At 7am this morning protesters were out in force at the Preston – Albert intersection. They were objecting to the city’s secretly-decided-upon plan to divert 2500 buses a day from the transitway onto Scott-Albert for the duration of LRT construction, about 2 1/2 years.
Quite a few people turned up in the minus 7,000 degree cold:
That so many people turned out in the cold and the early hour must clearly convey the degree of concern amongst residents. Paul Dewar showed up; but I didn’t notice any city bureaucrats (other than a few who lived nearby and actually held protest signs) show up to see it.
Even showing up for five minutes clearly conveys to residents that the politician hears them. For this event, the Rail Office, Mr Watson, and senior transportation bureaucrats showed a tin ear by their absence.
Media was there in abundance. Carefully pulled off the road. After all, what else are sidewalks for?