It may seem like an odd thought. After all, Calgary’s downtown is very quiet. Other than the Stampede, or an occasional Flames playoff run, it seems like people go and work downtown and generally head home.
But what if, and it’s a big what if, Calgary looked at an 24 hour downtown. Like Montreal did, for example.
Last week, The Quebec government partnered with the City of Montreal bestow some specific neighbourhoods 24 hour access. Which means in a nutshell, if your business is in those areas, you can have your store open for 24 hours.
There is nothing better than going out for a great meal. A great breakfast. A great lunch. A great dinner.
And of course, a great dessert.
Now finding the great places for some can be a challenge. Other than the “mainstream” places,some may not know where to go. Or, some may not be able to afford it.
The other factor is what city you are in. There are cities have great reputations for their food scene. Here’s a link of the top 10 food cities in the world. Spoiler Alert; Vancouver and Montreal are on the list. Calgary is not.
You are probably not surprised. But what are your thoughts on Calgary’s food scene? Do we have a good one? Great one? Are there some places that you go to that you would recommend people check out?
As well, in your mind, what makes a great food scene? In your travels around the world, what are some of the things you notice about places with great food?
We all remember the outrage towards the Toronto Police with their actions towards 18 year old Sammy Yatim. He was, of course the young men police shot 9 times in a Toronto streetcar on Friday July 26.
During that time, I was in Montreal and there is a story I’d like to share with you about an incident there that leads to our question today.
It was the Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal. St. Catherine Street was alive with people enjoying the pleasant night. I was walking towards my hotel on St. Denis street when I heard the sirens of the Police. It turns out, they were chasing a cyclist.
It took about 6 cops to finally complete the arrest. Some could argue that they were rough on the guy. However, others would argue he was arrested. As you would expect, the crowd stopped to watch the man be arrested and apprehended. Videos and pictures were being taken of the incident. This also led to many people sarcastically calling “Police Brutality”.
I also overheard a conversation from someone in English say that they cops are rather unimpressive in Montreal. He used words I would rather not repeat.
The two stories in Toronto and the one I saw in Montreal leads me to a question that I think is fair to ask.
Have we lost respect for our police? Have our perceptions over the years changed from an establishment we respect to one that acts often out of line?