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Occupy Wall Street hits Canada

Calling for changes in the world economic system, protesters have begun assembling in the streets of 15 Canadian cities this morning, as Occupy Wall Street marches across the globe.

Protests are expected today in Vancouver at the Vancouver Art Gallery and also in Calgary, Winnipeg, Toronto, Montreal, Quebec City and St. John's.

On Adbusters' #OccupyWallStreet page, the call to action that led to the Sept. 17 demonstration in New York City, praised the "worldwide shift in revolutionary tactics" and says the movement "bodes well for the future."

"The beauty of this new formula, and what makes this novel tactic so exciting, is its pragmatic simplicity: we talk to each other in various physical gatherings and virtual people's assemblies...we zero in on what our one demand will be, a demand that awakens the imagination and, if achieved, would propel us toward the radical democracy of the future..."

On U.S. news reports, #OWS's goals are expressed as a call for a new economic system that taxes the top 1% more aggressively, and shrinks the gap between rich and poor that has widened progressively over the last decade, particularly under the George W. Bush administration.

Calling Wall Street, "the financial Gomorrah of America," the most recent blog post that helped spawn the movement says that the time has come to "deploy this emerging strategem against the greatest corrupter of our democracy."

And today, on, a blog post says that "a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money" is ravaging the globe, impoverishing humanity and enriching "the top 1%."

At the "Occupy Vancouver" demonstration at the Vancouver Art Gallery, police presence is expected to be large, following the Stanley Cup Riots.

In Montreal, where it is raining, thousands are expected to gather, while in Vancouver, the number may be closer to hundreds.

Vancouver Observer reporters will be on the ground at the demonstration in Vancouver, providing up-to-the minute reports on the protest.

Read more about Occupy Vancouver on the Vancouver Observer:

Occupy Vancouver organizers to advocate for affordable housing and economic justice

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