Below is a collection of some of the most clicked-on stories on KenoraOnline and DrydenNow in the month of February 2022.
Melillo against truckers’ vaccine mandate
Kenora MP Eric Melillo said he’s frustrated and disappointed to see Canada’s mandatory vaccination policy for truckers take effect – prompting thousands of truckers to protest and convoy across the country.
Canada’s COVID-19 vaccination mandate for all truckers took effect on January 15 after making the announcement in November, while the United States’ requirement took effect on January 22. The mandatory vaccines aim to avoid a 14-day quarantine when truckers cross the border. Read more.
Kenora shows support for Freedom Convoy
A number of residents braved the cold and lined the streets of Kenora waving their signs, and honking their horns in support of the Freedom Convoy 2022 making its way east to the nation's capital. The convoy had spread all across the country, and thousands of truckers united, and made their way from all parts of Canada en route to Ottawa to stand up against the vaccine mandate. Read more
‘We can’t keep living in fear like this,’ say Kenora protesters
There continued to be support for Canada’s Freedom Convoy in Kenora.
Around 50 of Kenora’s community members rallied, chanted and marched down Main Street before settling in front of City Hall to offer their continued support to the protests in the nation’s capital, with many residents calling for an end to the government’s alleged ‘overreach’ with public health measures. Read more.
Trudeau revokes Emergencies Act after 10 days
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is revoked the government’s Emergencies Act after the illegal blockades and encampments surrounding Parliament Hill had cleared. Trudeau invoked the act on February 14 for the first time in Canadian history after being introduced by Parliament in 1988 as a response to the Freedom Convoy’s continued blockades. After four weeks of protests, Trudeau said the act would give Ottawa police extra resources to help end the situation. Read more
Ontario moves into first step of reopening plan
Ontario moved into the first step of its three-stage reopening plan after approving new regulations and public health measures.
Indoor social gathering limits increased from five people to 10, and restaurants, bars, retailers, museums, religious services, movie theatres, meeting rooms and event spaces were able to operate at 50 per cent capacity. Read more.
"It's unbelievable": Patrick Hunter witnessing his own design on Olympic curlers
Since the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing began on February 4, 2022, Red Lake’s Patrick Hunter was able to see his hard work on display to the whole world. Hunter took part in the uniform design process with Dynasty Curling Apparel for Team Canada’s Olympic Men’s, Women's, and Mixed Doubles curling teams. Read more
'I forgot what hope was': Kenora woman thanks community for donations towards medical care
A Kenora woman was overwhelmed by the generosity of the community after a GoFundMe page raised over $20,000 to aid in her treatment of idiopathic intracranial hypertension. Read more