Pic Picks

The Link’s photo blog. Selections of our best pictures each week, from sports, arts, news and beyond.

  • Occupation for Social Housing

    Members from the Front d’action populaire en réaménagement urbain occupied the building of 60 Milton St. to bring attention to the lack of attention on social housing in Montreal, on May 23.

    In a statement, FRAPRU said the building has been vacant for several years. The action came during a week of actions by the organization in opposition to rent increases, evictions and to encourage the use of vacant buildings for new housing projects.

    Following the occupation by around 15 activists, Montreal riot police surrounded the building and blocked entry inside. Around 50 additional activists stood on Milton chanting slogans in favour of more resources for social housing. Several times activists attempted to throw bags of bread through the second floor window.

    Other than one arrant bag of bread which hit a riot police officer on the head, the protest went largely without violent incident.

    Hours later, the activists came out on their own accord after police prepared a battering ram and threatened to storm the building.

    They were released from police custody shortly after.

  • St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2017

    Parades are a sumptuous visual feast for a photographer. Why is this?

    The answer can be summed up in one word: proximity.

    For one day, complete strangers from across the spectrum of life—rich and poor, old and young—feel compelled to congregate as one giant, chaotic mass.

    People whose lives are so disparate and unalike, who just yesterday were rabidly avoiding each other, now find themselves willingly breathing down each other’s necks, craning for a view of grown men riding motorized bathtubs, or to get a glimpse of a giant, roving bust of Sir Winston Churchill.

    The camera has a unique ability to highlight these absurdities, all in a single frame. Plus, in the clutter of the whole event, people are less inclined to punch you out when you point a lens in their face.

    It is truly a photographer’s dream.

  • Montreal Vigil for Brussels Victims

    About one hundred people gathered outside the Belgian consulate on Wednesday, March 24, to show solidarity for the victims of the attacks on Brussels.

    Photos Andrej Ivanov

  • St. Patrick’s Day Parade

    Thousands took to the streets of Montreal to spectate the passing of the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

    Photos Nikolas Litzenberger

  • 5 Days for the Homeless

    Founded in 2005 at the University of Alberta, 5 Days for the Homeless is a student-run effort to raise money and awareness for homelessness.

    This year, Concordia students like Eric Waldvogel and Emilie Leduc temporarily sleep and live in front of the Hall building, collecting money. So far, $1463 of $15,000 has been raised.