An impressive candidates debate brings us closer to April 10 by-election

By Mike Cohen

With advance polls  set for Sunday, April 3 and the by-election date for Côte Saint-Luc District 7 a week later – Sunday April 10 – we are in the midst of a spirited race to see who will  succeed our new Mayor Mitchell Brownstein as the  city councillor for that area.

District 7 encompasses the homes and buildings near Mount Sinai Hospital,  Hebrew Academy, Congrégation Or Hahayim and St. Richard’s Church. Here is the complete map.

2016-03-29 District 7 Meet the Candidates

Mayor Brownstein and council with the candidates.


There are four candidates vying for the seat: Sidney Benizri, Mitchell Kujavsky, Lloyd Pedvis and David Tordjman.

Harvey Levine, executive director of B’nai Brith Canada, Quebec Region chaired the evening and B’nai Brith Canada legal counsel Steven Slimovitch served as the moderator.

Since Côte Saint-Luc was reconstituted, we have never had such a candidates meeting. For the residents who turned out, it was a difference maker. They had this unique opportunity to hear each candidate respond to some well thought out questions by Levine and Slimovitch.

Each one of these gentlemen handled themselves very well, with opening remarks, closing statements and pretty good answers to questions they could not prepare for. Slimovitch asked them about traffic calming near the two schools in the district, quick access out of the city despite traffic on Heywood, new ideas they had for the district, the Cavendish extension, library services, prohibiting parking in some high traffic areas, upgrading parks and snow removal.

For full details on the by-election click here.

We have delayed our next public council meeting until Tuesday, April 19 in order for the new councillor to join us.

Best of luck to all!

Here is a video of the evening:


Date and Hours: Sunday, April 3, 2016 from 12 pm to 8 pm

Polling Place: Côte Saint-Luc Aquatic and Community Centre (ACC)

Address: 5794 Parkhaven, Côte Saint-Luc, H4W 0A4

Upper level salons.


Date and Hours: Sunday, April 10, 2016 from 10 am to 8 pm

Votings polls for sections 701, 702 and 703:

École Maimonide, gymnasium

5615 Parkhaven, Côte Saint-Luc, H4W 1X3

Votings polls for sections 704, 705 and 706:

Mount Sinai Hospital, room 103

5690 Cavendish, Côte Saint-Luc, H4W 1S7