Friday, January 30, 2009

Lunch and homework

I practically live online now days. As a librarian and as a blogger. The library course I am taking is really helping me understand more, I am glad about this.

Just felt like mentioning, before I brave the snow to go to the Univeristy Library to do work for my class.

I am still so glad that the bus strike is over; as far as I know, most of my blog readership is outside of Ottawa, so you may not realize how hard this was for us here.

People lost jobs. People lost their businesses. I saw elderly people with canes walking in the snow. Many people I work with had to begin their workday at 6 or 7 AM or they would not get a parking spot (they normally take the bus and car traffic went up 20% which sounds like a small number, but it made a HUGE difference).

There are so many stories of suffering because of this bus strike that happened in the middle of various snow storms. It is hard for us as a city to forgive the city government and the buses/union for buses for belabouring this strike to over 50 days.

Of course we must forgive and I know, as a Christian, I must pray for my city.

13 comments:

Philippa said...

Glad to hear the strike is over! YAY!

elizabeth said...

thanks! me too!

Mimi said...

Wow, fifty days!

Prayers indeed.

elizabeth said...

yeah. looonnnggg time for us here in ottawa!

thanks.

Victoria said...

yikes!! it went on that long!

elizabeth said...

yeah! LOOONNNG time it was!!!

E Helena E said...

Alot of healing needs to happen.

Saw an out-of-service bus roll by today. They're starting up very gradually. Wow! We were excited... haven't seen one since 10 December.

E Helena E said...

Correction: make that the 9th Dec.

elizabeth said...

yeah. a LOT of healing needs to be done! how wonderful that you saw a bus! i am looking forward to this, though I am aware that I will have to be careful to take care as now the buses will be back on the roads...

it will be a transition to have things back to 'normal' again...

E Helena E said...

Let's pray for kindness, patience and goodwill on all sides.
And prayers for safe navigation on busy city streets and crossing them!

elizabeth said...

Amen!

yes we must pray so!

DebD said...

I did not know about the strike, but I'm glad its over - 50 days is a very long time.

elizabeth said...

yes, I am glad it is over as well... will be another week before any busses are up and running, but at least the strike itself is over!