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”
Two Moslem women wearing hijabs place order for “Halal” meals they savor instead of usual restaurant menu offered because their faith prevents eating food considered “haram”, not permissible or lawful in traditional Islamic law.
The scene is Saint Catherine Street on Friday July 14, 2017 during the local merchants street long sale and these two hungry young women sit down at a restaurant’s outdoor terrace, a likely place for a nice meal.
Montreal, a world-class city, is home to many different people and cultures from across the globe therefore, prepared food sourced from almost anywhere can be found including specials like Halal and Kosher, both which in many ways are alike.
This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”SAVOR”.
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”.
True believer grit evident on Saint Jean Baptiste Day in mid-afternoon scene during lull in rain as some diehards sit in few rows near stage enjoying great music nobody else would.
This year, 2017, Quebec’s patron saint’s celebration began as an overcast day with lots of rain drizzle most of the time wetting the spirits out of many however, just prior to the customary fireworks around 10 PM it all miraculously cleared up.
Around 8:30 PM another minor miracle happened, whole families many with small children suddenly started showing up for the annual festivities and their children participated prepared games that the site provided that day and everyone also hung around to enjoy the excellent fireworks.
The scene depicted is mid-afternoon during a slight lull in the drizzle and you could count the audience by the fingers of your two hands.
This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”GRIT”.
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”.
Image depicts members of folk grunge musical troupe delta, where sax player and the female singer eye each other ready but awaiting their cue to join in with accordian player.
The Nulle Part Nord performed on an outdoor stage last Friday on the eve of the annual Saint Jean Baptiste celebrations in Quebec on Montreal’s West Island despite some dreadful wet weather which dampened the amount of audience participation.
Things started to improve when this motley troupe did their gig which happened to be shortly before the awesome fireworks display that came after perhaps, their music had something to do with it because the rain drizzle that plagued most of the day stopped and the skies cleared up helping to salvage the celebrations.
The sparce audience suddenly grew three-fold delighting the food-truck and other vendors meanwhile, giving Montreal’s finest some work filtering the growing crowd and blocking/limiting road access with police cars to celebrations area.
This is my contribution for WP weekly photo challenge:”DELTA”.
Excited children commit much fun on stage during 2016 Saint Jean Baptiste day celebrations in a borough on Montreal’s West Island singing, clapping their hands, and jumping up and down while their very happy parents nearby watch the whole spectacle.
As my picture shows these small children are clearly enjoying their experience being up on stage with an adult animator-moderator (far top left) encouraging them, and leading the children’s chorus singing all sorts of appropriate songs and engaging them in lively activities designed to make it happy and memorable time.
Some of these little guys seem to be dressed up to mark the occasion wearing hats with French Quebec’s provincial heritage emblem, the fleur-des-lys or simply Québec written across the front in large letters.
Each year on June 24th Quebec celebrates the feast day of its patron saint, John the Baptist, or as they call it in French Quebec, Saint Jean Baptiste however, since the fateful election of the separatist Parti Québécois in the 1970’s the holiday became secular “La Fête nationale du Québec”.
This holiday on June 24th, has reverted to being a state sponsored orgy of excessive boozing, drugs, merry-making, inappropriate behavior, and sex by many reminiscent of similar bygone pagan excesses during the dark past like when Herod imprisoned and martyred John.
Instead of being a respected religious day of peace, visits with family and friends, poignant reflection, prayer, and worshiping God in Church meanwhile, also remembering John’s tragic beheading it is just another secular wild party designed to help the government keep power by doling out tax money on the “fête” activities.
Reasons for this slide towards the Abyss vary however, a lion share of blame falls on an influential, small minority of Quebec atheistic, monied, political elite conspiring with other powerful enemies of the Church to exploit certain sick abuses by a small, perverted minority of Quebec’s Roman Catholic clergy, to help rip away many already aimless, ignorant, uneducated, and weak-willed non-practicing Catholics from the Church.
This is incredible considering that it was the Church that kept it all together for the Québécois since the French defeat at the Plains of Abraham near Quebec City, when France abandoned them to their fate with Protestant England, who could have easily assimilated their culture and deleted their existence.
Since then Quebec has been in a free-fall, its monied, political elites leading the way in Canada towards amoral, immoral, and decadent behavior where human life has become to mean very little anymore replaced instead by an emphasis on material gain and wealth.
As a final reward the “enlightened” converts are guaranteed a cheap cremation of their mortal body remains on the pyre perhaps, to accompany their immortal soul already in the Abyss.
This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”COMMIT”.