Letter to the editor 1, Nov. 29, 2018

Conservation plan ‘red flags’ Dear Editor, On our current trajectory, what will the Town of Saint-Lazare look like in five years, 10 years, 20 years? Will it reflect the expectations that we had when we moved here? Mayor Robert Grimaudo has proposed a detailed map, clearly identifying all of the areas in Saint-Lazare that can be developed, in his upcoming budget. If adopted, this will help residents to reach out to council proactively when they see their beloved green spaces threatened. In 2014 Saint-Lazare adopted its ‘Plan Directeur de Conservation.’ It was supposed to ensure that all future development in the town would be sustainable. In the summer of 2018 residents from the du Fief a

Letter to the editor 2, Nov. 29, 2018

Development moratorium Dear Editor, We should praise the five new councillors of Saint-Lazare for implementing a moratorium on residential development, which will hopefully create a responsible and sustainable development plan for the future. Between 2013 and 2017 the previous administration approved residential developments at Cité des papillons, Cité des Champs, Place du Parc, Place Moïse Therrien, Domaine des Forestier, Place Verde, and Project du Fief. The moratorium on residential developments might slow development, but most importantly it will allow the councillors to properly review all applicable studies, as there is an urgent need to respect and protect the environment, water, gr

Letter to the editor 3, Nov. 29, 2018

It takes a village... Dear Editor, Our village has done it again. Thank you for your tremendous support shown last week at the annual Hudson Fireman's Christmas Basket Auction. Thank you to the merchants, local businesses and friends for your generous donations... thank you to all of you who came and spent generously and thank you to all the Royal Lepage Village brokers and staff who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make it all happen. The money raised will enable the Hudson firefighters to fill the baskets which will be delivered a week before Christmas to families in need in our neighbourhood. A Happy Holiday Season to all. Margaret Lagimodiere and Tania Ellerbeck Auction Co-ordinat

It’s beginning to look a lot like…

“I haven’t taken my Christmas lights down. They look so nice on the pumpkin” – Winston Spear Hearing that the snow and winter weather was heading our way this week in earnest, I took advantage of the nice weekend weather we had and put up the outdoor Christmas lights on our new (old) house we moved into this past summer. When we had moved in we noticed that our neighbours are the type of folks that leave their Christmas lights up all year. Now I believe in, ‘live and let live’ and all that but the sight of Christmas lights on a house in the sweltering July heat just bugs me. Pet peeve #34 in the Gallagher library. Now I must say… in testing mine out on the weekend everything worked perfectly

Hudson girls have stellar summer

PHOTO BY CEALY TETLEY Estella Willis with ‘Hand in my Pocket’ and sister Sofia Willis (below) both qualified in their respective events this past equestrian event season. Hudson residents Estella and Sofia Willis enjoyed a very successful summer in their regional, provincial and national competitions. Both riders train with Chris Gahan and Michele Gauthier of CMG Equestrian at Hodgson Stables in Saint-Lazare. They both train year round with competitions in the summer. Sofia competes on the regional ‘B ’circuit and Estella on the provincial ‘A circuit. Both qualified for their respective finals competition and excelled. Sofia won her short stirrup division at the Jeux Équestres du Québec and

Artisan Fair and Bake Sale

An Artisan Fair and Bake Sale are being held Saturday, December 1 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Valois United Church, 70 Belmont Avenue in Pointe-Claire. Offered for sale will be the handmade crafts of 20 artisans, home baking, meat pies, used books, quilts, knit and sewn items and crafts. Tea Room serving muffins and beverage. 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Hearty soup lunch 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. More info at

Vankleek Hill Farmers Market

Kindle the Christmas Spirit at the Vankleek Hill Farmers Market. Join us December 1, 8, 15, and 22 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. featuring 'One-of-a-kind' gifts, delectable food for holiday entertaining. Place your order early! Grown, created, baked, and crafted LOCALLY! Vankleek Hill Collegiate Institute, 5814 Highway 34, Vankleek Hill, Ontario.

Chorister for a Day

Have you ever wondered what it feels like to sing with a church choir at Christmas time? Of standing proudly before a congregation enthralled with your presence? Well here is an opportunity ready and waiting just for you. Wyman Memorial United Church in Hudson invites you to join us for our annual Chorister for a Day – Christmas Edition. Experience the behind-the-scenes activity and pre-service warm-up. And delight in joy of singing the music of Christmas from the choir loft. Come join us on Sunday, December 2 at 513 Main Road at 9:30 a.m. for a short rehearsal before the service begins at 10:30 a.m.

Hudson's Santa Claus Parade

Christmas is coming to town beginning Friday night, November 30 with the Festival of Lights, 6:30 p.m. at the Stephen F. Shaar Community Centre, 394 Main Road in Hudson, followed by the film ‘Elf’ at 7:30 p.m. Santa Claus pays a visit Sunday, December 2 at 1 p.m. with the annual Santa Claus Parade. Come meet the jolly man himself after the parade at the Community Centre.

Hudson firefighters urging caution for wood burning heating systems

PHOTO COURTESY HUDSON FIRE DEPARTMENT Restricted air supply, unseasoned wood, and low, smouldering fires are the chief causes for creosote buildup in chimneys – a sticky residue that is highly combustible. After recently battling three major fires within a 10-day period, the Hudson Fire Department are reaching out to inform the community on the importance of keeping woodstove and fireplace chimneys clean and free of creosote build-up. With the arrival of snow and colder weather, the inevitable aroma of burning wood wafts through the air and while indoor fires may be associated with cozy comfort, they can present significant danger to homeowners if the entire wood-burning system is not regula

Police reports

THE JOURNAL/FILE PHOTO Vaudreuil-Dorion man arrested for child pornography On November 28, the Sûreté du Québec's Major Crime Investigation Department arrested a man in Vaudreuil-Dorion related to child pornography. Jassen Cowan, 21, appeared that day at the Valleyfield Courthouse to face four counts of distributing and possessing child pornography. The police conducted a search of the suspect's home and computer equipment was seized for analysis. Since 2010, the Sûreté du Québec has had a structure that allows it to benefit from the expertise of more than 250 investigators trained to investigate the sexual exploitation of children on the Internet. These investigators are located thro

Treading the boards as acting becomes post-retirement career

PHOTO COURTESY JOHN ELLIOTT John Elliott (right) in a Lakeshore Theatre production of The Miracle Worker with (left to right) Andrew McLennan, Sandy Ferguson, Melia Cressaty, and Jennifer Martin Cressaty. For many of us, the prospect of retirement may seem a distant dream. For others, life after a long and rewarding career may loom as a problem needing to be solved. For Vaudreuil-Dorion resident John Elliott, it was a case of stumbling from full-time employment into being an actor. “I retired from corporate life and worked for a couple of years doing freelance consulting,” Elliot told The Journal. “I was a freedom 53 kind of guy.” It was a co-worker friend who was involved in the Lakeshore P

Annual Poinsettia Campaign blossoms to new heights

PHOTO BY JAMES ARMSTRONG The 2018 Poinsettia Campaign has exceeded fundraising expectations. (Left to right) VSPCR President Pierre Cyr, Executive Director Jean-François Thibert, Gilles Hébert, Marie Caron, Patrick Van Den Abeele, Florence Daneau and Vaudreuil-Dorion Pro-Mayor Paul Dumoulin take a moment to celebrate. The annual 2018 poinsettia campaign that raises funds for the Vaudreuil-Soulanges Palliative Care Residence (VSPCR) has turned out to be a resounding success according to coordinator Gilles Hébert at a press conference held Monday, November 26. Hébert and his wife, Marie Caron, have coordinated the campaign as a team since 2011. “We have orders for 2750 plants,” said Hébert wh

Toy drive for kids in care

PHOTO COURTESY HELENE COUVRETTE Every year, hundreds of kids under the supervision of Centre Jeunesse de Montréal (CJM) don’t have the chance to rejoice during the holiday festivities either because their family is financially unfit, family crises, abandonment of the children at rehabilitation centers, parents unable to pick up their children for an outing or a family celebration, and so on. This year once again, the Christmas committee of the CJM is undertaking considerable efforts so these kids may have joy during the Christmas celebrations. Please join H~OM in offering these kids a gift to open Christmas morning. To provide you with some insight on the situation, here are some statistics

Quebec’s oldest English seniors’ club celebrates 50th anniversary

PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK Members of the Second Mile Senior Citizens’ Club of Pincourt play cards and participate in other recreational activities on November 19 during their weekly gathering from 2 to 4 p.m. every Thursday at the Omni-Centre. Walk into a gathering of the Second Mile Senior Citizens’ Club of Pincourt on a Thursday afternoon and you’ll find a room filled with exuberant and spry ‘youngsters’ playing cards or other games and just having a lot of plain old fashioned fun. The organization recently celebrated its 50th anniversary almost three weeks ago on November 10 as the oldest English seniors’ group in Quebec, a gala event that drew 127 people. 180 members The organization has abou

Vaudreuil Dorion high-rise registry fails to garner enough votes for a referendum

THE JOURNAL FILE PHOTO/JOHN JANTAK The registry signing would have only given residents the power to decide the overall format of the 402-unit rental complex and not to halt its construction completely. Only 111 people signed a registry on November 27 opposing a new high-rise development project in Vaudreuil-Dorion. It was eight signatures short of the 119 required that would have forced the city to hold a referendum to determine which type of high-rise project would be built on Rue Émile-Bouchard. It means the developer can now proceed with recently revised plans to build four high-rise apartment rental structures of descending height. The first structure will have 17 and 14 floors and be b

Devastating blaze destroys Hudson family home

PHOTO BY ROD HODGSON A home on Hudson’s Main Road was destroyed by fire November 22, the third major blaze in a 10-day period, leaving the town’s fire department to issue a call for vigilance by homeowners who use wood-burning fire places and woodstoves. For Hudson residents Judy Meade and Norm Arduini, Thursday, November 22 turned out to be a day of disaster. Their home, located at 370 Main Road near Mount Pleasant Street, was completely destroyed by fire. “We are fine but still recovering from the emotional shock,” said Meade this week. “Luckily, no one was hurt and Norm was able to rescue our dog.” Meade, who is music director for the Hudson Greenwood Singers and St. James’ and St. Mary’s

Coteau-du-Lac industrial park expansion hailed as a success

PHOTO BY JAMES ARMSTRONG Industrial development continues for the region with new real estate deal. (Left to right) Industrial Alta President Pierre Latreille, Mayor Andrée Brosseau, Broccolini President of Real Estate Development Roger Plamondon, Chamber of Commerce and Industry Vaudreuil-Soulanges Director General Joanne Brunet and Chamber of Commerce and Industry Vaudreuil-Soulanges President Pierjean Savard celebrate the news. An additional 165 hectares of what was agricultural land became part of the Alta Industrial Park in Coteau-du-Lac in early November. The addition was the result of a real estate partnership between Alta Industrial and Broccolini Developers that was announced Wednes

Christmas readings

PHOTO COURTESY PEXELS An evening of Christmas readings will be presented by The Hudson Players Club. Kickstart the festive season with this traditional event, to be held this year at the Hudson Village Theatre, 28 Wharf Road on Friday, November 30. Doors open at 7 p.m. for an 8 p.m. ‘curtain up.’ There will be seasonal goodies and a cash bar followed by the usual mix of seasonal readings chosen and read by our talented members. We even have a couple of surprise performances for you! All are welcome. For more info. Please contact Mary Jefferies at (450) 458-4185.

Greenwood Christmas

PHOTO COURTESY PEXELS Greenwood presents its much loved Old Fashioned Christmas on two Sundays: December 9 and 16 at 1.30 p.m. and 3.30 p.m. at the Greenwood Centre for Living History, 254 Main Road in Hudson. With Christmas carols, the Kitchen Ceilidh fiddles, storytelling and home-baked goodies! Tickets are $15 and are available at Boutique Pure Art, 422 Main Road, or by calling (450) 458-5396. More info at

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