National Newswatch

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 […]

Police on guard against ‘lone wolves’ as protest convoy arrives in Ottawa

Jan 28 2022 — — Protest will be ‘massive in scale, and unfortunately polarizing in nature,’ police chief says. Ottawa’s police chief says officials are on guard against “social media actors” and “lone wolves” who might try to infiltrate this weekend’s convoy protesting COVID-19 vaccine mandates. Members of a protest organizers call the Freedom Convoy steadily streamed into the nation’s […]

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 […]

‘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 […]

‘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, […]

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 […]

Omicron infections have peaked nationally, Canada’s top doctor says

Jan 28 2022 — John Paul Tasker — Canada’s chief public health officer said Friday that cases of the Omicron variant have peaked nationwide and the number of new infections has dropped significantly over the past week. Canada’s molecular testing system has been hampered by constrained capacity and staffing issues that have made PCR tests unavailable to many. Dr. Theresa Tam pointed to […]

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 […]

MPs worry anti-vaxxer convoy has taken a turn for the worse

Jan 28 2022 — — A convoy of truckers is en route to Ottawa to protest vaccine mandates, but some politicians say the protest has taken on a life of its own and are concerned about possible violence on Saturday. NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh said he is “concerned by extremist elements that are spreading misinformation and attempting to turn the […]

Erin O’Toole plans to meet with truckers protesting vaccine mandates in Ottawa

Jan 27 2022 — — Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole said Thursday he will meet with truckers taking part in a protest against vaccine mandates set for this weekend on Parliament Hill — but does not plan to meet with the actual organizers of the convoy. “I will be meeting with truckers, I will be meeting with parts of the convoy. […]