Revolution seems to work like a teenager on vacation. The first step is acquiring beatnik clothing and massive quantities of ripped jeans. The next step? Go camping and yell softly.
Occupy Toronto is a protest taking place downtown. I feel the need to spell out exactly what it is because many Scarborough residents have little to no idea about it. Our community here should have someone down there leading the way.
Scarborough needs funds. It needs better housing, better transit, better schools and better representatives. Our image as Toronto’s oft-ignored hinterland has gone on long enough. You want that night bus that you took to school to start up again? Well join the riot!
The Occupy Toronto protests are weak so far. The emphasis on “everyone gets a voice” has not led to a unified, functional, or well-represented group that is actually making strides into city hall to fix all that corporatism has broken. Instead, it has diluted the strength of the movement. The carnivalesque atmosphere allows spectators to make fun of the protest, instead of joining it.
I’m all for a Canadian spring. It’s been far too cold in Toronto, especially in Scarborough. The initial hope was that Occupy Toronto would bring to light all the issues that not only downtown Toronto faces, but also its vital outlying suburbs. We need the government to focus on getting reliable transit, not banning shark fin soup.
Apparently that’s not the case. We have a University of Toronto campus in our neighbourhood teeming with young potential revolutionaries, but how many of them are downtown organizing and adding to the protest? Not very many at all – barely enough to make Scarborough’s voice heard.
As much as we want to shut our eyes and beaver away in the hopes that someone will one day take notice, we can’t afford to wait. Join the fight downtown already. What your children have been itching to participate in has already begun: a mass movement with a genuine message. Now it’s your choice to turn it into something beneficial for your community.