CBC is reporting that things are going to be getting a lot tougher for those people who cannot or will not subscribe for cellular phone services. As reported, pay phones in the downtown core are under subpoena (call lists being handed over to the police) and they also are going to be subjected to a 10pm to 6am curfew where they will only function to contact 911 services. Pay phones are already few and far between in the downtown, this idiotic pilot project is going to make it almost impossible for anyone without a cellular phone to make a call. The justification? "Drug dealers use these phones".
So, heaven forbid you try to call a cab or a friend for a ride if you are downtown after 10pm. Miss your bus and want to inform your parents/children/friends you might be late? Well, I guess all the respectable citizens of this miserable excuse for a city have cell phones.
I am wondering how the hell they got the authority to do this without public hearings... oh wait, it is part of the war on drugs, I guess we all have to make sacrifices. I wonder if the people at 911 are going to call a cab for me if I get stuck downtown after 10?