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Occupy Toronto protest to end 'soon': Ford

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford says that the Occupy Toronto protesters will be kicked out of a downtown park soon.
The Occupy Toronto protesters will asked to move 'soon,' says Toronto Mayor Rob Ford. (John Rieti/CBC)

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has left little doubt that the Occupy Toronto protesters will be kicked out of a downtown park "soon."

Asked by reporters when he intends to bring the protest, which has been going on for a month, to an end, Ford was noncommittal, but "it is going to happen soon," he said.

"I can't give an exact date. It is going to happen soon."

Ford has stated several times over the past week that he wants the protesters to leave St. James Park at the corner of King Street East and Church Street. 

On Monday he said he hopes it will end quietly. "It has been a peaceful protest. I'm sure they will leave peacefully," he said.

The mayor said he has received complaints from area businesses and residents about the encampment in the park. 

Business owners have complained about a drop in sales and residents have complained about the tents, portable toilets and noise in the area. 

Ontario's Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak says he supports the mayor, while NDP Leader Andrea Horwath says the protesters should be allowed to stay.

Premier Dalton McGuinty has said he is leaving the decision to Ford.