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Ontario is lifting its mask mandate and a protester who lost his savings regrets participating in the ‘Freedom Convoy’ demonstration in downtown Ottawa.

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Ontario lifted mandatory mask requirements for most indoor settings this week.

Masks are no longer required in elementary and secondary schools, restaurants, fitness centers, cinemas, theaters and sports arenas.

The Ontario government says masks are mandatory in the following settings:

  • Health care settings
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Retirement homes
  • Congregate care settings
  • Shelters
  • jails
  • Public transport

Ottawa Public Health has warned that there is evidence of increased transmission of COVID-19 in the community following the end of March Break and the lifting of mask mandates in the province.

Speaking Friday at The Ottawa Hospital, Premier Doug Ford said he doesn’t believe Ontario lifted COVID-19 restrictions too soon.

“I’ve been accused of being the most cautious leader in North America. Everyone across the country has taken their masks off.”

Two Belleville, Ont. girls were killed in an accident that injured several other family members during a March Break vacation in Florida.

Attorney Pieter Kort and his family were in a van that was hit by a cement truck on March 19, Kort’s legal partner Ed Kafka wrote on Facebook.

“Pieter Kort, my friend, partner and brother in the trenches, suffered a horrific tragedy with his entire family in Jacksonville, Florida yesterday at 6 a.m.,” Ed Kafka said in a post on the Kafka Facebook page, Kort Barristers Sunday.

“The family’s van was hit from behind by a cement truck, causing a nightmare no family should ever experience.

“Sadly their beloved daughters Madeline (13) and Joni (10) were killed in the accident. Their sweet daughter Hannah (16) and their lovely mum Jamie are in critical condition in intensive care. Their beautiful 15-year-old son Ethan is recovering from his injuries. with his father.”

The Florida Highway Patrol said nine people were injured in the three-vehicle crash in Clay County. An SUV, a pickup truck and a concrete pump truck were involved in the crash, which happened around 5 a.m.

Freedom Convoy organizers face new charges

Organizers of the Freedom Convoy occupation of downtown Ottawa are facing new charges.

The Crown announced on Thursday that Tamara Lich and Chris Barber are now charged jointly with mischief, mischief counsel, intimidation, counsel in intimidation, counsel in obstructing police and obstructing police.

Both were arrested on Feb. 17, a day before police began moving in to clear protesters from the streets of downtown Ottawa.

Pat King now faces 10 convoy-related charges.

King and a co-defendant, Tyson George Billings, are now charged with two counts each of intimidation and obstructing police. They are charged with one count each of mischief, counsel to commit mischief, counsel to obstruct police, counsel to intimidate, disobey a court order and counsel to disobey a court order.

On Monday, King expressed frustration in court about people live-streaming his court appearances.

Two months after the arrival of the “Freedom Convoy” in downtown Ottawa, a protester regrets having taken part in the demonstration.

Martin Joseph Anglehart says he spent his savings of $13,000 helping people with the convoy and now lives in his vehicle near Kenora, Ont.

Anglehart says he only joined the protest because he wanted to feel part of it after months of loneliness.

“I’m still as lonely as I was two months ago,” the 41-year-old said from his car. “I still don’t have any friends and I still don’t have any family. I live in the back of a shitty car, so yeah, I regret going there.”

Anglehart wasn’t passionate about the cause, but joined the convoy because he was upset he couldn’t say goodbye to his closest friend in hospital, who later died of cancer. due to pandemic restrictions.

The photo radar camera installed near Holy Trinity Catholic High School in Kanata was the hot spot for speeders in Ottawa last year.

The automated speed enforcement camera on Katimavik Road, between Castlefrank Road and Curran Street, issued 16,736 speeding tickets in 2021, the most of any photo radar cameras installed in the city.

New statistics show Ottawa’s eight photo cameras issued 80,944 speeding tickets in 2021. Last week, the City of Ottawa said 13% of speeding tickets caught through automated speed enforcement had not been registered because the tickets had not been mailed within 23 days. the window.