Alexandru Sorin: Montreal West Viewspaper December 2014, Vol. 42, No. 9 by Maureen Hastie My friend and I were welcomed into the dojo by the head coach and owner of the Académie de Karaté Alexandru Sorin. With a flash of his engaging smile, Alexandru ushered us in to the newly refurbished space, which opened on October 4. The main entrance to the dojo is from 10 Milner Street. Originally from Bucharest Romania, Alexandru started karate at the age of 12, after having experienced bullying at school. As a child, he lacked self-confidence and had poor posture. When his friend’s sister, Nicoleta, bullied him, he hit a low point. His older brother encouraged him and offered to pay for his karate lessons if he could meet this challenge: do the splits. After a couple of tries, Alexandru told his brother, “It is not possible.” His brother replied, “That’s it? You give up so easily?” This sparked his determination and three weeks later, Alexandru was able to do the splits and his brother paid for his first karate lessons. As his self-confidence soared and his posture and physical fitness improved, his life as a victim ended. He began training anywhere he could – at home, in parks, at the dojo. A “dojo” is the Japanese term to describe a place to train in the martial arts. Growing up in communist Romania, Alexandru’s parents worked long hours but had limited resources. Karate competitions allowed him to begin traveling and to see a Pasteizza: continued on page 12 photo: Maureen Hastie Teaching discipline, respect and confidence through karate How Subas and Shan came together by Maurice Krystal photo: Maurice Krystal Though Subas Sivakolunthu and Shan Rajathurai only recently teamed up to open a new restaurant on Westminster, their history goes back a long way. They both grew up in Batticaloa, one of the eastern provinces in Sri Lanka and they both attended the same secondary school, St. Michael’s College, founded by the French Jesuits. In university Subas studied commerce and finance and Shan studied civil engineering. Because of the long civil war in the country, they both decided to immigrate to Canada, Subas coming to Montreal in 1999 and Shan to Toronto the following year. Subas came to Montreal because Shanty, an older sister, lived here, and Shan went to Toronto because of his uncle Thava, who was a real estate agent there. Subas realized when he arrived in Canada that he needed to continued on page 12 I ND EX Art etc .............................. 5 Community Centre ........ 17 CRA .............................. 13 Environmentally yours .... 7 Guides .............................. 11 Horticultural Society .......... 4 Les amis de Meadowbrook 13 Libraries...................... 15, 16 News from the pews .. 14-15 Réunion du Conseil ...... 19 Rotary .............................. 6 Schools ........................ 8-9 Scouts............................ 10 Town Council Report ........ 18 2 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. 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Articles are printed in French or English, as submitted. NEXT ISSUE DEADLINE January 14 The posters: inspired by another town’s honouring veterans and a doctor with an historical bent! The idea started after seeing a piece on the CTV National News about a similar initiative in a town in New Brunswick. Soon after our Remembrance Day was upon us and I was struck, as always, by the procession down Westminster. Rain or shine, our community never forgets and remembers from whence it came. The next day, a friend was moving into a retirement community. Knowing my historical bent, he gave me the logbook of his brother-in-law who perished in WWII. Francis Bernard Croke attended Loyola High School and grew up on Percival. I immediately rushed to the Cenotaph to see if his name was there. Holding his logbook in my hands and then seeing his name amongst the 49 others, sent shivers down my spine and thus the project was started. I approached a friend, a professor of military history at the Royal Military College in Kingston, who suggested a few websites. Hours of internet research followed, leading to monthly visits to library and Archives Canada to consult service records, museum visits and multiple books. Although it was personal initiative, it was my hope that it would become a “town” project and they – we – would take collective ownership. I approached Mayor Masella who was immediately supportive and suggested I consult Town Historian, David Watson. David is a true Town treasure who has a wealth of information about the Town and its residents. He provided me the history of the Cenotaph (the first was not in its current location) and he has binders of information about our veterans. He suggested an Informer article and as a result, a number of families came forward with photos and stories. The contact with the families (Merlin McRae, Deborah Marcogliese, Anne Williams, Barbara Malcolmson-Baily) has been the most gratifying aspect of the project. They were so grateful that the Town was making sure their families were not forgotten. Father Pratt of St. Philip’s Church provided the history of the church, the memorial stained glass windows and the memorial to the altar servers. Members of the United and Presbyterian churches were very generous with their time and information. A number of meetings with the Mayor followed and he re- Exerpts from notes to Dr. Drummond “We were there, laying the wreath as usual. It was a great day with lots in attendance. We drove up and down the streets of MW to see how many signs there were and stopped at each and read them. It was fabulous. I didn’t know that there were three on Strathearn. I hope that next year there will be more.” Merlin McRae “Anne and I drove to Wolseley Avenue after church yesterday to see the photo poster of her Uncle Jack. It was a tad bit emotional and quite heartwarming and I commend you for all the work that you did. I took some photos of the poster and Anne’s former house and they were sent (along with Saturday’s Gazette article) to Anne’s sister on the Isle of Wight, her brother in Ontario and the five great nieces and nephews in Ontario, Quebec and England.” Barry Williams Some contributors: Merlin McRae, Deborah Marcogliese, Anne Williams, Barbara Malcolmson-Baily iterated Council’s support. In October, he consulted a number of printing companies who produced mock-ups. Council opted for the one that was displayed. I personally called or visited the owners of the houses where I knew the veterans lived. Almost everyone thought it was wonderful way to honor the fallen. I do have to apologize, however. A number of residents were promised lawn signs that did not materialize because of last minute technical difficulties. For that, I am sorry. It was my hope that we can develop a website by next year, so that people can access the 50 stories in their entirety. As I said, I really want the Town to take ownership of the project for next year. Do you we want different signage? Some have suggested a memorial “garden” of posters around the Cenotaph. What do the citizens want? Perhaps a committee would be a good idea? The daughter of one of the men expressed a willingness to participate. How about the First World War dead? Is anybody willing to take that on? Robert Drummond [email protected] 3 Honouring recently fallen soldiers On Monday, October 20 when Antoinette Mercurio of Voyages Calèche heard that Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, had been run over in a parking lot in Saint-Jean, she was heartbroken because he was purposely targeted because he wore the Canadian military uniform. Then on Wednesday, things got worse: Cpl Nathan Cirillo was shot in the back while standing as an honor guard at the National War Memorial Antoinette was again heartbroken and by that evening, she knew she had to do something and did: she created a memorial for both soldiers on Facebook. Antoinette obtained photos and frames and books for people to inscribe their condolences to the families. Over 200 people (including one ex-military who stood guard) came out to the Montreal cenotaph to show support; afterwards they went to Notre Dame Cemetery and laid the flowers in the Veterans’ section. Antoinette said, “This was an opportunity to let the families know we care, we are with you; but also to show that a direct attack on our freedom and our way of life will not be tolerated.” To be remembered... A few weeks back, I was sitting on the couch, alone, writing my Common App personal essay (for the fourth time) when I heard a knock at the door. Outside stood a middle aged man with a sign balanced in his arm and a large hammer in the other. He was here to “put up the sign,” I overheard. I was, at that time, unaware of the small project my town had recently undertaken, to be revealed to you shortly. I later walked outside to inspect the sign that was now planted on my lawn and found the following: Unbeknownst to me, my town had made a small project of identifying all the buildings once homes to soldiers lost to both world wars. In my personal case, the walls I now live in had once been residence to an artillery soldier by the name of Cpt. Forrest Walker Wiggins. From the short obituary written about him in the Montreal Gazette in 1941, we know that he attended what is now Royal West Academy and went on to become a three season athlete at McGill. Inspired by his family before him, he dreamed of becoming a serviceman one day and was granted this wish in 1935. He was among the first waves of soldiers deployed by the Canadian Forces, arriving in England on Christmas day of 1940. He was killed merely three months later, the cause of his death lost to the ages. He was 28 years old. When you walk down Westminster Avenue, there isn’t too much that might draw your attention at first. However, once you notice the first of the signs tied to lamp posts, it truly serves to identify the way a community might appear following war. Every second lamp post bears a sign dedicated to a single fallen soldier from within my community, and this spans for at least three blocks. Name after name, address after address, the number of young men lost from a single community that seems minuscule even today only goes to show the magnitude of the loss experienced by any small community. It’s stated over and over again: “These men had hopes, dreams, futures.” The magnitude of this statement is often lost over time and repetition. Allow me to provide some form of insight: At the age of 17 and 18, many if not most of us here are still trying to figure out what to do with ourselves. We look forward to and await in agony what has been described as the best part of our lives, supposedly yet to come. Its likely most of us haven’t even considered the possibility of not living long enough to reach that point. This was a reality that these soldiers named each year at our assemblies not only considered, but also accepted. These young men were volunteers, aware that the consequences of war would likely lead to a dramatic change in lifestyle following the war, or perhaps none at all. Many did this around the same time they would have been doing exactly what we will be doing in one year’s time: going off to university. Except, rather than pack up their belongings and move into freshman housing complexes or fraternities, together, they got on ships and sailed far away to fight on hostile shores. They put their current lives and futures on hold, perhaps forever, for belief that they were needed. You may ask yourself, as I did, as to what could possibly drive so many young individuals all too similar to ourselves to be so selfless. Looking around within my own world, it just doesn’t seem likely that in today’s day and age, we might demonstrate the same pride and altruistic values for sake of one’s people and homeland. Perhaps this sense of community and commitment to one’s country was lost to the sands of time, maybe with the growth of our population, or simply because selflessness is now “outdated.” However, I still have faith that these values are still instilled somewhere, perhaps hidden deep within us all, and that maybe every year, for just one day, we can contemplate these acts of selflessness committed long before our time. Perhaps we might think on and realize the things that prompt such courage and generosity, that we might remember these things and incorporate them into our own lives in honour of those who fell while demonstrating these characteristics. THE MOST THAT MAN CAN GIVE LIFE ITSELF FOR GOD, FOR KING AND COUNTRY, FOR LOVED ONES HOME AND EMPIRE, FOR THE SACRED CAUSE OF JUSTICE AND THE FREEDOM OF THE WORLD Tomb of the Unknown Warrior (Westminster Abbey) I don’t often feel inspired to write about depressing things, or elicit guilt or sorrow from those who might actually take the time to read what I write. On the contrary, I simply wish to convey the message that even though these rituals might seem repetitive and growingly insignificant after following them on a yearly basis, including pinning red flowers to our clothing and lowering flags, in fact, the reason we still practise them is with the purpose of remembering the extent of sacrifice made by those who likely didn’t understand how significant their actions were. Thanks for reading. Tom Malcolm Ballantyne North 4 66th Garbage Bowl football game We’re looking for players (and spectators!) to continue a great MoWest New Year’s Day tradition: the Garbage Bowl football game. Every January 1 – playing in every type of weather – the Southern Bombers (in green long johns) clash with the Northern Combines (in red long johns) for gridiron bragging rights. The longest running Bowl game played exclusively on New Year’s Day (it’s true!) has been sponsored by the Montreal Westward Rotary Club since the 1950 inaugural game. The game gets its name two ways: the touchdown extra point is made by tossing the football into a garbage can and fund-raising money is also collected in garbage cans. Proceeds this year will go to the MoWest Children’s Library. The game is one hand touch football, so it’s open to both genders and ages 13 plus. We’ve had father-son combos but are still waiting for mother-daughter! Each half of the game is 20 minutes plus ten plays. Players should show up at the Davies Park chalet at 1 pm. It's a great way to greet the New Year and your neighbours. Game starts at 2 pm at Davies Park; bring your resolution spirit! A splendid time is guaranteed for all ... that dress warm. For more info, please email [email protected]otmail.com. Informerly yours Congratulations! If you’ve been wondering when Marian Scully and her husband Dave Mitchell had their baby, The Informer finally (and, as usual belatedly) has the news! She’s a beautiful, little girl named Maëlle who was born on November 4 last year. Sincere congratulations to the little family. The Horticultural Society will welcome, once again, Dawn Smith and Bob Flynn from Smith Bros. Florists in St. Lambert for the December meeting on December 16. Dawn and Bob will demonstrate the art of flower arranging, with the focus on Christmas arrangements. Their constant banter is a great source of entertainment. Questions are welcome and generously dealt with. The arrangements will be raffled at the end of the evening and refreshments will be served. Come early for a good seat and to purchase raffle tickets. Presentation takes place Tuesday, December 16, 7:30 pm at the Town Hall. Admission for non-members is $5. Pushing the envelope at the Town Hall Town artists have pushed their personal creative limits to put together an exhibit of imaginative and expressive art works. The fall edition of the Artists’ Showcase, entitled Pushing the Envelope, went on view later than usual because of renovations to the building, but there is still plenty of time to see it. This show will continue at the Town Hall until mid-January. The theme of the winter showcase will be Canadian Spirit, and 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 can be interpreted in many ways, and can involve a variety of media including painting, drawing, collage, photography, fabric and pottery. Participation is open to all artists, amateur and professional, who live in the Town. All works on paper, fabric or canvas must be ready for hanging in the downstairs music room or upstairs meeting room and three-dimensional pieces, such as jewellery, must fit in the front hall cabinet. To find out more, or to get an application form, go to the Montreal West website under “culture,” or pick one up at the Town Hall office. For more details, contact Tammy Loftus, of the Town’s Recreation and Cultural Services, 484-1610. 73 WESTMINSTER N. MONTREAL WEST H4X 1Y8 486-4411 Local potter Sheila Caplan invites you to visit her open studio on Sunday, December 7, from noon - 5 pm, at 188 Sheraton Drive. See the process as well as the finished product! There will be many functional and decorative stoneware items available for your holiday gift giving. December meeting from David Roy DR. SUSAN MCDONALD Dentist • Dentiste Holiday gift giving Groupe Sutton Centre-Ouest Inc. 514-575-2419 [email protected] Mary Wilson Courtier immobilier résidentiel Membership for 2015 It is not necessary to be a gardener in order to belong to the Horticultural Society. One can simply soak up the warm summer vibe at our meetings during our cold winter months. This is a small club with laid-back, friendly members. Membership includes interesting monthly presentations as a well as a spring garden tour. Fees for 2015 are $20 and can be paid at the December or January meeting or to Philippa Vikander, 3445 Trenholme Ave. To arrange a gift membership, please call Philippa at 489-3293. Meetings take place the third Monday of the month (with some exceptions) and are held at the Town Hall. The Garden at night 2015 gets off to a wonderful start with a presentation by Linda Rutenberg, known for her photography of the garden at night, gorgeous time exposures taken at night with the common flashlight as her only light source. Her topic in January is “Return from Eden”. She will present her extraordinary slides with commentary on where, what, when, and how. What better way to spend a chilly January evening. This presentation is on Monday, January 19, 7:30 pm at the Town Hall. Admission for non-members is $5. A New Year’s resolution? 5 Want to do some volunteer work, but don’t want to be “tied” to it for ever? Well, how about being a Meals-on-Wheels shopper? Shoppers usually commit to shopping for every Tuesday OR every Friday in a given month. Just four times! If you would rather not commit to a particular day or days, you might want to sign up as a standby shopper. You decide on the menu from an array of delicious recipes for main courses and desserts and, then, do the shopping! Takes only an hour or two. Interested? Please call Andrea MacDonald at 486-8832. Meals are delivered to approximately 24 seniors in Montreal West and surrounding area. These delicious and nutritious meals are much appreciated by the seniors. Help make a difference! On November 22-23 MoWesters came to the Town Hall to enjoy their yearly ART etc. show. Running for the 29th year, it has become one of the Town’s favourite holiday traditions. Over 30 exhibitors, chosen by the jury back in February, put their art on display – jewelry, pottery, stained glass, fine art, quilts and jams and jellies. Top left, Shirley Kieran (quilts and fabric works), one of the organizers of the event, is demonstrating her quilted growth charts. Above, Debera Temperton (Studio Debera on Westminster) is showing her collection of Christmas stained glass. Folkart Wood Carver (top right) is a returning exhibitor, while Yulia and Elena (Yunik Design, middle right) are here for the first time. On the bottom right, Elizabeth Ulin is showing her holiday-theme pottery. NDG Food Depot on CBC You can drop by the NDG Food Depot and see it in action on Friday, December 5 from 5:30 am until 6:30 pm when CBC Montreal radio shows, Daybreak, Noon news, Home Run and TV news shows will broadcast from the Depot. We encourage everyone to come in, share some food and coffee, check out the action and perhaps make a donation. CBC has chosen the Depot as its Christmas Sing-In Charity partner. They have also been collaborating with us since the summer to raise awareness of hunger and poverty in our community. For more info, call the Depot at 483-4680. Fundraiser for Curzon Creative Preschool You are warmly invited to join us for Curzon’s fundraising soirée! Come for tempting appetizers and live music by Peter Grant; stay for silent and live auctions that will benefit Curzon Creative Preschool. The soirée will be held on Saturday, December 6 from 7-10 pm in MW United Church. In addition to dozens of silent auction items donated by local businesses and Curzon parents, there will be an exciting live auction with vacation rentals and other goodies. Do some shopping for the holidays while enjoying an evening with friends! Tickets are $5 and may be purchased in advance (contact Caroline Phaneuf: [email protected]) or at the door. 6 Rotary Club Rimma Beyl and Roman Sigal: Comfort Keepers Rimma and Roman came separately to Montreal 20 years ago. They met here and got married. They have two children Daisy and David and started their company Comfort Keepers over five years ago. Rimma said she usually talks about the services Comfort Keepers offers. The demand has increased as the population ages and she was interested in why people want to stay at home. They started their company because of the amount of responsibility that came their way from aging family members who needed their help with getting to their medical appointments and even helping translating for the ones that had a hard time understanding what was being said. Many people have no experience in health care or caring for the elderly and give up the job because it is not as easy as it seems. The number of interventions is increasing every year and sometimes it is hard to find a care giver who speaks the client’s language. Rimma stated that the three main reasons that the elderly want to remain in their home: independence, dignity and financial ability. Rimma gave many examples of her clients and said many are afraid to lose their dignity and the respect of the family is integral to being human. Rimma said many workers enjoy spending time with their clients. She said she learned a lot from one of her first clients who was with them for three years before he died at 97. He really lived life to the end and he taught her so much. She said today children become their parents’ parents. She cautioned us about huge moves without the consent of the aged person as they have detrimental effects on them and can lead to worsening health conditions. She also said that family dynamics can change quickly depending on the circumstances. along the lines of “Now Turbo Tax takes care of many things”. Celebrating 75 years of Rotary in our community Our Rotary club will be celebrating 75 years of community service in 2015. We are putting together a 2015 calendar to be sent to all MoWest residents along with Western NDG to be sent out in December. We have space available for business card ads. The majority of the proceeds raised will go to the Children’s library and the NDG Food Bank. If you would be interested in supporting this venture please contact me at [email protected] for more information. Coming Rotary events December Do not rely on the government to take care of us when we get older. Home care is there to provide support and take the pressure off the family. Even one hour a day can be a lot of help. Home care can be tailored to one’s budget. She said it was a matter of chemistry for finding the right caregiver. Correction – Fred Headon article November 2014 In the November 2014 edition on page 5. In that story it says: “Fred pointed out that the biggest book he had in law school was the Income Tax Act. Now Turbo Tax takes care of everything.” The reference to Turbo Tax is to demonstrate that there are new ways of doing things, but also insist they leave room for professional advice when needed. What was meant was more Individual 4 Stephen McNeilly - Introduction and Montclair Residence 11 NDG Food Depot – Cooking classes sponsored by Montreal Westward Rotary 13 Rotary Foundation Grants Seminar for Montreal Rotarians at Community Centre, 9 am to noon 19 Christmas party January 8 RYLA – Rotary Youth Leadership Award 23 75th anniversary party (chartered January 25, 1940) Our special guest will be MP Marc Garneau 29 Canadian Youth Mission to Armenia – Father Vazken Our club meets for lunch at noon every Thursday at the Town Hall. We often have very interesting guest speakers. 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Les Amis and student volunteers welcomed over 200 friends for an evening of disco and rock, helped by an outstanding DJ, cheerfully efficient bar staff and door prizes donated by merchants and supporters. Thanks to everyone who volunteered and attended this amazing event. And now the not-so-good news. As you undoubtedly know, Les Amis has worked tirelessly to keep Meadowbrook free of condos in an effort to eventually turn the land into a public park—the only sizable one that would exist in Montreal’s South West territory. However, less than a month after the fundraiser, the threat of development raised its ugly head again. Montreal’s Executive Committee’s chief of parks and green spaces, Réal Ménard, recently told members of Les Amis that the landowner should be allowed to build high density residences on the property. And this is coming from the Montreal politician in charge of parks and green spaces! Ménard appears to be taking this position despite the agreement by the past two city administrations that there would be no development on Meadowbrook. There are other troubling turn-arounds too. It was thought that Meadowbrook would be safe from development because it’s surrounded by railway lines. And after the Lac Mégantic disaster, the agglomeration council voted unanimously to incorporate railway setback guidelines into the urban plan. These guidelines essentially preclude any new housing developments near railway lines transporting dangerous materials, and that protected Meadowbrook. However, somehow the draft plan to be voted on shortly omits these safety measures. It appears they have been dropped from the plan! In addition, the draft plan preserves the current zoning for the Lachine portion of Meadowbrook which allows for potential development. So, what’s going on? For years now Les Amis has been holding rallies, writing briefs, meeting with politicians, publishing letters and presenting to the City of Montreal all the reasons to keep developers from building on the land. And just a few months ago it seemed everyone at all levels of government was finally on the same page. It was understood that building on Meadowbrook would destroy the green spaces necessary to shelter noise, filter air impurities and support animal habitats. It would also put residents at risk from train disasters and degrade existing communities. But now it seems that the entire body of good environmental sense must be reintroduced to the current city administration. So you can see, while 25 years of hard work is indeed something to celebrate, Les Amis du Parc Meadowbrook still has a lot of work to do, and they need your support. Please find out how you can help by emailing them at [email protected] today! 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Au conseil d’élèves, nous prenons les idées de tous les élèves de l’école. Nous discutons pour décider si les idées sont bonnes Des jeunes créatifs et engagés et pour trouver comment nous pouvons les réaliser. Cette année, il y a aussi le groupe des jeunes leaders. Ce sont des élèves qui étaient président ou représentant de leur classe l’année dernière mais qui ne le sont pas cette année. Ils peuvent continuer à travailler pour notre école dans d’autres projets. Cette année, grâce à notre engagement, nous allons essayer de rendre notre école extraordinaire pour tous les élèves! Nous vous renseignerons davantage sur nos projets dans les prochains numéros. Maël Richard (4e année) Beaucoup de beaux livres Notre chroniqueuse littéraire vous suggère des livres que les très jeunes lecteurs adorent. Le livre « Madame Pourquoi » est très Honesty Integrity Hardworking Enthusiastic Please entrust me with the purchase / sale of your property photo: l’oeuvre d'un journaliste photographe 8 drôle parce que Madame Pourquoi pose beaucoup de questions. Le livre « Madame Oui » est très drôle parce que Madame Oui dit toujours « Oui ». Le livre « Madame En retard » est très drôle parce que Madame En retard est toujours en retard, et à la fin du livre… elle n’est plus en retard! Nikol Yagdanov (4e année) Une ferme dans notre cour d’école… Le 14 octobre, nous avons eu la Fromagerie Chaput dans notre merveilleuse cour d’école. Dans cette petite ferme, il y avait quelques cochons, une vache, une chèvre, un poney qui s’appelle Poutine, un coq, une poule et deux lapins. Ce sont seulement ces animaux qui sont venus à l’école, mais à la ferme, il y a de nombreux autres animaux. Cette visite est une expérience inoubliable!!! Teanna Eboigodin (5e année) La Fromagerie Chaput existe depuis 15 ans. La plus vieille vache de la ferme a 12 ans. Le fermier, monsieur Jean, aime les poneys. Des élèves nous ont dit quel est leur animal préféré. Noa: poney et vache, Lily: lapin, Joël: poney, Pouya: renard, Nima: chèvre, Anthony: cheval, Oleks: chèvre, Dolores: cochon, David: poulet, Daniel: chèvre noire, Martin: veau. Lily Abedi et Noa Mellul (6e année) Comme tous les jeunes méritent de consommer des aliments sains, nous avons organisé la vente de 4 sortes de fromages différents. Cette levée de fonds va nous aider à acheter de nouveaux livres pour notre bibliothèque. Merci à tous de nous avoir encouragés! Tinaig Nijke (5e année) Elizabeth Ballantyne School Royal West Academy 9 Semaine nationale de prévention de la toxicomanie Du 17 au 21 novembre Alcool, drogues, jeux de hasard et d’argent Young writers at EBS Congratulations to EBS alumni! Elizabeth Ballantyne School was presented with an Award of Excellence for the 2014 National Creative Writing Competition hosted by the Poetry Institute of Canada for age groups 5-11 and 12-18. Two students in particular, Max Wu-Blouin and Aleksi Kemppi, were given special mention. Wonderful news! Apple picking excursion All the cycle 1 students went apple picking on October 9. The following day, Ms. Holly’s room 1 class decided to use the apples they picked to bake an apple cake. Each student had a job to do and they all worked together in a beautiful display of collaboration. The cake turned out to be moist on the inside, crispy on the outside, and all over delicious. They loved it! Nouvelles des élèves du cycle 2 Les élèves du cycle 2 à étaient très occupés dans les deux premiers mois d’école. Premièrement, on a commencé le 5 au quotidien (Daily 5) mais, en ce moment, on a seulement réussi à faire 2 au quotidien (lecture à soi et lecture avec un ami). On a encore plusieurs stations à apprendre (jouer avec les mots, jeux à l’ordinateur, écriture) avant de travailler d’une manière autonome. On va continuer avec le 5 au quotidien jusqu’à la fin de l’année. Ensuite, on a joué des jeux en groupe pour encourager l’expression orale. En plus, on a écrit des phrases et on a créé des histoires pour l’Halloween. Les élèves devaient simplement faire attention à respecter la structure de phrase (déterminant, nom commun, verbe, adjectif) apprise en classe. Récemment les élèves ont fait des présentations orales en classe. Chaque élève pouvaient choisir le style de sa présentation (power point, affiche, show and tell, etc.) et devait la préparer à la maison pour ensuite la présenter à ses camarades. Toutes les présentations étaient formidables. Merci. Mme Chrisanthi et les élèves du cycle 2 (3e et 4e années) Différents kiosques de prévention ont été installés à l’Académie Royal West. Le 19 novembre de 12 h 20 à 13 h 30, l’agent sociocommunautaire Vincent De Angelis et l’agent de concertation Ouest André Belotte ont fait un kiosque afin de sensibiliser les étudiants en matière de prévention de la toxicomanie. Cette campagne vise la sensibilisation au développement des compétences comme clé du succès pour rester en contrôle. Nous avons donné aux élèves des cahiers d’écriture avec toutes les ressources et le message suivant : « Reste en contrôle. T’as ce qu’il faut ! » Tu as des questions sur la consommation d’alcool ou d’autres drogues ou sur les jeux de hasard et d’argent ? Tu es préoccupé par ta consommation ou celle d’un ami ? Appelle : Tel-jeunes 1-800-263-2266 ou teljeunes.com Drogue : aide et référence 1-800-265-2626 ou 514-527-2626 (Montréal) Jeu : aide et référence 1-800-461-0140 ou 514-527-0140 Pour le bien-être de nos jeunes et adolescents, restons informés et parlons-en ! parlonsdrogue.com/. Agent sociocommunautaire Marie Christine Nobert « Top Net! » Le poste de quartier 9 est fier d’offrir une pièce de théâtre afin de sensibiliser les étudiants âgés de 13 à 16 ans au phénomène de la cyber intimidation afin de prévenir ce phénomène grandissant. Le 1 er décembre, des élèves des écoles secondaires Académie Royal West, Bialik et Maimonide assisteront à la pièce de théâtre à l’auditorium du centre pour adultes Marymount. La pièce s’intitule « Top Net! : Les attaques virtuelles blessent dans le monde réel ». Les étudiants apprendront par la pièce l’utilisation responsable des médias sociaux et la question du respect sera aussi discutée. Nous croyons qu’il est très important de discuter avec vos adolescents de cette question. Nous vous dirigeons aussi au site internet du SPVM pour plus de renseignements sur le sujet. Nous offrons de nouvelles vidéos à : spvm.qc.ca/fr/Fiches/Details/Intimidation. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas, a Happy Hanukkah and a prosperous New Year from your MoWest flower shop 10 MW Scout Group Beavers Our Beaver Colony has been growing, but there is always room for more friends! Boys and girls in grades K-1-2 are welcome to try out a meeting at 6 pm on Tuesday nights in the Edinburgh school gym. Please let us know if you would like to visit, call 483-1152. In November, we discussed Remembrance Day, made poppies and took part in the MoWest parade. At the next meeting, we had a pretend campfire indoors where we familiarized our smallest members of Scouting with what to pack for camp and what we do at a real campfire: skits, songs, jokes, cheers and of course s’mores – yum! We also enjoyed visits from three of our friends: nurse Joan Foster who uses fun and games to teach first aid for a variety of emergency scenarios and Lucio and his seeing-eye dog Obie. We end the fall session in midDecember with a bowling party and the leaders are already planning lots of fun things to do for January such as a Beaver Buggy Rally and a swim say. from Jessica Lonardi (Tic Tac) Scouts Our new first year Pioneer Scouts were keen to go to Arbraska Rigaud the weekend of November 2. As the last weekend of the season we had great weather. The weather was mild and no one needed the soft landing of leaves, thanks to great harnesses. While some were timid about their first time trying ziplines and aerial courses in the trees, everyone was an expert by the time we left. www.mwsg.ca Fall camp 2014 This year’s fall camp theme was chosen by the kids to be “Boot Camp” and with the number of first-year Scouts outnumbering the older Scouts, this seemed appropriate. It had been a couple of years that all the Scouts have wanted to earn their Scout permits for certain tools. The Venturers joined the Scouts for the weekend and while the needle dropped, everybody kept warm and had fun. Many of the third- and fourth-year Scouts are working toward their Chief Scout Award, for which they are required to do at least 30 hours of leadership, inside and outside of Scouting activities. So, Scouts shared their skills and knowledge with their newer fellow Scouts and were tasked with teaching different skills for the many different permits that each Visit us on the web http://www.bonder.com/ LIBRAIRIE BONDER INC. BONDER BOOKSTORE INC. 52 Westminster Avenue N. DR. HEATHER FOX B.S ., D.D.S. Dentist C 16 Westminster N. #315 Tel: 487-4577 Fax: 487-8376 Montreal West, Quebec H4X 1Z2 Tel: (514) 484-7131 Fax: (514) 484-3745 E-mail: [email protected] CALL FOR ANY BOOK IN PRINT Scout can earn: namely the Fire and Match Permit, the Stove and Lantern Permit, the Axe and Saw Permit and the Knife Permit. Many earned their permits and improved their skills over the weekend. The Chief Scout Award is the top award any Scout can earn and requires completing all the basic program material as well as a broad assortment of badges as well as certifications, such as first aid, and planning and organizing their own challenging program, and then evaluating it as they complete it. It’s a big year for kids who already have a lot going on. Good luck to all of you! Venturers/Rovers We have two Venturer/Rover groups (14 -18). The younger set spent a Saturday hiking Mount St. Hilaire and joined our Scouts in November for a camping weekend at Lake Lovering. The older group put their size and muscles to work, doing their good deed: helping to clean up and prepare the Tamaracouta Scout Reserve for winter. Since some of the older youth are now 18, they were able to assist at our annual blood donor clinic (community service) and a few were actually first time donors – well done guys! Venturer/Rovers is not a weekly commitment, in fact, activities are planned as a group based on their busy schedules. To join, contact Rusty at [email protected] 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 Jocelyne Dorion Psychologue clinicienne Clinical Psychologist 101 Ballantyne Sud / 514-663-6457 [email protected] 11 Guiding Winter is almost upon us. The girls have had an exciting start to their year so far. We have welcomed Guider Beverly Brown to the 110th Guide unit. She is the third new Guider to join the Guide unit within the past year. The girls are having great fun with all these new women leading the way. At the end of October, the Guides organized and hosted a Halloween party for the Brownies and the Sparks. They had refreshments, face painting and games. A great time was had by all! Remembrance Day ceremony A long standing tradition in MoWest is for the girls to learn about Guiding’s military connection as well as Canada’s proud military history prior to Remembrance Day. This helps the girls understand why it is important to go to the Remembrance Day ceremony... and it is not just so they can carry a flag! Every year, the girls make cards or write on postcards with special messages for our Veterans. A Guider then delivers the cards to Ste. Anne’s Hospital. The Veterans are always very appreciative! The Sparks have wrapped up their Exploring and Experimenting badge. To mention a few things they have done, they wandered through the “wilds” of the MW Church halls with their binoculars finding different animal tracks. They have also had fun experimenting with colour chromatography. The Sparks have also held a second mini-enrollment ceremony. It is never too late to join in on our fun! The Brownies have been busy learning about healthy, active lifestyles. You may have noticed a group of them skating at Legion rink or playing Capture the Flag. A sleepover is in the works for these young ladies. The Guides, besides organizing parties, have played the game of life with a different twist. (They did not use the traditional game board!!) The also had an invited guest to teach the girls about skin care. Any spare change for a good cause? With the holidays around the corner, the Sparks and Brownies will be joining together for their annual project to support Meals-onWheels. They will be collecting any spare change to then go out and purchase turkeys for the Meals-on-Wheels volunteers to cook for those who are housebound in our community. Anyone in the community wishing to help us out can either give their spare change to a Guider or bring it by the MW United Church on a Wednesday between 5 and 6:30, and we will happily contribute it to the cause. from Christine Downey Donna Nicholson 481-3406 At our November meeting, the members of HMS Victory Chapter IODE wrapped 50 gifts for women and children who are or who have been at Auberge Transition. These were items that had been left in my front porch, or given in other ways, such as jewellery, business class toiletry bags from airlines new clothing, young children’s toys and more. At their early December holiday party, former residents are invited. Wool and knitting needles and sewing materials continue to be delivered to Chez Doris, but unfortunately at this point there is no more wool! Several deliveries have been made this year, but now will wait until people have some more spare or leftover wool bits or pieces to leave in the front porch at 131 Wolseley Avenue North and I would be happy to pass them on. If you leave a name, I would love to thank you for the donations, as well as for the travel toiletries that accumulate there. Ruth Darling would like to express her gratitude for the community outreach of neighbours on Wolseley Avenue North following her recent accident. So many people pitched in to help to make sure that she was well looked after. from Janet King Dr. Mark Santaguida, O.D. docteur en optométrie / optometrist • examen de la vue • lunettes • verres de contact • consultation laser • eye exams • glasses • contact lenses • laser consultation 514 481-4791 43a av. Westminster Ave. N. Mtl West,QC H4X 1Y8 35 years ++ Let my Experience Work for You Serving the Montreal West area in the buying and selling of homes. For an informal rendez-vous, please call. 481-3406 12 Alexandru Sorin continued from page 1 allowed him to begin traveling and to see a bit of the world. At the World Championship in 2000, Alexandru met the Canadian team for the first time and admired their red and white jackets. He began to dream of one day representing Canada. Karate has been the golden thread tying in many aspects of his life. While traveling by train with his team mates, he met his future wife Gabriela. In 2007, Alexandru and Gabriela immigrated to Canada and settled in Montreal. In 2008, Alexandru represented Canada in the World Wado Ryu Karate Championships and won a gold medal. In 2011, he was the only karate athlete from Quebec representing Canada at the Panamerican Games and he won a bronze medal. In 2012 Alexandru was declared the Athlete of the year in Canada for karate due to his national and international results. With a laugh, Alexandru described his most memorable competition. It was without a doubt the 2011 Canadian competition. His first daughter, Tiffany, was born at 4 am and, despite being physically tired, he was able to compete that day and he won all his events! With the arrival of a second daughter, Nicole, in 2014, Alexandru decided to retire from the traveling life of competitions and stay close to home. Last year, during a trip to Romania, he visited with Nicoleta, the girl who had picked on him, (now a friend) and he thanked her for her part in teaching him not to be a victim. He has re-framed his unfortunate experience with bullying and, having overcome it, he wants to help others. In 2014, Alexandru was invited by the Institut national du sport du Québec to do motivational speaking in high schools. He shares his inspirational story of how karate turned his life around and helped him to develop self-confidence. The most important lessons he has learned from karate are: discipline, respect and confidence. He has also learned how to achieve balance in his busy life. This past summer, Alexandru received a special present on his birthday – being named one of the coaches of the Québec karate team. Avanti West End Domestic Help, Experienced Nurses, Babysitters, Cleaning Ladies and Companions 514-482-3631 Karate classes available here The three dan black belt instructor now offers karate classes in Montreal West for ages 5-8 and 9+, two evenings per week and on Sundays. The students learn basic to advanced techniques in kicking, sweeping and punching. Kickboxing classes are offered for age 14 and older. Protective gear is supplied. The classes are bilingual (EnglishFrench) and the students will also learn some Japanese terms used in karate. As they pass their belt exams, students are encouraged to develop a personal leadership project that will have an impact on their community. With guidance from the dojo teachers, the students can carry the philosophy of karate into the world. For more information, please call: 4884596. Maureen Hastie is a participant in the library’s creative writing group. Pasteizza continued from page 1 study the language. He registered in a language school and supported himself working part time in a restaurant. He started at the bottom in the kitchen, preparing the food for the cooks and worked his way up. Until 2012 Subas worked mainly making pizzas in a well-known restaurant in NDG. For the next two years he honed his cooking skills by working the morning shift at Place Tevere in Dorval as the assistant chef and in the evenings at Le Cartier, in Laval as the pizza specialist. Shan also did not make use of his university studies, ending up as a sales rep in Sri Lanka for a soft drink company. In Toronto he studied travel and tourism, but always worked in restaurants, such as Al Frisco’s and Alis Fazoli’s in downtown Toronto. The two classmates visited each other a few times a year and in 2010 Shan and his family moved to Montreal and for the past four years he worked as the sous chef at Baton Rouge. Both families live in Laval. Subas’ wife, named Suba, is a student learning French and they have three children. Shan’s wife is Deepa, and she is also a student learning French and they have two children. Subas and Shan are trying to learn French as well and they hope customers will be patient with them. They have made sure to hire bilingual staff. They are waiting for a new large pizza oven, (which should be installed by the time this goes to press) so they can offer free pizza deliveries in the MoWest, NDG, VSP, CSL area. Having worked in neighbouring NDG, Subas was familiar with MoWest and described the residents as friendly and appreciative of fine food. Also the previous proprietor of the New Moon restaurant (at this same location) was also a Sri Lankan and they knew the place was available. After years of working for others, the two school chums jumped at the chance to work for themselves. They also inherited the liquor licence that has to be renewed each year. While the restaurant serves basically Italian dishes, such as pizza and pasta, there are some Greek salads and souvlaki dishes and even a few Chinese items. And if one is curious, even if it’s not on the menu, if Sri Lankan cuisine interests you, Subas and Shan will happily oblige. Pasteizza 45 Westminster N. 481-7731 Pasteizza.com Hours: 10-10, Sunday-Thursday 10-11, Friday-Saturday 13 Learn to skate Program co-ordinator Mackenzie Bullett and her team show these newest skaters how to make snow with their skates and get up off the ice in less than 5 seconds. The winter session runs from January 7-March 28. Meadowbrook conservation evolves into Meadowbrook Park creation There was a hugely successful dance at Royal West Academy on October 17, but it wasn’t a student dance. In fact, with the exception of student volunteers in animal costumes, most guests were over 40. The disco-rock gala was held by the environmental group Les Amis du Parc Meadowbrook and hosted by Royal West to celebrate the Les Amis’ 25th anniversary keeping the Meadowbrook land green and condo-free. For years, Les Amis has held rallies, written briefs, produced flyers, met with politicians, attended conferences, hired landscape architects to create the vision of a public park, published letters, recruited support from every environmental organization on the island and presented to the City of Montreal all the reasons to keep developers from building on the land. Building on Meadowbrook would destroy animal habitats, destroy the green spaces necessary to shelter noise, filter air impurities and space for exercise and recreation, as well as put residents at risk from train disasters and degrade existing communities. Les Amis welcomed over 200 people to celebrate these accomplishments and to hear what requires their ongoing help. The group is actively campaigning for the space to be turned into a public park, the only one that would exist on that scale in Montreal’s south west territory. Though the Montreal city and agglomeration councils voted unanimously to include railway setback guidelines into the upcoming urban plan, the draft says nothing about these safety measures. The Lachine portion of Meadowbrook remains zoned for potential development, and the Montreal city administration is talking again about allowing development. Meadowbrook is not yet safe and certainly not yet a public park for everyone to use. Even though there is a lot of work ahead, October 17 was a time to celebrate the huge amount of work invested to date. And what a celebration it was. Excellent DJ, disco lights, charming bartenders, circulating animals and dancing, dancing, dancing. Les Amis du Parc Meadowbrook still has a lot of work to do, and it needs your support. Please take a moment to find out how you can help by emailing them at [email protected] Gym-Tastic! Morgan Pudwell and her team of instructors have the kids going through equipment circuits, balancing on beams, hanging from rings and learning their gymstop. Session: January 13-March 26 Ages: 3½ - 5 years old When: Tuesdays or Thursdays, 5:45-6:30 Ages: 6-7 years old When: Tuesdays, 6:30-7:30 Cost : $120/$140 (NR) Introduction to judo With the first bow, black belt sensei, Steve Morissette had the room of participants anxiously awaiting instructions. The first class introduced balance, holds and how to respect your opponent. Cost: $70/$90 (NR) Session: January 7-March 19 Location: Elizabeth Ballantyne School Ages: 5-7: Wednesdays, 5:45-6:30 pm Ages 8-12: Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30 pm Indoor soccer Greg Macgregor and his team keep everyone moving with drills, skills, and games. Session: January 5-March 18 Location: Royal West Academy gym Cost: $100/$120 (NR) Ages 5 & 6: Mondays, 6-7 pm U8 Boys: Mondays, 6:30-7:30 pm U10-12 Girls: Tuesdays, time TBD U10-12 Boys: Thursdays, time TBD Hiring The CRA is looking for instructors, coaches and monitors, ages 16+, for various programs. If you are interested please contact the CRA office by email at [email protected] Happy holidays from the CRA! 14 MW Presbyterian As I sit here trying to get my thoughts in order and waiting for the first “dusting” of snow, I realize that uppermost in most of our minds are the tragic events that took place in the past month and that Remembrance Day has become even more meaningful. Sue Alladin placed MWPC’s wreath at the Cenotaph on Sunday, November 9. Baptisms The sacrament of baptism was administered to the following children: Madison, daughter of Trevor Williams and Jennifer Neill, on October 12; Kelsey-Elvin and Minelle, children of Nelson Ntumbah and Mirabelle Bih, on October 19; Fortune, son of Richmond Betngi Bassong and Linda Ekwe, on November 9. Looking back Our fall card party was a great success. Thanks to all of you who helped make it so. We celebrated the 123rd anniversary of MWPC on the weekend of October 25/26. Many thanks to the Alladin family who provided and served a delicious dinner and to Ben Kwong, organist, and company for the delightful dinner-time music. We welcomed Rev. Dr. Dale Woods to the pulpit on Sunday morning. Dr. Woods is the Principal of Presbyterian College in Montreal. Looking ahead White gift Sunday: November 30, 10:30 am Christmas communion: December 14, 10:30 am Christmas Eve service and pageant: December 24, 5 pm An evening of christmas music will take place at on Saturday, December 13 at 7 pm. News from the Pews Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for students and seniors, free for children under 10 years. Available at 484-7913 or at the door. Win a turkey The winning four tickets will be drawn on white gift Sunday. Tickets are $10 or 3 for $25 and are available from members or the church office: 484-7913. Gospel service Our annual Nelson Mandela/Martin Luther King gospel service will be held on Sunday, January 25 at 4: pm. Dinner will follow at 6 pm. Tickets for dinner are $10; children under 12 year are free and will be available in the new year. Ongoing Bible study on Wednesday evenings at 7 pm in the church parlour (160 Ballantyne N. entrance). Weekly Sunday service and Sunday school at 10:30 am. A social hour follows. All are welcome – let us be your church home. St. Philip’s Thank you to all who came out and supported our Christmas bazaar. It was a great day, and a good time was had by all. Those who were looking for baked goods after worship on Sunday morning were disappointed, as the bake table completely sold out before the bazaar closed. December is always very busy, as we prepare for the holidays. To help people relax and take the focus off the material side of the holiday celebrations, our Tuesday evening service during December uses music from the Taïzé community, darkness, candles and icons to create a time and space for meditation. Join us Tuesday evenings at 7:30; use the office door on Connaught. The annual Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols with St. Philip’s choir, under the direction of Peter Butler, will take place on Sunday, December 14 at 5 pm, followed by a reception in Memorial Hall. On Christmas Eve, we will continue the pattern of previous years. At 5 pm is our Children’s service, an interactive service in which the children tell the Christmas story and place the figures in the crèche, with familiar carols. The traditional festival Holy Eucharist will take place at 11 pm. We also offer a Christmas day communion with carols at 10 am. Sunday school continues every Sunday at 10 am, except for December 21 when the children will join in the worship in church. New children are always welcome. from Janet Dimock MW United ...the brick one Advent advances… hope you’re hungry…. Into it already, December 7 is the Sunday school pageant during our 10 am service. Always charming to see how the story gets told by the children, never too rehearsed to spoil those spontaneous moments. Worthwhile for everyone. Plus it is followed by hot dogs for all! The choir presents its version of lessons and carols December 14 at 10 am. Some new, some old, some hauntingly beautiful… (Shhhh… and while the parents are mesmerized by the choir, the Sunday school 15 News from the Pews does this neat thing called the Santa shop where kids can choose a gift for their folks and wrap it up to go under the tree at home. But don’t tell the Moms and Dads, okay?) And that marks the end of Sunday school and nursery service for now. December 21 is a worship service in which we include extra hymns and carols, maybe not all verses, but it is a chance to sing more of your favorites. Christmas Eve has two offerings: the family friendly service at 5:30 and the communion service at 10:30. Christmas Eve afternoon also has the kitchens busy preparing non-perishables for the Christmas dinners that are to be delivered Christmas morning. The many volunteers are organized by Joan and Bill Foster to see that well over 200 turkey dinners with trimmings are delivered to those who are housebound in our vicinity. What a tradition it has become for so many of us within the community. And when all that is done, Sunday, December 28 is a low Sunday service, a gentle service around the tree and nativity scene, welcoming all who wish to gather there. 2015: ready or not…. Some of us are still digesting Christmas, but here we are in a New Year. Always much to treasure after a full December, as well as things that draw us forward. The Sunday school and nursery service resume on January 11. And if you are still wanting a time to take stock, reflect, look forward, try coming to the Labyrinth Walk, Tuesday, January 27 between 7 and 9 pm. Socks or slippers please, but all are welcome. On behalf of Rev. Janet Bisset and the congregation, we wish you warm holidays and good memory-making. from Susan Upham FAMILY LAW SOLUTIONS SOLUTIONS EN DROIT DE LA FAMILL E AVOCATS AV OC A T S MÉDIATEURS MÉDIA TE U R S COACHS CO A CH S ATTORNEYS MEDIA TORS MEDIATORS CO A CHE S COACHES mceavocats.com tel. 514.866.4666 fax 514.866.4667 St. Ignatius During this holiday season, St. Ignatius of Loyola parish has a number of activities to help you get into the Christmas spirit. We have a Children’s Christmas party on Sunday, December 7 at noon in the parish hall. This is an opportunity to bring the family out to a fun afternoon that includes a visit from Santa. Please bring an unwrapped gift (under $15) for a child, which will be donated to underprivileged children. Please contact Muriel Brennan for more information at 482-9346. We also have two Christmas concerts happening at the parish; on December 7 at 4 pm there will be a concert featuring the youth orchestra L’Orchestre symphonique de Terrebonne, the Voice Male choir and the acclaimed Cantiamo choir. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students. A portion of the proceeds will go to help support the NDG Food Depot. Tickets are available at the parish office: 481-7768. Our annual Christmas Service of Lessons and Carols will be on Sunday, December 21 at 7 pm. This has proven to be a wonderful opportunity to find some respite from the busyness of holiday preparations and spend an enjoyable evening filled with the holiness and joy of the Christmas season. This event is free of charge, but a freewill offering will be taken up. Please consider joining us in celebrating the Feast of the Nativity; on Christmas Eve we will have a family Mass at 4:30 pm, as well as Mass at 7 and 10 pm. On Christmas morning we will have Mass at 10 am. Visit our website at st-ignatius.ca/blog for more information about all these events. Wishing you a very blessed Christmas and a New Year filled with joy. from Fr. Michael Leclerc Hours / Horaire Starting September 2 Monday - Thursday / lundi - jeudi : 9 h 00 - 12 h 00; 13 h 30 - 18 h 00 Friday / vendredi : 9 h 00 - 12 h 00; 13 h 30 - 17 h 00 Saturday / samedi : 13 h 00 - 16 h 00 Please note that the library will be closed for from December 24-January 5. Brr! It’s the season to cuddle up with a new book, so come on into the library and join one of our great programs! Registration opens on January 5 for our popular Story Sparklers, Tales for Tots, Mother Goose, and Lego Club programs. Lego Club: ages 5-12. Two separate sessions offered, Mondays or Thursdays ($10 for a 4-week session) The following programs are free with a Friends of the Library membership. Mother Goose: ages 0-12 months, Mondays, 9:30-10 am Tales for Tots: ages 12-24 months, Mondays, 10:30-11 am Story Sparklers: ages 3-6, Wednesdays, 3:45-4: Please call or email the library for more information and to register. Come and join us for some holiday stories on Saturday, December 13 from 12:151 pm. This holiday-themed program will include stories, a craft and a small snack. Please call ahead to register your 3- to 6-year-old at a cost of $3 a child. Spaces are limited. RICK LAVELL ISABELLE PAPINEAU DAVID DOUBT FOR THE BEST SERVICE IN TOWN • POUR LE MEILLEUR SERVICE EN VILLE [email protected] Real Estate Brokers • Groupe Sutton Centre Ouest • Courtiers immobiliers 514 483-5800 • www.rickandisabelle.com 16 MON - THU 10 am - noon 2 pm - 4 pm 7 pm - 9 pm 45 Westminster South 481-7441 New Books Summer Employment You may submit a cover letter and résumé at the John A. Simms Community Centre, 8 Westminster Ave S. 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Wexel Chiropractor Low Back Pain Muscle Pain Numbness & Tingling Nutritional Counseling CSST & SAAQ Neck Pain Headaches & Migraines Stiffness Sports Related Injuries Wellness & Preventative Care 773-7246 18 Westminster N., Suite 110 Call For An Appointment Today So You Can Feel Better Tomorrow. Pickup hockey and free skate holiday schedule Tuesday, December 23 Free skate: 3:30-4:50 pm Novice/Atom: 5-6:20 pm Pee Wee/Bantam: 6:30-7:50 pm Midget & up: 8-9:20 pm Sunday, December 28 Free skate: 11 am-noon Novice/Atom: noon-1:20 pm Pee Wee/Bantam: 1:30-2:50 pm Midget & up: 3-4:20 pm Free skate: 4:30-6 pm Monday, December 29 Free skate: 11 am-noon Novice/Atom: noon-1:20 pm Pee Wee/Bantam: 1:30-2:50 pm Midget & up: 3-4:20 pm Free skate: 4:30-6 pm Tuesday, December 30 Free skate: 11 am-noon Novice/Atom: noon-1:20 pm Pee Wee/Bantam: 1:30-2:50 pm Midget & up: 3-4:20 pm Free skate: 4:30-6 pm Tuesday, December 31 Free skate: 10 am-11 am Novice/Atom: 11 am-noon Pee Wee/Bantam: noon-1 pm Midget & up: 1-2 pm Free skate: 2-3 pm Friday, January 2 Free skate: 11 am-noon Novice/Atom: noon-1:20 pm Pee Wee/Bantam: 1:30-2:50 pm Midget & up: 3-4:20 pm Free skate: 4:30-6 pm Foot clinics December 10 and 17, January 14 and 28 $40 for the first visit and $35 for subsequent visits by appointment only 484-6186 MW 50+ Club December 2 Movie matinée: Heaven is for 4 10 11 12 16 Real Holiday tea party Theatre trip: Lights, Camera, Christmas! (Presented by the Upper Canada Playhouse) Speaker Frederic Hore on ethereal world of Antarctica Christmas dinner: performance by The Swindlers Bridge, new players are welcome! January 8 Soup’s on: Sign X: Communication in New France. Speaker: Bruno Stenson 20 Vintage tea party 27 Bridge, new players are welcome! 29 Movie matinée: Hundred Foot Journey Call for more info: Marian Scully at 484-1610. JANE F. LEE, B.Sc., D.D.S. Chirurgien Dentiste - Dental Surgeon 63 WESTMINSTER N MONTREAL WEST H4X 1Y8 369-0255 17 Community Centre Recreation Programs for winter Parents & Tots Baby Boogie 20 15 Wednesday, 10:15-11 am Music and Movement Wednesday, 9:30-10:15 am 6-18 months and 18-36 months Community Centre Songs with fine and gross motor activities using various instruments. Starts January 7 for 12 weeks. Cost: R: $100/NR: $110. Parents and Tots Tuesday and/or Thursday, 9:30-11 am 1- to 3-year-olds. Davies Park Chalet. Socialize and play. Activities include games, crafts and songs. Starts January 7 for 12 weeks. Cost: R: $100 /$180 NR: $110/$190. Gentle Yoga for Parents & Tots Saturdays, 1-2 pm, Town Hall 1 to 4-year-olds. Starts January 10 for 12 weeks Cost: R: $97/NR: $112. Essentrics for Parents & Tots Monday 10 -11 am, Town Hall. 1 to 4-year-olds. Starts January 5 for 12 weeks Cost: R: $97/NR: $112. Tiny Tots with Miss Morgan A preschool program which includes art, drama, park outings, story time and more! Monday-Friday, 9 am-noon. Community Centre. 2- to 4-year-olds. Starts January 5 for 12 weeks. Option from 1 to 5 days a week, optional lunch program is also available. Youth Chess with Steve Friday, 4-5:30 pm, 5 years and up. Community Centre. Starts January 9 for 12 weeks Cost: R: $80/NR: $95. Zumba 10 years and up. Tuesday, 5- 6 pm. Town Hall. Starts January 6 for 12 weeks. Cost: R: $75/NR: $85. Red Cross Babysitting 11 years and up. Saturday, 9:30 am-4 pm. Community Centre. Starts January 24 or February 21. Cost: R: $60/NR: $65. March Break Madness 5 to 12 years old. Monday, March 2 to Friday, March 6. Prices and details available soon; check our website for updates. Adult activities Begin the week of January 5. Limited space in some class; register now! Total Barre, TRX Suspension Training, Dance fitness, drum session and Jump Fit Stability ball, stretching (morning and evening) Gentle Yoga, Yoga for stiff men, Yogalates with Joanne Vinyasa Yoga, Essentrics, Zumba with Gilda, 65+ fitness Get Fit Program, Health and Wellness For more information, please call the Community Centre at 484-6186 or visit our website: montreal-west.ca. 18 by Carol Foster Mayor Masella began the meeting with his annual report on th Town’s financial position. The the highlights included the fact that the 2013 budget year ended with an $867,000 surplus and the current year’s budget is expected to end with a slight surplus. Investment in the Town’s infrastructure, assisted by a government grant, will continue to be the primary objective of the budget for 2015. The complete report will be published in The Suburban. The Public Works item on the agenda included news that, beginning in 2015, recycling and compost will be picked up on Tuesday and regular garbage will be picked up on Friday. This rescheduling will hopefully eliminate the confusion that now exists in who picks up what. Several bylaws are in the process of being amended, including the ones concerning nuisance, noise and public security, the demolition of immovables and the site-planning and architectural integration program. Councillor Tasker-Brown began her report with some good news followed by some bad news. While there have been fewer car break-ins compared to last year, reports of break and entries have increased. Residents are cautioned to leave outdoor lights on at night where possible. TaskerBrown also mentioned that tickets issued by police for moving violations in the Town Dr. Michael J. Wexel Chiropractor / Chiropracticien Tel: 773-7246 E-mail: [email protected] 18 Westminster N., Suite 110 Montreal West, QC H4X 1Y8 Town Council Meeting: October have doubled, so residents should be warned. Parking permit renewal letters are going out shortly. Snow removal contractors must also renew their permits and stickers for each of their vehicles will be required for identification by the PSOs. The redesign of Davies Park and the plans for a dog run area are moving ahead with a goal for completion by St. Jean Baptiste Day. Until then, the present rules for exercising dogs apply. All recreation activities are now fully registered, according to Councillor Ulin. Coming events will include Halloween on Ice starring Justin Masella (who will be dressed as a snowman says his father), followed by the Pumpkin Parade. New playground equipment has been installed in three parks, the air in the arena has passed tests for over a year now and a beautiful new floor has been installed in the second storey of the Town Hall. Councillor Feeney announced work is proceeding on the preparation of the 2015 budget to be presented in December and noted that the Town’s primary expense continues to be work on the infrastructure. In response to a recent front-page story in The Suburban which reported a resident’s contention that the high taxes in the Town were impinging upon house sales, Councillor Feeney attempted to clarify the situation once again, as she had done in great detail in her October Council Communique in The Informer. In conclusion, she pointed out that while taxes in the Town are high, recent increases have been kept extremely low. The infrastructure, having been long neglected, continues to desperately need expensive work. At the same time, the services the Town offers make it a very desirable place to live. Long term planning, which is now under way, offers the best solution for controlling what is possible to be controlled. Public Works continues routine maintenance and will be preparing for the inevitable onset of winter weather, Councillor Torres reported. Question period What action can the Town take to eliminate a residential eyesore on Wolseley was the first issue raised as question period began. The Mayor’s response was that the resident must first be issued a ticket and, upon noncompliance, the matter has to go to court. The Town can then step in, clean up the property and add the cost to the homeowners’ tax bill. How will the prohibited noise level in the amended bylaw be determined was the next question. By consulting standards set in other municipalities and adopting figures used by the Town of Mount Royal was the answer. Is there a solution to the dangers presented by the traffic at the Strathearn and Milner intersection, which is directly in front of a daycare building? This question was asked by some parent representatives as well as the daycare owner. Tasker-Brown explained the Town has a traffic-calming policy and the problem should be referred to the Traffic and Safety Committee. In addition, the Mayor suggested the building’s landlord should be involved in possible creative methods of adding protection in front of the building. Several suggestions echoed similar ones brought up at the September Council meeting regarding both police helping to direct traffic at the train crossing and reducing garbage pickup days. One resident described the very frustrating process of trying to get information from the Town regarding reimbursement for the treatment of ash trees on private property. The Mayor agreed the communication should be improved, but offered the reassurance that he had just signed her cheque. While a variety of concerns were raised, one vigorous and lengthy discussion dominated question period. A resident at 138 Ballantyne North stated that both the demolition and the reconstruction of the building at 137 Westminster North was raising questions that he was having great difficulty getting answers to. When the dust and debris from the demolition was annoying some Ballantyne neighbours, the Town did not respond to their concerns or suggestions. In addition, the height of the construction on the third level does not conform to the Town’s bylaws and is “changing the landscape of our lives” according to this speaker. Further frustrations ensued when their requests for access to the building’s plans and project reports were denied because this information was deemed to be “not in the public domain.” The Mayor responded that the Town is not trying to hide anything and that it has arranged for an independent party to assess compliance with the bylaws. If the building does not conform to the approved plans, it will have to be modified. At the same time, he explained that this project has brought to light some difficulties in the present bylaws, which are now in the process of being worked on. The last speaker was also from Ballantyne North and offered comments rather than questions. He felt Councillor Feeney’s explanation of the tax situation in the Town was well articulated and set the record straight. He added that, in his opinion, although the construction at 137 Westminster North was the neighbour’s problem and not the Town’s, he also felt the concerned resident’s family’s quality of life is being affected and the Town should have taken that into consideration when approving the plans. The meeting was then adjourned. par Carol Foster traduction par René Boucher Le maire Masella a ouvert la sséance avec son rapport annuel sur la situation financière de la Ville. Les points saillants incluaient le fait que l’exercice budgétaire 2013 s’était terminé avec un surplus de 687 000 $ et l'on s’attend à un léger surplus en fin du budget actuel. L’investissement dans les infrastructures de la ville, appuyé de subsides gouvernementaux, continuera à titre d’objectif primaire du budget 2015. Le rapport complet sera publié dans The Suburban. L’article des Travaux publics à l’ordre du jour comportait l’annonce qu’à compter de 2015, le recyclage et le compostage seront ramassés le mardi et les ordures le vendredi. Ce réaménagement d’horaire éliminera, espère-t-on, la confusion qui règne actuellement quant à qui collecte quoi. Plusieurs règlements sont en processus d’amendement, dont ceux concernant les nuisances, le bruit et la sécurité publique, la démolition d’immeubles et le plan d'implantation et d'intégration architecturale. La conseillère Tasker-Brown a entamé son rapport par de bonnes nouvelles, suivies de moins bonnes. Il y a eu moins de vols dans des véhicules que l’an dernier, mais les rapports de vols par effraction ont augmenté. Elle incite les résidents à garder l’éclairage extérieur allumé la nuit, lorsque possible. Elle a aussi mentionné que les constats pour contravention à la circulation émis par les policiers dans la ville ont doublé. Les résidents en sont avertis. Les lettres pour le renouvellement des permis de stationnement seront expédiées sous peu. Les entrepreneurs en déneigement doivent aussi renouveler leurs permis et un autocollant est requis pour chacun de leurs véhicules à des fins d’identification par les ASP. Le réaménagement du parc Davies et les plans pour le parc canin vont de l’avant et l’on vise la Fête nationale comme date d’achèvement. D’ici là, les règles actuelles s’appliquent pour l’exercice des chiens. Les inscriptions pour les activités de loisirs sont maintenant complétées, selon la conseillère Ulin. À venir, l’Halloween sur glace mettant en vedette Justin Masella (déguisé en bonhomme de neige selon son père) suivi du défilé des citrouilles. Trois parcs ont reçu de nouveaux équipements de jeu, l’air de l’aréna a passé tous les tests depuis maintenant plus d’un an et les visiteurs foulent maintenant un beau nouveau plancher à l’étage de l’hôtel de ville. La conseillère Feeney a fait part des travaux de préparation du budget 2015 qu’elle doit déposer en décembre et a souligné que les infrastructures constituent toujours la principale dépense de la Ville. En réaction à la une récente du Suburban qui rap- Réunion du Conseil : octobre portait l’assertion d’un résident voulant que les taxes élevées affectent négativement les ventes de maisons dans la ville, la conseillère a tenté de clarifier la situation de nouveau, comme elle l’avait fait dans son Communiqué du Conseil d’octobre dans The Informer. En conclusion, elle a fait remarquer que bien que les taxes municipales soient élevées, on a gardé les augmentations récentes à un niveau extrêmement bas. Les infrastructures, longtemps négligées, ont encore besoin de travaux très onéreux. Parallèlement, les services qu’offre la Ville en font un milieu de vie de choix. La planification à long terme présentement en cours offre la meilleure solution pour contrôler ce qui est contrôlable. La conseillère Torres a rapporté que les Travaux publics poursuivaient leur entretien routinier et se prépareront à l’inévitable début de l’hiver. Période de questions La première intervention demandait quelle action la Ville peut entreprendre pour remédier à la vue désolante que présente une résidence sur Wolseley. Le maire a répondu que le citoyen doit d’abord recevoir un constat d’infraction et, s’il n’obtempère pas, le litige se transporte alors devant les tribunaux. La Ville peut ensuite intervenir, nettoyer la propriété et ajouter le coût au compte de taxes du propriétaire. La question suivante demandait comment le niveau de bruit prohibé par le règlement amendé sera déterminé. En réponse, on a indiqué avoir consulté les normes établies dans d’autres municipalités et qu’on adopterait les chiffres utilisés par la ville de Mont-Royal. Y a-t-il une solution aux dangers que présente la circulation à l’intersection Strathearn et Milner, directement face à l’édifice abritant un service de garde? La question émanait de parents et de la propriétaire de la garderie. Mme Tasker-Brown a expliqué que la Ville avait une politique d’apaisement de la circulation et que le problème devait être soumis au Comité de circulation et de sécurité. Le maire a ensuite suggéré que le propriétaire de l’édifice participe à la recherche de méthodes créatives pour l’ajout de protection à l’avant de la bâtisse. De nombreuses suggestions ont fait écho à celles soulevées lors de la réunion du Conseil de septembre concernant l’utilisation du policier pour diriger la circulation au passage à niveau et la réduction des jours de collecte des ordures. Une résidente a décrit la très frustrante procédure pour obtenir des renseignements de la Ville concernant le remboursement du traitement des frênes de propriété privée. Le maire a admis le besoin d’améliorer les communications et a offert l’assurance qu’il venait tout juste de signer son chèque. 19 Une palette de questions a été soulevée, mais une longue et vigoureuse discussion a dominé la période de questions. Un résident du 138 Ballantyne Nord a affirmé que la démolition et la reconstruction du 137 Westminster Nord suscitaient des questions pour lesquelles il éprouvait de grandes difficultés à obtenir des réponses. Alors que la poussière et les débris de démolition gênaient certains voisins sur Ballantyne, la Ville n’a pas réagi à leurs préoccupations ou suggestions. De plus, la hauteur du troisième niveau de la construction ne respecte pas les règlements de la Ville et « modifie le paysage de nos vies » aux dires de l’intervenant. D’autres mécontentements ont suivi lorsque leurs demandes d’accès aux plans de la bâtisse et aux rapports de projet ont essuyé des refus parce que ces renseignements étaient jugés « hors du domaine public. » Le maire a répondu que la Ville ne tente pas de cacher quoi que ce soit et que des arrangements ont été pris avec une tierce partie pour évaluer la conformité avec les règlements. Si l’édifice ne respecte pas les plans approuvés, il devra être modifié. Il a par ailleurs expliqué que ce projet a fait ressortir des difficultés dans les règlements actuels et le processus d’amendement est enclenché. Le dernier intervenant était aussi de Ballantyne Nord et il a formulé des commentaires plutôt que des questions. Il était d’opinion que les explications de la conseillère Feeney quant aux taxes étaient bien exprimées et avaient remis les pendules à l’heure. Il ajouta qu’à son avis, bien que la construction au 137 Westminster Nord était le problème du voisin plutôt que de la Ville, il croyait aussi que la qualité de vie de la famille du résident concerné est affectée et que la Ville aurait dû en tenir compte lors de l’approbation des plans. La séance a ensuite été levée. Theopiste (Theo) Hondzoglou 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 20 C O M IN G E VE NT S Please call the editor: Heather at 489-7022 e-mail: [email protected] Next deadline: January 14 NOVEMBER Sat 29 Community Food Drive. St. Philip’s. Food may also be dropped off at the church office Tuesday to Friday between 9 am and noon. DECEMBER Tue 2 Royal West Academy’s Bardolators present The Merchant of Venice in the school auditorium. Continues on December 3, 4 at 7 pm. Tickets: $10 for adults; $7, seniors and $5, students; available at the door. Dinner theatre: Friday, December 5. Dinner at 6 pm, performance at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $25 and must be purchased in advance by calling 489-8454 (S. Westlake). Advent Taïzé service (every Tuesday through December 23). St. Philip’s. 7:30 pm. Fri 5 CBC Radio at NDG Food Depot. Drop in from 5:30 am to 6:30 pm. Please see page 5. Sat 6 Curzon Creative Preschool auction. MW United. Tickets: $5; please contact [email protected] 7-10 pm. Sun 7 Sunday school pageant. MW United. 10 am. Children’s Christmas party. Parish hall. St. Ignatius. Please see page 15. Noon. Christmas concerts. St. Ignatius. Please see page 15. 4 pm. Wed 10 Luncheon bridge. Curling Club. Cost: $7 for club members; $9 for non-members. Space is limited, so please call Joslyn Schultz at 4872427 to reserve your table. All welcome. 12:30 pm. Sat 13 An evening of Christmas music. MW Presbyterian. Tickets: $20 for adults; $15 for students and seniors; children under 10 years: free. Available at the door. Info: 484-7913. 7 pm. Sun 14 Breakfast with Santa. Town Hall. Starting at 8 am. Choir presentation: Christmas in words and music. MW United. 10 am. Christmas communion. MW Presbyterian. 10:30 am. Lessons and Carols. St. Philip’s. 5 pm. Tue 16 Horticultural Society presents Dawn Smith demonstrating Christmas floral arranging. Everyone welcome, non-members, $5. Town Hall. 7:30 pm. Sun 21 Christmas Service of Lessons and Carols. St. Ignatius. 7 pm. Wed 24 Family Mass. St. Ignatius. 4:30 pm. Also Masses at 7 and 10 pm. Christmas Eve service and pageant. MW Presbyterian. 5 pm. Children’s Christmas Eve worship. St. Philip’s. 5 pm. Family Christmas Eve service. MW United. 5:30 pm. Christmas Eve communion service. MW United. 10:30 pm. Festival Holy Eucharist (Midnight Mass). St. Philip’s.11 pm. Thu 25 Christmas Day Eucharist. St. Philip’s.10 am. Christmas Mass. St. Ignatius. 10 am. JANUARY Thu 1 66th annual Garbage Bowl football game. Southern Bombers vs Northern Combines in MW’s version of the Polar Bear Swim. Email [email protected] for more info. Davies Park. 2 pm. Mon 19 Horticultural Society presents Linda Rutenberg with lush garden photos. Everyone welcome, non-members, $5. Town Hall. 7:30 pm. Wed 21 Coffee with the Mayor.Town Hall. 7:30 am. Sun 25 Nelson Mandela/Martin Luther King gospel service. MW Presbyterian. Dinner tickets: $10. Children under 12 years: free. Available in advance at 484-7913. 4: pm. Dinner at 6 pm. Tue 27 Evening Labyrinth Walk. Wadsworth Hall. MW United. 7-9 pm. Classifieds NEED A TUTOR? McGill University science student, with extensive tutoring experience, is available to tutor math and sciences at all levels. Please contact Oliver for more information: 402-6318. SKI AND SNOWBOARD TUNING: Get ready to hit the slopes by getting your equipment tuned. Over 20 years of ski and board tuning experience. Hand sharpen and wax for $25. Drop off and pick up available. [email protected] BEAUTIFUL 5 1/2 apartment in Montreal West, just renovated. Restored hardwood floors, new kitchen and bathroom,new ceramic tiles, inside garage space. Great area to live. Please call Sophia Souranis for more information 622-2682. Breakfast with Santa Sunday, December 14 Town Hall 8 am-noon All proceeds go to the CRA programs. Includes: visit with Santa, breakfast, arts and crafts, face painting, Captain Catalyst (9-11 am), sleigh rides (8:30 am-noon), Panadream Theatre (10:30 am). Tickets In advance: family: $40, adult: $13, child: $10. At the door: family: $50, adult: $15, child: $12. Under 2: free. child: 2-12, adult 13+. Reservations for breakfast at 8 am, 9 am, 10 am or 11 am. Tickets available at the Community Centre. No refunds. Info: 484-6186.