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    LESLIE SINGERMAN Affiliated real estate broker SINCE 1963 A name you can trust for all of your real estate needs. CITY EDITION Tel: 514-573-7922 Fax: 514-731-8793 Email: LHSGROUP@TOTAL.NET CONDOS EXPERT LOOKING FOR PROPERTIES TO SELL DR.PENFIELD $539,000 PRESIDENTIAL $219,000 Penthouse, bright, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, large balcony. QUEBEC'S LARGEST ENGLISH WEEKLY NEWSPAPER FAMILY Do you doula? Whether you give birth in the privacy of your own home, at a birthing centre, or like the majority of Montreal women, in a hospital, hiring a doula could make all the difference in how bearable - or even pleasant your birth experience is. ‰ Page 20 GMAA SPORTS Lester B. tames LCC's Lions The Lester B. Pearson [LBPHS] high school peewee boys hockey team declawed the Lower Canada College Lions in a stunning 13-6 win Thursday at the LCC arena in NDG. ‰ Page 50 EVERY SUNDAY AT 7PM NEWS HOUR with Editor Beryl Wajsman Tune in and call 514-790-0991 WESTMOUNT'S 1500 WEDNESDAY NIGHTS, PAGE 17 Back-to back is all that The Alouettes' Etienne Boulay shares the Grey Cup with a group of the many fans who were on hand Monday night when the repeat Grey Cup champs landed back home in Montreal. See more on page 47. NDG Food Depot needs lots of Christmas cheer By P.A. Sévigny The Suburban With snow on the way and Christmas less than a month away, it's getting cold. For NDG's poor, thinking about Christmas isn't as much about shopping as it is about finding the money to pay for the Hydro bill which usually means less money for food. It's not so bad when you're alone but the poor know it's worse when you have children - sometimes a lot worse. As a working veteran on See FOOD BANK, page 2 Renovated, new kitchen and bathrooms, wood floors. Vacant. 5790 REMBRANDT $279,000 2 bedrooms, bright, renovated condo, garage. DECEMBER 1, 2010 1ST PLACE WINNER FOR COMMUNITY SERVICE IN SNA'S NORTH AMERICAN AWARDS. See HIGH SCHOOL, page 2 THE SUBURBAN'S THREE EDITIONS - CITY, WEST ISLAND AND EAST END - HAVE REACHED A TOTAL CIRCULATION OF 145,000 COPIES! ANDREW SOONG PHOTO New CSL high school could open next year By Joel Goldenberg The Suburban The English Montreal School Board told parents last week that a new high school could open in Côte St. Luc for the 2011- 2012 year at the former Wagar High School, serving Grade 7 students to start and possibly adding a grade each year. EMSB chairman Angela Mancini told the CBC last week that the board listened to parents who attended information meetings, including a major gathering at Côte St. Luc city hall. "I'm not sure it's a done deal in terms of just being a formality," Mancini told the CBC after last Thursday's board meeting. "There are many, many questions still being asked.... We need to show once the registration period begins that we have the critical mass in order to open it." EMSB sources told The Suburban Monday that according to Quebec's Education Act, a new school can be created, but a consultation process must come first. Each board has to have a three-year plan

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    2 * THE SUBURBAN, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2010 Around the Towns DANCE PERFORMANCE AT CSL LIBRARY Côte St. Luc's Eleanor London Library and the Conseil des arts de Montréal en tournée are presenting the dance performance Sisi, a production of the MAI (Montréal, arts interculturel). The performance takes place Thursday, Dec. 2 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $4 in advance and $6 the day of the event. For more information, call 514-485-6900. CSL CPR COURSE The next Côte St. Luc cardiopulmonary resuscitation AED course takes place Monday, Dec. 6, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at 7500 Mackle Road in Côte St. Luc. The course accepts participants 11 years and older. The parks and recreation department fee is $38 for Côte St. Luc residents and $48 for non-residents. The senior rate is $30 for residents and $38 for non-residents. "The textbook, which includes CD-ROM with video clips is available at an additional cost of $20," says the city announcement. "You will learn how to perform chest compressions and how to give mouth to mouth. The Heimlich Maneuver is also covered in this program. In addition, you will learn how to use an Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs). The course cost includes the certification card. Please note that it takes approximately four to five weeks to receive the card. Temporary certification forms are made available on the night of the course. Please arrive in comfortable clothes ready to practice and kneel on the floor. Registration will follow the same dates as our sports and sociocultural programs." NEXT MOWEST COUNCIL MEETING The next regular Montreal West council meeting will be taking place 8 p.m. on Dec. 16 at Montreal West town hall, 50 Westminster South. Council meetings usually take place the last Monday of the month, but it is taking place earlier because of the holiday season. DEVIL'S HILL VIDEO LAUNCH A group of Lachine residents are launching a YouTube music video tonight, Wednesday Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m., to protest Montreal West's barrier at the area known as Devil's Hill, where the town borders Lachine. The launch takes place at Théatre l'Entrepôt, 2901 St. Joseph Blvd. The video will be screened, "the video's musicians will perform along with special guest Mack Mackenzie (Three O'Clock Train), Lachine councillor Jane Cowell-Poitras will speak and there will be a 'name the barrier contest,'" says an announcement. "The event will be hosted by acclaimed comedian and Lachine resident Scott Faulconbridge." "A music video is a pretty extreme way to get a message across," says video director Maureen Marovitch, "but we wanted a way to get people to sit up and take notice. Many Montreal Westers and Montrealers don't understand the situation. We're inviting them, and Montreal West's town councillors and mayor to attend the launch." PAGE TWO FOOD BANK Cont'd from page 1 the front lines of the war against poverty, NDG Food Depot executive Bonnie Souter knows what it costs to fill a bag of groceries and this year, she knows she's going to need a lot of groceries to help feed the poor over the Christmas holidays. "It's already working," she said. Following a recent visit when The Suburban showed up with a bag full of groceries, she said the Food Depot has already received a number of grocery bags from the Tim Horton's outlet near Cavendish and St. Jacques Road. Following the Food Depot's innovative media blitz, every home in the borough has already received their grocery bag, courtesy of the food bank and its sponsors, in preparation for this Saturday's annual holiday food drive. On Saturday, Dec. 4, food bank workers and up to 500 volunteers are planning to spend the day going from door to door asking borough residents to give them back their bag full of groceries. "With $20," said food marketing executive Paul Shubin "a careful shopper shouldn't have any trouble filling up a bag of groceries." A quick walk through one of NDG's major food stores proved Shubin right. As cold cereal at up to $5 bucks per box often breaks a poor mother's food budget, a box full of Cheerios at $1.99 was a deal on wheels. A big can full of a popular "chunky'"soup at $1.99 joined a can full of chicken noodle soup ($1.79) along with some canned lentils ($.99), chick peas HIGH SCHOOL Cont'd from page 1 concerning what will take place at their respective schools. In light of this, the EMSB will hold a special public board meeting at its 6000 Fielding headquarters 7:30 p.m. Wednesday Dec. 8, during which a new three-year plan is expected to be adopted. Part of that threeyear plan will propose a new Grade 7-only high school be created in the former Wagar, beginning in September 2011. Parents can attend this meeting. Should the three-year plan pass, it will go out for consultation with the school community, which would take a month. The board would then reconvene in January and vote again on the three-year plan. Should it pass, the new school will open in the fall of 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 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. Bonnie Souter and Food Bank director Fiona Keats. ($.99) and a big jar full of garden cocktail on special which only cost a dollar. As every starving student knows, the heart and soul of a cheap culinary miracle often includes rice - sometimes a lot of rice. With less than $10 to spend out of the original $20, eight kilos of rice at $7.99 was nothing less than an early Christmas present for those who know how to stretch their food dollars into next month. With only two out of the original 20 dollars left, The Suburban gave into sentiment and bought a Christmas package full of candy canes for the children. Total cost, including taxes on the candy, came up to 20 dollars and eighty cents. When added to whatever stray cans of sardines, a couple of bags of pasta and that box 2011 and registration would start right after that vote. The source said there is a "critical mass" of parents who have already shown an interest, including 56 parents of Grade 7 students who showed up for a smaller public meeting, as well as others who did not attend. The CBC report also quoted board representatives as saying the EMSB cleared a "legal hurdle" that would allow them to open at the Parkhaven Avenue facility next fall. EMSB sources said there was some doubt about the former Wagar housing a new school, because of it already housing Marymount Adult Centre and the John Grant special needs school. These concerns were also expressed at the recent public meeting at Côte St. Luc city hall. "I'm really concerned John Grant is 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 of strawberry Jello you found in the back of the cupboard, your bag is ready for the food depot. While some will take the time to prepare a truly regal Christmas CARE package, others might choose to wait until Thursday, Dec. 2 to leave a full bag of freshly bought groceries in a specially prepared bin left in the reception area of the Loblaws food store located on St. Jacques. While every contribution helps, food depot executives would appreciate it if people would refrain from giving away "past due" items as, apart from hurt feelings, they could become a source of possible food poisoning to the consumer. "We're always grateful," said Souter, "but we've got to be careful too."n going to be pushed out as the new school gets in," one parent told that meeting. Mancini said at the time that "there is no intention at this time to remove John Grant from the facility.... there is a long-range planning committee that looks at all the facilities and their usage and we will be working with them to see what will occur. And any changes we make to schools go through consultations." EMSB sources said Monday that, in light of the concern, discussions turned to placing a Grade 7 school somewhere in the west end for one year. The source added that the EMSB received a legal opinion saying the school could conceivably start in the Wagar building if there was space. According to sources, there is enough room now to house at least two classes of Grade 7 students, the minimum sought to launch the school.n 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, Kenny Hedges, 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 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 1, 2010 P.A. SEVIGNY / THE SUBURBAN

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    NEWS AND ANALYSIS MoWest committee 'provisionally' accepts Pharmaprix plan By Joel Goldenberg The Suburban Montreal West's Planning Advisory Committee (PAC) has granted provisional acceptance to the design of a planned Pharmaprix store on Westminster, but discussions are still going on, Mayor Beny Masella announced at last week's town council meeting. The PAC studies building proposals and makes recommendations to council. The proposed Pharmaprix has sparked much debate in the town, with some against a big box store on a street with mainly small mom 'n pop establishments. Others are in favour, seeing it as not only a revenue generator taxwise, but as a vehicle to bring more customer traffic and choices to the area. Masella explained that there By Joel Goldenberg The Suburban Forty-eight new residential community co-ops for local families were unveiled in St. Laurent Friday, at the low-income Place Benoît area of the borough. The unveiling was attended by Acadie MNA Christine St. Pierre, representing Municipal Affairs Minister Laurent Lessard; St. Laurent mayor Alan DeSousa and NDG mayor Michael Applebaum. According to a Quebec government announcement, Coopérative d'habitation Concorde required a $7.7 million investment, which involved the purchase and restoration of the buildings involved. Among the funds were a contribution of $3.1 million from the Société d'habitation du Québec as part of the Affordable Housing Québec program. The city of Montreal contributed $780,000, refundable by the Montreal Metropolitan Community as part of the social housing fund. Quebec and the city also contributed an added (except civic days & holidays) have been "fruitful exchanges between PAC and Pharmaprix regarding the design of the building," which would be a 10,000 square foot store in which the outside design resembles four small stores. "I received a traffic study commissioned by Pharmaprix, done by CIMA+, and to ensure the validity of the methodology and conclusions of that study, I had it reviewed by [the firm Genivar]," the mayor explained. "With respect to the traffic, both studies show well below 100 trips per hour and, as such, are considered to have minimal impact on the traffic. In reality, the numbers translate to eight or nine cars per hour in each direction along Westminster and Sherbrooke. This represents only a two to three percent increase in traffic and can be considered negligible." $100,000 as part of the Rénovation Québec program. St-Pierre said the new co-op offers her constituents "safe and secure residences of quality that meet their needs, at an affordable cost. The involvement of our government in such a project shows the importance we attach to the improvement of living conditions of the citizens of Quebec." Applebaum said the project fits in with Montreal's plan for integrated urban revitalization, and added that ALL YOU CAN EAT! Includes: salad bar, shrimp and other seafood, roasts, brochettes, grilled food, dessert counter and much, much more. Genivar's conclusions regarding parking were also similar to that of CIMA+, Masella said. "The project will require 40 to 42 spaces, 11 off-street on the project as proposed and 29 onstreet. Pharmaprix is seeking onstreet parking in the very near vicinity." Councillor Dino Mazzone said that a Nov. 17 meeting between PAC and Pharmaprix focused on the footprint of the building, emergency exits, nearby park lighting, entrances to the clinic and pharmacy, water run-off and the design of the facade. "The plans, as they originally started to where they are today, are fundamentally improved," Mazzone said. "We are giving PAC every opportunity to speak on this issue.... The discussions are positive and the dialogue is continuous."n New community co-ops for St. Laurent The inauguration of the Place Benoît co-op attracted councillor Michèle Biron (second from left), Mayor Alan DeSousa (third from left), Acadie MNA Christine St. Pierre (centre), NDG mayor Michael Applebaum (fourth from right), councillor Aref Salem (left) and other community notables. he hopes will "spark the revitalization of the great Place Benoit sector." DeSousa said the inauguration of the Co-operative d' concorde dwelling "is the result of a remarkable project which involved various partners of the local community, but also residents of the sector themselves. Its success shows the great results of such a collaboration." He also congratulated the borough's sports, leisure and social development department for its involvement.n Groups and tour buses welcome! 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    4 * THE SUBURBAN, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2010 Most advanced MRI scanner in Montreal Rapid Appointments & Results! For more info see our ad on Page 22 World Class MRI Scan Centre 5515 rue Saint-Jacques O, Suite 200 Corner of Girouard Ave. - Free parking available T. 514.484.8484 F. 514.484.8400 www.montrealmri.com NEWS & ANALYSIS Marotte 'shoots and scores' with Lance et compte role Mike Cohen Twenty-five years ago, when the Quebec Nordiques were alive and well in the NHL, a new program aired on Radio Canada called Lance et compte. A partially dubbed version, He Shoots! He Scores! was broadcast on the CBC English language network. It was a sensation on the French side, but anglophones did not embrace it. I guess I was part of a minority, as I have remained a devoted fan of this extraordinary series for the past quarter of a century. Lance et compte has followed the exploits of the Quebec Nationals, a fictitious NHL franchise modeled around the Nordiques. Amazingly, even when the Nordiques moved to Colorado, the Nationals stayed in business and continued to register high ratings on the former Carl Marotte Quatre Saisons Network and latterly TVA. Writer Rejean Tremblay, a highly respected columnist for La Presse Newspaper, knows everything that goes on inside and out of an NHL dressing room. Lance et compte always addresses controversial subjects, not necessarily painting a pretty picture of NHL players off the ice. Tremblay's brilliance has now been extended to the large screen as the much anticipated Lance et compte motion picture debuted in movie theatres across the province last weekend. The theme is a horrible bus crash involving the team as it returns from an Wishing All Our Families & Friends Happy Chanuka exhibition game in the Roberval area. Ten members of the team are killed and the movie shows how the coaches, players, fans and community react. I was invited to a preview screening last week at the Quartier Latin Cinemas and I must tell you it was a highly emotional two hour experience: fabulous acting, a gripping script and the feel of being right inside the locker room. There are so many interesting twists, many of which I might add would be unlikely to ever occur in the real NHL. Carl Marotte is "the" star of the Lance et compte series. Twentyfive years ago he was the superstar forward of the Nationals, Pierre Lambert. Marc Messier played the team captain; Yvan Ponton the head coach and Michel Forget the general manager. Tremblay has found ways to keep them in the mix all these years. Marotte essentially grew up as part of the local English community. He attended Outremont See COHEN, page 15

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    6 * THE SUBURBAN, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2010 LIQUIDATION STORE Décarie Square, (on the first floor) Côte Saint-Luc The following specials are valid from Thursday, December 2 nd to Sunday, December 5 th , 2010 Save an additional off already-reduced clearance priced toys Save an additional Boulevard Décarie Avenue Coolbrook Avenue Clanranald Rue Vézina 20 %* already-reduced clearance priced Christmas trees and decorations Save an additional Save an additional off already-reduced clearance priced mattresses * + Save an additional 10% when you use your Sears Card or Sears MasterCard SPECIAL BUY 16Gb IPOD NANO (4th generation) Pink, blue or black for only 30 %* off already-reduced clearance priced wood furniture Save an additional 40 %* off 20 %* off already-reduced clearance priced chairs, loveseats and sofas 10-20 %* $ 119 99 Catalogue shopping 24 hours a day, 7 days a week 1-800-267-3277 www.sears.ca DÉCARIE SQUARE 6900, DÉCARIE BLVD., CÔTE SAINT-LUC, PQ. 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All sales are final NEWS & ANALYSIS Hateful opposition to Richler petition By Dan Delmar The Suburban Almost immediately after two city councillors revealed their petition encouraging some sort of honour for writer Mordecai Richler, some hardline sovereignists began an aggressive opposition campaign on the Internet. Those posting on pages on the social networking site Facebook and many blogs are decrying the idea of having a permanent, official tribute for Richler, who Société Saint-Jean-Baptiste (SSJB) president Mario Beaulieu describes as an "anti-Quebec racist because he denigrated French Quebecers." On Facebook, Beaulieu has promoted and shown his approval for one anti- Richler page: "No to a Mordecai Richler Street! No to anti-Quebec racism." The page contains offensive comments aimed at both Anglophones and Jews. Beaulieu briefly "liked" - in Facebook jargon, showing approval for - a comment by one Gébé Tremblay: "What next? A B'nai B'rith (sic) street?" Facebook page contributor Michel Émery: "As far as I'm concerned, it will always be 'no' to Mordecai Richler but how many ass-licking Semites do you think will bow down to the power of money?" Another poster, Marc-Claude Grenier: "Go to Israel and name a street after Adolf Hitler to see their reaction, because Richler was Jewish before all. I'm not anti-Jewish...but I don't like traitors." Francois Ouellet posted a picture of Richler's grave, with a comment saying, "this is more than sufficient." �������� ������������� ������������ �������������� ���������������������� ���������������� � ����� ���������� ���� ������������������� Responding to the comment was Louis Préfontaine, a well-known sovereignist blogger who has spoken on behalf of Impératif Français, an organization that promotes the use of French in Quebec. "A simple hole without a name would have sufficed in his case," said Préfontaine, who also took aim at the councillors who started the petition, Marvin Rotrand and Côte des Neiges- NDG mayor Michael Applebaum; as Préfontaine described them, "two Jews...proud inheritors of Richler's paranoia, who are piloting the By Joel Goldenberg The Suburban Montreal's STM transit authority launched a new mini-bus last week, the 262 Navette Or Côte St. Luc, geared to that city's senior population. The bus is running four times a day, dossier...having two Anglophone Jews asking for the recognition of another Anglophone Jews...shouldn't surprise us. But having the director-general of the city of Montreal, Louis Roquet, a Québécois, support the Richler tribute is what surprises us." Préfontaine has a different tribute in mind. On his website, he promotes another anti-Richler group: "For the Mordecai Richler garbage dump." Both Facebook groups have under 500 supporters; Rotrand and Applebaum's petition has roughly 800 signatures. n New STM mini-bus for CSL seniors Better care for a better life Homecaredesigned especially for you OURCLIENTSSAYit'sthecompassionandprofessionalismofourcaregiversthatmakesthedifference-and allows them to live with independence and dignity in the comfort of their own homes. Wealsocareforpeopleinhospitals,long-termcare facilitiesandretirementresidences.Contactustoday andfindouthowapersonalizedcareplancanhelpyou or your loved one. In the Montreal area, please call 514.879.5657/1.800.322.9228 www.bayshore.ca Tuesday, Wednesdays and Thursdays, except legal holidays. The bus runs from Carrefour Angrignon in LaSalle north into Côte St. Luc and stops at such landmarks as Caldwell Residence, Maimonides Geriatric Centre, Cavendish Mall, Manoir Montefiore, B'nai Brith House, city hall and the Eleanor London Library and the Côte St. Luc Shopping Centre, among others. The north end of the route is at the Côte St. Luc gymnasium and pool and the soon-to-be-built Intergenerational Aquatic Centre, on Parkhaven, and goes back south to LaSalle. The fare will be the same as on regular buses. The STM held an official media launch and councillor Steven Erdelyi announced the new route recently at a district council meeting he held at Le Waldorf. "It's officially a seniors' bus, but anyone can actually go on it," Erdelyi explained. "This is something they're trying on a pilot basis. You can use this bus if you have an Opus card."n

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    NEWS & ANALYSIS Clarke already eyes a second term By Dan Delmar The Suburban After only one year in office, Côte des Neiges- NDG city councillor Susan Clarke is thinking of running for re-election in 2013. She spoke with The Suburban last week to discuss her feelings about her rookie year as councillor for NDG's Loyola district and said that "if it's going to be as much fun in the next three years as it's been so far, I'll run again!" Clarke has lived in the district for 25 years and replaced the popular Warren Allmand, Canada's former Solicitor General, as the district's councillor. A professional in the telecommunications industry, she has volunteered with the NDG Food Depot, the CNIB and the Corporation de développement économique communautaire (CDEC). Her managerial expertise has led the Tremblay administration to entrust her with important responsibilities, having been named to the public safety committee at centre city and chairing the local committee at the borough level. As far as public security issues go, Clarke said, graffiti was the "number one issue during the election campaign when I was going door-to-door," and it remains one of the most talked-about problems among NDG residents. As borough councillor in charge of the dossier, Clarke has been working on several anti-vandalism measures, including launching civil suits against graffiti vandals caught defacing property in order to recuperate funds for cleanup. She has also helped to promote Prévention NDG's graffiti workshops, where young adults are provided spray paint and canvasses to discourage them from resorting to the vandalism of property. "There are a number of different ways of handling graffiti," Clarke said, adding that her constituents have seen an improvement over the past year. "I've been getting e-mails saying 'it's getting better.'" Clarke has also kept her promise to meet with Loyola residents on a regular basis. Every couple of weeks on a Saturday morning, she organizes walks along different streets and has exchanges with citizens on their concerns. "People are coming up to me and saying, 'I can't believe you do this. We can just come up and talk to you.'" Like her rookie colleague, Darlington councillor Lionel Perez, Clarke continues to learn about how to effectively navigate the city of Montreal's bureaucracy. She said there were certain local files, like tree-trimming and traffic light synchronization, which took a while to resolve, after finding the appropriate department. "I've always worked for large corporations, so I've seen large bureaucracies at their best and at their worst," she said, praising her political attaché Rina Scrim for helping to communicate with centre city. "Bureaucracies are individual people and if you can help them figure out the right way to do something, they'll do it." The most rewarding part of the job, she said, has been the small moments of joy she experiences when a problem is solved. "I really go, 'woo-hoo!' It's a great feeling...Talking to citizens and getting them to teach me things; talking to public works and having them teach me...learn, learn, learn. I've had a ball."n DAN DELMAR / THE SUBURBAN Côte des Neiges- NDG city councillor Susan Clarke Candy Bar - Gift Baskets - Loot Bags for all occasions and special events Sugar free - Gelatin free - Gluten free - Kosher - Retro candy 5615 ave. Monkland - Montreal - T 514.657.3900 THE SUBURBAN, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2010 * 7

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    Do police cruisers make you feel safe or scared? By Abby E. Schachter The Suburban Do you feel comforted every time you see a police cruiser parked in your neighbourhood or speed down the street? Generally, officers are meant to reinforce rules and regulations and make sure that the good citizens of Montreal are safe and law abiding. However, do you feel threatened by their presence, rather than safe? When you see a police cruiser do you purposefully walk in another direction, cross the street and/or avoid eye contact? "At night, I feel more aware of police presence. During the day I feel safe but at night, I don't know..." Raymond Munemo, an NDG resident says that it all depends on the location. Munemo added that certain areas need surveillance, over others. "See, in this area (NDG) the police are nice and friendly but downtown at night, not so much." Munemo added that sometimes cruiser cars create chaos, "Yeah, sometimes they are there and it's like they are just waiting for something bad to happen." " I don't feel safer, I feel like they are wait- 8 * THE SUBURBAN, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2010 NEWS & ANALYSIS Raymond Munemo ing for me to make a mistake so they can give me a ticket!" said Jason Phoo, a student who expressed his dissatisfaction with the "cruiser system." "Downtown is really safe, and when I see cops at night I know they aren't there to clean up the city or make it safer. They just want to give us tickets!" Phoo says that cruiser cars are bored and looking for "trouble." "If I accidentally cross the street on a yel- Lee LaPaix low light or my parking meter is up...they show up out of nowhere. It's like they are looking for problems because they have nothing better to do." An elderly couple who wished to remain anonymous, said that police presence made them feel safer. "Officers can run faster than I do, that's for sure. I feel better knowing that there are cop cars in my area," said one spouse. "Me too, I wouldn't ever feel threatened by them," said the other. The topic of "age profiling" is a question that arose during this particular streeter. Do the majority of young people (high school, college and university students) feel less safe than their older counterparts? Are the elderly and parents of young children less likely to feel threatened by cruiser cars in their neighbourhoods? Ryan, who preferred to keep his last name private, said that he approves of cruisers because he is a father. "I feel safer, when I see cruiser cars and police officers, but that's because I have a 10-yearold boy." Lee Lapaix, a young mom, agreed. "Yes, I'm a mom and yes seeing cruiser cars in the area do make me feel more secure. The only thing that Maelle Colas worries me sometimes, is if I see a lot of cop cars. Because then I start to wonder, what is really going here?!" Maelle Colas says she likes having cop cars present. "I feel safer knowing that there is someone out there, looking out for me." Michal Kibosh has only been living in the city for two years and says he has no reason to feel threatened. "I'm from Europe, people don't feel safe there because of all the corruption that goes on. I've heard that there have been cases of police brutality in Montreal but I have yet to see any." Kibosh says that when he used to work at night, it was comforting to know that cruiser cars were nearby. "I've called the cops a couple of times because there are some métro stations in this city that I just don't feel safe at. It took them maybe three minutes to show up." Sylvaine Lanprant, was confused as to why people would feel threatened by cruiser cars. "For me, it's good. I feel safer. Why would anyone feel threatened by cops if they are in a unsafe neighbourhood, especially at night?" However, Lanprant changed her mind after she realized that suburban areas had cruiser cars too. "That's not necessary. In certain areas like Verdun or St. Henri I would prefer police presence, but other than that, I don't really see the point."n Happy Chanukah to all residents & friends From Management & staff MASTERPIECE L'ÎLE-DES-SOEURS 325 Chemin de la Pointe-Sud, L'Île-des-Soeurs, QC, H3E 0B1 514-767-6792 MASTERPIECE WEST ISLAND 15 Place de la Triade, Pointe-Claire, QC, H9R 0A3 514-695-6695

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    NEWS & ANALYSIS MoWest residents concerned after car attacks By Joel Goldenberg The Suburban Some Montreal West residents expressed concern at last week's council meeting about local police presence and the town's public security in light of incidents Nov. 6, in which more than 20 cars were vandalized and had items stolen from them. Station 9 commander Sylvain Bissonnette, who was at the meeting, told The Suburban those responsible, in some cases, just broke windows and equipment inside the cars, but stole nothing. "Some victims said, 'I don't know what they stole, they broke things but there was nothing in the car,'" the commander added. "I know that in LaSalle, they had the same type of rash once in recent months. It was a one-shot deal." Bissonnette added that few people in Montreal West called 9-1-1 that night, because many of the cars that were vandalized were in a municipal parking lot, and the damage was only discovered later. "That was one of the problems, so it was very hard for us to know. It was also very cold, so all the windows of homes were closed, and you don't hear it." During the meeting, Wolseley resident Arnold Yearow asked council how the town Park Ave progress As reported in The Suburban recently, the owners of a Park Ave. coffee shop, La Tasse Gamine, suffered roughly $14,000 in water damage and three days of business after owner April Defalco said a city-hired contractor broke a gas line, then a drain causing a flood. Both the city of Montreal and the contractor would not compensate Defalco, putting her new business in jeopardy. This week, work is set to begin as her insurance company has agreed to conduct repairs and will then arrange compensation with those responsible for the damage. " I don't want this to be like St. Laurent," Delafco said, "where everyone goes out of business." - Dan Delmar Special Of The Week For Eat-In or Take-Out BOILED BEEF FOR TWO 5509 Westminster Ave, Côte St-Luc 514-484-8555 $ 25 99 FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE - JUST CALL Order ahead & we will prepare & pack your order to take to the cottage BREAKFAST SERVED Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-9 a.m. $ 2 75 starting at will upgrade its security, in light of the incident. "There's no police protection here between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m., and there are some evenings on the weekend where we have no protection at all," Yearow added. "I believe there was no local public security on patrol in the town, you were short one security officer and the other had to report for duty Sunday morning for Remembrance ceremonies. I highly respect this, but it left us completely vulnerable." Bissonnette, asked by councillor Julie Tasker-Brown to respond to the issue of police presence, said police are still patrolling the streets after Station 9 closes for the day, thus adding a patroller to the streets. He added that Station 11 is responsible for night patrol between midnight and 6 a.m. Regarding the Nov. 6 incident, Bissonnette said police did receive "a couple of calls" during the night after the incident, and that when a car arrived at the scene, there was a lineup of people reporting the thefts and vandalism. He added that many residents did not report the thefts and vandalism, and that the full story was only known two days after the incident.n SERVED WITH COFFEE & DESSERT + tax Happy Chanukah from Our Family to Yours Delivery available Visit www.famousdellyboys.com for our menu Deli Counter ONLY OPEN Dec. 25th & Jan. 1st 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM CHILDREN'S MENU NOW AVAILABLE DAN DELMAR / THE SUBURBAN www.IGA.net YOUR HOME FOR BETTER QUALITY WITH ALL YOUR FAVOURITE SERVICES HANUKA CANDLES From Israel LIEBERS OR ELITE PARVE OR DAIRY CHOCOLATE COINS 150 g AURORA EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL 750 mL 3. KEDEM SPARKLING GRAPE JUICE 750 mL 2. STREIT'S POTATO PANCAKE MIX 170 g 1. BEATRICE SOUR CREAM 500 mL 1. 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    NDG's big Grey Cup Day party By P.A. Sévigny The Suburban It wasn't slick and it wasn't sexy but Sunday's Grey Cup game kept the entire bar on its feet right up until the final minutes when a couple of serious looking Mounties began to carry the Grey Cup out onto the field. As ever, with nothing but three points between the winners and the losers, Montreal's bookies called it right when they gave punters even odds and said nothing more than a field goal would make a difference between this year's winners and its losers. "It's strange," said NDG contractor Denis DeFalco. "The Canadiens (Montreal Canadiens) haven't won a Stanley Cup in over 20 years but now it's two in a row for the Alouettes." In a city many describe as nothing more than a collection of little villages, it would be difficult to find a local bar with as much history as NDG's Maz - once known as the Best wishes for a joyous Hanukkah Pierre Arcand MNA for/Député de Mont-Royal 3400 Jean-Talon W., #100 Montreal, QC H3R 2E8 Raymond Bachand Lawrence S. Bergman MNA for/Député de MNA for/Député de Outremont D'Arcy McGee 5450, Côte-des-Neiges Road # 115 5800 Cavendish, #403 Montreal, Qc H3T 1Y6 Cote St. Luc, QC H4W 2T5 Jacques Chagnon Député de/MNA for Westmount St-Louis 1155 University #1312 Montreal, QC H3B 3A7 Kathleen Weil MNA for/Députée de Notre-Dame-de-Grâce 5252 de Maisonneuve W., #210 Montreal, QC H4A 3S5 Meilleurs voeux pour la fête de Hanukkah 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.ca 10 * THE SUBURBAN, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2010 NEWS & ANALYSIS infamous Ma Hellers. As a former NDG resident and one of the original founders of Head 'N Hands, the local community activist organization, Vancouver photographer Peter Lowry was having a great time holding up the bar with NDG's Steve Laudi while meeting old friends and making new ones. Lowry wasn't alone because a lot of others who made their move to the off-island suburbs made their way back to the city and came back to the bar because they knew a lot of their old friends wouldn't miss the party. With beers at $4 per bottle and lots of bar food laid out on the pool tables, it wasn't long before the party hit its stride. Within minutes after the beginning of the game, Montreal quarterback Anthony Calvillo was caught and sacked by the Saskatchewan defence and the entire bar realized the western team had come to play serious ball. At halftime, the score was 11 to 8 for Saskatchewan before the Alouettes May the light of Chanukah be a continuing source of inspiration to us all! ! cmS hkvnc gc Que la lumière de Chanukah soit une source d'inspiration pour nous tous! managed to even things up with a field goal. Apart from one epic pass made near the end of the game, the tension in the bar kept mounting as Montreal's offence kept grinding their way up the field. By the fourth and last quarter, the cup was well on its way to Montreal when Saskatchewan's offence scored a touchdown with only three minutes to go before the end of the game. With only three points between being beaten and pulling off the football miracle of the century, Saskatchewan played hard but the Alouettes proved they were up to the challenge and the rest is now Grey Cup history. "I can't figure it out," said Gerry Nellis. "This is becoming a serious football town. Within the past few years, Quebec is all about football and what's more, we're winning. On Saturday, Quebec City's Rouge et Or won the Vanier Cup and today the Alouettes have just won the Grey Cup for the second year in a row."n Marc Garneau M.P./député Westmount--Ville-Marie (514) 283-2013 marcgarneau.ca Hon. Irwin Cotler P.C., O.C., M.P./C.P., O.C., député Mount Royal/Mont-Royal (514) 283-0171 irwincotler.ca 48C10 St. Laurent inaugurates two parks By Joel Goldenberg The Suburban St. Laurent inaugurated two parks Nov. 19, naming them after individuals who were deeply involved in local sports and recreation programs. The parks are named after Raymond Vidal and Roman Zytynsky. Some 60 family and friends of the two attended the ceremony a week ago Friday. "If the young people of St. Laurent are able today to benefit from a varied sports and culture program, good St. Laurent crime down By Joel Goldenberg The Suburban facilities and high quality services, it is largely due to the groundwork laid by such men as Raymond Vidal and Roman Zytynsky," said St. Laurent mayor Alan DeSousa in a prepared statement. "St. Laurent has a mandate to continue the work begun by these men by undertaking various projects, such as the plan to improve and refurbish our parks, which has been underway for several years, and the construction of a new multipurpose sports complex, scheduled to open in 2013."n Crime statistics from St. Laurent indicate a drop from last year, at which time there was a sizable increase from 2008, according to the Station 7 police report from July and August. The report says that "statistics from last year were at a level never seen. "The last period (May-June 2010) confirms to us that we have stabilized this increase in three of four major categories - theft from people, banks, businesses and others; sexual aggression and break-ins dropped and crime regarding motor vehicles was stable," says the July-August report. "The significant drops in particular categories were in comparison to May and June of 2009. There was a drop of 19 percent of crimes against persons and a drop of 15 percent of break-ins to businesses." Regarding the statistics of 2009, Station 7 commander Éric La Penna told The Suburban several months ago that some of the more numerous crimes that took place that year "were just problems that came up all about the same time - particular groups, particular people that were doing particular types of crimes at great frequency, more than what should be expected." Facts from July and August of this year: * One hundred and six arrests were made in that period, including for a series of sexual aggressions that took place over several months. A special Station 7 project was initiated, and met success when a suspect was apprehended July 30, accused of 11 offences and charged with four. * In another notable case, "thanks to the vigilance and perseverance of a citizen, a 10-year-old girl avoided being sexually assaulted," says the Station 7 account. "A citizen found the activities of a driver to be strange, he followed the situation and called police," who arrested the individual. * Police conducted 546 hours of foot patrols, with 60 hours devoted to the Côte Vertu Métro station. * Police also participated in the P.A.R.C. project, in which police met with local youngsters at Painter, Hartenstein and Cousineau parks, and sports such as volleyball, basketball and soccer were played. The activity, according to the report, conveyed the message of "taking back our parks."n

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