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Around the world and back again for Côte Saint-Luc volunteer patrollers

Côte Saint-Luc, October 6, 2010 – Members of Côte Saint-Luc Volunteer Citizens on Patrol (vCOP) have travelled more than 105,000 kilometres in four years in mini-vans, electric scooters, on foot, and on bicycles—which is the equivalent distance of two-times around the world.

“Our vCOP program continues to provide our residents with additional services unseen in most cities and towns in Quebec,” said Councillor Glenn J. Nashen, the council member responsible for public safety. “For instance, in August 2010, our patrollers spotted 46 open garage doors, and one front door. They notified the residents and may have helped to prevent a theft.”

The City of Côte Saint-Luc wants new recruits for vCOP and will be holding an information session on Tuesday, October 12 at 7pm at the Harold Greenspon Auditorium of Côte Saint-Luc City Hall (5801 Cavendish Blvd.). Prospective volunteers should be age 18 or older. They should bring identification and a completed copy of the application form available at www.CoteSaintLuc.org/en/vcop.

Côte Saint-Luc offers a training program in patrol and surveillance techniques, crossing guard techniques, first aid, CPR and AED training. No previous training is needed.

Volunteers are required to make a minimum commitment of six hours per month. There is also a cadet program for 16 and 17 year olds.

vCOP was founded in July 2006. Seventy volunteers patrol the streets of Côte Saint-Luc in marked vCOP vehicles, electric 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. There is a one-time membership fee of $75 to defray the costs of uniforms and accessories.

Côte Saint-Luc was the first city in Quebec to implement this neighbourhood-watch-on-wheels program in 2006. Similar programs have been established in communities throughout Canada and the United States.

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

Destinée: Ethereal portraits of children destined for greatness are on display at the Côte Saint-Luc library

Côte Saint-Luc, September 24, 2010 – Destinée, a series of portraits of famous figures as young children, by artist Louis Boudreault, is on display at the Art Gallery of the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library from September 30 to November 7, 2010.

Louis Boudreault’s mixed-media paintings could be described as engaging, endearing and hauntingly alive. The artist captures the spirit of each of the famous figures he depicts with such tenderness and finesse, as though presenting a rendering of a dear friend to the world. The layered collage techniques utilized in these works remind us of another time, a simpler time.The artist’s works have the ethereal feel of old archives, the bundled memories of the child who would grow into greatness.

Boudreault uses many mediums to create each portrait, including graphite, charcoal, pastels, gouache, paper collage and wood. The layering, overdrawing, and tearing away all add to the impression of the accumulating history that would mold the child into the adult genius. The resulting portraits transport us to another time, another place, and are suffused with the aura of memory.

Louis Boudreault has been working as a full-time artist in Montreal since 1998. Originally from les Îles de La Madeleine, he studied theatre and literature before enrolling in the École du Louvre in Paris. He worked as an art consultant for six years before beginning his work as a full-time artist. Boudreault has exhibited in major metropolitan art city hubs such as New York and Paris as well as in Canada.

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.

Getting into the act: Côte Saint-Luc public library launches theatre club

Côte Saint-Luc, September 24, 2010 – The Côte Saint-Luc library will launch a Theatre Club this fall for members who want to attend shows at the Centaur Theatre in a group.

To join the club, members of the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library must purchase a Centaur Theatre season pass at the circulation desk of the library. Club members will then receive free, round-trip transportation to the Centaur Theatre in Old Montreal during the scheduled outings.

“This new Theatre Club will expand cultural opportunities beyond the walls of the library,” said Councillor Sam Goldbloom, the council member responsible for library and culture.

The season pass will include one extra “bring a friend” ticket, to be used for the play of your choice. One of the most popular choices is likely to be the April production of Schwartz’s, the Musical, written by Bowser and Blue.

The deadline to join the Theatre Club is Monday, October 4, 2010. The library needs at least 15 participants in order to be able to offer this service. The group will watch Wednesday afternoon matinée performances.

“Thanks to our partnership with the Centaur Theatre, library members who cannot join our Theatre Club can still experience live theatre on their own and benefit from a 15 percent discount on regular tickets,” Councillor Goldbloom said. “Library members should mention their Côte Saint-Luc library card number when buying tickets by phone.”

The Centaur Theatre box office telephone number is 514-288-3161.

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 ext. 4205 or visit www.elcslpl.org. day. For more information, call the library at 514-485-6900 ext. 4205 or visit www.elcslpl.org.

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

If you can read it quickly, you can have it now: Côte Saint-Luc library launches new Fast Reads service

Côte Saint-Luc, August 20, 2010 – The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library will launch its new Fast Reads collection on Tuesday, September 21, 2010 at 10am.

Books in the Fast Reads collection are popular titles that can only be borrowed for seven days instead of the standard 21 days. Fast Reads books can't be renewed, and no “holds,” or reservations, can be put on them.

“It is sort of luck of the draw because a popular book a person has been eagerly awaiting can randomly appear on the Fast Reads shelf,” Assistant Library Director Janine West said. “This is great news for someone who will then get to bypass a lengthy waiting list for a book for which they may have already been waiting.”

The Fast Reads books will be found in the new book area and their covers will be marked with a bright yellow Fast Reads banner. Members can borrow a maximum of two Fast Reads books at one time.

To encourage members to return the Fast Reads books on time, the late fine will be $2 for each day the book is late. Fast Reads books cannot be renewed. Library members who like to take their time with books will still be able to put their names on a waiting list for these popular titles.

“Fast or motivated readers do not need three weeks to read a book,” said Councillor Sam Goldbloom, the council member responsible for the library. “If a book is popular, they would rather read it in seven days than wait six months to get it.”

This service is perfect for someone who only takes a day or two to get through a book.

Fast Reads collections have already been successful in helping to curtail long waiting lists for new best-sellers in other public libraries, such as Westmount and Pointe Claire. In many cases, it also means that public libraries will buy fewer copies of popular selections since the waiting lists for these titles are subsequently scaled down. In the end, it is a win-win situation for both library and borrower.

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 appoints a new Treasurer and a new Director of Public Works and Engineering

Côte Saint-Luc, September 17, 2010 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc hired a new Treasurer and a new Director of Public Works and Engineering in August.

Raymond LeBlanc was appointed Treasurer and Director of Finance. He has 25 years of relevant work experience and an expertise in financial management, developing and implementing financial budgets and controls as well as gaining efficiency improvements. LeBlanc has lived in Côte Saint-Luc since 2005.

“Our municipal government prides itself of its responsible financial stewardship and I am confident that Raymond will effectively oversee the excellent work done by our finance department,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “Raymond is supported by a great staff and outstanding oversight from councillors Dida Berku and Ruth Kovac.”

For the last six years, LeBlanc was a financial director with the Desjardins Group, which is the largest credit union in North America. His responsibilities included the financial reporting and treasury function of its securities dealer eventually overseeing a $10 billion budgetary process, preparing the financial plan, monitoring the performance and operational efficiency of the business units. LeBlanc was also the financial member of the strategic planning committee and participated in many of the initiatives supporting the decision-making of the executive management and administrators of the institution.

“I believe in a high level of ethics and governance and I look forward to the new challenges and opportunities as City Treasurer for the City of Côte Saint-Luc,” LeBlanc said.

LeBlanc earned his Chartered Accountant designation in 1983 and his Fellow Chartered Administrator designation in 2000. He graduated from the University of Moncton with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. He also has a Diploma in Accountancy from Concordia University and is currently completing the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) Certificate Program with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales.

The Treasurer directs the work of teams responsible for controlling all revenues and expenditures, with an operating budget of approximately $54 million and a capital investment budget of approximately $4 million. The Treasurer prepares timely and accurate financial information conforming to generally accepted accounting principles and government regulations.

The new Director of Public Works and Engineering, Joe Catalano has been a vice president at Rogers Cable and Sprint Canada since 2000, where he oversaw large scale projects related to voice, data, wireless, and video transmission. He has a degree in business administration and communication, an advanced management certificate, and an executive development certificate from McGill University. Catalano has been a resident of Côte Saint-Luc for more than 20 years.

“Joe has very good management experience in the private sector that will be used extensively as he manages the Public Works and Engineering Department, which has a budget of $13 million and 80 full-time employees,” Mayor Housefather said.

The Public Works and Engineering Department is responsible for roads, water, street lighting, traffic signals, vehicles, building and city maintenance, horticulture, waste, environment, and engineering functions as well as capital improvement projects.

“Côte Saint-Luc is my home and I can’t wait to help improve our already good services and infrastructure,” Catalano said.

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

Public information session on construction of multipurpose aquatic centre in Côte Saint-Luc

Côte Saint-Luc, August 24, 2010 – On Monday, August 30, 2010 at 7pm, the City of Côte Saint-Luc will hold a public information session on the construction of a new multipurpose aquatic centre on Parkhaven Ave.

Mayor Anthony Housefather and members of council will provide an update on the status of the project including building designs, and services that will be offered.

The public information session will take place at Côte Saint-Luc City Hall, 5801 Cavendish Blvd. Residents are invited to watch the presentation and ask questions.

Following several years of discussions, the Côte Saint-Luc City Council decided to build the multipurpose aquatic centre following a funding promise from the governments of Canada and Quebec totaling up to $11.57 million, which was equal to two-thirds of the total cost of the project.
               

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For more information: Darryl Levine, Director of Public Affairs and Communications, 514-485-6800 ext. 1802, dlevine@cotesaintluc.org

First ever Côte Saint-Luc EMS alumni reunion on Sunday

Côte Saint-Luc, August 23, 2010 – The first ever Côte Saint-Luc Emergency Medical Services alumni reunion will take place on Sunday, August 29 from 6pm to 9pm at the Public Safety Station, 8100 Côte Saint-Luc Rd.

Anyone who has ever volunteered or worked at EMS or its forerunner, EMO (Emergency Measures Organization), is invited to attend. Anyone with old photos is encouraged to e-mail them to ems@cotesaintluc.org for use in a slideshow at the event.

“Hundreds if not thousands of people have passed through EMS and EMO since 1964,” said Glenn J. Nashen, the council member responsible for public safety. “Many have gone on to fields of medicine and nursing. The alumni event is a great opportunity to get people reconnected, see how far EMS has come and explore opportunities to get involved again.”

People can RSVP by calling 514-485-6800 ext. 5106 or at the “CSL EMO - EMS Alumni Reunion & BBQ” Facebook event page. To find the page, search for the event name at Facebook.com.

Côte Saint-Luc EMS is an all-volunteer service that provides emergency response services and first-aid training to residents of Côte Saint-Luc. Each year, EMS responds to more than 3,000 emergency medical calls, arriving on scene in less than four minutes and often making the difference between life and death.

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

Free outdoor big band swing concert in Côte Saint-Luc

Côte Saint-Luc, August 23, 2010 – The Swingtown Sinners will perform a free live outdoor concert on Sunday, August 29 at 4pm at Ashkelon Gardens behind the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library.

Formed in 2000, The Swingtown Sinners is a nine-piece swing band led by lively frontman Nigel Stern. The band has performed at numerous music festivals including the Montreal International Jazz Festival and has appeared on television stations such as MusiquePlus.

The Swingtown Sinners will enchant audiences with their big-band swing sound. Their repertoire of swing era songs is a perfect musical cocktail for audiences both young and old, ranging from artists such as Dean Martin to Brian Seltzer.

The library recommends people bring their own folding chair or blanket, a hat, insect repellent, a bottle of water and sunscreen. In the event of rain, the concert will be held indoors. A limited number of rain passes will be available as of 3pm on the day of the concert with a limit of one per person.

To confirm concert details, call the information hotline (514-485-6900 ext. 5501), which will be available as of 2pm on the day of the concert with up to date concert information.

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 street light poles equipped with identification tags

Identification tag on CSL light postCôte Saint-Luc, August 17, 2010 - The City of Côte Saint-Luc has completed a two-year project to catalog and place a visible identification tag on street light poles on city streets, which allows residents to report the exact location of faulty lights.

“Previously, a resident who reported a faulty light could only give us the nearest address as a reference point,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “Often when the electrician arrived on site during the day to repair the light, he wouldn’t know for certain which one was the faulty one because the lights are turned off during the day. Thanks to the new identification tag, we can receive more precise information, which speeds up the process.”

In the last three months, almost half of all calls from residents to report a faulty light have included the identification tag information, which consists of two letters and two numbers. The letters are an abbreviation of the street name and the numbers refer to the position of the light pole on the street. For example, the tag “WA02” refers to the second light pole on Wallenberg Ave.

Apart from making it easier to repair faulty lights, the city can now track the performance of every street light in a database.

“We will now be able to track when each light was installed, when it last received maintenance, how much electricity it consumes, and much more,” said Councillor Steven Erdelyi, the council member responsible for Public Works and Engineering. “All this information will enable us to compile statistics that will allow us to make improvements in a quicker and more efficient manner.”

In Phase 2 of this project, the city will tag street lights in city parks.

Residents can report faulty street lights by calling the Public Works Department at 514-485-6868 or by sending an e-mail message to info@cotesaintluc.org and referring to the identification tag number.

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

Côte Saint-Luc announces new City Manager and Associate City Manager

Côte Saint-Luc, August 10, 2010 – At last evening’s monthly council meeting, the City Council of Côte Saint-Luc appointed Tanya Abramovitch as City Manager and Nadia Di Furia as Associate City Manager.

“Tanya and Nadia bring strategic vision, youth, and strong administrative abilities to their respective roles,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “Each has shown outstanding initiative, sound judgment, and skills that make them ideal to lead our staff. They are also both in their 30s, which highlights the generational shift currently underway in our municipal government and across the city.”

The City Manager is the senior civil servant of the municipal government and works closely with the Mayor and City Council to establish the objectives of the city and to manage its daily operations. The Associate City Manager performs a similar function and works closely with the City Manager and Mayor and City Council.

Abramovitch began working in Côte Saint-Luc in 2001 as a reference librarian. She was appointed the Director of Library Services in May 2006. She has a Masters degree in history, and a Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS) degree from McGill University.

“I’m looking forward to this challenge,” Abramovitch said. “I loved modernizing our public library during almost five years and I cannot wait do the same across the entire city government with the help of our staff.”

Di Furia started her career in 2005 in Côte Saint-Luc as a payroll clerk and, later, payroll manager in the Finance Department. She was appointed the Director of Human Resources in April 2007. She has a background in commerce.

“We have an excellent team around our senior management table and I’m looking forward to working with our team to implement the vision of the City Council,” Di Furia said.

Together with the appointments of Abramovitch and Di Furia, the city announced that former City Manager Ken Lerner, who was appointed to the job in March 2006 was leaving the city.

“Ken helped re-build our municipal government when Côte Saint-Luc demerged from Montreal and was re-constituted as an independent city on January 1, 2006,” Mayor Housefather said. “The City Council and I wish Ken all the best.”

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

Public information meeting about responsible pet ownership and feral cats in Côte Saint-Luc

Côte Saint-Luc, August 9, 2010 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc will host a public information meeting on Wednesday, August 18 at 7:30pm at City Hall (5801 Cavendish Blvd.) about what residents can do to help control the city’s cat population.

Alanna Devine, the director of animal welfare at the CSPCA, and Dr. Marlene Kalin, the director of the Côte Saint-Luc Animal Hospital will speak at the meeting and answer questions from the audience.

“I am calling upon anyone who is a cat owner or has a love for animals to attend this meeting, which is the first of its kind ever held in Côte Saint-Luc,” said Councillor Mike Cohen, who will be chairing the meeting. “We are fortunate to have the likes of Alanna Devine and Dr. Marlene Kalin giving of their valuable time. Not only will their presentations be very interesting, I also hope they will inspire people to get involved with this issue.”

The speakers will discuss the Trap, Neuter, and Release (TNR) program, cat overpopulation, and responsible pet ownership. The TNR program humanely traps, sterilizes, then releases feral cats back into their original territory. Experts say that removing feral cats doesn't work because new cats simply move into the area. If the cat is adoptable, efforts are made to place it with a family. A cat can reproduce four times a year, beginning from six months old, and can give birth to from one to eight kittens each time. Two unaltered cats can, over a period of seven years, create more than 400,000 kittens. By sterilizing the cats, their numbers are brought down through attrition.

TNR programs have been proven worldwide, throughout Europe, the United States, parts of Canada, as the most humane and cost-efficient way of controlling and decreasing the numbers of homeless cats.  

Côte Saint-Luc Mayor Anthony Housefather gave Councillor Cohen a mandate to organize such a meeting and return to council with recommendations regarding the TNR program.

“As a cat owner myself I can attest to what amazing and loving animals they are,” Councillor Cohen said. “I know there are a lot of people out there whose lives can be given a real lift by bringing a feline into their homes. The Côte Saint-Luc Animal Hospital, for instance, has taken in many feral cats over the years and eventually found homes for them.”

For more information about the meeting call 514-485-6945 or send an e-mail to mcohen@cotesaintluc.org.

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

Shié Kasai’s culinary crossovers are on display at the Côte Saint-Luc library

Côte Saint-Luc, August 3, 2010 – Survival Japanese Cooking, a project by artist Shié Kasai, is on display at the Art Gallery of the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library from August 19 to September 26, 2010.

In this multi-layered exhibition, Shié Kasai takes a closer look at the role that food plays in cultural identity and the immigrant experience. She explores the translation of Japanese food through a Canadian context. Having been away from Japan since 1998, she experiments with re-creating the foods from her homeland with the popular ingredients of her new home. In her witty visual translation of food from one culture to another, she examines the question of what Canadian food is and how we as culture are identified through it.

The works in Survival Japanese Cooking were displayed as part of a larger exhibition with MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels) in 2008. In Kasai’s exhibition catalogue, Zoë Chan writes: “Survival Japanese Cooking also stems from the artist’s own passion for food and her delight in its surrounding culture (markets, restaurants, lunch specials, menus, and so on)”. With a healthy dash of humor and a great sense of artistry, Shié Kasai finds herself “re-constructing” sushi from Canadian foods in a bold new version of her home country’s culinary favorites. In the melting pot process, she uses such foods as sausages and samosas. In creating this series, Shié Kasai mixes the ideas of exoticism and familiarity by crossing cultures, and constructing “hybrids” of Easter/Western perspectives.

On September 26 (the final day of the exhibition), as part of Journées de la culture, arts enthusiast and volunteer Carol Katz will be showing visitors around the gallery.

Shié Kasai is a Montreal-based mixed-media artist, whose concepts and imagery have been featured in solo shows, group exhibitions and in residencies. Her work has been exhibited in Montreal, the Netherlands as well as in Japan. She is a profiled-artist for CBC’s ARTSPOTS. Her current art projects can be viewed at www.shiekasai.com.

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.

Mayor for a Day winner to visit city hall

Côte Saint-Luc, July 30, 2010 – On August 3, 2010, Mayor Anthony Housefather will welcome the winner of this year’s Mayor for a Day essay-writing contest to city hall. The contest is open to grade 5 and 6 students.

The 2010 winner Leah Bessner, a grade 6 student at Hebrew Academy, will see how the City of Côte Saint-Luc operates on a typical day, beginning with a breakfast with Mayor Housefather. Leah will also tour city hall, the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library, and the departments of Public Safety, Public Works, and Parks and Recreation.

A committed student interested in math and reading, and a member of the Côte Saint-Luc swim team, Leah will gain a greater understanding of city services and activities. Leah, who one day hopes to be a lawyer, looks forward to her meeting with the city administration.  

“I love living in Côte Saint-Luc,” Leah said. “I can’t wait to talk to the Mayor about his job and what it’s like to make important decisions.”

At the city council meeting on September 13, Leah will read her winning essay.

The Mayor for a Day essay-writing contest encourages students to tell the city what they would do to improve it if they were in charge. The annual contest was launched in 2007.

“One of our priorities in Côte Saint-Luc is to encourage students to learn about their city and their municipal government,” Mayor Housefather said. “We believe contests like these can help empower students by giving them direct access to their elected leaders and to matters that concern them.

“I was impressed with the number of interesting ideas expressed in the student essays. It was obvious that many students thought a lot about their city.”

Leah’s mother, Tina Kauffman, says their family regularly attends Côte Saint-Luc events and Leah’s father is a Volunteer Citizen on Patrol (vCOP). She says it was natural for Leah to be interested in writing an essay on how she would improve the city.

“Leah’s always been concerned about the world around her, so this will be a very exciting opportunity,” Tina said. “I’m sure she will tell the mayor how to make the city even better.”

Later this year, the city will launch a new junior advisory council, which will bring together young Côte Saint Luc residents to advise the city on youth-related issues.

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For more information: Darryl Levine, Director of Public Affairs and Communications, 514-485-6800 ext. 1802, dlevine@cotesaintluc.org

Exhibition at the CSL library explores four artists’ distinct visions of the future of books

Côte Saint-Luc, June 14, 2010 – Le livre imaginé, an exhibition of works in by Cara Barer, Estela López Solís, Guy Laramée, and Gabrielle Laforest is on display at the Art Gallery of the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library, until July 4 2010.

Throughout history, books have been profoundly influenced by their materials—from wood, stone, papyrus, and silk to parchment and paper, as well as by the emergence of the first printing presses. Today there are many new technologies for reading including mobile devices, audio books and e-books. In this exhibition, artists Cara Barer (photographs), Guy Laramée (sculpture), Gabrielle Laforest (painting) and Estela López Solís (video) propose their vision of the future of books in a variety of mediums.

Each artist takes a unique approach. Cara Barer, an artist based in Houston, Texas works with a distinctive process using books that she soaks in water, reshapes and photographs. She reassures viewers that “no important books have been injured during the making of any of these photo¬graphs.” Guy Laramée whose work is well known in Quebec, also works with books as a material. In his sculptures, volumes of dictionaries and ancient encyclopedias are transformed through sandblasting into landscapes of mountains.

Estela López Solís has contributed the video Read-to-Me (2009), which features a voice whose origins are ambiguous. It draws attention to the recent growth in technologies that synthesize voices on portable electronic books. The exhibition also includes work by Gabrielle Laforest. Her paintings explore the relationship between the canvas and the book as mediums. Her dyptichs in subdued tones offer of traces of writing that have been distorted by her technique of creating pressure between two canvases.

Le livre imaginé, is presented in partnership with L’aire libre and Librairie Monet. L’aire libre is a community of artists that endeavors to give the public unique access to the arts and to give artists the means to promote their individual work. Librairie Monet is a bookstore whose mission includes engaging socially and culturally in the community.

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 to honour human rights activists

Côte Saint-Luc, June 14, 2010 – Next month on its Human Rights Walkway, the City Côte Saint-Luc will honour those who spoke out and fought for Jews oppressed in the former Soviet Union, Syria, and Ethiopia.

The ceremony will take place on Canada Day, Thursday, July 1, 2010 at 5:30pm at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park.

“This year, instead of honouring a specific person, we are honouring a group a people—essentially a movement—that succeeded in pressuring foreign governments mistreating their Jewish residents,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “Many of the people involved in these movements were from Côte Saint-Luc or the Montreal area.”

To help mark the event, Côte Saint-Luc has produced a 20-minute mini-documentary called “Human Rights Activists for Oppressed Jews in Foreign Lands”. The video features interviews with Irwin Cotler and Stan Cytrynbaum. Professor Cotler, who today is the Member of Parliament for Mount Royal, discusses his involvement, including serving as the legal counsel for political prisoners in the Soviet Union. Montreal lawyer Stan Cytrynbaum provides a personal account of how the first learned about Ethiopian Jews and later helped create a movement in Canada to draw attention to their plight and advocate for their rescue. The video is available at CoteSaintLuc.org.

“Our mini-documentary is meant to educate young people about these events and to inspire them to join or create human rights movements of their own,” said Councillor Mike Cohen, who is the co-chairperson of this event with Councillor Glenn J. Nashen. “The video is part of a growing library of videos produced in-house by the city’s Public Affairs and Communications Department.”

The Human Rights Walkway was inaugurated in 2000 and is dedicated to men and women who, through their actions, have promoted and defended human rights. This will be the tenth plaque unveiled on the walkway, which is located at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park, 6975 Mackle Rd.

“Many of the past honourees have been people who put their lives on the line in many parts of the world,” Councillor Nashen said. “By selecting a movement of people—many of them local—we wanted to highlight the fact anyone, anywhere can help those in need, even from the safety and comfort of our suburban homes in Canada. Professor Cotler, Stan Cytrynbaum, and Judy Feld Carr—an unassuming former music teacher and grandmother of 10 who was responsible for the rescue of 3,228 Jews from Syria over 28 years—are three examples of a movement that helped rescue hundreds of thousands of people.”

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