Weekly Updates


January 31 -- Ottawa paramedics conform three instances of rocks being thrown at ambulances over the previous weekend.

January 31 -- Footage emerges of Victoria cop giving thumbs up to antivaxxers at Legislature. (He also turned around, came back and did it again.) VPD chief -- `he was neutral`.

January 31 -- CUPE Ontario denounces `white supremacist`Ottawa convoy. Canadian Union of Postal Workers and Teamsters Canada also issue critical statements several days later.

https://cupe.on.ca/violence-and-white-supremacy-must-be-opposed-by-all-of-us-cupe-ontarios-statement-on-the-convoy/?fbclid=IwAR3DcsipeiXI-jFR3xNgjXt1olgPqlrjWRtu4V2_P-CIgJCYLYIMCVfBGo0

https://www.cupw.ca/en/statement-good-collective-action-versus-convoy

https://teamsters.ca/en/blog/2022/02/07/the-real-enemy-for-truckers-is-covid-19/

February 1 -- Calgary Herald publishes report RCMP assaulted at Coutts border blockade.

https://calgaryherald.com/news/local-news/rcmp-enforcement-possible-as-coutts-border-blockade-reaches-fourth-day

February 1 -- Jason Bradbury identified as a `key organizer`of the January 29 Langley-to-Vancouver convoy

https://www.facebook.com/photo?fbid=10223917721985528&set=pcb.10223917881429514 Bradbury is also Facebook friends with Kaz Nowlin, former head of the Canadian III% Militia (subsequently designated as a terrorist organization by the federal government) and Brian Baxter, leader of the Soldiers of Odin. https://www.facebook.com/jason.bradbury.739/friends

February 1 -- Harassment of journalists is the norm at the Ottawa convoy.

February 1 -- Police across the country are assisting the convoys, sometimes actively, most often passively.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/blockade-coutts-alberta-trucker-covid-convoy-1.6333957

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/ottawa-protest-convoy-police-response-1.6334125

https://ottawacitizen.com/opinion/troster-trucker-convoy-ottawas-centretown-has-been-abandoned-to-the-mob

February 1 -- Antivaxxers disrupt Quesnel city council meeting. No arrests.

https://www.quesnelobserver.com/news/angry-spectators-heckle-quesnel-mayor-and-council-at-meeting/

February 2 -- Antihate.ca reports that neo-nazi vlogger (and Afghan vet) Jeremy MacKenzie was arrested on weapons charges in January.

https://www.antihate.ca/jeremy_raging_dissident_mackenzie_arrested_waving_handgun_local_business

He was subsequently releaserd on bail, travelled from Pictou, N.S. to join the Ottawa convoy, and met PPC leader Maxime Bernier.

https://www.instagram.com/p/CZX-o8ouN5l/

Max is a big fan of Jeremy

https://www.straight.com/news/maxime-bernier-promotes-instagram-feed-of-far-right-vlogger-who-once-called-nuremberg-trials-a

February 2 -- GoFundMe shuts down convoy fundraiser, which had accumulated $10 million+ in donations.

Christian right fundraising platform GiveSendGo opens another, collects a further $7.5 million in six days.

February 3 -- Youtube posts thumbnail sketch of Ottawa convoy

February 3 -- Antivaxxers harass staff at New Westminster vaccine clinic. No arrests.

https://globalnews.ca/news/8593962/new-westminster-vaccine-clinic-protest/

February 3 -- Far-right legal thinktank Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms announces it is representing the Ottawa convoy. JCCF CEO John Carpay was caught hiring a private detective to snoop on the chief justice of the Manitoba Supreme Court last year. Carpay did not lose his job. JCCF did not lose its charitable tax number.

February 3 -- Gas incident number 1. National Capital Commission announces all gas and propane containers had been removed from the convoy compound at Confederation Park. Bullshit.

February 3 -- New border blockade starts at Sarnia, Ontario

https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=284423090425302&set=a.108084241392522

February 4 -- Convoy organizers hit with $9.8 million civil lawsuit.

https://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/lawsuit-filed-against-convoy-organizers-seeking-damages-on-behalf-of-downtown-ottawa-residents-1.5768731?cid=sm:trueanthem:ctvnews:twittermanualpost&taid=61fdb1a270e35d0001ab4086&utm_campaign=trueAnthem:+New+Content+(Feed)

February 4 -- Convoy organizers appear to have a thing about guns

Who woulda thunk. https://www.straight.com/news/gofundme-removes-freedom-convoy-2022-fundraiser-from-its-platform-after-police-suggest-guns

February 4 -- Vancouver Coastal Health Authority and Providence Health Authority warn healthcare staff to hide identities during Saturday antivaxx convoy in Vancouver.

https://bc.ctvnews.ca/vancouver-health-authorities-warn-staff-to-shelter-and-hide-medical-credentials-during-anti-vaxx-convoy-1.5769041

February 5 -- Large convoy and demonstration in Vancouver. Turnout not as large as the January 29 convoy, but antivaxxers are clearly galvanized by the Ottawa occupation.

https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=10158574688667776&set=pcb.10158574689647776

https://www.facebook.com/jack.hummell/videos/358842375764029

February 5 -- New blockade at Windsor, Ont. Ambassador Bridge crossing, one of the most important border crossings in the country. Continuing and growing`.

February 5 -- Convoy organizer and white supremacist Pat King makes it clear the convoy`s goal is to oust the Trudeau government.

February 6 -- City of Ottawa declares state of emergency.

https://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/truck-convoy-protesters-given-monday-deadline-to-leave-or-risk-inclusion-in-9-8-million-class-action-lawsuit

February 6 -- Ottawa Police raid convoy base, seize gasoline, propane diesel and food supplies, and announce fuel embargo.

https://www.facebook.com/pastorhildebrandt/videos/1041219683403523

February 7 -- Not really. Ottawa police allow antivaxxers to continue to bring in fuel to the red zone.

https://www.facebook.com/712697552/videos/631895464711187/ And to set up a new base camp at Carleton University, without the University`s permission.

February 7 -- B.C. antivaxxers set up border obstruction at Pacific truck crossing. Not yet a full blockade. Continuing

https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=5051027381617475&set=pcb.5050939588292921

February 7 -- Canadian convoys are sparking copycat actions and political support internationally.

https://www.politico.com/news/2022/02/06/ottawa-truckers-convoy-galvanizes-far-right-worldwide-00006080

In Europe -- https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=10223951198422418&set=a.3254592518278

Contrast of the week -- Not all convoys are equal. How the police dealt with the Native Convoy of 1974.

https://mgouldhawke.wordpress.com/2019/11/10/when-people-are-calling-you-go-an-indigenous-womans-account-of-the-native-peoples-caravan-1974/

Not all blockades are equal, either - https://thetyee.ca/Analysis/2019/01/08/LNG-Pipeline-Unistoten-Blockade/

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