After being on the road for a week I was interested in seeing what had happened, and what was going on at the end of Occupy Toronto’s 3rd week in St. James Park.
The first thing I saw didn’t delight me:
I assume they were being responsible and sorting the recycling because the city won’t haul it if the blue bins are filled with mixed garbage (something we learned at Toronto Taste a couple of years ago.) However, while it may be at the edge of their village, it’s right in the middle of mine and not a delightful thing to encounter as you come into work. Though to be fair a couple of hours it looked like this:
A couple of things I’ve been waiting to see have started popping up around the park:
And there are some Yurts now serving as meeting spaces and the library has been relocated into one.
Based on the Occupy Toronto website, it looks like they are starting to winterize. I even saw one guy chopping some of this wood down into kindling. (I don’t think he had done much of this before.)
Another full week in and they are looking more organised and are settling in even further. I do wonder how long this is going to last.
I had a chat with a cop who expressed some of the same concerns I had for the 1% who use this park as shelter and a home. He said that at least once the police had been asked to removed some people from the park who he figured are park regulars. He also mentioned that some of the people who normally attend St. James Cathedral are not going to church because they are afraid. That sucks.
But the community continues to develop and I had more friendly interactions with the people who are now my ersatz neighbours.
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