Letter to the editor 1, Dec. 19, 2019

Response to Dr. H. Short’s letter, December 12 Dear Editor, Regarding the future of sustainable development in Hudson, we are faced with differing opinions based on different ideas and different visions. This provides fertile grounds for ‘splitting,’ that is, each side ends up defending their argument as if it's the only way. It's a ‘paranoid position’ with the underlying belief that the ‘other camp is wrong and our camp is right.’ This is never the case. All camps have important contributions to make. It's time to bridge information, concerns, fears and hopes of the citizens of Hudson. It's not time to take sides and point fingers. How can this small and generous community mend the spli

Letter to the editor 2, Dec. 19, 2019

Hopefully there is light Dear Editor, On December 16 Hudson Council adopted its budget for 2020. It was a 'train wreck.' The numbers had clearly been thrown together in short order and there was no evidence that a rigorous process had been followed. The numbers just didn’t stand up to any form of scrutiny. In years gone by one could always leave the budget meeting knowing what variance one could expect on your tax bill for the coming year when compared to the year just ending; not the case for 2020,not yet at least. There was, however, a commitment to have the numbers for the January council meeting. The only hard(?) number provided that could give any sort of indication of where your tax

Letter to the editor 3, Dec. 19, 2019

Facts count Dear Editor, I was disappointed but not surprised in the inaccuracies provided to The Journal by Mayor Robert Grimaudo in last week’s article ‘Cautious Development in Saint-Lazare.’ The mayor’s comments clearly discredit the purpose of the moratorium that was put in place by this council just over a year ago and supported by a 2600+ signature petition. He and former councillor Pamela Tremblay took a political stance to vote against it because, in their words, “they felt the moratorium should cover all of the territory of Saint-Lazare and not only the western sector of St-Charles.” Ironically this position was never proposed when the moratorium was being discussed prior to its imp

Letter to the editor 4, Dec. 19, 2019

The power of the choir Dear Editor, At a time when we seem so riven we might need a 30-metre buffer from each other, here is another view of Hudson. It better represents why we chose to live here, and why we choose to stay. Monica Günter had a notion to start a choir. When she put out feelers, the response was extensive and enthusiastic. So, with Tim Walsh, Christine Cousineau and Donna Stewart, Monica launched the Hudson Community Choir in September. Some of us are amateurs, almost in tune; some are highly experienced and talented. I don't know the political, religious or professional background of the other choristers; I barely know their names. And yet, when we join voices, the sense of

Letter to the editor 5, Dec. 19, 2019

Appreciated help Dear Editor, Residents, businesses, and organizations in Hudson and its surrounding communities have once again come together to back a number of support groups operating in the downtown core of Montreal. Through their generosity the Hudson Angels have again been able to provide gifts to children and adults that will likely be the sole gifts that these less fortunate members of our society will receive this holiday season. For the adults many of the presents are in the form of essential everyday needs that a majority of society take for granted. As is so starkly evidenced, the current demand for support in many areas continues to escalate at an alarming rate. However, in spi

A record amount of $60,200 raised to help to children this Christmas

PHOTO COURTESY FONDATION UN NOËL POUR TOUS Members of the Board of Directors: Johane Quane, Arlyne Quane, Nancy D’Aoust, Gina Chouinard, Élyse Viau, France Lavoie, Nathalie Courchesne, Viviane Quane, and Nancy Quane. The 13th edition of Un Noël Pour Tous Foundation benefit dinner was held November 27 at the restaurant-bar Le Sunny’s. The evening, hosted by actor Jean Petitclerc, raised $60,200. The mission of Un Noël Pour Tous Foundation is to offer Christmas stockings to children from underprivileged families in the Vaudreuil-Soulanges region, whose ages range from birth to 17 years. Since 2007, more than 4,600 Christmas stockings have been distributed. “We experienced so many emotions du

In Service of Light

PHOTO BY NICK ZACHARIAS This sculpture, which also serves as a menorah, stands outside Hudson’s Stephen F. Shaar Community Centre was crafted by Marcel Braitstein and the public is invited to attend the lighting of the first Chanukah candle December 22 from 5 to 6 p.m. Included in the Town of Hudson Festival of Light is a sculpture-candle by local artist Marcel Braitstein. Translated from Hebrew the word ‘Shammash’ means a servant-flame. The sole purpose of the flame is instigating other flames. Symbolically, Braitstein’s sculpture titled Shammash2019 represents the servant-candle whose only job this holiday season is to ignite the eight lights of the menorah, which means candelabra in Eng

Paying it forward from ‘The Bunker’

PHOTO COURTESY THE VAUDREUIL-SOULANGES PALLIATIVE CARE RESIDENCE Every Christmas Hudson’s War Memorial Library gives out donations to various community non-profit organizations. In the photo above are some of the recipients and the volunteers of the War Memorial Library. Every year, the library donates a percentage of their profits from sales at ‘The Bunker’ thrift shop to local charities and representatives from each organization were invited to attend the meeting to accept their cheques. The recipients include NOVA Hudson Day Centre, LePont/Bridging food bank, Vaudreuil-Soulanges Palliative Care Residence Foundation, La Passerelle Women’s Shelter, Hudson Fireman’s Baskets, Hudson Historica

A Horse Tale rescue open house

PHOTO COURTESY MIKE GRENIER As part of our Giving Fundraising Campaign for the month of December, A Horse Tale Rescue is hosting a Holiday Open House on Saturday, December 21 from 2 to 4 p.m. Our goal for the call to action is to help raise $50,000 by the end of the year to help save more horses. Join us at 27 Chemin Murphy in Vaudreuil-Dorion.

Up for adoption

PHOTO COURTESY ANIMATCH Boy, a one-year-old male mixed breed, was born on the streets of Beirut, Lebanon and recently made the long journey here with his sister, Moon, who has already been adopted. He is a little rambunctious and is spending some time at a canine training centre. Obedience classes after he is adopted would help him become a good canine citizen. He would do better as an only dog, although he does get along with non-dominant canines. Boy doesn't care for cats at all. He walks quite well on leash. If you have the patience, commitment, and love to give him the home he deserves, fill out the form and ask for Boy. For more information on Boy or any of the other dogs available for

Up for adoption

PHOTO COURTESY CASCA Handsome Leroy was born November 30, 2016. He has been vaccinated and sterilized. Leroy is a big cuddle bug and would like nothing more than to find his forever family. Leroy is friendly with other cats, dogs and children. For more information regarding Leroy please contact us by email at

Kudos to Krav Maga students

PHOTO COURTESY HARRY STERGIOPOULOS Harry Stergiopoulos, Instructor for Krav Maga Vaudreuil, with students Melissa Degongre, Pascal Wautier, and George Panagopoulos who successfully completed their P1 level exam, a rigorous 4-hr test supervised by Master Instructor and International Expert Thierry Cimkauskas. "I am very proud of all of them - they worked very hard for this, it is well-deserved. Congratulations!'"

Rigaud residents slam council for property tax increases up to 13.7 per cent

PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK A Rigaud resident gestures to council as he complains about residential property tax hikes during a special session that saw the town’s 2020 budget adopted on December 16. Taxes will rise between 8.3 per cent to 13.7 per cent depending in which sector a resident resides. Calls made for provincial inquiry into town’s management It was standing room only as Rigaud council adopted its 2020 municipal budget to a chorus of boos and jeers as approximately 150 residents crowded into the Paul Brasseur Building on Monday, December 16 to voice their displeasure with the significant property tax hikes they will receive next year. Calls were also made for the municipality to be put

Property taxes rise 1.9 per cent in Saint-Lazare

PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK Saint-Lazare Treasurer Stephanie Martin presents the city’s 2020 budget during a special sitting of council on Tuesday, December 17. Property taxes for an average house evaluated at $386,000 will rise by $60 next year. Homeowners in Saint-Lazare will see their property taxes increase by 1.9 per cent for a completely serviced residence after council unanimously adopted the city’s budget for 2020 during a special session on Tuesday evening, December 17. Taxes for an average house evaluated at $386,000 will rise by $60 next year. “Council worked extremely hard to balance the budget and keep the increase below two per cent which is below the cost of living,” Mayor Robert Gri

Schiefke to tackle climate change

PHOTO COURTESY PETER SCHIFKE’S OFFICE As the new Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Peter Schiefke (left) begins his second term as the Member of Parliament for Vaudreuil-Soulanges with a new challenge ahead and will be working on what has become a high profile portfolio for the Liberal government. Vaudreuil-Soulanges Member of Parliament Peter Schiefke has been appointed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as the new Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change. “It’s an honour and a privilege to be able to take on this important portfolio” said Schiefke by phone at the end of a long day that saw him meeting constituents (and

Hudson presents balanced budget for 2020

The end of the year is budget time and the town of Hudson held a special meeting on the evening of December 16 to present 2019 results, the budgetary plan for 2020, and a look ahead for spending as far as 2022. The orientation of council for this budget was to work on tax fairness and ensure that going forward taxes and budgets better reflect actual use. Pro-Mayor Austin Rikley-Krindle opened the meeting and got straight to the business of the evening. Financial resource management consultant Pierre Charron presented the budget in French, while Rikley-Krindle followed up with an English translation for each slide. “The budget was prepared in consultation with all of the (town’s department) d

Pincourt budget unveils a 3.3 per cent residential property tax hike for 2020

PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK Pincourt homeowners are looking at an increase of 3.32 per cent on their 2020 tax bill which includes services including garbage collection, recycling and brown bin pickup, and payments to the Sûreté du Québec. Homeowners in Pincourt will see their property tax bills rise by 3.32 per cent next year after council unanimously adopted its 2020 budget during a special sitting on Tuesday evening, December 17. For an average home evaluated at $299,408, the increase amounts to $91.62. Mayor Yvan Cardinal said the overall average financial impact on residential property taxes over the past 10 years amounts to $412, including this year’s increase. The median property valuation ov

Hudson Village Quilters

PHOTO COURTESY UNSPLASH Hudson Village Quilters welcomes new and experienced quilters to join our friendly group. We meet from 9 a.m. until noon on the third Wednesday of the month September through June at Wyman Church, 513 Main Road, Hudson. Membership offers opportunities to learn new techniques and showcase work at the upcoming 'PasTimes' quilt show (May 2-3, 2020 at the Community Centre in Hudson).

Shoot now, ask questions later

PHOTO COURTESY UNSPLASH The aches and pains have subsided, the dizziness has gone away, and I’ve had two nights of pretty good sleep, all thanks to a double dose of vaccines I received late last week. After a good friend came down with a nasty case of shingles, she urged us all to get ourselves vaccinated in order to avoid going through the horrible pain and discomfort she’d been enduring for weeks. It was enough to light the proverbial fire under me – I booked the appointment for my second Shingrix shot six months after receiving the first one. To add insult to the side effects, I paid for it out of my own pocket. To add more insult, I got the Shingrix even though I had already paid for the

Up for adoption

PHOTO COURTESY ANIMATCH Darling (aka Peanut) is looking for a very special human because the two of them have a lot of work to do. This 2 ½ year old female-Shih Tzu- Yorkie mix is so cute that her previous family set no rules or guidelines for her. So she became the boss of both the humans and the other dog. If someone tried to push the point, she would have a tantrum and bite. She's in a foster home now and has learned a lot in the last two weeks. Darling is getting a lot of exercise and loves running with the big dogs in the dog run. She is good at coming when called. She's very reactive to other dogs when on leash and is not easily dissuaded. Her foster mom has her on a Head Halter. She i

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