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WESTMOUNT INDEPENDENT We are Westmount Weekly. Vol. No. a November , Input needed earlier for zoning non-conforming sites, residents say B L S “More” public consultation “sooner” be- came a common request from residents at a public consultation meeting October 22 on a draft zoning by-law that would enable the city to establish separate criteria for a non-conforming development deemed to benefit the community. “If a project is going to benefit all, the neighbours have to be involved at an ear- lier stage” in the consultation process, said architect John Surridge, a resident of Grosvenor, who sits on the city’s Planning Advisory Committee (PAC) as a substitute member. The by-law would provide the city with a new tool for approving on an exceptional basis a building project without having to change the entire zone, explained Tom Flies, assistant director, Urban Planning. But an audience that overflowed the council chamber also questioned how a project’s height, massing and other condi- tions might be determined or influenced. Residents raised concerns over the inde- pendence of city review committees and wondered what chance a small group of impacted residents might have of winning in a referendum process. Some even called for a mediation or compensatory process for neighbours neg- atively affected in the long term from such continued on p. 22 Newcomers welcomed into ‘the family’ at city party B L S At the city’s fall reception for newcomers and community volunteers held October 28 at Victoria Hall, Mayor Peter Trent wel- comed new residents “to Westmount and the family.” While some of those attending had re- cently moved into Westmount from other parts of Montreal, one family had come all the way from Brazil with their two young sons. The reason? So Jacqueline Soares, their mother, could take up a research po- sition in the ocular pathology laboratory at the new MUHC research centre at the Glen site. “It’s wonderful,” she said of the new fa- cility as the two boys – Gabriel, 6, and Lu- cas, 3, spent the reception quietly drawing at a table set up within sight of the mother and father, Rafael Soares. The youngest newcomer, a babe in arms, and her parents – Lindsay Lewis and Christian Major – attracted much atten- tion and made many new “friends” who came over continued on p. 10 Integrity, Independence, Service, Performance and Trust Your Independent Choice in Wealth Management For further information on our financial services, visit our website www.3Macs.com 1000 de la Gauchetiere West, Suite 2600 Montreal, Quebec H3B 4W5 The Leader in Real Estate RE/MAX ACTION INC. 1314 Greene Ave, Westmount 514.933.6781 christina miller Certified Real Estate Broker 514.934.2480 love where you live 1303 Greene Ave. #500 H3Z 2A7 CHRISTINAMILLER.CA • CHRISTIESREALESTATE.COM Profusion Realty inc. Real Estate Agency Letters p. 6 Social Notes by V. Redgrave p. 26 Bought & Sold by A. Dodge p. 17 Westmount Page p. 18 Westmount houses in full Halloween décor as seen October 27. See p. 21. Photos: Ralph Thompson

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  • WESTMOUNT INDEPENDENTWe are WestmountWeekly. Vol. 9 No. 11a November 3, 2015

    Input needed earlier for zoning non-conforming sites, residents say

    By Laureen Sweeney

    More public consultation sooner be-came a common request from residents ata public consultation meeting October 22

    on a draft zoning by-law that would enablethe city to establish separate criteria for anon-conforming development deemed tobenefit the community.

    If a project is going to benefit all, theneighbours have to be involved at an ear-lier stage in the consultation process, saidarchitect John Surridge, a resident ofGrosvenor, who sits on the citys Planning

    Advisory Committee (PAC) as a substitutemember.

    The by-law would provide the city with anew tool for approving on an exceptionalbasis a building project without having tochange the entire zone, explained TomFlies, assistant director, Urban Planning.

    But an audience that overflowed thecouncil chamber also questioned how a

    projects height, massing and other condi-tions might be determined or influenced.Residents raised concerns over the inde-pendence of city review committees andwondered what chance a small group ofimpacted residents might have of winningin a referendum process.

    Some even called for a mediation orcompensatory process for neighbours neg-atively affected in the long term from such

    continued on p. 22Newcomers welcomed intothe family at city partyBy Laureen Sweeney

    At the citys fall reception for newcomersand community volunteers held October28 at Victoria Hall, Mayor Peter Trent wel-comed new residents to Westmount andthe family.

    While some of those attending had re-cently moved into Westmount from otherparts of Montreal, one family had come allthe way from Brazil with their two youngsons. The reason? So Jacqueline Soares,their mother, could take up a research po-

    sition in the ocular pathology laboratory atthe new MUHC research centre at theGlen site.

    Its wonderful, she said of the new fa-cility as the two boys Gabriel, 6, and Lu-cas, 3, spent the reception quietly drawingat a table set up within sight of the motherand father, Rafael Soares.

    The youngest newcomer, a babe inarms, and her parents Lindsay Lewis andChristian Major attracted much atten-tion and made many newfriends who came over continued on p. 10

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    Contentious issue attracts 8 of 100 invited

    Redfern parking plan to be re-evaluated next springBy Laureen Sweeney

    A small group of Redfern residentsheard details at a parking meeting October26 of the citys plan to reserve half the 23parking spots south of de Maisonneuvefor Westmount residents holding 24-houron-street permits. The other half wouldbe open to anyone for 2-hour parking.

    Were starting with this, said District 7Councillor Cynthia Lulham, who chairedthe meeting. Well re-evaluate the situa-tion in the spring and would be open tochanges if required.

    While 19 residents of the street currentlyhold these red G permits, a small group

    of them has been advocating for the city toset up a zone for the exclusive use of Red-fern-only permit holders. This would pre-vent parking by other Westmount resi-dents holding the same permits.

    Though 100 invitations had been deliv-ered to residents of the block outlining thecitys parking plan, only eight people rep-resenting seven dwellings attended themeeting at city hall.

    The eight included three of a group oforiginal advocates for improved parkingand who had been requesting the specialmeeting (see story October 27, p. 3).

    The other five included two residentswho have a 24-hour permit but told the In-

    dependent they had no problem findingparking on the street, a newcomer con-fused about city parking regulations and aresident of the new 215 Redfern condoswanting two-way traffic on the street. Acaregiver with her own mobility issuesspoke about complications she encountersfinding parking as a non-resident whocant obtain a permit.

    By the fact that [only] eight showed up,

    it seemed people were generally happywith the citys plan, Lulham told the In-dependent the next day.

    The meeting, attended by Mayor PeterTrent, heard how parking counts con-ducted May to August showed an averageparking rate of between 55 and 60 percentuse of available spaces.

    The counts would be re-done in the spring a bet-

    A plan is shown on the screen at the meeting October 26 showing (in yellow) a new reserved zone onRedfern just north of St. Catherine for holders of 24-hour parking permits (space for 11 cars) and 12spaces (in green) for 2-hour parking open to anyone. From left are: traffic committee chair and PublicWorks director Patrick Raggo, Councillor Cynthia Lulham and Public Security director Greg McBain.

    continued on p. 20

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  • 6 WESTMOUNT INDEPENDENT November 3, 2015

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    Shooting the messengeron state of city buildings

    Regarding Trent, Martin disagree overlack of greenhouse action, (October 27, p.8), Councillor Patrick Martin is the lonecouncil member who, for years, has con-sistently pointed out the poor condition ofthe citys buildings and infrastructure, andthe need to increase spending on mainte-nance and renewal.

    How shameful of Mayor Trent now topoint the finger at Councillor Martin forthe poor condition of the greenhouses,when in fact their deterioration resultedfrom a lack of maintenance due to neg-lectful indifference and underfunding bythe mayor and council. For what purposehas the mayor chosen to shoot the mes-senger, an exceptional councillor who hasbeen steadfast in his advocacy for propermanagement of the citys assets on behalfof residents.

    The fact that underspending on infra-structure occurred in a time of a huge $12-million budget surplus is particularlygalling. We are overtaxed, and underserved.

    Christophe Chambonnet, Upper Belmont Ave.

    Open letter to mayor:better access to coleInternationale needed

    Je vous cris pour vous proposer un pro-jet pour rsoudre un problme lcoleque je frquente qui sappelle Lcole In-ternationale de Montral.

    Celle-ci se situe au 11 chemin de la CteSt. Antoine. En fait, elle se trouve tout prsde lhtel de ville de Westmount. Cet tab-lissement accueille majoritairement deslves qui prennent lautobus pour se ren-dre lcole. Entre larrt dautobus etltablissement se trouve le parc GardenPoint. Le terrain de gazon se couvre deneige et de glace. Il devient dangereuxpour les lves qui arrivent en courantpour sassoir en classe avant que la clochene sonne.

    Je voudrai vous proposer une solution ce problme dangereux pour les 600 tu-diants de mon cole. Il sera avantageuxpour les lves davoir un accs scuritairevers lcole. Donc, je propose que vous con-struisiez trois trottoirs: un reliant le trottoirde la rue Sherbrooke et le chemin de laCte St. Antoine; un deuxime longeant lecot qui est dpourvu de trottoir du parc duCnotaphe; et un troisime allant en diag-

    onale du coin Argyle et Sherbrooke jusquenviron lentre des lves de lcole.

    Ce projet aurait le cot denviron 40 500$pour 150$ le mtre carr (longueur de 270mtres approximatives). Si le projet est ac-cept, il pourrait tre complt pendantlt 2016 (Jai pu vous fournir ces don-nes par lentrevue de Michel Gagn, un devos ingnieurs).

    Tous les parents des lves sont certainsque vous accepterez ce projet pour assurerla scurit de ces enfants comme vous lau-rez fait pour vos propres enfants. Je suisconvaincu que ce projet se ralisera daprsles nouvelles dun surplus budgtaire ontfrapp la ville (City posts $12M surplus,June 23, p. 1).

    Jaimerais vous remercier pour votretemps et votre comprhension au sujet dema proposition.

    Victor Cruz, St. Catherine St.

    Chaos on ArgyleI live on Argyle near the two schools. Ar-

    gyle Ave. should not become one way. Thechaotic traffic situation between 7:30 and8:30 am and again in the afternoon be-tween 3 and 4 pm, described so accuratelyby Jessica Morrison (October 13, p. 6),forces us, the Argyle residents, to go uphillif we want to go somewhere by car in orderto avoid what is, in her words, the solidgridlock on Argyle and Cte St. Antoineevery morning and every afternoon of theschool week.

    Parking on the east side of Argyle will beforbidden during the winter but then thereis less parking spaces available and withthe snow banks on the street, the situationdoes not improve much.

    It might get better though when theteachers from the cole internationale re-gain their parking behind their school.The teachers of cole internationale havebenefited from a G temporary permit sincethe beginning of the school year and,presently, it is due to expire on October 28.

    Pauline Gagnon, Argyle Ave.

    Bike paths are healthyWestmount is a great place to raise chil-

    dren and having more accessible bikepaths will help kids to safely use their bikesto get around. Building bike paths on CteSt. Antoine and Westmount Ave. will alsolikely have traffic calming effects on thesetwo busy streets, where rush-hour trafficoften means it is not safe for kids to travelon them.

    As the father of four young cyclists andbecause Canadian children increasinglyface a host of obesity-related diseases,partly due to inactivity, I fully support im-proving bicycling infrastructure in West-mount.

    Brent Richards, Arlington Ave.

    No logic in adding bikepath to Westmount Ave.

    We read with incredulity in the October13 issue of the Independent (p. 1) that ourelected councillors are ignoring citizensregarding proposed bike paths on Cte St.Antoine and Westmount Ave. With 95 per-cent of homes contacted having signed apetition against a bike path, representing80 percent of all homes on Cte St. An-toine, and opposition growing on West-mount Ave., council should be all ears.

    According to Westmounts March 2011Plan de la circulation et du transport ac-tif, the city wants to reduce traffic volumeand speed. Great, but bike paths on Cteroad and Westmount Ave. will not helpachieve these goals and would create seri-ous safety issues with residents backingout of over 100 driveways. Even painting asingle line will inevitably lead to an eyesoreof posts and mushrooming Bixi standsserviced by noisy trucks in the night re-ducing quality of life.

    According to the consultant GenivarsDecember 2011 report, Westmount doesnot have a traffic problem (yes, construc-tion causes temporary congestion, butthere is no permanent issue). It also con-cludes that the current cycling network onde Maisonneuve adequately serves the ma-jor destinations inside Westmount (Atwa-ter/Greene area and Victoria village) andoutside (downtown). It also concludes thataround 50 percent of trips within West-mount involve walking/biking, which isconsidered a high level.

    The report shows that 60 percent of cartraffic is through-traffic and 18 percent ismade up of commuters to Westmount.Bike paths will not change this. Cars fromCte St. Luc and NDG willcontinue to drive through

    Image of three proposed sidewalks leading to coleInternationale de Montral.

    Image courtesy of Victor Cruz

    continued on p. 7

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    Since being re-elected for a second termin 2013 and named commissioner of Ur-ban Planning, I have had the opportunityto speak to many residents and their ar-chitects about urban planning issues, thepermit approval process and the PlanningAdvisory Committee (PAC).

    In this column, I wish to respond tosome of the issues raised in letters to theeditor regarding PAC that appeared in thisnewspaper on October 6, 13 and 20.

    First off, some context. Since 1916, West-mount has had a committee in place witha mandate of ensuring the preservation ofour architectural heritage. The cumulativelong-term effect of this committees workhas resulted in the exceptional authentic-ity and integrity of our built environment.

    While we would all agree that the largeprojects do make the biggest impact onour streetscape and require the most de-tailed review, I would say that it is the sumof all the smaller decisions of PAC thathave contributed to preserving our overallarchitectural heritage and ultimately thevalue of our homes. Every window designmaintained, every wooden porch rebuiltand every slate roof preserved or replacedreally are what combine to reinforce ourcitys unique status.

    I do not think it is appropriate to discussthe specifics of resident cases but I wouldlike to say the following about the metalshingles that have been the subject of theletters to the editor (see Letters, October 6,p. 8). They were not true metal shingles asendorsed by Mr. Anderson (see Letters,October 20, p. 6) but rather a stampedmetal sheet which, in the view of PAC,

    would have been out of scale with thehouse.

    PACs goal is to apply the guidelines ina fair, equitable and consistent manner,and the administration is there to supportthose efforts and help residents preparetheir files to ensure they go through the re-view process as efficiently as possible.

    Yes, there have been cases where wecould have managed residents files in amore efficient manner, but we continue towork on improving our processes, whileensuring that our guidelines are respectedand that residents are treated equitably.

    Complete review

    This fall, the Urban Planning depart-ment and PAC have embarked on a com-plete review of the guidelines for the firsttime in several years. One of my goals ascommissioner is to see the process im-proved and, along with the new software tohelp the department manage permit ap-plications, I believe this review will go along way in meeting that goal.

    The objective of the review is to updatethe guidelines and clarify their intent forresidents. Equally important, the submittalrequirements will also be simplified sothat residents will have a clear idea of thedocuments required up front in order tohave their file processed.

    We have organized three roundtable dis-cussions with professionals and will beasking the public for their opinion early in2016 once the new draft of the guidelineshas been tabled at council.

    I look forward to this exchange.Councillor Theodora Samiotis is

    commissioner of Urban Planning.

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    Obvious solutions include: more fre-quent public transit (ie #66 bus on TheBoulevard only comes every 30 minutes),easier access to the Ville Marie expressway,car pooling/sharing, extra bike racks incommercial areas, more speed bumps,lower speed limits, improved pedestriancrossings and optimized signal synchro-nization.

    Stephen Takacsy and Kate Brazeau,Westmount Ave.

    Celebrating the battleof Agincourt

    October 25 marked the 600th anniver-sary of the battle of Agincourt. Many prob-ably know the story through the Shake-speare play Henry Vth, which may not bevery accurate but it tells a good yarn, andsome of the speeches are memorable whichever side you may be on. Not sur-prisingly there are many events in bothcountries, and you can find them on thewebsite www.agincourt600.com.

    Richard Lock, Lansdowne Ave.

    Letters contd. from p. 6

  • 8 WESTMOUNT INDEPENDENT November 3, 2015

    WMA hears about chaotic parking, St. Lon, cannonBy Martin C. Barry

    During a meeting of the board of direc-tors of the Westmount Municipal Associ-ation (WMA) on October 22, a RedfernAve. resident pleaded with the WMA tolisten to complaints from some of thestreets residents over parking on Redfern.

    About nine attended the meeting, whichtook place in the Westmount Room at theWestmount Public Library.

    Richard Dumont, a representative of the

    residents, said they had numerous issuesconcerning parking and safety problemson the street, which he said are partly theresult of the ongoing 215 Redfern condo-minium project.

    Its been a very long and complicatedand annoying situation that residents onRedfern Ave. and especially those southof de Maisonneuve Blvd. have had toface over the course of the last eight years,he said.

    Although the 215 Redfern project began

    in 2011, Dumont said problems on thestreet over the previous four years includedthe excavation and reconstruction of the4300 de Maisonneuve apartment blocksunderground parking lot, as well as exten-sive repairs to the buildings faade andwindows.

    No sooner had that project been com-pleted, he said, than work crews began ar-riving to gut the former Readers Digestbuilding at 215 Redfern for the luxurycondo project and the parking on Redfernbecame, in a word, horrendous.

    What was happening was that the Red-fern residents were finding that they wereunable to park on their own street. Du-mont said Redfern residents signed a pe-tition to have their portion of the streetbetween de Maisonneuve and St. Cather-ine turned into a 24-hour permit-onlyzone.

    He said that even though the city agreedand implemented the zone, it was re-scinded with the start of construction onthe condos and a no-parking zone was cre-ated on the east side of Redfern to accom-modate cranes, trucks and other construc-tion vehicles. Part of Redfern near St.Catherine St. also became a two-way street

    to meet the projects needs.Dumont said the city promised the res-

    idents that once construction on the 215Redfern ended, Redfern south of deMaisonneuve would return to its previous24-hour permit-only status. However, hesaid the status was not changed back, andthat instead a two-hour zone was imple-mented where anyone could park.

    As a result, he said tradespeople whocontinue completing work at 215 Redfernhave been abusing the parking becausetheir co-workers jockey the cars so thatthey wont get a ticket. Although Dumontmaintained that city councillor CynthiaLulham and Mayor Peter Trent paid littleor no attention to the residents com-plaints, he said Lulham eventually con-tacted him to say the city would reinstate24-hour permit parking for residents hold-ing red G permits. (See story, p. 3.)

    WMA officials at the meeting didnt takea specific position, although co-presidentMaureen Kiely said: I will tell you thiswhole parking thing is chaos all over West-mount, I mean the way you describe thisjockeying thing. I live just across from TheStudy, and I can tell youhit a raw nerve with me.

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    to admire their two-month-old daughter,Joss. The couple had moved into a houseon Clarke in July just ahead of her birth inSeptember.

    Among other newcomers were real es-tate agent Dominique Amar and hermother, Annie Oliel, who hope to movesoon into a house on Willow Ave. currentlyundergoing renovation.

    Vira Zaharkevich told the Independent

    since moving onto Park Place she has beenstruck by how people here always have asmile on their face.

    Although the city greenhouses havebeen closed to the public pending their re-pair (see story October 20, p. 1), a small dis-play of the chrysanthemums originallyplanned for the annual fall flower showwere arranged in the Gallery.

    We were keeping the plants outside,but the buds of some were frozen, saidJayme Gerbrandt, city horticulture and ar-boriculture inspector.

    Newcomers Lindsay Lewis and Christian Major with their new baby Joss Lewis attracted muchattention October 28, including newcomers Dominique Amar, left, and Annie Oliel, far right.

    Newcomers contd. from p. 1

    Gabriel Soares, 6, at right, and his brother Lucas, 3, enjoyed drawing during the reception.

    2015 Bee-bliothque honey on sale at libraryThis years supply of honey from the

    two beehives on the roof of WestmountPublic Library has yielded 500 jars, Coun-cillor Cynthia Lulham announced Octo-ber 28 at the reception for newcomers andvolunteers. The honey was offered for saleat the event and can still be obtained at thelibrary for $5 a jar.

    Last years harvest from one hive was160 jars, which was considered good for afirst-year hive (see story October 28, 2014,p. 1). With the two hives, the proceeds willcover the costs of the hive supply andmaintenance. Both have now been win-terized and are basically inactive.

    A large tree overhanging the street at534 Mount Pleasant was referred to PublicWorks for inspection Sunday, October 25,Public Security officials said. A caller at10:51 am stated the tree appeared to pose a

    possible danger but officers said they wereunable to split open a large branch or seeany rot and could not contact the residenton whose property the tree was located.Danger tape was strung around the area.

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    The following news story is based on in-formation from police reports provided by aStation 12 constable in an interview with thereporter.

    The community relations staff at theMontreal police departments Station 12will be holding a consultation meetingwith Westmount residents on Monday, No-vember 23 at 7 pm at the Westmount Pub-lic Library to discuss an action plan of po-lice priorities for 2016.

    Anybody who wants to come and havea say on what they believe is importantshould come and speak with us that night,said community relations officer StphanLaperrire. They can voice their concerns,which can be taken into account in the ac-tion plan if they havent already been.

    According to Laperrire, last years pri-orities placed emphasis on the protectionof senior citizens with issues like trafficsafety, as well as fraud against seniors andother forms of elder abuse being put in

    sharp focus. While this years meetingcould also be of interest to senior citizens,he said store owners in Westmount mightfight it useful to attend as well.

    If they have something that is preoccu-pying them, they might want to tell usabout things happening in their area theythink we should know about to see iftheres something that can be done, saidLaperrire. Maybe their areas too dark, soit could be something as simple as lightingin the evening. As long as they bring theirconcerns forward, we might be able to ad-dress them and ask that the city interveneif it is the citys responsibility.

    According to Laperrire, the past weekwas a relatively quiet one for criminal ac-tivity in Westmount, with just one inci-dent reported. On October 25 at around11:30 pm, a boutique on Sherbrooke St.selling second-hand womens clothing onconsignment was broken into and an un-specified amount of stock was stolen.

    At first sight, it appearsthat the person who broke

    Although their performance improved in the last quarter following a slow start, it wasnt enough to keepthe Selwyn House Juvenile football Gryphons from losing a play-off game on October 23 againstDorval-Jean-XXIII at the Westmount Athletic Grounds (WAG). It was their first home semi-finalplay-off at the WAG since 2002. The final score was 39 - 23. Despite the setback, an enthusiastic crowdof Selwyn House supporters, including parents and students, cheered the senior level team from thesidelines. Photo: Martin C. Barry

    Selwyn loses playoff matchon home turf

    continued on p. 13

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    Some 20 human parishioners, six dogs, and several houseplants were at an October 18 service atWestmount Park United Church, which marked the first Fur and Frond Worship.

    By Joanne Penhale

    Members of the animal and plant king-doms are now welcome at WestmountPark United Church services.

    A living systems view of life will help usas human beings to live all the more,preached minister Neil Whitehouse aftermentioning debates over climate changeand the living planet.

    Our church is trying to reconnect withthe neighbourhood, Whitehouse said dur-ing the first one-hour service called Furand Frond Worship, where all types ofhousepets and plants are welcomed and,Whitehouse said, even blessed.

    Whitehouse invited the six dogs pres-ent two shih tzus, a Parson Russell ter-rier, a street dog from Mexico and two

    other mixed breed dogs and their ownersto the front of the church and performed abrief ritual with each dog.

    Asked by the Independent what it meansto bless a dog, Whitehouse said, Its an in-tentional invitation for the goodness ofGod to be experienced.

    Whitehouse also raised an aloe plantfrom the altar and explained hed grown itfrom leaves from a neglected plant.

    I see this aloe, and it reminds me ofwhat were trying to do today, he said.

    Fur and Frond services will continueeach third Sunday of every month, at 4:30pm, said Whitehouse, new to the churchsince May. This is the regular service time,he said, which an average of 15 people at-tend.

    in forced the lock on the front door andthats how they gained access, he said,while adding that officers investigating theincident didnt have a description of thesuspect.

    [At] the time the officers took the report,the exact amount involved in the theft orwhat was stolen or the description of thesuspect werent known. An investigationwill continue to find out more of what hap-pened.

    Police report contd. from p. 12 Emergency callgenerates noisecomplaint

    Public safety officers reported answeringa noise complaint at the condo building at399 Clarke October 17 to find UrgencesSant forcing open an apartment door. Theaction had been prompted by an alarmfrom someone who had fallen inside. Itturned out the victim did not need trans-port to hospital. Another resident of thebuilding, however, complained about theloud noise the incident had generated at2:34 am.

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  • 18 WESTMOUNT INDEPENDENT November 3, 2015

    Next Council Meeting

    Monday, December 7Prochaine sance du conseil

    le lundi 7 dcembre

    HTEL DE VILLEComit consultatif des vnements communautaires : appel aux bnvolesLa Ville est la recherche de rsidents dsirant devenir membre du Comit consultatif des vnements com-munautaires. Les personnes intresses sont pries de soumettre leur candidature au plus tard le vendredi 6 novembre auprs de la conseillre Nicole Forbes ([email protected] ou 4333, rue Sherbrooke Ouest H3Z 1E2). Info : 514 989-5386 / 514 989-5429.

    Jour du souvenirLe dimanche 8 novembre, 14 h, cnotaphe. Joignez-vous aux lus municipaux devant le cnotaphe de Westmount pour commmorer les Westmountais dcds sur les champs de bataille.


    Confrences de 14 heures : Monique PolakLe mercredi 4 novembre, 14 h. Prsentation : Redis-covering Lewis Carrolls Alices Adventure in Wonderland on its 150th Anniversary. Info : 514 989-5300.

    Rencontres dauteures : Elizabeth AbbottLe mercredi 4 novembre, 19 h. Rencontrez lauteure de Dogs & Underdogs: Finding Happiness at Both Ends of the Leash. Billets gratuits disponibles la Bibliothque et au Victoria Hall. Info : 514 989-5300.

    Jardin tulipes de lamiti : plantationLe vendredi 6 novembre, 16 h., Jardin du conte de la Bibliothque Assistez la plantation du jardin de tulipes de lamiti canado-nrlandaise, un parmi 140 jardins travers le Canada pour marquer le 70e anniver-saire de la libration des Pays-Bas et le rle du Canada dans ces vnements historiques. Info : 989-5300.

    Devinez qui remportera le prix GillerLe samedi 7 novembre, 10 h. Joignez-vous Shelley Pomerance et au personnel de la Bibliothque pour le petit-djeuner et une discussion propos de la liste des nalistes pour le prix Giller Scotiabank, le prix littraire le plus prestigieux au Canada! Obtenez vos billets gratuits la Bibliothque. Info : 514 989-5300.

    Cat & Katz - Atelier dcriture (9 13 ans)Les samedis 7, 14 et 21 novembre, 14 h 15 h 30. Avec Andrew Katz et Catherine McGuire. Info : 514 989-5229 ou www.westlib.org/JeunesKids.

    Atelier de posie avec Ann LloydLe mercredi 11 novembre, 10 h 15. Le Groupe de posie de Westmount compose des pomes partir des thmes proposs par les membres. Bienvenue tous. Info : 514 989-5300.

    Cercle de lecture : Re ections on Food, Fabulous Food avec Abby LippmanLe mercredi 11 novembre 14 h. Explorez un ventail original de rcits gourmands, sous toutes ses formes : ction, documentaire, article, posie. Info : 514 989-5300.

    CITY HALLCommunity Events Advisory Committee: call for volunteers The City is looking for volunteer residents to join its Community Events Advisory Committee. Please submit your letter of interest to the attention of Clr Nicole Forbes, 4333 Sherbrooke St. W., H3Z 1E2 ([email protected]) by Friday, November 6th. Info: 514-989-5386 / 514-989-5429.

    Remembrance Day ceremonySunday, November 8, 2 p.m., Cenotaph. Join Council members at the Westmount Cenotaph to commemorate Westmounters who fell in battle.


    2 OClock Lecture Series: Monique Polak Wednesday, November 4, 2 p.m. Rediscovering Lewis Carrolls Alices Adventure in Wonderland on its 150th Anniversary. Info: 514 989-5300.

    Author Lecture Series: Elizabeth Abbott Wednesday, November 4, 7 p.m. Meet the author of Dogs & Underdogs: Finding Happiness at Both Ends of the Leash. Free tickets available at the Library and at Victoria Hall. Info: 514 989-5300.

    Friendship Tulip Garden planting Friday, November 6 at 4 p.m., Library Storytelling Garden. Join us at the for the planting of the Dutch-Canadian Friendship Tulip Garden, one of 140 gardens across Canada that will mark the 70th aniversary of the liberation of the Netherlands and Canadas role in those historic events. Info: 514 989-5300.

    Guess the Giller Saturday, November 7 at 10 a.m. Join Shelley Pomerance and the Library sta for breakfast and a discussion about the books that were shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller prize, Canadas largest literary prize. Free tickets available at the Library. Info: 514 989-5300.

    Cat & Katz - Writing Workshop (ages 9-13) Saturdays, November 7, 14 & 21, 2 to 3:30 p.m. With Andrew Katz and Catherine McGuire. Info: 514 989-5229 or www.westlib.org/JeunesKids.

    Poetry Workshop with Ann Lloyd Wednesday, November 11, 10:15 a.m. The West-mount Poetry Group meets to compose poetry to-gether, working with themes proposed by members. Welcome to all. Info: 514 989-5300.

    Re ections on Food, Fabulous Food: Reading Circle with Abby Lippman Wednesday, November 11 at 2 p.m. Explore a cornucopia of readings on the delectable subject of food as presented in a variety of writings (non- c-tion, poetry, articles and ction). Info: 514 989-5300.

    Time for Flowers, Time for Snow Wednesday, November 11, 7 p.m., Victoria Hall. Ages 6 an up. A special musical event to celebrate the publication of the French version of the childrens book, Time for Flowers, Time for Snow, with a choral performance by more than 150 school children from Westmount and Montreal. Info : 514 989-5229.

    COMMUNITY EVENTSExhibition: Sam Kasirer-Smibert Until November 13, Gallery at Victoria Hall. The Gallery is pleased to feature an exhibition of works by Sam Kasirer-Smibert. Info: 514 989-5521.

    Cinmagika ! Les origines en images et musiqueSaturday, November 14, 3 p.m., Victoria Hall. Silent Films, in collaboration with the Conseil des Arts de Montral, presents a collection of short silent lms with piano soundtrack. Info: 514 989-5226.

    Westmount Artisans FestivalSaturday & Sunday, November 14 & 15, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Victoria Hall. Find the perfect gift; choose from a wide range of quality handcrafted items made by local artisans. Admission: $2 or non-perishable food items for Public Securitys holiday food drive.

    WHCP Film Evening : Me and My MoultonTuesday, November 17, 7 p.m., Library. A screening of the 2014 Oscar-nominated short animated lm by Torill Kove. Presented by the Healthy City Project.

    In uenza vaccination clinicWednesday, November 4, 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Vic-toria Hall. The CLSC Mtro o ers the u vaccine to certain groups within its territory. Info : 514 731-8531.

    Stormwater Management in WestmountThursday, November 26, 7 p.m., Library. Tyson Munday, Urban Planning Department, will speak about hard and soft landscaping to prevent ooding.


    Reminder: parking safely on slopesThe Westmount Public Safety team reminds drivers to turn the front wheels to the sidewalk and use the hand brake when parking on Westmounts slopes. Info: 514 989-5222.

    Are you ready for an emergency?The Public Safety and Healthy City Project teams invite you to visit the 72-hour preparation display at the Library. You could win a wind-up radio!

    Le temps des eurs, le temps de la neigeLe mercredi 11 novembre, 19 h, Victoria Hall. 6 ans et plus. Une activit spciale pour clbrer la parution de la version franaise du livre jeunesse Time for Flow-ers, Time for Snow, avec la participation dune chorale de plus de 150 lves de Westmount et de Montral. Info : 514 989-5229 ou www.westlib.org/JeunesKids.

    VNEMENTS COMMUNAUTAIRESExposition: Sam Kasirer-SmibertJusquau 13 novembre, Galerie du Victoria Hall. La galerie est re de prsenter une exposition des uvres de Sam Kasirer-Smibert. Info : 514 989-5521.

    Cinmagika ! Les origines en images et musiqueLe samedi 14 novembre, 15 h, Victoria Hall. Silent Films, en collaboration avec le Conseil des Arts de Montral, prsente une slection de courts-mtrages muets accompagns dune trame sonore au piano. Info : 514 989-5226.

    Salon des mtiers dart de WestmountLe samedi et dimanche 14 et 15 novembre de 10 h 17 h, Victoria Hall. Trouvez le cadeau parfait parmi une slection impressionnante dobjets confectionns la main. Entre : denres non prissables ou 2 $ pour la collecte des ftes de la Scurit publique.

    Soire Film du PVSW : Ma Moulton et moiLe mardi 17 novembre, 19 h, Bibliothque. Projection du court-mtrage danimation de 2014 de Torill Kove, qui a mrit une nomination aux Oscars. Prsent par le Projet ville en sant.

    Vaccin contre lin uenza : cliniqueLe mercredi 25 novembre, Victoria Hall, 9 h 30 19 h. Le CLSC Mtro o re le vaccin certaines populations dans son territoire. Info : 514 731-8531.

    La gestion des eaux de pluie Westmount Le jeudi 26 novembre, 19 h, Bibliothque. Tyson Mun-day, Service damnagement urbain, discutera des mth-odes damnagement pour prvenir les inondations.


    Rappel : stationnement scuritaire en penteLquipe de la Scurit publique rappelle aux con-ducteurs de braquer les roues avant vers le trottoir et dengager le frein main en stationnant sur les pentes. Info : 514 989-5222.

    tes-vous prt pour une situation durgence ?Les quipes de la Scurit publique et du Projet ville en sant vous invitent visiter lexposition sur la prparation de 72 heures la bibliothque. Vous pourriez gagner une radio manivelle !

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    July transfers: Market holding its own

    The following article relates to the registra-tion of deeds of sale for Westmount property inJuly 2015, gleaned from non-city sources. Alist of sales can be found on p. 17.

    The Westmount real estate market heldsteady in July this year, with mark-ups al-most identical to June and volume onlyslightly lower. The average price of 16 salesin July was actually higher than for 17 salesin June at $1,702,344, but the averagemark-up over valuation only climbed from10.5 percent in June to 10.7 percent in July.

    Highest price in July was $3,680,000 forthe luxury stone mansion at 2 Ramezay atthe corner of St. Sulpice Rd., built in 1990with vaulted ceilings, stained glass andmany other features, measuring some5,300 square feet above ground on a lotcontaining almost 8,600 square feet. Thehouse sold very slightly below its evalua-tion. Two other sales were recorded formore than $2 million.

    Three lower Westmount homes sold forless than $1 million, the lowest being 130Irvine Ave., which went for $789,000, onlyslightly lower than 14 Springfield Ave. or33 Prospect St. While both the Springfieldand Ramezay houses went for just underthe municipal evaluation, two other mark-downs were recorded, the biggest at 200Cte St. Antoine Rd., which was 3.8 per-cent. The highest mark-up involved 488

    Elm Ave., 25.1 percent, a house whoseprice was just under $2 million.

    Condominium sales included a formerduplex and triplex along with three apart-ments, prices ranging from $373,000 to$1,425,000 the latter slightly below eval-uation, while the flat at 5044 NDG Ave.was actually double its city tax value. The15.9 percent average mark-up in the monthis a strong improvement over averages forthe first and second quarters of 2015, whenthere were actually average mark-downs of3 and 1 percent, respectively.

    For one- and two-family dwellings, thevolume of 81 sales in the first sevenmonths is the lowest year-to-date volumein Westmount since 1976, but only fourless than last year. This year, prices arejust 4.2 percent above valuation, not muchbetter than last year when the averagemark-up was 2.6 percent. But in 2015,three of the first four months registered ac-tual mark-downs and the next threemonths have had mark-ups ranging from9 to 11 percent, so certainly the overall mar-ket is showing signs of improvement.

    Real estate

    Andy Dodge, CRA

    2 Ramezay Rd. photographed September 28.

    Gas leak closesCarleton, WestmountAve. blocks

    A gas leak outside 631 Carleton Ave. Oc-tober 22 forced the closure of the streetplus the block on Westmount Ave. be-tween Murray Hill and Carleton, PublicSecurity officials said. The cause of theleak was not documented. Officers calledto close off the streets at 11:30 am foundthe fire department and Gaz Metro on thescene.

    Skateboarding leads tovandalism complaint

    A 13-year-old skateboarder was reportedto have knocked over a metal garden fenceOctober 26 at a house on Lewis Ave., ac-cording to Public Security officials.Garbage cans in the lane had also beentoppled by the activity. The teen and an-other boarder had been spotted by thehomeowner but one fled before officersarrived. The remaining teen was orderedto put the fence back up, reprimanded andordered to reposition the garbage cans. Hewas identified as a resident of Point St.Charles.

  • 20 WESTMOUNT INDEPENDENT November 3, 2015

    Redfern parking meeting hears from citizens

    ter timeframe after the city had devel-oped a new parking policy and set a maxi-mum threshold for the block, Lulhamsaid. Then the situation would be re-eval-uated.

    Its important to keep the dialogueopen, she said.

    Enlarge reserved zone?

    Is the city open to making our parkingzone a little bit bigger? asked Redfern res-ident Richard Dumont, who attended withneighbours Kaleem Siddiqi and Grant Cur-rie. If it is found the problem has not beenreduced, Lulham replied, then yes.

    Despite the average parking counts, res-idents often encountered a different situ-ation when needing to find a parking spot,they explained.

    Dumont and Siddiqi described at lengtha history of the long drawn-out parkingproblems during construction work at the4300 de Maisonneuve complex and the 215condos.

    Public Works director Patrick Raggo,who chairs the citys Traffic committee,described recent visits to administrators

    of these two large apartment blocks to de-velop procedures with them for more useof parking on their own properties and todevelop procedures for their serviceproviders involved in deliveries, snow re-moval, garbage, moving vans and contrac-tors.

    Public Security director Greg McBainexplained how parking counts had beencarried out during four-hour intervals perday on weekdays and weekends. Thesetook place during and after condo con-struction at 215 Redfern.

    These had then been analysed and aver-aged by the citys traffic technicianJonathan Auger.

    Lulham noted that parking was a prob-lem throughout southern Westmountwhere there were more permit holdersthan parking spaces. People may have topark on the next street because theres noother solution, she explained.

    The city would not, however, turn overan entire city block to the exclusive use byresidents, she stated. Other people, in-cluding visitors also need space to park.We have to respect others.

    One of these was Anna-Maria Korwin,

    contd. from p. 3

    Redfern residents Kaleem Siddiqi, left, and Richard Dumont.

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    who related how she drives in from PointeClaire to care for her 97-year-old mother onRedfern. As a non-resident, however, shecant get a permit. She urged the city tokeep open some spaces for visiting per-sons such as herself who have limited mo-bility.

    To those permit holders at the meetingwanting more reserved spots, she said:Youre making elderly people who cantget a permit second-class citizens.

    The two-hour meeting was also attendedby two representatives of the WestmountMunicipal Association.

    Pictograms show the correct way

    Wheels-to-curb campaign under way once again

    A Public Security campaign waslaunched November 1 to drive home theimportance of parking safely on West-mounts hills.

    Called Wheels-to-curb, the annualmonth-long campaign is focused on theproper way to turn a cars wheels againstthe curb to stop it rolling forward or back-ward, said department director GregMcBain. Tickets for the infraction are $53.

    When parking uphill, the back of a frontwheel should be turned towards the curb,he explained. Facing downhill, it is thefront of the wheel that should rest against

    the curb. Pic-tograms onsome of thecitys steepesthills illustratethe correct pro-cedure.

    Despite such atraffic by-law re-quirement, thecity has had ahistory of acci-dents resultingfrom a failure to comply. But it was an ac-cident on Church Hill in 2010 that sparkedspecial attention to the issue.

    The accident caused a runaway car toroll back over the sidewalk crushing astroller on the sidewalk against the wall ofSt. Matthias Church. Two pre-schoolersin the stroller escaped miraculouslywithout injury (see story October 3, 2011, p.3).

    The safety issue was one that propelledtheir mother, Christina Smith to run for aseat on city council, where she now repre-sents District 5. LS

    For facing downhill.

    Caregiver Anna-Maria Korwin appeals for non-resident parking on Redfern.

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    Prenez avis que Lalla Ghita El Atlassi dontl'adresse de domicile est le 4000 boul de Maison-neuve O, Westmount, prsentera au Directeurde l'tat civil une demande pour changer sonnom en celui de Rita Lalla Ghita El Atlassi. Cet avisa t rempli et sign Westmount, le 16 octobre2015 par Lalla Ghita El Atlassi.

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    At 66 Arlington, a huge black spiderlurked high on a limb of a Gingko tree(see photo top left), pouncing on unsus-pecting tricksters.

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    Also seen shaking in the graveyard werea bag of popcorn and a vending machine.

    Meanwhile, a family of witches prowledthe graveyard, casting evil spells onnaughty boys. It was all very spooky.

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    3 tickets for alcoholTickets for $76 were issued to three

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    Feedback for council

    We heard loud and clear that peoplewant more consultation sooner, Council-lor Theodora Samiotis told the IndependentOctober 26. I want to bring back to coun-cil all the points raised at the meeting.

    As a result, she said, she planned to dothis at the councils general committeemeeting in mid-November, thereby delay-ing second reading and adoption of theby-law until the December 7 public coun-cil meeting.

    The by-law, called Specific Construc-tion, Alteration or Occupancy Proposalsfor an Immovable (SCAOPI), is often re-ferred to under its French acronym PPC-MOI. While in effect a form of spot-zon-ing, the process is governed by Quebecsland-use planning and development legis-lation (see story October 13, p. 2). The sitewould not become a separate zone.

    Allows for more info

    Samiotis said it was important for peopleto understand that the proposed by-law re-

    quires a developer to provide the city withmuch more specific information than doesa regular request for rezoning. This infor-mation would be posted publicly before apublic consultation meeting.

    I also want to reassure people that theby-law gives a clear understanding thatthere must be a social return to the com-munity from a PPCMOI (SCAOPI) proj-ect. The height, massing and other condi-tions that would be set by the citys PACwould still require that the building has tofit within the context of the neighbour-hood. It doesnt mean anything goes.

    The process laid out calls for the pro-jects approval to pass through many stagesincluding the councils adoption of a firstdraft before it reaches public consultation.

    The by-law could also be a tool used forthe repurposing of some buildings withvested rights, such as houses of worshipand schools, the meeting was told.

    Grosvenor concerns

    Among those attending the meetingwere at least three architects along with de-velopers, contractors and a group ofGrosvenor Ave. residents living south ofSherbrooke. Councillor Christina Smith,one such resident, sat at the back of the

    council chamber with councillors RosalindDavis and Victor Drury but did not speak.

    Some of the Grosvenor residents wor-ried the new by-law might be used to allowre-development of the Metro grocery storeinto a mixed condo project that wouldcover the current parking lot. Plans callfor it to back on to their homes with un-derground parking levels.

    Neil Mackinnon, one such resident andcontractor, raised the long-term negativeimpact on the structure of the houses fromvibration and changes in terrain causedby the largely clay soil.

    In this regard, one applause-generatingcomment came from John Fretz of Sher-brooke St. stating This is a new type of so-cial contract with the community thatshould demand monetary compensation.There has to be some sort of mediationprocess.

    This could cover risks involved and evena harder time neighbours might have sell-ing their property all resulting from theimpact of a discretionary PPCMOI project.

    Referendum issue

    Marina Brzeski, who also lives onGrosvenor, questioned thedifficulty that a few neigh-

    Concerns send zoning by-law back for reviewcontd. from p. 1

    Contractor and Grosvenor resident NeilMackinnon.

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    bours impacted by such a project mighthave gathering enough numbers to lead toa referendum from the wider community.

    Lawrence Kryzanowski of Prince Albertwas also bothered about the mechanics ofthe referendum process, whereby a projectdoes not necessarily go to a referendum ifenough signatures are not obtained. Hiscomment generated a round of applausefrom the audience.

    A Concordia professor of finance whospecializes in risk management,Kryzanowski said that because other mu-nicipalities had such a by-law is not a very

    good reason for Westmount to have one.I know how construction companies

    work, he said, and I worry about the in-dependence of the review committees. Alot of the same people are sitting on thesame committees.

    Too far along

    Among those weighing in to the call forearlier public consultation before a projectwas too far advanced was Denis Biro ofBurton Ave., who cited the example of apublic meeting on Prince Albert Square.Its design, parking and other issues had

    Tom Flies, assistant director, Urban Planning, presents the draft by-law on Specific Construction,Alteration or Occupancy Proposals for an Immoveable at the public meeting October 22.

    Grosvenor resident Marina Brzeski.Architect John Surridge asks for earlier publicconsultation.

    been challenged by citizens but, he sug-gested, appeared to have already been de-cided.

    Because the by-law deals with non-con-forming projects, it seems the publicshould know of such a request at the ear-liest stage, said architect and Prince Albertresident Ken London.

    Doing this at the conceptual stage willsave the city and developer, time andmoney, and will give citizens the earliestpoint to present their comments. Modifi-cations at such an initial stage, he added,are usually easy to accommodate.

    House designer Adam Borowczyk, an-other Grosvenor resident, said the amountof information called for upfront underthis by-law should be required even forsmaller home projects. The draft by-lawwould apply only to residential (6 units ormore), commercial, institutional or com-binations thereof.

    I think this is the proper way to ad-dress problems, he explained. Westmountand its architecture were different, henoted. He believed the process should bemore open-minded and recommenda-tions of the PAC more flexible.

    Sunday workcomplaint unfounded

    A complaint of construction taking placeat a worksite Sunday, October 25 at 3:11pm turned out to be unfounded, PublicSecurity officials said. On checking thecondo development at 175 Metcalfe, offi-cers found a vehicle had gone into thegarage to drop off some equipment butno work was in progress.

    Blocked sewer pools water

    A water leak at The Boulevard and Mur-ray Hill October 14 threatened the possibleentry of water into a nearby garage, PublicSecurity officials said. City workers werecalled to clean out a blocked sewer after theresident reported the pooling of water at5:35 pm. The source of the leak was re-ported to have been repaired the nextmorning.

    Wind blows downfence at condoworksite

    Despite heavy blocks used to secureworksite fencing at 175 Metcalfe, heavywinds October 16 were reported to haveblown it onto the street, Public Securityofficials said. Patrollers moved it out ofthe traffic lane after coming across it at 4am outside the condo project.

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    TrendsetterSAnette Hellmeister

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    Wandering around Westmount streets and lanes, I see a lot of great styles. Many women sport designer-name bags, but one I see a lot of is the

    Longchamp tote usually in black. However, when I noted one in electric cobalt blue, I had to go to meet its owner. Small world. It turned out I take a

    class at the Y with Anette Hellmeister (but who notices others when trying to balance?). Her bag was matched with a fabulous Herms scarf, whose blue

    pattern echoed the bag. A perfect trendsetter.


    How would you describe your personalstyle?

    I would call it casual chic to bon chic,bon genre depending on the time of theday and occasion. I love a combination ofEuropean sophistication and North Amer-ican spirit. I also like simplicity and beautywith a kick. My personal style should re-flect my personality, my personal back-ground and my current lifestyle: I am Ger-man but really feel European, and since Ihave lived in different European countries,now in Canada for a long time, and travelfrequently. I consider myself rather cos-


    What is your favourite way of dressing?My way of dressing has to work with my

    lifestyle. When I am moving around forwork or travel whether by car, subway orplane my outfits should of course bepleasant to the eye but also comfortable.So, I like pieces that I can mix and matchin different ways; from day to night andfrom work to weekend. I love to wearjeans, for example, and dress them up withbeautiful tops. I like to add some nice jew-elry, preferably original accessories. I liketo dress up more when going out. For anevent, I usually wear a chic dress with sim-ple but elegant accessories. I also like to ac-cent my outfit by adding some outstandingcolours like fuchsia, coral and differentshades of blue, my absolute favouritecolour, maybe because I love the water, es-pecially the beautiful blue of the ocean. Ialso adore turquoise. I first fell in love withthis colour while visiting Santa Fe, whereit predominates in some of the most at-tractive jewelry Ive ever seen. Turquoiserepresents the essence of life and goodfortune in many cultures another reasonit attracts me.

    On weekends, what do you like to wear?If Im at home, going to the gym or for

    a walk, I like to wear my Lululemon out-fits. They are comfortable and stylish at the

    same time. Otherwise I like to dress in acasual chic way but if we have a specialevent to attend then its more casual ele-gant.


    If you had a choice, where would you live inthe world, money being no object?

    That is a difficult question to answersince I like a lot of different places in theworld and could imagine living there. I re-ally like to live and I feel at home inMontreal since its a city that has both a Eu-ropean and North American flavour andtherefore unites my two backgrounds. Ilove that combination and the fact that itsa very diverse, culturally rich, trendy, fash-ionable and vibrant city and has this spe-cial joie de vivre. Montreal is a beautiful,peaceful and relatively safe place to bringup children, and the friendliness, kind-ness and openness of its population makesit a very welcoming and happy place.

    The other Canadian city I immediatelyfell in love with when I visited is Vancou-ver, a very modern city with a special westcoast feel. Its surrounded by so much nat-ural beauty and is so close to a myriad offantastic ski resorts.

    What is your favourite flower? Do you haveflowers in your home?

    My favourite flower is the rose. I like itfor its beauty but also for what it can sym-bolize. The rose is beautiful in a classicway, fragile but strong at the same time. Ialso love its scent. I associate the rose withsome of my favourite readings bookslike Le Petit Prince, the classic tale by An-toine de Saint-Exupry.

    I tend not have that many flowers athome because we travel so frequently. Ihave some beautiful orchids that dontneed much care, and occasionally I buysome cut flowers. In Germany, people buyfresh flowers all the time, especially at themarkets.

    Who would you invite to a dinner party ifyou could invite any one from any era?

    I would invite the artists Pablo Picasso,Leonardo da Vinci, Marc Chagall, Christoand Jeanne-Claude, Charles Pachter, CarolAppel as my art connoisseur. From theworld of film, Martin Scorsese and WimWenders. I would include actors AudreyHepburn, Romy Schneider, AudreyTautou, Cary Grant, Tom Hanks, Leonardodi Caprio and Johnny Depp; and maybethe writers Antoine de Saint-Exupry,Richard David Precht and my late sister-in-law Carole Epstein. It would definitely bean interesting mix!

    Who are your favourite designers?I like to wear Max Azria (BCBG). I love

    how Azria interprets major trends into hissignature-style, gorgeous, seductive cou-ture and ready to wear. I truly admire thecreativity and lifelong achievements of KarlLagerfeld and the late Yves Saint Laurent,who became icons in the fashion industryand created not just clothes but works ofart.


    I know you travel to go skiing. How do youpack?

    Its not easy to pack for skiing since weusually fly to get to our ski destination,and we cant take much luggage. Last win-ter, I got a special ski travel bag that canhold my skis plus my skiwear, bathing suit,yoga outfit and regular clothes. The skiboots get stuffed with socks and toiletriesand go into a boot bag, and I put my hel-met and ski goggles in my hand luggage.I also bring an iPad, an e-reader and headsets. Somehow I also manage to bringsome nice tops and accessories to wearwith my jeans and for our dinners. Whatdoesnt fit in my bag I have to wear on theplane.

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    What do you think of todays fashions?Well, I looked at the top fall trends com-

    ing from Paris, London, Milan, New Yorkand LA, and I must admit that while Idont like all of them, I find a lot of the newfashion trends interesting. I could imagineintegrating them into my wardrobe likeThe Slip Dress, some pieces from Ro-dartes Eighties Redux or a classic

    wardrobe staple like The Pantsuit. I find itfascinating how fashion trends keep com-ing back, get reinvented and interpreted ina contemporary and very creative way bytodays designers. I personally dont fol-low all the trends. I only buy what I thinksuits me, makes me feel good and updatesmy wardrobe a little bit. Fashion trendschange so fast that it can be hard to keepup, but I enjoy seeing how different indi-viduals express themselves in different andvery unique ways.

    The teachers are out there all the time. Itsgotten better lately, but its still not thegreatest situation for parking.

    St. Lon could be expanding

    Another issue that Kiely raised con-cerned an expansion plan she said couldshortly be under way at St. Lon school onClarke Ave. Apparently St. Lon de West-mount is looking to expand their school byfive classrooms with a capacity of 115 stu-dents, she said.

    Theyll probably build new classrooms,and they need to get permission from thecity before they go to the government to tryand get the money. Its probably not goingto happen tomorrow because schoolboards are pretty poor, too. But the thing isthat apparently this school year there is anincrease of roughly 200 students already.Thats going to put even more pressureon this whole area.

    Fate of Westmount Parks cannon

    Also during the meeting, there was dis-cussion on the fate of Westmounts twoceremonial cannon, which once stood fac-ing out towards Sherbrooke St. from West-mount Park. They have been in storage atthe Public Works yard a good number ofyears.

    One suggestion that came up during afree-for-all discussion was that the cannonshould be stored at the old CP train stationat the south end of Victoria Ave., wherethey could be viewed by visitors now andagain.

    The building, which is owned by West-mount, is currently boarded up and va-cant, and the city has no immediate plansfor its future use. Although the buildingsexterior has been refurbished, Kiely saidthe interior is in really bad shape andneeds to be totally refurbished.

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    White night launches fall social season

    Everyone knows that a perfect whitenight is hard to find. But Notte in Bianco,held on September 10 was just that. Again.Hosted by the Guzzos at their massivemansion in Terrebonne, the 8th annualfundraiser featured president of honourJacques Mnard, president BMO boardand BMO Financial Group, there with hiswife Marie-Jos Ratelle. Dressed in a short,strapless creation by Westmount designerAstri Prugger, Maria Guzzo welcomedguests with hubby Vince, president andCOO Cinemas Guzzo (wearing TomBrowne, he told me.)

    Co-founder of the event, Maria Guzzo re-cently wrote a childrens mental healthbook.

    Lovely little ballerinas in perfectchignons and fluttering tutus posed near agigantic rearing horse statue near the es-tates founding plaque. Bars were set up

    amidst hundreds of Adirondack chairs white of course where guests enjoyedchampagne by sponsor Mot et Chandon.

    The evening raised funds for theGuzzo/McGill University Mental HealthResearch Project, the Jewish General Hos-pital (JGH) psychiatry department, the im-aging units of Pavilion Ks new critical carewing at the JGH and of the Shriners Hos-pital for Children.

    The Guzzo family was out in force in-cluding Angelo Guzzo, president andfounder of Cinemas Guzzo, and his wife,Rosetta.

    Westmounters noted included Lindaand Terry Smith, Andrew Hops, Tal Fisherand impresario Barry Garber just backfrom Ecuador, where he is bringing inCirque de Soleil.

    Amidst the eleganzia were Micheala andMichael Penner, board chair, HydroQubec; Eva Friede, fashion editor, theGazette, attending with Franco Rocchi, ex-ecutive VP Le Chteau; Louis Vuitton ex-ecs Sanjay Hathiramani (director) andReshma Patel (store director); Orla andChris Konstantopoulos, Sonia Benezra,Nadia Saputo, PaoloLanna; and Quebec media

    Social Notesfrom Westmountand BeyondVeronica Redgrave

    Vince, left, and Maria Guzzo.

    Barry Garber, left, and Genevive Borne.

    continued on p. 27

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    Terry, left, and Linda Smith.

    Paolo Lanna, left, and Nadia Saputo.

    Sanjay Hathiramani, left, and Reshma Patel.

    personalities Sophie Durocher andRichard Martineau.

    Super stylish TV star Genevive Bornein white tails was emcee, and introducedfamed singer Sheena Easton.

    For once, ladies in LBD (Little BlackDresses) and pearls were not the guests.They were the waitresses from BuonanotteCatering, ably directed by Marie Pier Ther-rien.

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