VSPCRF Pointsettia campaign raises over $64,000

PHOTO COURTESY VSPCRF The key partners and volunteers of the Vaudreuil-Soulanges Palliative Care Residence unveil the amount raised during the sixth edition of the poinsettias campaign. The sixth edition of the poinsettias campaign to benefit the Vaudreuil-Soulanges Palliative Care Residence Foundation (VSPCRF), presented by Desjardins Vaudreuil-Soulanges in collaboration with the City of Vaudreuil-Dorion, raised a total of $ 64,567.23! The Foundation wishes to thank its main partners, the citizens, the companies and the regional organizations who answered the call in large numbers. Almost 2,700 poinsettias were distributed throughout the Vaudreuil-Soulanges area. The success of this fundrai

Cummins and UPS: Teamwork – Making a difference together

Despite the many pressures of the holiday season - in collaboration with Volunteer West Island - UPS’s Rafik Morcos, and Lyne Poirier and Bertrand Rougeau from Cummins contacted teams from amongst their employees to answer an urgent request from The Teapot’s Volunteer Coordinator Judy Martini for people to help out at the Lachine community centre’s annual Christmas Party for seniors. Volunteers from both companies took time out from their busy schedules to lend a hand decorating the hall and setting up tables, serving a festive meal, and tidying up afterwards, thus providing Christmas enjoyment and happy memories for everyone. Working together, making good things happen!

Apply to be Queen of Hudson's St. Patrick's Day Parade

Photo courtesy Jim Beauchamp Queen and her court - 2016 (Left to right) Princess Olivia Okeefe, Queen Shannon Pine, Princess Maria Isabel Massironi, Queen Mum - Marge Crombie. There is one month left to apply to be Queen of Hudson’s 8th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The deadline is midnight, Monday, February 20. The criteria for any applicant is that she has some Irish heritage, be a Canadian citizen of the Greater Montreal area, be aged 18 to 30 years, and be willing to attend parade-linked functions during March, including being a special guest at the Montreal parade Sunday, March 19. And of course, the Queen and Court will reign over Hudson’s Parade Saturday, March 18. The young lady l

Letter to the editor 1, Jan. 26, 2017

Landslide issues Dear Editor, Nice to see Notre Dame de l’Île Perrot about to get their landslide issue resolved (Your Local Journal, January 19, page 12) while we here in Chaline Valley continue to twist in the wind waiting for something to be done. Our problem has been known since 2002 and even earlier. See timeline a few postings down in landslide section of the blog. (Google St. Lazare Truth Serum). A local media outlet was going to tell the whole despicable story about this back in 2011 when I first heard about it and passed on all the details but didn't, due to a threat of legal action. Can you imagine this? A nine-page letter of service stipulating the risks associated with the landsl

Letter to the editor 2, Jan. 26, 2017

Justin Trudeau I Dear Editor, The truth is that Justin Trudeau speaks French like a foreigner. What we hear is neither the beautiful music of his father’s erudition nor the smooth marshmallow chocolat chaud tone of a Parisian. But the worst part of it is he does not speak Québécois, which few would have noticed if he didn’t insist on making a fool of himself at the Sherbrooke meeting! He tripped over his Elliotts and squashed his Sinclairs! He trumped his mother’s social cause, ignoring the question about mental health to trumpet his me-myself-&-I horn on the language issue. Sheila Mediena Montreal

Letter to the editor 3, Jan. 26, 2017

Justin Trudeau II Dear Editor, What is with Justin Trudeau? Who is he trying to impress? He has lost my vote for his ignorant reaction to an English Quebecer in refusing to answer in English. I grew up in Quebec...fifth generation English, lived here all my life... and am now an 85-year-old Quebecer of English extraction. I do not speak French because I was officially excluded from the French community...socially and economically, all of my life. Do not make the mistake of blaming English people for not being able to speak French. We were officially and socially excluded and denied the opportunity. Naomi Henshaw Hudson

Letter to the editor 4, Jan. 26, 2017

The Lester B. Pearson School Board must get its priorities straight Dear Editor, Last week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau got himself into hot water in Sherbrooke for refusing to answer in English, questions posed to him in English. One question, in particular, which seemed to upset most people dealt with access to mental health services for the English-speaking minority. This week, on Wednesday, January 25, is “Bell Let's Talk Day." The day is aimed toward promoting awareness and understanding of mental health concerns - and where to get help. One group Bell is recommending is Kids Help Phone – a kid-friendly , bilingual, phone and web counselling service for teens, as some do suffer from

Letter to the editor 5, Jan. 26, 2017

The kindness of others Dear Editor, On Saturday January 14, I was really stuck due to ice. My driveway was a skating rink. I was doing my best to dig out without success. A police officer stopped to lend a hand, then a couple of trucks also stopped after fishing off Jack Layton Park. One guy hooked up a chain and in no time I was out. I hope I thanked them enough. John Cutts Hudson

Letter to the editor 6, Jan. 26, 2017

Thank you Dear Editor, Thanks to James Parry, who in his most recent column described the presentation that took place at Hudson’s War Memorial Library just before Christmas, in which we donated generously to 12 local charities. This event was a feel-good morning for everyone involved, and we actually get to do it again in six months’ time! This letter is to say thank you to all the people who make this possible. “Where does all this money come from?” you may well ask. The Library Shop, affectionately known as the Bunker, operates in the basement of the library and has been open on Saturday mornings from 10 a.m. until noon for more than 65 years. All inventory in the shop is donated by local

Charge it

Shutterstock photo by Martin Novak We're in the throes of winter, otherwise known as the season when humans, and animals, are able to build up levels of static electricity substantial enough to seriously hurt their friends and family members. I know this because I was recently on the receiving end of an ear-zap from my son. For the uninitiated, this involves either sitting on a plastic bench (apparently polyurethane works best) or shuffling along a carpet, sneaking up behind someone and touching their ear. This is significantly less fun for the zapee. And while I'm a lifelong proud Canadian and actually fond of cold weather, it seems to me lately that the whole static thing is getting worse

Breaking up is easy... with your collection agent

Shutterstock photo by Everett Collection Q. My phone rings almost every day. This debt collector is calling and aggressively threatening legal action. He says the repayment plan I presented is unacceptable. How can I stop the phone calls? A. Whether or not a repayment plan is accepted depends on the mandate your collection agent received from the client you owe money to – like Visa or a retail outlet. Unfortunately, some collection agents may be unable to negotiate a solution that will resolve the debt. Some creditors on the other hand maintain a reputation of flexibility, they will let agents compromise such as accepting you paying $10 a month. Others will have an automatic pilot plan of go

Parrywinkle, January 26, 2017

Ouf! Tell you folks. It's good to be back from last Friday's big inauguration galas and balls of America's 45th president, Donald J. Trump, in Washington, D.C., with all expenses paid by my most generous publisher here at Your Local Journal. And just for the record, I felt obliged to turn down the offer of a long weekend stay - again, all expenses covered and with rates at about $700 U.S. a night - at Trump's newest hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue. Nah, I'm only kidding. For like a rube rubbernecker at a road accident, I elected to watch it on TV along with millions of other Canadians in what had to be the craziest reality show of the century in the comfort of my own home right here in Hudson!

Hudson Community Farm project gets real

PHOTO BY JAMES ARMSTRONG With plenty of planning and lots of hard work, the Hudson Community Farm found a field for its endeavors and farm directors, Loïc Freeman-Lavoie (left) and Rébecca Phaneuf-Thibault, Hudson Town Councillor Natalie Best and Hudson Food Collective Manager Robyn Rees are eager to turn the soil. In spite of freezing rain, ice pellets, and snow, the Hudson Community Farm project was inaugurated Tuesday, January 24, in an empty field owned by the Town of Hudson on Main Road next to the recently renovated dog park and opposite Thompson Park. On hand for the event were Hudson Town Councillor Natalie Best, Hudson Community Farm Directors Rébecca Phaneuf-Thibault and Loïc Freem

Ste. Anne’s council supports development restrictions despite threats of legal action

PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK Ste. Anne de Bellevue council took a united stance in support of the PPU urban development plan for the northern part of the city despite threats of legal action by the promoters. Ste. Anne de Bellevue residents showed their support for council’s decision to stand firm regarding its new Plan Particulier d’Urbanisme (PPU) during question period at the Monday evening council meeting January 23, despite threats of legal action by three developers under the group name Développement Immoblier Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue (DISAB) if the urban development plan isn’t revised. Mayor Paola Hawa said council is united in its resolve to maintain the new PPU, particularly regarding develo

Schiefke announces federal investment in Vaudreuil-Dorion sports and leisure infrastructures

PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK Vaudreuil-Soulanges MP Peter Schiefke announces a federal government investment of $425,000 for two sports and leisure projects in Vaudreuil-Dorion as part of the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program during a press conference at the Centre Multisports in Vaudreuil-Dorion on January 19. Vaudreuil-Dorion Mayor Guy Pilon was on hand as Peter Schiefke, Member of Parliament for Vaudreuil-Soulanges and Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister for Youth, announced a $425,000 investment by the Government of Canada to the city’s sport and leisure infrastructures, during a press conference at the Centre Multisports last Thursday, January 19. The investment, which is pa

Post-incident analysis following École Chêne-Bleu gun scare

PHOTO BY CARMEN MARIE FABIO No one was injured in a January 23 event that had Pincourt’s École Secondaire Chêne-Bleu students and staff sequestered in the building following the report of a student who appeared to have a gun – but some parents are questioning the lack of communication by school staff during the roughly 90 minute lockdown period. “It’s unthinkable that there’s no security perimeter set up,” said one Secondary 3 student’s mother who is also a police officer with the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM). “There’s also no information from the school – no email, nothing.” The woman, who declined to give her name, said the moment the school called in the Sûreté du Québ

Local figure-skaters finish in top 10

PHOTO BY SEAN McKINNON Patinage Sud-Ouest congratulates Maxime Deschamps of CPAR Vaudreuil and his partner Sydney Kolodziej for finishing in sixth place with a score of 154.65 points at their first Canadian championships together. The Canadian Tire 2017 National Skating Championships took place from January 16 to 21, 2017 at the arena of the Place TD in Ottawa. Congratulations to all our skaters for their performance in this competition!

Gun scare at École Chêne Bleu

PHOTO BY DAMON JAMES ROLOFF Exam week at Pincourt's École Chêne Bleu got off to a rough start as the Sûreté du Québec (SQ) was called following reports of two students bringing guns to the school. “We were just having lunch in the atrium when I noticed everyone was beginning to congregate in there and teachers were blocking all the exits,” said a student. “I saw the police coming in and they searched two students and their backpacks.” As per the exam schedule of the week, students were let out just before 2 p.m. SQ spokesperson Sgt. Joyce Kemp said police received a call just before lunch. “Teenagers were seen near the entrance to the school and one of them seemed to have a firearm.” The fir

Up for adoption

PHOTO COURTESY CASCA Océane is approximately one year old and looking for a fur-ever home after being locked up in a room for a long time to prevent her from wondering and getting pregnant again. Since CASCA took charge, things are much better for this beautiful tortoise-shell little girl. With regular feedings, she gained weight and her fur is smooth and silky. Though still a little timid, she loves attention and caresses and is very insistent in her emotional demonstration of affection. She’s been vaccinated and is scheduled for sterilization surgery next week. All she needs now is to receive a lot of love and will give much in return. If you can offer Océane the loving home she deserves

Chief Scout awards

PHOTO COURTESY GEORGE ANDERSON On Sunday, January 15, Westwood Senior High School student and Saint Lazare resident Johnathon "Jack" Anderson of the Valois United Scout Group, along with 10 other Quebec members of Scouts Canada, were presented their Chief Scout Award by the Honourable J. Michel Doyon, Lieutenant-Governor of Quebec at a ceremony in Boisbriand, Quebec.

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