Traditional Mimouna celebrated in CSL

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Mimouna is a three century old North African Jewish celebration held the day after Passover, marking the return to eating chametz (leavened foods), which are forbidden throughout the week of Passover.

The celebration begins after nightfall on the last day of Passover. In many communities, non-Jewish neighbours sell chametz back to Jewish families as a beginning of the celebration. Moroccan and Algerian Jews throw open their homes to visitors, after setting out a lavish spread of traditional holiday cakes and sweetmeats. One of the holiday favorites is Mofletta. The table is also laid with various symbols of luck and fertility, with an emphasis on the number “5,” such as five pieces of gold jewelry or five beans arranged on a leaf of pastry. The repetition of the number five references the five-fingered hamsa amulet common in both Jewish and Muslim North African and Middle Eastern communities from pre-modern times. Typically all those in attendance at a Mimouna celebration are sprinkled with a mint sprig or other green dipped in milk, symbolizing good fortune and new beginnings.

The tradition continued in homes across Cote Saint-Luc on Saturday night and for the first time at JPPS-Bialik, on Sunday afternoon.

Anat and Michel Toledano welcome the Nashens and Anzaruts for Mimouna

Our night out began after 10:00PM at the home of Anat Marciano and Michel Toledano. They welcomed my family into their home with open arms, along with our friends, Alissa and Phil Anzarut.

It is customary to spend a little time visiting the host family’s home before moving on to other homes. After a beautiful spread at the Toledano’s, including Moroccan pastries, Mofletta, coucous, cheeses, fruit, smoked salmon, wine and Arak derived from figs (oy vey, it was potent) it was time to move on for the next late night visit. Thank you very much Anat and Michel.

Our family traveled down the block to the warm and inviting home of Chantal Bekhor and Emmanuel Castiel. There was an endless stream of well-wishers who kept arriving. Strangers and friends alike mingled, easily offering greetings of ‘Tarbakh’, May you have good luck.

Emmanuel Castiel and Chantal Bekhor

Chantal Bekhor is one famous Cote Saint-Lucer after competing for Top Prize in the cookie category on Food Network Canada‘s Recipe to Riches.

Bekhor, is a food sensation, who first introduced Canada to her family’s traditional recipe for the Mahbooz Date Biscuit, a typical Iraqi Jewish dessert.  She was featured by the Montreal Gazette as well.

Chantal Bekhor, the most famous baker in Cote Saint-Luc

The former JPPS English and math teacher is a dynamic and affable hostess along with her business partner and husband Emanuel Castiel. They opened their home to hundreds of friends during the Mimouna to some incredible pastries, cakes, chocolate bark, truffles, Iraqi delights, and more, all home made of course. While the  judges on Recipe to Riches said they loved the Mahbooz treat, calling it, “Exotic, versatile, ” I can attest to the fact that her baking is even so much more.

A gathering of friends (and politicians) at the Bekhor-Castiel Mimouna

My wife is a big fan of Chantal’s food. Indeed my girls and Judy cheered Chantal on a few years back on her television debut, not just because of my wife’s common Sephardi roots, but because the Mahbooz date-filled cookie looked absolutely delicious and a treat that would be appreciated by a large number of Cote Saint-Lucers to be sure, as well as Canadians in general.

A peak at Chantal’s scrumptious Mimouna table

Thank you Chantal and Emmanuel for such generous hospitality and for an absolutely delicious assortment of treats. My sugar level and calorie intake reached an all time, one night high.

By Sunday afternoon when sugar levels stabilized it was time to continue the celebration over at JPPS-Bialik, the first time this Sephardic celebration took place at the school. The gym was decorated in Moroccan fashion, drummers and musicians greeted the guests as they entered and long tables of sweets, pastries and mofletta lined the room.

The hostesses, under the direction of Judaic studies coordinator, Anat Toledano (clearly she’s a Mimouna-specialist!) all decked out in bright and shiny traditional kaftans should be very proud of bringing the festive Sephardic tunes and tastes to what has traditionally been a typical Ashkenazi school. With a large number of the families blended in both traditions, and even fully Sephardi, it was time to share this wonderful event all together.

Sephardic community (CSUQ) president Henri Elbaz was invited to participate as well. Thanks to Henri’s support the event exceeded expectations and attendance. Students, parents and grandparents were entertained, fed and danced for two hours. It was an absolutely lovely event that should grow larger next year. Thank you Anat, Joanne, Judy, Carole, Beth and all the moms involved in this event.

I wish you all Tarbakh, success and good luck.  And now, my treadmill awaits!

Mimouna night in CSL

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Joe and Dolly Gabbay open their Cote Saint-Luc home, and sweet table, to friends and neighbours to celebrate the Minouna, April 18, 2017

Mimouna is a three century old North African Jewish celebration held the day after Passover, marking the return to eating chametz (leavened foods), which are forbidden throughout the week of Passover.

The celebration begins after nightfall on the last day of Passover. In many communities, non-Jewish neighbours sell chametz back to Jewish families as a beginning of the celebration. Moroccan and Algerian Jews throw open their homes to visitors, after setting out a lavish spread of traditional holiday cakes and sweetmeats. One of the holiday favorites is Mofletta. The table is also laid with various symbols of luck and fertility, with an emphasis on the number “5,” such as five pieces of gold jewelry or five beans arranged on a leaf of pastry. The repetition of the number five references the five-fingered hamsa amulet common in both Jewish and Muslim North African and Middle Eastern communities from pre-modern times. Typically all those in attendance at a Mimouna celebration are sprinkled with a mint sprig or other green dipped in milk, symbolizing good fortune and new beginnings.

And such was the case in many homes across Cote Saint-Luc on Tuesday night. Our night out began after 10:00PM at the home of Joe and Dolly Gabbay. They welcomed my wife, Judy, and me, with open arms, along with our friends, Mayor Mitchell and Elaine Brownstein, MP Anthony Housefather and Councillor Sidney Benizri.

Joe explained that a whole fish is traditionally placed on the table to symbolize fertility and good fortune while many of the sweet pastries were prepared well before the Passover holiday, frozen and symbolically sold, as not to posses chametz during the holiday.

It wasn’t long before the Gabbay home was filled with people including our D’Arcy McGee MNA, David Birnbaum as well former MNAs from the same riding, Lawrence Bergman and Judge Herbert Marx. Israeli Consul General Ziv Nevo Kulman was also in attendance.

Mitchell Brownstein, Lawrence Bergman, David Bergman, Herbert Marx and Glenn J. Nashen (Apr. 18, 2017)

It is customary to spend a little time visiting the host family’s home before moving on to other homes. After a beautiful spread at the Gabbay home, including Moroccan pastries, Mofletta, coucous, cheeses, fruit and smoked salmon, wine and spirits it was time to move on for the next late night visit.

A wonderful welcome and magnificent display in the Gabbay dining room. Many thanks to Joe and Dolly for their warm hospitality.

Our group of friends traveled down the block to the beautiful home of Lison Benarroch  who greeted us in traditional attire to a lavish presentation. The renowned business woman transformed her dining room into an opulent display of North African inspired sweets, nuts, candies and fruit. As if that weren’t enough there was sushi, lox, wonderful cheeses of all sorts and fresh baked loaves of bread.

Judy Hagshi, Lison Benarroch and Elaine Brownstein

There was an endless stream of well-wishers who kept arriving to Lison’s lovely home. Strangers and friends alike mingled easily offering greetings of Tarbukh, May you have good luck.

The generous array of fruits, nuts and sweets at the Benarroch home for Mimouna

 

Even the sushi adorned the Mimouna display at Lison Benarroch’s gorgeous home

 

A whole fish on green leaves, symbolizing fertility and prosperity at the Benarroch home

As we were heading out yet another former politician walked in, none other than Former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada and MP for Mount Royal Irwin Cotler and his wife Ariella.

Former and current Members of Parliament for Mount Royal, Irwin Cotler and Anthony Housefather, along with Ariella Cotler

 

Chantal Bekhor is one famous Cote Saint-Lucer after competing for Top Prize in the cookie category on Food Network Canada‘s Recipe to Riches.

Bekhor, is a food sensation, who first introduced Canada to her family’s traditional recipe for the Mahbooz Date Biscuit, a typical Iraqi Jewish dessert.  She was featured by the Montreal Gazette as well.

Chantal Bekhor, the most famous baker in Cote Saint-Luc

The former JPPS English and math teacher is a dynamic and affable hostess along with her business partner and husband Emanuel Castiel. They opened their home to hundreds of friends during the Mimouna to some incredible pastries, cakes, chocolate bark, truffles, Iraqi delights, and more, all home made of course. While the  judges on Recipe to Riches said they loved the Mahbooz treat, calling it, “Exotic, versatile, ” I can attest to the fact that her baking is even so much more.

Judy Hagshi, Glenn J. Nashen, Anthony Housefather, Emanuel Castiel, Chantal Bekhor, Mitchell and Elaine Brownstein among the friends and family at the Mimouna celebration in the Bekhor-Castiel home

My wife is a big fan of Chantal’s food. Indeed my girls and Judy cheered Chantal on a few years back on her television debut, not just because of my wife’s common Sephardi roots, but because the Mahbooz date-filled cookie looked absolutely delicious and a treat that would be appreciated by a large number of Cote Saint-Lucers to be sure, as well as Canadians in general.

Thank you Chantal and Emanuel for such generous hospitality and for an absolutely delicious assortment of treats. My sugar level and calorie intake reached an all time one night high but I’ll worry about that tomorrow. Tonight I am so pleased to have been reacquainted with such friendly and welcoming Cote Saint-Lucers such as the Gabbays, Benarrochs and Bekhor-Castiels.

On behalf of my family and my great friends Mitchell and Elaine Brownstein, Anthony Housefather and Sidney Benizri, thank you so much for your hospitality, and sharing your Mimouna with us. We are blessed to live in such an amazing community in Cote Saint-Luc – a vibrant, rich and caring community, a wonderful multicultural family.

I wish you all Tarbukh, success and good luck.  And now, my treadmill awaits!

 

Self-proclaimed Sephardi candidate guilty of fraud

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Canadian Jewish News
Janice Arnold, Staff Reporter

MONTREAL — A defeated candidate in the last Côte St. Luc municipal election who claimed to represent the Sephardi community says he is considering appealing a court decision that found him guilty of offering a financial inducement to an opponent, also Sephardi, to drop out of the race.

Quebec Court Judge Johanne White last month found Charles (Chalom) Lugassy violated municipal election law by offering to reimburse the electoral expenses of Sonia Cohen-Peillon if she withdrew from the campaign for the November 2009 election.

Such an act is fraudulent, White wrote.

Lugassy faces losing his right to vote or to seek elected office for five years. He may also be fined up to $1,000.

The charge against Lugassy, who was trying to unseat incumbent Glenn Nashen in District 6, was brought by the Quebec Director-General of Elections.

Cohen-Peillon testified that less than two weeks before the 2009 vote, Lugassy urged her to step aside, saying that, if she did, “we are going to pay you your costs.” She refused.

Her testimony was corroborated by her sister, Michèle Cohen, who told the court that Lugassy also approached her with a similar proposition to relay to her sister.

Lugassy categorically denied that he or anyone among his supporters offered Cohen-Peillon any such inducement, saying it would make no sense, because she was never a serious contender.

Nashen, a longtime councillor, was easily re-elected, with Lugassy garnering about half as many votes, and Cohen-Peillon well behind in third place.

The court heard that a meeting of about 10 leaders of the Côte St. Luc Sephardi community took place at a synagogue on Oct. 19, 2009, where Lugassy and Cohen-Peillon were invited to present their platforms.

Lugassy said there has never been francophone Sephardi representation on the city council, and the leaders of the community, which he estimates now accounts for 40 per cent of Côte St. Luc’s population, did not want to split the vote by having two Sephardi candidates in the same district.

Lugassy claims he was the choice of the Sephardi leaders. Cohen-Peillon, sensing that this was indeed true, declined to go along and continued her campaign.

She testified that on Oct. 18, 2009, she received a phone call from a prominent woman in the Sephardi community who said that Sephardim would not vote for a woman.

White wrote in her 26-page judgment that she found credible the testimonies of Cohen-Peillon and her witnesses, especially her sister, Michèle Cohen, now a member of the Montreal police department’s ethics commission.

The judge dismissed Lugassy’s version of events as “implausible, riddled with outlandish conjectures and not in the least supported by proof.”

Lugassy told The CJN that he thinks that White “completely erred in her judgment.”

His sentencing was set for Nov. 19.

He affirmed, however, that his bid for a seat was motivated by his belief that there should be francophone Sephardi representation on the eight-member city council.

Lugassy charged that anglophone Ashkenazim are jealously guarding a monopoly on power at city hall and that since the last election, there has been a campaign to discredit him for fear that he would run again in 2013 – successfully.

He noted that after the 2009 vote, the city’s director-general of elections issued five notices of infractions, against him. He admitted to one charge – overspending on his campaign by a small amount – while three others were dropped, he said.

The fifth infraction was the allegation that he tried to induce Cohen-Peillon to drop out.

Lugassy filed a written complaint in 2010 with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs that it was a conflict of interest for the city clerk to act as director-general of elections.

Jonathan Shecter was, in effect, an employee answerable to the council, Lugassy said, even though he took a leave to serve as director-general of elections.

Lugassy insists that, even before the Quebec Court ruling, he had no intention of running in the next election, set for November 2013.

Dida Berku, a councillor for 22 years, denied there is any attempt to block Sephardim or any other group from municipal power. She reiterated that “there is no conspiracy or closed shop in Côte St. Luc, nor did we push the director-general to file the complaint.

“All candidates are welcome to run and, in fact, there have been a few Sephardi candidates over the past years.”

She added that it is difficult for anyone to defeat an incumbent.

“Running for council requires a long-term commitment and involvement in civic affairs. It is not just about a short campaign.”

Mayor Anthony Housefather limited his comments on the matter to an emailed response: “I think the judgment speaks for itself. It is about a candidate who was not elected to city council and his actions that were judged to be in violation of Quebec electoral law.

“The city has nothing whatsoever to do with this, and I see nothing I would add, as I have no personal knowledge with respect to any of the issues raised in the judgment.”

 

 

2012-11-22 CJN Lugassy guilty of fraud

 

Sonia Cohen-Peillon responds to Lugassy

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In response to divisive comments and false assertions made by former District 6 candidate Mr. Lugassy in last week’s Suburban Newspaper (posted to this blog, by date, or under Elections), Mme. Sonia Cohen-Peillon, also a former candidate, penned the following letter (English follows):

Les commentaires de M. Charles Lugassy dans l’article du Suburban (21 avril 2010) au sujet des éléctions municipales de Côte St.Luc, sont sans fondement et montre certainement une image égocentrique de lui même.

M. Lugassy se dit représentant tous les séfarades de Côte St.Luc, j’aimerais qu’il explique comment il peut affirmer une chose pareille. Dire aussi que toutes les synagogues le supportent est aussi une affirmation qu’il ne peut pas confirmer.

M. Lugassy affirme que les séfarades veulent une représentation au sein du conseil municipal de la ville de Côte St. Luc est une affirmation fausse et dangereuse, qui ne servira en rien le rapprochement que la communauté séfarade et ashkenaze s’efforcent de faire au sein de la communauté Juive de Montréal. M. Lugassy qui ne cesse de répéter des affirmations comme celles là devrait commencer par parler à la première personne et cesser de dire ce que les séfarades veulent. Personnellement M. Lugassy ne peut pas m’inclure dans ces paroles incendiaires et rétrogrades.

De plus M. Lugassy à contrevenu à la loi concernant les dépenses électorales, et j’ai personnellement déposé une plainte concernant M. Lugassy et ses représentants pour m’avoir demandé à plusieurs reprises de me désister et m’avoir affirmé que les sépharades ne voteraient jamais pour une femme. Le harcèlement constant de M. Lugassy et ses représentants ont eu pour effet de me démoraliser ce qui m’a empêché de faire une campagne juste et équitable. J’ai d’ailleurs aussi déposé une plainte contre M. Lugassy auprés du DGEQ (Directeur générale des éléctions du Québec).

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The comments of Mr. Charles Lugassy in the Suburban article (Apr. 21, 2010) about what happened during the Côte St.Luc elections, is only the tip of the iceberg of what M. Lugassy is capable of. If Mr. Lugassy thinks that he represents the sefaradic community of Côte St.Luc , I would like to ask him how he was chosen…or is he THE self proclaimed representative!!!! and who decided that the sefaradic community wanted to challenge the ashkenazi community in Côte St.Luc…..

– Mr. Lugassy’s divisive language can only serve to damage the progress in the unity of the Jewish community over the last 30 years.

– Despite Mr. Lugassy’s inflated self-image and his own perception of the size of his following, claiming 99.9% of the Sephardic vote is both false and irresponsible. As to his claim that every Sephardic synagogue supported him, this is outrageous. Not to forget that he and his team hammered away that no Sefaradic will vote for a woman, I really think that Mr.Lugassy should let the sefaradic people talk for themselves, he would realize that they are intelligent people with different point of views, no different than any other community …

Not only has Mr. Lugassy broken the rules governing election expenses, but he also contravened the electoral act by offering to cover my expenses to drop out of the campaign and the constant harassment toward me had for effect to prevent me to do a proper campaign, I also have filed a complaint with the DGEQ (Directeur générale des éléctions du Québec).

Sonia Cohen-Peillon

CSL 2009 candidate overspent in election campaign

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CSL 2009 candidate overspent in election campaign: council

This will backfire on current council: Lugassy

By Joel Goldenberg, The Suburban, April 21, 2010

Côte St. Luc District 6 candidate Charles Lugassy overspent by a few hundred dollars more than was allowed in his campaign, it was announced at last week’s city council meeting.

Councillor Dida Berku, in dealing with an agenda item on a 2009 election report, said that “one candidate in particular, [Charles] Lugassy overspent in his election expenses — he spent $4,182 as opposed to the limit, which was $3,888.

“I just wanted to note that this was most likely a violation of the Elections Act and would be subject to sanctions from the director of elections,” Berku said.

Mayor Anthony Housefather said it was unusual for a candidate to report that he spent more than was allowed.

According to the Quebec Elections Act, an official agent of a candidate or his or her deputy, if found guilty of overspending, “is liable to a fine of not less than $1,000 nor more than $10,000 in the case of a natural person or, in the case of a legal person, to a fine of not less than $3,000 nor more than $25,000.” Berku said she believes a candidate found guilty would not be able to run for five years.

The 2009 District 6 campaign, which pitted Lugassy against incumbent Glenn Nashen and Sonia Cohen, was the most lively of all the campaigns.

Up for debate was Sephardic representation on council, and accusations were made back and forth of violations during the campaign.

A representative of the Quebec Director General of Elections said no decision has been made yet on Lugassy’s file.

Contacted by The Suburban, Lugassy responded that it is the current council’s “intention and will to bar me from any other election, because they feel that the Sephardic community, which I represented so well, is going to be a threat for them.

“They feel, in the next election, that the kind of acclamation they used to have for 40 years, is over and they will have a candidate in every district. People have so much anger at the way the election was conducted that, in the Sephardic community… people are pissed off at the way they acted against me. The mayor and the other councillors were all ganging up against me.” Lugassy was referring to mayor Anthony Housefather’s public support of all the incumbents running for re-election.

“I’m not against anybody… the only thing we wanted to do was have some sort of representation and work with these people, to improve, bring new ideas and reflect the presence of the Sephardim in Côte St. Luc, which is increasing,” Lugassy added. “Now, whether or not they want it, the Ashkenazi community is getting older… my electors were from 18 to 55, only young people.

“Whether they like it or not, all of these young Sephardim who are settling in Côte St. Luc will eventually be the majority.”

The former candidate added that while he lost the election, he sensitized the Sephardic population to political participation.

“This stratagem of trying to put me aside for the next election is to no avail — it will only anger the Sephardic community. I had the support of 99.9 percent of that population, all the Sephardic synagogues supported me.”

Lugassy says he actually hopes for a sanction against himself. “Then I will bring it up to the whole population, and tell them what [the current council] intends to do… it will backfire on them, believe me.”

On the campaign trail – Day 20 – Wine tasting, Greenwood, Pineview

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Today I was joined on the campaign by Mayor Anthony Housefather.  We began with a visit to the CSL Wine Making Contest where several local families were competing for top prize.  Needless to say the turnout by CSL’s Italian community was great.  I bumped into former councillor Joe Panunto (and his wife Brenda) who told his friends, “Having served on council with Glenn I can attest to his very active support for the Italian community. Plus he gives so much special attention to EMS and security, it’s no wonder we have such a safe community.”

Kildare residents Paolo & Lina Biasini and Brenda & Joe Panunto toast the candidate (who prefers a bottle of water rather than wine)

Kildare residents Paolo & Lina Biasini and Brenda & Joe Panunto toast the candidate (who prefers a bottle of water rather than wine)

Following the event we made our way from door to door on Pineview Road and Greenwood Avenue. For those who don’t know the Mayor all that well, let me tell you that our mayor is a personable and highly intelligent young lawyer, businessman, sports enthusiast and world traveller (the list is much longer but…).

Anthony, as he asks everyone to call him, has an infallible memory.  He can rattle off facts and figures, historical footnotes and complex theories with a sense of ease, comfort and confidence that few can come close too.  Cote Saint-Luc is so fortunate to be able to rely on such a rising superstar in the political arena.

We met up with Joseph Argento and his daughter who gave us a very warm greeting and pledged their support.  And we even snapped a shot for the young student’s political scrapbook.

THe Argentos welcome candidate Nashen in for a photo

The Argentos welcome candidate Nashen in for a photo

We also met up with M. Suissa who invited us in for a little chat. I enjoyed the opportunity to detail my accomplishments over the years including saving our EMS during this mandate, creating the Citizens on Patrol and so much more.  I also explained how my my family is a wonderful blend of Sephardi  (my wife’s parents coming from Morocco and Yemen via Israel) and Ashkenazi cultures making for tantalizing cuisine, great music and interesting customs.

It’s great to have the support and confidence of the Mayor and it’s terrific to have good friends and colleagues in CSL’s Italian and Sephardi community. Grazie mille!

25 days to go…

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Aujourd’hui, j’ai été rejoint sur la campagne menée par le maire Anthony Housefather. Nous avons commencé par une visite à la concours des Vins de CSL où plusieurs familles de la ville étaient en compétition pour le premier prix. Inutile de dire que le taux de participation par la communauté italienne de CSL était important. Je suis tombé sur l’ancien conseiller Joe Panunto (et son épouse Brenda) qui a dit à ses amis, “Ayant siégé au conseil avec Glenn je peux témoigner de son soutien très actif de la communauté italienne. Plus il donne tant une attention particulière aux EMS et la sécurité, il n’est pas étonnant que nous avons une communauté securitaire”.

Après l’événement, nous avons visiter les résidents sur ch. Pineview et l’avenue Greenwood. Pour ceux qui ne connaissent pas le maire très bien, laissez-moi vous dire que notre maire est un jeune avocat prestance et très intelligent, homme d’affaires passionné de sport et grand voyageur (la liste est beaucoup plus long, mais …).

Anthony, comme il demande à chacun de l’appeler, a une mémoire infaillible. Il peut débiter des faits et des chiffres, notes historiques et de théories complexes avec un sentiment de facilité, le confort et la confiance que peu de gens peuvent trouver. Il est une superstar dans l’arène politique.

Nous avons rencontré Joseph Argento et sa fille qui nous a donné un accueil très chaleureux et promis leur appui.

Nous avons rencontré M. Suissa, qui nous a invité de rentrer pour une discussion. J’ai apprécié cette occasion de parler de mes réalisations au fil des ans, notamment la sauvegarde de notre SMU pendant ce mandat, en créant des Citoyens en patrouille et bien plus encore. J’ai également expliqué comment ma famille est enrichie du merveilleux mélange de parents de cultures séfarade (les parents de ma femme étant originaires du Maroc et du Yémen via Israël) et ashkénaze donnant lieu a un bel amalgame de cuisine alléchante, de grande musique et de coutumes intéressantes.

C’est super d’avoir le soutien et la confiance du maire et c’est formidable d’avoir de bons amis et collègues de la communauté italienne et séfarade de CSL. Grazie mille!

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Oggi mi si è unito alla campagna del sindaco Anthony Housefather. Abbiamo iniziato con una visita al Vino CSL Wine Making Contest, dove diverse famiglie locali erano in competizione per il premio. Inutile dire che l’affluenza alle urne da parte della comunità italiana CSL è stata grande. Ho incontrato l’ex consigliere di Joe Panunto (e sua moglie Brenda), che disse ai suoi amici, “dopo aver servito il Consiglio, con Glenn posso attestare il suo sostegno molto attivo per la comunità italiana. Plus dà tanto particolare attenzione ai sistemi di gestione ambientale e la sicurezza, Non c’è da meravigliarsi che abbiamo una comunità di sicurezza “.

Residenti Kildare Paolo & Lina Biasini e Brenda & Joe Panunto tostato il candidato (a me, anche se devo confessare che ho preferito una bottiglia d’acqua piuttosto che il vino).

A seguito dell’evento abbiamo fatto il nostro modo di porta in porta per Pineview Road e Greenwood Avenue. Per coloro che non conoscono il sindaco molto bene, mi permetta di dirle che il nostro sindaco è un avvocato di bell’aspetto e molto intelligente giovane, uomo d’affari, sportivo e appassionato viaggiatore del mondo (l’elenco è molto più lungo, ma …).

Antonio, come egli chiede a tutti di chiamarlo, ha una memoria infallibile. Egli può snocciolare dati e cifre, note storiche e teorie complesse con un senso di benessere, la comodità e la fiducia che pochi possono avvicinarsi troppo. Côte Saint-Luc è così fortunati da poter contare su una superstar aumento nell’arena politica.

Ci siamo incontrati con Giuseppe Argento e sua figlia che ci ha dato un saluto molto caldo e assicurato il loro sostegno. E abbiamo anche scattato una foto per scrapbook politica del giovane studente.

Abbiamo anche incontrato con M. Suissa che ci ha invitato a per una chiacchierata. Mi è piaciuto l’opportunità di dettaglio miei successi nel corso degli anni tra cui salvare i nostri sistemi di gestione ambientale nel corso di questo mandato, la creazione di Cittadini per i pattugliamenti e molto di più. Ho anche spiegato come la mia famiglia è una meravigliosa miscela di sefardita (i genitori di mia moglie provenienti dal Marocco e Yemen in Israele) e le culture Ashkenazi rendere allettante per la cucina, la grande musica e costumi interessanti.

E ‘fantastico avere il sostegno e la fiducia del Sindaco ed è fantastico avere buoni amici e colleghi nella comunità italiana CSL’s. Grazie mille!

25 giorni per andare …