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FINALLY! Truckers to face “state of emergency” response, declares Ontario Premier Ford

Severe fines up to $100,000, jail time, and possible loss of driver licences for non-compliance. —

No 2816 by fw, February 11, 2022 —

“Ontario is declaring a state of emergency in response to convoy protests against public health measures meant to curb the spread of COVID-19, which have caused major disruptions in multiple areas of the province in recent weeks. … At a press conference Friday, Ford said he will convene cabinet and —

    • Urgently enact orders that will make crystal clear it is illegal and punishable to block and impede the movement of goods, people, and services along critical infrastructure.
    • This will include protecting international border crossings, 400-series highways, airports, ports, bridges, and railways.
    • It will also include protecting the safe and essential movement of ambulatory and medical services, public transit, municipal and provincial roadways, as well as pedestrian walkways.
    • Fines for non-compliance will be severe, with a maximum penalty of $100,000 and up to a year imprisonment.
    • We will also provide additional authority to consider taking away the personal and commercial licences of anyone who doesn’t comply with these orders.”CBC News

Protesters blocking traffic to Windsor, Ont.’s Ambassador Bridge

Reposted below is my abridged and edited account of the CBC News article, which can be read by clicking on the following linked title.

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Ontario declares state of emergency in response to convoy protests, by Adam Carter, CBC News, February 11, 2022

Ontario is declaring a state of emergency in response to convoy protests against public health measures meant to curb the spread of COVID-19, which have caused major disruptions in multiple areas of the province in recent weeks.

Premier Doug Ford made the announcement Friday morning while protest blockades continue to shut down parts of Ottawa’s city core and portions of Windsor’s Ambassador Bridge.

Meanwhile, more protests are expected at Queen’s Park in downtown Toronto, forcing police to close off several roads in the surrounding area.

At a press conference Friday, Ford said he will convene cabinet and —

    • Urgently enact orders that will make crystal clear it is illegal and punishable to block and impede the movement of goods, people, and services along critical infrastructure.
    • This will include protecting international border crossings, 400-series highways, airports, ports, bridges, and railways.
    • It will also include protecting the safe and essential movement of ambulatory and medical services, public transit, municipal and provincial roadways, as well as pedestrian walkways.
    • Fines for non-compliance will be severe, with a maximum penalty of $100,000 and up to a year imprisonment.
    • We will also provide additional authority to consider taking away the personal and commercial licences of anyone who doesn’t comply with these orders. — CBC News

Ford slammed for “inaction” and “snowmobiling trip”

Ford has faced criticism for not doing more to stop the so-called convoy protest in Ottawa, which is now set to enter its third weekend. On Friday, the premier referred to the situation in Ottawa as a “siege — “It’s an illegal occupation. This is no longer a protest.”

He has told the protesters, who are opposed to COVID-19 vaccine mandates and public health measures brought in by governments to curb the spread of the virus, to end their blockades and go home. However, his government also declined a third invitation to participate in trilateral talks to deal with ongoing protests, sources told CBC News on Thursday.

Ford defended that decision Friday, saying that people “don’t want another table of a bunch of politicians sitting there talking. People want to see action. And that’s what we’re taking.”

Provincial Opposition NDP Leader Andrea Horwath, however, slammed the province’s inaction at a press conference Friday for what she called a “horrible insurrection” in Ontario. “They basically waited until our economy was being damaged before they did anything,” Horwath said.

Ford also took questions regarding a recent CTV News story, which showed the premier was snowmobiling Saturday in the Muskoka region, which is roughly 170 kilometres north of Toronto. At the same time, protests were still snarling the streets of Ottawa and Toronto.

I was at the cottage. I went out on my snowmobile,” Ford said.

Horwath was critical of Ford’s snowmobiling trip. “I can only imagine the anger and the sense of betrayal that the people of Ottawa and folks in Windsor and all Ontarians and Canadians, frankly, are feeling with this premier.”

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