Ontario drops vaccine proof, protests persist

Don Stephens, 65, a retired graphic designer, holds a sign on Parliament Hill to support trucks lined up in protest of COVID-19 vaccine mandates and restrictions in Ottawa, Ontario, on Saturday, Feb. 12, 2022. Stephens said he’s come into Ottawa twice to show support for protesters there. He views them as representatives of a “silent majority that had been longing to have their voice heard.” (AP Photo/Ted Shaffrey)
ROB GILLIES and TED SHAFFREYAssociated PressOTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Ontario’s premier announced Monday that Canada’s most populous province will lift its COVID-19 proof-of-vaccination requirements in two weeks — not because of the protests that have blocked the border and paralyzed Ottawa, he said, but because “it is safe to do so.”Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson announced Sunday that his office and the truckers came to an agreement requiring protesters to clear residential zones within the next 72 hours.Four other Canadian provinces have also moved to lift their COVID-19 restrictions as the massive protest by truckers continued blockades in Ottawa, paralyzing the capital city. Quebec. Alberta, Saskatchewan and Prince Edward Island provinces announced plans to eliminate
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