Vanier Shows Its Two Sides

This story from Ottawa Magazine takes us on a curious journey through Vanier … its good side and its bad side:

It was a warm welcome, and one that took me by surprise — but my expectations of Vanier had, more or less, been carved decades before into my teenage memories: “that scary place in the east end.” I couldn’t help but think of all the drugs and drive-bys I had heard about while in high school in the early 90s. Of course, even then, it was a skewed reality — but for a bunch of west-end kids living in middle-income suburbs, Vanier was the “badlands”.

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2 thoughts on “Vanier Shows Its Two Sides

  1. There is a darker side to Vanier which relates to an era where French Canadians were treated as second-class citizens with low earning jobs and income.
    It’s one which resulted in two areas associated with crime and lower class views of its residents. Vanier and Lowertown. I grew up in Sandy Hill where it too wasn’t exempt from racism and negative attitudes of the English toward the French.
    Both Vanier and Lowertown were ignored for years while the rest of the City prospered. Je me souviens.


  2. People tend to fear what they aren’t familiar with. It is a shame that that happens. Vive la difference. (sorry but I have no idea how to type an accent mark but maybe leaving off the accent is a good combination of the words in that thought).


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