Westmount Here & There
March 4, 2021

A look at events happening in and around Westmount

ATTENTION: Because of COVID-19 many events are cancelled or postponed.

McGill Mallory Lecture

logo McGill UniversityEllen Gabriel: Resistance in the Time of a Pandemic
While much of public life and industry has paused during the COVID-19 pandemic, construction and land dispossession of Indigenous peoples has continued across Canada. In her 2021 Mallory Lecture, Ellen Gabriel will discuss the efforts of Indigenous communities to stop the theft and dispossession of their land, both historically and today.

As a human rights advocate for the collective and individual rights of Indigenous peoples, Ms. Gabriel has worked diligently to sensitize the public, academics, policing authorities and politicians on the history, culture and identity of Indigenous peoples. Her lecture will draw upon her wealth of activism experience and speak to the issues facing Indigenous communities today. The lecture is free and will be followed by a Q&A.

Date: Wednesday, March 10 at 5 pm
Register at us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register

Women’s Canadian Club of Montreal Lectures

2020-2021 Lecture Series Women’s Canadian Club of Montreal - WestmountMag.ca
Tuesdays at 12.30 pm via Zoom Webinar
Register for the latest lecture or renew your membership.
All lectures are presented in English.

March 16, 2021
Everything You Wanted to Know About Montreal’s Street Art
Speaker: Archie Fineberg, Publisher and Author of Montreal’s Street Art Gallery: The Best of the City’s Graffiti and Wall-Art

May 4, 2021
Dawson’s Living Campus – Reconnecting People, Community and Nature
Speaker: Chris Adam, Director, Sustainability Office, Dawson College

May 25, 2021
My Journey as a Canadian Storyteller
Speaker: Frances Itani, OC, Author

CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE – Activities at Contactivity

contactivity centreContactivity Centre, 4695 de Maisonneuve W, is a non-profit community centre that provides a welcoming, caring and safe place for autonomous seniors 60+, where a sense of community and social engagement can be fostered. The centre hosts various courses and interest groups that encompass the mind, body and soul.

Online courses and activities are now available. For more information visit contactivitycentre.org

Image: courtesy of Contactivity Centre


Centre Greene westmountmag.caCentre Greene, 1090 Greene, is host to a wide variety of activities for young and old, including a Caregiver’s Tea, Themed Activity Nights, Drop-in Daycare, After School Program, Kids’ Kitchen, Tumbling Tots Playgroup, Seniors’ Lunches, and more!

For more information, call 514 931-6202 or visit centregreene.org

Image: courtesy of Centre Greene

logo city of Westmount - WestmountMag.caCity of Westmount events

Due to the COVID-19 situation and in order to limit the propagation of the virus, Victoria Hall and  the Westmount Public Library are closed for an indefinite period. All events and activities are cancelled or postponed until further notice. Please consult the city’s event calendar for more information.

CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE – Events at Westmount Public Library

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Contactless pickup service inside the Library
Receive an email or phone call when your reservations are ready
No scheduled appointments
2-day pickup window
Enter the Library to pick up items

For details on how this service works, modified opening hours, and conditions & requirements, visit the Library website at westlib.org

Library items can be returned to the book drops at any time.

The Library thanks members for their patience and understanding throughout its gradual reopening. This contactless service is offered with the safety of members and staff at the forefront.

Virtual events
Many of the usual Library events, including the Poetry Workshop with Ann Lloyd, the Westmount Cinema Club and the French Book Club, have gone virtual. Visit the events page for more information.


And over at the Atwater Library…

Atwater Library - WestmountMag.ca

1200 Atwater, Westmount
Information at 514 935-7344.
Image: Frédéric Ryan – Instagram (@feddomtl

The Atwater Library is in Phase 1 in accordance with the “red zone” pandemic measures Premier Legault announced.

Phase 1 means the Library is closed to the public with staff handing out packages of reserved books and DVDs at the Atwater Avenue entrance two times a week:

Tuesdays and Fridays from 3 pm to 6 pm

Meanwhile, members can reserve paper books and DVDs through the Library’s online catalogue, by email and by phone (see below).
And the staff are always pleased to provide information and help by phone and email.

eBooks and digital audiobooks: The Library has increased its selection of digital books for your reading and listening pleasure. For information and help: 514 935-7344 or ebooks@atwaterlibrary.ca


Atwater Library staff are continuing to provide help and information by phone and email at 514 935-7344 (weekdays from 9 am to 5 pm) and at info@atwaterlibrary.ca
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Thursday, March 4 from 10 am to 11:30 am
Via Zoom: APPLE Device Series – Basics of Computing and the Internet – The fifth in a series of eight Thursday morning sessions conducted by Christine Paquette. Presented by the Atwater Library Connect Project in partnership with Literacy in Action. Everyone with an Apple device is welcome. For more info and to register: 514 935-7344 or connect@atwaterlibrary.ca 

Friday, March 5 at 2 pm to 3:30 pm
Via Zoom: How To File Your Income Tax Online – Liz Perrin shows you how to file your income tax return online using UFile.ca. Step-by-step instructions with Q&A. Click here for a helpful Atwater Library YouTube video on filing your tax return online using UFile.ca (21 minutes). Register and get the Zoom link at connect@atwaterlibrary.ca 

Monday, March 8 (and Mondays for the rest of the winter) from 1 pm to 3 pm
Via Zoom: Connect Project Internet Peer Café – Join Christine Paquette and special guests for discussion about using computers, tablets and smartphones. Stay for 20 minutes or the full two hours for sharing, learning and socializing. Register in advance and get the Zoom link at connect@atwaterlibrary.ca

Tuesday, March 9 from 10 am to 11:30 am
Via Zoom: Android Device Series – Basics of Computing and the Internet – The sixth in a series of eight Tuesday morning sessions conducted by Liz Perrin. Presented by the Atwater Library Connect Project in partnership with Literacy in Action. Everyone with an Android device is welcome. For more info and to register: 514 935-7344 or connect@atwaterlibrary.ca 

Tuesday, March 9 from 1 pm to 2:30 pm
Via Zoom: How to Use Zoom as a HostChristine Paquette conducts a hands-on workshop on the basics and explores what’s needed to create a Zoom meeting and how to share it with attendees. Moderated Q&A with discussion. To register, send an email to connect@atwaterlibrary.ca

Wednesday, March 10 from 10 am to 11:30 am
Via Zoom: Windows 10 Device Series – Basics of Computing and the Internet – The sixth in a series of eight Wednesday morning sessions conducted by Christine Paquette. Presented by the Atwater Library Connect Project in partnership with Literacy in Action. Everyone with a Windows 10 device is welcome. For more info and to register: 514 935-7344 or connect@atwaterlibrary.ca 

Wednesday, March 10 – 1:30 to 3:00 pm
Via Zoom: Reflective Writing: A Workshop on Cross-Cultural Writing — Part 1 of a 2-part writing workshop led by Dan David. Registration is full but you can put your name on a waiting list. Email Elise at awe@atwaterlibrary.ca

Questions about your computer or device? Email richard@atwaterlibrary.ca or phone 514 935-7344 daytime during the week. With funding from the Government of Canada.


With instructor Liz Perrin and Connect Project Coordinator Richard Cassidy.

Episode 1Introduction: be in touch, informed and inspired through digital technology.

Episode 2eBooks and audiobooks: get started enjoying books on your device — phone, tablet or computer. With step-by-step instructions for borrowing eBooks and audiobooks from the Atwater Library.

Episode 3 – Podcasts
How to begin enjoying a wealth of free recorded radio programs and other online audio material. Included is info about popular and recommended podcasts.

Episode 4: Filing Your Income Tax Return Online

Episode 5: Zoom Video Conferencing
Step-by-step instructions for taking part in online meetings and events using Zoom. With a “cheat sheet” guide to buttons and functions.

Episode 6: Digital Discussions Lecture Series
A brief intro with links to presenters’ slideshows and a guide to YouTube buttons and functions.

Episode 7: Online Ordering for Delivery
A guide with helpful information and local examples.


Thursday, March 4 from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Via ZoomGwendolyn Owens, Director of McGill University’s Visual Arts Collection, tells a fascinating story, A celebration and a ruckus: The 1931 inauguration of Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney’s fountain on the McGill University campus. Register and get the Zoom link at ralph@atwaterlibrary.ca

Thursday, March 11 from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Via Zoom: In the lead-up to St. Patrick’s Day, Kate Bevan-Baker, award-winning musician and teacher, gives an interactive presentation about the history and importance of Irish traditional music here in Canada with examples. To register and get the Zoom link, click here.


Wednesday, March 10 from 7:30 pm to 9 pm
Via Zoom: The Atwater Library Book Club, led by writer Mary Soderstrom, discusses The Pull of the Stars by Emma Donoghue. Register and get the Zoom link at ralph@atwaterlibrary.ca


Wednesday, March 3 from 1 pm to 2:30 pm
Via Zoom: Income Tax PreparationLynn Bennett, Certified Financial Planner, gives an overview of 2020 provisions of federal and provincial income tax. She will explain tax treatment for different types of income and expenses, and let you know about credits and strategies you may use to optimize your tax bill. Presentation followed by moderated Q&A. Register and get the Zoom link at lverge@atwaterlibrary.ca  


Nutrition on a Budget
VideoEat well on a budget
(50 minutes) with Jaimie Yue, Registered Dietitian. You can sign up for her newsletter and receive a free eBook with recipes.

Personal Finances in Times of Crisis
Video (20 minutes) with Michel Gariépy, analyst with Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF). He gives tips for saving money and shares the AMF Budget Sheet and Balance Sheet forms.

RRIF (Registered Retirement Income Fund)
Video (29 minutes) with Certified Financial Planner Lynn Bennett.

Budgeting Basics 2: Protect Your Money and Online Resources
Video (35 minutes) with computer instructor Liz Perrin. She discusses online consumer resources and gives pointers for guarding against scams and fraud.

Budgeting Basics
Video (33 minutes) with computer instructor Liz Perrin on the importance of a budget, even in difficult times, and the three steps to creating one: planning, making and reviewing. Examples of free online budgeting tools are included.

Fraud prevention
COVID-19: Watch Out For Financial Fraud!

Video (25 minutes) with Michel Gariépy, analyst with Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF).

Info on Wills
(25 minutes) with Ann Soden, Ad. E., Elder Law Lawyer and mediator, and Anna Kamateros, notary, in conversation with Financial Literacy Program Coordinator, Natalie Domingue. Includes information on how people can write their own “holograph will” while physically isolating, with pointers for minimizing the risk of challenges after death.

Click to access Éducaloi’s detailed guide on Wills.

The Atwater Library Financial Literacy Program is funded by Canadian Heritage.

Feature image: Andrew BurloneBouton S'inscrire à l'infolettre – WestmountMag.ca

Consult our community calendar for more events.