#194 Ottawa’s singing bus driver

By Cathryn Wellner / November 21, 2011

For the past eleven years, Yves Roy has been singing as he threaded his bus through Ottawa traffic. He seems a happy sort, the kind who wakes up with a smile on his face and shares it throughout the day.

Unfortunately, some grumps complained so his supervisor told him to stop crooning to his passengers. The mayor defended the decision, telling CBC:

If we allow a driver to start singing and entertaining how do we say no to a passenger who wants to start tap-dancing or doing stand-up comedy.

Ottawa OC Transpo is having a bit of an image problem lately. One driver was video’d talking on his cell phone while driving. Another was caught swearing at a passenger. Yet another driver was so fed up he got off the bus, left it running, and told his passengers to take the next bus.

A city bus driver takes a lot of abuse, drives in challenging traffic, and is expected to behave professionally, no matter what passengers say or do. My guess is that Yves Roy’s singing kept things calmer on his bus routes. The grumps probably had a more peaceful ride because of him.

That’s what some of his passengers thought, and they created a song to support him. The song, the petition, and the Facebook page may not soften management’s ban on Yves Roy’s singing, but it certainly puts a song in the good man’s heart.



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j - November 25, 2011

Here’s a heartwarming singing surprise to another busdriver in Copenhagen, Denmark. Someone sent this to me a couple of years ago, and I saved it in “Bookmarks.” Enjoy!

    admin - December 5, 2011

    Here’s the link to this video – you’re sure to smile. Thanks, Judith.

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