The next day (Friday), the torch was scheduled to be on Commercial Drive (THE DRIVE) one block away from BRT. All along we have heard that many of the residents in this neighbourhood (East Van) were vehemently against the Olympics (they would like the money to be spent on other things for the most part) and we had seen posters for a rally at a park near by to state their case.
I was scheduled to be at BRT at 10:30 am for work and the first practices, and the torch was going to be there at 9:45am. I thought I would go in early to see it go by. A good way to start my first real Olympic day I thought. As I was walking towards BRT, there was a ton of people lining the street wearing their maple leafs including a lot of kids from the local schools nearby. I also noticed that there were a fair number of people at the park with signs against the Games. just before the torch was schedule to come, the protesters walked down and blocked the intersection, making Commercial Dr. inaccessible. The police had no choice but to re-route the torch. I felt bad for all of the people who came out, that a small group could spoil the enjoyment for the greater population. I guess there is a right to free speech and peaceful demonstrations however.