News and announcements

Mini R.E.C. by Le R.E.C. Room coming to Côte Saint-Luc Aquatic and Community Centre as city expands programs for kids

The City of Côte Saint-Luc is greatly expanding its programs for kids with more than 30 new classes and new birthday party packages coming in the new year as Mini R.E.C. by Le R.E.C. Room comes to the Aquatic and Community Centre, or ACC.

The city will be entering into a partnership with Le R.E.C. Room to run programming, drop-in play times, birthday parties, ped day programs and winter camps. This new area inside the Aquatic and Community Centre will be referred to as Mini R.E.C. by Le R.E.C. Room.

The new programming will include art, ballet, mini jazz, hip-hop, gymnastics, gymkada and other signature programs such as FUN-Damentals, Athleti-Kids, Superhero Adventure Training, and Mini Dance Party. The birthday packages include themes such as super heroes, on the farm, princesses, music and more.

“We are making an effort to offer more programming that people want for their pre-school age children,” Mayor Mitchell Brownstein said. “By partnering with Le R.E.C. Room, we are enhancing our programs for kids. This partnership will allow for kids programming 7-days-a-week, creating an atmosphere of warmth with young children and families at our city facilities.”

The city will also be reorganizing the spaces at the ACC to create a sports and fitness corridor downstairs, and a kids and teen area upstairs. The fitness room will be moving the downstairs corridor to be closer to the locker rooms. At the upstairs corridor, the teen lounge and games rooms will move over into the former fitness room space, which has windows overlooking the indoor pools. A new kids area will be created in the former teen lounge and games room. The area will include the new Mini Gym, which is an enclosed, brightly-coloured play area for kids ages 0 to 5. Some of the table games such as foosball will be brought down to the foyer of the ACC.

“Since launching the ACC in 2011, we've thought about how people use the building and our programs, we’ve received feedback from the public, and we've performed a security audit,” Mayor Brownstein said. “That’s why we’re moving some of the spaces around to create these two distinct areas.”

People will be able to register for Mini R.E.C. by Le R.E.C. Room programs at the ACC main desk or online in the new year, once the programs are launched.

"We could not be more excited about our new partnership with the City of Côte Saint-Luc,” said creators and owners Lauren Segal and Jessica Aflalo, whose main location is at 5255 Ferrier St. “We are extremely proud of the programming we have created and cannot wait to expand our reach to this community whom we know will enjoy and benefit from it. 

"Our birthday parties have been booking to capacity three months in advance and we have found ourselves turning people away. Now we have another amazing space to offer them. This fabulous new location will offer the same level of customer service and quality that people have come to know and trust, while offering exciting new packages that will work beautifully within this new space."

The ACC pools will be closed to the public on December 9, 10 and 11, 2016

The ACC pools will be closed to the public on December 9, 10 and 11, 2016.

 

 

Cheer on the CSL team at the Novice Hockey Tournament from December 3 to 11

Come cheer on our Côte Saint-Luc team competing at the 2nd edition of the Novice Hockey Tournament at the Samuel Moskovitch Arena between December 3 and 11, 2016. 

The Côte Saint-Luc Minor Hockey Association has organized this event. There are 24 teams participating in 3 categories: Novice A , Novice B and Novice C. Participating teams are from the Lac St Louis, Montreal and Richelieu regions. There will be a total of 33 games played. 

View the detailed schedule at www.leaguelineup.com/cslnovicetourn.

 

Lieutenant General the Honourable Roméo Dallaire to speak in Côte Saint-Luc

Lieutenant General the Honourable Roméo Dallaire (Retired) will be in Côte Saint-Luc on Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 2 pm to discuss his new memoir, Waiting for First Light, where he delves into his personal and ongoing battle with post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. 

The event takes place at the Bernard Lang Civic Centre (5801 Cavendish Blvd.). It is organized by the Côte Saint-Luc Public Library. All the free passes for this event have been claimed.

“I am looking forward to welcoming General Dallaire to Côte Saint-Luc and hearing his story in person,” Mayor  Mitchell Brownstein said.

Journalist and commentator Anne Lagacé Dowson will be conducting the interview with General Dallaire. 

General Dallaire will also discuss his distinguished career in the Canadian military as well as his humanitarian efforts. General Dallaire has received numerous honours and awards, including Officer of the Order of Canada in 2002, and the 2005 Pearson Peace Medal from the United Nations Association in Canada. His second book, They Fight Like Soldiers, They Die Like Children, was a national bestseller.

Since his retirement, General Dallaire has become an outspoken advocate for human rights, mental health, and war-affected children.

Copies of Waiting for First Light will be available for purchase by Paragraphe Bookstore and Senator Dallaire will be on hand to autograph books following the event. 

For more information about these events and programs, visit CSLLibrary.org or contact the Côte Saint-Luc Public Library Programs Department at 514-485-6900, ext. 4205.

David Birnbaum launches second annual Victor Goldbloom “Vivre Ensemble” essay contest

David Birnbaum, MNA for D'Arcy-McGee and Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Education and the Minister of Higher Education, announced today the second edition of the Victor Goldbloom Vivre Ensemble Essay Contest. Victor Goldbloom, the first MNA for D'Arcy-McGee, first Jewish Cabinet Minister in Quebec, first Minister of the Environment, passed away at the age of 92 last year. He also served as Canada's Commissioner of Official Languages. Dr. Goldbloom was a champion throughout his life of building bridges between English- and French-speaking communities and between those of diverse faiths.

"We are proud to perpetuate Victor's tremendous legacy by inviting young people in the riding he represented to explore the principles of openness, compassion and understanding that so marked his life," noted Birnbaum. “This will be the second year of the competition, and I hope students from across the riding will consider participating.”

All Secondary IV and V students who live or study within the borders of the D’Arcy-McGee riding are eligible. They are invited to submit essays of no more than 700 words on the general theme of “Vivre ensemble”. They are entirely free to choose their specific subject to address that theme. Entries can be submitted in English or French, but they must include a single-paragraph summary in the second language. Entries must be received no later than Friday, May 26th, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. at fran.gutman@assnat.qc.ca.

A single winning entry will be chosen by a jury composed of the MNA for D'Arcy-McGee, David Birnbaum, Liberal Association President Orna Hilberger and retired Professor and Association member Dorothy Zalcman Howard. They will be joined by Michael Goldbloom, Victor’s son, the Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Bishop’s University. The winner will be announced at the annual D’Arcy-McGee National Assembly Citizenship Medal Awards on June 12th, 2017.

Michael Goldbloom expressed the family’s appreciation when the contest was first launched last year: “My father would have been very pleased to have his name given to this wonderful initiative. He wrote beautifully in both English and French and he loved his interactions with students,” Goldbloom noted. “From his first career as a pediatrician and throughout his public life, my Dad always sought to broaden understanding, bridge differences and help to make a better world. This essay competition is a thoughtful way of inviting young people to share that goal.”

Email from city regarding password change is legitimate

On Thursday, November 25, we sent an email to users of our recreation programs. Some people were suspicious of the email because it came from the company that manages our online software. We could have written the email a little bit more clearly and explained a little bit more. But rest assured the email was from Côte Saint-Luc.
 

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Council meeting: Monday, November 14, 2016

Council Meeting

 

Council Meeting

A meeting of the Côte Saint-Luc City Council takes place on Monday, November 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

5801 Cavendish Blvd., Council Chamber

 

More resources

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Members of council

 

The Council Chamber

Côte Saint-Luc to honour Councillor Allan J. Levine on 30th anniversary on City Council

The City of Côte Saint-Luc will be honouring Councillor Allan J. Levine on Monday, November 14 as the long-time council member celebrates the 30th anniversary of his first election.

Councillor Levine will be honoured at the start of the City Council meeting at 8pm at 5801 Cavendish Blvd.
“Councillor Levine has advocated financial prudence and has continually promoted healthy lifestyles through sports and recreation,” Mayor Mitchell Brownstein said. “He has served his constituents well and is a force for remembrance of our veterans, community gardening, and much more.”

Councillor Levine won his first election in November 1986. He was a well-known person in the community, in part from his years teaching at Wagar High School and teaching people to drive.

Councillor Levine advocated for an anti-smoking law in commercial areas, which he helped achieve. He also joined with his council colleagues to support mandatory bicycle helmets and no smoking in parks. He served at chairperson and member of the city planning committee for more than 20 years. 

“Councillor Levine has always listened to his constituents and is accessible,” Mayor Brownstein said. “He always considers what is best for children and promotes an active lifestyle for seniors.”

Councillor Levine is the longest-serving member of the current Côte Saint-Luc city council. He has been a member of city council from 1986 to 2001, and from 2005 to present—the only interruption being during the forced municipal mergers of 2001 to 2005.
 

Tuesday, November 15 is World Recycling Day: Think twice before throwing it out

Tuesday, November 15 is World Recycling Day: Think twice before throwing it out

That yogurt or peanut butter container you’re about to throw in the trash can, should it really go there?  Tuesday, November 15, is World Recycling Day and we encourage you to think twice before throwing something in the trash can.

For a week challenge yourself to think twice before throwing something out. Ask yourself is this really trash or can it be reused, is it recyclable, is it compostable or can it brought to our Public Works Yard or to an Ecocentre (click here for the various items we accept)? We promise you that next time you take out trash, your garbage can will be much lighter and much easier to bring to the curb.

Change coming on November 15 to traffic lights on Cavendish and Kildare 

Motorists using the Cavendish/Kildare intersection will find it easier to get through the intersection starting November 15, thanks to a new split phase configuration.

In short, motorists travelling westbound on Kildare will be able to drive through the intersection at Cavendish while traffic in the opposing direction waits. This allows drivers to turn left (or turn right, or go straight) without opposing traffic.

To help visualize the change, imagine you are a driver who left the JPPS/Bialik campus and is heading west along Kildare towards the police station. When you approach the traffic light at Cavendish Blvd., you can use the left or middle lane to turn left or the middle lane to go straight. Once we have made the change, the motorists coming from the opposite direction will have a red right, which will allow you to turn left (or to go straight) without having to worry about oncoming traffic.

Likewise, motorists coming from the opposite side will have their chance to move through the intersection without interference, soon after. 

Just as many vehicles as before will be able to pass through the intersection. However, the process will be less stressful for many. Pedestrians will also appreciate the change because they will have fewer vehicles coming from few directions to contend with.

Once the change it made, please let us know what you think about it and if it has helped your driving experience. Email us at engineering@cotesaintluc.org.
 

Côte Saint-Luc hosts information session on electric vehicles

The Côte Saint-Luc Public Library is hosting a free information session on facts and misconceptions about electric cars on Thursday, October 27 at 7 pm at City Hall, 5801 Cavendish Blvd.

"With a goal of 100,000 electric vehicles on Quebec roads by 2020, all levels of government will have to do much more to move beyond the 8,500 currently in the province," Mayor Mitchell Brownstein said. "Côte Saint-Luc is now stepping up to do its part and we encourage residents to join us on October 27 to become better informed on their options."

Join Simon-Pierre Rioux, founder and president of the Quebec Electric Vehicle Association (AVEQ) with speak about electric cars and highlight their key benefits both to the environment and your lifestyle.

"This event is sponsored by the Côte Saint-Luc Public Library as part of its 50th anniversary celebration," said Janine West, Library Director. "The library will have a display of books and sources available to consult and for members to checkout on EVs, the greening of the environment and other related material."

The evening will also feature a display of locally-owned EVs. Residents are invited to bring their EV for display in front of the Bernard Lang Civic Centre beginning at 6pm.

"I’ve long promoted the EV movement politically, advocating for the city to purchase EVs and to install public charging stations," said Councillor Glenn J. Nashen, who will host the October 27 event at City Hall and discuss local initiatives in the municipality. "I’ve also encouraged the Jewish General Hospital and CIUSSS West-Central Montreal network to install charging stations at each site. Some already have such installations, others will follow soon. AVEQ has done an expert job and has been very active in organizing information sharing across Quebec in French. We have invited them to Côte Saint-Luc to provide information to the English-speaking community and we invite participation from across the region."

About AVEQ
Since 2013, AVEQ has supported the transport electrification in the province of Quebec. With its main partners, Intact Insurance and Nissan Canada, AVEQ organizes an impressive number of events promoting electromobility such as Branchez-Vous and the Rendez-vous Branchés. AVEQ is a key player with more than 4,500 active members, 800 volunteers, 10 million visits to its website with 4,000 items in the daily news section. Throughout the year, AVEQ holds different activities all over the province to inform people of the benefit of electric cars and even allow them to link up with local EV drivers in order to get their very own personalized test drive, through our volunteer EV owner program, "Match and Drive." AVEQ has also participated in several parliamentary committees to achieve its mission. It is a key source for electromobility among Quebec media.

 

Public Libraries Week 2016 in Côte Saint-Luc

The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library presents a series of special events, including a used book sale, free cultural events, and drop-in information sessions to celebrate this year’s edition of Quebec Public Libraries Week during the week of October 15 to October 22. 

“The library is one of the jewels of Côte Saint-Luc,” Mayor Mitchell Brownstein said. “We encourage everyone to take part in Public Libraries Week.”

“We’re celebrating our 50th anniversary this year and the library has never been better,” said Councillor Mike Cohen, the council member responsible for the library. “The events in October are always a highlight for the year.”

“If you haven’t been to see us in a little while, this is the ideal time to come in and discover all we have to offer,” Library Director Janine West said.

Used book sale
Public Libraries Week kicks off with the library’s semi-annual used book sale, which runs from 11am to 5pm on Saturday, October 15 and Sunday, October 16. A huge selection of fiction, kids’ books, paperbacks, biographies, travel books, and many more will be for sale with prices starting at $1. All proceeds from the sale go towards special projects at the library.

Free events
Throughout the week, library members and non-members are invited to attend free events including a travel lecture on Cape Town and the Cape of Good Hope on Wednesday, October 19 at 2pm and a frightening storytelling performance for adults by the Montreal Storytellers’ Guild on Thursday, October 20 at 7pm. For our regulars, Hershey Dwoskin’s ever-popular In the Headlines lecture series continues on Friday, October 21 at 2pm.

Activities for kids
Kids of all ages can come for a family storytime on Sunday, October 16 at 11am. Families with kids ages 8 to 12 might be interested WOW! Bricks 4 Kids: Minecraft on Sunday, October 16 at 3pm.Tickets are availble at the main desk, and are $5 for members and $7 for non-members.

Food for Fines
The library will be running a Food for Fines campaign from October 15 to the 21. This giving and forgiving program allows patrons to exchange a non-perishable food item for a $2 reduction in late fines on their account, for a maximum of $20. At the end of the week, the collected food will be donated to the NDG Food Depot, whose serving territory includes Côte Saint-Luc.

Coffee with staff
Library staff will also be hosting some informal drop-in sessions in the afternoon during the week. Members of the public are invited to drop by and meet staff members, enjoy a cup of coffee, and discover the resources and programs available to library members. 

Become a member
Are you a Côte Saint-Luc resident but not yet a library member? Become a member for free and take advantage of all the library has to offer. Do your children go to school in Côte Saint-Luc? Come visit us to learn more about our education memberships for school-aged children.

 

Next vCOP info session on Tuesday, October 25

Residents interested in joining vCOP should come to an information session on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 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 www.CoteSaintLuc.org/en/vcop.

Council meeting: Thursday, October 13, 2016

Council Meeting

 

Council Meeting

A meeting of the Côte Saint-Luc City Council takes place on Thursday, October 13, 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

View the agenda
 

Location

5801 Cavendish Blvd., Council Chamber

 

More resources

Previous council meeting minutes

Members of council

 

The Council Chamber

Overnight parking tolerance and hours of operation for Thanksgiving Monday, October 10, 2016

Overnight parking tolerance and hours of operation for Thanksgiving Monday, October 10, 2016

 

All administrative offices will be closed.

Aquatic and Community Centre: 8 am to 8 pm (indoor pool opens at 10 am)

Library: 12 pm to 5 pm

Public Works Yard: Closed

Samuel Moskovitch Arena: Closed

Gymnasium: 12 pm to 7 pm

CSL Tennis Club: 8 am to 10 pm

Rembrandt Tennis courts: 9 am to 10 pm

Overnight parking will be tolerated during the following dates :
Friday, Oct. 7 at 5 pm to Thursday, Oct. 13 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. 

Curbside waste collection: Organic waste collection service is not affected by the holiday.

Owner of outdoor cats reminded to get a license

Owners of outdoor cats in Côte Saint-Luc who do not purchase licenses risk losing their pets, Councillor Mike Cohen warns.

Councillor Cohen, who is responsible for Animal Protection in the city, wishes to  issue a reminder that since 2012 owners of outdoor cats have been required to buy a license, which includes a tag worn around the neck.

“I implore cat owners to license their outdoor cats,” said Councillor Cohen. 

In the last few weeks Côte Saint-Luc Cats Committee Chair Diane Liebling has been called to different homes to trap what the callers thought were homeless cats. Ms. Liebling did so and brought them to the Côte Saint-Luc Hospital for Animals. None of the cats had licenses, but they were microchipped. One was reunited with his owner immediately; but in the other case the microchip did not work and it was only via communications with the SPCA that they were able to find the owner. Two months ago a cat was found under someone’s balcony without a tag or microchip. When nobody stepped forward in two weeks, the cat was adopted by someone else.

“If you love your cat and you plan to let it go outside then please get a license,” said Ms. Liebling. “Through our Trap, Neuter, Release and Adopt Program we will pick up any cat we see on the street which does not have a license.  We do recognize that sometimes tags slip off cats. That is why it is doubly important to make sure your cat is microchipped.” 

Stated Councillor Cohen:  “Personally, I have always had concerns about people who have outdoor cats. I have seen the pain and anguish experienced by some of my own neighbours, whose cats went out at night and never returned. The fact is, if you do insist upon having an outdoor cat then please purchase a license and make sure they are microchipped by the local veterinarian. It is a small price to pay to significantly increase the odds if your cat goes missing.” 

Outdoor cats in the City of Côte Saint-Luc need a cat licence following By-law 2394 that came into effect on November 1, 2012. Owners of outdoor cats must have them registered at City Hall (5801 Cavendish Blvd.) and obtain a cat identification tag, provide relevant information required to process the registration of the cat, and produce a certificate from their veterinarian stipulating that the cat has been spayed or neutered, provided the cat is six months or older.

The annual registration fee is $10 for an outdoor cat that is spayed or neutered and that bears a microchip or a tattoo, $15 for an outdoor cat that is spayed or neutered, but does not bear a microchip or tattoo, and $20 for an outdoor cat that is not spayed or neutered as a result of a medical exemption. The latter alludes to a feline 10 calendar years or older or one that has a medical exemption from the veterinarian attesting to the fact that it cannot be spayed or neutered. Fines will be issued to cat owners not complying with the by-law. They range from a minimum of $40 to a maximum of $1,200. 
In one of the cases where a cat was returned, the owner claimed she could not keep the animal any longer. “This made us very suspicious and angry,” said Ms. Liebling. “The Animal Hospital took her back and we have found someone to foster the cat for now. We are looking at what legal action can be taken against this individual for abandonment.” 

Ms. Liebling took the opportunity to remind all residents of Côte Saint-Luc that if they see any homeless cats near their residence to call the Cats Committee hotline at 514-485-6800 ext. CATS (2287) and every effort will be made to trap them. If the cat is sociable, the committee will try to get it adopted. Cats which are feral will be returned to the spot they were found. The CSLCC has many people in the community who feed these cats year-round.

For more information about licensing, visit CoteSaintLuc.org/PetLicenses. For more information about the Côte Saint-Luc Cats Committee, visit CoteSaintLuc.org/cats.

Côte Saint-Luc to name new park after Elie Wiesel 

The City of Côte Saint-Luc will name its new park at the corner of Cavendish Blvd. and Kildare Rd. after the late Elie Wiesel, a Holocaust survivor and author who fought for peace, human rights and simple human decency. 

The new park, to officially be called Elie Wiesel Remembrance Park, includes 11 trees, pedestrian paths, lamp standards, illuminated bollards, 10 park benches and decorative fences 

“Côte Saint-Luc has one of the largest populations, per capita, of Holocaust survivors in the world,” Mayor Mitchell Brownstein said. “It is highly appropriate to honour Elie Wiesel this way posthumously. After he died, it was our own Beth Israel Beth Aaron Congregation that held a Montreal-wide memorial.”

A formal dedication ceremony for the new park will take place in Spring 2017. Over the next few months, meetings will be held with the Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre and community leaders to ensure that the park tells a story for what Wiesel and other human rights activists stood for. 

Councillor Mike Cohen, who is also responsible for naming rights, said he was approached by a number of people after Wiesel died with the suggestion that the city honour him. 

“I believe that by doing so at the intersection of two of our most important streets makes a lot of sense, Councillor Mike Cohen said. “Elie Wiesel was a champion for people of all religions. We are proud of the fact his legacy will live on in our community forever.”

Born on September 30, 1928, in Sighet, Romania, Wiesel pursued Jewish religious studies before his family was forced into Nazi death camps during the Second World War. Wiesel survived, and later wrote the internationally acclaimed memoir Night. He also penned many books and became an activist, orator and teacher, speaking out against persecution and injustice across the globe. Wiesel won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986. He died on July 2 at the age of 87.

 

Overnight parking tolerance

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:

Friday, Sept. 30 at 5 pm to Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 8 am 

Friday, Oct. 7 at 5 pm to Thusday, Oct. 13 at 8 am 

Friday, Oct. 14 at 5 pm to Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 8 am
and Friday, Oct. 21 at 5 pm to Wednesday, Oct. 26 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.

Used book sale on October 15 and 16

The Côte Saint-Luc Public Library is holding its two-day used book sale on Saturday, October 15 and Sunday, October 16, 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.

Côte Saint-Luc Compost Giveaway on Thursday, October 13

Compost will be distributed free of charge to residents (proof of residency required) at the Côte Saint-Luc Compost Giveaway on Thursday, October 13, 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

Library anniversary on Sunday, September 18

Come celebrate! The library is 50.

The City of Côte Saint-Luc will be celebrating the 50-year anniversary of its public library all day on Sunday, September 18 culminating with an outdoor concert and laser show behind the library.

  • 11 am – 12 pm: Happy Birthday, Library! Storytime
  • 12 pm – 1 pm: Refreshments
  • 1 pm – 2 pm: Happy Birthday, Library! Time Capsule Fun
  • 2 pm – 2:30 pm: 50th Anniversary Cake
  • 2 pm – 5 pm: Fun activities for the whole family, including face painting, button making, discover your library tours, and more
  • 3:30 pm: Library Bingo for the whole family
  • 5:30 pm – 7 pm: Outdoor Concert—Vintage Wine Bring your lawn chair
  • 7 pm – 7:30 pm: Closing speeches
  • 7:30 pm – 7:45 pm: Laser show

To find out whether the concert will be held outdoors behind the library or move indoors, please call our concert hotline at 514-485-6900 ext. 5503. In the event of rain, a limited number of rain passes will be available at the library’s circulation desk as of noon on Sunday, September 18. Two tickets per person maximum.

Irwin Cotler Award for 2016 announced by City of Côte Saint-Luc

The City of Côte Saint-Luc has awarded the first ever Irwin Cotler Awards to students in grade 6 and grade 11 who devoted themselves to the cause of social justice.

“The award was given to the students who best exemplify the act of improving the world and fighting for social justice,” Mayor Mitchell Brownstein said. “This has been the hallmark of Professor Cotler’s life and we think this award is a fitting tribute.”

For the last five decades, Irwin Cotler has devoted his intellect and advocacy skills to the promotion and protection of human rights around the world, first as an international human rights lawyer and later as a Member of Parliament for Mount Royal, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, where he made the pursuit of international justice a government priority.

Grade 11 recipient
Madison Gold was selected as the grade 11 recipient of the Irwin Cotler Award. Throughout her five years at Bialik, Madison volunteered many hours at various organizations including The Friendship Circle, the National Conference of Synagogue Youth and the Diller Teen Fellows Program. In addition, Madison has acted as a Bialik Ambassador for the past two years and has been heavily implicated in the mentorship program at Bialik.

At The Friendship Circle, she participated in innovative programs and activities where children with special needs experienced the joy of friendship. At the National Conference of Synagogue Youth, Madison has spent countless hours visiting sick people in the hospital, preparing Shabbat meals for the needy and making blankets for the Chai Lifeline. At the Diller Teen Fellows Program, her work enabled her to grow as an active and effective person within the community and strengthened her leadership skills towards social action and community involvement.

Madison Gold presented with award

 

Grade 6 recipient
The Irwin Cotler Award for 2016 for a student in grade 6 was awarded to Gabrielle Murray, who recently graduated from École des Amis-du-Monde.

Gabrielle raised more than $3,000 for Heshima, an organization in Kenya that protects unaccompanied minors and separated children and youth between the ages of 13 to 23 from Somalia, Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan, Rwanda, and Burundi. It provides safety and shelter for their most vulnerable participants, delivering a multi-disciplinary education program for students, supporting economic empowerment through a scarf-making social enterprise, providing childcare, accompanying participants to legal and medical appointments, and working within refugee community in Kenya to identify, protect and fight for their rights.

Gabrielle’s aunt works for the organization in Kenya and Gabrielle decided she wanted to help make a difference in the lives of these young girls. She brought together five classmates to launch a fundraising effort over two years. She also visited Kenya to meet the girls they helped. More information about the trip and a video is at http://www.greenangelsfoundation.org/chopping-for-charity/heshima-kenya/ and https://heshimakenya.wordpress.com/2016/05/13/montreal-6th-grader-sets-the-bar-for-supporting-human-rights/

All the schools in Côte Saint-Luc were encouraged to nominate one of their students to receive the Irwin Cotler Award. Nomination forms for the 2017 award will be sent to schools in January 2017.

Gabrielle Murray in Kenya

 

 

Learn more

>> View photos from the September 12, 2016, presentation

>> Watch Global News report on Madison Gold

>> Watch a video of Gabrielle Murray's visit to Kenya
 

Street lights on Cavendish Boulevard between Kildare and Mackle

The street lights on Cavendish Boulevard between Kildare and Mackle are back. Our own Côte Saint-Luc electricians have devised a temporary fix that to power tp the street lights

We are in close contact with Hydro-Québec to jointly find a permanent solution as quickly as possible. 

 

Council meeting: Monday, September 12, 2016 at 8pm

Council Meeting

 

Council Meeting

A meeting of the Côte Saint-Luc City Council takes place on Monday, September 12, 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.

 

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Public Consultation Meetings: Monday, September 12, 2016, at 7:30pm

Public Consultation Meetings

Takes place on Monday, September 12, 2016, at 7:30pm at City Hall, 5801 Cavendish Blvd.

 

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Côte Saint-Luc Public Library 50th anniversary event

The City of Côte Saint-Luc will be celebrating the 50-year anniversary of its public library all day on Sunday, September 18, 2016 culminating with an outdoor concert and laser show behind the library.

“There is a slew of free events for the whole family,” Mayor Mitchell Brownstein said. “There will be a special birthday-themed story time for kids, face-painting, library bingo with prizes, cake and much more. Don’t miss the concert by Vintage Wine highlighting hits from the 1960s and the laser show.”

The concert starts at 5:30pm. The laser show – originally scheduled for Canada Day – takes place at 7:30pm. For the full schedule of events, visit csllibrary.org.

“Library Director Janine West and her staff have planned a wonderful day for all,” said Councillor Mike Cohen, the council member responsible for library and culture. “We will be celebrating this anniversary throughout the year, so visit the library website and subscribe to its e-newsletter and Facebook page to stay informed.”

The city council established a citizens committee in December 1964 to look into establishing a public library. The city hired Eleanor London and the Côte Saint-Luc Public Library opened its doors on September 7, 1966. Its 4,322 square feet was originally located on the second floor of the Côte Saint-Luc Shopping Centre. It moved to its current 23,000 square feet of space in 1986.

“Having been part of this great library, this jewel of Côte Saint-Luc, for almost 35 of these 50 years, it is fair to say I have seen some substantive changes,” West said. “However, one thing has remained constant: our commitment to Eleanor London’s vision of the ‘people’s library’, a welcoming and personable community space where its staff go above and beyond to provide exceptional customer service.” 

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

 

 

Ceremony to formally inaugurate Sidney Shoham Place set for Sunday morning, September 25

The City of Côte Saint-Luc will formally rename a section of Hudson Avenue to Place Sidney Shoham Place at a ceremony on Sunday, September 25 at 10am.

Beth Zion Congregation will host a small reception afterwards, which the entire community is invited to attend. In the event of rain, the ceremony will be held indoors, followed by the unveiling of the street sign.

Rabbi Sidney Shoham passed away on September 21, 2015, at the age of 86. He retired 10 years earlier as the founding rabbi of Beth Zion after having served in that role for 50-plus years. Rabbi Shoham continued to remain very active in synagogue life and in fact, passed away only hours after attending the synagogue’s annual Cantorial Concert, of which he was most involved.

Beth Zion president Earl Rosen said that it would be most fitting to rename the portion of Hudson Avenue, and the synagogue address 5740 Hudson Avenue, to 1 Place Sidney Shoham Place. He extended his appreciation to Mayor Mitchell Brownstein and Councillors Mike Cohen and Allan J. Levine for their assistance. Councillor Cohen is responsible for naming rights; Councillor Levine represents the district. At the ceremony, the new street sign will be unveiled and there will be words of welcome from Mr. Rosen, Mayor Brownstein, Rabbi Boruch Perton and a member of the Shoham family. 

On Tuesday, September 27, Beth Zion will host Scholar in Residence Rabbi Benjamin Blech at the Rabbi Sidney Shoham Memorial Lecture and then, on Thursday, October 6, the newly renamed Rabbi Sidney Shoham Tribute Concert called “The Gift of Music” will take place.

Born in Baltimore, Maryland the son of the late Rabbi Yechiel and Rebbetzen Ethel Shoham, Rabbi Shoham attended the Talmudical Academy of Baltimore and then went to Mesivta Yeshiva Rabbi Chaim Berlin in Brooklyn, New York. While studying at the yeshiva, Rabbi Shoham attended Brooklyn College at night and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree majoring in psychology. Later, he attended graduate school at New York University, School of Psychology and continued his studies in Montreal at the Allen Memorial Hospital – McGill University where he furthered his degree in Pastoral Psychiatry. 

Rabbi Shoham arrived in Montreal in 1955 to visit his brother Gilbert, who was Rabbi of the Beit Hamidrash Hagadol Synagogue on McKenzie. While here, he met with an enthusiastic group of individuals anxiously waiting to build a new community in the western suburb of Montreal. After discussions with the committee, he was quickly hired as the Rabbi of Beth Zion. Over the years, he had been active with nearly every Jewish organization in the city, notably Combined Jewish Appeal, B’nai Brith and State of Israel Bonds and the founder of the much needed Miriam Home. 

Aquatic and Community Centre and the Gymnasium closed for annual maintenance

Please note that the ACC will be closed to the public (including pools and fitness room) for annual maintenance from August 19 to September 11, 2016. The gym will be closed to the public for annual maintenance between September 10 and 22, 2016.

 

Council meeting: Monday, August 8, 2016 at 8pm

Council Meeting

 

Council Meeting

A meeting of the Côte Saint-Luc City Council takes place on Monday, August 8, 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.

 

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Musicians of the World Symphony Orchestra to perform benefit concert in support of the Côte Saint-Luc Cats Committee on August 23

The Côte Saint-Luc Cats Committee (CSLCC) will hold its annual fundraising concert on Tuesday, August 23 at 7:30pm at the Syd Wise Auditorium of the Marymount Adult Education Centre at 5785 Parkhaven Ave.

Featured performers will be the Musicians of the World Symphony Orchestra (www.musiciansoftheworld.ca), conducted by Joseph Milo. Some members of his orchestra will also present solo performances. Funds raised from A Bouquet of Classics: The Music We All Love will go towards the CSLCC’s Trap, Neuter, Release and Adopt Program. 

“This benefit concert is an opportunity for people who love animals to enjoy an evening of fine music while contributing to a good cause,” Mayor Mitchell Brownstein said. “This is another example of how the city promotes arts and culture, close to home.”

Nutrience Pet Food by Hagen and D’Arcy McGee Liberal MNA David Birnbaum, will be the evening’s official sponsors.

“There are many feral cats in the community,” said Councillor Mike Cohen, the council member responsible for animal protection in the city. “The CSLCC’s team of volunteers sets out to trap as many as possible, have them sterilized and then adopted or returned to the spot where they were originally found. The committee has also rescued many kittens and found homes for them. In recent years the city has adopted cat licensing bylaw.”

The Musicians of the World Symphony Orchestra (MWSO) was founded in 2006 by conductor Milo and his wife Lucy Ravinsky. This one of a kind orchestra is composed of 55 musicians: about 80 percent of its members are from 15 countries around the world, while the remaining 20 percent are natives of Montreal who successfully facilitated the integration of the newcomers. They have been rehearsing at Côte Saint-Luc City Hall for many years and as part of the arrangement, they agree to perform a benefit concert once a year. The Côte Saint-Luc Cats Committee and Educhat are the 2016 beneficiaries.

Tickets are only $12 each (tax included) and can be purchased now at the following locations: the main desk at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library (5851 Cavendish Blvd.); the Côte Saint-Luc Aquatic and Community Centre (5794 Parkhaven Ave.); and the Côte Saint-Luc Hospital for Animals (7930 Baily Rd.). Tickets can be purchased at the first two locations by credit and debit card or cash and cash only at the Animal Hospital.

Councillors Cohen and Sam Goldbloom, who are co-chairing the event, note that information will be available that night for people interested in possibly joining the committee or adopting a cat.  A bake sale will be held at intermission. For more information call 514-485-6806, ext. 2200 or log on to www.cotesaintluc.org/cats.