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