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. +
Groups like the Encampment Support Network (https://www.encampmentsupportnetwork.com/) have sprung up to support encampments and meet people's needs, as the city is not providing water, sanitation, etc. They also organize actions like this.
This is just the latest in a long series of increasingly (para)militarized and violent encampment clearings. One at Trinity-Bellwoods was widely reported on: https://www.thestar.com/opinion/contributors/2021/06/23/toronto-shows-its-ugly-brutish-side-in-clearing-of-trinity-bellwoods-encampment.html
Some great photos from Martin Reis https://twitter.com/BikeLaneDiary/status/1417841044742365187
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
Now it's time to show up at the police station to demand the release of those arrested—14 Division, 350 Dovercourt. https://twitter.com/ESN_TO/status/1417921445263446018
@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..
@nev I’m glad you’re ok and hope everyone who isn’t gets taken care of. Thanks for being there today
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