Carleton University staff are on strike. Classes continue, but picket lines are set up. Unfortunately, by the first day, there had been an incident. A couple of picketers were hit by cars. The picketers are okay, thankfully, and I won’t judge whether it was malice or negligence (or a mixture of the two).
Of note to people heading to Carleton, OC Transpo buses are not going on to campus. The O-train and Para-Transpo will, but regular buses will not. I wondered what the reason was behind this decision, as the website gave no explanation. So I tweeted OC Transpo. Quickly, I received this response:
@jonathanmcleod For passenger safety & scheduling adherence, buses are not going into campus. The O-Train continues to run thru campus.
— OC Transpo (@OC_Transpo) March 10, 2014
This is a reasonable explanation. It could be convenient cover so that OC Transpo can escape controversy. News reports also stated that some taxis would not cross the picket line, as some drivers are unionized.
Which is also reasonable…almost. Continue reading