‘Hi little buddy, your hockey career’s over’: One arrested as anti-vaccination protesters target Whitby kids’ clinic

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Durham Police arrest a woman in a plaza parking lot in North Whitby outside a COVID-19 vaccination clinic for children on December 1.

Video of arrest went viral on social media and showed the woman asking a Durham police officer if she had “investigated a crime” inside the vaccination clinic.

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Durham Police spokeswoman Jodi McLean said officers were at the scene on December 1 at a plaza at 4160 Baldwin St., where a vaccination clinic is located, and a group of protesters.

“Our officers directed the protesters to gather in a designated area of ​​the parking lot to keep the path and entrance of the clinic clear,” she said.

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“The protesters complied for the most part. An arrest was made for failing to leave when instructed. One person approached the door and created a little ruckus, so officers were there to arrest, but the other protesters remained in the designated area.

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McLean said the clinic continued to operate and the arrests were under the Provincial Crime Act, so the woman was released after being ticketed.

McLean declined to release the woman’s name and said she was not aware of other similar arrests at the children’s clinic.

“It was the first in a pediatric clinic in the area that I know of,” McLean said, adding that police were balancing people’s ability to protest, while also ensuring that People entering the clinic can do so.

In another video, a male protester can be heard shouting: “Hello friend, your hockey career is over now, you will not play the game again.”

In response to a tweet highlighting the video, a representative of SmartCenters REIT confirmed the incident at the company’s Whitby property and said they were working with DRPS.

“We have authorized police to remove disruptive protesters from our properties in the future, should they wish to return,” the company tweeted. “We are supporting vaccination clinics across Canada, providing free space to public health officials. What happened last night is unacceptable. We are taking action to ensure this does not happen in the future and Apologize to those affected by the disruption.”

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