Urban deterioration scale is evident by amount of graffiti, broken boarded up windows, crumbling brick walls, miscellaneous debris, and general run down look of place.
This picture taken in downtown Montreal below Rene Levesque boulevard captures some of what is being torn down and replaced by rampant urban development featuring huge dark glass and metal highrises funded by mostly foreign overseas money.
Decades of laissez-faire by paid off corrupt city administrations allowing rich slum lords to acquire loads of old property cheaply then continue practicing neglect doing very little maintaining these properties meanwhile, raising rents to their poor tenants creates this type of scenario.
The corporate slum lords await the right moment to sell obviously very valuable downtown property for huge profits to the foreign buyers eager to park their money avoiding taxes at home.
This is my contribution for WP weekly photo challenge:”SCALE”.
Kiddie show launch during Saint Jean Baptiste Day celebrations on an outdoor stage in Montreal’s West Island filled with cheerful, excited, and happy children watched by their equally excited, happy, parents.
Funded by $millions in hard-earned taxpayers money that the Quebec government generously doles out to municipalities to allegedly celebrate province’s patron saint, the day filled with merriment, music, and all sorts of fun for citizens and visitors.
The former peaceful religious feast day celebration morphed into a secular holiday during 1970’s when the chain-smoking former journalist Rene Levesque led separatist Parti Québécois government legislated it into “La Fete National” to prepare Quebecers for the infamous sovereignty referendums to break up Canada that followed later.
Quebec has since evolved from a majority French-speaking Christian Catholic society into one lost in the shuffle, where adoring celebrities and excesses of material wealth has replaced worship of God.
This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”LAUNCH”.
Ever since secret project was abruptly terminated during Diefenbaker era a popular legend evolved regarding Canada’s position in today’s advanced military jet aircraft.
Armchair experts insist that the Diefenbaker Conservative government set Canadian aerospace back allowing others primarily the USA to benefit from all the very expensive research already done as well as from all the technical staff Avro laid off.
They claim Canada gave away the whole store in a proverbial “fire sale” ending up poorer for it because many of those Avro scientists and technicians ended up “Making America Great” working in USA developing its NASA space program.
There is no doubt that the Avro Arrow was unique and probably the most advanced aircraft of its kind however, it was heavily over-budget generating a real strain on Canada’s fiscal resources.
Canada, although a huge country with its small population tax base did not have an economy to support this type of very expensive project compared to the USA with its massive economy.
Ottawa’s Canada Aviation And Space Museum is home for part of what’s left of the Arrow, the cockpit are depicted however, 1/3 of both wings, essentially its wing tips, and two sets of engines, one being the famous Iroquois, are available too.
These other components are stored nearby along the inner wall of the building for those interested in viewing them.
This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”POPULAR”.
Waiting in ambush armed with his MP-40 machine pistol WW2 German paratrooper is ready to gun down any enemy soldiers that come into view.
The scene is probably somewhere in Italy perhaps, near Monte Cassino, where the Allies had fierce battles with all branches of the Hitler’s Nazi armed forces in the famous monastery ruins.
Another more likely scene would be Otto Skorzeny, commando extraordinary, and his handpicked special paratroopers raiding Italy’s Gran Sasso’s Hotel Campo Imperatore to extract dictator Benito Mussolini from his captors.
This daring raid by crack German paratroopers on the country’s highest peak using gliders remains the best original “mission impossible” based on the extreme difficulty such a operation had to master to save Il Duce from the hands of the Allies.
Our realistic depiction is from an exhibit at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa.
This is my contribution for WP weekly photo challenge:”WAITING”.
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”.
A granite monument in a Montreal park pays homage to our revered and beloved sovereign, her majesty Queen Victoria, who ruled the British Empire for 60 years.
A male African lion symbolizing British royalty tops this monument situated across Metcalfe street from the stately, huge, old Sun Life building in Dorchester Square park.
The location and size of this monument seems to have obscured it from the general public view because of several other monuments that populate this park.
After researching it I found this historical monument which as mentioned earlier consists of a huge lion statue, contains a water fountain pedestal at its base, is a replica of Frédéric Bartholdi’s Lion of Belfort. It was installed to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee because she was Canada’s sovereign then.
Furthermore, the park originally once was a Catholic cemetery and most buried were moved to nearby Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery on Mount Royal however, some were left and are remembered by tiny crosses embedded in the walkways through this park.
When I last visited this park I noticed these small crosses and wondered what they were about considering that the province of Quebec has transmogrified into a secular state therefore, they seemed out-of-place, now it makes sense.
This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”HOMAGE”
Mother Teresa’s lifetime work helped dignify all unwanted, unloved, uncared for throughout Calcutta such as the naked, poor, hungry, destitute, homeless, sick, crippled, blind, the lepers, all those people considered a burden to Indian society and shunned by it.
Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu born Albanian ended up a citizen of India after spending most of her natural life as a missionary working the worst slums in Calcutta helping the poorest of the poor.
She left home at 18 joined the Institute of Blessed Virgin Mary, or Sisters of Loreto, in Rathfarnham, Ireland, where she assumed her new name Sister Mary Teresa after St. Therese of Lisieux.
After getting her “nom de guerre” Agnes learned some English and transferred to a convent in Darjeeling, India.
While teaching wealthy Calcutta children at St. Mary’s high school she experienced seeing and became distressed by the abject poverty in the area, which made a lasting impression on her.
In 1946 while on a journey God called her to give up everything to follow and serve Jesus Christ into the Calcutta slums amongst the world’s most desperately poor.
Mother Teresa faithfully kept her covenant with the Almighty, despite many doubts about it and hardships, until her death on Sept. 5, 1997, age 87, from a heart attack.
This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”DIGNIFY”.
Dandelions, prickle weeds like depicted Canada Thistle, Creeping Charlie,etc., go wild during wet Summer like Quebec and Canada’s east coast is experiencing this year while West Coast forests burn due lack of rain.
Alleged “climate change” is blamed for what is happening and there is an element of truth in it all however, our limited recorded history throws some doubt on it all because even before the term was coined our planet has had good and bad weather along with extreme fluctuations in temperature.
Our reliance on technology and in particular computer generated weather and temperature charts based on data gathered by humans and software programs also created by humans to accurately predict our planet’s future is a recipe for disaster.
We are error prone therefore the basis for our decisions extracted from computers is also not reliable enough to make possibly very costly conclusions moreover, there is no shortage of well placed and connected international criminals waiting to profit from it all.
This doesn’t mean that no more real scientific work needs be done to ensure credible data however, all ideology tainted science must be denied free reign as it seems to have presently.
Our governments need to decide honestly and properly how our taxes are spent regarding any influence humans can muster against the forces of nature for the benefit of humankind.
This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”PRICKLE”.
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”.