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Parrywinkle, Dec. 2, 2017

With Christmas Day now just four days away if you are reading this on Thursday, December 21 and our last until our next issue of Your Local Journal out on January 18, let's go a bit silly this week. And talk Panto! More specifically about Hudson's very own locally produced pantomime, Camelot, double cast, now on stage at Hudson Village Theatre through January 7, and the only one of its kind with an extended run in Quebec if indeed not throughout all of Canada. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- COME A LOT FOR CAMELOT - Together with my beautiful Sunshine, partook in the official opening night. And, along with virtually everyone else in the audience,

Jury will decide

PHOTO BY BELINDA PYLE Lawyer Philip Schneider (left) with his client Jordan Taylor (right) and his mother preparing to enter the courtroom. On Monday, December 18, lawyer Philip Schneider waived the preliminary inquiry of his client Jordan Xavier Taylor and chose instead trial by jury. Taylor pleaded not guilty to the allegation that the car he was driving struck Tina Lyon Adams and Alique Remtulla-Langlois while they were jogging the evening of June 12, 2015. On Thursday, January 19, 2018 trial proceedings will begin with a proforma to determine readiness of prosecution and defense for trial. The judge dismissed the handful of witnesses who were subpoenaed and ready to testify with their wr

Vaudreuil-Dorion 2018 budget reveals maximum $10 residential tax hike for average household

PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK Vaudreuil-Dorion Treasurer and Director of Finances Marco Pilon presented the city’s 2018 budget during a special council session on Monday, December 18. Vaudreuil-Dorion residents living in an average household will see their property taxes rise by a maximum of $10 despite a 4.4 per cent increase in its operating expenses as the city presented and adopted its 2018 budget during a special council session on Monday, December 18. Residential property tax rates will increase 0.9 per cent. The residential property tax mill rate will rise from $0.6131 to $0.6186 for every $100 of municipal evaluation. Water taxes will remain unchanged at $275. Rigorous financial management T

Ste. Anne’s inaugurates plaque to commemorate bond with Kahnawake

PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK Ste. Anne de Bellevue Councillor Ryan Young (left), Akwesasne Chief Joe Lazore, Jacques-Cartier Liberal MNA and Minister responsible for Indian Affairs, Geoff Kelley, Mayor Paola Hawa, and Tree Canada President Michael Rosen inaugurate a plaque at Kelso Park in honour of the Kahnawake Mohawk Nation on Thursday, December 14. A plaque in honour of the Kahnawake Mohawk Nation was inaugurated at Kelso Park in Ste. Anne de Bellevue on Thursday, December 14. The event was attended by Geoff Kelley, the provincial Jacques-Cartier Liberal MNA and Minister responsible for Native Affairs, Ste. Anne’s Mayor Paola Hawa, Councillor Ryan Young, Tree Canada President Michael Rosen and

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Considering the comparatively small size of Vaudreuil-Soulanges to the rest of Canada, our Prime Minister made a surprising number of visits to the region over the past year. An impromptu visit to Île-Perrot’s Smoke Meat Pete restaurant in January saw Trudeau chat with customers, shake hands, hold babies, and pose for a multitude of photos. He was also spotted lending a hand to fill sandbags in Terrasse-Vaudreuil during the devastating floods of the spring of 2017 and later in the summer at Montreal’s Gay Pride Parade Technically not in Vaudreuil-Soulanges but we got the photo anyways He passed by the offices of Vaudreuil-Soulanges MP Peter Schiefke to award the first of four Sesqui Awards t

STORIES OF THE YEAR 2017

JANUARY Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visits Île-Perrot restaurant James Armstrong PHOTO BY RODNEY LORICA Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made one of many appearances in our comparatively small territory over the course of 2017, stopping first in Île-Perrot’s Smoke Meat Pete restaurant in January on a meet-and-greet with the customers. For more 2017 sightings of Trudeau in Vaudreuil-Soulanges FEBRUARY Vaudreuil-Soulanges Islamic Cultural Centre opens its doors to the public following Quebec shooting James Armstrong PHOTO BY JAMES ARMSTRONG Following a deadly shooting that took the lives of five members of a Quebec City mosque, Vaudreuil-Soulanges residents responded by hosting a candlelit

MRC announces additional flood assistance programs

Citizens who were affected by the unprecedented record-setting springtime flooding in May can apply for two new programs being offered by the Municipalité Régionale de Comté (MRC) de Vaudreuil-Soulanges (MRC de Vaudreuil-Soulanges) to help victims still in distress as a result of the tragedy. The initiatives were presented during a press conference at MRC headquarters in Vaudreuil-Dorion last Thursday, December 14. Psychosocial support For the first time, the MRC and Fondation du Centre hospitalier Vaudreuil-Soulanges (FCHVS) announced that a portion of the money raised by the Fondation during the Salon des vins will be donated to the Centre intégré de santé et de services sociaux de la Mont

Pre-school tots and toddlers give gifts for those less fortunate this Christmas Two Hudson kindergar

PHOTO COURTESY OF SHEILA WEIDMAN The children of Centre Préscolaire Hudson were happy to celebrate with their Christmas project of Sharing and Caring. Collecting leftover Halloween candy, the children fill stockings cut and sewn by the parents and educators. This year over 400 stockings were given to the hospital for the children and staff. When it comes to the gift of sharing and giving to those less fortunate over Christmas and the Holiday Season, it's never too young to start. As was very evident in Hudson this week when youngsters at two pre-school kindergartens, with the full support of their families and staff, handed over their very own contributions to two worthwhile causes. Escorted

SPCA Ouest de L'Île awarded Vaudreuil-Dorion animal control contract

YLJ FILE PHOTO/LAUREN MITCHELL SPCA Ouest de L’Île is looking forward to sharing their expertise and bettering the way of life for animals in the Vaudreuil-Dorion area. On Thursday, December 14, SPCA Ouest de L’Île announced it was awarded the contract for animal control for Vaudreuil-Dorion. France Lavoie, Director of Communications for Vaudreuil-Dorion confirmed that SPCA Ouest had submitted the lowest bid and been awarded the city’s contract for animal control. SPCA Ouest therefore takes over from Centre Canin du Suroît as of January 1, 2018. “It’s the first time SPCA Ouest bids for Vaudreuil-Dorion,” Guy Pilon, Mayor of Vaudreuil-Dorion commented. “We are anxious to forward our expertise

Seasonal holiday relief for Île-aux-Tourtes bridge motorists

PHOTO BY JAMES ARMSTRONG On-going repair work on the Île-aux-Tourtes bridge combined with inclement weather and slippery road conditions lead to accidents and inevitable traffic jams including a jack-knifed tractor trailer accident on Tuesday, December 19 that closed eastbound lanes for several hours. There will be a short holiday respite for motorists using the Île-aux-Tourtes bridge beginning Friday, December 22, 2017 until January 2, 2018 according to Media Relations Coordinator for the Ministère des Transports, de la Mobilité durable et de l’Électrification des Transports (MTQ) Sarah Bensadoun. “There will be three lanes open eastbound in the direction of Montreal and two lanes open west

PHOTO OF THE YEAR WINNER ANNOUNCED

Congratulations to Johanne Syms of St. Lazare whose photo was chosen byRégate Kia Valleyfield as Your Local Journal’s Photo Of The Year . “I came across a quote that is quite fitting to my picture. It is from Jonathan Rosen, an American writer. He says, ‘watching birds is a pleasure; seeing an owl is an event’. That is how I felt when I saw him!” said Syms when she heard the news.

New executive director at Vaudreuil-Soulanges Palliative Care Residence

PHOTO BY MADELEINE LANGLOIS New executive director of the Vaudreuil-Soulanges Palliative Care Residence, Jean-François Thibert, (centre) was welcomed by some of the staff and many volunteers on his first day at work on Monday, December 18, as well as by outgoing interim executive director, Anne Lauzon (to his left in photo). The nurses were elsewhere in the Residence preparing for the arrival of a new patient. On his first official day in the office at the Vaudreuil-Soulanges Palliative Care Residence in Hudson this week, new Executive Director Jean-François Thibert admits he was not really prepared for the reception he received. “It was simply overwhelming and all of it positive,” he told Y

Affectionate and charming Tassy looking for a place to call home

The beautiful and charming Tassy is a female cat born on November 29, 2016. She is a tabby with short hair. She is spayed, vaccinated and was treated against parasites. Tassy was part of a cat colony in Vaudreuil. Cascagave her a chance to blossom inside a home while it's cold outside. Her foster home has found that she has quite the personality! She will know exactly how to charm you with her affection and her wet kisses! Who would have thought? We hope she finds a home with lots of love where she won't miss anything again in her life. To visit Tassy in her foster home in Pincourt or for more information, don’t hesitate to communicate with 514-706-2287. You can also send us an email at casc

Up for Adoption

Sweet Shyla Imagine living on the streets and being afraid of all humans..... Never having lived as a pet and afraid to approach any human. Shyla, a chocolate Lab mix, is a northern dog who lived on the streets, ate garbage and was finally picked up by animal control. Since she has been with Rosie Animal Adoption she is starting to come along.... starting to like to lie on a dog bed, starting to love the couch, starting to enjoy being touched, starting to be able to come through a door not wondering where her next meal will come from. This is Shyla. This is her new beginning and it is going to take some time. This two-year-old beautiful girl weighs about 70 lbs and gets along well with othe

Future of Pincourt arena in doubt after town announces buyback from Groupe Thibault

PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK The abandoned Pincourt arena on Fifth Avenue, as seen on December 13, 2017, faces an uncertain future. The unfinished facility has been plagued with various legal problems for almost 15 years when construction was first halted in 2003. Mayor Yvan Cardinal is still hopeful the long-awaited Pincourt arena will be realized despite an agreement made by the city to buy back the building from its current owners Groupe Thibault. The news was announced at the Tuesday evening council meeting, December 12.The buyback means the arrangement the town made in 2013 with Groupe Thibault, who originally planned to complete the arena and have it ready by 2014, is officially dead. Even tho

UMQ participation will upgrade Ste. Anne’s council’s skills, says Hawa

PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK Work is proceeding as planned for the renovation of the Harpell Centre on St. Pierre Street. The facility, built in 1948, is undergoing extensive renovations. Ste. Anne de Bellevue Mayor Paola Hawa defended a $12,500 expenditure that was adopted at the Monday, December 11 council meeting for the mayor and four councillors to attend the annual Union des municipalités du Québec (UMQ) meeting next May in Gatineau. One resident balked at the expense when the issue was raised during question period but Hawa said it’s important for council to be kept up-to-date regarding rapidly evolving changes that affect all municipalities throughout the province. The training received

Rigaud residents still seeking answers months after flooding

YLJ FILE PHOTO/JAMES ARMSTRONG The Town of Rigaud was especially hard hit during the 2017 spring floods which saw many residents forced from their homes and still awaiting compensation to repair or rebuild. The Town of Rigaud held a special information session December 7 for the victims of the spring 2017 flood. The objective of the meeting was to offer tips and technical information regarding temporary work that can help flood victims move back in their homes this coming winter while they wait for their claim for compensation to be processed by the government. The meeting brought together a panel of the main stakeholders associated with the ongoing crisis following the flood, including rep

Razed woods upsets Notre-Dame-de-l’Île-Perrot homeowner

PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK Notre Dame de l’île Perrot resident Barbara Ectovitch stands in front a new home being built next to her condominium town house on Saturday, November 9. Etcovitch is upset that all the trees on the construction site bordering her property were recently razed. A Notre-Dame-de-l’Île-Perrot homeowner is dismayed that a forested lot behind her townhouse condominium was recently razed to build a new house. Barbara Etcovitch, who lives on Rue Jordi-Bonet near the intersection of Boulevard Don-Quichotte and Boulevard Perrot, feels it was extreme for all the trees to have been cut next to her backyard property line. Clear-cutting not necessary “It was a forest with large trees.

First council meeting in new Rigaud Town Hall

PHOTO BY JAMES ARMSTRONG Mayor Hans Gruenwald Jr. welcomed residents to the first council meeting held in the new council chamber of the recently inaugurated Town Hall. The first town council meeting in the council chamber of the recently inaugurated Rigaud Town Hall was held Monday, December 11. It was also an opportunity for several residents to raise concerns regarding speeding vehicles, an elevated volume of traffic coupled with continuous high levels of noise, and garbage strewn about in their neighbourhood. Local security issues “We are seriously concerned about our security,” said one resident of the area in question. They pointed out a complaint had been made to the town in October,

Hudson Heartbeet Community Farm avoids potential year-end deficit

YLJ FILE PHOTO/JAMES ARMSTRONG Hudson Heartbeet Community Farm// Ferme Communautaire Betterêve de Hudson's start-up season included guided tours of their temporary location. The call for financial aid went out to supporters and friends of the Hudson Heartbeet Community Farm in an email Tuesday, December 5. The message was an appeal for financial support to cover a year-end loss. “The response was terrific,” said Community and Logistics Manager Loïc Freeman-Lavoie. According to Freeman-Lavoie, the forecasted deficit of $19,500 for the organization’s first year of operation had been covered by a combination of donations and solidarity loans. Financing a community farm “We are a non-profit orga

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