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Eyes Upon Toronto Background Info


Floating Toilets” courtesy of the absurdly talented Mattijn

UPDATE #1: Word has it that, due to procedural issues, the eviction notice will NOT be received on July 4th . I applaud the City of Toronto for not exploiting the American holiday slow down to to veil its actions.

UPDATE #2: Chris Gardiner eviction has been pushed back until late July or early August, 2006 (more)
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WORLDZIGHT – an improvisational experiment in global participatory democracy…
The premise behind WorldZight is to bring together trans-global constituencies bound together by race, religion, issues, convergence of interest, or any one of a number of “metonymic” (a part used for the whole) connections to a given “cause” in a peaceful, non-obstructive manner. The goal of WorldZight is to demonstrate to local, regional and national governments world-wide that citizen democracy can STILL work even in an increasingly globalized, yet micro-segmented, society that works to simultaneously concentrate means of communication in the hands of a few while dividing constituencies into ever smaller self-coalescing micro-constituencies… (more)
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(FOR IMMEDIATE ACTION :: July 3rd :: Eyes upon Toronto
Our goal is to let Toronto know that the eyes and the words of the world are upon it. Swiss-chees spin, nailed shut window “framing” and communication shutdown to leverage the natural discrimatory public stance against citizens falling outside standard behavioral norms are unacceptable methods of DIALOGUE between a city authority and its citizens. WE MUST FORCE THE CONVERSATION and DEMAND REASONABLE ANSWERS TO REASONABLE QUESTIONS and not allow the city to stonewall until there is no going back. (more)
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PLease!!!!!!!! Everyone from everywhere, HELP INVITE ALL CONTACTS TO THIS GROUP PLEASE!!
Ana Crisan’s Original Appeal
I knew him as “Chris the penny guy” because all day long he was picking up pennies, and this is all he is surviving on. I remember I used to sit with him at Coffee TIme and help him count his pennies. I lived there for almost a year. Today he is still living off pennies, has built a house of his own, and doesn’t bother anyone… (more)
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Toronto Blames Pigeon Homelessness on the… Homeless?
In torpedoing the Toronto Animal Rights Society’s plan to build condos for pigeons under the Gardiner expressway, mayoral adviser Chris Phibb stated that , “It just seems hurtful to install housing for pigeons where we’re doing outreach for people under the Gardiner. The irony intended may not be appreciated.’’ Hmmm… Asst. Phibbs? Wheer do we start here? With laughter? With anger? Or with tears? Not sure what gets me most… (more)

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July 3, 2006 Posted by | Internet, Politics | 5 Comments

FOR IMMEDIATE ACTION :: July 3rd :: Eyes upon Toronto


God’s Eye” courtesy of the absurdly talented Giampaolo Macorig

ISSUE: The unnecessary and improperly accounted for eviction of Chris “Gardiner” from his home beneath Toronto’s Gardiner Expressway

TIME FRAME: Monday, July 3rd, 2006 (and thereafter as necessary)

OBJECTIVE Our goal is to let Toronto know that the eyes and the words of the world are upon it. Swiss-chees spin, nailed shut window “framing” and communication shutdown to leverage the natural discrimatory public stance against citizens falling outside standard behavioral norms are unacceptable methods of DIALOGUE between a city authority and its citizens. WE MUST FORCE THE CONVERSATION and DEMAND REASONABLE ANSWERS TO REASONABLE QUESTIONS and not allow the city to stonewall until there is no going back.

With citizen democracy there is no such thing as a fait accompli. We will continue to watch the city of Toronto and ensure that it follows through on its commitment to its neediest, but happy citizens should it force them from HOMES TO SHELTERS. We call the city to task BEFORE NOT AFTER. If the eviction goes through as all indications suggest and construction slated for later in the year is delayed yet again, there will be a written record of the City’s failure to treat its citizens with common respect and dignity. An “honest conversation” before, not after the eviction, is hardly too much to ask of the 3rd politest city in the world.
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July 3, 2006 Posted by | Internet, Politics | 2 Comments

WORLDZIGHT – an improvisational experiment in global participatory democracy…

The premise behind WorldZight is to bring together trans-global constituencies bound together by race, religion, issues, convergence of interest, or any one of a number of “metonymic” (a part used for the whole) connections to a given “cause” in a peaceful, non-obstructive manner.

The goal of WorldZight is to demonstrate to local, regional and national governments world-wide that citizen democracy can STILL work even in an increasingly globalized, yet micro-segmented, society that works to simultaneously concentrate means of communication in the hands of a few while dividing constituencies into ever smaller self-coalescing micro-constituencies.

These simultaneous trends threaten to work hand in hand to frustrate attempts to generate popular consensus on pressing global issues even as the means (the “pipes”) by which to express dissent become ever more subject to corporate whim.

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July 3, 2006 Posted by | Business, Internet, Politics, Producing | Leave a comment

   

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