Intrigued by the signs posted outside this residential building on St-Antoine street in Westmount, I googled “Musée d’histoire d’harcèlement par Westmount.” To my immense surprise, it led me straight to an ad in the Westmount Independent, wishing a Happy Easter to the tenants of the building, along with contact info for potential renters. Curious, I contacted the landlord, Sam Fattal, for more information about his signage.
In lieu of a comment, Mr Fattal emailed me this elephant graphic, representing his view of the town council and encouraged me to publish it. When I persisted for extra clarification, Mr Fattal expressed that Westmount had unjustly blocked off the street and sidewalk in front of his building due to concerns about the structure. He said that, since Westmount elected officials had not been open to communicating with him, the solution would be for his property to separate from Westmount and join the “City of Montreal, Land of freedom.”
When I pointed out that Mr Fattal had recently come into conflict with both the South-West and Rosemont boroughs over the state of other residential properties, Mr Fattal replied that he had no trouble communicating with the City of Montreal. “I respect them,” he said.
The northern side of St-Antoine W is part of the town of Westmount, while the southern side of the same street lies in the St-Henri neighbourhood of Montreal.
April fools day note: although I find this situation bizarre and sort of hilarious, I assure you that it is entirely true.