A unique lunch spot for my first review at MtlRestoRap.com

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JJs Salades Etc, owned by John Cusmariu, Jon Saxe and Matt Kovitz

MtlRestoRap is a new restaurant review site created by Mike Cohen and Tony Medeiros. They invited me to join them as a reviewer.

So I joined Mike last week at a terrific new restaurant on Côte des Neiges Road. JJs Salades Etc, owned by John CusmariuJon Saxe and Matt Kovitz, is a unique lunch spot. See my review at mtlrestorap.com/j-j-salades-etc/.

Thank you Mike and Tony for inviting me in.

Bon appetite.


CSL – CDN medical district shuttle survey

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Côte St. Luc put out an advisory that the city and the Jewish General Hospital “in collaboration with Mobiligo and the Centre de gestion des déplacements de developpement économique SaintLaurent (CGD DESTL), is looking for solutions to improve commuting to medical facilities in the Côte des Neiges district for the residents, workers and users.

The goal of the project is to encourage single occupancy vehicle users to shift to environmentally-friendly transport practices, such as public transit, carpooling, walking and biking.

A survey of the population of Côte St. Luc, Hampstead and Montreal West is currently underway concerning their transportation needs to identify convenient options that could be offered to them, other than traveling alone in their car. Access to healthcare is more than having a family doctor; it is also being able to get to the doctor’s office without causing an impact on our health and our community environment.”

To participate in the survey, go to www.surveymonkey.com/s/DBGHB6N.


CDN-NDG supporting Cavendish extension

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CDN-NDG supporting Cavendish extension

CSL’s Housefather wants the rest of Montreal to support the effort

Isaac Olson, Free Press

March 13, 2012

In a motion launched by Snowdon councillor Marvin Rotrand, the CDN-NDG borough council voted on March 5 to ask the “Quebec government to make extending boulevard Cavendish one of its priorities.”

Currently, Cavendish Blvd. runs from NDG’s St. Jacques Blvd. to the city of Côte St. Luc where it is cut off by train tracks. Many would like to see a bridge built over the tracks, connecting Cavendish to Royalmount Ave. and the St. Laurent borough. St. Laurent already extended its Cavendish Blvd. with hopes that someday Quebec would follow through with a link the CSL’s website says “will improve accessibility to, from and within this sector for all means of transport.”

While borough mayor Michael Applebaum voiced strong support for the motion, NDG councillor Peter McQueen voted against it due to what he called a lack of details in the motion.

In a follow-up interview, Côte St. Luc mayor Anthony Housefather said that, while the borough and area municipalities are continuing this lobby effort, many are frustrated that Montreal’s centre city council isn’t jumping into the fray.

A similar motion was passed by TMR back in January, CSL has continued to lobby the province and St. Laurent first passed this motion on March 10, 1981.

Voices from Montreal

“The whole construction cost of Cavendish to Cavendish would be about $150 million and it’s very clear that the city of Montreal doesn’t have $150 million to invest,” said Applebaum. “It’s an important link in the network and what we’re saying to the provincial representatives is: Now is the time to put up the money in order to realize the extension.”

During the meeting, Rotrand said there are CSL residents who can see over the tracks to where they want to go — an as-the crow- flies trip that would take about a minute — but they must travel east on Fleet, north on Decarie and back west again. He added, “The whole west end of the city is enclaved and it has to be dis-enclaved.”

St. Laurent borough mayor Alan DeSousa told the Free Press his borough first began lobbying the province for this extension 31 years ago and there have been subsequent motions since. “The extension of Cavendish to the south has always been of interest to our community,” said DeSousa. With many provincial officials and surrounding municipalities supporting the extension, DeSousa predicted “we’re at a threshold where we can resolve this issue.”


Housefather says link is vital

Housefather said he recently asked Applebaum for Montreal’s support of the extension during an agglomeration meeting, but was told Montreal’s priority’s are more focused on East End projects. Citing CSL as a city in need of better road access, Housefather described the extension as “the most important missing link in the Montreal road network.” It would give people more time to do things like enjoy their family or exercise rather then wasting hours trapped in daily congestion or re-routing around what could be a short trip over the tracks, he said. The extension, he added, would also limit the amount of pollution caused by so many idling cars.

Working in concert with supporting municipalities, CSL is doing “whatever we can to put this project on Quebec’s priority list” and Housefather applauds any support Montrealers provide, but he would like to see Montreal’s entire city council follow through and stand unified behind the vital project.

When asked if there are concerns for increased traffic in the area as NDGers, Hampsteaders and many others use it as a thoroughfare, Housefather said the reduction in traffic on area roads as well as the increase in accessibility for CSL residents outweighs any potential congestion issues. Cavendish could be outfitted to handle the changes and, overall, the “greater good” needs to be considered.

McQueen votes nay

McQueen later explained that he voted against the measure because there was no mention of the Royalmount connection, the De La Savanne Metro station or active/public transit in the motion. “For us, the link from both CSL and from St. Laurent to Royalmount and under-utilized De la Savanne Metro station is key to the whole project,” stated McQueen. “You might ask why I did not attempt to amend the motion, but given the frosty (no seconder) reception of my eminently reasonable motion asking Transport Quebec to hold a public information session in NDG, you can understand my exhaustion at their unanimous non-cooperation with my point of view.”

Why Tories think they can take Mount Royal


The Liberal Party of Canada have held Mount-Royal riding for 76 years.  Has their winning streak finally run out?  The Conservative Party thinks so.  With growing popularity of Stephen Harper among ethnic communities, and in particular that of the Jewish community as he espouses huge support for Israel, the ground work may be nearer than many think for the Tories to retake Mount Royal.

Mount Royal is the federal riding encompassing Cote Saint-Luc, Hamsptead, parts of Snowdon and Cote-des-Neiges as well as TMR.

With the McGill law professor and world-renowned human rights advocate Irwin Cotler holding the MP’s seat for the Libs, the Tories need a  star candidate if they hold out any hope to shift the tide.  Stay tuned.  A federal election call may be days away.

Read it here:

Why Tories think they can take Mount Royal – The Globe and Mail

via Why Tories think they can take Mount Royal – The Globe and Mail.