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Career transitions lecture at the Côte Saint-Luc Public Library

Côte Saint-Luc, June 7, 2010 – Dr. Ada Sinacore, a leading authority on career issues, will give a lecture on career transitions on Thursday, June 10 at 6:30pm at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library.

Career transition refers to the process of changing one’s professional life due to changes in the demand for certain kinds of jobs or for other reasons. With change also comes a chance for individuals to pave a new career path and transform a personal passion or hobby into a viable career option. For some this may translate into a return to school in a particular area of interest. In this lecture, Dr. Sinacore will examine the challenges and opportunities that arise in the process of occupational transitioning.

Dr. Sinacore is an associate professor at the McGill University Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology. She has more than 16 years of experience working in the U.S., Canada, and abroad and is internationally recognized for her expertise and extensive presentations and publications in social justice, career development, migration and immigration, pedagogy, and feminist psychology. She has presented at the Forum of Labour Market Ministers: Pan Canadian Symposium and is actively involved in research, scholarship and program development addressing career transitioning of diverse populations in Canada and abroad. She lives and works in Montreal.

Tickets for this program are $3.

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

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

Public information session on the Cavendish Mall redevelopment project

Côte Saint-Luc, June 3, 2010 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc will hold a public information session about the status of the Cavendish Mall redevelopment project on Monday, June 7, 2010 at 7pm at City Hall, 5801 Cavendish Blvd.

WHAT: Information session about Cavendish Mall redevelopment project

WHEN: Monday, June 7, 2010 at 7pm

WHERE: Côte Saint-Luc City Hall, 5801 Cavendish Blvd.

Mayor Anthony Housefather and members of the city council will provide an overview and explain the next steps. The public will see maps showing the new zoning and density levels of the new residential housing project, which will be built on the eastern part of the Cavendish Mall site. Representatives from the developers will show preliminary designs on what the new area may look like. Residents can ask questions and make comments.

The official Public Consultation meeting will take place the next week, on Monday, June 14, 2010. At this Public Consultation meeting, the Mayor and/or another member of Council, will explain the first draft by-law and the consequences of its subsequent adoption and will hear the persons and bodies wishing to be heard.  

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

Côte Saint-Luc partners with two more schools to collect organic waste

Côte Saint-Luc, June 2, 2010 – Four schools in the City of Côte Saint-Luc now use the city’s organic waste collection service to dispose of food scraps, paper towels and other organics generated by students and teachers.

The two latest schools to launch organic waste programs are École de la Mosaique on McMurray Ave. and Merton School on Merton Rd. They join Bialik High School and the Jewish People's Peretz School (JPPS) Children's Centre who previously launched similar waste-diversion efforts.

“Côte Saint-Luc has been a leader in residential collection of organic waste and now we are expanding to include institutions like schools,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “We’re not only diverting more waste in certain schools. We’re also creating ambassadors for the city who will then help teach or remind their parents what goes inside the brown bin, the blue bin and the garbage bin.”

École de la Mosaique on McMurray Ave. launched officially its organic waste program on May 18, 2010. The school has small kitchen collectors in its classrooms where teachers and students dispose of used paper towels, food scraps, and other organic waste. A student from the class empties the contents of the kitchen collector to a large brown bin every day. A janitor brings the brown bins to the curb on collection day and city crews cart it away.

“Students have been very excited to learn what items to put in the brown bin or composter,” said Isabelle Boivin, the principal of École de la Mosaique. “They are able to go home and tell their parents how things like fruit and vegetable peels, paper napkins, and food scraps are transformed into compost that can be used in gardens. It is always fun for students to be able to teach their parents things they didn’t know.”

The school also puts some of its organic waste into its own backyard-style composter, which produces compost for the school garden. École de la Mosaique, which is part of the Marguerite Bourgeois school board, is the first French-language public school on the island of Montreal to launch such a program.

Students at Merton School on Merton Rd. have been disposing of organic waste since February 5, 2010. All eating areas, washrooms, and classrooms have brown bins, which students use to dispose of their banana peels, sandwiches and other organic waste. Côte Saint-Luc collects the organic waste from Merton School every week.

In addition to the two elementary schools, Bialik High school launched a similar program on January 5, 2009. The school cafeteria is now equipped with a brown bin so students can dispose of their left-off lunch and other organic waste. Côte Saint-Luc also collects the organic waste from Bialik High School.

Also, the Jewish People's Peretz School (JPPS) Children's Centre (daycare) has been disposing of organic waste in brown bins since September 2009.

Côte Saint-Luc has helped the schools launch their organic waste initiatives by providing for free the brown bins, kitchen collectors, collection services, composters, and for other technical assistance.

Côte Saint-Luc also collects organic waste from its 4,900 single-family homes and duplexes every week. In 2009, residents of the City of Côte Saint-Luc helped divert away from landfill 1,068 metric tons of organic waste.

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

Animated and narrated story books at Côte Saint-Luc library

Côte Saint-Luc, May 17, 2010 – The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library now provides access to TumbleBooks, which are animated, talking picture books available for viewing on the Web.

TumbleBooks are created from existing picture books which have been licensed from children's book publishers and converted to the TumbleBooks format. The end result is a book that appears on the user’s computer screen that features both text and illustrations. As the narrator tells the story, the words being spoken are highlighted next to the image. In some cases, the author of the book is the narrator.

Children and parents can pause the story to practice story prediction, interpret pictures, discuss new vocabulary words, discuss possible consequences of actions, encourage problem solving, or provide historical, geographical, or other perspectives. This offers parents and children a new way of experiencing reading that can be quite engaging.  

To access the TumbleBooks library, visit www.elcslpl.org and click Children’s on the navigation menu. There is no username or password required to access the TumbleBooks library, which means readers can get started right away. The majority of the collection is dedicated to picture books but there are also audiobooks for older children. The general chapter book section is geared towards children between ages 8 and 12.

TumbleBooks can only be viewed online and are not downloadable.

The Manager of Children’s Services, Kathy Conroy, says that her own children were laughing and enjoying themselves as soon as they experienced their first TumbleBook and recommends them to all parents and children.

“TumbleBooks is an amazing online library because it takes your child’s favourite book and transforms it into an action-packed reading adventure,” Conroy said. “Another bonus feature of TumbleBooks is that you can access books in French and Spanish too.”

In addition to animated talking books and audiobooks, TumbleBooks offers fun games and puzzles referred to as TumblePuzzles and TumbleGames, which can be used as educational tools.

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.

Striking paintings of figures in free fall are on display at the Côte Saint-Luc library

Côte Saint-Luc, May 10, 2010 – Free Fall, a series of paintings by Joshua Barndt, is on display until May 23 2010 at the Art Gallery of the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library.

In this exhibition, Joshua Barndt has depicted figures that represent our society. These bodies falling through space appear vulnerable and out of control. For Barndt, these paintings represent a response to the many scientific studies and articles on the risk that climate change poses to earth’s delicate ecosystems, and a fear that it could already be too late to slow down this process.

Creating this series was an attempt to come to terms with this feeling of instability, and he expresses this through the striking imagery of bodies in free fall. The oil paintings depict friends and family members realistically rendered and tumbling through space. The backgrounds are intentionally void of the contexts of time or place, putting the focus solely on the figures and their precarious positions, which are at once compelling and disturbing. The paintings of figures in mid-air refer to fears of impending disaster, but perhaps could also point to liberation. This series provokes discussion, and inspires the viewer to come up with their own interpretation and response.

Joshua Barndt is a Toronto-based painter, installation artist, and curator. His artistic work stands out for its technical proficiency and raw emotive imagery. His work explores the decline of contemporary society and environmental degradation, and is dominated by dramatic images of bodies in free fall and dark dystopian landscapes. Barndt has exhibited extensively in Montreal and Toronto. He presented large public installations as part of Art Souterrain during Montreal’s contemporary arts festival Nuit blanche.  He is represented in Montreal by Galerie SAS.

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.

Virtuoso Denis Chang brings Jazz Manouche to Côte Saint-Luc

Côte Saint-Luc, April 16, 2010 – Guitar virtuoso Denis Chang will perform at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library on Thursday, April 22 at 7pm.

This concert, presented in partnership with la Bourse Rideau and les Entrées en scène Loto-Québec, showcases an even¬ing of swinging Gypsy jazz by Denis Chang, one of the world’s top instructors of the jazz Manouche guitar style.

Chang’s musical style is strongly influenced by Django Reinhardt although he cites other influences as well including Bach, Chopin, George Benson and Michael Jackson.

Chang's formative years were spent alongside the some of the greatest Jazz Manouche guitarists of the day. In 2008, Chang performed with the legendary Les Paul at the Iridium in New York.

Apart from performing and producing concerts, Chang gives master classes on the guitar. As a teacher, he is very sought after; being regularly invited to give master classes in the context of his numerous tours since 2004.

In addition, Chang’s instructional DVDs on the guitar are a success all over the world attracting many aspiring and professional guitarists.

Tickets for this concert are $3.

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

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

Côte Saint-Luc multipurpose aquatic centre likely to be on Parkhaven Ave.

Côte Saint-Luc, April 7, 2010 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc announced today that it is likely to build its new multipurpose aquatic centre on Parkhaven Ave. adjacent to the existing Parks and Recreation Building and gymnasium. The new building will be across the street from the former Wagar High School building.

“After a great deal of thought we determined that our preference is to build the new facility on Parkhaven Ave.,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “We reviewed many other options but decided that this location on city-owned land is the least costly and most practical option.

“One of our hoped-for side effects of this new aquatic centre is that the English Montreal School Board might be encouraged to re-open a public school at the former Wagar site that would house a sports swimming program, amongst other things. The next step is to hire a firm to project manage this building project and design plans for the space. We have gone to tender for this and are looking forward to the results.”

The city will soon launch a new blog giving residents frequent updates about the planning, construction and eventual grand opening of the new facility. More details about the blog will announced in the coming days.

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

Côte Saint-Luc crime prevention volunteer patrollers log almost 16,000 hours

Côte Saint-Luc, March 31, 2010 – Television’s Jack Bauer would have to spend 667 sleepless 24-hour days to equal the amount of time members of Côte Saint-Luc Volunteer Citizens on Patrol (vCOP) have donated to help keep the city safe.

Since its inception in July 2006, vCOP volunteers have logged almost 16,000 hours. The City of Côte Saint-Luc wants new recruits and will be holding an information session on Tuesday, April 13 at 7pm at the Harold Greenspon Auditorium at Côte Saint-Luc City Hall (5801 Cavendish Blvd.) for residents interested in joining vCOP. 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.

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.

“Our vCOP patrollers have made an enormous contribution to the safety of our already safe city,” said Councillor Glenn J. Nashen, the council member responsible for public safety. “For instance, when vCOP patrollers spot an open garage door, they notify the resident. This simple act may help prevent a theft. vCOP is a great past time for retirees.”

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

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.

Since its inception in July 2006, vCOP volunteers have spent patrolled 89,706km of city roads, which is the equivalent of the distance between three round-trip flights between Montreal, Canada and Sydney, Australia.

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

Côte Saint-Luc library first in Quebec to offer downloadable audiobooks

Côte Saint-Luc, March 22, 2010 - Members of the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library can now download audiobooks and listen to them with their computers or portable music players-without leaving home.

"We are moving with the times and responding to the needs and desires of patrons today," said Tanya Abramovitch, Director of the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library. "We truly feel that this new downloadable audiobook service will be both enjoyable and convenient for our library patrons."

More than 150 popular and award-winning audiobook titles of the most popular genres will be available for download on March 25 at 10am. More audiobook titles will be added later this year. The collection will be shared by members of the libraries of Côte Saint-Luc, Dollard-des-Ormeaux and Pointe Claire, and is available 24 hours a day and seven days a week. Côte Saint-Luc is the first of the cities to launch the service. Pointe Claire is expected to launch on April 23 and Dollard-des-Ormeaux will launch later this year.

Library members need the free Overdrive Media Console software for their Windows or Macintosh computer. Once that is installed, members can visit www.elcslpl.org to browse or search the downloadable audiobook collection, select one, and proceed to checkout-just as one would at an online store. Members then download a small file, which the Overdrive Media Console software uses to download the audiobook files. Members can play and organize the audiobooks from inside the software.

The audiobooks are in the MP3 or WMA file formats. All files can be played on a computer and most can be transferred to and played on portable audio players, such as the iPod or Zune. Some audiobooks can also be copied to a CD data disc. The MP3 and WMA files are protected with digital rights management (DRM), which allows users to listen to the file for a limited time. Once the files expire, they won't work if you try to listen to them.

"The patron doesn't have to do anything after the lending period," said Councillor Sam Goldbloom, the council member responsible for the library. "The file checks itself back into the collection automatically and will be available for others to download. There is no chance of late fees."

Library members can check out up to three downloadable audiobooks at a time and choose a 1-week or 2-week loan period.

"The age of the shiny disc is over," said Sarah Topey, Manager of Adult Services. "Downloadable audio is how people buy audio nowadays and portable music devices, like the iPod, is how people prefer listening to audio. It makes sense for libraries to start distributing audiobooks to our members in this way too. This is the easiest and most convenient way ever to enjoy library audiobooks and just one more of the many new benefits members of the Eleanor London Côte Saint Luc Public Library can access. Make the library a part of your life. It's all about the wonder of books, and we are dedicated to make them available every way we can."

The library has approximately 4,500 audiobooks on CD cassette. Downloadable audiobooks are the next step in the evolution of audiobooks.

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.

 

Experts share their knowledge of oriental rugs in Côte Saint-Luc

Côte Saint-Luc, March 8, 2010 - Montreal appraisers and authorities on oriental carpets, Harold Bedoukian and Janice Summers, will speak about the unique history, design and techniques of oriental rug weaving at the Côte Saint-Luc Public Library on Thursday March 11 at 6:30pm.

Individuals attending the lecture are welcome to bring an oriental rug from their home for a free evaluation. Tickets for the lecture Oriental Rugs: the Art and the Market are $3.

Bedoukian and Summers will discuss the special hand-knotting and hand-weaving techniques that make an oriental rug authentic and explain the intricate pattern designs that make each oriental rug a unique work of art. In addition, Bedoukian and Summers will shed light on the present market conditions that determine the value of various oriental rugs.

Bedoukian is active in oriental rug associations in the United States and Canada. He is treasurer of the Armenian Rugs Society, past president of the Montreal Oriental Rug Club and The Quebec Carpet and Textile Society. Bedoukian is also the only appraiser in Montreal certified by the Oriental Rug Retailer's Association (ORRA).

Bedoukian works side-by-side with his wife, Janice Summers, who is also an internationally-respected authority on oriental rugs. Summers has more than 30 years of experience as a retailer, collector, author and lecturer, and is the author of four books and numerous articles on oriental carpets. She has taught courses on the subject at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Memphis State University, and the University of Akron. She has lectured in Canada and throughout the United States as well as participating in many international oriental carpet conferences.

When they are not travelling around the globe in pursuit of unique rugs, Bedoukian and Summers run their store, Ararat Rug Company, in the Plateau borough of Montreal.


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

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

 

Côte Saint-Luc Library exhibits abstract paintings on unexpected surfaces

Côte Saint-Luc, March 1, 2010 - Artist Justin Burnham will meet the public on March 4 at 6pm on the first evening of an exhibition of his abstract paintings on display at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library from March 4 to April 11.

Deluge is an exhibition of paintings on canvas and found glass, which evoke the vibrancy and fluidity of water in motion. Are we looking down on the swirling confusion of the earth from above, or seeing the hidden realms below the surface? In either case, Burnham's paintings call to mind water in its many forms and seasons.

Burnham sees his works as integral parts of daily life. Existing not only as marks on canvas, wood or glass, they are also frequently integrated into everyday objects. Burnham's use of alternative materials demonstrates a sustainable approach to his work. He often repurposes unique resources such as second-hand window frames, drum skins, tables and other found objects, giving these materials new life as a surface for painting.

Burnham's works are expressions of the colour and texture of his paints, using multiple thick layers and focusing on non-representational forms that result from the manipulation of his materials. Rather than addressing specific issues, his paintings reflect his engagement with the materials and method of his craft. The resulting images speak for themselves.

Justin Burnham is originally from the Eastern Townships. He now lives and works in Montreal. His works hang in numerous private collections, businesses, and public buildings.

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.

 

Attn' editors: Images available at www.cotesaintluc.org/en/pr20100301

Nathalie Cooke dishes about great Canadian food

Côte Saint-Luc, February 5, 2010 - Professor Nathalie Cooke will give a lecture on Thursday, February 11 at 6:30pm at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library on the rich history and culture of Canadian food.

In her lecture, Great Canadian Food and Food Stories, Cooke will share her zest for iconically Canadian cuisine and explain its origins taking her audience on a gastronomic, cultural and historical journey throughout the country.

Food in the Canadian context has been a focus of Cooke's work since 2000. This topic fascinated Cooke so much that she published an encyclopedic entry titled "Cooking and Canadian Culture" in the Encyclopedia of Literature in Canada in 2002 as well as several magazine articles on the subject.

Most recently in 2009, Cooke's book What's to Eat? Entrées in Canadian Food History was published. A collection of essays, What's to Eat?, takes an introspective approach to Canada's food history and culture explaining how present day practices such as the slow food movement and buying locally are invariably linked to the past. As Cooke explains, the book primarily centres itself with: "what Canadians eat, did eat and what our meals tell us about ourselves."

Cooke is the editor in chief of Cuizine: The Journal of Canadian Food Cultures. She is also an Associate Professor of English and Associate Dean of Arts, Research and Graduate Studies at McGill University. She lives and works in Montreal.

Tickets for this program are $3.

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

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

Exhibit at Côte Saint-Luc library explores themes of recollection, narratives and dreams

Côte Saint-Luc, January 28, 2010 – Artworks by Amy A. Thompson and Amber Albrecht are on display at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library from January 21 to February 28.

This exhibition, Invented Memories: Works by Amber Albrecht and Amy A. Thompson, explores themes of recollection, narratives and dreams. Amber Albrecht has created prints and drawings of absurdist situations, which stem from her recollection of the creatures, landscapes and impossible happenings of the storybooks from her childhood.

“These stories created for me a very idiosyncratic conception of a past that-never-was, and much of my work is directed toward bringing this past into being,” Albrecht said.

In Amy A. Thompson’s mixed media series Glint, she depicts an imagined land. These dreamlike landscapes lead the viewer to reflect on the contrast between the intimacy of the self and the grand expanse of the cosmos.

“The further we look up and away, the more we must look inward,” Thompson said.

Both artists have also been influenced by myths and folklore. Albrecht’s prints and drawings are inspired by the folklore of many cultures, as well as literature, natural history, topography and the environment. Thompson draws on Norse myths and Greek mythology. In Norse myths, everything that is beautiful glints or sparkles: a moth’s wing, light reflected on hair and stars burning in the sky. The surrounding darkness and shadow evoke the contrast of good, evil, innocence and treachery.

Amber Albrecht grew up in White Rock, B.C. Following some world travel she settled in Montreal, where she studied Studio Art at Concordia University. She completed her BFA in 2005. She currently lives in Montreal where she works as an artist and illustrator. Amber Albrecht is represented by Galerie Division. Her artwork can be viewed at www.amberalbrecht.com.

Amy Thompson is an Ottawa-based mixed media artist. She studied Fine Arts at York University and graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design with honours in 1995. Her work has been exhibited internationally and has been featured in magazines and on album covers. Amy is represented in Ottawa by Dale Smith Gallery. Her artwork can also be viewed at www.amyalice.com. Amy Thompson wishes to gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the City of Ottawa.

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.

The world at your fingertips: computer courses for absolute beginners

Côte Saint-Luc, January 28, 2010 – Two introductory computer courses at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library have furthered the library’s reputation as a centre of learning.

“These courses are tailored to those who have never touched a computer,” said Mona Turner, Manager of Programs and Marketing. “We want to help people overcome any anxiety they may have about using computers and learn the ABCs in a pleasant, relaxed environment.”  

Graduates of the computer courses often say they that learning the basics about computers has given them the confidence to learn even more and has made staying in touch with family and friends that much easier. Course instructor Tammy Halpern structures the course to help students first get comfortable with the computer (using the mouse, opening and closing windows, etc.) and then set up a personal e-mail account.

A recent student of Intro to Computers and E-mail has high praise for the course:

 “I learned so much from these computer classes,” Blandina Henriques said. “I can now easily stay in touch with my family now that I have my own email account.”  

Life long learning is one the mandates of the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library.

 “We see the public library as a sort of people’s university,” said Tanya Abramovitch, Director of Library Services. “While that certainly includes books, it extends to all aspects of learning and knowledge. We want to help people pursue and realize all of their goals, and courses like these help do that."  

Intro to Computers and Email (Level 1) is offered Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30am to 12pm from February 2 to 18, 2010. The follow-up course, Beginners Computers – Surfing the Web (Level 2) is also on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30am to 12pm from February 23 to March 11, 2010.

The price per course is $90 for residents of Côte Saint-Luc and library members and $120 for everyone else. People can register in person at the main circulation desk of the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library.

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.

City of Côte Saint-Luc adopts its 2010 operating budget

Côte Saint-Luc, January 28, 2010 – At its meeting of January 27, 2010, the Côte Saint-Luc city council adopted the operating budget of the City of Côte Saint-Luc for 2010.  

Côte Saint-Luc council and administrative staff did extensive work to trim costs wherever possible and achieved a 0.7 percent decrease in the average residential property tax bill for the local portion of the bill controlled by the municipality. Unfortunately, despite the decrease in taxation for local spending, there was an overall increase of 4.9 percent in the average residential property tax bill because of the dramatic increase of 11.2 percent in the bill Côte Saint-Luc will be charged for island-wide services by the Montreal agglomeration council.

“We are proud that due to our careful planning and prudent fiscal management, residents will see a tax decrease on the local portion of the Côte Saint-Luc budget,” Mayor Housefather said. “Unfortunately the average residential property tax bill will rise 4.9 percent this year due to the dramatic increase in the cost of island-wide services. We opposed the Montreal budget that imposed these increases and continue to believe that in this recessionary environment, any increase in taxes beyond the cost of inflation is unacceptable and grossly unfair. We have done our utmost to mitigate the effect on our residents by our local cuts and are pleased that our average tax increase on a residential property is less than the average tax increase for an average property within the City of Montreal and most other neighbouring municipalities.”

Côte Saint-Luc is responsible for delivering local services, such as snow clearing, library and recreation services, road and sidewalk resurfacing, aqueduct repairs and much more. It is also responsible for delivering emergency medical services on its territory The island-wide Agglomeration of Montreal is funded by 16 municipalities—including Côte Saint-Luc—and is responsible for delivering island-wide and regional services such as public transit, fire services, police services, water treatment. Côte Saint-Luc collects property taxes on its territory and pays the Agglomeration of Montreal for island-wide services.

The 2010 Côte Saint-Luc budget totals $56.9 million representing $31.2 million for local services and $25.7 million to pay the Agglomeration of Montreal for island-wide services. While the cost of local Côte Saint-Luc services has increased by just 0.52 percent compared to 2009, the bill for island-wide Agglomeration services has increased by 11.2 percent.

“The tax bills were mailed this week and the first installment is due is March 1,” said Councillor Dida Berku, the council member responsible for finance issues. “The second installment is due May 31.”

Again this year, the Côte Saint-Luc city council and management team used a strict budget process used in the private sector. Instead of using historical budgets as a base and adding to it, a form of zero-based budgeting was used where every department function was reviewed comprehensively and all expenditures had to be justified. This budgeting process allows city council and the management team to allocate resources more efficiently as it is based on real needs and priorities, allows for better understanding of overall budgets, encourages managers to find cost effective ways to improve operations, and complements the city’s objectives of financial accountability.

Just as the operating budget allows short-term planning and control of current operating needs, the capital expenditures budget is a tool to aid long-term planning and control of long-range and capital needs, such as road and sidewalk replacement, sewer replacement and repairs, repairs to municipal buildings, upgrades and improvements to parks, pools and equipment, replacement and upgrade of municipal vehicles.

The city council also approved the three-year capital expenditures budget on December 16, 2009. The budget is $23.5 million in 2010, $6.9 million in 2011 and $6.7 million in 2012. The City of Côte Saint-Luc will continue to maximize the use of grants for capital expenditures such as the PRECO, the new Gas Tax and FCCQ grants available by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs. The Intergenerational/Aquatic Centre has been identified as a possible project for 2010 costing approximately $18 million. Côte Saint-Luc has submitted an application for funding of $11.5 million to Ministry of Municipal Affairs (MAMROT) to cover two-thirds of the cost of the project. The municipality is waiting for a positive reply from MAMROT before making a decision to proceed.

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