Major artery in Hudson closed for seven weeks

PHOTO BY LAUREN MITCHELL As of September 21, motorists using the Hudson/Oka Ferry are advised to give themselves a little extra time on their commute as Bellevue Street will be closed due to redesign and repair work. The Town of Hudson website says the project will include: Correction of the street’s foundation; addition of a multifunction path on the street’s east side; addition of traffic-calming measures; and the addition of flower boxes. Throughout the duration of the work, the street will only be accessible to the residents of Bellevue Street.

Activities for seniors

PHOTOS COURTESY FRED AGNEW Artist Deirdre Potash (left) and musician Rob Lutes are the two participants in the free oline Portal MusiArt 2020 Program for seniors. Portal MusiArt 2020 Do you enjoy drawing, or listening to music? The Stories behind the Songs - Join acclaimed singer-songwriter Rob Lutes for interesting stories and live performances of songs from the the history of popular music. Deirdre Potash Drawing Workshop Be inspired by the Quebec artist Marc-Aurèle Fortin. Using pencil on paper, learn to create your own unique landscape. If you are 60 years old or more, contact us today to find out how you can join one of our free online groups. No special materials or equipment needed –

Hudson Music Festival ÉCHO 2020

PHOTO COURTESY HUDSON MUSIC FESTIVAL Steel Rail, comprised of Dave Clarke, Tod Gorr, and Ellen Shizgal, are back together in Quebec, making new acoustic music that reflects the best of the folk, bluegrass, and country traditions. By Brian Gallagher Nice to see the Hudson Music Festival back, even in a small way. Seems like the summer just wasn’t the same without it. I was chatting with festival director Blair Mackay and he was certainly happy to be bringing music back for a couple of weekends to the town of Hudson. As he says, “We at Hudson Music Festival have struggled over the last months to find a way to present the HMF annual tradition within the ever-changing COVID-19 restrictions. Safe

Legion News

ByRod L. Hodgson – President Our Legion Branch #115 is now open. For this weekend and next week we will be open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m. There is a new debit/credit card machine at the bar for payments though you still can pay by cash. Our first opening weekend went very smoothly with an increase in patrons each day. The maximum allowable number of patrons is just 20. However if you are from the same bubble (husband and wife, partner etc.) you will be able to sit beside each other so we can possibly seat 40 in the main lounge. Just ask the bartender for an extra chair. No tables or chairs already in place may be moved around. On Thursday, October 1 we will open from 4

Letter to the editor 1, Sept. 24, 2020

To all at IGA Hudson Dear Editor, I would like to thank the IGA for all their service during this pandemic. When we, as seniors, were isolated at home, they continued to supply our much-needed groceries. On the phone they received our requests with patience, humour, and understanding. Delivery to our home was regular and professional always with a happy greeting and friendly attitude. When we later began to buy our own groceries at the store in Hudson, all precautions were established for our safety, and the good nature and humour remained as we attempted to understand the new routines. Once I shopped later than normal and was confronted with rush hour. The line for the cashier went half way

Letter to the editor 2, Sept. 24, 2020

Too close for comfort Dear Editor, Last Thursday as I was driving home on Main Road in Hudson I saw a huge number of teenagers from Westwood High School going through the village on the street and sidewalk and believe me, the two-meters distancing was not respected at all and no one was wearing a mask. In fact, not only did they not keep any distance, some were holding hands and some were holding each other by the waist and so on. Aren’t they told by their parents and by the school about the danger of COVID-19? Nicole David Hudson

Letter to the editor 3, Sept. 24, 2020

QESBA is a menace to educational reform and should be ditched Dear Editor, On September 21, 2020 the Lester B. Pearson School Board (LBPSB) held its last council meeting under the present mandate which had been extended for two years, thus commissioners served from 2014 to 2020. Having attended all Council, Executive Committee and many Parents' Committee meetings during that time, there is no question that the elected public school system needs a massive revamping. Heaven knows, successive governments have tried. Think of the Liberal government with its parent-friendly Bill 86 and the attempt to transform school boards into school service centers, via Bill 40, by the Coalition Avenir Québec.

Letter to the editor 4, Sept. 24, 2020

Thumbs up and down Dear Editor, On Saturday, September 19 I was invited to participate in Saint-Lazare’s sustainable development plan public consultation at the community centre from 9:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. I was invited after having filled out a questionnaire. I can only commend the city and all those who worked on setting it up and planning/organizing this event. In consideration of the present circumstances with COVID-19, their job must have doubled or tripled. I felt safe and respected and at all times everyone who worked there was knowledgeable and hardworking and had, in my mind, considered all sides of the purpose of the meeting plus following public health guidelines/restrictions. Althou

Police report

PHOTO COURTESY SHUTTERSTOCK Approximately 50 kilograms of cannabis buds were seized in Saint-Zotique after police pulled over a vehicle that was exceeding the posted speed limit by over 70 k/hr. On Saturday September 12 at around 11:45 a.m., a patroller from the Vaudreuil-Dorion Sûreté du Québec station intercepted a vehicle traveling at 173 km/h in a 100 km/h zone. The vehicle was intercepted at km 7 of Highway 20 west in Saint-Zotique. After the vehicle was stopped, the officer had reasonable grounds to believe that cannabis was in the vehicle and a search warrant was obtained to conduct the operation. A total of 50 kg (111 lbs) of cannabis buds were seized from the vehicle. Two suspects w

Up for adoption or fostering

PHOTO COURTESY CASCA Looking for an adoptive family or foster family for Zento. Hello, I am Zento. I was born July 6, 2015 and have been vaccinated and sterilized. I have tested negative for FIV and FeLV. I was found on a campground and rescued. I am super happy to live indoors now and I will follow you around in case you have time to pet me. I am looking for a loving home where I will be the only cat. For more information regarding Zento, please write to us at

Up for adoption

PHOTO COURTESY ANIMATCH Miley, a 7 ½ year-old mixed breed, is back. She originally came to us with her buddy, Ti-Loup, when their guardian had to go into assisted living. They were very bonded, but we weren't able to adopt them together. All this upheaval has been a lot for her. We are looking for a guardian who understands that it can take weeks, and even months for a dog to adjust to a new environment. She has never lived with children and can be dominant with other dogs, so an adult home is a must. She's looking for someone who can give her the time and training that she requires to be the best dog that she can be. If that sounds like you, fill out the form and ask for Miley. For more inf

Signs of frustration in Hudson

PHOTO BY NICK ZACHARIAS A few Hudson residents recently took umbrage with the removal of several mature trees in preparation for a condominium project on Main Road, leaving a series of anonymous notes decrying the development and accusing councillors of impropriety. By Nick Zacharias A lot in the centre of downtown Hudson has been cleared to make room for a new condominium development and some citizens have reacted to the sight of the area newly stripped of trees with a plea for change in the town’s approach to development. A collection of handwritten signs grew up on the caution tape in front of the scene, calling into question the actions of the town council, one even going so far as to na

Fishing trip turned fiery rescue

PHOTO BY NICK ZACHARIAS Hudson resident Allan Potvin said it feels good to have helped someone after he himself was rescued from the water by his neighbour during the flooding of 2017. By Nick Zacharias In a dramatic aquatic rescue, Hudson resident Allan Potvin pulled a stranger from almost certain death in the cold waters of the Lake of Two Mountains on the morning of Tuesday, September 15. The stranger, who was sailing with another man when their boat went up in flames from a reported electrical problem from a heating appliance, had gone into the water leaving the unsalvageable craft behind as it burned out of control. Potvin, an avid fisherman who was in his own boat when the incident occ

New Vaudreuil-Dorion municipal centre on track to start eventual construction

IMAGE COURTESY VILLE DE VAUDREUIL-DORION Vaudreuil-Dorion’s new Municipal Centre will house the city hall, library, and multifunctional rooms in the same building and will include a public square on site. By John Jantak Vaudreuil-Dorion council adopted a notice of motion at its second bi-monthly meeting on September 21 authorizing the construction of its municipal centre which will bring the city hall, library, and multifunctional rooms together in the same building, as well as the development of a public square on site. An indoor aquatic complex is expected to be added in the second phase of the project. The municipal hub will be located on lot 4 559 873 on rue Émile-Bouchard, near the Cent

Fire on Fairhaven

PHOTO BY NICK ZACHARIAS Having only moved into their ‘dream home’ six months ago, homeowners of the house on Fairhaven are devastated at its loss and that of their young dog who perished in the blaze. By Nick Zacharias When Peter and Sorana Gyorgy headed off to work on the morning of September 21, they did not expect to be called back within an hour to see a fire reducing their Hudson dream home to a charred shell. They had only moved into the house this spring but now had to witness its demise. No people were injured in the blaze, but their young dog did not make it out alive. A column of black smoke Producing a tower of black smoke that could be seen for several kilometres, the house fire

Letter to the editor 1, Sept. 17, 2020

You can bank on it Dear Editor, It is with great anger that I read your article in the September 3 edition of The Journal about front line workers banned from a branch of The Bank of Nova Scotia. Even though I am not a customer of this bank I do own shares and finally found the email address of the president. They claim that they will look into this and, as expected, say that this should not have happened and front line workers are a priority. I only hope disciplinary action will take place and send a clear message. I wonder how the miserable clerk who refused service would feel if they had to go to the Lakeshore General Hospital for help. John Denney Saint-Lazare Editor’s note – The Journal

Letter to the editor 2, Sept. 17, 2020

Up close and personal Dear Editor, This is further to Russell Cotton’s concern (The Journal, September 10) regarding teenagers ignoring COVID-19 rules about social distancing and wearing masks. My husband and I encountered three Westwood High students on bikes in the Mayfair/Vipond forest in a friendly huddle – up close and personal and without masks. Their cheerful non-compliance was reminiscent of my response to warnings about smoking long ago. A field trip to see a COVID-19 victim on a respirator might be in order. Dianne Bradshaw Saint-Lazare

Letter to the editor 3, Sept. 17, 2020

Action plan needed Dear Editor, Whilst physical distancing is not currently enforceable it is a very sensible government recommendation that can reduce the COVID-19 transmission risk. As you know to achieve positive and beneficial change in industry there must exist ‘leadership.’ The same applies in the management and governance of a town. Unfortunately this quality is not currently apparent in Hudson. We all know that dangerous driving can kill. According to the experts dangerous queueing can kill, hence the physical distancing directive. We need an action plan from the mayor‘s office PDQ, in order to manage/control this longstanding problem. Russell Cotton Hudson

Letter to the editor 4, Sept. 17, 2020

I am sure glad I live in Canada Dear Editor, On September 12, I went to buy some things at the Canadian Tire in Vaudreuil-Dorion. Somewhere during my shopping, I lost my cellphone. I did not discover this until I got home. I retraced my trip to find it and asked the young ladies in Customer Service if anyone had turned in my phone. I felt like I had lost my left arm. I checked to see if any transactions were made on the credit cards that were in the phone case. None were made. I returned to Canadian Tire on Sunday afternoon and asked if my phone was turned in. IT WAS! I asked if there was a name left with it and there was not. Everything was there including $15 cash. I would like to thank th

Letter to the editor 5, Sept. 17, 2020

Canada Post Employees are made of sugar Dear Editor, I just saw the news clips on CBC and CTV – television and online – that Canada Post has suspended mail delivery in parts of British Columbia because the smoke from the US wildfires is “too dangerous for them.” Wow. Not like a real mail system as in the US where the moto is something like, “Neither rain, nor snow, nor heat, nor gloom of night….”etc. It is a well-known fact that our posties are soft, but following is an even more startling fact about how soft they really are. A short while ago, while travelling in a Canadian town that shall remain un-named, the town was having a water supply issue. As a temporary measure, the community i

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