Protesters march against vaccination obligations, passports in Toronto and Montreal


Extensive vaccination obligations and passports are expected to come into force in various jurisdictions throughout Canada, and people went to the streets of Toronto and Montreal this weekend to protest such measures.

In Toronto on August 28, hundreds of protesters marched on major streets such as Bloor Street West and Younge Street, shouting the slogan “I don’t have a vaccine passport.” A sign saying “Forced vaccination is wrong!” And “Believe me to make the best choice for yourself!” Could be seen in the crowd.

On the same day, thousands of people gathered in Montreal’s Maisonouve Park, marching along Sherbrooke Street, arriving in front of the Quebec Nurses on Molson Street, protesting the vaccination obligations imposed by the Quebec Government. Did.

Health Minister Christian Duvet proves that he has been vaccinated with both COVID-19 vaccines through his vaccination passport from August 10th and September 1st when accessing non-essential services and businesses. Announced that you will be asked.

Prime Minister François Legot announced on August 17 that the state will require health care workers to be vaccinated. The state’s director of public health, Dr. Oracio Aruda, said at a news conference that the mission applies to health care workers who “have been in direct contact with vulnerable people for more than 15 minutes.”

According to Legault, healthcare professionals will receive the first dose by September 1st and the second dose by October 1st. Not obeying means that they will not be able to work. “Are they paid? Are they partially paid? These are what we have to see and discuss,” he said.

Montreal’s protests, organized by experts in the medical, education and police sectors, said various views on state public health measures were curtailed.

“Since the beginning of March 2020, these experts have been scolded for being silent and questioning health measures,” wrote protest organizers Réinfo Covid Québec and Canadian Frontline Nurses. .. Facebook post..

“They have been embarrassed and intimidated, and some have even been warned of disciplinary action.”

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People are holding signs during a demonstration against the Quebec Government’s COVID-19 vaccination passport in Montreal on August 28, 2021. (Canadian Press / Graham Hughes)

Residents of British Columbia will face one of Canada’s most stringent immunization systems after the government vaccine card goes into effect on September 13.

On August 23, state health official Bonnie Henry said that unvaccinated people, including those with rare medical conditions that are not suitable for vaccination, were given certain “not required” when the vaccination card was issued. “No tax exemption for access to places or services is allowed.” She argued that the move would help the state “overcome dangerous periods” of increased COVID-19 cases.

Three days after Henry’s announcement, Petition It was launched to abolish the vaccination system and received over 13,000 signatures as of August 29.

“Racism, whether vaccinated or not, should raise concerns for all individuals in British Columbia. This is clearly a violation of human rights, and if we lose these rights, It will be very difficult to get them back, “writes Lawrence Hanson, who initiated the petition.

“Vaccinated citizens are still devoted and end up in hospitals. Iceland and Israel are examples of this, with a third injection being given to consider them vaccinated, which is effective. There is no data to confirm that it is correct. Do I have to keep taking shots to gain access to non-essential activities? When will this end?[?]”

Meanwhile, Ontario plans to introduce a vaccine certificate system next week. This is a reversal from Prime Minister Doug Ford’s previous claim that such a system “divides society.”

File from Canadian Press and report by Andrew Chen.

Isaac Theo

Isaac is a Toronto-based reporter.