Occupy Vancouver at Vancouver Art Gallery
“The movement in its core is peaceful,” said organizer Min Reyes. “It’s not a protest; it’s more of a gathering for people to talk and try and figure out how we can change our society.”
Occupy Calgary at Bankers Hall
Organizers have set up a “safe camp” on St. Patrick’s Island, which, as of mid-week, had 50 residents and was continuing to grow. Police plan to bring in more officers if necessary, expressing concern anarchists could infiltrate the rally.
Occupy Edmonton at Churchill Square
In a statement, organizers say they are concerned about corporate interests’ effect on political institutions and public policy, along with putting profits above the well-being of communities.
Occupy Toronto at Financial District
Organizers have been haunted by last year’s crackdown on G20 protests. In a petition to Toronto Chief Bill Blair, signatories called on police to respect the rights of demonstrators. “The goal is public safety and facilitation of peaceful protest,” responded police spokesman Mark Pugash.
Occupy Winnipeg at Manitoba legislature building
Organizers say the seven-hour walk through the city’s banking district is a call to action against corporate greed, corporate control and Third World living conditions in northern communities.
Occupy Halifax at Grande Parade Square
Members will be taking their message beyond the designated area outside city hall to Halifax’s Nocturne festival, set for the same night, said Dylan Sagar, an administrator of Occupy Halifax’s Facebook page. Since the group sprung up at the beginning of October, its Facebook page has attracted more than 2,300 likes.
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Occupy Montreal at Square Victoria
“We will not be moved. We will not leave. We are the 99 per cent,” reads the group’s website. It advises bringing tents and warm clothes.
Occupy Ottawa at Confederation Park
“We’re hoping that there will be between 500 to 1,000 out and we can actually engage them in the demand-making process. It is very difficult to align everybody’s (points of view),” said Kevin Donaghy, one of the lead organizers, who said he himself will be advocating for greater protection of First Nations lands
– With files from The Canadian Press