Letter to the editor 1, Feb. 22, 2018

Democratic process Dear Editor, After a short but relatively acrimonious election campaign where the pros and cons of municipal spending faced off, I was pleased to see at the end of January that the Saint-Lazare municipal council decided to temporarily halt all major projects in order to poll the residents on what they thought the priorities should be in the coming year. Although I was pleased, I wondered how long it would take for the fearmongers to emerge and question and criticize a sound and democratic approach. Well I didn’t have to wait long to see! In this same column last week, a mere three weeks after the announcement, someone was throwing exaggerated numbers left and right and put

Letter to the editor 2, Feb. 22, 2018

LBPSB jerks parents around Dear Editor, Since 1997, Education Ministers Pauline Marois, François Legault through Michelle Courchesne, and François Blais called for a strong presence of parents, and parent commissioners in our public education system. Recall Bill 86 which called for "parents' presence within each school board's decision-making body." This school board reform bill was considered anathema by the Quebec English School Boards Association, who went to great lengths to see this parent-friendly bill buried. Nevertheless, Parent Commissioners still have the right to vote, and, by law, must be consulted on various issues. One recent example involved Article 199 of the Act Respectin

Maison de la Famille brunch a resounding success

Kids had the experience of making their own pizzas at the Maison de la Famille brunch The Maison de la Famille Vaudreuil-Soulanges held the third edition of their family brunch February 11 at restaurant Olivia in Vaudreuil-Dorion. Nearly 300 guests came to support the organization and shared a meal with the family. Everyone stressed the originality of Jonathan Auger, owner of the restaurant Olivia, to let young and old into the kitchen to prepare their own pizza. The toddlers were even invited to leave with a beautiful apron. Caisse Desjardins Vaudreuil-Soulanges is a great partner of the event. They also presented a check for $1,000 at the brunch in addition to their Member Benefits program

Up for adoption

PHOTO COURTESY CASCA Darius was lost and was wandering the streets until he was picked up and spent about six months in a cage. Darius must have had special gym privileges because he didn't lose any muscle tone – he’s a stocky boy. He has been vaccinated, sterilized and dewormed. He was born January 1, 2017. He will follow you around the house and be a great companion and is also good with other cats! For more information regarding Darius, please contact Anne at (514) 777-6686 or at

Can’t complain

My last column dealt with chocolate or, more specifically, the ‘problem’ of having too much chocolate, not knowing what to do with it and deciding to foist it off onto my coworkers. In writing that column, I had a closer look at the box of the 64 little liquor-filled, foil-wrapped, bottle-shaped chocolates and discovered that instead of the promised eight flavours, the manufacturer had mistakenly duplicated one row, giving me double the amount of Jim Beam and Cointreau whilst depriving me of the tequila and the coffee liqueur. Scandalous. Luckily (depending on your perspective) I come from a long line of complainers and if I find a product I bought doesn’t deliver on its promise, I take pen

Don’t be afraid to be called a luger

PHOTO BY NICK ZACHARIAS A helmet and a sense of adventure, along with a thin coating of ice, are all that’s needed to help your kids get into the Olympic spirit. This winter has had some wild temperature fluctuations, but what hasn’t changed is that here in Quebec, snow and ice still weave their influence on the landscape for about half the year. Since finding ways to have fun outside when the mercury drops is key to actually enjoying the winter months, many of us do just that - whether it’s cross-country skiing on a groomed trail or snowshoeing through the back woods, skating outdoors with the kids, downhill skiing or just taking the dog for a walk. But for those inspired by Team Canada’s r

Centre Multisports will reinstate discount for Vaudreuil-Dorion residents

PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK Vaudreuil-Dorion Mayor Guy Pilon said the Centre Multisports discount for residents will be reinstated at an upcoming council meeting. Vaudreuil-Dorion will reinstate the residents’ discount for membership at the Centre Multisports at an upcoming council session after Jean-Michel Smolsky asked for a follow-up during the Monday evening meeting on February 19. The issue revolved around a recent promotion by the centre that gave a $100 discount to everyone who renewed their membership, including non-residents. When Smolsky’s wife renewed her membership, a staff member told her the additional 20 per cent discount for Vaudreuil-Dorion residents did not apply. Mayor Guy Pilon

Lions roar

PHOTO BY RAYMOND AUGUNAS (Left to right): Jack Allen, Charles Gagné, Alex Therrien, Loïc Piché, Rylan Gareau, Matteo Lopes, Charles Rainville, Brendan Walker, Vasan Senat, Ryan Niaura, Curtis Driver, Adam Augunas, Brandon Taylor, Nicolas De Filippo, Coach: Stephane Fouejieu. Congratulations to the St. Lazare Lions Basketball Team (ages 11 and 12), who won their first tournament over last weekend in Rosemère (consisting of 54 teams in seven divisions - 10e edition Tournoi des Panthères). The final winning game was a close match up against a Quebec City team. The St. Lazare Lions required three game wins before reaching the final championship game. The Lions are the very first teams from the n

Hudson Festival rolls out red carpet to welcome Canadian filmmakers

PHOTO COURTESY HUDSON FILM SOCIETY Ava (Sandra Oh) coaching her mother Maria (Pei-pei Cheng) in Meditation Park. The clock is ticking down to the 3rd annual Hudson Festival of Canadian Film which opens next Wednesday, February 28, and the welcome mat is already out for an impressive lineup of filmmakers from as far away as Vancouver who will be attending the five-day, 10-movie extravaganza - four of them with special guests - at the Hudson Village Theatre. Beginning with award-winning Montreal director, Eric Ruel, who will be present at the two screenings of his brilliant, Expo 67: Mission Impossible, which recounts how the powerful artistic direction team of the world fair in Montreal explo

Relay for Life aims to raise $150,000 to fight cancer

PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK Peter Schiefke, the federal Liberal Member of Parliament for Vaudreuil-Soulanges, encourages all residents in the region to participate in the upcoming 15th edition of the Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay for Life which will be held at Olympic Park in Pincourt on Friday, May 25, beginning at 7 p.m. Peter Schiefke, the federal Liberal Member of Parliament for Vaudreuil-Soulanges, was one of 15 survivors who shared his personal story regarding his struggle with cancer during the Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay for Life press conference held at the Omni-Centre in Pincourt on February 20. This year’s event, which is expected to draw participants and supporters from throughout

Community development in Peru supported by local volunteers

PHOTO BY JAMES ARMSTRONG The details of upcoming community development projects in Pucallpa, Peru were up for discussion in Hudson’s Pure Art boutique with (left to right) Robert McKinnon, Father Roland Demers, and Brigitte McKinnon. This year, for the first time, Father Roland Demers will be joining the annual trip of Pure Art Foundation volunteers to Pucallpa, Peru. “It’s not my first time going to Peru, but the first time with Pure Art,” said Demers, the well-known priest of Saint Thomas Aquinas Church in Hudson. Demers is participating as a facilitator in developing a long-term plan for the Pure Art Foundation’s properties and holdings in Peru. “We are incredibly happy that he is coming

St. Lazare teen publishes novel spotlighting bullying and parental discord

PHOTO BY JAMES PARRY Flanked by Westwood High School Vice-Principal Rosanna Riccardi (left) and Principal Marie-Josée Coiteux, Westwood Senior High student, Laura C. Guilbault, was thrilled with the reception she received from classmates and staff during her recent book signing in the school library. I would like to introduce you to a remarkable young lady named Grace. A troubled teen whose life is falling apart. Her parents are separated and constantly fighting. At her high school, she is shunned and bullied by some of her classmates and, one night, she simply couldn't take it anymore. In a fit of anguish and distress, she ran off into the forest, only to stumble upon a whole new world that

Parrywinkle, February 22, 2017

One of the many roles of Hudson resident and actor Roy Elliott On the cusp of the launch of the five-day, 10-movie Hudson Festival of Canadian Film on February 28, I was shocked to learn earlier this week that the prolific career of yet another movie 'star' with a passion for cars and who has appeared in over 375 flicks to date over the past four decades, has come crashing down. And no, I have it on impeccable authority folks, it has absolutely nothing to do with allegations of sexual misconduct or perceived abuse of power. After all, he has been married to his beloved wife Flo for over 54 years. But rather because he has just been banned from driving a vehicle of any kind - with the excepti

Black Panther – Believe the Hype?

IMAGE COURTESY IMDB.COM Superhero movies are still going strong. We are living in a golden age of such genre movies, and while viewers are starting to show some signs of fatigue, Black Panther opened up with a record-setting first weekend. Black Panther is the latest offering from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which has already released something like 18 movies. That’s a lot of movies, but how many is too many? Other genre movies died at the box office long before reaching the 10-feature mark: it’s almost impossible to get a hard sci-fi or fantasy movie green-lit in Hollywood nowadays unless you’re Peter Jackson or Steven Spielberg. So why are superhero movies – particularly Marvel superher

Pensioners protest at Schiefke’s office in Vaudreuil-Dorion

PHOTO BY JAMES ARMSTRONG Protesting senior citizens brought their battle for pension security to the doorstep of Vaudreuil-Soulanges MP Peter Schiefke on February 21. A group of about 12 pensioners from the Vaudreuil-Soulanges area voiced their dissatisfaction with the federal government’s lack of immediate action in protecting privately funded pension funds. The protest took place at the riding office of federal Member of Parliament Peter Schiefke on Wednesday, February 21 at 3 p.m. in Vaudreuil-Dorion. It was part of the National Day of Action to Protect Pensioners organized by the Canadian Association of Retired Persons (CARP) in conjunction with the Canadian Federation of Pensioners (CFP

Quebec Minister of Transport meets with local mayors

PHOTO BY JAMES ARMSTRONG Ministère des Transports, de la Mobilité durable et d’Électrification (MTMDET) André Fortin (second from right) and Soulanges MNA Lucie Charlebois (second from left) met with Vaudreuil-Dorion Mayor Guy Pilon (right) and Saint Lazare Mayor Robert Grimaudo (left) to discuss solutions related to the construction of the new hospital. In a closed-door meeting held in Vaudreuil-Dorion Monday, February 19, Ministère des Transports, de la Mobilité durable et d’Électrification (MTMDET) André Fortin accompanied by Soulanges MNA Lucie Charlebois discussed local infrastructure issues with Vaudreuil-Dorion Mayor Guy Pilon and Saint Lazare Mayor Robert Grimaudo. Due to a previous

Vaudreuil-Dorion public security officers will record interventions

PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK Vaudreuil-Dorion public security officers who patrol the city will begin wearing body cameras to record interactions with citizens. Vaudreuil-Dorion public security officers will begin wearing body cameras to record their interactions with citizens. The one-year pilot project, which was recently endorsed by city council, is aimed at improving the quality control of services offered by the municipal patrol officers to citizens. The body cams will be mounted on an officer’s chest or shoulder and feature a sound recording device. During a sensitive intervention that would require use of the body cam, the officer will notify the citizen involved of the video and audio record

Free help for personal tax returns

As in previous years, Centre d’action bénévole L’Actuel will offer a free tax return service from March 6 to April 18. The tax clinic is intended for citizens of the territory served by L'Actuel, namely the municipalities of L'Île-Perrot, Pincourt, Notre-Dame-de-L'Île-Perrot, Terrasse-Vaudreuil, Pointe-des- Cascades, Les Cèdres, Vaudreuil-Dorion, Vaudreuil-sur-le-Lac, Hudson and Saint-Lazare. A team of volunteers, supported by the Canada Revenue Agency and Revenu Québec, will welcome citizens and will be able to complete their tax returns for the year 2017. This service is free, but those wishing to take advantage of it must meet the eligibility criteria. First, the tax situation must be sim

Letter to the editor 1, Feb. 15, 2018

Deplorable snow clearing Dear Editor, I have been a resident in Como since 1954. Last year, the snow clearing was pathetic. This year, it is deplorable. I have not seen a normal snow plow yet. Once or twice, a tractor with a blade passes once around the corner. Two cars cannot pass each other as only one and a half lanes are plowed. Since February 2, the road has not been touched! This cannot be allowed. It’s an accident waiting to happen. Get a new contractor now! An unhappy taxpayer, Roy Elliott Hudson

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