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February 2013

First Quebec Spay and Neuter Day is February 26

Quebec's first Spay and Neuter Day is set for Tuesday, February  26 and on behalf of the Côte Saint-Luc Cats Committee (CSLCC)  I sure do hope that anyone with a cat or dog in their home that is not sterilized will  take the necessary action.

Pet overpopulation is at a crisis level in Quebec. Currently there  are approximately 380,000 dogs and cats in Montreal, of which 30,000 are not spayed or neutered.

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I am glad to see the City of Montreal backing this campaign. Needless to say, the small team of volunteers at the CSLCC continue to do our part.  Over the past three years, thanks in large part to our partner Shelley Schecter of Educhat, we have had countless number of cats trapped and either spayed or neutered. This is serious business, as the only way to reduce the homeless cat population is to prevent these kitties from reproducing. We have a great deal of work to do. There is absolutely no excuse for someone who has an outdoor cat in particular not to have the animal sterilized.

If you fall into this category, visit the Côte St. Luc Hospital for Animals on Baily Road next to the Famous Delly Boys Plaza.  You can also go to the local SPCA. “We have a vet working full-time, six days a week just doing spay/neuter surgeries,” said the SPCA’s Alanna Devine. “For cats we're still fighting an uphill battle. Our euthanasia rate is about 30 per cent.”

 


Talented CSL artist Michael Litvack's Library Exhibit

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Hats off to the multi-talented Michael Litvack, a resident of Côte Saint-Luc's District 2. An exhibit of his amazing paintings has been extended until May 5   at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library.

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"Being a long time resident of Côte Saint-Luc, beginning in 1955, I have mentally recorded the passing scene around Montreal," Litvack explains. " My exhibit is entitled Memories of the Non-Distant Past, and highlights how things have changed with time, using naive little people as participants.   People who remember Plage Laval, Val Morin, and Lachine from the 40's onward will get a kick out of my style, as well as younger viewers.

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SAQ is closing its doors at the Quartier Cavendish (Mall); new toilet facilities

According to reliable sources, the SAQ outlet at  the Quartier Cavendish (formerly the Cavendish Mall) will be  closing its  doors  around Passover time. Even though this seems to be the destination for kosher consumers, the SAQ has deemed their sales not high enough to warrant this store staying open. Furthermore, I am told that the SAQ will not be permitting the IGA to sell kosher wine. So the only place to get kosher wine (and liquor) will be the SAQ outlet at the  Côte Saint-Luc Shopping Centre, an inconvenience for most CSL residents to say the least.  
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There is, though, some good news at the Quartier as renovations of the public restrooms are now complete. The renovations were indeed  inconvenient,  with only two individual public restrooms available. However the new ones offer much greater space and they are 100 percent  barrier free (automatic toilets, sinks, soap dispensers and no doors to get in). The new restrooms are aksi wheelchair accessible and they have also added a family restroom for parents with young children and a dedicated handicap restroom for visitors requiring assistance. This update certainly brings the facilities to the same level as any other modern shopping centre.
 

Dr. Marc Afilalo and Roy Salomon receive Diamond Jubilee Medals in CSL

The City of Côte Saint-Luc presented Dr. Marc Afilalo and Roy Salomon with Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medals at the start of the council meeting on February 11.

Dr. Marc Afilalo was nominated for this award for his contribution in the field of emergency medicine. Chief of the Emergency  Department at the Jewish General Hospital for the past 27 years, Dr.  Afilalo has become a reference in the field of overcrowding, use and  misuse of the Emergency Department, acute asthma management, pain  control, treatment of unstable angina and myocardial infarct. He is also largely credited for the recognition and development of emergency  medicine as a specialty in Quebec.

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Roy Salomon was nominated for his long time involvement with  Maccabi Canada, from player to eight-term president of the organization. Mr. Salomon has received numerous awards for his volunteer contribution to the sports community. He is this year’s Honourary Co-President of
the Maccabiah Games in Israel. He has also been Vice-President and Honourary President of the YM-YWHA, received the Norah and Joe Rubin Leadership Award for 50 years of involvement with the organization, and  is a 2001 recipient of the prestigious Yakir Maccabi Award. In 1995, he  was inducted to the Montreal Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.

I have personally known Roy most of my life and a finer gentleman you will not find. On April 14 he will be the honouree at the prestigious annual Cummings Jewish Centre for Seniors Foundation Sports Celebrity Breakfast.

“We are proud that these two deserving individuals are Côte Saint-Luc residents,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “They are both  uncontestedly leaders in their respective fields who have realized  significant contributions and achievements.”

Côte Saint-Luc also acknowledged  Councillor Dida Berku, who  received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of her community service and her initiatives in helping preserve the  natural environment. Councillor Berku was nominated for this medal by  Senator Judith Seidman.

“I’ve known Dida since 1994 and she is a worthy recipient of this  medal,” said Mayor Anthony Housefather. “It is rare to find someone who  combines the precision of an attorney, the political smarts of an  elected representative, and the passion of an environmentalist.  She is someone whose advice and counsel I rely upon.”

The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal was created to mark the  60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the Throne. The medal is intended to honour individuals who have given  selflessly in service of their communities. During the year of  celebrations, 60,000 deserving Canadians will be recognized. Côte  Saint-Luc was invited to nominate two recipients.


Perfect conditions for CSL Winter Carnival

Mother Nature has been pretty cruel to us these past two months. However, she was indeed quite charitable for the main attraction of the Côte Saint-Luc Winter Carnival  on  Sunday, February 10 at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park. Hundreds of  people showed up, mainly those with young children, to enjoy a free pancake breakfast, horse drawn carriage rides,  inflatable games and more.

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Other kid-friendly activities included taffy on snow, snowshoeing,  kicksledding, tobogganing on the hill, puppet show, face painting, a  Scouts presentation, and snow games. Councillors Mitchell Brownstein and Allan J. Levine once again co-chaired the event. There was also a figure skating presentation and an outdoor hockey tournament. Our Parks and Recreation staff, this year headed by Jessica Weiss, had all of the logistics well in control.

The Côte Saint-Luc Winter Carnival runs until Saturday, February 16. Still to come is a Valentine's Dance  and a movie screening for  seniors. 

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All Winter Carnival events are free except for the Valentine's Dance. Tickets   are $25 in advance or  $28 at the door. Horses