When I first heard this I didn’t understand why it was necessary. Don’t get me wrong, I understand why this is happening down in the United States. I even agree with most of the demands that have sprouted from the growing phenomenon down there. However, I didn’t get why it was happening in Calgary, or even Canada at all. Our gap between the rich and poor isn’t as massive, we don’t have corporations making massive unregulated donations to political candidates. We certainly have our problems, but they’re not of the same genre. So, when I first heard about this I was derisive to a nearly Cowellian extent.
Cowellian: Adjective; To be as Simon Cowell.
However, after reading some of the material about it, and reading their website, I have determined two things about the Occupy Calgary movement.
They don’t really know what they’re doing either. They don’t really have a proper mission statement hammered together yet, but they seem to be moving in a humanist direction. You can see what the topic of the moment is on their Moderator page.
It’s probably a good thing. Theoretically, our democratic systems allows for this sort of expression to play out during elections. But, if the desired results never manifest then this is what happens. It seems like there’s been a general rejection of current economic policy in the global zeitgeist, and judging from some of the ideas or the Occupy Calgary Mission Statement that’s what this is really about.
“Economic reform that focuses on the well being and happiness of humans instead of GDP.”
“Redistribution of wealth + affordable housing. Calgary is one of the richest cities in Canada, yet has the biggest problem with homelessness.”
“We Reject the idea that a society must be judged solely on it’s economic output”
But, if you think about it this is by far the best way for these frustrations to be vented. The Occupiers have so far been cooperative and respectful, their views are getting attention, and, whether you agree with it or not, you can’t deny that this a much better way to try to effect some change to the current status quo than a riot.
I mean, its not like we just lost the Stanley Cup or anything, right?
Jonathan Meier is the Online Marketing and Social Media Coordinator for Nuvo Hotel Suites, a small boutique hotel in downtown Calgary, Alberta (to learn more about the Nuvo peruse the rest of the site, or check out our Facebook Page). When he’s not at his desk, he’s usually out in the mountains near his hometown of Canmore where he can be seen climbing, skiing, or doing anything at all that doesn’t involve computers.