POLITICS

Occupy Toronto Splinter Group Sets Up Camp At Queen's Park

11/12/2011 03:00 EST | Updated 01/12/2012 05:12 EST
AP
TORONTO - Toronto's Occupy movement may soon have a new home.

A handful of demonstrators have uprooted from St. James Park near the city's financial district and set up a new camp at Queen's Park.

Protesters at the original site said Saturday they'll likely discuss whether to follow suit during the group's next general assemblies.

"We're told we would probably be safer from eviction if we were at Queen's Park," said David Khan, who has been a part of the Toronto occupation since it began on Oct. 15.

"Some people believe that might be a better location for us to be at" because it's not in a residential neighbourhood, he added.

The move comes as tensions continue to rise between demonstrators, their neighbours and the city.

Some community members held a meeting this week to discuss the occupation and a few clashed with protesters over noise and other disruptions at the park.

Meanwhile, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford said residents have had enough and the group should pack up.

Occupy groups across Canada are being asked to leave some of the parks and public areas where they have been camping.

Police arrested 14 people at an Occupy Nova Scotia site Friday as officers dismantled their encampment in a downtown Halifax park.

On Wednesday, police and bylaw officers in London, Ont., dismantled tents set up in a local park by Occupy protesters, some of whom remain in the park without shelter.

Officials in Vancouver, Victoria and Calgary have also announced plans to start removing camps, while Regina's protesters have been asked to leave voluntarily.

In Edmonton, campers on land owned by a private company have been asked to leave and the mayor has talked about cutting off their power.

Montreal's protesters have been warned not to erect makeshift shelters.