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Letter to the editor 1, July 30, 2020

More water worries Dear Editor, Marcus Owen raises an important issue about water in his letter to The Journal of July 23, 2020. May I add another concern? The Town of Hudson Council has approved two major building projects in the recent past. These projects will add about 2,000 persons to the population of Hudson and, we are told, will greatly increase the municipal tax base. That may very well be, but from where will these new houses and apartment buildings get their water? David Langlois Hudson

Letter to the editor 2, July 30, 2020

A sad testimony to Quebec campers Dear Editor, I’ve just returned from two consecutive camping trips of one week each in an RV. One campground was in Eastern Ontario, the other in the Townships. Both were comparable with good upkeep of the grounds. Both were members of the Good Sam network (an international organization of RV owners). Rates were almost identical, except the Quebec campground does not honour the Good Sam discount during the Quebec Construction Holiday, nor on holiday weekends. What a difference between the two, however. While checking in at the Ontario site, I had to review and sign forms regarding our health and the campground COVID-19 policy. The Quebec reception desk made

Letter to the editor 3, July 30, 2020

Help reunite families Dear Editor, I am writing this letter because I am currently in the process of sponsoring my husband and I would like to share with you the daily suffering many Canadians, like me, are experiencing due to our prolonged separation. I have been with my husband for four years. We have not been able to physically see each other for seven months, and we have been waiting 10 months for our application to be approved. Spousal sponsorship applications are currently being delayed due to COVID-19, and visitations denied even before the pandemic. While most families have been asked to stay at home together during this time, our families are being ripped apart. Our mental, emot

Letter to the editor 4, July 30, 2020

PHOTO BY NICOLE GIRARD Up on the roof Dear Editor, Please thank Brian Gallagher for writing about his roofing adventure. I'm certain that it was enlightening for many readers. I however just kept going, “Uh huh, uh huh,” in my head as I read it. I'm also certain the he learned, as I did in the past, a few things as well such as 210-lb asphalt shingles are those whose weight is 210-lbs per 100 square-feet of coverage, termed a ‘square’ in the trade (roofers talk funny huh?). Shingle are packaged in 1/3 square packs. That means a package of 210 shingles weighs 70 #@%& POUNDS!!! Anyone who struggles with getting their own corpulence up a ladder may have a major obstacle doing it with a 70-lb pa

Letter to the editor 5, July 30, 2020

No picnic Dear Editor, I hope the person who rang my daughter up whilst planning a beach picnic at Hudson’s Yacht Club and specified that I (her mother) NOT be included read the excellent column about Seniors in The Journal. My daughter didn't subsequently attend the picnic proving once again that, “Blood is thicker than water!” Naomi Henshaw Hudson

We need to talk (about how we talk) about movies: Part II

PHOTO COURTESY IMDB.COM While Batman – The Dark Knight is still an excellent film, maturity the development of a more critical eye can force the viewer to re-examine former film favourites. Last week, we posed the question ‘What is your favourite movie?’ Digging deeper into the seemingly simple question, we discovered that our ‘choices’ are influenced by multiple factors, including critics, groupthink, and our own insecurities. As with any opinion-based question, answering in a certain way can leave us open to judgment and labelling, as humans are hardwired to search for depth and meaning in the simplest of choices, and are looking to categorize people in any way they can. So, how do we avoi

My new weight loss program – it really works!

PHOTO COURTESY ARTWILL STUDIO Artwill Studio is holding a ‘Doodle Challenge for All’ Mondays and Thursdays for kids and Fridays for adults, always from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. So now that wearing a mask indoors is mandatory, I find myself getting more exercise. Sounds like a strange correlation doesn’t it? Let me explain. The bestie made us each a mask to wear a couple of months ago in case we had to venture out into the world and come in contact with anyone. Since we barely went out in the winter or spring it wasn’t a big deal. We each had our own mask that hung by the front door in case of emergencies. But, like many of you I am sure, as the weather warmed up (and did it ever) we started ventur

The great divide

PHOTO BY T.M. O'SHAUGHNESSY Cinnamon-scented perennial pinks (a.k.a. dianthus) are still flowering though many other flowers are spent after the continuous heat of this July. For me, the great dividing line of summer has always been the first day of August. In my inner gardener’s clock, June and July go together building the garden but then there’s the big pivot towards the back half of the calendar and the inexorable movement towards harvest and winter. I was brought up in a part of the city where air conditioning was an exotic luxury, so this moment when July transforms to August was always a significant one, hefty with the relief of cooler nights and clearer days. There was also the optim

Up for adoption

PHOTO COURTESY ANIMATCH An update on Angel who arrived from Waskaganish, Northern Quebec with a badly broken leg. This 6-month-old Labrador mix has had her surgery and is still recuperating at the hospital. The pins were removed last week and it's easier to keep her immobile there. Once she has healed, Angel will need lots of daily exercise. Because of her age, she will need someone home for a good part of the day. Obedience training would help her become a good canine citizen. She gets along with other dogs, and having another one in the house would help her adapt to family life. Angel can't live with cats. If all of the above sounds like your family, fill out the form and ask for Angel. Fo

Upcoming events at Greenwood

PHOTO COURTESY GENEVIÈVE GRENIER With COVID-19 restrictions in place, the extensive garden space of the Greenwood Centre for Living History is the perfect venue for outdoor concerts. With the summer season in full swing but very few activities taking place due to COVID-19 restrictions, Greenwood Centre for Living History is pleased to announce that several local musicians have offered to lend their talents and will performing in our gardens. Bryan Bowser will perform Sunday, August 2; each between 2 and 4 p.m. Tickets for these events are $10 per adult, free for children accompanying their parents. Refreshments will be available to those who attend. Due to the nature of the location, if t

Summer stargazing – telescopes for beginners

PHOTO BY DAVE ELDER The Neowise comet has kindled the interest of many amateur astronomers this summer and while this image taken by Pincourt resident Dave Elder who climbed Mont Rigaud after sunset was visible with the naked eye, even more magic in the stars can be seen with basic starter telescopes. This summer’s visit by Comet Neowise may have awoken your desire to explore the heavens and while the night sky has a lot to offer even to the naked eye, if you’re considering buying some stargazing equipment it’s important to know the basics. Like many activities that require specialized equipment, astronomy can get expensive. Still, you do not need to invest several months’ worth of income to

Friendly senior hockey

PHOTO COURTESY SHUTTERSTOCK Though typically known as a contact sport, this hockey league will take both COVID-19 precautions and older bones into account in launching its no contact, no slap shot games this fall and is looking for new members. Over 55 and looking for something sporting to do? With options limited in these times of COVID-19, you’re not alone. A group of senior hockey players from the region is working to build teams for a friendly once a week game and they’re open to all who are interested in a fun way to get a bit of exercise. Peter Pouw, known locally as a member of the family that ran the Hollandia floral centre on Route Harwood for nearly 60 years, is looking to get enou

Team sports during a pandemic – making softball safe

PHOTO COURTESY JAY DE LA DURANTAYE Jay de la Durantaye (back row far right) poses with team Cozy Café of the Hudson Mixed Softball League during last season’s COVID-free days. The team is gamely tackling softball again this summer in what will be a shortened season complying with sanitizing and social distancing regulations. This year’s Hudson Mixed Softball League season got off to a bit of a rough start. With all sports gatherings shut down earlier this spring, things weren’t originally certain for 2020, but with approval from the government the league finally got things rolling with two exciting season opener games on July 13 at Benson Park. Pitching to women “Normally we have about eight

Seven steps

PHOTO COURTESY SHUTTERSTOCK Cape May warblers were spotted by the author in Hudson during springtime as they were foraging on spruce trees in Benson Park. Last fall a team of Canadian and American ornithologists reported that North American bird populations shrank in the last 50 years by nearly 3 billion birds. That’s 30 per cent of the 1970 bird population. One sponsor of this study was the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and on their website I found a list of seven ways that everyone could help birds survive: Make windows safer Every year in Canada, millions of birds die in collisions with house windows. As described in an earlier column, they can be saved by putting unobtrusive stickers or

Pincourt mayor says city will work to keep shopping mall intact

PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK Pincourt Mayor Yvan Cardinal said the city is still working with the management group from the Faubourg de l’Île shopping plaza to help revitalize the mall despite another recent store closure. Pincourt Mayor Yvan Cardinal said the city will do what it can to help preserve the Faubourg de L’Île shopping plaza despite the recent closure of yet another shop within the mall. The popular coffee outlet Kaffecino has become the latest store to shut its doors. The closure means that more than half the available retail spaces within the mall have their storefronts shuttered. ‘Tough for everyone’ “The Faubourg had problems before and now with the pandemic outbreak it hasn’t helpe

The beauty of bees

PHOTO COURTESY FERME LES PETITES ÉCORES Snapped in November past the point of flower pollination, the farm speculates this bee was carrying broccoli pollen. If anyone with the time, land and inclination is looking for a new hobby that will produce sweet results, then consider beekeeping. Not only will you be rewarded with the possibility of producing your own honey, you will also help to slow the continuing decline of bee populations. Agricultural industry leaders throughout the world have raised concerns about dwindling bee populations because the small insects are essential for the pollination of flowers and produce. Simply put, no bees – no food. Love of bees For Éric Bélanger who operate

Cyclist injured following car collision on pedestrian bridge in Hudson

PHOTO BY NICK ZACHARIAS Tire tracks are visible towards the wooded pedestrian footbridge after an 18-year-old motorist drove his Honda Civic over it July 28, forcing a 16-year-old cyclist to fall off the bridge in avoiding a collision. A 16-year-old cyclist was injured July 28 in Hudson’s Jack Layton Park the evening of July 28 after being struck by a car that was driving on a small wooden pedestrian bridge. “It happened around 8 p.m.,” Sûreté du Québec spokesperson Sgt. Aurélie Guindon told The Journal. “A motorist drove his car onto the bridge and hit the young girl on her bicycle, causing her to fall off the bridge.” PHOTO BY NICK ZACHARIAS The pedestrian foot bridge, the car, and the bic

Letter to the editor 1, July 23, 2020

Water woes Dear Editor, COVID-19 quickly became a crisis and continues to be so. The virus came upon us almost ‘out of the blue’ and was taken seriously by all levels of government and acted upon accordingly. From what we see, it would appear that our water supply is also developing into a crisis, albeit at a much slower pace. In recent weeks there has been extensive coverage in the media concerning the supply in the Vaudreuil-Soulanges region. This concern is by no means new. Hudson, for example, has been fretting over this issue for years and is trying to resolve it on its own since there is no other level of government to address the issue. Aquifers, however, do not recognize municipal b

Letter to the editor 2, July 23, 2020

The cost of greed Dear Editor, As of July 18, 2020 there are – by some reports – 140,000 deaths in the USA , 9,000 deaths in Canada, 78,000 deaths in Brazil and approximately 599,000 deaths worldwide.The cause of all these deaths has been identified as the COVID-19 virus but the killer’s true name is Greed. Most of these deaths and all future deaths could have been avoided if profit, self-interest, the stock market and international trade were not deemed more important than an innocent life. I am sickened by what I see happening around the world and disheartened, discouraged, and disillusioned as the poor and the middle-class suffer financial hardships, uncertainty, mental anguish, depressi

Letter to the editor 3, July 23, 2020

Elegy for Sandy Beach Dear Editor, Hear my cry, hear the cry of the Earth. We moved to Hudson in 2003. Hudson, first city to ban pesticides in Canada, Jack Layton’s native town. Hudson, le Nichoir and fair trade. Hudson, community farm and organic apple orchard Hudson, where I was greeted the first morning by a rabbit at the entrance door. Such a grace, a blessing. Our industrial civilization has abused our precious planet. When we arrived on this continent, we believed we knew everything and we ignored what the First Nations knew intuitively. A civilization which destroys the Earth is barbarism. It’s time to create something new, something beautiful, something loving for all creatures livi

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