Press releases

 

50th anniversary of the Côte Saint-Luc Tennis Club kicks off on May 1

Côte Saint-Luc, April 23, 2009 – The Côte Saint-Luc Tennis Club, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, will be opening for the 2009 season on Friday, May 1, weather permitting.

“In celebration of its 50th anniversary this year, the Côte Saint-Luc Tennis Club is inviting founding members for the May 23 open house,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “As an avid tennis player, I am proud of the steps that the Parks and Recreation Department and the dedicated volunteers of the Côte Saint-Luc Tennis Club have taken into turning the club into a tennis jewel.”

The Côte Saint-Luc Tennis Club is open for social and competitive play every day including weekends. The tennis club offers a wide range of programs including private lessons, group clinics, round robins, interclub teams, junior programs, and a popular tennis camp operated by the Tennis and Sports Psychology Academy. It features nine clay tennis courts, lit courts for evening tennis, a clubhouse with showers and lockers, swimming pool, snack bar and satellite television and more.

Registration is presently ongoing. Application forms are available at the Tennis Club, 8215 Guelph Rd., 514-487-7862 or at the Parks and Recreation Department, 7500 Mackle Rd., 514-485-6806 ext 2011.

For more information, please visit our website at www.CoteSaintLuc.org/en/tennisclub.

Alana Riley photo exhibit in Côte Saint-Luc

Côte Saint-Luc, April 23, 2009 – Montreal-based photo and video artist Alana Riley will exhibit a series of photos entitled I am still what I meant to be, at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library from April 23 to May 24.

In this series of photographs, Riley took two photos of each subject—one in their actual workplace and another in an imagined scene from their childhood dream job. In one set of photographs a woman poses as both a nurse and a pilot. In another set a man appears as both the pope and a museum archivist. By not revealing the subject’s actual vocation, Riley leaves it up to the viewer to draw their own conclusions. Through the juxtaposition of these paired images Riley makes the audience question why we define ourselves so much by what we do.

Riley completed her BFA from Concordia University in Studio Art and Photography in 2003. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group shows in Canada and the United States. She is on the Board of Directors at Dazibao, centre de photographies actuelles. Riley’s work is represented by the Joyce Yahouda Gallery.

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.

Healthy cooking, writing and fashion adorn the month of April at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library

Côte Saint-Luc, April 21, 2009 – April is brimming with programs at the Eleanor London Côte-Saint Luc Public Library. The entertainment will begin on Thursday, April 22 at 7pm when famed playwright and director Aviva Ravel will bring a performance playreading of her play Senior Moments to the stage. Written and directed by Ravel, this performance playreading is a delightful comedy of manners that has been well-received by audiences both in Canada and abroad. Tickets for this event are $3.
 
The next evening on Thursday, April 23 at 7pm the library will celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday with a lecture by Shakespearean scholar Kate Welch entitled Happy Birthday Shakespeare. Welch will speak about the famous bard and paint a picture of what it was like to see one of Shakespeare’s plays in his time. Tickets for this event are $3.  

The arts and entertainment continue on Tuesday, April 28 at 2pm when the library presents Coco Chanel: Fashion’s First Modernist. Costume historian Pamela Grimaud will give an entertaining lecture on the iconic fashion designer. Grimaud will be showing images of some of Chanel’s most memorable and lasting couture pieces from the various decades of her expansive career. Tickets for this lecture are $3.

On Wednesday, April 29 at 6:30pm, the library will host Cooking for your Brain with Gigi Cohen. Holistic health care expert Gigi Cohen will be demonstrating how to prepare flavorful dishes that are beneficial for your brain. An expert in fusing healthy cuisine with flavour, Cohen will share a signature recipe with the audience who is welcome to sample her cuisine as well as take a copy of the recipe home with them. Tickets for this cooking program are $5.  

And lastly, on Thursday April 30 at 7:30pm, the library will present QWF: Young Writer’s Out Loud. Writers Saleem Narwaz (author of Mother Superior) J.R. Carpenter (author of Words the Dog Knows) and Arjun Basu (author of Squishy) will speak about their respective literary works. This event provides a wonderful opportunity to meet a few of Montreal’s rising literary stars. 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.

Côte Saint-Luc begins work to fix more than one-third of city’s leaky pipes

Côte Saint-Luc, April 15, 2009 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc 2009 water infrastructure network work began last week and the city anticipates this year’s work will help reduce the number of ruptures to its underground pipes by approximately one third.

The city plans to repair pipes underneath 31 streets at a cost $5 million in 2009. The majority of the funding for this project comes from infrastructure funds from the governments of Canada and Quebec. The work involves placing a pipe sleeve inside the pipe at the weak spot. This prevents the leak and is less costly than digging up and replacing the old pipes.

“When the City of Côte Saint-Luc took over control of the network on January 1, 2006, we made water infrastructure a priority,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “We studied the state of the aqueduct and sewer system to determine how best to invest in our infrastructure. We expect this year’s repairs will help prevent more than one third of water main breaks. The upgrades to the network are expected to benefit our city and its residents for the next 50 years.”

Signs have been posted on city streets where the work is being done. Residents will also receive letters advising them of the work on their street.

In order to minimize disruption to the water service, Côte Saint-Luc will install a temporary above-ground water network to affected streets. Water service will be disrupted for about two hours when the new network is connected, but after that the service is safe and reliable. The above ground system is less disruptive than digging into the street—an invasive procedure that would have made it difficult or impossible for residents to drive their cars to their driveways.

“This is a huge project affecting a lot of residents,” said Councillor Mitchell Brownstein, the council member responsible for public works. “We are minimizing the inconvenience to residents, however, by communicating with them in advance, using a temporary above-ground water network during the work to avoid breaking street surface, and by avoiding even temporary water stoppages on religious holidays when residents need water to prepare meals.”

Water in the temporary above-ground network undergoes a series of tests regularly to ensure it surpasses all safety norms.

Repairs will start on the following streets: Alpine Ave. (between Fleet Rd. and Merton Rd.), Cavendish Blvd. (south of Kildare Rd.), Parkhaven Ave. (between Kildare Rd. and Trinity Ave.), Pinedale Ave. (between Baily Rd. and Fleet Rd.), and Randall Ave. (between Baily Rd. and Fleet Rd.). Repairs under the other streets will follow.

Côte Saint-Luc has spent or set aside more than $11 million for repairs, maintenance and improvements to our water infrastructure network from 2006 to 2009.

Côte Saint-Luc wins award for organic waste collection program

Côte Saint-Luc, April 8, 2009 – The environmental group CRE-Montréal yesterday honoured the City of Côte Saint-Luc with an award for its organic waste collection program at the third annual Gala de reconnaissance en environnement et développement durable de Montréal held at the Bonsecours Market in Old Montreal.

“We are happy to be honoured for leading the island in the collection of organic waste,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “We are committed to becoming an environmentally responsible city and our city has a lot for which to be proud.”

The awards highlight the innovative projects of businesses and organizations on the island of Montreal that combine economic development and protection of the environment. Côte Saint-Luc won its award in the category of public organizations. Other winners included the Eaton Centre, the SAQ, and Cégep Saint-Laurent. The full list of winners is available at www.cremtl.qc.ca/gala.

The awards are organized by the Conseil régional de l’environnement de Montréal (CRE-Montréal), the Conférence régionale des élus de Montréal (CRÉ de Montréal) and the City of Montreal.

“Our organic waste collection program was made possible because of the vision of our mayor and councillors, our dedicated staff and the many volunteers who helped inform and educate their neighbours,” said Councillor Dida Berku, the council member responsible for the environment. “In particular, I want to congratulate my colleague Councillor Steven Erdelyi for all the work he did to make this program a reality in Côte Saint-Luc.”

Côte Saint-Luc launched an organic waste collection pilot project in 500 single-family homes in September 2007. The city expanded the program to all its 4,800 single-family homes and duplexes in October 2008.

“Because we pioneered organic waste collection in Quebec, we studied carefully the programs of cities in Ontario, the Atlantic provinces, the United States, Europe and Australia,” Councillor Erdelyi said. “The experience of the Côte Saint-Luc is that organic waste collection is relatively easy to start, less costly than many believe thanks to Quebec government funding, and popular with residents.”

Organic waste includes food and garden waste. Residents in 4,800 single-family homes and duplexes put their organic waste into a covered brown bin supplied by the city. Côte Saint-Luc transports the organic waste to a composting facility in Montreal East, which run by the company EBI. The waste is transformed into nutrient-rich compost. By comparison, when organic waste is sent to a landfill (garbage) site, it decomposes and releases methane, which is about 25 times more potent as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. About 38 percent of Canada’s total methane emissions come from landfill sites.

Residents can visit ecoCSL.org or call 514-485-6868 for more information.

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

Trio Fibonacci to perform in Côte Saint-Luc on Thursday April 2, 2009

Côte Saint-Luc, March 19, 2009 – The Conseil des arts de Montréal en tournée and the Eleanor London Côte Saint–Luc Public library are pleased to present Trio Fibonacci in concert on Thursday, April 2 at 7:30 pm at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library.

Formed in 1998, Trio Fibonacci is recognized today as one of the only music trios that can perform cutting edge contemporary music alongside masterpieces of earlier eras with equal brilliance. This ability to breathe life into traditional pieces has led the talented trio on their concert tours as far as Argentina, Sweden, and Japan. Continuing their commitment to the next generation of musicians and composers the Trio Fibonacci has given workshops and master classes at the Royal Academy of Music in London, at Oxford University, at National Conservatories in China, at the Hanns Eisler Academy in Berlin, and at universities in Japan, Brazil, Canada and Sweden.

On the program are two critically acclaimed pieces Canadian pieces by Jean-Lesage and Paul Frehner which were composed during their residency at the Chapelle Historique du Bon-Pasteur in Montreal between 2004 and 2007. Also on the program from the traditional classical repertoire, the Trio op.8 by Brahms and the Trio of Ravel.

Trio members include violinist Julie-Anne Derome, cellist Gabriel Prynn and pianist Jacynthe Riverin. Born in Montreal, Derome has is the winner of the prestigious Mendelssohn Trust Award in England in 1994 and of the Emerson String Quartet Competition in 1995, Julie-Anne Derome also received a special prize from the jury at the 1992 Yehudi Menuhin Competition in Paris for her interpretation of Anthèmes by Pierre Boulez.

Cellist Gabriel Prynn studied at the Royal Northern College of Music (U.K.) with Clive Greensmith. In addition to various awards he has received, Prynn has also been the recipient of the scholarships from the King Edward VII Foundation (U.K.) and the University of New York at Stony Brook. Based in Berlin, Prynn appears regularly as a soloist and chamber musician in Canada and Europe.

Pianist Jacynthe Riverin studied at the Conservatoire de Musique du Québec in both Val d'Or and Montreal, and later earned a masters degree from Laval University (2001). Grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec enabled Riverin to perfect her craft with Dominique Weber in Geneva Switzerland. In 2000 Riverin won the Montreal Symphony Orchestra's concerto competition and has since appeared with a number of international orchestras. She is the most recent member of Trio Fibonacci having joined in 2007.

According to music critic Andrew Clements from The Guardian: “There aren’t many permanent piano trios who make a specialty of contemporary music, but the Fibonacci have already carved out their own niche, and shown their sympathy for a wide range of contemporary composers”. Clements also described one of the trio’s most recent performances as “muscular and appropriately dramatic.”

Tickets for Trio Fibonacci in concert cost $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.

New program highlights 50th anniversary of the Côte Saint-Luc Tennis Club

Côte Saint-Luc, March 12, 2009 – The Côte Saint-Luc Tennis Club is looking for 10 female players to want to play competitive tennis matches against other municipalities in a fun social setting.

The Côte Saint-Luc tennis players will play in Level 2 matches against women from Roxboro, Dorval and Baie d’Urfé. Level 2 is a competitive level for advanced tennis players. Matches will be held on either Tuesday or Thursday evenings.

“The Côte Saint-Luc Tennis Club is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “As an avid tennis player and fan, I am proud Côte Saint-Luc has brought back these competitive Level 2 evening matches.”

The Côte Saint-Luc Tennis Club is open for social and competitive play every day including weekends. It features nine clay tennis courts, lit courts for evening tennis, a clubhouse with showers and lockers and more. It is located at 8215 Guelph Rd. Call 514-487-7862 for more information.

For more information about the Level 2 evening program, please contact Lianne Barski at 514-906-7990 or liannebarski@hotmail.com

Bee photographer to speak at the library in Côte Saint-Luc

Côte Saint-Luc, March 12, 2009 – Artist Adam Makarenko will talk about his photography exhibit on the miniature world of bees and hives on Wednesday, March 25 at 6:30pm at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library.

The exhibit is called “Miniature Apiary Series” and will be on display from March 12 to April 19. An apiary is a place where bees and beehives are kept.

Makarenko creates the nature scenes he photographs using dioramas and bee models. He created these images of bees and landscapes from models he constructed and lit using cinematic techniques. He states that he uses this narrative to explore how humanity exploits its natural wonders, and often in the end destroys what it has exploited.

Makarenko grew up in Atikokan, a former mining town in northern Ontario. He has been a recipient of the American Photo magazine’s Photographer of the Year award and was also chosen as the overall winner of the Magenta Foundation’s Flash Forward competition. His work draws on the influences of science, and nature. He often explores a narrative style within his photographs, which he finds provides a solid base for the subject matter that is being presented. A common theme that runs through Makarenko’s work is the human manipulation of nature.

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.

Residents have until March 31 to choose their new blue bin

Côte Saint-Luc, February 27, 2009 – Residents of Côte Saint-Luc have until March 31 to choose between three sizes of blue bins, which the city will deliver to single-family homes and duplexes this spring.

“In 2008, Côte Saint-Luc introduced recycling in apartment and condominium buildings, which has helped increase our overall recycling rate and reduced the amount of garbage sent to landfills,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “With the introduction of new, taller blue bins in single-family homes and duplexes in 2009, we hope to increase the recycling rate even more.”

The blue bins are available in sizes of 120 litres, 240 litres and 360 litres. Residents will receive a detailed flyer by mail next with more information. Residents can inform the city of their choice by recording a message at 514-485-6868 ext. 5555, completing the form at ecoCSL.org or visiting the city hall (5801 Cavendish Blvd.) weekdays between 8:30am and 4:30pm.

If residents don’t inform the city of their choice by March 31, they will receive the 240 litre blue bin. Delivery of the new wheeled blue bins will begin in May or June. Once residents receive their new blue bins, they must begin using them right away because the recycling collection trucks will use a mechanical arm to lift blue bins into the air and dump the contents into the truck. These trucks cannot use the arm to collect the old blue boxes.

“We recognize that in the current global economic crisis the recycling industry is suffering a set back,” Mayor Housefather said. “While we hope to encourage residents to recycle items rather than throw them away in the garbage, we also encourage them to reduce the amount of household waste they produce and to reuse what they can."

To get the lowest possible price for recycling collection, Côte Saint-Luc joined 13 suburban municipalities on the island of Montreal in switching to taller blue bins in 2009. These bins replace the old 64 litre blue boxes first introduced in the 1980s.

“As the landfill sites in and around the island of Montreal are reaching capacity and are gradually being shut down, the Quebec government has mandated us to increase our diversion of waste away from landfill and towards recycling and organic waste recovery,” said Councillor Dida Berku, the council member responsible for environmental issues. “We need to reduce, reuse and then recycle.”

Apart from giving residents more room to store their recyclables, residents of single-family homes and duplexes will not have to sort their recyclables anymore. Instead, they can simply toss paper, cardboard, plastic, metal and glass into the blue bin. Another benefit is that the new blue bins will be easier to bring to the curb because they have wheels. Finally, the blue bin cover will help prevent rain or snow from wetting the materials inside and prevent the wind from blowing recyclables into the street on collection day.

Owners of single-family homes and duplexes were charged a one-time fee of $50 on their property tax bill earlier this year to pay for their new blue bin. Owners of duplexes will receive only one new bin, which they can share with tenant. To order a second blue bin at a cost of $50, residents can call 514-485-6868 extension 5555 before March 31.

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

Art, history and food usher in spring at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library

Côte Saint-Luc, February 23, 2009 – Photographer François Brunelle will discuss his current art exhibit “I'm Not a Look-alike! / Je ne suis pas un sosie !” at the art gallery of the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library on Thursday, February 26 at 7pm. The exhibit features large-format portraits of people who look like twins, but who aren’t even related. The vernissage will be held from 6pm to 8pm and Brunelle will give a lively talk on this fascinating exhibit starting at 7pm.  

On Friday, February 27 history lecturer Neil Cameron will launch his most recent six-part lecture series entitled “Changing Minds: Reinterpretations of the Twentieth Century” beginning Friday, February 27 at 2pm. This group of lectures examines some major elements of the twentieth century in the light of both recent historical scholarship and our own changing perspective on ideas, culture, politics, economics, and war. The cost is $25 for six classes or $5 for each class at the door.

Lastly, holistic care expert Gigi Cohen will demonstrate how to prepare delicious dishes that aren’t hard on your heart Wednesday, March 18 at 6:30pm. Cohen is the owner of the Monkland Ave. health food store Jessy Naturel. She has been featured on two radio shows: the Wellness Within show on 940 AM and Prenez votre santé en main avec Gigi Cohen on radio 690 AM. Born in Israel, she was raised in Lachine and has traveled extensively to learn about diverse approaches to health. Cohen believes eating naturally can have many positive impacts to one’s overall health and well being. Tickets for this cooking program are $5 each.

All these events are organized by 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.

Côte Saint-Luc and union representing blue collar workers sign collective agreement

Côte Saint-Luc, February 13, 2009 –The City of Côte Saint-Luc and the Syndicat des Cols bleus regroupés de Montréal, local 301, the labour union representing Cote Saint-Luc blue collar workers signed a new collective agreement on Friday, February 13 at 2:30pm at Cote 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 blue collar workers,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “This agreement takes into account the specific needs of our city, which was not possible when Côte Saint-Luc was part of the Montreal mega-city.”

Among the highlights of the collective agreement are: a return to the pre-merger 38 and 39 hour work weeks (depending on the nature of work being performed) as well as the introduction of regular night and weekend shifts, all of which will reduce overtime costs; salary increases of between 1.5 and 2.5 percent per annum during the term of the collective agreement; the right of the city to hire student employees who would only be covered by certain clauses in the collective agreement; a freeze on sick days and vacation days; a return to the pre-merger system of mobile days and statutory holidays;  paperless payslips, which is more efficient and saves time; updated work task descriptions better suited to needs of the city; better collaboration between the city and the union to discipline workers when required; clear rules on how an employee attains permanence and the introduction of programs to improve work through collaborative training.

“As the document states, this collective agreement reflects the will of the parties to implement new labour relation practices and to cooperate in developing new ways of achieving the mission of the city regarding services and public utilities at the best possible cost, in the best interests of the citizens and employees,” said Councillor Mitchell Brownstein, the council member responsible for public works.

Between 45 and 90 blue collar workers from the labour union are employed by Côte Saint-Luc, depending on the season. Blue collar workers perform tasks including but not limited to snow clearing, pot-hole repairs, cleaning of parks and planting of flowers.

“Blue collar workers genuinely enjoy working for the City of Côte Saint-Luc and our already positive relationship with them helped during the negotiations,” Mayor Housefather said. “I am very proud that the city handled the entire negotiations in house and I want to compliment our Human Resources Director Nadia Di Furia and everyone else involved in the negotiations from the city side and the union side. These negotiations went forward in a collegial manner with a great deal of mutual respect and with a goal of attaining a win-win collective agreement. I believe we successfully achieved that goal.”

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

Exhibit brings look-alikes face-to-face in Côte Saint-Luc

Côte Saint-Luc, February 2, 2009 – They look like twins, but they’re not. Photographs of look-alikes will be on display from January 29 to March 8 at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library in an exhibit by François Brunelle called “I’m not a look-alike! – Work in Progress”.

Brunelle has traveled across North America and Europe photographing people who look very much like but are not related. In some cases one participant is Canadian and the other look-alike comes from Europe, South America, or Russia.

“When I find two look-alikes, I bring them together in my portrait studio,” Brunelle said. “This initial meeting is usually the first time each participant has encountered someone whom they could be confused with, and results in a photo which captures a certain emotion or state of being, and a startling visual similarity. The photographs in this project address the fundamental ideas of resemblance and identity. Have we not all had the experience of being mistaken for someone else?”

Brunelle says the photo pairs are most thought-provoking when the real life dopplegangers are of different nationalities. He has photographed 160 pairs of look-alikes to date. His project has benefited from worldwide interest, and has been mentioned in more then 300 websites and blogs in French, English, Spanish, German, Turkish, Russian, Korean and Japanese.

“I am fascinated—one might say obsessed—with portrait photography and I have devoted my life’s work to taking portraits of the people around me in an ongoing effort to capture the elusive human soul,” Brunelle said.

People can see examples of look-alike portraits and suggest new ones at FrancoisBrunelle.com.

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

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

Nancy Daigneault instructs an art workshop in Côte Saint-Luc on Thursday, February 5, 2009

Côte Saint-Luc, January 26, 2009 – Artist Nancy Daigneault will teach participants how to design a unique jewelry box made from a real goose egg at the “Art on Eggs” workshop on Thursday, February 5 at 7pm at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library.

The event is organized by the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library.

Artist Nancy Daigneault will teach participants how to design a unique jewelry box made from a real goose egg. Daigneault has been hand-crafting her egg creations since 1995. She specifically works with goose, ostrich, rhea and emu eggs which she carefully chisels and sets on to a base. She then transforms these eggs into unexpected pieces such as music boxes, perfume bottles and keepsake boxes.

Born in Montreal, Daigneault left for British Columbia in 1988 where she first discovered the fine art of egg design. She moved back to Montreal in 1996 where she further developed her craft independently. When she is not instructing workshops she studies Fine Arts at Concordia University.

Daigneault has appeared on several television programs including the Discovery Channel’s How It’s Made. In September 2007 she was presented the Coup de cœur prize at the Cultiv'Art Gallery in Oka, Quebec. Daigneault also has the distinction of having her work featured on the cover of Antique & Collectible Showcase magazine.

This workshop provides participants with a unique opportunity to delve into the art of egg design. Participants will be decorating both the inside and outside of a real goose egg and will ultimately leave with a one of a kind personalized piece. Tickets are available at the library and cost $10 each. Materials are included in the price.

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 mayor and councillors launch fund in support of residents of its twin city, Ashkelon, Israel

Côte Saint-Luc, January 20, 2009 –Côte Saint-Luc Mayor Anthony Housefather and members of the city council last evening presented cheques totalling more than $1,100 to the Chief Financial Officer of Federation CJA, Susan Szalpeter in support of the people of Ashkelon, Israel, which is a twin city of Côte Saint-Luc.

“Our goal is to buy computers for the kids of Ashkelon who have been living in bomb shelters for the past three weeks,” Mayor Housefather said. “We also call on our residents to match our contribution or to make any contribution in support of our twin city.”

Residents can send cheques directly to Federation CJA made to the order of “Federation CJA Ashkelon-CSL Fund.”

Ashkelon is a sea-side city of 109,000 residents. As early as July 2006, rockets were fired by Hamas from the Gaza Strip which landed in Ashkelon. Seven residents of Ashkelon were injured on March 1, 2008. There was also property damage. Today, longer-range Hamas rockets are able to reliably hit the city.

“People in our twin-city have been under attack by indiscriminate rocket fire since 2006,” said Councillor Dida Berku, who traveled last year to Ashkelon and saw firsthand the physical and psychological damage caused by rocket fire into Israeli cities during the past eight years. “We need to act to help the people of Ashkelon get through this long crisis.”

Representatives from each city has visited its twin city for more than 30 years. Côte Saint-Luc councillors Dida Berku, Mitchell Brownstein, Glenn J. Nashen and Mike Cohen have all paid official visits to Ashkelon. On June 28, 1988, the Ashkelon Garden was inaugurated behind the Côte Saint-Luc city hall/library complex in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the independence of Israel.

“The people of southern Israel have been hit by 5,000 rockets and mortars since August 2005,” said Councillor Glenn J. Nashen, the former chair of the twin city committee. “We want to convey our unfettered support for the people of Ashkelon and our hope for peace in the Middle East.”

“Schools and students have been affected by the rocket fire over the past year and it has disrupted classes,” said Steven Erdelyi, the councillor responsible for twin-city relations. “The funds collected can be used to buy computers for children who are not able to go to school during the current crisis and in the future.”

Councillor Brownstein met with the deputy mayor of Ashkelon and a group of 10 city representatives in September 2008.

"We discussed the possibility of creating a Côte Saint-Luc park in Ashkelon and other joint projects," Councillor Brownstein said.

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

Michele Bismuth Marmor brings the flavours of Tunisia to Côte Saint-Luc on Thursday, January 29, 2009

Côte Saint-Luc, January 19, 2009 –The City of Côte Saint-Luc and the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library are pleased to present “Tunisian Shabbat Couscous” on Thursday, January 29 at 6:30 pm at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library (5851 Cavendish Blvd.).

Michele Bismuth Marmor will be demonstrating her delicious traditional couscous recipe. Marmor has been cooking and exploring new recipes since 1970. She describes her cooking style as “creative and improvisational” and cites her mother as her greatest culinary influence.

The Shabbat couscous recipe that Marmor will be demonstrating is deeply rooted in the tradition of Jewish Tunisian cuisine. Marmor’s cooking tells a narrative about her family history in Tunisia as many of her recipes have been passed down from generation to generation.

Born in Tunis, Marmor left Tunisia at the age of fourteen for Canada. She frequently revisits her homeland where she continues to hone her cooking skills and gain inspiration. 

This program provides a unique opportunity to discover and taste authentic Tunisian cuisine and to experiment with new flavours at home.    

Tickets are $5 and the presentation will be presented in English and French. Call the library at 514-485-6900 for details.

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