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We Should Be Proud of Pint-Sized Protestors

Recently, I heard a Grade 6 student explain that he and his friends had walked out of school to protest against a government measure that they believed had resulted in their teachers' rights being taken away. The principal was not impressed. I think we should be very impressed. What are our children in Canada seeing in the streets of our cities and towns? Idle No More, Occupy, protests in Ontario and Quebec by teachers and students -- and remember the G-20 protests in Toronto in 2010? While some of us looked the other way, the children are still watching.
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Masks Should be Banned from Protests, Period.

Bill C-309 states that anyone who commits an illegal act while wearing a mask at a protest can face 10 years in prison. While we are grateful for such a bill, it isn't good enough. If someone carries a loaded gun while committing a crime, it can be assumed he is willing to use it; I'd argue that any person wearing a mask or disguise at any controversial protest is up to no good, and can be assumed to be contemplating illegal behaviour.
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Occupy Canada Is Back

TORONTO - Occupy Toronto protesters rallied against mining giant Barrick Gold this morning after spending the night in a downtown park.The protesters accuse Barrick of human rights and environmental a...

Time to Occupy the Budget

Though "Occupy the Legislature" may not have had the same ring, our policy decisions offer mechanisms that will either perpetuate or diminish the income divide in the years to come. With any luck, pending budget announcements will occupy our mutual scrutiny with the same fury that the protests have.
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What's Next for Occupy?

After its initial success, it's time for Occupy to think big. It won't be easy. Everyone thinks their cause is the most important. But the attempt to build this unity would have to be couched in language that encourages open dialogue and willingness to focus on root causes and not just symptoms.
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Police Surround Occupy Toronto

TORONTO - The symbolic centre of the Occupy movement's Canadian universe finally came apart Wednesday as authorities moved in to clear a downtown park, reducing a 39-day-old utopian protest encampment...
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Eviction Doesn't Have to Be Occupy Toronto's Alamo

Turning St. James Park into an Alamo for its cause risked Occupy Toronto's ability to carry on after defeat. The potential power Occupy Toronto has isn't in clinging to an arbitrarily chosen plot of land. It is in the ability to harness the power of those who came out and to build a movement that has an impact on the world.
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Canada's 1% Aren't So Well Off

A friend texted me the other night complaining about how someone on the subway car was plucking her eyebrows during her commute home. "I wish I was part of the one per cent," she texted me, with what I could only assume was a sigh.
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Occupy Toronto's Day In Court

Lawyers representing both sides of a dispute between the City of Toronto and Occupy Toronto protesters presented their cases to a Superior Court judge on Friday. Justice David Brown will decide wheth...
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Can Mayor Ford Legally Evict Occupy Toronto?

The first day they set up shop, the protesters' rights were the strongest they could be. But with each passing day, the case for Mayor Ford stepping in and "reasonably limiting" those rights has grown stronger. The question for the court to answer is whether the protests have already crossed the line, or whether the line still lies far off in the distance.
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An Open Letter to St. James Cathedral

As the economist Jeffrey Sachs said in his visit to Toronto on Monday, the Occupy movement is part of "a third progressive era... likely... in the making." Will the church be a catalyst, or an inhibitor? Will we stand with the poor, the meek, and mourning? Will we love our neighbour?
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Occupy Toronto Served Eviction Notices

UPDATE: CTV News is reporting that Toronto protesters have been granted a stay of eviction. The order comes just hours after city by-law enforcement officers began handing out eviction to the crowd ga...