Your calendar of weekend protests, brought to you by the Vancouver police
In case you don't already have plans for this weekend, the Vancouver Police Department is advising the public that there are "several events and marches planned in the downtown core".
For the politically engaged, there's everything from a Critical Mass bike ride to an Occupy the Vatican sit-in.
A VPD news release states: "Given the large number of events scheduled to occur in the downtown core this weekend, Vancouver Police are encouraging businesses to familiarize themselves with the schedule and to remain vigilant. VPD will liaise closely with businesses to ensure they are kept apprised of any new information relating to the Occupy Vancouver protest and related marches."
In any case, here's a handy list of events that the police have been "advised of":
October 28th: Critical Mass Bike Ride - begins at 5 p.m. and traditionally sets off from the Vancouver Art Gallery - expect traffic disruptions along Georgia Street.
October 28th: Occupy the Day of the Dead March - this event is scheduled to leave from the Vancouver Art Gallery and may link up with Critical Mass - VPD will monitor this march and facilitate traffic flow in the downtown core. Motorists should expect traffic disruptions through rush hour.
October 29th: Occupy Vancouver G20 March & Robinhood March - this event is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. VPD will be monitoring throughout the march.
October 30th: Occupy the Vatican - Holy Rosary Cathedral (Dunsmuir & Richards) - Occupy Vancouver organizers have stated they intend to occupy the cathedral from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday. VPD will have additional resources in place to monitor anything that develops.
October 31st: Stop Coal Halloween Walk - this march is scheduled to leave from the area of the Burrard Skytrain and take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Occupy Vancouver protesters may be planning to join in with this group for a larger march. VPD will be monitoring.
Or, if you're a lover of the outdoors, you could just pitch a tent on the "lawn" of the Vancouver Art Gallery.