Celebrate your child’s graduation in The Journal

PHOTO COURTESY SHUTTERSTOCK With the COVID-19 pandemic changing virtually everything in our lives so far, many students will not get to enjoy the rite of passage that is graduation, the culmination of so much hard work. But you can commemorate your child's achievement by submitting a photo and short write-up to The Journal for the low cost of $9.50. We will run a full-colour graduation keepsake section later in June. Please submit a photo with the following information: Student's name Which town they live in Which school they would be graduating from A few notes from the family, not exceeding 100 words please! Payable by PayPal or credit card. Please email Anyone g

Letter to the editor 1, May 28, 2020

Note of thanks for Peter Schiefke Dear Editor, I would like to leave a note of thanks to our Member of Parliament Peter Schiefke for his efforts to release a piece of medical equipment I was planning on donating to the Hawkesbury General hospital. A local medical equipment company developed an N95 mask sterilizer using UVC light that would allow reuse of N95 masks. The shipment was blocked the day it was to be released as the Quebec Government and Health Canada had issues on its design.The resulting cost increase led to the project being dropped. Peter and his team attempted to settle this to no avail but he tried. John Denney Saint-Lazare

Letter to the editor 2, May 28, 2020

Open letter to Premier François Legault Monsieur Legault, We are writing to express our concern about the relationship your government is developing with the Albertan company Questerre Energy Inc. which has set its sights on fracking for shale gas (gaz de schiste) in Quebec. You have long been a supporter of fracking in Quebec, even before you became premier. As leader of the CAQ in opposition, you criticized the Liberal Government of Philippe Couillard for blocking fracking on Anticosti. Questerre has its eye on the St-Lawrence Valley which is rich in shale. It is also the most populated part of Quebec and the most productive in terms of agriculture. Questerre holds many exploration licence

All dressed up and no place to go

IMAGE COURTESY SHUTTERSTOCK Well that was nice to get outside for just a few short days wasn’t it? We went from frigid winter to friggin’ COVID-19 to freaking hot in just a few weeks it seems. Let’s recap the last 4 ½ months shall we dear readers? See if you have been going through the same trials and tribulations that seem to be plaguing me in 2020. January Cold. Winter. Olives in martini will freeze if I attempt happy hour on the patio. Retreat back indoors to the warm and safe glow of Edison bulbs and my fake wall fireplace. Consume copious amounts of ‘comfort food’ and dream of a time I can venture back out into the wild. February Cold. Winter (I repeat myself when under stress…). Holes

The weekend gardener

Eating the garden PHOTO BY T.M. O'SHAUGHNESSY Mint, sage, and oregano happily grow together with pansies that can be used fresh in a salad, or candied with dessert. I don’t know if you’ve noticed but garden centres these days are incredibly busy. They can’t even keep themselves in stock. From bags of earth running out to the scarcity of the common tomato plant, it would seem that in this COVID-19 summer, more people than ever are gardening. And a lot of them are choosing vegetables and other edibles in addition to planting their usual flowers. While the edible garden was a trend even before the coronavirus had us returning to the basics this summer, a burgeoning part of that trend is cultiva

Centre d’action bénévole reopens its Boutique-Friperie June 3

THE JOURNAL FILE PHOTO As life slowly returns to normal, the Boutique-Friperie L’Actuel issued a communiqué May 25 to say it is preparing to welcome customers at its popular friperie on Adèle Street in Vaudreuil-Dorion beginning Wednesday, June 3. However, as far as donating items, it will still be necessary to wait. The Boutique-Friperie L’Actuel will resume its activities with reduced opening hours and numerous security measures. It will be open, initially, from Wednesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Measures in place When entering the store, customers will be asked to answer questions. Anyone with flu symptoms or awaiting COVID-19 results will be asked to vacate the premises. In add

Up for adoption

PHOTO COURTESY ANIMATCH Kayla had a good family, but circumstances brought on by these uncertain times forced them to find her a new home. This 1 ½ year-old female Labrador retriever has a wonderful personality, but bad knees. She will require Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy on both knees to repair torn ligaments. Kayla is now with a Foster Mom who is helping her lose weight before the surgery. The excess weight combined with an injury is probably the cause of the tears. Before thinking of adopting Kayla, you must be prepared to say no when her beautiful eyes beg for a cookie. Give her some attention instead. Kayla is counting on you to feed her healthy food in proper quantities and to see

Up for adoption

PHOTO COURTESY CASCA I am a strikingly handsomely pitch black boy born on May 13, 2018 and humans call me Cheeks. My eyes are of a beautiful yellow/gold color and make me look like a panther. But, they named me Cheeks anyway. I am friendly, affectionate, completely vetted and waiting for my new forever home. Please get in touch with my mom for further info at

Save turtles, one photo at a time

PHOTO COURTESY NATURE CONSERVANCY OF CANADA/SIMON PELLETIER This Blanding’s turtle is one of five species in the province designated as threatened or vulnerable. You can help protect all turtles across the province by documenting their presence – dead or alive – and sharing the information on Nature Conservancy of Canada is asking you to report any turtles you encounter on the roads Despite the upheaval in our daily lives, this spring is much like any other for turtles. World Turtle Day was May 23 and it’s a good time to observe turtles on Quebec's roads while complying with the government's travel guidelines in the context of COVID-19. The website was launched in th

Saint-Lazare dragster taking to the track

PHOTO BY NICK ZACHARIAS Scott Preston poses with his purple pride and joy, showing it off on his quiet Saint-Lazare driveway before towing it down to make a lot of noise at Napierville Dragway this weekend. Saint-Lazare’s Scott Preston isn’t going to let the pandemic slow him down, at least not behind the wheel of his new dragster. As an airline employee, like many others, he has found himself with a lot of extra time these days - time that he’s been putting to use by getting finishing touches done on the 1,800-pound rear-motor dragster he’s been working on for over three years. “It’s just about ready,” says Preston. “I’m going to finish it up and this weekend I’ll be taking it out on the tr

Volunteer looks forward to eventual reopening of the Ecomuseum

Ste. Anne’s provides financial support PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK Ecomuseum Zoo volunteer Céline Germain is looking forward to resuming her volunteer activities as soon as the Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Ecomuseum is given the green light from the province to reopen. A love of children and their natural curiosity prompted retiree Céline Germain to volunteer her time at the Ecomuseum Zoo in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue for the past two years, sharing with them the beauty of wild animals in a natural setting. After more than two months now, it all seems like a distant memory as the entrance to Ecomuseum remains closed to the public and volunteers because of the COVID-19 epidemic in Quebec. Deeper appreciatio

COVID-19 and animal adoptions

THE JOURNAL FILE PHOTO Animatch dog adoption operator Helen Lacroix says while canine adoptions have increased since physical distancing and isolation rules came into play, the organization is maintaining its high standards to ensure their charges go to good long-term homes. Animal shelters in the area have seen a substantial increase in their adoption numbers during the COVID-19 pandemic, and while this might seem like good news for abandoned animals, it also raises some concerns as to their ultimate fate down the road once the crisis has passed. Dogs The number of adoptions at Animatch has more than tripled, according to Helene Lacroix, operator of the well-known dog adoption service. Lacr

Vaudreuil-Soulanges police reports

PHOTO COURTESY SHUTTERSTOCK Sûreté du Québec (SQ) spokesperson Sgt. Ingrid Asselin reports that on May 26 round 5:30 a.m. police officers from the Beauharnois-Salaberry MRC station were called to the area of a vehicle sales garage located on Boulevard Monseigneur-Langlois in Valleyfield where a man was seen stealing a new pick-up truck. With the description obtained, the truck was then observed in Vaudreuil-Dorion and when the police attempted to intercept it, the driver fled and was then located at the back of a grocery store on Boulevard Cardinal-Léger in Pincourt. After a short search, the suspect was quickly arrested not far from the scene and brought to the police station to be question

Ash tree removal continues in Vaudreuil-Soulanges and West Island municipalities

PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK A portion of a large Ash tree trunk lies on its side on Rue Perrault in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue May 27 following the town’s decision to cut down 10 trees affected by the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). The scourge of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) that has infested and decimated countless Ash trees continues unabated as the West Island city of Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue and off-island municipality of Notre-Dame-de-l’Île-Perrot launch tree cutting operations in their respective communities. Ten Ash trees estimated to be one century old are being cut down in Ste. Anne’s this week on Rue Perrault because they are decaying and dying as a result of the Emerald Ash Borer. Mayor Paola Hawa

Water overconsumption causes low pressure in some Vaudreuil-Dorion districts

PHOTO COURTESY SHUTTERSTOCK Water overconsumption offenders in Vaudreuil-Dorion could face fines ranging from $150 to $2,000 for an individual and from $300 to $4,000 for a business, excluding court fees. Vaudreuil-Dorion is advising residents to be mindful of their water consumption and usage especially with the recent arrival warmer of weather. Mayor Guy Pilon said the situation isn’t serious in the urban areas for now but is more of an issue in the outlying regions of Hudson Acres, Tree Farms and Ritchie. “It’s very bad there,” Pilon told The Journal during a telephone interview on May 26. “Since last year they have been connected to city’s water system. We want to sensitize people about

Looking for stable directives

PHOTO BY NICK ZACHARIAS Michelle Gauthier at CMG Equestrian in Saint-Lazare says they’ll be opening a day camp this summer, in spite of the challenges of reduced numbers and increased cleaning. With the warmer weather and new government directives, many outdoor sports and activities are once again becoming possible. According to local stable owners though, the status of horse riding schools, riding day camps and riding lessons are not all that clear. As with many things these days, the landscape is shifting quickly. As of now, summer day camps at equestrian centres have the go ahead to open June 22, but riding lessons are not permitted. Similarly, those who are boarding horses at a stable no

Letter to the editor 1, May 21, 2020

Dear Editor, This is in response to Mr. Robert Stocker’s ‘Letter to the editor’ in last week’s edition of The Journal regarding the sanctioning of the Director General of Saint-Lazare, Serge Tremblay. Mr. Stocker raised some interesting points but there is an important issue to remember in municipal politics, regardless of our personal opinions. In every municipality there is only one boss ... the council. There are two chiefs – a political one (the Mayor) and an administrative one (the Director General) Other than the councillors and the mayor all other people working for the municipality are employees. As in any company or institution, all employees must show respect towards the ‘boss

Letter to the editor 2, May 21, 2020

Dear Editor, I read with interest the recent letter to the editor by Robert A. Stocker. Mr. Stoker introduced himself and seemed to think it necessary to write his disclaimer indicating that he did not know the Director General (DG) in a professional or personal capacity. Perhaps for full disclosure Mr. Stocker should have also mentioned that he is the mayor’s next door neighbour! He also mentions knowing about best practice in relation to his experience in the para-public sector. Wouldn’t good governance practices include insuring that an employee of the town in such an important position is handling files properly and his behaviour towards members of council is collaborative and respectful

Letter to the editor 3, May 21, 2020

Dear Editor, I am writing this letter to let you know how glad I am to see our local newspaper up and running again. The Journal has become a big part of what keeps our communities informed. The world keeps changing and not having our local newspaper would be something our area would really miss. So thank you for coming back to us. I know that one of your employees got the COVID-19 virus so closing was the right thing to do. Glad to hear she is better and that the rest of the team is fine as well. Be safe and keep those papers coming. Vanessa Martinez Hudson

Letter to the editor 4, May 21, 2020

Dear Editor, I just want to say that I was so very glad to again read Tara Fitzgerald (Guest Soapbox) in last week’s edition of The Journal, despite her harrowing tale of surviving COVID-19. Her guest column is always real, brave, and human. Very happy she recovered and I look forward to her next cameo appearance. Be well. Dianne Bradshaw Saint-Lazare

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