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Letter to the editor, July 19, 2018

Dear Editor, My wife Marilyn and her many friends have been involved in dog rescue for as long as I can remember and, taking my age into consideration, that is still fairly impressive. Over the years I have seen and witnessed more horrific stories of dog abuse than dog attacks. Dogs have been kicked, tortured, beaten with heavy objects, left unattended and without shelter while chained up in fields and backyards, thrown out of fast moving cars, thrown from high places, or left to suffer and die because their owner was unable or unwilling to pay the vet bills required to relieve their pain. Ironically many of these seriously abused dogs, once shown a little affection, make the most loving and

Up for adoption

PHOTO COURTESY CASCA Hi, my name is Béatrice and I’m an adorable tabby and white female. I was born June 5, 2016 and now that my kittens are all grown, I am ready to find myself a new home. I am very affectionate and I purr all the time. I love to be petted and am excellent with children. My greatest assets are my big green eyes. I get along well with other cats. I am vaccinated and sterilized. For more information regarding Béatrice, please call Casca at (514) 706-2287 or send an email to cascavaudreuil@outlook.com.

Porchfest

PHOTO COURTESY PEXELS The Vankleek Hill Porchfest musical event takes place Saturday, July 21 for the fourth year in a row. This year will feature 32 bands and individual performers spread out over 29 porches throughout the town. Performance times and the event map are available on Vankleek Hill Porchfest's webpage at porchfestvankleekhill.ca.

Soccer tournament

PHOTO COURTESY PEXELS Action Jeunesse de l’Ouest de l’Île (AJOI) presents its 8th edition of Les Jeux de la Rue de l’Ouest de l’Île. On August, a free soccer tournament will take place at Grier Park. If you are between the ages of 12 and 24, come with your team. Schedule includes 30 minutes for team registration: 9:30 a.m. 12 to 14 years old; 1 p.m. 15 to 17 years old; 4:30 p.m. 18 to 24 years old. The winners will represent the West Island in the Montreal competitions August 15. Many prizes to be won! Please call Carine at (514) 546-2270 for more information.

Exhibit

PHOTO COURTESY ELYSETURBIDE.COM As part of their ongoing exhibition titled ‘7 artists dans la galerie,’ painter Elyse Turbide’s naturescapes featuring delicately interwoven flora and fauna with surprising visual results will be on display at the 2 Barn Owls Galerie & Boutique until July 22. Join us at 420 Main Road with the artist present July 20, 21 and 22. Gallery is open Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Basketball tournament

PHOTO COURTESY PEXELS Action Jeunesse de l’Ouest de l’Île (AJOI) presents its 8th edition of Les Jeux de la Rue de l’Ouest de l’Île. On July 28, a free basketball tournament will take place at Centennial Park. If you are between the ages of 12 and 24, come with your team. Schedule includes 30 minutes for team registration: 9:30 a.m. 12 to 14 years old; 1 p.m. 15 to 17 years old; 4:30 p.m. 18 to 24 years old. The winners will represent the West Island in the Montreal competitions August 15. Many prizes to be won! Please call Carine at (514) 546-2270 for more information.

Six Sud-Ouest tennis players qualify for Quebec Summer Games

PHOTO COURTESY ACADÉMIE ML TENNIS The young tennis players are getting the chance to sharpen their skills over the summer season. The final regional tennis qualifiers for the 2018 Quebec Summer Games took place the weekend of July 14 – 15 on the courts at Bédard Park in the heart of Saint-Lazare. Marc-Olivier Lavallée of Académie ML Tennis in Valleyfield welcomed young players from clubs all over the region, who all came to play for the chance to compete at the prestigious biennial games. Tennis has been a mainstay of the games since they were first held in 1971, and now the games draw thousands of athletes from across the province in 28 different sports. This year will mark their 53rd editi

Hawks beat the heat

PHOTO COURTESY TRACY SUTHERLAND Congratulations to the U14M A Hawks! The Saint-Lazare based team captured the first place gold medal after playing five games in the scorching heat wave in the Lachute Tournament held over the weekend of July 14 – 15. This group of 14-year-olds showed heart and skill in making it to the top. Way to go boys!

Enbridge holds emergency training session in Rigaud

PHOTO BY JAMES ARMSTRONG Low water levels in the Ottawa River affected Enbridge routine emergency training exercises on July 17. Two boats, crew members, and a containment boom were part of the scene at the Point Séguin boat launch on the Ottawa River in Rigaud on Tuesday, July 17 to enact an oil spill simulation. “This was a routine emergency training exercise,” said Senior Communications Engagement Strategist Herb Shields the following day. “Emergency response equipment, including a boom was deployed in a session that began at 10 a.m. and ended at 2 p.m.,” he added. According to Shields, the activity included five Enbridge employees, two employees from Eastern Canada Response Corporation (

Vaudreuil-Dorion committee will make recommendations for Harwood revitalization

PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK Vaudreuil-Dorion residents are invited to submit suggestions to the new committee who will in turn make recommendations for the revitalization of Harwood Boulevard. A committee has been established to determine the best strategies to take for the continued revitalization of Harwood Boulevard and implement recommendations that have already been made. “We started the revitalization process in 2014 with our public consultation meetings as part of our strategy,” Mayor Guy Pilon told The Journal during a telephone interview on July 16. “Now we formed a committee that will make recommendations for the things we will do to change the look of the boulevard. We want more trees an

Hudson open to citizen suggestions on future of dogs at Sandy Beach

PHOTO BY JAMES ARMSTRONG It was standing room only in Hudson’s Halcro Cottage as residents met with council Friday, July 13 to discuss the contentious temporary ban of all dogs at Sandy Beach following news that a resident was bitten on the forearm July 11. Over 60 people were in attendance at the special council meeting held at Hudson’s Halcro Cottage Friday, July 13 to discuss the issue of off-leash dogs at Sandy Beach in light of a July 11 incident in which a resident was bitten while he walked along the shoreline. “It’s for an unfortunate event that we’re forced into action,” Mayor Jamie Nicholls told the standing-room crowd in the conference room. “Following a discussion with Public Sec

Transport committee will look at improving traffic flow on Highway 20

New l’Île-aux-Tourtes bridge being planned PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK Marie-Claude Nichols, the provincial Liberal MNA for Vaudreuil, announced a committee has been set up to study ways to improve the traffic flow on Highway 20 through L’Île-Perrot and a that new bridge will be built to replace the existing l’Île-aux-Tourtes span, during an interview with The Journal at her riding office in Vaudreuil-Dorion on July 17. A committee has been set up to study the traffic flow along a seven kilometre stretch of Highway 20 from Île-Perrot through Vaudreuil-Dorion to the Highway 30 junction, said Marie-Claude Nichols, the Vaudreuil Liberal Member of the National Assembly (MNA). “It’s a long-term project.

Hudson Yacht Club takes steps against single-use plastics

PHOTO BY JAMES ARMSTRONG Jacob Townsend along with other members of the Hudson Yacht Club youth group was instrumental in helping adopt the move to eliminate single-use plastic products. Members of the Hudson Yacht Club have launched a campaign to eliminate single-use plastic items from the food and drinks consumed at their club. “We started this about two months ago,” said Food Services Director for the organization Cynthia Shinn this week. “It’s a process and it has taken time to carry out the elimination and replacement of plastic items,” she said. “We no longer have bottled water or other plastic bottled drinks. We have brought in reusable, washable plastic cups for the bar, beach and

Annual Street Fair and Music Festival simultaneous Hudson events not to be missed

PHOTO COURTESY HUDSON MUSIC FEST The upcoming 2018 Hudson Street Fair on Saturday, August 4 and Sunday, August 5 promises to be a bigger and better event, according to Hudson’s Tourism, Culture, and Communications Coordinator Laura McCaffrey. “We have over 130 street vendors registered for this year’s fair,” she told The Journal. A wide variety of vendors are participating, everything from original handmade textiles and jewellery to practitioners of Reiki, a Japanese touch therapy for relaxation and pain relief. “The Street Fair originally started as an artisanal event but has since expanded to include other things,” added McCaffrey. “There will be lots of food including incredible chocolate

NOVA Hudson building purchase an investment for the future

PHOTO BY JAMES ARMSTRONG NOVA Hudson expands fundraising potential with sales of furniture and bridal wear with the invaluable assistance of volunteers June Barakett (front) and Janet Ellerbeck (back). As of the end of June, 2018, NOVA Hudson became the owners of the building and property located at 538 Main Road, Hudson formerly owned by Alan Davis & Associates. “It was an offer that we really couldn’t refuse,” NOVA Hudson Vice President Wanda Smith told The Journal as she described how the previous owners really wanted the charity to be able to purchase the property. Building purchase thanks to owner It all began in January, 2018 when NOVA rented the location and opened a second-hand furni

Vaudreuil-Soulanges hospital moves forward with farmland expropriation

Barrette calls project detractors on social media ‘a bunch of liars’ PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK From left to right – Yves Masse, Director General and President of the CISSS de la Montérégie-Ouest; Vaudreuil-Dorion Mayor Guy Pilon; Vaudreuil Liberal MNA Marie-Claude Nichols; MRC Prefect and Rivière-Beaudette Mayor Patrick Bousez; Soulanges Liberal MNA Lucie Charlebois, and provincial Health and Social Services Minister Gaétan Barrette, at a press conference to announce the expropriation of 25 acres of farmland in Vaudreuil-Dorion for the site of the Vaudreuil-Soulanges hospital on July 18. Construction of the long-awaited Vaudreuil-Soulanges hospital took another step forward after provincial Healt

Clean-up of train derailment accident begins in Saint-Polycarpe

COURTESY PHOTO The clean-up following the July 16 freight train derailment in Saint-Polycarpe is progressing slowly but steadily as crews work to contain spilled vegetable oil from one of the tankers while one track is open to rail traffic. The more volatile propane and diesel fuel cargo have not been reported as leaking. The clean-up crews were in full action mode on the site of the train derailment accident in which 22 cars left the tracks while traversing the small town of Saint-Polycarpe Tuesday, July 17. The accident had occurred less than 24 hours earlier during the evening of Monday, July 16. Officials from federal, provincial, regional and municipal governments visited the site throu

Pincourt residents discuss forest conservation with federal and provincial officials

PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK Some residents have met with provincial and federal politicians to express their concerns but a date for a planned information meeting to discuss the development of Place Pierre-Brunet, also known as Rousseau Forest, between city officials and residents still hasn’t been set, said Mayor Yvan Cardinal. A group of Pincourt citizens recently met with Vaudreuil Member of the National Assembly (MNA) Marie-Claude Nichols and Vaudreuil-Soulanges Member of Parliament (MP) Peter Schiefke at two separate meetings last week to share their concerns about a proposed residential development planned in one of the town’s last forested areas. Resident Shelagh McNally and five other resi

True to type

A recent story concerning the closure of Hudson's Sandy Beach on The Journal's Facebook page following a dog attack elicited almost 20,000 responses. Most were civil, some were angry, a number of people got into sparring matches that included hurling insults and invective over failure to pick up dog poo but the trend most often repeated, that I noticed anyway, was the spelling errors. “Mom, I don't think that really matters,” observed my son, saying the issue being discussed was more important than its medium. I'm an editor, I can't help it. In the same way my firefighter brother points out any fire code infractions in my home and my husband the builder will notice construction flaws anywher

Up for adoption

PHOTO COURTESY CASCA Allo! My name is Gitane and I’m a beautiful black and white female born June 27, 2017. From the time I was born, I spent my life outside, until now! I am sterilized and vaccinated. I am very calm and somewhat shy. I embody tenderness. My turquoise eyes let me charm all those who meet me. I love other cats and people. All I ask in return is your love and attention and I will return it twofold. I would be more comfortable with a family that is calm. For more information regarding Gitane, please call Casca at (514) 706-2287 or send an email to cascavaudreuil@outlook.com.

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