Editorial: Kris – What does it mean when Toronto Police arrest 3 people for erecting a tent in a public space.
Toronto Police look ashamed as they carry out their orders. Occupiers in Toronto yell “The whole world is watching” as Police enforce Toronto By-law #608, which includes the rule that none shall camp in city parks. The Charter of Rights does not apply under a government that firstly does not agree with it and secondly under a policing model that does not include correct and reasonable oversight. The Toronto SIU has frighteningly low numbers and as long as the police here have little oversight, the corporate lobbyists will continue to decide policy instead of the public. Hopefully one day this first piece of the puzzle will fit, and all social justice hinges thereupon. The most memorable quote from this piece is “You don’t have to follow a corrupt order.” The bottom line is this: we live in a country where a group of individuals cannot enter a public park away from residential areas for the purpose of building community and screening movies, without being subject to hundreds of police, and some are rather rude.
The tent itself was symbolic. Our city is owned by corporations. The city itself is a corporation. Our notions of “Public Property” are not naturally intuitive. The police are constantly trying to increase their budget by deploying far more force than they need. The Prime Minister views Canada as a “benign dictatorship”, as he prorogues parlaiment, lies about the cost of our military expendatures, and budgets at all levels of government are seeing cuts to the social programs our most vulnerable and voice-less people need the most. What does this spell for our children? Well, I hope they like plastic everything, because the direction we’re taking as a society might be irreparable.[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NO_zLT8kXEE]
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