Letter to the editor, Jan. 30, 2020

Hopeful and inspiring Dear Editor, The January 28 public consultation meeting in Saint-Lazare was hopeful and inspiring. Hopeful because this council, unlike any other, is putting the goals and strategies of the Plan De Conservation into by-laws which will render it enforceable. Inspiring in the plea of a 7-year-old girl who asked and thanked all present to protect her future. The by-law seeks to protect the old growth forest and wildlife corridors. The west end has one of the most significant contiguous forested zones in the region. Even more poignant is that this by-law, inadvertently, protects one of the main recharge areas for our aquifers. Did you know that the Sainte-Angélique municip

Breaking up is hard to do

Man oh man do I feel lethargic… listless, lazy, unmotivated... Barely enough energy to get up and go to the pantry, grab more Cheetos and fill up the mixing bowl back up to the brim, refresh the bevy, make a quick pit stop in the loo and return to the safety and sanctuary of the blanket and the couch to binge-watch Peaky Blinders on Netflix. Ah, much better. Seriously, does this sound like you dear readers? Is it the winter blahs? The lack of vitamin D and no exercise? Or do I just need to come to the realization that (in my case at least) it’s probably got to do with the extra 12-15, oh heck let’s just round it up to 40, pounds I’m packing around the midriff. Starting to look like the Miche

Valentine’s Party

PHOTO COURTESY PEXELS Low Vision Self-Help Association is hosting a Valentine’s Party — musical entertainment by Greg Innis playing our favourite songs to sing and dance to; Wednesday, February 12, 1 to 3:30 p.m. at Briarwood Presbyterian Church, 70 Beaconsfield Blvd. Free admission, refreshments. All are welcome. More info at (514) 694-2965 or

Up for adoption

PHOTO COURTESY ANIMATCH Elvis, a 5-year-old male Jack Russell, is one of our long-time residents. He made the journey from Greece several months ago. The first few years of his life were spent tied up in a company yard, ducking under a truck for shelter. But he has a forgiving nature and is very smart. He is just waiting for the guardian who wants to take him to obedience classes and maybe fly-ball or agility. Elvis is spending some time at École de formation des intervenants canins du Québec and is an A student. He will grace his new human with his unending loyalty, but he has to be your one and only as he doesn't get along with other dogs or cats. He is also very vocal, so no apartments or

Up for adoption

PHOTO COURTESY CASCA Gibbs & Greta are the same. They play the same, they have the same mannerisms, they even sound the same – they are brother and sister after all! Their approximate date of birth is June 4, 2019, so they’re about seven months old. They have been sterilized, had two vaccines, been given Revolution (for fleas and ticks) and deworming. They are beautiful, fun, feisty, rambunctious and they tend to play rough (not good for an environment with young children), they nibble and scratch when they play, they have gotten much better but are still kittens after all. Gibbs is the ‘Lover’, he comes up on the bed for love and pets, and he is also a drooler – he drools when he is happy.

The Therapist & the Kabbalist

The Therapist & the Kabbalist – Dr. Laurie Betito and Rabbi Manis Friedman will discuss the Kabbalah of relationships, followed by a Q&A session. Join us Thursday, February 6 at 7:30 p.m. at Chabad of Saint-Lazare, 1955 Chemin Sainte-Angélique. RSVP is necessary at More info at

All four Île-Perrot municipalities join forces for new arena project

PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK The proposed new arena will be built on vacant land adjacent to École secondaire du Chêne-Bleu in Pincourt depending on whether a request for grants from the federal and provincial governments are approved. L’Île-Perrot, Notre-Dame-de-l’île-Perrot (NDIP), Pincourt, and Terrasse-Vaudreuil have teamed up and jointly applied for grants from the federal and provincial governments to build a new hockey arena that will be located in Pincourt, just metres away from the previous arena project that has sat vacant for roughly 20 years. The news was announced in a joint press release that was issued by all four municipalities last Thursday, January 23. Pincourt Mayor Yvan Cardinal

Historic timeline of Pincourt’s efforts to build an arena

THE JOURNAL FILE PHOTO/JOHN JANTAK After sitting abandoned since 2003, the Pincourt arena fell into disrepair and was often the target of vandals. The news of a new arena venture among the four Île-Perrot municipalities – L’Île-Perrot, Notre-Dame-de-l’île-Perrot (NDIP), Pincourt and Terrasse-Vaudreuil – brings to a close Pincourt’s long saga of going it alone to build an arena. What follows is a timeline from The Journal’s archives that lists the major developments that took place beginning in 2003 up until the new arena announcement on January 23, 2020. 2003 - Work on the Pincourt arena stops in a dispute over financing between the town and the builder Cogerex. The contractor launches legal

Children thank Saint-Lazare council for their efforts to preserve remaining forest canopy

PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK Claarlight Gerald-Martin watches as her daughter Summer-rain reads from a prepared statement thanking Saint-Lazare council on behalf of the animals that live in the forest for protecting the town’s remaining woodlands. Two nine-year-old girls reading from their own prepared statements thanked Saint-Lazare council for their efforts to preserve the town’s remaining woodlands on behalf of the wildlife that still thrives in the forests. Summer-Rain Martin delivered her message during a public consultation meeting held by the town on January 28 aimed at getting public feedback regarding proposed changes that will be made to its existing by-law to further enhance protection of

A tale of two horses

PHOTO BY NICK ZACHARIAS Two Percheron horses named Max (left) and Freddy, formerly used to pull calèches, arrived at Vaudreuil-Dorion’s A Horse Tale Rescue January 24 to enjoy a well-deserved retirement following Montreal’s January 1, 2020 ban on horse-drawn carriages. Max and Freddy have found a new home, and they’re taking to it like they’ve stumbled upon an equine Elysium. The two former Montreal calèche horses are taking their retirement from the carriage-towing business to live out the rest of their days in comfort at A Horse Tale Rescue (AHT) in Vaudreuil-Dorion. With the ban on horse-drawn carriages in the Old Port of Montreal coming into effect this month, there are a lot of horses t

Young Hudsonite nominated for Loran award

PHOTO COURTESTY LORAN SCHOLARS FOUNDATION Hudson resident Cai Mitchell is among the top candidates from across Canada nominated based on evidence of character, commitment to service in the community, and leadership potential for the Loran Award. A Hudson student is in the running for the prestigious Loran academic award. Cai Mitchell, 18, is among the top 88 of 5,194 candidates from across Canada based on evidence of character, commitment to service in the community, and leadership potential. “It feels really incredible,” Mitchell told The Journal. “It was quite a surprise for me. It’s exciting and kind of scary, both equally.” He’s is in his second and final year studying Liberal Arts at Jo

Fundraiser gala

PHOTO COURTESY SHUTTERSTOCK The Millionaire Masquerade Gala fundraising event is being held for the Vankleek Hill Army Cadet Corps with 100 per cent of the proceeds going directly to their programs. Event takes place Saturday, February 15 at Beau's Brewery (10 Terry Fox Drive, Vankleek Hill, Ontario K0B 1R0). Doors open at 8 p.m. and close at 2 a.m.There will be games of chance with ‘play money’ and prizes to be won. Cash bar, live band, and hors d'oeuvres and canapes will be served. Masks are required - dress to the nines! Tickets are $45 and include a free drink and money bundle for chance games. Tickets are on sale at Pawsitively Perfect Pets, 16 Main Street East, Vankleek Hill or at the

Open letter, Jan. 23, 2020

Open letter The revision of the PMAD – a priority The issue of "urban sprawl" has been in the news for several days following the publication, by the Observatoire Grand Montréal, of a note on urbanization in the regions bordering the territory of the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal (CMM). Several mayors have already made their reactions known to the observations surprisingly issued by the Observatory, itself linked to the CMM. I read with interest the open letter from Saint-Colomban Mayor Xavier-Antoine Lalande. As mayor of a CMM-member municipality and representative of the MRC de Vaudreuil-Soulanges on the CMM board, I agree with my colleague from Saint-Colomban. It is clear today th

Letter to the editor 1, Jan. 23, 2020

Blood drive backlash Dear Editor, There is a level of societal hypocrisy with Lazare Councillor Chartrand being punished for a ‘conflict of interest’ when he held a blood drive at his place of business, as reported in The Journal, January 16, page 3. Mr. Chartrand, a lifelong resident of Saint-Lazare, is passionate about Saint-Lazare and the people who live here – check his profile on town website. Mr. Chartrand has been involved in humanitarian work, in Saint-Lazare/Vaudreuil, long before most people now living here knew Saint-Lazare existed. Distinctions in acknowledgement from Premier Lucien Bouchard for his assisting Saint-Lazare during the 1998 Ice Storm, recognition certificate from H

Letter to the editor 2, Jan. 23, 2020

Blood drive backlash II Dear Editor, Here we go again. Having read last week’s story in The Journal, ‘Saint-Lazare councillor expelled from council for two weeks’ I am wondering if I am the only one who sees this as a serious issue. Wasn’t this the same city councillor who was suspended last year by his own colleagues for violent outbursts at the city hall? Isn’t this the same city council who have been accused themselves of bullying to the point that two councillors stepped down? When you read the comments on Facebook attached to last week’s story, or listen to how Mr. Chartrand’s fellow councillor’s responded to his suspension when asked their opinions at the last town meeting, you would

Letter to the editor 3, Jan. 23, 2020

Fair share Dear Editor, So the “poor schmucks” (to steal a description from Elizabeth Corker) on the Town of Hudson sewer grid are getting it stuck to them again (Roads and tax fairness on the agenda for Hudson, The Journal, January 16, page 6). The original sewer by-law, approved by referendum and the Province of Quebec, recognized that the entire town would benefit from the proposed sewer project. Without it, there would have been no new MediCentre. Maybe those on the sewer grid should now get immediate appointments on demand? A tad facetious, I admit, but where is the service here that only those on the sewer grid are paying for? The Town Council seems to have bought in to the concept of

Letter to the editor 4, Jan. 23, 2020

Hudson wetlands Dear Editor, Our quality of life is shaped by the environment so most homeowners in Hudson probably favour better wetland management. To that end, I think we can draw lessons from the recent controversy over the proposed 30-metre buffer zone for protecting wetlands. The climate emergency poses many problems for the town, province, country, and world. To address these problems we must build consensus on what needs doing and by whom. Concerning local wetlands, one way forward is to focus on limiting the future misdeeds of outside developers and speculators. It’s not easy to rectify past mistakes and it’s extremely difficult to agree on how to regulate the activities of our

A Comedy of Tenors

PHOTO BY DAVE INGLIS (Left to right): Don Fletcher as Carlo Nucci, Eric Sauvé as Tito Merelli and Sterling Mawhinney as Max star in the hilarious comedy beginning February 6. The Lakeshore Players Dorval is proud to present A Comedy of Tenors by Ken Ludwig from February 6 to February 15. One hotel suite, four tenors, two wives, three girlfriends, and a soccer stadium filled with screaming fans. What could possibly go wrong? It’s 1930s Paris and the stage is set for the concert of the century – as long as producer Henry Saunders can keep Italian superstar Tito Merelli and his hot-blooded wife, Maria, from causing runaway chaos. Prepare for an uproarious ride, full of mistaken identities, be

Book sale

PHOTO COURTESY PEXELS The War Memorial Library, located at 60 Elm Street in Hudson, will hold its next book sale from Monday, February 3 to Saturday, February 8. Mysteries and romance titles will be featured. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. on Monday. Please check our website for days and times of opening later in the week at We offer great prices on books and DVDs, and special $5 bags on Saturday! The library is run by volunteers and monies from the book sale go to local charities.

Film screening

IMAGE COURTESY IMDB.COM As part of its educational mandate, the Hudson Food Collective will be presenting the highly acclaimed documentary ‘Modified, A food lover's journey into GMOs.’ Created and directed by Canadian independent film maker, chef and safe food activist, Aube Giroux, the film has won 15 awards and was an official selection at over 70 international film festivals. Join us the evening of January 28, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Hudson Village Theatre, 28 Wharf Road, Hudson. Doors open at 6:30. Show starts at 7 p.m. Snacks and beverages are available at the theatre bar and the Hudson Food Collective will have an information table and raffle opportunity. Tickets $12 are available onl

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