Berku slams STM response to bus stop request

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Launch of the 262 Golden Shuttle in CSL, Oct. 2010. L-R: Charles Senekal, Manager, CSL Engineering, Beverly Akerman, Past President, CSL Senior Social Centre, Sidney Margles, President, CSL Senior Mens Club, Cllr. Michel Labreque, President, MTC/STM, Cllr. Dida Berku, Cllr. Allan Levine, Cllr. Glenn J. Nashen, Tanya Abramovitch, CSL City Manager

Côte St. Luc Councillor Dida Berku criticized the Montreal bus authority for declining to add an additional bus stop on the 262 Or (golden) shuttle, which travels from Côte St. Luc’s Mackle Road to Carrefour Angrignon in LaSalle.

Seniors generally use the shuttle.

Berku said residents of St. Patrick Square, in her district, started a petition to get an extra stop, near the Wal-Mart store in a power mall area across the street from Carrefour Angrignon. The shuttle also goes to Quartier Cavendish, the Côte St. Luc Shopping Centre and the commercial area of Montreal West.

“The residents sent the petition, Charles Senekal from our Engineering Department has been talking with the STM for a couple of years on this subject, simply to add the one bus stop,” Berku explained. “The bus driver understood this. It’s far for the residents to walk from Angrignon to Wal-Mart, and back.”

Golden Shuttle 262

 

The STM responded last month that the authority is reflecting on the issue, and cannot add the one stop at this point.

“They will advise us when they do further studies,” the councillor said. “I want to publicly denounce the STM for what I consider to be an extremely bureaucratic and very narrow approach to the problem, as we’re trying very hard to just provide good service to our seniors.

“Extending the 262 by one stop would not be such a great demand. We will continue to lobby the STM and do everything possible to get this extra stop.”

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CSL pushed for sprinklers in senior homes more than 25 years ago

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27 years ago Cote Saint-Luc tried to force foster homes to install sprinklers to protect its ageing and vulnerable residents. You’d think nothing could be easier than trying to protect seniors? Think again.

The bylaw was contested by foster home owners and the health and social service agency and brought to court. Surprisingly, the court ruled against the city.

Instead of strengthening safety bylaws to protect senior’s lives across Cote Saint-Luc, and ultimately throughout Quebec, we now see the horribly tragic consequences of these decisions.

Fire experts have said that sprinklers act as “24-hour firefighters” and that lives would be spared in the case of fires in seniors residences. How sad to watch the events of L’Ile Verte last week and to learn of the loss of 32 lives, a quarter century after we tried to bring in measures to prevent such tragedy.

The Quebec government must take swift action to make mandatory fire sprinklers in all such residences, including foster homes. I am proposing that Cote Saint-Luc council urge the provincial government to do so.

This CTV Pulse News report features then Mayor Bernard Lang and former CSL Fire Department inspector (prevention) Doug Lion.

Police Report – Station 9

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Free Press July 9, 2013 - Click to enlarge

Free Press July 9, 2013 – Click to enlarge

Driving study could keep seniors on the road longer

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Driving study could keep seniors on the road longer – Health – CBC News.

Station 9 Police Report

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Click to enlarge.  Free Press.  Jan. 29, 2013.

Click to enlarge. Free Press. Jan. 29, 2013.

More seniors than youth struck by cars in CSL: stats

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More seniors than youth struck by cars in CSL: stats

New light mechanism at busy Côte St. Luc Road and Westminster

Joel Goldenberg, The Suburban

July 11, 2012

Côte St. Luc is the only city on the island of Montreal where senior citizens exceed young people in terms of those hit by cars at intersections, Councillor Steven Erdelyi told his District 4 meeting at the Waldorf residence last Thursday.

“Based on a study, which was a few years ago… at every other city and borough on the island, there’s more children up to 18 [hit by cars],” he added. For this reason, and also as a result of past complaints, a crossing guard was installed at the busy corner of Côte St. Luc Road and Westminster Avenue for two hours during the day, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.. The intersection is in Erdelyi’s district, and is frequented by numerous seniors, as the Waldorf residence and B’nai Brith House are in close proximity.

“Some said, let’s put the crossing guard there in the [early] morning because of the kids, but I said the problem is not so much the kids, it’s the seniors,” the councillor said. Erdelyi told The Suburban that the data collected for the pedestrian victim study was from about 2003. He added that the data did not indicate who was killed or injured. But the data did say which were the most dangerous intersections with the most injuries- Cavendish Blvd. and Kildare Road was first, Cavendish Blvd. and Mackle Road was second and Côte St. Luc Road and Westminster was third.

“It’s important to make sure senior citizens can cross the road safely,” Erdelyi said. In that vein, the councillor spoke about new traffic light mechanisms at Côte St. Luc and Westminster. “All the buttons [for the walk signals], all the poles have been replaced,” he said. “The structure there is about 30-40 years old, and it was time to replace it.” Erdelyi said that when the walk button is now pressed, a beep sound is heard, confirming that it’s working. The walk signal does not come on immediately, as the traffic light cycle continues. “If you don’t press the button, the walk signal will not come on. If you do want to cross, you need to press the button and be patient and wait for it.

One of the problems we have there is many people don’t wait.” A sonar beeping signal for the visually impaired will be coming in the future.

Neighbours should help neighbours with their bins

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The City of Côte Saint-Luc is a leader is waste management.  It was the first in the region to begin a curbside organic waste puckup program, and nowadays has three seperate pick ups each week for brown bins, blue bins and garbage.

However, with an important senior population still living in their own homes, some may need a little extra help from neighbours due to mobility problems.  Senior citizen neighbours may need your help with their blue bin or brown bin.

“Some seniors find it difficult to maneuver their bin to the curb so I am asking younger neighbours to lend a helping hand,” said Councillor Glenn J. Nashen, the council member responsible for public safety. “You could help your neighbour roll the bin up the driveway, or even simpler, just let your neighbour put his or her recyclables or organic waste in your bin—if you have room. Seniors living alone may only have a small amount to place in the bins and can benefit from you having already placed your bin at the curb.”  In this way there is no bin for the senior resident to roll back in the cold and dark wintery nights.

Côte Saint-Luc has a long tradition of volunteerism. Councillor Nashen thinks civic-minded residents will be happy to help their neighbours.

“There probably aren’t a lot of people who need help as the new bins have wheels and are easier to move than the old blue boxes, which required that you bend and carry it in your arms,” Councillor Nashen said. “However, some might need a little extra help and I want to remind residents that neighbours helping neighbours is part of what makes Côte Saint-Luc so special.”

Côte Saint-Luc supports seniors through services such as the senior social clubs and the Daily Hello/Bonjour telephone service for seniors living alone. The city also keeps in mind the needs of seniors when designing crosswalks, buying books at the library or planning recreation activities.

Indeed, the Aquatic and Community Centre, now under construction on Parkhaven Avenue, will house most senior activities in the city.

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