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Pre-Budget Consultation Meeting on Tuesday, June 4, 2019

City services impact everyday life. Each time you visit the library or municipal pool, have your garbage, recycling, or organic waste picked up, or read a city publication you are using a City of Côte Saint-Luc service.

These services help keep our neighbourhoods safe, offer activities to people of all ages, and make Côte Saint-Luc welcoming to our diverse population.

The city budget budget process has always been built on collective goals. Before we start working on next year’s budget, we want to have your input about what is important to you. 

Attend the 2019 Pre-Budget Consultation Meeting on June 4 at 6pm at City Hall, 5801 Cavendish Blvd. to take part in the consultation. The event will also be streamed on Facebook at

At the meeting, we will explain the internal budget building process, including how the administration and council go about doing it, which budgets are fixed and which are discretionary, and the important difference between the operating budget and the capital investment budget.

Mega Garage Sale, Sunday May 26, 2019

The Côte Saint-Luc Mega Garage Sale takes place on Sunday, May 26, 2019 from 10 am to 3 pm at the Gymnasium, 7500 Mackle Rd.

Overnight parking tolerance and hours of operation for Victoria Day Monday, May 20, 2019

Hours of operation for Victoria Day, Monday, May 20

All administrative offices will be closed.

Aquatic and Community Centre: open from 8 am to 8 pm (indoor pools open from 8 am to 7:30 pm)

Parkhaven Outdoor Pool: closed 

Library: open from 12 pm to 5 pm

Public Works Yard: closed

Samuel Moskovitch Arena: closed

Gymnasium: open from 8 am to 7:30pm

Overnight parking will be tolerated during from Friday, May 17 at 5 pm to Tuesday, May 21 at 8 am.

*Note: Vehicles are not permitted to park in front of fire hydrants, in fire lanes, in front of driveways, in no-stopping zones or anywhere else when parking is never permitted etc.

Curbside waste collection: Waste collection service is not affected by the holiday.

Côte Saint-Luc Compost and Tomato Plant Giveaway on Thursday, May 16

Compost will be distributed free of charge to residents (proof of residency required) at the Côte Saint-Luc Compost Giveaway, on Thursday, May 16, 2019 from 2 pm to 8 pm. The distribution takes place at the Public Works Department Building located at 7001 Mackle Road. 

Every household is entitled to 120 litres. Residents can bring their own empty 40 litre buckets to help cart away the compost. Bags will be available for residents without buckets. Residents should bring a utility bill or some other official document showing they live in Côte Saint-Luc. If there is compost left towards the end of the day, residents may return to take away more. We will also distribute free tomato plants. Limited quantities, first come, first served.

Info: 514-485-6868 

Road closure on Mackle Rd. westbound from May 13 to 17, 2019

Mackle Rd. westbound will be closed between Cavendish Blvd. and Kellert Ave. from Monday, May 13 to Friday, May 17, 2019. The westbound Mackle Rd. is being closed to allow Bell Canada to install conduits. Please follow the detour routes during this road closure.

Travaux routiers / Roadwork map

Special council meeting: Monday, May 6, 2019, at 7pm

Council Meeting

A special meeting of the Côte Saint-Luc City Council takes place on Monday, May 6, 2019 at 7 pm at City Hall, 5801 Cavendish Blvd. For information, visit:

Côte Saint-Luc blood donor clinic, Tuesday, May 7, 2019

The annual Côte Saint-Luc Blood donor clinic takes place on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 from 1:30 pm to 8 pm at the municipal Gymnasium at 7500 Mackle Rd.

Anyone who is at least 18 years old and in good health can donate blood once every 56 days, which is six times per year. Review the donor qualifications at or call 1-800-343-4264.

Jane’s Walk: Neighbourhood walking tour of Côte Saint-Luc, May 4 and 5, 2019

The City of Côte Saint-Luc will host a neighbourhood walking tours part of the annual Jane’s Walk event across North America and the world.

Norm Spatz, educational consultant and history buff, will be leading a tour “Where Once Stood a Chapel” on Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5, 2019 at 10:30 am starting at St. Patrick Square,6767 Côte Saint-Luc Road, Metro Villa Maria or bus 103. The walk is free of charge, but participants are encouraged to RSVP at

The Montreal-area walks are organized by the Montreal Urban Ecology Centre (

Jane’s Walk is a series of free neighbourhood walking tours that helps put people in touch with their environment and with each other, by bridging social and geographic gaps and creating a space for cities to discover themselves. Since its inception in 2007, Jane’s Walk has happened in cities across North America, and is growing internationally.

Jane’s Walk honours the legacy and ideas of urban activist and writer Jane Jacobs who championed the interests of local residents and pedestrians over a car-centered approach to planning. Jane’s Walk helps knit people together into a strong and resourceful community, instilling belonging and encouraging civic leadership.

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.

Trudeau Park playground closed until the end of May 2019

The City of Côte Saint-Luc is installing shade structures at the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park playground. The playground area will be closed until approximately the end of May.

The new shade structures will protect three play areas: the climbing structure, the bouncing bridge, and the toddler wave area. The city awarded a contract to Atmosphare Inc. in the amount of $152,649.54 plus applicable taxes. 

Shade is also part of the renovations at the new Parkhaven Pool, and will be incorporated into the renovations at Kirwan Park.

Here is an example of what the shade structures will look like:

Shade structure



Flushing of fire hydrants from May 1 to May 24, 2019

We will be flushing the fire hydrants across Côte Saint-Luc from May 1 to May 24, 2019. We do this twice a year to make that sure our fire hydrants work properly and also to help clear sediments from the underground pipes. After we’re done, you may notice that your water is slightly coloured. This is normal. It’s not dangerous. All you have to do is run the water until it’s clear again. 


Lane reduction on Westminster Ave. on Tuesday, April 23 and Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Westminster Avenue will be reduced to one lane in each direction between Guelph Rd. and the underpass from Tuesday, April 23 to Wednesday, April 24, 2019. The lane reduction is due to underground work being done.

Westminster lane reduction map

Hours of operation for Good Friday, April 19 and Easter Monday, April 22, 2019

Administrative offices will be closed.

Aquatic and Community Centre: open from 8 am to 8 pm (indoor pools open from 8 am to 7:30 pm)

Library: open from 12 pm to 5 pm

Public Works Yard: Friday, April 19 open from 7:30 am to 3 pm

                                Monday, April 22 closed

Samuel Moskovitch Arena: closed

Gymnasium: open from 8 am to 8pm

Overnight parking will be tolerated during the following dates:

Friday, April 19 at 5 pm to Tuesday, April 23 at 8 am

And from Thursday, April 25 at 5 pm to Sunday, April 28 at 8 am

*Note: Vehicles are not permitted to park in front of fire hydrants, in fire lanes, in front of driveways, in no-stopping zones or anywhere else when parking is never permitted etc.

Curbside waste collection: Waste collection service is not affected by the holiday.


Spring cleaning drop off at Public Works, April 17 to 19, 2019

Drop off* your household waste during the extended hours of the Public Works Yard. For Côte Saint-Luc residents only. The Public Works Yard will be open: 

April 17 and 18 from 7:30 am to 8 pm

April 19 from 7:30 am to 3 pm

See fee schedule and regular drop-off hours at 

* Standard allowed quantities apply. Proof of residency required.

2019-04-08 City Hall elevator currently out of service

Please note that elevator at City Hall is currently is out of service. You will need to take the stairs if you are planning to attend a program or event taking place in the Harold Greenspon Auditorium (located in the basement) or the Council Chamber (located on the second floor). 


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.



“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


Quick facts



Media may contact:

Darryl Levine

Director of Public Affairs and Communications

City of Côte Saint-Luc

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 The public can also comment on the bill through a link at that web page.


We are repairing lawns

During the winter months, Côte Saint-Luc Public Works snow clearing trucks or those of our contractors can sometimes drive over grass near the curb. Our policy is to repair the property. Your request needs to be received by May 31, 2019. Any request after that date will be done in the fall when the temperature is cooler.

Residents whose lawns have been repaired will receive a letter with care instructions.

If you think your lawn was damaged during snow removal, you can contact the Public Works Department at 514-485-6868 or

Update on frequent outages in parts of Côte Saint-Luc

The following is an update from Hydro-Québec to residents of Côte Saint-Luc regarding power outages in some part of the city. Hydro-Québec requested that we share this information with the public.

Hydro-Québec representatives recently met with the City of Côte Saint-Luc to bring them up to date on the frequent outages that have occurred this winter in some areas and explain what we’re doing to remedy the situation.

We’re aware that a power failure is never pleasant, but would like to point out that when an outage occurs, our crews make every effort to restore service as soon as possible.

The City of Côte Saint-Luc is supplied by 18 medium-voltage lines (some overhead and others underground) from Hampstead substation. Most of the outages in the past few months have been caused by damage to two lines in particular, which serve southeastern and northeastern Côte Saint-Luc.

A review found that some cases were due to failures of underground equipment. Strong winds, snow or trees in contact with the power system were the cause of others. Our repair work occasionally resulted in service interruptions, as well. This may seem unusual, but unfortunately, it may happen when we’re working on the system.

Although the incidents were annoying to residents, they did allow Hydro-Québec to detect other damage to our infrastructure and make repairs proactively.

Our crews patrolled the supply lines and are taking the following steps:

  • Controlling vegetation on some circuits
  • Proactively performing a series of repairs on not just the two trouble-prone lines, but also other lines. Those repairs may lead to other interruptions, but the power will be restored as soon as possible.

We expect to finish the work and have everything back to normal by the end of March. In the meantime, we apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.

We’d like to suggest downloading the Power Outages app to check on developments and get notifications during outages. In case of an outage, you can also call 1 800 790-2424 any time of day or night. An automated system suggests going to the Hydro-Québec Web site, but can also provide information about an outage in progress and expected service restoration time based on an address or phone number.


vCOP info session on Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Residents interested in joining vCOP should come to an information session on Wednesday, April 10 2019 at 7 pm at Côte Saint-Luc City Hall (5801 Cavendish Blvd.). They should bring identification and a completed copy of the application form available at

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


Snow storm on the way (Feb. 12): here's the plan

Environment Canada is predicting that between 20 to 40 centimetres (8 to 15 inches) of snow will fall on our area starting late this afternoon (February 12) and continuing overnight and into tomorrow (February 13).  

City crews will be plowing the snow as soon as it falls. Given the expected volume, our strategy is to plow the roads and sidewalks to create a passage for emergency vehicles, and then to blow the snow the same day, where possible. See this video on how it works.

What this means is that our snow clearing vehicles will make create a long line of snow (called a windrow) along your street. A snow blower will then remove the windrow within about 30 minutes. If the windrow is in front of your home and is blocking you, please consider waiting the 30 minutes for them to complete the job. In the case of an urgent situation where you must leave, please call 514-485-6868 to speak to a Public Works agent as it may be possible to send a truck to clear a path for you. Please only call us if it truly is an urgent situation as it will be taking our snow plow away from work on other streets.

Finally, please park on your driveways or in your garage over the next few days if you are fortunate enough to have the space. The fewer cars parked on the street, the easier it will be for our snow plows and snow blowers to get our roads back to normal.

Winter Carnival 2019

The Côte Saint-Luc Winter Carnival takes place on Sunday, February 17 from 11:30 am to 3:30 pm at Trudeau Park. Come early for a pancake breakfast (while supplies last), horse drawn carriage rides, taffy on snow, face painting, ice sculpture activities, public skating (1:30 pm to 2:45 pm), hockey games, a figure-skating exhibition, and more.Throughout the Carnival we will be accepting donations for Ronald McDonald House.


Schedule of activities

February 11 to 17: Peewee ‘A’ National outdoor hockey tournament at the Confederation Annex


February 17: Winter Carnival Day at Trudeau Park from 11:30 am to 3:30 pm

Free pancake breakfast sponsored by McDonald’s—Pierre Brunet Franchisee (while supplies last). Donations encouraged.

• Dog Sled

• Horse-drawn carriage rides

• Taff y on snow (while supplies last)

• Tobogganing on the hill

• Face painting

• Ice sculpture activity

• Snow games

• and more


11:30 am to 1:20 pm: Côte Saint-Luc Figure Skating Club— Annual Show at the  Samuel Moskovitch Arena


1:30 pm to 2:45 pm: Public Skating (donations to Ronald McDonald House welcomed) at the Samuel Moskovitch Arena


Peewee ‘A’ National Outdoor Hockey Tournament

9 am to 11:20 am: Semi-final games at the Confederation Annex

3 pm to 4 pm: Championship Game at the Confederation Annex

5 pm to 6:20 pm: Youth Hockey League All-Star Game at the Samuel Moskovitch Arena




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

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?



Tickets on sale for Valentine Dance 2019

Tickets for the Saturday, February 9, 2019 Côte Saint-Luc Winter Carnival Valentine Dance are on sale at the Aquatic and Community Centre from 8 am to 9 pm daily. Tickets are available for $37 each in advance. The dance has been sold out for the past seven years so buy your tickets early. The dance begins at 7:30pm.

There will be hot and cold hors d’oeuvres served at your table, catered full size buffet and sweet table by BlossomLaplaza, a souvenir Photo Booth and great music. Guests may bring their own wine.

Entertainment and music will provided by the George Thomas Entertainment Group. The event is partly subsidized by community sponsors and the City of Côte Saint-Luc.

To learn more about the 2018 Côte Saint-Luc Winter Carnival Valentine Dance, call 514-485-6806, ext. 2200 or email

Valentine Dance in CSL

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

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

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

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

How to Thaw Frozen Pipes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Future Protection

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

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

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



ACC pool closed January 26 and 27 for a swim meet

Pools at the Aquatic and Community Centre will be closed on Saturday, Jan. 26 and Sunday, Jan. 27 for a Master Swim Meet. The pools will be closed regular programs and drop-in swim. Everyone is welcome to come and cheer on the Côte Saint-Luc Aquatics swimmers participating in the competition.

The pool will reopen to the public and for programming on Monday, Jan. 28 at its regular time. 


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.



UPDATE: Baily overpass closed from Monday, January 28 to Friday, February 1, 2019

UPDATE: The Baily overpass will be closed to vehicle traffic from Monday, January 29 to Friday, February 1. The sidewalk will remain open, however, for pedestrians. When entering Côte Saint-Luc via Fleet Rd., you will be able to turn left at any time of day onto Pinedale, Alpine or Randall. 

Baily overpass map