The Death of Ottawa

My relatives traveled to Ottawa this week. Ottawa was always a very homey, cozy, safe and lovely place. I was there with Klara right before COVID, and it was great, extremely kid-friendly, and comfortable.

But now, it turns out, Ottawa has become a mini-Vancouver. There’s a large homeless encampment right in front of the Parliament Buildings. The homeless are grouping around a thriving pot shop. They are very aggressive. Many are clearly psychotic. They exercise their bodily functions right in the open, which means the place is no longer kid- or tourist-friendly.

I remember how the trucker protesters were deemed extremely dangerous and forcibly removed from Ottawa. The drug-addled homeless, on the other hand, don’t seem to bother the authorities. I know I sound like a broken record at this point but I have to mention once again that making daily life dangerous and uncomfortable is not a bug. It’s a feature. People are supposed to be afraid of going outside. COVID, crime, the homeless, the addicts – anything goes in the pursuit of this goal. Homeless encampments are being created in the cities that used to be the most walkable and safe. Vancouver, Seattle, San Francisco, Ottawa – these were the gems of North America where you could enjoy the advantages of a big city without having to sacrifice your capacity to have children and raise them in a comfortable, safe environment.

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