West Enders react to CSL Road pothole case

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Many west end residents have been reacting angrily to the recent Suburban report that Quebec Small Claims Court found Montreal at “gross fault” for not dealing with a large pothole on bumpy Côte St. Luc Road near Grand Boulevard in 2017.

CSL resident Eric Choueke was recently awarded $697 plus additional costs for damage to the car he was driving when he hit the pothole. The court found that Montreal was negligent in not dealing with the pothole or warning drivers about it.

Former CSL councillor Glenn Nashen weighed in on his Facebook page, and his posting received numerous responses.

“The sustained negligence of the City of Montreal on this horrible stretch of roadway is a glaring example of incompetence and indifference at every level,” Nashen wrote.

Others were of like mind.

“Every time I’m forced to drive on this miserable stretch of Côte St Luc Road, I really fear for my life and the stability of my car,” wrote Ronnie Roter. “When will we take charge of fixing this?”

Nashen responded that the “we” is the City of Montreal.

“Despite outcries from suburban mayors and residents, not much has been done,” he added. “Residents who continue to point fingers at suburban councils should get down to Montreal City Hall Council meetings and raise the issue there.”

Alisa Clamen wrote that her daughter “blew a tire and a rim on the same stretch. I had to pay to replace both — it was not pleasant.”

Harvey Levine wrote that his office is on Côte St. Luc Road “and since 2017 I have blown two tires and bent two rims. There is absolutely no reasonable excuse for this main road to be in such horrid condition. I pray that there will not be a horrible accident due to drivers constantly swerving to avoid the craters rather than paying attention to other cars, bikes, etc.”

Ruby Deen called the situation “absolutely disgraceful.

“It’s been like this for a very long time! Wake up … City of Montreal and take responsibility!”

Louise Ferland wrote that she “busted a tire and lost a hub cap on the Decarie south underpass between Jean Talon and Vézina on Super Bowl Sunday evening. I filed a complaint and claim with the CDN-NDG borough, and received a letter back that they are not responsible for my damages.

“The road there was just like Côte St. Luc Road.”

Nashen responded that Ferland should take her case to Small Claims Court and cite negligence, as Choueke did in his own case.

CSL council regular Sidney Margles suggested that CSL, CDN-NDG, Hampstead and Montreal West residents get together to demand a solution.

“Let’s invite [CDN-NDG Mayor] Sue Montgomery and [Montreal Mayor] Valerie Plante for a drive.”

Nashen pointed out that CSL Road is to be resurfaced this year, but Margles responded that this is a “stop-gap measure.

“That road needs reconstruction.”

joel@thesuburban.com

Why can’t Montreal clear the snow?

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Van Horne congestion due to snowbanks and illegally parked car, on Feb. 12, 2018

Traffic continues to be snarled on Van Horne, west of Decarie, for more than two weeks.  The Borough of Cote des Neiges – NDG’s inability to clear the snowbank is baffling. No less than three types of ‘No Parking’ signs have come and gone yet the snow remains. The afternoon/evening rush hour on this route routinely sees a single lineup of vehicles backing up for blocks, into Decarie, sometimes all the way to Westbury. Is this because of incompetence or lack of resources?

Just a few blocks further the Town of Hampstead does a reasonable job of clearing nearly two full lanes, doubling the flow rate. And beyond that Cote Saint-Luc practically melts the snow from curb to curb.

The police routinely fail to enforce the No Parking restrictions on Van Horne (which I lobbied for several years ago). So even if the snowbank would be cleared illegally parked cars often obstruct the right lane (as photographed above at 5:20PM).

So what’s the problem in Montreal? We should be world leaders at clearing snow. Instead, we’re caught off guard by snow storms, can’t clear ice from sidewalks, our streets are riddled with potholes, and we needlessly waste time in traffic jams. Let’s hope the new administration figures this out quickly and get’s it right for next season. And ticket that car!

A tough commute in Montreal may eventually be a thing of the past

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On a morning where my  12 minute commute took over an hour I’m inspired to share this lecture from the Consumer Electronics Show going on in Las Vegas about Smart Cities. It speaks to the democratization of transportation whereby all vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians are linked to one another.

Congestion can be mitigated by connectivity and data sharing. The whole system needs to be made more intelligent. Cities need to get connected to new technology and use data to manage traffic flow and to improve citizens’ quality of life, local business, the environment and even public safety.
In this conference, Ford Motor Company’s President and CEO Jim Hackett focuses on mobility solutions as the world progresses toward smarter cities. Ford’s vision is to become the world’s most trusted mobility company, designing smart vehicles for a smart world.
I hope our friends and neighbours from the Cote des Neiges – NDG Borough Hall also take note about smarter cities and avoid blocking Van Horne for snow clearing during rush hour, resulting today in gridlock across Snowdon West, Hampstead and Cote Saint-Luc.
Speaking of Hampstead, please clear BOTH lanes on Fleet. 1.5 lanes of snow clearing doesn’t really help the flow.
And kudos to the CSL Public Works Department under the leadership of Director Bebe Newman. Bebe’s crews practically catch the snow before it hits the ground. You’d never know that 36 centimetres fell in CSL driving down its main streets today.

CSL helping neighbours in need

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CSL Public Works crews feed the wood chipper in NDG to help out in the major cleanup

 

In response to last week’s major storm that devastated parts of the Cote des Neiges –  NDG borough, toppling 100 year old trees and causing major havoc in several parks, Cote Saint-Luc Public Works Director Bebe Newman reached out to her colleagues in NDG and offered assistance to their Public Works department in the disaster clean up.
NDG was very grateful for the collaborative efforts and CSL sent its tree cutting crew earlier this week in the spirit of being a good neighbour.
A 2-man Arboriculture team was sent to NDG to work on the clean up of the damaged and fallen trees. Our team went out with a wood chipper and handled 25 areas of NDG between Cavendish and Sherbrooke in the western part of the borough.

The mess was all over NDG. CSL Public Works crews assisted at 25 such locations in a single day this week.

Thank you to CSL employees Robert Lacroix and Marc Piterelli who worked hard for our neighbours. They commented that they very were glad to help out.
In response, the NDG division chief of parks thanked our team for their collaboration and professionalism and said they would accept and welcome whatever help they could get.
Bravo to CSL Public Works and to Director Bebe Newman for this wonderful gesture of friendship and togetherness. It’s wonderful to reach out and help others in need.

Fleet to flow at 40 km/h

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Cote Saint-Luc and Hampstead have agreed to harmonize the speed along Fleet in both towns to 40 km/h and to enhance the signage and street line marking at crosswalks. This cooperative project is aimed at ensuring greater safety of pedestrians.

Currently, the speed varies between 50 km/h in CSL to 50 km/h and 30 km/h in Hampstead.

Hampstead and CSL will install 40 km/h speed limit signs on Fleet between Cavendish and Dufferin Road on their respective territories. The cities will also collaborate to do their utmost to ensure that the traffic lights on Fleet Road, on their respective territories, are synchronized.

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They will also work together to create a simplified plan as related to the wording on the signs for the no left turn policy on the streets running perpendicular to Fleet Road, namely, Netherwood, Finchley, Dufferin Road. This has been a serious source of frustration for motorists from both cities, many of whom have been ticketed for turning left off of Fleet, unable to decipher the confusing signage. The confusing road signs were also cited by a Montreal Court judge in dismissing a ticket to a Hampstead motorist (posted elsewhere on this blog).

Free Press, May 23. 2012

Free Press, May 23. 2012

Hampstead has also agreed to provide greater visibility for the unprotected cross walk between Queen Mary Road and Netherwood.

This synchronization plan is good news for West End motorists, cyclists and pedestrians alike. While Fleet is not wide enough for a dedicated bike lane the slower traffic will improve the safety of those on bikes and walking across the street. It is intended that crosswalks will be even more visible by better street line markings and signage will be installed in high visibility colours.

As the one who called for the initial meeting to discuss this project with Hampstead Mayor Steinberg I am very pleased with the cooperation between our two municipalities. Councillor Dida Berku and I along with CSL Urban Development Director Charles Senekal met with Mayor Steinberg and members of his administration last winter to discuss common concerns and ideas to reduce risk.

Two weeks ago I met again with Mayor Steinberg, CSL Mayor Mitchell Brownstein and members of council along with CDN-NDG Mayor Russell Copeman and Councillor Marvin Rotrand at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities in Winnipeg. We had a productive working meeting where we touched upon the Fleet –  Van Horne corridor among other subjects. Copeman and Rotrand are also open to the idea of synchronizing Van Horne between Hampstead and Decarie to 40 km/h as well.

Safer at 40 km/h speed sign

In addition I’ve asked Councillor Rotrand to have his staff repair the significant depressions in the roadway on Van Horne to ensure a steady flow of two lanes of traffic during rush hour and to have police enforce the no stopping regulation which often causes a bottleneck, blocking the flow of traffic and the 161 bus.

Thank you to the three municipal administraions and especially mayors Steinberg, Copeman and Brownstein for demonstrating a genuine interest in cooperation and collaboration.

Do you have ideas to improve this thoroughfare? Please share your ideas here.

New traffic lights mean traffic jams at Côte-Saint-Luc & Decarie

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English: A Led Traffic lights

Posted By: Shuyee Lee CJAD 800AM shuyee.lee@cjad.com · 8/30/2013 12:11:00 PM

Motorists who travel around the Côte-Saint-Luc Road and Decarie Boulevard intersection may have noticed traffic has been gridlocked there for the past two weeks or so.

It all has to do with the pending work on the Turcot reconstruction project.

Some motorists have reported waits of three minutes at the traffic lights at the intersection.

EMSB spokesman Michael Cohen told CJAD 800 News that it took him 20 minutes to get from the office on Fielding to Decarie, which he says is normally a three minute drive.

Côte-Saint-Luc councillor Glenn Nashen, who’s in charge of traffic for the city, said he’s received a few complaints as well and they wrote to the borough of Côte-des-Neiges/NDG requesting they fix the problem right away.

Head of communications for the borough Michel Therrien said the problem is actually something that’s supposed to help traffic: new traffic lights installed in view of the upcoming work on the Turcot to help deal with the anticipated traffic jams.

“We are monitoring the situation right now, we’re trying to calibrate those lights to make sure the cars can go easily through that part of the road,” Therrien said.

Compound that with the regular back-to-school and back-to-work traffic and that accounts for more gridlock than usual, but Therrien said they hope to find the right balance with the timing of the lights in the next couple of days, adding it’s not an exact science.

Applebaum’s French not good enough?

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La Presse is reporting that there are concerns among Union Montreal’s ranks that Michael Applebaum‘s proficiency isn’t good enough to serve as interim Mayor of Montreal. The unnamed sources are quoted as saying that Applebaum’s French is not good.

Gimme a beak!

The voters of the largest borough in Montreal have re-elected Applebaum for more than a decade. Clearly his voters are content with the way he communicates in whatever language, presumably the majority of it in French.

He was also chosen to serve on the executive committee and to take on the all important role of managing a 4 billion dollar budget.

To suggest that he lacks decent communication skills is yet another slap in the face of every Anglo Quebecer that has made efforts to conduct various aspects of their lives in French. This climate of Anglo bashing since the PQ election has been a stain on Quebec’s reputation across Canada and damages civic cohesion here at home. No wonder we haven’t had an Anglo Mayor of Montreal in over 100 years.

Applebaum has proven his skill in the political arena. Don’t ask him to write a French test now.

Helen Fotopulos mairesse par intérim? | Karim Benessaieh | Montréal.

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CSL, Bergman working toward Cavendish link: Housefather

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CSL, Bergman working toward Cavendish link: Housefather

April 25, 2012

Joel Goldenberg, The Suburban

Côte St. Luc mayor Anthony Housefather insisted to discouraged council regular Bernard Tonchin that Côte St. Luc and especially D’Arcy McGee MNA Lawrence Bergman are working hard to help the cause of a Cavendish Blvd. link between Côte St. Luc and St. Laurent.

Côte St. Luc, Hampstead, St. Laurent, Côte des Neiges/NDG, Montreal West and Town of Mount Royal have passed resolutions asking that the link be prioritized. The Quebec government also revived the issue in their announcement that the Hippodrome land would be ceded to Montreal for future development.

Tonchin said at last week’s city council meeting that he would not attend the next Montreal island-wide agglomeration meeting if the Cavendish link was not on the agenda. The resident pointed out that previous plans called for the link to be completed this year.

“I’m very concerned with Cavendish, it’s a 40-year battle,” he added. “I and some others are ready to go down again to the agglomeration council, because we have more support now [from suburbs] and we really need it. I’ve asked many times to invite our representative from D’Arcy McGee to a meeting strictly on Cavendish. He got a lot of things done and is pretty powerful in Quebec. We have to confront him, once and for all, on the extension of Cavendish. I don’t know where we stand.”

Housefather said Tonchin is well aware that Côte St. Luc has been in favour of the link for more than 10 years, and that the city and TMR pushed to have it as part of the agglomeration’s transport plan.

“Lawrence Bergman is working on the Cavendish dossier,” the mayor added. “I speak to him about this dossier on a weekly basis. There is nothing he does not know about the population’s support for Cavendish going ahead. He knows it very well. He’s doing his best to lobby, to get the money for Cavendish being extended. He’s doing everything he can. “There is definitely every kind of impetus that the city can have on Cavendish. And there’s no point in putting it on the agglomeration agenda – there’s nothing being voted on. But you’re always welcome to show up for question period and you can ask it to Mayor Tremblay exactly the way you put it to me. There’s nothing I can do to further Cavendish than I’m not already doing. I’ve asked along with the mayor of TMR for a meeting with the Quebec transport minister and I’m waiting for a response, and we’ve done our best at every level of government.”

CSL Corner – by Anthony Housefather (The Free Press)

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Anthony Housefather: CSL Corner

The Free Press – February 28, 2012

A full range of activities at our aquatic centre

The Aquatic and Community Centre (ACC) has now been operating for six months and it is a busy and exciting place. Côte St. Luc residents by the hundreds are using the facility every day and for those residents who have not yet visited the building. I encourage you to do so as soon as possible. Our swim team and masters team programs are operating full throttle and water polo and synchronized swimming programs are continuing to develop. Swimming lessons are full to capacity and our seniors clubs have moved into the building and are enjoying their new space. The fitness centre is being well used, and the art and dance studios and auxiliary library are much appreciated. That being said, the facility is still not finished. We are continuing to finalize furnishings, waiting to open the café and ironing out maintenance issues. We have taken full notice of all comments we have received and are working to make the building a showcase for the community.

Tanya Abramovitch, our city manager, and I are currently serving on a task force set up by the English Montreal School Board to determine what type of high school would be best suited to the Giovanni Palatucci Facility across from the ACC. Together with the EMSB commissioners and staff, I am confident we will come up with a format that will be attractive to West End parents and will succeed in giving Côte St. Luc residents a public high school option. The goal would be to have the school open in the fall of 2013. This is a priority for the Côte St. Luc council and we took note that the 2011 census numbers have demonstrated again that we are one of the fastest growing communities on the island of Montreal. Only Kirkland and TMR grew faster between 2006 and 2011.

Finally, Councillor Dida Berku and I are continuing to work with our local MNA Lawrence Bergman (D’Arcy McGee) and other mayors on pushing forward the timing of the Cavendish extension that has been discussed for the last half century. This is the most important missing link in the Montreal road network and we need this project to come to fruition sooner rather than later, particularly with the plans the CDN-NDG borough has for construction on the Blue Bonnets site.

Anthony Housefather is the mayor of Côte St. Luc. He can be reached by e-mail at: ahousefather@cotesaintluc.org.

CSL gives new push to extend Cavendish

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The City of Cote Saint-Luc has adopted a resolution requesting the Quebec government and the City of Montreal to push forward with the Cavendish-Royalmount-Cavendish extension project.

Cote Saint-Luc has produced several excellent presentations on the Cavendish extension such as this simulation:

Cote Saint-Luc Council has unanimously supported the proposed extension since 1998.  Here is the resolution adopted at this week’s public council meeting:

RESOLUTION REQUESTING THE QUEBEC GOVERNMENT AND THE CITY OF MONTREAL TO INCLUDE THE CAVENDISH-ROYALMOUNT-CAVENDISH EXTENSION PROJECT AS A HIGH PRIORITY PROJECT IN THE NEXT AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE MTQ (QUEBEC MINISTRY OF TRANSPORT) AND THE CITY OF MONTREAL

WHEREAS the project to link Cavendish Boulevard in the City of Côte Saint-Luc to Cavendish Boulevard in the Borough of Saint Laurent through Royalmount Avenue in the Town of Mount Royal, has been discussed amongst all the stakeholders for over a generation and has been an active project for the past 15 years;

WHEREAS, the aforedescribed Cavendish-Royalmount-Cavendish extension project (sometimes referred to as the ‘‘Cavendish extension project’’) was identified as the most important missing link in the Montreal road network and was defined as a priority project in the Montreal Summit of 2002;

WHEREAS CP rail and CN rail are committed to maintaining their presence in Côte Saint-Luc and Montreal and their yard operations represent an obstacle causing traffic congestion in the Western part of the Island of Montreal affecting the mobility of residents in Côte Saint-Luc and neighbouring municipalities such as: the Town of Mount Royal, the Town of Hampstead, the Town of Montreal West and the City of Montreal;

WHEREAS the new road connections along the Cavendish Boulevard axis would create economic vitality and open up important employment opportunities in the sectors of the Hippodrome, “Cité Scientifique’’ and industrial zones of the Town of Mount Royal and Boroughs of Côte-des-Neiges – Notre-Dame-de-Grâce and Saint Laurent;

WHEREAS in December 2004 a project bureau was formed by unanimous resolution of the Council of the City of Montreal with a budget of $5 million with a precise mandate to manage the Cavendish extension project, including the adoption of the final route proposal by 2006  and the design and completion of the work between 2007 and 2012;

WHEREAS in 2007, the City of Côte-Saint-Luc adopted resolution number 070730 and submitted a detailed brief to the Commission permanente du conseil d’Agglomération that clearly outlined the need to proceed with the Cavendish extension project (which was also supported by the Councils of:
Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Montreal West, Hampstead, Dorval, Town of Mount Royal and the Borough of  Côte-des-Neiges – Notre-Dame-de-Grâce);

WHEREAS the Cavendish extension project was included as a ‘priority item’ in the Agglomeration of Montreal’s Plan de Transport 2008, as per item 18e entitled, ‘‘Chantier, Entretenir et Compléter le Réseau Routier de L’Île’’, an extract from which reads as follows:

“A ce chapitre, Montréal entend réaliser en priorité les projets suivants:

  • Notre-Dame (Dickson to Curatteau
  • Sherbrookeest (36e avenue to Notre-Dame)
  • Sherbrooke(Pie-IX to Papineau)
  • Raccorder le boulevard Cavendish: une première phase des travaux établira le lien Royalmount/Cavendish et une seconde phase reliera les deux tronçons existants de Cavendish

WHEREAS the Agglomeration of Montreal identified the Cavendish extension project as one of its Capital Expenditure Projects in its three year capital expenditure budget of 2012-2015;

WHEREAS the City of Côte Saint-Luc deems the Cavendish extension project essential for the development and enhancement of the quality of life of its residents on its territory as well as those in its neighbouring communities;

WHEREAS all of the adjacent municipalities and boroughs are in favour of a Cavendish extension creating a link between its Southern and Northern portions which would create a boulevard which would integrate public and active transit;

WHEREAS the Town of Mount Royal, and the Borough of Côte-des-neiges-Notre-Dâme-de-Grâce have already publicly declared and adopted resolutions in 2007 and in 2012, that they are in favour of the Cavendish extension project;

WHEREAS the commencement of construction linking the two portions of Cavendish is dependent upon provincial financing;

IT WAS PROPOSED BY COUNCILLOR DIDA BERKU

SECONDED BY COUNCILLOR GLENN J. NASHEN

            “THAT the City ofCôte Saint-Luc reaffirms its support in favour of the Cavendish- Royalmount- Cavendish extension project;

            THAT the City of Côte Saint-Luc considers the Cavendish-Royalmount- Cavendish extension project a key element to improving traffic-flow for private, public and active transit  in the Central portion of the Island of Montreal;

            THAT the City of Côte Saint-Luc hereby requests that the Quebec Government and the City of Montreal give priority to the Cavendish-Royalmount-Cavendish extension project and that said project be included  and designated as a priority project in the next agreement between the MTQ (Quebec Ministry of Transport) and the City of Montreal;

            THAT a copy of this resolution be forwarded to the Minister of Transport of Quebec, Pierre Moreau; MNA for D’Arcy McGee, Lawrence Bergman; the Executive Committee of the City of Montreal and all Mayors and Councils within the Agglomeration of Montreal;

THAT a copy of this resolution also be deposited at the next Montreal Agglomeration Council Meeting.

Royal Vale High School’s future to be decided Wednesday

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Parents cautiously optimistic about Royal Vale High School’s future. (Montreal Gazette)

In Côte St. Luc, Mayor Anthony Housefather said he still hopes the EMSB will open an English public high school in his city. Côte St. Luc never asked for Royal Vale high school to be moved, Housefather said.

“Côte St. Luc is simply asking for a mainstream English high school in the former Wagar building,” he said. “We’re confident that the presentation we made to the EMSB will hopefully yield us one.”

 

Read more: http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/Parents+cautiously+optimistic+about+Royal+Vale+High+School+future/5969110/story.html#ixzz1j3x2DNhn

Relocation is not merger

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Letters to the editor

Montreal Gazette

Re: Let Royal Vale stay in NDG, Dec. 7, 2011. Jack Jedwab’s analogy of the forced municipal mergers and criticism of Cote Saint-Luc city council in its support of the proposed move of Royal Vale High School from NDG to CSL is completely flawed and incorrectly lays blame on my council.

Relocating the school to another building is not being forcibly merged. In the forced mergers, the City of Cote Saint-Luc ceased to exist and its council disappeared. With relocation, RVHS will not cease to exist and its governing board does not disappear. It just runs the school at another location.

Most of all, it is not the elected council of Cote Saint-Luc that proposed the relocation of RVHS. The English Montreal School Board long-range planning committee recommended relocation to CSL and this is the only proposal that the EMSB is currently considering.

As a municipal representative and former executive director of Alliance Quebec, I find it regrettable that our embattled English-speaking communities are pitted one against another for the retention or relocation of an English public high school. All neighbourhoods that can support such a school deserve to have one. CSL is unarguably such a community.

Glenn J. Nashen

City Councillor

Cote Saint-Luc

Major school changes: Temperatures rise at hearings

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Major school changes: Temperatures rise at hearings

By Brenda Branswell, GAZETTE Education reporter
December 6, 2011 11:06 PM

MONTREAL – “Keep us as we are.”

That was one of the messages to English Montreal School Board commissioners on Tuesday from Royal Vale School parents who oppose a proposal to relocate its high school to Côte St. Luc.

And it was reinforced by other parents who cheered them on, holding up signs with messages like “We Love Royal Vale the Way it is!” and “Don’t Steal our School!”

“Royal Vale is an elementary and a high school together. Please leave it alone. Let it stay as a gem in your crown,” said Anouk Benzacar, who has two children at the school.

After a somewhat low-key start this week to the EMSB’s public hearings on major school changes, the temperature rose a few degrees on Tuesday with the Royal Vale proposal that has sparked petitions on both sides of the debate and seen the City of Côte St. Luc and the borough of Côte des Neiges/Notre Dame de Grâce staking out opposing positions.

The EMSB is considering a series of proposals to close, merge and relocate schools. Commissioners will vote on the recommendations next month. Côte St. Luc Mayor Anthony Housefather, who has been pushing to bring a mainstream English public high school to Côte St. Luc, argued in favour of the Royal Vale proposal.

“You need to look at it from the best future of the board – and the best future of your entire school network, which is why I imagine the long-range planning (committee) made the suggestion and put the proposal on the table,” Housefather said.

The board’s long-range planning committee obviously looked at the fact that only 15 of 46 Royal Vale graduates who left Grade 6 went on to its high school, he said.

Royal Vale is a kindergarten-to-Grade 11 school under the same roof in N.D.G. The recommendation suggests that its elementary section would stay at the school’s location with the high school section moving to the Giovanni Palatucci facility, the former Wagar High School building. According to the scenario, Royal Vale’s high school would share the building with John Grant High School, an alternative special education vocational centre.

Marymount Adult Education Centre, which is in the Palatucci facility, would have to be relocated to an empty building that becomes available next summer.

“If you move (Royal Vale’s high school) it is very, very clear that the enrolment will continue to diminish and eventually you will close that facility,” CDN/NDG borough mayor Michael Applebaum told commissioners. “And I don’t think that is what you’re looking to do.”

It’s the third EMSB proposal in recent years to relocate Royal Vale to Côte St. Luc. The board’s planning committee has said enrolment “could increase” with more students from Côte St. Luc, Hampstead and Montreal West, especially those attending private schools in the area.

“We sincerely believe that the Royal Vale student body would be very well served by the excellent Giovanni Palatucci Facility and its nearby enviable Cote St. Luc facilities,” said the brief submitted by the city of Côte St. Luc. “We are confident that if Royal Vale were located in Côte St. Luc, it would also attract a considerable number of new students from our city as well as from other nearby municipalities,” it said.

The assertion that establishing Royal Vale in Côte St. Luc would bring in students from the private sector “is anecdotal only,” Royal Vale’s governing board stated in its brief. “In fact, no true market survey has been made.”

Wagar High School closed in 2005 due to low enrolment.

Carlyle School’s governing board was also scheduled to present a brief on Tuesday. The long-range planning committee has proposed closing Carlyle in Town of Mount Royal and shifting its students to Coronation Elementary School in Côte des Neiges.

Commissioners also heard from St. Raphael’s School community about a proposal to relocate its elementary and secondary programs to another school facility that closed in June that it deemed appropriate. St. Raphael’s works with students with behaviour problems to help reintegrate them back into mainstream schools. The brief submitted by St. Raphael’s governing board concluded by saying: “We hope you will recognize the need for St. Raphael to remain in our building.”

On Wednesday the hearings and will deal with several proposals including one to close James Lyng High School and another to merge St. Gabriel and St. John Bosco elementary schools.

 

bbranswell@montrealgazette.com

 

 

 

 

Supporters of Royal Vale CSL start petition

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The debate over the future of Royal Vale High School took a new turn last week as a group of parents supportive of its proposed move to Cote Saint-Luc have launched a petition.  Read the whole story from this week’s Suburban here: 2011-11-30SuburbanRVHS.

Sign the petition here.

CSL wants Montreal help on Macdonald potholes

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CSL wants Montreal help on Macdonald potholes

By Joel Goldenberg, The Suburban, Apr. 6, 2011

Much of Côte St. Luc has been relatively free of the potholes that have plagued much of the island in recent weeks due to weather changes, but one exception has been Macdonald Ave.

Many island potholes have been patched up, but some are reappearing.

Macdonald is in one of two isolated areas of Côte St. Luc — the other isolated area, separate from the rest of the city, is in the area known as North of Hampstead near Decarie Square. In the case of Macdonald, the street is divided between Côte St. Luc and Montreal.

Councillor Glenn Nashen wrote on his blog last week that most who e-mailed him agreed this was the “worst year they could remember” in general for potholes for Montreal, but that residents believe Côte St. Luc has “by far, the best road maintenance across the region.

“Unfortunately, the conditions on Macdonald Avenue are not at the level our city finds acceptable,” Nashen added. “Côte St. Luc owns 50 percent of the road, the other half belonging to Montreal —  the borough of Côte des Neiges-NDG, north of Dupuis. Côte St. Luc is anxious to repair the road and is trying to convince Montreal to partner with us in this work.”

Nashen also urged residents to report online, at Côte St. Luc’s website (www.cotesaintluc.org), any potholes they may find within the city.

“Your advisory is dispatched to the public works team who will attend to the repair as quickly as possible,” the councillor added.

via CSL wants Montreal help on Macdonald potholes.

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