Letter to the editor 1, August 27, 2020

Dying with Dignity Dear Editor, This is in reference to the editorial which appeared in the August 13 edition of The Journal. In your editorial, as in articles in the past, you continue to lay blame for the toxic work environment in the Vaudreuil-Soulanges palliative care residence (VSPCR) solely on the doctors when you make reference to the supposed ‘Founders Syndrome.’ We have always chosen not to respond publicly to such hurtful and unwarranted comments preferring instead to devote our energies to the care of our end of life patients. However, given these exceptional circumstances, we want to draw your attention to certain facts as they pertain to the recent firing of several doctors. Sin

Letter to the editor 2, August 27, 2020

Do the decent thing Dear Editor, This is in response to last week’s letter from Gerry Foliot titled, ‘Why is the pond at the entrance to Saddlebrook on Steeplechase so neglected by the Town of Saint-Lazare?’ For the past few years, my wife and I also found it so appalling how the front entrance pond was truly neglected. For Councillor Geneviève Lachance (District 1) to state that no one lodged a complaint is such a poor and lame excuse. Is that what it takes to maintain a beautiful pond and surrounding grounds by the town of Saint-Lazare? The town has been maintaining the soccer fields all summer with seed, watering, and mowing that no one has used because of COVID-19. Maybe they should main

Asters say autumn

PHOTO BY T.M. O’SHAUGHNESSY This gorgeous crimson chrysanthemum has the classic pompom shaped bloom. It came as a bit of a shock to me recently to realize that, as of September, COVID-19 has had us in its grip for half a year. The reason I realized it were the racks and racks of fresh new pots of flowers for sale outside my local IGA. While standing in line to be allowed in to buy groceries, I suddenly noted that only one family of flowers was on display, telling us that it’s time for fall: asters and chrysanthemums, and in every beautiful autumnal shade. But how can it be time for these iconic autumn flowers? Of course, their colours were out of this world. From rich burgundies and purples

Legion news

THE JOURNAL FILE PHOTO Some comforting news – our Legion Branch #115 will reopen Friday, September 11. For about three weeks we will only be open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m. There will be a number of special protocols for everyone to follow. These will be posted in upcoming newsletters and also inside the Legion hall. The back terrace will not be in use. Please do not feel that you are obligated to rush back when we open. Your health and those around you is most important. Also if anyone has been out of the country in the two weeks prior you will not be permitted inside. The following notice by the way was kindly drafted up and translated last week by our Secretary, Lise

Up for adoption

PHOTO COURTESY ANIMATCH At seven years old, Daisy – a female Border Collie/Husky mix – is still turbo-charged with an energy level that was too high for her family. She needs lots of positive training, exercise, and time to vent her energy. She would love a home with a fenced yard and no cats. Also, no apartments or condos for her. If she sounds like your dream dog and you have the patience and time to commit to her, fill out the form and ask for Daisy. For more information on Daisy or any of the other dogs available for adoption, go to

Up for adoption

PHOTO COURTESY CASCA This beautiful girl needs a permanent furever home. Due to neglect her beautiful coat had to be shaved off but is growing back in nicely. Callie is a bit of a talker, likes her food, is friendly and affectionate. She is okay with other felines. Callie was born January 8, 2011 and is looking for a quiet home with lots of TLC. For more information please contact

Last column of the summer

PHOTO BY CHRISTIAN GONALEZ This image compilation titled ‘Fleurs et flocons’ on the Maison Valois in Vaudreuil-Dorion is part of the upcoming ‘Explora’ show featuring digital art work projected in public spaces. Can you believe it beautiful people? Not that I wanted to shock you in any way but this is the last time we will get to see each other until September. September! Where did this year go? We will be raking leaves in four weeks for crying out loud! If you haven’t got out and enjoyed the nice weather the clock is ticking my friends – the end is near. Might head out to the shed and make myself a placard then walk up and down the main street here in Shangri-la letting the population know

Swim-a-thon for COVID-19

PHOTO COURTESY HUDSON YACHT CLUB The wide cool expanse of water beckoned at the HYC pool last week as kids (including Lauren Dugas, above), adults and lifeguards alike swam a combined distance of almost 72 kilometres in the COVID-19 swim-a-thon. Staff and members at the Hudson Yacht Club (HYC) pool in Hudson, having enjoyed a fun if slightly more regimented summer due to COVID-19, decided to give back and help in the ongoing struggle against the novel virus. They came up with a swim-a-thon to raise money for the COVID-19 fund at the Jewish General Hospital who are really on the front line of testing and treatment in Montreal, an area much harder hit by the virus than remote Hudson. Noon to m

Free recycled bikes for kids in the Vaudreuil riding

PHOTO COURTESY STÉPHANE LABRIE Vaudreuil MNA Marie-Claude Nichols (fourth from left) is collaborating with Le Zèbre Rouge to help out young families in her riding by offering free recycled children’s bikes. Vaudreuil MNA Marie-Claude Nichols recently announced a special collaboration with Le Zèbre Rouge allowing young children in the riding of Vaudreuil to receive a recycled bicycle absolutely free. This partnership with the community organization allows young families to acquire free of charge one of the 100 specially selected bicycles, with a wheel height of 12 to 20 inches, in addition to financially supporting the newly installed organization in their new premises. Le Zèbre Rouge offers

Accès-Loisirs Vaudreuil-Soulanges will resume registrations in September

PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK The back to school season coincides with leisure activity registrations this year and changes have been made to make it a little easier for residents to sign up with the many sports, cul­tural and recreational organizations. The Accès-Loisirs Vaudreuil-Soulanges program is back with new registration dates for the upcoming fall session in a simple, accessible, and secure format. The usual registration program which is normally held in the spring was cancelled due the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak. As a result of the pandemic, some families may have still not received their 2019 assessment notices which are a regular part of the registration process. In order to facilitate th

Bunker back in action

PHOTO BY NICK ZACHARIAS A collection of used items at bargain prices fills The Bunker thrift shop where any number of surprising finds can be had on a Saturday morning in Hudson. After a long pandemic-induced break, the second-hand shop aptly named ‘The Bunker’ that runs out of the basement of Hudson’s War Memorial Library, is once again open for business. A Saturday morning staple for decades, COVID-19 forced them to re-assess how they would handle their usual flow of traffic. After opening for two quiet weekends with only word of mouth spread the news, they’ve worked out the logistics and are ready to once again welcome bargain hunters from far and wide. Volunteer spirit The Bunker accepts

Pilon seeks another four-year mandate as Vaudreuil-Dorion mayor

PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK Dispelling rumours to the contrary, Vaudreuil-Dorion Mayor Guy Pilon tells The Journal in an exclusive interview that he will seek a fifth mandate as mayor during the next municipal campaign which will be in early November, 2021. While the next municipal elections in Quebec are only slated for early November 2021, Vaudreuil-Dorion Mayor Guy Pilon has decided to announce his candidacy for re-election to another four year term. Pilon made the announcement officially to The Journal during an interview at his office on Tuesday, August 25, to dispel rumours that have been circulating recently speculating the mayor will not seek another mandate and retire from municipal politi

Questions remain following doctors’ departure from the VSPCR

PHOTO BY CARMEN MARIE FABIO Located in Hudson, the Vaudreuil-Soulanges Palliative Care Residence currently has eight of its 12 beds occupied following operational changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the departure of five of its doctors. Though the departure of five doctors from the Vaudreuil-Soulanges Palliative Care Residence (VSPCR) happened three months ago, the issue is being brought to the surface once again following another letter submitted to The Journal signed by the group which claimed in an August 11 email that the doctors were, “…ousted without warning and without reasons by a newly appointed management.” The letter went on to describe the VSPCR as becoming a “shadow of its

Ste. Anne’s councillor votes against city’s financial aid for COVID-19 protective equipment

THE JOURNAL FILE PHOTO/JOHN JANTAK Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue city council adopted a resolution to provide Pointe-Claire’s Lakeshore General Hospital Foundation with a $500 donation for specialized quality personal protective equipment in order to optimally protect staff in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Five of the six sitting Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue councillors including Mayor Paola Hawa voted in favour to adopt a resolution at the Monday evening council meeting on August 25 to provide a $500 donation to the Lakeshore General Hospital Foundation with one exception – District 3 Councillor Francis Juneau voted against it. Juneau cited two reasons for his decision – health care including

Mars puts on a show this fall

PHOTO COURTESY WWW.SKYSAFARIASTRONOMY.COM Location of Mars in the low eastern sky on August 27. (Image generated on SkySafari 6 Pro for the iPad with kind permission from Simulation Curriculum — see For amateur astronomers, August is synonymous with shooting stars. August’s Perseid meteor shower is indeed one of the best astronomical events of the year, but sky watchers have actually been spoiled this year with a lunar eclipse and the unexpected visit from comet Neowise. And the night sky still has surprised in stock for us this year. If you’re wondering about the bright new star in our evening sky, chances are you’re actually looking at a planet. Mars is particu

New - Visual Classified ads

PHOTO COURTESY SHUTTERSTOCK A picture may be worth a thousand words but we’ll only charge you $5. The Journal now brings you our new Visual Classifieds section. Take a print classified in our paper for the usual low cost ($15/one week, $20/ two weeks, $25/three weeks) and for a special introductory rate of an additional $5, we’ll post your ad and photo of what you’re selling on our website. Try it out – we look forward to seeing your ad. Email your ad request and photo to Ads will be updated online every Thursday.

Letter to the editor 1, August 20, 2020

Promoting ‘unity?’ Dear Editor, With reference to the article in the August 13 edition of The Journal concerning the openness of Hudson council, I find it appalling that Mayor Jamie Nicholls did not grant the floor to Councillor Helen Kurgansky. His reason, “…to promote unity amongst council” to avert divisive debates seem to me quite totalitarian. Was she not allowed to speak her opinion for voting against the motion? I am sure many would like to know her reason. Time to open up the council meetings. So very “woke.” June Pedersen Hudson

Letter to the editor 2, August 20, 2020

Why is the pond at the entrance to Saddlebrook on Steeplechase so neglected by the Town of Saint-Lazare? Dear Editor, PHOTO COURTESY GERRY FOLIOT The green scum floating on the surface of a pond in the Saddlebrook area of Saint-Lazare has resident Gerry Foliot wandering why the general area has been neglected. In comparison to the beautiful pond at the entrance to the Cedarbrook section of the town that sports a beautiful fountain, the pond in Saddlebrook, once the envy of all our visitors and other communities, has been left to look like green ‘mush.’ As a longtime resident (33 years) in the area, it is most disappointing to have to look at this unsightly mess. In conversation with Genevie

Letter to the editor 3, August 20, 2020

An invitation to our second ‘Chat with your Saint-Lazare councillors’ meeting Dear Editor, The Saint-Lazare councillors would like to thank the residents who attended our first ‘Chat with your Saint-Lazare councillors’ meeting which took place July 12 at St-Robert Park. It was a great success! The main goal of our meetings is to give citizens a chance to share their concerns and opinions and interact with their councillors regarding topics which are affecting their day-to-day affairs. These informal meeting opportunities also help the municipal councillors to better understand citizens’ views or perceptions about specific matters. We feel that it’s important for citizens to get to know th

Letter to the editor 4, August 20, 2020

Now hear this Dear Editor, On August 1 I parked my car at the IGA lot to do my food shopping quite early that morning. At home, hours later, I thought I wasn’t hearing as well as I ought to with my hearing aid and I decided to make sure it was properly turned on when I discovered it wasn’t even installed, so I went to retrieve it in its case which I found open and empty! Not a good sign! Obviously I had put it on as I’d thought and now had to do a search of the house and car (with a flashlight) without success. I was sinking into reconciliation mode at my loss, and decided to at least do the last thing, check with IGA to see if it had been tuned in there, but no such luck. Another last t

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