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”.
Giant spiders seem to inhabit Ottawa museum grounds exciting foreign visitors to Canada’s capital, this picture clearly shows one of those huge creatures halting momentarily to pose for photo-op.
Some scientists attribute this strange phenomenon to a sort of climate change “green house effect” because of the massive amounts of hot air normally produced in Ottawa’s Parliament during whole year except for a few vacation months in summer
This abnormal climate change happening seems to really pick up every time a certain federal party feels entitled to power with the most recent episode happening since the Fall of 2015 and it shows no let up for now.
A leading nature expert has likened the evolvement of these giant spiders to famed Hollywood’s “Jurassic Park” movie, where huge creatures evolve and roam around freely in an artificially induced tropical climate.
This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”INHABIT”.
Tea time on Parliament Hill is a time-honored tradition almost two centuries old and you are welcome by the ladies when in Ottawa, so please drop by.
Depicted is bronze statue of one of the ladies (Henrietta Muir Edwards), who through intelligent hard work, perseverance, persistence, and peaceful, subtle feminist methods of coercion finally ensured women equal rights in 20th century white, urban, male dominated Canada.
Henrietta Muir Edwards, one of the leaders, was also an advocate for working women, author and a founder of the Victorian Order of Nurses.
It was only in 1929 that Canadian women were finally recognized as “Persons” the result of Supreme Court decision awarding the Famous Five – Emily Murphy, Irene Parlby, Nellie McClung, Henrietta Muir Edwards and Louise Crummy McKinney, who challenged the previous law their win.
Raise your cup and honor these brave women activists commonly known as Suffragists, let’s drink to their memory!
This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”TEA”.
These maybe roasted grenadiers guarding the governor-general of Canada residence in Ottawa on Sussex Drive, were the second pair rotated from their posts when I happened to pass by on my way to Parliament Hill.
Moments earlier the two earlier grenadiers were relieved..boy were they happy about this, by these two guys in a small detachment headed by an NCO(non-commissioned officer), their sargent, and two armed MP(military police).
This seemed unusual however, in today’s international political environment and after a reservist was murdered near the Canadian War Memorial very near Parliament, security is paramount even for this ceremonial tourist attraction during the summer months.
Yesterday, Ottawa was extremely hot with the thermometer breaking a record, it was certainly around 40*C yet these two guys were to stand motionless for a long time at their posts heck, this was just brutal.
Dressed in thick, padded, tight red cloth with a black bear-skin on their heads absorbing the sun’s heat meanwhile, their “spit-polished” army boots over wool socks along with dark blue pants certainly didn’t help cut the steadily rising heat accumulating in their bodies..pheeu!
This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”MAYBE”.
Punishment executed following a court-martial session however, these were not against military personnel instead against ordinary citizens, Quebecers, who rebelled against the order imposed by the imperial British colonial government of the time.
Almost buried in time this large obelisk stands alone overlooking a small hillside tucked in corner of the huge Notre Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery encompassing the west side of Mount Royal Park in Montreal. The monument honors some of the “Les Patriots” rebels, who were either hanged or shot by firing squad and others exiled to Australia, then a British penal colony.
Although most of the names are francophone there are also Anglos including English, Irish, Scottish etc., who rebelled against the crown for a similar reason Americans did, taxation without representation, corruption, and abuse of power et al. It’s fascinating Canadian story worth checking out heck, our cousins the Americans are not the only ones who have an interesting history full of scoundrels and heroes.
I came across this monument a few months ago when visiting the cemetery to see the graves of members of my family and also friends buried here.
This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”PUNISHMENT”.
Ottawa river depth varies from 12 to 119 meters deep just below the Parliament block according to one chart however, because of various man-made dams, locks, etc water levels average about 58 meters. That bridge which is nearby, most probably crosses a more shallower part of river however, I can only guess.
This river meanders over a lot of territory and even forms a sort of border between the provinces of Ontario and Quebec in one area.
It’s source is Lake Capimitchigama, in the Laurentian Mountains of central Quebec after which it flows west to Lake Timiskaming and onto the inter-provincial border area mentioned.
Most of the river is in Quebec, about 65%, and the rest in Ontario, with an overall area covered of 146,300 square kilometers ending at the junction of the Lake of Two Mountains and Saint lawrence River at Montreal, Quebec.
The deepest part of this river is at the town of Deep River( the name derived), Ontario where a recorded natural depth is 123 meters(402 feet). The town is directly across or opposite Quebec’s laurentian Mountains.
The water levels change continuously because of seasonal and weather conditions as well as hydroelectric dams on this waterway.
This my contribution for WP single word prompt:”Depth”.
These international tourists feast on fast food from Ottawa street corner vendor just a block from Parliament.
As my picture shows this corner is very popular with international tourists who surrounded the food wagon anxiously awaiting their turn to take part in the feeding frenzy already going on.
Those juicy Lester’s all-beef hot dogs all dressed up certainly got me think whether to indulge however, lucky me packed a nice lunch before my trip to the nation’s capital.
This my contribution for WP single word prompt:”FEAST”.
Canadian frail aged population transforms as baby boomers’ retirements spike this decade replacing their dead parents to become the ruling demographic.
This lopsided equation is the result of declined births caused by abortion and overuse of birth control chemicals and devices as the means to limit life expenses to meet the mass media advertised “good life” after retirement.
Canadian federal government statistics, simple math, and extrapolation shows that Canada sacrificed over 6 million citizens to abortion alone since it became legal under the Pierre E. Trudeau Liberals after the Morgenthaler decision in the supreme court. Meanwhile, Canada since then allowed about 3 million immigrants in to counter the perceived expected future deficit in manpower and source of government taxes.
According to Statistics Canada, increases in separation and divorce rates, increases in female labour force participation, increases in institutional day care, and rapid technological change were what caused the decline in fertility.
This is interesting because in Australia, the same words are used to prove the same problem and they also suggest more wanton immigration to rectify it all, I happened to read this while Googling for Canadian statistics.
I bet if I checked the Internet some more, these same words would be found to justify the way things are in many more “developed” countries of the “free” world heck, we already know about the Godless commies and “axis of evil” countries therefore research is not needed.
This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”FRAIL”.
These men and women entertainers put on a wonderful show for Montrealers and international visitors at the Jazz Fest their national airline has sponsored for a few years now. After Montreal they travel to Toronto for another festival or event continuing to exhibit their culture with traditional dress and dancing.
I had the opportunity to meet and talk with a number of these Turkish citizens about their travels and their beautiful country and people. My pictures and small video shows a bit of the performance they gave last Friday July 8, 2016.
This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”GUEST”.
A pensive “Roadrunner” meticulously pondered his answer to a very probing question given him by a longtime Canadiens fans at a business lunch during the very recent 2016 annual Montreal Manufacturing Technology Show at the Place Bonaventure Business Convention Centre put on by the SME.
Hockey legend, Yvan Serge, “The Roadrunner”, Cournoyer, was our guest celebrity speaker at the lunch receiving a very warm welcome from a very appreciative audience, many longtime Montreal Canadiens fans. They still fondly remember hockey right-winger Yvan and his awesome speed on the ice coupled with his very impressive stick-handling and his deadly accurate slap shot.
Although small Cournoyer possessed a tough (upper body) chassis and very muscular, powerful legs that propelled him quickly down the ice giving him his nickname “the Roadrunner”.
They helped him tally up a very impressive NHL career that includes 10 Stanley Cups, many Top 10 Canadiens records, and setting up teammate Paul Henderson to score against “evil empire” Soviet Union goalie, Tretiak, allowing Canada to win the 1972 Summit Series. The “Roadrunner” also became a Hockey Hall of Fame inductee in 1982.
Cournoyer retired from playing hockey after sustaining a nagging back injury the late 1970’s, he then engaged in some hockey coaching before trying his hand running a successful restaurant business. After a short time he sold that business to pursue other opportunities.
I took this picture while attending that special exciting SME business lunch with Mr. Cournoyer on Tuesday May 17, 2016 and it is my contribution for WP Single Word Prompt: “PENSIVE”.