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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
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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
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Canadian nurses feted
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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
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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
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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.
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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+.
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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.
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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
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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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Guiding
Annie and Konstantinos:
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continued from page 1
Since writing the last article for
The Informer, the Girl Guides
who meet in MoWest have ended
their regular meetings for the
2013-2014 season. The girls had another
great year. The Guides completed their Performing Arts badge after writing a script for
a play and performing it in the unit, complete with costumes and props. Two third
year girls are just a hair’s breadth from
completing the Lady Baden-Powell Challenge and will likely receive their award in
the fall. 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. Their ultimate
dream is to own their own farm and apply
all that they have learned about sustainable
development.
They already have a dozen people interested in their services just by going door-todoor in their neigbourhood, and may go up
to three dozen, keeping it small and local.
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News from the Pews
St. Ignatius
This past month, our parish was blessed
to have two wonderful celebrations of the
sacraments as many of our young parishioners took important steps on their faith
journey. At the beginning of May, 21 boys
and girls were joined by their family and
friends as they received their first Holy
Communion. While the end of May saw 31
young men and women become full members of the Catholic Church as they received
the sacrament of Confirmation. 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.
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... 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.
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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
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Your $10 ticket will be refunded
upon your Phyto purchases that
evening. Refreshments, gifts and
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baskets to be raffled.
A donation will be made to the
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Outdoor
summer programs
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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!
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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
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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.
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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-
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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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