Farewell to Jack Budovitch

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Jack Budovitch (Photo Glenn J. Nashen)

 

Jack Budovitch was a proud Cote Saint-Lucer, a volunteer and leader and active in the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 97. Jack would often be seen selling poppies to help support charities throughout the city.

Jack was a founder of the Cote Saint-Luc Senior Men’s Club and served as its president. He was extremely devoted to the success of this organization and was instrumental in encouraging the city to eventually move the group from its old location in the CSL Shopping Centre to its current place in the Aquatic and Community Centre.

Jack passed away on September 1, 2017 at the age of 95.

Jack budovitch, CSL Senior Men’s Club founder and Past President and Councillor Glenn J. Nashen (Oct. 2009)

 

Anthony Housefather, Member of Parliament for Mount Royal recalled, “Jack was an incredible guy. His contributions to the Men’s Club and the City of CSL will not be forgotten. His warmth and good cheer made everyone around him feel good.”

Mayor Mitchell Brownstein said, “On behalf of my wife Elaine and the entire City Council, we mourn and remember Jack as a wonderful friend of our city, who was a great volunteer always expressing positive thoughts and bringing joy to all he would meet. We will miss him dearly.”

Councillor Ruth Kovac added, “A great smile and gentlemanly manner defined my friend Jack.”

“Our deepest sympathy to the family from your comerades at Branch 97 Frederich Kisch RCL. Jack was our number one poppy person. His adoring smile won the hearts of every customer at the CSL IGA. Always a pal to everyone with boundless emery to raise funds for every good cause. His adoring fans will greatly miss this charitable celebrity,” said Councillor Allan J. Levine.

Jack was such a delightful person. He always had a smile and a positive comment. His interest and involvement in the civic life of Cote Saint-Luc was substantial. He was well respected and appreciated by the members of City Council. He will be remembered and missed.

Côte Saint-Luc honours Councillor Allan J. Levine on 30th anniversary on City Council

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The City of Côte Saint-Luc honoured Councillor Allan J. Levine on Monday, November 14 as the long-time council member celebrates the 30th anniversary of his first election.

Councillor Levine was honoured at the start of the City Council meeting this evening.

“Councillor Levine has advocated financial prudence and has continually promoted healthy lifestyles through sports and recreation,” Mayor Mitchell Brownstein said. “He has served his constituents well and is a force for remembrance of our veterans, community gardening, and much more.”

Councillor Levine won his first election in November 1986. He was a well-known person in the community, in part from his years teaching at Wagar High School and teaching people to drive.

Councillor Levine advocated for an anti-smoking law in commercial areas, which he helped achieve. He also joined with his council colleagues to support mandatory bicycle helmets and no smoking in parks. He served as chairperson and member of the city planning committee for more than 20 years.

“Councillor Levine has always listened to his constituents and is accessible,” Mayor Brownstein said. “He always considers what is best for children and promotes an active lifestyle for seniors.”

Councillor Levine is the longest-serving member of the current Côte Saint-Luc city council. He has been a member of city council from 1986 to 2001, and from 2005 to present—the only interruption being during the forced municipal mergers of 2001 to 2005.

Mayor Mitchell Brownstein and City Council present a certificate to honour Councillor Allan J. Levine on 30 years of service (Photo: Darryl Levine, CSL).

Mayor Mitchell Brownstein and City Council present a certificate to honour Councillor Allan J. Levine on 30 years of service (Photo: Darryl Levine, CSL).

Federation of Canadian Municipalities annual congress offers unparalleled learning experience

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Earlier this week I had the opportunity to participate with over 1600 local elected officials from across the country in the annual conference of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. The theme of this years’ gathering was “Municipalities, The Heart of Canada.” I could not agree more with that statement. Our cities and towns, large and small, urban and rural, are where we live, work and play. We are the level of government closest to citizens and most responsive to their needs.
Neighbourly mayors and councillors: Dida Berku, Allan J. Levine, Marvin Rotrand, Russell Copeman, William Steinberg, Mitchell Brownstein, Glenn J. Nashen, Ruth Kovac

Neighbourly mayors and councillors: Dida Berku, Allan J. Levine, Marvin Rotrand, Russell Copeman, William Steinberg, Mitchell Brownstein, Glenn J. Nashen, Ruth Kovac

This was an unparalleled opportunity to engage with elected representatives from municipal governments in all ten provinces and all three territories. It was a chance to hear from experts in many social sectors and industries.
CSL Cllr. Glenn J. Nashen with Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi at FCM 2016

CSL Cllr. Glenn J. Nashen with Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi at FCM 2016

I attended a workshop dealing with effective engagement with local first responders. The panel included outstanding professionals including Cathy Palmer, a member of the Calgary police force who serves on police governance associations across Canada, former Saskatoon Fire Chief Dan Paulson and Winnipeg Police Service Chief Devon Clunis. The three were highly informative and very instructive. Also in attendance was Stephanie Durant, Director General of Public Safety Canada.
Winnipeg Police car decorated for the Pride parade

Winnipeg Police car decorated for the Pride parade

Chief Clunis stressed the importance of having outside bodies to come in and measure the efficiency of municipal operations.

I was particularly pleased by comments by Winnipeg Fire & Paramedic Service Chief John Lane who said, residential sprinklers are a minimal investment and the long-term benefits are very significant. “This is the right way to go. You need the political fortitude to get this done in your communities,” he said.
I’m proud to have pressed for a residential sprinkler law in Cote Saint-Luc, an early adopter in Quebec. Our city is much safer thanks to this bylaw.
Winnipeg Fire Chief John Lane leads his service in the Pride parade

Winnipeg Fire Chief John Lane leads his service in the Pride parade

 

There was a very moving and emotional “Tribute to Fort McMurray.” The delegates thanked the first responders and elected representatives of the surrounding municipalities for stepping up to meet the urgent and immediate needs of those residing in the Municipality of Wood Buffalo, the regional government encompassing Fort McMurray. The assembly reached out to salute and recognize all Albertans and Canadians for pitching in with relief aid.
The following musical video tribute was presented to a standing ovation:
A tearful Councillor Allan Glenn Vinni from the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo thanked the FCM delegates for support and encouragement and lots and lots of cash assistance. “We will get the job done and rebuild,” Vinni said, adding it will take between three and five years to recover.
The mayor of sister city Lac la Biche said the Fort McMurray disaster became a cause for all municipalities from coast to coast. “You should all be proud. You’ve shown the world what we can do.”
FCM 2016 Fort McMurray Tribute
Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson said, “The response of municipalities has been extraordinary. They received tens of thousands of ‘refugees’. Small communities doubled their population overnight. It was the smaller communities that stood up in an extraordinary way. Response erupted in a local way,” the mayor said. Iveson pointed out that his city had to cope with hundreds of unscheduled evacuation flights. “The arrival of South African firefighters, singing in the airport, was a very powerful moment.”
“Hoteliers gave rooms for free. Apartment owners gave rooms for free. Moms cooked meals. Bus drivers drove evacuees. Firefighters volunteered to go to the epicentre,” Iveson said of the extraordinary efforts of everyday Canadians.
To great applause, Tree Canada’s executive director, Michael Rosen, announced the “re-greening” of Fort McMurray.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addresses the FCM 2016 delegation in Winnipeg, Manitoba

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addresses the FCM 2016 delegation in Winnipeg, Manitoba

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau signaled the important partnership that municipalities will play under a Liberal government in Ottawa.
Green Party of Canada Leader Elizabeth May addresses the FCM 2016

Green Party of Canada Leader Elizabeth May addresses the FCM 2016

Green Party leader Elizabeth May as referred to as “one the most influential women in the world,” according to Newsweek.
This isn’t a time to build pipelines, May said. It’s time for an “orderly liquidation of fossil fuels” she said, quoting an industry analysts in last week’s Globe and Mail.
Mayor Mitchell Brownstein and Cllr. Glenn J. Nashen at FCM 2016

Mayor Mitchell Brownstein and Cllr. Glenn J. Nashen at FCM 2016

“It makes a lot of sense for municipal leadership at the local level to have  a role in national discussions when so much of that discussion involves municipal life,” May said. “Municipal government has proven they are agile even with one hand tied behind your back. Keep passing resolutions demanding change regarding climate change,” she said.
Gala dinner FCM 2016 - Standing: Cllr. Ruth Kovac, Cllr. Sam Goldbloom, Cllr. Glenn J. Nashen, Elaine Brownstein, Mayor Mitchell Brownstein, Doris Steinberg. Seated: Cllr. Dida Berku, Jacob Kincler, Tree Canada Executive Director Michael Rozen, Mayor William Steinberg.

Gala dinner FCM 2016 – Standing: Cllr. Ruth Kovac, Cllr. Sam Goldbloom, Cllr. Glenn J. Nashen, Elaine Brownstein, Mayor Mitchell Brownstein, Doris Steinberg. Seated: Cllr. Dida Berku, Jacob Kincler, Tree Canada Executive Director Michael Rosen, Mayor William Steinberg.

Great respect and sensitivity was paid to First Nation communities throughout Canada. Winnipeg, it was pointed out, is the homeland of the Métis. It is a ‘Treaty Territory’ at the fork of the Assiniboine River and Red River.
One of the indigenous leaders was invited to bring a blessing to the assembly. He thanked ‘Mother Earth’ for the food and water and delivered a special greeting to the women who have exceptional blessings of the aboriginal leaders, for having ‘open minds and open spirits and for celebrating life”. The traditional wishes ended with “Mig’wich”.
We were fortunate to meet Winnipeg Councillor Marty Marantz (representing Tuxedo) and his wife Lisa. Marty represents a constituency most similar to Cote Saint-Luc in terms of Jewish community with many families in his town having links to families in ours.
St. Leonard Borough Mayor Michel Bissonet, Cllr. Ruth Kovac, Cllr. Glenn J. nashen, Jacob Kincler and Cllr. Sam Goldbloom at the Canadian Museum of Human Rights, Winnipeg

St. Leonard Borough Mayor Michel Bissonet, Cllr. Ruth Kovac, Cllr. Glenn J. nashen, Jacob Kincler and Cllr. Sam Goldbloom at the Canadian Museum of Human Rights, Winnipeg

Winnipeg is also home to the only national museum outside of Ottawa. The Canadian Museum of Human Rights is an architectural marvel and educational castle. It was an extraordinary experience to gather with all FCM delegates in this amazing national treasure and to learn about Canada’s brighter and darker chapters in human rights.

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Speaking of human rights, it also happened to be International Pride Day, and the extremely festive and lively parade made its way right under Winnipeg’s new and spacious RBC Convention Centre. FCM delegates poured into the streets to cheer on the thousands of revelers including major city services.

Hi 5 to Winnipeg EMS showing their pride

Hi 5 to Winnipeg EMS showing their pride

 

Cote Saint-Luc Mayor and Councillors proud to salute those participating in Winnipeg's Pride Parade

Cote Saint-Luc Mayor and Councillors proud to salute those participating in Winnipeg’s Pride Parade

The FCM Trade Show is an incredible learning opportunity with displays by well over one hundred exhibitors from national organizations, corporations, municipal suppliers and federal government agencies. The information gleaned in these venues enables us to learn about best practices, emerging technologies and to be educated by federal department staff and non-profit experts.
Sun Country representatives promoted electric vehicle (EV) possibilities for municipal fleets and EV charging stations. CSL will soon install its first EV charging stations.

Sun Country representatives promoted electric vehicle (EV) possibilities for municipal fleets and EV charging stations. CSL will soon install its first EV charging stations.

 

Overall, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities is an incredible organization representing cities and towns from coast to coast to coast. It has served as the national voice of municipalities since 1901. Cote Saint-Luc benefits greatly by its membership and participation in its annual conferences.
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The City of Winnipeg under the leadership of Mayor Brian Bowman is to be congratulated for its sensational hosting of FCM 2016. Winnipeg’s city staff were out in full force assisting in every aspect and always with a smile. It is very clear why it’s called “Friendly Manitoba.”
The Manitoba Legislature with the Golden Boy atop and the Manitoba Law Courts with its green dome as photographed from the RBC Convention Centre

Setting Sun in Winnipeg: The Manitoba Legislature with the Golden Boy atop and the Manitoba Law Courts with its green dome as photographed from the RBC Convention Centre.

End of year message

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Message from the Acting Mayor of Cote Saint-Luc

CSL Courier – December 31, 2015

Just as the seasons change so does life in the City of Cote Saint-Luc and at our City Hall. After ten incredible years at the helm, our esteemed mayor has accomplished a lifelong dream and has taken on the title of Member of Parliament. We are so fortunate as he will continue to serve us with integrity and passion and determination, now as our Man in Ottawa!

Anthony Housefather, MP, in the Hall of Honour, in the Parliament of Canada

Anthony Housefather, MP, in the Hall of Honour, in the Parliament of Canada

I was honoured to join several Members of Council, our outgoing M.P. Professor Irwin Cotler, and several Cote Saint-Lucers at the official Swearing In Ceremony on Parliament Hill a few weeks ago. It was an extraordinary day, steeped in Canadian tradition and history that will long be remembered. Please join me in congratulating the Honourable Anthony Housefather, M.P. for Mount Royal and wishing him every success in his service to our constituency and our country.

My first public council meeting as Acting mayor of Cote Saint-Luc, November 9, 2015

My first public council meeting as Acting mayor of Cote Saint-Luc, November 9, 2015

In the interim I have stepped up to lead the city as Acting Mayor. I have been working hand in hand with the Members of Council and the Administration to ensure a smooth transition as we prepare for winter, build our 2016 budget and get ready to elect a new mayor in an upcoming byelection.

I am also excited to be celebrating 25 years since I was first elected to this venerable council, together with my friends and colleagues Councillors Mitchell Brownstein, Ruth Kovac and Dida Berku. It is truly an honour as I consider being elected to serve the public as a great privilege. I congratulate my colleagues on this important milestone in our political lives.

Celebrating demerger victory (June 2004) with Ruth Kovac, Anthony Housefather and Mitchell Brownstein

Celebrating demerger victory (June 2004) with Ruth Kovac, Anthony Housefather and Mitchell Brownstein

I also note the long and distinguished service of  Councillor Allan J. Levine who has served, remarkably since 1986.

 

As for Councillors Steven Erdelyi, Mike Cohen and Sam Goldbloom, our youngsters on council, they have deeply devoted themselves for the last 10 years.

 

All together, we have worked collaboratively and respectfully, for which I am very grateful. We have a dedicated and talented group of councillors here in Cote Saint-Luc, along with a dynamic and creative administration and staff led by Tanya Abramovitch, Nadia Di Furia and Jonathan Shecter, all of whom are focused on delivering quality services and programs to our residents. In addition we have hundreds of incredible volunteers who give of themselves, tirelessly, all for the benefit of our city and its residents.

 

In the meantime, as the seasons roll over, I invite you to enjoy all our city has to offer throughout the winter months. Our Aquatic and Community Centre is bursting with activity seven days a week. Whether its for a dip in the pool or shooting hoops or taking an art class drop by and get active. The CSL Public Library is open every day of the year and offers so much for every age. Whether you prefer to skate indoors at the arena or at one of the outdoor rinks or go for a brisk walk along one of our park paths we take this opportunity to wish you a safe, healthy and maybe even a warm winter. Safe travels to our snowbirds.

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And please stay in touch with your city all year long. Subscribe to the Cote Saint-Luc newsletter at www.cotesaintluc.org/subscribe. Also CSL Alert allows you to receive notifications about events that may affect your home or neighbourhood via phone call, text message and e-mail. Visit www.cotesaintluc.org/alert to sign up.

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On behalf of the council, I take this opportunity to wish you a festive and bright Chanukah, a joyous and spirited Christmas and a healthy and happy New Year.

Glenn J. Nashen

Acting Mayor

 

Read the full edition of the CSL Courier (Dec. 2015)

CSL announces mayoral election process

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By Joel Goldenberg
The Suburban
Côte St. Luc has announced the process leading up to next year’s mayoral election, to replace Mount Royal MP Anthony Housefather.
Pro-mayor Glenn Nashen is at the helm for now.
At Monday night’s public meeting, Côte St. Luc’s city clerk officially declared a vacancy on council.
“Because there is more than one year until the November 2017 municipal elections across Quebec, the city council cannot simply appoint someone to be mayor — there must be a by- election,” the city announcement says. “The Returning Officer will select a date for the byelection at a date to be determined. If only one candidate files nomination papers, then she or he will be acclaimed mayor. When the b-election date is set, it will be posted at CoteSaintLuc.org.”
So far, among council members, only Councillor Allan Levine has declared an intention to run, via his Facebook page. Other council members are either considering the possibility, saying it’s too early at this point to declare anything or are not running — at least next year.
The Suburban heard a rumour that former D’Arcy McGee MNA Lawrence Bergman, who is very popular in the community, would possibly run. We called Bergman and asked if he had any intention to run.
“No, at the moment, I have no intention,” Bergman said. “At the moment.”

 

Federal election leaves Côte-St-Luc without a mayor

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The election last month of Anthony Housefather as the MP for Mount Royal riding has created a vacancy that may interest as many as three sitting members of council.

Housefather, 45, mayor since 2005, resigned Wednesday after winning the federal seat in Mount Royal for the Liberals. He’d been acclaimed in the last two municipal elections in 2009 and 2013. With the next one not scheduled until November 2017, the city is required by provincial law to call a by-election to replace him.

If a single candidate is nominated, he or she will be acclaimed. But there appear to be more aspirants this time around.

Councillor Allan J. Levine confirmed to the Montreal Gazette he is running.

“I feel the city needs a new direction on finance,” he said. “The debt ratio is high and Côte-St-Luc, with the second highest tax mill rate on the island, needs someone with a tough stand on taxes.”

Mitchell Brownstein, who worked on the Housefather election campaign and was president of the Liberal riding association in Mount Royal, has already obtained the support of fellow councillors Mike Cohen and Sam Goldbloom without stating his intentions so far.

Brownstein said he’ll be attending Housefather’s swearing-in at Ottawa next week and won’t make any announcement before then, but did say “I’m seriously considering it” and  “I’m very appreciative of the overwhelming support I’m getting from the public.”

Councillor Dida Berku said she’s thinking about it as well “but I don’t know yet. I’m not ruling it out.”

Berku, who ran once for mayor against  Bernard Lang in 1994, said her choice would have been for city to function with a succession of acting mayors until the next scheduled election in 2017.

“We’ve just come out of a very divisive (federal) election. Nobody has an appetite for another election now, in the middle of winter. We get along well, it’s a good team, there’s a lot of collaboration. If we could continue to run it that way, collectively, that would be my preference.”

Robert Libman,  who ran second to Housefather as the Conservative candidate in Mount Royal and preceded him as Côte-St-Luc mayor, also has been mentioned as a possible mayoralty candidate.

“A lot of people approached me about it, but it’s not in my plans right now. I’m going back to my career as an architect and planner,” Libman said.

If an election is needed, the municipality likely will ask the province for permission to delay it until April, in part because so many of its residents are snowbirds who winter in warmer climes. It’s one of the topics on the agenda for the first council meeting without Housefather on Monday night.

CSL Senior Community Garden celebrates 40 years

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The Cote Saint-Luc Senior Community Gardens marked their 40th anniversary in style with, what else, a garden party.

The gardeners, about 72 in total, along with special guests, enjoyed a beautiful dinner in the garden, with live music. There were lots of smiling faces as the gardeners celebrated this milestone anniversary in a little, hidden oasis right in the very epicentre of Cote Saint-Luc, near the corner of Kildare Road and Kellert Avenue.

Joining the celebration tonight was Mayor Anthony Housefather, Councillors Mitchell Brownstein, Dida Berku, Ruth Kovac, Allan Levine and myself.

Gardeners Allan Levine and Alberto Cambone

Gardeners Allan Levine and Alberto Cambone

Levine, a gardener himself, led me over to his plot in the gardens. He told me he had to wait three years until a plot became available, as the program is so popular. He was beaming with pride as he showed off his prize zucchinis (I didn’t know they could grow so large!), 16 sorts of tomatoes which he grew from seeds including one type from Israel and a slew of herbs including basil, tarragon and leek . His rhubarb looked amazing and the aroma from his garden was striking, unlike what you’d expect to smell in the middle of the city.

“My grand-kids were just here this morning and they loved picking Zaida’s vegetables and bringing them home to eat,” Levine, the proud grandfather, gardener and city councillor exclaimed.

Alberto Camboni may deal in meat by day, but after hours he dons his boots and grabs his shovel and off to the garden he goes. After an incredible 35 years in the Community Garden he has amassed three contiguous plots where he features a large fig tree (did you know we have them in Canada?) and grows cucumbers, arugula several types of tomato plants including Romanella (aka Roma), several types of beans and eggplant among other vegetables.

The beans were so large that they could have been featured in a Jack and the Beanstalk movie!

“The garden is so close to home,” said Cambone, who begins tending to his plot each year in April and goes right through to November. “I like the camaraderie.” As he showed me his garden one could hear English, Italian and Romanian being spoken nearby. The multi-cultural group of gardeners are friendly, happy and welcoming people I noted.

Another local I bumped into was Lloyd Pedvis who lives  a stone’s throw from the gardens. He has been a member for three years and is immensely proud of his garden plot and enjoys the experience of getting his hands dirty and growing his vegetables.
Garden president Mandie Aaron oversees the operation and can be seen fluttering around the garden with her wide brimmed hat with purpose and pride. She certainly seemed pleased with state of her oasis estate.
“In my garden, I plant about 6 different varieties of kale, collards, mustard greens, peppers, carrots, and beans. I also have garlic, multiple varieties of herbs, some of which, like caraway, I grow specifically to harvest the seeds,” Aaron said to me. “I have a freezer and a dehydrator, and store most of what I grow for use through the winter.”
“In the ‘donation’ garden, this season, I am growing peas, beans, cucumber, peppers, eggplants, garlic, lemon balm, rhubarb, cabbage cauliflower, multiple varieties of herbs. Everything that’s grown there is donated to MADA. Other gardeners also contribute to the MADA donations,” Aaron said.
“I’ve been there, helping out, since my Mom got a garden about 22 years ago. Even though I’m not a senior, I was given permission to be a member and, about 10 years ago, or so, got my own garden.”
“I was elected President/Garden Coordinator 3 seasons ago. It’s a lot of work, but I enjoy it very much. We have such long winters, it’s wonderful to have a reason to be outdoors all season long,” Aaron recalled. “Watching everyone’s garden grow over the season, and seeing the pride they have in it, is very rewarding.”
June McLure’s plot is a beautiful array of colourful flowers, some low and swaying in the breeze and others strung up along an Italian type of trellis. I felt as though I was in the botanical gardens, so impressive was her piece of paradise.
The garden is part of the city’s urban agriculture plan which encourages the practice of growing food in or around a city. The ‘Côte Saint-Luc Grown’ initiative is just a few years in the making and includes the creation of a demonstration garden behind the City Hall/Library complex to teach gardening skills to adults and children, edible landscaping on city property, new community gardens, a farmers’ market, and the distribution of food boxes.“The goal is to entice and empower our residents to take an active role in the growing of their own food to make them more knowledgeable and savvy food consumers, and hopefully, healthier overall,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “In a short time, we have put together programming that will help contribute to personal and community wellness, now and for the future.”
In addition to the action plan, Côte Saint-Luc also unveiled its food charter, which is a statement of values and principles to guide the food policy. The goals of the food charter are wellness, the creation of great places, community building, food security, the joy of growing food, sustainability and more.
The action plan and food charter are available at CSLGrown.org.
Judging from the happy looks from gardeners 55 years old and up, this is a tremendous project whose seeds continue to produce an incredible crop that cannot be measured.
Good luck to all you gardeners. May your baskets overflow with goodness. May your flowers give off incredible aroma and gorgeous colours. And may you enjoy the bounty of your labour for years to come.

Global News reports on the CSL Seniors Community Garden

Montreal Gazette: Gardener, den mother, honorary senior: Mandie Aaron is one busy volunteer (July 19, 2015)

Three cheers for vCOP

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Irving Shock, Elaine Meunier, Mayor Anthony Housefather, Abe Miller, Phil Mayman, Harvey Cherow, Isaac Dahan

Irving Shock, Elaine Meunier, Mayor Anthony Housefather, Abe Miller, Phil Mayman, Harvey Cherow, Isaac Dahan

One of my greatest honours as a city councillor is to thank our volunteers for their time and dedication to our community. And of these great occasions the best are when I do so for our public safety volunteers, namely EMS and vCOP.

Last night was one of those moments when 60 of our volunteer Citizens on Patrol members came out for our annual summer BBQ. It is no coincidence that these folks are held in such high esteem that half of the city council came out to thank them in person along with the local police commander. Several Public Safety Agents came by to greet the volunteers as did long time EMS officer Joy Rodgers.

Mayor Anthony Housefather said, “Our area is the safest on the Island of Montreal because we have vCOP going beyond the call of duty.” He thanked each of them for their service on behalf of all residents of the city. Mayor Housefather, a former member of the Montreal Agglomeration Public Safety Commission, holds public safety and protection of citizens as one of his top priorities.

Neighbourhood Police Station 9 Commander Marc Cournoyer is no stranger to  the volunteers as he attends all of our events and makes an extra effort to get to know many of the volunteers by name. Cournoyer has pledged the support of his police officers and expressed his deep appreciation to the volunteers. “Todah Rabah,” he exclaimed, thanking them in Hebrew.

Police Lt. Julie Bessette, CSL PS Director Jordy Reichson, PS Chief Philip Chateauvert, Police Commander Marc Cournoyer

Police Lt. Julie Bessette, CSL PS Director Jordy Reichson, PS Chief Philip Chateauvert, Police Commander Marc Cournoyer

Councillor Allan Levine said, “You cannot put a price tag on the work you do so freely for our residents. And by giving so many spouses a tremendous pastime, the divorce rate in Cote Saint-Luc is way down,” he joked.

Added Councillor Ruth Kovac, “What tremendous service you provide. Thank you. And thanks for taking my husband too,” she quipped. Her better half, Peter Kovac is a regular patroller with vCOP.

Patrollers Helen Gwiazda, Issie Karpman and Cllr. Mitchell Brownstein

Patrollers Helen Gwiazda, Issie Karpman thanked by Cllr. Mitchell Brownstein

The spirit of the impressive turnout wasn’t dampened by dinnertime rain showers. New patrollers met more seasoned ones and supervisors Mitchell Herf and Susie Schwartz gave out pins to members with five years of service while Lewis Cohen manned the BBQ.

Elaine Meunier, Johnny Champagne and Helen Gwiazda

Elaine Meunier, Johnny Champagne and Helen Gwiazda

The loudest applause went to well-known Public Security Agent Johnny “Elvis” Champagne. The veteran patroller is celebrating 35 years of service as an employee of the city and is set to retire next month. A roar sounded in the room as Elvis was introduced. He gave an emotional farewell speech stating how much he loved the residents, volunteers and councillors that he has known for so many years.

As Champagne waved goodbye, to return to his evening patrol duties, I announced, “Elvis has left the building!” Another roar sounded in appreciation of this fine man.

One last smile with Johnny Champagne along with Susie Schwartz and Mitchell Herf

One last smile with Johnny Champagne along with Susie Schwartz and Mitchell Herf

vCOP members patrol the city in marked vans and on scooters, electric bikes and mountain bikes at all hours of day and night. Recognizable by their distinctive orange colours they are the eyes and ears of police and public security and assist residents by reminding them of local bylaws and providing tips and help in a friendly and neighbourly fashion.

vCOP Ron Yarin and Bert Rabinovitch

vCOP Ron Yarin and Bert Rabinovitch

In addition to routine patrols, vCOP carries out door to door smoke detector inspections, crosswalk duties in school zones, delivers emergency water supplies and participates in missing person searches. They are called out at any hour to assist at emergency scenes by blocking traffic, crowd control and many other situations. We are very lucky to have this corps of volunteers, always ready to assist at events and emergencies and anywhere they are needed.

vCOP Robert Lefcort, Elaine Segal and Leon Sternklar

vCOP David Goldsmith, Sandra Segal and Leon Sternklar

On July 1st vCOP will celebrate its 9th year of service in Cote Saint-Luc. This one-of-a-kind service, not found anywhere else in Quebec, is a model organization and operates on a minimal budget. I thanked Mayor Housefather and my fellow councillors for their solid support of vCOP since I proposed creating this group back in 2005, shortly after demerger.

vCOP finest supervisors, Elaine Meunier, Mitchell Herf, Susie Schwartz and Lewis Cohen

vCOP finest supervisors, Elaine Meunier, Mitchell Herf, Susie Schwartz and Lewis Cohen

vCOP is overseen by a volunteer leadership including myself, our four supervisors, and about ten other leaders. Professional staff are CSL Public Safety Director Jordy Reichson and Chief Philip Chateauvert. If you, or someone you know, would like more information about joining vCOP please visit CoteSaintLuc.org/vCOP.

Councillor, Mayor and Commander thanking veteran vCOP members Bernie and Cookie Band

Councillor, Mayor and Commander thanking veteran vCOP members Bernie and Cookie Band

Thank you vCOP

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vCOP Supervisors Mitchell Herf, Susie Schwartz and Lewis Cohen with Cllr. Glenn J. Nashen and Mayor Anthony Housefather at volunteer end-of-year celebration

vCOP Supervisors Mitchell Herf, Susie Schwartz and Lewis Cohen with Cllr. Glenn J. Nashen and Mayor Anthony Housefather at volunteer end-of-year celebration

You can never say thank you enough to the men and women in orange uniforms who go above and beyond in serving their community. The members of Cote Saint-Luc volunteer Citizens on Patrol are an incredible group of dedicated individuals. Day after day, 52 weeks a year these folks choose to forego their own free time to patrol our streets, keeping us safe. They could have chosen to be with family or friends, or curling up with a book, or watching TV. Instead, they freely choose to serve you and me and the entire community.
Last night, at the annual vCOP Holiday Party, it was an occasion for me, as Councillor responsible for vCOP and Emergency Preparedness, to say thank you to all our volunteers on behalf of the residents of Cote Saint-Luc.
CSL Public Security Manager Philip Chateauvert, vCOP Supervisor Susie Schwartz and Police Commander Marc Counoyer

CSL Public Security Manager Philip Chateauvert, vCOP Supervisor Susie Schwartz and Police Commander Marc Counoyer

Mayor Anthony Housefather, along with Councillors Ruth Kovac, Allan J. Levine and Dida Berku came to thank our vCOP crews. Housefather said, “What distinguishes Cote Saint-Luc from so many other municipalities is our incredible sense of volunteerism. That each of you is willing to spend so many hours looking after our community as you do, in good weather and bad, late at night and early in the morning, speaks volumes about how good natured you are and how much you care about your neighbours.”
A couple of patrollers: Abe Miller and Elaine Meunier

A couple of patrollers: Abe Miller and Elaine Meunier

Councillor Levine was kind enough to thank me for coming up with the vCOP idea and working to make the group a reality. Eight-and-a-half years later we are so lucky to have 85 amazing patrollers, four marked patrol vans, electric scooters, electric bikes, mountain bikes and radio communications equipment. We have regular training meetings, active committees to oversee our smoke detector brigade, to draw out members to volunteer at city wide events and to prepare to spring into action in a disaster. We have crews who deliver food baskets to the needy and dozens of patrollers ready to drop everything to report for duty when needed by the Police Department for missing persons, by the Fire Department for building evacuations, by the Engineering Department to distribute water bottles during a water shutdown, by the Library to keep things calm during frantic study week, by Public Works to block streets when a tree has fallen blocking the road and so much more.
EMS volunteer Joy Rodgers thanked vCOP for lending a helping hand during emergencies. Seen here with renowned Public Security Agent Johnny "Elvis" Champagne and Cllr. Ruth Kovac.

EMS volunteer Joy Rodgers thanked vCOP for lending a helping hand during emergencies. Seen here with renowned Public Security Agent Johnny “Elvis” Champagne and Cllr. Ruth Kovac.

Commander of Neighbourhood Police Station 9 Marc Cournoyer wowed the crowd with his fluency in a few words of Hebrew. “Todah Rabah,” Cournoyer carefully pronounced (Thank You in Hebrew). “Next year I’ll practice my Yiddish,” the Commander added, to applause from the volunteers. “We appreciate your work and the cooperation between your group and my officers is very important.”
Ladies of vCOP: Roz Kasner, Florence "Cookie" Band, Ellie Pomerantz and Assieh Fazel

Ladies of vCOP: Roz Kasner, Florence “Cookie” Band, Ellie Pomerantz and Assieh Fazel

Our members include notables such as longtime sports organizer Ron Yarin, artist of iconic Montreal scenes Mike Litvack, sports and community organizer Irving Shock, lawyer and community activist Jacques Berkowitz, attorney Marvin Zwikler who celebrates 30 years working as a paramedic with Urgences Santé this week, businessman Harvey Cherow, hockey coach Bernie London and pharmacist Marty Labow.
vCOP patrollers Harvey Cherow, Jeff Smith, Marvin Zwickler and Warren Schmetterer

vCOP patrollers Harvey Cherow, Jeff Smith, Marvin Zwickler and Warren Schmetterer

The most valuable patroller award was given to former journalist Peter Sauvé for most hours on the road. Former Westmount firefighter Abe Miller was awarded for most hours on duty for Emergency Call Outs, those times when a member is summoned into action on a moment’s notice, while his wife, longtime St. John’s Ambulance volunteer Elaine Meunier was singled out for her outstanding efforts at handling the complex scheduling arrangements of all members throughout the year.
Irving Shock with new recruit Tudor

Irving Shock with new recruit Tudor Ionele

Meunier, along with vCOP Senior Supervisor Lewis Cohen were feted among hundreds of residents at last month’s Cote Saint-Luc volunteers night gala as outstanding members of the vCOP organization.
Merry Christmas and Happy Chanukah to all of our CSL vCOP members. Wishing you and your families the happiest of holidays.

Learning from Canada’s best at FCM

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Close to 2000 of Canada’s municipal leaders gathered last week at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Annual Conference and Trade Show in Niagara Region. They had opportunities to learn from experts, attend workshops on a variety of issues, and network with colleagues. There was a lot of discussion on how to influence the federal government to ensure that Canadians have the quality of life they deserve, and enabling the innovation that creates jobs and growth in this country.

Pleased to join my colleagues Councillors Mitchell Brwonstein, Ruth Kovac, Sam Goldbloom (with wife Beverly) and Allan Levine at FCM conference

Pleased to join my colleagues Councillors Mitchell Brownstein, Ruth Kovac, Sam Goldbloom (with wife Beverly) and Allan Levine at FCM conference

From investing in our roads, bridges, transit and water system to making sure all Canadians have a decent pace to live, we know many of the solutions lie in strengthening our hometowns and their ability to be innovative and responsive.

From the largest cities to the tightest knit communities across Canada, more than 2000 member municipalities share a common passion and a belief in building a strong Canada from the ground up. Much of the discussion revolved around the frontline role municipalities play in delivering key services to Canadians.

Delegates also had the opportunity to hear from, and influence speakers, representing all parties including three leaders of opposition parties (Liberals, NDP and the Green Party) and two federal ministers.

Municipal leaders left the conference with knowledge, resources and a strong commitment to champion municipalities and the key services they provide to Canadians.

I always spot interesting and helpful road signs when I travel. This would be a neat safety feature around Montreal.

I always spot interesting and helpful road signs when I travel. This would be a neat safety feature around Montreal.

We are leaving the Niagara Region with a united message that a strong Canada begins with strong hometowns. These are the services Canadians rely on and we know that they want to see all levels of government cooperate to make our hometowns stronger.

In fact, municipal leaders from coast to coast will be pushing that message to the top of the agenda in the next federal election.

Continuously seeking new ideas to improve the quality and delivery of local services requires learning and networking on the part of the administration and elected officials. The FCM does an extraordinary job of bringing together mayors, councillors, reeves, wardens, commissioners and other local elected officials from across the country to advance the cause of where we live: home.

My fascination with ending dependency on fossil fuels continues. I hope to see electric vehicles tested in the Cote Saint-Luc fleet soon.

My fascination with ending dependency on fossil fuels continues. I hope to see electric vehicles tested in the Cote Saint-Luc fleet soon.

I have benefited greatly from experts and fellow councillors who have immense experience in disaster readiness, urban planning, public safety and all aspects of municipal life and services. It is incredibly informative to discuss how other elected officials from other cities and towns deal with issues of doing more for their constituents without relying on more taxes, for example.

The session on extreme weather and how it is affecting all of our communities was an eye opener. Dr. Blair Feltmate from University of Waterloo demonstrated that there are techniques in urban development that all cities should be engaging in to safeguard current and future residents as our country, and indeed the world, continues to grow in population, well beyond a sustainable threshold.

Experts urging immediate action by municipalities to mitigate extreme weather disasters

Experts urging immediate action by municipalities to mitigate extreme weather disasters

Experts in emergency preparedness, public safety and rail safety instructed delegates in always being prepared, in constant planning and most of all, ‘practice, practice, practice.’ Disasters are not remote possibilities. They will occur, sooner or later. The experts all say that. This is not news to Cote Saint-Luc or to me, having dedicated most of my life to this area of civic engagement.

Calgary Mayor Nahid Nenshi is a masterful communicator with younger voters thru his use of social media. It's nice to see Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre following Nenshi's lead.

Calgary Mayor Nahid Nenshi is a masterful communicator with younger voters thru his use of social media. It’s nice to see Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre following Nenshi’s lead.

I salute outgoing FCM President and Lachine Borough Mayor Clause Dauphin, whom I have observed for many years. Claude is a talented, energetic and charismatic leader who has led FCM for the past year with determination and purpose. I am amazed how he championed the FCM, ran for reelection in Lachine and still managed time for constituents, family and himself in just one year. Bravo to Claude for his public service.

I appreciate the opportunities to meet with mayors from across town and around the country. Councillor Kovac and I had an interesting chat with the dynamically talented Town of Mount Royal Mayor Philippe Roy.

I appreciate the opportunities to meet with mayors from across town and around the country. Councillor Kovac and I had an interesting chat with the dynamically talented Town of Mount Royal Mayor Philippe Roy.

Thank you FCM for this marvelous opportunity in becoming better educated and informed about major issues affecting all of our hometowns. I am better equipped to serve my constituents having learned from Canada’s leading experts.

Always dediacted to prototing first aid and CPR training I was thrilled to bump into this Toronto Pearson International Airport firefighter in the departure area

Always dedicated to promoting first aid and CPR training I was thrilled to bump into this Toronto Pearson International Airport firefighter in the departure area

 

Welcome neighbour

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I was pleased to attend a welcome reception ushering in the new council of the Town of Hampstead this evening.

The new council of the Town of Hampstead

The new council of the Town of Hampstead

Mayor William Steinberg introduced the six councillors in order of their seat number, highlighting two new members: Karen Zajdman in Seat 1 and Warren Budning in Seat 5.

Returning to council are Jack Edery (Seat 2), Leon Elfassy (3), Michael Goldwax (4), and Harvey Shaeffer (6).

Mayor William Steinberg and Cllr. GJ Nashen

Mayor William Steinberg and Cllr. GJ Nashen

Cote Saint-Luc Mayor Anthony Housefather along with myself and Councillors Ruth Kovac, Allan J. Levine and Dida Berku were in attendance to greet and congratulate our neighbouring municipality.

The Youth Seat members since the 90s: Anthony Housefather, Bonnie Feigenbaum, Warren Budning.

The Youth Seat members since the 90s: Anthony Housefather, Bonnie Feigenbaum, Warren Budning.

We look forward to many fruitful initiatives and good relations together with our neighbours. (Fixing the needlessly confusing no left turn signs on Fleet would be a good start. Sorry, I couldn’t help myself). We already cooperate in different areas such as recreation and snow dumping. Other possibilities lie ahead.

Acclaimed Cllr. Michael Goldwax delivers white glove service

Acclaimed Cllr. Michael Goldwax delivers white glove service

Meanwhile we congratulate the new council and wish you much success.

Jack Edery and GJ Nashen

Jack Edery and GJ Nashen

CSL Farmers Market winds down for the season

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The inaugural season of the CSL Farmers Market has wrapped up and and my unscientific polling of those residents that were milling about yesterday was more than positive. My own family had fun picking out farm fresh corn on the cob, tomatoes and cucumbers and we treated ourselves to artisanal breads baked with olives and whole grain.

The Nashens picking up some fresh produce at the CSL Farmers Market

The Nashens picking up some fresh produce at the CSL Farmers Market

Never before did we have the opportunity to pick up vegetables from the field so close to home.  The same treat was on the minds of several residents I bumped into this day. Along came Councillor Ruth Kovac with her grandson Eitan.

Cllr. Ruth Kovac with grandson Eitan

Cllr. Ruth Kovac with grandson Eitan

Shortly after we bumped into Councillor Allan J. Levine with his wife Rhoda and their granddaughter.

Bialik teacher Leslie Silverstein shared a corn on the cob with his son Mickey

Bialik teacher Leslie Silverstein shared a corn on the cob with his son Mickey

And while most were arriving for the fresh produce some were towed by their kids directly to the inflatable toys.

Danand Matthew Gabay get ready to jump, jump, jump...

Dan and Matthew Gabay get ready to jump, jump, jump…

Others explored the food trucks and the overall ambiance and natural beauty of Trudeau Park.

Carole and Alyssa Blank enjoy a stroll past the Farmers Market

Carole and Alyssa Blank enjoy a stroll past the Farmers Market

Some kids found other sweet treats hidden among the healthy offerings.

Jeremy Nashen was lucky to find a lollypop tractor to sweeten his teeth

Jeremy Nashen was lucky to find a lollypop tractor to sweeten his teeth

And many thanks, of course , to the brainchild of the marketplace and overall urban agriculture initiative in CSL, City Manager Tanya Abramovitch, along with community development manager Sarah Topey-Arns, along with a small army of support staff and volunteers.

Tanya Abramovitch with a healthy dose of cotton candy surrounded by CSL's finest in blue

Tanya Abramovitch with a healthy dose of cotton candy surrounded by CSL’s finest in blue

I am proud to support this innovative initiative in building a healthier, stronger community and look forward to the return of the Farmers Market in CSL next spring.

 

 

Cote Saint-Luc Mayor supports his eight councillors for re-election and they endorse him as well

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Cote Saint-Luc Mayor supports his eight councillors for re-election and they endorse him as well

Cote Saint-Luc City Council

                                               Cote Saint-Luc City Council 

Mayor Anthony Housefather and all eight incumbent city councillors have announced their intention to seek re-election in the next Cote Saint-Luc municipal election. which will take place on November 3, 2013.

“Our council works hard as a team with integrity and transparency. We began this mandate with significant goals and we have achieved them,” said Mayor Anthony Housefather.”

“We built an Aquatic and Community Centre that is the pride of the city. We created a dramatic society that has enhanced our cultural offerings. We have created an urban agriculture program to improve health and we have continued to improve our infrastructure by revamping parks and playgrounds, rehabilitating streets, pipes and facilities,” the Mayor said. “We have overseen the successful Cavendish Mall redevelopment, a number of townhouse projects and the continued rejuvenation of our community. We were instrumental in convincing the English Montreal School Board to reintroduce a mainstream English high school in Cote Saint-Luc and have worked hard to support our excellent public and private schools and institutions.”

“We have continued to run the city as we would a business, with tight budgetary control keeping our shareholders – our residents – always in mind,” Mayor Housefather said. “I am very pleased that we have achieved these goals together, and I have full confidence that our council can do even more together in the future.”

Councillors Sam Goldbloom (District 1), Mike Cohen (District 2), DidaBerku (District 3), Steven Erdelyi (District 4), Allan J. Levine (District 5), Glenn J. Nashen (District 6), Mitchell Brownstein (District 7) and Ruth Kovac (District 8) have all thrown their support behind the mayor.

“It is great to have a Mayor who can get both lead and listen to his council, stated Councillors Mike Cohen and Dida Berku. “We compare Côte Saint-Luc to other municipalities and see how much our councillors are empowered to act and how constructively decisions are made and that results from Mayor Housefather’s leadership.”

“Anthony worked with us to lead the demerger movement,” said Councillors Ruth Kovac, Glenn J. Nashen and Mitchell Brownstein. “His leadership in allowing us to break away from Montreal has clearly proven to be the correct decision and he has shown that a city can be run in an ethical, honest and positive way. We are delighted to endorse him.”

“There is no mayor we know who works harder than Anthony Housefather,” stated Councillors Steven Erdelyi, Sam Goldbloom and Allan J. Levine. “He is available 24∕ 7 by email and phone and gets things done smoothly and constructively. He has both intelligence and vision.”

While each member of council will run their re-election campaigns independently, the mayor has announced support for each of his incumbent colleagues.

“Sam Goldbloom (District 1) has been with us for two mandates now and has worked diligently on matters related to seniors, traffic and the library in particular,” said the mayor. “Sam has been an active member of both our Côte Saint-Luc Dramatic Society and Cats Committee. Before joining our council, Sam was integrally involved in many community organizations and that experience has served us well.”

The mayor noted that Mike Cohen (District 2) joined council eight years ago having worn many hats as a journalist and communications professional. “Mike has lived in Côte Saint-Luc most of his life and came to us having always been involved in our programs and activities,” he said. “We have benefitted from his expertise by ensuring the delivery of a well oiled communications plan for our citizens, from an enhanced website to various publications. His creation of District Information Meetings have been well received and caught on with other councillors. In addition, his decision to establish the Côte Saint-Luc Cats Committee has helped our city play a leading role in the area of animal welfare.”

“Dida Berku (District 3), emphasizes the mayor, has done a masterful job overseeing the city’s finance portfolio while also working diligently on matters related to the environment and the Cavendish Mall development and Meadowbrook. She also played a critical role in the introduction of a code of ethics in the city. “Dida’s legal and financial acumen and her incredible work ethic are invaluable for the city,” said the mayor.

Steven Erdelyi (District 4), the mayor notes, has devoted an enormous amount of time and energy to the public works dossier and environmental matters in particular. “As a former high school science teacher and now a school principal, Steven is very detailed in everything he does,” said the mayor. “I know that when I give Steven an assignment, he will come back with even more meat on the bone than I expected.”

Allan J. Levine (District 5), a retired school teacher , has devoted much of his time and energy over the years to serving on the Planning Advisory and Audit Committees while being involved in all aspects of city life. “In this last mandate of ours, Allan has been able to marry his love for tennis with his duties as a councillor. “Allan has taken great pride in chairing our tennis committee,” the mayor said. “From the Côte Saint-Luc Tennis Club, to the reconstruction of the Wagar courts and the plans to refurbish those at Rembrandt Park, Allan’s love for tennis and ability to convince the council to move forward has made Côte Saint-Luc a tennis capital.”

Glenn J. Nashen (District 6) continues to be a great advocate for public safety, always looking for new ways to make Côte Saint-Luc an even safer place in which to live. “Glenn has been a volunteer with our Emergency Medical Services organization for many years,” the mayor said. “He continues to oversee that dossier, in addition to our Public Security, Emergency Preparedness and the Volunteer Citizens on Patrol – an extraordinary service which was his idea. Glenn is constantly in touch with our local Police and Fire Departments, ensuring that matters of public safety are in good hands.” Nashen also heads up the Traffic Committee and CSL Cycles program, and he is always looking at new ideas to calm traffic, increase pedestrian safety and expand our cycling network.

Mitchell Brownstein (District 7) has been instrumental in the growth of Aquatic and Community Centre programs. “Mitchell has a long history in regard to swimming in our community dating back to his role as manager of the old Blossom Pool,” said the mayor. “The evolution of our ACC was a dream of his as well as mine, so I spend a lot of time with him and our aquatic staff overseeing the growth of aquatics in Côte Saint-Luc. His ideas such as the Fun Card and the Dramatic Society have been highlights of our last two mandates. The Recreation dossier which he oversees is multifaceted and time consuming.”

Ruth Kovac (District 8) has the very important dossier of urban planning and co-chaired the construction duties of the ACC. “Not on ly did Ruth play a critical role in regard to the ACC,” said the mayor, “She also worked incredibly hard on the Cavendish Mall redevelopment. In addition, she chairs our Planning Advisory Committee, which oversees every new building permit request the city must deal with. We are also grateful to Ruth for the long hours she spends overseeing financial expenditures in the city, working on the Audit as well as the Emergency Preparedness Committees.”

In conclusion the mayor stated: “This has been an excellent council and a superb mandate during these last four years. Our group of nine has in fact been together since we demerged from Montreal. We have been an effective and business-oriented team overseeing the city. I have always believed in empowering each member of council and I am very pleased with the success that has come with my decision to assign portfolios to each councillor. We have accomplished everything that was promised and more. I would be proud to continue to serve with each one of these dedicated civic leaders.”

West End Times | Sept. 12, 2009 | Click to enlarge

West End Times | Sept. 12, 2009 | Click to enlarge

V-E Day commemoration ceremony in Côte Saint-Luc on Sunday, May 5, 2013

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Royal Canadian Legion

Royal Canadian Legion (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Members of the Brigadier Frederick Kisch Branch 97 of the Royal Canadian Legion, Mayor Anthony Housefather, the Côte Saint-Luc city council, dignitaries, veterans and residents will commemorate Victory in Europe (V-E) Day on Sunday, May 5 at 2 pm at Veterans Park.

 

“My generation and those of my children and grandchildren will never be able to fully pay back the Canadian soldiers who fought to defeat tyranny during the Second World War,” said Ruth Kovac, who is the co-chairperson of this event with Councillor Allan J. Levine. “By liberating Europe our veterans also ended the genocide against the Jewish population of Europe and others targeted by the Nazis.”

 

VE Day parade in Cote Saint-Luc 2008

VE Day parade in Cote Saint-Luc 2008

Councillor Levine said we must continue to honour those who have served and those families who lost loved ones for our country.

 

“I encourage everyone to come on May 5 and show support for our veterans who still continue to do so much for our community and look after their own,” Councillor Levine said. “Indeed, this year our veterans raised more than $31,000 during last November’s Poppy Fund Campaign. Those funds were then returned to the community through donations to local organisations, such as the Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation, the Royal Victoria Hospital, the Jewish General Hospital, the Salvation Army, the Old Brewery Mission and many others.”

 

Cote Saint-Luc cenotaph in Veteran's Park

Cote Saint-Luc cenotaph in Veteran’s Park

Victory in Europe (V-E) Day was May 8, 1945, the date when the Second World War Allies formally accepted the unconditional surrender of the armed forces of Nazi Germany. The cenotaph at Veterans Park honours the memory of those who gave their lives in the First World War, the Second World War and the Korean War.

 

VE Day 2008: Mayor and City Council with Parade Marshall Bob Feldstein in CSL Veterans Park

VE Day 2008: Mayor and City Council with Parade Marshall Bob Feldstein in CSL Veterans Park

This year’s commemoration will be conducted by Brigadier Frederick Kisch Branch 97 President, Frank Levine. Veterans Park is located next to the City Hall and library (5801 Cavendish Blvd.) In the event of rain, the ceremony will be held indoors at the City Hall.

George Nashen in front of the Cote Saint-Luc cenotaph in Veterans Park on VE Day 2012

George Nashen in front of the Cote Saint-Luc cenotaph in Veterans Park on VE Day 2012

Kid-friendly Winter Carnival Day on February 10, 2013 in Côte Saint-Luc

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The main attraction of the Côte Saint-Luc Winter Carnival is on Sunday, February 10, 2013 at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park, where people will enjoy a free pancake breakfast, horse drawn carriage rides, inflatable games and more.
Other kid-friendly activities include taffy on snow, snowshoeing, kicksledding, tobogganing on the hill, a puppet show, face painting, a Scouts presentation, and snow games.
The Côte Saint-Luc Winter Carnival runs from Wednesday, February 6 to Saturday, February 16, 2013 and also includes a hockey tournament, a figure-skating exhibition, a Valentine dance, and movie screening for seniors. The full schedule is available at www.CoteSaintLuc.org/WinterCarnival2013.
All Côte Saint-Luc Winter Carnival events are free except for the public skating event on February 9, 2013 and the Valentine Dance on February 16, 2013. The entrance fee for public skating is $5 (or free with a Fun Card). Proceeds from the public skating event and donations will go to Ronald McDonald House. Tickets for the Valentine dance are $25 in advance or $28 at the door.
The event co-chairpersons are councillors Mitchell Brownstein and Allan J. Levine.

 

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