The union that drives buses and ferrys here in HRM is on strike as of this morning. A really good examination of the issues can be read here, for those of you interested in unions and worker's rights.
If I didn't have my car, I'd be facing a 75 minute walk and I live close to work, relative to most people here. Most people in the city are banning together and carpooling or selling rides (one guy on kijiji was charging $10/person/day to go into downtown Halifax). The CBC has a rideshare map up, which gives a good idea of the number of people needing rides, and the distance that metro transit usually covers.