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A record number of golfers to play at Côte Saint-Luc Golf Classic, while city to honour veteran volunteer Ron Yarin

A record 104 people will tee off at the 36th annual Côte Saint-Luc Golf Classic on Tuesday, July 14 at the Meadowbrook Golf Course, 8370 Côte Saint-Luc Rd.

The event begins at 7 am and is followed by an awards banquet at 1 pm honouring long-time volunteer Ron Yarin at the Aquatic and Community Centre (ACC) at 5794 Parkhaven Ave.

“This year’s event is attracted so many new and returning players in part because we presented a new format of play, as well as two new age-specific classifications whereby players can compete on a friendly basis amongst their own age group,” said Councillor Mike Cohen, the event co-chair. “The groups include Masters for people age 65 and older, and Eagle, for those age 64 and younger.”

The title sponsor is Freemark Apparel Brands Inc. and its Bench brand. Mark Routtenberg, president of Freemark Apparel Brands and former minority owner of the Montreal Expos, has been named honourary chairperson for this year's event. Routtenberg, who raised his family in Côte Saint-Luc, will be the guest speaker at the luncheon and talk about the Expos and the possibilities surrounding the return of baseball to Montreal.   

“We will be honouring Ron Yarin for more than 35 years of dedicated service to the community,” said Councillor Sam Goldbloom, the event co-chair. “Many friends will be on hand to help celebrate the occasion including the Routtenberg family, whom Ron worked with for many years.”

Sam Eltes, president of Silver Star Mercedes-Benz, has sponsored a hole-in-one contest. If someone achieves this feat they will drive way in a brand new Mercedes-Benz.

The new format of play is called “Scramble” and is quite popular in today’s golf outings. This format helps speed up the game for all players and is being introduced as a result of many requests from previous participants. The players decide which golfer hits the best shot off the tee and then all players from that foursome play their next shot from that point. Play continues from hole to hole in the same fashion for the rest of the outing.

In case of thunderstorms on Tuesday, July 14, the luncheon  will proceed with festivities at the Aquatic and Community Centre at 1 pm. Golf will be postponed until the following Tuesday, July 21. The same starting times will be honoured at Meadowbrook Golf Club. History will note that this event has never been rained out before.

 

 

Council meeting: Monday, July 13, 2015

Council Meeting

 

Council Meeting

A meeting of the Côte Saint-Luc City Council takes place on Monday, July 13, 2015 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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School Tax Payment

At the start of every school year, the Comité de gestion mails out school tax bills for all taxable properties within the five school boards on the Island of Montreal territory.

Please note that the City of Côte Saint-Luc is not linked with the school board, therefore school taxes cannot be paid at the City Hall.

For more information about school taxes, please visit: http://www.cgtsim.qc.ca/en/

>> A reminder of terms of payment of the school tax:

Via the Web site of your financial institution, option bill payments: add the Comité de gestion de la taxe scolaire de l’île de Montréal to your list of provider, do the search using «Comite»; use the 20-digit reference number for electronic payment shown on the top left side of your reminder notice; add the reference number for each tax bill.

At the counter or ATM of your financial institution.

By mail : P.O. Box 11071, Downtown Station, Montréal H3C 5A9

At Comité de gestion school tax payment counter : 500, Crémazie Blvd East, Montréal, Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., only payments by cheque and debit card are accepted.

 

 

 

Ballroom dancing championship coming to Côte Saint-Luc

For the fifth consecutive year, the Canadian Amateur Open Dancesport Championships will be at the Côte Saint-Luc Gymnasium (7500 Mackle Rd.) on Saturday, September 26, 2015 from 11 am to 11:30 pm.

The Canadian Amateur Open Dancesport Championships is presented by Danse Sport Québec. It allows ballroom dancers to compete for the title of Canadian Open Amateur Champion.

Tickets to this event are $35 for people age 16 and older or $25 for people 15 and younger and can be purchased online at www.dansesportquebec.com or offline by filling in the ticket order form and sending it with your payment information :

E-mail: claudette.martin@dansesportquebec.com

Fax: 450 222-2305

Mail: Danse Sport Québec, 380 rue Lafond, St-Calixte (Québec) J0K 1Z0.

Dancers of all ages and from all regions of Canada, the United States, and possibly Europe will perform their best efforts in both Latin and standard styles of dance for judges and spectators. Dancers will be dressed in ball gowns and tailcoats and as they perform the Slow Waltz, Tango, Viennese Waltz, Foxtrot and Quickstep. They will also dance to Latin music including the Cha-Cha, Samba, Rumba, Paso Doble and Jive.

Danse Sport Québec has a number of dancers from Côte-St-Luc who will be introduced at the competition. Danse Sport Québec extends an invitation to its spectacular event to all dance lovers.

For more information, please visit www.dansesportquebec.com or call 1-800-474-5746.

 

 

 

Sidewalk repairs are underway in Côte Saint-Luc

Sidewalk repairs are underway in Côte Saint-Luc and should be complete by the end of August 2015. In all, our contractor Ventec Construction will be repairing approximately 3,500 linear metres of sidewalk most in need of repair.

 

 

Côte Saint-Luc to honour former councillor on June 28, 2015

The City of Côte Saint-Luc will inaugurate Henry Marcovitz Playground at McDowell Park on Sunday, June 28 at 11 am, in honour of the former city councillor who passed away last October.

McDowell Park is located on Randall Ave., south of Fleet Rd. A new sign will be unveiled at the Randall Ave. entrance to the park.

“I first got to know Henry Marcovitz on the demerger campaign in 2004 when he joined with me and other former Côte Saint-Luc elected officials to promote the reconstitution of our city,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “He was already quite advanced in years but he had enormous energy and impressed me with his intellect and dedication to the cause.”

Marcovitz moved to Randall Ave. starting in 1955. He became involved in local politics when he worked on the mayoral campaign of Samuel Moscovitch in 1964. He was first elected to city council in 1970, serving for 20 consecutive years. He represented District 3 when the district system was set up in 1982.

Marcovitz was chair of the town planning committee and a member of the finance and audit committee during the mid-1980s. This included the period when Côte Saint-Luc built its new library and city hall. He fought against condo conversions, forcing landlords to carry out improvements required under city bylaws.

“He was my city councillor while growing up in Côte Saint-Luc and was always available and welcoming treating my concerns with respect and importance,” said Councillor Mitchell Brownstein. “I was always proud to say I knew him as a friend to all he served.”

Marcovitz’s contributions were lauded by his peers. When he left office in 1990 after six terms, then-Mayor Bernard Lang called him a “level-headed” and “effective” councillor and that “he added a great deal of serenity to negotiations.” Then-Councillor Isadore Goldberg called him “one of the deans” of council.” Councillor Glenn J. Nashen said Markovitz had been very committed and served as an inspiration for new leaders. 

“It was great having him as part of the council for two decades and his name and way of thinking continues to be mentioned a half century later,” Councillor Nashen said.

Marcovitz had been accepted to McGill medical school, but rather than complete his medical training, he felt compelled to enlist with the Canadian Army to fight in the Second World War. He later returned to school and graduated with a bachelor of commerce degree. He went on to become a successful businessman. He met his future wife, Shirley, who was the love of his life for 59 happy years. When she passed away a few years ago, he asked that the tombstone be engraved with the unusual but heartfelt words, “a beautiful marriage.”

He lived a healthy lifestyle and stayed in shape by water skiing, downhill skiing, and playing squash and golf. He even continued to exercise when he was in a wheelchair and attended lectures at the library into his last year.

“Henry was a Mensch, a gentleman and a role model,” said Rabbi Chaim Steinmetz at Marcovitz’s funeral last year. “He could fix his own car, repair his own house and do his own taxes. Above all, he was a man of integrity, kindness and generosity.”

 Henry Marcovitz

 

Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park will be the Quebec host site for the 2015 Blue Jays Honda Super Camps

Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park in the City of Côte Saint-Luc is one of 15 places across Canada -- and the only one in Quebec -- to host the annual Blue Jays Honda Super Camp for amateur baseball players ages 9 to 16.

The camp runs in Côte Saint-Luc on Tuesday, August 18 and Wednesday, August 19, 2015. To register, visit the Blue Jays Baseball Academy at www.bluejays.com/camps. 

“We have earned a reputation for some of the best baseball fields in Quebec,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “People in the baseball world know that if they need high-caliber baseball fields, in the heart of a community that loves its baseball, Côte Saint-Luc is the place.”

Every year, Côte Saint-Luc hosts two Major League Baseball scouting events, as well as all home games for the university baseball teams of McGill and Concordia, many baseball tournaments, and baseball camps. More than a dozen baseball and softball leagues play games in Côte Saint-Luc. Every few years, the Canadian Intercollegiate Baseball Association host their national college tournament in Côte Saint-Luc. The main baseball field at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park was renamed Gary Carter Field on July 1, 2012, to honour the late Montreal Expos catcher.

The camps will be run by the Blue Jays Baseball Academy in partnership with both Baseball Canada and Little League Baseball Canada.  

A large group of Blue Jays alumni once again return as instructors including Duane Ward, Roberto Alomar, Devon White, George Bell, Lloyd Moseby, Jesse Barfield, and Homer Bush. The Blue Jays alumni will be joined by both coaches from both Baseball Canada and Little League Canada to help provide top level instruction to each participant.

Blue Jays Honda Super Camps will run for four hours each day. Each participant will receive a Blue Jays hat, t-shirt, Blue Jays Baseball Academy Instructional Manual, along with a 12” Alomar Baseball glove.

For more information, contact baseball.academy@bluejays.com or 416-341-2500.

 

 

 

Council meeting: Monday, June 15, 2015

Council Meeting

 

Council Meeting

A meeting of the Côte Saint-Luc City Council takes place on Monday, June 15, 2015 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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Don't leave your garage door opener remote in your car

There are reports across Canada including the Island of Montreal of thieves breaking into cars parked on driveways and using the garage door openers to access the home. 

Please do not leave your garage door opener remote in your car when you park outside your home. Instead please get into the habit of bringing it inside with you. You can even buy small remotes that fit on a keychain to replace the one on your visor. 

Finally, remember to always close your garage when you're not there and lock the door leading from your garage to your home. If you're going away, consider disconnecting your automatic garage door opener from the power outlet.

Côte Saint-Luc is one of the safest cities on the island with patrollers by police, Côte Saint-Luc Public Security, and volunteer Citizens on Patrol. You can make it even safer by making it harder on thieves.

If you notice any suspicious activity call 9-1-1 immediately. 

 

 

 

 

The Côte Saint-Luc smoke detector brigade visiting homes this spring and summer

For the fourth consecutive year, members of the Côte Saint-Luc volunteer Citizens on Patrol (vCOP) smoke detector brigade will be ringing door bells and offering to check smoke detectors, replacing dead batteries and installing new smoke detectors where needed.

"The smoke detector brigade will begin ringing doorbells in mid-May and continue all summer," Mayor Anthony Housefather said. "Please welcome these uniformed volunteers into your house as they are there to help you," Housefather said.

This initiative is done in partnership with the Montreal fire department. Smoke detector brigade volunteers will be wearing vCOP uniforms and carry a photo ID. If you are not home when they visit, they will leave a notice with information on how to schedule a visit. This is a free service.

"Smoke detectors save lives by warning people of possible fires in a home, but they can only do the job if they are working," said Councillor Glenn J. Nashen, responsible for vCOP and emergency measures. "Too many deaths occur that could have been prevented if the house was equipped with a working smoke detector," Nashen said. 

Since 1977, the City of Cote Saint-Luc has required smoke detectors in all homes and buildings. The owner or tenant is responsible for its upkeep, including changing the battery twice a year and replacing smoke detectors that are more than 10 years old. A carbon monoxide detector is also recommended near garages and fuel-burning devices.

 

 

 

The Green Patrol is back for the summer

Homes, businesses, and institutions may receive a visit from Zoé Bigras Généreux a member of the Green Patrol, an island-wide program to provide information about ecological issues. Her main goal this summer will be to bring awareness to residents on issues of residual waste, greening (tree planting) and water conservation. 

Zoé will not ask to enter the home. She will be wearing a green t-shirt and have proper identification. She will be patrolling the streets of Côte Saint-Luc until mid-august 

The Green Patrol will also set up kiosks at municipal buildings, schools, apartment buildings, and townhouse developments. 

For more information regarding the Green Patrol, contact Juliana Costa, Environmental Technician for the City of Côte Saint-Luc at 514-485-6868, ext. 3106 or jcosta@cotesaintluc.org.

 

Special council meetings: Monday, June 1, 2015

Council Meeting

 

Council Meeting

Two special meetings of the Côte Saint-Luc City Council takes place on Monday, June 1, 2015 at 7:55 pm and 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 agendas

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Location

5801 Cavendish Blvd., Council Chamber

 

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Great Tomato Plant Giveaway for CSL residents on Sunday, May 31 from 1 pm to 3 pm

Get your complimentary tomato plant and enjoy fun activities for the whole family on Sunday, May 31 from 1 pm to 3 pm. First come, first served. 1 per person.

Limited quantities. Proof of residency required.

Location: 5851 Cavendish Blvd., Côte Saint-Luc 

For more information visit: CSLGrown.org or call 514-485-6800



Montreal Gazette political cartoonist Aislin to speak at the Côte Saint-Luc Library

Terry Mosher, the Montreal Gazette political cartoonist better known by his pseudonym Aislin, will be speaking at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Library on Wednesday, June 10 at 7 pm. The event is free and open to the public and is presented by the Library in collaboration with the Canadian Writers’ Society.

“I always look forward to opening the morning Gazette to see Aislin’s take on current events, and I know many of our patrons do, too,” said Library Director Janine West. “We’re proud to host fascinating and legendary figures like Terry Mosher at the library.”

The author of 46 books, Mosher has been the Gazette’s political cartoonist for more than 40 years. His most recent collection, The Wrecking Ball, published in 2014, features acerbic and irreverent cartoons about the Parti Québécois's proposed Charter of Values, Montreal corruption scandals, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, and the Sochi Olympics, among other topics.

Mosher has received numerous accolades for his contributions to public discourse over the course of his career. In 1985, he was inducted into the Canadian News Hall of Fame. He was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2003 and received an honorary Doctor of Letters from McGill University in 2007. He is president emeritus of the Association of Canadian Editorial Cartoonists.

At the Côte Saint-Luc Library event, Mosher will speak about his work, answer audience questions, and sign copies of The Wrecking Ball, another recent collection Was It Good For You?, and Caricature Cartoon Canada, a compendium of cartoons that he edited.

For more information about the event featuring Terry “Aislin” Mosher on June 10, visit http://programs.csllibrary.org/lectures/meet-the-gazettes-cartoonist-aislin or email dbelanger@cotesaintluc.org.

 

 

Côte Saint-Luc residents encouraged to organize their own activities for Neighbours Day on June 6, 2015

For the second consecutive year the City of Côte Saint-Luc is encouraging its residents to take part in the province-wide Neighbours Day on June 6, 2015

“Our hope is that residents will organize events,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “It could be as simple as gathering on a front lawn or as grand as party in a neighbourhood park. The goal is to get to know your neighbours and to create a sense of community and belonging.”

Residents who wish to initiate a neighbourhood activity can pick up from municipal buildings an invitation card to fill out and distribute in their neighbourhoods. They can also register their event at www.fetedesvoisins.qc.ca/registration.html.

“Neighbours Day is the perfect opportunity to get to know your neighbourhood and the people who live in it,” said Councillor Allan J. Levine, who is responsible for bringing Neighbours Day to Côte Saint-Luc. “Residents who participate will ultimately benefit from the success of their own neighbourhood event.”

The first Neghbours Day took place in France in 1999 and it quickly spread across Europe. In Quebec since 2006, Neighbours Day is an initiative of the Réseau québécois de villes et villages en santé, an organization which promotes and encourages the sustainable development of healthy living in Quebec. It focuses on the exchange between municipalities and the commitment of municipal decision-makers to quality of life through their ability to mobilize partners and residents to take action.

 

 

 

Pre-season opening of the Parkhaven Outdoor Pool delayed until Sunday

Due to the cool ambient air temperature, the Parkhaven Outdoor Pool water temperature didn't reach the required temperature. The pool will open on Sunday, May 24, 2015. Due to a technical problem, the outdoor pool water is cooler than usual. As a result, we will wave the daily entrance fee on Sunday.

 

 

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.

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 29, 2015 and will resume in the fall when the temperature is cooler. 

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.

 

 

 

Blue Patrol back in Côte Saint-Luc

Meet Blue Patroller Marilou Vigneau. Marilou will be patrolling the streets of Côte Saint-Luc from May 20 to June 12 and will approach residents to raise awareness about water. This year, the mandate of a blue patroller is to encourage residents to re-orient their house gutters into a permeable surface (garden, grass etc.) in order to prevent overflow of drainage systems and to promote other means of water conservation.

In the coming weeks, keep an eye out for Marilou she’ll be wearing her recognizable blue t-shirt and take a few moments to talk with her. She does not need to enter your home.

For more information regarding the Blue Patrol, contact Juliana Costa, Environmental Technician for the City of Côte Saint-Luc at 514-485-6868, ext. 3106 or jcosta@cotesaintluc.org.

 

 

 

Quebec health agency decision to close senior drop-in centre opposed by Côte Saint-Luc

As you may have read or seen in the news, the health agency that administers health programs in our area has decided to close the seniors' drop-in centre at the CLSC René-Cassin, which is located at the Quartier Cavendish (Cavendish Mall).

The City of Côte Saint-Luc disagrees with this Quebec health agency decision, for which we were not consulted. Although it is not a municipal service, the drop-in centre serves our residents, which is why we immediately wrote to our local MNA to ask for his help in convincing health authorities to preserve it. We also wrote to the health board directly.

You can read more about this story in the media clippings below.

The Mayor and city staff are also meeting next week with the Cummings Centre to see if the City of Côte Saint-Luc and the Cummings Centre can work together to find some way to assist caregivers and users of the drop in centre. This is still a preliminary discussion but we will try our best for the benefit of our residents.

 

In the news 

Quebec seniors left hanging after services drastically cut (CBC News)

Seniors' drop-in centre to close in Côte-St-Luc in two weeks (The Gazette)

Cote St. Luc families frustrated by news of drop-in centre closing (CTV News)

Réné-Cassin seniors drop-in centre closure sparks protest (The Suburban)

Mayors of Côte-St-Luc, Hampstead denounce closing of seniors' drop-in centre (The Gazette)

René-Cassin CLSC seniors' day centre to close (CBC News)

The Côte Saint-Luc smoke detector brigade visiting homes this spring and summer

For the fourth consecutive year, members of the Côte Saint-Luc volunteer Citizens on Patrol (vCOP) smoke detector brigade will be ringing door bells and offering to check smoke detectors, replacing dead batteries and installing new smoke detectors where needed.

"The smoke detector brigade will begin ringing doorbells in mid-May and continue all summer," Mayor Anthony Housefather said. "Please welcome these uniformed volunteers into your house as they are there to help you," Housefather said.

This initiative is done in partnership with the Montreal fire department. Smoke detector brigade volunteers will be wearing vCOP uniforms and carry a photo ID. If you are not home when they visit, they will leave a notice with information on how to schedule a visit. This is a free service.

"Smoke detectors save lives by warning people of possible fires in a home, but they can only do the job if they are working," said Councillor Glenn J. Nashen, responsible for vCOP and emergency measures. "Too many deaths occur that could have been prevented if the house was equipped with a working smoke detector," Nashen said. 

Since 1977, the City of Cote Saint-Luc has required smoke detectors in all homes and buildings. The owner or tenant is responsible for its upkeep, including changing the battery twice a year and replacing smoke detectors that are more than 10 years old. A carbon monoxide detector is also recommended near garages and fuel-burning devices.

 

 

Côte Saint-Luc to distribute free compost on May 14, 2015

Residents of the City of Côte Saint-Luc can collect free compost at the Great Compost Giveaway on Thursday, May 14, 2015 from 2 pm to 8 pm at the Public Works Department Building, 7001 Mackle Rd.

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.

 

 

Côte Saint-Luc blood donor clinic on Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The annual Côte Saint-Luc blood donor clinic takes place on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 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.

 

Council meeting: Monday, May 11, 2015

Council Meeting

 

Council Meeting

A meeting of the Côte Saint-Luc City Council takes place on Monday, May 11, 2015 at 9 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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New phone system on Thursday, May 7

We will be upgrading our phone system on Thursday, May 7, in the morning. While we don't expect any disruption to calls made to our front desk, it is possible that some staff extensions and voice mail accounts won't be active when we open at 8:30am. So, if you call an extension and no one answers (and no voice mail greeting comes on) please try again in the afternoon and everything should be back to normal.

Aqueduct repairs: Côte-Saint-Luc Rd. and Ashdale

City contractors will be making repairs to underground pipes from Tuesday, May 5 to Thursday, May 7, 2015 near the corner of Côte-Saint-Luc Rd. and Ashdale Ave.There will be traffic detours in the area and some residents will lose water on Wednesday, May 6 for about nine hours. When water is restored, there will be a 48-hour boil-water advisory for those homes. Any home losing water will receive a notice with more details.

 

Giller Prize winner Sean Michaels to speak at Côte Saint-Luc library

Scotiabank Giller Prize winner Sean Michaels will speak at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library on Wednesday, May 13 at 7 pm.

The event is free and open to the public and is presented in collaboration with the Quebec Writers’ Federation.

Michaels is based in Montreal. He won Canada’s top literary prize in 2014 for his debut novel Us Conductors. He will discuss his book, which tells a fictionalized account of the life and love of Lev Termen and his invention of the theremin, a unique musical instrument that is played without being touched. The story is set in Jazz Age New York City and the Soviet Union and explores themes of invention, memory, and unrequited love. Michaels is only the third writer to win the prestigious Giller Prize for a debut novel.

“Since we first acquired Us Conductors, it has been extremely popular with our readers,” said Library Director Janine West. “We’re honoured to be welcoming such a promising and intriguing writer to the library.”

The event will begin with a talk and reading by Michaels about his book. A questions-and-answer session and book signing will follow.

Michaels first made his name as the founder of the music blog Said the Gramophone. He has contributed to many publications including the Guardian, McSweeneys, the National Post, and the Globe and Mail. He is at work on a second novel.

The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library is located at 5851 Cavendish Blvd. For more information about this event, call the library at 514-485-6900 or email rgrantner@cotesaintluc.org.

 

  

Residents invited to a public participation session for the Trudeau Park playground renovation

Residents of all ages of the City of Côte Saint-Luc are invited to a public participation session on Sunday May 3 at 11 am, at City Hall, 5801 Cavendish Boulevard, to give feedback on the upcoming renovation of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park playground. 

Côte Saint-Luc will renovate Trudeau Park starting in the fall of 2015. The entire playground area will be relocated and outfitted with new equipment for little kids, bigger kids, and adults too.

“We are interested in hearing what our residents would like to see in this playground,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “We know that we’d like this playground to be used by the young and the young at heart, and in order to deliver a product that will be appreciated and used by all we would like to hear feedback from users of the park.”

Those in attendance at this public participation session will be working hands on with maps to create a layout and concept for the playground. There will also be a special session for young children with an animator who will survey the children to find out what features they like best in playgrounds.

“We are hoping to see residents from across the city attend this public participation session,” said Glenn Nashen, Councillor for district 6 where Trudeau Park is located. “This is a unique and rare opportunity for residents, especially kids, to get directly involved in the redevelopment of the city's flagship park and playground.”

This meeting is the first part of a three-step process. The second step will be an evening meeting in mid-summer, where residents will be invited to see the concept for the new playground and meet with the designers. This will be the opportunity to tweak the design and provide additional feedback. The third and final step is a meeting towards the end of the summer or early fall, where the final concept will be revealed to the public. 

“The renovation at Trudeau Park is slated to start in the fall of 2015 and continue through 2016. We are aiming to have the park ready for 2017 to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary,” said Councillor Ruth Kovac, the council member responsible for urban planning issues.

Anyone wishing to attend this public participation session is asked to confirm their presence by contacting Régine Banon at 514-485-6800, ext. 1801 or rbanon@cotesaintluc.org. 

Flushing of fire hydrants from April 20 until about May 8

The City of Côte Saint-Luc will flush its water distribution network between April 20 until about May 8. You could experience a temporary loss of water pressure and your water may be cloudy and rust-coloured. Should this happen, let your cold water run in the bathtub until it becomes clear and flush the water in your washing machine before doing the laundry.

 

Fascinating new art exhibit and vernissage at the Library’s Art Gallery in Côte Saint-Luc


A new exhibit by Fiona Annis will be on show at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library’s Art Gallery from April 30 to May 21.

Annis will discuss her most recent cycle of artwork, The After-Image (Swan Songs), with the public during the Library’s vernissage event on Thursday, April 30 at 7 pm. This series has been described as a romantic conceptual rendering of the slippage between fact and fiction within a documentary framework. The expression “swan song” derives from the Greek myth that swans are mute, but burst into song just before they die. Over the ages the legend was embraced by poets and came to mean a person's last eloquent words or performance: a final farewell appearance.

Fiona Annis is a Montreal-based visual artist and researcher whose interdisciplinary practice includes photography, installation, and various forms of mark-making. In 2008 she received her Master's degree of Research in Creative Practices from the Glasgow School of Art, and she is currently pursuing a practice-led PhD in the Interdisciplinary Humanities program at Concordia University. Fiona has exhibited and lectured in national and international contexts. 

Her current artworks can be viewed at www.fionaannis.com.

This exhibit runs until May 21, 2015.

The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library is located at 5851 Cavendish Blvd. and is open from 10 am to 10 pm except statutory holidays. For more information, call the library at 514-485-6900 or visit www.csllibrary.org.

 

Côte Saint-Luc to host the 2015 Book Bash Children’s Literature Festival

The annual Book Bash Canadian Children’s Literature Festival is moving from its regular home in Toronto to the Côte Saint-Luc Library on April 25 and 26, 2015.

“The 2015 Book Bash Canadian Children’s Literature Festival celebrates the joy of children’s literature,” said Councillor Mike Cohen, who is responsible for the library portfolio. “We’re proud that this annual Toronto event is in Côte Saint-Luc this year. It’s the first time the event has come to Quebec.”

Book lovers will meet seven Canadian authors and illustrators at this free family-friendly event. There will also be two story-time events, mural painting, a caricature artist, face-painting, a marionette show by Panadream and more.

Authors will be present both days to introduce their work to the audience, as well as to sign autographs and answer questions. Saturday’s authors are Faith Erin Hicks, Alan Silberberg, Anne Bernard-Lenoir and Helaine Becker. On Sunday, the event welcomes Marie-Louise Gay, Roslyn Schwartz and Rhéa Dufresne. 

“This is an opportunity for children of different ages to meet the creative minds behind some fantastic and inspiring children’s literature,” said Library Director Janine West. “Everyone is welcome.”

The family story-times are on Saturday and Sunday at 11 am. The Book Bash paper mural painting activity is on Saturday at 2:30 pm. Kids can draw inspiration from Marie-Louise Gay and create their own versions of her icon characters, Stella and Sam, on Sunday at 2:30 pm. See the full schedule at CSLLibrary.org.

The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library is located at 5851 Cavendish Blvd. and is open from 10 am to 10 pm every day. For more information, call the library at 514-485-6900 ext. 4111 or visit CSLLlibrary.org