Ottawa police issue more than 450 tickets in connection with anti-mandate protests – Ottawa | The Canadian News

Ottawa police said more than 450 tickets have been issued in connection with the anti-mandate protests in the city since Saturday morning.

In a press release issued Sunday, the force said overnight “demonstrators exhibited extremely disruptive and unlawful behaviour, which presented risks to public safety and unacceptable distress for Ottawa residents.”


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For over a week, hundreds of protesters have gathered in the city, disrupting traffic and setting up infrastructure in Confederation Park, as well as along Wellington Street across from Parliament Hill.

The demonstration started as a show of opposition to the COVID-19 vaccine mandate for cross-border truckers, but has since expanded to a more broad protest of the Justin Trudeau government.

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Police said they are continuing to advise demonstrators not to enter Ottawa, and “to go home.”

The force said since the protests began, officers have responded to more than 650 calls for service, and have issued over 450 tickets since Saturday morning.

The tickets have been issued for multiple reasons, including, but not limited to:

  • excessive noise
  • Use of fireworks
  • Failure to drive in marked lanes
  • Red light violations
  • Driving through a no-truck route
  • Seatbelt violations
  • Driving a vehicle on a sidewalk
  • Disobeying signs, improper muffler
  • Failing to produce documents
  • stunt driving
  • Driving with a suspended license
  • Driving without insurance

According to police, several vehicles have also been seized and towed, including a stolen truck and an abandoned vehicle found in a roadway.

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Police say the force’s negotiators also “supported efforts to limit noise and the blowing of horns” from 9 am to 1 pm on Sunday.


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Ottawa police said 97 investigations into criminal offenses have been opened in regards to the demonstration.

“Intelligence and evidence gathering teams continue to collect financial, digital, vehicle registration, driver identification, insurance status, and other related evidence that will be used in criminal prosecutions,” the release reads.

The force said it is also “actively working with Canadian, US, and international security agencies authorities” to “investigate email-based threats to public officials.”

Ottawa police said “all available” officers remain on active duty, and are “focusing on patrolling and addressing unlawful and threatening conduct in Centretown, Sandy Hill, Lowertown and the Byward Market.”

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