Out of pocket

SHUTTERSTOCK PHOTO/COPYRIGHT AFRICA STUDIO Within a two-day period recently, I was out of pocket close to $15 after giving a donation at the Costco checkout for a breakfast program, another for the group of students bagging my purchases at a grocery store for a European trip, and a hand-out to the firefighters stopped at an intersection in Ste. Anne's. I have no idea what they were collecting for but hey, firefighters. This comes on the heels of my last excursion to downtown Montreal where I make it a policy to give food rather than money to the panhandlers at the traffic lights. That only cost me some ginger cookies and a Fibre 1 bar but elicited a genuine thank-you from the recipient. By t

Letter to the editor 1, Sept. 29, 2016

Dear Editor, How is it possible that, in these times of world intolerance, a neighbour would complain to the city about a fundraiser for animal rescue and women’s shelters? My friend’s outreach for donations and articles was so successful that her double garage in St. Lazare was filled to capacity. Did that uncaring neighbour and the city think she could display everything the morning of the garage sale and that it could all be put away at the end of it? Prior to the weekend, it took her weeks to price, sort, display all these items and coordinate generous volunteers sacrificing their weekend in order to help her. My friend is an unconditional, dedicated animal lover and this garage sale was

Letter to the editor 2, Sept. 29, 2016

Dear Editor, Every morning I go for an early morning walk with my two dogs. I live in a neighborhood with mini pine forest parks that so few developments are lucky to have. When Ivor MacCloud planned this area, he envisioned all the homeowners would enjoy these mini forests that grace their front or side views. Unfortunately, over a small period of time I noticed that property owners take it upon themselves to use these parks as convenient disposals. So far over the summer I have viewed gravel piles, sand piles (no doubt from a sand box), a garden hose, cinder blocks, and a wooden post from a sign. Homeowners throw their large twigs, branches, and garden heaps right by the side of the street

Letter to the editor 3, Sept. 29, 2016

Dear Editor, On Wednesday, September 21, I witnessed democracy in action by the presentation of the Quebec English School Boards Association (QESBA) at the National Assembly concerning school board reform Bill 105. Part of the democratic process involved the opposition parties questioning the QESBA's position. In contrast, on September 26, I was again deprived of my democratic right to participate at the Public Question Periods of the Lester B. Pearson School Board Council meeting. Ironically, earlier in the day, with another act of democracy, the Quebec government put online all the briefs (mémoires) it received regarding Bill 105. My paper included comments on school board intimidation,

Dear cardholder, Our rates are not abusive or excessive. Kind regards.

SHUTTERSTOCK PHOTO Copyright A. and I. Kruk Q: I pay 23.99 % interest for cash advances with my credit card. Is this still legal? A: Let’s look at the general rules and see where you fit in. When there is no agreed upon interest rate in a contract, the legal rate is 5 % according to the Federal Interest Act. It’s different for governments and entities they create such as Hydro-Québec. They have rates governed by legislation. Mr. Hyde at Hydro-Québec rakes in 14.4 % for late payments. Dr. Jekyll at Revenue Quebec finds 6 % (plus extra interest and penalties in certain cases) reasonable. Since this is all money we pay ourselves as owners of the government so to speak, it is a relatively easier

Parrywinkle, September 29, 2016

Let's start off this week's column by quoting Duke Orsino of Illyria, presiding over the merry, mixed-up world of Twelfth Night, who opens Shakespeare's classic with the lines: 'If music be the food of love, play on, Give me excess of it; that surfeiting, The appetite may sicken, and so die.' Okay, so I had to look it up on Google, but for a specific reason! ------------------------------------------------------------------------ TRULY TALENTED TRIO - You see, a few years ago, while relaxing in our garden, I heard for the first time the most excruciating, painful, caterwauling strains of a violin - t'was either that or a cat catching a squirrel - emanating from a garden close by. And on and

Super senior Marcel Bradley still painting at 92 years young in his home town of Hudson

PHOTOS BY JAMES PARRY Marcel Bradley and his beloved Raymonde take time out for the YLJ camera in front of his latest painting of Pine Lake completed just last year and now hanging above the fi replace in their home-studio in the heart of the village. Back in 1999, Hudson artist Marcel Bradley started a photo album intended as a souvenir for his children. And as he was selecting photographs dating back to the year he was born at 371 Main Road in the little village – a house still standing virtually unchanged – it brought forward vivid recollections of people, events, and places that had a significant influence on his life. Indeed, the more he handled the photographs, the sharper became the

Hudson resident chosen to attend Global Fund Fifth Replenishment Conference

PHOTO BY JAMES ARMSTRONG Hudson resident India Robbins was one of only 100 Canadians picked to attended the recent Global Fund Fifth Replenishment Conference held in Montreal. It was described as a great honor for India Robbins to be chosen as a delegate to the two-day Global Fund Fifth Replenishment Conference held in Montreal Friday, September 16, to Saturday, September 17, an event that takes place every three years. “I was totally surprised,” said Robbins who originally made her application for the event through ONE, an international campaigning and advocacy organization created to raise awareness and take action to end extreme poverty and preventable diseases. “At first, I wasn’t takin

Putting the best foot forward

PHOTO COURTESY WAYNE MURRAY A stack of used horseshoes sit amongst the metal-working equipment in Wayne Murray’s Rigaud workshop. Very few traditional trades are still practiced nowadays as automation and manufacturing have replaced most of everything that used to be made by hand. With a few exceptions, most old-school crafts have been reduced to artisan work. The farrier, that specialised blacksmith who makes and fits horseshoes, is one of those even fewer time-honoured trades that have withstood the test of time and the advent of industrialisation. Rigaud artisan Wayne Murray has been a farrier and blacksmith for over four decades, and there is no shortage of work for him in this area that

PKU fundraiser a success

PHOTO COURTESY CANDACE LAPOINTE To raise funds for youngsters and their families impacted by PKU, first-time artists took to their easels at Zee Grub in Vaudreuil-Dorion helping to raise $1400 for the cause. When St. Lazare sisters, Candace Lapointe and Debbie SArjeant, and their family company, Artetvino, set about planning their first ever fund raiser for The Canadian PKU & Allied Disorders Association - held at Zee Grub in Vaudreuil-Dorion this past Saturday, September 24, they were hoping to raise at least $400 to help improve the quality of life of youngsters and their families impacted by this terrible genetic affliction that can lead to brain damage and major neurological problems. A

Arrest made in child pornography case

YLJ FILE PHOTO The Sûreté du Québec (SQ) major crimes unit, in collaboration with the sexual exploitation of children on the internet, have arrested a Vaudreuil-Dorion man September 20 in relation to child pornography. Luciano Ruccia, 52, appeared at the Valleyfield courthouse Wednesday, September 21, to face charges of possession, distribution, and production of child pornography. The investigation showed he allegedly committed the offenses at his workplace and his home. Following a search of both locations, police seized computer equipment for further analysis. Since 2010, the SQ has a structure allowing it to benefit from the expertise of more than 250 trained interviewers to investigate

Plenty of smiles at family-friendly Salon du VTT & Côte-à-Côte à Montréal

PHOTO BY ANDREW BELDING Reilly Lefsrud, foreground, left, and Eamon Lefsrud, right, try out dirt bikes at Moto Folie's second annual Salon du VTT & Côte-à-Côte à Montréal. The peewee motocross track was a big hit with families. During a sunny fall Saturday last weekend, a country fair atmosphere surrounded Vaudreuil-Dorion dealership Moto Folie for the second annual Salon du VTT & Côte-à-Côte à Montréal. Straw bales and festive balloons decorated a site filled with display tents and tables. A food truck from Pincourt-based Cheeburger Cheeburger met people’s hunger needs. Nearby, a Costco rep told visitors about a chance to save on Yamaha vehicles while Mario Charbonneau, president of Salaber

Marc-André Esculier wins St. Lazare council seat

PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK Marc-André Esculier, who won the St. Lazare District 4 council seat in last Sunday’s by-election, will be officially sworn in as councillor on Friday, September 30. Marc-André Esculier is the new St. Lazare District 4 councillor after winning a by-election on Sunday, September 25, easily defeating the five other candidates who were vying for the same spot. Esculier received 233 votes from the 610 ballots that were counted. Former Councillor Michel Lambert came in second with 137 votes, followed by Hugo Castonguay with 89 votes; Martin Couture, 73 votes; Paul Lavigne, 46 votes; and Alvaro Martinez, 42 votes. Esculier said he was very pleased with his victory that fills th

Mixed reaction to proposed Beaconsfield development

PHOTO BY CARMEN MARIE FABIO About 75 residents were in attendance at the Beaconsfield public consultation September 26 to discuss changes to zoning by-laws to allow for row house and condominium development. The overflow of attendees at the September 26 Beaconsfield public consultation resulted in a standing-room only crowd and a question period that delayed the start of the monthly council meeting by almost an hour. The proposal of an 18-townhouse complex on Beaurepaire Drive near the corner of St. Charles Boulevard and Prairie Drive led residents to raise concerns pertaining to structure height and traffic issues. “I’d like to request when the city says ‘storeys’ that they’re accurate in

Senneville council responds to issues raised about new housing development

PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK A scale model overview of the new Senneville in the Park housing development. Issues related to some aspects of a new residential project called Senneville in the Park, particularly about traffic during the construction phase and the lack of a small apartment block, were raised by residents during the Monday evening council meeting, September 26. The scope of development, which was presented during a public information meeting two weeks ago, is touted as the first major residential project in the village in the past 50 years and will see a total of 83 single family homes built within the next five to seven years. Each of the approximately 11,000 square foot lots are valu

Driver fleeing police crashes on Highway 20 in Dorval

PHOTOS BY VICTOR MATEUS A driver fleeing a pursuing Sûreté du Québec motorcycle officer on Highway 20 westbound the morning of September 28 crashed his car into an SQ patrol car sending both himself and the officer to hospital. SQ spokesman Sgt. Daniel Thibodeau reports a motorcycle officer signaled the driver to pull over near the Dorval Circle following a traffic infraction around 10:45 a.m. The driver refused and continued heading westbound, taking Exit 53 for Sources Boulevard where an SQ patrol car was stationed to intercept the motorist. “The suspect attempted to bypass the patrol car and he hit it,” said Thibodeau of the vehicle that then went over the guardrail coming to a rest on th

NOVA West Island Charity Breakfast

On September 20, Homestyle Bakery Black Lion Pub in Beaurepaire Village and their suppliers outdid themselves by giving back to the community. They hosted the 3rd Annual Breakfast Fundraiser and donated all of the food and the services to help NOVA West Island. This event raised money for our non-profit, volunteer-driven, community based, healthcare organisation with more than a century of providing comprehensive, compassionate, quality care to vulnerable individuals in the community. For $20, people could eat a delicious, warm home-style breakfast in a friendly atmosphere. Over 265 tickets were sold in addition to generous donations supporting NOVA’s free in-home cancer and ALS palliative

Kafé Poe

We are entering our second year of poetry at Kafé Poe which is held every first Thursday of the month at the Faubourg de l'île Shopping centre, 101 Cardinal-Léger Boulevard at Kaffeccino's (right next to the bank). This is a free, multilingual event which gathers people around poetry, storytelling and music. Bring your poems or your musical talent, it's open mic from 7 to 9 p.m. and totally non-profit. All ages and languages are welcome. The next one takes place October 6.

Letter to the editor 1, Sept. 22, 2016

Dear Editor, I am writing this letter in the context of the consultation process regarding the Preliminary Conservation Plan for Hudson. As a former ministerial aide and public servant in Ottawa for over 35 years, I know very well the challenges that face elected and non-elected officials in the development of public policy. On any given subject, it is expected that you will find different opinions based on different perspectives and/or interests. The challenge for a government is to find a balance that will serve the interests of various groups and individuals affected and reconcile, to the extent possible, the divergent points of view. I presume that in launching a public consultation, the

Letter to the editor 2, Sept. 22, 2016

Dear Editor, I have read the various scenarios regarding saving the Willow Inn. Mike Poirier a very savvy man, with years of successfully running his businesses in Hudson and St. Lazare was unable to show a modest return on the running or the Willow. He has stated that he has to close this institution. For The Town of Hudson to even consider purchasing or becoming financially involved with the Willow Inn would be an outright disaster. The town is broke and can't even afford to repair its own roads, water problems, Pine Lake, etc., etc. The town has spent taxpayers’ money in wasteful ways over the last several years, had employees siphon off money for their personal use, let property owners g

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