- Two nurses were injured outside the provincial leaders’ debate in Toronto on Monday evening when Progressive Conservative Leader Doug Ford’s bus arrived as he prepared to go, as they protested the Ford government’s wage restraint.
According to their union, two nurses protesting the Ford government’s wage restraint were hurt outside the provincial leaders’ debate in Toronto on Monday evening as Progressive Conservative Leader Doug Ford’s bus arrived as he prepared to exit.
On Monday, about 200 registered practical nurses from the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Healthcare rallied outside the TVO facility in North York to protest a Ford government regulation that limits yearly compensation increases to less than inflation.
SEIU Healthcare spokesman Angelica Cruz told CP24 that “the peaceful demonstration of nurses was greeted with force as police cleared a route for Doug Ford before he left his campaign bus.” “It’s inexcusable that one nurse was harmed after colliding with the concrete, while another was injured after being dragged across the asphalt.”
A man wearing a purple SEIU healthcare t-shirt seems to be shoved by a man wearing a blue suit and an earpiece, according to video and photographs posted on social media from the incident.
The man is then seen writhing in anguish, face down on the asphalt. Another woman in a purple shirt was spotted on the ground, appearing to be tugged and prodded numerous times before being able to stand.
According to reports, the man on the ground was then carried into an ambulance and sent to the hospital for a cure of his injuries, which contained a concussion.
Ontario Provincial Police spokesperson Bill Dickson stated in a statement to CP24 on Wednesday that the OPP’s Protective Services Section officers were all at the debate protecting the three major party leaders.
According to Dickson, when police intervened, “individuals were attempting to obstruct access to the venue where the debate was being placed” according to Dickson.
According to him, no charges have been filed for the incident.
“Persons have pushed away for the safety of everybody present, during which time one collapsed to the ground. “The person was carried to the hospital for evaluation and afterward released,” he said. “While the OPP respects everyone’s right to free expression & peaceful assembly, inappropriate behavior can endanger people’s lives.” When an individual’s behavior crosses a line that becomes dangerous, authorities are compelled to interfere to restore public safety. Only the minimum amount of interference is employed to ensure peace, order, and security.”
On Wednesday, Ford’s spokeswoman told CTV News Toronto that all inquiries should be directed to Toronto police and the Ontario Provincial Police, adding that they “don’t remark on police operations.”
Meanwhile, the union failed to respond when asked what injuries both SEIU members showed on the ground in the video.
“At this moment, our statement is the only data we will provide,” Cruz told CP24. “We will not speak further until we consult with legal counsel on all options.”
According to Toronto police, officers “did not forcibly displace anyone from a spot” at the site, and no arrests were made.
“There have been no complaints to TPS,” said Toronto police spokesman Connie Osbourne. “You’d have to go to the Ontario Provincial Police about Doug Ford’s protection officers and what they dealt with and why.”
The nursing profession is outraged by the Ford government’s Bill 124, which limits salary increases in most areas to 1% per year when inflation is approaching 7%.
Earlier this year, nurses and numerous other groups of healthcare employees were given $5,000 retention payments.
Source: CTV news
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