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April 2018

New dry cleaner/tailor opens on Westminster

There is a new business in  Côte Saint-Luc.    


Today I dropped by one of my favorite strip malls on Westminster and Mackle Road to pick up some items at Nosherz bakery. There is also a fish market and Qualitifruits. Now you can add a first-class dry cleaner/tailor.

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Singh Deol

 Nettoyeur Jack has only been in operation for a few weeks, but word is already catching on. Brother Jack and Singh Deol ran the same kind of business in NDG for over 30 years. They wisely saw the vacancy on Westminster and jumped on it.


Singh showed me the state of the art equipment he and his brother have purchased. There were plenty of clothes ready to be picked up. “So many people come shopping here and they have noticed us,” Singh said. “We still want to spread the word.

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Tibi Selcer

Jack is also the tailor and this represents a true need in our community. For decades people went to Rockland Tailor at the CSL Shopping Centre. Herman “Tibi” Selcer was the owner and what a magic touch he had with the needle. I used to love visiting Tib, even when I did not need any alterations. He was full of personality, not to mention a real charmer with the ladies. He passed away last month

When he retired, a gentleman named Constantine took over the place with his wife and has carried on Tibi’s tradition. Now there is another option, one in which you can park right next to the door.

Councillor Mitch Kujavsky said that he had a nice pair of pants sitting around the house for a year. The other day he took a walk to Nettoyeur Jack. They needed a seam fixed. "I brought the pants in and they did a very thorough examination," he said. "Four hours later I got a call that they were ready and it was a mere $7."

Nettoyeur Jack is located at 5808 Westminster. For more information call 514-481-6060.


Jonathan Goldman appointed interim chairman of the CSL Dog Owners Committee

During the last election campaign I pledged to create the city’s first ever Dog Owners Committee.

A first meeting was convened in January, calling upon all interested parties and we have had three more since. I am pleased to see that a committed group of dog owners are coming together and significant progress on a number of fronts is already occurring. For one thing, each meeting provides an excellent forum of ideas – many of which have never been explored before.

A new Dogs bylaw is expected to be introduced at the May 14 council meeting. It was drafted by our Public Safety Director Jordy Reichson, a dog owner. A new Facebook page called CSL Central Bark (https://www.facebook.com/groups/cslcentralbark) was recently launched and numbers are already climbing so spread the word.

Two other members of council who own dogs, Oren Sebag and Mitch Kujavsky, are members of the committee.

Today I am pleased to announce the appointment of Jonathan Goldman as interim chair of the committee. We hope to follow this up in due time with an interim executive.

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Oren Sebag and I welcome Jonathan Goldman aboard.

 

Jonathan has been a resident of Côte Saint-Luc for over 35 years. He has always been involved directly or behind the scenes with the city, working for four years for Parks and Recreation at the Tennis Courts (Rembrandt, Wagar) in his youth, as well as a fill-in driver. He was employed in our Public Works Department as a seasonal student worker for three years as well. 

After graduating from  Concordia University with a Bachelors Degree in Commerce - International Business, he travelled the world for a year, moving from country to country through Europe, the Middle East, and Asia eventually returning to Montreal a year later briefly before moving to Israel and working in the high technology sector for two and half years. 

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Jonathan and Rocket.



As a Côte Saint-Luc entrepreneur, Jonathan manages two business ventures: a consulting firm known as ICECAP Solutions,  which offers e-commerce solutions for small and medium business providing website, graphical, technical, and brand & marketing consulting;  and PGG Group Inc., a conglomerate of company brands which sell merchandise on the internet with the primary brand being Gem & Harmony, a growing online jewelry retailer.

Jonathan is supported by his loving wife Sivan Rehan, and his two children Eric and Arielle who with dog Rocket comprise the Goldman Clan. Most of his extended family still live in Côte Saint-Luc, including his parents on Wentworth, where he grew up and his sister Joy Goldman and her family.

Rocket is a five year old male Greater Swiss Mountain Dog (SWISSY), a handsome and majestic breed with a very positive attitude. Rocket is well known at the Mackle Road Dog Run for his size, and demeanor. In the neighbourhood his unique look and overfriendliness makes him instantly recognizable to many in the area.

I would like to thank Jonathan for stepping up in this leadership role and welcome anyone interested in joining our committee to send an email to mcohen@cotesaintluc.org and to please join the Facebook page.

 


Joe Presser to be honoured at annual CSL Golf Classic

Registration for the annual Côte Saint-Luc Golf Classic begins on Monday, May 7

As the chair of this event, I am proud to say that the changes we have implemented to the format over the last few years has resulted in a huge demand, so much so that every place on the green was filled within days of us simply announcing the program.,

The 2018 event will take place on Thursday, July 5 at Meadowbrook Golf Club (8370 Côte Saint Luc Rd.). Starting times for the nine-hole course are from 7am to 10am. A buffet luncheon follows at the Côte Saint-Luc Aquatic and Community Centre (5794 Parkhaven Ave) at 1 pm. In the event of strong rain, the luncheon will still take place as scheduled, but the tournament will be rescheduled for Tuesday, July 10, with the same starting times. Please note that we have NEVER been rained out before.

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Marc Ezerzer, Joe Presser, Hagai Brener, myself and Alvin Fishman. Seated are Dennis Murphy and Pierre Brunet from McDonald's and Harold Cammy.

 

This year we will be honouring Joe Presser, a long time community volunteer who has been active programming in Côte Saint-Luc for most of his life, notably at Beth Zion Congregation, Parks and Recreation, the Cumming Centre Sports Celebrity Breakfast and the CSL Men’s Club. The announcement was appropriately made at the Thursday Morning Men's Club Breakfast. O

Marc Ezerzer and Hagai Brener from the Côte Saint-Luc-based Vantage Mortgage and Real Estate Group will return as event sponsors.  

This event will also continue to promote the Pierre Brunet Parks and Recreation Bursary Fund, which is sponsored by local McDonald’s franchisee Pierre Brunet. The Fund was launched a year ago and it is being used to help local families who need financial help to register their children in recreation programs. Proceeds also support children with special needs. At the breakfast, incoming Men's Club president Mannie Young handed Brunet a $500 cheque for the  Fund, with more to come.

Pierre Brunet has been involved in our helping our community for many years. This new initiative will have a direct impact in the lives of many kids in our community. He attended the breakfast along with his general manager Dennis Murphy, as well as Ezerzer, Brener and event coordinators Harold Cammy and Alvin Fishman from Parks and Recreation.

The name of our guest speaker will be announced at a later date.

The Golf Classic is open to all with participants slotted into groups of players ages 64 and younger or ages 65 and older.

The luncheon will include trophies and door prizes. There will be snacks on the golf course and souvenir packages available.

For more information, contact Alvin Fishman at 514-485-6806 ext. 2012 (afishman@cotesaintluc.org) or Harold Cammy at 514-485-6806 ext. 2011.(hcammy@cotesaintluc.org)


My visit to the new Police Station 9

For almost 20 years, Police Station 9 was located in District 2 at the corner of Cavendish Boulevard and Kildare  Road. A few months ago the station which serves Cöte Saint-Luc, Hampstead and Montreal West, relocated to the Olymbec owned strip shopping centre on Westminster Avenue best known for formerly housing The Famous Delly Boys and a Scotiabank.

While I was naturally disappointed to see them leave my district, we were all relieved  that the station remained in Côte Saint-Luc and did not simply merge with Station 11 in NDG.

Commander Jean O'Malley has retired and will soon begin a new job as director of public security for the Town of Hampstead. His successor will be named soon. Lieutenant Fred Jennings remains in place.

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With Officers Iacovella and Nobert.

I was invited to drop by the new station by Community Officer Marie-Christine Nobert. She has been with Station 9 for 21 years, primarily in this position in which she has developed close links with municipality officials, community groups and organizations, schools and seniors. Her partner Vincent Di Angelis is on leave for the moment. Until he returns Officer Andrew Iacovella is filling the void.

"Crime prevention is our goal," Officer Nobert told me. "We want to protect the citizens."

Officers Nobert and Iacovella (and of course Di Angelis)  have spent a lot of time in schools, talking about cyber bullying and cybers safety. This summer they will visit every day camp in the territory and hold what they call Police Academy Days. Always a focus is the need to properly wear bike helmets. They will also be working with Liane Fransblow of the Trauma Department of the Montreal Children's Hospital on some programming.

Seniors, says  Officer Nobert, are always on their radar screen. "We want to look after the vulnerable and watch out for any incidents of elder abuse," she said. "We are working with the local hospitals and the CLSC to ensure no seniors fall through the cracks."

The Police Station 9 headquarters is open from 9 am to 7 pm seven days a week. Cars patrol 24/7.

 


Journée de formation GRC/SQ/SPVM avec les partenaires du PDQ 9

Prepared by Police Station 9
 

Le 6 février dernier, une journée de formation organisée par le Poste de quartier 9 pour les policiers et leurs partenaires a eu lieu à Côte-Saint-Luc.

Nous avons invité les directeurs d'écoles secondaires de notre secteur ainsi que des policiers du Canadien Pacifique (SPCP), du Canadien National (CN), des agents dela Sécuritépublique de Hampstead, Côte-Saint-Luc et Montréal-Ouest, en plus des dirigeants de service de loisirs (camp de jour), à assister à la formation sur les drogues et nouvelles tendances. Cette formation était animée par le sergent Jacques Théberge de la section lutte antidrogue du service de sensibilisation aux drogues et crime organisé dela Gendarmerieroyale du Canada (GRC).

Nous avons bénéficié de beaucoup d'informations très importantes sur les nouvelles drogues de rue et sur la situation présente concernant le cannabis, le Fentanil et Carfentanil au Québec.

D'autres sujets étaient au menu de notre journée:

  • La radicalisation menant à la violence, expliquée par l'agent Janie St-Pierre de la Section prévention sécurité urbaine du Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM);
  • La Sécuriténationale, diffusée par Mme Marie-Ève Lavallée et Martine Louisma, conseillère stratégique nationale, sécurité GRC;
  • L'ABC de l'islam, exposé par M.Salah Touafdit du groupe intégré sur le renseignement criminel dela Sûretédu Québec (SQ).

Lors de cette journée, nous avons pu acquérir de nouvelles connaissances qui nous permettront à tous de mieux intervenir aux besoins, pour la sécurité de tous. Le commandant Jean O'Malley a remercié tout son personnel, les diffuseurs et les partenaires pour l'excellent travail de collaboration effectué au cours des années.


Premier Couillard takes part in Yom Hashoah commemoration in Côte Saint-Luc

The Montreal Holocaust Museum held its annual Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) commemoration on Wednesday, April 11 at 7:30 pm at the Tifereth Beth David Jerusalem Congregation in Côte-Saint-Luc.  Some 1,200 people were on hand.

This community-wide ceremony honoured the memory of Holocaust victims and the legacy of those who survived. Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard was in attendance for the third time by my count, once as the leader of the opposition. He came in the company of D’Arcy McGee Riding Liberal MNA David Birnbaum.

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Premier Couillard addresses the audience. (Photo by Councillor Oren Sebag) 

Following the singing of the classic Eli Eli, which figures prominently in all Holocaust Remembrance events, Committee Co-Chairs Doris Steg and Ruth Najman gave opening remarks in English, French and Yiddish, reminding everyone that Montreal became the third largest home to Holocaust survivors behind only NewYork and Israel.

“We are the last generation to hear their voices in person,” said Najman, a resident of District 2 in CSL. “This is both a privilege and a responsibility.”

Najman went on to say that on April 12 students from Montreal and around the world would be taking part in the 30th anniversary of the March of the Living and visit the former death camps of Auschwitz  and Birkenau in Poland.  Ironically, it was almost 25 years ago to the day that I took part in a mission to Poland to mark the 50th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. I walked through the camps of Majdanek, Treblinka, Auschwitz and Birkenau in the company of survivors. It was something  I will never forget and one  I think every Jew should  experience  for themselves if they can.

Premier Couillard recognized former D’Arcy McGee Liberal MNA Lawrence Bergman, who was in attendance, for having Yom Hashoah officially recognized in  the National Assembly. He praised the Jewish community for its contributions to Quebec society and spoke glowingly about his visit to Israel last spring.

Newly arrived Israel Consul General David Levy spoke about his mother and grandmother who were from France and saved by a French family during the Holocaust.

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The Kliot family lights a candle. (Photo by Councillor Oren Sebag)

The title of this year’s ceremony, I want you to remember… A Childhood Lost , highlighted the lives of children during the Holocaust. Through video testimony, Holocaust survivors  shared their personal experiences and stories. In addition, these survivors and their descendants lit six candles representing the six million Jews murdered during the Holocaust.

  • Eva Verebes was born in Hungary. She recalled her father being taken away just days after the German occupation. Turning the clock today she stated: “My family is a living example that Hitler did not succeed completely.”
  • Muguette Myers, born in France, credited her survival to the righteousness of the villagers of Champlost.
  • Mario Polese, born in the Netherlands, managed to survive with both of his parents thanks to the generosity of his Dutch neighbours. “There was a Nazi commander who sympathized with us and warned the Jews about raids,” he recalled.
  • Ernest Ehrmann, born in Czechoslovakia, survived four concentration camps, and was liberated in Dachau. “All of us who survived can count on our lucky stars,” he said.
  • Leo Kliot, born in Poland,  remembered his mother’s bravery as they fought to survive in the Vilna ghetto.
  • Zissel Farkas, born in Romania, recalled the traumatic separation from her parents, younger sisters and brother upon their arrival in Auschwitz. Her daughter Malkie told the incredible story of survival. Zissel came from a wealthy family who one day were chased from their house with only the clothes on their backs. She credited her older sister for keeping her alive in Auschwitz. After the war she lived in Sweden for three years, met her husband and moved to Montreal and raised a family. Today she has 26 grandchildren and 70 great grandchildren.

The program also included the reading of poems and other short texts in English, French, Hebrew and Yiddish. Songs were performed by a choir with Grade 6 students from the Jewish People’s and Peretz Schools, accompanied by Fishel Goldig, Holocaust Survivor, and directed by Jason Rosenblatt.  

Jeremy Levett, who went on the 2016 March of the Living, shared that  experience with the audience. “It is one thing to study the Shoah in a classroom and quite another thing to visit a gas chamber in the company of Holocaust survivors whose families were murdered in that very same gas chamber,” he said. “The survivors’ strength and determination to tell and retell their story and revisit the horrors they had witnessed in lands where the  history of their ancestral communities was almost erased, has allowed those who accompanied them to put many things into perspective. We are forever indebted to the survivors for their lasting memories, lessons and values they continue to instill within us. It is now our obligation to continue to pass on their memories and their message.”

Samantha Bloom, who went on the March of the Living last year, spoke about how truly  “more real”  Auschwitz and Birkenau became  when she actually set foot on the premises.

The Holocaust Museum
 

The Montreal Jewish community and its estimated 4,000 Holocaust survivors have commemorated Yom Hashoah for nearly 70 years. It was declared Holocaust Memorial Day in Quebec in 1999 and in Canada in 2005. Today, the Montreal Holocaust Museum’s Yom Hashoah Committee organizes the commemoration.

The Montreal Holocaust Museum educates people of all ages and backgrounds about the Holocaust, while sensitising the public to the universal perils of antisemitism, racism, hate and indifference. Through its Museum, its commemorative programs and educational initiatives, the Montreal Holocaust Museum promotes respect for diversity and the sanctity of human life.

Côte Saint-Luc Commemoration

To mark Yom Hashoah, , the City of Côte Saint-Luc  showed this 10-minute video  at our April council meeting featuring Holocaust survivor Marcel Zielinski  

Zielinski, 83, lives in Côte Saint-Luc. He was present at the city council meeting."Approximately 35,000 Holocaust survivors ended up in Canada, with at least 9,000 in the Montreal area and many of those in Côte Saint-Luc," Mayor Mitchell Brownstein said. "I met Marcel Zielinski last year and he shared his story with me. I'm honoured he agreed to share it with us on video so that we can share it with our community and beyond."

Zielinksi was born on Krakow, Poland in September 1934. Nazi Germany invaded Poland around the time of his fifth birthday. His family was forced to live in the overcrowded Krakow Ghetto, before being sent to the Płaszow concentration camp, just south of Krakow. This camp was depicted in the movie Schindler's List.

Zielinski, who is an avid cyclist, rode across Canada in 1998 at the age of 63. At the end of June, he will be reurning to Poland for The Ride of the Living, a 90 km fundraising bike ride from the gates of the former Birkenau concentration camp to Krakow, a route that Zielinski walked at age 11 after the camp was liberated. 

Mourning Sam Newman

I also want to extend my deepest condolences at this time to CSL Director of Public Works Beatrice Newman and her family on the passing of her father  Sam Newman, a Holocaust survivor, mentor and  leader, who passed away this week. Here is a video Mayor Brownstein did with Sam and his wife two years ago.  


Walkway leading to CSL City Hall/Library to be named Leonard Cohen Lane

I am pleased to announce that the walkway from Marc Chagall Avenue, which heads directly to the City Hall and Library facility, will be named Leonard Cohen Lane in memory of the legendary Montreal  writer, poet, composer and singer who passed away in November 2016 at the age of 82.

While Leonard Cohen never lived in Côte Saint-Luc, he was indeed a Quebec icon we all revered. Indeed his presence was always felt at our very own CSL Public Library through  CDs,  videos and books.

When we formally inaugurate Leonard Cohen Lane later this year, I will work with Library Director Janine West, Councillor David Tordjman, Mayor Mitchell Brownstein and City Manager Tanya Abramovitch on an event which will celebrate this great man’s life and all of the joy he brought to us.

This land was unofficially referred to as Marc Chagall Park. We had considered calling it Library Lane, but a few people, including community activist Tamar Hertz, suggested that we honour the memory of Leonard Cohen There are a number of people I know in Montreal who were personal friends with him. I am sure they will be thrilled to attend any event we organize.

Cohen (no relation to me by the way)  was born in Montreal on Sept. 21, 1934, to a middle-class family. His father, who ran a well-known clothing store, died when he was nine. He pursued undergraduate studies at McGill University and became president of the debating union. He flirted with a legal career and attended McGill law school for a year after completing his bachelor's degree. He also went to Columbia University for a year. But literature had a stronger call than litigation.

"Let Us Compare Mythologies," his first book of poetry, was published in 1956 when he was an undergrad. The "Flowers For Hitler" poetry collection and the novels "The Favourite Game" and "Beautiful Losers" followed in the 1960s. He etablished himself as a poet and novelist of renown by the age of 32, Cohen decided that songwriting might pay better. Leonard cohen

A big break came in 1966 when Judy Collins recorded his standard "Suzanne," and he came out with his first album "Songs of Leonard Cohen" the same year. That was followed up with "Songs from a Room" in 1969, which included the popular "Bird on the Wire." He had a fairly steady output although his popularity dipped in the 1970s as disco, not doom, was deemed to be the treat for consumers' ears. But Cohen began a comeback in 1984 with "Various Positions," which included "Hallelujah."

Ironically, "Hallelujah," was on the only Cohen album ever rejected by his record company and was little noticed when it did come out on an independent label. But it has become modern standard after hundreds of cover versions, high-profile performances and use in TV and movie soundtracks.

It is  played at weddings, funerals - including the 2011 state ceremony for then NDP leader Jack Layton - school concerts and religious services. It was repeatedly played on VH1 after the 9/11 terrorist attacks and at a telethon for relief efforts after the Haitian earthquake in 2010.

 

 


Quartier Cavendish (Cavendish Mall) to get first ever Quebec Cheesecake Factory location

As the city councillor responsible for District 2 in Côte Saint-Luc, which encompasses Quartier Cavendish, I am thrilled to inform you that a much anticipated sit down restaurant is on its way. And not just any restaurant, but the first ever Cheesecake Factory location in Quebec.

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Michael Wolfe, whose company owns Quartier Cavendish, told me that he promised tenants he would succeed in bringing a franchise aboard which would attract customers from across the island. Cheesecake Factory certainly fits the bill. It will be established in the space presently occupied by the Dollar Store, which is moving next to Econofitness

The sister and brother team of Marissa and Noah Sidel will own the franchise. Last summer they opened the Cafe de L'Avenue at the Quartier. That was just a warmup for this huge announcement, which they have been working on for more than a year.

Cheesecake Factory only recently opened its first Canadian store at the Yorkdale Mall in Toronto

"For nearly 40 years, The Cheesecake Factory has been known for creating delicious, memorable experiences for tens of thousands of Canadians visiting the U.S.," said David Overton, the company's founder and chief executive officer, in a news release. "We are now delighted to be expanding  further into Canada. Toronto was a success and so will our new venture at Quartier Cavendish."

Known for its extensive menu, generous portions and legendary desserts, the new Cheesecake Factory is expected to be ready to open next spring.

With more than 250 menu selections including Saturday and Sunday Brunch – handmade, in-house with fresh ingredients – and more than 50 signature cheesecakes and desserts, The Cheesecake Factory’s opening provides exciting new choices for shoppers and area residents. "It will also make the Quartier Cavendish a destination location," promised Marissa Sidel.

Featuring imported limestone floors and custom mosaic tile columns, hand painted murals and modern lighting, the new restaurant will include the distinctive and contemporary décor that is as creative and imaginative as The Cheesecake Factory’s extensive menu. Wolfe said that with the Dollar Store moving out, there remains substantial space from where Canadian Tire used to be a tenant right out towards parking lot level.

This being April 1, I must tell that while this is an April Fool’s Day joke, how many of us would not love to have the Cheesecake Factory come to Quebec?  Why not the Quartier Cavendish. Put a Cheesecake Factory anywhere on the island and the crowds will come! And if I know Marissa and Noah, they are already on the phone with Cheesecake Factory officials in California  to see if this could actually come true.

The only question that remains is this: Will the Office québécois de la langue française (OLF) insist that it be called Usine de Gâteau au Fromage?