SAINT LAMBERT "ROCK PILE" MAYBE ON WAY OUT.


Neighbours rally to save the municipal golf course

The homeowners who live near the Saint-Lambert municipal golf course are mobilizing to protect the green space from residential development. Herman Champagne, who is a nearby resident, is spearheading a neighbours’ campaign. He says the group’s aim is to write clearly into the city’s urban plan that the golf course shall always remain a green space. There is some urgency, because the urban plan is scheduled to be revised next January, Champagne said.

“What we want to do is preserve the golf course from real estate development…. It is one of the last green spaces in Saint-Lambert,” said Champagne, who has lived on Dulwich Avenue, next to the golf course, for more than 20 years.

In particular, neighbours are concerned about the fate of the golf course because of Quebec Bill 122, which will be passed in the National Assembly before the summer. When it becomes law, it will take away a citizens’ right to hold a referendum when a zoning change is proposed. This means the golf course could become rezoned as a residential area without citizen consultation, city councillor Jean-Pierre Roy has said previously “The Council could change the zone (where the golf course is located) and make it a residential area without consulting the population – and it would be a big, big loss,” Roy said. But councillor Hugues Letourneau did not agree with this interpretation of Bill 122. He said the proposed bill would only remove the right of referendum for development projects that do not relate to changes in zoning. Whatever the correct interpretation might be, Bill 122 makes the protection of the golf course all the more urgent, Champagne said. To protect the golf course, the city should encourage residents to take advantage of the green space not only in the summer, but also in the wintertime for sports, Champagne said.

“In the winter, its not very well used,” he said. “We want to develop a “base de plein air” – to make the park used 12 months a year. There is also a chalet there, where people can warm up.” Neighbours want to preserve the golf course because the real estate values of their homes would fall if the area were developed, Champagne said.

“I would lose 15 to 20-per cent of the value of my house if the golf course was developed. That’s the financial impact,” he said.

“The average value of homes around the golf course is $475 to $550 thousand, so if you take 15-per cent off, wow, that’s a loss of $75,000! That’s major, it’s not a trivial amount.”

In addition to the monetary issue, there is also quality of life to consider, added Champagne, who also plays golf in the park.

“Quality of life is also important – right now, I have direct access to a green space. I also walk in the golf course in the winter,” he said.

In the next two weeks, the neighbours are planning to go door-to-door with a petition that will ask residents to preserve the golf course, Champagne said.

The Saint-Lambert golf course, affectionately known as the “Rock Pile”, is a 9-hole, par 36, existing since 1931. The land on which the golf course is situated is owned by the city, but is rented by the Saint-Lambert Golf Club every year.

Article courtesy of the Saint Lambert Journal

Welcome New Alumni Association Members and renewed Members


New Regular Member
Ann Marie Gloutney
Class of 1980
from Hudson, QC


New Regular Member
Dave Corbeil
Class of 1966
from unknown


Renewed Membership
Tom McNeilly
Class of 1960
from Lethbridge, AB


Renewed Membership
Ruth Maben
Class of 1953
from Oakville, ON


Renewed Membership
Flo Hinks (Trudeau)
Class of 1960
from Prince George, BC


Renewed Membership
John Green
Class of 1953
from St. Lambert. QC


Renewed Membership
Doug Smith
Class of 1965
from Greenfield Park, QC


Renewed Membership
Heather Nesbitt (McCallum)
Class of 1961
from Kemptville, ON


Renewed Membership
Sue Green (Walker)
Class of 1952
from St. Lambert, QC

DONATION

Francis Hampson (Roach)
St. Lambert High Class of 1943
from Nepean, ON
Thank you for your generous donation.

Memberships expiring in May

Cernak (Anderson) Susan 1969
Charlton Robert 1963
Forsyth John 1971
Gregory Calvin 1970
Jazzar Russell 1957
Millington (Cobb) Geri (Geraldine) 1959
Salmon Gillian 1970
Yaffe (Capen) Sally 1960

Members (40/50's)
129

Members (60's)
211

Members (70's)
135

Members (80's)
35

Members (90's)
4

Members (2000's)
1

Members (EX-Staff)
12

Editors Note

Comments from the joke about the Moslem woman back in March Edition keep coming in.

Cam Leonard C'63
Member from Brampton, Ontario

I thoroughly enjoyed your Islamic joke.

Regretfully unlike the Scottish or Irish that can “laugh at themselves’ our “new” Muslim Canadians don’t have this tolerance. Sad really.

Peter Payan
Peter Payan
C'59 Life Member
from Montreal, QC

Bravo Angus for another excellent Newsletter. I also noticed the Islamic joke but didn't write to you about it.

No Editor is perfect and I'm sure that in future editions you will proceed more carefully. Good luck and keep up the great work.


Jim Baxter
C'67 Life Member
from Calgary, AB

After reading the alumni newsletter today I was struck with the strong reactions to the humour posted in the previous issue. I had to go back and review that issue as I didn't remember anything of particular note which would draw such reactions. Upon viewing the photo and caption I did a check on myself to think about why it hadn't evoked a negative reaction personally.

Here are my thoughts: Having edited newsletters myself in the past I always tried to include some humour in them to lighten up the readers' day. I tried to search for inoffensive jokes which were still edgy enough to be naughty. As you have no doubt found out it isn't always easy to do so. After mulling this around in my head all day I did a reality check with my wife over dinner tonight and thought I'd pass along my thoughts to you which you may use in next month's newsletter if you wish.

First let me share a joke with you:
A priest and a rabbi are having lunch together and are conversing on a variety of topics. The priest asks the rabbi: "Have you ever tasted Pork, Rabbi?"

The rabbi smiles and says: "Well yes, Father. I will admit that I have in a moment of weakness tasted some ham. Now I have a question for you. Have you ever enjoyed the pleasures of the flesh?"

The priest looks a little sheepish and replies: " I have to admit, Rabbi, that I have slipped once and did in fact taste the pleasures of the flesh."

The rabbi smiles again and replies to the priest: "Sure beats the hell out of a ham sandwich, doesn't it!"

As I analyse the humour in this joke I do not perceive that it is either anti-Jewish or anti-Catholic but uses aspects of both religions in order to be funny. Is it funny to everyone? Perhaps not but that is the risk of humour. I regularly receive humourous cartoons and jokes via my email and there are many which I do not pass along as I consider them to be racist or in poor taste. If I see something which is demeaning it goes no further. I am amazed at how many people out there truly don't put themselves in the shoes of others or who share things with friends of similar mindedness that they wouldn't in general public.

There's an old joke which goes like this: How do you get a hundred rowdy Canadians out of a swimming pool? The answer is: You ask them politely to leave.

We as Canadians have a reputation of being perhaps more cosmopolitan than average and perhaps more sensitive to the plight of others. We certainly are aware of the Islamophobia present in the world today and I sense this in the strong reaction to that photo. Interestingly I had previously viewed a funny video on YouTube with the exact same situation except it involved a Vegan husband coming home unexpectedly and his wife was throwing the frying pan out the kitchen window as she had been cooking bacon to eat in his absence. I'm wondering if there is such a thing out there as Islamophobia-phobia. Are we so sensitive to everything now that gentle humour which pokes fun at certain aspects of a culture or religion or political persuasion are no longer socially acceptable? I think of the expression: Don't lean over backwards so far that your brains fall out. I believe there is a big difference in humour designed to diminish others versus humour designed to have us laugh at ourselves. I see such polarization in the world today and such tribalism that I fear we are losing the ability to find humour in our everyday lives. I sincerely hope not.

Thank you for all the hard work you do on our behalf.


Peter Charron
C'69 Life Member
from Monreal, QC

Like Doug McFie, I chuckled at the joke and thought to myself that someone somewhere would take great exception to it. I was really thinking a great deal more east than Saint-Lambert but, boy, was I wrong!

While I take on board all of the contrary comments and note the wish for responsiveness to other’s sensitivities or sensibilities, surely at some point everyone can laugh at themselves, no?? We don’t get bent out of shape over Irish jokes, French jokes, Newfie jokes, Italian jokes etc etc. Most Jewish people that I know can laugh at their religion’s and culture’s quirks. We have become so sensitive to anything Muslim that everything is off limits. Because of this, it seems that in more and more schools today we are losing every semblance of the beginnings of this country. Christmas trees are evil; Merry Christmas is an insulting greeting at that time of year, Halloween is demeaning and so on. I’m a huge fan of diversity and believe that it is at the heart of what makes Canada great. I come to a full stop when any part of that diversity demands that it should drown out everything else.

We are a country built of and by immigrants. My ancestors got here in the late 1600’s (no idea what we must have done in France then to think that north of Quebec City in January was a better bet but it had to be something huge). Many of my friends are first generation Canadians. They talk about their young days when they, on pain of punishment, they learned our language(s) and culture and were taught to respect and appreciate our laws and social mores all the while never losing touch with their roots. The mantra for immigrants up until recent times was best expressed by Sir Wilfred Laurier at the turn of the last century when he said that everyone was welcome to come here as long as they believed in what Canada stood for, embraced its values and wanted to benefit from the opportunities that abounded here.

How we went from that to be so afraid to step on toes that we actually start to lose sight of what being a Canadian is, I think, a good testimony to how political correctness and sensitivity to those different than us can get us lost in a minefield of identity confusion….

It was just a joke, folks. Lord knows that they make difficult times a whole lot more bearable.

Celebrate the Decade of the 1980's at CCHS

The association's attempt to enhance membership from grads of the 80's was a dismal failure and the event has been cancelled. Only 7 alumni signed up for the event. They have all received refunds.

At present membership in the association is 24% supported by alumni from the 1940's and 1950's; 40% from the 1960's; and 26% from the 1970's.
Currently membership is as follows: Life Members - 373, Honorary Members - 5, Regular Members - 149 = Total paid Members - 527
With no further support expected from Life Members it is going to be difficult to cover monthly expenses from the renewals of our Regular Members. We need new members. How do we get them?

Angus Cross

C'60 - Editor, Alumni Connection

Newsletter readership is up with over 1,000 again during April. Also visits to our website chamblycounty.com is up with over 4,000 last month. However our Missing Alumni List remains high and our Membership List remains somewhat stagnant. Please check for missing classmates and advise us. Your assistance would be much appreciated.

I was able to assist quite a few members last month who lacked a username and password. login to the website
If you are having difficulty please contact me angus@hfx.eastlink.ca and I will gladly assist you in setting this up. The individual Class Pages are the heart and sole of our web site and should not be overlooked. In order to protect our members these pages are very secure.

We welcome essays from our readers on any subject

What do you think about when you flashback to your high school years? We'd love to hear from you. Perhaps you went through something since then that you want to share with your fellow alumni. Whatever the case, send your memories and photos to Angus Cross at angus@hfx.eastlink.ca or use our contact form.
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Larry Llewellyn C'65 Life Member from Toronto, ON

Larry Llewellyn C'65
Life Member from Toronto, ON

School Daze........

It's 2:10am.... couldn't sleep so I turned on my radio... I usually listen to piano music that puts me to sleep.. I find it very soothing.. However the radio station was dialled to my favorite "oldies" channel and Roy Orbison was singing "Pretty Woman"... I couldn't help but let it play through.... before switching... the next was another favorite...The Rightes Brothers tune..I missed the name, a real slow tune... "Unchained Melody".. then all these memories came flooding back... music while growing up played a major role in, (I don't know about you) my daily life. Had to go buy the latest 45. The record shop used to punch a card and for every ten 45's you got one free.. My collection grew pretty quick... my all time fave group was "The Four Seasons" to the day I pretty much am stopped in my tracks to listen to any of their tunes; Sherry, Rang Doll.....

I remember a few special moments.. There was that time: I was in my room bawling my eyes out over a recent breakup. I'd been "going steady" for two years... that was a big deal back then... my Dad came in and tried in an awkward way to console me... one thing that stuck with me was what he said "Son, don't you listen to the words of your music, everyone goes through what your going through, it's part of growing up!" Never really realized how "Hep" my father Was!

Another special moment no so romantic, (though there were a lot)... was in the summer of 1964...picture this scene four guys.. Peter Kinsey, Peter Spearman, I know there was another school mate, can't remember his name.. it was one of those hot summer days, real hot.. we were fishing across from Mesina New York, on the Canadian side of the St. Lawrence.. and get this with bows and arrows; fishing for carp; wading up to our knees in mud, then to our waist in water, warm dirty water... sun beating down, we all got a nasty burn; (that was the next days penalty), watching intently for the carp to clear their dorsal fin above the surface, and aim just below. If you were lucky it penetrated in the fleshy part and you had him; but not before chasing the arrow zipping through the bull rushes. Sometimes, if you missed and hit right on the armoured side of the gill near the mouth and the arrow would bounce off!
On shore was the portable radio, blaring out our music... Then the radio DJ announced the next title.. brand new... by the Four Seasons.. "Rag Doll" ... it was a great tune. Catchy.. not much to it.. repetitive in the lyric... one, that is easily..re called.. after, it was over we all remarked on it.. then the DJ made some comments on how this was going to make the top 100... he played it, not only a second time, but a third..and a fourth; by now all of us weren't focusing not on fishing but, singing at the top of our lungs, the lyrics... no regard for carrying a tune; not screaming, really trying to mimic the singers as best we could... we became them -air guitarists with our bows.. the fish got a reprieve must have thought we'd lost it..

Funny how, that warm summer day with good friends.. no alcohol, no drugs, just high on life and music.. had been etched in my mind.....

Class Contacts Needed

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Obituaries

McCONNELL Ross - St. Lambert High C'45

Passed away March 25, 2017. Several years ago, I believe he submitted quite a few photos for the alumni newsletter. Ross and my brother, Ron King (both men now deceased) went to St. Lambert High in the early 40's and were long time friends..

submitted by Lorna King Waymann C'53

If you notice an obituary of a classmate in your local paper
please forward details to Angus Cross at angus@hfx.eastlink.ca.

And Finally...

She is definitely ready for marriage!