Recently, The Suburban wrote about the West Island Mission’s new mandate to provide healthy and fresh produce and fruits to its food bank clients and put out a call to community and home gardners and even companies to help out.
Pointe Claire based Medtronic has responded as the company will be building ten large raised gardens to grow vegetables on its green space at its Trans Canada location.
“It’s a huge initiative that their employees are taking on to build, plant, maintain and harvest these gardens,” said WIM Executive Director Suzanne Scarrow adding that “all of the produce will be coming to us at WIM.”
The non-profit organization that provides food baskets for West Islanders in need is also putting out a call to help keep their shelves packed as the summer time is generally when stocks get low as folks are thinking of being outside and enjoying the summer season.
The WIM is hoping that people will take some time and bring some much needed food stuffs for their clients. Five items sorely needed are cereal, plain rice, pasta sauce, canned tomatoes and one litre juice containers and as always, fresh produce is highly valued.
WIM asks that when shopping for your family, throw in a few of the five favourite choices and drop them off at WIM.
The mission is offering up its Food Find Fridays program where altruistic West Island residents are asked to bring in their donations between one and 4 p.m. or on Monday, Tuesday or Thursday.
West Island Mission is located at 219 Labrosse in Pointe Claire.
On December 22, 2018, a Hydro-Quebec box exploded, leaving some residents in the Woodlands condominium unit without power and electricity, said Magdi Sorial President of Clarity Management Group which oversees the unit.
Following the Hydro Box explosion, “One home was left without electricity and heating,” said Sorial. And the next day, Hydro-Quebec installed an above ground temporary cable, that connects the Hydro Box to the home that had lost electricity.
To protect the above-ground cable units, Hydro Quebec encircled the wires with a 6ft tall metal fence. On the fence is a warning sign and image of a man being electrocuted by touching the fence.
“The fence goes all the way into the residents backyards,” added Sorial. “Making it almost impossible for her to go to her backyard.”
“After the temporary cables were posted, Hydro said that they would return in the spring to bury the wires underground,” said Sorial.
“However, now Hydro is telling us that we need to pay to bury the wire.” Sorial told The Suburban. “We don’t feel that this is fair because we were not responsible for the explosion, or [malfunction] of the Hydro Box.” He claims that this is a failure of Hydro’s equipment, and that the explosion had caused the wires to fail. “We were told by Hydro that if the underground wire does not work, then the property owner has to repair it,” he said. “regardless of its cause.”
To bury it, Sorial estimated that it would cost $2,000-3,000 in addition to the residents’ current Hydro fees.
He said that in the past, another resident was putting up a new fence, and while digging he damaged another Hydro wire. As a result, hydro came and provided a temporary wire, and the Clarity union and home owner shared the expense. “Which we understood, since it was the fault and responsibility of the owner, for the cables malfunction.”
An information meeting on the REM was held in Pierrefonds on June 5 to inform residents of what should be expected in the coming months and years, such as upcoming construction, the principles of the project, mitigation measures and alternative modes of transport when the train line shuts down.Experts from the REM were answering questions and concerns raised by residents who attended the information session.
During the first phase of construction which will take place in early 2020, the Mount-Royal tunnel will close and service will run only from Two-Mountains to Bois-Franc, where there will be a shuttle service on the STM’s reserved lanes that will take passengers to the Cote-Vertu metro station. Alternatively, there will be a shuttle service available from Pierrefonds-Roxboro which will go directly to Cote-Vertu metro. The REM experts hosting the meeting say that there will be further information on the details of transportation options in September.
Because of the major construction that can’t be completed while the trains are in service, in mid-2021 the service will stop completely on the Two-Mountains train line. In 2022, the train will re-open between Central Station and Du Ruisseau. The Pierrefonds-Roxboro and Sunnybrooke REM stations will keep their current locations and both stations with be elevated at least 5.3 meters which will eliminate level-crossing on the tracks making the stations much more secure.
Residents at the REM information meeting raised concerns regarding parking and access to the new REM stations. One resident pointed to the fact that the station in Kirkland will be inconveniently located by the urban boulevard which, when completed in 2023, will connect Antoine-Faucon and Pierrefonds boulevard to the REM station. However, the urban boulevard is reserved only for the STM, and many are finding this highly impractical.
A Pierrefonds resident, Daniel Khoury, launched a petition back in September demanding cars be allowed on the urban boulevard, and Pierrefonds borough mayor Jim Beis agrees. Although some 2,000 parking spots have been cut from the Kirkland REM station, the REM experts have assured that there will be parking at the Kirkland station but they do not yet have the number of parking spots that will be made available. As for the bus-only boulevard, they say that it is the city that is responsible, not the REM.