It’s illegal in Canada to shut off “vital services” to include heating, according to StepsToJustice.ca of Ontario, Canada.
Perhaps finding a loophole in provincial law (and human decency), government officials have ordered the Ottawa Police Service (OPS) to now arrest peaceful citizens for the “crime” of bringing food and fuel to the human rights protesters.
But it doesn’t end there. The OPS is also posting snipers to rooftops overlooking the thousands who demand to be heard.
As reported by the Canadian-funded CBC/Radio-Canada via MSN News (emphasis mine);
Ottawa police issued more than 100 tickets Sunday and arrested seven people as the force unveiled plans to prevent people from supplying the protesters in the downtown with gas, food and other “material supports.”
The Ottawa Police Service (OPS) announced the new tactic in a tweet Sunday afternoon, as the protest against COVID-19 public health measures in the city’s parliamentary precinct — a protest several political leaders have called an occupation — continues for a second weekend.
Anyone who brings in those supplies could be arrested, OPS said.
Police did not respond to a request for comment, citing officer safety.
“Declaring a state of emergency does recognize and reflect on the danger that we’re seeing in our city, the dangers and the harassment and just the kind of lawlessness,” said Catherine McKenney, councillor for the downtown Somerset ward.
“And then beyond that, it’s an administrative tool. It allows us to circumvent rules, for example, around procuring resources we might need.”
[Convoy spokesman George] Tiger told CBC Ottawa the group would relocate to another camp set up in the parking lot near the city-owned baseball stadium on Coventry Road.
On Sunday evening, dozens of heavily armed police officers descended on the baseball stadium. Protesters said police removed the fuel that was being stored on the site to supply trucks parked in in the city centre.
Snipers stood guard on the roof of the stadium and hotel, on either side of the parking lot, as police moved and protesters yelled, “shame, shame.”