Update (1715ET): As expected, Canadian PM Trudeau invoked sweeping emergency police powers Monday in his latest attempt to stamp out dissent from citizens protesting vaccine mandates and other COVID restrictions.
“This is not a peaceful protest,” the Canadian leader told reporters in Ottawa alongside top cabinet officials. “The federal government is stepping in because local police authorities have had difficulty enforcing the law,” he said.
“This is about keeping Canadians safe, protecting people’s jobs and restoring confidence in our institutions.”
Enacting the new never-before-used law gives Trudeau, in effect, martial law control over everything and everyone; and not all of Canada is behind him…
His first act, it appears, was to choke off any funding for the protesters by broadening its anti-money-laundering rules to cover crowdsourcing sites, threatening them with financing “terrorism”.
“We are broadening the scope of Canada’s anti-money laundering and terrorist financing rules so that they cover Crowd Funding Platforms and the payment service providers they use,” Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland said.
“This is about following the money. This is about stopping the financing of these illegal blockades.”
Canada authorizes banks and financial institutions to “temporarily cease providing financial services where the institution suspects that an account is being used to further the illegal blockades and occupations.”
This new law applies to personal and corporate accounts and covers all forms of transactions including cryptocurrencies:
“A bank or other financial service provider will be able to immediately freeze or suspend an account without a court order”
Banks “will be protected against civil liability for actions taken in good faith.”
Is it just us, or does Freeland look excited to be wielding this new-found power?
This seemed to sum things up rather well for the ‘peaceful protesters’…
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As we detailed earlier, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation has learned that Prime Minister Trudeau “will inform the provinces he will invoke the Emergencies Act to give the government extra powers to deal with the protests across the country. But in a meeting with the Liberal caucus, the PM said there were no plans to deploy the military.”
The move follows a meeting Sunday of the federal cabinet and its Incident Response Group (IRG).
Trudeau tweeted late Sunday that the IRG discussed “further actions the government can take to help end the blockades and occupations.”
Earlier that day, Emergency Preparedness Minister Bill Blair told CBC’s Rosemary Barton Live that the federal government has discussed invoking special emergency powers to deal with ongoing protests in Ottawa.
Blair described the attitude around invoking the Emergencies Act as “appropriate caution” rather than “reticence.”
As CBC concludes, the law gives the federal government carte blanche to cope with a crisis, including the ability to enact emergency powers that allow it to prohibit travel within a specified area or remove personal property, while imposing fines or jail time on people contravening new orders.
This is basically the ability to unleash ‘selective’ martial law on Canadians.
This comes after reports on Sunday, Canadian officials cleared the roadway and arrested “Freedom Convoy” demonstrators who held the line and blocked the busiest U.S.-Canada border crossing for nearly a week. Canadian officials confirmed the bridge reopened earlier Monday morning as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to invoke emergency powers to squash protesters around the country.
Traffic cameras on Ambassador Bridge, which connects Windsor and Canadian automotive plants with Detroit, show increased traffic flows around 0930 ET in both directions, into the US, and into Canada.
“Today, our national economic crisis at the Ambassador Bridge came to an end,” declared the mayor of Windsor, Drew Dilkens.
Bridge Camera (Into the US)
Bridge Camera (Into Canada)
While the bridge’s reopening has been called a success by the government, demonstrators against medical tyranny disrupted hundreds of millions of trade between both countries. Bloomberg reports the price of the six-day shutdown cost a whopping $13.5 million an hour in traded goods and forced carmakers to shutter or limit production at plants in Ontario and Detroit.
About 500 miles northeast of Windsor, CBS News reports protesters in Ottawa, Canada’s capital, continue to “paralyze downtown.” The occupation of Ottawa has incited a movement across the country of freedom-loving people creating congestion across highways, metro areas, and border crossings — all because they’re fed up with Trudeau’s vaccine mandates and restrictions.
The government is struggling to quell the assembly of freedom-loving people from across the country as Trudeau’s government plays Whac-A-Mole” to squash protesters where every they show up.
The latest is in Surrey, British Columbia, where protesters have shuttered a border crossing. Freedom never sleeps as a stretch of Highway 15 remains shut down, preventing traffic from entering the US. Data from geolocation technology company TomTom shows part of the highway is closed.
Various highway traffic cameras (data sourced from the British Columbia government) confirm the closure.
Twitter is full of pictures and videos from over the weekend of people gathering on and around the highway to voice their opinion against the government’s dystopic vaccine mandates and restrictions.
Even as Ambassador Bridge reopens, protesters continue blockade movements across the country at critical chokepoints that could unleash economic pain for the Canadian economy, something the Bank of Canada has called “very distressing.”
The revolts have yet to be squashed as it appears Trudeau won’t submit to protester demands
As part of their “Emergency Act” powers, the Canadian government has BLOCKED all social media posts originating from inside of Canada. Twitter, Facebook, etc., have been affected by the block.
Users can post, but what they post WILL NOT APPEAR on any feeds, anywhere!
This is what Liberals actually are, folks! Outright tyrants.
History has shown countless times, there’s only one way to stop tyranny.
BREAKING NEWS – Information is coming in as of 4:19 PM EST that the Parliament of Canada has voted AGAINST lifting the COVID mandates and that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is going to invoke the Emergencies Act, effectively implementing what many are calling Martial Law in Canada.
If the government of Canada thinks peaceful protests are an “Emergency” then one wonders if the people of Canada should try NOT PEACEFUL?
UPDATE 5:25 PM EST —
Premiers of Alberta, Manitoba, Quebec, and Saskatchewan oppose Trudeau decision to invoke the Emergencies Act on the truckers
Chrystia Freeland has now announced:
Following changes under the ‘proceeds of crime and terrorist financing act’:
– To cover crown funding platforms and payment service providers to register with ‘sintrack'(spelling?) and register large or suspicious transactions.
– To authorizing institutions to cease providing services to accounts suspected to be contributing to blockades
– ImmEdiatly freeze or suspends accounts without court order with protections against civil liability for actions taken in good faith
This all being done to ‘stop funding of illegal blockades’…
She then announced she is:
‘Serving notice for trucks taking part in the blockades’:
– Insurance suspended
– License suspended
– Corporate accounts frozen
All in the name of peace, order, and good government.
Premier Doug Ford says the province is ending its COVID-19 vaccine passport system starting on March 1. However, the mask mandate will remain in place.
“Ontario will also lift proof of vaccination requirements for all settings at this time. Businesses and other settings may choose to continue to require proof of vaccination,” the government said.
A firm date for lifting the use of masks or face coverings was not set.
“Masking requirements will remain in place at this time, with a specific timeline to lift this measure to be communicated at a later date,” the government said.
Capacity limits in all indoor public settings will also be eliminated.
Ford made the announcement on Monday morning alongside health minister Christine Elliott and Ontario’s chief medical officer of health Dr. Kieran Moore.
In addition, the next phase of Ontario’s three-phased approach to reopening the economy has been accelerated to Thursday, Feb. 17 — up from the previous date of Feb. 21.
These measures will take effect on Feb. 17 at 12:01 a.m.:
- Increasing social gathering limits to 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors
- Increasing organized public event limits to 50 people indoors, with no limit outdoors
- Removing capacity limits in the following indoor public settings where proof of vaccination is required, including:
Restaurants, bars and other food or drink establishments without dance facilities;
Non-spectator areas of sports and recreational fitness facilities, including gyms;
Meeting and event spaces, including conference centres or convention centres;
Casinos, bingo halls and other gaming establishments;
Indoor areas of settings that choose to opt-in to proof of vaccination requirements.
- Allowing 50 per cent of the usual seating capacity at sports arenas
- Allowing 50 per cent of the usual seating capacity for concert venues and theatres
- Increasing indoor capacity limits to 25 per cent in the remaining higher-risk settings where proof of vaccination is required, including nightclubs, restaurants where there is dancing, as well as bathhouses and sex clubs
- Increasing capacity limits for indoor weddings, funerals or religious services, rites, or ceremonies to the number of people who can maintain 2 m physical distance
- Capacity limits are removed if the location opts-in to use proof of vaccination or if the service, rite, or ceremony is occurring outdoors
As well, capacity limits in indoor public settings such as grocery stores, pharmacies, retail and shopping malls will be at the number of people who can maintain two metres of physical distancing.
Booster dose eligibility is also being expanded to youth aged 12 to 17 starting on Friday, Feb. 18 at 8 a.m.
“Given how well Ontario has done in the Omicron wave we are able to fast track our reopening plan,” Ford said. “This is great news and a sign of just how far we’ve come together in our fight against the virus. While we aren’t out of the woods just yet we are moving in the right direction.
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