Category Archives: Toronto Police Department

What’s Going Wrong With The Student Fee Protests?

Anarchists or concerned students?

It was another beautiful day for a demonstration- the sun was shining and was mercifully accompanied by a cool soothing breeze. Spirits were high when I arrived on the scene. There was a small contingent of police- less than usual, I’m guessing this was related to Prince Charles’ visit…

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Live: Toronto Student Fee (and anti-police) March

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About 125 people are marching right now on behalf of the student fee movement. Unfortunately, it has been hijacked by anarchists chanting about using guns on the police. There was a small altercation between the police and a couple of Black Bloc, but nobody was arrested.

And, quite flatteringly, members of the Bloc had their own special chant for me! I’ll keep you in suspense, and will post it later tonight…

Signing out,
-Greg

News Flash! No Wonder The Occupy Montreal Jail Solidarity Was So Dumb! (featuring Brandon Gray)

Brandon Gray practising negative PR on the last day of Occupy Toronto

I noticed this last night, but didn’t post until I could get confirmation. It has been confirmed this morning that Brandon Gray (not his real name, to be released later) was on-sight at Occupy Montreal’s Jail Solidarity event I wrote about in my last article. No wonder it was such a PR negative event!

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Occupy Toronto And The DTES FauxHawk’s Sacred Fire! (Featuring Harsha Walia & David Eby!)

Can You Recognize This Man? (don’t worry, he’ll be unmasked in a moment)

One of my more memorable moments at Occupy Vancouver was the day when two indigenous men from Vancouver’s Downtown East Side (DTES) lit a ‘sacred’ fire in the middle of our camp. I didn’t know it at the time, but both these men had a long history working with Harsha Walia & No One Is Illegal. I wrote one of my earliest stories on this incident- labelling it a sacred provocation

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A Great Video From The May Day March (with special guest- me!)

Someone just posted a link to this video on Facebook, thought I would share. Amongst some great interviews with Lawrence McCurry, Jon Allen, Derrick Soberal, Officer Bubbles, The Scary Lady Cop & Dan Dix– you will also find your’s truly! (starting at around 27 minutes)

Though you may be tempted to fast-forward to the best part (starting at around 27 minutes, lol), I recommend watching through the whole show. It gives a great sense of how the day went, and a many alternative opinions you won’t hear from hacks like the Media Co-Op & Rabble

Is No One Is Illegal Organizing A Treasonous Uprising?

Members of the Canadian Auto Workers preparing for NoII’s May Day march…

I’ve been aware of No One Is Illegal (NoII) for a few years now, and I thought it was a strange concept when I first heard of them. After all, how could Canada keep-up it’s social & healthcare safety nets if there was unlimited immigration? Their concept is noble, but it doesn’t appear that they provide any solutions as to how it can be realistically achieved… Continue reading

May Day March From City Hall and the Occupy Toronto “Re-Occupation”

The crowds at Nathan Philips Square

We’ve marched through the streets for about three and a half hours now. The march started at Nathan Philips Square and headed west down Queen Street. From there, the crowd stopped at the intersection of Spadina and blocked traffic for a while. Continue reading

Toronto Police Send the “Scary Lady Cop” From the G20 To Take Pictures of Me Drinking Beer!

The "Scary Lady Cop" From the G20 The Top Left picture is from yesterday when she took our picture, the top right is from the G20.

Dear Toronto Police Service,

You know that I’m a pacifist! So, that you are sending officers to take pictures of me while I shared drinks with my friends at a pub yesterday literally turns my stomach. What the hell is wrong with you people?

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OccuPod Destroyed by Police: Naked Occupier Arrested in Dundas Square!

 

I believe it is coming to the time when Occupy Toronto need to re-think their OccuPod strategy. Because, this incident did very little good for their image…

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Are Alex Hundert & Harsha Walia Cops?

Occupy Toronto Occupies The 52 Division To Demonstrate Against Police Violence!

It all began on Friday afternoon when officers from the Toronto Police Department came to Occupy Toronto’s new occupation at Osgoode Hall. They told the occupiers that they must leave their space, despite the fact we had explicit permission from the property manager to stay there.

In the aftermath, four occupiers were arrested- two of them ended up being hospitalized due to the unnecessary violence of the arresting officers…

Brutalized occupier being readied to be taken to the hospital

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Officer Roadkill: “Do us all a favour and run them over!”

Today was a challenging day- both for Occupiers, and for the police. Fortunately, the majority of police acted in an entirely professional manner. And, yes, that was expected- after yesterday’s brutal violence, it was doubtful many cops would want to escalate further.

Should we name him Officer Roadkill?

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Toronto Police Lie About Altercation with Occupiers!

A chalk artwork created by Occupiers on Wednesday night.

I am still deeply disturbed with what happened yesterday at Osgoode Hall. Yes. the Occupiers could have handled the situation better. However, the level of violence was uncalled for, and the police should have been better trained how to de-escalate the situation. Instead, they got violent and created a major incident. Continue reading

Police Violence At Occupy Toronto’s New Occupation…

An Occupier who was severely beaten for filming the police

You know me, I’m the guy who stood-up at the planning meeting for Occupy Vancouver and stuck-out like a sore thumb after saying “Aren’t the police members of the 99%?” I meant that then, as I mean it now- that said, the police who came to our encampment at Occupy Toronto today have shown that this part of our family is rather dysfunctional…

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