Normalcy seemed to make a quick Canadian comeback last week when CBC Radio convened a media panel to discuss how well the media covered the Oct. 22 attack on Parliament Hill.
The consensus was that CBC did a brilliant job, which seems true but signaled something more. When our village solipsists feel free to turn the public conversation back to themselves again, you sense the world returning to its established order.
There were signs that ordinary citizens who never ride the airwaves of the public broadcaster were also coming back to life as usually lived. Even as Nathan Cirillo’s body was given the deserved due of a fallen soldier’s ceremonious return home to Hamilton, civil servants, construction workers, and moms pushing tot carriers were lining up on Ottawa’s Spark Street pedestrian mall for a Poutine Fest.