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July 2009

Tournée Sports Experts offers free activities to tennis fans on August 9

Tennis fans in the City of Côte Saint-Luc can get tips and advice on techniques, free lessons, play games and take part in a skills content on Sunday August 9, from 9am to 11:30am at Rembrandt Park (Rembrandt Ave. at Kildare Rd.) at the Tournée Sports Experts.

Now in its 16th year, the tennis tour travels across Quebec from June to September offering free tennis services to people in more than 70 municipalities.

Children, teenagers and adults of all skill levels can benefit from the free services. There will also be many participation prizes. Participants will also have the chance to test new models of tennis rackets, such as Babolat, Head, Prince, Techno-Pro and Wilson.

Apart from the special one-day event, tennis players in Côte Saint-Luc have a lot of options for practicing their sport. There are public tennis court locations in Côte Saint-Luc open every day from May 9 to October 18. The Caldwell location (near Mackle Rd.) has three public tennis courts and is free of charge. Rembrandt Park (near Kildare Rd.) has two tennis courts and costs $5 per person (or $4 per person age 17 and younger) but is free for residents who have a Côte Saint-Luc Fun Card, which gives members unlimited access to many recreation facilities for one complete year from the date of purchase. Private (city operated) tennis courts are also available to members of the Côte Saint-Luc Tennis Club (8215 Guelph Rd.).

For more information, you can call 514-485-6806, or pick up a copy of the Parks and Recreation Program of Activities and Services booklet at municipal offices or download a PDF copy from

Successful CSL Seniors Golf Outing

On behalf of my co-chair, Councillor Sam Goldbloom, thanks to everyone who made this 30th annual Côte Saint-Luc Seniors Golf Outing at Meadowbrook a huge success. Councillor Goldbloom and I had the pleasure of golfing with Police Station 9 Commander Sylvain Bissonnette, a gentleman who has been so beautifully connected to our community since his arrival on the scene a few years ago. I had the chance to speak to a number of my constituents out on the links. Below right is Seymour Kleinberg of Sir Walter Scott Avenue, with myself and  Sam. Below left, is Sidney Margles of Marc Chagall Avene.

Seymour Kleinberg

The weather was a bit cooler than in the past years and while the clouds were threatening, we avoided the rain.

Loretta Anisef and Ted Cox did their usual fabulous job behind the scenes. Each participant received a sleeve of callaway golf balls and a special golf tool, both with the 30th anniversary logo. There were two sponsors for the event : Les Services Graphiques PR and the law firm of Bélanger Sauvé. The Jean Coutu Pharmacy handed out some hip gift bags to each participant at the banquet.

This year we also raised funds for golf legend Arnold Palmer's charity, Arnie's Army Battles     Prostate Cancer. The fee to take part in this fundraiser was $40. Participants entered in the draw were eligible for several prizes, including a $100 gift certificate for Callaway golf products and a golf town gift card. We also accepted lesser donations for those who want to support the charity. Those people received a support bracelet. More than $600 was raised, which is quite impressive given the fact we had only 80 or so golfers.

Sid Margles The traditional closest to the hole and longest drive (both for male & female) competitions were held, with trophies presented at the banquet where everyone enjoyed a piece of the special 30th anniversary cake. Many door prizes were handed out. Mayor Anthony Housefather gave opening remarks.

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Above, Police Station 9 Commander Sylvain Bissonnette shares a golf cart with me. To the left, Sam and I admire the 30th anniversary cake.

New waste bylaw encourages recycling

Blue-bin-silhouette A new City of Côte Saint-Luc by-law (2302) obliges apartment owners to offer recycling services to residents and consolidates rules about recycling, hazardous waste, organic waste and other types into one simplified by-law.

“There have been many positive changes in the last few years, such as the voluntary expansion of recycling to apartments and the launch of organic waste collection in single-family homes and duplexes,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “This new by-law is an indication of the city council’s desire to manage waste materials generated on our territory in an environmentally respectful manner.”

The collection days are not changing. However, the new collection times for garbage collection, recycling collection and organic waste collection is 7am to 7pm. If waste is placed in a rigid, tightly-covered receptacle (brown bin, blue bin or covered garbage can—not plastic bags) then residents can put it on the curb starting at 10pm the night before.

“Residents who previously were forced to wake up early to put their garbage on the curb now have the ability to seal it in a proper container and put it out the evening before,” said Councillor Mitchell Brownstein, the council member responsible for public works. “We think this is a reasonable given the fact that the collection begins at 7am.”

The by-law includes provisions to fine, however the city wants to first educate and encourage residents to sort their waste.

“Our goal as a city isn’t to fine residents or look through people’s garbage,” said Councillor Dida Berku, the council member responsible for environmental issues. “We want people to do their best and make an effort to divert more of their household to their blue bins and brown bins. The city is providing a way for residents to properly dispose of all the different kinds of waste. It is up to residents to take advantage of this service and do the right thing.”

Highlights for residents of single-family homes and duplexes

  • Residents must place their recyclables into the covered blue bins being delivered this spring.
  • Leaves and other garden waste must be placed in brown bins, paper bags or certified compostable bags. The organic-waste-collection trucks will not collect organic waste in plastic bags and the garbage trucks will not collect garden waste.
  • Household hazardous waste and household appliances—such as paint cans, batteries, televisions and so on—will not be collected and must be dropped off at the Public Works yard depot.
  • Bulky waste (such as couches and mattresses) and construction waste will not be collected in the regular garbage collection, however residents can call the city to arrange a collection for a fee or use of the private bulk waste collection companies.
  • The city has the authority to reduce or suspend collection of garbage, recycling or organic waste if the resident—after repeated warnings—does not sort items correctly.

Highlights for residents of apartments and condominiums

  • Apartment/condominium owners are obliged to offer recycling collection services to its residents.

Highlights for commercial establishments and institutions

  • Commercial establishments and institutions must begin recycling by March 2010.

The by-law to regulate the collection and disposal of waste materials (By-law 2302) was passed unanimously by the city council at the March 16, 2009 meeting. A copy of the by-law is available at the Archives counter of city hall (5801 Cavendish Blvd.) or at

The Canadian Writers Society and their CSL connection

Welcome aboard to the Canadian Writers  Society. Coordinators Rosalie Avigdor (of Cöte Saint-Luc)  and Joseph Mannella are now connected to our Parks and Recreation Department. Beginning this fall the  group will be meeting once a month on Thursday evenings (8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.) in Chalet Number One of Pierre Elliot Trudeau Park (6975 Mackle Road). The official starting date will be announced soon.
The Society welcomes anyone interested in furthering their knowledge of the art of putting one’s imagination onto a written page, from unpublished writers to published authors, from doctors to lawyers to merchants to chiefs, from youngsters to oldsters and anyone in between. Yearly membership is only  $25. Plans include holding writing courses, special events, and evenings to exercise the imagination in all of us. There will also be lectures open to the public.

Mother Nature Rains on our Canada Day Festivities

While it rained on our parade for Canada Day in Côte Saint-Luc, we were able to proceed with two late afternoon ceremonies: a citizenship court in which new Canadians from 15 different countries were sworn in and the induction of Miep Gies into our Human Rights Walkway at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park.

The citizenship ceremony was presided over by Judge Barbara Seal, who due to a case of laryngitis had to limit her words. This is the third year in a row we have hosted such a ceremony on Canada Day and it is always a big success.

Miep Gies was one of the people who hid Anne Frank and her family in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, during the Second World War. Gies became the ninth person honoured with a plaque on the Côte Saint-Luc Human Rights Walkway.

Canada Day 2009 Members of council join Councillor Ruth Kovac's mother, who knew Miep Gies, as we unveil the plaque that will now stand at our Human Rights Walkway.

We had a wonderful evening of entertainment planned. And it actually got underway at 6 p.m. with a youth band followed by the musical group Airport 77. Regrettably the sky opened up and the rain came down in buckets. We had no choice but to cancel the rest of the evening as the ground was soaking wet. Fireworks will be rescheduled.

I feel badly for our committee and staff who worked so very hard to put this event together. Months of planning went up in smoke as Mother Nature did not cooperate.