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April 2017 – Homes & Living Special

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This year’s decorating trends The decor specialists at Rona Forget, always impatient to discover what the interior design experts have in store for us, have combed the Web in search of the latest trends. “A great deal, and something for every taste,” they explain. Some trends stand out, however, and work better with our regional style. Here’s the scoop.   Greenery: the

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The Fondation médicale gets a new look

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The Fondation médicale gets a new look  A new logo and completely revamped website have given the Fondation médicale des Laurentides et des Pays-d'en-Haut an entirely new look. The new image was revealed on March 7 at a cocktail reception that brought together businesspeople, partners, elected representatives and donors from throughout the area in the Place de la Fondation of Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts.    “We

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Plein-Air Mont-Tremblant back on track

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Plein-Air Mont-Tremblant back on track The task of improving, growing and administering Mont-Tremblant’s extensive trail network is moving ahead nicely under the new President and Managing Director of Plein-Air Mont-Tremblant, André Jean   Lauzon. Named last fall to head PAMT, Lauzon has already produced a three-year action plan to be implemented beginning this spring. Trail repairs

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Festival Manitou at Domaine Saint-Bernard

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Celebrating Indigenous culture at the Domaine Saint-Bernard The Montreal organization DestiNATIONS has selected the Domaine Saint-Bernard, in Mont-Tremblant, to host the very first Festival Manitou : Célébrations des cultures autochtones, (Manitou Festival: Celebrations of Indigenous Cultures). This unique event will foster fresh links with the traditions we share.    A

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Le Patriote, 50th birthday celebrations underway

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Le Patriote, 50th birthday celebrations underway On Saturday, April 8, festivities surrounding the Patriote’s 50th birthday will be launched with none other than Robert Charlebois, godfather of the famous theatre, at the helm. Headliners will follow one after another throughout April and subsequent months.

Erik comes home, acclaimed once again

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Erik Guay came home to Mont-Tremblant to enjoy a precious week off and be with his family after winning his gold and silver medals at the World Alpine Ski Championships in St. Moritz. Devoted father that he is, Erik took time to enjoy some skiing with his daughters but a good part of his days was given to accommodating incessant media requests for interviews. It’s the price of international 

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Contest to stimulate Mont-Tremblant entrepreneurship

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A new contest designed by the Corporation de développement économique of the MRC des Laurentides and the Chambre de commerce du Grand-Mont-Tremblant invites entrepreneurs to submit their business projects for the contest “I’m setting up in Mont-Tremblant!” (“Je me lance à Mont-Tremblant !”).   The registration period for this first such event,

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The year’s most glamourous, charitable, evening event

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For 21 years now, the Fondation Tremblant has been distributing money to fifty or so charitable organizations whose mission is to help the children of this MRC. Just two events allow this big-hearted foundation to accomplish its admirable mission: the 24h Tremblant and the traditional Cocktail-Reception/Auction evening event.   The 21st of these wonderful annual parties, which are considered

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First “Open House” for the Sépaq

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Sépaq, the Québec government agency that manages parks and wildlife reserves, will open its gates to visitors, free of charge, on Saturday, February 18. The day, whose theme is “The Sépaq establishments: warm, even in winter” (Les établissements de la Sépaq : chaleureux même en hiver), will be offering a wide range of outdoor activities active enough

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Sugar shack: eco-vegetarian style

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A one-of-a-kind gourmet experience awaits diners at the new Cabane à Tuque. Located in Mont-Tremblant, the ground-breaking sugar shack welcomes its guests in an ecological house, from early February till late April. It’s a fine alternative to the traditional spring feasts so prized by gourmets in search of authenticity. It’s a cool concept. Everything is homemade, even the syrup,

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TVCL Soaring: New Programs, New Look

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The community television station, TVCL, thriving and increasingly popular, has added three new programs to its winter season line-up and refreshed its brand to reflect both new-found vitality and use of information technology. Buts faits à volonté, one of the new offerings, hosted by France Légaré, features a series of four ‘round the table’ interviews with

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Web surfers short of speed

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Canadians who have decided to live outside urban centres have to make peace with a sad reality: the low level of the telecommunications offering. And the Upper Laurentians, unfortunately, is no exception.   That, at least, is the major issue for member of Parliament for Laurentides-Labelle David Graham, who is working hard to find solutions to improve access to high-speed Internet service in

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Tremblant’s owner Intrawest seeking buyers

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Tremblant’s parent company, Intrawest Resorts Holdings, is reported to be reaching out to buyers including buyout firms, for a possible sale of Intrawest. The word comes from Reuters news agency, quoting informed sources who also say Intrawest is working with investment banks. The sources, says Reuters, did not want to be named because the deliberations are confidential. Intrawest and Fortress

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The occupations related to coffee

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Before there’s a cup of coffee to drink, there’s work! From tree to cup, coffee passes through a long chain of interventions and transformations. Producers The first step, and not the least important, is the work of the producers. They are the people who work on the coffee plantations. My passion for coffee is in full flower at this stage, which is that of human contact. Every day, the

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Mont Blanc celebrates 60th anniversary

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Mont Blanc marks its 60th anniversary on January 28 with a number of activities at the resort and the on-site live presence of radio station CKOI and mascots Mambo, Slush Puppy and SQ to give added life to the celebrations. A special après-ski party with cocktails and presentations is planned from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The occasion no doubt will salute the colourful story and the people who have

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The North-American king of après-skiing

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Ski Canada magazine has placed it at the top of après-ski venues in Eastern North America for more than the past ten years. Much-celebrated Forbes magazine put it in fourth place in its list of the best après-ski spots in the world and now, just recently, Le P’tit Caribou has been named the best après-ski place in North America by Freeskier magazine. As the saying goes, “You’ve

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Entrepreneurs are neglecting the south

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Québec businesses would be smart to wake up and work harder on their business relationships with their southern neighbour. A lack of enthusiasm would explain the relative shortfall in exports. That, at least, was the message from Jean-Claude Lauzon, Québec delegate general to New York, during a presentation given as part of the Évènements COREX at the Patriote playhouse

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What future for our churches?

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The number of churches whose future role is in question continues to rise in the province. According to the Conseil du patrimoine religieux du Québec, Québec’s council for its religious heritage, the tendency has been mounting since the 1990s and should increase over the coming years. What does the future hold for our religious heritage? To shed some light on the situation, which

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Jo Vélo becomes Bicycles Quilicot

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Many passersby have asked themselves what was going on with the closing of Jo Vélo last fall on October 28. A newsletter from Montreal company Bicycles Quilicot arrived to solve the puzzle by letting us know that the firm had just bought Jonathan Korb’s cycle shop, which is right in the middle of downtown Mont-Tremblant. The assets and clientele of the famous Jo Vélo bike shop

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Rotary honours three for community service

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Rémi Lacasse of Saint-Faustin-Lac-Carré as well as Sheila Askenazi and Joe Graham of Sainte-Lucie-des-Laurentides have been honoured by the Mont-Tremblant Rotary for service to their communities. The three were conferred Paul Harris Fellowships, Rotary International’s most prestigious award, named after the founder of the organization. It recognizes humanitarian and educational

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Kudos to region’s CDE

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The Laurentian MRC county’s economic development corporation (Corporation de Développement Économique – CDE) was honoured recently with the announcement that an investment fund under its management, the FLS, was one of three finalists for the province-wide Performance 2015 award. Seventy-three FLS funds, (Fonds locaux de solidarité) in all regions of Quebec were in

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How to make good coffee

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Making a good cup of coffee Here we are for our second encounter. What could be better than talking about coffee to celebrate the start of 2017? There’s no point telling you that success in making coffee is not just a matter of one factor: that of selecting a good coffee. There are two basic principles to be aware of to make good coffee. In the first principle, the four things to keep in mind

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24h Tremblant: the party keeps on rolling!

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The 16th annual 24h will take place from December 9 to 11, once again providing a kickoff to Tremblant’s ski season. Since it first began, the philanthropic event has raised more than $20 million for sick and underprivileged children. Close to 3,000 participants are expected this year…which makes establishment of a new record much more than just a hope. This is a major event if there

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A great future ahead for the Village hub

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The Ville de Mont-Tremblant has purchased ten properties located in heart of the Village sector at a cost of $4.5 million. The goal: to protect the real estate in order to ensure that development projects meet the criteria set out in the specific town plan. The future of this hub, with its undeniable charm, seems now to be carved in stone. With contagious enthusiasm, the mayor of Mont-Tremblant, Luc

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Local World Cup athletes back to competition

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Erik Guay, Valérie Grenier and, yes, Jasey Jay Anderson too, are back on the race courses as the F.I.S. World Cup alpine ski and snowboard seasons begin to unfold. Erik didn’t return our calls but, by all accounts, he is in the best physical condition of his career, fully recovered from the knee surgery that forced him to sit out the 2014/2015 season. He worked his way back steadily last

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Five inducted to Laurentian Ski Hall of Fame

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Some of the most illustrious names in North American skiing gathered in Mont Saint Sauveur’s base chalet for the Laurentian Ski Hall of Fame’s 33rd annual induction banquet last October 22. It was a star-studded gathering. John Fry, Montreal-born former editor-in-chief  of Ski magazine and other major ski publications and Doug Pfeiffer, former editor of Skiing Magazine and ski teaching

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Couleur Café will keep its flavour

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The warm and welcoming café on the banks of the Ruisseau Clair, right in the heart of St-Jovite sector, has new owners. Danielle Gaboriau and Benoit Caron bought this branch of the Ste-Agathe coffee-roasting business in early October. But those who frequent and love the café can rest assured that Couleur Café will stay true to its roots: the formula that has built the success of

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Centre Tess: technological solutions under one roof

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The all-new Centre Tess was officially opened on October 13 during a cocktail reception graced by a number of dignitaries. The reception provided an opportunity to become familiar with the numerous services offered by this new centre, which focuses on technology that meets needs in telecommunications, energy, security, surveillance and home automation in the Laurentians. David Graham, Federal MP for

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Town unveils heritage initiatives

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Three initiatives aimed at highlighting Mont-Tremblant’s heritage were unveiled last month at the Samuel-Ouimet library. One is the enhancement of the existing heritage tour of thirteen history panels spread through the Mont-Tremblant Old Village district with the creation of enriched historical content delivered by an application for smart phones and tablets called “Baladodécouverte”.

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Christmas around the world

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The many traditions surrounding Christmas celebrations shine a light on many aspects of a nation’s culture and religious faith. Having existed for more than two thousand years, this faith assumes many faces which immerse us, in an instant, into a fairyland. Let’s do a “round the world in 80 lines”. Germany It is to 16th century Protestant Germany – which refused to consider

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New medical clinic in Mont-Tremblant

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The administrators of the new Greater Mont-Tremblant Medical Clinic (Clinique médicale du Grand Tremblant), Drs. Delphine Boury-Simoes and Simon-Pierre Landry, have announced that a medical clinic will open shortly at 585 rue Labelle in Mont-Tremblant. Mont-Tremblant’s Health Coalition (Coalition santé Mont-Tremblant) and its founding president Mr. Jacques O’Keefe have been

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FROM TREE TO CUP

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A brief history of coffee I am delighted to be joining the Tremblant Express team of columnists. My objective, as a master coffee roaster and the founder of Couleur Café, is to share with you, over the coming months, knowledge, tips and recipes related to the fascinating world of coffee.  Don’t hesitate to write us about subjects or questions that you would like us to tackle. Let’s

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Couleur Café’s new “Économusée”

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Couleur Café’s substantial coffee-roasting skill has prompted the Ste-Agathe company to become the very first Économusée in the Laurentians. The initiative could well open the door for other artisans who have mastered a traditional craft, and even prompt the creation of a Laurentians touring route. Located in the Couleur Café distribution centre in Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts,

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The Havre des Légendes: phase 3

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The Havre des Légendes project, Tremblant’s most prestigious ski-in/ski-out address, is at the point of building its third phase. Delivery is for spring 2017. Tucked into the side of the mountain in the Domaine Nansen forest, the carriage-trade homes of Havre des Légendes provide the perfect mixture of luxury and slope-resort access. Nicely set away from the madding crowd, these

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2016 Gala Excellence Finalists

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The Chamber of Commerce of Greater Mont-Tremblant, in cooperation with Circuit Mont-Tremblant, announced the finalists in the Gala Excellence at the Casino Mont-Tremblant on September 27 before some 100 assembled guests from the local business community. The winners will be announced at the 2016 Gala Excellence, which will be held on October 29. The event recognizes businesses and entrepreneurs who

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ALBI opens two more dealerships

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Groupe ALBI le Géant, which opened a first automobile dealership in Mont-Tremblant six months ago, has announced the opening of ALBI Infiniti and ALBI Nissan in Mont-Tremblant. About one hundred jobs should be created. The large-scale development, which represents an investment of close to $40 million, will require construction of two new buildings representing more than 35,000 square feet

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Battle of the chefs

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For a seventh consecutive year, the Canadian Cancer Society’s Gala des Grands Chefs will be using the culinary arts to help in the fight against cancer. Seven area chefs will take on “Colouring life” for guests on Friday, November 11, at Hôtel et Spa Mont-Gabriel. This important fundraiser for the Société canadienne du cancer (SCC) will be led by honorary chair

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Couleur Café’s new “Économusée”

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Couleur Café’s substantial coffee-roasting skill has prompted the Ste-Agathe company to become the very first Économusée in the Laurentians. The initiative could well open the door for other artisans who have mastered a traditional craft, and even prompt the creation of a Laurentians touring route. Located in the Couleur Café distribution centre in Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts,

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Community TV launches brimming new season

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TVCL community television (channel 4 Cogeco cable and 555 HD) is spreading its wings and flying higher with six new programs including an English language series, bringing the total number of programs to eleven for its 18th season. “We work hard every day to improve the quality of our productions”, said Sophie Préfontaine, President of the board of directors, at the season launch

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The Régie decides in favour of Hydro-Québec

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The Régie de l’énergie (loosely, Québec’s Energy Board), has given its decision with regard to the path which the Grand-Brûlé–Dérivation Saint-Sauveur electrical line will take. The lowest-impact path, defended by Hydro-Québec – and strongly contested by the municipality of Saint-Adolphe-d’Howard – has, in the end,

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What’s new at CogecoTV?

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The regional TV station CogecoTV Laurentides has revealed its fall programming. Once again, the shows will deal with a variety of subjects that reflect community interests. There are some newcomers this season. One of them will shine a light on the knowhow and capability of our neighbours, the residents of our area. Made in Laurentides, a series of portraits of area entrepreneurs, started this fall.

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New head at Plein Air Mont-Tremblant

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The work of growing, improving and managing the Mont-Tremblant region’s extensive trail network – a prime objective for the town – can now resume with a new president at the head of Plein Air Mont-Tremblant. That’s the agency town council created over two years ago to lead and coordinate the task. André-Jean Lauzon, the coordinator of Tourisme Aerien Laurentides, has

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Mont Blanc’s 60th season

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Mont Blanc begins its 60th season when it opens on December 3. The ski centre “down the road” will be celebrating the anniversary in late January with special events now in the planning stages. The details are yet to be made known but what is known now is that several improvements have been made on and off the mountain. Better snowmaking is a big one, with newly automated pumps enhancing

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Is your home ready for winter?

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Fall is the time to prepare your home to face the test of winter’s cold. Here are a few easy checks you can make to ensure that your home passes the test. Outside Check the roofing and replace any damaged shingles. This is the time, too, to clean the eaves troughs after the leaves have fallen; cleared gutters will allow the water to drain properly on rainy days and during a thaw. Good caulking

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Therma Antique: the chic of yesteryear

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Therma Vitrerie, a company that specializes in reconditioning thermal windows and antique windows, has recently added something new: eco-recovery of old materials and objects. It’s a fine way to decorate our dwellings with items from the past. Thanks to the impassioned know-how of a skilled restorer, it is now easier than ever to grace our interiors with a touch of the antique. Martin Santerre,

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Izomax: builders of the future

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Young, talented and fueled by a contagious passion, Michel Paquin and Martin Boucher have set themselves the mission of providing their customers with exceptionally high quality homes, in record time, and at a price that defies all competition. As a bonus, their unique project management system assures their customers of unrivalled peace of mind. Welcome to the future. Thanks to a modus operandi that

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New CENTRE TESS: one-stop shop and solutions!

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A new facility in Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, CENTRE TESS, provides a one-stop source for products and solutions related to telecommunication, energy, security and surveillance for residential, commercial as well as industrial assets. The warm and welcoming ambience of the centre offers an ideal venue for those seeking leading-edge answers to their technology needs. Telecommunications: Through Groupe-Acces

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The Fall HomeExpo October 20th - 23rd!

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Now in its third edition, the Montreal Fall HomeExpo is even bigger than before! In fact, the event, which is the only home event of the season in Montreal, is continuing to expand - now taking up almost the entire Olympic Stadium! That's more than 375 expert exhibitors in construction, renovation and home decor on hand to advise the 65,000 expected visitors. Several new attractions and special activities

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A pumptrack at the sports complex

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Formally opened at the end of August, a pumptrack – or wave track – park has been added to the list of structures and facilities in the Mont-Tremblant sports complex. From now on bikers will be able to ride the bumps to their hearts’ content. Installed in the woods located north of the Complexe aquatique parking area, these loop courses, made up of a combination of bumps and tight

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Changes at CIME radio

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For CIME 103.9 and 101.3 FM, the “back to school” period will mean a new image and a new slogan. The Rythme des Laurentides will become the Couleur musicale des Laurentides. The new positioning will be supported by a completely revamped look in shades of orange, reminiscent of the Laurentian Mountains on their most beautiful days. For the occasion, the radio station will draw $30,000 in

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