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District 2 winners from annual Maisons Fleuries contest

Sidney Benizri and I emcee the ceremony.

I was very pleased once again to co-host the annual Maisons Fleuries Contest Awards Ceremony, along with Councillor Sidney Benizr as we recognized excellence in floral arrangements This year we switched up the format. A dessert reception was held at City Hall before the  ceremony, which took place in the council chamber prior to our monthly public meeting rather than the standalone event we have organized in previous years.

Awards were presented in five categories: single family and semi-detached dwellings; duplexes; townhouses ; highrise  (apartment and condominiums); and institutions (church, hospital and synagogue).

In another change to our format we announced all winners by district.


Mayor Brownstein and I congratulate some of the District 2 winners.


For District 2 here were the results.

Single Family

D2 SF 1 - 5720 Park Place

1st place 5720 Park Place – Dong Chun and Bing Zhao



D2 TH 1- 6562 Kildare

1st place 6562 Kildare –   Harry  and Gloria Freedman.

2nd place 6532 Mackle – Terry Wolkove and Gerry Trager

3rd place 6602 Mackle – Sandra Raphael and Robert Lubarsky

D2 TH 3 - 6602 Mackle

3rd place 6604 Mackle – Carole Tauer



1st place 5840 Marc Chagall – Le Bellagio

2nd place 5700 Rembrandt – L’Hermitage Condominiums

D2 HR 2 - 5700 Rembrandt

3rd place 6500 Mackle – Le Rothchild #1

Thanks to Maisons Fleuries  coordinator Laura Trihas, Parks and Recreation Director Cornelia Ziga, the judges and of course our wonderful photographer Rami Negev.

First TBDJ Mini-Med talk on cardiology a huge success


Packed hall
The hall was jammed.

Congregation Tifereth Beth David Jerusalem Congregation in Côte Saint-Luc has a wealth of medical expertise among its membership so it only made sense when President Jonathan Gal and his predecessor Judah Aspler agreed to follow up on my suggestion and start a new Mini-Med series. Rabbi Yechezkel Freundlich  fully supported the concept, was in attendance and asked a question.

Drs. Moss and Rudski.

On November 10 experts in the field of cardiology were paired with medical students for this free lecture.Dr. Lawrence Rudski, Chief of cardiology at the Jewish General Hospital and Director of the Azrieli Heart Center,  chaired and moderated the evening.  Recognizing that the nearby Adath Congregation in Hampstead was presenting a comedy night, Dr. Rudski delivered a few funny jokes of his own.

About 100 chairs were setup for the event. But a half hour before the start every seat was filled, forcing the synagogue's jack of all trades Yakov Lev to more than double the capacity. By the time things got going it was standing room only - a message that these kind of talks are very much in demand.

A big credit to Dr. Rudski for his brilliant idea of pairing medical students - the next generation- with senior physicians.

The lineup looked as follows: 


Jack Rudski
  • McGill Med 1 student Jack Rudski (Who needs a blood thinner for atrial fibrillation, and which?) and  Dr Stanley Nattel, clinical cardiologist and Director of the Electrophysiology Research Axis at the Research Centre of the Montreal Heart Institute (Advances in atrial fibrillation treatment)
Alexandra Cohen
  • McGill Med 2 student Alexandra Cohen (How do women present with heart disease and why?) and Dr. Shoshana Leah Gal Portnoy, a cardiologist at the Hôpital Notre-Dame (Cardiac Rehab: Get Moving!)
Eliana Sacher
  • McGill Med 3 student Eliana Sacher (Who should take an Aspirin or a cholesterol pill?) and Dr. Mark Eisenberg, an interventional cardiologist at the JGH and Director of McGill’s MD-PhD program; Professor of Medicine (New interventions in the cath lab)  
Uri Bender
  • McGill Med 4 student Uri Bender (Why do some people get angioplasty and others need bypass surgery?) and Dr. Emmanuel Moss, Gross Tietolbaum Distinguished Scientist in Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery at the JGH (Robotic bypass and valve surgery).

Dr. Moss was on CJAD with Andrew Carter the day before and  gave a small preview of his fascinating presentation. You can hear it by clicking here.

Dr. Mark Eisenberg

There were questions and answers at the end of each segment and then at the conclusion. When it was all over, many of those on hand got to talk to some of the speakers one on one. I heard so many good things about this lecture and Gal promises there will be more. The next one will likely be some time in the spring. With expertise in fields such as gastroenterology, urology, neurology, orthopedics, geriatrics and a whole lot more  there are no shortage of topics.