Toronto City Hall loves a good crackdown, now and again. Crackdowns are easy. They get headlines. Everyone looks busy and productive. Mayor John Tory in particular is known for requesting (entirely justified) towing sprees against illegally parked delivery trucks. But the sprees happen on pre-announced dates, so as not to upset anyone too much or solve the problem too quickly.

There was a different kind of crackdown Tuesday, this one ostensibly directed by city staff. Those affected quite rightly had 15 days’ notice that the city intended to dismantle an encampment under a bridge in the Rosedale Valley — a forested ravine with a busy two-lane road at the bottom of it — that a few people called home for lack of any other.