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The 2017 Branchez-Vous brochure is now available!

The Innovative Vehicle Institute(IVI), in collaboration with the Gouvernement du Québec, is proud to present the 2017 Branchez-Vous brochure. You’ll find a wealth of relevant information, including a full list of available plug-in vehicles and a presentation of charging solutions that you can use. New this year: a section about the estimate cost of a plug-in vehicle. Take a look: you’ll be surprised to see how much you could save with an electric vehicle!

The IVI would like to thank the major partners of the event Branchez-Vous 2017, Ford and Hydro-Québec.

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CSL crews clear snow almost as fast as it falls

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Cote Saint-Luc's newest snow plow blazing a clear path on this sunny Wednesday afternoon

Cote Saint-Luc’s newest snow plow and sand trailer blazing a clear path on this sunny Wednesday afternoon

 

“After the freezing rain from last night we ended up with light rain, cloudy skies and warmer weather this morning,” said the woman behind Cote Saint-Luc’s major snow clearing operation. “The side streets are covered with a thick layer of accumulated snow and ice but graders were called in at 3am this morning to start breaking up and clearing the catch basins on all the arterial streets. As of early this morning, all main streets were beautifully scraped and cleaned for residents to travel safely to work and to school,” Bebe Newman said. “We appreciate the collaboration from our contractors who together with our night shift, worked very hard last night to produce crazy clean streets this morning.”
Bebe Newman, Cote Saint-Luc Public Works Director

Bebe Newman, Cote Saint-Luc Public Works Director

Bebe Newman is the director of CSL Public Works. She is a tireless leader. Creative to the core, she is always looking for ways to implement innovative, novel solutions to everyday problems. Customer service is in her veins. She knows what riles up residents as well as how to provide superior services to put a smile on the face of a frustrated winter motorist or slip-sliding pedestrian.
Public Works crews clear the catch basin of ice and snow so water can drain away

Public Works crews clear the catch basin of ice and snow so water can drain away

Newman routinely updates City Council and directors with the very latest forecasts. Her weather monitoring reports are precisely pinpointed for the CSL area.
“From around 6pm tonight until 6am tomorrow, we are looking at cloudy skies with a potential for lightening – crazy! Temperatures will range from -4 to about -14 tomorrow morning,”Newman advised city leaders this icy afternoon. “From 6am tomorrow until 6pm tomorrow night, it looks like more clouds and maybe more lightening – still crazy! Temperatures will range all day around the -14 mark. We’re looking at even colder temperatures after that, up to -20. I’m thinking about becoming a meteorologist!,” Newman added.
This grader scrapes away the ice the accumulated on the last 24 hours

This grader scrapes away the ice the accumulated on the last 24 hours

We’re lucky to have such a dedicated and passionate city director along with her loyal crews from Public Works and city contractors. They keep our streets and sidewalks, parking lots and pathways clear of snow and ice to the best of their abilities. And by all accounts, they do an excellent job.
Merci à tous nos équipages et entrepreneurs. En raison de votre travail acharné et de votre dévouement, notre ville est l’une des mieux entretenues dans le déneigement de toute la région.
The weather outside need not be frightful as CSL snow plows clear the road

The weather outside need not be frightful as CSL snow plows clear the road

What do you think about Cote Saint-Luc’s snow clearing operations? If you’re one of our very satisfied residents, please share your views and appreciation for our team.

Electric buses rolling out this year

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The Société de transport de Montréal is launching technical trials – without passengers – for three vehicles on the 36 Monk line.

 Part of Montreal’s three-year $16.7 million City Mobility program, the trials will be followed by passenger service in the spring.

The Nova buses are equipped with four batteries powered by a quick-charging conduction system and boast a Quebec-designed powertrain system. Trials will assess the impacts of using quick-charging buses under real operating conditions, with regards to the transit experience for customers and drivers, planning and delivering bus service, maintenance and more. Trials will continue until the end of 2019.

“Our strategic plan calls for the purchase of 100 percent electric buses for all surface transit by 2025, within the limits of available technology,” said STM chair Philippe Schnobb, adding that two quick-charging stations have been installed at Angrignon bus terminus and Square Victoria, a slow charge installation in Lasalle and a first bus delivered to STM’s Lasalle garage.

City Mobility is financed by Quebec’s Transport Ministry and the STM, as well as support from Hydro-Quebec.

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.

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.

CSL celebrates with extraordinary florists

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An extraordinary Maisons Fleuries Awards ceremony includes touching honour for the Van Egmonds

By Councillor Mike Cohen

When my city council colleague Sidney Benizri and I were asked to co-chair the 2016 Maisons Fleuries Contest, we agreed to do something different. I suggested Sidney, Parks and Recreation Associate Director Cornelia Ziga, event coordinator Laura Trihas, devoted committee member Louise Ferland and the dean of city employees Harold Cammy that we introduce a Lifetime Achievement Award.  We brought the idea to Mayor Mitchell Brownstein and city council and it was approved.

Maisons Fleuries recognizes the superb floral arrangements at homes, condominiums, apartments and business complexes. Judging is done during the summer and every November we hold a ceremony at our Aquatic and Community Centre.

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Members of Council, MP Housefather, MNA Birnbaum and the Van Egmond family.

So who would win our first Maisons Fleuries Lifetime Achievement Award? Dirk Van Egmond was the logical choice. Dirk, who just turned 92, has devoted his life to flowers and plants. He accepted the honour and it was heartwarming to see him at our event, surrounded by his children, their spouses and hi grandchildren. His wife Teuna (Toos) passed away in 2010.

The Van Egmond family own Edgewood Florist, which they operated on Hudson Avenue in Côte Saint-Luc for 56 years. Although the business relocated to Montreal West in 2012 when the land was sold for development, Dirk continues to be a resident of Côte Saint-Luc. Edgewood and the Van Egmond family have been part of the Côte Saint-Luc landscape for more years than most residents of this city. They have played an important role in the lives of thousands over the decades, making milestone events all the more special with their beautiful floral arrangements.

First,a word of thanks to our judges: Sam and Louise Pinsky; Joan and Bernie King; Cookie and Bernie Band; Mark and Tina Bessner; Joe Segal’ Paula and Avie Shuster; Marty Labow; Ellie Pomerants; Mona Aronovitch; Roz Kasner ; and Sandra Segal.

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Councillor Benizri and I thank Susan Levy.

Single family and semi-detached residences were judged by political districts. Duplex, Townhouse, Institutions, Senior Residences, Commercial Buildings and Highrises were judged overall within the city. We also thank CMS Entrepreneurs Inc. for their sponsorship , George Deligeorge for the wonderful painting he created for this event and Susan Levy and her Painting Acrylics Art Class for their wonderful display.

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The Rimokh family of Park Place were winners.

A tip of the hat to our always reliable and talented photographer Rami Negev and to Public Affairs chief Darryl Levine, who put together an excellent video montage of our winners. I was pleased to see a number of winners from District 2. Park Place, still a relatively new street, had some winners. This included Ralph and Carole Rimokh. We presented are top finishers with certificates and plaques. Liberal Member of Parliament for Mount Royal Anthony Housefather and Liberal Member of the National Assembly for D’Arcy McGee David Birnbaum joined us. Anthony presented Dirk with a special certificate and a Canadian flag; David read and presented a letter written by Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard. Mayor Brownstein and Councillor Allan J. Levine delivered remarks. Allan has been Dirk’s city councillor for 30 years.

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The Van Egmond family.

Dirk was visibly moved as he came to the front of the room to accept our gifts and plaudits. Speaking on his behalf was daughter Corinne.
“Our father has worked with plants and flowers his entire life, beginning in Holland, where he cultivated tulip bulbs with his father and his brothers,” she said. “He immigrated to Canada in 1950, where he began working at Gratton Greenhouses in Saint Laurent. He and his wife, Toos, set down roots in Côte Saint Luc with the purchase of Edgewood Nurseries in January of 1956. We are proud to have the opportunity of providing floral arrangements and plants to so many in the community for over 60 years. We have all heard the expression ‘take time to stop and smell the roses.’ How fortunate our family has been to be able to ‘take time to stop and smell the roses’ on a daily basis.”

The surprises were not over yet as Harold Cammy and Maurizio Giobbi wheeled in a beautiful cake, decorated like a giant flower.The ceremony happened to be held on the eve of Dirk’s 92nd birthday so everyone in the room sang together.

Bravo to everyone!
Here is a list of the winners

District  1
W – 1 – 6130 Bernard Mergler
W – 2 – 5889 Tommy Douglas
W – 3 – 5960 Tommy Douglas
District  2
W – 1 – 5778 Park Place (Sadr Ghayeni)
W – 2-  5716 Park Place (Ralph and Carol Rimokh)
W – 3 – 5720 Park Place
District  3
W – 1 – 5588 Randall
W – 2 – 6799 Baily
W – 3 – 6706 Charest
District 4  
W – 1 – 5528 Hudson
W – 2 – 624 Smart
W – 3 – 5527 Hudson and 628 Smart Tied for 3rd

District 5 
W – 1 – 5777 Rand
W – 2 – 5766 Westluke
W – 3 – 5759 Hudson
District 5 Part II
W – 1 – 5710 Wentworth
W – 2 – 5735 Westluke
W – 3 – 5713 Westluke
District 6 
W – 1 – 5830 Einstein
W – 2 – 5604 McMurray
W – 3 – 7480 Spring
District  7
W – 1 – 6848 Emerson
W – 2 – 6845 Weizmann
W – 3 – 5608 Edgemore
District 8 
W – 1 – 6531 Wallenberg
W – 2 – 6529 Aldrin
W – 3 – 6529 Wallenberg
Duplexes
W – 1 – 7386-7388 Kildare
W – 2 – 5860-5862 Shalom
W – 3 – 6613-6615 Baily
Townhouses
District 8 W – 1 – 6043 Cavendish
District 8 W – 2 – 6047 Cavendish
District  2 W – 3 – 6602 Mackle (Robert and Sandra Lubarsky) and 6604  Mackle (Jason and Carol Balinksy) Tied for 3rd
Institutions
W -1 – 6800 Mackle, Beth Israel
W – 2 – 5740 Hudson, Beth Zion
W – 3 – 7070 Guelph, St Richards
Senior Residences
W -1 – 5740 Cavendish – Castel Royal
W – 2 – 8000 Côte Saint-Luc Rd – B’nai Brith House
W – 3 – 6767 Côte Saint-Luc Rd – St. Patrick Square
Commercial Buildings
W – 1 – 7001 CSL Rd – CSL Shopping Center
W – 2 – 5800 Cavendish – Cartier Cavendish
W – 3 – 5850 Cavendish – New Shell gas Station
Highrise
District 2 W – 1 – 5840 Marc Chagall, Bellagio
District 8 W – 2 – 6030 Cavendish, Le Bristel
District 8 W – 3 – 6625/35 Mackle, Mackle Manor

CSL looks to next electric vehicles

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Polaris electric vehicle makes demo debut at CSL Public Works in November 2016

Polaris electric vehicle makes demo debut at CSL Public Works in November 2016

 

“Designed to travel along narrow pathways and tread upon soft terrain like park areas, Public Works is trying out Polaris Gem electric vehicle for one week to see if it meets our needs,” said Public Works director Bebe Newman. “I requested that Polaris lend us the Gem with the trailer and they complied.”
“We built the box on the back of the pickup to increase the potential to carry more volume. Together with the trailer, we are confident that the horticulture team will be able to use the vehicle effectively throughout their tasks,” Newman said. This vehicle can also be given to our parks clean up crew.
This vehicle can be charged overnight (6 hours to charge from empty) on 110 volts, a standard electrical outlet and will travel 60 km on a full charge. With a maximum speed of 45 km/h it is perfectly suited for municipal use.
As the City Councillor promoting EVs in our municipal fleet I will look forward to moving this resolution in the next few months.
Meanwhile, we await installation of EV charging stations at Public Works and at the Aquatic and Community Centre in the near future. The ACC station will be connected to the Electric Circuit at a cost of $1 per hour.
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