Red hats seem to anticipate trouble as they walk by carefully observing the crowd gathered in front of the popular tire change competition stage on Crescent street during Montreal Grand Prix weekend.
Montreal Police dressed in combat boots, camouflage pants, dark blue standard issue jackets covered by bright neon-color vests with Montreal police logo, and topped with blood-red baseball caps patrolled the street for any obvious signs of unrest or disturbance.
These automatic pistol armed constables were wearing the aforementioned outfits as protest against Quebec government protracted inaction resolving their labor contract with police union.
Despite their labor dispute, the Montreal Police did an excellent job in protecting the area during these troubled times of global international terrorism threats.
This my contribution for WP single word prompt:”ANTICIPATE”.
Rooftop motorized winch used to elevate work scaffold containing these two workers riding it flat against this Montreal skyscraper side to do their job.
Montreal is booming with many tall office and condominium structures being erected all over the place downtown funded by mostly overseas investors money.
After Vancouver and Toronto, Montreal seems to be attracting a substantial amount of this money perhaps, because land is still cheap compared to the other two cities coupled with a growing population of thousands of new arrivals including the recent immigration cue jumpers from the USA.
Few know the reasons why foreigners invest in any particular area however, Canada is probably one of the best places on the globe to do so because it is big, relatively secure, and still inexpensive with a mostly civilized, growing, middle-class, high-percentage literate, population.
This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”ELEVATE”.
Substandard door installation found in many major North American cities that creates hardship for
tenants, mostly poor people, during long Winter months living in cold climate.
The scene is a run down slum apartment house where cold has infiltrated between the steel “insulated” door and its frame requiring the anxious tenant hastily using clear plastic boxing tape as a temporary yet unsatisfactory solution.
Not shown in this picture is the stack of rags stuffed at bottom base of this door to further help solve keeping Winter out and feeble heat from inadequate, electric base heaters in.
Situations like this one are very common in low-income areas, where substandard, old multi-floor structures owned and controlled by slum lord corporations doing little or nothing to improve things unless forced by municipalities and courts.
This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”SUBSTANDARD”.
Hidden security camera mounted high on a roof ledge hangs over a portion of Saint Catherine Street in Montreal providing video and audio coverage of street below totally unknown to observed.
Actually this camera is not really hidden however, since few ever look for it and many others scattered all over the territory it may be considered so.
Since America’s 9-11 cities all over the western world have installed surveillance equipment including high-definition cameras now coupled with servers collecting data and employing sophisticated face recognition software that can be used by law enforcement.
In addition to distinguishing face features some of the software also filters through audio and voices matching it with the faces from huge readily available data bases couple globally, Orwell’s 1984 is definitely here!
This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”HIDDEN”
Disastrous 2017 Montreal West Island flood last Spring continues to be news because many residents that it affected still await Quebec government compensation settlement on their claims.
Depicted is the corner of Saint Jean boulevard where it meets and intersects Pierrefonds boulevard (far left, past Pizza Hut) submerged under polluted water of Rivière-des-Prairies.
This once-in-century calamity couldn’t have happened at more appropriate time in Montreal’s history just when famed, incumbent Mayor Denis Coderre embarked on his multi-million dollar wanton spending spree to mark city’s 375 years.
It also coincides with Canada’s 150th birthday when PM Justin Trudeau embarked on his own wanton spending of taxpayers’ hard-earned money however, regardless of this or any other natural or man-made disasters the giant federal Liberal money-burning party continues as planned damn the consequences.
Come to think of it this flood is nothing compared to what is about to happen to Canada before Trudeau Liberals are kicked out because the financial damage being done now by “Selfie” Justin and his rich international parasite friends is staggering.
This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”DISASTROUS”.
Construction continues at site despite Winter season and light snow dusting on already frozen soil, work must be done to complete the Dollard-des-Ormeaux community center extension on time.
The scene depicts construction work that continued right through last Winter and only completed a few months ago resulting in more valuable space available for community events for Dollard residents as well as entire West Island.
The extension built grafted to the existing community center structure and looks like it was there always yet it’s only this year that they completed it on time and within budget.
This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”SOIL”
Scary acrobatics moxie keeps outdoor show by man-woman buskers team under control while hundreds of eyes remain trained on them while they perform during recent 2017 annual Montreal International Jazz Festival.
These circus grade professionals did their combination juggling and dangerous acrobatics act flawlessly while being admired by a large gathering of locals and many tourists in town for the festival.
The scene seems obvious, woman busker balances herself upside down on man busker’s back, the only thing keeping her from sliding off face first onto hard ground(concrete tiles) is both their arms crossing however, their determination to succeed makes it work.
This thrilling act is another in the series of “spectacles” happening in Montreal on its 375th anniversary while Canada celebrates 150 years under the direction of famed Liberal circus masters Justin Trudeau and Denis Coderre.
This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”MOXIE”.
“Mommy who’s their tailor?” seems what the little guy in baby carriage is saying to his mother while pointing at tall man-woman busker team, one dressed in an extra long skirt and other in extra long pants with red stripe, playing a violin and a drum set.
The scene is on Saint Catherine Street, mid-afternoon, in downtown Montreal on Friday, July 14, 2017 during a merchants outdoor sale happening along length of street with hundreds of locals and tourists checking things out.
A young blond mother is pushing a baby carriage with little boy past a man-woman team of buskers on stilts performing their routine playing classical music to entertain passersby.
Montreal celebrates its 375th year and events such as this including with tall stilt walking buskers and other strange entertainment like vivid color people is a common sight along with a string of festivals all on taxpayer’s dime
This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”TAILOR”
Colored savage culture shock grips downtown Montreal when suddenly blue, green, red and yellow skimpy dressed people appear amongst them then momentarily freeze like statues on the street.
I had wandered down to the corner of Saint Catherine and Saint Laurence streets when in marched squads of vividly colored people mingling with locals and tourists in town for the Just For Laughs Festival starting on July 15th.
As I looked around ordinary people were in disbelief to see this extraordinary event happening in their midst heck, what exactly was going on, who dreamed this one up and for what reason?
Trying to come to some sort of understanding seemed so complicated to most people however, after some careful thinking the awful truth became crystal clear.
Canada elected the Trudeau Liberals in 2015 meanwhile earlier Montreal elected Denis Coderre a former federal Liberal cabinet minister as mayor add that to Canada celebrating 150 years while Montreal 375 years and its Liberal party time again on taxpayer’s dime.
Estimates of cost after the dust settles ranges in the hundreds of millions with a billion or more a definite being added to Canada’s debt but who cares because Justin Trudeau, Denis Coderre, and their rich international Liberal friends will not be paying for it however, some will certainly end up in their secret offshore accounts.
This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”SAVAGE”.
The old Champlain bridge soon to be just a memory, a foot note in history, because already another newer,
more modern, 10 lane, suspension version hopefully much better type is being constructed next to it.
Started in 1958 and completed in April 1967 just in time for Montreal’s famous Expo 67 world’s fair it will disappear by 2023 replaced by a new structure.
The new Champlain bridge, if it retains the historic name, is a suspension type structure and is rumored to be ready by late 2018 meanwhile, the present structure will be removed in stages, dismantling begins in 2019 at the earliest, and demolition completed by 2023.
The new $4.25-billion span links Montreal to South Shore, the project began in 2015 and expected completed by December of 2018 by present work crew of 500 expected to reach 1000 people, many Mohawk “iron workers” from nearby Kahnawake First Nations reserve on the south shore.
This picture depicts the famous hump stretch on the Champlain south shore side, which we traveled over on our way to the Eastern Townships in the Fall of 2016.
This is my contribution for WP weekly photo challenge:”BRIDGE”.