Since I work for a mining company, it's a good thing I work in the smelter and not the mines. Apparently a huge majority of the local miners were trapped underground for that period of time. With no other access then the cages (elevators), they better start digging ramps to the surface (not all mines have this kind of access).
In the smelter, most pieces of machinery have generators to supply emergency power. I find it disturbing that the mines would not provide generators for the cages, especially if they lost power to their ventillation systems.
At first I thought it was the new worm virus that affected the computers controlling the power grid since the power outage was so wide spread. With a fire at one of the U.S. power plants, it should not have affected the other locations.
It's safe to assume that when the power plant went down in flames, the other nearby locations tried to draw more energy from Ontario, which resulted in the overload. I believe that 75% of Ontario's power production is sold to the U.S. This is totally unacceptable, each region should be able to supply enough power to their perspective areas so this stinker never happens again.
These Hydo electric company's are only out looking to make a profit by selling their power at increased rates to outside sources. This loss of power should never have occured, they know better. These greedy S.O.B.'s are a laughing stock of the rest of the world, we know it would never happen elsewhere.