A large-scale protest by anti-COVID-19 restrictions blockading downtown Ottawa for weeks earlier this year cost the city more than CAD 37 million (about $28.5 million).
According to an Ukrinform correspondent, Canadian public broadcaster CBC News with reference to the calculations carried out by the mayor’s office.
“Freedom Convoy” is expected to cost Ottawa approximately $37 million, according to a rough estimate by officials who also struggle to pay fines for thousands of parking violations.
It is noted that the city had to spend about $400,000 just for the evacuation of cars, although about $80,000 was reimbursed by car owners.
The protests also resulted in 3,812 parking tickets, of which only 42% were paid.
Recall that in February and March of this year, the movement of cars around Parliament Hill in Ottawa and on several neighboring streets was blocked by truckers demanding the lifting of restrictions on health measures imposed in connection with the pandemic. COVID-19. The protesters set up several tent camps and refused to leave the city until their demands were met. In the end, the government had to apply the state of emergency law for the first time to give law enforcement officers more power to unblock the capital.
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