Pride Montreal tripled its security budget this year in light of the possibility of potential terrorist attacks, reports La Presse.
For example, concrete blocks on Saint Catherine St. (hidden inside sleek black boxes) were set up as a barrier to vehicles entering The Village.
The SPVM is quite aware of the possibility of a terrorist attack in Montreal and have been providing festival-organizers with strategies to prevent a vehicle-related attack.
When speaking to La Presse, the SPVM said it was confident current measures will be enough to respond to a potential terrorist attack.
Unfortunately, major Montreal events aren't getting any funding from the city for these extra security measures.
Since road-blocks and similar safety measures are being set up to protect citizens of Montreal, it does make sense that the municipal government would fit the bill, as some business leaders are pushing for.
But regardless of who's paying for it, rest a little easier knowing that Montreal is prepared for potential terrorist attack. I know I'll be having a happier Pride weekend with this in mind.
With so many terrorist attacks happening around the world lately, it's no surprise that the city of Montreal is a little nervous considering how many large public events are taking place in the city this summer.
That's why the Montreal Police has issued a document with recommendations and preventative measures to make the city's outdoor venues safer.
Last year in Nice a terrorist crashed a 19 tonne cargo truck into a crowd celebrating Bastille Day in Nice, killing 86 peopleand injuring 434 others. Since then, there have been similar attack in London, Berlin, and Stockholm.
The police want the city to install large concrete blocks to protect pedestrian areas, which would eventually be replaced with retractable hydraulic poles.
The rest of the recommendations include avoiding metal fencing, implementing emergency evacuation plans, and installing some infrastructure to secure the sites.