Reader’s Links for February 18, 2022

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  1. Corona Investigative Committee
    Session 92: “Of the Big and the Small”
    Feb. 18 from approx. 11:00 a.m. CET (Berlin Time)! 5:00 a.m. ET

    Topic excerpt:

    Australia: How a free state abolishes itself
    Croatia: In lockstep on the EU’s political leash
    Russia/Ukraine: Historical and geopolitical context of the situation
    Canada: First-hand report on the Freedom Convoy.
    Germany: Youth Welfare Offices in systematic breach of duty
    The end of food security? The grip of big business on our livelihoods

    Session 92: Of the Big and the Small – Odysee Link
    Corona Investigative Committee – February 18, 2022
    Live @ approx. 5 a.m. ET

  2. global news -FEB 17 2022 Unvaccinated truckers delivering vaccines, COVID devices exempt from border rules

    Unvaccinated truckers bringing COVID-19 vaccines and medical devices into Canada to combat the pandemic are exempt from testing and quarantine requirements at the border, a government order says.

    The exemption is due to the “urgent public health necessity” of the supplies they are transporting, Health Canada states.

    The government has given exemptions from testing and quarantine rules for certain people crossing the border into Canada to help tackle the COVID-19 pandemic.

    They include unvaccinated and vaccinated people invited by the health minister to help with the COVID-19 “response.”

    A spokeswoman for Health Canada said in a statement that this exemption requires a ministerial invitation and had been “rarely used.” She said it had been used, for example, to help with the supply of ventilators.

    The exemption is one of a number set out in an order-in-council published last month that outlines decisions made by cabinet, such as regulations or appointments.

    Drivers dropping off students on either side of the U.S.-Canada border at a college, school or university are also exempt from quarantine and testing requirements, the order says.

    The order makes clear that unvaccinated truckers are not exempt from the testing and quarantine requirement in other circumstances. They must obtain a pre-arrival COVID-19 test, quarantine and undergo COVID-19 molecular testing in Canada.

    The restrictions on unvaccinated cross-border truckers have caused much political debate in Canada and are ostensibly a major sticking point for the protesters camped outside Parliament Hill.

    But the order reveals that unvaccinated truckers can avoid the border requirements if they are transporting medical supplies, including products with a drug identification number, such as medications and vaccines authorized for use in Canada.

    Medical devices are also covered by the exemption. Health Canada did not specify whether it included masks, gowns or COVID-19 tests.

    “The purpose of this amendment is to clarify that those involved in commercial transport who are transporting medically necessary supplies remain exempt from the vaccination requirement to enter Canada,” Health Canada said in a statement.

    Health Canada said the exemption covered individuals, including those involved in commercial transport, who are delivering, picking up or fixing medical equipment and supplies.

    The statement said “any proportion of a delivery that is medically necessary and is being delivered to a health-care facility or supply distribution centre is sufficient to qualify the person for this exemption.”

    The Canada Border Services Agency created confusion last month after it issued a statement to media saying that unvaccinated truckers would remain exempt from quarantine and testing requirements after entering the country at the Canada-U.S. border.

    The federal government said the next day the statement had been sent in error, but not before some unvaccinated big-riggers had already been dispatched across the border.

    The Canadian Press revealed the confusion over whether truckers were exempt stemmed from bureaucrats misinterpreting policy at both the border services agency and the Public Health Agency of Canada, including whether an order-in-council covered truckers or not. They had thought that they would remain exempt as “crew members.”

    The updated order-in-council makes clear that unvaccinated truckers are not counted as crew members and are therefore not generally exempt from testing and quarantine rules.

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      if you have to write a comment it must be before the full URL not after

      this way :

    • twitter @glen_mcgregor

      Meanwhile, protest organizers Chris Barber and Tamara Lich were due in court at 11:30 for a bail hearing, but the Crown says he needs more time to discuss with there a counsel to determine if there needs to be a show-cause hearing.


      House of Commons sitting cancelled as police ready action on protesters in Ottawa

      OTTAWA — The House of Commons will not sit Friday to debate emergency measures the government has brought in to deal with the protest just outside its doors that is entering its fourth week.

      A note from Speaker Anthony Rota says the sitting is cancelled because of a police operation expected to take place by Parliament Hill and other locations around Ottawa’s downtown core.

      The note goes on to say that anyone not in the parliamentary precinct should stay away from the core until further notice.

      It adds that anyone already in the precinct should remain in buildings and await further instructions from parliamentary security.

      MPs were set for another daylong debate of the government’s emergency orders that took effect earlier this week, but require confirmation by the House of Commons and Senate.

      The new powers include freezing bank accounts of protest participants and barring people from assembling in specific places or joining protests that threaten trade, critical infrastructure, individuals or property.

      It is also now illegal to bring children to within 500 metres of the blockades or provide supplies or property to participants.

      The measures are facing a legal challenge from the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, but in the House of Commons, the measures are expected to pass with the Liberals and NDP supporting the plan and the Conservatives and Bloc Quebecois opposing it.

      Government House leader Mark Holland says in a statement that parties are hoping the House can reopen Saturday to continue debate. Holland goes on to say that a final vote on the measures will happen early next week.

      NDP House leader Peter Julian, in a tweet, says that he and his counterparts from other parties agreed around 4:30 a.m. EST to cancel the sitting scheduled to start at 7 a.m. EST.

      He adds that it is everyone’s hope that the convoy protesters leave peacefully in the coming hours.

      After police arrested two organizers of the so-called Freedom Convoy Thursday night, and arrested one other, denizens of the downtown encampment appear alert to the possibility of more police action Friday.

      Ottawa police Friday morning say organizer Chris Barber, 46, has been charged with counselling to commit mischief, counselling to disobey a court order and counselling to obstruct police.

      Police also confirmed fellow organizer Tamara Lich, 49, has been charged with counselling to commit mischief.

      Police said she and Barber have court appearances Friday.

      Demonstrators have refused to budge despite police warnings to pack up and pull out now or risk arrest and other tough sanctions.

      Trucks were idling on the street in front of Parliament Hill as a bitter winter storm pummelled the national capital, covering vehicles in snow and ice.

      Fires are also going under tents set up near the vehicles as protesters huddle to stay warm.

      Police have established a perimeter with about 100 checkpoints covering Ottawa’s downtown to keep out anyone intent on joining the protest this weekend.

      Police are stopping any vehicle looking to get near the hardened area around the core, an area that spans roughly four square kilometres, shining flashlights and asking for drivers to explain why they are heading downtown.

      twitter @TheRealKeean

      Police are preparing to use acoustic weapons against the protesters.

      I understand that the LRAD being used may be military equipment.

      If true, this is shocking. This is Trudeau mounting civil war against unarmed, peaceful demonstrators.

    • twitter @Gray_Mackenzie

      People are leaving their trucks and cars as cops coming up with some big guns at Rideau and Sussex.

      Cops go and search the cars after

      + 1:18 video


      More cops moving in from Rideau st now.

      Not many protestors here so cops are moving quicker.

      + 23 sec video

      There are snipers on the roof of the Senate and one of the Rideau Centre buildings.

      This is near the police line and at Rideau and Sussex

      + 22 sec video

    • twitter @Gray_Mackenzie

      Cops are breaking windows on this RV blocking Sussex going north

      + 28 sec video


      A huge tow truck just showed up, as did more cops.

      The cops that broke the windows of the RV are now searching it

      As the cops have this group essentially surrounded, but this dude is dancing on the top of his truck to the Eagles.

      + 56 sec video


    • twitter @VigilantFox

      An Ottawa Police Officer Beats and Knee Thrusts an Already-Wounded Man to the Ground

      “Just Following Orders”

      + 24 sec video

      Ottawa police continue advancing on protesters, overpowering their resistance and thrusting guns into their bodies.

      This is Trudeau’s idea of preserving safety.

      + 41 sec video


      twitter @kylenabecker

      Trudeau’s goons move in on #FreedomConvoy.

      Mass arrests in Ottawa.

      Fascism on full display.


      + 35 sec video

    • twitter @TPostMillennial

      Police continue to advance on the freedom protestors as clashes break out.

      + 41 sec video

      twitter @ThevoiceAlexa

      Gear on! Some officers are wearing gas mask!
      Keep following…

      + 34 sec video


      The SQ @sureteduquebec are present as well!

      More polices than protesters, waiting for orders!

    • Canada Minister Calls Out ‘Foreign Interference’ In Trucker-led Protests

      Canada’s Foreign Minister Melanie Joly on Friday hit out at “foreign interference” that she said was fuelling the trucker-led protests against coronavirus curbs that have clogged the capital for weeks.

      “My biggest concern as foreign affairs minister is the foreign interference that is happening in the convoy we’re seeing in Canada right now — this information campaign, where it comes from, the financing of it where it comes from,” she told the Munich Security Conference.

      While noting that there are Canadians protesting peacefully, “there are also within the truckers convoy some elements that are extremely preoccupying and that led to also criminal charges particularly at the… border between the US and Canada”.

      Asked if the foreign interference she was referring to related to US former president Donald Trump, she said she “won’t point out somebody in particular”.

      “But we know that there is foreign interference and that’s why also we decided to go ahead and used for the first time in our country the Emergencies Act,” she said.

      Trump has voiced backing for the trucker protests, including at a recent rally in Texas.

      The so-called “Freedom Convoy” started with truckers protesting against mandatory Covid vaccines to cross the US border, but its demands have grown to include an end to all pandemic health rules and, for many, a wider anti-establishment agenda.

      At its peak, the movement also included blockades of a half-dozen US-Canada border crossings including a key trade route across the Ambassador Bridge between Windsor, Ontario and Detroit, Michigan — all of which have been lifted.

      The Barron’s news department was not involved in the creation of the content above. This story was produced by AFP.

    • twitter @TPostMillennial

      Police officers arrest Freedom Convoy organizer Daniel Bulford.

      + 40 sec video

      twitter @ThevoiceAlexa

      Gas is coming! Ottawa

      + 28 min video


      twitter @VigilantFox

      Alberta Father in Ottawa Sends a Powerful Message on the State of Tyranny in the World

      “History will be made and people will have to decide which side they want to be on”

      + 5:27 video

      twitter @Gray_Mackenzie

      At Ottawa’s Hottest/Only Club (RIP Rideau and Sussex), Wellington St, they’re not worried about the massive police operation happening two blocks away.

      + 45 sec video

    • FEB 11 2022 – WaPo – -The Ottawa trucker convoy is rooted in Canada’s settler colonial history

      Canada’s dark history of public health has a long past of hiding behind ‘politeness’

      In recent weeks, a convoy of truck drivers from across Canada began arriving en masse in Ottawa. The “Freedom Convoy” traveled to the Canadian capital to protest new vaccination requirements for essential workers crossing the U.S.-Canada land border. The convoy has amassed significant support; its (now removed) GoFundMe raised more than $10 million (CAD) and it has been celebrated by several center-right and right-wing public figures, including Elon Musk, Joe Rogan and former president Donald Trump. The Freedom Convoy now touts itself as an “Anti ALL MANDATES Movement,” desiring to remove all public health mandates.

      While the convoy’s supporters have characterized the protest as a peaceful movement, uninformed by “politics, race, religion, or any personal beliefs,” many supporters have been associated with or expressed racist, Islamophobic and white-supremacist views.

      When Tucker Carlson of Fox News interviewed Benjamin J. Dichter, cementing his place among the movement’s leaders, Dichter rambled and likened Canada’s western provinces to “a third-world country,” due, presumably, to immigration. In Ottawa, various reports captured maskless protesters brandishing Confederate, Nazi and “Trump 2024” flags. Police have launched dozens of criminal investigations and made at least 20 arrests, including for carrying weapons in a public place and assault.

      The convoy has surprised onlookers in the United States and Canada, both because of the explicitly racist and violent perspectives of some of the organizers and because the action seems to violate norms of Canadian “politeness.” But the convoy represents the extension of a strain of Canadian history that has long masked itself behind “peacefulness” or “unity”: settler colonialism. It is not incidental that this latest expression of white supremacy is emerging amid a public health crisis.

      The history of Canadian settler colonialism and public health demonstrates how both overt white-supremacist claims and seemingly more inert nationalistic claims about “unity” and “freedom” both enable and erase ongoing harm to marginalized communities.

      Canada, like the United States, has its origins in a settler colonial project. In the late 16th and 17th centuries, French and British families and soldiers began arriving along the east coast of the northern regions of “Turtle Island,” a name used by the Lenape and Haudenosaunee, with other Indigenous nations, to refer to North America. The settlement of Europeans rested on what historian Patrick Wolfe called a “logic of elimination” where Indigenous peoples were displaced or assimilated through genocidal policies.

      In mid-18th century Nova Scotia, for example, Gov. Edward Cornwallis established an extirpation proclamation that commanded “all Officers Civil and Military, and all His Majesty’s Subjects or others to annoy, distress, take, or destroy the Savage” Mi’kmaq.

      Through the establishment and amendment of federal policies, the Canadian state weaponized medicine, public health and science in support of settler colonial aims.

      Less than a decade after Canadian confederation (1867), the establishment of the Indian Act (1876) bestowed upon the federal government sweeping powers regarding First Nations cultural practices, education, health and systems of governance. For example, Treaty No. 6 of 1876, signed between the Canadian state and the Cree peoples of Alberta and Saskatchewan claimed that if “Indians … being overtaken by any pestilence, or by a general famine, the Queen … will grant to the Indians assistance.”

      In 1884, an amendment to the Indian Act required First Nations children under the age of 16 to attend residential schools. Many children were forcibly removed from their homes and received physical and psychological punishment for speaking Indigenous languages or practicing Indigenous customs and rituals. Along with these acts of cultural genocide and accompanying physical violence, the dire hygienic conditions of residential schools resulted in alarming rates of tuberculosis contraction until at least the mid-20th century. The horrendous conditions and treatment of First Nations children at residential schools, the last of which did not close until 1997, were the focus of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (established in 2008) and more recent reports of unmarked mass burial sites.

      The Indian Act, along with its various amendments and allied settler colonial policies, led to economic and land dispossession and dire public health conditions of First Nations peoples throughout the 20th century. According to historian Maureen Lux, much of the federal government’s response to these conditions was neglectful and parsimonious.

      After World War II, the Canadian state’s approach to First Nations, including the provision of health care, shifted considerably. The federal government intervened more heavily in cases of contagious illnesses, fearing that such diseases might spread from reserves to nearby settler societies. As anthropologist Lisa Stevenson has shown, between 1954 and 1964 as tuberculosis became the “Scourge of the North,” 8,600 Inuit patients were sent, sometimes forcibly, for treatment in southern hospitals. Many would never return.

      The Indian and Northern Health Services, directed by the Department of National Health and Welfare, increased the number of Indian Hospitals, which were segregated community institutions, in its expansion of the Canadian welfare state.

      The expansion of the welfare state thus perpetuated the project of colonialism, allocating goods and services to certain residents while maintaining segregation and racial hierarchy. This expanding state also hinged on ideas about individual freedom. Canadian liberalism characterized citizens as “free,” encouraging them through social programs to cultivate autonomy and individualism. Participation in modern Canada and its notions of “freedom” was encouraged, for both settlers and Indigenous populations. But while liberalism underpinned White Canadian prosperity, participation came with extreme costs to individual and collective health and well-being of Indigenous peoples.

      For example, in 1947, anthropologist Diamond Jenness proposed a “blueprint for the enfranchisement and racial assimilation of Canada’s Indigenous populations,” as Stevenson described it, before a parliamentary joint committee. While advocating for the enfranchisement of Indigenous peoples, Jenness described “a solution that will be final and definite,” invoking the language of Nazis. In other words, freedom was promised to First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples on the condition that they would no longer be First Nations, Inuit and Métis.

      By contrast, the Canadian government, both at the federal and provincial levels, has intervened much less assertively into the public and private lives of White settlers. Physicians and public health officials have associated disease, and resulting mandates, with groups broadly viewed as “others,” including Indigenous peoples and immigrants of color. Yet, while impacts from the coronavirus itself have certainly been shaped by race, class and gender, Canadian public health mandates, in theory, make no such distinction.

      The primarily White supporters of the Freedom Convoy argue that pandemic mandates infringe upon their constitutional rights to freedom.

      The notion of “freedom” was historically and remains intertwined with Whiteness, as historian Tyler Stovall has argued. The belief that one’s entitlement to freedom is a key component of White supremacy.

      This explains why the Freedom Convoy members see themselves as entitled to freedom, no matter the public health consequences to those around them.

      Canada’s history of freedom then, was founded in the unfreedom of Indigenous people. This dynamic has been unnoticed and misconstrued by organizers, attendees and supporters of the Freedom Convoy. On the GoFundMe, the organizers claimed: “We are a peaceful country that has helped protect nations across the globe from tyrannical governments who oppressed their people, and now it seems it is happening here … We are doing this for our future Generations and to regain our lives back.” They are advancing a settler colonial genealogy that deploys the language of “freedom” and “unity” while engaging in actions that are harmful and violent.

    • twitter @glen_mcgregor

      Interim Ottawa Police Chief Steve Bell says powers granted under Emergencies Act, plus Ontario and Ottawa states of emergency and existing law were all used today.
      “Without these authorities, we wouldn’t have been able to do the work we are doing today.”

      Interim Ottawa Police Chief Steve Bell says 70 arrests made so far today

    • twitter @SaraCarterDC

      Reports are the woman trampled by a Canadian horse patrol just died at the hospital .


      I’m getting reports out of Canada … still speaking to reporters and others on the ground as the situation is fluid – trying to reach the family of the woman now

      twitter @TheRealKeean

      Hey @JustinTrudeau,

      did your stormtroopers kill that woman who’s neck they trampled?

      I’m hearing reports she is in the hospital dying right now. I’m calling around.

    • twitter @MariekeWalsh

      Here is the full stretch of police facing the protesters on Wellington, they go from the Chateau Laurier wall to the reinforced fencing beside the Senate.

      Protesters are gathered facing the police mostly in the middle and not as much on the edges.

      + 1min12 video

      twitter @ThevoiceAlexa

      OTTAWA, update between

      @OttawaPolice @rcmpgrcpolice @sureteduquebec and the protesters.

      + 58 min video

      twitter @VigilantFox

      Ottawa Protestors Now Appear to Outnumber the Police, Who Are Getting an Earful From the Crowd

      + 3min 05 video


    • The Globe and Mail –Children’s safety a concern in Ottawa as police move to end convoy protests

      […]Tara Collins, an associate professor at Ryerson University’s School of Child and Youth Care, said she is worried about whether the children in the demonstrations are receiving basic care.

      “What about the quality of sleep?

      What about their right to education?

      What about their right to protection?

      What kind of ear damage have they had?

      Have they had enough food?

      Have they had adequate sanitation?” she said.

      […]Grant Wilson, president of the Canadian Children’s Rights Council, wrote to the Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa on Friday, urging it to ask for emergency funding from the federal and provincial governments to take children caught up in the demonstrations into its care. He said that in the case of a parent being detained, efforts should be made to ensure the child can stay with their parent, separate from others, in order to minimize potential trauma.

      […]Bringing a child to to an illegal protest is not in their best interest, said Christina Clark-Kazak, an associate professor of public and international affairs at the University of Ottawa who has been studying child rights for more than 20 years. She called the protests in Ottawa one of the most blatant abuses of adult power she has ever seen, as parents are using their own children as “human shields.”

      “Children seem to be instrumentalized in this context. Children are not the property of their parents or other adults. They are human beings with human rights,” Prof. Clark-Kazak said.

      “I think there was a deliberate attempt by some in the convoy to use children as a way to reduce the ability of the police to act effectively.”

  3. Ukraine: Head of LPR calls on civilians to evacuate to Russia

    SOT, Leonid Pasechnik, Head of the self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic (Russian): “Dear residents of the republic, comrades, friends! Despite common sense and international agreements, the enemy continues to concentrate manpower and heavy equipment along the entire line of contact.

    At the moment, the enemy has already formed an impressive strike force.

    According to intelligence, the Ukrainian aggressor plans to organize not only provocations on the line of contact but also a deep breakthrough deep into the territory of our republic.

    We are ready to protect our families, houses and land. I have already given all the necessary orders to the national policy, law enforcement agencies of the republic.

    I urge residents of the republic who do not have mobilization orders and are not involved in the life support of social and civil infrastructure to leave for the territory of the Russian Federation as soon as possible to avoid civilian casualties.

    I instruct the heads of territories, law enforcement agencies, emergency services to organize the evacuation of social facilities and help people to go to border checkpoints.

    The Russian Federation is ready to organize reception and accommodation on its territory for residents of the Lugansk People’s Republic.

    Once again, I appeal to all men who are able to hold weapons in their hands, to stand up for their land.”

    • Cars queue up as Donetsk and Lugansk Republics evacuation are underway

      Civilians flee the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics to avoid getting caught in the crossfire in case Ukraine starts an attack.

  4. Belgium: Six African countries to receive mRNA vaccine tech – WHO”s Tedros

    Egypt, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa and Tunisia are now set to establish their own mRNA vaccine production.

    This was announced by WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in a briefing on the second day of the EU-African Union summit in Brussels on Friday.

  5. GERMANY – MUNICH – FEB 18 2022

    twitter @disclosetv

    Bill Gates: “Sadly the virus itself – particularly the variant called Omicron – is a type of vaccine, creates both B cell and T cell immunity and it’s done a better job of getting out to the world population than we have with vaccines.”

    + VIDEO


    Bill Gates on how the world should prepare for the next pandemic

    • Bill Gates: There’s no doubt that misinformation enhanced vaccine hesitancy

      The scale of the misinformation outside of the mainstream media is so wild “you almost have to laugh about it,”

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