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Ottawa protest in support of Canada's travel industry postponed

Ottawa protest in support of Canada's travel industry postponed
Michael Pihach

Michael Pihach is an award-winning journalist with a keen interest in digital storytelling. In addition to PAX, Michael has also written for CBC Life, Ryerson University Magazine, IN Magazine, and Michael joins PAX after years of working at popular Canadian television shows, such as Steven and Chris, The Goods and The Marilyn Denis Show.

A protest in support of Canada’s travel industry that was going to be held on September 23rd on Parliament Hill in Ottawa has been postponed, PAX has learned. 

A group of aviation workers and travel professionals were planning to stage a march next week in a bid to convince the Canadian government to extend financial help for Canada’s ailing airline and tourism industry.

The event was being planned by “Aviation workers made redundant in Canada by the COVID-19 crisis,” a Facebook group of more than 10,000 members consisting mostly of aviation workers who lost their job due to the coronavirus crisis. 

In addition to asking for financial help, the group is also calling on the government to end blanket travel bans and find alternate solutions to minimize the quarantine of passengers entering Canada.

There were obstacles 

While the Sept. 23rd event generated a wave of industry interest, the demonstration has been rescheduled, according to recent update posted by the group.

A new date was not provided. However, the group outlined a list of reasons for postponing the march:

“The planning time was insufficient,” being one, along with the fact that protests on Parliament Hill are limited to 100 people. 

(The group’s Facebook page for the event showed several hundred RSVPs as this past week progressed).

Ontario’s recent legislation on limiting large gatherings also plays a role. On Thursday (Sept. 17th), Premier Doug Ford announced that gatherings are now limited to 25 people outdoors and 10 indoors.

The group also revealed that other non-related protests were being planned on Parliament Hill that same day.

Defining a clear message 

In addition to coordinating logistics (such as transportation, security and permits), event organizers are working on developing a clear and coherent message that the general public will understand.

“It's a big machine. We want our event to be a beautiful event,” organizer Jean-Sébastien Guay told PAX in an interview earlier this week.

A new date for the protest will be determined soon, organizers suggested.  

PAX will report the information as it becomes available.