While Occupy Wall Street has captured the attention of major American politicians, its counterpart in Canada has been mainly a municipal headache. Despite inequality north of the border
rising at a comparable rate
, and similar political sentiments, most Canadians also believe the movement is ineffective
, though their hearts are in the right place
. As the movement slows
as winter weather sets in, cities are taking various measures to discourage the protests
, hoping a combination of inconvenience and weather will disperse the encampments.
Occupy Vancouver: City officials have mostly taken a "watch and wait"
approach, though the protest has dominated the municipal election campaign
. Today a drug-induced cardiac arrest was reported, leading to an ultimatum from the fire chief
requiring partial disassembly of the site by 10am Friday.
Occupy Victoria: City officials have turned off water and power at the site
for "maintenance purposes."
Occupy Edmonton: City put up some irate bylaw signs
, but turns out the bylaw doesn't apply, so the signs are coming back down.
Occupy Calgary: This group was split into two encampments, but one will be closing by Monday
Occupy Quebec City: Fire officials have partially dismantled the site
, but some tents remain despite requests to leave.
Occupy Montreal: Mayor says protesters are "cooperative"
and there is "no need to evict them."
Occupy Toronto: Mayor Rob Ford has promised to "consider options to remove" the protest
by next week.
Occupy Ottawa: A youtube video depicting protesters discussing alleged sexual violence was picked up by Breitbart
and found its way onto Glenn Beck's radio show, leading to further attention by local media.