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Letter to the editor 1, July 13, 2017

Hudson leads on cycling signage – Saint-Lazare? Dear Editor, I was cycling in Hudson recently and was thrilled to see that the town has installed signs on several busy roads like Main and St-Charles requiring motorists to provide at least 1.5 metres' distance when passing cyclists. This is a great initiative and will hopefully be adopted by Sainyt-Lazare on Côte St-Charles and Chemin Ste-Angélique. There are scores of cyclists using these roads and the speed limit is high. Mayor Grimaudo – if you cannot find the funds to extend the bike paths on these roads, at least follow Hudson's lead and erect signage reminding drivers to give a wide berth to cyclists when passing. Thank you! Lynn Keegan

Letter to the editor 2, July 13, 2017

Thank you Dear Editor, On Monday, July 3, I was in my aqua fit class when allergic reactions began. I had swelling of hands and forearms. Lucky for me that when I left the pool to get medical attention a lifeguard saw me collapse in my chair. At that moment the lifeguards took action, clearing the pool and helping me. Soon after, the First Responders of Hudson came and were able to stabilize me until the ambulance came 30 minutes later. We have great medical care here in Hudson, the lifeguards at the pool and the First Responders. I also know that many other people helped that day too, and I want to thank all of you. I needed all of you that day. Thank you so very much! Susan Donnelly Hud

Parrywinkle, July 13, 2017

PHOTO BY JAMES PARRY Coming to a stop at the hay bale barrier and obviously thrilled that he had successfully competed in the Soapbox Derby at the Hudson Auto Show on Sunday, July 9, this youngster was one of several who hurtled down Cameron to the roar of the crowd. Sorry to report dear readers, but this is my last column. Well, for three weeks at least. As everyone here at Your Local Journal is off on our summer break to spend quality time with our loved ones and families until our next edition that will be out on Thursday, August 10. And, with so much happening on Hudson's cultural and entertainment scene between now and then, the timing simply couldn't be better! So without further ado

Up for adoption

PHOTO COURTESY CASCA Nolan who is one and a half years old, moved into his foster home a couple of weeks ago and these were his thoughts at the time… “Boy was I lucky to have landed a great foster home! Mind you I had to put up with three other guys and girls (cats of course) whom I had to befriend real quickly in order to secure my staying. My foster mom took me to this man who poked me, gave me laughing gas and cut off my - ahumm, boy, what a cat has to do nowadays to be accepted! Sheesh! I am handsome, I have been told over and over again. I have beautiful eyes and six toes on all four paws, imagine! I adore being the center of attention but will definitely put up with others if there ar

Spider-Man Homecoming Review

IMAGE COURTESY SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT Genre: Superheroes Rated: G (PG-13) Parental Guidance: Moderate to heavy graphic violence, disturbing images, not recommended for young children Playing at: Cineplex Kirkland, Mega-Plex Spheretech 14, Des sources 10, Des Sources IMAX 3D, Cineplex Odeon Carrefour Dorion (in English and in French), Cinema 7 Valleyfield (in French); all listings subject to change. Finally! A superhero movie that does not force viewers through the customary origin story. We’ve all had to sit through those pesky background stories – oft-times repeatedly for the same superhero. They seem rather useless for well-known characters that are part of popular culture like Batman

Matt Holubowski wins FEQ award

PHOTO COURTESY BANDCAMP.COM Matt Holubowski, former resident of Hudson and 2015 winner of the singing competition show La Voix, has recently been awarded with the FEQ award presented by the Government of Québec. Participating in the Festival d’Été de Québec, Holubowski performed songs alongside his band from his 2016 album Solitudes. The award also came along with other prizes such as a bursary of $10,000 in cash and a custom-made guitar. This win means many more opportunities for the Hudson-born singer, including participating in other events including the Festival international de Louisiane, the Printemps de Bourges, and the Ottawa BluesFest.

Fundraising carwash

PHOTO BY LYNE DESCHAMPS A carwash fundraiser using an eco-friendly product will be held in Pincourt July 22. Proceeds raised go towards research for treatment of Multiple Sclerosis. For several years, the bike team Les Amis de Lise (regional group working against Multiple Sclerosis) has been organizing regional events to raise public awareness and money to counter the disease, pedaling hundreds of kilometres (Bike MS) to contribute to the financing of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada. Scotiabank, the principal sponsor, is matching donations that will be raised. Since its creation, the team has raised more than $244,245.59 for MS. An eco-friendly car-wash fundraiser (we use SuperShine

Ste. Anne’s will not be ‘bullied’ after developers launch lawsuit against city

PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK A $35 million lawsuit was launched by DISAB against Ste. Anne de Bellevue for changes to the city’s urban development plan for the northern sector alleging plan revisions seriously affect their ability to develop the land they purchased in 2012. Ste. Anne de Bellevue Mayor Paola Hawa said city council will not be ‘bullied’ into making changes to its recently adopted urban development plan for the northern sector after Développement Immobilier Saint-Anne-de-Bellevue (DISAB) launched a $35 million lawsuit in Quebec Superior Court against the city. The legal action filed on July 3 comes just over one month after council unanimously voted in favour of adopting the final revi

Self-defense course offered to the physically disabled

PHOTO COURTESY NICOLE DUCHASTEL An adapted self-defense course is being offered to people with Multiple Sclerosis through the West Island MS Self-Help Group with instructor George Manoli (right) offering to extend the duration and location of the course depending on interest. A self-defense course in the West Island is catering to the vulnerable population by offering them a specialized class. For an hour and a half course, those who are suffering with the condition can learn how to protect themselves via their instructor George Manoli, a police officer who specializes in self-defence. “The West Island MS self-help Group contacted me and asked if I would be willing to do a course with their

Father Roland Demers all set to tee off for St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Hudson

PHOTO BY GREG YELDON Admitting that he hasn't actually played golf in quite a while, Father Roland Demers will definitely be out on the greens at Whitlock Golf and Country Club, 128 Côte St. Charles, Hudson, on August 7, with the goal of replacing all the windows at St. Thomas Aquinas Church. Father Roland Demers, the beloved priest of St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Hudson for the past 32 years, confesses that he is silently praying for good weather on Monday, August 7. On that day, together with fellow congregants, he will be hosting a golf tournament – open to all and the first in recent memory – at the Whitlock Golf and Country Club to help raise funds for urgently needed renovations to the

Vive la musique! During the Hudson 2017 Street Fair

YLJ FILE PHOTO/JAMES ARMSTRONG In its more than 20-year history, Hudson’s Street Fair has had a wide variety of participants. This year, street performers will be part of the festivities. For the first time ever, the Hudson Street Fair has a theme: Vive la musique! - A celebration of the power that music has to bring people together. That’s the message from Tourism, Culture and Communications Coordinator for the Town of Hudson, Laura McCaffrey. The Street Fair will take place Saturday, August 5, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, August 6, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Music and food “This year, we are collaborating with the Music Festival, there will be live music in front of the IGA, as well as

Travel Around the World in 80 Days at Hudson Village Theatre this summer

PHOTO COURTESY HUDSON VILLAGE THEATRE All set for their hilarious race against time around the world in Hudson are (left to right) director Mike Payette, and actors Mike Hughes, Danielle Desormeaux, and Chimwemwe Miller. Who hasn't heard of Around the World in 80 Days? That madcap classic adventure first penned by Jules Verne in novel form in 1873, since relived in the 1956 blockbuster movie of the same name starring David Niven and now - reimagined yet again - coming to Hudson Village Theatre, 28 Wharf Road, August 9 to 27 in the third production of their summer series. Pure family entertainment and with only three actors portraying a panoply of international characters, the Monty Python-es

Land Art Hudson 2017 an artistic response to an act of nature

PHOTO COURTESY DANIEL GAUTIER Anything left behind by the spring flood could become part of an art installation in the up-coming Hudson Land Art event. Curator of the event, Daniel Gautier (above) has been collecting. Thematically, Hudson’s outdoor 2017 Land Art event captures the unprecedented flooding that occurred in the area this spring, according to curator Daniel Gautier. The participating artists have been given the task of creating an outdoor work of art from natural objects and materials left behind by the receding floodwater. “It’s an homage to the flood,” Gautier told Your Local Journal. This year’s artists are Kent Thomson, Monica Brinkman, a duo team of Nancy Farnum and Roxanne

Vaudreuil-Dorion cultural program set to take international stage

PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK Mayor Guy Pilon displays an award that was presented to the municipality in Mexico City last October by the United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) in recognition of the city’s efforts to bring its diverse population together through its Je Suis cultural program. What started out five years ago as a simple plan to develop Vaudreuil-Dorion’s cultural policy to bring the city’s diverse multi-ethnic population together has earned the municipality global recognition as work begins to draft a document that will become the official manual for other cities to follow when designing their own cultural programs. “I’m very proud of two things. First, we were picked as best in th

Pincourt among four Vaudreuil-Soulanges municipalities ranked best place to raise kids

PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK Pincourt Mayor Yvan Cardinal stands next to the town’s multi-use path on Duhamel Road near Bellevue Park, an initiative introduced last summer to reduce traffic and provide a safe space for families and children to enjoy leisure activities year-round. Mayor Guy Cardinal said he’s pleased Pincourt just made it into the top 50 places in Canada to raise children by MoneySense, a distinction shared with three other Vaudreuil-Soulanges municipalities that also made the list – all for the first time. The results of the survey published on the MoneySense website showed that Pincourt came in at number 50, with Notre-Dame-de-l’île-Perrot (NDIP) at 38, St. Lazare at 32 and Vaudreu

Flood victims express frustration and anger over delayed compensation

PHOTO BY JAMES ARMSTRONG Delayed compensation for flood victims was the major concern at the public consultation held in Rigaud. Resident Sandra Piening (right, in line with Vaudreuil-Dorion Mayor Guy Pilon) clearly voiced her frustration with the situation. The public consultation held Monday, July 10 in Rigaud at Collège Bourget by representatives from the Quebec government was intended to present draft regulations concerning the creation of special planning zones within the existing flood plain zones. The proposed regulations are aimed at the 278 municipalities directly affected by the flooding this spring. Former interim Hudson Director General Duncan Campbell moderated the meeting and a

Flood issues dominate Rigaud council meeting question period

PHOTO BY JULES-PIERRE MALARTRE Rigaud resident Janine Landry speaking on behalf of the recent spring flood victims committee at this week’s town council meeting. The Rigaud Council held its monthly meeting two hours earlier July 5 in the main auditorium of Collège Bourget in order to avoid a schedule overlap with the 7 p.m. public consultation for the victims of this spring’s widespread flooding. The unusually high number of residents present for the meeting listened quietly while the council went rapidly through the usual agenda of motions and other city business. While the initial question period scheduled at the onset of the meeting went almost unused, a large number of residents took the

Back taxes come back to haunt Hudson employees

YLJ FILE PHOTO/CARMEN MARIE FABIO Former Town of Hudson Treasurer Sylvain Bernard (right, with then Mayor Michael Elliott) revealed the taxation discrepancies paid to full time town employees back in 2013. While some Hudson residents thought they may have felt the last of the damage of former Director General Louise Léger-Villandré’s actions, approximately 50 current and former full-time employees received a four-page notice by registered mail at the beginning of the month indicating they still owe anywhere from hundreds to over $10,000 in taxation money to Revenu Québec. “This is basically the reason that Louise resigned,” said one of the letter’s recipients, none of whom wish to be identif

Hudson launches its summer season of events and festivals

PHOTO BY MADDYLANE PHOTOGRAPHY Representatives of Hudson’s Arts and Culture Community show off their summer events in front of the Hudson Museum Linda Clouette-Mackay and Blair Mackay – Hudson Music Festival Terry O’Shaughnessy – Greenwood Anile Prakash – Mini-Bo artisan fair Lily Sargent – Shakespeare by the Lake Heather Markgraf – Theatre Panache For a town with a population of just over 5000, Hudson definitely punches above its weight class when it comes to summer events. Beginning with July 1st Canada Day celebrations and almost every weekend throughout the summer, Hudson is bursting with activities for all tastes. Here’s a quick run-down: July 13 – 22: Shakespeare by the Lake pres

Celebrating Canada 150

PHOTO BY JAMES ARMSTRONG Member of Parliament for Vaudreuil-Soulanges Peter Schiefke (left) hosted a Canada 150 Birthday barbecue at his constituency office in Vaudreuil-Dorion on Thursday, June 29. In spite of intermittent rain, attendees enjoyed it all, especially the birthday cake served up by the MP himself.

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