Rigaud and Pointe-Fortune flood situation update

PHOTO BY JAMES ARMSTRONG Ottawa River floodwaters are very close to the 100-year flood zone level and are continuing to rise. That was part of the announcement made by Interim Director of the Rigaud Fire Department Daniel Boyer at press conference held Thursday, April 25 at the Fire Station. He noted the cubic metres of water per second flowing through the Carillon Dam in Pointe Fortune have not attained 2017 levels but appear to be headed in that direction. Boyer noted that more evacuees from flooded areas in Rigaud were seeking help from the Canadian Red Cross to find temporary housing. Boyer encouraged residents to leave flooded areas regardless of whether or not their individual homes we

Letter to the editor 1, April 25, 2019

Open letter from Mayor Robert Grimaudo Dear residents of Saint-Lazare, I have been asked many times in the last week why I did not sign the letter sent from four (4) Saint-Lazare councillors to the editor of The Journal and all the media regarding the resignation of Councillor Pamela Tremblay. In my opinion, and as per my observations, the letter was inaccurate and wrong. I believe that Mrs. Tremblay has been subjected to verbal abuse, and that on many occasions. I have voiced objection to council about the return of Councillor Richard Chartrand to the caucus and the administrative work table because I believe that measures to ensure a work environment free of verbal abuse have not been put

Letter to the editor 2, April 25, 2019

Dysfunctional democracy Dear Editor, Regarding the reactions to Councillor Richard Chartrand’s short-lived suspension from Saint-Lazare’s council for aggressive behaviour towards a town employee and Councillor Pamela Tremblay’s resignation on the grounds that she felt disrespected and bullied on the council, I’m concerned that there are people in our community who regard bullying and verbal abuse as being acceptable. Mr. Chartrand himself has described his outburst as “very aggressive.” Subsequent reports have detailed insults, vulgarity, and invitations to physical violence. All this goes way beyond what is acceptable in any workplace today. And yet, it has been quickly excused by Mr. Chart

Letter to the editor 3, April 25, 2019

Political ‘spin’ Dear Editor, I would like to respond to the very self-serving letter signed by Mme. Lachance and her fellow Saint-Lazare councillors regarding the recent departure of city Councillor Pamela Tremblay (Dear Editor, The Journal, April 18, page 4). But unlike their very obvious, albeit clumsy, attempt at political ‘spin,’ I would like to respond with some actual facts. It is a fact that the month prior to Mme. Tremblay stepping down, the city council unanimously voted to expel one of their own for violent and aggressive behaviour. While they now try to downplay this incident, it was serious enough at the time for the unprecedented ejection from caucus. It is a fact that, foll

Letter to the editor 4, April 25, 2019

Enough plastic Dear Editor, With all we know about the effects of plastic and Styrofoam on the environment I would like to challenge Hudson’s commercial establishments to stop using bags – plastic or paper – for items purchased. Put a big sign outside of the store as a reminder that disposable bags are no longer offered. We will soon remember to bring along our reusable bags or purchase those on offer by the store. For fresh produce, a compostable paper bag is a better option than plastic. Needless to say, Styrofoam containers also need to be replaced by environmentally friendly containers. Hudson was a national leader in banning pesticide use. Although many places in Canada are ahead of u

Letter to the editor 5, April 25, 2019

Thank you to the Hudson Fire Department Dear Editor, How fortunate we are in having such a wonderful fire department. During the floods of 2017, we were flooded and the team was nothing less than extraordinary. Two years later, we are once again in the affected zone. This time, there are a lot of properties. We were advised and guided by these outstanding firemen and supported by superb volunteers. They came to install the sandbags, as we are too old now to do it ourselves. They did it joyfully and so well. Every day, a fireman comes to our house to be sure that we are safe. We are so grateful. Bravo to the Hudson Fire Department. In many ways, these men and women are the anchors of our com

Vaudreuil-Dorion to host arts and culture symposium

PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK Michel Vallée, Director of Vaudreuil-Dorion’s Recreation and Cultural Department, says the upcoming Les Arts et la Ville 32nd annual symposium will be a unique opportunity to have so many cultural specialists gathered together in the town. The City of Vaudreuil-Dorion officially announced it will proudly host the 32nd annual symposium Les Arts et la Ville network from June 5 to 7 at the Château-Vaudreuil. This year’s symposium will focus on the importance of meetings and gatherings as a source of interaction and exchange. It will enable participants to explore how this theme helps shape communities by being a harbinger of openness and inclusion through the transmission o

Chop chop!

PHOTO COURTESY PEXELS “Introducing the K-Tel Dial-O-Matic food slicer! The all new appliance that slices, dices, shreds, juliennes and makes French fries! Just turn the dial! Slice up onions and the only tears you’ll shred are tears of joy. No fuss! No muss! Turn the dial. Shred corn on the cob in just one stroke. Isn’t that amazing? Turn the dial.” Now I know dear readers (and benevolent editor) that you are asking yourselves, “Has he finally lost his mind?” Yes, probably. But that’s beside the point. I was paraphrasing from a 1990 K-Tel commercial. And why in the name of Sidney am I doing this? Because this morning over my Nth cup of coffee I found my mind wandering in this direction think

Live music in Hudson

PHOTO COURTESY PEXELS Enjoy live music at the Auberge Willow Inn every Thursday night from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. – No cover charge! May 2 features the Coveralls; May 9 – Brian Greenway from April Wine; Monday, May 13 welcomes Juno award winner Morgan Davis (blues); May 16, Jeff Starz Duo (folk/rock); May 23 Times2 Duo featuring The Journal’s own Brian Gallagher; and May 30, Better Days (blues). Join us at 208 Main Road in Hudson. More info at (450) 458-7006

Up for adoption

PHOTO COURTESY CASCA Hi! My name is Karim and I’m a beautiful black male born April 1, 2018. I am the cutest one-year-old boy you have seen. I love to play with a human or, even better, with another feline. I am very friendly and love being petted. I had to fend for myself during those horribly cold months so I lost a small piece on the tip of my ear to frostbite. Other than that I am perfect. My coat is shiny pitch black with two little white spots and my eyes are full of intelligence and curiosity. I am okay with a dog, I just stay out of his/her way. I had to leave my mom at a tender age, so now after all these months, I finally feel safe and want so very much my fur-ever home where I wil

Hudson Artists’ Spring 2019 Art Expo

ARTWORK BY CAROLE LESSARD Hudson Artists’ Spring 2019 Art Expo is a farmyard fantasy Widely known for her whimsical cow paintings, Carole Lessard will be the featured artist at Hudson Artists’ Spring 2019 Art Expo. Visitors are invited to drop in and take a chance on winning one of her latest works, with raffle proceeds going to the Vaudreuil-Soulanges Palliative Care Residence Foundation. For non-winners, other members of Carole’s herd will also be available for purchase at very affordable prices during the show. But there’s much more. Whether a visitor’s preference is for oil paintings, watercolours, or mixed media works, they can select from a wide variety of exciting creations by our man

'Corsage – un petit bouquet de fleurs’

Local artists Susan Porter and Karen Hosker invite you to come and see their new exhibition 'Corsage – un petit bouquet de fleurs’ at 2 Barn Owls located at 420 (Barn) Main Road in Hudson. You will find them in the barn from May 2,3 and 4 as well as May 9, 10 and 11.

All things dog fair

To celebrate our 18th anniversary Rosie Animal Adoption invites you and your canine companion to join us April 27 at our very first All Things Dog Fair! This event will take place at Karnak Shriners from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 3350 Blvd. des Sources in Dollard des Ormeaux. The first 250 people will receive a gift bag for their dog! Come and meet the dedicated Rosie team and shop around the latest trends for you and your dog. Enjoy complimentary cake for you and cupcakes for your dogs (one per dog) while supplies last. Be sure to stop by the Rosie bake sale! There will be $10 nail trimming offered. Dogs on leash are welcome to attend.

Vaudreuil-Dorion will unveil its water tower mural on June 5

PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK Vaudreuil-Dorion approved a motion at its April 15 council meeting to rent a hydraulic lift to enable artists to work on a top-to-bottom mural on the water tower that will commemorate the 25th anniversary of the merger of both municipalities. The fresco will be officially inaugurated the evening of June 5 as part of the three-day Les Arts et la Ville symposium being hosted by the city this year. The City of Vaudreuil-Dorion announced it will rent a large hydraulic lift to fulfill its commitment to have a mural painted onto its iconic water tower which will be unveiled June 5 as part of its celebrations to mark the 25th anniversary of the merger of the municipalities of V

Response from l’Île-Perrot over NDIP’s fire safety concerns

PHOTO COURTESY VILLE DE L’ÎLE-PERROT The Ville de l’Île-Perrot says it’s studying options available to meet the growing firefighting needs of the island’s residents and that it will continue to honour its commitment to provide services to neighbouring Notre-Dame-de-l'Île-Perrot (NDIP). Following The Journal's cover story ‘NDIP ready to fight fire’ in the April 18 edition, the the Ville de l’Île-Perrot issued the following communiqué: Contrary to what has been said, L'Île-Perrot Fire Safety Service meets the requirements of the MRC Vaudreuil-Soulanges Risk Coverage Plan. Also, the populations served are assured of quality service that protects their safety. If the Fire Station of the City of

Preserving Bordelais bog on Saint-Lazare city council calendar

GOOGLE MAP PHOTO INFORMATION COURTESY LINDA GLASGOW Water flowing out of Bordelais Bog into the sand quarry is indicated by letters A and B. The location of the culvert draining wetlands around three housing developments is indicated by letter C. Saint Lazare resident Linda Glasgow was at the microphone during the monthly council meeting held Tuesday, April 9 to remind those seated at the table about her questions regarding the Bordelais bog at the March meeting. “We will have a full presentation from our environment department on Tuesday, April 30,” responded Mayor Robert Grimaudo. “The presentation will give us an overview of the situation with the Bordelais bog and may also include possib

Lack of funds affects services for Rigaud flood victims

PHOTO BY JAMES ARMSTRONG Though sand and bags are available to Rigaud residents, services to residents have been reduced this year due to a 2018 decision, voted on by residents, to cut the town's budget. Supplying sandbags, filling and delivering them to flooded neighbourhoods, and providing round-the-clock support services is an expensive proposition for towns such as Rigaud affected by the spring floods. In Rigaud’s case, services have been reduced this year compared to 2017. For example, sand and sandbags are available at the town’s Fire Station for residents to fill and transport on their own. There have been complaints about the situation. “The answer is the town council meeting on Jan

Saint-Lazare formally informed of Councillor Tremblay’s resignation

PHOTO BY JAMES ARMSTRONG Despite the empty places at the Saint-Lazare Town Council table, there were enough members present to declare a quorum for the April 23 extraordinary meeting. The extraordinary Saint-Lazare town council meeting held Tuesday, April 23 was extremely short and well attended by citizens. “Technically, this meeting is a formality to advise council of a resignation so that we can have elections on June 9,” said Mayor Robert Grimaudo as he welcomed the crowd. “I’m sure there will be questions during the question period,” he commented. His prediction proved incorrect as no one approached the microphone. The document deposited gave council formal notice of the resignation of

Sûreté du Québec responds to flood crisis in Rigaud

PHOTO BY JAMES ARMSTRONG SQ officers involved in the Special Operation receive a daily briefing at the Rigaud Community Centre. The Sûreté du Québec (SQ) has approximately 40 officers on the ground in Rigaud. “This is a special operations situation,” Sgt. Marie-Michelle Moore told The Journal during the April 24, Wednesday morning briefing held at the Community Centre in the Paul Brasseur Building currently being used as the SQ command post for the operation. According to Moore, the SQ has 400 officers dedicated to flood operations across Québec. Throughout the day and days to come, officers have been patrolling flooded sectors of Rigaud verifying that people and properties are safe and secu

Hudson resident Sandy Lawrence celebrates a perfect landing

PHOTO COURTESY CHRIS LAWRENCE As reflected in Sandy Lawrence’s face, she found the skydiving experience to be ‘exhilarating.’ When Hudsonite Sandy Lawrence decided to mark a special birthday (on April 28 she turns 80), she did it with customary style and courage. Her son Chris Lawrence explained. “This past New Year’s, my Mum approached me with a special request. She said she wanted to skydive for her 80th birthday and asked if I would do the jump with her.” Chris elaborated that while his mother’s request was a surprise, there might have been a clue or two that hinted at her special 80th-birthday wish. “I’d always known that my mother used to para-sail,” he said. “And I also had experience

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