"Occupy Toronto", Part III: Fighting For What Is Right
I understand many people are of the opinion that “Occupy Toronto" (http://occupyto.org/) ended when we were evicted from St. James Park but that is really not the case. We are still very much connected and have no plans on evaporating any time soon into thin air. I know that Canadians, for the most part are not starving on the streets like some people in remote areas of Pakistan are. I also know that there are no cartel wars and no decapitated bodies showing up in garbage bins across our cities, like in Mexico. I also know that people’s cattle are not yet dying because of the lack of water like they are in Mali.
We are on that path though ... The Toronto Star just printed an article on the issue regarding poverty yesterday (http://www.thestar.com/business/article/1097055--gap-between-rich-and-poor-in-canada-growing). The disparity between the “haves and “have-nots” is growing steadily. More and more people each day are joining the ranks of those who are unemployed. We had over fifty-thousand lost jobs in October and close to another twenty-thousand lost jobs in the month of November, here in Canada. I am not making this up.
Meanwhile inflation is continuing to grow. One does not need a degree in economics to see how prices at the grocery store have risen. It does not take a mathematician to see that from one month’s salary one cannot purchase all the things that were able to be purchased a couple of years ago. When prices keep raising but the pay does not, I think we are looking at a serious problem. Is this not the time when that myth about wealth sprinkling down should come into effect?
Banks are showing billions in profit … I am still waiting for a sprinkle … actually it’s raining outside - that is my sprinkle I suppose.
So, we are on the street still. Just a few days ago “Occupy Toronto” marched again through down-town. There are many issues to talk about: from economic disparity, to corruption in politics, to environmental issues … there is much work to be done. We need politicians to get serious and end their games of bickering and pointing fingers. That is one big reason why we are making noise!
Please join us in the conversation about doing what is right, either here in Toronto or at your local “Occupy” movement. We are welcoming anyone who is willing to participate in creating a better world. Cheers!
Note: I added a few photos taken from the park and from marching around down-town.