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City of Toronto Workers Destroy Free Community Food Garden Amid Growing Food Crisis

 
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Amid a growing food crisis, this morning workers from the City of Toronto were ordered by City of Toronto
Parks Director Richard Ubbens to remove all live plants and food from the People's Peas Garden in Queens Park. They were ordered to take the plants and food to the dump and lay sod overtop of this most beautiful free community food garden, without warning, without a chance to remove the rare heirloom plant species or harvest the food.

The garden was planted by Occupy Gardens and allies on May 1st, in defense of local and global food security. While the garden has been growing undisturbed for nearly 5 months, with the help of hundreds in the community, the city deliberately decided to have it removed upon the eve of the Autumn Jam: A Harvest Party and celebration of sharing, community and free local food, which is happening tomorrow from 12-6pm at the garden in Queens Park (northwest section).

[link to toronto.mediacoop.ca]
 Quoting: Fhirinne


Only 1 solution to this. Throw those city workers out. Replace them with people friendly ones.

They need to go to the source, the mayor & throw him out. Replace him with a people Mayor.
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this happened in Los Angeles in 2006

sad day

fuck :(
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There's plenty of community gardens in the neighbourhood, where they could have planted their peas & they wouldn't have been destroyed.

They chose to plant on the lawn of the provincial government. Occupy planted wastefully.
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it was allowed 5 months, which IS permission. dickheads.
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Not suggesting this,

But wouldn't it be ironic if the city leaders went home to find all their manicured flower gardens chopped to the ground and weed killer sprayed on their lawns.
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Amid a growing food crisis, this morning workers from the City of Toronto were ordered by City of Toronto
Parks Director Richard Ubbens to remove all live plants and food from the People's Peas Garden in Queens Park. They were ordered to take the plants and food to the dump and lay sod overtop of this most beautiful free community food garden, without warning, without a chance to remove the rare heirloom plant species or harvest the food.

The garden was planted by Occupy Gardens and allies on May 1st, in defense of local and global food security. While the garden has been growing undisturbed for nearly 5 months, with the help of hundreds in the community, the city deliberately decided to have it removed upon the eve of the Autumn Jam: A Harvest Party and celebration of sharing, community and free local food, which is happening tomorrow from 12-6pm at the garden in Queens Park (northwest section).

[link to toronto.mediacoop.ca]
 Quoting: Fhirinne


They are either complete utter fools or there is something sinister going on.
 Quoting: s. d. butler


I's the latter. They don't even bother to try and hide it anymore.
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09/28/2012 11:51 PM
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What the community farmers need to do is organize and get the local laws changed to allow for a community garden BEFORE planting that garden.

Why was the garden taken out:

The reason? The people did not have permission to grow free food on public land.


That is from your link.

Why is that law there? To protect people from others who may plant other things that are not so nice and friendly as food. what if a person wanted to plant poison ivy, deadly night shade, hemlock and other toxic plants?

Come on, we all know that there are sick twisted people in the world who would have no problem planting toxic plants where kids play and might eat some of the plant.


Codes can really be easily changed in many circumstances, the same thing applies for having a front yard garden.

People get upset when these gardens are ripped out or the person is fined heavily as per the law, without understanding that these laws were made to keep property values up and to prevent people from growing things you may not want to have in your community.

Of course doing the right things first, such as checking the local codes and following a systematic approach to changing the laws/codes is required.

In this case, if the community farmers got together and make a strong case for a community farm, the local code makers most likely will set aside land for that sole purpose.

A lot of communities around the western World are moving toward 'co-op' and 'community food gardens' as a way to improve the neighborhoods. There is enough precedence on the books to demonstrate that this is a good idea.

Changing the local code also makes it easier for other co-op/community gardens to rise up in other neighbors, brings attention to the need and benefits of such.

If done correctly.

While it hurts to see this nice garden summarily executed, it wouldn't have happened if the farmers would have done the right things to begin with.

Lets hope that they now understand the local law/code and take the right steps to changing the law in Toronto, and even set about getting legal community farms placed here and there across the city.
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Time to plant a fall garden, like cabbage and pumpkins.
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Here's the Problem in our RETARD SOCIETY,

so someone eats something from that garden on City Property,

what happens,

the sick person screams,

WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

I just won the Ghetto Lottery Im suing the city for allowing food to be grown on their property that made me sick,

yes this would happen,


this is why our society will collapse completely.

And it wont be pretty




Amid a growing food crisis, this morning workers from the City of Toronto were ordered by City of Toronto
Parks Director Richard Ubbens to remove all live plants and food from the People's Peas Garden in Queens Park. They were ordered to take the plants and food to the dump and lay sod overtop of this most beautiful free community food garden, without warning, without a chance to remove the rare heirloom plant species or harvest the food.

The garden was planted by Occupy Gardens and allies on May 1st, in defense of local and global food security. While the garden has been growing undisturbed for nearly 5 months, with the help of hundreds in the community, the city deliberately decided to have it removed upon the eve of the Autumn Jam: A Harvest Party and celebration of sharing, community and free local food, which is happening tomorrow from 12-6pm at the garden in Queens Park (northwest section).

[link to toronto.mediacoop.ca]
 Quoting: Fhirinne
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yah TPTB don't like it when we show how easy it is too grow our own food. cuts into their GMO profits.
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This.

Of course they don't want people being able to take care of themselves in regards to growing crops.. they want everyone to be forced to suckle off the gubment teat and smile blissfully while we choke down their GMO food and they take our money, since we're paying for the grub that's making us sick.

People gonna start growing 'maters inside hot rooms in their closets like pot growers. "He's got a garden! Straight to jail!" heh.
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yah TPTB don't like it when we show how easy it is too grow our own food. cuts into their GMO profits.
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This.
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planting food plants ideas in people's heads.
we need more of it.
yes, there is going to be a community harvest celebration based on this (now dead) guerrilla garden, with food security workshops etc.
the gardens are not dead yet here in toronto. i still have tomatoes growing, kale, beans and all my herbs, morning glory. we haven't had a frost yet. it has gone to maybe 10C at night at the coldest....thus far.
our mayor sucks, and he is completely lacking in vision. bureaucrats will just follow orders.
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There's plenty of community gardens in the neighbourhood, where they could have planted their peas & they wouldn't have been destroyed.

They chose to plant on the lawn of the provincial government. Occupy planted wastefully.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 24338802


Occupy? Is that like a branch (LOL yeah, like they are that organized) of OWS? Cuz it sounds like a bunch of hippies just trying to agitate and then play victim.
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Plus, never trust anything that starts out with "The Peoples______"
Communes=Communism
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Just another distraction/way to divide the people so they are fighting and not paying attention to what the real problems are.
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Toronto needs to handle its shit.
It's got bigger things to worry about than a garden.
 Quoting: SE


what the fuck is wrong with you?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 24358110


That is so typical of those Fucking Eastern Bums and Scums. They always have their heads up their own asses. Thats why the Western Provinces send them packing back home with Bus Tickets everytime they show up. I mean it there is truly somthing wrong with people and The Provincial Governments in Eastern Canada. What a bunch of dumb fucks. Linch em all on City Council. Bastards. I hope they saved seeds from those heirloom plants. Fuck that makes me sick.
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No Offensive to PEI and New Foundland. They appreciate Gardens. They grow food in the ditches cause they live on THE ROCK and there's very little top soil. They'd kill if you fucked with THEIR GARDENS.
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Toronto Mayor is Rob Ford.
seems like a white supremacist.
The Ford family RUNS Toronto.
Next week he will probably be the
first mayor in Toronto history
to apologize to the city council
for something WORSE than ordering
the destruction of the garden.

In the wake of a scathing report by the city’s ombudsman accusing Ford’s office of interfering in the civic appointments process, Councillor Joe Mihevc said Friday he is planning to ask council to demand the mayor say he’s sorry
The virtually unprecedented mayoral mea culpa would be tough for Ford to swallow, particularly because he insisted Thursday he did nothing wrong despite Ombudsman Fiona Crean’s findings.
In her report, Crean concludes the city’s public appointments policy wasn’t followed and was plagued by interference from the mayor’s office.
more at--
[link to www.torontosun.com]
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Southern Spain over the last 2 months has gone grow your own food bonkers. It's spreading between friends and neighbours like wild fire.

I wonder how long before we get told that's ilegal too. bare in mind Southern Spain has huge rural areas.
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yah TPTB don't like it when we show how easy it is too grow our own food. cuts into their GMO profits.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 23367695


This.

Of course they don't want people being able to take care of themselves in regards to growing crops.. they want everyone to be forced to suckle off the gubment teat and smile blissfully while we choke down their GMO food and they take our money, since we're paying for the grub that's making us sick.

People gonna start growing 'maters inside hot rooms in their closets like pot growers. "He's got a garden! Straight to jail!" heh.
 Quoting: The Feline Funkadelic


why do you think they are putting all those SMART METERS on your home?????

In the first 'Quantatative Easing' QE#1, provisions were made, 9 billion in provisions, to install SMART METERS on all homes....

First of all, meters are the business of the powere company and they should pay for them, not the government. As the government is funding them, I would say they are for government purposes.....don't you think????

An what are the government purposes????

Let's look at what these meters are capable of....

Not only do they track your usage, but it is said, they can and will track how many people are in your home...and if you are using too much energy(in thier opinion)they will either come investigate you(and your grow room)or they will simply cut you back with the push of a button....

gone are the days of a meter reader, gone are the days of manual shut off....

Indoor garden????

Better have lots of windows...

Please google "HOLOMODOR"

Clinton actually held hearings in committee on this event, that is how I learned about it....

I'm not sure it was for humanitarian purposes as much as it was for taking notes to refine the process...kind of like toronto or south central farms....or HA's

start now, plants take time to grow

grow and winter garden.....cold frames NOW

BEETS, TURNIPS, SWISS CHARD, MUSTARD are all hardy and frost resistant.

It's time folks!

Do it now!!
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What the community farmers need to do is organize and get the local laws changed to allow for a community garden BEFORE planting that garden.

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 Quoting: Bowyn Aerrow


The people should just plant 100's of poison ivy plants all over the place in any grass they can find in the city.
 Quoting: ExpertOfSound


No, that is the wrong way to go about this.

They should petition and run through the legal hoops and get the local news media involved. Get the codes changed, get planned, and 'authorized' community gardens/farms passed into law.

It is not that hard to get new bills passed into laws on the city level. IF you go about it the right way.

Seems to me there is enough people to demonstrate a need.

If the city does flat refuse, get the media involved - politicians at every level hate a media blabbing about their unwillingness to work with the people.
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