Monday, February 14, 2022
BE OUR VALENTINE, OTTAWA
In today's State of Emergency Jenga, New Edinburgh resident Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to enact the Federal Emergencies Act, joining the Provincial State of Emergency from Friday, and the City's State of of Emergency from the week before.
All these awesome powers now bestowed upon the executives of the City, Province, and Country are in aim on making some member, any member, of law enforcement issue a $160 parking ticket to trucks blocking downtown streets.
A dog-walking group off Riverside Drive took matters in their own hands yesterday, putting the lie to the Ottawa Police and City of Ottawa that nothing can be done.
Twenty-five convoy supporting vehicles left their staging depot on Coventry Road to reinforce the downtown blockade. Ten dog-walking women stepped in front of them, trapping the convoy from 10 am to arround 6 pm. Hundreds more counter-protestors joined them.
The counter-protest eventually allowed the vehicles to leave, under police escort, if they left behind the jerry cans of fuel and removed their signs. Here's the lead driver scraping off his window sticker.
As for Ottawa's civic leaders, they fared less well:
Saturday evening, Mayor Jim Watson told the Trucker Protest that they could stay and that he would meet with them, as long as they move their trucks from residential areas.
Watson made the deal with Tamara Lich, spokeswoman for the Freedom Convoy, who immediately tweeted that there was no such deal, then later tweeted that there was a deal. The deadline has now passed and the trucks have not moved.
Gloucester-South Nepean Ward councillor and Ottawa Police Services board member Carol Anne Meehan sent out this weird message yesterday asking people to direct their anger at the Prime Minister.
The Federal Government, of course, has no jurisdiction over policing and the Ottawa Police Board is the only body legally responsible for directing the Ottawa Police (See section 31).
The Toronto Star reported that the Ottawa Police have no plan on how to use the extra 1,800 officers requested. But all is well, as the Mayor and the Police Board both offered their full confidence on the police response last Friday.
On Friday, the Trucker protest brought in a gigantic video screen for that evening's dance party. The DJ hasn't been there all week – he played last weekend, went home, and was allowed to bring his gear back this weekend.
On Saturday, the noise injunction was ignored as trucks honked continuously.
A tent used by the Trucker protest got caught by a gust of wind and was blown over onto the Parliamentary precinct. Parliamentary Protective Service officers know who they are working for, and helpfully returned it.
Sunday, the New York Times wondered where all the police were in Ottawa. Jim Elves, a senior officer with Ottawa Police may have provided an answer. He pleaded with the public to ‘not take it out on Frontline troops – they are doing as instructed’.
The crowdfunding site that the Trucker protest had been using after GoFundMe, GiveSendGo, was hacked yesterday, with the hackers releasing thousands of names of donors. Obviously there is a bit of a legal hassle about publishing names from hacked info – like there is any law enforcement anymore – but there are going to be a lot of sleepless nights for some well-heeled people.
FInally, comedian Brittlestar has released a suggested video for Ottawa Tourism. He asks, ‘Tired of the rule of law and concern for others in society? Why not visit … Ottawa?’
We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren
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