for children with cancer,” Côte Saint-Luc City Manager Ken Lerner said. “Apart from raising money, shaving one’s head is also a symbolic gesture to show these children that hair loss need not be a dramatic thing. Residents can help support our efforts by sponsoring an employee.”

The Director of Public Works and Urban Planning, David Tordjman, will be among the municipal staff who will shave their heads to raise money for Leucan.

Launched in 2004 across Quebec, the Shaved Head Challenge is an annual fundraising event. Last year in Quebec, more than 5,100 people shaved their heads and raised $2.5 million for children with cancer. Visit www.tetesrasees.com for more information. To make a donation, visit www.leucan.qc.ca/dons/don_en.asp or call 514-731-3696.

Leucan is non-profit organization founded in 1978. Its mission is to enhance the well-being, healing and recovery of children with cancer and ensure support for their families. Visit www.leucan.qc.ca for more information.

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

Côte Saint-Luc pleased by decision to keep open Neighbourhood Police Station 9

Côte Saint-Luc, May 23, 2007 – Mayor Anthony Housefather and the Côte Saint-Luc City Council are pleased that the Montreal public security committee last evening adopted recommendations to keep open Neighbourhood Police Station (NPS) 9.

“The decision to keep NPS 9 open is excellent news for the residents of Côte Saint-Luc, Hampstead and Montreal West,” said Mayor Anthony Housefather, who is also a member of the Montreal public security committee. “Our municipalities have an outstanding relationship with the police service including NPS9 commander, Sylvain Bissonette, and our local station is a model for how neighbourhood policing should be done.”

When the original proposal to merge NPS 9 and NPS 11 was received by Côte Saint-Luc, the city embarked on a vigorous lobbying campaign to retain its local station. Mayor Housefather accompanied by the mayors of Hampstead and Montreal West had numerous meetings with the police and Claude Dauphin, the City of Montreal Executive Committee member responsible for public safety. Additional meetings were held by Mayor Housefather, Councillor Glenn J. Nashen and Councillor Ruth Kovac with police representatives and these discussions along with the strong representations made by Côte Saint-Luc residents at a public consultation meeting held May 3 convinced the police service and the public security committee that NPS 9 should be retained.  

On May 22, the public security committee formally approved the recommendations from the Montreal Police Department to leave NPS 9 in its current location at the corner of Cavendish Blvd. and Kildare Rd. in Côte Saint-Luc.

“The Mayor, Councillor Kovac and I lobbied hard to keep our station and we are thrilled by the result,” said Councillor Glenn J. Nashen, responsible for Public Safety. “We have a close and effective relationship with the police station. Our EMS medics help train their police officers in CPR and automatic defibrillation.  The police officers work with routinely with our Public Security officers and volunteer Citizens on Patrol members to improve safety in our community. We want to keep crime prevention high on the agenda and ensure we are the safest city in the region.”

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

Côte Saint-Luc disappointed by Montreal transportation plan

Côte Saint-Luc disappointed by Montreal transportation plan:
Plan delays Cavendish to Cavendish extension until after 2017

Côte Saint-Luc, May 18, 2007 – Côte Saint-Luc Mayor Anthony Housefather expressed his disappointment that the City of Montreal transportation plan announced yesterday delays the development of the Cavendish Blvd. corridor.

“After 25 years of study, six years of promises from the Montreal administration and more than two years of study by an engineering task force, the City of Montreal has ignored its promises and its timeline to build the Cavendish corridor to connect Saint-Laurent and Côte Saint-Luc,” Mayor Housefather said. “This Cavendish extension project is long overdue and vital to the development of the centre of the island of Montreal. It must be part of any short-term transportation plan on the Island of Montreal.”

Councillor Dida Berku says the delays in the Cavendish Blvd. extension project are not acceptable.

“Initial discussion on connecting the two parts of Cavendish Blvd. started in the mid 1960s,” Councillor Berku said. “Studies were done in 1981, 1988, 1992, 1995, 1996 and 2000. The engineers at the Project Bureau on Cavendish Extension has been studying how to make it a reality since 2005 and route recommendations were scheduled for December 2006— but have not yet been presented.”

In December 2004, an engineering task force called the Project Bureau for Cavendish Extension was given the mandate and a $5 million budget to prepare feasibility studies, and make recommendations for the best route options. By prolonging the project another 10 years, much of the investment will now be wasted and many of the studies will have to be redone. The work was supposed to have started by 2007 to be completed by 2012.

“The City of Montreal has not respected its own deadlines and continues to delay the presentation of recommendations by the engineers at the Project Bureau,” Councillor Berku said. “And, today, Montreal has pushed back the completion of the project by another 10 years. This is a huge disappointment to our residents. According the transportation plan schedule page 103, phase one from Saint-Laurent to Royalmount is to be completed between 2012 and 2017. And phase two from Côte Saint-Luc to Royalmount after 2017.”

Montreal will hold public hearings before the final transportation plan is adopted in November 2007. Councillor Berku says the City of Côte Saint-Luc will mobilize its residents to demand the Cavendish plan be put back on schedule in accordance with the original schedule of the Project Bureau adopted in December 2004 by the City of Montreal and paid for by the Montreal Agglomeration.

“Our City Council and residents are very much in favour of extending Cavendish Blvd. to create north-south link from Côte Saint-Luc to the Borough of Saint-Laurent,” Councillor Berku said. “We will prepare for the public hearings to ensure that our voices are heard and to insist that Montreal keep its past promises and—once and for all—build the Cavendish Blvd. extension.”

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

Author Barbara Coloroso to speak in Côte Saint-Luc on Tuesday, May 29

Côte Saint-Luc, May 16, 2007 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc is proud to present a discussion with Barbara Coloroso, author of ‘Extraordinary Evil: A Brief History of Genocide… and Why It Matters’ on Tuesday, May 29 at 7:30 pm at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library (5851 Cavendish Blvd.).

In her book, Coloroso examines of three clearly defined genocides— the Armenians in the Ottoman Empire, the Jews, Roma, and Sinti in Europe and the Tutsi in Rwanda – Coloroso illuminates the commonalities among them in order to identify and define their root causes. She then proposes means by which would-be genocidaires might be deterred and devastated victims might begin to heal.

Tickets cost $3 and are on sale now at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library. The discussion is presented in partnership with the Penguin Group (Canada) . Call the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library at 514-485-6900 for details.

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

                

Media invited to Côte Saint-Luc volunteer Citizens on Patrol assembly on May 17

Côte Saint-Luc, May 16, 2007 – The media is invited to attend the next assembly of the Côte Saint-Luc volunteer Citizens on Patrol on Thursday, May 17 at 7pm at City Hall, 5801 Cavendish Blvd.

The vCOP patrollers meeting is held once every two months. It provides refresher training to vCOP volunteers, which adds to the seven hours of classroom training and six hours of on-the-road training received when they joined vCOP.

What: vCOP assembly

Where: City Hall, Auditorium, 5801 Cavendish Blvd.

When: Thursday, May 17 at 7pm


Please note: vCOP volunteers in uniform will be available for media photos with their patrol vehicles in front of City Hall between 6:45pm and 7pm.

About vCOP

Working in conjunction with Côte Saint-Luc Public Security, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and the Montreal Police Department, vCOP volunteers patrol the city, observe and report any suspicious activities or problems. Côte Saint-Luc was the first city in the Montreal region to implement the innovative vCOP program on July 1, 2006. Similar programs have been established in communities throughout Canada and the United States. All vCOP follow basic training, which includes:
 
    * Observation and effective patrolling skills
    * Shift procedures
    * Personal safety
    * Crime prevention
    * First aid and defibrillation

The training is provided by volunteers on the training team, and local law enforcement, EMS and Fire Department representatives. The classroom training takes approximately seven hours scheduled over two evenings. On-the-road training takes six hours during three shifts of two hours each.

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

Irving Layton Avenue dedicated

The City of Côte Saint-Luc honoured the late Canadian poet Irving Layton at a street dedication ceremony on Sunday, May 6, 2007. Layton spent parts of his life in Côte Saint-Luc and raised two of his children here. Irving Layton Ave. is situated behind St. Richard’s Church and École Maimonide near Guelph Road and Parkhaven Avenue.

The event was also an opportunity to showcase the proposed new Côte Saint-Luc street sign design. The sign is the first on the Island of Montreal to use the ClearviewHwy typeface, which has been proven to increase readability, especially for older drivers. It also uses a white-on-green text for better legibility than Montreal’s black-on-white signs. It includes the civic number range for each block at the bottom of the sign to improve wayfinding. Finally, it reflects the bilingual nature of Côte Saint-Luc with French and English street designations.

Irving Layton Avenue street sign -- City of Cote Saint-Luc
New Côte Saint-Luc street sign 

 

More than 100 people attended the Irving Layton Ave. street-naming ceremony on May 6, 2007 in Cote St. Luc

 

More than 100 people attended the Irving Layton Ave. street dedication ceremony 

MP Irwing Cotler, MNA Lawrence Bergman, and members of the Layton family join City Council members at the unveiling of the street sign

MP Irwin Cotler, MNA Lawrence Bergman, and members of the Layton family join City Council members at the unveiling of the street sign 

The City of Côte Saint-Luc reiterates its opposing to police station mergers

Côte Saint-Luc, May 2, 2007 – Mayor Anthony Housefather today renewed his opposition of any forced merger of Neighbourhood Police Station 9 by the Montreal Police Department and island-wide Agglomeration Council.

Côte Saint-Luc passed an anti police merger resolution at its last City Council meeting on April 16 and sent copies to the members of the Agglomeration Council, the Minister of Public Security and to the MNAs for the ridings of D’Arcy McGee and NDG.

“After having experienced being served by a joint station operating out of NDG before community policing was introduced, we are not prepared to support the merger of our Police Station 9 with Police Station 11,” said Mayor Anthony Housefather. “A visible police presence gives residents—particularly our large senior population—a sense of safety and security that cannot be achieved from a distance.

“In addition, our combined 14 schools and numerous religious institutions often require additional police presence. There is no room for compromise when it comes to the safety and security of our residents. We need Neighbourhood Police Station 9.”

Councillor Glenn J. Nashen said that the residents of the City of Côte Saint-Luc, the Town of Hampstead and the Town of Montreal West fear that the removal of their neighbourhood police station would dramatically diminish the local police presence to undesirable levels.

“We insist on retaining a local neighbourhood police station in the territory of Côte Saint-Luc serving the population,” said Councillor Nashen, who is responsible for public security on City Council.

Councillor Ruth Kovac said that police service decreased the last time Côte Saint-Luc lost its local police station.

“Police service declined when Côte Saint Luc lost its own police department in the late 1960s, and was subsequently served by the Montreal Urban Community police, service declined drastically, until Côte Saint Luc, Hampstead and Montreal West decided to lobby for more police presence,” Councillor Kovac said. “It took about 30 years, but we finally got Station 9 and saw immediate improvement to our safety and security and response time.

“The residents of Côte St. Luc, Hampstead and Montreal West pay handsomely to the Agglomeration Council. Why should we settle for any less of a service?”

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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 honour the poet Irving Layton at street naming ceremony

Côte Saint-Luc, April 26, 2007 – Mayor Anthony Housefather and the Côte Saint-Luc City Council will officially dedicate a new street in honour of the poet Irving Layton on Sunday, May 6, 2007 at 11am on Irving Layton Ave.

The event is chaired by Councillor Mike Cohen, who is responsible for toponymy in the city, and Councillor Mitchell Brownstein, who represents the district where the street is located. Other participants include École Maimonide, Max Layton—son of Irving Layton—other members of the Layton family, Mount Royal MP Irwin Cotler, and D’Arcy McGee MNA Lawrence Bergman.

All residents are invited to attend the street naming ceremony.

“Irving Layton lived for long periods of his life in Côte Saint-Luc,” Mayor Housefather said. “He raised two of his children in our community and chose to spend his last years here. Layton was an extraordinary prolific writer, poet and teacher. I am proud to dedicate this avenue to his memory.

“It’s an opportunity to give something back to a man who gave so much to our community and country with his enduring works.”

Born in the small Romanian town of Tirgul Neamt in 1912 to Jewish parents, Layton immigrated with his family to Canada in 1913, settling in Montreal. He grew up in a poor neighborhood around St. Urbain Street and fell in love with poetry in grade 10.

Layton spent most of his career as a teacher. He taught at Concordia University (then Sir George Williams), Herzliah High School and the Jewish Public Library. Many of his students have become prominent figures, including Mr. Cotler, and Mr. Bergman.

Layton published 50 books of poetry and prose between 1945 and 1992, many of which were translated into Greek, Italian, Spanish, Korean and other languages. His collection of poetry, A Red Carpet for the Sun, won the Governor General's Award in 1959. He was made an Officer in the Order of Canada in 1976. Irving Layton passed away on January 4, 2006 at age of 93.

“Because of my father I am a better human being,” said Max Layton, now a Toronto school teacher and a musician referring to how his late father influenced his life and made him who he is today. Max described his father proudly as “amazingly well-read with an astonishing breadth of interests and insights.” Max believes having had his father to talk to has been his greatest privilege.

The dedication ceremony will include the unveiling of the street sign, a plaque in honour of Irving Layton, and speeches by Mayor Housefather and Max Layton. Refreshments will be served at École Maimonide following the ceremony. Irving Layton Ave. is situated behind St. Richard’s Church and École Maimonide bordering Guelph Road, Parkhaven Avenue, Chamberland Crescent, Midway and Windfall.

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

Atom A Canucks meet Prime Minister Harper

Congratulations to the Côte Saint-Luc Atom A Canucks, who won the Eastern Hockey League Atom A Season championship this year after a 16-1-1 regular season record. 

The Canucks played in the championship game at the Ottawa Year End Minor Hockey Tournament where the team met Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Canucks with Prime Minister Stephen Harper

>> More: http://www.cotesaintluc.org/en/AtACanucks

 

Our e-mail addresses have changed

Our email addresses have changedIf you communicate with the staff or elected officials regularly, please note that our e-mail addresses have changed.

Every e-mail address now ends with @cotesaintluc.org -- instead of @cote-saint-luc.qc.ca.

 

C.S.L. stays close to Israel - Israel 11, Canucks 8

It wasn’t a good night for the goalies, as the Israel junior A national hockey squad outlasted the midget A Côte St. Luc Canucks to earn an 11-8 win on Israel’s Quebec stop on its North American two-week tour last Sunday night at the Samuel Moscovitch Arena.

The packed house was entertained by old-fashioned fire-brand hockey.

Despite 19 pucks finding the back of the net, Côte St. Luc goalies Josh Waisgrus and Giuseppe Cappuccio and Israel’s Eden Nemenoff and Liam Horowitz made several stellar stops in their respective tours of duty.

The crowd was buzzing about Israel’s Daniel Erlich, who scored five of the 11 goals for the visitors, including the first four Israel goals.

Erlich, 15, was born in Toronto and began playing at the age of three. By the time he turned four, his family had moved to Metula.

“When the program started up, I was excited about being able to play hockey again,” Erlich said.

“Having this opportunity to come over here and play in the United States and Canada is important for the development of the game in Israel.”

Côte St. Luc was the first Canadian stop on their tour after games in Chicago and New York.

“They (the Canucks) were a good team,” he said. “They gave us a better game than the American teams we played.”

The closest the Canucks got to a lead came in the third when Shaun Waisgrus tied the score at 6-6 on a nice effort where he flipped the puck past Israel’s goalie Liam Horowitz.

Leading the Canucks attack was team captain Gregory Kates, who had a hat trick on the night.

“Scoring three in front of that many people in a game like this was special,” Kates said. “Getting three in the loss taints it a bit. I would have rather had the win.”

Kates felt his team turned it up a notch against the visiting Israelis.

“They had some amazing players,” he said. “That number 10 (Erlich) was hard to stop, but we all played hard.”

Israel also had to adjust to playing no contact against the Canucks as per Hockey Quebec rules.

“It was interesting to play without the hitting,” Erlich said. “It made for a more skilled game of working the puck around.”

The head coach of the Israel program for the past three years is former Montreal Canadiens’ coach Jean Perron, who has seen hockey in Israel come a long way in a short time.

“When we started three years ago I was wondering how we’d get enough players to play,” Perron said. “Now we have too many players, so it is great to see the amount of participation grow.

“This tour will do a lot for the program; we wanted to bring the players into hockey culture by getting them to play in American and Canadian cities with strong hockey histories.”

Rounding out the scoring for Israel were Ethan Wereck with three, Daniel Mazor with a pair and a single by Jonathan Rebibo.

The other scorers for the Canucks were Daniel Harroch, Andrew Kligman, Kevin Libman and Josh Salzberg.  

By Mark Lidbetter, The Suburban

Côte Saint-Luc honours volunteers by proclaiming April 15 to 21 as Volunteer Week

Côte Saint-Luc, April 16, 2007 – Côte Saint-Luc today proclaimed the week of April 15 to 21, 2007 as Volunteer Week in Côte Saint-Luc.

“Volunteers are a part of the service we provide our residents and we want to shine the spotlight on their efforts,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “Our volunteers come from all backgrounds, ages and life experiences. Our volunteers help plan events, coach sports teams, assist seniors, patrol our streets our streets and—in the case of our EMS volunteers—save lives.”

Volunteer organizations in Côte Saint-Luc includes Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Senior Social Club, Senior Men’s Club, Senior’s Garden Club, Royal Canadian Legion – Brigadier Frederick Kisch Branch 97, Communauté Sépharade Unifiée du Québec, Minor Hockey Association, Figure Skating Association, Adult Sports Association and many more.

In addition to proclaiming Volunteer Week, the City Council also honoured the volunteering efforts of Jack Budovitch who helped found the Senior Men’s Club 20 years ago, and Abe Simpkin, president of the Senior’s Garden Club for the past 26 years.

In Canada, more than 11.8 million people volunteer their time to help others, contributing almost 2 billion volunteer hours each year.

Attached photo: The City Council and Senior Men's Club co-founder Jack Budovitch. 

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

André Dubois photography exhibit coming to Côte Saint-Luc

Côte Saint-Luc, April 13, 2007 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc presents “Promenades urbaines au sténopé”, photographs by André Dubois, from April 19 to May 27, 2007 at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library (5851 Cavendish Blvd.).

Dubois uses pinhole photography to create images of urban environments.

“I favour using pinhole photography to create my images, because pinhole naturally produces an extended depth of field, allowing me to present interesting perspectives,” Dubois said. “What I enjoy particularly is creating intriguing images out of familiar places, images which are sometimes very surprising because they present reality from a different angle.

“I am fascinated by the environment and by everything that surrounds me, thus urban architecture has become my main subject. Montreal, with its amazing variety of distinctive architectural buildings, is a great source of inspiration for me. My many images of Montreal reflect my attachment to this city. These photos are representative of my contemplative nature.”

Dubois is a self-taught photographer with almost 30 years practice in artistic printing. He has been involved in photography from a very early age, but he has only been practicing full-time for five years.

“We welcome the Dubois exhibit to our library and encourage residents to view these fascinating images,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said.

Visitors can view the exhibit daily between 10am and 10pm. Call 514-485-6900 for details.

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For more information, contact: Mona Turner, 514-485-6926, mturner@cotesaintluc.org

Côte Saint-Luc asks for volunteers to help clean up the city on Earth Day, April 20

Côte Saint-Luc, April 5, 2007 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc is calling on residents and organizations to join communities around the world by picking up trash in green spaces on Earth Day, Friday, April 20, 2007.

“We are asking for schools, companies, social clubs, athletic associations and residents to pitch in for an hour or so to help keep our city beautiful,” said Councillor Steven Erdelyi who is co-chairing the event with Councilor Dida Berku. “You can clean up the lawn outside your house or apartment, or help clean part of a park in your area.”

The clean up will begin at 2pm on Friday, April 20. Residents must sign in between 2pm and 6pm at the Public Works building (7001 Mackle Road) to pick up gloves and garbage bags. A Côte Saint-Luc Eco Action team leader will suggest a location for clean-up. Schools and other organizations will take part between 9am and 2pm.

Côte Saint-Luc will be one of many communities around the world participating in the clean up initiative, which was started 15 years ago by Clean Up the World, a community-based environmental program that inspires and empowers individuals and communities from every corner of the globe to clean up, fix up and conserve their environment. To date, more than 35 million people around the world have taken part in Clean Up the World events.

Volunteers will be supplied with gloves and garbage bags and will receive certificates from the city. Residents and organizations should register by Tuesday, April 17 in order to participate. They can join in by calling 514-485-6868 or visiting www.CSLearthday.com.

 

Attached photo: Members of the CSL Eco Action Team 

Foreground: Councillor Dida Berku
Middle (L to R): Afrouz Izadpanah, Robin Goldstein, Gail Goldstein, Leslye Lang, Ulli Elia, Naomi Jacobson, Vivian Riley
Background: Toby Shulman, Ron Gallant, Mayor Anthony Housefather, Councillor Steven Erdelyi
Absent: Sondra Goldman, Irene Klein

 

 

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

Côte Saint-Luc EMS information session on April 10 at 6pm

Côte Saint-Luc, April 2, 2007 – An information session for potential Côte Saint-Luc Emergency Medical Services (EMS) volunteer medics will take place on April 10 at 6pm at EMS headquarters, 8100 Côte Saint-Luc Rd.

Those interested in attending the information session or who want more information should call or leave a voice message at 514-485-6956.
 
EMS trainees are required to attend a 120-hour training course, which is held on Wednesday evenings and every other weekend (Saturday and Sunday during the day) for four months.
 
“We’re looking for volunteers who care about their community,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said.  “EMS needs energetic and dynamic people who want to learn a new skill and be part of a team of lifesavers.”
 
Subsidized by the City of Côte Saint-Luc, the EMS training course will teach volunteers about human anatomy, physiology, emergency scene approach, oxygen administration, defibrillation, spinal immobilization, trauma care, cardiac monitoring and much more.
“The EMS experience is an invaluable opportunity where recruits will learn lifesaving techniques, develop challenging career paths and gain leadership skills,” said Councillor Glenn J. Nashen, the councillor responsible for public safety and a former EMS volunteer. “Most volunteers are either students or have full-time jobs. Many past EMS volunteers have gone on to careers in medicine and allied health professions thanks to their Côte Saint-Luc EMS experience.”
 
The Côte Saint-Luc EMS is a first responder service that responds to medical emergencies within Côte Saint-Luc. Calls are received through 9-1-1 and EMS volunteers are dispatched simultaneously with Urgences-santé ambulances. While ambulance response time in Côte Saint-Luc stands at an average of 10 minutes, EMS crews arrive in less than three minutes and immediately put their life saving skills to good use. Last year, EMS volunteers responded to 3,000 calls.
 
For more information about joining Côte Saint-Luc EMS, call 514-485-6956.

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

Côte Saint-Luc calls on Minister Lawrence Bergman to take up EMS cause

Côte Saint-Luc calls on Minister Lawrence Bergman to take up EMS cause after  Montreal shuts door to negotiations to save first responder service

CÔTE SAINT-LUC, March 26, 2007 - Mayor Anthony Housefather called on D’Arcy McGee MNA Lawrence Bergman to state publicly what he will do if re-elected to maintain Côte Saint-Luc Emergency Medical Services (EMS) as a first responder service now that the Mayor of Montreal has refused to negotiate with Côte Saint-Luc to preserve its status.

“Minister Bergman told us to negotiate with the City of Montreal to keep our EMS first responder service,” Mayor Housefather said. “We tried in good faith, but the Mayor of Montreal made it clear he has no intention of negotiating with us or keeping his word on past promises. It is now time for Minister Bergman to tell Côte Saint-Luc residents what he will do to protect EMS if he is re-elected.”

At the island-wide Agglomeration Council meeting on March 22, Mayor Housefather, and councillors Glenn J. Nashen, Dida Berku and Ruth Kovac asked Gerald Tremblay, the Mayor of Montreal, to explain why he broke a 2001 election promise to help preserve EMS.
“Mayor Tremblay couldn’t adequately explain to any of the questioners why he broke his election promise,” said Mayor Housefather. “Instead, he said that the terms of the collective agreement with the firefighters union made it difficult to fight to protect our first responder service.”

A 2003 letter to Côte Saint-Luc from the director of the Montreal Fire Department, Alain Michaud, stated clearly that nothing in the collective agreement prevents EMS volunteers from continuing their service.

The letter from the fire chief was followed by a press release issued on October 27, 2003 by the City of Montreal that confirms the contents of the letter and quotes Montreal Executive Committee member Peter Yeomans stating that Montreal will negotiate with the firefighter’s union:

Notre administration à l’intention de s’asseoir avec le syndicat des pompiers afin d’aborder la question du service SMU de Côte St-Luc, comme exemple de « pratiques exemplaires », pouvant servir de modèle à reproduire pour les autres arrondissements.

Councillor Nashen, responsible for public safety, said that Minister Bergman must now take this issue up at the next sitting of the Quebec legislature.

“Minister Bergman must fulfill his obligation to better represent our interests in Quebec City by striking out any deadline for EMS to cease offering Priority One service,” Councillor Nashen said. “Minister Bergman must clarify his intentions with regard to EMS before we vote.”

In additional to questions from councillors Nashen, Berku and Kovac, EMS volunteer medics Mike Lessard and Lt. Leon Yetnikoff questioned Mayor Tremblay on his flip-flop on protecting EMS.

Residents can learn more about the campaign to help save Côte Saint-Luc EMS by visiting www.saveEMS.com or by calling 514-485-6892.

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