A relatively small number of students showed up for the big September 20 Fridays for future climate strike. The kids in this provincial university city in Ontario with a population of about 85,000 are pretty new to this. And they are well behaved. The part about disrupting the system wasn't really happening. Student demonstrators were lined up along a busy street in front of City Hall. They were cheering passing cars, lots of them trucks and SUVs, but by honking their horns they were accepted as supporters of the strike. A few of them tried to block some of the traffic, but police didn't have a hard time convincing students to follow the rules. Hopefully they will cover civil disobedience in their social studies classes.
There were some older people out on this beautiful late summer day supporting the students. And even the city's Member of Parliament in Ottawa, Myriam Monsef of the Trudeau Liberal Party, can be seen and heard talking the talk. Some dressed up people, including two adorable little girls, were entering City Hall for a wedding ceremony. The overall mood was very good, more like a party than a political manifestation. But hey, why not have both.