- Premier Doug Ford expressed confidence in Toronto police’s ability to handle Saturday’s convoy protest, saying that any acts of violence will be met with “zero tolerance.”
- A section of University Avenue has been closed to allow emergency services access to Hospital Row in preparation for the protest.
- Protesters have been gathered in Ottawa for nearly a week and have stated that they will not leave until mandates related to COVID-19 are removed.
Premier Doug Ford said he is confident that Toronto police will be able to handle Saturday’s convoy protest and that any potential acts of violence will be met with “zero tolerance.”
On Friday, Ford made the remarks during a virtual news conference with Canada’s premiers.
“There will be zero tolerance for any harassment, acts of hatred, or acts of violence,” Ford said.
Ford stated that he has reached out to Toronto Mayor John Tory and Ottawa Major Jim Watson to offer assistance.
On Saturday, protesters are anticipated to arrive in Toronto and congregate at Queen’s Park.
A portion of University Avenue has been closed to ensure that emergency services have access to Hospital Row in preparation for the protest.
During the protests, residents have been alerted to expect a large police presence in the downtown core.
Meanwhile, protesters in Ottawa have been gathered for nearly a week and have stated that they will not leave until COVID-19-related mandates are removed.
“In my opinion, what is going on in Ottawa is unacceptable,” Ford said. “In terms of the occupations in Ottawa, it’s no longer a protest; it’s now an occupation.”
Ford believes the protesters are causing “significant damage” to local businesses and that the situation should “come to a close.”
“You think we like public health measures or lockdowns?” “We don’t,” Ford said, adding that “they were required.”
According to Ford, the situation in Ontario hospitals is working to improve day by day, and the province is “so close to returning to normal.”
“As Ontarians and Canadians, we must be united,” Ford said.
Source: CTV News
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