Tag Archives: Ottawa

You Never Know…

Sometimes you are struck by just how small the world can be. I’ve had this photo sitting on my desk for about three months now. I found it when I was going through a box of old paperwork. None of the people in the photo looked familiar. Except me of course. I’m the one with […]

At the last minute…

…I received a lunch invitation today. Not being a social media butterfly, I forgot to take a picture of my meal. However, as I ate my fish and chips in the cafeteria of the Wellington Building, I was reminded of this post from five years ago. They don’t make them like they used to. Probably […]

Waste? What Waste?

Ottawa taxpayers are wresting with the big questions this week. Which was the bigger waste of money?Monday’s federal election cost more than $600 million to stage, and has left us with pretty much the same government we had before.  That price does seem like a bargain though compared to the city’s light rail line. Built […]

Out In The Woods

I am after three months back in Canada just beginning to understand how much I am missing Germany. Not the bureaucracy of course, but I miss the Black Forest. Ottawa has an urban forest with many kilometres of trails, but somehow it just doesn’t feel the same. Still, it is better than a concrete jungle. […]

A Sense of Normalcy

Admittedly there were only a thousand fans, which isn’t many in a 24,000 seat stadium. But, I hadn’t been to a sporting event since January of last year. Which made Saturday’s event special. It wasn’t even a game, just a practice – but a lot more fun than watching the Olympics on television. After not […]

Doing The Traffic Math

Municipal politicians in Ottawa frequently complain that the provincial government in Toronto has no idea how to find Ottawa on a map. This week the province’s premier proved that in dramatic fashion. Rob Ford announced new COVID restriction measures, including checkpoints at provincial borders. No-one is allowed to enter the province without a good reason. […]

The Naked MP

I hope they catch the perpetrator. At the every least it should be a firing offence, if criminal charges aren’t laid. It has been in the news around the world: A member of the Canadian parliament appeared naked during a sitting of the House of Commons. Needless to say, that is a breach of the […]

A Matter of Perspective

I remember it as if it were yesterday, even though it was more than a decade ago. February 19, 2009. For some people it was a really big deal. Barack Obama was coming to Ottawa. Traditionally an American President’s first foreign visit has been to Canada. Donald Trump didn’t follow that, and who knows if […]

Winter Wonderland

Went for a walk just before the New Year to see the lights of the city. The Pathway of Lights was advertised as a safe activity that could be done while observing social distancing. It did require crossing a provincial border, something that was (it was suggested) against pandemic regulations. I don’t know if that […]

Saturday Morning Rant

I feel somehow I should rant about something this morning, express some anger. Problem is, I’m not angry at anyone or anything today. Or at least not enough to write about it. So I thought instead to share this post from five years ago. Hopefully it will allow me (and you) to get those inner […]