Welcome – Join us for the ride

Welcome – Join us for the ride

The scene is a linguistics class at University of Ottawa. The professor tells the class: “In English, a double negative forms a positive. In some languages such as Russian, a double negative is still a negative. However, there is no language in which a double positive can form a negative.”

To which a Scots voice replies: “Aye. Right.”

If you get the joke – still better, if you find it funny – you’ve come to the right place. The new website for the Scottish Society of Ottawa will become, we hope, a repository for all kinds of content that the one in five people in the national capital region who call themselves Scots might find of interest. Our focus now is to make a success of our first New Year’s Eve Hogmanay party. But in 2013 we aim to host other events. We want to hear your views on how we rekindle the pride in our Scottish heritage. We love Burns, bagpipes, Scotch and golf. But we also want to explore the Scotland of the 21st century – the music, sport, politics and literature of a nation that may very soon decides it wants to be a nation state.

We hope you’ll join us for the ride.

John Ivison

5 comments

  1. My mother is a McNeil (of Barra), her mother was a Stevenson.

    Whit’s fur ye’ll no go by ye!

  2. Enid McDowell Reid

    Sounds like a great idea to me

  3. Marjory Stewart

    I am a Scot living in Ottawa and am so happy to hear that you are organizing this event.
    I would love to attend but at this time my husband isn’t able to leave the house for long periods of time.
    People are shocked when I tell them that in Scotland (in my fathers time, in the 50′s) people didn’t get Christmas day as a holiday, New Year was the big event when at midnight everyone went from house to house with their bottle (tipple) and the night progressed by first footing the neighbours and then the family the next day had their first foot.
    I wish you Awe ra best for the New Year.
    Marjory Stewart

  4. Yvonne Anderson

    Ciamar a tha sibh?

    I’ll be certainly participating. It’s about time the city has some as exciting as New Year’s Eve Hogmanay.

    Despite having French, Belgian and Brazilian descent, I believe I’ve a recessive Scottish gene :-). I love Scotland, particularly the Highlands, haggis, bannocks, colcannon, porridge (nearly every day), Forfar bridies. Never mind bagpipes, which I can listen to all day long (and Clann an Drumma, Albanach, etc.). [And of course, Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series.]Unfortunately, Scotch whisky has not subjugated or compromised with my wine, beer and champagne palate…yet.

    I always wanted to speak Gaelic, but I quit trying to find someone in Ottawa several yrs ago (chan eil aon chànan gu leòr). I already speak, read and write 7, not including Latin and ancient Greek).

    Thanks for bringing this wonderful culture to the sometimes insipid Ottawa. Tapadh leibh.
    Yvonne

  5. Douglas Wallace

    I’ll no say nae to a wee dram on Hogmanay but do you nae think it may be a wee bit chilly around the knees at City Hall in our kilts?

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