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“It didn’t have to be this way”

By September 26, 2022No Comments
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The third witness at the Sept. 21 hearing, who described herself as a communication professional who has worked with the City of Ottawa, described the impact of the convoy occupation on her life.

My husband and I lived on the 21st floor of a high-rise condo at Gloucester and Lyon. We moved this summer as a result of the convoy and our experience. After the convoy, we never really recovered our love of the neighbourhood . . . We have two dogs, so similar to the previous speaker, it really did impact our ability to care for our animals — as well as care for our own mental health . . . My husband and I ended up leaving our apartment after the first weekend. I stayed with my parents for a week. However, that was untenable because we had four adults working full time on one Internet connection in one house. So we had to relocate back. But my parents kept our dogs for a week or two. I also suffered severe health impacts. I started suffering migraines and panic attacks . . . We need to know what went wrong, where the system failed, who made what calls . . . This was preventable, or at least the damage could have been mitigated. It didn’t have to be this way.