News and announcements

Côte Saint-Luc Compost Giveaway on Thursday, May 19

Compost will be distributed free of charge to residents (proof of residency required) at the Côte Saint-Luc Compost Giveaway.
Thursday, May 19, 2016 from 2 pm to 8 pm. The distribution takes place at the Public Works Department Building located at 7001 Mackle Road

Every household is entitled to 120 litres. Residents can bring their own empty 40 litre buckets to help cart away the compost. Bags will be available for residents without buckets. Residents should bring a utility bill or some other official document showing they live in Côte Saint-Luc. If there is compost left towards the end of the day, residents may return to take away more.

Info: 514-485-6868 

Côte Saint-Luc blood donor clinic on Tuesday, May 10, 2016

The annual Côte Saint-Luc Blood donor clinic takes place on Tuesday, May 10, 2016 from 1:30 pm to 8 pm at the municipal Gymnasium at 7500 Mackle Rd.
Anyone who is at least 18 years old and in good health can donate blood once every 56 days, which is six times per year. Review the donor qualifications at www.hema-quebec.qc.ca or call 1-800-343-4264.

Renovations to the exterior of the library

The City of Côte Saint-Luc is replacing the bricks and building insulation around the Côte Saint-Luc Library this spring and summer at a cost of $1.7 million, which includes all taxes. 

This renovation work also includes replacing all windows (except for the skylights), the exterior doors, and other items. The worked started in April and is scheduled to be complete by September 30, 2016.

This year’s work is the second phase of a project to replace all the bricks on the Bernard Lang Civic Centre, which includes the city hall and library. The work to replace the bricks on the tower portion of the building was completed in 2015.
 

Library used book sale on May 14 and 15

The Côte Saint-Luc Public Library is holding its two-day used book sale on Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, May 15, 2016 from 11 am to 5 pm at the Harold Greenspon Auditorium at 5801 Cavendish Blvd. Coffee will be served. For more info, call the library at 514-485-6900.
 

CSL Library in full program bloom this May

This May, the CSL Library is kicking off a month chock full of programs with a delightful concert by the only professional recorder quartet ensemble in Canada, Flûte Alors! On Thursday, May 5 at 7 pm, they will be performing Bach ‘n’ Jazz, a concert both serious and casual, where masterpieces by the great Johann Sebastian Bach are skillfully paired with well-known and beloved jazz standards. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the library’s main circulation desk.

On Wednesday, May 11 at 7 pm Grace Powell, a Montreal Museum of Fine Arts guide, will give a sneak peek at the museum’s spectacular Pompeii—A Roman City exhibit featuring a multitude of archaeological artifacts that were frozen in time by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D.  Ms Powell’s talk will bring to life this small provincial colony of the Roman Empire, offering an unforgettable glimpse into a world long past. This event is free of charge.

On Thursday, May 19 at 7 pm Elaine Kalman Naves will discuss the experience and challenge of writing her highly anticipated first work of fiction, The Book of Faith. The author of seven previous works of critically praised non-fiction, will read from her novel, which is set in Jewish Montreal at the turn of the twenty-first century. This event is free of charge.

On Wednesday May 25 at 2 pm, traveller extraordinaire François Tisseur will take you on a virtual trip through Rome. Discover a sprawling, cosmopolitan city rich in art, architecture and culture as you’ve never seen it before. This event is free of charge.
If you’d prefer hearing about current events, join us on Friday afternoons at 2 pm in May when Hershey Dwoskin offers his highly popular series “In the Headlines,” and gain a broader perspective about what lies behind the world news headlines. This series of lectures is free of charge.

Last but not least, if you haven’t had the opportunity to view the exquisite works of one of Canada’s pre-eminent wildlife sculptors, please stop by the library’s Art Gallery. You will experience the beauty and grandeur of the natural world through the eyes of artist Shalom Bloom in the exhibit of bronze works entitled Wildlife Sculptor. On Exhibit until May 29.

For more information about these events and programs, visit csllibrary.com or contact the library’s Programs Department at 514-485-6900, ext. 4205.

 

Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park closed until the fall for renovations

Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park is undergoing a $2.6 million renovation this spring and summer. The park renovation will include a sculpture garden, the reconstruction of the pathways, the replacement of the lighting, new playground equipment, new landscaped areas and furniture, a new water feature and an upgrade to the electrical supply for special events.

It is expected to be completed by the end of October 2016.

The park will not be accessible to the public until renovations are complete. However, the baseball fields will continue to operate.

71th anniversary V-E Day commemoration ceremony on Sunday, May 1, 2016 at 2 pm 

The annual Victory in Europe (V-E) Day commemoration takes place on Sunday, May 1 at 2 pm at Veterans Park, in the City of Côte Saint-Luc. 

The ceremony will highlight the 71st anniversary of the liberation of Europe from the armed forces of Nazi Germany, on May 8, 1945. 

In attendance will be members of the Brigadier Frederick Kisch Branch 97 of the Royal Canadian Legion, Mayor Mitchell Brownstein, the Côte Saint-Luc city council, dignitaries, veterans and residents. 
 
In the event of rain, the ceremony will be held indoors at the City Hall.

The cenotaph at Veterans Park honours the memory of those who gave their lives in the First World War, the Second World War and the Korean War. 

Veterans Park is located next to the Bernard Lang Civic Centre, 5801 Cavendish Blvd.

 

Côte Saint-Luc disappointed by union’s decision to hold one-day strike

The City of Côte Saint-Luc is disappointed in the blue collar union’s decision to hold a one-day strike on Monday, May 2, 2016.

The union’s purported reason for the strike is that the city has stalled negotiations. Despite the union’s allegations, the city has made every effort to advance negotiations. Since the negotiation process began in February 2014, an internal union election delayed negotiations and led to a change in union negotiators. In fact, the union has changed negotiators four times in two years. In addition to the union’s internal changes, it also stalled negotiations several times in order to protest the Quebec government’s pension plan law, also known as Bill 3 or Law 15.

“We respect our employees and have been negotiating in good faith for two years with the blue collar’s negotiating team,” Mayor Mitchell Brownstein said. “We want a collective agreement that is fair to our workers and taxpayers. We have historically had good relations with our unions, and we see no reason why that should not continue.  We have certainly given the union no reason to act in this way.”

“We have always negotiated in good faith and respected our undertakings,” said Interim City Manager Nadia Di Furia.  
However, it appears that union negotiators have chosen confrontation over conciliation.  

Last Wednesday, the City of Côte Saint-Luc and the union reached a deal with respect to a grievance. The next day, the union reneged on the parties’ agreement. Then, later that same day, the union called for a strike, much to the city’s disappointment. Their salary increase demands are double what other blue collars have received in other cities on the island of Montreal.

Côte Saint-Luc management, white collar workers, and professionals remain on the job on Monday, May 2 to deliver services to residents. Waste collection is provided by an outside contractor and is unaffected by the strike. Côte Saint-Luc is in contact with the union to ensure that essential services provided by blue-collar works will continue.

As a result of the one-day blue-collar strike, the following services or installation will be closed: the Samuel Moskovitch Arena and the Public Works Yard. In addition, baseball games have been cancelled at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park and Kirwan Park.
The Côte Saint-Luc Library, Aquatic and Community Centre, Gymnasium, and City Hall remain open.

 

Overnight Parking tolerance for the period of April 22 to April 25 and April 28 to May 2, 2016

The city normally prohibits parking on streets between 3 am and 6 am and residents must call Public Security to request a temporary parking permit. However, the city grants a general overnight parking tolerance on many holidays—particularly those with out-of-towners visiting or when religious observances makes it difficult to move one's car.

You do not need to call Public Security and you do not require any pass to be displayed in your vehicle for the following periods:

 

Friday, April 22 at 5 pm to Monday, April 25 at 8 am

and

Thursday, April 28 at 5 pm to Monday, May 2 at 8 am

 

Note: Vehicles are not permitted to park in front of fire hydrants, in fire lanes, in front of driveways, in no-stopping zones or anywhere else when parking is never permitted etc.

We are repairing lawns

During the winter months, Côte Saint-Luc Public Works snow clearing trucks or those of our contractors can sometimes drive over grass near the curb. Our policy is to repair the property.

Your request needs to be received received by May 24, 2016. Any request after that date will be done in the fall when the temperature is cooler. 

Public Works crews are presently repairing the damaged areas by placing seeds and or sod depending on the damage. The work is expected to go on until May 31, 2016. 

Residents whose lawns have been repaired will receive a letter with care instructions. 

If you think your lawn was damaged during snow removal, you can contact the Public Works Department at 514-485-6868 or info@cotesaintluc.org.

Council meeting: Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Council Meeting

 

Council Meeting

A meeting of the Côte Saint-Luc City Council takes place on Tuesday, April 19 , 2016 at 8 pm at City Hall, 5801 Cavendish Blvd.

 

How to ask a question at the city council meeting

The City of Côte Saint-Luc allows both residents and non-residents to ask questions at its council meetings, however when there are a large number of questioners residents are given preference. When someone is called upon to ask a question, he or she must address the question to the mayor. A brief statement of no longer than one minute is permitted before the question and once the question is asked the mayor will respond on behalf of council. One follow-up question is allowed. No statement may be made prior to the follow up question. Following the first question period and the remainder of the agenda of the council meeting, there is a second question period. Attendees can only ask questions about items on the agenda that evening.

 

Council agenda

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Location

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Road closure notice: Cavendish Blvd. at Mackle Rd.

Cavendish Blvd. will be closed to traffic at Mackle Rd. starting on Monday, April 18, 2016. There will be a detour to help get you around the closure. Please give yourself extra time next week. See a map illustrating the road closure and detour below.

Reason
The road is being closed because Hydro-Québec needs to install an underground electrical connection. It’s related to the new gas station, convenience store, and car wash being built at that corner. 

Schedule
The road closure will be in effect from Monday April 18 until Friday, April 29, assuming bad weather doesn’t cause the work to be delayed.

Although this work is not being carried out by the City of Côte Saint-Luc, we wanted to inform you in advance.

 

Road Closure Map
 

New wildlife sculpture garden part of soon-to-be renovated Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park

The City of Côte Saint-Luc will be home later this summer to 10 bronze sculptures of wildlife animals, donated by one of Canada’s pre-eminent wildlife sculptors, Shalom Bloom.

“We are honoured that Shalom Bloom is donating these impressive sculptures to Côte Saint-Luc,” Mayor Mitchell Brownstein said. “Our new Shalom Bloom Sculpture Garden will be a one-of-a-kind attraction, unlike anything else in Montreal. When people visit the island, this will become one of the must-see stops.”

An exhibit of the works of Shalom Bloom is currently on display at the Côte Saint-Luc Library Art Gallery at 5851 Cavendish Blvd.

The Shalom Bloom Sculpture Garden will be part of the overall renovation project at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park approved by the City Council on Monday, April 11. 

“The park renovation also includes the reconstruction of the pathways, the replacement of the lighting, new playground equipment, new landscaped areas and furniture, a new water feature and an upgrade to the electrical supply for special events,” Mayor Brownstein said.

The overall cost to renovate Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park is $2.6 million. The work is scheduled to start in April and be completed by the end of October 2016.

Plans and specifications for the refurbishing of Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park were prepared by the consulting firm Stantec Experts‐conseils. The city received 10 tenders for the work. The lowest tender received was from Les Excavations Super Inc. for $2,607,789.45, which includes taxes.

 

Côte Saint-Luc salutes its volunteers

From April 10 to 16, the City of Côte Saint-Luc joins communities across Canada in celebrating the countries 12.7 million volunteers during National Volunteers Week.
 
“Côte Saint-Luc is home is to more than 530 active volunteers including our first responders at EMS, our vCOP patrollers, and the many people who donate their time at the Côte Saint-Luc Library and the Parks and Recreation Department,” Mayor Mitchell Brownstein said. “On behalf of the City Council, I thank everyone who gives up their time to make our city so special.”
 
Côte Saint-Luc has proclaimed April 10 to 16 as National Volunteer Week in the city.


 

Results of the April 10, 2016 by-election

Here are the results from the by-election in District 7: 
- Sidney Benizri: 325
- David Tordjman: 221
- Mitch Kujavsky: 205 
- Lloyd Pedvis: 20

Special council meeting: Monday, April 11, 2016 at 8pm

Council Meeting

Special Council Meeting

A special meeting of the Côte Saint-Luc City Council takes place on Monday, April 11, 2016 at 8 pm at City Hall, 5801 Cavendish Blvd.

 

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Household waste drop-off: extended hours

Residents of Côte Saint-Luc can drop off excess waste due to spring cleaning at the Public Works Yard (7001 Mackle Rd.) Monday, April 11 to Friday, April 22. 2016, at the following times:  

Monday to Thursday: from 8 am to 6 pm

Friday: 8 am to 3 pm

Sunday 11 am to 4 pm

For more information, call 514-485-6868, ext. 3000.

vCOP information session on April 12, 2016

The Côte Saint-Luc volunteer Citizens on Patrol are recruiting new members to join the more than 80 other volunteers who participate in this neighbourhood-watch-on-wheels program.

Volunteers interested in joining vCOP should come to an information session on Tuesday, April 12  at 7 pm at Côte Saint-Luc City Hall (5801 Cavendish Blvd.). They should bring identification and a completed copy of the application form available at CoteSaintLuc.org/en/vcop.
 

District 7 meet the candidates evening

The four candidates for Côte Saint-Luc District 7 will meet the public on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 from 7:30 pm to 9 pm at City Hall (5801 Cavendish Blvd.) in Meet-the-Candidates event hosted by B'nai Brith Canada, Quebec.

What's open during the Easter long weekend, overnight parking, and Monday's curbside collection

Hours of operation

Administrative offices
All administrative offices will be closed on Friday, March 25 and Monday, March 28, 2016.

Library
Friday, March 25: 12 pm to 5 pm
Saturday, March 26: 10 am to 6 pm
Sunday, March 27: 10 am to 6 pm
Monday, March 28: 12 pm to 5 pm

Library Lounge at ACC
Friday, March 25 from 8 am to 8 pm
Saturday, March 26 from 8 am to 10 pm
Sunday, March 27 from 8 am to 9 pm
Monday, March 28 from 8 am to 8 pm

Aquatic and Community Centre
The Aquatic and Community Centre will operate on the following schedule:

Friday, March 25: 8 am to 8 pm*
Saturday, March 26: 8 am to 10 pm
Sunday, March 27: 8 am to 9 pm
Monday, March 28: 8 am to 8 pm*

*Pools are open from 10 am to 8 pm on Friday and Monday.

ACC Teen Lounge
Friday, March 25: closed
Saturday, March 26: closed
Sunday, March 27: closed
Monday, March 28: closed

Samuel Moskovitch Arena 

The arena building will operate on the following schedule:

Friday, March 25: closed
Saturday, March 26: open
Sunday, March 27: closed
Monday, March 28: open

*Admin office is closed all four days

Gymnasium
The Gymnasium will operate on the following schedule:

Friday, March 25: 1 pm to 7 pm
Saturday, March 26:  12 pm to 10 pm
Sunday, March 27: 12 pm to 10 pm
Monday, March 28: 1 pm to 7 pm
 

Overnight parking

The city normally prohibits parking on streets between 3 am and 6 am and residents must call Public Security to request a temporary parking permit. However, the city grants a general overnight parking tolerance on many holidays—particularly those with out-of-towners visiting or when religious observances makes it difficult to move one's car.

You do not need to call Public Security and you do not require any pass to be displayed in your vehicle for the following period:

Thursday, March 24 at 5pm to Tuesday, March 29 at 8am.

Note: Vehicles are not permitted to park in front of fire hydrants, in fire lanes, in front of driveways, in no-stopping zones or anywhere else when parking is never permitted etc.

 

Curbside waste collection

Organic waste collection service is not affected by the holiday.

 

Canada’s pre-eminent wildlife sculptor presenting his work at the Côte Saint-Luc library art gallery

An exhibit of wildlife sculptures from Shalom Bloom will be on display at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library’s Art Gallery from March 31 to May 29, 2016.

The vernissage is April 14, 2016 at 7pm.

Bloom is considered one of Canada’s pre-eminent wildlife sculptors. Many of his sculptures are on display at corporate headquarters worldwide as well as in White Tail Deer Park in Elliot Lake. His work has been commissioned by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to create a sculpture for their headquarters in Montreal. 

Just as fascinating as his art is his personal story. Bloom, who is today an active resident of Côte Saint-Luc, only started working on his sculptures at age 50, while creating a successful career building his own businesses. He was CEO of Arlington Sports, the South Africa Diamond Company, as well as a chain of restaurants. Starting in 1995, he devoted much of his time to pursue his art.

He stumbled across his talent by accident when his children were working with plasticine modeling clay and asked for his help.

“The minute I got my hands on the wax, it changed my life,” Bloom said. “All my inner thoughts, philosophies, and my yearnings and doubts came out in the wax. I became the master and wax became my tool.”

Bloom credits his wife for encouraging him in his new endeavour.

Bloom says there was one incident that convinced him to get into art more seriously.

“One day my secretary was standing at the door of my office with her 5-year old son,” Bloom said. “The young boy was standing there just staring at the life-size sculpture of a sleeping cub. Then he ran to the sculpture, gave it a hug and kiss, and shyly turned back. I realized that if I am able to evoke that kind of reaction from a child, then I should enter it seriously.”
For many years, Bloom worked in his studios as well as his garage at home. Often after dinner, the children on the street would sit near the driveway and watch as he worked. He would explain what he was doing and often allowed his young audience to add small pieces of wax to his sculptures so they could feel they contributed something.

“On many occasions, someone would be driving down my street, glance in my garage and stop the car so suddenly that one could hear the screeching of the brakes,” Bloom said. “They thought they saw a real life-size bull in the garage.”

Bloom, an opera lover, created most of his sculptures with the music of Puccini in the background.

“A businessman achieves success with his head and tongue, while an artist creates with his heart and hands, providing something that outlasts material wealth,” Bloom said. “Each human being is like a mine and you must constantly dig to find the vein of talent that is hidden. Once you find it, it can lead to endless beauty and interesting directions—changing your life forever.”

The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library is located at 5851 Cavendish Blvd. and is open from Monday to Thursday from 10 am to 10 pm, and Friday to Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm. The Library remains open on all statutory holidays from 12 pm to 5 pm. For more information, call the library at 514-485-6900 or visit www.csllibrary.org.

 

Shalom Bloom scultures

 

Inflatable aquatic obstacle course deployed at the Aquatic and Community Centre pool on March 26 and 27

Everyone is invited to come try-out our Inflatable aquatic obstacle course at the ACC pool competition pool, this weekend March 26 and 27 from 5 pm to 7pm. Swimmers should be comfortable in deep water. Free for Fun Card holders, otherwise regular daily fees apply. 

 

 

Special council meeting: Monday, March 14, 2016 at 7:50 pm

Council Meeting

Special Council Meeting

A special meeting of the Côte Saint-Luc City Council takes place on Monday, March 14, 2016 at 7:50 pm at City Hall, 5801 Cavendish Blvd.

 

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Location

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Council meeting: Monday, March 14, 2016 at 8 pm

Council Meeting

 

Council Meeting

A meeting of the Côte Saint-Luc City Council takes place on Monday, March 14, 2016 at 8 pm at City Hall, 5801 Cavendish Blvd.

 

How to ask a question at the city council meeting

The City of Côte Saint-Luc allows both residents and non-residents to ask questions at its council meetings, however when there are a large number of questioners residents are given preference. When someone is called upon to ask a question, he or she must address the question to the mayor. A brief statement of no longer than one minute is permitted before the question and once the question is asked the mayor will respond on behalf of council. One follow-up question is allowed. No statement may be made prior to the follow up question. Following the first question period and the remainder of the agenda of the council meeting, there is a second question period. Attendees can only ask questions about items on the agenda that evening.

 

Council agenda

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Location

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Coffee with your MNA, Friday, March 18 at 10am

Mitchell Brownstein acclaimed as Mayor of Côte Saint-Luc

Mitchell Brownstein became the new mayor of Côte Saint-Luc on Friday March 11, 2016.

Mayor Brownstein, who has served as a Côte Saint Luc councillor since 1990, was the only candidate to have submitted nomination papers before the close of the nomination period.
 
"I am truly humbled by the outpouring of support from my colleagues and the residents of Côte Saint Luc over the last many months,” Mayor Brownstein said. “I am honoured to be returning to work on Monday as Mayor of Côte Saint Luc."
 
Mayor Brownstein will be sworn in to office on Monday, March 14 at 8 pm as the first order of business at the Côte Saint-Luc council meeting at City Hall (5801 Cavendish Blvd.). He will be making his first public statement as mayor at that time. He will also be available for interviews prior to the swearing-in ceremony.

Job opportunities available for the 2016 Census

Statistics Canada is gearing up for the upcoming May 2016 Census and is presently recruiting personnel. You can apply to the various positions offered directly through their website. This is a great opportunity for students, retirees or anyone looking to make a little extra income.

 

Snow plowing and salting underway

Between 25cm to 30cm are expected on Tuesday evening and Wednesday. Côte Saint-Luc crews will be plowing and salting roads and sidewalks as soon as it falls this evening (Tuesday).

We will also be ploughing side streets as of 5am on Wednesday morning. While this may disrupt some light sleepers, we want to ensure that all our streets are as clear as possible for cars and pedestrians when people leave the house.

For more information on how we clear snow, visit http://www.cotesaintluc.org/SnowClearing. 

Special council meeting: Monday, February 22, 2016 at 7 pm

Council Meeting

 

Council Meeting

A special meeting of the Côte Saint-Luc City Council takes place on Monday, February 22, 2016 at 7 pm at City Hall, 5801 Cavendish Blvd.

 

How to ask a question at the city council meeting

The City of Côte Saint-Luc allows both residents and non-residents to ask questions at its council meetings, however when there are a large number of questioners residents are given preference. When someone is called upon to ask a question, he or she must address the question to the mayor. A brief statement of no longer than one minute is permitted before the question and once the question is asked the mayor will respond on behalf of council. One follow-up question is allowed. No statement may be made prior to the follow up question. Following the first question period and the remainder of the agenda of the council meeting, there is a second question period. Attendees can only ask questions about items on the agenda that evening.

 

Council agenda

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Location

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The passing of Dr. Victor Goldbloom

The Mayor and Councillors of the City of Côte Saint-Luc were saddened to learn today of the passing of former D'Arcy-McGee MNA Victor Goldbloom. He served the riding, which includes Côte Saint-Luc from 1966 to 1979.

Dr. Goldbloom had a remarkable career as a pediatrician, Quebec cabinet minister, Official Languages Commissioner, and chairperson of the Canadian Jewish Congress. He was an esteemed member of the community.

Côte Saint-Luc offers its sincere condolences to his wife, Sheila, and his children Michael, Jonathan and Susan.