Canada's Ontario Province Declares State of Emergency

(Reuters) – Canada’s Ontario province declared a state of emergency on Friday, amid the continuing trucker protests in opposition to COVID mandates, Premier Doug Ford instructed reporters.

“I’ll convene Cupboard to make use of authorized authorities to urgently enact orders that can make crystal clear it’s unlawful and punishable to dam and impede the motion of products, folks and repair alongside vital infrastructure,” Ford mentioned in a press briefing.

Ford additionally pledged new authorized motion in opposition to protesters, together with fines and potential jail time for non-compliance with the federal government’s orders.

(Reporting by Kanishka Singh, Ismail Shakil and Mehler Papperny Anna)

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