August 2012 – It’s been a great summer so far
What an incredible summer this has been. Hot, sunny, long days brings us outdoors to enjoy walking, cycling, car rides and fun at the parks and pools. That’s the good part. But we must also contend with new, less experienced drivers and fast cars, worried parents, young children playing out front and older kids hanging out in and around parks late into the night.
The rules of the road and municipal regulations must be obeyed if we are all to live together as a happy, small community. For those not so happy among us, a call may be necessary to police for speeding issues while Public Security is available to enforce many non-moving city bylaws. Our Public Safety divisions, including Public Security, EMS and vCOP are out and about for your protection together with the Island of Montreal Police.
A shuttle service to the hospital sector is a priority for the Transportation committee and we are studying possibilities in consultation with the CLSC, hospitals, Montreal Transit and other interested bodies. We want to find ways to make public transportation more desirable, convenient and cost-effective for our residents while easing congestion on the roads.
Meanwhile, traffic calming is an ongoing concern. We have analyzed nearly every street in the city and have taken action on the most problematic roadways with positive results. We certainly cannot alter every street and parents have to play their part in setting expectations with their children who drive around town otherwise the police will intervene leading to demerit points and hefty fines.
The unique and exciting Imagination Park is set to open on Sunday afternoon (Aug. 19) at 5pm behind the Aquatic and Community Centre on Parkhaven. Come join us to see for yourself and be sure to bring the kids!
With the provincial election underway we must be outspoken in protecting our English-language rights and institutions. As a bilingual municipality our philosophy is to show respect for both of Canada’s official languages.
My blog and tweets are an unparalleled means of keeping you informed on very local issues. “Nashen Notes” is easy to find. Click “subscribe” and you’re all set to get breaking news, local opinion, public safety information and media clips from Cote Saint-Luc.
Finally, I launched a Photo of the Week challenge on my blog whereby I hope to post one picture a week for at least 52 weeks, each one somehow pertaining to life in Cote Saint-Luc. I’ll take lots of shots myself but I can use your help so grab your iPhone or DSLR and snap a couple for Nashen Notes. Send it to me in medium resolution with your title and description and I’ll post the best one each weekend.
Enjoy the summer and stay safe.
Glenn J. Nashen is the City Councillor of District 6 and is responsible for Public Safety and Transportation in Cote Saint-Luc. Visit http://www.GlennJ.Nashen.com.