The latest on the anti-vaccine mandate protest happening on Parliament Hill

2022-01-29 11:22:00 PM

Ottawa police say the city's downtown core has no more room for vehicles, other than first responders.

Parliament Hill Protest, Truckers Protest

Ottawa police say the city's downtown core has no more room for vehicles, other than first responders.

The latest developments on Saturday's planned protest by truckers of COVID-19 restrictions and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government.

3:35 p.m.Speaking to demonstrators outside the Prime Minister's Office, he asked the crowd, “do you think they hear us now?” and garnered a round of applause.3:25 p.m.Peters says the protest has been allowing traffic to flow in the area, but at a reduced rate.

---Police say in a statement that vehicles are being redirected away from the core even as more trucks are trying to make their way downtown.Ottawa police also say that several vehicles parked at the National War Memorial this morning were immediately towed, adding that cars are not allowed to park and people will not be allowed to desecrate the memorial.

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Why? Only few tens are there! Fringe minority 😂😂😂 I've been to bigger concerts I walked all ottawa in an afternoon, its not even that big, AND I was drinking at a pub prior to doing this. crybabyconvoy Fringe few my butt at least someone has ball to protest against basic human rights violations in the country that calls itself 'free'

Only gonna be a matter of time before this turns chaotic and violent 🤣😂 Super spreader event, happy chorona day😘

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The Walking Brain Dead 🇨🇦 And they will achieve nothing! This is what entitlement does! just a fringe. C0V-19 Deaths Are at Record Levels in Australia & Official Data Shows the Fully Vaxxinated Account for 4 in Every 5 of Those Deaths Since November I fucking love this protest. Best thing that's happened in two years. And watching people pigeonhole this into some nazi Jan 6 fest is just sparkling stupidity in action.

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Freedom Convoy 2022 live updates: Trudeau relocated for his safetyCrowds of people — many unmasked — are packing Parliament Hill to protest the federal vaccine mandates and COVID\u002D19 restrictions JustinTrudeau coward I’m scared.

'Freedom convoy' rally hits Parliament Hill, demanding end to vaccine mandatesThousands of truckers and others opposed to cross-border vaccine mandates and other public health restrictions have rolled into Ottawa on Saturday for a rally on Parliament Hill. Let it be known....Most Canadians, most truckers included, do not....do not....agree with this protest. Most of us are fully vaccinated and complying with the rules and regulations that are keeping us safe. Found a better pic that represents the protesters better.

Erin O'Toole plans to meet with truckers protesting vaccine mandates in Ottawa | CBC NewsConservative Leader Erin O'Toole said Thursday he will meet with truckers taking part in a protest against vaccine mandates set for this weekend on Parliament Hill — but does not plan to meet with the actual organizers of the convoy. Of course he will. He needs to beg for their votes bc they’re being purged to PPC. CBCNews As apposed to Justin Trudeau “2022 Hide and Seek World Champion” TrudeauMustGo

CTV National News: Trucker convoy in TorontoTruckers protesting a federal vaccine mandate rolled through Toronto as supporters watch from highway overpasses. Heather Wright reports. HeatherCTV Can someone please tell me what these people actually want? HeatherCTV So you don’t agree with Government Mandates, yet you want to use their Roads, healthcare and eat the food provided from the actual truck drivers who do their jobs? Pretty hypocritical to put this protest in your favour right? HeatherCTV What a waste of time. Nobody there parliament has been out for six months. Have fun with the cold that's coming oh and ya enjoy the price of fuel lol.

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Published Saturday, January 29, 2022 2:40PM EST Last Updated Saturday, January 29, 2022 3:46PM EST OTTAWA - The latest developments on Saturday's planned and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government.The Canadian Press — Jan 29 2022 OTTAWA — The latest developments on Saturday's planned protest by truckers of COVID-19 restrictions and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government.This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below.made in describing the convoy, Montreal resident Chris Eid said many people disagree with what is happening in the country.

All times local. 3:35 p. 11 a.m. Cancelled: Vigil tonight for Quebec City mosque shooting After threats, organizers have cancelled a planned in-person vigil in Ottawa to mark the fifth anniversary of the Quebec City mosque shooting that left six men dead and five others seriously wounded. One of the main organizers of the trucker convoy to Ottawa has addressed the crowd, suggesting that he believes their concerns can't be ignored. The sounds of honking horns are echoing around Ottawa's downtown core. Patrick King says despite meeting with several Conservative politicians during a previous convoy to the capital years ago, none ever acted on concerns.” Don Finlayson of Oshawa, Ont.

King was part of the “yellow vest” protests in 2019, a global movement that claimed to represent the economic concerns of its members but also devolved into Islamophobic rhetoric and anti-immigrant views. Hundreds of demonstrators are marching up and down Wellington Street, which runs right in front of Parliament Hill and the Prime Minister's Office. Canadians United Against Hate had organized an inter-faith candlelight vigil for tonight at a human rights monument by Ottawa City Hall, a few blocks south of Parliament Hill. Speaking to demonstrators outside the Prime Minister's Office, he asked the crowd, “do you think they hear us now?” and garnered a round of applause. He adds that watching people arrive in Ottawa to say no to vaccine mandates “is the most amazing thing I've seen yet. Some are carrying copies of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.” King has been called out in the past for espousing misinformation about COVID-19.m. --- 3:25 p. The event is peaceful and Ottawa police say there are no incidents to report. “We're here for the Indigenous who have no fresh water.

m. RCMP say several hundred vehicles, possibly up to 1,000, took part in a protest near the border crossing at Coutts, Alta. Officers are keeping emergency lanes open and plan to continue to tow vehicles obstructing those lanes and any other places police need to keep clear for public safety. Tom Orr, the owner of the Antrim truck stop in Arnprior, said his lot was full with at least 120 heavy trucks and 200 or so other vehicles — and he had to turn many away. Cpl. Curtis Peters, an RCMP spokesman who is at the border crossing, says the protest has been peaceful without any violence.m. He says police are monitoring the protest and that, to his knowledge, no one involved in it has attempted to cross into the United States., Orr said people were just waking up after spending the night in their truck or vehicle. The United States has imposed a similar mandate, with unvaccinated truckers having to quarantine as well when entering the country.

Peters says the protest has been allowing traffic to flow in the area, but at a reduced rate. A lone gunman shot and killed six worshippers shortly after the end of evening prayers on Jan. Coutts Mayor Jim Willett says it appears some regular traffic heading south to the border is backed up. RCMP have issued several advisories against travel on Highway 4 that leads to Coutts, as well as for Highway 2 that leads to the crossing at Carway, Alta. Canadians United Against Hate had organized an inter-faith candlelight vigil for tonight at a human rights monument by Ottawa City Hall, a few blocks south of Parliament Hill. and should begin to arrive around noon. READ MORE: --- 2:45 p.m. The Ottawa event is one of several organized by community groups. "It's a bit of a polarizing topic," he said.

Ottawa police say the city's downtown core has no more room for vehicles, other than first responders.m. Local residents are once again being warned to avoid the area as streets are closed due to the gridlock caused by the truckers' protest on Parliament Hill. --- 10 a. Police say in a statement that vehicles are being redirected away from the core even as more trucks are trying to make their way downtown. The Ontario Provincial Police, who are responsible for Hwy. A crowd of demonstrators is filtering on to Parliament Hill this morning ahead of a planned protest of COVID-19 restrictions and the Liberal government's pandemic policies. But, first, coffee … Photo by Catherine Lévesque / POSTMEDIA NEWS Hundreds of demonstrators are filtering on to Parliament Hill this morning ahead of a planned protest of COVID-19 restrictions and the Liberal government’s pandemic policies, Canadian Press reports. 417, the main east-west artery through Ottawa, are telling drivers to avoid the westbound lanes because of traffic backlogs linked to the demonstration. Ottawa police did not report any arrests Friday night or any major incidents.

The sheer size of the protest, which was expected to attract thousands to Ottawa, led local police to ask for backup from nearby forces. Ottawa police aren't reporting any issues related to the event as people slowly roll in to the downtown core and join trucks parked along Wellington Street in front of the parliamentary buildings. Ottawa police say they have officers from forces in Ontario including Toronto, Durham Region and London, as well as officers from the OPP and RCMP. Hundreds more vehicles from Western Canada, Quebec and the Atlantic provinces are expected to arrive in the next few hours to join those already in Ottawa. Ottawa police also say that several vehicles parked at the National War Memorial this morning were immediately towed, adding that cars are not allowed to park and people will not be allowed to desecrate the memorial. The Parliamentary Protective Service expects as many as 10,000 protesters to be in attendance today. --- 2:10 p.m.S. Ils partaient rejoindre le FREEDOM CONVOY 2022. MPs and government staff have been advised to avoid the parliamentary precinct this weekend.

Edmonton police say trucking convoys in support of the national convoy to Ottawa may soon arrive at the ground of the provincial legislature. Police advise the convoys may be coming from various parts of Alberta and are anticipated to affect Edmonton traffic anywhere between 11 a. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan.m. and 6 p. The Canadian Press.m. Some trucking industry leaders have raised concerns over the escalating rhetoric coming out of the convoy, as well as fringe groups attaching themselves to the movement.

local time. They say major arterials into the city core may also be affected. Last Saturday, approximately 800 people marched through downtown Edmonton to protest COVID-19 public health measures. Premier Jason Kenney has said the ban by both Canada and the U.S. Sloly also warned of “social media actors,” who may or may not be in the city, but will try to incite “hate, violence and in some cases criminality.

on entry by truckers not vaccinated against COVID-19 further aggravates supply-chain bottlenecks. He said that leads to higher prices for consumers. --- 1:25 p.m. Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe is showing his support for truckers who want an end to vaccination requirements for those crossing the border with the United States. 29, 2022.

In a statement posted to Twitter, Moe says the current federal border policy for truckers makes no sense and believes an unvaccinated trucker doesn't pose any greater risk of transmission than a vaccinated trucker. Moe's statement goes on to say that he believes the policy poses a risk to the economy and Saskatchewan's supply chain that will increase the cost of living. He says he supports an end to “the cross-border ban on unvaccinated truckers.” Moe is fully vaccinated, including receiving a booster which he believes kept him from becoming sick after recently testing positive for COVID-19. He says the only symptom he had was cabin fever from being stuck in his house for several days. 28, 2022.

Moe is encouraging anyone who isn't vaccinated to book their shots because he doesn't want anyone to become seriously ill due to COVID-19. --- 1:10 p.m. Sidewalks in front of Parliament Hill are jammed as protestors weave between the semis parked for blocks in Ottawa's downtown core. The crowd on the lawn in front of the Centre Block has swelled in size since earlier this morning, with people mostly shoulder to shoulder as movement slows.

Some people are standing on the fence ringing Parliament Hill, which is awash in cold air and the unmistakable smell of marijuana. The atmosphere is that of a party or festival. Many have Canadian flags or those with an expletive aimed at Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Several signs also say, “We are the fringe minority,” playing on comments Trudeau made a few days ago that characterized some in the convoy crowd. Others are also mockingly shouting the same words amid sporadic chants of “freedom.

” More trucks are still on their way as organizers try to keep everyone moving and note where traffic has stopped, or exits blocked. Outside of the core, people have lined pedestrian overpasses, including one in the Ottawa suburb of Kanata over Highway 417 that has people cheering as big rigs pass underneath on their way downtown. --- 12:40 p.m. A Conservative MP from Saskatchewan says he recently tested positive for COVID-19 and is now isolating at home until he is symptom-free.

Gary Vidal made the comment on Twitter as part of a statement on this weekend's truckers' protest. He says he would have met with those peacefully protesting in Ottawa this weekend, had Vidal been in town. Instead, he says he is still experiencing mild symptoms. Vidal's statement says he sympathizes with protestors' calls for an end to vaccine mandates, believing they have contributed to some of the anger in the country. Vidal says he is thankful for being vaccinated, pointing to it as a reason for preventing serious illness, and is encouraging those who aren't to consider getting the jab.

--- 12:20 p.m. The Canadian Trucking Alliance says it appears a number of protestors in Ottawa have no connection to the trucking industry, adding they have a separate agenda to push. The group is telling Canadians that many of the people they may see or hear in media reports at the trucking protest on Parliament Hill do not speak for the industry or represent truckers as a whole. About one-tenth of truckers that haul goods are estimated to be affected by requirements on both sides of the Canada-U.

S. border for drivers to be vaccinated in order to cross freely. The alliance says in a statement that the industry must adapt and comply with this mandate, noting the vast majority of drivers have done so. For truckers protesting the vaccination mandate at the border, the trucking alliance is asking them to be peaceful and then leave the city. The statement adds that truckers' actions at the demonstration will have an impact on the image of their colleagues nationally.

---- 11 a.m. The sounds of honking horns are echoing around Ottawa's downtown core. About 100 vehicles are idling around the National War Memorial in downtown Ottawa, with more trucks and personal vehicles packed on Wellington Street stretching west past Parliament Hill. Hundreds of demonstrators are marching up and down Wellington Street, which runs right in front of Parliament Hill and the Prime Minister's Office.

The national flag is flying from some vehicles, or draped around the shoulders of some protestors, many of whom appear to be unmasked. Some are carrying copies of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. David Santos says he came from Montreal for the protest because he believes the vaccine mandates are not health-related but what he calls a “control thing” by governments. The event is peaceful and Ottawa police say there are no incidents to report. In a tweet, the force also says that police resources are in place and will remain downtown until crowds disperse.

Officers are keeping emergency lanes open and plan to continue to tow vehicles obstructing those lanes and any other places police need to keep clear for public safety. --- 10:30 a.m. Organizers have cancelled a planned in-person vigil in Ottawa to mark the fifth anniversary of the Quebec City mosque shooting that left six men dead and five others seriously wounded. A lone gunman shot and killed six worshippers shortly after the end of evening prayers on Jan.

29, 2017. Canadians United Against Hate had organized an inter-faith candlelight vigil for tonight at a human rights monument by Ottawa City Hall, a few blocks south of Parliament Hill. The group now says it will be holding a virtual vigil because of the truckers' protest in downtown Ottawa and threats of violence emanating from some attendees. The Ottawa event is one of several organized by community groups. The events coincide with the first National Day of Remembrance of the Quebec City Mosque Attack and Action Against Islamophobia, which was proclaimed last April.

--- 10 a.m. A crowd of demonstrators is filtering on to Parliament Hill this morning ahead of a planned protest of COVID-19 restrictions and the Liberal government's pandemic policies. Many are standing along the snow-covered lawn of Parliament Hill near the centennial flame despite the frigid air hanging over the national capital. Ottawa police aren't reporting any issues related to the event as people slowly roll in to the downtown core and join trucks parked along Wellington Street in front of the parliamentary buildings.

Hundreds more vehicles from Western Canada, Quebec and the Atlantic provinces are expected to arrive in the next few hours to join those already in Ottawa. The Parliamentary Protective Service expects as many as 10,000 protesters to be in attendance today. Though the aim of the protest is ostensibly to oppose vaccine mandates for truck drivers crossing the Canada-U.S. border, attendees have said that is only a small part of their demands.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 29, 2022. Share: .