Photographs by Neil Ever Osborne; Text by Neil Ever Osborne and Mark Jacquemain
SMITHSONIAN MAGAZINE | March 2021
On the bay this fall morning, there’s a wind-carved rim of ice and a gathering of floes. One male polar bear, bony after a season without seal blubber, struggles along the slushy edge, haunches soaked, nearly slipping into the sea.
We are on Gordon Point, in northern Manitoba, where Hudson Bay widens into its northwest crescent. Polar winds make it colder than at comparable latitudes, and the shallow waters of the bay freeze early. Having passed the summer months in the subarctic wild of Wapusk National Park to the south, polar bears now congregate here, waiting for the ice to come in.
“Thousands of people poured into Halifax’s new library during Saturday’s grand opening.”
“More than 10,000 people visited the Halifax Central Library during it’s official grand opening Saturday.”
“The reaction from everyone CBC spoke to was overwhelmingly positive.”
“It’s fantastic. What a wonderful thing for Halifax to do. It’s unique, it’s innovative, it’s right off the charts — and I can’t believe the city actually took it on and completed it and it’s wonderful,” said one of the visitors.
“This the first time in his career that he’s shot anyone,” said Erin, Vickers’ niece.
A retired RCMP officer who once served in Calgary, 58-year-old Vickers is known to most Canadians as the symbol of order at the House of Commons: a grey-haired man in a black hat and robes, often carrying the ceremonial sceptre of Canada over his shoulder.
On Tuesday, Vickers reportedly showed just how serious his role really is, the head of security for Canada’s government killing a gunman who charged into the Centre Block on Parliament Hill.
“To all in Ottawa, stay safe & strong. Thank God for Sgt at Arms Kevin Vickers & our Cdn security forces. True heroes…” tweeted Justice Minister Peter MacKay.”