Small town Canada, again

As mentioned before in another post: a third of Canadians live in three major cities (Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver) and their metropolitan areas while the remainder live in small towns and cities, including a small percentage in rural areas.

As mentioned in that post (confirmed by Statistics Canada), the most violent and dangerous places in Canada continue to be small towns and cities, betraying the myth of a “safe” benign Canada. Especially when two-thirds of the population live in these communities.

To further illustrate the point I am going to use contemporary headlines from the past 60 days in Nova Scotia (a small province with less than a million people).

A man went on a shooting rampage managing to kill 22 people and wound 3 before being shot by police. He began in Portapique, (a small rural community of about 100 year-round residents), traveling through 16 other locations and was killed in Enfield (less than 5,000 residents).

His killing spree was helped by the fact he was traveling to small, isolated communities and less likely to be discovered during the 13 hours this took place. While it could be fairly argued such an incident is generally unlikely, the fact is that outside Montreal, most spree killings and shootings occur in small places in Canada.

In Truro (population just over 12,000), a guard at the women’s federal prison has been charged with six counts of sexual assault after a year-long investigation. There is also a civil lawsuit pending from inmates claiming sexual assault, who are suing the Correctional Service of Canada.

Also in Truro: a three year old boy has gone missing. The presumption is that he drowned and searches have turned into a ‘recovery effort’. His boots were found at different locations by the river.

While it’s unlikely he was taken by someone, it’s not outside the realm of possibility – especially if no body is recovered. Again, owing to the small community, lack of CCTV, and trusting the “locals”, this could never be confirmed even if it had occurred.

In Hammonds Plains (population approx. 12,000), a 45 year old man killed a woman and has been charged with second-degree murder.

In Preston (population just over 3,000), a man was stabbed during an attempted home invasion but will live.

In Cole Harbour (estimated population just over 12,000), a 48 year old teacher has been charged with sex crimes against a 15 year old girl, with additional victims likely.

In March, in Priestville (population less than 200), 3-4 masked men broke into a home, hit the occupants in the head with a baseball bat and made off with some small items.

The police also put out a call for any information on the disappearance and suspected homicide of Tony Walsh who’d gone missing in Truro.

I could go on, but I’ll end it here. Suffice to say that small cities and communities in Canada have plenty of murders, rapes, home invasions and other petty crime. While it may seem like stating the obvious, you wouldn’t know it judging by the local propaganda.

For some strange reason the media and nation pretend as though violent crime is a rarity in Canada when it exists everywhere and the largest cities are safest for both familial and non-familial violence.

Shootings in Canada

With the lock-down due to Covid-19, you’d think there would be a flurry of postings as we’re stuck at home and barely working, after all. But I’ve gone from disgust and disappointment, to rage, to utter contempt and indifference. Canada is so dull and pathetic even taking 15 minutes to write about it is a chore.

I wrote before about how Canada is a real shithole outside its major cities, where violence is rampant (confirmed by Stats Canada). Now we’ll take a look at shootings in the country to once again make the point.


Brampton Centennial mass shooting, 1975:

A 16 year old kills two students, wounds 13 others and then kills himself in a high school in Brampton, Ontario (population at the time: 98,440).


St. Pius X High School shooting, 1975:

An 18 year old rapes and stabs a teenage girl to death before traveling to school with a shotgun. He kills one teen and wounds five others before committing suicide in Ottawa, Ontario (population at the time: 676,000).


Lennoxville massacre, 1985:

During a Hell’s Angels dispute, five bikers are shot dead in a clubhouse in Lennoxville (Sherbrooke) Quebec (current population: 5,502). Four Hell’s Angels members were later convicted of first-degree murder.


Ecole Polytechnique massacre, 1989:

A misogynist kills fourteen women (wounding another fourteen) at a college in Montreal, before shooting himself.


Concordia University massacre, 1992:

A professor at a university in Montreal shoots and kills four colleagues.


Mark Chahal massacre, 1996:

Mark Vijay Chahal shoots nine people (estranged wife and other family members) at a wedding party in Vernon, British Columbia (current population: 48,073).


Myers High School shooting, 1999:

A 14 year old boy brings a semi-automatic rifle to school and manages to kill one student and wound another before being tackled by a teacher in Taber, Alberta (current population: 8,548). He was sentenced to three years in prison and escaped from a halfway house in 2005.


OC Transpo massacre, 1999:

A former OC Transpo employee pulls into the company’s garage and goes on a shooting spree, he kills four and then himself.


Mayerthorpe shootings, 2005:

A man shoots and kills four RCMP officers executing a search warrant on a farm near Mayerthorpe, Alberta (current population: 1,205).


Shedden / Bandidos massacre, 2006:

Eight members of the Bandidos biker gang are shot to death (in a takeover and attempt to frame the Hell’s Angels) on a farm nearby Shedden, Ontario in Southwold Township (current population: 4,421).


Spiritwood shootings, 2006:

RCMP officers pursue a man fleeing in a truck; shootouts ensue and two officers are shot in the head, in Spiritwood, Saskatchewan (current population: 786).


Dawson College shooting, 2006:

A man goes on a shooting spree at a Montreal college. He ultimately kills one, injures nineteen, and then commits suicide.


Bolsa Shooting, 2009:

Gang members targeting rivals shoot three people at a restaurant in Calgary.


Claresholm Highway massacre, 2011:

A 21 year old man kills his ex girlfriend and two other men before shooting himself, on a highway outside Claresholm, Alberta (current population: 3,424).


University of Alberta shooting, 2012:

A security guard in Edmonton, Alberta, shoots four of his coworkers in a building on the campus of the University of Alberta. He steals money from the armored truck and attempts to flee.


Danzig Street shooting, 2012:

During a block party in a Toronto neighborhood, three gang members open fire on a crowd of two-hundred people; two people are killed and twenty-four injured. (One man used an Uzi submachine gun.)


Edmonton shooting, 2014:

A man goes on a killing spree in Edmonton, Alberta: he killed seven relatives (including two children) before traveling to another house to kill a woman, then committed suicide in a restaurant.


Moncton shootings, 2014:

A 25 year old man shoots five RCMP officers, killing three and wounding two in Moncton, New Brunswick (current population: 108,620).


La Loche shootings, 2016:

A 17 year old kills two cousins and two teachers in La Loche, Saskatchewan (current population: 2,372).


Quebec mosque mass shooting, 2016:

A man goes on a shooting rampage in a mosque, injuring nineteen and killing six people in Quebec City, Quebec (current population: 705,103).


Danforth/Toronto shooting, 2018:

A man goes on a shooting rampage in a Greektown neighborhood in Toronto: killing two and wounding thirteen.


Fredericton shooting, 2018:

A man goes on a shooting spree in Fredericton, New Brunswick, killing four people – including two police officers who were first responders (population at the time: 59,409).


Portapique mass shooting, 2019:

A 51 year old man dresses as an RCMP officer and then goes on a 12 hour shooting spree killing 22 people in Portapique, Nova Scotia (current population: 100 year round, 250 in summer).


This is not an exhaustive list.

Of the twenty-three listed here, ten were in major cities:

Montreal (3), Toronto (2), Ottawa (2), Edmonton (2), Calgary (1)

The rest were in small-time “safe” Canadian communities; 11 under 100k (with one at 108k).

Canada’s capital city: Ottawa

It would be fair to assume that a good way to judge a nation is to look at its capital city. If not a complete representation, it should at least be an indication of the country at large.

Some personal words I would use to describe Ottawa, based on my time there: cesspool, dump, septic tank, sewer, gutter, prostituting, repugnant, loathsome, rotten, corrupt, racist, sexist, cold, arctic, incompetent, depressing, bleak, detestable, appalling, boring, cursed, contemptible, obnoxious, offensive, vile; unholy. 



O- town


Ottawa is the capital city of Canada, located in Ontario with a population just under a million people.


It started out as a dumpy little pioneer place called ‘Bytown’ in 1826, and was incorporated into the ‘City of Ottawa’ in 1855. Its major claims to fame are the Parliament building and the Rideau Canal – hand built by virtual slave laborers (poor Irish immigrants dying from malaria); a history the city does its best to downplay as much as possible.



Soviet aspect


Picturesque photos of Ottawa’s parliament hill nestled downtown nearby the river – sprinkled with statues and benches – makes for a nice first impression. Which is why it’s the only view of Ottawa that’s ever publicized. Outside a limited perimeter of downtown, the entire city is dismal. (The running joke is that it looks like it was ripped right out of the old Soviet Union.) It’s a bleak mixture of grey and brown buildings, ugly architecture and horrible urban planning. The ugliness is remarked upon by visitors, immigrants, and residents (who even write letters about it).


The only way to change the state of affairs would be to demolish most of the city and rebuild. Since that won’t happen, the unattractive soviet-like appearance will remain.



Sewage River


For decades raw sewage has been seeping into the Ottawa River while politicians and inhabitants looked the other way. (Only now have they begun to look into the issue seriously.) In 2016, forty-five million liters of raw sewage flowed into it. In 2017, 600 million liters of diluted sewage poured in. 


What’s rather disturbing is that this seems to be “normal” to Ottawa residents. They happily swim, kayak or paddle board in the river. Even on days when the water isn’t too murky to see into, all you can glimpse are rocks, concrete blocks and garbage. Trash, discarded bottles and numerous homeless camp-outs are sprinkled alongside the canal downtown.


The most popular beaches are squalid patches of sand next to the polluted river. They’re often closed for swimming due to the sewage, fecal matter, and E Coli hitting dangerous levels. One of the most popular – Petrie Island – is built on an old garbage dump site. Toxic geese droppings also litter the beaches and make their way into the water.



Crumbling infrastructure


During winter the old frozen pipes often burst, leading to building evacuations, or businesses and residents going 3-6 days without water usage. In one bad year the city received over 300 calls about it.


Ottawa’s roads are notoriously bad: cracks, massive potholes, disrepair, cheap or nonexistent maintenance and even sinkholes plague the city and surrounding areas. The Canadian Infrastructure Report Card showed only 20 percent were deemed “good”. After being decimated by winter, cheap hurried “repairs” are made in spring and summer, backlogging traffic and infuriating residents.



Horrible Transit


‘OC Transpo’ provides bus services for the Ottawa region and is unapologetic about its terrible service. What would be a 20 minute trip by car can take up to two hours and 3 bus transfers via public transit. When buses aren’t being hit by trains, catching fire, hitting pedestrians, hitting bus stations, or not showing up in winter, they are increasing fares (the average monthly bus pass now costs over $100).



Rampant infidelity


When the cheating website ‘Ashley Madison’ was hacked, it showed that about 1 in 5 Ottawa residents were subscribers. When you factor in age, limited adult population, and other unexposed cheating websites – one can only guess at the actual levels of infidelity. And yes, plenty of the email addresses were traced back to the City and Parliament Hill. (The city tried to counter the bad publicity with a laughable defense.) Ottawa’s true colors are shown to the world!



Arctic weather


Ottawa has terrible weather: either humid and stifling summer heat, or cold, depressive, arctic winters. It’s not unusual for winter weather to be -20 to -30 C. It’s usually colder than Moscow, and don’t forget the wind chill and freezing rain!



Crime


The crime trend is on the upswing in Ottawa: gangs, guns, shootings, problem immigrants and more contributing to the issue. (So far in 2018 there have been 76 shootings. Last year there were 75 shootings. In 2016 there were 68 shootings and 24 homicides.) 


There was even a terrorist incident in 2014. With the influx of immigration, and judging by all the niqab and burka covered women in certain districts, it’s no surprise that terrorism-related convictions are now popping up regularly, due to ISIL supporters (locals or foreign born).


The city’s illicit drug problem has only continued to increase in the last few years, with local gangs battling over territory. A top doctor even claims Ottawa is “on the brink of a drug-injection crisis”. A ‘safe injection site’ akin to Vancouver’s was proposed by locals in Sandy Hill and opened in 2018.


In good news for the city, its ridiculous PR is paying off: a polling of cakers showed they believe Ottawa to be the safest city in Canada.

According to a statistical analysis that was done a few years ago, Ottawa was the ‘murder capital’ of the country only second to Winnipeg.

Some time has passed, but with all the new shootings and homicides there’s no reason to doubt this list has changed much, if at all.


Ottawans are about as safe as they are smart, they’re about as smart as they are attractive, they’re about as attractive as they are loyal … you get the point.



There is so much more I could write, but this is it in a nutshell. I used to write humorously about my hatred for Ottawa, but after time the humor was lost to total contempt. People would write in their thoughts and feelings to me, I’ve never witnessed such visceral hatred for a city – and I can assure you I share it.


I stopped sharing my musings after harassment from unhinged locals. It could be argued no one should submit to bullies – lest it embolden their behavior – but who has time to suffer their nuisances?


Ottawa is a cold, ugly little town filled with petty, miserable bureaucrats and hated by all. Take satisfaction in knowing its people will never go anywhere, see anything, or accomplish much in their shallow, rage-filled lives. Ottawa running the nation helps explain why Canada is what it is. It will only get worse from here … 


Just leave, leave and never return to that unholy place!


See: Rants about Ottawa