Scene: Midnight at Occupy Toronto
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Scene: Midnight at Occupy Toronto


WHERE: St. James Park

WHEN: 10:30 p.m. Tuesday–1 a.m. Wednesday

WHAT: Occupy Toronto marked its one month anniversary in St. James Park last night, with some very welcome calm. Although the City had issued an eviction notice earlier in the day, only a few police were in evidence at the camp at midnight, and they were well on the sidelines. A judge’s temporary injunction has allowed the camp to keep going for at least a few more days, and despite an influx of protesters, curious onlookers, and media, things proceeded as normal Tuesday night.

A general assembly at 11 p.m. was especially well-attended—we estimated 300–400 participants, including representatives from United Steelworkers waving their yellow flags, Ontario Federation of Labour president Sid Ryan, and Toronto and York Region Labour Council president John Cartwright—and covered everything from reaffirmations of solidarity to condemnations of Rob Ford to tactical updates for handling a police raid on the camp. “Stay here the night. Together we’ll stay warm,” said one speaker at the assembly, which concluded with a shared, collective deep breath. Ontario Superior Court Justice David Brown is expected to release a decision regarding the Occupy Toronto camp sometime Saturday.

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