Lost in translation

PEXEL IMAGE As a kid growing up without the benefit of cable television, we bathed in the glow of whatever came on the screen of the local broadcasters, happily hypnotized by The Friendly Giant, Mr. Dress-up, and – of course – The Flintstones, every weekday at noon, usually accompanied by a bowl of Kraft Dinner. In fact, we loved and knew every episode so well that we eagerly watched them on the French channels as well and that’s when I noticed many of the character’s names had been changed. While Fred stayed as Fred, the other main characters were referred to as Delima, Arthur, and Bertha. That just didn’t sit well in my black and white childhood mind. I let it go (hey, grudges take energy)

Letter to the editor 1, March 30, 2017

A word of thanks Dear Editor, I just want to say thank you for spreading the English language in these communities. I have lived in Vaudreuil-Dorion since last February 2016 when we moved from Ontario. It’s been so hard to find an English community or friends and we are really struggling with that. Today I Googled something and found this journal - what a relief! Being able to read my community news in our own language! Thanks, thanks, thanks! Roberta Dias Vaudreuil-Dorion

Letter to the editor 2, March 30, 2017

Deteriorating houses on Main Road, Hudson Dear Editor, My house is probably one that Rudolph Stucki refers to in his Letter to the Editor (Your Local Journal, March 16). I am the owner of one of these ‘deteriorating houses…’ Riversmead. I own 100 acres of scrub land bordering on Main Road and Highway 342, crossed by the railway tracks, crossed by the sewer line. This land is frozen for all time it seems. We cannot sell one foot to be used for anything. If we were allowed to sell even a small portion, one lot for instance even, perhaps we could afford to maintain the house! The taxes on this property are not frozen – they keep going up every year! What kind of town planning is this? Naomi Hen

Letter to the editor 3, March 30, 2017

Question of entitlement Dear Editor, On December 8, 2016, Your Local Journal reported that during his remarks at the town council meeting held Monday, December 5, Mayor Ed Prévost gave a retrospective on the past three years of his and council’s leadership and said ‘“We realized we were hired to clean the swamp,” and “A lot has been done, but there is more to be done, unfortunately,” he said referring to a culture of entitlement he said needed to be curtailed”.’ It was discovered after Louise Léger-Villandré’s departure that the Directors’ Management Policy of the Town of Hudson in effect during her reign granted to all managers (Director General included) the same benefits as unionized empl

Letter to the editor 4, March 30, 2017

Helping HÉROS Dear Editor, I would like to send a big shout-out to our Saint Lazare Firefighters and First Responders. We received a very informative session titled HÉROS that was offered to the golden-agers of our community. Patrick and his fellow firefighter welcomed us very graciously and presented a brief but complete presentation on Choking, CPR and the Defibrillator; three most important aspects of saving a person’s life while waiting for the First Responders to arrive. Thank you for your most valuable time. Liz and Robert Rozon Saint Lazare

Letter to the editor 5, March 30, 2017

QESBA continues to bash Quebec across North America Dear Editor, On Sunday, March 26, the Quebec English School Boards Association (QESBA) presented a workshop at the annual National School Boards Association Conference held at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. The talk was titled, "Your Government Wants to do What?" This referred to Quebec's proposed school board reform Bill 86, in 2015, which would modernize the province's anachronistic elected school board system. The bill was aimed at promoting student success by making schools the centre of the public school network. This would be achieved by granting greater decision-making power to those closest to the student: parents, teache

Rising stars

PHOTO COURTESY KAREN SIMMONS Chloë Geller, age 14 (left) of Pointe-Claire and 19-year-old Morgan Weinmeister of Saint-Lazare who recently collaborated on a song titled “Dizzy” are very excited to have been voted the winners of the 2017 TOPS Next Song song-writing competition. Following an online vote, the top three finalists performed live at the TOPS V.I.P. showcase last Sunday, March 26, where the winners were announced live on Facebook. Their composition “Dizzy” was named the winner by a panel of industry professionals including a music producer, a composer, two singer-songwriters and an audio engineer. The prize package includes a DVD of their performance as well as five hours of recordi

Saint‐Lazare and Hydro‐Québec collaborate to improve the quality of electricity service

YLJ FILE PHOTO/JOHN JANTAK As reported last November, this birch tree resting atop a Hydro-Québec power line running behind St. Lazare resident Richard Masys’ property had the property owner frustrated over the public utility’s apparent lack of action despite informing the power utility three times since late summer to look into situation. Hydro will be addressing the issue of tree overgrowth in relation to its power lines over the next two years. To improve the quality of electricity service, Hydro‐Québec will be conducting major vegetation control work in Saint‐Lazare over the next two years. Most major power outages in the area over the past few years have been caused by vegetation coming

Parrywinkle March 30, 2017

Okay, so this week let's fly off to the sun in Mexico, Costa Rica, and South Africa. Vicariously, of course, while getting in a little fishing and turning the spotlight on the plight of one of the planet's most endangered animals, the rhinoceros. Intrigued? Then read on dear readers! --------------------------------------------------------------- POSITIVE THINKING PERSONIFIED - Now it's no secret folks that I love fishing. Really miss angling for trout in Hudson's Pine Lake - now Pine Meadows - even if it was stocked every year for residents and their families to enjoy until that damn dam broke. Hooking and releasing big muskies and pike in the Ottawa River and Lake of Two Mountains just min

Work to stabilize Chaline Valley landslide zone will begin in late 2018

PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK Work is scheduled to begin late in 2018 to resolve the landslide issue adjacent to the Quinchien River in Chaline Valley area of St. Lazare. Chaline Valley homeowners in St. Lazare got welcome news about work that will be done to reconfigure and stabilize the land along the Quinchien River during a special presentation that was presided by town officials and representatives from the provincial Ministry of Transport and Ministry of Public Security at the community centre on March 28. The meeting was held in two parts: the first half was a broad overview of the current situation that affects all homeowners who live either next to, or close to, the river. The second half wa

SQ police overbilling and future of Soulanges Canal dominate MRC briefing

PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK Vaudreuil-Soulanges MRC Prefect Jean Lalonde (left) and Director General Guy-Lin Beaudoin discuss the overbilling of SQ police services within the region and its ambitions for the future of the Soulanges Canal. The continued overbilling of Sûreté du Québec (SQ) police services in the region and the future of the Soulanges Canal were two major items that dominated a press briefing held by representatives of Municipalité Régionale de Comté (MRC) de Vaudreuil-Soulanges last Thursday, March 23. The SQ overbilling has become such a contentious issue that the MRC adopted a draft resolution at their regular monthly meeting on March 22 calling on the provincial government to rei

Give us a chance, Vaudreuil PQ members urge voters

PHOTO BY STEPHANIE O'HANLEY Paul St-Pierre Plamondon, special advisor to PQ leader Jean-François Lisée, gives a speech to Parti Québécois Vaudreuil riding association members on March 25. Discussion and debate were on the agenda as 40 members of the Parti Québécois Vaudreuil riding association met Saturday, March 25, at the Multi-Centre Saint-Charles in Vaudreuil-Dorion. The gathering included an annual general meeting and time spent reviewing and suggesting amendments to party statutes and to the PQ’s new Proposition Principale, which once approved, will serve as the party’s platform for four years. Under PQ rules, each riding association can make up to 10 proposals to the Proposition Princ

Pine Lake update – more waiting

YLJ FILE PHOTO/JAMES ARMSTRONG Pine Lake has remained untouched since the breach of the dam in the spring of 2014 and the town is hoping it will finally receive the needed Environment Ministry feedback before the end of the year in order to move forward. Though the previous iconic man-made Pine Lake now stands overgrown with brush, its water level reduced to a trickle, the Town of Hudson has completed the necessary environmental research and is presently waiting for feedback from the Ministère du Développement durable, de l'Environnement, Faune et Parcs (MDDEFP) before deciding its next move. “For all intents and purposes, Pine Lake is at a standstill right now,” said Mayor Ed Prévost. “We h

Letter to the editor 1, March 23, 2017

Hudson road conditions I Dear Editor, I just read the March 16 issue of Your Local Journal with pleasure again including James Parry's Parrywinkle column. I could not agree more with his comments and well written criticism about the disastrous condition of our streets in Hudson. We need to speak up a lot more about this and I encourage you to take up this battle and bring it back in your newspaper as often as possible. I have been a resident of this community for 24 years but I am no longer proud to live here. For the first time when paying my tax bill, I included a letter to the mayor and councillors. I simply needed to express my concerns about our streets' conditions. Hopefully, this lett

Letter to the editor 2, March 23, 2017

Hudson road conditions II Dear Editor, Congratulations James Parry (Parrywinkle, March 16). I am thinking of submitting the local snow plow operator to ‘Canada’s Worst Driver’ TV show. My rose tree of 20 years lies cut off at ground level, never to bloom again! The road outside my house is 12 feet wide, normally it’s 20 feet. Two cars cannot pass each other and don’t even ask about the road surface! Re Dame Vera Lynne, when the sirens started to moan in the 1940s, I used to run home with my newspaper bag on my back and get into our Anderson shelter and listen to her sing. We were ‘posh’ – we had electric light and a radio in our shelter until the ‘All Clear’ sounded. A terrible time but we s

Letter to the editor 3, March 23, 2017

38 % increase in taxes in last seven years and only got speed bumps Dear Editor, We love living in Hudson but our local government seems to think that money grows on trees! With a mayor and council looking at how to spend and how to raise taxes we have forgotten the basics: roads, sewage for all, a secure water supply, and public safety. Our taxes have gone up 66 per cent (adjusted for the cost of inflation) since we moved here and we have had no new services. In the last seven years, we have had a 38 per cent increase in our taxes and only got speed bumps in return. Our neighbourhood of Upper and Lower Whitlock, Birch Hill, and Brisbane signed a petition to get the sewage system up here and

Letter to the editor 4, March 23, 2017

Baie D'Urfé animal research lab Dear Editor, I attended the protest against the Baie D'Urfé animal research lab because it felt necessary to do something after the W5 show exposed the abuse taking place within this lab. We are expected to believe that everything is okay now that certain individuals have been fired but it is not okay. It is impossible to carry out these experiments without entering the realm of cruelty. This is not the only such lab in Quebec and generally they operate under the radar because most people would be appalled at what goes on inside if only they knew. Some will say animal research is a necessary evil. There is no such thing as a necessary evil. There is only evil.

Letter to the editor 5, March 23, 2017

Chaline Valley Dear Editor, The St. Lazare Chaline Valley landslide problem has been partly resolved as far as land stabilization is concerned. The question still remains – who is going to pay for the sanitary sewers? And, is the city going to install storm drains as well? The residents still face the risk of flooded basements and the possibility that their septic systems may not be in conformity with the present regulations. The landslide solution determined by the provincial government may be contingent on sanitary sewers and the sewage pumping station required in Chaline Valley. Chaline Valley needs to be included in the “bassin reseau sanitaire” of Frontenac, Chemin St-Angélique, Chemin

Raising the flag

PHOTO COURTESY THE OFFICE OF PETER SCHIEFKE Peter Schiefke, Member of Parliament for Vaudreuil-Soulanges and Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister for Youth, was proud to launch the Canada 150 celebrations in Vaudreuil-Soulanges by raising the official celebratory flag at the federal constituency office on Saturday, March 18. Mayors from several municipalities in Vaudreuil-Soulanges attended the event: Guy Pilon, Mayor of Vaudreuil-Dorion; Hans Gruenwald Jr., Mayor of Rigaud; Claude Pilon, Mayor of Vaudreuil-sur-le-Lac; Yvan Cardinal, Mayor of Pincourt; Michel Boudreau, Mayor of Terrasse-Vaudreuil; Danie Deschênes, Mayor of Notre-Dame-de-l’Île-Perrot; Marc Roy, Mayor of l’Île-Perrot

Parrywinkle March 23, 2017

Last week on this page, I kind of went off on a rant about the deplorable state of Hudson's roads and streets that are an eyesore and a potential hazard for motorists and pedestrians alike. Well this week, to give credit where credit is due, I would like to congratulate the Town on staging - together with the organizing committee and countless volunteers, of course - an absolutely marvelous St. Patrick's Day Parade on Saturday, March 18. As always, just before the biggie in Montreal, and with thousands of out-of-towners and participants joining in the fun. -------------------------------------------------------- PERFECT PARADE - From my perspective and that of my beautiful Sunshine, it was f

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