Occupy Toronto began October 15, 2011. Occupy Toronto is modelled after Occupy Wall Street. “Occupy Wall Street (OWS) is an ongoing series of demonstrations in New York City based in Zuccotti Park in the Wall Street financial district. The protests were initiated by the Canadian activist group Adbusters. They are mainly protesting social and economic inequality, corporate greed, and the power and influence of corporations, particularly from the financial service sector, and of lobbyists, over government. The participants’ slogan “We are the 99%” refers to the difference in wealth between the top 1% and the other citizens of the United States.”
OPSEU members, including our very own VP Jonathon Guider, attending the Editor’s Weekend joined the protesters today for a march to City Hall. They also visited “Tent City” in St. James Park where protesters have set up camp for a week now.