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remier Jean Charest’s Liberal government should be approaching its ambitious strategy for Quebec’s far north – the ‘Plan Nord’ – with sustainable development in mind and while looking at it from the standpoint of environmental, economic and social responsibilities, says NDP leadership aspirant Tom Mulcair, a former sustainable development minister under Charest.

Similarly last week, some of the strongest words of resistance yet were expressed by native peoples in Quebec’s north, who stand most to be affected by Plan Nord.

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While they and nature conservationists have the most reservations about the Plan Nord, excitement is understandably growing among mining companies, given the Charest government’s intention of eventually laying down a road that would open a land-based gateway into the southern portion of the isolated northern third of Quebec’s territory – Nunavik – believed Left Quebec Liberals to be heavily laden with mineral deposits. “I won’t comment specifically on a proHaving served as Sustainable vincial plan,” Mulcair, who broke away Development Minister under Charest, from Charest and the Quebec Liberals Mulcair left provincial politics in 2007, four years ago after a controversial envi- not long after the Liberal government ronmental dispute and who is now a front took a controversial stance on the transrunner in the NDP race, said in an exclu- fer of provincially-owned land at Mount sive interview with Newsfirst Multimedia. Orford provincial park to condo develop“But I will say this,” he added concerning ers – a policy with which Mulcair greatly the federal role in the matter “The federal disagreed. During a subsequent cabinet government has an obligation to ensure shuffle when Charest offered him a lesser a certain number of things, including portfolio, he refused, and not long after the protection and preservation of our Mulcair announced he would be running navigable waterways including rivers and federally in Outremont for the NDP. lakes. It has the obligation to supervise groundwater in many instances. It has Impact can’t be ignored some obligations with regard to the far Asked earlier this week by Newsfirst north and to the community. So I think Multimedia for his overall assessment of that we’re talking about sustainable devel- the Plan Nord, Mulcair responded, “I’m opment every step of the way. going to be very careful not to com-

respect our obligations to supervise the accumulated health effects of any development, that we look at the effect on water, including ground water and navigable lake waters, and that we look at federal jurisdictions, for example, in certain areas of the north, and I’ll confine my remarks to that. “But I will say,” he continued, “that irrespective of the level of government, that whenever you do develop in an area like that, you have to make sure that you take into account the ecological, the economic and the social impact. That social impact requires you to make sure that the society as a whole is benefiting as much possible from any profits that are being made from any natural resources that are owned by the people.”

ment directly on the Charest government, because I’m now working at the federal “The other thing that I think is impor- level. I’ll make sure that we undertake to tant is making sure that to the extent possible Canadians as a general rule get a fair share of the value of their natural resources,” Mulcair continued. “Going back to the Duplessis era, it’s always been Coroplast signs the case that Quebec’s been very open to 4 colour process foreign companies coming in and taking 4mm, 2 sides 24 X 36 advantage of our natural resources. But they are just that – they are our natural resources – and we should make sure that Volume price available the Canadian public has its fair share.” Although Charest first started sending up trial balloons for the Plan Nord more than two years ago, it was only in recent weeks that he’s started to feel real heat from potential critics and opponents. For example, former PQ Premier Jacques Parizeau complained in an interview with place your order today! Le Devoir last week that Quebec is on the brink of being exploited by foreign inter450-978-9999 sales@the-news.ca ests taking advantage of the Plan Nord.

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Opinion & Editorial Screening kids for high cholesterol a silly idea

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hen you have been looking at the drug in the same way as being poor means you’re more likely to industry for as long as I have, examining the have worse health compared to someone who isn’t poor. But way diseases and pharmaceuticals are mar- most people who have heart attacks have normal cholesterol. keted, packaged, and pitched to doctors and So why bother screening kids for a risk factor for a dispatients, nothing much surprises you anymore. ease that’s not likely going to hurt them, if it ever does, for One might get a little tired of seeing the same old decep- another 50 or 60 or 70 years? Because we can. tive marketing ploys repackaged and retooled, launched to The apparent rationale given at this conference is that fool new generations of consumers and health profession- statin drugs - treatments like Lipitor, Zocor or Crestor - can als, but at least it’s entertaining. Occasionally an epiphany be used safely in children. The experts say that, with rising strikes, like a bolt of lightning from a blue sky instantly obesity levels in children, monitoring their cholesterol levels elevating one to a whole new level of incredulity will only help them prevent future health problems. When I finally soaked in this idea for a while I asked myself in a very subdued voice: “Have we all gone stark ravHard to believe the pediatricians were serious ing nuts?” Such a thunderbolt hit me this past week when I learned Let’s look at some of the facts in this case: We’ve known that experts at a recent American Heart Association conference were recommending that more children should for years that selling medication to treat your “future risk” be screened for high cholesterol before puberty. And they for a disease is hugely and immensely profitable for the pharmaceutical industry, yet the benefits to health are sometimes seemed to mean it. I checked to make sure it wasn’t April Fool’s Day because nonexistent. Statin drugs, prescribed to lower cholesterol, are among this is the kind of dastardly stuff those medical jokesters sometimes try to get away with. Sure enough, those pediatri- the biggest-selling prescription drugs on the planet. The pharmaceutical industry has invested heavily in convinccians were serious. So, apparently, concerned are they about the health ing medical scientists, patient groups and our prescribing of children, they believe it is worth screening kids for doctors to think about cholesterol as a nasty foreign enemy high cholesterol at younger and younger ages. This seems which needs to be brought down at all costs instead of a substrange because high cholesterol, one needs to be constantly stance essential for life that actually resents being chemically reminded, isn’t a disease but is a “risk factor” for a future tinkered with. While physicians will prescribe statins appropriately in disease (such as heart attacks) which mostly strikes middleaged and older people. A risk factor might affect your health men who have established heart disease, there is much con-

troversy over whether the drugs are effective in women and the elderly. As for the benefit of cholesterol lowering in kids? Those studies haven’t even been done yet. Like any drug therapy, there are potential adverse effects and patients taking statins have higher rates of kidney failure, cataracts, and liver damage compared to similar patients who take placebos. The most common effect, experienced by 20-25 per cent of statin-treated people, is muscle pain or weakness. The basic message here: you should have a clear chance of benefit before you start tinkering with your body’s cholesterol levels.

Why not screen kids at an even younger age?

So I say, if we are all going to go ahead and drink Big Pharma’s Kool Aid, why don’t we go a step further? Why should the medical profession wait until kids are eight or nine before they start screening them for high cholesterol and prescribing them powerful statin drugs? Why not screen them at a much earlier stage, and look for evidence of high cholesterol while in utero? This would help parents-to-be prepare for the arrival of their little bundle by stocking up on Lipitor-laced baby formula. Sound desperate? Perhaps not so desperate as the cholesterol empire that won’t rest until it’s convinced an entire generation of parents that their kids are pre-diseased and need to be saved by their drugs. Alan Cassels

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he true cost of Medicare for individuals and fami- in 2011, we must determine how much an average family is lies in Canada is often misunderstood, with many expected to contribute in taxes to all three levels of governpeople thinking it’s either free or covered by our ment. The percentage of the family’s total tax bill that pays for provincial health insurance premiums. public health insurance is then assumed to match the share This misconception has many sources. In part, it stems of total government tax revenues (including natural resource from the fact that health care consumption is free at the point revenues) dedicated to health care (estimated to be 24.9 per of use, leading many to grossly underestimate the actual cent in 2010/2011). cost of care delivered. Furthermore, health care is financed Breaking down the Canadian population into 10 income through general government revenues, rather than financed groups makes it possible to show what families from various through a dedicated tax, further blurring the true dollar cost income brackets will pay for public health care insurance in of the service. 2011. Income figures are pre-tax and based on cash income, which includes wages and salaries, self-employment income A $130-billion bill (farm and non-farm), interest, dividends, private and govIn addition, health spending numbers are often presented ernment pension payments, old age pension payments, and in aggregate, which results in a number so large that it other transfers from governments (such as universal child becomes almost meaningless to the average Canadian. For care benefit): instance, according to the Canadian Institute for Health • Average cash income of $11,395; $496 paid for public health Information’s latest data release, provincial/territorial governcare insurance ments are estimated to have spent $130.3 billion of our tax • Average cash income of $25,624; $1,166 paid for public dollars on publicly-funded health care in Canada in 2011. health care insurance A more informative measure of the cost of our health care • Average cash income of $34,696; $2,328 paid for public system is health expenditures per person. The $130.3 bilhealth care insurance lion presented above works out to approximately $3,778 per • Average cash income of $43,949; $3,671 paid for public Canadian. This would be the cost of the public health care health care insurance insurance plan if every Canadian resident paid an equal share. • Average cash income of $54,339; $5,123 paid for public But some Canadians are children and dependents and thus health care insurance are not taxpayers, and Canadians certainly do not pay equal • Average cash income of $67,115; $6,663 paid for public amounts. health care insurance So how much do we really pay as individuals and families • Average cash income of $80,752; $8,567 paid for public for our Medicare system? health care insurance In order to determine a more precise estimate of the cost of • Average cash income of $98,750; $10,656 paid for public public health care insurance for the average Canadian family

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health care insurance • Average cash income of $124,579; $13,946 paid for public health care insurance • Average cash income of $241,549; $32,116 paid for public health care insurance Looking by common family types, this calculation finds that the estimated average payment for public health care insurance in 2011 was: • $10,707 for the average 2 adult family • $10,473 for the average 2 adult and 1 child family • $10,486 for the average 2 adult and 2 child family • $3,607 for the average unattached (single) individual

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Laval-Les Îles MP François Pilon congratulate AGAPE for Laval’s English community forum initiative It is a well known, yet troubling fact, that the growing English speaking community of Laval is having a hard time getting health and social services in English. Between 2001 and 2006, the English community registered a 35% growth in Laval. Actually, more than 40% of Laval’s English speaking citizens go to Montreal, for lack of service in their language in the Laval region. The INSPQ (L’Institut national de la santé publique du Québec), at the request of Heath Canada and with funds provided by the federal government, approached AGAPE to make a portrait of Laval’s English speaking community, and to determine its needs and priorities. AGAPE then turned to Luigi Morabito, of the Networking Initiative Program, to reach out and contact citizens, partners and various deciders involved. The goal was to get everyone together, address the lack of English services crisis in Laval, and find long term solutions.

And so was born the Laval English community Forum, with focus groups composed of citizens, on themes that are of major importance for Laval’s English community like access to health care and social services, education, economy and social and community life. On November 19th and 26th, more than 300 people answered AGAPE’s invitation to participate in the highly interactive and much anticipated event. Many partners from the Health and Social services, political and educational systems were also present to hear what would come out of these discussions. We can mention the involvement of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School board, Laval’s CSSS and ASSS, the Jewish Hospital and Montreal Children Hospital, students from McGill and Concordia Universities, Chomedey’s MNA Guy Ouellette, and many more highly appreciated partners. “I’m happy to say I was there, to witness the active implication of my constituents,

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who decided to get involved to change their world for the better”, says François Pilon. “I would like to extend my congratulations to AGAPE and the forum organizers, as well as to all partners, for the much needed opportunity they granted

to Laval’s English speaking community. I also look forward to the unveiling of the full report on the event, next spring, and will follow up closely on its conclusions.”

Canada announces Parent and Grandparent Super Visa The first applications for the Parent and • Provide a written commitment of finanGrandparent Super Visa were accepted cial support from their child or grandthis week, Citizenship, Immigration and child in Canada, including proof that Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney the child or grandchild meets the miniannounced. mum necessary income (Low Income The Parent and Grandparent Super Visa Cut-Off ); is one element of Phase I of the Action • Undergo the Immigration Medical Plan for Faster Family Reunification, Examination; announced in November. The Super Visa • Submit proof that they have purchased will allow applicants to remain in Canada comprehensive Canadian medical for up to 24 months at a time without insurance, valid for at least one year; having to renew their status. and • Satisfy the visa officer that they meet all other standard admissibility criteria. To be eligible, the applicant must: • Be a parent or grandparent of a Canadian Current processing times through the citizen or permanent resident; Family Class indicate that many parents

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Centre de la nature welcomes new residents and winter fun

Laval’s nature park, le Centre de la nature, welcomed new residents last week. Two alpacas named Tristan and Lancelot join the growing herd of farm animals that form part of the ever popular petting zoo. Visitors can meet Laval’s newest celebrities at the farm every day of the week, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The fifty hectares nature park is one of the largest in the region. It has become one of the most popular tourism destinations in Laval, with more than a million visitors per year. Seasonal outdoor activities, sports and initiation to natural sciences are just some of the discoveries awaiting residents. The winter 30 Years at your Service!

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skiing is available from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. The park and skating rink is open till 10:00 p.m. for the winter months. Christmas decorations and special yuletide presentations are offered at the cottage, on the farm and the greenhouse every year at the Nature Park. Christmas programming that enchants children includes visiting with Santa Claus, face painting and Christmas caroling and concerts to name a few.

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In 2011 the executive committee amended a resolution 2011/2197 to allow certain departments in the city the use of a credit card for purchases that are made online and whose primary and or sole method of payment is a credit card. The community life, culture and communication service has asked the executive for a master card account in order to procure photos, printing, graphics and computer programming services from the internet. The executive has agreed with the conditions that then be used only for specific purchases from identified merchants while also placing a maximal monthly monetary limit on the account. The office of the city’s general manager has also been authorized to use a master card account for its departmental needs.

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Gilles Vaillancourt Maire - Mayor Chers amis, Au nom de mes collègues du conseil municipal et en mon nom personnel, je souhaite à toute la communauté juive de Laval mes vœux les plus sincères à l’occasion du Chanukah, « la fête des Lumières ». Que cette période de festivités renforce nos liens et qu’elle nous permette de célébrer la diversité culturelle lavalloise.

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Laval Transit launches study on building aerial tramway M a r t i n C. B a r r y

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Among those, the towers and cables for aerial tramways can be intrusive in neighhe Société de transport de Laval bourhoods, they are sometimes costly for is commissioning a feasibil- cities to insure, some transit users will ity study to determine whether shun the cable car cabins because of fear of it would be practical to put an closed spaces, and they are slower on averaerial tramway into service in Laval. The age than buses for transporting passengers. City of Laval, the Agence métropolitaine Pierre Giard, the STL’s general manager, de transport (AMT) and Hydro Quebec all said an initial aerial tram route would run support the effort. from Montmorency station northbound to serve major areas of interest. “The route, the capacity of the cars and the frequency Metro vs. aerial tramway “The metro continues to an ideal option of service will be subject to an in-depth for us to structure public transit in Laval’s examination,” he said. Jean-Jacques Beldié, chairman of the downtown area,” Mayor Gilles Vaillancourt said during a press conference held at city board of the STL, said the project would be hall on Nov. 22. “However, it takes a lot of in keeping with the City of Laval’s goal to time to build and Laval is developing so eventually cut 50 per cent of its greenhouse gas emissions. quickly. “An aerial tramway could rapidly meet needs,” he added, “without having to set up Hydro and AMT on board any heavy infrastructures – and at a frac“The AMT is joining in this study in tion of the price – approximately $20 to $25 order to contribute toward the emergence million per kilometre, compared to $200 of innovative projects promoting energy million for the Metro.” efficiency and an increase in the role played A number of major cities in the world, by sources of renewable energy in operatincluding New York, Portland, Lisbon, ing public transit systems,” said Michel Singapore, Medellínm Rio de Janeiro and Veilleux, vice-president for planning and soon London – all already operate cable innovation at the regional transit agency. car systems similar to the one Laval wants “Hydro Quebec is pursuing its involveto implement. ment in the electrification of public transit While aerial tramways have certain dis- by supporting the Laval aerial tramway tinct advantages (they are quiet, operate feasibility study,” said Chantal Guimont, constantly, are inexpensive to build and the provincial electric utility’s director for don’t need drivers in the individual cable electric vehicle energy systems. “By makcabins), according to an information hand- ing its clean, renewable energy available to out issued by the STL they also have disad- electromobility projects in this way, Hydro vantages. Quebec is playing an active part in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.”

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‘Disney Laval’

A few days after officials with the city and the STL had gathered at city hall to announce to the media that Laval was exploring the possibility of building at least one aerial tramway line, an irreverent amateur editorial artist sent out a mass e-mail with an attached graphic lampooning “Disney Laval,” depicting several members of the Vaillancourt administration aboard a roller coaster ride. “Totally ridiculous,” was the initial reaction to the aerial tramway by Parti au Service du Citoyen leader Robert Bordeleau, who leads one of Laval’s two municipal opposition parties. “They compare their gimmick to Singapore which has about 10 million population,” he said, referring to one of the major world cities which have opted to have aerial trams as part of their scheme for public transit. “New York is about the same thing, Portland is a bit less, even Rio de Janeiro,”

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Neighbourhoods ignored

While the STL’s and the city’s goal would be to create a link from the Montmorency Metro station to Carrefour Laval with the proposed aerial tramway, Bordeleau said the initiative would only encourage residents in more distant neighbourhoods like St-François, Ste-Rose and SteDorothée to ignore all the efforts being made to have them use public transit, in such a way that they would do the opposite and start using their cars more often. Despite the STL’s position that major improvements these last few years in the electrification of buses have made electric tramways much less feasible, Bordeleau continues to promote the creation of a network of electric trams as the best solution for Laval’s long-term public transit needs.

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Canada poised to sign free trade deal with EU Despite economic woes in Europe, PM is ‘optimistic’ M a r t i n C. B a r r y

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During an exclusive interview session with Harper in Montreal on Nov. 18, to which our newspaper was invited, the Prime Minister was asked by Newsfirst Multimedia whether Canada-EU free trade negotiations have advanced, and what effect the financial turmoil which is spreading in Europe could have on an eventual agreement. “Canada’s been trying to get a trade agreement with Europe for 40 years,” he said. “I remember when I was a boy, Trudeau was talking about getting a trade agreement with Europe, so this is a great breakthrough. Unfortunately we’re in negotiations at a time when there’s probably less to be gained from

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$100,000 to help maintain home for persons with intellectual disability Gift made to CRDI Foundation by Ordre international de l’Alhambra (TLN) On Nov. 23, the CRDI Normand-Laramée Foundation received a cheque for $100,000 from the Ordre international de l’Alhambra, an organization dedicated to the wellbeing of persons who have an intellectual disability. The loan without interest over 20 years will help guarantee the living arrangements for seven persons with an intellectual disability or a developmental disorder who receive services from CRDI Normand-Laramée.

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Wal-Mart says yes to poppies Number one retailer comes through late for Legion legion on Monday to invite a member of the legion to sell poppies at the store. Feel free to advise the legion to expect ollowing some miscommuni- our call.” cation between the Wal-Mart However, by Monday Nov. 7 when in Ste-Dorothée and their Branch 216 had still not heard from Toronto head office, resulting Wal-Mart, the Laval News promptly in Royal Canadian Legion members fired off a second e-mail. “They have from Laval being initially unable to sell lost many days this year because of this,” Remembrance Day poppies at the store, we reminded the world’s largest retailer, a satisfactory resolution was reached adding that “what they (Branch 216) with the assistance of the Laval News. would like is to simply straighten this out so they can proceed.”

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It all started in early November with a message received through a contact form on the Laval News web site, claiming that the Wal-Mart on Autoroute 13 had “refused” a request made by Legion Branch 216 in Laval-Ouest to sell poppies at the store. “Every other Wal-Mart across Canada lets the veterans sell poppies, but for some reason this one store has refused us,” stated Lynn Mazzu. She added that management at Carrefour Angrignon in Montreal had recently done the same thing, but reversed their decision when there was a public outcry. Last week, the Couche-Tard convenience store chain also took some flak when employees at one of their outlets on Montreal’s West Island removed a Legion collection box, because the Couche-Tard head office hadn’t approved it.

Grace Ingrouville Tonin and Millie McCoy were able to purchase Remembrance Day poppies last week at the Ste-Dorothée WalMart from Royal Canadian Legion Branch 216 member Joe Morin, after the world’s largest retailer initially failed to grant permission. PHOTO: Martin C. Barry • Newsfirst

Two weekends lost

On Tuesday, a voice-mail from Morin was received by the Laval News. “I don’t know what you did,” he said, “but the lady, the manager (at Wal-Mart) called me. Just for your information, they just gave us three days – the ninth, the tenth and the eleventh – for our presence at Wal-Mart on Autoroute 13 in Chomedey.” But while Branch 216 last year collected more than $3,000 in donations from six days at the Ste-Dorothée WalMart, the receipts were considerably less this time because of the shortened period. “We lost two good weekends,” said Morin, while adding that Branch 216 was still grateful to Wal-Mart because the high volume of traffic at the store makes it one of the best places to sell Remembrance Day poppies.

‘We were all amazed’

In an interview, Evelyn Becze of Branch 216 said staff at the SteDorothée Wal-Mart repeatedly turned down requests to station Legion volunteers at the front entrance of the store. “We were all amazed here at the Legion that they refused because we used to go every year,” she said. Becze said that in past years the branch had volunteers at the Ste-Dorothée Wal-Mart starting in late October, but they would be lucky now to get in a few days if WalMart finally came through. Branch 216 member Joe Morin, who does a lot of the groundwork each year on the Remembrance Day poppy campaign, said he never had trouble getting permission at the Canadian Tire and Super C outlets at the Ste-Dorothée big-box mall not far from Wal-Mart. He said the decision at those stores is made by local managers. Morin maintains he visited the WalMart store five times, during which he presented a cover letter and spoke with an assistant-manager. Despite this, he said he never got a response. Morin also claimed that, unlike this year, in years past permission from Wal-Mart came from the local store management.

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Laval honours its young athletes M a r t i n C. B a r r y

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ontreal Canadiens legend Yvan Cournoyer was the guest of honour on Nov. 24 as the City of Laval paid homage to all the young people who excelled in a wide range of sports in the past year, during the annual Mérite sportif lavallois ceremony held in the Théâtre Marcellin-Champagnat at Collège Laval.

Recognizing excellence

Addressing the many proud parents and friends who came out to cheer the young winners, Mayor Gilles Vaillancourt called the Mérite sportif awards “one of the most important moments during the year in our city, because it’s when we recognize the excellence and the success of our young athletes.”

Learning experience

Noting that it’s never easy to be an athlete and that it calls for a lot of sacThe winners in this year’s Mérite sportif lavallois gather on stage in Collège Laval’s Théâtre Marcellin-Champagnat on Nov. 24. rifice, the mayor said the young people PHOTO: Martin C. Barry • Newsfirst who follow through to the end learn the value of commitment and the enjoyment praised the many parents who encour- suits, as well as the coaches and trainers that victory brings. At the same time he age their children in their athletic pur- who help it all come true.

Some of the male swim team members who were presented with bronze medals on Nov. 24. PHOTO: Martin C. Barry • Newsfirst

Seen here with Habs great Yvan Cournoyer, far left, and Mayor Gilles Vaillancourt, far right, are girl winners of bronze medallions for synchronized swimming. PHOTO: Martin C. Barry • Newsfirst

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Shield of Athena reaches $200,000 goal for expansion of services Gala celebration spotlights agency’s 20 years of achievements M a r t i n C. B a r r y

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hield of Athena, which provides family and social services in the Greater Montreal region, especially for those impacted by violence, marked the start of its second decade on Nov. 20 with a gala attended by hundreds of guests at a downtown hotel, raising $200,000 for the cause.

From the left, Shield of Athena executive-director Melpa Kamataros, Quebec Environment Minister Pierre Arcand, former Ahuntsic Liberal MP Eleni Bakopanos and Chomedey Liberal MNA Guy Ouellette attended the Shield of Athena gala on Nov. 20.

‘Heroes’ honored

During the $250-a-ticket black tie evening at the Sofitel Golden Mile, a special tribute was held for 20 individuals, associations or businesses regarded as “heroes.” Over the years, they had a profound influence on making Shield of Athena a success. During a special audio-visual presentation, guests were invited to take a journey into the past, as Shield of Athena reviewed its 20 most important milestones and triumphs, and set out what it hopes to accomplish in the next 20 years. In addition to an evening of dinner and dancing, 25 pieces of art from local and international artists were on sale. There was also a silent auction, featuring items such as certificates to some of Montreal’s finest restaurants, sports memorabilia, jewellery and more.

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On the left Director of social services at the Shield of Athena Betty Petropoulos was one of the 20 heroes that were honored that evening. PHOTO: Martin C. Barry • Newsfirst

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in an interview. “She has helped a lot of people in Chomedey in various ways and has worked very hard to see that services are provided to the population.” Former Hellenic Community of Montreal president Demetrius Manolakos, who was one of the 20 persons honored for their dedication, said he was proud to have been able to provide assistance when Shield of Athena Laval resident Evan Kioussis from was first getting started. Planete Mobile was also one of the Even 20 years ago, he realized the 20 heroes that were honored for supporting The Shield of Athena. organization was bound to succeed PHOTO: Martin C. Barry • Newsfirst since it was responding to a pressing need. “There’s room for it to expand Montreal. Now it’s grown to service with the help of a younger generation,” Future is promising more than 140 ethnic communities. The chairs of the event, Gwendolyn he added, noting that he was probably “I think it’s become an essential serAndrews Nacos and Pearl Eliadis, had one of the oldest persons attending the vice,” added Bakopanos, “although I’m hoped to raise more than $200,000 gala. sorry to say that abuse is something for the consolidation and expansion that no one should ever tolerate in any of Shield of Athena’s existing services. Milestone reached relationship, especially when children Former Liberal MP for Ahuntsic are affected. Shield of Athena deserves They met that goal in the end. “We’re looking forward to a very Eleni Bakopanos, who was also among our praise, as does executive-director promising future with expanded facili- the 20 heroes honoured for their sup- Melpa Kamateros for helping to make ties and expanded services,” Dionysia port, said, “This is an important mile- it what it is today.” Zerbisias, the honorary patron of the stone for an organization that began event and also one of the 20 heroes, as part of the Greek community of said in an interview with the Laval News. “The Shield of Athena has become a veritable phenomenon in Montreal as it provides services in many languages and to different communities,” she continued. “It is now considered as a multicultural institution in the greater Montreal area.” While his riding has many constituents of Greek origin, Chomedey Liberal MNA Guy Ouellette noted during an interview with the Laval News that Shield of Athena provides services to people of many different Michelle Courchesne cultural backgrounds. According to Députée de Fabre Ministre responsable Ouellette, Melpa Kamateros, the orgade la région de Laval. nization’s executive-director, was one Ministre responsable de of the first persons he met after being l’Administration gouvernementale Présidente du Conseil du trésor elected in 2007.

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Collège Montmorency holds colourful annual graduation

Laval CEGEP issues 178 study certificates and 1,578 DECs

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The CEGEP handed out 176 attestations of studies and 1,578 DECs to students who were in programs from autumn last year to the summer of 2011.

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M a r t i n C. B a r r y More than 600 people gathered in the Salle André-Mathieu at Collège Montmorency on Nov. 20 as Laval’s only CEGEP held its annual graduation ceremony for around 200 students who turned up to receive their diplomas for collegial studies (DEC) or study attestation certificates.

director Denyse Blanchet. Each of the graduating students received a lapel pin distinguishing them as alumni of Laval’s only CEGEP.

Taking pride

“You are invited to wear it with pride for what you are,” said the college’s director of studies André Lachapelle, “pride for what you accomplished, pride for being a Collège Montmorency graduate.” In all this year, the CEGEP Crowning achievement handed out 176 attestations of studies “We are here to crown the effort, the and 1,578 DECs to students who were perseverance and the talent of sev- in programs from autumn last year to eral hundred young people and adults,” the summer of 2011. said Collège Montmorency executive-

On November 11th 2011, students from Laval Junior High School and the Karigiannis family went to Ottawa to take part in Remembrance Day ceremonies. We left from Laval really early in the morning and arrived in Ottawa at about eight in the morning. Our first stop was the Chateau Laurier where we met with other high schools and listened to some speeches about the sacrifices our soldiers face every day. From there, we walked outside to the War Memorial where we participated in a moment of silence, heard a sermon from a priest and rabbi and saw the Soldiers’ Parade. Cannons were firing a “21 gun salute” and helicopters flew above us as we listened to the ceremony. We spent a good part of the day as 3PPCLI’s (Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry) guests. We arrived at their headquarters around one in the afternoon and spoke to some veterans about their experiences. We then listened to some speeches and an old style choir was singing old war songs. We ended the day back at the War Memorial where we were finally allowed to walk up to the memorial and Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Once there, we left our poppies on the tomb. Members of Laval Liberty and Laval Junior took part in a wreath laying ceremony before heading back home. All of us at Laval Junior High School would like to express our gratitude to 3PPCLI for their hospitality and a big thank you to Chris Karigiannis’ family for sharing the experience with us!

OUR CHEERLEADERS RAISE SCHOOL SPIRIT By: Sophie Giannakakis (LJHS Sec. II student)

Cheerleading has been a part of Laval Junior for many years. Betty Aliftiris, a student supervisor, has dedicated the last three years bringing cheerleading to the forefront. This year, marks the first year that our cheerleaders have joined with the Laval Liberty cheerleading squad and they are heading to their very first competition, in Ste. Hyancinthe, early in 2012. In cheerleading, you need a lot of dedication and have a lot of pride in yourself. Sometimes, it’s those small qualities that bring something to life and makes it easier to learn or perfect. Lots of people do not consider cheerleading a sport. I consider it a sport because believe it or not, we do a lot of weight lifting and gymnastics. When doing a cheer or chant correctly, your motions have to be clean and sharp; your voice has to be carried to pronounce each word correctly. It takes time and dedication to master each aspect of cheerleading. Having the right attitude, a smile on your face, self-confidence and team spirit make cheerleading a wonderful sport! Remember it takes a lot of practice but the hard work is worth it!

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Community Calendar Chanukah Party for Chomedey Chapter

On November 1, 2011,our organization, Jewish Women International of Canada, officially changed their name to Act to End, Violence Against Women. We are the same organization and Chomedey Chapter will continue to raise money to support the many services and projects in our community.

serts, as well as a gift exchange and entertainment by violinist, David Litvack. Members and friends are welcome to attend. Cost: Members $12.00 Non-members $15.00 For more info call: Rosalee at 450-681-5335

Chomedey Seniors Club Program for December 2011

On December 7th, our annual Chanukah December 1st - Kim Hershorn Party will take place at the Shaar Shalom Topic: My experience with chronic pain Synagogue , 4880 Notre Dame Blvd. Of course there will be latkes, salads, des- December 8th - Curb your enthusiasm

Send your announcements of events two weeks prior to editor@the-news.ca

(on DVD) with Larry David December 15th - Games afternoon

Holy cross Armenian Church Annual bazaar

Location: Portuguese Center, 1815 Favreau corner St. Martin. December 22nd - Gregory & Tony Dec 17 & Dec 18 Super entertainers From 10 to 7 both days Traditional luncheon on both days December 29th - No meeting Come and enjoy traditional and delicious food, gift items, clothing and much The meetings take place at Young Israel more.... of Chomedey (1025 Elisabeth Blvd.). Contact: 514 862 9594 / 514 571 5044 Meetings start at 1:30 P.M. Members 2$; non-members 4$ For more info. call David Beiner at 450-681-2097

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My husband and I have been married three years and have one child. Problems began when we started planning our wedding. I am Catholic and he is Jewish. All of a sudden everything was an issue, from the wedding location to the bridal shower. Although his sisters were bridesmaids they did not show up for the shower. Neither did my mother-in-law. My mother-in-law also wore a white gown to the wedding. They used to have us over for family get-togethers, but when I tried to talk, she would start crying, the family would console her and I was the bad guy. My husband will fight with her, but nothing ever gets resolved. While our baby was in the hospital, my mother-in-law got mad at us for letting her mother see the baby because they were not talking. She said we should have been more respectful of her before asking her own mother to visit. Now my husband is about to turn 30. I want to throw him a surprise party as his gift. The location will be my sister’s house because it is big enough. I originally wanted a date in February, but they didn’t like that, saying it was too close to his cousin’s birthday who is also turning 30 in March. They didn’t want to rain on his parade. They wanted the party in June, so we compromised on May. They asked me to change the location and I said no for the reason above. My mother-in-law then sent me an email accusing me of “plotting and planning” the party and warning me she is also family and should be included in all the plans. She claimed she didn’t want to turn my husband’s and her son’s birthday party into a day of sadness, but she is, she said, an afterthought when it comes to the son she gave birth to. She concluded by saying how little respect I show her and how much she is hurt. Feigning magnanimity, she stated she wouldn’t mention this again but would provide the pictures and addresses I had requested. How should I respond?

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Regan, no one refers to organizing a birthday party as “plotting and planning.” No one uses plotting as a positive. You plot and plan a crime, you plot and plan a murder, but you don’t plot and plan a birthday party. You picked the place and date, and she changed the date. Now she is furious she didn’t get to decide on the place as well. She has taken the party away from you. This is becoming an occasion for celebrating your husband turning thirty and onethird years old, and for discomfiting his wife. Move the party back to your husband’s birthday, or the nearest weekend. Tell her, “I want to celebrate his birthday on the date you actually gave birth to him, or as close as possible to it. That would best honor him and the day of his birth.” Don’t think a grown woman in her 50s doesn’t know she is hurting you. Apparently, you are not the girl she envisaged her son marrying. You will never be that. Don’t think you will ever have the position that phantom girl would have in her life. Was your mother-in-law raised in a cave? What was her excuse for the wedding dress? She didn’t know any better? She didn’t have another presentable dress? That was an intended insult, no matter what silly excuse or lie she told about it. Treat this incident as practice for what you will need to do to stand against her as your child grows. With this woman you need to forget Emily Post and Miss Manners and turn to Sun Tzu, who said, “If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the results of a hundred Wayne & Tamara


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Pregnancy aids home invasion

Around 8:15 p.m. on Saturday Nov. 26, the Laval Police responded to call from a 59-year-old female resident of Firmin St. just off Dagenais Blvd. who said she had just been the victim of a home invasion. Earlier, the woman had been approached by a younger and pregnant woman who was out walking a dog. The younger woman told the victim she was lost and wanted to enter the house to make a phone call. After making the call and as she was preparing to leave, two men walked in the door of the house and proceeded to tie up the homeowner, then placed her in the bathroom. They then made a thorough tour of the house, apparently to decide what they wanted to steal. According to Laval Police spokesman Cst. Franco Di Genova, the suspects succeeded in making off with a small amount of jewelry. Apart from the trauma of being tied up and confined, the victim suffered no physical injuries. “She got very scared,” Di Genova said. “There were no knives or guns involved, so no weapons.” Afterwards, the victim had no idea what else if anything the suspects were looking for or what they took. The pregnant woman is described as white, around 35 to 40 years of age, 5’6”, with hair down to her shoulders. She had several earrings on her left ear and appeared to be seven to nine months pregnant. The first of the male suspects was described as white, around 40 years old, 5’9” tall, with curly brown hair. He was wearing glasses and was wearing jeans and a dark-coloured jacket. The second one was 16 to 18 years of age, around 5’5”, with brown hair and eyes. He was wearing a denim jacket with a sheep’s wool lining. Di Genova said the modus operandi involving a pregnant woman as bait “is something we haven’t seen before. It’s the first time we hear about it, honestly. I mean, there’s nothing that comes close to that. We’ve seen in the past the knocking on the door and once the door is open they barge right in. But is this a new tactic? The detectives are still on the case. They’re going to keep an eye on it. But if it happens again I guess it’s going to kind of confirm that it’s the next thing that’s happening.”

In terms of protecting one’s self from similar situations, he advised that anyone approaching you in a similar way should be made to wait outside while you call the number on the phone. If there’s a cordless phone, hand it out rather than allowing a stranger into your home.

Theft of A-25 bridge payments

A clerk preparing to bring a cash deposit bag filled with the day’s receipts from Autoroute 25 bridge subscriptions was robbed last week in the parking lot of the bridge’s administration building on Lévesque Blvd. East. Inside the bag, according to Di Genova, was around $10,000, although about 75 per cent of it was in the form of paper cheques. Although he didn’t know if the company that operates the bridge is taking any new measures to protect itself from similar occurrences, he gave the police’s standard advice: don’t send the same person to send deposits on the same day each week, as this only encourages criminals to watch closely and take advantage of the pattern. “Change your times, change your dates, change vehicles,” he said, “make another person go, accompany the first person with another person, but using another vehicle.” Delivery of the receipts to the bank by an armored truck would also seem a good piece of advice in this situation.

ers the handheld use of cellphones while driving. The penalty for both is a $115 fine and three demerit points.

Cars torched in Chomedey

In the very early hours of Nov. 29, two fires were set in parked cars at 108 7th St. and at 61 Léon St. in Chomedey, which the police believe were criminal. In both cases the vehicles, which were write-offs after being torched, had been parked under Tempo car shelters. Around 1:30 a.m., a woman at the first address was awakened when the alarm in her car was triggered by an intrusion. Looking out the window to see what was going on, she saw flames erupting from inside her vehicle. After watering down the first flaming car, the firemen then broke all its windows. According to Di Genova, the vehicle was totaled and the Tempo, made of plastic sheeting, also suffered damage. One of the firefighers on the scene speculated to another Laval newspaper that a molotov cocktail was used to ignite the blaze. “What kind of expertise did he have to tell the journalist that it was a molotov cocktail?” said the police spokesman. “How can you tell the difference between the bottle and the four or five windows that were broken? I will agree a hundred and ten per cent that it was a criminallyset fire, but I am in no position to say it

was a molotov cocktail.” Di Genova said he had heard nothing from the Laval Police working on the case about a molotov cocktail being found in the burned out car. “Up to now, if they had found any element that resembled a molotov cocktail I would have heard about it by now.”

Cell phone thief arrested

The Laval Police say they have made an arrest in connection with a recent series of thefts from Laval cell phone retailers. On Nov. 29, they arrested Alla Edinne Mokrane, 18, and he was arraigned at the Laval courthouse the following day. He is alleged to have taken part in the thefts which took place in July and August in Laval and Terrebonne. Mokrane, who was armed during the thefts, was accompanied by accomplices. In some cases, victims at the stores were tied up and confined. Several hundred cell phones were stolen during the stealing spree that Mokrane now stands accused of perpetrating. The Terrebonne police provided assistance to the Laval Police in helping to shut down this operation. The Laval Police are now advising residents to beware of being offered cheap cell phones by unauthorized dealers, as they might have come from this operation and being found in possession of one could lead to criminal charges.

Texting causes crash

On Nov. 28 around 8:15 p.m., a collision between two cars at the intersection of Le Corbusier and Saint-Martin boulevards put three people in hospital. Texting at the wheel is being blamed. A woman eastbound on Saint-Martin lost control of her car, went through a red light, and collided with two vehicles heading south on Le Corbusier. For some of the victims the injuries were quite serious: a perforated lung and a possible hip fracture. No one’s life was in danger, however. According to Di Genova, the woman driving the car that went through the red light admitted to police that she had been texting on a smartphone while driving. She was issued tickets for burning the red light and also for texting. Texting at the wheel falls under section 439.1 of Quebec’s highway code, which also cov-

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Aries March 21-April 19__________________

Start nothing before December 13. New (not old) money matters are stalled; the logjam will break Christmas Day onward. If purchasing holiday presents, keep it simple and refundable, as lemons abound. VIPs, bosses and parents look on you kindly to December 20 – take advantage, approach, visit, do them favours, etc. (But DON’T launch new projects for them. If the boss wants you to begin a new project, diplomatically suggest a mid-December or January launch.) You impress everyone Sunday/Monday, but barriers to action remain: act Sunday eve/night. Chase money Tuesday/Wednesday.

Taurus April 20-May 20___________________

The general accent lies on mysteries, sex, subconscious urges, finances, investments and debt, and potential lifestyle changes. You’re lucky in these, though forward motion has been lacking since August. By late December delays will end – a legal, travel, educational, intellectual or international “element” will be the go-forward key. You might soon agree to wed a sexual partner. Think deeply before plunging. Make NO commitments, nor any new starts, before December 13. Lie low, rest Sunday/Monday. Your energy rises Tuesday through Thursday. Romance lies below, wants to emerge!

Gemini May 21-June 20___________________

Relationships are foremost. Your popularity and joie de vivre rise Sunday/Monday. But avoid arguments or hasty driving to midafternoon Sunday. Turn from a hard-to-convince person Monday. Retreat, rest Tuesday to Thursday. Sunday to Wednesday give a lucky boost to governmental, administrative and charity projects, and might also attract you to someone because he/she represents a rest, comfort, safety. But at what cost (to him/her!)? Your energy soars Thursday night to Saturday: contain temper. Until mid-2012, you’re quick to laugh, rage. Start nothing important before December 13.

Cancer June 21-July 22___________________

The accent lies on work, health, duties, a bit of boredom. Start nothing major before December 13. A former duty, chore or employment position might return – do it, grab it if unemployed. VIPs, parents and bosses are watching Sunday/Monday – do you best, avoid temperamental words Sunday. Your hopes and happiness rise nicely Tuesday to Thursday – life’s worth living! The Sunday to Wednesday period opens doors to friendship, travel, even the kind of romance which, though light, could lead to partnership. Retreat to contemplate, rest and heal Thursday night through Saturday.

Leo July 23-Aug. 22______________________

Libra Sept. 23-Oct. 22_____________________

Start nothing new before December 13, especially in communications, travel and record-keeping. A former friend appears, or you travel to revisit a familiar place. Your home life is blessed; you could, if seeking, find a domicile where affection and beauty will prevail, especially Sunday to Wednesday. Let this be a place connected to the past. (These daysalso bring tantalizing, but secret or private, attractions. Be honest, moral.) Relationships irk you to mid-afternoon Sunday, then they turn successful. But if you offer little (Monday) you get little. Wisdom, Friday/ Saturday.

Scorpio Oct. 23-Nov. 21___________________

Remember, start nothing big and new before December 13. In particular, buy nothing – you are drawn straight to lemons now. Tackle chores and health concerns Sunday (much better after 3:30 p.m. PST) and Monday. Relationships offer both opposition and concord Tuesday to Thursday. Concord is more likely – and far more beneficial – as this entire week offers friendship and good conversation – with a romantic tinge. A big, lucky “concord” looms on the horizon, late month into next June. Finances, sexual urges and deep health matters arise Friday (some difficulties) and Saturday (climaxes?).

Sagittarius Nov. 22-Dec. 21________________

Though your energy, charisma and clout are high, use them to tackle ongoing projects or to revive past ones – start nothing new before December 13. You easily impress others, gain their favour and get your way. If you’re single and have been hankering for some special company, contact that ex or old flame – AFTER 3:30 p.m. PST Sunday (or, less successfully, Monday, or, for more “grown up” results, after 9 p.m. Friday, into Saturday). Higher-ups are temperamental and impatient all week (until next July!) but you win them over, might even land a raise Sunday to Wednesday.

Capricorn Dec. 22-Jan. 19_________________

Avoid new starts before December 13. Get plenty of rest, eat and drink sensibly. Retreat from the hustle-bustle, avoid competition. Tackle past-due obligations, especially those involving charity, institutions, the government, or head office(s). This is an excellent “clean-up and clear-out” phase to prepare you for powerful action later this month. Pay attention to home-related concerns Sunday/Monday. (Careful with tools, confrontations Sunday.) Romance, notional or real, visits Tuesday to Thursday – in fact the thrill of attraction fills the entire Sunday to Thursday period.

Aquarius Jan. 20-Feb. 18__________________

Start nothing major, relationship nor venture nor project, before December 13. Your creative and romantic juices stir this month, you ride a winning streak (yes, you’ll tend to win at cards, etc.) and pleasures abound. An old flame is near or “present.” You might feel you have been tricked and betrayed or mistreated by others, especially the opposite sex, this last decade or two. But turn around: how have you treated those you suspected? When angered or ignored, you can be cruel. “Admitting” this can clear you for future love – which is going to be stronger, longer than past love.

Start no new projects nor relationships before December 13, Aquarius. This is a happy, optimistic and forward-looking month, but you’d do better to look to the past this week. A former flirtatious friend might arrive, or the door could fling open to a goal that was once just “wishful thinking.” Dream do come true! Careful with speech, driving Sunday – after 3:30 p.m. PST, all’s well. Tuesday to Thursday accents your home, security, family and real estate. A verboten romance could attract you. Actually, romance simmers all week, then emerges Friday (careful!) and Saturday.

Virgo Aug. 23-Sept. 22____________________

Pisces Feb. 19-March 20__________________

Start nothing, buy nothing, before December 13. You might meet former neighbours, or visit family members you haven’t seen in awhile. “Home,” whatever it means to you, is a powerful draw – especially Sunday/Monday. Though you shouldn’t buy or rent a new place (or furniture) a former abode or prospect might be a good thing. But don’t act before 3:30 p.m. Sunday. A gentle, mellow mood arrives Tuesday to Thursday. Despite your lower energy, Sunday to Wednesday offer meaningful romance, or a potent creative urge, especially if you’re in nature. Be ambitious, not forceful, late week.

Be ambitious, show your skills to higher-ups, study business and career topics, but don’t start new projects or relationships before December 13, Pisces. Money hits an irksome snag Sunday, but smoothes out late afternoon into Monday. Talk, travel, and casual meetings fill Tuesday to Thursday – and could turn enmity into an amorous bond. You have a choice now to next July – you can love, or hate. The former is more likely this week, from Sunday to Thursday. Collapse into the comforts of home or still beauties of nature Friday/Saturday. Don’t let stress cause a fight Friday.

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John and Jessica were on their way home from the bar one night and John got pulled over by the police. The officer told John that he was stopped because his tail light was burned out. John said, “I’m very sorry officer, I didn’t realize it was out, I’ll get it fixed right away.” Just then Jessica said, “I knew this would happen when I told you two days ago to get that light fixed.” So the officer asked for John’s license and after looking at it said, “Sir your license has expired.” And again John apologized and mentioned that he

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f all the emotions we have been blessed with, the one we lack the most of, and perhaps the most important one, is humour. Laval Liberty’s Enriched English Language Arts students from secondary three and four had the opportunity to experience a good laugh on November 16 when we visited the Centaur Theatre to watch “God of Carnage”, a play by Yasmina Reza. Ninety minutes, one scene, four actors; my first impression was, “where is this play headed?” However, it just goes to show that first impressions could be wrong. From the first few minutes, the audience bloomed with laughter. The play, about two sets of parents who meet to discuss a conflict between their sons in a “civilized” manner, turns into a hilarious chaotic scene of parents behaving worse than their own children. It would seem that silliness and misbehaviour, in a grown-up context, increases the comic factor; and, thus, makes the play so much more entertaining. The actors had us laughing from the beginning to end. As a special treat, the actors took time after the play to talk with students and answer our questions. It was both interesting and informative to learn much more about the piece and how it became what it is today. That play will be one to remember. By: Christina Couloulias – Sec. 3 student

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emembrance Day is a time to remember the brave men and women who have fought, and are fighting to protect our freedom. At Laval Liberty and Laval Junior High School, this day is especially important because of our relationship with the 3rd Battalion Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (3PPCLI) and the Royal 22nd Regiment (R22R). At school, the students wore poppies and a student-led assembly was prepared to honour the soldiers. The assembly consisted of the National Anthem, a reading of the famous wartime poem “In Flanders Fields”, a student’s story, a brief history of the World Wars and numerous videos about modern wars and their consequences. Jessica Williams made a touching speech about her grandfather and Canadian soldier, Alfred Williams. The theatre choir sang a tear-inducing rendition of “Homeward Bound” to remember the fallen and the fighting. A moment of silence followed and then a speech by a guest soldier ended the ceremony. Meanwhile, on that same day, at our nation’s capital, 47 students from Laval Junior/Laval Liberty and Lake of Two Mountains High Schools; along with the family of fallen soldier and former Laval Liberty High student, Sgt. Christos Karigiannis; and R22R representatives, Sgts. Perreault and Kelly, witnessed three different ceremonies. At the Operation Veteran Ceremony, the coordinator of the trip, Mr. Daniel Johnson, made a speech about our school’s connection to the 3PPCLI. He said that LLHS students felt that it wasn’t enough to honour just one soldier; that we needed to help and remember his friends and family as well. This is how the adoption of the regiment began. “If there’s a day when we put our guns down [...] make it because of today.” At the National Remembrance ceremony, we witnessed first-hand what remembering means to the nation. At the 3PPCLI legion, our connection became stronger as we remembered the fallen with the veterans. The day ended with a donation to Operation Veteran and a visit to the Tomb of Unknown Soldier. At our school, on Remembrance Day and every day, we make sure not to forget the people who risked their lives for our liberty. By: Alexandra Papathanasopoulos and Yasmine Chahab – Sec. 5 students

NPI Agape Forum a total success ◄ Continued from page 1 preliminary version in the spring some time that we could bring back and summarize to the population,” she said. “As far as a final document it won’t be back quick, because it needs to go through a process of validation with the population, and also revision at the communications department at the INSPQ.” According to Richardson, the information gathered will be brought back to the community, “so that they can then look at it and discuss where they want to go from here. Are there specific issues that they feel are more important than others? And what are the priorities? And how can the community be involved in creating a positive future? It’s not so much about making demands. It’s about building a community in a healthy way.”

“It’s a win-win situation,” NPI Laval Agape’s Luigi Morabito said about the ultimate purpose of the forum.

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Competing forces

While statistics strongly suggest that the English-speaking population of Laval has grown by 35 per cent in the past decade, providing local Anglophones with a solid argument to request better service in English at the area’s publicly-funded health and social service establishments, an overall decline in the status of French in Montreal during the same time frame is leading Quebec nationalists to demand that the province’s language laws be better enforced, or that new and more stringent legislation be passed to safeguard the French language. With these two sides possibly competing, Luigi Morabito, who was a key player in helping to launch NPI Laval Agape last year as a network of stakeholding community organizations, said in an interview that both needs can be met. “How do you meet both needs?” he said. “Well, according to statistics, over 49 per cent of Laval residents, whether they’re Francophone or Anglophone, no matter what ethnic background, sought services in 2006 and 2007 in Montreal.

Forum participant Heather Halman delivers a summary of her group’s comments.

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meetings – I certainly hope so,” he said.

Seeking English service

Asked what he hoped would be achieved, he replied, “I hope that the mayor of Laval and our representatives listen to the English concerns about having services in English, and also to put pressure on the provincial government to provide more English services at the medical end of it so we don’t have to go out of Laval.” Eleanor Houston of Fabreville, who also attended the second session, had similar complaints about the lack of English in the provision of health services in Laval. Houston, an Ontario resident who came to live here when her husband was transferred to Laval for a new job posting, said the local employment market is very difficult for someone who speaks only English, ‘A win-win situation’ “Whether you’re French or English, although she found others during the you couldn’t get it here and so you forum who shared her experience. went to Montreal where it was more accessible. So what we’re seeing is that Bilingual status sought if we can get more health professionDuring both meetings, the view was als, more doctors, more specialists that expressed by several people who took speak French, work in French, but that part in the focus groups that the City have a second language like English, of Laval should start taking steps to be or even a third or fourth language declared an officially bilingual municilike Greek or Italian or Spanish or pality, given the fairly even English/ whatever, isn’t that a plus for a grow- French population balance which now ing Anglophone, francophone and allo- prevails. Another observation was phone and multicultural community? that there are apparently no English It’s a win-win situation for everybody.” language programs available at Laval’s Harvey Schafer, a Chomedey resident only CEGEP, Collège Montmorency, who attended the Nov. 26 consultation or at the new University of Montreal at Laurier Senior High School, was campus. hopeful that positive developments A complaint was also heard about would result. “You know, I still say a lack of English books at the Laval that everything is political, it all comes municipal library. down to votes, but hopefully something will come from this and future The Laval News • www.lavalnews.ca • December 3, 2011 • 21


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Vaccination campaign planned at secondary and grade schools

Limiting measles transmission

“The goal of the campaign is to limit the transmission of measles,” explains the director of public health for Laval, Dr. Nicole Damestoy. “We are aiming

Year of birth Number of vaccine doses to be received to be considered protected against measles Before 1970 No dose necessary From 1970 to 1979 1 dose, on the first birthday or afterwards Since 1980 2 doses, the first of which should be on the first birthday or afterwards to protect at least 95 per cent of students and school personnel. It should be remembered that the most efficient method of protecting one’s self from this disease and its complications is still vaccination.” “The open cooperation of Laval’s two school commissions, its two private schools and the Centre de santé et de services sociaux de Laval is currently allowing us to plan this vaccination campaign,” Dr. Damestoy added. “The campaign will be starting in the secondary schools and will continue in the grade schools in January 2012. The goal is to finish catching up with vaccinations at the secondary schools before the Christmas holidays, while taking into account the exams period.”

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ome people are just athletes; they have a sport that they love to play. Some people aren’t athletic but strongly academic. I am both. I’m a secondary two student at Mother Teresa Junior High School and part of the Accelerated Learning Program (ALP) while also being in the Sport-Etudes program offered.

I’m a participant in the soccer Sport-Etudes Program. I love to play sports, especially soccer and basketball. I love to push myself to do better, to learn how to improve as an athlete and to stay in shape. The reason I joined this program is because I wanted to be a greater asset to my U13 AAA soccer team. I believe that being serious about sports improves my capabilities to become a stronger athlete. I still manage to successfully achieve high marks in my academics in my ALP courses. No matter how many times people may say that it’s hard or too much work to be in the Accelerated Learning Program, I still continue to do my best because I know that I can do it. All our subjects are more accelerated or advanced in comparison to what is taught in other regular classes. It may seem hard at first but it’s like everything else in life; you got to get used to it and keep trying. Sport-Etude and ALP teaches you a lot of things that you go through in life, to be a hard worker and to never give up. But you also have to have certain qualities to handle the difficult tasks thrown your way. The four main qualities are: 1. Responsibility: Making sure you have your equipment ready. You must also organize your time well. Making sure you don’t fall behind with homework. 2. Discipline: Being serious when it is asked by your instructors. Making sure all your tasks are done on time. 3. Dedicated: You have to be willing to try things over and over again several of times, until you’ve got it right. Never give up! 4. Respect: You must respect those who are in charge of the program, your coaches who instruct you and your teachers. Participating in these two programs can get very difficult. That is why it is very good to have great time management. One of the hardest things is balancing homework and sports especially with the time that’s been taken up by the sessions. Luckily, if teachers find that you are having trouble or that your marks are suffering, they volunteer to work with you on their spare time so that you can succeed. 85926

(TLN) Measles, an illness which since 2002 was believed to have been almost eradicated, returned in strength this year. In order to deal with the latest outbreak, the public health office at the Agence de la santé et des services sociaux de Laval is launching a vaccination campaign against this virulent and extremely contagious disease. Still very present Measles is still very much present in Quebec. Transmission of the infection is still taking place, with 747 cases to date. Under normal circumstances only two cases of measles per year are reported. The outbreak of cases in schools throughout the province illustrates that transmission is taking place in this particular environment. But in addition, a recurrence of measles is feared this winter and next spring, which is when the number of cases tends to rise. Since youths aged 5 to 19 years represent more than two-thirds of the declared cases to date in Quebec, a large vaccination operation will be taking place in all of Laval’s primary and secondary schools, as well as in the pre-schools. It is estimated that more than 20,000 students from Laval and teachers active in the education sector (including school bus drivers) don’t have adequate protection.

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aurier Senior High School exists to ensure that the young people of our community have access to, and are enabled to benefit from the rich and varied educational provisions at the school. The delivery of exciting, stimulating, and engaging opportunities to learn is the school’s prime responsibility. That responsibility is fulfilled through a curriculum which is appropriate, relevant, and worthwhile and which is constantly subject to review and development. There is a wide range of activities which provide opportunities to enrich the curriculum. All students are made aware of the opportunities available and are encouraged to take part, Left to right: enabling them to develop their interests, talents, Julia and levels of responsibility. Here is one of them. Sammartino, Forget Hollywood…..on November 24th, 25th, and 26th, Jordan Paradiso in this fair city, the catwalk never looked sooo good. & Chloe The students gave quite a taste of tinseltown with the Colantonio annual Show with Fashion “Final Destination”. Lights! Glamour! Action! The ultimate in glitz, glamour and talent left over 1200 spectators in awe. More than eighty-five students landed one of the most prestigious gigs in the Laurier Senior extra-curricular calendar as models and stage-hands in the show. Under the guidance and professional direction of Senior Advisor, Alan De Souza, the gracious assistance of French teacher, Patricia-Ann Clohosy, Spiritual Animator, Dominic Di Stefano, and well-known fashionista and wardrobe coordinator, Lina Varano pulled it off again. The superb collaborative event proved to be a huge success which could not have taken place without the support of all involved. The cast and crew of Final Destination who made fashion wishes and dreams come true.

◄ Continued from page 22 proofs of vaccination and consent forms, verification of vaccination booklets and organizing of vaccination sessions at secondary schools Start of Jan. 2012 Beginning of vaccinations at grade schools

Measles: A highly contagious disease

Measles is an extremely contagious disease. It can bring about complications ranging from infection of the middle ear, to encephalitis (acute inflammation of the brain), and pulmonary infections. Measles can sometimes also lead to death.

Are you protected?

All persons who have not received the required number of doses of vaccine or who have never had measles are susceptible to becoming infected. It should be noted that in general it is believed that persons born before 1970 are shielded from measles, since during that era the virus was more common in the community. The combined vaccine (RRO) against measles, German measles and mumps will be used during the vaccination operation. Since 1996, millions of doses of this vaccine have been administered in Quebec. This vaccine is safe and does not cause, in the majority of cases, any reaction.

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They certainly were electric evenings boasting designs ranging from trendy, formal, wonderful to beautiful and delicate. A definite feast for the senses ranging from colorful to sensual and seasonal, the designs paraded on the catwalk went down a storm with the packed audience. The evenings were absolutely brilliant. All of the preparation paid off with a generous amount of money raised for charities such as the Breast Cancer Association, Hope and Cope Foundation, Children’s Wish Foundation, Dans La Rue, and the LSHS Community Fund. Mannequins in exhibition demonstrating that it’s about exuberant All the female and male students energy, movement, texture, and style. who modeled were excellent on the professional catwalk, which had high-tech lighting to enhance the atmosphere for the very enthusiastic audience. The fashion show also included Cultural and Hip Hop dancing from students to celebrate the creativity and uniqueness of the school. More importantly, the students were responsible for every element of the show, including the modeling, choreography, hair and make-up, Photo: Patrick Cardinal music and tickets. Principal Nick Primiano, who also made a cameo appearance looking rather debonair in the show, stated that the evenings were an overwhelming success. He was thrilled that the auditorium was filled with an audience who were highly appreciative of the wonderful modeling and the fantastic dancing that took place throughout the event. Also enjoying the event were the distinguished Diva extraordinaire oozes glamour...... guests Director General Interim, Robert Vallerand of the Sir let it snow! Wilfrid Laurier School Board; Steve Bletas, Chairman of the Council of Commissioners of the SWLSB; Vincent Auclair, MNA for Vimont; and Guy Ouellette, MNA for Chomedey. With technical aspects aside, the real heart of the production comes from the performers themselves whose dedication is seen immediately from the initial audition. Alan De Souza stated that all the models showed commitment, energy, and preparedness. Then, of course, there’s the family atmosphere—a close-knit environment. It is a unique collective experience rarely replicated anywhere else. The enthusiasm and enjoyment of the students, parents, staff, and community was definitely infectious. Dena Chronopoulos, vice principal, said that, “Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the entire show. It will most certainly Left to right: live in their memories long after the show is over.” Felicia Vice Principal Sarmen Jakalian stated that this was an Rodrigues, Natasha incredibly rich educational opportunity for the students Stewartwho learned so much from being a part of the show Todaro whether on stage or behind the scenes. & Elisabeth Holme

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And, “If your mind can dream it, if your heart desires it, if your mouth can taste it, if your eyes envision it, and if your thoughts get lost imagining it…you can have it.” This is By: Renata Isopo your FINAL DESTINATION…

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In the event of an outbreak in a school, various measures will be taken to protect the health of students and staff, including withdrawal from the school environment. Persons who have not been vaccinated could see themselves withdrawn from school until the end of the outbreak, which is 14 days after the last contagious case is reported. This measure complements catch-up vaccination measures. “The decision to have one’s self vaccinated is very important,” says Dr. Damestoy. “So I invite all parents from Laval to check their vaccination coverage starting now, and especially that of their children, in order to ensure that they are properly immunized against measles.” For all questions concerning measles, the vaccine and the campaign being carried out in the schools, Laval residents are encouraged to go to the web sites: www.santepubliquelaval.qc.ca and www.msss.gouv.qc.ca/vaccination, or they should phone Info-Santé 8-1-1.

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sit here, on a wet and windy Thursday evening, waiting for the Habs to start what seems to be a pivotal three game west coast trip. It was not to long ago that December 1st in San Jose was to be the return of the Habs all-star defenceman, Andrei Markov. Well don’t hold your breath. I believe his return is crucial. the Habs have backed themselves in to a corner. Twenty-plus games in and not they’re not even in the top eight. The inability to be consistent is what plagues this team. As well as playing down to the level of their competition, losses to the lslanders, Oilers and blowing third period leads to the Sabres , Penguins and Avalanche. Markov’s return will help these issues; he’ll bring stability and leadership qualities that may be lacking right now. Oh yeah, not to mention he’s the league’s 28th ranked power player, which may be difference between a couple of losses to a couple of wins. You may ask how important a good start to a season is. Simple, the answer is “very”. The Boston Bruins came out of the gate with the worst possible start. But they have accumulated twenty-one out of the last possible twenty-two points and yet are still not front-runners in the conference. Habs fans be worried, very worried. To make matters worse, the Habs will be without their leading goal scorer, Max Pacioretty. He will be serving a three game suspension for an illegal head shot to the Penguins’, Kris Letang. It seems that Jacques Martin’s club has their work cut out for them. The Habs will be tested on this road trip by two very good clubs and one that is more desperate than them, if you can believe that. Call it what you want, but it’s “go time” and “gut-check time”. Any way you slice it the Habs must step up. Injuries, fatigue and a young defence core are all true concerns, but they are not the only team dealing with “issues”. The Habs can’t lean on excuses any more. There is an opportunity here with a blend of veterans and young talented players to make a run. Nobody will mistake this team for the Penguins or Blackhawks, the elite teams in the NHL. But without question they are not like The Blue Jackets or Islanders… or are they ? Hope they enjoy California, I know I would.

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“Set in the 1930’s, the film revolves around an orphan boy (Asa Butterfield) who lives a secret life in the walls of a Paris train station. When Hugo encounters a broken machine, an eccentric girl (Chloë Moretz), and the cold, reserved man who

On vacation in Los Angeles, Walter, the world’s biggest Muppet fan, and his friends Gary and Mary from Smalltown, USA, discover the nefarious plan of oilman Tex Richman to raze the Muppet Theater and drill for the oil recently discovered beneath the Muppets’ former stomping grounds. To stage The Greatest Muppet Telethon Ever and raise the $10 million needed to save the theater, Walter, Mary and Gary help Kermit reunite the Muppets, who have all gone their separate ways: Fozzie now performs with a Reno casino tribute band called the Moopets, Miss Piggy is a plus-size fashion editor at Vogue Paris, Animal is in a Santa Barbara clinic for anger management, and Gonzo is a high-powered plumbing magnate.


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Capoeira and the Circus

Physical activity among the young as well as older persons couldn’t be more important. The CAPOCIRCO school and company wants you to acquire a taste for moving while having fun, by discovering aspects of another culture, or simply by learning how to hang in mid-air with confidence and grace. All of this, of course, takes place at Centre du Sablon. Capoeira and the Circus are two distinct activities. Capoeira is regarded as one of the top-most activities combining physical and mental skills simultaneously. The different disciplines of the Circus also involve a variety of aspects while exploring the creative and artistic sides.

Vitor Silva Dos Santos Professor “Perninha” of CAPOCIRCO school

Capoeira is a martial art comprising defense movements, dance and acrobatics, all the while accompanied by music, song and percussion. It distinguishes itself from other martial arts through its fun approach and a tendency towards acrobatics. A part of Brasilian culture, Capoeira has the capacity to teach people about the Brasilian mindset and culture. Capoeira was created by African slaves who were brought to Brazil in the 17th century to work on the sugar cane plantations. To defend themselves, they concealed their selfdefense techniques in a dance form accompanied by singing and percussion. With Capoeira, many of the slaves were able to fool their masters and make their way to freedom. Today, Capoeira has become a national sport in Brazil and is also practiced throughout the world.

Capoeira is for everyone. Children can start as young as age 6. At 16 years they are considered to be adult competitors and can train to teach the younger. From Brazilian Pelourinho Group, Professor “Perninha” teach with CAPOCIRCO, kids and adults classes at Centre du Sablon for the Winter 2012.

CAPOCIRCO specializes in the arial circus. This involves: fabric (silk), hoop, fixed trapeze, spanish web, etc. Necessitating a little more mastery of the body and of its muscles, the arial circus is for everyone, although children must be at least 10 years old to become involved. Professionnal and experienced from the Cirque du Soleil, the teacher of CAPOCIRCO will give a high quality teaching to kids and adults, at Centre du Sablon for the Winter 2012.”

Don’t miss it! REGISTER NOW FOR WINTER SESSION !!!!! Milie Deslongchamps Director of CAPOCIRCO school

For more information on schedules and pricing, call us now on 450-688-8961 or check our website www.centredusablon.com

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