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Londoners had a chance to show their appreciation for healthcare workers on Saturday afternoon.

A “Love is better than hate” rally was held on the sidewalks in front of the Victoria Hospital campus from 2:00pm to 3:30pm

“It seemed like the right time to send some love to healthcare workers,” said rally organizer Dr. Abe Oudshoorn, Associate Professor of Nursing at Western University.

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Oudshoorn recalled seeing the news about the trucker convoy in Ottawa last week.

“It’s too much, it’s too hard … there’s something in the air and it’s not love, (so) it’s time,” he said. “It’s been a while since we’ve shown that love, (so) let’s support our incredible healthcare workers.”

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Londoners were invited to make a mark to show their support and appreciation.

“Some nurses came up to us and thanked us, (so) we had great support,” Oudshoorn said.

Londoners taking part in the ‘Love is Better than Hate’ rally outside Victoria Hospital on 5th February 2022.

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Retired health worker Kristine, who did not reveal her last name, came to the rally to show her support.

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“We’re all tired but we need to show them love as they continue to work on the front lines in some stressful health conditions.”

Participants were asked to stay on the sidewalks and not enter the hospital grounds.

Masking and social distancing were in place.

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Around 70 people attended the rally on Saturday afternoon.

#UPDATE – Traffic on Wellington Road has been disrupted and congested due to the convoy that has entered the city. Please continue to avoid the area. #TRAFFIC pic.twitter.com/0ElgNP41at

— London Police Service ON (@lpsmediaoffice) February 5, 2022

Meanwhile, London Police have closed Commissioners Road between Wellington Road and Adelaide Street due to a convoy arriving in London early Saturday afternoon.

“It’s strange timing with the convoy,” Oudshoorn said. “We do our own thing, they do their own thing, and it’s not a problem I guess, just weird,” he laughed.

Other road closures include Wellington Street between Dufferin and Central Streets and Dufferin Avenue between Wellington and Waterloo Streets.

– with files by Mike Stubbs of 980 CFPL


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