Ottawa Shootings

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Jonathan McLeod

Jonathan McLeod is a writer living in Ottawa, Ontario. (That means Canada.) He spends too much time following local politics and writing about zoning issues. Follow him on Twitter.

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23 Responses

  1. Avatar KatherineMW says:

    I’m glad you’re okay, Jonathan.

    I, too, hope that they won’t close off the Parliament Hill grounds after this. When I lived in Ottawa I liked being able to go there and just sit on the lawn and read. It made me feel like Parliament is ours, something belonging to the public, not just to the politicians. Turning our governing institutions into fortresses seems to undermine something about the spirit of democracy.

    I’m worried they’re going to feel like security demands the grounds be closed off now, though.Report

  2. Avatar Chris says:

    Glad to hear you are OK. Figured you were, but I admit that when reports first started popping up on Twitter I thought of you and your wife.Report

  3. Avatar DRS says:

    I worked on those streets, in those buildings, for over 10 years. I cut across the War Memorial every day on my way to my job. Until a couple of years ago, those would have been my friends locked down in their offices. I am so proud that no one panicked or indulged in premature speculations. First over the top at Vimy. Forever.

    And DND has confirmed that the soldier who was shot at the Memorial has died of his injuries.

    And here is the civil servant who shot his killer in a gun fight in the House of Commons: http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2014/10/22/parliament_hill_sergeantatarms_hailed_as_hero_in_ottawa.htmlReport

    • Avatar Burt Likko in reply to DRS says:

      While still expressing horror and sympathy for the whole incident overall…

      The actual sergenat-at-arms, the dude who carries the ceremonial mace, personally fulfilling the rawest description of his job — that’s pretty bad-ass.Report

    • Avatar Jaybird in reply to DRS says:

      Kevin Vickers is one hell of a guy. Whenever I hear about something like this, I’m always amazed at how low the body count is compared to the potential number of bodies that could have been made.

      I’m hoping that they find the other assailant without the numbers changing at all.Report

  4. Avatar Tod Kelly says:

    Holy crap. I have been off the news sites all day, and had no idea about this.

    Glad to hear you guys are all ok.Report

  5. I’m glad to hear you’re okay, but of course sorry to hear about what’s happened. I’ve been to Ottawa three times to do research and it’s such a lovely town. I agree it would be a shame if it were necessary to “fortress it up.”Report

  6. Avatar North says:

    Here is hoping the Canadians show the yanks how it’s done. Keep calm and carry on. Kooks will kook- turning every public space into a fortress is just pants wetting cravenness.Report

  7. Thanks for the kind words, everyone. And thanks for all the cross-border love.Report

  8. Avatar Slade the Leveller says:

    My family and I visited Ottawa for a day this past summer, and one of the highlights was visiting Parliament. Other than the metal detector, which I’ve always detested as a sign of a ruling class mentality, it was so different that Washington. There was no sign of the armed camp that D.C. has become, with our elected officials cowering inside their locked office buildings, requiring citizens to be announced as they hold court.

    I sincerely hope that the actions of a couple of lunatics up there won’t change the character of your capital city.Report

  9. Avatar Maribou says:

    Glad you’re ok, @jonathan-mcleod . My friends and relatives in the city are also okay. Hoping everyone stays as okay as possible for the next long while. (There’s a Canadian wish for ya. 🙂 )Report

  10. Avatar Saul Degraw says:

    And your media is classier on covering the story as well:

    http://www.vox.com/xpress/2014/10/22/7041159/ottawa-shooting-cnn-cbcReport

  11. Avatar ScarletNumbers says:

    I was watching the Devils play at Ottawa last night.

    The crowd singing “O Canada” was moving.Report