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Wondering where to celebrate Canada Day this weekend? Read on for a comprehensive list of Canada Day events happening across the West Island.

Beaconsfield

Come on out and enjoy various dance shows, live music, a magician/fire eater, food trucks ($), mini-golf, inflatable games, some Canada Day cake, and of course a fireworks display. In case of rain, the day celebrations will be moved to the Recreation Centre located at 1974 City Lane.

When: July 1st from 1:00 p.m. to 10:15 p.m *In case of rain: Evening program moved to July 2*
Where: Centennial, 288, boulevard Beaconsfield
Info: https://www.beaconsfield.ca/en/living-in-beaconsfield/upcoming-events/special-events/canada-day

Dorval

Get ready to be blown away! A day filled with magic and awesome performances for the entire family, including a breath-taking show by All Access, which will interpret various musical hits from yesterday to today. Catch a free outdoor Zumba class at 6:30 PM followed by Majinx: a magician/illusionist/escape artist. Click on the link below for a complete list of the day’s activities.

Where: Millennium Park
When: July 1st from 12:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Info: https://www.ville.dorval.qc.ca/en/events/event/canada-day-2019

Dollard-des-Ormeaux

Come and celebrate our Nation’s birthday and participate in various activities. Shows on stage will be presented including the musical performances of Becket Players, Endrick & The Sandwiches, Wild Mercury and Sugar Funk Project. Outdoor activities for children will include inflatable games, face painting, arts and crafts, sports activities, archery tag and much more. This project is funded [in part] by the Government of Canada.

Where: Dollard-des-Ormeaux Civic Center
When:  July 1st from 5:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. Rain date: July 2
Info: https://ville.ddo.qc.ca/en/events/canada-day-1

Pointe-Claire

The city of Pointe-Claire is gearing up to celebrate Canada Day with a fun-filled day of kid-friendly activities (inflatables, glitter tattoos, etc.). Enjoy free swimming in the Pointe-Claire Village pool, meet your elected officials.

Where: Alexandre-Bourgeau Park
When: July 1st from 2:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Info: https://www.pointe-claire.ca/en/calendar/canada-day/

Pierrefonds-Roxboro

On Monday, July 1st, come celebrate Canada Day in Pierrefonds-Roxboro! A complete festive program awaits you from 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Festivities will begin with the impressive parade in which more than 415 people will participate, with the presence of parade floats. All day long you are invited to enjoy the amusement park and rides, the entertainment, dancing, show, and fireworks to end the evening in style. This year, the fireworks launch area will be located in the Borough Hall’s parking lot.

Where: 13665 Pierrefonds Blvd, Pierrefonds, Quebec
When: July 1st from 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/394132904536920/

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Whether you are a small business or a global corporation, hosting events is a great way to attract attention to your company, network, market goods or services and generate new sales or revenue. While running a boardroom seems simple to CEOs or executives, it’s not always easy to stand in front of crowds. Here are five emergency tips for hosting a successful event.

1. Plan Ahead

There’s an adage that nothing ever goes as planned. In today’s ever-evolving world, it holds true in many ways. Planning ahead, however, allows you to formulate ideas and organize objectives and goals. Even when things don’t work out as expected, you will have the time to prepare accordingly. Planning ahead also ensures for a more organized and successful event. If you decide to hold an unexpected event, you can use your past projects as an event template:

  • Assess your event objectives and goals
  • Weigh any risks and prioritize them
  • Determine how to respond to challenges
  • Look for ways to improve event performance
  • Develop protocols for the event
  • Work with a team of professionals
  • Revise and update
2. Collaborate With A Host

Your ultimate goal is to make a substantial impact on your attendees. To do so means you will need to collaborate with a team of professionals, including a host that knows how to address a large crowd and keep the event running smoothly. Humor is often the best way to do it, so using experienced hosts and guest speakers from companies like Clean Comedians will ensure you provide a blend of professionalism and comicalness that will increase your event attendance.

3. Digitally Create Buzz About Guest Speakers

One of your goals will be to fill up your event with the right audience, which means you need to create a buzz about your upcoming event. An innovative way to do that is to create a two-minute video showcasing your host, guest speakers and entertainers. You can also release a press release and regularly update on your social media accounts. Remember to use local search engine optimization (SEO) so that your marketing plans reach the right type of consumers, clientele and industry executives.

4. Set a Clear Agenda

Don’t wait until your event to set a clear agenda. Take the time to categorize your programming details and itemize each part with time and topic expectations. If you plan on having food, an open bar, networking time or entertainment, you need to ensure they balance your professional agenda. You can create unique invitations or e-vites that entice your attendees by showcasing the plan.

5. Survey Participants to Improve Future Events

You must be mindful of ways to enhance your event performance. To do so, you need to gain feedback from participants so that you identify ways to improve your future events. Surveying experience will provide measurable data that helps you develop performance strategies and plans. Some good sites to use include:

A successful event depends on effective planning because you know the goals you want to achieve. Having the right professionals will also help you brand and market your business.

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Due to the floods in both 2017 and 2019, the Communauté Métropolitaine de Montréal (CMM) has put in place an interim bylaw that establishes the annual flood risk in the Greater Montreal Area. Included is the long awaited flood map that outlines the at risk areas.   The floods impacted more than 250 municipalities, flooded thousands of homes, forced the evacuation of more than 10,000 people and led to the closure of several roads.

According to the CMM’s website, the bylaw establishes the annual flood risk reference framework for the floodplains of the subject territory, as well as the normative framework applicable to the floodplains to contribute to the health, safety and public well-being, as well as ‘the sustainability of investments.

INTERIM REGULATIONS NUMBER 2019-78 CONCERNING FLORAL PLAINS is as follows:

This Regulation establishes the annual flood risk reference framework for the floodplains of the subject territory, as well as the framework applicable to the floodplains to contribute to the health, safety and public well-being, as well as ‘the sustainability of investments.

For further information from the CMM visit the CMM 

For information about Spring Flooding 2019 visit MAMH

To view the flood map visit CMM

According to the Government of Canada, flooding is Canada’s costliest and most frequent natural disaster, and it can have devastating impacts on people’s homes, businesses and daily lives. In May, the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, the Honourable Ralph Goodale, announced the Government of Canada will provide a $2.5 million grant to the Canadian Red Cross to support flood recovery efforts across Canada.

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The Société de transport de Laval (STL) received the “Grand prix d’excellence en transport” in the public transit category during a gala event organized by the Association québécoise du transport (AQTr) earlier this month. The award is in recognition of the STL’s pilot project enabling buses to accept Visa and Mastercard credit card payments.

The technology is a contact-less instant tap-and-pay system, like the one used by retailers, so there is no learning curve for riders. For a whole year after launching the project in 2017, which was a Canadian first, the STL continued to be the only public transit authority in the country to offer this service, and still, today is the only one providing it in Québec.

“It is essential for our industry to keep pace with riders and consumer trends, especially when it comes to occasional users. Paying for your bus fare with your credit card simplifies the process all the way, and eliminates the biggest obstacle to incorporating public transit into your commuting behaviour,” says STL Board President, Éric Morass.

Project’s success
The STL has recorded 150,000+ transactions since the start of the project. Remarkably, it has found that over 44% of the cards were used only once, clearly demonstrating that this service is fulfilling a need for occasional and very occasional users. Tapping and paying with a credit card is a major public transit trend worldwide. The STL’s project has helped accelerate its application in the metropolitan area and shown it is a feasible solution.

About the Société de transport de Laval
The STL develops and operates an integrated network consisting of buses, school transport, shared taxis, and paratransit transport which together combine for 22+ million trips per year. The STL is among the most innovative transit authorities in North America, thanks to initiatives such as being the first in Québec to operate a 100% electric 40-foot bus and introducing as early as 2010 a passenger information system that dispatches real-time bus arrival information to riders. In 2017, the STL rebranded its Quality Commitment Program into the only customer service pledge of its kind in Canada. That same year, it also became the first transit authority in Canada to accept credit cards on buses. www.stl.laval.qc.ca.

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Beaconsfield’s Dr. Gabrielle Cassir completed her medical school and residency training at Université de Montreal. During her time as a medical student, she was also able to experience the American health care system, spending two months at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami.  According to Cassir, she could not have done it without Oprah Winfrey.

“Oprah got me through medical school,” said Cassir.  “She gave me the strength to go forward at 4 a.m. on my third 24hrs shift of the week. “It was her voice that encouraged me to keep going when I so often questioned the path I had taken. She taught me to listen and to be best version of myself! She inspired drive, determination and courage of conviction! She is one my biggest inspirations, now and always!”

Dr. Cassir met her mentor this past Sunday evening, when Oprah was in Montreal on her multi-city Canadian tour. Cassir and her mother Gail procured backstage passes granting her a meet and greet with the star.

Dr. Cassir, Oprah and Gail Cassir

“I literally walked in the door and said: “Oprah, I can finally introduce you to MY favorite Gail”, Cassir told the West Island Blog in an interview after the event.

Not only did the Cassir ladies have a special moment with Oprah, but Oprah mentioned the Doctor on her Instagram page after the show.

“You learn so much at the meet and greets,” Oprah said. “Little did I know that I inspired her to be a gynecologist!”

Dr. Cassir also completed two-years of subspecialty training in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, before returning to Montreal where she recently became a staff physician in the Obstetrics and Gynecology division at St. Mary’s Hospital Center and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at McGill University’s Faculty of Medicine.

You may also like this article about Dr. Cassir

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Photo: College Beaubois Facebook

Oprah Winfrey made good on her promise to visit College Beaubois in Pierrefonds after Valerie Kamel was called up on stage during her “Your Path Made Clear” tour stop in Montreal this past Sunday.

Kamel’s students had prepared a video that caught Oprah’s eye on social media. Kamel stated that she often uses Oprah’s words of wisdom in her class lessons, most especially those about spreading kindness.  While the social media reach may have set the stage, Kamel has a life-sized cut-out of the icon next to her chalkboard.  That is dedication!

” It could not have happened to a more deserving soul,”said Rosa Pagano-Gualtieri, a parent at the school. “Valerie is one of a kind.  When she meets someone, that’s it, you are important and she will remember you forever.”

Photo: College Beaubois Facebook

During the Sunday show, Kamel was very happy and was jumping up in happiness at the chance to meet Oprah.

Oprah showed up at College Beaubois on Monday morning despite the students exam schedule that Kamel felt was an incredible reason to disrupt the exam season.

Much like at the Bell Centre the night before, Oprah opened the morning in French with “Bonjour”.  And yet no “hi”! Just kidding.

Kamel used the Instagram handle “Oprah_tunity” which is likely to become a coined phrased by the Oprah herself.

Here is the famous night when Kamel meets Oprah

Oprah to visit West Island school - YouTube

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West Island Blog by Suzanne Reisler Litwin - 1w ago

Don’t you just love getting ‘done’ those things which have been hanging around for a long time?  Ya know like, finally getting those pictures into photo albums.  Funny, I don’t think people do that anymore!  How’s about throwing out stacks of old magazines?  I’m not sure people buy many magazines anymore. Here’s one, cleaning out messy drawers and closets!  I’m referring to the things you need to get around to doing and just don’t want to do it.  The feeling of when you finally get the darn job done, it’s a great sense of accomplishment!

The accomplishment doesn’t have to be life changing, like obtaining a university degree.  It could simply be cleaning out a messy closet.  Whatever the accomplishment is, it’s worth the effort to get the great feeling.

On the last night of my course, after the last student has left the classroom, I sit there for about 10 minutes alone.  It’s done.  Ten weeks of lectures, lessons, planning, correcting, assignments, research, etc.  It’s all done. The students have left the classroom.  At this time, I sit and reflect on what has taken place.  I breathe and allow my mind to wonder and contemplate. I hope my students received the learning they wanted.  I question myself, did I do the best I can do?   Now, it’s time to pack up the final materials from the semester, close the lights and leave the classroom.  Sue… Elvis has left the building.

Shortly after leaving, my mind fills with joy.  A sudden sense of accomplishment comes over my body.  I did it!  Another course completed, another contract fulfilled.  I feel proud of myself and happy for my students.  We did it together!

Anyone can achieve a sense of accomplishment.  Simply set an obtainable goal for yourself and go for it.  Once you have completed it, you will have a sense of accomplishment.  It’s quite easy.

Here is a way to get started.  Simply, select something you have always wanted to do and go for it!  I’ve always wanted to learn how to line dance.  This summer I’m going to do it.  Firstly, I’m going to take line dancing lessons.  Then I am going to go to the many parks which offer free line dancing during the summer.  I’m sure by the end of the summer, I will have learned how to line dance. This activity will definitely give me a sense of accomplishment.  At first, I might look like an accomplished fool, but I’m ok with that!

I need to mention how good accomplishment feels.  It’s sort of like a pat on the back someone else gives you, but even better. This feeling comes from within you.  You did it!  It’s your rodeo!  You moved the mountain!  You did yourself good! Truly the only person you need to please is yourself and you did.  Bravo to you!

If you never setup obtainable goals, you might never obtain a sense of accomplishment.  Start with easy goals to obtain, and then move on to more challenging tasks.

Whatever goal you chose to obtain, the end result will usually be fulfilling and with a sense of accomplishment.

Now a dose of reality!  Sometimes you might set up a goal, accomplish it and realize what you did was really stupid.  You will still have a sense of accomplishment and maybe a dose of, “Gee that was pretty stupid!”  Be prepared for this to happen too!

Like the time I decided to plant a strawberry patch in the middle of my vegetable garden.  It was a great idea at the time.  June came around and my strawberries were in full bloom.  I was picking and eating them throughout the month.  Every squirrel in the neighborhood was chowing down on them too.  So much so, it was an open invitation for the squirrels to also eat my tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce, beans, raspberries, and apples when they were ripe!  This was the worst crop I have ever (not) produced.  I had a failed sense of accomplishment.  I learned a very important lesson in growing fruits and vegetables.  I no longer grow strawberries, but at least I tried.

I look forward to learning how to line dance this summer.  To really get into the mood, I’m going to buy cowboy boots and a cowboy hat.  I know I can do it.  Once I get those line dancing routines down pat, I will be a Line Dancing Queen.  I will also have great a sense of accomplishment which will fill my “achy breaky heart!”  I can’t wait!  Wooo Hooo Little Doggy!

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During the Sunday night performance at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Oprah called on teacher Valerie Kamel to come up on stage.  After a heart felt hug and words of wisdom shared by both, Oprah promised to visit Valerie and her students the next day.

“I wouldn’t want to disrupt students in exams,” Oprah said.

“It is a lesson that exams are not everything,” Valerie negotiated with the icon.

Oprah then stated that she would see the star struck Valerie the next day. 

While everyone in the audience wished they were Valerie, one of the lessons of the night was that it took hard work, dedication and a belief in yourself to achieved success.

Valerie has quoted to her students at College Beaubois in Pierrefonds, lessons she has learned on Oprah.  Her students took to social media in hopes of getting Oprah to meet with their teacher.  It worked!!

Today will be a day never forgotten by the whole city!

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In preparation for the road repairs being performed by Exo, the closure of sections of the Pointe-Claire station parking area will be necessary:
  • Saturday, June 15, 2019 (closure of both coloured sections)
  • Tuesday, June 25, 2019 (closure of the blue section)
  • Wednesday, June 26,2019 (closure of the pink section)

The post Partial Closure of Pointe Claire Train Station Parking for the next two weeks appeared first on West Island Blog.

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ECO-GRAZING – THE SHEEP ARE BACK THIS SUMMER AT EDGEWATER PARK! Pointe Claire is happy to have to announce that  Edgewater Park, located along Lake Saint-Louis near Pointe-Claire Village, will once again play host to six sheep this summer, as part of an eco-grazing project.

From June 17 to July 14 and August 5 to 18, six sheep will be grazing the grass, contributing to maintaining the park in an entirely natural way. A shelter will be set up at the park, to accommodate the sheep, and a shepherd will watch over the flock.

“This fun, educational initiative, which brought the community together, is in line with the City’s environmental orientations,” specified the Mayor. “Last summer, citizens took high interest in the project, bringing them together and proving the importance of sustainable development within Pointe-Claire.”

A series of educational activities are planned during this period at Edgewater Park. Here is the schedule:

In case of rain, storms or heat waves, the sheep will be sheltered and activities will be cancelled.

You can buy feed for the sheep for $0.25.

“Whether on foot or by bike, all are invited to drop by Edgewater Park, to have a picnic by Lake Saint-Louis, watch the sheep and take part in the exciting activities being held,” said Mayor Belvedere in conclusion.

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