Ice fishing

Shutterstock Photo by Vladimir Salman Q. I see fishing shacks in the Vaudreuil-Soulanges area on the Lake of Two Mountains. Can I just go on the ice, dig a hole, and start fishing? A. First, you need a fishing license. Several types of licenses are available at different prices, according to the species of fish or the duration of the planned excursion. You can obtain a license from authorized sales agents, who are usually retailers of hunting and fishing equipment. The sport fishing license covers one primary angler, the spouse, and any child under the age of 18. The inexpensive rates vary. A typical season permit in our region is $30.13. A season’s length depends on the weather, usually fro

Letter to the editor 1, Feb. 23, 2017

Dear residents of Hudson, I was unable to attend the February 16 ‘Information Session’ concerning Sandy Beach, but I was able to receive the Nicanco Holdings prepared documents; the written handout ‘Pine Beach Project’ and the new 2017 proposed site plan. The handout is written as if it is clearly answering questions of concern, but does it? Has the town really ‘approved’ this project? I don’t think so. The town may have approved a project with 217 dwelling units, but that is a far cry from a building permit. They say they transferred a ‘park area’ of 19.14% of the land to the town, but I believe this area is actually about 100% wetlands, is in the 20 year flood plain, includes the Vive

Letter to the editor 2, Feb. 23, 2017

Pickleball for all Dear Editor, Pickleball has become a huge sport in the States and Mexico and in the West in is time for the people in this area get access to this growing sport. This is another reason for municipalities to work and play together. Officialdom is keeping us back. You have to live in the area to have access to each other's assets, to use the libraries and sport facilities. The enormous St. Lazare and Vaudreuil-Dorion libraries are not available to Hudsonites, one pays for the one in Rigaud. It is not practical for each area, not matter how small, to provide for themselves these expensive facilities. We should band together. The communities of Como, Hudson, and H

Parrywinkle, February 23, 2017

Despite the seemingly tropical weather this week with temperatures on the plus side, s'now joke folks. To parryphrase The Bard, I've just about had it with this winter of our discontent! Sure, in our neck of the woods, the white stuff looks fairytale-ish on the evergreens. Ditto for diamonds of freezing rain sparkling on the branches. Like the Sword of Damocles, icicles droop dagger-like, one day threatening to decapitate us and then splish-splashing from the roof the next. Privately-contracted snow crews and individuals here in Hudson working all hours doing their best. And then watching on local TV news, cars in Montreal literally buried under snow even before the plows have gone by and in

Up for adoption

PHOTO COURTESY CASCA Here is beautiful McGregor who was found outside by a very nice couple while it was very cold. No one has claimed him therefore he is now available for adoption. He's quite the charmer! He's so happy to be warm, his belly full and have lots of love from his foster family and their dog that he gives you back lots of love in return. He seems to have a very large capacity to adapt to changes. McGregor was neutered and vaccinated. He was born February 2, 2012. For more information on McGregor, please call (514) 706-2287 or send us an email at

Hudson Festival of Canadian Film coming to a screen near you March 2-5

PHOTO COURTESY CLINT WARD The late cinematographer Ben McKinnon, shown in photo above at right during filming of Kin Fables, will be honoured on the gala opening night of the 2nd Hudson Festival of Canadian Film on Thursday, March 2, at Hudson Village Theatre. Together with the personal appearance of two renowned directors, Brigitte Berman and John Walker, some of Canada's best and most critically-acclaimed movies, are all set for screening at the second annual Hudson Festival of Canadian Film running March 2 through 5 at Hudson Village Theatre and opening with an evening, including a gala, to honour the late Ben McKinnon of Rigaud and emerging filmmakers. Organized and hosted by The Hudson

Book signing

Book signing for the new play by Frank Hicks, For All The Heroes, will take place at Décor Serenity, 67 Cameron Road, from 12 to 1 p.m., Saturday, February 25. Price is $10 with all funds collected to be donated to the Veterans Emergency Transition Services Canada in support of Canadian soldiers suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Snowboarding gold

PHOTO COURTESY CLAIRE LETOURNEAU Local Hudson resident Rebecca Letourneau-Duynstee wins Gold at the Alpine Snowboard North American Cup race at Holiday Valley in New York on February 9th, and Silver earlier in the season at Le Relais, Quebec. She is now off to Klinovec, Czech Republic to represent Canada in the Junior World Championships. Rebecca is currently on the Québec Elite Team, the highest level for Quebec for the 2016-2017 season and is a Mechanical Engineering student at Ottawa University.

P.J. Stock named Au Galop Honourary President

PHOTO COURTESY VILLE DE SAINT-LAZARE Festival Ambassador Pamela Tremblay, Mayor Robert Grimaudo, and Honourary President P. J. Stock announce the third edition of the Au Galop equestrian festival. The Town of Saint-Lazare officially announced the event’s honour president as well as the dates of the third edition of the Saint-Lazare Au Galop Festival July 8 and 9. On Monday, February 20 at 1:30 p.m. at the Saint-Lazare Library, Councillor Pamela Tremblay, Ambassador of the Festival accompanied by Mayor Robert Grimaudo and members of the town council, announced the official nomination of P.J. Stock, former NHL player and sports journalist, as Honourary President of the Saint-Lazare Au Galop Fe

Former Hudson High student hooked on rugby inducted into new Canada Hall of Fame

PHOTO COURTESY GILLIAN FLORENCE Always on the ball, speedy flanker Gillian Florence (centre) left Hudson High to become the most decorated female Canadian player of all time and has represented her country in no less than five World Cup tournaments. As a Grade 10 student at Hudson High School when teachers were trying to muster up interest to get their first girls’ rugby team going, Gillian Florence, was 'vaguely aware' of the game and, out of curiosity and during downtime from some of her other sports activities, signed up to join. She was immediately hooked and fell in love with the rugged rough and tumble sport - until then virtually the exclusive domain of guys - fielding for the school

St. Lazare singer-songwriter competing in CBC’s Searchlight Competition

PHOTO COURTESY JESSE STONE Put your trust in Jesse Stone by voting for him (you can vote once a day until the first round ends February 27). You'll find Stone's CBC Searchlight page, which includes his music video, at Ask St. Lazare’s Jesse Stone about how he came to qualify for the regional semi-final round of CBC’s national Searchlight music competition and he’ll tell you, “it’s a bit of a funny story.” To enter the online contest, artists need an original song and a music video showcasing their act. “I only found out about the competition seven days prior to the deadline,” said Stone, a singer-songwriter whose musical inspiration includes ‘90s classic roc

Remembering Stuart McLean

YLJ FILE PHOTO/CARMEN MARIE FABIO Canadian humourist and venerable storyteller Stuart McLean, who passed away last week, had been invited to return to the tiny and much loved intimate venue of the Hudson Village Theatre. Though Stuart McLean regularly appeared at sold-out venues with capacities of thousands of seats, it was at the intimate 148-seat Hudson Village Theatre in July, 2014, that he performed to what his producer Jess Milton later deemed, “…the best audience of the year.” Indeed, the cozy atmosphere fostered an immediate rapport between the crowd and Canada’s most famous raconteur and it was a crack from an audience member who told McLean it wasn’t too late to address his learning

Pilot error to blame in 2015 St. Lazare ultralight plane crash

YLJ FILE PHOTO/CARMEN MARIE FABIO Nearly two years after an ultralight plane went down on agricultural terrain as it circled over the St. Lazare airport, the Quebec coroner’s office released its official report on the plane’s occupants, Pierre Brassard, 65, and his wife 66-year-old Ginette Cormier, both from the Ottawa area. In Dr. Krystyna Pecko’s report issued February 13, the couple left the Gatineau Airport May 14, 2015, in their Seastar SP, a kit plane constructed by Brassard and deemed airworthy by Transport Canada in November, 2011 in accordance with current regulations. A secondary certification was issued in October, 2013. Arriving over St. Lazare around 12:40 p.m., Brassard visuall

Provincial ministry to hold public info meeting for Chaline Valley homeowners

The provincial Ministry of Public Security (MSP) will hold a public information session March 28 exclusively for Chaline Valley homeowners that are directly affected by the landslide issue, announced St. Lazare Mayor Robert Grimaudo during a special council session on Tuesday, February 21. “This is very good news,” Grimaudo told Your Local Journal after the meeting. “The MSP has identified the area. Now they’re taking action. We have to remember that their sole action is financial. The stabilization work itself will belong to the town.” Price tag Just over $5.9 million of the current estimated $8 million cost to stabilize the land around affected homes will be covered by the MSP, said Grimau

Updated Hudson Pine Beach project gets a public presentation

The Pine Beach Project was presented to the general public on Thursday, February 16, at the Stephen F. Shaar Community Centre, and urban consultant and lobbyist Marc Perreault made the presentation on behalf of the owner of the property, Hans-Karl Muhlegg, president of Nicanco Holdings Inc. The development project takes in the area bounded by the Canadian Pacific Railway line, Beach Road, the Lake of Two Mountains and Quarry Point and is commonly referred to as Sandy Beach and adjoining forest. With the aid of a slide presentation, Perreault recounted the long history of the project from the purchase of the land in 1986, through the discussions with the town regarding green spaces, the beach

Loss of tax revenue from empty office complex frustrates Vaudreuil-Dorion officials

PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK Vaudreuil-Dorion officials are frustrated by the loss of commercial tax revenue because a 12-storey office complex and two adjacent buildings continue to sit empty at 1000 St. Charles Avenue just north of Highway 40. The loss of commercial tax revenue due to a vacant 12-storey office building continues to stymie Vaudreuil-Dorion officials who have been hampered in their efforts to have a proper valuation done to determine the true value of the structure, said Mayor Guy Pilon during the Monday evening council meeting, February 20. The issue surfaced during the first question period when resident André Crevier told council he was pleased with the minimal property tax incre

Chaline Valley - Special meeting February 21, 7 p.m.

YLJ FILE PHOTO/JOHN JANTAK At the request of Mayor Robert Grimaudo, members of the Saint-Lazare Council are summoned to a special session on Tuesday, February 21st, 2017 at 7 p.m. at the Community Centre located at 1301 Rue du Bois to immediately begin all required steps for the conclusion of an agreement with the Security Ministry (MSP) for the realization of stabilization work in the sector of Vallée Chaline. “This is great news” for the concerned Chaline Valley residents', says Mayor Grimaudo. Residents will be convened in the upcoming weeks to an information session given by the Town and its government partners, added the mayor. The only other point on the agenda will be a resolution sho

Letter to the editor 1, Feb. 16, 2017

Being part of the solution Dear Editor, I would like to start the New Year by thanking our mayor and councillors for persevering against monumental odds. I would also like to thank our merchants and businesses located in Hudson for giving us their confidence. I would now ask the residents of Hudson to show our support by standing behind our mayor and councillors as they are doing for us. Buy locally so we can keep our merchants and businesses here. We can eat locally, shop locally, we have an amazing MediCentre and village theatre. The list is endless. We must keep these amazing people here. One day you might not be able to drive to the "big box stores" and you will really appreciate that we

Letter to the editor 2, Feb. 16, 2017

For, not by Dear Editor, Hudsonites were formally informed at January's council meeting that council meetings are held for the residents but not by the residents. This injunction was repeated at a question period in February's Meeting. Someone speaking for the town did not like the direction of a comment by a citizen. In effect the citizen was called out of order, or gagged if you will. The 'for, not by' wording of the injunction both opens a gap between council and residents and, during the meetings, holds the citizens in an ineffective, muzzled position. One consequence is an unwholesome pollution of the atmosphere in the meeting hall. However the mutual antagonism is avoidable. Counc

Letter to the editor 3, Feb. 16, 2017

Cultural integration in Quebec Dear Editor, Kim Vale may be right about the old concept of "English superiority" in attitude in the old Quebec (Letters, Your Local Journal, February 2). However, the two solitudes concept still being supported officially and culturally is not helping much. The years of learning French in Protestant schools did not produce any real bilingual results. English students learned grammar but gained no speaking skills. There was little mingling of the two groups socially. The same systems are producing the same feeling of separateness and isolation. Naomi Henshaw Hudson

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