Power to the polite Canadian Occupy protesters! The Edmonton group faced a 10am eviction notice from the park they’ve occupied since Saturday, but the park’s owner, Melcor, changed its mind, allowing them to stay at least one more day. The green space on the corner of Jasper Avenue and 102nd Street hosts about 20 tents and dozens of camping protesters, who decided at a general meeting last evening they would not evacuate the park.
Not In My Backyard
Melcor’s President/CEO Ralph Young has reiterated that the company prefers Occupy Edmonton to find an alternative location for their protest, and that the main concern is for the integrity of the green space and the rights of their tenants in the adjacent building. Young did note that the Occupiers have conducted themselves “reasonably and responsibly” and at present are not causing Melcor undue concern.
Polite But Firm
Group spokesperson Chelsea Taylor says the group is “elated” that standing firm in a reasonable manner has yielded such positive results. The group has been working with Melcor through a liaison, and they hope to have a timeline for their occupation to present to the company soon.
Meanwhile, Melcor has been in contact with the Edmonton City Police, but at this point Occupy Edmonton’s presence has not caused any problems in the downtown area that warrant intervention. The company declined to indicate how long they might be willing to allow Occupy Edmonton to remain on their property.
With eviction deadlines not looming as large, the group plans to work on fortifying their encampment, holding workshops and making plans for future actions. Anyone interested in participating or helping provision the campers will find more details on Facebook or the group’s website.
Although Melcor has agreed to disagree with Occupy Edmonton for the time being on the use of the green space, how do you feel about the group’s use of private property to call attention to social inequity? Let’s hear your opinion or ideas.