MP Peter Schiefke appointed to border security file by Prime Minister Trudeau

THE JOURNAL FILE PHOTO/JAMES ARMSTRONG Vaudreuil-Soulanges MP Peter Schiefke (right) will continue his duties as Parliamentary Secretary for Youth in addition to his new role in border security. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appointed Vaudreuil-Soulanges MP Peter Schiefke as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction, the Honourable Bill Blair. Schiefke’s office made the announcement on Friday, August 31. “It’s a brand new ministry,” Schiefke told The Journal , “and Blair is an excellent choice and well suited for the position. He’s a results-oriented sort of minister.” Schiefke said he had met with Blair the previous day to begin looking at the

Letter to the editor 1, August 30, 2018

Road woes Dear Editor, Why do we have a Public Security department? There is a contractor that dug up a house connection at the corner of Lakeview and Elm Streets and left a large depression in the street. Public Security never bothered to install security cones. The situation has existed for at least three weeks. Can someone tell me who is responsible to get the situation straightened out? Is it the mayor or perhaps the manager of Public Works? Most towns with this type of situation get the street repaved immediately. Gilles St. Denis Hudson

Letter to the editor 2, August 30, 2018

Thank you Dear Editor, As the Artistic Director and co-founder of the Hudson Music Festival (HMF), I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the people who made the 12th edition of HMF a very successful, capacity filled, and exciting week of great music. HMF could not put on this week of music and art without the continued support of the Town of Hudson, Caisse Desjardins de Vaudreuil-Soulanges, MacDougall, MacDougall & MacTier, Hawkesbury Ford, MRC Vaudreuil Soulanges, CLD, Heritage Canada, and many more. A very special thank you goes out to Nancy and Mavis from the 2 Barn Owls and Gobeil Dickison for the use of the concert space at the Mews. HMF is also very proud to work with many

Cocktails for a great cause

PHOTO COURTESY PEXELS The L'Actuel Foundation will host its annual fundraising cocktail September 18 at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites located at 33 Cité-des-Jeunes-Est Boulevard in Vaudreuil-Dorion. To participate, donors are invited to become one of the 50 founders of the very first Village L'Actuel. They are invited to make a Maisonette donation of $ 1 per day, a Bungalow donation of $ 2.60 per day, or a Cottage donation of $5 per day. It is also possible to make a donation of your choice to become a Village Citizen (minimum of $60 or $5/month for 12 months) and attend the benefit cocktail. "Thanks to our generous donors, we want to help families in Vaudreuil-Soulanges by raising a mini

Pipeline information event

PHOTO COURTESY PEXELS Do you live close to a pipeline or near the tracks where freight trains pass? Would you like to know how to reduce the risk of drinking water contamination? Les Citoyens au Courant invite you learn more at an event Saturday, September 8 from 12 to 5 p.m. at the Community Centre located at 2842 rue Principale in Sainte-Justine-de-Newton. Le Show Courant will feature music, kids’ activities, corn roast, bar, and five experts who will talk about the protection of drinking water, the risks caused by the transport of hydrocarbons, and citizen involvement. Les Citoyens au Courant will launch a new project called that encourages citizens to monitor activit

Antiques Roadshow

PHOTO COURTESY PEXELS Greenwood Centre for Living History presents its own ‘Antiques Roadshow’ with Treasures in the Attic on Saturday, September 15 at St. James Church Hall, 642 Main Road in Hudson from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bring your own treasures to be evaluated ($5 per item) with our experienced appraisers of china, silver, antiques, jewellery, costumes, old books, vintage toys and more. Gold buyer will be on the premises. Also, enjoy our vintage sale of collectables, furniture, and other items. Apple pies for sale as well as served in our tea room where homemade scones and tea will also be served. Reserve your appointment with appraiser(s) to avoid the lineup at: (450) 458-5396. More info

Nichols reflects on accomplishments during first provincial mandate

PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK Provincial Liberal MNA Marie-Claude Nichols, pictured outside her Vaudreuil riding office at 105 St. Charles Avenue in Vaudreuil-Dorion, is seeking a second mandate in the upcoming provincial election. Provincial Liberal electoral candidate Marie-Claude Nichols is asking for cooperation among the regional mayors including Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue regarding the afternoon rush hour traffic backlog on Highway 20 West. Ste. Anne’s Mayor Paola Hawa announced last week the city will prohibit left turns onto the Highway 20 West onramp on Rue Saint-Pierre north on weekday afternoons between 4 and 6 p.m. beginning September 17 to ease gridlock in the south sector of the city. ‘Wor

Liberal candidates Charlebois and Anglade meet with Hudson residents

PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK Soulanges Liberal candidate Lucie Charlebois (left) and St. Henri-Ste. Anne Liberal candidate Dominique Anglade (second from left) chat with Hudson residents during an informal election campaign meeting in Hudson on Tuesday, August 28. Two provincial Liberal party members, Lucie Charlebois and Dominique Anglade, took their election campaign directly to the electorate by sitting down amongst a small gathering of residents in the cozy confines of a residential living room in Hudson to hear their concerns on Tuesday evening, August 28. The two candidates spent about an hour chatting and discussing various topics that ranged from social services to the present state of the Q

VIP en Blues will pay tribute to Quebec bluesman Bob Walsh

PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK Richard Dubois, Communications Director for Desjardins Vaudreuil-Soulanges, at a press conference in Parc des Générations in L’Île-Perrot last Wednesday, August 22, invites residents from throughout the region to attend the 8th edition of VIP en Blues that will take place at the park on Saturday, September 15, beginning at 3 p.m. A tribute to legendary Quebec bluesman Bob Walsh will be one of the highlights of this year’s VIP en Blues festival as the municipality of L’Île-Perrot gears up to stage the 8th edition of the annual event. The festival will take place September 15 from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Parc des Générations, directly across the street from the city’s Communi

Police presence increases following Hudson home invasion

THE JOURNAL FILE PHOTO The Sûreté du Québec (SQ) has not disclosed any further information on the weekend home invasion on Pine Street in Hudson that left a woman slightly injured and the family dog limping from a kick dealt by the intruders but said they would step up patrol presence. As first reported on The Journal’s website August 26, 41-year-old Natalie Poirier was awoken early Sunday morning in her home around 2 a.m. by loud banging sounds. The front-entrance security camera footage that Poirier later posted on social media shows two white French-speaking males force their way through her front door and into her home and the sound of her screams can be heard shortly after. The pair, bo

Hudson Director General leaving his position

THE JOURNAL FILE PHOTO/CARMEN MARIE FABIO Both Hudson Mayor Jamie Nicholls and Director General Jean-Pierre Roy (above) say his departure was by mutual agreement three years after he was hired by former Mayor Ed Prévost. Almost three years to the day of his hiring, Hudson Director General Jean-Pierre Roy is leaving his position, effective Friday, September 7. “This is not a negative situation,” Roy told The Journal August 29. “I’m leaving Hudson with my head held high and proud of what we’ve accomplished.” Roy, a resident of Vaudreuil-Dorion, said his departure was a mutually agreed upon decision and said though there were some difficult and unpleasant experiences during his three-year tenur

Vaudreuil-Dorion Fire Department announces improved services

PHOTO BY JAMES ARMSTRONG Vaudreuil-Dorion Fire Department Director Terry Rousseau (left) and Captain of Operations Serge Chartrand give a tour of recently acquired first responders’ equipment reflecting the improvements in the department’s services. The Vaudreuil-Dorion Fire Department announced that firefighters would be on full-time duty, 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, 365 days per year, as of Sunday, September 2. “We are really happy as a city council to be able to offer this service,” said Mayor Guy Pilon August 28 at the Forbes Fire Station. “Our goal was to also provide first responder service for our citizens,” he added, specifying many of the firefighters have been trained as fir

Missing birdfeeders returned to Vaudreuil-Soulanges Palliative Care Residence

PHOTO BY JAMES ARMSTRONG Refurbished and new birdfeeders are the result of an avid VSPCR volunteer’s efforts. It all met the approval of (left to right) Hudson Legion representative Gerry Foliot accompanied by therapy dog Casey, Communications Director Josée Descoteaux, Executive Director Jean-François Thibert, Marketing and Community Events Coordinator Madeleine Langlois, Accounting Director Mary Quesnel and Administrative Assistant Dominique Bérubé. The case of the AWOL birdfeeders at the Vaudreuil-Soulanges Palliative Care Residence (VSPCR) has been solved. According to Gerry Foliot, the Hudson Legion representative for the ‘Feed the Birds’ project at the residence, a volunteer noticed th

Woman assaulted in brazen overnight home invasion in Hudson

PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK A 41-year-old woman was assaulted during a daring overnight home invasion in Hudson on August 26. Natalie Poirier was alone sleeping in the bedroom of her suburban house on Pine Street near the centre of town. She awoke to the sound of two men rushing into her home after the front door was kicked in just after 2 a.m. PHOTO COURTESY FACEBOOK “They attacked me; they choked me...” The men demanded cash from Poirier thinking she had a large amount of money stashed somewhere in her house. Several rooms were ransacked by the intruders who also assaulted Poirier and the family dog, an 11-year-old English Pointer.“It all happened within four minutes. They attacked me; they choke


PHOTO COURTESY PEXELS There are few things as unifying as a child’s primal drive to find and consume sugar and even decades after our childhood days are long gone, the topic of candy has the power to bring an entire eclectic group into the conversation. So it was at a wake last weekend for a neighbour, the mother of a family I had grown up with who had recently passed after decades of smoking. We gathered at her home after the funeral parlour to support her son, talk, laugh, drink wine, and rehash the shared childhood memories, many of which centred around the corner store. It was a regular pilgrimage for me to schlep down to Dépanneur l’Écuyer to purchase cigarettes for my neighbours back i

Hudson makes history raising Pride flag

PHOTO BY JAMES ARMSTRONG Hudson publicly celebrated diversity as Hudson Mayor Jamie Nicholls raised the Pride flag on Saturday, August 18 in front of Town Hall. It was an historic moment in Hudson on Saturday, August 18 as Mayor Jamie Nicholls and council members raised the six colour Pride flag in front of the Town Hall building on Main Road. “Today marks yet another milestone in the history of the LGBTQ2S movement,” said Nicholls who added that Hudson’s municipal government is open to the idea of celebrating diversity. “Growing up here, I know it took great courage to come out in our little town. Small towns have a way of talking, not always to your face and I know that some of the people

Second annual Pride flag raising in Vaudreuil-Soulanges

PHOTO COURTESY PETER SCHIEFKE’S OFFICE Liberal MP Peter Schiefke (left) assisted by Très-Saint-Rédempteur Mayor Julie Lemieux (right) and Pincourt Mayor Yvan Cardinal raised a Pride flag August 19 to symbolize how far the Vaudreuil-Soulanges community has come in accepting diversity. Member of Parliament Peter Schiefke raised the six-colour Pride flag for the second year in a row in the federal riding of Vaudreuil-Soulanges on Sunday, August 19 in a festive atmosphere that included cake and an artistic rainbow-themed communal artwork. “We are here this morning to demonstrate our support for and solidarity with the LGBTQ2 community,” said Schiefke in his opening remarks in front of his ridin

Pincourt residents plead for permanent solution to sewage plant odours

PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK Pincourt Mayor Yvan Cardinal and Town Manager Michel Perrier told concerned residents at the August 14 council meeting that the town is doing what it can to eliminate foul odours emanating from the sewage treatment plant on Boulevard Cardinal-Léger southeast of Chemin Duhamel. The structure seems innocuous enough – an ordinary two-storey municipal building behind a gated entrance on Pincourt’s Boulevard Cardinal-Léger southeast of Chemin Duhamel that treats the town’s waste water. It’s not the building that bothers area residents. Rather, it’s the persistent rank odours that have been emanating from the sewage treatment plant that waft invisibly throughout the neighbourh

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