Over 200 Toronto healthcare workers unite to counter-protest
More than 200 health care workers from across Toronto have come together to protect public access to health care, calling for “vaccines, not vitriol.”
They gathered to hold signs and support each other as “freedom convoys” continue across the country.
Naheed Dosani, one of the event organizers, is a palliative care physician and faculty member at the University of Toronto.
He says everything has gone well so far, with few disruptions.
They started their walk at Queen’s Park and were pleased to be joined by several members of the public.
“There was a sea of people standing together, from different healthcare settings, different disciplines and specialties, really coming together to come together to make sure our people have access to healthcare when they need it. “, did he declare.
“Our main message was really that access to healthcare should never be compromised, and I think we delivered that message loud and clear today.”
The counter-protest was also attended by Councilman Joe Cressy.
BREAKING: More than 200 health care workers from across Toronto are UNITED to protect access to health care for all.
Treatment not trucks! Health does not honk! Vaccines not vitriol!
Health workers are united. pic.twitter.com/nnh0ojJjav
— Naheed Dosani (@NaheedD) February 5, 2022
In September, the Toronto Vaccine Passport protesters demonstrated in the hospital row. It was smaller than Vancouver’s, so an ambulance was blocked in its path, but still condemned by the city’s mayor.
Dosani adds that healthcare workers were also able to share the pride they have in their work.
“We refuse to hide our white coats. We refuse to hide our scrubs. We refuse to hide our stethoscopes,” he said.
The event came after medical professionals in various provinces were advised not to wear scrubs to avoid being targeted during convoys – and a huge freedom convoy in Ottawa.
There are protests – and counter-protests – in Vancouver, Alberta, Quebec and Winnipeg.