Video: Acceptance speech at D’Arcy McGee Citizenship Medals 2018 Ceremony

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The Late Gerry Weinstein among citizenship medal recipients, Canadian Jewish News

 

 

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D’Arcy McGee medals awarded

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From left, Sarah Buzaglo, Lina Fortin, David Birnbaum, Glenn Nashen, and Lynn and Jeff Weinstein.
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The annual D’Arcy McGee Citizenship Medals, conceived by area MNA David Birnbaum, were awarded at a ceremony recently to École des amis-du-monde principal Lina Fortin, former Côte St. Luc councillor Glenn Nashen and, posthumously, community activist Gerry Weinstein.

As well, Maimonide secondary IV student Sarah Buzaglo won the third annual Victor C. Goldbloom Vivre ensemble essay contest.

The ceremony was held outside the Bernard Lang Civic Centre in Côte St. Luc. The jury was made up of former D’Arcy McGee MNAs Herbert Marx, Robert Libman and Lawrence Bergman. The latter two attended the ceremony, but Marx could not due to illness. Also on hand were CSL Mayor Mitchell Brownstein and members of his council, and Hampstead Mayor William Steinberg and Councillor Michael Goldwax.

Of Fortin, Birnbaum said: “During her tenure, Lina has made it her mission to create a positive and inclusive school for her students — a school open to the world and ready to accompany every student on a positive journey as they strive to master French, and every other subject.”

Of Nashen, Birnbaum said he has “matched an exemplary professional career with an equally impressive record of volunteer community service. Glenn conceived, organized and initiated ‘Volunteer Citizens on Patrol’ (vCOPs) 11 years ago. They help individuals with safety and security matters and assist in crowd control at local events and in emergencies. Glenn was also actively involved in Emergency Medical Services for over 30 years. One of the highlights as CSL City Councillor was his initiation and introduction of Canada’s first municipal legislation requiring bike helmets in 1992.”

Birnbaum praised Weinstein as a “true and selfless community activist who would leave no stone unturned in order to do good for those more vulnerable. Gerry was instrumental in the development of B’nai Brith House, a 95-unit residence of affordable housing in Côte St. Luc. The residence that now bears his name along with that of Ted Greenfield is a model for fulfilling seniors’ housing needs in a dignified and fulfilling manner.”

Weinstein’s son Jeff, on hand with his mother Lynn, accepted the medal.

In her winning essay, Buzaglo wrote: “In order to ‘live together’, the world must unite and live as a whole. In other words, we must work together to better ourselves and evolve. We must take into account all the external conflicts that set barriers in order to achieve this.”

Premier Philippe Couillard also offered congratulations to the winners in a video shot with Birnbaum, praising each of the medal winners for their accomplishments.

The late Gerry Weinstein among citizenship medal recipients

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D’Arcy McGee MNA David Birnbaum, third from left, presents National Assembly Citizenship Medals to, from right, Jeff Weinstein, accepting on behalf of his late father Gerry Weinstein, with his wife, Marjorie, Glenn Nashen and Lina Fortin. At left is Sarah Buzaglo, winner of the essay contest, in Côte-St-Luc, Que., on June 19. (Photo CJN)

 

Gerry Weinstein, a man who devoted his life to helping those in need, was posthumously honoured by the national assembly with a Citizenship Medal bestowed by the D’Arcy McGee riding.

Weinstein, who died two years ago, was “a true and selfless community activist who would leave no stone unturned, in order to do good for those more vulnerable,” said MNA David Birnbaum, while presenting the award in a ceremony held on June 19.

A stalwart of B’nai Brith Canada, Weinstein was instrumental in realizing its affordable seniors’ housing projects in Montreal, both of which are located in the Côte-St-Luc, Que., riding. B’nai Brith House opened 12 years ago and Chateau B’nai Brith will be inaugurated soon.

Despite having chronic health issues for much of his adult life, Weinstein persevered until the second project was finally given the go-ahead, with Quebec government support. Sadly, he passed away before the groundbreaking ceremony.

He had also served as a leader of the Knights of Pythias, president of the Foundation for Children’s Diseases and chair of Telethon of Stars.

This was the fourth consecutive year that the Citizenship Medal has been awarded to residents of D’Arcy McGee who have made outstanding contributions to the community, or non-residents who have contributed to the riding.

The other 2018 recipients are Lina Fortin, principal of Ecole des Amis-du-Monde, and former Côte-St-Luc councillor Glenn Nashen.

Fortin was described as an inspiration and mentor to the diverse students, parents and teachers at the public French elementary school in Côte-St-Luc, where she has been the principal since 2012.

“During her tenure, Lina has made it her mission to create a positive and inclusive school for her students, a school open to the world and ready to accompany every student on a positive journey, as they strive to master French and every other subject,” said Birnbaum.

Nashen was cited for both his exemplary professional career and record of volunteer service. He initiated Côte-St-Luc’s Volunteer Citizens on Patrol program 11 years ago, has been involved with its emergency medical services for over 30 years and introduced Canada’s first municipal legislation requiring bicycle helmets in 1992.

Nominations for the medals were accepted from any resident of the riding. The winners were selected by a jury composed of past D’Arcy McGee MNAs Herbert Marx, Robert Libman and Lawrence Bergman.

Also honoured at the ceremony was Ecole Maïmonide Grade 10 student Sarah Buzaglo, who won the Victor C. Goldbloom Vivre student essay contest. Named in honour of the late D’Arcy McGee MNA, the contest encourages young people to build bridges between different groups of people, as he did throughout his life.

CSL allows cyclists on underpass sidewalks

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Free Press. May 27, 2014.  Click to enlarge.

Free Press. May 27, 2014. Click to enlarge.

CSL working to keep cyclists and pedestrians safe

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Montreal needs to become more bicycle friendly and safer all at the same time. Recent tragic accidents in the city have cyclists, politicians and urban planners scrambling to find safe solutions for cyclists on roadways and underpasses that were designed many decades ago. No easy task to be sure. But not impossible either.

Priority #1: Helmets should be mandatory for all cyclists

I have advocated for the last 25 years for the Quebec government to require helmets for all cyclists as has been the case in Côte Saint-Luc since I introduced the first municipal legislation in Canada in 1992. There is an 80 percent risk reduction in traumatic brain injury for a helmeted cyclist. Simply put, helmets save lives.

Priority #2: More bike paths and bike lanes

Creating paths that are physically removed or separated from traffic are best.  Painted lines on the road are better than no separation at all. Bicycles need their own physical space to safely traverse our urban road network. In our own municipality, we have begun creating lanes on main streets as more and more bikes take to the road each year.

Priority #3: Allow cyclists to use sidewalks where the roadway is dangerous

In many spots the road is simply to narrow, too busy or unsafe due to a tunnel or dark underpass. If we cannot make them safer then allow bikes on the sidewalk until we find a way to improve the situation. In Cote Saint-Luc this has been our policy for the last few years. Signs are posted at all three underpasses advising cyclist to get off their bikes if pedestrians are present. So far so good.

The new Minister of Transport announced yesterday that he will look to amend the law that prohibits cyclists on sidewalks. Here in Cote Saint-Luc we’ve instructed our security and police to disregard this provincial law at underpasses for the safety of cyclists.

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Priority #4: Train drivers to keep an eye out for cyclists and pedestrians

Quebecers are notorious for being cowboys on the road. While reducing municipal speed limits to 40 km/h has helped make our streets safer it isn’t enough. Police enforcement of safety rules for pedestrians using crosswalks is a farce – non-existent. Cote Saint-Luc has adopted US style warning signs to alert drivers of their obligation to stop for pedestrians in crosswalks. Police must make this a high priority.

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We need better signs, street markings and traffic signals for bikes and pedestrians alike. There is no need to reinvent the (bicycle) wheel here. Many jurisdictions around the world have created safe, and enjoyable, urban cycling experiences and so should Montreal.

Helmets for all – Les casques pour tous

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Bike helmets are a must for all ages

Bike helmets are a must for all ages

I continue petitioning the Quebec government to require helmets for cyclists as has been the case in Côte Saint-Luc since I introduced the first municipal legislation in Canada in 1992. Be sure to let your MNA know that you support provincial legislation for bike helmets.

There is an 80 percent risk reduction in traumatic brain injury for a helmeted cyclist.

And why not for skiers too? With odds like that how can you say no? Wishing you a safe and enjoyable outing.

Bike helmet law in CSL, CTV News 1991

CSL asks Quebec to pass bylaw

Helmet legislation is long overdue

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Je continue de demander au gouvernement du Québec d’exiger le port du casque pour les cyclistes, comme c’est le cas à Côte Saint-Luc depuis que j’ai introduit la première loi en ce sens au Canada en 1992. Assurez-vous d’informer votre député que vous appuyez une loi provinciale applicables aux casques .

Un cycliste qui porte un casque protecteur a 80 pour cent moins de risque de subir un traumatisme crânien.

Et pourquoi pas aussi pour les skieurs ? Comment ne pas être d’accord avec des statistiques comme celles là ? Je vous souhaite un promenade agréable en toute sécurité.

Le porte obligatoire des casques

 

 

Community snapshot: Côte-Saint-Luc

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29 Jun 2013 | The Gazette | MEGAN MARTIN | SPECIAL TO THE GAZETTE

Located slightly northwest of Montreal’s downtown centre, the city of Côte-St-Luc is bordered by the town of Hampstead, the borough of Notre Dame-de-Grâce, and the town of Montreal West. The cozy community covers approximately seven square kilometres and is home to 32,500 residents.

In addition to shops, the Cavendish Mall includes a food court, multiplex movie theatre and walk-in clinic. Photo: The Gazette.

In addition to shops, the Cavendish Mall includes a food court, multiplex movie theatre and walk-in clinic. Photo: The Gazette.

It was established as a town in 1903 and officially became a city in 1958. Today, it is the third-largest municipality on the island of Montreal, one that many families and professionals call home.

“We have a beautiful residential community that has great local businesses and offers excellent and high-quality bilingual services from the municipality,” said Anthony Housefather, mayor of Côte-St-Luc.

“Even though we’re a large city, we’re like a small town where everyone cares about one another and the spirit of volunteerism pervades.”

Côte-St-Luc features many community services, benefiting all residents. Among them are a library, a new aquatic and community centre that has become a popular hub in the city, 28 parks, an arena, baseball diamonds and soccer fields, and great cultural and sports programs for people of all ages.

Photo: The Gazette

Photo: The Gazette

Photo: The Gazette

Photo: The Gazette

“We have made efforts … to bring in more young singles and young families, and we have been very successful.”
Anthony Housefather

“We also have our own dramatic society that just completed a 16-show production of Fiddler on the Roof which was seen by more than 3,000 people,” Housefather said.

Safety innovation has been an important issue for Côte-St-Luc in recent years. In fact, the city was the first in Quebec to pass a bylaw requiring bike helmets.

“We were also the first city in the province to ban smoking in public buildings,” Mayor Housefather said. “And we’re the only city on the island with our own volunteer Emergency Medical Services — and our Volunteer Citizens on Patrol (VCOPS) has close to 100 volunteers.”

Residential developments that attract young buyers help rejuvenate the city

The city has also made an effort to improve its environmental impact and create a healthy community for residents.

“We were the first city on the island to introduce residential composting and we recently unveiled an urban agriculture and food plan,” he noted.

“We always look to the world to see what cities are doing and we make a point not to adopt a parochial approach to things.”

Although Côte-St-Luc is a well-established residential city and isn’t incurring the impact of gentrification like other areas of the island, the demographic of residents has grown younger in recent years.

Photo: The Gazette

Photo: The Gazette

During a break from the rain on June 25, 2013, a couple of ducks eye the waters of Centennial Lake in Cote-St-Luc’s Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park. Photo: The Gazette

During a break from the rain on June 25, 2013, a couple of ducks eye the waters of Centennial Lake in Cote-St-Luc’s Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park. Photo: The Gazette

“We have made efforts since I have been mayor to rejuvenate the city and bring in more young singles and young families, and we have been very successful,” Housefather added.

“The median age here has gone down from 51 years old in 2001 to 46 years old in the most recent census, and more and more young families are moving in as our new housing stock is geared toward townhouses.”

A handful of residential developments have gone up to accommodate the influx of residents. For instance, Les Cours Marc Chagall, a townhouse development on Marc Chagall Ave., features 21 townhouses starting at $485,000. The development was extremely well received by buyers and had already sold out at the time of this writing.

City council also recently approved the first reading of a bylaw for a new townhouse project of 50 units on Parkhaven Ave.

Photo: The Gazette

Photo: The Gazette

Photo: The gazette

Photo: The gazette

“We are also in the middle of a large project where the Cavendish Mall has sold off a portion of its land so that townhouse projects and single-family homes can be built,” Housefather said. “When the project is complete, three new streets will have been created, including ‘The Avenue’ which we hope will turn into the Monkland Ave. of Côte-St-Luc.”

The mayor said he’s proud of the developments currently taking place in Côte-St-Luc.

“This is already a wonderful community with many programs offered by the city, great public and private schools, friendly neighbours and a city that is getting younger all the time,” he said. “The population here is diverse and people of all backgrounds are welcomed with open arms.

“I think we’re defined by our values of bilingualism, respect for human rights, multiculturalism and pride in being Canadian.”

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