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June 2018

Canada Day festivities for Sunday postponed due to extreme heat advisory

Due to the extreme heat and its potential impact on staff, voluntee​rs, and the public, Canada Day festivities will be postponed this Sunday July 1. Here is the official announcement from the city.
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Cupcakes will have to wait until July 8 or later.
 
It is our hope to reschedule all activities to another date this summer.   We believe we are doing the responsible thing for residents and staff and we will choose  a date where more people will come out and enjoy the festivities.   
 
How else are we preparing for the heat wave?
 
City Facilities 
  • ​The library will be  open  from 10 am  to 6 pm on Sunday, and 10 am to 10 pm on Monday. We are looking into extending the library hours from 10 am to 10 pm on Sunday. The library will be showing movies Saturday, Monday, and we will try for Sunday as well. 
  • The ACC is open Sunday  from 8 am to 9:45 pm, and Monday from 6 am  to 11 pm. 
  • The outdoor pool is open from 10 am to 8 pm both days.
  • The gym will be open for "open-play" activities.
  • All splash pads are functioning, and all bathrooms in chalets are open and functional except Fyon Park (due to vandalism).

This is the first time I can remember Canada Day being called off for something other than rain.

 

Work is underway to chop down the snow dump

Two mechanical shovels  began working this week  at the snow dump to  break down the ice, working from 7 am to 7 pm. 
 
The contractor we engaged  is  breaking down the snow and ice this first week. We will then give the hill's next layer some time(a week) to melt/soften and then the contractor will return  the following week to repeat the operations. 
 
Clean up of debris will follow.
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This was an awful winter. We usually start this work earlier, but the ice was so hard none of the equipment would have worked. This is why we waited. By early July things should be all clear.

Canadian Pacific Railway officials look for solutions on train noise problems

When I first moved into my present home after getting married 23 years ago, I realized we were very close to the Canadian Pacific Railway tracks. But it was only a few days into residing here that I found myself rudely awoken by some unspeakable noises from the trains. This did not happen every night, but often enough that I followed the advice of some family members and purchased a white noise machine. For my household it masked the disturbance.

Over the past two decades train noises have come and gone. In the 12 and a half years I have served as the city councillor for District 2, it has never been more of an issue than the past year, especially for those homeowners closer to the tracks.  

One resident told me just last week, “the noise level is intolerable. There are trucks backing up constantly, loudly beeping, and even blow horns.  It has become impossible for us and for our kids to sleep.”

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Myself, Mayor Brownstein, Robert McRobbie, Nick Pattyn, Nathan Cato and Jonathan Shecter.

Train noise affects people across our community. But given the volume of complaints I have been receiving, I asked for and received a face to face meeting with senior officials from CP Rail. Last week Director of Government Affairs Nathan Cato, joined by Robert McRobbie and Nick Pattyn, came to City Hall to meet with myself, Associate City Manager Jonathan Shecter and Mayor Mitchell Brownstein. After the meeting, I asked them to join me on site where some of the worst noise is occurring on the tracks next to Merrimac Road, impacting the Meadows Condominium.

Mr. Cato specifically is well aware of the problem at the Meadows. CP officials have met with Charles Guerin, a resident of the Meadows who compiled a comprehensive dossier on the problem. They recognize we have an issue and want to try and find some resolutions.

While they would not release exact details, Mr. Cato confirmed that a noise study on the tracks near the Meadows was conducted a few months ago. Unfortunately it showed that noise levels were well below Canada Health Standards.

“Could this survey had been done at a time when there were no railway noise disturbances?” I asked.

This CP team did not drive in from Ottawa just to have a chat. They sincerely want to help.I made it clear to them that many residents are in absolute misery some nights and we need to find a fix.

CP is under federal jurisdiction. Mount Royal Liberal Member of Parliament Anthony Housefather is our former mayor and well aware of the problem.  Federal Minister of Transport Marc Garneau is the Liberal MP for NDG-Westmount. Can we get him involved in the situation?


The CP officials were sympathetic to those who are being affected by this.  Work at 5 am sometimes cannot be avoided because it relates to urgent maintenance, they said. Trains that pass through in the early morning hours are often unscheduled late arrivals to Montreal and cannot be avoided. “Our operations run  24/7 and 365 days a year,” Mr. Cato said. “It is a big complicated picture.”

We asked if any kind of sound barriers could be erected. Mr. Shecter is looking into whether our noise bylaw, which prevents any work from taking place between 9 pm and 7 am, could be enacted where CP is concerned. He is looking into that.

I will continue to stay on top of this issue. CP officials are not taking the problem for granted. They wish to find a solution.

Constituents affected by disturbances from the CP yards should e-mail me at mcohen@cotesaintluc.org so we can properly document this.


Dogs on leashes will now be allowed in these parks

The new by-law regulating dogs in Cote Saint-Luc was adopted by council on June 11 by a 7-1 vote. As the councillor responsible for Animal Protection I pledged to work towards permitting dogs on leashes in most parks. A  Dog Owners Committee was established in January and the individuals part of that group played an important role in the realization of this legislation.
 
 In particular the new by-law requires that dogs must be on a leash and held at all time and owners must pick up their dog's droppings or face fines. Dogs are now allowed in certain parks with the following provisions: they cannot be within nine  meters of a playground or splash pad nor on the premises of a public pool, wading pool or on any sports field or in Veteran's Park.
 
Below are the parks where dogs on leashes will be permitted by the week of June 18. Special new signage is being prepared. Thanks to CSL Public Safety Director (and dog owner) Jordy Reichson for all of his hard work.
 

DISTRICT 1

DISTRICT 2

DISTRICT 3                  DISTRICT 4             

DISTRICT 4

Aaron Hart
Harold Greenspon
Aumont
 
 
Rembrandt
Marc Chagall
Ashkelon Gardens
Irving Singerman          Prud'homme
Silverson                      Richard Schwartz
                                   Fletcher
•Prud’homme
•Richard Schwartz
•Fletcher

DISTRICT 5

DISTRICT 6

DISTRICT 7

DISTRICT 8

Yitzhak Rabin
Kirwan
Emerald
 
Pierre-Elliot Trudeau
Ruth Kovac
Imagination
Mitchell Brownstein
Arthur Zygielbaum
Eric Helfield
Fyon
Nathan Shuster
 

D'Arcy McGee Medals to be handed out June 19

David Birnbaum has introduced a variety of excellent and out of the box ideas since becoming our Liberal Member of the National Assembly for D'Arcy McGee  just over four years ago. He is a lock to be re-elected in October.

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Birnbaum

The D'Arcy McGee Medals honour outstanding achievements in community involvement and the previous three ceremonies have been excellent affairs. David has worked with his predecessors, Lawrence Bergman, Robert Libman and Herbert Marx to select the winners and they have been right on the money each time.

On Tuesday June 19 (7 pm)  the 2018 winners will be unveiled at a ceremony at Ashkelon Gardens behind Côte Saint-Luc City Hall

(5801 boul. Cavendish Blvd.). This will be followed by a cocktail, with musical entertainment provided by the École secondaire St-Luc Jazz Ensemble. In case of rain, the ceremony will take place in the Council Chamber of City Hall.

David wishes to invite members of the community to attend. I am anxious to hear who the recipients are.  


Équinoxe Condo Apartments open their doors with successful sneak peek open house

Phase One of the Équinoxe Condo Apartments on Marc Chagall Avenue in District 2 will welcome their first residents in early July. Eighty-five percent of the building has already been leased. Excavation for Phase Two is expected to commence in August, with the completion of the entire project likely to take 18 to 24 months.

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A look at the facade of Phase One.

For residents of the five neighbouring condominiums (four high rise and one town house complex) this is probably not the greatest news. There will be more dirt and noise to deal with. We have had a good dialogue with the developers from day one  and we will reset the clock before Phase Two startsBenGlassmanBev

New residents Bev  and Ben Glassman.

It was very interesting to confirm in person what I already heard via word of mouth for some time now. A strong percentage of the new tenants not only presently reside in Côte Saint-Luc, but  when I attended a special cocktail dînatoire on June 7 in the magnificent and gigantic lobby of The Équinoxe I saw a number of present-day Marc Chagall Avenue residents who intend to move in. And there were others who dropped by, liked what they saw, and now plan to call a real estate agent.

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The red carpet was out for invited guests.

“I am 86 years old,” one long-time Marc Chagall Avenue resident told me. “It  makes a lot more sense for me to sell my condo and move in here. Now I just have to convince my wife.”

Said a woman who resides in the same building. “I want to sell my place tomorrow, but it is not so easy.”

Someone who I know very well sold his condo a few weeks ago and can’t wait to move in. “You will still be my city councillor,” he said. “The movers do not even need a truck. They can carry my furniture across the street. But seriously, for the amount of money I will get for my condo I am moving to the same street. It is a luxurious building, condo-style living. Just makes sense.”

I met Lionel Teitelbaum, who told me he and his wife have lived in the same Côte Saint-Luc home for 48 years. “We took a lease here and our home is not even sold yet,” he said.

Real estate superstar Anita Benabou Rozenblat was spotted at the open house. In the ultimate ringing endorsement, she helped her mom sell her home and chose The Équinoxe for her to live.

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With Ron Robins and Arlene Blumer.

Ron Robins and Arlene Blumer are leaving their rental on Côte Saint-Luc Road to come here with their dog. They are thrilled. One woman told me she now lives at 1 Wood Avenue in condos fetching about $1 million on the market. “Can you believe  I am moving from Westmount after 21 years back to Côte Saint-Luc?” she asked me. “But this is where we want to be. Close to our kids. My husband is a member of the Men’s Club. It was the right decision.”

While the open house was meant primarily for those who have signed leases to get a sneak peek of the facility, manager Robin Slutsken also invited many people who merely visited her rental office. It was a good strategy for the browsers will soon become tenants, if not for the few remaining spots in Phase One but Phase Two.

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With Alex Bouhadana, André Doudak and Carole Doudak.

Developers André and Carole Doudak and Alex Bouhadana were the perfect hosts. Kosher caterers were hired. Guests enjoyed barbequed hamburgers, brochettes and French Fries on the patio along with an array of hors d’ouevres and later desserts. With a small band playing and shoe shine man working hard, there were also two open bars, wine and   a chance to see some of the apartments on the first floor, the weight room and meeting/party rooms. The exquisite lobby will connect for people in both phases.

Mayor Mitchell Brownstein and Councillors David Tordjman and Sidney Benizri also dropped by to tour the facility.

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The band plays on in the front lobby.

I did take the time to meet  again with the developers and reiterate to them concerns being presented by neighbouring residents. I also had a chance to be introduced to their on the site foreman, which will be helpful to resolve future issues.

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A look at one of the living room areas.

Work on Phase One only began in April 2017. The progress they have made during that time is quite remarkable.

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There is even a kids playroom.

 


Public Consultation meeting for new by-law regulating dogs is on Monday, June 11

During the last election campaign and even prior to that, dog owners repeatedly approached me with one wish: to please allow them to walk their pets on leashes in public parks.

When Mayor Mitchell Brownstein once again assigned me the Animal Protection portfolio, I immediately set the wheels in motion to establish the city’s first ever Dog Owners Committee. Our first meeting was held in January and over the past six months membership has grown.  I wish to thank Interim Chairman Jonathan Goldman, committee members and in particular  Councillors Mitch Kujavsky and Oren Sebag (both dog owners)  for their support. From a staff point of  view, Public Safety Director Jordy Reichson (also a dog owner) has gone the extra mile to draft a brand new updated by-law25609 to regulate dogs in the city. Chiefly our work has focused on finding some middle ground to allow dogs on leashes in parks Last summer we did a trial at a few very small parks and it went well.

Click here to see the beginnings of the new section on the Côte Saint-Luc website dedicated to dogs.

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On Monday night, June 11 (7:30 pm) we will hold a public consultation meeting on the by-law, following which it will be on the regular council agenda that evening for passage. The majority of council is in favor of this long overdue adjustment. Part of the mandate of our Dog Owners Committee is to empower members to ensure that anyone they see walking a dog picks up after dog with a plastic bag on hand. We are also making sure the two Dog Runs, so well looked after by our Public Works Department, remain in a good state.

Here are some of the pertinent articles of the by-law that will be presented on Monday. Pay special attention to Article 4.4 Parks and Public Spaces.

Article 2.1 – Obligation

Every Guardian of a Dog must purchase a License issued by the City annually, indicating the breed, gender, colour and name of the Dog, the address where it resides and provide a copy of the veterinary records as stipulated below. For more details click here.

Article 2.3 – Veterinary records

The Guardian of a Dog must provide proof that the Dog has been inoculated against rabies issued by a Veterinarian and that the effectiveness of the said inoculation covers the reference year.

For the purpose of obtaining a discount on the cost of the License as set out in Annex A of the present By-law, the Guardian must also provide a confirmation that a Dog has been spayed or neutered.

If a Dog cannot be inoculated for whatever reason, a note so indicating issued by a Veterinarian must be presented by the Guardian of a Dog for the purpose of obtaining a License.

Article 2.3 – Validity

All Dogs must have a License valid for each Reference Year, which begins on May 1 of each calendar year and ends on April 30 of the following calendar year.

Article 3.2 – Leaving a Dog unattended

It shall be unlawful to leave a Dog unattended, for example tied to a post or other street furniture on the Public Domain, for more than fifteen (15) minutes.

Article 3.4 – Number of Dogs per dwelling unit

It shall be unlawful to keep more than four (4) Dogs in the same dwelling unit, including its adjacent structures.

Article 3.5 – Litters

Notwithstanding the preceding article, in the event that a female Dog gives birth to a litter, the Guardian may keep the puppies for a period not to exceed six (6) months.

Article 4.1 – Leash

The Guardian of a Dog must affix a Leash to every Dog that is on the Public Domain or on the private domain of another Person. The Leash must be held at all times in the control of a Person capable of restraining the Dog.

Article 4.2 – Excrement

The Guardian of a Dog is required to pick up all excrement emitted by the Dog, collect it in an appropriate compostable receptacle and dispose of it in accordance with the law.

Article 4.4 – Parks and Public Spaces

Dogs on a Leash are permitted in City parks and public spaces, unless indicated by a Sign, with the exception of:

  1. Playgrounds and within nine (9) meters thereof;
  2. Public swimming pools and wading pools and within the enclosures that surround them;
  3. Splash pads and within nine (9) meters thereof;
  4. On a sports field (e.g. baseball diamond, soccer pitch, tennis court, skate park, skating rink, etc.);
  5. In a Park where a special event organized or sanctioned by the City is being held (e.g. Canada Day).

Article 4.8 – Dog Run

It shall be unlawful to enter a Dog Run outside of the posted hours.

Article 4.1 requiring a Leash shall not apply inside of a Dog Run.

Where the Dog Run is separated into separate sections for large Dogs and small Dogs, the Guardian of the Dog shall keep the Dog in the appropriate section.

Article 5.1 – Definition

For the purpose of the application of the present By-law, a Dog can be declared dangerous if the Dog:

  1. has a propensity, potential or disposition to attack, bite, threaten, chase, or injure, with or without provocation, any Persons, property or other animals; or
  2. with or without provocation or physical injury, attacks, bites, threatens, chases, or injures a Person, property, or other animal; or
  3. has been trained for dog fighting or to attack upon a command.

Article 5.2 – Designation

A Designated Authority may declare a Dangerous Dog and issue a Muzzle order, in writing and delivered by the City or by certified mail or by bailiff to the Guardian of the Dog. Said Muzzle order takes effect within five (5) days of its delivery to the Guardian.

Article 5.3 – Muzzle order

In addition to a Leash, the Guardian of a Dangerous Dog must securely attach a Muzzle to the Dangerous Dog when on the Public Domain or on the private domain of a Person that is not the Guardian of the Dangerous Dog.

Article 5.4 – Lifting of a Muzzle order

The Guardian of a Dog may request in writing that the City lift an issued Muzzle order, upon presentation of an attestation by a Veterinarian that the Dangerous Dog has undergone training or procedure and no longer meets the definitions of the present By-law. The City will examine the documentation provided and render its decision in writing to the Guardian within 90 days.

I hope to see Dog Owners out on Monday!

 

 

 

 

 


District 2 Town Hall meeting places focus on safety and security, the Equinoxe and open mic

For the past 12 plus years since I became the Côte Saint-Luc City Councillor for District 2 I have held annual Town Hall meetings, the most recent of which occurred on June 4. While there was a good showing, I must make an important point.

I have always been a very involved councillor.  My blog provides regular updates as to what is happening in my District and the city at large. Every time a constituent calls or e-mails me they get an immediate response. I take walks and drives to every section of District 2. And since the last election, there is a new reality with citizens expressing themselves through a variety of new Facebook pages: CSL Ideas, Let’s Chat and Citizens for an Open Government just to name a few.

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Some members of the audience listen in.

While elections are held once every four years, I conceived the Town Hall meetings as a way for voters to meet me face to face with all of their questions at least once a year. Monday I had a set agenda of safety and security, the Equinoxe apartment complex on Marc Chagall and other updates. This was a “dialogue” session with an open mic. Yet leading up to the meeting I am not exaggerating that at least three dozen people either called, but primarily e-mailed me to say they could not make it but wanted to express their concern about something. In some cases, there was a fear that these points had to make before the Town Hall started. I either called or e-mailed back each person and days later the communication is still ongoing.

I am all for this, but it just goes to show you how things have changed. In this mandate, our city has embarked upon a program of citizenship engagement.  That means being readily available via e-mail or social media, webcasting and providing audio feeds for our public council meetings, enhancing our in-house publications and soon hiring a full-time webmaster.

I told everybody who contacted me that they need not wait for a Town Hall meeting. These calls and e-mails can come every time. The requests I received prior to the session have been added to the exact same “to do” list.

Safety and Security: Our Police

So here is what happened at the meeting.

I invited Montreal Police Station 9 Socio-Community Officer Marie Christine Nobert to speak about safety matters. One of the reasons for having her was to underline the fact that even though Station 9 ( which serves CSL, Hampstead and Montreal West) has relocated from its long-time District 2 location at Cavendish and Kildare to the strip mall on Westminster and CSL Road, they remain very close to our constituents. Marie Christine has been working in our community for 21 years and she was joined at the meeting by two young Cadets, Lia and Lisanne, who will spend their summer training working on bike patrols.

Officer Nobert is an excellent presenter and she shared some very valuable information.  She called Côte Saint-Luc one of the safest communities in Canada and lauded the work of our Public Security, VCOPS (Volunteer Citizens on Patrol) and Emergency Medical Services (EMS). Phil Mayman, the supervisor for Logistics and Operations with the VCOPS, also joined us at the head table and provided a good perspective on some issues.

Officer Nobert said that there will be six people on bike patrol in the Station 9 territory this summer focusing on pedestrian safety. She reminded everyone that there is one officer whose responsibility is traffic. Cars will patrol or stake out specific areas where traffic violations are occurring and give out tickets. “If you have a specific street corner you are concerned about let us know,” said Officer Nobert.

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Marie Christine Nobert, Phil Mayman, myself, Mayor Mitchell Brownstein and our two police cadets.

On the subject of Breaking and Entering, Officer Nobert said that such incidents do occur and homeowners must be vigilante. “Make sure you do not put all of your valuables in the master bedroom,” she said. “That is the first place these criminals will go to take jewellery, money and laptops.  If someone rings your bell, I suggest you look through the window and ask who is there? If you are concerned call 9-1-1. Also, when you go away on holiday, tell your neighbour to keep an eye on your place.”

Phil Mayman confirmed that the VCOPS will also perform vacation checks if asked.

Other tips from Officer Nobert:

  • If you keep your snow tires in a common garage, lock them with a chain. A criminal will not want to spend the time necessary to get them loose.
  • Beware of pickpockets. Men should put elastics around their wallets
  • Do not be fooled by prank calls asking personal questions and trying to steal your identity.
  • While incidents of Elder Abuse are low in our community, they do occur and we should be vigilante. On June 15 there will be a kiosk at Quartier Cavendish from 11 am to 1 pm on this subject.

There were a number of questions, all of which Officer Nobert, myself and Phil Mayman took note of. They included concerns about drug dealers hanging out near the exit to the library, parking violations and speeding. Resident  Alice Kern, who resides in the new apartment building on The Avenue, wrote me in advance of the meeting and showed up (we need more Alice Kerns’). Not only was I able to share her concern with Officer Nobert, but she got to follow up with her.

“The other day I was walking along Cavendish between The Avenue and Mackle and there was a new black Mercedes literally flying" up Cavendish to make the light and turn left onto Mackle,” Alice explained.  “On my way back via Kellert, some of the cars just rolled (not slowly) through the Stop sign at the corner of The Avenue. They do the same heading East and West along The Avenue, in all directions. I do a lot of walking and am aware of my surroundings. For a big part, the residents in this area are affluent, by the cars they drive, and have absolutely no respect for the law. I was crossing The Avenue between the beautiful new concrete flower pots - which do have very visible Pedestrian signs - and I actually had to put my hand out to get a car to slow down - and she gave me a dirty look as she gunned her big white SUV after I got across the street. Cavendish Blvd, Mackle, Kellert, Marc Chagall, The Avenue are not respected speedways despite stop signs and/or traffic lights. The only time I've seen police patrol in this area, were two officers on bikes leaving the City Hall/Library parking lot last Friday along Sir Walter Scott. They are well known to be on Westminster/Guelph or Westminster/Kildare with the radar, but nowhere else. We need more police presence. There are not only the school children on their way to and from JPPS/Bialik but also all the senior residents up and down Cavendish Blvd/Mackle/Marc Chagall (who walk through the Leonard Cohen walkway to come to the Mall).”

We had a few others who want something down about the crosswalk from the apartment building to the entrance at the Quartier. There are also cars literally driving on the sidewalk. This has been forwarded to the Traffic Committee.

Catheline Nemeth is another citizen who wrote to me before the meeting and attended. “Speed limits were reduced to 40/km on Fleet,” she stated.  “This makes no sense on a not really residential street. Nobody exits from their house onto Fleet between Cavendish and Queen Mary. Few people, even buses do not keep it and use 50/km 90 percent of the time On Kildare, from Marc Chagall to Merrimac, it is 30/km, but from Merrimac onward it is 50/km. This also makes no since, since it is a well-travelled road by children, school bus drop and more. This area should be 40/km or even 30/km.”

I told Catheline that Hampstead determined the speed on Fleet and our council decided not to confuse people by changing it on our side. As for Kildare and Merrimac, that is up for discussion with our Traffic Committee.

A few people who could not make it very much want stop signs installed on Kildare Road and Rembrandt. They reside on the latter street and literally cannot make a left turn during morning rush hour due to the JPPS-Bialik parents. I explained to them a stop sign installation is not as simple as it stands. For one, it could cause more significant problems along Kildare and even spread to Cavendish. Our Traffic Committee has agreed to give this another look.

THE EQUINOXE

While the construction of the Equinoxe Apartment Condo buildings are of the greatest interest to residents of Marc Chagall, the whole idea of new construction is an important subject.  This was the first opportunity since work began on Phase One for some residents to meet Alex Bouhadana and ask him questions. I did form a committee with reps from the five condominium associations on the street before construction began and we have convened several times. An open line of communication exists and we try to work through our problems.

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Alex Bouhadana

The fact is that land was zoned for two residential high rises 30 years ago. Our council had no way to stop the project. We have, however, agreed upon a number of measures such as no more outdoor work on weekends, more parking spaces than required by law and the responsibility to keep the street clean. Has it been perfect? Hardly!  Phase One, Mr. Bouhadana reported, is almost complete and a huge success commercially: it is 85 percent rented and new residents will start moving there in July  (virtually all of these people come from Côte Saint-Luc, many from the neighbouring Marc Chagall condos).

 Excavation for Phase Two will start in August. “Trust me,” Mr. Bouhadana said, “we want to finish this as quickly as possible.”

The two buildings were originally called to have 300 units. That number has been reduced by 25 due to some tenants asking for larger units. The number of parking spots will remain the same as originally agreed upon.

We all realize how many parking spots the workers take on Marc Chagall, Mackle and some other streets. The Equinoxe leased the empty field across from the Marquise for parking and that worked in the winter. Once temperatures warmed up cars started to sink. When the snow dump is cleared, we hope by early July, we will consider making spots available there until the winter. We have also added a dozen new spots on Marc Chagall and once Phase One is complete some workers can perhaps park in the indoor garage.

Residents had a chance to talk to Mr. Bouhadana about issues such as noise, especially before 7 am and after 9 pm.  The city is doing its best to monitor the situation. We have only one Public Security patrol car overnight so it cannot be stationed there. Residents are encouraged to call dispatch at 514-485-6960 when they see an infraction. Mr. Bouhadana explained that first off, the workers are generally sub-contractors of sub-contractors so there is an issue of chain of command. Furthermore, be it Videotron or a plumber, service calls arrive off hours without having even checked with the developers.

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Michael Litvack

Many residents like Bobby Gordon sounded off by how dirty the streets are from the construction. Mr. Bouhadana said the developers are paying for street cleaning three days a week, but residents complained that the area is filthier than ever. Sidney Margles expressed his concern about safety on the street and nobody properly directing the trucks going back and forth. “Your foreman needs to have a flagman there,” he recommended. “If you want a blockade on the street, you will have one.” Michael Litvack is upset that trucks working on the project keep knocking out the lights on Lismer, the small street off of Marc Chagall where the garages are for Le Rothchild II and the Bellagio.

I continue to respond to complaints daily.  I do thank  Mr. Bouhadana for making himself available.

GOOD AND WELFARE

The final portion of the meeting was an open mic on any issue. Shirley Rosen wants the sidewalks on Merrimac repaired and for there to be proper signage to warn motorists not to park too closely to garage entrances. Bev Yaffy said that the green light coming out of the Quartier Cavendish on Kellert and Cavendish is not illuminated long enough and should be adjusted. Rhoda Albert, one of my truly engaged residents, said that the lighting  on the pathway leading from the rear of the parking lot to Marc Chagall  is not illuminated at night and missing a lamp-post). Phil Mayman went right outside after the meeting and filed this report: “All of the lamp-posts were illuminated and provided a safe and sufficient level of light. One lamp-post was indeed missing and a cone is covering the base where it will be installed. I assume it is on backorder. However the next lamp-post provides sufficient lighting for the pathway. In my opinion there is no unsafe situation here.”

Mayor Mitchell Brownstein joined the meeting at one point to provide an update on city matters.

Thank you fill and everyone else for attending.


Important traffic safety measures have been enacted in District 2

One of the main topic when I knocked on doors last fall during the 2017 municipal election campaign was how to curtail speeding on certain streets.

Working with our newly constituted Traffic Committee, chaired by Councillor David Tordjman and staffed by Engineer Spyro Yotis, there were five specific targets for me in District 2:  vehicles making dangerous U-turns at the corner of The Avenue and Park Place; evaluating the speed bumps on Marc Chagall Avenue near Kildare Road; analyzing the problem of vehicles darting out of the rear parking lot exit of the City Hall/Library complex on Sir Walter Scott Avenue; speeding  on Rembrandt Avenue; and the logjam of cars at the corner of Kildare  Road and Rembrandt during rush hour.

Park Place resident Corey Frenkiel provided some good feedback about vehicles entering  the Quartier Cavendish via The Avenue and then making U-turns on his street.  These drivers were too lazy to turn into the actual lot. A No U-Turn sign was installed recently and the problem seems to be resolved. We are now concentrating on the crosswalk from the apartment building on The Avenue leading to the Quartier Cavendish entrance next to the café. Some vehicles are driving much too quickly in that section as well. For starters we have installed flower pots to slow them down. Mr. Yotis will continue to monitor the situation to see if any more corrective measures are necessary.

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Speed bumps on Marc Chagall.

We placed speed bumps on Marc Chagall last year on a trial basis after many complaints from residents  of speeding cars. The situation was exacerbated by the many construction vehicles going back and forth almost daily for the new Equinoxe twin towers condo apartment project. Phase Two has not even commenced yet so we expect work there to last another 18 to 24 months. The speed bumps have been deemed successful, notably by some residents of Les Cours Marc Chagall town houses which are right in front of this new deterrent.

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Making the Sir Walter Scott turnaround safer.

 With the beautiful reconfiguration of our parking lot at the City Hall/Library complex, the rear exit/entrance was changed.  Not only were many vehicles speeding in and out, most were not using the turnaround. We have installed very large signage directing vehicles appropriately and in the last few days,  speed bumps. This course of action should eliminate the problem and force motorists to be more prudent.

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Our Public Works crew installs new speed bumps at the rear entrance of the City Hall/Library parking lot.

Rembrandt Avenue is home to five high rise condominiums, a park, a town house complex and via the turnaround on Merrimac Road the 127 unit Meadows condo.  Many people cross the street to take the laneway to Heywood and Cavendish Boulevard. Rembrandt residents  in particular  asked me to please push for a speed bump. We never had one there before. It is now in place and I have gone on site to observe.

RembrandtspeedbumpFinally, for years the corner of Rembrandt and Kildare Road has been a problem; notably for Rembrandt motorists trying to make a left turn on Kildare during rush hour. This problem is most acute during drop off and pickup times for JPPS/Bialik.  We have looked into the possibility of installing stop signs, as requested by one resident. For now our Traffic Committee is not recommending this, reasoning that it would create even more problems. At my request we did add stop signs a few years ago at the corner of Sir Walter Scott and Kildare. This was more feasible and had the desired positive effect.

While on the subject of traffic safety, let me share the news that Crossing Guard Norman Klein has resigned. For the last number of years he did an excellent job at the Kildare/Cavendish corner, filling the huge void left following the passing of his predecessor Archie Kwiatt. Our Human Resources Department is seeking a replacement. If anyone knows someone who might be a good fit for this job please let us know. We will maken an official posting.


Syd Kronish steps down as Men's Club President; Mannie Young assumes the helm

It is perhaps an understatement to say that the Côte Saint-Luc Men’s Club is one well-oiled machine. Under the guidance of one man named Sid and another named Syd over the  past decade, this organization has exceeded everyone’s expectations.

Sid Margles started the ball rolling as president for four years, removing the word “Seniors” from the moniker and making this the place to be for a primarily retired crowd of gentlemen. Activities increased significantly and the list of guest speakers climbed to a very high calibre level. The annual gala dinner also became the social event of the season. Syd Kronish picked up where  Margles left off. His four year term concluded on May 31 and I was at the Aquatic and Community Centre (ACC) for the installation of his successor, legendary pharmacist Mannie Young.

 

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Mayor Brownstein, myself and Councillor Sidney Benizri congratulate the new slate of officers. (Sid Berns Photo)

Here is a list of the new slate of officers:

PRESIDENT

Mannie Young

1st VICE PRESIDENT

David Haltrecht

2nd VICE PRESIDENT

David Gandell

TREASURER

Marvin Hayman

SECRETARY

David Moscovitch

MEMBERSHIP SECRETARY

Ken Bessner

DIRECTOR

Irving Leiner

DIRECTOR

Charles Eklove

DIRECTOR

Bernie Green

DIRECTOR

Jack Lackman

DIRECTOR

Len Miller

DIRECTOR

Andrew Toeman

 

 

The nominating committee recommended that Beryl Peletz, who is retiring as a director, be appointed by the incoming executive to a two-year term as honourary vice-president. Beryl, who is one of my constituents (as are Haltrecht, Hayman, Moscovitch and  Kronish), has been married to his Miriam  for 67 years.

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Mayor Brownstein, Syd Kronish and Mannie Young. (Charles Eklove Photo)

In his farewell address, the ever so charismatic Syd Kronish told a packed room that since assuming the presidency in 2014 he served 1,460 days in office. “I am proud,” he announced, “that we have brought down the average age of this group from 84 to 80.”

Under Syd, the Men’s Club membership doubled from 350 to 700. “More programming was added to keep people busy five days a week,” he said. “We have made this the place to be the day you retire.”

One of Syd’s goals was to have the Premier of Quebec come speak to the Men’s Club. That did occur a year ago at this time when Philippe Couillard accepted the invitation. The original ask had actually been made by Sid Margles. Couillard had acccepted, but had to cancel due to some government business. It was Syd who followed up on the initiative of Sid.

Syd did not leave the stage without thanking his wife of 60 years Elaine for her undying support.

While Syd will remain very active with the Men’s Club, the two of us have met and he will soon undertake a leadership role in District 2.


Good luck to Mannie Young and the new first lady, Charna. I saw Mannie walking down the aisles of IGA today and asked where his Secret Service detail was. He will do a great job!

You can follow the Men’s Club online  at  https://cslmen.com/