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So if you live in Ontario, Quebec and some of the Maritime Provinces do you remember what took place on this date at approximately 5:00 pm EST? If you're in one of the northern US states you were probably also effected.

We were on our way to see Huey Lewis and The News in concert at Casino Rama in Orillia when all of the traffic lights went out and the radio went silent for a few minutes. We got the venue and were told that they were on backup power and that the show might be cancelled. Waited around for a couple of hours before they finally announced that the show had been cancelled.

Our power was out at home for 24 hrs, but I know that there were a lot of people who didn't get their hydro back on for up to 72 hrs.

What do you remember about the blackout of August 14, 2003?

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I was at work driving the 34 Eglinton East bus. Maybe had one trip left until I was done. Was a real eye opener in regards to what it would be like in a real emergency situation.

HELL IN A HAND BASKET I SAY!!!!!!

People rushing lights instead of treating them like 4 way stops. 6 cars would bully their way through. Throngs of people trying to push to the front to get on buses. I remember pulling up to the platform at Kennedy Station. Platform was full and I situated my front doors in front of a lady with a stroller with child. People shoved right by. Brutal!

On the opposite side there were some folks that rose to the occasion, whether that was wise or not I am not sure. People being traffic cops as well as other good deeds.

Remember making frozen pizza on the BBQ.
 

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i was working in a sheetmetal shop, and we had to lay out all our fittings by hand. i felt it was a good thing, because we had a few guys who were asking for raises when they did not have the skills to justify them. that fixed things quick enough
 

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I was sitting on the back deck and the neighbours' noisy air-conditioner finally shut off.

I remember how quiet it was and how many stars you could see in the sky that night. It was awesome!

Next morning I made coffee on our Coleman stove and apparently saved my neighbour's life.
 

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I remember leaving the steel mill where we worked at times. Total gridlock. No traffic lights working. By the time we got back to the shop it was apparent what was going on according to the radio.

We were OK for food, water, propane and candles so I did what I thought was important and went to the gas station to buy a bunch of ice and to local brewery who were still selling beer out of the dark retail counter (Theres a reason I always have cash on hand) and got a couple cases. We were the hit of the neighbourhood LOL

I remember it being a lot of fun

And I was probably one of the few who didn’t have a larger family 9 months later
 

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We were at home. Because we have a gas stove, we still had the ability to have a hot meal. I also had a little B/W tv that could operate off DC, so I plugged in a 12V battery I had, and my wife and I watched the chaos on the TV while stretched out in lounge chairs on the deck. Boy did I feel smug, but what we saw on TV was absolutely nuts.

Of course, if it happened now, people would have "TV" on their phones.
 

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This brought back some cool memories. We where sitting in our living room listening to a small battery radio and talking about how it was back in the day when they had no electricity, no tv. no etc... Then look out my window and my buddy across the street is having a party !!! Well, i said to my wife, lets go over and bring an acoustic and blah blah blah....6 hours later and many glasses of Scotch, his wife escorted me across the street back home cause i was falling all over. Oh what a great time we had....i think.
 

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I was 14 and i dont remember a thing.
 

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I was walking down the stairs of the Spadina Subway Station when the lights went out. If had been 5 or so minutes earlier, I would have been stuck on a subway train. I spent 15 minutes or so waiting outside and every thing was still out. So I walked to the Museum Station. Everything was totally out as I walked past. Museum station was down. Walked to the Bay Station. It was then I figured something was really, really wrong. Walked down to Union Station. No change, everything still out. I used a walkway from Bay Street up to the Go Train platform. No lights, information boards, just a train engine idling. Boarded a train. 20 minutes later it left eastbound. Slow going, having to crawl through crossings. Got to Ajax. No change. Boarded a Bus. Got off of my stop. Everything still out. Got home. pulled out the candles and flashlight , but then I went to check on my 83 year old mother, now at a neighbour's house. Took her home. Made her sandwiches and something to drink. She was bored and irritable with no TV and no light to do crosswords. Gave her meds a bit early. She was good for the night.

I think the power came back on some time during that night. Don't remember details after that.
 
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I was at work in Brampton. Mad rushes at the gas stations. Called my folks to make sure ok and let them know was gonna go stay with my girlfriend dow town.

Got there and was amazed at the cooperation. Unlike mentioned above. There were random people directing intersections on Bathurst; passing cars stopping to give them water and general well intentions all over. Nobody rushing; what for - everything was cancelled let's just get home safe.

Made sure the GF and her roomies were OK and then we went down to Kensington Market. Barrel fires in the street. Shops Giving out free ice cream ( by then we'd all heard the news that this wouldn't be back up quick). Not free but severely discounted draught beer. Everyone out on the street having a chill fun time. I was impressed there wasn't more chaos.
 

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Ha! My wife was already 7-1/2 months pregnant.

All of those babies start high school this year.
Mine were wee little then and having a great adventure. Now they are all out on their own. Life is too short
 

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I remember that night well. It was my birthday and I was really looking forward to Rib night at a local restaurant/bar. I just got there and ordered my first beer and the power went out. We ended up stuck at my buddy's house up the road with a few beer stragglers left over in a cooler from the night before and a can of baked beans heated on the BBQ. Worst birthday EVER.
 
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