Mayor speaks out against planned rally

Mayor Christian Provenzano

A much publicized rally, planned for later this week, has received condemnation from many community members, Algoma Public Health and Sault Police Services.

To that list you can now add Mayor Provenzano.

In a statement to SaultOnline, he hopes people will respect the laws currently in place.

“I completely support the message issued by the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service and Algoma Public Health. We all have an important role to play in stopping the spread of COVID-19, and this specifically includes avoiding public gatherings at this time,” said Provenzano.

“Many of us and our fellow community members have made difficult sacrifices to protect each other throughout the pandemic. Out of respect for those sacrifices and the provincial law, I urge people not to act in a manner that would jeopardize the health and safety of themselves and their fellow citizens.”

The peaceful assembly is planned for noon on Friday at Bellevue Park. A Facebook Page for the rally has over 1500 members and the page states the reason for the assembly.

“We have rights, we have lives, we have children, we have jobs, we have futures, and most importantly… we have rights,” says the about page. “Slowly we are seeing all of them get limited, sacrificed, destroyed, and violated. This event will be peaceful. A chance for children to have something normal, something social, to have fun.”

SaultOnline and ONNtv will be on site Friday providing live coverage of the assembly. Follow our coverage starting at 12 p.m..



  1. In WW2 there were blackouts ordered in London England so that enemy bombers flying at night would have a harder time to find their targets. Lights out or dark curtains over the windows. If these “antimaskers” had lived back then they would be the equivalent of those with every light in the house on, curtains pulled back, and yard lights on. They don’t give a damn about the danger they are placing on family, friends, and neighbours through their inaction and non compliance with emergency orders.

  2. I find it very interesting that at least 2 of the 3 people organizing on Friday have had their vaccine. One of them uses a false name.

    Great stuff

  3. Strange how some protests, some radical, some mask less, are accepted, even cheered on, and now when a peaceful protest introducing a pushback on masks is planned, many people look at this as foolish. Perhaps if CNN CBC etc etc etc is turned off for awhile, there might not be so much disdain for this Sky Guy.

    • You like being talked to by some looking for limelight ? You foolish enough to believe he really cares about other people ? Lol grow up

  4. If we can ‘rally’ to save Point De Chene.. then we can rally to save our rights & freedoms. Any elected representative who stands in opposition to the charter of rights is standing in direct opposition of democracy itself.

    Enough is enough.. this is our red-line, stand-now or lay forever under Provenzano’s boot.

    See you at the Freedom Rally..

  5. Those who are for these lockdowns and restrictions have probably not lost any of their income, if it took your income away you would be singing a different tune, if it was affecting you financially!! People need to do their own research and not just believe everything they hear on mainstream media. Dr. Mike Yeadon, immunologist for 30 years would be a good start in your research.

    • “Dr. Mike Yeadon” Fired by Pfizer in 2011. Now he wouldn’t have any reason to attack the Covid-19 vaccine that his former company was the first to have approved would he?

      • Pfizer has been caught fudging their numbers on trials multiple times and been fined. They’ve fired many good scientists for many good reasons such as refusing Pfizer’s duplicitous methods.
        However in this case you’re spreading misinformation – he wasn’t really fired, the division he worked in was closed. You’re intentionally making it sound differently to discredit him.

        • The division he headed was closed because they were not delivering what they were supposed to and undertaking unauthorized research.

  6. When do you stand up for what is right. The fact we cant do camping out in middle of know where but can pack walmart no problem. Deadly virus but paper mask will protect you. Vaccine that does not prevent you from getting it but helps with symptoms. A country released this virus and who is being held accountable. This whole thing is completely fishy and tose that just comply.. We will be disagreeing with each other over this a long time.

  7. It is indeed a slap in the face for all the people who are doing their part to keep themselves and others safe. I am really annoyed with their selfish and mindset of ” it us our right!” Selfish Selfish…SELFISH!

  8. Why in the word would SaultOnline and ONNtv be there to cover this live. The only reason I can think of is t get them all on Camera so we can see who they are. However they make no secret of who they are on facebook. When you become a Canadian from somewhere else you take an oath that gives you Canadian Citizenship. With that comes all its Rights and RESPONSIBILITIES. I guess when you are born in Canada you don’t have the responsibilities to anyone else just YOUR RIGHTS. This is a slap in the face to all those fighting this disease and all those who have suffered the loss of a loved one.

    • I honestly think the best thing the media could do is give this ZERO attention… these covidiots are attention seekers, giving them the media attention is what they want… they thrive on it… so all media outlets should literally not give it a second of attention, and beat them at their own game.

    • A four week emergency and province-wide stay at home order started April 8 until May 6, then was extended for another 2 weeks. The emergency and province-wide stay at home order in in effect until May 20.

  9. The charter of rights and freedoms doesn’t have an “emergency” clause in it, the police have taken an oath to protect people and to uphold the charter……let’s see what color shirts they choose to wear, and speaking of color isnt there another group which is perfectly fine protesting!!!!

    • Section 1 of Part 1 (i.e charter of rights and freedoms) of the Canadian Constitution Act:

      “The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees the rights and freedoms set out in it subject only to such reasonable limits prescribed by law as can be demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society.”

      Public health falls into the “reasonable limits” category. Police will be upholding the charter of rights when they ticket anyone breaching Ontario’s public health emergency order.

  10. like Mr. Millroy said in the other article “You can’t fix stupid”.

    what you can do however is “fine stupid” which is hopefully done to the full extent of the law.

  11. these people always whining about their rights never talk of their responsibilities. I guess they don;t have any. I pity their children and the rest of us who have to tolerate them.

  12. It’s funny the city owns the park so why not just close it so they cant gather there…. seems like there just saying this to say “well we made a statement” stop talking and and actually act for once.

      • No, it’s owned by the corporation of the city of Sault Ste. Marie, not the tax payers. Let me guess when you get pulled over by the police you remind them you pay their wages? Some people…

  13. “SaultOnline and ONNtv will be on site Friday providing live coverage of citizens using their right to assemble provided to them by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Follow our live coverage starting at 12 p.m..” this statement seems a little bit misleading and favouring one side of the situation which is not in any way appropriate for media to do, this is not presenting facts, its making a bold statement that the police are essentially violating peoples charter rights if they break up the assembly. Section 1 of the Charter says that Charter rights can be limited by law so long as those limits can be shown to be reasonable in a free and democratic society, and limits can be enacted to prevent harm to individuals and groups. The current gathering restrictions are clearly in place to prevent harm to individuals and groups, so its unlikely that a charter challenge would hold up.

    • It has been corrected, it was in no way one side or the other, but we have cleared up any confusion.

      • Don’t attend, but those that do will increase the local caseload again, leading to an extension big the lockdown. Why do you think cases went way up after Christmas, Easter, and the party in Garden River ?

        Those that refuse to follow the rules because they are ‘inconvenienced’ are EXACTLY like a drunk driver. ” I’m not hurting anyone but myself”.

  14. Well Mr Mayor it seems that these rules are not cemented in stone. You and council seem to have stick handled around these rules in order to get people to move their property out of Point DeChene Trailor Park. So I guess keeping city council happy is now considered essential.

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