Monday, February 13, 2006

Goodbye, Ruby Tuesday...

Tomorrow, 500-700 farmers will descend up on the city of Guelph to demonstrate against what they feel is a lack of support from the Government of Ontario in their income crisis. I won't go into the nitty gritty, but farmers are in trouble and no longer making money off of farming. Not all, but many. They will be protesting in front of the very building at which I work. I'll be getting there early so that the call centre is up and running before 8:00, which is when most of the farmers will arrive.

This whole protest is expected to be farily orderly, and there are some excellent contrasts to be found here. While other parts of the world burn under the weight of Islamic protests over cartoons, Canada continues to set the gold standard for proper protesting. Not only have the protesters agreed not to obstruct us from entering work, but have told us their numbers in advance, and worked with building officials to arrange for porta-potties to be outside the building.

Ground rules set, facilities erected, and promise of order and calm. What a great country.

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