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A rally in support of healthcare workers takes place in London, Ontario. – London


Londoners had the opportunity to show their appreciation for healthcare workers on Saturday afternoon.

A Love is Better Than Hate rally was held on the sidewalks outside the Victoria Hospital campus from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

“It was a good 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 watching the news last week about the truck convoy rolling through Ottawa.

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

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Londoners were asked to sign to show their support and appreciation.

“We had a few nurses who came to thank us, (so) we had great support,” Oudshoorn said.

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

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Kristine, a retired healthcare worker, who did not reveal her last name, came to the rally to show her support.

“We are all tired, but we need to show them love as they continue to work on the front line under stressful health conditions.”

Attendees were asked to stay on sidewalks and not enter hospital property.

Masking and social distancing were in place.

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About 70 people attended the rally on Saturday afternoon.

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

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

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

– with files from Mike Stubbs of the 980 CFPL

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