it's a weekend of tough choices for local politicos. Besides the September 11 Peace Coalition protest on Saturday (November 17) in T.O., there are major anti-globalization demos at the meetings of the G20, the IMF and the World Bank in Ottawa. In fact, groups like the Council of Canadians and Mob4Globe will be organizing for both.While central bank governors and finance ministers meet in cozy Rideau Street rooms in Ottawa, protestors will gather outside to push for global justice.
Doing things a bit differently than in Quebec City, they're moving away from the demarcation of zones according to levels of dissent.
"The focus will be on not dividing the movement," says a spokesperson for the Ontario Public Interest Research Group (Ottawa). "While police haven't erected a fence, roads will be closed by traffic barricades. There is a concern that the police will shut things down (before the protest begins)."
Ottawa police say in a media release, "We are continuously monitoring and assessing the situation and will make decisions accordingly."
A teach-in and peace vigil take place Friday, a major march Saturday. Billeting and bus transport are available. Check www.flora.org/gdo