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Letter to the editor 1, Nov. 28, 2019

Open letter to Hudson Mayor Jamie Nicholls and members of council I am writing to express my concerns about the 30-metre setback draft by-law which is set to be adopted by resolution at the December 2019 council meeting. Even well intended regulations can have disastrous consequences if the possible repercussions are not considered. To desire to protect wetlands and wooded areas is commendable and I'm sure most Hudson citizens will applaud your efforts to want to do more; however, there are many ways to do so but this by-law, in my opinion, will cause undue hardship for some homeowners. Here are my concerns: If everyone had acres of land with tons of rooms for all kinds of setbacks to prote

Letter to the editor 2, Nov. 28, 2019

Dear Editor, Re: Draft By-law 526.8-2019 – Amending Zoning By-law 526 to Modify Certain Provisions Concerning Wetland Protection. During the August, 2019 council meeting Hudson passed Notion of Motion 526.7-2019 – Amending Zoning By-law 526 to Modify Certain Provisions to Protect Natural Habitats & Natural Constraints. In Mayor Jamie Nicholl’s words at the time it triggered an immediate, “effet de gel” and began a period where the town could begin to implement reforms to existing by-laws. However, two months passed with little public engagement or education on environmental issues. This was followed by Draft By-law 526.8-2019 which was tabled in October, 2019, again followed by weeks without

Letter to the editor 3, Nov. 28, 2019

Dear Editor, On November 18 a public consultation for Hudson citizens was held concerning the proposed amendment By-law 526.8 to increase the buffer zone for wetlands from 10 metres, the minimum recommended by the province, to 30 metres. One of the first questions asked by a concerned citizen was, ‘Can I rebuild my home if it burns down in a fire and it is located within the 30m buffer zone?’ The answer from Mayor Jamie Nicholls was, ‘NO.’ You could feel the outrage in the room. This would be devastating for even one property owner but it is estimated that 50+ homeowners could be affected in this way. A couple of days later I attended a District 2 meeting and Councillor Austin Rikley-Krindl

Letter to the editor 4, Nov. 28, 2019

Dear Editor, I am hoping the distraught lady, who had the misfortune of running into Sammy the dog with her car last Friday evening, will find out by reading this letter that Sammy is fine. I apologize to the lady for having been so preoccupied with Sammy's well-being that I overlooked asking her for her co-ordinates which would have enabled me to contact her directly with this good news, and I thank her for her kindness and concern. Sincerely, Frank Royle Hudson

Letter to the editor 5, Nov. 28, 2019

Dear Editor, The fundraising concert held on Friday, November 8 at Saint Thomas Aquinas Church in Hudson proved to be an astounding success. As the organizers, we would like to express our heartfelt thanks to everyone that gave of their time, talent and financial resources to support the cause of raising a roof for Luis and his family in Pucallpa, Peru. We are particularly grateful to our sponsors, Jeff Quenneville and Carole Schneider of Quenneville Walsh Private Wealth Management / Raymond James and The Journal for their generous support. Also, many thanks to Father Roland Demers and the many volunteers of Saint Thomas Parish for their unflagging contributions to the event. To the choirs,

Santa Claus Parade

PHOTO COURTESY PEXELS Santa's coming to Hudson! Bundle up the family and come on out Sunday, December 1 at 1 p.m. for the annual Santa Claus Parade along Main Road. Meet Santa at the Community Centre, 394 Main Road, after the parade. See map below for parade route and area street closures.

Sip 'n shop

PHOTO COURTESY PEXELS A community ‘Sip ‘n Shop’ takes place this Friday in the heart of Hudson. The annual event is designed to give the folks out for the ‘lighting of the tree’ at the community centre a place to stop in for a hot drink and treats including hot chocolate and coffee. Many of the local shops from the community centre to the town hall will stay open and it’s a nice evening for all. It’s not about selling anything, just sharing smiles! The ‘Festival des Luminères’ takes place at 394 Main Road beginning at 6:30 p.m. Friday, November 29 and Sip ‘n Shop runs from 5 to 8 p.m.

Book sale

PHOTO COURTESY PEXELS The War Memorial Library, located at 60 Elm Street in Hudson, will hold the final book sale of the year from Monday, December 2 to Saturday, December 7. Christmas books will be featured. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. December 2 but please check warmemoriallibrary.blogspot.com/ for days and times of opening during the rest of the week. Also, make a note to come on the final day of the sale when we have our Saturday Special – a bag of books for $5. The library is run by volunteers and monies from the book sale go to local charities.

Christmas concerts

PHOTO COURTESY SHUTTERSTOCK If your shopping is all done (lucky you) then take in some of the holiday musical events taking place over the next little while. The Greenwood Centre for Living History presents its annual Old Fashioned Christmas at Greenwood, 254 Main Road in Hudson on Sunday, December 8 at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 15 at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. Carols, Christmas baking, fiddlers and storytelling. Tickets are $15 and are available at Boutique Pure Art 422 Main Road. More info at greenwood-centre-hudson.org. ***** St. James’ Church Women is proud to host a Christmas Concert by The 306 Maple Leaf Wing Concert Band Saturday, December 7 at 7:30 p.m. at St. James’ Church, 64

Up for adoption

PHOTO COURTESY ANIMATCH Bolo, a 3 ½-year-old male hound, and four of his friends recently made the long trip from Villalobos Rescue Center in New Orleans. He arrived there as a young pup, and went through a rambunctious adolescence to become the sweet boy he is now. Bolo is a little fretful, especially in his cage, but once he is settled in his new home, he'll calm down and gain some weight. Being a hound, he needs long walks in places with interesting smells, and a fenced yard. He's happiest around people, so a home where he isn't alone all day would be best. He gets along with other dogs and would be happy to share his home with a four-legged brother or sister who could show him the ropes.

Up for adoption

PHOTO COURTESY CASCA PHOTO COURTESY CASCA Hi there! My name is Bravo and I’m a beautiful tabby and white male. I was roaming outside until my foster home starting feeding me and then I began to beg to come in. That's when they phoned Casca. I was taken to the vet, examined, given a vaccine and was told that I was born around October 11, 2016. I now find myself in a separate room in the house waiting to find a new home. I am very friendly and loveable. I haven't been introduced to the cat of the house, but, we talk to each other through the door. No hissing... looks promising don't you think? So... are you coming to adopt me? For more information regarding Bravo, please write to us at

Determining the future of St. Mary’s

PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK Parishioners and stakeholders of St. Mary’s Anglican Church in Hudson are being asked whether they would like to preserve to church hall or the main church building – a choice necessary due to declining attendance. Parishioners and stakeholders at St. Mary’s Anglican Church in Hudson will have to decide whether they want to preserve their historic church or their church hall which is located nearby on Main Road to ease the financial burden the congregation is currently facing. The question the parish has to answer now is how long will there be an active congregation at St. Mary’s, said Reverend Sophie Rolland. The decline in church membership means the congregation will

Another hot auction in Hudson

PHOTO BY NICK ZACHARIAS Brave enough to face a burning building, these Hudson firefighters had no trouble jokingly turning up the heat at Royal LePage Village’s annual Firemen’s Christmas Charity Auction - where over $17,000 was raised to support families in need over the holidays. Last Wednesday night, November 20, saw another successful edition of the annual Fireman’s Christmas Charity Auction in Hudson, organized by Royal LePage Village to support the Fireman’s Christmas Basket Fund in collaboration with Le Pont Bridging food bank. Happening for its 42nd fund raising year, the event saw the Hudson Village Theatre filled to capacity with generous bidders and items up for bid provided by m

Hudson wetland by-law creates outpouring of dissent

PHOTO COURTESY VILLE DE HUDSON The detailed map of area wetlands with both 10 and 30-metre buffer zones has residents posing questions on how the proposed By-law 526.8 will affect existing property values and future development. *Update - See bottom of the page for Mayor Nicholls' update posted on Facebook November 28 Hudson’s draft By-law 526.8 concerning the protection of wetlands, scheduled for a final vote by council at the next meeting on December 2, is continuing to draw a lot of attention. There are many homeowners who fear their property values will be negatively impacted by inclusion in the proposed, extended 30-metre boundary around recognized wetlands. Under the by-law, new const

Peter Schiefke sworn in for a second term

PHOTO BY NICK ZACHARIAS Liberal MP Peter Schiefke (seated) is surrounded by members of his team as he is sworn in for a second term in the House of Commons Friday, November 22. At 5:30 p.m. on Friday, November 22, Peter Schiefke was sworn in for the second time as the Member of Canadian Parliament for the region of Vaudreuil-Soulanges and a sizeable crowd including his family, his team, invited guests, media, and well-wishers were in attendance to witness the event. The group got a guided tour of the West Block, including the Prime Ministers’ Portrait Gallery, parliamentary offices and the impressive, if temporary, House of Commons. The new House of Commons, to be used while extensive renova

City looking into scope of new residential project in Dorion sector

PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK A proposed new six-storey housing development is planned for the west side of Route de Lotbinière between Rue Émond and Rue Lalonde in the Dorion sector of Vaudreuil-Dorion. A Vaudreuil-Dorion resident is still hopeful the city will scale a proposed six-storey residential building back to its original four-storey design in Dorion. A two-page letter from the city dated November 7 and signed by Mayor Guy Pilon was delivered to residents including Dominique Asselin in response to Asselin’s petition that was presented to council on October 7. Public consultation process The letter highlighted the various procedures the city took over the past five years to inform residents i

Overpass demolished in Vaudreuil-Dorion

PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK The overnight demolition operation November 23 - 24 left Highway 40 closed for 14 hours. The new overpass is expected to be completed within the next two years. The des Chenaux Bridge that spanned Highway 40 in Vaudreuil-Dorion is no more. A demolition team with heavy equipment spent the overnight hours between last Saturday night and Sunday morning on November 23-24 reducing the bridge into a pile of concrete and steel rubble. Highway 40 was closed from between 8:30 p.m. Saturday night until 10 a.m. Sunday morning for the demolition. Traffic along Highway 40 was diverted onto Highway 20 between Exit 35 on St. Charles Avenue in Vaudreuil-Dorion and Exit 41 in Ste. Anne d

Letter to the editor 1, Nov. 21, 2019

Open letter to Hudson Mayor Jamie Nicholls and councillors I am writing you with extreme concern about Hudson’s proposed zoning changes to multiple properties. This 30-metre buffer zone will adversely affect many including my mother’s property at 467 Wellesley. In her case your proposed rezoning will encompass her entire house, workshop/garage, and some of her front yard. Note that her land is well above the stream she overlooks. In elevation, I estimate her house sits a good 25 feet above the flood zone. The harm this will do to her investment is untold. As your urbanist stated in the consultation meeting regarding this new proposed law, should her house or workshop suffer catastrophic dam

Letter to the editor 2, Nov. 21, 2019

Why is the street parking so terrible in Pointe-Claire? Dear Editor, The parking at the Lakeshore General Hospital was full up on Tuesday, November 12. We had to walk down the street facing the hospital to the school located at the end of Frobisher Avenue, then cross over to the park to Whitley Avenue before we were able to find parking on a street that was not banned. Meaning the only alternative we had when we could not find parking in the hospital lot was to walk half a mile to a local street. We are 80-year-old seniors, my husband has cancer and all the health issues connected to the cancer. Why are the streets blocked off to handy parking? These are public streets paid for by taxpayer

Everybody must get stoned…

PHOTO COURTESY SHUTTERSTOCK Now don’t get the wrong idea here dear readers. Don’t start talking about what you think I might be talking about when I’m not really talking about what you think I might be talking about. Did that make sense in your head? It almost did in mine, I think. And to further substantiate your suspicions about what you might think my column is about this week let me tell you what I’ve been watching on Netflix this past week. The bio-pics and documentaries on Woodstock, The Grateful Dead and Bob Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Revue. Groovy, man. Far out. Although the Scorcese movie of Bob Dylan’s tour had interesting insights on some of the great artists of the time, I really en

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