Stories of the Year - January to May 2016

JANUARY Security concerns at community mailboxes accumulate Carmen Marie Fabio Investigators at the MRC Vaudreuil-Soulanges, Beauharnois-Salaberry, and Haut-Saint-Laurent detachments asked for the public’s help to identify suspects who had been breaking into community mailboxes in order to steal packages. Since December 2015, dozens of mailboxes had been broken into in Hudson, Vaudreuil-Dorion, St. Lazare, Rivière-Beaudette, and Rigaud, and further reported thefts in Salaberry de Valleyfield, Ste. Martine, Ormstown and Godmanchester. Within half an hour the morning of January 27, Your Local Journal was able find four community mailboxes between St. Lazare and Hudson that had numerous doors f

Stories of the Year - June to December 2016

JUNE Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Ordination of Father Roland Demers James Parry If the role of a Catholic priest is to be a good and loving father to his flock, then parishioners from throughout the region will tell you they are blessed to have had Father Roland Demers as their Pastor at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Hudson for the past 30 years. It is a role that he has been dedicated to for an incredible half century. And on Saturday, June 11, following a 5:15 p.m. mass at the church and the very same date that he was first ordained in his then home town of Valleyfield, the entire community was invited to a reception at the nearby Stephen F. Shaar Community Centre in his honour. “To

Councillor Esculier votes against adopting St. Lazare’s 2017 budget

PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK District 4 Councillor Marc-André Esculier cited the expense of the annual Festival au Galop and the proposed expropriation of four corner lots at the intersection of Avenue Bédard and Chemin St. Louis for a traffic circle as the two items that prompted him to vote against adopting St. Lazare’s 2017 budget at a special council meeting on December 20. St. Lazare Councillor Marc-André Esculier’s dissenting vote against adopting the town’s 2017 budget caused controversy among some of the other five councillors who voted for the budget during a special council session on Tuesday, December 20. The costs associated with the upcoming third edition of the annual Festival au Galop

Health and education investments to benefit Vaudreuil & Soulanges say MNAs

PHOTO BY STEPHANIE O"HANLEY Vaudreuil MNA Marie-Claude Nichols (left) and Soulanges MNA Luice Charlebois, right, smile at a web camera at Nichols' Vaudreuil riding office at a press conference they held following the close of the fall National Assembly session. More powers for local municipalities. Investments in health and education. A hospital project on track. The creation of over 140,000 permanent jobs across Quebec – the best job performance the province has seen since 1976. Those are just some of the Quebec government priorities and investments benefiting Vaudreuil and Soulanges accomplished during the fall session, Soulanges MNA and Minister for Rehabilitation, Youth Protection and P

Suck it up

The installation of a central vacuum system during our last major renovation seemed like a great idea. Not having to lug a vacuum cleaner up and down the stairs worked for me and the fact that the giant canister of detritus, hidden away in the basement, only needed emptying every few months was a major selling point. Once or twice a year, my husband would fish out the Lego bricks, marbles, and loose change (and once a gym sock) that had made their way through the 15 feet or so of hose. This was a far step up from the Eaton's Viking brand metallic green canister vacuum I carted around from apartment to apartment for years as it was just too stubborn to die. It didn't work exceptionally well b

Parrywinkle December 15, 2016

Sheesh, to think that as of today, Thursday, December 15, Christmas Eve is just nine days away. Where has this past year gone? Seems like only yesterday that we were taking our tree down in the house and here we are already putting it up again. Bringing up from the basement boxes full of twinkling lights - some of which are definitely not twinkling anymore but, hey, what's new? - decorations, tinsel, ribbons, wrappings, and all of the festive treasures that my beautiful Sunshine and I have collected over the years. And what good memories they conjure up. We have the sparkling ornaments - still in their original boxes - that Mireille and her Mom hung on their tree when she was just a little g

Letter to the editor 1, Dec. 15, 2016

Letter of thanks Dear Editor, It’s been a busy two weekends. The 2016 Lighting of the Lights Festival, Santa Claus Parade, and Breakfast with Santa are all in the history books and once again a deep debt of gratitude is owed to all the volunteers who played a critical role in the success of these events. To Jane Blais and the St. Thomas Choir, James Armstrong, and Frank Royle, thank you an enchanting evening of caroling. To Kate who served up hot chocolate and candles, to Terri and Jodi for the bagpipes, and to the eight community organizations; Hudson Fine Crafts, Village Quilters, Palliative Care, As Kneaded, Cavagnal Scouts, Hudson Village Theatre, Hudson Film Society and Hudson Chamber M

Letter to the editor 2, Dec. 15, 2016

Ethical dilemma Dear Editor, This was the gist of my message, as I said it (in point form) at the Public Question Period of the Lester B. Pearson School Board Executive Committee Meeting held December 12, 2016. I said: - Pearson chairperson says unkind things about board employees, administrators, and principals. - They file charges with ethics commissioner claiming “abuse of power." - Ethics commissioner rules three times chairperson breached Code of Ethics. - Chair uses taxpayers' money to hire lawyer(s) to bully commissioners to remain silent regarding specifics of ethics scandal. - Commissioners, who were voted in by hundreds of electors, vote unanimously to "move on" by supporting

Letter to the editor 3, Dec. 15, 2016

Dear Editor, No doubt June Kendall is still complimenting herself on her last daring protest (Your Local Journal, December 8, page 1). Protesting can be a useful tool when it makes sense. This time it is a waste of time! Canada has an export based economy, a big part of which is the export of energy! For some reason it's in style for some to hurt Canada's economy anyway possible! When I first discovered that for Canada's Energy producers to be able to sell their products on the World Market, they had to sell at a discount because of a lack of infrastructure enabling them to get their products to market I was beside myself! Where else does this happen? Nowhere! Are Canadians so stupid that th

Letter to the editor 4, Dec. 15, 2016

International Development Project one step closer to reality Dear Editor, PHOTO COURTESY WESTWOOD SENIOR IDP Westwood Senior students Evan Buddle and Mathieu St-Hilaire lend a hand at the November 26-27 annual Craft Fair in Hudson to help raise money for the IDP students’ upcoming trip to Honduras. Last November 26 and 27, the annual Craft Fair was hosted at the Hudson Community Centre bringing the IDP students one step closer to helping the people of Honduras develop their community. Various artisans gathered with their creations in hopes for Christmas holiday sales. This event, organized by Susan Donnelly and supported by a group of Westwood Senior students, helps to raise funds for the In

Returning goods purchased after Christmas

Shutterstock photo Copyright VitaM Q. Are stores required to have in place refund or exchange policies after Christmas, and are consumers protected? A. Retail stores set their own refund policies. Some stores don’t allow refunds or exchanges. For others, it depends on the items you purchase. Don’t look for a particular section of law that deals with this subject. There is nothing about brick and mortar stores having to refund shoppers in the Consumer Protection Act. No law forces these retailers to refund or exchange goods purchased. You enter into a commercial contract when you purchase from a retailer, by pressing ‘ok’ as witnessed by the Interac machine. When you do that a successful clos

Hudson Christmas Bird Count

YLJ FILE PHOTO/CARMEN MARIE FABIO If you like birds and live in the Hudson area, we have a great activity for you. On Tuesday, December 27, we are holding our 76th edition of the Hudson Christmas Bird Count. You can participate either in the field or in the warmth of your home counting the birds frequenting your feeders. It’s a great fun day in the field and we have a gathering at the St. Hubert restaurant in Vaudreuil-Dorion following the event. To participate, please contact Jean Demers at or by phone at (514) 694-8240.

Foster volunteers urgently needed - winter is here

PHOTO BY ANGELA AGOURIAS Winter is especially harsh to stray animals and while a number of abandoned cats in our community try to weather the harsh season, many of them succumb to cold and hunger. A few lucky ones end up being rescued by volunteers who either find homes for them or provide them with some limited means of survival. Christine Heidt, Anne Bochnig and Joëlle Panchyshyn are some of the few residents who have taken it upon themselves to help those cats. "We are a small organization that runs a very effective program to reduce the overpopulation of abandoned cats through adoptions and trap/sterilize/release activities, all at our expense. But we cannot do it all alone, we need you

Falcon Golf Club up for sale at almost $16 million

PHOTO BY JAMES PARRY Photographed in Hudson December 14, Falcon Golf Club, designed by internationally-renowned golf course architects Graham Cooke & Associates, is up for sale while 2017 will be business as usual. Over 7 million square feet of land in Hudson for sale. An incredible opportunity for developers/investors. The price, $15,995,000 plus taxes. So read the ad that appeared in The Montreal Gazette this past Saturday, December 10, placed by realtors Richard Beaumier and Pierre Larin of Profusion Reality Inc. in Westmount. Your Local Journal has learned that the land in question is the 18-hole Falcon Golf Club, a public course designed by top-ranked golf course architects Graham Cooke

Pincourt concerned about Vaudreuil Rapids reconfiguration

PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK Pincourt council adopted a resolution that calls on Infrastructure Canada, the provincial Ministry of Transport and Ministry of Sustainable Development, Environment and Fight against Climate Change, to coordinate work to reconfigure the Vaudreuil Rapids in the next two years to minimize possible traffic, noise and dust problems. A resolution was adopted at the regular Pincourt council meeting December 13 calling on the federal and provincial governments to review plans for reconfiguring the Vaudreuil Rapids to minimize the potential negative impact that the construction project may have on the community and residents living close to the Ottawa River shoreline, just south

Epic journey to raise awareness of Rwandan genocide PTSD

PHOTO BY CARMEN MARIE FABIO Kizito Musabimana stepped foot on Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Saturday, December 10, two weeks after leaving his home in Toronto on an odyssey to raise awareness for sufferers of PTSD from the 1994 Rwandan genocide Kizito Musabimana spent his 34th birthday somewhere along Highway 401 between his starting point in Toronto on his sojourn east. “I'm walking to Montreal to raise awareness of the psychological wounds of war,” he told Your Local Journal as he set foot on the most western tip of the Island of Montreal on Saturday morning, December 10, a little over two weeks after his departure, and walking onto Montreal's Town Hall for a Monday morning meeting with Frantz B

Property taxes increase 0.5 per cent for Vaudreuil-Dorion homeowners

PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK Marco Pilon, Vaudreuil-Dorion Treasurer and Director of Finances, presents the city 2017 budget at a special council session on December 12 that will see residential property taxes rise 0.5 per cent. Residential property taxes in Vaudreuil-Dorion will increase an average of 0.5 per cent next year it was announced during a presentation of the city’s 2017 municipal budget that was adopted at a special council meeting on Monday, December 12. For homeowners, the 0.5 per cent increase represents an average hike of $9 for a house evaluated at $309,000, said Marco Pilon, the city’s Treasurer and Director of Finances who presented the budget to about 25 residents in the council

Rigaud gifted writer’s historic house

PHOTO BY JAMES ARMSTRONG The Town of Rigaud was recently gifted the small house that belonged to Québec writer and historian Robert-Lionel Séguin. The small house that was once the home of Québec writer and historian, Robert-Lionel Séguin, has been given to the Town of Rigaud by Madame Séguin Servant with the stipulation that the building must be moved from its current location. To that end, $50,000 was budgeted for 2017 for that project as announced at a special town council meeting held Monday, December 13. “There may be room for it near the library,” said Mayor Hans Gruenwald Jr. when asked where the new location will be. Born in Rigaud in 1920, Robert-Lionel Séguin devoted his life to th

Ericsson inaugurates new ICT facility in Vaudreuil-Dorion

PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK Vaudreuil-Dorion Mayor Guy Pilon addresses attendees at the official inauguration of Ericsson’s newest global Information and Communication Technology (ICT) centre in Vaudreuil-Dorion last Thursday, December 8. Vaudreuil-Dorion Mayor Guy Pilon took centre stage and cut the red ceremonial ribbon that officially inaugurated the opening of Ericsson’s newest global Information and Communication Technology (ICT) centre during a ceremony at the facility last Thursday, December 8. His Excellency Per Sjögren, the Swedish Ambassador to Canada; Peter Schiefke, Member of Parliament (MP) for Vaudreuil-Soulanges and Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister (Youth); along with se

History repeats

Shutterstock Photo Copyright Alison1414 I could sympathize with a recent news report of a woman in Oregon who called police after her neighbour wouldn’t stop whistling the 1990s song ‘Closing Time’ by a one-hit-wonder band named Semisonic. And it’s not so much that his choice of song was irritating, it was the sheer repetition of the tune that reportedly drove her to tell him to “shut up” and an altercation ensued resulting in the police being called. After raising three kids, I empathize completely as I have a very short tolerance to anything that gets repeated… repeatedly. While things like drum kits and electric guitars don’t bother me (even if they’re not played well) looping electronic

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