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Occupy Vancouver closely followed by BC bloggers, tweeters

As Occupy Vancouver got under way on Saturday morning, B.C. bloggers and tweeters were tracking events from a number of perspectives.

The hashtag #OccupyVancouver was getting numerous tweets, including several from the Vancouver Police Department.

Among local bloggers supporting Occupy Vancouver were Laila Yuile, who was expecting to speak to the protesters today, and Mr. Been N. Hockey at Dope City Free Press, a professed anarchist who asked his colleagues: "Will you please behave yourselves?"

Raincoaster, reporting from the VAG on Friday night, found everything quiet. Brian Revel at Maple Leaf Rag has posted a long endorsement of the need for a movement like Occupy Vancouver.

Other bloggers were less supportive. Red Tory wrote: "Unless the turnout is absolutely massive (highly unlikely) and/or the activist group(s) involved have the weather-resistant dedication to make themselves a persistent nuisance in downtown Toronto in the same kind of way that the folks currently entrenched in NYC’s 'Liberty Plaza' have done, it's hard to see what conceivable impact this protest will have."

Scary Fundamentalist dismissed the Occupiers as "a case of Tea Party envy." Alex G. Tsakumis asked: Occupy Vancouver? What For? He dismissed the movement as " little more, for now, than a bunch of unwashed, smelly, tie-dyed, unsavory degenerates and reprobates."

The Canadian Taxpayers Federation attacked the BCGEU, saying it "needs to 'occupy' common sense." Jordan Bateman, B.C. director of the CTF, said among other things:

"If 99% of the population is not benefitting from the current political and economic system it’s because nearly half their incomes are taken in taxes. Those taxes are largely driven by the demands of public sector unions—they want to cut everybody else's pay to increase their own. As the president of the BC Teachers Federation said recently, teachers want BC’s income tax cuts reversed so they can increase their own pay and benefits by $2.2 billion."

Meanwhile, the media are covering the Occupy movement online. CBC is liveblogging Occupy Canada. CTV is running a number of reports with video clips. has a number of video clips also. The Province is blogging and tweeting from the VAG.

Crawford Kilian is a contributing editor of The Tyee.

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