10/15/2011 01:57 EDT | Updated 12/15/2011 05:12 EST

Occupy Toronto: Protesters Tell Us Why They're Rallying For Change

Rachel Mendleson

We spoke with some of the many people gathered in Toronto on Saturday for the first day of Occupy Toronto.

Taking their cue from Occupy Wall Street, where thousands of demonstrators are holed up in lower Manhattan to fight perceived corporate greed and stand up for the so-called "99 per cent," demonstrators across Canada took to the streets on Saturday.

From St. John's to Victoria, protesters raised signs and chanted slogans -- putting a made-in-Canada spin on the grievances that have been gaining steam south of the border.

HuffPost's Scaachi Koul spoke to some of the protesters in Toronto