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Interview with Occupy Toronto library defender

A short interview with a protester at Occupy Toronto who has chained himself to the library yurt (winter tent) in St James Park. Nov. 21, 2011. Occupy Toronto was ordered evicted earlier in the day, after a judge rejected the premise that the rights of the protesters were protected by Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

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rabbleTV: First eviction notices go up at Occupy Toronto

Police began securing eviction notices at the Occupy Toronto campsite in St. James Park on Monday, Nov. 21. Photo: Wayne MacPhail
rabbleTV: Police move in at Occupy Toronto following a court decision.

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First eviction notices go up at Occupy Toronto

Following a court decision on Monday, Nov. 21, 2011, police began securing eviction notices at the Occupy Toronto campsite in St. James Park. The notices were written on the letterhead of the church which owns the property.

The protesters have remained on the site for five weeks. Some packed to leave and comply with the order, while others have attempted to make barricades more secure.

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| November 21, 2011

Occupy Vancouver: Support for us, for every Occupy site, is so important

Occupation is an autonomous tactic that seeks to draw attention to critical social issues. Occupation is just one tactic among many others. It exists because many of us believe that political engagement should not be limited to voting and signing petitions. Many of us believe that Canada's archaic political institutions have become disconnected from reality and corrupted by corporate influence, and that these institutions have intentionally stifled and limited public involvement in the decision making processes that govern our society. Perhaps they were disconnected from the start.

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| November 18, 2011
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The Occupy movement and questions about place

The Occupy movements have largely become dramas revolving around the excellent question posed by The Clash: Should I stay or should I go? It's become a story about a place. Some, like London (Ontario) are gone. Others, like London (England) are on notice. Occupy Wall St. is gone but it's back, in a different form. We'll know about Occupy Toronto, apparently, tomorrow. But it's possible that this is the wrong question. Let me offer another view based on a recent visit to Madrid.

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Occupy Toronto a welcome shelter of support for mental health

Occupy Toronto, day 31. Photo: John Bonnar
With no greater support, protesters with mental health issues await an eviction attempt with dread.

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Movement building: Don't Occupy the status quo

Rallying in support of Occupy Toronto on Nov. 15, 2011. Photo: Mick Sweetman

Occupy Toronto has joined Occupy Vancouver with the distinction of appealing to the court system for the right to stay encamped in their respective locations. Superior Court Judge David Brown has granted a temporary stay of the eviction order by the City of Toronto, which will be argued in court on Friday with a final decision no later than Saturday at 6 p.m.

In his ruling Judge Brown wrote "The purpose of my interim order is to preserve the status quo as it existed at the time the Notice was served earlier today."

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