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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

Councillor Glenn J. Nashen to speak at Le Waldorf Residence this evening on the urgency of saving Côte Saint-Luc EMS

Côte Saint-Luc, March 15, 2007 – The media is invited to attend a discussion this evening at 6:45pm at Le Waldorf Residence (7400 Côte Saint-Luc Rd.) on the future of Côte Saint-Luc Emergency Medical Services (EMS). Councillor Glenn J. Nashen and EMS Director Stéphane Kallos will address residents.

Residents of Le Waldorf will also present a signed petition to Councillor Nashen in support of the Côte Saint-Luc EMS service.

DATE:        Thursday, March 15, 2007

TIME:        6:45pm

LOCATION:    Le Waldorf Residence, 7400 Côte Saint-Luc Rd.

The event is part of a campaign launched by the City of Côte Saint-Luc to pressure the Quebec government to modify its law on first responders to allow the volunteer EMS service to respond to emergency medical calls after December 31, 2008.

The media are invited to attend the event. Photo opportunities are available.

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

New Côte Saint-Luc Public Security Chief is 29-year veteran of Montreal Police Department

Côte Saint-Luc, March 2, 2007 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc is happy to welcome former Montreal police investigator Michel Martel as its new Public Security Chief.

Chief Martel worked for the Montreal Police Department from 1970 to 1999. He specialized in reconstructing the events that led to fatal accidents for coroner inquests.

“Chief Martel brings a wealth of experience from 29 years with the police to our Public Security Department,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “He is a major asset to the city and his presence and recommendations will certainly improve safety and crime prevention in Côte Saint-Luc. Our city is safe. Michel will help make it even safer.”

Glenn J. Nashen, the Councillor responsible for public safety, says he is pleased Chief Martel will lead the Public Security Department.

"Chief Martel will work to raise the profile of our outstanding group of public security officers and bring them closer to the public in terms of education and awareness of bylaws".

Chief Martel reports to the City Manager.

About the Public Security Department
The Public Security Department is responsible for enforcing municipal bylaws. Staffed 24-hours-a-day, 365-days-a-year, the sworn officers enforce parking and noise by-laws, patrol local parks and municipal buildings, respond to major incidents, control traffic and much more. The Public Security Department budget for 2007 is $589,603.

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

Award-winning art from Montreal Arts Council on display at the Côte Saint-Luc Public Library until April 12

Côte Saint-Luc, March 1, 2007 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc and the Montreal Arts Council present Œuvres de Prix : Collection du Conseil des arts de Montréal at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library from March 2 to April 12, 2007.

This exhibit showcases past winners of the Montreal Arts Council Grand Prize, which was established in 1985. On exhibit are works by 19 artists including Raymonde April, Pierre Ayot, Geoffrey James, Serge Tousignant, and Irene F. Whittome.

Founded in 1956, the Montreal Arts Council was the first arts council in Canada. This year it is celebrating 50 years of providing support to the arts, emerging artists and artists from ethnocultural communities that together make Montreal vibrant.
 
The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library is located at 5851 Cavendish Boulevard, in Côte Saint-Luc. Opening hours are Monday to Sunday, 10am to 10pm. For information, call 514-485-6900.
 

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

 

Attached image for use by media publication:

"To Be or Not" by Francine Simonin (1990)
Photo credit: Guy L'Heureux

Seniors rally to help save EMS

Seniors rally to help save EMS

More than 40 residents from St. Patrick Square for Seniors and B'nai Brith House delivered more than 250 signatures at City Hall on February 26, 2007 in support of Cote Saint-Luc Emergency Medical Services (EMS). Council also received other petitions in support of EMS from residents of Le Waldorf.

>> More information on how to help save EMS  

Second annual Laughter is the Best Medicine Comedy Benefit coming March 8 to Côte Saint-Luc

Côte Saint-Luc, February 23, 2007 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc is pleased to announce a benefit comedy show on Thursday, March 8 at 8pm at the Harold Greenspon Auditorium of the Bernard Lang Civic Centre (5801 Cavendish Blvd.).

The second annual Laughter is the Best Medicine Comedy Benefit feature some of the top young, up-and-coming comedians in Montreal, including Kristoff Bonaparte, Kevin Gasior, Peter Radomski and Andrew Searles. The show headliners are Alan Shain and Phil Shuchat. The show is organized and hosted by Michael Lifshitz.

Shuchat is a regular on the Montreal comedy scene. His quirky insight and energetic delivery have resulted in appearances in the Just for Laughs International Comedy Festival, successful tours through Canada and the United States and television appearances including the Comedy Network's Adventures in Comedy and Comedy at Club 54. Shain, from Ottawa, who has cerebral palsy, uses humour to attack the idea that disabled people are passive and helpless. His artistic work is founded on a deep commitment to disability activism and taking a personal responsibility for creating change.

Proceeds from the evening will go to the Norman Lifshitz Memorial Fund to support the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics at McGill University. The endowment is named after Lifshitz’s father, who was a pharmacist.

Lifshitz, 31, is a chartered accountant and completed his MBA in November 2006. He advocates for the disabled and launched in 2005 the website sureican.info , which aims to help people live and succeed with a disability. He is also a contributor to Exceptional Family magazine. Lifeshitz, who himself is disabled, says his goal is to inspire and give hope to parents whose children have disabilities.

“Hopefully, by sharing my experiences, I can help parents deal with the challenges they and their children may face," Lifshitz said. "Comedy gives me another avenue to reach people. First of all, humor puts people at ease. If you can laugh at your disability, it becomes less of an issue. Also, by joking about the attitudes of some, it makes people realize just how silly some stereotypes can be."

Tickets for the second annual Laughter is the Best Medicine Comedy Benefit show are $10 if purchased in advance, or $15 if purchased at the door. To get tickets or for more information, contact Michael Lifshitz at 514-569-2605 or michael.lifshitz@investorsgroup.com.

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For more information: Darryl Levine, Director of Public Affairs and Communications, 514-485-8905, dlevine@cote-saint-luc.qc.ca

Residents of St. Patrick Square for Seniors rally to help save Côte Saint-Luc EMS

Côte Saint-Luc, February 22, 2007 – Côte Saint-Luc Mayor Anthony Housefather and the City Council will welcome residents from St. Patrick Square for Seniors who will deliver a signed petition asking Minister of Revenue and D’Arcy McGee MNA Lawrence Bergman to help save Côte Saint-Luc Emergency Medical Services (EMS).

The presentation of signatures is part of a campaign launched by the City of Côte Saint-Luc to pressure the Quebec government to modify its law on first responders to allow the volunteer EMS service to respond to emergency medical calls after December 31, 2008. Unless the Quebec government changes its law on first responders, EMS will lose that right.

DATE: Monday, February 26

TIME: 6pm

LOCATION: Côte Saint-Luc City Hall, Council Chamber, 5801 Cavendish Blvd.

The media are invited to attend the event. Photo opportunities are available.

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For more information: Darryl Levine, Director of Public Affairs and Communications, 514-485-8905, dlevine@cote-saint-luc.qc.ca

Suburbanites are happy their towns demerged


The following text by Mayor Anthony Housefather appeared in The Gazette on January 31, 2007. 

In June of 2004, The Gazette editorially counselled suburban voters to vote against demerger. Fortunately, most suburban residents didn't take The Gazette's advice and 15 municipalities on the Island of Montreal and four municipalities on the South Shore were reconstituted on Jan. 1, 2006 with their own mayors and councils in charge of local services once again.

While your editorial on Jan. 27 recognized the unfairness of the forced mergers, the arrogance of the mayor of Montreal and the absurdities and injustices of the agglomeration council, you again opined that: "If they had known then what we know now, we believe, many suburbanites would have stifled the impulse to vote themselves out of mega-Montreal."

That passing comment demonstrates that the editorial board of The Gazette is as out of touch on this issue today as it was in June 2004. I believe that if there were a referendum today, the majority for demerger would be even higher than it was in 2004 because residents of the demerged cities have seen their local services gradually return to the levels that they expect and deserve.

While it is true that the agglomeration council is an unfair structure and an affront to democracy, so was the megacity.

When I campaigned for demerger, I always stressed that the principal reason for demerger was that local councils would have complete control over our human resources and the services our residents care most about such as snow-clearing, garbage collection, recycling, recreation programs, libraries and public security. Demerger would also restore our ability to tax to pay for such programs and ensure that that local services would eventually return to pre-merger levels. I think most reconstituted cities have achieved this and our residents recognize it.

In Cote St. Luc, for example, given the fact the local municipality once again controls human resources, we have been able to appoint a young and energetic management staff that has worked tirelessly with council to rebuild our services and we have established a management policy that is fair to managers but also affordable given our size.

We have also been able to restore good relationships with our local unions, and have enjoyed a year of total labour peace. We now control our own collective-agreement negotiations which means we can sit down with the unions and agree on terms that make sense for our city and our employees.

In megacity Montreal, human-resources policies are set by the central city and not the boroughs. Had we stayed in Montreal, we would have continued to have Montreal dictate human-resources policy and we would have continued to be hostage to the city of Montreal's struggles with its unions. Not a good scenario.

The reconstituted municipalities now are able to raise money for local services through the local tax bill. We decide locally how much money we need to run our services effectively. Boroughs within Montreal do not have that luxury and simply receive the amount of money the Montreal executive committee decides to allot for local services. Their only option is to levy a surtax to raise additional funds leading to average tax hikes in a borough like LaSalle of approximately 17 per cent.

Meanwhile, a year after demerger, through visibility and control of finances, most demerged cities have seen an average increase of local residential taxes that is less than the rate of inflation while having far greater amounts to spend on local services than they did as boroughs of the city of Montreal.

As demerged communities we have once again been able to introduce new and innovative services or improve what existed in Montreal. In Cote St. Luc, for example, we regained control of our local water network and this year fixed breaks in an average of a few hours compared with the several days it took while we were part of Montreal.

We introduced a Voluntary Citizens on Patrol Program that has been heralded by the police as an excellent enhancement to public security and have agreed with our blue-collar union to do garbage collection in-house at a significant savings to the increased tender prices that came in this year.

We have once again been able to ensure that our public library has sufficient funding to serve our residents by charging non-residents for membership. Other demerged cities have their own accomplishments and it is very rare that I hear any resident of a demerged city wishing that they were part of the megacity once again.

Sure, the agglomeration council is a source of constant frustration. As always when it comes to regional services, we pay a lot and get very little with no real say. I join my colleagues in calling for the Liberal government to undo the structure it has created to provide a fairer, more accountable and more democratic regional level of government that can not be abused by the city of Montreal.

I do believe that one day a Quebec government will change this structure as almost everyone agrees that it makes no sense. That being said, if we had not demerged, we would have continued to have no real say over any services, local or regional and the improvements to local services that our residents have seen since demerger would not have occurred.

Let me assure The Gazette that suburban residents do not regret the decision that they made in 2004 to leave the megacity. It was a good decision; it was the right decision.

Anthony Housefather is the mayor of Cote St. Luc.

Annual Jeannôt Bouchard Memorial CanSkate Gathering at the Samuel Moskovitch Arena on February 17 and 18

Côte Saint-Luc, February 9, 2007 – The City of Côte-Luc and the Côte Saint-Luc Figure Skating Club will be hosting the 13th annual Jeannôt Bouchard Memorial CanSkate Gathering on February 17 and 18, 2007 at the Samuel Moskovitch Arena (6985 Mackle Rd.).

Hundreds of skaters aged five to 12 representing 13 skating clubs across western Montreal and the West Island (part of the Lac Saint-Louis region) will participate in the event.

“I wish all the participants good luck,” Côte Saint-Luc Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “I hope Côte Saint-Luc residents are inspired by this competition and take advantage of our indoor and outdoor ice rinks.”

The Côte Saint-Luc Figure Skating Club will send 38 skaters in eight teams to compete in five competitive categories and a number of individual freestyle skaters to compete in solo categories.

The competition runs from 9am to 9pm on Saturday and 9am 2pm on Sunday. Admission is free and all are welcome.

The 13 skating clubs are from cities and towns of Beaconsfield, Côte Saint-Luc, Dollard des Ormeaux, Dorval, Kirkland, Lachine, LaSalle, Saint-Laurent, Outremont, Pierrefonds, Pointe Claire, TMR, and Verdun.

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For more information: Darryl Levine, 514-485-8905, dlevine@cote-saint-luc.qc.ca

Help save EMS

Help save EMS
by Glenn J. Nashen, City Councillor (Public Safety)

When we were first elected, the Côte Saint-Luc City Council worked closely with MNA Lawrence Bergman to get an exemption for our unique first-responder service, Emergency Medical Services (EMS).

During the merger years, the City of Montreal planned to transfer the most serious medical calls—called Priority One—to the fire department and signed a collective agreement with the fire department setting out those terms. Priority One calls constitute half of the calls EMS responds to on an annual basis.

Against all odds, we were able to secure a three-year exemption until December 31, 2008 but that date is fast approaching. In order to ensure that our ability to maintain our unique EMS service as we know it, we need the Quebec legislature to intervene and provide us with a permanent exemption to remain fully in control of our life-saving service that has operated successfully and at low cost for more than 25 years.

Côte Saint-Luc EMS is the only such volunteer service on the Island of Montreal and has saved many lives.

Having the fire department serve as first responders throughout the rest of the island is big bonus to those residents who do not already enjoy such a service. But while the fire department hopes to respond in six minutes, Côte Saint-Luc EMS already has a response time of less than three minutes. When seconds count most, why would we accept a slower response? Fire department responders will have about 50 hours of training while our volunteers have three times more training. Our EMS volunteers know Côte Saint-Luc better, speak more languages and have been connected the community for more than 40 years!

These are just some of the more important reasons why we must speak out now, before the next provincial election, and demand that our provincial government grant Côte Saint-Luc EMS continued authority over all medical emergencies, including Priority One calls, on a permanent basis. Please do not delay. Côte Saint-Luc EMS is a matter of life and death!

Please contact your Quebec MNA, Lawrence Bergman, to ask him for his help to save Côte Saint-Luc EMS.

Lawrence Bergman
Minister of Revenue
Member for D'Arcy McGee
5800 Cavendish Blvd., Suite 403
Côte Saint-Luc, QC  H4W 2T5
Tel.: 514-488-7028
E-mail: cabinet@revenu.gouv.qc.ca

Côte Saint-Luc now has nine life-saving defibrillators in use across city

Côte Saint-Luc, February 5, 2007 - The City of Côte Saint-Luc installed three new automatic external defibrillators (AED) in municipal buildings this week, which increases the number of life saving devices available across the city to nine.

The three automatic external defibrillators were installed at the Bernard Lang Civic Centre (which includes City Hall and the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library), the Samuel Moskovitch Arena and the Côte Saint-Luc Community Centre.

"Côte Saint-Luc has always been leader in public safety, whether it is our volunteer Emergency Medical Services program, our pesticide ban or our bicycle helmet bylaw,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. "Automatic external defibrillators are proven life-saving devices and may make the difference one day to someone in the first critical moments after cardiac arrest."

An automated external defibrillator is a portable electronic device that diagnoses and treats cardiac arrest by re-establishing an effective heart rhythm. These devices are automated with recorded voice prompts to guide the user on how to apply it. Once the device is properly set up, it delivers the shock automatically without the user having to push a button. The device won’t shock someone with a normal heart rhythm, so they are not a danger to anyone.

In addition to the three permanent automated external defibrillators, there are also four units in use by Côte Saint-Luc Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and two units in use by Côte Saint-Luc Public Security.

Public Security constables received eight hours of CPR training, including use of the automated external defibrillators. They will use these devices only if Côte Saint-Luc EMS or Urgences-santé are not on the scene.

Dr. Mitch Shulman, a specialist in emergency medicine as well as being the Medical Director of the Côte Saint-Luc EMS, says out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest, caused by ventricular fibrillation, is an important cause of death in Canada.

“The most effective treatment available to victims of sudden cardiac arrest is early defibrillation,” Dr. Shulman said. “Medical studies have shown that targeted responders, such as police and security personnel, can learn to use an automated external defibrillator safely and effectively."

Côte Saint-Luc EMS has been equipped with defibrillators since 1993. In additional to the four defibrillators used by EMS, there are now AEDs positioned at the Samuel Moskovitch Arena, the Bernard Lang Civic Centre, the Côte Saint-Luc Municipal Pool. There are two AEDs in the Public Security vehicle fleet.
Later this month, two more automated external defibrillators will be installed in both volunteer Citizens on Patrol (vCOP) vehicles, bringing the city-wide total to 11. Volunteer patrollers are currently receiving additional medical training on the proper use of these devices.

“Côte Saint-Luc has set a goal to make Public Access Defibrillation part of the municipal scene in Côte Saint-Luc and CPR training more accessible to our residents,“ said Glenn J. Nashen, the Councillor responsible for public safety. “Expanding their use to our trained Public Security constables and vCOP patrollers and installing permanent ones in key municipal buildings will help us cover more area and provide help to residents who need it."

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For more information: Darryl Levine, 514-485-8905, dlevine@cote-saint-luc.qc.ca

Stories, costumes and cake at Marie Antoinette night at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library

Côte Saint-Luc, February 5, 2007 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc presents a discussion with Caroline Weber, author of “Queen of Fashion: What Marie Antoinette Wore to the Revolution”, on Thursday, February 15 at 7pm at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library (5851 Cavendish Blvd.). Admission is $5.

The book tells the story of how Marie Antoinette’s clothing choices helped make (and unmake) her reputation, altering the course of French history.

The evening will be especially memorable as staff of the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library will be dressed in period clothing to help create the feel of the late 1700s France.

“We are very luck to have author Caroline Weber fly in from New York to talk about this fascinating topic,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “Anyone with an interest in French history, fashion or a good story will enjoy attending this event. I am also happy to report that cake will be served.”

A review in Publishers Weekly said this about the book: “As this prodigiously researched, deliciously detailed study (perfectly timed for the fall release of Sofia Coppola’s movie) of the doomed royal’s fashion statements demonstrates, her masculine equestrian garb, ostentatious costumes for masked balls, high Parisian hairdos and faux-country gear were bold bids for political power and personal freedom in a suffocating realm where a queen was merely a breeder and living symbol of her spouse’s glorious reign.”

Residents can learn more about the event by calling 514-485-6900.

About the Author
Caroline Weber is an associate professor of French at Barnard College, Columbia University. A specialist in eighteenth-century French literature, culture, and history, she has also taught at the University of Pennsylvania and Yale University. Her other publications include Terror and Its Discontents, a well-received and widely taught book on the Reign of Terror; an edited volume of Yale French studies; and numerous articles. She lives with her husband in New York City.

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For more information, contact: Mona Turner, 514-485-6926, mturner@cote-saint-luc.qc.ca

                

Côte Saint-Luc calls on Quebec government to protect local first responder service that has served community for 25 years

Côte Saint-Luc, January 31, 2007 – Mayor Anthony Housefather today urged the Quebec government to grant Côte Saint-Luc Emergency Medical Services (EMS) a permanent exemption so it can continue to respond to life-threatening emergencies on its territory.

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, the new Côte Saint-Luc Council worked with D’Arcy McGee MNA Lawrence Bergman to secure a three-year exemption from the Quebec government so it could continue to respond to Priority One emergency calls until December 31, 2008.

“We are happy for our neighbours on the Island of Montreal who will soon benefit from a first responder service, but Côte Saint-Luc doesn’t want our own well-established emergency service replaced,” Mayor Housefather said. “We urge our residents to contact our MNA, Lawrence Bergman, in order to pressure the Quebec government to modify the agglomeration decree and allow Côte Saint-Luc to run its own EMS service in perpetuity.”

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 Glenn J. Nashen, who is responsible for public safety and 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 emergentologist serving as Medical Director. A committee of elected, lay and professional leaders in the Emergency Services Committee also oversee operations.

“Côte Saint-Luc EMS is one of our most recognizable, admired and valuable public services with 25 years experience,” Mayor Housefather said. “Our EMS medics respond to emergencies in an average of three minutes, which is faster than what the Fire Department does currently in the cities where it already does emergency response. Also, the new Montreal first responder service will not respond to Priority Two calls, which are non life-threatening emergency calls and which account for half of the 30,000 annual calls answered by EMS.”

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, contact: Darryl Levine, 514-485-8905, dlevine@cote-saint-luc.qc.ca

Membership renewal time at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library

Côte Saint-Luc, January 24, 2007 – A membership renewal drive is underway at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library (5851 Cavendish Blvd.). The city is asking residents to renew their membership at the library reception desk on their next visit to avoid any interruption in their online library services.

To renew, members need a valid identification, such as a driver’s license. Members will also be asked to verify that the library has their current contact information on file. The library will also be encouraging members to provide their e-mail address, which is part of a city-wide initiative to communicate with residents in a cost-effective way.

Residents of Côte Saint-Luc, Hampstead or Montreal West can renew their library membership at no charge.

Hampstead and Montreal West residents must also present a voucher available from their towns for a rate set by those towns. Hampstead vouchers are available at the Irving Adessky Community Centre (30 Lyncroft St.). Montreal West vouchers are available at their Town Hall (50 Westminster South).

Members who are residents of another city or town must pay an annual fee of $175 (or a reduced fee of $100 for seniors or for people under age 18).

“Our municipal library is own of the finest in Montreal and we encourage all our residents to take full advantage of our extensive collection,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “In addition to the book library, we also have an extensive periodical collection, wireless Internet access, computer terminals and more than 15,000 VHS and DVD videos.”

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For more information: Darryl Levine, 514-485-8905, dlevine@cote-saint-luc.qc.ca

New art exhibit at the public library in Côte Saint-Luc features 101-year-old Côte Saint-Luc resident

Côte Saint-Luc, January 18, 2007 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc presents “Maxwell M. Kalman: A Centennial Retrospective”, photographs by Maxwell M. Kalman, from January 13 to May 30, 2007 at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library (5851 Cavendish Blvd.).

The exhibit focuses on a selection of about 18 buildings and projects designed or developed by Kalman. Collectively they reflect the diversity and the nature of Kalman’s practice and its evolution over three decades.
 
The exhibit, curated by Susan Bronson of McGill University, features 30 photographs, with short descriptive texts, supplemented by a few drawings. The exhibit will close on 30 May to coincide with Kalman’s 101st birthday.

The exhibitions are on view daily between 10am and 10pm. Call 514-485-6900 for details.

“Maxwell M. Kalman is a resident of Côte Saint-Luc and we are excited to be able to display photographs of his architectural projects,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “I’m happy we could help show residents some of his work.”

Maxwell M. Kalman (born in Montreal in 1906) was trained in architecture at Columbia University and McGill University, from which he graduated in 1932. He was in sole private practice in Montreal from the 1930s until around 1960.

His designs reflect well the styles and methods of the day. His pre-war work was mostly residential, including brick neo-Georgian apartment buildings, duplexes, and single-family period houses. His non-residential work was more progressive in design, including both commercial work (e.g. stores for Woolworth's) and institutional work (e.g. the Workers' Circle at Mile End).

After the War he became more involved in commercial buildings and in larger-scaled development. His Film Exchange at 1200 St. Alexandre St. reflected the International Style. He was the architect of Norgate (City of St. Laurent), a large residential complex for returning veterans, which included Canada's first shopping centre (1949). In the late 1950s he was a partner in development, and consulting architect, for The Forty-Three Hundred (4300 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W.), a pioneer in large, luxury apartments. He was also a partner and a consulting architect for the innovative Town of Lorraine on Rivière-des-Prairies.

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For more information, contact: Mona Turner, 514-485-6926, mturner@cote-saint-luc.qc.ca

Côte Saint-Luc reminds residents to do their part to ensure safer roads and sidewalks

Côte Saint-Luc, January 17, 2007 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc has posted on its website (www.cote-saint-luc.qc.ca) safety information about the snow clearing operation and reminders about snow dumping rules.

“Again this winter, we are urging residents not to dump snow from their private property onto the streets or sidewalk,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “We want clean streets and sidewalks that are safe for pedestrians and cars to navigate.”

The snow clearing information posted on the Côte Saint-Luc website also reminds residents to monitor their children when snow clearing trucks are in the area, respect all parking restrictions, avoid placing garbage bags or recycling bins on the sidewalk or street and more.

About snow clearing operations

Côte Saint-Luc applies road salt and abrasives to main roads and intersections to maintain traffic flow and keep our roads safe when snow or frozen snow begins falling. Once 2.5 cm of snow have fallen, snow clearing operations begin.

During a heavy snowfall, Côte Saint-Luc clears snow from major roadways first. Once precipitation has stopped, the accumulated snow along the edge of these major roadways is removed by our snow blowing equipment.

During snow removal, there is always a spotter in front of the snow blower and any obstruction will lead to an immediate halt in operations as a safety precaution.

The snow removal budget for Côte Saint-Luc in 2007 is $1.5 million, which represents about 4.5 percent of the entire Côte Saint-Luc budget.

Residents can read more about snow clearing operations in Côte Saint-Luc at the city website, www.cote-saint-luc.qc.ca.

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For more information: Darryl Levine, 514-485-8905, dlevine@cote-saint-luc.qc.ca

Côte Saint-Luc Public Security constable receives commendation

Côte Saint-Luc, January 15, 2007 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc has given a commendation to Public Security Constable Antonio Labattaglia for his actions last December, which stopped an SUV from rolling over a resident.
 
The commendation ceremony was held at the start of the City Council meeting on January 15, 2007.
 
Constable Labattaglia responded to a call for a traffic accident near the intersection of Cavendish Blvd. and Mackle Rd. on December 19, 2006. He saw that a street lamp had been knocked down as a result of the car accident. He immediately blocked southbound traffic.
 
While Constable Labattaglia was assessing the area, he noticed an SUV had driven to the scene. The SUV driver rushed to exit her vehicle to attend to her son (who was one of the victims of the car accident). In her rush to exit, she left her SUV in ‘Reverse', exited the car and fell to ground when the driver-side door struck her. She was on the ground, and partly under the SUV, which was still slowly rolling in reverse.
 
Constable Labattaglia ran over to the SUV, jumped in, stopped it, and freed the woman from under the SUV – just before it was about to roll over her.
 
"Quick thinking and quick action by Constable Labattaglia helped avoid potentially serious injuries to one of our residents," Mayor Anthony Housefather said. "I am extremely proud to give him a commendation for his efforts."
 
The Public Security Department patrols Côte Saint-Luc 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week. Its main role is to assist the Montreal Police Department in spotting illegal or dangerous activities in Côte Saint-Luc and to enforce municipal bylaws, such as parking violations. Public Security constables are fully-trained in CPR and the use of automated external defibrillators. They do not carry firearms. There are 10 active constables, a dispatcher, and a lieutenant, who heads the department.
 
“Constable Labattaglia acted promptly to assist someone who needed help,” said Lieutenant Anthony Tsakon. “He did what I would expect any of our constables to do. It's our job to help.”
 

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For more information: Darryl Levine, 514-485-8905, dlevine@cote-saint-luc.qc.ca

Côte Saint-Luc approves responsible balanced budget with average tax increase less than the rate of inflation

CÔTE SAINT-LUC, DECEMBER 18, 2006 – The Council of the City of Côte Saint-Luc tonight adopted the local municipal budget for 2007.
 
“Côte Saint-Luc adopted a responsible budget that keeps the average residential tax increases below the rate of inflation,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “The Côte Saint-Luc City Council and management team worked hard to cut unnecessary expenses while ensuring that our local services, such as our library and recreation programs, will continue at the high level residents have come to expect.”
 
The City of Côte Saint-Luc budget will rise 2.3 percent versus last year's adjusted budget—from $29.2 million to $29.8 million. Regarding the tax rate, the owner of a single-family home whose property valuation increased at the average rate of 36 percent will pay 1.15 percent more in property taxes. Other individual tax accounts may be lower or higher, depending on the new four-year property valuation assessment roll, which increased the valuation of some properties more than others.
 
Revenues

To help minimize the impact of property valuation increases greater than the Côte Saint-Luc average of 35.7 percent, the City of Côte Saint-Luc has reduced the tax rate (also called the “mill rate”) on all properties, and staggered the valuation increases over four-years instead of applying the new valuations in 2007 alone.
 
Côte Saint-Luc residents will notice the same two water tax items on their local Côte Saint-Luc tax bill as last year. These water taxes were maintained and money raised will be used to buy water from the City of Montreal, pay down the debt owed to the City of Montreal for the purchase the water distribution network under Côte Saint-Luc and pay engineering consulting Dessau Soprin for the maintenance and improvement of the Côte Saint-Luc water infrastructure. Each water tax bill is based on the value of the owner's property.

Operating Expenses

The City of Côte Saint-Luc kept increases in operating expenses to a minimum by trimming the budgets of all departments in a way that will not affect the services residents expect. This was achieved by a judicious review of all expenses and finding new and less costly ways to achieve excellent services to residents.
 
“Côte Saint-Luc decided to do our garbage collection in-house in 2007 to avoid paying huge increases from outside garbage collection firms," Mayor Housefather said. “This kind of financially wise decision would not have been possible had Côte Saint-Luc still been a borough in the mega-city because we had no control over budgets and local services.

“Fortunately, Côte Saint-Luc demerged and our local services improved considerably in 2006 and will be even better in 2007 because our local City Council has control over local services and we have gotten over the transition pains that occurred in early 2006 as we recreated departments that had barely existed during the four years we were merged.”
 
The biggest rise in expenses is an increase in salaries and employee contributions, which is a direct consequence of the forced municipal mergers. When Côte Saint-Luc was a borough from 2001 to 2005, the mega-city increased employee salaries. When Côte Saint-Luc demerged, it inherited a payroll that was much higher than what existing before the forced merger and given that many of those increases happened in the last months before demerger, the 2006 budget underestimated salary line and employee contributions.
 
The water infrastructure budget has also risen because Côte Saint-Luc identified water testing and infrastructure improvements as a priority.
 
“The engineering consulting firm Dessau Soprin will continue to test our water every week, fix leaks, fix fire hydrants and improve the underground water network we inherited from the City of Montreal,” said Councillor Dida Berku, who chairs the Côte Saint-Luc Finance Committee. “After years of inattention to our water system by the City of Montreal, we are finally able to make crucial improvements.”
 
Capital Expenditures Budget

Just as the expense budget allows short-term planning and control of current operating needs, the capital expenditures budget is a tool to aid long-term planning and control of long-range and capital needs, such as:

  • Road and sidewalk replacement
  • Sewer replacement and repairs
  • Repairs to municipal buildings
  • Upgrades and improvements to parks, pools and equipment
  • Upgrades to the ambulance fleet of Côte Saint-Luc Emergency Medical Services and purchase of defibrillators
  • Replacement and upgrade of municipal vehicles and technology equipment

The three-year capital expenditures budget is $5.89 million in 2007, $5.57 million in 2008 and $4.36 million in 2009.
 
About the tax bills

Residents of Côte Saint-Luc will receive two municipal tax bills in early 2007 – one from the City of Côte Saint-Luc and another from the island-wide Agglomeration Council.

The Côte Saint-Luc tax bill pays for the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library, parks and recreation activities, Emergency Medical Services, road repairs, garbage collection and other local services. The island-wide tax bill pays for Montreal island services such as the police, fire prevention and public transit.

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For more information, contact: Darryl Levine, 514-485-8905, dlevine@cote-saint-luc.qc.ca

Côte Saint-Luc Senior Men's Social Club to serve homeless Montrealers at Old Brewery Mission on December 7, 2006

CÔTE SAINT-LUC, NOVEMBER 14, 2006 – The Côte Saint-Luc Senior Men's Social Club will be serving homeless Montrealers at the Old Brewery Mission on December 7 from 4pm to 7pm. The group has also made a donation to the Old Brewery Mission.

"We believe strongly in giving back to those who need it the most," said Archie Moss, President of the Côte Saint-Luc Senior Men's Social Club. "Many of us grew up in humble surroundings and we have never taken for granted what we have. It is a great joy for us to help feed those who are hungry."

Sam Goldbloom, the Côte Saint-Luc councillor responsible for the seniors portfolio, says this annual activity demonstrates how seniors in Côte Saint-Luc are a vital resource for the community.

"We are proud of the Côte Saint-Luc Senior Men's Social Club," said Councillor Goldbloom. "They have a wealth of experience and a desire to do good things for others in the community. They are an invaluable resource."

TD Canada Trust will also be donating $5,000 to the Old Brewery Mission again this year, bringing its five-year total to $25,000. Ms. Teta Filacouridis, the manager at the Westminster branch, Paul Lelievre, the district vice president for the Quebec region, and bank staff will also be serving meals.

"We are very proud to join the Côte Saint-Luc Senior Men's Social Club for the fourth consecutive year in serving meals at the Old Brewery Mission," said Mr. Lelievre. "We believe strongly in giving back to the community and to such a worthy cause."

The TD Canada Trust branch at Westminster supports or participates in many community initiatives including R.A.G.S. Poverty, Maple Leaf Lodge, Walk in Her Shoes, Share the Warmth, the Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation, the Alzheimer Society of Canada. It also sponsors a breakfast for the Côte Saint-Luc Senior Men's Social Club.

The Old Brewery Mission is located at 915 Clarke St. in Montreal. People can donate by telephone at 514-788-1884 ext. 21 or online at www.oldbrewerymission.ca.

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For more information, contact: Darryl Levine, Manager of
Communications, City of Côte Saint-Luc, 514-485-8905,
dlevine@cote-saint-luc.qc.ca

Côte Saint-Luc introduces a new monthly newsletter

CÔTE SAINT-LUC, NOVEMBER 8, 2006 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc launched on Tuesday the CSL Capsule, a monthly bilingual newsletter distributed in paper format and by e-mail.

The October issue features information on the new real estate valuations, the eco-friendly leaf collection program, a calendar of events and more.

“There are a lot of interesting services and important news we want our residents to be know about,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “I hope residents read the CSL Capsule each month and tell a neighbour about it.”

Residents can pick up a paper copy at City Hall (5801 Cavendish Blvd.), the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library, the Samuel Moskovitch Arena and other public municipal spots. Residents can also subscribe to an electronic version of the newsletter, which is delivered each month by e-mail.

“We have a tremendous un-tapped opportunity to use e-mail to inform residents in a cost-effective way,” said Councillor Mike Cohen, who is responsible for the communications portfolio. “The cost of distributing information by e-mail is negligible. We also produce a limited number of paper copies because we know not everyone has a computer.”

Residents can sign up for the CSL Capsule by sending an e-mail to dlevine@cote-saint-luc.qc.ca.

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For more information, contact: Darryl Levine, Manager of Communications, City of Côte Saint-Luc, 514-485-8905, dlevine@cote-saint-luc.qc.ca

Côte Saint-Luc Seeking New Recruits for Volunteer Citizens on Patrol Program

CÔTE SAINT-LUC, OCTOBER 27, 2006 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc is looking for more recruits to expand its successful crime prevention program, Volunteer Citizens on Patrol, or vCOP, Mayor Anthony Housefather announced today.
 
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.
 
“Community safety and security remains a prime objective of Côte Saint-Luc,” Mayor Housefather said. “The vCOP program is proactively helping improve safety in the community.”
 
Visible on the streets and at many special events throughout the year, the vCOP patrol helps deter crime and assists people in need. The volunteers contribute to the well-being of the community and assist residents and visitors in a meaningful and tangible way, such as alerting Public Security or the police about suspicious activity, downed power lines or other possible dangers to residents.
 
“We have already recruited and trained 30 members who are patrolling the streets of Côte Saint-Luc,” said Glenn J. Nashen, who is the City Councillor responsible for public safety including all aspects of local emergency services, civil protection and disaster readiness. “We are looking for the next group of concerned residents who are interested in making a real difference in our community.”
 
Volunteer patrollers, in marked vCOP vehicles and on foot notify local agencies with emergency and non-emergency situations as they act as observers throughout the community.
 
“vCOP volunteers gain a better understanding of crime prevention issues and strategies while having fun and getting to know their community even better,” Councillor Nashen said.

Volunteers must be at least 18 years old, in very good physical and mental health and residing, working or having a vested interest in Côte Saint-Luc. Volunteers must pass a security check, have good interpersonal and communications skills, possess a positive attitude and be able to work in a team environment, act professionally and participate in training sessions. Patrollers will also be required to commit to a minimum four hours per month.
 
“Whether you are a university student, a business person or a retiree, you can make a difference,” Mayor Housefather said. “As long as you're in good shape with some time to spare, call to find out how you can help.”
 
vCOP training includes presentations by Côte Saint-Luc Public Security, Montreal police and fire officials as well as radio communications, first aid and CPR.
 
"These volunteers will be an ally in the effort to keep our community safe,” said Commander René Allard of Neighbourhood Police Station 9, which is located in Côte Saint-Luc.
 
Councillor Nashen said that a new corps of volunteers will be called upon in the event of major emergencies and disasters, and to help with community services and public education.
“It is important to be well prepared and to have members throughout the community who are trained and ready to help,” Councillor Nashen said.
 
The vCOP program is under the direction of EMS Director Stephane Kallos, and volunteer coordinators and supervisors including Councillor Nashen, Jordy Reichson and Murray Genis. Claireview Leasing is a major sponsor of vCOP having donated a minivan for use by patrollers.
 
For more information about joining the vCOP program, please call 514-485-6800.

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For more information: Darryl Levine, Manager of Communications, 514-485-8905, dlevine@cote-saint-luc.qc.ca

Côte Saint-Luc residents invited to Public Information Session on Cavendish Blvd. extension

CÔTE SAINT-LUC, OCTOBER 20, 2006 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc will hold a Public Information Session at City Hall (5801 Cavendish Blvd.) on Monday, October 30 at 8pm to update residents on the status of the Cavendish Blvd. extension project.

“The Cavendish extension is extremely important for the future of the west-end transportation network,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “Our City Council believes it is important to update residents on the status of the project and to give residents a chance to discuss their concerns and ask questions.”

The City Council will present the history and context of the Cavendish Blvd. extension project and the next steps.

“The Project Bureau has been working toward realizing this project and we invite all interested parties to participate to make it happen,” said Dida Berku, the Councillor in charge of the Cavendish Blvd. extension portfolio. “A northern exit from Côte Saint-Luc would be important to residents and would provide them with an alternate entry and exit route.”

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For more information, contact:

Darryl Levine, Manager of Communications, City of Côte Saint-Luc, 514-485-8905, dlevine@cote-saint-luc.qc.ca

Côte Saint-Luc Library presents ‘Familial Ground’ exhibit by Rafael Goldchain

CÔTE SAINT-LUC, SEPTEMBER 26, 2006 – An art exhibit featuring the work of Chilean-born artist Rafael Goldchain will be launched at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Library (5851 Cavendish Boulevard) on Thursday, September 28. The gallery is open from 10am to 10pm every day. The exhibit will last until November 5.

Entitled “Familial Ground”, the exhibit is an autobiographical exhibition that features digitally-altered self-portrait photographs. Mr. Goldchain says the exhibit suggests that grounding identity within a familial and cultural history is subject to erasures, geographic displacements, and cultural dislocations. He says it entails a process of gathering and connecting scattered fragments of past familial history while acknowledging the impossibility of complete retrieval.

“Familial Ground is the product of a process that started several years ago when my son was born,” Mr. Goldchain said. “I gradually realized that my new role as parent included the responsibility to pass on to my son a familial and cultural inheritance, and that such inheritance would need to be gathered and delivered gradually in a manner appropriate to his age.”

“My attempts at articulating histories, cultural and familial, public and private, made me acutely aware of how much I knew of the former, and how little of the latter. I thought of the many erasures that my family history was subjected to, and of the way in which my South American and Jewish educations privileged public histories.

“While I could access the considerable existing stores of knowledge of Eastern European Jewish life, knowledge of the pre-Holocaust lives of my grandparents and their families only exists in fragments deeply buried within the memories of elderly relatives. As I reached my middle years it became important to not only retrieve basic historical facts such as family names, dates, and genealogical relations, but also to attempt to know the world of my ancestors as a basic foundation of an identity that I could pass on to my son,” Mr. Goldstein said.

Born in Santiago, Chile, Mr. Goldchain received a Master of Fine Arts from York University and currently teaches photography and digital art at Sheridan Institute of Technology. He is an Adjunct Professor at York University’s Graduate Program in Visual Arts. Mr. Goldchain artwork has been shown across Canada, and in the United States, South America and Europe. His work is in the collections of the Bibliothèque nationale in Paris, the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography in Ottawa, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Toronto, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego, and in private and public art collections.

For more information about Mr. Goldchain, visit www.rafaelgoldchain.com . For more information about the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Library, visit www.elcslpl.org .              

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For further information, please contact: Darryl Levine, Manager of Communications, City of Côte Saint-Luc, 514-485-8905, dlevine@cote-saint-luc.qc.ca

Côte Saint-Luc names permanent City Manager

CÔTE SAINT-LUC, SEPTEMBER 19, 2006 - Côte Saint-Luc Mayor Anthony Housefather today announced the appointment of Ken Lerner as the City Manager for the City of Côte Saint-Luc.
 
Mr. Lerner has been Interim City Manager since March 2006. Prior to that, Mr. Lerner was Division Chief in the Department of Purchasing and Interim Director of Information Systems for the City of Côte Saint-Luc.
 
“We are pleased to make Ken’s role as City Manager a permanent appointment,” Mayor Housefather said. “Since coming to city hall just after Cote Saint-Luc’s reconstitution, Ken has done an outstanding job working with Council and staff to re-build services to the level residents expect and deserve. I have full confidence in him and a strong relationship between the Mayor and City Manager is a key element in a successful municipal organization. By making his status permanent, the City Council is reaffirming its goal to attract experienced managers and staff with strong ties to Côte Saint-Luc.”
 
Mr. Lerner first moved to Côte Saint-Luc more than 20 years ago. His children are active in minor hockey and baseball Côte Saint-Luc and his wife runs the Meals-On-Wheels program at the Maimonides Hospital.
“I love living in Côte Saint-Luc and feel very connected to the community,” Mr. Lerner said. “As City Manager, I direct a team that provides the best services to the most people. I like the idea that the services we provide make life better for my neighbours.”
 
Mr. Lerner was formally assistant director of procedures and automation at the International Air Transport Association (IATA), a trade association representing more than 280 airlines. He helped implement a $1.4 billion cost-reduction across the airline industry. He was also the manager for sourcing planning and supply at Lafarge North America. In addition, he has served as the corporate material manager for Velan Engineering and cargo operations support and service manager for Canadian Airlines International.
 
“This Council’s goal, which I share, is to run the city like a business by bringing more accountability and transparency to city management,” Mr. Lerner said. “For instance, we are leveraging information technology to improve efficiency and save costs. We are rationalizing purchasing in the same manner.”
 
Mr. Lerner graduated from Concordia University with a Bachelor of Arts degree and a certificate in purchasing and inventory control. He is a long-standing member of the Association of Production and Inventory Control (APICS).
 
The City Council formally appointed Mr. Lerner during a Special Council Meeting on September 18, 2006.
 
The City Manager is the senior civil servant in the City of Côte Saint-Luc and works closely with the Mayor and City Council to establish the objectives of the City and to manage its daily operations. He solves problems and   establishes priorities for ongoing programs and projects on a daily basis.

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For more information:
Darryl Levine
Manager of Communications
City of Côte Saint-Luc
Tel.: (514) 485-6905
E-mail: dlevine@cote-saint-luc.qc.ca

Côte Saint-Luc residents invited to Public Information Session on new Valuation Roll for 2007-2008-2009

CÔTE SAINT-LUC, SEPTEMBER 15, 2006 - Côte Saint-Luc residents are invited to attend a Public Information Session on Monday, September 18 at 7:30pm at City Hall (5801 Cavendish Blvd.) to learn about changes to the valuation roll and how those changes might affect property taxes for residents.

The average property assessment in Côte Saint-Luc increased by 36 percent. By comparison, the average property assessment for 16 municipalities of the Montreal urban agglomeration increased by 41 percent.

The assessment role represents the inventory of all properties in Côte Saint-Luc and indicates its quantity, characteristics and value. The new assessment role is the basis for the 2007, 2008 and 2009 tax bills for residents of Côte Saint-Luc.

The Côte Saint-Luc City Council will provide more information about the new valuations at the Public Information Session and explain how it might affect residents. This will be the first information session held on this topic on the Island of Montreal since this week's release of the
assessment rolls for the 16 municipalities of the Montreal urban agglomeration.

Date
Monday, September 18, 2006

Time
7:30pm

Location
Côte Saint-Luc City Hall
City Hall Council Chamber, 2nd floor
5801 Cavendish Blvd.
Côte Saint-Luc, Quebec

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For further information, please contact:
Darryl Levine
Manager of Communications
City of Côte Saint-Luc
t. (514) 485-8905
e. dlevine@cote-saint-luc.qc.ca

Côte Saint-Luc Creative Social Centre prepares vernissage, exhibition and sale

CÔTE SAINT-LUC, SEPTEMBER 15, 2006 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc wishes to salute the Creative Social Centre and its vernissage, exhibition and sale from October 9 to 11, 2006.
 
“This is a wonderful group that showcases the multiple talents and boundless energy of our seniors,” said Côte Saint-Luc City Councillor Sam Goldbloom, who is responsible for the seniors portfolio.
 
Located on the second floor of the Congregation Chevra Kadisha B’nai Jacob – Beith Hazikaron (5237 Clanranald Avenue), the Creative Social Centre is formally affiliated with Côte Saint-Luc’s programming for senior citizens. Many of the group’s members reside in Côte Saint-Luc. The Creative Social Centre was founded by Helen Knight on November 28, 1982. She remains at the helm of the organization and looks forward to celebrating the 25th anniversary in the fall of 2007.
 
Recently, Ms. Knight met with Côte Saint-Luc City Councillor Mike Cohen. One of his portfolios is communications and he has agreed to assist the group in its new promotion plan leading up to anniversary planning.
The vernissage, featuring paintings and sculptures created by more than 70 of the Centre’s members, will take place on Monday, October 9 from 3pm to 8pm at the synagogue. It will be followed by an exhibition and sale during the following two days from 1pm to 5pm.
 
Shirley Katz will present “Art – One Woman’s Perspective” on October 10. Ruth Dranov will speak on “Wellness” on October 11. Refreshments will be served.
 
This program is being sponsored by Congregation Chevra Kadisha B’nai Jacob – Beith Hazikaron and the cities of Montreal and Côte Saint-Luc.
Ms. Knight says the Creative Social Centre was modeled on Abraham Maslow’s ‘Hierarchy of Needs’ as participation in the various activities serves to enhance and encourage motivation and self-esteem.
 
“The camaraderie of the Centre fulfills the need to belong and potential for personal growth is ultimately achieved,” Ms. Knight said. “Our annual vernissage, where paintings and sculptures are exhibited and sold, confirms the creativity and enthusiasm of the membership. Our journey begins with the need to belong. Therefore all classes are small. Many activities are held in groups, where seniors have the opportunity to socialize, to get to know one another and greet one another by name and often with a hug.”
 
Open Mondays through Thursdays, year-round, the Centre is a bee hive of activity. In addition to art, there is a choir, creative writing, a playwright group, folk dancing, recorder lessons, tai chi and yoga instruction and a rabbi’s talk. Day trips are organized regularly for concerts, ballets, theatres and museums. There is an annual five-day bus trip to Stratford, Ontario or Niagara-on-the Lake. Every Wednesday, a delicious lunch is served for a nominal price in the Centre’s attractive eating area. They also publish a monthly bulletin.
 
Membership is only $25 per year. Different fees exist for the various courses and activities.
 
“We are grateful for all of the support we receive,” Ms. Knight said. “The synagogue is our lifeline. They provide us with wonderful space in a location which is very convenient for seniors.”
 
The most “senior” member of the Centre is Eva Chait, who turns 102 on October 2. She is full of energy and an inspiration to all.
 
For more information about the Creative Social Centre please call 514-488-0907.

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Contact:
Darryl Levine
Manager of Communications
City of Côte Saint-Luc
 
Tel: 514-485-8905
Email: dlevine@cote-saint-luc.qc.ca

Côte Saint-Luc to name permanent City Manager

CÔTE SAINT-LUC, SEPTEMBER 14, 2006 – The City Council of Côte Saint-Luc will appoint a permanent City Manager prior to the Public Information Session on Monday, September 18.
 
The City Manager provides direction and general management to the overall efforts of the city government. As the head civil servant in Côte Saint-Luc, the City Manager meets with City Council to discuss problems, projects and programs worked on or proposed by members of the municipal staff. The City Manager also coordinates and establishes priorities for ongoing programs and projects.

Date
Monday, September 18, 2006

Time
7:20pm
 
Location
Côte Saint-Luc City Hall, 5801 Cavendish Blvd., Côte Saint-Luc, Quebec
City Hall Council Chamber, 2nd floor
 

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For further information:
Darryl Levine
Manager of Communications
City of Côte Saint-Luc
t. 514-485-8905
e. dlevine@cote-saint-luc.qc.ca

Côte Saint-Luc appoints new City Treasurer

CÔTE SAINT-LUC, SEPTEMBER 11, 2006 - Côte Saint-Luc Mayor Anthony Housefather today announced the appointment of Angelo Marino as the new city Treasurer, effective September 25. He will report to Interim City Manager Ken Lerner.
 
For the last five years, Mr. Marino was the Director of Financial Resources for the Eastern Townships School Board. He was responsible for accounting/finance, school local taxation, payroll, and buildings & equipment, and oversaw a budget of $64 million. His responsibilities included collecting school taxes from more than 19,000 taxpayers each year and working with approximately 160 municipalities and towns.

Mr. Marino graduated from Concordia University in 1987 with a Bachelor of Commerce degree, major in Accounting and minor in Management Information Technologies. He earned a Certified General Accountant Designation in 1990. His career began in the private sector for Sun Life Assurance Company and Universal Reinsurance Technical Services. In 1992, he moved into the public education sector at the Protestant School Board of Greater Montreal as a Finance Officer responsible for the maintenance of the Board's annual operating budget. After several years, he was promoted to coordinator of accounting services, overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Board. In 1998, he became the assistant director of Financial Services for the new English Montreal School Board (EMSB). Overseeing the financial operations of the newly-created entity, he had the opportunity to learn the complete budget-building process and financial statement preparations for non-profit organizations.
 
“We are very fortunate to have found someone like Angelo Marino for this very important position,” said Anthony Housefather, Mayor of Côte Saint-Luc. “He brings into this position 20 years of relevant work experiences and an expertise in increasing efficiency with technology, and developing and implementing financial and operational internal controls.”
Councillor Dida Berku, who holds the finance portfolio, said the timing of Mr. Marino's hiring could not be better.
 
“We are just about to embark upon the process of building our 2007 budget,” Councillor Berku said. “I know that members of council, staff and the taxpayers will benefit from his vast experience.”
 
Said Mr. Marino: “I believe in lifelong learning and I look forward to the new challenges and opportunities as treasurer for the City of Côte Saint-Luc.”
 
Mr. Lerner welcomed Mr. Marino aboard, stating: "Angelo brings to the senior management team a skill set that will support our ambition to run the city in a corporate environment. His values are a direct fit with our senior management team."

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For further information:
Darryl Levine
Manager of Communications
City of Côte Saint-Luc
(514) 485-8905

Côte Saint-Luc to name new street after Irving Layton

CÔTE SAINT-LUC, AUGUST 14, 2006- Côte
Saint-Luc city council has adopted a resolution to name a new
residential street after celebrated poet and former resident Irving
Layton, who died last January at the age of 93.

 
Irving Layton Avenue will be situated behind St. Richard's Church
and Maimonide School, bordering Guelph Road, Parkhaven Avenue and
Chamberland Crescent. Twelve new homes are presently under
construction. They are expected to be ready for occupancy in early
winter.
 
Stated Mayor Anthony Housefather: “We are proud that Irving Layton
lived for long periods of his life in Côte Saint-Luc, brought up two of
his children in our community and spent his last years here.  Given the
links which he has to our city, his international renown and his recent
passing, naming the new street after him is a mark of respect which he
rightfully deserves.”
 
An extraordinarily prolific writer and poet, Layton published 50
books between 1945 and 1992. His poetry had a lyrical and romantic
style. He taught at Concordia University (then Sir George Williams)
from 1950 to 1964, and returned in 1989 as writer-in-residence for a
year.
 
 “In terms of toponymy it is our objective to recognize
individuals with a direct connection to Côte Saint-Luc, who, in their
lifetime, made significant contributions to both society and their
community,” said Councillor Mike Cohen, who chairs the city's Toponymy
Commission. “Irving Layton is certainly very high on the list.”
 
Councillor Mitchell Brownstein added his enthusiasm for the new
street name, which is located in his District 7.  “The residents of
this new street can take pride that their address will be associated
with a literary figure whom is known around the world,” he said. “The
fact he is a former resident makes it that more special.”
 
As per Côte Saint-Luc's policy of full bilingualism the street
will be officially named Avenue Irving Layton Avenue and will be the
first street to carry Côte Saint-Luc's new model of street sign which
council plans to erect city-wide next year.
 
Arrangements for a dedication ceremony for the new street name will be announced soon.
 
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Library to kick off 40th anniversary, celebrations with outdoor concert

CÔTE SAINT-LUC, AUGUST 14, 2006 - The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public library will formally kick off its 40th anniversary celebrations with a free outdoor concert on Sunday, August 20 at 7:30 p.m.
 
Featured performers for the evening will be the Kleztory Band.  No tickets or passes are needed for this event. Just bring your own lawn chair.  In case of rain, the concert will be moved inside to Greenspon Auditorium. Given the limited capacity, only those individuals who have already obtained a rain pass will be able to attend.
 
There will be music indoors as well, with the popular violin and guitar duo Jeux de Cordes providing background music as people tour the new and improved library, which is undergoing extensive renovations. The owners of the soon-to-opened library café will also be providing samples of their food, beginning at 5 p.m.