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Letter to the editor 1, Sept. 26, 2019

Hudson needs to grow Dear Editor, When it comes to the environment, not everyone sees eye to eye... Some individuals genuinely care for our ecosystems and their long term welfare. Other individuals will use the environment subject to hide their real intentions, like not wanting new neighbours in their backyard or trying to stop housing developments that would bring (and I quote), “Middle class buyers looking for a cheap deal,” to Hudson. There is a proper way to supervise housing developments but we should also remember that Cunningham's closed, there are rumours that the Bank of Montreal will close its branch in Hudson and some might agree that if we don't want to see ourselves forced to ma

Letter to the editor 2, Sept. 26, 2019

Thank you Dear Editor, Hudson’s Greenwood Centre for Living History would like to send a huge thank-you to everyone who made our Treasures in the Attic event such a success! The importance of the funds this event raises for Greenwood cannot be overestimated and we are so grateful to the many people who ensured that this could happen again this year! Enormous thanks to all the volunteers who took part in the day’s events: Julia and Richard Curry, and Dana Vindasius for their enormous effort in managing all the vintage sale items, not only on Saturday but all year; Audrey Gray for taking care of all the appraisers and more; June Kendall and her team of Carol Durham, Brenda Cassidy and Georgia

Hudson Food Collective

PHOTO COURTESY PEXELS Hudson Food Collective and the Hudson Heartbeet Community Farm – Please note, the Harvest Party originally scheduled for September 28 has been postponed until November 1 from 6 to 10 p.m. Come and celebrate the end of the harvest season with a Harvest Party at the Stephen F. Shaar Community Centre, 394 Main Road. Tickets are $30 or $50 for two; $10 for kids under 13. Casual meal, music and dancing, cash bar, and silent auction. Please buy tickets online at www.hudsonfoodcollective.com to let us know you're coming (helps with planning too!).

Book sale

PHOTO COURTESY SHUTTERSTOCK The War Memorial Library will be holding its October Book Sale from Monday, October 7 to Saturday, October 12. Biographies and history books will be featured. The library is situated at 60 Elm Street in Hudson. Doors open at 2.30 p.m. October 7 but please consult warmemoriallibrary.blogspot.com for the days and times of library opening. The library is staffed by volunteers and profits from the book sales go to local charities.

Up for adoption

PHOTO COURTESY CASCA My name is Suzie Wong and I am approximately 6 years old. I once had a home but whoever was responsible for my wellbeing never saw fit to have me sterilized. One day, I came home pregnant and was swiftly dumped near a cat colony. Lucky for me, this colony was being fed by nice folks from the area. That's where I gave birth, under an old shed. Now in a foster home and my kittens all adopted, I’m doing much better and have since been sterilized and vaccinated. I will be available for adoption shortly. If you are looking for a petite cat with a loving character, I am your girl! I am quite small (I don't even weigh three kilos) and crave the attention of humans. I was indire

Up for adoption - dog

PHOTO COURTESY ANIMATCH Roddy, a 2 ½-year-old male Labrador mix, spent the first part of his life chained outside 24/7. Animal Control in New Orleans brought him to Villalobos Rescue Center and he recently arrived at Animatch with four of his friends. Despite all this upheaval, Roddy loves people – with great enthusiasm. He gets along with other dogs but prefers his toys – balls, frisbees, Kongs and anything that squeaks. It's better that he not have his toys when he's with other dogs. Obedience classes would teach him manners and when it's okay to be excited and when it's not. If your enthusiasm matches his and you have the patience and commitment to go along, fill out the form at www.anima

Millennial and Teen Activism

PHOTO BY MARKUS SPISKE/UNSPLASH Climate rallies are currently happening all over the world and more are set to take place in the coming weeks. With students across Canada expected to participate in upcoming demonstrations, many schools have made accommodations for them to do so without it affecting their academic record. This decision not only promotes awareness and the prioritization of environmental issues, but also allows and encourages students and staff to collectively take part in this movement. I have seen millennials and teens called apathetic and accused of avoiding or outright rejecting responsibility in all respects. However, they also tend to be scoffed at when they stand up for

A Horse Tale Rescue wins prestigious national award for exceptional work

PHOTO BY JAMES ARMSTRONG Vaudreuil-Dorion based A Horse Tale Rescue recently took first place in a Canada-wide ‘Hero of the Horse’ award for their work in providing a healthy environment for rescued and retired horses. Executive Director Mike Grenier, pictured here with one of the equine residents named Ulysses, says he hopes to continue expanding the facilities to welcome more horses in the future. A Horse Tale Rescue (AHT) has won Horse Canada’s 2019 ‘Hero of the Horse’ award in recognition of the hard work and dedication of horse people across Canada. “We were the only horse rescue operation in Quebec to be nominated for the award,” AHT Executive Director Mike Grenier told The Journal. Gr

Rail track safety is focus of Operation Lifesaver campaign

PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK Terrasse-Vaudreuil public works employee Yves Bourdeau uses a stencil to spray paint a warning sign onto a pedestrian walkway advising people at the Pincourt-Terrasse-Vaudreuil train station to REGARDER, ÉCOUTER, VIVRE – LOOK, LISTEN, LIVE last Thursday, September 19, to promote Rail Safety Week as part of Operation Lifesaver which ends on Sunday, September 29. LOOK, LISTEN, LIVE – REGARDER, ÉCOUTER, VIVRE; that’s the message being delivered as part of safety campaign by Operation Lifesaver aimed at getting people to become more safety conscious at train stations and rail lines. As part of the campaign, representatives from the CN Police, CP Police, EXO Police, the Sûret

Veterans’ class action suit update

PHOTO BY CARMEN MARIE FABIO WW II Veteran Wolf William Solkin’s class action suit against two levels of government and the CIUSSS is proceeding and he is keeping his fellow residents at the Ste. Anne’s Veterans Hospital up to date with his quarterly newsletter, The Veterans’ Voice/La Voix des Vétérans. The class action lawsuit launched against the federal and provincial governments, along with the West Island Centres intégrés universitaires de santé et de services sociaux (CIUSSS) alleging a sharp decline in the level of care at the Ste. Anne’s Veterans Hospital is going through all the legal motions at a relatively brisk pace by justice standards. “It’s like an iceberg now,” said Wolf Willi

L’Île-Perrot resident seeks help to have life-saving medical procedure done in the United States

PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK L’Île Perrot resident Yves Roy holds before and after pictures of his body that highlights the weight loss he’s endured the past two years as a result of his Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) diagnosis. He has started a Go Fund Me campaign to raise $25,000 so that he can seek medical treatment in the United States. Yves Roy doesn’t want to die just yet. The 58-year-old L’Île-Perrot resident has a love of life and strong will to live but feels he may pass away from his medical issues before his time because doctors apparently don’t recognize his condition. Roy has been plagued with Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO), a diagnosis he received after havi

Letter to the editor 1, Sept. 19, 2019

Upcoming class action suit against Hudson Dear Editor, Hudson is about to issue a building permit for a housing development in a bog. Not only was that bog identified as an ecologically highly diversified wetland and worth protecting, it stands to reason that concrete foundations laid in a bog could lead to structural problems. There are several examples where engineering plans ended up being inaccurate: in Saint-Lazare, Vallée Chaline and Place Verdé; in the Constellation development in Lévis; and in the Alfred-Pellan development in Mirabel. By allowing building in a bog, Hudson is putting itself at risk of an eventual class action suit from the new homeowners there. A similar case is go

Letter to the editor 2, Sept. 19, 2019

Climate change emergency Dear Editor, Climate change is an emergency. The climate in Canada is warming twice as fast as in the rest of the world. We need to keep global temperature rise to 1.5° Celsius to avoid climate catastrophe. Climate change impacts me and my community. This past spring, flooding in the Montérégie region has been unprecedented. Climate change, loss of biodiversity, food scarcity and pollution (air and water quality) are all interconnected and left unchecked, as they are now, we are headed for a global ecological collapse. That is not the future I want for my children. I challenge my local candidates to treat climate change like the emergency it is. I’m calling for can

Letter to the editor 3, Sept. 19, 2019

Dear Editor, Global warming is the most important issue in this election. The world has maximum 10 years to change the course from total destruction. We can't live in a world where we can't breathe clean air or where the water is so polluted that marine life is dying. Never mind what is happening on land where pipelines are being built which destroys the land for both people and animals. Not to mention fracking, which should be forbidden, using up so much fresh water and polluting air, water, and land. Fracking has also been proven to give severe asthma. I will only vote for a party that will commit to put a lot of research into renewable energy and wanting to preserve this Earth. I don't ca

Summer has fallen

PHOTO COURTESY SHUTTERSTOCK Well here it is beautiful people, two days away from fall. Autumn. Winter’s pre-season. Almost time to put away the lawnmowers and bring out the snow-blowers. Almost time to put away the garden gnomes and put up the inflatable snowmen. Thank goodness I never bothered to take down my Christmas lights since this year’s yuletide season is almost upon us. Yes, Christmas is imminent. Soon we will be at Xmas Defcon 1. No but seriously dear readers, look outside your front window (I’ll wait)… I’ll bet if you look around at your friends’ and neighbours’ facades there is at least ONE that is as lazy as yours truly and has their holiday cheer on full display 365 days a year

Hudson & Region Studio Tour

IMAGES COURTESY HUDSON & REGION STUDIO TOUR The always hip and cool Hudson & Region Studio Tour returns for two weekends. September 21-22 and 28-29. This 16th edition of the tour features 20 local artists and artisans’ studios in Hudson, Saint-Lazare, Vaudreuil-Dorion and Les Cèdres. The studios are open to visitors who want to catch a glimpse into their creative domains. In each studio you will experience demonstrations and discussions about their individual creative process, and some will feature a ‘hands-on’ experience. This is a great opportunity to discover the region’s talent featuring fine art, sculpture, multimedia, pottery, photography, fused glass, jewelry and wood turning. The to

StoryFest is back

PHOTO COURTESY UNSPLASH Greenwood Centre for Living History’s StoryFest 2019 launches its autumn literary festival with award-winning Irish-Canadian writer Anakana Schofield at the Hudson Community Centre, 394 Main Road on Sunday, September 29 at 2 p.m. The full schedule, passes, and tickets are online at www.greenwoodstoryfest.com and at Pure Art, 422 Main Road.

Scholarship dinner

PHOTO COURTESY UNSPLASH The Montreal Lakeshore University Women's Club (MLUWC) is hosting a scholarship dinner fundraiser ‘MLUWC Goes Italian’ Wednesday October 23, 6:30 p.m. at the Karnak Shrine Center, 3350 Sources Boulevard. Tickets $65 (taxes and tip included). The MLUWC) is a non-profit charitable organization advocating equality and social justice and education for over 60 years and offers scholarships in the west island from Lachine and off-island to Ontario border. Visit www.mluwc.com or call (514) 637-9598.

Power lunch

Years of traipsing around various events with three little boys in tow has taught hubby and I a thing or two about how to mitigate the high price tag associated with feeding a family of five while away from the house. Not easy but doable if you’re prepared to be a little creative. Of course, bringing your own sandwiches along is a no-brainer until you encounter the amusement park attendee who tells you outside food isn’t allowed inside the park and you’ll have to rent a locker to check your cooler. At which point you say, “No problem,” check in an empty cooler and hide your picnic lunch in the diaper bag. No teenager making minimum wage at an amusement park is gonna go above and beyond his o

Liberal campaign office launch

PHOTO BY JAMES ARMSTRONG It was a dynamic mix of past, present and future as incumbent Liberal Member of Parliament for Vaudreuil-Soulanges Peter Schiefke (second from left) officially opened his campaign office in Île-Perrot on Saturday, September 14. Assisted by Honorary Campaign Chair and former Liberal Cabinet Minister Marc Lalonde (left), Schiefke was also joined by Salaberry-Suroît Liberal candidate Marc Faubert and Liberal MP for Lac-Saint-Louis Francis Scarpaleggia along with a full house of supporters. Though his election campaign headquarters has to be separate from the constituency office, according to the law, it’s still business as usual. “I really want to stress that I continue

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