Parrywinkle, Nov. 30, 2017

PHOTO BY JAMES PARRY Adding to the mountain of gifts and donations received at the office of Vaudreuil-Soulanges MP Peter Schiefke last week, all destined for the local women's shelter, Hébergement La Passerelle, and welcomed (left to right) by staffers Jennifer Frezza and Patricia Dota, were local residents Mireille Lemelin and Joseph Eletr. As a long-time journalist, columnist, and humble wordsmith, believe it or not dear readers, people often ask me why I have never written a novel. Truth be told, I must have started about six over the years and invariably in the dark winter months when gardening is impossible, skiing or snowshoeing is simply out of the question, and I finger-tap dance on

Preliminary inquiry set for Vaudreuil-Dorion double homicide

YLJ FILE PHOTO COURTESY FACEBOOK Les Cèdres resident Richard Hunt (above) and his girlfriend Coteau-du-Lac resident Mélanie Binette have been in custody for a year following their arrest after a double murder in Vaudreuil-Dorion allegedly tied to biker gang members. A nine-day preliminary inquiry is scheduled to begin May 14 to determine if there is enough evidence to proceed with the first degree murder trial of Les Cèdres resident Richard Hunt and Mélanie Binette of Coteau-du-Lac. Their appearance in the Valleyfield Courthouse November 27 before Judge Marie-Chantal Doucet comes almost a year to the day after the shooting deaths of 45-year-old Joseph Fluet and 38-year-old Steven Lamarsh in

On all the other days

Author and Hudsonite Clint Ward will be celebrating the release of his memoirs Saturday, December 2, from 2 to 5 p.m. at Gallery Plus, 448 Main Road.

Fundraiser craft fair

Espoir Nouveau/New Hope’s 10th Annual Craft Fair takes place December 2, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 6225 Godfrey Avenue (close to Monkland village) in NDG. Our fair is juried and includes a wide range of handicrafts including jewellery, knits, organic clothing, hand-printed paper goods, wind chimes, etc. There will also be a bake table, coffee, and a warm lunch. Support your local community by joining us for this special event. Please bring a non-perishable item for our Food Depot.

Fundraising concert

The Students of Jacques Harvey, Music Master will present an instrumental concert on Sunday, December 3, 4 p.m. at Saint James Church, 642 Main Road. This event is to help raise funds for victims of Hurricanes Irma and Maria on the Islands of St. Croix and St. John’s. As pictured above, communications are still precarious with damaged antenna and the population is struggling. Donations will be taken at the door.Donations will be taken at the door.

Up for adoption

PHOTO BY LISA SEIFERT PET PHOTOGRAPHY Fern is an 8-year-old, 23-pound Sheltie who was originally found as a stray. Fern arrived at Rosie’s Animal Adoption very frightened and shy. She is a bit better but she will remain timid. It’s believed she’s been bred many times. Fern needs a loving patient family along with a nice calm dog if there is a dog in the family. She also needs a completely secure fenced in yard. She is not a dog who will run to you. She is a really nice dog. She has not shown any aggression at all since she arrived at Rosie’s. She is not a big barker. We are under the impression that she may have lived with a golden retreiver She gets excited when she meets goldens. She is cu

Jean-François Thibert is appointed as Executive Director of the VSPCRF

PHOTO COURTESY VSPCRF The Board of Directors of the Vaudreuil-Soulanges Palliative Care Residence Foundation (VSPCRF) has appointed Jean-François Thibert as Executive Director with a start date of December 18, 2017. A resident of the region, Thibert has more than 25 years of experience in business management, including the general management of private residences for seniors. With great experience in customer service and a human approach to management, Thibert will certainly mobilize the Foundation team and all its partners through a bright future to the benefit of patients and their families. “We are happy to have someone of this calibre,” said Pierre Cyr, VSPCRF President. “He is the right

Up for adoption

PHOTO COURTESY CASCA I’m Honey! I was born on November 23, 2015, which means I spent two years outside. I hung out by a school and got to see a lot of cute children. At the end of the day I hung out in the parking lot and went from car to car to see if someone would want to take me in. I once hopped into a fancy car but the lady threw me out. All I have ever wanted is to be loved and accepted. An amazing lady across the street saw all of this happen. She began to feed me at her house and I was so happy to eat every day. She couldn’t keep me because she had a few other cats already. Then she called Casca and I went to a foster home. It is everything I had ever hoped for! I am now staying with

Movies you might have missed

IMAGE COURTESY IMDB.COM Title: Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) Directed: Joel and Ethan Coen Genre: Drama Available: on Netflix Brief Synopsis: In 1961 New York City, a folk singer named Llewyn Davis struggles to keep both his career and life afloat. Aggregate Scores: 7.5 IMDb 93% Rotten Tomatoes Review: The Coen Brothers have enjoyed over 30 years of both critical and commercial success, most notably with films like Fargo and No Country for Old Men. An unintended consequence of this is that excellence becomes expected and even taken for granted. Inside Llewyn Davis is an example of this, as it is not only an excellent film, but one that belongs in the conversation for the Coen's very best. Viv

Letter to the editor 1, Nov. 30, 2017

The people’s wish list for the Mayor of Saint-Lazare Dear Editor, When a mayor owes his office and precarious legitimacy to 37% of 37% of the electorate, we would imagine that he would be attentive to the heightened expectations of the people of his town. At the very least we anticipate the following: That council should be as open as possible. Beware of being tempted to act furtively. If council acts under a veil of secrecy, then it must be reasonably expected that it wishes to hide things from public scrutiny. A secretly operating council always takes its citizens to be fools and dupes. That council should properly consult the people before initiating big expensive projects. We have been

Letter to the editor 2, Nov. 30, 2017

Meeting room Dear Editor, Considering the amount that was spent on the new Saint-Lazare Town Hall, they were not able to enlarge the meeting room to accommodate more citizens who may wish to attend future council meetings. Will they be baring people from entering if the limit number is exceeded? Will security be hired to make sure numbers are limited? It seems that at one point people at the rear could not hear those asking questions. I'm surprised that no one took it upon themselves to verify that all was taken into consideration covering all bases. They should have included a pedestal with a microphone. This would have added more class. Much more could have been done considering what we pa

Letter to the editor 3, Nov. 30, 2017

Many thanks Dear Editor, Thank-you, thank-you, thank-you.... To all who came to the Royal Lepage Firemen's Auction last week. This event has kicked off the Christmas and Holiday season and raised a substantial sum of money to fill the Christmas baskets with enough left for an emergency back-up during the year. Your bids were generous and we are grateful for your support. A special thank you goes to the donors who, even in difficult retail times for small business owners, gave generously. And finally a thank you to our Hudson Firemen and women who carry on with this seasonal tradition of giving back to their community and surrounding neighbourhoods in a very special way. Hudson is a caring Co

Common scents

PHOTO COURTESY PEXELS I accidentally turned down the scented candle aisle of a large retailer recently and almost knocked over a toddler in my attempt to quickly escape the low-lying clouds of simulated Rainy Spring Day, Soothing Spruce, and something cinnamonny. And while all these scents are nice on their own, synthesized in a lab, added to some petroleum product, and poured into a container to be burnt at home in order to mask other scents of life just never seems to work. As we approach the gift-giving season, I’ve clearly marked on my wish-list ‘no perfumes.’ I’ve been through the perfume phase when I was younger. I remember the summer when Christian Dior’s ‘Poison’ was launched, a can

Fired up for Hudson Fire Department Charity auction

PHOTO BY JAMES ARMSTRONG History was made at the recent Hudson Firefighters’ Annual Auction as, for the first time, a women’s team donated four hours of community service to the cause. They were (left to right) Sheena Purcell, Dawn Croydon, Brigitte O’Driscoll, and Sabrina Lyon-Adams. The annual charity auction organized by Royal LePage Village Hudson marked four decades of raising funds for the Hudson Firefighters Christmas baskets and the local food bank, Le Pont/Bridging. The event was held at the Hudson Village Theatre on Wednesday, November 22. “We raised $21,000,” Tania Ellerbeck told Your Local Journal. “It was a wonderful turnout and a really good crowd with new faces.” Tania Ellerbe

Former Pincourt Councillor Jim Miron honoured by Quebec National Assembly accolade

PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK Jim Miron who recently retired after 23 years as Pincourt District 5 Councillor was recognized by Vaudreuil MNA Marie-Claude Nichols for his service to the community during a speech she gave at the Quebec National Assembly on November 23. Former Pincourt District 5 Councillor Jim Miron said he was honoured when Vaudreuil provincial Liberal MNA Marie-Claude Nichols paid tribute to him, two other former regional municipal councillors, and a former mayor for their 20-plus years of service during a brief speech at the National Assembly on November 23. “I was recognized for my 23 years of service,” Miron told Your Local Journal. “It was pretty cool. It wasn’t expected. It was

Bill 62, free education, school fees among topics discussed at respectful LBPSB meeting

PHOTO BY ANDREW BELDING Chris Eustace, a retired teacher and regular at LBPSB meetings, addresses new board Chair Noel Burke during the November 27 Council of Commissioners meeting. Quebec government’s recent passage of Bill 62 – a law that forbids people from providing or receiving public services with their faces covered – drew a mix of reactions from the Lester B. Pearson School Board’s Council of Commissioners meeting held Monday, November 27. Reading the board’s official statement, new Chair Noel Burke stressed the board’s commitment to promoting a “climate of inclusiveness and open-mindedness. “As a public institution in Quebec, Lester B. Pearson supports the highest level of access to

Federal apology to LGBTQ2 community resonates in Vaudreuil-Soulanges

PHOTO BY JAMES ARMSTRONG Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attended a reception held at the Ottawa Drill Hall following his formal apology to the LGBTQ2 community made in parliament earlier in the day November 28. He spoke to the guests, reiterating how important the events of the day were to himself and his children and would have been to his late father, former Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau. The invited members of the Canadian Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and 2 Spirited Community (LGBTQ2) assembled quietly in the Ottawa Drill Hall and the House of Commons gallery on Tuesday, November 28, as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stood and issued a formal apology. The guests were

Tap water improvement in St. Lazare’s Saddlebrook district

PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK Saint-Lazare’s Saddlebrook area residents Paola Irrera and Ignazio Turrigiano had expressed concern for eight years over their potable water supply that left a significant brown build-up of manganese on their home’s filter – shown here after a one-year period. Saddlebrook residents in St. Lazare should be noticing an improvement with their tap water after a new water filter and filtration technique were installed and implemented by the town to remove the discolouration that unnerved many residents over several years. Residents Paola Irrera and her husband Ignazio Turrigiano welcomed the news. They were both concerned that the discolouration of their tap water which was c

Two Vaudreuil-Dorion councillors vote against environmental recommendation

PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK A section of Rue Henry Ford bordering a new residential development in Vaudreuil-Dorion will be part of the city’s new environmental campaign to introduce trees and natural plants in an urban setting instead of lawns. Vaudreuil-Dorion Councillors Céline Chartier and Diane Morin voted against a resolution at the Monday evening council meeting on November 27 that will allocate a portion of municipal land to become natural plant zones. Morin said she’s not opposed to the overall goal of the resolution which is meant to beautify the city and provide a buffer between residential and neighbouring commercial and industrial districts, but she feels certain exceptions should be m

Tales from the deep end

PEXELS PHOTO News that nudity is, or soon will be, prohibited in public swimming pool showers and change rooms may be borne of good intentions. The ultimate goal is making the facilities more accessible to the transgendered community, families with young kids, and different-sex caregivers, but rather than absorb the cost of creating more actual change rooms and shower stalls, municipalities are offloading the burden onto the end users to adapt their habits. As a former runner until middle age and a torn meniscus in my left knee dictated otherwise, I was forced to finally learn how to swim in my late 30s. Without giving away my age, I can safely say I've spent a lot of time in public pools an

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