Canada Day 2013 in Cote Saint-Luc was celebrated with great spirit and national pride. There were many highlights depending on your age and point of view.

While my four year old son and hundreds of other youngsters couldn’t get enough of the Spiderman, caterpillar and fishy inflatables, slides and obstacle courses, others marveled at the Montreal West Operatic Society, Raffi’s Accordian, the incredible Hi-Fi Showband and the hilarious performance by Bowser and Blue.

Spiderman inflatable was a Canada Day hit with the young folks

Spiderman inflatable was a Canada Day hit with the young folks

Other children’s activities included a magic show, the children’s train ride around the park, storytelling, glitter tattoos, arts and crafts, and more.

I am always overwhelmed by the momentous life-altering experience for the new Canadian citizens sworn in with pomp and ceremony by Judge Barbara Seal and the officials from the Canadian government.

Citizenship Judge Barbara Seal presides with CSL Public Safety Director Jordy Reichson serving as ceremonial guard

Citizenship Judge Barbara Seal presides with CSL Public Safety Director Jordy Reichson serving as ceremonial guard

The induction of Jackie Robinson onto the Cote Saint-Luc Human Rights Walkway was very special as well and most fitting for this community which prides itself in its sense of social justice, promotion of equality and advocacy for human rights.

Jackie Robinson plaque in unveiled

Jackie Robinson plaque in unveiled

The pedal boat rides were open to all on Centennial Lake, while a model airplane show took place during the afternoon. Howard Liebman represented Mount Royal Member of Parliament Irwin Cotler.  Howard’s speech was perhaps the best in his ten years as Chief of Cabinet for our riding. He highlighted our great fortunes as Canadians and paid homage to those less fortunate who have been afflicted by floods in Southern Alberta. 

CJAD radio personalities Dan Laxer and Dr. Laurie Betito served as emcees. Hundreds of Canada Day cupcakes were served, sponsored by Scotiabank Westminster. Food concessions were busy all night long, from Dizengoff Kosher and Dominos’ Pizza to the just-opened Yeh!Yogurt at the Cavendish Mall.

Free cupcakes are always a big hit

Free cupcakes are always a big hit

Longtime Parks and Rec staffer and current volunteer Louise Ferland prepares the cupcakes

Longtime Parks and Rec staffer and current volunteer Louise Ferland prepares the cupcakes

D’Arcy McGee Liberal MNA Lawrence Bergman arrived at the park straight from Quebec City where the National Assembly had just adopted back to work legislation for construction workers. We were told that the Quebec Liberal Caucus rose to sing O Canada as the session ran into July 1. Bergman greeted the large crowd and proclaimed that Cote Saint-Luc and its Mayor Anthony Housefather are very well known at the National Assembly. “Mayor Housefather is known as a man of intelligence, integrity and determination,” Bergman said to great applause. Mayor Hosuefather returned the complement stating how effective Bergman has been in representing the interests of Cote Saint-Luc at the National Assembly.

Welcoming the ever present, and highly decorated commander, Sylvain BIssonnette

Welcoming the ever present, and highly decorated commander, Sylvain BIssonnette

Mayor Anthony Housefather gave an energetic and impassioned speech on the pride we feel on this day as proud Canadians. Congratulations to our outstanding mayor for his leadership and vision in building a young and vibrant Cote Saint-Luc, as well as for appointing Councillor Ruth Kovac and me as co-chairs of this premier event on the community calendar.

Greeting well-known Israeli Lt. Col. Yaacov Perez and his wife Rachel

Greeting well-known Israeli Lt. Col. Yaacov Perez and his wife Rachel

Local up and coming vocalist and actor Alexandra Cohen sang the O Canada prior to the fireworks. And with that the drizzle began but Mother Nature spared the festivities as the rain only began to come down a few minutes after the pyrotechnics ended. And what a superb fireworks show it was!

EMS volunteers take in the tremendous fireworks display Photo: Jacques Rioux.

EMS volunteers take in the tremendous fireworks display Photo: Jacques Rioux.

Thanks to the event sponsors: The Suburban, Department of Canadian Heritage, Domino’s Pizza, RBC, Bureau En Gros, Cavendish Mall, Scotiabank, Qualitifruits, MAAC, Century 21, and Universel Inc.

Fireworks display at Trudeau Park. Photo: Jacques Rioux.

Fireworks display at Trudeau Park. Photo: Jacques Rioux.

Most of all thanks to our recreation director David Taveroff and his star studded team for putting on a great Canada Day in CSL.  A major salute to our volunteers from vCOP (supervised by the extraordinary and energetic Susie Schwartz) and EMS (under Brandon Luden, Captain of Logistics and Joy Rodgers in charge of communications) who came out in big numbers along with our Public Security agents under the direction of Jordy Reichson  and chief Jerome Pontbriand.  Thanks to this team, along with our police officers from station 9, and two horses from the cavalry, all under the direction of Commander Sylvain Bissonnette, the thousands of spectators were welcomed into a safe environment.

CSL EMS volunteers at the ready. Photo: Jacques Rioux.

CSL EMS volunteers at the ready. Photo: Jacques Rioux.

And especially, thanks to our Cote Saint-Luc residents and neighbours for coming out in huge numbers for  this wonderful celebration.  It made me proud to be a Cote Saint-Lucer, Quebecer and Canadian.  HAPPY 146th CANADA DAY!!

CSL Canada Day co-chairs Cllrs. Glenn J. Nashen and Ruth Kovac.

CSL Canada Day co-chairs Cllrs. Glenn J. Nashen and Ruth Kovac.

In the END, someone's gotta DO it! Thanks to the resourcefulness of Public Safety Chief Jerome Pontbriand there wasn't a trace left BEHIND from the Police horses.

In the END, someone’s gotta DO it! Thanks to the resourcefulness of Public Safety Chief Jerome Pontbriand there wasn’t a trace left BEHIND from the Police horses.