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O, Canada,

Canadian prime Minister Justin Trudeau

This morning.

Via CTV:

The Canadian federal government has lifted the Emergencies Act but questions remain about what might be the long-term effects of invoking such extraordinary measures to quell protests.

The financial measures carried out under the act, which included directing banks to freeze some protesters’ accounts, have been a particular target for criticism and one watcher warns the damage done will linger long after the initial protests are finished.

Financial intelligence expert Kim Manchester says that banks will likely keep tracking those individuals flagged by the RCMP and their names could end up on private-sector third-party databases that banks rely on to mitigate anti-money laundering and terrorist financing.

Banks and other financial institutions were also directed to look into whether any clients seemed to be supporting the protests, and those monitoring actions could well continue, he said.


On a larger scale, Manchester says that the actions set a dangerous precedent of how government decides to go after protests, and leaves open the door to using the same tactics in the future.

He says allies will also be watching how the federal government used Fintrac and compare the actions against the protesters to the relatively few resources directed to financial crime generally.

There are lasting consequences to this. You don’t just pull out a fountain pain and sign a piece of paper and hope that it all goes away. It doesn’t work like that,” said Manchester.

Emergency Act revoked, but questions linger on legacy of financial actions (CTV)

EDITORIAL: Good riddance to the Emergencies Act (Toronto Sun)


What the truck?




Last night.

Bank account-freezing Canadian prime Minister Justin Trudeau pledges his country’s support against totalitarianism…in the Ukraine.


Trudeau announces sanctions on Russia as Moscow ramps up pressure on Ukraine (CBC)




Last night.

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

The last big rigs were towed Sunday out of Canada’s capital, where the streets were quiet for the first time in almost a month after a massive police operation ended a drawn-out siege by protesters opposing Covid health rules

A major clean-up was underway in Ottawa‘s snowy downtown, where police in riot gear had faced off with trucker-led demonstrators for two full days, finally driving them out of their protest hub outside parliament.

Canadian police reclaim Ottawa after weeks-long ‘anti-vax’ trucker protest (France 24)

Video Appears to Show Police Horses Trampling Canadian Trucker Protesters (Newsweek)

The Woodstock couple?


This afternoon.

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

A strategic withdrawal from tricolour-clad, freedom-loving Paddy as police move in to dismantle the truck blockade.

Some drive home.

Earlier: They Always get Their Man

Thanks Fearganim





Ontario provincial police and federal Royal Canadian Mounted Police have joined forces to dismantle the ‘Freedom Convoy’

This afternoon.

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Via Al Jazeera:

Ottawa police have asked protesters to “remain peaceful and lawful” as they moved in to clear an occupation that has blockaded the centre of the Canadian capital for three weeks.

Dozens of police vehicles, including a large black armoured car, and about 100 police officers arrived near the Ottawa Art Gallery at about 8am (13:00 GMT) on Friday, where about 20 vehicles have been parked since late January, blocking the roadway.

“If you do not leave now, you will be arrested,” police said, banging on windows of vehicles, Al Jazeera’s Roger Lemoyne reported. At least four people were arrested.

Ottawa police have increased their presence in the downtown core of Ottawa over the past several days, as they coordinated with Ontario provincial police and federal Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) to clear out participants in the so-called “Freedom Convoy”.

Ottawa police arrest protesters to end Canadian trucker blockade (Al Jazeera)

Canada protests: Police begin to make arrests at Ottawa protest (BBC)

Roger Lemoyne/Al Jazeera




China’s Canada’s CTV:

CTV anchor: “You’ve just compared people who have may have donated to this to the same people who are funding maybe a terrorist. I just want to be clear here. This is really important. A lot of folks are just like ‘look, I just don’t like your vaccine mandates. And I donated to this, now it’s illegal, should I be worried that the bank can freeze my account?’ What’s your answer?”

David Lametti (Canada’s Justice Minister): “Well, I think if you are a member of a pro-Trump movement who’s donating hundreds of thousands of dollars and millions of dollars to this kind of thing, they oughta be worried.”



That’ll learn them.


Good times.

Previously: The Rockefeller Stank

Justin Trudeau and Leo Varadkar at Farmleigh House, Phoenix Park, Dublin in July 2017


Would they?

Uh ye-ah.

Only you can decide.





Only you (and the Hague, eventually) can decide.

Last night/this morning.


The Canadian government is invoking the Emergencies Act for the first time to address the impact of continued protests across the country over Covid-19 health measures.

The Emergencies Act can provide for the use of the military, but may not necessarily lead to that, and Trudeau said the government is not bringing them in.

But it can temporarily suspend citizens’ rights to free movement or assembly. And the government is taking steps to stop financial support of illegal protests.

Canadian government invokes Emergencies Act due to blockades and protests over Covid-19 measures (CNN)




Any excuse.