It’s a date

PHOTO COURTESY UNSPLASH As if there wasn’t enough sugar to go around this time of year, my childhood memories of Halloween always include a big box of fancy pastries. In recognition of my dad’s birthday on October 31, his coworkers would celebrate with him and there were always leftovers. Seemed fair – we’d meet up after trick-or-treating to partake in the mille-feuilles and profiteroles while he’d peruse whatever haul we’d brought in from our door-to-door neighbourhood trek. Ask anyone their birthdate and they’re likely to tell you how it’s significant in other ways, besides just being the day they came into the world. I share my birthday with Wolfgang Mozart (no, no the same year), and Lew

Letter to the editor 1, Oct. 31, 2019

An open letter to the Mayor and councillors of Hudson In this era of great concern for the environment, climate change, global warming and carbon footprint, the Town of Hudson is missing a significant opportunity to contribute toward the solution. Automobiles are one of the greatest contributors to the problem as a result of exhaust emissions and herein lies the opportunity for Hudson. Because stop and go traffic increases the exhaust emissions as demonstrated by the higher fuel consumption figures published for city driving as opposed to highway driving, streaming the traffic flow is one way to reduce these emissions as well as the carbon levels put into the atmosphere. I realize that stop

Letter to the editor 2, Oct. 31, 2019

Appeal for Le Zèbre Rouge Dear Editor, I am writing to encourage all The Journal readers to help find affordable space for Le Zèbre Rouge (Le Zébre Rouge seeks affordable facility to relocate its bike repair enterprise, The Journal, October 10.) This local social enterprise offers affordable bicycles and repairs and, at the same time, offers useful skills training to local young people. Rising rents in Vaudreuil-Dorion pose a problem for many but this is an especially urgent situation. Someone out there must have a vacant warehouse, barn, or other building that is underused. Margaret Waller Hudson

Letter to the editor 3, Oct. 31, 2019

School Tax Dollars Dear Editor, In January 2019, the Quebec English School Boards Association (QESBA) adopted a detailed Strategic Plan. One of the main sections in the Strategic Plan is the promotion of English public education and, “…all of the encompassing elements surrounding students, parents and communities.” The association decided to establish a ‘one-time fund to promote English public education’ and requested a ‘one-time contribution’ from its nine member boards. It was suggested that boards basically match what their membership fees are to the QESBA. In the event this ‘exceptional, one-time contribution’ to the QESBA is not used, “in whole or in part,” for the purposes it was inten

A moment of pause

Why hello there dear readers, I hope you are well. There’s a bit of a change of pace to this weeks’ column because I’ve been feeling reflective lately and somewhat melancholy. Let me take you back to this past weekend: My bestest half and I were winding down on Friday after a good day of chores and tasks around the house. I had just finished making the happy hour martinis when the phone rang with tragic news. The rest of the weekend we just hung around the house and although we did get some leaves raked and patio work accomplished on Saturday we spent most of it trying to get our heads around the sudden and unexpected death of our brother-in-law. He and his wife who recently celebrated 40 ye

Cancel Culture

PHOTO COURTESY SHUTTERSTOCK Existing in the public eye has often gone hand in hand with a hypercritical focus on one's personal life. There's no shortage of public figures who have been the subject of criticism and the center of scandal. But recently, that criticism has taken on a new shape. Whether it's over a controversial comment, an unpopular opinion, a long-forgotten tweet or picture, or even outright criminal activity, many high-profile people have been subject to a rise in widespread and aggressive shaming by the masses, usually on an online stage. From celebrities and social media personalities to world leaders and business figures, no one is exempt from this relatively new level of

Up for adoption

PHOTO COURTESY ROSIE ANIMAL ADOPTION I'm Laine! I flew down from the North with my sister two weeks ago. I've been living with my foster family since. I am starting puppy classes soon to ensure that I stay well socialized. You see, when I came down I was scared of other dogs. So, my foster family has been working hard to introduce me to new dogs and have positive experiences. My chosen family will have to ensure that I stay well socialized. I am crate trained. I will require someone home during the day, as I am not clean in the house yet. Here is my wish list: - I need to continue positive training classes. I want to learn everything! - I’d love someone who spends lot of time outside. - No

Christmas Home Tour

PHOTO BY JAN AMELL The Christmas trees and greenery are ordered and the spirit will be present in Vankleek Hill during the annual Christmas Home Tour, taking place Saturday, November 9 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This year’s event features six beautiful heritage homes on the self-guided tour. A different decorator brings her special flair to each historic home. Four churches are organizing luncheons, a quilt show, a miniature village display, artisans will be selling their wares at homes and along the town’s Main Street and carolers will add to the day. There are many spots to enjoy a meal, from our restaurants to the special organized lunches. Get a souvenir by having your picture taken in a heri

Inspiré par Leonard Cohen

IMAGE COURTESY WIKIMEDIA Twelve local artists have come together to celebrate the life, poetry, and music of Leonard Cohen. They will engage you with their work in painting, sculpture, collage, and textile. The show Inspiré par Leonard Cohen opens at the Musée régional Vaudreuil-Soulanges, 431 Saint-Charles Avenue, Vaudreuil-Dorion with a vernissage on Sunday, November 10, from 2 to 4 p.m. The show continues until January 22, 2020. More info at

Hudson Food Collective Harvest Party

PHOTO COURTESY SHUTTERSTOCK The Hudson Food Collective Harvest Party takes place Friday, November 1 from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Stephen F. Shaar Community Centre, 394 Main Road in Hudson. We welcome everyone to come celebrate the end of this harvest season (and local organic food) with the Hudson Food Collective and Hudson Heartbeet Community Farmers with a healthy and delicious harvest meal (with vegan and gluten free options) featuring Heartbeet produce, live music from the Swoon Quartet, a silent auction, dancing, cash bar and lots of fun, all while supporting a local non-profit organization. Invite your friends – the more the merrier! Purchase tickets online www.hudsonfoodcollective.comor b

Book Sale

PHOTO COURTESY SHUTTERSTOCK The War Memorial Library will hold a book sale Monday, November 4 to Saturday, November 9. Children's specially priced books will be featured. Doors open November 4 at 2:30 p.m. The library is located at 60 Elm Street in Hudson. See opening hours at The library is run by volunteers and the monies raised from our book sales go to local charities.

StoryFest film screening

IMAGE COURTESY IMDB.COM Greenwood’s StoryFest Literary Festival concludes with the film Can You Ever Forgive Me? On Monday, November 4 at the Hudson Village Theatre, 28 Wharf Road at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $15. Available at Boutique Pure Art, 422 Main Road, online at, and at the door if space permits.

Excellent achievements for Dojo Perrot Shima

PHOTO COURTESY RICHARD PROULX Young athletes from Dojo Perrot Shima in Île-Perrot are back from two consecutive weekends of tournament and here are the results from the first in Edmunston New Brunswick for the Eastern Canadian Championships, and the second in Quebec for the Daniel Hardy Cup. First row from left to right: Tyler D’Arterio 5th in Edmundston and 9th in Quebec, Corey D’Arterio 4th in Edmundston and 9th in Quebec, Brooke Proulx Olson 4th in Edmundston and Bronze in Quebec, Dakota Proulx Olson Silver in Edmundston and 9th in Quebec, Felix Bérubé absent in Edmundston and 9th in Quebec. Second Row left to right: Kaylee Lewis Silver in Edmundston and 4th in Quebec, Emma Proulx Ols

Musica Camerata Montréal

PHOTO COURTESY HUDSON CHAMBER MUSIC Violinist Luis Grinhauz and pianist Berta Rosenohl, both originally from Argentina, are the founding members of Musica Camerata Montréal. The second concert of the 37th season of the Hudson Chamber Music Series will take place this Sunday, November 3 at 4 p.m. in St. James Church Hall, 642 Main Road in Hudson. Musica Camerata Montréal will present a programme of piano trios by Beethoven, Chausson and Schumann. This is a return engagement by the ensemble ( who last performed in Hudson in 2016. They are a group of chamber musicians who play together in combinations ranging from duos to trios to octets and small chamber orchestras. Their

How does your school rank?

THE JOURNAL FILE PHOTO/CARMEN MARIE FABIO Rigaud’s private school Collège Bourget is the best high school in the area according to the Fraser Institute annual rankings. The Fraser Institute research organization this week released its annual high school rankings list from across the country and while one area high school – Collège Bourget in Rigaud – scored near the top quarter of Quebec schools, its ranking is down from the previous five-year average and other ratings indicate there is room for improvement among our area’s secondary educational institutions. The Fraser Institute is a public policy think tank and the high school rankings are based on results from province-wide tests in Frenc

A whole lot of Nunsense

PHOTO COURTESY CHARYL HYNDMAN Now in their 55th season, the Lakeshore Players of Dorval are taking on their first ever musical production, called Nunsense, The Musical. Looking skeptical over a deadly serving of soup, the Little Sisters of Lachine are (left to right) Julia Lemire (Sister Mary Amnesia), Ashley Dunn (Sister Mary Leo), Sylvia Mauri (Mother Superior, Sister Mary Regina), Candace Holder (Sister Mary Hubert), and Stephanie von Roretz (Sister Robert Anne). Lakeshore Players Dorval is proud to present the first production of their 55th season of community theatre and this time around they are taking on their first ever musical. Nunsense, The Musical is coming to the theatre at Lakes

Saint-Lazare wants residents to stop puting non-recyclable items into blue bins

PHOTO COURTESY VILLE DE SAINT-LAZARE Despite being made of aluminum or vinyl, horizontal blinds are not something that should be tossed into blue bins for recycling. Saint-Lazare residents are being urged not to throw garbage into their blue bins – a problem that also affects many other cities and towns throughout the Municipalité Régionale de Comté (MRC) de Vaudreuil-Soulanges region, according to Geneviève Hamel, Director of Communications for Saint-Lazare. When residents put garbage into recycling bins, it hampers the effort at the sorting centre because the employees have to remove the garbage from the reusable materials. Depending on the type of garbage, it can also contaminate the recy

Liberal MNA Nichols supports school board reforms but opposes proposed abolition

PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK Vaudreuil Liberal MNA Marie-Claude Nichols said the Commission scolaire des Trois-Lacs (CSTL) should have been invited to participate in upcoming hearings that will be held by the ruling provincial Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) government with the aim of converting French-language school boards into service centres. Vaudreuil Liberal MNA Marie-Claude Nichols is calling on the provincial government to allow the Commission scolaire des Trois-Lacs (CSTL) to be heard at upcoming hearings into Bill 40 which will replace existing French-language school boards and convert them into service centres. The ruling Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) government headed by Premier François L

A Horse Tale Rescue in desperate search of hay

PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK Mike Grenier, Executive Director of A Horse Tale Rescue, and Smouch are in search of 800 hay bales to help the non-profit organization get through the winter. A Horse Tale (AHT) Rescue needs hay for its horses. The non-profit organization, which is based in Vaudreuil-Dorion, provides a refuge for rescued and retired horses and it’s putting out an appeal to the public for help in finding good quality hay to enable its horses to get through the winter. The primary feed for horses is hay. Unusually inclement conditions this spring hampered the growth of the first crop. A second spate of unusually dry weather this summer also severely affected the height of the second hay cr

Broken dogs

“The first one changes your life; the second one really screws it up,” is something a co-worker told me after the birth of my eldest son. She had no words of wisdom to offer about the third who ended up being a funny sweetheart and just quirky enough to throw off the perfect momentum and rhythm of a family of four. I obviously have a painfully short memory as I recently adopted a third dog after succumbing to the charms of a photo sent into the paper by the Animatch dog adoption organization. “Oh, my heart,” I answered the foster mom. “I know,” she responded. “No way,” said my husband later that evening as I described the small Chihuahua whose owner had recently passed away. ‘Sadie’ has a bi

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