Baron Byng Class of ’39 meets for the 77th time

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By George Nashen:

Baron Byng Class of '39. Left side: Classmates Eddie Wolkove, Nina Cass, George Nashen and his wife. Right side: Mildred Leiter, Samuel Levy and his wife.

Baron Byng Class of ’39. Left side: Classmates Eddie Wolkove, Nina Cass, George Nashen and his wife. Right side: Mildred Leiter, Samuel Levy and his wife.

 

Once again, as we’ve done year after year, the notable Baron Byng high school graduation class of 1939 met recently for our annual reunion, this one being the 77th anniversary.

The sad news is that our numbers are dwindling, as we reach the age of 93. However, six graduates met recently at a West End breakfast place and we hope to continue to meet as long as possible, even if only two of us are remaining.

Mamie Trager had this to say: “It’s a miracle that we are still here.”

Sam Levy said, “We produced many medal winners in various fields.”

From Nina Cass, “I am happy to be here.”

Eddie Wolkove, who has been the reunion organizer for more than fifty years, stated, “We are truly blessed.”

Mildred Leiter added, “Although our numbers are dwindling it is still a pleasure to be here.”

George Nashen, Class of '39

George Nashen, Class of ’39

As for me (George Nashen), “What a wonderful feeling it is to meet with classmates from 80+  years ago. Although there are a few more classmates still around, the inability of them meeting with us varies from distance in other parts of the world whereas other ones are closer but unable to attend because of illness, either physical or emotional.”

Baron Byng High School. Established in 1921 by the Protestant School Board of Greater Montréal, Baron Byng High School taught mostly Jewish students and has several well-known graduates including Irving Layton and Mordecai Richler. Circa 1970. Source : Jewish Public Library. Historical Photographs Collection, 88-107.

Baron Byng High School.
Established in 1921 by the Protestant School Board of Greater Montréal, Baron Byng High School taught mostly Jewish students and has several well-known graduates including Irving Layton and Mordecai Richler.
Circa 1970.
Source : Jewish Public Library. Historical Photographs Collection, 88-107.

The Baron Byng class of 39 included:

  • Mortimor “Michael” Fainstadt, a Montreal City Councillor from the Drapeau era
  • Mel Dobrin of the Seinberg empire
  • Sollie Goldfarb, who hosted many reunions at his country estate in Plantagenet, Ontario
  • Jacob Singer, George’s closest friend, who went MIA laying mines in the North Sea in 1944
  • Sylvia Bercovitch, noted Montreal artist

I recall some other interesting tidbits from way back then:

  • Favourite teacher: Mr. RA Patterson, the nicest person
  • Favourite schoolyard activity: chasing girls
  • We all lived close by and walked to school
  • Baron Byng was made even more famous by Mordechai Richler
  • Who was Baron Byng? He was Governor General in 1923, the year I, and most of my classmates were born. He was a WWI hero.

CJN Article about 65th Class reunion

Baron Byng High School Museum

 

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The Guide to Electric Vehicles: Everything you ever wanted to know about the electric car

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  • Electric driving: is it really greener?
  • Are electric cars really more expensive?
  • Can you use electric cars in the winter?

If you’ve been wondering about these questions and others about the EV, wonder no more. Former Quebec Environment Minister, Daniel Breton and Canadian Motosport Hall of Famer and Canada’s top automobile expert for 50 years, Jacques Duval answer these questions and much more.

The Guide to Electric, Hybrid and Fuel-Efficient Cars is surely the most definitive and complete go-to resource for EVs in North America, with special attention to Quebec winters. Eighty-five vehicles are reviewed along with everything you need to know about going electric. With more than 285 photos this is the only source anyone interested in exploring EVs will need to quench their thirst for information in the fast-growing segment of green transportation.

The guide, published by Juniper Publishing, is laid out in an easy to read format, covering one hundred percent Electric, Plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) or an electric car with a range extender, Hybrid battery, Energy efficient  and Hydrogen cars. The manual gives a clear and concise rating on everything ranging from greenhouse gas emissions, fuel consumption, smog rating and price.

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The guide is interesting and entertaining to read looking back at EVs over the past two century (yes, the first EV actually dates back to the first half of the 1800s). It also takes a look at electric trams (Montreal was a leader dating back to the 1930s) and buses.

As a new EV owner I can attest to the usefulness of this guide and wish I had purchased a copy a year ago. For the uninitiated it can be a daunting task to figure out the new jargon and terminology around EVs. I don’t want to learn how to disassemble and rebuild a car, I only wanted to understand what I needed to know about buying a plug in. This book does the trick with ease.

What’s more, this is no industry rag or advertorial that paints a rosy picture on each and every car. Breton and Duval do a masterful job at spelling out the good, the bad and the ugly on each of the 85 vehicles they covered: What to consider and what to stay away from.

My new 2017 Chevy Volt parked in Westmount

My new 2017 Chevy Volt parked in Westmount

The authors also hand out medals for their top picks in each type of technology. Finally, there is a section detailing rebates, tax breaks, government benefits and shortcomings across the Canadian provinces and United States.

Thanks Daniel and Jacques for putting together an excellent resource guide. It was fun to read and I’m more knowledgeable o this exciting subject.

The Guide to Electric, Hybrid and Fuel-Efficient Cars is published by Juniper Publishing and available online and in store. I’ve seen it at Walmart. Ask for it at your public library or visit EV.guide.

Senator Roméo Dallaire to speak in Côte Saint-Luc

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Senator Roméo Dallaire (Photo: Concordia University).

Senator Roméo Dallaire (Photo: Concordia University).

The Honourable Senator Romeo Dallaire will be in Côte Saint-Luc on Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 2 pm to discuss his new memoir, Waiting for First Light, where he delves into his personal and ongoing battle with post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.

The event takes place at the Bernard Lang Civic Centre (5801 Cavendish Blvd.). It is organized by the Côte Saint-Luc Public Library. A limited number of free pass are available at the front desk of the library. Only one pass per person.

“I am looking forward to welcoming Senator Dallaire to Côte Saint-Luc and hearing his story in person,” Mayor Mitchell Brownstein said.

Journalist and commentator Anne Lagacé Dowson will be conducting the interview with Senator Dallaire.

Senator Dallaire will also discuss his distinguished career in the Canadian military as well as his humanitarian efforts. Senator Dallaire has received numerous honours and awards, including Officer of the Order of Canada in 2002, and the 2005 Pearson Peace Medal from the United Nations Association in Canada. His second book, They Fight Like Soldiers, They Die Like Children, was a national bestseller.

Since his retirement, Dallaire has become an outspoken advocate for human rights, mental health, and war-affected children.

Copies of Waiting for First Light will be available for purchase by Paragraphe Bookstore and Senator Dallaire will be on hand to autograph books following the event.

For more information about these events and programs, visit CSLLibrary.org or contact the Côte Saint-Luc Public Library Programs Department at 514-485-6900, ext. 4205.

CSL Public Works electric vehicle rolls into service

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CSL Public Works took delivery of its first electric vehicle, a Kia Soul, mid-November 2016 (Photo: Bebe Newman)

CSL Public Works took delivery of its first electric vehicle, a Kia Soul, mid-November 2016 (Photo: Bebe Newman)

The City of Cote Saint-Luc has taken delivery of its first all-electric vehicle. The KIA Soul will be used daily in the Public Works Department for some of its foremen.

So far it sports the CSL logo (as pictured above). Soon it will be striped similar to the CSL fleet, with a little flair to mark the significance of being an EV.
PW is currently charging the vehicle by 110v which can take up to 13 hours to charge, which is fine for overnight. The 240v charger will cut the time in half.
CSL Public Work's new electric vehicle plugges in to a standard 110v outlet for overnight parking. (Photo: Bebe Newman)

CSL Public Work’s new electric vehicle plugged in to a standard 110v outlet for overnight parking. (Photo: Bebe Newman)

The new EV cost the city $35,000 before taxes. Once you deduct the Quebec government rebate of $8,000 the vehicle comes in at $32,000 including all taxes.

As reported on this blog EV Charging Stations are on order for PW and the ACC. As well, next year we will add a station at City Hall.

And, as promised, I will continue to promote EVs for the City of CSL. Special thanks to PW Director Bebe Newman who supports the acquisition of EVs for the city as a sound management decision and an environmentally wise choice.

Heading south? vCOP will watch your home while you’re away

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If you’re bags are packed and your ready to go, you should ask a trusted neighbour or friend to do periodic spot checks of your home. You can also use the free Vacation Spot Check service from the Côte Saint-Luc Volunteer Citizens on Patrol, or vCOP.

The service is available to residents of single-family homes, semi-detached homes, duplexes and townhouses.

 

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Here’s how it works.

vCOP members will visit your home and check for signs of forced entry, like broken windows, open doors, or torn screens. If anything appears suspicious, public security and police are notified right away. And, a call is made to the contact number you leave us.

They’ll also remove flyers, circulars and newspapers from the front steps. They won’t take away your mail. You’ll need a trusted neighbour or friend for that, or you can ask Canada Post to hold your mail while you’re away.

If your side and back yards are accessible, the vCOP members will walk around you property and inspect those areas, too.

To sign up for this free service, complete this form.

As the founder of vCOP 10 years ago and City Councillor responsible for this incredible service I am so pleased to have these invaluable services rolled out to our residents. After a few months of Vacation Spot Check we have received positive feedback. A big thank you to our patrollers and to Team Leader Morris Stelcner for taking charge of this project.

For more information, email vcop@cotesaintluc.org or call 514-485-6800 ext. 5101.

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Côte Saint-Luc Dramatic Society to present Our Town in January 2017

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our-town_dramaThe Côte Saint-Luc Dramatic Society will present Thornton Wilder’s Our Town from January 24 to 29, 2017 at the Harold Greenspon Auditorium.

Thornton Wilder’s iconic play explores life in the fictional town of Grover’s Corners. Through the everyday lives of the townspeople, audiences experience the joys and heartache of growing up, falling in love, getting married, and losing loved ones. Traditionally presented with no set and few props, Our Town is heartwarming, profound, and sure to move audiences with its timeless exploration of love and mortality.

Our Town is the Côte Saint-Luc Dramatic Society’s first drama, following the enormous success of musicals Catch Me If You Can, and the META-winning Hairspray the Musical, as well as several comedies, including Office Hours and Bedtime Stories. Recently, the Dramatic Society won their second Montreal English Theatre Award, for The Producers, their collaboration with the Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre and the Segal Centre for Performing Arts.

“I’ve chosen Thornton Wilder’s masterpiece, Our Town, as our first venture into drama because this beautiful, seemingly simple play is about everything that matters,” said artistic director Anisa Cameron. “Grover’s Corners is our town, mine and yours, and everyone else who has ever lived or will ever live and is beholden to the rules of mortality. Our Town requires us to reflect on our own existence and calls us to appreciate every precious moment we spend our breath on.”

The cast of 18 features many returning Côte Saint-Luc Dramatic Society members, along with performers joining the troupe for the first time. Montreal actor and producer Ben Warner takes on the role of George Gibbs, having previously starred as Danny Zuko in the CSLDS’s production of Grease. Emily Webb is brought to life by Tori Gazin (Haven’t Got a Clue).

The play is narrated by two metatheatrical Stage Managers, played by Sam Melnick, and Dollard-Des-Ormeaux city councillor Herb Brownstein.

Also featured are Matthew McKeown (Catch Me If You Can), Karyn Pellat-Caron (The Producers), Linda Babins (Fiddler on the Roof), and Mayor Mitchell Brownstein, who is also the play’s producer.

“We are very excited to be presenting our first drama,” said Mayor Mitchell Brownstein, who founded the Côte Saint-Luc Dramatic Society alongside Anisa Cameron in 2011. “Our Town, which was written in 1938, remains relevant for all time as an attempt to find a value above all price for the smallest events in our daily life.”

Tickets are available online at CSLDramaticSociety.com, or in person at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library or the Aquatic and Community Centre. General admission is $25, and students and seniors pay $20. Tickets are $20 for the preview performance on January 24.

The Côte Saint-Luc Dramatic Society is a community theatre initiative that began in the summer of 2011 in partnership with the City of Côte Saint-Luc. The goal of the society is to bring together actors, writers, musicians and other artistically minded community members to produce theatrical works in an inclusive environment where emphasis is placed on team work and camaraderie.

CSL celebrates its amazing volunteers

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Congratulations to all of our extraordinary Cote Saint-Luc volunteers who were recently feted at the Cineplex Odeon in the Cavendish Mall. Hundreds of volunteers were present for a unique video presentation introducing each of the winners from every sphere of life in our city.

Cote Saint-Luc has been blessed with a rich sense of volunteerism for over 50 years. Whether its in sports and recreation, culture and leisure or public safety, Cote Saint-Luc is a wonderful place to live in large part because of the generosity of spirit, time and activity offered by so many hundreds of residents all year long.

As a long time volunteer myself, getting involved in the Emergency Measures Organization back in 1979, I can easily relate to our volunteers, of any age, and understand just how enjoyable and rewarding it is to get involved and to give back to one’s community.

A special shout out to the incredible, outstanding life-savers at EMS and to our dedicated members of vCOP.

A million thanks to all of our wonderful volunteers,

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