June 2014, Vol. 42, No. 5 photo: Carole Boubalos Montreal West Viewspaper Demerger vote: Annie and Konstantinos: 10 year Anniversary Bio-Cyclette Where were you on June 20, 2004? The answer for almost 60% of MoWesters was that they were at the polls, voting in the referendum to demerge. And of those, a whopping 83% voted YES to demerge and reconstitute our small town. The vote was the culmination of four years of intense citizens’ activism in Montreal West. In the fall of 2000, the PQ government enacted Bill 107 to forcibly merge several municipalities in Montreal and around the province. Determined to fight this undemocratic measure and preserve the 100-year-old history of our unique town, The Committee for the Preservation of Montreal West was formed and worked tirelessly over the next several years to rally residents and convince politicians. Protests and legal battles followed, but the bill went through and MoWest was merged with Côte Saint-Luc and Hampstead to form a borough within the megacity of Montreal in January 2002. When in April 2003 a Liberal government under Jean Charest was elected, largely on a promise of undoing the forced mergers, there was a glimmer of hope. What followed involved the largest sustained citizens’ protest I have ever witnessed. Residents rallied, carrying “Hands off our Town” posters, distributing flyers, tying blue ribbons to their banisters, attending meetings, signing registers and finally working tirelessly on June 20, the day of the vote. In the end, MoWest, along with 15 other Montreal municipalities, voted to demerge. I will never forget that feeling of raising the Montreal West flag and reclaiming our Town Hall by tying a blue ribbon around it after the results were in. This was truly a case of democracy at work through a grass roots movement, with help from so many MoWest residents, young and old. To commemorate the results of the demerger referendum and to get together once again with our old “borough mates,” there will be a free concert in Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park in Côte SaintLuc, featuring Bowser and Blue on Sunday, June 15 from 4:306:30 pm. Bring your own lawn chair. In case of rain, the concert will be moved to Confederation Annex aka Butler Building. Come and relive the moment! from Colleen Feeney by Maurice Krystal Two young residents in our town have initiated an enterprise called Bio-Cyclette, a sustainable gardening and landscaping company. The increasing popularity of locally grown organic food shows there is an increasing uneasiness with modern food farming methods. Konstantinos Hirtle-Kattou, also known as Dean, remembers the exact moment he decided to be a farmer. He was in the country, turkey hunting with his father, Spyros, and a farmer named Arthur. He was a student at Dawson studying pure and applied science and he saw this healthy and happy 80year-old farmer, and said to his Dad, “That’s what I want to do!” But he also already had INDEX Axel Brinck ...................... 3 Community Centre .. 16, 17 CRA.................................. 5 Environmentally yours ........ 8 Guides .............................. 13 Horticultural Society............ 5 agriculture in his blood; his grandfather owned a farm in Cyprus. Dean enrolled in agriculture at McGill (McDonald campus) but completed only two years. While he learned a lot about farm management techniques, he was disappointed that the program did not place a greater emphasis on sustainable farm practices. For the next five years Dean traveled, studied, volunteered and worked part time learning what he could about permaculture techniques and soil fertility. This took him to join World Wide Organic Farms and to volunteer in India and an internship at Zephyr Farms in Senneville, near the McDonald campus. In India, he learned that the Green continued on page 13 Libraries ........................ 5, 10 Mailbox................................ 7 News from the pews .. 14-15 Réunion du Conseil........ 19 Rotary .............................. 6 Schools ...................... 9-11 Scouts ............................ 12 Town Council Report ........ 18 Vôtre en environnement .... 8 2 Informerly yours May 12-19 was Canadian Nurses’ Week. Thanks to the wonderful Westminster merchants at Trattoria Micco, Mini-Cout, Quality Fruit Bowl, Pharmaprix, Budning, Westminster Florist and Dr. John Drummond, the 20 Home Care Nurses of CLSC NDG/Mtl West were feted in style. If any of you have ever had to have the services of these wonderful nurses you will know why it is so important that we take a moment to say thank you! 10 Westminster North Montreal West, Quebec H4X 1Y9 The Informer’s role is to provide MoWesters with information about their Town and its citizens in order to foster the small-town, close-knit atmosphere that makes Montreal West a special place in which to live. ISSN: 084741X EXECUTIVE BOARD Jeannette Brooker - Chair Rick Lavell - Treasurer Jane Williams Heather Baylis Véronique Belzil-Boucher René Boucher Lise McVey Jeanne Ragbir - Secretary EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Heather Baylis 489-7022 LAYOUT DESIGNER Julia Ross [email protected] AD MANAGER Heather Baylis, 489-7022 [email protected] DISTRIBUTION MANAGER Rhonda Schwartz 482-0227 RATES Camera-ready art: 1/6 page – $45 1/12 page – $25 Professional card: $125/year Classifieds: 25-50 words – $10 25 words or less – $6 TASK FORCE René Boucher Cynthia Koomas Lise McVey Maryl Murphy Jeanne Ragbir Lydia Shuster Rose Marie Smith Randi Weitzner and those we omitted inadvertently The Informer Is published nine times a year (usually) on the last weekend of the month except June, July and December. Out-of-town subscriptions: $15 per year. Typesetting by Informer staff, printing by King Press. Extra copies available at Town Hall and both libraries. Funded, in part, by the Town of Montreal West. Articles are printed in French or English, as submitted. NEXT ISSUE DEADLINE August 6 Canadian nurses feted in MoWest Merci!/Thank you to the community of MoWest… … and to all the friends and clients of the MoWest Computer Store for all your thoughts and prayers and for helping us in our time of need! Thank you for having purchased our gift certificates, for bringing in all your computer problems and for referring all your friends, colleagues and family members to us. Your help was critical and crucial and is very much appreciated. Please do not forget to redeem your gift certificates. Please don’t stop thinking of us when you have a computer related problem: virus removal, memory upgrade and/or hard disk or even for the time when you need to replace an old Windows XP system and you simply need advice or help. Don’t forget that we recycle all your old or broken computers, laptops, towers, notebooks, desktops, tablet, smart phones as well as other electronics, cables, wires, etc. Your continued patronage will ensure that we will be around to help you in your future time of need and from the bottom of my heart thank you once again for helping us in our time of need. Merci! from Richard Eckerlin Local student to perform at Carnegie Hall Grace Hancinsky-Jast, a student at The Study, has been selected for the 2014 Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall with the Honors Choir as a vocalist (Alto 1). Grace auditioned this winter for the Honors Performance Series and was accepted as a direct result of the talent, dedication and achievements demonstrated in her application and audition recording. According to Lisel Bruscia, Program Director, “Being selected to the Honors Performance Series is something each finalist should be extremely proud of accomplishing. We process thousands of nominations annually, selecting only a few hundred of the most talented performers. Working with these conductors and performing at Carnegie Hall is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that these student musicians never forget.” Grace studies music with her mother Jana Hancinsky-Jast, Simon Sloutsker, Martina Oslejskova, Mike Bjella and is a member of JazzKidz, Quebec Honour Band, Quebec Youth Wind Ensemble, The Study choir, concert band and jazz band. Additionally she is active in tennis and musically performs for seniors, hospitals and community service events. The Saturday, June 28 performance is open to the public. Tickets can be purchased through carnegiehall.org/boxoffice. For information on how to musically prepare for an audition and produce a recording that meets the requirements of the Honors Program Series please contact [email protected] or call 489-8809. Informerly yours Sponsored elite athlete After 10 years of service, the Action Sport Physio – Montreal West clinic is renowned for its excellence in the treatment of sport injuries. The clinic continues to prove its dedication to its clients’ health and wellness by winning the Consumers’ Choice Award for Consumer Service Excellence for the past four consecutive years. In keeping with its core belief, Action Sport Physio – Montreal West recently introduced its very first sponsored elite athlete, Laris Thompson. Montreal West born and raised, Laris started his skiing career at the young age of three and has since then achieved many accomplishments. From racing to freestyle skiing to moguls, Laris is extremely dedicated and passionate about his sport. He is a member of the Quebec Mogul Ski Team in which he successfully won medals of all colours at the regional, provincial and national level. Laris is Montreal West’s next breakthrough athlete. The sponsorship between Action Sport Physio – Montreal West and Laris will allow him to continue and further his intense training regimen with the comfort and knowledge that he has a team of health care professionals supporting his sports medicine needs. Send your congratulations, condolences, good news and whatever you want to crow about to: [email protected] or call Heather at 489-7022. 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 3 In memoriam When I first joined The Informer, I was introduced to Axel and paired with him in order to learn the editing procedures, since he was already a stalwart member and one of the experienced editors. So it was that my first memory of him was at his home on Percival, sitting at a table scattered with paper, as his red pencil slashed, corrected and improved the handwritten submissions that we worked with in those days. He showed great patience with my hesitation to mark any text and explained about helping the clarity of any given story. But most of all, I remember the jokes and laughter. And that is what I have always associated in my continued friendship with Axel. Inspired by my work with him (and the other dedicated volunteers at The Informer), I went back to finish my degree in Communication and was fortunate enough to enjoy a career as an editor and editor-in-chief for one of the largest magazine groups in Canada. I know that this should not be about me, but I feel that any success that I have had is owed, in great part, to those early days and my early tutelage. Although my life has taken me far away from MoWest, I always kept in touch with Axel, either through emails or Skype. Despite the problems he had with his health, his emails were always uplifting and the humour was often present in the form of teasing or thought-provoking jokes. Axel Brinck November 9, 1942 - April 24, 2014 The last time I chatted with Axel through Skype, a week or two before he was taken away from us, he was visiting his beloved son and family in Chile. He felt better physically than he had for a long time, his mood was happy, he was looking forward to the future. I wish – for his sake and ours – that he could have enjoyed it longer. from Anya Orzechowska I was very young when I heard from my parents that we were going to be moving. It was a neat sounding idea: a house with a garden, lots of rooms and a maple tree on the front lawn. He said that one of the factors that convinced him was speaking with the late Bob Sherman, the retired next door neighbour who greeted him with a G&T in a Mason jar. My father chose 149 Percival, after looking in Montreal West and other spots. Years later, he would comment on the importance of architectural details, and the pride of the workers who built so many MoWest homes at the start of the 20th century. So began a wonderful childhood for me, climbing that tree and playing with the Percival gang on summer nights. My father was a large presence, in more ways than one, with his suspenders and tool-kit at the ready to help out friends and neighbours. Once, for a block party, he alarmed one or two by coming out with a lit blowtorch, to start the charcoal barbecues. He often welcomed new neighbours and he was an expert at finding interesting topics with which to connect. For Canada Day parades, he would often be at the helm of The Informer float. Though he was born in Chile, he was a proud Canadian. My dad would talk to us about volunteering at The Informer, and I think he pulled some strings to get my sister a delivery route (which I inherited). He took me to my first Informer meetings, back in the time of cutting and pasting, literally. Everyone was so nice (sadly, I was too young to remember all the names), and he was really proud to participate. Rumours suggest he influenced the digitalization of the Viewspaper. Even after moving out of Montreal West, he continued to volunteer at The Informer. He just couldn’t stay away. We’ll miss you. from Axel Brinck 4 Grandson Marco, Quirino, Domenica, Antonietta, grandson Tayne, son-in-law Robert, grandson Carlo, daughter-in-law Michele, Vittorio and granddaughter Ravyn, grandpa’s princess Quirino Pulcini moved to Montreal West on Ronald Drive in 1965 when he and his wife Domenica Ciampini were expecting their first child. Both their children Antonietta and Vittorio were born here, and they have continued the tradition by also purchasing homes on the same street and raising their children here. I would like to share a poem that our daughter Antonietta wrote for his one year memoriam. I believe that this poem, written from the point of view of a daughter grieving for the loss of her dad, also captures his personality and allows us to understand the indelible mark he made on her life. He was truly an especially devoted dad and grandfather and a friend to all who met him. We miss him dearly. With love and affection, Domenica, Antonietta (Robert), Vittorio (Michele), his grandchildren, Marco, Carlo, Tayne and Ravyn A special poem for a special father on Father’s Day My Father, My Hero, My Guide My awe of you, so palpable So evident am I Your hug, your smile, is all I need Adoring is my eye Wrapped tightly in your protective arms Safe and sound I feel No worries, no fear, no doubt have I Your love for me is real Like a bird who spreads its wings Leave you, yes I did But never far in heart or mind My affection still a kid As the first man in my life A challenge you did set No simple task to fill your shoes But yet this task was met You taught me how to lead my life Live full! Have fun! Be free! There was no wrong, no anger, no fault I learned to be you, yet me Passing on the message now Is what I strive to do Teach my children how to live Be them, tad me, tad you Life is but a ride you’d say Here on borrowed time Joyous ups and solemn downs Waiting for the chime A year ago we heard the ring It sounded more like clatter The time is right for me you said Heed not your inner chatter A whirlwind surely is what passed Chaos at it’s best Mountains insurmountable Yet here on earth we rest In your parting strength and valour Your message always clear “Love each other most of all And I never again shall tear” As you see, Angel watching down on us We remain here side by side Never forgotten will your words be My Father, My Hero, My Guide Con amore sempre Tua figlia Antonietta Pulcini In loving memory of a truly great man and doting father, Quirino Rino Pulcini (January 3, 1942 - June 20, 2012) CRA Campbell Stuart and Avrom Shtern receive awards from the Green Coalition Campbell Stuart and Avrom Shtern, supporters and members of Les Amis du Parc Meadowbrook, were honoured with awards at the Green Coalition’s AGM on May 8. Campbell Stuart was given the 2014 Green Coalition Award for Outstanding Environmental Contribution for his environmental leadership and achievements. Former mayor of MoWest and a lawyer in Montreal, Campbell was a leader in organizing the Trame Verte et Bleu initiative recommended by the City of Montreal following public hearings. He was longtime chair of the Les Amis du Parc Meadowbrook and is an active advocate in the work to increase Montreal’s green profile. Avrom Shtern was saluted for his informed and tireless campaign for railway safety. His articles on railway setbacks in The Gazette following the tragedy at Lac Mégantic and his ongoing efforts to educate the public are particularly germane to the proposed building on Meadowbrook land. Montreal‘s citizens and politicians are lucky to have these two role models whose ongoing efforts and accomplishments will make the city a healthier place now and for the future. from Erica Brown West End Quilters’ Guild West End Quilters’ Guild’s season is quickly coming to an end. Our final meeting took place on May 20 and June 3 will be our closing dinner. It has been a great season with many, many workshops, both by our own members and one by Elaine Quehl from Ottawa. It was a very productive year! We will be starting up again in the fall. Anyone interested in sitting in on a meeting, or getting more info, should contact Mary at [email protected] or Sandra at [email protected] or at 489-0261. Thanks to all who helped make this a wonderful year! The MW Horticultural Society’s annual Garden Tour will take place on Father’s Day, June 15. Several private gardens will be open to visitors that afternoon from 1-4 pm. MWHC members automatically receive the garden tour information. Anyone who would like to join in order to receive the tour route details can contact the Membership Chairman, Philippa Vikander, at 489-3293. The Horticultural Society breaks for the summer, so the next meeting will be in September. There are three meetings left in 2014: September, October and the Christmas meeting. All that for only $15. MON - THU 10 am - noon 2 pm - 4 pm 7 pm - 9 pm 45 Westminster South 481-7441 Come and explore our wide selection of talking books for your summer trips. New Books Fiction Baldacci, David Donoghue, Emma Oates, Joyce Carol Roberts, Nora Sandford, John Toews, Miriam The Target Frog Music Carthage The Shadow Spell Field of Prey All My Puny Sorrows Mysteries Hayder, Mo Wolf Kellerman, Jonathan Killer Rendell, Ruth No Man’s Nightingale Scottoline, Lisa Keep Quiet Todd, Charles Hunting Shadows Walker, Martin Resistance Man Non-fiction Fink, Sheri Five Days at Memorial Francis, Gavin Empire Antarctica Goldman, Brian The Secret Language of Doctors Lewis, Michael Flash Boys Palin, Michael Brazil Riskin, Dan Mother Nature is Trying to Kill You DVDs Philomena, Blue Jasmine, Secrets of the Vatican, Detective Montalbano (episodes 4-6, 7-9), The Bletchley Circle (Seasons 1 and 2) Coming this summer: new books by James Lee Burke, Daniel Silva, Jeff Abbott, John Verdon. 5 Baseball Another season of MW Mudhens intercommunity baseball is under way! This year we have three teams across two age levels with a record 36 players registered in the program. With the season just started, the Mudhens have already matched their win totals from last season. The Mosquito Mudhens, managed by Randal Alberts, started the season 5-0, sweeping their opening home-and-home series against Westmount by a total score of 11-6. They are the first the first Mud Hen Team in the last eight years to open the season with five wins. The true success of the Mudhens program is illustrated by the tremendous participation at the Peewee level. We have two teams of 11- and 12-year-old-baseball players competing at the inter-community level in the “A” and “B” leagues, led by our dedicated volunteer, coaches Trevor Drummond and Ian Malcom. Both squads won their season openers and have set the stage for an exciting season of baseball! Soccer It was a rainy start to the soccer season in MoWest, but with the sun shining we have hit the fields with all the energy and enthusiasm that makes soccer in MoWest so special. Remember to check the website for rain out notifications and updated schedules. Rugby With over 50 participants ranging from ages 5-17, rugby is off to a fantastic start. Led by our amazing volunteer coaches Graeme McGravie and Susy Binstock, we had a full field of participants running rugby drills and learning the basics of the sport. Registration is still open for ages 5+. 6 Cancer advancements: Margarita Schultz Pharmacist at Bristol Myers Squib, Margarita Schultz has degrees from both the University of Toronto and McGill and specializes in health economics. Her talk was on cancer immunotherapy which means using the immune system to fight cancer. Margarita started by saying that cancer is a broad group of diseases involving unregulated cell growth. Cancer starts when cells divide and grow uncontrollably forming malignant tumors. The historical approach to cancer has been to cut, burn, poison using radiation and chemotherapy or surgically remove it. The long term survival and a positive quality of life has not greatly increased because of these traditional treatments. The new innovative treatment that Margarita explained was based on the concept of seek and destroy and uses one’s own immune system to fight off the cancer. T cells are white blood cells that destroy the invading cancer. The trouble is that our immune system has check points to ensure that the T cells don’t get out of control. The check points work like the brakes on a car. Cancer is smart, hungry and opportunistic and the tumor is able to turn on the brakes. Scientists have been trying to turn on the body’s immune system for decades. Twenty years ago, in Texas, they were able to find a check point Rotary Club protein CLTA4 that could take the brake off the immune system. In a study of melanoma patients receiving traditional cancer treatment they lived only 6-9 months at the advanced stage of the disease. Studies on patients that were given immune checkpoint blockades fared much better and 22% of the patients were alive three years later. Margarita said that fast and furious research is under way, but unanswered questions remain such as what are the ideal combinations and why are the successes of the therapy so uneven. After answering many questions and handing out a couple of articles on the topic, Kevork Ohanian thanked Margarita for a great talk and said Bristol Myers Squib is a reputable company and soon chemotherapy will be pushed out. Rotary Luncheon Speakers • June 5 – no Thursday noon meeting • Friday evening, June 6 – Presidential changeover Bye bye Malcolm, hello Ron • Saturday, June 7 – Westmount Rotary Garage Sale • June 12: Domenica Pulcini – The Italian Community • June 19: Ron D’Souza – Your travel options Correction In the April Vol 42, No 3 edition of The Informer an article was published talking about Phil Labrecque and his recent Dr. Michael J. Wexel Chiropractor / Chiropracticien Tel: 773-7246 E-mail: [email protected] 18 Westminster N., Suite 110 Montreal West, QC H4X 1Y8 Dr. John Drummond Dr. Anthony Seminara • • Dental Surgeons Chirugiens dentists (514) 484 0521 [email protected] www.montrealwestdentistry.com 12 Brock Ave. North, Montreal West, Quebec H4X 2E9 Paula Cordeau receiving a $1,500 cheque from Montreal Westward Rotary President Malcolm Mazumdar, to help sponsor the 2014 Canada Day parade and festivities presentation to our Rotary Club. Phil has asked that one error be clarified. The article said that “Phil’s father started Peak Investment in 1987”. This is not true. Phil’s father actually founded Phil’s firm which is ALL Financial Services Inc. in 1987. Peak Financial Services Inc. was founded by Robert Frances peakgroup.com/publicweb/index.php/en/aboutus/our-history.html: 1990 Peak Financial Services Inc. Our doors are open to the public if you’d like to sit in on Donna Nicholson 481-3406 one of our presentations which are usually for 20 – 30 minutes, 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. Our Club meets at noon every Thursday at the Town Hall. We often have very interesting guest speakers. For further information, please contact Doug Yeats at [email protected] Hope you’ll come and join us soon. 35 years ++ from Doug Yeats 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. 481-3406 We’re glad we asked …. The response to our letter “Data is not transparency” published in the May Informer and penned by Councillor Colleen Feeney and Mayor Masella betrays an unwelcome condescending view of taxpayers who seek to understand the opaque data presented in the Town’s financial information. Our elected officials were surprisingly quick to publish answers (albeit incomplete) to the two questions in our letter, chastising the authors for burdening the administration and its scarce resources and engaging in erroneous extrapolations and financial sorcery in the process. True enough, the authors are not accountants and asked their questions based on the data published or supplied by the Town and the province, after Town officials declined to explain that data despite repeated requests. To say that some explanations were previously given at Council meetings is disingenuous given low attendance and limited press coverage. Not to mention meeting time constraints and frequent requirement for Council to reserve response pending review. The authors’ objective was to highlight the importance of having explanation to accompany data supplied by the Town (incidentally, only after requiring submission of a formal request under Quebec’s Access to Information law). Ironically, the Councillors’ response highlights Mailbox the risk engendered by inference in the absence of explanation, which the Town administration failed to deliver until prompted by “Data is not transparency”. To be clear, your Council and the Town administration is entirely accountable to the constituents of our Town at all times. We certainly appreciate Councillor Feeney and the Mayor’s point that our four councillors have a full plate, and that administrative resources are scarce. We are however surprised by Council’s unwillingness to tap into the wealth of experience and expertise its citizens can offer to bolster our Town’s meagre resources. Surely, Council’s decisions for spending your tax dollars would be more informed (and likely enhanced) by free exchange of information with taxpayers who volunteer to review and analyze the Town’s expense and revenue generating programs, to engage the community at large and offer suggestions based on full and plain disclosure, all in an open and transparent forum. This is the raison d’être for mowest-citizens.com. We hope that Council and constituents alike will visit and contribute so that the information and ideas published will become a useful tool for promoting sound financial policies that are consistent with the will of taxpayers. Sincerely, Scott Miller, 65 Brock North Paul Kenton, 70 Brock North Groupe Sutton Centre-Ouest Inc. 514-575-2419 [email protected] Mary Wilson Courtier immobilier résidentiel Avanti West End Domestic Help, Experienced Nurses, Babysitters, Cleaning Ladies and Companions 514-482-3631 7 The importance of trees For several decades, our Town has been fondly nicknamed the “Garden Suburb”. This is no doubt partly due to the plethora of century-old trees that have lined our streets. I remember as a child coming home from Edinburgh School under canopies of green in the spring and red and yellow in the fall. Now, ten years later, I am saddened to see the gaping holes where those trees once stood. Trees are disappearing all over our Town for several reasons, mainly disease and old age. Even though there’s nothing much we can do to prevent that, there are many things we can do to repopulate the lost trees. We must be convinced of why trees are so vital to the well being of our environment. The importance of trees is immeasurable. They have been called nature’s air conditioners. A single tree can give off up to 100 gallons of water from its leaves each day. The cooling provided by this evaporation is equal to five air conditioners running 20 hours a day. By absorbing carbon dioxide, they emit fresh oxygen, releasing clean air for humans and other beings to breathe. Trees also work as a canopy for the rain. The human storm water systems only take up a percentage of rain while the trees take up the rest preventing the streets and homes from flooding during a storm. We all know the effect trees have on reducing noise pollution from Highway 20, blocking the sound of cars. They also create habitat for animals and, without trees, most ecosystems would fail. The list goes on; however, there are still many people who refuse to have trees planted on their property. Now is the time to act and our Council is showing a great example. We are one of the few towns that have a policy to inoculate against the emerald ash borer. According to Councillor Julie Tasker-Brown, MoWest spends approximately $250 per tree every two years to save the Town’s ash trees compared to the $1000-2000 it would take to remove a dead one. In addition, Council is setting up a subsidy for residents who wish to vaccinate their own ash trees. Tasker-Brown adds that MoWest is also conducting a tree inventory. “We have data now on every tree and what kind of condition it’s in.” The Town is providing us with various ways we can help. At the beginning of June, there is a tree giveaway where residents can purchase a tree for $10. Also, by calling Public Works, you can ask to have a tree planted on your front lawn and since it’s Town property, there is no cost to you. As a young MoWest resident, I can only hope that we don’t let trees become a thing of the past but that we act now to ensure we remain the beautiful Town that we’ve come to know and love. from Emma McLaughlin 8 Environmentally yours L’Arbre-à-10 $ Le très populaire événement de l’Arbre-à-10 $ est de retour! Dans le but de verdir davantage la voûte de verdure de Montréal-Ouest, la Ville mettra un nombre limité de beaux arbres à maturité à la disposition de ses résidents sur une base de premier arrivé premier servi. Pour des frais d’administration nominaux de 10 $, l’arbre de votre choix sera livré à votre porte. Cette offre n’est toutefois disponible qu’aux résidents n’ayant pas obtenu d’arbre au cours des deux dernières années. Une liste d’attente sera créée pour les personnes ne répondant pas à cette condition, dans l’éventualité d’annulations. Pour vous qualifier, apportez votre bon de commande rempli (disponible au centre communautaire et sur le Web) au centre communautaire (8, rue Westminster Sud) ou télécopiez-le au 4858596 entre 8 h 30 le 30 mai et le 6 juin, 16 h 30. Les commandes reçues avant la date et l’heure prévues ne seront pas considérées. Voici les trois superbes arbres parmi lesquels choisir : Le chicot févier (Gymnocladus dioicus) Le chicot févier adore le soleil. Il ajoutera une touche gracieuse à votre propriété avec son feuillage unique, son écorce attrayante et sa rude texture hivernale. Il n’attire pas les insectes, tolère la pollution et ne nécessite qu’un minimum d’entretien. D’habitude, ces arbres majestueux vivent longtemps et atteignant facilement de 100 à 150 ans. Choix idéal pour les résidents qui souhaitent ombrager un grand espace ensoleillé avec classe. Valeur au détail de 50 $ et plus. Le noisetier de Turquie (Corylus colurna) Le noisetier de Turquie est un arbre splendide et vraiment ravissant provenant du sud-est de l’Europe et de l’Asie occidentale. D’ailleurs, il a remporté le Prix de l’« Award of Garden Merit » en 2002. Cette espèce de taille moyenne est large et de forme conique. Elle à l’allure d’un turban et produit de jolies grappes de noisettes (malheureusement non comestibles) en septembre. Il est très rustique et nécessite peu de taille et d’entretien. C’est le complément parfait pour un jardin paysager. Valeur de 45 $ et plus. Le katsura (Cercidiphyllum japonicum) Le katsura est au mieux à l’automne avec son flamboyant feuillage orange et or, mais il est aussi fort beau en d’autres saisons. Le printemps marque l’émergence de feuilles rouge-mauve devenant peu à peu plus foncées jusqu’à devenir un beau bleu vert. Il dé- Vôtre en environnement gage même une délicieuse odeur épicée! Cet arbre de taille moyenne est fort attrayant pour l’aménagement paysager, mais requiert un peu de soins. Ses racines doivent être protégées avec une couche de paillis en hiver. Le choix idéal pour les vrais amoureux des arbres qui recherchent des espèces vraiment uniques. Valeur au détail de 85 $. Vous avez des questions? Communiquez avec Chris Kearney au [email protected] ou au 484-1976. Et bonne plantation! Elizabeth Ulin Conseillère, Loisirs, culture et environnement $10 Tree Day Well, it’s time for the everpopular $10 Tree Day! In an effort to maintain MoWest’s green canopy, the Town will make a limited quantity of beautiful mature trees available to residents on a first-come first-served basis. For a nominal $10 admin fee, your tree of choice will be delivered right to your door. However, this offer is only available to residents who have not received a tree in the last two years. There will be a waiting list for those who don’t meet this condition in the event of cancellations. To qualify, bring your completed order form (available at the Community Centre and on the web) to the Community Centre (8 Westminster South) or fax it to 485-8596 starting 8:30 am May 30 through June 6 at 4:30 pm. Orders received before the start time will not be considered. Here are the three gorgeous trees you have to choose from: Kentucky coffee tree (Gymnocladus dioicus) The sun-loving Kentucky coffee tree will add an extra touch of grace to your property with its uniquely textured foliage, attractive bark and coarse winter texture. It’s nearly pest-free, pollution tolerant and low maintenance. These stately trees are typically long-lived, reaching ripe old ages of 100 to 150 years. The perfect choice for residents looking to shade a large sunny area in style. Retail value $50+. Turkish hazel (Corylus colurna) The Turkish hazel is a splendid and truly beautiful tree from South East Europe and West Asia. In fact, it won the Award of Garden Merit in 2002. The medium-sized species has a wide conical form, like a turban, and produces attractive clusters of nuts in September (unfortunately inedible). It’s very hardy, requiring little pruning and maintenance. The perfect complement for a landscaped garden space. Retail value $45+. Katsura tree (Cercidiphyllum japonicum) 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 is highly 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+. Any questions? Contact Chris Kearney at [email protected] or 4841976. And happy planting! Elizabeth Ulin Councillor, Recreation, Culture and Environment RICK LAVELL ISABELLE PAPINEAU DAVID DOUBT FOR THE BEST SERVICE IN TOWN • POUR LE MEILLEUR SERVICE EN VILLE Real Estate Brokers • Groupe Sutton Centre Ouest • Courtiers immobiliers 514 483-5800 • www.rickandisabelle.com Elizabeth Ballantyne School Winning Robotics Team! (L to R) Standing: Thinoushan Senathirajah, Nicolas Leduc-Etile, Alison Lydynia (Teacher), Johanna Rebelo, Thomas Masciotra, Joseph Daly. Sitting: Stella Kempi and Caroline Dahdah Junior Robotics Competition Des engins à roulettes qui dansent, jouent au soccer, luttent… Des étudiants penchés studieusement sur leurs écrans d’ordinateur pour ajuster les paramètres de leurs robots. Bienvenue au Junior Robotics Competition organisé entre les écoles de Montréal qui se sont affrontées dans plusieurs épreuves. Objectif : montrer la supériorité des robots qu’ils ont imaginés et créés. Dans le cas de mon fils, son objectif était simple : gagner le tournoi de robosoccer. Une ambiance extraordinaire dans laquelle les deux équipes de robosoccer de l’école Elizabeth Ballantyne se sont mesurées en finale. Étant parents d’écoliers d’Elizabeth Ballantyne, nous sommes très heureux que notre école s’adapte aux temps modernes et propose des programmes pour les enfants qui aiment le mélange informatique, électronique et mécanique : la robotique. Chaque année, ce club ouvre ses portes aux nouveaux venus. Pendant quelques mois, les enfants apprennent à travailler avec inventivité, motivation et bonne humeur en équipe. Ils sont suivis par d’anciens élèves de notre école: Steven et Nicholas Dahdah et Luka Beaudette-Nagai qui peuvent les guider et leur expliquer comment procéder. C’est incroyable comment, très vite, votre scientifique en herbe vous en met plein la vue avec ses notions de robotique : il ne vous parle bientôt plus que de sensibilité à la lumière ou de rayons infrarouges! Voici l’opinion de mon fils Nicolas sur ce programme : « Je pense que la robotique est un très bon programme et que tout le monde devrait y participer. Cette année est ma première participation et j’ai appris beaucoup de choses. Durant la compétition, notre école a très bien réussi. Au soccer, on a gagné les première et deuxième places. Je suis très content que nos profs aient organisé quelque chose comme ça. J’ai beaucoup aimé travailler avec Steven Dahdah. “Les robots difficiles ou pas, c’était toujours amusant à faire. Ça peut être important dans ta vie si tu veux devenir ingénieur en technologie ». par Elena Luduc-Etile This year, two EBS Robotics teams returned from the annual Robocup at John Rennie High School with prizes. The 2 on 2 Soccer team comprising of Johanna Rebelo, Thomas Masciotra and Joseph Day won a gold medal! EBS clearly dominated in this event with the silver medal being awarded to a second EBS team, the Soccer Geeks: Caroline Dahdah, Stella Kemppi, Thinoushan Senathirajah and Nicolas Leduc. The gold medal team won an entire EV3 Lego Kit and the silver medal team won the EV3 Brick. This “brick” is the “hard drive” component which the students program. These prizes are worth over $500 and will be shared by the entire Robotics Club. Science Fair The Cycle 3 Science Fair is one of the most interesting annual events at the school. Students work together in small groups using the scientific method to develop theories, test them, and then create an interactive hands-on display. Some of this year’s topics included examining the properties of glow sticks, creating crystals from various types of sugar, including Splenda, and examining ergonomics. The projects are graded but the winners are chosen by vote. This years winners were “Taste vs. Sight,” an analysis of whether or not the colour 9 of a food influences its taste and “Air Pressure vs. Gravity” where students created mini hover crafts using balloons, old CDs and other recycled items. Graduation time Cycle 3, Year 2 (Grade 6) has been very busy winding down their years at elementary school. Their music class performed for the second to last time at the jazz-inspired end of year concert. Their final performance will be at their grad ceremony in June. This year’s grad class will enjoy a fieldtrip and grad dance. The grad class includes students from a wide variety of backgrounds. Some are international students while others are the children of EBS alumni, representing a second generation of EBS students from the same family. Another group of students at EBS are also graduating. Sharon Friedmann’s Kindergarten class is preparing to graduate to Grade 1. According to Miss Sharon “This is a very big event for the children. They will wear caps and gowns and receive diplomas. We will present our year in review complete with a song package and narration”. Miss Sharon will also be busy preparing for the Kindergarten Orientation morning on June 3. The new children will be welcomed into the EBS family. Congratulations to all! Caroline Dick-Semergian 10 École des Amis-du-Monde Une fin d’année mouvementée! Hours / Horaire Summer hours will begin July 2: Monday – Thursday 9-12:30, 2:30-5 Tuesday and Thursday 6:30-8:30 June is here and the library is undergoing many changes. We will be closed for packing and moving from June 9 to July 2. Please come and see us in our temporary home situated in Elizabeth Ballantyne School. Enter the school on the North side of the building just by the teachers’ parking lot. Summer reading program We will continue to offer wonderful summer reading program For a small fee, children will read books and answer clues while working towards a small prize or gift certificate. For information on other programs such as our Drop-in Lego Club and Bedtime Stories please contact the library. May was a busy month. We hosted two very successful programs. We offered our first ever Mother’s Day tea. The children were treated to stories and snacks and the mothers were given flowers and homemade bookmarks. We also ran a wonderful comic book workshop for children (ages 8-12) who were excited and energetic to share their drawing styles and storyboard ideas. If you would like to be kept up to date in regards to our renovations and schedules, please send us an email to [email protected] and we will add you to our mailing list. Also, please visit our website at mwcl.ca and our Facebook page. We should be returning to our usual location in the fall of 2014. Les élèves ont la bougeotte Chaque année, toute l’école participe au Défi Pierre Lavoie pour accumuler des cubes d’énergie. Quinze minutes d’exercice égalent un cube. On peut accumuler des cubes supplémentaires en bougeant avec sa famille. À la fin du défi, on calcule les cubes que chaque élève a ramassés. Il y a des gagnants pour chaque cycle. Ils reçoivent des prix qui ont rapport avec les sports. Le but de ce défi n’est pas de gagner, mais de faire de l’exercice. Alors, es-tu prêt(e) pour relever le Défi Pierre-Lavoie? par Jessica Llamas Lève-toi et bouge… plus qu’avant! En plus d’être super bon pour vous, les sports peuvent vous apprendre à travailler en équipe et à faire de nouvelles activités. Dehors, à la récréation, lancez-vous des défis ou jouez avec un ballon. Encouragez votre famille à sortir dans la rue pour jouer au hockey. Vous pouvez aussi inventer des jeux. Moi, j’adore le sport et les activités physiques. À votre tour de bouger! par Gabrielle Murray De belles bouteilles d’art On a fait un projet avec des bouteilles de plastique pour éviter de les gaspiller, car la nature est importante et il faut bien la protéger. On avait chacun deux bouteilles, on a peint une en vert et l’autre en jaune. On a enlevé le bas de la bouteille verte et on l’a découpée en quatre bandes diagonales. Les animateurs ont fait passer un long fil entre les bouteilles. Maintenant, elles sont accrochées à l’entrée de l’école, comme des guirlandes. Nous avons aussi composé des poèmes sur l’eau qu’on a accrochés à côté des guirlandes de bouteilles d’eau. par Gisella Oviedo et Karen Nitka-Nakash Ce projet peut aider la planète. Au lieu de jeter les bouteilles d’eau, on les ramasse pour les transformer en œuvre d’art! Les bouteilles qu’on a transformées ressemblent à des créatures qui vivent dans l’eau. Saviezvous que, lorsqu’on les recycle, seulement 10 % du plastique de chaque bouteille est réutilisé et 90 % est nouveau? Alors, au lieu de les jeter dans le recyclage, réutilisons les bouteilles ou faisons des œuvres d’art! par Dolores Villanueva Pendant le projet ‘bouteilles d’art’, on devait ramasser des bouteilles d’eau pour en faire une œuvre d’art qui décore maintenant l’entrée de l’école. Tous les participants ont signé un contrat pour devenir protecteurs et protectrices de l’environnement. Moi, j’ai fait serment de fermer les lumières dans les pièces lorsqu’il n’y a personne. En effet, ce projet a été fait pour que chaque matin en entrant à l’école, on se rappelle de son serment. Maintenant, la direction a mis une boîte à suggestions pour trouver quoi faire avec les fonds de bouteilles. Je suggère de les réutiliser pour faire une murale. Vous avez certainement d’autres bonnes idées! par Egor Matveev Harmonie en folie: un concert formidable! Notre concert nous a permis de connaitre l’école secondaire Pierre-Laporte. Quand on était en coulisses, les élèves du secondaire nous ont rassurés. Lorsque nous sommes entrés en scène, le temps a filé comme l’éclair. C’était extraordinaire de jouer dans un grand orchestre comme celuilà! Nous avons appris de nouveaux instruments: euphonium, clarinette, trompette, batterie, basse, saxophone, flûte traversière. On nous a offert des chandails avec le logo sportif de Pierre-Laporte. par Dolores Villanueva et Auréliane Fréchette Article produit avec la collaboration de Nathalie Grégoire, Petrina Lee Poy et Brigitte Rivard. Superbe dessin par Karen Nitka-Nakash. Robotics Club What it is The Robotics Club is an extra curricular activity at Edinburgh. It is very popular amongst the children. Participation in the club is at its highest level since the introduction of the latest robot model purchased by the Home and School Association − the Lego Mindstorm EV3 robots. The Robotics program is an excellent way to introduce complex concepts such as programming, engineering, mathematics and physics to children. It truly is fascinating to see what these young minds are able to do and the challenges they are able to overcome. What we do The first session of the program began early October and ran until mid-December. The second session began in January and ended by June. Club members are grade 4, 5, and 6 students. It is a three-tier program. Beginners learn how to build different types of robots by following step-by-step building instructions. The intermediate groups experiment with modification of existing robot models and begin basic programming. 11 Edinburgh School The advanced groups learn more in-depth programming and train for the Eastern Robotics Competition. The Robocup Junior (RCJ) competition The club members are quite enthusiastic about the competition and, in fact, the entire school is as well. The club members are self-motivated to achieve their highest capabilities. At the competition they perfected their programs up until the very last minute. This year, due to the extra robots (now a total of 8), we were able to participate in several events. Two teams participated in the Search and Rescue challenge and one team in the Beatles challenge. The Beatles challenge is comprised of five events: Roll over Beethoven, You Really Got a Hold on Me, Drive my Car, The fool on the Hill and Strawberry Fields Forever. For detailed information on the event visit: sciencetech.ca/junior-robotics/ Our students performed quite well at the competition. Our Beatles challenge team qualified for the finals in the Roll over Beethoven challenge, Artists’ Showcase has opportunities for children and adults Did your child produce an artistic masterpiece during one of those miserable afternoons this past winter? Or did he or she create something at school that deserves a wider audience? If so, put it on display at the popular children’s edition of the Artists’ Showcase over the summer. The showcase will be going up in the Town Hall in midJune, and there is still lots of space for participants. Any child who lives in Montreal West is eligible to submit one or more art projects. Works on paper should be framed and ready to hang in the downstairs music room or in the upstairs meeting hall. Three-dimensional objects must be able to fit in the display case in the front hall. Meanwhile, if you are an adult artist, amateur or professional, and live in the Town, next season’s Artists’ Showcase offers a Secret challenge winners (left to right): Nathan Salehi, Max Taffert, Simon Radhakrishna (team captain) and Oliver Woodruff at the Robocup Junior held at John Rennie High School on April 25 and 26. which is a Sumo wrestling-like challenge. The competition also offers a “Secret challenge” where the challenge is revealed at the competition. The teams who wish to participate must construct and program a robot on the spot for this challenge. This year, one of our teams (see photo below) won first place in this event. special opportunity to share your work. The theme of the winter showcase, which will be hung next January, will be Canadian Spirit. One work of art from the show could be chosen for a T-shirt or poster for the Town’s 2015 Canada Day celebrations. The theme could be interpreted in many ways, from a landscape painting of your favourite view, to a picture inspired by Canada’s ethnic diversity, to a study in red. The theme for the autumn show will be Pushing the Envelope. This is an opportunity to come up with something you haven’t tried before. Take a photo of something beautiful that you had never previously noticed, make a quilt or a piece of jewellery in clashing colours, or do a painting inspired by Peter Doig, who impressed so many visitors at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts recently. If it doesn’t work, try again; you have all summer to get ready. We’ll start hanging that show in mid-September. To find out more about the Artists’ Showcase or to get an application form, go to the MoWest website under “culture” or After the fact After receiving a warm welcome back to school by their peers, the RCJ teams ran a 2day workshop during our school-wide robotics event in the science and technology classroom. from Angelique Fortier Science teacher and Robotics pick one up at the Town Hall office. For more details, you may contact Tammy Loftus, of the Town’s Recreation and Cultural Services, 484-1610. 12 Beavers Beavers promise to “help take care of the world” so of course we learned more about the origins of Earth Day (April 22) and celebrated by planting marigold seeds to nurture at home. The cool, wet weather meant our year-end BBQ was an indoor one on April 28. Thirteen White Tail Beavers are ready to swim up to join the Wolf Cubs and have been sharing in recent Cub activities like a trip to Ottawa where they visited the Parliament Buildings, the Mint, the War Museum, the History Museum and the Children’s Museum. A lot packed into one weekend. The WhiteTails also attended their first regular Cub meeting to see what Cubs is all about. With more than half our Colony moving up there is plenty of room for new faces come September for children aged 5-8. All levels of MW Scouting and their families celebrated together the end of another wonderfully active year at the annual potluck banquet at Town Hall Sun. May 4. Beaveree One last unique and very special activity before breaking for the summer was the all-day Beaveree which took place in Beaconsfield on May 10. Beaver Colonies from all over Quebec gathered at Centennial Park to celebrate a day of fun, fellow- MW Scout Group www.mwsg.ca own MoWest group did a downtown hunt led by our own leaders. On May 31, we will be downtown once again to do another, larger urban scavenger hunt called the Great Urban Race where we travel through the Metro system. This race will include many other scout troops and we will all end up at a large park for a day end BBQ. Special summer camp ship and learning. Many other youth and adult Scouters volunteered their time to run the games and activities, There were nearly 300 of us in all, even the mayor of Beaconsfield attended the giant opening circle. The Theme of the day was Minecraft, a hugely popular computer game with the young ones. The leaders were confused by the names of the characters and the details needed to play the game but our enthusiastic Beavers were keen to fill us in! We moved through 14 stations with games and activities ranging from parachutes to swordplay (against balloon “sheep”), Creeper tag to explosive pop-bottle missiles. There were cooperative games like trust fall, building a cardboard box team fort, treasure hunt, as well as crafts like paper charac- ter masks and planting freesia bulbs to bring home to mom. We each went home with tshirts, badges, a treasure trove of great memories and a good covering of dirt! from Tic Tac (Jessica Lonardi) Scouts This past month, the MW Scouts have been working towards getting our weather badges and we held our May 8 meeting outdoors, where we played games and did some last minute planning of our spring camp. Our camp took place during Victoria Day weekend at Lake Lovering in Magog where we spent lots of time around the campfire, eating and enjoying the fact that spring is finally here. Closer to home, we did two big scavenger hunts: Our This summer, our camp will be a special one: instead of the usual camping trip to one of the Scout reserves we will join our friends, the St. Michael’s Scouts from Moncton NB, and do a bicycle tour of P.E.I., camping and sightseeing along the way. The St. Michael’s Scouts did this same camp last year and won the New Brunswick Council’s Pioneer Award for most innovative camp. This trip will take place not long after the end of the school year and we are all really excited looking forward to it. We’ll tell you all about it in September. from by Isaac Million-Lovett Fall registration Registration for the 20142015 season of Scouting will begin the last week of August. Please call Karen Johnstone (483-1152) or Bob King (481-6523) at the end of August for details and forms. 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The Brownies and Sparks were busy preparing for the spring camp which was held the first weekend in May. Spring camp The traditional MoWest spring camp was held at Camp Jackson Dodds, on the shore of lovely Lake Tamracouta. When we went up, there was still ice on the lake! The second year Brownies were invited to sleep in tents outdoors with the Guides. These young ladies cooked their food on Coleman stoves and over a camp fire. The Sparks and first year Brownies had a more comfortable stay inside the chalet. On Saturday, there was a great deal of rain, on and off during the day. Some of the first and second year Guides wanted to work toward their Campfire Leader badge. In order to obtain this badge, they needed to lay, light and maintain a campfire. Well, these girls did and outstanding job! Not only did they keep their fire going in the rain, they, with the help of the other Guides, were able to cook dinner over the fire for our group of 32! Needless to say, Ranger Norm, from Scouts Canada, was most impressed with these young ladies! A special Thank you to Vonda, Kate, and Tara for coming along to help make sure the girls had a fun and safe camp. Advancement ceremony The Wednesday following the camp was our Advancement ceremony, a time to recognize the girls’ accomplishments. Seven of the nine Sparks moved up to Brownies. Seven of the twelve Brownies moved up to Guides. Two young ladies from Guides moved up to Pathfinders. Janet King retires It was also a time when Janet King, Brown Owl extraordinary of MoWest for the past 26 years, officially announced her retirement from weekly Guiding. The girls presented Janet with tokens of appreciation for her dedication and mentoring of so many young women in our community. Janet has had a positive influence on so many young ladies, it is very common for them, or their parents, to stop her on the street to chat with her. One father recently stopped Janet to thank her for her positive influence in his daughter's life. His daughter is now a second year medical student! Janet will be greatly missed. However, we know she is just a phone call away, should we need any of her wise old owl advise. Due to interest from the girls, the MW units offered to run less structured meetings for the remainder of the month of May. Cookie blitz, cards for Saint Andrew’s Home; badge work and crafts filled out the remainder of this Guiding year. Registration Registration is ongoing for the fall 20142015 season at the Girl Guides of Canada web site: girlguides.ca The units in MoWest will most likely start their weekly meetings on Wednesday, September 10 at the MW United Church. Have a safe and enjoyable summer! from Christine Downey Revolution of the 50s and 60s (akin to the Industrial Revolution in manufacturing over two centuries earlier) has had a devastating effect on the sub continent. The use of pesticides and over farming has depleted the topsoil. Huge numbers of farmers each year are committing suicide as they fall into debt. Annie McLaughlin has lived most of her life on Wolseley and her backyard adjoins Dean’s backyard. She has always had a love and appreciation for nature, mainly because of her parents’ camping trips and her involvement in Scouts. She enrolled in communications at Concordia with a minor in sustainable development. She graduates this December. To enter university, she had to present a portfolio of her work which included filmed documentaries on urban agriculture. One included a Westmount lady raising chickens in her backyard. The movement back to nature is a recurrent theme in her ideological stand. Last summer she attended classes at Fulda University in Germany to learn more about European organic farming. This summer students from Fulda University are coming to Cazaville, some 45 km south west of Montreal, to learn organic farming techniques at Fèrme de Miracle. Annie and Dean are used to working together. In 2008 they formed a snow removal enterprise, using shovels and a snow blower to service ten clients in the area. Bio-Cyclette will design and maintain edible gardens as well as do yard maintenance work. They can set up composting areas, pick the harvest of fruit trees and prepare/regenerate the soil. The aim is to use bicycles and manual tools that leave no carbon footprint as well as products that do not harm the environment. They talked with enthusiasm about shaded and sunny exposure gardens, children’s gardens that actually get the children involved, and how the space can be as small as a square meter. They love nature and the healthy outdoors, even in the middle of winter shoveling snow. 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These celebrations bring to a close the pastoral year at St. Ignatius and so the entire parish wishes to extend our heartfelt congratulations to these boys and girls, as well as to their parents who have been shepherding them through this journey. Faith education for children: “…things that we have heard and known, that our ancestors have told us, we will not hide them from our children; we will tell the coming generation…” Psalm 78:3-4 The Faith First program is the education process for religious instruction and sacramental preparation for children aged 6 and up in the parish. The purpose of the program is instruction in the principles and practice of the Catholic faith and the gradual integration of the child and the family into the spiritual and community life of the parish. There is a minimum of two years preparation required to receive the sacraments. The Faith First program begins in late September and ends in early May. Registration for returning families takes place annually from mid-May until June 15. Families, new to the program or to the parish, should contact the Faith First office for information on to how register their child(ren) at 481-9124 or [email protected] Little Hearts Playgroup Come September, the parish will also be hosting a new group called the Little Hearts Playgroup. This new parent/child activity is for families with children 5 years old and younger. Through arts and crafts, songs, games and skits, children learn the beauty of friendship, family, and nature. For more information please contact Martha Dorotik at 487-2605 or e-mail: [email protected] Have a wonderful and blessed summer. St. Philip’s Thank you to all who contributed to or shopped at our annual community yard sale. Although the weather did not cooperate and all but one dealer set up inside the hall, we still had a great turnout and raised almost $700 for the NDG Food Depot. Thank you also to all who came out for our Book and Bake and Craft Sale, and especially to the local artisans who added a new dimension to the sale. Our spring calendar wraps up with our annual Parish Picnic on Sunday, June 8. Weather permitting (and that is a big “if” this year), we will worship outside on the lawn and then continue with food and fellowship. Spring has brought changes to our church office. After more than two years as our secretary, Mylène Franceson has left to become office administrator at the Welcome Hall Mission. Our new secretary is Lidia Spagnuolo and she will be in the office Tuesday to Friday mornings. Honesty Integrity Hardworking Enthusiastic Please entrust me with the purchase / sale of your property News from the Pews MW United ... the brick one Welcome June! Have you ever been so glad to see grass grow? There were times this winter when one wondered.... But here we are into June and all that summer holds for us... like the lawnmower.... Musical Wednesday coming Wednesday, June 11 at 1 pm, a concert will be held in our sanctuary. Violinist Linda Rosenthal and pianist Lauretta Altman will be performing. These women are dear friends as well as skilled musicians, so of course, they make beautiful music together. The profits from the afternoon go to the Extra Miles Program. As well, every effort is made to have seniors in our community attend, both for the music and for the tea and goodies which follow. Rest assured, there is room for all to enjoy this afternoon, so come. Bring a neighbour if you wish. It is open to all. August: G-o-n-e Fishin’ Our church will be open for Sunday worship throughout July, then closed for vacation all of August. Worship services resume Sunday, September 7, with Sunday school beginning September 14. This Sunday school, under Brenda Murray’s creative leadership, is a vibrant growing group. If you attended our Christian Family Sunday (Mother’s Day) where the Sunday school did everything, no doubt you were delighted to see how many young people we have here. And judging by the number in the Family Friendly Zone, there are more in the wings. Join us and see for yourself. Wishing you a summer that brings contentment and challenge in good proportions. from Susan Upham MW Presbyterian Convocation Almost our entire congregation attended the annual Convocation of graduating student ministers held at The Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul on May 8. Our student minister, Sampson Afoakwah, became Sampson Afoakwah, B.A., B.Th., M.Div. He graduated with the Master of Divinity and the Diploma of the College. As Sampson stepped forward, our congregation greeted him with cheers and enthusiastic, extended applause! Sampson also was awarded the J.S.S. Armour Prize in Preaching and the Graduates’ Society Prize. A wonderful reception followed the ceremony where many, many pictures were taken. We are so proud of Sampson’s achievements and congratulate him from the bottom of our hearts. Looking back On Easter Sunday, Donald Brass, Gordon Alexander and Hilda Alexander were made Elders Emeritus in honour of their years of dedicated service to our church. Their names will be added to the Elders Emeritus plaque hanging in the John A. Simms Memorial Chapel. As well, the refurbished Casavant organ was re-dedicated and a plaque was unveiled listing the names of all those who had contributed monies towards its repair. Once again our card party was a great success and we thank all those who supported us. Our Mother’s Day breakfast, prepared, served and cleaned up by the men of our congregation, was absolutely delicious. They have set a very high standard for the Dr. Michael J. Wexel Chiropractor Neck Pain Headaches & Migraines Stiffness Sports Related Injuries Wellness & Preventative Care 773-7246 Low Back Pain Muscle Pain Numbness & Tingling Nutritional Counseling CSST & SAAQ 18 Westminster N., Suite 110 Call For An Appointment Today So You Can Feel Better Tomorrow. 15 women to attain as we prepare a Father’s Day luncheon for them in June! Spring Sale and BBQ were held on on May 24. Thank you for your participation and support. Looking ahead We will be welcoming new members into our church family on Communion Sunday, June 8. If you have been worshiping with us or are looking for a church home, please call Mildred at the church office at 484-7913, weekday mornings. Our Sunday school will be closing for the summer on June 29. There will be a special time for the children on that day. MWPC will remain open during the summer months. We look forward to welcoming you and your summer visitors to our Sunday services at 10:30 am. N.B. It is possible that during the months of July and August the services will be held at 10 am instead of 10:30 am. This has yet to be determined so please contact the church office – 484-7913 – closer to that time for further information. Have a wonderful, safe and happy summer. We’ll be back in September. from Janet Dimock Phyto Paris: Healthy hair through plants Are you experiencing hair loss or thinning? Is your hair over processed or damaged? Do you want shiny, healthy and full hair? Come to our Hair Clinic Conference on Thursday, June 5 from 6-9 pm. Limited spacesd! RSVP ASAP! Your $10 ticket will be refunded upon your Phyto purchases that evening. Refreshments, gifts and goodie bags with purchase, and gift baskets to be raffled. A donation will be made to the Canadian Cancer Society from sales that evening. Pharmaprix 1 Westminster 482-8126 Extension: 22 16 MW 50+ Club 23 IMAX: Nature’s Won- derland: Galapagos 3D 25 BBQ 29 Diners’ Club: Firegrill Restaurant Shaw Festival: August 25 - 28 June 3 Garden tea party 5 Soup’s on: A Brief His- tory of Quebec. Speaker: Bruno Stenson 12 Upper Canada Playhouse presents: A Bed Full of Foreigners 17 Visit to Chapelle SteAgnes and vineyard 20 Movie Matinée: Gravity (2013) July 9 Hudson Village Theatre presents: Wife Begins at Forty 17 Upper Canada Playhouse presents: The Ladies Foursome Gaspé: October 5 - 9 For more information on 50+ activities and special events or any suggestions for speakers or entertainment, please call: Tammy Loftus 484-1610 Foot clinics June 18 July 9 and 23 Fees for services: $40 for the first visit and $35 for subsequent visits by appointment only 484-6186 It is the end of another year and once again we are so proud of our kids. Their weekly practice sessions at the United Church made for beautiful music this past May. The winter session took us to choir camp in Sainte-Béatrix, Ottawa, the Muscular Dystrophy walk-a-thon in Laval, and culminated with two year end performances for our families, friends and neighbours. In January our director, Mme Johanne Poirier-Ledoux, opened Musicanto Laval with 15 kids, and the MoWest and Laval groups performed beautifully everywhere we went – performing and playing as if they had all been together for years! We have already started planning for next year. So if you have a child between the ages of 8 and 16 who loves to sing and perform, we hope you will consider the Musicanto Choir. Check out our website musicanto.ca for more information, some pictures and video from one of our performances. With our multilingual repertoire of popular, country, rock n’ roll, rhythm and blues and gospel songs, including excerpts from musicals, our choir is a great place to add some “art” to your child’s life. DR. SUSAN MCDONALD Dentist • Dentiste Stephen Coull B. Comm. Courtier en Assurances de Dommages Broker in Damage Insurance 68 Westminster Ave. N. 514-481-1134 www.rccoull.com Theopiste (Theo) Hondzoglou 73 WESTMINSTER N. MONTREAL WEST H4X 1Y8 [email protected] 486-4411 Individual coaching in all academic areas Canadian History Study French Skills Mathematics bur.: (514) 483-5800 fax: (514) 483-2699 mobile: (514) 898-3821 [email protected] Groupe Sutton – Centre-Ouest Inc. 5800, avenue Monkland Montreal, QC, H4A 1G1 Science English Homework Program Exams are around the corner. Step up to PDec . . . the smart way to prepare! Consultants: Birdie Goodman and Elaine Wisenthal-Milech #$#$" "$' $"#$' '! #%$$#& $" www.pdec.ca Fall registration Fall registration for all programs will take place starting Monday, August 25 for residents. The early bird prices ($10 discount) will end August 30, so be sure to sign up early at the Community Centre between 8:30 am - 4:30 pm or email the forms and payment to [email protected] The brochure will be delivered to your home at the beginning of August. W 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. Pet Show The MoWest Pet Show has returned and we are adding in a Pet Parade. Tuesday, June 3 the parade will start at Curzon and Westminster at 6:10 pm and proceed to Davies Park where there will be activities for you and your pet. If you do not have a pet, no problem we also welcome the stuffed kind as well. There will be ribbons and prizes for best dressed, trick, walker, etc. Come out and show your pet off whether it is a dog, cat, stuffed or other and enjoy an evening with friends and family Canada Day celebrations Canada Day celebrations are just around the corner and we are looking forward to another great day. This is the biggest event in the Town for the year and it would not be possible without the continuous support from the Town, Heritage Canada, Montreal Westward Rotary, IGA Pagano Schneidman and of course the volunteers who give so much of their time to make this day possible. The day will begin as follows: bike decorating at 3:15 pm at Davies Park (all participants are invited to ride along in the parade). Parade at 4 pm starting on Westminster and Ainslie followed by music and entertainment at Strathearn Park with BBQ, games, face painting, arts and crafts and more. Then, at 9:45 pm, fireworks at Hodgson Field. 17 Community Centre Outdoor summer programs W NE New outdoor summer programs will be offered in the park this summer during the day and evening. Starting on Thursday July 9 for four weeks at 10 am there will be a yoga class in Strathearn Park for all who want to join. Also on Monday nights starting July 21 for four weeks will be line dancing. Starting time is 7 pm at Strathearn Park. Please call the Community Centre at 4 pm to see if class will be held if inclement weather. One criteria that is required to join is FUN! If rain, class cancelled. MoWest Day Camp Another summer at MoWest Day Camp Jake and Morgan have coordinated a team of talented, passionate and dedicated individuals whose goal will be to deliver an unforgettable summer both in the office (administratively) as well as out on the fields, the gyms and the pool. There is still time to register. You can find our brand new newsletter, sample schedules and registration sheets on the MoWest website. Our goal at MWDC has always been to develop confident, respectful and adventurous young people through engaging activities, weekly trips and our training programs, where lifelong friendships are formed. This summer, we have enlisted a full time art specialist (the first in many years) as well as robotics, yoga and dance specialists, who will be making appearances throughout the summer. Another highlight that we are extremely excited about, everyone at MWDC will get the opportunity to meet Chris “Knuckles” Nilan, who will be coming to do an anti bullying talk at camp. Every summer, we have very special dates where we invite members of the community for a fun filled evening, this summer you should probably mark these days off on your calendar, as they are sure to be a great time! • Meet your counsellor: 6 pm June 17 at Dave Reid Park • Canada Day Parade: 4 pm, July 1 at Westminster and Sherbrooke • Shave-to-Raise: 6 pm, July 17 at the swimming pool • Variety Show and Movie in the Park: 6 pm, August 13 at Dave Reid Park The camp season runs from June 23 through August 15. This year, the Fête nationale and Canada Day land smack in the middle of the camp season, so there will not be any camp on June 24 or July 1. We hope to see you throughout the summer – we’re tough to miss – we’re that big group in and around the pool and parks all summer! Soccer Camp (Ages 5-12, for beginner and intermediate players) Come join our exciting new Soccer Camp. Led by 4 steps Soccer Academy, your child will receive two hours of soccer- specific instruction per day with qualified and talented instructors, along with a rich day camp experience led by mature leaders. Based at the Royal West gym and soccer field. Session 1: July 7-11 Session 2: July 14-18 Costs per session $300 (resident) / $320 (non-resident) $250 for MoWest residents who are CRA soccer participants $175 for Day Camp participants Information: 484-6186 or email [email protected] Swim Team Swim Team is gearing up for its most exciting summer yet. Jess is returning as Head Coach and Rowan and Blaise are also back. Our new coaches Kimmy, Justine and Soraya will bring valuable knowledge and tons of energy to the team. The free trial weeks run from June 2 to June 19, from Monday to Thursday from 56 pm. Regular season begins on June 23, with practices in the morning and afternoon. Our three home meets are on June 25, July 9, and July 23. For the first time, four stroke clinics will be offered, run by expert guest coaches. These will be an excellent learning opportunity for swimmers of all ages and we highly recommend it. Most excitingly, we are hosting Section “C” Finals on Saturday, August 9. Come support your local swimmers and enjoy the BBQ, bouncy toys and fun games. After the event, the pool will transform into an awesome party! For any questions about Swim Team, please email [email protected] The schedule is available online at montreal-west.ca. The pool office will be open from 5-8 pm for registration. Please email [email protected] with any questions. Hope to see everyone around for a fun summer! DR. HEATHER FOX B.S ., D.D.S. Dentist C 16 Westminster N. #315 Tel: 487-4577 Fax: 487-8376 18 by Carol Foster The Mayor began the April meeting of Council by extending thanks to all the volunteers in the community, congratulating Kathleen Weil on her re-election and stating his intention to reach out to Pierre Moreau who is the new Minister of Municipal Affairs. Other items on the agenda included news that a contract has been issued for renewing the road-line markings. Consideration is being given to the future use of a permanent line marking substance to replace the current water-based paint which has a very limited lifespan. As is the usual annual practice, a bylaw amending the long list of user fees was passed. The Councillors’ reports were a little longer than the Mayor’s. Councillor Tasker-Brown welcomed a new member of the Town’s Public Security team, Kathya Theriault. She also announced that some officers (Élyanne Caouette and Josée Bergeron)from Station 9 will now be patrolling on bikes and an information program is being set up to help combat bike thievery. Although Hodgson’s Field will be off limits to dogs on April 30, progress on the establishment of a permanent dog park is nearing completion. The options have been reduced to two possible sites on that field, which will be discussed at a public consultation meeting on June 5. The start of some CRA programs will be delayed due to the soggy field conditions, according to Councillor Ulin, however; even snow did not hamper the annual Easter egg hunt. All activities scheduled for this summer can be found in the new brochure recently distributed by the Community Centre. The highly popular $10 Tree Day will take place Town Council Meeting: April again at the end of May. Blue ribbons seen embracing some of the Town’s trees are meant to identify ash trees receiving treatment. The Town will help facilitate the vaccination of ash trees on private property and homeowners can sign up at the Town Hall for this assistance. The Roots and Remembrance program outlined in the March Informer will be funded by $7,000 originally earned through the Hydro Québec survey, with the Town contributing an additional $5,000. Councillor Feeney had good news to report. The submission of the Town’s 2013 budget financial statements received an “unqualified” or clean opinion from the external auditor and thanks were extended to the Town’s treasurer, Julie Mandeville, for this accomplishment. In addition, the Town accumulated a surplus, more than $800,000 last year bringing, the total surplus of the past few years to just over $2 million. And rounding out the progress on the financial front, the debt has been reduced from $16 million (2012) to $15 million (2013). The spring season activities continue to be addressed by the Public Works staff and Councillor Torres announced there will be a public meeting (TBA) to provide residents with information covering the scheduled infrastructure repairs on Brock and Ballantyne. Question period The dangerous conditions of some sidewalks, as well as major cracks observed in the Westminster Avenue asphalt, were pointed out to Council by several residents. It was also suggested that reflective paint should be used for the road markings around the curb extensions. The Mayor will alert Public Works to these problems and ask for an assessment. The lack of a bylaw for effectively controlling noise was raised once again by a Happy Father’s Day! open at 6 am Wishing you all a happy, active, fun-filled summer! from your MoWest Flower Shop Campbell resident. The Mayor acknowledged that this situation can be revisited since there is now a new Council in place. Trees, bees, cats and dogs dominated the remainder of the question period topics. A Wolseley resident, while applauding the Town’s tree policy, expressed doubts about the contractor the Town is currently using in the fight against the emerald ash borer and asked if residents were free to use their own. Councillor Ulin invited the resident to provide her with more information concerning his reservations. Hearing that the Town of Mount Royal is in the process of installing a beehive on the roof of their town hall in an attempt to help increase the bee population on the island, it was suggested by a Radcliffe resident that perhaps MoWest could do likewise. Councillor Ulin liked this suggestion. Technically, all cats in the Town should be licensed, according to the Town’s bylaw. If this were reality, complaints, such as the one coming from a resident whose garden is being damaged by roaming cats could be more easily dealt with. But as things stand, there is little the Town can do to address this problem. In response to criticism by two residents of the areas in Hodgson’s Field now being considered for a permanent dog park, Councillor Tasker-Brown wearily explained that although great efforts and a huge amount of time have been spent over many years to find an ideal spot for dogs to run in Montreal West, such a spot just does not exist. The only remaining option is to balance the needs of the community as fairly as possible. That is why a public consultation meeting has been scheduled during which constructive suggestions can be heard. And so ended another meeting of Council. Catherine Gardner Real estate broker Courtier immobilier Groupe Sutton Centre-Ouest Inc. 514-793-5608 [email protected] par Carol Foster traduction par René Boucher Le maire a ouvert la réunion d’avril du Conseil en remerciant tous les bénévoles de la communauté, en félicitant Kathleen Weil pour sa réélection et en affirmant son intention de prendre contact avec Pierre Moreau, le nouveau ministre des Affaires municipales. L’ordre du jour indiquait aussi qu’un contrat avait été passé pour refaire le marquage des lignes sur la chaussée. On considère l’utilisation future d’un matériau permanent pour le marquage en remplacement de la peinture actuelle à base d’eau, dont la durée utile est très limitée. Comme le veut la pratique annuelle, un règlement amendant la longue liste de frais d’utilisation fut adopté. La conseillère Tasker-Brown a accueilli Kathya Theriault, nouvelle membre de l’équipe de la Sécurité publique. Elle a aussi annoncé que des agentes (Élyanne Caouette et Josée Bergeron) du poste 9 patrouillent maintenant à bicyclette et qu’un programme d’information est mis sur pied pour aider à combattre le vol de vélos. Le parc Hodgson sera interdit aux chiens sans laisse à compter du 30 avril et l’établissement d’un parc canin permanent est en voie d’aboutir. Les choix ont été réduits à deux emplacements possibles dans ce parc et seront l’objet de discussion lors d’une séance de consultation publique le 5 juin. Selon la conseillère Ulin, le lancement de certains programmes de l’ARC sera repoussé, compte tenu de l’état détrempé du terrain. Par ailleurs, même la neige n’a pas entravé la chasse annuelle aux œufs de Pâques. La nouvelle brochure distribuée récemment par le Centre communautaire énumère toutes les activités estivales. Le pop- Réunion du Conseil : avril ulaire événement Arbres-à-10 $ aura de nouveau lieu à la fin-mai. Les rubans bleus qui ceignent certains des arbres de la ville identifient les frênes en traitement. La Ville facilitera la vaccination des frênes de propriété privée et les propriétaires peuvent s’inscrire à l’hôtel de ville pour obtenir cette aide. Le programme Racines et souvenirs décrit dans The Informer de mars sera financé par 7000 $ récoltés grâce au sondage d’Hydro-Québec et la Ville injectera 5000 $ additionnels. La conseillère Feeney avait de bonnes nouvelles. Les états financiers du budget 2013 de la Ville ont reçu une opinion « sans réserve » du vérificateur externe et madame Feeney a remercié Julie Mandeville, trésorière de la Ville pour cette réussite. De plus, la Ville a accumulé un excédent de fonctionnement de plus de 800 000 $ l’an dernier, ce qui porte le surplus total des quelques dernières années à un peu plus de deux millions de dollars. Et pour terminer sur le plan financier, la dette a reculé, de 16 millions $ en 2012 à 15 millions $ en 2013. Les activités printanières se poursuivent aux Travaux publics et la conseillère Torres a annoncé une réunion publique (date à préciser) pour informer les résidents des détails concernant les travaux d’infrastructure prévus sur Brock et Ballantyne. Période de questions Plusieurs résidents ont fait remarquer au Conseil l’état dangereux de certains trottoirs et les fissures importantes observées dans le revêtement de l’avenue Westminster. On a aussi suggéré l’utilisation de peinture réfléchissante pour le marquage de la chaussée aux environs des avancées de trottoir. Le maire transmettra ces remarques aux Travaux publics et demandera une évaluation. Un résident de Campbell a de nouveau soulevé l’absence de règlement pour efficace- 19 ment contrôler le bruit. Le maire a reconnu que le nouveau Conseil en place pourrait examiner cette situation. Arbres, abeilles, chats et chiens ont dominé le reste de la période de questions. Un résident de Wolseley, bien qu’il applaudisse la politique de la Ville sur les arbres, a exprimé des doutes au sujet de l’entrepreneur que la Ville a retenu pour son combat contre l’agrile du frêne et a demandé si les citoyens pouvaient utiliser leur propre entrepreneur. La conseillère Ulin a invité le résident à lui fournir plus de renseignements au sujet de ses réserves. Ayant entendu dire que la Ville de MontRoyal est en train d’installer une ruche sur le toit de son hôtel de ville pour aider à augmenter la population d’abeilles sur l’île, une résidente de Radcliffe a suggéré que MoOuest pourrait faire de même. La conseillère Ulin a bien aimé cette suggestion. Techniquement, un permis est requis pour tous les chats de la ville selon un règlement municipal. Si telle était la réalité, l’on pourrait plus facilement s’occuper des plaintes comme celle émanant d’une résidente dont le jardin est endommagé par des chats errants. Cependant, dans l’état actuel des choses, la Ville ne peut pas faire grandchose pour s’occuper de ce problème. En réponse aux critiques de deux résidents sur les endroits au parc Hodgson envisagés pour un parc canin permanent, d’un ton las, la conseillère Tasker-Brown a expliqué que malgré tous les efforts déployés et tout le temps consacré au fil des années pour trouver l’endroit idéal pour laisser courir les chiens à M-O, un tel endroit n’existe simplement pas. Le seul choix qui subsiste est l’équilibre aussi objectif que possible des différents besoins de la communauté. À cette fin, l’on a prévu une séance de consultation publique pour entendre les propositions constructives. JANE F. LEE, B.Sc., D.D.S. Chirurgien Dentiste - Dental Surgeon 63 WESTMINSTER N MONTREAL WEST H4X 1Y8 369-0255 20 CO M I NG E V E N TS MAY Sat 31 JUN Tue 3 Thu Sat 5 7 Sun 8 Tue 10 Wed 11 Sun 15 Tue Wed Thu Tue 17 18 19 23 Mon 30 JUL Tue Sun Sun Tue Thu Sun Tue Sun AUG Sun Tue Sun Wed Tue Wed Fri Mon Please call the editor: Heather at 489-7022 e-mail: [email protected] Next deadline: August 6 MW Horticultural’s Plant Sale/Vente de vivaces. Le stationnement public Westminster opposite the United Church. 9 h 00. Rotary’s Lobsterfest. Legion Rink. 6 pm. Municipal taxes due (second installment) Échéance: taxes municipales (deuxième versement) Pet Parade and Show. Parade will start at Curzon and Westminster at 6:10 pm and proceed to Davies Park. Dog Park Public Consultation. Town Hall. 7 pm. Fenwick Avenue Garage Sale. Sunday in case of rain. 9 am - 2 pm. Outdoor Worship and Parish Picnic on the church lawn. St. Philip’s. 10 am. NDG Senior Citizens’ Council’s Annual General Meeting. MW United Church. 1 pm. Rock ’n’ Roll Night/Art in the Park. Davies Park. 6 pm. Musical Wednesday. MW United Church. 1 pm. Family Picnic hosted by Elizabeth Ballantyne School. Strathearn Park at Parkside. Inflatables, live music, raffles, BBQ, carnival games and more. Come and celebrate. 5-7:30 pm. 10th Anniversary of Demerger Referendum. Joint (MW CSL HAMP) concert featuring Bowser and Blue. Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park in CSL. 4:30-6:30 pm. Father’s Day Dinner. Hosted by the 7th Day Church of God Intl. Tickets: for adults are $20 and there are prizes to be won! For more information please call 345-9620 or 524-6719. St. Philip's. 5 pm sharp! Tuesday Night Fever. Davies Park. 6 pm. Coffee with the Mayor. Town Hall. 7:30-9:30 am. Opening Party. Pool. La Fête nationale. Music by Jonathan Moorman and The Swindlers, Les Bons Diables traditionnel dancers, inflatables, games, crafts, face-painting, BBQ, bonfire and more! Davies Park. 6 pm. Town Council Meeting. Town Hall. 8 pm. 1 6 13 15 17 20 22 27 Canada Day. Strathearn Park. Please see page 17. Worship. MW United Church. 10 am. Worship. MW United Church. 10 am. German Night. Davies Park. 6 pm. Shave-to-Raise. Pool. Worship. MW United Church. 10 am. Mardi Gras. Davies Park. 6 pm. Worship. MW United Church. 10 am. 5 10 13 19 20 22 25 All Sundays in August. MW United Church closed. Ukrainian Night. Davies Park. 6 pm. Family Pool Party/Sectional. MW Pool. Corn Roast/Movie/Camp Show. Davies Park. 6 pm. Multi-Cultural Night. Davies Park. 6 pm. Coffee with the Mayor. Town Hall. 7:30-9:30 am. Closing Party. Pool. Town Council Meeting. Town Hall. 8 pm. Classifieds BABYSITTER: I’m Tristen, a girl, 15 years old and an experienced certified Red Cross babysitter. I’m available weeknights, weekends and especially during the summer. If you need someone to look after your kids during the day or after camp, I am definitely your girl! Reach me at 489-3272 or at [email protected] . Welcome back to the pool! We’re busy getting the pool in top shape for what will surely be a very exciting summer. The pool opens on May 31, under the pre-season schedule. Regular season begins Monday, June 23 and runs until August 22. Post-season runs from August 22 until September 1. This summer, there are three new managers: Nicole Drummond, Caitlin Lavoie, and Jessica Michelin. Returning guards include Olivia Bouskill, Emily Cosentino, Kenny Drummond, Stevie Karpman, Blaise Clarke-Gascon, Rowan Fletcher, and Julianna Keefler-Johnson. We’re very excited to welcome Tim Byrne, Sarah Cosentino, Phoebe Hirtle-Kattou, Soraya Kamen, Maya Kenton, Joachim Mitchell, Justine Mitchell and Liam Roy as new guards this summer. We’d also like to welcome our office manager Susanna Beaudin and our receptionists Rebecca Caplin and Gemma Lavoie. New programs this summer Wait-Time Workout is a mixed dryland and pool fitness class for parents, taking place during group swimming lessons. Adult Private Swimming Lessons are available during regular lesson times and during adult swim. PM Masters will be moving to a new time in the evening from 6:10-7 pm. The very popular Platinum Club is back and bigger than ever, with sessions during morning and afternoon lessons, and two different age groups (8-10 years and 11-13 years). Parents and Tots Group Lessons will now be offered during the week on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, or on the weekends on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Important dates include our Opening Party on June 19 at 6 pm, Shave-to-Raise on July 17 and the Closing Party on August 22. The opening and closing parties include fun water games and a costume contest. Themes will be announced shortly. Shave-to-Raise is our annual fundraiser for the Andy Collins for Kids Foundation, benefitting the Montreal Children’s Hospital. This BBQ is one of the most popular nights of the summer, and is always a huge success. Pledge forms will be available at the pool office.