So a brief digression to kick start some creativity instead of continuing to merely regurgitate the news... Here's a walk through my neighbourhood between 4 and 5.30 pm.
Torn over at Sticky Crows has started in on 12 of 12, a photo project by Chad Darnell. The theme this month is "believe". In order to loosely link the whole thing to this blog, here's something I believe in (well, accept the scientific evidence for, but who's gonna quibble semantics):
harm reduction saves lives.
Lives like that of the person pictured here on this banner. Daily. So do lots of other people.
Pictured here: MPs Bill Siksay (Burnaby Douglas) and Libby Davies (Vancouver East) with Nathan Allen of Insite for Community Safety at a rally on Parliament Hill around Nov 12 (in keeping with the theme... this is my bonus pic anyways. Also a comparitor for the amount of snow a month later).
Right, on to the 12 of 12:
Well, it is December, and it always amazes me (in fact, I find it hard to believe) how great the Christmas cactus looks this time of year.Well, a theme of "believe" lends itself to naturally to considering faith. We have 5 churches in a 3 block radius of our apartment. That's a whole lotta bells.
This is the Canadian Tribute to Human Rights (a.k.a. the human rights monument) by Melvin Charney (1989). Many rallies, protests, protest marches (i.e. public statements of belief) start here at the end of our block. That's city hall in the background (which, if you can believe, also has a belltower that chimes ALOT).
Right, here's something that a prairie girl like me has a hard time believing: look at all that snow! And it's only December!
The main branch of the Ottawa Public Library. Some believe it should be rebuilt, and I'd agree. There's not enough room, plain and simple. However, I hope they keep the cool fanning pages icon.
The famous five who got Canadian law to recognise women as persons. This led to sufferage.
I find it hard to believe however, that Henrietta Muir Edwards drank foamy lattes...
What may be the nicest library around.
It's got a pretty nice view too. That's Ile Victoria Island in the middle of the river.
Holiday lights at the Hill
Looking down Sparks Street through Confederation Square.
My favourite statue in Ottawa outside of the British Embassy. I believe in whimsy. Nature Girls, Laura Ford (1996). Check out these pics to see the best part: their cute lil shoes.
I'm cheating on my first time out... My personal bonus: a message from Leah. I can't believe I'm so lucky...