The Occupy ten city has been torn down in New York at the orders of multi-billionaire mayor, Michael Bloomberg.  Yesterday protesters in Toronto weree ordered  to pack up and leave their encampment immediately.  Calgary occupants  were given 24 hours to clear out, and in Vancouver fire department officials tore down a number of tents and moved others.

Protest supporters  are now worried that an end to the tents may mean an end to their crusade so-called “one percent.”  How significant is it that the tents are still in place in Victoria Square in Montreal?  One protester said the evictions now occurring across North America will only make the movement stronger. A lawyer for the protesters said their camp “is integrally linked with the message they wish to convey.”  Meanwhile police and city officials cross Canada and the United States are taking conference calls to share their experiences and decide on future tactics.

Is the Occupy protest now dead?

Have the “Haves” again defeated the “Have-nots.”

What do you think?


  1. 1

    If the OWS movement is the best on offer to fight for the have-nots , then they may as well give up the fight.

    Contrast them with the recent student protest against fee hikes. That movement had focus,a goal ,a means to achieve that goal. They were oganised , through and through,with leaders ( yes,kids,leaders ) able and agressive spokesmen , and a clear message. And they had some support from the public .

    Being against the rich sounds nice, but what exactly do they propose ? Confiscate wealth ? Freeze wages and prices ( Remember ` Zap,you`re frozen `?)
    Do they want a coercive state ?

    No easy answers.

  2. 2
    Neil McKenty Says:

    It’s true the movement does not have leaders. In that respect it is like Alcoholics Anonymous. But that is a pretty bloody effective organization, would you not agree.?

  3. 3

    They need an idea,some sort of proposal to wealth inequality. I think what holds them together now is Newton`s laws of motion-inertia.

    One thing I learned-late in life,but valid nonetheless-is that people need a plan. Even a bad plan is better than nothing. And nothing is what they have now.

    My own idea is that North America has to re-industrialise. a tall order ,but jobs are the key.

  4. 4
    Tony Kondaks Says:

    What exactly are they protesting against? A social welfare system (in both the United States and Canada) that is the envy of the world…largely funded by the evil 1% who are supposedly the bad guys in all of this.

    Much ado about nothing.

  5. 5

    I too think it’s a “crock”, but I defend their right to protest, and the city’s right to shut them down for health, safety & esthetic reasons.
    I always wonder, who has time to camp out for a month? I never had a month off in my life! …If they used some of that energy, they could get a job.
    The 99% are the ones creating jobs, pensions, health care welfare,and free education. YES! I said FREE EDUCATION. Stop whining!

  6. 6
    Tony Kondaks Says:

    “Wealth equality”. There is no wealth inequality if you measure “wealth” or “income” by access to the basic necessities of life

    This is the huge success story of our capitalist system where the wealthy have, through the taxes imposed upon them, equalized for everyone access to all the basic necessities of life.

    On behalf of the 99%, thank you 1%!

  7. 7
    Neil McKenty Says:

    Tony, you talk blithely about access to the basic necessities of life when south of the borader 40 million people do not have regular access to health insurtance. Come off it.

  8. 8
    Tony Kondaks Says:


    How many times have we been over this, Neil? 40 million don’t have health insurance; zero Americans don’t have access to health care. Medicaid, a poverry program, spends more money providing health care to the poor than the entire Canadian federal budget. And it is largely thanks to the taxes paid by the rich that provides this program to the poor.

  9. 9
    Jim Says:

    The taxes paid by the rich 1%, were paid out of the 80% of the nation’s earnings that they garnered.
    Maybe it was best that there was no core message from the sit-downs, because that left the public to envision a whole pile of different injustices, starting with jailing all the Wall Street robber barons.
    And how about the Senator who is trying to get a law passed to bar his colleagues and the house representatives from taking advantage of insider trading. He can’t find other politicians to support him. Not one of the 534 will back him. The info is coming from the Senate and House Finance Committees who are working on stock market regulation changes. Would you believe that one Senator is worth over 400 million dollars. with other politicians worth incrementally lower amounts..

  10. 10

    3 days after you posed the question: “Have the haves defeated the have-nots?”
    The answer is yes.
    and where did the 1% & 99% concept come from?
    I am not of the 1%, that’s for sure, if they are on the Forbes List.
    But I wouldn’t describe myself as a “Have-not” either, and suggest that most of the protesters wouldn’t be described as that.
    So, what’s the point of the protest in Canada?

    PS: In my comment No 5- It should read: ” Are the 99% creating jobs etc…?”

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