rise and shine bitches. reporting from Lamport Stadium, we got cops, we got media, we got coffee https://twitter.com/ESN_TO/status/1417766530050404352
Since nothing going on right now, story (https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2021/07/21/city-workers-begin-removal-of-encampment-at-lamport-stadium.html) and some background:
Toronto's shelter system is perennially underfunded, above capacity, and unsafe, and the actually affordable/supportive housing supply is dwindling. since the pandemic started, many ppl have taken to living outside in tents instead. The City has responded by cracking down on encampments, suing a maker of tiny shelters, etc. +
Police/corporate security now telling us we are trespassing and if we don't leave we may be arrested.
Side note: I suggested John Carpenter's "They Live" (1988) for last week's bananachips.club groupwatch, I had forgotten about this scene https://youtu.be/nzPzEaUEtDI
Meanwhile, the media outlets continue to negotiate with the City https://twitter.com/jpags/status/1417875860657479683
That is only a prefab "temporary" building because they couldn't afford to build an actual shelter https://twitter.com/MattA_RPP/status/1417895347918155782
@nev they have always had various forms of "close protection", although particularly in 1980s and 1990s TV camera operators tended to be physically large folk due to the sheer weight of the equipment (20-30 kilos) and they would often go around in groups.
Nowadays though everything is outsourced, and security firms exist which specialise in guarding TV and movie production resources..
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