Climate activists shut down major bridges in Halifax, Toronto, Edmonton
Demonstrations as part of efforts across the country by Extinction Rebellion Canada, were held in Halifax, Toronto, and Edmonton today, forcing major bridges to shut down. Similar protests have been held in Kitchener, and are planned for Vancouver and Victoria. Commuters in the regions have been pushed to seek alternative routes to reach downtown areas.
Buses were being rerouted and the threat of gridlock loomed in Nova Scotia as traffic moved from the Macdonald Bridge to the Mackay Bridge. In Halifax, police urged protesters to evacuate the area, and arrested about a dozen police who did not comply. Dozens of protesters in Toronto prevented motor vehicles from crossing the Bloor Viaduct this morning. Traffic was blocked at Broadview and Danforth avenues, and more demonstrators were set to close lanes around Castle Frank Station, on the other side of the bridge.
Demonstrators holding signs and banners blocked crosswalks at a Kitchener roundabout. Protests in Halifax and Toronto were mostly peaceful. However, commuters in Edmonton didn’t take too kindly to it. Patrick Yancey of Extinction Rebellion, said, “We certainly apologise and we very much empathise with those folks. They’re absolutely right to be frustrated. The certainly should not be having to deal with this situation. None of us should be- this should have been solved a long, long time ago. We encourage them to vent their frustrations to their MLAs, their MPs, their premier and prime minister as well. Hopefully, we’ll not have to do this sort of thing again.”