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Making the Canadian F1 Grand Prix More Montreal

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Although the race is ten months off, work is now being carried out on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve to bring it up to Formula 1 standards. The annual Canadian Grand Prix is an important Montreal event bringing tourists from around the world. Yes, it does tend to be loud, but the noise of the cars is often drowned out by the sound of cash registers.

…to suggest to the powers that be at F1 headquarters several small tweaks that would, I believe, go a long way to having the race reflect Montreal more accurately.

While making major alterations to the track and paddock, I thought it would be the ideal time to suggest to the powers that be at F1 headquarters several small tweaks that would, I believe, go a long way to having the race reflect Montreal more accurately.

I suggest that at various points during the race groups of cyclists be released onto the track. Going, of course, in the wrong direction and, as the drivers weave their way among them, the cyclists will be instructed to swear and make obscene gestures at them.

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In addition to flag-waving marshals, who will be clad in camo pants, F1 tracks also have safety signage indicating, for instance, the braking distance leading to a sharp turn. To make this a Montreal-like experience for the drivers, several of these signs should be located behind tree branches or overgrown hedges making them virtually impossible to see until passing them when it is too late.

As the Grand Prix is run on a Sunday, the teams should be presented with a list of those sections of the track that are closed for the weekend…detours will be indicated by Montreal’s ubiquitous orange cones.

Over the last few years, Montrealers have grown used to the late-weekly reports informing us which streets, highways or bridges will be closed for the weekend. As the Grand Prix is run on a Sunday, the teams should be presented with a list of those sections of the track that are closed for the weekend. Not to worry, detours will be indicated by Montreal’s ubiquitous orange cones.

Formula 1 pit-crews are famous for being able to change four tires and make minor repairs to the cars in the blink of an eye. They are going to need to be even faster. When cars enter the pit lane and arrive at the team garage where they would have once stopped if ever so briefly, they will find BIXI stands or several red-bagged parking meters illustrating that no one, not even the best race car drivers in the world, can find a parking spot in Montreal.

… they will find BIXI stands or several red-bagged parking meters illustrating that no one, not even the best race car drivers in the world, can find a parking spot in Montreal.

Lastly, as the race reaches the three-quarter point, some of the drivers may be getting hungry. This problem is solved by the arrival of several Montreal food trucks along the straightaway. Appropriate given F1 drivers are possibly the only people who can afford the prices charged by these mobile eateries.

DCMontreal – Deegan Charles Stubbs – is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and an occasional Frean and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DCMontreal on Twitter and on Facebook, and add him on Google+
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Montreal’s Diabolical Detours

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Montreal city hall recently announced that next year the city will host a Formula E race. This class of racing features electric cars, hence the E, and will be run on a road course instead of the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. The city has earmarked several million dollars for repairs to the roads that will be used, but the actual route is a deep dark secret. Regardless, much-needed improvements to Montreal roads is never a bad thing. Then again …

Like a guy struggling in quicksand in an old western movie, each step plunges you deeper instead of providing an escape.

On a trip to a medical appointment earlier this week the thought came to my mind that what I was experiencing was nothing short of cruel yet sadly not unusual. Like an excerpt from a Kafka book, there seemed no way out. Like a guy struggling in quicksand in an old western movie, each step plunges you deeper instead of providing an escape.

I’m referring to Montreal’s ”system” of detours. As I understand it, a detour is a marked route used to move traffic around a work site or road closure. It is intended to provide ease of movement. So let me put this as succinctly as I can: a detour that sends motorists to an alternate route that is also restricted by construction is not a detour, it’s diabolical.

But that is precisely what happens on many occasions due to the large number of work sites, they infringe upon possible alternative routes. I understand that even with our less cold global warming altered winters most road work must be done during the summer. But is there no planning to ease the gridlock? I wonder if somewhere there is a group of traffic planners laughing heartily as they watch video screens showing irate drivers as they come to understand that they have been detoured right into yet another construction site, complete with its own set of detours.

DCS_Grad_2 DCMontreal – Deegan Charles Stubbs – is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and an occasional Frean and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DCMontreal on Twitter and on Facebook, and add him on Google+

 

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Montreal Grand Prix Signage Help for Tourists

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Should you be considering visiting my fair city this weekend to take in the Formula One Grand Prix, as many are if hotel and restaurant reservations indicate, I am suggesting to Mayor Coderre the following sign. Rather than infuriate visitors with thousands of roadwork detour signs and road closures notices, on top of our potholed streets, let’s put the signs below on all streets that are:

A) Not currently under construction/repair;
B) Not likely to soon be under construction/repair;
C) Essentially pothole free;and
D) Free of exposed streetcar tracks.

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Unfortunately I suspect the only place worthy of the signs is the short strip of Notre Dame that runs right in front of City Hall! So if you do visit, assume all roads are under construction, or in need of same!

DCS_Grad_2 DCMontreal – Deegan Charles Stubbs – is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and an occasional Frean and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DC on Twitter @DCMontreal and on Facebook, and add him on Google+

 

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If I buy a Jaguar automobile, I want it to look like a Jaguar automobile

It’s all about cars this weekend as the Formula 1 circus comes to Montreal. I am sometimes taken aback by the design of modern cars. If I were in the market for an upscale automobile (I’m not … it will take significantly more advertising on dcmontreal.wordpress.com before that happens), for instance a Jaguar, I sure would want my car to be instantly recognized as upscale. Having paid through the nose I want people to say “Wow, great looking Jaguar”, not “Oh my God, that car in front of us is a Jaguar, looks just like a hundred other cars”!

I want people to say “Wow, great looking Jaguar”, not “Oh my God, that car in front of us is a Jaguar, looks just like a hundred other cars”!

For instance the 2013 Jaguar XJ V6 pictured below has a sticker price, or as they used to say on The Price is Right, a manufacturer’s suggested retail price MSRP starting at $72,300. the “starting at” is of utmost importance; if you want any options, maybe a steering wheel or doors, you may be paying significantly more.

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Don’t get me wrong, I understand fully that a look inside the car or under the hood will immediately confirm one is a high-end, luxury sports car while the other is a good quality, affordable sedan.

The Hyundai Sonata below has several models, the most expensive of which starts at $31,399, with the same option caveats of course.

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Don’t get me wrong, I understand fully that a look inside the car or under the hood will immediately confirm one is a high-end, luxury sports car while the other is a good quality, affordable sedan.

I guess for my money I’d want a Jaguar to look like a Jaguar. Something along the lines of the 1973 XKE below. Now don’t even get me started on the Lincoln Continental!

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Montreal Grand Prix + Rolling Stones = Sunday traffic nightmare

What has  a quarter of a million ringing ears, big lips and lapping tongue, and goes very fast, then very slowly, if at all?

Montreal on Grand Prix/Rolling Stones Sunday.

Over the next few days tens of thousands of visitors will descend upon Montreal for the Canadian Grand Prix.  From small Bed & Breakfast establishments to luxury hotels the city is booked solid; guests with big wallets breathing much-needed life into the local economy.  Logistically, arriving isn’t the problem as race fans don’t all show up at once – mind you Friday afternoon’s rush hour won’t have a whole lot of rush in it.

Remember, the race takes place on an island with, not surprisingly, limited access

Even getting to the track on Sunday is an exercise in patience, but again not all race fans arrive at the same time, some go early while others will arrive just in time. But making your way back to the downtown area after the race can be a real nightmare. Remember, the race takes place on an island with, not surprisingly, limited access. Race organizers used to provide post-race entertainment to keep some of the people in place until later and avoid a mass exodus.

The trouble reaches its pinnacle Sunday evening when the race has been run and people are trying to get to airports, train and bus stations, or are driving back to the US hoping the wait at the border won’t be completely insane (trust me, it will be).

So someone, somewhere, with a cruel sense of humour, decided that what the Montreal F1 Sunday evening scenario needed was another event downtown … enter the Rolling Stones

So someone, somewhere, with a cruel sense of humour, decided that what the Montreal F1 Sunday evening scenario needed was another event downtown. Just as people are trying to get out, and others are trying to get in, enter the Rolling Stones. Yep, here come Mick and the boys (can they still be called boys?) on their latest tour including a gazillion trucks of equipment .  You may be able to move like Jagger, you just won’t have the room!

Leave the driving to the racers and the driving rock ‘n’ roll to the Stones

So to sum up this coming Sunday: thousands of sunburnt race fans with ringing ears, impatient and cranky as all get up after the chore of getting off Ile Notre Dame are checking out of hotels and making their way to the airport while thousands of others, also with ringing ears, are making their way home after the Rolling Stones show.

You may be able to move like Jagger, you just won’t have the room!

It might just be worth missing a few hours of sleep to watch the two groups shouting at each other, not in anger, but because neither will be able to hear very well after their respective events.
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In case you haven’t decided yet, if you’re coming to Montreal this weekend for either ear-splitting event, leave your car far away from the downtown area. Leave the driving to the racers and the driving rock ‘n’ roll to the Stones. The city has a great transit system, you’ll be saving yourself a big headache by using it! As for your ears, you’re on your own.

Related: Montreal City Weblog

 

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Montreal Grand Prix: Not for the camera shy

Who can take your picture where, and what can they do with it?

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Today the annual Formula 1 circus rolls into Montreal for a weekend of extravagance.  This event belches exhaust fumes into our air and cash into our hotels, restaurants and stores. Some estimates put the revenue for the weekend at upwards of $100 million; that’s worth coughing for a few days.

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If you are planning to take in any of the events, and are a bit camera shy, you may want to bear in mind the following. I noticed the signs for the first time last year, they were posted on the barriers that are erected to close Crescent Street for the festivities (as people often lean on these barriers the signs aren’t terribly visible, but they’re there and I think that’s what matters). I suspect they are on all similar entry points to F1 events in the city. The signs weren’t prominent, nor were they particularly impressive in design, looking like a last minute addition, they were printed on 8.5 X 11 paper.  But the message is what matters; the signs explained, in both French and English, that by entering this F1 site you agreed to potentially being photographed and that said photos may be used commercially.

… by entering this F1 site you agreed to potentially being photographed and that said photos may be used commercially

I’m no lawyer, but I think the F1 folks are covering their ass by posting in advance lest anyone complain later when they show up in a shot used to promote F1 or any of its sponsors in a magazine or on a poster. So it all boils down to one thing: if you don’t want to risk having your picture taken and used you’d best not pass beyond the barriers.

There are numerous websites regarding what one can and can’t photograph. Photorights.org, a UK based site states the following:

You can’t take my photo without permission’. Oh yes you can, usually. Point to the CCTV cameras and wave, they never asked either. Of course it is perfectly understandable that individuals may feel singled out and perhaps intimidated, frightened or angry not to be in control, but it’s not a legal point.

The website Ambientlight has a more Canadian take on the laws of photography, including those of Quebec that would directly affect the Montreal Grand prix:

In Quebec, the Quebec Human Rights Code, Chapter 1, 5, grants all humans the right to their private life. For photography, this broadly-worded right allows each individual person in Quebec control over the use of their image (meaning, a photo of them). This was recently upheld by the Supreme Court of Canada in a case (Aubrey v. Edition Vice-Versa Inc.) where a photographer published a photo of an individual in public, without the subject’s permission. The image was nothing special, it was taken from a public place of a person in public, and did not injure their reputation. However, the Supreme Court of Canada said that the photographer should not have published the photo without the permission of the person photographed, and ruled in the favour of the subject of the photo. They did note that there are exceptions for newsworthy events, people who are in the public eye, like politicians or celebrities, or if the person was incidental to the photo, and not the main subject(s).

If you’re one of those who puts their hands up to block themselves and yells “Get that camera out of my face” at photographers, you’re out of luck at the Grand Prix

If you’re one of those who puts their hands up to block themselves and yells “Get that camera out of my face” at photographers, you’re out of luck at the Grand Prix. I don’t imagine the signs count as model release forms, given you don’t sign them, but the Grand Prix is a newsworthy and photographer friendly event. Even crowd scenes can potentially land you in trouble, so make sure that really is your wife/husband you’re holding hands with when the flash goes off! You have been warned! Of course you could always chance it and, should you be photographed and should those photos be used, sue the Formula one folks. But I have a hunch they may be able to afford some fine lawyers!

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