Occupy Vancouver: Live blog
5:47: Crowds thinning (some people staying overnight), Granville Skytrain packed, but some awesome photos from our former VO intern Brittany Tiplady here:
photos by Brittany Tiplady
4:50: A sign showing few reasons why youth were at Occupy Vancouver protest, although there was an increase for minimum wage. Photo by Rich Kobelt:
4:15: A speaker read out Jack Layton's final letter, big crowd response.
4:09: Still lots of people asking what the protest is really about.
"#occupyvancouver because: Corporate profits quadrupled in BC in the 1990s and doubled again in the 2000s." tweets @BCFed
3:10: Buses pull aside as a giant group of protesters march down Granville shouting, "We! Are! The 99 per cent!"
2:51: Here's one pic showing the turnout. From @GlobalBC
2:00: People claim 5,000 people are at Occupy Vancouver. Still very peaceful, NDP supporters, environmental activists, anti-poverty advocates, all very friendly.
1:50: Crowd marching down Granville. Bus stopped at Granville near Robson. Driver honks at marchers and marchers erupt into wild cheers. Bus driver raises her fist in a gesture of solidarity with the crowd. More wild cheers. What is it about those moments, when random people join together, when people seem to have a common cause, which we all do, in fact, all of the time? It was one of those moments that sent chills up the spine and brought tears to eyes.
12:42: March happening at Hornby Street
Photo by @lpasichnyk
12:41 Too much ground being covered by speakers?
"Speakers at #occupyvancouver talking about everything from raw milk to gmo food to Missing Women Inquiry" tweeted by @Vivluk.
Air Canada (caught up in labour dispute) reps taking the mic, expressing outrage that execs got 77 per cent raise while working conditions deteriorated for the workers.
And 9/11 truth movement people who turn up at every protest at the Art Gallery, here again.
12:15 Monetary system being explained, structural problems creating econoimc disparity
11:50 Speakers about to talk at noon. Officers are saying some 2,500 people present now on site.
11:40: Occupy Vancouver is announcing mandate about econmic equality. Mixed response to their call for consensus building rather than voting.
11:21: Just a while before the B.C. Federation of Labour is due to show up (noon) at Occupy Vancouver protest.
photo via twitter @lightningscoot
Meanwhile a tent city sets up, to protest the lack of affordable housing. Photo from @spottedinVAN
11:00 am: Diverse crowd, mostly people in twenties, but some worried about a repeat of Stanley Cup riots.