#occupytoronto's first overnighter: RT @jesskrol 12 hours til we gather together. Already at bay and queens for the night
Small group of protesters have started to gather at Bay and King. Some wearing masks, people making posters, lots of media.
Here at King and Bay Streets where protesters are meeting for the start of Occupy Toronto. More than 100 around here now. Rolling Stones blasting from loudspeakers in the back of a truck.
Parents Omid and Nancy protesting with their kids, 8 and 2. "People are tired of the rich getting everything," Nancy said.
"It's important for them to know whats going on," protestor Nancy said of bringing her kids, 8 and 2.
Four police officers rode by on bikes at King and Bay but I haven seen much of a police presence otherwise. Security guards across street
Crowd has got significantly bigger at King& Bay. Mix of young, older, kids and even some babies. No mention of where the group will go yet
Pamphlets handed out about what to do it arrested with phone numbers to call and emails. Advises of right to a lawyer, not to sign papers
A woman calling herself Ever ready the Kamikaze Clown sports a burning police car made out of cardboard and "left over from the G20.
A few mins ago, a truck drove by and honked. Twice. Lots of cheers from protesters at King and Bay. Most ppl discussing the Occupy movement
Lots of flags, "we are the 99%
Lots of people also gathering at the other side of King and Bay now (south east side). Traffic looks slow near the intersection, ppl on Bay
There's a team of as many as 60 to 70 trained legal observers on a roster at Occupy Toronto. They're spelling each other off and preparing to offer protesters legal help in case there are arrests.
Mix of messages: stop privatization of water, need a 9/11 investigation, profit driven economy. Remarks now starting before people leave
"We're going to shut down some streets," a man says over a loudspeaker.
Person says the people working on Bay street will be able to hear organizers from their office towers. "It's time to take back the money"
Speakers stepping up to a mic at Occupy Toronto. Large crowd here is spilling onto Bay Street, with volunteer protesters trying to keep things contained to a single lane.
Protesters trying to convince the crowd at Occupy Toronto to use the People's Mic. Instead of a megaphone, speakers split their speech up into a few words at a time. The crowd repeats everything that's said - to make sure everyone can hear.
If you agree with something, raise your hands and twinkle fingers, organizers say.
If you disagree very strongly, you can cross your arms in front of your face, organizers say, adding, "Don't use blocks lightly." Protesters at Occupy Toronto use hand signals to help them make decisions as a group.
The general assembly has now started. After going over rules of the people's mic, how to agree (wiggle fingers) and disagree (cross arms)
People gathered here at King and Bay Streets asked not to use racist, sexist, ableist language.
TTC says Bay buses are diverting because of protests. Meanwhile, organizers say they'll create positive space without racism, homophobia...
TTC just issued a service alert. Six Bay Street buses are diverting around the Occupy Toronto protest in both directions, via Queen, University and Front Streets.
Organizers using the people's mic say the general assembly is bigger than originally thought