Sunday, 28 September 2014

Here are the candidates for the November 2, 2014 EMSB Elections

All posts being contested

MONTREAL,  SEPTEMBER 29, 2014  Nominations have closed for the Sunday, November 2, 2014 English Montreal School Board elections, with declared candidates for the position of chairman and each of the 10 commissioner posts.  Advance polls will be open on Sunday, October 26.

Here are the candidates.

CHAIRMAN: Anne Lagacé Dowson (Team Lagacé Dowson) and Angela Mancini (Team Angela Mancini). For the first time this position will be elected by universal suffrage.

WARD 1 (Côte des Neiges/Snowdon/Outremont /Town of Mount Royal/Park Extension):
Mordechai Antal (Team Angela Mancini), Lesley Chesterman (Team Lagacé Dowson),  Ellie Israel (independent) and  Pierre Albert Sevigny (independent).

WARD 2 (Montreal West / NDG):  Sherilyn Figueira (Team Lagracé Dowson),  Joseph Lalla (independent), Connie Primiano (independent) and Ruth Rosenfield (Team Angela Mancini).

WARD 3 (Westmount/Sud Ouest): Julien Feldman (Team Lagacé Dowson),
Fergus Keyes (independent) and  Ginette Sauvé-Frankel (Team Angela Mancini).

WARD 4 (Côte Saint-Luc/Hampstead): Warren Budning (Team Lagacé Dowson) and Syd Wise (Team Angela Mancini).

WARD 5 (St. Laurent): James Kromida (Team Angela Mancini), Rosana Montoute (independent) and Vicky Rivard (Team Lagacé Dowson).

WARD 6 (St. Michel/Villeray/part of Rosemont/Plateau Mont Royal/Ville Marie  East): Agostino Cannavino (Team Lagacé Dowson)  and Dominic Furfaro (Team Angela Mancini).

WARD 7 (Ahuntsic/Montreal North):  Ahmed Benlemoudden (independent),   Linda Cianfaglia (Team Lagacé Dowson) and Sylvia Lo Bianco (Team Angela Mancini).

WARD 8 (St. Léonard): Roberto Colavecchio (independent), Patricia Lattanzio (Team Angela Mancini), Joseph Mormina (independent) and Elvira Truglia (Team Lagacé Dowson),

WARD 9 (Anjou/Mercier /Hochelaga Maisonneuve/ part of Rosemont,  Petite Patrie): Mario Bentrovato (Team Lagacé Dowson) and Rosario Ortona (Team Angela Mancini).

WARD 10 (Rivière des Prairies/Pointe-aux-Trembles): Rosa Cerrelli Bilotta (Team Lagacé Dowson) and Joe Ortona (Team Angela Mancini)

In order to vote you must currently be on the permanent list of electors in Quebec, be 18 years of age and over, a Canadian citizen, domiciled in the territory of the EMSB, have been domiciled in Quebec for at least six months, not be under curatorship and not have been convicted of an offence that is a corrupt electoral practice.

Any parent who has a child registered in an EMSB youth sector elementary or high school
as of September 30, 2014 is automatically entered on the election list. In addition, any  elector who made a choice prior to the November 2007 elections and had his/her name entered on the EMSB electoral list is included. These individuals would have signed a special form. If you do not recall doing so, you can verify whether your name appears on the list by calling 1-888-353-2846 (DGE in Québec City) or 514-483-7200 ext. 8800 8801 or 8802 (EMSB Election Office).

For more details, including the list of polling stations, log on to

Michael J. Cohen
Communications and Marketing Specialist
English Montreal School Board
(514) 483-7200, ext. 7243

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

EMSB to get some radio exposure; coming events; and video links

Divya Aery
LMAC AND JPI ON CJAD: Tune in to The Exchange on CJAD Radio AM 800 on Thursday, September 18 (7:35 p.m.) when host Dave Kaufman welcomes into the studio Laurier Macdonald High School Principal Luigi Santamaria, student Divya Aery, John Paul I Junior High School student Jason Carnevale and one of his teachers. They will talk about the International Baccalaureate Program, the EMSB TV commercials on CTV and upcoming open houses.

PEARSON IMPACT ACADEMY TO BE SHOWCASED ON TSN 690: Lester B. Pearson High School in Montreal North is very excited to continue its very successful partnership with the Montreal Impact Academy. This year nine students from the school’s successful Sport-Études program will take to the field for the Academy. They will be in attendance at Saputo Stadium on Wednesday, September 17 to cheer the Impact on in their CONCACAF (Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football) Champions League match versus the New York Red Bull.  On Thursday, September 18 (7:23 p.m.), Sports Études Program Coordinator Casey Gagné will be the guest on Oranges at Halftime with host Noel Butler on TSN 690. This is Montreal radio’s most popular soccer program.

IMPORTANT PRESS RELEASES:  There are a number of interesting activities at the EMSB this week.

EMSB RADIO:  You can listen here to  the entire podcast of CJAD’s Andrew Carter broadcasting live from Westmount Park Elementary School.

Andrew Carter with staff and students.

INSPIRATIONS NEWSPAPER: We have published a special online version of Inspirations Newspaper, a snapshot of our special needs community. You can access it here.

NEXT BOARD MEETING:  The EMSB Council of Commissioners will meet for the final time of this mandate on Tuesday, September 23 and adopt the 2014-2015 budget. Proceedings will be broadcast live here beginning at 7:30 p.m. There will be no meeting in October as that is the official election period.

MEDIA COVERAGE:  Here is a look at some of the  Video clips from the start of the academic year at the EMSB. Just click on the links to view.

Part two- which focuses on what the English boards are doing ‘right’ in terms of educating a bilingual group of future Quebec leaders with high success rates..and the challenges facing the boards in terms of budget cuts and viability – airs tomorrow at noon and 6 p.m. on CTV Montreal.

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Links to some EMSB media coverage from the first day of class for 2014-2015


Live broadcast from St. Gabriel Elementary School in Pointe St. Charles

Opening up the show at St. Gabe's with Principal Jim Daskalakis and students
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Commissioner Richard Lalonde lauds the community
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 Out in the schoolyard with parent David Benoit and some fantastic kids
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 Pre- K students at St. Gabe's and Principal Jim
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Getting to know the Grade 2 class
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Day One of School and Ice Bucket Challenge
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ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
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Should kids have homework?  CBC investigates at Roslyn School
Fast forward to 15:03 mark (move marker at the bottom near the time clock)
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CTV Montreal
Angela Mancini on budget cuts
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Angela Mancini and Sylvia Lo Bianco do the Ice Bucket Challenge
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Behavioral Management Specialist Lori Rubin on anxious times for kids
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The Andrew Carter  Show
Highlights from his live broadcast from Westmount Park Elementary School
Click here
Listen to the opening number with John Moore talking about the school
Go to the 18:50 mark to hear a group of teachers talking to Andrew
Go to the 40:51 mark to hear Angela Mancini
Go to the 47:10 mark to hear former Principal Paul Saunders

Monday, 1 September 2014

Here's what's happening the first day of school at the EMSB

The English Montreal School Board will indeed be in the media spotlight on Tuesday, September 2 when classes begin for the 2014-2015 academic year.
  • City's Breakfast Television will broadcast live remotes with Wilder Weir from St. Gabriel Elementary School in Pointe St. Charles between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. Principal Jim Daskalakis, Commissioner Richard Lalonde, students and teachers will be interviewed.
  • CJAD's Andrew Carter Morning Show will broadcast live from Westmount Park Elementary School from 5:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.
  • EMSB Chair Angela Mancini will be interviewed by Andrew Carter at 8:10 a.m.
  • Donna Perlin, a Grade 1 teacher at Elizabeth Ballantyne Elementary School in Montreal West, will be a guest on CBC Daybreak  88.5 FM with Mike Finnerty at 6:45 a.m. talking about the first day of school from a teacher's perspective.
  • Angela Mancini will be at Roslyn Elementary School in Westmount from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at which time she will introduce a new component to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in conjunction with the ALS Society of Quebec.
  • An unprecedented advertising campaign on CTV begins, promoting the EMSB high school system and starring our own students.  You can see the ads here.  
  • EMSB Behavioral Management Specialist Lori Rubin did an outstanding job on CTV Saturday night, describing the anxiety young students face on the first day of school. You can see the interview here.