Jennifer Robson appearance

PHOTO COURTESY JENNIFERROBSON.COM Greenwood's Pre-StoryFest presents bestselling novelist Jennifer Robson (writer of The Gown, a novel about the making of Queen Elizabeth's wedding dress) as part of Arts Alive 2019. Join us at the Hudson Village Theatre on Wednesday, June 12 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $15. Available online at and at the Hudson Village Theatre box office. More info at

Spring Fling!

PHOTO COURTESY PEXELS The annual Spring Fling will be held Saturday, June 1 on Wyman Lawn, 513 Main Road from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in conjunction with groups such as Le Nichoir, Hudson Garden Club, Hudson Food Collective, and the Greenwood Centre for Living History. This is the time to refresh your garden with plants donated by the Hudson Garden Club (HGC) members. Donated plants, clearly labelled, will be welcomed from 8:30 a.m. onward. Revenue from the sale helps the HGC fund our education grant and many of our community events. There will also be a café with refreshments and sweets. You won't want to miss this annual event that will happen rain or shine!

Up for adoption

PHOTO COURTESY ANIMATCH Katou, an 11-year-old Pomerainian Chihuahua mix, is a mature girl who still has energy and lots of love to give. Sadly, her human died, but she is ready to move on. A few strolls around the neighborhood and even a little play time would help her lose a couple of pounds. After that, she'll be ready for belly rubs and ear scritchies. If you're the laid back family that's been looking for a dog just like her, fill out the form and ask for Katou. For more information on Katou or other dogs available for adoption, go to

Up for adoption

PHOTO COURTESY CASCA Hi my name is Cybelle. I am a Himalayan seal-point female, born March 24,, 2017. I have no malice whatsoever and I am looking for a calm environment. I’m hoping for a new home with no other animals or children where I will be loved and well treated. I am epileptic and require medication which is at a minimal cost ($3 per week). I am vaccinated and sterilized. For more information on Cybelle, contact Casca by email at

Hudson Valleys Home – Country Living at its finest

PHOTO BY MICHAEL GREEN The committee of the St. James’ Church Country Homes Tour always presents an exceptional line-up of homes for their annual June fundraising event. The Wilshire House, with a prestigious Hudson address, is one of this year’s carefully curated picks. The home, built in 2012, is located on a private crescent and sits harmoniously on a 35,000 sq-foot lot that is subtly landscaped and full of mature trees. The exterior, in keeping with the developer’s vision, is square cut stone, with gables, casement windows and arched transoms. The attention to detail begins with the formal boxwood hedge lining the driveway and continues throughout the stunning 24-room residence. The hous

Vaudreuil-Dorion expands bike path network

PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK Cyclists in Vaudreuil-Dorion will have a new option to choose from this summer as the city prepares to convert the north portion of Rue des Dahlias into a bike path. Vaudreuil-Dorion cyclists will have another bike route option to choose from as the city prepares to convert a portion of the north side of Rue des Dahlias into a bike path. The lane width of the street for vehicles will be reduced to accommodate the path and parking will only be permitted on the south side until the winter season. District 3 city Councillor Jasmine Sharma held an informal public information session at Parc des Géraniums on Saturday morning, May 25 to answer questions and address concerns ci

ELAN-Arts Alive Festival comes to Hudson

For the fourth year in a row, summer arrives in Hudson with Arts Alive, a festival of arts and culture that, during the course of the summer, travels to several of the most beautiful regions in Quebec (besides Hudson, it includes Huntingdon, Knowlton, Quebec City, Wakefield and certain Montreal libraries). Arts Alive is organized by ELAN (English Language Arts Network) with the aim of connecting, supporting and encouraging English speaking artists and cultural organizations throughout the province. Individuals and groups undertake to present a variety of activities within the community. This year Arts Alive comes to Hudson from June 6 to 12. On Thursday, June 6 at 8 p.m. at Hudson Village Th

Family fun for everyone at the annual Vaudreuil-Dorion Festival de Cirque

PHOTO BY JAMES ARMSTRONG It takes an entire team of volunteers, sponsors, city employees, political representatives and more to ensure the continued success of Festival de Cirque. The 15th edition of the Vaudreuil-Dorion Festival de Cirque sets off from Jeannotte Street on Friday, June 21. It promises a family-oriented fun-packed weekend that includes the 9th Mozaïk Parade on Sunday, June 23 culminating in a spectacular fireworks display. “All the shows are free,” said Festival President Michel Vallée during the press conference held Tuesday, May 28. “The rides and food are the only things people have to pay for.” This year’s festival is hosting six major shows on the Harden Stage situated n

Letter to the editor, May 30, 2019

Open Letter - Floods 2019: The cameras are withdrawing ... the government too Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, François Legault, Premier of Quebec, While the crisis situation due to the floods persists and the victims are preparing for the recovery phase, your governments seem to have already turned the page on this event and appear insensitive to the demands of the municipalities that are at the forefront of the 2019 floods. On this 37th day of floods, even if the media are less present to cover the event, the victims and the municipalities always need the support of their governments. Mr. Legault, what about your government's decision to cover the costs of housing victims? We woul

Rigaud residents raise pressure on flood response

PHOTO BY NICK ZACHARIAS Organizer Daniel Legendre (right) presents a proposal to Rigaud Mayor Hans Gruenwald in front of town hall Thursday, with ideas brought forward by frustrated locals looking for better ways to deal with the flood crisis, and to be better prepared for future flood events Citizens gathered last Thursday, May 23 on the steps of Rigaud Town Hall to present Mayor Hans Gruenwald Jr. with a proposal for current and future flood responses, and discuss existing problems with the emergency situation. The six-page document was assembled by retired engineer and Rigaud resident Daniel Legendre, and was the product of two meetings with flood victims. In it are a number of constructi

Pincourt refuses kids’ baseball team from using fields during off-hours

PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK Mariniers’ baseball player Maddox Georges takes a batter’s stance as he awaits a pitch during a game at Parc des Hirondelles in Notre-Dame-de-L’Île-Perrot last Sunday afternoon, May 26. A little league baseball organization – the Mariniers – are miffed by Pincourt’s stance that officially prohibits the team from using the town’s baseball fields in the off-hours to hold practice sessions, especially when two nearby municipalities allow access to their fields for actual games. The issue was raised by Mariniers vice-president Eric Georges during question period at the monthly council meeting on May 14. Georges, along with team president Maxime Poirier, spoke about their dis

Public consultation another step in the Vaudreuil-Soulanges hospital

PHOTO BY JAMES ARMSTRONG Farmers of all ages voiced their concern over losing local agricultural land to the hospital project including Véronique Boyer at the microphone on the left. The public consultation meeting organized by the Quebec Ministry of Health and Social Services was a step forward in the realization of the Vaudreuil-Soulanges hospital project. At issue is the agricultural zoning of the parcel of land chosen for the construction of the new hospital. The public consultation was a necessary part of the legal process for the Quebec government to adopt a decree to amend the Plan Métropolitain d’aménagement et de Développement (PMAD) of the Communauté Métropolitaine de Montréal (CMM

Sighs matter

“I got a cat,” I said as five faces of dog-owners assembled in the local dog park stared back at me, blankly. Crickets chirped. A dog sighed. “Why?” asked one of them after a protracted pause. Because my friend’s brother was dying and she was allergic and was desperately trying to find a home for a beautiful 12-year-old tabby. I didn’t know it at the time but he turned out to be an obese, unpleasant, ill-mannered, and judgemental addition to my brood. “He has no eyebrows,” observed my husband. “He never changes his facial expression like the dogs do. He just… stares.” While he has somewhat settled in after living his entire life in a small apartment, never having been exposed to dogs, we’re

Letter to the editor 1, May 23, 2019

Open letter to a person without courage Dear Jimmy Percent, I am sure you think you are so clever hiding under an assumed name. A man of evanescent secrets and bottomless truths. Oooooh! You like to project yourself as the only person in Saint-Lazare who would have the ability and the knowledge to lead the town. You pontificate that City Hall and council are entirely composed of incompetent and corrupt individuals. From your writings, you are apparently the only person who has the power to bring light to the masses. The current electoral period in Saint-Lazare gives you the opportunity to hint and suggest the existence of deceptions and crooked deals of all kinds. It would be harmless if you

Letter to the editor 2, May 23, 2019

By-election questions Dear Editor, In reference to the current Saint-Lazare by-election in District 2, one of the candidates has been making public claims that, “we are having a by-election because of the resignation of council members as a result of tactics of bullying and intimidation.” I’m wondering where she gets her facts. The only people who ever made ‘allegations’ of bullying were the mayor and former councillor Pamela Tremblay. Has this candidate talked to Martin Couture? As far as I know, he never publicly discussed his reasons for leaving council and never mentioned bullying as a cause. It is also important to point out that in a letter to The Journal by Anna Maria Conte published

Letter to the editor 3, May 23, 2019

Federal matter Dear Editor, Re: ‘Hudson chosen as site for Rogers communication tower,’ The Journal, May 16, page 9. Strange that the Town of Hudson appears to have ignored the environmental impact of placing the tower in the middle of a populated area, rather than on the outskirts as is the custom. Looks like they will just roll over and claim it is a, ‘federal matter.’ Graham Nesbitt Hudson

Letter to the editor 4, May 23, 2019

Thank you Dear Editor, Grannies Aid for Africa was delighted with the community response to its soup competition and lunch on May 3. It was a sold out event! We would especially like to thank the local restaurants who provided soups. They were Crème Brulee who prepared the leek soup, Juniper’s who prepared a butternut squash soup, Café Campagne who prepared a curried lentil soup, Que de Bonnes Choses who prepared a Moroccan vegetable soup, and Zeina’s Kitchen who provided a Mediterranean style cream of vegetable soup. Special mention goes to Stuart Le baron of Baron’s Bites who won this year’s trophy for his sweet potato and red pepper soup. We also wish to thank Lea Durocher of Centre Décor

Letter to the editor 5, May 23, 2019

Thank you II Dear Editor, The Journal helps us a great deal and it is greatly appreciated. I liked the way you installed the D-Day luncheon notice in last week’s edition and I have had some responses. I think your paper is probably the only one, or one of the very few, that prints a weekly Legion news. Having chatted with other Legionnaires this past weekend it seems that our branch is unique in that way. So with that said, keep up the great work. Rod Hodgson President Legion Branch 115 Hudson

Music provides relief!

PHOTO COURTESY VSPCR A real treat is in store for fans of music from the 70s, 80s and 90s, more specifically those who wish to support the Vaudreuil-Soulanges Palliative Care Residence (VSPCR): the Back to chez Maurice fundraiser. Music provides relief! Why hello there beautiful people. Now that it looks like the weather has finally turned the corner towards somewhat resembling summer (spring? ‘sprumner?’), this week’s column is dedicated to a couple of great upcoming musical events that are worth your attention as they are not only a lot of fun but also support a couple of great causes. Coming up on June 6 will be the first of several fundraising musical events organized to help out victims

20 awards for Gymini gymnasts at the Provincial Cup

PHOTOS COURTESY GYMINI Last weekend, the 2019 Provincial Cup was hosted by Club Gymnacentre in Montreal, bringing together the best J05 and JO6 athletes from all over Quebec. Sixteen athletes were at the Centre Pierre-Charbonneau representing Vaudreuil-Dorion’s Club Gymini. "Girls, you have been selected, and qualified for, one of the most prestigious provincial competitions, among hundreds of gymnasts in Quebec,” said Coach Michel Bélanger. “You have improved throughout the year and have accumulated many medals and awards.” The young gymnasts, aged 9 to 14, return to Vaudreuil-Dorion with 20 awards, including 13 medals and one Quebec Grand Champion’s title, five Quebec Apparatus Champion’s

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