Wednesday, February 16, 2022
The bureaucrats are definitely in charge today, as the paperwork part of the Siege of Ottawa has begun.
Members of the Integrated Police have been handing out a second warning to the Truckers, warning again they might be arrested.
Councillor for Gloucester-South Nepean ward and Ottawa Police Services Board member Carol Anne Meehan immediately stuck up her hand and said ‘My idea! My idea!’ because she suggested sending a second letter at the Police Board meeting yesterday.
Here is a montage of the hand outs. This one was handed to a woman at the street daycare centre in front of Parliament.
The letter does not mention the very important fact that the Emergency Act has banned bringing children to the siege but the Children's Aid Society has put out a statement telling them to make arrangements for their children, because the Children's Aid Society knows how to write an effective warning.
This is not to say that that letter has had no effect on moving out a protestor. A truck on Kent Street wanted to leave, so the Ottawa Police helpfully ticketed a resident's car that was in front of the truck and called for a tow. The City-contracted DMT towing arrived lickety-split and lifted up the resident's car.
The resident's car was moved, and the Truck left without any tickets. The resident, however, paid $118 to the tow company to get the car off the tow, and was ticketed $60 by the police.
Meanwhile, the injunction against honking laid by local residents – and not the City or Police – was extended for 60 days, not that it has been obeyed for the past five. This one is the most dangerous for the seige organizers because they have been named in it and, unlike the City and Provincial officials, the private residents are willing to enforce contempt of court proceedings.
Mayor Watson has had a bad 24 hours. First, it was revealed that his failed deal with the Truckers to move the trucks out of residential areas was facilitated by the disgraced former chief of staff to Premier Doug Ford, Dean French. French was ousted in 2019 after being accused of giving pals high-salaried government positions.
Watson was also flustered when asked how many police officers and military personnel are participating in the siege.
But, maybe we should have some sympathy what the protesters are living through.
The artists of Ottawa, in one voice, have reputiated them in a strongly worded letter.
Crowdfunding has been cut off, so they have moved to Bitcoin, raising over a $1 million in the cryptocurrency. The problem is, they have no idea how to turn a Bitcoin into a Loonie.
Here’s how VICE describes the process the Truckers need to fulfil:
If the distribution is to more than 50 people, the planning document states, then volunteers will follow a complex process of creating a wallet on a smartphone, recording the seed phrase, sending a small amount of Bitcoin to it, and then erasing the wallet, with another volunteer restoring the wallet and following the same procedure, transferring the full amount, and erasing it again.
“Once the volunteers place the instructions and the seed words into the envelope and seal [it,] it should be numbered and squiggly random lines should be drawn on the envelope to help with later identification,” the Google Doc states. “Finally a photo of the envelope should be taken and posted to social media before distribution. The purpose of this is to allow recipients to complain on social media with reasonable evidence if they do not receive the funds.”
Volunteers need to remain in a room until the process is complete, with no more than one person leaving at a time to use the washroom, and with food being delivered. Of course, any devices used in the process must be destroyed, such as the printer for the paper seed phrases.
Don't let anyone tell you Bitcoin is not the future.
Probably the most unheralded heroes of the seige have been the #RamRanchResistance. This loosely-organized group are fans of ‘Ram Ranch,’ a very raunchy metal song by Grant MacDonald. The members of #RamRanchResistance have been infiltrating the voice chat rooms of the siegers and playing clips from song which, we reiterate, will move your booty but uses extremely vulgar language. (Click at your own tolerance for naughty prose.)
We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren
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