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.
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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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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.

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