UPDATE (10:20 AM ET 05/12/18): Toronto Police confirm that the protestors have dispersed, streets have reopened and streetcars are now operating on schedule.
Toronto traffic is being held up at one of the city's busiest intersections today. Protestors are blocking people from moving on Bay Street and it's wreaking havoc on the morning commute.
The TTC has already confirmed major delays on their lines through the area, especially the Queen Streetcar due to this action. Meanwhile, Toronto Police have warned people to avoid the area, which is completely shut down.
The protestors seem to be dressed in all black and are marching around the intersection with large banners, some of them reading "Our experience our way." Toronto police confirmed in a tweet that there are about 30 people involved.
Many Torontonians were originally unclear as to what the protest is about, but some people have confirmed that they are protesting the Ford government's decision to cut Ontario's child and youth advocate.
The Ontario Child Advocate was a role that investigated the conditions and well being of children in foster care. The watchdog position often pushed for improvements to the foster system in Ontario and child protection.
Doug Ford's government confirmed recently though that the position would be cut and those responsibilities would instead be moved onto the provincial ombudsmen. This essentially means that there is no longer anyone in the Ontario government dedicated to the well-being and protection of vulnerable children.
Queen and Bay shut down by protest over Provincial closing of the Ontario Child Advocate. pic.twitter.com/NGDTSFrzJJ— Paul Kulig (@PaulKulig_TO) 5 December 2018
This is not the first day of protesting over this issue. So far rallies have been held at Queen's Park including some from Child and Youth care students yesterday. This is the first day that the protests have spilt into the streets, causing a significant impact on the city.
Source: HuffPost Canada