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Besides the challenge of making sure that there are sufficient portable ventilation systems in their schools, the Lester B. Pearson School Board is also dealing with the fallout of two employees being arrested by UPAC, the province’s anti-corruption squad.

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WEST ISLAND LEADERS HELP DOWNTOWN HOMELESSIt was a cold and damp afternoon but that didn’t stop a great effort by West Island community leaders Jacquie McGowan of CIBC and Catina Sicoli Masciorta who with the help of Catina’s husband Enzo Masciorta, owner of heavy equipment company Montreal …

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The ADM (Aéroports de Montréal) has released its financial results for the summer months ending September 30th. Due to the ongoing pandemic, the results are unsurprisingly bleak.

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The percentage of negative COVID-19 tests remained high at 95.2 percent on average from Nov. 4 to Nov. 9, compared to 95.7 percent the previous week, the latest provincial health statistics say.

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The Vaudreuil-Soulanges MRC, that represents 23 off island municipalities, along with the area Chamber of Commerce, is requesting the Quebec Ministry of Health and Social Services to confirm the adoption of the clinical plan of the Montérégie-Ouest Regional Health Network (CISSMO) which prov…

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Côte St. LucBERKU WANTS CAVENDISH LINK ON FRONT BURNER: Côte St. Luc councillor Dida Berku is urging residents to become involved in the process regarding the future of transit in the west end, including Côte St. Luc, saying the long-awaited Cavendish extension and the west end in general ar…

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REM ProjectWEST ISLAND REM DELAYED UNTIL 2024: With the developments in the Mont-Royal Tunnel that will set back the opening schedule of the REM light rail project, the work being done for the West Island rail is also being affected. Originally planned to be ready for commuters in the Fall o…

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During the flooding of 2017, Itsik Romano’s home on des Maçons in Pierrefonds-Roxboro had water back up into it, forcing him and his family to evacuate their home. The sheer amount of water from the floods caused the sewer pipes to back . Through diligent work by Mayor Jim Beis and his admin…

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While Health minister Christian Dube recently announced that fixing the ventilation of schools “should have been completed a long time ago,” that is cold comfort for parents, students, teachers and staff working in institutions where air circulation needs to be upgraded.

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The renovations for the Vaudreuil bus and train station began two years ago and have been adapted for users with mobility issues and the parking has been augmented.

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Health care workers across the province responding to calls by the FTQ and its public-sector affiliated unions SCFP-Québec, SQEES-298, SEPB and UES 800 took fifteen minute breaks from their jobs at their respective locations in tribute to front-line health workers. A central demonstration wa…

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Sainte Anne-de-BellevueMAN DIES OFF SADB SHORELINE IN SEADOO ACCIDENT: A man heard screaming for help around 8 p.m. Saturday on Lac St-Louis after he fell off his sea-doo into the water sparked a search and rescue operation with the police, fire department and coast guard joined by the milit…

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“This was such a terrible case in the first wave,” Christian Dubé said. The Quebec Health Minister was referring to the announcement this past Monday that the CHSLD Herron in Dorval will close its doors to its long-term residents as of this Saturday, November 14th. A letter, by owners the Ka…

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The veterans at the Sainte Anne’s Veterans Hospital are being honoured for their service on this Remembrance Day. But due to the coronavirus, activities have been altered and adapted to ensure physical distancing protocols are adhered to.

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With no end in sight for the coronavirus, people have had to adjust their lifestyles. As have city administrations. The Suburban is talking to West Island mayors about how the city they govern is adapting.

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Currently, the federal deficit for next year is projected at $328 billion due to lessened tax revenue and the number of social programs enacted by the government for the millions of Canadians became under or unemployed due to the ongoing COVID 19 pandemic.

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“The last 8 months at West Island Mission have been very busy ones, however we have managed to adjust and continue to serve those struggling with financial issues; even more so at this time,” said Wendy Gariepy.

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Rob Callard, co-owner of Westmount’s iconic Chez Nick restaurant, was stunned last week when two SPVM liquor inspectors showed up and threatened him with severe fines if he didn’t remove two small two-person socially-distanced plastic tables at the edge of the sidewalk in front of his restau…

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BeaconsfieldNO BY-ELECTION IN DISTRICT 6: The city will not be holding a by-election to replace District Six councillor Al Gardner, who recently passed away.

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On November 9, 1938, a two-day pogrom began during which the Nazis burned more than 1,400 synagogues and Jewish institutions in Germany and Austria on “Kristallnacht’”(The Night of Broken Glass), a critical moment in the chain of events that led to the Holocaust.

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The Canadian Federation of Independent Business is urging action from governments in light of recent statistics indicating “small businesses across Canada reporting they have seen a further drop in sales as a result of fears of a second wave of COVID-19,” especially in cities subject to new …

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The Town of Montreal West will be receiving $503,000 from the provincial government this year and in 2021 to offset pandemic-related expenses and revenue losses, Mayor Beny Masella announced at the late October council meeting.

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Last week, Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante released her plan to help the homeless through this Covid winter.The Mayor’s announcement coincided with the Quebec government’s release of funds for the homeless. Observers noted that what Mayor Plante failed to mention was that she could have taken …

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Montreal West councillor Colleen Feeney detailed how the town has been helping local businesses before and during the COVID-19 pandemic, in a response to a question asked at the recent videoconferenced town council meeting.

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As one of the hardest hit industries in Montreal – The Suburban has launched a mini series of interviews with restaurant owners to depict the new reality that they face as they navigate through the COVID-19 crisis. Watch as business owners open up in this Suburban exclusive series.

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The innovative father who created a candy shoot for a safe Halloween during a pandemic made national news recently. Well, the city of Dollard-des-Ormeaux wants to offer its residents some contactless Halloween fun for this spooky season.

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WICS Campaign boosts West Island economy“Traditional fundraising no longer holds water, and innovative ideas are being put in place in order to meet the pressing needs of the population,” said Albena Petkova.

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With the province experiencing a second wave of COVID 19 and an increased number of cases, The Suburban checked in with the West Island Health Board (CIUSSS) for an update on its protocols and procedures for the coming weeks.

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It’s the call we all dread. I had stopped at a friend’s house recently and standing in his front yard, wearing masks, we exchanged a few books and talked for about 10 minutes.

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Premier François Legault extended the current Covid restrictions until November 23rd on Monday. Though recognizing the hardships on business and mental health, he cited the decision as the “lesser of two evils.” He added that there will be a re-evaluation in two weeks.

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Our editorial and story recently on the plight of Montreal’s hungry and homeless in this time of Covid as we approach winter received quite a heartening response. After reading about the efforts of City Councillor Benoît Langevin to get permanent shelters for those living in tent cities in H…

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The Foundation for the Rights and Liberties of Quebecers, organized a motorized protest against government lockdown measures that took place last Saturday. The foundation’s leader, Stephane Blais planned the protest alongside his team and in tandem with the Surete du Quebec, the Quebec Trans…

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Last August, the Plante administration announced that it would open temporary winter shelters at the old Royal Victoria hospital site, in Complexe Guy-Favreau on René-Levesque Boulevard and the YMCA in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve. Altogether, the shelters would be able to accommodate 315 beds. But…