Occupy Sparks Street


The Occupy Wall Street movement arrives in Canada this weekend with hopes of influencing the political scene.

“I think our movement can energize the political left,” Lasn said. “In Canada we have Harper so strong, the Conservatives so strong because there is no energized opposition. Over the next few months, and possibly one year, it’s possible for fascinating, exciting new ideas that the political left has had for a long time, for those ideas to push up from the grass roots and start having an impact again on Canadian politics.”

Tilleczek said youth organizers in Canada have been trying to galvanize the movement, criticized by some for lacking a clear expression of its demands, by invoking the image of former New Democrat leader Jack Layton, whose death in August from cancer touched off a remarkable display of national grief and affection.


Occupy Sparks Street

  1. Culture-jamming on a global scale. The 99%.

  2. Occupy Sparks? They’re welcome to; it’s an empty concrete wasteland with half a dozen open businesses on a weekend. (Thanks, NCC!)

    • In my day it was lauded as a mecca where one could oogle attractive young ladies in mini-skirts during your lunch break, lol!!

  3. More vague diatribe – too much fertilizer covering those grassroots!!!

  4. In Canada it will be the same professional deadbeats and degenerates that show up for every protest

  5. “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”


    • In Ottawa alone, that I can think of, in the last several years: How’d that work out with the prorogation crowd? The anti-war protests? The anti-Bush protest? The pro-Tamil Tigers gridlock in transit lanes? The Farmers Feed Cities jerks with the manure-covered tractor parade? The wild-eyed pro-lifers? Did any of them “win?” Do you expect them to in the near future?

      Sometimes, to paraphrase Freud, a bunch of losers gathering to wave signs and chant is just a bunch of losers.

      • Well, you’re at stage 2…try again tomorrow.

        • Tell you what, Emily: if these clowns advance their cause any further by a big protest downtown than any of the other groups on that laundry list, I owe you a Coke.

          • Tomorrow is the global protest…I’ve no doubt it will go to stage 3…Bloomberg already tried it.

            PS…you don’t even know what the cause is.

          • So apart from everything else, you’re really cheap. 

    • HAHA!

      I bet you your tin foil hat verses by bonus that this little protest will be long forgotten by Christmas.

      • If it doesn’t worry you, why are you lot fixating on it?

  6. The protest in Calgary has turned into a giant camp of homeless people that wandered across the river to camp in a public green space.

    Yup, that’ll show all those suits who’s boss…

    • You have that many homeless people in Calgary?


      • I don’t know if it’s that we have a huge number compared to other cities. But all of our shelters and outreaches are right downtown near the offices etc. Also I heard (anecdotally so take it with a grain of salt) that Calgary has a higher quality drop-in centre that has more to offer street-people that I some other cities in Canada so a lot of them arent from Calgary originally.

        • I meant why do you have so many homeless people in such a rich city?

          • Exactly, no reason they shouldn’t have a job.

          • But they don’t have jobs…obviously.

            And I’m sure it’s not because they choose to live outdoors…in Alberta.

            If you have that many homeless in Alberta, you have a serious problem.

            In any case, if you’ve seen the global ‘occupy’ movement today, you’ll know they aren’t all ‘homeless’ or ‘jobless’.

      • The trickle down theory in action. 

    • Homeless in Calgary -I thought it was the land of milk and honey?

  7. A bunch of racists promoting violence, and we treat them like heroes.

    The Tea Party was condemned as such on evidence much flimsier than this.

    • That’s absurd…don’t make stuff up.

  8. A lot of people on this website have given the impression that protesters are idealistic losers whose signs and chants couldn’t possibly have an impact within the political realm. But just how do you think that change begins? Think about all the social and human rights we enjoy in North America. Do you think these came about because politicians and the corporate elite sat down together and decided it was only just that these rights should be entrenched in our legislation? Do you think social norms that allow us to live in relative freedom from prejudices arose all by themselves? You have grass roots activists to thank for every freedom you enjoy. The real losers are those who expect that a just society can happen without concerned citizens getting together to speak out for what they believe in and those who try to actively work against them. 

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