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November 18, 2011

Passengers sing in support of bus driver

CBC (Canada):

Passengers on Ottawa buses were breaking into song Friday to show their support for OC Transpo's silenced singing bus driver. The transit sing-song was organized by passengers who were upset when driver Yves Roy was told earlier this month to stop belting out songs along his route. OC Transpo told him the singing had provoked about a dozen complaints.

A Facebook campaign was launched, drawing the support of nearly 1,200 people who promised to croon in support of Roy's singing when they took the bus on Friday.

They’re all just drivers
They need our sympathy
Cuz it’s no easy job that they do

Julie Seguin said the singers were reacting to a "ridiculous" decision by the transit authority. "For once, there's a really positive thing happening in the bus … and they shut him down," she said.

Roy, 62, has said his singing has brought him praise during his 11 years driving a bus but he doesn't mind giving it up. He found out about his singing supporters early Friday, when someone boarded his bus wearing a T-shirt that said, "Let him sing."

"I'm moved," Roy said. "This is unbelievable.… But I don't think this is going to get anywhere with management." Read more and watch the clip.

Posted by acapnews at November 18, 2011 9:52 PM

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