Toronto's shelter system is perennially underfunded, above capacity, and unsafe, and the actually affordable/supportive housing supply is dwindling. since the pandemic started, many ppl have taken to living outside in tents instead. The City has responded by cracking down on encampments, suing a maker of tiny shelters, etc. +
Groups like the Encampment Support Network (https://www.encampmentsupportnetwork.com/) have sprung up to support encampments and meet people's needs, as the city is not providing water, sanitation, etc. They also organize actions like this.
Side note: a TV reporter and camera person wandered by accompanied by a security guard from a totally different company. I think I saw the same with the CBC too. Do news crews have their own security teams?
@nev they have always had various forms of "close protection", although particularly in 1980s and 1990s TV camera operators tended to be physically large folk due to the sheer weight of the equipment (20-30 kilos) and they would often go around in groups.
Nowadays though everything is outsourced, and security firms exist which specialise in guarding TV and movie production resources..