[Editor’s note: Along their eastward route to Ottawa, The Tyee's new national reporter Jeremy Nuttall and his partner Mao Yanhong chatted with ordinary Canadians to find out what they think should be covered in the capital. Wondering who Jeremy is and how this journey came to be? Check out our introduction here.]
The Tyee has officially arrived in the land of Parliament Hill.
After getting cooked by an overnight heat wave in Toronto the night before, we managed to make it to Ottawa just as a pack of grey clouds moved in to cool the nation's capital.
Most impressive is that after such a long journey, packed to the ceiling, the trusty Corolla rolled into the city as triumphant as ever, without so much as a new ticking sound.
It's odd to feel a debt of gratitude to a car.
On our way through Toronto, we spoke to a teacher named Lindsey Hull at the Kennedy on Bloor Street.
Hull said she'd like to see a broader set of issues covered in Ottawa, and thinks that scandals take over smaller issues that are, in reality, far more important.
"I think we only need to hear about them once or twice," she said of the scandals that can eat up space and time in the papers and on the airwaves. "You don't need it on every broadcasting station for weeks and weeks, and all of the other things are swept under the rug."
Hull said she wasn't much interested in politics, but now feels like the public sector is under attack.
"I would say we are under attack, but it comes from the general political climate that I walked into," she said. "I think there's arguments for both sides, however it affects me negatively."
Hull and others we spoke to on this trip share concerns about the public sector as well as the auditing of charities. It's been added to the pile of things I'll be thinking about while preparing to cover Ottawa.
We spent today being driven around the capital by a friend, a former camera man on Parliament Hill. There is a lot to learn.
Thanks to Tyee readers for their help getting started.