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#Kingston, #ON: Account of Eviction of Belle Park Encampment

Kingston. ON. September 1. 2020. Today the City of Kingston carried out their threat of eviction at Belle Park.  By-law officers and the police taped off all entrances to the park, and initially wouldn’t let supporters or residents in to pack up or claim belongings. Due to pressure from community supporters and allies, residents were allowed into the park to pack their things.

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#Thorold, #Ontario: Migrant Worker Rally at #Niagara Detention Centre

Thorold. Ontario. On a hot Sunday on August 23rd, 2020 a modest group of anti-prison, migrant worker and labor activists gathered for a noise demo at the Niagara Detention Centre in Thorold, Ontario on a National day of Action organized by the Migrant Rights Network. This site was chosen because the Niagara Detention Centre is used to cage community members who are undocumented and seeking asylum.

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1492 #Landback Lane Solidarity Demo in #Hamilton, #Ontario! – Reportback

So-called Canada. Last Sunday (on August 23rd), I showed up at a public demo in support of the 1492 Landback Lane reclamation site on Six Nations of the Grand River territory. I saw the event page on Facebook and was really glad for an opportunity to support the land defenders out there. It is absolutely disgusting that the OPP decided to raid the camp and kick Haudenosaunee people off of their own land, and to use such force to boot.

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#Ontario: Details of Police Surveillance Targeting Wet’suwet’en Solidarity Organizing

So-called Canada. ON. North Shore Counter-Info has received legal documents that have not yet been made public containing details about recent investigations targeting anarchists in Southern Ontario who have been engaged with Wet’suwet’en solidarity organizing in 2019 and 2020. Many of these details confirm practices of surveillance that many suspect take place, but that aren’t usually taken seriously. This includes collaboration by big tech companies, tracking devices, and long periods of active surveillance.

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#Hamilton #ON: If the OPP Come Knocking: Info about Police Harassment

Hamilton. Ontario. This morning, August 13, 2020, an individual in Hamilton was approached by plain clothes OPP officers in a park while they were out walking their dog. The officers knew not only the person’s name, but also that of their dog and family members, and they seemed to know the person’s routine well enough to be waiting for them. They made vague threats to the person about them being “a good person” and wanting them “to be safe” in case “anything bad happens” and asked to talk with them further. They were likely being approached in order to inform on others.

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#Hamilton, #ON: Collective Action For The Win! Hunger Strike in #Barton Quickly Forces Concessions from the Admin

Hamilton. ON. Today (july 29, 2020) at noon, we learned that four ranges on the Barton Jail’s fourth floor had resumed a hunger strike, with at least 60 prisoners confirmed to be participating.

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Colonial statues defaced in downtown #Toronto, #Ontario

Toronto. ON. Last night, for the second time in a week, the statues of John A MacDonald and Eggerton Ryerson were doused with paint.

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#Baden, #Ontario: Interview on the Campaign to Remove Sir John A Statue

Baden. Ontario. This is a short interview with Cheyanne Thorpe, an Indigenous woman and resident of Waterloo Region, who has been organising protests and public pressure against the placement of the Sir John A MacDonald statue in a public park in Baden Ontario.  The statue, part of the “prime ministers walk” project was located in Baden with little support, after residents in Kitchener and Waterloo rejected the idea that the project be built in their cities.

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There Was a Time Before Police, There Will Be a Time After: Reportback on (anti) #Canada Day Demo in #Guelph, #Ontario

Guelph. Ontario. On July 1st, 2020, the day called “Canada Day”, several hundred people gathered in Lions’ Park in Guelph for a march called Black and Indigenous Solidarity Against Police Brutality. Led by Black and Indigenous youth, this march was very exciting and represents a shift in what demos in the city can be. This reportback is the perspective of just one individual who participated in the demo, to share what happened in Guelph with those elsewhere in the region responding to similar issues of racism and policing.

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#Kingston, #Ontario: Update from Belle Park

The following is an update from Mutual Aid Katarokwi’s Facebook Page about a recent meeting between houseless residents of the Belle Park camp and the City of Kingston officials. For several weeks, ~40 people have been camped out in the parking lot of Belle Park following shelter closures amidst the COVID-19 crisis. The City opened a new shelter outside of the downtown area but many are refusing to live under the restrictive conditions in place, and feel safer together. Also see the recent Radio Pandemic episode about the evolving situation.

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