The Weather Network has issued a high heat and humidity warning for the Island of Montreal Island. Over the next couple of days, temperatures will reach 30 degrees Celsius with high humidity levels making it feel like 40 degrees. The heat peaks on Saturday and will begin to cool as of Monday.
The high heat is a great time to take advantage of the numerous pools or splash pads across the West Island.
Staying hydrated is essential during periods of high heat. Keep a bottle of water with you at all times, and stay in the shade or indoors when possible. Remember to keep vigilant for signs of heatstroke and heat exhaustion.
Have fun, stay hydrated and most importantly stay safe!
Cases of measles were reported in the greater Montreal area since the end 2019, has been listed by the Quebec health department’s website
. People who are considered contagious visited several public places. People who visited these places at the times indicated in the table of locations, dates and times where exposure to the measles virus may have occurred are considered at risk of exposure.
To limit the spread of the disease, steps are being taken to identify people who may have been exposed.
People at risk of complications
Some people have a higher risk of complications if they catch measles. They should be assessed promptly so that they can be given preventive treatment if they were exposed to the measles virus. They are:
babies under one year old;
people with weakened immune systems;
pregnant women who are not adequately vaccinated against measles.
Preventive treatment, which consists of an injection of antibodies, must be provided within 7 days of exposure.
People who may have been exposed
If you are not at risk of complications, you can still consult the table of locations, dates and times where exposure to the measles virus may have occurred. If you visited any of these places at the dates and times indicated, watch out for symptoms until the dates indicated in the table, especially if you have not been vaccinated.
The main symptoms of measles are a high fever, cough, runny nose, red eyes and general discomfort, followed by a rash on the face and then on the body.
Vaccination is the best way to protect yourself against measles. Some people are considered protected against measles. If you are not considered protected, you should get vaccinated. If you are not sure that you have had the vaccines you need to protect yourself against measles, you can contact Info-Santé at 811.
People who are considered protected
The following people are considered protected against measles:
People born before 1970.
People who have serology showing antibodies to measles.
People who have a medical certificate confirming that they had measles before January 1, 1996.
People who have written evidence of vaccination against measles. The number of doses required to consider people protected varies:
people born after 1980;
people born between 1970 and 1979 who are interns or health care workers, travellers or military recruits.
1 dose: people born between 1970 and 1979 who are not interns or health workers, travellers or military recruits.
Pregnant women born between 1970 and 1979 who received only 1 dose of vaccine against measles should receive Immunoglobulins following significant exposure to measles.
Different criteria may be used in other provinces or countries to determine whether or not a person is protected.
If you are not sure that you have had the vaccines you need to protect yourself against measles, contact Info-Santé 811.
Out of the 813 municipalities affected in last month’s map, 30 have since been removed including Dollard Des Ormeaux which has no borders along the water and Pointe Claire. The adjusted flood map was released this week.
The Ministère des Affaires municipales et de l’Habitation has confirmed that owners whose buildings are not located in the 20-year floodplain and were not flooded in 2017 or 2019 will not be subject to the special intervention zone in Pointe Claire.
“The flood-risk zone in Pointe-Claire identified in the draft provincial order covered 265 properties—none of which were flooded in 2017 or 2019, and none of which are located in the 20-year floodplain,” stated Pointe-Claire Mayor, John Belvedere.
More than 5,000 people participated in the province-wide consultation in early July. Citizens were upset as homes that have never been flooded were included in this original map issued on June 17, and could not get permits to do repairs to their homes.
Check to see if your home is within the flood map by typing your address at the this link to the proposed flood map
In response to pressure exerted by the City of Dorval and other municipalities in relation to the inaccuracies of the maps representing the flooded territories, the Quebec government has submitted a new map of affected flood zones in 2017 and 2019.
However, although this map more accurately reflects the reality, the City of Dorval considers that it is still incorrect regarding boundaries of its territory. In fact, certain areas that were not affected by floods in 2017 and 2019 are still located in the special planning zone (SPZ) decreed by the Quebec government.
Due to this decree, we remind citizens that it is practically impossible for the City of Dorval to issue construction permits for buildings that are still located in the area covered in the new SPZ.
At this point, the City has submitted its requests to the ministère des Affaires municipales et de l’Habitation (MAMH), as required by the government, in order to ask for the withdrawal of Dorval sectors that are still affected by the new SPZ.
I was quite young when I knew what I wanted to be. The first person I wanted to be was a ballerina! I wanted to be a ballerina so badly. I studied ballet when I was a child. I loved and presently still love to watch ballerina’s dance. I still toe out all the time. My Yoga Guru Gal Dorit constantly tells me to align my feet in a parallel form, I can’t do it. I’m always in a natural first position.
Becoming a ballerina takes a lot of time and dedication. I think socializing with my friends took me off the ballerina track. Shortly after that, puberty hit me like a brick. At the end of my teens, I had to figure out the next person I wanted to be.
Entrepreneurial Sue was who I wanted to be. When I was attending Junior College or CEGEP (Quebec College) I started a business with my boyfriend. It was a telegram service in which we delivered personally decorated giant chocolate chip cookies. It was called Cookie-A-Gram. I still own the name and concept. We baked and delivered these cookies for 4 years. We worked really hard and made decent earnings every week. I thank Cookie-A-Gram for my first car!
As a part-time job, the cookie telegram business was fun and stable, but I still needed an everlasting full-time profession. Teacher! I remember playing school when I was a child. My friends and I would set up a pretend school in the basement. Most of the time, I was the teacher. Miss Suzie was my name. I created lessons, activities, class work and homework. I loved correcting and decorating my classroom. Giving out stickers for excellent work was my favourite thing to do. It still is!
So, I went to school to become a teacher and that is the person I am today. Toss in being an author, columnist, and poet, you have the evolution of me. There are other wonderful branches in my life I have created for myself. The point here is the quote, “Create a Life You Don’t Need a Vacation From”. I think I have succeeded at this.
Although, I do love going on vacation to my favourite places in the world. In honesty, my ultimate favourite place is… my life at home. The busy life I’ve created for myself.
Life is an always evolving journey. Hopefully, a happy life is one filled with the things you really like to do. I’m really busy all the time. I always have projects to do on my desk. I go from one project to the next and usually in a perennial fashion.
Have you created a life you are happy with? Are you most happy when you’re on vacation or are you most happy in your life at home? Do you simply love to travel and that’s your fun?
Some people travel constantly. I wonder if they have created a life they need a vacation from? Perhaps their life is too busy and hectic so they need to travel to rest from it? Perhaps their love for travel is the life they pursue and that’s their happiness? I wonder?
For me, I love when my desk is filled with projects and things to do. I love a long “to do” list. New challenges and mindful workouts get me excited!
Although, sitting on my tush for hours writing and writing could definitely benefit from a good long walk or run along a breezy ocean shore. I hear the ocean calling my name… soon…very soon I’m coming to you!
Get busy, be that bee, spring is here, get out there!
How exciting! You’ve finally decided. You’re calling a realtor and putting your home for sale.
You begin to daydream, that before too long your realtor, home stager and professional photographer will prepare your home for those awesome Instagram house-selfies; Centris photo portfolio, aerial shots, and marketing video. It’s a high, thrilling and scary all at the same time, but you’ve decided and you’re ready to commit. Your new dream home awaits!
And then it hits you. Before all the fun, there’s work to do and now’s the time to go down that seemingly endless task list and take care of all those pesky little chores waiting for a rainy day. And now, that day is here!
It can feel overwhelming but in fact, it’s rather simple if you approach it from a sense of organization and simplicity. Keep it manageable, and the best way to feel accomplished is by making lists and handle one small task at a time. One of the tools I use with my clients is my checklist of “Things to do, and Things to don’t”. And, I thought to share some of the highlights with you to help get you started.
Where to start?
Begin with fresh eyes. Walk around your home; outside, inside… room by room. What do you notice? Where does your eye go first? How does it feel? Is it bright and inviting? Does it feel fresh and open? Is it… happy?
First impressions matter; that ever-important curb-appeal from the driveway to your front door. Is that doorbell broken? Is the door paint faded and chipping away? What about when you step inside? Will your Buyers be welcomed by shoes, jackets and recycle boxes?
Now I know you’re thinking, “…but Candis, I need to live in my home.” And of course you do, but organized editing can create both visual appeal and practicality for every day; while providing ease for last-minute showings.
It’s a simple fact that the little things do matter and it can be surprising the “little things” that will turn off a potential Buyer. So here’s my “shortlist”. Feel free to add to it as these things have a way of taking on a life of their own! But keep it doable and simple and focus on the most relevant and important tasks.
Things To Do…1. Repair
Repair everything… and I mean everything.
Now I’m not talking about major renovations or expensive jobs. Those are the things you discuss with your realtor to determine their respective need versus value cost and their relevance when determining your asking price.
What I’m talking about here are all those little forgotten things which add up in a potential Buyer’s mind making them skeptical about the condition of the entire house. “What other more important things have been neglected as well?”, they will wonder.
So replace those lightbulbs, broken handles, leaky faucets, wobbly handrails, flickering lights, etc. It’s imperative because if overlooked you can be assured each and every neglected item will be pointed out by your potential buyer and will most certainly be reflected in a much lower offer.
2. Clear the Excess
When selling your home, less is absolutely more.
Remove: unnecessary or bulky furniture, rarely used kitchen countertop appliances, unnecessary rugs, limit the dog toys, piles of magazines, plants, overflowing paperwork, knickknacks, endless throw pillows, etc. Remember the focus is on showing your home and helping Buyers to visualize it as theirs.
Clear away all those things (you know what they are); all that stuff placed “there for now” that has become “there forever”. Forever stops now. Clear it away. You’ll feel so much better and your home will begin to feel open and airy and light again!
Now is the perfect time to gather those well-loved and unneeded items and give them to a friend, shelter or charity. It feels amazing and incidentally, it becomes addictive.
4. The Power of Paint
I cannot say it enough. Paint is your best friend. No really, it is.
White, Ecru, Bisque, Parchment, Oyster… whatever name you want to call it (you get the picture) go neutral. Now, is not the time to make a design statement. And don’t go overboard using the grey… I know it’s a thing, but just… don’t. Not everyone is into cool and trendy. Remember here, we want to appeal to the masses.
5. Lather, Rinse, Repeat.
Clean; clean everything. I’m not talking your everyday clean, I’m talking about the big one; the one where you call in the troops and the hazmat suits (JK).
Focus on washing windows, floors, mirrors, scuff marks, cabinetry, floor moldings, staircase risers, cobwebs and dust on the ceiling fan. Don’t use overly scented cleaning agents. Keep it simple…vinegar and baking soda are magic.
Outside the home, wash decks and walkways and be sure to clean eavestroughs. Mow and trim grass in Summer, rake the leaves in Fall and clear snow paths and driveways in Winter.
I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve waded through knee-high snow, visiting homes with my buyers or arrived at a home that hasn’t been mown in 3 weeks. You don’t want your Buyers’ first visit to begin as a hiking “adventure”.
Things To Don’t…1. Don’t Decorate
Ah, I got ya there, didn’t I? It seems like strange advice coming from a real estate broker who is also an interior designer. But, trust me when I tell you that now is not the time to try all those amazing Pinterest ideas, nor to bring out your inner Martha Stewart. This is not the time for “50 Ways With Fuchsia”, or “How To Hang That Taxidermy Collection”. Choose wisely, appeal broadly and use your accessories sparingly. You don’t want even the most beautiful of decor to become clutter, and worse… steal the limelight! We want your Buyers to see your home and be able to imagine it as theirs. We want them to feel the space, see the windows and realize the potential for imagining their furnishings, and their lives within your home.
2. Don’t Depersonalize… Well not, completely.
Being a designer and real estate broker, my particular expertise is in the preparation of my listings for the market. I’m not of the “Depersonalize Your Home” mindset. I’m no fan of sterile spaces that lack personality either when decorating nor selling a home.
You’ve already got amazing things, they’re there…they merely need to be curated and used creatively to highlight your home’s best features and focal points. It’s not about being decorative as much as it is about drawing the eye to where we want it to go; purposefully.
Personality creates a conversation
We want the conversation to be a good one, however. I cannot count the times my Buying clients have connected with items reflective of the personalities of my Sellers. “Omg I love that picture; it’s the exact spot in NYC where my husband proposed to me!” and, “Oh your son has the same name as ours!” and, “Your daughter won that trophy playing hockey? My daughter plays hockey too!” and, “I just love that artist, I have works by him as well!”. I could go on and on. Please remember it’s all well and good to be yourself…a little. Just don’t go overboard.
Be discriminating in choosing which pieces of art, books or accessories make the “cut”. Use them sparingly and you’ll be more than fine. Glimpses and insights into your personalities are important. They can create a commonality; a bond and a connection to the home and its owners. And that is invaluable when selling your home.
First impressions absolutely do matter
They say, “You never get a second chance to make a good first impression”. And in real estate, this holds even truer. So ignore these “To Do’s” if you choose (hey that rhymes) but know that the only second chance you’ll get, is that Centris banner saying “Reduced Price”!
So, follow my “Things To Do” and ”Things To Don’t” and prepare your home right away; even before you decide to list it. That way you get to enjoy the fruits of your labour a little longer. And, if you have any questions please feel free to reach out to me in the comments section or call or text me at 514-795-2610; by email at email@example.com . Likewise, you can friend me on Facebook.
Additionally, should you be considering selling your home whether in the West Island out in Hudson, or Montreal, please feel free to reach out to me Candis Noble; Real Estate Broker, Engel & Völkers. I’d love to learn your real estate needs, provide you with my complimentary analysis of your home’s value and tell you more about my designer-curated staging, the international exposure of Engel & Völkers, and my unique marketing approach for selling your home and obtaining the highest price possible!
Candis Noble Engel & Völkers • West Island Real Estate Broker • Interior Designer
firstname.lastname@example.org • 514-795-2610 • candisnoble.evrealestate.comCandis Noble • Engel & Völkers West Island Real Estate Broker and Interior Designer 514.795.2610
The Ville de Laval is currently conducting a survey on certain communications conducted between April and June 2019 in order to learn more about the level of satisfaction and needs of the people of Laval in that regard.
The survey, which takes approximately 5 minutes, will be of great help toward the implementation of future communications.
By completing the survey before July 16, 2019, at 11:59 PM,
you will be entered for a chance to win a $500 gift card redeemable at Carrefour Laval.
A SiriusXM Select subscription now includes access to SiriusXM via the SiriusXM mobile app and on connected devices in the home, at no extra cost.
SiriusXM introduces Personalized Stations Powered by Pandora, bringing personalization into the SiriusXM experience.
Expanded preview of SiriusXM video unlocks On Demand Archive, including performances by and interviews with Kevin Hart, Cardi B, Jonas Brothers, Khalid, Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw, Florida Georgia Line, BTS, P!NK, George Clooney, Chelsea Handler, Ryan Reynolds and Tracy Morgan.
SiriusXM Canada, the country’s leading audio entertainment company, announced earlier this week that subscribers now have access to the world’s best audio entertainment in more places than ever before. SiriusXM Select subscribers now join SiriusXM All Access, SiriusXM Essential Streaming and SiriusXM Premier Streaming subscribers with unlimited streaming access to the hundreds of SiriusXM music, sports, talk, news and entertainment channels, at no additional cost, outside the car on a phone, at home, and online.
With this new access to streaming, SiriusXM Select customers will also get access to over 100 recently launched Xtra Music Channels curated across genres and eras for any mood, occasion or activity. This coincides with an expanded preview of SiriusXM video that unlocks more from SiriusXM’s On Demand Archive. Subscribers can see hundreds of videos including in-studio performances, behind-the-scenes moments, and more.
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SiriusXM offers various subscription levels. Go to SiriusXM.ca for more details on the programming and packages that SiriusXM offers subscribers in the car, at home, on a phone, and online. For customers outside of Quebec, introductory subscription packages in the vehicle start as low as $5/month, and for a limited time, three (3) months of SiriusXM outside the car for $1 (plus applicable fees and taxes). For customers in Quebec, please visit Siriusxm.ca for pricing.
About SiriusXM Canada
Sirius XM Canada Inc., operating as SiriusXM Canada, is the country’s leading audio entertainment company. SiriusXM creates and offers ad-free music; premier sports talk and live events; comedy; news; and exclusive talk and entertainment. SiriusXM is available in vehicles from every major car company and on smartphones and other connected devices as well as online at siriusxm.ca.
SiriusXM radios and accessories are available from retailers nationwide and online at SiriusXM. In addition, SiriusXM Music for Business provides ad-free music to a variety of businesses. SiriusXM is also a leading provider of connected vehicles services, giving customers access to a suite of safety, security, and convenience services including automatic crash notification, stolen vehicle recovery assistance, enhanced roadside assistance and turn-by-turn navigation.
SiriusXM Canada has been designated one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies ten years in a row and is currently a Platinum Club Member.
The Lakeshore General Hospital, a facility of the CIUSSS de l’Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal, has announced the results of its efforts to reduce infections through the implementation of the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP) with financial support from the Lakeshore General Hospital Foundation.
This American program, which aims to measure and improve the quality of surgical care, was implemented three years ago.
“The Lakeshore General Hospital Foundation makes a vital contribution to the wellbeing of
patients at the Lakeshore General Hospital through the dedicated and devoted staff. Each
Lakeshore General Hospital Foundation financing campaign serves the quality of the care and services patients receive at the Lakeshore General Hospital,” explained Ms. Lynne McVey, President & CEO of the CIUSSS de l’Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal.
A program to improve patients’ hospital stays
The assessment and improvement program collects data on surgical care to reduce risks
related to complications, reduce the duration of hospital stays, and, in so doing, improve
the quality of care and services patients receive.
“The Foundation is very proud to support this leading-edge program and we are very
pleased with the absolutely incredible results we have seen. We thank the CIUSSS de
l’Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal for their collaboration in implementing this project at the
Lakeshore General Hospital. We are also grateful to our donors, whose generosity allows
us to improve healthcare services in our community,” stated Heather Holmes, Managing
Director of the Lakeshore General Hospital Foundation.Following a surgical procedure, the nurse assigned to this program completes an evaluation grid that transmits the information into the NSQIP database. By comparing the results with those of other participating hospitals, the nurse can work with the clinical team to implement scientifically proven measures to improve practices during surgical interventions.
Those measures include covering the patient with a heated blanket before long surgical
procedures, which helps to stabilize body temperature, prevent hypothermia, and lower
the risk of infections. Small measures that make all the difference!
Over the past three years, the program at the Lakeshore General Hospital has helped to
reduce the infection rate by 35%. The Lakeshore General Hospital is the only community
hospital in Quebec currently participating in this research program, which is active in 73
hospitals in Canada and 685 hospitals across North America.
A Foundation Dedicated to Patients’ Wellbeing
By contributing to the purchase of state-of-the-art equipment, major structural renovations, and assists in supporting programs and specialized training for the professional staff, the Lakeshore General Hospital Foundation at the heart of care and services offered at the Lakeshore General Hospital. For more information about the Lakeshore General Hospital Foundation, visit www.fondationlakeshore.ca.
About the CIUSSS de l’Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal
The CIUSSS de l’Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal comprises the former West Island Health and
Social Services Centre, Dorval-Lachine-LaSalle Health and Social Services Centre, St.,
Mary’s Hospital Center, the Douglas Mental Health University Institute, the West Island
Rehabilitation Centre, the Grace Dart Extended Care Centre, Batshaw Youth and Family
Centres, and Ste. Anne’s Hospital.