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NEWS: Occupy Vancouver relocates a block away

CBC reports, “Occupy Vancouver protesters packed up their encampment at the city’s downtown art gallery on Monday and marched their tent city one block away to the B.C. provincial courthouse. …The original tent city at the Vancouver Art Gallery was dismantled in advance of a 2 p.m. PT deadline to clear the encampment. More than half of the tents were pulled down in advance of the deadline and protesters carried them through the streets, blocking traffic at several downtown intersections, before relocating to the courthouse.”

Straight.com notes, “At around 2 p.m., a large group of Occupy Vancouver supporters gathered at the site and began a march through downtown streets. Carrying two dome structures and canopies, the protesters disrupted traffic as they took a winding route along West Georgia, Granville, Smithe, and Hornby. Police on motorcycles blocked intersections as the group passed by. At around 2:30 p.m., the protesters arrived at the court building, one block over from the art gallery. They set down the dome structures on a patio area and chanted: ‘Whose courts? Our courts!'”

And CTV adds, “Since the (courthouse) property is owned by the province, protesters say that it isn’t subject to the city’s court injunction.”

That article also notes, “Organizers said that over the five-week camp-in, about 30,000 meals were served and about 100 patients received treatment at a medical tent each day. About 30 homeless people were also given temporary shelter.”

On October 16, CBC Radio reported, “a group has donated three portable washrooms to Occupy Vancouver”. Those portable washrooms were provided by the Council of Canadians, while their maintenance was funded by the Canadian Auto Workers. As this new situation unfolds, we are looking at the possibility of providing portable washrooms at the courthouse location.