Canadian Civil Liberties Association Concerned about Threats to Occupy Movements: (Select Quiotes from Source Article: http://ccla.org/2011/11/11/press-release-ccla-concerned-about-threats-to-occupy-movements/)
TORONTO, November 11, 2011 – The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) is concerned about various actions being contemplated and taken across the country in relation to the Occupy protests taking place in many Canadian cities. Freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association are core democratic rights that are protected by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Without robust protection for these rights, many other rights become meaningless.
In many Canadian cities Occupy protestors have worked with city officials to ensure that concerns about health, safety and public access to parks and other protest spaces are addressed. Dialogue between protestors, law enforcement and municipalities have proven productive in many instances and this should remain the primary method of addressing any issues that come up. CCLA is concerned that some municipalities appear to have simply decided that protests have gone on long enough and should cease. In some cities, injunction proceedings have been brought on an expedited basis in an attempt to remove protestors from public spaces. City officials have cited a variety of reasons for taking these actions including health and safety issues, as well as aesthetic concerns and preparing spaces for holiday celebrations.
CCLA has been writing to city officials urging them to respect constitutionally protected rights to expression and peaceful assembly. Unilateral enforcement action by police is unacceptable and dangerous. Serious concerns about health and safety should be raised with the protest groups, but unilateral evictions may violate constitutional guarantees.
VANCOUVER SUN: Occupy Victoria protesters plan to mount legal challenge to eviction: (Select Quotes from source article)
Occupy Victoria protesters say they plan to challenge the city’s attempt to legally remove their encampment from Centennial Square…protesters say they will likely ask for an adjournment of the proceedings until they have time to prepare their legal argument.
“I wouldn’t say there is any count that confirms there are more non-protesters than non-protesters,” said Anushka . “I think that’s a really neat and sneaky way to frame the movement itself in order to give it less credence. The physical encampment is only one small part of the movement.”
“We are constantly meeting and constantly discussing our next steps,” said Nagji.
Campers have already made a peaceful gesture by moving more than a dozen tents from the back of the McPherson Playhouse to make way for a skating rink.
We also moved away from the Sequoia Tree, over a week ago, as per B Channel News interview & article