Toronto making plans to reenact citywide blackout of 2003

On Thursday, August 14, 2003, a software bug on the northeastern power grid plunged millions of Torontonians into darkness for days. To some, the great blackout was a nerve-wracking affair. To others, it was a trip to paradise; a chance to throw candlelight barbecue parties and socialize with neighbours.
People cross the street at the corner of Yonge Street and Dundas in Toronto, August 14, 2003. A blackout brought much of Ontario to a standstill, turning off power to as many as 10 million people as a massive outage hit eastern North America. (REUTERS/David Lucas)
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On Thursday, August 14, 2003, a software bug on the northeastern power grid plunged millions of Torontonians into darkness for days. To some, the great blackout was a nerve-wracking affair. To others, it was a trip to paradise; a chance to throw candlelight barbecue parties and socialize with neighbours.  

George Yarwood fondly remembers the blackout and leads a group who is hoping to recreate the "magic" of  2003 by staging a blackout  re-enactment.  

"On that night people forgot their addictions to their fridges and lamps, we came together as Torontonians to connect. We want to recreate that feeling."

Yarwood's group is proposing a spontaneous 48-hour total blackout of Toronto sometime in the next 6 months.

"We won't tell people when the power will be cut off, because as we remember in 2003, part of the fun was being unprepared."  


Listen to the interview in its entirety to learn more the group's proposed blackout.

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