During my first term in office I held the portfolios of traffic, seniors & Canadian legion. From 2009 to 2013 I oversaw library and culture while co-chairing the Golf Classic, Volunteer Appreciation Night, Maisons Fleuries, Wine Tasting and Canada Day. I am now proud to be overseeing Public Security, Dispatch and Emergency Medical Services (EMS).
I am a member of the Côte Saint-Luc Dramatic Society and have been a featured performer in two different productions. In addition, as a proud cat owner I have been integrally involved in the affairs of the Côte Saint-Luc Cats Committee. Not only do we rescue homeless cats and engage in Trap, Neuter and Release (TNR), but soon we will embark on a educational program. Over the past two summers we have held very successful fundraising concerts with the Musicians of the World Symphony Orchestra, for which I was honoured to be one of the emcees.
CURRENT MANDATE (2013-2017)
During my current mandate (2013-2017) I have been responsible for the Public Safety Portfolio which Includes Public Security, Dispatch and our Emergency Medical Service (EMS) manned by our volunteers who have all received their provincial first responder certificates.
- The fleet of 3 vehicles equipped with all the latest life saving medical equipment, manned by our volunteers are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year responding to approximately 3000 medical emergency calls per year.
- Our Public Security Division of 11 agents and 2 vans patrol the city 24 hours a day, 365 days a They help direct traffic and enforce city bylaws on the roads, parks and act as the eyes and ears for our police department.
- The dispatch centre is manned 24 hours daily, 365 days a year and responds and directs all calls pertaining to broken water mains, temporary parking permits, and all emergencies.
In a continuing effort to reduce speed and increase safety for both our motorists and pedestrians, we initiated new measures and expanded others. On streets where residents deemed there was a speed issue, we conducted traffic studies by placing traffic speed plates to measure the speed of all vehicles that passed over or near these plates over a 24 hour period for seven days.
When these studies showed there was a speeding issue, we determined which traffic calming measures needed to be put in place and also ensured that there was an additional police presence to apprehend, ticket and deter speeding offenders.
We have introduced traffic-calming measures on streets where traffic studies indicated a problem and they have proved to be very effective. I also advocated to maintain limited access from Hampstead into David Lewis.
I am pleased that the major repaving work that had to be done to eliminate potholes on MacDonald Ave. between Langhorne Ave. and Queen Mary Rd was completed over a two year period. As many of you know, the west side of the stretch of MacDonald mentioned above is in Côte Saint-Luc and the east side is in Montreal. We had to reach an agreement with Montreal to jointly do the necessary repaving. I worked hard on this dossier and thank everyone involved for turning this into reality. In addition, I pushed for less parking restrictions on MacDonald and more efficient street cleaning schedules.
Recycling in apartments and condos
In 2005 recycling was something that the majority of apartment and condo residents told me they wanted for their buildings. We introduced By-law 2302, which obliges apartment and condominium building owners to offer recycling collection services to its residents. I am delighted to report that all 33 apartment buildings in District 1 (2,079 doors) are now participating in the recycling program.
Keeping our area safe
Our community is fortunate to have the Volunteer Citizens on Patrol (VCOPs), an extraordinary group of volunteers who serve as the eyes and ears for our police and public security. Over the last number of years I have successfully advocated for more patrols of vCOP and public security in District 1. I worked closely with Police Station 9 Commander Sylvain Bissonnette, who was transferred to Lachine last summer. I have already met with his successor, Marc Cournoyer, and briefed on matters pertinent to District 1.
The Library in Detail
Mere words cannot describe how proud I was to oversee the library dossier. Our Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library is a jewel in our midst. We are 13,000 members strong, with 150,000 adult books, 50,000 children’s books, 17,000 films, 5,000 music Cds, 6,000 audio books and 325 periodical subscriptions.
A new library program brochure was designed in 2013 resulting in a whole new look. The new brochure is bilingual and includes both adult and children’s programs in one brochure.
In 2009, we became the first library in Quebec to acquire Overdrive, a company that specializes in digital content for libraries. Initially, the Library offered only downloadable audiobooks to library members, but the following year ebooks were added to the collection.
The library gave it’s café a new look in 2012 purchasing new furniture and installing vending machines.
In October 2012, the library offered it’s first ever large-scale used book sale. This is now an annual event, with the second annual book sale scheduled for October 19 and 20, 2013.
The past couple of years saw an expansion of library outreach programs and services into daycares, schools, and seniors residences. We brought the Good Food Box program to CSL and revamped our shut-in program.
In September 2011, a small library branch was opened in the newly constructed Aquatic and Community Centre. Named Library Express, the purpose of the branch was to provide easy and quick access to popular adult and children’s materials to library members residing nearby our using the centre.
The library has improved its volunteer program in both the adult and children’s departments. In the Children’s Library rather than simply clocking hours for the completion of school requirements, teenagers are now participating in a more challenging and rewarding way gaining social awareness as they volunteer as a reading buddy or help develop programs for their peers. In the adult Library, the volunteer program has also been enlarged with the addition of Library Ambassadors.
The library implemented a Fast Reads program allowing for seven-day loans on high demand titles.
We revamped our programming in 2012-2013, resulting not only in some fantastic individual events but a refocus on culture, family, and literacy.
- CSL Reads, Passion for Music, and Oliver Jones were our star adult programs this past year, garnering huge praise for quality and high attendance. We developed and offered a whole new series of concert programs entitled “Candlelight concerts”. We also added a knitting club, a music club and a film club. Gardening was also another area which received some attention, with a garden animator on site, not only developing gardening programs for both adult and children but acting as a resource for the entire city.
- In the Children’s department, we began offering high-quality parenting programs, as well as programs for children ages eight to 12, including a movie night, a Lego program, origami and Game time. In addition, we paid attention to another often neglected group, the 12 to 16-year-olds, adding age-appropriate furniture and creating a “teen zone”.
- Finally, we also focused on literacy offering an innovative program entitled PAWS to read which introduced the use of therapy dogs to help children attain reading confidence. In addition, we implemented a reading buddies program which paired children with teen volunteers. All these programs have been highly successful in terms of accolades and attendance.
In 2012 the library launched its new website. The new website more closely follows excellent website design criteria. The Library also dramatically increased the Library’s social media presence including Facebook, Twitter and a library blog. The Library began offering technology workshops on a variety of topics, from how to download ebooks to Facebook and iPhones. We also began to offer individual instruction by offering appointments to interested members. In 2011, the Library created a resource centre for newcomers entitled the Language and Literacy Centre. In addition, the Library made it easier for members to learn a new language, including providing access to Mango, a new online language learning program.
In 2013, the Library hired a Multilingual Services Coordinator who began offering services not only to Francophones, but to other language groups as well, in particular the Russian community. In the effort to further reach the Russian community the Library also began offering English as a second language.