Only about 20 people have camped out in Memorial Park near the legislature to provide a start for continuing protests today. On Saturday about 400 people marched through the nearby downtown area to protest corporate greed and inequality in incomes.
The protesters along with others in a number of Canadian cities is being held in solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street protest in the U.S. The temperatures have been near or below freezing overnight. Demonstrators have parkas and some even have generators to provide heat and light.
The protest movement has now spread globally. Many of the protests lack clear leaders and the demands are often quite varied but most often there is a general protest against increasing financial inequality and corporate greed that is seen as out of control.
Many point to the bailout of banks who had enjoyed huge profits before the financial collapse. Workers have had to pay for the crisis with high unemployment rates and many job losses. The very rich can often pay much less tax than the average wage earner.
Our prime minister has pointed out that conditions have been much better in Canada but protesters point out that the richest one per cent in Canada took one-third of all income gains in the decade preceding the recession. For more see this article.