Occupizza! – Mandi Schrader

18 Nov

Occupy Calgary and I would like to gratefully acknowledge the wonderful support of Pizza Bob’s and Bernie Doucette who threw a fabulous fundraiser for Occupy on Wednesday Nov 16.

Bob Collins is a man famous for his delicious pizza with homemade crusts and sauce and the best, freshest toppings. On Wednesday night he went out of his way to make Occupiers feel welcome. He gave away a lot of free pizza and expressed his support in every possible way. Bernie Doucette, a popular and talented local musician provided entertainment at no charge. Bernie played guitar and sang accompanied by Brian Rank  on djembe.

The atmosphere was warm and wonderful. Spirits were high and a sense of victory was in the air. That morning, slated for eviction of demonstrators from Olympic Plaza, Occupy was assured by Calgary chief of Police Rick Hansen that if the demonstrators remained peaceful they would have nothing to fear from police.

This was a great feeling as many vocal members of the public have demanded a violent response to Occupy Calgary. Statements such as “Bring out the water cannons!” and threats of vigilante action had some demonstrators feeling unsafe.

However as one person put it, popular opinion does not dictate police action.

Thank goodness for that.

It lent a real sense of optimism to the group at Pizza Bob’s that night. For me it was just really nice to have a conversation in person with other Occupiers without my teeth chattering.

Amid laughter, great music, guest speakers and the best pizza ever, I got a chance to speak to Bob about why he agreed to host the event.

Bob told me that he opposes globalization and has been closely watching it unfold since NAFTA was first signed. He said, “We can’t allow money to run our government. Everyone is so afraid to speak out but someone has to and I stand behind you guys 100 per cent for having the guts.”

I gave him a huge hug and thanked him for his kind words. He also told me that a regular customer of his had donated $100 when he learned what the event was for.

If you have never tried Pizza Bob’s I recommend it highly and not just because he is one small business owner with the courage and vision to stand behind us, though that doesn’t hurt. I’ve been a fan for years. The food is great, the atmosphere is cosy and a jug of premium beer only costs $11. Bob believes in giving the best to his customers at the most reasonable prices.

He is located at 2610 Kensington Rd  NW. Stop in for a pie!


17 Responses to “Occupizza! – Mandi Schrader”

  1. anass rammmer November 15, 2014 at 6:47 am #


  2. drew peacock May 27, 2012 at 3:04 pm #

    still montgomery is awesome!!

    Best place to be

  3. captain syphilis December 1, 2011 at 4:46 pm #

    Rational thoughts are only pitted against unreal ideals

    Montgomery triangle is awesome!!

    • idnami December 1, 2011 at 7:14 pm #

      Ok. I just googled Montgomery triangle is awesome and know what I found, captain? YOU. So are you like a one-man PR squad for a bulding project in Ohio? Cool I guess but hardly enough to be spamming our blog with it daily.

    • dIXIE ENORMOUS February 11, 2012 at 8:33 am #

      What is occupied doing now?

      • vickypenny March 25, 2012 at 7:31 pm #

        Occupy is taking part in various activities. We welcome attendees to our General Assembly on Saturdays at 1:30pm

  4. Michelle November 20, 2011 at 1:43 am #

    Channel 8 had the coverage on at 5:30 am the next morning. I know because my family was in the process of getting up and preparing to go to work and the kids to school, when it was on TV. I also know because we stopped by the Restaurant for our nighty family meal out when Occupied were in there–we went to another restaurant instead. My kids dont need to be exposed to Occupy Calgary.

    • idnami November 20, 2011 at 1:55 am #

      Aw. That’s too bad since it was a warm and wonderful environment with great music and tasty pizza. But yeah I hear you. When there is a Flames game on and a bunch of people whooping it up in a licensed establishment I would totally not take kids there. Good call.

  5. Samantha Withnell November 19, 2011 at 6:58 pm #

    What really opened my eyes about this event is that I sat there eating pizza and talking to people while reporters and cameras from City TV, Global, and CBC all came in and did some filming and interviws. From what I can tell, not a single bit of this wonderful event was televised or reported on. Just another fact that goes to show you can’t know the world just from what you’re told by media.

  6. Ricola November 19, 2011 at 1:23 pm #

    A society which is efficient for a few but grossly inequitable for many is not sustainable. It is not anti-business or Un-Canadian to be humanist. A fair society is one which does not penalize success but it is also one that does not impede the progress of a majority of its citizens to fortify the extreme gluttony of a few. Civility, equity and compassion for your fellow citizen are not Un-Canadian ideals

    Montgomery triangle is awesome!

  7. Anonymous November 19, 2011 at 1:02 pm #

    Great conversation. Incredible food. Sorry that I missed the music

  8. Seeyouaunty November 19, 2011 at 8:58 am #

    My only question is, when are we doing it again?

    • Anonymous November 19, 2011 at 9:54 am #

      Just to let you know It was Bernie and Friends. I was performing alongside Bernie on Djembe…..My name is Brian Rank…..just saying..

      • Anonymous November 19, 2011 at 11:35 am #

        I’ll put that in! Didn’t know who you were.

    • captain syphilis December 1, 2011 at 4:49 pm #

      Montgomery triangle is awesome!

  9. Morley,Challenged November 19, 2011 at 2:49 am #

    Hey, Bob, Thanks for hosting so graciously. I’m gonna have to visit again soon.

    • emma January 16, 2013 at 9:13 pm #

      Montgomery triangle is still.awesome


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