Ottawa metropolis supervisor Steve Kanellakos says the town was solely anticipating “Freedom Convoy” protesters to remain for a brief time period after they arrived in late January, primarily based on info it was getting from Ottawa police.
The inquiry into the federal authorities’s use of the Emergencies Act is listening to testimony concerning the protest from a variety of Ottawa’s prime officers right this moment, beginning with Kanellakos.
The fee is inspecting the circumstances that led to the emergency declaration and the measures taken to cope with it.
Kanellakos says the town’s function was to help Ottawa police all through the protests.
He mentioned the town couldn’t independently resolve to shut sure streets main as much as and in the course of the convoy as a result of police had been main the response.
The federal Liberal authorities declared an emergency below the act on Feb. 14, granting extraordinary non permanent powers to police after practically three weeks of protests that gridlocked the downtown core.
Kanellakos mentioned metropolis had tow firms who had been *contractually obligated* to reply when metropolis known as.
“What measures did the town take to implement these contracts, if any?” POEC lawyer asks.
SK cites problem, says metropolis was “wanting on the contracts to begin taking motion.”
— Rachel Aiello (@rachaiello) October 17, 2022
Okay: bylaw was working below settlement with OPS. Too harmful in purple zone. In areas exterior purple zone, bylaw was nonetheless working / ticketing.
— Judy Trinh (@judyatrinh) October 17, 2022
This report by The Canadian Press was first revealed Oct. 17, 2022.