UPDATE: Anti-poverty activists given tickets for trespassing at City Hall
Toronto Police say about 50 demonstators who camped out in front of mayor Rob Ford's office on Friday have been given tickets for trespassing.
The Ontario Coalition Against Poverty supporters were escorted out of the building by officers, one by one, after being told to leave at around 10:00pm, about 30 minutes after City Hall closed for the night.
The eviction went without incident, with most activists walking out accompanied by police. No one was taken away in handcuffs.
The protesters set up a makeshift homeless shelter on the 2nd floor to protest the lack of space in Toronto shelters.
Earlier in the evening, security asked them to clear out by 9:30pm, but protestors promised to stay until the city deals with the situation, by holding an emergency session of council.
Councillor Adam Vaughan has promised to raise the issue at council on Wednesday. OCAP organizer John Clarke calls the move "good", but insists the group is holding ground.
Rob Ford wasn't in his office Friday, but told reporters at the Canadian International Auto Show that there are "plenty of beds".
But speaking with the Newstalk 1010's John Downs on Friendly Fire, Adam Vaughan says the numbers can be deciving.
Vaughan says there may be 4% vacancy at city shelters, but the open beds are not necessarily to everyone. Some are ear-marked for men, some for women, some for couples. And he says if you're homeless in south Etobicoke, an open shelter bed in north Scarborough is beyond your reach.
(with files from James Moore)
*PHOTO John Clarke, OCAP