Nativity scene to return to Ste. Anne de Bellevue

By Kevin Woodhouse

Last week’s wintry snow fall partially buried the city of Ste. Anne de Bellevue’s traditional holiday display that rests just outside of the public library. But the council’s idea—to replace the nativity display in lieu of a sled, tree and presents arrangement—had Mayor Paola Hawa facing a torrent of demands that the nativity scene return.

Hoping to keep church and state as separate entities, Hawa and council felt that the scene depicting Mary, Joseph and Jesus in the manger was a religious display that the city should avoid making.

But after receiving numerous calls from citizens and the media alike, Hawa admitted that the replacement display would be replaced for the nativity scene as soon as public works crew were finished with the city’s snow removal operations from last week’s 30 cm snow dump.

The longtime traditional manger was set up Monday morning.
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