Remembering Dr. Victor Goldbloom

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For a humble, modest and soft spoken pediatrician Dr. Victor Goldbloom was a giant in Quebec society. I have known Dr. Goldbloom my entire life. In fact, he was my first pediatrician and made house calls to care for my brothers and me. We remained in contact ever since. I followed his career from medicine to politics to community services and he followed mine.

Years later I would be invited to serve on the board of Jewish Immigrant Aid Services together with Dr. Goldbloom. I would look forward to each meeting and listening to his eloquent and wise counsel.

Our paths would cross time and again. I wrote to him about language issues while he served as Commissioner of Official Languages of Canada. I spoke with him when he chaired the Regional Health Agency. I met with him during his leadership of organizations such as Canadian Jewish Congress, Quebec Region. At every community event we both attended there was always a friendly embrace, a kind word of regard to my parents and brothers.

I received several hand written letters from Dr. Goldbloom through the years noting significant achievements in my professional and personal life.  I was always so touched by these kind and personal gestures.

In a letter to me in December 2012 Dr. Goldbloom wrote, “Pediatricians develop a quasi-parental relationship with some of the young people they help bring up, and I take continuing pride in the outstanding job you are doing for the hospital.”

He was truly a remarkable individual. He made enormous contributions to my family and to Quebec and Canadian society.

Two years ago Pope Benedict XVI conferred papal honours upon Dr. Goldbloom at Temple Emanuel in Westmount in tribute to the exceptional role that he played in reinforcing the values that define us as Canadians. How extraordinary.

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Dr. Victor Goldbloom, CC, O.Q., M.D., was made a Knight of the Equestrian Order of Saint Sylvestre, one of five Orders of Knighthood awarded directly by the Pope as Supreme Pontiff and head of the Catholic Church and as the Head of State of Vatican City. By receiving Dr. Goldbloom into the ranks of one of the oldest and most esteemed of the papal orders, Pope Benedict XVI honoured his exceptional dedication and service to the cause of promoting dialogue and understanding between Christians and Jews. He became one of a handful of non-Christians ever to be knighted by the papacy.

Dr. Goldbloom helped to transform our understanding of “the other” and greatly contributed to the elimination of the social, religious and institutional barriers that divided Christians and Jews for centuries.

Dr. Goldbloom is a Companion of the Order of Canada and an Officer of the Ordre national du Québec. He was born and educated in Montreal, graduated in 1945 from McGill University and became a pediatrician. He practiced and taught his specialty for many years, and was actively involved in the Quebec Association of Pediatricians, the Quebec Medical Association and the Canadian Medical Association. In 1962 he was elected a Governor of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Quebec.

In 1966 Victor Goldbloom was elected to Quebec’s National Assembly, for the riding of D’Arcy McGee, and reelected in 1970, 1973 and 1976.  He served as Liberal MNA until  1979.  He was Quebec’s first Minister of the Environment, and later Minister of Municipal Affairs and Minister Responsible for the Olympic Installations Board. He was also the first member of the Jewish community to serve as a cabinet minister.

In 1972 and again in 1976, he was one of Canada’s delegates to United Nations conferences on the environment. He resigned his seat to become President and CEO of the Canadian Council of Christians and Jews. From 1982 to 1990 he was also President of the International Council of Christians and Jews. He is founding president of Christian-Jewish Relations Canada and of L’Amitié judéo-musulmane du Québec.

He headed Quebec’s Environmental Public Hearings Board and was Executive Director of the Quebec Health Research Foundation. From 1991 to 1999, he was Canada’s fourth Commissioner of Official Languages. Dr. Goldbloom chaired the board of the Health and Social Services Agency of Montreal. He was a founding director of the Jules and Paul-Émile Léger Foundation in 1981 and was its president from 2000 to 2003. He held honourary degrees from five Canadian universities: Toronto, McGill, Concordia, Ottawa and Sainte-Anne.

In October 2013 Global News featured the Goldblooms. Click here to watch the episode.

I have been a big fan of Dr. Goldbloom my entire life and found him to be one of the most remarkably accomplished individuals I have ever been fortunate enough to meet. His dedication and commitment to improving society was extraordinary. His compassion for people of all walks of life was inspiring. He was a true gentleman and a remarkable scholar. And, he was the best pediatrician a kid could ever have! Dr. Goldbloom will be sorely missed. His accomplishments in enriching our society will be everlasting.

I speak for my entire family in extending heartfelt condolences to his wife Sheila and his children, Michael, Jonathan and Susan.

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Veuillez trouver le lien, ci-dessous, à la motion déposée par David Birnbaum le 18 février, 2016 à l’Assemblée Nationale à l’hommage du Victor Goldbloom au nom du gouvernement libéral du Québec.

Below is a link to a motion deposited by David Birnbaum at the National Assembly on Thursday, February 18, 2016 in tribute to Victor Goldbloom on behalf of the Quebec Liberal Government.

https://www.facebook.com/birnbaumdarcymcgee/videos/vb.596140027139426/960354647384627/?type=2&theater

Dr. Victor Goldbloom receives honour from Pope Benedict

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A joyful celebration of Pope Benedict XVI’s conferral of papal honours upon two eminent Canadians, Fr. Irénée Beaubien and Dr. Victor Goldbloom takes place this evening at the Temple Emanuel in Westmount.

The evening is a tribute to the exceptional role that Father Beaubien and Dr. Goldbloom have played, and continue to play, in reinforcing the values that define us as Canadians. This is the first time a Jew and a Catholic will receive their respective papal awards at the same ceremony.

Dr. Victor Goldbloom, CC, O.Q., M.D., will be made a Knight of the Equestrian Order of Saint Sylvestre, one of five Orders of Knighthood awarded directly by the Pope as Supreme Pontiff and head of the Catholic Church and as the Head of State of Vatican City. By receiving Dr. Goldbloom into the ranks of one of the oldest and most esteemed of the papal orders, Pope Benedict XVI honours his exceptional dedication and service to the cause of promoting dialogue and understanding between Christians and Jews. He becomes one of a handful of non-Christians ever to be knighted by the papacy.

The Canadian Centre for Ecumenism, which is organizing this event, indicate that Father Beaubien and Dr. Goldbloom helped to transform our understanding of “the other” and greatly contributed to the elimination of the social, religious and institutional barriers that divided Christians and Jews for centuries. Without their life-long dedication to bringing Christians, Jews and people of other faiths together in dialogue, the Centre says, our country would be a much different place.

“Indeed, we are indebted to them for having helped to make ours a peaceful, tolerant society that values diversity and religious freedom,” the Centre’s notice stated.

Dr. Goldbloom is a Companion of the Order of Canada and an Officer of the Ordre national du Québec. He was born and educated in Montreal, graduated in 1945 from McGill University and became a pediatrician. He practiced and taught his specialty for many years, and was actively involved in the Quebec Association of Pediatricians, the Quebec Medical Association and the Canadian Medical Association. In 1962 he was elected a Governor of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Quebec.

In 1966 Victor Goldbloom was elected to Quebec’s National Assembly, for the riding of D’Arcy McGee, and reelected in 1970, 1973 and 1976.  He served as Liberal MNA until  1979.  He was Quebec’s first Minister of the Environment, and later Minister of Municipal Affairs and Minister Responsible for the Olympic Installations Board.

In 1972 and again in 1976, he was one of Canada’s delegates to United Nations conferences on the environment. He resigned his seat to become President and CEO of the Canadian Council of Christians and Jews. From 1982 to 1990 he was also President of the International Council of Christians and Jews. He is founding president of Christian-Jewish Relations Canada and of L’Amitié judéo-musulmane du Québec.

He has headed Quebec’s Environmental Public Hearings Board and been Executive Director of the Quebec Health Research Foundation. From 1991 to 1999, he was Canada’s fourth Commissioner of Official Languages. Dr. Goldbloom chairs the board of the Health and Social Services Agency of Montreal. He is a founding director (1981) of the Jules and Paul-Émile Léger Foundation, was its president from 2000 to 2003, and is now its Honorary President. He holds honorary degrees from five Canadian universities: Toronto, McGill, Concordia, Ottawa and Sainte-Anne.

It gives me enormous pleasure to extend a hearty congratulations to Dr. Victor Goldbloom on this special honour. I have followed Dr. Goldbloom’s career my entire life and have found him to be one of the most remarkably accomplished individuals I have ever been fortunate enough to meet. His dedication and commitment to improving society is extraordinary. His compassion for people of all walks of life is inspiring. He is a true gentleman and a remarkable scholar. And, he was the best pediatrician a kid could ever have! Mazal Tov Dr. Goldbloom.

Cavendish Blvd. extension on ice, disappears from city budget | CTV Montreal

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Cavendish Blvd. extension on ice, disappears from city budget | CTV Montreal.

CTV Montreal
Published Sunday, Sep. 16, 2012 7:37PM EDT 

MONTREAL—It’s been talked about for years: the extension of Cavendish Blvd. But just when it seemed like ground was going to be broken, another road block hit when the city announced plans to pull the project from its latest budget.

When the city’s 2012-2013 budget will be presented this week, the $44 million project to extend Cavendish Blvd. north towards St-Laurent will be absent.

“Suddenly the City of Montreal is saying they want it removed. All of the other cities on the island, the demerged cities don’t, want it removed. We think it’s very important for all Montrealers and all people that live on the island,” said Cote-St-Luc mayor Anthony Housefather.

The two phased extension was supposed to connect the road between Cote-St-Luc and St-Laurent and ease traffic along the congested Decarie highway. The project seemed like it would finally happen in March as it was made a condition of the Blue Bonnet race track deal struck between the City of Montreal and the province.

But the extension was dependent on the re-election of the Liberals and since that didn’t happen, the city can’t guarantee it will get the funding.

“It was clearly indicated in the capital budget that the realization of the Cavendish project, like the Tramway, is dependent on government grants,” said Michael Applebaum, the mayor’s main lieutenant, in a statement.

“We have removed these projects from the budget to avoid inflating the budget unnecessarily.”

Talked about for decades, millions of dollars have been poured into feasibility studies to somehow connect the one kilometre gap between both stretches of Cavendish Blvd.—now divided by one of the island’s main east-west railroad trunks.

Housefather says he refuses to allow the project to go on the backburner again.

“I am confident that the logic is there for this to happen and that anybody who tries to put their blocks on it is going to get pushed out of the way because the vast majority of the people on this island want this project to happen,” said Housefather.

It will be up to the new Parti Quebecois government to decide if the road can go anywhere. The PQ’s MNAs will be sworn in on Monday.

 

Read more: http://montreal.ctvnews.ca/cavendish-blvd-extension-on-ice-disappears-from-city-budget-1.958562#ixzz26rX2iV1m

 

Cavendish link now closer to realization: MNAs

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Cavendish link now closer to realization: MNAs

May 2, 2012

Joel Goldenberg. The Suburban

 

D’Arcy McGee MNA Lawrence Bergman, NDG MNA Kathleen Weil, Mont Royal MNA Pierre Arcand and St. Laurent MNA Jean-Marc Fournier are all lauding the recent announcement that Quebec – through the Société nationale du cheval de course – is ceding the Hippodrome land to Montreal for a future housing development. “This will allow in the coming years the development of the full potential of this large tract of land of almost 43.5 hectares, one of the last of this size close to downtown Montreal,” said a joint statement by the four MNAs.

“The transfer of the Hippodrome land and its future development are at the same time bringing us closer to the long expected realization of the link of the two parts of Cavendish Boulevard since the planning of this infrastructure comes naturally within the scope of the development of the Hippodrome site.”

The four MNAs also said they were pleased with the agreement in principle between the province and Montreal, which “confirms that an amount of $44 million is still inscribed in its triennial immobilization program for the realization of the Cavendish-Cavendish link, a road belonging to the municipal network and that lies under its responsibility.

Also, the City of Montreal took the engagement to have an update done of all studies related to the realization of the Cavendish-Cavendish link, and the costs of which will be reimbursed from the resale of the parcels of land of the Hippodrome site.”

Bergman pointed out that Raymond Bachand, the minister responsible for Montreal, announced that a portion of the revenues coming from the resale of the Hippodrome land could be reinvested in the Cavendish-Cavendish link. Bergman represents constituents in Côte St. Luc, Hampstead and part of Côte des Neiges/NDG – the councils from the three areas have passed resolutions calling for a prioritization by Quebec of the Cavendish link. The Hampstead and Côte St. Luc resolutions also ask Montreal to prioritize the link.

“This is something that surely can speed up the process,” Bergman said.

Arcand, the Mont Royal MNA whose constituency includes the Town of Mount Royal industrial park, which is close to the Hippodrome site, said TMR “has, for a long time, been asking for the realization of this project in the interests of its residents.”

The MNAs also detailed some of the next steps in the process. “In the coming months, the City of Montreal will present a plan for the Hippodrome of Montreal site, which will be the object of a public consultation process,” they jointly said. “Accordingly, the sale of the lots of the land could begin in 2017 and the real estate development of the site could be completed by 2025. The City of Montreal estimates that between 5,000 and 8,000 housing units will be built on the site amongst which approximately 15 percent will be social housing units and 15 percent low income housing.”