There are concerns being expressed about an apparent agreement between the city and the convoy of truckers clogging up Ottawa's downtown core.
On Sunday, Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson said he had struck a deal with organizers of the convoy rally to limit the protest to the area immediately surrounding Parliament Hill, and away from residential neighbourhoods.
Mayor Watson has given a deadline of 12 p.m. on Monday, February 14 for all protesters to comply, and if they do, Watson says he will meet with them --- though it's unclear if all protest leaders support the agreement.
Kitchissippi ward councillor Jeff Leiper says he is hearing from concerned residents, saying even if the agreement comes to fruition, there would still be big rigs jamming up the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway. In a tweet, Leiper says, while the wording of the agreement is vague, he has been in contact with Mayor Watson's staff who assure him the intention is to keep rigs within a smaller, non-residential core perimeter.
Leiper also encourages any residents who see emerging concerns to contact him.
I have come home to several notes of concern that the terms of the arrangement reached between Mayor Watson and some occupation organizers could see the SJAM used to park rigs away from the downtown residential neighbourhoods. 1/3— Jeff Leiper (@JLeiper) February 14, 2022
Meantime, in a tweet, Somerset ward councillor Catherine McKenney says the only satisfactory outcome of any negotiations would be for the illegal occupiers to leave Ottawa and not come back every weekend, adding that residents just want their city back.
McKenney says negotiations would only be considered successful if residents are free of harassment in their neighbourhoods and that members of the BIPOC community and seniors feel safe moving around the city.