|National War Memorial|
Chateau Laurier in background
We must explore various reactions to the crisis. Canadian Armed Forcers, Parliament
The MediaReporters must rethink how it is they use Social Media. In the good old days they check sources before putting anything in print. In this age of technology, it doesn't matter how accurate you are, as long as you are first. Rumours of a second and third shooter.
Reporters similarly passed on rumours that a motorcyclist/shooter was on the highway.
Interviewing eye witnesses, who had been corralled, taken down to nearby OPS headquarters, were
The foolish Globe reporter who used his Crackberry to video the security staff takedown. Can you imagine if he'd been accidentally shot? Those marble walls and halls could have a ricochet effect. Let the experts do their jobs. If I were your mother I'd smack you upside the head.
Having to fill air time, TV hosts filled time with insane images, and no commentary related to these images. There was no sense of what was current, what was done, including videos of people and places where potential victims were being escorted by police.
Then, since many reporters are located downtown, and CBC Ottawa offices are in the Chateau Laurier, many media members were affected and had to be interviewed and reinterviewed. When do they manage to take an objective view of the situation, when their friends and colleagues are in a lockdown? The press became the story.
Finally, US Media, who truly sensationalize the news, since All-news media are finding it difficult to provide content 24-7, are guilty of a heinous crime. They reported the name of our soldier who was the victim of the gunman, before this was cleared by the military, and family members were informed. At least Canadian media held back on this.
We were in lockdown when the US began broadcasting.
US Media could take some time to do research. Have you heard of Google? This is NOT our PM! He'd like to be, but...
CitizensThe Twitter rumours were horrible. Citizens must realize that
spread many rumours
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Raving lunatics, delusional fanatics are claiming the mind, body and souls of our young people. Those who are trying to find their way in the world, are looking for direction and something to belong to, and they suck in these kids who are lulled into this fanatical behaviour. We must stop glorifying the so-called terrorists. These are murders, who lull these kids into their lust for violence, softened by video games and violence in the media.
The press did their best to find experts. When a situation is on-going, perhaps talking to the press, other than telling citizens what to and what not to do, might be a good idea. Retirees are the ones most guilty of this. For example, a former Special Operations Commander was explaining about the security footage in Parliament, and explaining that they need to balance the appearance of the government being open and accessible, with the safety and security of the politicians, and the public.
PoliticiansHere is a crazy thing I saw. The PM plants a question in the parliamentary session to plant the notion that we are being attacked by terrorist.
What is to be rememberedThe heroes who went to heroic efforts, beyond what our fabulous First Responders are trained to do. Then there are the First Responders, who tried, valiantly, to save the victim of the shooting.
The Security Guards who took the gunman down, and the two guards who were shot during the event. Look for the helpers, stop the blaming and shaming, and jumping to conclusions.
Speaker Andrew Scheer entered the Commons in the ceremonial parade through the halls of the Centre Block. Accompanying him – to applause from others in the hall – was Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers, who was among the security officials who shot the gunman who entered the Centre Block Wednesday morning when MPs were meeting in caucus rooms just steps away from the scene.
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I shall always laud the fact that my two granddaughters, age 4 and 6, had little idea of the ramifications of their safe and secure mode. They were happily carving pumpkins last night. Their parents had not enlightened them, since there was no need. Older kids will have to be debriefed, since we cannot protect them from this disaster, but there are guidelines, written by a psychologist for this.
During 9/11, the foolish principal in my school got on the PA system and informed staff and young students (JK - gr. 6) the the towers had gone down. My gr. 6 student knew people who worked there and the children were insanely afraid to walk home. They feared being bombed. I hope we've learned this lesson.
I'd like to thank those who refrained from snarky comments, trolls, such as those comments implied that PM Harper should have been taken out. This isn't a day for politics. At one point, once the lockdown was continuing, I turned off the TV.
On Parliament HillI liked seeing the PM Harper, even whilst Twitter trolls were still contemning him, who brought us all together by lauding Vickers, crossing over to him and giving him a hug, then shaking hands and hugging Liberal Trudeau, then NDP Leader Mulcair.
The holes in the ornate carved wood, all will be a reminder that we will move forward.
I like the speeches by Harper, Muclair and Trudeau.
Elizabeth MayMotivations, connections, must be verified by the police, OPS and RCMP. Isolated deeply troubled men are being drawn to something crazy. We must keep peace, order and good government.
This was a thoughtful piece. Well done. I would hope that journalists, as do police, etc., have a debriefing and talk about the mess many made of the day. The Twitter rumours perpetuated ignorance and fear, even Mansbridge called up false notions many CBC reporters passed on. These reporters need to stick to the facts, not unsubstantiated rumours. The myths of the motorcyclist was shocking. They needed to back off and let the police do their jobs. Police spent much time hustling reporters away, rather than finding out what was really going on. There is a balance needed between capturing an image and allowing officers to protect us.
Photos the day after
Photos from before
|Chateau Laurier Hotel|
|The East Block in July|
|Famous Five statues behind The Hill, c.1999|
|On the hill, 1967|