Parrywinkle, March 29, 2018

PHOTO BY DAVID MAY/MAY'S STUDIO Don't want to be an alarmist dear readers but there's a hit man in Hudson. At least he was until a week or so ago. And I'm not talking about some numbskull celebrated martial arts fighter or one-day-wonder pop singer at the top of the charts. But rather a guy on a mission being paid to knock somebody off. Permanently! What's more, I have it on good authority that he was recently spotted sipping coffee and chatting in several locations around town, including The Carousel, Hudson Inn, and Chez Biggs. Got your attention? Then read on. And relax! ---------------------------------------------------------------------- AMAZING ASSASSIN - For the hit man was actually

Drones will continue topographical mapping of Chaline Valley landslide zone in St. Lazare

PHOTO BY GREG MITCHELL Residents in St. Lazare’s Chaline Valley will likely see drones periodically flying overhead over the next two months as footage is gathered in preparation for land stabilization work. Drones equipped with cameras will resume flying over St. Lazare’s Chaline Valley next week to continue inspections of the slopes along the Quinchien River as part of the work that is being done to prepare for the upcoming bank stabilization planned for next winter. The flights will take place at 10-day intervals beginning the week of April 2 and continue until the end of May, weather permitting. The work will be done by Drone Box, a company mandated by the provincial Ministry of Transpor

Meeting held in Rigaud to finalize by-law amendments

PHOTO BY JAMES ARMSTRONG A by-law amendment permits repurposing of unused Rigaud Mountain horse stables. A special town council meeting was held in Rigaud on Monday, March 26 to deal with the last step in the process of amending two by-laws. The first amendment on the agenda, 275-18-2018, concerned changes to zoning By-law 275-2010 and the second, 276-07-2018, made changes to By-law 276-2010 concerning permits and certificates. In cases of emergency or disaster In a meeting that lasted approximately 10 minutes, Rigaud town council approved zoning amendments authorizing the temporary occupation of a building or land by any government agency, municipal, provincial or federal, in the case an em

Hudson curler headed for Canada Winter Games

PHOTO COURTESY CURLING QUEBEC Members of the Quebec Brier Team presented medals to the girls following their victory qualifying them for the Canada Winter Games. Pictured are (left to right) Jean François Trepanier, Mike Fournier, team members Hannah Gargul, Kyra Johnson, Amber Gargul, and Amy Upton, coach Neil Gargul, and Félix Asselin. It was an exciting weekend at the Lachine Curling Club for young Hudson resident Amy Upton. The Westwood Senior High School student, who is just 14 years old, won a spot with her teammates to represent Quebec at the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alberta. Amy was recruited this season to play in the first position for Team Gargul in the provincial jun

Preparing a strategic plan for the future in Rigaud

PHOTO BY JAMES ARMSTRONG The final stages of creating a strategic plan for the Town of Rigaud drew a crowd of interested citizens. Rigaud citizens had another opportunity to participate in the town’s long-term sustainable strategic development plan on Monday, March 26. Approximately 80 people took part in the roundtable discussions and evaluations of various aspects of the project that began with the creation of a steering committee in 2017. Shared vision for the future The evening’s activities started with an overview of the work already accomplished: from the inclusion of primary school children and their choices for the future in the process to surveys of socio-demographic age groups incl

NDIP land stabilization work wraps up early

PHOTO COURTESY ÉRIC LECLERC/VILLE DE NOTRE-DAME-DE-L'ÎLE-PERROT The Town of Notre-Dame-de-l'Île-Perrot (NDIP) announced the early completion of terrain stabilization work in the area of ​​Simone-De Beauvoir Street and 150th Avenue. As reported in The Journal March 1, the initial phase was expected to be completed March 15 with the second phase scheduled for June 15 after the fish-spawning was over. The town released a communiqué this week saying that with advantageous circumstances and the implementation of a compressed work schedule, the work was done much faster than expected. In April and May, there will therefore remain only the revegetation of the sectors. "This is great news for area r

Population growth presents transportation infrastructure challenges for Vaudreuil-Soulanges

PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard (centre), Vaudreuil Liberal MNA Marie-Claude Nichols (left) and Soulanges Liberal MNA Lucie Charlebois (right) at the water treatment facility at the Paul-Gérin-Lajoie Training Centre in Vaudreuil-Dorion on Friday, March 23. The transformation of Highway 20 into a full-fledged autoroute without traffic lights is envisioned as part of an overall transportation strategy that will include the continuing expansion of the region’s public transit services to meet increasing demand over the coming years, Quebec Premier Liberal Philippe Couillard told The Journal. Couillard made the comment during a press conference for local media last Friday,

MRC-VS welcomes construction of a larger hospital facility for the region

PHOTO BY JAMES ARMSTRONG (Left to right) Soulanges MNA Lucie Charlebois, Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard, Vaudreuil MNA Marie-Claude Nichols and Health Minister Gaétan Barrette met residents March 22 to announce the expansion of the Vaudreuil-Soulanges hospital project. The announcement of a larger hospital project for the Municipalité régionale de comté Vaudreuil-Soulanges (MRC-VS) was good news for Prefect and Rivière-Beaudette Mayor Patrick Bousez according to a press release issued Friday, March 23. However, Bousez expressed concerns about the state of healthcare in the area before the hospital becomes a usable reality. "The announcement by Premier Couillard is great news for the regio

CAQ Leader proclaims he’d build Vaudreuil-Soulanges hospital sooner

PHOTO BY JAMES ARMSTRONG CAQ leader François Legault was in town March 26 with a campaign promise to speed up delivery of the Vaudreuil-Soulanges hospital project. Leader of the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) François Legault vowed to speed up the construction of Vaudreuil-Soulanges hospital if his party forms the next provincial government in the October elections. Legault spoke at a press conference following a meeting with the newly-formed Comité tripartite pour la construction de l’hôpital de Vaudreuil-Soulanges held at the Whitlock Golf and Country Club in Hudson last Monday, March 26. “For a CAQ government, the construction of the Vaudreuil-Soulanges hospital will be a priority. We will

Sex, lies & lack of videotape

Society and Hollywood Share a Fear of ‘False Accusation’ I was in my early 20s when I began my teaching career. Like almost every job these days, my entry level job somehow expected experience. Lucky for me, I was able to get a volunteer position at a local high school. While I may have been a glorified intern, I still got to run lessons from time to time, and my enjoyment of this helped solidify my career choice. While this experience taught me a lot, one of its biggest lessons came at the end of the year, with student reviews. Most of the feedback was kind and positive. They enjoyed my classes, or at least sensed my fragile ego couldn't take harsh criticism. Either way, towards the end of

Letter to the editor 1, March 29, 2018

Dear Editor, Re: homes not being sold in St. Lazare’s Chaline Valley (The Journal, March 15, page 3). To say homes aren’t selling in Chaline is not factual. I live in Chaline Valley and see signs going up and then a few months later see the signs with a ‘Sold’ sprawled across the front. Why say that if it’s not the case? That’s just my two cents. Joseph Mitchell St-Lazare

Letter to the editor 2, March 29, 2018

Dear Editor, A personal note to thank you for the brilliant article by James Parry in The Journal about the War Memorial Library Shop, also known as ‘The Bunker.’ It was a comprehensive article outlining all that we do and the recipients of all our hard work will continue to receive funds from our wonderful little shop. A huge thank you on behalf of ‘The Bunkerettes.’ Carole Bill Hudson

Inspectors meeting with Rigaud flood victims

YLJ FILE PHOTO/JAMES ARMSTRONG Bureau du rétablissement – Inondations (BRI) inspectors will conduct a field operation to meet Rigaud citizens affected by the spring floods in 2017 who have not yet opened a file at the City of Rigaud or with the Ministry of Public Security. Over the next two weeks, the City of Rigaud's inspectors will travel across the territory to meet with owners in the high-current area (0-20 years) and who have not yet opened a case at the BRI or the ministère de la Sécurité publique division du rétablissement (DRÉ). They will have until April 30, 2018 to contact the BRI staff to proceed with the opening of a file and initiate the necessary steps. Once this date has passe

Bake, Book, and Craft Sale

A Bake, Book, and Craft Sale will be held Saturday, April 7, from 9 a.m. to noon at Church of St. John the Baptist, 233 Ste. Claire Avenue in Pointe-Claire. Hundreds of books, delicious home baking, and miscellaneous crafts. A tea room will offer a sweet snack and coffee.

Boomers’ Bike Group

PHOTO COURTESY PEXELS Boomers’ Bike Group - get ready for spring! If you like cycling, and want to join a fun group of like-minded cyclists then the Boomers are for you. We will be cycling two days a week (Mondays and Fridays) and will leave from the Hudson Community Centre, 394 Main Road. Rides vary in length from 20km to 80+ km, depending on the day, at a pace of 20+ km/hour. Season starts as soon as the weather gets warmer. For more information call Roland at (514) 771 0191.

The mark of Zorro

PHOTO COURTESY CASCA Zorro was part of the cat colony in Île-Perrot. The first week we had Zorro, he was in a cage and we were afraid of him. Every time we fed him, he growled throughout his meal. After a week, he seemed to understand that the food would keep coming and that no one would take it away. Now when we feed him, he eats and nudges us with his head to be petted as well. From homeless stray cat to total lap cat. Zorro now sleeps on the bed of his foster mom. He sits at her feet as she does dishes and purrs away. Zorro loves to play and has discovered the joys of an empty box. He is super affectionate and social with guests. He is totally non-aggressive but plays so energetically a

In town tonight...

‘In Town Tonight’ is a bi-weekly community get-together for people interested in learning more about today’s arts and crafts movement held at Gallery Plus, 448 Main Road, Hudson. Every other Wednesday evening (beginning with Wednesday, March 28), will feature either a demonstration, workshop, or guest speaker, as well as a drop-in-for-help section to encourage makers to seek help and companionship with other beginners and professional artisans. The concept is to meet, share, learn, inspire, entertain and enjoy creativity in an inspiring and relaxed environment. Admission is $10 per person (this includes refreshment). From 6 to 7:30 p.m. is the meet and greet with fellow creatives followed a

A bigger and better hospital for Vaudreuil-Soulanges in 2026

PHOTO BY JAMES ARMSTRONG (Left to right) Soulanges MNA Lucie Charlebois, Vaudreuil MNA Marie-Claude Nichols and Health Minister Gaétan Barrette behind Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard at the microphone met residents this afternoon to announce the expansion of the Vaudreuil-Soulanges hospital project. Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard announced the construction of a 404-bed hospital for Vaudreuil-Soulanges residents that will break ground in 2022 with a projected completion date in 2026. Québec Health Minister Gaétan Barrette, MNA for Soulanges Lucie Charlebois and MNA for Vaudreuil Marie-Claude Nichols accompanied the premier for a press conference held on Thursday March 22 at the CLSC Vaud

Hudson’s 9th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade celebrates success

PHOTO BY JAMES ARMSTRONG The Black Watch Pipes and Drums braved the cold along with the hundreds of other parade participants at the ninth Annual Hudson St. Patrick’s Day Parade March 17. It was a bright sunny day with a clear blue sky as Hudson’s 9th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade moved its merry way through the centre of town on Saturday, March 17. There was a biting cold wind but in true Irish form, it was at their backs for those walking or riding the parade route. Local, national and international attention “This is an event that all of Vaudreuil-Soulanges looks forward to every single year,” said Member of Parliament for Vaudreuil-Soulanges Peter Schiefke during the pre-parade recepti

Bach Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord

PHOTO COURTESY HUDSON CHAMBER MUSIC Hank Knox The 35th season of the Hudson Chamber Music Series concludes March 25 with a very special concert devoted to the complete cycle of J.S. Bach's sonatas for violin and harpsichord. The concert will take place at 4 p.m. in St. James’ Church Hall (642 Main Road in Hudson). The two soloists will be Mark Fewer on violin and Hank Knox on harpsichord, both of whom are internationally renowned as soloists and chamber musicians. Mark Fewer has performed around the world to great acclaim. His repertoire ranges from the early Baroque to avant-garde jazz. He has made eight recordings since 2010. In 2012 he won a Juno Award for best contemporary jazz album, pe

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