Oh, Canada

This week has been a somber one in Canada, especially in Ottawa and Hamilton (where I live). I’ve been glued to the news, reading as much as I can about the Ottawa shootings and the death of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, the Hamilton soldier who was killed while guarding the National War Memorial.

It’s been difficult to read the stories of Cpl. Cirillo’s death and the accounts from the witnesses who courageously ran to his aid and tried to save him. This tragedy occurred just days after a hit and run in St-Jean-Sur-Richelieu, Quebec which killed soldier Patrice Vincent, a man who dedicated 28 years of his life to the military.

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Drawing by Bruce MacKinnon

Everyone I’ve talked to, friends, family and co-workers have the same sentiment: No more, please. No more.

The only comfort this week has been the united front from Canadians who are collectively grieving and offering their condolences to the families of this week’s victims.

I haven’t felt like blogging this week. It just doesn’t seem appropriate to discuss pop culture and over-share my life when my hometown is still reeling from this week’s events. Hopefully next week I’ll be in better spirits.

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