Not the usual commute
By 8:40 a.m. it's apparent none of Toronto's one million daily transit users will get to work by subway, bus or streetcar. Curran says people have elected not to drive to work either, making for remarkably few cars on the road. Metro Morning host Andy Barrie interviews an economist working from home and a student waiting for a flight at Toronto's airport on how the protest is affecting their day.
• Though the protest succeeded in closing down the transit system for the day, business was not adversely affected. Many companies planned for it by working harder early that week and keeping workers in downtown hotels overnight.
• The second Day of Action was a parade and mass rally at the provincial legislature. Estimates of the size of the crowd diverged wildly, with organizers claiming 250,000 people in attendance and the police saying 75,000 were there.
• Metro Morning has been CBC's Toronto-area morning radio show since 1972.
• Host Andy Barrie joined the show in 1996 after hosting radio and television programs for various private stations in Toronto and Montreal. Born in the United States, he moved to Canada in 1969 after being drafted to serve in the Vietnam War.
• In spring 2004 Metro Morning was Toronto's top-rated radio program in the morning time slot.
Program: Metro Morning
Broadcast Date: Oct. 25, 1996
Guest(s): Michael Bliss, Patty Croft, Elaine Ellis, Jennifer Fairhall
Host: Andy Barrie
Reporter: John McGrath, Jim Curran, Mary Wiens
Last updated: November 9, 2012
Page consulted on December 5, 2013
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