The City of Ottawa declared a state of emergency due to the ongoing mass protest against public health measures in the downtown core.
Mayor Jim Watson has declared a state of emergency in the City of Ottawa as the unprecedented demonstration against public health measures continues to occupy the downtown core. A local state of emergency allows the City to work more efficiently to manage essential services and make procurement flexible. Provincial legislation grants the Mayor power during an emergency to make orders to implement the emergency plan of the municipality and to protect property and the health, safety and welfare of the inhabitants of the emergency area.
Police have announced they will increase the tempo of enforcement activities in the city's downtown core, including issuing traffic offences notices. Effective immediately, the Police Service has advised that anyone found bringing fuel to occupying trucks in the downtown core will be subject to arrest and charges.