Occupy Vancouver heads into third week

As the Occupy Vancouver protest moves into its third week, the time and resources spent policing the movement continues to grow.
A planned Occupy Vancouver protest generates controversy, the CBC's Meera Bains reports 1:54

As the Occupy Vancouver protest moves into its third week, the time and resources spent policing the movement continues to grow.

On Sunday, uniformed and undercover police officers spent several hours awaiting a planned protest at downtown Vancouver's Holy Rosary Cathedral.

Protesters had planned to occupy the church during morning services in an offshoot of the larger protest called Occupy the Vatican, saying they wanted to call the church out on residential schools.

But the protesters were nowhere in sight on Sunday morning.

"We're not here yet but we're on Indian time," said Occupy the Vatican protester Barney McLeod. "We're not on the police time. When it happens it will happen."

'It can't go on forever'

As police and members of the media waited for the protest to materialize, the Occupy the Vatican demonstrators were at the Vancouver Art Gallery trying to encourage others to join their cause.

Meanwhile, Mayor Gregor Robertson said policing the Occupy protest and its offshoots was becoming a burden for the city.

"I know the Vancouver Police Department was working in concert with the church to make sure that everyone felt safe and secure," he said.

Robertson said the city has no choice but to take the plans of the protesters seriously, but a million-dollar contingency fund to pay for its costs is running out.

"But it can't go on forever so we're watching it very closely day to day and making sure that nothing goes wrong," Robertson said.

With files from the CBC's Chad Pawson