Torontonian Vanessa Delsooz (not pictured) has organized an impromptu protest of proposed TTC cuts next Saturday July 28th at Nathan Phillips Square at 1 p.m. The rally will reportedly be outside the law, since it takes longer than a week to secure a permit for such things. Also, the office that issues protest permits just got eliminated due to budget cuts. (Just kidding. We think.)
What those who gather will be protesting is, however, less clear. The Facebook group complains of cuts that haven’t actually been made yet as if they’ve already happened, misrepresents the chronology and reality of the events of the last few days, and doesn’t propose any viable alternatives, such as bank robbery or money-tree-harvesting. One wall-poster declares that, “if they hike the [TTC] fare again in the near future i will buy a car and stop taking the bus because it will cost the same amount anyway.” We’d like to know where she gets her $250/month car-gas-insurance-parking deal, because it sounds like a great one. (Also, does it come with carbon offsets, or are those extra?)
On the other hand, maybe we’re just unfairly taking out our frustration built up from this week’s craziness on Delsooz. At least she’s engaged and willing to take some kind of action (as opposed to the city councillors who voted to, you know, do nothing and hope things work out). Hopefully some value will come from a show of force that declares a functioning public transit system is non-negotiable.
Another question comes to mind, though: are there better places to be holding this rally? Queen’s Park, maybe? Parliament Hill? Mike Harris’s house?
Original photo by Spirited_Away in the Torontoist Flickr Pool. Photo has been altered.