Difficult decisions

PHOTO BY NICOLE GIRARD We’re hoping Hobbes (right) with his brother Calvin is well on his way to recovery. Hey beautiful people, how are you? I have a question for you – how many of you are pet owners, or should I say have fur babies? Show of hands please. Those of you who follow this little column probably know by now that my bestie and I have two furry felines, Calvin and Hobbes. We have had them for about seven years now and for some reason each cat has bonded to one of us. Hobbes, the thin quiet good looking one has bonded to my wife, worships the ground she walks on actually. The other, Calvin is chubby and loud (he gets called ‘Chub-chub’ or ‘Shortstack’ more often than his real name)

Up for adoption

PHOTO BY LOLA BOURGET PHOTOGRAPHY Armando is an adorable tiny 5-month-old male Chihuahua puppy. His family could not keep him. He is super social with people, dogs and cats. He is learning to be pee-pee pad trained. He is very healthy except for one of his eyes which needed to be removed due to a cataract. He is healing well and his foster family just loves him. We are specifying kids of 16 years and up as these little dogs are very fragile. They should not be jumping off and on couches or human beds as they can easily get injured. For more information on Armando or other dogs up for adoption please consult

Live music Thursdays at The Willow

PHOTO COURTESY UNSPLASH Live music Thursdays at Hudson's Auberge Willow starting at 6:30 p.m. March 3 - Derek Falls Trio March 12 - Better Days Blues March 19 - Serjii and Briana March 26 - Tim Walsh Trio No cover charge. For reservations call (450) 458-7006

Hawaii – Beauty and Diversity

PHOTO COURTESY UNSPLASH Travel lecture in English with Alain Benoit. From sandy beaches lined with palm trees and turquoise waters to austere volcanic landscapes, Hawaii has a rich and diverse fauna and flora. This lecture presents a four-week itinerary to discover the most beautiful attractions of the main islands of the archipelago: Hawaii, Maui, Big Island and Oahu. Join us Thursday, March 5 at 7 p.m. at Stewart Hall Cultural Centre, 176 Lakeshore in Pointe-Claire. Passes required. For more info call (514) 630-1220, ext. 1774.

Up for adoption

PHOTO COURTESY CASCA Noemie is a very sweet kitten who loves to be petted. She will come running to you and rub against you until you give her attention. She may seem shy at first but soon comes out of her shell. Noemie loves to play with her toys and she has the softest fur! She gets along well with other cats and would be fine around children. She could be okay around calmer dogs. Noemie was born on August 1, 2019 and has been vaccinated and sterilized. For more information regarding Noemie, please write to us at

Up for adoption

PHOTO COURTESY ANIMATCH Bronny, a three-month-old male husky mix, and his two brothers arrived from Whapmagoostui with the Nordic Paws Project. His brothers have found their new homes and now it's Bronny's turn. Being from the north, he loves the outdoors, especially in winter, and would love to join you in whatever activities you do. Because he's just a pup, he can't spend the whole day alone. Obedience classes would help him learn everything he needs to know to become your best friend. If you think you're the family for this little (but growing) ball of fluff, fill out the form and ask for Bronny. For more information on Bronny or any of the other dogs available for adoption, go to

World Day of Prayer

THE JOURNAL FILE PHOTO Wyman Memorial United Church in Hudson will host the World Day of Prayer Saturday, March 7 in Wyman Hall, 513 Main Road. This is an ecumenical service prepared by the women of Zimbabwe. The theme is ‘Rise! Take Your Mat and Walk.’ Breakfast is at 9 a.m. with a service to follow. No charge but an offering will be collected to further the work of Women's Inter-Church Council of Canada. All are welcome!

Help Build the Dream kickoff

THE JOURNAL FILE PHOTO/CARMEN MARIE FABIO Former Montreal calèche horse Freddy is spending his well-earned retirement at Vaudreuil-Dorion’s A Horse Tale Rescue. The non-profit organization is launching a fundraising campaign to expand their capacity to take in and care for even more horses. A Horse Tale (AHT) Rescue will be hosting its 2020 Open House season on Saturday, March 7 from 2 to 4 p.m. This event is to both kick off our 2020 season and allow the public to come and visit our herd and the new ex-calèche residents and secondly to help us raise the much needed funds for our growth plan ‘Help Build the Dream’ campaign with is running until April 30. With 12 horses in our care, one more

Letter to the editor 1, Feb. 27, 2020

Open letter to Hudsonites I would like to start by saying that Hudson and its citizens should be very proud to have pioneered pesticide controls to protect our environment and citizens. At the February 2020 Hudson council meeting, JJ Corker asked in the first question period if the town had received the annual report on pesticide usage as required by By-Law 270, paragraph 5. The answer was no, and part of the reasoning given was as follows: the provincial government did not want to share the reports submitted on pesticides usage on the Hudson territory and that the town, after being given that response, was not going to further pursue their quest for those reports. Comments were also made th

Letter to the editor 2, Feb. 27, 2020

Thank You to the Hudson Fire Department We are indeed very lucky to live in a town with such an accomplished Fire Department. We had reason to call upon their services late Sunday night, February 23. The dispatcher from beyond Quebec City was bilingual and within three minutes she had called the Hudson Fire Department and was able to tell me that they were on their way. Hudson Fire Department spent approximately one hour here sorting everything out and all was well. Penny and Liette Ludington Hudson

Marie-Claude Nichols invites François Legault to an exchange with the citizens of Vaudreuil

PHOTO COURTESY STÉPHANE LABRIE Vaudreuil Member of the National Assembly (MNA) Marie-Claude Nichols is inviting Premier François Legault to take advantage of his visit to the riding on March 16 to meet organizations and stakeholders to learn more about the challenges of the region. Nichols is extending this invitation to the Premier who will be visiting to participate in a fundraising cocktail. In her view, this would be the perfect opportunity for Legault to offer at least an hour to listen to the concerns of the citizens of Vaudreuil. “The county of Vaudreuil has very specific needs in terms of health (hospital), mobility and transport (the Île-aux-Tourtes Bridge, Highway 20), the workforc

Area police reports

PHOTO COURTESY SHUTTERSTOCK Truck heist comes to a stop in Pincourt Following the case of the Sûreté du Québec (SQ) chase of two stolen semi-trailers that came to a halt on Highway 20 in Pincourt in the early morning hours of February 25, SQ spokesperson Agent Louis-Philippe Ruel said a third stolen truck part of the same convoy was located hours later in Lachine. The chase began in St-Edouard de Napierville 70 km southeast of Vaudreuil-Soulanges when officers witnessed one of the truck drivers make a traffic infraction. When the driver refused to pull over, police gave chase. The trucks were finally stopped in Pincourt just after the Taschereau Bridge when police laid down spike tape. The

Winning weekend for Saint-Lazare Taekwondo

PHOTO BY KIM TETLEY-GERARD (Left to right, back to front): Master André Zaraa, Collin Oswald, Kaitlyn Ip, Elinda, Emeric Lecompte, Matthew Elliott, Tristan Lukacs, Nathan Ip and Nathan Lukacs). This past Saturday, February 22, seven athletes from Saint-Lazare Taekwondo attended the 18th edition of the Raymond Mourad Championship in Montreal. This tournament gathered fighters of all belt colours and ages. The competition was hosted at the Centre Claude-Robillard and all athletes were coached under the excellent supervision of Great Grand Master Sami Mazraani and Matthew Elliott. The day started early with our 6-and-under category. This was a good opportunity for the younger athletes to gain e

John Abbott player gets a kick at the NCAA

PHOTO BY PAUL TZIMOPOULOS The John Abbott Islanders’ star kicker/punter Troy Lendvay, a Saint-Lazare resident, is off to Alabama A&M University on a full athletic scholarship to play for the Bulldogs, a team in the Southwestern Athletic Conference of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Troy Lendvay, currently a resident of Saint-Lazare and student at John Abbott College in Ste. Anne de Belleview, will be calling a new place ‘home’ next fall. A star kicker/punter with The Islanders football team, Lendvay has earned a full athletic scholarship for 2020 that will take him all the way down to Alabama A&M University. “I’m really excited,” said Lendvay who had the chance to go to

Recycling collection will continue unimpeded throughout Vaudreuil-Soulanges

PHOTO COURTESY UNSPLASH Despite the problems in the global market for recyclable materials, the Vaudreuil-Soulanges MRC is assuring citizens that all recycling in our region will continue unaffected. The Municipalité Régionale de Comté (MRC) de Vaudreuil-Soulanges is reassuring citizens throughout its region that its collection of recyclable materials will continue despite an announcement made by the Montreal-based Traitement Industriel des Résidus Urbains (TIRU) Group that it can no longer maintain profitability due to the global drop in the price of recyclable materials. Rebuts Solides Canadiens (RSC), a subsidiary of the TIRU group – which also collects recyclables for the MRC – informed

Working on access to services and support for English-speaking community

PHOTO BY NICK ZACHARIAS A sizeable group of participants including politicians, community organizers and representatives of local groups gathered February 21 to discuss priorities for improving English-language access to services for health and public security, and improving quality of life for the Anglophone community in the region. The Montérégie West Community Network (MWCN) is an organization dedicated to serving the English-speaking community of the region. Last Friday, at the Omnicentre in Pincourt, they hosted a workshop event as part of their network partnership initiative aimed at identifying needs and priorities for developing and improving the quality of social and community life

Fourteen minutes

With the Holidays just around the corner, a tradition of mine and many other people is to take time out to reflect on the past year and to not only practice gratitude, but to learn whatever lesson may have presented itself during the past 12 months. This year I noticed something a little different in that it has taken me almost three years to understand how grateful I am about a moment in time on February 28, 2017. My daughter Lauren and I were in the midst of preparing for a trip abroad to visit my niece Alyssa and her boyfriend (now fiancé) Matt, and there were a million and one things to get done before our March 2 departure. Being the publisher of The Journal meant I had to make sure eve

Former NDIP dépanneur owner guilty of sexual aggression against minors

PHOTO COURTESY SÛRETÉ DU QUÉBEC Former Notre-Dame-de-l’Île-Perrot Dépanneur Atlantide owner Korey Foomani was found guilty of two counts of sexual aggression and sexual interference February 21 at the Valleyfield Courthouse. Foomani was arrested by Sûreté du Québec officers June 20, 2018. The acts took place at the store over a three-year period between 2015 and 2018 in the back office and behind the front counter. of the store. The female victims were aged nine and 12 when they provided their testimony to the court. Given the age and the nature of the testimony, journalists were not permitted inside the courtroom at that time. One of the victims was eight years of age when the first act of

Letter to the editor 1, Feb. 20, 2020

Open letter Thank you Hudson! Mount Pleasant Elementary School’s E-waste drive concluded last week when the last cages were picked up at the local IGA. We would like to thank everyone who participated and contributed to making this a very successful E-waste Drive. Over 600 lbs of electronics were recycled thanks to the Hudson community. We are especially grateful to the IGA Déziel in Hudson and their manager Shawn Simpson for their invaluable support and contribution. Thank you for helping us make this event a success! Julie Pepin Hudson

Letter to the editor 2, Feb. 20, 2020

CAQ education Bill 40 and building new schools Dear Editor, On February 8 the Legault government adopted school board reform Bill 40 which basically transforms outdated elected school boards to modern service centres to provide better support for our children. However, there were amendments attached to the bill that displeased some people. One of them was that land had to be ceded by municipalities - for free - to service centres to build new schools. This would only apply if an agreement could not be reached between the parties within two years. Naturally, mayors were upset by this. But let's back up a few years to understand and appreciate where the government is coming from with this

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