Archive for the ‘Toronto’ Category
Edward Keenan’s Toronto Star article describing how, at the G20 fiasco years ago, the police collaborated with the Black Bloc is stellar.
The bad guys, the Black Bloc anarchists and vandals — the people Fenton referred to as “terrorists” — were trying to make a point, and the police reacted by proving it for them.
See, the peaceful protesters were the optimists, who gathered under the premise that our leaders — the leaders of much of the world — would listen to the people, would have to, if they gathered together in a large enough group with big enough papier-mâché puppets and loud enough chants of “Hey, hey, ho ho.”
This is the essentially generous democratic assumption behind all peaceful dissent: if enough of us speak loudly and clearly enough, our leaders will listen.
The Black Bloc do not share the faith that we live in that kind of democracy. And they make it their mission to expose that faith as misplaced. The point of their activities, which, if they don’t fit most people’s modern interpretation of “terrorism” (despite Fenton’s characterization) are certainly intended to be scary and chaotic and disorienting, is to provoke a reaction. They think the idea that police (and world leaders) serve and protect the public is a sham. Those authorities, they claim, only protect capital, and they only serve corporate interests and their own power.
And so while the innocent march and chant, the Black Bloc say to them and to the general public: if you don’t believe us, watch what happens when we smash some windows, destroy some property, light a police car on fire. See how your capitalist democracy holds up then, see how your constitution is applied, see how well your voice is heard.
The silver moon shines over BMV Books on Bloor in the late evening.
blogTO starts an interesting debate on the borders of Canada’s largest city, in the comments and on Twitter.
While abroad, nearly everyone who lives in Southern Ontario will say they’re from Toronto. I’ve heard individuals exclaim they’re from the Six when in reality they reside in London, St. Catharines and even Niagara Falls.
Since those outside of Canada probably haven’t heard of the smaller towns, suburbs and municipalities within the Golden Horseshoe, it’s usually acceptable to default to Toronto. Many 416-ers, however, would disagree.
This becomes even more frustrating considering the GTA boundaries aren’t exactly concrete. The area’s generally defined as being comprised of Toronto, York, Durham, Peel and Halton, but like the borders of east and west in Toronto and even the location of downtown, there just isn’t much consensus.
Myself, I’d opt for the City of Toronto proper. The city has well-marked boundaries, after all.