Today’s events in the National Capital of Canada have left a great many with a sense of fear and confusion unlike our city has seen. Usually if an incident occurs like a shooting it is in the news as an event related to gang or domestic violence, rarely are we the city to witness attacks in large crowded regions such as downtown in the later hours of the morning. We hear and see news about crises in other cities, provinces and territories, countries.
Ottawa is a quiet town in the guise of a city whose border increases through the accumulation of local townships and farmland that border the city proper. To that extent, we have a farm in the middle of the city: the experimental farm. The municipalities are separated by the Canal and the Ottawa River with a few lakes and a bay scattered here and there. The inhabitants are primarily government workers of various kinds with families and kids. No one expects that it will be them to experience fear and hardship, our country and city are safe- or as safe as any urban centre could be. But is this really the case? Today put that safety in question when the conservative caucus seemed to be the target of the shooting.
I won’t be one to spread stories of fear and say that we are no longer safe, but I will address the fact that our security was not on top of its game. Rumor has it the shooters were supporters of Isis, I cannot say whether it is the case or not but I can say that this speculation does seem sensible based on the target of the attack. Recently, the Conservative party stated their intent to reign in on immigration to Canada. This to makes sense to be cause enough for the chosen target if the intentions of Isis are to enter into Canada and take over the country from the inside. The attack on the soldier who sadly passed also coincides with Canada going to war.
I believe that fear is the goal of these attacks: fear that we could be harmed, fear that we could be attacked by anyone, fear that if even our most secure sites can be infiltrated then we without security have no safety. These tactics are only effective if we let them be. So I say that we stand strong, and instead of falling into panic we take that fear and be courageous. Our country was created in peace (relatively speaking), so we should make a point to keep it that way.