So. As always, inquiring minds want to know. How many teenagers got bussed in for an edumacational day on the Hill?
Police estimate 5,000.
Here, we have the phrase 'estimated at over 10,000' but no word by whom.
The ever-reliable LifeShite claims 15,000 attendees.
When I posted a link to the nifty Hill Cam on Twitter, David Akin, a major star at Fox News North, pointed out that by then the gathering had perhaps started to dwindle as the march had started.
I asked when he reckoned the peak occurred. He said, 12:45 to 1:00. (I loooove Twitter.)
Moseyed around the toobz for a while and found this screen-shot at Trashy's World.
I asked when it was taken. By chance, the window was still open and read 12:51, smack dab in Akin's peak period.
Tweeted a link to Trashy's and asked if that look 'peakish' to Akin.
Yup. That's what I saw RT @fernhilldammit: Screen shot at 1251 http://bit.ly/kA0VUR @davidakin said that's within peak attendance time.
And as Antonia Z pointed out, that crowd includes cops, media, bystanders, and pro-choice demonstrators.
So, what do you think? Here's another shot from a little while ago for comparison.
And just to round out March of the Feti (JJ's phrase, which I'd reference if bloody Twitter would stop pulling a Blogger), here's what the oft-disappointed-but-sure-they're-on-track-with-a-Con-majority think is in store for us.
Pat O'Brien, a former Liberal MP who sat as an Independent after falling out with his party over abortion, said "the debate is on" and politicians will have to catch up with the public.
And Georges Buscemi, president of Campagne Québec-Vie, said abortion services can be scaled back without a new law making the procedure illegal.
For instance, federal funding to family-planning organizations "can be diverted to other groups that are more open to life."
"There could be some behind-the-scenes work done," Buscemi said at news conference.
"Different things, subsidies to different organizations, policies on health, policies on education. There are a lot of things that can be done behind the scenes to prepare for the future."
March organizer Matthew Wojciechowski claimed there are now between 60 and 65 MPs out of 308 elected to Parliament who are in favour of new abortion laws.
Behind the scenes, eh? Nope. No hidden agenda atall atall.
UPDATE: Buckets does some sciency-facty stuff and comes up with 8,000.