- It’s been one month since the Occupy Wall Street movement went global. We check in on camps in Metro cities across Canada; Word from most officials: Get out. Click the map below for updates on each city.
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B.C. Supreme Court is to hear the city’s request for an injunction to remove campers from outside the Vancouver Art Gallery. On Sunday, a coroner said Ashlie Gough died of a drug
overdose at the encampment on Nov. 5.
The city posted warnings Monday that all
unattended items in the Olympic Plaza camp will be removed Tuesday. Bylaw officials have also ramped up ticketing.
The group is hunkered down and preparing for winter. At the end of last week, the camp, in a small park on Jasper Avenue,
received $7,500 from the Occupy Wall Street organizers to help with winter prep.
Protesters had their washroom privileges taken away by the Manitoba Legislative Building. Even though Mayor Sam Katz isn’t sure what they want, he said he’s open to meeting with protesters.
Last to the party, first to get the boot. Protesters set up tents Oct. 22 in Victoria Park, which were dismantled
by cops Nov. 9. Police have stepped up patrols, yet the group still holds daily meetings and rallies in the park.
- Mayor Rob Ford
reaffirmed his plans to evict protesters from St. James Park, despite an ultimatum from a group claiming to be hacker-activists Anonymous. Via YouTube, the group said, “You have said that by next week the occupiers shall be removed. And we say by next week if you do not change your mind, you shall be removed from the Internet.”
Protesters remain hopeful they can stay in Confederation Park. But the National Capital Commission, which runs the park, has said it wants the protesters out in time for it to
prepare for the annual winter festival Winterlude. Preparations for the event typically
begin in December.
A few protesters are still at Square Victoria but they would have to build shelters to stay through the winter, something the city has said it doesn’t want to see.
Protesters say their
constitutional right to freedom of expression and peaceful
assembly should trump a city bylaw used to evict the group. Fourteen occupiers were
arrested while being evicted from their temporary encampment in Victoria Park on Nov. 11 and three more were arrested during a protest Nov. 12.