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ÉCOLUMINIS, something exceptional in the Village

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The “ecopromoter” S2A Développements became associated with Belvedair, which specializes in the design and construction of ecological houses in Québec, to build a multi-residential project, the ECOLUMINIS, located right in the heart of Mont-Tremblant Village (on lac Mercier). Currently under construction, the ECOLUMINIS project encompasses nine condos in three buildings called

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Roads get more attention in 2017 budget

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City council unveiled Mont-Tremblant’s budget for 2017 last month. Roads and sidewalks in the town will be getting more-than-usual attention with 3.3 million dollars earmarked for paving and reconstruction. That’s one of the highlights of a 39.7 million dollar budget, up by 3.3 per cent over that of 2016.  It includes an increase in spending for general administration by almost 17

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Gardening “green” with lithium-ion technology

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Whisper-quiet, easy to use and maintain: lawnmowers equipped with lithium-ion batteries offer a lot of advantages. For one thing, you can now cut, trim and even saw without deafening your neighbours There have been enormous strides in lithium-ion battery technology in recent years. Sceptics, however, are numerous. Many believe that these battery-powered machines are not in the same league, in terms

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The success of the Mont-Tremblant golf courses

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The golf industry is currently facing a major crisis. There’s a significant decrease in the number of player on courses throughout North America and Québec has not been spared this worrisome trend. Are the Greater Mont-Tremblant region golf courses managing in view of the situation? Several factors seem to explain the precarious situation of the golf industry. Family buying power has

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New signs in town

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Mont-Tremblant welcomed a number of new businesses in December. There are eight new signs in town, one restaurant that changed its name and two other businesses, already well established, which moved to new premises. Mont Tremblant Resort L’Atelier Mont Ts, located in Place St-Bernard, offers to personalize T-shirts using a variety of processes. With serigraphy, various images or designs can

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Ultraman, the ultimate trial

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The majestic island of Hawaii has yet again shown itself to be up to the challenge that 36 of the world’s best triathletes have set themselves. As usual, during the weekend of American Thanksgiving, the competitors selected for this incredible race face the most extreme tests of endurance. The Ultraman world Championship is more than simply a competition for super athletes; it is also an initiatory

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The secrets of an Ultraman

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At the age of 54, Tony O’Keeffe has completed three RAAM (Race Across America) events, one hundred or so Ironman events (combining full and 70.3 events) and is classed among the top five in the general category of the Ultraman World Championships. On November 29, in Hawaii, he won the top title in the age 50 to 59 category as well as taking fourth place overall in the championship. How do you

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School system at the end of its rope

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The public school system is currently experiencing its more serious crisis in 40 years. To take stock of the situation, TVCL host Lucie Plourde invited several people to join her on her show Cause toujours. Her guests were Jean-Noël Grenier, associate professor in the Faculty of Social Sciences at Laval University, and three teachers. Professor Grenier is in his 26th public intervention since

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Gift ideas for an ecologically responsible Christmas

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Every year, the Christmas season pushes us to play the game as set up by manufacturers and advertisers. But you really don’t need to succumb to social pressure to express your love at this wonderful time of sharing. You’re better off choosing gifts that will avoid the traps of excess and waste as well as having positive spinoffs for our local economy. So…how do you have the pleasure

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Strange birds!

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What do the words tom, gobbler and hen have in common? They all refer to wild turkeys, the first two to the male of the species, the last to the female. It is estimated that when the first settlers arrived in North America, there were about 10 million wild turkeys on the continent. Their delicious flesh as well as deforestation contributed to the decline in their numbers and later, close to a century

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Increased Hydro rates: whose fault?

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The Régie de l’énergie has just authorized Hydro-Québec to increase its rates by 2.9% starting April 1, 2015. Will the government one day stop using the state corporation as a cash cow in order to substitute revenues from an essential public service for the revenues it should be obtaining through taxation? The sum total of increases granted to Hydro-Québec since 2004

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The “best-hair-dressed” town

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With 14 hairdressing salons listed for 9,658 residents, Mont-Tremblant has one salon for every 689 persons. It’s a lot, when you consider that a record—the only record we know of—was set in Toulouse, in southwestern France, with one salon for every 750 residents. Are there too many hairdressers in Mont-Tremblant? If you believe local experts on the subject, the answer is less than

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The “best-fed” town

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If there’s one sector of activity in which the people of Mont-Tremblant are equally well served (see “The ‘best-hair-dressed’ town”) it is in food distribution. With ten grocery stores, of which four are supermarkets, Mont-Tremblant is a long way from being deprived. Maxi, IGA, Métro, Super C, Marché S. Bourassa, St-Amour Épicerie Urbaine, Rachelle-Béry,

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The hidden side of toys

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It’s traditional, at Christmas, to spoil those you love . . . and pin particular, young children. They learn through playing and we probably feel it’s impossible to provide too much encouragement of their physical and cognitive development. Be careful, though, because not all toys are safe. Health Canada has created a guide to ensure children’s playtime safety. In it there’s

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Working towards an exemplary resort model

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The MRC des Laurentides, the regional county municipality of the Laurentians, recently revealed its Guide pour une villégiature environnementale et durable (Guide for environmental and sustainable vacation properties). In addition to showing some of the best ecological construction and landscaping practices, the guide offers concrete suggestions on how to limit the environmental impact related

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New faces at Tourisme Mont-Tremblant

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“We’re at a crossroads,” says the new president of Tourisme Mont-Tremblant, Louise Champagne. “These are difficult times.” Indeed, the times have been difficult for the tourism industry as a whole for some years. For Mont-Tremblant’s mainstay tourism economy, the Western World’s slow economic recovery, and even slower recovery in Québec, has been a

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The supporters’ Ironman

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Shouts of encouragement, tears, hugs and pats, signs and banners placed all along the route openly proclaiming love and admiration for a mum or dad who’s on the point of achieving the impossible: the emotion is alive and highly palpable on the day of an Ironman triathlon. Before launching themselves into this extraordinary adventure, the athletes first have to obtain the agreement of their near

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Major events keep Tremblant lively

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More than 100,000 spectators were drawn to Tremblant for the International Blues Festival. Some 40,000 or more will enjoy the Fête de la Musique world music festival on Labour Day weekend. Some 40,000 to 50,000 participants and their friends and families from more than 50 countries will have travelled to Tremblant for the four Ironman events. Around 24,000 participants came for the Spartan races.

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The lure of the triathlon

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For most mortals, simply watching a triathlon is tiring let alone doing one. Yet, it’s often said that anyone can! Incredibly, thousands do! But why would any sane person want to inflict on oneself what seems like such self-torture? Well, apparently, for many reasons – personal challenge, lifestyle fitness, an elating sense of being an athlete, relieving workplace stress, as a stimulus

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Ecological practices of Mont-Tremblant golf courses

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Can ecology and golf courses go hand-in-hand? It seems so. Mont-Tremblant golf courses are among the leaders when it comes to respect for the environment. While gaining in popularity, this recreational activity can be controversial. Maintenance of the courses requires, in addition to a large quantity of water, the use of chemical products that tend to pollute nearby lakes, rivers and streams and the

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The triathlon: a destination sport

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An estimated six million people take part in organized triathlons around the world, according to Triathlon Canada, the national governing body for the sport. Since the figure is some five years old, we can assume it is considerably higher today. In Great Britain, for example, the number of triathlon participants is said to have grown by 300 per cent over the past five years. Growth estimates in the

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A foodie’s delight!

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A visit to the local supermarket reveals a lot about a place. Food, after all, is one of the marks of identity, and if a grocery list is a reflection of one’s values and identity, so, too, does the contents of a grocery store reflect the identity of a place. Walk in, browse and shop in Mont-Tremblant’s supermarkets and you’ll be surprised at the variety of products from around the

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20 years of commited journalism

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Editor and writer-in-chief of the magazine La Maison du 21e siècle—The House of the 21st Century—André Fauteux celebrates 20 years of committed journalism this month, March 2014. For the past two decades his magazine has informed the general public about the benefits of a healthy, ecologically-sound home. A man of action and conviction, he is one of those pioneers that determines

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An embarrassing eco blunder

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“We’re extremely upset about it,” says Lac-Supérieur director David Doughty. “It’s a total aberration,” he acknowledged. The municipality’s director was referring to the dumping of construction waste – chunks of cement, wood and soil – in a wetland close to the municipal garage by a municipal employee or employees. Lac-Supérieur has

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Tremblant’s future according to CAS

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What stands out most from the plan for Mont-Tremblant’s future unveiled last May 31 by the strategic action committee  (CAS – Comité d’action stratégique) is its sweeping magnitude. All of its numerous projects taken together constitute development that, as a whole, could be almost as significant in Mont-Tremblant’s growth as a destination resort as was the

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Difficult times for the workforce

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For years, the Mont-Tremblant business community has been grappling with workforce shortages, with limited success. The problem persists despite the establishment of intermunicipal and intramunicipal public transport and low-priced housing which, by themselves, have not quite succeeded in attracting and keeping full complements of staff in the region’s enterprises. Businesses still often operate

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At odds over snowmaking on the Domaine

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Should snowmaking be allowed on the Domaine Saint-Bernard conservation parkland? The Centre de ski de fond Mont-Tremblant, whose activities and operations are based at the heart of the park, and the Domaine Saint-Bernard (conservation) Trust, which has total authority in administrating the park, are at odds over the answer. The Trust is of the view that noise from snowmaking machinery, the extraction

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