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Lightning striking the CN Tower!

On Friday, September 5th, 2014, I witnessed the longest – lasting several hours – and most severe thunderstorms I’ve ever seen in my life. I was outdoors for quite some time and to be honest it scared the living daylights out of me and made me feel quite vulnerable.

It was especially scary because when the storm started I was in a large and exposed parking lot in the suburbs where the probability of getting struck by lightning were substantially higher. I took shelter in a nearby shop, which subsequently lost power, and witnessed Nature’s Fury for the next 45 minutes. Later, as I was driving back to Downtown Toronto, I saw lightning beautifully strike the CN Tower as if it was God lighting His birthday candle.

Over the next few hours, I lost count of how many times I saw lightning strike the CN Tower from the comfort of my home! Perhaps it was God reminding us of His existence. Or perhaps it was Mother Nature getting angry at us for not caring for Her. Whatever it was, it served as a reminder to us that we are not God.

Here is a video that I shot from my balcony, which shows lightning striking the CN Tower 4 times!

G-20 Summit in Toronto – Part 3

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SubscribeFiled Under: Photo Journalism,by Neeraj

This photo essay is part of a special Photo Journalism series covering the events leading up to and of the G-20 Summit hosted by Toronto in June 2010.

Click for Part One | Part Two | Part Three | Part Four Part Five Part Six | Part Seven | Part Eight | Part Nine.

The pre-G20 Summit action has already started. There have been a few small protests already although I didn’t catch any of that action.

Here are some more pictures ahead of the G-20 Summit to be held on June 26-27. Today’s pictures fall into three categories that show how each of these are preparing for the Summit:

1) The Government of Canada
2) The City of Toronto
3) Businesses

Riot police walk around the security fence to make sure everything's peaceful

Riot police walk around the security fence to make sure everything’s peaceful

G-20 Summit in Toronto – Part 1

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SubscribeFiled Under: Photo Journalism,by Neeraj

This photo essay is part of a special Photo Journalism series covering the events leading up to and of the G-20 Summit hosted by Toronto in June 2010.

Click for Part One | Part Two | Part Three | Part Four Part Five Part Six | Part Seven | Part Eight | Part Nine.

Toronto is hosting the G-20 Summit this year on the June 26-27 (2010) weekend. The G-20 (“Group of 20”) Summit is the “premier forum for international economic cooperation.”

At last year’s convention in London, England, a historic pledge to inject US$1.1 trillion in the credit markets was announced to restore liquidity. This year’s Summit will probably focus on containing the spread of European debt crisis before it leads the world into yet another recession.

So, seeing as I work in the downtown Toronto core where many protests (by Environmentalist, Socialist, Human Rights groups etc) are anticipated, I’m planning to be citizen photo-journalist for the big event. Since I have no intention of being part of any protests, my photographs and coverage will be from a third-party point of view.

A poster seen on way to Toronto's Union Station

A poster seen on way to Toronto’s Union Station