Letter to the editor 1, August 29, 2019

For the animals Dear Editor, Approximately three weeks ago a raccoon was spotted in the Kilteevan area of Hudson with a plastic jar on his head. Efforts were made to catch the animal but, unfortunately, it only climbed higher in the tree where it became unreachable. A few days ago, the raccoon (we assume it was the same one) was seen in the same area, but again it evaded capture. On Friday, August 23, it again appeared – which is amazing considering how long the jar had been on its head. How it managed to survive so long presumably without food or water, is a miracle. After several hours and several attempts by the Hudson Patrol to capture the animal, a call was made to La Nichoir who cont

Letter to the editor 2, August 29, 2019

Nanuit visits Pincourt Dear Editor, We would like to thank The Journal and reporter John Jantak for your excellent coverage of the visit of Nanuit for a competition with the Pincourt Aquatic Club in the August 22 edition. Copies of the paper are on their way to Kangiqsualujjuaq so that the members of the team have yet another souvenir of their visit. Kent Chown Secretary, Pincourt Aquatic Club

Three’s a crowd

So this past Thursday I took the wife out on date night. Couple of King-cans and a bag of Cheetos sitting out front in the garage in the old lime green folding chairs. Yes, beautiful people, I know how to treat a girl right. Truth be told I took her to the Hudson Village Theatre to catch ‘Marion Bridge’ before the show’s run was over. Now I had to see this play just because of the fact that it’s set around three sisters getting together in their mother’s kitchen chatting, reminiscing, and occasionally screeching at each other. But this play really hit home with me, dear readers, because it was like a page straight out of my past. You see you could simply replace these characters with Betty,

Rx1Nation grand finale in Rigaud

PHOTO BY MOUVEMENT-E PHOTOGRAPHIE Over 750 Athletes from Vaudreul-Soulanges to Ottawa to the Eastern Townships and beyond descended on the campus of Collège Bourget in Rigaud on August 17 for the grand finale of Rx1Nation obstacle racing. Rx1Nation races involve competitors completing timed runs around a course, while stopping for multiple tests of strength and fitness – everything from deadlifts to kettle bell swings to flipping tractor tires – along the way. Competitors have trained and travelled to events together all season, with a true passion for fitness, community, competition and fun. “What’s amazing about Rx1Nation is how inclusive it is,” says avid competitor Erin Roberts. “There a

Line Dance classes

PHOTO COURTESY SHUTTERSTOCK Wyman Memorial United Church, located at 513 Main Road in Hudson, will be hosting weekly line dance classes beginning Tuesday September 3, and continuing until November 26. Beginner afternoon classes from 3 to 4 p.m. Beginner Evening classes from 6:45 to7:45 p.m. $10 per class. For further information and to register please contact Judy at (613) 632-3083 or email No prior experience is necessary. Everyone welcome!

Live music in a beautiful venue

PHOTO COURTESY UNSPLASH Hudson’s Auberge Willow Inn proudly supports local musicians showcasing live music in the pub every Thursday night from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. September’s schedule includes Gallagher & Ford Duo September 5; David Rourke Jazz Duo September 12; Brian Greenway (from April Wine) September 19; and In Tyme Duo September 26. No cover charge! There will also be a ‘Paint Nite’ event September 18 from 7 to 9 p.m. titled ‘Lake of Warm Reflection.’ Canvas, paints, and instruction provided. Cost is $40 each and participants must be 18 years of age or older. Join us at 208 Main Road in Hudson. More info at (450) 458-7006.

Art by the Lake Exhibit and Sale

PHOTO COURTESY LAKESHORE ARTISTS The Lakeshore Association of Artists will again be presenting their annual Art by the Lake Exhibit and Sale September 7 and 8 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Come browse the large selection of artwork created by local artists. There will be a raffle of a painting titled ‘Soup’ by Susanne Strater. This year’s show is presented in association with On Rock Community Services and Food Bank. Join us at Pointe-Claire’s Stewart Hall located at 176 Lakeshore Road. More info at

Good food and lots of laughter

Enjoy delicious food and have some hearty laughs with a line-up of various comedy acts, in a unique and charming ambiance at the Annëke Barn in Vankleek Hill. No less than six stand-up comics of various backgrounds and styles come together to offer a multi-flavoured, diverse and lively comedy show August 31. The Dinner & Show option includes a 3-course dinner: selection of appetizer, main course and dessert, with tea/coffee. We do cater to special needs, food allergies and restrictions (you will be asked to specify in the form when you purchase your tickets). Deadline to book these tickets is 48 hours before the show. Guests are asked to arrive for 6:30 p.m. Or, you can buy tickets just for

Les Gymnastes de L’Île competed at first ever Canadian Championships in Acrobatic Gymnastics

PHOTO COURTESY EVA DOLENSZKY Selected athletes from Île-Perrot-based Les Gymnastes de L’Île took part in the 2019 Canadian Championships in Acrobatic Gymnastics which was held on June 21 to June 23 at the Glen Abbey Community Centre in Oakville, Ontario. The event was a significant competitive opportunity at the national level for showcasing top provincial talent in numerous categories. Approximately 185 gymnasts attended from clubs from Quebec, Ontario, and Alberta. Once again, athletes from the Les Gymnastes de L’Ile rose to the occasion. At the level JO7, Jenna Ganis and Guydgie Elisha Julien won silver, and Justine Yu and Riley Vathis earned fourth place ribbons. At the Youth level mi

Rigaud Mountain receives federal funding for forest protection

PHOTO BY JAMES ARMSTRONG Liberal MP Peter Schiefke (third from right) announced federal financial support for the continuing efforts to preserve Rigaud Mountain forests to contributing stakeholders in the project: (left to right) NAQ representative Geneviève Gervais, NAQ Director General Pascal Bigras, Pincourt Mayor Yvan Cardinal, Peter Schiefke, Rigaud Mayor Hans Gruenwald Jr., and MRC-VS Assistant Director General Raymond Malo. The ongoing project to preserve and protect Rigaud Mountain forest received a financial boost of $325,000 from the federal government. Vaudreuil-Soulanges Member of Parliament Peter Schiefke made the announcement at a press conference held Tuesday, August 27. “This

Rigaud company receives federal financial support for development

PHOTO BY JAMES ARMSTRONG Federal funding announced by MP Peter Schiefke (right) will have a positive impact on new jobs and affordable housing in Rigaud according to Fleury Michon General Director John Allard (centre) and Mayor Hans Gruenwald Jr. (left). Rigaud based Fleury Michon America food services received $2 million in repayable financial support from the federal government as announced by Vaudreuil-Soulanges Member of Parliament Peter Schiefke at the company’s facilities on Thursday, August 22. New local jobs “This is good news for our region,” said Schiefke. “This company is an important contributor to our regional economy.” Currently, Fleury Michon America employs 400 people and the

Wild Parsnip – growing concern for people and pets

PHOTO BY NICK ZACHARIAS This unfortunate Golden Retriever had a brush with Wild Parsnip on a trail in Hudson, and is suffering from multiple burns around her ears and face. With a lot of careful washing and topical treatments with raw honey, she’s on the slow road to recovery. There’s a plant invader in Quebec and it should be on the radar of anyone who enjoys trail walking. It’s called Wild Parsnip, as if parsnips didn’t have enough detractors, and it delivers painful, blistering burns that can last weeks or even months. Native to Europe and Asia, Pastinaca sativa is related to carrots and parsley and is thought to have been imported as a curiously risky-to-handle food source (yes, the root

Oka/Hudson Ferry faces dredging issues and parking problems

PHOTO BY JAMES ARMSTRONG The Oka Hudson Ferry provides a seasonal link between two high volume highways as regional traffic continues to expand. Keeping a privately owned ferry business afloat means dealing with a constantly changing Ottawa River and is part of the job for owner Claude Desjardins. To keep the two ferryboats that carry vehicles between Hudson and Oka operational means making certain they are able to safely dock, load, and unload at either destination. That requires keeping a channel clear on both shores. But the current culprit clogging the channel is silt, sediment and other waterborne materials that build up on the river bottom over time, according to Desjardins. “The sedim

SPVM adopts new device to measure distance between bicycles and vehicles

PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK SPVM Station 1 bicycle police officer Olivier Archambault demonstrates a new C3FT™ sensor device that measures the distance between a passing car and cyclist during a public information campaign in Ste. Anne de Bellevue last Thursday morning, August 22. $313 tickets will be issued to motorists who drive too close to cyclists Motorists who drive too close to cyclists in several West Island municipalities under the jurisdiction of the Service de Police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM) Station 1, including Ste. Anne de Bellevue, will need to pay attention to the distance between their vehicles and bike riders, otherwise they could receive a hefty moving violation ticket. Seve

Federal Green Party candidate supports preservation of Pincourt’s Rousseau Wetlands

PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK Vaudreuil-Soulanges federal Green Party candidate Cameron Stiff (left) and provincial Green Party leader Alex Tyrrell tour the Rousseau Wetlands in Pincourt last Thursday, August 22. They have called on the municipality to preserve the wetlands – also known as Place Pierre Brunet – which is regarded as the last significant forested area adjacent to the Ottawa River. Vaudreuil-Soulanges Green Party member Cameron Stiff - who recently announced his candidacy in the upcoming federal election – voiced his support for the environmental group Pincourt Vert and their ongoing efforts to preserve the Rousseau Wetlands during a press conference outside the entrance to the forest o

Treasures in the Attic

PHOTO COURTESY PEXELS Greenwood Centre for Living History presents Treasures in the Attic returning this year Saturday, September 14, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. New location! Now at St. Mary's Hall (261 Main, Hudson QC J0P 1H0) and Greenwood Centre (254 Main, Hudson QC J0P 1H0). Bring your hidden treasures for appraisal and stay for the apple pie!

All the dirt

PHOTO COURTESY UNSPLASH There was an undeniable smell of vinegar when I started my car the other day. Figuring my husband had been fiddling with the engine or something, I ignored it. Only when I asked him about it later did I discover he had no idea what I was talking about. A quick search on The Google indicated I likely had mould build-up in my car’s ducts due to having the air-conditioning continually on full blast to combat the cloying sticky mass of ooze that’s been our summer thus far leading to condensation on the coils. Or something. The Google also suggested it could be remedied with a can of vent and duct cleaner leading to the awareness that there’s one more thing in my life I ne

Letter to the editor 1, August 22, 2019

Ph. D not required Dear Editor, I am surprised that you gave the space and wasted the ink to publish Dr. Roy's dissertation/venting (Letters, The Journal, August 15, 2019). The Sûreté du Québec (SQ) regularly does surveillance on eastbound Highway 20 coming into Vaudreuil-Dorion. Some might call it a speed trap. I call it education. The speed limit signs are plainly visible day or night. Quebec road signs have strict specifications for reflective luminosity so the ‘bright lights’ excuse is non sequitur. Perhaps driving for 10 hours straight was too much for Ms. Roy's eyes? Most people approaching from the west and seeing street lights, traffic lights, restaurant and other business signs migh

Letter to the editor 2, August 22, 2019

Something fishy Dear Editor, For the past three years, crews have been dumping and strategically placing hundreds of truckloads of rock into the Ottawa River south of the Taschereau Bridge between Pincourt and Dorion. This apparently is to provide for new fish hatching areas to replace those destroyed during the building of the new Champlain Bridge. One needs to wonder if all this new rock fill in the river has reduced the capacity to handle the increased flow of water during the annual spring snow melt. The volume of water will have to go somewhere. Some properties on both sides of the river are already vulnerable to flooding but has the newly introduced fill in the river made these and pos

Up for adoption

PHOTO COURTESY CASCA Here is our lovely Zen who was born January 15, 2018. Zen just finished caring for her kittens and did an excellent job. She is now looking for a calm home where she would be taken care of and pampered. She is white and tabby. Zen is very affectionate and would be okay with children. She is vaccinated and sterilized. For more information on Zen, contact us by email at

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