Press releases


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 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.

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 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, or visit



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 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 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

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 or offline by filling in the ticket order form and sending it with your payment information :


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 or call 1-800-474-5746.


Owners of outdoor cats in Côte Saint-Luc must purchase licence tags

Owners of outdoor cats are required to buy a licence for their cat, which includes a tag worn around the neck that can be used to help reunite lost cats to their owners.

“I implore cat owners to license their outdoor cats,” said Councillor Mike Cohen, who is responsible for the animal protection portfolio. “We have had some recent success stories about outdoor cats who got lost but were found and reunited with their owners thanks to the tags.”

In late August, Lydia Ghazal, a member of the Côte Saint-Luc Cats Committee (CSLCC), trapped a cat that had been hanging around her house for some time. The cat was terrified, starving but had a collar and tag around its neck. Diane Liebling, who oversees the CSLCC’s fostering program, took the cat in while Shelley Schecter from Educhat spoke with the city who was able to provide the contact information of the cat owner and they were reunited.

A few days later, the CSLCC was alerted that someone’s Siamese cat had left the home and not returned. Because the owner had purchased a license, it was easier for the CSLCC to assist in the search. Fortunately, the cat came back on its own.

“Personally, I have always had concerns about people who have outdoor cats,” Councillor Cohen said. “I have seen the pain and anguish experienced by some of my own neighbours, whose cats went out at night and never returned. The fact is, if you do insist upon having an outdoor cat then please purchase a license and make sure they are micro chipped by the local veterinarian. It is a small price to pay to significantly increase the odds if your cat goes missing.”

Outdoor cats in the City of Côte Saint-Luc need a cat licence following By-law 2394 that came into effect on November 1, 2012. Owners of outdoor cats must have them registered at City Hall (5801 Cavendish Blvd.) and obtain a cat identification tag, provide relevant information required to process the registration of the cat, and produce a certificate from their veterinarian stipulating that the cat has been spayed or neutered, provided the cat is six months or older.

The annual registration fee is $10 for an outdoor cat that is spayed or neutered and that bears a microchip or a tattoo, $15 for an outdoor cat that is spayed or neutered, but does not bear a microchip or tattoo, and $20 for an outdoor cat that is not spayed or neutered as a result of a medical exemption. The latter alludes to a feline 10 calendar years or older or one that has a medical exemption from the veterinarian attesting to the fact that it cannot be spayed or neutered. Fines will be issued to cat owners not complying with the by-law. They range from a minimum of $40 to a maximum of $1,200.


For more information about licensing, visit For more information about the Côte Saint-Luc Cats Committee, visit

Photographs of journalist-turned-artist on display at the Côte Saint-Luc Library art gallery

The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library is presenting Illuminations, an exhibit of iridescent photographs of Montreal-based photographer André Boucher in the Library’s Art Gallery from September 30 to November 23, 2014.

Boucher will be at the Art Gallery on Tuesday, September 30 at 7 pm to discuss his work during a free Meet the Artist event. Refreshments will be served.

The exhibit features photographic works from six different series. The common theme, aside from mirroring effects, is that none of the photos has been digitally altered or retouched.  

Boucher prints his photographs on a variety of surfaces such as glass, stainless steel and paper, which he says allows him the flexibility of altering visual perceptions and keep the viewer guessing.

Boucher was born in Chicoutimi in 1950. He developed his talents as a photographer early in life. A graduate in communication studies, Boucher worked as a reporter for the newspaper Le Soleil and later founded Groupe Image, a project he directed for several years. He became a freelance photographer and then made a move towards contemporary art. He currently lives and works in Montreal. Boucher’s work has been shown throughout Quebec, and can be found in numerous private and museum collections.

His current artworks can be viewed at

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 when it is open 10 am to 5 pm. For more information, call the library at 514-485-6900 or visit

City to unveil highlights of disaster plan on Monday, September 15

The City of Côte Saint-Luc will unveil a summary of its emergency plan to the public on Monday, September 15 at 8pm at City Hall, 5801 Cavendish Blvd.

“We have updated our plan this year and our city council, staff, and volunteers are trained on what to do in case of a disaster or major emergency,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “We want to give residents an overview of the plan and explain how it would be used in an emergency.”

Councillor Glenn J. Nashen, the council member responsible for emergency preparedness will also discuss how residents can prepare for the first 72 hours of an emergency.

“Even with the best disaster plan and the best execution of that plan, it may take emergency workers some time to get to you because they have to prioritize who needs the most help,” Councillor Nashen said. “In the event of a major emergency, residents need to be prepared, too, with enough bottled water, canned foods, medication, and anything else you require.”


View video of the presentation:


For more information on how to prepare for an emergency, visit

Grand re-opening of Nathan Shuster Park on September 14 at 11 am

Nathan Shuster Park re-opens on Sunday, September 14, 2014 at 11 am after a $1.02 million renovation that includes some of the most innovative new equipment for kids on the Montreal island.

“The play equipment we have installed for both younger and older kids at Nathan Shuster Park will make it unique on the island,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “In order to plan the park, council and staff, and residents engaged in place-making exercises. Place-making is the process of making public places that will attract people and promote their health, happiness, and well-being.  I am confident the revamped Park will succeed admirably in doing so.”

District 8 Councillor Ruth Kovac says the park will be well used because of its unique features.

"I am very proud of the way the process that led to the rejuvenation of the park," Councillor Kovac said. "We engaged, discussed, debated and in the end have a great park. I think parents and grandparents will have a lot of great memories here."

The park is located between Collins Ave. to the south and Wallenberg Ave. to the north. It is near the northern-most part of Cavendish Blvd. The park now includes a zip-line, tube slide, enhanced nature walk trail, and other items for kids. Given that the Park sits together with a protected forested area, many of the items play on the forest theme with benches that look like logs sliced in half and a play equipment that looks like a treehouse.

“We think Nathan Shuster Park will attract people from across Côte Saint-Luc who want to experience something different,” said Councillor Mitchell Brownstein, the council member responsible for parks and recreation issues. “We think it will become a favourite destination in Côte Saint-Luc, not just for people in the area but from all over our city.”

Nathan Shuster Park was originally inaugurated on June 14, 1990. It is named in honour of the late Nathan Shuster who was a city councillor in Côte Saint-Luc from 1964 to 1989. He passed away in 1989 before the end of his term of office. Nathan Shuster’s children have been invited to the event and are expected to attend the grand re-opening.


To learn more about Nathan Shuster Park, visit

The Association of Suburban Municipalities and Bill 3

The Association of Suburban Municipalities issued a press release today on the issue of Bill 3. 

>> Read the press release


Côte Saint-Luc EMS recruiting sessions this Thursday and Sunday

Côte Saint-Luc Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is looking for new members to join its team of volunteer medics.

A Côte Saint-Luc EMS recruiting sessions take place at the Côte Saint-Luc Aquatic and Community Centre on Thursday, August 7 from 7 pm to 8:30 pm, Sunday, August 10 at 9a m to 10:30 am, and again at 1 pm to 2:30 pm.

“Members must be active, eager to get involved, ready to learn and enjoy taking on challenges and making a difference in the community,” said Councillor Sam Goldbloom, the council member responsible for Public Safety services. “No previous first-aid training is required.”

EMS courses are offered twice during the year. Students complete in-class sessions and an on the-road apprenticeship, where they respond to real calls and put into practice the skills they learned in class. Members are encouraged to perform at least one shift per week.

Art exhibit at the Côte Saint-Luc library features New York-based painter Paul Hunter

Luminous paintings by New York-based artist Paul Hunter are on display at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library from July 31 to September 21, 2014.

Hunter will also discuss his work and what inspires him on July 31 at 7 pm at a Meet the Artist event at the Library. This event is free of charge. Refreshments will be served.

The New York Reflections art exhibit features contemporary original abstract and minimal cityscapes using gold and metal leaf in combination with acrylic paint applied on canvas.

“I've perfected a method of applying gold, bronze and other metal leaf into his canvases, having spent many years pursuing techniques that produce a radiant effect in my work,” Hunter said. “The result is an overall luminescence that deserves to be seen in person.”

Born and raised in Quebec City, Hunter was exposed to art at an early age.  His father taught sculpture at the prestigious École des Beaux-Arts and both his parents are artists. Hunter obtained his MFA in Montreal and currently lives and works in New York City. His art has been shown both in solo and group exhibits in North America, Europe, Asia and the United Arab Emirates.

His current artworks can be viewed at

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

Hampstead, Côte Saint-Luc and Montreal West celebrate 10th anniversary of successful demerger referendum

Côte Saint-Luc, June 9 ,2014 – The demerged towns of Hampstead and Montreal West and the City of Côte Saint-Luc will join forces to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the demerger referendum. A FREE show with Bowser and Blue will be held:

Date: Sunday, June 15, 2014
Time: 4:30 - 6:30 pm
Place:   Trudeau Park
  6975 Mackle Rd.
  Côte Saint-Luc
Who: Bowser and Blue, Mayor Anthony Housefather, Mayor William Steinberg, Mayor Beny Masella

In the event of rain, the celebration will be held in the Confederation Annex (in Trudeau Park).

“Even though I have won three hard fought elections and enjoyed many successes as Mayor of Hampstead, no campaign was as exciting as the demerger battle and no victory more significant,” stated Mayor Bill Steinberg. “This is Hampstead’s centennial year and so it is fitting that it’s also the 10th anniversary of the demerger referendum. Had we not won, we would not have reached our centennial and we would be much worse off than we are today.”

“The forced mergers were a sad chapter in our history but the demerger gave us a happy ending,” said Anthony Housefather, Côte Saint-Luc Mayor. “It was also a true example of people standing up for what they believe to be right. The fight to take back our cities and towns was tough, but well worth it. Today, I would venture to say that almost all of our residents are very happy we chose to demerge.”

“The demerger referendum was the first step in getting our Towns back,” affirmed Montreal West Mayor Beny Massella. “Many people worked very hard to get to that step and I believe history shows it was the right move.  The municipal demergers allowed each of us to retrieve and reinforce our Towns’ independent identities while still working together toward common goals.”

About the blue ribbons:
During the demerger campaign, residents tied blue ribbons to their trees as a sign of support. The ribbons are back. This time they are a sign of celebration at our success in getting our cities back. Ribbons will be hung on major streets in the period leading to the event.





Côte Saint-Luc Dramatic Society produces the Canadian debut of Catch Me If You Can: The Musical

The Côte Saint-Luc Dramatic Society will perform Catch Me If You Can: The Musical from June 3 to June 22, 2014 at the Harold Greenspon Auditorium, 5801 Cavendish Blvd.
“We’ve assembled a wonderfully talented cast including Brandon Schwartz, a very gifted 17-year-old singer and performer,” director Anisa Cameron said. “Brandon has a remarkable voice and if he chooses to stay in Montreal, he’s going to be a fixture in the professional theatre scene for years to come.”
Schwartz has been performing since age 6 and is now studying music with a specialization in jazz voice at Marianopolis College. Director Cameron is joined by musical director David Terriault, who worked with the Côte Saint-Luc Dramatic Society last year on Fiddler on the Roof. The choreographer is Alexia Gourd, a talented performer who will next be seen in the musical Sister Act at Place des Arts. The assistant choreographer is Ariel Sterlin, who has worked with the Côte Saint-Luc Dramatic Society since its inception in 2011.
“Our cast and crew are brimming with talent,” said Councillor Mitchell Brownstein, who helped launch the Côte Saint-Luc Dramatic Society. “With every production, we are able to up the ante and put on memorable shows. Anisa has helped assemble amazing performers and a professional crew. It’s going to be our best show yet.”
Catch Me If You Can: The Musical is based on the musical book by Terrence McNally, who also wrote The Full Monty and Ragtime. The score is by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, who also wrote the music for Hairspray.  The musical is based on the film by Dreamworks, which was based on the book by Frank Abagnale Jr.
The Côte Saint-Luc Dramatic Society presentation of Catch Me If You Can: The Musical is the first in Canada. Tickets are on sale online at or at the Côte Saint-Luc library (5851 Cavendish Blvd.), the Côte Saint-Luc Aquatic and Community Centre (5794 Parkhaven Ave.), or by telephone at 514-485-6800 ext. 2024.
Tickets for evening performances are $27 for adults, and $24 for seniors/students. Matinees and preview shows are $18. Taxes are included in the price.
The Côte Saint-Luc Dramatic Society is a community theatre that began in the summer of 2011 in partnership with the City of Côte Saint-Luc. The goal of the society is to bring together actors, writers, musicians and other artistically-minded community members to produce theatrical works in an inclusive environment where emphasis is placed on team work and camaraderie, not celebrity.
For more information about the production, visit