CSL inaugurates Shalom Bloom Sculpture garden

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On hand for all of the events celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday were Mayor Mitchell Brownstein and the entire Côte St. Luc council, Mount Royal MP Anthony Housefather and D’Arcy McGee MNA David Birnbaum. The chairs of the Canada Day event were councillors Glenn Nashen and Ruth Kovac, and the MC for the events were CJAD personalities Dan Laxer and Laurie Betito.

The Shalom Bloom Sculpture Garden is in an area of the park with stunning, lifelike sculptures of various wildlife animals, including white-tailed deer, cougar, bighorned sheep and others. The sculptures were a donation by Bloom, who left his successful business in 1980 to devote himself full time to sculpting.

“This city is a wonderful place and the two mayors (Brownstein and his predecessor Housefather) really worked hard to bring this about,” Bloom said at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the garden. “This is Phase 1, and hopefully, eventually, we’ll have another phase with a lot more sculptures in this magnificent park.”

Marco Pendenza of Super Excavation did the stonework, and Ron Williams was the consulting landscape architect.

“I was involved with the overall concept and design,” Williams said. “The early ideas were a natural environment where the animals would feel at home. It turned out great, I’m really pleased.”

Snowdon Councillor Marvin Rotrand also praised Bloom during the unveiling ceremony.

Later on, Birnbaum showed the winning videos of his riding-wide student competition, Canada 150: Your Story, My Story; and Lt-Gen. (Ret’d) Roméo Dallaire was inducted onto Côte St. Luc’s Human Rights Walkway for his work in preventing mass atrocities in Rwanda, his advocacy against the use of child soldiers and his general work for human rights. Dallaire’s son Willem was on hand for the dedication.

While most activities took place on July 2 because of weather concerns, the traditional citizenship ceremony, took place July 1 at the city’s Aquatic and Community Centre, and was presided over by former Canadian citizenship judge Barbara Seal. She, Brownstein, Housefather and Birnbaum welcomed the 39 new citizens from 18 countries. A “welcome home to Canada” video from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was also played.

The July 2 event also included entertainment by indigenous performers and the retro band Replay, who alternated between Beatles and ‘60s hits sets. Brownstein himself sang John Lennon’s Imagine, which he linked to Côte St. Luc’s own advocacy for tolerance and respect.

The evening ended with a fireworks and laser show display, with musical accompaniment.

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CSL Trudeau Park overflows with Canada D’Eh pride

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Was I really in Cote Saint-Luc last night? Where else can one find a culturally diverse entertainment line-up, a homage to world-class leaders and artists, a gastronomical cornucopia, and a children’s wonderland all topped off by a spectacular fireworks and laser show in your own back-yard?

Beatles cover band Replay belts out classic 60s tunes at Canada Day 2017

 

The end of a beautiful rainbow: right here in CSL

 

The Buffalo Hat Dancers belted out traditional aboriginal chants, danced up a storm (literally) at Canada Day 2017. The rain started falling during their dance and ended when they were finished? Miracle? Maybe not.

 

Crowds were a plenty at Canada Day 2017

 

As co-chair of the event along with Councillor Ruth Kovac I was proud to add words of reconciliation during my address to the crowd in stating we were on the traditional territory of the Iroquois Nation. Ruth added native greetings as well.

The City of Cote Saint-Luc Council and Staff put on a show worthy of Canada’s Sesquicentennial. If you missed it here are some highlights:

The extraordinary, world-class Shalom Bloom Sculpture Garden is unveiled in Trudeau Park

 

The newly inaugurated Shalom Bloom Sculpture Garden can be enjoyed during a leisurely stroll through the park

 

Canada Day 2017 Fireworks and laser light show was spectacular

I must take this opportunity to give a shout out to the vCOP (volunteer Citizens on Patrol) squad, celebrating 11 years of invaluable service to our fine community. I launched this service with a dozen residents (most of whom are still going strong) and we’ve since grown to 92 amazing volunteers.

My vCOP team celebrates 11 years at Canada Day 2017. Assistant Supervisor for Events, Susie Schwartz, in black, took care of all coordination.

 

vCOP Supervisor Mitchell Herf patrols the park at Canada Day 2017 on electric scooter

 

Security and safety were top of mind last night and CSL EMS (Emergency Measures Services) and Public Security in conjunction with Police were out in full force ensuring that everyone felt safe and secure while enjoying the many varied activities and delights.

The volunteers from EMS are always full of pride in service to our community at Canada Day 2017

 

CSL Public Security was out in full force, under the watchful eye of Lt. Anthony Tsakon (left). Longtime patroller Scott Hunt joins me in this snapshot at Canada Day 2017

 

The Station 9 crew is back in blue, Celebrating Canada Day 2017 with our local police officers

 

Public Safety Director Jordy Reichson walks the beat with the new EMS mascot at Canada Day 2017

 

Public Security Agent Erwin Luden stands on guard for thee at Canada Day 2017

 

How fortunate we are to live in a vibrant community and a world-class metropolitan city all in a tolerant and generous country. Our residents seemed to share the same sentiment.

 

Such a lovely family: The Ullmans enjoy the festivities at Canada Day 2017

 

Food trucks abound at Canada Day 2017. From cheese treats to loads of lobster and everything in between. My wife, Judy Hagshi, prefers a good cheese (but where’s the wine?) at Canada Day 2017

 

Library Director Janine West and volunteer Carol Mindel join me at the CSL Historical Society booth. Old photos were on display. Volunteers and vintage pics are wanted!

 

MP Anthony Housefather had us chanting out C-A-N-A-D-A like our country was a Rockstar. Well, in that case I am a huge fan!

Jeff and Cheryl Nashen with their favourite MP, Anthony Housefather. Canada Day 2017

 

An honour to meet Wilem Dalaire, son of Canadian hero Lt. General Romeo Dalaire at Canada Day 2017

 

 

Wonderful, dedicated emcees Laurie Betito and Dan Laxer of CJAD 800

 

Ruth Kovac and I co-chaired this year’s Canada Day 2017 festivities in Cote Saint-Luc. Ruth, a Dutch immigrant, epitomizes the proud Canadian, and literally wears her Maple Leaf on her sleeve, and displays the Red an White all year long.

Judging from the smiles and cheers and the general good mod of the crowds pouring out of the park late at night a good time was had in celebrating Canada Day 150 in Cote Saint-Luc. Thank you to all the wonderful city staff headed by Nadia di Furia, Jonathan Shecter, Cornelia Ziga and Bebe Newman. Thanks as well to Mayor Mitchell Brownstein and Councillor Ruth Kovac for their leadership.

 

See all the photos and videos here.

See Councillor Mike Cohen’s blog here.

 

 

Wild animals coming to Trudeau Park?

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At a special public meeting last week in Côte Saint-Luc, City Council set the wheels in motion for a very exciting development at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park involving the extraordinary large-scale bronze animal sculpture art of local artist Shalom Bloom.

The city has issued a public call for professional services tender to redesign Trudeau Park, in part to become the home to Shalom Bloom Sculpture Garden. The agreement will be in the form of a donation by Shalom Bloom, a Cote Saint-Luc resident, of 10 sculptures which will be relocated from his country estate in the Laurentian town of Esterel.

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This Shalom Bloom sculpture of rams faces the Stewart Biological Building at McGill

This acquisition could happen around September 2016 with a possibility of additional sculptures in 2017.

The sculpture garden would turn the forested area of Trudeau Park into a sort of wildlife reserve that could draw onlookers from near and far.

This work is part of a multi-million dollar expansion of Cote Saint-Luc’s flagship park, located in District 6, that covers over one million square feet of land. Planning began earlier this year on redesigning the playground, making the baseball diamonds more accessible and acquiring infrastructure that will be more appealing for residents and visitors.

Pierre-Elliot Trudeau overlooking Cote Saint-Luc's premier park

Pierre-Elliot Trudeau overlooking Cote Saint-Luc’s premier park

 

Public consultations last month drew in young families for input on play structures. Even small children got the chance to have their say by drawing their favourite activities in the park. (With reporting by Mike Cohen).

Parks, Leisure and Recreation

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Pierre-Elliot Trudeau overlooking Cote Saint-Luc's premier park

Pierre-Elliot Trudeau overlooking Cote Saint-Luc’s premier park

Place-making sessions have been taking place over the last months to envision a new and totally redesigned Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park on Mackle Rd. Originally planned out in the late 60s and early 70s as Centennial Park, the 1.3 million square foot (121,000 square meter) facility has huge potential for much greater use by our residents.

Imagination Park, with entrances off Trinity, Glenarden/Fairside and Melling, as well as access from the indoor and outdoor pools, has been a hit with the younger crowd. Its interactive play structure offers individual and team participation. A natural gas outdoor fireplace will warm passers-by during the colder seasons. Welcoming signs will be installed soon.

Imagination Park features interactive play structures as well as a natural gas fireplace for all-winter outdoor use

Imagination Park features interactive play structures as well as a natural gas fireplace for all-winter outdoor use

The tennis courts at Caldwell have been completely resurfaced and provide a great opportunity for you to pick up a racket and knock the ball around.

The outdoor pool has new food services being provided by Café Aqua and the grounds now open to the playground at Imagination Park.

We’ve even created the first parkette at the corner of Caldwell and Mackle in honour of the centennial of the Donald Berman Maimonides Geriatric Centre.

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Parcs, loisirs et activités récréatives

 

Des séances de « création de lieux » ont été organisées au cours des derniers mois pour repenser l’aménagement du parc Pierre Elliott Trudeau, sur le chemin Mackle. Le parc de 1,3 million de pi2 (121 000 mètres carrés), dont les plans initiaux datent de la fin des années 60 et du début des années 70, offre beaucoup de potentiel et pourrait être utilisé davantage par nos résidants.

Le parc Imagination, accessible par Trinity, Glenarden/Fairside et Melling, et aussi par les piscines intérieures et la piscine extérieure, est très populaire auprès des jeunes. Sa structure de jeux interactive stimule la participation individuelle et en équipe. Un foyer extérieur au gaz naturel réchauffera les passants durant la saison froide. Des enseignes de bienvenue seront installées bientôt.

Les terrains de tennis Caldwell ont été complètement refaits et vous offrent une belle occasion de profiter en frappant quelques balles.

Café Aqua offre maintenant un service de restauration à la piscine extérieure, d’où on peut avoir accès au terrain de jeu du parc Imagination.

Nous avons même créé un premier mini parc à l’intersection Caldwell et Mackle pour honorer le centenaire du Centre gériatrique Donald Berman Maimonides.

CSL Farmers Market winds down for the season

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The inaugural season of the CSL Farmers Market has wrapped up and and my unscientific polling of those residents that were milling about yesterday was more than positive. My own family had fun picking out farm fresh corn on the cob, tomatoes and cucumbers and we treated ourselves to artisanal breads baked with olives and whole grain.

The Nashens picking up some fresh produce at the CSL Farmers Market

The Nashens picking up some fresh produce at the CSL Farmers Market

Never before did we have the opportunity to pick up vegetables from the field so close to home.  The same treat was on the minds of several residents I bumped into this day. Along came Councillor Ruth Kovac with her grandson Eitan.

Cllr. Ruth Kovac with grandson Eitan

Cllr. Ruth Kovac with grandson Eitan

Shortly after we bumped into Councillor Allan J. Levine with his wife Rhoda and their granddaughter.

Bialik teacher Leslie Silverstein shared a corn on the cob with his son Mickey

Bialik teacher Leslie Silverstein shared a corn on the cob with his son Mickey

And while most were arriving for the fresh produce some were towed by their kids directly to the inflatable toys.

Danand Matthew Gabay get ready to jump, jump, jump...

Dan and Matthew Gabay get ready to jump, jump, jump…

Others explored the food trucks and the overall ambiance and natural beauty of Trudeau Park.

Carole and Alyssa Blank enjoy a stroll past the Farmers Market

Carole and Alyssa Blank enjoy a stroll past the Farmers Market

Some kids found other sweet treats hidden among the healthy offerings.

Jeremy Nashen was lucky to find a lollypop tractor to sweeten his teeth

Jeremy Nashen was lucky to find a lollypop tractor to sweeten his teeth

And many thanks, of course , to the brainchild of the marketplace and overall urban agriculture initiative in CSL, City Manager Tanya Abramovitch, along with community development manager Sarah Topey-Arns, along with a small army of support staff and volunteers.

Tanya Abramovitch with a healthy dose of cotton candy surrounded by CSL's finest in blue

Tanya Abramovitch with a healthy dose of cotton candy surrounded by CSL’s finest in blue

I am proud to support this innovative initiative in building a healthier, stronger community and look forward to the return of the Farmers Market in CSL next spring.

 

 

CSL celebrates Canada

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Canada Day 2013 in Cote Saint-Luc was celebrated with great spirit and national pride. There were many highlights depending on your age and point of view.

While my four year old son and hundreds of other youngsters couldn’t get enough of the Spiderman, caterpillar and fishy inflatables, slides and obstacle courses, others marveled at the Montreal West Operatic Society, Raffi’s Accordian, the incredible Hi-Fi Showband and the hilarious performance by Bowser and Blue.

Spiderman inflatable was a Canada Day hit with the young folks

Spiderman inflatable was a Canada Day hit with the young folks

Other children’s activities included a magic show, the children’s train ride around the park, storytelling, glitter tattoos, arts and crafts, and more.

I am always overwhelmed by the momentous life-altering experience for the new Canadian citizens sworn in with pomp and ceremony by Judge Barbara Seal and the officials from the Canadian government.

Citizenship Judge Barbara Seal presides with CSL Public Safety Director Jordy Reichson serving as ceremonial guard

Citizenship Judge Barbara Seal presides with CSL Public Safety Director Jordy Reichson serving as ceremonial guard

The induction of Jackie Robinson onto the Cote Saint-Luc Human Rights Walkway was very special as well and most fitting for this community which prides itself in its sense of social justice, promotion of equality and advocacy for human rights.

Jackie Robinson plaque in unveiled

Jackie Robinson plaque in unveiled

The pedal boat rides were open to all on Centennial Lake, while a model airplane show took place during the afternoon. Howard Liebman represented Mount Royal Member of Parliament Irwin Cotler.  Howard’s speech was perhaps the best in his ten years as Chief of Cabinet for our riding. He highlighted our great fortunes as Canadians and paid homage to those less fortunate who have been afflicted by floods in Southern Alberta. 

CJAD radio personalities Dan Laxer and Dr. Laurie Betito served as emcees. Hundreds of Canada Day cupcakes were served, sponsored by Scotiabank Westminster. Food concessions were busy all night long, from Dizengoff Kosher and Dominos’ Pizza to the just-opened Yeh!Yogurt at the Cavendish Mall.

Free cupcakes are always a big hit

Free cupcakes are always a big hit

Longtime Parks and Rec staffer and current volunteer Louise Ferland prepares the cupcakes

Longtime Parks and Rec staffer and current volunteer Louise Ferland prepares the cupcakes

D’Arcy McGee Liberal MNA Lawrence Bergman arrived at the park straight from Quebec City where the National Assembly had just adopted back to work legislation for construction workers. We were told that the Quebec Liberal Caucus rose to sing O Canada as the session ran into July 1. Bergman greeted the large crowd and proclaimed that Cote Saint-Luc and its Mayor Anthony Housefather are very well known at the National Assembly. “Mayor Housefather is known as a man of intelligence, integrity and determination,” Bergman said to great applause. Mayor Hosuefather returned the complement stating how effective Bergman has been in representing the interests of Cote Saint-Luc at the National Assembly.

Welcoming the ever present, and highly decorated commander, Sylvain BIssonnette

Welcoming the ever present, and highly decorated commander, Sylvain BIssonnette

Mayor Anthony Housefather gave an energetic and impassioned speech on the pride we feel on this day as proud Canadians. Congratulations to our outstanding mayor for his leadership and vision in building a young and vibrant Cote Saint-Luc, as well as for appointing Councillor Ruth Kovac and me as co-chairs of this premier event on the community calendar.

Greeting well-known Israeli Lt. Col. Yaacov Perez and his wife Rachel

Greeting well-known Israeli Lt. Col. Yaacov Perez and his wife Rachel

Local up and coming vocalist and actor Alexandra Cohen sang the O Canada prior to the fireworks. And with that the drizzle began but Mother Nature spared the festivities as the rain only began to come down a few minutes after the pyrotechnics ended. And what a superb fireworks show it was!

EMS volunteers take in the tremendous fireworks display Photo: Jacques Rioux.

EMS volunteers take in the tremendous fireworks display Photo: Jacques Rioux.

Thanks to the event sponsors: The Suburban, Department of Canadian Heritage, Domino’s Pizza, RBC, Bureau En Gros, Cavendish Mall, Scotiabank, Qualitifruits, MAAC, Century 21, and Universel Inc.

Fireworks display at Trudeau Park. Photo: Jacques Rioux.

Fireworks display at Trudeau Park. Photo: Jacques Rioux.

Most of all thanks to our recreation director David Taveroff and his star studded team for putting on a great Canada Day in CSL.  A major salute to our volunteers from vCOP (supervised by the extraordinary and energetic Susie Schwartz) and EMS (under Brandon Luden, Captain of Logistics and Joy Rodgers in charge of communications) who came out in big numbers along with our Public Security agents under the direction of Jordy Reichson  and chief Jerome Pontbriand.  Thanks to this team, along with our police officers from station 9, and two horses from the cavalry, all under the direction of Commander Sylvain Bissonnette, the thousands of spectators were welcomed into a safe environment.

CSL EMS volunteers at the ready. Photo: Jacques Rioux.

CSL EMS volunteers at the ready. Photo: Jacques Rioux.

And especially, thanks to our Cote Saint-Luc residents and neighbours for coming out in huge numbers for  this wonderful celebration.  It made me proud to be a Cote Saint-Lucer, Quebecer and Canadian.  HAPPY 146th CANADA DAY!!

CSL Canada Day co-chairs Cllrs. Glenn J. Nashen and Ruth Kovac.

CSL Canada Day co-chairs Cllrs. Glenn J. Nashen and Ruth Kovac.

In the END, someone's gotta DO it! Thanks to the resourcefulness of Public Safety Chief Jerome Pontbriand there wasn't a trace left BEHIND from the Police horses.

In the END, someone’s gotta DO it! Thanks to the resourcefulness of Public Safety Chief Jerome Pontbriand there wasn’t a trace left BEHIND from the Police horses.

Canada Day 2013 festivities in Côte Saint-Luc

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The Canada Day festivities in the City of Côte Saint-Luc on Monday, July 1 include a live performance by Bowser and Blue at 8:30 pm, the induction of Jackie Robinson on the Human Rights Walkway at 9:30 pm, and more.
All events take place at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park, on Mackle Rd. Free pedal boat rides on Centennial Lake begin at 1 pm. There will be a model airplane show from 1 pm to 4:40 pm, and inflatable games at 4 pm. The Canadian citizenship ceremony takes place at 5 pm. Canada Day cupcakes will be served at 7:15 pm. The Jackie Robinson induction ceremony takes place at 9:30 pm, followed by closing remarks from Mayor Anthony Housefather. The fireworks display begins at 9:45 pm.
There will be live music from 6 pm to 10 pm by HI-FI Showband, Bowser and Blue, the Montreal West Operatic Society, and Raffi’s Accordion. See the Canada Day schedule at CoteSaintLuc.org/CanadaDay2013 for performance times.
Children’s activities include a magic show, the children’s train, storytelling, glitter tattoos, arts and crafts, and more.
The master of ceremonies is Dan Laxer from CJAD. The event co-chairs are councillors Ruth Kovac and Glenn J. Nashen.
Event sponsors include The Suburban, Canadian Heritage, Domino’s Pizza, RBC, Bureau En Gros, Quartier Cavendish, Scotiabank, Qualitifruits, MAAC, Century 21, and Universel Inc.
In case of heavy rain, the majority of activities will take place in the Confederation Annex. The Canadian citizenship ceremony will move to the Aquatic and Community Centre (5794 Parkhaven Ave.).The fireworks display will be postponed to Tuesday, July 2 at 10 pm. Residents can call 514-485-6806 ext. 5501 on July 1 for confirmation or visit CoteSaintLuc.org.
For a full schedule of events, visit www.CoteSaintLuc.org/CanadaDay2013.

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