Montreal’s Construction Cone Inuksuk

According to the Canadian Encyclopedia: Inuksuk (also spelled inukshuk, plural inuksuit) is a figure made of piled stones or boulders constructed to communicate with humans throughout the Arctic. Traditionally constructed by the Inuit, inuksuit are integral to Inuit culture and are often intertwined with representations of Canada and the North. Clearly, some Montrealers were moved byContinue reading “Montreal’s Construction Cone Inuksuk”

State-Of-The-Art Construction Elevator

Recently while out for a stroll taking in some of Montreal’s 375th Anniversary festivities we came across a state-of-the-art construction elevator. Much like those pneumatic tubes once used in department stores to send cash to a main cashier, and still used in hospitals, this device gets workers from street level to upper parts of theContinue reading “State-Of-The-Art Construction Elevator”

Hidden Among The Leaves; High-Flying Plastic

The annual Quebec construction vacation is underway. Each year for the last week of July and first of August all construction sites close down. There are very few exceptions but some include urgent road and infrastructure work.  Some people understand the logic in this, get the vacations out of the way so that suppliers andContinue reading “Hidden Among The Leaves; High-Flying Plastic”

Downtown Montreal on a Precipice; Hope it Doesn’t Snow

I recall that it was only in the aftermath of the 1998 ice storm that we learned just how close Montreal had come to a total power outage that may have required the evacuation of the island. I imagine there must have been some very tense moments for the powers that be at Hydro Québec.Continue reading “Downtown Montreal on a Precipice; Hope it Doesn’t Snow”

Covered Detour Signs: What Fresh Hell is This?

Much like an occupying army, those ubiquitous orange traffic cones arrive under cover of darkness. Bleary-eyed citizens awake to find their street festooned with a veritable battalion of orange and black striped cones indicating upcoming road work and traffic problems. But an even more egregious omen of traffic mayhem is installed in broad daylight. TheContinue reading “Covered Detour Signs: What Fresh Hell is This?”

No Sanctuary For Montreal Drivers

Summer is the time for road repairs and construction, I get that. This year has been particularly tough on Montreal drivers and visitors as a long overdue major overhaul of a main artery has caused pure chaos and havoc. The domino theory has resulted and even those roads not being worked on have been clogged with traffic. ToContinue reading “No Sanctuary For Montreal Drivers”

Montreal’s Diabolical Detours

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 beContinue reading “Montreal’s Diabolical Detours”