On Wednesday, November 9, 2011, Rob Ford said publically of #Occupy Toronto: “Again I have to confirm this with the chief and I’m not here to speak on the chief’s behalf … I think everyone can appreciate it’s been a peaceful protest but I think it’s time that we ask them to move on.” (http://goo.gl/8On4U)
Is it the Mayor or the police Chief or both who are deciding that this act of political expression should be extinguished? And when, and how it shall be extinguished? This is a fundamental individual right, one upon which this society is founded. It has been enshrined in our very constitution in section 2(b):
2. Everyone has the following fundamental freedoms:
(a) freedom of conscience and religion;
(b) freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communication;
(c) freedom of peaceful assembly;
(d) freedom of association.
One thing that the above quote from the Mayor does not capture is the mid sentence “…uhhh…” which could be heard when it was played on the radio. Whether this was a truly pensive “uhhh” or a pause to allow the brain to catch up to the mouth, is it sufficient thought or due process by which to tell a peaceful political protest to go to bed early without any supper? Hope nobody gets grounded.