Press releases


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

Côte Saint-Luc helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions through city-wide organic waste collection program

Côte Saint-Luc, January 19, 2009 – In the first 12 weeks of organic waste collection in Côte Saint-Luc, the city has collected 215 tonnes (472,000 pounds) of kitchen and garden waste—which is more than the weight of a Boeing 747 aircraft.

“We have surpassed our goal for the amount of waste being diverted to compost facilities,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “Our residents have demonstrated that people on the island of Montreal are ready to make a small change in how they dispose of household waste.”

Côte Saint-Luc estimates that the average household produces about 40 pounds (18 kilograms) of household waste each week. The 5,000 single-family homes and duplexes who participate in the organic waste collection program—sometimes called the brown bin program—put about 8 pounds (3.6 kilograms) of kitchen and garden waste into their brown bin container each week—which represents about 50 percent of all their organic waste. The rest of their waste goes in blue boxes, in the garbage or in the case of household hazardous waste or construction materials is brought to the Côte Saint-Luc Public Works depot at 7001 Mackle Rd.

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.

“Every time you put your table scraps into your brown bin, you are helping reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions in the Montreal region,” said Councillor Dida Berku, the council member responsible for environmental issues. “So, Côte Saint-Luc residents aren’t just helping produce compost for gardens. We are also helping reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”

According to a 2007 report published by Recyc-Québec and Éco-entreprises Québec, 47 percent of household waste can be composted and another 40 percent can be recycled.

Côte Saint-Luc was the first city on the island of Montreal to introduce to all single-family homes and duplexes curbside collection of organic waste, such as leftover fruits and vegetables, pasta, tea bags, meat, grass clippings, flowers and much more. Similar programs are already underway across Canada.

“Our organic waste collection program was relatively easy to start, less costly than many believe thanks to provincial funding, and popular with residents,” said Councillor Steven Erdelyi, who researched other programs before helping launch it in Côte Saint-Luc. “We hope to become one of the first municipalities in Quebec to reach the provincial goal of diverting 60 percent of its waste. Based on the positive feedback we have received from our constituents, I think we’ll make it.”

Residents can visit 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,

Côte Saint-Luc adopts its 2009 budgets

Côte Saint-Luc, December 16, 2008 – The Côte Saint-Luc city council last evening adopted the City of Cote Saint-Luc operating budget for the 2009 fiscal year. The 2009 operating budget amounts to 54 million dollars and reflects a tax increase of 1.9 percent for a property that increased an average 36 percent as a result of the implementation of the 2007-2010 valuation assessment roll. The increase of 1.9 percent is less than the rate of inflation.

“The council is sensitive to the pressure many families feel as a result of the economic recession and fears about finances and savings,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “We again reviewed all our programs and services and added programs and services where required and balanced those additions with cuts across all departments to ensure we can continue to deliver the highest quality of service at a reasonable cost. This year was exceptionally challenging due to the large increases in the costs of some contracts such as snow clearing and asphalt so council and staff spent a very long time reviewing expenditures to ensure we could keep the average tax increase below 2 percent.”

Property tax bill
The owner of a single-family home whose property valuation increased at the average rate of 36 percent will pay 1.90 percent more in property taxes than in 2008. Other individual tax accounts may be lower or higher, depending on the variation of their assessment in the four-year property valuation assessment roll, which increased the valuation of some properties more than others. To help minimize the impact of property valuation increases greater than the Côte Saint-Luc average of 36 percent, the City of Côte Saint-Luc has reduced the tax rate (also called the “mill rate”) on all properties.

As a result of reforms to the island-wide Agglomeration council in 2008, the City of Montreal will no longer send a tax bill to Côte Saint-Luc residents. Instead, the City of Côte Saint-Luc now sets the property tax rates, collects the taxes and sends money to the Montreal Agglomeration based on a fair mathematical formula approved by the Quebec government. Residents will receive this one bill from Côte Saint-Luc in late January 2009. The property tax bill is due in two installments: February 26 and May 28, 2009.

In 2009, owners of single-family homes and duplexes will be charged a one-time fee of $50 for the purchase of a covered new blue recycling bin. Residents will be permitted to choose the size of their new bin. Also, the City of Côte Saint-Luc will continue to charge a water tax and apply the revenues from this tax to its special financial reserve for water. The taxes raised will be used to pay engineering consulting firm Dessau Inc. for the maintenance and improvement of the Côte Saint-Luc water infrastructure, to buy water from the City of Montreal and to pay down the debt owed to the City of Montreal for the purchase the water distribution network in the territory of Côte Saint-Luc. Similar to municipal taxes, the water tax is also based on the taxable valuation of residential and non-residential properties.

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

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

The three-year capital expenditures budget is $20.4 million in 2009, $5.8 million in 2010 and $5.4 million in 2011. The City of Côte Saint-Luc will continue to maximize the use of grants that are available for capital expenditures such as the Gas Tax Fund, F.I.M.R. and sports/recreation grants from the Ministry of Education, Leisure and Sports (MELS). The Intergenerational/Aquatic Centre has been identified as a possible project for 2009 costing approximately $15 million. The City of Côte Saint-Luc has submitted an application for funding of $7.5 million to MELS to cover half the cost of the project. The municipality is waiting for a positive reply from MELS before making a decision to proceed.

Expanded community outreach program brings the library to homes and seniors residences in Côte Saint-Luc

Côte Saint-Luc, December 2, 2008 – If you cannot come to the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library, the library will come to you thanks to an expanded community outreach program and more than 75 active volunteers.

“We have as one of our missions to go outside library walls to where the people are,” said Tanya Abramovitch, Director of the library. “We want to be active players in Côte Saint-Luc, and empower residents to make a difference in other people’s lives.”

The library’s Adult Volunteer Program has brought the library to more than 180 seniors living in residences across the city. The first initiative was launched at the Manoir Montefiore in 2007, where volunteers had already been making regular shut-in deliveries to some of the residents. Now library volunteers visit Le Waldorf and B’Nai Brith House and lead group discussions on current affairs as part of the Your Opinion Please program.

“We really appreciate the services that Côte Saint-Luc provides,” said Eileen Katz, Executive Director of B’Nai Brith House. “Our book review program uses the book kits from the library. Residents are able to borrow the book, which is then followed by a discussion group. Residents also enjoy the Your Opinion Please program in which a library volunteer brings interesting news articles for the group to discuss. There is a lot of laughter. The residents love it.”

The expansion of the community outreach program has helped increase the number of volunteers. For instance, the number of volunteer drivers for the shut-in book delivery service increased by 50 percent in the past year and the service will soon expand to five days a week. In 2007, volunteers donated 1,888 hours.

Delivery of books is only part of the story of community outreach in Côte Saint-Luc. The library has created new ways for its residents to volunteer to help fellow residents including peer tutoring, computer buddies, general helpers and residence visits in the community.

“The library volunteers are Côte Saint-Luc residents and range in age from teen to senior,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “They take pride in being able to contribute to their community in such a profoundly meaningful way. They bring not only knowledge and information to the seniors who attend these programs, but also the human interaction, which they miss by no longer being able to come to the library. A library volunteer even gives computer lessons at the Manoir Montefiore.”

The library has also expanded its reach among seniors and housebound residents through a partnership with the CSSS Cavendish Health and Social Services Centre. University students in the field complete required training hours at the CSSS by delivering library material and spending some time with people from the community who have become isolated in their homes.

“Great communities are made when people care about their neighbours and their environment,” said Councillor Steven Erdelyi, the council member responsible for the library. “It’s not enough to think about doing something—you have to go out and do it. I am very proud of this library initiative and I invite residents interested in volunteering to call the library today.”

Residents can learn more about volunteering by calling the library’s Community Outreach Coordinator Gloria Caplan at 514-485-6900, ext. 4207.

The Adult Volunteer Program was organized by Adult Services Manager Sarah Topey in 2007 with a goal of getting the community involved in the library, affording them opportunities to give back to a place that meant so much in their hearts and minds. The program has been so successful that it grew into a new Community Outreach Program headed by Gloria Caplan.

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

Authors Ami Sands Brodoff and Gina Roitman will speak in Côte Saint-Luc on Thursday December 4, 2008

Côte Saint-Luc, November 12, 2008 – In celebration of Jewish Book Month, acclaimed authors Ami Sands Brodoff and Gina Roitman will be speaking on Thursday, December 4 at 7pm at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library.

Ami Sands Brodoff’s book The White Space Between is a family's story of the Holocaust.  It is a story which lies buried in the soil of a graveyard in Prague, in the old neighborhoods of Montréal, in the serenity of a small New Jersey town, and in the memory of a mother.   

In Tell Me a Story, Tell Me the Truth, author Gina Roitman has captured her own experience as the daughter of Holocaust survivors in the character of Leah Smilovitz. Leah lives in a world trapped between two solitudes. An outsider, she belongs neither to her parents’ painful generation nor to her own, freshly minted in the freedoms and contradictions of Montréal in the 1950s and 60s.

Ami Sands Brodoff is an award-winning novelist and short story writer. She has contributed to Vogue, Self, Elle, The Globe and Mail, and Montreal’s The Gazette. Originally from New York, she now lives in Montreal with her husband and two children. She serves on the executive of the Quebec Writers’ Federation and is active in Montreal’s literary community. She wrote The White Space Between in memory of her mother-in-law, who was a Holocaust survivor.

Gina Roitman, the daughter of Holocaust survivors, was born in Passau, Germany in 1948 and lived in the Pocking-Waldstadt Displaced Persons Camp before emigrating to Canada at 18 months of age. She is an award-winning writer and poet whose stories have aired on CBC Radio and appeared in numerous publications. She is currently completing a film entitled My Mother, the Nazi Midwife, and Me. A Montrealer by choice and inclination, Gina supports her passion for travelling by working as a communication consultant for the travel and tourism industry.

Tickets for Ami Sands Brodoff and Gina Roitman author talk for Jewish Book Month cost $2.

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

Côte Saint-Luc EMS volunteers honoured for long service

Côte Saint-Luc, November 6, 2008 – Mayor Anthony Housefather and the Côte Saint-Luc municipal council will honour 32 Emergency Medical Services (EMS) volunteers for their contribution to Côte Saint-Luc’s first responder service, Monday November 10, 2008 at 8pm at City Hall (5801 Cavendish Blvd.).

“Our EMS volunteers provide outstanding care to those in medical distress in Côte Saint-Luc,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “We are very proud to honour and thank them for their important contribution to our community.”

“Côte Saint-Luc EMS first responders receive extensive training and must complete more than 110 hours of advanced classroom learning and respond to 30 calls before becoming full EMS first responders,” said Councillor Glenn J. Nashen, who is responsible for public safety issues. “Upon completion of their certification, volunteers are required to commit a minimum of 12 months of service to EMS, we are happy to see that some will be celebrating 20 years with the organization.”

“Our volunteers come from all walks of life; some are young medical students while others are proficient business entrepreneurs in various domains, not related to the medical field,” said Stephan Kallos, Director of EMS. “We are always looking for new volunteers; if you would like to become an EMS first responder, please call 514-485-6800 to learn more.

Founded in 1965 as the Emergency Measures Organization, Côte Saint-Luc EMS has provided first responder services to the community since 1980. Its EMS offers a superior quality of pre-hospital emergency medical care to the residents of and visitors to Côte Saint-Luc. EMS responds to more than 3,000 medical assistance calls each year and assists at community events, crises and other major emergencies in the community and throughout south-western Quebec.

Residents of Smart Ave. and Baily win grand prize at annual Maisons Fleuries home garden contest

Côte Saint-Luc, November 4, 2008 – Côte Saint-Luc announced the winners and runners up in the 2008 Maisons Fleuries home garden contest yesterday evening at 7:30pm at the Bernard Lang Civic Centre.

The grand prize winner in the category of single-family homes or semi-detached homes was the Giordano family of Smart Ave. The grand prize winner in the duplex category was Remo D’Alesio of Baily Rd.

“It has been a pleasure to walk, bike or drive through the streets of Côte Saint-Luc and see the beautiful gardens that adorn our city during the summer months,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “The efforts made by many residents to maintain their lawns, tend to their gardens and landscape their flower beds in a creative and unique fashion, beautifies our community and is tremendously appreciated.”

The Maisons Fleuries contest was chaired by Harold Greenspon, and councillors Allan J. Levine and Steven Erdelyi. The awards were presented by the eight city councillors, City Manager Ken Lerner and Mayor Anthony Housefather.

The following is the list of grand prize winners, and district winners and runners up. The elite category is reserved to honour people who have been district winners at least twice in the past three years.

Grand Prize Winners

Single Family and Semi-Detached Homes
1st Place - Giordano Family

Duplex Category
1st Place - Remo D`Alesio

Elite Winners

Elite Single Family Category
3rd Place - Rose Sacks
2nd Place - Pat Cerulli
1st Place - Bernice Bratz

Elite Duplex Category
3rd Place - Florinda Alfonso
2nd Place - Carlo Palucci
1st Place - Antonio Giobbi

Elite Townhouse Category
3rd Place - Angéline Lawrence
2nd Place - Laurentia de Vreeze
1st Place - Susan and Harvey Schwartz

Elite Apartment/Condominium Category
1st Place - Manoir Mackle

Elite Commercial Building Category
1st Place - Canada Trust

Elite Public Building Category
1st Place - Mount Sinai Hospital

Elite Senior Residence Category
1st Place - St. Patrick`s Square

District Winners

Single Family and Semi-Detached Homes in District 3
3rd Place - Mollie and Joe Morantz
2nd Place - Hanna Cohen
1st Place - Zelda Rabin

Single Family and Semi-Detached Homes in District 4  
3rd Place - Marcella Ciambella
2nd Place - Ida Panaccione
1st Place - Sylvie Beaulieu

Single Family and Semi-Detached homes in District 5A
3rd Place - Debbi Lydynia
2nd Place - Irene Darrell
1st Place - Giordano Family

Single Family and Semi-Detached Homes for District 5B
3rd Place - Peter Forlini
2nd Place - Tony Pittarelli
1st Place - Carolina and Philip Palucci

Single Family and Semi-Detached Homes in District 6  
3rd Place - Fenster Family
2nd Place - Leah Benedek
1st Place - Jo Ann and Eric Goldapple

Single Family and Semi-Detached Homes in District 7
3rd Place - Alberto Cambone
2nd Place - Hannah and Billy Sheffren
1st Place - Max and Sigy Laredo

Duplex Category
3rd Place - Domenico Alfonso
2nd Place - Susan and Tony Alfonso
1st Place - Remo D`Alesio

Townhouse Category
1st Place - Cambridge Court East

Apartment/Condominium Buildings Category
3rd Place - La Tour Sunnybrooke
2nd Place - La Marquise
1st Place - Le Bellagio

Senior Garden Category
1st Place - Lot D9 - Mr. Chuck Schwartz

Senior Residence Category
1st Place - B`Nai Brith House

Public Building Category
1st Place - Standard Life

Ensemble Caprice will perform in Côte Saint-Luc on Sunday, November 9, 2008

Côte Saint-Luc, November 3, 2008 – The musical group Ensemble Caprice will perform a concert entitled Vivaldi and the Gypsies on Sunday, November 9 at 2pm at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library.  

The concert is presented by the Montreal Arts Council, the City of Côte Saint-Luc and the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library.

The concert focuses on a unique, anonymous collection of early Gypsy (or Roma) music (circa 1730) from eastern Europe and works by composer Antonio Vivaldi.

Under the artistic direction of Matthias Maute and Sophie Larivière, the Ensemble Caprice has its own concert series at Redpath Hall in Montreal and was recently nominated for the Prix Opus award. Originally formed in Germany in 1989 and now based in Montreal, the ensemble continues to give concerts in Europe and has appeared at festivals in Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany. In 2005, the ensemble made its American debut in the Boston Early Music Festival concert series and has subsequently appeared in many parts of the United States, with additional tours of Israel and Taiwan.

Matthias Maute has achieved an international reputation as one of the finest recorder and baroque flute players of his generation and as a composer. He has made many recordings on respected labels. He is a professor at McGill University in Montreal.

Sophie Larivière is the artistic co-director of the ensemble. She has appeared in numerous concerts internationally. She plays the recorder and baroque flute and has appeared with such early music ensembles as the Arion Ensemble, the Opéra de Montréal, and Le Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal,

Susie Napper was awarded Quebec’s “Personality of the Year” Prix Opus in 2002. She plays the viola de gamba and the violoncello. She is the founder and artistic director of the Montreal Baroque Festival. She grew up in an artistic milieu in London, studied at the Juilliard School in New York and later at the Paris Conservatory. She has appeared with several internationally-known early music ensembles.

Erin Helyard plays the harpsichord and graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with first class honors and completed his Masters at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University in Montreal. Earlier in his career, he was co-conductor of the Australian Chamber Orchestra. Since moving to Montreal in 2004, he has become an active member of Quebec’s early music community.

Tickets for Vivaldi and the Gypsies with Ensemble Caprice cost $5.

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

Upcoming lectures at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library

Upcoming lectures at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library include topics on American politics, health information online, Greek cooking at the stock market

Côte Saint-Luc, October 20, 2008 – Residents can learn about American politics, health resources on the Internet, Greek food and the stock market in a series of lectures next week at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library.

The President: On October 28 at 7pm, American presidential historian Gil Troy will discuss U.S. politics and the upcoming presidential elections. He is a professor of history at McGill University and a Visiting Scholar affiliated with the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington. His latest book is Leading from the Center: Why Moderates Make the Best Presidents. Tickets are $3.

Your Health, Online with Francesca Fratti: On October 29 at 7pm, Francesca Fratti will share tips on how to find the best and most accurate health information online. She is the librarian and patient information specialist at the Jewish General Hospital. The discussion is free.

Tastes of Greece: On October 30 at 6:30pm Gigi Cohen will share vegetarian recipes for delicious Mediterranean dishes. She is a holistic health care specialist who has appeared on Montreal radio on the Wellness Within show on 940 AM and Prenez votre santé en main avec Gigi Cohen on 690 AM. She also owns Jessy Naturel, a health food store on Monkland Ave. in NDG. The audience will be able to sample the Greek food. Tickets are $5.

Stock Market and Modern History: History professor Neil Cameron will be giving a lecture series on the stock market on Fridays at 2 pm until November 21. Tickets are $5 per lecture.

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

Home security information session in Côte Saint-Luc on October 28

Côte Saint-Luc, October 20, 2008 – André Belotte of Neighbourhood Police Station 9 will provide security tips for residents at the Home Security for Snowbirds information session on Tuesday, October 28, 2008 at 10am at the Bernard Lang Civic Centre (5801 Cavendish Blvd.).

Organized by the City of Côte Saint-Luc and the Montreal police department, this annual event is designed to help residents make their homes more secure—especially those who fly south for several months of the year.

“Côte Saint-Luc is one of the safest communities on the island of Montreal in part because of the emphasis we place on prevention,” said Councillor Glenn J. Nashen, the council member responsible for public safety. “There are practical ways you can make your house look more lived in while you are away. We want to make sure our residents have that information and take preventative action.”

At the information session, residents will learn about tips related to newspaper deliveries, mail deliveries, use of light timers and radios, answering machine messages, ladder locations and much more.

This event is free and open to all. People should call 514-485-6800 ext. 1801 today to confirm their attendance. Space is limited.

City-wide organic waste collection begins on Monday in Côte Saint-Luc

Côte Saint-Luc, October 17, 2008 – Starting Monday, October 20 at 8am, Côte Saint-Luc will begin collecting kitchen and garden waste from brown bins as the city expands its curbside organic waste collection—sometimes called compost collection— to nearly 5,000 single-family homes and duplexes.

In September 2007, Côte Saint-Luc began collecting organic waste from 500 homes as part of a pilot project to help divert waste from landfill. The program was a success and Côte Saint-Luc is now expanding it.

“Cote Saint-Luc is committed to becoming an environmentally responsible city,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “Toronto and other Ontario cities have been doing curbside collection of organic waste for several years. Côte Saint-Luc is one of the municipalities leading the way in Quebec.”

On Monday, October 20, organic waste will be collected in the south-western section of Côte Saint-Luc, on Baily Rd. and all streets south. The other three sections of Côte Saint-Luc follow on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. See the collection schedule map at

Currently, residents put paper, plastic, glass and aluminum into a blue box, which is collected every week. Now residents will put food waste and garden waste into a brown bin supplied by the city, which will also be collected every week. Anything that is left, like some kinds of plastic or Styrofoam, is thrown away as garbage.

Supermarket plastic bags are not allowed in the brown bin. Only certified compostable bags and paper bags are allowed in the brown bin.

Residents in all single-family homes and duplexes received last September a brown bin, kitchen collector and information materials and a DVD video explaining how everything works. They also received information on the new garbage collection and organic waste collection schedules.

Residents can learn more about curbside organic waste collection at


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

Roadwork at Cavendish/Fleet intersection starts October 20

Côte Saint-Luc, October 14, 2008 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc will begin major roadwork on southbound Cavendish Blvd. near Fleet Rd. on October 20, as part of a road reconfiguration project that will include the addition of a second left-turning lane.

“The Cavendish-Fleet interchange was designed a generation ago when the population of Côte Saint-Luc was smaller and few families owned more than one car,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “For years, residents have suggested the city improve the intersection to reduce wait times. After considerable study, we are now taking action.”

The city held public consultations on May 26 to get resident feedback on the proposed project and made various revisions based on the feedback received. When the planned roadwork is complete, motorists wishing to turn left from Cavendish Blvd. to Fleet Rd. will be able to do so from two dedicated left-turning lanes. An engineering traffic study indicates that this will reduce wait times and line-ups of vehicles turning onto Fleet Rd.

“The project will be done in two phases,” said Councillor Mitchell Brownstein, the council member responsible for public works issues. “In phase 1, we will break parts of the concrete medians in the area and repave parts of the street. Once we are confident the new configuration is successful, we will complete the project in phase 2, in which we will beautify the green spaces and add permanent barriers in spots.”

During the construction period, motorists should try to avoid the construction zone during the morning rush hour, if possible. For instance, residents west of Parkhaven Ave. are encouraged to use the Westminster Ave. route in the western part of the city to leave Côte Saint-Luc during the morning rush hour.

Residents can call 514-485-6800 ext. 1501 to provide feedback or ask questions about the project. A project page including maps of the planned reconfiguration is available at All residences are receiving by mail this week a pamphlet explaining the project.


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

All-night Read-A-Thon in Côte Saint-Luc to raise money for Comfy Cozy Fund

Côte Saint-Luc, October 10, 2008 – Kids, parents and library staff will be staying up late on Saturday, October 25 to read and raise money at the first ever all-night Read-A-Thon at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library.

The event is open to adults and children. Participants will spend the night reading at the library to raise money for Comfy Cozy Fund. The Read-A-Thon will showcase the magic of libraries and reading, and highlight their importance to the well-being of our society. Participants are encouraged to get sponsored, as the money their donors contribute will have an immediate and powerful impact on the lives of sick children and their families. Sponsorship forms are available at the library at the library website,  

“This event promotes reading, is a fun activity for parents and kids and raises money for a great cause,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “I am proud by the wonderful work done by our library staff to organize this unique event.”

There will be a special children’s event from 7pm to 10pm for those kids with an earlier bedtime. The more stout-hearted are encouraged to stay until 7am the next morning to enjoy the midnight pizza party, the 3am fruit and cardio break and the 6am breakfast.

The Read-A-Thon is part of the library’s celebration of Public Libraries Week.

The Comfy Cozy Fund was established in 2004 by Jake Shtern, a boy undergoing treatment for leukemia. His goal was to provide comfort to other children undergoing chemotherapy like him. The Comfy Cozy team works to ensure that the entire Montreal Children’s Hospital becomes a comfier and cozier place for the kids and family who spend time there. The treatment centre and the newly renovated oncology floor are now equipped with Game Boys, PlayStations, televisions and DVD players.  The Comfy Cozy Fund is currently funding a support program for the families of cancer patients and working to transform hospital departments, rooms and hospital stays throughout the Montreal Children’s Hospital.

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 to host third open house on October 16 to explain organic waste collection program to residents

Côte Saint-Luc, October 8, 2008 – Residents will be able to ask questions about the upcoming organic waste collection program at the third and final open house at the Bernard Lang Civic Centre (5801 Cavendish Blvd.) on Thursday, October 16 at 7pm.

The City of Côte Saint-Luc delivered the new 240 litre brown bins to 4,798 single-family homes and duplexes in late September. Residents will use their bins to dispose of their garden waste and kitchen waste. The city will collect the contents of the brown bins each week.

The first collection is the week of October 20. The collection day in each area is indicated on the map that came with the brown bin. Residents can learn more by reviewing the instructional material that came with their brown bin, by visiting or by calling 514-485-6868.


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

Kids with Cameras exhibit in Côte Saint-Luc shows Jerusalem from the camera lens of Jewish and Arab children

Côte Saint-Luc, October 6, 2008 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc is presenting the exhibition “Beyond the Wall – Jerusalem” by Kids with Cameras at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library until November 2, 2008.

The photographs on display were taken by Jewish and Arab children from Jerusalem. Jason Eskenazi, the coordinator of “Beyond the Wall – Jerusalem”, taught photography to the children and gave then cameras. Each group photographed the Old City. Although the two groups had separate classes with Eskenazi, they began to be curious to see each other’s work. At the project's close, they discussed their work together.

“In the end all the kids were brought together just by being in the same project seeing Jerusalem from two vantage points,” Eskenazi said. “I hope somewhere down the road in a time to come that some of these kids will remember taking pictures and stopping to think how their counterpart might view the world.”

The organization Kids with Cameras was founded in 2002 by photographer Zana Briski out of her work teaching photography to children in Calcutta's red-light district. They see photography as an effective tool in igniting children’s imaginations and building self-esteem, and they believe in the power of art to transform lives, for both the artist and the viewer.

The exhibition “Beyond the Wall – Jerusalem” by Kids with Cameras is on view daily between 10am and 10pm at the library, which is located at 5851 Cavendish Blvd. Admission is free.

“This photo exhibit has been shown at the Jewish community centres of New York and San Francisco and I am proud Côte Saint-Luc has the privilege of putting it on display at our library,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “Exhibits like this one are another reason the public library in Côte Saint-Luc is regarded as one of the finest in Quebec.”

For more information about the Kids with Cameras program, visit

In conjunction with this exhibition the library is running a children’s art program “Côte Saint-Luc Kids in Focus”, which is an opportunity for kids ages 9 to 12 to experiment with photography and share the way they see their world. Participants will have the chance to learn about using a camera and take a tour of the Kids with Cameras exhibition. They will have the opportunity to shoot photos (using their own cameras or borrowing the library’s cameras) on a theme of their choice and take part in putting together their very own exhibition.

Registration for the Côte Saint-Luc Kids in Focus program is $5. Call the library for information at 514-485-6900.

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1. Photos from the Kids with Cameras project are on display in Côte Saint-Luc until November 2, 2008.

2. Two 12-year-old participants, Raneen and Zvi, review their photos with photograpy instructor Jason Eskenazi.


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