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Expodition: Transit strike hits Expo 67

In Canada's centennial year, the city of Montreal played host to the world with Expo 67. "Man and His World" was the theme of the 1967 world's fair, a six-month celebration that drew 50 million ~ visitors to a site on three artificial islands in the St. Lawrence River. Broadcast from Expo's International Broadcasting Centre, Expodition was CBC Radio's daily guide to the pavilions, the people, the pleasures and the problems of Expo 67.

Stick out your thumb, don your walking boots, hop on a London double-decker, or hail a cab - but if you're going to Expo 67, don't bother waiting for the bus. Ever since Montreal's transit drivers walked off the job, Expo organizers have been frantically arranging other ways for visitors and staff to get to the site. This episode of Expodition goes offsite to learn how other methods of transport are filling the gap.
• Bus and metro drivers with the Montreal Transit Commission suddenly walked off the job on the evening of Sept. 21, 1967, forcing about 100,000 Expo visitors to find other ways back to their homes and hotels.
• Despite officials' fears about the strike's impact on admissions, an average of 183,000 people attended the fair on each of the strike's first four days. Typical numbers for the period would have been about 200,000.
Medium: Radio
Program: Expodition
Broadcast Date: Sept. 26, 1967
Guest(s): John Lewis, Anne Wigram
Announcer: Jim Robertson
Host: Bob MacGregor
Reporter: Martin Bronstein
Duration: 11:56
Photo: Library and Archives Canada

Last updated: March 6, 2012

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