Meow everyone. Well, so far, I talked about the people, some occupy plans, I postulated that Occupy was really a cult but now, its time to show what occupy really was, or at least who or what entity was in charge … and it was NOT YOU. In fact all you were was a small pawn to be used when an dif needed and disposed of when your usefulness ran out. This story is part one of two, as there is more to this than what I am writing about here. As before, images used are a combination of images found on the net, as well as my own archives.
What happened to the Money
Occupy Toronto, as all other Occupies, could never have become a reality without an infusion of money, and lots of it. The early question was, where was this money coming from, or, who was seemingly underwriting the costs of this movement? I think it was fairly early on that most persons came to realize that the unions where writing the checks and paying the bills. Occupy Toronto had a huge food team / food tent that was staffed 24 / 7, as was the media tent and of course the logistics tent. However, along with the provision of food services, the food team had to ensure that they complied with city bylaws with respects to the handling of food, cleanliness, disposal and sanitation. While I give props to the food team for the hard work they did, there was no way they could have been able to comply with the plethora of rules and regulations that the food service industry is required to comply with, and certainly, they could not have learned the required rules and regulations in such a short period of time. Not without outside help, and outside help costs money, and lots of it. Just as an aside note, the unions also paid to provide Occupy Toronto a separate state of the art, mobile food kitchen. This mobile kitchen was a 40 foot custom, purpose built trailer, and the cost, along with the renting of a place to park it, was a staggering $8000.00 a month. Occupy had it for two months. It was off site but within a two minute walking distance from the park, with only Antonin having the key. Very few people even knew of its existence.
The logistics team was huge in terms of what they had to undertake. They basically had to provide everything to make Occupy Toronto functional. They were sort of like the city store house. Everything from simple flashlight batteries to power generators where the logistics teams responsibility. Generators cost money, lots of money. Occupy Toronto had at least four of them. There were tents to be purchased. Tables to be brought in, chairs to sit on, extension cords to feed power throughout the park. Fuel to power them. Medical supplies were a huge cost.
The medical tent was one of better stocked tents, and frankly, one of the best run. Trish Mills who was the person in charge of the medical tent / team ran a tight ship with well disciplined, well intentioned if not grossly under trained volunteer staff. While her training was not in question, there was significant question with respects to the training of some of the other staff, especially when I had personally take one person to the hospital who sustained a serious cut to his arm as a result of a broken bottle fight, the glass still in his arm, sticking out. The med staff did not know the simple procedure to secure his arm and get the proper attention he needed. He was fine after several hours of professional treatment. Trish was a very dedicated member of the medic team and she took the responsibilities she agreed to very seriously.
Art supplies ate up a large amount of money. Signs littered the park and had to come from somewhere.
Then, there was a truckloads of fire wood for the so called sacred fires. ( don’t get me started on that ) It seemed as if there were three or four so called sacred fires going on at any one time, depending on where in the park one was.
There were of course were the famous Yurts Occupy Toronto had. These Yurts were provided to Occupy Toronto as gifts from OPSEU, the Ontario Public Service Employees Union. In total, Occupy Toronto had three of them worth a total of around $25,000.00 dollars. These were GIFTS from OPSEU that were taken back the second the park was evicted. Hmmm, some gift … wait, we ARE talking about opportunistic and greedy unions here.
There were a small city of Porto potties along with the cleaning and maintaining of them. Well, someone forgot to clean them as the stench from them could be noticed miles away. I was lucky in that I have a residence literally across the street so when I make use of a washroom, I just had cross the street. Trust me, it was worth the walk.
In total, there was somewhere between 40 – 50 thousand dollars invested in the Occupy Toronto encampment in materials alone. Of course these were all provided by the unions. The OFL, ( Ontario federation of Labor ) also provided hotel suites for the leaders or facilitators during Occupy Toronto, as well, for about two weeks beyond the actual eviction, all expenses paid of course. Then, there were the perqs that these same leaders or facilitators received. There were free all expenses paid ( that included travel costs, hotel and food ) trips to New York City for a week, as well, each person going received two thousand dollars in fun money to go. The same leaders or facilitators received the latest IPhones, free of course, courtesy of the unions. It was rumored that Taylor Flook even got to take a nice one week cruise after occupy ended, all for free of course. ( Keep in mind that I say it was rumored and as such, was not outright proven ) That was just the money the unions put up.
Along with the unions who funded Occupy Toronto, there was a small bank vault of personal financial donations, in cash of course, with a few cheques thrown in. Claudia Rodregez who was a president of the Green party in Wood bridge Ontario opened up a bank account for Occupy Toronto under some foundation she was also involved with. It was never made clear how much money went into that account and what ended up happening to it / with it. Antonin Mongeau who ran the food team was also rumored to have had a bank account opened for Occupy Toronto exclusively to run the food team .
Each of the major areas, Food, Logistics and Media also had a cash donation box which was administered by the heads of these respective sections. Tens of thousands of dollars was raised but never accounted for. We do know that the logistics person took $2000.00 for his rent and another $1700.00 to throw a rave party. Logistics was a major donation spot and it collected around $15 – $20,000.00 in cash alone. That rave party was held in a church that house a very rare antique pipe organ that was heavily damaged during this rave party. Occupy Toronto leaders never took action to recover those funds, simply saying it was not an issue. Wow, $ 3700.00 dollars going poof and that’s not an issue? Must be nice. There was never seemingly any money available for even the simplest of projects, however, the leaders / facilitators always seemed to be able to access funds for their pet projects, without so much as a peep of decent. I could not help but notice how many of them sported new MAC laptops, as one example. We know that there was at least $4500.00 in cheques. We know that the food area took in at least $10,000.00 in cash. There were also the smaller donation collected from street busking around Occupy and it netted an easy $4 – 5,000.00 in small change. By my math, even at the lowest end number, Occupy Toronto had collected about $20 – $25,000.00 in cold hard cash. That, is over and above the money the unions had paid out to run Occupy Toronto. Some of us wanted some answers to a few hard questions that were going to be asked of these facilitators.
During the park encampment, the worst kept secret were the ongoing secret, invitation only meetings that were exclusive to the inner circle of Occupy Toronto ONLY, an organization that touted full openness and full transparency . It seemed that everyone knew about them, but these facilitators were so out and out full of themselves that they really thought that no one would ever learn of these secret meetings. WRONG. However, even once Occupy Toronto was evicted, the secret meetings did not stop. In fact, Susan learned of one such meeting and quickly asked Lawrence and myself to come out. What happened there was comical, but also, very much an example of the two faced approach Occupy Toronto had towards things like openness and transparency. The meeting was attended by Peter Gill who was well entrenched with Occupy, Sarah Rotz, Mischa Saunders, Kevin Konnyu, Fred Steven, and crashed by Susan , Lawrence and myself. ( there may have been one or two others there but if so, I cannot recall the names ) Lawence and I are somewhat predictable in what we are going to do. We don’t waste time with bullshit niceties, hell, just go for the throat right off the bat and see who survives, and for how long. Susan is quite different. She is very calculating and methodical. I suspect she knew what Lawrence and I would do, and while we did our thing, Susan simply observed, listened to what they said and made mental notes. You don’t get anything by her and don’t ever make the mistake of thinking that her quiet demeanor is a sign of weakness. Quite the opposite. She is very skilled at listening and nothing gets past her, NOTHING. She listens, and then starts her research and digging. Susan is one of the best, of the best, researchers I have even known. If you said, if you thought it, if you had a dream about it, she WILL find out. If you had a detention in grade two, she probably knows who your teacher was, who the principle was and why you had said detention, way back then.
The question of the finances of Occupy Toronto would be, possibly the first real visible sign that Occupy Toronto was being manipulated and controlled by the unions , as well, it was perhaps the first time we saw what was the real weakness of the leaders. The leaders / facilitators were put on the spot and asked some very hard, direct, tough questions, knew that we were not leaving without answers. Possibly for the first time, they were confronted without the guidance of the unions script to formulate answers to what was, this point, scripted and predictable, soft ball questions. The leaders / facilitators were asked hard, direct questions, with those questions coming from all sides at once. They could, not only not keep up, but they were forced to answer on the spot, sans notes and handlers to guide and advise them . Lawrence asked most of the questions and just would not relent. This clearly and obviously flustered the leaders / facilitators. There was discussion about Antonin and I was getting really irritated at how they were defaming and slandering him . I recall saying that the next word that comes out of any ones mouth, that slanders or defames Antonin will result in me writing up the documents to take legal actions directly against those present in the form of a lawsuit for libel, slander and defamation. Kevin Konnyu was so utterly beside himself after I said that, he knew I was not joking. He stated that he felt seriously unsafe saying anything anymore because he didn’t know what would be used against him if it went that far. Sarah Rotz and Mischa Saunders tried to Delphi us yet again but again, failed when we simply kept asking and asking and asking and asking and …….. Finally, Mischa Saunders spewed out some answer that was so obviously untrue that possibly the only person who would be stupid enough to actually believe what he said would have been Krystalline Kraus. ( remember, she is the person I referred to as possibly being the stupidest human being I have ever met in my entire life. ) this lasted for may 30 minutes but we got what we came for. We knew that the answer they offered up was so utterly untrue, but what they did do was now, open the door wide open to us doing what we did best, DIG, and dig we did.
Here is a video of one of these secret meetings we crashed to get answers :
Misscha Saunders proclaimed in his monotone facilitator occupy cult leader voice that there was only about $3500.00 – $ 4000.00 in the hands of Occupy Toronto. Well, we laughed that off pretty quickly and Mischa Saunders would be caught in that lie on two occasions, later on.
If there was one thing that many of us learned about the Occupy movement, it would be that nothing is as it appeared to be. Every question answered, produced ten others, with the original question being left unanswered, or at least, not honestly answered. These facilitators were master manipulators and well trained to be evasive and deceptive. Their actions were very much in line with what we have all seen as actions undertaken by unions. It was not hard to see who controlled who, and what. However, as devious as unions are, they are, at the end of the day, a business no different than a host of other corporations they either love, or hate. As a business, unions are out to make money and they loath having to spend money without any return on their investment. While this has never been proven, and in fact, just a theory of mine, I postulate the following theory as to where the money actually went:
The unions had invested a significant amount of union / member funds into Occupy Toronto and the membership was looking for results. I postulate as well that even some of the inner most union persons were demanding to see their investment yield results, or they wanted out. So, money was collected at the stations I mentioned earlier, and with the exception of a few dollars to be left behind for Occupy Toronto to, not only use, but to use as a means of accounting to the occupiers, the remaining funds were funneled back into the unions books to recover at least some of what they had invested in originally. The unions were going to lose money, yes, but by funneling the funds back to the unions, the unions losses would be, at least, reduced and palatable to the members , and, the union insiders who had serious concerns about huge expenditures would at least see something coming back to them ( the unions ). I further postulate that Occupy Toronto, and possibly other occupies, were actually killed off by the unions. Sounds crazy doesn’t it? Or, does it? Think about it. By about the end of the third week of the Occupy Toronto encampment, there was a serious supply shortage issue. Everything was at dangerously low, or at non-existent levels by then. Supplies stopped coming in, even the Porto Potties were left filthy and un-emptied from that time to the point of eviction. The money was not coming in from the unions, the donations had dried up and the general public was not interested any longer. The public saw the park as a nuisance and health hazard and stayed away in droves. Word of the escalating violence got out, ( some of us made sure of that ) word of the rampant drug use got out and there was even a well publicized drug overdose in one of the drug lab tents. So, no union funding, no member funding, no public funding meant that the only viable solution was to pull out from Occupy Toronto, cut your losses and move on. Occupy Toronto has cost the unions many tens of thousands of their members dollars and more and more, it appeared that the unions where not going to get anything they had wanted. The unions were forced to take the cities contract offer, as the city told them outright that this is the only offer they ( the city ) will make, take it or leave it. The unions rather than risk a huge, unpopular and very costly strike, took the offer, hence, they were no longer going to need those disposable bodies that Occupy Toronto was going to provide as a ready made, strike picket line, with built in hostility and violence perpetrated by those who already had nothing to lose. The unions pulled out while they still could and not have to account, at least publicly, to the members for the huge financial support of the Occupy Toronto Encampment.
The loss of funds, however, did not stop the facilitators from inventing grandiose stories about what funds Occupy Toronto had on hand. There was a second secret meeting held by many of the same group of facilitators and once again, they were given a surprise visit from Lawrence, Susan, Don and Myself. Once again, the stories changed from person to person and once again, truthful answered were as scarce as diamonds on a can of coke. However, the pressure was not only on, but we increased it, confronted them ( the facilitators ) at every possible turn to get answers. While the answers where never the same, always changing, we knew the pressure was great and unrelenting. The facilitators could not escape the questions and answered were demanded at every turn and opportunity as the presented themselves. One never knew where we were going to turn up next. Even at a relatively “ safe “ activist conference at a powerful union stronghold, the Steelworkers hall, the questions just kept coming and coming. We feared nothing , no place and no one. When , or if , we wanted answers, we were going to find you and get what we could. These leaders / facilitators were not ready or prepared to deal with the unpredictable and we made a point of being predictably unpredictable.
So, the leaders / facilitators said many times that the unions were not the drivers of Occupy Toronto . OK, lets see if these same leaders / facilitators were telling us the truth :
Pictured below is John Cartwright , the head of the York and Toronto Region Labour Council that organizes the yearly Labour Day Parade in Toronto. He is also the husband of city councillor Paula Fletcher
Oh look, some images of Slippery Sid Ryan showing up for photo ops but ran faster than a a politician breaking an election promise once the cameras were off and gone :
Now, no good union co-opting would be complete without Fast Freddie Haun of CUPE :
And where ever Fast Freddie goes, the CUPE Flying Squad bus can’t be far behind:
Now, no good union co-opting is complete also without some good old boy from the anarchist group as seen here with Brenden Bruce, a legend in his own mind. However, he was quite reveling during a speech he gave at a local coffer house back in January of 2012 when he outright stated that the UNIONS bought and paid for the occupy movement, further, that some of the leaders / facilitators where on the union payroll, and further still, some continue to b eon their payroll even today ( today being January 2012 when he made the speech ) There were three other speakers as well at that same meeting, Lana Goldberg, Megan Kinch and one other person who’s name escapes me. Here, below is Brenden Bruce :
In part two, I will show the pictures of the one who worked secretly with the unions to screw occupy over. I will show the images of them and where they were, when they were there and who they were with. Here is a little hint, while most of occupy was freezing their butts off in the cold and rain, the highest level leaders / facilitators were dining at one of the more swanky hotels in Toronto, all covered of course, courtesy of the OFL. I’ll bed those beds even had a massage feature on them, something a wet sleeping bag and a tent didn’t offer. Stay tuned for part two …………….