Ontario Wide State Of Emergency Being Declared Over Border Blockades

Friday February 11th, 2022

Posted at 10:56am

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Premier Doug Ford speaks to the media at Queens Park, Friday morning

Premier Doug Ford has declared a province-wide state of emergency to deal with the blockades at the Ambassador, Blue Water bridges, other Ontario border crossings, along with critical public infrastructure.

The state of emergency will allow authorities to enact orders to make it “illegal and punishable to block and impede the movement of goods, people and services along critical infrastructure,” the province said in a news release.

Officials say this will include protecting international border crossings, 400-series highways, airports, ports, bridges and railways.

They say it will also include protecting the safe and essential movement of ambulatory and medical services, public transit, municipal and provincial roadways, as well as pedestrian walkways.

The government says fines for non-compliance will be severe, with a maximum penalty of $100,000 and up to a year of imprisonment.

They say they will also provide additional authority to consider taking away the personal and commercial licenses of anyone who doesn’t comply with the orders.

More to come…

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