Government of Canada launches school bus seatbelt pilots in the District of Sudbury, Ontario and British Columbia

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Together with Gary Lillico of Canadians Parents for Mandatory Seatbelts I have been urging Transport Minister Marc Garneau to introduce legislation to require seatbelts on school buses across Canada. The evidence is compelling. Injuries can be reduced and lives can be saved. While this week's announced pilot project is a significant step forward I encourage you to contact your Member of Parliament as well as Transport Minister Marc Garneau and make your voice heard.
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TORONTO, Feb. 14, 2020 /CNW/ – The safety of Canada’s road users is a priority for federal, provincial, and territorial governments, and that starts with the safe transportation of our school children.

Today, the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Marc Garneau, announced that the Government of Canada is launching a pilot project introducing seatbelts in some school buses with the District of Sudbury, Ontario, and at a second location in British Columbia, which will be announced at a later date.

The pilot projects will involve a limited number of new school buses, equipped with three-point seatbelts that follow the latest federal safety standards.

School buses are the safest way to transport an estimated 2.2 million Canadian children to school. Recognizing that seatbelts can provide an additional layer of safety in rare, but severe school bus collisions, these pilots are an important step in examining the optimal and most efficient use of this safety feature in Canada.

The Sudbury Student Services Consortium as well as British Columbia expressed interest in this pilot. The Government of Canada is also open to partnering with other governments or jurisdictions who would be willing to step up and participate in a pilot.

The need for pilot projects stems from the report of the Task Force on School Bus Safety, Strengthening School Bus Safety in Canada, which explains the considerations associated with installing and using seatbelts on school buses, such as proper seatbelt adjustments for children.

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“The Government of Canada is pleased to collaborate with the Government of British Columbia and with Ontario’s Sudbury Student Services Consortium on these important pilot projects involving seatbelts on school buses. School buses continue to be the safest means of transporting children to and from school in Canada, but if there is an opportunity for improvement, we will explore all options as we continue to study and analyse the potential use of seatbelts on school buses. These pilots are an important element of our collective efforts to further strengthen school bus safety in Canada, and we look forward to the findings.”

– Minister of Transportthe Honourable Marc Garneau

“The Province of B.C. looks forward to working with Transport Canada to identify how jurisdictions can strengthen and improve safety in and around school buses. Participation in this pilot project will provide important information that will help guide decisions on school bus safety.”

– Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, the Honourable Claire Trevena
Government of British Columbia

“The Sudbury Student Services Consortium is thrilled to be working in partnership with Transport Canada on this very exciting project to support school bus safety. We are looking forward to working with our local school boards, school bus operators, students, and parents on this very important initiative.”

– Renée Boucher, Executive Director, Sudbury Student Services Consortium

Quick Facts

  • Each day, Canadian children travel to and from school every day on 51,670 school buses.
  • In July 2018, Transport Canada published new requirements to support the voluntary installation of three-point seatbelts on school buses.
  • In January 2019, the federal, provincial, territorial Council of Ministers Responsible for Transportation and Highway Safety established a special Task Force to carefully examine the issue of school bus safety, both inside and outside the bus, with an emphasis on seatbelts.

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MUHC doctors call for Quebec helmet law

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Quebec is way behind in not requiring bike helmets. Studies have proven the benefits in reducing risk of traumatic brain injury for decades. In fact, helmets can reduce TBI by as much as 85%. So why has Quebec lagged behind the rest of Canada? And why is Quebec’s largest bike lobby against such a move?

Cote Saint-Luc was the first city in Canada to bring in a bylaw nearly 30 years ago! Indeed, this was one of my major planks when I first ran for council and I take immense pride in this bylaw, adopted in 1992.

You can read all about the background on bike laws in Canada and the Cote Saint-Luc initiative by searching in this blog.

Do you wear a bike helmet?

Here’s the MUHC press release:

“All cyclists, regardless of their age, face the risk of head injury, traumatic brain injury or concussion. Wearing a helmet reduces the risk of head injuries by up to 85 percent, and the risk of fatality by up to 44 percent” 
Michel Abouassaly, MUHC Coordinator of the Department of Adult Neurotraumatology.

Mandatory helmets for cyclists must apply to children and adults

MONTREAL, September 19, 2019 – The team of the Department of Adult Neurotraumatology at the McGill University Health Center (MUHC) supports their colleague at the Montreal Children’s Hospital, Dr. Hussein Wissanji, who in an open letter, demanded, among other things, that helmets be worn for cyclists aged 18 years and under to reduce deaths and health complications associated with traumatic brain injury.  He also called for the need to promote safe riding habits and road developments that are adapted for cyclists.

Furthermore, the Adult Neurotraumatology team strongly recommends that helmet protection apply to cyclists of all ages.

Given the current proliferation of alternative modes of transport these days (bike-sharing, scooters, electric bicycles), the wearing of bicycle helmets for all is necessary in order to ensure the health and the safety of users.

“All cyclists, regardless of their age, face the risk of head injury, traumatic brain injury or concussion. Wearing a helmet reduces the risk of head injuries by up to 85 percent, and the risk of fatality by up to 44 percent,” says Michel Abouassaly, MUHC Coordinator of the Department of Adult Neurotraumatology.

Dr. Jehane Dagher, physiatrist at the Traumatic Brain Injury Centre at the Montreal General Hospital, conducted a study from 2011 to 2016 among 144 patients admitted to the Emergency Department, for head injuries related to cycling. “During this time we noticed up to six times longer ICU stays for patients who did not wear a helmet as well as a higher rate of mortality for these patients.”

Dr. Judith Marcoux, neurosurgeon and Medical Director of Neurotrauma at the MUHC, added, “Four out of five head injuries could be avoided if each cyclist wore a helmet, regardless of their age. It is imperative that adults lead the way by wearing a helmet.”

About the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) The McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) is one of the world’s foremost academic health facilities. Building on the tradition of medical leadership of its founding hospitals, the MUHC provides exceptional multidisciplinary patient-centric care. Affiliated with the Faculty of Medicine of McGill University and at the helm of the RUIS-McGill, the MUHC continues to shape the course of adult and pediatric medicine by attracting clinical and research expertise from around the world, assessing the latest in medical technology, and training the next generation of medical professionals. In collaboration with our network partners, we are building a better future for our patients and their families; for our employees, professionals, researchers and students; for our community and above all, for life. www.muhc.ca

Birnbaum announces a new Liberal government will support relocation, expansion of Montreal Holocaust Museum

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D’Arcy McGee MNA David Birnbaum speaks to a group of supporters at the Gelber Conference Centre

D’Arcy-McGee Liberal MNA and candidate David Birnbaum confirmed that a re-elected Liberal government will be a financial partner in the planned relocation and expansion of the Montreal Holocaust Museum. The Museum leadership has already secured a major lead donation and completed a feasibility study for the ambitious project, evaluated at about $45 million. The Museum, Canada’s only one uniquely focused on Holocaust remembrance and human rights education, is recognized the world over for the quality of its exhibits and its outreach programs. It has also long been recognized that the museum needs more space than available at its current location in the Jewish Community Campus on Côte Ste-Catherine Rd.

“I am so proud that the Premier has made this commitment, which is profoundly important to our Jewish community but also significant for all Quebecers,” Birnbaum noted. He first briefed the Premier on the project in late Spring. “The Museum, with the help of courageous survivors, reaches out to schools, in French and English, to ensure that the terrible lessons of the Holocaust are neither forgotten nor repeated.’’ Montreal is home to the third-largest population of Holocaust survivors and children of survivors in the world.

Mr. Couillard, whose own family was deeply implicated in the French resistance, had a brief discussion about the project with Museum Director Alice Herscovitch when he accompanied Mr. Birnbaum for the second time during this mandate to the annual commemorative service on Yom Hashoah at Tifereth Beth David Jerusalem Synagogue.

“We are very encouraged by this news,’’ said Alice Herscovitch, Executive Director. “It is deeply important that all Quebecers have access to a modern and accessible museum that embodies messages of courage in the face of inhumanity and helps Quebecers and people the world over understand the importance and responsibility we all have to prevent racism and genocide. Our museum will be so much more able to deliver those messages to schools and adults alike through an expansion.”

Quebec Liberal leader Dr. Philippe Couillard introduces D’Arcy McGee candidate David Birnbaum (2014)

The Museum is seeking a site in downtown Montreal, and the support of all levels of government. Treasury Board President and Mont-Royal-Outremont candidate Pierre Arcand currently serves the territory where the museum is situated. It will find itself in D’Arcy-McGee after the election.

“In my ministerial role, I see and evaluate each day the many difficult and important choices a government must make in allocating public funds. Of course, schools, health care and other services are essential but so are the Quebec institutions that identify and transmit our vision of humanity, of our responsibility to each other and to the wider world. This commitment is a meaningful example of that vision.”

Birnbaum noted that an initial analysis of the Museum project is already underway by the Ministry of Cultural Affairs, with the details and modalities of the provincial government partnership still to be determined.

Nashen launches re-election bid in District 6 with over 260 names

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PRESS RELEASE
Municipal Elections November 5, 2017

Councillor Glenn J. Nashen

The 2017 municipal election campaign has begun in Cote Saint-Luc. District 6 Councillor Glenn J. Nashen has officially launched his re-election bid and has filed his candidacy papers with the vice-president of elections. To support his candidacy, Nashen has amassed over 260 signatures of residents on his nomination papers.
Nashen will be seeking re-election in the district in which he grew up and spent half his life in and has represented since 1990.
Mayor Mitchell Brownstein has announced his support for Nashen. “Glenn founded the CSL volunteer Citizens on Patrol and as a volunteer and champion of our Emergency Medical Services and Public Safety, CSL is the safest community on the Island of Montreal. I rely on Glenn’s advice on all major issues. Also, as Councillor for Communications he ensures residents are informed of everything going on in our city on a timely basis.”

Councillor Glenn J. Nashen and Mayor Mitchell Brownstein at a Public Council meeting

“Glenn is always looking for new ways to make Cote Saint-Luc an even safer place in which to live,” the mayor added.
Glenn was a volunteer leader with our Emergency Medical Services organization for many years, responding to hundreds of 911 emergency calls in our community.
“Your safety at home and around CSL has been my priority. With decades of experience as a leader in Emergency Medical Services and founder of volunteer Citizens On Patrol, championing Public Safety and Disaster Readiness, Police, Fire and Ambulance issues and overseeing emergency measures at the Jewish General Hospital I have ensured that CSL is the safest place on the Island of Montreal. My focus is on your safety,” Nashen said.
“I am most qualified to represent you at the most challenging of times,” Nashen said, referring to disaster and major emergency situations.
The District 6 councillor was recognized by the Governor General of Canada with the Emergency Medical Services Exemplary Services Award, with over 35 years of involvement in CSL emergency services.
Councillor Glenn J. Nashen on duty with vCOP
Nashen oversees the Public Safety division of vCOP – an extraordinary service which he created – and all aspects of Emergency Preparedness.
Nashen led the demerger forces along with current Member of Parliament Anthony Housefather, Councillor Ruth Kovac and Mayor Mitchell Brownstein, returning the community to its historic city status. “We must ensure that we retain our status as a city and not to be re-merged with Montreal, to keep control of our local taxes and services and especially to safeguard our unique volunteer EMS, our local police station and so much more, Nashen said.

These median crosswalk signs, first proposed by Councillor Glenn J. Nashen have made crossing the road safer in CSL – Ces panneaux de signalisation pour piétons qui ont fait traverser la route plus sûre en CSL

Nashen began his door to door campaign with a goal of knocking on every single door in District 6. “I may not find everyone at home when I come knocking, but anyone can reach me at anytime,” Nashen said.
Nashen is one of the most accessible councillors with a substantial presence on social media. His blog, Nashen Notes (www.GlennJ.Nashen.com), has thousands of posts about the city with archival news clips and photos dating back several decades. He is also active on Twitter and Facebook, posting breaking news items and local news not found in any newspaper. In 2015 he served as mayor of Cote Saint-Luc for two months following the resignation of mayor Anthony Housefather who became Member of Parliament for Mount Royal.

Councillor Glenn J. Nashen initiated new high visibility crosswalk signage in Cote Saint-Luc such as the one pictured above as well as the middle-of-the-road flexi signs, among the first in Quebec.

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Élections municipales du 5 novembre 2017– C’est aujourd’hui le début de la période électorale municipale au Québec.
C’est aujourd’hui que débute la période électorale précédant les élections générales municipales du 5 novembre prochain. Il s’agit d’une étape particulièrement importante dans les 1000 municipalités du Québec.
Pour avoir la qualité d’électeur, vous devez :
avoir 18 ans ou plus le jour du scrutin, soit le 5 novembre 2017
Et
le 1er septembre 2017
être de citoyenneté canadienne;
ne pas être soumis au régime de la curatelle;
ne pas être déclaré coupable d’une infraction qui constitue une manœuvre électorale frauduleuse;
Et à cette même date (1er septembre), remplir l’une des deux conditions suivantes :
être domicilié dans la municipalité et, depuis au moins six mois, au Québec; ou
être le propriétaire d’un immeuble ou l’occupant d’un établissement d’entreprise situé sur le territoire de la municipalité, depuis au moins 12 mois.
L’électeur non domicilié dans la municipalité mais propriétaire d’un immeuble ou occupant d’un établissement d’entreprise situé sur le territoire de la municipalité doit transmettre un écrit signé à la municipalité demandant d’ajouter son nom sur la liste électorale.
Les personnes copropriétaires d’un immeuble ou cooccupantes d’un établissement d’entreprise doivent désigner parmi elles, au moyen d’une procuration transmise à la municipalité, une seule personne qui peut être inscrite sur la liste électorale.
To ensure you are on the electoral list you may call Elections Quebec at 1-888-ELECTION.

New CSL cafe opening Wednesday, August 16

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Cote Saint-Luc resident and business owner, Marissa Sidel will be launching the neighbourhood’s first sit-down, storefront coffeehouse, Café de l’avenue, on Wednesday, August 16.

 

“I’ve lived here my whole life and I can’t remember a time in which people weren’t asking for a proper, sit-down, storefront café. We saw the opportunity to partner with the Quartier Cavendish and we jumped at it,” Sidel said.

 

Sidel, who has run her company, National Dispatch Services, out of CSL for nearly five years, enlisted her family and friends to get the café started.

 

“Côte-Saint-Luc is all about family and we’re excited that our own family is able to further cement its place here with this café.”

 

Café de l’avenue is in the Quartier Cavendish, with an outside door and terrace on The Avenue just off Cavendish Blvd. The coffeehouse will feature free WIFI for customers, power stations throughout the seating area, and will have a real neighbourhood feel.

 

“We’ve partnered with great kosher suppliers like Elna Bistro and Mimimelon for all of our food and desserts, and our beans come from Union Coffee – legendary among Montreal coffee drinkers,” Sidel explained.

 

“We’ll be open from 6:30 am to 11 pm Monday to Friday, and 8:30 am to 11 pm on the weekend. We’re open seven days a week so we can always serve the entire Côte-Saint-Luc community. We look forward to seeing everyone there!”

 

Read more: Mike Cohen’s blog

Côte Saint-Luc will save $4.8 million thanks to fairer funding formula for island-wide service | Des économies de 4,8 millions $ pour Côte Saint-Luc grâce à une formule de financement plus équitable pour les services d’agglomération

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Côte Saint-Luc will save $4.8 million thanks to fairer funding formula for island-wide service
The City of Côte Saint-Luc as part of the Association of Suburban Municipalities has negotiated a $4.8 million reduction in its share of payments to the agglomeration of Montreal for island-wide services over over the next three years–savings that can be used to fund local programs, pay down our debt and reduce taxes by paying less interest on debt.
“The new formula will allow us to keep more money in Côte Saint-Luc for programs and services that our residents value as well as allow us to reduce our debt and our overall tax rate,” Mayor Mitchell Brownstein said. “It is extremely good news.”
The ASM has argued for years that the percentages were not fair. Mayor Denis Coderre must be commended for being a fair partner in the City of Montreal that worked with us to find a fairer formula.
Côte Saint-Luc will continue to pay into the island-wide Agglomeration of Montreal for services like police, fire, and public transit but at a lower rate.
Thanks to an agreement between the City of Montreal and the Association of Suburban Municipalities, the formula is changing. As a result, Côte Saint-Luc will be sending less money to the Agglomeration than we do today: $798,541 less in 2017, $1,597,081 less in 2018 and $2,395,622 less in 2019. That’s a savings of between 3 percent to 8 percent each year, compared to what Côte Saint-Luc previously paid the Agglomeration.
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Des économies de 4,8 millions $ pour Côte Saint-Luc grâce à une formule de financement plus équitable pour les services d’agglomération
La Ville de Côte Saint-Luc, de concert avec l’Association des municipalités de banlieue, a négocié une réduction de 4,8 millions $ de sa quote-part à l’agglomération de Montréal pour les services fournis à l’ensemble de l’île au cours des trois prochaines années – des économies qui pourront être utilisées pour financer les programmes locaux, payer notre dette et réduire les taxes en payant moins d’intérêt sur la dette.
« La nouvelle formule nous permettra de garder plus d’argent à Côte Saint-Luc pour les programmes et les services que nos résidants apprécient et elle nous aidera à réduire notre taux de taxation global, a dit le maire Mitchell Brownstein. C’est une excellente nouvelle. »
L’AMB soutient depuis des années que les pourcentages ne sont pas équitables. Le maire Denis Coderre, qui mérite d’ailleurs d’être félicité en tant que partenaire honnête à la Ville de Montréal, a travaillé avec nous afin de mettre au point une formule plus équitable.
Côte Saint-Luc continuera de payer sa part à l’agglomération de l’île de Montréal pour les services tels que la police, la protection incendie et les transports publics, mais à un taux inférieur.
Grâce à un accord entre la Ville de Montréal et l’Association des municipalités de banlieue, une nouvelle formule a été établie. Ainsi, les versements de Côte Saint-Luc à l’agglomération seront inférieurs à ceux que nous faisons actuellement : 798 541 $ de moins en 2017, 1 597 081 $ de moins en 2018 et 2 395 622 $ de moins en 2019. Cela représente des économies de 3 à 8 % chaque année, par rapport à ce que Côte Saint-Luc payait à l’agglomération jusqu’ici.

Campaign to save Meadowbrook continues: Info meeting this Thursday

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Information meeting scheduled for continuous campaign to save Meadowbrook

Meadowbrook is nothing short of an oasis that must remain green in perpetuity

Many people in Côte Saint-Luc have heard about the ongoing campaign to save the Meadowbrook Golf Course from development and have it converted into a green space. Many have the impression that it is protected and that the work is over.

On ThursdayMay 11 (7 pm) Les Amis du Parc Meadowbrook will hold an information meeting at St. Richard’s Parish in CSL (7070 Guelph Avenue, near Parkhaven) to update the public on the current status of the green space and to secure additional help to have the area converted into a regional nature park for the over 150,000 residents who live in the West End.

The meeting will feature several speakers and provide information on the green space and how it can be used by residents year-round for a variety of activities. There will be a special presentation on the many legal environmental battles in Montreal and a new legal defense organization, the Legacy Fund for the Environment.

All are welcome.

When: May 11th, 2017, 7 pm

Where: St. Richard’s Parish, 7070 Guelph CSL

For more information on Les Amis du Parc Meadowbrook, go towww.lesamisdemeadowbrook.org, SOS Meadowbrook on Facebook or @Parc Meadowbrook on Twitter.

Source: MikeCohen.ca

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