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CJAD 800 Passion host Dr. Laurie Betito to speak at the Côte Saint-Luc Library

Dr. Laurie Betito, author and host of CJAD’s popular radio show Passion, will speak at the Côte Saint-Luc Library on Thursday, February 12 at 7 pm.

The event is free and open to the public.

“We are very fortunate to have such an expert in her field as Laurie provide this kind of talk for us,” said Côte Saint-Luc City Councillor Mike Cohen, who oversees the library and culture portfolio. “Laurie grew up in our community. Her parents still live here. We are so very proud of the career she has carved for herself and can think of no better speaker to have on the eve of Valentine's Day than the host of Montreal's foremost radio show dealing with relationships.”

Dr. Betito will discuss her career as a clinical psychologist, radio host, and writer in the sex and relationship field. She will also share tips and insights from her new book, The Sex Bible for People over 50. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.

Every week, Dr. Betito discusses various sex and relationship topics and takes questions from listeners on Passion, which airs weeknights at 10 pm.

She has been a practicing psychotherapist in Montreal for over 25 years, and is currently the president of the Sexual Health Network of Quebec.

For more information about this event, visit www.csllibrary.org or email jwest@cotesaintluc.org.

 

New days for curbside collection in Côte Saint-Luc starting week of February 2

Curbside collection days are changing for most homes in Côte Saint-Luc starting the week of Monday, February 2, 2015.

For single-family homes and duplexes, brown bins (organic waste) will be collected on Mondays, blue bins (recyclables) on Tuesdays, bulky waste on Wednesdays, and garbage on Thursdays.

Residents can start placing closed-lid bins at the curb at 10 pm the night before the collection. You can place bulky waste as of noon the day before. Blue bins must be at the curb by 7 am on collection day to ensure it is collected. Brown bins, bulky waste, and garbage bins must be placed by 8 am on collection day.

It made financial sense to outsource garbage collection and organic waste collection. The contractor has the capacity to collect garbage from single-family homes and duplexes across Côte Saint-Luc in one day. Same with organics and bulky waste. We decided to simplify collection and schedule it on the same day.

For those townhouses that currently take part in curbside organic waste collection, they will follow the same schedule as single family homes and duplexes. For all other multi-family complexes and institutions, garbage collection is on Mondays and Thursdays, recycling collection remains on Tuesdays and bulky waste collection is on Wednesdays.

For old electronic items (computers, monitors, etc.) and household hazardous waste (paint, CFL bulbs, etc.), residents can bring these to the EcoCentre at 6925 Côte-des-Neiges or Public Works (7001 Mackle Rd.). Call 514-485-6868 to arrange a pick up at the curb of an old TV.

Côte Saint-Luc is mailing a flyer with the new collection days information to all homes, doing a city-wide phone call out, and sending an email to all those subscribed to the Côte Saint-Luc e-newsletter, among other things.

 

 

Special council meeting: Monday, January 26, 2015

Council Meeting

 

Council Meeting

A special meeting of the Côte Saint-Luc City Council takes place on Monday, January 26, 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.


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Hilarious whodunit Haven’t Got A Clue is set to take the stage just in time for Valentine’s Day

 The Côte Saint-Luc Dramatic Society presents the hilarious whodunit, Haven’t Got A Clue, from February 12 to 15, 2015 at the Harold Greenspon Auditorium, 5801 Cavendish Blvd.

“The show will be a great Valentine’s Day surprise for your significant other,” said show producer, Councillor Mitchell Brownstein. “Do something different this year and watch this very funny story, which takes place in Connecticut in 1954.” 

Tickets available at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library, the Aquatic and Community Centre or at www.CSLDramaticSociety.com. Tickets are $23, or $20 for students and seniors.

Artistic Director, Anisa Cameron, has assembled a stellar cast of 25 professional and community actors who will bring the play to life in the Harold Greenspon Auditorium. 

“I think people will really enjoy Haven’t Got A Clue,” Cameron said. “It’s so funny and our cast is so spectacular, it’s going to be a memorable time at the theatre for all. I am particularly excited to see how the audience participation in determining the end plays out. It seems like such a fun way to enhance the performer/audience relationship.”

The audience will be asked to decide the fate of the show at each performance, choosing from three different endings.

Haven’t Got a Clue is a murder mystery that takes place at Covington Manor in Connecticut in 1954. McCarthyism is at its height and the country is terrified of Communism and the threat of nuclear war. Theodore Covington, a well-known war profiteer, has died under mysterious circumstances and a whole host of shady characters with motives galore have shown up at the manor to hear the reading of Theodore’s will just as Tropical Storm Francine has been upgraded to a full-blown hurricane. The guests must batten down the hatches with a murderer in the midst. As suspects emerge and victims begin to drop like flies, it’s up to the audience to determine the outcome of this fast-paced, hilarious whodunit.

“Murder is most definitely a laughing matter in this treacherous tale that weaves double-crossing, revenge, crimes of passion, dark secrets and government conspiracy into a fast-paced, laugh out loud, irreverent take on the murder mystery genre,” Cameron said.

For more information, e-mail csldramaticsociety@gmail.com or call 514-485-6800 x2024.

 

Council meeting: Monday, January 19, 2015

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Council Meeting

A meeting of the Côte Saint-Luc City Council takes place on Monday, January 19, 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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Christmas tree curbside collection in January 2015

The city will collect Christmas trees left at the curb on Wednesdays in January (7, 14, 21, 28). You can leave it at the curb the night before. Please sure sure it is at the curb by 8 am on collection day. If we aren't able to collect it on Wednesday, we may be able to collect it on the next day, that is, Thursday.

Please be sure to strip the trees of all lights, decorations, and cords. Do not bag or wrap the tree.

Côte Saint-Luc adopts 2015 budget: city spending stays flat, average residential property tax increase of 1.9 percent

The City of Côte Saint-Luc has adopted an operating budget for 2015 that kept spending flat and saw the property tax of 1.9 percent for an average single-family home in the city, which is less than the Canadian rate of inflation, which is 2 percent.

“We have again contained costs while maintaining our services,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “This is the ninth consecutive year where the tax increase was below the rate of inflation.”

The Côte Saint-Luc City Council adopted the $66.67 million operating budget on December 15, 2014. About 42.3 percent of all taxes collected by Côte Saint-Luc are transferred to the island-wide regional government, which funds services such as police, fire, and public transit. 

The property tax bills will be sent to homes on January 28, 2015. The deadline to pay property taxes has been set at February 27 for the first installment and May 28 for the second installment.

“As a responsible city administration sensitive to the financial constraints of our taxpayers we made every effort to meet our target and hold the tax increase to less than 2 percent – with a decrease in water tax rate – all in line with the increase in the cost of living,” said Councillor Steven Erdelyi, the council member responsible for finances.

Budget and tax highlights include the following:

Average increase in taxes for single-family home valued at $572,300: 1.9 percent

Decrease in water, residential and non-residential tax rates

Increase in revenues from taxation: 1.12 percent

Revenues from property taxes: 85.2 percent

Revenues from local improvement taxes: 0.1 percent

Revenues from compensation in lieu of taxes: 1.9 percent

Other revenues (eg, program fees, memberships, etc.): 12.8 percent

The three-year capital expenditures plan was also adopted on December 15. Approximately $13 million in capital expenses is anticipated in 2015.

 

 

 

Special Council Meetings (Budget 2015): Monday, December 15, 2014

Council Meeting

Special Council Meeting

Two special meetings of the Côte Saint-Luc City Council takes place on Monday, December 15, 2014. The first one at 7:00 pm and the second at 8:00 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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Council meeting: Monday, December 8, 2014

Council Meeting

 

Council Meeting

A meeting of the Côte Saint-Luc City Council takes place on Monday, December 8, 2014 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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Birnbaum announces annual D’Arcy-McGee Citizenship Medal ceremony

David Birnbaum, member of the National Assembly for the riding of D’Arcy-McGee today announced the creation of a yearly ceremony to honor up to three riding residents for “outstanding achievement in community involvement”.  The National Assembly makes available to MNAs a handsomely-cast medal that can be bestowed for such purposes. The first D’Arcy-McGee Citizenship Medals will be announced at a public ceremony on Monday, June 22, 2015. The winners, to be recognized for a single initiative or a long-standing commitment, will be chosen by a blue-ribbon jury composed of three former D’Arcy-McGee MNAs: Dr. Victor Goldbloom, Justice Herbert Marx and Lawrence Bergman, each of whom served as Ministers during their lengthy and proud careers.

“I’m privileged to serve a riding population that consistently distinguishes itself by its community involvement, compassion and leadership,” Birnbaum noted. “We are all beneficiaries of their dedication, and I look forward to this formal opportunity to show our recognition.”  

The successful nominees will have touched and enriched the lives of riding residents and possibly, had a positive impact beyond the riding. The nominees’ dedication to community engagement will have been most substantially, but not necessarily exclusively, exercised in a volunteer capacity. All nominations must be submitted, using the form below, and signed by a riding resident or by an organization or group situated in and/or serving the riding. The nomination will include a short biography of the nominee, brief description of achievements, the names of any organizations involved/enriched by the achievements and at least one supporting letter or document that might be helpful in the selection. 

The decisions of the jury will be final. The jury reserves the right, based on the quality and quantity of the applications, to bestow one, two or three medals in any given year. Nominations will be treated as confidential. The names of individuals who are not selected in a given year can be re-submitted for consideration in future years. Every effort will be made in the selections to reflect the diversity within the riding, the contributions of women, young people and seniors. 

The deadline for submissions to the D’Arcy-McGee office (5800 Cavendish Boul., suite 403, Cote St. Luc, QC, H4W 2T5) or by e-mail, david.birnbaum.dmg@assnat.qc.ca, is Friday, May 29th, 2015 at 3 p.m. The entry form is available below.

 

For further information, please contact Elisabeth Prass, Bureau Chief at 514-488-7028: 

 

 >> Download the Application Form (PDF)

 

 

Province-wide strike and potential effects on Côte Saint-Luc

As many of you are aware the Quebec government has proposed Bill 3 to reform municipal pension plans. The labour unions across Quebec have opposed this bill and urged their members to take part in a one-day strike on Wednesday, November 26, 2014. 

Different unions across different cities are participating in this strike and in Côte Saint-Luc our blue collar union is participating. Côte Saint-Luc management employees and those employees belonging to our professional and white collar unions will be at work as usual that day.

All Côte Saint-Luc municipal buildings will remain open and most programs will continue, except for minor hockey programs and ice rentals at the arena, which have been rescheduled or cancelled. In addition, the Public Works Yard will be closed and there will be no Bulky Waste Wednesday collection. In the event unforeseen events require us to cancel other programs or close facilities we will post all updates on our website. Please visit CoteSaintLuc.org for announcements.

We hope that public employees engaging in any strike action will conduct themselves in a respectful manner in full compliance with the law. Should this not be the case the City of Côte Saint-Luc will take all measures necessary to ensure that our services continue as normally and safely as possible so that our residents see as little disruption as possible. We also note that residents may expect to see blue collar union members from Côte Saint-Luc or other cities in front of our buildings. We encourage residents not to interact with the protesters and to simply walk into buildings as you normally would. If alternative accesses are available to the main doors we encourage you to use them. 

While we have every intention of maintaining business as usual you will understand that as this is a province-wide strike related to a provincial law and some things may arise which may be out of the control of the city.

Thank you for your understanding.

 

 

Deliberate Apertures and Accidental Enclosures— a new art exhibit at the Library’s Art Gallery in Côte Saint-Luc

Abstract paintings of Montreal-based visual artist Antonietta Grassi will be on display at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library Art Gallery from November 27 to January 25. 

Grassi will discuss her exhibit, called Deliberate Apertures and Accidental Enclosures, with the public during the Meet the Artist event on Thursday, November 27 at 7 pm. This event is free of charge. Light refreshments will be served.

Grassi says her exhibit features a questioning of both our physical and mental surroundings. This idea is reinforced in her following statement. ”My current series of paintings operates at the conjunction of abstraction and representation, furthering my ongoing investigations into the instabilities of compositional structure and architectural form as metaphors for psychological states, such as instability and loss,“ Grassi writes in her artist’s statement.

Grassi is a professional artist and professor in the Visual Arts Department at Dawson College in Montreal. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Concordia University and a Master’s of Fine Arts from l’Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). Her work can be found in public and private collections, including the Musée du Québec. She has been the recipient of several grants and awards, including from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec. She has had numerous solo and group exhibitions across Canada and Europe and has participated in notable shows on contemporary abstract painting. 

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

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 csllibrary.org.

 

For more information, call 514-485-6900 ext. 4205 or dbelanger@cotesaintluc.org

 

 

The collection of bulky waste will be cancelled on Wednesday, November 26, 2014.

The collection of bulky waste will be cancelled on Wednesday, November 26, 2014. Also the Public Works Yard will be closed on that day.We apologize for the inconvenience.




Council meeting: Monday, November 17, 2014

Council Meeting

 

Council Meeting

A meeting of the Côte Saint-Luc City Council takes place on Monday, November 17, 2014 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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Special Council Meeting: Monday, November 17, 2014

Council Meeting

Special Council Meeting

A special meeting of the Côte Saint-Luc City Council takes place on Monday, November 17, 2014 at 7:54 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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Three local authors speak about their work at the Côte Saint-Luc Library

Authors Elaine Kalman Naves, Myra Giberovitch, and Sima Goel will be speaking about their books at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library on Wednesday, November 12 at 7 pm during the Library’s Local Author Salon event. 

All three local authors have recently published books and will be sharing short excerpts with the public. Admission is free of charge.

Elaine Kalman Naves will be sharing from her book Portrait of a Scandal: The Abortion Trial of Robert Notman (Véhicule Press), which tells the story of a scandal in the famous Notman photography family and how it shook up Montreal society in the 1860s. Naves is a prize-winning writer, journalist, teacher, and broadcaster and was literary columnist for The Gazette for many years. 

Myra Giberovitch will read from her book Recovering from Genocidal Trauma: An Information and Practice Guide for Working with Holocaust Survivors (University of Toronto Press). Her book is a guide for readers of diverse backgrounds who live or work with people affected by the Holocaust. Giberovitch, an adjunct professor at McGill University, is a social worker who is internationally recognized for her work providing services to Holocaust survivors.

In her memoir Fleeing the Hijab (General Store Publishing), Sima Goel recounts her experience as a Jewish woman fleeing Iran for Canada. Her book tells the story of her difficult journey through two countries and cultures and how she ultimately fulfilled her dreams in Montreal. Goel is a chiropractor in Montreal who writes and gives workshops on health and wellness.

For more information about the Local Author Salon on November 12, visit www.csllibrary.org/programscalendar/library-lectures or send an e-mail to rgrantner@cotesaintluc.org.

Côte Saint-Luc honours volunteers during volunteer recognition evening

The City of Côte Saint-Luc gave awards to 15 volunteers on Saturday evening at the city’s Volunteer Recognition Evening held at the Côte Saint-Luc Gymnasium.

“We thank the hundreds of women, men, teens and kids who volunteers for Côte Saint-Luc 365 days a year,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “Volunteers touch the lives of so many residents, whether it’s our Emergency Medical Services first-responders, our library delivery service to shut-ins, our volunteer Citizens on Patrol, our sports coaches, our parents who travel with teams to outside events, or so many others.”

The list of winners and photos from the event is available at CSLVolunteers.ca. The event co-chairs were Councillors Ruth Kovac and Mitchell Brownstein.

Amos Sochaczevski was awarded the Ambassador of the Year Award, which honours the Côte Saint-Luc resident best portraying charitable qualities and serving the community at large. Sochaczevski has a longstanding history of involvement in community affairs. He was a member of the Côte Saint-Luc Community Leisure Council and volunteered with many sports programs. He bought The Suburban newspaper in 1986 and has used it to promote programs and activities in our community. He has served on the boards of many organizations including B'nai Brith Canada. But his pride in joy is the The Jewish Unity Partnership, an organization he established to coordinate the annual Israel Anniversary Rally which attracts up to 10,000 people each spring. He heads the committee and funds the event entirely. When the new Consul General for Israel, Ziv Nevo Kulman, arrived in town in September, Amos and his wife Judy had him stay at their home over Yom Kippur and brought him to their synagogue, Beth Israel Beth Aaron Congregation. Amos Sochaczevski is unquestionably a true ambassador for our city.

Victor Waisgrus was awarded the Edward J. Kirwan Award, which Honours the Volunteer of the Year for exceptional contribution to the community Parks and Recreation programs. Waisgrus has been an active member on the sports side of the community for more than a decade. Victor was on the executive of the baseball program. But he’s best known as being president of the Minor Hockey Association for more than a decade. Most people stop volunteering once their children have left a program. Not Victor. His commitment and dedication has been admirable and a true example of volunteerism at its best.

Jack Budovitch was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award. Budovitch is one of the founding members of the Côte Saint-Luc Men's Club and was president from 1993 to 1996. A veteran of the Second World War, he’s a member of the Royal Canadian Legion and very active in the poppy campaign. He also volunteers at Federation CJA, Mt. Sinai Hospital, Sun Youth, and MADA.

Irving Schok was awarded the William E. Kesler Memorial Trophy, which recognizes a volunteer for their exceptional contribution to the Côte Saint-Luc Parks and Recreation special events programs. Schok has volunteered at many special events over the past few years including Canada Day and the Mega Garage Sale. He's also a member of the volunteer citizens on Patrol. The Valentine Dance, however, been his passion. He was a founding committee member. In 2014, Schok personally sold more than a third of all tickets to the event.

Alexandra Cohen was awarded the Royal Canadian Legion Brigadier Frederick Kisch Branch 97 Award, which recognizes the Youth Volunteer of the Year and a leader of tomorrow for outstanding efforts in making a difference in Côte Saint-Luc. Cohen is an outstanding young leader. She produced a nationally recognized video about the Côte Saint-Luc Trap, Neuter, Release/Adopt Program for homeless cats. She takes this film to schools to teach about the humane treatment of animals and responsible pet ownership. She socializes abandoned kittens before adoption and helps coordinate and performs at the annual benefit concert in support of the Cats Committee. Cohen also volunteers at the MacKay Centre School and Free the Children. She created the Marianopolis “Singers for a Cause” volunteer group, where she directs vocal performances for various charitable causes. She’s a student ambassador at Marianopolis and has been awarded the Director General’s Student Life Scholarship because of her strong academic record, leadership skills and community service. 

Shayamera Navaratnam was awarded the Socio-Cultural Award, which recognizes a volunteer for their exceptional contribution to socio-cultural programs in Côte Saint-Luc. Navaratnam studies science at CEGEP but finds time to volunteer in Côte Saint-Luc. She helps with the Game Time programs, Fancy Nancy Tea Party, and the Cats Committee. Her biggest influence might be helping kids become confident readers at the Reading Buddy program. She’s patient, kind, and makes kids smile.

Sid Rath was awarded the Special Recognition Award. Rath wears many hats at the Côte Saint-Luc Tennis Club: promoter, organizer, fundraiser. He does it all and devotes countless hours. He helps recruit new members. He organizes tournaments. And last year he helped raise $12,000 for the Montreal Neurological Institute.

Lewis Cohen was awarded another Special Recognition Award. Cohen is always ready to respond at the drop of a hat, whether for an emergency call out with vCOP, at a major event, or simply to help keep our volunteer Citizens on Patrol program moving. A vCOP volunteer since the program's inception in 2006, Cohen serves as the Senior Supervisor and gives countless of hours of volunteer service to the community, both on patrol and behind the scenes.

Paula Shuster was awarded the Hazel Lipes Award, which recognizes a volunteer for their exceptional contribution to the Community Services Programs. Shuster runs the Good Food Box program. She delivers books to homebound library patrons. She volunteers at the Côte Saint-Luc Farmers Market. She’s a library ambassador, and is involved in one way or another with lots of library initiatives like the annual book sale, the launch of the demonstration garden and much more. She’s a retired teacher who continues to give back to her community.

Robert Rousseau was awarded the EMS Award for Excellence in Operations. Rousseau has demonstrated a strong level of commitment and dedication to EMS. In addition to volunteering many hours every week, he revamped the driver training program and oversees the scheduling of hundreds of volunteers working around the clock.

Jasmit Heera was awarded the EMS Award for Excellence in Training. Since taking over responsibility for the EMS recruiting program, Heera has overhauled the process to ensure that the best and the brightest join EMS. Heera is also involved in planning social events for the EMS volunteers throughout the year.

Elaine Meunier was awarded the vCOP Award. Every organization needs strong people behind the scenes to keep things running smoothly. For vCOP, that person is Meunier. As the volunteer responsible for administration, she keeps other volunteers on their toes and makes sure that everyone completes their tasks. You can also find her patrolling in a vCOP van or scooter.

Ron Aberback was awarded the Sports Award, which recognizes a volunteer for exceptional contributions to the community sports programs. Aberback has volunteered for the Côte Saint-Luc Minor Hockey Association for many years. He dedicates hundreds of hours a year to the program even though his children are no longer playing. Aberback has served in different roles on the executive, most recently as vice president of hockey operations. Aberback’s involvement makes the program run as smooth as the ice surface after the Zamboni resurfaces it.

Alexandre Grant was awarded the Stewart Mankofsky Memorial Trophy, which is presented to the athlete and volunteer who best exemplifies the qualities of dedication, sportsmanship, and love of competition. A Beaconsfield native, Grant ranks among the top swimmers of his age in the province. Despite a rigorous training regimen during the 2013-2014 season, he managed to maintain top grades and found time to volunteer at the 2014 Quebec Games. He gave freely of his time to coach the Lac St-Louis Special Olympic athletes.

Laurence Orefice was awarded the Volunteer of the Year Award for Aquatics Programs. Throughout the year Laurence has given freely of her time as an official at all five swimming events held during the 2013-2014 season. She has gone above and beyond what is expected of parents within our swim team. Since the ACC opened, she has not only been on hand at home meets, but has also represented the team at competitions held in other pools. She’s provided an exemplary image of the team and Côte Saint-Luc as a whole. 

 

Photos from the event are available at www.cslvolunteers.ca/volunteer-awards.html.

Côte Saint-Luc launches fundraiser to help purchase baby grand piano

The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library has launched the 88 Keys to Music fundraising campaign to raise money to buy a baby grand piano for the Harold Greenspon Auditorium of the Bernard Lang Civic Centre.

Music lovers can sponsor one of the 88 keys of a piano keyboard. Each donation will be recognized on a plaque that will be permanently mounted at the entrance of the Harold Greenspon Auditorium. The cost to sponsor a key is $88. Corporate sponsors will also be recognized on the plaque for $500 contributions.

The baby grand piano will be used for programs held at the Harold Greenspon Auditorium, including Library concerts, Côte Saint-Luc Dramatic Society, and other groups.

“This is an opportunity to add your name or that of a loved one on a unique and permanent plaque,” said Councillor Mike Cohen, who holds the library and culture portfolio on council. “We also encourage businesses to be part of this initiative.”

The City of Côte Saint-Luc will also direct funds from the annual library book sale to help fund the baby grand piano.

“The new baby grand piano will be well-used and will enhance so many programs,” Library Director Janine West said. 

Donors can complete a donation form at the circulation desk of the library or download the PDF form at csllibrary.org/donations. The form includes space to add the name or names to appear on the plaque.

The completed form and cheque made payable to the City of Côte Saint-Luc can be returned to the circulation desk of the Library (5851 Cavendish Blvd.) or sent by mail to: 88 Keys to Music Campaign, Attention: Justin Burnham, 5851 Cavendish Boulevard, Côte Saint-Luc, Quebec, H4W 2X8. Tax receipts will be provided for donations.

Côte-Saint-Luc to receive more than $9 million for priority infrastructure projects

Transfer of a portion of the federal Gas Tax Fund revenues and the Government of Quebec's contribution

Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, the Honourable Denis Lebel, and Parliamentary Assistant to the Premier and Member of the National Assembly for D'Arcy-McGee, David Birnbaum, on behalf of Quebec's Minister of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy, Pierre Moreau, are pleased to announce that Côte-Saint-Luc and Hampstead will receive $11,632,609 over the next five years under the new federal-provincial Gas Tax Fund agreement and from the Government of Quebec's contribution for priority infrastructure projects. Côte-Saint-Luc will receive $9,524,982 and Hampstead, $2,107,627.

 

>>Click here for more info

Council meeting: Monday, October 27, 2014

Council Meeting

 

Council Meeting

A meeting of the Côte Saint-Luc City Council takes place on Monday, October 27, 2014 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

Previous council meeting minutes

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Côte Saint-Luc launches an information campaign to inform residents on how to deal with ash trees infected by the emerald ash borer

The City of Côte Saint-Luc is launching an information campaign to inform its residents on how to treat their ash trees that have been infected with the emerald ash borer (EAB). The EAB is a tiny metallic-green insect that attacks ash trees causing them to die within 3 to 5 years.

Côte Saint-Luc has produced and mailed a flyer to all its residents in single family homes and duplexes. The flyer, Emerald Ash Borer, A guide for Côte Saint-Luc residents with ash trees on their property, provides guidelines to help identify ash trees and explains how to deal with ash trees that are slightly infected or more heavily infected.

Copies of this flyer are also available in all municipal buildings and the information is available on line at CoteSaintLuc.org/EAB. Residents are encouraged to attend an information session, where they will be able to ask questions, on Monday, October 27 at 7 pm at Côte Saint-Luc City Hall (5801 Cavendish Boulevard).

“The first step is for residents to identify if they have an ash tree on their property,” said Councillor Dida Berku, the council member responsible for public works and environmental issues. “By attending the information session residents will be better equipped to determine if indeed they have an ash tree on their property and they will learn of the different treatment options that are available to them. It is important to treat infected trees, because left untreated the insect continues to spread to other ash trees and the tree itself becomes a danger to the public. Sadly, we are now seeing the effects of the EAB in Côte Saint-Luc.”

The EAB native to Southeast Asia was first detected in North America in 2002 and has now spread to our area. The EAB attacks only ash trees by getting under the bark of the tree and disrupting its ability to transport water and nutrients and causing trees to die within 3 to 5 years of the attack. Although, the tree may seem to appear healthy, it may be seriously damaged under its bark. When the signs of EAB infestation become apparent to the naked eye, it’s usually too late to save the tree. Côte Saint-Luc invites all its residents to get informed about appropriate treatment and felling techniques.

Council meeting: Monday, October 20, 2014

Council Meeting

 

Council Meeting

A meeting of the Côte Saint-Luc City Council takes place on Monday, October 20, 2014 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 PDF


Location

5801 Cavendish Blvd., Council Chamber

 

More resources

Previous council meeting minutes

Members of council

 

 

 

 

School Board Elections November 2, 2014 - Information for voters

School board elections will take place on Sunday, November 2, 2014, at which time voters in the territory of the English Montreal School Board (EMSB) will elect commissioners in 10 wards  and vote directly for the position of Chairman. 

Any parent who has a child registered in an EMSB youth sector elementary or high school as of September 30, 2014. In addition, any elector who made a choice prior to the November 2007 elections and had his/her name entered on the EMSB electoral list is included. These individuals would have signed a special form. If you do not recall doing so, you can verify whether your name appears on the list during the upcoming revision process by calling 514-483-7200 ext. 8800 (EMSB election oce). It must either be mailed or brought to the EMSB Administration Building in person as an original signature is required.


How to get on the electoral list?

Step 1: Call 514- 483 7200 ext. 8800 to find out on which list you are registered

Step 2: Fill out this form http://www.emsb.qc.ca/emsb_en/pdf_en/governance_en/ELECTORALLIST.pdf

Step 3:  Make sure it arrives by mail or in person by Tuesday, October 14 before 10 p.m at EMSB Head Oce, 6000 Fielding Avenue, Montreal, Quebec, H3X 1T4 Or from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, October 8 and from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, October 10 at one of these four locations:

Lester B. Pearson High School in Montreal North

11575 P.M. Favier, H1G 6E5

John F. Kennedy High School in Villeray 

3030 Villeray, H2A 1E7 

LaurenHill Academy in St. Laurent 

 2505 Cote Vertu, H4R 1P3 

Westmount High School 

 4350 Ste Catherine Street West, H3Z 1R1 

 

Meet-the-candidate evening for EMSB election

A debate is scheduled on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 8 pm at Merton School, 5554 Robinson Ave. 

The candidates for Ward 4, Syd Wise and Warren Budning, will be there. Ward 4 represents the territory of Côte Saint-Luc.

>> Learn more about the election

Passing of former City Councillor Henry Marcovitz

Henry MarcovitzThe City of Côte Saint-Luc mourns the passing of former City Councillor Henry Marcovitz, who passed away on Tuesday, October 7, 2014, at the age of 92.

Mr. Marcovitz was a city councillor from 1970 to 1990. He represented District 3.

The funeral service will take place at Paperman & Sons, 3888 Jean Talon St. W., on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at noon.

 

 

CP to perform evacuation exercise of St. Luc rail yard Tuesday, October 14, 2014. Exercise will include the use of sirens and alarms.

CP will be executing a practice evacuation exercise of our St. Luc Yard on Tuesday, October 14, between 10:00 and 11:00 AM EST.

This exercise will mimic the same steps taken should a real emergency occur. As such, the use of sirens and alarms are necessary. These sirens are quite loud and may be heard in nearby communities, particularly Côte Saint-Luc and Hampstead. Nearby residents are asked not to call 9-1-1 if sirens are heard coming from the rail yard during this evacuation exercise.Questions can be directed to CP’s Community Connect line prior to or during this exercise at 1-800-766-7912 or by email at Community_Connect@cpr.ca. 

In the case of a real emergency, the best point of contact is 9-1-1.

Thank you for your participation in helping us continue to be a leader in rail safety and emergency preparedness.




Côte Saint-Luc Volunteer Citizens on Patrol looking to recruit a few more patrollers

The City of Côte Saint-Luc is looking for new recruits and will be holding an information session on Tuesday, October 14 at 7pm 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 and have logged more than 42,000 hours.

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.

 

 



Côte Saint-Luc to distribute free compost on October 14, 2014

Residents of the City of Côte Saint-Luc can collect free compost at the bi-annual Compost Giveaway on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 from 2 pm to 8 pm at the Public Works Department Building, 7001 Mackle Rd.

Côte Saint-Luc is distributing 25 tons of compost. Every household is entitled to 120 litres. Residents can bring their own empty 40 litres 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.

The compost comes from the St. Michel Environmental Complex, which distributes it to communities. The compost is made from leaves. 

If there is compost left towards the end of the day, residents may return to take away more. For more information, contact the Côte Saint-Luc Public Works Department at 514-485-6868 or bnewman@cotesaintluc.org. The Public Works Department Building is located at 7001 Mackle Rd. 

Starting October 1st, free paper bags for residents for leaf and garden waste

To help encourage residents to put garden waste at the curb, the City of Côte Saint-Luc is offering five free extra large paper bags to every household. Starting October 1st, 2014, paper bags will be available at City Hall (5801 Cavendish Blvd.) weekdays between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm and at the Public Works Department (7001 Mackle Rd.) weekdays between 8 am and 4 pm. Proof of residency is required.

Residents can also place yard waste in their brown bins or cardboard boxes.

Residents should place paper bags and/or cardboard boxes alongside their brown bin on organic waste collection day.

 

 




Côte Saint-Luc launches mass notification system to alert residents about emergencies

The City of Côte Saint-Luc announced yesterday the launch of its CSL Alert Mass Notification System, which allows people to opt-in to receive emergency notifications via phone, text message, or e-mail.

The system will be used to notify people about imminent threats to health and safety,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “If you have a home phone, mobile phone, or email address, we’ll be able to send you information in an emergency. It is very important for residents to add their contact information to the alert system database.”

The city added all public phone numbers in Côte Saint-Luc to the system, such as the ones listed in the phone book. Therefore, most people who live in Côte Saint-Luc will get notified of an emergency by phone without having to sign up for anything.

However, for those whose home phone number is not listed, or who prefer to be notified by mobile phone, text message, or e-mail message, they must add that additional contact information to the system. Visit CoteSaintLuc.org/Alert and follow the step-by-step instructions on how to add contact information to the system.

“Not only can you receive emergency notifications in different ways, but you don’t even have to live in Côte Saint-Luc to receive notifications,” said Councillor Glenn J. Nashen, the council member responsible for emergency preparedness. “If your parents live in Côte Saint-Luc but you live in, say, the West Island, Toronto, or Florida, you can nonetheless sign yourself up to get notifications that affect your parents’ address.”


>>Presentation of the Emergency and Disaster plan



For more information or to add your phone numbers and e-mail address to the system, visit CoteSaintLuc.org/Alert.

Ballroom dancing championship coming to Côte Saint-Luc

For the fourth consecutive year, the Canadian Amateur Open Dancesport Championships will be at the Côte Saint-Luc Gymnasium (7500 Mackle Rd.) on Saturday, September 27, 2014 from 1 pm to midnight.

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 $40 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.