‘Freedom Rally’ convoy of truck drivers protesting COVID-19 vaccine mandates rolls through Toronto on Thursday

Truck drivers with the “Freedom Rally” will drive through the CTA’s main roads on Thursday.

The convoy, driven by a group of truck drivers and their supporters who were opposed to COVID-19 vaccine mandates, worked through Saskatchewan and Manitoba on Tuesday and is now on its way to Toronto. Follow live rolling coverage on Thursday.

10:36 am Dozens of supporters turned up outside Bass Pro Shops at Vaughan Mills Mall to encourage the convoy of truck drivers on their way to Ottawa to protest against vaccine mandates. While about 85 percent of Canadian truck drivers who make regular border crossings to the U.S. have been vaccinated, this group has spoken out against mandates.

10:22 am Supporters of the convoy have lined highway crossings, with Canadian flags and posters in support of the truck drivers, showing photos captured by Ontario’s highway cameras. In one such section of the camera at the CentennialParkway bridge on the QEW, fans can be seen stretching across the length of the bridge. Fans crowded along the curb and parked their cars in the right lane. There are also reports that fans have started gathering near Vaughan Mills shopping center, where the convoy is expected to stop.

10 a.m. As of January 15, the federal government has required Canadian truck drivers to be fully vaccinated if they want to avoid a 14-day quarantine when moving from the United States to Canada. Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated foreign drivers will be sent back to the US

Federal Labor Secretary Seamus O’Regan also announced that vaccination would become mandatory for workers in all federally regulated industries, although no timeline has been set.

The Canadian Trucking Alliance, which denounced the convoy protest, says more than 85 percent of the 120,000 Canadian truck drivers who regularly travel across the Canada-US border have been vaccinated, but that as many as 16,000 could be set aside. due to the new restriction.

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