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The City of Côte Saint-Luc adopted its first ever cat licensing by-law at a meeting of council on Monday, October 22 at City Hall. It will come into effect on November 1, 2012.

As the city's official liaison to the Côte Saint-Luc Cats Committee (CSLCC), I am pleased to say that work on this by-law began last spring and represents an important chapter in the area of animal welfare in the community. In the two years since the creation of the CSLCC, a team of volunteers have worked tirelessly to rescue and sterilize abandoned and feral cats, find permanent or foster families for homeless kittens and educate the community at large.

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Last winter the Côte Saint-Luc Cats Committee, which I proudly founded two years ago, were having a meeting at City Hall when all of sudden these beautiful sounds started coming from the council chamber. Some of our members walked out, only to see conductor Joseph Milo and The Musicians of the World Symphony Orchestra rehearsing. Cognizant of the fact the city has an agreement whereby the orchestra rehearses at City Hall at no cost and in return performs one benefit, we asked Joseph and his wife Lucy Ravinsky, the orchestra's executive director and general manager, whether they would consider doing so for our Committee.

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On August 17, in my capacity as city council's official liaison to the Côte Saint-Luc Cats Committee, I was invited by CJAD's Ric Peterson to discuss the issue of feral felines on the Ric and Suzanne Show.

We were there to promote our committee's first fundraiser, a concert with the Musicians of the World Symphony Orchestra on Tuesday, August 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Giovanni Palatucci Centre on Parkhaven Avenue. As of this writing, only a few tickets remain. We expect over 300 people to attend.

Here is the audio file. It is just over 11 minutes of airtime.

Reference: MikeCohen.ca