Letter to the editor 1, June 28, 2018

Tears for Thompson Park Dear Editor, It is with great sadness I look upon the neglect of Thompson Park this year in the West End of Hudson. David Aird, when he was Mayor of Hudson Heights, bought that tract of waterfront from William Thompson who just lived down the road, for a nominal sum. It has been the scene of many town activities since the 1960s. Surely it deserves to have the grass cut more often and the sides trimmed. It must be tick haven now. Penny Ludington Hudson

Letter to the editor 2, June 28, 2018

Fine fiddling Dear Editor, Thank you to James Armstrong for another excellent article which even at this early stage is starting to shake a few trees (Tuning up a recreation of Samuel de Champlain’s fiddle, The Journal, June 21). Your article is flashing around the UK and the US. In the UK thanks to me and my wife Anita’s extended family in London and Newark and in the US, in a slower way, from the Fiddle Hall of Fame in Upper New York State. I have contacted the curator and we will be visiting July 7 when we visit Anita’s family in Rochester. Regards, Gary Dover Vaudreuil-Dorion

For crying out loud

PHOTO COURTESY PEXELS I am a self-confessed crier. I cry at anything remotely emotional or sentimental. I cry at weddings, funerals, birthdays and I am usually a mess at Thanksgiving when I toast my blessings around my table. My children still watch for that moment when mom breaks down during sappy movies. They spent their childhoods smirking as I choked up during bedtime stories. All that to say, I do not possess that which is known as “a stiff upper lip.” I can honestly say, in this age of self-acceptance, I am generally fine with that. Last week though, when I took my 22-year-old daughter to the airport for an educational excursion in Europe, I promised myself that under no circumstances

Strawberry social

Join us for a Strawberry Social Sunday, July 8, at 5 p.m. •Hamburgers & Hot-dogs • Potluck Salads prepared by our guests • Strawberries and toppings of your choice (Ice cream, cream, sugar and chocolate) • Strawberry punches concocted for guests of all ages. Entrance is free with a free-will offering to offset the cost of the BBQ and a bowl of salad sufficient to feed the number of folks in your own group. Bring your family and friends! See you on the grounds of St. James’ Church, 642 Main Road, Hudson, or indoors in the event of rain. Please advise the Parish Office of your intent to attend at 450-458-5897 or e-mail:

Up for adoption

Two-year-old Clyde has arrived all the way from Korea on a recent rescue operation. He’s a terrier mix who adores human contact. He would benefit from attending obedience classes to become a stellar canine companion. Clyde is quickly getting used to his crate and is learning to be clean in the home. At 32 pounds, he’s good with other dogs and with cats, loves playing ball, and would be best suited in a home with children over the age of 16. If you could offer Clyde his forever home, please go to and click on the Dogs for Adoption link.

Zumba for a good cause

Free Zumba sessions are being held to help homeless youth in the West Island. The eight consecutive sessions will take place starting Thursday, July 5 to August 23. Join us in the parking lot of Westview Church at 16789 Pierrefonds Boulevard Thursday evenings from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Proceeds from the sale of water bottles and raffle tickets will go directly to Ricochet (Hébergement/Homes). Ricochet, an AJOI project, aims to create housing resources for youth experiencing residential instability in the West Island.

Art exhibit

Galerie 2 Barn Owls features their second Nova Scotia Folk Art II exhibit highlighting works by artists from the maritime province’s folk art scene. Come join us and enjoy a whimsical visual feast! Show takes place at the gallery at 420 Main Road (in the barn) in Hudson, June 29 to July 8. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. More info at

Local residents mark 35th anniversary of Canada Day name change

PHOTO COURTESY HANK PARDOEL Canada Day has a special connection to Vaudreuil-Soulanges and former Vaudreuil MP Harold Herbert that includes (left to right) MP Peter Schiefke, Madeleine Lemieux, Nicole Durand and Matthew Royer in the Library of Parliament, Ottawa. Canada’s national holiday was once known as Dominion Day but became Canada Day 35 years ago, in 1982. It happened because of a Private Member’s Bill introduced by the late Liberal Member of Parliament for Vaudreuil, Harold (Hal) Herbert. His legislation amended the Holidays Act to create the name change. Canadian parliament reaction To mark the anniversary, Herbert’s wife Madeleine Lemieux and her grandson, 18-year-old Matthew Royer

Increased police presence for the second long weekend

Police officers of the Sûreté du Québec will intensify their operations on the road network during the upcoming long weekend until July 2. Police will be focusing on motorists’ ability to drive impaired by alcohol, drugs, or a combination of both. Speed, seat belt use, and cell phone use while driving will also be targeted by the officers. These are the four leading causes of fatal collisions in Quebec. Also, for their own safety, motorcyclists must exercise caution, including anticipating risk, adopting predictable driving behavior, and adhering to prescribed speed limits and their own limitations. For safe road sharing, motorists should be vigilant, consider the presence of motorcyclists a

Province invests $100,000 for Vaudreuil-Soulanges immigration integration strategy

PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK From left to right – Sébastien Legros, MRC Social Development Support Officer; Dominique Pialoux, Coordinator of the Comité en relations interculturelles de Vaudreuil-Soulanges (CRIVS); Vaudreuil MNA Marie-Claude Nichols; and MRC Deputy Prefect and Pincourt Mayor Yvan Cardinal. The provincial government will provide $100,000 over the next two years to help the Municipalité Régionale de Comté de Vaudreuil-Soulanges (MRC-VS) implement an action plan to make it easier for new newcomers to integrate into the community. The announcement was made by Vaudreuil Member of the National Assembly (MNA) Marie-Claude Nichols on behalf of David Heurtel, the Minister of Immigration, Div

Roadside fraud ploy

Photo courtesy Pexels The Sûreté du Québec (SQ) is warning the public to be cautious about a fraud scheme targeting users of the Montérégie road network. Fraud description Individuals aboard a vehicle stop at the edge of a highway or at an exit ramp to simulate a vehicular breakdown. When a motorist comes to a stop to see if people need help, fraudsters often cite gasoline outages and ask for money in exchange for fake jewellery. In some cases, sums of money have been withdrawn from the bank to help the ‘stranded’ motorists. This fraud scheme, similar to charity fraud, occurs when a person uses a pretext for the purpose of extracting money from victims. The cases reportedly took place in a n

Local charity finds leprosy treatment for Peruvian patient

PHOTO COURTESY ROBERT MCKINNON A recent lack of the drug thalidomide in Peru puts the lives of those suffering from leprosy, such as Lewis, at risk of further medical complications or even death. Lewis, a 22 year-old resident of the Pure Art Hub in Pucallpa, Peru is a very ill young man suffering from Hansen’s disease more commonly known as leprosy. “Brigitte and I were in Peru for inauguration of the new daycare centre,” Rigaud resident Robert McKinnon said of his wife with whom he runs the Pure Art foundation. The couple discovered that Lewis’s treatment with the drug thalidomide that had started earlier in the year had been stopped. “There is no thalidomide available in all of Peru,” McKi

Local bars and restaurants promise an upbeat summer music season

PHOTO COURTESY FACEBOOK The One Love Project with its repertoire of rock, funk, blues and reggae is one of the many local acts who grace the stages of both McKibbin’s Irish Pub in Vaudreuil-Dorion and the Château du Lac in Hudson. With the longer sunny days of summer upon us and the season of annual road and highway destruction/construction in full swing, traveling from Vaudreuil-Soulanges into the urbanity of Montreal for music, entertainment and meals doesn’t have to be your only choice. There are many easily accessible local venues across the region offering first-class entertainment and free parking. Vaudreuil-Dorion For example, McKibbin’s Irish Pub in Vaudreuil-Dorion offers music from

Sélection Vaudreuil celebrates official inauguration and first anniversary

PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK From left to right – Vaudreuil-Dorion Mayor Guy Pilon; former Habs hockey player Phil Goyette; Stéphane Guy, Director General of Sélection Vaudreuil; Eric Vincent, Vice President of Marketing and Sales for Réseau Sélection; and former Habs hockey player Yvon Lambert cut the ribbon to officially inaugurate and celebrate the first anniversary of the Sélection Vaudreuil retirement complex last Wednesday, June 20. The official opening and one-year anniversary of the 12-storey Sélection Vaudreuil seniors’ complex in Vaudreuil-Dorion was celebrated during a special ceremony that attracted local politicians and two former Montreal Canadiens alumni last Wednesday, June 20. Vaudr

Missing information sought for Vaudreuil-Soulanges War Memorial (Cenotaph)

THE JOURNAL FILE PHOTO/JAMES PARRY Information is being sought for 16 people who were killed in combat in World War I and World War II so that their names can be added to the Cenotaph in Hudson. In front of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #115 in Hudson there is a war memorial, or cenotaph as it is more commonly known, the only cenotaph in the Municipalité régionale de comté Vaudreuil-Soulanges (MRC-VS). It is maintained by the Legion in Hudson and is located on Beach Road next to the Stephen F. Shaar Community Centre. Currently there are 48 names on two plaques of those who died in World Wars I and II. They had all been residents of Hudson at one point in their short lives prior to making

Unionized blue collar workers stage second strike outside Vaudreuil-Dorion city hall

PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK The top of an inflatable air dancer balloon hovers over the striking Vaudreuil-Dorion blue collar municipal employees. The union has agreed that essential services would continue uninterrupted during the strike action. Unionized municipal employees held a boisterous demonstration outside Vaudreuil-Dorion City Hall last Friday, June 22 to protest lagging contract talks with the municipal administration. The four-hour strike began at 8 a.m. and ended at noon. It was the second strike action taken against the city by members of the Fédération des employées et employés de services publics (FEESP–CSN). The first walkout was also held also in front of city hall on June 11 last

Memory finally shared with Justin Trudeau

PHOTO BY PETER CORBIERE Despite being initially jostled out of the way, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s security detail ensured Saint-Lazare resident Lyne Saylor-Corbiere (right) could meet with the PM and share her story. It took roughly 46 years but a Saint-Lazare woman was finally able to extend an apology of sorts to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for snubbing his father, then PM Pierre Trudeau at a Goose Bay, Newfoundland military air strip in 1972. “My dad was in the air force and the family happened to be at the airport when Trudeau landed,” said Lyne Saylor-Corbiere. When Trudeau Sr. spotted the cute little girl in her mother’s arms, he immediately ventured over with the intention of

Vaudreuil-Dorion seeks $100,000 in donations for Maison de la Famille

PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK Vaudreuil-Dorion Mayor Guy Pilon spoke about the positive impact the Maison de la Famille has had on the lives of parents and children over the past 30 years during an interview at his city hall office Friday, June 22. Mayor Guy Pilon is calling on citizens throughout the region to consider making donations to help the Maison de la Famille Vaudreuil-Soulanges find a location in Vaudreuil-Dorion so that it can offer a new point-of-service in the area. Named as honourary president to mark the organization’s 30th anniversary, Pilon said the aim of the fundraising campaign is to have a new location to provide easier accessibility to residents who live in Vaudreuil-Dorion, S

Letter to the editor 1, June 21, 2018

‘Special Hudson way of life’ Dear Editor, On reading my copy of The Journal this week I noticed that James Parry’s Parrywinkle column is on a summer hiatus. If you are contemplating cancellation of this popular column, please give this some further thought. Hudson needs to grow, we need new citizens, more shops, and Parrywinkle contributes substantially to promoting that special Hudson way of life. You might want to consider finding local writers in the other towns where The Journal is distributed and include a column featuring local activities, personalities in those areas. These would not have to run on a weekly basis but perhaps in a rotation to provide a more intimate account of what is

Letter to the editor 2, June 21, 2018

Reality check Dear Editor, Hudson – a small town of approximately 5500 residents, a small town with a massive debt, with a fire department that has equipment that could serve a town with four times its population, a town that is incapable of repairing our road system has, in its infinite wisdom, purchased five new Ford 150 XLT pick-up trucks. Three for Parks and Recreation and two for Public Works. These trucks retail for $49,364 and with the extras that have been added to each truck (light bars, custom signage and roll bars) I would imagine that each one costs more than $51,000. This would represent a total expenditure $255,000. There is the possibility that these vehicles have been leas

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