Letter to the editor, Jan. 31, 2019

Dear Editor, I would like to send a public thank you to the Town of Hudson employees who stopped to help me Tuesday when I was a bit mired in a snow pile with a heavy box of cat litter. It was a welcome lift to the heart while we are struggling through this icy cold time. Margaret Waller Hudson

Ice, Ice Baby…

“I used to jog but the ice cubes kept falling out of my glass.” – David Lee Roth Yes indeed walking (skating?) around Shangri-la this week has me singing that finger-snapping tune from the one-hit-wonder Vanilla Ice himself. Oh? He had more than one hit song? Sorry beautiful people I did not know that nor do I totally believe it either (insert snobby music critic comment here please). Except you have to hand it to him, that song has been covered six times since it came out in 1990, even by the cast of Glee in 2010. Never saw one episode. When I was young I was told I had to be in a club to have any glee. Being the perpetual non-conformist, I instead joined the other awkward teens in the stam

Movies you might've missed

IMAGE COURTESY IMDB.COM Title: (500) Days of Summer (2009) Directed: Marc Webb Genre: Romantic Comedy Rental: Available on Amazon, YouTube Brief Synopsis: Tom (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), a greeting-card writer, is caught completely off-guard when his girlfriend, Summer (Zooey Deschanel), suddenly dumps him. Reflecting on their 500 days together, he tries to find where their relationship went wrong. Scores: 7.7 IMDb 85% Rotten Tomatoes Review: If you have partaken in the most recent social media trend of the ‘10 Year Challenge,’ how did it make you feel? Does 2009 really feel like it was 10 years ago? It’s hard to comprehend. As time marches forward, our memory, clarity, and opinions

Thank you to our 125 donors!

PHOTO COURTESY VILLE-DE-SAINT-LAZARE Pictured: Judy Aro, couting over 100 blood donations. A faithful donor and 70-year-old, Madame Aro was accompanied by her granddaughter, Kiira, aged 7. The Town of Saint-Lazare would like to thank Héma-Québec as well as blood donors and volunteers who took part in the first blood drive of the year, held at the Community Centre on Monday, January 21, 2019 from 1:30 to 7:30 p.m. If you consider that every blood donation can potentially help up to four people, a total of 500 patients will be able to receive those precious units of blood product. Thanks to the 125 people who braved the cold and rolled up their sleeves to donate. Héma-Québec’s mission is to ef

Up for adoption

PHOTO COURTESY ANIMATCH Elsa is a 3-year-old female Bichon mix. She was adopted in 2017 but returned because of her owner's health issues. New places and people make her a little uneasy. She attaches herself to one person and can growl or snap when someone interferes with the two of them. There is work to do, but these issues can be overcome. With obedience training, lots of exercise and a stable environment, Elsa will be someone's loving companion for many years to come. For more information on Elsa or any of our dogs, go to

Canadians with dementia lead Alzheimer Society campaign

“Yes. I live with dementia. Let me help you understand.” Across the country, brave and passionate voices come together to challenge attitudes and stop stigma. “Life has lots of bumps in the road. My dementia is just one of those bumps. You don’t give up anytime you run into a barrier.” Eighty-one-year-old Ron Robert is no stranger to dementia – he lost three siblings and an uncle to the disease. But when he was diagnosed three years ago, it still came as a shock. Once the reality of the news sunk in, however, Ron decided there was only one way forward – stay positive and get on with his life. After all, he had a bucket list that included such goals as going to university. Having served as an

Field, Forest, Sea & Sky

Maggie Dean and her daughter Wendy Tillett are pleased to present a collection of their paintings, stained glass, and boutique articles for the month of February at the Arbor Gallery (36 Home Avenue) in the charming little town of Vankleek Hill, Ontario. The exhibit is titled Field, Forest, Sea & Sky by Maggie Dean & Wendy Tillett. Wendy’s paintings reflect the changing world and the perils her subjects find themselves in these days. Through her paintings, she is raising awareness for the need for change in the way we treat the creatures in our care. Maggie has always loved to paint barns and now finds that a lot of her good old landmarks are disappearing to the ravages of time and ‘progress

Up for adoption

PHOTO COURTESY CASCA Hi! My name is Calia and I’m a beautiful Calico/Tortoise Shell female. I was born March 5, 2017 and I’m vaccinated and sterilized. I love to play and look at things up high. I love having space and a quiet time for me. I also love to eat so you will have to watch my intake. I love getting all the attention. I am very gentle. I would love to find myself a new home. Could it be with you? For more information regarding Calia, contact Casca by email at

A wish for 2019

Today is the last day of January, so it’s not too late to wish you all a Happy and Healthy New Year for 2019 and to be grateful for new beginnings. 2018 was a difficult year for my family and I, but the dark clouds are slowly dissipating. Unfortunately, such is not the case for everyone in our society. For many members, every day is a day filled with grey and black clouds. January 30 was a day that Canadians dedicated to the honourable ‘Let’s Talk’ initiative that has slightly increased the awareness, but not yet the acceptance, of mental illness (at least for a day). From a financial perspective it’s a success, having raised over $50 million in roughly six years since its inauguration and s

Hudson’s Wyman United Church seeks new direction

PHOTO BY JAMES ARMSTRONG Members of Wyman United Church built in 1907 are considering their future as they face dwindling membership and financial resources. The congregation of Wyman Memorial United Church in Hudson is exploring several possibilities for their future in light of declining attendance. “The congregation isn’t as robust as it used to be,” congregation member Martin Smith told The Journal in December, 2018. “We are running a deficit every year and we are maintaining two buildings. We owe it to the future of the congregation to really come to terms with this.” The two buildings Smith was referring to were the Wyman Church located at 513 Main Road in Hudson and the Côte Saint-Cha

Rebellion, romance and cross-cultural relations abound in Frank Hicks’ latest novel

PHOTO BY MARILYN GAUTHIER The fate of two lovers is tangled in the threads of political intrigue beyond their control in Hudsonite Frank Hicks’ new novel titled The Rebels. Regardless of whether or not you are an avid bookworm, The Rebels is a great antidote for getting through the latest winter cold snap. It’s an opportunity to curl up with your beverage and snack of choice and experience the romance, historical fiction and political intrigue that are integral to the fast-paced plot of the novel. Described as an IRA (Irish Republican Army) and FLQ (Front de libération du Québec) romance, the plot spans the geo-political landscape of Ireland and Quebec from 1916 to the mid-1970s. Hicks’ conc

Annual fundraising gala for VSPCRF

PHOTO BY JOSIANE FARAND Another great turnout at the annual Happenings Gala fundraiser for the VSPCRF will help to ensure continued operations at its facility located in Hudson that serves the entire Vaudreuil-Soulanges region. The Vaudreuil-Soulanges Palliative Care Residence (VSPCR) collected $468,525 in donations for its foundation at the 2019 Happening fundraising gala that was held at the Château-Vaudreuil last Saturday evening, January 26. Several local political dignitaries were among the 400 guests at the gala including Vaudreuil-Soulanges MP Peter Schiefke, Vaudreuil Liberal MNA Marie-Claude Nichols, Soulanges CAQ MNA Marilyne Picard, Saint-Lazare Mayor Robert Grimaudo, Vaudreuil-Do

Authorization deadline for Chaline Valley landslide stabilization work nears

PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK Work to stabilize the landslide zone in Saint-Lazare’s Chaline Valley could be hampered if some residents decide against signing a work authorization document required by the provincial Ministry of Public Security. Thirty-seven Saint-Lazare homeowners living within the Chaline Valley landslide zone who will be directly affected by proposed stabilization operations have up until February 6 to sign an agreement with the provincial Ministry of Public Security (MPS) at city hall to allow work to proceed on their properties. A closed-door information meeting was held on January 22 exclusively for the homeowners by MPS representatives and town officials to hear details of what

Tina Adams’ life moving forward

PHOTO BY CARMEN MARIE FABIO Addressing media after Jordan Taylor’s eight-month sentencing for dangerous driving and criminal negligence, Tina Adams said though she’d hoped for an 18-month sentence, she’s happy the judge agreed to part of her sentencing recommendations. Following the eight-month prison sentence this week of Jordan Xavier Taylor for the June, 2015 accident that left a Hudson jogger with severe and extensive injuries, victim Tina Adams said while she feels a weight has finally been lifted off her shoulders, she’s still taking life one day at a time. “I don’t know what the future really holds for me,” she told The Journal. “I tried to go back to school (in September, 2018) but i

Vaudreuil-Soulanges hospital site announcement expected

PHOTO COURTESY MUNICIPALITÉ RÉGIONALE DE COMTÉ VAUDREUIL-SOULANGES (MRC-VS) After immediate vocal protests following the CAQ government’s plans to re-examine the location for the long-awaited Vaudreuil-Soulanges hospital project last December, the MRC this week said the exact site will be announced in the very near future. “We issued a unanimous resolution in December from all the 23 mayors in the MRC,” said Municipalité régionale de comté Vaudreuil-Soulanges (MRC-VS) Communications Director Simon Richard. “We weren’t willing to negotiate. It was the preferred site.” As reported by The Journal in December, 2018 the Coalition Avenir Québec was considering moving the hospital to another locati

Eight month sentence in Hudson drunk driving case

PHOTO BY CARMEN MARIE FABIO At the request of victim Tina Adams, Jordan Xavier Taylor (centre) will also have to give 10 talks to area students on the dangers of drinking and driving as part of his sentencing. Three and a half years after the devastating accident that forever changed the life of Hudson resident Tina Lyon Adams, Jordan Xavier Taylor was sentenced to eight months in prison and one year probation for driving under the influence and causing bodily harm. “I was hoping it would have been at least a year and a half,” Adams told assembled media at the Valleyfield Courthouse. “But I’m happy the judge included in (Taylor’s) probation, he has to do speaking conferences at schools.” Ada

Baby, it’s cold outside

PHOTO COURTESY ATMO ZAKES An exhibition of paintings by artist Atmo Zakes is on display at Café Twigs in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue portraying moments in an otherwise troubled time in war-torn Berlin, Germany. “Now is the winter of our discontent” – William Shakespeare Nothing much new happening around the Gallagher household beautiful people. Following up on last week’s column I am staying true to my word. Sweatpants are still my best friend and I have ventured out into this arctic weather only to grab the mail. I’m not sure if opening the front door a smidge and reaching around the opening desperately feeling for the mailbox actually consists of “going outside” but if my forearm made it outs

Up for adoption

PHOTO COURTESY CASCA Hi, my name is Captain and I was born January 7, 2017. I was outside for months. Boy was it a rough life! I was attacked by other cats on a regular basis. I hurt myself because I had so many ear mites, it was driving me nuts. I scratched my head until I bled and lost my fur from wanting to get the mites off! Life on the streets for an unsterilized cat is the worst. The attacks from other cats, the cold and always being alone… Eventually someone started feeding me. She saw that I am super sweet and friendly and just want to be loved. She called Casca for help. Now I am in a foster home and eating and sleeping without being stressed and receiving a bunch of tender loving c

Up for adoption

PHOTO COURTESY ANIMATCH Whisky is a two-year-old male Chocolate Lab who’s at Animatch for a second time. He is a wonderful indoor dog. He loves people, is good in the car, doesn't climb on furniture, and is not too barky. Outside, not so much. He's reactive on leash to anything that moves, intimidates other dogs, and greets people too enthusiastically. At 92 lbs, he is a lot of dog. Whisky will be an amazing companion after some obedience training, guidance, exercise and lots of love. To apply to adopt Whisky, go to and click on the ‘Contact’ link to fill out the adoption form.

Predateurs shine in Lachute

PHOTO COURTESY LISA BELANGER Coaches: Martin Belanger, Simon Robinson, Carl Poirier and Luc Legault. Jason Howard (missing) Players: Mathis Jasmin, Sam Niazi, Eamon Lefsrud, Tyler Bongiovanni, Max Poirier, Sébastien Bélanger, Ocean Robinson, Kaiden Howard, Jason Bertrand, Braden Besse, Christopher Stefanakis (Goalie), Matis Legault, Léo Nicolas Cicchetti. The Hudson/Rigaud/Saint-Lazare HRS Atome A Predateurs team had a busy weekend January 18 to 20 competing in the 2019 Jérémie Paradis de Lachute Tournament. They played five great games and brought home a trophy, banner, and medals as the ‘A’ runner-ups. The final game had fans on the edge of their seats with the score at 0-0 up until the l

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