UPDATE: This article includes some inaccuracies, please refer to the comments section for updated information
I’ve written about this issue a few times now, and posted the (very popular) video of Occupy Vancouver Gone Wild! It all started after Ben Pearson began to ask questions about OV finances. Ben’s a brave man, and I commend his tenacity in keeping-up the good fight here….
Well, despite his calling-out the people who have been trying to oppress his questions, they have only got more aggressive and unreasonable. It seems there is something they are really scared about in his questions. But, Ben isn’t the type of people to let the ‘bad guys’ win. If only more people in this world were so honourable!
Have a look at Ben’s posting in the Occupy Vancouver! Facebook page a couple days ago:
I remember the incident where he talks about a kerfuffle going on about OV finances. Tristan Markle (of the Mainlander) was amongst a couple other people who hijacked the General Assembly (GA) one night and called for an explanation of what was happening with finances.
They arrived a few minutes before the GA started and got the group into a talk about how money wasn’t being accounted for properly. The crowd got rather upset and started the GA on their own before the facilitators arrived. Nothing came out of this, but a number of people walked-away from OV that night and didn’t show-up much after that.
Anyhow, after Ben made this posting he got a lot of crap from a (minority) of the people on the Facebook page. One person in particular (MadLove) started to make some unfounded disparaging remarks. Ben came back with a reasonable response:
MadLove came back with some more disparaging attacks (I won’t entertain him by publishing his drivel)- but, Ben came back and made things very clear:
I agree with Ben entirely. The affinity group he is referring to are all people from Harsha Walia’s No One Is Illegal gang of treasonous thugs. And, the Finance Committe was led by Bob Ages of the Council of Canadians- the people who brought Harsha’s thugs into the Olympics the day they smashed-up the windows at the Hudson Bay Company and got into a street brawl with the police. (The same day David Eby mysteriously withdrew his legal observers)
You’ll notice Ben also mentions issues with the W2 Media Centre. This is another nefarious part of Vancouver’s professional protester culture. The centre is run by Irwin Oostende, a man who’s fame includes attacking transsexual women, and running a part-time rave club.
Irwin eagerly ran-along with the politics and banned Ben from going to W2. Curiously, this is the same place where OV runs finance meetings. Is this a mere coincidence? Hmmm….
- Occupy Vancouver Has An Asshole Problem! (so do the Council of Canadians & Van Media Co-Op) (genuinewitty.com)
- Occupy Toronto And The DTES FauxHawk’s Sacred Fire! (Featuring Harsha Walia & David Eby!) (genuinewitty.com)
- What Did Harsha Wallia Do? (WDHWD) (genuinewitty.com)
- No Wonder Harsha Walia Loves To Pimp Violence! (genuinewitty.com)
- Harsha Walia & Harjap Grewal (Council of Canadians) Wearing Masks At the G20? (genuinewitty.com)
- Macdonald Stainsby & Harsha Walia Called “Lowlights” Of The 2010 Olympics! (genuinewitty.com)
- Alex Hundert & Harsha Walia Go To Prison Together! (genuinewitty.com)
- A Letter to David Murray About Harsha Walia’s Ironic March Against Racism (genuinewitty.com)