Policing

Memories of Ottawa in Wellington

Police in the New Zealand capital had to resort to pepper spray today as they began clearing hundreds of sometimes violent opponents of mandatory coronavirus vaccination away from in front of the parliament buildings where they have camped for more than three weeks. Invoking memories of the recent “freedom convoy” blockade in Ottawa, the NZ police also began towing some of the protesters’ 300 vehicles. [node:read-more:link]

Liberals revoke Emergency Measures Act

Now that order has been restored in Ottawa and Canada's border crossings, the Prime Minister says the government can revoke the Emergencies Act. The House of Commons had just approved the strong measures on Monday night. The crisis had raged at full bore and full volume for 20 days previous to the announcement of emergency powers which immediately froze financial support and made tow trucks into essential services. [node:read-more:link]

“Freedom” protestors relocate outside Ottawa

Some of the “freedom convoy” protesters who paralyzed downtown Ottawa for three weeks have relocated to private properties in surrounding rural areas, prompting concerns that they might gry to mount a fresh blockade in the capital. Police continue to monitor the situation. [node:read-more:link]

“Freedom convoy” police response reviewed

Two incidents reported during police clearance of the last of the protesters from the so-called “freedom convoy” which paralyzed the capital’s core for three weeks are being investigated by Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit. One incident resulted in a woman’s fractured collar bone and the other involved police use of “non-lethal” Anti-Riot Weapon Enfield baton rounds. [node:read-more:link]

House endorses Emergencies Act

A motion affirming the government's invocation of the Emergencies Act to deal with protests in the capital and elsewhere was approved by the House of Commons Feb. 21 by a vote of 185-151 with the Liberals supported by the New Democratic Party. Immediately afterward, a bid by the Conservatives to recall the invocation was ruled out of order. [node:read-more:link]

Ottawa protesters grab for police weapons

More than 100 members of the so-called “freedom convoy” were arrested Feb. 18 as police moved in on protesters in what acting police chief Steve Bell said was a “methodical” approach to ending the three-week downtown blockade. There was occasional aggressive pushback and police reported that some protesters tried to grab officers’ firearms. [node:read-more:link]

Ottawa protest organizers arrested

As hundreds of protesters in the so-called “freedom convoy” of coronavirus vaccination opponents continued late Feb. 17, police made several arrests, including two key protest organizers. Chris Barber and Tamara Lich, who called others to “hold the line” as she was being taken into custody, face charges of mischief and counselling to commit mischief. [node:read-more:link]

Violence at pipeline site

RCMP say that a “calculated and organized violent attack” on a Coastal GasLink drill site in northern B.C. Feb. 17 “left its victims shaken and a multi-million dollar path of destruction.” The site was attacked by about 20 people, some wielding axes, and the company said that among other things, “an attempt was made to set a vehicle on fire while workers were inside” and flare guns were also fired at workers.” [node:read-more:link]

Ottawa protest policing costs soar

The ongoing occupation of downtown Ottawa by coronavirus protesters has cost the Ottawa Police Service more than $14.1 million as the protest nears the end of its third week There are still hundreds of trucks and other vehicles on Wellington Street, in front of the Parliament buildings and the Prime Minister's Office, but police say the number of occupiers has dwindled significantly since last weekend. [node:read-more:link]

Four charged with plot to kill police

Four Alberta men in custody after an RCMP raid in Coutts Feb. 14 are accused of plotting to murder police and nine others face weapons and mischief charges in the connection with the protest at a border crossing with Montana over mandatory coronavirus vaccinations. Southern Alberta RCMP Chief Superintendent Trevor Daroux said Feb. 15 the raid had yielded firearms, ammunition, extended magazines and protective gear. [node:read-more:link]

Ottawa police chief Peter Sloly resigns

Ottawa police chief Peter Sloly has resigned amid criticism of his handling of the ongoing trucker protests in downtown Ottawa. Citizens blocking demonstrators from bringing in more fuel and supplies to the occupied areas were asked by police to leave, while, on day 19 of the demonstrations, truckers continue to defy the law with only minor consequences. Sloly resigned from his position as Deputy Police Chief of the Toronto Police Force in 2016, and was selected as Ottawa's Police Chief in 2019. [node:read-more:link]

Vaccine protesters pick different targets

Ottawa’s police service, international airport and a city council meeting evidently were targetted today by groups opposed to mandatory coronavirus vaccination. The police said their 911 and non-emergency lines were flooded with illegal calls. Meanwhile, protesters circled around the airport’s main access ring for two hours, causing ground traffic delays but not affecting aircraft departures or arrivals, and the council meeting was hacked briefly. [node:read-more:link]

Ottawa bracing for protest surge

The Ottawa Police Service said today that it will increase its presence and further restrict access to the city's downtown core as it prepares for another weekend of noisy protests by anti-vaccination activists. The OPS “surge and contain strategy” will involve traffic control barricades and more aggressive law enforcement, including downtown neighbourhood patrols to address residents’ concerns about protesters’ abusive behaviour. [node:read-more:link]

Sûreté du Québec gears up for “Freedom Convoy”

The Quebec legislature is essentially surrounded by provincial police in anticipation of the arrival of a weekend “freedom convoy” opposed to mandatory coronavirus vaccinations. A convoy organizer said Feb. 3 that the weekend protest is not designed “to jam up the city” but simply to be “heard.” Premier François Legault said protests are acceptable but that the capital’s residents must not be prevented from “functioning normally.” [node:read-more:link]

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