2009-01-30

Sic (Ottawa) Transit (in)Gloria Mundi...

Huh. On Day 51, call the Ottawa transit strike "officially done". Stick a fork in it. And one apiece into Mayor Larry O'Brien, and union leader Andre Cornellier, for utter disgrace under pressure. Oh, hell! Bring out all the place settings and start forkin' everybody over! There's plenty of responsibility to go 'round.

The city and the union last evening agreed to binding arbitration - as much as any two parties with a big honkin' federal gun to their heads can be said to "agree". Seems it was pretty much the solution proposed within the first two days, before the Mayor and the leader of the union local turned the whole city into an arena for an epic personal pissin' match, the like of which even coyotes rarely witness. And we know from pissin' matches.

Now, we semimythical coyotes are never bitter, cynical and obsessive, or anything. Even as we lick chafed and frozen appendages. However, we suspect it will be highly instructive to observe (and carefully note) the order and speed with which this sorry affair's numerous flawed leads and over-confident second bananas trot out their individual attempts to publicly grab credit and apply their over-torqued spins, pre-fab self-justifications, and weaselly personal self aggrandizations. Oh, wait... it's already begun!

Less than 30 minutes after the announcement, unless the cheesy dollar-store digital clock I picked out of the trash one long-ago recycling night was even more bafflingly inaccurate than usual...

Now, excuse me. I'm going to go suck my frostbitten paws. But I'm not bitter. Or anything...

9 comments:

Hannah said...

Yeah the strike is over, but not really, since it will be weeks until the buses are up and running again. Arg!

Milan said...

It is also not clear what solution the binding arbitration will produce. Personally, I hope it will be something that makes the whole strike seem pointless. That is the best assurance that such things will happen less frequently than they otherwise would in the future.

Wandering Coyote said...

So when exactly will the buses be up and running again?

XUP said...

Feb 9th for 60% of the buses. You do sound a tad bitter, coyote. I think you'll find, when we re-join our program tomorrow, the last 51 days have all been a cleverly scripted dream sequence. Stay tuned for "what really happened"

Wandering Coyote said...

Why is it taking so long to get everything back up and running?

coyote said...

Hannah: At one point the city was saying two months(!) The union claimed a week. So, somewhere between...?

Milan: Umm, you mean the whole strike didn't seem pointless already? I'd settle for soemthing that makes the mayor understand the sheer wretched depths of his dumbassery, but I don't know if he's smart enough to realize he's not smart...

XUP: Bitter? Moi?! If it's a dream sequence, I vote for one that started just before the current mayor's election. Although to be extremely unbiased and fair - as is my even-tempered wont - it's been more like a nightmare sequence...

Other Coyote: It seems that safety certificates expired on a number of 'em, because they were not getting regular maintenance.

And several hunnert Very Speshul Big Bus Batteries are rumoured to need replacing, becaues the went flat in the cold. I guess managers didn't know how to hook up battery chargers, or somethin'...

Frankly, if city buses become unsafe justing being parked, I'd really worry about any of them that might actually, you know, drive around...

TWFKAH said...

Yeah Coyote. You do seem a little bitter...

coyote said...

Ya think...??

raino said...

i agree. fork 'em all! fork away.