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KGB Dance Studio stars

Photo courtesy KGB Dance Studio (Left to right): Nathaniel Elias-Wood, Killian Eouani, Gabriel Gentes andJesse Côté La troupe Pride (troupe de Popping) of Studio Danse KGB in Vaudreuil-Dorion in celebration... They won the Bravissimo dance competitions in Terrebonne on Sunday, April 23, with a 100% perfect score, in addition to winning First Place in their category and a special mention by one of the three judges. These young people have the chance to be coached by Jason Lord (DeadAngle) and to participate in several Dance Battles in Montreal. In addition, they also won another first place at the 'Reprezent de Laval' dance competition and were selected to represent Vaudreuil-Dorion at

Up for adoption

Lovely Lexi PHOTO COURTESY CASCA Meet Lexi who was born October 18, 2013. She has had a hard life surviving outdoors, giving birth to at least two litters of kittens outside. When she was pregnant with her third litter, a kind lady took her in. She had her kittens in the comfort and safety of a foster home. Lexi has now finished nursing and is ready to be adopted into a forever home. She has been vaccinated and sterilized. Lexi would be happiest in a home without other cats and without young children. She adores being pet and cuddled and she purrs like a big motor. Lexi enjoys chirping along with the birds that are outside. This kitty deserves love and comfort and we wish that for her with a

Welcoming a parrot to your nest

PHOTO COURTESY JULES-PIERRE MALARTRE Zaf Coty's Aviary for Abandonned Exotic Birds. From left to right: Simon, an African Grey Parrot, almost 30 years old; Falca & Gizmo, a pair of Yellow Front Amazons, teenagers and in love, both about 15 years old. Animal abandonment is a major issue in Quebec, and while cats and dogs come to mind, you might be surprised to learn that parrots are one of the most rehomed species. Due to their intelligence and extended lifespan, parrots can be a handful for some people, and they often end up being abandoned or given away. Local animal activist and rescuer Zaf Koty has been caring for abandoned exotic birds since 1990. She has rescued and placed over 20 birds

John Abbott students recognized for their involvement

PHOTO COURTESY JOHN ABBOTT COLLEGE 2017 Outstanding Service and Leadership Award winners. From left: Sophia Ye, Marc-André Lavigne, Ngozi Oke Chinedu and Tina Lyon-Adams. At a ceremony held Tuesday April 25, John Abbott College recognized the dedication and efforts of 55 students with a Service and Leadership Award. The awards were established to honour students who make a significant contribution to student life and/or in the service of others at the College. Nominated students are recognized in one of four areas of engagement: 1. Participation and making a meaningful contribution to a student club, service organization or committee; 2. Contribution as the leader or significant supporter in

Jacinthe Demers Officially Confirmed as VSPCR Executive Director

Photo courtesy VSPCR At the April 18th meeting of the Vaudreuil-Soulanges Palliative Care Residence Foundation, the Board of Directors confirmed the nomination of Jacinthe Demers as Executive Director of the Vaudreuil-Soulanges Palliative Care Residence. “Since her interim appointment in October 2016, Mrs. Demers impressed us with her energy, her interest, her commitment, her leadership qualities and her management of key files. We have no doubt she will be able to meet the challenges of the important position she holds within the Residence” explained Pierre Cyr, President of the Foundation. Mrs. Demers worked within the health network for over thirty five years. She is a Baccalaureate Nurse

A different approach to stray and feral cat colonies

PHOTO COURTESY CSR SAUVETAGES FÉLINS CSR Sauvetage Felins endeavours to maintain healthy community cat colonies supported by the public and municipalities. Cat colonies, a more humane and less costly solution, also help control rodents, which are a principal vector for illnesses. The practice of using animal control services to capture and euthanize abandoned household pets has come under fire by animal rights advocates over the past few years, and more and more cities are open to more humane and effective methods of dealing with the issue. Local animal rescue groups like CASCA and the West Island SPCA make a difference by saving and rehoming many of the cats abandoned in our neighbourhoods,

The happiness project

Photo by Tara Fitzgerald I needed an attitude adjustment. I'd been sad, I mean heartbroken, deep in your bones sad, for too long. A few years ago I let negative emotions damage my health and my spirit. I was literally sick and tired of being sick and tired. I needed to find happiness again before I wasted any more time or energy on sorrow. I decided that for an entire year I would keep track of anything that made me smile, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant. I got a pretty glass jar, some fun colored pens, and cut up little strips of paper to write on. At first it was very hard to think of things to put down on those bits of paper. In truth, sometimes days went by with the jar si

Parrywinkle, April 27, 2017

Quick question dear readers – what time is it? If you have instinctively glanced at your right or left wrist like me, you would be checking out your watch. Right? Well, not so fast. It struck me this past week in my perambulations around town that watches are apparently going the way of the Dodo, fountain pens, cufflinks, ties, cigarette lighters, photo albums, and landline phones in the house. Why? Because people I asked told me they just don't need them anymore. In this post-analogue era, just about every appliance and electronic device in the home has a digital clock, all blinking like mad after a power outage. Clocks in cars are now standard. Then there are cell and smart phones, iPads,

Letter to the editor 1, April 27, 2017

Welcome to Nimby Dear Editor, I look forward every week to receiving Your Local Journal. It appears that Hudson residents are quite willing to keep getting raped by their taxes as your reader Stephane Sauvé so poignantly put it in last week’s Journal. This was evident since only 363 residents signed the registry against yet another tax increase, just 91 voices short, yet 91 signatures were enough to stop the Mayfair development project. Are we just so rich or do we really not care what is happening to our tax dollars? Lately there are an increasing number of letters to the editor from citizens who are concerned or even frustrated with the inertia of the town council and the forever blocking

Letter to the editor 2, April 27, 2017

Pine Lake Dear Editor, It is time for a contest to rename Pine Lake. So my entry is, ‘The Garden of Weeden.’ This would bring biblical scholars from around the world to view firsthand the site of a disaster! They will come, they will shop, and they will buy...a veritable BOOM to the economy of Hudson – and it's all in a name change! Perhaps, Pine Lake will become a World Heritage Site because of its new name. Al Jared Hudson

Letter to the editor 3, April 27, 2017

A Tale of Two LBPSB Chairpersons Dear Editor, Since its inception, (1998/99), the Lester B. Pearson School Board has had two chairpersons: Marcus Tabachnick (MT) and Suanne Stein Day (SSD). Both have served as directors of the Quebec English School Boards Association (QESBA). MT was its president for about the first ten years, and for the past three years, its Executive Director. For the past two years, SSD is its vice president. On Friday, April 21, the QESBA announced MT was leaving, and on Monday, April 24, at the lively Pearson Council meeting, it was announced that chair SSD was taking an indefinite leave of absence. Definitely good news on both counts, as both of them abused their pow

MRC Vaudreuil-Soulanges considers offering 2-1-1 information service

PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK The MRC de Vaudreuil-Soulanges is considering introducing the Quebec 2-1-1 telephone and internet service which will provide residents with information regarding community, public, and parapublic services throughout its territory by early 2018. The Municipalité Régionale de Comté (MRC) de Vaudreuil-Soulanges announced it is looking into the possibility of introducing the Quebec 2-1-1 telephone and Internet service which will provide residents with information regarding community, public, and parapublic services throughout its territory by early 2018, said MRC Communications Advisor Simon Richard. The service which is already operational on the Island of Montreal, Laval,

The Naked Eye

Welcome to our new stargazing column where every month we’ll take you on an adventure through the night sky during which you’ll discover amazing sights without an expensive telescope. The first astronomers did not have sophisticated equipment yet they were able to make very important astronomical discoveries and observations; today’s backyard stargazers can also appreciate the beauty of the night sky with nothing but the naked eye. The locations of the four cardinal points (North, South, East and West) are the only things you will need to know. International Astronomy Day April 29 is International Astronomy Day, and if you feel like celebrating with other stargazers, the Montreal chapter of

National Volunteer Week focuses on a local level

PHOTO BY JAMES ARMSTRONG National Volunteer Week raises awareness about the important contribution of volunteers to community life. Hudson resident Gay Campbell is an excellent example. Community events, fundraisers, and support groups depend upon the contributions of countless volunteers to ensure their success. The Town of Hudson is no exception where the fabric of community life is a tapestry facilitated by the hands of many volunteers over the years. The Country Homes Tour is celebrating its 61st anniversary Thursday, June 1. It’s a fundraising event that supports local charitable organizations and is organized each year with the energy, skill, and talents of over 300 volunteers. One of

Going full bald ahead raises funds for cancer research

PHOTO BY JAMES ARMSTRONG Casey Bonnemayers was one of many children that willingly donated their hair for the annual Shave 2 Save event in Hudson. The 4th Annual Hudson Fire Department Shave2Save event held Saturday, April 22, exceeded its fundraising goal of $20,000 as event organizer Andrew Dumas announced Monday, April 24. “There are a few donations still coming in and there are some bags of coins to count, but we have made our goal,” said Dumas of the proceeds, all of which go to the Canadian Cancer Society. The Saturday afternoon event, held at the Hudson Fire Hall, started with $13,500 in the bank, according to Dumas. “Today the numbers go up fast,” he said pointing to the abundance of

LBPSB Chair Stein Day taking undetermined leave

YLJ FILE PHOTO/CARMEN MARIE FABIO Five months after it was revealed that Lester B. Pearson School Board Chair Suanne Stein Day had breached the board’s Code of Ethics, she is taking a leave from her position for an ‘undetermined’ length of time. Embattled Lester B. Pearson School Board Chair Suanne Stein Day is taking a personal leave from her functions and responsibilities it was announced this week. The leave, which the board says is for an ‘undetermined’ period of time, comes almost six months after a scandal that found Stein Day to be in breach of the board’s own code of ethics on three separate occasions. At the November 28 board council meeting, Stein Day read from a prepared statement

Vaudreuil-Dorion public working group proposes new environmental initiatives

PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK Vaudreuil-Dorion Mayor Guy Pilon addresses participants at a round table forum at the Centre Multisports where residents met to discuss and propose new initiatives that could be included as part of the city’s environmental policy. About 65 Vaudreuil-Dorion residents participated in a round table forum at the Centre Multisports April 25 to discuss and propose ideas that could be adopted by the city to further expand its current repertoire of environmental initiatives. Ariane Leroux, Project Manager for Development and Urban Planning, said she was extremely pleased with the number of forum participants and for the many suggestions made during the two-hour open discussion p

Jamie Nicholls announces candidacy for Hudson mayoralty

PHOTO BY AMANDA MACDONALD With municipal elections seven months away, former NDP MP Jamie Nicholls is the first to announce his candidacy for the position of mayor of Hudson. Following a stint in federal politics as the National Democratic Party (NDP) Member of Parliament for Vaudreuil-Soulanges, Hudson native Jamie Nicholls has announced he will throw his hat into the political ring at the municipal level as a candidate for mayor in the November elections. “I think Hudson is a great place to live and part of the reason I’m doing this is to take the actions that need to be taken in order to preserve the beautiful little corner of the world that we have,” Nicholls told Your Local Journal this

Rigaud’s state of emergency lifted

PHOTO BY JAMES ARMSTRONG This section of Rigaud between Pointe-Séguin and the Rigaud River was one of the areas inundated over the past week and while some residents were able to make the trek in and out to check on the state of their homes, others chose to evacuate until the water levels recede. The state of emergency announced Thursday, April 20, concerning flooding of residences along the Ottawa River has been lifted late in the day April 26. “We have strategic meetings every day and that’s where we consult with Public Security, the Sûreté du Québec (SQ), the Red Cross, Public Works, the Communications department and the Fire Department. That’s where we make that decision,” said Mayor Han

Vaudreuil-Dorion Action Party tells residents to be careful of city hall ‘misinformation’

PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK Vaudreuil-Dorion council recently announced the $1.1 million purchase of a 188,000 square-foot tract of land adjacent to Vaudreuil Bay at 405 St. Charles Avenue as the site of its new city hall. The Vaudreuil-Dorion Action Party is advising citizens to be aware of what it calls a misinformation campaign regarding the city’s plans for a new city hall that is apparently being waged by the recently created new municipal political party L’Équipe nous sommes / Team We Are. In a press release dated April 22, the Action Party advises citizens to get their information regarding any issue from city hall or by attending its bi-monthly council meetings. The release claims, “...an o

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