Question for debate Dear Editor, A weakness in Hudson’s mayoral candidates’ debate is that some contentious, difficult questions were crowded out by more popularly acceptable – e.g. Pine Lake – questions. While several recent council meetings contained arguments about urban density development required of towns by governmental instances higher than Hudson, this unresolved but inescapable matter was neglected. Secondly, while time was spent on how a mayor should manage labou
What about the arts? Dear Editor, Having the opportunity to send in my questions in advance and to hear candidates for Hudson mayor debate issues of concern last Thursday really did help me to solidify my choice. I agree that financial stability and infrastructure updates are priorities for the new administration. It was stated that Hudson’s strategic plan is summed up by the poetic slogan ‘Where Art meets Nature’ followed by debate on items pertaining to the ‘nature’ half of
Question of transparency Dear Editor, After reading last week’s Your Local Journal, I was blown away by the salaries paid to the employees of our city. I counted 11 persons earning more than $100,000.
The city council says they are transparent but only in words. These salaries are paid with our tax money and being a town of only 20,000 persons, how do they justify so many high salaries? I would be very interested to know the mayor's salary as well as the various department d
Answers needed Dear Editor, Reference the article in last week’s YLJ regarding Mayor Robert Grimaudo defending a ‘leaked’ document of St. Lazare employee salaries and ‘overtime’ of some town managers and directors.
The document supposedly produced for a ‘behind closed doors’ meeting, raises a number of questions. 1) Managers and directors in public and private companies are normally ‘salaried employees’ with a contract, a job description and a fixed salary. No overtime pay a
The disinformation continues Dear Editor, Elections notwithstanding, I feel the need to correct the disinformation that was printed in the letters to the editor in last week’s paper. I don’t understand why people insist on spreading falsehoods, especially when all the information is available online in resolutions passed in council. The truth is easily accessible. In resident Alain Bruneau’s letter, he mentions an “over $11 million town hall.” The resolution passed at council
Spending justified? Dear Editor, Can St. Lazare afford four more years of Mayor Robert Grimaudo’s spending?
In order to make up your mind, ask yourselves a few key questions in a context of a Town of 20,000 residents. 1. Do we now have the most expensive Town Hall in Quebec History for a Town of 20,000 residents? Please ask the mayoral candidates to answer this question before you vote!
Some councillors are now estimating the true cost to be $11 million given that the initi
Environmental issues Dear Editor, The run-up to the municipal election is in full swing with some candidates asking what we the citizens want and some others telling us what they have accomplished in the past four years. Most of these candidates have ‘environment issues’ on their list of subjects to discuss with voters: To protect the forests, clean water, to keep the rivers clean etc. etc. Remember that every day for the past four years, the St. Lazare sewage treatment plan
Loud and clear Dear Editor, I have been attending St. Lazare town council meetings for over two years now and one thing I find quite peculiar is the voting procedure. Resolutions are put forth and seconded without a show of hands by the councillors to demonstrate consent. I am a member of my school’s Governing Board, and when we need to vote, an idea is forwarded, seconded and then the board members have to show consent with a raise of hands. We are asked, ‘Are there any obj
Blatant hypocrisy Dear Editor, I am writing about Quebec’s new religious neutrality law - Bill 62. Why am I not at all surprised by the Quebec government’s blatant hypocrisy? It’s because I am used to the police state we call Quebec where so many aspects of daily life are controlled by laws non-existent anywhere else in Canada. Whether or not I agree with anyone wearing any face covering is not the issue here. It’s the fact that you had the audacity to pass this law in pl
Get out and vote Dear Editor, Today's life is busy with all the kids’ activities and the errands to run on weekends. This year Sunday, November 5, is an important day for all of us in St. Lazare. In the last four years, our tax money was spent without us having a say. We are ending up with a new town hall that will cost us over $11 million plus a fire station around $3 to $4 million. Every July, this administration is pushing us this event au Galop that costs another $385,000