• John Jantak

Vaudreuil-Dorion resumes public council meetings

New Islamic centre planned for city

PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK

Vaudreuil-Dorion council approved preliminary plans for a new Islamic cultural centre that will be built on the site of the former Sunny’s Bar and Restaurant on Rang St. Antoine between Rue Chicoine and the Highway 20 overpass.

After a four-month hiatus, Vaudreuil-Dorion held its first in-person public council meeting on Monday evening, August 10 to the delight of council and the maximum of eight citizens who were allowed to attend the session on a first come-first serve basis because of social distancing measures.

Council adhered to social distancing measures with some councillors seated behind their regular seats and the remainder seated behind a row of tables in front of the council podium. “It’s open but with reduced capacity due to COVID-19,” said District 3 Councillor Jasmine Sharma.

‘Great to be back live’

“What I found interesting about the session is that it was hybrid in the sense that we had the live session that was also webcast like we’ve been doing throughout the pandemic,” said Sharma. “So for question period we had questions from the citizens who were with us and we were also taking questions on the phone line from people who were watching us on the web and from people who had submitted their questions earlier in the day.”

Sharma said she was glad council meetings have reopened to the public. “I loved it. I’m the type of person who likes close contact with the citizens. It’s more conducive to dialogue when you see the person who asks a question. Body language tells a lot as well. It was great to be back live.”

New Islamic centre

Council approved preliminary plans for a new Islamic cultural centre that will be built on the site of the former Sunny’s Bar and Restaurant on Rang St. Antoine between Rue Chicoine and the Highway 20 overpass.

“We’re still at the early stages of the process but council approved the preliminary project. It’s what they call a PPCMOI (Projet Particulier de Construction, de Modification ou d’Occupation d’un Immeuble) which is when we receive a specific project that respects the urban plan but has some derogations with regards to either zoning or usage,” Sharma told The Journal.

“Instead of changing the entire zoning, you can specifically – on a very particular lot – impose certain criteria that are specific to a particular project to allow it to establish itself in a given zone,” Sharma added. The Islamic Centre is renting its current location on Harwood Boulevard and is looking for a new spot so they can expand their facilities.

Road work almost completed

Residents who live on Rue Sainte Madeleine can expect road work that began earlier this summer to be completed within the next few weeks, said Marco Pilon, the city’s Deputy Director General and Treasurer. “We’ve repaired the entire street including the sewers and water pipes and expect to begin repaving work soon,” he said. “It was a very big project.”

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