CSL: A digital city | En ligne à CSL

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Cote Saint-Luc’s digital presence is getting better and better. I’d like to see Council meetings streamed live, track waste collection trucks and snow removal crews in real time. Our emergency notification system is a success. Please watch and share.

La présence numérique de Cote Saint-Luc s’améliore. J’aimerais voir les réunions du Conseil diffusées en direct, de suivre les camions de collecte des déchets et les équipes de déneigement en temps réel. Notre système de notification d’urgence est un succès. S’il vous plaît regarder et partager.

City wide alerts put to use

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CSL Alert launched

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Côte Saint-Luc launches mass notification system to alert residents about emergencies

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The City of Côte Saint-Luc announced the launch of its CSL Alert Mass Notification System, which allows people to receive emergency notifications via phone, text message, or e-mail.
“The system will be used to notify people about imminent threats to health and safety, such as boil-water advisories or gas leaks,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “If you have a home phone, mobile phone, or email address, we’ll be able to send you information in an emergency—provided your give us your contact information.”
The city added all public phone numbers in Côte Saint-Luc to the system, such as the ones listed in the phone book. Therefore, most people who live in Côte Saint-Luc will get notified of an emergency by phone without having to sign up.
However, for those whose home phone number is not listed, or who prefer to be notified by mobile phone, text message, or e-mail message, they must add that contact information to the system. Visit CoteSaintLuc.org/Alert and follow the step-by-step instructions on how to add contact information to the system.
“Not only can you receive emergency notifications in different ways, but you don’t even have to live in Côte Saint-Luc to receive notifications,” said Councillor Glenn J. Nashen, the council member responsible for emergency preparedness. “If your parents live in Côte Saint-Luc but you live in the West Island, Toronto, or Florida, you can nonetheless sign yourself up to get notifications that affect your parents’ address and follow up with them to ensure their safety.”
For more information or to add your phone numbers and e-mail address to the system, visit CoteSaintLuc.org/Alert.
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CP Rail security enhanced in CSL

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CP track maintenance entrance above Cavendish underpass

CP track maintenance entrance above Cavendish underpass

Last week CP Rail replaced several of the evacuation route fences and gates.  Many of these gates were in disrepair, falling over, or not closing tightly posing a security risk to potential trespassers.

Evacuation route exit behind Mount Sinai hospital

Evacuation route exit behind Mount Sinai hospital

Thanks to this repair work these locations are now safer and more difficult to trespass. Parents should warn their children to never enter the rail yards or gated rail lines. While pedestrian accidents in this area are extremely rare children must be reminded of the extreme danger and potential injuries or even death that could occur from a mishap in this off-limit zone.

A serious mishap occurred along the Wavell-Baily track in the late 1960s when a youngster breached the fence to cross over.

No space for kids or teens to squeeze through at Westminster evacuation gates

No space for kids or teens to squeeze through at Westminster evacuation gates

The evacuation routes and emergency gates are part of Cote Saint-Luc’s Emergency Preparedness Plan. In the event of a disaster emergency personnel could direct residents to leave the vicinity via one of these routes. In the late 1980s and early 2000s heavy flooding forced the closure of the Westminster and Cavendish underpasses, respectively, and emergency personnel used the gates to respond northbound across the tracks. Since then the pump station have been upgraded and no flooding has recurred.

2014 has been designated by Cote Saint-Luc City Council as Emergency Preparedness year with great focus on emergency planning, disaster readiness, training of city staff, educating the public. An emergency notification system for all residents will roll out this summer.

Additional reporting and photos by Lewis Cohen