John Abbott students recognized for their involvement

2018 Outstanding Service and Leadership Award winners. From left: Angel Annanack, Noémi Blom, Kennedy McKee-Braide, Dalton Liggett and Harrison Kirshner. At a ceremony held Tuesday April 24, John Abbott College recognized the dedication and efforts of 60 students with a Service and Leadership Award. The awards were established to honour students who make a significant contribution to student life and/or in the service of others at the College. Nominated students are recognized in one of four areas of engagement: 1. Participation and making a meaningful contribution to a student club, service organization or committee; 2. Contribution as the leader or significant supporter in the creation of

Letter to the editor 1, April 26, 2018

Were we at the right meeting? Dear Editor, The April 24 meeting of the Natural Infrastructure Committee was, at the very least, mind bog-gling. Many thanks to Citizen Expert Chris Buddle for his attendance, insights, and reminder that we have a vast pool of experts right here in Hudson, ready, willing and able to step up and assist. I can only hope the town actually reaches out to this group. Also in attendance: Nature Action Group and Institut des Territoires. While I was completely surprised to learn there is some sort of project (details not yet know) for the Palliative Care residence, their representative as well as the representative from Nature Action were clearly a wealth of knowledg

Letter to the editor 2, April 26, 2018

Strike three Dear Editor, I just read last week’s letters in The Journal, ‘Open letter to Mayor Jamie Nicholls and Council of Hudson’ (I agree), and ‘Another open letter to Mayor Jamie Nicholls and Council of Hudson’ (I agree) and finally ‘Please protect the wetlands.’(I agree). How does that expression go? "Three strikes and you are.........." Lynda Trenholme Hudson

Card party

A Card Party will be held at Wyman Church, 513 Main Road on Friday, May 4, 1 p.m. Tickets at $10 per person are available at May's Studio, 459 Main Road or by calling the church office (450) 458-4912. Refreshments, door prizes, and raffle. Please bring your own cards.

Parrywinkle, April 26, 2018

PHOTO BY JAMES PARRY Outgoing Manager, Joan Hughes (centre in white), is toasted by the Thirsty Thursday Girls at Hudson Legion Branch #115 in appreciation of her service and friendship there for the past 15 years. Did I ever tell you about the first, and only, time I flew in a small Cessna plane? Together with my beautiful Sunshine, it was in February about 30 years ago over the Grand Canyon. Being the gentleman that I am, I let the other six passengers board first. And so it was that I ended up in the co-pilot's seat. ------------------------------------------------------------------- FREAKIN' FUJIYAMA! - “Would you like to get a closer look at those wild mustangs down there James?” asked

La magie des mots celebrates the magic of their precious volunteers

PHOTO COURTESY PIERRETTE GODARD/LA MAGIE DES MOTS La magie des mots fêted the constant support of their volunteers during a dinner-meeting last April 17. Each volunteer is considered magical, being dedicated and committed to the wellbeing of their fellow citizens who want to progress in life by improving their French. This year La magie des mots is proud to honor the 10 years of dedication of two volunteers - Rachel Legault, Board Administrator and Trainer, and French teacher; and Diane Savard, Trainer and English teacher. No matter the level of their involvement, all offer a listening ear and share their knowledge. Teacher volunteers instill the magic of words in each learner. Volunteers on

Hero in Thirty training for senior safety Training course offered to seniors 60 +

PHOTO COURTESY PEXELS Offered in collaboration with the Heart and Stroke foundation, the courses are currently only in French but may be given in English in the future if there is sufficient demand. Again this year, the Saint-Lazare Service de la sécurité publique et la sécurité incendie is offering free ‘Hero in Thirty’ training courses to seniors aged 60 and over. Offered in French (with bilingual trainers), the training courses will be given at the fire station (1800 Avenue Bédard) in the morning on Wednesday, May 23 and, in the evening on May, 30, 2018. Registration can be done online at or by phone at (450) 424-8000, extension 215. To date, the fire de

Top 10 Pet Emergencies and Introduction to First Aid

Top 10 Pet Emergencies and Introduction to First Aid is being offered by veterinarian Dr. Amanda Glew. When do you need to worry about your companion animal or wait? Dr. Glew will cover her most commonly seen emergencies in 30 years of practice, with practical tips on what to do, and what not to do with your animal friend. Dr. Glew is known for her story telling, so it is going to be an interesting and fun evening. Join us Wednesday, May 9, 7 p.m. at the West Island Cancer Wellness Centre, 115 rue Du Barry. Limited tickets available at

Up for adoption

PHOTO COURTESY CASCA My name is Sven and I was born March 28, 2014. I am a drop-dead gorgeous orange semi-longhaired cat. I had to leave my home because my mom couldn't take care of us anymore. I am still a little depressed about that and lost a little weight but life goes on. I am a bit shy but love to be caressed and fussed over. I just need some attention and my shyness will go away. I will only need a little time to adjust. I just need a quiet home where I will be the centre of attention. I get along with other cats and I stay out of the dog’s way in my foster home. The vet said I am healthy and ready to go. I am vaccinated and sterilized. Now I really need a new home. Are you my fureve

Caisse Desjardins to hold third annual shredding day to combat identity theft

PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK Representatives from the Caisse Desjardins de Vaudreuil-Soulanges, the Sûreté du Québec de Vaudreuil-Soulanges, and Iron Mountain at a press conference on Wednesday, April 25, to announce the Third Annual Shredding Day to prevent identity theft that will be held by the Caisse Desjardins on Saturday, May 12. In its continuous effort to combat identity theft throughout the region, the Caisse Desjardins de Vaudreuil-Soulanges announced it will hold its third annual free document shredding service at three of its branches Saturday, May 12, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The announcement was made during a press conference April 25 attended by Caisse Desjardins Director General Gil

St. Lazare by-law revision will ensure landfill quality

PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK St. Lazare Mayor Robert Grimaudo presides over a public consultation at Town Hall on Tuesday evening, April 24 concerning changes that will be made to the town’s landfill deliveries by-law in accordance to its specific requirements regarding soil type and composition. St. Lazare council is set to adopt a by-law modification that will regulate the quality of landfill it receives from suppliers after a public consultation meeting was held Tuesday evening, April 25, to announce the specific changes that will be invoked. The changes were made to ensure there is complete compliance in accordance with the town’s specific requirements when deliveries of landfill are made in reg

Young Hudsonite jumps at chance to fundraise for Heart and Stroke Foundation

PHOTO COURTESY DAWN CHALLICE Hope Challice-Vezina, shown here with parents Dawn Challice and Fred Vezina, is doing her part to give back to the Heart and Stroke foundation that helped her in the past and will likely be involved with the care of her unborn brother. At the age of only six, Hope Challice-Vezina took part in a fundraising event on Thursday, April 19 for the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada held at her school, Mount Pleasant Elementary in Hudson. “She raised $300 by jumping rope,” proud mother Dawn Challice told The Journal. Her daughter’s participation in the event was particularly significant because, several weeks after Hope’s birth, it was discovered that she required li

Federal Liberal Youth Council cleans up Pincourt’s Bellevue Park for Earth Day

PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK Members of the federal Liberal Youth Council from Vaudreuil-Soulanges MP Peter Schiefke’s riding office and other volunteers helped to clean the shoreline at Bellevue Park in Pincourt for Earth Day on Sunday, April 22. A group of young people from the federal Liberal Youth Council in Peter Schiefke’s Vaudreuil-Soulanges riding office along with other volunteers lent a helping hand to clean up part of the shoreline and grounds at Bellevue Park in Pincourt last Sunday, April 22. “They’re ecstatic about it,” said Raphaël Beauchamp, Special Assistant to Peter Schiefke. “They wanted to get involved in their community and help out on this very important day.” An unexpected del

Vaudreuil-Dorion aqueduct installation plagued by contaminated land issues

PHOTO BY JAMES ARMSTRONG Glyn Jones and his neighbours continue to pay for the defunct Ritchie well but the town has agreed to reimburse a pro-rated portion. A new hurdle in the continuing saga of the installation of the potable water aqueduct serving the Tree Farm and Hudson Acres residents came to light when resident Glyn Jones had a conversation with Vaudreuil-Dorion District 4 Councillor Céline Chartier. Jones was questioning Chartier about a loan by-law payment notice for the now defunct Ritchie well that once provided potable water to the area. ”During the conversation, she informed me that one of the government bodies is concerned about possible environmental contamination resulting f

Hudson residents quietly observe town committee deliberations

PHOTO BY JAMES ARMSTRONG Hudson residents had their first experience of the recently instituted committee system. A group of approximately 50 Hudson residents filled the Teen Centre of the Stephen F. Shaar Community Centre on Tuesday, April 24 to observe the public portion of the Natural Infrastructure Committee meeting. Citizens wanting to pose questions to the committee were requested to submit them in advance of the meeting to their district councillors. Committee Membership Hudson has a new system of committees instated by Mayor Jamie Nicholls and council following their election in November, 2017. Council’s decision to not include individual citizens on the committees came up for discus

Laurentide Aviation flight school in Les Cèdres under new ownership

PHOTO BY JAMES PARRY Under clear blue skies, 81-year-old Hudson resident Terry McConnon makes one more visit to Canada's oldest commercial flight school, Laurentide Aviation in Les Cèdres, which he has just sold after two decades of ownership. Canada's oldest commercial flight school, Laurentide Aviation in Les Cèdres, is under new direction following confirmation this week that Hudsonite, Terry McConnon, owner for the past 20 years, has sold it lock, stock, and aircraft to ALM Par Avion based in Saint-Mathieu-de-Beloeil, Mascouche, Quebec. With a current fleet of seven Cessnas and two Grummans available for lessons, a state-of-the-art mechanical services department for pilots who have alrea

Pointe-des-Cascades fire

A plume of thick grey smoke was visible over 20 kilometres away as firefighters from three towns battled a grass fire on the shores of the St. Lawrence River in Pointe-des-Cascades April 24. Fire broke out around 12:30 p.m. and, fed by the wind, quickly spread among the dried stalks along the shoreline just below the intersection of Chemin du Fleuve and rue Centrale. The cause was unknown. Firefighters from neighbouring Les Cèdres and Vaudreuil-Dorion also responded to the call. One firefighter from Pointe-des-Cascades received medical treatment after being overcome by heat and fumes. The fire was brought under control shortly before 2 p.m. See more photos on our Facebook page.

Rotten eggs

Though a form of the standard egg carton was said to have been developed in the early 1900s by a Liverpudlian, credit for the current iteration of the carton goes to Joseph Coyle, a British Columbia newspaper editor, reportedly to solve a dispute over eggs breaking during delivery from a local farmer. All this to say that the basic grey cardboard egg carton, typically made from a product known as ‘molded pulp,’ is strong enough to get your eggs from store to home as well as being both recyclable and sustainable. It also has the added benefit of opening easily so you can check and make sure none of the eggs are cracked before you buy them. So it was with no small degree of incredulity that I

Letter to the editor 1, April 19, 2018

Open letter to Mayor Jamie Nicholls and Council of Hudson Dear Sir, I have just returned to Hudson from our winter residence and I was looking forward to seeing the progress you and your council had been able to make since taking office. During the mayoral debate you had a focus on operating expenses. You indicated that General/Administration and Parks/Recreation expenses had gone up 24 per cent since 2013. General management had increased from nine to 15 people. You indicated you would review these increased costs and generally control costs carefully. With this in mind I’m surprised and disappointed that you are budgeting for 2018 an increase of eight per cent over 2017 and added another $

Letter to the editor 2, April 19, 2018

Another open letter to Mayor Jamie Nicholls and Council of Hudson Dear Mr. Mayor and Council, Some years ago Hudson showed great initiative by passing a tough animal welfare by-law applauded both by the media and Hudson residents. As you must be aware all pets under the Canada Animal Welfare Act are protected and owners are obliged to provide food and shelter for them. Unfortunately the law stops there. Many unneutered family cats are permitted to roam freely and on moving day many city dwellers often dump their unwanted cats on rural country roads resulting in an ever increasing population of feral cats forced to live under deplorable conditions. Across Canada, municipalities both large and

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