Hudson wishes bon voyage to Ottawa-bound voyageurs in celebration of Canada Day

PHOTO BY JAMES PARRY Seventeen paddlers set off in two canoes from Hudson’s Greenwood Centre for Living History this week on their way to Ottawa where they’ll meet up with 200 fellow paddlers from across the country on Saturday, July 1, to celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial. Like modern day voyageurs, 17 paddlers launched their two long canoes at Hudson's Jack Layton Park Monday, June 26, en route to Ottawa where they will be joining some 200 others from throughout the country to celebrate Canada Day this Saturday, July 1. After camping out overnight at the nearby Greenwood Centre for Living History, they were up before sunrise to prepare for the journey that will see them paddle about 25 k

Westwood Junior student to represent Quebec in PEI

PHOTO BY JENNIFER BENDER-VINCENT Taking lessons since she was four, Alison Vincent will compete in four dance categories in Prince Edward Island. Young Hudsonite Alison Vincent is off to a dance in Prince Edward Island this week. And it is unquestionably one that she will remember all her life. Alison, who has just finished Grade 7 at Westwood Junior where she had the top academic average, will be representing the Province of Quebec in her age group - 12 and under 14 - at the ScotDance Canada Championship Series in Charlottetown. “I am so excited about representing my province and I have been training very hard,” says Alison who has been Highland dancing since she was four as a student of Je

Parrywinkle, June 29, 2017

PHOTO BY JAMES PARRY Ted Poulin waits for news on an elderly man he followed to the corner of Cameron and Main after calling police. So let's kick off this week's column with a story quite out of the ordinary. A little Hudson vignette, you might say, that could have had much bigger and more serious repercussions this past week. I was passing by the corner of Cameron and Main Thursday morning when there was obviously something going on at one of the commercial buildings on the lake side there. Two Sûreté du Québec cars and an ambulance with lights flashing, traffic piling up, and rubberneckers gathering. And being the nosy parker that I am - er, make that in-depth investigative reporter - I h

Letter to the editor 1, June 29, 2017

Hudson’s Water Restrictions Dear Editor, If the purpose of the water restriction in Hudson is to conserve water, why then is the use of large quantities of water allowed? The filling of pools, unlimited use on construction sites – which makes one wonder: If there is not enough water currently for the citizens of Hudson, why are more houses/condos being built? And how much of our drinking water was used to wash Hudson’s roads recently? Those with supplementary wells are allowed to water lawns, wash cars, etc. – and yet they are using the same aquifer that the town uses. However, the citizens are not allowed to use a bucket of water to wash outside windows and siding? I fail to see how this

Letter to the editor 2, June 29, 2017

Town Sewers Dear Editor, Reference a recent article by John Jantak regarding St. Lazare resident Marc Leblanc, whose basement has flooded twice due to town sewer backups and who is still unable to use toilets, showers, or dishwasher when it rains (St. Lazare checking for illegal sewage system hookups, June 8, page 5). Mayor Robert Grimaudo stated that, “part of the problem is caused by some residents illegally discharging run-off water into the sewers” and that the town frequently sends employees to a location to pump out the sewer pipes in order to lower the level. Mayor Grimaudo also stated, “a stream that runs nearby is another reason for the backflow problem, because the accumulated sedi

Clarification - Villa Wyman project

IMAGE COURTESY GOOGLE EARTH The Hudson lot intended for the construction of the proposed Villa Wyman assisted living seniors’ residence is located west of Wyman Memorial United Church. It is currently used as a parking lot accessed from Main Road through the area between the church and Stephenson Court. The church is located at 513 Main Road, on a lot at the corner of Main Road and Selkirk Street.

Movies you might’ve missed

PHOTO COURTESY MAGNOLIA PICTURES Title: Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011) Directed: David Gelb Genre: Documentary Accessible via: YouTube Brief Synopsis: Revered sushi chef Jiro Ono strives for perfection in his work, while his eldest son, Yoshikazu, has trouble living up to his father's legacy. Aggregate Scores: 7.9 IMDb 99% Rotten Tomatoes Ebert 3/4 Stars Review: If you choose a job you love, according to the old adage, you will never work a day in your life. While many of us would roll our eyes at that notion, for 3-star Michelin award winning Chef Jiro Ono, it is his most basic philosophy. The title is no exaggeration: Jiro admits freely that he has "visions" of sushi, even after working 1

The Naked Eye in July

Summer is here and we can finally enjoy warm evenings of barbecuing and stargazing as long as those rain clouds give us a break. Jupiter and the Moon The month kicks off with a chance meeting of Jupiter and the Moon. On July 1, the crescent Moon will help you locate giant Jupiter. Just look for the bright ‘star’ to the lower right of the Moon any time after dark in the southwestern sky (but before 11:30 p.m. when Jupiter and the Moon will be getting close to setting below the horizon for the night). The same evening, if you’d rather join a group of other amateur astronomers instead of gazing at the stars from out of your backyard, you can attend the public stargazing party hosted by the Roya

Hudson Music Festival returns for 11th edition

PHOTO BY JEN BAUMEISTER Showcasing a wide spectrum of both local and international artists, the stage is set for the 11th edition of the Hudson Music Festival (HMF) that will run from August 5 to 12 with both free and pay-for performances in different venues throughout the town. Said Blair Mackay, artistic director and co-founder of HMF together with Lynda Clouette-Mackay, at a press launch this week, “We are the ultimate intimate festival in the region which gives our audiences a unique opportunity to experience the talented artists we present.” Some of the highlights of this year's festival include Toronto's acclaimed Mandy Lagan and the Origins Ensemble, who will be performing a unique ho

Juliette up for adoption

Here is lovely Juliette who was born June 16, 2011. Juliette was abandoned by her previous owner outside. Luckily, after a while, she found herself at a kind lady's house who began to feed her and who called CASCA. Juliette has been sterilized and is now ready to be adopted. She is super affectionate and sweet. All she wants is human attention and love. She follows us around and watches us cook in the kitchen, she watches television with us and just wants to be near us. She is a little fur baby full of love. For more information regarding Juliette, please contact us at (514) 706-2287 or by email at

Hudson wins wrongful dismissal case launched by former DG

YLJ FILE PHOTO/JAMES ARMSTRONG Former Hudson Director General Catherine Haulard had launched a wrongful dismissal case against the town and, following two weeks of testimony last year and a 47-page judgement delivered this week, the judge ruled in favour of the town. The long-awaited decision in Hudson’s former Director General Catherine Haulard’s wrongful dismissal case was announced June 26 with Judge Mylène Alder ruling in favour of the town. Haulard, who was hired in August 2013 following the departure of former DG Louise Léger-Villandré (who was later arrested and convicted for fraud and breach of trust after misappropriating $1.1 million from the town coffers), was suspended for two we

St. Lazare councillor questions timing of traffic roundabout land purchase

PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK District 4 Councillor Marc-André Esculier said the decision on whether the town should have purchased private land for the proposed roundabout at the intersection of Avenue Bédard and Chemin St. Louis should have been made by the newly-elected council after the upcoming municipal election on November 5. The recent acquisition of six parcels of land by the Town of St. Lazare for the possible construction of a roundabout at the intersection of Avenue Bédard and Chemin St. Louis has left one municipal councillor baffled about the timing of the purchase. District 4 Councillor Marc-André Esculier contends that since no decision will be made regarding the future of the interse

Coast Guard Nautical Rescue Station possible for Hudson

PHOTOBY JAMES ARMSTRONG There could be a new lease on life for Hudson’s wharf with proposed nautical rescue station. Hudson Town Council passed a preliminary position resolution at the monthly meeting Monday, June 5, that allows for discussions to take place between the municipality and the federal government concerning the installation of a Nautical Rescue Station in Hudson. Requirements Councillor Barbara Robinson made some of the details public in the reading of the resolution. The requirements include an 800 square-foot building with a five to 10-year lease agreement, connections to sanitation facilities, potable water, and electricity. Parking for a watercraft trailer and three parking

Two Vaudreuil-Soulanges residents honoured at the Ordre national du Québec

PHOTO COURTESY BUREAU DE MARIE-CLAUDE NICHOLS NDIP filmmaker Daniel Bertolino (centre) with Premier Philippe Couillard on the left was awarded the honorary distinction of Officer. Vaudreuil MNA Marie-Claude Nichols is proud to announce two citizens have been honoured this year with the most prestigious recognition awarded by the Québec government. The recipients were decorated Thursday, June 22, at a ceremony held in the Legislative Council Chamber of the Parliament Building. The recipients are Daniel Bertolino of Notre-Dame-de-l'Île-Perrot, who received the honorary distinction of Officer and Dr. Serge Gauthier of Hudson who received the title of Chevalier. "It is a great pleasure for me to

Ste. Anne’s Hospital celebrates its 100th anniversary

PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK Jim McCann, 93, and Ethel Lawson, 91, speak to reporters following a celebration marking the 100th anniversary of Ste. Anne’s Hospital last Thursday, June 22. A decision made more than a century ago to temporarily locate a military hospital in Ste. Anne de Bellevue to treat wounded soldiers from World War I and which eventually became a permanent veterans’ facility was marked with a special tribute at Ste. Anne’s Hospital to recognize its 100th anniversary last Thursday, June 22. “Even though we weren’t born, we can remember what these veterans did for us and I’m honoured to be able to celebrate 100 years. We still have a number of World War II veterans at this facility

Summer reservations for Hudson’s landmark Auberge Willow Inn

PHOTO BY LAUREN MITCHELL Sporting a new roof and renovated kitchens, Auberge Willow Inn will soon be welcoming long-time and new fans. Following its surprise closure last November, the legendary Auberge Willow Inn will be taking dining reservations in the very near future according to spokesperson Vanessa Ades. “We hope to have the restaurant open by the beginning of August,” she said in an interview with Your Local Journal this week. Ongoing renovations to the kitchens have taken longer than anticipated and a new roof is currently being installed. “We pulled out the kitchen equipment to send it away for cleaning and we didn’t like what we saw – we couldn’t just patch it up,” she said. “We h

Simply and keenly: MUSIC! 2nd concert of the 33rd summer concerts festival

PHOTO: Pablo and Alberto Martos PHOTO: Rocio Gomez The wonderful "Ensemble Garnati", warmly recommended by violinist Alexandre Da Costa, is on tour in Quebec. Wonderful musicians: Pablo Martos, violinist, Alberto Martos, cellist and Rocío Gómez, violist. Event will be held on Wednesday, July 5 at 8 pm. La Maison Trestler 85, chemin de la Commune Vaudreuil-Dorion Qc J7V 2C3 Tél. : 450 455-6290 /

Letter to the editor 1, June 22, 2017

Leaks Dear Editor, Welcome to the world of politics. The Town of Hudson files a complaint with the Barreau du Québec against a citizen (Your Local Journal, Hudson surprised by leaked document, June 15, page 1). This is an election year and this gesture may be to discourage the citizen to run; it also has a flavour of revenge. I must admit that the town is very creative in their explanations. And it is just starting. Jacques Nadeau Hudson

Letter to the editor 2, June 22, 2017

Saddlebrook vandalism Dear Editor, Mothers, check your fridge! If you are missing eggs chances are they have been used to ‘decorate’ my home here in Saddlebrook. For a few weeks, I have had the dubious pleasure of trying to remove egg residue from the siding of my house, my driveway, my roof, and my swimming pool. More than half a dozen times in total. This continuous egging is no longer amusing and no longer a prank – it is vandalism – a criminal act. Hopefully the misguided miscreant will cease and stop his actions before he will be apprehended and presented to his parents with "egg all over his face." Herb Haunstetter Saint-Lazare

Up a tree

PEXELS PHOTO While I would normally leave gardening issues to our English Gardener writer James Parry, this topic has me genuinely scratching my head and given that my life isn’t all that interesting, I’m loath to pass up a column idea to my colleague. What do you do when your houseplants become trees and are too big – or too dangerous – to keep dragging in and out of your home with the change of seasons? I have a grapefruit tree that my husband actually started from seed and while it’s beautiful, it only serves to get bigger every year without ever producing any fruit. It now stands sentry at the edge of my driveway only because it won’t really fit anywhere else. My ficus plant, bless its h

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