Occupy Toronto: Protesters must vacate park, judge rules
Occupy Toronto protesters must pack up their tents and leave St. James Park, where they have been camping out for more than a month, a Superior Court judge has ruled.
In a decision released Monday, Justice David Brown found the city was within its rights to force an end to the demonstration, calling it a “reasonable limit” on the group’s rights under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
“If the protesters possess a constitutional right to occupy the park and appropriate it to their use, then the next protest group espousing a political message would have the right to so occupy another park, say, Moss Park; and the next group the next park, and so on, and so forth,” Judge Brown wrote in his 54-page ruling. “So would result a ‘tragedy of the commons,’ another ironic consequence of a movement advocating greater popular empowerment.” (Photo: Mark Blinch/Reuters)