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Large number of donations to protest convoy came from aliases, unnamed donors

Jan 28 2022 — — At least a third of the donations to the GoFundMe campaign set up to support the convoy of trucks headed to Ottawa to protest vaccine mandates came from anonymous sources or were attributed to fake names, according to an analysis by CBC News. While thousands of Canadians and Canadian businesses have dipped into their pockets […]

‘Embarrassment for the industry’: Not all truckers support the ‘freedom convoy’

Jan 28 2022 — — A so-called ‘freedom convoy’ of truckers and supporters is on its way to Ottawa, protesting the federal government’s vaccine mandate for cross-border truckers. But not everyone from the trucking industry is on board with the convoy’s messaging, especially as the rhetoric heats up and the movement attracts support from fringe groups. Dennis Levesque of London, […]

As ‘freedom convoy’ heads to Parliament Hill, politicos say Conservatives are supporting a ‘loser of a political issue’

Jan 28 2022 — — As the so-called “freedom convoy” reaches Ottawa to protest vaccine mandates and COVID restrictions, politicos say Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole faces a delicate balancing act keeping happy factions of his caucus, many of whom support the movement. “It’s a high-wire act for O’Toole, but so far he’s not exactly been a member of the Flying […]

‘Canadian truckers rule’ — Elon Musk joins Donald Trump Jr. cheering on vaccine protest barreling toward Trudeau

Jan 28 2022 — — Elon Musk voiced his support for a so-called “freedom convoy” of Canadian truckers and other activists on their way to Ottawa to protest the country’s vaccine mandates and other COVID-19 control measures. “Canadian truckers rule,” the Tesla Inc. chief executive officer said Thursday in a tweet, a clear nod to a convoy that’s been picking […]

Protesters arrive on Parliament Hill ahead of main trucker convoy

Jan 28 2022 — Rachel Aiello — Consistent honks from truck horns could be heard through the downtown core on Friday as participants in the trucker convoy drove into the area and began gathering around Parliament Hill in what’s set to be a “unique, fluid, risky, and significant” protest, according to city officials. Stretches of local roadways were closed, or reduced to […]

FluTruxKlan trends on Twitter as trucker convoy passes through Toronto

Jan 28 2022 — — As the so-called “Truckers Freedom Convoy” makes its way through Toronto en route to Ottawa in protest of vaccine mandates and other measures meant to keep Canadians safe, many people are taking to Twitter to express their disgust while poking fun at the protest using the clever hashtag #FluTruxClan. The hashtag, which is a play […]

Trucker convoy expected to cause disruptions throughout Ottawa

Jan 28 2022 — — Police ask Ottawans not to travel if they don’t have to. The sheer number of protesters expected to arrive in Ottawa with the trucker convoy may make it very hard to get around this weekend. The convoy — which includes transport truck operators from across the country and participants more broadly opposed to public health […]

Ottawa police working with national security agencies as trucker convoy reaches capital

Jan 28 2022 — Alex Boutilier — Ottawa’s police chief says the “evolving nature” of the convoy protest descending on the capital has led him to request a “significantly” larger presence of cops, national security officials and emergency services. With thousands of protesters arriving in Ottawa Friday, Chief Peter Sloly told a news conference the demonstrations will be “unique, fluid, risky and […]

NDP MPs criticized for ‘terrible’ social media comments on Ukraine-Russia crisis

Jan 26 2022 — — Three sitting New Democrat MPs are being criticized for posting “terrible” comments about the escalating tensions between Ukraine and Russia on social media, some of which questioned Canada’s support for Ukraine in the face of Moscow’s aggression. Winnipeg Centre MP Leah Gazan has since apologized for sharing an article on Twitter over the weekend criticizing […]

Leaving PMO: An exit interview

Jan 25 2022 — — Today, we check in with a senior PMO player who’s bowing out after a decade and a half on the Hill. Also, a case study in snarled supply chains that’ll leave your head spinning.

Liberal leadership speculation a distraction, Trudeau should shut it down firmly, say Liberal MPs, political insiders, and pollsters

Jan 24 2022 — Abbas Rana — If Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is definitely planning to lead his party in the next election, he should put an end to the speculation about the leadership election, or it could become a serious distraction for the government at a time when the country is dealing with the serious health and economic challenges of COVID, […]

Far-right groups hope trucker protest will be Canada’s ‘January 6th’

Jan 25 2022 — — Canadian far-right and white nationalist groups see the so-called “Freedom Convoy” as an opportunity, with some hoping the protests will be Canada’s version of last year’s Jan. 6 riot in Washington. Hundreds of truckers and their supporters are making their way from B.C. to Ottawa for a planned protest outside Parliament on Saturday.

Erin O’Toole is peddling garbage politics

Jan 24 2022 — Supriya Dwivedi — Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole recently released a 42-second video decrying the Liberal plan to phase out fossil fuels within the next year and a half, knowing it wasn’t true. O’Toole starts off by telling us the temperature and informing us we live in a cold country before alleging the Liberal government wants to phase out […]

Conservative MPs cheer on trucker convoy, voice opposition to vaccine mandates

Jan 26 2022 — Rachel Aiello — Conservative MPs are publicly cheering on the trucker convoy that’s making its way across the country with the intent of converging onto Parliament Hill this weekend, voicing opposition to the federal government’s mandatory vaccination policies. The so-called “freedom convoy” was sparked by outrage over a vaccine mandate recently imposed on cross-border truckers, though the convoy […]

‘They came to intimidate us’: Calgary MP speaks out following protest outside his home

Jan 25 2022 — — Anti-vaccine protesters hit the private residence of another Calgary politician over the weekend. “Yesterday afternoon, a group of protesters demonstrated outside my home while my family and I were inside celebrating my wife’s birthday,” Calgary Skyview MP George Chahal wrote on Twitter Monday morning. “They came to intimidate us. I have three daughters: 17, 13, […]

NDP MPs criticized for ‘terrible’ social media comments on Ukraine-Russia crisis

Jan 26 2022 — — Three sitting New Democrat MPs are being criticized for posting “terrible” comments about the escalating tensions between Ukraine and Russia on social media, some of which questioned Canada’s support for Ukraine in the face of Moscow’s aggression. Winnipeg Centre MP Leah Gazan has since apologized for sharing an article on Twitter over the weekend criticizing […]

Ontario closes schools until Jan. 17, bans indoor dining and cuts capacity limits

Jan 2 2022 — — Ontario announced sweeping new restrictions that will see schools closed to in-person learning until at least Jan. 17, a ban on indoor dining, gyms shuttered and capacity limits put in place for retail as COVID-19 cases soar in the province. The new restrictions, which also includes slashing gathering limits to five people indoors and to […]

Emails shed light on fury over Mike Harris’s 2021 Order of Ontario appointment

Dec 31 2021 — — Government emails obtained by CBC News shed new light on public anger over former premier Mike Harris’s controversial 2021 appointment to the Order of Ontario. Established in 1986, the province’s highest honour is reserved for those whose “excellence has left a lasting legacy” in the fields of arts, education, business, law and public service, according […]

With this one astonishing claim, Erin O’Toole let us all down

Jan 12 2022 — Althia Raj — Call me naïve but after nearly 20 years of covering politics some things still surprise me — namely the comfort and ease with which some politicians will distort the truth. This week, that astonishment came from a video Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole posted on his social media account, in which he attacks Environment and Climate […]

RCMP officer among 17 confirmed dead in Nova Scotia killing spree

Apr 19 2020 — — RCMP say 17 people are dead, including one of their officers, after a man who at one point wore a police uniform and drove a mock-up cruiser went on a rampage across northern Nova Scotia in one of the deadliest killing sprees in Canadian history. Police said Sunday night the suspected shooter, 51-year-old Gabriel Wortman, […]

Jenni Byrne tossed from Harper’s inner circle

Oct 20 2015 — — On his final campaign flight from Abbotsford, B.C. to Calgary, Stephen Harper sat with his closest friends and began putting together the plan for his exit from the Conservative Party leadership. That plan will unfold this morning, as Conservative politicians and the party’s rank-and-file look to a future leadership race — only the merged party’s […]

Conservative, NDP hopes dim as Liberals dare to dream

Oct 9 2015 — Greg Lyle — A daring strategy, a strong performance by their leader and some of the best political advertising in recent history have placed the Liberal Party at victory’s doorstep with just 10 days to go. While it is true that a week is a long time in politics, in the normal course of events, today’s numbers would […]