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    SINCE 1963 By Maureen Marovitch Special to The Suburban The streets of Montreal West were alive with unusual Christmas tunes this past weekend. Dressed in Santa hats and giving out candy canes, a group of Lachine residents brought tunes like I'm Dreaming of a Barricade-free Christmas into the centre of the contested 2010 Corolla CE Manual UP TO $ * 2855 PURCHASE REBATE neighbourhood. The footage filmed of the event has become a unique video Christmas card dedicated to Montreal Westers and Montrealers, released on YouTube as a follow up to the widely viewed first music video. Taking several popular holidays tunes like Jingle Bells, Deck the Halls and Let it Snow, the new lyrics referenced the recent traf- 2010 DODGE JOURNEY JOURNEY * A/C * AUTOMATIC * POWER WINDOWS & LOCKS * ABS BRAKES ALL INCLUDED: * Transport * A/C Tax * Prep FREE WINTER TIRES AND FREE STORAGE DODGE CHRYSLER JEEP fic barricade installed on Broughton street in early October. Lachine Mayor Claude Dauphin gave his support and baritone voice to the event by singing with the carolers and Montreal Westers got into the spirit by honking their horns in support and signing a petition 3333 Cote-de-Liesse, St-Laurent (between Decarie and Acadie circles) (514)748-7777 3333 Cote-de (514)748-7777 (between Decarr 2010 Matrix Manual ual UP TO $ * 3060 PURCHASE REBATE $ $ 17,995 17,995 * *PLUS TAXES. PHOTO FOR ILLUSTRATION PURPOSE ONLY. 3400 SOURCES BLVD., D.D.O. WWW.DESSOURCES.COM Purchase financing offered through Toyota Canada Inc. upon credit approval from Toyota Financial Services. Registration, insurance, taxes and fees are extra. Subject to applicable conditions, offers are for a limited time only and can be modified without prior notice. Dealer may sell for less. The rebates vary from vehicle to vehicle. Taxes apply to the full amount of the purchase after the rebate is deducted. *The rebate offer of up to $2855 on the 2010 Corolla CE manual (BU42EMAA) and up to $3060 on the 2010 Matrix manual (KU4EEMAA). Purchase of these vehicles is valid for all new models in stock and all retail clients. See details at Toyota Gabriel. Brand Brand New New QUEBEC'S LARGEST ENGLISH WEEKLY NEWSPAPER ETCETERA Debunking the myths that fuel a fire of hate More than 60 years after the creation of the state of Israel, the divide between Muslims and Jews is stronger than ever. The result - political Islam, terrorism and jihad - is as clear to all as the long lines at airport security check points. ‰ Page 16 ETCETERA Sparking an interest in science Almost like clockwork, Montreal's own very learned Dr. Joe Schwarcz has recently put out another book which is, as usual, filled with interesting and entertaining scientific anecdotes which pertain to everyday life. ‰ Page 17 GMAA SPORTS Rams grind one out against Gryphons The Laurier Macdonald High School Rams downed the Selwyn House Gryphons in a 34-32 squeaker in midget boys' basket ball Wednesday in Westmount. ‰ Page 37 "IMAGINE...", PAGE 10 Lachine Mayor Claude Dauphin (left) along with a group of Lachine residents sang and sought out signatures for a petition to eliminate the barricade. Barricade protest video #2 goes online Lachine carolers serenade Montreal West residents - with a message + $ 300 SERVICE CREDIT 1-888-273-2033 DECEMBER 22, 2010 CITY EDITION See DEVIL'S HILL, page 2 1ST PLACE WINNER FOR COMMUNITY SERVICE IN SNA'S NORTH AMERICAN AWARDS. THE SUBURBAN'S THREE EDITIONS - CITY, WEST ISLAND AND EAST END - HAVE REACHED A TOTAL CIRCULATION OF 145,000 COPIES! MAUREEN MAROVITCH PHOTO Larry Smith named to the Senate Pledges to run for Lac St-Louis Conservative nomination when election is called By Beryl Wajsman, Editor The Suburban It has been a heady two days for Larry Smith, the popular President of the Montreal Alouettes and former CFL Commissioner. Smith, who recently announced that he was stepping down from the Al's top job but leaves officially on Dec. 31, was named to the Senate by Prime Minister Harper on Monday. Last night he announced that he would step down from the Senate when an election was called and run for the Conservative nomination in the riding of Lac St-Louis. Smith spoke in front of hundreds of enthusiastic supporters at a rally organized by the Lac St-Louis Federal See SENATE, page 12

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    2 * THE SUBURBAN, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2010 Around the Towns CSL HOLIDAY HOURS AND PARKING TOLERANCE Côte St. Luc announced its holiday hours for Christmas and New Year's Day. "Administrative services offices including city hall, Samuel Moskovitch Arena, Public Works Building, public works yard, and parks and recreation building are closed from Dec. 24 to Jan. 4, inclusive," says the announcement. "The library is open every day from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., except on the following days when it will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Dec. 24, 25, 31 and Jan. 1. The gymnasium is closed on Dec. 24, 25, 26, 31, and Jan. 1, 2. The gymnasium will be open for Dropin Sports on Dec. 27 to 30 from 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. The Samuel Moskovitch Arena is closed on Dec. 24, 25, 26, 31, and Jan. 1, 2." Regarding blue box, brown bin and garbage collection, "the waste services are unaffected during the holidays. Regarding overnight parking, the city "will permit vehicles to park on the street during the overnight period of Dec. 24/25 until Jan. 5 at noon. CSL BASKETBALL TRAINING CAMP Côte St. Luc also announced that a Winter Pro-Style Basketball Training Camp will take place Monday, Dec. 27, 9 a.m. - Thursday, Dec. 30, 3 p.m. at 7500 Mackle Road. The camp includes "instruction from top-level coaches and instructors, and a combination of skill development and games. The focus is basketball, basketball, basketball." Registration is at the Parks and Recreation Department, 7500 Mackle Road and is for ages eight to 14. Cost for residents is $112 and non-residents is $140. Participants must bring their own lunch. For more information, call 514-485-6806. MOWEST INFRASTRUCTURE ADVISORY Residents of Banstead, Ainslie and Campbell Avenues were informed by public security chief Patrick Mann that infrastructure work in their area "will be suspended for the winter months and work will resume in the spring to complete the project. The job site will be secured to ensure the safety of the affected residents. "Please also note that the 'PRECO' grant program that is funding part of this project has been extended until 2011 so that our grant will not be jeopardized by having the work completed next year," Mann added. MOWEST RECREATION Montreal West announced that its recreation programs begin the week of Jan. 10. "Please note that our offices will be closed from Dec. 24 until Jan. 4," says an advisory "Our office re-opens on Wednesday, Jan. 5," says an announcement. "You may still register for programs but spaces are limited." PAGE TWO OWAIN HARRIS/THE SUBURBAN Sun Youth basket giveaway Above: Mayor Gérald Tremblay hands out gift bags at Monday's Christmas basket giveaway. Right: Montreal police help load food bags at the Sun Youth Christmas bag giveaway. Missing man found By Kevin Woodhouse The Suburban After friends and family searched alleyways, side streets and every other plausible space in Old Montreal for 27-year-old Matthew Besner who went missing early Sunday morning after stepping outside for a breath of fresh air while dining DEVIL'S HILL Cont'd from page 1 calling for a new solution. Over eighty Montreal Westers signed in two hours, including several living in the barricaded sector. Activist and songwriter Pat Schmidt notes that this barricade is part of a wider issue of demerged towns having the rights to close off their streets, regardless of impact on neighbouring communities. She cites the current situations between NDG and Westmount, and Kirkland and Pierrefonds as similar situations. To see the new music video, visit YouTube and search for Christmas Barricade Devil's Hill. More info is available at www.devilshill.blogspot.com and www.facebook.com/devilshill n Publisher: Michael Sochaczevski Associate Publisher: Sari Medicoff VP Business Development & Marketing: David Solomon Sales Manager: David Broadman Production Manager: Karen L. Cross Classified Manager: Charmaine Worrell Credit Manager: Carol Balinsky with relatives and friends, his body was discovered Tuesday morning near Mill St. on the Lachine Canal. Besner was out with his girlfriend and other friends Saturday night celebrating at the restaurant located at St. Alexis St. in Old Montreal, close to Notre Dame. Besner stepped out of the 7575 Trans-Canada Highway, Suite 105, St. Laurent, QC H4T 1V6 (514) 484-1107 (Fax) 484-9616 suburban@thesuburban.com www.thesuburban.com Some images and graphics Copyright 2009 Michael Publishing and its licensors. All rights reserved. Xmas carollers outside church. restaurant to get some fresh air. When his girlfriend and party broke up for the evening, she sent a text message to Besner wondering when he was coming home. Besner texted back to her that he would be home momentarily and that was his last communication with her. During Tuesday morning's news conference, police offi- Editor-in-chief: Beryl Wajsman (editor@thesuburban.com) Associate Editor: Anthony Bonaparte (anthony@thesuburban.com) Sports Editor: Mark Lidbetter (sports@thesuburban.com) Editorial Staff: Joel Ceausu, Dan Delmar, Joel Goldenberg, Walter J. Lyng, P.A. Sévigny, Samantha St. Jules, Kevin Woodhouse Editorial Contributors: Maria I. Anelli, Sam Bick, Mike Cohen, Alex Di Pietro, Mitch Gallo, Ian Howarth, David Lisbona, Bernard Mendelman, Lisa K. Savage, Abby Schachter, Linda Zlatkin, Irene Chwalkowski, Ethan Gordon, Jenn Hardy, Geneviève Waller Photographers: Rob Amyot, Owain Harris, Andrew Soong, Rob Taussig CONTACT US via email: Letters: editor@thesuburban.com | Entertainment: entertainment@thesuburban.com | Features: anthony@thesuburban.com | Sports: sports@thesuburban.com | Community Events: calendar@thesuburban.com | Advertising material: production@thesuburban.com cials explained that Besner's body showed no signs of violence and that his wallet was still on him. Officials were able to trace Besner who appeared to have crossed from one side of the canal to the other, falling twice in the process. The body was discovered adjacent to the Five Roses Flour mill.n Publisher's liability for error: The publisher shall not be liable for slight changes or typographical errors that do not lessen the value of an advertisement. The publisher's liability for other errors or omissions in connection with any advertisement is strictly limited to publication of the advertisement in any subsequent issue or the refund of any monies paid for the advertisement. Entire Contents Copyright Michael Publishing Co. Inc., Wednesday, December 22, 2010 MAUREEN MAROVITCH PHOTO

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    NEWS AND ANALYSIS Tutino steps down from Agglo Budget Commission By Kevin Woodhouse The Suburban Last April 22, Montreal Mayor Gerald Tremblay created the Agglomeration Budget Commissions, a board of nonpartisan politicians from the city's three major parties as well as Baie d'Urfe Mayor Maria Tutino and Westmount Peter Trent as representatives for the 15 demerged municipalities. Between April and June, 35 meetings were held to find and create consensus on how taxpayer's money should be divided and spent. Tutino, who has been on the finance commission for the last five years, was delighted that the city of By Dan Delmar The Suburban The finishing touches are being put on NDG's new Benny sports and recreation complex this week and in mid-January, the borough will invite citizens to explore the facility. The open house weekend will take place on Jan. 15 and 16; staff will act as tour guides for residents interested in discovering the building. Beginning on Jan. 17, registration will begin for the wide range of activities that will take place in the centre, located inside of Benny Park on Monkland Ave. "I'm very excited," said Côte des Neiges-NDG mayor Michael Applebaum. "Citizens will see a first class facility and I'm looking forward to the opening." The centre has two heated indoor pools (one of which has six lanes for competitions), a gymnasium, weight room, two multifunction rooms a café and outdoor terrace. The building is wheelchairaccessible and has also upgraded from a basic Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating to "silver" for meeting a number of interna- Montreal's decision to "come up with recommendations and guiding principles that could be agreed on unanimously," Tutino told The Suburban. Recommendations included "not exceeding the inflation rate by more than one percent which would have made for an 3.5 percent increase." Other areas for recommendation were ways to reduce costs. Water is a major point as many West Island municipalities pay water costs for the city of Montreal yet only get their resource from Pointe Claire. "The citizen is given four bills for water and only one relates to consumption," said Tutino. "The other three bills are for real estate values which makes no sense. This tional sustainability standards. It includes a geothermal heating and cooling system to drastically cut energy consumption. Opponents of the project were concerned primarily that it would take up too much space inside Benny Park. The borough has responded with an unobtrusive design that attempts to blend the building in with the green space around it. It is set back from the street at roughly the same spot where the previous pool chalet was located and part of the roof, which covers the gymnasium, will be covered with grass and trees. Now that the building is up, Applebaum is using the occasion to answer critics who feared the centre would lead to the destruction of the park. "I had opponents that said this would be a disaster; that we would be losing green space and building parking lots," Applebaum told The Suburban, inviting critics to give their honest assessments of the completed project. "Where are they today? It's easy to complain and criticize." The sports and recreation complex is the first of three community centres in the Benny policy is unheard of anywhere else in North America. Consumers should pay water bills according to use and not the value of their home." "We are paying exorbitant fees while Montreal has no willingness to address the issue that would be simple to modify," said the Baie d'Urfe mayor. Much like years past, despite being told that the city of Montreal would follow the guidelines set out by the commission, "we get the city's latest budget and the agglo expenses continue to grow with no end in sight and none of the commission's recommendations being put into use." It was for that reason that Trent and Fifteen million dollar NDG sports centre to open in January DAN DELMAR / THE SUBURBAN Area that will also include a library (set to break ground in 2011) and the Centre de santé et de services sociaux (CSSS) Cavendish.n WOW DEALS OF THE WEEK... GROUP RATES - SAVE UP TO $1160 PER COUPLE Cayo Coco Jan. 15 $699 Flight ONLY Paris Puerto Plata Jan.14 $799 Margarita Jan. 25 $898 25 Jan./01 Feb. 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    NEWS & ANALYSIS 4 * THE SUBURBAN, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2010 Avenue Clanranald Avenue Coolbrook Z Boulevard Decarie Looking back at 2010 Mike Cohen It has been an eventful 2010. As we head towards a new year, let's take our look back at some of the headliners who have graced the pages of this column. Politics: Premier Jean Charest's popularity continued to dip to new lows.. Justice Minister Jacques Dupuis, the longtime MNA for St. Laurent retired. Former cabinet minister Jean-Marc Fournier came out of his brief retirement and won the Liberal stronghold with an endorsement by The Suburban, despite a campaign by The Montreal Gazette urging voters to elect the ADQ candidate...Local politics lost two gems in 2010: TMR Mayor Vera Danyluk died from an undisclosed illness while St. Laurent City Councillor Laval Demers passed away very suddenly...Prime Minister Stephen Harper THE ONLY LIQUIDATION STORE IN QUEBEC 6900 DECARIE BLVD. 514-731-6118 Mon.-Wed. 9:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Thurs. & Fri. 9:30 a.m.-9:00 p.m. Saturday 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Sunday 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Rue Vézina FREE Indoor Parking made his most high profile appearance ever in our Suburbia, speaking at a huge Conservative Party rally in Dollard des Ormeaux to promote the nomination of Pierrefonds-Dollard candidate Agop Everekian...Projet Montréal leader Richard Bergeron sacrificed his plumb spot on the City of Montreal Executive due to a spat with the mayor over the Turcot Yards project ....Former PQ cabinet minister Francois Legault made waves about starting a new political party, tentatively called Force Québec, and aimed at attracting federalists and sovereignists..... Sports: Bob Gainey stepped down as general manager of the Canadiens, but many months after making the worst trade in team history - acquiring Scott Gomez's obscene $8 million a year contract. New GM Pierre Gauthier embraced Montreal by buying a home in Burlington, Vermont to serve as his principal residence.... Jaroslav Halak was traded to St. Louis, but still attracted some 7,000 people to an autograph session at Fairview in August. By contrast, a few weeks later star forward Michael Cammalleri attracted less than 1,000 people for his signing at a Best Buy store.... The Alouettes won a second successive Grey Cup, after which superstar quarterback Anthony Calvillo underwent serious surgery on his thyroid...Molson Stadium was expanded to 25,000 seats.... Joey Saputo announced that the Impact soccer team will join Major League Soccer in 2012....Quebecor CEO Pierre Karl Péladeau stepped forward as the future owner of a "future" Quebec Nordiques franchise...The Formula 1 Grand Prix of Canada car race returned to Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. Entertainment and Media: Montrealer Stephanie Castagnier made it to the Top Five of NBC's The Apprentice reality TV show with Donald Trump...Hampstead's Nikki Yanofsky impressed the world with her magical singing at the Vancouver Olympics...Montreal was the scene of a number of movie shoots involv- MONTREAL: If your home has just come off the market and hasn't sold, don't be discouraged. The reason your home did not sell may have nothing to do with your home or the market. In reality, your home may have been one of the more desirable properties for sale. So Why Didn't Your Home Sell? Last year, a large percentage of homes listed never sold at all. 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    THE SUBURBAN, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2010 * 5

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    Hampstead resident played part in pool rescue Councillor apologizes for omission in staff report By Joel Goldenberg The Suburban A Hampstead resident says he played a role in the recent rescue of a 10-year-old girl from the Hampstead pool, and is annoyed that the town's account and record of the incident did not have the complete story of the incident. As reported by The Suburban, three 10year-old girls on their Hanukkah break from Jewish school, without parental supervision, climbed the fence at the pool in the aftermath of a major snowstorm. One fell in, and her two friends pulled her out. Hampstead recreation staff administered first aid and called Urgences Santé, but the girl recovered, was outfitted with dry clothes and escorted home by staff member Cornelia Ziga. According to the town's report, a perimeter alarm went off when the pool area was entered. 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"As I was getting closer, I could hear them yelling, so I sped it up. By the time I got there, they were really screaming. One girl was hysterical. One girl was up on the fence, and she couldn't get her legs over, she was the one who went into the water. I eased her over, talked her through it and got her down off the fence. But she couldn't walk - she was quite distressed, crying and freezing. I tried to carry her but she was too heavy and the snow was too deep. So I put her on my son's sled, and I asked the two other girls to bring my son. "We had gone a little ways and some guy stuck his head out of the community centre and started yelling at us 'get away from the fence, don't play on the fence.' I was yelling back ' we need help, she's been in the water.' It was very windy, and it seemed like it took a while for what I was saying to register with them. They disappeared, one guy reappeared and he came running over, and we continued to drag her back the rest of the way to the snack bar." Quest for the best winner... The resident said that while no one was hurt, a post-accident report should be complete. "If you're going to learn from an accident - I work in aviation - you have to get all the facts, and it seem this wasn't the case," he said. "They were drawing conclusions based on partial facts." Councillor Bonnie Feigenbaum, in charge of recreation on council, said she feels terrible about the report's omission. "I requested written reports from the staff so I could do a complete interview [with The Suburban], and I'm terribly sorry," she said. " I'm glad The Suburban is so well read that the anonymous resident came out to tell his side of the story." Feigenbaum explained that once staff member Ian Bresler helped the resident take the sled into the community centre, and the resident established he was not the girl's father, "the focus was on the girl and not the resident anymore, as it should be. The resident took off, he didn't leave a phone number, so it was assumed - and you know the problem with assuming - the resident wanted to remain anonymous, but the resident's role should have been included, even anonymously, in the report. Everyone in Hampstead agrees with that." "Security should sit down and dissect this, and the fact no one even acknowledged I was there, tends to make me believe they didn't really do a thorough investigation of what happened," the anonymous hero said.n Quest for the best winner... Quest for the best winner MEAL DEAL A COMPLETE QUARTER CHICKEN MEAL... NOW THAT'S AN EXTRAORDINARY DEAL! $ 7 95 plus taxes PARTY ORDERS WELCOMED Since 1944 Montreal's Favourite Rotisserie Merry Christmas! 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    NEWS & ANALYSIS Gardenview School students, staff still coping with student tragedy aftermath By Joel Goldenberg The Suburban English Montreal School Board grief counsellors were out in full force last week at St. Laurent's Gardenview Elementary School in the aftermath of the murder and wounding of former students Deyan and Danyela Perisic, 10 and 12, allegedly by their father Predrag Perisic in Houston, Texas. According to reports, Danyela was shot eight times trying to protect her brother. A Quebec judge had ordered the children to be with their father in Texas, despite their objections. The shooting took place a week ago Monday as police entered the father's home to arrest Perisic for child custody violations. Both children were taken out of Gardenview School as a result of the Quebec family court judgment, and Danyela missed her graduation ceremony this past spring. Deyan would have been in Grade 5 this year and Danyela is in her first year of high school. MoWest says restaurant causing nuisance By Joel Goldenberg The Suburban Montreal West passed a resolution last week officially declaring the restaurant Burger de Ville to be causing a "nuisance" because of complaints over several months of smoke emitting from the establishment. The owner was given 15 days to solve the problem or face possible legal action. Burger de Ville owner Reda Wahba has told The Suburban that his restaurant is operating according to code. "We did everything we had to do," Wahba said recently. "Our ventilation is right, our air conditioner is right. I don't know what more I can do - this is a See NUISANCE, page 15 Gardenview principal Tina Lavranos said 10 members of the EMSB's trauma team came to the school a week ago Tuesday and three were on hand last Wednesday. Two offices were set up in the school by the team. "They worked with all staff and children in Grades 4, 5 and 6 - they met with us three times in the morning so that teachers could prepare the children if they had questions, and then they actually went into classrooms and for kids who were falling apart, and they still [were], we had areas designated for them to cry and say what they had to say," she explained. "A lot of emotions were arising and there are families who are either separated or divorced, and we had to reassure children this is rare and that it's not going to happen because of a separation or divorce. "There was a lot of healing and support that was absolutely necessary, and it continues to be." Lavranos said the older children, from Grades 3 to 6, had already heard the news Pierre Arcand MNA for/Député de Mont-Royal 3400 Jean-Talon W., #100 Montreal, QC H3R 2E8 Hon. Stéphane Dion P.C., M.P./C.P., député Saint-Laurent/Cartierville (514) 335-6655 stephanedion.liberal.ca Hon. Marlene Jennings P.C., M.P./C.P., députée NDG-Lachine (514) 489-8703 marlenejennings.liberal.ca when they came to school last Tuesday, as they were friends with Deyan and Danyela. "The young man was with us since kindergarten and the little girl was with us since kindergarten up until Grade 6 in April, when she left. They were involved in sports with many of the children - Deyan was involved with soccer - they had connections." The principal said the teachers who taught the Perisics needed counselling themselves. "I told my staff the day I found out, on the 14, and I called an emergency meeting after school," Lavranos explained. "I felt it was very important that they know. There were outbursts and a lot of crying. I set up the trauma team to come in as early as possible.... One teacher who was greatly affected was his kindergarten and Grade 1 teacher, and she remembers how willing he was to help another little boy who was in the class who needed a lot of support. He said to the teacher, 'you can count on me, I'll take care of him.'" Lavranos said she also knew the two stu- Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Joyeux Noël et Bonne Année! Lawrence S. Bergman MNA for/Député de D'Arcy McGee 5800 Cavendish, #403 Cote St. Luc, QC H4W 2T5 dents very well. "I am heartbroken... shattered, it was such a senseless act," she said. "We were dealing with the mom who informed us about the move. She was very private, I didn't know what was going on in her personal life. She always wanted to do what was right for the children, so when they moved to Houston, she called me long distance to say 'please save me a spot because I'm not sure we're going to stay here for long.' She didn't go into details. "I did hear their life was difficult in Houston." According to reports, the family did live together in Houston for a time, but the mother and children returned to Montreal. Lavranos had never met the father. Deyan and Danyela "were very well brought up, they were very good students, had lots of friends, great kids," Lavranos said. "I'm just numb at this point.... It's hard to sleep, it's hard to eat. We're trying to cope as best we can."n Marc Garneau M.P./député Westmount--Ville-Marie (514) 283-2013 marcgarneau.liberal.ca Hon. Irwin Cotler P.C., O.C., M.P./C.P., O.C., député Mount Royal/Mont-Royal (514) 283-0171 irwincotler.liberal.ca Best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Raymond Bachand MNA for/Député de Outremont 5450, Côte-des-Neiges Road # 115 Montreal, Qc H3T 1Y6 Jacques Chagnon Député d e/MN A for Westmount St-Louis 1155 University #1312 Montreal, QC H3B 3A7 Meilleurs voeux pour un Joyeux Noël et une Bonne Année! 48C10 Henri-François Gautrin MNA for/Député de Verdun 4110, rue Wellington, #301 Verdun, QC H4G 1V7 Kathleen Weil MN A for /Députée de Notre-Dame-de-Grâce 5252 de Maisonneuve W., #210 Montreal, QC H4A 3S5 THE SUBURBAN, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2010 * 7

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    8 * THE SUBURBAN, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2010 ENDIVES Pr. of Belgium $4.39 kg 8 59 8 59 LB. BAKERY GADOUA MULTIGO BREAD 2 39 2 39 EA. 3 89 3 89 EA. 1 49 1 49 EA. 4601, blvd. Des Sources Dollard-des-Ormeaux 514-685-5050 www.adonisproducts.com 2001 Sauvé W. (corner l'Acadie) 514-382-8606 SUPER SPECIALS VALID: DECEMBER 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 2010 FRUITS & VEGETABLES BROCCOLI RAPPINI JUMBO CANTALOUPE RED APPLES DELICATESSEN & CHEESE OUR FRIDGE 5 44 5 44 LB. 7 99 7 99 1 OKA CHEESE Regular or Artisan $18.93 kg SAN DANIELLE PROSCIUTTO $17.61 kg LB. SMOKED TURKEY BREAST $8.80 kg BEATRICE CHOCOLATE MILK 1 L OASIS JUICE 1.75 L See variety in store 99 1 99 LB. 89 ¢ EA. 1 19 1 19 EA. 1 19 1 19 EA. 1 99 1 99 EA. HAVARTI CHEESE Regular or Jalapeno $11.99 kg OR BUY AT 2 SPECIAL PRICE OF 99 2 99 EA. 3 99 3 99 WITH THE PURCHASE OF A 4L LACTANTIA MILK GET ONE MY COUNTRY BUTTER 454 g EA. WOW KRAFT PHILADELPHIA CREAM CHEESE 250 g See variety in store BALKAN KASHKAVAL CHEESE $14.97 kg 6 79 6 79 LB. 635 g White or 14 Grain CEDAR WHOLE ALMONDS 300 g WOW CEDAR MIXED NUTS 454 g WOW DARE BRETON OR MINI BRETON CRACKERS 200-225 g See variety in store 3/ 5 00 PRIMO LASAGNA 375-500 g Assorted WOW WOW ICEBERG LETTUCE Size 24 Pr. of U.S.A. 89 ¢ L'EXTRA BRIE CHEESE $11.99 kg 5 44 5 44 LB. Size 18 Pr. of U.S.A. 3 99 3 99 FRESH FISH LB. LB. UNIVERSAL GROCERY CLEOPATRA EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL PEPSI OR 7-UP 2 L Regular or Diet 705, blvd. Curé-Labelle (between Samson & Notre-Dame) CHOMEDEY, LAVAL 450-978-2333 79 FROZEN ¢ LB. CEDAR PHYLLO PASTRY ROTISSERIE PLATE OF CHICKEN SHISH TAOUK OR BEEF SHAWARMA LB. EA. EA. WOW ROSETTE DE EA. EA. ASTRO PLAIN YOGURT CLAUDEL BRIE OR EA. LYON SALAMI 650 g 2% Stirred or 750 g 3% Halal CAMEMBERT CHEESE FRESH MEAT $9.45 kg 230 g LAMB SHOULDER 4 29 4 LB. 29 LB. WOW NEW! MEAT & CHICKEN KOSHER DEPARTMENT SAVE 90 ¢ 90 ¢ 1 19 1 19 99 ¢ 99 ¢ EA. FRESH ROYAL PORGIES $11.00 kg WOW 4 99 4 99 3 L 13 99 13 99 EA. 79 ¢ 79 ¢ YUM YUM SNACKS 130 g-170 g See variety in store WOW EA. BAHLSEN COOKIES 100-200 g See variety in store 3/ 5 00 CEDAR DRIED FIG GARLAND 250 g 99 ¢ 99 ¢ EA. Pr. of U.S.A. DEAR CUSTOMERS RESERVE NOW FOR YOUR CHRISTMAS LOGS, CAKES & PREPARED FOODS! Size 9 Pr. of U.S.A. IF WEATHER PERMITS 99 ¢ 99 ¢ 99 EA. ¢ 99 ¢ WOW EA. MOTT'S GARDEN VEGETABLE COCKTAIL 945 ml Assorted WOW CEDAR ARTICHOKE HEARTS 398 ml 1 69 1 69 EA. DAIA DEGLET NOUR DATES 200 g 75 ¢ 75 ¢ EA. 2/ 4 00 3 19 3 19 3 79 3 79 EA. SCALLOPS 10/20 $26.43 kg 11 99 11 99 Size 88 Pr. of U.S.A. $1.74 kg 79 ¢ 79 ¢ LB. 454 g We reserve the right to limit quantities* or while quantities last. Pictures are for illustration pu rposes only. 3100 blvd. Thimens Place Vertu, St-Laurent 514-904-6789 1 29 1 29 EA. CHAPMAN'S FROZEN YOGURT 2 L See variety in store 2 99 2 99 BEEF FILET MIGNON HALF OR WHOLE $12.99 kg 1 69 1 69 5 LB. 89 5 89 LB. BLACK PLUMS HEINEKEN BEER 12x330 ml bottles WOW Pr. of Italy $1.74 kg 79 ¢ 12 99 12 99 EA. AL WADI EGGPLANT DIP 820 g 3 29 3 29 EA. CEDAR CALROSE RICE 4 kg 5 49 5 49 EA. DAOUD BROTHERS MAAMOUL DATES COOKIES 600 g 2 75 2 75 EA. WOW SERVED WITH FATOUCH SALAD AND A CHOICE OF POTATOES OR RICE 6 49 6 49 EA. EXTRA LARGE CHERRIES Pr. of Chile $8.79 kg 3 99 3 99 LB. BLUE TIDE RAW SHRIMP 31/40 907 g 8 99 8 99 EA. FÉE DES GRÈVES ARC EN CIEL SMOKED SALMON 500 g 8 49 8 49 11 99 11 99 $6.50 kg AS IS 2 95 2 95 LB. WHOLE GRAIN-FED CHICKEN $3.95 kg 1 79 1 79 LB. K-DAIRY 16 VARIETY COOKIES 310 g Assorted 1 99 1 99 EA. NAYA NATURAL SPRING WATER 12x500 ml WOW 2/ 3 00 AURORA ROASTED PEELED CHESTNUTS 100 g WOW 79 ¢ EA. VENEZIA PANETTONE 750 g WOW 79 ¢ 3 99 3 EA. 99 EA. OPENING HOURS: Monday - Tuesday & Wednesday 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. Thursdays & Fridays 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Saturdays 8:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Sundays 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.

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    OWAIN HARRIS/THE SUBURBAN Suburban NEWS & ANALYSIS supports Sun Youth Amos Sochaczevski drops off donation from The Suburban to Sid Stevens in person. Montreal Police Commander Marc Parent was on hand to supervise staff of police volunteers. St. Laurent police stats By Joel Goldenberg The Suburban The latest Station 7 St. Laurent police statistics were released at the borough council meeting, containing facts about patrols, accidents and police involvement in the community. However, because of changes to the police M-Iris computer system, crime statistics were not included in the latest report. The Station 7 report usually includes comparisons of the Yes, We Can Ship That! Expert help for your holiday packaging & shipping needs available at The UPS Store. 10% OFF Packaging Supplies & Services. Offer expires December 23, 2010. frequency of particular types of crimes between a particular two-month period of the current year and the same two-month period of the previous year. However, the report does say that police officers did make arrests for thefts and assault, and gave out many tickets for bylaw infractions in September and October 2010. According to the existing statistics for the two-month period, accidents causing damage NOW OPEN See STATS, page 12 The UPS Store ® 6228 St-Jacques Montreal, QC H4B 1T6 T: 514.733.0000 F: 514.461.1397 store345@theupsstore.ca www.IGA.net YOUR HOME FOR BETTER QUALITY WITH ALL YOUR FAVOURITE SERVICES TRADITION INSTANT SOUP 70 g LIEBER'S SNACKERS 340 g KEDEM APPLE JUICE 1.82 L 1. LIEBER'S CORN CHIPS 312 g 1. KEDEM TEA BISCUITS 119 g 49 MENDELSONH'S FROZEN PIZZA 1020 g 8. TABATCHNICK SOUP 424 or 425 g 1. 79 ¢ FRESHNESS + VARIETY FRUITS + VEGETABLES Medium size SEEDLESS CUCUMBER From Canada or imported Ea. Size 16 RIPE HASS AVOCADOS From Mexico 2/ 1. 99 99 39 ¢ 99 99 1. 99 3. 00 FROM DECEMBER 23 TO 29, 2010 PROUD SPONSORS OF THE MARCH TO JERUSALEM Our supermarkets carry Glatt's and Continental Kosher fresh meat and delicatessen products. FRESH FISH * SEAFOOD * BBQ CHICKEN BUFFET SERVICE * BAKERY * CHEESE VARIETY SUPERMARCHÉ PAGANO SHNAIDMAN INC. 7151 Côte St-Luc Rd., Montréal Tel. 514-486-3254 FRESH CHUCK ROAST OR STEAK 13. 87 /kg FRESH SECOND CUT VEAL CHOPS MINUTE STEAK BEEF LIVER 16. 29 /kg RIB STEAK OR ROAST YAGER OR PAPERKASH SUPERMARCHÉ VAN HORNE 4885 Van Horne St., Montréal Tel. 514-731-8336 6. 29 /lb 20. 48 7. 39 /lb 19. 60 6. 59 /kg 11. 00 8. 89 9. 29 2. 99 4. 99 /lb /kg /lb /kg /lb /kg /lb TRAY PACK BONELESS CHICKEN BREASTS 6. 29 13. 87 /kg LES ALIMENTATIONS SHNAIDMAN PAGANO INC. 5800 Cavendish Blvd., Côte St-Luc Tel. 514-482-4710 DELIVERY SERVICE AVAILABLE CAR ORDER SERVICE ANYTIME * Certification mark of IGA Canada ltd. These Kosher specials are available at participating IGA supermarkets only. We reserve the right to limit quantities. No sales to retailers. The AIR MILES Reward Program is available at Québec participating IGA stores only. ® Trademark of AIR MILES International Trading B.V. Used under licence by LoyaltyOne, Inc. and Sobeys Québec inc. /lb THE SUBURBAN, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2010 * 9

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    EDITORIALS QUEBEC'S LARGEST ENGLISH WEEKLY NEWSPAPER SINCE 1963 This is the 13th Christmas without John Lennon. But his spirit lives on and his words still move us. So let's try to "Imagine...." some things being better in our communities. Close your ears to all the noise and hubbub for a few moments and imagine the following: You go to a CLSC, EI or Revenue office and the civil servant you encounter actually tries to be of service. You turn to a police officer for help and they don't automatically regard you with suspicion but go out of their way to help. You go through your lists of things to do and find that at the top are things that you want to do for others. This is a season where all of us - regardless of faith - give more, serve more, and sacrifice more. It is a remarkable phenomenon that seems to happen year in and year out from the time when the first lights go up in mid- November until they are taken down in mid-January. Truly a festival of light in the fullness of its meaning. Why does this happen? Because we care more! Someone speculated recently that the reason for the caring is guilt. That we're shamed into it by the images of this time of year. By the thought that some greater power is looking at us and judging. But we would suggest that In a thousand different ways and to a thousand different people, we need only do justice, extend mercy and walk humbly. though this lesser angel of our natures plays a part, there is yet a greater influence. It is not all about reward and punishment. This season gives us time for reflection and pause. A time-out from the hurly-burly nonsense of the rest of the year. And that when it is called the season of peace, that peace has an inner meaning as much as an outer one. Peace between peoples and nations is surely important. But there is not a great deal that each of us individually can do about it. But peace between the warring factions within our souls we can conciliate. We can champion the nobler angels within us and make them triumphant. We would suggest that at this time of year even the coarsest among us is struck by one compelling revelation. That whatever our faiths, we have time to reflect on the immeasurable possibilities that one just person can realize. That the sacrifices that person made for simple truth and decency could truly gentle our condition and tame the savageness of man. And when we reflect on the just that have passed through this world, we also remember that many paid the ultimate price for their truth. There is our own mortality to consider. We realize it is not about the accumulation of goods, but about the accomplishment of deeds. We realize that for all the lessons we try to teach our children, we will be found wanting if we do not act as well as talk. We are, to a great degree, shamed and humbled as we reflect on the princes of peace and the warriors for justice that have walked this earth. For one-sixth of the year we pause. We go outside of ourselves to repair that which is within. It matters little if we are traditionally observant or not. All those we reflect upon this season were people who lived very much in this world. People who saw suffering and tried to heal it and saw injustice and tried to stop it. That is the message of this season. That is the temper we can carry through all our time. And through all the commercialism and sham that pervades the outer limits of this season, the inner core is an entirely different message. It is one of service and sacrifice, of compassion and conscience. It is an understanding that the legacies we will leave will come from our actions. In a thousand different ways and to a thousand different people, we need only do justice, extend mercy and walk humbly. That's a pretty good New Year's resolution too. 10 * THE SUBURBAN, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2010 "Imagine..." Letters to the editor Thanks Suburban for helping wear out the 'heels' and put the heat on Khadir I just want to say thank you to the Editor of The Suburban, Beryl Wajsman for bringing the plight of one small businessman, trying desperately to run a shoe business while outside PAJU supported by the MNA Amir Khadir was boycotting week after week because he sold a few pairs of Israeli made shoes. The owner of several shoe factories in Israel contacted me stating that many of her employees are Palestinian. Thanks to your press coverage not only has the boycott failed miserably as morally caring individuals bought boots and shoes surpassing all financial expectations or came to bring words of support and kindness to this family run business. Khadir, an MNA from a nearby area who is supposed to represent and promote all the businesses regardless of their race, religion or colour has retreated thanks to you and the French media questioning his real underlying motives and agenda. His patients should start asking if he also will refuse to give them the best medications or use the best medical technologies because the were made in Israel. Mr. Khadir doesn't care for the employees that could have lost their jobs if moral people had not acted and refused to remain indifferent. Khadir should also not buy any food in any of the large food chains as they have many products made in Israel. Khadir and those boycotting look like a bunch of "heels." It was great to be surrounded by those in the French media who truly understand that trying to make St. Denis "Apartheid Free" does not sit well with many Quebecers. Quebecers have a right to buy and sell any product they chose to and today it's shoes, but many of the florists on St. Denis have their flowers flown in from sunny warm, Israel. The nearby Italian ceramic places informed me that one of the most popular sold Quebec line of stones and granite also comes from Israel. The Archambaults who own Le Marcheur store will not back down to these "heels" and we the public will not go quietly either. Standing up, helping out is truly the spirit of this season. A lot of lives have been lit up. Sharon Freedman Montreal Remove Khadir Amir Khadir, MNA for Mercier should be removed from public office; a political representative takes oath to represent all his constituents equally and not use his position to demonstrate or stir the controversy against some to support his views. His prejudices to direct local businesses to do it his way or sell products acceptable to his discrimination is not wanted or respected. Many may now believe this was his raison d'etre in entering Quebec politics; it reflects negatively upon himself. Bravo to all merchants who stand up to this inappropriate opposition. They make the correct statement reflecting our freedoms and liberties. They are certainly being rewarded with more sales and patrons; most important, they are becoming beacons to all of us and other merchants under attack in a similar manner. Michael Shafter, Montreal

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