As commuters head in to work in Ottawa, businesses open downtown and Parliament Hill prepares to start a new day, many are asking how yesterday’s incident changed the way we look at our city and our country. In social media channels, hashtags #ottawastrong, #myottawa and #truenorthstrongandfree are trending as people across the country and in other parts of the world show Ottawans their support.
Canada’s leaders are calling yesterday’s attack on Parliament Hill an attack on our entire country and everything we stand for. The common response is that we will not be intimidated and we will not allow any threat to close our doors or to limit public access to our government institutions. Many who were in lockdown yesterday in government offices or downtown businesses say the experience had them talking to strangers and sharing a feeling of solidarity.
At the game between the Philadelphia Flyers and the Pittsburgh Penguins last night, players and spectators stood and sang O Canada in support of those affected in the incident in and around Parliament Hill. The Canadian flag was flashed on the ice as American hockey fans sang our national anthem.