vCOP celebrates Bar Mitzvah

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Enough cake to feed nearly 100 volunteers

It wasn’t your ordinary Bar Mitzvah celebration but vCOPs by the dozens showed up to celebrate the 13th birthday of their community-minded organization, Cote Saint-Luc’s volunteer Citizens on Patrol.

From a handful of volunteers, a single patrol vehicle and a lot of spirit and dedication the group has grown tremendously over the years since I launched it back on July 1, 2006. (Search vCOP in this blog for the history and photos).

Susie and Harvey Schwartz were among the first 10 volunteers to sign up. They’ve since patrolled thousands of kilometers along the streets of Cote Saint-Luc.

Today, nearly 100 volunteers routinely don their orange polo tops and bright yellow jackets and patrol our city in four marked vehicles as well as on electric scooters, bikes and on foot patrol.

Mayor Brownstein and his wife Elaine joined me at the vCOP celebration to cheer on our amazing volunteers

vCOP is a one of a kind organization. There’s nothing like it throughout Quebec. Well structured, highly organized, discipline and training throughout the ranks, the group is a shining example of what hard work, dedication and determination of a corps of supervisors and patrollers can do in augmenting the safety of an entire community.

Dedicated supervisors and patrollers flank the mayor and councillor responsible for public safety, Oren Sebag

The event, a barbecue to celebrate the summer season (despite the cold air!), was held in the Lawrence Bergman Chalet of Trudeau Park. Several councillors dropped by as well as a sizable corps of police officers from Neighbourhood Station 9 and volunteers from Cote Saint-Luc Emergency Medical Services. There were public security officers on hand as well as the management team of Philip Chateauvert and Jean-Marc Dubois in addition to former director Jordy Reichson.

L-R: Supv. David Goldsmith, Fmr. Dir. Jordy Reichson, Susie Schwartz, Chief Philip Chateauvert, Supv. Elaine Meunier, Mgr. Jean-Marc Dubois, Fmr. Cllr & vCOP Founder Glenn J. Nashen, Supv. Phil Mayman, Supv. Mitchell Herf

When you see the vCOP patrols ride by give them a thumbs up and offer a word of thanks. If you see them stopping in for a coffee at McDonald’s why not pay it forward and pick up their snack tab. They will appreciate the gesture and you’ll feel great doing so.

Thank you to all of our vCOP crews. You are wonderful volunteers who deserve much appreciation. Here’s to another great 13 years together!

vCOP fills the hall, Suburban chief thanks the troops

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Photo courtesy David Goldsmith

A capacity crowd of 80 Cote Saint-Luc volunteer Citizens on Patrol members filled the council chamber at city hall this week to hear the Suburban Newspaper’s editor-in-chief Beryl Wajsman speak on a wide range of topics, but mostly on the political landscape in Quebec. Wajsman was raw and uncensored, swinging wildly, particularly at provincial politicians. The considerably knowledgeable and articulate speaker was unscripted in his gashing assault against the political elite who he described as unconcerned about the citizenry and focused solely on attaining power by saying whatever was necessary to secure votes.

Against this negative backdrop Wajsman described CSL mayor Mitchell Brownstein as unique in his “openness and accessibility”. You can meet with Mitch or call him anytime. He answers his own phone, Wajsman said. “He cares and it shows.”

Beryl Wajsman addresses the vCOP corps of volunteers

But Wajsman’s ultimate compliment was saved for the volunteers in their bright yellow uniform jackets and orange polo tops. You are the true examples of what it means to be a community, to care for your neighbour and to help people who really need your help, he said. He congratulated the vCOP members for their service to the elderly, to all residents.

“I truly enjoyed speaking to a very special gathering of some of the most engaged citizens around. The CSL Volunteer Corps of Citizens on Patrol. The only one of its kind on the island (actually the only one in Quebec) and they cover every sector where the 33,000 residents of CSL live. Great Q&A too,” Wajsman posted to his Facebook page

Long-serving volunteers Susie and Harvey Schwartz

vCOP meets every other month to refresh on protocols and procedures, learn new skills and techniques and to hear from community leaders and experts in public safety. They are a dedicated and energetic group that give of their time, day and night, to safeguard the community. Once again, I salute CSL’s men and women in yellow and orange.

The D’Arcy McGee Medal of Citizenship of the National Assembly goes to…

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Receiving the D’Arcy McGee Medal of Citizenship of the Quebec National Assembly by (L-R) Former MNAs Robert Libman and Lawrence Bergman, current MNA David Birnbaum and Mayor Mitchell Brownstein

What a great honour in receiving the D’Arcy McGee Medal of Citizenship of the Quebec National Assembly by MNA David Birnbaum surrounded by family and friends. This annual event awards three people for their outstanding contribution to the residents and communities of the D’Arcy McGee riding.

 

 

David Birnbaum, député de D’Arcy-McGee MNA honoured three people for outstanding community service last evening at Ashkelon Gardens: Lina Fortin, me, and the late Gerry Weinstein. The winners were selected by a blue-ribbon jury of three former D’Arcy-McGee MNAs and Ministers, retired Justice Herbert Marx, Robert Libman and 20-year MNA Lawrence S. Bergman. The Victor Goldbloom Essay winner was Sarah Buzaglo, a grade 10 student at École Maïmonide.

Most of you will know that I have served in public office nearly all of my adult life. Allow me sum up this incredible journey in the form of my shift-on-duty.

Glenn J. Nashen riding aboard Cote Saint-Luc’s first Rescue Medical Fire vehicle RMF-11, 1981

 

Glenn J. Nashen, on duty, in Cote Saint-Luc’s second ever First Response vehicle

My shift begins. Fall of 1979. I’m a young First Responder in the Cote Saint-Luc Emergency Measures Organization. Dressed in a smart looking brown uniform, yellow stripe down the side of my pants, the alert tone rings and we spring into action, lights and siren blaring from our small red rescue-fire truck. An elderly person tumbles down the stairs at home. A car crashes into a light pole on Cavendish. Suddenly, a call for a cardiac arrest across the street. We respond to hundreds of emergencies, on every street in CSL. And that’s just the early morning.

 

I rise through the ranks of EMO and EMS, promoting citizen CPR training and pushing for Automated Defibrillators in public buildings and public vehicles, relentlessly championing for recognition of paramedics across Quebec, and advocating for air ambulance helicopters for the outlying regions.

Cote Saint-Luc EMO launched my side-career as an Urgences-Santé ambulance technician in 1980

It’s a busy shift and we are only in the mid-80s. My uniform changes colour, and so does the vehicle, as I find myself riding aboard yellow ambulances and doctors cars with Urgences Santé. Racing to life and death situations, performing CPR 125 times, bringing some people back to life and even delivering a baby. What a privilege. What responsibility at a pretty young age, to be in a position to make a profound difference in someone’s life during their moment of highest anxiety.

Councillors Glenn J. Nashen and Ruth Kovac enrolled at the Emergency Preparedness College of Canada 1991

My shift continues, it’s 1990, and I’m elected as the youngest member on city council. My first priority is to make cycling safer and CSL adopts the first bicycle helmet bylaw in the country! I play a leading role during major floods, the infamous Ice Storm, preparing for doomsday during Y2K, you remember year 2000!

Newspaper ad from June 2005 commemorating the 1st anniversary of the demerger referendum by the Cote Saint-Luc Demerger Committee Co-Chairs

No rest on this patrol. It’s the early 2000s and Anthony, Ruth, Mitch and I are up for the biggest challenge, to get our City back… and saving our EMS and keeping our police and our fire stations from closure.

The men and women of Cote Saint-Luc volunteer Citizens on Patrol

It’s time for a lunch break when a great idea strikes me… It’s 2005, CSL is about to be back in our own hands again, and I decide that we need to harness the energy of more volunteers to ensure CSL’s place as the safest community on the Island of Montreal. We need to enlist more volunteers, retirees, a group of neighbours watching out for neighbours. After lunch I set out on founding the volunteer Citizens on Patrol organization. We launch on Canada Day 2006. Now suited up in a bright orange polo top and in marked vans, scooters and bikes, we continue our patrol through the streets and parks and municipal facilities.

Fmr. Cllr. Glenn J. Nashen and Supervisor Mitchell Herf inaugurate the newest vCOP electric scooters

We stop to alert a resident that they forgot to close their garage door, a possible theft averted. We remind another to keep the emergency lane clear at the mall, we get the finger on that one, but that’s OK. All in a day’s volunteer work. An elderly couple thanks us for changing the battery in their smoke detector. We block a street from traffic and hold onlookers back as the fire department douses a house fire. Over to check on the home of vacationers. Then, we assist the police in looking for a missing child and we reunite the frightened youngster with their relieved parents. We feel pride and satisfaction knowing we’ve helped. We’ve made a difference. We’ve given our time but we’ve gained so much in return.

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

My shift isn’t quite done and yet another quick uniform change. This time for a two-month stint as mayor of CSL in 2015. What was once just a dream actually became a reality.

 

And as we head back to the station to wrap up this shift for today, in 2018, I can see how my my parents gave me the keys to these patrol vehicles, for this mission to Repair the World.

Receiving the D’Arcy McGee Medal of Citizenship with my parents, George and Phyllis Nashen (June 19, 2018)

So thank you mom, who just celebrated her 90th birthday and thank you dad, who is three days shy of his 95th. Thank you for these important life lessons in public service and looking out for one’s neighbour.

 

These lessons were also fueled by my wife, Judy, who’s always ready to give her utmost to her patients and to the community and together we are handing over these keys to our children, Nicole, Nathalie and Jeremy.

Glenn J. Nashen, Judy Hagshi with Nicole, Nathalie and Jeremy Nashen (*June 19, 2018)

So I close by again thanking my wife and children, because when my proverbial uniform went on, they knew that it meant I’d be away from the house again and again and again. Public service, and long shifts, do come at a very high cost!

 

My wife says this about me: My heart is in Cote Saint-Luc and Cote Saint-Luc is in my heart. I feel that way too about our beautiful province and our amazing country. And I hope that one day my tour of duty will continue and my unquenchable need to Repair the World (Tikun Olam) will take off in some new direction to make this place the very best for all of us.

 

Thank you as well to our incredible life-saving volunteers at CSL EMS and to our dedicated and unstoppable volunteers in vCOP.

Thank you David and our former MNAs Herbert, Robert and Lawrence for this great honour. And thank you for reading this and for “joining” me on today’s shift. I appreciate all the good wishes and support I receive from family, friends and members of the community.

 

Congratulations to my fellow laureates, Lina Fortin and the family of the late Gerry Weinstein

 

Celebrating with the Pressers (Sandie and Robert) and Fabians (Leslie, Ricki, Jamie and Sammi)

 

My longtime friend and fellow vCOP volunteer Mitchell Herf

 

Sharing the good vibes and smiles with my colleagues Stephanie Malley and Marisa Rodi

 

Siempre me complace celebrar con mis amigos cercanos Natalia y Pablo

 

D’Arcy McGee National Assembly Citizenship Medal Ceremony (Photo Darryl Levine)

 

Friends from way back to Bialik days, Ben Burko (and son Milo) and Gary Polachek

 

Mitchell Brownstein and I go way, way back. I am so proud of my friend the mayor and pleased to celebrate with him.

 

David Birnbaum and Glenn J. Nashen (Photo Darryl Levine)

 

Former Quebec Cabinet Minister Lawrence Bergman and I have had a wonderful relationship over the years. He has been a friend and a mentor.

 

Gracias Miguel Banet y Lulu Brenner por venir y mostrar tu amor y apoyo

 

 

Watch: vCOP keeping us safe in Cote Saint-Luc

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In my next mandate I look forward to growing vCOP beyond 100 volunteers to cover more time slots and patrol hours throughout the day and night. We will increase the Vacation Spot-Check to watch over more homes and begin visiting shut-ins – vulnerable CSLers who will benefit from an occasional visit and check up from our caring and concerned vCOP crews.

I also enjoy an occasional patrol with the volunteers which I launched 11 years ago and am so pleased with the accomplishments and achievements of this extraordinary group, one of a kind in our province.

I’ve worked tirelessly to ensure CSL is the safest place on the Island of Montreal and will will continue to spend my time and direct my energy to make sure it stays that way!

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Dans le prochain mandat, je prévois de faire croître vCOP au-delà de 100 volontaires pour couvrir plus d’heures tout au long de la journée et de la nuit. Nous allons augmenter la vérification des maisons et commencer à rendre visite aux résidents vulnérables qui bénéficieront d’une visite occasionnelle et vérifieront auprès de nos équipes soignantes et concernées.

J’assisterai aussi d’une patrouille occasionnelle avec les bénévoles que j’ai lancée il y a 11 ans et je suis si heureux des accomplissements de ce groupe extraordinaire, unique en son genre dans notre province.

J’ai travaillé sans relâche pour m’assurer que CSL est l’endroit le plus sûr de l’île de Montréal et je continuerai à passer mon temps et à diriger mon énergie pour m’assurer que ça reste comme ça!

City thanks two outstanding volunteers

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Lewis Cohen and Susie Schwartz have been trusted, dedicated and energetic volunteers since I launched the volunteer Citizens on Patrol (vCOP) 11 years ago. The group could not have grown into the enormous success that it is without their incredible involvement.

vCOP Supervisors Lewis Cohen and Susie Schwartz (July 2012)

Among their many responsibilities Susie was involved in setting up vCOP at nearly every public event for the past decade while Lewis has made himself available to respond to emergency calls at any hour of day or night.
While their responsibilities are shifting the City Council recognized them at the last public council meeting.
Volunteers are the backbone of Cote Saint-Luc. We cannot thank them enough.

City Council recognizes volunteer Citizens on Patrol supervisors Lewis Cohen and Susie Schwartz

Ringing your bell to check smoke detectors

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vCOP checking smoke detectors between Westminster and Melling

 

Members from our volunteer Citizens on Patrol, or vCOP, will be ringing doorbells from now until October 1 on Melling Ave., Mackle Rd. Westminster to Melling, and Wavell Rd. from Westminster to Melling.
These vCOP members are part of our smoke detector brigade service. They will be offering to test the smoke detectors in your home. They’ll also replace batteries where needed, for free.
Our vCOP members always work in teams of two. They will be wearing their orange vCOP shirt or jacket. They will also have a photo ID.
Remember, you should always be cautious before opening the door and letting anyone into your home. If you aren’t sure, don’t open the door.

vCOP Smoke Detector Brigade goes door to door inspecting mandatory smoke detectors and will go so far as to install a new one (Photo: Martin Chamberland, La Presse)

D’ici au 1er octobre, les membres de notre patrouille bénévole, les vCOP, visiteront les résidences des rues  Melling, Mackle (entre Westminster et Melling), et Wavell (entre Westminster et Melling).
 
Ces membres font partie de notre brigade de détecteurs de fumée. Ils vous proposeront de vérifier les  détecteurs de votre résidence et, au besoin, changeront la pile. Ceci est un service gratuit. 
 
Nos vCOP travaillent toujours en équipe de deux. Ils portent une veste ou un chandail de vCOP orange. Ils ont aussi une carte d’identité avec leur photo. 
 
Nous vous rappelons de toujours exercer de la prudence lorsque vous ouvrez votre porte et laissez entrer quelqu’un chez vous. Si vous n’êtes pas certain, n’ouvrez pas la porte. 

On the Road with vCOP

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Message to my constituents – Summer 2017 | Message à mes électeurs – été 2017

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Glenn J. Nashen
District 6
C’est toujours un honneur pour moi de servir les résidants du district 6 et toute la population de Côte Saint-Luc. La raison d’être de ma vie politique est de faire de CSL la plus sécuritaire des communautés et de faire en sorte que nos résidants soient heureux d’y vivre.
Nous accueillons les nombreux nouveaux résidants du district 6 dans les superbes maisons en rangée de Parkhaven Courtyard. Le maire Mitchell Brownstein et moi serons ravis de vous souhaiter la bienvenue à votre porte ce printemps. La dernière phase du projet sera bientôt déployée avec la construction de la tour d’appartements de prestige. Nous sommes heureux de pouvoir accueillir de jeunes familles dans des habitations modernes, souvent à proximité de leurs parents et de leur famille, au cœur de CSL – un véritable quartier familial !
Il y a onze ans, j’ai entrepris de mettre sur pied un nouveau groupe de bénévoles avec pour mission de patrouiller dans les rues, les parcs et les installations de la ville afin de renforcer le niveau de sécurité. Je tenais aussi à ce qu’ils soient disponible pour aider en cas d’urgences de grande envergure et pour donner un coup de main à nos résidants au besoin. Depuis ce temps, je dirige la Patrouille de citoyens bénévoles (vCOP), et à l’occasion je fais aussi une patrouille moi-même. Nous comptons maintenant plus de 80 bénévoles et notre patrouille dans les rues de la ville est sans précédent au Québec. Nous aidons lors des événements communautaires, nous vérifions les détecteurs de fumée dans les résidences, nous surveillons votre maison quand vous êtes en vacances, nous livrons des paniers de nourriture aux gens dans le besoin, et nous visiterons bientôt les personnes confinées à la maison. Merci à tous ces citoyens formidables qui s’engagent à faire leur part, ici à CSL, pour que notre communauté soit la plus sécuritaire de l’île. Pourquoi ne pas vous joindre à nous ? Vous trouverez plus d’information à CoteSaintLuc.org/fr/CSLvCOP.
Cette année, je me suis donné comme objectif de mettre sur pied la Société historique de CSL pour que nous puissions conserver les récits et les images qui relatent notre évolution, d’un village rural du 19e siècle à la communauté de banlieue moderne et florissante d’aujourd’hui. Un petit groupe de bénévoles travaillent déjà sur nos premiers projets et je vous invite à y participer. Vous avez peut-être une vieille boîte de photos de la vie à CSL dans les années 50 et 60, ou possiblement un témoignage à partager sur les temps anciens dans nos quartiers. Veuillez contacter la directrice de la bibliothèque, Janine West, à jwest@cotesaintluc.org ou au 514-485-6900.
Je suis fier de répondre à vos questions et à vos demandes et je fais de mon mieux, toujours avec enthousiasme, pour vous aider à trouver des réponses et des solutions aussi rapidement que possible. Depuis mon court mandat en tant que maire par intérim il y a un an et demi, j’ai entrepris de faire du porte-à-porte pour vous rencontrer en grand nombre. Je poursuis ma tournée, une rue après l’autre, mais je suis toujours disponible en ligne. Je vous invite à vous abonner à mon blogue, Nashen Notes, qui est une bonne ressource pour toute l’information locale à GlennJ.Nashen.com. Vous pouvez me suivre aussi sur Facebook et Twitter ou me joindre au téléphone à l’hôtel de ville ou par courriel à gjnashen@cotesaintluc.org.
Le bonheur est d’avoir des voisins formidables !

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Glenn J. Nashen
District 6
It continues to be my honour to serve the residents of District 6 and indeed all of Côte Saint-Luc. My goals of making CSL the safest community and our residents as happy as can be remains at the centre of my political life.
We welcome the many new residents of District 6 in the beautiful Parkhaven Courtyard townhouses. Mayor Mitchell Brownstein and I look forward to meeting you at your door this spring. Soon, the last phase of construction will focus of the upscale apartment tower. We are pleased to have modern housing to keep young families in the heart of CSL, many close to their parents and siblings — a real family development!
Eleven years ago I set out to create a new volunteer corps to patrol the city streets, parks and facilities in order to raise our level of safety. Furthermore, I designed it to be available to assist in large scale emergencies and to serve our residents in times of need. I have lead the volunteer Citizens on Patrol (vCOP) ever since (and occasionally I even do a patrol myself). We now number more than 80 volunteers and patrol CSL like no other group in Quebec. We help out at community events, verify smoke detectors in your homes, watch over your home while you’re vacationing, deliver food baskets to the needy and will soon make visits to shut-ins. My thanks to this amazing group of CSLers for doing their part to make us the safest community on the island. Please consider joining us. More information is at CoteSaintLuc.org/vCOP.
This year I set my goal on establishing the CSL Historical Society so that we can collect the stories and images that make up our journey from a farming village in the 19th century to the thriving suburban community of today. We have a small group of volunteers working on our first projects and I invite you to participate. You may have an old box of photos of life in CSL back in the 50s and 60s, or perhaps you can share a testimonial about earlier times in our neighbourhoods. Please contact Janine West, Library Director at jwest@cotesaintluc.org or 514-485-6900.
I pride myself in responding to you, my constituents, and in helping you to seek answers and solutions as quickly as possible. I’ve been making my way door-to-door trying to visit as many of you as possible since my brief term as Acting Mayor one-and-a-half years ago. While I continue block by block, I remain accessible online. Please subscribe to my blog, Nashen Notes, which is a great resource for local information at GlennJ.Nashen.com. You can also follow me on Facebook and Twitter or reach me by phone at City Hall or e-mail at gjnashen@cotesaintluc.org.
Happiness is having great neighbours!

vCOP grows to 92 on its 11th birthday

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Canada Day not only marks 150 years of Canada but also the 11th birthday of our city’s beloved volunteer Citizens on Patrol group. To mark the occasion the volunteer group that I began and continue to lead held its pre-summer BBQ last Tuesday evening at Trudeau Park.

City Councillors Ruth Kovac, Allan J. Levine and Sam Goldbloom joined me and Mayor Mitchell Brownstein, City Manager Nadia Di Furia, Public Works Director Bebe Newman and of course Public Safety Director Jordy Reichson and Manager Philip Chateauvert to thank the volunteers for their efforts and dedication.

Cllr. Glenn J. Nashen and Supervisor Mitchell Herf inaugurate the newest vCOP electric scooters

When I started this group I envisioned one day having 120 volunteers to ensure round the clock voluntary shift coverage. As we get closer to the 100 mark we see the highly marked vCOP vans patrolling at all times of day and night. With summer here, the electric scooter patrol is also out on the road and in our parks.

vCOP 10 year pins were presented to Jacques Berkowitz, Murray Brookman, Harvey Cherow, Martin Labow, Phil Lackman, Phil Mayman and Harvey B. Schwartz (Photo Sayed Sadir)

“I know that volunteering for vCOP makes you happy,” said Mayor Mitchell Brownstein. “It also makes our residents very happy, as you’re keeping a watchful eye on our streets, our homes, our parks and our kids, parents and grandparents. Thank you so much,” the mayor said.

Long service pins were handed out to those reaching five and ten years of service. Special mention goes out to Susie and Harvey C. Schwartz of Cavendish Boulevard and Allan Greenberg of Freud Avenue who signed up 10 years ago to the day, after they heard me promoting the fledgling group on CJAD.

Supervisor Susie Schwartz with husband/patroller Harvey

Special thanks to Susie Schwartz, Elaine Meunier, Philip Chateauvert, Phil Mayman, Marty Labow and Allan Bramson for organizing, setting up, cooking, schlepping and cleaning up. Well done folks! Thanks as well to Mark at Maxie’s in the Cavendish Mall for donating the fruit platter.

Most of all thank you to our loyal and eagle-eyed troupes who make themselves available throughout the day and night, at special events and at emergencies. You folks are tremendous and make our city so special.

vCOP 5 year pins were presented to Eric Goldapple, Helen Gwiazda, Issie Karpman, Roz Kastner, Peter Kurti and Robert Lefcort (Photo Sayed Sadir)

vCOP offers Vacation Spot Checks of your home while you’re away on summer vacation. Sign up here. To find out more about joining vCOP please visit our website.

New leadership for vCOP

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vCOP officers are welcomed into service at Cote Saint-Luc City Hall last week by Mayor Mitchell Brownstein and Cllr. Glenn J. Nashen

Four members of Cote Saint-Luc volunteer Citizens on Patrol were “sworn in” as officers last week in the first major reorganization of leadership since the group was created nearly 11 years ago.

Phil Mayman, Morris Stelcner, Bert Rabinovitch and David Goldsmith have joined the ranks around the supervisors table following their years of leadership positions including heading up the Smoke Detector Brigade and Vacation Spot Check. The four will be joined by longtime leaders Mitchell Herf, Elaine Meunier, Lewis Cohen and Susie Schwartz.

Mayor Mitchell Brownstein opened the inaugural meeting of the new officers by thanking those who have already served since the creation of the group back in 2006 and wished the new members well as they set forth to build upon the success of the group and implement new programs and ideas.

The idea for vCOP in Cote Saint-Luc began during my winter vacation in Florida back in 2005. I spotted the distinctive Broward Sheriffs Office cruisers emblazoned with the words, “Citizens Patrol”.  I met with the Sherrif’s officer in charge of the program and set the wheels in motion to transplant the program in Cote Saint-Luc. I wrote the original training manual, recruited the first volunteers and got a donated patrol van. Fast forward 11 years and we now have over 90 uniformed and trained volunteers, four marked vans, four electric scooters, donated electric bikes and mountain bikes, an office and training protocols and procedures.

Cllr. Glenn J. Nashen and Supervisor Mitchell Herf inaugurate the newest vCOP electric scooters

Good luck to all of our officers and many thanks to all of our outstanding vCOP members.

Recruitment for new members takes place in the Spring and Fall. Information is available at CoteSaintLuc.org/vCOP or by searching the vCOP category on my blog.

vCOP is a program of the CSL Public Safety Department. The director is Jordy Reichson and chief is Philip Chateauvert. I serve as City Councillor responsible for vCOP and Emergency Preparedness.

JPPS Michael Savelson Career and Hobbies Fair features CSL vCOP, artist and global telecommunications giant and the mayor

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vCOP at JPPS Career Day (Can you guess which one’s mine?)

JPPS Home and School presented “The Michael Savelson Career and Hobbies Fair 2017” last week.  Michael was well known to many West-End residents and he left a legacy of devotion to the school which was exemplified by his yearly presentations on Career Day that were anticipated and received with great enthusiasm (especially his tradition of giving out Tootsie rolls!).  JPPS proudly named this annual event in his honour.

Michael Litvack creating one of his Montreal area oil paintings at Career Day to be auctioned doff by the school, May 2017

Parents, grandparents and friends of JPPS students filled the gymnasium to interact with the elementary school kids about careers and hobbies, answering questions and even leaving them with souvenirs.

Teaching the kids to be safe outside, and to join vCOP in about 30 years

Presenters included Cote Saint-Luc painter extraordinaire Michel Litvack and Hampstead businessman Justin Goldenblatt of an Israeli Uniden Cellular solutions provider. Mayor Mitchell Brownstein also met the students to discuss his first year in office.

I’ve participated in this event a couple times before speaking about the Jewish General Hospital, EMS and ambulance services, and about City Hall. This time around I was accompanied by CSL volunteer Citizens on Patrol supervisor Mitchell Herf. We spoke about this amazing service and about the wonderful volunteer work being provided by the corps of 80 dedicated members.

The kids had a great time learning about staying safe crossing the street, seeing our Automated External Defibrillator shout out emergency instructions and in holding the safety devices we carry around in our vans.

Kudos to the co-chairs for this event, Beth Tannenbaum and Karen Worsoff.

 

New vCOP scooters hit the streets

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We scoot on guard for thee!

 

Cote Saint-Luc’s newest “vehicles” rolled out today as part of the volunteer Citizens on Patrol growing fleet of environmentally-friendly electric scooters. Two new Motorino XPn all electric scooters were unveiled today by vCOP founder Cllr. Glenn J. Nashen and Supervisor Mitchell Herf.

The scooters will replace the oldest two scooters in the fleet that will be retired after five years of service. The new ones will be striped with the distinctive vCOP emblem and orange colours in the coming days.

The Motorino XPn electric scooters have a top speed of 32 Km/h with a range up to 55 Km. They can easily climb a 24% slope and only cost 14 cents to fully charge the lead acid batteries. The low speed scooters are classified as bicycles according to the Quebec Highway Code and therefore do not require a license plate and the driver needs no special permit. vCOP trains its own members in its safe use.

The scooter also features regenerative braking; this takes energy normally wasted during braking and turns it into usable energy which is returned to the battery pack, extending driving rang and increasing efficiency. Regenerative braking not only provides energy to the battery, it also extends the life of brake pads to almost double that seen on typical gas scooters.

vCOP members travel in pairs and carry a first aid kit and are radio equipped to reach the CSL emergency dispatcher to report any findings, summon additional assistance for any urgent situation.

Cllr. Glenn J. Nashen and Supervisor Mitchell Herf inaugurate the newest vCOP electric scooters

Côte Saint-Luc calls residents in advance of vCOP smoke detector brigade visit

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Côte Saint-Luc volunteer Citizens on Patrol (vCOP) smoke detector brigade will be ringing door bells and offering to check smoke detectors, replacing dead batteries and installing new smoke detectors where needed for the fifth consecutive year. And City Hall will be sending out hundreds of phone messages in advance to alert residents to these visits.
“The smoke detector brigade has begun ringing doorbells and will continue all summer,” Mayor Mitchell Brownstein said. “Please welcome these uniformed volunteers into your house as they are there to help you.”
Last week 432 phone lines in the area from Smart to Westminster received an automated phone call from City Hall to advise of the visit:

               Members from our volunteer Citizens on Patrol, or vCOP, will be ringing doorbells on Smart, Wolseley, Hudson and Westminster from April                    28 until the end of May. 

“These vCOP members are part of our smoke detector brigade service. They will be offering to test the smoke detectors in your home. They’ll also replace batteries where needed, for free.
Our vCOP members always work in teams of two. They will be wearing their orange vCOP shirt or jacket. They will also have a photo ID. 
Remember, you should always be cautious before opening the door and letting anyone into your home. If you aren’t sure, don’t open the door.
Du 28 avril à la fin mai, les membres de notre patrouille bénévole, les vCOP, visiteront les résidences de des rues  Smart, Wolseley, Hudson et Westminster.  
Ces membres font partie de notre brigade de détecteurs de fumée. Ils vous proposeront de vérifier les  détecteurs de votre résidence et, au besoin, changeront la pile. Ceci est un service gratuit. 
Nos vCOP travaillent toujours en équipe de deux. Ils portent une veste ou un chandail de vCOP orange. Ils ont aussi une carte d’identité avec leur photo. 
Nous vous rappelons de toujours exercer de la prudence lorsque vous ouvrez votre porte et laissez entrer quelqu’un chez vous. Si vous n’êtes pas certain, n’ouvrez pas la porte. 
This initiative is done in partnership with the Montreal fire department. If you are not home when they visit, they will leave a notice with information on how to schedule a visit. This is a free service.
“Smoke detectors save lives by warning people of possible fires in a home, but they can only do the job if they are working,” said Councillor Glenn J. Nashen, responsible for vCOP and emergency measures. “Too many deaths occur across Canada that could have been prevented if the house was equipped with a working smoke detector,” Nashen said.
Since 1977, the City of Cote Saint-Luc has required smoke detectors in all homes and buildings. The owner or tenant is responsible for its upkeep, including changing the battery twice a year and replacing smoke detectors that are more than 10 years old. A carbon monoxide detector is also recommended near garages and fuel-burning devices.

vCOP wants you!

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Looking to make a rewarding and fulfilling contribution to your community? Do you have at least six hours a month to an essential community service? Want to be surrounded by outgoing, friendly CSL residents who are committed to their city, generous with their time and looking forward to helping you succeed as a new recruit? Please join us on April 25. vCOP est un organisme communautaire et bilingue.

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vCOP April Fools fools a few vCOPs

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Bravo to my friends and volunteer colleagues at Cote Saint-Luc volunteer Citizens on Patrol who pulled the wool over many eyes this past April 1st. As tradition would have it, a zany, outlandish information piece is sent out to members each April 1 describing some preposterous directive in the interest of “public safety”. This week’s dispatch did just that with several members getting quite excited about the “newest patrol” plan.  Way to go Lewis Cohen and Mitchell Herf, vCOP Senior Supervisors. I also shared this with my fellow City Council members and might have even got them wondering, if for just a second! Enjoy.

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vCOP Patrols Take to The Skies

Posted: April 1, 2017

 

With over 10 years of success being the “eyes and ears” for Cote Saint-Luc’s emergency services, vCOP is always looking forward to advancing its capabilities further, in order to better serve the community. Beginning April 1, vCOP will start training a select number of its members to take to the skies in its first helicopter patrols.

At the core of these patrols will be a Bell 407GX, graciously donated (and refurbished for vCOP) by Bell Helicopter of Mirabel, QC. Since none of the vCOP members are qualified pilots, the helicopter -nicknamed “vCOPTER“- will be flown by a recently retired Canadian Armed Forces pilot who holds a valid Canadian commercial helicopter license. (He also lives in CSL and will be identified as an honourary vCOP.) He has over 5000 hrs. of experience with the Bell 407GX, mostly in a search and rescue role.

 

 
Completely refurbished 407GX awaiting vCOP decal installation

We expect the vCOPTER patrols to take to the skies 2-3 days per week (weather permitting), with each patrol lasting 1.5 hrs. A maximum of 3 vCOPs (in addition to the pilot) will be permitted aboard. A vCOP radio will also be permanently installed in the vCOPTER, as well as the usual equipment. One notable change will be the addition of a Laser Guided Air-Deployable Ejected Safety Cone (LGA-DESC). This smart device allows the pilot or vCOP to directly target and drop a safety cone from the vCOPTER and have it parachute down to the ground and place it exactly at the scene of an incident, such as an open manhole cover. In addition, vCOPs will be able to better see at night by using the vCOPTER’s built-in forward-looking infra-red (FLIR) camera system. Finally, with the knowledge that these helicopters may be obtrusive and noisy when operated at low altitudes in a bedroom community, Bell Helicopter has retrofitted the vCOPTER with its new “Whisper Mode” noise-cancellation technology. (“Whisper Mode” is currently being used on the US Air Force attack helicopter, the Bell ARH-70.) Bell has informed the City of Cote Saint-Luc that the vCOPTER will be as quiet as a Hoover vacuum cleaner heard at a distance of 100ft!

 
FLIR camera on bottom of vCOPTER
 
LGA-DESC dropping safety cone at night

Training will begin this month for vCOPS interested in participating in the vCOPTER patrols. The training sessions covers airborne observation techniques, safety procedures, LGA-DESC operation, FLIR usage and parachuting techniques. Binoculars, helmets and parachutes will be provided upon completion of the in-class and in-air training.(Members should contact supervisor Susie Schwartz with their helmet and parachute sizes.) Members who successfully complete the training program will additionally receive a unique LED vCOPTER badge for their uniform. All flights will originate from a helipad (currently under construction) on top of the ACC gymnasium. Note thatdue to the helicopter pilot being observant, there will be no vCOPTER patrols on the Sabbath or Jewish holidays.

When asked about the new vCOPTER program, Councilor Glenn Nashen enthusiastically noted, “For over 10 years, we have been well-known and appreciated as the ‘eyes and ears’ of Cote Saint-Luc’s Public Safety department. Now, I’m proud to say that we’ll be the ‘eyes and ears and wingsof the city, and add yet another innovative layer of security and watchfulness for the residents.”

For more information about the vCOPTER training program, please contact supervisor Mitchell Herf (mhherf@gmail.com).

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