Thu. Aug 18th, 2022

Controversial anti-vaccine card protest draws smaller numbers to Vancouver streets

A small group of anti-vaccine card protesters gathered outside Vancouver City Hall on Monday, September 13, 2021. The BC vaccine card goes into effect Monday, blocking access to tickets to indoor events, gyms and restaurants for people without at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine dose.  (Cole Schisler / Black Press Media)A small group of anti-vaccine card protesters gathered outside Vancouver City Hall on Monday, September 13, 2021. The BC vaccine card goes into effect Monday, blocking access to tickets to indoor events, gyms and restaurants for people without at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine dose. (Cole Schisler / Black Press Media)
A small group of anti-vaccine card protesters gathered outside Vancouver City Hall on Monday, September 13, 2021. The BC vaccine card goes into effect Monday, blocking access to tickets to indoor events, gyms and restaurants for people without at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine dose.  (Cole Schisler / Black Press Media)A small group of anti-vaccine card protesters gathered outside Vancouver City Hall on Monday, September 13, 2021. The BC vaccine card goes into effect Monday, blocking access to tickets to indoor events, gyms and restaurants for people without at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine dose. (Cole Schisler / Black Press Media)
A small group of anti-vaccine card protesters gathered outside Vancouver City Hall on Monday, September 13, 2021. The BC vaccine card goes into effect Monday, blocking access to tickets to indoor events, gyms and restaurants for people without at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine dose.  (Cole Schisler / Black Press Media)A small group of anti-vaccine card protesters gathered outside Vancouver City Hall on Monday, September 13, 2021. The BC vaccine card goes into effect Monday, blocking access to tickets to indoor events, gyms and restaurants for people without at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine dose. (Cole Schisler / Black Press Media)
A small group of anti-vaccine card protesters gathered outside Vancouver City Hall on Monday, September 13, 2021. The BC vaccine card goes into effect Monday, blocking access to tickets to indoor events, gyms and restaurants for people without at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine dose.  (Cole Schisler / Black Press Media)A small group of anti-vaccine card protesters gathered outside Vancouver City Hall on Monday, September 13, 2021. The BC vaccine card goes into effect Monday, blocking access to tickets to indoor events, gyms and restaurants for people without at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine dose. (Cole Schisler / Black Press Media)

A small group of anti-vaccine card protesters gathered outside Vancouver City Hall on Monday (September 13).

The protest was planned by Canadian Frontline Nurses, an organization led by two Ontario nurses who are currently under investigation by their governing body to spread information about vaccines.

Originally, Monday’s protest was planned for Vancouver General Hospital, but was moved after strong backlash to last week’s protests, which blocked emergency vehicles and were being held in hospitals across BC.

Federal party leaders, mayors and BCs prime ministers have condemned the hospital protests, and both Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and NDP leader Jagmeet Singh have both vowed to criminalize protesters blocking hospitals or harassing health workers.

Vancouver police said earlier Monday that even if they would respect participants’ charter rights to protest, they would not allow emergency vehicle blocking. Officers were on the scene at City Hall in protest Monday, but did not intervene.


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