The massive freedom trucker convoy that has been getting attention with its size and support for fighting vaccine mandates and other pandemic-related restrictions passed through the region Thursday and is in Ottawa today. (local pictures by Virginia MacDonald)

 

The movement began as a backlash after the Trudeau government introduced a vaccine mandate for truck drivers crossing the United States-Canada border starting on Jan. 15th, but now has gained global recognition and support.

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Nationally, the truckers have received support across the country from people who are showing up and standing  beside each other on the road as protesting trucks pass by.  Further to that, the group’s GoFundMe campaign has raised almost $8 million dollars as of today. The page reads in part:

To our Fellow Canadians, the time for political over reach is over. Our current government is implementing rules and mandates that are destroying the foundation of our businesses, industries and livelihoods. Canadians have been integral to the fabric of humanity in many ways that have shaped the planet.

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 taking our fight to the doorsteps of our Federal Government and demanding that they cease all mandates against its people. Small businesses are being destroyed, homes are being destroyed, and people are being mistreated and denied fundamental necessities to survive. It’s our duty as Canadians to put an end to this mandates. It is imperative that this happens because if we don’t our country will no longer be the country we have come to love. We are doing this for our future Generations and to regain our lives back.

The federal vaccine mandate for truckers according to the website of the Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) could result in supply chain issues with a loss of 12,000 to 16,000 cross-border commercial drivers.

Below, truckers pass through St. Catharines.

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In a statement, the group listed four demands:

1) The federal and provincial governments terminate the vaccine passports and all other obligatory vaccine contact tracing programs or enter-Canada passport systems.

2) Terminate COVID vaccine mandates and respect the rights of those who wish to remain unvaccinated.

3) Cease the divisive rhetoric attacking Canadians who disagree with government mandates.

4) Cease to limit debate through coercive measures with the goal of censoring those who have varying or incorrect opinions.

Some organizers for Freedom Convoy 2022 say they won’t leave Ottawa until their demands are met and are denouncing any forms of violence and intimidation and calling on all demonstrators to remain calm and peaceful.

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Scenes from Hamilton as the Convoy passes through

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau  dismissed the group on Wednesday of this week as being a “small fringe minority” that held “unacceptable views” and didn’t reflect the majority of Canadians.

On Thursday,  he announced that he’s quarantining for five days after coming into contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19,  which coincides with the arrival of the convoy.

Ottawa Police Service Chief Peter Sloly said Friday that the city police have been in close contact with the Freedom Convoy organizers, and said the several smaller protests that have already taken place at the capital over the past 24 hours have been peaceful.

Scenes from the convoy arriving in Ottawa 

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Currently as the convoy continues, Ottawa police say there are no incidents to report.  In a tweet, the force also says that police resources are in place and will remain downtown until crowds disperse.

 

 

 

 

 

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