New signage to deter tailgate banging installed in snow dump

Over the years the noise emanating from the banging of tailgates of trucks  going in and out of our snow dump on Marc Chagall Avenue has disturbed some residents.

Our Public Works Department has tried to manage this the best way possible. At the beginning of the winter season we even build a snow wall to try and shield the sounds. During heavy snowfalls  the noise is more difficult to control. There is also the fact that we are dealing with subcontractors, so the drivers change.

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This week Public Works has launched a new approach by installing signage to try and further deter the banging noises. I would like to thank Director Beatrice Newman and her team for this.

 

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As noted, when we are in the midst of an incredible snowstorm similar to the one of February 7,   the city attempts to remove the snow as quickly and efficiently as possible and that during snow removal operations there is much more back and forth traffic in the area.  “Our residents living in the area near the snow dump would definitely experience hearing more noise than usual,” Ms. Newman explains.


Rectifying a parking sign issue on Kildare Road

I recently held a meeting with some residents of the town houses on Kildare Road, between Cavendish Boulevard and Kellert Avenue.  With Scott,  David and Jo Hong I shared the discussions I had at the last Traffic Committee meeting over  an issue they are having with  restricted parking signs (Tuesday and Thursday)  that went up in front of their homes.

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With Jo Hong, David and Scott.

These same signs were removed when construction commenced in 2009 on their homes. Interestingly, there were no restricted parking signs present when work was complete in 2013. For six years that section of Kildare continued to have no such signs. According to Public Works this was a serious oversight on their part.

It turns out that it was a complaint from across the street, asking why they had no parking two days a week and their side did not. Engineering did some research and realized that the signs were removed during construction in 2009, but never put back. Since I was never consulted, I asked for a review and that finally took  place yesterday. Public Works insisted that they had complaints for years that the sweeper during spring, summer and fall could not clean the street properly. Their personnel were not aware of the sign situation. At  the meeting their operations director said they still need some restrictions in place.

For residents this poses a major inconvenience, notably when guests come over during the day or they themselves want to leave a car on the street instead of going back into the garage.

A compromise has been reached. They will only maintain restrictions between April 1 to December for the sweeper. Instead of two days, it will be part of one day. I spoke to Public Works and they are recommending Tuesdays from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm as the sweepers start in early spring and leaf season goes to the end of November. I will now wait for the Traffic Committee’s formal recommendation to come to City Council and the situation will be resolved.

One foot note: Montreal Transit Commission mandated bus lines will be introduced island-wide in the next year or so. That could impact on  parking  for everyone, including this stretch. We have no power on such decisions. We will keep everyone posted.


Another successful winter carnival is in the books

I have such fond memories of the annual Côte Saint-Luc Winter Carnival. When I was a little guy growing up on Wentworth Avenue, the event used to take place in Kirwan Park right behind my house. I looked forward to it all year.

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As a parent I loved bringing my daughter there when she was little. She liked the pancake breakfast and all of the activities.

During my 14 years as a city councillor I have enjoyed winter carnival from a different perspective. Congratulations to our Parks and Recreation Department (notably Sarah Houle) for planning another outstanding day. The weather was also perfect for the occasion. Thanks to Public Works for setup, VCOPs and Public Safety for security detail  and some of our officers from Police Station 9 for pitching in.

"Thousands of smiling, taffy filled faces could be seen enjoying the activities," said Parks and Recreation Director Cornelia Ziga. "There were line ups for every station, but all happy ones enjoying the weather and fun to be had. I saw everyone from babies to seniors partaking in the day bringing them much joy. "

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The pancake breakfast sponsored by McDonald’s—Pierre Brunet franchisee was once again a big attraction.  A large crowd was on hand. Young and old alike loved the horse drawn carriage rides, taffy on snow, tobogganing on the hill, face painting and ice sculpture activities. Throughout the carnival we will were accepting donations for the Ronald McDonald House. A team from The Beat 92.5 FM was there handing out swag and playing great  music!

I did a fun walk through with Mayor Mitchell Brownstein and chatted with many familiar faces.

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Last week we hosted the Winter Carnival Valentine Dance at the Aquatic and Community Centre. It was another sold out affair and I was pleased to be on hand and see many constituents out on the dance floor. There were hot and cold hors d’oeuvres served at each table and catered full size buffet and sweet table by Blossom La Plaza. Guests were invited to bring their own wine. Entertainment and music was provided by the George Thomas Entertainment Group. IMG_7681


Former City Councillor Isadore Goldberg has passed away at the age of 94.

Former City Councillor Isadore Goldberg has passed away at the age of 94.

Goldberg, a distinguished World War II veteran, served on council from 1983 to 2001  and represented  District 1. At that time the district encompassed the area of MacDonald Avenue, where he resided, the North of Hampstead/Decarie Square section and in what was a strange electoral  map at the time, Sir Walter Scott Avenue and Marc Chagall. 

The  boundaries were changed in 2005 when I ran in District 2. Sir Walter Scott, Marc Chagall and part of Mackle were transferred to my riding. It is for this reason we have Isadore Goldberg Park.  Isadore’s niece, her kids and his brother and sister-in-law are my constituents. Because of the park, Isadore and I remained connected. In fact it was only a few months ago that I shared with him the exciting news that Director of Public Works Beatrice Newman and her team were not only beautifying the park under his  name, but his dream of having the sign moved  to  a proper walkway was also about to come true. A rededication of the park was set  for the spring and Isadore told me at the last Remembrance Day in November that he was very excited.

 

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Here I am with Isadore just a few months ago at City Hall.

 

Isadore was full of pep and energy that day. He had all of his faculties and while  he needed a walker to get around, that did not hold him back.  That day I told him that a nephew of his living in Japan had read my blog about his park and reached out to me. Isadore allowed me to record a video message to the nephew, which was very well received. 

Isadore was well regarded by his constituents. He faced opposition in most elections, but nobody could beat him. At public events my late  dad Larry would introduce him  as the man who would stand  outside  on MacDonald Avenue to find everyone parking spots.

According to Isadore’s family his health was pretty good until a few months ago. Some stressful issues at his apartment building had a bad effect on him and soon after he was hospitalized, complaining of dizziness and dehydration.   He did not improve and died peacefully in his sleep. Sadly for him he did  not have the opportunity to move into the new apartment that awaited him at B’nai Brith House.

Our condolences go to his family. 

Here is a video that Mayor Mitchell Brownstein did with him just last May, produced by Darryl Levine.

 


See Glenn J. Nashen's blog.


Leslie Perez joins the race in District 8 by-election

We now have an official race for city councillor in District 8 to succeed the late Ruth Kovac in a by-election on Sunday, April 5.

Jeffrey Kovac, Ruth’s son, announced his intentions to run a few months ago. He will be challenged by Leslie Perez, a public relations  professional and community activist. She made the announcement at Quartier Cavendish in the presence of supporters, which included her brother Lionel Perez. The latter is a city councillor in the Montreal Côte des Neiges-Snowdon District and the interim leader of the opposition.

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Leslie and Lionel Perez.

 

The official electoral period has not yet begun for this by-election, so more individuals may enter the competition.

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Jeffrey Kovac, with his son.

 Our beloved Ruth lost her battle with cancer last fall, but remained integrally involved in city affairs virtually right up until the end. Perez acknowledged Ruth’s legacy in her speech, which was broadcast on Facebook Live.


Efforts made to reduce the noise and vibrations in the snow dump

Measures  have been taken by our Public Works Department to reduce the  noise and vibrations emanating from the snow dumping yard, such as, among other things, implementing specific operating hours and the control of tailgate clanging in order ensure the best quality of life for neighboring residents.

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The snow dump.

 

I have fielded complaints from residents for years on this subject, notably those living in Les Cours Chagall town houses.

As early as this week Public Works will be installing signage outside and inside the snow dumping yard with pictograms indicating to its users that the clanging of tailgates is not permitted. This will allow the Public Works Department to maintain and enforce order in the snow dumping yard when necessary.

Furthermore, the Public Works Department will be informing neighboring residents when the signs will be put up.

One of the problems we run into at the dump is the fact these truck drivers come from sub--contractors. We make our point very clear about the tailgate clanging, they comply and then new drivers arrive at the scene. It is frustrating for all of us and I hope that these actions initiated by Public Works Director Beatrice Newman and her team are successful.

A number of years ago we had Public Works erect a de facto noise barrier out of snow at the dump. This did help.

 


In Memoriam: Allen Rosen was one kindly neighbour

I was deeply saddened to learn about the passing of Allen Rosen, who lost his battle with Melanoma.

Allen and I first met decades ago when his son Bruce was my teammate in the Côte Saint-Luc Minor Hockey Association. He was a proud dad to sons Bruce and Howie, a devoted  husband to Shirley and a doting granddad. Years later, when I was covering municipal politics for The Suburban, Allen started to attend city council meetings. On one occasion he ran for the same seat I now hold, then represented by Harold Greenspon.

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Allen Rosen

Twenty five years ago my wife and I moved into our present  town house condominium and who was my direct next door neighbor? You guessed it – Allen Rosen. Over the course of the last quarter century I got to know Allen and Shirley very well. They became friends. Allen and I would have endless long talks about everything from politics to sports. He was an avid golfer and always shared a good joke with me. Allen was also extremely helpful to me. He and Shirley supported my career as their city councillor in more ways than one. When they went away for the winters, I was asked to keep an eye on their home. So every few days I would go inside to make sure the plumbing was working. One day I misplaced their keys. After spending hours looking for them, I made the embarrassing call to them in Florida. Allen and Shirley took it in stride, arranging for a relative to drop off another pair. You see one of the perks in this service allowed me to use  their freezer during the winter. Months later, I opened my own secondary freezer and  pulled  out some chicken. Right on top of those thighs were the keys. Allen got a real kick out of that story.

About 15 years ago I awoke at 6 am to hear the phone ringing. It was Allen. My basement was flooding and the overflow was going into his home as well. My hot water heater had burst. Allen was so helpful in advising me of which steps to take. His home was collateral damage, but he could see I was upset and acted  in a very fatherly way.  Not long after  that we shared another adventure. A company was replacing the roofs at our condo. The genius workers decided to leave everything open with a threatening sky and you guessed it,  the rain started to come down and both our homes sustained significant damage. Misery loves company and we worked as a team to ensure the guilty party paid for its negligence.

Allen battled Melanoma for years. At times he would share with me the discomfort he felt, but overall he looked for no sympathy.

When the Rosens moved to a more manageable high rise condo last winter I had a hard time saying good-bye. They were original residents in our complex and Allen at one time was on the executive of the board. At our lively annual meetings he never held back his point of view, much to the appreciation of everyone in the room.

Donations in Allen’s memory may be made to Melanoma Cancer Research c/o the Canadian Cancer Society, (514) 255-5151. My sympathies go out to Shirley and the entire family.


A new chance for CSL adults to "engage" at Quartier Cavendish

There was a lot of enthusiasm at the Quartier Cavendish on January 15  for the grand opening of Concordia University’s engAGE Creative Living Lab. It is located right next to Scotiabank,

The engAGE Creative Living Lab is an interactive space open five days a week for older adults, university researchers and the broader community to be students and teachers for each other while experimenting and exploring materials, ideas, and digital technologies together. Officials I spoke to say they invite skill sharing, conversations and the building of a creative and inclusive community across generations and cultures. All activities are free and everyone is welcome to participate.

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There is a new spot to "engage" at Quartier Cavendish.

Janis Timm-Bottos, who created the project,  says situating the lab in a familiar space like a mall is a way to create a comfortable atmosphere where older adults, especially those who may be experiencing isolation, feel supported and encouraged to interact with university researchers. “We want to know what older adults think and what they already do to promote health and wellness with their friends, families and communities,” she explains. “With this information, we can then work together to develop creative ways to share this with universities across Quebec and the public at large.”

People on hand at the opening got a chance to participate in the Media Spa,  Art Hive while engaging in new learning experiences as part of this month’s STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math)Research Residency(January 16 to 31).

 

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People had lots of questions.


Here is some news about the January 2020 Research Residency: “Check Your Balance, Befriend Gravity, and Dance!”: Concordia’s engAGE researcher, Karen Li, PhD (Professor of Psychology specializing in studying the impact of hearing, vision, and cognition on motor coordination), and Berkley Peterson, MA are inviting people to discover how your sensory system, especially hearing, contributes to safe winter walking. Folks will also enjoy learning a few new dance moves with Brazilian dancer, Déborah Maia de Lima (PhD student in Études et pratiques des arts (UQAM) and in Performing Arts ( UFBA); Researcher in cultural dances, Improvisational performances; Creative Dance and Somatic Education as resources for Education, Artistic Creation, Illness prevention and improvement of quality of life).
 
Tuesday to Friday,  from 11 am to 2 pm, you can come and test your balance at the lab.

The official hours are   Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday from 12-5 pm and Thursday from Noon to 8 pm.

The engAGE Creative Living Lab is a Concordia University initiative from engAGE Research Centre, made possible through funding by the Fonds de Recherche du Québec (FRQ)- Santé, Plateforme de financements de la recherche intersectorielle sur le vieillissement

Mayor Mitchell Brownstein and I were on hand, as well as other city reps, to speak to those on hand who also told me there will be things for youngsters to take part in.

Welcome to Côte Saint-Luc and District 2.


Local resident publishes unique book: "I Love You In Every Language"

I was pleased to welcome to our city council meeting on Monday, January 13, resident Assaf Havilio and his wife Merav.

Assaf, a graphic designer who moved here from Israel 12 years ago, spent a decade turning his wonderful book “I Love You in Every Language” into reality. He was gracious enough to donate a copy to our CSL Public Library and I am sure it will be very much in demand. I accepted it along with Mayor Mitchell Brownstein and Councillor David Tordjman, who holds the library portfolio.

The book is self-published and available for purchase on Amazon. It explains and teaches readers how to say “I love you”  in different languages. On each page, Assaf chose the symbol of each country. In addition there is an explanation of how to pronounce “I love you” and also how to write” I love you”  in each language. At the beginning of the book, there is a background story with the two main characters who travel around the world and explore different cultures.

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Assaf Havilio and his wife Merav present a copy of the book to CouncillorDavid Tordjman, Mayor Brownstein and myself.

“The story comes with an important message: love is universal and it exists in each and every one of us, no matter where you come from,” said Assaf.  “Besides this, the book is talking about love and about different cultures, languages, and countries. My goal is  through this book, people from different countries will understand each other and will learn about different cultures in a way to understand each other better.  In Canada  a subject like this is very important because it's multicultural.”

Assaf says that feedback about the book from  children and adults has been wonderful. “I have met parents who told me that their children cannot put it down and they enjoy it so much,” he said.

You can purchase the book at Amazon at the following link.

Assaf hopes to have it available at some stores soon. He is available for public appearances. email me at mcohen@cotesaintluc.org and I will share your request.

 


My Year in Review for 2019

The four year mandate of our city council has reached its mid-way point. For myself, 2019 was once again a very busy year in District 2 and via my portfolios. Here is my recap.

BUS STOP ON KILDARE ROAD

I am pleased to report that the 162 bus stop has finally been moved back from the corner of Rembrandt Avenue and Kildare Road. It previously stood right at the driveway entrance to the high rise condo at 5790 Rembrandt. When I met with condo reps on Rembrandt last May it was agreed that in combination with the new stop sign across the street, the bus stop was creating a blind spot for motorists attempting to turn left. Police Station 9 Traffic Officer Simon Poitras and CSL Traffic Committee Councillor David Tordjman concurred. Our Traffic Engineer Spyro Yotis was then charged with the task of trying to persuade the Montreal Transit Commission (MTC) to make this change, something they had refused in the past. We were fortunately successful in the endeavor this time around.

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With Police Station 9 Traffic Officer Simon Poitras.

 

We recently installed a larger stop sign at Kildare and Rembrandt. I did receive some requests for a crosswalk, but our Traffic Committee stated that we do not wish to encourage pedestrians to cross at that corner. Instead they should either do so at Kildare and Cavendish or Kildare and Sir Walter Scott.

I spent time with Officer Poitras during a number of rush hours during the year to analyze this corner and get his professional opinion. History will note that after the last election I requested that the CSL Traffic Committee study the possibility of adding a stop sign to slow down speeders and give motorists on Rembrandt a window to turn towards Cavendish - particularly during rush hour. Last May Councillor Tordjman, Officer Poitras and I met with representatives of Rembrandt condominiums to discuss how the new stop sign has worked and sought suggestions on how to improve the safety of the corner even further.  A lot of good ideas were shared  

Officer Poitras did say at our meeting that at first glance he was concerned that by having a stop sign at only one side of Kildare (the other is not long enough) it might give drivers a false sense of security. Following our session I joined him for his analysis and upon reflection he was comfortable that the new measure is working.  

TRAFFIC CALMING

The traffic calming plan in 2019 was focused on making the Kildare corridor a safer street for pedestrians.  Pedestrian counts were undertaken. The pedestrian and vehicular at Sir Walter Scott and Kildare gave us some valuable information in terms of the traffic flow at particular hours.

CROSSING GUARD

 After a lengthy search, our Human Resources Department finally engaged the services of a full-time crossing guard for the crucial corner of Cavendish and Kildare. Danilo   Aaragao succeeded Norman Klein, who left the post for a security post at a local condo. Of course the legend there was the late Archie Kwiatt worked that corner for many years. This our busiest cross-section. There are many students from JPPS-Bialik and pedestrians from nearby streets who frequent the corner and we need someone responsible to make sure they abide by the signals. And yes we have to watch out for the motorists as well. Decades ago there was a fatal accident involving a Bialik student. I still get chills recalling that moment.

 

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One of the new flashing stop signs.

FLASHING LIGHTS

In a continued effort to make Kildare Road in District 2 safer, we installed two brand new flashing stop signs at the corner of Sir Walter Scott. I believe this has deterred motorists who have either run through the sign or made short stops. We do not have many signs this noticeable in the city so I would like to thank our traffic experts for recognizing the need here.

We also added a sign of a little girl with a backpack on a pole closer to Merrimac, warning motorists that there are small children travelling back and forth to school and to watch their speed. These type of signs are posted in strategic spots throughout the city and I think they are very effective.

ELYSÉE GARAGE REPAIRS

For the last several months, our Urban Development, Public Works and Public Safety Departments, have been working diligently with the administrators of the Condo Elysée on Rembrandt Avenue and how to assist them while major garage work occurs over the next four months. The Elysée   data base of 84 cars license plate numbers were submitted to Public Security. Special measures for outdoor parking were enacted.    

LIGHTS ON CHAGALL

On Friday May 24 a new electrical conduit was installed on Marc Chagall Avenue in front of the Equinox building. Both the light base and the permanent asphalt road repairs were carried out. Once the contractors work was completed our electricians ran the electrical wires and installed the street lights (one on the east side of the road next to the Equinox driveway and the second on the corner of Marc Chagall & Lismer).  Once the new wiring was completed and the lights installed, the Equinox builder "Jadco" was able to cut the temporary power to the lights and the street lights were again connected to the city's power grid. The street lights now go on and off with the magic eye including the lights on Leonard Cohen Lane.

 FELLING OF TREES

Like many places on the island of Montreal, many of the ash trees in Côte Saint-Luc have been infected by the Emerald Ash Borer and Dutch Elm disease, and have become sick or are dead.  The forested area behind the library known as the Ashkelon Woods was infected and sadly we had to take action last year. The trees were sick and could have potentially fallen down on their own or even catch on fire if we did not remove them. The existing maple trees remained in place. After the trees were felled, our Public Works Department began the process of   removing the invasive plants. Once we are confident the area is ready, we will plant new trees and other species of vegetation. Director of Public Works Beatrice Newman  notes that we will be keeping the fence erected around the Ashkelon Woodlands until operations are completed. Currently, the shards of trunks and branches, stumps and buckthorn are a hazard and could possibly trip people causing sprains and other injuries. The buckthorn (22,000) plants will be removed in July. These operations are very dangerous to the average person and only professional tree cutters and the like may be in the vicinity while these operations are taking place.

Once the buckthorn is removed, the same scenario as before will play out with odd sticks and stuff shooting up from the grounds. The uneven grounds and no supervision of the woodlands may cause injury to children venturing through as well as adults who are not used to hiking and other activities similar to that. In the fall we will be planting. The saplings and young plants must be protected from being trampled on, so again certain areas are going to be cordoned off. What Public Works is focusing on now is designing permanent pathways through the area of the forest that is not considered a wetland. 

Here are the updated figures of plans for replanting: 510 indigenous trees and 400 indigenous shrubs have already been planted. The bushes will achieve maturity within five years and the trees will take between 10 to 15 years in the spring we will continue to remove the buckthorn.  That will give freedom to biodiversity and reduce the monocultures. Right now the plants have been just surviving, not thriving. 

Some residents have asked for the fence to be removed. The fence should stay since the project hasn't finished. We can't afford to risk the accumulation of garbage in the area. The cleanup was costly and we are looking to reduce the costs of maintenance. Also, we don't want to take the risk of damages to a project that isn't finished. People tend not to pay attention to signs. In January, the contractor will request a federal government grant for the removal of buckthorn. This would mean that several students would be hired to do the work by the grant, immensely reducing the costs of the project. If granted, the students will come in June for 10 weeks to single-handedly pull weeds.

REMBRANDT PARK BASKETBALL COURTS

Here is some good news! The city is planning to renovate the basketball courts at Rembrandt Park. This will include installing new light fixtures, scarification of the existing asphalt and adding a new layer of asphalt, line painting, replacing of basketball backboards, new rims, paint the basketball poles, new benches and the installation of a gate for the tennis court. The engineering department will start preparing the plans and the specifications to launch the tender at the end of the spring of 2020.

GOLDBERG PARK

From the day I was first elected as the city councillor for District 2, one of my objectives has been to clean up Isadore Goldberg Park. Strangely sandwiched between a number of buildings on Kildare Road and Sir Walter Scott, it has never been properly accessible to all. While we have maintained the park and always kept it clean, our plan all along was to try and relocate it closer to Marc Chagall Avenue. One such consideration was the greenspace near the row of town houses. That was put on hold when we needed the land for a temporary lease in order to find an appropriate space for the workers on the new Equinoxe apartment buildings to park their cars and store equipment. That lease concludes next summer, at which time the developers must return the land to its previous form. I would like to thank our Director of Public Works Beatrice Newman and her team for coming up with a solution to make Isadore Goldberg Park shine in its present surroundings. This is a two phase project. For starters we removed invasive plants and tall weeds along the fence behind the townhouses and placed geo-textile and poured stone onto the newly cut pathway. This will provide a new entrance to the park from Marc Chagall Ave. In phase two, the city will add a fence along the path (and hopefully paving), benches, new lighting, and other features to the park. We will also give the lights a more decorative look. We hope to do a re-dedication and install a new visible sign.

There are two reasons why the city must remove invasive plants like buckthorn, phragmite, other tall weeds along with overgrown bushes and other bushes. First, this vegetation has attracted insects and rodents. Second, it is blocking our crews from accessing the park with equipment. We need proper access to the park to maintain and clean the park regularly as we do in all other parks in the city, remove old urban furniture in the park, and clean the sewer. Also, Côte Saint-Luc Public Security patrollers will be able to see more clearly into the park when doing their patrols. As Ms. Newman notes, “we intend to make this park a beautiful space with an accommodating entrance for all.”

I would also like to thank Sir Walter Scott resident Alexander Errore for his ongoing interest and encouragement for the state of this park When the makeshift parking lot becomes greenspace again, I will meet with local residents to determine what we can do with that area as well.

LE MONTEFIORE

The former Manoir Montefiore seniors residence at the corner of Mackle and Cavendish will soon reopen under new ownership as a residential apartment building. Regrettably the contractor working on the building discovered significant water infiltration on much of the exterior envelope of the building and is having to remove and replace much of the bricks on the upper floors as a result. The interior work is also progressing well and they hope to be finished the transformation by spring 2020.

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My meet and greet on the Avenue.

BUILDING ON THE AVENUE

We are aware of the inconvenience that neighbours have had on The Avenue because of the construction project at the apartment building in recent years. New ownership recently took over and we have been able to address the concerns many residents have shared with us. As can be seen on site, the process of finishing the project is underway. Proper improvements are being made to the visitor parking at the rear of the building , repairs to fencing, repairs to the city path and unistone along The Avenue, landscaping of the site as well as removing debris and grassing of the park space at the corner of Park Place and The Avenue. 

We also made a total investment of less than $10,000 the Avenue, which includes 10 new concrete pots creatively measured with membranes, Styrofoam, crushed rock and soil. The city planted over a half dozen varieties of annuals. Our Department of Public Works also replaced all dead shrubs and ornamental grasses that were missing and fluffed up the soil at the flower beds with trees. Mulch was replaced only at the block after the Quartier Cavendish on the Avenue.

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Work on phase two of the Equinoxe continues.

EQUINOXE PHASE II CLOSER TO COMPLETION

 Soon after developers announced they planned to construct two high rise rental buildings on Marc Chagall Avenue I established an ad hoc committee, consisting of  representatives from the four  condominium complexes on the street (Les Cours Marc Chagall, La  Marquise, The Bellagio, Rothchild II and on Mackle Road the Rothchild I).  We began meeting immediately and a lot of issues were resolved as the new Equinoxe became a reality, I always begin my stories about the Equinoxe with the historical note that the zoning to allow for this facility was adopted by a previous city council more than 30 years ago. Phase one has 170 units. The second tower will number 116 units. It is scheduled for completion by July 2020. The bulk of the “messy” excavation was done during the winter when most people were away. There is no weekend construction for this phase. Only certain weeknights will they work late for the pouring of cement. During the year I had to work with the developer to resolve two serious problems involving excessive noise emanating from the generator and the ventilation systems of the Equinoxe.  I was on site frequently, even taking videos in the middle of the night.  It took a lot of work, but we did resolve both problems.

VACANT LAND ON MARC CHAGALL

There is vacant land owned by a developer on Marc Chagall, near Kildare, which is located in the parking lot of Beth Chabad. It is zoned commercial for a two storey building. The developer would like a zoning amendment to allow for a residential building. My position remains firm: we have had enough residential development on that street.

SNOW DUMP

Cooler than usual temperatures in May delayed our plans to chop up the thick and dirty snow dump on Marc Chagall Avenue. As we have done in the past at the snow dump, we rescheduled to start the process of breaking up the hill, mid-June. Our foreman arranged for the contractor to begin the work. As the mechanical shovels are costly, we had them come twice to repeat the operationm then we needed to wait another week so that some snow could start to melt on its own. We then brought in the shovels again. The operation consists of two shovels for one week working from 7 am to 7 pm (60 hour week each) for a cost of $14,160 + tax.  I thank the council for supporting this initiative and Public Works Director Beatrice Newman and her team for working so hard on the dossier. Nobody living close by the dump or driving by should have to look at that mess. I hope one day we can find a way to move the dump to a different location.

POLICE VISIT

The team at Police Station 9 are always there for our community, notably socio-community officers Vincent Di Angelis and Marie Christine Nobert. I appreciate the fact they are always there when I need to share or obtain some information. Last spring Officer Di Angelis set up an information kiosk in the lobby of Kildare Towers on Honore-de-Balzac. It is something Police Station 9 does in certain large buildings during the year, giving residents a chance to pick up some important literature and ask questions. I stopped by to join Officer Di Angelis and converse with tenants. Having been the councillor for District 2 for more than 14 years, I know many of them already. The building is owned by Howard Szalavetz and managed by Pat Meisels.There was some excellent literature warning people not to get trapped by con artists, such as credit/debit card theft, jewelery theft and contractor and grandson fraud. Another piece of information showed how to file a police report online. There was also a magnetized card with important phone numbers on the front. Tenants in particular always feel comfortable when the police set up such visits. It is reassuring to say the least.

SMOKING

Smoking is an addiction and for all of my life I could never figure out why anyone liked puffing away at cigarettes or anything else of that nature. Many years ago, when I was a cub reporter for The Suburban, I covered the adoption of a then ground-breaking non-smoking bylaw in Côte Saint-Luc. The late Councillor Eric Helfield championed this legislation and it spread to other municipalities. During the summer a few weeks ago some constituents contacted me to advise that there were people smoking cannabis at Rembrandt Park. They wanted to know what we could do about it. Well at that time the Liberal government's legalization of cannabis held the upper hand.  I told them to be patient and that our council would be strengthening our own smoking bylaw to cover this. At a fall meeting we did just that! Pursuant to the adoptions of the Cannabis Act (federal) and the Act to constitute the Sociéte québécoise du cannabis, to enact the Cannabis Regulation Act and to amend various highway safety-related provisions, our council decided to amend our smoking by-law to incorporate provisions for the consumption of cannabis.

Council has decided that the same provisions for smoking tobacco will apply to consuming cannabis.  A similar amendment was made to by-law 2374 for electronic cigarettes. Smoking (cigarettes, electronic cigarettes and cannabis) will be prohibited in the following place as per the new by-law: Any place as indicated within the Provincial Tobacco Act and any of its amendments (all of which apply on the entire territory of Côte Saint-Luc); All Laundry Rooms of Apartment Buildings; All elevators, escalators, or stairways in any Building or part thereof; All Lobbies, Reception areas, halls hallways, or stairwells in any Building or office or part thereof; Lunch Counters; Food Courts; Transit shelters; Any playground, splash pool or sports activity; In all municipal parks, during, a special event, green spaces, municipal dog runs, community Gardens; and All municipal outdoor pools.

MEET AND GREETS

As part of my outreach program with constituents, I continued my series of meet and greets this year with visits to The Avenue, The Equinoxe, The Rothchild I and II and regular walk throughs in my district.

FLASHING LIGHTS ON CHAGALL

Concern has been rising over the last couple of years regarding speeding cars on Marc Chagall Avenue. We did place seasonal speed bumps closer to Kildare Road, which helped.  Seasonal planters were eliminated for now because of the many trucks that use the street for construction and snow dump work. In the past year I   heard from some new residents of the Equinoxe building who enjoy walking to the library. But they raised concern over crossing at the turn between the Marquise and Bellagio condos and that blind curve. I brought this issue to the Traffic Committee. As an initial measure, we now have a "Lentement" sign near the Marquise and buttons on both sides of the street where the crosswalk is situated. The buttons signal flashing lights which are meant to warn vehicles to slow down. In addition, developers of the Equinoxe consented to our request that they employ flag men during construction. This has been a significant safety initiative.

DISTRICT 2 RESIDENTS

If you have been to the CSL Public Library recently then you could not have missed the sensational photography exhibit of Sir Walter Scott (District 2) resident David Chandler. I am honoured to have such a talented constituent. The remarkable thing about David’s work is that the photos look like paintings. David met me at the library earlier this week to provide a personal backdrop to his work. He had showcased his work inside the library a few months ago and this turned out to be a competition. The winner got to do an exhibit and David triumphed. It was interesting to get his backstory on how he proceeded to take each photo.

 Bravo to the residents of the Bellagio Condominium building on Marc Chagall Avenue who recently contributed to a vernissage. "The condo lived up to our namesake," said Allan Familiant.The artists were:  Maxine Bloom, Shalom Bloom Shirlee Rosen, Dale Dobrovsky, Debbie Dworkin, Jacqueline Familiant, Al Garellek, the late Yetta Garellek, Mala Raducanu, Linda Saks and Laura Winerman.

UPGRADING OUR STREETLIGHTS

The City of Côte Saint‐Luc plans to upgrade the streetlights and replace all the existing HID (High‐Intensity Discharge) streetlights to LED. A tender was launched last April for professional services which include: production of plans, estimation, specification and supervision for the acquisition and the installation of LED luminaires.

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Ruth Kovac with Councillor David Tordjman and I at the 2019 winter carnival.

IN MEMORIAM

We mourned the passing of Councillor Ruth Kovac in October. She lost a brave battle with cancer. Ruth was first elected to council 29 years ago. Like others she sat out the four years of the forced mergers with Montreal, but returned when Côte Saint-Luc was reconstituted in 2005. That was when I was first elected. I had first met Ruth many years earlier, even prior to her assuming council duties. She was a member of the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and a volunteer in the figure skating program. I helped her in that first election and when she won (alongside the man she would call her council husband -Glenn Nashen) she and her husband Peter took us both out for a steak dinner. Ruth was a devoted councillor and cared deeply for our community. It was interesting to see the fire in her belly at council meetings and this something she kept going until her final days. Just a few years ago, Ruth convened the mayor and council to share some dark news. "I have been diagnosed with cancer," she said. "Only my family knows. But you are my council family. Please do not share this news outside this room. I will fight this." And "fight" she did. We were all in awe of Ruth. Despite her treatment and side effects I cannot recall her missing one meeting or private event. She was stoic indeed and for a time it looked as if she had defeated the dreaded disease. When it returned she still kept it to herself and her loved ones. Most of us were not even aware. But a few months ago her condition worsened. She shared with us that at this point there was no cure.

Most people in her position would have stepped down, gone into a dark room and get angry about their fate. But not Ruth. I will forever admire how she comported herself. Some nights she was not well enough to join us, so instead we got a detailed group e mail with her comments on every single agenda items. She was at our last public meeting on September 9. You can see the video here. I knew things were not good when she asked me to carry a small file folder into the council chamber for her. She was too weak to lift it. That night Ruth was as active as ever in our discussions.

What a brave lady! It was extraordinary to see how emotional she was on decisions we were taking on issues that would only come into play a year from now.

The community lost a legendary queen of the kitchen. Marianna Roth passed away peacefully, in her sleep on May 5, 2019, after a courageous battle. She was 82. 

 When I was very young and growing up at our Wentworth Avenue home the name "Arnie Smith" enjoyed legendary status. Arnie was my dad's pharmacist. Originally, he worked out of a small storefront on Côte Saint-Luc Road near Randall and later took over the Pharmaprix at Cavendish Mall (now Quartier Cavendish). To my dad, Arnie was like a doctor. No matter what ailment hit a member of our family, dad would say, "We better go see Arnie Smith."

I can remember dad walking down the aisle at the Pharmaprix and asking Arnie to examine his eye. And he did. Last year Arnie and his wife Frances became constituents of mine when they moved into a condo on Marc Chagall Avenue. Arnie was so happy with his new home. Sadly, he did not get to enjoy it for very long. He passed away on Saturday, March 9.

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Allan "Sonny" Rubin was indeed front and center at our most recent Remembrance Day ceremony.

 

Allan "Sonny" Rubin was a devoted member of the Brigadier Kisch Branch #97. We could always count on his presence at our Remembrance Day ceremonies, regardless  of his health status. In fact Sonny was with us at City Hall this past November, with his devoted wife Gilda and his always so proud daughter Liana by his side. Sonny served as a true inspiration to the  young students on hand. He  was a true gentleman who will be truly missed.

CATS COMMITTEE

A capacity crowd of well over 300 people attended the Côte Saint-Luc Cats Committee’s (CSLCC) annual benefit concert on   October 24 at the Syd Wise Auditorium of the Wagar Adult Education Centre. Featured performers for Broadway’s Greatest Hits were the Musicians of the World Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Joseph Milo. There were also solo performances by soprano Olivia Charette-Hancinsky, baritone Burney Lieberman and saxophonist Gideon Vigderhaus.

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Recognizing our performers at the annual Cats Meow Concert.

The 2019 National Animal Welfare Conference (NAWC), an annual professional development and community-building event, was held at the Bonaventure Hotel in Montreal April 14-16. As the Côte Saint-Luc city councillor responsible for Animal Protection, I was pleased to attend this conference.  I did so a few years ago in Vancouver. To be in a room with more than 400 animal lovers from across the country is empowering to say the least. The year 2019 marked the 150th anniversary of the humane movement in Canada and this country’s first SPCA: our Montreal SPCA. I was pleased to meet with Montreal SPCA Executive Director Elise Desaulniers and Director of Animal Advocacy Sophie Gaillard, as well as a number of other Montreal animal advocates. It is too bad the conference did not organize any regional caucuses so we could get to know some of the people who do the same work in the province.

 I was also thrilled to once again be part of the Autism Speaks Canada Promenade de chiens/Dog Walk on Sunday September 8. This was the second year for the event, both times occurring at our own Trudeau Park. Mother Nature cooperated and the sun was shining. A nice crowd turned out - man, woman, child and of course many dogs of different shapes and sizes. Krista Leitham worked tirelessly to make it all happen, seconded by ever-so charismatic ambassador Matthew Moses. Originally Matthew was looking forward to bringing his beloved Rookie along. Sadly, Rookie passed away a week earlier. While still very much in mourning, he needed to fill that gap in his love. He and his family adopted a large puppy they named Houston and the canine made his first public appearance at the walk.

 All dog owners must ensure that their dog has an annual license, payable by May 1 each year. The annual license fee for each dog that is neutered or spayed is $20. The annual license fee for each dog that is not neutered or spayed is $30. You must make this payment in person at City Hallor via eTransfers. You can pay for your dog or cat license via the email address of finance@cotesaintluc.org.

 WEBSITE

I am pleased to also have the Communications portfolio. Our department’s big moment was the launch of the new CoteSaintLuc.org website. The biggest change visitors will notice is the look of the site, which will display nicely on smartphones. The pages are organized somewhat differently but the content is more-or-less identical to the old site.  In Phase 2 of the website project, we will add new content, implement A/B testing of pages, and continue tweaking the look and feel to improve things. In addition to having a cleaner design, our new site is now responsive to mobile phones and tablets. It is also equipped with a custom site search that should increase engagement thanks to live results, control over which result to present, and analytics that inform us about user intention and actions. Another useful feature: results are now presented by the type of content (pages, news, jobs or events), making it easier for visitors to find what they need.

 Our website theme also allows us to present content in a variety of ways. You will therefore find pages that use accordions or tabs to present a large amount of information, while other pages favour index and grid-style presentations. Larger text, breadcrumbs and highlighting of principal options — to prevent information overload — are a few more characteristics that should help CSL residents find their way around our city website. Our Public Affairs and Communications team, headed by Darryl Levine and Regine Banon, built the site in-house, with a bit of help from the outside. Over the last two months, our new Web communications officer Maryse Bézaire has led the effort of moving over content from the old site.

SOCIAL MEDIA

As the councillor responsible for communications, I was proud to present our new social media policy at the last public meeting on May 13. Thanks to our ever so valuable Director of Public Affairs and Communications Darryl Levine, his team and members of council who contributed to this final product. The city launched its Facebook page on April 18, 2009. In the subsequent 10 years, we have added video channels, first at Vimeo then YouTube, Flickr, Twitter and then in November 2017, a Facebook group, which acts like a traditional discussion forum. The goal of the Idées CSL Ideas Facebook group (née Your CSL) was to give residents an exchange forum to provide feedback. We specifically included the word “ideas” in the name to help encourage users into the constructive conversations and comments.  Right now we gave just over 2,300 members for our Côte Saint-Luc page and over 2,100 for CSL Ideas.

 There are things we want to carry out in terms of social media such as sharing smart ideas members have come across, learning about ways we can improve our services and ensure people use their  real name in  their Facebook profile. We also urge members not to use: offensive or violent language; hateful or discriminatory comments regarding race, ethnicity, religion, gender, disability, sexual orientation or political beliefs, attacks on specific groups or any comments meant to harass, threaten or abuse an individual.;  this space to advertise a business.  If someone persists in offensive behaviour or continually violates any of our house rules, we may block that person from further participation.  As for the rules,   they have been adopted to make this forum better for members. Administrators have the following options available when dealing with posts or comments that break the rules: delete the post or comment, ask the member to edit the post or comment to make it comply with the rules, closed commenting on the post, mute the member, eject the member, turn on post approval for a period of time to allow people to cool off.

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David Birnbaum, Michael Maislin, myself, Allan J. Levine and Harvey Levine.

GOLF CLASSIC

Weather conditions were simply ideal for the 40th annual Côte Saint-Luc Golf Classic at Meadowbrook on July 4. I was pleased to chair the event once again, working hand in hand with our invaluable event coordinator Alvin Fishman. After a round of golf on the back nine, everyone headed to a special awards banquet at the Aquatic and Community Centre. This year we honoured former city councillor and long-time high school teacher Allan J. Levine. Players competed in the Masters   (age 65 and older) and Eagles groups (age 64 and younger). The title sponsors were Marc Ezerzer and Hagay Brener from Vantage Realty Group,   Michael Maislin of Total Customs Services, Mitch Heft and Tony Lapia from Orangetheory Fitness, businessperson Mitch Garber and Silver Star Mercedes Benz,. The guest speaker was Global TV hockey analyst Brian Wilde. Meadowbrook is a thing of beauty in our community and I am reminded that when I golf there once a year. This is such a fun event. I very much enjoyed spending time with members of my fivesome – D'Arcy McGee Liberal MNA David Birnbaum, Michael Maislin and Allan and Harvey Levine.  We do not have to keep score. This is literally the only time I take out my clubs. Each hole I found myself getting a bit better, remembering the tutelage I got from my late grandfather Lewis Sherwin more than 40 years ago.

CANADA DAY

Due to renovations at the Samuel Moskovitch Arena, much of Pierre Elliott Trudeau was off limits so we moved this year’s Canada Day festivities in Côte Saint-Luc to Wagar Field on Parkhaven. It was very well received from those I spoke to throughout the evening. As per tradition, we started things off with a Canadian Citizenship Ceremony at our Aquatic and Community Centre. The ageless Judge Barbara Seal presided over an eloquent program in which 40 new citizens from 15 different countries were sworn in. “Immigration is a source of richness for our country,” commented Mount Royal Liberal MP Anthony Housefather. After the ceremony we walked across the street to my former high school.  Hats off to Parks and Recreation Director Cornelia Ziga, Event Coordinator Laura Trihas and the rest of our staff who worked so hard to make this event a huge success, our Public Safety and VCOP teams. Kudos as well to Councillor Ruth Kovac, the event chair who was unable to attend. CJAD personalities Dr. Laurie Betito and Dan Laxer served as emcees.

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Preparing to serve the cupcakes.


Activities included an airplane exhibit, inflatables, a petting zoo, pony carousel, tons of games for kids, face painting, food trucks, a photo booth and live music from the singing group Smash. We distributed delicious cupcakes sponsored   by Scotiabank. The evening culminated with an entertaining laser show. Many of us agreed that the venue of Wagar Field is actually a better and more controlled spot than Trudeau Park. For this year fireworks were not permitted in this area.  We like the idea of keeping festivities here and efforts will be made to find a formula to make a fireworks display work.

 

YOM HASHOAH


I have been attending Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) commemoration ceremonies at Tifereth Beth David Jerusalem Congregation in Côte-Saint-Luc for decades now. The Montreal Holocaust Museum does a masterful job coordinating this community-wide ceremony honouring the memory of Holocaust victims and the legacy of those who survived. We are so fortunate to still have Holocaust survivors with us, able to tell their dramatic stories. The title of this year’s ceremony, When Life Changed Forever, spoke to the diverse moments in the lives of survivors when they realized their worlds had shattered. I, like many, appreciate the format the Museum adopts each year for the program. Through video testimony, Holocaust survivors share their personal experiences and memories. In addition, these survivors and their descendants light six candles in memory of the six million Jews murdered during the Holocaust.

 

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The mayor and I welcome Sfingys to the community,

 

 BUSINESS NEWS

 Mayor Mitchell Brownstein and I were at the Quartier Cavendish   to formally welcome Sfingy’s to our community. The new kosher donut shop officially opened on July 7, with the husband and wife team of Marvin Fuks and Maya Lallouz working endless hours and from what we saw a loyal following has already materialized. This is good news for the Quartier, which already has the MK certified Café de L’Avenue. The latter launched just over two years ago, but will relocate in 2020.

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Some of the delicious side dishes from Qualityfruits.

Qualitifruits is back and people from all over the island of Montreal are heading to 5818 Westminster Avenue in Côte Saint-Luc (corner of Mackle Road) to shop at this one of a kind store. Pasquale, Albina, Babu, Emma, Marvin, Frank and the rest of the team are there to greet you. Qualitifruits is best known for its array of fresh meals and side dishes, mastered by chef Frank. Let them do the cooking for you. Be it fish, chicken or meat, dinner is served. I especially appreciate the sides: potatoes, cauliflower rice, mushrooms, green beans, zucchini and much more. The refrigerated windows have a wide selection to choose from. They can also cater your private event, notably barbeques in season.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Raffi has left the building: iconic service station in Côte Saint-Luc is closed for good

It is a very sad day in Côte Saint-Luc as Raffi Abikian has closed his service station at the corner of Westminster and Guelph Road for good.

After nearly 30 years serving the community, Raffi has reluctantly merged all operations to his NDG service station/body shop. He is hoping to implement  a shuttle service. When I stopped by to see him, he promised me a full interview in January when all of the facts can be placed on the table. Let’s just say that Sobeys, the owners of the property, made the decision which results in  Côte Saint-Luc losing our last surviving service station. It is a huge loss, not to mention an inconvenience to all of us.

Raffi is a friend to all of his clients. When you bring your car for a checkup and he notices something that is wrong, you randomly ask if he will remember the situation weeks or months later. “It is all in the computer,”  he says, pointing to his head.

Raffi is honest, always looking to save the client a buck. “You do not need new tires,” he’d tell me. “I will find you barely used ones.”

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Raffi departs his second home for the past three decades.

 

My 15 year old Toyota is still on the road strictly because of Dr.  Raffi. He took this dying patient and brought it back to life.

Raffi  wishes to advise all of his clients that they will be serviced at his NDG location, expertly managed by George Soulahian. More details are to follow.,

 Not too many years ago our community had Pneus Experts and Canadian Tire at then called Cavendish Mall, which serviced cars and Bernie’s on Côte Saint-Luc Road. The first two shut down and Bernie’s relocated.

When Shell opened a self-serve gas station, complete with a car wash and a depanneur, the future of Raffi’s was questioned.  Shell is owned by Sobeys. Originally Raffi owned a station further down Westminister, closer to Montreal West,

“We started from scratch when we opened our first garage and built our client list,” says Raffi. “Then, we had the opportunity to get this location, so we took it.”

Raffi’s son Ari, a very polite young man, is part of his talented and devoted team of mechanics.

As a member of city council, I am anxious to learn more about the Sobeys decision. Will they apply for a permit to sell the land for  housing? I would prefer the return of a service station.

Stay tuned to this space in January!

 


A tradition continues for Chanukah with Beth Chabad CSL

Rabbi Mendel Raskin, the charismatic spiritual leader of Beth Chabad CSL,   spent the first night of Chanukah in his native home of Casablanca, Morocco. He then boarded  a plane headed to his  adopted home of Côte Saint-Luc and was front and center with members of council to light the giant menorah in front of City Hall.

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Councillors Oren Sebag, David Tordjman, myself, Dida Berku, Sidney Benizri and Steven Erdelyi with Rabbi Raskin.

 

There was a large crowd on hand. Emmanuel  Darmond of the Deli Boyz handed  out 350 hot dogs, along with delicious donuts. Dozens of cars lined up with menorahs on their roofs. Members of council were carried on a lift to the top of the menorah. Pro-Mayor Sidney Benizri sang the Chanukah prayers and we each gave brief remarks to the large and enthusiastic crowd. Chanukah music played in the background.

Thank you Rabbi Raskin and your team for providing us with such an exciting program each year on the occasion of Chanukah!


Coming soon: mandatory microchipping of dogs and cats in CSL

As the Côte Saint-Luc City Councillor responsible for Animal Protection, I gave notice to my colleagues last night that I intend to bring forward an amendment to our pet bylaws emulating the legislation adopted in Montreal that all cats and dogs over six months  be microchipped.

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A microchip is an invaluable investment for a pet owner.

Today I was at the Côte Saint-Luc Hospital for Animals where they were inundated with calls from people asking if the Montreal bylaw applies in CSL. The answer officially is "no," but as noted it will become mandatory soon. When we adopted our present cat a decade ago we microchipped her immediately, even though  we never planned to let her go outside. But accidents do happen and heaven forbid a pet escapes, the microchip if the only way for a vet or the SPCA to  trace ownership.

If you have a cat or dog and they are not microchipped, please do so immediately. Do not wait for a by-law. The animal hospital had many bookings today, primarily from people in our community. I think the Montreal by-law and the accompanying media coverage served as a valuable wakeup call.

A microchip is a small electronic device the size of a grain of rice, which a veterinarian inserts under the animal’s skin, on the back near the shoulder blades. The process is relatively painless. "It’s comparable to having your ear pierced,” the SPCA's Anita Kapuscinska told The Gazette.

The chip remains with the animal for life, and is a direct link to its owner. I will be meeting with our Co-City Manager and Director of Public Safety this week to discuss this  further.


Maisons Fleuries 2019 winners unveiled at annual ceremony

The 2019 Maisons Fleuries Awards presentation took place recently as part of our December 9 public council meeting. I was pleased to once again co-chair the ceremony with Councillor Sidney Benizri. Categories judged were: single family and semi-detached dwellings; duplexes; townhouses; apartment; condominiums; seniors residence; and institutions (church, hospital, synagogue and businesses).

 

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Cornelia Ziga with myself and Sidney Beniziri (RAMI NEGEV PHOTO)

 

Since last year  we adopted a new format by announcing all winners by district.  

Here are the results.

District #1 (Councillor Oren Sebag)

Single Family

1st place 5819 Tommy Douglas – Na Wang

2nd place 5850 Tommy Douglas – Elaine Silver

2nd place 6000 Tommy Douglas – Ellen Schreter

3rd place 3160 Bernard Mergler – Claude Harroche & Gina Charpentier

Apartment

1st place 5500 Borden – The Monterverdi Apartments

2nd place 5304 MacDonald – Federal Construction Ltd.

2nd place 5350 MacDonald – 5350 MacDonald Inc.

3rd place 5360 MacDonald – Federal Construction Ltd.

3rd place 5370 MacDonald – Federal Construction Ltd.

Condominium

1st place 5140 MacDonald – Le Doray

 

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Mayor Brownstein and I with Dr. Gerald Trager and Terry Wolkove from Canbridge Courts and Marty Goldsmith from La Marquise. (RAMI NEGEV PHOTO)

 

District #2 , where I am the councilllor.

Single Family

1st place 5771 Jubilee – Michael Marianer

2nd place 5788 Ilan Ramon – Francesco Palucci & Sandra Cambone

3rd place 5798 Ilan Ramon –Larry Liebermman & Joan Singer

Townhouse

1st place 6590C Kildare – Rona Lynn Lecker

2nd place 6532 Mackle – Terry Wolkove

2nd place 5655 Merrimac – Elan Corcia & Jennifer Yull

3rd place 6616 Mackle – Joseph Grossman 

Apartment

1st place 5795 Sir Walter Scott – Oak Ridge

2nd place 5785 Sir Walter Scott – Le 5785

 Condominium

1st place 5850 Marc Chagall – Rothchild II

1st place 6500 Mackle – Le Rothchild I

2nd place 5845 Marc Chagall – La Marquise

District #3 (Councillor Dida Berku)

 Single Family

1st place 6799 Baily – Paolina Di Stefano-Giancarli & Pietro Giancarli

2nd place 6539 Baily – Candida Di Marco

2nd place 6541 Baily – Ernesto D’Alessandro

2nd place 5588 Randall – Irving Rabin & Zelda Froimovitch-Rabin

3rd place 5526 Borden – Charles Giser & Debbie Skurnik

 Duplex

1st place 6641-6643 Baily – Remo D’Alesio

2nd place 6637-6639 Baiey  - Remo D’Alesio and Linda Castelli

3rd  place 6613-6615 Baily – Mario D’Alesio and Kathleen Deery

Seniors Residence

1st place 6767 Côte Saint-Luc – St Patrick Square

Institutions

1st place 7003 Côte Saint-Luc – McDonald’s - Pierre Brunet

 District #4 (Councillor Steven Erdelyi)

 Single Family

1st place 5528 Hudson – Giovannina Brancatella & Antonio Fucito

2nd place 8110 Côte Saint-Luc – Ida Panaccione & Matther Di Lonardo

3rd place 628 Smart – Gaetano Baratta

Duplex

1st place 7497-99 Baily Jaime Tucay Anunsacion Cabatbat & Marlene Cabatbat & Enrico Caguioa

2nd place 5558-60 Adalbert – Dominico Ciampini & Gloria Zegarilli

3rd place 5524-26 Earle – Michale Dester & Elvira Lipkin 

Townhouse

1st place 5529 Ashdale – Tulin Karkin-Yurtcu

2nd place 5537 Ashdale – Eric Botbol

3rd place 5535 Ashdale – Lea Czik-Tenzer

Apartment

1st place 7461 Kinglsey – La Tour Westfield

Seniors Residence

1st place 5555 Trent – Le King David

 District 5A (Councillor Mitch Kujavsky)

 Single Family

1st place 5819 Westluke – Steven Piccinini & Giovanna Ciabattoni & Franco Piccinini

2nd place 5777 Rand – Mario Polisena & Antonia Pirozzi Polisena

3rd place 5807 Smart – Armando Giordano & Frances Golfi-Giordano

District 5B (Councillor Mitch Kujavsky)

 Single Family

1st place 5735 Westluke – Anthony Cerulli

2nd place 5618 Palmer – Zenaida Ramos & Julieta Macaraig-Schneider

2nd place 5628 Wolseley – Bulu Datta & Rani Debroy Supta

3rd place 5705 Davies – Sotero Suplico & Jeannie Canindo

 Institutions

1st place 5740 Hudson – Beth Zion Congregation Synagogueè

District #6 (David Tordjman)

Single Family

1st place 5793 Einstein – Rose Sacks-Safir

1st place 5797 Einstein – Franceen Waxman-Retik

2nd place 5616 Parkhaven – Maurice Bendahan

2nd place 7480 Spring – Seymour Rosen

3rd place 5830 Einstein – Jason Portnoy & Corinne Rashi

3rd place 7523 Mountbatten – Martin Leslie Lenetsky

Duplex

1st place 6883-6885 Kildare –Rinaldo Clerici

2nd place 7386-7388 Kildare – Carlo Palucci

3rd place 5860-5862 Shalom – Luigia Pedicelli and Antonio Giobbi

Townhouse

1st place 5832 Kellert – Larry Jacobson and Jana Simandl

 Apartment

1st place 6865 Norwalk

Institutions

1st place 6800 Mackle – Congregation Beth Israel De Côte Saint-Luc

District #7 (Sidney Benizri)

Single Family

1st place 5740 Kellert – Judy Limmer-Sochaczevski

2nd place 6869 Edison – Sandra Zelikovic

2nd place 5718 Einstein – Owen Stroll Strulovitch & Joanne Bendon

3rd place 6885 Banting – Sylvain Chemtob & Lucie Boivert

3rd place 5610 Edgemore – Rita Geyer-Rosenthal

Duplex

1st place 5704-06 Edgemore – Joseph Panunto & Brenda Hynes-Panunto

2nd place 5716-18 Edgemore – Ludwig Lydynia

3rd place 5708-10 Edgemore – Issie Fishman 

Condominium

1st place 5700-5720 Cavendish – Presidential Towers

2nd place 6785-95 Korczak – Tiffany Towers

3rd place 6803 Heywood – Le Versailles

Institutions

1st place 7070 Guelph – St. Richard’s Parish

District #8 (The lateCouncillor Ruth Kovac)

 Single Family

1st place 6531 Wallenberg – Judy Sarkadi

2nd place 6038 Kreighoff - Elaine Solomon-Stein

3rd place 6848 Ashkelon – Paul Lieberman & Hali Simons

3rd place 6044 Kreighoff – Irving Burstein & Carol Demberg

 Townhouse

1st place 6043 Cavendish – Harvey Schwartz and Susan Berkson-Schwartz

1st place 6073 Cavendish – Howard Smith & Karen Rudolph

2nd place 6067 Cavendish – Francine Neudorf

3rd place 6051 Cavendish – Peter Vaktor

 Condominium

1st place 6005 Cavendish – Chateau Collins

2nd place 5900-5950 Cavendish – Le Ritz #1 and Le Ritz #2

3rd place 6625-35 Mackle – Manoir Mackle Condominium

 Thanks to Parks and Recreation Department Director Cornelia Ziga, event coordinator Laura Trihas and the rest of our staff.

 


Hydro-Québec work at the Meadows and Kildare/Sir Walter Scott corner

Hydro-Québec will carry out vegetation control work in the Meadows sector. The operations will not be as drastic as it was in the past. Having said this, it will create an impact nonetheless. The work will take place along the fence separating the school from the Meadows in order to clear the buckthorn that is growing uncontrollably and that is preventing other species to grow. It will also involve brush clearing vegetation at the base of the high voltage transmission tower at the far end of the  the grounds of The Meadows, as well as along the railroad tracks. The work will be done starting December 2 until December 6, 2019.

Letter were dropped off at homes. Copies are below.

Download Details on Hydro Work

Download Info-Travaux

In addition, as part of the reconstruction of the transmission line that was announced earlier this year (construction to start in 2023), Hydro-Québec intends to develop sustainable landscaping that is compatible with the power transmission system in The Meadows and Bialik school areas. Hydro-Québec aims to cooperate with local residents, condominium owners, and the City of Côte Saint-Luc to carry out this landscaping initiative.

On another front last August crews of Hydro-Quebec installed a temporary wooden structure to secure the underground vault at the intersection of Kildare and Sir Walter Scott. The plan was to come back at the end of next June (2020) to replace the concrete roof of the vault. Hydro just informed us that there is a transformer with an oil leak in this same underground vault. That means they need to replace the transformer as soon as possible. From December 4 to 10, crews will be on site to excavate the sidewalk, to remove the old concrete roof (of the vault) and to install a wooden gallery. In the evening of December 10 to 11, the transformer will be replaced. On December 13, crews will install finally a new concrete roof of the underground vault. The sidewalk will be rebuilt temporarily with asphalt until next summer where they would be back for a concrete reconstruction of the sidewalk. Signs will be installed to make the place safe for everyone. All work should be completed by December 20.

 


Hydro-Québec work at the Meadows and Kildare/Sir Walter Scott corner

Hydro-Québec will carry out vegetation control work in the Meadows sector. The operations will not be as drastic as it was in the past. Having said this, it will create an impact nonetheless. The work will take place along the fence separating the school from the Meadows in order to clear the buckthorn that is growing uncontrollably and that is preventing other species to grow. It will also involve brush clearing vegetation at the base of the pylons on the grounds of The Meadows as well as along the railroad tracks. The work will be done starting December 2 until December 6, 2019.

Letter were dropped off at homes. Copies are below.

Download Details on Hydro Work

Download Info-Travaux

In addition, as part of the reconstruction of the transmission line that was announced earlier this year (construction to start in 2023), Hydro-Québec intends to develop sustainable landscaping that is compatible with the power transmission system in The Meadows and Bialik school areas. Hydro-Québec aims to cooperate with local residents, condominium owners, and the City of Côte Saint-Luc to carry out this landscaping initiative.

On another front last August crews of Hydro-Quebec installed a temporary wooden structure to secure the underground vault at the intersection of Kildare and Sir Walter Scott. The plan was to come back at the end of next June (2020) to replace the concrete roof of the vault. Hydro just informed us that there is a transformer with an oil leak in this same underground vault. That means they need to replace the transformer as soon as possible. From December 4 to 10, crews will be on site to excavate the sidewalk, to remove the old concrete roof (of the vault) and to install a wooden gallery. In the evening of December 10 to 11, the transformer will be replaced. On December 13, crews will install finally a new concrete roof of the underground vault. The sidewalk will be rebuilt temporarily with asphalt until next summer where they would be back for a concrete reconstruction of the sidewalk. Signs will be installed to make the place safe for everyone. All work should be completed by December 20.


An update on the felling of trees and removal of invasive plants behind the library

Like many places on the island of Montreal, many of the ash trees in Côte Saint-Luc have been infected by the Emerald Ash Borer and Dutch Elm disease, and have become sick or are dead.  The forested area behind the library known as the Ashkelon Woods was infected and sadly we had to take action last year. The trees were sick and could have potentially fallen down on their own or even catch on fire if we did not remove them. The existing maple trees remained  in place.

After the trees were felled, our Public Works Department  began the process of   removing the invasive plants. Once we are confident the area is ready, we will plant new trees and other species of vegetation.

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Buckthorn plants like this are being removed.

 

Director of Public Works Beatrice Newman  notes that we  will be keeping the fence erected around the Ashkelon Woodlands until operations are completed. Currently, the shards of trunks and branches, stumps and buckthorn are a hazard and could possibly trip people causing sprains and other injuries. The buckthorn (22,000) plants will be removed in July. “These operations are very dangerous to the average person and only professional tree cutters and the like may be in the vicinity while these operations are taking place,” says Ms. Newman.

Once the buckthorn is removed, the same scenario as before  will play out with odd sticks and stuff shooting up from the grounds. The uneven grounds and no supervision of the woodlands may cause injury to children venturing through as well as adults who are not used to hiking and other activities similar to that. In the fall,  Ms. Newman reports that we will be planting. The saplings and young plants must be protected from being trampled on, so again certain areas are going to be cordoned off. What  Public Works is  focusing on now is designing permanent pathways through the area of the forest that is not considered a wetland.  

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A sick tree thanks to Emerald Ash Borer.

After speaking to our non-profit contractor, he provided Ms. Newman with the updated figures of plans for replanting: 510 indigenous trees and 400 indigenous shrubs have already been planted. The bushes will achieve maturity within five years and the trees will take between 10 to 15 years. “Of course the maples and oaks grow slower but they will be there for the next generations,” says Ms.  Newman. “The small trees are perfect for what is necessary to be workable in this area and to increase the biodiversity of the region. We are creating a small woodland that will stay present, reduce our heat and provide attractiveness to City Hall among many other attributes. “

In the spring we will continue to remove the buckthorn .  That will give freedom to biodiversity and reduce the monocultures. Right now the plants have been just surviving, not thriving.  

Some residents  have asked for the fence to be removed. “The fence should stay since the project hasn't finished,” maintains Ms. Newman. “We can't afford to risk the accumulation of garbage in the area. The cleanup was costly and we are looking to reduce the costs of maintenance. Also, we don't want to take the risk of damages to a project that isn't finished. People tend not to pay attention to signs.”

In January, the contractor will request a federal government grant for the removal of buckthorn. This would mean that several students would be hired to do the work by the grant, immensely reducing the costs of the project. If granted, the students will come in June for 10 weeks to single-handedly pull weeds. 

I want to once again thank Beatrice Newman for her leadership!


The Segal Centre for Performing Arts Welcomes Elliot Lifson as New Board President

The Segal Centre for Performing Arts  has announced that Vice Chairman of Peerless Clothing Inc, and  Côte Saint-Luc District 2 resident. Elliot Lifson has been officially welcomed as their new Board of Directors’ president, as voted upon by the Board at their AGM.

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Elliot Lifso
 

In addition to his duties at Peerless, Mr. Lifson is a respected member of the Montreal community, a dedicated philanthropist, and is actively involved with many organizations and boards, including Member of the Board of Directors of Export Development Canada (EDC); Professor and Board Member at the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University; Member of the Faculty Advisory Board, McGill-HEC EMBA Program; Member of the Board of MR- Montréal Relève pour la Persévérance scolaire; Past Chairman, currently sitting as advisor to the Board, Chambre de Commerce de Montreal; President of the Canadian Apparel Federation (CAF); and sits on the Board of many charitable institutions such as The Montreal Heart Institute Foundation, and The Jewish General Hospital Foundation, and past Co-Chair of Centraide. Mr. Lifson received his MBA from the Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario. He is also a Graduate in Law from the Université de Montreal and a Member of the Québec Bar. Mr. Lifson has been a member of the Segal Centre for Performing Arts’ board for the last 12 years.

He is also the recipient of many awards including the ‘Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal’, the ‘Desautels Faculty of Management Distinguished Teaching Award’ (Graduate Level), Quebec’s Fashion Industry’s ‘Recognition Award’, McGill University Alumni Association ‘Honorary Life Membership Award’, and the Senate of Canada 150th  Commemorative Medal. Mr. Lifson is following Joel Segal who will remain on the board as a Director / Immediate Past President.

“It’s been an honour to serve as Board President over the last four years," said Mr. Segal.  "The Segal Centre for Performing Arts will always remain an important part of my family’s legacy and I’m confident in its future under Elliot’s leadership as it continues to grow as a resource for the community, create and produce exceptional theatre, and transform our national artistic landscape."

“I am excited to lead the Segal Centre for Performing Arts’ Board of Directors and work closely with Artistic and Executive Director Lisa Rubin, management and staff at the Segal Centre as it continues to establish itself as a leader in Canadian theatre,” said Mr. Lifson. “I am inspired by the outstanding leadership of my predecessors, Joel and Alvin Segal, and their dedicated commitment to the cultural crown jewel of this city that is the Segal Centre.”

Current Segal Centre for Performing Arts Board of Directors are: Joel Segal (Immediate Past President), Myer Bick (Vice-President), Michael Tevel (Secretary), Shawn Rozansky (Treasurer), Alvin C. Segal, O.C., O.Q. (Chairman Emeritus), Karen Aflalo, Gideon Arthurs, Adam Barza, Françoise Bertrand, Maia Cooper, Janie Etinson, Moe Liebman, Sylvi Plante, William Rosenberg, Barbara Seal Shiveck, C.M. (ex-officio member and Chair of the Advisory Committee), and Howard Stotland.

The Segal Centre could not be luckier than to land a star like Elliot Lifson in this role!

About the Segal Centre for Performing Arts

The Segal Centre for Performing Arts is a not-for-profit theatre company dedicated to creating, developing, producing and presenting world-class English-language theatre and to showcasing the best professional artists from Montréal and beyond. A part of the community since 1967, the organization was reborn in 2007 as the Segal Centre and has expanded to become a nationally recognized venue for the performing arts with a focus on creation, innovation, diversity and cross-cultural collaborations. Driven by a belief in the power of the arts to strengthen and connect communities, the Segal’s programming emphasizes original interpretations of popular classic and contemporary works, new Canadian musicals and engaging productions with universal appeal. www.segalcentre.org


CSL honours its volunteers: real estate guru Marc Ezerzer is the Gerry Weinstein Ambassador of the Year

As has become customary in recent years,  the City of Côte Saint-Luc recognized its volunteers on November 6 as part of a movie night at the Quartier Cavendish Cineplex Theatres. The feature presentation was the two hour and 33 minute  Motherless Brooklyn, starring Edward Norton. Prior  to the movie, everyone was treated to some snack and a video of Mayor Mitchell Brownstein interviewing the recipients of our many award winners. After the film, there was a dessert reception. Attendees were presented with souvenir glass  mugs, with the CSL logo affixed.

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Councillor David Tordjman,  Steven Erdelyi and I welcome guests. (Rami Negev, Photo)


Bravo to coordinator Laura Trihas , Director Parks and Recreation Cornelia Ziga and the rest of the staff who organized this affair. The format worked beautifully.

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Irving Schok, the Leopard of Louvain, gets some snacks. (Rami Negev, Photo)

Here is a look at the award winners.

Aquatics Volunteer of the Year Award

Michèle Castonguay – Aquatics

Michèle has shown great dedication to the City of Cote Saint-Luc and its competitive swimming program. She has served as our ''Meet Manager'' for all swim meets during the 2018-19 season and has been absolutely instrumental in the success of those events. Michèle brings years of experience as an official in the swimming world, and has helped us elevate the level of professionalism and the overall expectations for our swimming program. She also serves as a direct liaison between the Quebec Swimming Federation and the CSLA Swim Club.

Community Special Events Award

Presented to a volunteer for exceptional contribution to the community special events programs.

 

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Bryan "Waffles" Wolofsky and his wife Robin. (Rami Negev, Photo)

 

Bryan Wolofsky – PeeWee National Outdoor Hockey Tournament

Bryan (whom I have always affectionately called “Waffles”) has been assisting with the organization of the Peewee National Outdoor Hockey tournament for the past few years. Leading up to the tournament, he worked on securing a number of beverage sponsors for the event. During the tournament, Bryan could be seen displaying his unique personality on the microphone while announcing and playing music throughout the games. Bryan is always trying to help to ensure that everyone involved has a great experience at the tournament.

Bernie Green – CSL Men’s Club

Chairmen of Programming since 2015 and a member for over 10 years is responsible for organizing trips, Hot Stove League and booking speakers Some speakers this year have included Jean Charest, Lenny Lighter (Moishes) and Richard Pound who is an Olympic athlete. Future speakers will include Francois Lepine, The Archbishop of Montreal, Rick Leckner and Dr. Mitch Shulman for a panel discussion featuring prominent sports journalists.

Eco Award

In recognition of leadership in the promotion of environmental advocacy and action within the community.

Boyd Hamilton – Kirwan Garden Coordinator

As a way to give back to the Community, volunteer Boyd Hamilton (Kirwan Garden Coordinator) started a group six years ago called Growers of Regional Agricultural Seed Products (GRASP) which is made up of many highly skilled and educated members, many of who hold degrees and have a background in horticulture. Their mission is to create a full cycle seed library dedicated to preserving rare and endangered plants which majority of these samples are stored in the Côte Saint-Luc gymnasium.

GRASP holds regular public seminars free of charge for seed savers, in order to educate fellow gardeners and promote the program. They also distribute seeds at no charge through the CSL Library to the community at large. Over the years seeds have also been donated in support of the City’s initiative to develop teaching gardens for children with special needs.
They have partnered up with John Grant High School to help them with their own gardening program and in turn the school helps with the transplanting of vegetables to Kirwan Community Garden.

The Edward J. Kirwan Award

Awarded annually to outstanding volunteers in the Cote Saint-Luc programs for exceptional contribution.

Adriana Rico – Figure Skating Club

Adriana has been a very dedicated volunteer for the Côte Saint-Luc Figure Skating Club for several years as vice president, in charge of multiple tasks. She organizes the off-ice program, actively participates in on-ice rental and scheduling activities, provides web site support for all online registrations and information updates. She is also an active figure skater, training daily and competing in regional adult competitions.

E.M.S. Award

E.1 Excellence in operations

Scott Hunt

Scott is one of our most involved members at EMS.  He’s been around for a great number of years and has volunteered for thousands of hours.  He not only volunteers but he is always looking for ways to better the service and bring more success to EMS.  He recently took on the position of Lieutenant of logistics and equipment. Scott’s contribution to our team never ceases to impress us and is constantly surpassing all expectations.    

E.2 Excellence in training

Alizée Znaty

Alizée is in charge of the “prehospital patient care report quality assurance” department.  A task that is extremely important in this field.  Reviewing all calls and reports can be monotonous and time consuming,   but Alizée is able to do it meticulously, professionally and efficiently.  This great medic is always willing to lend a hand.  Her open mindness and her extreme kindness to say the least are some of Alizée qualities that greatly contribute to the quality of care that is offered by our First Responders at EMS.

E.3 Rookie of the year

Kassandra Pinsonneault

Kassandra recently joined the EMS team.  Her passion and bubbly personality were quickly what distinguish her from all the others.  Amongst her many qualities, Kassandra also a nurse is exceptionally motivated, always up for new challenges, and the perfect definition of patient care and healing.   She is the kind that everyone loves and all want to work with.  This lovely medic is an exemplary recruit who will with no doubt set a wonderful example for fellow medics and future cohorts.

Gerry Weinstein Ambassador of the Year

In recognition as the citizen best portraying charitable qualities and serving the community at large.

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With Ambassador of the Year Marc Ezerzer.

 

Marc Ezerzer – Sponsor for CSL Executive Softball League and CSL Golf Classic Tournament (Councillor Cohen’s nomination)

Marc plays and sponsors a team in the CSL Executive Softball League and he also sponsors the annual CSL Golf Classic. He is a prominent real estate agent who lends his high profile to the good and welfare of CSL sports programs. I was proud to have nominated Marc.

The Hazel Lipes Award (Trophy & Small Plaque)

Awarded annually to the outstanding volunteer for exceptional contribution to the community service programme.

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Diane Liebling

Diane Liebling – Cats Committee   

Diane Liebling is the chair of the Côte Saint-Luc Cats Committee. She has carried on these duties for the past six years, working virtually 24/7 physically trapping cats, giving up her family garage to feed strays, finding homes and foster homes for them, establishing a network of feeders of outdoor cats, organizing meetings and making repeated visits to the CSL Hospital for Animals. Quite simply, the committee would not function without her.  I was proud to have nominated Diane.

 Royal Canadian Legion Brigadier Frederick Kisch, Branch #97 Award

Awarded to the Youth Volunteer of the Year, in recognition of outstanding achievement in the improvement of leisure opportunities within the community.

Natalia Ayodele – Children’s Library

Natalia has been volunteering with the library since 2016. She has impressed the library staff with her enthusiasm, kindness, and passion for her community and for helping others. During her volunteer tenure, Natalia has helped 8 children as a Reading Buddy, and was one of the first teens to adopt the Homework Help program. She also participated in the first year of the Youth Advisory Group. Natalia is a gifted mentor and a caring person: she has expressed interest not only in helping children succeed with their reading and study skills, but was also a voice for senior residents in her suggestions during Youth Advisory Group meetings. Natalia has a truly generous spirit, and will undoubtedly go on to help people throughout her life. Congratulations to Natalia for pursuing her interests in CEGEP this year. The library will miss her!

Socio-Cultural Award

Presented to the outstanding Volunteer for exceptional contribution to the social-cultural programmes.

David Gandell – CSL Men’s Club

David Gandell has been a member of the men's club for for five years in the functions of membership chairmen, 2nd VP and currently serves as 1st VP, responsible for  scheduling, executive meetings and managing the directors.

Special Recognition Award

Joel Wener – Masters and Youth Swim Team

Mr. Joel Wener is a passionate Côte Saint-Luc resident who has gone above and beyond over the last few years in the pursuit and support of youth and team sports. He has played an integral part in particular, in the development and promotion of both the Masters and Youth swim teams at the Aquatic and Community Centre.  Mr. Wener regularly takes the time to get himself informed and trained on the details pertaining to youth and adult aquatic teams. In addition, he continues to offer much time and dedication, to recruit and train additional qualified officials for our team competitions. He is an avid supporter of parent volunteers and thanks to his involvement, our number of volunteers has increased.

Our aquatics team programs are still relatively new and Mr. Wener as a resident and parent of swim team participants is the first CSL citizen to take on the role of officials’ coordinator for our competitive teams.  Mr. Wener believes strongly in youth team and sports and the integral part these play in the lives of our athletes. He is an avid supporter of the team and an active parent volunteer taking the time to inform other parents on the positive aspects of competitive swimming.

We would like to thank him for his continued commitment towards the City of Côte Saint-Luc. 

Jeanne Motulsky – CSL Dramatic Society

She played the lead Narrator in the META award winning show that we remounted at the Segal Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat and the lead Sally Bowles in Cabaret. She went way beyond the call of duty performing as a lead in over 40 performances this year.

Jeanne performed in 8 CSL Dramatic Society productions. She studied Communications at Concordia University to become a producer and is working at DNEG as a Production Assistant. Other notable credits include Bad Idea Bear in Avenue Q (Marianopolis Theatre Company) and Showgirl and Usherette in The Producers: A New Mel Brooks Musical in Yiddish!  (CSLDS)

Côte Saint-Luc’s Emergency Medical Service Team

In grateful recognition of the wonderful work of the CSL Emergency Medical Services team (EMS volunteers). 

This special group of volunteers are responsible for the saving and aiding of thousands of lives on an annual basis. Their dedication to our community is not only commendable but truly admirable and most appreciated. Thanks to their commitment and devotion, their daily interventions are lifesaving and continue to improve the quality of life of our community. We are extremely proud and grateful for their incredible work, team effort and acts of daily kindness.

Sports Award

Presented annually for exceptional contribution to the community sports programme.

Andrew Winkler – Minor Hockey

Andrew has been a valuable member of the Cote Saint-Luc Minor Hockey Associations Board and it’s coaching fraternity.  This past year he was an assistant coach on 2 teams and the Head Rules Official on the Board.  He is always giving of his free time and is often seen at the arena answering any and all parent inquiries, no matter the subject.  The hockey association needs more volunteers like Andrew as it would not be as well run without him.

Stewart Mankofsky Memorial Trophy

Awarded to the Cote Saint-Luc athlete who best exemplifies the qualities of dedication, sportsmanship, and love for competition and fellow participants.

Charlotte Dumaine – Figure Skating Club

Charlotte is a 3rd year student at Université de Montréal in the BSc nutrition program. Charlotte has won numerous awards over the years and continues to give much prominence to the Côte Saint-Luc Figure Skating Club. Her biggest accomplishment was competing for 5 years on the Quebec Figure Skating Team as a junior and senior singles lady. Her strong work ethic, positive attitude and commitment to excellence make her a worthy recipient of this award.

vCOP Award

For outstanding contribution as a leader in the promotion of community safety.

Susie Berkson-Schwartz

When you hear vCOP mentioned in conversations, you almost always hear the name Susie Berkson-Schwartz spoken at the same time. Along with her husband, Harvey, they were among the very first members to join the newly formed vCOP organization in 2006. Being part of vCOP from "day-one" gives Susie unique insight into the inner workings of vCOP and its members.   

Susie is extremely dedicated, putting her heart and soul into everything vCOP.  She is in charge of all our special events and is a regular fixture, along with Harvey, at every council meeting.  She works closely with the Public Security department, coordinating vCOP participation for both Canada Day and the Winter Carnival.  Susie also works closely with the SPVM at their summer events (“kids camps”), and the Library and Parks & Recreation Departments for their events throughout the year. 

As for her own personal participation in vCOP, Susie has been recognized as one of our "top 10 patrollers" for many years.

Susie knows every one of our vCOPs by name - this is quite a feat considering we have approximately 90 members. She still enjoys being a vCOP patroller, contributing to our mission of being the "eyes and ears" with her weekly patrols. We are very grateful to have her as part of the organization. 

William E. Kesler Memorial Trophy

 Awarded annually to a volunteer for exceptional contribution to City programs.

Steven Glazer – Minor Baseball

Steven began coaching in Côte Saint-Luc's minor baseball program 10 years ago. He coached his older son Jordan's teams from 2009 to 2011 and continued coaching his younger son Ryan's teams from 2013 onward. Steven always treated the players on his team fairly and with respect. He always acted in a professional manner and never lost perspective as to why he was involved in coaching. Steven never shied away from dealing with difficult situations and his goals always remained to ensure a fun and positive experience for the players on his team. 

Here is the video presentation featuring the winners: 




CSL holds its annual Remembrance Day Ceremony

A Remembrance Day commemoration ceremony took place on Friday, November 8, in the Council Chamber at City Hall. Members from the local Legion Brigadier Frederick Kish Branch 97, local schools and dignitaries  took part.

 

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A group shot.

 

It was moved indoors due to the cold temperatures.  Three local veterans were recognized: George Nashen, Allan Rubin and former city councillor Isadore Goldberg.  Jean-Marc Dubois, the impeccably bilingual and valuable Manager of Operations  for Public Safety, served as the emcee. Former Councillor Allan J. Levine, whose late father was a veteran, is the president of the Legion. Mayor Mitchell Brownstein, D’Arcy McGee Liberal MNA David Birnbaum and Mount Royal Liberal MP Anthony Housefather, delivered remarks

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With Isadore Goldberg.


There was the laying of wreaths and the participation of six  local schools: Merton and John Grant from the EMSB, JPPS and Bialik, Hebrew Academy, des Amis-du-Monde. The latter is the most significant take back from this ceremony. We need to continue to educate youngsters about the reason for Remembrance Day. There are few veterans with us today to share their stories. Eventually Remembrance Day will also place more of focus on the modern-day wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere.

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Student participation.

See Glenn J. Nashen's outstanding blog.


Photographer David Chandler's exhibit at the CSL Public Library is stunning

If you have been to the CSL Public Library recently then you could not have missed the sensational photography exhibit of Sir Walter Scott (District 2) resident David Chandler. I am honoured to have such a talented constituent.

 

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David Chandler at his exhibit.

 

The remarkable thing about David’s work is that the photos look like paintings. David met me at the library earlier this week to provide a personal backdrop to his work. He had showcased his work inside the library a few months ago and this turned out to be a competition. The winner got to do an exhibit and David triumphed. It was interesting to get his backstory on how he proceeded to take each photo.

 

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Chandler admires one of his photos.

“All of the images shown here are based on photographs I have taken over the past 20 years,” David explained. “They have been modified with any of several programs, some only slightly, others to a much greater degree. They are all impressions of what was seen at the time: giving us contrasts of
light and colour.”

A retired high school teacher, David has been into photography for more than 60 years. But not professionally. “I have taught photography at different levels over several years,” he says. “My specialty is travel and architectural photography. In recent years I have turned to more abstract or impressionistic images,  always trying to isolate the essence of the object.”


For those interested David will be presenting three non-technical talks during the exhibition that will examine art, photography and digital art. The first is scheduled for Friday, November 29. The subject of the first is: Pixels: Older Than You Think. Other dates will be determined.

“My equipment in these digital days has always been Olympus, but it matters not since if the photographer doesn’t see the image no equipment can save it,” David notes.

All of the images are for sale. They can be mixed or matched in different ways by size or paper or support method. While the images
can obviously be printed multiple times no two are ever quite the same, as with multiple fine art prints made from the same plate.


The larger images sell for $195 while the smaller ones go for $125. The aluminum images are available for $450 each.

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David has published two books in recent years and they are on display at the library. There is also an agenda he created on Vietnam. A book of black and white images dates from a media course at Loyola in 1972. The exhibit continues until January 16. For more information David can be reached at dhchandler43@gmail.com.

 


Meet and Greet at the two Rothchild condo buildings

As part of my outreach program with constituents, I continued my series of meet and greets.

On November 5 I dropped by the Rothchild I and II buildings.

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At the Rothchild I.


At the Rothchild I, residents were naturally interested to talk about the Equinoxe building next door. Many were pleased that we were able to put an end to the loud noise and vibrations emanating from the generator  and then the ventilation system on the side of the facilility. We are all anxious for next summer to come and for this project to be completed. We will keep a close eye on the construction. The developers have done a good job maintaining traffic safety with their flag men. They wanted to resume work on weekends and extend hours in the evening to speed up work, but I told them this was not possible.

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With Bobby Gordon.

At the Rothchild II, new board member Bobby Gordon told me he is pleased so far with the way in which the construction  workers have been comporting themselves. Bobby has lived there for 30 years and he continues  to be my virtual eye on the sky, sending me photos when any issue arises.

I reminded residents that they can always  email me at mcohen@cotesaintluc.org or call me at 514-485-6945.


Isadore Greenbaum Memorial Mamaloshen Group to meet Wednesday

The fourth bi-monthly meeting of the Isadore Greenbaum Memorial Mamaloshen Group will take place on Wednesday, November 6  from 4 pm to 5:30 pm  in Salon A of the Aquatics & Community Centre (5794 Parkhaven) in Cote-Saint-Luc.

 

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Janie Respitz

 

Come with a story, a joke, a little biography of yourself, a monologue, or a poem - all in Yiddish, of course. Special entertainment will provided by Janie Respitz. Co-Chairs Sheila Esar and  Toby Shulman note that everyone is welcome.
 


Annual CSL Cats Committee Benefit Concert Another Success

A capacity crowd of well over 300 people attended the Côte Saint-Luc Cats Committee’s (CSLCC) annual benefit concert on   October 24 at the Syd Wise Auditorium of the Wagar Adult Education Centre. Featured performers  for Broadway’s Greatest Hits were the Musicians of the World Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Joseph Milo. There were also solo performances by soprano Olivia Charette-Hancinsky, baritone Burney Lieberman and saxophonist Gideon Vigderhaus.

 

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For a detailed recap  please click here.


Jeffrey Kovac to run in his mother Ruth’s District 8

When Pierre Elliott Trudeau passed away in 2000, his  son Justin gave a stirring eulogy at the funeral. Eight years later he ran for office and captured the Papineau riding to become a  Liberal Member of Parliament, followed by party leader and then Prime Minister.

In Côte Saint-Luc, we are mourning the passing of longtime city councillor Ruth Kovac. At her funeral, her son Jeffrey gave an emotional and heartfelt eulogy. He spent a lot of time with his mom when she was ill, specifically in those last few days. “One of the reasons why my mother continued fulfilling her council duties, virtually until her final days on this earth, was because there were so many ongoing issues, city-wide and in her district,” Jeffrey said. “Two nights before she passed, I was fortunate to spend some one on one time with her. She had a lot to say, but one of them was that she hoped someone would carry on the work she was so passionate about.”

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Ruth and Jeffrey.

A by-election to replace Ruth will likely take place sometime in March or April. At the October 23 council meeting, Jeffrey came to the microphone to announce  that he will run for her seat in District 8. “This,” he said, “will be the ultimate tribute to my mom. She devoted  the last three decades to this city and I firmly believe that she’d want someone with the same passion to continue her work.”

Jeffrey said that even though he is not even an official candidate yet, he has a list from his mom of some of the hot button issues in the district and he intends to follow them up. “Having grown up in Côte Saint-Luc and being given so much from the city in so many ways, it’s now time to continue the agenda, passion and representation that my mother set forth for nearly three decades,” he said. “My entire family has always been very passionate about civic duty  and it’s something I hope to pass on to my own children as well.  The city of Côte Saint-Luc and District 8  lost a champion of representation on Oct 1, 2019, and it’s my hope to follow in those footsteps and fight for the constituents to help enhance life in our community every day!  There is still work to be done that was unfortunately never completed by my mother, but I promise to continue that work with the passion, integrity and diligence that’s been passed on to me.”

Earlier in the evening, the council chamber was the site of an emotional memorial for Ruth. The room was filled to capacity, with everyone seated in the very chairs that Ruth herself chose only a few years ago.

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Glenn J. Nashen and Ruth.

When and if other candidates come  forward, I will share that in this space. One person who will not throw his hat in the ring is former councillor Glenn J. Nashen. He shares precisely why here on his blog.