News and announcements

Library staff walking to raise money for juvenile diabetes research

Côte Saint-Luc, October 19, 2009 – Staff from the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library hope to raise more than $2,000 by walking at the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Walkathon on Wednesday, October 21

Ten staff members will participate at the walkathon, which takes place at 2pm at West Island College in Dollard des Ormeaux.

“Our staff interact with people all day and feel very connected to the community,” said Tanya Abramovitch, the Director of the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library. “Raising money for good causes—especially those that help kids—is important to us. Last year we held all-night read-a-thon and raised almost $3,000 for the Comfy Cozy Fund.”

To learn how to make walkathon donation, contact Communicate Outreach Coordinator Gloria Caplan at 514-485-6900 ext. 4207.

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

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For more information, contact: Mona Turner, 514-485-6900 ext. 4205 or mturner@cotesaintluc.org.
 

Côte Saint-Luc to sell old street signs in support of EMS

Côte Saint-Luc, October 9, 2009 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc will sell its old street signs to the public starting October 19 with all proceeds going to support Côte Saint-Luc Emergency Medical Services (EMS).

Côte Saint-Luc installed new, larger signs this summer, which replaced the old black-on-white and black-on-yellow signs. The city is selling only the black-on-white signs.

“When we announced that we were installing new street signs, many residents asked me if they could buy the old ones, as is done in many cities,” said Councillor Mike Cohen, the council member responsible for toponymy and communications. “We researched the way cities went about selling old street signs and developed a plan and pricing that I think residents will like.”

Starting Monday, October 19, the public can buy old street signs at City Hall (5801 Cavendish Blvd.) from Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm. From October 19 to 23, the cost per street sign is $50. From October 26 to November 6, remaining street signs will cost $25.

“These signs are a great gift for anyone who has ever lived in Côte Saint-Luc,” Councillor Cohen said. “They are a part of the history of the city.”

Some of the black-on-white signs were rusted and so the city will not be selling these damaged ones.

A list of available street signs will be posted at CoteSaintLuc.org and at all municipal buildings. Signs are available on a first-come-first-served basis. All monies raised will benefit Côte Saint-Luc EMS, the city’s volunteer medical first responder service.

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For more information: Darryl Levine, Director of Public Affairs and Communications, 514-485-8905, dlevine@cotesaintluc.org

CSL and union representing white collar employees sign collective agreement

The City of Côte Saint-Luc and the Syndicat des fonctionnaires municipaux de Montréal (SCFP, local 429), the labour union representing Côte Saint-Luc white collar employees, signed a new collective agreement on Wednesday, September 30 at 4pm at Côte Saint-Luc City Hall. The new collective agreement is valid until December 31, 2012.

 

 

Côte Saint-Luc and labour union representing white collar employees sign collective agreement

Côte Saint-Luc, September 30, 2009 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc and the Syndicat des fonctionnaires municipaux de Montréal (SCFP, local 429), the labour union representing Côte Saint-Luc white collar employees, signed a new collective agreement on Wednesday, September 30 at 4pm at Côte Saint-Luc City Hall. The new collective agreement is valid until December 31, 2012.

“The collective agreement we negotiated ensures a favourable outcome for Côte Saint-Luc and its white collar employees,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “I am particularly happy that we regained a lot of flexibility we had lost during the forced mergers including the right of the city to hire student or seasonal employees without the applicability of most of the collective agreement and the recognition of the right of the city to use our volunteers in a number of different capacities including Emergency Medical Services and Volunteer Citizens on Patrol.

“I am also very happy that the agreement is being signed in both English and French with both versions of the agreement being official, which will allow our residents and staff to read the agreement in their preferred language and speaks to the importance of bilingualism in Côte Saint-Luc. This collective agreement truly reflects the unique needs and reality of Côte Saint-Luc and its residents and I am very proud that the entire collective agreement was negotiated in-house. I want to thank Andrea Charon our HR Legal Counsel and Nadia Di Furia our HR Director and their team for their hard work.”

Depending on the season, between 150 and 170 white collar employees are employed by Côte Saint-Luc. White collar employees perform jobs such as office support staff, public security agents, dispatchers, building inspectors, purchasers, front counter service providers, archivists and library clerks.

Last February, Côte Saint-Luc signed a collective agreement with its blue collar employees. That agreement is also valid until December 31, 2012.

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For more information: Darryl Levine, Director of Public Affairs and Communications, 514-485-8905, dlevine@cotesaintluc.org

Councillor from Japanese town visits Côte Saint-Luc

Masako Awata, a town council member from the Japanese town of Toyoyama, toured the Côte Saint-Luc city hall and library and attended a city council meeting on September 29, 2009. Councillor Steven Erdelyi, who taught English in Japan for two years, welcomed Councillor Awata in Japanese before Mayor Anthony Housefather invited her on stage to address to the audience. Councillor Awata was in Canada visiting her daughter, who lives in Côte Saint-Luc. Toyoyama, which is in central Japan, has a population of about 13, 500 and is the home town of Seattle Mariners all-star right fielder Ichiro Suzuki.

The Language of Nature at the Côte Saint-Luc Library

Côte Saint-Luc, September 24, 2009 – The Language of Nature by artist Susan Coolen is a photographic exhibition that explores the visual shapes and forms of nature specimens. It is on display at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library until October 25.

Working with her own gathered specimen collections for this exhibition, which include bones, branches, shells, insects, seed pods and other nature objects Coolen highlights their simplicity while exploring our human urge to make meaning with what surrounds us. By using darkroom processes and the scanner as a camera she presents her own mode of cataloguing, classification and organization.

“By arranging and organizing these images of nature objects in relation to systems of reading and writing we can see a glimmer of the urge to read these visual forms as marks, to sense the process of written language,” Coolen said.

The Language of Nature is suggestive rather than literal and reflects her pleasure of hinting at connections to such language forms as the arabesque, hieroglyphics, runic and twig alphabets, sign language and shorthand, to name a few.

On Saturday, September 26 from 11am to 4pm Susan Coolen will be at the library for a one-day artist residency. Individuals are invited to visit her exhibition The Language of Nature in the library’s art gallery and to see her at work. She will be happy to answer questions about her creative process and share techniques. This event is part of Quebec-wide Les Journées de la culture and is free.

Susan Coolen is a Montreal-based visual artist and has a Bachelor of Design from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, a BFA in Photography from Concordia University, and an MFA in Photography from Columbia College in Chicago. She has participated in solo and group exhibitions across Canada, the USA and Europe.

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

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For more information, contact: Clara Halpern, 514-485-6900 ext. 4205 or chalpern@cotesaintluc.org.

Côte Saint-Luc Public Works Week receives top prize for second consecutive year

Côte Saint-Luc, September 14, 2009 – For the second consecutive year, the association representing public works professionals in Canada has awarded the City of Côte Saint-Luc the top prize in its annual National Public Works Week Awards.

The Canadian Public Works Association (CPWA) awarded the top prize to Côte Saint-Luc among cities with a population of 75,000 or fewer. The results will be announced formally at the CPWA Luncheon at the American Public Works Association Congress in Columbus, Ohio on September 14.

“Our Public Works Week has become an annual event in Côte Saint-Luc because we want residents to fully appreciate the outstanding efforts the men and women who clean our streets, plant our flowers and help make our city what it is,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said.

Public Works Week in Côte Saint-Luc raised $4,000 for the Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation over the course of several days, from May 19 to 24. The Director of Public Works, David Tordjman, flexed his muscles as he joined the garbage collection crew for one day, which helped raise money from staff. More money was raised at a staff barbecue during a pie-throwing event. Grade 3 classes from Hebrew Academy toured the Public Works Department facilities and our waste education staff visited École Maimonides to promote waste-free lunches and recycling. The Public Works Carnival closed on Sunday, May 24 with a barbecue, inflatable games for children, wagon rides, household hazardous waste collection and more.

“I want to thank Beatrice Newman for planning another outstanding and award-winning week of activities and David Tordjman for supporting her efforts,” said Councillor Mitchell Brownstein, the council member responsible for public works issues. “I can’t wait to see what they have planned for next year.”
 

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For more information: Darryl Levine, Director of Public Affairs and Communications, 514-485-8905, dlevine@cotesaintluc.org

A month of learning at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library

Côte Saint-Luc, September 14, 2009 – The month of September is full of programs that shed light on fashion, history and health at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library.

Celebrated local author Joe King will begin a five-part lecture series titled Jewish Montreal: A Ramble through Two and a Half Centuries of Jewish Life based on his books From the Ghetto to the Main and Fabled City. The lectures are on Fridays at 2pm on September 11, 25, October 2, 16 and 23. Tickets are $5 per lecture.

On Wednesday, September 16 at 7pm Michael Wex, author of the New York Times bestseller Born to Kvetch, will discuss his new book How to Be a Mentsh (And Not a Shmuck). Tickets for this author talk are $3.

The following week on Tuesday, September 22 at 2pm fashion historian Pamela Grimaud will discuss French fashion designer Paul Poiret, inventor of hobble skirts, harem pantaloons and lampshade dresses. Tickets for this lecture are $3.

On Thursday, September 24 at 10:30am Harvey Levinson will give a lecture on famed historical figure Grigori Rasputin. Tickets for this lecture are $3.  

On Saturday, September 26 from 11am to 4pm visual artist Susan Coolen will be at the library for a one-day artist residency. Individuals are invited to visit her exhibition The Language of Nature in the library’s art gallery and to see her at work. She will be happy to answer questions about her creative process and share techniques. This event is part of Quebec-wide Les Journées de la culture and is free.

Lastly, on Wednesday, September 30 at 6:30pm holistic care expert and owner of Café Juicy Lotus, Gigi Cohen, will share recipes and tips for a healthy lifestyle when she hosts her cooking demonstration Good Fats, Bad Fats. Tickets for this program are $6.

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

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For more information, contact: Mona Turner, 514-485-6900 ext. 4205 or mturner@cotesaintluc.org.

Free walking tours will tell story of the trees of Côte Saint-Luc

Côte Saint-Luc, September 1, 2009 – Côte Saint-Luc residents have two more chances to follow Bronwyn Chester on her guided Leafy Treasures walking tour of Côte Saint-Luc.

The two remaining Leafy Treasures walking tours take place on Wednesday evenings on September 2 and 9 at 5:30pm and will give individuals the chance to learn about the various trees in their neighbourhood.

The first tour was very successful, having attracted more than 25 people on August 26.

The Leafy Treasures walking Tours are led by Bronwyn Chester, writer, translator and self-taught interpreter of the urban forest. Chester recently penned the guidebook A Leafy Legacy: The Trees of McGill University and has given guided tree tours in numerous Montreal parks and neighbourhoods since 2005.

Tour 2 on Wednesday, September 2 at 5:30pm covers the area around Baily Rd. and Merton Rd. (District 3). The meeting point will be at Congregation Tifereth Beth David Jerusalem (6519 Baily Road).

Tour 3 on Wednesday, September 9 at 5:30pm covers the area from Westminster Ave. to Blossom Ave. (District 5). The meeting point will be at Beth Zion Synagogue (5740 Hudson Avenue). All tours are from 5:30pm to 7pm.

“Few of us know the names of the trees we see every day and this walking tour is designed to make people more aware of the value and variety of their local trees,” said Councillor Dida Berku, the council member responsible for environment issues. “We cannot take for granted the benefits of our urban forest. The trees we nurture protect the air we breathe and provide the canopy for our leafy neighbourhoods".

To register, call the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library at 514-485-6900 ext. 4205.

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

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For more information, contact: Mona Turner, 514-485-6900 ext. 4205 or mturner@cotesaintluc.org.

Côte Saint-Luc appoints Jordy Reichson Director of Public Safety

Côte Saint-Luc, August 31, 2009 - The City of Côte Saint-Luc announced today the appointment of Jordy Reichson to the position of Director of Public Safety.

Reichson has been employed by the city since July 2008 as Manager of Urban Planning. For the past 11 years, Reichson has volunteered countless hours as a first responder with the Côte Saint-Luc Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

“Jordy brings a valuable mix of skills to the administration and will continue to be a tremendous asset to the city,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “His know-how and determination will benefit residents, staff and volunteers alike.”

Reichson will be responsible for five safety dossiers: Public Security, Emergency Medical Services, Volunteer Citizens on Patrol, Emergency Communications Centre and Emergency Preparedness.

“This new position will bring together all our emergency and prevention services under one professional hat and will help to further improve the position of Côte Saint-Luc as one of the safest communities in Quebec,” said Councillor Glenn J. Nashen, the council member responsible for public safety. “Having volunteered with Jordy in several capacities over many years, I have enormous confidence in his abilities to achieve great success in this new position.”

Reichson holds a bachelor degree in arts with a specialization in urban studies from Concordia University. He is an active volunteer with the St. John Ambulance where he serves as regional director and the Canadian Ski Patrol. At Côte Saint-Luc EMS he holds the title of Lieutenant and has extensive experience as a first responder. As a student he worked as a dispatcher in the Côte Saint-Luc Emergency Communications Centre.

“I am looking forward to serving the residents of Côte Saint-Luc in this new capacity,” Reichson said. “Côte Saint-Luc has been a leader in health and safety issues and I will work hard to continue to uphold and further improve these standards.”

Reichson reports to the City Manager and to the councillor responsible for public safety. He can be reached at 514-485-6800, ext. 5105 and at jreichson@cotesaintluc.org.

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For more information: Darryl Levine, Director of Public Affairs and Communications, 514-485-8905, dlevine@cotesaintluc.org.

A Bird’s-Eye View of the World at Côte Saint-Luc Library

Côte Saint-Luc, August 25, 2009 –The exhibition Vertigineux Espaces by photographer Guy Lavigueur is a series of aerial images that is currently being exhibited the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library until September 13.

For more then twenty years, Guy Lavigueur has been flying over the earth, focusing in on unique patterns and traces, some created by natural forces and others by human ingenuity. He scans, explores, criss-crosses, searches and returns ten times over the same territory in order to create his unique images.

In Guyana, Senegal, Arizona, France, Indonesia, above the Rocky Mountains, the Great Lakes, and Abitibi, Guy Lavigueur captures what he calls “terrestrial marks”. He shares a portrait of the planet as seen from above. “In my work, I want to draw the attention of my fellow residents on this blue planet to the fact that although the earth offers an infinite palette of colours; its resources have their limit” says Lavigueur.

In 2004 he was accepted as a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. He has exhibited in various places including Montréal, Galerie Montcalm in Gatineau, and the Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design in British Columbia. He has also contributed to the design of more then twenty postage stamps for Canada Post.

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

Côte Saint-Luc to host Montreal Juniors Hockey Game

Côte Saint-Luc, August 21, 2009 – On September 3, the Samuel Moskovitch Arena in Côte Saint-Luc will be one of four community stops for the Montreal Juniors QMJHL franchise in their 2009 preseason hockey tour, as the Juniors will host the Foreurs from Val D’Or at 7:35pm.

“We are once again thrilled to be partnering with the Montreal Juniors” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “Our city council, staff members, Côte Saint-Luc Minor Hockey Association and most importantly our hockey players are extremely excited about being part of this event and welcoming the Montreal Juniors into our arena.”

Tickets are on sale now for only $5 with a portion of the revenues to be redirected to a charitable organization. Parents and players should visit the pro-shop at the Samuel Moskovitch Arena (6985 Mackle Rd.) or the Parks and Recreation Department (7500 Mackle Rd.) to buy tickets. For more information, please contact the Samuel Moskovitch arena pro-shop at 514-485-6806 ext. 2107 or Alvin Fishman at the Parks and Recreation Department at 514-485-6806 ext. 2012.

Pool closing

The Côte Saint-Luc swimming pool was closed on Thursday, August 20, 2009 out of respect for the passing of Hila Zohar. May the family be spared further sorrow.

 

 

Free walking tours will tell story of the trees of Côte Saint-Luc

Côte Saint-Luc, August 13, 2009 – Free 90-minute walking tours on three Wednesday evenings in August and September will give City of Côte Saint-Luc residents the chance to learn about the trees in their neighbourhood.

The three-part series Leafy Treasures Walking Tours will be led by Bronwyn Chester, the author of a guidebook on the trees of McGill University. Tour 1 on August 26 visits Ashkelon Gardens and Nathan Shuster Park. Tour 2 on September 2 covers the area around Baily Rd. and Merton Rd. Tour 3 on September 9 covers the area from Westminster Ave. to Blossom Ave. All tours are from 5:30pm to 7pm.

“Few of us know the names of the trees we see every day and this walking tour is designed to make people more aware of the value and variety of their local trees,” said Councillor Dida Berku, the council member responsible for environment issues. “We cannot take for granted the benefits of our urban forest. The trees we nurture protect the air we breathe and provide the canopy for our leafy neighbourhoods".

To register, call the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library at 514-485-6900 ext. 4205.

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

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For more information, contact: Mona Turner, 514-485-6900 ext. 4205 or mturner@cotesaintluc.org.
 

Côte Saint-Luc District 4 meeting on August 20

Côte Saint-Luc, August 12, 2009 – The city councillor for Côte Saint-Luc District 4 will be hosting a meeting at Le Waldorf Residence (7400 Côte Saint-Luc Rd.) on Thursday, August 20 at 7pm for residents to ask questions about local and city-wide issues.

Councillor Steven Erdelyi will answer questions and brief residents on recycling issues and the major renovations at Donald Fletcher Park. Residents will be able to share their ideas during the general discussion.

“This is the third District 4 meeting I have organized,” said Councillor Erdelyi, who is also the council member responsible for the library and special events. “Based on comments and feedback at the last meeting, the city made improvements to parks, signage, and added traffic calming measures. If you have a suggestion for how to improve your neighbourhood, this is a great way to share it and make a difference.”

District 4 encompasses the south-west corner of Côte Saint-Luc bordered by Westluke Ave. (to the west), Magnolia Rd. and Westover Rd. (to the south), Small Rd. and Tyme Rd. (to the east) and Baily Rd. (to the north).

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For more information: Darryl Levine, Director of Public Affairs and Communications, 514-485-8905, dlevine@cotesaintluc.org

Beatles in the garden behind the Côte Saint-Luc library

Côte Saint-Luc, August 11, 2009 – A Beatles tribute band will perform a free outdoor concert on Sunday, August 23 at 4pm at Ashkelon Gardens behind the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library.

Day Tripper will perform a concert of Beatles favourites. They have a vast repertoire, authentic costumes, vintage instruments and musical skill, and are passionate about the lads from Liverpool. Bring a folding chair and enjoy the music, and don’t worry about beetles.

In the event of rain, the concert will be held indoors. A limited number of rain passes will be available as of 1pm on the day of the concert with a limit of one per person.

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

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For more information, contact: Mona Turner, 514-485-6900 ext. 4205 or mturner@cotesaintluc.org.

Thola Rusike demonstrates southern African cooking at the Eleanor London Côte Saint Luc Public Library

Côte Saint-Luc, July 6, 2009 – Thola Rusike will demonstrate southern African cooking on Thursday, July 9 at 6:30pm at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library. Tickets for this program are $5.

This program is part of the second-annual Côte Saint-Luc Reads event, which is highlighted by a series of thematically-linked programs based on a specially chosen book that all residents are encouraged to read. This year’s selection is The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill and the accompanying theme is African culture and history in Canada.

Originally from Zimbabwe, Rusike moved to Montreal where she currently runs her food catering company Afro-Bytes. While in Africa, Rusike ran a bed-and-breakfast hotel for 15 years. Rusike cites her mother and grandmother as the primary influences in her cooking career. Most of the recipes she prepares for her catering company are African in origin and have been passed down from generation to generation during the past century. Rusike explains that she has adapted some of these African recipes “to suit the Canadian community.”

In 2005, Rusike and her company celebrated Black History Month at Cavendish Mall. She describes the aforementioned event as “a great success” and adds that she is looking forward to participating in another program in Côte Saint-Luc. Rusike has lived in Montreal for almost 9 years and presently lives in the Plateau Mont-Royal area of the island.

Rusike’s food catering company, Afro-Bytes, has been in business since 2005 and specializes in southern African cuisine. This company provides outside catering to almost all of the main summer festivals in Montreal including Just for Laughs, Nuit d'Afrique, Dragon Boat Festival, Fête des Enfants and Festiblues. In addition to running Afro-Bytes, Rusike has instructed cooking classes at Loblaws and given private cooking lessons to individuals.

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

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For more information, contact: Mona Turner, 514-485-6900 ext. 4205 or mturner@cotesaintluc.org.

Aboriginal culture highlighted at art exhibit in Côte Saint-Luc

Côte Saint-Luc, July 6, 2009 – Prints by Alanis Obomsawin and sculptures by Christine Sioui Wawanoloath will be on display at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library from July 9 to August 16 in an exhibit called Abenaki Women Making Art.

The exhibit is presented by the Conseil des arts de Montréal en tournée and LandInSights, an organization for the dissemination of Aboriginal culture. The Abenaki are a tribe belonging to the Algonquian peoples of northeastern North America, located in New England, Quebec and the Maritimes. The Abenakis were one of the five members of the Wabanaki Confederacy.

Borrowing from the Abenaki nation’s main myths on the creation of the world as well as the legends and teachings of their elders, Obomsawin and Wawanoloath deliver an enlivening and penetrating portrait of the First Peoples today.

Abenaki Women Making Art is the 61st travelling exhibition of the Conseil des arts de Montréal en tournée. It will continue to tour until Mars 2010 in various municipal venues on the island of Montreal.

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

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For more information, contact: Clara Halpern, 514-485-6900 ext. 4205 or chalpern@cotesaintluc.org.

Event at Côte Saint-Luc library revisits New France trial of an African slave in 1734

Côte Saint-Luc, June 22, 2009 – The public will have the chance on July 2 to judge a controversial 275-year-old case involving an African slave living in New France accused of burning down parts of Old Montreal.

The Trial of the Slave Angélique event takes places at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library on July 2 at 7pm.

A host will present facts about the trial of Marie-Joseph Angélique, a Portuguese-born black slave who was accused, tried, and convicted of burning down parts of the city, including the Hôtel-Dieu hospital in 1734. An actress will dramatize parts of the trial.

The event is presented by the Montreal History Centre. The Trial will be hosted by Montreal history professional David Bureau and performed by actress and choreographer Carol Jones. Bureau and Jones will set the scene for the events that took place and ask the audience to help solve the mystery based on the presented facts. Tickets for The Trial are $2.

Carol Jones has spent a great portion of her life practicing the performing arts. She trained as a dancer on a scholarship program at Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal, studied acting and stage directing at the Conservatoire d'art dramatique de Montréal and later received her master's degree in theatre.

Born in the Saguenay region of Quebec, David Bureau studied history, art history and records management at Université de Laval, Université de Québec à Montréal and Université de Montréal. He has worked at the Montreal History Centre since 2007.

The Trial is part of the second-annual Côte Saint-Luc Reads event, which is highlighted by a series of thematically-linked programs based on a book that residents are encouraged to read. This year’s selection is The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill.

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

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For more information, contact: Mona Turner, 514-485-6900 ext. 4205 or mturner@cotesaintluc.org.

Côte Saint-Luc to honour women who protected Anne Frank during the Second World War at Human Rights Walkway on July 1

Côte Saint-Luc, June 16, 2009 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc will unveil a plaque honouring Miep Gies on the city’s Human Rights Walkway on Wednesday, July 1 at 5:30pm. Miep Gies is one of the Dutch citizens who hid Anne Frank and her family during the Nazi occupation of The Netherlands during the Second World War. After Anne’s arrest and deportation, Gies discovered and preserved her diary, which was published after the war.

“Miep Gies risked being shot or sent to a labour camp by the Nazis for her role in hiding the Frank family,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “Like others we have honoured on the Human Rights Walkway, Miep Gies risked her own safety to help others and, in her own way, to fight against a great evil.”

Miep Gies was born in Vienna in 1909. At age 11, she was sent to live with a foster family in The Netherlands because of food shortages is Austria. In 1933, businessman Otto Frank hired her as an office worker. Frank, who was Jewish, had fled Germany with his wife, Edith and daughters Margot and Anne to escape discriminatory laws against Jewish citizens.

In May 1940, The Netherlands surrendered to Nazi Germany. During the years of occupation, Miep Gies refused to join local Nazi associations, even though such non-conformity put her at risk. Like in Germany, the Nazis enacted discriminatory laws against Jews and in July 1942 began deporting Jews to concentration camps.

It was within this context of discrimination and violence that Otto Frank asked Miep Gies if she would take care of his family while they went into hiding in the sealed-off back rooms of his company's office building. She agreed in spite of the risk to her and her fellow helpers. The Frank family and five others remained in hiding until August 4, 1944, when an anonymous informant told the Nazi secret police about hiding spot. All the hiders were transported to Nazi concentration camps.

On May 5, 1945, Canadian troops liberated The Netherlands. Otto Frank survived the concentration camps and returned to Amsterdam. When he learned that his wife and daughters had been killed, Miep Gies gave him Anne’s diary, which she had discovered and kept in her desk, unread. In 1947, Otto Frank published Anne’s diary it Dutch. It was released in 1952 in English as Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl.

After the war, Gies worked for Otto Frank as he compiled and edited the diary, then devoted herself to talking about the diary and answering letters from around the world. After Frank's death in 1980, Gies continued to campaign against Holocaust-deniers

“There would have been no Diary of Anne Frank had it not been for the courage of Miep Gies and those like her,” said Councillor Ruth Kovac, who is the co-chairperson of the Human Rights Walkway ceremony with councillors Mike Cohen and Steven Erdelyi.

The Human Rights Walkway was inaugurated in 2000 and is located at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park (6975 Mackle Rd.), and is dedicated to men and women who have promoted human rights.

The public can learn more about the past honourees at www.CoteSaintLuc.org/en/Walkway.

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For more information: Darryl Levine, Director of Public Affairs and Communications, 514-485-8905, dlevine@cotesaintluc.org

Côte Saint-Luc delivers new covered blue bins on wheels

Côte Saint-Luc, June 15, 2009 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc will begin delivering new covered blue bins on wheels to its 4,900 single-family homes and duplexes starting on Thursday, June 18.

“The new bin will be easier to bring to the curb because it has wheels and its cover will prevent items from blowing away,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “Also, residents can now mix paper, cardboard, plastic, metal and glass. There is no need to sort your recyclable anymore.”

Residents should begin using the new blue bins as soon as they receive it. The recycling collection trucks will now use a mechanical arm to lift the blue bin and dump the contents into the truck. It is therefore important that the blue bin be placed at the curb with the wheels facing the house—not the street.

Also, as the collection process is mechanized, residents cannot use their old blue box nor can they put recyclables on the side of the bin. Everything must go inside the new blue bin or it won’t be collected.

Côte Saint-Luc and 12 other suburban municipalities on the island of Montreal are switching to the new blue bins. Each city has its own distribution schedule. Côte Saint-Luc will be sending an information package to residents by mail in the coming weeks reminding them what is recyclable.

“We encourage you to reuse your old blue bin to store gardening supplies or other items,” said Councillor Dida Berku, the council member responsible for environmental issues. “Don’t throw it in the trash. If you really don’t want it, bring it to Household Hazardous Waste Day on August 23 at 7001 Mackle Rd.”

Last March, Côte Saint-Luc sent a brochure to every home informing residents about the new blue bins and offering a choice of a small (120 litre), medium (240 litre) or large (360 litre) blue bin. Residents who didn’t respond by the deadline of March 31 have received the medium-sized blue bin, which is the right size for most households.

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For more information: Darryl Levine, Director of Public Affairs and Communications, 514-485-8905, dlevine@cotesaintluc.org

Photographer Linda Rutenberg to exhibit in Côte Saint-Luc

Côte Saint-Luc, May 28, 2009 – Photographer Linda Rutenberg will exhibit The Garden at Night, a collection of her photos taken after dark in botanical gardens around the world, at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library from May 28 to July 5.

Linda Rutenberg photographs the secret lives of plants at night and reveals a luminous landscape.  

“The amazing thing about the night is that even the most ordinary plant is transformed into something mysterious and extraordinary,” Rutenberg said. “These images are about a sense of place, metamorphosis and the splendours of nature.”

In the past three years, Rutenberg and her husband Roger Leeon have visited and worked in 35 botanical gardens for The Garden at Night project. Rutenberg says that she and Leeon (who does all of the lighting for the photos) are “filled with anticipation and wonder as they enter each new place,” and they find that each garden has its own character, atmosphere and spirit.

Rutenberg has been a photographer, author and educator for the last 30 years. Her photographs have appeared in 15 books. Her most recently published books are The Garden at Night and After Midnight: Through the Seasons at the Montreal Botanical Gardens. A new book, The English Garden at Night, will be published in England this year.
She has exhibited her photographs internationally and can be found in many prestigious collections including the National Gallery of Canada, Agnes Etherington Collection, Standard Life, Banque Nationale Collection and the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris.
Rutenberg lives and works in Montreal.
The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library is located at 5851 Cavendish Blvd. and is open from 10am to 10pm every day. For more information, call the library at 514-485-6900 or visit www.elcslpl.org.

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For more information, contact: Clara Halpern, 514-485-6900 ext. 4205 or chalpern@cotesaintluc.org.

Côte Saint-Luc is happy Montreal commission recommends that Meadowbrook remain green

Côte Saint-Luc, May 28, 2009 – A commission of the Montreal agglomeration council studying green space protection recommended yesterday that Meadowbrook golf course be designated an eco-territory, which would protect it from urban development.

“The City of Côte Saint-Luc and the Town of Montreal West are happy that the commission agreed with recommendations made on May 6 by the Friends of Meadowbrook,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “Our city zoned as a golf course the part of Meadowbrook on our territory because we believe the space is a natural oasis in the west end. We’re happy that the agglomeration commission agrees with us.”

The Commission permanente du conseil d’agglomération sur les grands équipements et activités d’intérêt d’agglomération held public hearings for three days in April and May to study the 2007-2008 Report on the Policy on the Protection and Enhancement of Natural Habitats. Councillor Dida Berku and Montreal West Mayor Campbell Stuart spoke with others from environmental groups such as Friends of Meadowbrook and Héritage Laurentien about the importance of protecting that green space in the west end.

The commission recommended that the Montreal agglomeration council recognize Meadowbrook as an eco-territory and protect it along with a network of natural spaces in the south-west sector of Montreal.

"We are truly thankful that the commission chairperson Michel Labrecque and the members of the commission listened to our pleas," said Councillor Berku, a long-time advocate for protecting Meadowbrook.

Mayor Stuart and Councillor Berku intend to promote the commission’s proposal for a network of natural spaces proposal to the governments of Quebec and Canada.

“The idea is to create a green corridor in the area, linking Meadowbrook with the Falaise St. Jacques and in the process improve the quality of the Turcot exchange redevelopment,” Mayor Stuart said. “Next month we make a presentation to the BAPE environmental impact review board hearings on the Turcot exchange in support of the proposal put forth by Héritage Laurentien to trade development on Meadowbrook for the right to develop some of the brownfield land in the Turcot Yards. We are looking for win-win solutions for the cities, the developer and the natural spaces of the island."

The commission also recommended that the Montreal agglomeration council intervene with the Ministry of Transport to ensure that the Falaise St. Jacques (St. Jacques Cliff) be protected from damage from the new Highway 20, which the Ministry currently plans to locate right at the foot of the eco-territory. The Falaise St. Jacques is a densely-wooded linear green space hanging down a cliff on the south side of St. Jacques St. in NDG. The highway would have to be moved a substantial distance from the Falaise to protect its fragile ecosystems, and this would also enable the land swap mentioned above.

Montreal author Ann Charney to discuss her latest novel at the Eleanor London Côte Saint Luc Public Library

Côte Saint-Luc, May 28, 2009 – Author Ann Charney will be reading and discussing her third novel Distantly Related to Freud on Thursday, June 4 at 7:30pm at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library.

The event entitled Ann Charney and Guy Rodgers in Conversation: Memories of Time and Place is presented in partnership by the library and the Quebec Writers’ Federation (QWF). This event is part of the QWF’s Writers Out Loud series. It is presented with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.

The novel Distantly Related to Freud is a coming-of-age story set in Montreal. The protagonist, Ellen, is a precocious eight-year-old living in Montreal with her mother an expatriate from Poland. Through her thoughtful observation of a group of eastern European refugees who take shelter in her home, to awakening sexuality and an important friendship, Ellen develops her literary sensibility, leaving behind the simplicity of childhood for the complexities of the adult world.

Faustus Salvador, from the Montreal Review of Books, offers high praise for Distantly Related to Freud stating:  “It's not often that one can recommend a book based on how well it reads with a cup of hot tea on a grey Montreal day. With its winsome protagonist and the palpable interplay between innocence and the shadows that encroach on it, Charney has written one of the most endearing novels of the season.”

Charney is an award-winning novelist, short-story writer and journalist. Born in Poland and raised in Montreal, she has received awards for her fiction and non-fiction, including the Canadian Authors' Association Prize. She has also been a columnist for Maclean's Magazine, a frequent contributor to Saturday Night, Ms. magazine, and other leading publications. In addition, Charney was recently named an officer of the French Order of Arts and Letters.

Host Guy Rodgers is past president of Playwrights' Workshop Montreal (PWM). He has served on boards for Le Conseil Québécois du Théâtre (CQT) and the Blue Metropolis Literary Festival. He received the Quebec Writers' Federation's Community Award for leadership in building communities among artists in 2005.

Tickets for this program are $3.

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

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For more information, contact: Mona Turner, 514-485-6900 ext. 4205 or mturner@cotesaintluc.org.
 

Membership drive at the Côte Saint-Luc Senior Social Club

Côte Saint-Luc, May 20, 2009 – The Côte Saint-Luc Senior Social Club is in the middle of membership drive at the Senior Social Centre located at the Côte Saint-Luc Shopping Centre (7101 Côte Saint-Luc Rd., suite 203).

Existing and new members are encouraged to register by Friday, May 29 but can also join the club at any time during the year. The membership fee is $25 per year.

The Senior Social Club is open to female residents age 55 and older. The club meets for activities such as Mah Jongg, canasta, bingo and bridge. Members also go on day trips to theatres, listen to speakers and participate in fitness programs.

“We have had great reviews and feedback over the years from members,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “The Senior Social Club is a great way to enjoy the company of other senior women while participating in many unique and exciting activities.”

Call the Senior Social Centre at 514-485-6819 for more information.

Côte Saint-Luc Public Works director to collect garbage for charity

Côte Saint-Luc, May 15, 2009 – The director of the Public Works Department in Côte Saint-Luc will ride the back of a city garbage truck on Tuesday, May 19 and collect household trash to raise money for the Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation.

“Our city crews are pretty efficient so I hope I don’t slow them down too much,” said David Tordjman, who heads the Public Works and Urban Planning departments. “Some of our crews don’t think I’ll even survive the shift, but I hope to surprise them.”

This fundraising event is part of the second annual Côte Saint-Luc Public Works Week, which takes place from May 19 to May 24. The week-long activities will raise money for charity as the city highlights and celebrates the people who build and maintain the infrastructure in the city.

“We are proud of the way David and his staff help raise money for children’s charities every year,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “The people who work for our city take pride not only in their work but in their community involvement.”

At the end of the route, the garbage truck will pull into the Public Works yard at approximately 2:30pm, where Tordjman will be met by the Public Works Department staff.

“Last year David had his legs waxed for charity and two years ago he had his head shaved for charity, so I think his hair follicles will appreciate the richly earned rest,” said Councillor Mitchell Brownstein, the council member responsible for public works. “We look forward to David’s adventure aboard the garbage truck.”

National Public Works Week activities will be taking place across Canada during the same week. Last year’s Côte Saint-Luc Public Works Week was awarded the top prize among cities with a population of 50,000 or fewer by the Canadian Public Works Association, the group representing public works professionals in Canada.

Other events planned in Côte Saint-Luc during Public Works Week include outreach to schools, public discussions, and the Public Works Fair on Sunday, May 24 from 10am to 3pm at 7001 Mackle Rd.

Côte Saint-Luc Reads presents a series author discussions and events related to African culture and history in Canada

Côte Saint-Luc, May 12, 2009 – The second annual Côte Saint-Luc Reads from June 18 to July 9 is a city-wide initiative aimed at inspiring residents to all read the same book and to discuss it with friends, family and neighbours.

This year’s award-winning book, The Book of Negroes, is about the life of a young girl captured in Africa and transported and sold as a slave colonial America who then escapes to Canada during the Revolutionary War and eventually sails back to Africa.

Author Lawrence Hill will present an author talk on Thursday, June 18 at 7pm. The Book of Negroes garnered several prizes including the 2008 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book and the 2007 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. A number 1 Canadian bestseller, it was named one of the top 100 books of 2007 by The Globe and Mail. Hill will be speaking about his literary work and will be available to sign copies. Tickets for this event are $5 each.

Other events during Côte Saint-Luc Reads include The Beauty of African Beads on Thursday, June 11 at 7pm, which is a slide presentation featuring rare and beautiful African beads from the private collection of Ruth Shine, owner for more than 30 years of the Westmount Bead Emporium. Tickets for this program are $2 each.

Writer and historian Dorothy Williams, Ph.D., will speak on Thursday, June 25 at 7pm about the history of slavery in Montreal. Williams is a specialist in Black Canadian History. She has penned a number of books including Blacks in Montreal: 1628-1986 An Urban Demography. Williams was made a Québec Laureate in 2002 and awarded the Anne Greenup Prize for the Fight against Racism and the Promotion of Civic Participation. In addition, The Black Coalition of Québec presented her with The Mathieu da Costa Award in 1993. Tickets for this lecture are $2 each.

Vues d’Afrique will be presenting a workshop for children on Sunday, June 28 at 1pm on African dance. This workshop will explore African dance styles from different regions with influences from Brazil and the Caribbean. Vues d’Afrique organizes events highlighting African and Creole cultures. Tickets for this workshop are $5 each.

On Thursday, July 2 at 7pm the library will host The Trial of the Slave Angélique. This program is an interactive presentation and workshop about the trial of Marie-Joseph Angélique, the slave accused of burning down Montreal in 1734. David Bureau and actress Carol Jones will give the audience the clues and allow them to decide if Angélique is in fact guilty of arson. Tickets for this program are $2 each.

Wrapping up the Côte Saint-Luc Reads series of events on Thursday, July 9 at 6:30pm is the Tastes of Southern Africa with Thola Rusike. Rusike will demonstrate how to prepare a traditional savory dish from the southern region of Africa. The audience will be able to sample the dish at the end of the class and will also receive a copy of the recipe to take home with them. Tickets for this cooking program are $5 each.

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

Second property tax installment due on May 28 in Côte Saint-Luc

Côte Saint-Luc, May 11, 2009 – The second installment of the Côte Saint-Luc property tax bill is due on Thursday, May 28, 2009. Tax payers can pay the bill using online banking, telephone banking, in person at their bank, at Côte Saint-Luc city hall (5801 Cavendish Blvd.) weekdays from 8:30am to 4:30pm or by mail. If paying in person, residents should bring their bill payment stubs.

For more information, call 514-485-6800 weekdays between 8:30am and 4:30pm or visit www.cotesaintluc.org/en/Taxes2009.

I Musici celebrate their 25th anniversary with a concert performance in Côte Saint-Luc

Côte Saint-Luc, May 4, 2009 – The musical group I Musici will perform a concert at the Harold Greenspon Auditorium in Côte Saint-Luc on Thursday, May 14 at 7:30pm.

The concert is presented by the Conseil des arts de Montréal en tournée and the Eleanor London Côte Saint Luc Public Library. I Musici is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Tickets for this concert are $10 each. The Harold Greenspon Auditorium is located at Côte Saint-Luc City Hall, 5801 Cavendish Blvd.

I Musici’s performance will be accompanied by a series of painted images projected onto a screen entitled Les tableaux dansants d’ une exposition by Natasha Turovsky, who is a violinist and painter.

I Musici director Yuli Turovsky studied at the prestigious Central Music School of Moscow. During this period he was principal cello of the Moscow Chamber Orchestra under Rudolf Barshai. He left the former Soviet Union in 1976 and settled in Montreal where he formed the Borodin Trio, which toured internationally and performed at venues such as Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall in New York. As a soloist, he has played with the MSO, the Orchestre métropolitain and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. In addition to his present role as I Musici director, Turovsky is part of the Turovsky Duo where he plays cello alongside his wife violinist Eleonora.  

Eleonora Turovsky also studied at the Central Music School of Moscow from which she garnered a silver medal award for her musicianship. She also holds a Ph.D. from the Tchaikovsky Conservatory where she had the distinct pleasure of studying under Dmitri Tziganov, first violin of the Moscow Beethoven Quartet. Together with her husband Yuli, she has toured extensively abroad and participated in more than 40 recordings for the Chandos and Analekta labels. Her recordings have drawn critical acclaim internationally, in particular, her recording of Kodaly's Duo, Op. 7, which won the Diapason d'Or. She presently teaches violin at the Université de Montréal and Concordia University.

On the program are works by Mozart, the Turovskys and Quebec composer Denis Gougeon, which was commissioned in 1998 from to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the I Musici de Montréal.
 
The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library is located at 5851 Cavendish Blvd. and is open from 10am to 10pm every day. For more information, call the library at 514-485-6900 or visit www.elcslpl.org.

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For more information, contact: Mona Turner, 514-485-6900 ext. 4205 or mturner@cotesaintluc.org.

Côte Saint-Luc crime prevention volunteer patrollers log more than 65,000km

Côte Saint-Luc, April 27, 2009 – In the month of March, Côte Saint-Luc Volunteer Citizens on Patrol (vCOP) logged 375 hours patrolling 2,550km of city streets, thereby adding an extra layer of protection to residents, says the council member responsible for public safety.

“vCOP volunteers participated in a search for a missing person, reported a broken gate protecting a nursery, and reported 20 garage doors and one house door left open, to name just a few things,” Councillor Glenn J. Nashen said. “vCOP volunteers provide extra eyes and ears to help prevent crime and adds another layer to public safety services.”

The City of Côte Saint-Luc will be holding an information session on Tuesday, May 5 at 7pm in the auditorium at Côte Saint-Luc City Hall (5801 Cavendish Blvd.) for residents interested in joining vCOP.

Working in conjunction with Côte Saint-Luc Public Security, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and the Montreal police department, vCOP volunteers patrol the city, observe and report any suspicious activities or problems. Côte Saint-Luc was the first city in Quebec to implement this innovative neighbourhood-watch-on-wheels program in 2006. Similar programs have been established in communities throughout Canada and the United States.

Approximately 70 volunteers patrol the streets of Côte Saint-Luc in marked vCOP vehicles, on foot and on bicycles. The volunteers notify local agencies about emergency and non-emergency situations as they act as observers throughout the community. There is a one-time membership fee of $75 to defray the costs of uniforms and accessories.

Since its inception in July 2006, vCOP volunteers have spent 11,572 hours patrolling 65,126km of city roads, which is the equivalent of seven round-trips between Montreal and Los Angeles.

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

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Contact: For more information: Darryl Levine, Director of Public Affairs and Communications, 514-485-8905, dlevine@CoteSaintLuc.org