Windsor Assembly shift sent home due to border blockade parts shortage – Driving

February 9, 2022 by No Comments

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Financial Post Staff,  Driving Anti vaccine mandate protestors block the roadway leaving the Ambassador Bridge border crossing, in Windsor, Ontario on Tuesday. Photo by GEOFF ROBINS/AFP via Getty Images

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Protests against COVID-19 vaccine mandates have snarled the streets of Canada’s capital and shut down cross-border crossings in Ontario and Alberta, blocking vital routes for goods. Check here for updates

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10:27 a.m.

Truckers getting a bad rap

Truck driver protests that started in Ottawa and have now popped up in Windsor, Ont., seem to be short of actual truckers, Bloomberg reports.

Traffic blocking the Ambassador Bridge on Tuesday consisted of only three semi trucks. The rest were pickup trucks and sedans. That reflects a change in who’s protesting, as anti-mandate sentiment spreads to the greater population.

In Windsor, most of the protesters work in other industries, Bloomberg said. Their reasons for protesting: opposition to vaccine mandates, shutdowns and restrictions on businesses and “to take shots at Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.”

Meanwhile, the Ontario Trucking Association said most of its drivers are vaccinated and protesters’ views don’t represent the industry.

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“It appears that most protesters have no connection to the trucking industry and have separate grievances beyond the cross-border vaccine requirements,” the OTA said on its website.

“As these protests unfold, OTA asks the public to be aware that many of the people you see and hear in media reports do not have a connection to the trucking industry and do not represent the view of the Ontario Trucking Association or its members.”

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10:01 a.m.

Business associations on both sides of the border are calling government to step in and end the “illegal” border blockades.

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