Festival Saint-Lazare au galop, 3rd editon House and Business Decorating Contest

Ville de Saint-Lazare invites Saint-Lazare residents and owners of businesses on the Saint-Lazare territory are invited to decorate their houses and businesses in the equestrian style for the festival Saint-Lazare au Galop who will be held on July 8 and 9, 2017. We then ask that they take a photo of their masterpiece in jpeg format and submit it along with their on-line entry. You can register online from Monday, June 5 to Monday, July 3 at 4 p.m.: From Monday July 3rd at 9 a.m. to Sunday, July 9, 2017 at 4 p.m. , go to the Saint-Lazare au Galop Facebook page to vote for your favourite display! The photos of the winning displays will b

Back to Chez Maurice… An Evening Not to be Missed!

PHOTO CAPTION: Some members of the organizing committee for this special reunion at Chez Maurice. From left to right: Ginette Plante, Jean Maurice, Marc-Antoine Maurice, Lucie Rhéaume and André Bénard. A very special reunion is planned at Chez Maurice on June 3. Back to Chez Maurice will bring together past and present doormen, waiters, waitresses, barmen, barmaids and busboys who have agreed to volunteer and give a large portion of their tips to the Vaudreuil-Soulanges Palliative Care Residence Foundation. Ginette Plante, a Vaudreuil-Soulanges Palliative Care Residence volunteers for over three years, is the driving force behind this fundraiser. “The idea of a reunion emerged from a convers

NDIP 2017 Classic skate park

Skateboard enthusiasts will be showcasing their prowess at the Notre-Dame-de-l'Île-Perrot skate park for the NDIP 2017 Classic which will take place Saturday, June 3, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (rain date Sunday, June 4). The NDIP Classic is a must for skaters of the region and competitors come from far and wide to "ride the bowl" at parc des Mésanges skate park. Participants must register on the day of the competition between 10 and 11 a.m. Prizes include $1000 in scholarships ($500 for 1st place, $300 for 2nd place, and $200 for third) given by the Caisse Desjardins Vaudreuil-Soulanges. $2000 in products is offered by the partners of the event. Tristan Rennie, a professional skater from Califo


Recognizing those who have made an unforgettable impression on John Abbott College and beyond is a tradition that began just last year. Those nominated to the Hall of Distinction are alumni, employees, and friends of the College. The 2017 alumni honorees unveiled Thursday, May 25, span three decades while the employees represent over 150 years of service to the College. The nine people selected for this honour personify the dedication and hard work that has shaped John Abbott College in so many different ways. “It is such a rewarding experience to hear the stories of all these great people. It makes us all truly proud to be a part of this wonderful institution,” said John Halpin, Director

Catching the drift

Besides the proliferation of driftwood and freshwater seaweed that the high waters have left along the Lac Saint-Louis shoreline following high winds, I stumbled upon an odd sight while walking my dogs on the weekend – softballs, dozens of them, bobbing amongst the reeds near the shore, from origins unknown. Though I hope it’s not, as my son suggested, someone doing batting practice out onto the lake with no regard for marine life, I can’t imagine another scenario, unless a ship carrying a cargo of softballs suddenly capsized in the St. Lawrence Seaway. I think I would’ve heard about that. According to the Environment and Climate Change Canada website, the pollution levels in Lac Saint-Louis

Letter to the editor 1, May 25, 2017

Open Letter to Mayor, Council, and Residents of Hudson, Quebec Mayor Prevost and Hudson Council, I have been reflecting on the Hudson consultation meeting of last evening, May 23, to discuss the proposed compliance by-laws. It is always, of course, a difficult situation when a government process restricts citizens’ rights to vote on changes that will affect them. A key issue being discussed last night was the Transit Oriented Development (TOD) designation being assigned to Hudson as part of the MRC (regional) and CMM master plan (PMAD). Those in attendance last night strongly oppose this designation for Hudson in part because Hudson does not meet the criteria for being a TOD. As you know the

Letter to the editor 2, May 25, 2017

A question of status Dear Editor, This has nothing to do with the qualifications of the person chosen but rather the status of the (new Hudson) treasurer. A CPA (Chartered Professional Accountant) or a CMA (Certified Management Accountant) are members of a professional corporation and must abide by a code of ethics and standards of practice. (Hudson appoints new treasurer, Your Local Journal, May 18, page 2). The mandate of the corporations is to ensure that the public will be well-served and protected. The COMAQ (Corporation des officiers municipaux agréés du Québec) is a different organization. A CPA or a CMA is thus better equipped to face the political pressure that could affect the fun

Letter to the editor 3, May 25, 2017

Flooding in Hudson Dear Editor, I could have a belief in the Greenwood mission as a Living Arts Centre. It isn't about what Greenwood does more, but what it does less. No volunteers for individual flooded homes housing full-year taxpayers who are not getting any donations. Greenwood, a half-year closed place funded as a tea party private holding is supported by taxpayers. It's a shame. A container looks good and shows the property is looked after but it could have been sponsored by Greenwood to help more in-need individuals caught up with daily living discomfort. A debris container on Greenwood’s land was provided by the Town of Hudson just as were other containers to be shared in several l

Letter to the editor 4, May 25, 2017

LBPSB Commissioners: Do the Honourable Thing Dear Editor, I recently accepted an invitation from Lester B. Pearson school board Vice Chair, and now Acting Chair, Noel Burke, to meet and discuss my "…concerns and mutual expectations around the monthly public question period." Present at the May 11 meeting were Director General Michael Chechile, Noel Burke and me. Before I sat down, I emphasized that anything said at the meeting was "not confidential,” and repeated a concern which I wrote when I accepted the invitation. The concern was made months ago, at a media scrum following the November 2016 council meeting, when Chairperson Suanne Stein Day admitted she was the commissioner found gui

Parrywinkle, May 25, 2016

Remember that old adage that home is where the heart is? Well, as I learned this week, for proof positive, one only has to check out the volunteer committee members who have been working so hard behind the scenes to make this year's Hudson Country Homes Tour all set for next Thursday, June 1, yet another great success. ---------------------------------------------------------- MULTI-GENERATIONAL AFFAIR - And I was fascinated to discover that not only are many of the homes featured steeped in history but so too are the volunteers! This year’s conveners, for example - Marilyn Pound and Linda Cobbett - are following in the footsteps of family members who did the same or otherwise volunteered ov

Notre Dame de l’île Perrot unveils its family-friendly action plan

PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK NDIP Mayor Danie Deschênes introduces the municipality’s new family action plan during a special family brunch hosted by the town at Carrefour Notre Dame. The town of Notre Dame de l’île Perrot (NDIP) officially unveiled its family action plan that is geared towards providing families living in the municipality with a slew of educational and recreational resources, and various activities geared towards improving the quality of life for its residents. The action plan was presented last Saturday morning, May 18, by Mayor Danie Deschênes along with town Councillors Normand Pigeon and Daniel Lauzon standing by her side, during a special family brunch hosted by the town at Ca

More flooding questions

YLJ FILE PHOTO/BRIAN GALLAGHER Individual rights versus collective rights Q.In the recent floods, municipal authorities used (abused?) their power to force evacuations. Under what circumstances do state powers trump an individual's right to protect person and property? A.The extraordinary powers given to municipalities are in the Civil Protection Act. Unfortunately, individual rights may be trumped in a declared state of emergency for the greater good. The law seeks to protect the general population, their health or physical integrity. Sometimes there are also unseen benefits for recalcitrant homeowners who may not realize the water in their house is seriously contaminated. Others must not

The 14th Salon des vins raises funds for hospital foundation and flood victims

PHOTO BY CÉLINE PILON Caisses Desjardins de Vaudreuil-Soulanges, Richard Dubois (left), picking the winner of the wine cooler, with the help of President of Fondation du Centre hospitalier de Vaudreuil-Soulanges, Denis Lapointe, after the Salon des vins event held on May 17. Once again, the Salon des vins de Vaudreuil-Soulanges has been a great success for the pleasure of wine connoisseurs from within the region and beyond. The event was held for its 14th year at the Vaudreuil-Dorion arena on May 17, under the honorary presidency of Marc Besner, owner of the renowned Cabane à sucre in Côteau-du-Lac. The Salon des vins de Vaudreuil-Soulanges is considered one of the most important events of i

The Nature Conservancy of Canada on a mission to save Quebec’s turtles

PHOTO BY SIMON PELLETIER The map turtle, considered a vulnerable species, has a protected habitat on Île-Hébert in Senneville. Two islands protected in the Montreal and Outaouais regions –in memory of loved ones who passed away Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is announcing the protection of two new properties, Île Hébert on the Lake of Two Mountains at the western tip of Montreal Island, and Île Reid on the Ottawa River, east of Isle-aux-Allumettes. One of the properties was donated for conservation in honour of a loved one who passed away. Thanks to the Hébert family’s donations and to contributions from generous partners, these important habitats will remain in their natural state as sa

Preventing ticks and Lyme disease on your pets

PHOTO COURTESY MRC VAUDREUIL-SOULANGES The Black Legged Tick is a known carrier of Borrelia burgdorferi, the bacteria that causes Lyme disease transmitted by the tick’s bite. No question, ticks and Lyme disease are on the rise in Vaudreuil-Soulanges. “We have more cases so far at this point in the year than we did before,” said Dr. Manon Flynn, a veterinarian and owner at the Hudson Veterinary Hospital. While Flynn once thought Hudson “was a little bit spared,” she says now people are starting to see more ticks. “Rigaud, in the Rigaud mountains, they were the first ones to see a lot of ticks,” Flynn said. “In St. Lazare it's very pocketed. There are areas where people haven't seen any and ot

Perfect Peanut

PHOTO COURTESY CASCA Here is our pretty Peanut who was born May 1, 2016. She has been vaccinated and sterilized. Peanut was a great mom to her three kittens but now they have all been adopted so it is her turn to find a loving family. Peanut loves to be petted and she enjoys chatting with us. Peanut gets along with other cats, dogs, and children. She is very easy going. Peanut deserves to be taken care of for her whole life. Who will be lucky enough to do that? For more information regarding Peanut, please contact us at (514) 706-2287 or by email at

Local skilled craftsmen and distinguished quilter set this home apart

The St. James’ Church Women’s Country Homes Tour is soon - June 1, and included in the tour this year will be the recently renovated home of Samia Karim and Stephane McGarry. Situated on Main Road in the heart of the village, this attractive two-tiered vintage home overlooks a view of Lake of Two Mountains in the distance. A sophisticated colour palette consists of a black roof, black shutters and front door. A white railing accentuates the front porch and the windows are highlighted with white trim. Three-sided bay windows which protrude on either side of the doorway bestow a sense of harmonious proportions to this appealing grey clapboard home. The bright entrance hall is a lovely neutral

Nearly $ 3 million for the renovation of schools in the riding of Soulanges

PHOTO COURTESY CAROLE ST-YVES (Left to right): Francine St-Denis, President of the Commission scolaire des Trois-Lacs, Soulanges MNA Lucie Charlebois and Noel Burke, Vice-President of the Lester B. Pearson School Board. Lucie Charlebois launches the season of work for the summer of 2017 New government investments totaling nearly $3 million will be spent during the year 2017 to ensure that the maintenance of the schools is kept up to date in the riding of Soulanges. In total, nearly 13 renovation projects will be realized thanks to the funds granted by the Government of Quebec. Lucie Charlebois, Minister responsible for the Montérégie region and Member of Parliament for Soulanges, made the an

Saint-Lazare Public Market open for business

PHOTO BY LAUREN MITCHELL Mayor of Saint-Lazare Robert Grimaudo (third from right) alongside other Saint-Lazare council members and Thierry Juvien, market organizer (centre) made the tour of the market to engage with the sellers and to pick up a tree to commemorate Arbour Day. On Tuesday, May 23, 2017, the public market in Saint-Lazare reopened for the season on Rue Poirier next to Bedard Park. Every Tuesday from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m., small businesses from throughout the region will be there to offer you their products. This includes such finds as meat products (lamb, beef, veal, and guinea fowl), bakery and pastry shop items, homemade jams and spreads, oils, wines, fruits and vegetables, artisa

Hudson residents intensely object to proposed by-law changes

PHOTO BY JAMES ARMSTRONG Recent flooding of homes in Hudson was on the minds of citizens at a public consultation regarding zoning by-laws. Resident Doug Reed (at the mic) took issue with a zoning map that appears to permit construction in a flood zone area. Tensions ran high during the question period following an official public consultation meeting held in Hudson on Tuesday May 23 regarding draft zoning by-laws amending onsite planning and architectural integration programs and compliance with the land use revised plan of the Vaudreuil-Soulanges MRC. The main focus of the discussion was the Transit Oriented Development (TOD) within a 1-kilometre radius from Hudson’s train station theater

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