Holy Family Parish Now Has Website
Holy Family church in Two-Mountains now can boast a website of their own and
joins other local churches in using the internet to pass on their messages and
calendar of events. Their website can be accessed through
this link. As a
public service, my calendar now contains links to website from churches and
local organizations. Simply click on the calendar icon on the left and the links
will show up on the bottom of the monthly page. If you have a community oriented
website, I will be happy to include it for you.
Copy of Lil's Way
probably remember that Colleen Baxter Sullivan's first published work, Lil's Way
came out in paperback form last December. The book is available through
at this link but Colleen has informed me that her in last order of 20 books,
21 were actually shipped. She is offering one of my readers this free copy of
her book. I will award it to the first person who e-mails me with the following
answer to the following question: Lil suffers of what disorder? Thanks
Colleen, I will let you know who has won. Congratulations to Anik Perrault
who correctly 'diagnosed' Lil with Disassociative Identity Disorder (DID). You
can visit Colleen's website by clicking
185 Softball Team Wins Morin-Heights Canoe Trip Tournament
the second consecutive year, the Two-Mountains Legion Softball team has gone
undefeated in the Annual Canoe Trip Softball Tournament hosted by Morin Heights
Legion Branch 171. With 4 teams competing, including the Lac Barron and Comforts
Bar teams, Branch 185 beat Legion 171 6 to 3. They then blanked Comforts Bar 2
zip and they won the nail biter final game of 2 to 1 against Lac Barron.
The final run was batted in by Lou with 2 out in the bottom of the last inning.
here for all the pictures. More pictures from Chris Beames of Morin-Heights
have been recently added. Thanks Chris.
Annual Deux-Montagnes Golf Tourney Cut Short by Storm
On Friday July 9th, the rain was a major player in the city's 30th annual golf
tournament at the Deux-Montagnes golf course. The weather held out for 2 hours
after the 11am shotgun start, but the heavens opened up for almost an hour,
drenching the course. Amazingly when it stopped, the greens were completely
drained and play resumed at 2pm only to be stopped for good around 4 when
lightning was getting too close for comfort. It was a good day nevertheless and
as usual the buffet style supper was a big hit once again. Although no foursomes
actually played the entire 18 holes, the foursome of Ron Kesseler, Mike McKeown,
Mike O'Neil and myself managed to score a -6 after 13 holes which ended up being
the lowest score. A big thanks to the volunteers at the 'competition' holes for
braving the elements and staying on the course throughout the day, some even
being stranded on the course when everyone had finished playing.
more a few more pictures.
Mayor Marc Lauzon presents the trophy to Mike O'Neil, Mike McKeown, Ron Kesseler
and Paul Goyetche
2nd Annual Heritage Club Golf Tournament
On Saturday July 31st, the Heritage Club is holding it's 2nd annual golf
tournament at the St Andrew's Golf Course (not the one in Scotland). The cost of
the tournament is $80 which includes cart and a steak supper back at the
Heritage Club on Cedar avenue. If you would like to attend the supper only, that
will cost you a mere $15. The steak supper and all the fixings will be prepared
by Gary Mitchell. There are lots of great prizes too. Bobby Fordham is
organizing this year's event again. To register, you can contact Bob at
(450) 974-2179, he will be happy to hear from you.
Tartan Pub's 'Official' Opening Lobster Supper
Although the Tartan Pub opened its doors in May, the official opening was
postponed until everything was just right. With the current heat wave upon us,
everything is now just right as the air conditioning is now fully functional. On
Friday July 16th, a lobster supper will be held around 6pm. It will be followed
at 10 by the regular Friday night Karaoke. Don't forget that the Tartan has also
been World Cup Soccer headquarters and the final game on Sunday July 11th should
be a hot one in a cool environment. Visit the Tartan's web site at
3rd Annual Carla and Rick Hoger's Pedal for the Cure In 2006, Carla Hoger
was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes having just completed university. Two years
ago, Carla decided to do something about awareness and raising funds to try and
cure this disease. She decided to start a one day bike ride from Ottawa to Two
Mountains and get sponsored to raise money for Juvenile Diabetes. Her father
Rick decided to go along for the ride too. On July 23rd this year they will do
it again and this time you can join them for all or part of the trip. All the details
Please help fight this disease which can be beaten.
Record Low Water Levels and What They Are Doing About It
As many of you have noticed, the water levels of the Lake (of Two Mountains),
but more noticeable, the Milles-Iles River are at an alarming low level and have
been since early spring. The dry spring and the lack of snow over the winter
both contributed to this. Some of you may have noticed the island behind the St-Eustache
church has actually been a peninsula since early May. The Quebec government is
trying to do something about the river by dredging the rapids under the train
bridge. The reason is that most of the water (up to 83%) from the lake is
draining into the Riviere des Prairies at Laval-sur-le-lac. Kevin Deschamps
forwarded me a link that explains (in English).
Here is the government link.
Here are some pictures I took On July 7th to show the water levels.
Leighann Dufault's Zumba Class
Response To Shakira's Waka Waka on YouTube
Canada Day and PGA Champions
Yesterday was a busy day as we started with a visit to Fontainebleau golf course
for the Champions PGA Tour Pro-am and continued with the Two Mountains Canada
Day celebrations. Pictures of the Seniors' Tour
Canada Day here.
Old Two Mo Sports Team Pictures
I am not sure you noticed a new album on my Phanfare but it contains a few
pictures from the 60's and 70's of some sports team. The first section contains
pictures from the Bob Normoyle Scrapbook. Some have the identification of the
players on them while others are still to be identified. The link for the album
Annual Drive for the Cure Raises a Record Amount of Money
Danny Klimas' Golf Tournament at the Fontainebleau golf
course was a resounding success on Tuesday June 22nd. Not only was it perfect
weather, but the day set a new high for its fundraising to find a cure for
Cancer Research at the Royal Vic Hospital. This year, the participation was so
high that some people had to play at Ilesmere Golf course and then make their
way to Fontainebleau for the dinner and prizes. Everyone had a good time and the
course was in perfect condition and ready to host Fred Couples and the Champions
Tour next week. The final dollars raised has not been calculated exactly yet,
but Danny assures me that it will surpass $35,000 which is $7,000 more than last
Here is a link to some pictures I took while enjoying
another great day on a great course. Remember next year, if you want to
participate, register early as it will be another sellout for sure.
Hope You Didn't Miss Me Too Much
You probably noticed that the there haven't been many
updates on my site in the last few days. You may also have
noticed that I changed my entry screen which is no longer
the LTMHS Reunion of last May. My new entry screen is a
picture I took at the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador. Actually
they are 1,000 kilometers off the shore of Ecuador.
Regardless, we just got back from there as we had a trip of
a lifetime on a small ship called the Celebrity Xpedition. I
didn't have much access to the internet during this time, so
my website was a cobweb site for a little while. I am now
back and will be updating this site as well as my trip log
that I compiled (off-line) while on the trip. We took over
3000 pictures and videos and many of the better ones will
appear in my photo albums.
This is the link
to the trip or, as always, you can click on the globe
(earth) in 2MOPaul.com on top to see our past
Relay For Life a Success Once Again
For 12 hours starting on Friday June 4th at 7:00pm, many
people were walking around the LTM parking lot in a Relay
for Life and raising funds to fight cancer. A record amount
of money was raised, over $150,000. Colin Ryan has sent me
some photos of the event.
They can be viewed here.
Two Days of Valuable Input
The Citizens' Summit was a beaming success and when all was
said and done almost 600 had had a chance at steering
Two-Mountains in the proper direction. The final count of
attendees was 385 during the French session and 185 for the
English sessions. The evening began with a 45 minute
presentation during which the city general manager, Nicolas
Bouchard, gave a brief history of our town as well as where
we stand right now. More importantly, the presentation gave
a picture of the money the city will have to spend in the
following years and the fact that the tax base to get this
money is not increasing in concert with the expenses. Eight
workshops on various were conducted and many people provided
some valuable input and ideas. In short, the people wanted
to prioritize the work to be done. There is also a need to
make Two-Mountains more attractive to visit in order to
bring money from outside. Many people pointed out that we do
not use our greatest asset, our waterfront, to attract
people to our town. It was very enlightening to see that so
many care about our community and were not there just to
complain. Mayor Marc Lauzon was very pleased with the
outcome of both evenings and many people will be working
over the summer to compile all the comments. By September,
this exercise will be complete and the residents will be
presented a global plan. Thanks to all that participated and
cared enough to use their time in order to mould the future
of the city.
The Citizens' Summit Wants YOUR Input - This Wednesday for
the English Community Amost
400 citizens showed up for the French version on June 1st.
Let's make sure that they hear the English Community also
As you may be aware, Two-Mountains is at an important
crossroad. There is a limited amount of resources ($$$) and
many projects that should be untaken and some that should
not. The Citizen's Summit at the Olympia Arena is where your
voice can be heard in order to steer the future of this city
in the right directions. This is your chance to have your
opinions heard as well as hear others. The summit will
comprise of 8 workshops of various subjects. Wednesday June
2nd, the proceedings will be entirely in English, so there
is no excuse not to attend because of language. The English
community needs to be heard and our numbers have to show
that we care for our town. Click on the poster below for
all the details of the workshops.
Another 'Challenge' Facing Two Mountains
this challenge is more fun. For the 4th time in as many
years, the annual Défi Deux Montagnes will be held again on
June 13th. The event starts at Central park and makes its
way through the streets of Two-Mountains. Race distances
include a 1km, 2km, 5km and 10 km run and a 5km walk.
It all starts at 8 am and finishes around noon. Registration
can be done online by visiting the Club Ventus Website at
honorary president is Two-Mountains' own mogul skier Mikaël
LTM Class of 73 DVD
To coincide with LTM 2010, the DVD from the 1998, 25 year
Reunion of the class of 73 was finally released. There is a
long list of reason (excuses) why this was so long in the
making. Although the original tapes recorded by myself and
Earl Arguin, it wasn't until March 2003 when I bought my
first PC that I started doing video editing. Back then, it
was a painful process as the software was too demanding for
the PC, even though that first PC cost over $3,500 to get
enough juice for that type of work. Many a blue screen
later, I updated the software and finally gave in and bought
a PC at 1/8th the price and 8 times the power. Along the
way, I also burned out a hard drive that had the almost
completed version. The 2010 reunion and persistent inquiries
about the video from Kevin Deschamps inspired me to finally
get it done. So last week, I put the finishing touches on it
and the result is a 60 minute montage of the events of 1998.
It is now available for sale. All proceeds will go to me to
cover the following costs: Upgrades to software and
hardware, material costs, shipping and handling and the
years of physiological therapy to get to the root of my
procrastination. Of course, you realize that I never got
around to do the therapy. Click
here to order yours NOW, not in 2 years when you get
around to it. If you need a round tuit,
click here. The
first review of the final cut: "Well worth the wait".
Click here for a short preview of the DVD.
Liz Schofield Gets Hole-in-one at the
LTM Reunion Golf Tournament On
the most difficult par 3 of the Deux-Montagnes Golf Course,
Liz sailed her shot 152 yards right in the hole on the par 3
14th hole. For a montage of the shot click on the picture
oon the left. Congrats Liz.
LTMHS Reunion 2010 Has Arrived
For those of you who are not lucky enough to have made it to
2 Mo for the big reunion, stay tuned to 2mopaul for all the
latest pictures. The first pictures should show up around
4pm on Friday from the golf outing and around 11pm from the
meet and greet. Most pictures may not have captions, so you
will have to figure out who you are looking at.
Click here for the pictures.
Moose In Two Mountains
On Monday May 17th, a moose somehow made it's way to Guy and
19th avenue. How it got that far in to town is a mystery. It
was tranquilized and I assume taken to a better place than
where it is was found. Thanks to Bill C for sending me
these pictures. According to the North Shore News, it
was found in someone's pool (on Cool street) and returned to
the wild somewhere near Morin Heights. Didn't anyone see it
before it got stuck in the pool?
Community Forum A Big Hit
The Community Forum organized by the CEDEC (LLL) was a
resounding success with over 75 people attending to provide
input. Lots of great ideas were put forward to promote the
area's Arts, Culture and Tourism (ACT). Along with the
discussions, a few presentations were made including the
history of the Santa Claus Parade in Two Mountains and
description of a quilt project which was coordinated by Lisa
Agombar. This project was intergenerational where 5 students
interviewed a few 'senior' citizens of the area and then
produced a large quilt that pictorially depicted their
subjects. Once the presentations were completed smaller
groups formed and brainstormed on how we could promote our
art, culture and heritage. This was the first attempt at
such an endeavor and was well received and attended.
Click here for pictures of the proceedings.
Chance to Register for The LTMHS Reunion Golf Day
The deadline for registration for the Friday May 21st Golf
Day is this Wednesday May 12. Come join the gang at the
Deux-Montagnes Golf course. Among the confirmed player's are
brothers Phil and Ian Roberts, Jim and Bob Walter, Ross and
Dick Duran. You don't have to be an LTM graduate. Post round
activities will be at the Tartan Pub before Friday Night's
Meet and Greet at the old school. Tee-offs are from 9:30 to
10:30 on Friday morning. Drop me an e-mail to register.
for the Cure Fundraiser
On Sunday May 16th from 11am to 4pm, Ron and Joan
Fitzmorris will be hosting a fundraiser to raise money for
two nurses, Lee-Anne Hogan and Karen Williams. They are once
again participating in the 2 day Walk for the Cure in
August. There will be hot dogs, beer and wine for sale as
well as a bake table (not the table but the stuff on it).
There will also be a raffle with many great prizes. The
address is 572 Des Monts in St-Eustache. Des Monts street
would be the top 6th avenue if Two Mountains ever reclaimed
land from its neighbour.
Here is the map.
Community Forum - Saturday May 15th
The LLL CEDEC (Laval-Laurentides-Lanaudiere) is holding a
community forum on Saturday May 15 at the Heritage
Club (503 Cedar). The objective of this forum is to "promote
arts, cultural and heritage events in the Lower Laurentians
that can stimulate and increase business and tourism
activity." They are looking for your input, so come share
your ideas, passions and your experience.
Click here for more
information or call 450-472-3100 to let them know you are
coming. The event goes from 9:00am to 1:00pm and lunch is
4 Korners News
Volunteers needed for friendly home visits to seniors, help
to prepare a small meal or just for a cup of tea and a
little visit, if you are interested please call or drop in
to 4 korners. The offices are located on Oka road next to
On Thursday May 13th, 4 Korners will be hosting a Usborne
children's book sale all day. Proceeds in books will go
to the children's library.
Tartan Pub Opens in its New Location
Friday April 30th not only
represents the last day to file your income tax return but
also the doors open at the New Tartan Pub. Just in time for
the Crosby kid and his Penguins to take on our High flying
Habs. Come watch the game on one of the two 50 inch plasma
screens or on the giant 120inch HD screen. See you there...
Although this is not the 'official' opening the place is
ready for action including tomorrow's Kentucky Derby.
Reunion Deadline Approach Registration Deadline
May 9th is the last day to
register for the long weekend's LTM Reunion. Additionally,
the option to register for only the supper is no longer
available. More details can be found by clicking the link on
the left. Also spaces are filling up for Friday the 21 golf
tournament, so act now or you will be doubly disappointed.
LTM Reunion Golf 'Tournament'
The Reunion is coming. The Reunion is coming. It's almost that time and
after months of planning, there are only 26 days to go to the big event. In
2005, I organized a little golf tournament for people who were interested in
some pseudo exercise before attacking the food and drink of the following
days. I was asked to do it again and since I am retired, I didn't really
have an excuse to say no. This year's version of the tournament* will be
held at redesigned** Golf Deux-Montagnes which is only a couple of John Daly
drives away from the Two Mountains themselves. You don't have to be signed
up for the reunion to enter as this is a sanctioned but unofficial part of
the reunion schedule.
* The word tournament is being used loosely as there are no real prizes or
trophies to give away but you are free to make your own sidebets.
** by redesigned, the Deux Montagnes course had a complete makeover 5 years
ago when both 18 holes were combined to make one 'better' course. Click
here for details and to register as space is limited and there are
already more than half taken.
Jeudi Show d'Agapé at Olympia On Thursday April 29, local talent
will be starring at the annual Jeudi show at the Olympia Theatre/Arena.
Tickets cost only $10 and the proceeds from this popular event go to Agapé
which helps the needy in our area. The show starts at 7:00pm and this year
promises to be a good one. For all the information
please click here. Please come and support your community.
Tartan Dates Now Official
The Pit days are numbered as the Tartan
Pub, currently situated on the northwest corner of 18th and Oka road, will
be shutting its doors in preparation for the move to its new location at
2000 Oka Road. On Saturday April 24, the last beer will be poured on these
premises where it has been flowing for over 50 years. I have a feeling the
last drink will be poured in the wee hours of Sunday but closing time will
be a bittersweet moment for many patrons of the establishment. With all its
faults, especially in the bathroom department, the Pit had a certain
something about it. If walls could talk, there would be volumes of stories
about the goings on there over the years. Gone will be the walk down the
stairs to enjoy a cold one in the basement and the eventual walk back up to
the real world. After 50 years though, it was time to move on to new
premises. The New Tartan will be a complete change from old one. It may take
a little time for the regulars to get use to the brightness of the large
windows but the brand new bathrooms will be a welcome sight for everyone.
The New Tartan will most likely open on Friday April 30th, check
www.pubtartan.com to confirm.
LTHC Recaptures NA Cup Although Team Boston took an early
lead, the LTHC fought back and with the help of game MVP goalie Glenn Hogan
and a couple of goals from Gary Campbell. The final score was 4 to 2 with
Boston MVP Jay getting his team's only two goals. Don White and Richard
Hoger each had a goal for the Laval Teachers. The game was well attended
including the late Armand
Laderoute's wife and daughter. Each year, this game is dedicated to some
of the members and fans who have passed on, namely; Charlie Pendergast,
Mickey O'Sullivan, Shawn O'Connor and Armand, our coach and leader for many
years in Boston.
the game and post game are here.
Just Got A Call From the Pool Survey A few weeks ago, the city used it's
automated phone system to survey the citizens of Two Mountains on the use of
the St-Eustache pool complex. I just got an automated call announcing the
results. 74% of the surveyed said No. For me this was no surprise as I
expected an even higher percentage. One thing I have to say about the survey
and the phone system in particular is that the call display comes up as a
long distance number (1-866-482-4288). When I see these types of number come
up on my phone I always assume that it is some kind of telemarketing racquet
and I am usually quick to hang up. It would be much better if the call
display was less generic and identified the caller more clearly. I know some
people who filter out these types of calls completely, so if the city were
to use this as an emergency communication tool, some people could be left
out in the dark. Then again if enough people answered their phone, word
would spread very quickly.
Last Chance to Drive for Cure A couple of months ago I wrote about
the Danny Klimas Drive for the Cure benefit Golf Tournament. The demand is
high and while Danny was saving a few spots for his friends that he will
need to fill very soon. So if you haven't signed up yet, do it now! It's a
great day out on the course which will host the Champions Tour the following
week and it's for a great cause. The date is Tuesday June 22nd and
The End is Delayed April 10th will NOT be the last day
of the Tartan Pub at 200 18th Avenue. The opening of the new Tartan will be
delayed by a week or two due to a couple of technical difficulties. Stay
tuned here or the Tartan web site for the latest news.
The End of an Era and the Start of a New
One April 10th 2010 will go down in Two
Mountains lore as the last day that you can order a drink in the Pit.
Yes, after over 50 years of serving up our
favorite libations, the Marquise/1803/Tartan Pub will be shutting its doors
in its current establishment. The last call, will likely occur in the wee
hours of April 11th as the figurative curtain will be drawn on the basement
that has been a second home to many people in the last 50 years. The move
will certainly shed the Pit name and image as the new establishment will no
longer require stepping down into the abyss with its infamous bathroom
facilities. The new home of the Tartan, only 2 blocks down the road (click
image on right), will be opening later in the week and will feature brand
new bathroom facilities, a lounge and a terrace for the warmer times. For
your viewing pleasure, there will be 2 new 52 inch plasma screens behind the
bar as well as the largest HD screen in the area where you will be able to
cheer your favorite sports heroes. The New Tartan will also offer free Wi-Fi
to its patrons that need their internet fix while enjoying their favorite
beverage. The Tartan Pub will also have its own website with all the
Heritage Club Casino Night
Following last year's successful event, the Heritage Club is once again
holding another Casino Night to raise funds. On Saturday, April 17th
at 8:00pm the wheels will start spinning and croupiers will
be dealing. 20 bucks will get you in and you will receive $250 to try and
parlay into a small fortune. At the end of the evening, this money will
determine the winners of prizes. There will be many prizes including an LCD
TV. Last year's event was top notch as you can see
here in pictures.
Come support your local club and have a great time doing it.
Move Over When Driving in the U.S. I recently got a chain e-mail and
for the first time in a few years its content wasn't a hoax. It involves a
law in the US about passing stopped emergency vehicles (read Police cars)
and since many people will be traveling to the states this summer, it's a
good thing to remember. The law doesn't apply in New York state but you
should practice this everywhere including Canada. When passing a police car
giving a ticket you have to either move over to the next lane if possible or
slow down 20 mph below the speed limit. The law and punishment differs by
state but it is basically the same procedure. To read more about this, you
can click this
'Move Over America' website. I don't know of anyone ever getting a
ticket for this but I do know someone that was driving to Florida and got
caught for going 5 mph over the speed limit. The ticket was for $180. Wow, I
don't think I want to meet that cop.
Speaking of the USA, after a two year absence, the Boston Hockey Boys are
finally making their way up to Two Mountains to try and retain the North
American Cup. The game is at the old arena (Patinoire Deux-Montagnes) on
Saturday April 17 at 1:30pm against the Laval Teachers team. The Boston team
is coming in with some new artillery, so we don't know what to expect. This
annual game has been going on for more than 35 years with the LTHC taking
all the games except for the first and the last 2 with a couple of ties
thrown in. It should be a good game for finish off the 2009-2010 season.
The Winter That Never Was With most golf courses opening in
the area this weekend, this winter will be remembered as the winter that
never was. I tried to escape the brutal part of winter twice. The first time
was our 6 week vacation in what was supposed to be the heart of winter but
we ended up escaping nothing. For the entire time, the weather in 2
mountains was mild and snow non existent. We 'escaped' again for 2 weeks in
Florida once again to find that the weather was warmer back home. On Friday
March 19th for example, the temperature (at 10:30pm) in Vero Beach was 9º
Celsius while back at home the temperature was a balmy 10º. The weather
would warm up during the day but the winds kept things chilly. Anyway,
despite the weather, we still had a lot of fun and tried our best to score
low at golf but the wind did not cooperate. The golf courses were not that
busy there either as we were able to play four rounds as a fivesome which is
a rarity in the golf world. For the scores you can click on the latest golf
scores on the top right and you can
click here for some of the pictures.
City Council Presents Plans for Regional
According to a trusted source at city hall, Deux-Montagnes Mayor Marc Lauzon
is planning to use the current location of the 13th avenue pool to build the
regions first aquarium to showcase the aquatic life of our namesake Lake of
Two Mountains. It is both an effort to draw in a much needed tourist base as
well as an educational vehicle for the area schools according to the
planners. It is being designed using as much of the current pool
installation as possible. The bottom of the pool will be filled with actual
lake bottom from the shores of the lake, a plan that was approved by
Environment Quebec as it will clear up some of the current lake bed. The
plans also include a show area where there will be an attempt to train some
of the 'smarter' fish like the walleye to jump on demand.
Here is the link to detailed information on the
project that will 'pay for itself' with the benefits to the city.
2 Mountains Telephone Survey Regarding St-Eustache
At a recent council meeting,
elected officials voted to enter into a contractual agreement with an
automated notification service. This system can be particularly useful
during emergencies to contact people or inform them of a protocol in place.
It can also be used for public consultations when the City wishes to gather
citizen feedback on a particular topic.
The first survey originally was originally supposed to happen on Monday
evening (March 29th) but we seemed to have gotten the call only on Tuesday.
The survey was to "gauge public interest in reaching an agreement
with Ville de Saint-Eustache regarding the use of the water park.
Deux-Montagnes taxpayers would have to pay $333,000 annually to enjoy the
same rates as their Eustachois counterparts. That amounts to an additional
$50 tax per street address. “The City cannot ask taxpayers to pay out even
more to subsidize this project without their consent,” said Mayor Marc
Lauzon. “A consultation is necessary since many residents want us to enter
into such an agreement. Its purpose is to gauge the actual level of public
interest for this service in order to find out exactly where they stand,” he
added.Given the high financial stakes, Deux-Montagnes would first like all
taxpayers to agree to a formula that would meet the needs of as many people
as possible." in italics from city
Firstly, I have talked to a few people about this and I don't believe the
interest is there. I don't think that the majority of people in Two
Mountains would use these facilities therefore would not want to subsidize
other people taking advantage of this (Sorry Rick). The cost for each non
St-Eustache resident is $400 a year (or $10 a session) as compared to $5 for
residents. For a family, there would obviously be a great advantage to pay
only the extra $50 but Another thing about the actual survey that happened
earlier this evening, is that I don't think it worked. First, pressing 9 for
English did not work, so I tried to answer in French. There were 3 possible
answers, Oui (agree to pay $50), Non (Don't agree) and a third choice that I
could not make out. Once you chose the the number, there was no
acknowledgement that an answer was accepted and it eventually just hung up.
I think it's back to the drawing board for the automated survey.
The other point about 'sharing' facilities with St-Eustache is their
capacity. This complex currently serves over 30,000 citizens. Their website
already states that there are limits to the capacity and 'free' swimming
time is also limited (see the
pool website for those times). There is a catch-22 here. If the aquatic
centre is popular enough that the majority of Two Mountainers agree to pay
AND use the pools, then the pool staff reserves the right to shutdown the
facilities according to their site. If there is a capacity issue, what
happens? Another way to 'poll' Two Mountain residents would be to offer one
'free' subsidized visit to the centre to see is there is enough interest to
warrant such a huge agreement with our neighbours. Here is a shot in the
dark, why don't they fix up the 13th avenue pool and put a dome on it?
UPDATE - As the phone survey may not have gone as well as expected, the city
will be holding meetings with its citizens around the end of May. There is
also an online survey you can take on the city website. At the moment, of
500 votes, more than 50% are not interested in this tax. Click on the city
icon above to go to the city website.