Cornwall ON – Maybe it’s the timing? CBC is doing a special on the G 20 and what happened to hundreds of Canadians last year at the hand of Police at the G20.
That event changed my perspective about media and working in the media. You see I was there. I went up on a bus to cover the event and by the time I left at 4 PM it was a peaceful event much of which wasn’t covered by the media including the CBC.
It felt like after the mainstream protest was over mayhem ensued. A police car was burnt and windows broken and then it seemed that in a simple reaction the police attacked not those who caused the mayhem, but those who simply were peacefully protesting their causes forever darkening the name of Toronto and Canada which takes a lot to do.
Rubber bullets used on peaceful Canadian protesters?
Cameras and Social Networking though really had an impact and gradually over time more people have started to realize what happened on those dark days.
To see the CBC Fifth Estate episode CLICK HERE.
My perspective of course is very different than many of those in that piece as I left by 4 PM Saturday.
I walked into the march, right through to the end with my camera shooting. I spoke with police at different locations and there was no menace to them; some smiled. There was very little tension on the seen.
Until essentially; like an order had been given everything changed to what we saw later.
Conformity has been bred into generations of young people; especially here in Canada and many people have a healthy respect of authority and trust. As I watch the CBC footage it shakes my belief and makes me ask questions and consider my trust levels societally. Maybe that’s a good thing.
But for me my memories of that momentous day were the real voices; the real messages some of which you can watch in the videos below.
Oxfam had a message
Greenpeace’s Kumi Naidoo had a message too
Dylan McMullin sang about Marc Emery being locked up
and there were speeches…
do these people look violent?
Please think about all of this when you go to vote. The people you vote for make the decisions that lead to events like this. When you look at events taking place across the world in places like Egypt, Libya, and Algeria it’s not about religion; or Democracy. It’s about justice, corruption, and being able to make a living and survive.
Bullets may change things quickly,but cameras and words last longer.
That goes way beyond partisan political lines. It’s about survival. What do you think Canada? You can post your comments below.