The Royal Canadian Mounted Police announced on Tuesday that it had “worked to peacefully resolve the situation” with protesters during the last major blockade remaining in Emerson, Manitoba, and expects them to leave on Wednesday.
But progress has been made in removing border blockages.
“Since the start of this protest, I have done everything possible to keep this city safe and to end this unprecedented and unpredictable crisis,” he said.
Sloly previously noted that enforcement during the protest has been complex and tricky in part because families are embedded with protesters. The leader had repeated several times that he did not have enough resources to deal with such a large demonstration.
While Ottawa Police Services Board Chair Diane Deans thanked the former chief for his service, she opened a board meeting on Tuesday saying authorities have so far been unable to reach the peace in the city.
“The OPS (Ottawa Police Service) has been unable to adequately enforce our laws and our residents continue to be terrorized, that’s not enough,” Deans said, adding that “I watched in disbelief as this carnival of chaos allowed to continue.”
Some measures are easing while others remain
Four out of five Canadians are fully vaccinated and nearly 90% of Canadian truck drivers are fully vaccinated and cleared to cross the border, the government said.
Although there is no indication that the truckers’ vaccine mandate will be dropped, some changes to Covid-19 safety measures were announced this week – although officials were quick to note that the changes are not due to the protests but to decrease in Covid-19 cases. and high vaccination figures.
“I am happy to announce these changes today, as I know many of us are looking forward to living with fewer restrictions. However, we must continue to exercise caution,” said the Federal Minister of Health. Health, Jean-Yves Duclos. “Let’s be clear: our fight against the virus is not over.”
In British Columbia, restaurants, nightclubs, fitness centers, movie theaters and other venues will return to full capacity by Thursday, according to the provincial government.
Ontario plans to drop its vaccine passport requirements and indoor capacity limits on March 1 if the province’s Covid-19 hospitalization rates continue to improve, the premier announced Monday. Doug Ford. The masking requirements will remain in effect “just a little longer”, he said.
“Let me be very clear, we’re going this way because it’s safe to do so,” Ford said. “Today’s announcement is not because of what is happening in Ottawa or Windsor, but despite it.”
Canada and US coordinate after protests
“The United States is carefully monitoring blockades in Canada and what we agreed was that we could continue to share information and advance the very close collaboration that exists between our CBSA and Customs and Border Patrol, so that we can identify any potential individuals who may be trying to cross the border to advance illegal blockades in Canada,” Mendicino said.
There have also been measurable financial ramifications.
The law, passed in 1988, can temporarily suspend citizens’ rights to freedom of movement or assembly, although Trudeau warned at a press conference: “We are not preventing people from exercising their right to demonstrate legally”. The law provides for the use of the military, but Trudeau said he would not take that step.
“This is about keeping Canadians safe, protecting people’s jobs and restoring trust in our institutions,” Trudeau said, adding that the law will be limited geographically and in scope.
CNN’s Paula Newton, Jenn Selva, Kelly McCleary, Holly Yan, Paradise Afshar, Priscilla Alvarez, Raja Razek and Abby Bustin contributed to this report.