It was a lovely moment this morning when the Canadian House of Commons had a special sitting with its leadership led into the chambers by Kevin Vickers, the sergeant at arms who saved members’ lives by shooting and killing the man who had invaded Parliament Hill.

No doubt the members will one day soon again launch rhetorical grenades at the opposition. But not this day.

It was a reminiscent of 9/11, when Republican and Democrats on Capitol Hill spontaneously joined together to sing a song.

It takes a fair amount of suffering to create these moments.

Former Minnesota Timberwolves star Kevin Love has penned a “goodbye”, sort of, to Minnesota.

So I’d like to take a moment to thank the fans of Minnesota for six great years. I still remember sitting in Madison Square Garden when I was first drafted in 2008, thinking that if I could go anywhere it would be to the Timberwolves to work with one of my childhood idols, Kevin McHale.

There are so many people in Minnesota who helped to shape my game and mold me into the player I am today. I’ll always be fond of going to Manny’s Steakhouse, and the support I got from the entire Minnesota community — even in tough times — is something I’ll remember forever. (Seriously, thanks for not burning my jersey, you guys.)

I grew up a lot – personally and professionally – during my time with the Wolves. I’ll be the first to tell you that I didn’t always handle things perfectly. We are all unfinished products.

It’s not easy to handle the disappointment of losing when you’re in your early twenties. There were times when I wasn’t easy to be around in the locker room. It’s hard to be a leader when you don’t have the model — and when you don’t have a blueprint for what winning in the NBA looks like.

But I make no excuses. I posted my best personal numbers last season, and we still didn’t make the playoffs. Some of the backlash was pretty hard to take — I learned that there is apparently such a thing as an “empty stat” (I’ll try to remember the importance of that the next time I am boxing out for a rebound against Tim Duncan)

That last sentence is a rip on sportswriters and fans here who have minimized the impact of his departure by alleging he was a guy who only cared about his stats.

In his essay, “How I Spent My Summer,” on The Player’s Tribune (Derek Jeter’s new project), Love also unflatteringly portrayed his former team’s lack of camaraderie in a most Minnesota way, by ostensibly talking about a trip to Brazil with his new team.

Once we got in the air, I expected guys to throw on the Beats and pull out iPads. That’s what I was used to. This was a 12-hour flight, and I was counting on at least seven hours of shuteye. That never happened. Drinks were poured.

Guys took turns telling stories. After a whirlwind summer, it was the first real chance to let our guard down without being judged in the public eye. And the really special thing, the thing that can be rare in the NBA, was that everybody was included. Where you came from, where you went to school, what kind of neighborhood you were from — none of that mattered on this flight.

“I’ll grab a broom and sweep the floors if it gets me an NBA title,” Love said.

In a growing number of American cities, giving food to a homeless person is a crime.

According to a report released this week, 21 cities have passed measures aimed at restricting the people who feed the homeless over the last year and a half. Ten more cities are considering it, NPR reports.

Cities like Fort Lauderdale aren’t throwing people in jail for feeding the homeless or being homeless. But often, they’re creating more ways to impose fines.

And yet, Stoops argues that the measures will ultimately be ineffective in addressing the real problem: homelessness itself.

“Cities’ hope is that restricting sharing of food will somehow make [the] homeless disappear and go away,” (Michael)Stoops (of the National Coalition for the Homeless), tells The Salt. “But I can promise you that even if these ordinances are adopted, it’s not going to get rid of homelessness.”

In the Twin Cities, a campaign was launched to try to convince people to donate money or food to a food shelf rather than give it to the homeless. But none of the cities enacting or considering legislation to criminalize food distribution is in Minnesota.

National Coalition for the Homeless.

Here’s the report (.pdf).