The happiest street in CSL District 6, so far

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This spring I’ve had the opportunity to visit many constituents at their doors. It’s always a pleasure to ring doorbells and chat in the warm spring sun with a light breeze. Especially so when it’s outside of an election period. Quebec’s November elections are poorly timed as the weather is often inclement and the sun sets early. No wonder other jurisdictions set their municipal elections during spring.

Great to meet up with Gady Avissar at his front door on Jellicoe Ave. Friendly as can be and a real happy fellow. Door to door is a family outing together with Judy and Jeremy.

Tonight I had the chance to talk with many residents on Jellicoe Ave. I love this neighbourhood as I grew up around the corner and spent half my life playing street hockey and hide-and-go-seek with my friends on the surrounding streets. We loved playing on the small connector between Jellicoe and Cork that we affectionately referred to as JelliCork.

I was joined by my wife, Dr. Judy Hagshi and my son Jeremy. This evening’s visit was also remarkable as not one resident had a complaint! People were genuinely happy. Happy with their street, with their neighbours, with city services, and yes, even with their City Councillor. Several people thanked me for knocking on their door and leaving my calling card. One really nice family gave my son a popsicle. How nice to be so happy.

Liane Fransblow and her son Myles happy to say hi on Jellicoe Ave.

I hope you’re happy in Cote Saint-Luc too. What makes you happiest about living here? Please comment.

And I hope to meet many more of you as I make my way from house to house in CSL. Meanwhile, please like me on Facebook or subscribe to my blog at


Poison Ivy spotted on Jellicoe Ave

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A Jellicoe Ave resident reports that poison ivy was growing in the family’s backyard recently.  Contact with the plant can cause significant reaction to the skin possibly resulting in a visit to a physician or the Emergency Department for treatment by medication.

The resident informed me that any contact should be followed up by immediate rinsing with warm, soapy water as well as washing all clothing worn at that time, also in warm water.

The City has also posted warning signs in the woods in Pierre Elliot Trudeau Park and Shuster Park where poison ivy has been identified.

Take note of what to look out for (see diagram here).  More resources are clickable from this posting.

Cote Saint-Luc was one of the first municipalities in Quebec to ban the use of pesticides so speak to your gardener or an expert as to how best to eradicate this plant.

Report marauding raccoons: Berku

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Report marauding raccoons: Berku


By Joel Goldenberg, The Suburban

Côte St. Luc residents should call their city hall if they see marauding raccoons, in light of two recent attacks on cats by three raccoons, says councillor Dida Berku.

“We have animal catchers,” she said. “Every month, we have dozens of animals being picked up.

“We’re not actively running around looking for raccoons, people have to report them.”

Berku said raccoons are not only bigger, but more aggressive than squirrels more commonly seen in cities. “And there’s the issue of rabies,” she said.

But Dr. Marlene Kalin of the Côte St. Luc Animal Hospital said while there has been concern about a new strain of rabies among raccoons and bats recently, none of these were in the city. The cats attacked tested negative for rabies, she added.

Berku was contacted Thursday in light of a recent incident on Jellicoe, near Guelph Road.

Resident David Schwartzman said that about 4 a.m. Sat. Sept. 30, his cat was attacked by three raccoons.

“My daughter was awakened by the yelling of my cat, she tried to get him and saw the raccoons,” Schwartzman said. “He was terrified and ran away, he wouldn’t come to the house.”

Schwartzman said his family put up signs in their area saying their cat was missing.

“Then, unbeknownst to us, he was found later on in the morning,” he added. “We think he had been hit by a car on the next street over. When a girl returning from shift work found him, the three raccoons were attacking him, they may have smelled blood. She had to beat them off. Our cat was still fighting them off. She took him to a vet, and he was euthanized.”

Schwartzman said he heard from the veterinarian that another animal was attacked two minutes from where he lives.

Kalin confirmed another cat on a nearby street was attacked by three raccoons a few days after the first incident.

“It was three big adult raccoons,” she said. “They were kind of hanging together. The cat had jumped up on top of a fence and there were three raccoons hot on the cat’s trail.”

Kalin added that raccoons tend to be passive animals, and are not hunters of small animals.

“These three raccoons seem to have abnormal behaviour. And if a raccoon had rabies, they would not stay in a pack or they would just attack each other. If we had a single raccoon that was attacking animals, that would be a different cup of tea. But because it was the three of them together, it was aberrant behaviour, but rabies was not implicated in this story.”