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Posted 2003-08-17 by Tony Walsh
Ontario is still in the grip of an official State of Emergency, meaning non-essential operations and services are supposed to be halted. We have been in a State of Emergency essentially since the blackout began, and while civilian residents are taking measures to lower electricity consumption, there aren't many signs of conservation from local businesses.

Toronto's lame imitation of Times Square, located at Yonge and Dundas, was still burning bright on Friday night, as well as hundreds (if not thousands) of other billboards across town.

I guess advertising products and services while average residents sweat to death is good for business. Around my house we have the air conditioning set to 25 Celcius (way over room temperature), the ceiling fan on, and occasionally a computer or two buzzing. Meanwhile, the pixelboards are blaring, restaurants are running their dishes through mandatory scalding water, movie theatres are freezing their patrons...
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Comment posted by Gamma Fodder
August 17, 2003 @ 9:30 pm
I'm furious when I saw my neighbours crank up their air conditioning seconds after we power returned to the neighbourhood, ignoring the desperate pleas of conservation from the province. We still have eight of twelve reactors shutdown due to the grid collapse, meaning that 5700 MW is still not available to the province. With that deficit of power, for every air conditioner left on, someone else goes without electricity for another day.

I hope that three things come from this collapse: the Tories are finally ousted in the next election, we build greater electrical capacity and reliable transmission and people become fanatical about conservation.
Comment posted by Andrew D.
August 18, 2003 @ 1:19 pm
This whole blackout situation is nasty and we do really need to take this opportunity to look closer at conserving energy. But... two wonderful things did happen because of this blackout...

First, my wife and I got a chance to meet and chat with neighbours we'd only ever said "hi" to... I really thought the general public showed great generousity and compassion for their neighbours. And second, we got to see a glorious night sky. Looking up through the trees at all those stars... watching satellietes fly by... hearing (but not seeing) other people laughing on their front porches... it was like we were in the countryside... it was amazing.

So, the structure of the power grid and the gits that claim to control it may have let us all down, but the charity and mutual respect of the citizens really made this great city of ours shine.
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