Tuesday, February 8, 2022
We have to stick this in our hopefully-temporary daily trucker round-up, otherwise a true Ottawan of the Day is Zexi Li.
The 21-year old student who lives in Centretown not only launched a class action against the Trucker protest, but won an injunction against honking for ten days.
Last night, the horns were silent, as truckers honking would be contempt of court – a suddenly serious obstacle.
This has to be noted: the City of Ottawa did not do this, nor did the Ottawa Police Service. Neither one has gone to court or asked for any injunctions.
While Li was quieting the truckers in court, Police Chief Peter Sloly asked for 1,800 more officers. The City has also asked the Chief Justice of Ontario to increase fines for idling, noise, and blocking a road to $1000 per offense, up from $100, $490, and $350 respectively.
Ottawa Citizen journalist Jon Willing took this photo of a Trucker protestor driving down the Trillium line tracks. No arrest.
Another project initiated by the public is a Go Fund Me for downtown restaurants who are unable to open or are losing money because of the Truckers protest. The Ottawa Restaurant Fund has a $250,000 goal, with $60,500 raised so far.
The City and the Police have said that they are having trouble getting a tow truck. The tow truck companies that have contracts with the City are refusing to do the job. The poor pro-Trucker supporter who towed the wooden commisary from Confederation Park under police escort over the weekend has come under multiple threats from his comrades.
OC Transpo owns two trucks that are suitable but staff are unwilling to do their job. It is understood that at least two Ottawa Police Service officers have the correct licensing and own big trucks themselves.
We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren
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