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From left, Yoseph Haddad, Michael Zamir, Asia Mekonen and his sister Aviva Mekonen.

Photo: Niagara Falls Canada 

Sharon Hampson and Bram Morrison have kept the flame alive since Lois Lilienstein passed away in 2015.

Rob Amyot The Suburban 

“The only way it can really go is up,” Pointe Claire head coach Jacob Bercovitch said. “It has been difficult to start but I feel that we are capable of doing well.”

Photo: Joseph Ste. Marie / Montreal Fringe 

“We really see the timing of the festival as the kick-off to summer,” says festival director Amy Blackmore, left, with Helen Simard on the right.

Photo: mike Cohen / The Suburban 

The mom of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will bring her critically-acclaimed, candid conversation, Certain Woman of an Age, to the Gesù for a three-night run.

Senior health care leaders plead for government help to fight "psychological distress"

Based upon a survey taken among working senior health care professionals located throughout the province, Québec’s powerful FSSS (Fédération de la Santé et des Services Sociaux) union said that its members “...are exhausted.” As over 8500 people representing some 20% of the union’s total membership participated in the survey, CSN union officials are especially concerned because over 70% of the survey’s correspondents reported that they “...are suffering from some kind of psychological distress.”

“This survey indicates that it’s a catastrophic situation within its psychological context,” said CSN Vice-President Jean Lacharité.

As most of the survey’s correspondents were women who work in assorted health care institutions located throughout the province, Lacharité also mentioned that a common thread seems to define a number of problems that affect senior health care in Québec. While ‘burn-out’ seems to be a common problem, Lacharité also mentioned that obligatory overtime was also a big issue in a job that’s often defined by an emotional investment that’s part of the job and often expected from its workers.

“We’re taking a lot on when we go into work,” he said, “...but these people need our help, and without our care, they’re lost.”

However, following the CSN’s recent Sunday forum that was hastily organized to discuss the survey’s results, Lacharité mentioned that his workers also need help “...because now we’re the ones who are dropping like flies.”

Faced with an ominous demographic curve that defines the growing needs of the aging ‘boomer’ generation, FSSS President Jeff Begley said that the government’s RAMQ (Régie de l’Assurance Médicale du Québec) has to consider what the survey’s results could mean for the future of senior geriatric health care in Québec.

“I want (Health Minister) Danielle McCann and Senior Affairs Minister Marguerite Blais to see the survey’s results, because they have to do something about this, and they have to do it soon,” said Begley.

West Enders react to CSL Road pothole case

Many west end residents have been reacting angrily to the recent Suburban report that Quebec Small Claims Court found Montreal at “gross fault” for not dealing with a large pothole on bumpy Côte St. Luc Road near Grand Boulevard in 2017.

CSL resident Eric Choueke was recently awarded $697 plus additional costs for damage to the car he was driving when he hit the pothole. The court found that Montreal was negligent in not dealing with the pothole or warning drivers about it.

Former CSL councillor Glenn Nashen weighed in on his Facebook page, and his posting received numerous responses.

“The sustained negligence of the City of Montreal on this horrible stretch of roadway is a glaring example of incompetence and indifference at every level,” Nashen wrote.

Others were of like mind.

“Every time I’m forced to drive on this miserable stretch of Côte St Luc Road, I really fear for my life and the stability of my car,” wrote Ronnie Roter. “When will we take charge of fixing this?”

Nashen responded that the “we” is the City of Montreal.

“Despite outcries from suburban mayors and residents, not much has been done,” he added. “Residents who continue to point fingers at suburban councils should get down to Montreal City Hall Council meetings and raise the issue there.”

Alisa Clamen wrote that her daughter “blew a tire and a rim on the same stretch. I had to pay to replace both — it was not pleasant.”

Harvey Levine wrote that his office is on Côte St. Luc Road “and since 2017 I have blown two tires and bent two rims. There is absolutely no reasonable excuse for this main road to be in such horrid condition. I pray that there will not be a horrible accident due to drivers constantly swerving to avoid the craters rather than paying attention to other cars, bikes, etc.”

Ruby Deen called the situation “absolutely disgraceful.

“It’s been like this for a very long time! Wake up ... City of Montreal and take responsibility!”

Louise Ferland wrote that she “busted a tire and lost a hub cap on the Decarie south underpass between Jean Talon and Vézina on Super Bowl Sunday evening. I filed a complaint and claim with the CDN-NDG borough, and received a letter back that they are not responsible for my damages.

“The road there was just like Côte St. Luc Road.”

Nashen responded that Ferland should take her case to Small Claims Court and cite negligence, as Choueke did in his own case.

CSL council regular Sidney Margles suggested that CSL, CDN-NDG, Hampstead and Montreal West residents get together to demand a solution.

“Let’s invite [CDN-NDG Mayor] Sue Montgomery and [Montreal Mayor] Valerie Plante for a drive.”

Nashen pointed out that CSL Road is to be resurfaced this year, but Margles responded that this is a “stop-gap measure.

“That road needs reconstruction.”