Congratulations to the staff at Parks and Recreation and my colleagues, Councillors Mitchell Brownstein and Allan J. Levine, the co-chairs of 2009 Winter Carnival. This year the event has been redubbed "Winter Carnival Month." It began with the Montreal Juniors game Feb. 2, was highlighted by the day-long Winter Carnival activities at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park and the Samuel Moskovitch Arena and will conclude Feb. 14 with our first ever Sock Hop. I must make special mention of the Côte Saint-Luc Figure Skating Club. There exhibition is always outstanding. I was able to join some other members of council to hand out trophies and present a cheque to the Manoir Ronald McDonald for $2,500 from money we raise at winter carnival.