Hundreds of people gathered outside Côte Saint-Luc City Hall on December 2 for a morale lifting rally for religious freedom.
The rally itself was preceded by a Christmas tree lighting event with Father Peter Laviolette of Saint Richard’s Church of Côte Saint-Luc. Following the event, there was the traditional Chanukah menorah lighting with Rabbi Mendel Raskin of Chabad of Côte Saint-Luc.
This was a “feel good event” as guest speakers spoke out loudly against draft Bill 60, the proposed Charter of Quebec Values.
“Some people have asked why as a city we are speaking out against the Charter,” said Mayor Anthony Housefather. “City government of CSL has an absolute right to speak out against the Charter. Our council is unanimous in opposing it and in fact each and every city on the Montreal island has adopted positions against the Charter. We are against the Charter because it is a violation of both the Canadian and Quebec Charters of Rights and international treaties Canada has signed. It would reduce religious and linguistic freedoms in Quebec as the primacy of French is also bundled into the Charter. In the same way CSL led the fight in opposing Bill 14 which would have reduced our residents linguistic rights we will also lead the fight against this Charter. Indeed the Charter is squarely a municipal issue as it impacts our employees and how the municipality operates including forcing elected officials to adopt policies against their conscience."
After opening remarks from Father Laviolette, the St. Richard’s Choir sang some Christmas tunes. They surprised us all with an improvised, “We wish you a Merry Chanukah!”
Rabbi Reuben J. Poupko of Congregation Beth Israel Beth Aaron would later remark, “I am glad they did not sing Silent Night.”
Rabbi Poupko, Rabbi Chaim Steinmetz, Mayors William Steinberg and Beny Masella of Hampstead and Montreal West and Mayor Housefather energized the crowd with very strong words against the Charter.
Mayor Housfather called Bill 60 “an odious law,” and then put his own spin on former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau’s famous quote that the state has no business in the bedrooms of Canadians, noting how Quebec “has no place in the wardrobe of the nation.”
Mount Royal Liberal MP Irwin Cotler was unable to attend the rally, but he sent a message calling Bill 60 “the Charter of shame.”
Added Mayor Housefather: “ If god forbid this law is ever adopted we will go the courts. We will never discipline anyone because they wear a hijab, a kippa or a crucifix.”
Mayor Steinberg declared this his town will not enforce the Charter, if it is ever adopted. "Immigrants from all over the world have fled tyranny and racial strife to come to Quebec," he said. "They came here for freedom and democracy. They came to a place where they could express their religious beliefs without fear of persecution or discrimination. If Bill 60 – the Charter of Shame - becomes law, Quebec will no longer be that place. This odious Bill contains provisions to eliminate minority rights, to restrict freedom of religion and freedom of expression. The Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms will be amended so that these basic freedoms can be removed. We cannot allow that to happen. We must stand up and say no.
"The CAQ says that it is OK to ban religious symbols on authority figures like police, judges, and prosecutors. The Quebec Liberal Party now says that they might agree with that view. Well, they are wrong. What you put on your head does not suddenly make you unqualified or biased. To force those who do these jobs to choose between their religious beliefs and their employment is immoral. Support for any part of Bill 60 fans the flames of racism and intolerance. I call upon the CAQ and the Quebec Liberal Party to stand up and just say no to Bill 60. The Town of Hampstead will not recognize it as a valid law. We will not comply. We will not be complicit with hatred, racism and intolerance."
Mayor Masella acknowledged that while our communities have not elected PQ MNAs, “we need to tell the CAQ and the Liberals that there is no common ground here.”
Rabbi Steinmetz referred to the Charter of darkness. “It is destructive and divisive,” commented the spiritual leader of Tifereth Beth David Jerusalem Congregation. “It is stirring up an awful lot of animosity in our community. It is a solution to a problem that does not exist. This is cheap demagoguery; a ploy to get better results at the ballot box.”
Rabbi Steinmetz said that he was never before reticent to be in certain parts of Quebec outside of Montreal wearing his kippa until now. “We are here not just to oppose it Bill 60, but to deny its legitimacy,” he said. “We will never respect this law. If it is ever passed, we will deny it and undermine it. We will act with civil disobedience and follow the lead of the Jewish General Hospital.”
Rabbi Poupko said that the Charter is a repudiation of Quebec history. He accused the PQ government of trying to divert attention from the economy. “The definition of a democracy is when minority rights are protected by law,” he said.
After the rally, the large crowd moved over to the large menorah where Chabad officials first showed a video of how Chanukah is celebrated around the world with political leaders. Rabbi Mendel Raskin, just back from his native Casablanca, Morocco, looked around at the dozens of cars with Chanukah menorahs on top and smiled at the tradition which Côte Saint-Luc has made sure continues each year. Councillor Glenn J. Nashen then climbed aboard a truck with a lift and manually lit the shamash and six candles. Bravo Glenn!
Here is the video:
Avi Brook, Marianna Roth and their team from Côte St. Luc Kosher (www.cslkosher.com) are featured on the front page of this edition of the December Chanukah edition of The Jewish Standard Magazine, the prestigious and glossy 84 year old quarterly which also has editions across Ontario.
Côte Saint-Luc Kosher has been cooking up a storm once again for Chanukah. Prior to the holiday, Mrs. Roth baked her famous Chanukah latkes and sugar donuts and handed them out to the many regular customers who come through the door six days a week at 5533 Westminster at the corner of Côte Saint-Luc Road.
Côte Saint-Luc Kosher Meat Market has been servicing the palates of Jewish Montrealers for decades. Here you will find a wonderful array of kosher meat and ready to serve healthy meals made the day you pick them up. You can choose from items such as chicken schnitzel, Chinese dishes, chicken burgers, roasted chicken, brisket, salads, soups and much more. Avi the butcher is the son-in-law of Mrs. Roth, a legend of 50 plus years in the business. The supporting cast includes people like Billy Gerontakos, Claudia Levine and Wing Wah Li. These days Côte Saint-Luc Kosher cannot only pride itself on having quality meat, but also the premier kosher cuisine in the city. Their store is spacious and whether you are a longtime customer or someone dropping by for the first time, the team will always make you feel at home. Just call 514-481-4094 and look for them on Facebook.
If you are coming home from work and do not have time to cook dinner, head over to Côte Saint-Luc Kosher where home cooked meals are waiting for you. Check their website for the menu.
The Jewish Standard Magazine (www.thejewishstandardmag.com) is available at many locations, including the Quartier Cavendish IGA, the Eleanor London CSL Library, the Jewish General Hospital, synagogues and other Jewish points of interest.
I could not be more proud of being a city councillor in Côte Saint-Luc as we prepare to take a leadership role in taking the PQ government to task on its disturbing proposed Charter of Values.
We will be hosting a rally for religious freedom on Monday, December 2, 2013 at 6 pm outside City Hall (5801 Cavendish Blvd).
The rally event will be preceded by a Christmas tree lighting event with Father Peter Laviolette of Saint Richard’s Church of Côte Saint-Luc. Following the rally event will be a Chanukah menorah lighting event with Rabbi Mendel Raskin of Chabad of Côte Saint-Luc.
“We call on all our residents and our neighbours to attend this rally to send the message that residents of Montreal island municipalities reject the Parti Québécois’ proposed Bill 60 that would restrict our rights as Canadians and Quebecers,” Côte Saint-Luc Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “We hope that people from all faiths, backgrounds and communities will join us to send a message to the PQ government that we respect individual rights and freedoms and reject Bill 60 and the division it has caused.”
Speakers at the rally will be Mayor Housefather, D’Arcy McGee MNA Lawrence Bergmanand Rabbi Chaim Steinmetz of Congregation Tifereth Beth David Jerusalem.
Below you can view Mayor Housefather's video messages about the event, in English and in French:
I am pleased to report that construction for the redevelopment of the two tennis courts and the addition of new lighting at Rembrandt Park is complete. The courts have been resurfaced and underground electrical conduits installed, along with the bases for the new lighting. Fencing has been fixed, as well as lighting installed. The contractor will return in the spring to apply the acrylic court surface.
This project has been several years in the making. I thank members of council for their support. A number of meetings took place with constituents. Many who play tennis there complained about the lighting and the poor condition of the coirts. As winter approaches, it is nice to think about the return of warm weather next spring and folks like my neighbour Moishe heading over for a game of tennis after supper - knowing he will have good lighting.
The City of Côte Saint-Luc commemorated Remembrance Day with a small ceremony at our very own Veterans Park on November 11. Leading up to this date, members of the Canadian Legion Brigadier Kisch Branch #97 visited schools and community groups. They also could be scene at neighbourhood stores and locales selling poppies. Of course, the Legion's significant event each year is held to mark VE Day, when favorable weather conditions generally prevail.
Jessica Laventure, the superb weather forecaster/reporter for the Global Television Morning News, broadcast live from Legion headquarters from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. Jessica sat with Legion president Frank J. Levine (both pictured below) and over the course of several segments, he shared with her some fascinating stories of his experience during World War II. Here is one of the segments.
Also in Côte Saint-Luc, the Marymount Adult Education Centre held its first Remembrance Day ceremony since relocating to our community a number of years ago. Congratulations to Principal Cynthia Koomas, Vice-Principal Joan MacMillan (the initiator of the event) and their team for a job well done. Marymount caters to adult students, mainly new immigrants, studying English as a Second Language. They also have 20 classes of special needs students.
The program began with a piper from the Canadian Legion marching into the room with senior staff and the two guest speakers. One student recited On Flander`s Field while another led the audience in the singing of O Canada.
Students and staff were treated to two firsthand accounts from war: one veteran from WWII, L. Hugh Martin, and another from the Vietnam War, former English Montreal School Board commissioner Joseph Petraglia.
Mr. Martin joined the British Army in 1942. He was called to enlist at that time. and was placed in an army division that worked with heavy weapons such as cannons and large guns. Mr Martin went on from there to apply to a newly formed glider pilot regiment. These glider planes, with no engines, were known as the “silent wings” and were used to bring supplies to their men. But like all missions anything can be expected. Mr. Martin shared some fascinating stories and even pulled out some maps and a model plain to better explain the situation.
Mr. Petraglia (pictured left) is a native of Long Island, N.Y. He served as a platoon sergeant in the Vietnam War. Back in the 70’s a platoon sergeant’s job was very different than it would be today. Today troops would have previously prepared dug in bunkers in the ground and have helicopter support. Back then troops would walk all day, carry everything they owned on their backs, and dig out their own trench.
Mr. Petraglia suffered a permanent hearing loss as a result of his two combat tours of duty. He said that the war and his military experience, "had a profound effect on his whole life, mostly for the better. The military teaches you duty, honour, country. The success in my life has come partly because of my military service."
Mr. Petraglia brought his combat helmet and passed it around the room. Students had many questions, such as whether he was ever injured. Except for his hearing loss, caused by the constant sound of gunfire in one particular 24 hour period, Mr. Petraglia said that he was once shot near the knee by neither he nor any of his platoon members suffered anything serious. “I had two tours of duty in Vietnam and I am fortunate to have never lost any members of my troops,” said Mr. Petraglia, who received a bronze star for bravery. Pictured above I join the piper, Mr. Petraglia, Ms. Koomas, Ms.MacMillan and Mr. Martin.
Mayor Anthony Housefather and our eight member Côte Saint-Luc city council (above) are ready to get back to work for our next mandate following a wonderful swearing in ceremony on November 4 at City Hall, presided over by our superb city clerk Jonathan Shecter.
Cutline: With Mayor Housefather, Hampstead Mayor Bill Steinberg and newly elected Councillor Karen Zajdman.
Since we demerged from Montreal and regained our independent status eight years ago, the same eight councillors have taken our oaths for a third successive mandate. Eight of us were acclaimed to office on October 4. Councillor Sam Goldbloom was challenged for his District 1 seat by two people, Marissa Sidel and Stewart Wiseman, but he prevailed as the winner.
I must say that these ceremonies illustrate to me how fast life moves on. As I stood there in City Hall, the 2005 ceremony seemed like yesterday. I was saddened to look around the room and not see my father Larry, he of blessed memory. Dad passed away just over a year ago and he loved these events. My wife, daughter, mom, mother in law and father in law (he who doubles as my campaign manager) were there and that gave me reason to smile. I am happy to call Mayor Housefather and my seven fellow councillors friends. We are together for meetings at least once every week, at community functions and in touch by phone and email. I think we make a wonderful team and judging by the acclamations, so does our public.
It was nice to see Liberal Member of Parliament for Mount Royal Irwin Cotler, his chief of staff Howard Liebman, Liberal Member of the National Assembly for D'Arcy McGee Lawrence Bergman, Police Station 9 Commander Marc Cournoyer, Suburban Newspaper Publisher Michael Sochaczevski, high ranking member of the Conservative Party of Canada Neil Drabkin, members of Hampstead Council and some stellar citzens like the amazing Steve Acre.
Hats off to the ageless Ernie the Caterer, who kept everyone well fed and a hearty congratulations to Mayor Housefather and my council colleagues Goldbloom, Steven Erdelyi, Dida Berku, Glenn J. Nashen, Mitchell Brownstein, Allan J. Levine and Ruth Kovac. Thanks to our amazing staff, many of whom were on hand for the ceremony: Shecter, Nadia Di Furia, Pascale Scott, Cheri Bell, Andrea Charon, Darryl Levine, David Taveroff, Charles Senekal, Patrick Raggo, Bebe Newman, Jordy Reichson, Peter Kopitas, Tammy McEwen, Janine West and Ruth Kleinman. The man who has taken our Men's Club to new heights, Sidney Margles, was on hand as was the woman who has steered the CSL Dramatic Society in a strong direction - Anisa Cameron. So were council regulars Irving Itman and Bernard Tonchin, who are no doubt researching their questions for our next meeting.
Cutline: With my father-in-law/campaign chief Reuben Spector.
It was an energizing evening.
We now await Mayor Housefather's announcement of portfolios for councillors in the next mandate. It is time for us to build the budget for 2014.
Jordy Reichson, Glenn J. Nashen, myself and the ageless Joy Rodgers (Jordy's better half and a CSL EMS volunteer of many years).
With Mitchell Brownstein.
With Sam Goldbloom.
With Steven Erdelyi.
I wish to thank Rabbi Menachem Posner for providing this excellent summary of the Friendship Walk, which took place in Côte Saint-Luc last week.
Sixteen-year-old Lola Flomen spent a recent Sunday afternoon with friends at Trudeau Park in Côte St Luc. Yes, many of were high school classmates, but dozens of her playmates were children with special needs.
She was among thousands of others of others at the Walk 4 Friendship, an annual event supporting the Friendship Circle of Montreal, an organization that unites teen volunteers with special children in a friendship that Flomen describes as mutually beneficial.
Rabbi Yossi Paris, executive director of the Friendship circle says that volunteers like Flomen raised $438,656 through having people sponsor their participation in the walk. Yellow Shoes donated an additional $150,000 through a matching grant challenge.
Flomen says she and a dozen or so classmates at Lower Canada College solicited more than $1,000 mostly from family and friends.
Another volunteer, Michael Cons of Hampstead, raised $25,921 from personal friends, family and business acquaintances.
“We do it for the children,” says Cons, who attended the walk and carnival with his daughter Olivia. “Just seeing the glow on the faces of the children whose lives have been changed by the Friendship Circle makes it worth it.”
Through a wide range of programs and activities, the children with special needs and their mainstream volunteer buddies share fun and love throughout the year. The children with special needs experience the joy of friendship, and the teens are empowered through volunteering. The regular get-togethers also allow the parents to enjoy much-needed respite.
Nechama Dahan is one such parent. Her 22-year-old daughter, Bracha, who is developmentally delayed, participates in a number of Friendship Circle programs, which she says have been a lifesaver for her family.
Over the past decade Bracha has experienced a host of activities together with mainstream buddies. From “Junior Chefs,” where she purchased, cooked, and ate her own dinner, to the “Giving Circle,” where she volunteered at the Mada soup kitchen, the Friendship Circle gave her an outlet and a social circle of caring teen friends to hang out with. She also goes there for regular sessions of yoga and karate.
“Our programs not only offer a healthy social outlet for our children,” says Joshua Cummings, president of the Friendship Circle. “They also provide a setting where they can feel valued as individuals and forge lasting friendships with our young volunteers who, in turn, learn firsthand the importance and rewards of community service.”
These sentiments were echoed by 16-year-old Steven Abadi of Dollard, who volunteers regularly. “It has made me more aware of these children’s needs and made me more sensitive,” says Abadi.
Abadi first began participating in Friendship Circle events as an 8-year old, then enrolled in Summit School, which caters to children with autism, Downs Syndrome and other special needs. Over the years—in part through confidence and skills gained at Friendship Circle—he was able to transfer to Vanguard School, whose students are on par with province-wide achievement in spite of learning disabilities.
Now an aspiring singer, Abadi sang at the Sunday afternoon event. Many of the songs were from his new newly-released album that he produced with Montreal music legend Félix Gray—with all proceeds going to the Friendship Circle. The production was guided by Eli Elmaleh, who “discovered” Abadi at a Friendship Circle dinner, and sponsored by Manta Stendel.
“When the kids see Steven,” says Leibel Rodal, director of public relations at the Friendship Circle, “they see that they can do anything.”
Rodal says the walk was just two kilometres to ensure that everyone was able to participate regardless of ability. This year, there was also a five-kilometre run for those who wish to do a little more.
Dahan says she and her family came “to support Friendship Circle, and to show our appreciation for Leibel’s enthusiasm to make the world a better place for people with special needs.”
Côte Saint-Luc held its 2013 Maisons Fleuries Awards evening recently, with the mayor and council presiding. The entertaining evening featured music by “Sir” Edwin Brownell (below) and a surprise and extremely funny video produced by Councillor Mitchell Brownstein.
Councillors Brownstein and Sam Goldbloom co-chaired the event, with Harold Greenspon serving as honourary chair.
In the summer, our community is ablaze with colour as residents tend to their gardens in order to best please our judges. Our City is proud of its residents and is pleased to present these awards in recognition of their efforts.
Entrants of single family, semi-detached and duplex residences are judged by political districts. Depending on the quality and quantity of entries received per category, one, two or three award recipients are selected by our judges. Our elite awards are comprised of winners from the various categories who were selected for an award twice in the past three years. The grand prize is awarded for one property amongst single family, semi-detached and duplex residences.
Here are the results
Apartment &Condominium Buildings Category
7905 CSL Road
Le Rothchild 2
5850 Marc Chagall (District 2)
Le Rothchild 1
6500 Mackle Road (District 2)
Commercial and Public Buildings
5500 CSL Road
Mont Sinai Hospital
5690 Cavendish Boulevard
Or Hahayim Synagogue
St. Richard’s Church
Single Family & Semi-Detached Homes in District 2
Daniel Cohen and Bonnie Roiter (Bonnie with me above)
5786 Ilan Ramon
Single Family & Semi-Detached Homes in District 3
Mrs. Zelda Rabin
Single Family & Semi-Detached Homes in District 4
8110 CSL Rd.
Emery & Micheline Sasvari
Single Family & Semi-Detached Homes in District 5
5782 Blossom Avenue
5639 Hudson Avenue
Single Family & Semi-Detached homes in District 6
Eric and Joann Goldapple
Single Family & Semi-Detached homes in District 7
Marvin & Linda Ostin
Duplexes in all Districts
6639 Baily Rd
Mario & Kathy D'Alesio
6615 Baily Rd
Nina & Michele Alfonsi
Elite categories (The contestants of the Elite awards consist of the winners from the previous three years -2010-2011-2012-from their respective categories, who have won on two or more occasions.
Elite Apartment &Condominium Buildings
Le Bristel (Marcia Reim with Ruth Kovac and Sam Goldbloom above)
6635 Mackle Rd.
Elite Single Family and Semi-Detached Homes
Tied for 3rd Place
5777 Rand Avenue
6641 Baily Rd
Tony & Florinda Alfonso
6647 Baily Rd
Susan & Harvey Schwartz
6043 Cavendish Boulevard
Dr. Laurentia de Vreeze
Single Family and Semi-detached homes
Zelda Rabin (above with Mitchell Brownstein, Sam Goldbloom and Anthony Housefather)
Côte Saint-Luc wishes to thank our sponsors Canbec Inc., CMS Entrepreneurs Inc. and Jack Vincelli Inc. This year’s judges were Joan and Bernie King, Louise Ferland and Sammy Pinsky, Marsha Reim andfor the first time this year, from the CSL vCOP’s (Volunteer Citizens on Patrol) Roz Kasner, David Guttman, Sandra Segal and Alice Schwarcz. Maisons Fleuries Committee Members joining the co-chairs were Director of Parks and Recreation David Taveroff, Manager of Leisure and Community Services Cornelia Ziga, Horticulture Foreman from Public Works Joane Warren, photographer extraordinaire Rami Negev and Peter Kopitas
As for the video, Councillors Brownstein, Goldbloom and Mayor Housefather visited a number of the winners under the premise that they had been disqualified. Given the fact that all three star in our very own CSL Dramatic Society, it was not surprising to see such a hysterical screenplay. For example, one garden was “disqualified” because there was a kippa on a flower and a large cross inside – the Charter of Values strikes again. It was all in good fun and the audience ate it all up.
With the municipal elections in Quebec just a few weeks, can we really stomach a provincial vote on December 9? Well it is certainly looking like Premier Pauline Marois will pull the trigger on one for that date, with the hope that she has winning conditions on her side.
For the voters in the riding of D’Arcy McGee, which emcompasses Côte Saint-Luc, Hampstead and part of NDG, it is comforting to know that long-time MNA Lawrence Bergman will be back as a candidate whenever Marois sends us back to the polls. There was cautious optimism at his nomination meeting at the Adath Israel Congregation on October 16 that the Liberals might be returned to power. Bergman sounded confident and so did two of his colleagues – MNAs and former cabinet ministers Pierre Arcand and Jean-Marc Fournier. John Parisella, the architect behind past provincial Liberal success stories, was a keynote speaker. He focused his talk on key Liberal values.
It is clear that with their divisive Charter of Values, the PQ wants to create a rift in the province. They have used this clearly xenophobic tactic to draw attention away from their poor economic performance, with an attempt to woo voters who agree that a ban on religious symbols is a good idea. The proposed charter would ban public servants from wearing kippahs, hijabs, or larger-than-average crosses.
Mayor Anthony Housefather was away on business, but he did send this message of support: “I am so sorry that work obligations have not allowed me to be at your nomination meeting tonight, but I want to express my strong support for your candidacy and my profound appreciation for your work as an MNA. We have worked together since I was first elected a councillor and you were first elected an MNA 19 years ago. Throughout that entire period you have been a friend and a mentor and someone who has taught me so much about what politics should truly be about which is doing good things for the people you represent and society as a whole. As mayor of Côte Saint-Luc I can only say that you have been there at every step of the way to support our municipality and its 34,000 residents. Whether it was securing funding for the construction of our fabulous new Aquatic and Community Centre, assisting us in getting legislation enacted to protect our exemplary EMS first responder service, helping us work on safety in our rail yards or lobbying for the Cavendish extension, you have always been there for us. In the last year since the PQ was elected you have been at the forefront assisting us in opposing the mean spirited Bill 14 and the horrendous Charter of Quebec Values, both of which attacked our rights and freedoms. I am very proud to call you my MNA and D’Arcy McGee is extremely lucky to have you represent us in the National Assembly. I wish you the best of success and will be there every step of the way to support you and the Liberal Party in the next Quebec election.”
Hampstead Councillors Bonnie Feigenbaum (candidate for mayor), Michael Goldwax and Leon Elfassy were on hand. So was Russell Copeman, a former Liberal MNA and now a candidate for borough mayor in NDG-Côte des Neiges and the man who currently holds that title, Darlington District Councillor Lionel Perez. District 2 resident Martin Bogante, who presided over the local riding association for 18 years, was clearly a relaxed observer. New Police Station 9 Commander Marc Cournoyer made an appearance as did Senator Leo Kolber. Mark Bergman, with wife Sara and adorable seven year old daughter Mollie, was on hand. The MNA’s son, best known as the brand director and drive home show host on Virgin Radio, raced home from the end of shift to salute his dad.
Bergman had very warm words for the woman in his life, Viviane Konigsberg. Bergman’s wife Monica passed away from cancer over a decade ago. He remained single for many years. Viviane is with him at all public events. He called her “my deep love of my life...my companion.”
Fournier ripped into the PQ’s record. “They were supposed to have a zero deficit and instead it is a $2 billion deficit,” he said. “Nobody is happy that the economy is headed in the wrong direction. If they call us for an election, we are going to have to define the kind of society we want. Being united is the only way our society will be better.”
On the eve of his 73rd birthday, Bergman showed that he still has plenty of fire in his belly. The de facto “Minister of Jewish Affairs” stated to much applause, “for the sake of all of Quebec we need a change in government.” He went on to accuse the PQ of wanting to institute state sponsored discrimination.
Added Bergman: “How many times have I said that all Quebecers, those born here and those who decided to come to our shores, are equal no matter what the colour of our skin, their origin and the society that they come from? We are all equals as Quebecers and Canadians. Unfortunately the present government wants to break with that premise.”
Bravo Mr. Bergman!
Since I was a young child, I have eaten at McDonald's more times than I can remember. But not until October 15 had I experienced a behind the scenes tour of one of the restaurants.
The occasion was a small ceremony for the brand new McDonald's which just opened at the Côte Saint-Luc Shopping Centre. It is a beautiful facility, spread over two floors with a drive through and open 24 hours a day. The place is also in the best hands possible with franchisee Pierre Brunet, certainly no stranger to our community. 'Mr. Brunet owned the McDonald's on Côte Saint-Luc Road and Walkley (actually considered NDG), which closed about 18 years ago. Among his current 16 franchises are the Quartier Cavendish food court, St. Jacques Street West, Queen Mary Road, Côte des Neiges and Linton, Beaumont in TMR, Marché Central, three in LaSalle and one Verdun.
Mayor Anthony Housefather was on hand to congratulate Mr. Brunet alongside five members of council: myself, Steven Erdelyi, Ruth Kovac, Dida Berku and Allan J. Levine. Manager Don Martin brought us right behind the counter and into the kitchen. Councillors Levine and Berku could not resist the temptation of the smell of french fries. Councillor Levine (left) scooped up a medium order himself while (below) Councillor Berku requested a small one. We were joined by some of the CSL residents whose homes are right next to the facility.
I was also happy to see Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Brodie on hand. The two longtime residents of Sir Walter Scott Avenue in District 2 have been close friends with Mr. Brunet for years.
Mr. Brunet said that without any bells and whistles, he opened the doors to the new franchise and business is already at the level he expected. When inside check out the neat digital me menus.
"I am very happy to be back in this neighbourhood," said Mr. Brunet.
The Shaare Zion Lions are the 2013 Champions of the MSSL (Montreal Synagogue Softball League) for the fifth year in a row. In a thrilling and exciting two out of three final series against the TBDJays, the Lions lost the first game 5-4 to a younger and hungrier Jays team. With their backs to the wall, the Lions came from behind and took Game Two 13-10. And in the sudden death Game Three final at Trudeau Park in Côte Saint-Luc, the Lions battled the Jays and emerged victorious in a 11-9 win.
“We were an average team all year as many of our regulars were out with injuries” said manager/player Asher Tannenbaum. “But we stuck together, played smart and are thrilled with this fifth championship. We can claim to be The Montreal Canadiens of Softball and will return next year to win the sixth.”
The MSSL was created about seven years ago and there are eight synagogue teams in the league. Games are played on Sunday mornings from June through September.
For more information, please contact the Commissioner Asher Tannenbaum at email@example.com or514-481-7727#237
There are many things the present Côte Saint-Luc City Council can be proud about. We assumed office eight years ago, after demerging from Montreal. The redevelopment of the Cavendish Mall property was front and center on our agenda and this was a process which took a few years to iron out. A lot of proposals went back and forth. We had to make sure that we would not create a situation with too much traffic.
A beautiful new development called Centrepoint is now taking shape. When all is said and done there will be 68 townhouses, 31 single family homes, 18 semi-detached homes and a mixed use building where the number of units are still to be determined. The new homes on Kildare Road, Cavendish Boulevard, Park Place and Jubilee are situated within District 2., Those on the extension of Kellert Avenue fall within Glenn J. Nashen's District 6.
On October 7, I was joined by a number of colleagues for a ground breaking ceremony for 14 new homes on Kellert near the Beth Israel Beth Aaron Congregation. Pictured left to right below are myself, Councillor Sam Goldbloom, Councillor Nashen, project manager Line Dufresne, Dubelle Developments president Joe Levine, Dubelle vice-president (and District 2 resident) Jason Levine and Councillor Mitchell Brownstein. Bravo to the Levines, who have done a magnificent job helping to grow our community with such projects as Ilan Ramon Crescent, Cambridge Courts, Chelsea Courts and now Centrepoint.
On October 4, 2013 I was officially acclaimed as the councillor for District 2 in Côte Saint-Luc. This will be my third mandate. I worked very hard in the weeks and months leading up to the election. Please follow my trail to acclamation below by clicking on each headline.
Our Côte Saint-Luc Cats Committee held our second benefit concert on August 22 featuring the fabulous Musicians of the World Symphony Orchestra. It was a soldout performance and one to remember.
Please see our Cats Committee Blog here. It features a complete summary of the event and video highlights.
Alexandra Cohen of the Côte Saint-Luc Cats Committee was the guest of Andrew Carter on CJAD Radio.
The clip is below. It begins 55 seconds into the recording, following commercials.
Mayor Anthony Housefather and I held a meet and greet at City Hall on August 19 for some of the newest residents of Côte Saint-Luc and District 2, more specifically those who now live at Les Cours Marc Chagall and the Quartier Cavendish Centrepoint development.
Les Cours Marc Chagall is a 21 unit town house complex in which co-owners began moving in last fall. The land was originally zoned for a strip mall, but I was active with our mayor in working with council to rezone it residential. Homes at the Quartier Cavendish are taking shape and we will have a gorgeous development in place before long.
Last week the mayor and I took a walkabout with city staff and some residents of Les Cours Marc Chagall to discuss different matters related to their property.
What will become of the land next to Les Cours Marc Chagall? This is a question we get asked frequently. Our longterm plan is to put a park there, possibly even moving Isadore Goldberg Park which is now tucked between two buildings on Sir Walter Scott. In the interim, we want to see the land properly grassed with the idea of at least placing some park benches there.,
The mayor gave residents an excellent overview of what our city has to offer. This was of particular interest to a family of four which recently moved here from Brossard.
We discussed the snow dump, traffic, the Cavendish-KIldare intersection, a planned small commercial establishment next to Beth Chabad, our Aquatic and Community Centre and how to stay on top of the latest available city information.
The residents from Centrepoint seemed excited about being part of such a new development, which continues to grow in size. One young man is a physician who grew up in Dollard; another a teacher and chazan sheni ( a second cantor) who moved here from Snowdon after growing tired of making the 35 minute walk to his synagogue. They were elated to be part of our community.
We reminded the residents how accessible we are, by telephone, email or direct contact just like this.
Councillor Glenn J. Nashen joined us for our meeting with the Centrepoint residents. Some of the homes in that complex are in his District 6. In the coming weeks he will be meeting with them. In the meantime, Glenn helped answer a number of questions about traffic and public safety.
Côte Saint-Luc District 2 resident and mega sports fan Daniel Alon has a knack for meeting pro hockey players. Last September he snapped a shot of himself and Pittsburgh Penguins star defenceman Kris Letang in Côte Saint-Luc.
On the day of this writing, Daniel was at Golf Town on Sources Boulevard in Dollard des Ormeaux where he had a chance to meet Vincent Lecavalier, the newest member of the Philadelphia Flyers. Lecavalier, of course, is from West Island Ile Bizard. He played his entire NHL career with the Tampa Bay Lightning until they bought his contract out in June. Soon after he signed on with the Flyers, much to the dismay of so many Habs fans who always dreamed of him suiting up for the Red, White and Blue.
What a start!!
The new Côte Saint-Luc Farmers’ Market made its debut on August 4 and will take place over the next six Sundays from 10 am to 2 pm at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park. Day one was an unequivocal success, with a very large turnout.
“When we asked for feedback on launching a farmers’ market last February, the response on social media was huge and positive,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “The farmers’ market is one element of our new urban agriculture initiative. Thank you to City Manager Tanya Abramovitch and her team for putting this together.”
The farmers’ market will continue through September 15 at the Confederation Annex, which is a covered structure at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park (corner Mackle and Einstein). The market will take place rain or shine. People can buy fresh and local produce including and organic fruits and vegetables. There are also handmade soaps, natural cosmetics, artisan gifts, honey, maple syrup and more. Kosher goods are also available.
“We see each week of the farmers’ market as a unique event with different themes, activities for kids, and some different foods,” said Councillor Ruth Kovac, the council member responsible for the farmers’ market. “The goal is make people want to come back week after week.”
The activities for kids include face painting, a kids’ mini market, a game area, photo face stand-in cut outs and more. There will also be yoga and zumba classes, honey tasting, jam tasting, corn roast, taffy on snow, seasonal cooking workshops, container gardening workshop and more.
Here is a great video by our talented Director of Public Affairs and Communications Darryl Levine.
It is a pleasure to have many distinguished residents in District 2. Among them is Howard Liebman, the dedicated chief of staff to Mount Royal Liberal MP Irwin Cotler. On the occasion of his 40th birthday, he wrote this excellent piece in The Montreal Gazette.
The Leap From Corporate Law to Public Service
BY HOWARD LIEBMAN, SPECIAL TO THE GAZETTE JULY 28, 2013
MONTREAL - On Sunday I turned 40 surrounded by my wife, children and family. It is a milestone that coincided with another important marker in my life - the eve of my 10th year of public service as chief of staff to Mount Royal MP Irwin Cotler. As I celebrate the two events, I find myself reflecting on how rewarding and fulfilling public service is.
I was recruited from my downtown law practice by Mr. Cotler, then the federal justice minister, for what was slated to be a leave of absence of a year, or maybe two. Entering the public sector from the world of corporate law was more than a small adjustment, and not without frustrations at the pace at which government moves. But I dove in.
Unlike many senior staff members for MPs, I am based not in the bubble of Ottawa but in the heart of Mount-Royal, a riding that I have called home since birth. One of my roles is as an ombudsman: I act daily as an advocate for individuals and groups in the riding who are petitioning government for redress of grievance. The areas are diverse: from immigration to industry, taxation to transport, and much more in between. No two days are alike. It is a privilege to be called upon by one's own neighbours and community to touch a life, to try make it better. Yet there are times I am left scratching my head - such as when someone's pressing inquiry is not responded to in a timely fashion.
Just this month, for example, a visitor to Canada was able to attend a family wedding in Montreal not thanks to the entry visa he had dutifully applied for five months ago, but at the discretion of a border agent - on the eve of the wedding. It was a happy ending, but was preceded by months of angst. (And the day after the wedding, an email arrived at my office saying it would take about 18 months for the visa.) Thanks to the work that Mr. Cotler does in the areas of justice and human rights, I have been engaged in public diplomacy both locally and in all four corners of the world. (Though heaven forbid that I should come home from a wintertime trip to the Southern Hemisphere with a bit of colour; my family would never let me hear the end of it. It is hard enough to convince them that travels to faraway places like Singapore or Argentina, sometimes for only two days at a time, meeting heads of government and the like, is "work.")
Especially memorable have been two visits to South Africa, where I took part in meetings with the South African parliament's justice committee, that country's human-rights commissioner, and cabinet ministers on issues of common cause to our two countries. I have also taken part in work on the continuing search for Middle East peace, meeting leaders, opinion-makers and stakeholders in the region. But how humbling an experience it was to land back in Canada after one of those trips and be sent - along with the federal justice minister - for secondary customs inspection! (Yes, it really happened.) Ditto for extra security checks at the airport. No red carpet here.
As I turn 40, anchored by a supportive family, and reflect on my chosen path of public service over the more lucrative private sector, I consider myself incredibly fortunate for all that I have been able to learn and to contribute. It gives me renewed energy and dedication for continuing to strive - in Mount-Royal and far beyond - for a better and more just tomorrow.
Howard Liebman is a Montreal lawyer, husband and father of three boys. He is chief of staff to Mount Royal MP Irwin Cotler.
Côte Saint-Luc Mayor Anthony Housefather (pictured poolside below) has been proudly representing Canada at the Maccabiah Games (a.k.a. the Jewish Olympics) in Israel. As a member of the Canadian master's swim team, he has won seven medals : five silvers in the 100 and 400 metre butterfly, the 50 metre backstroke, open water and the medley relay . He also captured a bronze in the 200 metre freestyle while being part of relay team which also captured a bronze.
“My times have been generally very good and very pleased,” said the mayor, who missed a gold by four tenths of a second in the 400 metre freestyle.
The final tally from the pool is eight medals (five individual silvers, one individual bronze and two relay bronze. Clearly the mayor is Canada’s answer to Michael Phelps. “Our team manager believes this was the most medals won by a Canadian in the games so far so very pleased,” the mayor added.
Here is some more Maccabiah Games news:
Gold in Metula: It was a golden day for Canadian Men's Hockey. The Men's Junior team won their gold medal match over USA 3-2, while the Canadian Men's Open Team won their gold medal game 7-1 over Team USA. Canadians Men's Open Captain Adam Henrich was named player of the tournament on the Mens Open side, while Canadian Junior goaltender Mark Michaels was named player of the tournament on the junior side.
Men's Volleyball: In the gold medal game in Modi'in, Canada fell to Israel in straight sets (3-0). The guys fought hard, but in the end the U-21 team (for the most part) from Israel was just too strong. The pro-Canadian crowd - our rugby, Jr. girls volleyball, Jr. boys baseball teams and hundreds of other Canadians were in attendance — definitely showed their support with chants of CA-NA-DA filling the gym throughout the match. The team's showing was the best finish by a Canadian men's volleyball team in Maccabiah Games history.
Master's Tennis: The wins kept coming for Canada on the tennis courts yesterday. In Masters Singles, Sherry Buller finished off her Russian opponent to set herself up with a Gold medal match on Sunday. Bram Faber dominated his match and will go for Gold on Sunday as well. In Mixed Doubles, Sherry Buller was at it again and did not disappoint. She and her partner Adam Fisher won 2 consecutive matches to bring home another Gold medal for Canada.
Silver on the Diamond. After an epic win against Israel in the semi-finals the day before, Canada's Junior Boys Baseball team came up short against USA in the gold medal game losing 9-0. The boys had a great tournament and the crowd at yesterday's game was definitely proud of their silver medal accomplishment.
Soccer Update: The Open Women's team rebounded from its tough loss on Thursday against Israel with a resounding 7-0 win over Germany. For complete soccer results, check out www.maccabiah.com.
Cricket: Canada matched up against Great Britain yesterday in their second last round robin game. They came out hitting well, but in the end, lost the contest 102-101 and Great Britain had 10 wickets in hand. Canada's last round robin game is on Sunday against India and the outcome will determine whether or not they will be playing for a medal on Monday.
Basketball Update: On Friday, many of our hoops team hit the court. Here are there results: U16 Boys beat Brazil 44-42; Master's Men's team fell to USA 80-75; and Open Men's team lost to Israel 110-75. Our Open Women's team will play for Bronze eitherSunday or Monday (yet to be determined).
Councillor Sam Goldbloom and I were once again proud to co-chair the city's annual Golf Outing at Meadowbrook on July 9. It was sponsored by Yeh!Yogurt and Café, the growing self-serve yogurt chained owned by CSL natives Jon (below with me) and Marvin Gurman.
This year we renamed the event the Côte Saint-Luc Golf Classic and planted the seed for an extraordinary new format which we really expect to take off in 2014. Whereas this nine-hole event has been traditionally geared towards seniors, it is now open to all golfers in the community. We had a Seniors/Occasional Golfer category and another for Prestige/Alumni.
Alvin Fishman of our Parks and Recreation Department did a superb job overseeing every aspect of this event, from registering players to collecting an endless array of doorprizes. The latter is always a highlight of our program. Councillors Goldbloom and I gave a few out via the "Let's Make a Deal" format at our luncheon banquet. We asked people to show certain items, be it a watch or an US dollar bill, to be eligible to win everthing from movie tickets to food from CSL Kosher on Westminster. Some significant grand prizes, including a three wheel portable gold caddy valued at $150 to a free week at a tennis camp valued at $250, were given out via a special quiz moderated by our brilliant Mayor Anthony Housefather.
Let me first talk about the golfing. It was a gorgeous day, something which is not a regular occurrence this summer. Folks began teeing off at 6:45 a.m. at Meadowbrook, which we all know is invaluable greenspace in our community. Next year I will ask Les Amis de Meadowbrook to register a foursome. I had the wonderful opportunity to golf with CSL Men's Club president Sidney Margles, outgoing Police Station 9 Commander Sylvain Bissonnette (he will be heading the station on the other side of the course in Lachine), Police Station 9 Lt. J.P. Theoret and our friend Marco who runs the Café Aqua at our Aquatic and Community Centre (ACC) . The latter two are really superb golfers. Marco actually uses a putter on virtually every shot. Sid knows the game well, hitting the links year-round. Commander Bissonnette and I golf once a year -at this event. I do not keep score when I golf, but I sure do have lots of fun. Being part of this event also reminds me what a jewel we have in Meadowbrook. This is one gorgeous property which we must protect from development. As you will notice we actually had a fivesome, pictured above.
After the golfing we all headed to the ACC for a luncheon catered by the Snowdon Deli. Tatyana Davidenkow joined us to play piano and she really added some wonderful ambience to the room. Sam, myself, Mitchell Brownstein, Steven Erdelyi, and Allan Levine were the councillors who golfed. But at the luncheon, we were fully represented with Mayor Housefather and Councillors Glenn J. Nashen, Dida Berku and Ruth Kovac on hand. Howard Liebman, the dedicated chief of staff to Mount Royal Liberal MP Irwin Cotler, joined us as did Jon Gurman and special guest speaker Tony Marinaro from TSN 690 Radio (pictured above with Sam, myself, Alvin Fishman and Deb Trager accepting a gift).
Four trophies were handed out: Closest to the Pin on the 16th hole, female (Helen Zafran) and male (Beryl Peletz); and Longest Drive on the 17th hole, female (Pat Heller) and male (Michael Rabinovitch). They are pictured at the left with mayor, council and young Matthew Erdelyi.
Thanks to Parks and Recreation Director David Taveroff and the dynamic Deb Trager for assisting us with a number of tasks and our volunteers, which this year included someone we can always count on in Toby Shulman. Rami Negev was on the course taking photos.
Marinaro, who hosts the Montreal Forum from 10 am to Noon weekdays and co-hosts the Intermission from Noon to 1 pm, is a great sports mind and top-notch public speaker. We were fortunate to be privy to his insight, particularly about the Montreal Canadiens.
Our sponsor Jon Gurman gave a nice address as well, telling everyone how he and his brother and older sister were raised in an upper duplex on Melling Avenue. They went to local public school and played in the CSL sports leagues, building their business to one that know brings in annual revenue of more than $100 million.He was thrilled to bring a Yeh! Yogurt and Café to the Quartier Cavendish. He is pictured accepting a plaque from the mayor, Alvin and Deb.
A great time was had by all.
Thus far, the summer of 2013 in these parts has just been horrible. Somehow, Canada Day festivities in the City of Côte Saint-Luc beat the rain - but barely. As our fireworks display was about to begin, light showers began to fall. The ceremony went on as planned and about 10 minutes after it concluded the sky opened up.
Thousands turned out for our always spectacular Canada Day celebrations at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park. Congratulations to event co-chairs, Councillors Glenn J. Nashen and Ruth Kovac, and Parks and Recreation Director David Taveroff and his amazing team. Highlights of the event included a well appreciated live performance by Bowser and Blue and the induction of Jackie Robinson on the Human Rights Walkway.
Free pedal boat rides on Centennial Lake began at 1 pm. There was a model airplane show during the afternoon as well as inflatable games. Our traditional Canadian citizenship ceremony took place at 5 pm., presided over by Judge Barbara Seal. Howard Liebman represented Liberal MP for Mount Royal Irwin Cotler with his usual class.
Radio personalities Dan Laxer and Dr. Laurie Betito served as our emcees. Canada Day cupcakes were served, sponsored by Scotiabank Westminster. Food concessions were busy all night long, from Dizengoff Kosher and Dominos' Pizza to some yummy desert from Heidi Chenoy and her team from Yeh!Yogurt at Quartier Cavendish.
There was live music by HI-FI Showband, the Montreal West Operatic Society, and Raffi’s Accordion. CSL singer Alexandra Cohen performed the national anthem just prior to the fireworks.
Children’s activities included a magic show, the children’s train, storytelling, glitter tattoos, arts and crafts, and more. Janine West of the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library had a display as well. Event sponsors included The Suburban, Canadian Heritage, Domino’s Pizza, RBC, Bureau En Gros, Quartier Cavendish, Scotiabank, Qualitifruits, MAAC, Century 21, and Universel Inc. D'Arcy McGee Liberal MNA Lawrence Bergman joined us after arriving from Quebec City where the National Assembly adopted back to work legislation for construction workers. Mayor Anthony Housefather gave a spirited address.
Nobody does Canada Day like Côte Saint-Luc!!
The Yeh! Yogurt team headed by Mitch Simon and Heidi Chenoy.
Janine West and Councillor Sam Goldbloom.
Councillor Glenn J. Nashen and his four year old son Jeremy.
Lt.Col. Yaacov Perez (third from the right) from Israel and his family joined the celebrations.
Councillor Dida Berku and her mom.
The Hi Fi Showband.
One of the many blowup slides.
Congratulations go out to Police Station 9 Commander Sylvain Bissonnette, who was recently invested as a Canadian Senate Knight of Justice by the Chancelor of the Venerable Order of the Hospital of St-John of Jerusalem. He is pictured below, fifth from the right and left, with other recipients.
Established in 1888 by Queen Victoria, the Order of St. John was incorporated into the Canadian Honours system in 1990. In addition to this Order, the Honours system includes the Order of Merit, the Order of Canada, the Order of Military Merit, the Order of Merit of the Police Forces, and the Royal Victorian Order.
Well before they built their wholesale clothing chain into a business which surpassed retail sales in excess of $100 million, twin brothers Jon and Marvin Gurman, 54, grew up as average kids in a Côte Saint-Luc duplex, attended public school and loved hanging out at the Cavendish Mall.
On Monday, June 17 the Gurmans realized a bit of a dream when a brand new member of their growing yogurt chain opened at that very mall, know officially knownas the Quartier. Located on The Avenue, a street Mayor Anthony Housefather hopes to develop into “the Monkland Avenue of Côte Saint-Luc,” Yeh! Yogurt and Café (www.yehyogurt.com) is taking North America by storm.
As the Gurmans explain, The Mall/Quartier decision was a bit of an emotional move. Over the years this shopping centre has been carved in half, making way for a housing development. “My mother is a Mall walker,” Jon noted. “She said there are not a lot of people in the Mall. I said ‘Mom, we are going to bring people back to the Mall. That Mall is going to be hopping.’ I think it already is."
During a business trip to California in 2007, Marvin came across a frozen yogurt store that really impressed him. About a year later, while walking with his daughter down trendy St. Laurent Boulevard, they stopped in at the then only Yeh!Yogurt and Café. Boasting a self-serve format of different frozen yogurt flavors, over 40 toppings and an attractive interior layout, Marvin was beyond impressed. Six months later he and his brother became equal partners with the company’s founders.
“It really started out as a hobby for us,” said Jon.
The hobby quickly turned into a labour of love. After purchasing the remaining shares in the company last December, the Gurmans began to embark upon their plan to expand the brand across the globe. “We call ourselves ‘the Starbucks of the yogurt business’ said Jon. “Most yogurt places look like ice cream shops. That is not the case with us.”
The Yeh! Quartier Cavendish Mall location is being managed by the very capable Heidi Chenoy. This is a niced sized venue with access from the street and inside the plaza. There is now more than just yogurt. You can purchase smoothies, crepes, premium coffee, iced coffee and waffle cones or bowls to put your yogurt in.
Although the Côte Saint-Luc store is not under rabbinic supervision, all of the ingredients available are kosher. That has already resulted in a heavy presence of orthodox students from local Jewish day schools.
Marvin Gurman and his mother Zelda presided over the ribbon cutting ceremony. Jon was away on business, but his wife Joanne and daughter Raquel were on hand as were members of Côte Saint-Luc city council Ruth Kovac, Steven Erdelyi, Sam Goldbloom, Mitchell Brownstein, Allan J. Levine and myself, City Manager Tanya Abramovitch, Associate City Manager Nadia Di Furria, Parks and Recreation Director David Taveroff and managers Harold Cammy and Alvin Fishman, Director of Public Affairs Darryl Levine, Director of Public Safety Jordy Reichson, longtime Mall managing partner Roy Salomon, Michael Wolfe from the company that manages the property, Quarter/Mall manager Lina Roti, developer Joe Levine, CSL Men’s Club president Sidney Margles and Howard Liebman from the Office of Liberal MP Irwin Cotler. Jack Wiltzer, the president of JCorp, was there as was Yeh! Managing Director Craig Stein, franchise supervisor Mitchell Simon and many others. The place was hopping and as Councillor Kovac said in her remarks, this is just the kind of place we had envisioned to breath life on to the new Avenue.
Yeh! Yogurt is the proud sponsor of the July 9, 2013 CSL Golf Classic at Meadowbrook. Registration is now underway at the Parks and Recreation Department.
“Out motto is ‘You go, you get!’” the brothers state. “It is more than just a brand; it is a life concept that leads to realizing your full human potential. We want people to empower themselves to reach their goals and make a difference in the world.”
The history of JCorp dates back to 1929, when Myer Gurman arrived in Canada from Europe with little money and big dreams. He soon opened a small business producing caps. In 1952, his son, Jack, joined the company with the intention of bringing the best quality goods to the Canadian market. In 1978, brothers Jon and Marvin joined the company with the goal of becoming a major player in the industry. Before long they transformed their grandfather’s cap business into an international apparel powerhouse.
After quickly developing a keen eye for fashion trends and an awareness of their customers’ needs, the Gurman twins became very adept at developing private label programs for retail customers. Among their present-day retail partners are Walmart, JC Penney, Sears and TJ Maxx. Some of the brands and licences include Bugle Boy, PNB Nation by Nick Cannon, Old River, Gurilla Biscuit, Hollywood Era jean brand , and celebrity endorsements by Ashley Tisdale and Pauly D. They are also the manufacturers of MMA Elite, a UFC sponsored clothing line.
JCorp employs 90 people at their headquarters on Gince Street in the Montreal borough of St. Laurent. They moved to this location in 2004, giving a complete facelift to what was once the Rockland Tennis Club.
Hydro-Québec must replace all its meters throughout Quebec with next-generation models, as its current meter technology is now outdated. Safe and reliable, these new meters have become the new industry standard. Replacement of electricity meters began a few months ago in Greater Montréal. At least 30 days before installation of the new meters, customers will receive a notice and a pamphlet from Hydro-Québec explaining that meters in the area will be replaced within the next few weeks. They don’t have to do anything. The replacement is quick, simple and free.
Right now, most of Hydro-Québec’s meters are electromechanical, with a spinning disc and several dials. They must be read manually and haven’t been manufactured in North America since 2010. Next-generation meters will record and automatically transmit electricity-use data to Hydro-Québec. There will no longer be any need for meter readers to visit customer premises.
More than 120 million next-generation meters have already been installed around the world. The state-of-the-art technology adopted by Hydro-Québec will offer enhanced functionality to customers, including faster detection of outages, which means service to customers can be restored faster. Starting in 2014, customers will be able to monitor their electricity online by logging into their Customer Space on Hydro-Québec’s website.
Secure, certified state-of-the-art technology
The new meters comply with Health Canada guidelines, which set safety limits for radiofrequency (RF) emissions in the environment. Next-generation meters are therefore safe and pose no health hazard. In fact, RF emission levels measured 1 m away from a next-generation meter are approximately 120,000 times less than Health Canada limits.