Category Archives: historical

Rideau Canal Descend

Part of Ottawa's historic Rideau Canal descend shown built after War of 1812 extends down to Ottawa River.

Historic Rideau Canal descend part of which shown is British built series of locks during period 1826-1832 after War of 1812 extends down to Ottawa River.

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The historic Rideau Canal descend, part of which shown, is a series of locks built as a preventive military measure during period 1826-1832 after the War of 1812 between Canada and USA extends all the way down to the Ottawa River at the top left of my picture.

Fearing future American invasions Britain built a series of canals as well as a number of forts in eastern Canada including the Rideau all along the Ottawa River designed to deter and impede any US incursions.

Fortunately, there never was another war between Canada and the USA and it was never used as a military supply route however, it was a success quickly becoming a busy commercial artery from Montreal to the Great Lakes until 1849 when a series of new locks were built bypassing the Saint Lawrence River rapids providing merchants a quicker, cheaper, alternative route.

Lieutenant-Colonel John By of the Royal Engineers oversaw construction of the Rideau Canal while private contractors built it employing thousands of French and Irish Canadian workers.

Some of the private contractors included famous names like John Redpath, Thomas McKay, Robert Drummond, Thomas Phillips, and Andrew White, who probably contributed to its unexpected cost overruns before its completion meanwhile, increasing their fortunes.

The cost overruns forced the retiring Colonel By from the British military and his receiving scant recognition for the awesome work accomplished.

This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”DESCEND”.

Notorious FLQ Kidnappers

Notorious FLQ kidnappers depicted on old wanted poster caused 1970 October Crisis after kidnapping James Cross and Pierre laporte.

Notorious FLQ kidnappers depicted on old wanted poster are dead, yet responsible for 1970 October Crisis and Quebec Labor Minister Pierre Laporte’s murder.

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The notorious FLQ kidnappers depicted on this old original wanted poster from October 1970 are mostly history(dead) as are many of their adversaries and one of the kidnap victims.

James Richard Cross 96 years of age however, remains alive and has spoke about his traumatic ordeal on October 5, 1970 when four armed men with machine guns and a revolver suddenly showed up at his home on his birthday and kidnapped him in front of his wife.

These desperate kidnappers, members of the “Liberation” cell, had also planned to grab an American diplomat at the same time however, they soon found one hostage was enough on their hands in trying to evade the police.

Meanwhile, another motley group called “Chenier” cell abducted Quebec’s Labour Minister, Mr. Pierre Laporte, while negations for Mr. Cross’s release dragged on frustrated at this its members murdered Laporte by strangulation when he attempted an escape and dumping his remains in a car trunk.

The “mugs’ depicted are just four of the FLQ terrorists, three of them are convicted murderers from the Chenier cell while Marc Charbonneau is the lone Liberation man involved with the original abducting of Mr. Cross, the British Trade Commissioner.

All these men were terrorists who fomented the infamous 1970 “October Crisis” resulting in the suspension of liberties all Canadians expect to have living in a “free” country.

Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Eliot Trudeau dusted off the old War Measures Act last used during the war years and dating back to WWI allowing extraordinary powers and measures for both the military and police to use in dealing with what was happening in Quebec.

This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”NOTORIOUS”.

Canadian Heritage Originator

Parliament remains Canadian heritage originator because its lawmakers wield power for country.

Parliament remains Canadian heritage originator because as seat of government it creates and decides laws for whole country.

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Parliament remains Canadian heritage originator because as the seat of government it creates and decides laws for the whole country regarding what is a national historic site.

The buildings that compose the Parliament block in Ottawa are themselves a national heritage as are all individual legislatures in all ten provinces and territories because Canada will be 150 years old this year.

Today in Montreal they celebrated the 375 year anniversary which blends in with Canada’s 150 year anniversary and started off the festivities in Quebec early this morning with our PM Justin Trudeau and wife Sofie participating and being part of a host of dignitaries including Quebec Premier Philippe Cuilliard, Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre launching it all.

Tonight another heritage site the famous 92-year-old Jacques Cartier Bridge has been lit up spectacularly, about CDN $40 millions worth, with zillions of lights delighting Montrealers with a light show depicting the city’s famed history.

This is my contribution for WP weekly photo challenge:”HERITAGE”.

Final Drain Off

Final drain off of polluted, stinken, water from nearby Riviere-des-prairies has begun helped by nature and water pumps.

Final drain off of polluted water from nearby Rivière-des-Prairies has begun helped by sun, wind, and gas-powered municipal pumps running all day.

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The final drain off of polluted, stinking, water from the nearby Riviere-des-prairies helped in last few days with some decent sun and wind along with municipal gas-powered pumps strategically installed by city maintenance crews running all day.

Since my last post on Tuesday dealing with the “flood of the century” that hit both Quebec and Ontario provinces, the water has reluctantly started to recede although the flood remains for property closer to the river and other low-lying areas.

Despite progress on the outside very little has changed inside many inundated basements in affected parts of Pierrefonds.

Elsewhere, in affected areas in the province of Quebec, things remain grim despite a bit less water hanging around moreover, many have lost their homes which remain under water.

When will it all end is anybody’s guess however, optimism, faith in the Almighty, and lots prayer will certainly help and is needed along with a huge amount of money for all the resources and work done by municipal employees, police, military, and brought in specialists needed to resolve this.

Also, more volunteers and everything they need to help them doing their work assisting the “professionals” before this whole mess ends.

This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”FINAL”

Temporary Immersible

Temporary immersible car was a submerged obstacle in dirty, polluted waters of Pierrefonds boulevard "lake" as area flooded.

Temporary immersible car a  submerged obstacle in dirty, polluted waters of Pierrefonds boulevard “lake” formed from flood waters of Montreal’s back river, Rivière-des-Prairies.

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Until recently this temporary immersible car was a submerged obstacle in the dirty, polluted waters of the Pierrefonds boulevard “lake” part of the Rivière-des-Prairies, the overflowing back river branch of the mighty Saint Lawrence river that straddles the Island of Montreal.

Apparently, this car was abandoned when quick rising river water flooded this area, probably because it stalled before the owner could make it onto the curb, which also ended up under the water.

I took this picture this afternoon after walking for about half hour from Sources boulevard, a main road running north-south located considerably east of this scene past that distant police car on the far left and which is higher ground.

The good news is, in this part of Pierrefonds boulevard, water has receded a lot compared to last Sunday when water covered the road up to where that other distant police car is parked, at the traffic lights, blocking any unauthorized vehicles heading towards this still flooded area.

Additionally, I also noticed municipal work crews running gas-powered, heavy-duty, industrial pumps draining water from people’s backyards onto the boulevard, where it emptied into the sewer system that seems to still function despite the lake at this end.

As I walked back towards Sources boulevard I overheard people, some depicted in this picture, excitedly talking about when they would throw a party in gratitude for all the help they gave each other as neighbors during this disaster encouraging one another for what awaits them next after this is all over.

As of this post Montreal still remains under a state of emergency that is expected to last perhaps, for weeks meanwhile, a similar status exists in other parts of the province of Quebec, where things according to news reports, are really dire in some places.

This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”Temporary”.

Unpreparedness Exposed

Government unpreparedness exposed by "flood of the century" in Quebec and Ontario from incessant spring rains affecting river water levels.

Government unpreparedness exposed by “flood of the century” now happening in Montreal and elsewhere in Quebec and Ontario fomenting growing public anger.

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Government unpreparedness exposed in light of the “flood of the century” now happening in Montreal and elsewhere in Quebec and Ontario in numerous municipalities bordering along the Saint Lawrence and Ottawa rivers and their branches.

Floods happen yearly in certain low-lying areas and flood zones already known by the federal and provincial governments however, the disaster now unfolding clearly shows that our politicians hate planning.

They are reluctant to stick their neck out lest they would be criticized for it by the voracious, scandal-seeking mass media and their citizens moreover, it may also cost some of the tax loot they’ve collected and horde for their own schemes.

Further, there are less photo-ops available compared to when a flood actually happens, and being visible in a media scrum on TV answering prearranged, select questions makes good news building up an image of honesty, confidence, and competence especially if this happens just before a coming election.

They rather initially wait quietly in the background until no other option is available before reacting heck, actually planning for the future regarding possible unforeseen, unfortunate, events that mother nature regularly and randomly pulls out of her magic hat is dangerous waiting seems much better, moreover, politicians are already adept at deflecting blame because they know that time is on their side when they delay answering “hot” issues.

As time passes public anger mellows out as people try to carry on with their lives and start to forget about their material losses, homes, and businesses meanwhile, governments change and politicians busily rearrange the deck chairs on the sinking Titanic some disappearing from public view settling into their comfortable, gold-plated, pensions.

Politicians are however, very quick to usurp $$billions in taxpayers money through various “climate change” schemes like “carbon taxes”, “sustainability”, or “green technologies” scams.

They attend and gather at events like the famous Paris Accord or the earlier Helsinki Conference, arriving on large gas guzzling jet aircraft and being ferried to their luxurious 5 star hotels, fed, and entertained at exclusive restaurants and nightclubs all on taxpayers’ dime.

Afterwards, $$billions in taxpayer’s money is very generously “donated”, distributed to international cronies and allies under disguise of allegedly helping poor developing countries meanwhile, thousands at home remain homeless uncared for.

The flooding happening now certainly was unforeseen and unimagined however, a national emergency contingency plan or set of plans should have been in place and triggered the moment it happened saving a lots of property and easing the massive disruption of affected hard-working taxpayer’s lives.

What we’ve seen is a type of knee-jerk, delayed, reluctant, reaction taking up lots of valuable time before the collective political brain trust kicked in, despite what already happened in Calgary in 2013 and Fort McMurry last year, expensive disasters it seems no lessons learned from.

In the next few weeks the flood situation in Quebec and Ontario will end however, the damage done to people’s lives will endure for years just as it has with all previously mentioned disasters meanwhile, an accounting will take place or should, hopefully taking into account this inexcusable, delayed, reactive face-saving exercise by our governments.

This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”EXPOSED”.

Bus Service None

Bus service is none as stop booth near borough municipal library stands an empty "island" surrounded by polluted flood water.

Bus service is none as stop booth across from borough municipal library stands an empty “island” surrounded by polluted flood water flowing by along swamped Pierrefonds boulevard.

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The stop booth across from the borough municipal library stands empty because bus service is none instead polluted flood water flows by along swamped Pierrefonds boulevard in this photo taken yesterday Sunday, May, 7th.

The bus stop booth remains an “island” in the dirty water of a vast lake formed when the Rivière-des-Prairies overflowed when last weeks incessant spring rains raised the level of the nearby river.

I took this zoomed in picture on rue Richmond (street) which is about two full blocks east from Saint Jean boulevard and runs parallel to it after walking to the water’s edge and looked across the Pierrefonds boulevard “lake” finding this lonely bus stop.

This image compliments and follows my earlier post also showing the flood scene presently happening in the borough of Pierrefonds on Pierrefonds boulevard, a main street traversing it running almost parallel with the Rivière-des-Prairies back river at fork of the mighty Saint Lawrence river straddling the Montreal Island.

This is my contribution for WP single word prompt: “NONE”

Bitter Memory

Many affected harbor bitter a memory about government letting them down in their inertia to declaring a state of emergency.

Many affected harbor a bitter memory about initial inertia by politicians at all levels of government in declaring a state of emergency to unfolding flooding crisis.

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Many affected harbor bitter a memory about how slow authorities reacted initially to the need for pre-emptive, preventative work by blue-collar work crews, lack of prepared sandbags in municipal depots for emergencies like this one, and especially being very late in calling for military help.

Victims who already lost their homes have a genuine reason to feel angry for their devastating loss despite reluctantly acknowledging their very own fault having houses in known flood zones.

Overwhelmingly they feel the government let them down in not intervening quicker, declaring an emergency as things unfolded, and calling in the army earlier to help out.

Today anyone can speculate about what could have, should have, been done now after so much flooding because sandbags were not prepared, delivered early, and placed to prevent water inundation in homes however, looking at the big picture it seems obvious initial inertia by politicians at all levels of government certainly contributed substantially to what happened.

Many regions continue to remain on flood alert as rain continues to fall on saturated ground while rivers around Quebec and Ontario already reaching dangerously high levels and flooding most low-lying areas may finally begin to subside perhaps, by the middle of this week if the rain actually stops.

More rain is forecasted however, that is yet to be seen because this last weekend, ending yesterday, gave everyone a bit of respite when a tiny amount of sun peered through the heavy cloud cover buffeted by gusty cool winds and the rain stopped.

Monday, May 8, 2017 is overcast with ice crystals falling at times, this is not a huge amount of rain in whatever form it comes down however, because it will be falling on very saturated land even relatively small amounts could cause more problems.

My picture taken yesterday, Sunday, May 7th depicts flooded Pierrefonds boulevard, the place looks like a scene taken at water’s edge of Riviere-des-Prairies, the back river nearby (about a block or two away from the boulevard) that has overflowed causing this flood.

I took this long distance digital image from a hill on rue René-Émard (street) overlooking the scene, this is a street which runs north-south parallel with boulevard Saint Jean, a main street about one block further west also underwater at its junction with Pierrefonds boulevard.

What you see at the horizon is part of Pierrefonds municipal garage and warehouse behind a light gray colored sheet metal corrugated fence bordered by trees on right and flooded Pierrefonds boulevard running past both with two half-submerged parked cars a bit in the foreground.

The borough of Pierrefonds is in Montreal’s West Island and Pierrefonds boulevard is a main street running east to west for about 9.3 km skirting the northern edge of the Island.

Even before this picture was taken Montreal’s municipal authorities and the Quebec and Canadian governments have declared a state of emergency allowing all measures and resources like military assistance, needed to be employed, they expect it to last past next weekend when things should improve.

This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”BITTER”.

Nova Scotia Wanderlust

Nova Scotia wanderlust happens looking at old picture of lone Highland piper playing, with Peggy's Cove lighthouse behind her.

Nova Scotia wanderlust happens looking at old picture showing lone Highland piper playing bagpipe behind is Peggy’s Point Lighthouse, brings back memories of my last visit to Canada’s east coast.

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Nova Scotia wanderlust happens looking at old picture showing lone piper playing her bagpipe while behind her looms Peggy’s Point Lighthouse seemingly conjured out of the gray, rocky, rugged hill, bringing back memories of my wonderful last visit to Peggy’s Cove on Canada’s east coast.

It was an overcast day with sporadic gusts of wind coming in from the North Atlantic making it a bit uncomfortable however, determined to capture on film as much of this incredible scene as I could so I wandered about taking interesting shots as I went along.

Suddenly, I heard that familiar sound and tried to find from where it was coming from; I turned around and she appeared, dressed in her Highland Scottish bagpiper garb playing for a small group of visitors gathered around her listening and enjoying the music and then she stopped for a moment.

I scrambled to get a good shot of her while played for the group however, as luck would have it they quickly moved on and she had already removed her Glengarry bonnet when I took this picture, too bad!

Peggy’s Cove is a small Nova Scotian rural community located on the eastern shore of St. Margaret’s Bay that is about 43 km from the Port of Halifax.

It is a place like no other in the world parts of it seem like your walking on another planet because of its barren land populated by huge glacier carved, erosion smoothed out boulders and crevices intermingled with some scrub, sun-burned grasses.

The boulders continue down to the shoreline, an area containing large dark-colored algae covered rocks constantly swept by rolling waves coming in from the cruel North Atlantic, that may reach many stories high depending on the tides, signs warning people of the danger of being swept away are found here.

Despite warning signs some people still venture into this restricted area sometimes paying with their lives when a rogue wave from the bitterly cold, salty ocean rolls in unexpectedly; I personally saw two people almost getting caught however, thankfully it was a smaller wave and only got them wet from its spray meanwhile, biting at their feet as they desperately clung to some rock.

This my contribution for WP weekly photo challenge:”WANDERLUST”.

Gold and Gray

Top of gold statue of Our Lady of Lourdes reflects and shines under gray sky over Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes chapel.

Bright light beam reflects off gold statue of Our Lady of Lourdes and enveloped by gray overcast sky over Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes chapel.

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A bright beam of light reflects off top of gold statue of Our Lady of Lourdes and shines while being enveloped by gray overcast sky over the Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes chapel on Saint Catherine east in downtown Montreal.

This little known church designed by famous Quebec architect Napoléon Bourassa was built in 1904, that year represented fifty years since the concept of the Immaculate Conception was finally decided on, formally announced, and established as an article of faith by the Roman Catholic Church in Rome.

Viewed from across the street I saw a simple, modest yet beautifully designed church with a large bright golden statue of Mother Mary resting on a world globe one of her feet crushing a serpent representing the devil.

The whole scene crowned the crest of the chapel’s front facade, something that first caught my immediate attention persuading me to checking it out.

Although I have yet to visit this French Canadian church to see its interior I have however, done some research over the Internet that has fascinated me about this “chapel”, which incidentally it shares this sector of Saint Catherine with another what looks like larger church (Saint Jacques) across the street from it.

Both these churches apparently being incorporated into the downtown campus of UQAM (University of Quebec in Montreal) and are in the process of being renovated and/or upgraded according to some plan.

According to my simple Internet research, the Our Lady of Lourdes chapel is considered one of the finest works by Mr. Bourassa, who apparently was well-known and respected architect in his time and has an extensive list of works in Quebec and even one in Fall River, Massachusetts USA.

Napoléon Bourassa was also consulted for the Quebec Legislature construction project, helped found the National Art Gallery of Canada with fellow artists because he also was an accomplished artist, taught art, sculpture, and architecture, directed a publication, and dabbled in Quebec politics as V/P of the notorious Saint-Jean-Baptiste Society just to name a few of his accomplishments.

This my contribution for WP single word prompt:”GRAY”.