Tow truck drivers plan Monday protests at local police stations

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Councillor Shad Qadri posted the notice below to his web site on Friday, warning about a Monday protest planned by some Ottawa tow truck drivers. You’ll want to avoid the area around the Huntmar Drive police station from 11:30am-3:00pm. You can read more about why they’re protesting here…)

I have been advised that a demonstration will be taking place the morning of March 5th at City Hall (110 Laurier Ave W [7:00-8:30 AM]), and the Ottawa Police Services (OPS) Stations on 3343 St. Joseph Boulevard (9:00-11:00 AM) and 211 Huntmar Drive (11:30-3:00).

150 tow trucks will be travelling [sic] from one location to the next and operate according to the rules of the Highway Traffic Act. Each demonstration will be limited in front of the sidewalk.

The demonstration will take place on the temporary sidewalk on the east side of Huntmar in front of the police station. I have followed up with City staff and OPS to ensure that access remains open to residents of the area who choose to commute through to the 417 on Huntmar. I recommended to staff that demonstrators work with the Canadian Tire Centre for their parking arrangements during the Huntmar demonstration.

I advise residents to plan their route accordingly should they require use of the highway exit at Huntmar Drive around this time.


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