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Vancouver transit strike drags on

Vancouver's transit strike has now entered its seventh week, with no resolution in sight.

But most people in the city are taking the strike in stride.

Car pools, walking and bicycling have become the preferred methods of transport.

But there are some who are suffering. Among the strike's silent victims are Vancouver's neediest.

Norm Holmes is a volunteer and user of the Vancouver food bank. He says the strike has put a real strain on his life. "Being a diabetic I can't get to the doctor's as easy. I have a lot of walking to do, and if I have to go anywhere it seems to be uphill, of course."

Some small merchants are also suffering. At the Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver business is drying up fast.

The Seabus usually brings more than 15,000 people a day to the waterfront market. And since the Seabus is on strike, there are few customers.

The strike is keeping Ali Bahrami's espresso machines idle and eating away at his profits.

"I'm spending from my pocket, from my credit cards ... and I hope they go back to work as soon as possible, because I don't know how long I can continue," he said.

Without growing public outrage Vancouver's transport authority has little incentive to settle the strike. Right now it's saving $5 million per week.

And the union says it won't settle until its key demand, a prohibition on part-time workers, is met.