This sketch was published 100 years ago. The pencil notation on the clipping says it appeared in the Witness, a paper I know nothing of, and the text below it reads:
The earthworks in the foreground give the appearance of excavations for a dyke or canal. But that is not what they are. They merely represent a great trunk sewer long in the laying. The view, of course, is Sherbrooke street as it has appeared for upwards of two years. The sketch was made just to the west of Bishop street, and shows clearly the shanties erected by the contractors – shanties which have come to be landmarks on this thoroughfare. The great main being constructed thirty feet under ground of course is not shown.
Plus ça change…
Image found by chance in the Massicotte archive.