Parrywinkle, January 25, 2018

PHOTO COURTESY LAURA McCAFFREY (Left to right) Nicolas Pedneault, Director Parks, Recreation, Culture, Tourism and Communications, Mayor Jamie Nicholls and District 2 Councillor Austin Rikley-Krindle inaugurate The Underground Teen Centre in Hudson. In this ever-expanding PC world - Political Correctness that is, not Personal Computer nor Progressive Conservative - sometimes things do seem to get a little crazy and difficult to defend. But here's one initiative that I'm wholeheartedly behind being, as I am, a journalist of a certain age and living in the little town of Hudson with an ageing population. Permit me to explain! -------------------------------------------------------------------

Federal financial support available for local youth initiatives

PHOTO COURTESY THE OFFICE OF MP PETER SCHIEFKE Social media was the vehicle for recently rolling out youth initiatives across the country by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (right) and Member of Parliament for Vaudreuil-Soulanges Peter Schiefke who also serves as Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister for Youth. A financial support initiative launched Tuesday, January 16 by the federal government through the Canada Services Corps aims at providing young Canadians with opportunities to serve their communities. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Member of Parliament for Vaudreuil-Soulanges Peter Schiefke who also serves as Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister for Youth made the an

Letter to the editor, Jan. 25, 2018

Participatory Budgeting Dear Editor, The back and forth letters between St. Lazare residents Benoît Tremblay and Comiso La Rosa in The Journal ‘Letters to the Editor’ have at times raised the issue of ‘voter apathy’ and problems of getting voter participation in municipal elections/affairs. In reality, there exists a tried and tested method to increase voter participation in municipal affairs which has been in existence since 1989 – it is called ‘Participatory Budgeting’ where citizens are included in determining how tax revenues will be used. Started in Porto Alegre, Brazil in 1989, ‘participatory budgeting’ is now used in over 1,500 locations around the world including towns, cities, scho

Barreau du Québec closes file on complaint against Fischer

YLJ FILE PHOTO/JAMES ARMSTRONG Hudson resident and lawyer Véronique Fischer was recently told by the Barreau du Québec that the disciplinary complaint lodged against her last year by the Town of Hudson will not be pursued by the organization and that the file is now closed. Seven months after a complaint was lodged by the Town of Hudson with the Barreau du Québec against the actions of resident and lawyer Véronique Fischer, the law society has reached a decision. A copy of a letter issued by the Barreau to Fischer and obtained by The Journal states, in part, “I wish to inform you that my investigation is over and that I will not file a disciplinary complaint against you before the Disciplina

Rigaud council puts proposed tax increase on hold

PHOTO BY JAMES ARMSTRONG Rigaud resident Yvon Mathieu (holding newspaper) was one of many Rigaud residents protesting the proposed municipal tax increase at an extraordinary meeting held Monday, January 22. It was standing room only in the Rigaud Town Council chamber as residents poured in and waited for the meeting to begin the evening of Monday, January 22. They were there to protest the tax rates and tariffs ruling that would have imposed a significant tax increase of eight per cent or more on municipal property owners. Removed from agenda “We decided in the light of new information to return to the table and redo the work,” said Mayor Hans Gruenwald Jr. The mayor declined to elaborate on

Pincourt urges citizens not to venture onto the Ottawa River

PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK A temporary barricade affixed with a yellow Danger sign and warning notice from the Pincourt fire department straddles the narrow boat ramp entrance to the Ottawa River at the intersection of Chemin Duhamel and Avenue Monseigneur-Langlois adjacent to Bellevue Park in Pincourt on January 24. The town is urging motorists and pedestrians to stay off river because the ice cover may be unstable due to the opening of Hydro-Québec dam gates along the St. Lawrence River last week. The Town of Pincourt is advising motorists and pedestrians to stay off the ice- and snow-covered Ottawa River because of a Hydro-Québec water release initiative at certain dams along the St. Lawrence R

Ste. Anne’s council unanimously rejects City of Montreal agglomeration contribution increase

PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK Mayor Paola Hawa (centre) and Councillors Dana Chevalier (left), Ryan Young, Francis Juneau, Tom Broad and Denis Gignac voted unanimously with a show of hands to adopt a resolution at the Monday evening council meeting on January 22 to reject the agglomeration budget recently adopted by the City of Montreal. Councillor Yvan Labelle was absent. Ste. Anne de Bellevue unanimously adopted a resolution at the Monday evening council meeting on January 22 to reject the agglomeration budget presented by the City of Montreal two weeks earlier. For Ste. Anne’s, which is one of the 15 demerged municipalities that make up the Island of Montreal agglomeration, the city will receive a

Upcoming opportunity for Vaudreuil-Soulanges job seekers

PHOTO COURTESY SALON DE L’EMPLOI The 2018 Salon de l’Emploi Étudiants et Saisonniers will be held February 21 from 2 to 8:30 p.m. This is an opportunity to meet in person with over 20 potential employers. The Salon will be located at the Centre Communautaire Paul-Émile Lepine, 150 Boul. Perrot, Île-Perrot. For more information visit

Up for adoption

PHOTO COURTESY CASCA Hello! My name is Sam and I am two years old. My foster parent says that I am one big friendly fuzz ball. I love to have my playtime every day, and love to look out the window, on my perch, at all the birds in the back yard. I like my quiet time and am not into a lot of excessive petting. As well, I might get excited and accidentally scratch you if you use your hands to roughhouse with me. I like being alone with no other cats or dogs, and while I don't particularly like grabby kids, I sure like mature, respectful adults who are appreciative of a fine feline, as I am. I am quite affectionate and will gently purr when I'm petted. I was first seen last summer going from ba

Learn how birds survive the cold season

YLJ FILE PHOTO/CARMEN MARIE FABIO For birds, the hardest part of winter is not the cold but the lack of food. Some species have solved this problem by migrating south but those that stay had to find other ways. Come join one of Le Nichoir's biologists for a walk in the Clarke Sydenham nature reserve for a series of fun activities for all ages to learn about how birds survive the cold season. Note that part of the activity will be held outdoor, dress according to the weather. Bring your snowshoes! To make sure everyone can enjoy this activity, there is no fixed cost; donate what you can. Reservation required by phone (450) 458-2809 or email Join us Saturday, Februar

January blood drive in Saint-Lazare: Thank you to our 139 donors!

Pictured: Municipal Councillors Michel Poitras and Martin Couture contribute to the blood drive accompanied by councillors Geneviève Lachance and Brian Trainor, blood drive supervisor, Nicolas Piednoel, along with Héma-Québec employees and volunteers. The Town of Saint-Lazare would like to thank Héma-Québec as well as the blood donors and volunteers who took part in the first blood drive of the year, held at the Community Centre on Monday, January 22, 2018 from 1:30 to 7:30 p.m. If you consider that every blood donation can potentially help up to four people, a total of 556 patients will be able to receive blood products thanks to the 139 people who braved the storm and rolled up their sleev

Have you completed a project worthy of regional recognition?

PHOTO COURTESY OVATIONS VAUDREUIL-SOULANGES If you have completed a project between September 1, 2016 and December 31, 2017 which, in your opinion, is worthy of regional recognition, the OVATIONS Vaudreuil-Soulanges awards are for you. You have until midnight on January 31 to present your candidacy for the ninth edition of these regional awards. The Ovations Vaudreuil-Soulanges awards are open to self-employed individuals, businesses, institutions and non-profit organizations active in the region for at least two years. This year, OVATIONS Vaudreuil-Soulanges is focusing on the excellence of projects, all sectors combined. “The candidacies we receive will be grouped by sector when the jury d

2018 Happening Gala

YLJ FILE PHOTO/JAMES PARRY The Vaudreuil-Soulanges Palliative Care Residence Foundation invites you to attend the 2018 Happening Gala, Saturday, January 27. This event, under the honorary presidency of Isabelle Salvas, Executive Director, Promutuel Assurance Vaudreuil-Soulanges, will be held at the Pavillon sur le Lac at Château-Vaudreuil, 21700 Trans-Canada Hwy. People interested may purchase their tickets at a cost of $250 at the Foundation website at The 2018 Happening will be an evening full of surprises for more than 400 guests. With cocktails, fine dining, a show by Florence K, dancing, all elements are in place for a glamourous gala. Don’t miss the chance to take part

Attention area artists and artisans

Attention area artists and artisans - call for entry to the 2018 Hudson and Region Studio Tour, (third and fourth weekends of September). Artists and artisans who work in any of the visual arts are welcome to apply. Application form is available on our website at or Facebook page ‘hudsonstudiotour.’ Deadline for application is January 31. Questions? Please call Shernya Vininsky at (450) 458-6660 or email

Parrywinkle January 18, 2018

PHOTO BY JAMES PARRY Ah. 'tis good to be back dear readers. Sincerely! A new year full of promise and hope despite this past weekend's super snowstorm and the deep-freeze frigid start to 2018 with a record-breaking cold snap across Canada and many parts of the U.S. -------------------------------------------------------------------- A SPECIAL PLACE - A snap that saw King Penguins being hustled indoors at the Calgary Zoo because they just couldn't take it anymore. Frozen Iguanas falling from palm trees in Florida out cold. And the crazy shenanigans at the White House heating up as hothead and self-described 'stable genius' Donald Trump continues to blast the best-selling book, Fire and Fury,

Letter to the editor 1, January 18, 2018

A word of thanks Dear Editor, I would like to extend my thanks to John Jantak for the article he wrote on the devastation of trees in Notre-Dame-de-l’Île-Perrot (Razed woods upsets Notre-Dame-de-l’Île-Perrot homeowner, The Journal, December 14, 2017, page 7.) Thanks again for your wonderful coverage of the issue. I greatly appreciate your help in making the public aware of the problem here. It seems like Mayor Danie Deschêne is on the defensive so maybe she’ll rethink some of the by-laws. Global TV broadcast the story December 11 at 5:30 p.m. You will be amused to know that at 5:10 p.m. the whole condo complex was blacked out and the power didn’t come back on until after 7 p.m. Coincidence?

Letter to the editor 2, January 18, 2018

Dear Editor, Mr. La Rosa felt the need the repeat himself in the December 21, 2017 issue of YLJ – in the true form of a ‘professor’ who is confronted with a dim-witted student. He is desperately trying to tell us that the last elections were a great endorsement of the mayor, that the city is a splendid model of communications, and that the candidates had all ‘interesting and diverse’ things to offer to the electorate. Still, most did not show up. Mr. La Rosa admonishes us not ‘give too much attention to those who give no attention to voting.’ His theory, of course, is that our politicians did all they could to interest the people of Saint-Lazare, therefore the politicians are exonerated of a

The Underground Hudson Teen Centre opens this weekend

PHOTO COURTESY LAURA McCAFFREY Area preteens and teens are invited to celebrate the official opening of The Underground, Hudson’s recently updated Teen Centre. The recently updated and renovated Hudson Teen Centre officially launches on Saturday, January 20 with an energetic and eclectic event of wall graffiti, music, virtual reality games, photo booth, henna tattoos, make-up tutorials, Foosball, Ping-Pong, hot dogs, popcorn and cotton candy. “We are really excited to have two musical acts, The Revolution and Josh Adams,” said Youth Centre Coordinator Serena Stabile adding the first act is comprised of four young men from Westwood Senior High School and the second act is the up-and-coming Mo

Movies you might’ve missed

IMAGE COURTESY IMDB.COM Title: Mr. Nobody (2009) Directed: Jaco Van Dormael Genre: Science Fiction Available on: Netflix Brief Synopsis: Faced with an impossible decision, Nemo Nobody's life splits into infinite timelines, each with a different consequence for his decisions. Aggregate Scores: 7.9 IMDb 66% Rotten Tomatoes Review: Life is full of choices. Many of them are small and insignificant, like, "What shall I have for dinner" or, "What shirt should I wear today?" We make thousands of these a day and never give them a second thought. But not all choices are made equal. We can all immediately identify a moment in our lives where we made a decision that changed everything. For Nemo Nobod

Tiny Ti-Groux

PHOTO BY LISA SEIFERT PET PHOTOGRAPHY Ti-Groux has his freedom after being released from a commercial breeder. At nine years of age, he’s a nice little dog and loves to be cuddled but is also timid. He is very treat motivated so he will come around. He is not yet clean in the house so needs a belly band till he gets it. This cold weather had not helped us making sure he goes outside – it’s cold for us and for the dogs. Ti-Groux weighs 8 lbs., is neutered and has had a big dental cleaning. He is not suitable for apartments or condos. He is not suitable for kids under 12 as he has lived in a cage all his life and never met a child so we don’t want to take a chance. To apply to adopt Ti-Groux,

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