City to plant 200 trees

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A 200 year old Bur Oak at the corner of Wavell and Melling. It is possibly the oldest of its kind on the island.

Public Works is trying to meet our annual tree planting goal of 200 trees a year, contributing to the reforestation of our community (and the canopy that had been previously compromised by the Ash Borer Disease).

To date during 2017, we have planted approximately 70 trees.

Last week City Council approved a contract that will enable us to plant up to 100 more trees throughout the City, specifically at the front lawns of residents. Residents have received official letters that the trees will be planted and were encouraged to choose the variety available. Although these residents
have been waiting for their trees for a couple of years, they were happy to know that we would be planting this fall.

This work will be done by the contractor, Les Terrassements Multi-Paysages Inc. for $56,000. while the City employees will be planting other trees in public spaces.


Reconstruction of City Hall/Library parking lot underway

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Posted by Councillor Mike Cohen

As many people have noticed by now, Côte Saint-Luc has started work on the reconstruction of the parking lot behind the City Hall and Library. We’re doing more than just repaving. We’re improving the way it’s configured in order to remove the excessive turns, which create risks for pedestrians. We’re also adding two charging stations for electric vehicles, a bike path and creating more parking spaces for cars to park.

We have been fortunate to have a parking lot with so many trees not just around the edges but within the parking lot itself. Our goal at the start of this project was to save as many of these trees as possible by transplanting them elsewhere. We are saving approximately 70 percent of the trees and have transplanted 28.


Of course, we would have preferred to have saved all the trees. However, of trees that are being cut their roots were too deep to survive transplant or to small to justify the cost while new trees can be planted of similar size or they were sick or damaged in some way. It didn’t make sense to move the sick trees as the cost to transplant a single tree is about $2,000. We decided to transplant the healthy trees, which cost $53,000 in all. All the trees being cut will be replaced with new replanted trees.

To sum up:

-We will have a new, safer parking lot ;
-We saved approximately 70  percent of the trees in the existing parking lot;
-We will replant new trees for all those that were cut;
-We will have two electrical charging stations for electric cars;
-We transplanted 28 trees of the old trees from the parking lot to locations across the city.

Parking Lot

Work begins on the City Hall parking lot reconstruction (Mike Cohen photo).


This lot was in desperate need of repair. How many people, the majority seniors and those with limited mobility, have we heard from in recent years complaining about the fact they could not find a spot when attending special events?

As for the benches that many people congregate on, I have now received confirmation that  a crew move the seven benches along the path on the south side of City Hall and have them placed east of the parking in the area between Sir Walter Scott and Marc Chagall to provide seating for the residents of the area. They will be  placed under some shade as much as possible.  If necessary, special umbrellas will be added.

CSL allows for drive-through restaurant

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CSL allows for drive-through restaurant

Three councillors vote against – would rather have trees!

Joel Goldenberg, July 18, 2012

The Suburban

Côte St. Luc council passed a first draft bylaw last week to enable the creation of a drive-through restaurant in that city, and specifically one planned for the parking lot of the Côte St. Luc Shopping Centre.

Mayor Anthony Housefather said it is not known which restaurant will be setting up in the area near Côte St. Luc Road or whether it will have inside seating, but jokingly let it be known he would prefer a Krispy Kreme outlet. Councillor Ruth Kovac introduced the bylaw and Councillor Sam Goldbloom seconded. There will be a public consultation on the matter in the near future.

“We think this is a positive addition to the area and the city, to have another restaurant in Côte St. Luc,” Housefather said.

Councillor Mike Cohen said it has been many years since the McDonald’s drivethrough was on Côte St. Luc Road, albeit on the Montreal side of the street.

“There are a lot of people who work in the area, and if they want to get a quick lunch, they now have to go into NDG [or Snowdon],” Cohen added. “I’m rooting for Wendy’s to come into Côte St. Luc.”

However, councillors Dida Berku, Glenn Nashen and Steven Erdelyi voted against – not because they oppose the project per se, but because they want parking lots to be greened as they are heat islands.  Berku said that while the city does not “necessarily need a greening bylaw for parking lots, we can certainly take this opportunity to green our two major parking lots (Côte St. Luc Shopping Centre and Quartier Cavendish) which are major hot spots on the Côte St. Luc heat map,” areas that are hotter than others in that city.

Berku said that while the Côte St. Luc Shopping Centre will be installing grass in three vacant spots in the parking lot, she and the other councillors believe “this will not green the parking lot or provide much needed shade.” She called for 10 trees to be planted within the lot’s 400 spots, and cited St. Laurent’s sustainable parking lot regulations, which calls for tree planting in parking lots with 20 or more spaces, for which the borough won a prize.

“I want to send a message,” with the opposing vote, Berku said.

Erdelyi agreed with Berku, and added that the CP railyard is another hot spot.

‘We’re not asking a great deal to plant a few trees, it’s a relatively small request,” Erdelyi said.

Nashen, who also voted against, pointed to what he has heard of the relationship between the health of the general community and trees, in terms of lowering temperature.

“I think we’re not doing enough and that message has to get out to developers across the island,” the councillor said.

Councillor Mitchell Brownstein agreed there should be trees, but voted in favour of the project.

Housefather agreed that property owners with large parking lots should be strongly advised to have green islands within them, and said the Côte St. Luc Shopping Centre’s owners will be contacted to try and secure an agreement on planting trees.

“The council wants trees,” the mayor told The Suburban.

Posters, Posters Everywhere? / Posters, affiches partout?

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The big political parties in Montreal decided to pass on election posters this year.  Much of their decision was a PR stunt to gain some headlines as greeners or newly-converted environmentalists.  On the other hand, drive through Hampstead these days and you’ll barely be able to concentrate on the road as a gamut of candidates try to steer your concentration from the road signs to the lawn sign.  Seems that every other homeowner feels a need to either aerate their lawn with election sticks or they just couldn’t say no to all those council candidates lugging lumber.

Over to Cote Saint-Luc where one of my two political adversaries feels a need to have posters, papers and bristle boards taped, stapled and tacked to anything that doesn’t move.  Now to put this in context remember that we’re running in District 6, about 4 blocks wide by a dozens streest wide – that’s where the election is really taking place.  But it makes you wonder why he has plastered most of Eastern, Central and Western Cote Saint-Luc, all the way from the town line with Hampstead, including Districts 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8.  Talk about visual pollution.  Maybe he’ll put his signs in Hampstead too?

What’s worse, numerous residents have told me they have found his lawn signs on their own property having never been asked for permission!  That’s simply rude and unethical. Some removed his sign just to find a new one obnoxiously installed a second time.

But the worst of all is that he has now gone so far as to staple and tack his posters on trees.  Now that’s the wrong tack-tick in CSL where we take our tree protection very seriously.  Our environment is precious and in Cote Saint-Luc we have set down the law in ensuring we protect our trees and our environment. 

He has since been found in default by the chief returning officer and ordered to remove all signage attached to trees.

Today I have received reports that my posters have been removed from hydro poles and light standards and his have been put up in the same place.  One resident took this photo showing his posters placed right on top of mine.



All candidates have a responsibility to respect our environment, our trees, private property, our bylaws and electoral laws. 

 P.S.  My posters have always been green, are only on public poles in District 6 and will be removed promptly and recycled, as always.

Here are just a few more examples of unethical behaviour by my opponent in covering up my campaign signs.  I have photos of at least 15 more such cases:

2009-10-25 010 2009-10-25 012 2009-10-25 019 2009-10-30 Lugassy signs 008


Les grands partis politiques de Montréal ont décidé de ne pas installer d’affiches électorales de cette année. Une grande partie de leur décision est un coup de relations publiques pour faire les manchettes comme “des écolos” ou des nouvellement convertis écologistes. Par contre, conduisez dans Hampstead ces jours-ci et vous aurez à peine à vous concentrer sur la route tellement la gamme d’affiches de candidats est grande et que votre vision va et vient entre les pelouses garnies d’affiches et la route. Il semble que chaque propriétaire a eu soit besoin d’aérer sa pelouse ou qu’il ne peut dire non à tous ces candidats au conseil qui arrivent avec leur cargaison de bois.

Arrivons maintenant à Côte Saint-Luc, où l’un de mes deux adversaires politiques a besoin de voir des affiches, des feuilles de papier sur du carton bristol, collées, agrafées et taquées à tout ce qui est immobile. Maintenant, mettons cela dans le contexte du district 6, où l’élection a vraiment lieu, dont la superficie est large d’environ 4 pâtés de maisons et une douzaine de rues de long. Mais c’est à se demander pourquoi il a couvert la plupart de l’est de Côte Saint-Luc, tout le long de la ligne de ville avec Hampstead, y compris les districts 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 et 8. Voulez-vous parler d’une pollution visuelle. Peut-être mettra-t-il aussi ses affiches à Hampstead?

 Pire encore, de nombreux résidents m’ont dit qu’ils ont trouvé ses pancartes sur leur propriété privée et personne ne leur a jamais demandé la permission. C’est tout simplement un manque de politesse et non éthique. Certains ont retiré la pancarte et comme par miracle une seconde est venue remplacer la première!

Mais ce qui fait déborder le vase, c’est qu’il est maintenant allé jusqu’à agrafer et taquer ses affiches sur les arbres. Ca c’est une mauvaise tactique à CSL où nous prenons la protection de nos arbres très au sérieux. L’environnement nous tient à cœur à Côte Saint-Luc, nous avons instauré des règlements municipaux pour assurer la protection de nos arbres et notre environnement.

2009-10-25 012Aujourd’hui, j’ai appris que mes affiches ont été retirées de poteaux et de lampadaires et que les siennes ont été mises au même endroit. Un résidant a pris la photo affichée ci-dessous montre ses affiches placées juste au-dessus des miennes.

Tous les candidats doivent respecter notre environnement, nos arbres, nos biens et nos règlements municipaux.


P.S. : Mes affiches ont toujours été vertes, elles ne sont que sur des pôles publics dans le district 6 et elles seront enlevées rapidement et recyclées, comme toujours. Depuis mon opposant à été pris en défaut par le président d’élections et a été ordonné de retirer toutes le affiches qui se trouvent sur les arbres.

Berku condemns tree destruction

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