8 March 2022
▪️Acting police chief Stephen Bell says that action will be done against Ottawa Police officers that supported the Trucker siege. Data leaked from the crowdfunding site GiveSendGo seems to show that some Ottawa Police officers donated money and there were many social media videos of police officers apparently supporting gas and food runs. What that action would be is not specified. [Ottawa Citizen]
▪️The Mounties did not ask any insurers to remove insurance on vehicles blocking the streets during the Siege. In testimony to the House of Commons finance committee, the Mounties also said that they did not provide names of donors to the Siege to banks, in order to have their accounts frozen. The only names given – and accounts frozen – were of on-site protestors. [Global]
+ Related Siege organizer Tamara Lich won her bail appeal. She was iniitially ordered to be held until trial but she appealled and supplied a new person who would guarantee that she would obey the court's orders. Lich must leave Ottawa by today.
▪️The Bluesfest line-up has been announced for real, live, non-virtual concerts in July. Hometown star Alanis Morrisette headlines July 10, on other nights its Sarah McLachlan, Jack Johnson, Luke Combs, The National, Marshmello, Alexisonfire, Luke Bryan, Rage Against The Machine, and TLC. [Ottawa Festivals]