Cornwall ON – I love Canada. I love being Canadian. Yesterday was an historic day in our country. I know many of you have seen titillating images of a burning police car or two, and some broken windows, but standing in the midst of the 20,000 + people attending the rally in Queens Park you felt little tension.
It was a peaceful rally. You could talk with the police and there clearly wasn’t a lot of that “something’s about to happen” look on their faces. The crowd was there to vent. They were there to have their say.
The sad thing is that I’m not so sure anyone is listening? They’re too busy building fake lakes, posing for photo ops, and playing one upmanship games with our cheque books!
It also was an excuse for about any group to have their moment and try and get their message out. You had Greenpeace, Oxfam, Unions of all types as well as fringe political parties, and movements from the Tamil’s to Free Tibet.
I think Greenpeace International Executive Director Kumi Naidoo summed up many of the thoughts of those protesting.
It was a party in the park and I’m proud that there were no incidents at Queens park. I watched as the officers peddled away en masse heading off to where a group of masked attackers marred the day.
We were chatting that it must’ve been very hard for the police at the event as they were there to protect the protesters as well as the area; not an easy mix.
The Free Marc Emery people had their spot too.
Dylan McMullin sings his Marc Emery Tribute song.
They chose not to march in the rally as they shared they were concerned of potentially being involved in any disturbances. They smoked their green, wore their flags, and had their say to those that came to them.
We’ll be doing a few stories about the day and some surrounding stories. If you have any photos, videos, comments from the day if you were there feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and you can post your comments below as well.