The Day It All Changed

October 22, 2014 will be a day not soon forgotten. When I woke up yesterday morning, it was a cool, brisk, day in Ottawa, but seemingly like any other. When I came to Parliament Hill this morning, the reality sunk in that the new normal is going to be much different. Although downtown Ottawa has people on the sidewalks and cars moving in the streets, Parliament Hill is very different.  The public is not allowed on the Hill; the perimeter fence is gated and closed except for one entrance, where four armed security personnel check for House of Commons ID before allowing entry. The Members’ entrance has four uniformed RCMP Officers outside the door, two plain clothes officers standing immediately inside the door, in addition to the regular House of Commons Security personnel. Everything is different; what yesterday was a welcoming public grounds, is now barricaded and inaccessible to the…