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Replay: images that reinvent our notions of perception is on display at the Côte Saint-Luc library

Côte Saint-Luc, November 9, 2010 – The works of artist Sarah Bertrand-Hamel will be on display at the Art Gallery of the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library from November 11 to December 12, 2010.

The exhibit, entitled Replay, includes a series of images that encourages one to re-examine the concepts of perception, reality and deconstruction.
 
The artist’s work demonstrates how image manipulation and the process of repetition can modify the original meaning and context in which an image is presented. She questions the notions of observation, cognitive recognition and designation. Her work involves both discerning reality and deconstructing evidence.

Her recent paintings and drawings deal with portraiture and attempt to undo the evidence of things. She has developed a sewing technique that requires assembling several different views into larger images. This produces a vibrating surface full of tonal and formal shifts that scramble and shatter perceptions.

Sarah Bertrand-Hamel lives and works in Montreal. She holds a Bachelor in Studio Arts from Laval University (2006) and is currently completing a Master in Fine Arts at Concordia University. Her work has been exhibited in Quebec, France and Mexico, notably at the Châtel-Censoir Town Hall (France, 2006), at Joyce Yahouda Gallery (Montreal, 2008, 2009 and 2010), as well as at Occurrence and the Maison de la culture Frontenac (Montreal, 2010). Sarah Bertrand-Hamel's works are featured in public and private collections, including the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, Loto-Québec, and the Museo national de la cerámica (Mexico).

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 offers residents free compostable bags for leaf and yard waste

Côte Saint-Luc, October 26, 2010 – Côte Saint-Luc residents can put leaves and other garden waste directly in their brown bin or in compostable bags, but not in regular plastic bags.

“Again this year, Côte Saint-Luc is offering every household four free compostable bags that can be filled and placed next to the brown bin on collection day,” said Councillor Dida Berku, the council member responsible for environmental issues. “We cannot accept leaves in regular plastic bags because those kinds of bags do not decompose and contaminate the organic waste we send to the composting facility.”

Bags are available at City Hall (5801 Cavendish Blvd.) weekdays between 8:30am and 4:30pm and at the Public Works Department (7001 Mackle Rd.) weekdays between 8am and 4pm. Proof of residency is required.

Residents can also purchase additional compostable bags from Côte Saint-Luc or from retailers. The bags must be 100 percent compostable made from natural materials such as cornstarch or paper. For more information about compostable bags, visit www.cotesaintluc.org/brownbin.

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

Côte Saint-Luc director achieves hockey milestone

David TaveroffCôte Saint-Luc, October 19, 2010 – The Director of the Parks and Recreation Department, David Taveroff, officiated his 1,000th game in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) on Sunday, October 17 in Verdun, Quebec.

“We are proud of David’s accomplishment at the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “David’s love of sports and his ability to inspire respect from players and coaches help explain why he is so effective in his day job with the city.”

Taveroff is joining only two other officials at the 1,000-game level. He has been officiating QMJHL games for 28 seasons. His first game was on September 25, 1983. His association with the league led to a career highlight when Taveroff officiated at the World Junior Hockey Championship in Sweden in 1993. He is also the video replay judge for the National Hockey League for half the Canadiens games played in Montreal.

“People who know me, know how much I love sports in general and hockey in particular,” said Taveroff, who joined the City of Côte Saint-Luc in 2002. “Officiating games across Quebec, the Maritime provinces, and Maine has put a lot of kilomteres on my car, but rewarded me ten-fold with lifelong friends and wonderful memories.”

Taveroff says officiating has given him invaluable experience in managing people and building consensus.

“When you’re on the ice with young, strong players, you learn how to defuse situations quickly,” Taveroff said. “Hockey—like life—can be a tough, emotional experience and the job of the official is to make sure everyone feels they were treated fairly.”

QMJHL teams are based in Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Maine. Many hockey greats have passed through the league en route to National Hockey League, including Mario Lemieux, Luc Robitaille, Patrick Roy, and Sydney Crosby. The Montreal Juniors and the Quebec Ramparts are two of the league’s 18 teams.

“It’s been a blast watching the development of young players and of hockey in general over the past 28 years,” Taveroff said. “Officiating has allowed me to retain a passion for the sport of hockey and to participate at a high level.”

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

Côte Saint-Luc District 4 meeting on Tuesday, October 26

Côte Saint-Luc, October 15, 2010The city councillor for Côte Saint-Luc District 4 will be hosting a meeting at Le Waldorf Residence (7400 Côte Saint-Luc Rd.) on Tuesday, October 26 at 7pm for residents to ask questions about local and city-wide issues.

Councillor Steven Erdelyi will answer questions and brief residents on what’s new in Côte Saint-Luc and District 4, the new Intergenerational and Aquatic Centre, and potential renovations at Richard Schwartz Park. Residents will be able to share their ideas during the general discussion.

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

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

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

Open House for all at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library

Côte Saint-Luc, October 8, 2010 – On Sunday, October 17 from 10am to 5pm, the public can tour the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library as part of an open house event.

Non-members and members are welcome to attend the open house, which also includes children’s crafts, face-painting, and balloon animals. Morning refreshments will be served and guided tours around the library are taking place every 15 minutes. Used books will also be for sale.  

“The goal of the open house is to attract people who are not currently members and who don’t realize what a wonderful library we have,” said Councillor Sam Goldbloom, the council member responsible for library and culture.

Also on October 17, the Panadream Theatre is presenting a marionette show “Yorgo and the World” for children age 2 and older at 2pm. Tickets for this event are $5.  

Les Bibliothèques publiques du Québec (B.P.Q.) is offering prizes in promotion of Quebec Public Libraries Week. People ages 12 to 26 who join the library or bring a friend to join have a chance to win an iPod Touch portable media player. Adults who join have a chance to win a $500 gift certificate from the Renaud-Bray bookstore.  

Please call the library at 514-485-6900 or visit the web site at www.elcslpl.org for the schedule of activities.

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

Inspired baroque: Arion Ensemble performs a classical concert in Côte Saint-Luc

Côte Saint-Luc, October 7, 2010 – The Arion Ensemble will perform a live concert in Côte Saint-Luc on Wednesday, October 13 at 7pm at City Hall, 5801 Cavendish Blvd.

This 10-person baroque ensemble will perform works from Fasch and Telemann on period instruments that include winds, strings and a harpsichord. Hailed by critics for their clarity and gusto as well as for their expressive performances, Arion promises to entertain and delight.

Arion has toured Europe, Asia and North America, and has produced more than 25 CDs.

Baroque music describes a style of European classical music approximately extending from 1600 to 1750. The term was originally used to describe the highly decorated style of 18th century religious and public architecture in Italy. Later, the name came to be applied also the music of this era.

Tickets bought ahead of time are $5 and are available at the main circulation desk of the library. The cost is $7 on the day of the concert.

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.

Library pulls strings to entertain kids

Côte Saint-Luc, October 7, 2010 – The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library will be hosting the Panadream Marionette Theatre on Sunday, October 17 at 2pm.

Six string marionettes with be acting out the story of a fearful young boy named Yorgo. He has never left his house, but instead spends his time with Buttons, his adorable dog. When Buttons goes missing, Yorgo braves his fears, and fueled by love and courage, he goes out to find his missing pet.

This drama unfolds on an elaborate set that includes three moving stages on wheels and no fewer than 15 backdrops. Two expert puppeteers from Panadream bring this touching story to life.

Tickets are $5 each. As space is limited for this program, it is recommended to buy tickets in advance at the main desk of the library. The play is suitable for children age 2 and older.

The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library is located at 5851 Cavendish Blvd. and is open from 10am to 10pm every day.

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For more information, call Kathy Conroy at 514-485-6900, ext. 4204, or visit www.elcslpl.org.

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.