St. Lazare mayoralty debate online

SHUTTERSTOCK PHOTO The three St. Lazare mayoralty candidates – Lise Jolicoeur, Michel Lambert, and Robert Grimaudo – have been invited to take part in a debate at the office of Your Local Journal Monday, October 30. The event will be live-streamed from 2 to 4 p.m. on our Facebook page. Please submit your debate questions to from now right up until Monday at 12 p.m.

Parrywinkle, October 26, 2017

PHOTO BY JAMES PARRY Whitlock’s Food and Beverage Manager, Marc-André Boisclair, was delighted to join volunteer models Suzanne Raymond, Vicky Colier, and Nancy Campeau at the fashion featuring designer creations available at La Boutique Nova in Hudson. T'was indeed a glorious weekend over at Whitlock Golf and Country Club in Hudson. And absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with the weather, golf, or curling! --------------------------------------------------------------------------- GREAT HVT GALA - For on Saturday evening, October 21, together with some 200 other supporters and fans of the performing arts and, more specifically, Hudson Village Theatre now in its 25th season, my beautiful Su

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Saturday’s Hudson Witch Project Fundraiser promises Halloween fun

Ask Lea Durocher about this Saturday’s Hudson Witch Project Fundraiser and she’ll tell you about her “Aha!” moment in mid-September. “I had seen some crazy witch dance on Facebook and said to a bunch of girlfriends, ‘Wouldn’t it be awesome if we all just paraded around down Main Road dressed as witches and doing a choreography?’” Durocher said. Everyone agreed the idea was ‘awesome’ and Durocher thought about it some more. “I was sitting in my shop at Centre Décor Hudson and I have a bay window that faces out to Main Road. I had this vision of a gaggle of witches, warlocks, and wizards just parading down Main Road to a drumbeat and I thought how ridiculously fun it would be to raise funds fo

Rigaud water crisis over

PHOTO BY JAMES ARMSTRONG The Rigaud potable water emergency and restricted usage ended Wednesday, October 25 as the hole in the intake pipe in the Agathe Well was repaired. According to Director of Communication Services Marie-Andrée Gagnon, seen here with a sketch of the well system, the problem began with a broken weld in a pipe 200 feet below ground level. The alarm was raised Saturday, October 21, when high level of sand appeared in the filtration system. Specialized equipment was required to make the repairs. Mayor Hans Gruenwald Jr. thanked residents for their quick response to the restricted usage notices. “It was phenomenal and saved the situation,” he said. Gagnon said wells on Riga

Hudson Town Councillor Nicole Durand seeks re-election in District 3

PHOTO COURTESY OF NICOLE DURAND Making Hudson a senior citizen friendly town is one of many projects Nicole Durand is promoting in her bid for council re-election. After four years at the Hudson Town Council table, Nicole Durand is competing with Chloe Hutchison for the District 3 seat. “I’m running on my record,” said Durand, “I want to continue what we have started,” pointing out she was involved in negotiating an 8-year collective agreement with unionized town employees and the elimination of a $1.7 million deficit. Senior citizens “We desperately need affordable assisted living residences for seniors. That’s why I support the Wyman project,” she said referring to the proposed Villa Wyman

Chloe Hutchison eyes council seat in Hudson’s District 3

PHOTO COURTESY DAN BOUGUER Involving the community in planning town development is an important component of Chloe Hutchison’s bid for a town council seat. Chloe Hutchison is on the campaign trail in a bid to replace incumbent Councillor Nicole Durand for the Hudson District 3 seat in the upcoming municipal election. In a recent interview, Hutchison outlined the points of her platform. Citizen dissatisfaction “The most important thing is participation in the political process,” she said in a recent interview. “The response I’m getting is that residents feel disconnected from the political process,” she concluded following a her recent door-to-door campaign in District 3. “They are saying, ‘Y

Hudson Councillor Barbara Robinson aims for second term

PHOTO BY JAMES ARMSTRONG Responsible fiscal planning and development are key factors in Councillor Barbara Robinson’s re-election platform . Barbara Robinson is committed to maintaining her seat as councillor for Hudson’s District 4, one being challenged by Christine Redfern. Robinson sees her four previous years as a source of strength and continuity for the next mayor and council. “My council experience gives me a knowledge of municipal governance and the challenges that face Hudson,” said Robinson, noting what she’d learnt dealing with various levels of government both federally and provincially, including her work on the Canada 150 grant application for the Community Centre renovation pr

Hudson Village Theatre fundraising gala a smash hit

PHOTO BY MICHAEL GREEN All smiles at the HVT Gala (from right to left) were Kalina Skulska Executive Director of HVT, ardent supporters Myriam O’Brien and Sandra Lawrence, Pam Campbell HVT Advisory Board member, and ever faithful Laurie Tomita. It was an exhilarating evening and for such a worthy cause! In the perfect setting for fundraising that is the Whitlock Golf and Country Club in Hudson, 200 guests, champagne in hand, were amicably chatting near tables full of treasures offered for a silent auction, before being treated to a scrumptious dinner in the main dining room. But this occasion was quite unique. If all goes according to plan, the jewel that is the Hudson Village Theatre (HVT)

David Hill – St. Lazare District 1 candidate

David Hill’s election slogan is ‘For a cleaner, greener and healthier St. Lazare’. A self-proclaimed environmentalist, Hill is also a CEGEP teacher and a St. Lazare first responder. He moved to the Saddlebrook area in 2008 has been working hard on nature conservation issues in the community. He pledges to make the town more sustainable by promoting responsible spending that reflects the needs of residents and maintaining the ‘country’ quality of life that defines St. Lazare. Hill will ensure continued access to health-promoting services, such as clean water and composting, and programs including community fitness, sports and leisure activities. He is also dedicated to protecting green space

Geneviève Lachance – St. Lazare District 1 candidate

A St. Lazare resident for nearly 20 years, Geneviève Lachance has worked in the financial service industry including 15 years as a financial service manager in Hudson and St. Lazare. Lachance said there’s been unnecessary spending on what she feels have been extravagant projects, including the new town hall and the annual Festival au Galop. She also cites a lack of transparency and communication between the town and its citizens, and increasing annual property taxes as major concerns. “We need to put our priorities back in the right places to ensure our citizens can enjoy the country living and quality of life they’re seeking in St. Lazare,” said Lachance.

Pamela Tremblay - St. Lazare District 2 candidate

Pamela Tremblay is a registered nurse who settled in St. Lazare with her family of four children in 2010. Tremblay gained the confidence of her constituents and was elected councillor in 2013. During her mandate, she sat on urban planning, security, and youth committees. As ambassador of the Festival au Galop, she chaired the festival’s consultation committee and was its public spokesperson. She is very proud of the courage and leadership council has demonstrated in addressing the big issues including the landslide solution, infrastructure improvements, and the long-overdue construction of a new city hall, among other accomplishments. If elected for a second term, Tremblay vows to continue t

Martin Couture – St. Lazare District 3 candidate

Active participation in the community is a trait Martin Couture takes pride in. His involvement includes being president of the St. Lazare tennis club and serving both as president and treasurer of the St. Lazare Business Association. The father of two daughters, Couture’s priorities for his district are public security, bike paths, and the city’s finances. He said the town’s main bicycle path on Chemin Ste. Angélique is not safe and needs to be revamped. He also noted that with his background and experience as a chartered accountant, he would ensure the town’s finances are in good order.

Sonny Pellicciotti – St. Lazare District 3 candidate

His experience as sales manager has provided Sonny Pellicciotti with interpersonal, leadership and negotiation skills he feels are imperative to the role of councillor. As a musician, Pellicciotti has met people from all spheres of society and believes culture is the soul of a community. With a wife and seven-year-old son, he wants to be an example to him by showing the importance of contributing to the community and that family values are the foundation. After many discussions with district citizens, Pellicciotti said people want change and to be heard. “Infrastructure improvements should be a priority, not unnecessary spending. Council should always remember the people and their opinions s

Michel Poitras – St. Lazare District 4 candidate

A resident since 1989, Michel Poitras has been actively involved in the community in several areas, including minor sports, the Cyclotour non-profit group, the annual Relais pour la vie fundraising drive for cancer and as vice-president of the St. Lazare Business Association for the last six years. Part of his platform includes revitalizing Chemin Sainte-Angélique and building a proper multi-functional bike path, providing a senior citizens’ residence, enlarging the community garden, creating a compost system, keeping St. Lazare gree, and finding a better way to provide financial help to parents who have kids in sports and cultural activities. Public safety is another important issue and Cou

Brian Trainor – St. Lazare District 6 candidate

Fiscal responsibility, controlled development of the town, greater transparency of town council decisions, and improved two way communication with residents are Brian Trainor’s main priorities. As a retired professional management accountant, Trainor has 25 years of senior management and financial experience. It’s very important to have a proper fiscal balance between citizen’s capacity to pay taxes and the level of services that must be provided in order to maintain and improve the quality of life in St. Lazare, said Trainor. He has the time, the commitment, and background to be a part of that change but he cannot do it alone and respectfully requests the support of the voters in his distri

Surprise closure of Ericsson’s Vaudreuil-Dorion facility after less than a year

YLJ FILE PHOTO/JOHN JANTAK Vaudreuil-Dorion Mayor Guy Pilon said he’s confident another player in the telecommunications industry will be interested in the 40,000 square-metre facility, shown here under construction in 2014, and that the departure will not result in a taxation loss for the city. Only 10 months after the ribbon-cutting and inauguration of Ericsson’s $1.3 billion global Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in Vaudreuil-Dorion, the telecommunications giant announced it was closing the specialized facility leading to the loss of approximately 50 jobs. “I’m very disappointed with the situation,” read a communiqué issued by Mayor Guy Pilon October 20. After speaking with

Future development key issue for Ste. Anne’s mayoral candidate Lucie LaRose

PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK Mayoral candidate Lucie LaRose says revitalization of the downtown core is imperative to bring new residents into the area. Revitalization of the downtown core in the south sector and a thorough review of proposed development in the north sector are two major issues that Lucie LaRose will address if she is elected mayor of Ste. Anne de Bellevue in the upcoming municipal election. LaRose has lived in Ste. Anne’s for almost 20 years and served as District 6 councillor for one four-year term beginning in November 2005 right after the demerger of the municipality from the City of Montreal. “I’ve always been involved and this is the next level I can give back to the community

Michel Lambert makes second attempt to be St. Lazare mayor

PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK Running a second time for mayor of St. Lazare, Michel Lambert is running under the Alliance St. Lazare political banner while all the other contenders are running as independents. Michel Lambert is hoping his second consecutive bid to become St. Lazare mayor is successful after being defeated in the 2013 municipal election. Lambert is running under the Alliance St. Lazare political banner, the only mayoral or council candidate to do so, because he feels it’s important to have some sort of political affiliation even though all the other contenders are running as independents. This doesn’t imply that the elected councillors would have to adhere to the policies of Alliance

Letter to the editor 1, Oct. 26, 2017

Thank you Dear Editor, I would like to take a moment to thank you and the entire Your Local Journal team for the fine job you all did in organizing last week’s Hudson mayoralty candidates’ debate. I can well imagine how challenging it was to put this together on such relatively short notice. It created an important foundation for the discussions that have since been taking place all over our town and, as such, has contributed greatly to the health of Hudson’s democracy. Congratulations and with gratitude, Bill Nash Hudson Mayoralty Candidate

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