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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 and referring to the identification tag number.


For more information: Darryl Levine, Director of Public Affairs and Communications, 514-485-8905,

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.”


For more information: Darryl Levine, Director of Public Affairs and Communications, 514-485-8905,

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


For more information: Darryl Levine, Director of Public Affairs and Communications, 514-485-8905,

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

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

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

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.


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

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

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For more information, contact: Clara Halpern, 514-485-6900 ext. 4205 or

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

“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

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For more information: Darryl Levine, Director of Public Affairs and Communications, 514-485-8905,

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

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

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.  


For more information: Darryl Levine, Director of Public Affairs and Communications, 514-485-8905,

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.


For more information: Darryl Levine, Director of Public Affairs and Communications, 514-485-8905,

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 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

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

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

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For more information, contact: Clara Halpern, 514-485-6900 ext. 4205 or

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

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

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,

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

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, or visit


Contact: For more information: Darryl Levine, Director of Public Affairs and Communications, 514-485-8905,