Last days for the Occupation

Here’s another photo from yesterday at the Public Sector Union (formerly, Occupy Toronto) campsite. The party’s coming to an end and I suspect they’ll be moved out of the park by mid-week. I’m glad I made it down to photograph their one last stand. Now the big question: Should the taxpayers be expected to pay for the cleanup and restoration of the park or should the public sector unions? Those unions were happy to spend their members’ money (without a mandate to do so, I might add) on supplying the protesters with whatever they need to maintain their campsite, right? Well, how about spending more of their members’ money on the cleanup? If you ask me, that’s only fair and reasonable.

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2 Responses to Last days for the Occupation

  1. sayvan says:

    Hey Dave… You may want to do some homework on whether or not any support that any “public sector union” provided to the Occupy Movement was with or without a mandate from their members. I know one of the unions in support of this movement has a budget that is fully endorsed by its membership and funding for campaigns are passed at each and every convention. That being said, great photos!

    • Firstly, thanks, and thanks for popping by.
      Interesting. My best friend is in CUPE and another friend is in OPSUE and when asked both told me they were never consulted about spending tens of thousands on the St. James Park campsite. I would have thought if any of the unions had a referendum on this it would have made the news, to boot. You mentioned that one union you know of “has a budget that is fully endorsed by its membership and funding for campaigns are passed at each and every convention.” But for money to be specifically earmarked for the Occupy Movement (giving the members an opportunity to say yay or nay), the convention would have had to occur during the Occupy Movement — in other words, at some point in the past month. If the convention occurred prior to that, then the union members were not afforded an opportunity to vote on this particular expenditure, since the convention and vote occurred prior to the start up of the movement. But, assuming the members did in fact vote to have tens of thousands of dollars of their dues blown on this particular venture, then that only supports my notion that the unions should be on the hook for the clean up and any damages; after all, the members had a say in supporting the movement financially. Get me?

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