Today at 10:00 AM, supporters of the CBC Radio Orchestra met at the Queen Elizabeth Fountain. We waved to traffic going by on West Georgia, and heard speeches describing how protests like this one were going on in Montréal and Toronto (and also in Romania, where Prime Minister Stephen Harper is currently visiting).
Some passed out song sheets (also with all of the names of all the BC Members of Parliament, to send handwritten letters to). We sang some a couple of protest songs — to the tune of Three Blind Mice and Baa Baa Black Sheep (or Twinkle twinkle Star, if you will). My favourite bit was the second verse of the Baa Baa Black Sheep:
Bah, bah, humbug to the stingy beast
In his office way back east;
How can pencil-pushing jerks
Screw composer’s hard-earned works?
Bureaucrats don’t know their avant-garde
From a hole in their back yard.
Then the whole crowd marched a block south to the main doors of the CBC. Some of the radio orchestra members gathered at the door, and there were more speeches and chanting. There was no violence, and I think that frankly, the folks in the building were glad we were there. After all, I think they would have joined us if they could have. Here are a few other photos (the rest are on Flickr):