Occupy Wall Street Protest Spreads To Canada

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Canadian news outlets plan extensive coverage of Occupy Everywhere protests ramping up in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary and Montreal.

TORONTO - Canadians are joining the Occupy Wall Street movement after plans were unveiled for an Occupy Bay Street event in Toronto and elsewhere countrywide this weekend.

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And Canadian news outlets plan a full-court press to cover the social media-fueled protests in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary and Montreal modeled on the Wall Street protest, which kicked off on Sept. 17.

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Rogers Media said its CityNews and CityNews Channel, as well as its radio stations, will cover the Canadian occupations planned for this Saturday.

Elsewhere, Shaw Media said its Global Television news teams will similarly cover the planned occupations nationwide.

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Already there’s been warnings against a possible repeat of mass arrests that occurred at last summer’s G20 demonstrations in Toronto and post-Stanley Cup violence in Vancouver.

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"On Oct. 15, another mass demonstration is coming to Toronto as part of the Occupy Everywhere movement. Neither the people of Toronto nor, I’m sure, its police force want to see a repeat of the G20 weekend,” Toronto blogger Justin Beach said in an open letter to Toronto police chief Bill Blair and the Toronto Police Service.

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And Occupy Toronto protesters have been warned to be wary of “commercial media” outlets like the CBC, CTV and Citytv.

“… Lets keep in mind those media companies are responsible for supporting the agenda of all the institutions including the Banks who have poisoned this society,” indie media reporters aligned with HotSpinTV.com wrote on the Occupy Toronto website.