19 thoughts shared about Ottawa
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People & Diversity

Dear Ottawa,

You are my home town. You hold my heart. You are so beautiful. So why do you make it so hard for me to live here? Why do you make it so hard to work here? Why won't you employ me with a job that pays me more? It is because I have difficulty speaking French? I understand the language completely... what's the problem?

Arts & Culture

Dear Ottawa,

You're boring, your people are boring, everything is boring and I'm so goddamn unoriginal that I need entertainment thrown at me and can't appreciate the blank canvas that you are. Dear Ottawa, you deserve so much more than so many of your unoriginal, whining, and insecure citizens who complain about a lack of culture yet offer zero of their own.

Environment

Dear Ottawa,

You are a city that doesn't feel like a city at all. You have traffic but not too much traffic and you have integrated many parks, trails and beautiful places to enjoy all over the city. I can walk along the water or cross country ski through your beautiful NCC trails. Thank you for having this small town girl for the last 13 years and many more to come. PS I am sorry I still don't speak french that well, but I try!

People & Diversity

Dear Ottawa,

A lot of people complain about you for a lot of pathetic reasons, but they haven't gotten to know you and how amazing and vibrant you really are. You are improving every day. I'm sorry your citizens take you for granted. But nothing is good enough for this shitty generation, is it?

Politics

Dear Ottawa,

I love you dearly. Your winters are graceful and summers are perfect. Here's one of the coolest municipal campaigns in the world - www.newottawa.ca. Or @newott (#newottawa). Have your say. The most creative city in North America can also become the most sustainable. With your help.

People & Diversity

Dear Ottawa,

The more time I spend away from you the more I appreciate your charms. I can't wait to get back and make you, my old new home, my home once again.

Arts & Culture

Dear Ottawa,

While there is way too much construction all the time, you have the perfect mix of big city culture/small city charm. Good music scene, great restaurants and amazing people. I love Ottawa!

Arts & Culture

Dear Ottawa,

You have so many friggen creative people, and we're on the cusp of something. I have seen how other artistic capitals in the world function, and I think it has to do with a) city funding but more importantly b) a scrappy, diy attitude toward art. People don't wait for funding, they just get at it, and eventually the city's all like "Oh this is a thing, maybe we'll get you money". There are people who do that here too, but maybe the attitude should proliferate more? Get out and do that thing!!

Arts & Culture

Dear Ottawa,

Also peeeooople. Quit complaining about how "Ottawa doesn't have this" or "Ottawa needs that" and actually IMPLEMENT this or that. Ottawa's punk community is thriving and has a shit ton of cool and internationally recognized stuff. This is because punk at its basis is DIY. Don't wait for someone else to come do it YOU gotta be the one to bring things to your town. Communities come about when people CONTRIBUTE.