Nick Van der Graaf
Toronto writer and activist
Nick Van der Graaf is a Toronto writer and activist. Visit his blog at www.neodemokratia.ca.
The awarding of the Queen's Jubilee medal to two chronic clinic harassers is a travesty. Linda Gibbons, 65, and Mary Wagner, 39, have been given medals for repeatedly attempting to invade abortion clinics and "counsel" patients not to end their pregnancies. They are regularly sent to jail for their actions. They are also assiduously cultivating public martyrdom.
In a truly democratic culture, the police officers from the G20 would have simply refused to take part in a mass violation of citizens' rights. They would not have kettled people in the rain, and they would not have snarled and sniggered at the hundreds of detainees -- you know, Canadian citizens -- shoved in cages for no good purpose at all. The sooner the authorities realize this, the better for everyone concerned.
06/14/2012 07:38 EDT
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.
11/28/2011 05:12 EST
SUBSCRIBE AND FOLLOW
Get top stories and blog posts emailed to me each day. Newsletters may offer personalized content or advertisements. Learn more