Westmount Park

Today’s walk between the rain storms along Melville Avenue (named after a church on the street) that runs adjacent to the park. The street had two former names: Dufferin and Elgin. The second image is a bit deceptive in its peaceful appearance.

One man was killed and another injured yesterday when the car they were riding in was ripped apart by a powerful explosion as it travelled down a quiet street in affluent Westmount.”
Globe and Mail, October 28, 1981

Apparently, an explosive device was placed inside a 1977 Mercedes. The news article provides further details:

“The bomb went off… as the car drove south along Melville Avenue… after the blast it continued down the street for about 200 feet before jumping a sidewalk, knocking down a signpost and coming to a halt (in a) softball diamond directly in front of Westmount Park Public School… about a dozen windows in an apartment building were shattered by the force of the explosion and flying debris.”

Luckily, no bystanders were injured – thankfully, it was a study day at the school and because it was raining, when this occurred, no children or their parents were at the park.

One must agree that appearances can be deceptive and that there is a collective amnesia about such events.

Overall, an interesting walk resulting in a (very) tired dog.

One comment

  1. Dog tired ! Very nice photos of Montreal. I suppose most cities experience times of civil unrest. Paris, during the 1960s was the scene of many bombing incidents. Dublin, Ireland during the 1970s experienced some catastrophic bombings resulting in much loss of life. Thankfully, that is now very much part of history, and visitors and citizens alike now have no fears of a repetition.



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