Last updated on:
November 15, 2017
Time Is Not On Our Sides
With Oka Road reopening soon
after months of roadwork, you will be able to drive by city hall once again. If
you have time but don't know the time don't rely on the Little Ben clock to tell
you the correct time. The three faced clock installed during the Benoit Forget
administration has not been very good at keeping the correct time. The picture(s)
on the right were taken at 1:45pm which is the time displayed on the west face
of the clock. The south face was displaying 10:05 and the east face was at 4:10.
For as long as I can remember there has been problems with this clock. It didn't
help that someone in a car knocked it down a few years ago. There is probably
not a cheap solution to fixing this and I am sure extreme weather doesn't help
keep the mechanism(s) going like clockwork, but what can be done to fix this. It
was a nice addition to the architecture of the 1931 building but it would be
nice if it worked. Of course, no one needs clocks anymore as their heads are
entranced by their cell phones which almost always display the time on top.
If you are ever in Europe, you will see many old clocks are on steeples as this
was very important since not many people had time pieces. I am always amazed
that these clocks are always set to the right time. Some are hundreds of years
old and are still running perfectly (with maintenance, I trust). At least two of
our clocks are correct twice a day.
4 Korners Presents Free Kids
On Monday November 20th from 6:30pm to 7:30pm, 4korners
is hosting a FREE kids paint night. They provide the paint and canvas, all you
need is a sense of fun and creativity. Rigister by calling 450 974 3940 or
Click here for the poster.
Lions Club Corned Beef and
The Deux-Montagnes Lions Club's corned beef and cabbage dinner is back by
popular demand. It is happening on Saturday November 25th at the
Veterans' Hall, 141 Grand Moulin. The cost of the supper is $20 and is open to
the entire community that is so generously served by the Lions. After a
successful book fair, this fundraiser is still required as much of the equipment
stored in the Lions' Den was lost to the spring floods.
The doors open at 6:30pm and there will be a cash bar. For information and
tickets contact: Lion Gil Docherty at 450-473-0490.
On the subject of flooding, the Lions lost a lot of equipment, many wheelchairs,
walkers and other equipment that they use in their operations were destroyed. If
you have any wheelchairs or walkers littering up your house, the Lions will be
pleased to accept this donation.
4Korners Caregiver Luncheon
Beginning the week of November 13th, the 4korners Family Resource Center will
offer a FREE 6-week program for caregivers. Learn about community resources and
enjoy a lunch. The program runs for 2 hours a week for 6 weeks. For information
or registration please contact 450-974-3940 or email
click here for the
Clean Sweep For Denis Martin's
Denis Martin's Deux-Montagnes Autrement team won every district and the mayoral
race in a landslide victory in November 5th's municipal election. Mr. Martin
took 72% of the vote while runner up Isabelle Daviau took 21% leaving Didier
Maletto-Rock with a mere 7%. The tightest race was in district #2 (du lac) with
Eric Johnson taking the 3 way race with 52% of the vote. The largest margin was
in district #4 (de la Gare) where Frederic Bethiaume won it with 85% of the
votes in the 2 way race with Benjamin Laplatte. You can see all the results by
The entire team with family and friends were at the Heritage Social Club
watching the results as they trickled in. It seemed obvious fairly early in the
evening that the team was going to stay intact on the council but they waited
until the final numbers to celebrate their victory.
Congratulations to the entire team on their success in this election.
There is a sad trend happening in Deux-Montagnes however. After looking at
detailed numbers of the past 4 municipal elections, complacency is apparent. The
voter turnout rate has been constantly declining over that period. Yesterday's
participation was only 41.9% a decline of almost 5% from 2013 and over 10% from
12 years ago. The box below shows the trend of people too busy or not caring
about what goes on in their own backyard. In comparison, the voter turnout for
the area in the 2014 provincial election was 74.45%. At the federal level,
Quebec's voter turnout rate in the October 2015 was 67.3%. Complacency in the
immediate community is definitely an issue and the trend is quite alarming. Is
there anything that can be done?
2017 Count -
41.9% participation (mayor) - 5519 votes cast - 93 rejected ballots
- 13,409 eligible voters
2013 Count - 46.6% participation (mayor) - 5975 votes cast - 139
rejected ballots - 13,114 eligible voters
(Full 2013 Results)
2009 Count - 49.6% participation (mayor) - 6292 votes cast - 132
rejected ballots - 12,946 eligible voters
(Full 2009 Results)
Count - 52.0% participation (mayor) - 6644 votes cast - 12,818
Live Deux-Montagnes Election
I will posting election results in real time as they arrive at city hall. In the
past years, this has meant that the results are posted here before the central
Quebec site. Not sure if this year will be the same however you can check both
to see which are up-to-date earlier. My page should reload automatically every
60 seconds so you shouldn't have to refresh your screen. The polls close at
8:00pm on Sunday. During the last election, the first results did not come in
before 8:45 or so. That's when they start trickling in slowly. To access the
results you can click here or use the election page link above.
Catholic Women's League
Christmas Bazaar and Supper
The C.W.L. will hold its Christmas bazaar and supper on
Friday November 17th at the Holy Family Parish Hall. The bazaar doors open at
4:00pm and there will be one sitting at 6:00pm for a turkey supper. The bazaar
will be open until 7:30pm. The cost is $15 for adults and $6 for children under
13. No supper tickets will be sold at the door. Please
click here for ticket contact info.
Students from our local English High School
(guess where) are having a fundraiser to help them with their trip to Europe.
It's a spaghetti dinner to be held of Saturday November 18 at 5:30. The location
is the Veterans' Hall at 141 Grand Moulin. There will be live music and door
prizes. Tickets are $15 and $7.50 for children under 10. Tickets will be sold in
advance only and the deadline for tickets is Wednesday November 15th. For tickets call Rhonda, Laurie King or
Linda Davis at 450-621-7830.
Click here for
4 Korners Events and
the 4 Korners Family Resource Centre has been holding a
lot of special events and conferences. Coming soon is a Paint Nite fundraiser at
the Heritage Social Club. You must register soon (October 27th) but it will be
held on Thursday November 9th at 7:00pm.
Click here for details. Also
on November 6th from 10am to noon, there will be another free conference for
caregivers. This session will be given by the Public Curator of Quebec. It is
called 'Protection for Incapacitation'. It will answer questions on Protection
Mandates and their use. Click here
for details. Click
here for the 4korners website.
22nd 1992 and 2002
25 years ago John David
Goyetche, Dad left this earth on October 22nd. As I posted on
Facebook, I can't believe that 25 have passed since then. It doesn't seem that
long ago that we were discussing whether the Blue Jays could beat the Braves to
take their first World Series banner. He didn't get to see them win as they won
the final (game 6) on October 24th to clinch the title. I don't remember much of
any of that series for obvious reasons and even though my dad was really an
Expos fan, he was rooting for the Jays from his hospital room.
In this the year of municipal
elections, I think a lot of my dad. Although we had only moved to Deux-Montagnes
in 1964, John David became councillor for a few years as part of mayor Chuck
Armitage's team. In 1970, he ran for mayor, won and served 4 years as our town's
mayor. The line that French people would say to me was: 'ton pere est maire'
which sounded like your father is a mother.
My Mom, Sylvia, was a very
strong woman and bravely carried on with life without her 'Dave' for another 10
years, to the day. I was with her when she passed peacefully in the hospital.
Although she didn't seem conscious during her last few hours, when I told her
that it was been exactly 10 years since she had seen her loving husband, she
seemed to let go and took her last breath.
I miss you both dearly and as
your gravestone says. Together - Forever.
LTM Class of 2017 Bursary
On Friday October 20th, the graduation ceremonies were
held for the Class of 2017. Among the many awards, bursaries and
certificates handed out to outstanding students were the Paul Goyetche Visual
Arts and Multi-Media bursary of $500 which went to Isabella Carpini-Flavien.
This was the fifth year that this bursary was given to a student pursuing
their studies in the arts. As of last year a second bursary was added called the
2mopaul Music bursary. This $250 prize was awarded to Mara De Figueiredo.
Congratulations to these two as well as the entire Class of 2017 for their
In case you are not aware of the history of these awards, here is how it
started. In 2013, I went to the Heritage Social Club under the pretence that I
was to take some pictures of a group. Little did I know that the evening was
actually a surprise from some of the various clubs and organizations that I had
helped in some minor way in the past years. Many people chipped in some money to
start a scholarship fund in my name. At first I thought, they want to give me
money to go back to school but the idea was to give a promising student from my
alma mater, L.T.M.H.S. (Class of 73). The initial amount collected was $730
which was enough for a little bit more than one year of the award. Eventually,
people started donating to the fund and it grew enough to keep the bursary going
for 5 years now and I was able to add another award for excellence in music.
Over $4000 has been raised so far and $3000 has been awarded.
You can use the LTM emblem (above right) to see a list of donors and pictures of
the past recipients and how you can add to the total.
Super Burger Opens This Thursday (October 19)
A new restaurant that will
specialize in burgers, poutines and French fries is about to open at the corner
of Oka road and 20th avenue (in the former Golden B-B-Q location). The entire
building has been beautifully renovated and will now house the new Super
Burger. It will feature many different types of burgers including some with
chicken and probably a vegetarian option (don't quote me on that). It's a sit
down restaurant although they will do take-out. As you will see by the decor,
the theme is super heroes. A Captain America mural greets you as you enter. A
large screen will be playing super hero movies when sports are not on. The grand
opening is on Thursday October 19th at 11am. The projected hours are Tuesday to
Sunday from 11am and closed on Mondays. Let's MORGA* by supporting our local
* Make Oka Road Great Again.
4 Korners - Activities
night - Need decorations or parts of your costume for Halloween? No need to
run to the store: join us for Halloween Craft Night at 4 Korners. It's free!
Monday October 16th 6:30 to 7:30pm.
Family Movie Night - Bring your PJ's or Halloween costumes for a movie
night. Popcorn provided it's free. Friday October 20th, 6:30pm
Conference On Emergency
Procedures for Seniors
The 4 Korners Resource Center is offering a presentation
on emergency procedures for seniors: How to handle them. The lecture in on
Wednesday October 18th at 10:00am. A reminder that the 4 Korners center is now
at 200 Henri-Dunant. For more info, please call 450 974-3940.
Sound Life And 4 Korners
On Friday October 13th, there will be a concert hosted
by Sound Life and 4 Korners Family Resource Center to benefit the Sound Life
Scholarship and 4 Korners activities. The event will feature live music from
students and local musicians! Open to all ages. Admission is $10. Doors open at
7pm and the music starts at 7:30 at Veterans' Hall, 141 Chemin du Grand-Moulin,
Deux-Montagnes. Food and drinks available on site. Tickets sold at the door.
Bands featured are The Spilled Milk, The Living Proof and Street Spirit.
Click here for the poster. To
learn more about the Sound Life Scholarship,
for their website.
Forever Young Theatre's New
Show and Website
Young Theatre Company will be putting on a new show on Saturday October 28 at
the Heritage Social Club. It's their own production called The Good Old Days
Sing-Along Jamboree. For only $20, you be treated to an evening of music as
well as a Chilli dinner. There will be live music from the Hensen-Clarke band.
Tickets are available only in advance. Contact Hazel Wylie at 450 983-6811
or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The theatre group now has a new website information on upcoming and previous
shows. Click here
to visit the website.
Only 33 Days To Municipal
For the last few years now, all municipal elections in
Quebec occur in the same year (every 4 years) on the first Sunday of November.
This means that our town is will be going to the polls in just 38 days with many
people voting at the advance polls on October 25th which is only a month away.
The official campaigning got underway last Friday September 22nd. In
Two-Mountains, there are now 3 teams that vying for positions on the city
Denis Martin and all incumbents are running for re-election under the
Deux-Montagnes Autrement banner. There are two other people that have formed
full teams that will present their candidature in the upcoming election.
Isabelle Daviau has formed a team (Équipe Isabelle Daviau Team) as well as
Didier Maletto-Rock (Deux-Montagnes Citizen Movement). I have set up a page with
links to all the party's website and FaceBook pages.
It can be accessed by
clicking the Election button that will stay on top of this page throughout the
campaign. On election night, I may provide live, up to the minute results as I
did during the 2013 election.
Moulins Lafayette - A Nice
Bakery On Oka Road
It's been open for a few months now. A full fledged
bakery on the corner of Oka Road and 18th avenue. It serves continental style
breakfasts from 7am and offers a nice choice of soup/salad/sandwich for lunch. I
haven't tried the muffins yet, but they are great according to a few people. For
lunch, I had a fancy chicken sandwich with a side of guinoa salad and topped off
with a piece of apple/strawberry pie, delicious!. Of course, I couldn't leave
without buying a pecan for later in the day. I definitely recommend that you
give it a try and you may be hooked. Check out their FaceBook page
here. Les Moulins Lafayette has 15 locations including
Click here for a few pictures of the Oka road location.
Happy 'Hot' Gang Tournament A
On Sunday September 24th, 60 golfers braved the record
heat to compete in Ron Kesseler's 34th annual Happy Gang Golf Tournament. The
temperature reached 30ºC in the shade and everyone agreed that this felt like
the hottest day of the summer although it was the 3rd day of autumn. Some of the
scores were hot too as 2 teams came in at 8 under par for the 3-'man' Vegas. The
two teams that tied for the low score were the Gilles Denis-Dan Tessier-Serge
Leblanc and the Dan Kesseler-Scott Kesseler-D.J. Robertson teams. This was the
hottest day for this tournament not only based on weather, but the grass ceiling
was also shattered by the participation of three female participants. Donna
Colmer, Christine Lefebvre and Cathy Rickert were warmly welcomed by the macho
community. Next year's 35th edition has been confirmed and will likely be on
Sunday September 23rd at the same course golf which was in amazing shape this
year. Spread the word for next year's Happier Gang tournament now open to all.
Click here for a few pictures.
Holding Open House
On Sunday September 24th between 1pm and 4pm, the new
apartment/condo retirement complex is having an open house. In all honesty, I
was not a big fan of the project at the onset but I got a tour today and I was
impressed. Thanks to Shelley for showing me around so I could take a few
pictures. From of the fantastic views from the upper floors to the airy common
spaces both inside and on the waterfront, this is a very nice place. Floors 3
thru 7 contain 200 apartment units of various sizes while the 8th floor consists
of 27 condo units, with only 3 left for sale. The ceilings on the condo floor
are 9¾ feet high making feel very spacious. The full length balconies on every
floor are also very nice especially with the beautiful weather we have been
Click here to go to the Selection Deux-Montagnes website. To take a look at
some pictures I took, please
You Say You Want A Revolution
With the beautiful weather in the past few weeks, we
decided to take another jaunt into Montreal for fun. This time we had 2 events
that we wanted to take in before they are gone. The first was Revolution, an
exhibit at the Musée des Beaux-Art on Sherbrooke street. It closes October 9th
so there wasn't much time left to go see it. It's a look back at the late
60's/early 70's and the changes that were happening. It's well worth the look
and experience. The music will take you back and there is a great Woodstock
giant projection room where you can lie on the floor in a bean bag and listen
and enjoy excerpts from the 1969 mega concert. You can also see and hear the
John Lennon/Yoko Ono bed-in at the Queen E in another small room. While you are
at the museum there is another small exhibit called Love is Love which is
interesting and bizarre. On Wednesday evenings from 5:00pm to 9:00pm the
museum's 2 main exhibits are open for half the usual $23 admission.
Click here for the
Our second event of the evening was Expo67Live which is multimedia presentation
from the National Film Board's archives. This show is only on for 13 evenings
from September 18th to September 30th. There are 4 screenings per night starting
at 8:00pm and the show last about 30 minutes. If you were at Expo 67, it's a
nice glimpse at some of the things you experienced 50 years ago. If you are less
than 55 years old, you will see what a world's fair looked like. These days, no
country or city would attempt to hold such a massive event.
Click here for details of the show which of part of MTL375.
Click here for a few of the pictures I took of the evening.
Open House at 4 Korners
Do you have a young
Are you searching for activities in the community?
Are you looking to volunteer?
Would you like to share YOUR ideas for activities or events?
Come to our open house and find out more about 4 Korners!
Wednesday September 20, 2017, 1 to 3 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m.
For more info call 450-974-3940 or or email
Location: 4 Korners, Community Hall, 200, rue Henri-Dunant Deux-Montagnes
Deux-Montagnes Lions Club is having its 14th Annual Book Fair on Saturday and
Sunday October 21st and 22nd, 2017 from 9am to 4 pm. This popular sale has been
very successful in the past, with a wonderful assortment of books for your
There will be approximately 25,000+ books, in good condition, all classified
into categories both English and French, including a great choice in Children’s
Prices are as follows: Pocket books are $0.50 and all hard covers and
large soft covers will be sold for $1.50. Children’s’ books are $0.25
each. There is also an Arts and Collectable table with reasonable prices as
marked. There will be a Snack bar on premises.
All proceeds will be used in serving the communities of the whole region.
There will be a pre-sale on Friday October 20th from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm, only
for handicapped individuals in need of wheelchairs, walkers and canes. Mothers
with babies in strollers are also very welcome at that time.
Come out and support your Lions Club and show your appreciation for the work we
do in your community
The location: The Veterans Hall (Legion) at 141 Grand Moulin, Deux-Montagnes.
J7R 3C8. located off route 344
For information please call Nancy Rupnik at 450-473-0298 or Betty
and Martin Hensen at 450-473-1932.
Meeting at Holy Family Church
Holy Family Parish will be holding a meeting on Sunday,
October 1st, 2017 at 12:15 to discuss and reflect on the changes being
considered by the St. Jerome Diocesan commission, which could include the
closing of Holy Family Parish.
Although you do not have to register to attend, we will be preparing some
material in advance, so if you know you are coming, it would be helpful if you
let us know.
Our contact info is 450 473 2163 and
Women's Time Out
The Craft Fair is scheduled on Saturday October 28, from 10:00 to 3:00pm at
Veterans Hall, 141 Grand Moulin, Deux-Montagnes. It is organized and sponsored
by Women's Time Out. Crafts, baked goods, chocolate will be available. A lunch
room will also be featured.
The reserve a table to sell you own goods, please contact Jacqueline Wood at 450
Click here for pictures of the RDM Reunion - the
Friday event at the Heritage Social Club and the Sunday Hurley's Brunch
Starts in October
of you know, but there is a badminton club in Two-Mountains that has been in
operation for over 60 years. Every Tuesday of the school year, from 8pm to
10pm, these jolly players meet to play some friendly games. Interested in
joining the gang? There are a few weeks left before the start of the
season (beginning of October) and the club will be glad to have you join.
Come alone, with a friend or a spouse and have fun with us. No need to be
an expert, as long as you want to have fun, and have a racket, you will be
welcomed. We mix teams up all night so you will have different experiences
contact us at
email@example.com and we will give you all the details.
34th Annual Happy Gang Golf Tournament
This year is the 34th edition of Ron Kesseler's
Happy Gang tournament, at the Glendale Golf Course. Sunday, September 24th,
9:00am The price is $55.00 Golf/Cart, plus $25.00 in a pot for prize money.
Back by popular demand this year, the first, second and third place teams, will
receive will be a nominal prize of $120, $90 and $60 respectively. After those
prizes are awarded, all teams names get put into a draw (including winners) and
balance of the prize money will be luck of the draw! Prizes range from $240 to
$90 meaning more than half of the teams will win something. This is to encourage
more golfers to come out with hopes of making a few bucks no matter how well
their team places. Ron's main goal is that his long running tournament remains
something that all enjoy and look forward to every year. Last year, over 60
golfers participated and this year we would like more. The format is teams of 3
playing 'Vegas Style'. Groups of 6 go out and it's a great competition. You can
enter your own team of 3 or if you are alone or with one other golfer, Ron will
pair you up to make a team.
To register please contact Ron by sending an
email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Women League Fundraiser Lobster and BBQ Supper
The CWL will be holding its annual lobster or BBQ supper
on Saturday September 30 at Holy Family Hall. The price for 2 lobsters and all
the trimmings is $35. If you're a landlubber, the cost for a steak and sausage
with all its accompaniments is $25. It's bring your own wine/beer and lobster
tools. This event is always sold out, so get your tickets early. You can call
Lorna at 450 473-3404 or you can go to mass and buy them after mass. no tickets
will be sold after September 24th.
Click here for all the details.
Soccer Tournament This Weekend
The 48th annual Shamrocks soccer tournament will be
taking place this weekend in Two-Mountains. The action starts on Friday
September 1st and continues until Labour Day Monday. This year Josée Bélanger is
the honorary tournament president. Josée was on Canada's soccer team that won
bronze at the Rio Olympics in 2016. She plays for the Orlando Pride in the NWSL.
For more info on the soccer tournament,
for the Shamrocks' Website.
If You Are
Wondering When Féré Street Will Open Again
The Oka Road construction in Two-Mountains seems to be
progressing well but the work pales in comparison to the Féré bridge work. I
thought they were only fixing the current bridge due to some damage from the
spring flood. Looking at the picture below, taken yesterday, it looks like Féré
street will be closed for a while....unless a little 'Féré' does her magic
overnight. One hopes that the new structure will be lit up à la Coderre just in
time for municipal elections.
Wyder Cup By One Match
In what proved to be a great balance of teams, Day 2 of
the Wyder Cup competition showed it. Of the 27 points up for grabs 13½ points
went to the boomers while the young-un's took 13½. If one match had gone the
other way, the final result would be a tie. The highlight of the weekend didn't
involve golf in the end. Mike Wall took the mic just before the start of supper
and started talking about what he had witnessed in his 16 years of this
competition including the 2 holes in one and the incredible double eagle of of
few years ago. Then, to everyone's surprise, dropped on one knee and proposed to
his friend Jessica Timpano. There weren't many dry eyes in the hall as Jessica
ran up to him to accept. It was definitely a moment to remember for all times.
Click the link on the left for the entire Wyder Cup or
here to see pictures. A video can be seen clicking the picture above. It
includes drone footage shot by Rich Stratton.
Slight Lead in Wyder Cup
The Boomers have a slight margin of 10 to 8 going into
day two of competition as they took the last 3 points in the matches against the
Gen-Xer's. That was a lot of good golf out there including 5 or 6 rounds in the
low 70's. The rain looked like it would cancel all day one's competition
however, the downpours stopped right on cue for the noon start. The entire round
went on without any more rain.
for pictures of day 1 and a couple from a Thursday practice round at Mount
Back from a week of golf and I am ready to update the
site again however it's a slow news period in the area. There are a few updated
pages with links on the left. LTHC Hockey's new schedule and fees are
up-to-date, The Wyder Cup pages are updated with this weekend's parings and
eventually results. The RDM (Campus) 1967 reunion is only 21 days away and
details can be found on the website using the link on the left. My latest golf
games are also posted under the link on top. I was having trouble with my golf
tracking software which I have been using since 1998. With over 1500 games in
the database, it started getting errors so I switched to an online tracking
website. I doubt that this one will last 19 years but it's a little easier to
work with and I can keep score on my cell phone during the rounds instead of
many things going on in Two Mountains in the way of construction and public work
projects. Too many to keep track here so use the city site on top of this page
to keep up.
You won't see many updates this week on this page except
if you like golf. I am on golf trip to the Muskokas with 3 hombres. If you want
to see what is happening, click on the golf ball on top of this page for a daily
wrap-up and pictures and videos from the tour. A full video will be available
after the trip when the internet connection is better at home.
Hill Porchfest - Saturday July 29
The town of
Vankleek Hill will be holding its 3rd annual Porchfest on Saturday July 29th.
This year, the entertainment starts at noon and ends at 5pm. Ex-Two-Mountaineer
Ken Duff is one of the original organizers of this event. It's a fun afternoon.
There are 11 porches and verandas that will feature over 25 performers,
storytellers, dancers and even improv acts. There is no admission charge.
encouraged to bring their own chairs and they should be prepared to move from
location to location. The town is just south of Hawkesbury so it's just an hour
Click here for
the Porchfest website with a schedule of all the entertainment.
Click Here for Some Pictures of the DMSA-Habs Alumni Softball Game
For a couple of days this past month we
have being going into town (Montreal that is) to see what is happening. Having
worked in Montreal for over 40 years, going back in town doesn't seem very
appealing after retirement but since Montreal is celebrating its 375
anniversary, we decided see what is happening. Also it's the 50th anniversary of
Expo 67 so there are some interesting things going on for that. Yesterday, we
decided to see what the fuss was about over the $50M (that 50 with 6 zeroes)
River to Mountain promenade too. We walked the entire 3.8 kilometers (and more)
and then stumbled into the Just for Laughs festivities for fun. Last week we
went to the McCord museum to see the Expo 67 fashion exhibit (and more).
we discovered many things along the way. We got to take the new Metro cars
called AZUR which are now working well. We strolled down Laurier avenue on our
way to Milos Restaurant on park. In Old Montreal, we tried a great 'new' thing
called an Affogato at a little café called CAF on Youville street in Old
Montreal. It's not a new thing because it's been around in Italy for a long time
but it was a treat. This little off the wall café across the street from the
Pointe-à-Callière museum serves it with a scoop of homemade ice cream topped
with an espresso. Ask Charles for the regular or one of his variations.
The other nice thing about going to town is the train. With all the construction
going on everywhere you can relax and in barely 30 minutes you're there. It also
helps to be able to enjoy some beverages and not have to drive back in the dark.
We were supposed to go back tonight for the fireworks and seeing the JC bridge
lit up but our plans changed a bit. We certainly will be back this summer as it
seems that the weather may have realized that it was July not May.
Click here to view some pictures we took along the way.
- On a beautiful summer night (finally), we headed back in town for a third time
on Saturday July 22nd. It was a busy night in Montreal with the fireworks, JFL
and loads of stuff going on in Old Montreal. We took the 6:25pm train into town
and managed to catch the last train home at 12:15am. Yes, that's right, 12:15.
You might ask yourself isn't the last train to 2mo at 12:30am? It is Monday to
Friday, but someone, quite a while ago, decided to bring the last train on
Saturdays and Sundays 15 minutes earlier. I guess someone wanted to be back home
for last call. If anything, the last train should be later on Saturday nights.
On the other hand, the Deux-Montagnes line still has the best schedule of the
system by far so until the light rail system comes in, I won't complain about
missing 15 minutes of 'action' in Montreal.
We walked through the streets of Montreal yesterday including my first time
walking the entire stretch of the Gay Village on our way to get on the Jacques
Cartier bridge for the fireworks. We then ended up in Old Montreal where the
buildings come alive with large projections of Montreal history. We realized
that we really have been taking the city for granted. Other than the occasional
trips into town accompanying our out-of-town guests or going for our semi-annual
dental appointments, we really haven't looked at Montreal through tourist eyes.
Having travelled to many cities around the world, we realized that Montreal
would be amongst the nicest places we have visited. In 35 minutes and for about
$4.75 (if you have an Opus card), you can be in one of the great cities of the
world. For another 5 bucks (for 24 hours), you can ride around on a Bixi in case
the walking is too slow a pace for you.
Click Here for Daniel Messett's
50 Years of Friendship Birthday Ride
Detectives is a literacy skill program intended for children in 3rd and 4th
Grade who need extra help to improve their reading level. The program has been
successfully running for 10 years now and we believe that there are 2 main
reasons for that: 1) Emphasis on fun and interactive reading activities, 2)
Focus on promoting social skills and building a sense of belonging within a
If you know
children who could benefit from this program, please have their parents contact
Marie-Josée Trudel to sign up as there are a few openings left. It is free for
PANDA members (membership is only $10). Starting in September 9th, the sessions
will be held on Mondays from 4pm to 6pm and on Saturdays from 9am to noon.
Please click here for all
the information on the program and how to register.
Blast From the Past
Every once in
a while someone sends me an old picture of a group of people, usually a sports
team, from the days of yore. One of the challenges of getting these pictures is
identifying the people in them. The practice of writing the names of the people
in them was not wide spread at the time. So it would be nice to identify these
lost souls. As these pictures come in I will post them in an album where people
can leave a comment identifying people in the picture.
Click here to see one of the entries in the album which is the picture you
Click here for pictures from Deux-Montagnes En Fete
There are 2 community golf tournaments coming up. The
first is the Legion Br. 185 tournament on Saturday August 5 at Oka golf Course.
For info, please call 450-472-6530 or head down to the legion anytime after 2pm.
Club is also holding a golf tournament on Saturday September 23rd also at Oka
Golf Course. The proceeds of this year's tournament will go directly to the
Lions Club as they had major losses in their hall during the flood. The Lions
Club has done a lot in the community for over 40 years and this is the
opportunity to give them something in return. The $85 fee includes a continental
breakfast, golf with cart and a rib supper back at the Heritage Social Club as
well as prizes. They are also looking for sponsors is case you do not want to
play golf. A supper only option is also available at $25. All the details
can be found here. You must
register by August 31st and there is a limit of 72 golfers.
Galley's 90th Big Birthday Bash
July 8th, Harold Galley's family and friends got together to mark the milestone
that he reached on Friday 7/7/17. It was a surprise party at the Legion. Even
though Harold showed up a little early, his surprise was still evident as he
realized the number of people that had come out to give their best wishes.
was well decorated and one of the highlights of the party was a great cake make
by Liz Malcolm. It depicted a Canadian National locomotive with a working
Click here to view a couple of pictures of the event and the cake.
En Fete 3rd Edition -
Click here for the schedule of all the activities
The action gets started with the movie Monoa (in French) at Central park on
Friday (July 14) night at dusk. In case of rain, it will move indoors at the
Veterans hall at 9pm. Saturday (July 15) is the big day on Oka Road with
Inflatable Games - Photobooth with free photo print - Pony carousel and mini
farm - Climbing wall - Children's makeup - Car show and electric cars test -
Street entertainment - Restaurants. It all starts at 2pm and wraps up at 11pm
with headliner Marco Calliari.
Sunday is the
Family Race day with a 10K - 5K - 1K and a tots' race. Registration is required
and here is the link
for Flood Victims - Monday July 10th
The Government of Quebec wishes to hear from individuals
and organizations who would like to express their views on the government decree
at the Public Consultation Meetings regarding the 2017 Spring Flood. Ministère
des Affaires et de l’Occupation du territoire MAMOT is planning many public
consultation meetings and in all Quebec regions for the flood victims.
For the citizens of the Laurentians region, the consultation will take place
When: Monday, July 10, 2017
Time: 7:00 pm
Where: Olympia arena - 611, 20th Avenue, Deux-Montagnes, QC, J7R 6B2
(Campus) 50th Anniversary Reunion Only 60 Days Away
Plans for the 50th High School Reunion are well underway
and September 8th is coming very soon. Registration officially closed on
June30th but there are still a few openings left to join the party(ies). It's a
3 day affair with get-together on Friday September 8th at the Heritage Social
Club. The main event is on Saturday September 9th at Le Nouvel Hotel & Spa, 1740
René Lévesque Boulevard West, Montreal. The third event is a brunch at Hurley
Irish on Sunday September 10th. All the information is on the reunion website
here or the link can be found
on the left side of the page where it says R.D.m. Reunion 2017.
This year, Canada day was a little soggy although I
heard the fireworks went on as scheduled even though the rain was present for
most of the day. The reason I wasn't at Central Park for the July 1st
festivities is that I was in Mont-Tremblant for a wedding. I did attend
Thursday's concert and made it to the parade before heading up North. I took
pictures of those activities.
Click here to see pictures from this year's Canada Day and some from the
past. I may have a video ready in a couple of days too if I get around to
A Little Delay
in Updating My Site
I had set aside an evening of updating this website last
night but a crow and vehicle changed my plans. Around 5pm, a murder of crows or
an unkindness of ravens, as I never remember the difference, were 'playing' on
the hydro pole across the street. One bird took a bad step and made a fatal
connection. A loud bang was heard throughout the neighbourhood and 5 houses were
instantly deprived of their electricity. Since my computer is on a UPS
(Uninterruptible Power Supply) I got to shutdown the computer properly but the
internet was down since my router is not on a UPS. The power failure was
supposed to be fixed within a couple of hours as Hydro-Quebec was on its way but
a vehicle on Riviere Nord in St-Eustache decided to knock down 2 hydro poles
creating a 911 emergency with live wires on the ground. There were over 400
houses without power in St-Eustache which meant that on a Sunday skeleton crew
this would take priority over our 5 houses. Eleven hours later, our power was
restored. Which means I only got to update this article in the morning before
heading out for golf. The bird obviously didn't survive and judging on the time
HQ spent on the pole they had to replace a lot of melted wires and probably the
entire transformer. I should be able to update the website this evening unless
an unkindness of ravens decides to mourn their deceased cousin by flocking on
the wires once again.
July 22 - DMSA Charity Game vs. the Habs Alumni
The Deux Montagnes Softball Association will be hosting
Les Anciens Canadiens de Montréal in a charity game at Central Park on
13th avenue. The Goal is to raise $10,000 for Sercan in memory of Jimmy Shields.
Tickets are available in many different options that you can see
here. They may be purchased by
credit card by going to the DMSA website,
click here. You
can also obtain tickets by sending an email to
email@example.com or text to
Troy Ewenson at 514-707-5646 – Cash payment will be accepted. Gate opens at
1:00pm and games start at 3:00pm.
purchase your tickets in advance as they will do their best not to sell tickets
at the gate.
Drive for the Cure Raises Record Amount
On Thursday June 29, 2017, the rain stayed away from the
tournament and a great day was had by all. The great part was that it raised
$3000 more than last year and the final tally was an Amazing $107,000.
This money goes directly to the MUCH Cancer Research foundation. Below is a
picture of some of the Two-Mountains contingency. You can
click here to see more pictures.
Paul Goyetche - Vic Black -
Joey DiSalvo - Bill Black - Garold Nixon - Gary MacMillan - Frank Bouchard - Ron
Potter - Ron Kesseler - Steve Lawrence - Stan Rose - Paddy Dore
Anniversary to Lynne and Rick Fougere
Ex-Two Mountaineer Daniel Messett
Once in a while I get emails from people that left
Two-Mountains years ago and somehow have found my website and are happy to have
a connection to where they 'grew up' (using that term loosely). It's nice to
hear from those folks and it's really good if it's not to tell me about someone
who has passed on.
Former homeboy Daniel Messett recently sent me some good news that I would like
to share. On June 23rd, he celebrated his 65th birthday with his family and old
time friends such as Two-Mountain resident Louie Morin (of 3rd avenue). He
assisted Daniel on the launch of his new business in Castlegar, British Columbia
called REST ASSURED Kootenay Floats. In the coming weeks, they will be joining
yet another ex-pat, Robert 'Bob" Fournier who also recently turned 65 who lives
in Revelstoke, B.C. They will be riding together just like they did 45 years ago
on Oka Road but this this it will be in Nelson, B.C.
If you are interested, they will be posting updates on Facebook at the following
link: REST ASSURED
Canada Day Celebrations
The city of Two-Mountains will celebrate Canada's 150th birthday in style this
year. The activities are not only scheduled for July 1st but the fun begins on
Friday June 30th with a concert starting at 7:00pm that will feature 3 bands.
The main stage is in Central Park on 13th avenue. The celebration will continue
on July 1st with the parade starting at the Legion at 11:45am. The traditional
singing of the national anthem at city hall at noon. This year's parade marshall
is Darlene Gargul. Read more about Darlene in this post on the official Canada
Day website by clicking
The parade will end at 12:45 in Central Park where the official opening
ceremonies will be held. There is a huge line-up of bands for the entire days.
This year, the headliner is April Wine's Jerry Mercer band featuring Kelly
Watling, Gary Moffet, Doug Short, Breen Leboeuf. They will play from 10pm to
midnight with a 15 minute interruption at 10:15 for a 150th birthday firework
for the entire schedule of activities.
Hansen - 1953-2017
It is with
great sadness that we announce the passing of Kathleen Hansen, on June 12, 2017.
Predeceased by her parents Gerald Hansen and Kathleen McCullough. Beloved wife
of Jean Dufour. She will also be sadly missed by her sons Matthew (Savanah),
Jonathan, Bernard (Vanessa) and Denis (Melissa), her grandson Liam, her brothers
and sisters Dorothy (Roy), Marjorie (Raymond), Gerald (Antonia) and Patrick as
well as her nieces, nephews, family and friends.
The family will receive condolences at : Complexe Funéraire Guay, 146, rue
on Thursday, June 15 from 7 to 9 p.m. and Friday at 9 a.m. Funeral
service will be held on Friday, June 16 at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Family
Parish thence to Deux-Montagnes Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donation to the
Cancer Research Society would be appreciated.
Click here for her online obituary.
Fundraiser a Huge Success
The final tally is in! Thanks to Bill Hurley of Hurley's
Irish Pub for hosting a few nights of a flood victim fundraiser, we raised
$12,069. The city of Two-Mountains said they would match our total and
anything else coming into Depannage St-Agapit for the victims. There are many
people to thank to make this happen. Obviously Bill Hurley who wanted to do
something for his native town. His manager Rod Appleby, who made things happen.
Rick Laurin from O'Hara's brewery who sponsored the beer that brought in a big
amount of money. Scott Kesseler that got his company to donate the use of a bus
for the main event and for being the auctioneer in the auction brought in almost
$5000. Also thanks to the bands that donated their time to perform on Tuesday
evening. Victor Labelle's PosaBlues, Gary Anthony and the Back River Band, Jesse
Stone and Rahim Terouz provided us with a great night of entertainment. Mitch
Melnick of TSN 690 Radio who promoted our fundraiser on the air. Finally thanks
to everyone who participated in this event whether you gave items for the
auction or bought an item during the auction or whether you just made a
donation. There is still time to make a tax deductible donation of which 100%
will go back to the flood victims many who haven't moved back into their
residences. The Dépannage St-Agapit link
Club Hot Dog Sale
The Lions will be holding their annual hot dog sale at
the IGA (on Oka Road) from Thursday June 15 through Sunday June 18. This
year's sale is very important as the Lions lost most of their belongings due to
the flood. They provide wheelchairs, walkers, crutches etc... for free to anyone
that requests them. All of these were destroyed or contaminated during the flood
that made its way all the way up to the Lions Den across from the swimming pool.
Fortunately, their tents and cooking equipment we spared as they weren't in the
basement at the time.
So drop in in
the IGA parking lot starting next Thursday to give the Lions a hand at them
lending a hand to the community. Click on the poster on the right to enlarge it.
Garage Sale At
Community Center - Saturday June 10th
There will be a giant Garage Sale at 202 Henri Dunant
with proceeds going to the flood victims. For $10, you can rent a table to sell
your own stuff.
St-Agapit is running the garage sale and is looking for volunteers to help
arrange a sell items. The sale will start at 9am and finish at 3pm.
June 10th is Neighbours Day in Two-Mountains. Each district will be holding
a BBQ within their sectors. Food will be served compliments of the city. Bring
your chairs if you like. In case of rain, the event will be cancelled.
Olympia district, it's from 10am to noon at Olympia park. In the Grand Moulin
District, it's from 1pm to 4pm
at Parc Edouard Beauchemin. In the du Lac district it's from Noon to 3pm at
Armitage Park (in front of the 26th avenue filtration plant). When I get all
times and locations, I will post them.
Pictures, Water Levels are now at 'normal' springtime levels:
Lake of Two-Mountains
All of Quebec
Saturday June 3rd - The Disaster Relief Center will remain open until
June 18, 2017. The Red Cross will be present at the Royal Canadian Legion at
141 Grand-Moulin Road with the Recovery Assistance Program for Disaster Victims.
Sunday, Monday and Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday: 10 am to 6 pm
Update Monday May 29, 9:00am - This will be my last entry within
this article. The recovery is far from over, however the flooding is now history
as water levels are back to normal. There are still many people struggling as
they are trying to get their lives back together. There are a few houses that
will not recover and have to be rebuilt. People have lost a lot of personal
belongings, some things cannot be replaced. Thankfully, no one was hurt or died
in this disaster but the emotional impact for some of the victims may last for
years. Although I was within inches of being one of the victims, as were many
other residents of 'lower' Two-Mountains, I witnessed first hand how this has
affected lives around me. I was pleasantly surprised and proud on how our
community banded together to help each other. Neighbours that we would only wave
to in passing became friends. As much as I was proud of the support everyone
received from others, I was also a little disappointed in a few people's
complacency. On my street, I could sometimes hear gawkers saying things like
that's what you get for living on the water. Tell that to someone who lives near
Oka Road and lost everything.
rose to historical highs caused by the perfect storm of a month of unprecedented
rainfall combined waters at spring level from snow melt. Who knows if climate
change is to blame and who knows whether this can happen again. We do have to
make an effort to prevent it from doing so. There is definitely something to be
done but it needs a concerted effort as we found out this spring. Water and
gravity are powerful forces so you have to protect the entire shore as
Ste-Marthe sur-le-lac did years ago. If you don't, water will find its way
around to get you.
We will soon
have the final tally from the Hurley's Irish Pub fundraiser. The reason we don't
have it yet is that Bill Hurley continued the O'Hara's beer promotion beyond
last Thursday. On the topic of fundraising, Pub Deux-Montagnes's hot-dog sale
made $300 for flood victims.
May 25th, 4:30pm -
Here is a video I made
for the Hurley's Fundraiser. Also, Pub Deux-Montagnes (corner of Oka and 20th)
is selling hot-dogs between 4pm and 6pm Thursday, Friday and Saturday with all
the proceeds going to flood victims. Hurley's last benefit is tonight (Thursday)
from 5 to 9pm with Brendan Nolan.
May 24th, 8:30am - Wow! What a great night! The final tally from last
night's fundraiser will be amazing. It will take a little while to calculate as
we analyze all that happened during the auction. Scott Kesseler did an amazing
job as auctioneer and the buyers did their best to get the prices way up there.
There are a lot of people and companies to thank for this evening. Victor
Labelle's PosaBlues kicked off the evening with a fine set of classics. No to be
outdone, Garry Anthony and the Back River Band rocked the second set. Jesse
Stone and the Rising few capped off the night with two great acoustic
performances. A great time was had by all as witnessed by our Mayor Denis
Martin. Thanks to Bill Hurley and manager Rod Appleby for making this all happen
and Rick of O'Hara's Beer for providing the beverages. If you missed last night,
don't forget that Wednesday and Thursday O'Hara's beer profits are also going to
the Two-Mountains flood victims. Tonight is Bob Dylan tribute night and and
Brendan Nolan is playing in the pub from 5 to 9 on Thursday. Hope to see you
there. Take a look at the pictures from last night.
May 22nd - 4:00pm - I have to admit that I was a little disappointed in
the Two-Mountains turn-out for today's clean up effort. There was a soccer team
from Ste-Therese, there were a few people from other towns and a group called
Islamic Relief brought in a great breakfast and lunch to feed the people
working. We did have some Two-Mountains presence but the weather may have scared
people away. In the end, we moved up all the sand bags from 9th to 12th avenue
to the street where they can be picked up. Some were over 100 feet from the
street so human chains were formed and wheelbarrows were working overtime. We
managed to do the end of 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th avenues which was a monumental
task. Check out the pictures.
Click here to hear the TSN 690 piece with Mitch Melnick, Bill Hurley and I
May 21st - 9pm - THE GREAT CLEANUP - From the city website:
will be a large rally on Monday, May 22nd at the Royal Canadian Legion, at 141
Grand-Moulin Road in Deux-Montagnes as of 9 am. If possible, bring your gloves
and protective gear. Thank you in advance for your great support!
Don't let the bad weather deter you from coming out to help. The flood
victims have seen a lot worse.
still a few places on the bus to Hurley's for Tuesday leaving at 4:45pm from the
Legion - Contact me to reserve.
May 20th -9:00pm -
The forms and instructions
for claiming financial assistance from Securité Quebec are now updated with the
changes announced on Wednesday. They are fully available in
French and some have been translated in
English but some of the links remain in French.
The emergency center is still open through the long weekend. I am really amazed
to see the volunteers there day in and day out cooking serving up food for the
victims. The picture below is a group from Laval called Humanity First that have
come into Two-Mountains every day in the last week to help with the cleanup and
have brought food. The women and children cleaned up the parks today. I was
looking at the parks today and you wouldn't know that just 7 days ago they were
entirely covered with water.
The city is
slowly getting back on its feet but there is a lot of work ahead. Monday is the
start of operation cleanup. Groups will be deployed to various areas to move
sandbags to where they can get picked up. The city has done an amazing job in
picking all the stuff that gets put out on the streets and from yards.
Containers are being replaced constantly. More and more people are getting their
hot water back and the weather is co-operating with sunny skies and cool
temperatures (except last Wednesday and Thursday with high of 29ºC).
Irish Pub Benefit Concerts Here is the official schedule and line-up for the
nights at Hurley's Irish Pub on Crescent street. Click on the poster to enlarge
is the spaghetti dinner. The cover charge is $25 and it includes the meal and a
pint of O'Hara's beer, a major sponsor of the 3 nights at the Pub. O'Hara's is a
fine craft beer from Ireland that I 'sampled' last week. It's exclusively
available at Hurley's. For every O'Hara's sold over the 3 nights, a portion will
go to the fund. The dinner starts at 6:00pm and the the music will start at 7.
Tuesday's lineup will feature Victor's Labelle band called Posa Blues.
Two-Mountains own Back River Band, with Garry Anthony and Jim Brown will follow.
Jesse Stone is the third act and The Rising Few will cap off the evening. Leeds
Transit has kindly donated a bus and driver for the evening. It will be leaving
at 4:45 sharp from the Legion (returning at ~11:00pm). There are only a few
seats left on the bus, so contact me to reserve a spot. The train is another
option. The 16:43 will get you there in plenty of time, with the 17:20 you might
be a little late as it only gets in the station at 18:03.
Wednesday is Bob Dylan Tribute Bands night as they celebrate Robert Zimmerman's
76th birthday. Thursday, pub favourite, Brendan Nolan will be the entertainment
for the evening. I will confirm the times for the Wednesday and Thursday events.
May 19th - 3:00pm - Great News from the Red Cross. The Red Cross have
been so successful in the disaster relief fund raiser that they will give to
each household directly affected by the flood. An amount of $600 will be
deposited in your account after you apply for it. They will check the validity
of the request and you will receive the money by electronic transfer within a
few days. If you do not have an email address or that you don't do banking
through your computer you can register by phone at 1-800-863-6582. You can
register by using
this link. It's not a scam, I checked it.
Also if you tune in this afternoon on TSN 690 with Mitch Melnick at 4:10, you
may hear Bill Hurley and myself on air with the information regarding the huge
fundraiser that will be held next week at Hurley's Irish Pub on Crescent St. The
poster promoting the event will be ready soon and I will post it and on
May 19th 8:00am - The clean up continues. The Legion Emergency center is
still going strong and I believe the Red Cross will be there through the weekend
as many people are still out of their homes. Many people that have moved back in
are there with limited resources. Some have electricity turned on for only the
upper part of their houses and some not at all because there was damage to the
brea . Many houses are without hot water as the water heaters floated breaking
the pipes. Yesterday, the local Rona only had one hot water heater remaining in
stock. Then there is the problem of getting a plumber to install it.
The city is still taking names of volunteers to help with the cleanup.
Marie-Claude from the the city's 'Loisirs' department is co-ordinating and also
the deployment of volunteers. She will be working through the long weekend and
can be reached at 450-473-4700 (ext 201). Right now the priority still lies in
emptying the houses of damaged contents and building materials. Once this has
slowed down, a massive volunteer effort to clean yards of sandbags and debris
will start in earnest on Monday or Tuesday.
Two thing I forgot to mention from Wednesday meeting. One important message from
Service Canada is that if you missed or will be missing work due to the flood,
you may be entitled Employment Insurance benefits without the normal
restrictions for eligibility. I tried to find an entry for this on the Service
Canada website but the woman at the meeting said to go to your local EI office
to talk to someone there. The second message is that official documents, like a
valid passport, were destroyed or lost in the flood, that you would get special
consideration when trying to acquire a new ones. These two things were mentioned
at Wednesday's meeting, so hopefully it wasn't just P.R. but the services behind
will honour those 'promises'.
May 18th 0:00am - The Information session. Close to 700 people (check
out the pictures) attended Wednesday's Information session in a hot St-Agapit
church.. It started at 7:30 and lasted over 3 ½ hours. The first part was a few
words from various people from the Mayor, our provincial MP health experts, a
Hydro-Quebec and even a pest control expert. Then came a lengthy Q & A with some
people showing a bit of frustration. The second part the representative from the
Securité Publique of Quebec that explained the government program that will
provide financial aid to the flood victims. That too was followed (and sometimes
interrupted) by questions from concerned citizens. The whole compensation
package is basically divided into two different stages. The first phase involves
the preventive measures you may have taken to stop the flood (i.e. purchase of
sand bags or building materials to prevent damage whether it worked or not). It
also includes compensation for living out of your house or having to buy clothes
because you were evacuated so fast that you left the house without clothes. The
first phase also includes clean up efforts and decontamination. Basically to the
point where you are able to start rebuilding. This money is available
immediately and when you meet with Securité Publique agent you could potential
received the cheque on the spot. There are 2 very important things in this
phase. One) you must keep all the receipts such as rental of drying equipment or
cleaning products. Two) take a lot of pictures of things you have to throw away,
of damaged floors before they are removed and of the stack of things you have
had to dispose of. For the lucky few who are insured, you must claim from your
insurance company first and if they don't cover the damages, then the government
help will kick in to make the shortcomings of the insurance coverage.
The second stage is the rebuilding and acquisition of items to replace the one
destroyed ones. The Quebec government today announced that it had really
improved its help package. The maximum claim has been raised to $200,000 from
$159,000. They now pay up to 90% from 80%. Over the next 3 days (May 18-19-20),
a government rep will available at the city hall from 9:00am. Due to the volume
of people involved this may just be a preliminary one on one to answer questions
and set up subsequent visits. The new higher limits and loosening of
restrictions only was announced today and the changes are now being on the
Securité Publique website but are not there yet. It might take a little longer
for the English translation. Things are are covered are under 6 categories.
At this link, you should be able to see them, however remember that the
restrictions and claim have all been changed to reflect reality. If you go to
the bottom of the page, the old version reads Dernière mise à jour : 24 juillet
2015 (Last update). When this changes to May 2017, the new rules will be there.
May 17th - 5:00am - The bumpy road ahead. The recovery effort is now in
full swing and it is far from over. There are still many people that cannot get
back into their houses. Many have no electricity as their electrical entries
were damaged and electricians are hard to book. Many people's water heaters
floated and broke the pipes leading to them which means no hot water until a new
heater is installed and no water at all until a plumber caps the pipes. No one
expected that a full water heater would float and could exert so much force to
break the entry pipes. A water heater has lots of closed cell foam insulation
that does not take in water so it floats and the upward force is too much for
the pipes. For the same reason, a full freezer will even float.
Another 'problem' is that the vultures are out. The scrap metal dealers are
working overtime as well as other people trying to salvage what the owners have
deemed ruined. Beware of the flea markets this summer as they try to sell
'dried' goods. The other thing is that some people are venturing a little
further from the street to pick up things. I know of one person that was drying
their hip waders on the fence and someone took them. The police are doing the
rounds all day and especially at night to discourage this kind of activity but
we should all be vigilant and keep an eye out for suspicious ones. Of course,
there are other kinds of vultures in the form of disaster clean up companies.
Most are legitimate and there is definitely a need for them, but we will
probably hear stories of the ones that took advantage of people. It is at this
time that is important to talk to your neighbours and exchange stories about the
work companies are doing. The cool dry weather we were having over the last few
weeks actually was good as it delayed to growth of 'bad' things in damp houses.
That cool air is slowly being replaced by very hot weather system for the next
two days. A high of 28ºC on Thursday won't be welcomed by people hard at work.
It cools down after that.
Mark Your Calendar - We are still working on the benefit event at
Hurley's Irish Pub (Crescent St.). More details will be published soon, but the
main event will occur on Tuesday May 23rd. It will probably be in the
form of a spaghetti dinner followed by entertainment. We already have a local
band booked, Jim Brown's Back River Band. Also, Victor Labelle who opened the
Tartan Pub in Two-Mountains has a new band called Posa Blues that will be
kicking off the evening. Stay tuned....
May 15th - 5:30pm - Now that the weekend the full recovery has really
picked up. There are still many people pumping out their houses as some water is
still overflowing the drainage system. Behind the the right field fence at the
13th avenue ball park there is still 4 feet in certain places. There are still
at least 10 large carps in that area. We have saved over 100 and we will try to
get the last ones tomorrow evening (Tuesday). If we don't act these fish will
probably end up dying and not leaving a good smell behind. BTW make sure to
click on the important note below as the venue for the Wednesday meeting has
changed again. Don't forget to go to the City's website for info and procedures
to follow for moving back into your homes.
NOTE - If you know of any flood victims that still need extra storage, there is
one 5' by 5' (10 feet high) locker available at the Depotium. It is reserved for
someone that ended up not needing it. I am cancelling the reservation tomorrow
morning. Please contact me and I will tell you how to get it before I cancel it.
May 14th - 7:30pm - Happy Mother's Day - Today was operation Save The
Fish. As levels went down in the streets, fields and backyards, many carp had
made their way inland to spawn. There were also coi fish and goldfish in
different areas. The smallest carp weighed about 15 pounds while some were up to
30 pounds according to some avid fishermen. Corey, Nico (I think that was the
name), Glenn, Les Boyd and I did what we could to save some. I then called the
fish guy of Two Mountains, Brad Rose who came a little later. Everybody had to
take a break for things like Mother's day brunch but by the end of the day close
to 2000 pounds of carp was returned to the lake. We found someone to take the
invasive species like the coy and goldfish in their pond temporarily. The
operation will have to continue tomorrow before the firemen pump out more water
of AT LEAST 50 more fish will be stranded just beyond the right field fence at
the ball park on 13th. The water is now over 3 feet deep making it almost
impossible to catch them. If you decide to come help, bring a fishing net and be
prepared to have it break on you if it's not designed to catch 25 pound fish.
Some put up quite the fight as you will see in the videos. I also have added a
section in my photo album called Views from a Kayak. These pictures have angles
of places most people (including me) couldn't get to when the water was at its
peak. I sold my canoe last April.
May 13th - 11:30 pm -
here for an Important note on change of locale AGAIN for May 17th Meeting
afternoon I had the opportunity to do the rounds with Fire Chief Ron Hunt to see
the status of each of the areas where the major flooding occurred. His
firefighters were busy in many places pumping water that would not naturally
drain back. It was now a 'drain the swamp' operation. Despite having our owns
pumps, neighbouring cities not affected by the floods such as Mirabel lent us
pumps that we having been using for days. Today's efforts have made almost every
street passable by vehicles. The extent of the damages to houses is quite
remarkable and many people are busy tearing out the innards of their houses.
Some of the large containers have have already been replaced as even the large
ones were filled in one day. It puts a whole new meaning to 'spring' cleaning.
The road to recovery will be a long one and will last for months. The priority
is to get all the water and humidity out of the buildings. I have heard that
there may be houses that considered total losses and may have to be torn down.
If you would like to volunteer to help our stricken people, every little bit
would help. You can add your name to a list at the Legion and as help is needed
for various jobs, big and small, you will be notified as things develop.
I have reorganized my picture album by day and will eventually have it week by
week during the entire recovery process. Some people haven't been back to their
homes while other have completely emptied their damaged belongings and have
stripped the wall and floors and have started the drying process.
May 13th, 3:15pm - BREAKING NEWS - When it rains, it pours. Not
literally as the rain they were predicting has just started but at around 2pm
they had to evacuate the emergency center at the Legion. People noticed a
'rubbery' smell and smoke coming out of the vents in the hall. 911 was called
immediately and 4 firetrucks were dispatched including 2 from St-Eustache. When
I left the Legion people were waiting to get the OK to go back in. Soon after it
started to rain so hopefully the people got back in before it started. Update on
this - Everyone was let back in before the rain started. The problem was a
defective sensor in one of the heating units on the roof. It has been turned off
as the hall doesn't need all units to be on in this weather.
May 13th - 9:30 - The sun is still shining and the weather is finally
warming up. It's probably a good thing that it's not too hot as the humidity
might not be good for the dampness in houses. There is rain expected over the
next few days but just in the form of showers, really not in the scheme of
things. The city changed the flood victim meetings slightly. The meeting will be
held at 7:30pm (not 5pm) on Wednesday the 17 of May. On May 18th, citizens who
wish the meet a representative of the Ministry of Public Safety will be able to
do so at the City Hall starting at 9:00am.
The water level in some areas has dropped more than 2 feet as some of the areas
not draining back into the lake are being drained through the city drainage
system. Boulevard du Lac is now clear of water except for the west end.
May 12th 5:40pm - The first day of heat and sunshine is really speeding
up the lowering of the water level. Slowly some people are going back into their
to assess the damages. There is a lot of work ahead and some people have lost
everything. The meeting for the floods victims is now planned to 5:00pm on
Wednesday May 17 at the city hall. Some new pictures tell the story. There are
only 3 storage units available at Depotium. One 5 by 5 and two 10 by 20. You
must present yourself there bet 8:30am to 4:00pm Monday to Friday.
May 12th - 7:00am - Great news. The water has receded by over a foot as
of now which should quiet down all the doomsday people who were talking about
the BIG rain that was coming this weekend. In some places, the water level has
dropped even more. I know that some people are relying on the information which
I will try to keep up to date as much as possible, however the communication
department is working hard to keep the city's website up to date and accurate
and should be best place to get your news.
Here is a letter from the mayor from yesterday to the all citizens.
I also have
more good news. Last evening, I met with Bill Hurley, owner of Hurley's Irish
Pub and his manager. Bill grew up in Two Mountains and wants to do something to
help the victims of the flood of Two-Mountains. He is doing it in a big way. On
Tuesday May 23rd - Wednesday May 24th and Thursday May 25th he will host benefit
concerts in his downtown pub to raise money solely for the victims in Two
Mountains. The money collected will be given to the Dépannage St-Agapit that has
set up a relief fund, separate from their Christmas basket fund, specifically
for victims of the flood in Two-Mountains. 100% of the money given to Dépannage
St-Agapit's flood relief fund will stay in Two-Mountains and donations are fully
Here is the link their website's donation page. The page hasn't been updated
yet to reflect that the money will go to the disaster relief fund but it should
May 11th - 11:30am - Just bumped into a fellow called
Ricardo Ruiz of the company that runs the storage lockers on Industrial Blvd in
St-Eustache. His company is offering four 4 weeks free storage for all flood
victims. Contact him using the card displayed or go directly there and talk to
manager George Atme and they will provide a locker for 4 weeks absolutely free
May 11th - 7:30am - I have to to say the city's public works department
has been doing an outstanding job and have been going non-stop since the
disaster started. Now that the worst of the flooding is over (22cm down from the
crest), this morning the city has started placing dumpsters in various areas to
help with the cleanup. It is important to note that these dumpsters are designed
for trash and building materials. They must not be used for sandbags as the
trucks could not pick them up if they were filled with sandbags. The city will
pick up sandbags as they are no longer needed. They should be placed in an area
where they do not hinder traffic or driveways. Do not place sandbags in front of
dumpsters as it would make it impossible for pickup and replacement. If a
dumpster does fill up, simply call public works and they will bring a
The only flood we should have to worry about now is the flood of donations that
are being brought to the Legion. If you are one of the victims, please don't be
shy in coming to get something at the Legion. If you are not, don't be shy to
drop by to give a hand, even for just an hour or two.
May 10th - 8:00pm - Today the water levels are still dropping a little
faster than predicted but not fast enough to provide any real difference. We
have been warned that it will be a long process. Many people are worried about
the rain coming in the next few days but as I said before, it might slow down
the decrease of the water levels but the damage has been done and the chance of
any rise in the levels is slim.
The emergency centre at the Legion has been overwhelmed with donations of food
and clothing. Volunteers can't keep up with the sorting of what is coming in.
Constantin Appliance Services brought in a large fridge and a freezer to handle
the overload. The regular council meeting is taking place tomorrow (Thursday) at
7:30 at City Hall. The flooding will surely be a topic of conversation
especially during question period. Also the general meeting for flood victims
will be held at City Hall on Wednesday May 17 also at 7:30. The administration
of the city as well as representatives from Securité Publique (Quebec) will be
there to present the claiming process and answer any questions.
Late tomorrow, I will hopefully have an announcement to make that I may only be
able to write about on Friday morning. Stay tuned.
May 9th - 8:00pm - Another day has passed, the lake level has gone down
about 5cm (2 inches) in 24 hours which is what was predicted. At this rate, it
will take a long time to get back to 'normal'. Sand bagging operations have
virtually finished as there are plenty of extra sand bags in different parts of
Two-Mountains. The rate of the decreasing water level can be slowed down by the
opening of the Cornwall dam and the small amounts of rain in the forecast but
experts say that lake and river levels have crested. I was told that the 100
year flood levels were breached in certain areas earlier this week and maps will
have to be modified to reflect that fact.
Let me first say that I was one of the lucky ones having been spared any damage
by having built high 'for the view' across the street to the lake. All but one
house around ours has been evacuated. We feel deeply sad for our neighbours and
are experiencing survivor's guilt.
By sheer luck, this morning I had a one on one conversation with Benoit Charette
(our local member of parliament at the provincial level) in front of our house.
He has been present in the city throughout this ordeal and has observed the
sheer devastation the town has experienced. He assured me that Deux-Montagnes
will be well served by government financial help. One of his concerns was that
the maximum compensation amount might not be enough for someone who has suffered
a total loss of their home. He also had just been speaking to Lucie Charlebois
(deputy minister of public health) and programs will be in place to deal with
post-traumatic syndrome and mental issues that can arise from experiencing this
kind of event.
I only took a few pictures today as I spent a few hours at the emergency center
at the legion. The Red Cross has extended the initial 3 day lodging coverage for
people that were evacuated and had nowhere to stay. An additional 5 days have
been added. Of course, there will have to be other longer term arrangements that
will have to be done as some people homes or apartments will be unliveable for
The city will be having a meeting next Wednesday May 17th for victims where they
will be informed on what steps to take to start the ball rolling in claiming
damages and other services. Currently, there are forms and information papers
available at the Legion. They should be available in English shortly. For time
and details on Wednesday's meeting, please refer to the city of Two-Mountains
link at the top of this page labelled 2mo site.
As I was picking up logs and debris on the newly acquired shoreline of our lawn,
I saw something that really struck me. I stopped trying to clean up and went
back into the house to get my camera. You will see it in one of my latest
pictures. I will separate my album in two sections. The second section will be
titled to Road to Recovery. I can't wait to be able to add a picture in that
section but it could be a little while until I can.
exactly fake news (*I had this part a bit mixed up last night but I rewatched
the news clip) - We have been watching the francophone news channels as the
coverage of the floods have been about 90% of their total news coverage. A
reporter on LCN often does his reports from the sand bags on 14th avenue. He
said that he was standing about 2 kilometres from the lake. Thanks to Google
maps, I measured the distance he was from the lake directly behind him. It was
at most 640 metres away from the lake. Reporting that there are floods is fine,
but saying he was 2 kilometres away from the water was an alternative fact for
sensationalism. Had he been 2 kilometres from the lake on 14th avenue, he would
have been at RDM (the campus as we called it) and I wouldn't writing this story
and most of Two Mountains would be homeless. * I apologize as I had to change
the last paragraph this morning because I originally wrote that it was the woman
reporter from LCN that I had seen in an earlier report but it was Maxime Landry
A few times
this week I have heard people and reporters mistakenly refer to the lake as the
river and vice-versa. This brings me to a pet peeve I have had for years.
Two-Mountains is on the Lake of the Two-Mountains AND on the Mille Iles River.
For discussion purposes, most people that know this, use the train bridge or
even the dam as a reference to where the lake turns into the river. In many
conversations, I have heard people interchange the two. If you are talking to me
about either one, I WILL correct you if you have it wrong. I apologize in
advance as I may do it in an impolite way.
May 9th - 10:00am - Just went over to the Legion where the Red Cross and
community volunteers are there to accept items. The Red Cross people are busy
helping victims. Of course, donations to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund
would really help right now. The best way to do that is to use
this link or call 1-800-418-1111 to do it over the phone.
that remember the flood of 1974, photographer John Edkins captured the event
with some very good pictures, many of them from his canoe.
is the link to his pictures. Thanks for sharing these John.
May 9th - 7:00am - Good news - The lake seems to have crested as it has
gone down 2cm according to the official (Pointe-Calumet) water level of the from
the public security site. From what I observe right across the street it could
be a little more than 2 inches. The pumping was fully secured yesterday with the
help of the Armed Forces. This is to quell any rumours to the contrary. There
were many rumours going around during the last few days, many doom and gloom.
Some root from old information, some are just like things you read on FaceBook
and some are just people trying to make people panic. All the information that I
have written in the last few days comes directly from reliable sources such as
the mayor, the director general, the fire chief and senior firefighters that are
in touch with reality. I will not post rumours. For example, there was a rumour
that the dam at Carillon had cracked open which was obviously fear mongering.
The other was that even as the water seemed to have crested, that it would go up
another 2 or 3 feet. In fact, it did go up in some areas by 3 feet and more in
some areas because of dike breaches. Had the lake actually risen 3 feet more
than it did, it would have been disaster beyond belief everywhere in the area.
Unless there is a major change in predicted precipitation and that the few dikes
that have held up remain that way the water should have reached its peak. Until
it recedes though there are still many people that will not be able to get back
into the places. This could be weeks and only then can the recovery begin.
Later today, I am supposed to receive a list of things that could be useful to
people that have been displaced and that are coming back to the Red Cross
emergency center at the Legion. The Red Cross had coordinated the effort to
looking for accommodation for 3 days. Those people are now coming back and the
government is supposed to provide further services to those people. Honestly, I
am not sure how this works but I will try to head down there to see what they
to my visitors - Please understand that I will never post anything
misleading, a fact that I have not verified or anything that does not come from
a reliable source. The only exception could be on a certain day in April. I am
committed to not being labelled Fake News.
May 8th 7:45pm - Today the Armed Forces finally arrived in Two-Mountains
thanks to a plea from Mayor Denis Martin as they had been deployed elsewhere.
Their main priority is keeping the Larry Cool pumping station working. If the
pumping stops, the sewage from the entire city could back up putting the entire
city without drainage. The water may have crested as it hasn't risen in the last
12 hours. The prediction is that it should go down starting Wednesday by
approximately 5cm (2 inches) a day. Once that starts, the city will be able to
start pumping water back into the drainage system into places where it slopes
away from the lake. The waters near the lake should drain back into the lake
To add insult to injury, we had hail, sleet and snow at various time during the
day. The temperature went down to 1ºC as predicted and will do the same tonight
under clear skies. I spent most of the day at my neighbour's house. Overnight,
one of his two water heaters even though they were full started to move sideways
(floating) and eventually broke the pipes. The other water heater did the same
thing and filled the basement with a mixture of lake and city water. No one
could go into 6 feet of water to shutoff the water until someone came by with a
50,000 gallon an hour gas pump and got the level low enough to go shut off the
main valve to the house. The water got down to within 8 inches of the floor so
we got to see what floating floor does underwater. See the pictures and you will
see what a typical basement in the flood zone looks like.
May 8 - 2:00am - Yesterday was a devastating day for many people in
Two-Mountains as sandbags did not hold up to the chore. There are many people
through Quebec that are flooded and 1200 Canadian troops have been deployed to
help. A Canadian Red Cross centre has been set up at the Legion to find
alternate accommodation for people that are evacuated or simply can't get back
to their homes. City workers, firemen and police have been working non stop to
try to control the flooding. In the last 24 hours, the lake has risen 14cm (just
under 6 inches) and the river 13cm. It seems to have slowed its rise. Some
sources are saying that it won't go down until Thursday and some rain is in the
forecast for the next 7 days, not heavy rains but showers. Since the low for
tonight and tomorrow is around 1ºC, snow flurries are a possibility. The current
lake height is over 4½ feet above the 'minor' flood level. No one can remember
the water being that high certainly since the dam has been erected in the late
70's. Everyone is holding their breath as every centimeter of rise means another
house is likely to get hit. If you want to follow the rise and hopefully fall of
the lake and river on the Quebec Public Security website, here are the links:
Lake at Pointe Calumet,
the river, and the if you want to see all the rivers and lakes in Quebec
that are on the watch list,
Look at the right most column for the latest number on the first two links.
8:00am - Update - The sands bags that were protecting the west end of
LakeBreeze gave in at 6:32am within minutes the water rushed in and have forced
the evacuation of at least 6 houses that were dry before the levee broke. Now
both ends of Lakebreeze are closed to traffic. Residents of terrace Goyer street
on the east end of Lakebreeze were told yesterday afternoon to move their car to
Boulevard du Lac since the road would be closed as it filled with water. Ihave
posted more pictures from this morning to the link above.
3:00pm - Update and more pictures. The waters of the lake are still
rising and are predicted to go up by a foot as the Carillon dam was opened to
relieve some of the pressure in its reservoir. The weather isn't cooperating
either as more rain is expected and the wind will cause waves putting the
sandbags to the test.
5:00pm - Someone saw on FaceBook that Two-Mountains was not affected
by the high water of Lake of Two Mountains and the Milles Iles river...WRONG!
There are many houses that had to be evacuated in different sectors in 2MO.
Houses along Lakebreeze and at the south end of 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th were
also being surrounded by flood waters. The rain in forecast doesn't bode well
for the levels to subside either. With all the rain of April, the ground is
already waterlogged so there not much run-off. It hasn't rained in the last 36
hours yet the water has gone up almost one foot on the lake.
I have taken a few pictures to illustrate the magnitude of some of the water
affecting houses and streets. I will add more pictures if the situation worsens
over the next few days.
Click here to view the pictures.
Sorry about the broken link
earlier, SmugMug changes links when you rename albums.
As you may have noticed by the pictures on the first
screen, I was away for a while. We visited Portugal for 3 weeks and we are back.
If you are interested, I kept a blog of our travels as usual. I also did the
dreaded migration to SmugMug and now I have to relearn and recode a lot of
stuff. The album for the Portugal trip was my first foray into the migration. I
finally got it right after wrestling with it for a while. The rest of my
pictures could takes weeks if not months to get right.
Here is the link to the
Save The Date
- Saturday July 22 - DMSA Charity Game vs. the Habs Alumni
The Deux Montagnes Softball Association will be hosting
Les Anciens Canadiens de Montréal in a charity game at Central Park on
13th avenue. The Goal is to raise $10,000 for Sercan in memory of Jimmy Shields.
Tickets are available in many different options that you can see
here. The may be purchased by
credit card by going to the DMSA website,
click here. You
can also obtain tickets by sending an email to
firstname.lastname@example.org or text to
Troy Ewenson at 514-707-5646 – Cash payment will be accepted.
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