A soldier guarding the tomb of the unknown soldier in Ottawa was shot dead today. Then, apparently, the shooter entered the Centre Block of the Parliament buildings and was reportedly shot by this guy, Kevin Vickers, the Sergeant at Arms of the Canadian Parliament. That story is worth a click just to read an impressive bio that embodies the best of Canada, no matter if Vickers was a “hero” today.
I’ve been watching the CBC coverage off and on, and man is it sensible. There’s a bunch of blah blah blah as is usual for any live reporting, but nothing about terrorist conspiracies or any other hysteria. Peter Mansbridge, the CBC anchor, is giving continuous, calm re-caps. The whole event was a shitshow because of concerns about a second gunman, due to the usual bunch of conflicting reports around every unfolding story, but the CBC reporters did their jobs. On CBC, facts are being conveyed. Theories are being discussed, but bullshit is being tamped down. It’s sad but not maudlin. Compare and contrast, CBC then CNN.