Mayor Wins Hands Down

Kathryn Greenaway, Montreal Gazette , 10 October 2017

West Island acclamations include two mayors and 20 councillors

Kirkland incumbent Mayor Michel Gibson is one of two mayors in the West Island to be acclaimed leading up to the municipal elections, Nov. 5. Four of Kirkland’s eight councillor positions were also acclaimed:

District 1 (Timberlea) incumbent councillor Michael Brown

District 2 (Holleuffer) incumbent councillor Luciano Piciacchia

District 6 (Canvin) incumbent councillor John Morson

District 7 (St-Charles) incumbent councillor Paul Dufort

The entire slate of Senneville town councillors has been acclaimed:

District 1 incumbent councillor François Vaqué

District 2 councillor Alain Savoie

District 3 councillor Christopher Jackson

District 4 councillor Michelle Jackson Trepanier

District 5 incumbent councillor Dennis Dicks

District 6 incumbent councillor Peter Csenar

There is a three-way race for mayor in Senneville with outgoing District 2 councillor Charles Mickie and outgoing District 4 councillor Julie Brisebois in the running along with former mayor George McLeish. McLeish served four terms as mayor and one as councillor. He was ousted by outgoing Mayor Jane Guest in 2013.

Dollard-des-Ormeaux District 2 incumbent councillor Errol Johnson has been acclaimed as have Pointe-Claire District 3 (Valois) councillor Kelly Thorstat-Cullen, Beaconsfield District 2 councillor Karen Messier and Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue District 3 councillor Francis Juneau.

The entire municipal slate representing tiny Île-Dorval has also been acclaimed:

Incumbent Mayor Gisèle Chapleau, incumbent councillors André-Philippe Pelletier, Andrew Kabbash and Michael Hayes and councillors Nicholas Steinmetz, Carolyn Bourke and Huw Griffiths.

There were no acclamations in Dorval, Baie-d’Urfé and the boroughs of Lachine, Pierrefonds-Roxboro and Île-Bizard-Ste-Geneviève.

Curiously enough, a search for a good visual for this post – and for a virtual congratulation postcard to our winners – would bring this old postcard repeatedly. Congratulations!

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Hungry? Grab fresh fruit off a tree for free in Kirkland’s ‘fruit alley’

Global News.

The City of Kirkland, in Montreal’s West Island, has created a “fruit alley” at des Bénévoles Park.

Officials planted dozens of fruit trees and shrubs along a 100-metre path in the park, dedicating it to all the men and women who have volunteered to make Kirkland a better place over the years.

“We have apple trees, plum trees, cherry trees, peach trees, pear trees, apricot, hazelnut,” Kirkland mayor Michel Gibson told Global News. “We have shrubs too, raspberry and gooseberry.”

The trees were planted a few weeks ago and most aren’t bearing any fruit yet.

The hope is that in a few years, when the trees and shrubs are all grown up, people can sit down and relax under the canopy and snack on fresh fruit right there in their neighbourhood.

“It’s a beautiful experience. When these trees will be at maturity, you’ll be able to pick the fruits that are there,” Gibson said.

Residents said they love the idea.

“I love the fruit alley. I love anything that’s nature in the area,” said Elizabeth Tiotte as she took her morning walk.

“This is a great way to try fruit we’ve never tried. I saw this Saskatoon berry. I’ve never tried that before,” said resident Mylène Moy.

The mayor also sees educational opportunities for schools in the area.

“You have descriptions of the tree that was planted, the best time to eat the fruits or the nuts, when’s the proper time,” said Gibson.

Do you have your personal experience? Share it in comments below.

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Kirkland Book of Records: UPDATE

I was advised by the Town of Kirkland that the biographies of Kirkland Councilors are not available, and I have to contact them individually.
Response Town Hall Kirkland

Thank you, Town of Kirkland. Done (see text below).

Will publish the results when and if I get them.

Dear Mayor Gibson, dear Kirkland Councilors,

Would each of you kindly provide a short bio to your potential electorate?

The elections are coming soon, I assume you will be running, but there’s no information about you on the Ville de Kirkland web page.

It is good practice to have the officials’ biographies linked to their photos on the web page. We used to have that not so long ago, could you find the way to restore it?

Look how nicely this is done for Canadian Senators:

In the meantime, please advise the following:

  1. Your current position, function, committees you are (and were) on etc.
  2. How long have you been with the Council.
  3. Your achievements in this role.
  4. Anything else – official or personal – that you want to share with your citizens.

Thank you for your attention and prompt response.



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Good Morning!

noiseI was wide awake today at 07.30, on a nice Saturday Morning.

There was a gentleman outside already riding his weed-eater over the neighbor’s hedge.

Maybe it is my imagination, but the sound of his tool was extremely brutal – but nobody seemed to be disturbed by it. Indeed, our By-Laws specify that the use of power tools may be subject to fines before 7 am only. On Sunday we are allowed to sleep till 9 am.

Demographics of Kirkland (and Beaconsfield) indicate that our citizens may prefer to have more tranquility, so this version sounds better:
No person shall operate, or cause to be operated, any power equipment at the following times:
– Before 7:00 am and after 7:00 pm, Monday to Friday inclusively;
– Before 9:00 am and after 6:00 pm on Saturdays and Sundays;
– On holidays when most residents are not working.

What do you think?

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Beaconsfield mayor bullish on new REM train network

Published on: July 19, 2017

Beaconsfield is not on tap for a new Réseau électrique métropolitain (REM) light-rail train station, but Mayor Georges Bourelle is bullish on the project nonetheless.

“I’m favourable to it even though Beaconsfield has no direct benefit, like say Kirkland or Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue,” Bourelle said.

“For Baie-d’Urfé it will help their industrial park, but not their residents part so much.”

The 67-kilometre electric-train network, to be built at a cost of $6 billion, will connect the West Island with downtown Montreal, South Shore, Deux-Montagnes and Trudeau airport. The project is slated to be built by 2020.

The REM is being hailed as the most important transit project in Montreal since the Métro subway opened in 1966.

For Beaconsfield residents in the south part of the West Island, the closest REM train station will be in Kirkland, near the Kirkland Colisée cinema along Highway 40. Other nearby stations will be located in Ste-Anne–de-Bellevue and Pointe-Claire, west of Fairview shopping centre.

“For Beaconsfield, the REM train is certainly not a direct contribution to our needs for transit,” Bourelle said.

“We have had discussions with the government, and also with the Caisse de dépôt, and the AMT (train service) that is now in place is slated to continue and operate. In fact, Minister Martin Coiteux said maybe even improve (the AMT).

“So we’re hoping and counting on the commuter train.”

Bourelle does not think the REM will affect AMT transit in Beaconsfield.

“(Usage) won’t go down necessarily because you have the whole population below Highway 20 that uses it,” he said.

“So to me, where we are going to be benefiting from the REM is in the in-between hours, when people can’t take the AMT train downtown. Then at 11 or 11:30 p.m., if they’re coming home from the hockey game or whatever, they can take the REM and use public transit to get home, or take a taxi or whatever.”
Bourelle said bus routes will have to be redrawn and co-ordinated to bring commuters to and from the new REM stations.

“We’ll also have to review bike paths leading to the REM stations in Kirkland. From Beaconsfield, people will want to take their bikes to the station. This is another thing that will have to be worked out.”

Bourelle said there will be parking at the Kirkland station, but hopefully not everyone will drive to their nearest REM station.

“That’s why I’m saying, even when you look at Ste-Anne’s or Baie-d’Urfé, Kirkland, Pointe-Claire or Dorval, there will still be a lot of people will prefer to take AMT train, particularly at rush-hour in the morning and coming back at rush-hour at night.

“The REM will compliment that service.”

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Kirkland Book of Records: CONTEST OPEN!

The campaign has started. In the coming months, we’ll hear a lot of memorable revelations and promises from our local “leaders.” With your help, we won’t let them pass unnoticed.

So far, the first one we have heard – or seen in print – is Mr. Gibson’s statement:

“I am very proud to say that Kirkland is the best place to live in Canada,” said Gibson.

The Mayor may have personal reasons to believe that this is the case. After all, he has been with the Town Hall for  26 years (over 40 years corrected by the Mayor). Continue reading

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Kirkland Mayor Michel Gibson seeks another mandate

Mayor Michel Gibson

Mayor Michel Gibson

By Kevin Woodhouse, The Suburban

      •  Kirkland Mayor Michel Gibson announced last week that he will be seeking another mandate in the upcoming municipal election taking place this November.

Gibson has been a councillor since 1991 before taking the mayoral seat four years ago.

Before election day, Gibson expects to “knock on 6,000 doors and I have already started my door to door visits,” Gibson told The Suburban.

The mayor will be running on maintaining and even improving services by keeping tax increases to a minimum “since 2013 our local tax on the average house increased by only $54. The 2017 budget showed a 0.5 percent increase on the average house, way below inflation.”

Other accomplishments Gibson noted during the last mandate has been the $1 million grant from the provincial government as “funding towards the arena modernization, an estimated $4 million project. In addition, a $350,000 federal grant was jointly awarded to the Lakeshore Soccer Club and the town of Kirkland to renovate the synthetic soccer field at Parc des Bénévoles, a $1.5 million project,” the mayor said.

Regarding infrastructure, the city has “$30 million invested in road work, infrastructures, parks and green spaces, including the Harris water splash park. I am very proud of the new integrated library automation system and the extension of the opening hours to give better access to our residents.”

For Gibson, the most important dossier for the next four years is the light rail train project REM (Réseau Électrique Métropolitain). “ I believe that it is crucial that our residents are kept abreast on all phases of this important community project, through information sessions and participation, planning workshops and to work closely with our partners Caisse Infra, MTQ and Montréal Agglomeration.”

The city’s industrial and business district received some new arrivals within the last mandate, namely “ Harden Commercial Center, Cogeco, Traffic Teck and the Cancer Wellness Center. Kirkland’s 2.4 percent industrial vacancy rate is one of the lowest on the island of Montreal,” Gibson said.

“I am very proud to say that Kirkland is the best place to live in Canada,” said Gibson.

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Mayors in Kirkland and Pierrefonds-Roxboro to seek re-election

The Gazette


Mayor Michel Gibson has announced he will seek a second term.

Gibson was first elected as a councillor in 1991. He ousted Mayor John Meaney in 2013. Meaney had served as mayor for close to 20 years.

In a prepared statement, Gibson listed his administrations accomplishments. Among them were keeping tax increases modest, securing $1 million in provincial funding to help defray the cost of modernizing the town’s arena and securing a $350,000 federal grant for the town and the Lakeshore Soccer Club to be applied to the renovation of the synthetic soccer field at Parc des Bénévoles. Also during Gibson’s mandate, the city was officially recognized as senior-friendly, recycling and composting programs reduced the amount of garbage ending up in landfills and $30 million was invested in road work and infrastructure projects.

Keeping citizens informed about the integration of the future light-rail system, with its one station in Kirkland, is a priority for Gibson.

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Kirkland takes creative approach to launching first book-sharing box

The box, fashioned by carpenters from Kirkland’s public works department, is a miniature replica of the town’s heritage Lantier House, located at 11 Chemin Lantier. The box is installed near the house.

Lantier House was built circa 1737. It now serves as a community centre.

The concept of book-sharing has been steadily gaining in popularity. People are invited to leave a book and take a book from the box. There is no charge and no registration is necessary. Books in French and English for adults and children will be available at the start. Once the exchange gets going, the box will hold an ever-changing selection of books.

The book-sharing box project was a collaboration between the Kirkland Library and the public works department.

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Wake Up and Smell the … Roses

The GazetteWhile Kirkland Town Hall is proud to have the crossed sewers’ issue swept under the carpet, another West Island neighborhood is starting to look into the water pollution problem: Dollard-des-Ormeaux plans to launch city-wide inspection in 2016.

However, from this point on, the DDO story will be different from ours. For reasons beyond an ordinary Kirkland citizen’s understanding, DDO Town Hall plans to treat its citizens with respect and does not threaten or accuse them of wrongdoing.

According to Mayor Ed Janiszewski, while a reimbursement policy has yet to be formalized, the Town will take a major part of the responsibility. Read more in The Gazette, 25 Nov. 2015, by Albert Kramberger.

DDO citizens are lucky to have a Town Hall that cares.

And we are proud to stay firm on “the Kirkland way.”

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