Everyone knows what hate is, and if you’re slow the dictionary definition of hate, it is to “feel intense or passionate dislike for (someone)”. This is the verb definition but there is also a noun definition that is more informal. To throw it back to middle school, a noun is a word that is used to identify any class of people and y’all Ottawa folk are haters. A hater (noun) is: a person who greatly dislikes a specified person or thing or a negative or critical person. Ottawa is a hater ass city. Now, ironically, it’s half of your faults. Why do I say half instead of fully? Because it’s a mix of our society and our culture that creates this climate.
Let me provide an analogy, when I was younger, a friend of mine told me “Ottawa is the largest town” and he was right, we are a tweener, not a big city but way bigger than a large town. Like Brittney Spears said ” I’m not a girl, not yet a woman”. This city has a little bit over 1.25 million people making us the 4th largest city but it is one of the most diverse ones in the entire country. According to a 2011 survey, there are about 24% foreign-born residents (non whites) in a city that is about 163 years old (source: World Population Review) . Majority white (Irish and French) from the beginning but why does this matter? Because this City is in constant flux and change, it has no solid identity other than the being the capital and being a Government city which are both “recent”. You mix that small town feel, a diverse population, trash weather, a young city, an elderly population and conservative mindsets, you get a perfect storm of hate!
Beyond demographics, people here have a very rotten attitude. Now I can’t speak for Montreal, Tdot or Calgary (cities that are compared to Ottawa) but I can say, without a doubt, that the people in Ottawa are incredibly divisive; its a big “US vs Them” mentality that creates opposition. Obviously when you’re opposed to someone, you start to hate them and then your Pokemon lookin’ headass evolves into a hater. Since this city is so small and you literally can catch anyone on the 95 Trim, you see the Opps every week. This wouldn’t be a problem if we had unity, but there isn’t; it’s just small segments of even smaller subcultures within smaller counter cultures.
You could literally go to a Congolese party in the East side of Ottawa with the same niggas you went to high school with. That’s not an outlier by the way, that’s the NORM. I don’t know about you but I’m not a fan of that; I’m not a fan of people doing the same thing with the same people then complaining about their surroundings. When we were younger, we were taught to explore the world and not suppress ourselves into a corner. Here’s the problem, people here would rather stick to their own corner with their own lame ass lives than expand themselves. They become haters of anything different when EVERYTHING in life is different and that’s what makes life beautiful. What makes this even worse is that it becomes a self fulfilling prophesy. The people that hate on Ottawa make it worse and perpetuate that narrative, this is how the cycle goes: You start being negative and critical of people in the city, then you become a hater of the city when you yourself (and your group) aren’t willing to be a part of the solution.
I wrote this post because I myself was a hater, I’ve been around haters, and I’ve learned NOT to be one. Other than the bi-polar weather, Ottawa has a climate of hate. From all angles, we will never progress as a city if this becomes the norm. Spring is approaching so let’s change climates, let’s change clothes and let’s change ourselves. Show love, be open and be great. Someone else’s shine should inspire you NOT have you criticizing and hating. That is how OT becomes great; I gave you the keys, now open the door.