The Par­lia­ment Hill Attack

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If 2013 of­fered Cana­di­ans an emo­tional high, then 2014 served as the come down – a sober­ing time of re­flec­tion in the wake of a deadly attack on home soil. On Oct. 22, a gun­man ar­rived at Par­lia­ment Hill in Ot­tawa and em­barked on a shoot­ing spree, killing Cpl. Nathan Cir­illo, a mem­ber of the Cer­e­mo­nial Guard, and wound­ing three oth­ers be­fore be­ing fa­tally shot by an RCMP of­fi­cer. Sergeant-at-arms Kevin Vick­ers, 58, emerged as one of the he­roes of the attack, leap­ing into ac­tion and re­turn­ing fire at the gun­man while de­fend­ing the safety of the elected of­fi­cials and civil­ians on the premises. Yet, de­spite the hero­ics of Vick­ers and the RCMP, the in­ci­dent brought ter­ror­ism to the heart of Canada’s cap­i­tal and left scars on the na­tional con­scious­ness that re­main to this day.

A por­tion of the me­mo­rial for slain Cpl. Nathan Cir­illo on Par­lia­ment Hill; (op­po­site) Cait­lyn Jen­ner in­tro­duces her­self to the world on the cover of Van­ity Fair.

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