Hundreds protest Canada's Western University vaccine mandate

A protest against Western University’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate drew hundreds of people to the southwestern Ontario campus on Saturday for what an event organizer called the beginning of the push to overturn the controversial policy.

Demonstrators marched around campus and listened to speakers denounce the London, Ont., university’s decision to mandate at least three vaccine doses for staff, students and some visitors.

Organizer Kendra Hancock said she hoped the demonstration would lead to public negotiations and further student consultation over the university’s rules, which also include mandatory masking in classrooms.

“I think when they consult students they’ll find people want choice back and people want to remove all the mandates,” said Hancock.