An air of anticipation hung heavy below the steps of the Vancouver Art Gallery this evening. Both CTV and CBC had news crews on site reporting on an event that has yet to occur. Having just spent eight hours perched atop the steps of the Vancouver Art Gallery, sandwhiched in between two stoic stone lions, I had plenty of time to think about the implications of the Occupy Wall Street movement and what it means for us across North America. Will the Occupy Vancouver demonstrations helped to fuel the equivalent of a North American ‘Arab Spring’? Will the lawn in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery serve as the site of a Canadian Tahir Square? Time will tell.
Although it seemed that many people had an opinion and a few were even willing to share their perspectives with a lonely security guard. One gentleman no more than thirty spoke optimistically to me about the importance of the demonstration to highlight the need to protect the environment while another was documenting signage to warn demonstrators.
Vancouver it seems is a city of contradictions more so than Victoria. The gap between the haves and the have-nots is more transparent here, half a block away from the open air drug deals and the carefree drug trips and booze swilling that I became accustomed to at the art gallery plaza, seems completely different.
It would seem to me that the people browsing through the couture boutiques and chain fashion stores on Robson Street are so far removed from what it is like to live hand to mouth.
So tomorrow I can’t help but wonder whose interests will be advocated for, the rich posing as the struggling middle class or the middle class. Listening to the political pundits it would appear that todays middle class are fast becoming an expansion of the underprivileged and undervalued working class.
Still whatever transpires tomorrow I can’t help but think it will remain in the popular conscious of the city and the country for a long time to come and hopefully will lead to a discourse on income and social inequalities.
What do you think?