By on February 11, 2022

The Freedom Convoy that originated in Canada last month has gained an incredible amount of momentum, garnering loads of support from citizens around the world. Sympathetic protests seem to be erupting everywhere while the original group of truckers remains planted on the streets of Ottawa to demand an end to government mandates. But honking at Parliament Hill for two weeks was only a portion of the convoy’s grand strategy.

Large groups of truckers have broken off to create blockades at meaningful border crossings, gaining control of North America’s already ailing supply lines. The most recent example resulted in the taking of the Ambassador Bridge in Detroit, an essential trade crossing for both the United States and Canada. Truckers have held the bridge for five days and automakers have begun announcing shutdowns due to supply issues. Meanwhile, the Canadian government has begun discussing an end to lockdown measures after failing to stop the protests and other nations appear poised to follow in its footsteps. 

It’s estimated that the Ambassador Bridge is responsible for the transportation of over $300 million in goods every single day and roughly one-sixth of that is auto parts. On Thursday, Toyota announced that it would need to idle its facilities in Ontario for the week.

“Due to a number of supply chain, severe weather and COVID related challenges, Toyota continues to face shortages affecting production at our North American plants, including Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada,” the company said in its statement. “Our teams are working diligently to minimize the impact on production. While the situation is fluid and changes frequently, we do not anticipate any impact to employment at this time,” a spokesperson told Newsweek.

While the automotive sector has been cautious not to mention the protests, additional shutdowns have been announced. General Motors has reportedly been forced to cancel a second shift due to a lack of supply for production at Lansing Delta Assembly in Michigan. Stellantis also said it was suffering from a deficit of components at its minivan plant.

“Stellantis confirms that the Windsor Assembly Plant had to cut short its first and second shifts on Tuesday due to parts shortages,” a spokesperson for the company that owns the Chrysler brand told CBC News. “We continue to work closely with our carriers to get parts into the plant to mitigate further disruptions.”

It’s assumed more auto facilities will be forced into operating on reduced schedules if the blockades (where demonstrators usually leave a single lane open) are not lifted. However, truckers have expressed no interest in doing so before the Canadian and U.S. governments abandon all lockdown measures and vaccine requirements. While the Freedom Convoy’s original demands were to put an end to the use of vaccine passports and forced quarantines at border crossings, truckers now want to see all mandates related to the pandemic totally dissolved.

The last few weeks have seen serious pushback from authorities, however. Truckers arriving in Ottawa to deliver their messages to Members of Parliament were initially met with borderline slanderous reports from the media that framed them as bigots pushing a dangerous agenda, rather than blue-collar workers with a desire to see life returning to normal after two years of restrictions. This was followed by unsubstantiated claims of protestors engaging in organized vandalism and violence. Then they became subject to a series of local decrees that banned honking and made it illegal for people to carry around fuel canisters.

Editor’s note — some of the YouTube videos linked here are from folks who are independent (as in, not employed by) from corporate media, and clicking through, it seems that some may take one side or the other in the debate. I feel like TTAC should make that information clear, to you, the reader, so that you understand that anyone interviewing these truckers may have a pro- or anti-trucker perspective. Matt disagreed with me — he believes that any perspective on the part of the YouTubers is self-evident. I don’t. Some of you have pointed out that the interviewers might be biased, one way or another. We’ve left the links in because for whatever reason, most mainstream outlets, whether nonpartisan, left, or right, have seemed to rely on officials and spokespeople for quotes. I have not seen many truckers quoted, pro or against vaccine mandates. So as you click through, just be aware that these YouTube content creators might have a clear opinion, either pro or against, the mandates or the truckers. Thank you. — TH.

PS: I missed at least one mainstream outlet that appears to have interviewed truckers. CNN’S Donie O’Sullivan did a piece on the issue. — TH

The theory was that if the truckers couldn’t keep their rigs fueled, then the cold weather would drive them back home. Instead, supportive protestors began arriving in Ottawa carrying empty jerrycans to confuse the police. Daily streams from the protest now appear to show the police doing little more than holding chokepoints required to reach the convoy. But it’s the truckers that hold the all-important ground in front of Parliament Hill.

“The blockades in Windsor and Ottawa are endangering jobs, impeding trade, threatening the economy, and obstructing our communities. They must stop,” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted on Wednesday.

He later said he was working with Ontario’s premier Doug Ford to handle the situation (more on that later). Earlier in the week, Trudeau spoke out against the anti-mandate protests in a bid to get more MPs on his side to mixed effect.

But nothing the authorities have tried on the demonstrators seems to have worked. Law enforcement has routinely shut down highway cameras along convoy routes to downplay its size, only to find independent journalists riding alone with truckers streaming the event. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) attempted to get the blockade in Coutts, Alberta, (arguably the most important food crossing in North America) be removed by towing companies. But the towing union ultimately sided with the truckers, refusing to hall away any vehicles that were participating in civil disobedience. Counter protests have sprung up in Ottawa, too. Though they’ve yet to rival the number of Freedom Convoy supporters.

We’ve even seen reports of authorities showing up to the homes of participants or shutting down cell networks to stop communications. However, truckers use CB radios and their allies have been leaning on HAM and Bluetooth mesh networks to keep comms open.

But that doesn’t mean this is over. One of the biggest obstacles for truckers has been financial. Running a big rig is expensive even when you’re getting paid, so protest organizers launched a GoFundMe to guarantee the convoys had food and fuel. However, political pressure encouraged GoFundMe to freeze the funds after the account had amassed roughly $10 million. Initially, the company said it would only reimburse users who asked to be and would funnel the remaining money to charities of its choosing. But this resulted in widespread criticism and accusations of theft, resulting in GoFundMe simply giving everything back to those who donated.

A second account was set up with GiveSendGo, which has set itself up as a safer alternative to crowdsourcing websites that have frozen or removed accounts in the past. Having raised nearly $5 million on its first day, the Ontario government announced that it would be suspending access to that account this week.

On Thursday, a statement from Doug Ford’s office said Attorney General Doug Downey brought the application for the order, under Section 490.8 of the Criminal Code, to prohibit anyone from distributing donations made through the website’s Freedom Convoy 2022 and Adopt-a-Trucker campaign pages.

However, GiveSendGo issued a response just hours later, effectively telling the Canadian government to kiss off.

“Know this! Canada has absolutely ZERO jurisdiction over how we manage our funds here at GiveSendGo,” the company wrote on its Twitter page. “All funds for EVERY campaign on GiveSendGo flow directly to the recipients of those campaigns, not least of which is The Freedom Convoy campaign.”

Things are far from settled. There’s still a wide division between those supporting the truckers and those who do not. But the popular rhetoric against the convoy never seems to be about a desire to retain COVID mandates or even criticisms that the blockades will result in widespread shortages and increased economic strife (which they undoubtedly will).

Instead, accusations of racism and homophobia have persisted. As an example, here’s a Jalopnik article about how people are “fighting back” against the convoy by using gay porn and heavy metal — as if there aren’t homosexual truckers supporting the convoy or sexuality has anything to do with putting an end to travel restrictions, quarantine zones, vaccine requirements, or mask mandates.

Meanwhile, some Canadian officials have doubled down and even gone so far as to suggest the military should be deployed. The Ottawa Children’s Aid Society has even suggested separating protesting parents from their offspring, citing “child welfare concerns.” Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens has likewise been hinting that Canada should do whatever is necessary to remove the idling trucks from the Ambassador Bridge.

“The individuals on site are trespassing on municipal property and, if need be, will be removed to allow for the safe and efficient movement of goods across the border,” Dilkens said during a Thursday afternoon press briefing, suggesting the protestors were inherently violent.

The owner of the bridge, Matt Moroun, also weighed in on the matter by asking Canada to do something that actually works. He suggested a few possible remedies for the blockade, including forcibly removing truckers. But he ultimately decided that giving in to their demands would be the easiest solution and most likely to result in a free-flowing trade route.

“End the protest by repealing the mandate and recognizing that, while the vast majority of truck drivers are vaccinated, there are some who for many reasons are choosing not to get vaccinated but deserve to be respected and allowed to do their jobs and serve our countries with dignity,” Moroun said.

I’m not going to pretend I’m unbiased here. I have attended several protests in the U.S. decrying pandemic-related restrictions and unequivocally support what the Freedom Convoy is trying to achieve. Though I believe my position is based on facts and I have attempted to include as many relevant links in this article in support of that claim. There’s also something undeniably exciting to me about oversized motor vehicles being transformed into tools of liberty. However, I’m not out here to convince you based on one article and am encouraging everyone to seek out as much news about the protests as they can. There is a wealth of independent reporters on the ground, chronicling the protests in real-time (often with some great shots of vintage big rigs and tours of their cabs), and an abundance of less-favorable reporting stemming from a majority of legacy (corporate or government) media outlets.

From there, you can make up your own minds.

But you might want to be quick about it because protests have continued building momentum across Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and parts of the United States. While many of these events are truck-free, here’s presently a Freedom Convoy barreling toward Paris and another one preparing to reach Brussels in a few days. The Kiwis have likewise set up truck-based protests, with Aussies having pocketed versions of their own. An American convoy has also been planned for later this month. Though organizers have said they’ve had trouble organizing using social media, as Facebook has been removing the relevant groups and banning accounts. This has slowed things down, putting U.S. truckers slightly behind schedule.

[Image: Franklin McKay/Shutterstock; Markgo/Shutterstock; Christopher O’Donnell/Shutterstock; Michel Elzo/Shutterstock]

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217 Comments on “Freedom Convoy Update: Truckers Are Winning...”


  • avatar
    slavuta

    Forza truckers!!!

  • avatar
    dal20402

    Apparently, protests are only for one side. If left-wing protesters had done this exact same thing—especially afflicting the residents of a major city with clouds of diesel smoke and incessant horn honking for a week at a time—you would be out there with Tom Cotton calling for the military to round them up and detain them.

    • 0 avatar
      tomLU86

      Maybe you missed the news from the summer of 2020. All the protests seemed to be “on side”.

      A bunch of “left-wing” (mostly) people did protest–break windows, loot, even kill a few people who tried to stop the looting. That’s right. Right in the USA! And, here’s one even you might find disturbing, many were not even wearing masks!

      The Canadians are peaceful.

      They are simply demanding they be left alone to drive their trucks, without being forced to ingest experimental drugs or wear a diaper on their face. Sounds pretty reasonable to me. The sound of honking horns is better than shattering glass; diesel fumes dissipate. After the smoke clears from one’s burned business, the business is gone.

      Good for them!

      • 0 avatar
        EBFlex

        “Apparently, protests are only for one side.”

        “Maybe you missed the news from the summer of 2020. All the riots seemed to be “on side”.”

        Fixed that for you Tom… :)

        But to Dals point, learn the difference between unchecked arson, murder, and BILLIONS in damage and peacefully parking vehicles.

        • 0 avatar
          redapple

          EBFlex is spot on 68.7 % of the time.

        • 0 avatar
          dal20402

          I’d like you to find me “BILLIONS in damage” here in Seattle.

          Out-of-control protesters burned an Old Navy and ransacked another few stores, mostly because the owners had connections to the police. They also damaged a few other buildings. All of that was very wrong and they should be prosecuted for it. But I’d be surprised if the total damages were even in the tens of millions, let alone “BILLIONS.”

          Vastly more damage is caused by our own refusal to build any housing, which prices out everyone who’s not rich and results in a massive homelessness problem. I could easily make a case that that has actually caused “BILLIONS” in damage to our city.

          • 0 avatar

            dal20402 are from Seattle?

          • 0 avatar
            dal20402

            As I wrote above, I live in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle, three blocks from the site of CHAZ/CHOP.

          • 0 avatar
            EBFlex

            “I’d like you to find me “BILLIONS in damage””

            Not sure if you are being daft intentionally or if you are just really like this. Show me where I said it was BILLIONS of dollars in damage just to Seattle? I never did. I talked about the larger picture of the 2020 riots. You knew this but decided it would be best to put your ignorance on full display.

            https://nypost.com/2020/09/16/riots-following-george-floyds-death-could-cost-up-to-2b/

            What I find funny is the very same people that were screaming “RESIST” for 4 years all the sudden are screaming (and demanding people) “COMPLY”.

            You people are cowards.

          • 0 avatar
            dal20402

            If you had more reading comprehension than a particularly slow crow, you’d get my point: “BILLIONS” in damage is right-wing hyperbole, because no such thing happened anywhere, either in the places Fox News wanted you to think burned to the ground (like my city) or anywhere else.

            I’m sure one insurance industry rep quoted in the Murdoch-owned New York Post is infallible, but I’d like to see where “BILLIONS” in damage happened, because that implies destruction of quite a lot of buildings and property. Where are all these destroyed buildings and property? They’re not here, where Fox News wants everyone to think they are. Are they somewhere else? If so, I’d think that place would be all over Fox News.

            My personal theory: this particular trade association decided to blame all of the industry’s pandemic-related losses, coming to a head right around the same time as the Floyd events, on the protesters.

          • 0 avatar
            zerofoo

            The riots that followed the death of George Floyd caused an estimated $1B to $2B in damages across numerous cities – not just Seattle.

            https://www.iii.org/fact-statistic/facts-statistics-civil-disorders

            These are estimates from the Insurance Information Institute. These are the people that pay the actual damage claims.

          • 0 avatar

            dal20402 you live in good neighborhood.

        • 0 avatar
          Ol Shel

          Well, there was one right-wing riot in the form of an insurrection, its intent to throw away the votes of the majority of voters, ending democracy.

          You forgot that one.

          There are lots of prosecutions of people who rioted after the civil rights protests. The BLM organizers denounced the violence. You also forgot to mention that.

          But one is important: not having to wear a mask in indoor public spaces, and the other not so important: civil rights. eh?

          • 0 avatar
            EBFlex

            “Well, there was one right-wing riot in the form of an insurrection, its intent to throw away the votes of the majority of voters, ending democracy.”

            Bwhahahahaha. jAn 6 WaS aN InSuRrEcTiOn

            As Norm Macdonald said:

            “I loved when the violent terrorists made sure to respect the velvet ropes in Statuary Hall.”

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            LOLOLOLOLOLOL.

            Don’t forget your booster!

    • 0 avatar
      Matt Posky

      @dal You’ve commented far too early to have possibly read any of the article and offer a genuine rebuttal. Truckers no longer honk all day due to the new rules, there are plenty of on-site video linked in the above article to support that.

      Based on the truckers I’ve spoken with, and have seen other people talk to, most appear to be non-partisan or politically moderate. Though a majority does seem to dislike Trudeau for encouraging mandates.

      Left-wing protestors did take over parts of major cities in 2020. Do you not remember? Check to see if I called for the military to round anybody up. I don’t want anybody detained or forced to do something against their will. That’s why I’m against mandates and support the Freedom Convoy.

      • 0 avatar
        EBFlex

        “Truckers no longer honk all day due to the new rules”

        Matt let’s be clear, they are not honking because it was made illegal and they will arrest anyone who honks their scary horn. They claimed it amounted to “psychological warfare”. The lengths these despicable sub humans in our government and media and the Canadian government and media will go to in an attempt to change the narrative on this peaceful protest is staggering.

        • 0 avatar
          Matt Posky

          I’m trying to be as unbiased as possible in the comments (which is admittedly difficult). But you’re correct. The Canadian government had made claims that honking was effectively violence, potentially setting itself up with a precedence to use force against the truckers. I’ve heard several truckers say they stopped honking to avoid giving authorities an excuse to take action.

          • 0 avatar
            EBFlex

            Yep. But that’s not being unbiased, that’s just the truth.

            Burning down buildings and causing billions in damage is A-OK. Honking a horn? Psychological warfare.

            Makes sense.

          • 0 avatar
            Lou_BC

            @Matt Posky –

            “The Canadian government had made claims that honking was effectively violence, potentially setting itself up with a precedence to use force against the truckers”

            Incorrect. Not even close to the mark. The federal government was not involved in stopping the horns.
            A resident of Ottawa who lived close to the protest found a lawyer who pro bono petitioned the courts for an injunction preventing the use of horns in the protest area.

            “claims that honking was effectively violence”

            Non-stop excess noise is considered a form of torture. Assault occurs when there is a threat of violence either through direct words or actions or the perception of intent. Battery occurs when there is unlawful contact with another person. Noise can be seen to fall under assault and battery.

      • 0 avatar
        dal20402

        I read your full article before commenting.

        Everything I see from Ottawa residents on Twitter indicates that the honking is mostly still happening. More to the point, the constant idling of (often emissions-deleted) diesels is engulfing the city in a cloud of carcinogenic smoke. It’s actually rather reminiscent of how the neighborhood I live in today (although, luckily, not at the time) was engulfed in clouds of tear gas in June 2020.

        As I pointed out in another reply, I live three blocks from the only place that, to my knowledge, protesters actually “took over.” I don’t know what you specifically were saying but most on your side seemed to agree with Tom Cotton’s editorial calling for, in effect, a military takeover of all the cities where demonstrations were taking place.

        • 0 avatar
          jkross22

          Dal, according to interviews with Ottawa residents, they have said that the situation with the honking has changed and that it is no longer occurring from 8p – 8a.

          That’s residents saying that.

          • 0 avatar
            dal20402

            So you only have 12 hours a day of deafening cacophony rather than 24? (In any case, my Twitter feed disagrees, but I have no way of knowing which is correct.)

          • 0 avatar
            jkross22

            “(In any case, my Twitter feed disagrees, but I have no way of knowing which is correct.)”

            Fortunately we have evidence that people on Twitter are less than honest. The evidence being the majority of tweets themselves.

          • 0 avatar
            Jeff S

            So if I understand this if a protest involves honking horns in unison as a protest it is your right to do so even though it infringes upon the rights of others rights to peace and tranquility. In other words be damned your rights my rights are the only ones that matter. So I could play loud music to the detriment of my neighbors because my rights are the only ones that matter. Now I understand it.

    • 0 avatar
      Superdessucke

      Yeah, just to add on here, I don’t know if you remember the Chaz and Portland in 2020. Those protests went on for months, to the encouragement of the media. And none of the governors in those states did anything to stop them.

      So you have to be even handed. Maybe it’s obnoxious and inconvenient, but you can’t just say “yea, it’s ok for one group to do it but not these guys.” You should support this (at least the right to assemble) if you supported the ’20 protests. I am going to guess the majority of Canadians nodded in encouragement at those 2020 protests. So let’s be fair here and let this play out.

      • 0 avatar
        dal20402

        I currently live three blocks from where the CHAZ was. I know a bit about it.

        I would rather be three blocks from CHAZ than be afflicted 24 hours a day with a symphony of honking truck horns.

    • 0 avatar
      Superdessucke

      Also, did any government entity or organization try to freeze crowd source funds in the summer of 2020? I don’t recall hearing anything about that. if I missed it I’m sorry. But if not, that seems completely unreasonable too.

    • 0 avatar
      slavuta

      Dal, left side protests have a name

      B_urn
      L_oot
      M_urder

      • 0 avatar
        dal20402

        This is a picture of Seattle’s largest BLM protest. Looks very looty and murdery, right?

        https://dostuff-assets.s3.amazonaws.com/property_asset/62509/madison-park-01.jpg

        • 0 avatar
          jkross22

          Yes, there are pictures of peaceful protests and there are pictures of the police building being destroyed.

          Why only 1/2 facts, Dal? Life is complicated, just like people.

          • 0 avatar
            dal20402

            What “police building was destroyed?” Last time I checked (and I walk by the East Precinct almost every day), they were all still standing, with no significant damage to any of them.

            I swear Fox News has had to invent Alternate Universe Seattle for use on its broadcasts because not enough damage and destruction happened in the real thing for its taste.

          • 0 avatar
            jkross22

            Dal, oddly I heard about the police station on CNN. Go figure.

            Is that better?

          • 0 avatar
            dal20402

            Well, I live here, and I can tell you that all five of the city’s police precincts are very much intact. The police abandoned the East Precinct (a bizarre decision that has never been explained to anyone’s satisfaction) but the protesters did not destroy it or even significantly damage it.

    • 0 avatar
      Warshington

      Yeah I would absolutely want the troops called in! If it had been AFTER months of mostly peaceful rioting, burning, assaults, and murders, with the police being unable to stop the destruction… THEN I would. LOL! Sadly (for you)…. the two aren’t comparable LOL!

    • 0 avatar
      jkross22

      Dal, this is either master trolling on your part or maybe you were living in the metaverse with zuck in 2020.

      • 0 avatar
        dal20402

        I think what you are seeing on Fox News is much more like the metaverse than what I see every day when I walk out my real-life front door. My point is that the media tried to convince you that protesters destroyed my city, but they actually didn’t. They caused some damage in a few places, but the narrative you are being fed is very wrong.

        I’ve had this same experience with some of my Fox News-watching family. I actually made them a PowerPoint of pictures I personally took in June and July 2020 to convince them that Fox News was painting a badly distorted picture of what was happening.

  • avatar
    Imagefont

    Truckers are whining. Fixed it for you.

    • 0 avatar
      Matt Posky

      Turnaround time for this comment suggests you did not read the article.

      • 0 avatar
        EBFlex

        The narrative doesn’t need to read articles to push said narrative.

      • 0 avatar
        Imagefont

        Hi Matt, I know we differ on this subject. I think it’s unreasonable for truckers to demand things go there way in this regard. If Canada wants to require that truckers be vaccinated to cross the border, I don’t feel that’s unreasonable. You’re required to be vaccinated for all kinds of things I order to just attend school and that’s not government tyranny, that’s good public health policy – and so is the Covid vaccine. There are zero valid arguments against the vaccine. Not one. A life saving miracle vaccine, by the way, that you are incredibly lucky to receive. Unvaccinated people are dying every day for no reason due to conspiracy theories, conformation bias and partisan political nonsense. There is no moral or scientific equivalence here. If you reject the vaccine, then you are an anti-vaccine conspiracy snow flake who probably voted for the guy who lost the last election in the US. Period.

        • 0 avatar
          Matt Posky

          I wholeheartedly disagree and this makes it sound like you work for Pfizer. People can still get vaccinated if the government dissolves these mandates. They can still wear masks and avoid large groups of people. Truckers just want freedom of choice and movement back, something most western governments are supposed to provide by default.

          Also truck convoys are cool.

          • 0 avatar
            Arthur Dailey

            Matt: the American government requires vaccinations for non-American drivers crossing into the USA. And in Canada healthcare is under provincial jurisdiction, not federal jurisdiction. So these protesters don’t seem to understand the actual legal process that they are protesting.

          • 0 avatar
            Arthur Dailey

            “sounds like you work for Pfizer’. Is that what passes for a reasonable and objective comment by the author?

          • 0 avatar
            Jeff S

            @Matt–I don’t work for any pharmaceutical company and I believe a company or a Government has a right to require vaccines especially when there is a pandemic unless for some medical reason an individual cannot have a vaccine.

          • 0 avatar
            EBFlex

            ” I believe a company or a Government has a right to require vaccines”

            Not experimental vaccines that they want to keep the data used to get the EUA hidden for 50+ years. That’s a little different.

          • 0 avatar
            mcs

            “Not experimental vaccines that they want to keep the data used to get the EUA hidden for 50+ years. That’s a little different.”

            No one is asking them to take experimental vaccines. The vaccines they are asking them to take have gone through a testing and approval process. Something like 545 million doses given with problems extremely rare.

          • 0 avatar
            EBFlex

            “No one is asking them to take experimental vaccines. ”

            Right…except for the moderna, pfizer, and J&J vaccine.

            And they did not go through the usual trials. It was rushed and they wanted to keep the data hidden. Spin the facts all you want, but there they are.

        • 0 avatar
          Jeff S

          @Imagefont–Completely agree. I was required to get vaccinated in my job and to wear a mask. Public health especially during a pandemic is not partisan even though our former President made it that way. If this were 100 years or more ago you would be quarantined. So much misinformation about vaccines. Having lived through the period of polio and known people who had it I put more faith in scientists than politicians and Fox New who most of the talking heads on Fox have had the Covid vaccine. Anytime anyone destroys property it is wrong and should not be tolerated whether they are liberal or conservative. If you kill someone should your innocence or guilt be determined by your political affiliation or whether you are conservative or liberal. I grew up during a time when many of the diseases and illnesses did not have vaccines. Believe me it is not that great to have Chicken Pox or the German Measles and I wished a vaccine would have been available for those when I was growing up. My family didn’t hesitate to get the Polio vaccine when it was available. I take my chances getting a vaccine instead of getting something that could hospitalize me and potentially kill me. Someone I know told me that someone told them that if they get the Covid vaccine that they will become a liberal and that there were chips implanted in the vaccine. We have really have become a dumb society. I guess the World is flat and if you sail too far you might go off the edge and that the Moon Landing was faked and it was actually in the desert. “Stupid is as Stupid does” to quote Forest Gump.

        • 0 avatar

          @Imagefront: Nebulized food grade hydrogen peroxide, betadine/water nasal flush, monoclonal antibodies, nutritional supplements and more alternatives to what the FDA classifies as ‘gene therapy’ have all been successfully used by doctors to treat those with COVID. The ‘vaccine’ is just one ‘choice’ of treatment. I have had first hand experience with one of these alternate approaches and know it to be true as a successful treatment protocol.

          • 0 avatar
            Lou_BC

            @THX1136

            “Nebulized food grade hydrogen peroxide”

            Wow. People are actually ignorant enough to do something stupid like this?
            Hydrogen peroxide burns tissues, and if sufficient amounts are inhaled will cause profound respiratory collapse.

            “betadine/water nasal flush”
            “PVP-I does not demonstrate virucidal activity in COVID-19 positive outpatients.”
            In other words, it doesn’t work.

            “nutritional supplements”

            Citations required.

            “monoclonal antibodies”

            I take it you do not realize that monoclonal antibodies are just as heavily genetically modified as mRNA vaccines?
            They also have a higher adverse event ratio than that of vaccines. Do you work with monoclonal antibodies on a routine basis?

            “The ‘vaccine’ is just one ‘choice’ of treatment.”
            Vaccinations aren’t for treating active disease. They are for prevention and/or harm reduction.

  • avatar
    mmarton

    Heroes of the stupid.

    • 0 avatar
      EBFlex

      What do you say about all of the countries around the world and US States that are dropping all restrictions?

      • 0 avatar
        FreedMike

        Deleted. I responded but it’s not even worth responding to s**t like this.

        Next topic.

      • 0 avatar
        slavuta

        I always said – stop delivering food to the cities and we will fix the country in months. you can probably see my old such comments. Truckers did exactly what farmers should do. Make enough food to survive and burn the rest. Starvation will fix people when they will be forced to earn the food rather than BS their propaganda online and on TV.

        • 0 avatar
          Arthur Dailey

          And Mr Putin will be able to invade Ukraine and destroy western democracies. A win for the Slavutas, thanks to the ‘useful idiots’.

          • 0 avatar
            slavuta

            Eh, if Putin invaded Ukraine… I could go home to my lovely Ukraine under Russian empire. and hide there from the disaster that is coming to US

          • 0 avatar
            Jeff S

            Yes a win for Putin. While we are at it lets take away any of the NATO defenses and let Putin put the old USSR back together again. Doesn’t matter what the people of Poland and those in East Germany want Putin knows better. Stop delivering food and burn it to coerce people to your viewpoint comrade.

          • 0 avatar
            Jeff S

            @Arthur–Is Slavutas an American and does he even live in the USA? Not really sure because his words appear to be more pro-Russian. Agree that we have our own set of problems in the USA but I would rather live under our form of government than under Russian where any dissidence is dealt with by force.

          • 0 avatar
            Art Vandelay

            “Eh, if Putin invaded Ukraine… I could go home…”

            Don’t let the door hit you on the kiester on the way out!

        • 0 avatar

          Slavuta, that is how revolution is Russia started.

      • 0 avatar
        Jeff S

        Maybe they are dropping restrictions because of declining Covid rates. Pandemics are a safety issue for the public at large. Eventually when any pandemic subsides Government should lift restrictions. Covid has been made into a political issue. In today’s World if we had the Black Plague it would be your right to not quarantine which would allow you to spread the Black Plague among the entire population. There is a difference between a pandemic and the common cold.

        • 0 avatar
          EBFlex

          “Maybe they are dropping restrictions because of declining Covid rates.”

          Rates have been dropping all over the world for some time now.

          “There is a difference between a pandemic and the common cold.”

          Not really. Especially with Omicron its the sniffles and a sore throat.

          • 0 avatar
            Jeff S

            With a common cold there is less of a chance of dying than with Covid-19. Some might argue that Covid-19 keeps the population numbers in check and they could very well be right. So I will get my shots and you don’t have to and if one dies that is keeping the population in check.

          • 0 avatar
            EBFlex

            “So I will get my shots and you don’t have to and if one dies that is keeping the population in check.”

            As it should be. And everyone should be against being forced to take an experimental and rushed vaccine.

        • 0 avatar
          slavuta

          Jeff
          they are dropping restrictions because they fear the people.

          And on the other theme – these 2 years showed in full display that what we usually call a democratic world, in reality not much better than that of China. No, I understand, you know nothing but some events that happen in the town near you. But what happened in Europe, how police was brutal to demonstrators, how police allowed dogs rip hands off – that was nazi germany all over again. And then was Russia. Everything in Russia was orderly and peaceful. Government had not mandated anything but recommended. The let local authorities decide and here is the map of regions. The brighter the color, means more restrictions https://tass.ru/pandemiya-covid-19/12767141
          And Putin not even once hissed into the microphone – go get the shot, its free. what are you waiting for.

          Biden is a creep

        • 0 avatar
          C5 is Alive

          Funny to see a Leftist referencing the plague, given how much in common their chosen political bent has with that civilization-crushing pestilence, predominantly spread by vermin…

  • avatar
    EBFlex

    This is truly an epic sight to see. And the fact they are not backing down is even more heart warming. Even in the face of state run propaganda from the media, flat out lies of racism and violence, theft attempts by big tech, Canada hysterically trying to block funds from GiveSendGo (hey Canada…you can’t), the Canadian police stealing fuel from the peaceful protesters, and even violently arresting an elderly man because he had the audacity to honk a horn, they are not backing down and in fact, gaining steam.

    Not bad for a “small fringe group”. Here is what was said about me when I said this was far larger than we were being told:

    Arthur Dailey: “@EB More misinformation. Look at the number of vehicles and you can calculate the length of the convoy. Very few actual truckers but quite a few professional/permanent agitators.”

    Arthur Dailey: “It is misinformation. The police have conducted official counts and released the information.

    Lou_BC: “Most of the people who’ve taken over the rally are right-wing agitators, some of which tour the country full-time. So it’s fairly accurate. Trucking isn’t very profitable for owner/operators so they aren’t going to be able to protest for long.”

    Arthur Dailey: “Quit posting misinformation.

    On Thursday in Thunder Bay, the OPP did an official count and came up with “113 commercial vehicles (trucks) and 276 personal vehicles (pickups, SUVs, cars)”.

    At 9:45am today after passing through the most populated areas of Canada the Kingston Police completed a count and reported “17 full tractor trailers, 104 tractors with no trailers, 424 passenger vehicles and 6 RVs”.”

    Wow those aged poorly. That was exactly two weeks ago. And since then, many more countries have completely opened up, masking is going away faster than a Hunter Biden story because the science has NOT changed, but the polling data sure has.

    If you want to smile, go online and look up children’s reactions to not having to wear masks. They realize they are no longer going to be used as pawns by a authoritarian government.

    • 0 avatar
      redapple

      Updated: EB is correct at a 71.4 % rate.

      #2- the elderly man was a 78 yr old (great?)grandfather who tooted the horn on his dodge caravan ( weak horn). He stands 5’2″. The OPP man hanlded him in really aggressive fashion. Scumbags. High Level scum (this coming from a man with 8 relatives that are Police officers (I m very pro police)).

      • 0 avatar
        EBFlex

        Still spelled “100%” wrong.

      • 0 avatar
        golden2husky

        And American law enforcement was so gentle in 2020…like attacking peaceful people so the “president” could take a photo op with a Bible.

        hey, when was the last time Trump was that close to a Bible?

        Answer: In the hotel room where a Bible was in the nightstand when he was banging a porn star while his third wife was home with his child. Nice. A real role model. Yet that rolled off his authoritarian back like water on a duck.

        Or how about that old man that was pushed over so hard his head smacked the concrete and was bleeding all over the place…and many cops ignored him and left him there. Sorry, bad cops suck and deserve what they get in prison. Most are not that way – thankfully – but to ignore those that are just because they are cops is BS. Their lives are held to a higher standard in the eyes of the law and I agree with that, but they also have to be held to a high standard regarding their behavior.

        • 0 avatar
          Jeff S

          “In the hotel room where a Bible was in the nightstand when he was banging a porn star while his third wife was home with his child. Nice. A real role model. Yet that rolled off his authoritarian back like water on a duck.”
          Think this is part of the family values that are embraced by the Republican Party and the Religious Right. Do as I say not as I do. Unfortunate that many don’t see this as wrong.

    • 0 avatar
      Arthur Dailey

      @EB they were and are all true. As for authoritarian governments, speaks with Mr Putin whose hockey league just shutdown for the season due to COVID.

      • 0 avatar
        EBFlex

        What does Putin have to do with parked trucks in Canada?

        • 0 avatar
          Jeff S

          “What does Putin have to do with parked trucks in Canada?” EB Flex
          “I always said – stop delivering food to the cities and we will fix the country in months. you can probably see my old such comments. Truckers did exactly what farmers should do. Make enough food to survive and burn the rest. Starvation will fix people when they will be forced to earn the food rather than BS their propaganda online and on TV.”
          slavuta

          I was responding the slavuta’s response which basically is that starve those who don’t agree with you. This is something the old USSR would do and Putin would not hesitate to do if given the chance.

      • 0 avatar
        Jeff S

        @Arthur–Don’t let facts get in the way of EB’s logic. At least in Canada and the USA we have the right to protest try that in Russia.

        • 0 avatar
          slavuta

          “we have the right to protest try that in Russia.”

          Jeff,
          my cousin constantly goes to protests in Russia. Let me show this video
          https://youtu.be/OdtZ0QNuZ_Q

          So you see, your mouth is talking something that your brain does not know.

          • 0 avatar
            mcs

            “my cousin constantly goes to protests in Russia. Let me show this video”

            Is this the email for your workplace?: [email protected]

            Department 112?
            Phone number: +7 (495) 224-22-22

            https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/1/31/navalny-allies-plan-fresh-protests-as-russia-steps-up-crackdown

            https://www.newsweek.com/russia-kremlin-navalny-protests-putin-crackdown-working-levada-center-poll-1568222

            https://www.npr.org/2021/04/22/989694331/at-least-1-700-protesters-in-russia-arrested-after-nationwide-anti-putin-rallies

            https://www.wsj.com/articles/dozens-killed-in-kazakhstan-as-authorities-crack-down-on-unrest-11641462504

            https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/25/us/politics/russia-ukraine-propaganda-disinformation.html

            https://www.rand.org/pubs/perspectives/PE198.html

          • 0 avatar
            slavuta

            mcs,

            which are you, Grumpy?

          • 0 avatar
            Jeff S

            @slavuta–So are you saying that in Russian you can protest against Putin and not suffer retaliation? How about if you run against him? If Russia is so great and you don’t like it in the USA you are free to go. Appears you are miserable in the USA and you long for the fatherland.

          • 0 avatar
            mcs

            @jeffs: It’s in his latest script. Google Unit 54777 for more info. Actually, I’d be surprised if he was officially part of that organization because usually, they’re a lot more subtle. They do try to recruit expatriates like him if they can. If I get a chance, I’ll try to post some links right into the GRU.

        • 0 avatar
          slavuta

          Jeff,
          you’re funny guy, right? First of all, why I do not go to Russia – because I am not even eligible, never was a Russian citizen – get it? Also, I have a grown children in US. And what do you want me to do, just dump all my life and go to Russia? Or elsewhere for that matter? I will see. For retirement I might go somewhere.
          Now, in the 1990s there was no comparison US vs Russia. US – law and order. Russia – chaos. But in the last 15 or so years the 2 countries became very similar. Russia grows in every direction, while US shrinks.

          Now about Putin. Putin is not at all what American media presents him as. Putin uses majority in Duma – Russian version of the parliament to move along. Putin’s party manipulates laws to allow him to run for presidency again. But they do it in a lawful manner. A lot of people hate it but hey, eat it! That’s the process. You think that Putin is like some kind ruler of Russia. But in reality his powers more limited than you think. For example, Putin can’t make regions to follow certain federal rules. In Russia they say – Kremlin has several tower and Putin sits in only one of them.
          There is a radio Echo Moscow, which is funded by semi-government corporation Gazprom. This radio all day flushes dirt on Putin. And so? They keep doing it, nobody stops them. And they are basically funded by the government. sort of like NPR degrades republicans.
          But in US Putin is a monster. In 2011 Biden came to Russia and told Putin not to run. Putin sent him home. Obama got mad… Biden takes picture with Russian opposition https://stihi.ru/pics/2016/09/13/5516.jpg
          These people are financed by Soros and other western NGOs. Their job is to take power and turn Russia into Ukraine. Putin stands on the way. If anything, Russia is one of the last barrier on the way of the cultural globalism. Take Hungary, same situation. They have conservatives rule, they are member of EU and NATO, and what do you think US Dim party does – supports democratic choice of Hungarians? No! They trying to undermine Hungarian government as much as possible. CNN calling then racist and dictatorship. This is what US does to other countries.

          • 0 avatar
            mcs

            “semi-government corporation Gazprom. This radio all day flushes dirt on Putin. And so? They keep doing it, nobody stops them. ”

            That’s not true. They’re one Roskomnadzor warning away from being shut down.

            “never was a Russian citizen – get it?”

            You’re a Pro-Russian western Ukrainian. Well, we’ll probably find out. Those phone numbers and email I posted are like an electronic signal flare for certain search engines. Better than a 50% chance this thread will get looked at.

            ” Putin can’t make regions to follow certain federal rules.”

            But, his tanks and the FSB can.

            “Kremlin has several tower and Putin sits in only one of them.”

            Yeah, but his money controls the rest.

          • 0 avatar
            slavuta

            mcs

            I am pro-American. But not pro- what these people (upper cast) are trying to do today. This is not America. This is USSR-2. From NKVD AKA FBI to racial quotas… Americanism is gone. In these conditions does not matter, eh.. I decided long time ago that I will be as American as those in power, as corporations. – they destroy this country, not I.

            Now about Russia. People having a hard time to understand that Russia was a monarchy, then brutal dictatorship (Stalin), then soft dictatorship (Khrushchev), then was ruled by Politburo, then 10 years of drunk moron. And after 80 years Russia finally got the management it deserves. It is not going to be smooth. It takes decades to polish. US took nearly 200 years – Remember this. MLK movement is not an artifact of 19th century, we recently had huge injustices and now we’re back at that, only in a different form.

            My policy is this – leave Russia alone. Let them do what they do. Why would I wish Russia or Ukraine to fail? I have friends and relatives there. Factually, Ukraine has 7 presidents and Russia had 3. Only Ukraine becomes worse with each, while Russia goes through tremendous growth.

            “They’re one Roskomnadzor warning away from being shut down” – great! You see, they have laws, rules, regulations. And I am sure that strikes do not come because they said something bad about Putin.
            In Ukraine Zelenskiy just by himself took down 4 or already 5 TV channels. He also placed under home arrest several leaders of opposing parties. Some left and live in other countries. 1 past president is on the run and another under investigation. This is a regime!

            “You’re a Pro-Russian western Ukrainian.” – when Ukraine was to separate, the idea was this – why do we need to deal with this big Russia, Siberia, all those people. We in Ukraine have everything – Industry, resources, agriculture. If we just live separately, we will be so much better. This vision never materialized. So much as first president – Kravchuk said, “if I only knew how it will turn out, I would never sign the separation.” Put it this way. I realized much sooner than Kravchik that Ukraine is going to turn into SH…

            Now, you can continue your propaganda

    • 0 avatar
      Jeff S

      So a 5 year old is concerned about being used as pawns by an authoritarian government? Have you had a conversation with a 5 year old lately? Maybe you could have a discourse with them about authoritarianism and while your at it you could discuss Micro and Macro Economics. I am sure that you could carry on a deep discussion and keep them thoroughly spell bound. They might not want to wear a mask but I doubt they know that much about authoritarianism.

      • 0 avatar
        EBFlex

        I figured you would fail to see the larger point.

      • 0 avatar
        slavuta

        Jeff, you should consider carefully study this article

        John Evans was U.S. Consul General in St. Petersburg from 1994 to 1997

        “Imagining, as some do, that Putin is “the problem,” and that when he leaves the scene all will be well, is a naïve delusion. As the leading Russia scholar and diplomat Tom Graham once put it, “we don’t have a Putin problem, we have a Russia problem.” And it is a problem in part of our own making — but blaming Putin is so much easier than reckoning with our own shortcomings.”

        https://nationalinterest.org/feature/key-understanding-vladimir-putin-82391

  • avatar
    jack4x

    Blocking highways should be illegal and punishable with jail time, no matter who is doing it.

    This is consistent with my stance opposing the BLM highway marches of 2020.

    • 0 avatar
      Matt Posky

      That’s a totally fair position. Though truckers are supposed to be leaving at least once lane open at every blockade.

      • 0 avatar
        jack4x

        The pictures I’ve seen do not seem to support that.

        Even if true, I still support consequences for these protestors. The most frustrating part of this whole thing is the near complete 180 that almost everyone on both sides seems to have done since 2020. The legitimacy of a protest should not depend on whether or not you agree with the stated aims. Either it’s OK to block highways, shut down commerce, and inconvenience millions, or it isn’t.

        • 0 avatar
          Matt Posky

          When its in service for the good of all people it’s hard for me to be upset. I’ll gladly go without to ensure liberty prevails and things were kind of going that way anyway (inflation wasn’t pretty in 2021 and supply chains were already looking petty busted). But I support all people’s right to protest, even if I’m not in love with their cause.

          You’re absolutely correct about the flip flopping. There are a lot of politicians and people that just want to be on the winning side and will bounce around with the winds of change.

          • 0 avatar
            jack4x

            There are plenty of ways to protest and petition the government.

            Protestors lose their sympathy in my eyes if the innocent suffer for their grandstanding. An autoworker in Michigan who got temporarily laid off this week because these jackasses shut his plant down probably disagrees with your assessment that this protest is “for the good of all people”.

          • 0 avatar
            Matt Posky

            Autoworkers were already enduring rolling layoffs and tons of factory downtime resulting from supply chain constraints stemming from, you guessed it, pandemic related restrictions. I also watched dozens of small businesses in my NYC neighborhood go under after trying to comply with impossible to adhere to lockdown protocols.

            The blockades can end today if politicians decide to allow life to go back to normal. But it will only worsen if they persist. That’s the reality in which we currently live regardless of what side of the fence we’re on.

          • 0 avatar
            dal20402

            Is vaccine hesitancy in the face of overwhelming evidence that the vaccines are safe and reduce both frequency and severity of infection, which leads directly to hospitals buckling under the strain of preventable severe cases of COVID in unvaccinated patients, somehow “for the good of all people?”

            I don’t think you’d find many health care professionals who would think so.

          • 0 avatar
            Jeff S

            Agree that the truckers have a right to protest even when I disagree which I do but their method is in question especially when it affects those who are dependent on the roads for their livelihoods.

    • 0 avatar
      Jeff S

      Agree blocking highways should be illegal this is effecting not just the truckers but those whose livelihoods are dependent on commerce. I don’t think anyone regardless of their political persuasion should be allowed to block public roads or damage property.

    • 0 avatar
      Jeff S

      Agree but it appears that some on this site believe it is the right of those protesting to block highways. Maybe while we are it we should give them a medal of valor for such brave and selfless acts. Those protesting vaccines and BLM do not have the right to block roads and interfere with peoples livelihoods but there are those on both sides that want to politicize this.

  • avatar
    Fred

    This article is barely about autos and is such click bait and yet here I am. So I’ll post my default covid message https://www.sorryantivaxxer.com/

  • avatar

    the jab is poison, do the research. so is Remdesivir. this is murder.

    • 0 avatar
      tomLU86

      Buickman, stop confusing us with facts that don’t fit the narrative.

      In the past, when facts did not fit the narrative, “the science” looked to see why that was.

      Today, when facts don’t fit the narrative, they may be facts, but they are “misinformation”.

      In this case, the facts clearly show the jabs can be harmful, even fatal, to many, and that many patients on Remedesivir do not survive.

      The facts also show that the jabbed can get sick from/with COVID, and they can spread COVID.

      That’s why people have the right to weigh the risks of potentially deadly diseases that may be triggered by this drug that tampers with your immune system against any perceived benefits–as well as the risks of NOT taking the jab.

    • 0 avatar
      Luke42

      Vaccinated person here.

      I was not poisoned by the vaccine. The vaccine trained my immune system so that it will be able to fight off COVID — and I peed out what was left of the vaccine over a couple of days.

      I’m far healthier than my anti-vaxxer co-worker who spent 10 days in the hospital FOR COVID, and who will spend the rest of his life with permeant lung damage. He now has the “natural immunity” he was bragging about — but he picked up a couple of new comorbidities as a result of his battle with COVID. That “natural immunity” came at a very high price.

      I’ll take my “chances” with the vaccine!

      P.S. I hate being stuck with needles, but I can man up and do it when it’s the right thing to do.

  • avatar
    bortlicenseplate

    Matt, I’ve read your article. I remain unsympathetic to the protesters, but also must admit I remain underinformed about the protesters’ goals/demands. I find it difficult to get a straight story from either side of this mess, with biases everywhere. What reliable information sources have you been using, and if you wouldn’t mind, could you pass along any such useful links? Cheers.

    • 0 avatar
      EBFlex

      It’s simple. End the ridiculous vaccine/mask mandates as they don’t work and end the vaccine “show your papers” proof requirement.

      People want to be left alone. It’s that simple.

    • 0 avatar
      Matt Posky

      You’re welcome to disagree. I’d rather you reach a conclusion based on your own research rather than my opinion anyway.

      There are numerous links in the article that will take you to all manner of sources. Unfortunately, finding something totally unbiased in 2022 is going to be a tall order.

  • avatar
    kcflyer

    I’m sure I would be annoyed if my way to where I was going was blocked. But I’m guessing these protesters wont break out my windows, drag me out of the car and beat me to death if I don’t share their views. So likely an improvement over BLM. Also, have these truckers shot any cops, tossed any Molotov cocktails at federal courthouses, driven over a line of cops? If so will Kamala and Beyonce bail them out too?

    • 0 avatar
      EBFlex

      Remember what AOC, the hero of the woke libs, said:

      ““The whole point of protesting is to make ppl uncomfortable. Activists take that discomfort w/the status quo & advocate for concrete policy changes…To folks who complain protest demands make others uncomfortable…that’s the point.”

      “The thing that critics of activists don’t get is that they tried playing the “polite language” policy game and all it did was make them easier to ignore. It wasn’t until they made folks uncomfortable that there was traction to do ANYTHING even if it wasn’t their full demands.”

      • 0 avatar
        Rick T.

        Rule #4:

        “Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.”

        • 0 avatar
          haze3

          Well, protest IS about making folks uncomfortable. It just loses its moral ground when it strays to injury, physical or substantively financial.

          Problem is that when WE or OURS get uncomfortable, it’s an intolerable offense. When THEY or THEIRS are uncomfortable, it’s justified.

          Tiresome BS.

  • avatar
    Oberkanone

    Freedom = Blockade

  • avatar
    ajla

    I don’t support blocking roads (or sidewalks) whether it is being done in the name of racial justice, ending climate change, protecting the 2nd amendment, ending vaccine mandates, or a flash mob for a Disney movie.

    Basically once you’ve adopted the “unrelated parties should be made uncomfortable by our protest” mindset you lose my support.

  • avatar
    SoCalMikester

    first ive read about them actually leaving a line open. 90% canadian truckers are vaxed, and if you arent, you cant cross the border either way. much dumbness about NOTHING. unfortunately there are people that LIE about being vaxxed, and then spread the omicron.

    i havent been sick (not even my regular sinus infections) for over 2 years and i account that to being careful, working outside, and not getting close to anyone. if theyre sneezing or coughing im rightfully going no where near them. yes, 2x vax but no booster yet

  • avatar
    FreedMike

    Way to carry the freight for the guys who are actively dicking over their own economy…and ours.

    • 0 avatar
      EBFlex

      Right because businesses never saw reductions in business during lockdowns or when mask and vaccine mandates were put into place.

      Far more of an economical impact than a couple bridges being blocked.

      Try again.

      • 0 avatar
        FreedMike

        Lockdowns are done now.

        You try again.

        • 0 avatar
          tomLU86

          The lockdowns may be over, but restuarants and other small businesses that closed in 2020 have yet to reopen.

        • 0 avatar
          kcflyer

          Lockdowns did not save lives. Lockdowns cost lives and destroyed livelihoods. Lockdowns were never supported by facts. Lockdowns did not end because they did any good but because the harm would no longer be tolerated. This was initially a bipartisan mistake, but the Dims held on much longer to the power and abuse of lockdowns. They are doing the same thing with mandates.

        • 0 avatar
          EBFlex

          “Lockdowns are done now.

          You try again.”

          Hence why I framed my statement in a past tense manner. Do you understand the difference between past, present, and future tense?

  • avatar
    mjlm

    What an incredibly biased article. There is no “slander” regarding the origins of this group, they are avowed separatists, and one of them Pat King, is in his own words a white nationalist. The videos are a available online if you are interested. They are using bully tactics to get their way against the wishes of over 80% of the country. There have been many confirmed cases of them harassing individuals and blocking ambulances as well as going to schools and making threats. Their funding has come from many anonymous sources in the United States, and at present the police and emergency services are being swamped by false calls from the States. Sure, there are many people who are going along with their lies and exaggerations who are not in any way evil people, but at it’s core, this is a group of whiners and malcontents who have never gone along with public health measures, have done nothing for anyone except where it serves their interests.

  • avatar
    haze3

    I’m a fan of peaceful protest. People should have the right to assemble and express their grievances. My agreement with their cause is altogether unnecessary for me to support their right to protest.

    However, when protestors cross the line into physical violence (against persons or property) or commit acts that result in significant financial harm, the specific offenders should be held legally responsible. That should apply to all protests (abortion clinics, BLM, Jan 6th, Canadian truckers… all of ’em).

    In this case, parking in front of city hall and honking your horn all day strikes me as acceptable protest. Shutting down a critical public thoroughfare for an hour or two? Sure, made your point. Shutting down that same thoroughfare for several days? Sorry, that’s an action spreading real economic harm to innocents. There are some folks that should be off to jail when this is over.

    Alas, partisan sentiment will overwhelm any consistency of view. The heroes are the ones we agree with, their foibles are small and forgivable. Those other protestors… all vagrants and thieves!

    We live in a tiresome time.

  • avatar
    Lou_BC

    The belief that the truckers are winning is farfetched. COVID – 19 measures were already planned to be rolled back in virtually every province and territory in Canada over the next several months.

    British Columbia’s CDC head in MID JANUARY said that the plan was to move towards managing Omicron COVID like influenza and other infectious respiratory diseases. “Follow the science” is alive and well. Her statements caught the “conservative” parts of the country off-guard since BC is governed by a left of centre political party.

    Alberta, the province adjacent to BC is arguably the most conservative province in Canada. They have politicized the Covid-19 response and have had some of the poorest outcomes in Canada. They were already planning on rolling back mandates.

    Saskatchewan is also conservative and were planning on roll backs.
    Quebec is cautiously rolling back mandates as planned.
    Ontario is also cautiously planning to roll back measures.

    Ontario’s government has applied to the courts for injunctions against any sort of blockade interfering with trade routes, transit, or commerce. They also plan on passing legislation to ban blockades that move beyond peaceful protest. Ontario’s government is conservative with a populist bend.

    Lifting ALL restrictions is one of the demands. The Federal Government only has jurisdiction over border rules. Each province under the Canadian constitution has sole jurisdiction over public health and health care.

    There are demands that Prime Minister Trudeau resign. There are protesters who claim he’s committed treason and should be removed from office. Those people need to read the Canadian Constitution and applicable laws.

    Protesters have demanded a sit-down with politicians. That is a fair request but wanting to discuss conspiracy theories and disproved COVID – 19 science is a non-starter.

    They’ve even wanted to form a coalition with opposition political parties but that just shows further ignorance in relation to the Canadian Constitution.

    • 0 avatar
      240SX_KAT

      These asshats should have had their vehicles impounded the instant that blocked any border routes.
      If you parked your car blocking the road, how long do you think it would take for the cops to show up, write you a nice ticket, then have it towed?

  • avatar
    Art Vandelay

    This article is refreshing if for no other reason than seeing all of the Canadian commenters commenting on Canadian politics for once versus their usual pontification on US politics.

    If we are to follow their usual lead all of the US posters should now jump in and claim to be far more knowledgablle on the workings of the Canadian system than the actual Canadians.

    • 0 avatar
      slavuta

      I don’t claim the great knowledge of the Canadian system but I regularly listen to the updates from Canada by people from Radio Vera in Vancouver when they are hosted by Chicago NVC Radio. And their goal is to explain how Canada works, and all such things. So, I am familiar with what is going on in the north.

    • 0 avatar
      Lou_BC

      @Art Vandelay – if I’m questioning what’s going on in the USA I’ll review laws and look at various sides of the story. If one takes a critical look at what’s often posted, it isn’t that hard to present a more knowledgeable opinion.
      TTAC is a Canadian owned site that covers mostly American news.

      • 0 avatar
        macmcmacmac

        Lol Lou, I always have to chuckle when TTAC goes fishing on the fourth of July, and not a word is said about anything that may have happened 3 days earlier.

        As far as the protest goes, I was kind of ambivalent until our Emoter in Chief had his basket of deplorables moment and tried to tar all the protesters as racists and misogynists, who “take up space” like that bag of rotten onions you forgot about in the back of the pantry. The unmitigated gall to tell people they hold unacceptable opinions, GET F*CKED. I hope the trucks grow roots on Wellington Street. I’m sick of this WEF-loving twat who clearly thinks it was his divine right to saunter into office on the strength of his name and rejigger the fabric of our post national entity, while simultaneously slitting the throat of the oil and gas industry which accounts for 10% of our GDP.

        One thing we know however, the Liberal party of Canada, for all of its progressive posturing is absolutely ruthless when it gets a whiff of weakness off of the leader. His petulant storming out of Parliament today does not bode well for his longevity in that office. I saw one poll, fwiw, that showed only 19% of the electorate would vote for him at the moment.

        • 0 avatar
          Lou_BC

          @macmcmacmac – I agree basically with everything you’ve said. He’s very divisive in his approach. He panders and plays identity politics. This is all before this protest ever started. It looks like Pierre Poilievre will be the frontrunner for the Conservatives. That would play directly into his playbook.

  • avatar
    Arthur Dailey

    A resident of Ottawa has compiled a list of actual commercial tractors/trucks in Ottawa by company name and/or license plate. The grand total is just under 200.

    Yesterday at the Ambassador Bridge there were approximately 100 protesters and a half-dozen commercial tractors/trucks.

    The largest tally of protesters In Ottawa was under 10,000 on the Sunday of the first weekend. Demonstrated by the aerial photos of the protest and compared with the numbers there on Canada Day.

    Even the CFIB a conservative business lobby group has condemned these protests as they believe that they are forcing governments to ‘dig in’ rather than remove restrictions/interventions. This is confirmed by Premier Doug Ford’s press conference this morning. And they are costing many small businesses who are being forced to close down.

    However two groups are benefiting from this. 1) Those Americans who wish to see the end of cross-border free trade between Canada and the USA. 2) The government of Russia who while western communities are concerned/focusing on this, is continuing to move troops and supplies onto the border with Ukraine. Russia took advantage of civil unrest in the USA to invade Czechoslovakia in 1968. They took advantage of the Iran Hostage Crisis to invade Afghanistan. And they took advantage of the Suez Crisis to invade Hungary in 1956. Putin knows history.

    Unfortunately supporters of the ‘far right’ in North America have now assumed the role previously filled by those in the far left as ‘useful idiots’ of the Kremlin. But then the Russian government in political terms is now a ‘far right’ government.

    • 0 avatar
      Art Vandelay

      And just why as a US Citizen should I be concerned with a Russian invasion of Ukraine? We just watched a 20 year war end with the overwhelming theme that the war no longer was in our national interest. So why do I care about Ukraine? Maybe you as a Canadian should lobby your own government to send the Canadian Army over if it is such a massive deal to you. Let me guess though…your definition of “Doing Something” will be sending 500 Canadian troops to Italy or somewhere in Western Europe to “support your NATO allies” while again, the US spends billions and bilions and puts thousands of troops in the path of the Red Army in a land that means zero to the prosperity of U.S. Citizens.

      Know what, how about we sit this one out for a change. You go ahead and take the lead on this one and give us a call when he puts a toe across the border of a NATO nation. We’ll be there just like we always are.

      • 0 avatar
        Art Vandelay

        Oh, and for the record you can make a much stronger case for putting the US Army in control of Canadian border crossings since your own government seems inept at managing them than anywhere near the Russia-Ukraine border.

        • 0 avatar
          slavuta

          Check how Putin exactly 15 years ago predicted all that we have today

          https://youtu.be/ZlY5aZfOgPA

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          vf90nezYKwY
          VyBzNR-x6l8

          Message to the west – Play fair or bite the dust.

    • 0 avatar
      tomLU86

      The mRNA treatment is not an absolute. I know more people who took it than did not, and most of them seem to be doing fine. But two of them have not done so well. And I have acquaintances with family who have had bad experiences.

      I also know people who did not do well with COVID.

      So, I’m glad you had a positive experience so far, and I hope it continues.

      You believe the shot is the right thing and took it. Neither you, nor the state, have the right to make some one else take it, even if it was perfect.

    • 0 avatar
      tomLU86

      Arthur, I find your perspective on cars interesting and intelligent.

      Unfortunately, we will not agree on the mRNA jab. In time, you may come around to my perspective.

      Since you have made countless good car comments in this space, I have a couple of comments.

      You are conflating the Ukraine with this issue, which is a distraction, which is not worthy of you.

      The Russians have legitimate concerns, which I won’t detail. The USSR imploded relatively peacefully, and the Americans promised Russia not to expand NATO. They expanded it.

      Also, in 1968, it was the USSR which invaded Czechoslovakia, not Russia. That is an important distinction.

      I’m with Art on the importance of Ukraine.

      • 0 avatar
        slavuta

        tomLU86,

        In 1968 Soviets were not alone. Even wikipedia knows this

        “On the night of 20–21 August, Eastern Bloc armies from four Warsaw Pact countries—the Soviet Union, Bulgaria, Poland and Hungary—invaded the ČSSR.

        Romania, Yugoslavia, and Albania refused to take part in the invasion.”

        And Soviets did not want East Germany to participate. It would bring bad memories.

        As you see, there was a certain level of freedom of choice in the Eastern block. Many here don’t understand that it wasn’t as strict as they want to believe from the scary American newspapers.

      • 0 avatar
        Arthur Dailey

        @Tom: will try to address as briefly as possible a few issues.

        The Chief of Police in Ottawa did not get that job in Toronto because he alienated the ‘old school’ types. He has long promoted progressive policing, including de-escalation, negotiation and community involvement. We will see how well that works. His primary concerns are that ‘nobody has been hurt’. If we take a hands off approach to left wing demonstrations then it is only logical that we take the same stance with right wing demonstrations. However the citizens of Ottawa have recently taken to counter-protesting in very large numbers. Personally I prefer Ronald Reagan’s view that ‘we never negotiate with terrorists’.

        Putin is perhaps the smartest of all international leaders at the moment. And he knows his history. He may not need to ‘invade’ Ukraine to get his desired results. He has exposed NATO as a paper tiger. Which will move more nations away from seeking NATO’s protection and back into the Russian ‘sphere of influence’.

        I agree that the ‘stupidity’ of America’s political ‘elite’ cost them after the fall of the Soviet Empire. Rapacity, revenge and a ‘holier than thou’ attitude rather than actually attempting to treat Russia as an ally/partner.

        As for the mRNA vaccines I have a family member who is an epidemiologist specializing in infectious diseases, plus 2 family members who are medical doctors. All of them plus my GP strongly support vaccination. It has statistically demonstrated to significantly reduced severe illness/death from COVID. Think of it as wearing a ‘bullet proof vest’. It may not stop you from being shot but it provides a significant improvement to your chance of surviving the shooting. I also have statistical evidence from our workplace to support that.

    • 0 avatar
      pmirp1

      Arthur Dailey, when it comes to revolutions they all start with a minority group of people that are brave. Government does well to listen to their grievances.

      Canada and America are best of friends. No matter what side of political divide one is on. That relationship will last.

      • 0 avatar
        slavuta

        pmirp1,

        exactly! Look at 2014 Ukraine. A 2% minority who went around places and killed people won the country. And they themselves bragging about it now.
        In this video one of these says exactly that
        https://youtu.be/VdwJxB0zVY8?t=2537

    • 0 avatar
      slavuta

      “The government of Russia who while western communities are concerned/focusing on this, is continuing to move troops and supplies onto the border with Ukraine.”

      The worst part of all of this for you is that non of this is ACTUALLY happening.

      But if you want to defend Ukraine, I want you to know who you’re defending. Here is an extract from 2020 US State department report on Ukraine

      “Significant human rights issues included: unlawful or arbitrary killing; torture and cases of cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment of detainees by law enforcement personnel; harsh and life-threatening conditions in prisons and detention centers; arbitrary arrest or detention; serious problems with the independence of the judiciary; abuses in the Russia-led conflict in the Donbas, including physical abuse of civilians and members of armed groups held in detention facilities; serious restrictions on free expression, the press, and the internet, including violence, threats of violence, or unjustified arrests or prosecutions against journalists, censorship, and blocking of websites; refoulement of refugees; serious acts of corruption; lack of investigation of and accountability for violence against women; violence or threats of violence motivated by anti- Semitism; crimes involving violence or threats of violence targeting persons with disabilities, members of ethnic minority groups, and lesbian, gay, bisexual,
      transgender, or intersex persons; and the existence of the worst forms of child labor.”

    • 0 avatar
      macmcmacmac

      You’re going to miss Putin when he’s gone. Who knows who’s next? We (the “West”) had 30 years to befriend the Russians, but we were more interested in a victory lap and sending over the worst we had to offer to help their kind loot everything of value when the USSR collapsed. We’ve spat in their hands until they’ve reached their Cuban missile moment. NATO is like the kid walking into the room swinging his arms and blaming anyone who gets hit for walking into him. NATO should have fallen with the iron curtain, but like any good government program it carried on zombie-like, acting well beyond its mandate, carrying out missions vital to European security like destroying Libya, thereby opening up the refugee floodgates and flooding Syria with Libyan arms sent to ISIS to keep that particular horror show simmering. Now the idiots who bragged about destroying 7 countries in 5 years are all hot to trot to bring Ukraine into NATO’s clammy grasp. I knew Ukraine would find its embrace of the US/EU to come at a very high cost, now they are the unwitting puppets of a US regime that seeks to get a hot war started on their territory. They must be saying to themselves, “YEAH, um…what?” when they hear the constant drum beat of war echoing out of Washington. Russia has vital interests? WHO KNEW? Aren’t they those alcoholics with the funny dances and explody reactors? Everyone loved Russia weak, led by an alcoholic puppet who finally realized too late he had been played. Everyone hates Putin because he ended it. There is absolutely zero risk of Putin trying to reconstitute the USSR. The other republics were a drain on Russia and there is zero upside to starting a war to reclaim them. Russia has a healthy fear of war. They know what absolute devastation and millions of dead looks and feels like. The fact that they are willing to fight should be a sign that they have been severely provoked. Our countries have been barely blooded by war in comparison. I hate to say this but a damn good thrashing is long overdue for the US military. Not this long low intensity insurgency that goes on for 20 years but an extremely brutal, swift, unmistakable defeat. It must be made clear, just like the Americans like to say about the nuclear bomb drops, that continuing on like they are is not in their interest. The worst part of all of this it that absolutely none of it had to happen in the first place…

      • 0 avatar
        slavuta

        This was a very precise assessment. We can add that when USSR was no more, West wasn’t satisfied.
        “I love Germany so much that I prefer to see two of them”, Giulio Andreotti said once. Same approach was taken against Russia. Divide and conquer.
        “United States need an enemy”, forgot who said this but a US figure in the 1990s
        Here is interesting read on this
        https://nationalinterest.org/feature/does-america-need-enemy-18106

        Yes, Russia refused to bent into a “global democratic system”. Now, they and China, Hungary/Poland too, are saying – democracy does not need to be liberal. It can be national, conservative, etc. And the last 2 years everybody had a full display, just like with truckers in Canada, that so-called democracies are governed by tyrannical clans, who really are incapable of anything besides using money for advertising their parties.

        The Ukrainian president they have today already closed 4 TV stations, jailed numerous opposition leaders. And not so-called “leaders” like Navalny in Russia, who is nobody. But the people with real force behind them. And yet on CNN Ukraine is a “democracy worth saving”.

  • avatar
    pmirp1

    Demonstrations should be allowed until they hurt innocent people and businesses.

    Black Livers Matters hurt many businesses, they looted, they burned, yet in America people allow them to demonstrate. They are thugs.

    Occupy Wall Street was mostly peaceful and it was allowed to occupy areas. Until city finally had enough of it.

    In Seattle Antifa was allowed to occupy city. IT should have been dealt with and those thugs in Seattle should be in jail.

    This group in Canada has been mostly peaceful. Closure of bridges is in fact hurting the businesses. So it must be dealt with.

    Yet in America, we let the Black Lives Matter and Antifa burn cities and police percients and no one said a thing. Those thugs of Black Lives Matter and Antifa should be in jail.

  • avatar
    numike

    winning what??

  • avatar
    Jeff S

    I am starting to be grateful that my Maverick is being made in Mexico instead of Canada. As a consumer I don’t want to put up with crap from anti vacciners blocking roads delaying further the production of my vehicle. These truckers can keep protesting even though I don’t agree with them. Maybe if they keep it up long term they won’t have to worry about Canada and its regulations. I don’t have anything against Canada but this is the kind of crap that the UAW did with their strikes in the 70s. Don’t give a crap about your jobs and the other workers thats livelihoods that are affected by your actions then I don’t want to support you. I had to take my Covid-19 shots and wear a mask so I have little sympathy for your protest especially when you honk your horns and disturb and violate others rights and block roadways. If I were GM, Ford, Stelantis, Toyota, and Honda I would be expanding my operations in Mexico and overseas and not put up with this. Consumers have had to put up with enough shortages of new vehicles and excessive markups over MSRP that there less sympathy for this type of protest that delays production and transportation even further.

    • 0 avatar
      jkross22

      “I had to take my shots so you get yours”, “don’t give a crap about your jobs” – total number of people won over by your argument = 0

      Keep hating if you like, but wouldn’t it make more sense to not insult the people you want to change?

      I’m picturing a Mormon missionary yelling at prospective converts, tie flailing and sweat stains filling the sides of those starched white shirts.

      • 0 avatar
        Jeff S

        I am speaking as a consumer and as a consumer I am more interested in what I want and less interested in a group of truckers who want to block roads and create mayheim. As a consumer I can go elsewhere and this is what many consumers patiently waiting for their new vehicles feel. So yes as a consumer I am not trying to win an argument I am just interested in my vehicle. I would be more interested in the protesting truckers cause if they were not blockading bridges and affecting others livelihoods. Never claimed to be a missionary and I am not Mormon but I was required to take the Covid shot as many are required to take Polio, Measles, and other shots. Everyone has a right to a peaceful demonstration but any demonstration can go too far and infringe upon others rights whether it be Anti Vaccers or BLM. As for my comment about moving more production away from the US and Canada this has been happening for decades not just because of wages but problems with unions and with instances such as this current protest. You don’t have to like it but businesses long term will be looking at moving operations especially if protests arise again. Corporations are not charitable institutions. Maybe this is something you never thought about and I am willing to give you the benefit of the doubt but the needs of businesses, employees, and consumers need to be considered. I give a crap about others jobs to a certain point but if they are too selfish to consider others jobs and the affect their protest has on others then I lose any sympathy for them. By the way I don’t wear starched shirts so stop with your narrow biases.

        • 0 avatar
          Jeff S

          A case in point about labor problems is the GM Plant in Norwood Ohio. I worked with a guy who was a manager at that plant and he told me about the labor problems GM had at that plant with workers deliberately breaking mirrors and destroying parts on the cars as they were assembled so that they could get overtime for fixing these cars. GM had just retooled that plant and put new paint booths in. GM actually had films of the workers sabotaging these vehicles and confronted the union but the union was not interested. GM finally closed Norwood and shipped much of the equipment to Mexico. Not saying that the anti vax protest is the same the workers have a right to peaceful protest but if this happens repeatedly the auto manufacturers will relocate their plants. It is not always corporate greed but there are other factors that cause relocations of plants. If we are discussing the pros and cons of this protest then we need to discuss everything. GM and Ford might decide its not worth it to produce engines in Canada or to ship parts across the border to manufacturer cars in Canada and this will affect the number of truckers needed to haul parts and products from the US to Canada and vice versa. Truckers might have won this round but if this happens again they will lose in the long run. Business is business.

        • 0 avatar
          jkross22

          The starched white shirts comment was visualizing a missionary. Not a remark about you. Guess I didn’t clarify that enough.

          If you’re speaking as someone wanting to buy a car, I bet you were all over the comment section with the chip shortages and how the shut downs have hobbled carmakers from manufacturing and how they delayed advancing their designs to make it cheaper and easier to make said chips.

          Right?

          • 0 avatar
            Jeff S

            I understand the chip shortages they are what they are. I do believe the car companies were a little quick to cut their chip orders and this resulted in much of the chip shortages we have today. The chip makers went to more lucrative contracts to fill the void from auto makers. The chips used in auto making are a older generation of chips and less profitable. Auto makers will either have to make their own chips, find other manufacturers, and/or redesign their components to use the newer generation of chips which will take years. The problems arise when Just in Time Manufacturing cuts to the bone where there are no contingencies when there are interruptions in the supply chain. This is more complex. Yes I am speaking not just from someone who wants a new vehicle but someone who ordered a 2022 hybrid Maverick XLT on July 25 and have had the build dates changed twice and maybe again. At least I think I don’t have to depend on the protesting truckers since the engine and the components are not made in Canada and the Maverick is made in Mexico. The auto makers who have manufacturing in Canada will be looking at this trucker boycott and if something like this happens again they are likely to close the rest of their Canadian plants and move them to Mexico or another country outside of North America. Be careful what you wish for you might get what you want with consequences you never anticipated.

  • avatar
    28-Cars-Later

    Did Justine ever come back from the beauty parlor?

  • avatar
    Jeff S

    Heard on the news that this trucker strike is now going to expand to the Super Bowl. Isn’t this strike suppose to be about the Covid Vaccine and mask mandates in Canada? I am not aware of any mandates applying to truck drivers in the US unless this is California and maybe NY? Those attending the Super Bowl will remember this and many will not be so sympathetic toward these truckers.

  • avatar

    @Lou: hydrogen peroxide with saline at a concentration of .04% with a drop of Lugol’s (2%) – 5 minutes every hour. Within 24 hours a person who tested positive for Covid had no fever nor fatigue and was able to resume normal activities after using this treatment protocol. There were nutritional supplements used also – most notably Vitamins C and D. This isn’t made up, it’s actual. I know this individual personally.

    Also, I don’t suggest no one availing themselves of the vaccine (so called). If they feel that is the best course for them, then by all means they should. I only suggest it is but one option in dealing with Covid.

    Yes I am aware of the nature of monoclonal antibodies. No, I do not work with them.

    Sorry this is so far removed from your post, Lou. I had no reply button available with your comment.

    • 0 avatar
      Lou_BC

      @THX1136 – thanks for the response. I haven’t seen any studies supporting the use of H2O2 in the treatment of COVID-19.
      mAb’s are much more risky to use in the treatment of disease than using vaccines to prevent or reduce the .severity of disease.

  • avatar
    vanpressburg

    Canadian truckers are the leaders of the free world.
    Liberal media are totalitarian control freaks.

  • avatar
    stuki

    It seems that once people are sufficiently deprived of more traditional arms, trucks turn out to be one of the most powerful ones left.

    If nothing else, at least that is an interesting development.

    Ditto CBs and bluetooth mesh networks, as means to bypass junta approved, censored propagandication channels.

    Truckers, and those supporting them, need to get busy finding ways they can use Monero (or other harder to track/shut down payment channels).

    Perhaps drones for deliveries etc…..

    All in all a nice laboratory for developing oppression resistant technologies.

  • avatar

    What we see in Canada: MASSIVE peaceful protests by working Canadians who are fed up with all BS going on in country thanks to elite.

    And what we see in USA? Looting, burning cities, killing innocent people protecting their property, marauding gangs devastating Democratic states, racial demagoguery and funny elections. All approved by American elite.

    Are with Canada or USA?

  • avatar
    MitchConner

    Thanks to China’s stupidity millions are dead while the rest of us had their freedoms trampled on by politicians who think they know better than us — including the moron in the White House who said he was going be so much better than his predecessor yet has done nothing but puke on himself.

    Lockdowns. Mandates. Businesses ordered closed. People not even allowed to gather in church. Censorship by communications platforms that are exempt from various laws because they are supposedly not publishers — yet take it upon themselves to delete content they deem misinformation — even though in some cases they were wrong and buried the truth.

    I lived in California when this all hit. County health directors who were not elected and answered to no one but themselves made up scores of regulations as they went along. And a lot of them made no sense and couldn’t be justified. They drove a lot of small businesses under for no good reason and aren’t being held accountable for it.

    While I don’t agree with all of the methods used by the truckers, I do applaud them for taking a stand. Enough is enough.

    • 0 avatar
      slavuta

      China does what China does. But I put this one on NIH/Faucci

      • 0 avatar
        MitchConner

        Yeah, they played a big role as well. No question. Fauci’s just an egomaniacal ass. He needs to be fired.

        Thing is China promised to close their wet markets after SARS then reopened them 30 days later after the hubbub blew over. They promised to be more open if another virus developed within their borders after SARS and weren’t. They also prevented people from traveling from Wuhan to Beijing and other major cities in China — but let people leave the country when they knew something was up. Just a bunch of scumbags.

        Nobody should’ve gone to the Beijing Olympics.

        • 0 avatar
          slavuta

          Well, yea. China is China. You can’t trust them. They use old soviet book here – the government can’t be wrong. Something Pelosi tries to do here. And they basically did. Pelosi-Faucci-CDC-FDA-CNN – a new formation of US Soviet system – no descent.
          But we should be expecting this from China. And we should not use Chinese outsourcing for the government services. US is also not a nice guy. We build secret CIA prisons and bio labs all over the place, in those countries where it will not create any sort of protest. It would be illegal to do in US certain things we did in other countries, hence the situation of this outsourcing.

  • avatar
    Lou_BC

    “Freedom Convoy Update: Truckers Are Winning”

    23 days and counting.

    Are they winning?

    NO. NADA. ZIP. ZERO.

    A few updates to disprove the title of this article:

    A court injunction was served upon the protesters at the Ambassador Bridge. Arrests have been made and the bridge is now clear.

    GoFundMe – donations refunded (except for 1 million doled out)

    GiveSendGo – assets frozen by court order. They chose to defy court order but Canadian bank complied and freezes a 1.4 million dollar transfer to individual accounts.

    “Individual accounts…. hmmmmm????

    GiveSendGo hacked and names of donors leaked to the public.

    The Ottawa mayor (not Trudeau, not Ford) agrees to meet with leaders if they clear the downtown core. It looks like that will be a go. Wow… is a mayor of a city considered a win?

    Protesters in Surrey BC attempt to block a border crossing. They broach a police barricade with an army surplus 8×8 and drive down the wrong side of the road. They are later blocked by another police barricade.

    Counter-protesters block multiple routes to “Freedom” protesters.

    2 ex-military special forces members are under investigation for providing technical/logistics support to the convoy organizers counter to their oaths to serving Canada.

    Survey says:

    “There is even broad-based support for a vaccine mandate for all non-exempt adults over the age of 18, with 70 per cent of Canadians indicating that they back the measure to some extent.”

    “Vaccine passports
    A majority of Canadians agree with the requirement to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 in order to undertake certain activities. We observed that an estimated four out of every five Canadians supports vaccine passports for air or cruise ship travel. Support tapers off ever-so-slightly for proof of vaccination in venues such as movie theatres, restaurants and gyms.”

    “Restrictions
    Canadians are also broadly supportive of most government-imposed restrictions associated with COVID-19. The field dates of this latest wave of the COVID-19 Monitor study coincide with renewed restrictions in many provinces in response to a surge in cases associated with the Omicron variant.

    The highest level of support for restrictions is with respect to nursing homes, but respondents also indicated widespread agreement with restrictions on international travel, bars and nightclubs and stadiums. Even school and daycare closures received majority support with 66 per cent of Canadians strongly or somewhat agreeing with such measures given the circumstances at the time.”

    • 0 avatar
      slavuta

      “A majority of Canadians agree with the requirement to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 in order to undertake certain activities.”

      In this case they deserve Tru-dope.
      Pavlov’s puppies

    • 0 avatar
      Matt Posky

      Looks like authoritarianism got a lot of support over the weekend. I also heard Canada was going to implement the Emergencies Act (formerly the War Measures Act that was only used during WW1, WW2, and the October Crisis). Lockdowns and mandates were a grotesque overaction, on par with internment camps and other historical embarrassments. Rooting for the continued abuse of power is beyond disgusting. But I guess that’s what sycophants do.

      All the government had to do was end lockdowns after two years of failure. Canada instead opted to go full on police state. CoNgRaTuLaTiOnS

      • 0 avatar
        Lou_BC

        I’d type out LOL but…

        Obviously abuse of power is your opinion and the opinion of a minority of Canadians.

        The majority of Canadians feel that this whole protest is misguided and based on misinformation.

        The Emergencies Act is newer legislation replacing the old “War Measures Act”. There are built in safeguards reducing the risk of abuse.

        “All the government had to do was end lockdowns after two years of failure.”

        “Two years of failure” is a laughable statement.

        Canada’s vaccination rate is 20% higher than that of the USA. We were more aggressive than the USA overall with various control measures. Our death rate IS 3 times THREE TIMES less than that of the USA when adjusted for population size.

        Three times less………so yeah that’s a failure if you are a mortician or a burial plot salesman.

        “Failure” is just your point of view and that of a minority of Canadians.

        To make that point even more obvious, the recent hack on GiveSendMe shows that 29% of donations came from Canadians.

        ONLY 29%

        Looks like most Canadian follow the science.

        • 0 avatar
          Jeff S

          Agree with you Lou. Glad to see this boycott come to an end and see the auto workers get back to work. Really would hate to see Canada lose any more auto manufacturing which could happen if this type of thing happens again over a longer period of time. Canadians build a good vehicle. Hopefully my Maverick will be built the week of March 7 and I don’t have another rescheduled date. Would like to have it in the Spring especially when I need an open bed to get things since I sold the Ranger to my next door neighbors son.

          • 0 avatar
            slavuta

            Canadian truckers inspired marches around the world.
            I suggest US militias get involved. I am sure they can just end this tyranny in Canada. Canadian cops are only tough against unarmed citizens.

          • 0 avatar
            Lou_BC

            “I suggest US militias get involved.”

            Oh look. The Russian troll is advocating foreign sponsored terrorism.

          • 0 avatar
            FreedMike

            @Lou:

            This, after he advocated starving people into political submission.

            Does anyone moderate this site anymore?

          • 0 avatar
            Lou_BC

            “Does anyone moderate this site anymore?’

            That would limit one’s freedumbs…

          • 0 avatar
            FreedMike

            @Lou:

            He’s like that bats**t crazy neighbor that Just. Keeps. Doing. Bats**t. Crazy. Stuff. And no one will do anything about it.

        • 0 avatar
          slavuta

          Lou,
          America wanted to take over Canada several times. We need to use this opportunity as pretext. We will save Canadian democracy. US citizens are armed and ready. Time to end Tru-dope’s tyrannical regime

          • 0 avatar
            C5 is Alive

            Slavuta, the U.S. has its own Leftist/fascist infestation to “deal with” before we can turn our attention to solving Canada’s problems.

  • avatar
    Jeff S

    Do we even know if he lives in the USA or is this a Russian troll. Seems to me that he advocates starving people who do not agree with him and insurrection. US militia has no right and is outside its jurisdiction to overthrow the Canadian Government. That is all Canada needs is a US style Jan. 6 Washington DC attempt to unseat the Government. The crazies are out in full force.

    • 0 avatar
      Lou_BC

      @Jeff S – If it were the USA military, that would be an invasion. USA “Militia’s” from what I’ve seen in photo’s are a bunch of old fat white guys in camo gear wandering around clutching military grade firearms. I doubt they’d get across the border and if they did, that would be by definition terrorism. No different than crashing planes into buildings during 9-11.

      • 0 avatar
        Lou_BC

        @JeffS

        Canadian protests tend to be much more peaceful that in the USA because we don’t have a huge problem with unregistered and unrestricted firearms.

        With that being said, the RCMP executed search warrants in southern Alberta at Coutts crossing blockade and arrested 13 Canadian men with a stash of assault grade weapons, handguns, and high capacity magazines. They also confiscated edged weapons and body armour.

        Interestingly enough, they were acting upon tips. That would indicate that many of these protesters aren’t advocating extreme violence.

      • 0 avatar
        slavuta

        No, Lou, this is not terrorism. You’re overusing the word. This is resistance. In 1937 in Spain general Franco decided to overthrow the elected government. Volunteers from around the world went to help. Including Canadians. https://valourcanada.ca/military-history-library/canadians-in-the-spanish-civil-war/

        Hopefully after this ordeal Quebec will finally separate.

    • 0 avatar
      slavuta

      Jeff,
      you still have not chewed your false believes on Putin. And you already immersing into Canadian problems. Why don’t you learn history of the world first. How things are done historically. You will never see what had not happened. All that happened before will happen again.

    • 0 avatar
      slavuta

      Jeff, I would be careful now to call others “Russian troll” because I know one girl who called one US president a “Russian troll”. But now she is in a very hot water she cooked up herself. Oh, yea, you know her – your precious Hillary Clinton

  • avatar
    Arthur Dailey

    It has been demonstrable proven that a great many of the social media postings advocating civil disobedience and disseminating misinformation are emanating from troll farms located in nations traditionally opposed to western democracy. These nations also host and protect ransomware terrorists/criminals. We see at least two accounts on this site that consistently advocate for actions or policies calling for the overthrow of democratically elected governments. Thankfully most of us disregard them and understand their intent.

    As for the author of this article, he has demonstrated his illogical bias. All he has to do is to review the statistics regarding government interventions, and the correlation between them and hospitalizations and death rates. He claims to have conducted ‘research’ but has zero academic credentials, access to a research lab or other accepted forms of research.

    As for those worried about the side effects of the vaccines. In Canada the municipal authorities gather these, they are then passed to the provincial authorities who then pass them to the federal authorities. The public has access at each step. The federal government posts them and updates them almost daily. 35,580 deaths to date in Canada related to COVID infections.90% of Canadians have received a vaccination. Unvaccinated represent 69% of hospitalizations and 68% of deaths related to COVID.
    https://health-infobase.canada.ca/covid-19/epidemiological-summary-covid-19-cases.html

    • 0 avatar
      slavuta

      Just explain excess death in US, Europe. Why suddenly professional athletes are dying in numbers in 2021? Explain and this is it!

      • 0 avatar
        Arthur Dailey

        @Slavutas: Thanks for demonstrating that you post misinformation. The NHL has a 99% vaccination rate. Zero deaths. The NFL has a 95% vaccination rate. Zero deaths. MLB has an 85%+ vaccination rate. Zero deaths. No athlete in any of these sports has had a serious long term side effect due to the vaccination. However some who became infected prior to being vaccinated have suffered from Long COVID and/or myocarditis.

        And the KHL has suspended their regular season due to COVID.

        What you reference has been proven to be a bogus story, and pure misinformation.

        https://www.politifact.com/factchecks/2021/nov/19/blog-posting/dozens-prominent-athletes-did-not-die-heart-attack/
        https://www.reuters.com/article/factcheck-coronavirus-sport-idUSL1N2T81NY

        • 0 avatar
          slavuta

          I thought you’re smarter than this. Fact checkers are operatives of the lying machine. Here is the list of athletes and you can go and search info on each of them, from their club sites

          https://covidvaccinesideeffects.com/athletes-who-have-collapsed-during-play-or-training/

        • 0 avatar
          jkross22

          Arthur,

          None of your claims are provable. You’re guessing, something none of us should be doing.

          AND you’re using politifact as a proof source, yet another site that’s been proven to have an agenda at odds with medical evidence.

          You need to check your biases.

          • 0 avatar
            Arthur Dailey

            @JK they are all easily proven. Each of the leagues has released their COVID rules and their COVID vaccination rates. All public knowledge, as is the health of each of their players. Please disregard those conspiracy theory sites which are largely manipulated by foreign nations.

          • 0 avatar
            jkross22

            “they are all easily proven.”

            You will believe most anything from sources you believe.

            There are Trump supporters still convinced he won in 2020.
            There are vaccine enthusiasts who still believe cov vaccine will protect you from getting/spreading Covid.
            There are people convinced that Canadian truckers are Nazis.

            If you haven’t become skeptical by now of ‘trusted sources’, it’ll likely not happen. Even though you’ve been given every reason to be skeptical.

          • 0 avatar
            Arthur Dailey

            @JKRoss there is a great deal of difference between using critical thinking and logic and being tinfoil hat conspiracy obsessed. Professional sports leagues publish their rosters, publish their injury reports, update the health status of their players and in particular in the NHL and MLB had to conform with government rules regarding players crossing borders. All of that information is readily available and easily confirmed. And disproves the theories and misinformation regarding the ‘danger’ of the vaccines.

          • 0 avatar
            Lou_BC

            “If you haven’t become skeptical by now of ‘trusted sources’, it’ll likely not happen.”

            It is wise to be skeptical. That is part of having an analytic mindset and using critical thinking as opposed to common sense.

            One must screen sources known for reliable information.

            Abstract in Lancet:
            https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanres/article/PIIS2213-2600(21)00082-5/fulltext

            Here is another(Journal of the American Medical Association)
            JAMA Cardiology:
            Abstract:
            “Findings In this cross-sectional study of RTP cardiac testing performed on 789 professional athletes with COVID-19 infection, imaging evidence of inflammatory heart disease that resulted in restriction from play was identified in 5 athletes (0.6%). No adverse cardiac events occurred in the athletes who underwent cardiac screening and resumed professional sport participation.”
            https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamacardiology/fullarticle/2777308

            another one:
            https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanres/article/PIIS2213-2600(21)00548-8/fulltext
            ‘In conclusion, in elite athletes, vaccination against SARS-CoV-2 with the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine tozinameran appears to be well tolerated and associated with few significant side-effects. When side-effects occurred, they were short-lived and did not affect sporting participation. This analysis should help to inform discussion regarding the risks and benefits of SARS-CoV-2 vaccination in the context of sport.”

        • 0 avatar
          slavuta

          Arthur, drop using google POS.

          I searched today on google – “Hillary spied on Trump”. Went to the news section – NOTHING related

          Go to duckduckgo, bing – BAM!!! different results

          In other words, you need to learn how to search for information. Don’t be an amateur

      • 0 avatar
        Lou_BC

        “professional athletes”

        Another poster on this site was called out on the claim of dead athletes. He could only list 3. One was 88 year old Hank Aaron.

        Back to Posky’s claim “All the government had to do was end lockdowns after two years of failure.”, the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) like many global news outlets did an analysis of Canada’s COVID – 19 response. It was compared to the USA where measures have been less stringent.
        They found this:
        1. Canada has had per capita 1/2 the number of COVID – 19 cases as the USA
        2. Canada’s mortality rate is 3 times less (confirming my previous statements)
        3. Vaccine rate is 20% higher than the USA (again confirming my previous comments)
        4. Our healthcare system has had lower mortality rates from COVID – 19 than the USA’s predominantly profit based system.

        • 0 avatar
          slavuta

          Canada, Canada, Canada… your Canada is a tyrannical regime. If Reagan was the president of US, he would take guns from Mexican narco-cartels and would ship it to freedom fighters in Canada. And he would reinstate War Plan Red

  • avatar
    Lou_BC

    @Arthur Dailey
    @jkross22

    One of the biggest problems created by the internet and social media algorithms is the ease at which people can find “likes” and information/people that corroborate their beliefs. It artificially creates a rift between people with differing opinions. The anonymity of this medium also makes it worse.

    It is next to impossible to debate a topic based upon facts when both sides can’t even agree upon the actual facts. It is comparable to a unilingual Anglophone debated a unilingual Francophone. It’s just a bunch of noise and frustration.

    How does one fix the rift?
    I do find that interacting with individuals such as yourselves helps build trust in other viewpoints.

  • avatar
    Lou_BC

    “Results
    As expected, the relative risk of infection was markedly higher among unvaccinated individuals than among vaccinated individuals. However, the contact-adjusted contribution of unvaccinated individuals to infection risk during the epidemic was disproportionate, with unvaccinated individuals contributing to infection risk among the vaccinated at a rate up to 6.4 times higher than would have been expected based on contact numbers alone in the base case.”
    https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2021.12.14.21267742v1

  • avatar
    la834

    > “Truckers arriving in Ottawa to deliver their messages to the MPs were initially met with borderline slanderous reports from the media that framed them as bigots pushing a dangerous agenda, rather than blue-collar workers with a desire to see life returning to normal after two years of restrictions.”

    If those blue-collar workers really had a desire to see life return to normal after two years of restrictions, they’d get their vaccines stat. The mRNA jabs have proven exceedingly safe and effective, and the pandemic would be nearly over by now if every eligible North American got their covid shots, just like we wiped out smallpox and (mostly) polio with mass vaccination of schoolkids, including me. You can be glad I didn’t whine about the government taking away my “freedom” to infect myself and others – maybe YOU – with these awful but now largely eradicated diseases by not doing my part and getting vaccinated.

  • avatar
    orange260z

    I live in Ottawa, and we regularly see protests and demonstrations – that’s part of living in the capital city of a democratic country where the Charter of Rights and Freedoms provides you with the freedoms of expression, association, and peaceful assembly. Protesters come,clog up downtown for a few hours one afternoon, make their point and leave.

    However, the Charter DOES NOT give you the right to infringe on the rights of your fellow citizens, nor to blockade bridges, railways, and city streets. It does not give you the right to blast 120db air horns incessantly on city streets let alone in residential neighborhoods. It does not give you the right to stop your rig in the middle of a public thoroughfare, disable the vehicle, set up a tent and act like a homesteader. It does not give you the right to verbally abuse passersby that are wearing masks. It does not give you the right to break the provincial law and enter restaurants and stores and abuse the proprietors and patrons. It does not give you the right to cause local businesses to shut down or incur tens (or even hundreds) of millions of dollars in economic losses.

    The Charter gives you certain rights, but it does not absolve you of the consequences of your rights. You have a right to not get a COVID vaccination, but you don’t have a right to enter a restaurant, store, or aircraft. What about MY right not get infected by you?

    Yes, everyone is frustrated and fed up with COVID restrictions. But a pandemic isn’t a choice, and we need to react to it as a society. Being part of a society comes with social responsibility. If you don’t like that, go live in your cabin in the woods and don’t come out.

    Interestingly, most of the same Conservative Party politicians who have expressed strong support for the protest until they realized they were digging themselves a hole were the same ones calling for the military to step in during Indigenous rail blockades a couple of years ago. I can tell you, far more force is typically used against Indigenous protests than what we have seen here.

    Additionally, the media has actually under-reported the racist element mixed into this illegal demonstration & occupation. Driving down Carling Ave on the first Saturday I personally saw quite a number of Confederate flags flying along side Canadian flags, and most of the key organizers are known right-wing extremists. That is not acceptable in our society.

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