Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Our Canadian awakening....

To a loss of innocence and basic acceptance of feeling safe and secure....the phrase "only in Canada" could u walk amongst the government buildings, celebrate July 1st on the front Lawn, honour the heros on Rememberance Day, all while feeling good and safe

Was it just a lone crazy or part of a terrorism ploy ?   Doesn't really matter.  A 24 year old reservist from Hamilton ONT lost his life while standing guard at the Nationsl Monument just yards away from Parliament Hill.   On Monday another two soldiers deliberately run down with a car,  one if them also losing his life.....

Feeling sad at the state of our world and that Canada is now a little less sure of what will be.   I do hope that as a nation we will not be intimidated by these actions and we stand strong and united together.

8 Comments:

At October 22, 2014 at 6:00 PM , Blogger RoseyP said...

Thank you Heather for putting it so eloquently. This happens elsewhere, even in the US but this is a first for Canada. We are one part of a whole and that whole is being poisoned by ideologies that will eventually destroy the world.
Rosey

 
At October 23, 2014 at 2:43 PM , Blogger Marion in NZ. said...

Heather and Rosey,

Your heart-felt comments, so well expressed, say it all. It is difficult to combat this sort of warfare. We feel vulnerable here in NZ.too.

 
At October 23, 2014 at 3:46 PM , Blogger Sara in Florida said...

Just heard the Canadian news. So sorry that our Canadian friends must suffer the sadness we in the USA have.
Sara in Fla who is currently in the beautiful Fall mountains of NC.

 
At October 23, 2014 at 5:43 PM , Blogger Doris W. in TN said...

DH and I were shocked and horrified to hear the news. In Canada, of all places! Sadly and unfortunately, this seems happen more and more, everywhere.

 
At October 23, 2014 at 7:10 PM , Blogger Phyllis in Minnesota said...

A powerful imagine on the news tonight - the Sgt. of Arms walking into the standing and clapping Parliament with tear running down his cheeks.
A very scary world we live in.
Peace to all................

 
At October 24, 2014 at 5:08 AM , Blogger Bee said...

Terrible to see that Canada is now involved, I feel every country should be on a very strong security watch. The Sgt of Arms never thought he would have to fire. Our 2 grand daughters are nearly home one has arrived from Hawaii and the other will be back from Rome and Paris on Monday, usually I don't worry but this time I will be so pleased to see them back in NZ.

 
At October 24, 2014 at 5:53 AM , Blogger RoseyP said...

The news reports that this individual acted alone. We may never know the truth of what is uncovered. Pierre Trudeau opened Canada's immigration laws with leniency in the late '60s and this has brought many diverse cultures to Canada which have expanded and enlightened Canadians. We are or were a homogeneous blend of colours and cultures, each bringing their own traditions. But also what has come with these cultures is sometimes an ideology that is not accepting of Canada's own culture and laws. It is the young people who radicalize extremism, many because they are troubled youth themselves. This person apparently was having difficulty getting a passport to go to Syria; he had been a known drug user, has a criminal record and was known to police. He has been a drifter for the past decade. His mother has been quoted as not having seen him for five years until recently and that she feels hatred towards him for the innocent 24 year old life he's taken with the young honorary guardsman beside the War Memorial. It is a different world today. Certainly, to gain access to the Parliament Buildings as he did means that security was lax and this will change. Travel is stressful in that it is no longer guaranteed safe. While I am now considered 'old', I prefer 'older', I am very appreciative to have grown up in an age of innocence.
RoseyP in Canada

 
At October 24, 2014 at 10:34 AM , Blogger MJ said...

Please accept our sympathy Rosey and Heather. One newscaster said that 'this is the new normal'. Violence has become a dreaded part of our lives; how very sad. As one of the older generation, I miss the innocence of the past. Hugs and prayers.... MaryJo

 

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