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Tomorrow my big project will be discussed by Cabinet, so today I had to go to Parliament Hill to do a run-through as I'll be flipping the slides for the Minister's presentation. I haven't been there in ages and much has changed. After the shooting a couple of years ago security was tightened considerably. Instead of walking in through the front door, I had to go to a basement entrance and go through screening. Then I was given free access to go to the Cabinet room, which is weird. I expected I would be escorted. Mind you, there were many security guards everywhere.

The run-through itself was fine and I took the time on the way out to appreciate the architecture. It's a beautiful Victorian building with heraldic carvings and gargoyles everywhere. Even walking back down the hill and across the lawn to find a taxi was nice. In the good old days, you could call a cab right to the front door, but now they aren't allowed on the premises.

When I first started working for the House of Commons as a secretary (back in 1989) things were even more relaxed. My very first day of work someone hijacked a Greyhound bus and drove it onto the lawn. http://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/another-incident-involving-a-gunman-on-parliament-hill. Before that, you have to go back to 1966, when a man accidentally blew himself up in a public toilet in the Centre Block instead of "exterminating as many Members [of the House of Commons] as possible" according to a note found after the incident.

My view today was a bit snowier:


This is the main entrance area. It leads to the absolutely gorgeous round library overlooking the Ottawa River from atop a cliff (the only part that survived a huge fire in 1917). It's what I took a few minutes to admire today:



And although security is much tighter than it was a few years ago, it's still a very popular place. Yoga on the lawn every Wednesday at noon is de riguer for trendy fitness folks: . Of course it is THE place to be on Canada Day (I avoid it after about 11 am because the entire downtown is crammed with tens of thousands of visitors, even though there are amazing live performances during the day and evening, and fireworks I can see from my house at night). When I worked downtown, I always tried to be outside at noon so I could hear the daily mini-concert by the Dominion Carilloner, playing the bells in the Peace Tower.

Some days, I have a pretty cool job.

Date: 2016-11-24 02:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] susandennis.livejournal.com
Very cool job indeed and what a beautiful place.

Date: 2016-11-24 08:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] siglinde99.livejournal.com
As I was leaving today I was reflecting with a colleague about what an honour it is to serve our country in this way.

Date: 2016-11-24 02:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] littlesable46.livejournal.com
Wow, that place is just gorgeous! Sounds like an awesome job.

Date: 2016-11-24 08:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] siglinde99.livejournal.com
It was fun to be back there again. I picked the nice pictures, not the ones showing massive renovations :).

Date: 2016-11-24 04:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] carriea31.livejournal.com

It looks like a beautiful place!

Date: 2016-11-24 08:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] siglinde99.livejournal.com
It is. One of my favourite views is from across the river. It used to be on one of our bills. There are so many lovely nooks and crannies too, filled with history.

Date: 2016-11-24 04:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kristy.livejournal.com

Beautiful. :)

Date: 2016-11-24 08:51 pm (UTC)

Date: 2016-11-24 04:59 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] twicet.livejournal.com
It is a few years now since we were in Ottawa. I was very impressed with the building it must be a great place to walk around for work.

Date: 2016-11-24 08:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] siglinde99.livejournal.com
When I worked on the Hill years ago I needed to go to other parts that aren't open to tourists - the 1950's wiring and "fixes" weren't so beautiful. There is a massive effort on now to renovate the whole place. Significant chunks will be ready in time for next year's 150th, but places like the Senate won't be in use for a decade.

Date: 2016-11-24 05:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] opakele.livejournal.com
Gorgeous!

The yogis are a bit enthusiastic, but I'll overlook that. It is an awesome picture. *grin*

You do have a cool job.

Date: 2016-11-24 08:54 pm (UTC)

Date: 2016-11-24 06:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fearless.livejournal.com
Wow that looks so beautiful!

Date: 2016-11-24 08:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] siglinde99.livejournal.com
Best place in town, I think.

Date: 2016-11-24 11:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] spikesgirl58.livejournal.com
You have a very cool job! Sounds like a great day and I hope your project does well today! break a leg!

Date: 2016-11-24 08:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] siglinde99.livejournal.com
It was well and truly broken, in mere minutes. Yaay!

Date: 2016-11-25 01:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] spikesgirl58.livejournal.com
I'm so sorry it turned out like that. *hugs*

Date: 2016-11-25 11:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] siglinde99.livejournal.com
No no no - it's good. Breaking a leg is a good thing, right? We got almost everything we hoped for (and the part we didn't get we knew about in advance).

Date: 2016-11-26 01:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] spikesgirl58.livejournal.com
PO, I thought you were eluding to the bank stuff. You did very well with the other. I think the dress rehearsal helped.

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