All that remains is a pile of rubble and twisted metal

Rubble is all that's left of the West Island Assistance Fund building in Roxboro. John Mahoney / Montreal Gazette The building that housed the West Island Assistance Fund office and thrift shop in Roxboro is a total loss following a devastating fire, Monday.“The firefighters advised us that it should be knocked down and rebuilt completely,” WIAF board president Michael Labelle said, Tuesday....

Schukov: Parting note on pit bulls, I wish …

As a Dorval amendment to its bylaw on sketchy dogs drifts through a monsoon of people weighing in heavily on both sides (no word from either side including the pit bulls, as yet) I have an addendum to my black and white that pit bulls are as trustworthy as wolverines. I don't care about the other breeds that may supposedly bite, because pit bulls are the ones with the scariest track record (No...

Thousands converge on Beaconsfield to catch CP Holiday Train event

The CP Holiday Train stopped in Beaconsfield on Nov. 26. West Island Gazette / West Island Gazette The CP Holiday Train once again drew a big crowd in Beaconsfield Tuesday night, but not everyone got to see the brightly-lit train.Thousands of Montrealers poured into the area for the train’s arrival at 8:20 p.m. but just getting to the Beaconsfield station proved an impossible task for some...

Second World War veteran stands in tribute to those who fell in battle

Howard McNamara looks through a scrapbook with his wife Anne and daughter Judi at his home in St-Laurent. He turns 100 in January. John Mahoney / Montreal Gazette Howard McNamara flew a Spitfire for the Royal Air Force during the Second World War. The 99 year old was one of 93,000 Canadians who took part in the Italian Campaign — Canada’s second longest campaign in the war.Canada suffered...

Kramberger: On a mission to deliver toys and food

The West Island Mission's toy collection as seen last year. West Island Mission It’s that time of year when many West Islanders are spirited into supporting the less fortunate in their community — and, more important, help local food banks stock up for several months beyond the seasonal holiday drive.“We’re always looking for donations,” said Suzanne Scarrow, the executive director of...

Springate left lasting legacy at John Abbott’s police tech program

George Springate (1938-2019) co-founded the Police Technology program at John Abbott College. JAC George Springate, who died Nov. 20 in Ottawa from colon cancer, held a remarkable number of professions during his lifetime: politician, judge, police officer and pro football player with the Montreal Alouettes. He was 81.But his contribution to the Police Technology program at John Abbott...

West Island Community Calendar for the week of Nov. 28

Galleries and exhibitionsThe Stewart Hall Art Gallery, 176 Lakeshore Rd. in Pointe-Claire, presents the latest submissions to the 2020 Art Rental Collection — a collection of artworks by more than 75 artists, chosen annually by a jury of professionals, available for rent or for purchase. Continues until Sunday. Call 514-630-1220, local 1778.Galerie de la ville, 12001 de Salaberry Blvd. in...

ASM wants government mediator to help define equitable agglo payments

Beaconsfield Mayor Georges Bourelle, right, with Montreal West Mayor Beny Masella: suburban mayors say the city's capital works budget does not address their concerns. Pierre Obendrauf / Montreal Gazette The Association of Suburban Municipalities (ASM) says its members are paying Montreal too much for services and is asking the Quebec government to step in to help negotiate a new way to...

Cantabile Chorale join in celebratory song for anniversary concert

Soprano Jessica Muirhead performs the third movement of composer Peter Willsher's Angels with the Cantabile Chorale. jpg Cantabile Chorale is celebrating its 35th anniversary with concert in the 175-year-old Église Ste-Geneviève, Nov. 30. The church is known for its superior acoustics — a plus for the 65-voice choir and the 30 musicians set to perform music by Mozart and Dvořák, as well as...

McGill’s Seinet-Spaulding named top football lineman in country

Andrew Seinet-Spaulding poses with the Metras Trophy at the recent Vanier Cup awards gala. Mathieu Bélanger The awards keep piling up for McGill football player Andrew Seinet-Spaulding.The Pierrefonds native was named winner of the J.P. Metras Trophy, awarded to the most outstanding lineman in Canadian university football at the annual Vanier Cup awards gala.Seinet-Spaulding, the 23-year-old...