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CANADA VACCINE MANDATE : TWO DAYS MASS PROTEST GROUNDS CITIES AS PM IS MOVED TO SAFETY

PUSH NEWS 24 INTERNATIONAL : January 31, 2022

Canada anti-vax protest continues as vandals spark anger

A “Freedom Convoy” of trucks joined by thousands of demonstrators brought Ottawa to a virtual standstill for a second day Sunday to protest Canada’s vaccine mandates, as other sympathetic truckers blocked a border highway into the United States.

“This afternoon, a large presence of police continues throughout the downtown core and the movement of protestors and trucks continues to be managed,” the Ottawa police said in a statement.

“These high-risk situations were de-escalated and resolved with no arrests,” the authorities said, adding, however, that “police resources are fully stretched” in dealing with the obstruction, which appeared to involve hundreds of truckers.

The protest originated last week in western Canada, where dozens of truckers organized a convoy to drive from Vancouver to the Canadian capital Ottawa to demonstrate against Covid-related restrictions, particularly a recent vaccination requirement for truck drivers crossing the long US-Canada border.

Trucks began arriving in Ottawa on Friday in multiple convoys, and were joined by thousands of other anti-vaccination protesters.

In solidarity with the convergence on Ottawa, truckers Sunday staged what police described as a “complete blockage” of Highway 4 in western Canada’s Alberta province along the US border. The road is a major artery for commercial goods between the nations.

“As of right now… the port of entry remains open technically speaking, however nobody would be able to get to them except on foot,” Curtis Peters, a spokesman for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Alberta, told AFP, adding that some 100 trucks were blocking the roadway.

In Ottawa, the desecration of a war memorial and harassment of some city officials and NGO volunteers sparked an angry response, and the police said they had launched “several investigations.”

“I am sickened to see protesters dance on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and desecrate the National War Memorial,” Wayne Eyre, chief of the country’s Defense Staff, said on Twitter.

“Those involved should hang their heads in shame.”

Barricades were installed Sunday to block vehicle access to the area around the war memorial, after several illegally parked vehicles were towed away.

And an organization advocating for the homeless, Shepherds of Good Hope, said its workers had been “harassed” by protesters demanding meals on a particularly cold weekend.

It said it had briefly given free meals to some demonstrators in an effort to defuse tensions, but added, “This weekend’s events have caused significant strain to our operations at an already difficult time.”

With protesters gathering, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his family were moved Saturday to an undisclosed location in Ottawa, Canadian media reported.

The Canadian Trucking Alliance, a major industry group, said the vast majority of the country’s truck drivers are vaccinated. It has “strongly disapproved” of the disruption in Ottawa.

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LET’S ENJOY A BOUNTIFUL YEAR 2022 : AMUWO ODOFIN WARD D COUNCILLOR URGES

PUSH NEWS 24 INTERNATIONAL : January 1st, 2022

Hon Hammed Mohamed New Year Message
January 1, 2022.

The Councillor, Ward D, Amuwo Odofin LGA , Hon Hammed Olanrewaju Mohamed would like to wish all residents and businesses in Ward C a very Happy New Year.

As we begin a New Year we tend to reflect on the past year and look ahead to the New Year and achieving our resolutions.

Since being elected Councillor, I have had the opportunity to meet with many local individuals, groups and organisations across the Council area who all work at a grassroots level for the benefit of their whole community. We should not underestimate their contributions and I am looking forward to a time when these individuals and voluntary organisations will receive well-deserved recognition for all their good work.

In the year ahead 2022 my office as your Councillor will be continuing to implement its Legislative Community Plan and Local Development Plan to improve the quality of life for our residents and provide a vibrant council area. We will also have the first ever Youth Council meeting where local young people will represent the views of their peers and make decisions that will impact on this age group.

The Office is committed to its investment plan and is working diligently with the Executive to attract private sector investment to the area to provide jobs and improve our offering as a cosmopolitan community, which has a strong property infrastructure and excellent transportation links. As a resident we know that Amuwo Odofin LGA has an ever increasing population, which brings a wealth of talent, creativity and high skill levels to the local economy.

My good people of Amuwo Odofin, without you year 2021 would not have been marked wonderful, progressive and year of great achievement

Your support, orderliness, and manner of conduct within the local government area made the area one of the most peaceful and well coordinated area in the state.

During the year we faced a lot together but we were able to pull out of the storm successfully with your assistance and cooperations.

Let’s do it again this New year

With your continuous support we can achieve more in this new year

Year 2️⃣0️⃣2️⃣2️⃣, it’s our year of productivity and prosperity in Amuwo Odofin

Finally, as we move into 2022 I would like to see us continue to respect each other’s beliefs, laugh together and look out for each other. I hope that everyone’s wishes and hopes come true for them in 2022.

Signed

Hon Hammed Olanrewaju Mohammed