2006 Sep 4: Elizabeth May’s whistlestop update 2006

As of this morning, Elizabeth May’s train was running almost an hour late, but they were expecting to catch up.  This is a major improvement over my daughter’s train, which I’ll describe below.

We are meeting at

Monday, 2006 September 4, 7:45 pm
Union Station, just outside the front doors.

If you want to call VIA to inquire about the exact arrival time, call (416) 366-8411 and ask about train #2 arriving from Vancouver.

If you bring 10 people, you get a picture with Elizabeth.  Everybody gets a Green Order of Danforth paperclip.

If you like all Green Party, all the time, you can go from Union Station directly to Frank de Jong’s campaign rally.  Frank de Jong is the leader of the Green Party of Ontario and the candidate for the provincial byelection in Parkdale-High Park.  The rally will be held at the Rhino Bar and Grill Upstairs, 1249 Queen St. West.  Doors open at 8:00 pm.  Jim Harris, our outgoing leader will be speaking.  Elizabeth May is scheduled to arrive at 9:00 pm or so.

Now, if you’re still paying attention, and want to know about my daughter Lee, she took the same choo-choo train trip that Elizabeth is taking just a few days ago, after spending part of the summer with friends in Vancouver (the company she works for operates out of Vancouver as well).  She was scheduled to arrive Wednesday night at 8:00 pm.  She called us late Monday night to tell us that there had been a derailment ahead of her train and they had been stuck in one place for 12 hours just a few hours out of Vancouver, but already it was apparent that the train would not be able to get through the busier corridor near Toronto.  Consequently she would arrive by bus on Thursday morning at 4 am.

When we called VIA late Wednesday night, they confirmed that some passengers were scheduled to arrive in Toronto at 4 am, but they would have called when they were offered free phone calls earlier that evening.  All other passengers would arrive at 1:30 pm.  At 10 am, Lee called me from Union Station because she had arrived on the bus scheduled to arrive at 4 am, having not been given an opportunity to call after all.

So I will go out to meet Elizabeth May, having not bothered to pick up my darling daughter.

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