Three cheers for CSL Public Safety teams

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The Public safety Team: Mayor and Council join the volunters from EMS and the Public Security Agents and Dispatchers for a festive gathering (Photo CSL Comms)

The Public safety Team: Mayor and Council join the volunteers from EMS and the Public Security Agents and Dispatchers for a festive gathering (Photo CSL Comms)

The Cote Saint-Luc Emergency Medical Services volunteers threw an impressive home-made dinner celebration for their volunteer corps along with the Public Security Agents and Emergency Dispatchers. The banquet hall at the Aquatic and Community Centre was the venue for a tasty buffet dinner, all of it cooked up by a volunteer team of amateur chefs that could have doubled for professional caterers.

The Public Safety Kitchen Crew: Mark Metivier (EMS Captain of Education), Robert Rousseau (Captain of Operations), Brandon Luden (Captain of Logistics), Christiane Poirier (Lieutenant of Education), Marvin Zwikler (Lieutenant of Operations), Eddy Afram (EMS member).

The Public Safety Kitchen Crew: Mark Metivier (EMS Captain of Education), Robert Rousseau (Captain of Operations), Brandon Luden (Captain of Logistics), Christiane Poirier (Lieutenant of Education), Marvin Zwikler (Lieutenant of Operations), Eddy Afram (EMS member).

The Luden family stands out as unique among our Public Safety family. Erwin Luden and I go way back to the days of the CSL Emergency Measure Organization. While I volunteered all my free time (and then some) to cover first responder shifts on our Rescue-Medical-Fire vehicle, Erwin gave freely of his time patrolling the streets in a green pickup truck as part of our Auxiliary Security Patrol. Dressed in brown uniforms with yellow stripes we were well-known and appreciated by the residents back then.

Now, fast forward 36 years and Luden is still surveying the city but now as a professional Public Security Agent with the power to enforce municipal bylaws and to issue contraventions for infractions (write tickets!).

Meanwhile, his two sons, Brandon and Jordan, are active volunteers at CSL EMS. Brandon has been around for several years holding officer positions. I’m sure Jordan will follow suit in this noble cause.

Cllr. Glenn J. Nashen with the Luden Men: Proud Public Security Agent Irwin Luden and EMS sons Brandon and Jordan.

Cllr. Glenn J. Nashen with the Luden Men: Proud Public Security Agent Erwin Luden and EMS sons Brandon and Jordan.

And, not to be outdone by her brothers, Gillian Luden has been serving in the IDF for the past year. Hopefully she’ll be back one day and choose between joining CSL Public Security or EMS! Clearly, Bernice, the Luden mom, has done some very good work in raising these kids (with Erwin doing the enforcement I’m sure!).

 

EMS volunteer Shelson Goldberg will soon celebrate his 29th anniversary of service. Pictured here with longtime medic and friend Hershey.

EMS volunteer Sheldon Goldberg will soon celebrate his 29th anniversary of service. Pictured here with longtime medic and friend Hershey Shaffer.

 

Sheldon Goldberg is no ordinary volunteer. Despite a family business to run, children to watch over and leadership responsibilities at Montreal’s Hatzolah rescue squad, Sheldon has been donning his CSL EMS uniform every week for an incredible 29 years.  way to go Shloime! Biz a hundred und tzvantzik!

Seasoned EMS volunteer Yvan Martinbault with Cllr. Ruth Kovac

Seasoned EMS volunteer Yvan Martinbault with Cllr. Ruth Kovac

Yvan Martinbault is a bailiff by day and a long serving CSL EMS medic by night. I worked for over a year with Yvan covering EMS shifts about eight years ago. He is a polished, skilled and calm medic who is dedicated to his pastime and to our residents. In his free time, Yvan has served on the Canadian Ski Patrol (my alma mater, where I served for five years as Assistant Patrol leader in Laurentian Division at Mont Alta). For the past many years Yvan has served on the local patrols at La Reserve and Mont-Graceau in St. Donat. Bravo Yvan.

These are just a few profiles of an otherwise great group of man and woman, each with an equally interesting story. I congratulate them all.

Cllr. Sam Goldbloom is responsible for EMS and Public Security along with Director Jordy Reichson and Chief Philippe Chateauvert.

Cllr. Sam Goldbloom is responsible for EMS and Public Security along with Director Jordy Reichson and Chief Philippe Chateauvert.

Mayor Mitchell Brownstein addressed the party-goers and said that we are all here as a large family, taking care of one another and supporting each other. “We cannot change the past, we cannot predict the future, but we can enjoy this moment, together, like one big family,” Brownstein said.

Cllr. Sam Goldbloom currently handles the Public Safety dossier on council overseeing EMS, Public Security and Emergency Communications, a position I have held almost uninterrupted (save for a brief Montreal merger) since 1990. I continue to oversee volunteer Citizens on Patrol and Emergency Preparedness. Cllr. Ruth Kovac has been involved in this area as well throughout the years.

Sam and I work closely with the dynamic duo of  Public Safety Director Jordy Reichson and Chief Philippe Chateauvert. Jordy and Philippe oversee 150 volunteers and a professional staff of about 20.

At this time of year it is a good opportunity to say thank you to all of these fine folk for doing their part in keeping Cote Saint-Lucers safe and secure. They’re patrolling our streets, watching over our property, helping us when needed most and ensuring that we continue to live in the best city around. Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah and Happy New Year to each of you. Un gros merci!

Canadian Icon Speaks Up about Mental Health

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Romeo Dallaire demystifies full house in Cote Saint-Luc

Guest contribution by: Dr. Judy Hagshi

Cllr. Allan J. Levine, General Romeo Dallaire, Cllr. Glenn J. Nashen, Mayor Mitchell Brownstein

Cllr. Allan J. Levine, General Romeo Dallaire, Cllr. Glenn J. Nashen, Mayor Mitchell Brownstein at Dallaire’s lecture in Cote Saint-Luc on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016

It is humbling to listen to an accomplished and heroic figure talk about his vulnerabilities and demons. Today I had the fruition to hear Lieutenant-General Romeo Dallaire speak about his struggles with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) following his experiences during the  Rwanda genocide. He described the moment he first realized that he was not “nuts” but rather was suffering from a disease as real as diabetes or hepatitis. Mr. Dallaire talked about the prosthesis that people with disabilities must use in order to get through each day and how this can apply to those with mental health issues just as legitimately as it can apply to those with physical health issues.

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While Mr. Dallaire’s actions in combat and accomplishments off the battlefield cannot be underscored, I was struck with a more mundane and provincial generalization of his pain: People all around us struggle with challenges and mental health disorders everyday. We as a society must be more accepting and understanding of people who are different and “weird” and not pre-judge any behaviour that does not meet specific outdated norms. We should not shame or belittle them because we do not know what invisible scars may be festering inside them.

The talk closed with a discussion about moving away from partisan politics to a more receptive and inclusive political system. With the upcoming 150th Birthday of Canada and the 100th Anniversary of the Battle at Vimy Ridge (which Lieutenant-General Dallaire described as the “coming of age of our democracy”) both taking place in 2017, he was hopeful that young people with their ideals and ideas would get move involved in government relations. He urged the “under 30” crowd to go out and vote because they are a demographic large enough to sway society and policy. They are also a demographic less swayed by the status quo and more likely to effectively challenge it.

Anne Lagacé Dowson & General Romeo Dallaire in conversation at CSL Public Library on Dec. 3, 2016

Anne Lagacé Dowson does a spectacular job conversing with General Romeo Dallaire at CSL Public Library on Dec. 3, 2016

 

 

Dr. Judy Hagshi is a Family Doctor specializing in perinatal care and pre-surgical screening. She graduated from The University of Toronto Medical School in 1996 followed by a residency in Family Medicine at McGill University. Dr. Hagshi is a faculty lecturer in the Department of Family Medicine and an attending physician at The Jewish General Hospital. She is married to Councillor Glenn J. Nashen and she has three children.

I’m tired of falling back!

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It’s about time!

Really, it’s about time that we ended this ridiculous 1970s-oil-crisis-game show of turning the clocks back and forth and pretending that this outdated and disruptive ritual is somehow beneficial to the economy or environment or our circadian rhythm. It’s not. I’m sick and tired of falling back!

Studies have shown that traffic accidents spike because we’re thrown off kilter, that heart attacks rates increase and that unless we’re raising chickens in our backyards that there’s not much of a benefit of having the sun come up well before 99% of us are ready to lift our weary heads off of our pillows. In fact, I don’t know anyone that is all that thrilled of having the sun set over Mount Royal at 3:30PM a good hour before anyone’s even contemplating leaving their office (two hours for the rest of us).

I hate driving home before dinner in pitch black, yawning my way down Fleet Road, ready for my pajamas and fluffy slippers, only to remember that there are kids activities to drive to or volunteer work or meetings to attend.

And, I don’t know about you but why do I need the sun to rise at 6:00AM, especially in the middle of winter when the likelihood of going for an early morning jog in -30C on ice covered sidewalks is kinda low on my list of favourite pastimes.

So, this is a message to my favourite Member of Parliament. I know you’re reading this Anthony. You’re the only person I know that will be getting up super early to swim 100 laps before I hear Snap, Crackle or Pop. Please march right over to Justin’s office and deposit a draft bill to repeal the time change, just like those wise Saskatchewanians who were smart enough to realize that it’s better to stay on Daylight Savings Time, all the time!

If you’re like me, you too are sick and tired of falling back!

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Here’s my previous rant on this annoying subject.

And this is a clipping from the Suburban Newspaper back in 2012:

Suburban Newspaper, Jan. 4, 2012

Suburban Newspaper, Jan. 4, 2012

 

 

Intensivist doctor Paul Warshawsky tells it like it is at JGH Mini-Med School in CSL

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Glenn J. Nashen and Dr. Paul Warshawsky at JGH Mini-Med School 2016

Glenn J. Nashen and Dr. Paul Warshawsky at JGH Mini-Med School 2016

“I’m not afraid to use the word ‘death'”, Dr. Paul Warshawsky told the audience. There’s no point of sugar coating the inevitable. We need to speak in sensitive yet clear terms, the chief of the Jewish General Hospital Intensive Care Unit told the audience at the 14th annual JGH Mini-Med School.

This year Mini-Med is presented at the Cote Saint-Luc Men’s Club. This is the first time Mini-Med is delivered in the community as opposed to in the hospital.

Dr. Warshawsky was true to the slogan of the JGH Mini-Med School, in delivering Medutainment to the masses. As the founder of JGH Mini-Med School I picked up the term, a play on the words medical, educational and entertainment, as coined by my good friend and well-known pediatrician from Tiny Tots, Dr. Ben Burko.

The hour-long presentation at the Cote Saint-Luc Aquatic and Community Centre earlier this week touched on the major aspects of the ICU: its people (doctors, nurses, orderlies, social workers, nutritionists and many technicians), the vast array of high-tech equipment and the types of patients routinely admitted to the unit.

By coincidence, the brand new, state of the art facility had just been inaugurated with a ribbon cutting ceremony a few hours before the Mini-Med lecture. With a generous bequest from the Azrielli Foundation, the unit was renamed in honour of the philanthropic family.

Dr. Warshawsky stressed the importance of having a Living Will, keeping it up to date and ensuring family is informed. We care for the most critically ill with sensitivity and compassion, Dr. Warshawsky said, with an incredible multidisciplinary team of highly skilled professionals. Family members are a very important part of the equation, he added, given that often the patient can no longer speak for themselves.

The good doctor was informative and funny which was most helpful in easing the tension with such a serious topic. The audience appreciated the talk and will be looking forward to the fifth and final lecture with endocrinologist, Dr. Tina Kader, on September 27. Tickets are $10 and will be available at the door starting at 6:30PM with the lecture beginning at 8PM.

Congratulations to the Men’s Club organizers: President Sydney Kronish, 2nd VP and resident funny-man Manny Young and 1st VP and tech wizard Bill Surkis who put on an excellent event.

Put on a white coat – You’re going to Med School

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Côte Saint-Luc Men’s Club presents JGH Mini-Med School. Open to all.

If you haven’t yet participated in the JGH Mini-Med School, now’s your chance to join the hundreds of “mock-tors” who have unlocked mysteries about their health, without the long hours and tiring exams of regular medical school!

The innovative, educational and entertaining JGH Mini-Med School returns to the Côte Saint-Luc Aquatic and Community Centre this spring and summer, and the JGH and Côte Saint-Luc Men’s Club are inviting Montrealers to don their lab coats once again to hear straight talk in non-technical language from some of the JGH’s most dynamic physicians and researchers.

“By making reliable health information available to Montrealers, the JGH Mini-Med School seeks to encourage people of all ages to better manage their health”, says Dr. Lawrence Rosenberg, President and CEO of the Integrated Health and Social Services University Network for West-Central Montreal. “The JGH and Côte Saint-Luc Men’s Club share a commitment to reaching out to the community through public education programs.”

The 2016 series promises to be as enlightening and entertaining as ever, as participants will hear little-known facts on a variety of medical issues from the JGH’s medical professionals. Speakers include Francine Dupuis (Associate Executive Director – West Central Montreal Health), Alan Maislin (Chair of the Board of Directors- West Montreal Health), Dr. Yves Longtin (Chief, JGH Infection Prevention and Control Unit), Dr. Nathalie Johnson (JGH Divison of Hematology), Dr. Paul Warshawsky (Chief, JGH Department of Adult Critical Care) and Dr. Tina Kader (Endocrinology).

Where: Côte Saint-Luc Aquatic and Community Centre, 5794 Parkhaven Avenue, Côte Saint-Luc

When: Tuesdays May 31, June 28, July 26, September 13 and September 27 at 7 p.m.

Registration is now underway at jgh.ca/en/JGHMiniMedSchool or by calling 514-340-8222, local 3337.

Due to the overwhelming response of the previously sold-out Mini-Med sessions, we encourage everyone who is interested in enrolling in the program to register and provide payment as soon as possible. Space is limited.

The fee is $50 for adults and $35 for seniors (55+) or students (with valid I.D.) for all five English sessions.

CSL’s finest medics watching over you

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CSL EMS patch 2016
The annual general meeting of Cote Saint-Luc Emergency Medical Services took place last night in the Council Chambers of City Hall. This was an opportunity to review the successes and challenges of the last year and to announce plans and ideas for the next one. With over 100 members of CSL EMS the AGM is also an opportunity to thank our dedicated and most active first responder medics.
In my comments to the group I mentioned that EMS is in my DNA and the wider concept of public safety is at the core of my municipal involvement. It has been that way since I began at EMS more than 35 years ago and has been that way throughout my political career. I have EMS to thank for that sixth sense of always watching out for others, of assisting those in need and in ascertaining that our public services and programs always keep safety of our residents, staff, volunteers and users at the centre of what we do.
EMS is headed politically by Councillor Sam Goldbloom and professionally by longtime EMS volunteer and CSL Public Safety director Jordy Reichson along with his trusty manager Philip Chateauvert.
Among the highlights of the last year was the successfully resuscitation of two patients proving once again that early CPR saves lives. So it was fitting to present the CPR Saves Lives awards to the two responding crews including Audrey Myette, Marc-Olivier Chatillon and Robin Granther, and to Robert Rousseau and Roberto Abbruzzese. These volunteers are true lifesavers in every sense of the word.
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The last year saw EMS rapidly responding to 2833 emergency medical calls. The Top Ten members for most hours all exceeded 500 hours of service. Incredible!
Congratulations to them all but special recognition goes to Scott Hunt with 855 hours, Eddy Afram with 1109 hours and Robert Rousseau with an outstanding 1457 hours of volunteer service.
EMS volunteer Robert Rousseau presented with the most hours volunteered award for 1157 hours of service

EMS volunteer Robert Rousseau presented with the most hours volunteered award for 1457 hours of service

Also of note for outstanding dedication, the Award for Excellence in Operations went to Or Hilzenrat, Excellence in Training went to Eddy Afram and the Rookie of the Year award was presented to Marc-Olivier Chatillon.
On behalf of Mayor Mitchell Brownstein and the City Council I cannot thank our dedicated EMS members enough. I encourage members of the media to take note of these uniquely skilled volunteers and this incredible organization for feature in the coming months.
And to our very lucky CSL residents who know that we are the only city in all of Quebec to be fortunate to benefit from such a high calibre service of this quality this is your chance to show your added appreciation. Training our volunteers and maintaining top quality equipment is very expensive and tax dollars only go so far. We need community participation to help CSL EMS volunteers who rarely asks for anything in return for their lifesaving services. Please consider making a tax deductible donation to help cover our volunteers’ cost of training and emergency medical equipment. Please send your cheque payable to CSL EMS to 5801 Cavendish Blvd., Côte Saint-Luc, Québec H4W 3C3 and mark “donation” on the envelope. Thank you for your consideration.
Look for EMS at this Sunday’s Montreal St. Patrick Day parade and at all local events and please check out my EMS entries on this blog.

217 municipalités veulent chasser le tabac des terrains de jeu

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See section about Cote Saint-Luc, in blue, below, describing our efforts to ensure a smoke-free environment for children on sports fields and in playgrounds.

Publié le 09 novembre 2015

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Le Soleil

(Québec) Déçus que le projet de loi 44 sur le tabac, qui fait présentement l’objet d’une étude détaillée à l’Assemblée nationale, n’inclue pas une interdiction du tabac dans les terrains de jeu, des élus municipaux ont présenté des résolutions adoptées par 217 municipalités demandant au gouvernement provincial de légiférer en ce sens.

Les provinces voisines du Québec, l’Ontario et le Nouveau-Brunswick, de même que le Manitoba, interdisent déjà de fumer dans les terrains de jeu, mais pas le Québec, même si quelques municipalités ont déjà banni la fumée de ces lieux. Selon un sondage Léger, 87 % des Québécois, dont 72 % des fumeurs, seraient favorables à une telle réglementation.

«Je crois que ce serait une très bonne idée. Parfois, il faut prendre le taureau par les cornes. Chez nous, c’est interdit depuis deux ans dans les terrains de jeu, mais aussi autour des édifices municipaux», explique Yvon Godin, conseiller municipal du district Saint-Olivier à L’Ancienne-Lorette. Le règlement municipal serait d’ailleurs bien perçu et respecté par les citoyens.

«C’est venu de la population, des gens qui n’aimaient pas être en contact avec la cigarette quand ils prenaient une marche dans un parc, mais aussi le souci de ne pas inciter au tabagisme les enfants qui s’y trouvent. Et les gens ne se plaignent pas de la réglementation. Au contraire, ils nous en félicitent», indique M. Godin. «Au début, les agents de Garda que nous engageons pour faire respecter les règlements municipaux ont donné quelques contraventions, mais, maintenant, les gens respectent ça.»

Sylvain Hudon, maire de La Pocatière, appuie aussi la démarche, même si sa municipalité n’est pas encore allée de l’avant avec une interdiction de fumer dans les terrains de jeu. «Éventuellement, on voudrait le faire, mais il faut que l’exemple vienne d’en haut», affirme-t-il au Soleil, soulignant qu’il serait difficile pour sa municipalité d’avoir une «police du tabac».

«Mais on y croit, on pense que la société s’en va vers ça. Il faudrait que la Fédération québécoise des municipalités ou l’Union des municipalités du Québec adopte la résolution afin d’avoir plus de poids face au gouvernement», poursuit M. Hudon.

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À Côte-Saint-Luc, une ville de 33 000 habitants de l’agglomération montréalaise, le tabac est interdit depuis trois ans à moins de 20 mètres des terrains de jeu, des barboteuses et des lieux où se déroulent des événements sportifs.

«Si tu es près des enfants ou des sports, c’est interdit, mais les gens peuvent encore fumer sur les sentiers ou dans les aires de pique-nique. Nous avons été parmi les premiers à adopter un règlement et c’est bon pour tout le monde. C’est très positif et ça fonctionne. On veut que les gens puissent profiter du plein air sans avoir la nuisance du tabac», explique Glenn J. Nashen, maire suppléant de cette municipalité qui est l’une des pionnières en matière de lutte contre le tabagisme.

«Les gens sont toujours hésitants au début, comme ça a été le cas quand nous avons interdit la cigarette dans nos restaurants avant que le Québec ne le fasse. Mais nous n’avons vraiment eu aucun problème depuis que la loi est en force. Les gens s’autodisciplinent», conclut-il en souhaitant que le gouvernement Couillard imite encore sa municipalité et interdise le tabac dans tous les terrains de jeu de la province.

 

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