Irwin Cotler Award presented to Madison Gold

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The City of Côte Saint-Luc is presenting the Irwin Cotler Award to a student at a Côte Saint-Luc school in grade 6 and grade 11 who has devoted themselves to the cause of social justice. “All the schools in Côte Saint-Luc will be asked to nominate one of their students from grade 6 and grade 11 to receive the Irwin Cotler Award,” said Acting Mayor Glenn J. Nashen. “It will be given the student who best exemplifies the act of improving the world and fighting for social justice. This has been the hallmark of Professor Cotler’s life and we think this award is a fitting tribute.”

For the last five decades, Irwin Cotler has devoted his intellect and advocacy skills to the promotion and protection of human rights around the world, first as an international human rights lawyer and later as a Member of Parliament for Mount Royal, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, where he made the pursuit of international justice a government priority. Côte Saint-Luc honoured him on its Human Rights Walkway in 2015.

 

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Housefather and Trudeau welcome Chanukah in Parliament

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Mount Royal MP Anthony Housefather has made his mark early on in Parliament by co-chairing the annual candle lighting for Chanukah along with York Centre MP Michael Levitt.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau lights the Chanukah Menorah in Parliament as MPs Michael Levitt and Anthony Housefather look on

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau lights the Chanukah Menorah in Parliament as MPs Michael Levitt and Anthony Housefather look on

Unlike in previous years, Housefather invited leaders from all streams of Judaism as well as from other religion to participate. In addition, MPs from all parties participated in the event which was held last Wednesday night on the fourth night of Chanukah.

Prime Minister Trudeau, a strong supporter of the Jewish community and Israel spoke about the spirit of inclusiveness and respect. “We all come together to celebrate the light that unites as all,” Trudeau said to a gathering that included several invited guests from Cote Saint-Luc including former MP Irwin Cotler, Councillor Mitchell Brownstein and his wife Elaine and Mitch and Jordana Kujavsky.

Elaine Yagod-Brownstein smiles under the towering Prime Minister at the Chanukah celebration in Parliament

Elaine Yagod-Brownstein smiles under the towering Prime Minister at the Chanukah celebration in Parliament

“All Canadians are friends of Israel and all parties support Israel, and going forward we will continue to stand steadfast to our friends and allies around the world,” the PM said. “Happy Chanukah. Chag Sameach,” Trudeau.

Irwin Cotler: Vote for hope, not fear

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Mount Royal Conservative Campaign Turns Nasty, Misrepresents Truth

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Important Statement from Mount Royal Member of Parliament Irwin Cotler on Conservative Misrepresentations

Recently, Mount Royal Conservative candidate Robert Libman sent a postcard to homes in the Mount Royal riding, which in misrepresenting my quote, falsely implied that I did not support the Liberal Party. He then issued a press release which made the same uninformed and misleading statements.

Let me reaffirm again: I strongly support Anthony Housefather who was my law student, who has been an exemplary Mayor of Côte Saint-Luc, and who is a highly knowledgeable, eloquent, effective and caring candidate who is responsive on all the issues of concern to the Mount Royal riding and beyond. He will be an outstanding Member of Parliament.

I might add – though it hardly needs to be said because it is a matter of record over time – that Justin Trudeau, the Leader of the Liberal Party, has my unequivocal support in matters of domestic and foreign policy.”

Mr. Cotler also released this second detailed statement addressing the Conservative campaign misleading press release

Robert Libman’s release to the effect that “Irwin Cotler admits the Liberal Party failure on the fight against terrorism” – and quoting me that “Harper was the only adult in the room regarding terrorism” – are as uninformed as they are misleading.

First, I have been a strong and persistent critic of Harper’s anti-terrorism law and policy (bill C- 51), including: 1) proposing, on behalf of the Liberal Party, a ten-point critique of bill C-51; 2) joining former prime ministers and others in an express critique of bill C-51’s absence of any oversight mechanism, Charter protections, and the like; and 3) critiquing Harper’s bill C-24 with its wrong-headed – and constitutionally suspect – policy of stripping Canadian citizenship and deporting terrorists back to the arena of terrorism.

Second, in the matter of the policy and position of the multilateral mission against Syria and Iraq – and as one who for years has called for the implementation of the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) doctrine for the victims in Syria – I was astonished, as I said during the House of Commons debate, that the Prime Minister had effectively turned R2P on its head. Initially, Harper made the Canadian mission in Syria conditional upon the approval of the criminal Assad regime; later, when the mission was extended into Syria, it allowed Assad to continue his criminality with impunity. As I said in the House at the time, “to allow the perpetrator of war crimes, crimes against humanity, ethnic cleansing and genocide to green light Canadian intervention is to turn R2P on its head. Assad should be a criminal defendant not a coalition partner”.

Third, the government neither briefed, nor consulted, with Opposition leaders re the multilateral mission, nor did it share the necessary information about the mission’s objectives, costs, command, rules of engagement, etc. so as to allow Parliamentarians to make an informed decision. Both as a matter of process – and on matters of substance – the government’s initiatives were a failure.

Fourth, the Liberal Party’s position on the anti-terrorism bill (C-51) are both protective of the security of Canadians and of their civil liberties. In a word, it is a principled position unlike that of the Harper government which refused any of the proposed Liberal amendments to C-51 – such as a necessary oversight process – and therefore was deficient both as a matter of principle and as a matter of policy. In summary, it is not Justin Trudeau or the Liberal Party that have failed in the fight against terrorism. Rather, Prime Minister Harper’s law and policy – and his “playing the adult in the room” (which is what I literally said, rather than “is the adult in the room”), that has undermined – and continues to undermine – anti-terrorism law and policy with its fear-mongering and divisiveness, and thereby undermines the effective fight against terrorism.”

CSL Councillors denounce the misinformation regarding MP Irwin Cotler

Recently Mount Royal Conservative candidate Robert Libman sent a postcard to homes throughout the riding which used the image of our MP Irwin Cotler without his consent and falsely implied that he supported the Conservative Party. Mr Cotler has unequivocally stated that he considers this use of his words and image as misinformed and misleading. What is true, is that Cotler strongly supports Anthony Housefather and Justin Trudeau.

As Cote Saint Luc City Councillors who have been involved in many elections and who have worked closely with both Mr. Housefather and Mr. Libman, we are quite frankly shocked at the way the Libman campaign has abused the good name of Mr. Cotler and deliberately mislead the constituents of our Mount Royal riding.

It is a disgrace to dishonour and attack the reputation of Irwin Cotler by falsely inferring that he supports Harper for PM. The Conservatives and Robert Libman owe our MP an apology and they need to set the record straight. At this time of his illustrious career as most outspoken humanitarian scholar and most respected MP across Canada, Mr. Cotler deserves to be treated with respect and not have his name tarnished in this way.

Regardless of the outcome of the election, this wrong needs to be addressed and Mr. Libman and his team need to recognize the error of their ways for the sake of Mr. Cotler and the residents of Mount Royal.

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Waving the flag in CSL

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Rain or shine the party must go on. And so it did under threatening skies for the 2015 Canada Day celebrations in Cote Saint-Luc. And what a fun time it was.

The Incredible Boris takes the stage in Trudeau Park

The Incredible Boris takes the stage in Trudeau Park

We started off with the annual Citizenship Ceremony. Always a moving and emotional experience, expertly presided over by the compassionate Judge Barbara Seal, 38 new citizens from nine countries were sworn in. Smiles were ear to ear as these new Canadians, many of them young children, took the Oath of Citizenship, as did a few of us life-long Canadians as well. With a decorated Mountie by her side the judge welcomed all to the Canadian Family, stating, “You came here today as Permanent Residents but you leave as full Canadian Citizens,” to loud applause.

Canada's newest, and youngest, immigrants

Canada’s newest, and youngest, immigrants

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Mayor Anthony Housefather addressed the crowd and with great pride wishing them well in their new home and encouraging them all to soak in this magnificent country. Councillor Mitchell Brownstein, an immigration lawyer, recounted the voyage of his great-grandparents in coming to Canada from Eastern Europe in the early 20th Century.

MNA David Birnbaum, MP Irwin Cotler and Mayor Anthony Housefather welcome the new citizens to CSL, Quebec and Canada

MNA David Birnbaum, MP Irwin Cotler and Mayor Anthony Housefather welcome the new citizens to CSL, Quebec and Canada

Meanwhile families gathered in the covered area known as Confederation Annex for kid-friendly activities, food and exhibits. The stage was all set for the main performances. Global TV hosts Camille Ross, Jess Laventure and Elysia Bryan-Baynes emceed the evening and introduced Beatles cover band, Replay. They took to the stage and performed four incredible sets throughout the evening, wowing the crowd as if they were the real Fab Four. All the classic Beatles tunes were sung and the crowd, which grew in  numbers throughout the evening, sang along.

Up next was The Incredible Boris, renowned hypnotist-comedian who invited up audience members to fall under his spell. Four participants remained “under” for the duration of his show including the giggling Councillor Dida Berku. Boris had them dancing the Congo-line, counting their “eleven fingers”, trying desperately to remember their own names, paddling down the Colorado River and over Niagara Falls, speaking foreign languages and many more zany antics that kept the audience laughing out loud.

Councillors Ruth Kovac, Sam Goldbloom and Dida Berku accept the invitation to be hynotized

Councillors Ruth Kovac, Sam Goldbloom and Dida Berku accept the invitation to be hypnotized

Only Cllr. Dida Berku remined under hypnosis, chuckling throughout the show, as ordered by The Incredible Boris

Only Cllr. Dida Berku remined under hypnosis, chuckling throughout the show, as ordered by The Incredible Boris

Retiring Member of Parliament, Professor Irwin Cotler, was inducted onto Cote Saint-Luc’s Human Rights Walkway and Public Security Agent Johnny “Elvis” Champagne was congratulated on his 35 years of service to our community as his badge was officially retired and presented to him.

35 year veteran of CSL, Public Security Agent Jean-Noel "Elvis" Champagne, accepts his encased badge upon his retirement

35 year veteran of CSL, Public Security Agent Jean-Noel “Elvis” Champagne, accepts his encased badge upon his retirement

As always the festivities culminated in the traditional fireworks display, this year twinned with a spectacular laser light show.

Thanks go out to Recreation Director David Taveroff and his talented team for championing a sensational evening of fun and celebration along with the Public Works crews, Public Security agents and Station 9 police officers. Kudos as well to our talented Communications staff under Darryl Levine and many, many thanks to all of our die-hard volunteers, especially those from vCOP and EMS, who go above and beyond in helping our staff to create the best events and in keeping everyone safe. Special thanks to my co-chair of Canada Day 2015 in Cote Saint-Luc, the indefatigable Mike Cohen.

Happy 148th Birthday!

Fireworks and laser light show capped a fantastic evening in CSL

Fireworks and laser light show capped a fantastic evening in CSL

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Canada Day in CSL 2015, Celebrate the Flag

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The Canada Day celebration in the City of Côte Saint-Luc on July 1 will highlight the fiftieth anniversary of the Canadian flag and will honour Irwin Cotler with an induction onto the Human Rights Walkway.

 

“Our Canada Day event attracts thousands of people and it’s an opportunity to honour people who have made a difference, whether somewhere else in the world or here at home,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “This year we have decided to induct Professor Irwin Cotler on the Côte Saint-Luc Human Rights Walkway. For the past 5 decades, he has devoted his intellect and advocacy skills to the pursuit of justice around the world, first as an international human rights lawyer and later as a Member of Parliament for Mount Royal, and Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, where he made the pursuit of international justice a government priority.”

 

All Canada Day activities take place at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park on Mackle Rd. The Irwin Cotler induction takes place at 9:05 pm.

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“To highlight the fiftieth anniversary of the Canadian flag we will be flying a greater than usual number of Canadian flags throughout Côte Saint-Luc,” said Councillor Glenn J. Nashen, who is co-chair of the event.  “Also, the children from our day camps will be producing a banner that will be displayed during the festivities. The theme of the banner is Canada and what does being Canadian mean to you.”

 

Canada Day will also feature a Canadian citizenship ceremony for new Canadians, live music by Replay the Beatles and a show with The Incredible Boris, comedy hypnotist. Kids will enjoy storytelling, inflatable games, the children’s train, the roaming magician, arts and crafts and more. Other activities include free pedal boats on Centennial Lake, a photo booth, a model airplane show, a model boat show, free cupcakes, and the closing fireworks at 9:45 pm.

 

See the Canada Day schedule at www.CoteSaintLuc.org/CanadaDay2015.

 

“This year’s masters of ceremonies is a tag-team of four anchors from Global TV: Camille Ross, Jessica Laventure, Elysia Bryan-Baynes and Travis Todd,” said Councillor Mike Cohen, who is also co-chair of the event.

 

Event sponsors include Canadian Heritage, Global, Qualitifruits, Domino’s Pizza, The Suburban, Maac.ca, Quartier Cavendish, RBC, Scotiabank, Chartwell Castel Royal and West Island Music Academy.

 

In case of heavy rain, many activities would move to the Confederation Annex in Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park. The Canadian citizenship ceremony would be moved to the Aquatic and Community Centre (5794 Parkhaven) at 5 pm. The induction ceremony for Irwin Cotler on to the Human Rights Walkway would take place at 6 pm. The fireworks display would be postponed to Thursday, July 2 starting at 9:30 pm. The kids train and model airplanes and boats would be cancelled.

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Côte Saint-Luc rendra hommage à Irwin Cotler et soulignera le 50e anniversaire du drapeau canadien lors des célébrations de la fête du Canada
Les célébrations de la fête du Canada qui auront lieu à Côte Saint-Luc le 1er juillet comprendront cérémonie pour introniser Irwin Cotler sur la Promenade des droits de personne et souligneront le 50e anniversaire du drapeau canadien.
« Nos festivités de la fête du Canada attirent des milliers de participants. C’est aussi l’occasion d’honorer des personnes qui ont contribué à changer les choses, ailleurs dans le monde ou ici dans notre pays, a déclaré le maire Anthony Housefather. Cette année nous avons décidé d’introniser Irwin Cotler sur la Promenade des droits de la personne de Côte Saint-Luc. Depuis  cinquante ans, Irwin Cotler a consacré son intelligence et ses talents de plaideur à la promotion et à la protection des droits de la personne partout dans le monde, d’abord comme avocat des droits de la personne internationaux, puis comme député fédéral de Mont-Royal, et ministre de la Justice et procureur général du Canada, faisant de la poursuite de la justice internationale une priorité du gouvernement. »
Toutes les activités de la fête du Canada se dérouleront au parc Pierre Elliott Trudeau sur le chemin Mackle. L’intronisation d’Irwin Cotler aura lieu à 21 h 05.
« Pour souligner le cinquantième anniversaire du drapeau canadien, nous flotterons un plus grand nombre que d’habitude de drapeaux à travers Côte Saint-Luc, dit le conseiller Glenn J. Nashen, qui copréside les célébrations de cette année. Aussi, les enfants du camp de jour prépareront une bannière qui sera affichée durant les festivités. Le thème de la bannière est le Canada et que cela signifie-t-il pour vous d’être canadien. »
Le programme de la fête du Canada comprend aussi une cérémonie de citoyenneté canadienne pour les nouveaux Canadiens, la musique de Replay the Beatles et un spectacle avec l’hypnotise-comédien The Incredible Boris. De nombreuses activités sont prévues pour les plus jeunes : histoires, manèges gonflables, train des enfants, magicien ambulant,  bricolages et plus encore. Il y aura également des balades gratuites en pédalo sur le lac Centennial, un kiosque de photo, une exposition d’avions modèles réduits, une distribution de petits gâteaux et, pour terminer, les feux d’artifice à 21 h 45.
On peut consulter l’horaire de la fête du Canada à CoteSaintLuc.org/fr/FeteduCanada2015.
« Cette année, les maîtres de cérémonie de l’événement seront une équipe de quatre personnalités de Global : Camille Ross, Jessica Laventure, Elysia Bryan-Baynes et Travis Todd », dit le conseiller Mike Cohen, qui copréside également les célébrations de cette année
Les commanditaires de la fête du Canada comprennent Patrimoine canadien, Global, Qualitifruits, Domino’s Pizza, The Suburban, Maac.ca, Quartier Cavendish, RBC, Banque Scotia, Chartwell Castel Royal et l’Académie de musique de l’Ouest de l’île.
En cas de fortes pluies, plusieurs activités auront lieu dans l’Annexe de la confédération au parc Pierre Elliott Trudeau. La cérémonie de citoyenneté aura lieu au Centre communautaire et aquatique (5794 Parkhaven) à 17 h et l’intronisation d’Irwin Cotler sur la promenade des droits de la personne suivra à 18 h. Les feux d’artifice seront reportés au jeudi 2 juillet à 21 h 30. Certaines activités telles le train des enfants et les avions et bateaux modèles réduits seront annulées.

Liebman to join Mayor Coderre on international scene

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Howard Liebman outlasted most political attachés. After more than a decade on the job, day and night, for MP Irwin Cotler, Liebman is calling it a day, having accomplished more than most could have expected.
What a tremendous career this young lawyer and family man has had. He worked diligently and passionately on behalf of his boss, arguably the most outspoken Members of Parliament in recent history. Liebman took his job very, very seriously. It was a calling. A career. He could be counted on to represent the MP, at any time, at any place, while his boss traveled the globe on behalf of his human rights dossiers.
Liebman acted as the MP-lite, on behalf of our residents and city and riding. He delivered speeches and greetings, always in attendance at gatherings large and small across the federal Mount Royal riding, encompassing Cote Saint-Luc, Hampstead, TMR, and the Snowdon district of Cote des Neiges – NDG.
Glenn J. Nashen, Ruth Kovac and Howard Liebman at the International Civil Aviation Organization in Montreal

Glenn J. Nashen, Ruth Kovac and Howard Liebman at the International Civil Aviation Organization in Montreal

“It is with bittersweet emotion that I announce the departure of my long-time, trusted and respected Chief of Staff, Howard Liebman, who has been appointed Special Advisor to the Hon. Denis Coderre, Mayor of the Ville de Montreal, with responsibility for international relations,” Professor Cotler said. “Howard has been an indispensable and loyal leader of this Office and an exemplary public servant, whose commitment and tireless engagement and advocacy for this constituency – and overall public diplomacy and personal counsel – has been without parallel, these past 11 years.”
Howard Liebman and Heather Leckner

Howard Liebman and Heather Leckner

This appointment with Mayor Coderre is a perfect fit for Liebman, who carries himself like a career diplomat. Mayor Coderre is lucky to have gained such an asset on his team.

I wish you lots of success, Howard, and great personal enjoyment. I hope our paths will continue to cross both professionally and personally.

Howard Liebman, Irwin Cotler and Glenn J. Nashen at a briefing at Cote Saint-Luc City Hall

Howard Liebman, Irwin Cotler and Glenn J. Nashen at a briefing at Cote Saint-Luc City Hall

 

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