I suspect that the events of October 22, 2014 will mark a turning point in Canadian civil liberties.
With downtown Ottawa slowly emerging from lockdown and thousands of people who work in the core reeling, we are far from the dust settling on what has just happened.
I also suspect that despite this fact, there are some who are already planning how to use these events to justify certain political policies.
I was not afraid when I heard the news. I'm 500 kilometres from Ottawa and, despite living in a military city, where seeing uniformed soldiers and armored vehicles is the norm, my first reaction was not fear.