Today in Canada, as we have since 1919, we are observing Remembrance Day. It is at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month that we are asked to pause and have a moment of silence in recognition of those men and women who have lost their lives in military service to […]
Two weeks ago, I was in Ottawa with my travelling husband and the trip happened to coincide with our Federal election. I was very curious to witness the atmostphere in the capital city during an election. Would it be like being in the home town when an important sports games was being played?(cue the “O-K! Blue Jays” anthem) It wasn’t! A cold, grey, drizzly night – it was especially quiet. Even for Ottawa.
But the next day was an entirely different story. There was a buzz of chatter everywhere, as the reality of our newly elected majority government sank in. The place felt a little lighter, maybe a little hopeful. Even the sun came out.
I found myself on Wellington Street in the afternoon, sharing a crosswalk with our handsome, newly minted Prime Minister. He was surrounded by a gaggle of photographers – I was not. I did have my camera, however, and I’m pretty sure he’s looking straight at me in this shot! What a treat for me!
In addition to the relief and happiness of the election results, which the majority of the population obviously feel is a treat for the country, I can’t help but reflect on what a treat it is to live in a country in which the Prime Minister can share a crosswalk with the likes of me.
Weekly Photo Challenge: Treat
Welcome to the Centre Block of the Canada’s Houses of Parliament, in Ottawa, Ontario. Begun in the mid 19th Century, this Victorian High Gothic structure was was destroyed by fire and subsequently rebuilt in 1916. The finishing touch was the central tower – The Peace Tower, dedicated to those Canadian who fought in WWI – was completed in 1927. It is an imposing structure, perched as it is high on Parliament Hill, but I think its’ beautiful symmetry creates balance, a calm and a kind of confidence.
Photo taken with my iPhone last May.