I have to admit that when I first saw these scooters hit the streets in Ottawa I doubted their ability to become popular, especially with the pan-dammit and all. In this instance I am pleased to be wrong. I find it refreshing to see so many outside and having fun. All we need now is the winter version with a ski and a snowmobile track.
Today as I worked on this photograph I thought of what an Ottawa Police officer had told me days after the shooting of Corporal Nathan Cirillo in 2014. ( an incredible tragedy ) As she guarded the soldiers at the National War Memorial, she told me that she was honoured to be protecting our soldiers. I was so impressed and humbled by her words.
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 All because of a few bad apples and perhaps some outdated practices and policies.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.