One catch-all article posted on CTV.ca has the following headlines within itself:
- Some local businesses are suggesting that the OC Transpo strike, combined with the unfriendly weather, has brought a 20-30 per cent reduction in consumer traffic;
- To help people get to the mall, Bayshore Shopping Centre is offering a $5 taxi chit to shoppers who visit customer service with their receipts;
- Some job hunters are being forced to turn down jobs because, without buses, they haven't got a way to get to their possible new jobs;
- Some folks are losing jobs they had because they can't get in to work anymore;
- Para Transpo has increased operations 10 per cent since OC Transpo service stopped;
- And, finally, even if an agreement is reached, it would likely take a few days to a week for full service to be restored.
"Well, we're talking right now…When people are talking, things can happen," said Andre Cornellier, president of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 279 Monday, while taking a break from negotiations with the City of Ottawa.And the Ottawa Citizen had a riveting report of no news in the negotiations.
"But you know what, I'm not very optimistic right now . I wouldn't want to give anybody a false sense of hope or not."
Norm Deschamps, who has been driving an OC Transpo bus for 20 years, said he gets the impression that people's opinions have been turning in the bus drivers' favour since the recent launch of the union's website, which was last updated on Friday.
"We're finally getting some information out that has given [our] whole perspective of this strike to the public," Deschamps said.