CSL inaugurates Shalom Bloom Sculpture garden

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On hand for all of the events celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday were Mayor Mitchell Brownstein and the entire Côte St. Luc council, Mount Royal MP Anthony Housefather and D’Arcy McGee MNA David Birnbaum. The chairs of the Canada Day event were councillors Glenn Nashen and Ruth Kovac, and the MC for the events were CJAD personalities Dan Laxer and Laurie Betito.

The Shalom Bloom Sculpture Garden is in an area of the park with stunning, lifelike sculptures of various wildlife animals, including white-tailed deer, cougar, bighorned sheep and others. The sculptures were a donation by Bloom, who left his successful business in 1980 to devote himself full time to sculpting.

“This city is a wonderful place and the two mayors (Brownstein and his predecessor Housefather) really worked hard to bring this about,” Bloom said at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the garden. “This is Phase 1, and hopefully, eventually, we’ll have another phase with a lot more sculptures in this magnificent park.”

Marco Pendenza of Super Excavation did the stonework, and Ron Williams was the consulting landscape architect.

“I was involved with the overall concept and design,” Williams said. “The early ideas were a natural environment where the animals would feel at home. It turned out great, I’m really pleased.”

Snowdon Councillor Marvin Rotrand also praised Bloom during the unveiling ceremony.

Later on, Birnbaum showed the winning videos of his riding-wide student competition, Canada 150: Your Story, My Story; and Lt-Gen. (Ret’d) Roméo Dallaire was inducted onto Côte St. Luc’s Human Rights Walkway for his work in preventing mass atrocities in Rwanda, his advocacy against the use of child soldiers and his general work for human rights. Dallaire’s son Willem was on hand for the dedication.

While most activities took place on July 2 because of weather concerns, the traditional citizenship ceremony, took place July 1 at the city’s Aquatic and Community Centre, and was presided over by former Canadian citizenship judge Barbara Seal. She, Brownstein, Housefather and Birnbaum welcomed the 39 new citizens from 18 countries. A “welcome home to Canada” video from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was also played.

The July 2 event also included entertainment by indigenous performers and the retro band Replay, who alternated between Beatles and ‘60s hits sets. Brownstein himself sang John Lennon’s Imagine, which he linked to Côte St. Luc’s own advocacy for tolerance and respect.

The evening ended with a fireworks and laser show display, with musical accompaniment.

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Canada Day in CSL 2015, Celebrate the Flag

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The Canada Day celebration in the City of Côte Saint-Luc on July 1 will highlight the fiftieth anniversary of the Canadian flag and will honour Irwin Cotler with an induction onto the Human Rights Walkway.

 

“Our Canada Day event attracts thousands of people and it’s an opportunity to honour people who have made a difference, whether somewhere else in the world or here at home,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “This year we have decided to induct Professor Irwin Cotler on the Côte Saint-Luc Human Rights Walkway. For the past 5 decades, he has devoted his intellect and advocacy skills to the pursuit of justice around the world, first as an international human rights lawyer and later as a Member of Parliament for Mount Royal, and Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, where he made the pursuit of international justice a government priority.”

 

All Canada Day activities take place at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park on Mackle Rd. The Irwin Cotler induction takes place at 9:05 pm.

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“To highlight the fiftieth anniversary of the Canadian flag we will be flying a greater than usual number of Canadian flags throughout Côte Saint-Luc,” said Councillor Glenn J. Nashen, who is co-chair of the event.  “Also, the children from our day camps will be producing a banner that will be displayed during the festivities. The theme of the banner is Canada and what does being Canadian mean to you.”

 

Canada Day will also feature a Canadian citizenship ceremony for new Canadians, live music by Replay the Beatles and a show with The Incredible Boris, comedy hypnotist. Kids will enjoy storytelling, inflatable games, the children’s train, the roaming magician, arts and crafts and more. Other activities include free pedal boats on Centennial Lake, a photo booth, a model airplane show, a model boat show, free cupcakes, and the closing fireworks at 9:45 pm.

 

See the Canada Day schedule at www.CoteSaintLuc.org/CanadaDay2015.

 

“This year’s masters of ceremonies is a tag-team of four anchors from Global TV: Camille Ross, Jessica Laventure, Elysia Bryan-Baynes and Travis Todd,” said Councillor Mike Cohen, who is also co-chair of the event.

 

Event sponsors include Canadian Heritage, Global, Qualitifruits, Domino’s Pizza, The Suburban, Maac.ca, Quartier Cavendish, RBC, Scotiabank, Chartwell Castel Royal and West Island Music Academy.

 

In case of heavy rain, many activities would move to the Confederation Annex in Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park. The Canadian citizenship ceremony would be moved to the Aquatic and Community Centre (5794 Parkhaven) at 5 pm. The induction ceremony for Irwin Cotler on to the Human Rights Walkway would take place at 6 pm. The fireworks display would be postponed to Thursday, July 2 starting at 9:30 pm. The kids train and model airplanes and boats would be cancelled.

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Côte Saint-Luc rendra hommage à Irwin Cotler et soulignera le 50e anniversaire du drapeau canadien lors des célébrations de la fête du Canada
Les célébrations de la fête du Canada qui auront lieu à Côte Saint-Luc le 1er juillet comprendront cérémonie pour introniser Irwin Cotler sur la Promenade des droits de personne et souligneront le 50e anniversaire du drapeau canadien.
« Nos festivités de la fête du Canada attirent des milliers de participants. C’est aussi l’occasion d’honorer des personnes qui ont contribué à changer les choses, ailleurs dans le monde ou ici dans notre pays, a déclaré le maire Anthony Housefather. Cette année nous avons décidé d’introniser Irwin Cotler sur la Promenade des droits de la personne de Côte Saint-Luc. Depuis  cinquante ans, Irwin Cotler a consacré son intelligence et ses talents de plaideur à la promotion et à la protection des droits de la personne partout dans le monde, d’abord comme avocat des droits de la personne internationaux, puis comme député fédéral de Mont-Royal, et ministre de la Justice et procureur général du Canada, faisant de la poursuite de la justice internationale une priorité du gouvernement. »
Toutes les activités de la fête du Canada se dérouleront au parc Pierre Elliott Trudeau sur le chemin Mackle. L’intronisation d’Irwin Cotler aura lieu à 21 h 05.
« Pour souligner le cinquantième anniversaire du drapeau canadien, nous flotterons un plus grand nombre que d’habitude de drapeaux à travers Côte Saint-Luc, dit le conseiller Glenn J. Nashen, qui copréside les célébrations de cette année. Aussi, les enfants du camp de jour prépareront une bannière qui sera affichée durant les festivités. Le thème de la bannière est le Canada et que cela signifie-t-il pour vous d’être canadien. »
Le programme de la fête du Canada comprend aussi une cérémonie de citoyenneté canadienne pour les nouveaux Canadiens, la musique de Replay the Beatles et un spectacle avec l’hypnotise-comédien The Incredible Boris. De nombreuses activités sont prévues pour les plus jeunes : histoires, manèges gonflables, train des enfants, magicien ambulant,  bricolages et plus encore. Il y aura également des balades gratuites en pédalo sur le lac Centennial, un kiosque de photo, une exposition d’avions modèles réduits, une distribution de petits gâteaux et, pour terminer, les feux d’artifice à 21 h 45.
On peut consulter l’horaire de la fête du Canada à CoteSaintLuc.org/fr/FeteduCanada2015.
« Cette année, les maîtres de cérémonie de l’événement seront une équipe de quatre personnalités de Global : Camille Ross, Jessica Laventure, Elysia Bryan-Baynes et Travis Todd », dit le conseiller Mike Cohen, qui copréside également les célébrations de cette année
Les commanditaires de la fête du Canada comprennent Patrimoine canadien, Global, Qualitifruits, Domino’s Pizza, The Suburban, Maac.ca, Quartier Cavendish, RBC, Banque Scotia, Chartwell Castel Royal et l’Académie de musique de l’Ouest de l’île.
En cas de fortes pluies, plusieurs activités auront lieu dans l’Annexe de la confédération au parc Pierre Elliott Trudeau. La cérémonie de citoyenneté aura lieu au Centre communautaire et aquatique (5794 Parkhaven) à 17 h et l’intronisation d’Irwin Cotler sur la promenade des droits de la personne suivra à 18 h. Les feux d’artifice seront reportés au jeudi 2 juillet à 21 h 30. Certaines activités telles le train des enfants et les avions et bateaux modèles réduits seront annulées.

All smiles as CSL celebrates Canada’s 147th birthday

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Pierre Elliot Trudeau Park was an action packed, high energy venue yesterday as residents and neighbours showed up in the thousands to partake in festivities for all ages.

Cllr. Sam Goldbloom, Mayor Anthony Housefather, MP Irwin Cotler, MNA David Birnbaum, RCMP officer and Judge Barbara Seal in Cote Saint-Luc's Trudeau Park

Cllr. Sam Goldbloom, Mayor Anthony Housefather, MP Irwin Cotler, MNA David Birnbaum, RCMP officer and Judge Barbara Seal in Cote Saint-Luc’s Trudeau Park

The event kicked off with an emotional and life-altering experience for more than 40 West End residents emigrating from 17 countries. They were sworn in as new Canadians in the annual event marked with pomp and ceremony. Citizenship Judge Barbara Seal, a former Hampstead Town Councillor gave a moving and emotional speech to the new citizens and to all Canadians as she asked those assembled to raise their right hands to take the Oath of Citizenship.

When the new citizens were sworn in Mayor Housefather took to the stage to deliver his usually eloquent and touching speech. He praised Judge Seal for her service to all Canadians and welcomed all to the “Most Canadian city in Quebec.”

Mayor Anthony Housefather helping to distribute 1000 Canada Day cupcakes

Mayor Anthony Housefather helping to distribute 1000 Canada Day cupcakes

The festivities continued with rides, games and entertainment for the youngsters, great entertainment and good ‘ol patriotic speeches by our mayor, MNA and MP.

Wishing you a Happy Canada Day from all three levels: D'Arcy McGee MNA David Birnbaum, CSL Cllr. Glenn J. Nashen, Mount Royal MP Irwin Cotler

Wishing you a Happy Canada Day from all three levels of government: D’Arcy McGee MNA David Birnbaum, CSL Cllr. Glenn J. Nashen, Mount Royal MP Irwin Cotler

The CSL Human Rights Walkway gained a new inductee as a plaque in honour of Nelson Mandela was unveiled on stage. The walkway is a uniquely CSL initiative that has grown in size and importance over the last dozen or so years.

Unveiling of the Nelson Mandela plaque for the CSL Human Rights Walkway

Unveiling of the Nelson Mandela plaque for the CSL Human Rights Walkway

Former MNA Lawrence Bergman was given special attention as Trudeau Park’s Chalet 1 was renamed in his honour. The Lawrence S. Bergman Chalet was inaugurated in tribute to Lawrence’s outstanding commitment and unwavering support of the City of Cote Saint-Luc and its residents. Mayor Housefather listed the many reasons for praising Bergman including his work to save EMS when threatened with closure by the merger of all local Fire Departments and his support in solidifying the financing of the Aquatic and Community Centre.

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A big highlight each year is the incredible fireworks show. What usually lasts about 15 minutes went on for almost 25 with the most spectacular pyrotechnics seen in Cote Saint-Luc in a very, very long time.

My son Jeremy may not show it but he was thrilled to meet this RCMP officer as well as the Mounted officers and their horses from the Montreal Police Department

My son Jeremy may not show it but he was thrilled to meet this RCMP officer as well as the Mounted officers and their horses from the Montreal Police Department

Keeping our residents and party-goers safe are our amazing EMS and vCOP volunteers along with our professional Public Security agents and Montreal agglomeration police officers.

EMS volunteers always at the ready

EMS volunteers always at the ready

Thanks to all of them for their endless energy and dedicated services. Our community is a better place to live in large part thanks to our many volunteers involved in safety, culture, sports and recreation.

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vCOP Supervisor Susie Schwartz along with Public Security Lieutenant Anthony Tsakon (centre) and Public Safety Manager Philip Chateauvert

The 2014 Canada Day celebration was good fun and a successful event. Thank you to co-chairs Councillors Sam Goldbloom and Mitchell Brownstein as well as to the staff of the Parks and Recreation Department under Director David Taveroff for doing such a fine organizing job. All this could not have been possible without the amazing leadership and abundant enthusiasm of the most incredible mayor in all of Quebec, Anthony Housefather.

Councillor Sam Goldbloom hugs our vCOP volunteers, Mona Aronovitch and Elaine Meunier

Councillor Sam Goldbloom hugs our vCOP volunteers, Mona Aronovitch and Elaine Meunier

vCOP: Proudly Canadian, since July 1, 2006

vCOP: Proudly Canadian, since July 1, 2006

CSL Public Safety Director Jordy Reichson and Police Commander Marc Cournoyer make sure everything stays safe for residents and participants at Canada Day and throughout the year

CSL Public Safety Director Jordy Reichson and Police Commander Marc Cournoyer make sure everything stays safe for residents and participants at Canada Day and throughout the year

HAPPY CANADA DAY!

Read more on Councillor Mike Cohen’s blog

Canada Day 2013 festivities in Côte Saint-Luc

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The Canada Day festivities in the City of Côte Saint-Luc on Monday, July 1 include a live performance by Bowser and Blue at 8:30 pm, the induction of Jackie Robinson on the Human Rights Walkway at 9:30 pm, and more.
All events take place at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park, on Mackle Rd. Free pedal boat rides on Centennial Lake begin at 1 pm. There will be a model airplane show from 1 pm to 4:40 pm, and inflatable games at 4 pm. The Canadian citizenship ceremony takes place at 5 pm. Canada Day cupcakes will be served at 7:15 pm. The Jackie Robinson induction ceremony takes place at 9:30 pm, followed by closing remarks from Mayor Anthony Housefather. The fireworks display begins at 9:45 pm.
There will be live music from 6 pm to 10 pm by HI-FI Showband, Bowser and Blue, the Montreal West Operatic Society, and Raffi’s Accordion. See the Canada Day schedule at CoteSaintLuc.org/CanadaDay2013 for performance times.
Children’s activities include a magic show, the children’s train, storytelling, glitter tattoos, arts and crafts, and more.
The master of ceremonies is Dan Laxer from CJAD. The event co-chairs are councillors Ruth Kovac and Glenn J. Nashen.
Event sponsors include The Suburban, Canadian Heritage, Domino’s Pizza, RBC, Bureau En Gros, Quartier Cavendish, Scotiabank, Qualitifruits, MAAC, Century 21, and Universel Inc.
In case of heavy rain, the majority of activities will take place in the Confederation Annex. The Canadian citizenship ceremony will move to the Aquatic and Community Centre (5794 Parkhaven Ave.).The fireworks display will be postponed to Tuesday, July 2 at 10 pm. Residents can call 514-485-6806 ext. 5501 on July 1 for confirmation or visit CoteSaintLuc.org.
For a full schedule of events, visit www.CoteSaintLuc.org/CanadaDay2013.

A CSL celebration fit for royalty

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We may not have had an appearance by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge but this year’s Canada Day celebration in Cote Saint-Luc was a royal success. An estimated 3000 celebrants came out to enjoy a beautiful afternoon and evening in Pierre Elliot Trudeau Park.

Councillors Allan Levine and Mike Cohen, Canada Day co-chairs, join me in handing out red and white cupcakes

The thousands of CSLers and West Enders enjoyed the festivities under clear skies and a warm breeze. There was much fun for the kids with inflatables, face painting, balloons, a percussion jam, train rides around the lake, pedal boating on the lake, food and lots of wonderful dancing and music. Model planes took to the sky in Trudeau Park and the Montreal Police cavalry was on display.

The annual Canadian Citizenship Ceremony was a tremendously impressive program with the elegant and eloquent former citizenship judge Barbara Seal presiding.  Also a former Hampstead Town Councillor and Member of the Order of Canada, Barbara said she felt at home in Cote Saint-Luc as she swore in 36 new citizens from 20 countries.

Judge Barbara Seal presides over Citizenship Ceremony accompanied by Officer Victor Demoura, Royal Canadian Mounted Police

The Human Rights Walkway ceremony followed with the unveiling of a plaque honouring the Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

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Aung San Suu Kyi put herself in danger to help bring about democratic change,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “We are honoured to unveil the plaque. We are also thrilled that she recorded a video message thanking us.”

MNA Lawrence Bergman addresses the crowd

The highlight is always the fireworks (posted here if you missed them), a tremendous sound and light display, as the grand finale of a great day at Trudeau Park.  I am so pleased that our grand fireworks presentation honoured our Canadian troops serving in Afghanistan.

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Lieutenant-Colonel Pierre Sasseville received a loud, supportive welcome by the thousands of onlookers.  He told the crowd to thank a soldier when you see them on the street, for all of their brave and selfless efforts on behalf of all Canadians.

Police Cavalry on patrol on Shalom Avenue
 
CSLer Alexandra Cohen was invited up on stage to lead the crowd in her youthful rendition of O Canada.
 

District 6 resident Elaine Brownstein seems quite please with these patrollers are on her front lawn

Enormous effort and planning went into this spectacular event and I’d like to thank Parks and Recreation Director David Taveroff and his incredible team, emcee Dan Laxer, the CSL communications team, the dedicated volunteers from vCOP and EMS and our corps of Public Security Agents under the direction of Jordy Reichson along with ERT Chief David sasson, EMS Deputy Chief Sheldon Goldberg and vCOP Senior Supervisor Lewis Cohen and Supervisors Susie Schwartz and Mitchell Herf, Commander Sylvain Bissonnette and his squad of Police Officers from PDQ9, our Veterans and all those who volunteered their time as well as our hard-working Public Works crews.  You all did a sensational job and made us proud as CSLers rightfully should be.

Happy Canada Day to all and have a terrific summer.

Read more on Councillor Mike Cohen’s blog.

Canada Day in Côte Saint-Luc: citizenship ceremony, musical performances, fireworks

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The annual Canada Day celebration in Côte Saint-Luc includes a Canadian citizenship ceremony, a Human Rights Walkway ceremony, live music, fireworks and more at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park on Thursday, July 1.

“This year’s event will be taking place rain or shine, so I encourage all families to come to the park and enjoy the activities that have been planned,” said Councillor Mitchell Brownstein, who is the co-chairperson of the Canada Day event along with Councillor Ruth Kovac. “In particular, I am very proud that we are again hosting a Canadian citizenship ceremony.”

A Canadian citizenship judge will administer the citizenship oath to new Canadians at 4:30pm. Immediately following the ceremony, at approximately 5:30pm, Côte Saint-Luc will unveil a plaque for its Human Rights Walkway honouring those who spoke out and fought for Jews oppressed in the former Soviet Union, Syria, and Ethiopia.

The Canada Day events will run from 1pm to 10:40pm. Other activities include inflatable games, a roaming magician, a children’s train, face painting, arts and crafts, fireworks and more. There will also be live performances by musical groups Airport 77, Zuruba and Music Academy Fortissimo throughout the evening.

“People will be able to enjoy unique activities such as baratanga, a zumba demonstration and more,” Councillor Kovac said. “There is something for everyone at this year’s event.”

Bracelets will be sold benefiting the Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation.

Event sponsors include The Suburban, Scotia Bank, Domino’s Pizza, the Cavendish Mall, Quality Fruits and Infusion Catering.

In case of heavy rain, the majority of activities would take place in the Confederation Annex, with the exception of the Canadian citizenship ceremony and Human Rights Walkway ceremony would take place at city hall, 5801 Cavendish Blvd. Residents can call 514-485-6806 ext. 5501 on July 1 for confirmation on schedule type.

Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park is located on Mackle Rd. near Shalom Ave.

For a full schedule of events, visit www.CoteSaintLuc.org.