Occupy Toronto: Sunday, October 16
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Occupy Toronto: Sunday, October 16

Occupiers settle into their tents on a calm second day of the protest.

A quiet second day for the Occupation, as a core group of protesters settled into the park for a longer stay—the early frenetic atmosphere as the tent city came together yesterday had settled into a sense of community. At about 11:30 a.m., the mood was good, even if a bit sleepy at the start. The general assembly got underway around noon; as others have noted before, the crowd tended to the young and white.

By nightfall, something like a carnival atmosphere had set in: drummers, poi spinners, definitely more glowsticks than day one. Documentaries (like one we saw snippets of on our visit, recounting the 2009 “Green Iran” uprising) were being screened on the King side of the park, near Jarvis. All around the park, from the drum circles at the gazebo near King to the scattered tents near Jarvis, the crowd had broken into smaller, more conversational groups. The conversations we’ve overheard have been positive, commonly centring around this and concurrent global events heralding something big on the horizon, something transitional. Also, many jokes referencing gravy. On the eve of the “major action” planned for the financial district proper by an offshoot group, the feeling was expectant, hopeful.

Reporting by Nancy Paiva and Todd Aalgaard.