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Côte Saint-Luc municipal election results




Côte Saint-Luc, November 2, 2009 - All the current members of the Côte Saint-Luc city council have won either acclamation or election in the 2009 municipal election and will be returning for another four-year term.

For the position of Mayor, the incumbent Anthony Housefather was elected by acclamation.

The following councillors were re-elected by acclamation: Sam Goldbloom (District 1), Mike Cohen (District 2), Dida Berku (District 3), Mitchell Brownstein (District 7), Ruth Kovac (District 8).

For the position of District 4 Councillor, Steven Erdelyi was re-elected with 752 votes. Candidate Charles Lemieux-Marchand received 45 votes.

For the position of District 5 Councillor, Allan J. Levine was re-elected with 728 votes. Candidate Leo Sculnick received 250 votes.

For the position of District 6 Councillor, Glenn J. Nashen was re-elected with 753 votes.
Candidate Charles Chalom Lugassy received 343 votes. Candidate Sonia Cohen-Peillon received 49 votes.

 

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

Nouvelle-France comes to life with music, dance and period costumes in Côte Saint-Luc

Côte Saint-Luc, October 27, 2009 – Les Idées heureuses will perform the concert Musique et danse en Nouvelle France, today at 7pm at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library. Tickets for this program are $3.

This concert is being presented by the Conseil des arts de Montréal en tournée and the library. Musique et danse en Nouvelle France will bring to life an evening of music, dance, and period costumes from a bourgeois salon in 18th century New France.

Olivier Brault (musical direction), Caroline Guibault (stage design), Marie-Nathalie Lacoursière (choreography), and Brigette Lacoursière and Évelyne Bouchard (costumes) have collaborated to bring forth an enchanting concert full of lively music and entertaining dance. This performance will give spectators a taste of an age of pomp and splendor that will delight the senses.

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.

Free compostable bags available to deal with excess leaves and garden waste

Côte Saint-Luc, October 20, 2009 – Every household the City of the City of Côte Saint-Luc can obtain four free large compostable bags to use for its leaves and other garden waste.

“Residents at the 4,900 single-family homes and duplexes in Côte Saint-Luc have brown bins, which they use to dispose of kitchen waste and garden waste,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “However, because of all the excess leaves and garden waste during the fall season, there may not be enough room in the brown bins. That’s why we are offering free compostable bags.”

Residents can place the compostable bags filled with garden waste next to their brown bins on collection day. Only garden waste placed in compostable bags will be collected—plastic bags will not be collected.

The compostable bags are available while supplies last weekdays at City Hall (5801 Cavendish Blvd.) from 8:30am to 4:30pm or at Public Works (7001 Mackle Rd.) from 8am to 4pm. Proof of residency is required.

Residents or contractors are encouraged to dump yard waste and leaves at the Public Works yard (7001 Mackle Rd.) from Monday to Thursday from 8am to 3pm and Friday from 8am to 11:30am. Call 514-485-6868 for details.

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

Library staff walking to raise money for juvenile diabetes research

Côte Saint-Luc, October 19, 2009 – Staff from the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library hope to raise more than $2,000 by walking at the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Walkathon on Wednesday, October 21

Ten staff members will participate at the walkathon, which takes place at 2pm at West Island College in Dollard des Ormeaux.

“Our staff interact with people all day and feel very connected to the community,” said Tanya Abramovitch, the Director of the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library. “Raising money for good causes—especially those that help kids—is important to us. Last year we held all-night read-a-thon and raised almost $3,000 for the Comfy Cozy Fund.”

To learn how to make walkathon donation, contact Communicate Outreach Coordinator Gloria Caplan at 514-485-6900 ext. 4207.

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 about the library call 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 to sell old street signs in support of EMS

Côte Saint-Luc, October 9, 2009 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc will sell its old street signs to the public starting October 19 with all proceeds going to support Côte Saint-Luc Emergency Medical Services (EMS).

Côte Saint-Luc installed new, larger signs this summer, which replaced the old black-on-white and black-on-yellow signs. The city is selling only the black-on-white signs.

“When we announced that we were installing new street signs, many residents asked me if they could buy the old ones, as is done in many cities,” said Councillor Mike Cohen, the council member responsible for toponymy and communications. “We researched the way cities went about selling old street signs and developed a plan and pricing that I think residents will like.”

Starting Monday, October 19, the public can buy old street signs at City Hall (5801 Cavendish Blvd.) from Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm. From October 19 to 23, the cost per street sign is $50. From October 26 to November 6, remaining street signs will cost $25.

“These signs are a great gift for anyone who has ever lived in Côte Saint-Luc,” Councillor Cohen said. “They are a part of the history of the city.”

Some of the black-on-white signs were rusted and so the city will not be selling these damaged ones.

A list of available street signs will be posted at CoteSaintLuc.org and at all municipal buildings. Signs are available on a first-come-first-served basis. All monies raised will benefit Côte Saint-Luc EMS, the city’s volunteer medical first responder service.

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

Côte Saint-Luc and labour union representing white collar employees sign collective agreement

Côte Saint-Luc, September 30, 2009 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc and the Syndicat des fonctionnaires municipaux de Montréal (SCFP, local 429), the labour union representing Côte Saint-Luc white collar employees, signed a new collective agreement on Wednesday, September 30 at 4pm at Côte Saint-Luc City Hall. The new collective agreement is valid until December 31, 2012.

“The collective agreement we negotiated ensures a favourable outcome for Côte Saint-Luc and its white collar employees,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “I am particularly happy that we regained a lot of flexibility we had lost during the forced mergers including the right of the city to hire student or seasonal employees without the applicability of most of the collective agreement and the recognition of the right of the city to use our volunteers in a number of different capacities including Emergency Medical Services and Volunteer Citizens on Patrol.

“I am also very happy that the agreement is being signed in both English and French with both versions of the agreement being official, which will allow our residents and staff to read the agreement in their preferred language and speaks to the importance of bilingualism in Côte Saint-Luc. This collective agreement truly reflects the unique needs and reality of Côte Saint-Luc and its residents and I am very proud that the entire collective agreement was negotiated in-house. I want to thank Andrea Charon our HR Legal Counsel and Nadia Di Furia our HR Director and their team for their hard work.”

Depending on the season, between 150 and 170 white collar employees are employed by Côte Saint-Luc. White collar employees perform jobs such as office support staff, public security agents, dispatchers, building inspectors, purchasers, front counter service providers, archivists and library clerks.

Last February, Côte Saint-Luc signed a collective agreement with its blue collar employees. That agreement is also valid until December 31, 2012.

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

The Language of Nature at the Côte Saint-Luc Library

Côte Saint-Luc, September 24, 2009 – The Language of Nature by artist Susan Coolen is a photographic exhibition that explores the visual shapes and forms of nature specimens. It is on display at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library until October 25.

Working with her own gathered specimen collections for this exhibition, which include bones, branches, shells, insects, seed pods and other nature objects Coolen highlights their simplicity while exploring our human urge to make meaning with what surrounds us. By using darkroom processes and the scanner as a camera she presents her own mode of cataloguing, classification and organization.

“By arranging and organizing these images of nature objects in relation to systems of reading and writing we can see a glimmer of the urge to read these visual forms as marks, to sense the process of written language,” Coolen said.

The Language of Nature is suggestive rather than literal and reflects her pleasure of hinting at connections to such language forms as the arabesque, hieroglyphics, runic and twig alphabets, sign language and shorthand, to name a few.

On Saturday, September 26 from 11am to 4pm Susan Coolen will be at the library for a one-day artist residency. Individuals are invited to visit her exhibition The Language of Nature in the library’s art gallery and to see her at work. She will be happy to answer questions about her creative process and share techniques. This event is part of Quebec-wide Les Journées de la culture and is free.

Susan Coolen is a Montreal-based visual artist and has a Bachelor of Design from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, a BFA in Photography from Concordia University, and an MFA in Photography from Columbia College in Chicago. She has participated in solo and group exhibitions across Canada, the USA and Europe.

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

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

Côte Saint-Luc Public Works Week receives top prize for second consecutive year

Côte Saint-Luc, September 14, 2009 – For the second consecutive year, the association representing public works professionals in Canada has awarded the City of Côte Saint-Luc the top prize in its annual National Public Works Week Awards.

The Canadian Public Works Association (CPWA) awarded the top prize to Côte Saint-Luc among cities with a population of 75,000 or fewer. The results will be announced formally at the CPWA Luncheon at the American Public Works Association Congress in Columbus, Ohio on September 14.

“Our Public Works Week has become an annual event in Côte Saint-Luc because we want residents to fully appreciate the outstanding efforts the men and women who clean our streets, plant our flowers and help make our city what it is,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said.

Public Works Week in Côte Saint-Luc raised $4,000 for the Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation over the course of several days, from May 19 to 24. The Director of Public Works, David Tordjman, flexed his muscles as he joined the garbage collection crew for one day, which helped raise money from staff. More money was raised at a staff barbecue during a pie-throwing event. Grade 3 classes from Hebrew Academy toured the Public Works Department facilities and our waste education staff visited École Maimonides to promote waste-free lunches and recycling. The Public Works Carnival closed on Sunday, May 24 with a barbecue, inflatable games for children, wagon rides, household hazardous waste collection and more.

“I want to thank Beatrice Newman for planning another outstanding and award-winning week of activities and David Tordjman for supporting her efforts,” said Councillor Mitchell Brownstein, the council member responsible for public works issues. “I can’t wait to see what they have planned for next year.”
 

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

A month of learning at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library

Côte Saint-Luc, September 14, 2009 – The month of September is full of programs that shed light on fashion, history and health at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library.

Celebrated local author Joe King will begin a five-part lecture series titled Jewish Montreal: A Ramble through Two and a Half Centuries of Jewish Life based on his books From the Ghetto to the Main and Fabled City. The lectures are on Fridays at 2pm on September 11, 25, October 2, 16 and 23. Tickets are $5 per lecture.

On Wednesday, September 16 at 7pm Michael Wex, author of the New York Times bestseller Born to Kvetch, will discuss his new book How to Be a Mentsh (And Not a Shmuck). Tickets for this author talk are $3.

The following week on Tuesday, September 22 at 2pm fashion historian Pamela Grimaud will discuss French fashion designer Paul Poiret, inventor of hobble skirts, harem pantaloons and lampshade dresses. Tickets for this lecture are $3.

On Thursday, September 24 at 10:30am Harvey Levinson will give a lecture on famed historical figure Grigori Rasputin. Tickets for this lecture are $3.  

On Saturday, September 26 from 11am to 4pm visual artist Susan Coolen will be at the library for a one-day artist residency. Individuals are invited to visit her exhibition The Language of Nature in the library’s art gallery and to see her at work. She will be happy to answer questions about her creative process and share techniques. This event is part of Quebec-wide Les Journées de la culture and is free.

Lastly, on Wednesday, September 30 at 6:30pm holistic care expert and owner of Café Juicy Lotus, Gigi Cohen, will share recipes and tips for a healthy lifestyle when she hosts her cooking demonstration Good Fats, Bad Fats. Tickets for this program are $6.

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.

Free walking tours will tell story of the trees of Côte Saint-Luc

Côte Saint-Luc, September 1, 2009 – Côte Saint-Luc residents have two more chances to follow Bronwyn Chester on her guided Leafy Treasures walking tour of Côte Saint-Luc.

The two remaining Leafy Treasures walking tours take place on Wednesday evenings on September 2 and 9 at 5:30pm and will give individuals the chance to learn about the various trees in their neighbourhood.

The first tour was very successful, having attracted more than 25 people on August 26.

The Leafy Treasures walking Tours are led by Bronwyn Chester, writer, translator and self-taught interpreter of the urban forest. Chester recently penned the guidebook A Leafy Legacy: The Trees of McGill University and has given guided tree tours in numerous Montreal parks and neighbourhoods since 2005.

Tour 2 on Wednesday, September 2 at 5:30pm covers the area around Baily Rd. and Merton Rd. (District 3). The meeting point will be at Congregation Tifereth Beth David Jerusalem (6519 Baily Road).

Tour 3 on Wednesday, September 9 at 5:30pm covers the area from Westminster Ave. to Blossom Ave. (District 5). The meeting point will be at Beth Zion Synagogue (5740 Hudson Avenue). All tours are from 5:30pm to 7pm.

“Few of us know the names of the trees we see every day and this walking tour is designed to make people more aware of the value and variety of their local trees,” said Councillor Dida Berku, the council member responsible for environment issues. “We cannot take for granted the benefits of our urban forest. The trees we nurture protect the air we breathe and provide the canopy for our leafy neighbourhoods".

To register, call the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library at 514-485-6900 ext. 4205.

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 about the library call 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 Jordy Reichson Director of Public Safety

Côte Saint-Luc, August 31, 2009 - The City of Côte Saint-Luc announced today the appointment of Jordy Reichson to the position of Director of Public Safety.

Reichson has been employed by the city since July 2008 as Manager of Urban Planning. For the past 11 years, Reichson has volunteered countless hours as a first responder with the Côte Saint-Luc Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

“Jordy brings a valuable mix of skills to the administration and will continue to be a tremendous asset to the city,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “His know-how and determination will benefit residents, staff and volunteers alike.”

Reichson will be responsible for five safety dossiers: Public Security, Emergency Medical Services, Volunteer Citizens on Patrol, Emergency Communications Centre and Emergency Preparedness.

“This new position will bring together all our emergency and prevention services under one professional hat and will help to further improve the position of Côte Saint-Luc as one of the safest communities in Quebec,” said Councillor Glenn J. Nashen, the council member responsible for public safety. “Having volunteered with Jordy in several capacities over many years, I have enormous confidence in his abilities to achieve great success in this new position.”

Reichson holds a bachelor degree in arts with a specialization in urban studies from Concordia University. He is an active volunteer with the St. John Ambulance where he serves as regional director and the Canadian Ski Patrol. At Côte Saint-Luc EMS he holds the title of Lieutenant and has extensive experience as a first responder. As a student he worked as a dispatcher in the Côte Saint-Luc Emergency Communications Centre.

“I am looking forward to serving the residents of Côte Saint-Luc in this new capacity,” Reichson said. “Côte Saint-Luc has been a leader in health and safety issues and I will work hard to continue to uphold and further improve these standards.”

Reichson reports to the City Manager and to the councillor responsible for public safety. He can be reached at 514-485-6800, ext. 5105 and at jreichson@cotesaintluc.org.

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

A Bird’s-Eye View of the World at Côte Saint-Luc Library

Côte Saint-Luc, August 25, 2009 –The exhibition Vertigineux Espaces by photographer Guy Lavigueur is a series of aerial images that is currently being exhibited the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library until September 13.

For more then twenty years, Guy Lavigueur has been flying over the earth, focusing in on unique patterns and traces, some created by natural forces and others by human ingenuity. He scans, explores, criss-crosses, searches and returns ten times over the same territory in order to create his unique images.

In Guyana, Senegal, Arizona, France, Indonesia, above the Rocky Mountains, the Great Lakes, and Abitibi, Guy Lavigueur captures what he calls “terrestrial marks”. He shares a portrait of the planet as seen from above. “In my work, I want to draw the attention of my fellow residents on this blue planet to the fact that although the earth offers an infinite palette of colours; its resources have their limit” says Lavigueur.

In 2004 he was accepted as a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. He has exhibited in various places including Montréal, Galerie Montcalm in Gatineau, and the Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design in British Columbia. He has also contributed to the design of more then twenty postage stamps for Canada Post.

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.

Côte Saint-Luc to host Montreal Juniors Hockey Game

Côte Saint-Luc, August 21, 2009 – On September 3, the Samuel Moskovitch Arena in Côte Saint-Luc will be one of four community stops for the Montreal Juniors QMJHL franchise in their 2009 preseason hockey tour, as the Juniors will host the Foreurs from Val D’Or at 7:35pm.

“We are once again thrilled to be partnering with the Montreal Juniors” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “Our city council, staff members, Côte Saint-Luc Minor Hockey Association and most importantly our hockey players are extremely excited about being part of this event and welcoming the Montreal Juniors into our arena.”

Tickets are on sale now for only $5 with a portion of the revenues to be redirected to a charitable organization. Parents and players should visit the pro-shop at the Samuel Moskovitch Arena (6985 Mackle Rd.) or the Parks and Recreation Department (7500 Mackle Rd.) to buy tickets. For more information, please contact the Samuel Moskovitch arena pro-shop at 514-485-6806 ext. 2107 or Alvin Fishman at the Parks and Recreation Department at 514-485-6806 ext. 2012.

Free walking tours will tell story of the trees of Côte Saint-Luc

Côte Saint-Luc, August 13, 2009 – Free 90-minute walking tours on three Wednesday evenings in August and September will give City of Côte Saint-Luc residents the chance to learn about the trees in their neighbourhood.

The three-part series Leafy Treasures Walking Tours will be led by Bronwyn Chester, the author of a guidebook on the trees of McGill University. Tour 1 on August 26 visits Ashkelon Gardens and Nathan Shuster Park. Tour 2 on September 2 covers the area around Baily Rd. and Merton Rd. Tour 3 on September 9 covers the area from Westminster Ave. to Blossom Ave. All tours are from 5:30pm to 7pm.

“Few of us know the names of the trees we see every day and this walking tour is designed to make people more aware of the value and variety of their local trees,” said Councillor Dida Berku, the council member responsible for environment issues. “We cannot take for granted the benefits of our urban forest. The trees we nurture protect the air we breathe and provide the canopy for our leafy neighbourhoods".

To register, call the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library at 514-485-6900 ext. 4205.

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 about the library call 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 District 4 meeting on August 20

Côte Saint-Luc, August 12, 2009 – The city councillor for Côte Saint-Luc District 4 will be hosting a meeting at Le Waldorf Residence (7400 Côte Saint-Luc Rd.) on Thursday, August 20 at 7pm for residents to ask questions about local and city-wide issues.

Councillor Steven Erdelyi will answer questions and brief residents on recycling issues and the major renovations at Donald Fletcher Park. Residents will be able to share their ideas during the general discussion.

“This is the third District 4 meeting I have organized,” said Councillor Erdelyi, who is also the council member responsible for the library and special events. “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