Things Are Good: Montreal’s Streets Continue to be Focused on People

Walking the streets of Montreal already provides a pleasant experience – and it’s about to get better. The city has dedicated an additional $1.7 million to what it already spends on making selected streets car free. The pedestrian areas promote local artists and encourage people to visit neighbourhoods throughout the municipality. People love the initiative ...

PostArctica: Today on Mount Royal

Unusually mild for today’s date and with a lot of snow and ice on ground level that makes for some perfect fog, especially as you go higher on Mount Royal. How foggy was it? That is Beaver Lake straight ahead. It was quite surreal up there, you could hear people talking on the roads before ...

PostArctica: A Symphony of Ice with Beaver Update

It was pretty cold out there today and a huge sheet of ice was breaking up and floating down the river when I got there. You can hear it as the individual pieces clang against each, especially the moving ones banging against the more solid ice close to shore. (and light backgrounds do highlight the ...

PostArctica: Lately

Some from the last week or so. My new thing is that I now call these types of pictures my “Picturebook Pictures” lol. Shooting directly into the sun but a 1/4000th of a second shutter speed makes a half arsed image possible. looking the other way. Seen on a door in Saint Henri ( really?). ...

My journey with AIDS…and more!: Meanderings of a mental health client in good company

Originally posted on My journey with AIDS…and more!: Would it be much of a surprise, even to the casual reader, that I am a mental health client? I have been since soon after my conclusive HIV diagnosis in 1990, although I wish now that I had sought such accompaniment long before then. It started…

PostArctica: Jean-Francois Hamelin – La Pointe

Stopped in at the vernissage for the exhibit, La Pointe, by Jean-Francois Hamelin taking place at the Centre culturel Georges-Vanier which runs until January 5. It is a tight little show with some great black and and while photographs taken in Point Saint Charles. Check it out, an interesting exhibition in a wonderful old building ...

PostArctica: October, 2016

So I am pretty happy with myself today because at the beginning of the month I decided that I would walk the lower path at the Verdun waterfront everyday in October with the hope of finding a way with my camera to “capture” whatever was going to become interesting to me as I experientially observed ...

PostArctica: Walk # 19 – The Point Part 5 – Rain

  Kiss me with rain on your eyelashes, come on, let us sway together, under the trees, and to hell with thunder.” ― Edwin Morgan, A Book of Lives Started out at Bridge and Wellington. I wasn’t sure if Bridge south of Wellington was considered part of The Point or not so I figured if ...

PostArctica: Walk # 18 – The Point Part 4

“If you look for the truth outside yourself, It gets farther and farther away. Today walking alone, I meet it everywhere I step. It is the same as me, yet I am not it. Only if you understand it in this way Will you merge with the way things are.” –   Tung-Shan  The Point gets ...

PostArctica: Saying Goodbye To Summer

There are so many ways we say goodbye to summer A woman’s voice singing by the canal The sharp contrasting light between  buildings downtown The thinning tourist throngs The empty swimming pools Early morning jackets and sweaters in backpacks for the afternoon A cool tinge on your arm hair against your warm skin Things you ...

PostArctica: Roadsworth Mural in Little Burgundy.

Stumbled on to this large mural that was apparently completed yesterday in Little Burgundy. The guys you see in the picture are applying anti graffiti coatings to the work and it’s supports. Not sure what the reaction will be locally but it is a nice colorful and coherent look at the local history while honouring ...

PostArctica: Walk # 17 – The Point Part 3

“Her pleasure in the walk must arise from the exercise and the day, from the view of the last smiles of the year upon the tawny leaves and withered hedges, and from repeating to herself some few of the thousand poetical descriptions extant of autumn–that season of peculiar and inexhaustible influence on the mind of ...

PostArctica: Walk # 16

“Go outside. Don’t tell anyone and don’t bring your phone. Start walking and keep walking until you no longer know the road like the palm of your hand, because we walk the same roads day in and day out, to the bus and back home and we cease to see. We walk in our sleep ...

PostArctica: Walk # 15 – The Point Part 2

“I have walked myself into my best thoughts and I know of no thought so burdensome that one cannot walk away from it.” ― Søren Kierkegaard It’s true, walking will distract you while creating a new engagement, and something changes, even if it is very temporary, and walking is momentum, a kind of doing that ...

PostArctica: Walk # 14 – The Point

“To lose yourself: a voluptuous surrender, lost in your arms, lost to the world, utterly immersed in what is present so that its surroundings fade away. In Benjamin’s terms, to be lost is to be fully present, and to be fully present is to be capable of being in uncertainty and mystery.” ― Rebecca Solnit, ...

PostArctica: Around Town on Saturday

Despite the constant rain, which I was actually enjoying very much after an intense heat wave, there  were events all over the city and I caught a few. West Verdun, lifeguard at the Natatorium killing time and staying dry. These people were setting up for Sunday’s events. Going all Monet on you! There was also ...

PostArctica: Walk # 13

“For me, walking has become less physical transit than mental transportation. It is engaging. I have become, I fear, a difficult walking companion, liable to slow down and point at things. I can turn this off, but I love to have it on: a sense of wonder that I, and we all, have a predisposition ...

PostArctica: Housing March, World Social Forum, Montreal, 2016

Today, along with a few friends from the CACV in Verdun, we marched with numerous community housing groups from Cote des Neiges, Montreal, and across Quebec to the site of the former Blue Bonnets racetrack. The march was about raising awareness of the need for social housing, that it be considered an urgent priority locally, ...

PostArctica: Walk # 12

Above all, do not lose your desire to walk. Every day I walk myself into a state of well-being and walk away from every illness. I have walked myself into my best thoughts, and I know of no thought so burdensome that one cannot walk away from it. ~Søren Kierkegaard Started at Frontenac Metro. It’s ...

PostArctica: Walk # 11

“Many people nowadays live in a series of interiors…disconnected from each other. On foot everything stays connected, for while walking one occupies the spaces between those interiors in the same way one occupies those interiors. One lives in the whole world rather than in interiors built up against it.” ― Rebecca Solnit, Wanderlust: A History ...

PostArctica: Walk #10

“Everywhere is walking distance if you have the time.” –   Steven Wright Started off at Sherbrooke Metro. The view south. The view north. Apartment building on Rigaud. Mural on building at Rigaud and Saint Denis. Crossed Saint Denis and walked into Saint Louis Square, one of the classic squares of Montreal. A few pics from ...

PostArctica: Walk # 9

“After a day’s walk everything has twice its usual value.” — George Macauley Trevelyan Starting Point: Dollard and Newman in Lasalle. Bus let me off here. Headed south on Dollard and the first thing I see is this car dealership which was located on Verdun Avenue for decades. All condos there now (in Verdun). Dollard ...

PostArctica: Walk # 8

“Musing takes place in a kind of meadowlands of the imagination, a part of the imagination that has not yet been plowed, developed, or put to any immediately practical use…time spent there is not work time, yet without that time the mind becomes sterile, dull, domesticated. The fight for free space — for wilderness and ...

PostArctica: At Last, Intergalactic Peace!

I have joked about seeing traffic cones everywhere this summer, even suggesting they are actually aliens in an upcoming post. But today I looked out my window and saw that contact has been made and it turns out they just wanted some beer all along. Big shout out to these folks who helped negotiate the ...

PostArctica: Orage du 20 juin 2016

Incredible shot in Montreal by one of my favorite photographers, Mario Jean, also known as MADOC. Facebook page.