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Letter to the editor 1, March 28, 2019

Word of thanks Dear Editor, A great big thank you goes out to all the local people in the community who answered the call of supplying bird feed to the members of the Legion who look after filling the numerous bird feeders at the Vaudreuil Soulanges Palliative Care Residence in Hudson. This project provides enjoyment for the patients and their families. Thanks also to The Journal for publishing the request in previous editions. The response has been great and the Residence as well as the Legion is grateful for your assistance. Sincerely Gerry Foliot and Bill Louch Legion Representatives Hudson

Letter to the editor 2, March 28, 2019

Thanks again Dear Editor, On behalf of the Pure Art Foundation, our board of directors, all our volunteers and community members, thank you for all you do. ‘The Journal’ has been a highly visible fixture of our community and strong symbol of neighbourly spirit for many years. Through the publisher’s commitment and the editor’s talent, you together lead an organization that has consistently shared stories that matter to citizens of our region. By the combined efforts of hard-working staff and numerous journalists behind the scenes, people in our area consistently have the privilege of picking up The Journal each Thursday morning. Through informative words and actions, you are the ‘glue’ that

Up for adoption

PHOTO COURTESY ANIMATCH Muffy, a female Tibetan Spaniel mix, came to us through the Nordic Paws Project. She was adopted once but came back because she didn't get along with the resident dog. She is 2 ½ years old and would prefer to be the only dog. Even though she looks like a little cuddle bunny, Muffy loves to work. She is spending time with École de formations des Intervenants Canins du Québec, and is an excellent student. She needs diversion, exercise, and to feel that she is working her mind and body. No couch potatoes for her. If you think you're the family for her, fill out the adoption form and ask for Muffy. For more information on Muffy or any of the other dogs we have for adoptio

National Volunteer Week

PHOTO COURTESY SHUTTERSTOCK Volunteer West Island celebrates National Volunteer Week 2019, from April 7 to April 13. Volunteer West Island, in keeping with its mission, strongly supports and encourages all those interested in becoming volunteers, promoting volunteerism in the community, or setting up a volunteer program for their employees or group members. Volunteerism strengthens the fabric of a community. Get involved! Encourage volunteering and help make your community a better place to live, work, and play. Thank you to all the volunteers who make a difference in the West Island Community! If you’re interested in volunteering, call (514) 457-5445, Ext. 229. For more info, consult www.c

Rehearsals

Leapin’ Lizards! Annie the musical is coming to Vaudreuil-Dorion. Rehearsals run from April 3 to June 30, 2019 with performances at the Théatre Paul Émile-Meloche. Ages 8 to 99 are welcome and encouraged. Learn to sing, act, and dance with us through the iconic songs of ‘Annie’ with the fun choreography and some of the most memorable characters on Broadway! Visit www.theatreworksqc.com to register.

Book sale

PHOTO COURTESY SHUTTERSTOCK The War Memorial Library's next book sale will be held April 1 to April 6. Mysteries and romance books will be featured. Hard cover fiction, non-fiction titles, and trade paper books cost $1 each, while pocket books and children's books are five for $1. The War Memorial Library is located at 60 Elm Street in Hudson. The doors open Monday April 1 at 2:30 p.m. The library is staffed entirely by volunteers and proceeds from the book sale support local charities.

NOVA Fundraising Gala

PHOTO COURTESY CIRQUE ÉLOIZE The Nova Hudson Biennial Fundraising Gala takes place Saturday, May 4 at the prestigious Whitlock Golf and Country Club. ‘LUMINOVA’ will be a spectacular event highlighting the excellent nursing care and healthcare programs offered in Hudson and surrounding communities. Tickets $150 each for a champagne cocktail with hors d’oeuvres (6 p.m.) and a delicious four-course meal with wine. Honourary President Linda Cobbett, MC Tom Whelan. For reservations contact Betsy Aird at (450) 458-4424, www.novahudson.com or LUMINOVAgala2019@gmail.com.

Schiefke touts regional federal finance budget highlights

PHOTO COURTESY JENNIFER FREZZA Liberal MP for Vaudreuil-Soulanges Peter Schiefke spoke to The Journal about some of the federal budget highlights and their impact on residents throughout the region, including increased financial incentives to purchase electric vehicles. A higher income threshold for seniors, financial incentives for new electric car purchasers and incentives for first time homebuyers were some of the highlights mentioned by Peter Schiefke, Liberal Member of Parliament (MP) for Vaudreuil-Soulanges, after Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau delivered the federal budget in Ottawa last Tuesday, March 19, “This budget truly reflects what we’ve heard as MPs from our constituents

Saint-Lazare adheres to law for blood drive funding

SHUTTERSTOCK PHOTO The Town of Saint-Lazare administration* is defending its decision to not sponsor future Héma Québec blood drives held in private businesses. “In terms of organization for a blood drive, it involves a lot of town resources,” said Communications Director Geneviève Hamel of the administrative and public works employees who translate and distribute documentation, arrange for advertising and social media updates, and hang and remove signs on public roadways. “We’re happy to do that for non-profit organizations but not if a private business is using public funds.” The business in question is Bar Chez Maurice whose co-owner, Richard Chartrand, is also the elected councillor of D

Pulling wine corks for recycling in Vaudreuil-Dorion

THE JOURNAL FILE PHOTO/CARMEN MARIE FABIO Got a sentimental pile of old wine corks kicking around? Consider donating them to one of the drop-off points in the region where they’ll eventually be shipped off to be recycled. The City of Vaudreuil-Dorion has launched a cork-recycling project in partnership with Calgary based business, ReCORK. The project is aimed at collecting used natural corks from wine bottles (not the synthetic type) at three locations in the city. The cork recycling bins are available at City Hall, 2555 Dutrisac Street, the Municipal Library, 51 Jeannotte Street and Recreational and Cultural Services, 3093 Boulevard de la Gare. Vaudreuil-Dorion joins other municipalities in

Gymnastes de L’Île on a roll

PHOTO COURTESY EVA DOLENSZKY A number of Les Gymnastes de L’Île’s athletes will compete in the upcoming provincial cup in May and selected athletes from across the province will be selected to compete at the national level. The Île-Perrot-based Les Gymnastes de L’Île competed in the 2nd Quebec Gymnastics Acrobatic cup in Montreal on March 8, 2019. Acrobatic gymnastics combines the beauty of dance with the strength and agility of acrobatics. Routines are choreographed to music and consist of dance, tumbling, and partner skills. At the level JO5 pair, Julianna Della Rocca and Timea Harris won the gold medal and Tyannah Challenger and Isis Bain brought home the silver medal. Competing for the

Hudson Legion receives surprise award for tolling bells of peace

PHOTO BY JAMES ARMSTRONG Hudson Legion President Rod Hodgson was surprised to receive official recognition for the Bells of Peace Program. When an unexpected package turned up in the Hudson Legion mail delivery, Legion President Rod Hodgson said he was as surprised as everyone else. “It was a plaque from Dominion Command recognizing our contribution to the Bells of Peace,” Hodgson told The Journal. The plaque was accompanied by a letter from Dominion Command President Thomas Irvine that Hodgson read to the Legion membership during a general meeting. “People were overwhelmed,” said Hodgson. “It was quite emotional.” The Bells of Peace Commemorative Program was part of the Remembrance Day Cere

Federal support for climate change and Greenhouse Gas reduction in the MRC-VS

PHOTO BY CARMEN MARIE FABIO The spring thaw annually results in numerous flooded streets, like this one in Notre-Dame-de-l’Île-Perrot March 15, but municipalities are recognizing more needs to be done to address the effects of climate change on infrastructure. The Municipalité régionale de comté Vaudreuil-Soulanges (MRC-VS) recently announced they were the recipients of a $119,200 federal government grant that will subsidize a fulltime resource person responsible for finalizing a regional action plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The Canadian government provided the grant through the Federation of Canadian Municipalities within the framework of the Partenaires dans la protection du cli

Development planned for vacant St. Anne’s Hospital land following transfer

THE JOURNAL FILE PHOTO/CARMEN MARIE FABIO The land transfer from the veterans’ hospital to the Town of Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue will enable council to develop the area for the citizens and recoup lost taxation revenue. With the transfer of land at Ste. Anne’s Hospital to the Town of Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue finally completed, the city is looking forward to developing the land in keeping with the vocation of the hospital as a geriatric care and war veterans’ facility. The land transfer took place on March 18 and came as a relief to Mayor Paola Hawa. “It’s finally over,” she told The Journal in a telephone interview on March 26. “It’s been talked about, planned, and negotiated for so long now an

Vaudreuil-Dorion registry signing will determine whether development referendum will be held

PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK A registry signing will be held in Vaudreuil-Dorion March 28 to try to stop a proposed residential development on White Road. Mayor Guy Pilon said the development conforms to density specifications stipulated by the Montreal Metropolitan Community. Residents opposed to a proposed new housing development in Vaudreuil-Dorion will have the opportunity to sign a registry today (March 28) between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. at city hall to determine whether the project will go to a referendum process or will proceed as planned based upon the number of signatures that are collected. A total of 552 people can sign the registry. A minimum of 66 signatures are required for a referendum to

Act like a child

“Keep it legal,” I usually tell my boys when they’re heading out the door to parties, going downtown, hanging out with friends, etc. It’s more tongue-in-cheek than anything – they’re not troublemakers – but one of those things I just have to say as a mom, like, “Be careful,” “Wear clean underwear,” and, “Text me when you get there.” I watched with equal amounts of worry (I’m a mom, I’m hardwired to worry) and pride as they headed out last Friday to join the estimated 100,000 young people who congregated on the Island of Montreal to protest inaction on climate change policies. They got jostled, their feet got soaking wet, but they came home invigorated, not optimistic that they’d enact any im

Letter to the editor 1, March 21, 2019

Dear Editor, We have just celebrated our 10th annual Hudson’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade and what a parade it was. St. Patrick’s Day is a festival of life. It’s a joyous celebration of all the things we have in common and a rejection of all the things that drive us apart. The standard line is that everybody is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day and it’s true. The men, women and children standing at the side of the road dressed in green with comical hats, massive ties, and colorful glasses are not Catholics, Protestants, Jews, or Muslims and they are not white, black, or brown. They are all green and loving it (some of them are literally green after drinking way too much). Happiness, love, community, a

Letter to the editor 2, March 21, 2019

Dear Editor, Please note that corporations can help people, but in this case, SNC Lavalin has not. We are undergoing huge changes in Canada and worldwide. There is no time like the present to stand up and encourage long lasting change. Corporations need to stand up and return to more ethical, long-term result-oriented projects on every level. Laws need to be upheld and respected by all the population and, especially the higher placed corporations. Sincerely, Brigitte Bauhart l’Île-Perrot

Spring has sprung (a leak)

IMAGE COURTESY WWW.HEATHERDUBREUIL.COM Artist Heather Dubreuil will be presenting her works Cityscapes works at Galerie Plus in Hudson. “Though April showers may come your way, they hide the potholes and clog the drains.” Yes, beautiful people, that is my own rendition of that age-old ditty. Feel free to use it. Although it is exciting that spring has finally crept up on us, it’s that time of year where before we finally see out driveways, walks, and lawns again we get to see the destruction that winter has left behind. In our little piece of paradise we had a water main break recently and the town’s solution seemed to be to push the snow and ice up onto everyone’s lawn instead of trucking i

‘Off the Wall’ Art Show

PHOTO COURTESY CAROLE BILL The old adage, ‘one person’s cast-off is another’s treasure’ will ring true at the Hudson Community Centre on Saturday, March 30. That’s where the War Memorial Library Shop - also known as The Bunker - will be displaying and selling many of the pieces of art, silver and gold jewelry, exotic carpets and tapestries that have been donated during the past year. All sold at amazing nonnegotiable prices that make The Bunker the special place to shop. Local, national and international artists will be represented with a wide range of styles and media; something for all tastes and budgets. Proceeds from this sale support the War Memorial Library and numerous local charities

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