I've only been in this city since the middle of April, I too moved here from Ottawa. I've noticed the same thing with the city. It's a great city, the nature is absolutely astounding, but the energy of a lot of the people I come across does seem sort of sad. I've met a lot of people who have moved here from out East and they love it, but some of the people I've met that grew up here kinda of have this, I can't wait to get out of this city or I wish I got out of this city mentality. Maybe I keep running into the wrong sorts of people, haha.
I think a lot of it could also have to do with the fact the job market here blows. I mean, I never had such horrible experiences looking for work until I moved here. There are way too many people here and not nearly enough jobs, not to mention the minimum wage here sucks, it's expensive living and so many people are out of work. That I feel is one of the biggest problems with this city and could be the heaviness or depressed vibe you get.
And there definitely is a small town mentality among some of the folk, and I think there is sort of this, fear of outsiders. For example, from personal experience in the job market, I had the city of my jobs listed on my resume and I looked for weeks for jobs to no avail. But as soon as I took off that my last job was in Ottawa, I got a lot of calls for interviews. Once I got in the interviews, the interviewers seemed surprised once they found out I was from out of town, lol. Sure that could be coincidence, but I don't believe in coincidence, haha.
I've also noticed a certain hateful mentality towards certain races and cultures here, but I'm not going to post about it.
Let's remove all the warning labels and let the problem sort itself out