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On the evening of February 4, GoFundMe removed the campaign permanently for violating their terms of service, [65] [66] [67] [68] specifically « because the protest violates its rules on violence and harassment. In response to the efforts taken to block protestors from accessing funds via GoFundMe and other methods, reports surfaced of Bitcoin being used as an alternative source for fundraising.

This has traditionally been ‘rogue’ nations and terrorist outfits, but Canada decided to expand this net to include the hundreds of thousands of normal Canadians who oppose government lockdowns and mandates. An Ontario Superior Court judge extended the freeze on funds until at least March 9, as of February On February 13, , the GiveSendGo website was hacked and its data on donations was released to journalists and researchers.

Many of the American donors’ names correspond to the names of Donald Trump donors. The American publication Politico reported that American right-wing commentators Dan Bongino and Ben Shapiro were among personalities directing support to the Canadian movement’s crowdfunding websites.

According to Politico , white supremacist channels on Telegram also repeatedly shared the link. Once the Emergencies Act had been invoked, all crowdfunding platforms or payment providers hosting fundraising related to the convoy were required to register with the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada.

Banks were given the power to freeze accounts of those suspected to be involved in the blockades. On March 3, GoFundMe executive Juan Benitez testified to the House of Commons that 86 per cent of the donors to the original GoFundMe campaign were Canadian, and 88 per cent of the donated funds to the original campaign were from Canadians.

Benitez added that GoFundMe did not identify any donors to the campaign that were affiliated with terrorist or organized crime groups. In late November during the fifth wave of the global COVID pandemic , the highly-contagious Omicron variant [92] doubled in less than two days, resulting in an extremely high number of patients mainly the unvaccinated requiring hospital care. By the time cases began to decline in late January, an estimated 20 to 25 per cent of Canadians had been infected.

A January 27, CTV News explainer provided an update on current « vaccine mandates and public health restrictions » across Canada as background for the convoy.

These mandates and restrictions « fall under provincial and territorial jurisdiction » and most are « not federal responsibilities ». Under the Constitution Act , health is the responsibility of the provinces and territories; the federal government transfers public funds to the provinces and territories to ensure Medicare is universally accessible.

These new United States Department of Homeland Security regulations, released in October , were regarding cross-border travel between the Canada and the United States and were based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The announcement clarified that unvaccinated or partially vaccinated foreign national truck drivers would be prohibited from entering Canada after that date. Unvaccinated Canadian truck drivers could enter Canada but would have to quarantine for two weeks.

According to the Canadian Press and CBC, as of January 22, the mandates would impact an estimated 26, unvaccinated truckers of the , truck drivers who regularly cross the border in both the United States and Canada. A October 21, , federal briefing said that the provinces and territories—who hold all of the vaccination information—are responsible for providing the vaccine passport that Canadians needed to travel internationally, using « existing provincial proof of vaccination systems ».

With healthcare capacity spread « too thin » during the « rising fifth wave driven by the Omicron variant » in early January , federal Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos ‘s suggestion of mandatory COVID vaccines was rejected by Alberta Premier Jason Kenney , whose government had removed the « power of mandatory vaccination from the province’s Public Health Act, to ensure there could not be a vaccine mandate.

Since October 29, proof of vaccination has been mandatory for employees of federal public services and federally-regulated industries including banking. The January 15 enforcement of the vaccination requirement applies to truckers who are entering Canada at international border crossings.

Canadian truckers who are not fully vaccinated « have to show proof of a negative PCR test collected within 72 hours of arriving at the border »; they also « need to quarantine after arrival ». Unvaccinated Canadian truckers can still work in Canada, unless their individual employer requires vaccination.

As of January 5, the federal government had announced plans for a vaccine mandate for federally-regulated domestic fleets that cross provincial borders. At that time no final date was set for those rules. A widely-shared January 12 miscommunication sent to the media from a Canada Border Services Agency spokesperson, that erroneously announced that the anticipated January 15 cross-border trucker vaccine mandate would not come into effect, was immediately retracted as an error.

A reciprocal vaccination requirement for the cross-border trucking industry has been in place since January 22, when the United States enforced theirs, affecting unvaccinated American truckers returning to the United States. Unvaccinated Canadian truckers are denied entry to the United States.

Tam, said that the worst was behind us, most new cases were community-driven, and cross-border restrictions were less effective. Duclos announced an update on health restrictions in the following week. Of the total number of , licensed truck drivers who serve cross-border routes, , are Canadian and 40, are American.

Of the , Canadian truckers, Canadian Trucking Alliance estimates that 85 per cent are already vaccinated against COVID, [] and that « as many as 12, to 16, » Canadian truckers may not may not be able to work those cross-border routes because they are unvaccinated. The following day, another convoy left from Delta with supporters gathering along Highway 1 , the Trans-Canada Highway.

On January 24, a convoy drove through Regina, Saskatchewan , and was greeted by supporters. As of January 26, the OPP estimated approximately vehicles had entered Ontario from the Manitoba border as part of the eastbound convoy.

On January 27, David Akin , a reporter for Global News , tweeted that a convoy that had arrived that day in Thunder Bay from Winnipeg consisted of commercial vehicles and personal vehicles, citing the OPP. Some of the truckers continued on to Sault Ste.

OPP officers later identified the convoy movement as a contributing factor to the incident. Truckers from the Maritime provinces planned to meet in Moncton before departing for Ottawa. Hundreds of protesters gathered at highway overpasses in support of the convoy. On January 28, a convoy was seen passing through Quebec. On January 28, the province of Nova Scotia banned gatherings along highways, specifically on the Trans-Canada Highway between the Nova Scotia and New Brunswick border, in relation to protests related to the freedom convoy.

According to the Ottawa Police Service, crowd estimates ranged from 5, to 18, protesters on January 29, [10] [6] [] [] [8] dwindling to approximately 3, demonstrators the following day. Dale echoed the previous claims by police, adding that there was also an estimated vehicles from the Atlantic provinces. Some Facebook posts claimed as many as 50, trucks would be participating in the convoys.

Various images of specific acts during January 29 received wide condemnation. Chief of the Defence Staff Gen. Wayne Eyre described it as a desecration, and the Royal Canadian Legion condemned the actions. The Terry Fox Foundation said Fox « believed in science and gave his life to help others ».

Some protesters harassed volunteers at a local soup kitchen , the Shepherds of Good Hope , demanding free food intended for Ottawa’s homeless population. A security guard went to his aid and was threatened and called racial slurs. A Globe and Mail article entitled « Officials condemn ‘desecration’ of monuments, hateful signs on display at trucker convoy protest » also described the January 29 protest as having a « party-like atmosphere » with some handing out coffee, cookies, « drinking beer and smoking marijuana ».

According to the Daily Hive , protesters barbecued food , played hockey , and set up bouncy castles for their children to play in. The Canadian Trucking Alliance commented on January 29 that many of the supporters at the protest in Ottawa had no direct connection to the trucking industry. A January 31 press conference was held at an undisclosed location, open only to invited right-wing outlets. The House of Commons resumed on January 31, after the holiday break. On January 31, Ottawa Paramedics announced that protesters had thrown rocks at an ambulance over the course of the weekend and called paramedics racial slurs.

Paramedics had treated 19 people over the course of the weekend, mostly due to alcohol-related intoxication. On the afternoon of January 31, Sloly said that « The situation of the demonstration has scaled down over the last 12 hours » and that « We want that trend to continue until this demonstration comes to a complete end. I cannot guarantee you that right now but I can guarantee that every effort at negotiation, coordination, de-escalation, has continued throughout the last four days and will continue until the complete end of this demonstration.

On February 1, large downtown Ottawa amenities like Rideau Centre and the National Arts Centre continued to stay closed due to security concerns. Ottawa police set up a hotline for hate-motivated crimes to be reported. A video circulated showing protesters appropriating First Nations drumming while dancing, drinking beer , and chanting  » yabba dabba doo  » and « fuck Trudeau ». This blatant act of racism must be vehemently condemned by all. Drumming is sacred to all First Nations. Our ways of life should never be mimicked, mocked and appropriated for political or other gain.

On February 2, organizers of the protest said that they would not leave Ottawa until governments across Canada « end all mandates associated with COVID » and will stay « as long as it takes for freedom to be restored ». On February 3, the protesters started building a wooden structure in Confederation Park and gathering fuel supplies. On February 6, Ottawa Police promised to increase enforcement on protesters, including handing out tickets and arresting anyone who attempts to bring material aid, such as fuel, to protesters.

A state of emergency was declared by the City of Ottawa on the same day. In a statement, the city said that its declaration « reflects the serious danger and threat to the safety and security of residents posed by the demonstrations and highlights the need for support from other jurisdictions and levels of government ». On the evening of February 6, Police performed a raid on a stockpile hub of supplies for protesters, seizing fuel and making two arrests for mischief.

Trudeau stated that the convoy is « trying to blockade our economy, our democracy and our fellow citizens’ daily lives. It has to stop. By February 9, people with police, military and survivalist experience had helped the protesters set up camp with tents and wooden kitchens, creating a supply chain to ensure continued protest.

Indigenous leaders condemned this announcement as misappropriation. On Day 15, February 11, Doug Ford declared a state of emergency in Ontario as protesters continued to occupy the Ambassador Bridge, while Ford referred to the situation in downtown Ottawa as a « siege ». By day 14, February 10, the newest tactic was « convoy circles ». Ottawa-Centre MPP Joel Harden noted that a « convoy organizer » had been encouraging protesters to form them around public schools in Ottawa.

Macdonald Parkway » to « reduce pressure on residents and businesses ». Truckers will leave residential neighbourhoods. On February 15, Ottawa Police Chief Peter Sloly resigned after weeks of criticism aimed at his handling of the protests. Lich’s bank account had previously been frozen. Various nearby rural areas became new encampments for the protesters. More than fifty trucks moved to a truck stop in Champlain Township , near Vankleek Hill , immediately following the Ottawa clearance.

The Ontario Provincial Police is monitoring the site. On March 5, a human chain was formed along Wellington Street, as a « freedom protest. Ottawa residents protested the delayed police response. On March 26, a convoy demonstration from Quebec made what police called a « symbolic passage » through downtown Ottawa on its way to Vankleek Hill.

Alberta RCMP initially negotiated with protesters for a peaceful end to the blockade, and protesters agreed to release about 50 vehicles trapped on Highway 4 and US Interstate On February 12, due to ongoing protests, the Canada Border Services Agency suspended all travel at the Coutts border crossing. On February 14, RCMP stepped in and arrested 13 [] people, seizing long guns , handguns , body armour , a large amount of ammunition and high capacity magazines.

The border crossing was reopened on February Protesters at the Ambassador Bridge , connecting Windsor, Ontario , with Detroit, Michigan , and one of the busiest international border crossings in North America, blockaded the border crossing on February 7. Supply shortages caused by the blockade led to work shortages at Ford Motor Company ‘s assembly plants in Oakville and in Lansing, Michigan , and shut down its Windsor plant.

The Windsor-Essex Children’s Aid Society condemned protesters for using children as human shields during the protest. Police arrested two individuals, towed seven vehicles and issued eleven tickets. On the morning of February 13, joint police forces took control of the area and began to make arrests. Windsor Police requested resources from other police organizations on February 9, , after the number of participants climbed to around , with between 50 — 70 vehicles.

Mayor Drew Dilkens declared his intention to clear the bridge with the assistance of police reinforcements. Local police were to be employed to clear the bridge. The Windsor police announced via Twitter that enforcement had begun. Some protestors, after discussion with police, had peacefully departed with their vehicles. The police maintained a strong presence in the area, but did not attempt mass arrests. In the evening one arrest was made.

The protesters were completely cleared by February 13 at approximately 8 a. There was a substantial police presence and Jersey barriers were installed to keep the three-mile long access road to the bridge open. In the lead-up to the planned arrival in Ottawa, it was reported on January 25 that far-right and white supremacist groups were hoping for violence on Parliament Hill akin to the United States Capitol attack. One of the lead organizers of the convoy, James Bauder, has previously stated support for QAnon , endorsed conspiracy theories about the COVID pandemic and the US presidential election , and called for the arrest of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for alleged treason.

Didulo, a conspiracy theorist linked to QAnon who calls herself the « Queen of Canada », [] had called in November on her 73, Telegram followers to shoot healthcare workers administering COVID vaccines. The episode said that the protesters were not a fringe minority, but represented the mainstream of society and had international support.

The montage of protesters she showed prominently displayed imagery relating to QAnon. The Facebook page for the convoy has shared content from, and listed as an organizer, the Wexit co-founder and Yellow Vest Canada organizer Patrick « Pat » King , who has previously hosted counter-protests to anti-racism rallies, spread COVID misinformation , and spread the Great Replacement conspiracy theory.

Action 4 Canada, which is associated with the Canada Unity group inside the Freedom Convoy, has been called an Islamophobic and anti-LGBTQ hate and conspiracy group; it hosts webpages about the dangers of political Islam , health consequences of 5G technology , and the alleged underreporting by the mainstream media of adverse reactions to the vaccine.

No More Lockdowns Canada holds anti-lockdown rallies across Ontario. Benjamin Dichter, who is listed as an organizer on the Freedom Convoy’s GoFundMe page, was a speaker at the inaugural People’s Party of Canada national convention, and has claimed political Islam has infiltrated the Conservative Party of Canada and is « rotting away at our society like syphilis ».

Convoy leader Dave Steenburg has posted material by Soldiers of Odin , a neo-Nazi vigilante group, on his Facebook page; Jason LaFace, an administrator of the Convoy Facebook page, has done the same thing. LaFace has also posted a photo of himself wearing a Soldiers of Odin jacket. Following the seizure of weapons, ammunition and body armour at the blockade in Coutts, one piece of body armour was identified to have patches signifying relation to accelerationist right-wing militia Diagolon.

Counter-protests in favour of public health measures were held throughout the convoy’s duration. In Ottawa, with protestors in the parliament area spilling into residential neighbourhoods, lawsuits and injunction requests were filed by residents. Counter-protests were held in several cities on February 5. Counter-protestors forced a convoy of vehicles to split up in Vancouver. Some people gathered in front of Ottawa City Hall to demand the end of disruptions caused by trucks downtown.

People held pro-vaccination signs in Whitehorse while anti-mandate protestors passed them in vehicles. A counter-protest organized by health care workers was planned in Toronto for February 12, but was called off when the provincial government instituted a state of emergency. In counter-protests on February 12, thousands of people joined the « Community Solidarity March » through Ottawa to demand the end of the protests. The original group of 20 grew to more than 1, people and successfully kettled the eastern artery of the « Blue Collar Convoy » for eight hours and were joined by groups in other neighbourhoods.

The protestors’ Zello push-to-talk -style voice channels were the subject of coordinated disruption from counter-protestors, including users playing the homoerotic country rock song  » Ram Ranch  » to  » troll  » participants and listeners an effort coordinated under the hashtag  » RamRanchResistance ». Ottawa Police Service faced criticism for how it responded to the convoy during the first three weeks, culminating with the resignation of Chief Peter Sloly.

The letter further warned MPs not to get involved in any demonstrations, to « go somewhere safe », and to keep all doors locked. On January 29, the first day of protest at Parliament Hill , Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was « moved to an undisclosed location due to security concerns ».

An article in The New York Times described the Ottawa Police Service as « vastly outnumbered », and « unprepared for the sophisticated tactics, discipline and logistical abilities of the protesters ».

On weekdays the number of protesters declined somewhat. On the second weekend, with heavy trucks and 7, demonstrators in the downtown core « red zone » as of Saturday evening, Sloly reported to an emergency meeting Ottawa Police Services board meeting, that even with all OPS officers on active duty and the hundreds of law-enforcement officials who came to help, he did not have the resources to end what he called the « turbulent protests ».

The Times said that many analysts have cautioned that some convoy’s leaders with military or policing backgrounds helped demonstrators strategize and plan under the guidance of people like Tom Quiggin, « proclaimed head of protective intelligence », who had formerly served as an « intelligence officer for the Canadian military, cabinet office and federal police.

The response of local police forces to these blockades has erred on the side of caution, with police at each site initially trying to negotiate with the protesters. Plans for the creation of the new Integrated Command Centre were in place by February Emergency Preparedness Minister Bill Blair said on February 13, that they are in constant contact with provincial and municipal authorities.

Because the situation is « critical » for Canada with the « closing of our borders, the targeting on critical infrastructure, particularly our points of entry by the people behind these protests », it poses a « significant national security threat » to Canada, and we have to « end it ».

On Day 19 of the protests, with Ottawa under three states of emergency invoked by the three levels of government, Chief Sloly resigned. Overnight on February 14 there were « less than people in the blockade » and approximately vehicles still on the streets, in contrast to the estimated 4, vehicles at the end of January.

By late February 18 morning, CTV News and other mainstream media reporting in the red zone, showed police steadily, very slowly sandwiching groups of dozens of the remaining protesters on all sides on separate streets. Families with children were seen in these final groups of protesters with police reporting that protesters were « putting children between their operations and the protest site. He said that the CAS did not have to step in. By early afternoon, tactical officers began slowly entering the cabins of large rigs that had been parked in front of Parliament since the end of January.

The last few protesters said without evidence, that the protest was legal, citing, but misunderstanding Canadian law. They may face charges later. Police used a minimal amount of force even late in the afternoon as members of different forces began « squeezing » the group of protesters « even tighter » on Wellington Street in front of Parliament. On February 19, police began with a « hard, fast push » towards to the encampment at Parliament Hill. Due to the resistance of protesters, police wore helmets and batons for protection.

The police will actively follow up with identifications, collect evidence, seek criminal charges with sanctions can include the financial level and licensing level. As of February 10, there was general agreement by government and police that vigorous efforts to clear the blockades were dangerous, possibly leading to expanded or violent reactions. A variety of options were legally possible and some, such as issuing tickets, were employed.

Tow-truck drivers in several locations declined to tow trucks. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, on February 3, declared his reluctance to employ the military to clear the protesters, saying he had received no formal request for military assistance and added, « One has to be very, very cautious before deploying military in situations engaging Canadians, » saying it’s not something to « enter into lightly ». On February 11, the court injunction to clear protesters from the Ambassador Bridge, secured by the City of Windsor, went into effect at 7 pm.

Penalties include revoking personal and commercial drivers’ licences. On February 17, police massed at a staging area in Ottawa. A 12 foot-high fence was constructed around the Parliament building and over checkpoints limited access to the protest area. Convoy organizers Chris Barber and Tamara Lich were arrested in separate instances, and Lich stated that her personal bank account had been frozen. That same day, police made at least 70 arrests and towed 21 vehicles by mid-afternoon.

A protester was arrested and charged for allegedly throwing a bicycle and hitting the legs of a horse from the Toronto Police Service Mounted Unit at about By late afternoon, the last large group of protesters was corralled near the corner of Bank and Sparks Streets, with police holding a line for several hours as the crowd swelled to approximately 1, by dusk and a street party with an impromptu DJ ensued.

After nightfall, the line of police unexpectedly advanced on the celebratory crowd, pushing it a block south to Queen Street, spraying pepper gas as they did so. Fencing was erected afterwards, and the crowd gradually dispersed over the course of the night. Protest leaders advised leaving the area and were asking for permission to do so.

Pepper gas had been used; one police officer suffered a minor injury. Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson described the situation as « the most serious emergency our city has ever faced ». On February 23 at p. On February 14, Trudeau invoked the Emergencies Act. The Canadian Civil Liberties Association criticized the invocation of the Act in a press release, saying, « The federal government has not met the threshold necessary to invoke the Emergencies Act.

This law creates a high and clear standard for good reason: the Act allows government to bypass ordinary democratic processes. This standard has not been met. After the invocation of the Act, Chrystia Freeland , Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance announced that the purview of the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada was expanded to include the monitoring of funds sent through crowdfunding platforms such as GoFundMe , where protestors had raised millions that were ultimately refunded, as well as payment providers formerly outside its scope.

Freeland specifically cited cryptocurrency transactions, which the protestors turned to after GoFundMe, as a type of digital transaction that the new measures were meant to cover. Canadian banks were also temporarily given the authority to freeze accounts suspected of being used to support the protests without the need to obtain court orders, were granted legal immunity if they chose to do so, and were allowed to more freely share information with law enforcement and government agencies.

On February 21, the House of Commons voted to confirm the Emergencies Act , with for and opposing the motion. Protesters returned on February 12, where a police barricade was set up.

A convoy led by a privately owned vehicle painted in military style broke through the police barricades, [] [] and the border crossing was subsequently closed. On February 15, the border crossing reopened. Through RCMP negotiating, protesters voluntarily left the blockade on February 16 and the border crossing was reopened. The blockage at Emerson, Manitoba border crossing was cleared February 15, Also on February 4, Toronto Police started closing roads in the downtown in anticipation of a large protest and told residents to expect a larger police presence during the weekend.

In response, a group of healthcare workers staged a counter-protest. Hundreds of protesters and several trucks blocked the intersection for hours. Fearing possible threats against healthcare workers, University Health Network and Sinai Health System , which operate major hospitals in the protest area, warned their employees to avoid wearing any clothing or badges that would identify them as health-care workers outside hospital premises.

During the protest, a year-old man was arrested and charged with assault with a weapon, use of a smoke bomb administering a noxious substance , and public mischief. On February 5, at a related protest in downtown Winnipeg , four people were injured in a ramming incident.

One was hospitalized and later released. Police have yet to write tickets or lay charges against protesters, despite numerous noise complaints, fireworks without permit, and incidents of « homophobia, racism, and gender-based harassment. On January 30, the Government of Nova Scotia made it illegal for people to gather on Highway along the border with New Brunswick in anticipation of protesters blockading the highway. The Halifax Regional Police blocked off access to some roads in downtown Halifax in response to the protest.

Protestors gathered in Edmonton for three consecutive Saturdays, and an Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench Justice granted an interim injunction on February 11, , prohibiting protest participants from causing incessant sound with horns and megaphones within city limits. In February , a solidarity protest was organized in the United Kingdom with a convoy driving from Scotland to London with stops in cities throughout the British isles. Other convoys were reported in Wales and parts of England.

On February 23, a group of American truckers began a solidarity protest convoy from California to Washington, D. A website for the protest said that they will not enter « D. However, one participant who described himself as the lead trucker said that he would drive his truck into the city.

Several smaller splinter groups formed in the aftermath of the disbandment, such as the Restoration Movement. A motorcycle convoy of « hundreds » is scheduled to enter Ottawa on April Looking to avoid of a repeat of the previous convoy, Ottawa Police announced that vehicles would not be allowed near the Hill. The Royal Canadian Legion distanced itself from the protest, stating in part « The Legion defends these sacred sites of Remembrance, and asserts that they should never be used as a backdrop for any other agenda beyond the act of Remembrance.

Our hope and appeal to all who may gather before the National War Memorial this weekend is that they do so with a focus purely on Remembrance. A large crowd gathered on Rideau Street in the evening, in front of Rideau Centre. After an escalation of crowd aggression, police with helmets and shields were deployed.

An attempted to occupy a parking lot was overturned. In total, seven people were arrested on the first evening. Rolling Thunder’s organizer, Neil Sheard, has attempted to distance himself from Saccoccia.

It claims to have collaborated with Sheard’s group. As early as February 10, before the protest ended, the SECU committee devoted two sessions to the Crowdfunding Platforms and Extremism Financing investigation, [] and interviewed 17 witnesses in the Occupation of Ottawa and the Federal Government’s Response to Convoy Blockades segment.

On February 25, in sworn witness testimony to the SECU committee, Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino , in answer to the Shadow Minister for Public Safety Raquel Dancho , stated that « I would just point out that from the very outset of the illegal blockade, that a number of organizers and leaders of the so-called Freedom Convoy made a number of profoundly concerning and extremist statements calling for the overthrow of the government through violence.

On March 24, the Commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police Thomas Carrique stated in sworn testimony before the committee that « the province’s intelligence bureau identified a threat associated with the lengthy protest in the national capital on February 7, one week before the federal government invoked the Emergencies Act On May 19, Shadow Minister for Emergency Preparedness Dane Lloyd asked Minister for Public Safety Marco Mendicino about the need for the invocation of the Emergencies Act and elicited the comment that the latter « stands by previous statements that the federal government invoked the Emergencies Act on the recommendation of law enforcement officials.

Early on in the life of the DECD committee its NDP co-chair, Matthew Green , said that committee members « have a ‘responsibility’ to work together » in light of the disagreement of the Official Opposition over the constitution of the committee. It consisted of seven MPs and four senators. On March 6, co-chair Green was « interested in looking at the actions of police or the lack of them , the role played by ‘dark money’ raised through » the GoFundMe and GiveSendGo crowdfunding platforms.

Major auto manufacturers were forced to pause production; « automakers and their suppliers » were having to « scramble to get parts to plants on time » for the current week’s run. Twenty-five per cent of the value of « all U. Over 50 per cent of the businesses in the area that was blockaded lost revenue.

Yalnizyan also noted the « incalculable damage » to Canada’s international reputation as a trade partner which could have a negative impact on supply chains and « political discourse. The closure began January 29, with the mall reopening on February An imitation firearm in the mall resulted in a police-led evacuation, multiple hour closure, and closure of the O-Train at nearby stations.

There were 13 arrests on February 14 in relation to this seizure. In response to criticism that police had been too soft on « disruptive protesters », on February 1, Chief Sloly said that it was a « measure of success » that there were « no riots, no injuries, no deaths ».

Complaints focused around lack of enforcement on noise due to constant horn-honking, [] [] disruption of livelihoods [] and continued gridlock. Criticism has also focused on « the sharp contrast between the occupiers’ reception and the ways police forces all over Canada treat Black and Indigenous people, who are violently policed for existing in public space, let alone protesting. On February 4, Ottawa Police hired Navigator Ltd , a crisis public relations firm to aid in handling messaging to the public.

By February 13, on Day 17, federal Minister Blair « urged the police to do their jobs, enforce the law and restore order ». On February 16, Ottawa city councillor Diane Deans was removed by council as chair of the Police board, in a 15—9 vote. Councillors described the board as ineffective in oversight, and were critical of the hiring of an interim chief without consultation. Hiring is something the Ontario Police Services Act allows them to do, and the choice had received support of the Ontario Solicitor General.

A vote to remove councillor Carol Anne Meehan from the board failed. Councillor Rawlson King resigned from the board during the meeting.

A citizen vice chair resigned earlier in the day. Six investigators and two forensic investigators from the Special Investigations Unit are investigating two incidents involving the police.

The first is an incident on Friday, at about p. The family of the woman said that « she is alive and is recovering from a broken clavicle. The Ottawa Police Services Board unanimously supported a motion on February 24, for the Ontario Civilian Police Commission to open an investigation into the response to the protest. From an access-to-information request , emails between the National Capital Commission and Ottawa Police Services revealed that law enforcement overall was hampered by poor communication, disagreement on approaches and tactics, and confusion over jurisdiction.

Active investigations are underway for a number of widely publicized incidents including those related to the Unknown Soldier’s memorial and the Terry Fox statue as well as for more general incidents, including bribery, threats, assault, dangerous driving, and setting a fire in a building.

Chief Sloly warned offenders that if they had come from elsewhere and committed a crime, including hate crime in Ottawa, there have been « intelligence officers, investigative officers, and multi-jurisdictional support » from across Canada at work in the background. He said, that « no matter where you live, no matter where your vehicles are registered You will be investigated We will look for you.

We will charge you, if necessary, will arrest you, and we will pursue prosecutions against you. On February 7, some two dozen arrests were made, and nearly 80 criminal investigations had begun. On March 21, a year-old Ottawa man unrelated to the protest was charged in connection with the fire.

Many protesters ignored the agreement. The lawsuit went to court on the afternoon of February 5 and a hearing was adjourned to February 7. EST on February 7. Union and Happy Goat Coffee were added as plaintiffs. Paul Champ is the lawyer for the plaintiffs, residents of downtown Ottawa. The injunction freezes convoy donations which could eventually be redistributed to residents who are including in the suit.

Justin Trudeau , the Prime Minister of Canada , dismissed the supply chain disruption concerns as unfounded on the basis that most Canadian truckers have been vaccinated. We won’t cave to those who engage in vandalism, or dishonour the memory of our veterans. Omar Alghabra , the Minister of Transport , said on January 31, that since January 15 when the truck drivers’ vaccine mandate came into effect, the traffic volumes of transport trucks crossing the Canada-US border had not decreased.

Compared to the fall of , and based on Statistics Canada ‘s most recent figures, even with a « massive snowstorm, even though it was a U. Erin O’Toole , Leader of the Official Opposition and the Conservative Party as the convoys started, initially declined to support the protest, saying instead that the best way to maintain supply chains is for truckers to get vaccinated.

Conservative MPs Candice Bergen , [] Andrew Scheer , [] Garnett Genuis , [] Pierre Poilievre , [] [] Martin Shields , [] Warren Steinley , Jeremy Patzer , [] [] and Leslyn Lewis [] [] all expressed their support for the convoy and truckers’ movement, although some, such as Poilievre, denounced individual protesters who were promoting extremism. A person in behind Cooper had an upside-down Canadian flag with a swastika ; Cooper says that he was unaware. On February 10, as a third border blockade began in Manitoba, the Conservatives reversed their position supporting the border blockades.

Bergen called for the blockades to disperse, « for the sake of the economy », but vowed to continue pushing the governing Liberals to release a clear plan for ending COVID restrictions. During debate on the Emergencies Act , Conservative Members of Parliament dismissed the convoy; deputy whip Lianne Rood called it joyful, and compared it to Canada Day.

The People’s Party organized a rally in Waterloo on January 23 supporting the convoy, at which Bernier and Hillier both spoke. Although repeatedly encouraging vaccination, Moe argued that it would only reduce the chance of severe outcomes, and did not prevent infection or transmission of COVID—a statement that was subsequently disputed—and for that reason he did not support the cross-border vaccine mandate, and would lift proof of vaccination requirements in Saskatchewan « in the not too-distant future ».

Members of Parliament reported an increase in inappropriate and threatening calls to their offices, in correlation with the protests. That is unacceptable. Facebook stated that they had removed fake users that were set up in overseas content farms , in Romania , Vietnam , and Bangladesh , which were promoting the convoy protests in Canada.

After this announcement, New York Democratic Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney questioned Facebook as to the number of the accounts, when they were identified and how many impressions they had on US and Canadian users, comparing it to Russian interference in the US elections. After Ottawa was cleared, conservative commentator Candace Owens called for American troops to be sent to Canada « to deal with the tyrannical reign of Justin Trudeau Castro. In their February 7 statement, Teamsters Canada , representing more than 55, professional drivers, including approximately 15, long-haul truck drivers, of whom 90 per cent are vaccinated, said that the protest « serves to delegitimize the real concerns of most truck drivers today ».

The statement said that the convoy and « the despicable display of hate led by the political right and shamefully encouraged by elected conservative politicians does not reflect the values of Teamsters Canada. On January 25, the Canadian Trucking Alliance CTA , a truckers’ trade association , and the federal government issued a formal statement reinforcing the use of vaccinations, along with other public health measures, to protect Canadian health care and to reduce COVID risk.

In the statement the CTA and the government committed to working together to respond to supply chain constraints. CTA members can express their disagreement with government policies by holding an « organized, lawful event on Parliament Hill ». Stephen Laskowski, CTA president said the trucking industry « must adapt and comply with this mandate ». The Private Motor Truck Council of Canada noted concern about the convoy’s « racist remarks », citing the comparisons to Nazis and communism.

The Canadian Labour Congress called the protest in Ottawa « an occupation by an angry mob trying to disguise itself as a peaceful protest ». Various trucking companies have tried to distance themselves from the convoys, claiming that the vehicles are owner-operated, despite featuring their logos.

But perhaps even instigating it from, from the outset ». According to Local Journalism Initiative, ethnic media outlets exhibited a variety of reporting and reactions to the protests.

Additionally, reporting noted that « most Punjabi truckers are vaccinated, as vaccine coverage in the Punjabi community is high. Their priorities are around road safety, snow clearance, road maintenance, as well as working conditions and wage theft. Rich Lowry of Politico argued that « The embrace of the Canadian trucker protesters by the American right is a sign that the Tea Party spirit circa the early Obama years was never fully extinguished.

Since then, everything has changed — most importantly, the rise of Donald Trump and his movement — and nothing has changed. It is freedom that remains the most natural and powerful Republican rallying cry. Canadian scholar Peter McLaren criticized the convoy protesters’ « concept of freedom » as « sorely lacking in dialectical analysis.

McLaren also argued that their concept of freedom « is historically linked to settler colonialism, that is, a form of colonialism grounded in exogenous domination, a form of colonialism that seeks to displace the original population of the colonized territory with new groups of settlers who typically justify such colonization through an identification with imperial authority.

General Wayne Eyre , Canada’s Chief of the Defence Staff , said he was « sickened to see protesters dance on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and desecrate the National War Memorial « , after video of such events surfaced online January In late January , Elon Musk tweeted « Canadian truckers rule » and followed it up with « If you scare people enough, they will demand removal of freedom.

This is the path to tyranny. The tweet was later deleted. The Auschwitz Memorial also condemned Musk’s tweet. Barry Prentice, transportation economy professor at University of Manitoba , stated that the truckers should be treated differently than flight crews or passenger-train employees, and that the positive aspects of vaccine mandates should be evaluated against the disruptions they would cause to the freight industry.

Brand also said in the video that « Truckers, who were previously regarded as heroes when they were delivering vital goods and working during the lockdown, are now villains as they protest vaccine mandates ». Former President of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadenijad , praised the protests, tweeting « violent crackdown on FreedomConvoy has nothing to do with freedom of speech and human rights. Great Barrington Declaration co-author Martin Kulldorff tweeted in support of the protests.

According to the Washington Examiner , psychologist and conservative commentator Jordan Peterson offered a « message of congratulations and caution » to the convoy.

The Terry Fox Foundation condemned the defacing of Fox’s statue with anti-mandate signs. The Royal Canadian Legion called protesters dancing on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier « shocking » and « strongly condemn[ed] » their actions.

The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms provides legal support of the convoy and its contacts with media. On February 12, Facebook removed anti-vaccine, pro-convoy Facebook groups that were run from Vietnam, Bangladesh, and Romania. Singer and activist Bill Fries, whose song  » Convoy  » recorded under his alias C. McCall was used as a rallying cry for the movement, gave his implicit approval for the use of the song in that manner, and was pleased that the movement had caused an uptick in interest in the song, in the final interview he gave before he died.

Durham Regional Police Service Constable Erin Howard, who made a video while in uniform in her squad car supporting the protesters and later posted it online in January, was suspended and faced six charges under the Police Services Act , including discreditable conduct and insubordination.

Her first court hearing was held over Zoom on May 5, , with the proceeding then being adjourned until June Some members of the political left were initially hesitant to criticize the convoy because « the truckers were often described as a working-class movement ».

In a Abacus Data survey of 1, Canadian adults, undertaken before the protest turned into an occupation, between January 31 and February 2, , 68 per cent stated that they « had very little in common » with the demonstrators and their ideology and 32 per cent of respondents stated that they « had a lot in common » with the protestors and their worldview.

Furthermore, 43 per cent of respondents stated that they felt the protest was « respectful and appropriate », while 57 per cent viewed it as « offensive and inappropriate ».

A study by Vox Pop Labs among a randomly pre-selected sample of 2, respondents, conducted between January 4 and 10, , found that around 70 per cent of Canadians were willing to support a general vaccine mandate for all non-exempt adults over the age of 18, while around 30 per cent disagreed.

On its subsequent questionnaire, a further 65 per cent expressed the belief that the convoy represented « a small minority of selfish Canadians, » 57 per cent viewed it as « not about vaccine mandates and pandemic restrictions » but rather « an opportunity for right wing supremacist groups to rally and voice their frustrations about society, » and 52 per cent likened it to the United States Capitol attack.

Opposition to the convoy was highest among respondents living in urban areas, those vaccinated for COVID, and those aged 55 and up; while support for the convoy was highest among the unvaccinated, respondents aged 18 to 54, and respondents living in Alberta. A poll by Maru Public Opinion found that 64 per cent of Canadians polled would support the aid of the Canadian Armed Forces to tow trucks from the protests and 53 per cent of Canadians polled would support the use of force by Ottawa Police to clear out Ottawa protesters.

An Angus Reid Institute poll released on February 14 found that 72 per cent of Canadians polled thought that it was time for protesters to « go home, they have made their point.

A Nanos Research poll commissioned by CTV News and released on February 25 found that 51 per cent of Canadians polled thought the protests were ineffective, 15 per cent thought they were somewhat ineffective, 20 per cent thought they were somewhat effective, 12 per cent thought they were effective, and 2 per cent were unsure of the protests’ impact.

The poll also found that 44 per cent of Americans opposed the convoy protests, while 40 per cent supported them. Among Republicans, 71 per cent supported the convoy protests, compared to 18 per cent of Democrats.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about the convoy protest known as the « Freedom Convoy ». For the convoy protest to Ottawa, see On-to-Ottawa Trek.

Convoy: —1, vehicles, [2] [3] [4] including: — trucks — personal vehicles Protests: Estimates of 3, to 18, people [a]. See also: Timeline of the Canada convoy protest. See also: France convoy protest , Wellington protests , and Convoy to Canberra.

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June The reformed law was designed was to provide more civil right protections and less likelihood for abuse of power than the War Measures Act.

Retrieved January 28, Global News. Retrieved January 29, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. January 31, Retrieved February 2, Washington Post.

Toronto, Ontario. ISSN Retrieved February 1, CBC News. February 3, Retrieved February 6, The Globe and Mail — via www. Retrieved February 22, Retrieved February 10, Toronto ON. CTV News. Toronto ON: BellMedia. Ottawa Police Service. February 14, Vancouver Sun. Vancouver BC: Postmedia. February 15, The movement was sparked by a vaccine mandate for truckers crossing the US-Canada border, implemented by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government earlier this month.

Upset with the new measure that would require unvaccinated Canadian truckers crossing the two nations’ boundary to quarantine once they’ve returned home, a loose coalition of truckers and conservative groups began to organise the cross-country drive that began in western Canada. It picked up steam and gathered support as it drove east.

Many supporters, already opposed to Mr Trudeau and his politics, have grown frustrated with pandemic measures they see as political overreach.

Social media and news footage showed trucks and companion vehicles snaking along highways, cheered on by people gathered on roadsides and overpasses, often waving Canadian flags and signs disparaging Mr Trudeau. The unusual protest even caught the attention of people outside Canada’s borders, with podcaster Joe Rogan, Donald Trump Jr – the son of the former US president – and British comedian Russell Brand showing support.

The protesters plan to stay in downtown Ottawa near Parliament Hill for at least the weekend, and their demands have grown from reversing the border vaccine mandate to ending all such mandates nationwide. The convoy has been peaceful as it passed through Canadian towns and cities, and Ottawa police have said they’re in touch with organisers, who’ve been cooperative. But police say they are concerned about how the convoy has attracted extremist rhetoric, and some far-right groups have suggested they might also head to Ottawa.

He said that police are preparing for potential parallel and counter-demonstrations and were concerned about people on social media in Canada and abroad « who may or may not come to the city » but « who are nonetheless inciting hate, violence and in some cases criminality ».

Organisers have called out fringe elements, urging participants to report any misbehaviour. Mr Jonker also said extremists would not be welcome. Police have urged locals to avoid the gridlocked downtown core. Thousands of vehicles and participants are expected for a weekend of planned demonstrations and on Saturday the streets were crowded with vehicles and people gathering near Parliament Hill. But the convoy has received some support from Conservative politicians who say it’s become a « symbol of the fatigue and division » felt in Canada two years into the pandemic.

And while the truckers in the convoy are frustrated with Covid measures they see as government overreach, Mr Trudeau’s new cross-border mandate has raised concerns for other reasons.

Like many countries, Canada is dealing with rising inflation and a supply chain already strained by the pandemic, labour shortages and bad weather. Prices are on the rise, including for food and petrol. It’s been getting harder to find some products on grocery store shelves – and Canada’s economy is heavily dependent on the men and women who drive the vast majority of food and goods consumed in in the country across the border.

Truck drivers working the cross-border routes had previously been exempt from mandates, considered essential workers. While the alliance does not support the convoy and has said the industry must adapt to the mandate, it is said the measure could remove as many as 16, drivers from those routes.

 
 

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May 11,  · Long After Blockade, Canada’s Truckers Have a Political Champion. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau condemned the protest as illegal. Now some of his key opponents are . Feb 21,  · The majority of the more than $8 million donated to the truckers through GiveSendGo came from Canada, a data leak showed. In interviews, trucker after trucker . Feb 22,  · Police officers making arrests at the trucker protest in Ottawa on Friday. one small group set up a new camp Sunday across from a truck stop on the Trans-Canada .

 

Canada protest truckers. Canadian police secure downtown Ottawa as truckers’ protest ends

 

People held pro-vaccination signs in Whitehorse while anti-mandate protestors passed them in vehicles. A counter-protest organized by health care workers was planned in Toronto for February 12, but was called off when the provincial government instituted a state of emergency. In counter-protests on February 12, thousands of people joined the « Community Solidarity March » through Ottawa to demand the end of the protests.

The original group of 20 grew to more than 1, people and successfully kettled the eastern artery of the « Blue Collar Convoy » for eight hours and were joined by groups in other neighbourhoods. The protestors’ Zello push-to-talk -style voice channels were the subject of coordinated disruption from counter-protestors, including users playing the homoerotic country rock song  » Ram Ranch  » to  » troll  » participants and listeners an effort coordinated under the hashtag  » RamRanchResistance ».

Ottawa Police Service faced criticism for how it responded to the convoy during the first three weeks, culminating with the resignation of Chief Peter Sloly. The letter further warned MPs not to get involved in any demonstrations, to « go somewhere safe », and to keep all doors locked. On January 29, the first day of protest at Parliament Hill , Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was « moved to an undisclosed location due to security concerns ».

An article in The New York Times described the Ottawa Police Service as « vastly outnumbered », and « unprepared for the sophisticated tactics, discipline and logistical abilities of the protesters ». On weekdays the number of protesters declined somewhat. On the second weekend, with heavy trucks and 7, demonstrators in the downtown core « red zone » as of Saturday evening, Sloly reported to an emergency meeting Ottawa Police Services board meeting, that even with all OPS officers on active duty and the hundreds of law-enforcement officials who came to help, he did not have the resources to end what he called the « turbulent protests ».

The Times said that many analysts have cautioned that some convoy’s leaders with military or policing backgrounds helped demonstrators strategize and plan under the guidance of people like Tom Quiggin, « proclaimed head of protective intelligence », who had formerly served as an « intelligence officer for the Canadian military, cabinet office and federal police.

The response of local police forces to these blockades has erred on the side of caution, with police at each site initially trying to negotiate with the protesters.

Plans for the creation of the new Integrated Command Centre were in place by February Emergency Preparedness Minister Bill Blair said on February 13, that they are in constant contact with provincial and municipal authorities.

Because the situation is « critical » for Canada with the « closing of our borders, the targeting on critical infrastructure, particularly our points of entry by the people behind these protests », it poses a « significant national security threat » to Canada, and we have to « end it ».

On Day 19 of the protests, with Ottawa under three states of emergency invoked by the three levels of government, Chief Sloly resigned. Overnight on February 14 there were « less than people in the blockade » and approximately vehicles still on the streets, in contrast to the estimated 4, vehicles at the end of January. By late February 18 morning, CTV News and other mainstream media reporting in the red zone, showed police steadily, very slowly sandwiching groups of dozens of the remaining protesters on all sides on separate streets.

Families with children were seen in these final groups of protesters with police reporting that protesters were « putting children between their operations and the protest site. He said that the CAS did not have to step in. By early afternoon, tactical officers began slowly entering the cabins of large rigs that had been parked in front of Parliament since the end of January.

The last few protesters said without evidence, that the protest was legal, citing, but misunderstanding Canadian law. They may face charges later. Police used a minimal amount of force even late in the afternoon as members of different forces began « squeezing » the group of protesters « even tighter » on Wellington Street in front of Parliament. On February 19, police began with a « hard, fast push » towards to the encampment at Parliament Hill.

Due to the resistance of protesters, police wore helmets and batons for protection. The police will actively follow up with identifications, collect evidence, seek criminal charges with sanctions can include the financial level and licensing level.

As of February 10, there was general agreement by government and police that vigorous efforts to clear the blockades were dangerous, possibly leading to expanded or violent reactions. A variety of options were legally possible and some, such as issuing tickets, were employed. Tow-truck drivers in several locations declined to tow trucks. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, on February 3, declared his reluctance to employ the military to clear the protesters, saying he had received no formal request for military assistance and added, « One has to be very, very cautious before deploying military in situations engaging Canadians, » saying it’s not something to « enter into lightly ».

On February 11, the court injunction to clear protesters from the Ambassador Bridge, secured by the City of Windsor, went into effect at 7 pm. Penalties include revoking personal and commercial drivers’ licences. On February 17, police massed at a staging area in Ottawa. A 12 foot-high fence was constructed around the Parliament building and over checkpoints limited access to the protest area. Convoy organizers Chris Barber and Tamara Lich were arrested in separate instances, and Lich stated that her personal bank account had been frozen.

That same day, police made at least 70 arrests and towed 21 vehicles by mid-afternoon. A protester was arrested and charged for allegedly throwing a bicycle and hitting the legs of a horse from the Toronto Police Service Mounted Unit at about By late afternoon, the last large group of protesters was corralled near the corner of Bank and Sparks Streets, with police holding a line for several hours as the crowd swelled to approximately 1, by dusk and a street party with an impromptu DJ ensued.

After nightfall, the line of police unexpectedly advanced on the celebratory crowd, pushing it a block south to Queen Street, spraying pepper gas as they did so. Fencing was erected afterwards, and the crowd gradually dispersed over the course of the night.

Protest leaders advised leaving the area and were asking for permission to do so. Pepper gas had been used; one police officer suffered a minor injury. Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson described the situation as « the most serious emergency our city has ever faced ». On February 23 at p. On February 14, Trudeau invoked the Emergencies Act. The Canadian Civil Liberties Association criticized the invocation of the Act in a press release, saying, « The federal government has not met the threshold necessary to invoke the Emergencies Act.

This law creates a high and clear standard for good reason: the Act allows government to bypass ordinary democratic processes. This standard has not been met. After the invocation of the Act, Chrystia Freeland , Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance announced that the purview of the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada was expanded to include the monitoring of funds sent through crowdfunding platforms such as GoFundMe , where protestors had raised millions that were ultimately refunded, as well as payment providers formerly outside its scope.

Freeland specifically cited cryptocurrency transactions, which the protestors turned to after GoFundMe, as a type of digital transaction that the new measures were meant to cover. Canadian banks were also temporarily given the authority to freeze accounts suspected of being used to support the protests without the need to obtain court orders, were granted legal immunity if they chose to do so, and were allowed to more freely share information with law enforcement and government agencies.

On February 21, the House of Commons voted to confirm the Emergencies Act , with for and opposing the motion. Protesters returned on February 12, where a police barricade was set up.

A convoy led by a privately owned vehicle painted in military style broke through the police barricades, [] [] and the border crossing was subsequently closed. On February 15, the border crossing reopened. Through RCMP negotiating, protesters voluntarily left the blockade on February 16 and the border crossing was reopened. The blockage at Emerson, Manitoba border crossing was cleared February 15, Also on February 4, Toronto Police started closing roads in the downtown in anticipation of a large protest and told residents to expect a larger police presence during the weekend.

In response, a group of healthcare workers staged a counter-protest. Hundreds of protesters and several trucks blocked the intersection for hours. Fearing possible threats against healthcare workers, University Health Network and Sinai Health System , which operate major hospitals in the protest area, warned their employees to avoid wearing any clothing or badges that would identify them as health-care workers outside hospital premises.

During the protest, a year-old man was arrested and charged with assault with a weapon, use of a smoke bomb administering a noxious substance , and public mischief. On February 5, at a related protest in downtown Winnipeg , four people were injured in a ramming incident.

One was hospitalized and later released. Police have yet to write tickets or lay charges against protesters, despite numerous noise complaints, fireworks without permit, and incidents of « homophobia, racism, and gender-based harassment.

On January 30, the Government of Nova Scotia made it illegal for people to gather on Highway along the border with New Brunswick in anticipation of protesters blockading the highway. The Halifax Regional Police blocked off access to some roads in downtown Halifax in response to the protest. Protestors gathered in Edmonton for three consecutive Saturdays, and an Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench Justice granted an interim injunction on February 11, , prohibiting protest participants from causing incessant sound with horns and megaphones within city limits.

In February , a solidarity protest was organized in the United Kingdom with a convoy driving from Scotland to London with stops in cities throughout the British isles. Other convoys were reported in Wales and parts of England. On February 23, a group of American truckers began a solidarity protest convoy from California to Washington, D.

A website for the protest said that they will not enter « D. However, one participant who described himself as the lead trucker said that he would drive his truck into the city. Several smaller splinter groups formed in the aftermath of the disbandment, such as the Restoration Movement. A motorcycle convoy of « hundreds » is scheduled to enter Ottawa on April Looking to avoid of a repeat of the previous convoy, Ottawa Police announced that vehicles would not be allowed near the Hill.

The Royal Canadian Legion distanced itself from the protest, stating in part « The Legion defends these sacred sites of Remembrance, and asserts that they should never be used as a backdrop for any other agenda beyond the act of Remembrance. Our hope and appeal to all who may gather before the National War Memorial this weekend is that they do so with a focus purely on Remembrance.

A large crowd gathered on Rideau Street in the evening, in front of Rideau Centre. After an escalation of crowd aggression, police with helmets and shields were deployed. An attempted to occupy a parking lot was overturned. In total, seven people were arrested on the first evening.

Rolling Thunder’s organizer, Neil Sheard, has attempted to distance himself from Saccoccia. It claims to have collaborated with Sheard’s group. As early as February 10, before the protest ended, the SECU committee devoted two sessions to the Crowdfunding Platforms and Extremism Financing investigation, [] and interviewed 17 witnesses in the Occupation of Ottawa and the Federal Government’s Response to Convoy Blockades segment.

On February 25, in sworn witness testimony to the SECU committee, Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino , in answer to the Shadow Minister for Public Safety Raquel Dancho , stated that « I would just point out that from the very outset of the illegal blockade, that a number of organizers and leaders of the so-called Freedom Convoy made a number of profoundly concerning and extremist statements calling for the overthrow of the government through violence.

On March 24, the Commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police Thomas Carrique stated in sworn testimony before the committee that « the province’s intelligence bureau identified a threat associated with the lengthy protest in the national capital on February 7, one week before the federal government invoked the Emergencies Act On May 19, Shadow Minister for Emergency Preparedness Dane Lloyd asked Minister for Public Safety Marco Mendicino about the need for the invocation of the Emergencies Act and elicited the comment that the latter « stands by previous statements that the federal government invoked the Emergencies Act on the recommendation of law enforcement officials.

Early on in the life of the DECD committee its NDP co-chair, Matthew Green , said that committee members « have a ‘responsibility’ to work together » in light of the disagreement of the Official Opposition over the constitution of the committee.

It consisted of seven MPs and four senators. On March 6, co-chair Green was « interested in looking at the actions of police or the lack of them , the role played by ‘dark money’ raised through » the GoFundMe and GiveSendGo crowdfunding platforms. Major auto manufacturers were forced to pause production; « automakers and their suppliers » were having to « scramble to get parts to plants on time » for the current week’s run.

Twenty-five per cent of the value of « all U. Over 50 per cent of the businesses in the area that was blockaded lost revenue. Yalnizyan also noted the « incalculable damage » to Canada’s international reputation as a trade partner which could have a negative impact on supply chains and « political discourse. The closure began January 29, with the mall reopening on February An imitation firearm in the mall resulted in a police-led evacuation, multiple hour closure, and closure of the O-Train at nearby stations.

There were 13 arrests on February 14 in relation to this seizure. In response to criticism that police had been too soft on « disruptive protesters », on February 1, Chief Sloly said that it was a « measure of success » that there were « no riots, no injuries, no deaths ».

Complaints focused around lack of enforcement on noise due to constant horn-honking, [] [] disruption of livelihoods [] and continued gridlock. Criticism has also focused on « the sharp contrast between the occupiers’ reception and the ways police forces all over Canada treat Black and Indigenous people, who are violently policed for existing in public space, let alone protesting.

On February 4, Ottawa Police hired Navigator Ltd , a crisis public relations firm to aid in handling messaging to the public. By February 13, on Day 17, federal Minister Blair « urged the police to do their jobs, enforce the law and restore order ». On February 16, Ottawa city councillor Diane Deans was removed by council as chair of the Police board, in a 15—9 vote.

Councillors described the board as ineffective in oversight, and were critical of the hiring of an interim chief without consultation. Hiring is something the Ontario Police Services Act allows them to do, and the choice had received support of the Ontario Solicitor General.

A vote to remove councillor Carol Anne Meehan from the board failed. Councillor Rawlson King resigned from the board during the meeting. A citizen vice chair resigned earlier in the day. Six investigators and two forensic investigators from the Special Investigations Unit are investigating two incidents involving the police.

The first is an incident on Friday, at about p. The family of the woman said that « she is alive and is recovering from a broken clavicle. The Ottawa Police Services Board unanimously supported a motion on February 24, for the Ontario Civilian Police Commission to open an investigation into the response to the protest. From an access-to-information request , emails between the National Capital Commission and Ottawa Police Services revealed that law enforcement overall was hampered by poor communication, disagreement on approaches and tactics, and confusion over jurisdiction.

Active investigations are underway for a number of widely publicized incidents including those related to the Unknown Soldier’s memorial and the Terry Fox statue as well as for more general incidents, including bribery, threats, assault, dangerous driving, and setting a fire in a building. Chief Sloly warned offenders that if they had come from elsewhere and committed a crime, including hate crime in Ottawa, there have been « intelligence officers, investigative officers, and multi-jurisdictional support » from across Canada at work in the background.

He said, that « no matter where you live, no matter where your vehicles are registered You will be investigated We will look for you. We will charge you, if necessary, will arrest you, and we will pursue prosecutions against you. On February 7, some two dozen arrests were made, and nearly 80 criminal investigations had begun.

On March 21, a year-old Ottawa man unrelated to the protest was charged in connection with the fire. Many protesters ignored the agreement. The lawsuit went to court on the afternoon of February 5 and a hearing was adjourned to February 7. EST on February 7. Union and Happy Goat Coffee were added as plaintiffs. Paul Champ is the lawyer for the plaintiffs, residents of downtown Ottawa.

The injunction freezes convoy donations which could eventually be redistributed to residents who are including in the suit. Justin Trudeau , the Prime Minister of Canada , dismissed the supply chain disruption concerns as unfounded on the basis that most Canadian truckers have been vaccinated.

We won’t cave to those who engage in vandalism, or dishonour the memory of our veterans. Omar Alghabra , the Minister of Transport , said on January 31, that since January 15 when the truck drivers’ vaccine mandate came into effect, the traffic volumes of transport trucks crossing the Canada-US border had not decreased. Compared to the fall of , and based on Statistics Canada ‘s most recent figures, even with a « massive snowstorm, even though it was a U.

Erin O’Toole , Leader of the Official Opposition and the Conservative Party as the convoys started, initially declined to support the protest, saying instead that the best way to maintain supply chains is for truckers to get vaccinated. Conservative MPs Candice Bergen , [] Andrew Scheer , [] Garnett Genuis , [] Pierre Poilievre , [] [] Martin Shields , [] Warren Steinley , Jeremy Patzer , [] [] and Leslyn Lewis [] [] all expressed their support for the convoy and truckers’ movement, although some, such as Poilievre, denounced individual protesters who were promoting extremism.

A person in behind Cooper had an upside-down Canadian flag with a swastika ; Cooper says that he was unaware. On February 10, as a third border blockade began in Manitoba, the Conservatives reversed their position supporting the border blockades.

Bergen called for the blockades to disperse, « for the sake of the economy », but vowed to continue pushing the governing Liberals to release a clear plan for ending COVID restrictions. During debate on the Emergencies Act , Conservative Members of Parliament dismissed the convoy; deputy whip Lianne Rood called it joyful, and compared it to Canada Day.

The People’s Party organized a rally in Waterloo on January 23 supporting the convoy, at which Bernier and Hillier both spoke. Although repeatedly encouraging vaccination, Moe argued that it would only reduce the chance of severe outcomes, and did not prevent infection or transmission of COVID—a statement that was subsequently disputed—and for that reason he did not support the cross-border vaccine mandate, and would lift proof of vaccination requirements in Saskatchewan « in the not too-distant future ».

Members of Parliament reported an increase in inappropriate and threatening calls to their offices, in correlation with the protests. That is unacceptable. Facebook stated that they had removed fake users that were set up in overseas content farms , in Romania , Vietnam , and Bangladesh , which were promoting the convoy protests in Canada.

After this announcement, New York Democratic Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney questioned Facebook as to the number of the accounts, when they were identified and how many impressions they had on US and Canadian users, comparing it to Russian interference in the US elections.

After Ottawa was cleared, conservative commentator Candace Owens called for American troops to be sent to Canada « to deal with the tyrannical reign of Justin Trudeau Castro. In their February 7 statement, Teamsters Canada , representing more than 55, professional drivers, including approximately 15, long-haul truck drivers, of whom 90 per cent are vaccinated, said that the protest « serves to delegitimize the real concerns of most truck drivers today ».

The statement said that the convoy and « the despicable display of hate led by the political right and shamefully encouraged by elected conservative politicians does not reflect the values of Teamsters Canada.

On January 25, the Canadian Trucking Alliance CTA , a truckers’ trade association , and the federal government issued a formal statement reinforcing the use of vaccinations, along with other public health measures, to protect Canadian health care and to reduce COVID risk. In the statement the CTA and the government committed to working together to respond to supply chain constraints. CTA members can express their disagreement with government policies by holding an « organized, lawful event on Parliament Hill ».

Stephen Laskowski, CTA president said the trucking industry « must adapt and comply with this mandate ». The Private Motor Truck Council of Canada noted concern about the convoy’s « racist remarks », citing the comparisons to Nazis and communism.

The Canadian Labour Congress called the protest in Ottawa « an occupation by an angry mob trying to disguise itself as a peaceful protest ». Various trucking companies have tried to distance themselves from the convoys, claiming that the vehicles are owner-operated, despite featuring their logos.

But perhaps even instigating it from, from the outset ». According to Local Journalism Initiative, ethnic media outlets exhibited a variety of reporting and reactions to the protests. Additionally, reporting noted that « most Punjabi truckers are vaccinated, as vaccine coverage in the Punjabi community is high.

Their priorities are around road safety, snow clearance, road maintenance, as well as working conditions and wage theft. Rich Lowry of Politico argued that « The embrace of the Canadian trucker protesters by the American right is a sign that the Tea Party spirit circa the early Obama years was never fully extinguished. Since then, everything has changed — most importantly, the rise of Donald Trump and his movement — and nothing has changed.

It is freedom that remains the most natural and powerful Republican rallying cry. Canadian scholar Peter McLaren criticized the convoy protesters’ « concept of freedom » as « sorely lacking in dialectical analysis. McLaren also argued that their concept of freedom « is historically linked to settler colonialism, that is, a form of colonialism grounded in exogenous domination, a form of colonialism that seeks to displace the original population of the colonized territory with new groups of settlers who typically justify such colonization through an identification with imperial authority.

General Wayne Eyre , Canada’s Chief of the Defence Staff , said he was « sickened to see protesters dance on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and desecrate the National War Memorial « , after video of such events surfaced online January In late January , Elon Musk tweeted « Canadian truckers rule » and followed it up with « If you scare people enough, they will demand removal of freedom.

This is the path to tyranny. The tweet was later deleted. The Auschwitz Memorial also condemned Musk’s tweet. Barry Prentice, transportation economy professor at University of Manitoba , stated that the truckers should be treated differently than flight crews or passenger-train employees, and that the positive aspects of vaccine mandates should be evaluated against the disruptions they would cause to the freight industry.

Brand also said in the video that « Truckers, who were previously regarded as heroes when they were delivering vital goods and working during the lockdown, are now villains as they protest vaccine mandates ». Former President of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadenijad , praised the protests, tweeting « violent crackdown on FreedomConvoy has nothing to do with freedom of speech and human rights. Great Barrington Declaration co-author Martin Kulldorff tweeted in support of the protests. According to the Washington Examiner , psychologist and conservative commentator Jordan Peterson offered a « message of congratulations and caution » to the convoy.

The Terry Fox Foundation condemned the defacing of Fox’s statue with anti-mandate signs. The Royal Canadian Legion called protesters dancing on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier « shocking » and « strongly condemn[ed] » their actions.

The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms provides legal support of the convoy and its contacts with media.

On February 12, Facebook removed anti-vaccine, pro-convoy Facebook groups that were run from Vietnam, Bangladesh, and Romania. Singer and activist Bill Fries, whose song  » Convoy  » recorded under his alias C. McCall was used as a rallying cry for the movement, gave his implicit approval for the use of the song in that manner, and was pleased that the movement had caused an uptick in interest in the song, in the final interview he gave before he died.

Durham Regional Police Service Constable Erin Howard, who made a video while in uniform in her squad car supporting the protesters and later posted it online in January, was suspended and faced six charges under the Police Services Act , including discreditable conduct and insubordination. Her first court hearing was held over Zoom on May 5, , with the proceeding then being adjourned until June Some members of the political left were initially hesitant to criticize the convoy because « the truckers were often described as a working-class movement ».

In a Abacus Data survey of 1, Canadian adults, undertaken before the protest turned into an occupation, between January 31 and February 2, , 68 per cent stated that they « had very little in common » with the demonstrators and their ideology and 32 per cent of respondents stated that they « had a lot in common » with the protestors and their worldview.

Furthermore, 43 per cent of respondents stated that they felt the protest was « respectful and appropriate », while 57 per cent viewed it as « offensive and inappropriate ». A study by Vox Pop Labs among a randomly pre-selected sample of 2, respondents, conducted between January 4 and 10, , found that around 70 per cent of Canadians were willing to support a general vaccine mandate for all non-exempt adults over the age of 18, while around 30 per cent disagreed.

On its subsequent questionnaire, a further 65 per cent expressed the belief that the convoy represented « a small minority of selfish Canadians, » 57 per cent viewed it as « not about vaccine mandates and pandemic restrictions » but rather « an opportunity for right wing supremacist groups to rally and voice their frustrations about society, » and 52 per cent likened it to the United States Capitol attack. Opposition to the convoy was highest among respondents living in urban areas, those vaccinated for COVID, and those aged 55 and up; while support for the convoy was highest among the unvaccinated, respondents aged 18 to 54, and respondents living in Alberta.

A poll by Maru Public Opinion found that 64 per cent of Canadians polled would support the aid of the Canadian Armed Forces to tow trucks from the protests and 53 per cent of Canadians polled would support the use of force by Ottawa Police to clear out Ottawa protesters. An Angus Reid Institute poll released on February 14 found that 72 per cent of Canadians polled thought that it was time for protesters to « go home, they have made their point.

A Nanos Research poll commissioned by CTV News and released on February 25 found that 51 per cent of Canadians polled thought the protests were ineffective, 15 per cent thought they were somewhat ineffective, 20 per cent thought they were somewhat effective, 12 per cent thought they were effective, and 2 per cent were unsure of the protests’ impact.

The poll also found that 44 per cent of Americans opposed the convoy protests, while 40 per cent supported them. Among Republicans, 71 per cent supported the convoy protests, compared to 18 per cent of Democrats. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

This article is about the convoy protest known as the « Freedom Convoy ». For the convoy protest to Ottawa, see On-to-Ottawa Trek. Convoy: —1, vehicles, [2] [3] [4] including: — trucks — personal vehicles Protests: Estimates of 3, to 18, people [a].

See also: Timeline of the Canada convoy protest. See also: France convoy protest , Wellington protests , and Convoy to Canberra. This section needs to be updated. Please help update this article to reflect recent events or newly available information.

June The reformed law was designed was to provide more civil right protections and less likelihood for abuse of power than the War Measures Act.

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January 22, Archived from the original on February 8, The Guardian. Bauder vowed the convoy would camp out in Ottawa until their demands are met, insisting to his followers that a « memorandum of understanding » would force the government’s hand, possibly even triggering fresh elections, if enough people sign.

A Canada Unity organizer went further, saying it would require the Senate to « go after the prime minister » for « corruption » and « fascism ». There is no legal basis for those claims. I mean CBC: How do you sit down and negotiate with the organizers when this is their stated opinion? Yeah, that’s nonsense David. I mean, you know that and I know that. I mean, let’s just CBC: But they don’t know that.

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Joseph Communications. Nasrallah, Elie Mikhael February 9, Ottawa Citizen. The loss of innocence is making Canadians into mini-Americans in the era of nativism, Trumpism and right-wing uprisings. The American disease has arrived in the winter in Canada and Ottawa may never be the same.

DiMatteo, Enzo January 31, NOW Toronto. Kilian, Crawford January 31, The Tyee. Vancouver BC. The destination is the ditch of Trumpism, our democratic institutions undercut by paranoid illiberalism. Kay, Jonathan February 7, Washington DC. Each faces the same single existential decision in regard to the brand of outlying conservative populism that announces itself with a horn: a Let the outliers into the big tent, and watch the Conservatives be excoriated in the media as Canada’s answer to Trumpism, or b cast them out, and send them fleeing to the People’s Party, which will then siphon off support on the Conservatives’ right flank.

Poling, Jim Sr. February 2, The Minden Times. The truckers’ convoy didn’t bring dreams to Ottawa. They brought Nazi banners, Confederate flags, anger, hatred and other relics of American Trumpism. This is a country that neither needs, nor wants Trumpism.

It’s a country that needs respectful protests, positive actions, much better leadership and appreciation of its heroes. Singh, Jagmeet [ thejagmeetsingh] February 8, Foreign actors and money cannot be allowed to sow division in Canada.

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Greenwood Publishing Group. Medicare: Canada’s Right to Health. Optimum Pub. Retrieved August 28, August 26, Retrieved November 17, Transport Canada. October 6, And while the truckers in the convoy are frustrated with Covid measures they see as government overreach, Mr Trudeau’s new cross-border mandate has raised concerns for other reasons.

Like many countries, Canada is dealing with rising inflation and a supply chain already strained by the pandemic, labour shortages and bad weather. Prices are on the rise, including for food and petrol.

It’s been getting harder to find some products on grocery store shelves – and Canada’s economy is heavily dependent on the men and women who drive the vast majority of food and goods consumed in in the country across the border. Truck drivers working the cross-border routes had previously been exempt from mandates, considered essential workers. While the alliance does not support the convoy and has said the industry must adapt to the mandate, it is said the measure could remove as many as 16, drivers from those routes.

Numerous business groups have also said they’re worried the mandate’s timing will only aggravate existing supply chain issues. He said he’s « wary » of the mandate as « there’s a real threat of unintended consequences ». Mr Trudeau, who sees boosting vaccination rates as a key tool in fighting the Covid pandemic, has accused Conservative politicians warning about possible supply chain issues of « fear-mongering » and has shown no intention of backing down.

Trucker Mr Jonkers says he’s ready to stay in Ottawa for the long haul. Some people can stay one day, some people can stay five days but all the truck drivers are used to camping in their trucks all week long. How vaccine mandates became a Canada election issue. Justin Trudeau hit by stones on campaign trail. Unvaccinated Canadian loses right to see his child.

Quebec to impose health tax on unvaccinated. Quebec requires jab for cannabis and liquor sales. Canada’s ‘Mad Max’: Why his party is on the rise.

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