It’s wonderful to see our soldiers back at the National War Memorial in downtown Ottawa. What could be more Canadian?
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People are probably wondering why I would call this post “Bank of Canada”? The reason is that I feel that companies are not the brick and mortar but the people that work there.
Once again I asked this woman if I could photograph her and she had no problems with it. Perhaps her blank stare is a moment of her feeling awkward.
Well downtown was pretty quiet today. The combination of heatwave+pandemic however gave me the opportunity to chat with this young woman trying to sell boat cruises on the Ottawa river. This was one of the rare occasions that I actually asked if I could take a photograph and she said “Yes”.
Good for her.
Thanks for taking a few minutes to share with me. I hope you like the photograph.
Flawed? For sure. Needs work? Absolutely. I am talking about this photograph and that is why it has not been posted.
I walk the streets of the best city in Canada almost daily and that city is Ottawa. ( Sorry Toronto ) I see law enforcement everywhere and I have decades of seeing and knowing the incredible work these men and women do. Work that most of us could never muster enough courage to do. Instead we criticize.
So many cry foul, look to reduce budgets and at the extreme, look to eliminate. All because of a few bad apples and perhaps some outdated practices and policies. Much like this photograph, police forces need to be worked a bit and edited with the help of others in the community, a joint effort.
Personally I can’t imagine being under this magnifying glass constantly. How would any of us fare out given such conditions?
Perhaps it isn’t evident to everyone, but we are in a time of great change and the corona virus has been the catalyst for many of these changes.
So… A few bad apples eh? All of it seems like nothing when I compare it to the bushels of bad apples in today’s society. Positive and permanent change can happen and it will. We just need to show support to our law enforcement and say thank you.
We need them and they need us.
I originally had a post on this site called “All Lives Matter” which I deleted. It seems that to some, this post may have been interpreted as a negative when there’s nothing negative about it. I also had a link on this post to photographs of people of colour, perhaps my need to show that I care and to self-validate. The truth is I’ve always cared.
I firmly believe that groups and communities may be required at this time to create change. Fair enough. I also believe that groups in themselves can at times further segregate all of us. It’s a fine line.
I apologize for removing photographs that some might have come here to see.
Thanks for reading.