I don’t know much about the Public Works Protection Act but any law that has the ability to take away our individual rights and freedoms at the whim of the government is something that should scare us all. The above post by the Truth Junkie explains the law.
Think of it this way, during a portion of the G20 your rights were near non-existent. It is possible that upwards to 2.5 million people in Toronto had their rights curtailed during the summit. Can that really be considered reasonable under the charter of rights and freedoms.
The government should not be able to just take away our rights and freedoms by turning a place into a public works area. The implications of this are extensive and scary to say the least. This means at any time just by invoking this act your rights can change by what an area is designated as. Public Works Protection Act needs to be challenged, should be changed and should not be used as a way to circumvent the rights and freedoms of the people.
The Act instituted a form of martial law without using the term because the term itself scares people. I think that if the law is going to be used as it was during the G20 it needs to change to recognize the abuse that can occur when places that were never public works areas are temporarily turned into them.
I hope what comes out of all the craziness are court challenges to this act that takes our rights away. We can do better, we must do better and that has to be the way forward from this.
What happened on Queen and Spadina yesterday started off with a relatively small protest. Something happened that got the police to lock down the intersection and that is when the curious like me came to see what was happening. There were more photographers and bystanders than actual protesters. We were the curious, the people that couldn’t not want to see what was happening. Then the people watching were about to start their own protest as a sit-in when someone started signing the national anthem.
When the police saw that four and more were about to sit they charged us and off we went in all directions. Then the riot police slowly starting to push us back further and further away detaining and maybe arresting those that could get out of their fast enough. Then it started to rain, it was not the police that stopped what could of happened from going further that was mother nature’s intervention. We were all getting soaked and that pretty much ended the turn from bystanders onlooking to an outright protest.
I think that spending $1 billion on this event and creating a wall around the core of the city was an invitation to all those who wanted to cause trouble. 99% of the protesters were peaceful and 1% wanted to cause trouble and they did. No one was seriously hurt, there was damage but for most people the city held together.
What happened during the G20 was the city’s soul was muzzled, killed even. The fun of summer and great days were replaced with fear and a police state that emptied the city of the people who call it home. This was a time of quiet fear when it should be a time to celebrate the culture of city and it’s people, I guess that is what a billion dollars gets you.
Here is the start of the O Canada before we had to start running.