Occupy Toronto: I visited the community set up at St. James Park today. I’d guess there are somewhere around 100-150 people camping there, it’s hard to tell. Certainly numbers swell with the marches and actions that happen throughout the week. By now they’ve been there 9 days and they have set up a ‘Free School for workshops and classes, a general assembly area where they have regular meetings, a medical tent, and a kitchen area. The entire park looks as though it will be soon covered in tents. While we were there a General Assembly was held and announcements made about actions and logistics, most interesting to note was the involvement of the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto. I think without the involvement of the First Peoples the movement would lack legitimacy. The NCCT was holding a Sacred Fire at their centre on Bloor and invited the Occupiers to participate and there is talk of them holding one at St. James Park. Overall I am impressed by the diversity - there are the hardcore activists, union folks, scruffy looking hippies and punks, the homeless, native folks… all sorts. Visit www.occupyto.org for interviews with various Occupiers as well as the planned actions. These folks seem prepared to be here for the long haul and are preparing for the winter. I salute them! If you’re in the neighborhood, they said they could always do with more blankets!

Occupy Toronto: I visited the community set up at St. James Park today. I’d guess there are somewhere around 100-150 people camping there, it’s hard to tell. Certainly numbers swell with the marches and actions that happen throughout the week. By now they’ve been there 9 days and they have set up a ‘Free School for workshops and classes, a general assembly area where they have regular meetings, a medical tent, and a kitchen area. The entire park looks as though it will be soon covered in tents. While we were there a General Assembly was held and announcements made about actions and logistics, most interesting to note was the involvement of the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto. I think without the involvement of the First Peoples the movement would lack legitimacy. The NCCT was holding a Sacred Fire at their centre on Bloor and invited the Occupiers to participate and there is talk of them holding one at St. James Park. Overall I am impressed by the diversity - there are the hardcore activists, union folks, scruffy looking hippies and punks, the homeless, native folks… all sorts. Visit www.occupyto.org for interviews with various Occupiers as well as the planned actions. These folks seem prepared to be here for the long haul and are preparing for the winter. I salute them! If you’re in the neighborhood, they said they could always do with more blankets!

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