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October 2014 - Ville de Montréal Ouest

Montreal West Viewspaper
Delsa Daycare:
October 2014, Vol. 42, No. 7
Photo credits: Fonds Conrad Poirier, Quebec Archives
taking care with a “nice heart”
MW Fire Station turns 100
by Harold Rosenberg
The MoWest fire station has been slightly modified over the
years, some rooms have been put to new use and the fire trucks
and communications equipment are completely modern, but the
building, which turns 100 this year, is largely unchanged since the
The idea for a police and fire station was put forward by Mayor
James Ballantyne at a council meeting in 1913. Up to that time,
the MoWest policemen doubled as firemen and all fire equipment
continued on page 13
Bob Brodie ........................4
Community Centre ....16-17
CRA ................................11
Environmentally yours ......10
Horticultural Society ............3
IODE ....................................4
Libraries ........................4, 10
by Maurice Krystal
I saw the sign for Garderie
Éducative Delsa in the upstairs
window of the duplex on Westminster, north of the Hump. I
had a one o’clock appointment,
rang the bell and walked up the
stairs past colourful murals up
to the second floor. There I met
the mother-daughter team of
Afrooz Abdollahzadeh and
Naghmeh Mohammadian. We
sat in the kitchen at a small table
and chairs meant for toddlers. It
was surprisingly comfortable. It
was one of the few times my
shortness was an advantage. We
laughed as they spelled out their
long Iranian family names.
They left Iran in 1998 seeking a life that promised more
opportunities. Their husband/father came to Montreal three
years earlier.
Naghmeh attended NDG
Elementary and College Marie
de France. She graduated last
year from Dawson College with
a diploma in early childhood
News from the pews ....14-15
Operatic Society................3
Réunion du Conseil ........19
education. Together with her
mother they opened their own
daycare this past March.
Afrooz was a hairdresser in
Iran. Daycare centres were and
still are rare in her homeland.
Though things are slowly changing most Iranian women stay at
home or have aunts or grandmothers watch over infants. After
joining her husband in Montreal,
Afrooz attended classes at the U
of M and then obtained a certificate in child and family care.
While working at a daycare for
eight years she earned a teaching
degree and then studied interior
design. She is the one who created the murals.
The family has lived in Montreal West since 2007. They live
downstairs and the entire upstairs unit is devoted to small
children. I was given a tour of
the premises and saw the sleeping infants in cribs. One to three
is nap time. It is bright, clean
and well thought out. As we
continued on page 15
Schools ..........................6-9
Scouts ............................12
Town Council Report..........18
Vôtre en environnement ....16
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West a special place in which to live.
ISSN: 084741X
Jeannette Brooker - Chair
Rick Lavell - Treasurer
Jane Williams
Heather Baylis
Véronique Belzil-Boucher
René Boucher
Lise McVey
Jeanne Ragbir - Secretary
Heather Baylis
Julia Ross
[email protected]
Heather Baylis,
[email protected]
Rhonda Schwartz 482-0227
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Maryl Murphy
Jeanne Ragbir
Rose Marie Smith
Lydia Shuster
Randi Weitzner
and those we omitted inadvertently
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October 8
Montreal West
Come celebrate
with us!
An evening of entertainment, drinks and
hors d’oeuvres. Special performance by
MWOS showcasing their Gilbert and Sullivan repertoire.
Venez célébrer avec nous! Une soirée de
spectacle, apéros et canapés où l’on peut
entendre les fameuses chansons de Gilbert
& Sullivan chantées par les chanteurs de
Saturday, November 1, 19 h
Victoria Hall (4626 Sherbrooke St. W.)
[email protected], 990-8813 (ext. 2)
Students: $20, seniors: $25, adults: $30
Meadowbrook conservation evolves into
Meadowbrook Park creation
Twenty-five years
ago, a group met with
the goal of keeping
Meadowbrook Golf
Club green. It wasn’t
yet clear to the group
exactly what development was being proposed, but the threat of
housing on the golf course area unified the
gathering. That group would eventually become Les Amis du Parc Meadowbrook, a
citizens’ movement that has metamorphosed from somehow, some way keeping
the area green and preventing the juggernaut of condo development, to promoting –
with landscape architect’s visions – the
space as a future public park.
One of the first leaders of the movement,
Côte Saint-Luc resident Kay Wolofsky, remembers the day it all started. “On Thursday, August 24, 1989, a large group of
concerned residents of Côte Saint-Luc and
Montreal West formed a circle in the cul-desac at the western end of Guelph Road.
Each person brought their own chair.
Howard Barza suggested the acronym
G.O.L.F (Guard Our Local Face) and thus
was the forerunner of Les Amis du Parc
Meadowbrook created. I cannot help but
feel grateful knowing that the effort to save
the Meadowbrook golf course – as green
space and park – is in competent hands. I
know we will succeed. Environmental history is on our side.”
Three of the residents active in the early
Save Meadowbrook phase were Gilles
Sabourin, who could not be located,
Howard Barza and Mark Yaffe.
Mark Yaffe remembers the first meeting
and the energy that came through so clearly;
“What impressed me was the passion that
was immediately apparent. What was also
noteworthy was the age range and different
interests of the participants. From young
people to retirees, everyone wanted to save
the space as green though there was no consensus what the green endpoint would be.”
Howard Barza has similar memories. “It
was not clear what exactly would happen or
how, but from the first meeting, there was
an energy coming from the very different
backgrounds of everyone there.”
The group has naturally changed in 25
years, but the energy has not. Members
have grown older or moved away and many
more have been added from all corners of
the island of Montreal. It is a salute to the
original group and to the succeeding members that, while some of the actors are different, the energy that drove them to
maintain the green space is there in the campaign to make it a public park for everyone.
It is as though the energy for green spaces
in people’s lives is like a biological cambium, which perennially spurs new growth.
The passion for keeping the land green has
refocused into a passion for a park.
Come celebrate!
Les Amis du Parc Meadowbrook is
throwing a party to celebrate these 25 years
of hard work and we hope that you come
and bring your friends. October 17 at 7:30
pm, Royal West Auditorium. For tickets
($25), please contact Erica Brown at
b[email protected]
from Erica Brown
Fruit tree harvest
Do you have a healthy fruit tree on your
property but don’t have the time or energy
to harvest it? Allow us to come pick your
fruit for free and prevent letting delicious
food from going to waste.
How it works: we pick the fruit, we give
you a portion, we donate a portion to the
NDG Food Depot and we sell a portion
back to the community.
If interested please call us at 623-2040 or
send us an email at [email protected]
Thank you.
Annie McLaughlan
The Lazy Gardener
October brings cooler weather and the
first frost. Gardens are put to bed and we
look inwards. Many people find the appeal
of houseplants brings a sense of reprieve
during the winter months. Plants in our
houses provide us with lovely greenery and
beautiful flowers at the same time as purifying the air, improving our health and lifting our sprints.
Popular speaker and prolific author on all
things horticultural, Larry Hodgson, aka
The Lazy Gardener, returns to the Horticultural Society to speak on how to maintain
healthy houseplants without too much effort.
The evening, which promises to be entertaining as well as informative, takes
place Monday, October 20, 7:30 pm at the
Town Hall. Everyone is most welcome.
Guests are asked a $5 admission fee.
In memoriam
Bob Brodie
HMS Victory Chapter
members get ready to pack
personal property bags for
Twenty-one pretty and useful bags were packed. Surplus items, such as large
bottles of liquid soap and many individual
shampoo and perfume samples were collected and passed on to the shelter as well.
The notepads, pens, toothpaste and
toothbrushes were particularly valued as
items that one might not think of when leaving home in a hurry.
10 am - noon
2 pm - 4 pm
7 pm - 9 pm
45 Westminster South
New Books
Brown, Sandra
Mitchell, David
Steele, Danielle
Waters, Sarah
Child, Lee
Deaver, Jeffrey
Penny, Louise
Reichs, Kathy
Todd, Charles
Mean Streak
The Bone Clock
A Perfect Life
The Paying Guests
The Skin Collector
The Long Way Home
Bones Never Lie
An Unwilling Accomplice
Hebert, Chantal
Levitin, Daniel
Macintyre, Ben
Sheehy, Gail
Waverman, Lucy
The Morning After
The Organized Mind
A Spy Among Friends
Daring My Passages
The Flavour Principle
Homeland Season 3
The Bridge Season 1 (Danish/Swedish),
The Good Wife Season 5
A long-time resident, Bob Brodie, died
in early April in his 100th year. Bob could
have been the poster child for MoWest.
He and his wife Eleanor raised their
family on Percival Avenue and were always
greatly involved in the community. They
supported activities at the Travel Club from
the very beginning and Bob still managed to
attend most of the get-togethers and go on
many trips. He was devoted to fitness and
rode his bike until very recently to classes at
the Town Hall three times a week. He was a
regular at the swimming pool until last summer. He never missed Volunteer Night!
Bob was a long time member of the Tennis Club and the MW United Church. He
served for years as treasurer for Meals-onWheels and often scolded the group for
spending too much money.
He continued to be interested in politics,
be it municipal, provincial or federal and
was always prepared to discuss different
subjects. He had a positive outlook that was
to be envied.
His constant smile will be missed by
many of us!
from Pauline Ducharme
25 anniversaire de Meadowbrook
Sortez vos vestes à franges et vos souliers à plate-forme! Les Amis du Parc Meadowbrook
célèbre son 25e anniversaire! Vingt-cinq ans à protéger les espaces verts de Meadowbrook!
Grâce au travail de nos bénévoles et à ceux qui nous appuient, aucun béton n’a été coulé.
Mais la bataille n’est pas terminée ! Le propriétaire du terrain veut toujours y construire
un projet résidentiel de haute densité. Et même si nous n’avons pas atteint tous nos objectifs
- nous voulons que le golf devienne un parc-nature patrimonial accessible à tous - nous
voulons tout de même célébrer notre réussite à ce jour. Rock, disco, soul, vous ne pourrez
pas rester assis! Costumes de l’époque ou costumes d’animaux ne sont pas requis, mais
ajouteront à la fête! Il y aura des prix pour les meilleurs costumes!
Quand? Le vendredi 17 octobre à 19 h 30.
Où? Académie Royal West, 189 Easton
Combien? 25 $.
Où puis-je me procurer des billets?
Communiquez avec Erica Brown au [email protected]
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ing force and one that will have
a large impact. He said that five
women lead peacekeeping operations and that there are three
units that are exclusively
women, inspiring women and
girls in often male dominated
societies to push for their own
rights and for participation in the
peace process. He also said that
it is easier for women to talk to
female peacekeepers. After the
talk Nicolas answered a few
questions that were brought up
by guests and members.
October presentations
2: Fred Headon, President,
Canadian Bar Association
9: Jason Demers, general insurance
16: Lunch with Mayor Beny
23: Past District Governor,
Bette Miller – The Rotary
Foundation, our district
30: Frank Catalano, notary –
wills and mandates
Our doors are open to the
public if you’d like to sit in on
one of our presentations. Presentations are usually 20-30 minutes long, after lunch, starting at
1:10 pm. Should you like to join
us for an excellent catered
lunch, the cost is $20 and we sit
down to dine at 12:30 pm. Hope
you’ll come and join us soon.
Oyster party
Friday, October 24 at 6 pm at
the Town Hall. Tickets $50. To
purchase and reserve tickets
contact me at [email protected]
from Doug Yeats
Robert Ganz has been photographing the Canada Day parade
for quite a number of years. What
a wonderful collaboration with
The Informer to illustrate special
moments of the Town’s history?
And, Robert, we’re sorry that
we omitted your photo credit
(and Julia’s layout credit!), but
we promise to try not to omit it
photo credit: Robert Ganz
Nicolas Newhouse
Nicolas was introduced by his
step mom – Rotarian Kathie
Montgomery. The title of Nicolas’s talk was The United Nations
Gender and Conflict in the Middle East. The Charter of the
United Nations was implemented
in June 1945. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was
implemented in December 1948.
The United Nations employs over
100,000 people and it was Kofi
Annan in the 1990s who initiated
the Three Freedoms or Three Pillars. The first is Peace and Security, the second Development
and third Human Rights. Nicolas stated that in 1990, 10% of
the world’s peacekeeping troops
were Canadian; today we are
down to only 21 soldiers. The
four countries that supply the
most peacekeepers are Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and
Nicolas then talked about
gender-based violence and Security Council Resolution 1325
that was initiated in 2000. It recognized the changing nature of
warfare and how civilians are
increasingly targeted. He also
spoke of how women are excluded from peace building,
called for gender mainstreaming, recognizing the role of
women in conflict prevention
and called for greater participation of women in UN peacekeeping and security operations.
Nicolas talked about Women
in Peacekeeping. This is a grow-
photo credit: Robert Ganz
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The excitement of the
first day of school at Edinburgh was tempered for
many by the lack of one
very familiar face. Ms.
Leah Auclair, Principal for
the last seven years, has left for
health reasons. She knew every child by
name, greeting the students and seeing them
off almost every day. Over the years, she
contributed greatly to the Edinburgh community and will be deeply missed.
Ms. Sonia Marotta joins the Edinburgh
family as interim Principal after four and a
half years at Pierre de Coubertin School in
Saint Leonard where she was the Vice-Principal. Before that, she worked as a physicalhe YcE
École Des-Amis-du-Monde
Une école en or!
À l’École Des-Amis-du-Monde, la rentrée est un moment de grandes retrouvailles.
Les élèves et le personnel sont heureux de
reprendre le chemin de l’école, car c’est un
milieu riche et stimulant qui s’offre à eux.
De retour en classe
pour apprendre, s’amuser et créer
Après une année 2013-2014 vraiment
amusante, l’activité parascolaire de journalisme revient, pour le plus grand plaisir des
élèves et des parents bénévoles. Vous
retrouverez donc encore cette année dans
l’Informer les créations des élèves journalistes. Voici les petits textes de quelques-uns
de nos journalistes sur le thème
de la rentrée. On
y ressent le grand
amour qu’ils ont
pour leur école,
pour leurs amis
et pour toute
l’équipe qui les
chaque jour.
« L’école a recommencé.
Les devoirs aussi recommencent. Pour certains, tu
prends l’autobus scolaire.
Pour tout le monde, tu as un
nouveau prof et de nouveaux amis. À la
récréation, on sort, on s’amuse. Et en classe,
faire des maths, du français, et de l’histoire,
comme c’est amusant! À l’École DesAmis-du-Monde, c’est une joie de rentrer à
l’école. »
Maël Richard
(4e année)
« À l’École Des-Amis-du-Monde, nous
aimons jouer à « Champ ». C’est un jeu de
ballon où la confiance et la rapidité sont importantes. Nous avons des terrains de
Champ et c’est un jeu très populaire. A
chaque récréation, nous y jouons. J’avais
très hâte de retourner à l’école pour jouer
avec mes amis à ce jeu!!! »
Sarah Godbout
(5e année)
« C’est de nouveau la fin du mois d’août
et tout le monde se rassemble dans la cour
d’école. Les nouveaux élèves sont impatients et curieux de connaître notre école, de
rencontrer les professeurs et les autres
élèves et aussi de savoir ce qu’ils vont apprendre. Les anciens sont déjà à l’aise et
bien sûr, les professeurs sont prêts à nous
accueillir tous.
Cette année, pour les élèves de 5e, il y
avait une surprise! C’était un jeu d’énigmes
pour qu’ils devinent qui sera leur professeur…
Les apprentissages recommencent de
nouveau et petit à petit, vous allez reprendre
vos activités scolaires. Bonne rentrée scolaire à tous! »
Mariya Georgieva
(5e année)
Notre directrice
vous souhaite la bienvenue
« C’est avec un grand bonheur que nous
entreprenons la troisième année de l’École
Des-Amis-du-Monde. De plus en plus, nous
recevons des enfants du secteur
de MontréalOuest. Notre
composée de
gens passionnés s’active autour des élèves
pour mettre en
place les conditions favorables à leur
réussite éducative.
L’an dernier, nous avons
préparé notre beau projet éducatif. Je vous invite à visiter notre site web : Ce site sera à
jour avec les nouvelles données 2014-2015
à compter du 22 septembre.
Une belle année scolaire s’amorce pour
vos enfants! Au plaisir de travailler avec
Lina Fortin,
volunteer fair
The NDG/MoWest Volunteer Recruitment Committee will hold a volunteer fair
on Friday, October 17 from 10 am to 2 pm
at the MAB-Mackay Rehabilitation Centre
(3500 Décarie). Information will be provided on the various volunteer opportunities that exist in the community. Some of
the groups present will include the Bienvenue à Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, CSSS
Cavendish, Extra Miles Senior Visiting Program, MAB-Mackay Rehabilitation Centre,
Mosaik Family Resource Centre, NDG
Food Depot, NDG Senior Citizens’ Council,
Scouts Canada, Walkley Community Centre
and others.
For further information, please call
Edward Cho at 484-7878, # 3146.
Salon du bénévolat
Le comité de recrutement de bénévoles
de NDG/Montréal-Ouest tiendra son salon
de bénévolat le vendredi 17 octobre de 10
h à 14 h au Centre de réadaptation MABMackay situé au 3500 Décarie. C’est une
occasion de fournir de l’information sur les
opportunités d’implication dans la communauté. Certains des organismes participants
sont : Bienvenue à Notre-Dame-de-Grâce,
CSSS Cavendish, Centre Communautaire
Walkley, Centre de réadaptation MABMackay, Conseil des aînés de NDG, Dépôt
alimentaire NDG, Extra Miles visites pour
aînés, Maison de la famille Mosaïk, Scouts
Canada et autres.
Pour plus d’informations, veuillez contacter Edward Cho au 484-7878, poste
Elizabeth Ballantyne School
School Board Elections
are coming
Are you on the English electoral list?
Monarch invasion
The kindergarten class at Elizabeth Ballantyne School has some
very special visitors: monarch butterflies have swept in and captivated children and adults alike!
Teachers Sharon Friedmann and Alison Lydynia have partnered with the Insectarium to bring a collection of monarch caterpillars, along with a milkweed plant, into their classroom. The goal
is to teach their students the wonders of the monarch butterfly life
cycle. Monarchs without Borders is a program run through the
Montreal Insectarium. It’s a program that allows students to watch
the life cycle of the monarch and promotes conservation and awareness. Miss Sharon and Miss Alison have the added pressure of tagging the monarch before release so it can be tracked and
documented on its trip to Mexico. Miss Sharon reunited with the
program after a few year hiatus. She finds that the caterpillars are
a great way to entice new kindergarten children to enter the classroom, especially if they are feeling anxious or uncertain about starting at a new school.
The kindergarten students were given four chrysalises and five
caterpillars. One week after set-up they have already released one
butterfly. It has been very exciting for everyone!
from Lindsey Skeen
A significant community process, and one that receives little
media attention, is the vote for Commissioners of School Boards
across the province. This election, to be held on November 2, determines how your tax dollars will be spent and what steps will be
taken to maintain and strengthen English language education in
Quebec. At every election, due to complications of the government’s electoral process, some would-be voters are left confused,
unheard or powerless – and off the English School Board voter’s
list altogether.
Contrary to popular belief, and unlike provincial or federal elections, Anglophone residents are not automatically eligible to vote
in their English School Board. Chances are, unless you have a child
registered in an English public school this fall, your name will be
placed on the French School Board’s electoral list. Therefore, for
those readers concerned about the future of English language education in their area, it is imperative that you take action in order for
your voice to be heard.
Parents who have a child registered in a private English or
French school are also eligible to be entered on the English electoral
list. Essentially, the only voters who cannot be on the English electoral list are those who presently have a child in a French public
school. Anyone who turns 18 is automatically placed on the French
electoral list, by default – without notification.
Joseph Lalla, School Commissioner for Montreal West in the
English Montreal School Board urges English voters to take a few
minutes to make sure they are signed up. “Every time there is an
election for School Commissioners hundreds of voters show up at
the polling station and are very disappointed because they are not
on the English electoral list and therefore cannot vote.”
Lalla, EMSB School Commissioner for Ward 2, Montreal West
and NDG, and an authorized candidate for this fall’s election, urges
voters to exercise their rights. “School Commissioners and school
boards oversee budgets in the hundreds of millions of dollars, including staffing schools with the necessary teachers and other personnel, seeing to the physical upkeep of our school buildings and
providing a host of other services,” says Lalla. “Commissioners
have a responsibility to ensure that your tax dollars are spent wisely.
This vote is integral to safeguard the survival and vitality of our
Anglophone learning institutions.”
The quickest way to verify whether one’s name appears on the
English electoral list is to phone Elections Quebec at 1-888-3532846. You are permitted to verify for your spouse and anyone over
18 years of age in your household. You can also contact the English
Montreal School Board at 483-7200. To have your name added to
the English electoral list simply complete a Request to Transfer School Board Elections form available at
Readers who have any questions regarding the English Electoral
List or School Board elections may contact the EMSB or Joseph
Lalla at [email protected]
from Joseph Lalla
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Royal West Academy
Over the summer, 20 students from
New Delhi, India came to Canada for the
first time. They were part of an exchange
with students from Royal West Academy.
Each Canadian student was paired with
an Indian student.
It was an eye-opening experience, as we
opened our homes to our new foreign
friends whom we had never met.
“My student didn’t really talk for the first
couple of days, but after a while she started
to open up and get used to my family,” says
Royal West student Magali Goblot.
After the Canadians and Indians got used
to each other’s company, we did a bunch of
fun activities. We traveled to Ottawa and
Quebec City as well as the Olympic stadium and old Montreal. We also did a lot of
smaller trips. The most popular activity was
probably the jet boating on the Lachine
rapids; it’s not something you do everyday.
There were many challenges we had to
face while our exchange students were here
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Centre-Ouest Inc.
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due to the extreme cultural differences between Canada and India. For example we
had to remind our billets multiple times to
wear their seat belts, as only the driver has
a seatbelt in Indian cars.
“My billet wasn’t used to the bland Canadian food as he described it, as back home he
ate food so spicy it would make any Canadian
cry,” adds Canadian student Josh Ptack.
This exchange was a wonderful experience for all those involved in it. Everyone
is looking forward to visiting India in 2016.
dance party
Attention all cool cats and swingin’
chicks! DANCE PARTY ALERT! Believe it
or not, Les Amis du Parc Meadowbrook is
celebrating its 25th anniversary. 25 years of
successfully protecting Meadowbrook from
development. Thanks to the hard work of all
of our volunteers and supporters not one drop
of concrete has been poured. Even though
the battle is not over (the land is still owned
by a developer who wants to build a high
density housing project) and even though we
have not achieved all our objectives (the land
is not yet an urban nature heritage park open
to all) we want to celebrate our success to
date. Please put on your dancing shoes and
come celebrate with us. It will be a wild rock,
disco, soul dance party! Disco, rock or animal outfits absolutely not required but will
be enjoyed! Prizes for best outfits!
When? Friday, October 17 at 7:30 pm.
Where? Royal West Academy
How much? $25.
Where can I get tickets? E-mail Erica
Brown at [email protected]
Environmentally yours
Ten dollar tree giveaway
Hours / Horaire
Starting September 2
Monday - Thursday / lundi - jeudi :
9 h 00 - 12 h 00; 13 h 30 - 18 h 00
Friday / vendredi :
9 h 00 - 12 h 00; 13 h 30 - 17 h 00
Saturday / samedi : 13 h 00 - 16 h 00
Boo! We are getting ready to celebrate
Halloween at the library, and what better
way than joining in our ever-popular
Spooky Tales.
This year, Spooky Tales will be running
on Saturday October 25 from 1-2. Come for
spooky stories, a scary craft, and a small
snack. Come in costume if you want, but
please be sure to call ahead to register as
spaces are limited and fill up quickly.
Spooky Tales costs $3 per child and you
must be a library member to participate.
Our community story times are in full
swing, welcome to all of our babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers who are participating in Mother Goose, Tales for Tots and
Story Sparklers. We are having a blast with
all of these great story times!
Another big thank you to all of our enthusiastic readers who participated in the
Summer Reading Program. We had 70 readers, who read approximately 1000 books.
Together we had a very busy and book-filled
Thank you to all of the people who have
supported the library in our recent fundraising events. The golf tournament and our fall
fairs were both roaring successes, and we
couldn’t have done it without a lot of very
dedicated volunteers and a ton of community support.
See you in the library!
JANE F. LEE, B.Sc., D.D.S.
Chirurgien Dentiste - Dental Surgeon
H4X 1Y8
Alexandre Kelemen, B.A. Econ.
Financial Security Advisor
1800 McGill College, Suite 1100
Office: 514-931-4242 ext. 2323
Cell: 514-572-9470
[email protected]
A division of London Life Insurance Company
Back by popular demand, the ten dollar
tree giveaway will happen again this fall.
You’ll want to sign up ASAP to get this fantastic bargain on a beautiful, mature tree.
This time we’re offering four varieties, but
act fast, quantities are limited and trees will
be given away on a first-come first-served
basis. For a nominal $10 admin fee, your
tree of choice will be delivered right to your
door. To qualify, bring your completed order
form (available at the Community Centre
and on the web) to the Community Center
(8 Westminster South) or fax it to 485-8596
starting 8:30 am October 1 through October 10 at 4:30 pm. Orders received before
the start time will not be considered.
Here are the four gorgeous trees you
have to choose from:
Bur oak (5 available)
The bur oak cuts a majestic form on the
landscape. The oak’s Latin name, Quercus, is
derived from the Celtic language and meaning
“tree above all others,” and it’s easy to see
why. They’ve symbolized strength and beauty
for hundreds of years. The bur oak is actually
a relatively small variety reaching 12-18 m
high and 60-80 cm in diameter and is often
used as an ornamental tree. It is particularly
hardy and tolerant of urban conditions, and
will feel right at home alongside any MoWest
century-old home. It’s a great choice that will
be around for the grandchildren, as it lives to
a ripe old age of 200+. Retail value $55.
Common hackberry (5 available)
The lovely common hackberry got stuck
with a boring name, but please give it a
chance. This small- to medium-sized tree will
enhance any front yard or garden. Reaching
15 m high, its long, slender branches produce
clusters of small fruits that attract birds from
summer through autumn. The hackberry is
Donna Nicholson
well suited to urban environments because
it’s hardy and adaptable to a range of conditions. It is tolerant of some shade, but prefers
a sunny spot to thrive. (A tree after my own
heart.) In the fall, its leaves turn a bright,
cheery yellow. And like the oak, it will be
with your home for the long-haul, living up
to 200 years. Retail value $65.
Katsura (5 available)
The katsura is at its finest in the fall with
stunning orange and gold foliage, but it has
plenty to contribute in other seasons too.
Spring sees the emergence of reddish-purple leaves which slowly darken to an attractive blue-green. And it even produces a
delicious spicy fragrance! This mediumsized tree (18 m high) is extremely desirable
for landscaping but requires a bit more care.
Its roots should be protected with a layer of
mulch in the winter. The perfect choice for
real tree lovers looking for a truly unique
species. Retail value $85.
Autumn brilliance serviceberry
(5 available)
The name says it all for this stunning tree.
Bursting with white flowers in the spring
time, this small (5-8 m) species will fit into
any sized landscape. The oval shaped leaves
emerge coppery-red, becoming rich green
throughout the growing season. And it produces sweet purplish-black fruit which is
promptly gobbled up by the birds. The fall
color is a dramatic and outstanding red! You
really can’t go wrong with a serviceberry,
and autumn brilliance is the variety of choice
for four seasons of beauty. Retail value $55.
Any questions? Contact Chris Kearney
at [email protected] or 4841976. And happy planting!
Elizabeth Ulin
Recreation, Culture and Environment
35 years ++
Let my Experience Work for You
Serving the Montreal West area
in the buying and selling of homes.
For an informal rendez-vous,
please call.
Ball hockey update
Our first season of ball hockey has come
to an end. We had 30+ players ranging from
ages 7-17 participate in games held twice a
week at the Legion Rink. Thank you to all
who took part in this new program and we
look forward to seeing you again next year!
Soccer update
The fall session of outdoor soccer is under
way. It is wonderful to see players, coaches
and parents back on the fields rain or shine.
A reminder: soccer uniform return date is Friday, October 3 from 5-8 and Saturday, October 4 from 10-1. We kindly request that you
wash the uniforms prior to returning them.
The deposit will not be refunded for any uniforms not returned by this date.
There are still places available for some
programs starting this fall. To register or for
more information, please visit our website
at or you can call the CRA
office at 485-8598, Monday-Thursday from
Future stars hockey
Instills the basic concepts of a team sport
and ensures that the learning environment
is FUN and non-competitive. Children must
be able to skate.
$350 ($370 NR)
Tuesday and Thursday, 5-6 pm
Season: October 14-March 24
Evaluations: September 30,
October 2, 7, 9,
Games: Saturday, November 1, 8, 15, 22,
29, December 6, 13
Learn to skate
The learn to skate program focuses on
the development of fundamental movements organized in six levels of learning.
This is an introduction to forward skating,
gliding, stopping and backward skating for
participants who are new to skating or are
unable to skate the width of the ice. Participants need no previous skating experience.
$150 ($170 NR)
Season: October 5-December 14,
January 7 - March 28
When: Wednesdays, 5-6 pm
When: Sundays, 2:30-3:30 pm
Figure skating
Our program follows Skate Canada
guidelines. The program awards badges
from levels 1 through 6. The program objectives are to teach from basic to more advanced skating skills and to provide
participants with a safe, welcoming environment with our coach Heather Smith.
Ages: 7+. Must be able to skate forwards.
End of year ice show: Sunday, March 15, 24:30 pm.
$160 ($180 NR)
October 10-December 12,
January 9-March 13
Beginner: Friday, 4-4:55 pm
Advanced: Friday, 4:55-5:50 pm
Equipment: Well-sharpened and fitted
figure skates as well as helmets are mandatory for beginners to age 10 and recommended for all others
We will have fun theme days, equipment
circuits and progressive gymnastics lessons
for beginners to the more advanced
preschoolers. We will be using gymnastics,
songs, games and so much more! Children
must be out of diapers to participate.
$120 ($140 NR)
Sessions: September 16-November 27,
January 13-March 26,
April 7-June 11
Age: 6 and 7, Tuesdays, 6:30-7:30 pm
Age: 3½-5 years, Thursdays, 5:45-6:30 pm
Age: 6 and 7, Thursdays 6:30-7:30 pm
Introduction to judo
The practice of judo techniques helps
people develop basic and fundamental
physical fitness in a number of ways, such
as the development of strength, flexibility,
agility, speed, dynamic and static balance,
power and endurance. The class is taught by
a black belt sensei, Steve Morissette. Tenweek sessions.
$50 ($70 NR)
Sessions: October 7-December 9
January 13-March 24
Location: Elizabeth Ballantyne School
Ages 8-12: Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30 pm
Deposit: $50
Indoor soccer
This program is a 10-week indoor soccer
program for girls and boys taught by Greg
MacGregor and Alison Peilia. The focus
is on improving skills and technique. Class
sizes are kept small to ensure each player
receives individual attention. Limited spots.
October 6-December 11,
January 13-March 24
Location: Royal West Academy
5 years old: Mondays, 5:45 -6:30 pm
6 years old: Mondays, 6:30-7:30 pm
U8 Girls:
Tuesdays, 6:30-7:30 pm
U8 Boys:
Mondays, 6:30-7:30 pm
U10 Girls: Wednesday, 6:30-7:30 pm
U12 Girls: Wednesday, 7:30-8:30 pm
U10 Boys: Fridays, 6:30-7:30 pm
U12 Boys: Fridays, 7:30-8:30 pm
MW Scout Group
It is amazing how quickly
the summer flies by and
we are back to our usual
Group Committee has planned several
community-based services. All sections
will clean up their schoolyards and, if time
allows, branch out to a local park.
We have a colony of brand new Beavers
who have joined us at Edinburgh School
on Tuesday evenings. The older Beavers
are busy teaching the Kits (new Beavers)
how to do opening, closing and the actions
to songs such as Gloop, Gloop. Lots of
fun ahead!
The evenings of October 21/22/23 will
be our annual food drive for the NDG Food
Bank. Please have something ready for the
Scout who will come to your door. If you
are going to be out or were missed, please
call Bob King at 481-6523 and he will
arrange a pick-up.
Our Cubs are on Wednesday evenings at
Royal West Academy. Some of the Cubs
had great stories to tell the pack about their
week at summer camp. Our badge testers
have already been swamped with requests
for testing, sixes are organized and fall
camp is in the planning stage.
Wednesday, October 29 will be our annual blood donor clinic at St. Philip’s
Church. Please take note that Héma Québec
has changed the rules for visiting the UK
and France. You may now give blood if you
have been in the UK and/or France for less
than three months cumulatively from January 1, 1980 until December 31, 1996.
Please use the Sherbrooke entrance. Time:
1:30-8 pm. If you are unable to donate but
would like to help, please call Karen Johnstone at 483-1152.
The Scouts meet at Royal West Academy on Thursday evenings. The leaders are
encouraging the youth to take a more active
part in planning their activities. The older
Scouts are helping the younger Scouts with
their camping skills such as putting up tents
and cooking outdoors.
Our oldest youth are the Venturers who
run like a small company with a President
and Treasurer. They meet at each others’
homes and plan their own exciting activities
such as rowing in the Olympic Basin and
hiking Mount Washington.
For information regarding registration
call Karen at 483-1152. We have just begun
so it is not too late to join.
Visit us on the web
52 Westminster Avenue N.
Montreal West, Quebec
H4X 1Z2
Tel: (514) 484-7131
Fax: (514) 484-3745
E-mail: [email protected]
Annual food drive
Annual blood donor clinic
Venturers’ adventure
On Saturday, August 23, four of our
Venturers headed up to Tremblant Park to
take part in an exciting day trip. Along with
a Guide and four other participants they
completed a five-hour Rock Face Hike
called “Via Ferrata”.
One of our youth, Slater Covenden,
shares his thoughts and the photo attached.
“I thought this trek was Awesome! The
trail slowly increased in difficulty as we
progressed. At certain points near the end I
was convinced that if I slipped I was going
to die! Nothing quite compares to doing
chin-ups, hanging from a 200-foot high
wire that is bolted between two different
cliff faces! I would say that this was a great
fear conquering expedition for all of us!”
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18 Westminster N., Suite 110
Call For An Appointment Today So You Can Feel Better Tomorrow.
The Guiding year in MoWest is off to an exciting start. Janet
King, who has been known as Brown Owl for countless years, is
now able to retire from attending weekly meetings. Tara has answered the call to be a new leader and will be the new full time
Brownie leader. The girls have yet to help her pick her Brownie
name. Tara’s face lights up when she starts to share her wonderful
ideas of what the Brownies can do this year. Some of the old traditions will continue. For example, at the first meeting on September 10, the Sparks and Brownies joined in together to make pine
cone crafts to be given to Meals-on-Wheels. New traditions will
be created, but you will need to wait and see what they will be!
Join us!
Girls are always welcome to register at any time during the year.
Visit on-line and click on the “Join us” from the menu
at the top. The process is very easy. The more, the merrier!
We also enjoy having new leaders join in on our fun. Within the
past year, we have welcomed two new leaders, Zinovia and Lori,
to the Guide unit. They are both fantastic young women who share
their enthusiasm with the girls. The girls love them both!
Yummy cookies available
The girls will be out selling the fall mint cookies by the time
this issue of The Informer is distributed. The price remains at $5
per box or $60 for a case.
MW Fire Station turns 100
was stored with the police department equipment, usually in
a rented, vacant storefront on
Westminster Ave.
There was a great need for a
permanent home for both departments. New homes were
being built at a rapid pace, and
the population was increasing.
In early 1913, a volunteer fire
brigade, composed of local residents was organized, with
training supplied by the nearby
Westmount fire department.
In June 1913, council voted
to borrow $18,000, at a rate of
5% over 40 years, for construction of the building. Montreal
West architect Frank Peden
(1877-1969) was chosen to design the building. Peden designed other notable nearby
buildings, such as the Town
Hall and Loyola College as well
as several local residences.
The new building was wellequipped. Two men were always quartered there overnight.
The November 20, 1914 Westmount News carried the following description of the new MW
fire and police station.
“The new fire and police station in Montreal West which
was recently opened is complete in every particular. The
new hose and water wagon carries one thousand feet of hose
and forty feet of ladders. The
station is equipped with a selfharnessing mechanism.
“The tower is fifty feet high
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and is capable of drying one
thousand feet of hose at one
time. On the second floor, there
is a large living room for the
force. Hereto are the apartments
of Chief Mathewson. In the
basement are two small cells
and one large one for disturbers
of the peaceful Garden Suburb.”
One of the first recorded
fires was at the home of T. A.
Trenholme of Western Ave.
(now de Maisonneuve), owner
of Elmhurst Dairy, in November 1914.The small fire was
quickly extinguished as a joint
operation between the Montreal
West’s and Notre Dame de
Grace’s fire departments.
In the 1970s, the Montreal
Urban Community took over
policing and the Town’s police
officers were absorbed into the
Montreal Police Department and
relocated to NDG. The MW Fire
Department continued to function as a unique entity until 2002
when it merged with Montreal’s.
Much has changed over the
years within the organization,
however the building still retains
many of its original features. For
instance, the old holding cells
are now used for storage, while
the chief’s residence floor is
now a common kitchen and rest
area for the fire personnel.
The fire station building on
Westminster Ave. N. was officially inaugurated on October
14, 1914.
Happy 100th birthday!
Dentist • Dentiste
H4X 1Y8
St. Ignatius
This year, the religious education program formerly
known as Faith First, has been
re-designed and renamed to
Be My Disciples. This is the religious education and sacrament preparation program at
St. Ignatius of Loyola Parish
for children aged 6 and over. If
you are new to the parish or to
the area, and have eligible
child(ren) not enrolled, please
call Carol Eaton Jensen, our
coordinator at 481-9124 for
more information or to register.
We mentioned last month
that we now have a youth minister, Stephen Corsi, who has
been hard at work planning all
sorts of activities for the young
people of our community.
The Almighties youth group
for teens in grades 8 to Cegep
meets on Thursdays, October 9
and 23from 7 to 9 pm. While the
Lifeline group, for boys and
girls in grades 5, 6, and 7 meets
on Thursday, October 16 and
30. New members are always
welcome to join in the fun and
friendship of these groups.
For those over 18, on Saturday, October 11 we will have
our first meeting of a new group
for young adults. This will be a
bike outing to explore some of
Montreal’s rich cultural and religious heritage. Bike over to
the church for 1 pm. and we’ll
News from the Pews
head out for the afternoon.
Last year, we offered the parenting courses produced by
Alpha to our parish, which were
well received by all who attended, so we’re offering them
again this fall. The Parenting
Teenagers Course is a 5-week
course starting on Tuesday, October 7 at 7 pm to help you discover practical tools to help you
meet the challenges of raising
teens in the modern world and
useful and informative advice
for making already strong families great. Take a look at our
website for
registration information.
In addition to our program
schedule a number of social
events are coming up soon! On
November 2, we will be holding
our 4th annual All Saints / Halloween pot-luck party; on November 22 the annual Advent
wreath workshop will take
place. Again, take a look at our
website for more information as
these events draw near.
from Fr. Michael Leclerc
MW Presbyterian
Welcome back to another active season at MWPC. A big
thank you to Elkanah Kuzahyet-Buki Shekari, student
minister, who so capably led our
Sunday services during the
summer months.
Flowers of the forest
Our thoughts and prayers
go out to:
Rev. and Mrs. Carlton London on the loss of three young
girls in their family, in a car accident, in June in Guyana.
Albert Sekoh and his family
on the passing of his father,
John Sekoh, on July 3.
Gordon Alexander and his
family on the passing of his wife
Hilda in July. Hilda was a cherished, faithful and hard-working
member of our congregation.
She is greatly missed, not only
by us, but also by many in the
MoWest community where she
and Gordon lived for 55 years.
Alison Geru, a member of
the Tyndale St-Georges community, whose 13-year-old daughter, Brandy, died suddenly on
August 27. Brandy and her
mother loved to worship with us
at all our Tyndale events.
Congratulations to:
Anna Indah Fon and Jacob
Didier Nde who were wed on
July 15.
Mildred Benoit and Prosper Delali Adzah who were
married on August 16.
Mirabelle Bih and Nelson
Ntumbah on the birth of their
daughter Minelle Kelsey
Ntumbah on August 18.
Looking ahead
Our popular fall card party
will be held on Friday, October
17 from 1-4 pm. 160 Ballantyne
Ave. N. entrance. A light luncheon will be served. Tickets
($10) will be available soon. So
mark your calendars, make up
your tables and we’ll see you
there. For further information,
please call the church office
(484-7913), Zipper Scriver
(486-0742) or Janet Dimock
The celebebration of our
church’s 123rd anniversary will
take place on the weekend of
October 25 and 26.
Last but not least
You are welcome to attend
any or all of our events. Church
services and Sunday school are
held Sundays at 10:30 am. A social hour follows – a great time
to meet old friends and make
new ones.
from Janet Dimock
St. Philip’s
Sunday school and
confirmation class
Our new Sunday school program has been launched. We
have an enthusiastic and dedicated team of volunteers –
teachers, musicians and some
“behind the scenes” support
staff – to offer two classes, readers and pre-readers. We are
using the Holy Moly curriculum, which helps children to ex-
Theopiste (Theo)
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fax: (514) 483-2699
mobile: (514) 898-3821
[email protected]
Groupe Sutton – Centre-Ouest Inc.
5800, avenue Monkland
Montreal, QC, H4A 1G1
plore the Biblical narrative
through video, art, and activities. New children are welcome
to join at any time.
For teens, a new confirmation class is starting. An information session for candidates
and parents will take place Sunday, October 5 after the 10 am
Pet blessing
Our annual celebration of the
feast day of St. Francis of Assisi
will take place on Saturday, October 4 at 2 pm on the church
lawn. All are invited for a service
of praise to God for the beauty
and wonder of creation, and for
a blessing of our furred, feathered and scaled companions.
Harvest festival
We celebrate the harvest and
offer our thanks to God on Sunday, October 19. The church will
be decorated as usual for the season, and Peter Butler and the
choir will offer special music for
the occasion. After the 10 am
Eucharist, we will sit down to a
pot-luck lunch. All are invited to
join us (even if you don’t have
time to prepare a dish to share).
Ronald Pilgrim will put his
wonderfully creative touch to
decorating the Memorial Hall,
so that after the hordes of children have cleared the streets and
gone home to their sugar highs,
News from the Pews
adults can have a little fun too,
with a costume party and dancing. Check our Facebook page
for more details.
Thanks to all who came out
and supported our fall flea market, despite the rain which
forced it indoors. The Christmas
bazaar will be held on Saturday,
November 8.
MW United
... the brick one
Swaths of spirituality
Autumn has many faithful
people around the globe turning
towards their places of worship.
Our Jewish friends and neighbours have been experiencing
their High Holidays. Hindu
friends will soon celebrate Diwali, Festival of Lights. Sunday,
October 5 is a day for Christians
around the world to celebrate
communion. While some faiths
partake weekly, others, such as
the United Church offer communion at some designated
times. World wide communion
is one of those. Something special is realizing that as the earth
rotates, Christians sequentially
are re-living the Last Supper on
this day.
Cottage closed yet?
Once Thanksgiving passes,
we think of people returning to
weekends in the city. So we
Dr. Michael J. Wexel
Chiropractor / Chiropracticien
Tel: 773-7246
E-mail: [email protected]
18 Westminster N., Suite 110
Montreal West, QC H4X 1Y8
16 Westminster N. #315
Tel: 487-4577
Fax: 487-8376
schedule a Welcoming Sunday
on October 19. Soup and sandwiches will follow the service
so we can greet each other when
all have returned.
Military whist
Cards and dessert will be
held Friday evening, October 24
at 7 pm in Wadsworth Hall.
Good to come with a partner or
a table of folks. Then you play a
round, move on to the next table
and meet those folk. Good fun
and delicious also. Reservations
required; call 482-3210 for info.
Evening Labyrinth Walk
On Tuesday, October 28 between 7 and 9 pm, the Labyrinth
will be laid; candles will be lit;
soothing music will be on to
offer you a peaceful, meditative
experience. Whether you walk
quickly or with thoughtful deliberation, arrive in time to
complete your walk by 9 please.
And remember to walk in socks
or slippers. No experience necessary and all are welcome.
Bazaar coming!!!
Barely time to ditch the
witch costume before the bazaar
begins: Saturday, November 1,
10-2ish. Come for crafts, men’s
store, kids’ store, silent auction,
baking, jams and pickles, treasure trove, and don’t forget lunch
from Susan Upham
Delsa Daycare
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were talking in the kitchen, one
child awoke and began to cry.
Afrooz got up and within two
minutes all was quiet again. I
remember how my wife and I
would need hours to settle
down our infant boys.
The daycare can take up to
nine children aged 0-5 years.
These two smiling women pay
particular attention to discovering the uniqueness and talents
of each child. It requires patience, love and care. The children are fed homemade North
American and Persian hot
meals, go to Strathearn Park in
the summer and will go to the
Côte Saint-Luc indoor pool in
the winter. Activities change
each week with lessons in
painting, drawing, singing,
music and dancing. Children
three and up also practise yoga
and do some cooking classes.
The children are taught manners, politeness and self-confidence. They are spoken to in
English, French and a touch of
Persian. The name Delsa comes
from the name of a young
cousin and means “nice heart”
in Persian. To raise children requires a loving heart.
Garderie Éducative Delsa
478 Westminster Ave North
[email protected]
Hours: 7 am to 6 pm
(514) 481-5665
to FRI:
am- -6:00
9:00 am
am --5:00
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Vôtre en environnement
Arbre-à-10 $
À la demande populaire, l’événement
Arbre-à-10 $ aura lieu à nouveau cet automne. Inscrivez-vous aussitôt que possible
pour bénéficier de cette fantastique aubaine
d’un bel arbre à maturité. Cette fois, nous
offrons quatre variétés, mais faites vite, les
quantités sont limitées et les arbres iront
aux premiers arrivés qui seront les premiers
servis. Pour des frais administratifs minimes de 10 $, l’arbre de votre choix sera
livré à votre porte. Pour y avoir droit, remplissez le bon de commande (disponible au
Centre communautaire ou sur le Web) et apportez-le au Centre communautaire ou
faxez-le au 485-8596 entre le 1er octobre,
8 h 30 et le 10 octobre 16 h 30. Les commandes reçues avant la date de début ne
seront pas considérées.
Voici les quatre splendides arbres parmi
lesquels vous devrez choisir.
Chêne à gros fruits (5 offerts)
Ce chêne fait belle figure dans le
paysage. Son nom latin, Quercus, dérivé du
celte, signifie « arbre au-dessus des autres
» et il est facile de voir pourquoi. Il symbolise force et beauté depuis des centaines
d’années. Le chêne à gros fruits est en fait
une variété relativement petite atteignant de
12 à 18 m et de 60 à 80 cm de diamètre; il
sert souvent d’arbre ornemental. Particulièrement robuste et résistant à l'environnement urbain, il coexistera fort bien avec
n’importe quelle maison centenaire de MoOuest. C’est un excellent choix qui sera encore là pour les petits-enfants puisqu’il vit
jusqu’à l’âge vénérable de 200 ans ou plus.
Valeur au détail : 55 $.
Micocoulier occidental ou orme bâtard
(5 offerts)
Le magnifique micocoulier porte un nom
plutôt particulier, mais donnez-lui sa chance.
Cet arbre de taille petite à moyenne mettra
en valeur tout parterre avant ou cour arrière.
Atteignant 15 m de hauteur, ses longues
branches minces produisent des grappes de
petits fruits qui attirent les oiseaux en été et
en automne. Ce feuillu est adapté à l’environnement urbain, étant vigoureux et adaptable à un éventail de conditions. Il tolère un
peu d’ombre, mais préfère le soleil pour s’épanouir (mon genre d’arbre). En automne,
ses feuilles tournent au jaune vif et joyeux.
Et comme le chêne, il accompagnera votre
maison longtemps, vivant jusqu’à 200 ans.
Valeur au détail : 65 $.
Katsura (5 offerts)
Le katsura est à son mieux en automne
avec un éblouissant feuillage orangé et
doré, mais il contribue aussi aux autres
saisons. Le printemps voit l’émergence de
feuilles d’un rouge violacé qui tournent
lentement au bleu vert attrayant. Il dégage
même une délicieuse fragrance épicée! Cet
arbre de taille moyenne (18 m de hauteur)
est extrêmement intéressant pour le
paysagement, mais requiert un peu plus de
soins. On devrait couvrir ses racines de paillis pour l’hiver. Le choix idéal pour l’amateur d’arbres qui recherche une espèce
vraiment unique. Valeur au détail : 85 $.
Amélanchier Autumn brilliance
(5 offerts)
Son nom dit tout. Éclatante de fleurs
blanches au printemps, cette petite espèce
(5 à 8 m) convient à tout aménagement. Les
feuilles de forme ovale, rouge cuivré
lorsqu’elles émergent, tournent à un vert
riche pendant la saison de croissance. Il produit des fruits sucrés noir violacé dont les
oiseaux raffolent. En automne, sa robe vire
à un spectaculaire rouge éblouissant! Vous
ne pouvez vous tromper avec un
amélanchier et Autumn brilliance est la variété de choix pour quatre saisons de beauté.
Valeur au détail : 55 $.
Questions? Contactez Chris Kearney
au [email protected] ou au 4841976. Bonne plantation!
Elizabeth Ulin
Conseillère, Loisirs et culture
et Environnement
Dr. Mark Santaguida, O.D.
docteur en optométrie / optometrist
• examen de la vue
• lunettes
• verres de contact
• consultation laser
• eye exams
• glasses
• contact lenses
• laser consultation
514 481-4791
43a av. Westminster Ave. N. Mtl West,QC H4X 1Y8
3 Fall luncheon
15 Diners’ Club: The Keg
(limited space)
Movie matinee:
Upper Canada Playhouse presents: Memories of Rock ‘n’ Roll
All Hallows’ Eve tea
Botanical Gardens Presents:
The Magic of Lanterns and
dinner at Jardin Tiki
For more information on
50+ activities and special events or
any suggestions for speakers or
entertainment, please call:
Tammy Loftus
Foot clinics
October 8 and 22
$40 for the first visit and
$35 for subsequent visits
by appointment only
Please entrust me with the purchase / sale of your property
Remembrance Day
Sunday, November 9
Procession starting at Curzon 12:15 pm
Location: The Cenotaph
Time: 12:30 pm
The ceremony will be followed by a reception for Veterans and their families at the
Town Hall.
For more information, please call the
Community Centre at 484-6186
Fall and winter
For all the fall and winter programs,
please check our website:
or facebook page:
Registration for Town programs at the
Community Centre is ongoing during regular working hours (8:30 am-12:15 pm and
1:15 pm-4:30 pm).
Some programs still available
• Tiny Tots with Miss Morgan – preschool program
• Parent and Tots – 1 to 3 years old
• Parent and Tots play group – 6 months
to 4 years old
• Baby Boogie – 6 to 18 months
• Music and Movement – 18 to 36
• Variety of fitness classes including health
and wellness, TRX and more
• Variety of youth activities including
chess, fitness classes, art and more
• Chess and badminton for 16 years and
Community Centre
Captain Catalyst’s
science fun and
brain challengers
Come enjoy a fun-filled morning with
Captain Catalyst on Saturday mornings at
Davies Chalet from 10-11:30 am. It’s hands
on science with challenging puzzles and the
children learn through their play! The class
is geared for 4- to 6-year-olds. Parents who
stay with their child must participate in the
class or they can drop off their child.
The program will start on Saturday, October 18 for seven weeks and costs $65 per
child. There is a maximum number of
spaces available, so please register early to
ensure a spot. Call the Community Centre
at 484-6186.
Puppet workshop
The Community Centre has planned a
shadow puppet workshop to be held on Saturday, October 25 at the Town Hall.
Panadream Theatre will introduce the children to this enchanting medium and will
help and guide them in creating their very
own shadow puppets. The children will
learn the basics of puppet construction as
well as manipulation. Each puppet is
unique and will fall under such themes as
sea creatures and fantasy.
At the end of the workshop, the lights
will be dimmed and each child will have a
chance to manipulate their creations behind
a professional puppet theatre.
Suitable for 5- to 12-year-olds, maximum of 30 children. The cost for the workshop is $10 per child and is from 1-2:30 pm.
Reserve your spot by registering at the
Community Centre at 484-6186.
Arena free skate
Starts September 21
Fridays: 3-3:50 pm
Sundays: 1-2:20 pm
Other free skate and pickup hockey dates
will be available from time to time on
school PED days.
Please check the Town website for these
Halloween on ice
Sunday, October 26
Lace up your skates and get ready for
Halloween. Come join us at the Legion Memorial Rink for a fun time with friends and
family during free skate from 1-2:20 pm.
Pumpkin parade
Saturday, November 1
Halloween is over. What to do with your
pumpkin? Come join us at Strathearn Park
for a pumpkin parade. Register your pumpkin at 5:30; set it up along the path; at 6:30,
the judges will make their decisions. Prizes
for scariest pumpkin, most whimsical and
much more. It will be a fun and evening!
NE Animated children’s
birthday parties
New to the Town are animated children’s
birthday parties that will be held on Saturday or Sunday any time between 10 am - 4
pm in a 3.5 hour block. There are three
types of parties that are presently available:
beading, cup cake or an arts and crafts party.
All supplies are included in the price.
For additional information please call
the Community Centre at 484-6186.
Stephen Coull B. Comm.
Courtier en Assurances de Dommages
Broker in Damage Insurance
68 Westminster Ave. N.
[email protected]
by Carol Foster
Anticipation was in the air as
the August meeting of Council
began and murmurs filled the room
as the dog park location was added as item
10 b. to the meeting’s agenda.
The Mayor’s report was short. He described the progress being made in the ongoing fight against the emerald ash borer,
congratulated all involved in the swim
team’s success this summer and announced
the Town will be the recipient of a $1.6 million grant for future infrastructure work once
a plan describing the work is submitted.
Other business included two requests to
the Superior Court for infractions to the
Town’s bylaws. One involves property neglect at 74 Strathearn North and the second
pertains to uncompleted work and non-conforming signage at 1 Westminster North.
And, finally, the announcement the majority of attendees were waiting for came. The
mayor stated that, after thorough consideration of the four sites which were the subject
of a recent general meeting, the Council
unanimously voted for the Memorial Park
area to be the location of the new dog park.
The Mayor, followed by each of the
Councillors, gave their reasons for this
choice. All were in agreement that this location would be the least problematic to any
neighbours and would leave the popular
basketball court intact. And although this
area is the smallest, it has the potential to be
enlarged. As a bonus, the playground equipment will be moved behind the Community
Centre, which means children will not have
to cross the road when changing activities.
The next step, according to the Mayor, will
be to engage professional help in designing
the areas affected.
Councillor Ulin reviewed the very successful summer activities. The weather cooperated for most of the Tuesday evening
special events and a ninth week was added
to the summer camp due to popular demand. The camp’s enrolment reached a new
high this summer and produced more revenue. Over 400 people were involved in the
swimming finals and the MoWest team won
for the first time in seven years. The air
quality in the arena continues to be good.
Councillor Feeney reminded residents
that cards for reading the water meters must
be returned by September 26 to avoid a late
penalty of $50. The Town’s pension plan is in
good shape and the passing of Bill 3 will not
have as large an effect on Town staff as it may
have elsewhere. As is her practice, Councillor
ended her report with a detailed account of
the Town’s spending for the past month.
One of the PSOs, Cliff Jordan, recently
helped the police apprehend several suspects involved in a robbery and was
thanked in Councillor Tasker Brown’s
Town Council Meeting: August
opening remarks. She went on to mention
that, upon notification, PSOs will keep
watch on homes when residents are out of
Town. All are invited to offer ideas for the
ongoing plans to beautify Westminster.
The delay in the infrastructure work on
Brock South was due to gas leaks, watermain breaks and inclement weather, but work
has finally commenced on Brynmor, according to Councillor Torres. A new speed bump
has been installed and cracks in the roads are
being repaired. The experiment using Town
employees to do cement repairs to sidewalks
was unsuccessful; consequently, that work
will continue to require contractors.
Question period
The location of an area in the Town for
dogs to run free having finally been settled
to most residents’ satisfaction, questions
turned to other familiar topics such as traffic, vegetation and taxes.
There was considerable unhappiness
voiced by several residents over the new speed
bump installed at the intersection at Brock and
Northview which was felt to be excessively
high and dangerous to the under-structure of
cars. The Mayor pointed out that speed bumps
are meant to stop traffic (whereas speed humps
are meant merely to slow traffic). If a car actually stops when it reaches a stop sign, the
bump will not do any damage to the vehicle.
Tasker Brown added that this bump was requested by local residents because too many
cars were sailing through the stop signs.
However, these explanations appeared to do
little to satisfy the protesters.
Next, curb extensions came under renewed criticism. The timing and type of
plantings were questioned and a Wolseley
North resident wanted to know the results
of the assessment, promised by the Mayor
previously, when many concerns were
raised. The Mayor stated that expectations
of change were premature; he has heard
very few negative responses and a final decision will not be made until there has been
an opportunity to observe a full annual
cycle of the traffic on Westminster.
Several residents pointed out that both the
train crossing and the five way intersection
remain very dangerous. The response was
that the attempts at solutions to these problems have long been under consideration and
solutions remain frustratingly far off.
Further concerns related to poison ivy
growing in Hodgson’s field will be brought to
the attention of Public Works, ragweed growing around Town should be disposed of by
residents and a possible site for a community
garden is still being looked into by Council.
A resident on Brock South who was
worried about what impact the drilling on
that street was having on his house’s foundation was advised to report his concerns
to the engineer on site.
The impression that MoWest’s high taxes
are a factor in the inability to sell some homes
in the Town has been raised in the past at
Council. It was raised again by a resident who
claimed that the demerger was directly responsible for a discrepancy of 60 percent in
the rate of property taxes in NDG compared
to those in the Town. He wanted to know if
there was a plan of action to reduce taxes.
Councillor Feeney responded by pointing out that the tax issue is being addressed
by the development of a strategic financial
plan which will involve long-term planning,
at the same time taking into account the fact
that the Town’s infrastructure has been neglected for many years.
Tasker Brown added that the Town is already looking at ways to increase revenue,
such as the development of Westminster
Avenue, and that a significant reduction of
services is also an option.
However, as well as some heated complaints, gratitude was expressed by a number of those in attendance. Council, and
especially Tasker Brown, were warmly
thanked for finding a solution to the interminably long dog run issue and for saving
the basketball court in the process. Public
Works was thanked for a rapid response to
a tree problem; Public Security was thanked
for assisting a resident when her car was
broken into and another long meeting of
Council came to a close.
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Clasical Ballet (6+ years)
Pointe classes
(514) 482-6832
3400 Connaught
(corner Sherbrooke)
par Carol Foster
traduction par René Boucher
L’anticipation était palpable à
de la réunion du Conseil
du mois d’août et les murmures emplissaient
la salle alors qu’on ajoutait l’emplacement
du parc canin s’ajoutait à l’ordre du jour.
Le maire présenta un court rapport. Il
décrivit les progrès de la lutte continue à l’aggrile du frêne, félicita tous les intervenants
dans les succès de l’équipe de natation cet été
et annonça que la Ville recevrait un octroi de
1,6 million de dollars pour des travaux d’infrastructure à venir, une fois que le plan
décrivant ces travaux aura été soumis.
Divers autres points incluaient deux requêtes en Cour Supérieure pour infractions
à des règlements municipaux. L’une concerne le défaut d’entretien au 74 Strathearn
Nord et l’autre a rapport à des travaux incomplets et à de la signalisation non conforme au 1 Westminster Nord.
Et finalement, l’annonce que la majorité
des participants attendaient. Le maire indiqua
que, par suite de l’examen approfondi des
quatre sites qui ont fait l’objet d’une récente
réunion générale, le Conseil a voté à l’unanimité pour le secteur du parc Mémorial
comme emplacement du nouveau parc canin.
Le maire, suivi de chacune des conseillères, donna les raisons pour ce choix. Tous
étaient d’accord que cet endroit causerait le
moins de problèmes au chapitre des voisins
et conserverait intact le terrain de basketball.
Bien que cet endroit soit le plus petit, il peut
être agrandi. De plus, les équipements de jeu
seront déménagés derrière le Centre communautaire, ce qui signifie que les enfants n’auront plus à traverser la rue lorsqu’ils changent
d’activité. Selon le maire, la prochaine étape
consistera à embaucher de l’aide professionnelle pour concevoir les secteurs affectés.
La conseillère Ulin a passé en revue les
activités estivales, qualifiées de succès. La
météo a collaboré pour la plupart des événements spéciaux du mardi soir et, à la demande populaire, une neuvième semaine
s’est ajoutée au Camp de jour dont les inscriptions ont atteint un nouveau sommet et
généré plus de revenus. Au-delà de 400 personnes ont pris part aux finales de natation
et l’équipe de Mo-Ouest a remporté la victoire pour la première fois en sept ans. La
qualité de l’air de l’aréna est toujours bonne.
La conseillère Feeney a rappelé aux
citoyens que les relevés de lecture des
compteurs d’eau devront être retournés au
plus tard le 26 septembre pour éviter la pénalité de 50 $ pour retard. Le régime de retraite de la Ville est en bonne posture et
l’effet de l’adoption de la Loi 3 sur notre
personnel devrait être moindre qu’ailleurs.
Et à son habitude, la conseillère a clos son
rapport par un compte-rendu détaillé des
dépenses de la Ville pour le mois passé.
Réunion du Conseil : août
Cliff Jordan, un de nos agents de sécurité publique (ASP) a récemment aidé les
policiers à appréhender plusieurs suspects
impliqués dans un vol. La conseillère
Tasker-Brown l’a remercié dès l'amorce de
son rapport. Elle a ensuite mentionné que,
s’ils en sont avisés, les ASP surveilleront les
résidences en l’absence des citoyens. Elle a
aussi invité les suggestions pour l’embellissement de Westminster.
Fuites de gaz, bris d’aqueduc et météo ont
retardé les travaux d’infrastructure sur Brock
Sud, mais les travaux ont finalement débuté
sur Brynmor, selon la conseillère Torres. On
a installé un nouveau dos d’âne et les fentes
dans la chaussée sont en voie de réparation.
L’expérience d’utiliser du personnel de la
Ville pour faire des réparations de béton sur
les trottoirs n’a pas réussi; ce travail continuera donc d’être confié à des entrepreneurs.
Période de questions
L’emplacement d’un parce dans la ville
où les chiens pourront courir en liberté étant
finalement réglé à la satisfaction de la majorité, on s’est tourné vers d’autres sujets
familiers comme la circulation, la végétation et les taxes.
Plusieurs résidents ont fait part de leur
mécontentement concernant le nouveau dos
d’âne à l’intersection Northview et Brock
que plusieurs croient excessivement haut et
dangereux pour le dessous des voitures. Le
maire a fait remarquer que les dos d’âne sont
conçus pour forcer l’arrêt des véhicules,
contrairement aux dos d’âne allongés qui ne
sont destinés qu’à les ralentir. Si une automobile arrête complètement, le dos d’âne ne
causera pas de dommage. Mme TaskerBrown ajouta que les résidents du secteur
ont demandé ce dos d’âne parce que trop de
véhicules brûlaient l’arrêt. Ces explications
n’ont pas semblé satisfaire les protestataires.
Ensuite, les avancées de trottoir ont à nouveau fait l’objet de critiques. On remet en
question le type et le moment de la plantation
et un résident de Wolseley voulait connaître
les résultats de l’évaluation précédemment
promise par le maire, quand de nombreuses
questions avaient été formulées. Le maire a
répondu que des modifications seraient prématurées; il a reçu très peu de commentaires
négatifs et une décision ne sera arrêtée que
lorsque l’on aura pu observer un cycle annuel complet de circulation sur Westminster.
Plusieurs résidents ont fait remarquer que
le passage à niveau et l’intersection à cinq
directions demeurent très dangereux. En
guise de réponse, on a énoncé avec une frustration certaine que l’on cherche à résoudre
ces problèmes depuis longtemps, mais que
les solutions sont encore lointaines.
D’autres questions avaient trait à l’herbe
à puce qui pousse au parc Hodgson, ce qui
sera signalé au service des Travaux publics,
à l’herbe à poux dont les résidents doivent
se débarrasser un peu partout en ville et à la
recherche par le Conseil d’un site pour un
jardin communautaire.
On a conseillé à un résident de Brock
Sud préoccupé de l’impact du forage dans
cette rue sur les fondations de sa maison de
faire part de ses préoccupations à
l’ingénieur de chantier.
On a déjà soulevé au Conseil la perception que les taxes élevées de Mo-Ouest sont
un facteur dans l’incapacité de vendre des
maisons dans la ville. Un résident a de nouveau fait part de cette impression, affirmant
que la défusion était directement responsable de l’écart de 60 pour cent du taux de
taxes foncières de N.D.G. par rapport à
celui de Mo-Ouest. Il voulait savoir s’il existait un plan de réduction des taxes.
La conseillère Feeney a répliqué en indiquant que l’on s’occupe de la question des
taxes en élaborant un plan financier
stratégique qui vise le long terme tout en
tenant compte du fait que les infrastructures
de la ville ont été négligées pendant de
nombreuses années.
Mme Tasker-Brown a ajouté que la Ville
examine déjà des façons d’augmenter ses
revenus, comme par la mise en valeur de
l’avenue Westminster; une réduction importante des services est aussi une option.
Par ailleurs, autant certains se sont
plaints, autant un certain nombre de gens
dans l’assistance ont exprimé leur gratitude.
On a chaleureusement remercié le Conseil,
et particulièrement madame Tasker-Brown,
d’avoir trouvé une solution à l’interminable
question du parc pour chiens tout en préservant le terrain de basketball. On a remercié
les Travaux publics pour la réaction rapide
à un problème d’arbre. On a aussi exprimé
des remerciements à l’endroit de la Sécurité
publique pour l’aide apportée à une résidente dont la voiture avait été l’objet d’effraction. C’est ainsi qu’a pris fin une autre
longue réunion du Conseil.
Sun 28
Mon 29
Fri 17
Sun 19
Mon 20
Tue 21
Please call the editor: Heather at 489-7022
e-mail: [email protected]
Next deadline: October 8
MW Curling Club open house. 1-4 pm. Continues September 29, 6:30-8:30 pm.
Labyrinth Walk. Wadsworth Hall. MW United. 2-4 pm.
Town Council meeting. Town Hall. 8 pm.
Blessing of pets. St. Philip’s. 2 pm.
NDG/MTL-O Volunteer Recruitment Committee's volunteer
fair. At the MAB-Mackay Rehabilitation Centre, 3500 Décarie.
10 am - 2 pm
Fall card party. Light luncheon. MW Presbyterian. Tickets
$10, in advance. Info: 484-7913. 1-4 pm.
Harvest festival. St. Philip’s. 10 am, worship; 11:30 am,
potluck lunch.
Horticultural Society presents Larry Hodgson on maintaining healthy house plants. Town Hall. Everyone welcome.
Guests, $5. 7:30 pm.
MW Scout Group annual food drive for the NDG Food
Bank. We will be collecting non-perishable food items door-todoor during our regular meetings. Continues on Wednesday
and Thursday. Call Bob King at 481-6523 if you were out or
missed the Scouts.
Oyster party. Town Hall. Tickets: $50; contact Doug Yeats at
[email protected] 6 pm.
Military whist. MW United. Reserve in advance 482-3210. 7 pm.
Halloween on ice. Legion Memorial Rink. 1-2:20 pm.
Town Council Meeting. Town Hall. 8 pm.
Afternoon labyrinth walk. MW United. 2-4 pm.
MW Scout Group annual blood donor clinic. St Philip’s.
Please use the Sherbrooke entrance. If you are unable to
donate but would like to help, please call Karen Johnstone at
483-1152. 1:30-8 pm.
Family Christmas bazaar. MW United Church. All welcome.
10 am-2 pm.
Pumpkin parade. Strathearn Park. Please see page 17. 5:30 pm.
Christmas bazaar and lunch. St Philip’s Church. Home
baking, jams and preserves, candy, crafts, collectibles, linens,
knitting, raffles, videos/CDs, books and much more! For more
information, please call 481-4871. 10 am - 2 pm.
Remembrance Day ceremony. Procession starting at
Curzon 12:15. Location: The Cenotaph. 12:30 pm.
Curzon Creative Preschool auction. MW United.
88 Ballantyne N. Tickets: $5; please contact Jody Mason
([email protected] / 487-2644). 7-10 pm.
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Remembrance Day
This year the Town of Montreal West
is planning something special for the
Remembrance Day service. If anyone
has photos of the people named on the
WWII memorial or has additional information about the memorial, please contact Town Historian, David Watson at
[email protected] or call 4885556. Thank you.
Calling all
creative writers
The Library will soon be meeting to
start the second semester (free of
charge) two evenings a month, to learn
writing styles, literary critiques and peer
editing. If interested contact Nora at
481-7441 or [email protected]
West End
Quilters’ Guild
Welcome back to the West End Quilters’
Guild. September 9 was their first meeting
of the season and it was a busy one. Linda
and Barbara have organized an excellent
season for us with many new techniques,
workshop Saturdays, etc. Promises to be an
exciting year!
The girls are getting ready to go on their
quilting “retreat” and will spend their time
quilting, chatting, sharing ideas, in general
having a really fun time!
Anyone interested in more information can
contact Mary at [email protected]
MW Charity Golf Tournament a BIG success
The third annual MW Charity Golf Tournament went off on September 11 with over 80 golfers of all ages and both genders.
Many thanks to all our participants and sponsors who helped raise $9,300, bringing our three-year total to over $28,500. The money will
go to Meals-on-Wheels, the Children’s Library, Coco’s Place/Little Red Play House as well as Elizabeth Ballantyne and Edinburgh Schools.
Unfortunately, there was no room in this issue of The Informer for the details of the winners and sponsors... stay tuned next month!
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