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The North Shore News volume 20-10

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The current issue of The North Shore News volume 20-10 published May 17th, 2024.
Covering North Shore local news, politics, sports and other newsworthy events.

The North Shore News volume 20-09

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The current issue of The North Shore News volume 20-09 published May 3rd, 2024.
Covering North Shore local news, politics, sports and other newsworthy events.

Rosemère Town Council Takes Steps Towards Mixed-Use Development

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In a pivotal move to rejuvenate its regional hub, the Rosemère Town Council passed a resolution directing the General Manager’s office to draft a request for amending the MRC de Thérèse-De Blainville’s land use and development plan. This amendment seeks to incorporate mixed commercial and residential use in specific zones of the town, namely C-03, C-139, and C-140, areas central to Rosemère’s urban strategy.

As the local retail sector faces a downturn, Rosemère is experiencing a concerning drop in tax revenues, a scenario that is exacerbating the financial burden on residential taxpayers. The Council’s strategy aims to leverage this situation by optimizing land use in the regional hub to align with broader redevelopment objectives. This would involve the integration of additional green spaces near Place Rosemère, currently the town’s most significant heat island, and enhancing the area’s resilience to climate change.

Furthermore, the Council is committed to addressing the social and demographic needs of Rosemère’s residents by diversifying the housing options available within the community. This approach not only aims to cater to a broader range of residents but also to invigorate the community with new vitality and connectivity.

Earlier in February, the town took a preparatory step by commissioning a technical study to explore the feasibility of integrating certain urban infrastructure systems. This study is crucial in ensuring that any forthcoming projects are backed by thorough data and analysis, thereby supporting informed decision-making by the town’s leadership.

To steer these initiatives, the Council has established a working committee chaired by Councillor Marie-Élaine Pitre, with Mayor Eric Westram and key municipal staff as members. The committee is tasked with monitoring the progress of major projects emerging from these redevelopment efforts, ensuring that each step aligns with the town’s long-term vision for growth and sustainability.

This strategic pivot marks a significant chapter in Rosemère’s urban planning, as it looks to a future where commercial vitality and residential well-being are closely intertwined, creating a more dynamic and sustainable community.

Marie-Andrée Bonneau Wins Municipal Council Seat in Rosemère

Marie-Andrée Bonneau Wins Municipal Council Seat in Rosemère

Marie-Andrée Bonneau has been elected to the municipal council of Rosemère following a special election held last Sunday.
The election came about to fill the seat vacated by Councillor Carla Brown, who resigned in January. Bonneau and another candidate, Alexandre Raymond from the InnovAction+ party, contended for the position.
Bonneau, running as an independent, secured the council seat with a significant lead, outpacing Raymond by 161 votes. Her victory marks her as the second independent voice on the council, a detail she is particularly proud of.
Reflecting on her campaign strategy, Bonneau highlighted her grassroots approach. “I ran as an independent and sparked a debate. I campaigned without any spending, relying solely on word-of-mouth,” she stated shortly after the final vote counts were revealed.
Bonneau also expressed a deep understanding of her constituents’ concerns and a commitment to represent their voices in the city council. “People want to be heard. Since 2021, things have not progressed. Now, with two independent voices, we hope to initiate healthy debate and push forward on important issues,” she asserted.
She concluded her victory speech with gratitude, saying, “I am very happy and would like to thank all the citizens who turned out to vote,” before ending the evening’s celebrations.

$800K for Five AI Pilot Projects in Municipalities

$800K for Five AI Pilot Projects in Municipalities

The MRC (Regional County Municipality) of Thérèse-De Blainville, led by Eric Westram, Prefect and Mayor of Rosemère, alongside Julie Boivin, Deputy Prefect and Mayor of Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines, and other council members, unveiled the inaugural projects chosen for the “Signature Innovation” initiative, marking a significant stride in the application of artificial intelligence (AI) within municipal operations.

The initiative has attracted considerable attention, distributing nearly $800,000 across five pilot projects from a total fund of $2.3 million. These projects, rooted in AI, aim to tackle various municipal challenges, including climate change adaptation. The funding, part of a larger $3 million agreement with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MAMH), underscores the region’s commitment to innovative municipal solutions. The projects will be supported by IVÉO, an organization dedicated to assisting small and medium-sized cities in implementing innovative solutions.

Innovative Projects on the Horizon

The selected startups will undertake ambitious projects designed to enhance municipal infrastructure and services. Among them, the projects include:

  • Niosense: Focused on sustainable mobility, this initiative aims to enhance transportation efficiency by reducing unnecessary stops at traffic lights through improved synchronization.
  • Civilia: Another project aimed at sustainable mobility, Civilia will develop advanced modeling of existing cycling networks to create a platform that measures the impact of construction work on sustainable mobility.
  • XEOS and K2 Geospatial: Concentrating on environmental and climate change issues, this project will monitor urban heat islands and air quality, while also developing predictive analytics for tree health.
  • CANN Forecast: Dedicated to water economy, this project will diagnose the condition of water mains and predict water consumption patterns using machine learning techniques for predictive maintenance.
  • Acara Climate: This initiative focuses on public policy and climate risk management, offering software that supports resilient land use planning and assesses future vulnerability to climate impacts.

A Pioneering Effort in Municipal AI

The MRC of Thérèse-De Blainville aims to be at the forefront of integrating AI into municipal operations to address unprecedented challenges such as climate change, aging infrastructure, economic complexities, and labor shortages.

“The projects selected will contribute in their own unique ways to making the municipalities of the MRC of Thérèse-De Blainville more innovative and resilient in combating climate change. Whether focusing on water protection, enhancing sustainable mobility, energy recovery, or environmental protection, their outcomes will positively impact the community,” stated Andrée Laforest, Minister of Municipal Affairs.

This initiative not only supports the regional economy by allowing local businesses to develop and test new technologies but also encourages public-private partnerships that generate solutions beneficial to all municipalities within the environmental sector.

With a second round of project proposals already underway and expected to be announced by fall 2024, the MRC of Thérèse-De Blainville is keen to continue building its reputation as an innovative and resilient leader in the face of climate challenges.

Deux-Montagnes Invests $100,000 in Renovation of École Sauvé Playground

Deux-Montagnes Invests $100,000 in Renovation of École Sauvé Playground

The city of Deux-Montagnes supported the renovation project for the new playground at École Sauvé, which has already brought great joy to its students. The city’s contribution of $100,000 played a crucial role in providing a new adventure play module for the children.

The renovated playground offers a vibrant environment for the students of École Sauvé and serves as a multi-functional play area for all the youth in Deux-Montagnes, accessible even outside school hours. “The new courtyard provides a beautiful setting for the students of École Sauvé and allows all young people from Deux-Montagnes to enjoy a wonderful multifunctional play area outside of school hours,” stated Mayor Denis Martin.

The project included landscaping work, refurbishment of play equipment, and a reorganization of the space to better serve the needs of the children. Special congratulations are extended to Mr. Martin Lafrenière, the principal of École Sauvé, and his team for their dedication to this project.

The community’s investment in such projects underscores the importance of providing safe and engaging outdoor spaces for children, which are essential for their physical and mental development. The new playground not only enhances the school environment but also enriches the community by providing a well-equipped space for active play and social interaction among children.

The North Shore News volume 20-08

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The current issue of The North Shore News volume 20-08 published April 19th, 2024.
Covering North Shore local news, politics, sports and other newsworthy events.

Front page of The North Shore News.
Front page of The North Shore News, April 19th, 2024 issue.

Thérèse-De Blainville PD Celebrates National Emergency Telecommunicator Week and Welcomes New Officers

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Thérèse-De Blainville PD Celebrates National Emergency Telecommunicator Week and Welcomes New Officers

In recognition of the National Emergency Telecommunicator Week, the Régie intermunicipal police Thérèse-De Blainville has taken a moment to honor its dedicated team of emergency telecommunication dispatchers. These professionals are on the frontline 24/7, ensuring the safety and well-being of the community through their vigilant service.

Commitment to Excellence in Emergency Communications

Audrey-Anne Lessard, the Chief of Service for Telecommunications, highlighted the critical role these dispatchers play. “Being an emergency telecommunications officer is more than just a job; it’s a calling. Our team is dynamic, featuring compassionate human beings who prioritize the well-being and safety of the population. Their professionalism, empathy, and quick response are just a few of the values our telecommunicators uphold. We thank them for their exceptional work, performed around the clock,” she stated. In 2023 alone, the team created over 51,378 call cards for 911, police, and fire services, showcasing their pivotal role in emergency management.

Welcoming New Police Recruits

Amidst the celebrations, the Thérèse-De Blainville PDannounced the arrival of four new police officers to their ranks. The new recruits, Alex Aubut, Henri Girard, Sarah Blais, and Mari-Jade Viens, have been warmly welcomed into the community. These officers are set to become familiar faces in Thérèse-De Blainville, serving as partners in community safety and well-being.

“We congratulate our new officers and are delighted to welcome them to our team. We look forward to their contributions and hope their careers are as fulfilling as they aspire them to be,” the Régie stated.

The addition of these new officers and the celebration of the essential work by the telecommunication dispatchers underscore the Régie intermunicipal police Thérèse-De Blainville’s commitment to safety and community partnership. The community can rest assured that their calls for help are answered by a team of professionals who are dedicated, skilled, and ready to assist at any moment.

Conserving Water in Blainville: The City Launches Awareness Campaign to Curb Lawn Watering

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Conserving Water in Blainville: The City Launches Awareness Campaign to Curb Lawn Watering

In Blainville, a significant portion of potable water—20% annually—is consumed by lawn watering practices. The city identifies automatic sprinkler systems as the leading culprits of water wastage during the summer months. This excessive consumption and non-adherence to designated watering schedules disrupt the availability of potable water for essential uses throughout the city’s network.

Embracing Yellow Lawns: A Step Towards Sustainability

Under the slogan “A yellow lawn is not the end of the world,” Blainville is initiating a comprehensive awareness campaign to encourage its citizens to conserve water. This initiative will span various platforms, including the internet, billboards, social media, and local media outlets, aiming to shift public perception about lawn aesthetics and promote water preservation practices.

Strict Regulations and Enforcement

The existing regulations permit lawn watering from May 1 to October 1, strictly according to a predefined schedule. Watering outside these allowed times, particularly using water from municipal aqueducts, is prohibited. To ensure compliance, the city’s Green Brigade will be active on the ground, monitoring adherence to these rules. Violations of the watering schedule could lead to hefty fines up to $2,000.

Temporary Watering Permits

It’s important to note that Blainville will no longer issue temporary watering permits for newly seeded or sodded lawns from July 15 to August 15. This measure is to ensure that during the peak summer months, when water demand is at its highest, there is enough water for critical needs.

A Community Effort

Blainville calls for the cooperation of all its residents to use water responsibly. Setting automatic sprinklers according to the approved timetable not only complies with local laws but also supports the community at large. As water is a precious and often scarce resource, using it thoughtfully ensures that there is enough to go around, especially where and when it is needed most.

Boisbriand Welcomes Communauto in a Groundbreaking Pilot Project

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Boisbriand Welcomes Communauto in a Groundbreaking Pilot Project

On April 9, 2024, Boisbriand announced an exciting development in sustainable urban transport. Through the persistent efforts of its Urban Planning Service, Boisbriand has become the first city in the Laurentides to introduce a pilot car-sharing project with Communauto. This service will be available from May 1, providing residents with an eco-friendly and economical transportation option.

The city will set up two stations, each hosting two hybrid vehicles. One station will be located at the Recreational Centre at 989 Blvd. de la Grande-Allée, and the other at Wilfrid-Dion Park, situated at the corner of Blvd. de la Grande-Allée and Ave. des Grandes Tourelles. This arrangement ensures that all residents have convenient access to the vehicles, facilitating ease of mobility whenever needed.

Christine Beaudette, the mayor of Boisbriand, expressed her delight at the project’s launch: “We are very happy to initiate this project in Boisbriand and to finally provide our citizens with a new way to travel. Car-sharing is an economical and ecological initiative, and I hope it will inspire other cities to join the Communauto movement.”

Adding to this, Marco Viviani, Vice President of Strategic Development, highlighted the innovative aspect of this initiative: “Boisbriand is pioneering by supporting the deployment of car-sharing services, which opens up new opportunities even in less urban areas. This long-term strategy underscores the city’s commitment to diversifying mobility choices for its citizens, generating mutual benefits for all parties involved.”

The service is open to all Communauto users and aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while enhancing sustainable mobility options in the region. Boisbriand and Communauto are encouraging potential users to sign up online at boisbriand.communauto.com to take advantage of the service from day one. For the first three months after launch, Boisbriand residents can enjoy a $45 discount on the ‘Liberté Plus’ or any ‘Economique’ package subscription with the promo code BOISBD45. This promotional offer is valid until July 31, 2024.

Using Communauto is straightforward. Once registered, users can reserve a vehicle through the Communauto app, pick up the car from its designated spot, use it, and return it to the same location. Charges are based only on usage duration and kilometers driven. To learn more about the service details, interested individuals can visit communauto.com.

This pilot project not only marks a step forward in Boisbriand’s environmental initiatives but also sets a precedent for other municipalities considering similar sustainable transportation solutions.