Peterborough Mayor Diane Therrien falsely claimed on Twitter that there were no Covid-19 mandates anymore despite mandating city employees to be vaccinated against the virus. 

Therrien’s assertion follows a clash between local police and supporters of conspiracy theorist Romana Didulo – a BC woman who claims that she is the rightful “Queen of Canada.”

“We saw this play out in the city of Ottawa which is a much larger city with a much larger police force,” said Therrien. 

“There’s a group of people who I feel are just bored with nothing else to do because they’re protesting mandates, and there’s not even any mandates anymore.” 

Didulo was not part of the Freedom Convoy movement but did hold her own separate demonstrations in Ottawa in February. 

As first noted by True North fellow Andrew Lawton, Therrien continues to mandate city workers to have a Covid-19 vaccination. 

According to Peterborough’s mandatory vaccination and proof of vaccination policy, “all individuals and contractors covered by this policy (are required) to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19.” 

“The city requires that all individuals covered by this policy provide proof of vaccination, unless an exemption is granted,” the policy states. 

“Deadlines for subsequent vaccinations or boosters will be established by the employer at that time to allow individuals a grace period to become fully vaccinated.” 

Mandates also continue throughout Ontario. Recently Western University announced it was requiring returning students to have Covid boosters if they want to return to their studies. 

“This decision supports the safety of our students, employees and our community with the goal of preserving our in-person experience,” said Dr. Sonya Malone, Western’s occupational health physician. 

“The last school year showed us that our campus community was on board with the masking and vaccination policy, which was the key to successfully completing the fall and winter terms in person.”


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