Large swath of CSL without power, trees down, after “micro-burst” sweeps Western Montreal

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City crews preparing to remove branches from trees that came down on Hudson north of CSL Rd.

The storm earlier today created havoc across many parts of Quebec. Areas hardest hit include the West End. Large trees, some over 200 years old were uprooted in NDG following the worst part of the storm that lasted one or two minutes.

In Cote Saint-Luc, many residents are still without power as midnight approaches. Many trees were knocked down.

I did a late night loop around Cote Saint-Luc to survey the situation and saw several Hydro Quebec crews working to restore power and city staff and volunteers ensuring our safety.
Councillor Steven Erdelyi said, “I was driving through my district and saw teams from Public Works, Public Security, vCOP and EMS out keeping the residents safe.”
“I saw our teams working in conjunction with Hydro, vCOP ensuring that streets were blocked off, crews removing trees and branches, foremen leading HQ to the site of downed lines and speaking to and reassuring residents. I saw Public Security agents putting flares down at key intersections to provide some light and EMS crews supporting the fire department to help frail residents going to their apartments on upper floors,” Erdelyi said.

Trees down on Hudson north of CSL Rd.

“A special thank you to John, Thierry, Laurence, Claude and Jordy (all of whom I saw in action tonight) for all your hard work and dedication,” Erdelyi added.
Said Mayor Brownstein, “Thank you all. You are truly amazing and appreciated very much.  You all make us very proud.  I have been receiving compliments for your great work by email from residents all evening.”
CSL has issued an overnight parking tolerance across the city due to ongoing power failures.
The CSL Tennis Club will be closed Wednesday as the power lines are down and some fences have been damaged.

Don’t leave your garage door opener remote in your car

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There are reports across Canada including the Island of Montreal of thieves breaking into cars parked on driveways and using the garage door openers to access the home.

Please do not leave your garage door opener remote in your car when you park outside your home. Instead please get into the habit of bringing it inside with you. You can even buy small remotes that fit on a keychain to replace the one on your visor.

Every month Cote Saint-Luc volunteer Citizens on Patrol crews alert 20 or more residents that they have left their garage door open. Be sure to close yours.

Finally, remember to always close your garage when you’re not there and lock the door leading from your garage to your home. If you’re going away, consider disconnecting your automatic garage door opener from the power outlet.

Côte Saint-Luc is the safest city on the island with patrollers by police, Côte Saint-Luc Public Security, and volunteer Citizens on Patrol. Let’s keep it that way by making it harder on thieves.

If you notice any suspicious activity call 9-1-1 immediately.

CSL recognized by B’nai Brith for zero tolerance racism, anti-Semtism

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Montreal police launch pedestrian awareness campaign

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Montreal police have launched an awareness campaign after two fatal collisions involving pedestrians in the city’s west end in the last two years.

The aim is to alert the public about the dangers of crossing street intersection without being careful.

Dubbed Operation Intersection Safety, the campaign targets both pedestrians and motorists alike, and runs until July 14 in Côte Saint-Luc, Hampstead and Montreal West.

According to Montreal Police Commander Jean O’Malley, of stations 9 and 12, the aim is to reach as many people as possible.

“We have police officers stationed at various intersections, mostly at rush hour or at lunchtime, when we can reach most of the people,” he said.

“It is mostly elderly people in the area and they are grateful that we are giving them this information.”

In fact, O’Malley explained that the pedestrians who died in the last two accidents were seniors – the last one, just a few months ago.

However, the problem of high collision rates at intersections aren’t just limited to that part of the city.

Police note that “[o]n the island of Montreal, 77 per cent of personal injury collisions occurred within five meters of an intersection or directly at the intersection,” and perhaps the biggest cause, O’Malley explained, were distractions.

Additionally, many people don’t know when it’s permissible to cross at a traffic light.

O’Malley explained that “a lot of pedestrians think that just because there’s a green light that it’s OK to cross.”

Yet, crossing when the red hand is flashing is an infraction and pedestrians can be ticketed for doing it.

This is the first time that  police are conducting this pedestrian safety campaign and, according to O’Malley, “all we want to do is to keep people safe.”

Citizen reporter discovers rookie hero

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Our lives can be changed in an instant due to circumstances well beyond our control. Complete strangers can be brought together in ways we could never imagine.
Such was the case for three complete strangers last Saturday morning. The story below describes an incredible situation, a dramatic rescue, an amazing tale of three lives that became intertwined in a flash.
The experience that Linda Toulch had can best be described as once-in-a-lifetime. Had it not been for Linda’s acute or chance observation on that fateful morning we might never have known of the bravery of rookie police officer Rafael Bealieu.
And even more amazingly, the life of a struggling individual could have ended within seconds had it not been for the miraculous intervention by this would-be rookie cop hero.
Hats off to Linda, citizen reporter,  for doing her part in telling this amazing story. Chapeau to officer Bealieu for his quick thinking, rapid response and bravery in the face of endangering his own life which saved the life of this helpless, sinking victim.  And thank goodness that this unnamed victim, in her own car on a Montreal street will have these two wonderful people, Linda and Rafael to remember in such a remarkable way for the rest of her hopefully healthy and less-eventful life.

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Montreal rookie cop “a hero” says woman who witnessed flash flood rescue

Montreal police Const. Rafael Beaulieu, left, and partner Simon Lavoie outside police station 26 on Monday July 10, 2017. The Montreal police constables made a dramatic rescue on Victoria Ave. Saturday.
Montreal police Const. Rafael Beaulieu, left, and partner Simon Lavoie outside police station 26 on Monday July 10, 2017. The Montreal police constables made a dramatic rescue on Victoria Ave. Saturday. PIERRE OBENDRAUF / MONTREAL GAZETTE

“I didn’t want to be filming a death. I just couldn’t take that.”

It was 6:30 a.m. Saturday, the rain was still coming down and Linda Toulch had tried to call 911 to tell them what she had seen from the window of her 10th-storey condo moments before — a car travelling along Victoria Ave., stopped by traffic beneath an underpass, waiting for the light to change. But as it waited, water began to cascade into the underpass, accumulate and rise.

Toulch had stayed on the line with 911 for a few minutes before hanging up after getting no reply. She presumed the emergency call centre was getting swamped with calls related to the torrential rains that were hitting the city as a system of thunderstorms rolled through Montreal. And so, picking up her iPad, she joined her husband at their window and began to record what was happening on the street below.

She recorded as the waters rose past the vehicle’s tires, then approached its trunk. She recorded as a Montreal police car pulled up at the water’s edge and two officers exited the vehicle. But as it became clear the car wasn’t going to move because its engine had been flooded and, with it, any power to open the windows to let the driver escape, as it became clear the vehicle was on the verge of being completely submerged, Toulch stopped recording.

“I didn’t want to witness a drowning so I just put down the iPad,” she said. But as she did so, her husband, watching the scene through a pair of high-power binoculars, told her: “Look what’s happening now.”

What happened was one of the two Montreal policers who had pulled up to the underpass took off his gun belt, handed it to his partner, grabbed his baton and jumped into the waters slowly engulfing the car.

“(The police officer) didn’t think the water was going to be over his head,” said Toulch. “My husband could see his expression. He was like shocked, he almost went under. But he came back up, swam over to the car.

The officer who headed into the water, 23-year-old Const. Rafael Beaulieu, a police officer only since May, said Monday he and his partner Simon Lavoie only noticed the woman’s predicament by chance.

“We were heading for an assignment downtown when we saw cars doing U-turns on Victoria Ave.,” he said. “When we saw what was happening (in the underpass), the first thing we did was block off the road with our squad car.”

Beaulieu said he could see the female driver in the back seat of the car and called out to her before swimming toward the vehicle. He then used his baton to smash in the rear window of the vehicle and hauled the woman out. In the end, the only injury recorded was the one he suffered.

“She couldn’t swim and she was holding onto my bulletproof vest pretty tight,” he said. “The water was so high I couldn’t touch the bottom, so I grabbed onto the edge of the (broken) window. I cut my hand, but it was minor.”

Handing the woman over to his partner, Beaulieu made sure there was no one else in the car before returning to relatively dry land.

Once Urgences-santé arrived and the paperwork was filled out, both officers returned to the station, showered, changed uniforms and then returned to their assignment downtown.

Despite the fact she was 10 storeys above the rescue, Toulch was so impressed by Beaulieu’s actions that when 911 finally called back to ask why she had called, she told the operator what she had seen.

“He could have been swept under the car, that glass could have cut his face … I said, ‘The policeman is a hero, and he should be rewarded with a medal.’”

After being put in touch with Montreal police, Toulch repeated her praise for the officer and sent them the video she had recorded on Saturday. On Monday, she and her husband paid a visit to Beaulieu at Station 26, which serves Côte-des-Neiges West, to thank him.

“I figured you hear so many negative things about the police,” she said. “This is a feel-good story.”

CSL Trudeau Park overflows with Canada D’Eh pride

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Was I really in Cote Saint-Luc last night? Where else can one find a culturally diverse entertainment line-up, a homage to world-class leaders and artists, a gastronomical cornucopia, and a children’s wonderland all topped off by a spectacular fireworks and laser show in your own back-yard?

Beatles cover band Replay belts out classic 60s tunes at Canada Day 2017

 

The end of a beautiful rainbow: right here in CSL

 

The Buffalo Hat Dancers belted out traditional aboriginal chants, danced up a storm (literally) at Canada Day 2017. The rain started falling during their dance and ended when they were finished? Miracle? Maybe not.

 

Crowds were a plenty at Canada Day 2017

 

As co-chair of the event along with Councillor Ruth Kovac I was proud to add words of reconciliation during my address to the crowd in stating we were on the traditional territory of the Iroquois Nation. Ruth added native greetings as well.

The City of Cote Saint-Luc Council and Staff put on a show worthy of Canada’s Sesquicentennial. If you missed it here are some highlights:

The extraordinary, world-class Shalom Bloom Sculpture Garden is unveiled in Trudeau Park

 

The newly inaugurated Shalom Bloom Sculpture Garden can be enjoyed during a leisurely stroll through the park

 

Canada Day 2017 Fireworks and laser light show was spectacular

I must take this opportunity to give a shout out to the vCOP (volunteer Citizens on Patrol) squad, celebrating 11 years of invaluable service to our fine community. I launched this service with a dozen residents (most of whom are still going strong) and we’ve since grown to 92 amazing volunteers.

My vCOP team celebrates 11 years at Canada Day 2017. Assistant Supervisor for Events, Susie Schwartz, in black, took care of all coordination.

 

vCOP Supervisor Mitchell Herf patrols the park at Canada Day 2017 on electric scooter

 

Security and safety were top of mind last night and CSL EMS (Emergency Measures Services) and Public Security in conjunction with Police were out in full force ensuring that everyone felt safe and secure while enjoying the many varied activities and delights.

The volunteers from EMS are always full of pride in service to our community at Canada Day 2017

 

CSL Public Security was out in full force, under the watchful eye of Lt. Anthony Tsakon (left). Longtime patroller Scott Hunt joins me in this snapshot at Canada Day 2017

 

The Station 9 crew is back in blue, Celebrating Canada Day 2017 with our local police officers

 

Public Safety Director Jordy Reichson walks the beat with the new EMS mascot at Canada Day 2017

 

Public Security Agent Erwin Luden stands on guard for thee at Canada Day 2017

 

How fortunate we are to live in a vibrant community and a world-class metropolitan city all in a tolerant and generous country. Our residents seemed to share the same sentiment.

 

Such a lovely family: The Ullmans enjoy the festivities at Canada Day 2017

 

Food trucks abound at Canada Day 2017. From cheese treats to loads of lobster and everything in between. My wife, Judy Hagshi, prefers a good cheese (but where’s the wine?) at Canada Day 2017

 

Library Director Janine West and volunteer Carol Mindel join me at the CSL Historical Society booth. Old photos were on display. Volunteers and vintage pics are wanted!

 

MP Anthony Housefather had us chanting out C-A-N-A-D-A like our country was a Rockstar. Well, in that case I am a huge fan!

Jeff and Cheryl Nashen with their favourite MP, Anthony Housefather. Canada Day 2017

 

An honour to meet Wilem Dalaire, son of Canadian hero Lt. General Romeo Dalaire at Canada Day 2017

 

 

Wonderful, dedicated emcees Laurie Betito and Dan Laxer of CJAD 800

 

Ruth Kovac and I co-chaired this year’s Canada Day 2017 festivities in Cote Saint-Luc. Ruth, a Dutch immigrant, epitomizes the proud Canadian, and literally wears her Maple Leaf on her sleeve, and displays the Red an White all year long.

Judging from the smiles and cheers and the general good mod of the crowds pouring out of the park late at night a good time was had in celebrating Canada Day 150 in Cote Saint-Luc. Thank you to all the wonderful city staff headed by Nadia di Furia, Jonathan Shecter, Cornelia Ziga and Bebe Newman. Thanks as well to Mayor Mitchell Brownstein and Councillor Ruth Kovac for their leadership.

 

See all the photos and videos here.

See Councillor Mike Cohen’s blog here.

 

 

B’nai Brith recognizes Cote Saint-Luc in fight against racism, anti-semtism, discrimination

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Bnai Brith senior leadership present a certificate recognizing Cote Saint-Luc’s Public Safety and Police efforts

“I am honoured to present a B’nai Brith Certificate of Recognition to the City of Cote Saint-Luc at the City Council meeting for their fight against racism, antisemitism and discrimination,” said Quebec Region Director Harvey Levine at last Monday night’s public council meeting.

Levine, brother of CSL Councillor Allan J. Levine, was accompanied by BBC leaders Eric Bissell and Ted Greenfield and made the presentation to Mayor Mitchell Brownstein and me, Police Commander Jean O’Malley, Public Safety Director Jordy Reichson and senior officers of the CSL volunteer Citizens on Patrol group.

The citation was a result of the B’nai Brith Canada and the League for Human Rights Annual Audit of Antisemitic Incidents. The Audit has been conducted every year since 1982, and is the result of close cooperation with the public, local police forces and other community organizations across the country. The Annual Audit of Antisemitic Incidents is more than just a snapshot of the intensity of incidents against the Jewish community; it serves as the barometer of the level of racism in Canada as a whole.

Levine stated that Cote Saint-Luc is the second largest Jewish community in Canada, after Thornhill, Ontario. Remarkably, Cote Saint-Luc did not register a single anti-semitic act in 2016, out of the 1728 incidents reported across Canada. Levine, singled out Cote Saint-Luc Public Security and vCOP along with Police Station 9 for their vigilance, surveillance and prevention work.

Mayor Mitchell Brownstein and Harvey Levine congratulated me for my leadership in Public Safety in Cote Saint-Luc, namely in creating and leading the vCOP group. This presentation was a total surprise and a great honour for me. I salute all of the great volunteers in vCOP along with the professionals in Public Security and Montreal Police Station 9. Thank you to our mayor, council and administration for their continued support of my public safety ideas and initiatives. And my utmost respect and appreciation goes to Harvey Levine and B’nai Brith Canada for their outstanding work on behalf of all Canadians.

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