Congratulating Suburban reporter Joel Goldenberg on 25 years on the local beat

Congratulating Suburban reporter Joel Goldenberg on 25 years on the local beat

Congratulations to the Suburban Newspaper’s Joel Goldenberg who celebrates 25 years on the job covering Cote Saint-Luc City Hall and the community beat right across the West End.

I have known Joel since his rookie days – he has covered all of my six terms in office. Far more involved than most in community journalism Joel can routinely be seen, pocket recorder in one outstretched arm and point-and-shoot camera in the other at City Council meetings, community events, breaking news incidents, political rallies and gathering man-on-the-street reports, especially from the heart of Cote Saint-Luc: The Cavendish Mall.

Joel is a regular at local seniors gatherings, performances and concerts, Jewish community lectures in synagogues and downtown rallies of rowdy Anglos. He has championed coverage of English-language affairs since the heady days of Alliance Quebec and the Equality Party right up to the raucous reaction to the PQ’s Bill 60, the so-called Charter of Values.

Just like the fabled Clark Kent, Joel is always on the job at anytime, any day, minus the phone booth and lycra suit (I think). Never shy to corner a politician from any order of government, Joel seeks out the facts and reports faithfully and unbiased.

Local papers have come and gone (remember the Monitor, the Sunday Express or the Montreal Star?) but Joel and the Suburban keep pumping out the news week after week to Montreal’s English-speaking communities.

Congratulations Joel on this impressive milestone. Here’s to another 25 years!