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Côte Saint-Luc 40th Annual Golf Classic to honour former City Councillor Allan J. Levine

The 40th annual Côte Saint-Luc Golf Classic will take place on Thursday, July 4, starting at 7am at the Meadowbrook Golf Course, followed by a special awards banquet at 1pm at the Aquatic and Community Centre honouring former city councillor and long-time high school teacher Allan J. Levine.

Councillors Mike Cohen and Steven Erdelyi are co-chairs for the event, which is expected to attract 120 golfers. Players can compete in the Masters group (age 65 and older) or the Eagles group (age 64 and younger).

Sponsors and speakers

The title sponsors are Marc Ezerer and Hagay Brener from Vantage Realty Group (vantagerealtygroup.ca), Michael Maislin of Total Customs Services (totalcustoms.ca), Mitch Heft and Tony Lapia from Orangetheory Fitness (otfsomerled.ca), businessperson Mitch Garber, Silver Star Mercedes Benz, McDonald’s Côte Saint-Luc, and Quartier Cavendish. The guest speaker will be Kevin Gilmore, the new president and CEO of The Montreal Impact soccer club. Gilmore was previously the chief operating officer of the Montreal Canadiens. He will be introduced by Golf Classic Honourary Chair Alan Maislin, president of the Board of Directors of the CIUSSS West-Central-Montreal and a well plugged-in member to the professional sports scene.

Honouree

Allan J. Levine was a member of Côte Saint-Luc City Council for more than 30 years. He also taught math and science at Wagar High School for more than three decades, where for a number of years he doubled as the driver’s education instructor. Well-known for his great sense of humour, he remains active in the community today as president of the Brigadier Frederick Kisch Branch 97 of the Royal Canadian Legion, a position he holds with great pride as a tribute to his late father who was a veteran. Allan has also played an important role in the local tennis community.

Format

The format for the Golf Classic is called “Scramble” and is quite popular in today’s golf outings. This 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. The Hole-in-One contest will be back at the 11th hole. A hole-in-one will bring you a Mercedes-Benz on a free loan for a weekend.

Rain date

In case of thunderstorms on Thursday, July 4, the luncheon will proceed with festivities at the Aquatic and Community Centre (5794 Parkhaven Ave.) and golf will be postponed until Thursday, July 11. The same starting times will be honoured at Meadowbrook Golf Club (8370 Côte Saint-Luc Rd.).

Registration

The registration fee is $35 (tax included), which includes nine holes of golf, a catered sit-down buffet luncheon, award-winning trophies for contests such as Longest Drive, Closest to the Pin, and the opportunity to win one of many door prizes. Guest fees for non-players who wish to attend the luncheon is $20/person.

Once again, donations will be accepted for the the Pierre Brunet Parks and Recreation Bursary Fund sponsored by local McDonalds Restaurants Cote Saint-Luc Shopping Centre franchisee Pierre Brunet. This helps families who cannot afford to register their child in a program and takes into account requests from children with special needs as well.

For more information contact Alvin Fishman at afishman@cotesaintluc.org or call 514-485-6806.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Côte Saint-Luc to honour the late author Gérard Étienne

The City of Côte Saint-Luc will unveil a plaque on Thursday, May 2, 2019 at 5pm in the greenspace across from 6615 Baily Rd.. to honour the late Gérard Étienne, who was a linguist, journalist, professor, human rights defender, and prolific writer of poems, novels and essays.

“Gérard Étienne was a resident of Côte Saint-Luc for last eight years of his life and it is fitting to honour his social, humanitarian, and artistic contributions,” Mayor Mitchell Brownstein said. “The plaque on Baily Rd. near where Mr. Étienne lived will serve as a reminder of his life and legacy, from his early years in Haiti to his life in Canada.”

Following the plaque unveiling, the Côte Saint-Luc Public Library (5851 Cavendish Blvd.) will present a words and music event at 7pm at the library with music by saxophonist Jacques Schwarz-Bart and a reading by Philippe Régnoux.

“I admired Gérard as he contributed so much to our community,” said Councillor Dida Berku, the councillor for the district where he lived. “We are very privileged to honour his legacy by placing a plaque in a public space along the route he often took on the Sabbath and holidays with his family. This location is the midpoint between his home and his place of worship, where our residents can now also read and reflect about his struggles and achievements.”

Gérard Étienne in 1991 received the Medal of the Guadeloupe writers unionAssociation des écrivains de la Guadeloupe. In 1996, the International Council for Francophone Studies (Conseil international d’études francophones) conferred upon him the prestigious Maurice-Cagnon Certificate of Honour, for his exceptional contribution to world French-language studies. In 1997 he received the Gold Medal of the La Renaissance Française organization. He was also awarded the Cator trophy for his lifetime of work. As a member of the Quebec writers union, Union des écrivaines et des écrivains québécois (UNEQ), he notably worked during 2005–2006 on their language and sovereignty committee.  

Gérard Étienne was born and raised in Haiti. He wrote his first poems at age 13 and performed them on radio. At age 15, he left home moved to the capital of Port-au-Prince, where he took part in an uprising against the despotic regime of the country’s military ruler Paul Magloire. Étienne was arrested, imprisoned and tortured, before being released.

In 1958, Étienne started his career as a journalist, teacher and writer. In 1959, he took part in the plot against the new regime of François "Papa Doc" Duvalier, for which he was arrested and tortured a second time. Upon his release, Étienne published in rapid succession four books of poetry and two literary essays and found himself a cultural and literary leader within his country.

In August 1964, Étienne fled to Canada as a refugee. Upon his arrival in Montreal, he taught and worked as a reporter. In 1965, he published Letters to Montreal, his first Canadian book. He continued to publish and his work was translated into English, Portuguese and German. In 1967, he married Natania Feuerwerker, whom he had met at the Université de Montréal. Étienne and his wife had two children and moved into Côte Saint-Luc where he became a member of the Congregation Tifereth Beth David Jerusalem.

Étienne earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Université de Montréal (1968) and a PhD in linguistics from the University of Strasbourg (1974). From 1971 until his retirement in 2001 he was a journalism professor at the Université de Moncton. He also wrote a column for Le Devoir. Throughout, he continued his struggle for sustainable democratic change in his Haitian homeland. He died December 14, 2008.

Coalition of elected officials at all levels join to oppose Bill 21

A coalition of mayors, city councillors, school board commissioners, and representatives at the provincial and federal level announced today their intention to oppose Bill 21, An Act respecting the laicity of the State, which was recently tabled by the Quebec government.

The coalition of elected officials announced the Rally for Religious Freedom will take place on Sunday, April 14, 2019, from 11:30am to 1pm in front of the Bernard Lang Civic Centre at 5801 Cavendish Blvd. in Côte Saint-Luc. The public is invited to attend to show their opposition to Bill 21.

 

Quotes

“Yes, ensuring the neutrality of the state is vitally important. That ensures the equality of all but this awful bill will do exactly the opposite. It will tell some Quebecers that they are not as equal as others. What a terrible message! This bill is unfair, it is unworthy of the Quebec that I love and is effectively illegal when applied to the Quebec and Canadian Charters of Rights. Together, we will use all means legitimately available to oppose it.”

- David Birnbaum, Member of Parliament for D’Arcy-McGee and Official Opposition Critic for Indigenous Affairs

 

“We intend to work together across jurisdictions to oppose Bill 21. The proposed law discriminates against a number of those people we represent and seeks to treat those who wear a cross, kippa, hijab or turban as second class citizens.”

- Anthony Housefather, Member of Parliament for Mount Royal

 

“We intend to speak out and defend a value we hold dear–that of ensuring all Quebecers can excel in the professions of their choice, irrespective of their religious beliefs.”

- Mitchell Brownstein, Mayor of the City of Côte Saint-Luc

 

“Bill 21 will institutionalize discrimination for certain jobs in the public service making Quebec the only jurisdiction in North America where candidates who might be entirely qualified, indeed the best candidate, will be barred on the basis of their deeply held religious believes. Quebec's civil service already lacks diversity and the message this Bill sends is that minorities are unwelcome. It flies in the face of the Quebec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms and what most Quebecers believe that we are a welcoming society where people can be proud of their descent and heritage while being proud of being Quebecers. Clearly this Bill targets Jews, Sikhs and Muslims and as more Quebecers realize it, support for this odious legislation will collapse.”

- Marvin Rotrand, Councillor for Snowdon district of Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce (Montreal)

 

“We must speak out against this legislation together. We stood united against the former PQ government’s Charter of Values in 2014 and I am comforted to see we will do so again. What the government is asking us to do goes against all of the values we teach our children.”

- Angela Mancini, Chair of the English Montreal School Board

 

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Contacts

Media may contact:

Darryl Levine

Director of Public Affairs and Communications

City of Côte Saint-Luc

dlevine@cotesaintluc.org

Côte Saint-Luc re-iterates opposition to Bill 21

The City of Côte Saint-Luc opposes Bill 21 tabled by the Quebec government and calls on all municipalities to voice their opposition.

“Whether one wears a kippah, a hijab, or a turban, this does not affect one’s ability to provide either unbiased opinions or services in a secular state,” Mayor Mitchell Brownstein said. “We call upon cities and towns across Quebec to state their opposition to Bill 21 and residents of Quebec to write to the MNAs to express their opposition.”

The City Council of Côte Saint-Luc adopted a unanimous resolution on February 11 in which it argued that the state can be secular without prohibiting the way an individual is dressed as a result of his or her religious beliefs. Côte Saint-Luc adopted this resolution before the tabling of Bill 21 to caution the government that such a bill would face opposition from civil society across Quebec.

The Quebec government tabled An Act respecting the laicity of the State on March 28, 2019. The bill can be viewed at http://www.assnat.qc.ca/en/travaux-parlementaires/projets-loi/projet-loi-21-42-1.html. The public can also comment on the bill through a link at that web page.

 

Côte Saint-Luc submits final proposal for the Smart Cities Challenge

The VillAGE Initiative final proposal coverThe City of Côte Saint-Luc submitted its final proposal for the Smart Cities Challenge on March 5, 2019. The City proposes to implement the VillAGE Initiative, which is a connected framework, leveraging smart devices and related technologies, that will empower seniors to live more safely and independently in their homes, be better connected to their communities and city services, and be more socially engaged. The VillAGE Initiative will improve overall well-being and quality of life for older adults while reducing stress on families and caregivers, the healthcare system, and long-term care facilities.

“We believe in the transformational power of the VillAGE Initiative, not just for older adults and their families, but for Canadian society at large,” Mayor Mitchell Brownstein said. “Through a strong governance model, strategic partnerships, community involvement, technology and social innovation, solid privacy policies and sound management, we will bring the project to life and change the future of aging in community.”

Participants in the VillAGE Initiative will benefit from personalized assessments of their needs and preferences, and solutions will be proposed from a menu of interventions or services. 

These will include the following:

  • Home assessment, where a professional assesses the dwelling, flags hazards and identifies ways to improve safety and reduce falls.
  • The installation of sensors and safety devices in the home, plus the verification and/or installation of smoke- and CO-detectors.
  • The installation of convenience technology in the home, based on voice assistance for example, to help with the instrumental activities of daily living.
  • Provision of smart wearables for safety on the go.
  • Signing up for the VillAGE App, to connect older adults with vetted community members and city services to help with IADLs.
  • Referral to existing city and community services.
  • Social prescription.
  • Education and training for technology.

In 2017, Infrastructure Canada challenged municipalities and Indigenous communities across Canada to find a way to address local issues their residents face through new partnerships, using a smart cities approach. The City of Côte Saint-Luc, Quebec (pop. 34,066) submitted a preliminary proposal, which was selected as one of 10 finalists in the category of cities of between 30,000 to 500,000. Two of these 10 cities will each receive a prize of $10 million to implement its proposal. 

“Côte Saint-Luc will be the epicentre for innovation—a Living Lab where connected technologies will be tested and applied so that seniors can live more safely and independently in their homes and communities,” Councillor Dida Berku said. 

The final proposal was developed by the Côte Saint-Luc Smart Cities Challenge team, which includes City staff, council members, residents, and outside partners. Over the past 8 months, during this finalist phase the City conducted extensive community engagement, developed significant ties with research and technology partners, and ran pilot projects in the homes of 5 CSL seniors, which are still underway. These seniors have already experienced positive results from their smart home and mobile devices. 

The final proposal and the 5-minute accompanying video is available at www.SmartCSL.org.

 

City to fell sick trees in the wooded area behind Ashkelon Garden, will replace with 750 new ones

The City of Côte Saint-Luc must fell approximately 250 trees in the wooded area behind Ashkelon Gardens. The work begins the week of January 28, 2019. The work is expected to end by February 20, 2019.

The ash trees must be felled because they have been infected by the Emerald Ash Borer. Although these trees are still standing, they are unstable and must be felled for the safety the population.

During the work, residents in the area will hear the sounds of trucks, chainsaws, and wood chippers. The workday will run from approximately 8am to 5pm. No work will be done on weekends.

Much of the chipped wood will remain in the woodland area. Wood that cannot be chipped will be temporarily placed at Veterans Park and will be collected from that area in February 2019. Part of the parking lot behind the Bernard Lang Civic Centre will be used to chip wood.

Starting in May 2019, the city will clear 21,000 buckthorn from the area, which is necessary to give new trees a chance to thrive. In early fall, 750 new trees will be planted, as will bushes and grasses. The trees are indigenous to the area and were selected because tend to grow quickly. They include the following varieties: Silver Maple, Eastern Cottonwood Poplar, Northern White, Cedar, Common Hackberry, American Linden/Basswood, Eastern Hemlock, Bur Oak, Shagbark, Hickory and Bitternut Hickory. The city will also be planting approximately 500 shrubs, which include the following six varieties: Alder, Willow, Elderberry, Dogwood and Honeysuckle.

 

Consultation for future seniors (ages 40 to 64) on how they want to age

The City of Côte Saint-Luc will be hosting a public consultation event for people ages 40 to 64 -- that is, future seniors -- on Wednesday, January 30, 2019, from 7pm to 8:30pm at 5801 Cavendish Blvd. and livestream at facebook.com/cotesaintluc.

This public consultation is part of The Village Initiative, which is Côte Saint-Luc’s Smart Cities Challenge project. The goal of the Village Initiative is to use smart technologies and community involvement to allow isolated seniors to live better and longer on their own.

The city wants feedback from future seniors on questions like: Do you think about aging? Do you have a vision for thriving--not just surviving--as a senior? What can the city do to help you attain your health goals? What needs to happen to make your senior years better than your those of your parents?

 

 

Côte Saint-Luc to honour Montreal firefighters

At the City Council Meeting of Monday, January 21, the City of Côte Saint-Luc will honour the Montreal firefighters who saved two workers from the side of a building in November.

The City Council will present certificates of appreciation to the firefighters from Station 27--including the members of its High Angle and Closed Spaces Rescue Team--and firefighters from Station 78. On the morning of November 8, 2018, two workers were stranded on the side of a high-rise at 5470 Cavendish Blvd. following the partial collapse of their scaffolding. The firefighters rescued the workers, secured the area, and removed the scaffolding.

The firefighters to be honoured include the following (their station number and team number are in parentheses):

  • Lieutenant Sébastien Trempe (27-2)

  • Pompier Patrick Tremblay (27-2)

  • Pompier Maxime Boucher (27-2)

  • Pompier Nicolas St-Onge (27-2)

  • Capitaine Patrick Forget (78-2)

  • Pompier Jean-Michel Lachance (78-3)

  • Pompier Jérémie Bernier-Brodeur (78-2)

  • Pompier David Donohue (78-2)

  • Pompier Marc-Olivier Bouchard (78-2)

  • Pompier François Rhéaume (78-4)

 

The presentation of certificates will take place at the start of the monthly meeting of the Côte Saint-Luc City Council at 8pm. Côte Saint-Luc City Hall is located at 5801 Cavendish Blvd.

 

 

Statement on the proposed redevelopment of the Décarie Square shopping centre

The City Côte Saint-Luc announced today that, while not opposed to redevelopments in general, the city and its residents have concerns about how a proposed new residential and commercial development will increase traffic in the Vézina/Décarie area.

The new owners of Décarie Square recently announced their vision for a redevelopment of the existing shopping centre, including a 14-storey tower with residential, commercial and medical clinics. This type of redevelopment would require the city to approve zoning changes. As of yet, no plans have been submitted to the city and and no zoning changes have yet been reviewed.

“At our request, the developer has commissioned a traffic study to understand the effect of a possible redevelopment,” Mayor Mitchell Brownstein said. “Adding more vehicle traffic to the area that is already heavily congested requires a larger plan that includes adding more public transit options. We’re open to having this discussion with the developper and will keep residents up-to-date on our progress.”

Councillor Oren Sebag, who represents the area, says he is committed to ensuring solutions to ease traffic are considered from the start.

“The residents are frustrated and have had enough," Councillor Sebag said. 'We must put front and centre the issue of improved transport and mobility before any project is approved."

Earlier this year, Côte Saint-Luc launched an initiative to develop solutions to the problem of traffic congestion along the Décarie corridor. We have met with mayors and councillors from neighbouring cities and boroughs in an effort to find short-, medium-, and long-term solutions. Côte Saint-Luc believes that cities in our area must develop a transport strategy with the relevant transit authorities in order to ensure new development projects are successful.

“Some of the ideas discussed among our cities were the establishment of a train station at Décarie Square, the introduction of a tramway along Jean Talon St. toward Côte-des-Neiges Rd., better pedestrian and active transport along the Décarie corridor, improved flow at all Décarie Blvd. intersections, and rapid bus transit to the metro stations with adequate parking facilities for commuters,” said Councillor Dida Berku, who chairs the West End Transport Group.

Information session regarding cannabis use in homes and public spaces

The City of Côte Saint-Luc is holding an information session regarding the legalization of cannabis on Monday, November 5, 2018, at 7pm, at the Bernard Lang Civic Centre, 5801 Cavendish Blvd.

The federal law legalizing cannabis came into effect on October 17. The new Quebec Cannabis Regulation provides that, for 90 days, a lessor may modify the conditions of the existing lease of a dwelling by adding a prohibition against smoking cannabis. 

The information session will be of interest to owners and landlords of apartment buildings, duplexes, and condos, and tenants. Specialized attorneys will be at the information session to answer questions.

The city will also discuss how the city plans to update current bylaws related to use of cannabis in public spaces and get feedback from the public.

To learn more about the new Quebec law, visit www.rdl.gouv.qc.ca/en/the-dwelling/cannabis.

 

Côte Saint-Luc presents Smart Cities Challenge ideas and progress to Smart City and IoT Expo in Toronto

The City of Côte Saint-Luc spoke at the 4th Annual Smart City and IoT Expo in Toronto on October 10, 2018, where it offered a preview of its eventual final proposal to the Smart Cities Challenge contest.

“We met with a lot of people in the industry who were very excited to hear that a city is looking to tackle the issue of how to help isolated seniors stay at home longer through the use of smart technology,” said Mayor Mitchell Brownstein, who spoke along with Councillor Dida Berku and Technical Director Marc Chriqui. “Côte Saint-Luc has a lot of programs for seniors to help keep them engaged, but the focus of our Smart Cities Challenge proposal is to help those who perhaps we don’t see at our events and who are more isolated.”

Côte Saint-Luc was selected as one of 10 finalists in its category (and one of 20 overall) by the selection committee of the Smart Cities Challenge, a contest created by the Government of Canada. Each finalist community will receive a $250,000 grant to help develop its final proposal that outline all design, planning, privacy, data protection and project management components of their plans. The grant can be used for activities such as staffing, professional services, feasibility assessments, capacity building, pilot projects, community engagement and communications, data, and relevant training. 

“The Smart Cities Challenge has given us the opportunity to brainstorm and to exchange in our city new ideas and new ways of doing things,” Councillor Berku said. “As cities, we don’t often get the chance to talk to researchers and people who are involved in seniors issues and really understand what we are trying to accomplish.”

In addition to the Smart City and IoT Expo on October 10, Côte Saint-Luc has also attended the Conference on Caregiving in Montreal on October 3, and held numerous meetings with researchers, people in industry and academia.

The next step is to launch a pilot project with seniors. The city will outfit their homes with sensors and smart devices in order to test and refine the ideas it believes can help isolated seniors live independent lives and stay at home longer. Participants must be age 65 or older, live autonomously, and have little or no caregiver support. To learn more or to participate in the pilot project, email smartcities@cotesaintluc.org or call 514-485-5539.

>> Côte Saint-Luc Smart Cities Challenge page

 

Musicians of the World Symphony Orchestra benefit concert in support of the CSL Cats Committee on October 9, 2018

The Côte Saint-Luc Cats Committee (CSLCC) will hold its annual fundraising concert on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at 7:30pm at the Syd Wise Auditorium of the Wagar Adult Education Centre at 5785 Parkhaven Ave.

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Unveiling of public art behind the Côte Saint-Luc Public Library

The public is invited to the official unveiling of the public art sculpture Partenaires/Reliance at Ashkelon Gardens (5851 Cavendish Blvd.) in Côte Saint-Luc on Monday, August 13 at 4:30pm.

The sculpture was created and donated to the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library by Dr. Harry Rosen. Dr. Rosen has created and donated 17 sculptures in the Montreal area including the Montreal Children’s Hospital, the Jewish General Hospital, the Segal Centre for Performing Arts, the YM-YWHA, the YWCA Westmount, the Mt. Sinai Hospital, the Institut de cardiologie de Montréal, and the MAB-Mackay Rehabilitation Centre.

“Dr. Rosen's philosophy is to donate his art to institutions to which he shares their values,” Mayor Mitchell Brownstein said. “Our library was a natural fit and we had the perfect place for it in Ashkelon Gardens behind the library.”

Dr. Harry Rosen has enjoyed a successful career as a dental surgeon and professor at McGill University. He began working with stones at his country home in the Laurentians and developed his skills as a sculptor using the flat layers of sedimentary rocks, which he acquired around his country home property after breaking rocks apart with a sledgehammer.

The sculpture shows two people facing each other and holding hands as they lean backwards. The plaque inscription reads: “When communities build libraries, libraries build communities.”

“Public art has community-building potential,” Dr. Rosen said. “Not only does It create more beauty, joy, and connection in the world, but it has the ability to tell stories. In effect, it tells the library’s story. A library’s greatest asset is its ability to connect with people building relationships and creating partnerships. 

“This is the message of Partenaires-Reliance. I always felt that we humans are social animals and rely on each other. We don’t live alone. The sculpture tries conveys that message.”

Watch Mayor Brownstein’s interview with Dr. Rosen at https://youtu.be/bXlRBoODPa0. Watch the sculpture being installed at https://youtu.be/KGP1-0fzfyw. 

 

Dr. Harry Rosen and his sculpture Reliance at Ashkelon Gardens in Côte Saint-Luc.

 

Inauguration of Leonard Cohen Lane

The City of Côte Saint-Luc will officially inaugurate Leonard Cohen Lane on Monday, August 27 at 7pm in the green space connecting Marc Chagall Ave. with the Bernard Lang Civic Centre parking lot. 

“We are honouring Leonard Cohen in Côte Saint-Luc because of the influence he had through his words and music,” Mayor Mitchell Brownstein said. “Arts and culture are important to Côte Saint-Lucers and adding his name to  the landscape here is another way to recognize that fact.”

District 1 Councillor Mike Cohen says that although Leonard Cohen never lived in Côte Saint-Luc, his early years were similar to many of his contemporaries who ended up in the community.

“Leonard Cohen attended Roslyn Elementary School, Herzliah High School, Westmount High School, and McGill University,” said Councillor Cohen. “He loved books and words. He combined the analytical mind needed for debating -- which he did at McGill -- with the creative mind of a writer and thinker. He is all the things Côte Saint-Lucers revere and his name will be a fine addition to the landscape of Côte Saint-Luc.”

Other artists, musicians, scientists and thinkers honoured in the city with streets or parks include Irving Layton (poet), Beethoven (composer), Chopin (composer), Banting (scientist), Edison (inventor), Euclid (mathematician), Freud (scientist), Honoré de Balzac (writer), Krieghoff (painter), Lismer (painter), Louis Pasteur (scientist), Marc Chagall (painter), Mozart (composer), Newton (scientist), Rembrandt (painter), Sabin (scientist), Schweitzer (philosopher), Sir Walter Scott (writer), and Stephen Leacock (writer).

A childhood friend of Leonard Cohen, Raphael Fleming, will attend the ceremony and talk about Cohen’s early years. Councillor David Tordjman, who holds the Library and Culture portfolio and will co-host the ceremony with Councillor Cohen, says that the Côte Saint-Luc Public Library will be putting Leonard Cohen materials on display the week of the inauguration. In addition, the library will have a special film screening of Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man on Wednesday, August 29 at 2 pm.

About Leonard Cohen
Leonard Cohen (1934 – 2016) was a legendary Canadian singer-songwriter, poet and novelist. He was born in Westmount, Quebec. His father, who ran a well-known clothing store, died when he was nine. He pursued undergraduate studies at McGill University and became president of the debating union. He flirted with a legal career and attended McGill law school for a year after completing his bachelor's degree. He also went to Columbia University for a year. But literature had a stronger call than litigation.

"Let Us Compare Mythologies," his first book of poetry, was published in 1956 when he was an undergrad. The "Flowers For Hitler" poetry collection and the novels "The Favourite Game" and "Beautiful Losers" followed in the 1960s. He established himself as a poet and novelist of renown by the age of 32, Cohen decided that songwriting might pay better. Leonard cohen

A big break came in 1966 when Judy Collins recorded his standard "Suzanne," and he came out with his first album "Songs of Leonard Cohen" the same year. That was followed up with "Songs from a Room" in 1969, which included the popular "Bird on the Wire." He had a fairly steady output although his popularity dipped in the 1970s as disco, not doom, was deemed to be the treat for consumers' ears. But Cohen began a comeback in 1984 with "Various Positions," which included "Hallelujah."

 

Côte Saint-Luc to host Canada Day festivities on Sunday, July 8, 2018

The Canada Day celebration in Côte Saint-Luc has been rescheduled to Sunday, July 8, 2018 from 4pm to 10pm.

The Canada Day celebration will include most of the same activities originally planned including the fireworks and laser show, live music, Human Rights Walkway induction, inflatable games, face painting, carnival games, bubble ball and more.

“As of today, the weather forecast for July 8 is calling for a nice warm day -- basically ideal weather for an outdoor celebration,” Mayor Mitchell Brownstein said. “Our Canada Day event is open to all include, including our neighbours in other cities and towns who perhaps weren’t able to attend their city’s own Canada Day event because of the extreme heat.”

For the Sunday, July 8 Canada Day schedule for events in Côte Saint-Luc, visit CoteSaintLuc.org/CanadaDay2018.

Côte Saint-Luc postponed the event of July 1 because of the warnings about extreme heat and humidity and in order to protect the health and safety of our staff, volunteers, the public, and the various performers and entertainers.

Since the start of the heat wave, Côte Saint-Luc has added indoor programs and events, extended the hours of buildings, and waved the admission fee for the indoor and outdoor pools. Starting on July 4, city staff and volunteers will be visiting approximately 500 doors at 10 apartments that the city has determined are the most vulnerable.

 

Canada Day in CSL now on July 8