Toronto’s Pearson International Airport staged a mock protest on Saturday to see if it was ready for an emergency.
About 300 people, staff and volunteers attended the demonstration on Electra Road near Conveyor Drive in Mississauga. The event was part of a pseudo-emergency exercise organized by the Greater Toronto Airport Authority (GTAA) that operates the airport.
“We are testing our response to an emergency or security situation,” GTAA spokeswoman Tori Gas said Saturday.
“It is important to test our response as much as possible in real life so that when such a situation arises we know we are taking the right steps to respond.”
Cass said the protest was peaceful but there was a high level of security following the involvement of the police. Peel participated in the Regional Police and Transport Canada training exercise.
He said it was the first emergency training conducted in person since the COVID-19 pandemic struck Ontario. The airport is a place where people can protest, Cass said.
The protesters, wearing red shirts, were “very interested” in acting in their roles, he said. They carried fake banners saying, “Freedom! Freedom! Freedom!”
One board read, “It looks like I chose the wrong week to trust the government.”
In a press release, the GTAA stated that such training is needed for transport Canada.