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  • It's austere facade belies even the moniker, Fortress Pearson, as it is oft called by its many inhabitants. For this is the hub of Canada's words to the world. Across its threshold have passed Ambassadors, diplomats, spies, peace makers and thought leaders of the world. It is the doorstep of Canada's connection to this fascinating world.

    The bleakness of the concrete, the narrow and foreboding windows a strange juxtaposition to the passion and thoughtful minds that wander its myriad and confusing hallways inside. The bustling lobby surrounded by the flags of the world is sometimes hushed and sombre while other times filled with a bustling energy, though voices are subdued as groups move about on their hurried business. Uniforms of soldiers and Mounties mingle with suits and sometimes toga's and sari's accompanied by the languages of our world. Each day is an intermingling of Canada's multicultural society and those that represent other nations.

    But what rests beneath the imposing and stolid facade is the true hearts of Canadians who seek dialogue over conflict, treaty over war, relief over suffering. These are the people, the hope of a world that is finding its voice...if it is a fortress, then it is a benevolent one, that seeks words and wisdom over war and strife. It is a Fortress whose walls may be material, but it's values welcome a world seeking a way forward and the moat is easily crossed and the drawbridge always down.
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