November 20, 2011
The Council of Candians Toronto joins community based organizations, unions, faith groups, activists and concerned individuals in opposing the eviction of Occupy Toronto from St. James park.
Globally, the Occupy Movement seeks to draw attention to the corporate control of our economy, and the resulting wealth inequalities, austerity measures, environmental harms, loss of democratic rights and exclusion of popular voices.
As Canada's largest citizens' organization, the Council of Canadians with over 70 chapters across the country has been supporting local Occupy sites. Here in Toronto our chapter celebrates Occupy Toronto's inclusive, dialogue-friendly, non-violent and truly democratic approach to social transformation. The multitude of engaged individuals eagerly participating in daily general assemblies, workshops, teach-ins and trainings is nothing short of inspirational.
The freedom of expression and peaceful assembly are core democratic rights protected by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Concern over upholding these constitutionally protected rights has already been expressed by the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) to Mayor Ford. Our chapter agrees that these rights must be protected.
Whatever the outcome of the court hearing on Monday, our chapter is proud to support and stand in solidarity with Occupy Toronto.