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Old 09-12-2010, 12:06 PM   #31
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Gatineau QC - Time to Go

2009-06-11 Gatineau QC - Time to Go

After my second visit to the Gatineau safehouse, I had one more area safehouse to check in Kanata, ON. However, I was a bit lax in getting my reports back to HQ, and they weren't happy about it and wanted more substantial evidence that I was actually completing my assigned task. Being a recon kind of guy I figured I'd gather some "evidence" of where I'd been by "out"ing Agent India's affection for bikes with large engines while apprentice Agent Juniper looked on in amazement:



Then Agent Archangel joined the party:



I figured this would keep HQ happy, and off my back for a little while.

Note: No motorcycles were harmed in the taking these pictures.


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Ottawa ON - Canada Parliament Building, Currency Museum

2009-06-12.1 Ottawa ON - Canada Parliament Building, Currency Museum

After I left the Gatineau safe-house, my next stop was in Kanata, Ontario, and the safehouse of Agents Tango and Rho, who, among other things, are tasked to watch the Canadian Federal Government. I needed my best undercover behavior for today's mission, because Tango and I were off to the Canadian Parliament buildings, which houses the HQ for the Federal Government of Canada.



Agent Tango's always getting into it. How he survives as a secret Agent is a mystery to me.





This is the elevator to the Parliament Building's Peace Tower.



which yields an unmatched view of the Ottawa area:











A historical artifact from "back in the day":





Here's the Peace Tower's Carillon bells:





Capturing images of these bells was a challenge because they can only be seen for ~2 seconds while the elevator's passing them. There's no time to aim or focus - all I could do was point, shoot, and pray.
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Ottawa ON - Canada Parliament Building - Memorial Chamber

2009-06-12.2 Ottawa ON - Canada Parliament Building - Memorial Chamber

After we left the Peace Tower, our next stop was the national Memorial Chamber, which honors Canada's war dead:



The Memorial Chamber's entrance, which holds various Books of Remembrance:



The South African War / Nile Expedition Book of Remembrance:



The Newfoundland Book of Remembrance:



A floor inscription - the battle of Vimy Ridge. These name plates were made from the casings of actual shells used during the war.



This central platform is the "Altar of Remembrance" and contains the World War I Book of Remembrance, which includes the names of all 66,000 men and women who lost their lives during the "Great War":











Plaques commemorating various theaters of war:









Windows above the Chamber's entrace / exit.



You can see a virtual tour of the Memorial Chamber here.

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Old 09-22-2010, 06:22 PM   #35
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Ottawa ON - Canada Parliament Building - Wandering the Hallways

2009-06-12.3 Ottawa ON - Canada Parliament Building - Wandering the Hallways

Having paid our respects at the Memorial Chamber, we started our patrol of the remainder of the Parliament buildings. The central area just inside the front entrance is the Rotunda:





The Hall of Honor houses a diverse group of sculptures and plaques and pays tribute to the people and events of Canada's past:







At the bottom floor we found a room that told the tale of the legislature's history:



Including a ballot box that was once used in Parliament:



Agent SAM Makes Mischief!
One of the lamps that illuminate the various columns in the Rotunda had a camera mounted on top. Being the kind of spy I am, I thought it'd be fun to take a picture of a camera taking a picture of a camera, much to the dismay of Agent Tango. This little maneuver drew the attention of the local security guard who wanted to know why I was interested in imaging that camera. Deleting the picture made both Tango and the security guard happy - and kept my cover from being blown.

What makes this amusing is the wide variety of locations where one can take pictures of this rather obvious security device. It's so obvious, I wonder if it's even hooked up!

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Ottawa ON - Canada Parliament Building - Outside

2009-06-12.4 Ottawa ON - Canada Parliament Building - Outside

Since we'd attracted too much "official interest" inside the Parliament Building, we exited the building in order to recon the exterior:



The Olympics are coming to Canada!





This is Parliament Hill's East Block:



and Parliament Hill's Central Block & Peace Tower:



The Langevin Block is the home of the Privy Council Office and Office of the Prime Minister, and the working headquarters of the executive branch of the Canadian government:



View from below Parliament Hill overlooking the Ottawa River:





Heading up the Rideau Canal:





Somewhere on the Hill there's a facility for the care and feeding of stray cats. I wasn't able to find a similar place for the care and feeding of stray Parliamentarians...





I found it odd that most of the local residents were anything other than the official residents:










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2009-06-12.5 Ottawa ON - Canada Currency Museum

2009-06-12.5 Ottawa ON - Canada Currency Museum

After clearing the Parliament Hill area we talked our way into the Bank of Canada's Currency Museum:



This museum tracks the evolution of currency and money over the years, including such events such as the Devil's Head bill, so named because Satan snuck a cameo of himself into the Queen's hair behind behind her ear. Can you see it?



As a study in economics and supply & demand for money, these bills illustrate the effects of inflation which resulted in the local governments printing some truly huge bills:







This sounds remarkably like what the US Federal Reserve is doing these days....

Following are some examples of how religious faith affects money:



Even Prisons of War get money in POW camps:



How the Molson (beer brewing) family got into banking:



Outside of the museum was a sample of the heaviest currency on earth - a "Yap" Stone that weighs two tons:





Agent Tango wanted to send it back to HQ for further analysis, I thought it better to leave it where it was and left moving this as an exercise for the local agents. :)


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Thanks for the tour of our and glimpses into our history
You're welcome!

And stay tuned - there's lots more to come.
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2009-06-12.5 Kanata ON Update

Today was spent planning my departure from Kanata ON Monday AM for Montreal QC, after which it was either either head straight for Moncton, NB, or go to Moncton NB via James Bay QC. I wasn't sure which way I was going to go because a side trip to the James Bay Hydro Dam will be at least a 4 day round-trip on the road with the longest stretch of unserviced (ie no fuel, etc.) road on the continent, ending at a dam that produces over 16GW (giga-watts) of power.
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2009-06-16.1 Montreal QC - St Joseph Oratory (part 1)



After discussing my plans with Agent Tango and Rho in Kanada, and then Agent Phi in Montreal,
my recon plan for the day was set, with my first objective being St Joseph's Oratory. This is the
largest shrine in the world that's dedicated to St Joseph, and sits perched atop Mount Royal.

When it was first started, people visited Brother Andre



in his chapel office:



Brother Andre's great confidence in St Joseph led him to encourage anyone who was
suffering from an affliction to offer devotion to the saint. Over time, Brother Andre
desired to give greater honor St Joseph, so he had a small chapel built on the
side of Mount Royal to receive people.

Over time, that chapel was expanded into the following structure:



Today the chapel still attracts visiting pilgrims who leave
their written requests in Brother Andre's upstairs apartment:



and their thanks in the chapel below:





Over time Brother Andre's reputation spread and he became known as the miracle-worker
of Mount Royal, and the quantity of visitors overwhelmed the chapel. As a result, the
decision was made to build a crypt church (so named because it was built into the side
of the mountain and is part of the greater structure's foundation)
with the basilica towering above.





Even this structure was too small for the quantity of visitors it recieved, so a
larger basilica was added. This structure, along with later renovations to the
building resulted in the property as it stood on my visit:






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2009-06-16.1 Montreal QC - St Joseph Oratory (part 2)

2009-06-16.1 Montreal QC - St Joseph Oratory (part 2)

Like any good secret agent, I found a inconspicuous entry point towards
the rear of the property, and then blended in wit the local construction
crew working on remediating part of the oratory.



I quickly disengaged from the work crew and made my way to the open
area in front of the Basilica which also serves as the roof for the crypt church below:





which enabled me to get a sweeping view of the city of Montreal.












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