Letter to the editor 1, May 31, 2018

Dear Editor, There have been several protests in front of the International Toxicology Research (ITR) Laboratories in Baie d’Urfé since the investigative news show W5 (CTV) aired “In the name of science,” video footage filmed secretively showing the terrible situation of the lab animals – mishandled, mistreated, thrown, hit, and then barbarically killed. Young Beagles (dogs), monkeys, pigs, etc. The citizens have had enough! Calls to report and complain have been made to the ministry responsible for the wellbeing of animals, as well as the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) and the Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC). We want animal testing to stop and the animals releas

Letter to the editor 2, May 31, 2018

Dear Editor, As a Saint-Lazare resident, I find it absolutely ridiculous that not only do I have to call in advance to make an appointment to play tennis for an hour at one of the public courts, but I also have to pay $10 to get the key in the first place. I pay taxes in this city, and I can’t use a tennis court for free? Recreational sports in Saint-Lazare are encouraged, but of course, only if you are willing to pay. Not impressed. L.M. Mitchell Saint-Lazare

Fundraising BBQ and plant sale

PHOTO COURTESY ROSIE ANIMAL ADOPTION A fundraising barbecue, raffle, and perennial plant sale is being held Saturday, June 9, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Timberlea Veterinarian, 3100 rue Jean-Yves in Kirkland. A wide assortment of daylilies and hostas are available. Event is held in memory of Vince McDonald, volunteer and animal lover. All proceeds raised go to Rosie Animal Adoption.

Carwash fundraiser

Photo courtesy Alexandre Wolford An Eco Carwash Fundraiser (using SuperShine, a waterless product, to clean and wax the car) will be held June 9 (rain date June 23) in the ScotiaBank parking lot, 1400 Boulevard Traversier in Pincourt. Have your car ecologically treated to help raise money for the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada. Also on site will be free 'Cars’ themed inflatable games for kids, face-painting, mascots, and vendor kiosks. This event is part of the ongoing efforts of the cycling team #LesChasseursdeRoues that raises public awareness and money to fight MS. Besides the VeloTourSP where we ride an average of 150 to 300 kilometres, we hold regional events with our different pa

Parrywinkle, May 31, 2018

PHOTO BY CRISS GAETANO Yours truly (at right in back row) and Patricia MacGeachy (fifth from left) were delighted to be guest choristers for the service at Wyman United Memorial Church in Hudson this past Trinity Sunday, May 27. Did I ever tell you about the time back in the late 1960s in Toronto when the theatre critic at the long-demised Toronto Star singled me out in a review and sang my praises as a 'rising star and terrific tenor'? No? Then permit me to elaborate for I do have a reason! ----------------------------------------------------------------------- WHY AT WYMAN - I was a volunteer member of the Scarborough Music Theatre at the time – which is still there today – and was paintin

Free events and family fun are the focus of local circus festival

PHOTO BY JAMES ARMSTRONG Karine Arsenault, suspended in mid-air, and Max Yentin of Carpe Diem provided a tantalizing taste of the up-coming Festival de Cirque Vaudreuil-Dorion at a recent press conference. The 14th edition of the Vaudreuil-Dorion Festival de Cirque will be back in town from Friday, June 22 to Sunday, June 24. “We are very, very, lucky to have sponsors that want to give back to their community,” said Vaudreuil-Dorion Mayor Guy Pilon as he thanked the business owners sponsoring the event for their support during a press conference held Wednesday, May 20. “Nearly everything is free,” said Pilon in reference to the entertainment line-up for festival. Main stage events On Friday

Report the turtles you encounter

PHOTO BY LOUISE GAUTHIER Turtle sightings, like this one that appeared in a Vaudreuil-Dorion back yard, are relatively common in our region and reporting their sightings to the Nature Conservancy of Canada will help the organization’s mission to educate the public and protect these reptiles. As turtle egg-laying season approaches, the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC), a not-for-profit organization, is promoting the second season of, a website for reporting turtles. In so doing, NCC hopes to make Quebecers aware of the fate of these reptiles, which venture near roads and trails... thereby putting themselves in significant danger. This online tool, which is accessible to all, ide

Raising funds for suicide prevention one kilometre at a time

PHOTO BY JAMES ARMSTRONG The 2018 fundraising campaign for Le Tournant suicide prevention programs was announced on Thursday, May 24 with the support of Soulanges MNA Lucie Charlebois (right) and (back row, left to right) Director General Alexandra Laliberté, Administrative Council President June Dubé, Guy de Repentigny, Rolland Guillon, Gilles Dompierre and Marielle Dompierre. Front row (left to right): Julie Lapointe and Jean-Pierre Dugas. Four cyclists will hit the pavement on Wednesday, July 11 in Valleyfield as they set out on a fundraising 2600-kilometre journey to St. John’s, Newfoundland. The cycling event was announced at a press conference held on Thursday, May 24 in the town as th

Hudson’s historic Greenwood Centre gears up for 22nd year

PHOTO BY TERRY O’SHAUGHNESSY Gardeners get Hudson's Greenwood Centre for Living HIstory ready for Opening Day this Sunday. All the volunteers, gardeners and bakers who donate their homemade wares to the pantry of the Greenwood Centre for Living History are very busy this week. On Sunday, June 3, the centre will open its historic front door for its 22nd summer season. Hudson Mayor Jamie Nicholls will officially do the honours on Sunday afternoon as the centre celebrates the English Language Arts Network (ELAN) Arts Alive weekend with the musical talents of Karen Cromar, Glen Bowser and Dan Gallant. And Opening Day at Greenwood is also traditionally Members Day – a celebration and heartfelt th

Regional gymnastics, tennis, and baseball action

Photo courtesy Laurent Tremblay-Dion Activity is heating up in local amateur athletics, with two big events just completed and a third coming up this weekend. Gymini takes multiple medals in Chicoutimi The regional gymnastic circuit’s biggest competition of the year brought together the best CR3 level athletes in each category on the weekend of May 19-20 in Chicoutimi. A delegation from the southwest region (comprised of CampiAgile in Valleyfield, Gym-Fly in Châteauguay and Gymini in Vaudreuil-Dorion) headed to Lac St. Jean to give their all, including 14 athletes from Gymini. A few carved their places on the podium. Emma Fortin and Sarah-Maude Demers both took the gold medal in tumbling, wh

Groundbreaking for 80 affordable housing units for seniors in Pincourt

PHOTO COURTESY OFFICE OF PETER SCHIEFKE In the presence of (left to right) Pincourt Mayor Yvan Cardinal, Bel Âge President Claude Chamberland, Vaudreuil MNA Marie-Claude Nichols, and Vaudreuil-Dorion Mayor Guy Pilon, MP Peter Schiefke (at podium) announces the 80-unit affordable housing project in Pincourt. An official groundbreaking was held May 28 for the Coopérative de solidarité du Bel Âge de Pincourt. The future building will have 80 affordable housing units for semi-independent seniors and will require total investments of more than $18.1 million. The groundbreaking was marked by Peter Schiefke, Member of Parliament for Vaudreuil–Soulanges, on behalf of the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos,

Pincourt's Relay for Life surpasses fundraising goal

PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK (Left to right) Pincourt Mayor Yvan Cardinal (in orange) participant Line Lebrun, and Vaudreuil-Soulanges Liberal MP Peter Schiefke, at the beginning of the 15th annual Relay for Life walk held in Pincourt last Friday evening, May 25 to promote awareness and raises funds for the Canadian Cancer Society. Cancer survivor Line Lebrun and hundreds of other victims and their supporters turned up en masse at Parc Olympique in Pincourt to participate in the 15th annual Relay for Life in Vaudreuil-Soulanges to promote awareness and raise funds for the Canadian Cancer Society, last Friday evening, May 25. Lebrun, 55, has been involved with the Relay for Life for more than 12 year

‘Mise en demeure’ orders Pincourt not to cut down trees in Rousseau Forest

PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK The Rousseau Forrest is currently home to nesting woodpeckers and falcons, salamanders and frogs, as well as squirrels and chipmunks. Pincourt citizens want the town to reconsider allowing a residential development to proceed in favour of preserving the woods. Rumours late last week of a tree-cutting operation that was apparently about to take place in Rousseau Forest, one of the last remaining wooded lots in Pincourt, prompted a legal firm to issue a ‘mise en demeure’ – a formal notice – demanding the town not allow any trees to be cut. The notice was sent to the town by lawyer Serena Trifiro from the legal firm Colby Monet last Friday, May 25, Town Manager Michel Per

New dedicated left turn lane part of Vaudreuil-Dorion infrastructure improvements

PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK Vaudreuil-Dorion Mayor Guy Pilon said a new exclusive left turn lane that will be built on Boulevard de la Cité-Des-Jeunes at Boulevard de la Gare near Rue Dutrisac will improve traffic flow and increase safety for cyclists who use the bicycle lane. Three infrastructure projects are on the agenda in Vaudreuil-Dorion, including the construction of a dedicated left turn lane on Boulevard de la Cité-des-Jeunes at the intersection of Boulevard de la Gare, just west of Rue Dutrisac near city hall. The announcements were made during the May 22 council meeting and are part of the city’s ongoing infrastructure improvement program. The left turn lane will help to improve the traf

Celebrating music, art, culture and all that jazz in Hudson

PHOTO COURTESY HUDSON VILLAGE THEATRE Angela Galuppo headlines this year’s Hudson Arts Alive! festival with a blend of jazz and pop music. Hudson’s Arts Alive! Quebec festival is celebrating its third season with a jam-packed calendar of events from Thursday, May 31 to Sunday, June 3. “It’s a festival to showcase the talent in our area,” Executive Director of Hudson Village Theatre (HVT) Kalina Skulska told The Journal. “We are the sixth area in Quebec selected three years ago because of the vibrant artistic community in our region,” she said. The list of six includes Quebec City, Huntingdon, Wakefield, Lac Brome, and the West Island of Montreal. “English-Language Arts Network (ELAN) approac

Missing cat

Cat lost Saturday, May 26 on Cavagnal Street in Hudson. Being an indoor cat, she’s probably scared and hiding. She looks like a Siamese and has pale blue eyes. Friendly and answers to ‘Mimine.’ She wears a turquoise collar with a gold tag, but she may have lost it. You can reach us anytime at (514) 949-6873. She’s 12 years old (her age doesn't show!) and we love her very much.

Lost dog in Hudson

Freddie, a 9-year-old very small Shih Tzu/Yorkie cross has gone missing from his Hudson home near Lower Whitlock and Brisbane area. He is brown with black highlights. He is much loved and much missed. Escaped from back yard so he’s not wearing a collar or tag. If found, please contact (450) 434-0537 or call The Journal at (450) 510-4007 or by emailing or Reward offered.

Letter to the editor, May 24, 2018

Dear Editor, We noticed your ad thanking the Ville de Saint-Lazare. The information The Journal provides is an essential part of democracy. I am sure our residents appreciate reading your paper every week. It is our pleasure to provide you with “our” side of the stories or just any town info. Geneviève Hamel Communications Director Ville de Saint-Lazare

Parrywinkle, May 24, 2018

PHOTO COURTESY STEPHANE HOGUE Well, the celebration of Queen Victoria's birthday has come and gone for another year and was that a spiffing wedding or what? And if you have to ask whose, then you have either been in a deep coma or living on another planet for the past few weeks! ---------------------------------------------------------------- JOLLY GOOD SHOW CHAPS! – I was kind of hoping that The Journal was going to spring for an all-expense paid trip to join the international press corps in Windsor but along with an estimated 40 million others around the world I watched it on the telly. While doing so, I couldn't help but vividly remember the first time I visited Windsor with my beautiful

Developing deeper community support for the VSPCR

PHOTO BY JAMES ARMSTRONG A fundraising hand knitted blanket created by the community group Le Prescott Club de Tricot was presented recently to the VSPCRF volunteers and staff (left to right) Julie Bouchard, Isabelle Dupras, Jessica Bouthillier, Daphné Lamoureux, Ginette Plante, Madeleine Langlois, and Dr. Annick Terret-Hans. Individuals and community groups who volunteer to raise funds for the Vaudreuil-Soulanges Palliative Care Residence Foundation (VSPCRF) were high on the priority list of Events Coordinator Madeleine Langlois who recently received a hand knit colourful blanket created by the members of the Le Prescott Club de Tricot 2018. “They knitted the pieces for the blanket and raf

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