Here is a message from Mayor Mitchell Brownstein which is being transmitted via telephone today about our new mask bylaw.
Let me just first say that I appreciate the people who are wearing masks in buildings and commercial establishments. What concerns me is the number of individuals I see not wearing masks properly: exposing their nose, touching it with their hands, not washing the reusable version. If you are going to wear it, please follow the correct guidelines. This video will help.
This is Mayor Mitchell Brownstein with an update on COVID-19. Starting July 1, the city will begin enforcing bylaw 2557, which makes face coverings mandatory in our municipal buildings and at commercial establishments, like the supermarket, hair salon or pharmacy. When you go shopping, you must wear a face covering that covers your mouth and nose. In addition, condos and apartments are required to install hand sanitizer dispensers and put up city signage recommending the wearing of masks in their common areas.
Over the past few weeks, we’ve distributed thousands of disposable and reusable masks to residents. If you need more, our local pharmacies have them in stock. You can also make one with an old t-shirt and elastic bands. Link to the instructions are at CoteSaintLuc.org.
Every week, we announce updates to our reopening plan. For instance, the Parkhaven Pool reopened last week and admission is free for Côte Saint-Luc residents. Our full reopening schedule is posted at CoteSaintLuc.org.
As you know, restaurants, fitness centres, and malls are reopening across Quebec. These decision are all provincial ones, and although it feels good to return to a sense of normalcy, we’re not out of the woods, yet. With more contact between people, it is inevitable that the number of COVID-19 cases will rise at a rate higher than today. We need to all do part to keep the number of new cases under control. Wash your hands, keep your distance, and wear a face covering.
Finally, I hope you all enjoyed the Quebec National Holiday on Wednesday. And I hope you join us for our virtual Canada Day celebrations on July 1. Visit CoteSaintLuc.org/CanadaDay to learn more.
Thank you for taking my call today. I wish you and your family a safe and healthy summer.
I never leave home without my mask.
Ici le maire Mitchell Brownstein avec une mise à jour sur la COVID-19. À partir du 1er juillet, la ville commencera à appliquer le règlement 2557, qui rend obligatoire le port du couvre-visage dans les bâtiments municipaux et dans les établissements commerciaux, comme les supermarchés, les salons de coiffure et les pharmacies. Lorsque vous faites des achats, vous devez porter un couvre-visage qui couvre votre bouche et votre nez. Aussi, les immeubles d’appartements et les copropriétés doivent installer des distributeurs de désinfectant pour les mains et installer des affiches recommandant le port d'un couvre-visage dans les aires communes.
Au cours des dernières semaines, nous avons distribué des milliers de masques jetables et réutilisables aux résidants. S’il vous en faut davantage, vous pouvez vous en procurer dans nos pharmacies locales. Vous pouvez également en fabriquer avec un vieux t-shirt et des élastiques, vous trouverez sur CoteSaintLuc.org un lien vers des instructions.
Chaque semaine, nous annonçons les mises à jour de notre plan de réouverture. Par exemple, la piscine Parkhaven a rouvert la semaine dernière et l'entrée est gratuite pour les résidants de Côte Saint-Luc. Notre calendrier complet de réouverture est publié sur CoteSaintLuc.org.
Comme vous le savez, des restaurants, des centres de conditionnement physique et des centres commerciaux rouvrent leurs portes partout au Québec. Ce sont des décisions provinciales et, bien qu'il soit bon de retrouver un sentiment de retour à la normale, le virus n’est pas derrière nous. Avec plus de contacts entre personnes, il est inévitable que le nombre de cas de COVID-19 augmente à un rythme plus élevé qu'aujourd'hui. Nous devons tous faire notre part pour garder le nombre de nouveaux cas sous contrôle. Lavez-vous les mains, gardez vos distances et portez un couvre-visage.
Enfin, j'espère que vous avez passé une belle Fête nationale du Québec mercredi dernier. Et j'espère aussi que vous serez des nôtres pour les célébrations virtuelles de la Fête du Canada du 1er juillet. Consultez CoteSaintLuc.org/CanadaDay pour en savoir plus.
Merci d'avoir pris mon appel aujourd'hui. Je vous souhaite, à vous et à votre famille, un bel été en santé et toute sécurité.
With the Quebec government gradually reopening everything except very large scale events, is not time for the number of by-elections scheduled into this province to occur?
Côte Saint-Luc had one scheduled for April 5 to fill the vacancy for City Council District 2 after the passing of Ruth Kovac last fall. The two candidates, Leslie Perez and Adam Dahan have had their campaign posters on poles since March.
Of course we fully understand the necessity for social distancing, but if people can line up at the pharmacy, the grocery store, the bank and other places then a polling station can certainly be arranged appropriately. One election official per table. Everyone wears masks. Hand sanitizer when you enter and leave. Nobody uses the same pencil and so on.
Remember these are by-elections, where turnouts are notoriously low.
No, candidates cannot do anymore door to door. But over the last few months the new normal has seen people of all ages take to the internet like never before. Few people, regardless of age, are not on zoom. Municipalities like ours can certainly arrange a live Zoom meet the candidates night and keep it on YouTube. Ads can be placed in The Suburban and on social media. Mailings can be sent out.
I am walking the route of my entire district several days a week, speaking to many constituents from a distance. Candidates can indeed do this.
For now, Councillor David Tordjman and i are sharing the duties for District 8. However, due to the pandemic the volume of calls and emails each councillor must respond to has increased. District 8 residents deserve their own councillor.
Originally the by-elections were delayed until the end of April and then the end of June. We have heard nothing from the Elections Quebec in weeks. Do they have a plan in place? A quick look at their website shows that there are currently six by-elections on hold. Besides CSL, there is Beauharnois, Drummondville, Hudson, Mont-Laurier and Rouyn-Noranda
The Quebec government is currently studying the possibility of introducing internet voting one day. Here are the details.
With COVID-19 cases at a low level these days, the time is now for Elections Quebec to act!
Bravo to D'Arcy McGee Liberal MNA David Birnbaum and his entire team for doing such a first-class job with their live Zoom-focused awards ceremony.
The winners of the sixth annual D’Arcy-McGee-National Assembly Citizenship Medals competition were to be recognized at a public ceremony. Like everything else due to the COVID-19 pandemic that had to be postponed. But David and company adjusted beautifully to the "new normal" and one might make the argument that this format should be followed in future years. It was wonderful to watch. I started on my phone as I washed the dishes and finished on my laptop. In fact more than 100 people watched it live.
Three individuals and one organization were recognized for “outstanding achievement in community involvement”. They were George Nashen, 96, in the name of surviving veterans of World War II and those who passed before them; Sima Paris, co-founder and President of the Friendship Circle; MultiCaf, a store-front community outreach and referral service in Snowdon-Côte-des-Neiges and David Lisbona, Côte St-Luc entrepreneur and initiator of an emergency food-delivery network for seniors during the current pandemic.
“This has been an unprecedented and trying time for all us but it has also brought out the very best in so many individuals and organizations in this riding,” said David, who initiated this citizen-medal program soon after his first election in April 2014. “While the crisis around us is far from over, I think it is always the right time to recognize those who inspire us to do more and do better by our fellow citizens. Even if we can only celebrate this event virtually this year, I do hope it will lift us up at this very tough time. "
George Nashen and his wife Phyllis.
Lt. Gen. Roméo Dallaire (ret’d) delivered a brief address to the Zoom gathering. His own harrowing and heroic experience during the Rwandan genocide, and his outreach efforts since retirement have made him a sought-after public speaker. His Roméo Dallaire Foundation works to inspire young people from underprivileged backgrounds to develop their leadership potential. In appreciation of Mr. Dallaire’s participation, David's office made a donation of $1,000 to the Foundation. It was only appropriate that Dallaire introduced Nashen, an extraordinary gentleman whom I have been proud to know and call a friend for many years.
David was an excellent emcee. Each recipient spoke live via Zoom. It was a flawless production. Bravo!!
Twelve year old Matthew Liebman is one of three sons to Howard Liebman, a longtime political strategist to the likes of Irwin Cotler and Denis Coderre and current government relations director for Air Transat and Willingdon Elementary School Grade 4 English teacher Heather Leckner. I have known his grandparents, Rick and Gloria Leckner, for most of my life. Rick, of course, was the legendary traffic reporter on CJAD and for many years an investor relations and PR guru to corporate giants.
Given his lineage, it was not surprising to hear that young Matthew has decided to put his baking skills to good use during these times of confinement. The Côte Saint-Luc resident and District 2 constituent of mine is impressive.
After his full day of remote learning is done as a Grade 6 graduating student at JPPS, Matthew dons his apron to bake dozens of fresh cookies for his growing client list.
Helping to keep track of orders and behind the beautiful packaging is mom Heather. Swift local drop off deliveries (free in CSL, Hampstead, NDG and Montreal West) have been entrusted to dad, Howard, to allow the baker to focus on his creations in the kitchen.
Matthew Liebman gets down to business.
To start, a simple menu of fresh-baked classic chocolate chip cookies or sugar cookies are being offered, attractively priced at $10 per dozen or $18 for two dozen. Different varieties are in development in the test kitchen. The cookies make an excellent dessert or snack at home or are the ideal gift for others.
Matthew’s Bakery invites clients to get their Father’s Day orders in early!
Some of the finished product.
"As we are all in this together, Matthew’s Bakery will generously donate 10 percent of sales to MADA and The Depot," mom Heather says of the organization formerly known as the NDG Food Bank.
Now chocolate chip cookies happen to be my weakness so I was more than happy to take a container home and try. The verdict is already in and everyone at our dinner table gave a big thumbs up to the decadent dessert. I highly recommend this purchase!
A few weeks ago, Ariel Davidson and I put out a call for people to donate used air conditioners and fans to low income families and individuals in Côte Saint-Luc.
First of all thanks to our invaluable jack of all trades Morris “Moe” Giobbi from Parks and Recreation who took care of the first set of pickup and deliveries on June 8.
Hats off to our initial donors: Steven Adler from Almar Appliances provided two 10,000 BTU units and Daniel Gal had a 12,000 BTU portable unit.
Laura Elfman and Moe.
Moe picked up the machines, placed them in his truck and delivered them to three very happy individuals. One was District 2 resident Laura Elfman. Previously I donated one of my own old ACs to a family on Sir Walter Scott Avenue. They immediately told me how much they appreciated this.
Moe and Chris Agholar
We are probably in for a warm summer, so any more donations would be appreciated. I have two more set for next week.
Please find below a brief update on the reopening of our parks and playgrounds. / Veuillez trouver ci-dessous une brève mise à jour sur la réouverture de nos parcs et terrains de jeux.
fences / clotures: started to remove all fences from playgrounds in the City on Friday, June 5 / nous avons commencé à retirer toutes les clôtures des terrains de jeux de la ville le vendredi 5 juin
signs / enseignes: started to install signs with safety instructions in parks on Friday, June 5 / a commencé à installer des panneaux avec des instructions de sécurité dans les parcsle vendredi 5 juin
drinking fountains / arbrevoires: will remain closed for this summer for now / les arbrevoires resteront fermées pour l'instant cet été
dispensers /distributeurs: we will install stainless steel disinfectant dispensers in parks that have bathrooms / nous allons installer des distributeurs de désinfectant (en acier inoxydable) dans les parcs qui ont des toilettes
washrooms / toilettes: in parks will be open by June 9 / toutes les toilettes dans les parcs seront ouvertes d'ici le 9 juin
washrooms / toilettes : open hours 9am - 5pm / heures d'ouverture des toilettes 9h - 17h
washrooms / toilettes : Monday - Thursday opened by Public Works and closed by Public Safety / du lundi au jeudi, ouvertes par les Travaux publics et fermées par la Sécurité publique
washrooms / toilettes: Friday - Sunday opened and closed by Public Works /: vendredi - dimanche ouvert et fermé par les Travaux publics
wash rooms / toilettes : cleaned 3 times each day; 8am, 10:30am, 2:pm / les toilettes sont nettoyées 3 fois par jour ; 8h00, 10h30, 14h00
splashpads / jeu d'eau: open / ouvert
skatepark:open / ouvert
basketball: will open during the week of June 8 / basket-ball : sera ouvert pendant la semaine du 8 juin
swings / balancoires:will be installed during the week of June 8 / des balançoires seront installés pendant la semaine du 8 juin
Now that the Quebec government has permitted public pools to reopen, it is important to note that a great many safety standards must be met.
Our Mayor has already announced that Parkhaven Pool will reopen with many new rules. As for those pools in condos and apartment buildings, it is by no means a slam dunk. Many have already indicated to me they do not wish to take the risk of a COVID-19 spread. Others simply do not feel they can properly comply with the measures necessary.
I have personally gone on record that pools should not reopen this summer. It is not the water I am concerned about; rather the ability for people (especially kids) to social distance in the water; common touching of railings and chairs; the use of bathrooms; and more.
There will have to be fewer people in the pool under new guidelines.
The Institut National de la Santé Publique du Québec (“INSPQ”) has published a document for condominium associations and apartment building owners to prepare for the eventual reopening of their swimming pools. These preventive measures must be implemented before owners and tenants can use the pools in order to respect the government measures on physical distancing and hand hygiene. The preventive measures notably include:
Measures should be put in place in order to respect physical distancing of at least two (2) meters at all times, inside or outside the pools, such as:
Limiting the number of pool users at one time;
Distributing tickets to users for a specific period of time to use the pool;
Have a guard at the entrance of the pool at all times during opening hours to control the number of users who enter;
Ensure that all chairs are placed at a minimal distance of two (2) meters;
Installation of marks of the ground in strategic areas to enforce physical distancing measures;
Promote hand washing inside the facility, such as installing hand sanitizer dispensers or hand washing stations inside and outside the entrance of the pools;
Ensure users shower with soap for at least one minute before entering the pool;
Prevent access for users who have contracted the COVID-19 virus or show symptoms of the virus;
Ensure proper ventilation for indoor pools in order to control the concentration of contaminants in the air and therefore, update ventilation systems as per industry standards, if necessary;
Close all areas where physical distancing of two (2) meters is not possible or where there is poor ventilation by establishing physical barriers such barricades or tape;
Locker rooms should only be used to go to the toilet and allow for only a limited number of people to use the locker rooms at the same time;
Distribute a triage questionnaire to all pool users to detect COVID-19 related symptoms and explain to users the risks of using the pool;
Have a guard at the entrance of the pool at all times during opening hours to remind users of these measures;
Installation of signage indicating these measures;
The usual measures to ensure the quality of the water must be rigorously applied as per the Regulation respecting water quality in swimming pools and other artificial pools; and
The usual measures for cleaning and disinfecting must be rigorously applied for all surfaces including but not limited to locker rooms, showers, washrooms, water fountains, doorknobs, pool ladders, diving boards, etc. The hiring of additional staff/personnel may be required to ensure proper cleaning.
In order to respect the abovementioned measures, condominium associations and owners of apartment buildings may have to purchase the necessary equipment or incur certain expenses, such as but not limited to:
Hand sanitizer dispenser or hand washing stations;
Pictograms to be placed on the ground such as arrows and lines;
Printing of signage indicating the abovementioned measures;
Printing of triage questionnaires and information flyers;
Upgrade in ventilation systems; and
Hiring of additional staff/personnel to survey and ensure the abovementioned measures are respected;
The City urges condominium associations and owners of apartment buildings to follow these guidelines and asks that serious and responsible personnel be appointed to implement these procedures. If these procedures can’t be realistically met, the shared swimming pools should remain closed.
Furthermore, please note that a pool operation permit is still required and the present letter will be included in any permit that is issued by the Urban Development department. The following clause will also be added to any permit that is issued:
“The condominium association or owner of the apartment building confirms that he has read the attached letter and will abide by the terms and conditions provided therein.”
Finally, the City will be actively encouraging the DSP to enforce the abovementioned measures through the guide of their top senior bureaucrats.
Should condo and apartment buildings managers have any questions, we ask that they contact the DSP by email email@example.com or by phone at 514-842-7226. If you do not receive an answer within a reasonable delay you may contact your city councillor.
A huge thanks to Assistant City Clerk Jason Prevost for all of his work on this file!
Since I was first elected over 14 years ago as the city councillor for District 2 in Côte Saint-Luc, I have hosted annual Town Hall meetings.
With the COVID-19 pandemic, all council meetings have moved to the Zoom video platform. We actually convene far more often than ever before.
While I do take daily walkabouts in spring, summer and fall throughout the District and communicate with constituents by phone, email and (in Pre COVID times) in person, Town Halls became a unique opportunity to focus on specifically District issues.
Last fall longtime councillor Ruth Kovac passed away. A by-election was scheduled for April, but postponed due to the pandemic. We have two candidates, but no date when this will occur. So for the time being, Councillor David Tordjman and I are serving those constituents on an interim basis: East of Cavendish for myself; West of Cavendish for David.
On June 3 I organized the first Virtual Town Hall Meeting, with Councillor Tordjman and Mayor Mitchell Brownstein joining me. It was broadcast on YouTube via a link on our website. Here is the link.
Mayor Brownstein gave an update on the many COVID-19 issues. Councillor Tordjman and I focused on our districts and the one we are sharing. On a personal note I hope that the Quebec government finds a safe way to allow the by-elections to take place. If people can social distance at the grocery store and pharmacy, they can probably do so at a well-organized polling station.
The message from the Ministry of Municipal Affairs is the same as it has been for the past weeks: no public notice of election can be given before June 26, 2020. Both the DGEQ and municipalities have no authority to determine when the by-elections across the province can/will be held. We are told that the government will be looking into the question over the next three weeks and further information will be provided on their website or possibly by way of a decree.
Here is a look at some of the important issues related to District 2
The Equinoxe and Le Montefiore
Carole Doudak, the vice-president of Jadco Development, gave an important update on the status of Le Montefiore and The Equinoxe.
Le Montefiore, of course, is the former Manoir Montefiore seniors residence. Jadco purchased the property over a year ago and poured in a lot of money to transform it into a luxury rental building. The first five floors are now ready and residents began moving in on June 1. Construction was delayed due to some brickwork. The former first floor dining hall was transformed into a second indoor garage.
Ms. Doudak provided some good news on the completion of the phase two of the Equinoxe. After being shut down for a month due to the pandemic, they have made up for lost time and expect to have the project completed by November 1. They anticipate that all of the concrete and windows should be installed within three weeks. Once that occurs, all of the transport trucks and trailers will be gone and work will move exclusively indoors. That makes for far less disturbances and noise.
Ms. Doudak was asked about workmen repeatedly arriving early in the morning, prior to the legal starting time of 7 am and too many of them parking on the street instead of the makeshift parking lot. Ms. Doudak said that there more than 100 workers on the site. They are sub-contractors whom she and her team repeatedly remind not to start before the designated time. With security on site, she promised more vigilance over the next few weeks until quieter work begins.
The apartment building on The Avenue is finally starting to take shape. New owners have proceeded to beautify the property and they should have everything completed by the end of the summer. The city has also given approval for two new residential units to be constructed on the ground floor, which is also zoned commercial. Somewhere down the line there could be some stores there.
The courts on Rembrandt
The Rembrandt Park tennis courts re-opened May 29, with new safety standards. It is being well utilized. I even saw our Mount Royal Liberal MP Anthony Housefather playing there last weekend.
Public Works reports that they are slowly installing bollards on the bike paths and pedestrian walkways. So far there has not been enough staff to install the necessary speed bumps, but we hope that will occur soon.
The Snow Dump
When will we chop up the thick hill of dirt and snow at the dump on Marc Chagall? We will be starting on Monday, June 8 until Friday, June 12 from 7 am to 7pm. The equipment used will be two mechanical shovels and one bulldozer. We will then wait a couple of weeks for Mother Nature to help us melt the exposed snow and then return for another session.
On my walks I am taking note of any potholes I see and reporting them to Public Works.
With a smaller staff and many new COVID-19 related responsibilities, Public Works has not been able to complete as thorough a job on street cleaning it wishes. Some streets in my district that have not received the attention necessary have now been placed on a new priority list.
Parks and Playgrounds
All playgrounds have been fenced in to prevent children from playing on the equipment. The outdoor exercise equipment was taped up. They are now being reopened with extreme caution and the same goes for the basketball courts. The water was turned on for the splash pads at Rembrandt Park to deal with the recent extreme heat.
The Excelsior (Ilan Ramon)
Residents of both the Cavendish Blvd. building and Ilan Ramon Crescent complained last week of very loud noises emanating from the ventilation system. Our Urban Development Department intervened and ensured that they fix the problem.
Isadore Goldberg Park
I was hoping for us to have a rededication ceremony for Isadore Goldberg Park this spring. Regrettably, the late Councillor Goldberg passed away last winter and then COVID-19 hit us. Last fall our Public Works Department began removing all of the bushes near the park and created a pathway from Marc Chagall Avenue. The plan was to move the sign and pave the path. While that has been placed on hold, workers returned to the site this week to begin a fresh cleanup. I hope concerns over a long burnt out light reported to me by my Sir Walter Scott Avenue lieutenant Alexander will be attended to.
CSL resident Ariel Cozo and his colleague James Karls want to bring entertainment back to the city during these COVID--19 days. For starters, how about a mobile Canada Day celebration?
This is the most effective way of bringing the party to the people while respecting all COVID-19 considerations, they maintain. People need entertainment joy now post-confinement "and we have all the talent and equipment to provide it," the duo maintain.
Here is their game plan
THE PROJECT: Parade-style entertainment in the streets. They want to create mobile musical trucks/floats/flatbeds filled equipped with sound/AV, DJ, Animator, Musician(s) & specialty acts - all in accordance with health measures. Each truck will follow an electronic billboard vehicle filled with ads from one or multiple corporate sponsors.
WHERE: One truck per sector on a pre-set route, throughout the streets of Montreal in different municipalities. They will discuss and select the best streets for the highest visual and feeling impact to uplift residents.
BACKGROUND: We've been entertaining our city & worldwide destinations for over 25 years. We host/MC/DJ/Entertainint in multiple languages & cater musically to most nationalities. And we supply all forms of entertainment options to enhance the overall interaction, sound & light production. Their outdoor experience includes float performances and/or productions at the Saint-Patrick's Day Parade, Caribana Festival, Israel Independence Day Rallies, Community Street Events and much more from 1,000 to 100, 000 participants.
WHAT THEY NEED: Funding to support costs related to renting parade vehicles, renting digital banner vehicles, find corporate sponsors to appear on printed traditional vinyl banners and selling ad space on the electronic billboard vehicles. Municipal and related police authorization/support in order to ensure all runs smoothly.