News and announcements

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

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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

Council meeting: Monday, April 13, 2015

Council Meeting

 

Council Meeting

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


Council agenda

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Location

5801 Cavendish Blvd., Council Chamber

 

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Grant from D’Arcy-McGee MNA will launch first take-a-book/leave-a-book mini-library in Côte Saint-Luc

Cheque presentation for grant

Cheque presentation on April 9, 2015. From left to right: Councillor Mitchell Brownstein, Library Director Janine West, MNA David Birnbaum, Library Express and Community Outreach Coordinator Justin Burnham.


The Côte Saint-Luc Public Library received a Volunteer Work Program (Soutien à l'action bénévole) grant from the Member of the National Assembly for D’Arcy-McGee, David Birnbaum on Thursday, April 9, 2015.

The $500 grant is for non-profit organizations that have an impact in the lives of D’Arcy-McGee residents and the island of Montreal community.

The Côte Saint-Luc Public Library will purchase and install a weatherproof mini-library that houses about 15 to 20 free books. Dubbed the Free Little Library, it will operate on the take-a-book/leave-a-book concept. However, the Library will ensure that the mini-libraries stay full. Library volunteers will keep the Free Little Library stocked with books donated to the library.

“We strive to make books available to every resident in Côte Saint-Luc,” said Justin Burnham, Library Express and Community Outreach Coordinator. “The Free Little Library is a way to expand opportunities for social engagement and bring library services to other parts of the city.”

The exact location of the Free Little Library hasn’t been decided, but will likely be placed in the south-western part of Côte Saint-Luc near the Kingsley Rd. area.

“Free Little Libraries promote literacy, a love of reading and helps to build a sense of community,” said Library Director Janine West. “This is a great community project and we appreciate the financial help from Mr. Birnbaum’s office to get this project off the ground.”

The Broadway smash hit Hairspray the Musical is coming to Côte Saint-Luc

Hairspray


The Côte Saint-Luc Dramatic Society presents Hairspray the Musical from May 28 to June 14, 2015 at the Harold Greenspon Auditorium. 

This award-winning musical tackles the issue of racial segregation in the United States in the 1960s. It follows the story of the plucky and plump Tracy Turnblad as she pursues her dream of becoming one of the regular dancers on The Corny Collins Show. The obstacles to Tracy's dreams help to open her eyes to the struggles of the black community, and her fight for herself turns into a crusade against segregation in 1960s America. 

“Hairspray is not only great entertainment with wonderful music and dancing, but it promotes ideas of justice and anti-discrimination that the City of Côte Saint-Luc holds dear,” said Councillor Mitchell Brownstein, who is also producer of the show and acts in it. “I’m proud of this show and encourage everyone to see the show and even bring their kids.”

Tickets are available online on CSLDramaticSociety.com, at the Côte Saint-Luc Library or the Aquatic and Community Centre. General admission is $32, and students and seniors pay $28. Tickets are $25 for all preview and matinee shows.

“Hairspray is, at its heart, a musical about acceptance and having the courage to stand up for principles that are universal truths,” said artistic director Anisa Cameron. “Hairspray challenges us all to work towards the goal of unity in diversity. Whether it is the stories of cyber bullying that seem to permeate our media, or the struggles that continue for civil rights here in Canada and abroad, Hairspray is much more than a trip to the theatre for a fun night out. It’s a reminder to continue to stand up for what is right because you can’t stop the beat.”

The Côte Saint-Luc Dramatic Society has reassembled their 2014 META (Montreal English Theatre Award) nominated artistic team to bring Hairspray the Musical to Montreal. This larger-than-life show is produced by Mitchell Brownstein, directed by CSLDS Artistic Director, Anisa Cameron, musically directed by David Terriault and choreographed by Alexia Gourd. It will star a talented cast of 32 performers, including members of the Montreal Gospel Choir and the Jireh Choir.

“It took us two years to find the perfect cast for Hairspray, and it was worth the wait,” Cameron said. “The awe-inspiring talent that has joined us for Hairspray will render people speechless -- I know it does for me, and that is just in rehearsal!”. 

Returning to work with the CSLDS will be favorites from last year’s show, Catch Me If You Can, Mike Melino (playing Edna Turnblad), Mitchell Brownstein (playing Wilbur Turnblad), Megan Magisano (playing Amber Von Tussle), and Brandon Schwartz (playing Link Larkin). Joining the CSLDS for the first time will be Jireh Gospel Choir member Maddana Calix-Antoine (who will bring Motormouth Maybelle to vivid life on stage), Justin Johnson (as the charismatic and smooth-as-silk Seaweed J. Stubbs), the vocally voracious Alisha Ruiss (who will be the venomous Velma Von Tussle), Ryan Kligman (as the charming and campy Corny Collins), Jeanne Motulsky (as the perfect Penny Pingleton) and Amber Jonas (bringing an ebullient optimism that is a delight to experience in her turn as Tracy Turnblad to the Greenspon stage.).

Côte Saint-Luc Library unveils what’s on for spring and summer 2015

The Côte Saint-Luc Library is hosting a public preview of its spring and summer events on Wednesday, April 15 at 2 pm at the Harold Greenspon Auditorium, 5801 Cavendish Blvd.

Programs department staff will present highlights from the upcoming season, serve refreshments, and give away tickets to some of the most anticipated events. Brochures containing all programs details are available at the Côte Saint-Luc Library or at csllibrary.org/programsandevents. 

“It’s a new season of cultural happenings at the library with concerts, author appearances, and art events,” said Councillor Mike Cohen, the council member responsible for the library. “The preview event is good way to hear first-hand about what’s coming this spring and summer.”

Avid readers can stock up on books for spring and summer reading at the Côte Saint-Luc Library spring used book sale, happening Saturday, April 18 and Sunday, April 19 from 11 am to 5 pm. Prices start at 50 cents and all proceeds go towards the future purchase of a baby grand piano.

The Côte Saint-Luc Library’s first musical event of the spring will feature the critically-acclaimed Molinari Quartet playing a concert of classical music from the 20th and 21st centuries on Thursday, April 23 at 7 pm. Tickets are $5 and are on sale now.

On Wednesday, April 29 at 7 pm, educator and therapist Susan Wener will be at the Côte Saint-Luc Library to discuss her memoir, Resilience, which tells the story of her recovery from two bouts of cancer. Critics have praised Wener’s memoir as “a 'must read' for everyone but especially for those who have had cancer affect their lives or the lives of their friends or family.”

The Côte Saint-Luc Library Art Gallery will feature an exhibit of photographs by Fiona Annis entitled The After-Image (Swan Songs). Art lovers are invited to a vernissage on Thursday, April 30 at 7 pm. Light refreshments will be served. The exhibit runs from Thursday, April 30 to Thursday, May 21.

For more information about what’s on this spring and summer at the Côte Saint-Luc Library, visit csllibrary.org or contact Robin Grantner at 514-485-6900, ext. 4205.

One-way traffic on Mackle Rd. between Cavendish and Marc Chagall

From Monday, April 13 to Monday, April 20, 2015, Mackle Rd. will be narrowed to one lane from Cavendish Blvd. to Marc Chagall Ave. It will become a one-way street during this period, with one-way traffic flowing from Cavendish Blvd. to Marc Chagall Ave.

Infrastructure work

Mackle Rd. will narrowed because the Agglomeration of Montreal will transform an existing valve chamber to monitor water pressure. The actual work will take place near the front of the Cambridge Court, at the corner Armstrong Ave. 

Work hours

The work will be done by the Agglomeration of Montreal between 7 am and 5 pm from Monday to Friday. 

Driveway access and on-street parking

There will be no effect on driveway access. Residents will be able to continue to enter and exit their residence as usual. However, on-street parking will be restricted during the work.

Water

The Agglomeration of Montreal says that with a project like this, there should be no loss of water at any point. However, you may notice a slight reduction in water pressure at various points. 

For more information

This is an important infrastructure project that will benefit our residents. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our Charles de Jean at our Engineering Division at 514-485-6800 ext. 1503 or cdejean@cotesaintluc.org if you have any questions or concerns.

Côte Saint-Luc Volunteer Citizens on Patrol information session on April 7

The City of Côte Saint-Luc is looking for new recruits and will be holding an information session on Tuesday, April 7 at 7 pm at the Harold Greenspon Auditorium at Côte Saint-Luc City Hall (5801 Cavendish Blvd.). 

Prospective volunteers should be residents age 18 or older. They should bring identification and a completed copy of the application form available at CoteSaintLuc.org/vcop. There is a one-time membership fee of $75 and volunteers are required to make a minimum commitment of six hours per month. 

“Since its inception in July 2006, vCOP volunteers have worked alongside public security, police, fire and EMS services to add to Côte Saint-Luc's substantial safety initiatives,” said Councillor Glenn J. Nashen, who is responsible for vCOP.  “The patrollers have logged more than 46,625 hours and 254,166 kilometres, which is more than six times around the Earth.”

More than 80 volunteers patrol the streets of Côte Saint-Luc in marked vCOP vans, scooters, on foot and on bicycles. The volunteers notify local agencies about emergency and non-emergency situations as they act as observers throughout the community. Volunteer patrollers also help out at all community events, check smoke detectors in homes in partnership with the fire department and assist with residents at major fires and other large incidents.

Côte Saint-Luc was the first city in Quebec to implement this neighbourhood-watch-on-wheels program in 2006. Similar programs have been established in communities throughout Canada and the United States.

For more information or to join the vCOP program, please call 514-485-6800, send an e-mail to vcop@CoteSaintLuc.org, or visit CoteSaintLuc.org/vcop.

 

 

 

Public skating start time delayed on Saturday, March 29, 2015

The regular 8pm start time for public skating on Saturday, March 29 will most likely be delayed due to the finals of the Peewee AA/AAA hockey playoffs. The end time will be extended to match the lost time at the beginning so that skaters get the full 80 minutes of skate time.

 

 

Low water pressure across Côte Saint-Luc on Wednesday, March 25

On Wednesday, March 25, 2015, Côte Saint-Luc residents may notice low water pressure from 8 am to 8 pm. Depending on your location and the type of building you are in, the reduction in water pressure will range from being barely noticeable to a potential temporary loss of water.

Different water pressure depending where you live

If you live near in the area near Kingsley Rd., Trent Ave., and Ashdale Ave., you will be most affected. Residents in houses and duplexes in that area may notice very low water pressure. Residents on upper floors of the high-rise apartments in that area may lose water pressure entirely. Residents in all other areas of the city – including those in apartments -- may notice a lower water pressure to various degrees.

The reason why the upper floors or apartments in the area may lose water pressure is because the pumps in apartments that normally push water to the upper floors won’t have enough incoming water to push up. That’s why residents on the lower floors may have water, while the upper floors may not. 

Stock up on bottled water

It is always a good idea to have bottled water on hand in the event of a real emergency. Follow the lead of your neighbours and take this opportunity to buy a case of bottled water. It will be critical in the event of a real emergency, and might come in handy on Wednesday, March 25, too, depending on where you live.

The cause of the low water pressure

The temporary low water pressure will happen as a result of a valve repair being done by the Agglomeration of Montreal to a valve chamber. The work will take place on two of the west-bound lanes on Côte Saint-Luc Rd., just before the overpass, near the IGA supermarket.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Charles de Jean at our Engineering Division at 514-485-6800 ext. 1501 or cdejean@cotesaintluc.org.

 

 

 

 

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.) Sunday, March 29, 2015 from 9 am to 4 pm or weekdays from Monday, March 30 to Thursday, April 2, 2015 from 8 am to 7 pm. For more information, call 514-485-6868, ext. 3005.

 

 

 

Driveway widening and access ramps: key dates in 2015

In order for the City of Côte Saint-Luc to provide a sidewalk access ramp in 2015 to residents widening their driveways, residents must request a driveway alteration permit by Friday, July 31 and pick it by Friday, August 7.

Residents can still apply for a permit after this deadline, however the city will not be able to provide the sidewalk access ramp until the next year.

When a private driveway is widened, the city must widen its sidewalk access ramp, too. While the cost is borne by the resident, the city pays its own contractor to do the work. The city needs to know exactly how many stretches of sidewalk need to be modified so it can determine the cost and schedule the work.

The maximum allowable width of a driveway is 6.4 metres or 21 feet. In the case of irregularly-shaped lots (trapeze-like), the maximum width of the driveway between the city sidewalk and the property line is 4.27 metres or 14 feet.

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The world music quartet Surkalén will perform in Côte Saint-Luc on Thursday, March 19

The world music ensemble Surkalén will perform a concert of original ethno-fusion music at Harold Greenspon Auditorium at 5801 Cavendish Blvd. on Thursday, March 19 at 7 pm.

Surkalén (www.surkalen.ca) is a group of four musicians of Latin American and European heritage who play in a musical style that they call ethno-fusion. This poetic style mixes South American sounds and rhythms with elements of African, Asian, European, and Middle Eastern music. 

In 2012, Surkalén released their album Essence de lumière. They were nominated for World Group of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards in 2012, and in 2013 the group won the People’s Choice Award from the Conseil des arts de Montréal.

Critics have described their music as gentle, spellbinding, wide-ranging, and always defiant towards boundaries. The four musicians use many instruments, including guitar, bass, flutes, violin, percussion, as well as vocals to create their unique sound. 

Tickets for the concert are $5 and are available at the front desk of the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library. For more information, please contact Robin Grantner at 514-485-6900, ext. 4205.

 

 

Council meeting: Monday, March 9, 2015

Council Meeting

 

Council Meeting

A meeting of the Côte Saint-Luc City Council takes place on Monday, March 9, 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.


Council agenda

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Location

5801 Cavendish Blvd., Council Chamber

 

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How to prevent frozen pipes and what to do when pipes do freeze?

As temperatures plummet, there is a risk of water pipes freezing in homes across the country.

Here's a list of tips from the Red Cross on how to prevent frozen pipes and what to do when pipes do freeze:

  • Keep garage doors closed if water supply lines are in the garage.
  • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing.
  • When the weather is very cold outside, let the cold water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe - even at a trickle - helps prevent pipes from freezing.
  • Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night.
  • Leave the heat on in the home, even while out of town. Set to a temperature no lower than 13 C or 55 F.

How to Thaw Frozen Pipes

If only a trickle of water comes out when taps are turned on, suspect a frozen pipe. Here are some tips on what do when pipes freeze:

Likely places for frozen pipes include against exterior walls or where water service enters the home through the foundation.

Keep the faucet open while treating a frozen pipe and as the frozen area begins to melt, water will begin to flow through the frozen area. Running water through the pipe will help melt ice in the pipe.

Apply heat to the section of pipe using an electric heating pad wrapped around the pipe, an electric hair dryer, a portable space heater (kept away from flammable materials), or by wrapping pipes with towels soaked in hot water.

Do not use a blowtorch, kerosene or propane heater, charcoal stove, or other open flame device.

Apply heat until full water pressure is restored. If the frozen area can’t be found, if the frozen area is not accessible, or if the pipe cannot be thawed, call a licensed plumber.

Check all other faucets in the home to find out if there are additional frozen pipes. If one pipe freezes, others may freeze, too.

Future Protection

Consider relocating exposed pipes to provide increased protection from freezing. Pipes can be relocated by a professional if the home is remodeled.

Add insulation to attics, basements and crawl spaces. Insulation will maintain higher temperatures in these areas.

For more information, please contact a licensed plumber or building professional.


Source: www.cbc.ca

Statement from CP regarding labour matters

The City of Côte Saint-Luc received the following statement on February 11, 2015 from Canadian Pacific Railways regarding the expected labour strike.

Despite Canadian Pacific's best efforts to reach an agreement with Teamsters Canada Rail Conference-Running Trades (TCRC), the union has provided official notice of its intent to strike the company in the event there is not a negotiated settlement. This group represents more than 3,000 active locomotive engineers and conductors at CP.

Subject to the union's decision to strike, which could be as early as February 15 at 12:01 a.m., CP will implement its extensive contingency plan by deploying qualified management employees to maintain a reduced freight service on its Canadian network.

This will have no impact to the City of Cote St-Luc's access to CP property for the purposes of emergency services and response. Residents may note reduced train operations in and around CP's St Luc Yard during this period of work stoppage. As always, CP asks the community to stay safe and be vigilant around rail crossings and railroad property.

CP will continue to provide updates on the matter on its website: www.cpr.ca

 

Canada Reads, Côte Saint-Luc-style

The popular annual book debate Canada Reads returns to the CBC airwaves in mid-March and the Côte Saint-Luc Library is getting in on the action.

On Thursday, March 12 at 7 pm, five Côte Saint-Luc librarians will defend their choice of one of the five books in contention at a high-spirited round-table debate at the library. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

“Canada Reads is an important annual literary event, and we want Côte Saint-Luc to be a part of it,” said Library Director Janine West. “Book-lovers can come to our debate to hear a personalized case made for each book by our librarians. When the CBC debate airs the next week, readers will have a fresh perspective on the books in the running.”

The theme of this year’s debate is “One Book to Break Barriers” and it features five books, both fiction and non-fiction, that question stereotypes and bring important issues to light. The shortlisted books are Ru by Montreal writer Kim Thúy (translated by Sheila Fischman), Intolerable: A Memoir of Extremes by Kamal Al-Solaylee, The Inconvenient Indian by Thomas King, And the Birds Rained Down by Jocelyne Saucier (translated by Rhonda Mullins), and When Everything Feels like the Movies by Raziel Reid.

For more information about Canada Reads at the CSL Library, visit csllibrary.org or email mtomecz@cotesaintluc.org.

 

First installment of tax bill due on Friday February 27, 2015

The first installment of Côte Saint-Luc municipal tax bills is due Friday, February 27, 2015. (The second installment is due May 28, 2015.) If paying by cheque, please include your second installment postdated to May 28, 2015 when sending your first installment. If no post-dated cheque is received for the second installment, you will receive a reminder two weeks prior to the deadline for payment.2015 tax bill

 

Your Côte Saint-Luc municipal tax bill can be paid using any of the following methods

1. Internet* (online banking): You will need your 18-digit “Matricule” number to identify your municipal tax account. Add “Côte Saint-Luc” to list of suppliers.

2. By mail: Place cheque(s) and payment stub(s) in the return envelope sent to you with your tax bill and mail to the address below: City of Côte Saint-Luc, Taxation Processing Centre, P.O. Box 11639 Downtown Station, Montreal, QC H3C 5Z5

3. At your financial institution: Teller, bank machine, phone. You will need your tax bill payment stub(s) and your 18-digit “Matricule” number to identify your municipal account.

4. Your mortgage company: If you pay your taxes through your mortgage, please contact your mortgage company to ensure that payment is made on time.

5. At Côte Saint-Luc City Hall: In person (cash, cheque, Interac) at Côte Saint-Luc City Hall weekdays between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm.

 

>> Learn more about property valuations, the budget and tax bills.

Council meeting: Monday, February 9, 2015

Council Meeting

 

Council Meeting

A meeting of the Côte Saint-Luc City Council takes place on Monday, February 9, 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.


Council agenda

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Location

5801 Cavendish Blvd., Council Chamber

 

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