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The Shootings at Parliament Hill

The Shootings at Parliament Hill in Ottawa

Like many of you, I was glued to the television and radio while the story unfolded in Ottawa yesterday. I watched CBC News Network and listened to CBC Radio One, and found the coverage anchored by Peter Mansbridge and Anna Maria Tremonti to be outstanding. There was a wonderful and refreshing lack of speculation and hyperbole.

We now know there was a single shooter, an angry young man who took the life of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, a reservist based in Hamilton with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders regiment. Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, who was shot while on honorary guard at the National War Memorial, had a son in kindergarten.

Some media outlets will speak of the terror and fear, but I prefer to focus on our national sense of loss at this pointless, cowardly act. We are not afraid, we did not awaken this morning with a sense of terror. This is Canada.

I can't turn a phrase like Rex Murphy, so here he is on last night's The National sharing sentiments I agree with.

In Pittsburgh last night, where the Penguins faced the Flyers, they honoured Canada and sang our national anthem.


I'll close this entry with Bruce MacKinnon's touching editorial cartoon for the Halifax Chronicle-Herald.

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