Why I love Ottawa (or, Shaken, not stirred)

Amongst the best reasons to live in Ottawa:

  • Beautiful, historic buildings, like the neo-Gothic edifices on Parliament Hill.
  • It’s the only place in Canada where national news and local news are almost always the same thing.
  • Occasional sightings of various heads of state (Hu Jintao is in fact arriving in Ottawa today).
  • Lots of beautiful parkland.
  • A massive street party every July 1.
  • Regular earthquakes for your comfort and entertainment.

After today, I join the elite few who have stood within a stone’s throw of a 5.0-magnitude eathquake’s epicentre and lived to tell the tale. No damage – just a glass that fell off my desk and didn’t break. Plenty of excitement.

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