Thousands of people come out to help as the tracker convoy rolls around the Toronto area.


Thousands of people gathered in Vaughan, northwest of Toronto, to support the Freedom Convoy 2022. Convoy rolled around the city on his way to Ottawa, protesting the federal government’s COVID-19 vaccine obligations to all cross-border truck drivers.

On Thursday, at least two groups of truck drivers rolled in the Greater Toronto Area. One passes Vaughn Mills and heads for Kingston late in the afternoon. Truck drivers in the Hamilton and Niagara regions left the Marshall truck stop on Kenora Avenue and headed east towards the organizer, the capital of Canada. Canada UnitySaid in a statement.

More than 10,000 truck drivers from all over the country will rendezvous on Parliamentary Hill on January 29, in a large-scale demonstration against the Federal Government’s COVID-19 Vaccine Directive, which came into effect on January 15. If fully vaccinated, you will need to be quarantined for 14 days when re-entering Canada from the United States.

Doug Wag, a truck driver in Mount Forest, Ontario, said he would join Ottawa’s other truck drivers “as much as necessary” to protest the vaccination obligations that would have a major impact on truck drivers’ lives. rice field.

“If you do one loadout and then come back and have to sit at home for 14 days, it loses a lot of money and makes a lot of money,” Wagg said, putting this policy in the supply chain. Also added that it would have an impact. “It’s pretty difficult.”

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Doug Wag, a truck driver in Mount Forest, Ontario, arrived at Vaughan Mills on January 27, 2022. Wag said he would join other truck drivers in the “Freedom Convoy 2022” to protest the Federal COVID-19 Vaccine Directive in Ottawa. (Andrew Chen / The Epoch Times)

David Riddell, a truck driver in the Hamilton region with 35 years of industry experience, said government missions are unfair to essential workers.

“Two years ago, the essential worker was a hero, and two years later, we’re all zero, and that’s not fair,” Liddell told The Epoch Times.

“Government overkill … overkill, overkill. They didn’t live in the real world like our others, and we had to do something.”

Some supporters say the trucking fleet has given them hope that public health obligations will eventually end.

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Stacy Dittman (Front C) and husband (Back C), two sons, Jenna Great Rex (2nd L), and another friend of Orangeville sign at Vaughan Mills on January 27, 2022. Was raised. A fleet heading to Ottawa to protest the compulsory COVID-19 vaccine obligations imposed on truck drivers. (Andrew Chen / The Epoch Times)

Stacey Dittman, who lives in Orangeville, Ontario, came to Vaughan Mills to show support for truck drivers. She said she felt “patriotism, a sense of hope” that their efforts could turn the tide and end COVID-19 measures.

“Canadian, this is your moment. If you haven’t stood up, if you have any hesitation or confusion about what’s going on … When you stand up, when you push back, and massive non-compliance ends this peacefully. It’s the only way to get it done, “said Ditman.

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Stephanie Brown (C) and grandson (second L) and friends at Vaughan Mills on January 27, 2022. They expressed their support for truck drivers heading to Ottawa to protest the federal government’s COVID-19 vaccine obligations imposed on cross-border trucks. January 15th Driver (Andrew Chen / The Epoch Times)

Stephanie Brown, another resident of Etobicoke, urged the government to allow children to play sports again.

“I think the Canadian spirit has been broken for too long. Now is the time to regain our country, regain our lives as before, and let our children return to sports and resume their lives,” Brown said. Told.

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Andrew Chen is a Toronto-based Epoch Times reporter.