Trucker’s protests in Canada post for February 5, 2022

Around noon today:

(My only objection to a lot of the signage, is that they recommend “F*CK TRUDEAU”. I have to ask myself why anyone would want to go where Macron and Klaus Schwab have been so many times already.)

Please check the post and the comments for this post as the day goes by for news, videos, photos and related items.

Viva Frei LIVE in Ottawa today

Lawyer for Trucker protest from yesterday, February 4, 2022

(Above video from last Sunday)

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Canadian artist and counter-jihad and freedom of speech activist as well as devout Schrödinger's catholic

55 Replies to “Trucker’s protests in Canada post for February 5, 2022”

  1. CBC – MPs vote to call GoFundMe to testify at Commons committee on convoy protest

    B.C. New Democratic Party MP Alistair MacGregor joins Power & Politics to talk about the motion and whether the company should still be made to testify after Friday’s decision to end payments to protest organizers.

    • MPs SHOULD be voting to DEFUND Justine’s media.

      MPs Should be discussing the vaccine injured who are left on their own financially after this Government has mandated the injections. Where are the numbers showing how many have died from the injections?

      The Globe and Mail, a totally dishonest newspaper runs the number of supposed Covid deaths and sick but NEVER a word about the vaccine injured. Defund the irresponsible so called newspapers.

    • NEWSMAX – Ron DeSantis expresses support for Canadian Freedom Convoy truckers

      Benjamin Dichter speaks out about the movement’s progress and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’s support

  2. LIVE: Canadian truckers protest grows in Ottawa as new convoy join blockade

    Ruptly is live from downtown Ottawa on Saturday, February 5, as more truckers join a protest blockade calling for an end of COVID-19 restriction and dismissal of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau,

    • CBC – Ottawa protesters set up structures as demonstrations continue

      Protests against COVID-19 measures continued in Ottawa on Saturday, even as demonstrations faced financial uncertainty and increasing frustration from local residents.

    • ctv news – Counter-protest calls for an end to the ‘Freedom Convoy’ demonstration in downtown Ottawa

      Ottawa residents are calling for an end to the “Freedom Convoy” demonstration taking over the Parliamentary Precinct.

      Hundreds of people gathered at Ottawa City Hall Saturday afternoon, demanding an end to the protest over COVID-19 vaccine mandates and other public health measures less than a kilometre away.

      Signs in the crowd said, “Get The Truck Out,” “Go Home,” and “Go Home Please.”

      The protest at Ottawa City Hall was across the street from where “Freedom Convoy” supporters have set up a camp in Confederation Park, including a wooden shed “community kitchen” providing food and drinks to people.

      Dozens of Ottawa police officers stood in the middle of Laurier Street to separate the protesters.

      “Whose city? Our city!” the people chanted at City Hall, while dozens of people holding Canadian flags stood on the other side of Laurier Street in Confederation Park.

      “I think they’ve taken our city hostage and I can’t believe the police have acted so slowly on this and didn’t contain them earlier,” said Marcie George at the protest.

      Several people raised concerns about their safety in the downtown core.

      “I have friends who have been harassed, spit on walking downtown and nothing is being done. Why should we have to put up with this,” said Jessica.

      Some people in the group told CTV News reporter Mackenzie Gray they are most upset about the honking from the trucks.
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      twitter @Gray_Mackenzie

      Here’s a look at the counter protestors set up at city hall. They’ve occasionally been chanting “Whose city? Our city!”

      The ones I talked with are upset about the honking from the trucks

      video

      https://twitter.com/Gray_Mackenzie/status/1490075750791266311

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      Councillors Jeff Leiper, Catherine McKenney and Shawn Menard cancelled a community safety walk in the Centretown area on Saturday.

      “After evaluation, it is not safe to go downtown. Please avoid the area,” Leiper said on Twitter.

      McKenney urged residents to organize walks in their own neighbourhoods, but to avoid the area of Bank and Somerset.

      “Please do not go down to this area. It is not safe today. Find a friend and walk in your own neighborhoods,” they said.

      On Friday, lawyer Paul Champ filed a $9.8 million class-action lawsuit over the continuous vehicle horn noise, filed on behalf of the residents of the downtown core.

      https://ottawa.ctvnews.ca/counter-protest-calls-for-an-end-to-the-freedom-convoy-demonstration-in-downtown-ottawa-1.5769585

  3. CDC’s VARES report as of yesterday Feb. 4, 2022

    Adverse Reactions 1,088, 560
    Deaths 23,149
    Vaccine Injured 183,311
    Children 5-11 7,391
    12-17 28,449
    If these numbers represent less than 1% why is Justine Trudeau still pushing for anyone to be vaccinated. The vaccine does not stop people from getting sick, but thousands have vaccine injuries and thousands have died.

    Has Trudeau been arrested for crimes against humanity, is that why we have not seen him out and about?

  4. A night with the untouchables

    I live in downtown Ottawa, right in the middle of the trucker convoy protest. They are literally camped out below my bedroom window. My new neighbours moved in on Friday and they seem determined to stay. I have read a lot about what my new neighbours are supposedly like, mostly from reporters and columnists who write from distant vantage points somewhere in the media heartland of Canada. Apparently the people who inhabit the patch of asphalt next to my bedroom are white supremacists, racists, hatemongers, pseudo-Trumpian grifters, and even QAnon-style nutters. I have a perfect view down Kent Street – the absolute ground zero of the convoy. In the morning, I see some protesters emerge from their trucks to stretch their legs, but mostly throughout the day they remain in their cabs honking their horns. At night I see small groups huddled in quiet conversations in their new found companionship. There is no honking at night. What I haven’t noticed, not even once, are reporters from any of Canada’s news agencies walking among the trucks to find out who these people are. So last night, I decided to do just that – I introduced myself to my new neighbours.

    At 10pm I started my walk along – and in – Kent Street. I felt nervous. Would these people shout at me? My clothes, my demeanour, even the way I walk screamed that I’m an outsider. All the trucks were aglow in the late evening mist, idling to maintain warmth, but all with ominously dark interiors. Standing in the middle of the convoy, I felt completely alone as though these giant monsters weren’t piloted by people but were instead autonomous transformer robots from some science fiction universe that had gone into recharging mode for the night. As I moved along I started to notice smatterings of people grouped together between the cabs sharing cigarettes or enjoying light laughs. I kept quiet and moved on. Nearby, I spotted a heavy duty pickup truck, and seeing the silhouette of a person in the driver’s seat, I waved. A young man, probably in his mid 20s, rolled down the window, said hello and I introduced myself. His girlfriend was reclined against the passenger side door with a pillow to proper her up as she watched a movie on her phone. I could easily tell it’s been an uncomfortable few nights. I asked how they felt and I told them I lived across the street. Immediate surprise washed over the young man’s face. He said, “You must hate us. But no one honks past 6pm!” That’s true. As someone who lives right on top of the convoy, there is no noise at night. I said, “No, I don’t hate anyone, but I wanted to find out about you.” The two were from Sudbury Ontario, having arrived on Friday with the bulk of the truckers. I ask what they hoped to achieve, and what they wanted. The young woman in the passenger seat moved forward, excited to share. They said that they didn’t want a country that forced people to get medical treatments such as vaccines. There was no hint of conspiracy theories in their conversation with me, not a hint of racist overtones or hateful demagoguery. I didn’t ask them if they had taken the vaccine, but they were adamant that they were not anti-vaxers.

    The next man I ran into was standing in front of the big trucks at the head of the intersection. Past middle age and slightly rotund, he had a face that suggests a lifetime of working outdoors. I introduced myself and he told me we was from Cochrane, Ontario. He also proudly pointed out that he was the block captain who helped maintain order. I thought, oh no, he might be the one person keeping a lid on things; is it all that precarious? I delicately asked how hard his job was to keep the peace but I quickly learned that’s not really what he did. He organized the garbage collection among the cabs, put together snow removal crews to shovel the sidewalks and clear the snow that accumulates on the road. He even has a salting crew for the sidewalks. He proudly bellowed in an irrepressible laugh “We’re taking care of the roads and sidewalks better than the city.” I waved goodbye and continued to the next block.

    My next encounter was with a man dressed in dark blue shop-floor coveralls. A wiry man of upper middle age, he seemed taciturn and stood a bit separated from the small crowd that formed behind his cab for a late night smoke. He hailed from the Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia. He owned his own rig, but he only drove truck occasionally, his main job being a self-employed heavy duty mechanic. He closed his shop to drive to Ottawa, because he said, “I don’t want my new granddaughter to live in a country that would strip the livelihood from someone for not getting vaccinated.” He introduced me to the group beside us. A younger crowd, I can remember their bearded faces, from Athabasca, Alberta, and Swift Current Saskatchewan. The weather had warmed, and it began to rain slightly, but they too were excited to tell me why they came to Ottawa. They felt that they needed to stand up to a government that doesn’t understand what their lives are like. To be honest, I don’t know what their lives are like either – a group of young men who work outside all day with tools that they don’t even own. Vaccine mandates are a bridge too far for them. But again, not a hint of anti-vax conspiracy theories or deranged ideology.

    I made my way back through the trucks, my next stop leading me to a man of East Indian descent in conversation with a young man from Sylvan Lake, Alberta. They told me how they were following the news of O’Toole’s departure from the Conservative leadership and that they didn’t like how in government so much power has pooled into so few hands.

    The rain began to get harder; I moved quickly through the intersection to the next block. This time I waved at a driver in one of the big rigs. Through the rain it was hard to see him, but he introduced himself, an older man, he had driven up from New Brunswick to lend his support. Just behind him some young men from Gaspésie, Quebec introduced themselves to me in their best English. At that time people started to notice me – this man from Ottawa who lives across the street – just having honest conversations with the convoy. Many felt a deep sense of abuse by a powerful government and that no one thinks they matter.

    Behind the crowd from Gaspésie sat a stretch van, the kind you often see associated with industrial cleaners. I could see the shadow of a man leaning out from the back as he placed a small charcoal BBQ on the sidewalk next to his vehicle. He introduced himself and told me he was from one of the reservations on Manitoulin Island. Here I was in conversation with an Indigenous man who was fiercely proud to be part of the convoy. He showed me his medicine wheel and he pointed to its colours, red, black, white, and yellow. He said there is a message of healing in there for all the human races, that we can come together because we are all human. He said, “If you ever find yourself on Manitoulin Island, come to my reserve, I would love to show you my community.” I realized that I was witnessing something profound; I don’t know how to fully express it.

    As the night wore on and the rain turned to snow, those conversations repeated themselves. The man from Newfoundland with his bullmastiff, a young couple from British Columbia, the group from Winnipeg that together form what they call “Manitoba Corner ” all of them with similar stories. At Manitoba Corner a boisterous heavily tattooed man spoke to me from the cab of his dually pickup truck – a man who had a look that would have fit right in on the set of some motorcycle movie – pointed out that there are no symbols of hate in the convoy. He said, “Yes there was some clown with a Nazi flag on the weekend, and we don’t know where he’s from, but I’ll tell you what, if we see anyone with a Nazi flag or a Confederate flag, we’ll kick his fucking teeth in. No one’s a Nazi here.” Manitoba Corner all gave a shout out to that.

    As I finally made my way back home, after talking to dozens of truckers into the night, I realized I met someone from every province except PEI. They all have a deep love for this country. They believe in it. They believe in Canadians. These are the people that Canada relies on to build its infrastructure, deliver its goods, and fill the ranks of its military in times of war. The overwhelming concern they have is that the vaccine mandates are creating an untouchable class of Canadians. They didn’t make high-falutin arguments from Plato’s Republic, Locke’s treatises, or Bagehot’s interpretation of Westminster parliamentary systems. Instead, they see their government willing to push a class of people outside the boundaries of society, deny them a livelihood, and deny them full membership in the most welcoming country in the world; and they said enough. Last night I learned my new neighbours are not a monstrous faceless occupying mob. They are our moral conscience reminding us – with every blow of their horns – what we should have never forgotten: We are not a country that makes an untouchable class out of our citizens.

    https://maybury.ca/the-reformed-physicist/2022/02/03/a-night-with-the-untouchables/

  5. globe and mail – Ottawa residents seek damages from downtown ‘occupiers’ participating in convoy protest

    As counter-protesters prepare to take to the streets across Ottawa and several other Canadian cities Saturday, the battle to end the week-long conflict with protesters opposed to vaccines and other COVID-19 restrictions has moved to the legal arena.

    An Ottawa lawyer is to appear before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice to argue a class-action lawsuit on behalf of thousands of city residents seeking millions of dollars in damages and an injunction “prohibiting the continuation of the nuisance.”

    Ottawa and several other cities across Canada are working to try to ensure that escalating protests against COVID vaccine mandates and other public health restrictions remain peaceful Saturday.

    […]Downtown Ottawa residents have endured a week of blaring truck horns, blocked streets and racial taunts from aggressive participants. Many city-dwellers have expressed frustration with the fact little has changed days into the protest, branding it an occupation.

    “Everyone expects it to be a nice safe event. However, there still is that underlying danger for any visible minorities, any people in the LGBTQ community,” Ottawa resident Mackenzie Demers, a counter-protest organizer, said in an interview Saturday.

    “These occupiers, they are dangerous. They have trucks. There are rumors that there are guns.”

    Ottawa lawyer Paul Champ has filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of thousands of residents seeking millions of dollars in damages and an injunction “prohibiting the continuation of the nuisance.” The statement of claim names protest organizers Tamara Lich, Patrick King, Chris Barber and others as defendants.

    Champ is expected to appear Saturday in an online court hearing on behalf of the proposed members of the action – all people who reside in Ottawa from Bay Street to Elgin Street and Lisgar Street to Wellington Street.

    […]It says people have suffered injury and damages for emotional and mental distress; difficulty concentrating; interference with quiet enjoyment of home; headaches; and difficulty sleeping. It is seeking $100 per day for each person that has suffered from the protesters’ tactics.

    […]Allan Rock, who served for a decade in cabinet under Liberal Prime Minister Jean Chrétien, said a court order could empower police to remove the protesters.

    “The penalty for disobeying a court order, of course, could be contempt of court. So, I think it’s a much more powerful remedy for the police and for the authorities,” Rock said in an interview.

    […]Ottawa community leaders and residents were also set to march in solidarity with counter-protesters on Saturday. Some residents were ambivalent about whether they would take to the streets or whether it would make any difference.

    […]Meanwhile, crowdfunding site GoFundMe announced Friday it would reimburse or redirect to charities the vast majority of the more than $10-million raised by the demonstrators in Ottawa, saying the event “has become an occupation marked by police reports of violence and other unlawful activity.”

    Both the Ottawa Police Service and Mayor Jim Watson thanked GoFundMe for its decision, which could deny participants a vital source of money.

    But Lich, one of the protest organizers, said in a video Friday that they have a new official donation site, the U.S.-based GiveSendGo, which calls itself a “Free Christian Crowdfunding” website.

    https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-ottawa-residents-seek-damages-from-downtown-occupiers-participating-in/

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    Ottawa Citizen -Truck convoy: Judge adjourns class action suit to halt ‘unbearable’ air horns

    A class action lawsuit that could have silenced air horns and sought $9.8 million in damages from organizers and some of the truckers at the so-called “Freedom Convoy” in downtown Ottawa has been adjourned until Monday.

    Ottawa lawyers Paul Champ and Emilie Taman filed the statement of claim Friday, arguing that for the 6,000 residents in the immediate vicinity of the protest “the non-stop blaring horns have caused unbearable torment in the sanctity of their own homes.” The lawyers also asked for an injunction to stop the horn use.

    But a lawyer defending three of the people named in the lawsuit asked for the adjournment and said organizers of the convoy had been negotiating to limit the horn use to between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.

    Alberta lawyer Keith Wilson of the Calgary-based Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedom, called the case one of “national importance.”

    “The truckers have an accord amongst themselves that the horns will not sound between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.” Wilson said at the virtual hearing before Ontario Superior Court Justice Hugh McLean.

    Wilson said he’d received more than 300 pages of documents since Friday that he had not had time to review.

    Champ, however, argued for an interim injunction, saying the evidence of “serious and irreparable harm” caused to the plaintiff and proposed class action member by the noise.

    “They are co-ordinated, they are doing it, they are planning it,” Champ said. “It’s severe. it’s prolonged. And from the respondents’ own evidence they’ll be doing it 12 hours a day.”

    But McLean questioned how an injunction could be enforced, especially if new truckers arrive at the protest.

    “It’s very easy if you block a road. Anyone who’s on the the road can simply be arrested,” McLean said. “Here it’s not that simple.”

    In most cases, interfering with someone right to enjoy their residence is a criminal code matter — mischief or nuisance laws — and not something civil courts usually deal with, he said.

    “My question is ‘How am I going to make an enforceable order?’ And if I’m at a loss of how to craft an order, then I shall not give it.”

    The class action suit claims $9.8 million in private and punitive damages as well as for an injunction to end the trucker’s protest, now into its ninth day.

    Lawyers Paul Champ and Emilie Taman argue that for the 6,000 residents in the immediate vicinity of the protest “the non-stop blaring horns have caused unbearable torment in the sanctity of their own homes.”

    They argue the horns emit sound at dangerous levels that can cause permanent hearing damage.

    The plaintiff in the case is Zexi Li, described in the statement of claim as a 21-year-old public servant and uOttawa graduate who lives within five blocks of Parliament Hill. But the proposed members of the lawsuit include “all persons who reside in Ottawa, Ontario, from Bay Street to Elgin Street and Lisgar Street to Wellington Street.’

    “A key tactic of the Freedom Convoy is blasting vehicle horns non-stop, all day,” the statement of claim notes.

    “These horns include the air horns and train horns on the many semi-trucks. Air horns and train horns create an extremely loud noise as a warning. Air horns and train horns emit noise in the range of 100 to 150 decibels. These horns are not meant to be used for longer than a few seconds because the sound levels are dangerous and cause permanent damage to the human ear. Despite these dangers, the Freedom Convoy trucks have been blasting these dangerous horns continuously for 12 to 16 hours per day.”

    The horn blowing, which has been organized and encouraged by protest organizers, violates both City of Ottawa bylaws and the criminal code, the statement of claim alleges. The bylaw prohibit “ the ringing of any bell, sounding of any horn, or shouting in a manner likely to disturb the inhabitants of the city” and “unnecessary motor vehicle noise such as the sounding of the horn, revving of engine and the squealing of tires of any motor vehicle on any property other than a highway.”

    The level of noise also violates Ontario’s Occupation Health and Safety Act and constitute mischief and causing a disturbance under the criminal code, the statement alleges.

    The statement also notes that “ exposure to loud noise for a prolonged period of time and sleep deprivation are both techniques that have been found to constitute torture, and are considered to be cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment under international law.”

    Zexi Li, the plaintiff in the class action says she has heard the horns in her apartment as late as 1:30 a.m. and that she’s called police at least 14 times to complain without anything being done.

    “The honking of the horns is frequently accompanied by loud music, sounds of shouting and fireworks. The combination of these sounds makes the Plaintiff feel as though she is living in a war zone,” the suit alleges.

    The statement of claim was filed Friday but has not been proven in court.

    https://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/class-action-suit-claims-air-horns-causing-unbearable-torment

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