District Meetings

Save this date: New round-table format for Monday, June 8 District 2 meeting

A Côte Saint-Luc District 2 information meeting will take place on Monday, June 8 (7:30 p.m.) at City Hall (5801 Cavendish Boulevard). Councillor Mike Cohen created this initiative when he was first elected in the fall of 2005 as a way to maintain closer relations with constituents and talk mainly about issues related to the surrounding neighbourhood. Since then a number of other councillors have followed suit.

The format for this year’s meeting will change and be done as a round-table, enabling all of those on hand – constituents and special guests – to be in closer quarters and truly be able to take part in an exchange of information.

Special guests for this meeting will be  Mayor Anthony Housefather, newly appointed Director of Public Works Beatrice Newman, Director of Urban Development Charles Senekal, JPPS-Bialik Head of School Maureen Baron, Bialik High School Principal Avi Satov, JPPS Principal Marnie Stein and Police Station 9 Lieutenant Bryan Cunningham.  

Mayor Anthony Housefather will be on hand for an update on important city issues.   Charles Senekal will be there to hear comments about the Cavendish/Kildare intersection, talk about a new park planned for that corner  as well to deal with any other traffic issues and provide  an update on the Quartier Cavendish development. Beatrice Newman will address concerns regarding repairs done on local streets, recycling, garbage collection and much more.  There will also be some news about a new park planned for   located at the Cavendish/Kildare intersection.

For more information, call (514) 485-6945 or email mcohen@cotesaintluc.org

District 2 encompasses Merrimac, Rembrandt., Kildare  (between Marc Chagall and Honoré Balzac), Sir Walter Scott,  Ilan Ramon, Marc Chagall, Mackle  (between Cavendish and Brandeis),  Quartier Cavendish Mall, Cavendish (Manoir Montefiore, Manoir Camelia, L’Excelsior, new Town Houses),  Jubilee, Park Place, Honoré-de-Balzac.

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District 2 Report: My 2014 Year in Review

We have just completed another eventful year in the City of Côte Saint-Luc and I am proud to be entering my 10th year as the councillor for District 2. Looking back on 2014, I am pleased with my accomplishments within the constituency and for the city at large.

One of the things I continue to appreciate most about this job is interacting with constituents, be it by telephone, in person or by email. I also continue to hold my annual District meeting on the first Monday in June, take regular walkabouts and post information updates on my personal website, via Twitter and Facebook.

REMBRANDT PARK

Last summer brought the long awaited opening of refurbished tennis courts at Rembrandt Park, something I worked long and hard for. We allocated $167,000 to fine tune the courts and install new lighting. Pétanque courts also made their debut at the park. This is a simple game, just like horseshoes, where there is a target, and you have to get as close to it as possible. We invite players of all ages to gather for games of pick-up pétanque. You must bring your own balls and jack. If you are interested in participating in a league next spring, contact François Marechal at francoismarechal@videotron.ca or 514-996-8709 or 514-996-8709.

LES COURS MARC CHAGALL

When discussing Les Cours Marc Chagall, the 21 unit town house complex on Marc Chagall Avenue in Côte Saint-Luc, one must go back a number of years ago when the land was zoned commercial. The original bidder for the privately owned property attempted to have a zoning change adopted, something as the councillor for the district I fully supported. Initially this was not successful so plans moved ahead by the developer to build a strip shopping centre. Nearby residents were up in arms. Eventually, cooler heads prevailed and a majority of council agreed to rezone.

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An attractive new look to the land next to Les Cours Marc Chagall.


Owners began moving into Les Cours Marc Chagall two years ago. A second set of developers had stepped in. During the construction they asked the city for permission to use the neighbouring land we own to house their sales trailer and to leave materials. Long after construction concluded, that patch of land was in pretty poor shape from the debris left over and the vehicles which had driven over it. The height of the land also resulted in a drainage problem affecting the new town house development.  It took a lot of time and money, but we concluded work over the summer which has resulted in a beautiful piece of green space complete with a lovely floral arrangement and a small pathway leading to some comfortable benches. We levelled off the property, put in fresh soil and  hydroseeded  the entire area.

DISTRICT MEETING

I like to tell the story of my first election campaign more than eight years ago, when I was the candidate for Côte Saint-Luc City Council in District 2. There were a number of objectives on my agenda, but chief among them was the introduction of District meetings, whereby very local issues would be discussed. These meetings, held once a year (or more often if need be), have been very well received.

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Mayor Housefather and I congratulate Mathew Stein,

On June 2, 2014, the most recent such gathering dealt with a number of issues. Mayor Anthony Housefather joined me at the podium along with our point man on traffic, Eric Ibey, and Police Station 9 Sergeant Bryan Cunningham. For the second year in a row, I handed out a special Award of Merit. It went to 16 year old Mathew Stein, who is completing Grade 11 at Bialik High School. Mathew was recognized for stepping up on his own and cleaning up the neighbourhood – specifically the streets and sidewalks of District 2.

QUARTIER CAVENDISH

There is no official name for the housing development on the land which previously housed about 40 percent of the Cavendish Mall. Perhaps we can simply refer to it for now as "The Quartier," since the shopping centre is now officially known as Quartier Cavendish. The developers called it Centrepoint, a name that might stick as well.

The new homes on Kildare Road, Cavendish, Park Place and Jubilee are all part of District 2 while those on the extended version of Kellert fall under Councillor Glenn J. Nashen's District 6. It has been gratifying to watch this development take shape and I take my hats off to our Urban Development team headed by Charles Senekal for seeing all the work through. It is not yet complete. The land on The Avenue - the main road leading into the project - facing Yeh! Yogurt is zoned for a future condo building with mixed use on the ground floor, and I expect that we will see something occur there in the not too distant future. It is in the hands of developer Joe Levine.
There are presently two future park spaces in the development: at Cavendish and Kildare and Park Place and Kildare. Ruth Kovac Park, situated behind Beth Israel Beth Aaron Congregation stands to be revamped.

Last summer we levelled the land, brought in  new topsoil and then had the spaces seeded. A small park at Cavendish and Kildare could materialize as early as next summer. The other will be done within the next five years.

We are hoping that while the high rise remains simply a future project, that the land will be grassed by the developer.

CAVENDISH EXTENSION

We are more optimistic than ever that Cavendish Boulevard will be extended to St. Laurent, with an indirect route via Royalmount in TMR. The project has been placed in the City of Montreal’s Capital Works Program. With Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre in favor of the work and a provincial Liberal government in power, we might just see this “dream” realized. One of the goals of our city, since Bernard Lang left office as mayor in 1998, has been to see Cavendish extended.

CAVENDISH AND KILDARE

We all agree that the corner of Cavendish and Kildare is problematic. Pedestrians complain that there is not enough time to cross the street; motorists insist that the light turns colours too quickly. We have undertaken a number of measures over the years: introducing double left turns on Kildare heading to Cavendish and on Cavendish to Fleet; synchronizing the traffic lights along Cavendish; maintaining a crossing guard there year-round. Can we undertake any additional action? There are some possible solutions, which we have discussed. Not only would they be very costly, but given the changing dynamics of that corner it would only serve as a stop-gap measure and frankly not a good investment at all. Both Mayor Housefather and Eric Ibey note that no significant changes are being considered at the present time given the new reality of a Cavendish extension, as well as the developments at Quartier Cavendish and Parkhaven. The mayor adds that there is actually less traffic at that corner today than during the glory days of the Cavendish Mall. When work does begin on an extension, the mayor said, the Cavendish-Kildare intersection will be an important component of the changes made to traffic patterns. At that point something elaborate will occur. Some people do have suggestions as to how to make some improvements now. We are looking at introducing some type of pedestrian refuge for people crossing the street.

MANOIRE MONTEFIORE

Manoire Montefiore welcomed a new executive director in 2015. Cindy Hershon is now at the helm of this beautiful seniors residence at the corner of Cavendish Boulevard and Mackle Road
Cindy holds two Master degrees (Social Work and Jewish Studies). She has worked for a number different community organizations, including the Jewish General Hospital Foundation, B’nai Brith Canada and Beth Israel Beth Aaron Congregation. When I stopped by to see her recently, she was busy having a speed bump installed in the building's sloped entrance way. Bravo Cindy! For years I have been getting complaints from Cindy's predecessors that cars were using this entrance as a shortcut to turn around. Since this is private property, I can only "advise." When Cindy called me soon after her appointment she raised the matter with me and in no time at all the speed bump was order and installed.

BIALIK HIGH SCHOOL

I continue to  stay in close touch with the administration of Bialik High School at the corner of Kildare Road and Marc Chagall. Most recently I sat down with new Principal Avi Satov and JPPS Bialik Head of School Maureen Baron to  discuss a variety of issues. The subject of traffic violations by Bialik parents was big problem early on in my mandate. But I must credit past administrations for not turning a blind eye to this. Avi, of course, is by no means a newcomer here. He has been part of the Bialik furniture since coming aboard as a teacher in 2002. Most recently he was the Senior Vice-Principal. I know I can count on him and Maureen to be attentive to parents not blocking driveways or stopping in no parking zones.

BETH CHABAD AND THE RASKINS

Of course I am proud to have Beth Chabad Côte Saint Luc in District 2, right across the street from Bialik High School. I stay in close touch with Rabbi Mendel Raskin and his wife Sara, who continue to serve as outstanding ambassadors for our community.

GAS STATION

The absence of a gas station at the corner of Cavendish Boulevard and Mackle Road has really been felt by many Côte Saint-Luc residents. Well there is a light at the end of the tunnel. A Shell station, with a car wash and a mini-IGA convenience store, should be ready by next summer.

SIR WALTER SCOTT

Last summer I commissioned an in-house traffic study on Sir Walter Scott Avenue, following some concerns raised over speeding by both residents of this street and Ilan Ramon Crescent.

Are traffic calming devices such as speed bumps or humps needed? The study showed that the average number of cars per day was around 700, which means a lot of people are coming and going as we knew. We usually use 10 km/h over the 85th percentile as our rough indicator of whether traffic calming is warranted or not. In our case, the 85th percentile was around 48 km/h, so not overly fast, but very near the mark. People seem to be driving faster in the south direction on average. I will discuss this with council and senior staff over the winter to see what kind of action we will take in the spring. Eric Ibey has provided major support on this dossier. Eric has enacted some interim measures, taking away the two or three parking spots that were between Ilan Ramon and the stop sign on Kildare Road, on the west side Sir Walter Scott. We believe this will improve visibility for people turning out of Ilan Ramon and create more room for people exiting and entering from Kildare.

Over the summer we had allowed parking on both sides of the street on Sir Walter Scott. We made it clear this was being done strictly to accommodate the residents of the building at 6600 Kildare Road as their garage was being repaired. Work on that project is now complete so we restored the no parking rules as they were before.

MAISONS FLEURIES

I was pleased to co-chair with Councillor Allan J. Levine this year’s Maisons Fleuries Contest, which recognizes the superb floral arrangements at homes, condominiums, apartments and business complexes. Whereas pre-registration was required in the past to qualify for an award, this year everyone who planted something was eligible as our judges fanned across the city to evaluate.

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Congratulating the Litvacks from Cambridge Courts.

On November 3, the Mayor and Council hosted the annual Awards ceremony at the Aquatic and Community Centre. In order to jazz things up, we welcomed the Gravy on the Side Variety Hour with Anisa Cameron, Kevin Shustack and Brandon Schwartz. ”

IN MEMORIAM

Former Côte Saint-Luc Mayor Bernard Lang passed away at the age of 88. Lang was the mayor of Côte Saint-Luc for 22 years. Prior to that he was a city councillor for 13 year. He attempted a comeback in the 2005 election and ran against Anthony Housefather. I had a long history with “Mayor” Lang. No, he was not the present-day mayor. But just as they refer to President Clinton, President Bush and President Carter in the United States, it was difficult to address someone as “Mr.” Lang when he held the mayoral post for so long.

I go back many years with Lang, notably to my years as the Côte Saint-Luc beat reporter for The Suburban, The Monitor and briefly The Weekly Herald. We never lost contact.

The arrival of Lang's first and only grandchild Dylan some 13 years ago rejuvenated him. He was the youngest and most fit looking 87 year old I know. Soon after his crushing defeat in 2005, Lang began calling me at least once a week as that election coincided with my debut as a city councillor. He was not bitter. It was clear that he chose to run again because of his undying love for the city. He questioned me on various decisions of the city, but out of general interest and concern that the right thing be done. As time went on I sensed a genuine support for the current council. He and Mayor Housefather began to speak. At a VE Day ceremony in the year following that election, Mayor Housefather acknowledged Lang in a very positive way. Afterwards, Lang thanked him warmly.

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The late Bernard Lang posed for this photo for me a few years ago.

When we celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Côte Saint-Luc Eleanor London Public Library, Lang was profiled prominently in the special edition of our Courier newspaper. He was also brought on stage and saluted by Mayor Housefather at our ceremony. It was on that night it became clear to me that we needed to find a place for him at the committee level. He agreed to sit on our library committee. He and his devoted wife Miriam were cat lovers. And so they joined my Cats Committee.

Bernard Lang was a full-time mayor, spending virtually every weekday at City Hall. He had a successful business which he had his sons run. Lang was an articulate spokesman who brought credibility to the city. He stood up against any wrongs coming to the city and was noted for taking on the City of Montreal and winning after then Mayor Jean Doré reneged on a pledge to extended Kildare Road into CSL. Lang went all the way to Quebec City and came back with a multi-million dollar ruling in favor of our city and the awarding of the North of Hampstead area and Decarie Square to our tax coffers.

Lang bitterly opposed any talk to extend Cavendish Boulevard. "We don't need it, we don't want it, we can't afford it," he would always say.

 

Under his watch the present-day City Hall and Library Complex was built. When he retired, it was named the Bernard Lang Civic Centre - a fitting honour.

Côte Saint-Luc has lost another one of our builders following the passing of former city councillor Henry Marcovitz. I last saw Henry just over two weeks before he passed away dining with family members at a popular Montreal restaurant. He was wheelchair bound, but seemed to be in good spirits and very involved in conversation around the table.

I was proud in recent years to serve as Henry’s city councillor. He and his wife of 60 years Shirley had left their long time home on Randall Avenue and bought a condominium on Rembrandt Avenue. I immediately came into regular contact with them: Shirley via email and Henry by telephone, on the street and at the grocery store. They attended my District information meetings and provided feedback on discussions I held regarding possible changes to Rembrandt Park.

Two and a half years ago, on March 12, 2012, Shirley lost a battle with cancer. I found this remarkable given the fact I ran into her often during what had clearly been a horrible period in her life and she never brought it up or sought sympathy. Henry was naturally devastated and told me how lost he felt. His family, though, stepped in and provided extraordinary support. I remember standing at the front door of our Aquatic and Community Centre when it opened for the first time three years ago. My late father Larry, who went way back with Henry, was standing with me. In walked Henry with his daughter. He wanted to be there and see for himself our state of the art facility.

LIBRARY AND CULTURE

The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library is a jewel in our midst. There are not too many libraries in Quebec, perhaps even Canada, which can rival our size, collection and the wide array of activities we offer. I am proud to be the city councillor responsible for Library and Culture. We presently have almost 12,000 members – only 352 of which are non-residents and our goal is to increase those numbers. During the year we adopted a new strategy related to our program free schedule. For the first time we are distinguishing between members and non-members rather than residents and non-resident for courses and workshops presented by the library. For all courses and workshops, there is one price for library members and another for non-members. For programs that have limitations on how many people can attend, we have started to implement a policy of either free for library members and a cost for non-members, or a cost for library members and a higher cost for non-members. Book clubs, which limit attendance to 12, will be for library members only.

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The ribbon cutting for our TD Garden Project.

Why did we make these changes? Well first of all to encourage membership. We also wish to ensure that the budget and staff time are allocated to library programs to serve CSL residents, and in particular members. If non-residents attend, they are paying for the privilege. We wish to ensure that where programs have limited capacity they are filled with library members and places are not taken up by non-members. Not all programs will be affected. Ticketed events such as concerts or play readings will have one ticket price for all for the time being. This will be a gradual implementation.

Over the last decade, residents of CSL have paid a one-time fee of $5 to become a member of our library. We have now eliminated that fee. In addition, non-resident students attending schools in our community will be granted membership for a nominal fee.

We also introduced a fundraising program to help purchase a grand piano for the Harold Greenspon Auditorium. There are 88 keys on a standard piano. As a result the “88 Keys to Music” campaign will enable people to sponsor a key for $88. In recognition, the names of donors will be placed on a plaque in the shape of a piano keyboard which will be permanently mounted outside the entrance to the Auditorium, which is overseen by the library, In addition, the City of Cote Saint-Luc is seeking corporate sponsorships of $500 each. Corporate donors will be recognized on the plaque as well.

GOLF CLASSIC

Well before I became a city councillor in Côte Saint-Luc more than nine years ago I was involved with the annual golf tournament. I believe my association as the emcee of their awards luncheon goes back at least 25 years. Originally, it was a Seniors Golf Outing and the event always attracted good numbers. When I was elected, I began co-chairing the program with Councillor Sam Goldbloom. Over the years we saw attendance begin to drop.

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Councillor Sam Goldbloom, Oliver Jones and Alvin Fishman.

In 2013, we had only 42 golfers register. We knew it was time to either cancel the event or recharge the batteries. Sam and I opted for the latter and thanks to the spectacular assistance of Harold Cammy and Alvin Fishman at our Parks and Recreation Department the revival began. We renamed the event the Côte Saint-Luc Golf Classic and made it available to people of all ages. Work on the 2014 event began during a cold winter day when we sat down with Harold and Alvin and drew up a plan to attract foursomes. Together we obtained a title sponsors in Gravel Auto Group, which has a successful dealership on Decarie. Harold and Alvin signed up a few other sponsors, including Casey Cameron from Techsport Inc.

"Why not have a celebrity honourary chairman?" I asked, thinking out loud that legendary jazz pianist and CSL resident Oliver Jones would be a good choice. Thanks to our Chief Librarian Janine West and her husband Jim, Jones agreed. He was part of a foursome with the West's and one of their close friends. When all was said and done, a total of 83 golfers registered. It rained the day before, but as I awoke on Tuesday, July 8 the weather was gorgeous and precipitation was only called for later in the day.

This was also a day, once again, to showcase Meadowbrook Golf Course and how beautiful this large green space is. For the first time a foursome from Les Amis de Meadowbrook took part and that was wonderful. They lobby and hold meetings throughout the year, but what better thing to do than spend time on the very land they wish to preserve. We all golfed on the back nine. I was part of a foursome with Goldbloom, Police Station 9 Commander Marc Cournoyer and Officer Martin Bourgeois. Louis-Philippe Gravel, director of sales at Gravel Auto Decarie, was on hand as well.

The golf game is only half the fun. Afterwards everyone convened at our Aquatic and Community Centre for a very enjoyable luncheon coordinated by the team of Cammy and Fishman and their devoted committee. Mayor Anthony Housefather provided opening remarks and then helped hand out the trophies.

ANIMAL PROTECTION AND THE CATS COMMITTEE

I was pleased when Mayor Housefather handed me the brand new portfolio of Animal Protection. In 2011 I launched the Côte Saint-Luc Cats Committee and through a devoted volunteer committee we have been quite successful in implementing a Trap, Neuter, Release and Adopt Program. We have rescued kittens and found them homes, undertaken educational programs and held fundraising activities. I was very proud to successfully sponsor a new bylaw requiring owners of outdoor cats to buy a licence for their cat, which includes a tag worn around the neck that can be used to help reunite lost cats to their owners.

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This cat seeking a home is named Princess Tia.

I still implore cat owners to license their outdoor cats. We have had some recent success stories about outdoor cats who got lost but were found and reunited with their owners thanks to the tags. In late August, Lydia Ghazal, a member of the committee trapped a cat that had been hanging around her house for some time. The cat was terrified, starving but had a collar and tag around its neck. Diane Liebling, who oversees the CSLCC’s fostering program, took the cat in while Shelley Schecter from Educhat spoke with the city who was able to provide the contact information of the cat owner and they were reunited

A few days later, the CSLCC was alerted that someone’s Siamese cat had left the home and not returned. Because the owner had purchased a license, it was easier for the CSLCC to assist in the search. Fortunately, the cat came back on its own.

Personally, I have always had concerns about people who have outdoor cats. Personally I have seen the pain and anguish experienced by some of my own neighbours, whose cats went out at night and never returned. The fact is, if you do insist upon having an outdoor cat then please purchase a license and make sure they are micro chipped by the local veterinarian. It is a small price to pay to significantly increase the odds if your cat goes missing.”

Outdoor cats in the City of Côte Saint-Luc need a cat licence following By-law 2394 that came into effect on November 1, 2012. Owners of outdoor cats must have them registered at City Hall (5801 Cavendish Blvd.) and obtain a cat identification tag, provide relevant information required to process the registration of the cat, and produce a certificate from their veterinarian stipulating that the cat has been spayed or neutered, provided the cat is six months or older.

The annual registration fee is $10 for an outdoor cat that is spayed or neutered and that bears a microchip or a tattoo, $15 for an outdoor cat that is spayed or neutered, but does not bear a microchip or tattoo, and $20 for an outdoor cat that is not spayed or neutered as a result of a medical exemption. The latter alludes to a feline 10 calendar years or older or one that has a medical exemption from the veterinarian attesting to the fact that it cannot be spayed or neutered. Fines will be issued to cat owners not complying with the by-law. They range from a minimum of $40 to a maximum of $1,200.

When I assumed the portfolios of Library and Culture and Animal Protection, I knew there was a way to marry the two. For starters, our Director of Library Services Janine West is an animal lover and so are many of her staff. This includes Manager of Children’s Services Valerie Medzalabanleth and Children’s Outreach and School Services Coordinator Bronwen Cathey from the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library. I was very excited to be part of a new program they launched on May 5 aimed at raising awareness with young Côte Saint-Lucers about cats. Also implicated in the initiative are members of the library’s Teen Advisory Group. More than 20 adorable children, aged two to seven, came to the library with their parents for a cat-themed story time, interspersed with interesting cat facts (including cat health and safety information), given by Valerie and Bronwen. This was followed by a cat craft and ended with the children decorating and signing a pledge to be kind to cats. I told the kids about our Côte Saint-Luc Cats Committee, asked which one of them owned a cat at home (several hands went up) and how many wanted to adopt (several hands went up).\

I have heard a lot from dog owners. District 2 resident Steve Stein has been advising me on this subject. I did hold an Animal Protection Forum and had requests for a second dog run near Richard Schwartz Park. I have been working with the councillor for that area to see if this can become a reality. Many people have contacted me about being permitted to walk their dogs responsibly in city parks. One of my goals for 2015 is to have a trial program that we will kick off allowing dogs in some parks under certain conditions.

Right now we have one dog run in Côte Saint-Luc, on Mackle Road near Caldwell. The city has already received a petition to see a new dog run built at Richard Schwartz Park, located on Westluke and Côte Saint-Luc Road near Meadowbrook Golf Course. We are studying this request seriously to determine whether we can find a suitable section of land at that park or anywhere in the vicinity to suit that purpose. Dog owners near Decarie Square have a similar request.

We need to promote responsible dog ownership. That means keeping your canine on a leash and most importantly picking up after him or her. Never leave the house without a plastic bag to dispose of the dog’s dirty business. We have been working towards a project which would have more bag dispensers available, with a trash can at the same location.

During the year I visited our dog run often and spoke to owners about their concerns. I did what I could to encourage people to pick up after their dogs. I met a few times with officials from the SPCA to discuss our mutual objectives.

Bram Eisenthal, the publisher of Precious Pets Newspaper, announced a new partnership with our Animal Protection initiative. We are co-sponsoring some of his Grief Counselling meetings for people whose beloved pets have died. They have been very therapeutic for those in attendance. I have personally lost three cats in my lifetime. Only a pet owner can understand what this is like. Absolutely devastating! Bram is giving people a chance to share their feelings with others who have gone through the same thing.

MILESTONES

On the occasion of his remarkable 100th birthday, Côte Saint-Luc city council honoured long time District 2 resident Hyman Avrum Fishman at our September 9 meeting. Hy is by no means your average centenarian. He still lives in his own apartment on Sir Walter Scott Avenue, in no need for someone to cook, clean or shop for him. Despite bad knees, he does his best to get around. His longevity may have something to do with him dragging his exercise bike into the hallway right outside his door and riding like the wind for half an hour at least several times a week, if not daily. A number of years ago Hy dedicated two city benches on Kildare Road in honour of his late wife Fay. He can be seen sitting there often during the spring, summer and fall months.

Hy has become something of a defacto grandfather to his two young neighbours, Alexia and David, children of Gina and Nicu. Hy's mind is sharp as a tack and his collecting of pins from around the world may have something to do with his continuing zest for life, something exceeded only by his passion for his beloved Habs.

MY WEBSITE

I encourage residents to subscribe to my website at www.mikecohen.ca. By doing so you will receive my regular updates on District and city at large activities.

MAYOR HOUSEFATHER

Mayor Anthony Housefather handily won the Federal Liberal nomination for the riding of Mount Royal. He will therefore be the candidate in the next federal election, scheduled to take place on October 19, 2015. If he wins, he would step down as mayor and a by-election for that post will occur. And to the many people who have asked, I have no intention of seeking the job.

CANADA DAY 2015

I am proud to have been chosen as the co-chair, with Councillor Glenn J. Nashen, for the 2015 Canada Day Celebrations. This will mark my second time co-chairing this prestigious event. Can I place my order now for good weather?

 

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The popular cupcake giveaway at Canada Day.

 


Keeping an eye on traffic on Sir Walter Scott Avenue

Last summer I commissioned an in-house traffic study on Sir Walter Scott Avenue, following some concerns raised over speeding by both residents of this street and Ilan Ramon Crescent. Are traffic calming devices such as speed bumps or humps needed?

The study showed that the average number of cars per day was around 700 , which means a lot of people are coming and going as we knew. We usually use 10 km/h over the 85th percentile as our rough indicator of whether traffic calming is warranted or not. In our case, the 85th percentile was around 48 km/h, so not overly fast , but very near the mark. People seem to be driving faster in the south direction on average. I will discuss this with council and senior staff over the winter to see what kind of action we will take in the spring.

Our coordinator of Urban Development Eric Ibey has provided major support on this dossier. He is the city’s de facto traffic guru. Last June he was a special guest at my District 2 Information meeting. He listens to the concerns of residents and even goes to meet them when warranted.

Eric has enacted some interim measures, taking away the two or three parking spots that were between Ilan Ramon  and the stop sign on Kildare Road, on the west side  Sir Walter Scott. We believe this will improve visibility for people turning out of Ilan Ramon and create more room for people exiting and entering from Kildare.

Over the summer we had allowed parking on both sides of the street  on Sir Walter Scott. We made it clear this was being done strictly to accommodate the residents of the building at 6600 Kildare Road as their garage was being repaired. Work on that project is now complete so we restored the no parking rules as they were before.

 


District meeting report: Stein recognized; Cavendish extension discussed and more

I like to tell the story of my first election campaign more than eight years ago, when I was the candidate for Côte Saint-Luc City Council in District 2.  There were a number of objectives on my agenda, but chief among them was the introduction of District meetings, whereby very local issues would be discussed.

These meetings, held once a year (or more often if need be), have been very well received. On June 2, 2014, the most recent such gathering dealt with a number of issues.  Mayor Anthony Housefather joined me at the podium along with our point man on traffic, Eric Ibey, and Police Station 9 Sergeant Bryan Cunningham.

Award of Merit - Mathew Stein

For the second year in a row, I handed out a special Award of Merit. It went to 16 year old Mathew Stein, who is completing Grade 10 at Bialik High School. Mathew was recognized for stepping up on his own and cleaning up the neighbourhood – specifically the streets and sidewalks of District 2.

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Mayor Housefather, Mathew Stein and myself.

 

 “Every year, as part of our commitment to personal growth, I must do a certain amount of community service hours,” Mathew explained. “In my case I have been very upset at the lack of respect and responsibility that t residents   have shown to their community. I walk my dog and have noticed that people think that our city is a personal garbage dump and have acted accordingly. So after having consulted with my dad, I took it upon myself to clean up my city, one piece of garbage at a time. It was difficult during the winter months, but now that the weather is nicer I am getting out with my garbage bags and picking it up. I have been told that even my small effort has made a difference in how our streets look and hopefully people will take notice and stop dumping their trash on the ground.  Maybe we can even set up a continuous effort to keep my initiative going, and get more people involved.  And if we make it fun, more people will do it.”

Bravo Mathew!

Mathew attended the meeting with his parents  Steve and Arlene, brother Jessie (a member of the Côte Saint-Luc Dramatic Society) and his grandfather Victor Ades.

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Steve Stein

I also took the opportunity to announce that  Steve Stein has agreed to serve as the acting chair for a special Dog Owners Advisory Committee. As the city councillor responsible for Animal Protection, I am getting a lot of proposals thrown my way. Steve’s group will try and put various objectives in order.

Mayor Housefather

Mayor Housefather spoke glowingly about the growing population in Côte Saint-Luc. He spoke about how blessed we all were with the results of the April provincial election, which saw the divisive PQ minority government go down to defeat. Côte Saint-Luc, he reminded everyone, played a leading role lobbying against proposed laws on language (Bill 14) and secularism (Bill 60).

Developments at the Quartier Cavendish and soon on Parkhaven are welcoming new young families to Côte Saint-Luc. The former project is pretty much sold out. We will be adding integrated green space to the project and building up The Avenue – the appropriately dubbed main road going into Quartier Cavendish – with hopefully some shops and cafes to join Yeh! Yogurt as a reason to stick around our town.

On the extension of Cavendish Boulevard, the mayor maintained his optimism that this will become a reality – an extension that goes from Cavendish in Côte Saint-Luc to Royalmount in TMR and then to St. Laurent.  One of the goals of our city, since Bernard Lang left office as mayor in 1998, has been to see Cavendish extended. There is now a committee in place, a mayor of Montreal (Denis Coderre) who favors the move and a Liberal government which we believe will finally make this happen.

On a final note, the mayor reiterated his wish to keep Meadowbrook Golf Course green.

Police Matters

Bryan Cunningham (do not let the name fool you as he is a francophone from Ahuntsic) told us how pleased Police Station 9 is to have their Bike Patrol back in operation. Two police officers are now regularly patrolling our parks on two wheels.  I am very pleased to hear this, especially where Rembrandt Park is concerned. We repeatedly get calls of people congregating there during late night hours and creating disturbances. The Bike Patrol should put a dent in this.

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Bryan Cunningham

We opened the floor to questions. Sergeant Cunningham listened to concerns about streets where speeding occurs and traffic and parking infractions are a problem.  Josef Brody of Sir Walter Scott Avenue made a point of saying how a better eye needs to be kept on the Côte Saint-Luc Shopping Centre where cars frequently ignore the no stopping and no parking rules.

Alex Halpern of Merrimac Road asked for the police to better monitor the crosswalks on the  Heywood circle. On Saturdays specifically, with people going to and from synagogue, it is very difficult to cross the street as cars zoom by. He asked for adjustments to be made to the crosswalks and sidewalks and for there to be a better police presence. Sergeant Cunningham agreed to assign some officers to observe.

Shirley Rosen said it is time again for the police to crack down on Bialik High School parents who block driveways and go in no parking zones. Sergeant Cunningham said that Police Station 9 does give attention to problematic matters related to Bialik, but they have a fair number of schools to cover in their territory. Tickets are issued and problems exist at all schools. The police are doing their best.  I have personally met with successive Bialik administrations and I wish to assure everyone that the situation is vastly improved to what it was years ago.

Steve Acre asked if cars are being ticketed if they rest on the zebra like "no stopping" line in front of the police station parking lot on Kildare Road. He recommended closer attention be paid to the area. 

Cavendish and Kildare  

We all agree that the corner of Cavendish and Kildare is problematic. Pedestrians complain that there is not enough time to cross the street; motorists insist that the light turns colours too quickly. We have undertaken a number of measures over the years: introducing double left turns on Kildare heading to Cavendish and on Cavendish to Fleet; synchronizing the traffic lights along Cavendish; maintaining a crossing guard there year-round.  Can we undertake any additional action?  There are some possible solutions, which we have discussed. Not only would they be very costly, but given the changing dynamics of that corner it would only serve as a stop-gap measure and frankly not a good investment at all.

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Eric Ibey responds to a question.

Both Mayor Housefather and Eric Ibey explained that no significant changes are being considered at the present time given the new reality of a Cavendish extension, as well as the developments at Quartier Cavendish and Parkhaven. The mayor added that there is actually less traffic at that corner today than during the glory days of the Cavendish Mall.

When work does begin on an extension, the mayor said, the Cavendish-Kildare intersection will be an important component of the changes made to traffic patterns. At that point something elaborate will occur.

Some people did have suggestions as to how to make some improvements now. He has agreed to do walkabouts with those individuals so they can show him personally what they have in mind.

Rembrandt Park

At a District 2 meeting two years ago, we discussed in great detail the future of  Rembrandt Park. Would we redo the tennis courts? Should the basketball courts stay? Follow up consultation was done and it was determined that the true wish was for the courts to be resurfaced, new lighting to be installed and for the status quo to prevail otherwise.  Well it was timely for me to announce that the refurbished Rembrandt courts are in operation. Ditto for the new lighting. We even did some repairs to the fencing. Because of the unfriendly spring weather we had, delivery was a bit delayed. But everyone should now be very pleased.

Final Word

The final word went to Dr. Paul Weinstein, who complained about the state of our sidewalks during the winter. Better effort needs to be made, he said, to break up the ice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

while it is looking very promising for the land once occupied by the Griffith McConnell.

The mayor reminded everyone about the efforts I have made to have a special allocation of $10,000 made these last few years to have the snow dump reduced to rubble, as opposed to the days when a mountain like structure essentially remained intact through the summer months. At the present time we are still working on the procedure, which is not as easy as it looks. Strong machinery is required to chop up what used to be a mixture of snow and dirt and has now evolved into thick mud.

While on our respective vacations last Christmas, both the mayor and I were alerted to excessive noise coming from the snow dump. We spoke each day, communicated with staff and arrived at solutions such as having a barrier of snow to be formed almost like a wall to shield some of the noise and for as much work to occur deep the dump as possible. We closely monitored the trucks making unnecessary noise, even posting our own staff there. It seemed to improve matters. We worked closely with residents of the still relatively new Les Cours Marc Chagall Town Houses.


District 2 Meeting set for Monday, June 2 at City Hall

A Côte Saint-Luc District 2 information meeting will take place on Monday, June 2 (7:30 p.m.) at City Hall (5801 Cavendish Boulevard). I created this initiative when I was first elected in the fall of 2005 as a way to maintain closer relations with constituents and talk mainly about issues related to the surrounding neighbourhood. Since then a number of other councillors have followed suit.

Special guests for this meeting will be Mayor Anthony Housefather, Police Station 9 Lieutenant Bryan Cunningham and Coordinator of Urban Development Eric Ibey. Mathew Stein (pictured), a District 2 resident and student at Bialik High School, will be presented with an Award of Merit for his efforts in cleaning up his neighbourhood.

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As the city’s point man for  traffic issues, Ibey will be soliciting any ideas citizens may have to improve the situation at Cavendish and Kildare. There will also be information on a planned Hydro-Québec project on Merrimac Road and Rembrandt Avenue, an update on the soon to be unveiled renovated Rembrandt Park tennis court, animal protection and other issues. This is also an opportunity for residents to bring up any other issue they wish.  For more information, call (514) 485-6945 or email mcohen@cotesaintluc.org.

District 2 encompasses Merrimac, Rembrandt., Kildare  (between Marc Chagall and Honoré Balzac), Sir Walter Scott,  Ilan Ramon, Marc Chagall, Mackle  (between Cavendish and Brandeis),  Quartier Cavendish Mall, Cavendish (Manoir Montefiore, Manoir Camelia, L’Excelsior, new Town Houses),  Jubilee, Park Place, Honoré-de-Balzac.

All residents of Côte Saint-Luc are invited to attend.

 

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Cindy Hershon heads Manoire Montefiore

There is a new executive director of  Manoire Montefiore, the beautiful seniors residence at the corner of Cavendish Boulevard and Mackle Road in Côte Saint-Luc's District 2. Cindy Herson (pictured) was recently appointed to the position by Reseau Selection, which also operates Le Waldorf on Côte Saint-Luc Road and where Michael Goldwax has been in the man in charge for a number of years now.

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Cindy holds two Master degrees (Social Work and  Jewish Studies).  She has worked for a number different community organizations, including the Jewish General Hospital Foundation, B’nai Brith Canada and Beth Israel Beth Aaron Congregation. When I stopped by to see her recently, she was busy having a speed bump installed in the building's sloped entrance way. Bravo Cindy! For years I have been getting complaints from Cindy's predecessors that cars were using this entrance as a shortcut to turn around. Since this is private property, I can only "advise." When Cindy called me soon after her appointment she raised the matter with me and in no time at all the speed bump was order and installed.

Manoire Montefiore is in good hands,

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District 2's Quartier Cavendish profiled in The Montreal Gazette

A fresh start in Quartier Cavendish

 

On land that was once home to a larger Cavendish Mall, a family builds just what they want

 

Custom-built four-plus-one, three-level stone home took eight months to build on the vacant former mall site.

Sometimes, it’s all about second chances, even when it comes to finding the right home.

When Evan and Keren bought their first house four years ago, the young couple thought the turnkey, four-plus-one-bedroom bungalow in Côte St-Luc was a keeper. But it didn’t take long before they realized it wasn’t quite a perfect fit.

“It was on a busy street, and all the rooms went off the main hallway, so it seemed as if we were on top of each other,” said Keren.

“It wasn’t the right house for us.”

When a new housing development in Côte St-Luc offered an opportunity to build from the ground up, Evan jumped at the chance.

“The idea of doing our own house was appealing,” he said. “The other places we saw, there was always something. If we were going to spend that kind of money, then we thought, ‘Let’s do it the way we want.’”

In 2010, Cavendish Mall was downsized. The site was transformed into a town centre that became known as Quartier Cavendish. The southern end of the mall was demolished to make room for a residential development that included single-family and semi-detached homes and townhouses.

By the time the family bought 5,500 square feet of land in September 2011, the area was a large tract of dirt. “There were no streets. They were just tearing the mall down, so you didn’t know what you’re getting into,” Evan said. His wife and their parents “thought I was crazy.”

Buying the land was easy compared with what came next; finding the right professionals to design and build the house. They weren’t happy with plans an architect came up with. With time running out, they decided instead to just use a builder, Paolo Presti.

It took eight months to build the 3,200-sq.-ft., four-plus-one, three-level stone cottage. The couple wanted a clean, modern interior with some classical touches such as crown moulding, sloped ceilings and curved arches in some doorways. Instead of opting for a “man cave” in the basement, they dedicated that space as a play area for their two young daughters, and built a main-floor study for Evan to read, relax and savour his collection of fine scotches. They also wanted a formal dining room and a large master bedroom with a two-sided gas fireplace, a separate sitting room, a huge walk-in closet and bathroom ensuite with a European-inspired toilet — in a nook with its own door for added privacy.

A formal living room, however, was not in the plans.

“We had one in our other house and we didn’t use it,” said Keren. “A formal living room didn’t work for us.”

Instead, they had the builder design a spacious, functional kitchen with eating area that flowed into a large, comfy den with a fireplace and built-ins to create a great room.

“We like an open concept, with the kitchen looking onto the den, like a family room,” said Keren. “It’s the place we all like to hang out.”

Once the bones of the house were finalized, the couple focused on other details. They chose rich chocolate brown Brazilian wood for the floors in the den, dining room, study and bedrooms, and glossy 24-by-24-inch porcelain floor tiles for the vestibule, entrance hallway and kitchen.

In December 2012, the family moved in, and while it really was their dream house, it still didn’t feel like a home. Many of the rooms were empty. Evan’s love for traditional trappings were evident in the furniture they had brought from their first home, such as the heavy wood table, chairs and breakfront in the dining room, an imposing round wood pedestal kitchen table with large upholstered chairs, and two oversized brown leather couches in the den. But pleasing Keren’s more contemporary tastes proved to be a challenge.

“I needed help,” said Keren. “I needed pieces to make the house pop. I remember our other house; everything was wood. I wanted this house to look more modern or contemporary.”

A friend recommended interior designer Lori Anders, who was hired to bring together Evan and Keren’s diverse tastes while creating a livable, family-friendly space.

“It was a beautiful house, but it was bare,” said Anders. “Everything was brown.” On the first walk-through, Anders was gentle, but told the couple one thing: “You’re not allowed to bring in more brown.” Keren and Evan laughed.

Anders tackled one room at a time, sourcing unique pieces of furniture, rugs and accent pieces to add warmth to each space.

“Very modern can be very cold,” said Anders. “They wanted people to feel that when they walked into the house it wasn’t a museum.”

For the vestibule, with its irregular shaped, angular walls, she chose a low-back upholstered chair in a warm grey leather treated to look worn, or distressed, with a wooden frame and nail-stud detailing, added an octagon-shaped, antiqued mirror above it and a small distressed round table beside it to create a welcoming entry.

In the master bedroom, the walls and drapes were a Champagne colour, but the space and adjoining lounge area were bare.

“They wanted a romantic and elegant feel,” explained Anders. “They had ordered the bed, and Keren was very unsure about it. She felt it wouldn’t look nice because it was a brown leather upholstered headboard. It was heavy, and we needed to go lighter and softer with the other things.”

Anders tied it all together with two distressed mirrored side tables and light-coloured, textured be d coverings and an assortment of pillows with grey and rust accents. The lounge area, or nook, with its long, narrow shape, didn’t lend itself to a full couch, so Anders chose a slim, grey upholstered chaise longue. A white sheepskin rug, colourful painting, tall lamp and small side table completed the look.

The master bedroom is probably Keren’s favourite room in the house. With a large flat-screen TV over the fireplace for the adults, and a small one on the floor at eye level for the children, it’s a place the family loves to gather, relax and spend time.

“If I had a fridge in there, I would never leave,” said Keren.

More than two years after deciding to build their own house, Evan and Keren are now proud to call it a home.


District 2's Matt Cudzinowski has dream job for Montreal Canadiens

A couple of years ago I was delighted to learn that former NHL defenceman  Igor Kravchuk was a constituent of mine in Côte Saint-Luc District 2.  A few days ago I had a chance to meet another one of my constituents, Matt Cudzinowski, who has a pretty exciting job with the Montreal Canadiens.

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Matt Cudzinowski

Matt, now 31,  attended both the Jewish People's and Peretz Schools (JPPS) and Bialik High School before  moving on to  Marianopolis College (DEC – Commerce), Concordia University (BA – Journalism) and the University of the Pacific – (BA - Sports Management) in Stockton, California.

When I was introduced, I knew his distinct name sounded familiar. Sure enough, he had done some on  air work for TSN 690 Radio.   Matt enjoyed  two major internships  with the Stockton Thunder of the East Coast Hockey League and the NHL's Detroit Red Wings.  He signed  on as the coordinator of  media and public relations for Golf Canada in Oakville, Ontario. before returning to Montreal and joining the Canadiens on January 30 2013.

Presently, Matt is the coordinator for HabsTV and Editorial.  He serves as a writer for the impressive  canadiens.com  website and CANADIENS Magazine.  "I cover the team both at home and on the road as part of a team of writers for our website," he says. "I also write feature stories for every issue of CANADIENS Magazine and I am also responsible for translation work, as well."

A dream job indeed for any hockey fan! No doubt some interesting stories to share if we bring back to speak at Bialik High School in the heart of District 2.

 

 


Meet and greet with local residents proves successful

Mayor Anthony Housefather and I held a meet and greet at City Hall on August 19 for some of the newest residents of Côte Saint-Luc and District 2, more specifically those who now live at Les Cours Marc Chagall and the Quartier Cavendish Centrepoint development.

Les Cours Marc Chagall is a 21 unit town house complex in which co-owners began moving in last fall. The land was originally zoned for a strip mall, but I was active with our mayor in working with council to rezone it residential. Homes at the Quartier Cavendish are taking shape and we will have a gorgeous development in place before long.

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Last week the mayor and I took a walkabout with city staff and  some residents of Les Cours Marc Chagall to discuss different matters related to their property.

What will become of the land next to Les Cours Marc Chagall? This is a question we get asked frequently. Our longterm plan is to put a park there, possibly even moving Isadore Goldberg Park which is now tucked between two buildings on Sir Walter Scott. In the interim, we want to see the land properly grassed with the idea of at least placing some park benches there.,

The mayor gave residents an excellent overview of what our city has to offer. This was of particular interest to a family of four which recently moved here from Brossard.

We discussed the snow dump, traffic, the Cavendish-KIldare intersection, a planned small commercial establishment next to Beth Chabad, our Aquatic and Community Centre and how to stay on top of the latest available city information. 

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The residents from Centrepoint seemed excited about being part of such a new development, which continues to grow in size. One young man is a physician who grew up in Dollard; another a teacher and chazan sheni ( a second cantor) who moved here from Snowdon after growing tired of making the 35 minute walk to his synagogue.  They were elated to be part of our community.

We reminded the residents how accessible we are, by telephone, email or direct contact just like this.

Councillor Glenn J. Nashen joined us for our meeting with the Centrepoint residents. Some of the homes in that complex are in his District 6. In the coming weeks he will be meeting with them. In the meantime, Glenn helped answer a number of questions about traffic and public safety.


Honouring our crossing guard at District 2 meeting

Before I was first elected some eight years ago as the Côte Saint-Luc city councillor for District 2, I pledged to invite my constituents to an annual meeting to discuss issues pertinent to our specific area. These District meetings have been very successful and while they typically occur in June, I do call others when necessary. You see for me, it is not enough to simply knock on doors every four years when  an election is called.

My latest District 2 meeting took place on June 3, 2013 at City Hall and I am pleased to say the room was full.  Among my special guests were Mayor Anthony Housefather, Police Commander Sylvain Bissonnette,  Manager of Engineering Mohammed Ali and Howard Liebman, the chief of staff for Mount Royal Liberal MP Irwin Cotler.

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I was pleased to honour Archie Kwiatt, the dedicated crossing guard at the super busy intersection of Cavendish and Kildare.  While we presented him with a certificate of merit, Mr. Liebman also came forward with a beautiful certificate of his own from MP Cotler. It was a fitting tribute to a man who makes our pedestrians feel safe. I will soon be accompanying Archie on some of his shifts, something I have done in the past, to gain a better perspective of our traffic issues there.

Mayor Housefather spoke passionately about the PQ government's Bill 14, legislation aimed at toughening up our language laws and how the municipalities have waged a successful battle so far to preserve the bilingual status of communities like Côte Saint-Luc. He also put into perspective rezoning measures that were taken to allow for a very small commercial establishment on Marc Chagall Avenue between Beth Chabad and the Snow Dump. He indicated that  there will soon be a call for offers and the highest bidder would be given the opportunity to buy the land. What someone can build is restricted. This could be a pharmacy or a bakery for instance plus professional offices on the second floor. We already had  a public consultation meeting, explaining to Marc Chagall Avenue residents that we will be grassing over the land between the new townhouses and the Bellagio, with the hope of eventually relocating Isadore Goldberg Park (now located between the Sir Walter Scott/Kildare Road apartment buildings) there. We opened a register at City Hall for the rezoning and nobody signed in against it. We will now wait to see how the bidding process goes. This should begin in late summer. The mayor also spoke in very positive terms about the new housing development and his hopes that the newly dubbed "The Avenue" will ultimately become our version of NDG's Monkland Avenue.

I introduced Commander Bissonnette, who told us that he has now headed Police Station 9 for six  years. This is interesting considering that his arrival on the scene coincided with a plan by the Montreal Police to close the station down. "I was supposed to be here for four to six months and then the station would close," he recalled.

"But we saved it," the mayor intervened.

The Commander was pleased to report that criminal activity is down in the district, which also includes Hampstead and Montreal West. His station pays a lot of attention to traffic infractions at key intersections like Cavendish and Kildare.

I announced that Hydro-Québec will be undertaking major work on Merrimac and Rembrandt in 2014. The snow dump has been cut down in size and vehicle infractions involving Bialik parents are dramatically down thanks to the cooperation of school officials and Commander Bissonnette's team. The tennis courts at Rembrand Park will be refurbished in the fall and new lighting installed.

When I opened the floor to questions, there were a flood of them related to Cavendish and Kildare. The mayor did note that this council has undertaken a series of measures to try and improve the situation, This includes the synchronization of  lights and the double left turn on Cavendish and Fleet, the double left turn on Kildare turning on to Cavendish, different wait times at that same spot depending upon the time of day and a decision to retain the services of a crossing guard at our own expense.There were some good suggestions about how to improve pedestrian safety and Mr. Ali took note of all of them.

I very much enjoy holding these Town Hall style meetings. The next municipal election is on November 3 and I raring to go to seek my third mandate. For me, though, preparations for that vote began the day after the last one - in 2009. 

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A big thanks to Phil Matlin for playing piano as people entered the room.



 

 

Here is a video of Phil and Archie.