Some Occupy Calgary supporters have also been supporting the Syrian cause by joining in some of the protests.
I didn't get the man's name, but I've seen him at all the Occupy Calgary events I've been to (or so it seems).
I took this at Olympic Plaza in downtown Calgary on Friday, December 9, 2011. I came a couple hours in advance of the 2pm deadline for Occupy Calgary campers to leave. To my surprise, the tents were gone. Protesters left behind a signs with short messages. They also left this sculpture.
This is Andrea Slobodian with Sun News. Despite appearing on national TV, and covering other people, she feels that taking her picture violates her privacy. Please see the description of this image for the full story.
This friendly guy is a cameraman with Sun News, a national cable broadcaster in Canada. He was annoyed that I took his picture, telling me I was not allowed to, despite being in a public place. After I persisted, he said something along the lines, that if I want a picture, then here's my picture. So, to him, I say thanks for the picture. Now, here's the long winded version:
Can you tell the woman in front of the camera doesn't want her picture taken? You can read the fully story here.
This is one of the photos I took at Olympic Plaza in downtown Calgary on Friday, December 9, 2011. I came a couple hours in advance of the 2pm deadline for Occupy Calgary campers to leave. To my surprise, the tents were gone. I found since, the occupiers removed everything overnight, and left behind some signs and a new sculpture.
I found a few pieces of what I assume was a display set here. They were lying separate and I put them together for this photo. This photo can use some fixing. There's some blue in the snow that I need to remove. I tried using a "White Balance" spot fix, but I didn't really have a proper reference point. So, I just need to de-saturate the snow separately. But, I posted it now, because I still like it. It's probably my favorite shot of the day.
From the quick look I had, the Occupy Calgary at Olympic Plaza did pretty well. I didn't see any obvious damage from the wind. The tents, as you can see, are standing. Although, I'm sure they must have some difficulties. I did have a slightly unpleasant circumstance, since one lady was complaining about pictures being taken by me. She didn't bother saying anything to me directly, and another person said people are free to take pictures. No big deal. Just a bit annoying, when people demonstrate in public to get attention, but don't like the attention (again, this was just one person, so nothing relevant to the group as a whole).
This is Rick Hanson, Chief of the Calgary Police Service. This is just outside the doors City Council, which was dealing with the budget. Hanson held a scrum with reporters, mainly about budget matters for the force, but obviously Occupy Calgary was also something he was asked about.
This was taken at a media scrum, held by Bill Bruce, head of Animal & Bylaw Services for Calgary. The person seen here (who was snapping a picture of Bruce) is one of the protesters and campers from the Olympic Plaza camp. There were a couple questions asked by the protesters (not really answered) and after Bruce answered questions, three of the protesters held their own scrum.
Bill Bruce is head of Animal & Bylaw Services for the City of Calgary. He held a media scrum at City Hall, to brief the media on how the city was dealing with the Occupy Calgary camp in Olympic Plaza.
One of the Occupy Calgary members did some meditation. This pretty much sums up how peaceful and relaxed the protesters were.
One of the journalists covering the Occupy Calgary camp. Obviously, I did a bit selective decolourization. I thought most colours were a distraction (like the bright red ring behind her).
Occupy Calgary held a protest outside Calgary City Hall on Saturday, November 12, 2011 to protest the city's plans to evict those occupying Olympic Plaza.
Some younger people attended the protest. This same girl can be seen carrying a more serious sign in anther shot.
Regardless of what somebody's position is, I dislike it when anybody throws around terms like "facism", to the point of stripping them of any meaning.
The "obvious" shot to take in one of these, is of the big "OCCUPY" banner, which is naturally facing inwards. So, I did a crude horizontal flip of the image.
This shot wasn't really about the event. I just thought he had a bit of a "western sheriff" look to him.
After the Occupy Calgary group moved to Olympic Plaza, a handful of people waded into the water. This girl was more prepared than most, since she had the right foot ware, it seemed, while others went in bare foot.