Sunday, October 23, 2011


 Made an error in last blog.  Neil Magnuson does not have a medical exemption for cannabis.  What he has is a letter from his doctor saying cannabis will be beneficial for his condition.  So the RCMP officer had every right to grind his joint into the ground, just as is it was open alcohol being poured out.  Realize that in Kelowna smoking a joint in public is nothing more than drinking in public. Just spend any weekend in the down town core and walk these streets around the clubs. 
I apologize to all.
  Douglas John Loudon

Occupy Kelowna. Civil Disobedience With No Disobedience.

Occupy Kelowna. Civil Disobedience With No Disobedience.

The Kelowna protest Photographs, not all here are protesters some are just observers.

A very small protest that from the start was cooperative with the authorities.  They did everything that was wanted of them.  A small protest that went off with no confrontation  and would have not been effective except for the excessive police presence to take down the tepee.  The tying up of police resources far beyond what was needed even after they knew the protest would be peaceful and cooperative. The protesters numbered no more that 15, and there were at least 15 RCMP.  The police acted very pleasant and there was civil conversation between police protesters and bystanders. Only one young man used a little profanity, an office briefly confronted him over that,  54 year old protester Neil Magnuson with a medical exemption for medical marijuana had a heated discussion with one officer who confiscated and ground Magnuson's joint into the ground.  Near the end of the protest people showed up with timbits and doughnuts and muffins, for protesters, officers, and bystanders. "Very Canadian"

This protest showed that even a small group with diverse issues and agendas can be effective in the beginning stages of a protest movement.  The tying up of police resources the cost that goes with this, and that most of these officers could have being doing more useful police work.  Though one plain clothed officer said that I did not know everything. I assume this was said to justify the number of RCMP.  The protesters from the beginning of the day until the end at about midnight, who talked to authorities all said that they would be obeying city bylaws and would be peaceful.
This protest and others like it are the beginnings of a Social Justice Movement.

The only sad point is that none of the mainstream media were present.  We all must ask them why.

Events as seen and recorded By Douglas John Loudon

Photographs went out of order as I added them, I appologize.

Events as seen and recorded by  Douglas John Loudon

Occupy Kelowna Protest

Occupy Kelowna Protest
  Just got in form the Kelowna protest down by the sails.  It move from Kerry park where it started earlier in the day October 22, ending up at the sails with one tepee set up by some members of the West Bank First Nation.  A very small number of protesters were there at 10 pm.  People ranging in age from late teens to people in their 60's,  no more than 15.  The Protest was peaceful.  Police and by law officers showed up in force, about 15 in all, with motor cycle office, one paddy wagon, bylaw van and a number of police cars to make sure the tepee was taken down.  Which police took down shortly after 11 pm.

  Considering the number of protesters to  police, the Kelowna protesters should consider this protest a success considering the number of police resources tied up.  A lot less could have been used, though one plain clothed officer said there were thing that I did not know.  Suggesting that they needed that many officers. Even when it was clear to everyone that the tepee would come down peacefully all the officers still stayed.  Clearly a waist of most of the officers time.
Got a number of photographs from the start of the protest and then some at the end.  Will post those tomorrow as I have to download them from the camera, and need some sleep now as it is 1:20 am on the 23 of October.

Lastly, and sadly there were no local media there, as with most things in this town the media will be late or miss.  We will just have to do with this small blog.

 everything here is by me  Douglas Loudon.    Everyone have a good night and take care.

Monday, October 17, 2011

What the Wall Street and similar protests are about 
 Social Justice

 The media the political and financial elites all ask what the main ideas behind the protests.  They all fail to understand that it is simply about Social JusticeThe issues of the environment, which all come down to pollution.  The political, where people see that they are not represented by the governments that they elect, the need for electoral reformThe economic where people see that the middle class is getting smaller and the poor getting poorer. Where "welfare" for the poor, affordable medical and dental, and food for all, are things that the "elites" say that others have to just live with. That they just have to work harder to  live the dream.

But when the "elites" run into problems.  When their business begin to fail, they run to the government for the corporate welfare handouts.  The Free Enterprise System only applies to others, not the ones who are "to large to fail".  Just think about it.

These are my thoughts, 

I am Douglas Loudon Every one have a good day and take care.