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Pierre Elliot Trudeau Park was an action packed, high energy venue yesterday as residents and neighbours showed up in the thousands to partake in festivities for all ages.

Cllr. Sam Goldbloom, Mayor Anthony Housefather, MP Irwin Cotler, MNA David Birnbaum, RCMP officer and Judge Barbara Seal in Cote Saint-Luc's Trudeau Park

Cllr. Sam Goldbloom, Mayor Anthony Housefather, MP Irwin Cotler, MNA David Birnbaum, RCMP officer and Judge Barbara Seal in Cote Saint-Luc’s Trudeau Park

The event kicked off with an emotional and life-altering experience for more than 40 West End residents emigrating from 17 countries. They were sworn in as new Canadians in the annual event marked with pomp and ceremony. Citizenship Judge Barbara Seal, a former Hampstead Town Councillor gave a moving and emotional speech to the new citizens and to all Canadians as she asked those assembled to raise their right hands to take the Oath of Citizenship.

When the new citizens were sworn in Mayor Housefather took to the stage to deliver his usually eloquent and touching speech. He praised Judge Seal for her service to all Canadians and welcomed all to the “Most Canadian city in Quebec.”

Mayor Anthony Housefather helping to distribute 1000 Canada Day cupcakes

Mayor Anthony Housefather helping to distribute 1000 Canada Day cupcakes

The festivities continued with rides, games and entertainment for the youngsters, great entertainment and good ‘ol patriotic speeches by our mayor, MNA and MP.

Wishing you a Happy Canada Day from all three levels: D'Arcy McGee MNA David Birnbaum, CSL Cllr. Glenn J. Nashen, Mount Royal MP Irwin Cotler

Wishing you a Happy Canada Day from all three levels of government: D’Arcy McGee MNA David Birnbaum, CSL Cllr. Glenn J. Nashen, Mount Royal MP Irwin Cotler

The CSL Human Rights Walkway gained a new inductee as a plaque in honour of Nelson Mandela was unveiled on stage. The walkway is a uniquely CSL initiative that has grown in size and importance over the last dozen or so years.

Unveiling of the Nelson Mandela plaque for the CSL Human Rights Walkway

Unveiling of the Nelson Mandela plaque for the CSL Human Rights Walkway

Former MNA Lawrence Bergman was given special attention as Trudeau Park’s Chalet 1 was renamed in his honour. The Lawrence S. Bergman Chalet was inaugurated in tribute to Lawrence’s outstanding commitment and unwavering support of the City of Cote Saint-Luc and its residents. Mayor Housefather listed the many reasons for praising Bergman including his work to save EMS when threatened with closure by the merger of all local Fire Departments and his support in solidifying the financing of the Aquatic and Community Centre.

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A big highlight each year is the incredible fireworks show. What usually lasts about 15 minutes went on for almost 25 with the most spectacular pyrotechnics seen in Cote Saint-Luc in a very, very long time.

My son Jeremy may not show it but he was thrilled to meet this RCMP officer as well as the Mounted officers and their horses from the Montreal Police Department

My son Jeremy may not show it but he was thrilled to meet this RCMP officer as well as the Mounted officers and their horses from the Montreal Police Department

Keeping our residents and party-goers safe are our amazing EMS and vCOP volunteers along with our professional Public Security agents and Montreal agglomeration police officers.

EMS volunteers always at the ready

EMS volunteers always at the ready

Thanks to all of them for their endless energy and dedicated services. Our community is a better place to live in large part thanks to our many volunteers involved in safety, culture, sports and recreation.

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vCOP Supervisor Susie Schwartz along with Public Security Lieutenant Anthony Tsakon (centre) and Public Safety Manager Philip Chateauvert

The 2014 Canada Day celebration was good fun and a successful event. Thank you to co-chairs Councillors Sam Goldbloom and Mitchell Brownstein as well as to the staff of the Parks and Recreation Department under Director David Taveroff for doing such a fine organizing job. All this could not have been possible without the amazing leadership and abundant enthusiasm of the most incredible mayor in all of Quebec, Anthony Housefather.

Councillor Sam Goldbloom hugs our vCOP volunteers, Mona Aronovitch and Elaine Meunier

Councillor Sam Goldbloom hugs our vCOP volunteers, Mona Aronovitch and Elaine Meunier

vCOP: Proudly Canadian, since July 1, 2006

vCOP: Proudly Canadian, since July 1, 2006

CSL Public Safety Director Jordy Reichson and Police Commander Marc Cournoyer make sure everything stays safe for residents and participants at Canada Day and throughout the year

CSL Public Safety Director Jordy Reichson and Police Commander Marc Cournoyer make sure everything stays safe for residents and participants at Canada Day and throughout the year

HAPPY CANADA DAY!

Read more on Councillor Mike Cohen’s blog