The OPC’s first witness at its inaugural Sept. 21 hearing was a Centretown woman who described herself as a 72-year-old retired professional living in a $2,000-a-month downtown rental apartment. Excerpts from her presentation follow.
My personal experience of the convoy was an inability to sleep for more than a week. There were tailgate parties in a private parking lot… There was an unbelievable increase in dog feces… it was only later that I found out that this was, in actual fact, human feces. People could be seen out urinating (which) also took place on private property. The intimidation when wearing a mask outdoors was non-stop. There was an increase in costs from having to order groceries online, having to order any merchandise needed online. This was (due) to the threat of violence when you left your home and were walking the streets in the red zone… Because of these things, I could also not exercise my dog properly, which is a very important thing when you live in an apartment… Music and yelling at all hours of the night. The use of the F word attached to every single sentence… I have to say, what had the greatest impact, what was especially hurtful, was a repeated mantra from the press and from politicians who supported this, that this was largely a peaceful demonstration… Shutting down the streets, terrorizing citizens in their own homes, leaving businesses with no choice but to close their doors — some of which will never recover their business — and making a mockery of our judicial system while demanding our prime minister and his government be handed over to them is not a demonstration, let alone a peaceful one.