The three pics, showing downtown Montreal and the nearby boroughs, the Montréal-Trudeau Airport and the Montréal Saint-Hubert Longueuil Airport, offer a mesmerizing, unobstructed and unbroken view of the city and surrounding area.
Below and to the right of the runway at the Saint-Hubert Airport is the barely-perceivable oval shape of the Canadian Space Agency campus, which Kimbrough explained is where astronauts "go for amazing training on the [Space Station's] robotic arm," known as Canadarm2.
Kimbrough is known for sharing his views of cities and landscapes.
We all like to spend our money on silly stuff sometimes. And that's why the City of Montreal is known for many things: good food, beautiful parks, and totally absurd projects that cost several millions and sometimes billions of dollars.
Montreal has a rich history of financial blunders that are arguably equal levels of hilarious and completely depressing.
Here are five totally absurd things that the city has spent money on over the years.
The Formula E Race
😢 Ouch! That hurt! #MontrealEPrix https://t.co/mP7AQ4fYXS
— ABB FIA Formula E World Championship (@ABB FIA Formula E World Championship)1513631504.0
The agreement between the City of Montreal and Formula E went about as well as that driver took that corner in the above video.
Former mayor Denis Coderre defended the $24-million dollar price tag for the race in 2017, saying that the race would show that Montreal was a leader in green energy, according to CBC News.
Formula E's lawyers sued the city for $25 milliion dollars after newly elected mayor Valérie Plante cancelled the race. The Plante administration spent $600,000 in public funding on legal fees to defend themselves.
Applebaum resigned after he was accused of corruption and was eventually tried and convicted on eight corruption and fraud-related charges, but not before taking a healthy $268,000 severance package from the public coffers.
In January 2020, Quebec courts ruled that Applebaum could keep his severance pay, which really aggravated Valérie Plante, who said that the city would see if they could get the money back.
In the years leading up to Expo 67, Montreal had a problem: there wasn't enough land to build the pavilions at the Expo. It was way too late to change the plans, so what did former mayor Jean Drapeau and his team cook up?
Build an island with the near 15 million tons of rock and dirt taken from the STM metro construction, of course!
With Expo 67 already on the books for $320 million dollars (in 1966 money no less), adding another $40 million to build the island was no big deal, apparently.
The island even has its own Heritage Minute!
These days, millions of tourists and Montrealers go to the island to get high at music festivals, enjoy the scenery, and have an all-around great time.
In the 1970s, Montreal was all about grand ideas and rapid expansion. It was the future, after all, and the city had big plans.
Government officials decided to run with it and build a new airport, which was allegedly funded by both the provincial and federal governments. So it may not have been Montreal per se, but Montrealers' tax dollars went into it.
The result of that grand idea was the Mirabel International Airport. Intended to replace the Dorval International Airport, Mirabel never really lived up to its expectations and was basically abandoned.
A group of petitioners is done with Trudeaumania and wants Pierre Elliott Trudeau's name removed from Montreal's airport.
The reason is an American diplomatic document that says former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau plotted to harm Quebec's budding separatist movement by purposely increasing the unemployment rate.
The December 22, 1976 report from ambassador Thomas Enders to the U.S. State Department says the Canadian government was thinking over aggressive strategies to make separatism less appealing including the "encouragement of key investors to pull out of Quebec."
It was penned shortly after René Lévesque and the Parti Québécois pushed out Robert Bourassa's Liberals and swept to power.
Trudeau asked one of Quebec's most powerful businesspeople, Power Corporation chairman Paul Desmarais, to "make it as tough as possible" for the province, states the report.
"Despite what Cabinet Ministers say, Trudeau may still be emitting punitive signals on the Quebec economy," it reads.
"Idea would be to set up spurt of provincial unemployment rate from current 10 percent to 15 or even 20 next year."
Current PQ leader Paul St-Pierre Plamondon is one of the signatories.
"One could not imagine a worse form of contempt for our democracy, including all those Quebec voters who, in the previous federal election, had put their trust in the Liberal leader," the petition reads.
"The goal of this odious sabotage strategy was to deliberately undermine the socio-economic status of the Quebec people in order to further undermine the popularity of the independence movement."
"It's high time to clear our major international airport of the name of former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau," it continues.
"This man is unworthy of such an honour in Quebec."
Aloft Montreal Airport was removed from the Government of Canada's hotel list.
While three of the 13 hotels offer online booking, non-essential travellers can also book their mandatory three-day stay by calling 1-800-294-8253 in North America or 1-613-830-2992 outside of North America.
The line is open from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET.
In order to book a hotel, travellers need to have the following information on-hand:
Date(s) of birth
Gender(s) (male, female, or undisclosed)
The arrival city and date
Any special requests and accessibility concerns
The cost of the hotel stopover varies, but travellers can expect to pay upwards of $2,000 for everything from food to security to transportation and infection prevention measures.
Travellers who fail to provide proof of their hotel booking prior to boarding a flight coming to Canada could be fined $3,000.
Those who can't pay for the mandatory hotel stay will be considered "a person who is unable to quarantine."
They must follow the directions of a virus screening officer or quarantine officer upon entering Canada to go to a federally designated quarantine facility.
You can find more information on the Government of Canada's webpage.