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					                                                   Real estate transfers
                                                    – new every month,
                                                   like the market! p.10
                                                     Building permits –
                                                     Westmount’s only
                                                     published list p.9                            In this complex: Least expensive townhouse
       Most expensive house: 351 Redfern                                                                          (321 Melville)                                   Profile: Helen Rainville p. 13

December 5, 2007                                                                     We are Westmount                                                                                        Vol. 1 No. 13

Merger years saddle Westmount with ‘unbelievable’ debt
                                                                                                      Margaret Trudeau addresses Shaar’s ICRF event
Minimal tax rise in ’08
as city budget unveiled
                                                   By Laureen Sweeney
 Returning for Scouting fundraiser
                                                      The numbers are now known. West-
                                                   mounters can begin calculating their tax
                                                   bills for 2008.
                                                      At a public consultation meeting No-
                                                   vember 28 on Westmount’s $36.2 million
                                                   operating budget for next year, the resi-
                                                   dential tax rate for locally managed serv-
                                                   ices was presented at $0.425 per $100 of
                                                   2008 property valuation. On the average
                                                   evaluation of a single family dwelling
                                                   ($887,360), this translates into a 1.1 per       Margaret and Justin Trudeau talk to Justin’s McGill Debating Union colleague (and In-
                                                                                                    dependent editor) David Price prior to her speech at the Shaar Hashomayim Dec. 2. She ad-
 Sandy Chisholm (right) exchanges stories with     cent tax increase or $43.
 former Westmount Scouters Don Rutherford                                                           dressed the Israel Cancer Research Fund and The Pink Lady Fund’s brunch honouring Arlene
                                                      When combined with the Agglomera-
 (left) and Peter Goddard, who returned from                                                        Abitan, Barbara Seal and Julie Gniwisch. She spoke movingly about her bipolar condition.
                                                   tion Council’s tax rate of $0.731 for addi-      She advocated that mental health be treated as importantly as physical health and that
 Ottawa for a 100th anniversary dinner in          tional “island wide” services, the total
 Westmount. Both now serve on the eastern On-                                                       sufferers seek treatment without stigma. Justin briefly spoke and related that he was often asked
                                                   effect results in an average of 2.5 per cent,    how he deals with being the son of Pierre Trudeau. “The answer is before you. I am so proud
 tario council. For more photos and stories, see
 p. 18.                                            Mayor Karin Marks told                           of my mother.” 589 people attended the event, which raised $242,000.        Photo: Michael Bourguignon
                                                   the meeting. The local continued on page 2

                                                   Airport train on right track
                                                                                                                                                          Affiliated Real Estate Agent
                                                   By Laureen Sweeney                              have different objectives, he said.
                                                                                                      A Bruce Ave. resident brought her con-                                        Buying, Selling
                                                      Fears over the impact an electric train      cerns to the November 26 meeting of city
                                                   service to Pierre Elliott Trudeau Interna-      council after hearing various reports from                                         or Renting
                                                   tional Airport might have on Westmount          a recent consultation meeting in NDG on                                          Please Call Me
                                                   appear to be unfounded and premature at         modifications to the Turcot yard. She was
                                                   the least.                                      told that work to reconfigure the Turcot in-
                                                      “A lot of ideas have been floating
                                                   around,” said councillor and engineer
                                                                                                   terchange would take place west of West-
 THIS IS A FABULOUS APARTMENT!!                    Patrick Martin. Three studies were under-          She also asked what could be expected                                          MOORE
Spacious! bright! Renovated! Parking! hardwood     way concerning possible routes to the air-      by Westmounters who live near the tracks
flrs, central air conditioning, 2 bedrooms each    port at Dorval, he said.                        and are already bothered by noise, vibra-                                               514
with ensuite bathrooms, large “eat-in” kitchen,
24 hr. security. Near every amenity. $649,000
                                                      The project is costly, logistically com-
                                                   plex and fraught with many players who
                                                                                                   tion and other pollutants
                                                                                                   from the railway and ex- continued on page 3
2 – WESTMOUNT INDEPENDENT – December 5, 2007

Budget: Staying the course in trying circumstances
             continued from page 1               years of merger, we have accumulated           tor Claude Lachance and the staff have                     Employees remain at 216
non-residential tax rate would be $1.61.         close to $50 million of debt.”                 worked for several months to produce the            While the number of permanent em-
   Expected to be adopted December 17,              Westmount’s debt in 2001, on the eve        knitty-gritty following guidelines from the      ployees is budgeted to remain at 216, the
Westmount’s $36.2 million budget reflects         of amalgamation, will have escalated to        city council which were to retain the cur-       city has allocated an additional amount to
an overall increase of 4.7 per cent over         $21.6 million at the end of 2007, and is ex-   rent level of services while holding the line    hire auxiliary personnel such as those now
2007.                                            pected to level out at some $43 million in     on controllable expenses.                        required for maintenance of the water
   This covers the projected costs of deliv-     2010 by the time the full impact of debt          Westmount’s $36.2 million operating           works, the management of which West-
ering local services ($27.5 million), debt       servicing kicks in and before Westmount        budget requires $24.4 million in general         mount will assume in-house in 2008
servicing and financing ($5.3 million), a         can recover financially and begin paying it     property tax after other revenues.               rather than out-sourcing. The budget has
$1.2 million contribution to the Montreal        down.                                                                                           no provision for salary increases but will
Metropolitan (regional) Community, and                                                                                                           rise to cover uncontrollable increased costs
$2 million in the pay-as-you-go financing                Looking for creative solutions          City of Westmount budget                         of payroll benefits.
of capital works (asset-based) projects             “We have to find creative solutions,”        Revenue & expenses 2008: $36.2 million              Included in the $7.4 million Capital
slated for 2008.                                 said Councillor Guy Charette, finance           Debt forecast                                    Works budget is $800,000 for the West-
   The remaining portion of the separate         commissioner, in explaining how the city’s     December 2007 $21.6 million                      mount Park playing fields project, re-
capital works budget of $7.4 million will        current expectations are to reduce the debt    December 2008 $31.6 million                      placement of water mains on Holton and
be funded by loan by-laws in the amount          to $15.5 million by 2019, largely through                                                       part of Westmount Ave., and the redoing
                                                                                                Average house (Westmount taxes only)
of $5.4 million. The city’s debt is projected    accelerating the city’s pay-as-you-go pro-                                                      of the following streets: Grove Park, An-
                                                                                                              2007     2008 Change
to reach $31 million by the end of 2008.         cess and paydown of capital.                                                                    woth, York, and Westmount Avenue (Bel-
                                                                                                Valuation $819,680 $887,360 +8.3%
                                                    A large portion of the debt, he said, was                                                    mont to Clarke).
       Debt attributed to Montreal                                                              Taxes       $3,730   $3,773 +1.1%
                                                 racked up by Montreal on Westmount’s
   A substantial amount of the public con-       behalf along with various other costs re-
sultation meeting was devoted to an ex-          lated to those years, the demerger transi-
planation of the city’s ballooning debt          tion process which included the $9             Westmount’s mayor walks the talk on bicycle use
attributed to the merger years with Mon-
   “Being virtually debt free after 125
                                                 million forced purchase of the waterworks
                                                 infrastructure and other payments many
                                                 of which are now under contestation.
                                                                                                Bike path’s future under study
years,” said city director general Bruce St.        The budget process was an arduous
Louis, “it’s an unbelievable fact that in four   one in which St. Louis, city finance direc-     By Laureen Sweeney                               mount and Montreal bikes paths to link
                                                                                                   The future of Westmount’s long-stand-
                                                                                                ing bike path is now under review follow-                Markers removed for winter
                                                                                                ing the November 1 opening of the                    This, she said, raises a number of com-
                                                                                                Montreal bicycle lane along de Maison-           plexities for Westmount where the path is
                                                                                                neuve, Mayor Karin Marks told the No-            marked off by flexible flag poles that are
                                                                                                vember 26 meeting of city council.               removed during the winter. The path goes
                                                                                                   There are technical issues to be re-          along the south side of de Maisonneuve
                                                                                                solved before any adjustments are made to        Blvd. between Claremont and Greene av-
                                                                                                the bike path, she said. “It’s a little prema-   enues with a stretch through Westmount
                                                                                                ture because there is no path at the West-       Park.
                                                                                                mount end.”                                          The newly installed Montreal path is
                                                                                                   Westmount will use the next few               separated by a permanent concrete abut-
                                                                                                months to assess the number of winter            ment, also along Maisonneuve, from Berri
                                                                                                users of Montreal’s bike route; also what        west to the Westmount city limits. There,
                                                                                                impact it might have locally, especially         however, just west of Atwater, across from
                                                                                                through Westmount Park “because ours             Dawson College, it comes to an abrupt end
                                                                                                was designed as a recreational path.”            where students tend to crowd across the
                                                                                                           Only one to cycle home                    The ending of the path also leaves a gap
                                                                                                   In a humorous account of the official          from there to the start of the Westmount
                                                                                                Montreal opening, the mayor related how          path at Greene.
                                                                                                she was the only one of the invited digni-           Questioners at the meeting raised a
                                                                                                taries to actually ride the length of the        number of concerns, including the poten-
                                                                                                path.                                            tial increased use of the Westmount bike
                                                                                                   While she had participated initially in a     path and the safety of cyclists in the stretch
                                                                                                short ride with others from Berri St. to the     from Atwater to Greene Avenues.
                                                                                                site of the opening ceremonies, once these           It was also noted that no bike path con-
                                                                                                ended, she said, “All the rest left in cars      tinues beyond the Claremont end of West-
                                                                                                and I was the only on my bike.” So she           mount’s until the bike path picks up west
                                                                                                rode it back to Westmount feeling “better        of Decarie.
                                                                                                exercised than the rest.”                            It was suggested that a concrete abut-
                                                                                                   At the time, however, questions were          ment might prove unsafe, impossible or
                                                                                                raised about Westmount closing its path          even illegal given the narrowness of de
                                                                                                in the winter and the failure of the West-       Maisonneuve.
                                                                                                                          WESTMOUNT INDEPENDENT – December 5, 2007 – 3

Rail changes will take time                                                                                         City ushers in Christmas
            continued from page 1             president of the Aéroports de Montréal In-
pressway.                                     ternational (ADMI).
   “What’s being bandied about is a light        Asked to elaborate on the various sce-
(electric) train that would require a con-    narios following the meeting, he told West-
tinuous rail,” Martin said. This would vir-   mount Independent, “Whatever the out-
tually eliminate vibration and the existing   come, Westmount is going to be better
noise from switches and joints as well as     off.”
pollution from the heavy diesel engines. It      Three railway routes have been consid-
would probably take eight or 10 years, “so    ered, he said.
don’t alarmed for the moment.” Rather, he
added, “Try to see it as possibly good                The three possible rail routes
news.”                                            One is the CP line emanating from
   Martin has been closely associated with    Windsor Station that stops at Vendome. A
the rail idea in his former professional      solution would have to be found for the
work with expansion of the airport and as     level crossings in Montreal West. Over-
                                              passes or tunnels would be costly and “a
                                              difficult proposition” given the need to
 UPPER WESTMOUNT                              maintain rail and road traffic during con-
                                                  This option, however, would likely serve
                                              Westmount well because the aging track
                                              would be replaced and, electric trains with-
                                              out diesel engines would make little more
                                              impact than a streetcar, Martin explained.
                                                  Many local residents would also bene-
                                              fit by being able to reach the airport quick-
                                              ly. CP and the Agence Métropolitaine de
                                              Transport (AMT) would favour this option.
                                                                                             Toni Meanear, almost 6, was among those whose spirits failed to be dampened by pouring rain
                                                  A second scenario, to use the lower CN     during the annual Christmas lighting ceremony at city hall November 26. Choir members from St.
                                              route through St. Henri, would likely re-      Matthias’ Church led citizens in carol singing in the council chamber. Sweets and more singing were
                                              duce existing traffic through Westmount         provided at the lawn bowling clubhouse after the tree lighting.
Lovely traditional detached family            on the CP line, and would be the choice of
                                              those who favour direct service to Central
 home in prime location. Sunny,               Station. It also would open up overseas
 elegant common rooms. Large                  flight markets for Montreal in Ottawa and
  landscaped lot, 2-car garage.               Kingston by providing easy access for
         MLS#1380418 $1,650,000
                                              those who might travel through Toronto.
                                                  This would also involve expensive tun-
                                              neling to enable the CN line to cross the
              JOYCE                           CP one in order to reach the airport.
                                                  A third option, which Martin said
            FAUGHNAN                          seems unlikely, would be to use the CN
                                              route from Central Station under Mount
    (O) 514-933-6781                          Royal. This would require rebuilding the
                                              tunnel and then tunneling below runways.
    (R) 514-932-9766                              Martin reiterated his interest in en-
                                              quiring further into the status of the plans
   RE/MAX WESTMOUNT Inc.                      and keeping Westmount residents in-
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                                              formed of the situation.

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4 – WESTMOUNT INDEPENDENT – December 5, 2007

Sustainable Westmount                                                                                                        in the same order.
                                                                                                                                It is still our intention to develop a com-
                                                                                                                                                                                 Here in Westmount, we dealt with the
                                                                                                                                                                              issue of limiting the amount of unsightly
By Mayor Karin Marks                                               More recently, with influences of Al                       munity plan, but time and resources are          and unenvironmental front-lawn drive-
                                                                Gore, David Suzuki and others, it became                     lacking. As a result, we have thus far been      ways versus the right of people to have and
                     This article is adapted                    clear that a livable city must be a sustain-                 operating more in the second, values-            park as many cars as they want on their
                     from the mayor’s re-                       able city.                                                   based model, without having made any             property. Another issue looms with the
                     marks to the Westmount                        But it was only about a year ago that I                   conscious decision to do so. For instance,       building of what some call “McMansions,”
                     Municipal Association                      realized that it was not only large govern-                  environmental responsibility was a value         which can pit issues of sustainability ver-
                     on November 6.                             ments that needed to focus on sustainable                    chosen by both council and the resident          sus the right of people to purchase those
                        Where did this                          development. I realized that sustainability                  group. So when it came time to buy vehi-         things for which they have worked and
                     question of sustainabil-                   required that we, collectively and individ-                  cles for public security, we took the time       which they want to enhance their lives.
                     ity begin for me? As                       ually, alter the way we live and the way see                 to investigate hybrid models and that’s
                     many know and I have                       our needs. If change is going to come                        what we bought.                                         Changing the markers of success
                     said previously, I ac-                     about, it will happen person by person and                                                                        I asked Karl-Henrik Robèrt, the found-
quired environmental “religion” (although                       door by door. That being so, who better to                     Who is responsible for implementation?         er of a sustainability group called the Nat-
not fundamentalism) later than some.                            encourage such change than municipal                            One of the councillors with whom I            ural Step, about the possible clash
    My journey to sustainability began with                     government, the first line of service?                        worked for many years always asked,              between individual rights and sustain-
a 15-year involvement in an organization                                                                                     “Who has the R?” – meaning who has the           ability. His answer was a good one, but not
called Making Cities Livable. In our dis-                                     The first challenge                            clear responsibility for making sure the         an easy one. He said, “You must change
cussions, we focused on the livability of                          The first challenge in changing is to de-                  project moves forward. That has been our         the markers of success.”
cities in such things as public and com-                        fine what is meant by a sustainable city.                     second challenge. For sustainability is-             This answer resonated with me be-
mercial areas and how they can be de-                           Out of many possible definitions of sus-                      sues, the “R” was so divided among peo-          cause of the case of the Toyota Prius. The
signed to bring very different groups of                        tainability, I focused on one: a sustainable                 ple with other full-time duties that we did      Prius outsold its hybrid Honda competitor
people together through the creation of                         community is continually adjusting to meet                   not move forward as quickly as I would           because the Prius had a different look
community activities. We also talked about                      the social, cultural and economic needs of its               have liked. Good things happened because         from non-hybrid cars. People wanted to be
the emergence of the suburb, the decline                        residents, while preserving the environment’s                we raised awareness and concern, but they        seen driving it and doing their part for the
of the front porch and its replacement by                       ability to support it.                                       tended to be less measurable than I believe      environment.
the garage (and the impact of that change                          In Westmount, we have explored two                        they should be.                                      It is not up to government to judge the
on the interaction between neighbours),                         ways to move this forward: the creation of                      As a result, we are in the process of         personal needs and values of its con-
and the rise in importance of the car.                          a defined plan and the development of                         defining a job for someone who will have          stituents, but to establish community
    As a result of this involvement, I initi-                   common values to inform decision-mak-                        this as their main responsibility and as-        norms of sustainability. There are three
ated or supported a whole host of projects                      ing generally. We started out with the idea                  sure that a plan is put in place, imple-         R’s in environmentalism: reduce, reuse,
in Westmount, including the publication                         of following the first direction. Council                     mented, monitored, measured and                  recycle. In Westmount, we are pretty good
of clear heritage protection guidelines, the                    met and discussed what kinds of things                       communicated.                                    at recycling and reusing – and we will get
establishment of a teen centre, the re-                         should be addressed in such a plan. Then                                                                      better in the months to come.
defining of Victoria Hall as a centre for                        we assembled a diverse group of about 25                        Determining the hierarchy of values               But what of the last R, reduce? How do
community activities, the refurbishment                         residents who met and looked at the same                       This brings us to our third challenge,         we motivate ourselves and others to re-
of the library and the establishment of a                       questions. By and large, the same ele-                       which is determining a hierarchy of val-         duce consumption? Is it our job to do so?
gallery highlighting local artists.                             ments came through, although not always                      ues. This can be very difficult.                  Can we afford not to?

                                                                Twice monthly                                                                           Letter to the editor
  WESTMOUNT                                                     (1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month),
                                                                next issue: December 19                                                                                       ed on a false premise and contained fabri-
 INDEPENDENT                                                    Westmount (H3Y and H3Z):
                                                                10,000 copies by Canada Post
                                                                                                                             Save us from Save the Park!
                                                                                                                                 Many of us participate in community          cated digitized photographs of a fence
                                                                                                                             activities and attend city council meetings.     blocking off the bicycle path and other
              We are Westmount.                                 1000 copies distributed to over                                                                               things.
                                                                40 waiting-room drops                                        We ask questions and criticize politely and
                                                                                                                             civilly. The mayor, councillors and city em-         The local newspapers are filled with
                                                                                                                             ployees always respond in a friendly man-        their diatribes of heavy-handed treatment
  If you don’t want to get our publication, Canada Post advises that you place a sticker on your mailbox that says, “No ad
  mail.” Si vous ne voulez pas reçevoir notre publication: Malheureusement, nous ne sommes pas capable de bloquer            ner, whether they are in agreement with          by our elected officials. Not so. Public
  une adresse individuelle. Il faut mettre une étiquette près de votre boite à lettres qui lit « Pas de média-poste ».
                                                                                                                             our observations or not.                         meetings have been held and a committee
  If you do want to receive our publication and you have a sticker on your mailbox (or are outside our distribution area),
                                                                                                                                 What is disturbing to our community          to examine all aspects of the park’s future
  please send a cheque for $1.50 times the number of issues left in the year. We will mail them to you for the rest of the
  current calendar year.                                                                                                     is the lack of civility often displayed by the   has been enacted. Yet they still object.
  Most frequently restocked drop sites: Lobby of 310 Victoria Ave.; Sherbrooke St. exit to Metro grocery store at Victoria   “protagonists” who attribute to themselves       They claim to have 700-plus signatures of
  Ave. and Sherbrooke St.
                                                                                                                             exclusively as “Save the Park!” There are        protest but it is unclear of the methodol-
                                                                                                                             many others who very strongly believe in         ogy. After all, 19,000-plus Westmounters
  Editor:                                                       Advertising sales:
  David Price 514.935.4537                                      Sandy Cobrin 514.670.0432                                    saving Westmount Park but have other             have not signed any petition regarding this
  Chief reporter:                                               Annika Melanson 514.223.3567                                 ideas as to how to accomplish it.                matter.
  Laureen Sweeney                                                                                                                The “protagonists” are continuously              What the “protagonists” must learn:                              Published by Sherbrooke-Valois Inc.                          badgering the mayor and council; they de-        • To disagree without being disagreeable
  Layout:                                                       310 Victoria Ave., Suite 105                                 mand answers to council plans that are           • Other citizens have rights, valid opin-
  Studio Melrose/ Ted Sancton                                   Westmount, QC H3Z 2M9                                                                                           ions, desires, hopes and the availability
                                                                                                                             non-existent; when the reply is that these
  Our website:                                                  Fax: 514.935.9241                                            fantasies do not exist, very often the badg-       of facts                                                                                                                                                • To smile and be friendly to others once
                                                                                                                             ering continues.
           We welcome your letters, but reserve the right to edit them. Please email them to                                     I witnessed a multi-page tract passed          in a while. Every letter of support helps us with advertisers!                                  around at a council meeting that was bas-        Stan Grossman, de Maisonneuve Blvd.
                                                                                                                           WESTMOUNT INDEPENDENT – December 5, 2007 – 5

Just say ‘no’ to the Nova buses
By May Cutler, former Mayor                           Easier access? Don’t bet on it            up on them,
                                                   This last was the alleged reason for the     the buses were taken
               If the Guinness Book of         original purchase. It would make access          away and reappeared with a cone over the
               Records ever listed the worst   easier for us and allow wheelchair to enter      covers. More wasted space. Normal buses
               of everything, instead of the   at the rear door. It does none of this. Of the   have one system to request a stop. The
               best, Montreal would have a     two seats up front reserved for us, one re-      Nova has three: a cord across the top of the
               mention.                        quires climbing up a steep step to be sat        windows, one down between them, plus
                  For what? For having the     on – not easy for anyone with a crutch.          buttons on poles. The back exit door still
worst buses on our planet. That may not        The other facing it, right beside the en-        doesn’t always respond when you obey the
seem so terrible, unless you’ve had to ride    trance has people during the rush-crush,         sign to push it. Unless the driver hears you
in them. I have, almost daily, along Sher-     stepping on you, falling onto your lap, or       shouting, you can be taken to the next
brooke St. on the No. 24, and for the past     shoving backpacks into you. Mighty dan-          stop. Need I go on?
10 years, ever since the low-floor Nova         gerous if you’re pregnant.                           All this over 10 years, and the MTC is
buses appeared, I have felt a pang of out-         Sealing in these seats, sticking up are      still ordering Novas. Perhaps it should be
rage every time I got on one.                  the two front wheels, taking space that          looked into by the Sûreté du Québec.
   Montreal knew back then how bad             could accommodate six passengers seated,
these Novas were. According to the Gazette     (convenient for the elderly, etc.) plus six
the MTC is still trying “to return or ex-      standing, all where space is most needed.
change” 452 buses received in 1996. It
also is returning 13 of 22 brand new ones
because of defective engines. And has an-
                                                   The back wheels, however, are under
                                               the bus. This means a higher floor. When                   To grow, we need YOUR help
                                               the driver has trouble shutting the front
other 114 on order.                            door against the crowd, nobody wants to
   I know buses. I’ve traveled on them in      go up the two steps in order to stand, so                As of issue #13, the Westmount Independent is very healthy
dozens of countries, always preferring         the aisle there is often empty                        at its current page count and frequency. Given reader response,
them to taxis. I like people-watching. No          Completing this visual horror, at the
place better than on a bus. Not that I                                                                  we know there is an appetite out there for more pages and
                                               very back, is a closet, the kind that, on long
haven’t been more uncomfortable on             distance buses, holds a toilet. (No such
                                                                                                                          more issues per month.
some than on the Novas.                        convenience here.)
                                                   As for wheelchair access? Last year, I
                                                                                                                         That’s where YOU come in.
  From Mexico to India to Sherbrooke St.
                                               saw a man in a wheelchair waiting at a bus              Advertisers have a lot on their minds and may not know what
    I’ve sat beside a crate of protesting      stop. The driver could not get the machin-
chickens in Mexico, been terrified that a                                                                Westmounters are reading. If you like what we’re doing and
                                               ery to work, gave up and drove off, leaving
dilapidating rattler with passengers on the    the man to wait. For what? A woman sit-                  want to help, please promote us as an advertising venue to:
roof and hanging out the door would go         ting beside me remarked, “They never                     • Real estate agents, especially when you are listing your house for sale,
over a cliff in India and worried close to     work.”
barfing that a wild flyer would kill some-                                                                                       • Shop owners and managers,
one as it sped, horn blasting, down a                     Adjustments galore                                      • the City of Westmount’s council members and staff.
crowded road in Jamaica – wondering if a          Then there were the catch-ups and
billboard saying 103 died in accidents that    patch-ups requiring adjustments.                                 Thank you for comments and encouragement.
year would require an updating.                   When these buses first appeared, those
    But I don’t blame the buses for that.
                                                                                                                            David Price, Editor
                                               two wheels up front were covered with a
I’m sure they all started out fine. You can’t   flat metal top. Because kids liked to climb
say that for the Nova buses.
    You see the mess as soon as you get on.
Normal buses have one floor level inside.
The Nova has four, one towards the front,       JOHN KRANITZ
one beyond the back exit, one where the              AFFILIATED REAL ESTATE AGENT
                                                 GROUP SUTTON CENTRE OUEST INC. BKR.
driver sits and another behind him, re-
served, the signs say, for us who are eld-
erly, disabled or pregnant.
6 – WESTMOUNT INDEPENDENT – December 5, 2007

Dawson helps budding online entrepreneurs
By Ben Shingler                                  his new website will bring in business
                                                 from all over the world – from “Pough-
    A new course offered via Dawson Col-         keepsie to Bora Bora,” he said with a
lege’s continuing education program              smile.
helps budding entrepreneurs set up their            The class is made up of a cross-section
business online.                                 of people ages 35 to 65, said Donald Cog-
    The course gives students all the nec-       gan, SiteSell’s education director. “The
essary tools to build a successful website.      common thread is that these people are
By the time they complete it in December,        trying to design their own business,” he
many of the 21 students will have their site     said.
up and running.                                     “It gives me control of my site. I don’t
    Web hosting company SiteSell is offer-       need a webmaster,” said Westmounter
ing the class. All the tools to build a web-     Marilynn Vanderstaay, a student designing
site are available online but students           a website that tells her story as a cancer
appreciate their time in class, said SiteSell    survivor. She said she wants to provide
Instructor Amel Mehenaoui. “They have            support to other people fighting the dis-
to take three hours, work on their business      ease – for the “spirit, soul, and body.”
and solve problems together,” Mehenaoui             For more information on the course,
said.                                            visit or phone 514.671.
    Westmounter Edmund Nash is design-           9914. To learn more about continuing ed-
ing a new web page for his multimedia            ucation courses at Dawson, visit www.
poster company, mPaevum. Most of his    or phone 514. 933.
clients are based in Montreal and he hopes       3771.                                                 Westmounter Marilynn Vanderstay is designing a website to support those fighting cancer.

                     A place of their own
                                                   Westmount’s TAG Teen centre offers
                                                local students a place to hang out, play pool
                                                or do school projects in a supervised envi-
                                                ronment. (The name “TAG” comes from
                                                one the centre’s original posters, which in-
                                                vited teens to place their “tag” – as in a graf-
                                                fiti signature – on the poster. The name
                                                   Located at the Westmount Arena, the
                                                after-school and weekend program includes
                                                hockey, swimming and tennis, as well as
                                                movies and educational activities. Marianne
                                                Knai coordinates the centre, while McGill
                                                students Jason Lesniak, Daniel Lasry and
                                                Brett Pedvis assist as counsellors. Originally
                                                a business-class assignment for the McGill
                                                students, the three continue to volunteer
  From left: Tyler Job-Gagnon, Jevon Young,     once a week and enjoy making a “difference
  Jesse Bernini (back), Cynthia Job-Gagnon.     in the community.”                                 From left: Devon Michel, Giancarlo DiCenso, Avery Thompson, Callaghan Marley, Scott Paré.

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Healthy breakfast, city and house                                                          No help from Montreal to curb
   Emmanuel Cosgrove of Écohabita- addressed a small group of West-
                                             mental Design) standard (to be unveiled
                                             in its Canadian version in June 2008),
                                                                                           Remembrance traffic
mounters at Victoria Hall on November        which certifies a house to a green standard       Since the designation of Sherbrooke St.
29 as part of the Healthy City Project’s     that he finds to be “without holes.” LEED      as a Montreal arterial responsibility fol-            Keeping the power on
breakfast series. His topic was “green”      sets high standards for a house’s durabil-    lowing demerger, Westmount has no con-
construction.                                ity, location, and – most importantly – en-                                                    Pierre Dubé is the
                                                                                           trol over rerouting traffic during the            newly named di-
   Cosgrove is an expert in both his per-    ergy and water efficiency. His remarks         annual Remembrance Day services at the
sonal and professional life. His own house   were optimistic (buildings in Quebec can                                                       rector of Hydro
                                                                                           cenotaph, Mayor Karin Marks said at the          Westmount. He re-
on Park Ave. has reduced its heating/en-     be made so as not to need anything but        city council meeting November 26.                places Marc Roy,
ergy bills from $4,600 to $500 (while dou-   sun-based heating) and pessimistic (build-       Despite north lanes being closed, buses       who is leaving after
bling its living space) after what he        ing codes, standards, knowledge and ma-       in particular continued to use the south         holding the posi-
characterized as an average-budget reno-     terial availability are nowhere near where    ones “even during the most solemn” mo-           tion some 10 years.
vation project.                              they could easily be).                        ment at this year’s ceremony November 11,        Following an exec-
   His other remarks focused on the                                                        noted Jane Martin during the question pe-        utive search, Dubé
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environ-       Parks trees coming down                      riod.
                                                                                                                                            was hired as an
                                                 One tree will be felled in Westmount         “We expressed our desire to close the         consultant on a
                                              Park as well as several others in Sunny-     street,” the mayor said, “but police will not    five-year contract
                                              side Park, Councillor George Bowser re-      close it.” It is, she added, “one of the frus-   affirmed by city
                                              ported at the council meeting                trations.”                                       council November
                                              November 26. All are judged unsafe.             “It’s a very sad commentary,” Martin          26.
                                              Located near the water course, the West-     concluded.
                                              mount Park tree has an incurable fun-           Mayor Marks suggested that perhaps
                                              gus and a large cavity at the base. In an    the transit authority might voluntarily          RE/MAX Westmount once again
                                              earlier story, Westmount Independent re-     reroute its buses for the occasion. She          this year will be collecting non-
                                              ported that the condition of the tree was    would “bring it up” at the next board meet-      perishable food for Share The
                                              being monitored. Those immediately           ing of the Société de Transport de Mon-          Warmth. Please help the less
                                                                                           tréal, of which she is a member.                 fortunate by dropping off your
                                              below the summit lookout represent a                                                          contributions in the lobby at 1330
                                              hazard to walkers, the councillor ex-                                                         Greene Avenue. Thank you one and all.
            Emmanuel Cosgrove                 plained.                                                                                      RE/MAX Westmount Inc.
8 – WESTMOUNT INDEPENDENT – December 5, 2007
                                                                                                                                               WESTMOUNT INDEPENDENT – December 5, 2007 – 9

     What’s permitted: A sure sign of winter
  It’s a sure sign of winter when the                                 624 Belmont: to replace some windows
number of building permits presented to                                  and a door;
Westmount city council dwindles to nine,                              364 Olivier: to replace some windows;
Councillor Cynthia Lulham declared at the                             429 Mount Pleasant: to replace some win-
meeting November.                                                        dows and doors;
  The following were approved.                                        4926 Sherbrooke: to install an awning
70 Belmont Cresc: to build a solarium;                                   sign for Rooney;
4928B Sherbrooke: to install a sign;                                  54 Oakland: to place a window;
660 Grosvenor: to repair second-storey                                578 Côte St. Antoine: to erect a fence.

Fire officials provide tips to help

Chief: Plan for safe holidays
By Laureen Sweeney                                                    Cats love to explore the flickering flame.
                                                                         Be sure to buy enough batteries for
   Having a safe Christmas means plan-                                gifts and toys and never remove a battery
ning for one.                                                         from a smoke detector to power some-
   “The festive season is a time when the                             thing else. You’ll rob your family of their                 Astri Prugger with Westmounter Katie Pothier and Anna McGaughey.
risk of accidental fires increases with en-                            best alert system in the event some fire
tertainment, general merriment and visit-                             condition does occur.                              Fashion designer Astri Prugger (322          jewelry designer Tracy Gartner of Trink
ing,” said Westmount Fire Prevention                                     And speaking of fires, remember that          Victoria Ave., 514.369.4799) served             Jewelry (344A Victoria Ave, 514.223.
Chief Daniel De Vries.                                                when you have one burning in the fire-           champagne and goodies on Friday, No-            7688). Both do custom work and will
   “When many people are likely to be                                 place this is one that is already under way.    vember 9 from 5 to 8 pm to kick off the         complement each other “because you al-
gathered together, it is especially impor-                            Be sure the chimney has been inspected          Discover Victoria Village retailers’ week-      ways need jewelry for your dress and vice
tant not to be distracted while cooking,                              and/or cleaned at least once a year.            end. In the New Year,                           versa,” said Gartner. Prugger also does al-
block doorways with decorations or sleep                                                                                 Prugger will be joined at her store by       terations.
in basement areas not usually used. Be                                           Don’t build large hot fires
sure to check for escape routes and func-                                 Keep a screen in front of the fireplace
tioning smoke detectors when visiting oth-                            when fires are burning. And avoid build-                                                                                380 Lansdowne

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                                                                                                                                                                                             Beautifully restored & reno-
ers or staying in infrequently used country                           ing large, hot fires. In older homes such                                                                               vated semi detached home.
homes. Take a spare battery with you.”                                as those found in Westmount, excessive                                                                                 Just steps from park,
                                                                      heat may radiate to the older, dryer wood                                                                              YMCA, schools, churches &
      Keep tree away from heat sources                                beneath the hearth or around the chimney.                                                                              shopping. 4+1 bdrm, 2 1/2
                                                                                                                                                                                             bath, finished basement. 1
    If you’re starting to put up a natural tree                           Resist the temptation to burn wrapping                                                                             exterior parking. Move-in
inside, keep it well watered and away from                            paper and evergreen boughs as these, in                                                                                condition! $873,000.
heat sources and candle flames.                                        particular, create very hot fires.
    “Since cooking is the most common                                     “It’s important to practise fire safety at                                                                          4742

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cause of fires, it is important never to leave                         all times of year,” De Vries said. “Not only                                                                           The Boulevard

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it unattended,” De Vries said.                                        during Fire Prevention Week. Let’s have a                                                                              “A diamond in the rough”
    Extension cords you may use to string                             safe and fire-free Christmas in Westmount                                                                               3 storey, semi detached
                                                                                                                                                                                             house. 6 bedrooms, 2
together decorative lights can provide a                              this year.”                                                                                                            fireplaces, 2 car garage.
particular hazard as well as the overload-                                                                                                                                                   Good garden, fabulous
ing of electrical circuits. Ensure that ex-                                         Classified                                                                                                woodwork. $895,000.
tension cords are not worn or frayed, and
not covered by rugs.                                                   Sacred Sites of South India Travel
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10 – WESTMOUNT INDEPENDENT – December 5, 2007

                        Bought & Sold: Real estate transfered since October 26
Address                              Price          Evaluation        Buyer                                                         Seller                                            Date
4225 Dorchester Ave.          $ 27,066,318        $ 26,100,000        Minister of Public Works and Government Services              Canadian Leaseback (GP) Inc.                      31-Oct
351 Redfern                    $ 2,500,000         $ 1,388,600        Ines Maria Linares                                            Anna Burgos                                       20-Nov
31 Ramezay Ave.                $ 2,080,000         $ 1,640,000        Richard Sioufi                                                Rosa Rodin                                        1-Nov
30 Edgehill Road               $ 1,830,000         $ 1,442,600        John Essaris                                                  Fouad Saliba, Myrna Al Taraya Geagea              2-Nov
652 Roslyn Ave.                $ 1,660,000           $ 914,900        Copley Investments Inc.                                       Richard Simard                                    16-Nov
577 Roslyn Ave.                $ 1,540,000           $ 899,500        Michele Gaul                                                  Francis Legault                                   8-Nov
339 Victoria Ave.              $ 1,480,000         $ 1,231,300        Sirus Homayun                                                 6846611 Canada Inc.                               8-Nov
735 Upper Belmont              $ 1,294,500         $ 1,230,100        Carlo Verrillo, Vanessa Pizzi                                 Gerald F. Kandestin, Janice Kramer                31-Oct
497 Lansdowne Ave.             $ 1,187,500           $ 828,700        Elizabeth Ann Ross                                            John Essaris Family Trust                         31-Oct
447-449 Mount Stephen          $ 1,175,000           $ 688,100        Copley Investments Inc.                                       Joan Davis                                        12-Nov
3223 Cedar Ave.                $ 1,167,500           $ 942,500        Huan Zhao, Xi Hua Li                                          Christopher Brown                                 5-Nov
4547 Sherbrooke St. W.         $ 1,100,000           $ 542,400        Les Cosmetiques P.C.Inc.                                      Edouard El Kaim                                   29-Oct
543 Roslyn Ave.                  $ 936,000           $ 712,400        Sharon Lynn Sparling                                          Lawrence Reusing                                  9-Nov
570 Grosvenor Ave.               $ 910,000           $ 828,500        Martin Clarke, Susan Campbell                                 Diane Polis                                       1-Nov
14 Arlington Ave.                $ 865,000           $ 525,200        Susan Kirby-Jones, Hugh Arthur Jones                          Lesley Pretula                                    2-Nov
450 Mount Stephen Ave.           $ 780,000           $ 702,200        Gergely L. Lukacs, Judith Szapor                              Grace Ann Phillips                                16-Nov
556 Victoria Ave.                $ 669,000           $ 562,600        Philippe Tomic                                                Martin Koch, Catherine Mary Rayside               31-Oct
8 Lorraine Ave.                  $ 640,000           $ 509,100        Adrian Dunn, Amanda Jelowicki                                 Timothy Leyne, Christel de Coussergues            16-Nov
4771 Sherbrooke St. W.           $ 554,000           $ 480,600        Jose Duraes                                                   Laureen Sweeney                                   12-Nov
321 Melville Ave                 $ 490,000           $ 476,100        Robert Babczak                                                Succession de Susan Purdie                        2-Nov
399 Clark Ave - # 7A             $ 435,000           $ 445,000        Martha Hancock, William Friend                                Maier Blostein                                    30-Oct
267 Olivier - Apt. 104           $ 318,000           $ 316,100        Rachelle Deitcher                                             Danesh Rajaee, Mahin Vafaie                       26-Oct
399 Clark Ave - # 203            $ 285,000           $ 296,200        Tahmineh Ghassemlou, Nousheh Saidi - Garakani                 Samuel Rabinovitch                                30-Oct

                         UGG opens (officially)                                                                                   Manoir bazaar

                                                                                               Manoir Westmount held its annual Christmas Bazaar on November 28, which raised $6,300 by selling
                                                                                               raffle tickets and knitted goods, among other items. Most of the funds raised (about $5,000) will be
Paparazzi and celebrities, such as Westmounter and Montreal media personality Orla Johannes,   donated to several local charities. Pictured is Manoir resident Julienne Riendeau with volunteer co-
gathered for the UGG official store opening (4891 Sherbrooke St., 514.907.7844) on Wednesday.   ordinator Lily Lam.

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                                                                                      BRIAN, TIMOTHY, JOAN McGUIGAN
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                        Westmount Elegant house on one of Westmount’s most                  Westmount adj. Wonderful, well-maintained and up-            Westmount Unbeatable price in Victoria Village. Lrg 3-
                        desirable streets. View from the sunroom is the finest of           dated detached duplex with bachelor situated on tree-        bedroom+den w/fp. Woodwork! Bedroom has basement
                        residential greenery. Landscaped garden, 2 fp’s and much            lined street. Offers 2 exterior parking spaces, and 2        and family room. Exposed brick, decorative fireplace.
                        more. Asking $1,550,000                                             revenues. Occupancy in the upper for the new owner.          Planned kitchen, pantry, adj. mudroom. Deck, garage.
                                 Virtual tour:                Asking $665,000                                              Asking $655,000
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                        Westmount Duplex in lower Westmount, walking dis-                   Westmount adj. Situated in secure and convenient             St-Henri Great one bedroom corner loft-style condo in
                        tance to Greene Ave. Both units have 3 bdrs w/finished              location in Fort de la Montagne. Large entertainment         the Corticelli. Just off the bike path, this location is ideal
                        bsmts, independent parking. Both have outdoor area                  space, secluded private terrace with bright, clear           for sports enthusiasts or people commuting downtown by
                        and balconies. Upper unit has been upgraded.                        cityscape view in the winter. Take advantage of the Fort’s   bike. High ceilings, large windows, views, exposed brick
                        Asking $685,000                                                     luxurious amenities. Asking $525,000                         walls. Garage, gym, locker. Asking $299,000
                                                                                                     Virtual tour:

                        St-Henri Loft Sherwill. Spacious master bdr with walk-in            Pointe St-Charles One of a kind, restored and renovated      NDG Best price per square foot in this location. Three-
                        cc. Mezzanine off lvr and dnr. 12.5 ft ceilings, large win-         beauty – a piece of history in the Pointe! Large, luminous   bedroom condo on the 2nd floor in handsome greystone.
                        dows. Living area has a separate office space off kitchen           rooms in an open concept plan. Additional coach house        Walk to Monkland Village, Villa Maria metro, buses, tennis
                        and dnr. Walk to market, metro. Asking $282,000                     provides rare in-city opportunity for a B&B, guest house,    courts. Approx. 1,500 sf, master bedroom ensuite.
                                Virtual tour:                 artist’s studio. 4+1 bedrooms, 2 baths. Asking $529,000      Asking $325,000
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12 – WESTMOUNT INDEPENDENT – December 5, 2007

Wine: What’s In Store...
                                                                                                Westmount Today,
The foolproof holiday gift                                                                      Yesterday and
By Carola Price                                course given by me. Now who wouldn’t

                With the holiday season
                fast approaching and the
                                               love to receive these treasures?
                                                       To drink perchance to relax
                                                                                                Can you
                barrage of people we must
                give gifts to, the question
                                                   With all the running around you must
                                               take the time to decompress and relish in        name that
                is how to purchase wine-       this wonderful season. Enjoy your friends
                and alcohol-related bevies
                without breaking the bank
                                               and family and most of all these well-
                                               priced wines to help the food shine at your
                or offending the receiver.     holiday table. Remember that moderation
The SAQ has done an incredible job of          is the key to a long holiday and life. Drink
stocking great gifts that are perfect for      wisely.                                          By Doreen Lindsay
someone you want to impress, like a            Chenin Blanc, Brut Vouvray Mousseux,
prospective father-in-law, or someone you      Chateau Monontour, Loire, France –               Question: Who was the well-
don’t know very well, like the kid’s teacher   SAQ#00430751, $18.95                             known Quebec sculptor who
or your manicurist. The following gifts            This is the perfect starter wine for oys-    designed the winged angel
may be a great way to achieve the status of    ters, shrimp cocktail, salmon mousse and         hovering protectively over a
generous client or treasured friend.           grilled vegetable bruschetta with goat           proud soldier marching out
                                               cheese. This sparkler is dry and fruity with     atop the War Memorial at the
               Shop like a pro                 a medium body and nose of green apple            apex of Garden Point’s trian-
   A boxed set of delicious scotches from      and lime peel with gooseberry jam and            gular open lawn? For the an-
a particular region, a bottle of sake with a   pear in the mouth on the finish. Good for         swer, please see page 14.
stylish set of mini cups and carafe, a lus-    the holidays but not for the cellar.
cious Limoncello in a beautiful decanter           Available at the following SAQs (at
with two cute glasses, for the foodie a set    press time): across from Atwater Market,
                                                                                               medium bodied, which matches perfectly
of stemless wine glasses with a bottle of
Sebastiani Zinfandel and a gift certificate
                                               Victoria, Westmount Square, Pepsi
                                               Forum, Atwater Market.                          for the turkey or roast veal. Simplicity is    City: Keep that snow
to Bowfinger for great barbeque, a small        Moscatel/ Arinto, Albis, Jose Maria de          key here so don’t match this wine with
                                                                                               heavier gravies and sauces. The fish eater
                                                                                                                                              off the road
but beautiful gift bag filled with SAQ gift     Fonseca, Terras do Sado, Portugal
                                                                                               will also delight because it would match           With more of the white stuff sure to
cards of different denominations is perfect    SAQ# 00319905, $11.45
                                                                                               with Sole Florentine or Halibut with a fruit   come, Westmount city council has served
for the budding wine geek and, last but            This white is almost dry with luscious
                                                                                               salsa.                                         notice that the city will get tough on pri-
certainly not least, a wine magazine sub-      green fruit and a slight grape flavour on
                                                                                                  Available at the following SAQs (at         vate contractors and residents who dump
scription and a gift certificate for a wine     the finish. It offers lots in aroma and is
                                                                                               press time): Atwater Market, across from       snow into the street.
                                                                                               Atwater Market, Victoria.                          While most are respectful of the by-
                                                                                               Monastrell/Syrah/Cabernet, Laderas de El       laws, pointed out Councillor John de Cas-
                                                                                               Seque, Alicante, Spain                         tell, there are those who contribute to an
                                                                                               SAQ# 10359201, $12.95                          ongoing problem of blocking the street,
                                                                                                  Although the nose smells like macerat-      raising safety concerns and adding to
                                                                                               ing fruits due to the alcohol, the longer it   snow removal costs.
                                                                                               airs out in the glass the more it mellows.         “It’s a situation everyone has to pay for,”
                                                                                               In the mouth it is so soft that I can’t be-    said Councillor George Bowser in intro-
                                                                                               lieve there is Syrah in it. The finish is dry   ducing amendments to the nuisance
                                                                                               and medium bodied with lots of black-          bylaw that would set fines for the offence
                                                                                               berry and cherry, some coffee and green        ranging from $100 to $2,000. Subsequent
                                                                                               pepper. The alcohol balances with the fruit    offences would be charged at $200 to
                                                                                               on the finish and will match beautifully        $4,000.
                                                                                               with the roast birds, including duck and           City snow removal operations are often
                                                                                               pheasant.                                      hampered by the plowing of snow into the
                                                                                                  Although it wouldn’t stand up to the        street instead of being place on existing
                                                                                               heavier demi-glace I think we may try it       windrows. Particularly on streets with long
                                                                                               with herbed roast beef and Yorkshire puds      driveways, large mounds often protrude
                                                                                               this year.                                     into the traffic lanes.
                                                                                                  Available at the following SAQs (at
                                                                                               press time): across from Atwater Market.
                                                                                                                                                 Westmount Independent
                                                                                                RE/MAX Westmount once again
                                                                                                this year will be collecting non-
                                                                                                                                                 Westmount Independent
                                                                                                perishable food for Share The                    Westmount Independent
                                                                                                                                                It’s our name. You can’t wear it out.
                                                                                                Warmth. Please help the less

                                                                                                                                                     If you like what we’re doing,
                                                                                                fortunate by dropping off your

                                                                                                                                                      PLEASE spread the word!
                                                                                                contributions in the lobby at 1330
                                                                                                Greene Avenue. Thank you one and all.
                                                                                                RE/MAX Westmount Inc.
                                                                                                                        WESTMOUNT INDEPENDENT – December 5, 2007 – 13

Westmount Profile: Helen Rainville

Harp provides
new challenge
By Laureen Sweeney                             in Snowdon.
                                                  Rainville was looking for a keyboard to
   Most people would probably agree with       purchase when the harp caught her atten-
Helen Rainville when she says “just about      tion. And she hasn’t looked back.
anything you play on a harp sounds like           Her first acquisition, a Paraguayan
Christmas.”                                    harp, soon led to the purchase of a Celtic
   But then she adds: “I didn’t think I’d      harp. Both are smaller than the concert
ever be playing “Rudolph the Red-Nosed         harp and easier to transport.
Reindeer” on the harp.”                           This is particularly useful when she car-
   And that’s exactly what this Westmount      ries the Celtic harp with her from her
harpist, organist, pianist and soprano has     home on Lansdowne Ave. to Manoir West-
been practising for one of the Christmas       mount where she plays it twice a month.
concerts in which she is involved at this      “The wind blows the strings and it sounds                               Helen Rainville at home with her two harps.
busy time of year.                             beautiful,” she says.
   “I only took up the harp four years ago,”      Active in the community, Rainville is a     most by accident.                               at St. Matthias’ Church and again one
she explains. “It’s been quite a challenge.”   member of the city’s Community Events                                                          week later at St. Joachim’s in Pointe Claire.
                                               Advisory Committee (CEAC) and the                        Discovered music at 10                   Rainville will also be playing with a
  Retired as organist and choir director       Westmount Quilters’ Guild, and treasurer          “I was 10 – a late starter – when I heard    harpist trio Dec. 13 at the Town of Mount
   It has also become her latest interest      of the Westmount Municipal Association         about a teacher who was giving group            Royal town hall, and on Christmas Eve,
since retiring in September as organist        (WMA).                                         piano lessons after school,” she recalls.       will play the organ at the Loyola Chapel.
and choir director at St. Malachy’s Church        She discovered her musical ability al-      “We didn’t even have a piano at home at            Rainville, who originally thought of
                                                                                              the time, so I practised on a cardboard key-    nursing as a career, switched from health
                                                                                              board.”                                         sciences to music while at Marianopolis.
                                                                                                 She enjoyed it so much that she quickly      She obtained a bachelor’s degree in music
                                                                                              made up for lost time. As a young teen,         – specializing in piano – from McGill Uni-
                                                                                              Rainville began singing in the choir at St.     versity in 1980, and has also studied Span-
                                                                                              Malachy’s, and playing the organ. She be-       ish and German.
                                                                                              came the organist’s assistant and was per-         She skated with the McGill Figure Skat-
                                                                                              forming at weddings at age 15.                  ing Club and the Silver Blades, obtaining
                                                                                                 When the organist retired in 1985, she       her Bronze level in ice dancing. “I was re-
                                                                                              replaced her as organist and choir direc-       ally into that for 10 years but dropped it
                                                                                              tor.                                            when I met Henry.”
                                                                                                                                                 After several years at The Bay in ad-
                                                                                                        Constant commitment                   ministrative areas, Rainville went to work
                                                                                                 “It was a constant commitment,” she          at the Kane & Fetterly Funeral Home on
                                                                                              says. “Now, since my final service on Sep-       Decarie Blvd. for the owner whom she
                                                                                              tember 16, I’ve been doing weddings and         knew from playing the organ at funerals.
                                                                                              funerals.”                                         She worked there for a decade until
                                                                                                 She’s freer to spend time with her hus-      1996.
                                                                                              band, WMA President Dr. Henry Olders,
                                                                                              four stepchildren – Michael, Jennifer, Lisa              Organized chair challenge
                                                                                              and Becky – and five grandchildren.                 It was in 1994 following her marriage
                                                                                                 She and Olders met in a choir. Since         that Rainville moved to Westmount. Her
                                                                                              their marriage in 1994, they have joined        introduction to community work came
                                                                                              the Orpheus Singers and occasionally per-       soon after when she and Olders helped or-
                                                                                              form together.                                  ganize one of the many block parties for
                                                                                                 Olders also plays the cornetto, a small      the city’s Chair Challenge to purchase fur-
                                                                                              Renaissance wind instrument that was            niture for the refurbished Westmount
                                                                                              used in the courts of Europe.                   Public Library. “It was a great way to meet
                                                                                                                                              the neighbours,” she recalls.
                                                                                                    Starting a busy musical season               Now, along with her Christmas con-
                                                                                                 Despite her retirement, Christmas con-       certs, Rainville is preparing to host an an-
                                                                                              tinues to be a busy season for Rainville.       nual neighbourhood caroling event – a
                                                                                                 She and Olders have been practising          fitting combination of her love for com-
                                                                                              for the Orpheus Singers’ concerts Dec. 9        munity and passion for music.
14 – WESTMOUNT INDEPENDENT – December 5, 2007

Trend Watch
How to make holiday-gift dreams come true
By Annika Melanson                             content, including pictures and paintings,             ing hair on the chest, underarms, back           hoops cost anywhere between $12 and
                                               as well as sketches and photo retouching.              and shoulders, legs and groin area. This         $80. Pick up an all cotton nightgown for
                 Holiday shopping is in full   This is a great tool for fashion designers,            little gadget is fabulous for the metro-         $40 to $60. The boutique also carries fes-
                 swing. It seems like every    architects and people in construction.                 sexual man. The boutique takes phone or-         tive holiday decorations and ornaments
                 which way you turn, there        Sox Box (1357 Greene Ave., 514.931.                 ders and offers free delivery service.           from Mexico.
                 is a present to give: par-    4980) always has a variety of fun stocking                                                                  If all else fails and you are still scouring
                 ents, children, extended      stuffers in a wide price range. Most of                         A gift for the trendsetter              the town for that perfect present, a gift cer-
                 family, friends, co-work-     these items are suitable gifts for co-work-               Rubber Duck snow jogger boots have            tificate from Mod’s Nails (4201 St. Cather-
                 ers, your boss and hair-                                                             been spotted on celebs like Sienna Miller,       ine St., 514.935.9827), for a mani and pedi
                 dresser. Fortunately, there                                                          who was spotted with a pair at Sundance.         is always welcome. Another great stand-by
is a gift to suit every person and budget,                                                            Hilary Duff and Jessica Alba are also fans.      is a gift certificate to the movies. Perhaps
right here in the ’hood. Heave a sigh of re-                                                          These boots remind me of my school               not as exciting as some of the above-men-
lief that you won’t have to deal with the                                                             cubby at Roslyn School in the late ’70s.         tioned ideas, but better than an unwanted
holiday hubbub downtown.                                                                              Great for rocking the ski bunny look, the        ornament that will only collect dust.

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    For the person who has everything,                                                                trendy footwear is available at James Bou-
head over to the iStore (386 Victoria Ave.,                                                           tique (4910 Sherbrooke St., 514.369.0700)
                                                                                                                                                        Interior and Exterior Projects
                                                                                                      in red, black, white, blue, pink and gray.
for some Bamboo Fun. The latest tablet
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                                                                                                                                                        Urns, Railings, Mantels, Centerpieces
                                                                                                      fashion slave in your family.
mouse and an electronic pen ($100). De-
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                                                                                                                                                                     51 4-7 58- 686 4
                                               well as an array of multi-coloured hair accessories.
                                                                                                         Folklore (4879 Sherbrooke St., 514.
                                                                                                      486.8852) is a great place to shop for ster-
                                               ers (except the Hanky Panky panties):
 Underdog                                      • Scented soaps, suitable for men and
                                                                                                      ling silver jewelry. The styles are lovely and
                                                                                                      the price is right. A pair of sterling silver
 By Fern Breslaw                                 women, $18
                                               • Thermal deco sleeves for coffee cups,
    Just like so many                            $16
 women before her,
 Jackie was cast aside
                                               • Sportsac cosmetic cases, $15 to $20
                                               • Decorative note cubes, $24
                                                                                                      History quiz: memorial statue
 by society when her youth and looks           • Hair accessories galore, all prices                      Question from page 12: Who was the           chitects. He specialized in public monu-
 were no longer those of a young girl.         • Trupette themed socks: cowboy boots,                 well-known Quebec sculptor who design-           ments and public sculptures to develop
    For no apparent reason apart a cul-          Mary Janes, Converse, Chanukah. These                ed the winged angel hovering protectively        into one of Canada’s major sculptors at the
 tural obsession with adolescence, Jackie        are in available in newborn sizes (zero to           over a proud soldier marching out atop the       turn of the century.
 was set to be euthanized at a small shel-       12 months). A package of five costs $36               War Memorial at the apex of Garden                  In 1898 he collaborated with West-
 ter outside Montreal. Her health was          • Hanky Panky panties: always a favourite,             Point’s triangular open lawn?                    mount resident architect Robert Findlay to
 peachy, she was well mannered and               one size fits all, $23                                    Answer: George William Hill in 1922.         design two reliefs, one for each side of the
                    though her jogging         • Socks and tights, all prices                             Hill’s bronze 12-foot high soldier and       front door of the Westmount Library lead-
                    days were over, she        • Harricana winter hats and scarves, made              angel stand heroically facing Westmount          ing from Westmount Park. You can exam-
                    was a dignified girl.         from recycled leather and fur in an as-              City Hall, which was unveiled in the same        ine his detailed windswept tree and
                        Luckily, Jackie was      sortment of styles and colors, from $100             year, 1922. Westmount had commissioned           majestic hand holding a torch along with
                    rescued just in time         to $300.                                             the cenotaph as its first post-war munici-        the text carved in relief each time you walk
                    and is now looking             With lots of parties to attend and host-           pal project to honour the men and women          up the steps.
                    for a home where           ess gifts to buy, head over to Marie Dumas             from Westmount who had served and
                    she can relax and en-      (1212 Greene Ave., 514.932.9977) for a                 fallen in World War I. After World War II,               A successful collaboration
                    joy her golden years.      staggering volume of home decoration ac-               architect Percy Nobbs designed a hand-              In 1916 he designed an angel with out-
                    She is a medium            cessories, lovely bath products, tea sets,             some base. On two of its sides women are         stretched wings to honour Sir George-
 size, 10-year-old girl and may have put       pretty paper napkins, scented candles, dec-            depicted in marble relief attending to their     Étienne Cartier. It is a very successful
 on a few pounds.                              orative clocks and affordable faux bijoux. I           duties while a faithful dog looks on. The        collaboration between Hill’s magnificent
    Compared with most dogs, Jackie is         dare you to leave without buying anything.             names of the fallen are engraved into the        sculptural talents and the architectural vi-
 low maintenance and will be very                  Centre du Rasoir (4818 Sherbrooke St.,             stone platform surrounding the base.             sion of brothers Edward and William
 happy watching movies and maybe               514.486.3214) is an electronic gadget                  Every year a Remembrance Day ceremony            Maxwell who designed the base. Consid-
 have a snack (or seven). She is spayed,       haven. Check out the Rowenta iron and                  is held to pay honour to Westmount’s             ered one of Montreal’s grandest monu-
 has her shots and is parasite free. This      steamer set ($169.99). This German-                    brave soldiers who defended their country.       ments, it stands proudly on the east side
 is really great gal who still has lots of     made professional steamer is exclusive to                                                               of Mount Royal overlooking Park Ave.
 sparkle in her one good eye.                  the Westmount Centre du Rasoir and the                        From the Townships to Paris                  In addition to sculpting our war me-
    Find out more about Jackie by con-         demand in the neighborhood is high. The                   George William Hill (1862-1934) was           morial and designing the decorative reliefs
 tacting Gerdy’s Rescue & Adoptions at         unit comes with storage space for all in-              born in the Eastern Townships. From              on our library, Hill also designed and                        cluded attachments, including a lint                   1889 to 1894 he studied at Paris’ École des      sculpted decorative fireplaces in some
    The Underdog Club is a new organi-         brush. Another popular item is the Philips             Beaux-Arts and the Académie Julian. On           Westmount homes.
 zation aiming to find special owners for       male body groomer ($59.99). The razor is               returning to Montreal in 1894 he opened                    Doreen Lindsay is president of the
 hard-to-place homeless dogs.                  cordless, waterproof and great for groom-              a studio and began to collaborate with ar-                Westmount Historical Association.
                                                                                                                                        WESTMOUNT INDEPENDENT – December 5, 2007 – 15

                                 Dinner music                                                                                        Selwyn starts to turn 100

                                                                                                      From left: Steven Molson of Molson Breweries; Speirs medal recipient, 35-year SHS veteran and
                                                                                                      retired teacher Ellen Pinchuk and Old Boy William Daly mark the opening of Selwyn House’s
                                                                                                      centennial anniversary on November 22.
A very intimate benefit concert for The Montreal Chamber Music Festival, Musica e Mangiare, was
hosted at the Westmount residence of Rocio Lozano-Szwaronek and John Szwaronek on November 29.
Denis Brott, the founder and artistic director of The Montreal Chamber Music Festival and three       Coffee + cops =                                       Community Chanukah
musicians performed for about 50 guests. From left: Marilynn Vanderstay, Michael Boer (president of
the board of the Montreal Chamber Music Festival) and Tott Moens.                                     good cause                                            celebration

                                                                                                         If you like a good cup of joe (or two or               Help celebrate Chanukah from 4:30 to
                                                                                                      three), head over to Calories (4414 St.               6:30 pm on Dec. 5. It all starts at 4:30 with

                                                                                                      Catherine St., 514.933.8186) on Thursday,             the lighting of two candles at Westmount

                                                                                    th                December 13. The commander and offi-                   city hall, outside on the steps. In case of

                      LOVELL’S WESTMOUNT
                                                                                                      cers from Westmount’s own police Station              inclement weather the ceremony will take
                                                                                                      12 will be pouring steaming cups of coffee            place in the council chamber. Participants

                      HOUSEHOLDERS DIRECTORY
                                                                                                      for a good cause from 10:30 am to 6 pm.               will then proceed to Shaar Hashomayim’s
                                                                                                      Calories is donating 100 percent of the               Metcalfe Room. There will be a display of
                                                                                                      proceeds to the Quebec Society for Dis-               menorahs so everyone is invited to bring
                                                                                                      abled Children. “The more people who get              their own with their name attached and if
                                                                                                      coffee, the more money will be given,”                possible a history of the menorah. This
                                                                                                      said Community Officer Caroline Gau-                   display will be for the duration of the ac-
                                                                                                      thier. She promised, “The police officers              tivity only. At 6 there will be an organized
                                                                                                      will make the best coffee in town that day.”          game show with Chanukah-related trivia
                                                                                                      This is the third consecutive year that Sta-          questions. All food will be kosher (double
                                                                                                      tion 12 is undertaking this philanthropic             wrapped in tin foil) and peanut free, and
                                                                                                      effort. Last year, they raised $1,700.                there will be dreidels and gelt for all.

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16 – WESTMOUNT INDEPENDENT – December 5, 2007

Injustice to the end?
Pound’s new book ponders troubling questions
By Laureen Sweeney                                              Canada by Westmount lawyer Colin Irving, who took up            naïve      Peterborough
                                                                her cause when convinced that a miscarriage of justice          woman by her husband,
                           The latest book by Richard           had taken place.                                                and how she became in-
                       Pound was officially launched Mon-                                                                        volved in the crimes
                       day at McGill University just in                              A compelling story                         with him and other
                       time for holiday reading.                    After hearing about the circumstances, Pound decided        seasoned criminals.
                           In Unlucky to the End: The Story     the story was so compelling that he began delving into de-         At first glance, the
                       of Janise Marie Gamble, the McGill       tails of the robbery, murder and hostage-taking in 1976,        topic appears to be an
                       chancellor and retiring chairman of      as well as the evidence on which she was convicted and          unusual one for the author,
                       the World Anti-Doping Agency, ex-        the status of rights at the time.                               a corporate tax lawyer and senior partner at Stikeman El-
                       plores legal issues that resulted in         He said he had not paid a lot of attention to Gamble’s      liott who is usually associated with other issues such as
                       a young woman spending 13 years          case until learning that Irving had obtained her release        education and sportsmanship.
                       in prison for the murder of a Cal-       on parole on a split decision of the Supreme Court, and            It does, however, bear a strange similarity to the way
                       gary police officer. Janise Marie         “the downer of her getting killed.”                             some female athletes in their youth have been doped into
                       Gamble died in a car accident                Pound said, “I am still troubled by it. And we’ll never     believing high-performance drugs were the way for them
                       shortly after her release on parole      know (the truth) because she’s dead.”                           to excel. Pound steps down as chair of the Anti-Doping
    Richard Pound      was won in the Supreme Court of              He details the abuse suffered by the young, seemingly       Agency at year end.

      The Westmounters                                                                                        On the shelves
Coming up                                       free two-part series on Alzheimer’s. From
                                                7:30 to 9:30 pm on Tuesday, December 11,            Recommended by staff at the West-           train trip across Canada and life shaping
    Historical Association presents talk        Rita Pileggi will discuss “Keys to effective     mount Public Library:                          events will happen once she gets to Mon-
         on prominent Westmounter               communication.” Dr. Sydney Miller will                                                          treal. This is based on the author’s
   The Westmount Historical Association         discuss ways of coping with the stress of                                                       mother’s life.
presents Ruth Allan Rigby discussing            caregiving. A question and answer period            “The Cloak of Imagining: my magical
                                                                                                                                                   Thomas Mann: une affaire de famille
“Alice Lighthall (1891-1991): A Beloved         will follow. Refreshments will be served.        journey down the path of creativity” by Lily
                                                                                                                                                by Hildegard Möller
Westmounter.” Her slide presentation on         Pre-registration is required. Please call        Lam in The Canadian Quilter, Winter,
                                                                                                                                                   Were the women of Thomas Mann’s
the life of one of Westmount’s most prom-       514.485.7233.                                    2007, p. 24. The story of the creation of
                                                                                                                                                family happy? Born rich and famous in an
inent residents takes place at 7 pm on                                                           the library’s storyteller’s cloak by West-
                                                                                                                                                almost aristocratic family, they frequented
Thursday, December 13. The talk takes               Contactivity craft bazaar continues          mounter Lily Lam.
                                                                                                                                                the luminaries of their times. However,
place Westmount Public Library and costs            Looking for that special holiday gift bas-      Interview with David Grossman on the
                                                                                                                                                they never could entirely escape the
$5 at the door. It is free for Historical As-   ket or hand-knit sweater? Then head over         art of fiction in The Paris Review, Fall,
                                                                                                                                                shadow cast by Mann, a giant of literature.
sociation members.                              to the Contactivity Seniors Centre, at West-     2007, p. 125.
                                                mount Park Church, 4695 de Maison-               DVDs
   Free Alzheimer’s seminars at temple          neuve Blvd. The centre is selling crafts                                                           Writer’s Market 2008
                                                                                                    Ratatouille. A sumptuous and visual
   Temple Emanu-el Beth Shalom, 395             made by its artist members from 11 am to                                                           Artist’s and Graphic Designer’s Market
                                                                                                 culinary feast for all.
Elm Ave., in association with Alzheimer         2:30 pm Mondays and Wednesdays                                                                  2008
                                                                                                    Shrek the Third. Follow the hilarious
Groupe Inc., is inviting caregivers and         though December 12.                                                                                Larousse des plantes médicinales
                                                                                                 antics of Shrek and Fiona as they battle
other professionals to the second part of a                                                      Prince Charming for the throne of Far Far      Children’s (for 4 to 8 year olds)
                                                                                                 Away.                                             The Blue Hippopotamus by Phoebe
 9 Lives: Giving Cats a Second Chance                                                            English Adult
                                                                                                    Going Dutch by Katie Fforde
                                                                                                                                                   When a little hippo falls in love with the
 By Lyzanne                                                                                                                                     pharaoh’s daughter, he hopes that a great
                                                                                                    A recently divorced wife and a fiancée
                                                                                                                                                magician can turn him into a human boy.
    This handsome and cuddly little fellow is O’Reilly. He is about two                          who got cold feed wind up sharing a barge
                                                                                                                                                   Because by Mikhail Baryshnikov, illus-
 years old. He is in excellent health, and has been neutered and vacci-                          on the Thames and decide to make the
                                                                                                                                                trated by Vladimir Radinsky
 nated. He is quiet, sweet and very affectionate: a perfect pet for a                            best of it: of course they’ve sworn off men.
                                                                                                                                                   Whenever anyone asks Grandma why
 young family.                                                                                      The New Apartment: Smart Living in
                                                                                                                                                she does such crazy things, she just says,
    This elegant young cat is Minx. He is an energetic one-year-old,                             Small Spaces by Montse Borras
                                                                                                                                                “Because.” Grandma has a secret!
 who looks forward to play and affection. He is very healthy, and has                            French Adult
 been neutered and vaccinated. As you can see, he enjoys drinking                                   La traversée du continent by Michel         ESTATE and
                 from the faucet.                                                                Tremblay
                     O’Reilly and Minx are being sheltered at the Baker Animal Hospi-                                                           MOVING SALES
                                                                                                    In 1913, Rhéauna, eleven years old,
                 tal. They are quite healthy and sociable, which makes them more than            must leave her Saskatchewan village
                                                                                                                                                House Content
                 ready for a place in caring families, in permanent homes. To find out            where she was raised by her grandmother
                 more about adoption, please call Heather at the hospital at 514.                to go live with her mother in Montreal.        RONDA
                 739.1935 or e-mail me at                   She will make striking encounters on the       514 236-4159
                                                                                                                                         WESTMOUNT INDEPENDENT – December 5, 2007 – 17

Westmounters steer club into a second century
Women’s Canadian Club of Montreal marks
100 years of outstanding speakers, topics
   The Unitarian Church at 5035 de Mai-                                                                                                                        this she suggested forming a women’s
sonneuve Blvd. was a bustling place de-                                                                                                                        Canadian Club “exactly along the same
spite dropping temperatures on Monday                                                                                                                          lines as the men’s Canadian Clubs.”
November 19, as the Women’s Canadian                                                                                                                               One of 16 women’s clubs across
Club of Montreal gathered to hear Louise                                                                                                                       Canada, the Montreal chapter boasts
Fréchette, former UN deputy secretary-                                                                                                                         yearly rosters of widely known speakers
general, speak. Her subject matter was                                                                                                                         that have included topics on philanthropy,
“Meeting the challenges of our times: A                                                                                                                        politics, medicine, education, science, arts
role for Canada” and her audience was ap-                                                                                                                      and culture. The club welcomes new
preciative and enthralled.                                                                                                                                     members. Its upcoming lectures are:
   The talk was part of the Women’s Cana-                                                                                                                      • January 21, Abe Kestenberg, assistant
dian Club of Montreal’s 100th anniversary                                                                                                                        professor and Woodwind Area chair,
celebrations, which include a lecture se-                                                                                                                        Schulich School of Music, McGill Uni-
ries, luncheons and special events. Lec-                                                                                                                         versity, “Can musicians survive?”
tures are held at 12:30 pm on the third                                                                                                                        • February 18, Christine Meyers, emer-
Monday of the month at the Unitarian                                                                                                                             gency room physician, Royal Victoria and
Church. A question and answer period fol-                                                                                                                        Children’s hospitals, “How marketing in-
lows. Sandwiches and coffee are available                                                                                                                        fluences health care”
to members starting at 11:15 am.                                                                                                                               • March 17, Sue Montgomery, Montreal
                                                                                                                                                                 Gazette, “Rwanda: Not just another scary
  Lectures, luncheons and special events                                                                                                                         place”
   The anniversary season will include                                                                                                                         • May 4, Mark Wainberg, director of re-
eight monthly lectures, two luncheons and                  Westmounters Carolyn Roper, seated at left, and president Andrée MacNamara Tait (centre) sit with     search, Jewish General Hospital, “AIDS
five special events that include visits and a               vice president Marie-Josée Larue-Robinson. Standing from left: Heather Gibbons, Judy Outerbridge,     in the world”
                                                           Eileen Balfour and Sue Mahon.
walking tour.                                                                                                                                                  • May 26, Lise Casgrain, financial consult-
   The special events include museum                       will celebrate its anniversary at a holiday       erally knew not the “affairs immediate and          ant, “The legacy of Mme Thérèse Cas-
tours to the Armand Bombardier Museum                      luncheon to be held at the St James Club.         direct of our own country” as did women             grain.”
in Valcourt and the Crèche Museum at St.                   This year’s guest speaker will be Professor       in the United Kingdom and the United                  For more information, please call club
Joseph’s Oratory, a visit to the Canadian                  Derek Drummond, McGill University                 States. In a letter to Lord Grey she admired      president and Westmounter Andrée Mc-
Centre for Architecture, a guided tour of                  School of Architecture.                           the men’s Canadian clubs but noted that           Namara Tait at 514.481.3251.
the 1895 Maison du Gouverneur and a                           On that day 100 years ago, the speaker         women were not admitted to their
walking tour of historic Boucherville. All                 was Lord Earl Grey, governor-general of           speeches at banquets or clubs. Her object
events include a lunch nearby.                             Canada. Lady Drummond sat at the head             then, was “to open our doors to all and
   The Women’s Canadian Club was                           table as president, along with founder            everything that will serve to enlighten and                  Vernissages
founded on December 12, 1907. This year                    Elsie Reford.                                     give interest in something beyond the                 Galerie de Bellefeuille. Bobbie Burg-
the day falls on a Wednesday and the club                     Reford felt that Canadian women gen-           local gossip of the hour.” In order to do          ers: Paintings. Vernissage: December 6,
                                                                                                                                                                5:30 to 7:30 pm. Exhibit: December 6 to
                                                                                                                                                                December 17; 1367 Greene Ave., 514.
St. Margaret’s launches cookbook fundraiser                                                                                                                        Han Art. Louis Boudreault “Destiny:”
                                                                                                                                                                Mixed media. Exhibit continues to De-
                                                                                                                                                                cember 8; 4209 St. Catherine St.,
    The Women’s Group at St. Margaret’s                    sition of volunteer chair. The longtime           ticipants and staff. The Rotary Club of
Day Centre launched its first heritage                      Westmounter quickly realized the wealth           Westmount and the Scotia Bank on
                                                                                                                                                                   Gallery at Victoria Hall. France-
cookbook, Lest We Forget: A Treasury of In-                of accumulated knowledge the 20-plus              Greene Ave. sponsored the publishing.
                                                                                                                                                                Québec Exchange “Patchwork:” Quilts.
ternational Recipes Handed Down from                       participants share, especially in family              It will be for sale at the Day Centre until
                                                                                                                                                                Exhibit continues to December 15; 4626
                         Grandmothers around               recipes that have been handed down from           Dec. 7 for $15. After that order by phoning
                                                                                                                                                                Sherbrooke St., 514.989.5226.
                         the World, on Monday,             generation to generation.                         Liz at the Day Centre at 514.932.3630, x
                                                                                                                                                                   McClure Gallery – Visual Arts Centre.
                         December 3 at the Day                 An experienced cook, she thought the          3047.
                                                                                                                                                                Louise deLorme: Mixed media. Exhibit
                         Centre at 50 Hillside.            idea of compiling some of those recipes
                                                                                                                                                                continues to December 21; 350 Victoria
                         The launch coincided              and publishing them in a fundraiser cook-
                                                                                                                                                                Ave., 514.488.9558.
                         with the start of St.             book would be a fun project for the
                                                                                                                                                                   Galerie D’Este. Group exhibit: Paint-
                         Margaret’s          annual        women whose median age is 85 years.
                                                                                                                                                                ings and sculpture. Exhibit continues to
                         bazaar that runs to De-               The project will raise money for much-
                                                                                                                                                                December 24; 1329 Greene Ave.,
                         cember 7.                         needed audio assistance equipment.
                            Co m p i l e r / e d i t o r
Longtime Westmounter Tott Moens conceived                            More than 110 recipes                                                                         Collins Lefebvre Stoneberger. Group
  Tott Moens conceived                                                                                                                                          exhibit: Recent work, small format. Ex-
                         the idea for the cook-               The spiral-bound cookbook includes
     the idea for the                                                                                                                                           hibit continues through to January;
   cookbook. She then book in the spring just              over 110 favourite and often heritage
                                                                                                                                                                4928 Sherbrooke St., 514.481.2111.
 compiled and edited it. after assuming the po-            recipes submitted by the Day Centre’s par-
18 – WESTMOUNT INDEPENDENT – December 5, 2007

100 years later and Scouting continues to make social impact

Fundraiser helps African Scouts                                                                    The Westmount Townshipper
                                                                                                       Foundation is almost halfway to campaign goal
                                                                                                   In its fourth decade serving intellectu-                         “Out here in the Eastern Townships,
                                                                                                ally challenged people in the Eastern                               there’s plenty of farmland but few of our
                                                                                                Townships, the Cowansville-based Butters                            clients get to be on a farm,” Creary said.
                                                                                                Foundation is in the midst of its fourth                            The campaign’s third goal is to create five
                                                                                                major fundraising campaign.                                         self-help parent groups.
                                                                                                   “We’re at over $1.1 million,” said execu-                           To contribute or for more information,
                                                                                                tive director Ron Creary. The group em-                             contact 450.263.4123 or buttersfound
                                                                                                barks on a major campaign every 10 years.                 
                                                                                                This one began July 6, aims for $3 million
                                                                                                and is slated to wrap up at the end of                                             Trail’s closed
  Event organizer Maggie Shaddick with Rick   Adam Baden-Clay, great grandson of Scouting       March. It aims to fund three projects.                                 Glen Mountain, the beloved small ski
     Hart, former Beaver and Cub leader.      founder Robert Baden-Powell, and his wife,
                                                                                                                                                                    resort in Knowlton, remains closed for the
                                              Nicole, attended from Halifax.                               Three goals to be met
By Laureen Sweeney                                                                                                                                                  fourth consecutive season. The Glen has
                                                                                                   “One of them is to build and do applied                          been sold and resold in that period. De-
   Organizers are expecting proceeds to       Hashomayim Synagogue, attracted a                 research in a diagnostic and behavioural                            spite much activity at the hill right now,
reach close to $10,000 from a fundraising     number of former leaders, friends and             research centre,” Creary said. “This is a                           there are no plans to open it to the public
dinner held November 24 by the Quebec         supporters from Ontario and Atlantic              treatment centre for disabled, autistic peo-                        this season. As ever with the Glen, ru-
Council of Scouts Canada in Westmount.                             Canada.                      ple with severe behavioural problems.                               mours about specific specifics abound.
   The event was organized by West-                                    “Scouting is on the      This is the last frontier – these are the peo-
mount Scouters to help fund the red rib-                           upswing as people re-        ple who get moved around from one insti-
bon badge which creates HIV/AIDS                                   alize how meaningful         tution to the next.” The group wants to                                 Westmount Independent
awareness among African Scouts.                                    it is in today’s society,”   create a multi-disciplinary facility (com-
   “Donations are continuing to come in,”                          said Adam Baden-                                                                                     Westmount Independent
                                                                                                                                                                       It’s our name. You can’t wear it out.
                                                                                                prised of mental health and social rehabil-
said committee chair Maggie Shaddick                               Clay, of Halifax, great
                                                                                                                                                                            If you like what we’re doing,
                                                                                                itation support) in St. Hyacinthe. The
this week. “The generosity of so many peo-                         grandson of Scout-
                                                                                                                                                                             PLEASE spread the word!
                                                                                                foundation would also like to buy and run
ple has been very gratifying.”                                     ing’s founder, Robert        a working, four-season farm to which 20
   The occasion, which took place at Shaar                         Baden-Powell.                adults would be bused every day for work.
                                                                       “It’s even more rel-
                                                 Attending from    evant in today’s society
                                               Ottawa was RCMP for providing an excit-
                                                 Commissioner      ing and adventurous
                                                 William Elliott   program, and for
                                              teaching leadership skills. More than ever,
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                                              the tools to meet the challenges of a chang-                                                                          January, living near the heart of the village, near the commu-
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                                                 A highlight of the evening was a play                                                                              and screened patio. Guests will be more than happy in the
                                                                                                                                                                    lower level walk-out which has its own bath and a bright and
                                              written by Shaddick detailing the history                                                                             spacious family room. A steal at only $200,000.
                                              of Scouting that has attracted half a billion
                                              members around the world. Westmount
                                                                                                   Lois Hardacker
                                              councillor and entertainer George Bowser               KNOWLTON – 3 Victoria
                                              emceed the play in which numerous West-
                                              mounters participated including Council-
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                                 tragedy, resignation.                                                          Eastern Townships Living by Lois Hardacker
                                                                                                                                                                                                Chartered Real Estate Agent
                                                                                                                                                                                                   WESTMOUNT INDEPENDENT – December 5, 2007 – 19

                                                                                                                                                                                                  ECS at the Manoir
                    Real Estate Agents’
                  Night Before Christmas
     ‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all                                    “Now ROOFER! Now, GARDENER! Now PAINTER
        through the house,                                                            a mixing,
     Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse,                                New carpets, new plaster, new hardwood we’re fixing
     The sign had been placed in the lawn with                                     To the top of the stairs! To the top of the wall!
        such care,                                                                 More estimates, more bids, now more
     In the hope that buyers soon would be there.                                     contractors call!”

     The Agents on caravan all had been fed,                                       And then, in a twinkling we heard such good news
     While visions of commissions danced in                                        And fretting and worrying, this we could use.
       their heads,                                                                As we lifted our cell phones and dialed, we found,
     But the first buyer who saw the house on a map,                                The mortgage docs are here, with nary a sound.
     Had between what he had and the list price a gap.                             Her eyes how they twinkled! Her dimples how
     When out on the lawn, there arose such a clatter                              Notarial instructions with her she carried.
     ‘Twas buyer #2, who called herself the                                        Closing costs didn’t seem too low,
        Mad Hatter!                                                                But we reminded the buyer, sometimes we don’t
     She had made a great offer with savvy and flash,                                  know.
     Tore open her briefcase and threw out the cash                                The certified cheque held tight in her teeth,                                                            From left: Alice Lemay, Winnifred Dalgleish, Erika Legault.
                                                                                   Our buyer was calm with her nerves underneath.
     We thought the appraiser might value too low,
     We’re just Real Estate Agents – what do we know?                              She spoke not a word, but went straight to                                             Mary Sue Gibson’s grade 4 class visited          recent visit, crafts were on the agenda with
     When, what to our wondering eyes should appear,                                  her home,                                                                        the seniors at Manoir Westmount on No-              one or two children learning from (and
     But an acceptable offer and a lender with no fear.                            We gave her the house keys no more to roam.                                         vember 20. The Miss Edgar’s and Miss                teaching) each senior. “It is an important
                                                                                   As we compose this real estate Christmas prose,
                                                                                                                                                                       Cramp’s students go to the Manoir ap-               part of our curriculum and very rewarding
     With a Building Inspector so thorough and quick                               Alas, this is not how each sale does close.
     We knew for a moment, we wouldn’t be sick.                                    But before you buy or sell, do give us a whistle,                                   proximately once a month for crafts, or to          for both seniors and children,” Gibson
     Some home inspections all sound the same,                                     As Real Estate Agents, we’ll keep you out of                                        dress up for Halloween, or to sing. At this         said.
     We whistled and shouted and called them                                          the thistles
       by name;                                                                    Please give us a chance and feel free to call,

     “SEASON’S GREETINGS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!”                                                                                                                                                      Centre Greene
                                                         With thanks to Nancy Schubb

                         Adam Lally*                                Marilyn Lally*                              Michael Lally*
       The highest compliment our clients give us is the referral
      of their family, their friends, and their business associates.

                                      514 934-1818
                                                 *Affiliated Real Estate Agents                                              Chartered Real Estate Broker

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ing coffee, très cool media room and                   bedrooms including owner’s suite.                      a picturesque, sleepy village that                        Wednesday, November 28. With funding from the Drummond Family Foundation and lots of hard
triple garage. A definite keeper.                       Make entertaining an art form. To-                     comes to life once a year. Only                           work from its volunteers, Centre Greene serves lunch to 25 guests twice a month from the end of Sep-
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                                 SHARYL THOMPSON                                                                              Visit these and other great
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