Letter to the editor, March 30, 2020

MY VENT OF THE DAY Dear Editor On our way to the park on Friday we were followed and stopped in the parking lot by an SQ officer. We were both sure that he was stopping us to tell us that we weren’t allowed in the park or to make sure we were practicing physical distancing, but no. He was in fact stopping us because some of the paint had come off our licence plate and the numbers were hard to read. We couldn’t help but notice that the young police officer was not wearing gloves nor was he keeping any special distance. He asked for all the documents (licence, registration, etc.) My husband asked if he could get out of the car to get his wallet out of his back pocket.,the officer agreed but

Letter to the editor, March 24, 2020

Democracy must go one despite Covid-19 Dear Editor, Reading from last week's article "Saint-Lazare council files sanction against Director General", it seems very clear, in my opinion, that St. Lazare council had no other choice but to file that sanction against Director General Serge Tremblay. I have no doubt that the 5 councillors who voted in favor of the resolution, especially in the context of the Covid-19 crisis, displayed bravery and take their mission as legislators very seriously indeed. Such a resolution is never a popular choice and is often times a legislative tool of last resort, after all other options have been exhausted, to rein in someone who, for example, may have gotten


Dear readers and advertisers, Yes, we’re open but our day-to-day operations will reflect our new reality. Our offices will not be open to foot traffic. All communication will be handled by phone, email, or online through our website We will continue to take classified ads and obituaries but for the moment, no cash transactions are possible. We look forward to continuing to serve the community and are happy, as always, to hear from you.

Letter to the editor 1, March 23, 2020

Saint-Lazare Council files sanction against Director General Dear Editor, After reading the aforementioned article appearing in last week's The Journal, I am writing to you to express my concern regarding some aspects of Saint-Lazare council's decision regarding its Director General (DG). First, however, allow me to explain my perspective. I am a retired administrator with over 35 years’ experience in the para-public sector – the last five years of which I served as DG of the English Montreal School Board. I am a resident of Saint-Lazare and do not know the DG (Mr. Serge Tremblay) either in a professional or a personal capacity. My work experience has included significant work with elected o

Letter to the editor 3, March 23, 2020

Dear Editor, There is a group of people who work in the background for all of us Canadians who, based on our recent experiences in Peru and Costa Rica, are unsung heroes. We were with The Pure Art Foundation volunteers who completed four houses plus much more work on the ground in the slums, during the second week of March. On arrival, we registered on the Canadian government website as being in Peru and Costa Rica. In addition, we sent an email to the email addresses of the Canadian consulates for each country. We were sent numerous updates and also personal responses from individuals at each consulate as the situation changed. Unfortunately, some of our colleagues chose to go to Macha Pich

Letter to the editor 2, March 19, 2020

Love your neighbour by caring Dear Editor, Someone asked me if I was worried about the COVID-19 Virus and my answer was.... Yes, I'm worried about people losing their jobs, homes, businesses, life savings and their lives. I'm worried about old people in nursing homes, unable to cope for themselves and not getting the care they need while suffering the mental anguish of separation from loved ones. I’m worried about people in financial distress due to loss of income going without a roof over their head, food on the table, or the medications they need to survive. I’m worried about people losing friends and family members and not being able to deal with the loss because of all the other turmoil

Letter to the editor 2, March 19, 2020

Help for teens worried about COVID-19 Dear Editor, Even for the toughest of us, listening to news accounts of the coronavirus pandemic COVID-19 is scary. One can only imagine the anxiety some lonely teens endure in addition to other problems associated to youth. Help for teens is not far away. Kids Help Phone (Jeunesse, J'écoute) is an organization offering trustworthy information and mental health support. Specializing in youth issues, Canada's only 24/7 national support service is completely confidential. They don't even want to know your name unless you want to give it. Chat, phone, or text with real people who are there with no judgment – and, certainly, no cost . For help in English

Up for adoption

PHOTO COURTESY ANIMATCH Gamin, a 7-year-old miniature poodle, was given up because his family no longer had time for him. He was already an anxious dog, so this has been very difficult for him. He may snap when overwhelmed and needs a lot of space. Having another well-balanced dog in the home might take the focus off him, as he doesn't like being the centre of attention. Gamin needs an adult home with a patient guardian who won't give up on him when the going gets tough. If that sounds like you, fill out the form and ask for Gamin. For more information on Gamin or any of the other dogs available for adoption, go to

Up for adoption

PHOTO COURTESY CASCA Sweet little Nouka was born June, 2019 and has been spayed and vaccinated. She is shy at first, but getting more confident every day. She loves cuddles and is very playful. She has the softest fur that will require regular brushing to keep it tangle free. She loves being brushed though, so it’s all okay with her. She is a lovable little girl, good with other cats. She needs a patient home that will give her the time and love she needs to blossom into the sweet, confident kitty that she is. For more information regarding Nouka, please write to us at

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Due to multiple closures of commercial establishments in our region, The Journal’s delivery team will be concentrating their efforts to leave the maximum amount of newspapers where you can most easily and safely access them – grocery stores and pharmacies. Should this change in the immediate future, we’ll keep you posted.

Centre d’action bénévole l’Acutel update on COVID-19

THE JOURNAL FILE PHOTO/JOHN JANTAK Like the vast majority of voluntary action centers in Quebec, L'Actuel continues to offer its services but on a limited basis. We want to reassure you and keep you informed of the measures we have put in place to ensure your safety and wellbeing as well as that of our employees. L'Actuel offers services to isolated and vulnerable clienteles. Despite the pandemic, our concern is to maintain our essential services. Food, clothing and baby essentials will continue. People who need help can contact Geneviève Gravel at or (450) 455-3331 ext. 228. During this time of crisis, security calls and medication reminders from the PAIR program co

A word from our MP

PHOTO COURTESY THE OFFICE OF PETER SCHIEFKE Over the last two weeks, we have all found ourselves in unfamiliar and uncharted territory. Anxiety is high as we worry about the health of loved ones, job and financial security, the future of our businesses, and our communities that are all being affected by this pandemic. To begin, I want to let you know that you are being heard. Many of you have reached out to ask questions and share experiences, and for that, I am grateful. Questions have ranged from those about border and airport security to Employment Insurance (EI) benefits for parents who need time off work to look after children or who cannot risk exposure to COVID-19 due to pre-existing

Twelve-year-old plans third fundraising drive for VSPCR

PHOTO COURTESY KAREN ALGUIRE Saint-Lazare resident Eva Di Filippo, age 12, is hoping to raise $1,000 in her third fundraising initiative scheduled for December, 2020 to help the Vaudreuil-Soulanges Palliative Care Residence in Hudson. Eva’s two earlier fundraisers for the residence in 2018 and 2019 raised a combined total of $1,221.85. A young Saint-Lazare girl is being lauded for her generosity after she initiated her own fundraising efforts to help raise money for the Vaudreuil-Soulanges Palliative Care Residence (VSPCR) in Hudson for two consecutive years. Eva De Filippo, age 12, is a Grade 7 student at Westwood Junior High School and has raised a combined total of $1,221.85 during her pa

Local food bank could use a hand

THE JOURNAL FILE PHOTO Hudson’s LePont/Bridging Food Bank operator Carol Laws said volunteers are still helping out during the COVID-19 scares but supplies on the shelves are beginning to dwindle. Anyone who has tried to go grocery shopping in the last two weeks or so can attest to the fact that it’s a monumental challenge – and that’s for those of us who are gainfully employed and who have access to a vehicle. But for many others in the Vaudreuil-Soulanges region who already struggle to feed their families, the thought of facing a potential two-week self-quarantine is even more daunting. Le Pont/Bridging Food Bank operator Carol Laws said the organization is currently okay for volunteers bu

Ontario traffic stop leads to arrest of Montreal man

PHOTO COURTESY OPP Over 50 Kilograms of drugs seized On March 16 at 2:24 p. m, members of the Stormont Dundas & Glengarry Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) with the assistance of the OPP Community Street Crime Unit (CSCU) conducted a traffic stop on Highway 401 in South Glengarry Township. This resulted in the seizure of a large quantity of drugs (suspected cocaine) and Canadian currency. The estimated street value of drugs seized is $4.2 million. Ellis Salgado Minaya, age 19 of Montreal, was arrested and charged with Possession of a controlled substance for purpose of trafficking – cocaine. The accused was held in custody (bail) and is scheduled to appear in Ontario court of justice in Cornwa

Saint- Lazare council files sanction against Director General

THE JOURNAL FILE PHOTO/JOHN JANTAK Five Saint-Lazare councillors voted in favour of sanctioning Director General Serge Tremblay (pictured above in 2017) for alleged, “… shortcomings in his behaviour towards members of the municipal council and with regard to his treatment of several files under his supervision.” There was a special meeting of the Saint- Lazare town council on the evening of March 17, the main purpose of which was to vote on a resolution to bring an official sanction against the Director General of the town, Serge Tremblay. The sanction was focused on Tremblay’s reported behaviour towards members of council, and his treatment of certain files under his management. The meetin

Vaudreuil-Dorion adjusts to new COVID-19 reality

PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK Vaudreuil-Dorion Mayor Guy Pilon said there will be no interruption of essential services for the town’s citizens during the COVID-19 outbreak. The Vaudreuil-Dorion council meeting went ahead as scheduled on Monday, March 16, with one notable difference – Councillor Paul Normand was absent from the council chamber but participated via a teleconference call. Normand’s decision was made in line with an official provincial government decree made last Thursday, March 13, that declared a health emergency throughout the province because of the global COVID-19 (COVID-19) pandemic that is rapidly spreading throughout the country and the world. ‘Leading by example’ One of the ex

From vacation to isolation

PHOTO COURTESY ROBERT DELORME Former Hudsonite Robert LeBrocq (centre, behind glass) finds himself and his girlfriend in sudden self-quarantine beginning on his 29th birthday in an empty apartment after returning home from a long-ago-booked vacation in the Bahamas. Helping him celebrate from a safe distance are Daniel Amyot (left) mom, Suzanne Bolam (holding the cake) and Sarah Dhanani. Former Hudsonite Robert LeBrocq and his girlfriend Devona Lean – courtesy of the COVID-19 outbreak and the government’s recommended response to it – have found themselves living together for the first time and staying self-quarantined in an almost completely empty apartment. Recently back from a vacation in t

Up for adoption

PHOTO COURTESY CASCA This is the short story of a patriarch who ruled and lived with many creatures of his own kind for many years. Lion was a gentle but strong ruler and now he wants a quieter kingdom. His beautiful lion's coat had to be shaved due to neglect and is now growing in nicely. He is a very friendly and affectionate cat, healthy, vetted, and clean and really wants to be part of a new family. He was born on July 31, 2013. (He told me in confidence that he didn't want the old kingdom anymore but a solid and loving furever home/kingdom). Lion is ready to move on. For more information, please contact Anne at

Cancellation of the public consultation meeting of the fire safety cover plan project of the Vaudreu

THE JOURNAL FILE PHOTO/JOHN JANTAK NOTICE is hereby given by the undersigned, that following the specific measures adopted by the Government of Quebec to limit the spread of COVID-19, the public consultation meeting scheduled for Thursday, March 19, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. at the community hall of Saint-Clet about the revision of the fire safety cover plan project of the MRC de Vaudreuil-Soulanges is canceled and will be postponed to a later date. The viewing of the fire safety cover plan project of the MRC de Vaudreuil-Soulanges is still available on the MRC website at GIVEN AT VAUDREUIL-DORION, this 16th day of March in the year two

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