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Work on the Sainte-Angélique aqueduct network

Major traffic obstruction downtown Saint-Lazare on Tuesday, November 14, 2017

SAINT-LAZARE (Québec), Friday, November 10, 2017 - The Town of Saint-Lazare wishes to advise motorists and cyclists of a major traffic obstruction on Chemin Sainte-Angélique in the downtown core starting at 4 a.m. on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 for a scheduled 8 hours-work. Despite the detour signs, businesses will remain accessible.

The work seeks to repair a water main break. This work will be following by paving work if the weather conditions are favorable. Should this not be the case, Chemin Sainte-Angélique will be reopened to traffic and paving will be done subsequently. At that time, traffic will be directed one lane at a time.

Owners of properties aimed by the preventative boil water advisory have already been informed.

The Town apologises for the inconveniences this work may cause and thanks you in advance for your understanding and collaboration.

To follow this work:  http://www.ville.saint-lazare.qc.ca/en/infotravaux  


Work on the Sainte-Angélique aqueduct network and sewers

Major traffic obstruction downtown Saint-Lazare on November 6 and 7, 2017

*Paving work on Thursday, November 9, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


SAINT-LAZARE (Québec), le jeudi 2 novembre 2017 - The Town of Saint-Lazare wishes to advise motorists and cyclists of a major traffic obstruction on Chemin Sainte-Angélique in the downtown core starting 8:30 a.m. on Monday, November 6, 2017 for a scheduled 2 days-work. The work will be followed by paving, on Thursday November 9, 2017, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Despite the detour signs, businesses will remain accessible to local traffic..

The work on the aqueduct and sewer networks seeks to service an upcoming multiple family-dwelling project. This work will be following by the paving work if the weather conditions are favorable. Should this not be the case, Chemin Sainte-Angélique will be reopened to traffic and paving will be done subsequently. At that time, traffic will be directed one lane at a time.

Owners of properties aimed by the preventative boil water advisory have already been informed.

The Town apologises for the inconveniences this work may cause and thanks you in advance for your understanding and collaboration.

To follow this work: ville.saint-lazare.qc.ca/en/infotravaux

Major traffic obstruction downtown Saint-Lazare on November 6 and 7, 2017

A dream come true for 5 aspiring firefighters

Fire safety and public safety activities

SAINT-LAZARE (Quebec), October 27, 2017  -  On October 25, 2017, five young aspiring firefighters got the opportunity to enjoy a unique experience with staff from the Town of Saint-Lazare’s Service des incendies et de la sécurité publique. At the sound of the bell marking the end of the school day, , Noah Panagakos, Édouard Leroux, Sandrine Arseneault, Micheal Oakes and Brandon Boros officially became firefighters for a day!

 

After being picked up from their respective schools in a tanker fire truck, the children made their way over to the station. Once there, the group visited the facilities and learned about the special characteristics and uses of each individual fire vehicle before getting the chance to sit down and chat with their idols over a meal. To wrap up the activity, the young firefighters responded to an actual emergency call at the sablière Saint-Louis entrance, near rue Saint-Louis. They wowed onlooking family members with their ability to take over the situation and extinguish the flames with ease. Needless to say, this was the highlight of their day.

Firefighters for a Day : Brandon Boros (École Elementary Birchwood), Micheal Oakes (Forest Hill Senior School), Noah Panagakos (Evergreen Elementary School), Édouard Leroux (École Auclair) et Sandrine Arseneault (École des Étriers) together with the staff of service de la sécurité publique et de la sécurité incendie from the Ville de Saint-Lazare.

The Firefighter for a Day activity aims to help children discover the basics of the firefighting profession. The young apprentices were given the opportunity to use real equipment, including fire extinguishers, fire hoses and more. At the end of the day, the Director of the Service de la sécurité incendie et de la sécurité publique, Daniel Boyer presented the young firefighters with certificates to commemorate their involvement. No doubt, the event will have created memories that will last a lifetime.

Fire prevention week in Saint-Lazare: a resounding success

Fire safety and public safety activities

SAINT-LAZARE (Quebec), October 23, 2017  -  As part of Fire Prevention Week, which took place from October 8 to 14, 2017, several public awareness activities were held by the fire safety and public safety employees of the Town of Saint-Lazare. Throughout the week, fire drills were carried out in two (2) retirement homes, eleven (11) daycare and eight (8) schools.  

La Grande Évacuation: over a quarter of families took part

La Grande Évacuation was held on Wednesday, October 11, 2017, in the residential area that includes Champêtre, Sous-Bois, Semences, Champs, Moissons and Printemps streets. For the first time in several years, a record number of families took part, as fire service personnel counted 54 out of 190 homes—over a quarter of homeowners—who carried out the activity.

 

Open house at the fire station: a constant flow of visitors throughout the day

Over 1,500 visitors accepted the invitation extended by the Saint-Lazare firefighters on Saturday, October 14, 2017, and made their way to the fire station to enjoy the Open House festivities.

The line-up featured activities aimed at informing and educating the public including a visit of the facilities and fire vehicles, the fire prevention kiosk, the water spray simulation zone (forest fire) and the opportunity to dress up in fire-fighting gear to pose for a picture, which was enjoyed by both young and old. A surprise visit by Chase from Paw Patrol combined with the presence of the Sûreté cavalry and their horses, Sparky® the mascot and face painting made the event an absolute hit with the kids. First responders also wowed visitors with vehicle extrication simulations. Volunteers from the Unité communautaire des services d’urgence (UCMU) helped refuel participants by offering juice and hot dogs.

Thanks to the personnel from the Service de la sécurité publique et de la sécurité incendie, and the collaboration of its many partners, the event was a resounding success.



 

RÉSEAU SADDLEBROOK

N.B.: a note has also been sent to property owners serviced by the Saint-Louis aqueduct network since the Saddlebrook and Saint-Louis networks are connected and those homes are most often supplied in drinking water by Saddlebrook.




The Town of Saint-Lazare is supplied with drinking water through various water tables with different quantitative and qualitative properties. Distribution is provided through three (3) water supply networks—specifically, the Sainte-Angélique, Saddlebrook and Saint-Louis networks. The Town’s water treatment plants have different equipment required for treating and disinfecting water depending on their various intrinsic characteristics.

The numerous random episodes of brown drinking water that occur in the Saddlebrook sector are not unusual situations in the exploitation of underground waters. Over the years, aquifers undergo natural transformations which can modify some of their characteristics, in particular the concentration of certain elements such as iron and manganese which confer water an unaesthetic brownish color. When such situations arise, protocols of intervention, validation and approvals exist and procedures apply to correct the situation. Unfortunately, every solution must be adapted to the particular situation which prolongs deadlines. Back in the early 90’s, the City has had to intervene in a similar situation on its Sainte-Angélique network. Already experienced in this field, the municipal team is making every effort to correct the situation in the best possible time frame while respecting steps prescribed by the law.
 



To rectify the brown water issue in your sector, the Town’s infrastructure department is notably working on 3 fronts:

Phase I – optimizing the cleaning of the water pipes : this phase, undertaken in 2014, aims at increasing the frequency of unidirectional water pipe flushing, it also includes other improvements such as the addition of valves and connectors to the network system;

Phase II – removing iron and manganese at the source (2017-2018 transitional measure): this phase involves removing iron and manganese at the source by increasing the filtration capacity. This measure requires the filtration system be modified and requires the confirmation from Ministère du Développement durable, de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques (MDDELCC) that the Town can proceed. After receiving, the green light from MDDELCC, on Wednesday, October 11, 2017, the Town will carry out the work needed to implement these particular modifications on the Saddlebrook network in the coming weeks. The work will considerably reduce the concentrations of iron and manganese and also improve the aesthetic quality of the water;

Phase III – the construction of a biological filtration system (permanent solution starting in 2019): a firm, specialised in water treatment solutions, has been running trials for at least 3 weeks to remove the iron and manganese as well as remove the nitrites and nitrates. The data and results collected from these trials will serve to draft and to proceed to calls for tender for the professional services to acquire and install a  permanent filtration system in 2019, a construction preliminarily estimated at 1 M $.


At the provincial level, iron and manganese are not subject to any standards in the Regulation respecting the quality of drinking water (RRQDW). In its Guide de conception des installations de production d'eau potable, the MDDELCC suggests a maximum concentration of 0.05 mg/L for manganese. The appearance of brown water is not an indication that manganese as reached its maximum concentration. Furthermore, since 2016, the Federal-Provincial-Territorial Committee on Drinking Water (CDW) as set a maximum acceptable manganese concentration (MAC) of 0.1 mg/L in order to protect the population that is generally more sensitive to potential neurological effects (infants) and to meet the aesthetic objective (AO) of 0.02 mg/L, which reduces complaints made by citizens concerning brown water.

Parc Westwood and Parc St-Robert in Saint-Lazare

Tree cutting and paving of parking lots

SAINT-LAZARE (Quebec), on Friday, October 6th, 2017 – Ville de Saint-Lazare wishes to inform residents that it will proceed, starting in the week of October 9th, 2017, with the work required to improve park user safety and access to emergency vehicles, including those of first responders, as well as improve access to handicapped people and people with reduced mobility in Parc Westwood and Parc St-Robert. In both cases, water gardens will be made to recover rain waters, an ecological solution which allows water to be retained and filtered through vegetation which naturally eliminates pollutants!  The work should be completed by the end of this year if weather conditions are favorable.

Parc Westwood

The work planned in Parc Westwood will allow doubling the surface of the car park; increasing parking spaces form 50 to 100. This will reduce the number of cars parked on the streets and leave more room for emergency vehicles should they need to come through.  This expansion, however, will require tree cutting in two areas. The existing car park will remain open until the expansion is completed. The whole car park will be temporarily closed at the time of the paving. Once completed, the car park will be accessed from chemin Saint-Louis as well as Rue des Sportifs.


Parc St-Robert

The work planned in Parc St-Robert, on the other hand, consists of paving the main entrance to improve access to handicapped people and people living with a reduced mobility. A drop-off zone will also be paved alongside the sports fields.

The Town apologizes for any inconvenience this work may cause and thanks you in advance for your collaboration and for your understanding.

To follow this file: http://www.ville.saint-lazare.qc.ca/en/infotravaux.

36 trees planted: Thank you, on behalf of the environment!

Community project at Parc Des Étriers

SAINT-LAZARE (Quebec), September 25, 2017 – The Town of Saint-Lazare would like to thank all of the volunteers who participated in the tree-planting day along with Lucie Charlebois, Minister for Rehabilitation, Youth Protection, Public Health and Healthy Living, Minister responsible for the Montérégie area and MNA for Soulanges, at Des Étriers Park on Saturday, September 23, 2017.

Under sunny skies and the guidance of the Town’s staff members, the volunteers who gathered for the occasion, accompanied by elected officials and the Minister, planted a total of 36 trees in Des Étriers Park, alongside Des Abeilles Street. Thanks to the collaboration of those involved, the abundance of good cheer and the smiles on everyone’s faces, the event was a huge success.

Altogether, twenty or so people took part in this community effort showcasing sustainable development and the environment. This was the eighth edition of the Planting Together event.

Thanks to the 126 donors

Mayor Grimaudo Blood Drive

SAINT-LAZARE (Québec), September 21, 2017 - The Town of Saint-Lazare wishes to thank Héma-Québec, the blood donors and volunteers who made possible the Mayor Blood Drive held on Wednesday, September 20, from 1:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. No less than 126 people rolled up their sleeves during this event. The blood recipients and their families will be forever grateful.

 

Madam Hannah Rosner, together with mayor Robert Grimaudo,
the councillor Serge David and volunteers of Héma-Quebec.


Héma-Québec

The organization needs to collect 1,000 blood donations per day in order to keep the blood reserve at an optimal level. No matter what time of year it is, the need for blood never takes a holiday.

Héma-Québec’s mission is to efficiently meet the needs of the Quebec population with regards to blood and its derivatives, human tissue, cord blood, breast milk and other cellular products that are safe and of optimal quality. It also strives to develop and provide expertise as well as specialized and innovative services in the area of biological products of human origin.

 

Next blood drive

The next Blood drive will take place at the beginning of the year 2018.

For additional information on blood donations, go to www.hema-quebec.qc.ca

 

Installation of 3 new Kali-Flash systems at pedestrian crossings

SAINT-LAZARE (Quebec), September 20, 2017 -  On Tuesday, September 19, 2017, the Mayor of Saint-Lazare, Robert Grimaudo, accompanied by members of the municipal council, inaugurated one of three new Kali-Flash devices that help make pedestrian crossings safer on the town’s busy streets.

 “The safety of road users and speeding is at the heart of our concerns, and we are confident that the new Kali-Flash devices are a good solution that can help minimize the risk of accidents involving pedestrians and road users. We hope that these new devices—recognized as being 53 times for effective than standard signage used at pedestrian crossings—will encourage users to exercise greater caution near pedestrian crossings,” stated the Mayor.  

 

Mayor Robert Grimaudo and councillors Marc-André Esculier, Richard Nataf, Serge David, Pamela Tremblay and Brigitte Asselin
together with Daniel Boyer, director of service de la sécurité publique et de la sécurité incendie 
and the agents of the SQ, crossing chemin Sainte-Angélique in the pedestrian walkway.


These three rapid-flashing devices, installed in key sectors—at the corner of Des Marguerites Street and Chemin Saint-Angélique, of Montée Saint-Robert and Chemin Saint-Angélique and, lastly, at the corner of Chemin Saint-Louis and Côte Saint-Charles—are lights that act as a complement to the static signage used at pedestrian crossings to help effectively indicate that someone is crossing. These rectangular rapid-flashing beacons (RRFB) attract the attention of drivers. 


Note that pedestrians always have priority over other road users when using pedestrian crossings—in other words, drivers and cyclists must yield to pedestrians. The Town invites road users and pedestrians to remain vigilant when approaching pedestrian crossings and always:

  • keep an eye on surrounding traffic
  • make sure that drivers and cyclists stop and respect the right of way
  • establish visual contact with users before crossing   
  • look left, right and left again, and evaluate the amount of time needed to safely cross the street.  


For more details: http://ville.saint-lazare.qc.ca/en/securiteroutiere

Closing party for the 2017 TD Summer Reading Club

The Saint-Lazare Library held a special evening for its young readers

SAINT-LAZARE (Quebec), August 29, 2017 – The Saint-Lazare Library held its closing party for the TD Summer Reading Club at the Community Centre (1301 Rue du Bois) on Monday, August 28 at 7 p.m.  

The Town of Saint-Lazare wishes to congratulate the 305 participants for the 2017 summer season. These young readers enthusiastically rose to the challenge of filling their reading journals, stamped by a library clerk every time they completed a book. For every 5 books read, the young participants received a participation ballot giving them a chance to win one of several prizes.

The evening was a creative and fun-filled event, in keeping with the theme of the 2017 Reading Club. Each of the children received a certificate attesting to their participation along with participation prizes.

 

A special show called Les insectes sur scène, hosted by Bill Bestioles, helped set the tone for the evening of celebrations. Following the show, the fun continued with dancing and celebrating to the sounds of the on-site DJ.

Congratulations to all of the 2017 TD Summer Reading Club participants!


Saint-Lazare receives $171,000 from the Société d’Habitation du Québec

A welcomed financial assistance for owners of homes with cracked foundations

Saint-Lazare (Quebec), Thursday, August 17, 2017 – On Thursday, August 17, 2017, Ms. Lucie Charlebois, Minister for Rehabilitation, Youth Protection, Public Health and Healthy Living, and Minister responsible for the Montérégie region and MP for Soulanges, accompanied by Mr. Robert Grimaudo, Mayor of Saint-Lazare and the members of the town council, announced that financial assistance in the amount of $171,000 had been granted to the Town of Saint-Lazare by the Société d’Habitation du Québec as part of the Rénovation Québec program – volet IV « Maisons Lézardées ».

The Town of Saint-Lazare is delighted with this announcement” stated Mayor Robert Grimaudo. “Over the last few years, several citizens have asked us for help in obtaining financial assistance to repair cracked foundations caused by land subsidence. The $171,000 in financial assistance provided by the government and matched by the city will help reduce the amount that owners of homes with cracked foundations will have to pay out of pocket.”



In light of this announcement, the Mayor stressed that the municipal team as yet to establish eligibility criteria as well as the number of homes the $342,000 budget will be able to cover. The conditions and rules to participate to the program as well as the maximum amount of financial assistance granted per building, the type of building eligible for assistance and the deadline for submitting an application must make the object of a by-law, a by-law to be approved by the Société d’Habitation du Québec.

Owners of homes with cracked foundations, who wish to be informed of the terms and conditions of the program once these are made available, can send their names, address, and numbers where they can be reached during the day, by email at urbanisme@ville.saint-lazare.qc.ca.

The Town will announce the program’s implementation in the fall using its standard communication methods, including the town newsletter. To register for the newsletter, please visit the Town’s Web site at http://www.ville.saint-lazare.qc.ca/en/abonnement.

 

Rénovation Québec program overview

The Government of Quebec implemented the Rénovation Québec framework program in order to help municipalities who wish to implement programs aimed at improving housing and the built environment in degraded residential sectors. Participating municipalities are responsible for the administration of the program with the clientele. The SHQ and the municipality contribute to the financial support provided  to the owner.

Hydro-Québec begins vegetation control work in Saint-Lazare to improve the quality of electricity service


Saint-Lazare, August 18, 2017
– In an effort to improve the quality of electricity service and to ensure public safety, Hydro-Québec announced last March that it will undertake a special vegetation control project with the support of the town of Saint-Lazare. The project will run from 2017 to 2019 and involves pruning and cutting down weakened trees or trees growing too close to the electrical system.

 

In May and June, Hydro-Québec’s forestry technicians surveyed the two sections of the network as part of Phase One of the project for 2017. They identified the work that needs to be carried out, obtained permission from affected landowners and acquired the necessary municipal permits.

The technicians have completed their survey, and work will soon begin in the Saddlebrook and Cedarbrook districts. Hydro-Québec has hired the firm Asplundh to prune and cut down trees from August until the end of 2017.

On August 18, Hydro-Québec Distribution president David Murray and Saint-Lazare mayor Robert Grimaudo met on the field to discuss the results of the survey and observe the start of the work.


Mr. Murray was satisfied with the progress of Phase One and commented, “Thanks to the collaboration of the town of Saint-Lazare and our customers, we are confident that this project will improve the quality of electricity service in the municipality.”

Mr. Grimaudo applauded the positive response of Saint-Lazare residents. “We could never carry out this type of initiative without the full cooperation and leadership of our partner, Hydro-Québec. This project will improve the reliability of the electrical distribution network and make life easier for everyone in the town. I was extremely pleased with the support we received from residents. It is the first project of this type in Québec where a municipality, Hydro-Québec and residents are working together to improve the community. We have set the bar very high for future projects.”

Residents who would like more information about the project should contact Hydro-Québec by calling the Info-project line at 1 877 653-1139 or by visiting the town’s Web site at www.ville.saint-lazare.qc.ca/en/hydroquebec.

When music and prose come together for a magical evening

3rd edition of the Soirée de poésie sous les étoiles - an evening of poetry under the stars 

SAINT-LAZARE (Quebec), August 18, 2017 – The 3rd edition of the Soirée de poésie sous les étoiles, organized by the Saint-Lazare Library, was held on the evening of Saturday, August 12 2017, at Parc nature les-Forestiers-de-Saint-Lazare. Thanks to the cooperating weather, this outdoor activity took place at the Parc nature site in the area surrounding the campfire. 


Photo credit: Michel Piché


Eight poets took part in the event in the company of a musician—respectively  Louise Carson, Catherine Chandler, Jocelyne Dubois, Jon Torell, Julie and Phil de Belle, Lynn des Ruisseaux, Tammy D'Ambrosio and Brian Campbell (guitar and lyrics)—under the amused gaze of a dozen or so spectators who came to watch this exchange of poetry. It was the perfect opportunity for the public to discover and share with these Artists of Saint-Lazare and neighborhood

Photos credit : Brian Campbell


The mild weather gave poets a chance to read: sonnets, found poems, prose, modern poetry, confessional poetry and humourous poetry. Musically speaking, everyone on hand was treated to some original compositions and song covers.

Thank you to the artists and spectators who took part in this great summer event!



 

New Town Hall – gradual reintegration of municipal teams

Reduced services and temporary closure of certain municipal service counters starting Thursday, August 24 through Monday, August 28, 2017


SAINT-LAZARE (Quebec), Wednesday, August 16, 2017 – The Town of Saint-Lazare wishes to notify its residents that municipal teams will be gradually integrated into the new Town Hall over the next few weeks.

On Thursday, August 24, 2017, services offered by the Urban planning and environment departments as well as the administration (reception, taxation) located at the Complexe Professionnel (1967 Chemin Sainte-Angélique) will be reduced et their services counters completely closed on Friday, August 25 while they transit to their new facilities at the Town Hall. Their doors will reopen at 1:45 p.m. on Monday, August 28, 2017 at 1960 Chemin Sainte-Angélique.

Also in transition to the new Town Hall on Friday, August 25th will be the head office personnel as well as the Mayor’s team (currently located at the Community Centre at 1301 Rue du Bois). Their offices will also reopen at 1:45 p.m. on Monday, August 28th.

The other municipal teams, including HR, IT services, the Town clerk’s office and the communication services, will have completed their move by Friday, September 8th. In order to avoid going to the wrong location, please contact us first or visit http://www.ville.saint-lazare.qc.ca/en/heures  to see where we are at in terms of the move to our new facilities. Unless otherwise specified, Council meetings will continue to be held at the Community centre until the new hall can accommodate visitors.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

We would also like to take the opportunity to mention that an Open House will be held in the spring of 2018, once the installations have been completed, in order to give residents an opportunity to visit the new Town Hall. An invitation will be sent out using our standard communication tools: weekly virtual newsletter, Facebook page, Twitter account, Web site and local newspaper. Stay posted!

In the meantime, you can register for our newsletter at http://www.ville.saint-lazare.qc.ca/abonnement, our Twitter account at https://twitter.com/ville_stlazare and our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/villesaintlazare to get all of the information you need!

Our main phone number (450 424-8000 or 311) and extensions remain unchanged.  

Five works of art selected among the event participants

Closing evening for the artists who participated in the Sentier des arts event


SAINT-LAZARE (Quebec), August 14, 2017On Thursday, August 10, 2017, the closing evening celebrating the artists who participated in the Sentier des arts event was held at the Saint-Lazare Library.  The exhibition featured the works of artists who participated in the live art experience on July 8 and 9 as part of the activities of the Saint-Lazare Au Galop Festival.

The works, created by local artists including Francine Bertrand, Michel Dufour, Nicole Kreutz, Manon Labelle, Gisèle Lapalme, Hélène Latour, Christiane Séguin, Shernya Vininsky and Pauline Vohl have been displayed as part of an exhibit at the Saint-Lazare Library since July 10. Representing horses in every shape and form, these artistic creations were enjoyed by countless art lovers attending the closing evening in the company of the participating artists.

To wrap up the evening’s celebrations, five works of art were selected among all of those produced, to be exhibited in the Town’s various buildings and facilities. The Mayor, Mr. Robert Grimaudo, had the honour of handing out the awards to the five winning artists in the presence of the event participants, their families and the many art lovers on hand.

 From left to right, Michel Dufour, Manon Labelle, Hélène Latour, Robert Grimaudo, Mayor of Saint-Lazare, Shernya Vininsky, Francine Bertrand, Nicole Kreutz, Pauline Vohl.

Congratulations go out to Ms. Shernya Vininsky (Mixed media), Nicole Kreutz (Painting on wood), Manon Labelle (oil on canvas), Gisèle Lapalme (Watercolour) and Hélène Latour (Oil on canvas) for their magnificent creations. 

Thank you to the many artists and guests who attended the event!

Summer Camp Counsellors’ Day

Counsellors recognized for their energy and enthusiasm

Robert Grimaudo together with the ­«vétérante» Pirouline (Joëlle Delarosbil).


SAINT-LAZARE (Québec), le 27 juillet 2017. - As part of Summer Camp Counsellor’s Day on July 26, 2017, the Town of Saint-Lazare unveiled a commemorative plaque bearing the name of summer camp counsellors honoured for 4 consecutive years of service.

This year’s laureates are:Babouin (Gabriel Delarosbil), Clochette (Claudelle Villeneuve), Crash (Zachary Oskrdal), Elsa (Catherine Méthot), Luna (Mélissa Laprise), Sonic (Sébastien Boudreau), Tempo (Camille Taillefer), Tweety (Mélanie Gagné), Zumba (Mélissa Lefebvre).

For the opportunity, the representatives of the City also underlined the implication of the «vétérante» Pirouline (Joëlle Delarosbil) with eight years worked in summer camp.

Summer Camp Counsellor’s Day is held once a year in the middle of summer. The objective of this special day is to recognize young summer camp counsellors for their remarkable work. It also serves to spotlight the importance of day camps, specifically in terms of their contribution to helping its users ensure work/family balance during the summer season.

From left to right, Pirouline (Joëlle Delarosbil), Babouin (Gabriel Delarosbil), Tempo (Camille Taillefer), Sonic (Sébastien Boudreau), Sabrina Addison-Thibault, Event and Culture Coordinator, Robert Grimaudo, Mayor of Saint-Lazare, Tweety (Mélanie Gagné), Zumba (Mélissa Lefebvre), Elsa (Catherine Méthot), Luna (Mélissa Laprise) et Crash (Zachary Oskrdal).

 
For more information, please contact the service des loisirs et de la vie communautaire.

 

Pumping tests on three (3) wells in the Pinière sector

Infrastructure: ongoing pumping work

SAINT-LAZARE (Quebec), July 20, 2017. -  With a view to supplying the territory with quality water and a sufficient water flow rate, the Town of Saint-Lazare has recently initiated a hydrogeological study aimed at exploring water sources from three (3) wells located in the Pinière sector near Parc nature Les-Forestiers-de-Saint-Lazare. This second phase involves clarifying the results gathered during the first seventy-two (72) hour exploratory phase carried out in 2014.

The study consists mainly of pumping groundwater from the rock aquifer from all three (3) wells continuously for a period of sixty (60) days, specifically from July 15 to September 11 inclusively. Three (3) generators are used to ensure adequate pumping for the duration of the testing period and a truck will be circulating daily in order to power these generators. Pipes will be positioned to re-direct most of the water to sandy areas located nearby so that it can be absorbed into the surrounding soil.      

Once the pumping tests are complete, the quality of the water and the possible rise of the water table level will be verified in previously selected private and public wells. The Town of Saint-Lazare, which is currently supplied with drinking water through wells on different sites located within the perimeter of the territory, wishes to clarify that it is exploring the last possible site capable of meeting the population’s demand for water. This study is therefore necessary before significant funds can be earmarked for the permanent development of these wells.    

The Town of Saint-Lazare, acting as the main contractor for this project, would like to reassure the public that the personnel assigned to the task is doing everything in its power to avoid inconveniencing trail users. At the same time, the town also wishes to advise the public that certain inconveniences are possible for the duration of the testing period. As a result, certain portions of the trails are likely to be temporarily inaccessible to the public. Signs will be posted to inform walkers, hikers and horseback riders which particular sections will be closed as well as the timeframe for these closures, where applicable. Parc nature Les Forestiers-de-Saint-Lazare users are advised to be cautious and respect signage along trails and paths.  

 

The horse in all its splendour!

The Saint-Lazare Au Galop Festival in review

SAINT-LAZARE (Québec), Wednesday, July 12, 2017 -  The third edition of the Saint-Lazare Au Galop Festival was held on July 8 and 9, 2017. As part of the event, Cavaland and HorsePower Live put on shows that truly dazzled festival-goers with a variety of educational and artistic demonstrations.

“For the third year in a row, the Festival has offered visitors a program of fresh new activities and shows! Festival-goers enjoyed the wide range of activities and the artistic nature of the high-quality shows presented throughout the weekend! Although rain was added to the mix early Saturday morning and afternoon, it seemingly had no effect on the day’s line-up of events. Thanks to the tireless dedication of the organizers, the equestrian park was drained of any excess water in preparation for the Saturday afternoon and Sunday shows. The look of awe and amazement on the faces of the audience as they watched the spectacular feats and absolute grace of the performers was, without a doubt, the ultimate reward! Thank you to our official event presenter, Promutuel Insurance Vaudreuil-Soulanges, to all of our sponsors, festival-goers, exhibitors, artists and those who helped make this festival possible,” stated Ms. Pamela Tremblay, Saint-Lazare Au Galop Festival Ambassador and Municipal Councillor.


Absolutely spectacular artistic shows!

In a lively country atmosphere celebrating all things horse related, the Saint-Lazare Au Galop Festival featured over 50 activities for both young and old to enjoy. The wide range of activities, stretching over the entire weekend, focused on showcasing various equestrian disciplines, and just about anything and everything to do with horses. Festival-goers were delighted with the art workshops, equestrian, food and cultural fairs, horse-petting sessions, horse shows, equestrian sport demonstrations, horse-ball demonstrations, barrel racing and horse agility demonstrations.

This year’s edition of the festival featured a variety of top-notch guests including Cavaland, which provided a show spotlighting equestrian disciplines ranging from the equestrian tango to Cossack stunts and a little equestrian agility thrown in for good measure. On Saturday, one lucky spectator was invited to take part in a horse-taming session with one of the troop’s horses, under the watchful eye of its rider. Later that evening, Québec Issime’s twelve artists and musicians hit the Promutuel stage in Parc Bédard to present their rendition of country’s greatest hits during their aptly named Cow-Boys show. Needless to say, this energetic group kept the crowd on their feet for hours! On Sunday, it was HorsePower Live’s turn to impress the audience with two educational and entertaining shows starring its 10 horses and riders.



  Cavaland

 
COW-BOYS de Québec Issime

 

HorsePower Live

 
Throughout the day, on both Saturday and Sunday, riders from Heartford Stable took turns giving horseball and barrel racing demonstrations in the arena. Younger festival-goers were thrilled with the pony rides, various demonstrations from Cirque du Cheval, the mini horse museum, art workshops, the Gymini challenge course and the giant games provided by Ribouldingue!


Happy and generous festival-goers!

Voluntary donations gathered during the Cavaland show and in the different free parking lots allowed the festival to raise $800 for the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Society of Quebec and $1,200 for the Centre équestre thérapeutique Marie-Laurence.

The Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Society of Quebec continues to support Quebec families affected by ALS and funding research.

The Centre équestre thérapeutique Marie-Laurence provides horse therapy to help thirty or so children from the Vaudreuil-Soulanges area who live with illnesses, physical disabilities or intellectual disabilities.


Home and business decorating contest

Thank you to everyone who participated! Pierrette Beaudoin is the lucky winner of the home decorating portion of the contest.

 

Valued partners, special thanks

The 3rd edition of the Festival is made possible by the joint efforts of the municipal team and numerous partners. The organizing committee would like to acknowledge the participation and contribution of the event’s sponsors:



Thank you to our loyal sponsors!

A positive outcome for the first three years of the Festival

Recall that the Town of Saint-Lazare enjoys a long-standing equestrian tradition for which it has earned an international reputation. An ideal location for horse farms, Saint-Lazare is truly a cornerstone of the Canadian horseback riding community, most notably as a result of the many equestrian competitions it hosts. Saint-Lazare’s equestrian flair and desire to revitalize its downtown core are certainly driving forces behind the creation of the festival—one that is a true testament to the Town’s character. As such, in 2015, the Saint-Lazare Au Galop Festival was born, attracting a total of over 30,000 visitors for the three editions combined.

Stay up to date: at augalop.ca and on our Facebook page!

Day camp blood drive:

Thank you to our 154 donors! 

SAINT-LAZARE (Québec), July 13, - The Town of Saint-Lazare would like to thank Héma-Québec as well as the blood donors, day camp counsellors and volunteers who made the day camp blood drive held on Wednesday, July 12 from 1:30 to 7:30 p.m. possible.

Given that every donation can help up to four people, a total of 616 patients will be able to benefit from blood products thanks to the 154 donors who rolled up their sleeves for this particular campaign.  

 



Héma-Québec

The organization needs to collect 1,000 blood donations per day in order to keep the blood reserve at an optimal level. No matter what time of year it is, the need for blood never takes a holiday.

Héma-Québec’s mission is to efficiently meet the needs of the Quebec population with regards to blood and its derivatives, human
tissue, cord blood, breast milk and other cellular products that are safe and of optimal quality. It also strives to develop and provide expertise as well as specialized and innovative services in the area of biological products of human origin.


Next blood drive

Please note that the next blood drive to be held is the Mayor’s Blood Drive, which is slated to take place on September 20, 2017.

For more information on blood donation, please visit www.hema-quebec.qc.ca.

Saint-Lazare recognizes perseverance and academic success

Saint-Lazare recognizes perseverance and academic success

Saint-Lazare (Québec), July 26, 2017 – During the graduation ceremonies at Westwood and Cité-des-Jeunes high schools, on June 9 and 22 respectively, the Mayor of Saint-Lazare, Mr. Robert Grimaudo, had the opportunity to recognize six young Saint-Lazare residents for their outstanding academic performance during their graduating year.   

 

Mattias Lazda, Catherine Enright and Zoë Deskin from Westwood High School as well as Amélie Coulombe, Xavier Daoust and Camille Caron-Anglais from École Secondaire Cité-des-Jeunes were each awarded a $100 bursary along with a pen bearing the image of Saint-Lazare and a certificate of recognition signed by the Mayor.

Westwood High School

Mattias   Lazda

Catherine   Enright

Zoë Deskin

École secondaire   Cité-des-Jeunes

Amélie   Coulombe

Xavier   Daoust

Camille   Caron-Anglais

Every year, through the Town of Saint-Lazare’s Community Support Policy, elementary and high-school public educational institutions within the Lester B. Pearson and Trois-Lacs school boards can apply for bursaries of up to $300 per year for high schools and up to $100 for elementary schools. Requests must be filed the month before graduation by filling out the required form at http://www.ville.saint-lazare.qc.ca/soutienorganismes. For more information on the policy, visit our Web site at: http://ville.saint-lazare.qc.ca/soutien.

 

Saint-Lazare Au Galop - 3rd edition

Official opening of the Festival at the Montessori School in Saint-Lazare

 

SAINT-LAZARE (Quebec), Monday, July 3, 2017 – Surrounded by the beautiful emerald-green setting of the forest, the children at Montessori School were thrilled to unveil their whimsical creation—the very first in a series of horses included as part of a joint project. Surrounded by children and daycare educators, Au Galop Festival Ambassador and Municipal Councillor, Ms. Pamela Tremblay, along with Ms. Isabelle Salvas, Executive Director of Promutuel Insurance Vaudreuil-Soulanges and official festival sponsor, and Ms. Elsa Davies, Director of Ma Petite École Montessori joined the members of the municipal council, event sponsors and partners to reveal the first one of nine announcing directional signs marking the official opening of the Saint-Lazare Au Galop Festival.

New this year! – A row of colourful horses serve as directional signage

The event organizers wanted to add a creative and playful touch to the 2017 edition—and invited local daycare children to work with them on the project. The children and educators from 9 participating daycares on Chemin Saint-Angélique were eager to show off their talents by decorating the front of their daycare buildings. Together, these artistic creations appear as a row of horses making their way towards the Festival, allowing them to also serve as directional signage for the event.  

 

July 8 and 9, 2017: plan your weekend!

Saint-Lazare welcomes thousands of citizens, visitors and tourists for two days of equestrian celebrations. These two days of events, taking place over several sites every year, spotlight anything and everything horse related. The line up includes educational workshops, pony rides, shows and equestrian sports demonstrations, including horse ball and horse training. The Festival also has the privilege of welcoming extra special guests including the dazzling Québec Issime troupe, with its Cowboys de Willie à Dolly show, as well as masters of the family equestrian show, Horse Power Live and Cavaland. Note that all shows and activities are offered free of charge.

COW-BOYS de Willie à Dolly by Québec Issime – Free admission

With 12 performers on stage, a magnificent decor and 2 hours of the best country hits, this group is sure to keep the party going at Bédard Park as they hit the Promutuel Insurance stage! Don’t miss the show on Saturday, July 8 at 8:30 p.m. in the Foires au Galop zone.

Cavaland – Free admission

You’ll be dazzled and amazed as these 10 horses and riders demonstrate their skills in a variety of disciplines.  Pony painting activities, a virtual museum through interactive educational touch-screen terminals, a collection of rare saddles as well as photo sessions are sure to please both young and old! 

HorsePower Live – Free admission

10 horses and riders in a fun and educational show. Don’t miss their headlining show on Sunday, July 9 at 11:30 a.m. and at 3:00 p.m. in the Grand Galop Zone. Come meet the riders and their mounts in the stables. 

On your marks, get set, read!

TD Summer Reading Club

SAINT-LAZARE (Québec), June 22, 2016
– The Saint-Lazare Library team invites young people 13 years of age or under to register for the 2017 TD Summer Reading Club, headed by the Toronto Public Library in partnership with Library and Archives Canada (LAC) between June 27 and August 18.

The Club aims to promote a love of reading and help children maintain academic skills throughout their summer vacation.

Prerequisite: Be a member of the library and have a membership card.

Registration dates
From June 27 to August 18, 2017, parents are invited to register their children between the ages of 6 and 13 by visiting their local library during regular hours.  

They can also register children between 0 and 5 years of age, if they agree to read to them.

Children who register will receive an official club notebook to keep track of the books they read. Library loan staff will stamp the notebook for every 5 books that are read.


End date and awarding of prizes

To end the 2017 TD Summer Reading Club in style, a special evening will be held at the Saint-Lazare Community Centre on August 28 at 7:00 p.m. The evening’s events include a show entitled “Les insectes sur scène,” hosted by Bill Bestioles, a big draw to reward those who respected their reading commitment over the summer along with snacks and some dancing to wrap up the evening. It’s a wonderful opportunity all of our young readers won’t want to miss!

Reservation required. Number of participants is limited.

Information: 450 424-8000, extension 260

“What kind of teen are you” survey makes happy winners

SAINT-LAZARE (Québec), June 26, 2017 – On Friday, June 23, 2017, during the Fête Nationale celebrations, that the mayor of Saint-Lazare, Robert Grimaudo, with the Municipal Councillors, including the youth representatives Ms. Pamela Tremblay and Brigitte Asselin, unveiled the winners of the survey conducted among Saint-Lazare youth between March 1 and June 1, 2017.


On this picture, Richard Nataf, Pamela Tremblay, Brigitte Asselin and Marc-André Esculier, council members of
Ville de Saint-Lazare,
Robert Grimaudo, mayor of Saint-Lazare and the Youth Coordinator, Caroline Pilon,
together with some of the winners of What kind of teen are you” survey.

Altogether, the winners—Maude-Sophie Picard, Léa Chevrier, Luke Fisher, Cendrina Bilodeau-Savaria, Marc Chardon, Justin Murphy, Zoe Ouimet, Evlyn Legaré, Nathan Kalantzis, Olivia Vilon, Samuel Gagnon, Chris Viger, Lina Valderrama, Élody Cousineau, Éloïse Fournier, Maria Thomas, Éléonaure Crête-Lépine and Charles Deguire—shared prizes valued at a total of $750, consisting of iTunes cards, power banks and Bluetooth speakers.

Let’s recall that the Service des loisirs et de la vie communautaire launched a survey among young people between the ages of 12 and 17 called “What kind of teen are you?” on March 1, 2017 in an effort to gather as many ideas as possible for the purpose of creating programming that is better adapted to the needs of Saint-Lazare’s youth. Over 144 teens answered the call and provided close to fifty ideas, each one as unique as the next, related to all sorts of areas of interest.

Among the top categories of activities suggested by the Town and chosen by the respondents were: the “Spending a few hours in the shoes of…  (as a firefighter, the Mayor, a farmer, etc.)” category, which generated the most interest, and the “Culinary workshops 101” category, targeting culinary activities such as farm visits and garden landscaping, which ranked 2nd! While amongst English responders, the “arts and crafts” and “Drama” received the highest ranks. Also, close to half of the young French respondents expressed an interest in sharing their ideas during meetings with elected officials compared to 83% for English respondents! The results of the survey will be further analyses during the summer.

 

Official launch of the Teen Zone’s summer programming: Monday, June 26

The Teen zone, located at Parc Bédard (1591 Bédard Avenue) launches its official programming on Monday, June 26.

This year: swimming, Dart-Défi, piñata making, mini golf, Ford Boyard la Zone, tie-dye activity, Slip’n’Slide soccer baseball, Film-O-Zone, and a horror movie night are all part of the line-up! Get your teens involved in these fun and lively activities that are sure to add a little excitement to their summer! The way the Teen Zone works is simple: teens between the ages of 12 and 17 are free to come and go as they please! A calendar of activities is available online so that they can choose the activities that suit their interests! Teens must register online for certain activities and outings (http://ville.saint-lazare.qc.ca/adozone). Note that all activities, other than outings, are free of charge.   

The Teen Zone is often on the move, so before dropping your teen off, please check the note on the main entrance door of the chalet in Parc Bédard to see if they are on-site or gone on an outing for the day. You can also call 514-557-6675 to reach them when they are off-site.

To consult the complete program of activities created BY teens, FOR teens, visit www.ville.saint-lazare.qc.ca/adozone

Note that the Teen Zone is supervised by qualified animators and at least one adult. 

The Teen Zone is the perfect place to keep moving, focus on healthy living and eating well and simply enjoy some good, clean fun between June 26 and August 26, 2017!

Unveiling of a commemorative plaque

Naming of Cyclo-Tour + in memory of Michel Gauthier

 On this picture, Serge David and Brigitte Asselin, council members of Ville de Saint-Lazare, Robert Grimaudo, mayor of Saint-Lazare, Lucie Charlebois, Member for Soulanges-Quebec Liberal Party together Michel Gauthier's members of the family. 

SAINT-LAZARE (Québec), June 5, 2017. -  On Sunday, June 4, 2017, the Mayor of Saint-Lazare, Robert Grimaudo, accompanied by members of the municipal council as well as members and close friends of the Gauthier family, unveiled a plaque commemorating Mr. Michel Gauthier, Founder of the Saint-Lazare Cyclo-Tour and officially designating the Cyclo-Tour + in Michel Gauthier’s name.

“It has been 3 years since Mr. Michel Gauthier passed away. Today, in 2017, our hope is that he stays in our hearts and our town, and that his memory is honoured here, in Bédard Park—a central location for recreational activity, and one to which Mr. Gauthier contributed tremendously,” stated Mr. Robert Grimaudo, Mayor of Saint-Lazare.

Founder of the Cyclo-Tour in 1994, resident of Saint-Lazare and outstanding volunteer, Michel Gauthier spent over 10 years actively involved with volunteer work. Appreciated by all, he shared his boundless passion for sport, writing and teaching. In 1993, his desire to create a unique and rallying family-focused sporting event became a reality with the Cyclo-Tour, which has now become an annual not-to-be-missed event for the Saint-Lazare community.

In 2014, the municipal council decided to create a Toponymy Advisory Committee officially mandated to formalize the method used for attributing names to streets, municipal infrastructures, housing developments as well as celebrations and events.

One of the objectives of this policy is to pay tribute to individuals who have distinguished themselves within our community, who have made an extraordinary contribution to our Town’s development, its history and its culture.  

Residents are invited to submit names. For more details: www.ville.saint-lazare.qc.ca/toponymie

 

 

Arbour Day and grand opening of the farmers’ market


On this picture, Serge David, Brigitte Asselin, Richard Nataf, council members  of Ville de Saint-Lazare, Thierry Juvien, farmers’market organiser, Robert Grimaudo, mayor of Saint-Lazare, Pamela Tremblay and Marc-André Esculier, council members  of Ville de Saint-Lazare.

SAINT-LAZARE (Québec), May 24, 2017. – On May 23, 2017, the Town of Saint-Lazare, for his arbour day, gave to residents more than 1000 trees. The distribution took place during the grand opening of the Saint-Lazare farmer’s market, an event with producers from all over the region.

This was the already the fourteen edition of the Arbour Day event, allowing residents to received tree seeds and tips on various environmental subjects. Don’t miss next year’s event!

The farmers’ market will take place on every Tuesday from May 23 to September 26 in the town’s hall parking from 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the corner of parc Bedard’s parking lot and Rue Poirier.

Saint-Lazare’s Service de la sécurité publique et de la sécurité incendie now specialized to handle

The medical evacuation of bariatric patients 

Saint-Lazare (Québec), May 18, 2017 – On Thursday, May 18, 2017, the Mayor of Saint-Lazare, Mr. Robert Grimaudo, accompanied by the members of the municipal council, Mr. Daniel Boyer, Director of the Service de la sécurité publique et de la sécurité incendie and Mr. Patrick Lefebvre, Head of the First Respondents’ Division of the Service de la sécurité incendie et de la sécurité publique, announced the addition of a new weapon in the arsenal of Saint-Lazare’s Service de la sécurité publique et de la sécurité incendie—the evacuation of bariatric patients.

Following the signing of a protocol agreement for the creation of a Technical Support Unit (TSU) between the Town of Saint-Lazare and the Pre-Hospital Emergency Services sector of the Centre intégré de santé et de services sociaux (CISSS) de la Montérégie-Centre, emergency medical technicians and paramedics in the Montérégie area will now have access to Saint-Lazare’s Service de sécurité publique et de la sécurité incendie for help moving users with this pathology. Saint-Lazare is a natural choice for this regional and supra-regional project given the experience of its first respondents, the internal and external care structure and its strategic positioning near Autoroute 30. The Montérégie Centre territory is currently serviced by the Town of Sainte-Julie while Montérégie Est is serviced by the Town of Cowansville and Montérégie Ouest by Saint-Lazare.

Thanks to a $20,000 investment in equipment and training, this new service offered by the Saint-Lazare Service de la sécurité incendie et de la sécurité publique is now operational. The department will therefore act as head of these services and, as such, respond to bariatric evacuation calls for the territory of the MRC de Roussillon (4 municipalities), MRC des Jardins-de-Napierville (3 municipalities), MRC du Haut-Saint-Laurent, MRC de Beauharnois-Salaberry and MRC de Vaudreuil–Soulanges, servicing a total of 54 municipalities (representing 260,164 residents). Note that the Pre-Hospital Emergency services sector of the CISSS de la Montérégie-Centre will cover the cost related to the unit’s intervention when the service is required. 

This specialized service provided by the Service de sécurité incendie meets a need for facilitating ambulance trips for bariatric patients within the Montérégie territory. Recourse to this type of unit will help both the patients and pre-hospital care workers ensure safe and dignified care.

Saint-Lazare firefighters have completed specialized training in order to properly deal with these specific situations. In the past, when firefighters were called upon to respond to these calls, they were not equipped to handle the situation and no training was offered with relation to this. Workers and patients needlessly faced a risk of accident as a result.  The evacuation of bariatric patients can be a delicate situation that nonetheless remains urgent.

As part of National Road Safety Week from May 16 to 22, 2017

Saint-Lazare’s Service de la sécurité publique et de la sécurité incendie

Road safety poster campaign  

Saint-Lazare (Quebec), May 18, 2017 – As part of National Road Safety Week held from May 16 to 22, 2017, the Town of Saint-Lazare, in collaboration with the Sureté du Québec, is launching its Gardez les cyclistes à 1,5 m road safety campaign.

From now until June 4, some 12 posters will be displayed at the Town’s entrances in an effort to make the public more aware of the need to maintain a distance of 1.5 metres between their vehicles and cyclists. The posters will then be displayed again starting July 11 and into the Fall season so that drivers remain aware of maintaining safe distances during the back-to-school period.


Keep your distance

According to the Highway Safety Code, motorists are required to slow down when passing cyclists, making sure to leave a space of 1 metres in a zone of 50 km/h or less and 1.5 metres in a zone over 50 km/h. Before moving back into your lane, make sure there is plenty of room for the cyclist. (Source: https://saaq.gouv.qc.ca/securite-routiere/comportements/courtoisie-partage-route/entre-usagers-route/ )

For more details, visit our Web site at http://ville.saint-lazare.qc.ca/en/securiteroutiere

Firefighters Blood Drive

SAINT-LAZARE, Québec, May 18, 2017. - The Town of Saint-Lazare wishes to thank Héma-Québec and the blood donors, and volunteers who made possible the firefighters Blood Drive held on Wednesday, May 17 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. No less than 126 people rolled up their sleeves during this event. The blood recipients and their families will be forever grateful.

The mission of Héma-Québec is to efficiently meet the needs of the Québec population for safe and optimal-quality blood and blood products, human tissues, cord blood, mother’s milk and cellular products and to develop and provide expertise and specialised innovative services in the field of human biological products.

Next blood drive

Mark your calendars: Day camp Blood drive will take place on Wednesday, July 12, 2017.

For additional information on blood donations, go to www.hema-quebec.qc.ca   

Facebook group for seniors: Les Sages branchés de Saint-Lazare

Facebook group for seniors: Les Sages branchés de Saint-Lazare

Join our group to learn all about the activities of interest to you!

SAINT-LAZARE (Quebec), May 9, 2017. – The Town of Saint-Lazare has launched a Facebook group for seniors. This action stems from the Municipal Family Policy and Senior-Friendly Municipality Approach, which aims to further promote leisure activities to Saint-Lazare seniors, and was implemented by the Elder Council.

 What is Les Sages branchés de Saint-Lazare?

Following the implementation of Saint-Lazare’s Municipal Family Policy, the Town created an Elder Council formed of six senior residents. The role of the committee members is mainly to suggest new activities and improvements that could be made for Saint-Lazare’s seniors… and they have been hard at work!

Your Elder Council: Carole Marcoux, Huguette Lévesque, Lucette Frédette Martin, Pierre Arcand, Rosario Tudino and Gilles Vallée.

Contact us on our Facebook page!

Facebook: Les Sages branchés de Saint-Lazare

We would like to welcome you to the Facebook page of the Sages branchés de Saint-Lazare group. This private group gathers all of the information of relevance to Saint-Lazare’s seniors. Feel free to share activities, discoveries and events for seniors by posting on our wall. https://www.facebook.com/groups/sagesbranchessaintlazare/

Courses on how to use the Internet will be held in September and are a great opportunity to learn how to use Facebook! Register with Josée-Ann Moisan at jamoisan@ville.saint-lazare.qc.ca or 450 424-8000, extension 257 by leaving your name, email and phone number. 

Feel free to share this great news with all of the seniors in your life!   

Croque-livres boxes come to Saint-Lazare

and these cute little “monsters” are hungry for books!
Fondation Lucie et André Chagnon

SAINT-LAZARE (Québec), May 8, 2017 - The Town of Saint-Lazare unveiled 3 Croque-livres boxes from Fondation Lucie et André Chagnon on Sunday, May 7 at 1:00 p.m. at the Saint-Lazare Library in the presence of members of the municipal council, Chief Librarian Michel Piché, Art Teacher Marie-Ève Longtin and the artists between the ages of 8 and 12.

The Croque-livres boxes, which have been decorated by the children, will be placed in three Saint-Lazare parks—Westwood Park (2876 Chemin Saint-Louis), Bédard Park (1591 Bédard Avenue) and Saddlebrook Park (2448 Woodbine Street) in an effort to foster a love of reading among children 0 to 12 years of age. These book-sharing boxes are simple, free and easy to use. A child may take a book or leave a book at any time. This consists of book sharing/exchange rather than a loan

http://ville.saint-lazare.qc.ca/en/services

Inspired by the North-American Take a Book/Leave a Book movement, the Croque-livres initiative offers children in Quebec free access to shared books. Adopted and managed by organizations, institutions, businesses or even individuals, Croque-livres boxes are a wonderful opportunity to further expose children to books and reading. Because they can be freely decorated or outfitted by their adopted families, every Croque-livres box has its own unique personality. These monster-shaped boxes are a fun and recognizable feature in any community, and they love to gobble up books! They are set up outdoors, Croque-livres boxes are easy to find using the online geolocation map at http://croquelivres.ca/en/

About Fondation Lucie et André Chagnon
The mission of Fondation Lucie et André Chagnon is to prevent poverty by contributing to the educational success of young Quebecers by helping them develop their full potential. The Foundation has established partnerships with the Quebec government in order to support local and regional mobilization in areas that are critical to educational success: early childhood development, healthy lifestyle habits and student retention. The Foundation also provides support for awareness activities and tools for parents and Quebec society as a whole.

Saint Lazare’s Service de la sécurité publique et de la sécurité incendie receives

An $11,000 training subsidy in 2017  

Saint-Lazare (Québec), May 5, 2017 – The Town of Saint-Lazare is pleased to announce that its Service de sécurité incendie et de la sécurité publique has obtained a subsidy from the Ministère de la sécurité publique in order to provide training to all of its firefighters.

As a result of the financial assistance program for the training of volunteer or part-time firefighters, the entire team of 41 firefighters has received various training.

The Town of Saint-Lazare’s Service de sécurité incendie et de la sécurité publique emphasizes the importance of providing ongoing training to its firefighters. An annual budget is reserved for different types of training, which enables the team to remain front-runners in all matters of public security and fire safety and paramedic’s safety.  

Second edition of the Saint-Lazare Christmas market

 Exhibitors: Register before May 31st!

SAINT-LAZARE (Québec), May 1st, 2017- The Town of Saint-Lazare is happy to present the second edition of the Saint-Lazare Christmas Market. We hope to welcome 50 or so exhibitors as part of this event. The event will take place at the Saint-Lazare Community Centre (1301, rue du Bois) on Saturday, December 9 and Sunday, December 10, 2017. If you wish to register as an exhibitor, fill in the form before May 31st, 2017 on our website.

http://www.ville.saint-lazare.qc.ca/en/marchedenoel 

Lire et faire lire program

Seeking volunteers elders for reading in French in schools and daycares on September 2017

The joy of reading shared by children and volunteer seniors. 

SAINT-LAZARE (Québec), May, 1st, 2017 – The library of Saint-Lazare is seeking volunteers elders to read in schools and daycares on September, 2017. Lire et faire lire is a true form of active citizenship! The association offers an intergenerational reading program through local branches across Quebec. The simplicity of the program is what makes it truly appealing. During the academic year, seniors volunteer to read to children in one of their local schools once a week. Each volunteer is assigned its own group of 2 to 5 preschool children, kindergarten children, 1st graders or 2nd graders (4 to 8 years of age).

The program’s mission can be summed up in one key word: ENJOYMENT. The enjoyment of having someone read you a story, of reading yourself, of sharing and creating a bond.

Lire et faire lire has two main objectives:

  • · Foster a love of books and reading in children
  • · Build intergenerational connections

Interested in being part of this fabulous adventure?  

Becoming a Lire et faire lire volunteer reader is easy!

You must:

  • Love children and reading
  • Be 50 years of age or older
  • Be available during the day, one hour per week for eight consecutive weeks (between September and May)
  • Be able to make your way to the school in your area that is part of the program
  • Be able to read in French

You will then be able to:

  • Take part in an intergenerational activity focused on the joy of books and reading
  • Share your love of books and reading
  • Share and discuss with a small group of 2 to 5 children between the ages of 4 and 8, allowing them to benefit from your life experience
  • Meet other interesting volunteer readers

You must register before Monday, July 31, 2017. The activity takes place between September 2017 and May 2018.  

Selected volunteers will be contacted in August 2017.

Volunteer seniors: register at the Saint-Lazare Library where you will be assigned a school or daycare within the Saint-Lazare territory.

Schools and daycares within the Saint-Lazare territory: Do you wish to have volunteer seniors come to your classrooms to read to your students in French? Register at the Library.  

In person at 1275 Du Bois Street, Saint-Lazare (QC)  J7T 3B5

By phone at 450 424-8000, extension 212

By email at mpiche@ville.saint-lazare.qc.ca

http://www.lireetfairelire.qc.ca/

http://ville.saint-lazare.qc.ca/en/enfants

The Spring Treasure Hunt was a success!

SAINT-LAZARE (Québec), April 24, 2017.  - On Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saint-Lazare residents participated in the 9th edition of the Treasure Hunt for the Earth Day.

Nearly thirty residents registered and placed their treasures in good working order at the curb for free pickup by other members of the community on April 22. The objective of this event is to encourage the re-use and the recycling of objects in the community of Saint-Lazare.

Thank you for your participation!

The Library opens its doors to non-residents ($)


SAINT-LAZARE (Québec), April 18, 2017 -  The Saint- Lazare Library is now open to non-residents at an annual cost of $80 for adults, $65 for seniors and children, and $160 for the family. Non-residents from the area can therefore obtain a membership card directly at the Saint-Lazare Library (1275 Du Bois Street). Children must be accompanied by a parent in order to register.  

The non-resident membership card is valid for a period of one year from the date of issuance. Once the one-year period is up, cardholders must pay the annual cost required to renew (a sticker will be placed on the card to validate the renewal).

Recall that the Town of Saint-Lazare has a cultural policy intended to place culture at the heart of its development. The Library meets a variety of needs in terms of education, information, culture and leisure for both its youth and adult clientele. Countless documents are available in print and book form along with a variety of audio-visual materials in the latest technological formats. Indeed, more traditional services are now complemented by computer-based methods of learning and entertainment. By promoting access to quality information and developing children’s thirst for knowledge, we are providing potential users with every possible opportunity available to them. 

This is precisely the objective the Saint-Lazare Library has in mind when introducing innovative actions such as providing non-residents with access to its services. As a cultural space that is near and dear to the hearts of its users, the Library can serve as a vehicle for cultural mobilization—made all the more possible by equipment that helps foster interaction.

Notice to residents

Vallée-Chaline: drone inspections to start this spring April through June 2017

SAINT-LAZARE (Québec), on Tuesday, April 11th, 2017. - The City of Saint-Lazare wishes to inform Vallée-Chaline residents that drone inspections of the banks concerned by the stabilization work along the Quinchien River, will start this spring and will also take place in the fall, the more critical periods for landslides. These inspections will continue until the work is realized. 

This spring, the drone operated by Drone Box, a firm appointed by the Public Security Ministry, will fly at 10-day intervals, if the weather permits, from mid to late April until early June. Shots where properties or people are recognizable will not be used. The drone flies as to not disrupt or disturb human activity and wildlife.

For all the information concerning this work, residents are invited to visit the website at http://www.ville.saint-lazare.qc.ca/en/zonesdecontraintes, to subscribe to the Vallée-Chaline online newsletter at http://www.ville.saint-lazare.qc.ca/en/infolettres and to the Community alert system at http://ville.saint-lazare.qc.ca/en/alertealacommunaute, where you can choose to receive important notices by landline, mobile phone, text, email or all of the above at once.

For any other question concerning these activities, Vallée-Chaline residents can contact the line which is dedicated to them at 514-250-0964.

Saint-Lazare’s public safety and fire safety department

Purchase of a ladder truck

Saint-Lazare (Québec), April 4, 2017 – On Tuesday, April 4, 2017, the Mayor of Saint-Lazare, Robert Grimaudo, along with the members of the municipal council, the Director of the Service de service de sécurité incendie et de la sécurité publique, Mr. Daniel Boyer and his fire safety team were pleased to introduce their new piece of equipment—ladder truck 408.


As a result of purchasing this ladder truck, acquired at a cost of $370,219.50, the Service de la sécurité incendie et de la sécurité publique will be better equipped to deal with certain situations. The 100-foot ladder will enable rapid intervention in any type of evacuation situation or emergency when it is necessary to reach high-rise buildings or the roof of buildings located at a distance from the street. This significantly contributes to the safety of our firefighters who are often called upon to work on sloped roofs during fires.

The vehicle is also equipped with several portable ladders, powerful lighting and a fire hose located at the ladder’s extremity, connected to a high-volume water column.


The new truck will be commissioned immediately, given that several of our firefighters have already received the training required to qualify them as ladder vehicle operators. The remaining staff members are currently being trained to develop the skills required to operate a vehicle equipped with aerial equipment. 

Meeting for Vallée-Chaline property owners

Slope stabilization work along Quinchien River and one of its affluents

Saint-Lazare (Québec), Wednesday, March 29, 2017 – Over 120 property owners responded to the invitation launched for a meeting on March 28, 2017 to address the slope stabilization work to be done in the Vallée-Chaline sector. Divided into two parts, the evening aimed to, first, inform property owners of the extent of the work to be carried out and, second, specifically address several of the properties located along Quinchien River. A total of 42 properties are directly affected by the stabilization work, estimated to cost $8,000,000.

Slated to begin in the winter of 2018–2019, the work to be undertaken in the 21 meanders over a distance of 1.5 km will help stabilize the slope in order to prevent an initial landslide and eliminate the possibility of changes over time. The sector’s residents should expect work to last over 15 weeks and more than 7,000 truckloads to remove the infamous “sensitive clay” that is responsible for major landslides. In total, 77,000 m³ of this material will be removed from the sector and replaced in large part by rockfill. This technical solution, put forth by the engineers from the Ministère des Transports, de la Mobilité durable et de  l’Électrification des transports (MTMDET), has been used elsewhere in Quebec to strengthen slopes. It takes into consideration the potential of river flooding for a 0-100 year period and increases protection against the assessed risk by 30%. The MTMDET’s engineers individually evaluated all of the sites over several months and took into consideration all of the available solutions. In the end, the solutions that were chosen are those deemed the most appropriate for the situation. The work to be done requires the temporary or permanent removal of accessory buildings, above-ground pools and septic systems on several lots as well as the reprofiling of land slopes between 0 and 14 metres (6 m on average). Once the work is completed, lots will be revegetated and reforested using native species.

During the evening, 30 of the 42 concerned property owners were in attendance for an update on the situation. The MTMDET provided each of them with a fact sheet about their properties, illustrating the impact of the stabilization work using an aerial image and a scale plan to show reprofiling angles. The property owners were also invited to book individual and personalized meetings with representatives from the Town, the Ministère de la séc