Truck convoy must pass through Toronto in protest of vaccine mandates

A convoy of transport trucks protesting the vaccine is ordering plans to cross Canada with a stop north of Toronto next week.

Truck drivers are protesting the end of the vaccine exemption on January 15, meaning truck drivers must be fully vaccinated to avoid a two-week quarantine and molecular test before arriving in COVID-19 before crossing into Canada. The Liberal government announced in November last year that the exemption for truck drivers would end in mid-January.

Canadian truck drivers (and all non-US citizens) will also be barred from entering the United States at national borders without proof of vaccination as of January 22, according to US Homeland Security.

A protest called “Freedom Convoy 2022” will start on January 22 in British Columbia, picking up more trucks along the way, with plans to arrive in Ottawa on January 29, according to the Canada Unity website. The convoy passes through Toronto and stops at Vaughan Mills around noon on January 27th.

A GoFundMe has raised more than $ 800,000 to support the hauliers, and fundraiser organizer Tamara Lich is demanding that the government stop all mandates.

“For our fellow Canadians, the time for political handover is over,” she says. “Our current government is implementing rules and mandates that are destroying the foundations of our businesses, industries and livelihoods.”

Although this protest has received attention and funding, they actually represent a minority of truck drivers.

The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) does not support the protest, which suggests that anyone who is against the policies should legally protest on Parliament Hill.

“The CTA believes that such actions – particularly those interfering with public safety – are not how disagreements with government policies should be expressed,” they said in a press release.

The CTA told the Globe and Mail that more than 80 percent of truck drivers have been vaccinated and that the protesters are a small group of drivers who are in the news for their refusal to join the civilian part of civil society.

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