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.
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.