Occupy Toronto firefighters protect aboriginal sacred fire
On Monday morning 3h30 am, the Toronto firefighters were called on Occupy Toronto site the St James Park and took a look at the small fire. The firefighters spoke to the people responsible for it, and decided not to extinguish it because it was considered a sacred fire and is being tended to by aboriginals around the clock.
The firefighters were showered with applause from the Occupy Toronto protesters.
Derek Soberal from Occupy Toronto was very please by the firefighters decision, *«Thank you Firefighters of Toronto! Our hearts go out to all of you! You are the 99% Toronto’s Mayor who wants to shut us down at St James Park is proposing austerity cuts to firefighters. Occupier’s across Canada stand with you! You are an essential service, respect goes out to the heroes who put their lives on the line to save lives.»*
Later Mayor Rob Ford said that the Occupy Toronto protesters will be handed notices to vacate and they’ll be gone *« peacefully»*, *”very soon.»*
Police in London, Ontario last week peacefully moved protestors out of a park. Authorities in Calgary and Victoria are considering actions against encampments, while the City of Vancouver has gone to court to try to evict protestors after incidents including a woman dying of a drug overdose.
The handling of Occupy Vancouver was identified as a *”very important”* or *”moderately important”* issue by 70 per cent of respondents in the Angus Reid poll last week.