Last week Canadians lost their innocence. The country has always prided itself as a safe country and a melting pot of many cultures. The loss of two soldiers on Canadian soil in separate attacks has caused many Canadians to wonder if their country has changed. To make matters worse, the second attack was at the parliament buildings. The police and other law enforcement agencies responded and eliminated the risk before more people were harmed.
The nation now mourns the loss of two heroes and begins the process of trying to understand what took place. I work in the security industry and noticed a real shift. When 9-11 occurred there were adjustments made in how security was handled. These types of incidents typically happen in the United States, not in Canada. We have learned that we are not immune. What will happen next? Are these events isolated or is this the beginning of a trend? Incidents of workplace violence have been increasing. Terrorism is now a very real threat. Each citizen now understands that they could also be a target. I think all citizens also realize they need to have more security awareness. The parliament buildings will undergo a review of security practices to ensure appropriate measures are in place to deal with these new possible threats. The police and lawmakers will begin the process of reviewing our current laws and procedures and no doubt will make adjustments. Businesses will also adjust. In the last few days, I have fielded numerous calls regarding camera systems and access controls. In a few instances, we have seen clients move from concierge style security to a more robust security posture at main access points. The requests for digital surveillance and social media monitoring have also increased. This time something feels different. Those reaching out sound more like individuals I typically speak to regarding Mexico or Latin America. Incidents last week may have changed Canada forever. Although Canadians are viewed as friendly, passive people to the rest of the world, when attacked our resolve hardens. Military battles from both World War I and II have shown that when poked, the sleepy and peaceful people of Canada rise up to meet the challenge. For those who have lost their lives, the nation weeps. For those left behind, we now move on with a different view and feeling.