November is here again, in case you forgot. And with the month comes ancient and modern memories. Guy Fawkes Day. Remembrance Day. Eviction Night. When the police came. And tent cities across the country and around the world were torn apart. Nothing could replace those physical spaces, that freedom, and the movement(s) they inspired. Those movement(s) being: people. Amazing, inspiring and flawed people. Searching in the dark for some light, for something better. And being blamed, and even prosecuted for trying. Yet because of that, and the slow pace of the Canadian justice system, Occupy Ottawa lives on–in the courtroom… -James
Happy anniversary, Occupied Ottawa, occupied Canada and other occupied spaces. Its been an eventful two years. We haven’t always gotten along, but we’re still doing it for the most honourable of reasons. And its not just for the children’s sake, or our ancestors, its for everything–ALL LIFE. It was an arranged marriage, and we had never met before; but it was meant to be. We were destined for each other. And there is something here worth saving. We simply can’t move forward if we’re separated from each other. And remember: there were also vows taken. It really depends on how serious we were when we made them, and if our relationship is too damaged with history to continue. But I hold a torch, as you may have noticed. Because I still love you, and probably always will. -James
#SaveCanada… Save the planet. At least, that’s the idea. We have some significant problems in this general geographic location–as you may have heard. Perhaps the biggest is the Alberta tar sands–a major polluter and fossil fuel industry contributing to climate change of epic proportions. If even the most conservative estimates by the majority of the world’s scientists are correct, we have to drastically reduce CO2 emissions in the next ten years. Another pipeline won’t help. They say there is demand. I would say there is significant resistance. #tarfree613 -James
Now occupying the former “Ottawa Xpress” stand at Venus Envy, and at other prestigious locations like the 2nd floor of 25OneCommunity, The Centretown Pub and Shanghai Restaurant. This month’s special “Occupride” edition and “COLOURING BOOK” is OOT (that will get old fast)! Featuring August/PRIDE events calendar for Ottawa, art in black & white by Colin Daniel Campbell, and impressions of the China Doll, by Brummel. And as an added bonus, can you circle all the typos in the calendar with your crayons? Find all five! Bonus points for those who find more!
Another four pages of awesome, provided by the occupied. Contributions this month include a “Statement of Solidarity with Gezi Platform” from our Turkish community, and photographs of the revolution by “Occupy Ottawa” founding facilitator, journalist and climate justice campaigner for the Indigenous Environmental Network, Ben Powless. 101 copies were lovingly printed and folded at Katari on Elgin Street on the 2nd, and most will be dropped at 25OneCommunity (formerly “Under One Roof”), 251 Bank Street (2nd floor). Also includes an impertinent cartoon showing solidarity between panda and penguin kind as foretold by Nostradamus.
Here it is. The highly unanticipated issue #0 of the Occupied Ottawa Times. Forty-eight copies of the zine went out to people in Minto Park for Ravenswing 2013. Unfortunately for the world wide web, the cover has been edited by the Senate. Colin White’s beautiful drawings of Freedom Fountain and Tent City will have to be left to the imagination, or a link. As an added bonus, we feature page 2–omitted from the printed version due to the ink shortage in Centretown.