I am about to see what the protests are like at St James Park in downtown Toronto. With only a camcorder, mic and iPhone in hand I had to come. I remember the G20 protests and this one already feels different. As if the lessons on all sides were taken to heart.
The turnout is better than I expected given the weather, there are drums beating and enough signs to make a house from. The messages are diverse and the people are energized. The tents are up and you wonder if this will go for a day or a week.
There a great energy here and they are about go on with the rally and the mass out front are leading the crowd in a cheer showing their support of Occupy Wall Street.
It makes me think that no matter who you are or where you live many of the fundamental issues are the same. They are based on a frustration that has escalated since the global recession.
On September 17th a protest came into existence, that was when Occupy Wall Street began in New York City. Since then the movement has spread from the towers of Wall Streets to cities across the globe including Toronto, with Occupy Toronto on tap for today.
Occupy Wall Street was inspired in part by the occupation of Tahrir Square during the Egyptian revolution and the arab spring that has toppled 3 regimes in the region so far. Occupy Wall Street and its affiliates reflect the frustration people have had since the global recession and the growing inequality between the haves and the have-nots.
When you are in a race you want first and that is the same if you are ranked and there are so many rankings out there. So since there is a list for everything and I thought it would be interesting to see how different organizations rank Toronto and related institutions.
How useful is a ranking I do not know but the simple infographic I tried making shows were Toronto ranks. This is the second infographic type thing I have done, the first was my resume and I hope they get better from here.