Canadians are very easily excited. I was in Canada last week for a few days, and had a chance to walk around Toronto. As I approached a Church (of one of the million Christian branches…) I saw a drunk guy laying on the pavement
and mumbling some incomprehensible words. He was dirty, obviously drunk, and possibly homeless. Did I mention he was also drunk?
Anyway, a lady was already by his side, calling for help so I decided there was nothing more to get excited about and walked into the Church (you know, to see how things work in the Sunday mass in this part of the world). Alas, I was mistaken! There was indeed something to get excited about
Or so the Toronto people seemed to think. Coming out of the church, the following story unfolded right before my eyes:
- A fire brigade truck (!) arrives at the scene of the crime (…) for some reason as yet unknown to me. It blocks one of the two lanes in the street, and a number of firemen surround the drunk guy
- The fire brigade truck is quickly joined by a police patrol vehicle, and another few policemen join the circus around the drunk guy.
- A paramedic unit vehicle arrives, and parks next to the drunk guy, who is now sitting on the pavement -probably rambling about how bad the last (17th) drink he had for breakfast was… A couple of paramedics join the party of firemen and police officers. No one seemed to have brought booze though.
- Seeing how you can’t have a party without booze, the paramedics called for their friends in a big-ass ambulance to come over and bring some juice. The ambulance arrives shortly, blocks the second lane (thus stopping traffic in that street completely now) and a couple more paramedics come out and happily blend in with the others.
I am not sure how quiet or safe Toronto is. If the story above was so exciting (I am guessing it may have made the news) I assume Toronto is a really, *really
* safe place! Also, boring…
I am also not sure how many work in the fire brigade, police departments, and paramedic units in Toronto, but judging by the story above, I would say approximately half of the Canadian working force is employed by these public services
. So they have a lot of time to spare around a drunk guy…