ONTARIO DECLARES STATE OF EMERGENCY OVER BLOCKADES IN OTTAWA AND WINDSOR
Feb 11, 2022
By Bob Komsic
Saying their right to make a political statement does not outweigh the right of hundreds of thousands to earn their living, Doug Ford is declaring a state of emergency over the ongoing protests.
”I will convene Cabinet to use legal authorities to 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.”
That will include protecting critical international border crossings, 400-series highways, airports, bridges, railways and ports.
Those who do not comply will face fines of up to $100,000 and up to one-year in prison.
Personal and commercial licenses may also be taken away.
Ford says while the emergency orders will be temporary, the government intends to bring in legislation to make the measures permanent.