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Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Canonization of Jimbo Flaherty

Well I knew what he was going to do from the moment he announced that Jim Flaherty would have a state funeral, for no good reason.And then let it be known that he had PERSONALLY written the eulogy he would deliver.And sure enough he did turn that solemn occasion into yet another giant photo-op . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Canonization of Jimbo Flaherty

Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Occupied Ottawa to celebrate one year anniversary

  Occupied Ottawa (formerly Occupy Ottawa) activists return to Confederation Park on Monday to celebrate the movement’s one year anniversary with art, performance, music, speeches and educational workshops. Occupied Ottawa, a part of the global grassroots Occupy movement against economic disparity and social injustice, “occupied” the park from October 15, 2011, until its eviction on . . . → Read More: Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Occupied Ottawa to celebrate one year anniversary

Montreal Simon: The Quebec Students and the Occupy Movement

On my way home today I visited the park where Occupy Toronto once lived. And I could hardly recognize the place.

The old gazebo where so many passionate speeches were made, and so many dreamed of a better world, was quiet now.

And where there were once tents huddled together in the cold…Read . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Quebec Students and the Occupy Movement

Law is Cool: Occupy Ties to former Bay Street Lawyer

The Occupy movement comes from all aspects of Canadian society, including those with close family ties to the wealthy elite. Jennifer Yang of the Toronto Star provides this backgrounder on Antonin Yvon Mongeau,

He chose the pseudonym “Smith,” the most common of English monikers. It is a name for regular folk and the plebian masses; . . . → Read More: Law is Cool: Occupy Ties to former Bay Street Lawyer

Media’s anti-Occupy stance revealed. More than half of Canadians support the movement.

By reading 90% of the Canadian media, you’d have thought the people who Occupied cities across Canada and the world were unemployable dirty fucking hippies intent on violence and rape.

Seems a majority of Canadians – and most of the world – still do not share the media’s jaundiced view of the mostly young . . . → Read More: Media’s anti-Occupy stance revealed. More than half of Canadians support the movement.

Media’s anti-Occupy stance revealed. More than half of Canadians support the movement.

By reading 90% of the Canadian media, you’d have thought the people who Occupied cities across Canada and the world were unemployable dirty fucking hippies intent on violence and rape. Seems a majority of Canadians – and most of the world – do not share the media’s jaundiced view of the mostly young people who . . . → Read More: Media’s anti-Occupy stance revealed. More than half of Canadians support the movement.

Politics and its Discontents: The Occupy Movement: More Wisdom From Star Readers

I wrote the other day that I normally refrain from excerpting large chunks of text from other sources, but here I go again, this time a reproduction of letters from perceptive Toronto Star readers on why we should be thankful for the Occupy Movement. I was especially struck by B Byron’s reminder of the federal . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: The Occupy Movement: More Wisdom From Star Readers

Montreal Simon: The Occupy Movement and the Nature of the Beast

Twenty four hours after this little campsite was demolished, I see that Margaret Wente couldn’t restrain herself from going down to St James Park, squatting on all fours, and delivering this dreary dump.

Despite the current circumstances, every single protester in North America is pretty well guaranteed a comfortable middle-class existence – so long . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Occupy Movement and the Nature of the Beast

Montreal Simon: Occupy Toronto:The End of the Beginning

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By the time I got to the Occupy Toronto campsite this afternoon it was mostly gone. 

The library, where some guy in a Clockwork Orange bowler hat had barricaded himself, was being dismantled.

Some of the neighbours were taking back “their” park.

So be careful where you step from now . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Occupy Toronto:The End of the Beginning

Occupy Toronto clears out, makes plans

On Twitter this morning I found a live stream and chat from Occupy Toronto. I wandered into it right about the point where the protesters were in the process of decamping. At around 9am local time the cops made an appearance and officially requested that the protesters leave, after which things got underway. The prevailing . . . → Read More: Occupy Toronto clears out, makes plans

Montreal Simon: Occupy Toronto and the Old Rebel

I visited the Occupy Toronto campsite on my way back from work today, and it was a sad and desolate sight. Exhausted street kids tearing down their tents, as an icy wind blew the dead leaves around them.

The demolished kitchen that once fed hundreds of people a day, now only feeding the . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Occupy Toronto and the Old Rebel

Politics and its Discontents: Two Monday Morning Links

There are two pieces on the Occupy Toronto situation that are worth reading in today’s paper. The first is the editorial in the Toronto Star examining the possibilities for the future now that the occupiers will soon be decamping from St. James Park due to a judicial decision just handed down. It is a decision . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Two Monday Morning Links

Occupy Vancouver on the move

With the likely scenario of violence in Toronto as Bill Blair’s baddies descend on the occupiers who refuse to move, Occupy Vancouver has taken a different stand. Instead of confronting authorities, Occupy Vancouver will continue with its unique approach to non-violent resistance by simply moving the camp.

The location has yet to be revealed but . . . → Read More: Occupy Vancouver on the move

Montreal Simon: Occupy Canada and the Silence of the Lambs

I’m going to miss the Occupy Toronto campsite, this colourful little progressive utopia in the heart of a cold grey city. For by tomorrow night it will almost surely be destroyed.

I’m going to miss the endless discussions about how to change the world and make it a better place. I’m going to miss . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Occupy Canada and the Silence of the Lambs

Montreal Simon: Occupy Canada: Why You Can’t Evict a Movement

As I was saying last night, they can arrest us. 

They can tear down our humble campsites.

They can insult us.

They can beat us.

They can pepper spray peaceful protesters…

The pig bastards. But theywill NEVER stop our movement from continuing to spread all over the world, developing in new and amazing directions, . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Occupy Canada: Why You Can’t Evict a Movement

Montreal Simon: Why the Occupy Movement Will Survive

It’s going to be a cold night at the Occupy Toronto campsite, as the clock on the church that has refused the occupiers sanctuary, counts down the hours before they are evicted. 

Because you don’t have to ask yourself what would Jesus do eh? Or be a weatherman, to know that a cold wind is . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Why the Occupy Movement Will Survive

Canadian Progressive World: On Global Day of Action, Occupy Ottawa flexes underrated muscle

By Obert Madondo Even as the threat of eviction from Confederation Park looms larger, the Occupy Ottawa movement is getting stronger, says Arun Smith. Yesterday, the movement held simultaneous marches before four key Ottawa landmarks: …Read More

Montreal Simon: The Occupy Movement:When Repression Backfires

All over North America the assault on the Occupy campsites continues. From New York City, to Regina, to Vancouver.

And in Toronto the Con tool Tasha Kheiriddin, can barely contain herself.

The Occupy movement has had two months to develop a coherent message, engage broad public sympathy, or begin its transition to a political . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Occupy Movement:When Repression Backfires

That’s Very Christian of You, Dr. Jabba The Roy Eappen

Wow! I guess that true Christian charity really only begins at home for those right wingnutz who only worship the altar of greed, don’t it Dr. Roy? Yes, the ‘good’ doctor wants those ‘squatters’, as he so eloquently calls the occupiers of St-James Park, evicted, preferrably, by force no doubt. Why? Because, he . . . . . → Read More: That’s Very Christian of You, Dr. Jabba The Roy Eappen

Montreal Simon: The Occupy Movement and The Revolution

This sign in the Occupy Toronto campsite still stands defiantly. But of course the occupiers will be moved eventually. Because the power has the police. Just not tonight.

Occupy Toronto protesters will not be evicted tonight following a last-minute court injunction against the city’s plans to forcibly remove them…Full arguments for and against eviction . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Occupy Movement and The Revolution

Repeat performance of Bill Blair’s Goon Show tonight in Toronto?

"I'm sorry officer, is my head in the way of your boot?" When midnight rolls around in Toronto, will we see Bill Blair’s finest descend on those Occupiers like they did during the infamous G20 police violence conducted on peace… . . . → Read More: Repeat performance of Bill Blair’s Goon Show tonight in Toronto?

Repeat performance of Bill Blair’s Goon Show tonight in Toronto?

"I’m sorry officer, is my head in the way of your boot?" When midnight rolls around in Toronto, will we see Bill Blair’s finest descend on those Occupiers like they did during the infamous G20 police violence conducted on peaceful protesters? Blair has not shown one scrap of regret over his bubble-bursting bad boys kicking and beating last summer so there’s no reason to expect anything else . . . → Read More: Repeat performance of Bill Blair’s Goon Show tonight in Toronto?

The Sun’s effect on our national conversation is obvious, but what about the Globe?

It’s a straightforward question: what are people talking about? What’s capturing their attention and imaginations? Public conversation. Nothing gives you a better sense of a community or a society than gauging what people are talking about. (24/7 on Ki… . . . → Read More: The Sun’s effect on our national conversation is obvious, but what about the Globe?

Montreal Simon: The Occupy Movement and the Coal Mine Canaries

By the time I made it down to the Occupy Toronto campsite this weekend it was getting dark. There seemed to be more tents than ever, but although they were celebrating their one-month anniversary, the mood was definitely subdued.Maybe it’s be… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Occupy Movement and the Coal Mine Canaries

Anonymous threatens Rob Ford with internet takedown if Occupy Toronto removed

If Rob Ford goes through with his threat to forcibly remove peaceful Occupy Toronto next week, Anonymous warns that it is prepared to take action against Ford’s administration by ‘removing the internet’. H/T: @min_reyes . . . → Read More: Anonymous threatens Rob Ford with internet takedown if Occupy Toronto removed