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Norm Kelly having trouble grappling with Occupy Toronto

With the protesters camped out in St. James Park bracing for winter—and doing a pretty good job of it—Rob Ford said earlier this week that he and his staff are working on a “plan” for the protest. And because a simple plan to leave the protesters alone wouldn’t have taken this long to hatch, many are speculating that the mayor is looking at a way to oust the group. Now, the Toronto Sun is reporting that Councillor Norm Kelly, one the mayor’s allies, says the planning is turning out to be “more complicated than it appears.” He also said trying to understand and communicate with the protesters is like “grappling with smoke” (there’s something hilarious about the image of a right-wing councillor stepping into the ring with a waify opponent). More importantly, the cathedral that protesters are camped behind apparently “complicates things,” mainly because the occupation is spread out across both city-owned land and church property. Who would have thought that a 153-year-old Anglican church would become the guardian angel for a very 2011 protest? Read the entire story [Toronto Sun] »

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