Catherine Porter

Catherine Porter is a columnist for the Toronto Star.

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Sunday, November 20, 2011 - 2:55pm
Occupy Toronto: They Can’t Evict a Conversation
Last time I checked in with the occupiers of St. James Park, word was they were going to fight for their ground. If Superior Court Judge David Brown rules to evict them on Monday, they plan to reoccupy, they told me. That would be a mistake. The movement, from what I have seen, is not about the park. It’s about a deep conversation. You can’t evict a conversation – even a brief one.
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Sunday, June 27, 2010 - 11:59am
When Police Stick to Phony Script
They call it the Miami Model. But it could be called the Genoa model, the Pittsburgh model and, after this weekend, the Toronto model. It refers to police tactics used in Miami seven years ago, during the Free Trade Area of the Americas summit, and, more importantly, the protests erupting on the streets outside. Manny Diaz, Miami’s then-mayor, called the police methods exemplary — a model to be followed by homeland security when confronting protesters.
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Thursday, June 24, 2010 - 8:35am
I Am a Protester, Not a Terrorist
There was a knot in my stomach as I rode the subway to my first anti-G20 protest this week. All the foreboding emails flooding my inbox had me spooked. Company instructions on gas masks, underwear choice (avoid cotton, it absorbs gas fumes), and making sure to have an escape route. My husband had just forwarded me a missive from his office administrator, suggesting staff go underground to avoid the afternoon’s protest.
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