“Slow Dave” Kids Alert

Slow Dave Kids Alert

Traffic and speeding vehicles is a major problem on our streets. With children playing and enjoying the outdoors it is even more important that vehicles slow down.

A great item that is becoming very popular is called “Slow Dave” that alerts drivers that children are playing in the area and to slow down. Although some families are using traffic cones which are effective they are too familiar of an item in the city while “Slow Dave” stands out more to warn drivers.

“Slow Dave” is available at Karibu at 2475 Notre-Dame St. W, in Montreal. The price is very reasonable at only $54.95 and can also be ordered online. The following is the link to the item on Karibu’s website: https://karibu.cool/collections/frontpage/products/787699

Please share with your friends and family.

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Montreal 1909′ by Robert N. Wilkins

One of our good neighbor’s and friend has written a book and would like to invite everyone to the Book Launch.

Montreal 1909′ by Robert N. Wilkins
Book Launch: Sunday, June 4, 2017, 1:00 – 4:30
Centre Culturel Georges Vanier
2450 Workman Street,
(Little Burgundy) Montreal.

Montreal 1909’

Explore Montreal in the year 1909. Learn about the day-to-day lives of our civic ancestors over a century ago, what they experienced in their everyday routine – the good, the bad, and the ugly.

Extracted from the now defunct Montreal Star (at one time, Canada’s largest newspaper) this Edwardian journey through The Star’s microfilmed copies starts on a wintry Saturday, January 2, 1909, and ends on Friday, December 31 of that same year with the town in the grip of a major typhoid epidemic.

Montreal 1909′ is a testimony to the delights of local history. In rummaging through its 600 plus pages, consisting of both extracts and commentary, one emerges with a clear sense of what our city was like, warts and all, 108 years ago. A must read for the inquisitive Montrealer.

“Montreal 1909 delves deeply where history books often don’t into the minutiae of daily life. Here we have an intimate portrait of a city just beyond the scan of a human lifetime, close enough to our own days to seem familiar, far enough away to verge on the exotic.” – John Kalbfleisch, Second Draft Columnist, Montreal Gazette

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Pop-up Book Fair

rw-montrealFriday November 25th and Saturday November 26th, I shall be at the ‘Pop-up Book Fair’ at the Atwater Library flogging interest in my book (to be published in early 2017) ‘Montreal 1909′. The work is a day by day account of life in this city in the year 1909. It consists of extracts from the now defunct Montreal Star, narrated and edited by me! It’s quite a revelation to see how our civic ancestors thought and acted. Some of it is nice; some of it not so. Tomorrow’s hours are 3 to 8; Saturday, 10-4. Metro: Atwater
Hope to see you there! Montreal 1909: QUELLE VILLE!!

Robert Wilkins

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Family Day in the Park – A Huge Success!

Family Day in the Park was held on August 27th and was another huge success with everyone having lots of fun and surpassing our previous events.  Thanks to the fantastic weather it is estimated that almost 450 adults/children attended enjoying almost 600 hot dogs and 400 corn-on-the cob.

The day could not have been such a success without our amazing volunteers in preparing the corn, cooking the hot dogs and serving the food to everyone, thank-you!.  We also owe a special thank-you to Roxanne Dufour and her team from the borough of Ville-Marie, Culture, Sports, Recreation and Social Development, in providing the food, supplies, entertainment and great support.

Finally, many thanks to everyone that attended and enjoyed the Family Day in the Park.  Our events continue to demonstrate what a fantastic community we live in and the proud spirit of everyone.

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Garage Sale Success!

It was another fantastic year for our annual street wide garage sale. The annual event grew where we saw an amazing 27 participants, up from 16 last year.

The garage sale continues to be one of the best events of the year for us where we get to clean out items that we no longer need but most importantly an opportunity to socialize with our neighbours and showcase what a great neighbourhood we live in.

Many thanks to everyone that participated and a special thank you to Shengdong and Ai Ling who placed the signs early in the morning and Rudy who gathered them at the end of the day.

Start planning for next year’s garage sale planned for June 17, 2017!

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Victor Hugo / Lucien L’Allier Annual BBQ – 2016

Many thanks to everyone that attended another successful BBQ.  Fortunately we had good weather that allowed everyone to enjoy the festivities, great food and most importantly meet and chat with our neighbours.

I would like to thank everyone that volunteered in setting up, cooking, cleaning up after and lending us their BBQ’s.  Many thanks to Mike, Jean-Marie, Dominik, Hovig, Diane, Linie, Louise, Claudia and Fadi.  Your help was greatly appreciated and contributed to making the event the success it was.

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Family Day – An Excellent Day!

Family Day in the Park that was held this past weekend was again an enormous success.  Thanks to the brilliant weather it is estimated that almost 400 adults/children attended enjoying 450 hotdogs, 300 corn-on-the cob and lots of fun.

The day could not have been such a success without our amazing volunteers in preparing the corn, cooking the hotdogs and serving the food to everyone.  We also owe a special thank-you to the borough of Ville-Marie, Culture, Sports, Recreation and Social Development, in providing the food, supplies, entertainment and great support.

Many thanks to everyone that attended and enjoyed Family Day in the Park.  The event certainly demonstrated the fantastic community and spirit of our area that we are all very proud of.

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Annual BBQ 2015

Our annual street BBQ for local residents was another huge success with a record number of people. It was a great evening to chat with everyone to get to know each other better. It was great to hear of people getting reacquainted after many years, discovering that work colleagues live on the same street and meeting our new neighbours.

Many thanks to everyone that volunteered to help set up and to our fantastic BBQ chefs who worked hard preparing great hamburgers and hot dogs. I would also like to make a special thank-you to Magda for all her hard work translating documents and e-mails.  A big thank-you!

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Programme Particulier d’Urbanisme (PPU) du Quartier des Gares

Programme Particulier d’Urbanisme (PPU)
du Quartier des Gares

 Submission on behalf of the Victor Hugo / Lucien L’Allier Residents Association

June 11, 2015

 Mission

The Victor Hugo/Lucien L’Allier Residents Association is an organization of residents with an interest in neighborhood issues.  As residents, we work together addressing issues and seek to improve the security and quality of life for the families and children in our unique area in downtown Montreal. Established only a few years ago, the association is actively involved in greater issues that affect residents in the larger area that includes a large portion of the proposed Quartier des Gares and the borough of Peter McGill.

Many improvements (and investments) in the immediate area to improve and establish parks and build community involvement are the results of the Victor Hugo / Lucien L’Allier Residents Association and local residents.

Overview

  • Many homes in the immediate area are heritage homes dating back to 1885.
  • Although the average value of homes in Peter McGill is $491K the average value of the homes in this area are much greater as are the average incomes.
  • There are an increased number of young families in the area requiring green space, parks and recreation.
  • Retention of residents is of key importance in building the community and revitalizing the downtown core.
  • There has been a great deal of change over the past few years following the arrival of the Bell Center.
  • The increased traffic and congestion is a major concern.
  • New condominiums and office towers continue to be built in the immediate area is resulting in major traffic issues.
  • For purposes of this document the region, primarily referred to, pertains to the area from rue St. Antoine to rue Notre Dame and from Rue Guy to rue Robert Bourassa.

Green Space – Reduced

  • The diagrams in the proposal are very misleading and needs to be revisited.
  • The diagrams indicate an “organized continuous area” of green space, however, when looking at the illustrated diagrams versus what is actually in place there is clearly a reduction of green space at the expense of development.
  • To compensate and illustrate this continuous line of green space corners of parking lots have been cut off to allow green space.
  • Directly beside the Welcome Hall Mission, the park is being eliminated for construction of a building.
  • The Lucien L’Allier Dog Park is being eliminated for construction of a building.
  • Open space and a portion of the George-Vanier Community Garden is being eliminated for construction of a building.

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  • It would suggest when comparing the two diagrams that less investment would be required to “clean up and organize” the existing green space while not disrupting the current green space infrastructure a great deal.
  • In the immediate area there is the Welcome Hall Mission and the Salvation Army. Those persons using the services of these facilities need to be considered. Programs need to be established to ensure that the area is respected, safe and clean in a way that encourages all residents of the area to enjoy the green space with safety.

Recommendation

  • The existing green space must be looked at more closely on how to integrate and organize the space to be more accessible and usable by the public.
  • Thoroughfares are required to allow pedestrians easy access to each area in a safe and secure manner with minimal interaction with traffic.
  • Ensure adequate health and safety measures are in place.

Green Space – Currently not utilized

  • There are two areas (city walkways) where green space currently exists, however are not included or mentioned in the plans.
  • The two areas are indicated in the following diagram located between rue Lucien L’Allier and rue Lusignan and rue St. Antoine and rue Bonaventure.

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  • These two walkways offer a tranquil green area that should be included and further enhanced within the PPU.

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Recommendation

  • Inclusion of the two identified city pathways within the project.

 Congestion: Traffic, Cyclists, Pedestrians / Noise

  • Increased traffic and congestion is a major concern.
  • New condominiums continue to be built, however little to no improvements to the traffic infrastructure has been made. This results in traffic gridlock that was once during rush hour is now occurring all day.
  • With the building of the new Champlain within the next couple of years traffic will only get worse as more vehicles use de la Montagne to head towards the Victoria Bridge.
  • Increased traffic is making the roads and intersections more dangerous for everyone, in particular pedestrians and cyclists.
  • Parking is a premium for residents as the local streets are nothing more than parking lots for those who transit to work downtown or attend events at the Bell Center.
  • Traffic and parking regulations are not being properly enforced, with many vehicles improperly using the roads, (speeding, illegal turns, access local only streets), and vehicles illegally parked with bylaws misinterpreted resulting in unsafe residential streets.
  • Noise from the traffic on the highway and train tracks is becoming worse. Many complaints have been made regarding the announcements made from the train station throughout the day. These announcements can be heard throughout the neighbourhood yet complaints have only been ignored. With the continual refusal to deal with traffic and noise in the area there is little confidence by residences that there will be any improvements and that matters will only get worse and further ignored.

Recommendation

  • Before any improvements are approved, the infrastructure needs to be reviewed with a solid plan to improve the traffic congestion.
  • Walkways over congested streets should be considered. In addition a cohesive plan for bicycle paths that do not interfere with the movement of traffic, and are not at the expense of traffic lanes or parking, needs to be developed.
  • The Lucien L’Allier train station must address the noise from the speakers with improved technology.

Community Gardens

  • Elimination of two community gardens, Georges-Vanier Community Garden located on Rue St. Jacques between de la Montagne / rue Jean d’Estrées and the Versailles Community Garden located on rue St. Antoine between rue Lucien L’Allier / rue Versailles.
  • The community gardens are enjoyed not only by those cultivating and growing vegetables and flowers, but also by many residents overlooking or passing by on a daily basis.
  • The community gardens bring communities and residents together that build community spirit and pride.
  • Over the past couple of years, to the dismay of the George Vanier Community Gardens and local residents, a portion of the garden was going to be annexed in order to facilitate a cooperative housing project. In 2014 the gardens received additional space from the city of Montreal and MTQ to compensate for the lost land. The gardens have been re-cultivated through hard work only to be destroyed by the PPU plans.
  • The fact that these community gardens exist, providing green space in the downtown core, should be the pride of Montreal.
  • Although indicated that the community gardens would be relocated, it is difficult to imagine, and overly optimistic, where or how two gardens would be located in such a small area on the corner of rue St. Antoine and rue Guy. While the diagram is very effective at identifying green space is does not reflect the terrain in this area that greatly affects the use of the community gardens.
  • Access to the proposed located would be very difficult and dangerous at best due to the volume of traffic.

Recommendation

  • The two community gardens should remain where currently situated and better integrated and beautified within the existing plans and allow those in the area or passing to view and enjoy the gardens.

Lucien L’Allier Dog Park

  • In the fall of 2014 the city opened the new dog park after investing $250K. To eliminate/move the dog park following such a recent investment is a wasteful use of resources.
  • The dog park is enjoyed by the many pet owners in the immediate area and growing community of condominiums.
  • It is suggested that the dog park is to be relocated west, however it is not clearly indicated where and there is very little space.
  • This dog park should be enjoyed by all pet owners in the immediate area, however moving the park west is placing it further away from those that need the park, those living in the condominiums with reduced area to exercise their pets.
  • Dog parks by their nature are open public areas and should be incorporated into the existing plan.

Recommendation

  • The Lucien L’Allier Dog Park should remain in its current location and the PPU should better incorporate the existence of the park in the new plans.
  • A building should not be built on existing green space.
  • Any relocation should occur at the beginning of the project to minimize any inconvenience to area dog owners.

Identity

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  • The proposed PPU “Quartier des Gares” map is not identified correctly with “Petite Bourgogne” reaching into Peter-McGill/Ville Marie. Petite Bourgogne boundaries are on the west side of rue Guy.
  • The identification of Quartier des Gares should include the entire southern area of Peter McGill/Ville-Marie and would reach to rue Guy to the west and rue Notre Dame to the south.
  • This area that has not been included in the identity is a thriving family community that deserves to be recognized. Included with the quartier is required to maintain the great sense of community that has been built over the past few years.
  • Many of the homes have been built where the former tracks were leading to the Bonaventure train station and therefore only right for this area to be included in the identity.
  • Although no additional investment is being asked for residents want to be included and identified within a “Quartier”. This area is not part of Petite Bourgogne and not part of Griffintown however often incorrectly included.
  • An argument was made that the area was not included in the current identification/plans since no work/investment was being made in the area, however based on the illustrations and the recommendations to relocate the community gardens and dog park this is not true.

Recommendation

  • Include the remaining area of Peter McGill/Ville-Marie west to rue Guy and south to rue Notre Dame within the identity of Quartier des Gares from this point forward.

Conclusion

  • Based on the feedback received from local residents the improvements for green space is much needed.
  • Additional construction and development of land at the expense of existing green space is strongly disagreed.
  • The current community gardens and dog park should be integrated into the overall plan where they currently exist and should NOT be relocated.
  • The PPU does not accurately reflect the real situation and quite frankly appears to be more of a “sales-pitch” with many flaws.
  • Any identification of the area must accurately reflect and include the balance of Peter McGill
  • Common theme and feedback is to clean up/organize the existing area and green space, plant more trees and save tax dollars.

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Victor Hugo/Lucien L’Allier Residents Association

residents.vh@gmail.com

www.residentsvh.ca

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Victor Hugo / Lucien L’Allier Garage Sale – June 20

Picture1Victor Hugo / Lucien L’Allier Garage Sale – June 20!

Our annual garage sale is June 20th. Each year our street-wide garage sale is more successful and it will be great to make this event even better with more residents participating.

It is a fun day for family and friends and you will be able to clear away unwanted items and make money too!

The garage sale will be advertised on various internet websites, CJAD radio and signage placed around the area the morning of the garage sale.

To have the best garage sale check out our website for tips and tricks.

http://residentsvh.ca/wp/en/news/garage-sale-tips-tricks/

Hope to see as many as possible this year!

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Victor Hugo / Lucien L’Allier Sugar Shack – 2015

Our second annual Sugar Shack that was held last weekend (April 11th) and was a huge success with record attendance (450+). Everyone had the pleasure of enjoying pancakes, maple taffy, calèche rides, games, face painting and climbing on the firetrucks and most importantly meeting neighbours and making new friends.

The success of our events continues to demonstrate the great sense of community spirit and pride we all have in our unique area and the city.

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Holiday Safety Reminders

thiefWith the holiday season upon us and many people traveling to visit family and friends over the holiday it is a good idea to revisit some important tips to ensure the safety and security of our homes.

There will be times when people may be observed that look out of place, some taking part in questionable activities or some who wish to socialize in area parks late into the evenings. Although we all want everyone to enjoy the parks it is very important that if you observe any suspicious persons or activities to call 911immediately.

Some safety tips

  • Be aware for the safety of children on the street or playing in the parks. Do not leave children unattended
  • Ensure your patio and basement doors and ground level windows are closed and locked if you are not home. Consider using a bar or piece of wood to secure patio doors. If you have a patio door from of an older model, place a bar in the upper part of the door to prevent thieves from lifting it.
  • Utilize exterior lighting to deter thieves at front door, above garage door and at the back of the house. Consider motion sensor lighting
  • Timers (both interior and exterior) should be installed to activate lights in your absence
  • Be aware when your neighbors are away
  • Notice people passing through the area and any patterns or suspicious behavior
  • Don’t leave valuables in your vehicles and ensure your vehicles are always locked

Let’s all work together to ensure a safe and secure neighborhood

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Christmas Food Drive – 2014

food drive 2This past weekend (December 13/14) we help our second annual Christmas Food Drive.  Once again thanks to the efforts and generosity of so many people the food drive was a huge success.  Contributions arrived from so many people, some who arranged a small food drive at their work or condo building for our food drive to a young boy offering one of his new toys.

The toys and gift items have been delivered to the Tyndale St. George’s Community Centre and Desta serving the Little Burgundy area and the toys have been delivered to the Shriners Children Hospital.

It is amazing and very rewarding that everyone should be proud of that such a small group can make such a huge difference.

On behalf of all the community groups, the Shriners Children’s Hospital and all those that will have a happier Christmas, thank-you.

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Food Drive – December 13th & 14th

pantry-wagonIn less than four weeks the holiday season will be upon us. The season brings joy and happiness to many. However less than a thousand meters from our homes live a disenfranchised community, many of whom will not enjoy a festive meal.

Following the huge success and generousity of everyone last year we will be holding our second annual food drive on December 13th and 14th. Non-perishable food items as well as other items such as new toys or other new items will also be greatly appreciated.

Two homes will have a box placed at the front door on the 3th & 14th for people who wish to donate any items. If you will not be around during these two days and still would like to make a donation please contact me and we can make alternative arrangements to drop them off or I can personally pick them up for you. Following the two days Eddie will arrange to distribute the items to some needy families.

The homes to drop off your donation are 1586 and 1551 Victor Hugo.

Not sure what food items may be needed? Here is a list of possible suggestions:

  • Baby cereals
  • Broths
  • Canned vegetables
  • Canned fish
  • Canned fruits
  • Canned meals
  • Canned meat
  • Cereals
  • Cookies and crackers
  • Flour
  • Fruit juices
  • Healthy snacks
  • Jam
  • Kraft Dinner
  • Vegetable oil
  • Pasta
  • Pasta sauces
  • Peanut butter
  • Powdered or evaporated milk
  • Rice
  • Sauces and gravies
  • Soups
  • Sugar
  • Vegetable juices

Please share this event with your neighbours and friends to help those nearby that are less fortunate enjoy the holidays.

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Glen Site Open House – Public

You’re invited to a once-in-a-lifetime tour of the new Glen site!

December 07, 2014
New Hospital
10:00 – 16:00

The McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) is rolling out the red carpet and inviting the public to an exclusive preview of our new, state-of-the-art hospital at the Glen site on December 7, 2014. This is a unique chance to be part of a much-anticipated health care milestone in Montreal, before we welcome our first patients on April 26, 2015.

This free event will provide you with a rare opportunity to explore never-before-seen clinical and research areas that will be off-limits once we open. Information kiosks and MUHC experts will also be on hand to answer your questions and provide information about how the new hospital will improve patient care, research and teaching.

Where: MUHC Glen site

1001 Boul. Décarie, Montréal

Accessible by public transit via Vendôme intermodal station

http://muhclovesmtl.ca/event/glen-site-open-house-public/

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Permits and Regulations

The season is here when we all want to have work completed in and around our homes to make improvements. It is very important that everyone follow the requirements regarding permits and regulations to conduct the work. Knowing and having the appropriate permits will ensure the work meets city requirements and prevent problems for you later.

Please refer to the following link regarding required permits and if you have any questions please call 311 for clarification.

http://ville.montreal.qc.ca/portal/page?_pageid=7317,78651572&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL

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Garage Sale Tips & Tricks

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Each year our street-wide garage sale is more successful and it will be great to make this event even better with more residents participating. It really can be a fun day, you will be able to clear away unwanted items and make money too!

The garage sale will be advertised on various internet websites, CJAD radio and signage placed around the area the morning of the garage sale.

Preparation

  • Start planning now! Spring is a great time to go through cupboards, closets, garage and boxes for those items no longer used or needed.
  • Invite your friends and family to participate with you. A garage sale can be a lot of fun day and the more the merrier.
  • Tell your friends about the garage sale
  • Have your children involved selling lemonade etc. It can be great fun for them too and they will feel part of it!
  • Have a calculator ready
  • Have newspaper available to wrap breakable items
  • Have plastic bags for items
  • All items should be priced
  • If you are selling electrical items such as appliance s and electronics, have a power source/extension cord available to test the items.
  • Have some inexpensive plastic coverings in case of rain
  • Set-up early (7am-8am). People will start visiting early looking for the best items.

Tips & Tricks

  • Make it a party or a “fair” like day. If it looks like you are having fun and have lots to offer you will attract more people.
  • Don’t underestimate your items you will be surprised what and why people will buy. It may be “junk” to you but a treasure for someone else.
  • Have plenty of change available. $50 is recommended of $5 bills, $2, $1, .25, .10 and .05 coins
  • Never use a cash box, keep your money in a money belt or on your person
  • Try not to accept large bills, save your change
  • Beware of some early birds. Some are antique dealers and some have stores and will bargain hard.
  • Children’s clothing and toys sell well. Recently cleaned is recommended. Be prepared to give them away after the garage sale.
  • Adult clothing does not sell as well as children’s so you should price accordingly and be prepared to give to your preferred charity at the end of the day.
  • Put large items in front, it looks good when people drive by.
  • As items sell keep moving items to the front to give appearance that you have a lot of items.
  • Do not take money bills before you give the change. This will prevent people saying you gave the wrong change.
  • Never let ANYONE use your bathroom under any circumstances
  • Keep your front door and patio door locked and your kitchen window closed if there is easy access to your backyard! If your garage door is open be sure to block off areas that people should not enter and keep a close watch.
  • Don’t put items aside because someone liked them but does not have enough money and will return. If you wish ask for a good deposit and specify that you will hold them until a specified time only.
  • Think twice before break a set of two, for or six. Someone may want the entire set.
  • Don’t let people try out clothing. All sales final, no returns.
  • Watch people with large bags or backpacks. Some may only appear innocent
  • Be aware of someone lingering around the same spot. They might be waiting for the right moment.
  • Remember that “Dollar Stores” are your competitors. Don’t ask for unreasonable prices.
  • Don’t be offended if someone challenges your prices, it part of the game. You may want to ask yourself if you are priced too high.
  • Decide what you will want to do as the day progresses. If you don’t want to store the items another year consider marking the prices down further in the afternoon. I like to think the items in the sale are leaving for good and I don’t want to see them again.
  • Liven up your garage sale with music, balloons etc. It will attract people and make time go faster.
  • Keep a sense of humor during the day and get ready to bargain and have fun!

Good Luck !

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Important Safety Reminders

safe_neighbourhoodWith the improved weather and as summer nears more people and families will be enjoying the parks and neighborhood. With the many advantages of living downtown we also have some of the problems and issues. Families are not the only ones that like to make use of our parks.

There will be times when people may be observed that look out of place, some taking part in questionable activities or some who wish to socialize in area parks late into the evenings. Although we all want everyone to enjoy the parks it is very important that if you observe any suspicious persons or activities to call 911immediately.

Some reminders to enjoy and safe summer:

  • Be aware for the safety of children on the street or playing in the parks. Do not leave children unattended
  • Ensure your patio and basement doors and ground level windows are closed and locked if you are not home. Consider using a bar or piece of wood to secure patio doors. If you have a patio door from of an older model, place a bar in the upper part of the door to prevent thieves from lifting it.
  • Utilize exterior lighting to deter thieves at front door, above garage door and at the back of the house. Consider motion sensor lighting
  • Timers (both interior and exterior) should be installed to activate lights in your absence
  • Be aware when your neighbors are away
  • Notice people passing through the area and any patterns or suspicious behavior
  • Don’t leave valuables in your vehicles and ensure your vehicles are always locked

Let’s all work together to ensure a safe and secure neighborhood and enjoy our summer.

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Parking

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Parking on our streets continue to be a major problem and it is getting worse every day. An increased number of cars continue to block driveways, block intersections/sidewalks or park on corners making it difficult to maneuver around them safely.

I have been unsuccessful (but still trying) to reach a person responsible for parking enforcement for the area. Until I am successful to improve parking patrol on the street there are steps each of us can take.

  1. If you observe illegally parked vehicles call 514-280-2222, provide make of car and license plate number. The parking enforcement officers are very willing to respond to calls and issue tickets
  2. If you call because your driveway is blocked or partially blocked you must be home when the enforcement office arrives. This is to ensure that the car is not someone visiting your home
  3. If the vehicle is blocking your driveway and you are not able to leave or access your driveway the car will be towed away. Again, you must be home to verify that the car is not someone visiting
  4. You do not have to be home for cars reported illegally parked in designated “parking permit” locations, parked on corners or blocking intersections/sidewalks

I hope that I will be successful in trying to take a more proactive approach with the city however until then each of us will need to call for parking enforcement. If we don’t call and take action the problem will only get worse. Today a number of cars were ticketed and one car towed on the street based on calling parking enforcement.

Remember: 514-280-2222

Good luck!

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Attention Dog Owners

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Although the majority of pet owners are responsible it is important to remind everyone of the regulations in Ville-Marie in regards to owning a pet. These regulations are in place for health and safety as well as respect to other citizens. We all want to enjoy our pets but we must be aware of the regulations and abide by them.

Regulations:

· All dogs must be kept on a leash at all times unless in a dedicated dog park

· All dog owners must pick-up after their pets

· At all times dog owners must have a bag with them to pick up after the dog. You may be stopped and asked to provide a bag by an inspector

· All dogs must have a tag/permit issued by the city. Details where you can pick-up the tag is attached

· Dogs are not permitted in children’s playgrounds at any time

A breach of any of the regulations may result in a $ 100 to $ 300 fine for each offence and as much as $500 to $1,000 fine for each offence in the case of second offense. The canine patrol officer or police officers can issue these tickets.

Due to the growing number of complaints there will be increased surveillance by the Canine Patrol as well as the police in the area and tickets issued as required.

For complete details on animal regulations please visit: ville.montreal.qc.ca/villemarie

Please share this with others.

Thanks

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Montreal moves to eliminate all fireplaces within city limits

canstock8527872Throwing a log on an open fire will soon become a thing of the past in the city of Montreal if councillors have their way.

Earlier this year, in a decision that did not come under much scrutiny, Montreal’s Executive Committee ordered the elimination of all wood-burning fireplaces by Dec. 31, 2020.

Read more: http://montreal.ctvnews.ca/montreal-moves-to-eliminate-all-fireplaces-within-city-limits-1.1420733#ixzz2cdMU8Xoz

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Blood Tests

Blood Tests at Brunet/Guy Lachance Pharmacy (adjacent to Super C)

Every Thursday from  8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., a nurse is available for blood tests and urine samples. She will send the samples to the lab for analysis and forward the results to your doctor within five days.

Cost: $25 (tax deductible)

Contact: Nathalie at (514) 521-4224. By appointment only.

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Dog Patrol / Enforcement

pick-upDuring our residents meeting there was discussion regarding dog enforcement in the neighbourhood, in particular dog owners who refuse to clean up after their animals. Some of the pathways in the area are becoming terribly soiled by this unhealthy practice.

If anyone has any concerns or wish to file a complaint about anyone not cleaning up after their pets should call: 514-872-2659.

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Parking Enforcement

no-parking During our meeting it was mentioned that parking is again becoming a problem on the street.  This will continue to get worse as parking becomes more limited due to snow.

If you notice  vehicles parked illegally or blocking your driveway please call the parking enforcement to have them ticket the vehicle.  The parking enforcement people are usually quick and pleased to help.

The number to call is: 514-280-2222

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Proposed Speed Bumps

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We have had many discussions regarding traffic circulation on Victor Hugo and Lucien L’Allier.

Through these discussions we have been successful implementing modified parking hours to reduce the number of transient people parking on the street to reduce traffic and a crosswalk / stop line at Victor Hugo/Versailles to try to have more vehicles stop at the stop sign.

Discussions have also taken place, along with another concerned resident, with the SPVM to work together on other alternatives and solutions.  Since the first discussion there have been follow-up discussions with the SPVMC when they have been on the street.  The police department are doing their best however drivers seem to only obey the laws when a marked vehicle is present on the street which may not be the best use of their resources.

With all efforts that have been made we still continue to have a major security issue with speeding along Lucien L’Allier as vehicles try to get to the stop lights before they turn red.  This is an extremely dangerous situation since there is a children’s park situated at this corner, many pedestrians and a Bixi stand.  With the new park scheduled to open in November more children and families (including the local day cares) can be expected in the area to enjoy the park.

We have discussed that a major cause of this traffic along Lucien L’Allier is a result of vehicles that use this road as a short cut from Notre Dame (eastbound) to St. Jacques (eastbound), albeit some residents in the adjacent condos are not without blame.  These vehicles are trying to avoid traffic on Notre Dame and are usually in a rush therefore speeding.  This area is also clearly marked as a 30km/h zone due to the park however the speed limit is just as clearly ignored.

With all the efforts that have been made we, the residents of Victor Hugo/Lucien L’Allier would again ask that the city to please consider a speed bump on Lucien L’Allier and Victor Hugo where the park begins.  It is quite apparent that signage to re-enforce the laws are being ignored and that the only thing that will slow traffic is a physical deterrent.  A picture of the recommended location of a speed bump is included.

It is important to restate that this part of Lucien L’Allier is a one-way exit and is not an emergency entrance that would impede emergency vehicles entering Victor Hugo/Lucien L’Allier in the case of an emergency.

We look forward to working with the city to come to a solution with this dangerous and terribly frustrating situation on this street.  It is extremely important that this street is safe for the children and residents using the park.

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Construction of affordable housing

coop 1As some of you may be aware a proposal has been put forward by the CDH group to build an affordable housing project on the corner of de la Montagne and St. Jacques.  The proposal is in it’s very early stages and for the moment there is no time frame for the project.  What I have been told is the following:

- The CDH group helps the Cooperative its 10 floors for 88 housing project for families.
- There will be social housing and affordable housing.
- I am told that the Cooperative and the CDH group will organize a meeting with the community when the project will be presented.
- I am told that the gardens will not be affected by the project. They all will be protected and that gardeners can access easily.
- For the moment the Borough of Ville-Marie has not yet received project for study and analysis.
- The project must be consistent with municipal and zoning for approval by the Council of the Borough of Ville-Marie.
- For the moment there is no time frame for the project.
- The following picture illustrates the space that is proposed for the project:

As more information becomes available and dates have been communicated regarding meeting with the community I will advise everyone.  I would welcome any comments you may have regarding the project.

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