CAQ candidate offers possibility of health care and education reforms to Soulanges voters

PHOTO BY JAMES ARMSTRONG CAQ candidate Marilyne Picard promised Soulanges voters an improved educational and health care system. Marilyne Picard, candidate for the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) in the Soulanges riding, says the most important message she has for voters is: “We are not a separatist party. We want to remain part of Canada.” With less than a week before the vote on Monday, October 1, Picard wanted to make that message clear. “We want a strong Quebec and a strong Canada,” she stressed. Education system Reforming and decentralizing the education system in Quebec with the aim of reducing school taxes by 41 per cent is a major plank in the CAQ campaign platform. “The first step is

Improved public transportation and better health care on Québec Solidaire list of reforms

PHOTO BY JAMES ARMSTRONG Soulanges Québec Solidaire candidate Maxime Larue-Bourdages proposes more public transit for the region along with a heavily subsidized dental care plan. Maxime Larue-Bourdages is running as a candidate for the Québec Solidaire party in the Soulanges riding in the upcoming provincial election and told The Journal, “The most important thing for us is public transportation. “There needs to be more options for transportation for the families living in the region other than automobiles,” he said, noting that families often need two or three vehicles to meet their transportation needs. Reducing rates for and improving public transport across Quebec plays an important in t

Green Party candidate Mossa determined to move forward with major issues

PHOTO COURTESY PARTI VERT DU QUÉBEC Jason Mossa of the Green Party is tabling a number of including improving public transportation in the region and opening a CLSC in Pincourt on the island of Île-Perrot. Jason Mossa, the Vaudreuil riding Green Party candidate, is determined to push ahead on the hospital dossier, educational system, Highway 20, and the entire transportation system. “There’s a lack of movement on important files in our region,” Mossa told The Journal during an interview on September 25. An important element in reducing traffic on the region’s highways is having an adequate public transportation system. “It’s not only about reducing traffic,” said Mossa. “It’s also about how

Direct participative democracy a key issue for Soulanges Pouvoir candidate

PHOTO BY JAMES ARMSTRONG Representing the CPQ party in Soulanges, Dominik Prud’homme proposes a complete overhaul of the current democratic system in Quebec. As the Citoyens au Pouvoir du Québec (CPQ) candidate in the Soulanges riding, Dominik Prud’homme is a firm supporter of direct participative democracy based on the system currently in use in Switzerland which provides residents with the power to choose how their society will function and grow. “It’s a series of tools given to citizens to affect social and economic changes to their society,” said Prud’homme. He furthered described how citizens would be able to use a referendum for popular initiatives to create laws, to rescind them, or v

Premier Philippe Couillard attends Liberal picnic in Soulanges riding

PHOTO BY JAMES ARMSTRONG Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard gives his full support to Soulanges MNA Lucie Charlebois (left) describing her as the best Deputy in Quebec. The sun broke through the clouds as Premier Philippe Couillard and his wife Suzanne Pilote stepped out of their campaign bus on Sunday, September 23 to attend a picnic organized by Deputy for Soulanges Lucie Charlebois and her team. The event held on the grounds of Théâtre Pont Château in Coteau-du-Lac attracted approximately 150 invited guests to meet the premier. Vaudreuil-Soulanges hospital project According to Couillard, the Vaudreuil-Soulanges hospital story began with discussions about clinics followed by plans for ambul

Conservation, traffic and health care are main Vaudreuil election issues for NDP’s Young

PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK Vaudreuil riding provincial NDP candidate Ryan Young inside the forest at Place Pierre-Brunet in Pincourt on September 24. Young said his party is dedicated to maintaining free access to health care for all Quebecers, finding solutions to alleviate traffic on Highway 20, and environmental conservation in the region. The environmental preservation of Vaudreuil’s rapidly dwindling forested areas due to urban sprawl, the ensuing increase in vehicle traffic, and the continuing wait for the completion of the new regional hospital are the major issues that prompted Ryan Young to campaign under the provincial New Democratic Party (NDP) banner in the upcoming election on Monday,

Letter to the editor 1, Sept. 27, 2018

Dear Editor, Last week I had expressed my disappointment with the lack of attention from local candidates for the upcoming Quebec election. It appears that they want our vote but are not willing to put much effort into informing us about their platforms and their credentials. Even with good internet service, it was quite difficult to find much information about them, and most offer it only in French, contrary to their assertion that the Anglophones are important too. I had hoped my message would also generate a response from candidates, but only two replied, neither of which was my current MNA. This is not an acceptable situation. At the very least I would have expected to find a pamphlet

Letter to the editor 2, Sept. 27, 2018

Dear Editor, On the recent passing of my husband Günther Mitsche I was very impressed how fast the first responders appeared. They tried everything to revive my husband, were very respectful and kind. I am so thankful to live in a great town like Hudson. My very good neighbours, since almost 40 years, Ronald and Carole Dubeau also came as soon as they saw the first responders. I was overwhelmed, they offered their help and Ronald drove me to the hospital in Valleyfield and stayed with me until all the paperwork was done. A huge thank you! Last but not least I would like to thank my church, Wyman Memorial United, for the support I have received, Reverend Kent Chown, Wanda Kaluzny our Choi

Hudson resident raises a flag to celebrate 100 years of life

PHOTO BY KATHRYN PORTER Elsie under the Union Jack with her three great grandchildren, from left, Beau, Jasmine and Jackson. For Elsie Hart Chapman, Sunday, September 23 was a special day as family and friends gathered at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Pamela and Don Maguire, to celebrate her landmark birthday of 100 years. “I was born on Christophe Columbe Street in Montreal,” said Elsie as she recounted the story of how a Union Jack flag was connected to that day. Although the eldest of her siblings, Elsie was not the first born as two brothers who died in infancy preceded her birth: one in 1914 and the other in 1916. Her mother vowed that if her third child survived, she would f

Upcoming job fair place for candidates and employers to meet

THE JOURNAL FILE PHOTO/SALON DE L’EMPLOI Now in its 17th year, the continued success of the Vaudreuil-Soulanges Salon de l’Emplois unites empolyers and job seekers and this year’s focus is on encouraging residents to seek employment options closer to home. Job seekers looking for local work opportunities will be able to meet with representatives of about 40 different companies at the upcoming 17th edition of the Salon de l’emploi Vaudreuil-Soulanges on Wednesday, October 3. The event will be held from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. at the Pavillon sur la lac du Château-Vaudreuil; 21,700 Route Transcanadienne in Vaudreuil-Dorion. The theme of this year’s Salon is titled One Step in Your Region, which en

Children's clothing sale

PHOTO COURTESY L'ACTUEL Each year, the Service d’aide aux petits de L’Actuel dresses about 45 children of low-income families in the region. To fund this service, the organization will hold a sale of new and handmade clothes for children from 0 to 5 years on September 29. The general public is invited to this clothing sale, which will take place on the 2nd floor of the boutique at 88 rue Adèle in Vaudreuil-Dorion. The clothes for sale were all made by a small group of fairy volunteers. Annually, their volunteer work reaches a total of more than 3000 hours. All proceeds raised from this sale are reinvested into services for families in need in the community. For more info, call (450) 455-3331

Book sale

PHOTO COURTESY UNSPLASH Come to the War Memorial Library monthly book sale, October 1 to 6, at 60 Elm Street in Hudson. Choose from a wide selection of quality used books in English at exceptional prices. All trades, hardcover fiction and non-fiction: $1 each. Paperback and children/teen books: five for $1. This month's feature table: art books between $1 and $3 each. Opening hours vary so check online at Everyone, members and non-members are welcome. Our subscription library is run by volunteers, is nonprofit and the proceeds from our sale go to support local charities.

Zumba fundraiser

PHOTO COURTESY PEXELS Two local Zumba instructors are combining their talents to put on the best Zumba fundraiser starting at 7 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30) Monday, October 1 at Le Relais High School Gym, 100 McNab Street in Alexandria, Ontario. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Tickets $10 in Advance ($15 at the door) and are available from the Glengarry News Office, Scotiabank (Alexandria & Vankleek Hill), Fassifern General Store, The Review Office, and Zudio. For more info call Frances (613) 874-2514) or Maggie (613) 874-9994. Event is to help the not-for-profit Dalkeith Historical Society put in the second storefront window. The DHS issues charitable receipts for income tax purposes. DHS

Ken Dryden at Greenwood Centre

PHOTO COURTESY GREENWOOD Greenwood’s StoryFest has lined up Emma Thompson and Stanley Tucci to help you to deal with any election anxiety October 1 by watching The Children Act at 2 or 7:30 p.m. at the Hudson Village Theatre, 28 Wharf Road, ($15), and sports legend Ken Dryden visits the Stephen F. Shaar Community Centre, 394 Main Road, on October 4 to discuss his research and writing about the risks of hockey concussions ($20). More information, tickets and passes are available at and at Pure Art, 422 Main Road.

Up for adoption

PHOTO COURTESY CASCA Hi! My name is Sally. I am a female tabby and was born July 8, 2015. I was found outside wandering in the nasty heatwave. I had a collar with my name and a phone number (the phone number was not good) but no one claimed me or looked for me. I am extremely nice, affectionate and very sweet. I am not shy; I will go to you and am very friendly. I am not bothered by the other cats or the dog in my foster home. I am vaccinated, and sterilized. My foster mom says that anyone who adopts me would be very lucky – could that be you? For more information regarding Sally, please call Casca at (514) 777-6686 or send an email to

Harvest Gala

PHOTO COURTESY SHUTTERSTOCK Do you love local food, organic food, and local food projects? Come to the Harvest Gala next Saturday! A fundraiser for the development of Hudson Food Collective programs that contribute to relocalizing a food system that is ecological, healthful, and just. Come and enjoy a 5-course, farm-to-table, vegetarian meal, prepared by local foodies and chefs featuring produce from the Hudson Heartbeet Community Farm and other local products. Welcome wild cocktail will be followed by live music, silent auction, and cash bar. Casual Dress - ticket for one, $95; Table of 8, $700. Join us September 29, 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the Stephen F. Shaar Community Centre, 394 Main Road

Jordan Taylor sentencing hearing postponed to January, 2019

PHOTO BY JAMES ARMSTRONG The postponement of Jordan Taylor’s sentencing hearing over three years after the accident that changed her life came as a shock and surprise to Tina Lyon–Adams and her boyfriend Jeffry Judd. Although scheduled to appear before Judge Saint-Arnaud in the Valleyfield courthouse for his sentencing hearing on Tuesday, September 25, Hudson resident Jordan Xavier Taylor did not appear. His defense counsel requested a postponement due to what was only described as, ‘special circumstances.’ Taylor pled guilty in June, 2018 on two counts of driving under the influence causing bodily harm in both instances. All other charges, including dangerous driving and criminal negligence

Kick in the Arts, Sept. 20, 2018

“Allow myself to introduce….. myself” (Austin Powers). So here I am a week after my 57th birthday sitting at my small kitchen table in my downsized house after a year of renovations and relocation and I’m thinking to myself ‘What now?’ I’m no longer a contributing member of the 9-5 grind club, there are no kids to take care of and no one really cares if I wear pants or not during the day (at least that’s what I tell myself – besides it cuts down on laundry). Not that I’m complaining, honestly. Nor am I lazing about the house eating Lucky Charms all day (even if they are magically delicious). So in 2018 who am I really? Well, I like long walks on the beach, poetry and poking dead things with

Montreal Multiple Myeloma March

The 10th edition of the Montreal Multiple Myeloma March takes place Sunday, September 30, 10 a.m. beginning at the Agora multi-purpose room in the Casgrain Building at John Abbott College in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue. Montreal is one of 23 communities across the country that will be participating in the march. The financial goal this year for Montreal is $100,000. The five-kilometre walk/run has helped support Canadian clinical trial research that has the potential to be practice-changing and shape the Canadian treatment landscape. More info at

Rummage and Bake Sale

PHOTO COURTESY PEXELS A Rummage and Bake Sale is being held September 29 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Valois United Church, 70 Belmont Avenue in Pointe-Claire. This is a church sale of used books, clothing, jewellery, toys, games, puzzles, linens and kitchenware. Bake Table with fresh homemade goodies. Tea Room serving tea/coffee and muffins. More info at

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