The bus drivers of the Ottawa City Transportation conglomerate, or as they like to call themselves OCTranspo, have been having a manifestation since Wednesday.
Hye-Sung told me that it was a planned manifestation - she saw it on the news. What she really meant was that the bus drivers were going on strike. Manifestation is one of the French terms for going on strike.
The bus drivers have been manifesting since Wednesday. The day the entire city was blanketed in snow. Traffic is awful: snow piles are everywhere: loads of people just bite the bullet and walk to work. Half the staff at the museum has either come in late or left early in a futile attempt to avoid the madness on the roads. Supervisor John gave Hye-Sung and I a serious little talk about making sure that we were very careful walking to and from the museum, which was really nice of him.
The definition of the English manifestation (courtesy of the Oxford English Dictionary, which my computer miraculously contains and updates as needed) is as follows: an event, action, or object that clearly shows or embodies something, esp. theory or an abstract idea.
I believe the abstract idea that OCTranspo is manifesting is that they feel it is okay for people like me to slog forty minutes through twelve inches of squeeky snow in freezing temperatures to and from work.
Why are they striking any way? What benefits can they gain? I mean, really. This is Canada, which is fairly socialist in several aspects. Not really face-punching material, but definitely a trial and/or tribulation.