News and announcements

Côte Saint-Luc district meeting give participating residents first look at city’s new brown bin composting program

Côte Saint-Luc, August 13, 2007 – Côte Saint-Luc Councillor Steven Erdelyi will lead an orientation session on Thursday, August 23 at Le Waldorf Residence (7400 Côte Saint-Luc Rd.) for residents of more than 500 homes in districts 4 and 5 participating in the new brown bin compost collection program.

The orientation is part of Councillor Erdelyi’s regularly-scheduled Côte Saint-Luc District 4 meeting.

“Côte Saint-Luc is one of the first cities on the island of Montreal to introduce curb-side collection of organic waste, such as leftover fruits and vegetables, pasta, tea bags, meat, grass clippings, flowers and much more,” Councillor Erdelyi said. “Similar programs are already underway across Canada, including the Toronto area, where residents are reducing significantly the amount of garbage they produce.”

The project is being introduced to residents in districts 4 and 5, in the western third of Côte Saint-Luc. In addition to the information session, residents will also receive instruction cards and a DVD-Video explaining what can and cannot be put into the brown bin.

“I am proud that Côte Saint-Luc is, once again, a leader in environmental issues on the island of Montreal,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. ”By deciding to collect regular garbage in-house this year, we gave ourselves much more flexibility and can now offer residents composting pickup every week.”

Participating residents will receive a small kitchen collector, into which they can dispose their organic material. They can then dispose the contents of the small container into the brown bin, which they can keep in their garage. The organic waste in the brown bins will be collected by the city every Tuesday.

Sorting organic waste is easy and convenient, thanks to the free kitchen collector and brown bin.

“After enjoying, say, your favourite barbecue chicken dinner at home, you can put your leftover chicken, baked potato and hamburger bun into the free kitchen collector,” Councillor Erdelyi said. “Then, whenever the kitchen collector becomes full, you can empty the contents into your brown bin. So, instead of having one garbage bin in your kitchen, you will have two. It’s a pretty straightforward and easy system.”

The new brown bin compost collection program will help reduce the amount of garbage the city collects and dump in landfills, which will save the city money.

Councillor Allan J. Levine has already been explaining the composting collection on Blossom and Wentworth.

“Ninety-nine percent of residents were both enthusiastic and appreciative to be part of this CSL initiative,” Councillor Levine said. “More than 50 percent of household waste is recyclable and I look forward to Tuesdays when blue and brown recycling will replace regular collection.”

Residents will receive the wheeled brown bin, a kitchen collector, sample compostable bags and important information on the program during the week of September 17.

Beginning Tuesday, September 25, and every Tuesday that follows, residents will place their brown bin on the curb along with their blue box. The organic waste will be composted at a special facility and will then be used for gardening and landscaping projects. The process of composting also produces roughly 25 times less harmful greenhouse gases than sending the waste to landfill.

“By dividing our waste into regular garbage, recycling and organic, Côte Saint-Luc will reduce significantly the amount of garbage buried in landfill,” said Councillor Dida Berku, who is responsible for environmental issues on council. “Our goal is to divert 60 percent of household waste to recycling or composting.”

Residents can visit ecoCSL.org or call 514-485-6868 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 to use low-sulphur diesel fuel for municipal vehicles

Côte Saint-Luc, August 10, 2007 – Côte Saint-Luc Mayor Anthony Housefather announced today that Public Works Department vehicles will now use low-sulphur diesel fuel, which will help reduce the amount of smog-causing pollutants released in the atmosphere.

“Our current council continues to do our utmost to make Côte Saint-Luc an example for other environment-friendly communities,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “Just as we were one of the first municipalities to ban pesticides, we are again taking action to make our air even cleaner.”

In the transportation sector, about 94 percent of all freight is moved by diesel power. Very high sulphur content in regular diesel causes nitrogen oxides to be released into the atmosphere causing smog, respiratory problems, cancer, and nitrate deposits that are harmful to lakes and rivers.

The sulphur in regular diesel clogs the car exhaust filter. This allows more smog-causing nitrogen oxide to escape into the atmosphere. By removing sulphur from diesel, the filter stays cleaner and is able to capture more of the harmful emissions. Regular diesel contains 97 percent less sulphur (from 500 parts per million to 15) than regular diesel.

By 2010, only the new low-sulphur diesel will be sold in Canada. Similar rules exist in the US, Europe and Asia. In Sweden, more than 90 percent of the highway diesel sold today is low-sulphur.

“Côte Saint-Luc has committed itself to 15 items of the Montreal island-wide sustainable development plan,” said Councillor Dida Berku, who is responsible for environmental issues for the City of Côte Saint-Luc. “Using low sulphur diesel is a step towards achieving two of these goals, implementing measures favouring durable transport in the work environment and implement measures for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.”

Some of the effected vehicles in Côte Saint-Luc include eight heavy vehicles, four heavy duty trucks, 26 work trucks, and all trailers, tractors, loaders, backhoes, street sweepers, Mad-Vac leaf collector vehicles, snow blowers, salt spreaders, and parks equipment.

“I am proud that we are minimizing the environmental impact of our city vehicles,” said Councillor Mitchell Brownstein, who is responsible for Public Works. “By switching to low-sulphur diesel now, we are improving air quality and making our engines run more cleanly, which will save the city money.”

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

Better traffic flow and safety on Cavendish Blvd.

Cavendish Blvd. traffic light synchronization sign

 

Motorists will spend less time idling at red lights and pedestrians will be able to cross the road more safely thanks to the new synchronized traffic lights installed on Cavendish Blvd. from Mackle Rd. to Merton Ave.

The synchronization project started in May and involved replacing the traffic light controllers, cabinets and heads—which are the traffic lights themselves. The new configuration of the traffic light head feature shapes for better visibility and now include left and right turn signals. The Cavendish Blvd. synchronization project cost $175,000.

The new traffic light controllers allow more control over traffic flows. For instance, southbound traffic leaving Côte Saint-Luc has the priority during the morning rush hour. In the afternoon, northbound traffic entering Côte Saint-Luc has the priority. The programming of the traffic lights follows a traffic study, which identified ways to improve traffic flow.

Apart from better road safety and pedestrian safety, synchronized traffic lights can help reduce driving time and vehicle emissions and increase fuel economy, according to the United States Department of Energy. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions is of the 15 sustainable development goals Côte Saint-Luc committed itself to this year.

Côte Saint-Luc completes synchronization of traffic lights on Cavendish Blvd.

Côte Saint-Luc, August 8, 2007 – Motorists will spend less time idling at red lights and pedestrians will be able to cross the road more safely thanks to the new synchronized traffic lights installed on Cavendish Blvd. from Mackle Rd. to Merton Ave.

“Road safety, pedestrian safety and reducing wait times at red lights are important to our City Council and I’m happy we were able to achieve them all in this project,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “Traffic light synchronization on Cavendish Blvd. is a good investment and I hope our neighbours in the Borough of NDG join us by synchronizing Cavendish Blvd. south of Côte Saint-Luc Rd.”

The synchronization project started in May and involved replacing the traffic light controllers, cabinets and heads—which are the traffic lights themselves. The new configuration of the traffic light head feature shapes for better visibility and now include left and right turn signals. The Cavendish Blvd. synchronization project cost $175,000.

“Pedestrians will benefit because we installed countdown timers at every intersection along Cavendish Blvd. to help pedestrians decide whether to cross the street,” said Councillor Sam Goldbloom, who is responsible for traffic. “The crossing time is now 32 seconds at Cavendish Blvd. and Kildare Rd. In addition, motorists have more time to turn left onto Kildare Rd. from Cavendish Blvd.”

The new traffic light controllers allow more control over traffic flows. For instance, southbound traffic leaving Côte Saint-Luc has the priority during the morning rush hour. In the afternoon, northbound traffic entering Côte Saint-Luc has the priority. The programming of the traffic lights follows a traffic study, which identified ways to improve traffic flow.

Apart from better road safety and pedestrian safety, synchronized traffic lights can help reduce driving time and vehicle emissions and increase fuel economy, according to the United States Department of Energy. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions is of the 15 sustainable development goals Côte Saint-Luc committed itself to this year.

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

Flowers on Fleet 2007

Flowers on Fleet Road in Côte Saint-Luc, Quebec, Canada
The flowers planted in summer 2007 on Fleet Rd. were very popular with residents. For the record, here are the name of the flowers.

  • Nicotiana Humming Bird True Lime
  • Zinnia elegans Zesty Pink
  • Pennisetum setaceum
  • Senecio Cirrus (plant with a gray foliage)
    Marigold 'Sweet Cream'
  • Petunia Easy Wave 'Rosy Dawn'
  • Monarda citriodora Bee Balm
  • Salvia Victoria White (annual flowering sage)
  • Helichrysum bracteum Chico Pink


On your next walk, run or drive, take a moment to appreciate this wonderful reminder that summer is here. 

Kim Waldron exhibits in Côte Saint-Luc from July 12 to September 3, 2007

Côte Saint-Luc, July 31, 2007 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc is pleased to present “Working Assumption” photographs by Kim Waldron from July 12, to September 3, 2007. This exhibition is on view daily between 10am and 10pm at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library, 5851 Cavendish Blvd.  

“These photographs are the result of four months spent in Paris, France,” Waldron said. “I asked male strangers of a variety of professions if I could borrow their clothes and their workspace for about an hour. I found these situations through the yellow pages, by stopping people on the street and by visiting different establishments. I then made appointments to put on their clothes and take a picture of myself in their space.

These photographs were an excuse to talk to a lot of different people in hopes of improving my French and working through my fears about personal relations.”

Kim Waldron is a visual artist. Conducting a kind of social experiment with her photography and video work, she seeks to determine appropriate emotional boundaries. In her attempt to document authentic experience, Waldron’s art explores themes of identity, time and perception. She graduated from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 2003 and currently lives in Montreal.

She has exhibited across Canada, most notably at Khyber Centre for the Arts, Gallery 44, Art Gallery of Windsor and La Centrale.

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

Repercussion Theatre will perform Molière’s comedy Scapin: The Schemer, in Côte Saint-Luc on Thursday, August 9

Côte Saint-Luc, July 26, 2007 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc presents Repercussion Theatre’s English-language production of Scapin: The Schemer, by Molière, on Thursday, August 9 at 7pm at Pierre Elliot Trudeau Park (6975 Mackle Rd).

The free outdoor event is presented yearly by Repercussion Theatre to give people on the Island of Montreal the opportunity to experience professional, classical theatre in their community.

“The City of Côte Saint-Luc is happy to host this performance,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “We are committed to providing our residents with a wide spectrum of entertainment events throughout the year and this performance by Repercussion Theatre allows us to enjoy wonderful theatre in the outdoors."

Amanda Kellock is the director of the production. While this is Kellock’s first time directing a production for the company, she is one of their veteran actors. Last year she played a lead roll in the hit Shakespearian comedy Much Ado About Nothing.

The English-language production of Scapin: The Schemer is open to the public and admission is free. Visit www.repercussiontheatre.com for more information about the theatre company or call 514-916-PARK for show updates and cancellation information.

Attention editors: High-resolution credited media materials are available at www.repercussiontheatre.com (login ID: repercussion, Password: press2007).

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

Stop for pedestrians

Cote St. Luc crosswalk sign - Stop for pedestrians

New signs have been placed at several intersections across Côte
Saint-Luc to remind motorists to always stop for pedestrians at
intersections. These signs are placed on the road at eye level in the
middle of the intersection where motorists will see them.

Book launch

Anthony Housefather

Thomas Hecht presents a copy of his book Czech Mate: A Life in Progress as told to Joe King to Mayor Anthony Housefather and Tanya Abramovitch, director of the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library. The book was launched in June 2007.

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
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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