CSL arsonists sets house, and himself, on fire, strips and flees in underwear

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Man sought in CôteStLuc arson –
Montreal Gazette
Man sought in CôteStLuc arson … Police are on the lookout for an arsonist after a man set fire to a house in CôteStLuc Wednesday afternoon.

Arsonist strikes in Cote StLuc home – CTV News

Arsonist leaves behind a pile of clues – CJAD

Hampstead pressing to enable armed off-duty police at synagogue

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Hampstead pressing to enable armed off-duty police at synagogue
The Montreal Torah Centre in Hampstead. themtc.com

Hampstead is pressing to enable the congregants of the Montreal Torah Centre to be able to pay for armed off-duty police officers to provide security.

This, in light of recent synagogue shootings in the United States. As well, other religious institutions have been attacked around the world, including at a mosque in Quebec.

But Hampstead councillor Harvey Shaffer says the SPVM will not allow such officers to be hired.

“Many Hampstead residents, especially those who attend synagogue on a regular basis, were very concerned and somewhat alarmed about the problem of security at synagogues,” he explained. “In Hampstead, there are four synagogues. The one which receives the largest attendance is the Montreal Torah Centre.”

Shaffer added that in Ontario, synagogues can retain the services of off-duty, armed police officers, along with a police car, for as many hours as is required, “usually four hours.

“Due to the fact many congregants at MTC were concerned and sought that type of protection, I communicated with a ranking officer at police headquarters on St. Urbain and asked if it would be possible that the MTC be authorized to hire [two] armed, off-duty police officers and a police car for a little under four hours,” the councillor said. “I was told how much the rate would be if approved. Unfortunately, later that day, I was told the request was refused.”

Shaffer said he was told the request could only possibly be granted by the town going through Montreal city hall or having the issue publicized in the media.

“There seems to be no justification why we shouldn’t have it,” he added. “I wasn’t give a reason. It was simply refused.

Mayor William Steinberg agrees synagogues should be allowed to hire armed off-duty officers.

“I’m in favour of it — every synagogue hires unarmed guards, and it’s much better to have armed policemen. It’s obvious. I will investigate to see what the rules are and what I can do so that this can happen. When I sat on the [agglomeration’s] Public Security commission, I was aware that off-duty policemen were being hired in all kinds of situations. I’m not aware if they had guns or not, but they were being hired. Once I get more information, I will be advocating on behalf of this.

“We live in dangerous times and you want effective protection.”

We contacted the SPVM, which declined comment. Steinberg told us he is still working on the matter. Montreal Torah Centre officials have not responded by press time.

joel@thesuburban.com

Bert Rabinovitch: The Passing of a vCOP

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Bert Rabinovitch
The members of the Cote Saint-Luc Citizens on Patrol (vCOP) are deeply saddened that one of our volunteers, Bert Rabinovitch, passed away on Sunday, May 19, 2019.

Bert, who since 2017, served as a supervisor of the Membership & Training division, was dedicated to not only strengthening the training program, but to bettering the vCOP organization for all its members. Bert had also demonstrated his leadership and passion in managing the Smoke Detector Program, assisting in the training of its members as well as providing detailed reports on the program’s coverage and success. Bert’s efforts and contribution to vCOP will continue to live on in the new members he taught, as well as in the veterans he coached. An active member for almost 10 years, he will be dearly missed by his numerous patrol partners and friends. 

Like everyone else who volunteered with Bert, you could clearly see how very proud he was to wear the vCOP uniform and “give back” to the Cote Saint-Luc community.

In a posted statement, the vCOP supervisors and membership extended heartfelt condolences to Bert’s family and friends.

Mayor Mitchell Brownstein had the following to say about Bert: “Bert was a longtime volunteer with vCOP who took on a leadership role mustering his years of management consulting experience. His passing is a loss to the organization, and to his many vCOP friends who will miss him. I extend my deepest condolences to his family.”

I had known Bert for the last 10 years and spent many hours around the leadership table with him discussing ways to develop the organization and how best to use Bert’s vast skills in management and presentations. Together, we created the Smoke Detector Brigade which he attended to annually with gusto. He was a very dedicated member and leader. He will be missed.

The funeral takes place on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at 10:00 AM at Paperman and Sons. vCOP members traditionally attend funerals of members and past members wearing their uniform to honour the departed for their dedication and contribution to the vCOP organization.  For more information, please click here.
L-R: vCOP Ron Yarin and Bert Rabinovitch (Photo: Glenn J. Nashen, 2015)
Bert Rabonovitch , front row, 3rd from right, as seen in this June 2017 photo with vCOP officers, and Mayor Mitchell Brownstein and Glenn J. Nashen, vCOP Founder and City Councillor for Public Safety (Photo: City of Cote Saint-Luc)

School bus safety advocates sounding the alarm

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Advocacy across Canada calling for mandatory seat belts in school buses is picking up steam with support from some members of Parliament and the launching of a new petition to the House of Commons.

I wrote about this issue in this blog last December following a CBC Fifth Estate report exposing the serious risks to children because of the lax rules across the country.

A new petition, sponsored by Rachel Harder, MP of Lethbridge, Alberta, calls upon the Minister of Transport to make it mandatory by law to have 3-point lap and shoulder seatbelts installed in every Canadian school bus, and that it be legally required to wear these seatbelts while riding on a school bus of any size. At time of this writing, 654 signatures have been gathered. The petition will close on June 8, 2019.

I strongly encourage you to sign the signature and show your support. Discuss this important issue with other school parents, friends and neighbours. If you have any doubts watch the CBC report.

And hats off to Gary Lillico who started a petition several months ago on change.org that is nearly at 100,000 signatures. You can still add your name to this growing list.


The picture above cost a child’s life because Canadian school buses have no seatbelts.

“Thousands of Canadian children are being injured and in some cases killed because school buses aren’t equipped with seatbelts. If they were, these tragedies could be prevented,: Lillico said.

“I started this petition because I’m a school bus driver and I’m the only one to buckle up. Does that make sense? It’s a dollars over safety issue!”

A previously unreleased 2010 Transport Canada test crash study revealed that school buses failed safety tests and failed to prevent serious injuries in the event of side-impact or rollover crashes. The tests were done on the heals of an Alberta teenager who was killed after being ejected out of the bus and dying on impact with the ground. The results of the test and study were not released until CBC’s investigative report show The Fifth Estate made them public in October 2018, Lillico said. “The report concluded that more needs to be done to “reduce or eliminate the serious injuries” and Transport Canada’s chief of crashworthiness research said seatbelts are “a good first step”towards improving school bus safety.

Lillico adds, nine states in the USA are required by law to have three-point seatbelts for all riders. Why can’t we do the same in Canada? Liability laws for school boards, schools and drivers in the USA have been implemented and are working nicely! Canada has already borrowed seatbelt rules and regulations for seatbelt installation on school buses from the USA. With these already in place we only need to legislate usage to law! This hasn’t been done as our government doesn’t want to spend the money. They say here’s how you must do it, if you want too, However offering no funds, help or legislation. 

“It’s time for Canada to realize that seatbelts save lives and protect our children,” Lillico said. “You can potentially save a child’s life by just signing this petition! Please SIGN and SHARE today.” 

I cannot think of a greater priority than safeguarding our children, especially as they make their way to and from school.

Please sign these petitions:

Update on Dec. 9, 2019

Montreal Gazette: If you find yourself on the side of a highway, stay in your car

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There is no safe place outside your vehicle, so put the flashers on and wait for help

Montreal Gazette

LORRAINE SOMMERFELD

If you are on the shoulder of the highway, stay in your car.

Another man has died on the side of one of Canada’s busiest highways, just a few weeks after a young woman suffered the same fate. In the first case, the driver’s vehicle had become disabled. In the second, the driver had been involved in a collision. Both left the safety of their vehicles and were struck and died as a result.

Every place in Canada and the U.S. has some form of a “pull over” law on the books: if you are approaching emergency vehicles with their lights on, you must slow down and give them a clear lane. Serious crashes continue to injure and kill first responders performing their incredibly dangerous jobs. So imagine how little protection you have in the same situation, without flashing emergency lights, reflective uniforms and multiple vehicles standing guard.

If you’re experiencing mechanical trouble or have been involved in a collision, put on your vehicle’s four-way flashers and safely make your way to the shoulder of the roadway. Take your car as far as you can to the right. If you need to switch drivers, use the restroom, make a phone call or find that Reese’s Peanut Butter cup that rolled under the seat, find the next exit. Don’t stop on the shoulder of a major highway unless you have absolutely no other choice.

Call for help — from either the police or CAA — and then wait. Don’t get out of your vehicle. There is no safe place to be on the outside of your car.

If for some reason you must leave your car, exit from the non-traffic side, and only if you have somewhere far from the roadway you can get to safely, and immediately.

The safest place for you is inside the vehicle, with its crumple zones, airbags and seatbelts — yes, leave those on.

Put the four-way flashers and your interior dome light on for more illumination. When help arrives, stay in your car until you’ve seen identification — you are vulnerable in more ways than one — and are given further direction.

On the flip side, if I see someone in need of assistance, it’s far safer for me to call for help for that stranded driver than to stop and offer it myself. Sad sign of the times? Maybe. But if I can get appropriate help directed to that person quickly, it’s the best option for everyone.

If you don’t have a cellphone, then carry a sign you can put in your window that says “please call for help.” Practice knowing where you are, so you can direct help to your location. Take note of exits and landmarks. If you’re in a more remote area, remember that it will be easier to find your car than to find you — so stay in your car. Walking down the side of a dark highway isn’t safe; I’d rather lock down my car and stay put until morning, if need be.

Lastly, reserve judgment on those who do the wrong thing or make an unfortunate decision. It’s one thing to declare what you would do in an emergency, but in the moment it is far different. If you’ve been in even a minor collision, you might very well be in shock. If you’re sitting in a car that suddenly seized up on you, you’re going to be upset. Polarizing emotions often lead to bad decisions.

Talk to those close to you about what to do should they find themselves in this situation. Practice it with your driving-age kids. As you pull out onto even a minor highway from a rest stop, register how fast those cars are whipping by, and realize on major routes they’ll be going even faster.

Let the pros come and rescue you. It’s a dangerous job they’re trained to do, and they have the tools to do it, and the visibility to reduce the risk.

Stay in your car.

Driving.ca

Montreal to debate allowing police to wear religious symbols

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Good proposal by Montreal Councillor Marvin Rotrand. Montreal should not be bullied down the road to Bill 21 without speaking up. The members of our police department should reflect the population it serves and while they have made some efforts in the last years there’s plenty more to do. We can learn from other major Canadian police forces. Good luck Marvin, in helping to develop an inclusive police service.

 

http://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/montreal-to-debate-allowing-police-to-wear-religious-symbols

Police Commander calls for calm in the wake of Cavendish stabbing incident: Cllr. Mike Cohen

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Police Commander calls for calm in the wake of Cavendish stabbing incident

by: Cllr. Mike Cohen

Posted: 15 Feb 2019 06:09 PM PST

Since last week’s stabbing incident at the Quartier Cavendish Cineplex Odeon Theatre, I have received many calls from frightened constituents.  A couple were reportedly  watching a movie when the wife asked a man behind her to stop smoking cannabis. He allegedly lunged towards her with a knife. The husband stepped in front and was stabbed in the leg.

Five men were stopped by police in the parking lot, but released.

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Commander Oliveira

“Our Sergeant on the scene interviewed them and they were not at all connected to the incident,” Commander Luis Oliveira told me. “There was no evidence to bring any of them in.”

The Commander said none of the men smelled from cannabis either. “We have all of the information on each one of them in the event we need to communicate with them,” he said.

According to the Commander this was an isolated incident and people do not need to panic. In the meantime officers from Police Station 9 have been doing foot patrols in the Quartier all  week and they will continue to do so. The socio community agents are meeting with the cinema management to establish proper procedures  for what to do when people light up, get into fights, etc.  As our City Manager Tanya Abramovitch righly told members of council today, “We at the city have the reflex to call  Public Security and/or the police, but they do not. Had such a procedure been in place, this likely would not have escalated in the way it did. The fact that what they were smoking was cannabis is not really relevant. They could have been smoking a cigarette and the same thing would have happened. ”

I, like many people, often go this theatre. It is absolutely necessary for one staff member to routinely go in and out of each room to see if anyone is acting inappropriately and to take the proper action. How many times have any of us turned around in a movie theatre and, for instance, asked someone to be quiet. As the Commander told me, the perpetrator “was clearly someone  high on dope,”

Côte Saint-Luc has the the second lowest crime rate on the island . The Commander said we can all can consider ourselves residing in a  a “safe” city.

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