I went through the newspaper this morning and checked all the cancelled Canada Day events due to the labour strike. Now, I'm usually on the side of strikers but when they pick specifically disadvantageous times when garbage is going to be hot, wet and smelly or when it's going to ruin one of the single most important days of the year for the country, I most definitely get pissed off. I wasn't even this pissed off when a strike meant it took me three and a half hours to get to work and just as long to get home. (That would be the 2006 Toronto Transit Commission wildcat strike)
I usually hate the Toronto Sun because they're an utterly stupid rag that borders on hateful with their articles by Michael Coren, a truly dispicable "social conservative", but this here
is a good article about how Canada Day should go on as planned, with a truce called between labour and management.
I think, for a country so often overshadowed by bigger, louder nations, like our neighbours to the south, it becomes even more important that citizens get a chance to celebrate Canada. Our flagship cities (Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Ottawa) should be leading the country in celebrations and I'm disappointed in Toronto.
That's it. Disappointed. After spending five months in another country, extolling the virtues of Canada and Toronto, I'm just disappointed, disgruntled and dismayed. Hopefully my local area is still having celebrations. (I really wanted to take pictures of fireworks exploding over the city on a long exposure)