The Electric Car : Is it right for you?

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Thursday, October 27 at 7 pm

Cote Saint-Luc City Hall and Public Library

5801 Cavendish Boulevard

Free Information Evening

Join Simon-Pierre Rioux, founder and president of the Quebec Electric Vehicle Association, for an introductory talk that addresses the facts and misconceptions about electric cars and highlights their key benefits both to the environment and your lifestyle.

Since 2013, AVEQ  has supported the transport electrification  in the province of Quebec. With its main partners, Intact Insurance and Nissan Canada, AVEQ organizes an impressive number of events promoting electromobility such as Branchez-Vous and the Rendez-vous Branchés.

AVEQ is a key player with more than 4,500 active members, 800 volunteers, 10 million visits to its website with 4,000 items in the daily news section.

Throughout the year, AVEQ holds different activities all over the province to inform people of the benefit of electric cars and even allow them to link up with local EV drivers in order to get their very own personalized test drive, through our volunteer EV owner program, “Match and Drive”.

AVEQ has also participated in several parliamentary committees to achieve its mission. It is  a key source for electromobility among Quebec media.

The evening will also feature a display of locally-owned EVs. Residents are invited to bring their EV for display in front of the City Hall / Library complex beginning at 6PM.

“This event is sponsored by the Cote Saint-Luc Public Library as part of its 50th anniversary celebration,” said Janine West, Library Director. “The library will have a display of books and sources available to consult and for members to checkout on EVs, the greening of the environment and other related material.”

“I’ve long promoted the EV movement politically, advocating for the City to purchase EVs and to install public charging stations,” said Councillor Glenn J. Nashen, who will host the October 27 event at City Hall and discuss local initiatives in the municipality. “I’ve also encouraged the Jewish General Hospital and CIUSSS West-Central Montreal network to install charging stations at each site. Some already have such installations, others will follow soon.”



“AVEQ has done an expert job and has been very active in organizing information sharing across Quebec in French,” Nashen said. “We have invited them to Cote Saint-Luc to provide information to the English-speaking community and we invite participation from across the region.”

“With a goal of 100,000 EVs on Quebec roads by 2020, all levels of government will have to do much more to move current numbers beyond the 8500 EVs in the province,” said Mayor Mitchell Brownstein. “Cote Saint-Luc is now stepping up to do its part and we encourage residents to join us on October 27 to become better informed on their options.”


Côte Saint-Luc Volunteer Citizens on Patrol information session Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at 7 pm

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vCOP logoThe City of Côte Saint-Luc is looking for new recruits and will be holding an information session on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at 7 pm at Côte Saint-Luc City Hall (5801 Cavendish Blvd.).
Prospective volunteers should be residents age 18 or older. They should bring identification and a completed copy of the application form available at There is a one-time membership fee of $75 and volunteers are required to make a minimum commitment of six hours per month.
Côte Saint-Luc was the first city in Quebec to implement this neighbourhood-watch-on-wheels program in 2006. Similar programs have been established in communities throughout Canada and the United States.
For more information or to join the vCOP program, please call 514-485-6800, send an e-mail to, or visit

Fire Department to the rescue at CSL vCOP meeting, Volunteers recognized for quick action

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The recent bi-monthly Patrol Meeting of Cote Saint-Luc’s volunteer Citizens on Patrol group was both educational and interesting. We welcomed guest speakers
Richard Liebman, Assistant Director of the Montreal Fire Department for Strategic and Operational Planning, as well as Louise Desrosiers, Division Chief, serving the territory including Cote Saint-Luc and surrounding areas.
Rick Liebman, Assistant Director, Montreal Fire Department (vCOP, Oct. 5, 2016)

Rick Liebman, Assistant Director, Montreal Fire Department (vCOP, Oct. 5, 2016)

Rick is no stranger to CSL. He is a longtime volunteer at the Emergency Measures Organization (which became EMS) going back to the 1980s and eventually rose to serve as Director of the CSL EMS first responder service.
Rick also became a firefighter in CSL and in 2002 moved to the Montreal Fire Department as part of the forced mega-merger. Impressively, he rose in the ranks to the position of Assistant Director.
Rick and Louise described how the FD responds to 128,000 calls each year. 80,000 of these calls are first response medical calls. The FD covers first response across the Island of Montreal with the single exception of Cote Saint-Luc where the highly skilled volunteer EMS is the authorized responder.
Louise Desrosiers, Division Chief, Montreal Fire Department (vCOP, Oct. 5, 2016)

Louise Desrosiers, Division Chief, Montreal Fire Department (vCOP, Oct. 5, 2016)

What’s more, those needing assistance during an evacuation may register online on the Montreal Fire Department website. The firefighters will be advised en route to a building of such residents requiring assistance.
Liebman reminded the vCOP members, “When you change the clocks change your batteries in your smoke detectors”. Of course, with the vCOP Smoke Detector Brigade as a major community initiative the volunteer needed little reminding in this area.
Liebman congratulated our city for our sprinkler bylaw. “CSL an early leader in fire sprinklers,” the Assistant Director said. As the councillor responsible for the adoption of this bylaw, along with Councillor Ruth Kovac and supported by the late Chief of Prevention of the CSL FD, Doug Lions, in the early 90s I took great pride in this compliment.
I would be remiss in not saluting the Montreal Fire Department, Service Incendie de Montreal, for recently translating much of its website into English to benefit a great number of residents of the Agglomeration of Montreal.
With the formal presentations done the supervisors distributed 10 years pins to several members.
vCOP members receive their 10 year recognition pins, October 2016

vCOP members receive their 10 year recognition pins, October 2016

The next Recruiting Evening was announced for October 25 at 7pm at City Hall. Any one interested in joining vCOP is encouraged to attend.
With some members getting on in years it was decided to launch an Associate Member classification for vCOP. Those who have given at least a few years of service would be welcomed into the Associate program where they would no longer be required to do at least two patrol shifts each month but could offer their time in other ways as well. In this way they could continue to be active, although less often, in ensuring that vCOP remains a strong visible deterrent to criminal activity in and around CSL.
Congratulations to the most recent Patroller of the Month: David Goldsmith.
CSL Public Safety Director Jordy Reichson, Bernie and Cokkie Band and vCOP Supervisor Mitchell Herf

CSL Public Safety Director Jordy Reichson, Bernie and Cokkie Band and vCOP Supervisor Mitchell Herf

Bernie and Cookie Band were recognized for putting together the statistics for the group for the last 10 years.
Volunteers Robert McDuff and Jeff Smith were recognized with a certificate of appreciation for their quick thinking and sharp eye in spotting a young woman in distress in Rabin Park. The vCOP duo kept her as alert as possible while awaiting the arrival of Public Security and EMS. Their intervention was most important in getting this woman to needed medical care and ensuring her personal safety.
The recognition certificate read:
We wish to recognize your professionalism and exemplary contributions to the vCOP program during the event last September. While on patrol, you and your partner came to the aid of a woman in need of medical assistance. Through your rapid intervention, you have made the City of Côte Saint-Luc proud and have highlighted the value that the vCOP program brings to the people of Côte Saint-Luc.
Your contributions radiate across the membership and help to portray a positive and professional image of our organization. With a core mission of helping our citizens and ensuring their safety, your actions contributed directly to the mission and for this reason, we want to demonstrate our appreciation.
McDuff and Smith represent the best that vCOP offers in delivering sharp observation and summoning the necessary emergency resources when most needed.
“Being part of helping the girl was the highlight  of my approximate 1000 hours of patrol.  I only wish I knew how she was doing,” said Smith. “Having watched people just walking by this young lady, it was our actions that helped her and it was one of the proudest moments of my life. How the city acknowledged us was more then I could have asked for.”
Congratulations to you both.
Jeff Smith and Robert McDuff are presented with a special recognition by Public Safety Chief Philip Chateauvert and Supervisor Mitchell Herf on Oct. 5, 2016

Jeff Smith and Robert McDuff are presented with a special recognition by Public Safety Chief Philip Chateauvert and Supervisor Mitchell Herf on Oct. 5, 2016

If you would like to help contribute like those dedicated volunteers mentioned above please join us on October 25.

CSL purchases first electric vehicle


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After much prodding over the last few years I am very proud and excited that Cote Saint-Luc City Council has finally agreed with my proposal to purchase electric vehicles as part of its fleet strategy beginning with a first acquisition of a KIA Soul for the Public Works Department. I was particularly proud to move this resolution at this week’s Public Council Meeting.

In June 2015 I wrote to Council:

I recently attended the Branchez Vous electric car show on Ile Ste. Helene. I was very impressed with the growing number of vehicles coming onto the market for consumers as well as corporate and industry fleets.

The Government of Quebec is heavily promoting its transportation electrification initiative and are offering $8000 rebates on vehicles and up to $5000 on charging stations (up to 75% rebate). The Federation of Canadian Municipalities has had several exhibits on electric vehicle fleet options for cities.

Having test driven an electric vehicle I was extremely impressed with its size, handling, storage and passenger capacity.
I’ve also noticed that Lantier, Quebec, with a population 828 residents, has an electric vehicle charging station at its city hall. It got me wondering why progressive and forward-thinking CSL doesn’t yet have one?
Furthermore, electric charging stations have been popping up in villages and towns all across Quebec: Complete list here:
My brand new Chevy Volt Electric Vehicle

My brand new Chevy Volt Electric Vehicle

One year later, I have purchased my very own 2017 Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid electric vehicle with an estimated electric range of 85 kms. In less than three months I have yet to use a drop of gas for any of my city driving and I am not contributing any CO2 emissions to pollute our city. What’s more, the cost of electrical charging is roughly about one-eighth of the price of gas. (It’s a lot of fun too).

So with much encouragement and support by Council and Administration the city has finally approved the purchase of one electric vehicle, substituting the cargo van for Buildings and Trades in the Public Works Department.


The cost breakdown details are as follows:

Total before taxes: $35,216.90
QST: $3,512.89
Grand Total: $40,490.64
Less Gov’t Rebate: $8,000
Grand Total After Discount: $32,490.64

This KIA Soul model is the largest SUV style EV that has 4 doors and can carry up to 5 passengers.

Thanks as well for the ongoing support of fellow Councillors Steven Erdelyi and Dida Berku and Public Works Director Bebe Newman.

An EV Charging Station will soon be installed at PW with more to follow at the ACC and City Hall. And, I will continue to push for the electrification of the city’s fleet of vehicles.

To learn more about EVs right here in CSL mark October 27 at 7 PM into your calendar and check back here for details.

Teen drivers need to be extra safe, It’s National Teen Driver Safety Week

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Resolution of the City of Cote Saint-Luc Council on the occasion of


WHEREAS, driving is an important and exciting right of passage for youth. It is also one of the riskiest activities for young people to engage in;

WHEREAS, teen driver safety is a significant issue in Canada. Young drivers are over represented in all road-related injuries and fatalities.

WHEREAS, National Teen Driver Safety Week is a week dedicated to raising awareness and seeking solutions to preventable teen deaths on the road across Canada. Everyone has a role to play in creating change amongst their peers, in classrooms and in their communities;

It was


“THAT the Côte Saint-Luc City Council hereby proclaims the week of October 16th – 22nd, 2016 as National Teen Driver Safety Week”.



ATTENDU QUE apprendre à conduire est un rite de passage important et excitant pour les jeunes, mais que c’est également une des activités les plus risquées pour les jeunes;

ATTENDU QUE la sécurité des conducteurs adolescents est un problème majeur au Canada et que les jeunes conducteurs sont surreprésentes parmi les victimes de blessures et les décès qui résultent d’accidents de la route;

ATTENDU QUE la Semaine nationale sur la sécurité des conducteurs adolescents est une semaine dédiée à sensibiliser le public et à trouver des solutions pour éviter les décès d’adolescents sur les routes de l’ensemble du Canada et que nous jouons tous un rôle dans la mise en ceuvre du changement parmi nos pairs, dans les salles de classe tout comme dans nos communautés ;
Il fut


«QUE la Conseil de la Ville de Côte Saint-Luc déclarons en conséquence, par la présente, la semaine du 16 au 22 octobre 2016 la Semaine nationale sur la sécurité des conducteurs adolescents».

Prime Minister Trudeau delivers Kol Nidrei sermon in Westmount, Housefather meets congregation in Hampstead


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for Kol Nidei 5777, with David Cape, Rabbi Adam Sheier, Michael Stern and Claire Berger. Shaare Hashomayim Congregation, Westmount, Quebec. (Photo JJ Schneiderman).

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at Kol Nidei services 5777, with David Cape, Rabbi Adam Sheier, Michael Stern and Claire Berger. Shaare Hashomayim Congregation, Westmount, Quebec. (Photo JJ Schneiderman).

Never before in Canadian history has a Prime Minister attended Yom Kippur services and delivered the Kol Nidrei sermon. Until now. Kol Hakavod to Canada’s highest elected official for doing exactly this past Tuesday evening at Westmount’s venerable Shaare Hashomayim congregation.

“On this occasion, families and loved ones gather to fast and pray, reflect on the past year, and seek peace and reconciliation for the year to come,” the Prime Minister said in a statement. “Yom Kippur is an opportunity for us all to reflect on the tremendous contributions that the Jewish Canadian community has made – and continues to make – to the shaping and building of our great country. We know that Canada is a stronger and more resilient country because of its diversity.

“On behalf of our entire family, Sophie and I wish an easy fast to all those observing Yom Kippur. G’mar Chatimah Tova.”

Anthony Housefather

Anthony Housefather


The Prime Minster was accompanied by Mount Royal MP Anthony Housefather, NDG-Westmount MP Marc Garneau and Ville-Marie—Le Sud-Ouest—Île-des-Sœurs MP Marc Miller.

Housefather spoke on Yom Kippur to Congregation Dorshei Emet in Hampstead and recounted how the Prime Minister spoke passionately and emotionally about his recent visit to Aushwitz accompanied by survivors and Canadian Jewish leaders. This was a very moving experience for Justin Trudeau, Housefather said, and he was particularly gratified to bear witness in the company and through the eyes of one of the remaining survivors.

What’s more, Justin Trudeau lead a Canadian delegation to last week’s state funeral for former Israeli President Shimon Peres. Trudeau recounted his personal experiences with the Israeli leader. Trudeau also met with his Israeli counterpart, Benjamin Netanyahu during the rapid visit to the Jewish State.

Housefather’s address seamlessly drifted between the spiritual principles of Yom Kippur, the lofty expectations of Canada’s Jewish community and his responsibilities and accomplishments as one of Canada’s seven Jewish MPs. “I represent the second largest federal constituency in Canada (after Thornhill) and the largest non-French-speaking constituency in Quebec,” Housefather said, indicating this places him in a unique position to speak out in support of minority rights, language rights, tolerance and inclusion.

High among Housefather’s achievements since his election last November is his appointment as chair of the committee overseeing the Justice department and human rights issues, especially their legislative work dealing with Doctor Assisted Dying as well as his forceful stance against the anti-Israel, anti-Semitic, Boycott Divestment Sanction (BDS) movement.

In an all-encompassing, hour long speech and Q&A without as much as a cue card to guide his eloquent and erudite remarks, the affable and witty Housefather covered all the bases in reassuring the audience of his government’s deep commitment to Canada’s Jewish community.

“A year ago many in the community were preaching that only one candidate, one party, could continue to represent the interests of our community,” Housefather said. “With Justin Trudeau’s undeniable commitment to the State of Israel, with our government voting almost unanimously in a free vote denouncing BDS, in our efforts to organize a Jewish contingent representative of our entire community during Chanukah on the Hill and so much more, I think we have proven to those that doubted our intentions and abilities that the Canadian Jewish community is very, very well represented on Parliament Hill and across our country,” the MP said to applause.

Housefather indicated that his committee has recommended reinstatement of the Court Challenges Program previously scrapped by the Harper government. That program allowed for funding of challenges from the English-speaking community in Quebec and from French-speaking communities outside of Quebec in support of minority language communities. With Housefather as a former president of Alliance Quebec, and my having served as his Executive Director at AQ, I can attest to the critical importance of this program to linguistic minorities through our country and I look forward to the reinstatement of this program.

I personally thanked Housefather on behalf of the residents of Cote Saint-Luc and indicated how proud I was of his many achievements in such a short period of time. Congregation President Jodi Lackman wrapped up the event by stating how upset she was when she learned that Housefather would be running for Parliament as she would be losing her “amazing mayor.”

“But now that you’re our MP and I’ve seen what great work you’re doing on our behalf, I’m even happier,” the president said.

Urban coyotes spotted in CSL

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There have been reports of coyote sightings in Côte Saint-Luc. The recent sighting (October 2016) was behind homes on Holland, near the Canadian Pacific Railway tracks.

Typically, coyotes are present along the gullies next to railroad tracks. In fact, CP has a program in place to trap coyotes, but it only starts on October 25, which is when hunting season opens in Quebec.

Urban coyotes do not feast on pets and garbage; they typically stick to a natural diet.

Due to sensationalist reporting, many urban residents think all coyotes are out to eat their dog or cat at the first opportunity or that they’re dumpster divers of the first degree. On the contrary, studies have shown that urban coyotes stick mainly to a natural diet.

According to wildlife experts, there are things people can do to discourage coyotes from entering back yards or private property.

Discourage coyotes from entering your property by removing brush piles or areas that may be perceived as a resting place or den.

Don’t feed coyotes. Ensure garbage, bird feed, and pet food is inaccessible. Avoid leaving food from fruit trees on the ground.

Keep pets attended and on leash. Supervise animals when they are in the yard. Cats should not be permitted to roam freely.
Do not turn your back on, or run from, a coyote. Stand tall, wave your arms and make lots of noise.

Trapping and killing or relocating urban coyotes does not reduce the overall population of coyotes.

A common reaction from urban and suburban residents when they learn coyotes are living in their areas is to ask for the removal of the coyotes, either through lethal means or by trapping and relocating them. However, animal control officers have learned through a lot of experience that this in NOT only a lot harder to do than it sounds, but does nothing to reduce the number of coyotes living in an area. In fact, it has the opposite effect.

Watch this video from the Town of Oakville for more useful information showing how to scare coyotes away from your property.



For more information visit the CSL website.



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