What I didn’t do this summer

PHOTO BY BRIAN GALLAGHER So here we are a couple of days away from July. We just passed the longest day of the year so I guess everything now is on the way back to darkness at 4 p.m. I’m not trying to be a ‘Debbie Downer’ folks, but as I am sitting here sipping coffee and listening to the annoying sounds of construction outside my door (which has gone on for weeks and shows no end in sight) I realized that summer is basically half over. May and June are all but gone so that only leaves us July and August. September? Nah, it’s a crapshoot at best. And in realizing that this summer is basically flying by (noisily, dustily – did I mention the incessant bleeping construction?) I asked myself, “W

Letter to the editor, June 27, 2019

Bill 21 eerily familiar Dear Editor, When the Nazis forced Jews to wear yellow armbands the whole population in Finland put on armbands. Well, now with these new restrictions on headgear why don't we all rush out and get head bands and turbans? If everybody puts them on, thereby signifying some ‘religious belief,’ the law would collapse. Where can I buy a turban? Naomi Henshaw Hudson

Mega Fundraiser Yard Sale

PHOTO COURTESY SHUTTERSTOCK Saturday, July 20 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Wyman Church, 513 Main Road, Hudson Something for Everyone! • Rent a table for 20$ to sell your own goods, crafts, books, etc… • Donate items to sell. Contact Amy at (514) 718-4607 to arrange for pick up • Drop off donations day of are also welcomed! Sale items include furniture, jewelry, books, clothing (adults & kids), sports equipment, home décor, kitchen items, toys and more. All proceeds raised will go towards a mission trip to Kenya through ME TO WE - Sustainable Development. Come out and support a great cause!

Live music

PHOTO COURTESY PEXELS Every Thursday night at Auberge Willow Inn, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. No cover charge! July 4 - The coveralls July 11 - David Rourke - jazz guitar July 18 - Jeff Starz July 25 - Augie & Ron duo Join us at 208 Main Road, Hudson. More info at (450) 458-7006

LGBTQ2+ meeting

Monthly gathering open to all LGBTQ2+ persons in Vaudreuil-Soulanges – come and meet new people, chat and socialize, discuss topical issues, and suggest ideas for possible activities as a community. Meetings take place on the last Sunday of each month in the basement of Stephen F. Shaar Community Centre, 394 Main Road in Hudson at 7 p.m.

Summer season at Greenwood

PHOTO COURTESY GREENWOOD The Greenwood Centre for Living History, located at 254 Main Road in Hudson, is open from June to August, Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Guided tours of our historic house and gardens at 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.; tea and goodies on the porch. Admission $12 per person, and free for children. More info at

Canada Day festivities in the region

PHOTO COURTESY PEXELS Welcome to another long weekend in beautiful Vaudreuil-Soulanges and though the weather may be unpredictable, hey, we still have to eat! Our MP Peter Schiefke will be hosting a free pancake breakfast Saturday, June 29 beginning at 10 a.m. at the Terrasse-Vaudreuil Community Centre. Reservations are required so please email or call (450) 510-2305 if you’d like to take part. ***** The Town of Hudson knows how to throw a party and will be fêting Canada Day in grand style. The fun begins Monday, July 1 at 4 p.m. with games and activities for youngsters including, of course, food. Songstress Isabelle Young performs at 5 p.m. and the official Canada

Regulation protecting Saint-Lazare wetlands moves forward

PHOTO BY JAMES ARMSTRONG A wetland zone associated with the proposed Mon Village project is the sole exemption to the new regulation. Residents of Saint-Lazare had the opportunity to ask questions and share their comments regarding Regulation 1070 during a public consultation meeting held Tuesday, June 25 at City Hall. The regulation protects all wetlands in the territory of Saint-Lazare replacing an earlier version that covered a smaller territory within the urban perimeter. It prohibits the backfilling and excavation of all wetlands throughout the city. There is one exception to the regulation that was part of the previous ruling – Zone C-052. The zone is a relatively small area in the t

Federal Conservative Party announces candidate for Vaudreuil-Soulanges riding

PHOTO COURTESY KAREN COX Originally from Pincourt, Karen Cox is running in the Vaudreuil-Soulanges riding under the Conservative Party of Canada banner in the upcoming federal election. The leadership of the federal Conservative Party announced Tuesday, June 18 that Karen Cox would be their candidate for the Vaudreuil-Soulanges riding in the up-coming federal election on October 21. “I’ve always been a Conservative. The party platform really resonates with my personal convictions,” Cox told The Journal. Everything from regional economic development to stable finances is an important factor for the region according to Cox. “Having a balanced budget and reduced taxes are important to ensure fi

An extra special Canada Day

PHOTO BY DAN ROBICHAUD Tara Goettisheim of Hudson has an extra reason to celebrate Canada Day this year. The 14-year-old athlete has officially earned her place on Team Canada as one of only 10 swimmers chosen nationally through a gruelling process to represent the country in the age 13-15 category this August at the FINA Youth Artistic Swimming World Championships in Slovakia. After standout performances over the past several months at provincial and national artistic swimming championships, most recently at the Nationals in British Columbia where she took home several medals and the Aggregate Award for overall performance, Tara Goettisheim has earned a spot on the National Team to compete

Emerald ash borer devastating ash trees in Vaudreuil-Dorion

PHOTO COURTESY VILLE DE VAUDREUIL-DORION Among the signs of infestation of an ash tree by the emerald ash borer is a lightening of the crown or top of the tree where the branches jut out, dead and dying branches above the crown, discoloration of the bark and the premature yellowing of foliage. The City of Vaudreuil-Dorion announced that its ash trees are in a period of strong infestation from the Emerald ash borer, four years after the destructive insect was discovered on its territory. Present throughout the city “It’s very bad. Where we have concentrations of ash trees they are all dead,” Mayor Guy Pilon told The Journal. “If you go along Quinchien River, you can see how bad it is. We trie

Vaudreuil-Dorion adopts action plan for disabled persons

PHOTO COURTESY SHUTTERSTOCK Vaudreuil-Dorion adopted its Disability Action Plan for 2019 during its municipal council meeting on June 17. This measure is being implemented in accordance with the provincial act to ensure the rights of persons with disabilities for their integration into school, work and society. Municipal employee Caroline Houde has been tasked with making sure accessibility and services for the disabled keeps increasing within the city. The document lists concrete actions the city will take to make sure the participation of its citizens with disabilities continues to rise in several sectors. “Every year we have to check to see if everything that was going to be done was done

Soccer stars

Against tough opposition, local Special Olympics soccer team, the Mighty Hawks, affiliated with the St-Lazare and Hudson Soccer Club, win a bronze medal at their first ever tournament – the Tournoi CSR- Olympiques Speciaux Du Roussillon on Saturday, June 15 at Parc Wilfred Boardman in Delson. Nicholas Pruszynski (far left) scored 7 goals. Way to go team! See more photos on our Facebook page.

Penny wise, Kilogram foolish

PHOTO COURTESY SHUTTERSTOCK So it was exactly one year ago tomorrow that we moved from our long-time home in Hudson to a small bungalow here in Shangri-la. We decided to downsize so we could concentrate on travel and enjoying ourselves. In Hudson we had a 33,000 square-foot property and hundreds of square feet of gardens to maintain plus a large house to clean. So how has the year of rest and relaxation been working out for us? From the time we moved in until this March, we tore down walls, reconfigured the main floor, gutted the main bathroom, remodelled the kitchen, painted the entire house inside, changed all the doors, hardware, baseboards and trim, and some of the flooring. We also reco

Letter to the editor 1, June 20, 2019

Of elections and legitimacy Dear Editor, I was recently voted in to represent District 3 at Saint-Lazare’s city council on June 9. Despite my best efforts at knocking on the doors of all 1,250 residences and meeting with more than 200 people, I was elected in a by-election that attracted a dismal 10-12 per cent of all eligible constituents. While I was legally chosen, I feel that I lack the necessary legitimacy to be characterized as a true representative of the people. I need to confront this liability. Electoral apathy has its negative consequences. On one hand we risk letting local politics be coloured by the annoying rants of faceless social media provocateurs and self-important cynics w

Letter to the editor 2, June 20, 2019

Not so cool Dear Editor, As the sun begins to make more of an appearance in the Vaudreuil-Soulanges area, more motorcyclists are seen dusting off their bikes and taking them out for a ride. Although it is beginning to become more of a norm to see high temperatures above the 25 degree Celsius range, I am distraught by seeing many unprotected riders. T-shirt, jeans/shorts, and shoes... this is not proper motorcycle attire! I understand it's very hot outside, but would you rather sweat or be severely injured and possibly die? As a kid, sure you didn't wear your helmet when your parents weren't looking, but remember that fall that scraped from your ankle to your knee? How bad that hurt? Imagine

Letter to the editor 3, June 20, 2019

Backed into a corner Dear Editor, While driving into work the other morning, I saw a gentleman on a bicycle toting three large, clear plastic bags filled with aluminum soda cans. He's been a fixture in our area for years, scouring parks and green spaces for tossed aluminum cans, obviously quite successfully. My son works at an area grocery store and can attest to this fellow's regular visits for monetary redemption. I don't begrudge this man's daily activities – in fact I applaud them. He's helping the environment, both by cycling and cleaning up our neighbourhood. But I must question why so many people are willing to toss aluminum cans rather than redeem them for their deposit. Granted, $.0

Rosie fundraiser

PHOTO COURTESY PEXELS A fundraiser event for Rosie Animal Rescue will be held Saturday, June 29 at 125 Donegani Avenue, Pointe-Claire featuring a Perennial Plant Sale and Ice Cream for dogs! Spoil your furry friends with delicious dog ice cream and pick up some greenery from our wide assortment of daylilies and hostas. All proceeds go to Rosie. Join us from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Up for adoption

PHOTO COURTESY CASCA Hi there! My name is Edna and I’m a beautiful dark gray female born May 13, 2016. I am a petite girl at only eight pounds even though I have had five babies. I love to meet new people and am not shy at all. I love getting petted, but only tolerate being brushed for a short while before I've had enough. I am very photogenic and love being told how beautiful I am. I purr super loudly to show how happy I am. I am vaccinated and sterilized. For more information on Edna, please contact Casca by email at

Up for adoption

PHOTO COURTESY ANIMATCH Patches, A 10 1/2-year-old female Shih Tzu, was still groggy from the anesthetic she received at the vet and she hadn't been groomed for the photo shoot. She is much more chic now. Patches' human died, and although she had a little trouble adjusting to life without him, she is getting a bit better every day. She has never lived with children so an adult home would suit her better. She has lots of years and love ahead of her and is looking for a laid-back family who would like to share all this with her. For more information on Patches, please consult

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