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PHOTO COURTESY CASCA Hello, my name is Eloïse. I am a beautiful tortoiseshell female with rare, exotic looks. I was born November 29, 2017. When I was brought in from the cold I was in really bad shape. I had several wounds on my body and I was anemic. I had a hard life but now I am all better. I am a very sweet and affectionate girl. I like to watch TV with my foster mom. I would do best in a quiet home (with no young kids or other animals). For more information regarding Eloïse, contact Casca at

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PHOTO COURTESY ANIMATCH Meet Nelly, a 6-year-old female Chihuahua Yorkie mix. Nelly finds herself at Animatch because she is somewhat vocal and a neighbour of her human complained about her. Apartments and condos aren't in her future and neither is a solitary life. She is inclined to panic and bark when left on her own, so she needs a home where she isn't alone all day. Nelly is a spunky little (11 lbs) dog and needs a family that can offer stability, training, and lots of attention. For information on Nelly or any of our other dogs available for adoption, please go to

Pancake supper

PHOTO COURTESY PEXELS Come to the Pancake Supper arranged by St. Mary’s Sewing Circle on Tuesday, March 5, at the Parish Hall, 273 Main Road, Como in Hudson at 6 p.m. for an enjoyable evening of fellowship with delicious soups, pancakes and sausages. Adults $10; children 10 years and under $5. Kindly RSVP with Elsie at (450) 458-5226. All are welcome.


Grease is the word – The production that captivated audiences around the world for more than 45 years is back for a limited run at the Théâtre Paul-Émile Meloche. This thrilling production, created by local actress and producer Kate McIninch and director Scarlett Bruns, returns Grease to the streets of 1950s Chicago and incorporates the most beloved songs from the 1978 film. Performances of Grease the Musical at Théâtre Paul-Émile Meloche, 400 Saint-Charles Avenue, March 1 to 3. Tickets range from $15 to $35. Purchase online at For more info email

Scouting around

PHOTO BY LAURA McCAFFREY From February 17 to 23, Scout-Guide week celebrated Scouting's founder, Lord Baden-Powell, who was born February 22. It was also the birthday of his wife, Lady Olave Baden-Powell, who was a leading figure in the Guiding movement. In their honour, the Cavagnal (Hudson) Scouting group held a celebration February 20 which included songs, a video message from our MP Peter Schiefke, and of course, cake. This year the theme was ‘Community’ and each section did themselves proud by listing their community activities, which included helping the Wyman United Church book sale, making sit-upons for the homeless, going downtown to feed the homeless, selling poppies for Remembranc

Book sale

PHOTO COURTESY SHUTTERSTOCK The War Memorial Library, located at 60 Elm Street, will be holding their March Book Sale from Monday, March 4 to Saturday, March 9. Home and Garden books will be featured. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. Hardcover fiction, non-fiction titles and trade paper books are available for $1 each. Pocket books and children's books are five for $1. The library is run entirely by volunteers and monies from the book sales go to local charities.

Volunteering in the slums of Pucallpa Peru with the Pure Art Foundation

PHOTOS COURTESY PURE ART FOUNDATION Meeting people, making friends, building houses, adapting to social, cultural, economic and environmental differences are all part of the volunteer experience in Pucallpa. A group of 58 volunteers from Hudson, Saint Lazare, Rigaud, Vaudreuil-Dorion, Montreal, Vancouver, and points in between are making last minute preparations for their trip to Pucallpa, Peru. They are a team of volunteers participating in the Construct a Structure Today (CAST) initiative organized by the Pure Art Foundation of Hudson, Quebec. For some of them, it’s a repeat event but for many, it’s a first-time venture. Background “This will be an experience that will change your life,” s

Landmark business owner passes away

PHOTO COURTESY PETER POUW A mere four months after the closure of the landmark Hollandia florist outlet on Route Harwood in Vaudrueil-Dorion comes the news that owner Ben Pouw has passed away. “Ben worked in the shop from the age of 14,” said his brother Peter Pouw. “He would have been 73 in April. His entire life was dedicated to the store.” Ben was the oldest son of Herman Pouw who opened the store in 1953 after arriving from The Netherlands. What began as a small garden centre expanded as Pouw senior added more greenhouses. The seven Pouw siblings all pitched in over the years to make the family business successful and the customer base was loyal enough to keep the store afloat after the

Young Pincourt resident pays it forward with annual fundraising campaign

PHOTO COURTESY CHANEL NOLAN Cameron Jaquith’s annual fundraising campaign for the Montreal Children’s Hospital is approaching its fourth anniversary and continues to grow in popularity. Like most young kids, Cameron Jaquith is looking forward to her upcoming 10th birthday in March. But this young Pincourt resident has been celebrating the day of her birth in an original way for the past three years by holding an annual raffle to raise money for the Montreal Children’s Hospital (MCH) and, to date, has helped raise over $13,000. First diagnosed with the eye condition strabismus at two years of age, Cameron had a series of therapeutic treatments before undergoing surgery at age four to correct

Ste. Anne’s war veterans’ class action lawsuit will proceed

A class-action lawsuit that was launched by resident Wolf Solkin against Ste. Anne’s Veterans’ Hospital was approved by Quebec Superior Court last Wednesday, February 20. “It means our case merits class action status and I’m certified as the appropriate representative of the class,” said Solkin. “The decision was made by the Honourable Donald Bisson in less than three hours which was striking especially since the judge said it could take three to 10 days. The 20-page report was totally in our favour,” Solkin told The Journal during an interview February 26. Hospital transfer The lawsuit against the provincial and federal concerns an alleged decline in the level and quality of services being

Schiefke launches re-election campaign for Vaudreuil-Soulanges federal riding seat

PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK Vaudreuil-Soulanges MP Peter Schiefke; Catherine McKenna, MP for Ottawa Centre and Minister of Environment and Climate Change; and retired politician and former federal Liberal cabinet minister Marc Lalonde at the launch of Schiefke’s re-election campaign for a second consecutive mandate during a meet-and-greet brunch at the Centre Multisports in Vaudreuil-Dorion on February 24. Vaudreuil-Soulanges Liberal Member of Parliament (MP) Peter Schiefke officially launched his federal re-election campaign to the delight of over 100 supporters during a meet-and-greet brunch at the Centre Multisports in Vaudreuil-Dorion on Sunday, February 24. Schiefke, who is seeking his second

Vaudreuil-Dorion residents hope to preserve their piece of paradise

PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK (Left to right): Francine Legault, Maureen Burcome and Sheila Comerford hold a city map that highlights two new residential developments proposed for White Road. They would prefer if one of the last remaining green spaces in the neighbourhood was left untouched. With Vaudreuil-Dorion still in the midst of a residential construction boom that includes several high-rise rental apartment buildings, a group of residents is hoping to save a small forested area near White Road from development. Maureen Burcome owns a bungalow on White that sits on just over 1.5 acres of land that has a large barn-type shed. Her house and property is surrounded by tall grasses and there are lar

Working out the kinks of the Vaudreuil-Soulanges organic waste treatment machine

PHOTO COURTESY SOCIÉTÉ DE GESTION DES MATIÈRES RÉSIDUELLES DE VAUDREUIL-SOULANGES The organic waste treatment machine in Sainte-Justine-de-Newton awaits pre-production testing. In an era when the emphasis is on local sustainability, reducing carbon emissions, recycling and composting, the Municipalité régionale de comté Vaudreuil-Soulanges (MRC-VS) decided in 2015 to purchase a machine that would transform organic material into fertilizer. The initial cost of the equipment was $304,440.58 according to the contract published on Le systéme électronique d’appel d’offres (SEAO) du gouvernement du Québec. The supplier was ASM Organic Recyclates Limited from Uxbridge, England. The ‘infamous’ machi

Adopt, don’t shop

PHOTO COURTESY UNSPLASH “What kind of a girl are you?” asked a friend once decades ago when I told her I didn’t like shopping. Fast forward to 2019 and I still don’t like it. Every time I head out purposely to buy clothing, I somehow never really find anything I like. While once killing time before an appointment, I was browsing through a high-fashion discount store and found a number of items I really liked. Pressed for time, I vowed to return and when I was able to a week or so later, all the pieces I’d found were gone. I was so angry I ended up buying a shirt I didn’t even like just because I went there with the sole intent of buying something. I never wore it. My philosophy is that if it

Up for adoption

PHOTO COURTESY CASCA Hi! My name is Soldat and I’m a very beautiful grey male. I was born February 11, 2018. I went through hell up until today when I was rescued from the cold. Finally, I'm eating every day and I can sleep quietly. I have a special characteristic, my tail is short. We don't know if I was born with it this way or it was cut when I was little. I constantly ask to be petted. I am vaccinated but I tested FIV positive. However, I am sterilized which means I don't fight anymore nor do I mate so I don't transmit it. Do you have room for me? For more information regarding Soldat, please contact


PHOTOS COURTESY MICHELLE REED Come and enjoy this afternoon of fine music and discover the talents of tomorrow! Young Hudson musician Ember-Leah Reed will be presenting an afternoon concert of violin and voice works by Bach, Mozart, Mendelsohn and Hann as well as other more contemporary works. She will be accompanied by the accomplished and talented pianist and chamber musician Olivier Hébert-Bouchard, founding member of Duo Palladium and Trio Émerillon. The concert will take place at 3 p.m. on February 24 at Saint-Thomas Aquinas Church, 413 Main Road in Hudson with a light reception to follow. Admission is free, and donations toward repair of Saint Thomas Church will be graciously accept

Support group

A free support group for sufferers of chronic pain will take place at the Stephen F. Shaar Community Centre, 394 Main Road in Hudson. Hosted by Marie-Andrée Michaud, the group is part of l’Association québécoise pour la douleur chronique. Meetings will take place February 27, March 27, April 24, and May 29 from 2 to 4 p.m. Spots are limited. Reservations are necessary. Register by calling (514) 355-4198 or toll-free at 1 855 230-4198.

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PHOTO COURTESY CASCA Hulk is a lovely tuxedo cat looking for a home. He is a 7-month- old male, vaccinated and sterilized and in excellent health. He was found outside as a very young kitten and has been fostered ever since. He has a very nice disposition, playing with the other foster cats and gets along well with the two yappy dogs at the foster’s home. If you’re interested in Hulk, please contact Casca at at

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PHOTO COURTESY ANIMATCH Chanel is a female 8-year-old Retriever mix. She spent the last six years with a family who unfortunately felt that they no longer had time for her. She is looking for a family who will appreciate a still-youthful senior. She needs a long, brisk walk every day, and she loves balls and squeaky toys. She also ‘talks a lot’ so no apartments of condos. She is particularly vocal when she is hungry. Chanel is great with other dogs and is indifferent to cats. She just wants a chance to be part of another family. For information on Chanel or any of our other dogs, please go to


PHOTO COURTESY PETER THOMPSON A fundraiser will be held at Hudson’s Château du Lac, 460 Main Road on Saturday, February 23 beginning at 5 p.m. to help raise money for three-month-old baby Easten (pictured in dad Peter Thompson’s arms) who was diagnosed December 31, 2018 with Acute Myeloid Leukemia, a rare form of blood cancer. Along with his mother Jennifer Liddy (right, with Easten’s big brother Ellis) the family has been staying at the baby’s side at the Montreal Children’s Hospital. All ticket sales from the over 50 raffle prizes will be donated to the family along with tips and proceeds from the shooter bar. In addition, two beer companies are donating one brand of beer each with 100 per

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