The Govt of Canada - aka the city’s biggest employer - was shut down by the blockades. Most of the downtown office towers and hotels were closed. What do you think it would take to say the entire city (and country) was being harmed? https://t.co/iKEcTaa7NN— Rick Anderson 🇨🇦🇺🇦 (@RickAnderson) October 16, 2022
So tonight I was checking tweets and also scrolling back through my posts in early February. Hey, remember what actually was happening? And remember the brave people who fought back?
There’s a lot of gaslighting going on about what the convoy did in Ottawa and other places. It’s outrageous that people are suggesting it wasn’t a crisis. It was. https://t.co/e6QbXLwD26— Shannon Sampert (@paulysigh) October 15, 2022
These wonderful people plus the #RamRanchResistance— Heather 🇨🇦 🎼🌈 (@hbardell1) February 23, 2022
As requested, more heroes of the resistance. The neighbourhood “grannies,” who gave a thumbs down and a “you shall not pass” to a dump truck-lead convoy on their street. Also, blue jacket guy, a bundle of pulsating furiosity who unloaded on some horn honking truckers. 1/ pic.twitter.com/KHv9V1zW4I— Chris Chuckry 🇺🇦 🇨🇦 (@chrischuckry) February 24, 2022
Never forget the Battle of Billings Bridge:
BREAKING: #BalconyGuy revealed as fan choice to testify Monday at #EmergenciesActInquiry— Ryan 🇨🇦 (@ryanpszabo) October 16, 2022
**WARNING - NSFW - BUT HILARIOUS AND WORTH THE WATCH!**#FreeDumbConvoy#OttawaOccupation pic.twitter.com/MCmnHm0tiP
And in Vancouver:
They did much more too!!! https://t.co/bubVQNKUxX— Mike Tombstone (@MikeTwome) February 13, 2022
As the weeks passed, the protests were spreading -- the Convoy attempted to set up protests in Toronto, Quebec City, Winnipeg, Regina, though the provincial governments in these cities made sure that local police shut things down quickly, after seeing what was happening in Ottawa.
It's starting... across the country. And it's getting stronger by the hour. Time for the children to go home.— 1🍏Mar𝒵ipan (@1marzipan) February 12, 2022
Also there were attempts to restart the border blockages:
Ottawa believed that the convoy would leave in a couple of days.— Peter K Burian (@PKB_Canada) October 15, 2022
By the time it was approaching Toronto, the Police knew better.
They immediately took drastic action.
e.g. Roadblocks >> difficult for vehicles to get downtown
Or to access Queen's Park https://t.co/H3ZUYAQxbm
Windsor police Chief Pam Mizuno says yesterday "6 to 7 transport trucks" were driving to Windsor from Ottawa on the 401.— Chris Ensing (@ChrisEnsingCBC) February 16, 2022
"It is suspected this convoy was heading to Windsor."
They were about 250KM away (which would be just before Woodstock) and has turned around, says Mizuno.
This is starting to look like a slow-motion fascist coup, a January 6, 2021 where the police are letting it happen, aimed at ending the Trudeau minority government. It is the most severe attack on the legitimacy of the state and its democratic supports in our history.— Mark Bourrie (@MarkBourrie) February 12, 2022
It was the Emergencies Act that turned the tide, not just in Ottawa but in the rest of the country:
A pivotal moment.— Dr. Jason Price (@DrJPriceTrustee) February 13, 2022
Brazen calls from active & retired police/military for disobedience, the ex-RCMP command & control leadership, & evidence of ongoing intelligence failures.
We are in the midst of an attempted coup. It will be my fifth. I smell blood. #cdnpoli #5thColumn https://t.co/bHS1oNSzGe
There were children in those trucks, and concern they were being used as human shields against police action.
I seriously believe exactly this led to the 24hr clearance at Coutts.— Rugged Broad (@ruggedbroad) February 18, 2022
"That's it, son. Bring the tractor home NOW."
Flashback: Emergencies Act enacted by the federal government includes a prohibition on bringing children to sites where the protests and blockades are happening. Cops estimated that 1 in 4 trucks parked – about 100 – had children living inside. https://t.co/P49CNVbe5V #cdnpoli— isis wise¸.•*¨🐈⬛ (@IsisWise) October 16, 2022
All in all, it was a scary time. We need to remember what really happened:
It wasn't just Ottawa. More important I think were the border blockades & US trade disruptions, the spreading chaos in cities as people gave up on police & tried to stop the Convoy themselves, & the need to re-establish respect for rule of law & for elected authorities.— Cathie from Canada 🇨🇦 😷🏳️🌈 (@CathieCanada) October 14, 2022
4) psych torture & economic terrorism is being used.— kris meloche (@krismeloche) February 16, 2022
5) organizers have setup supply chains in Ottawa and Nationally including comms messaging.
6) they want to over throw an elected government.
7) the office of the prime minister is under direct threat.
8) children are shields
This Coyne tweet from February sums it all up and is still absolutely correct
This is, indeed, the original, most baffling failure. https://t.co/tbbljw98fR— Matt Gurney (@mattgurney) October 14, 2022
And this segues neatly into a Covid updates:
They can travel, work etc. All they have to do is get vaccinated. This is not a serious imposition in reality, even if they imagine it to be so.— Andrew Coyne 🇺🇦 (@acoyne) February 23, 2022
That they do so imagine is sad. They deserve our empathy and understanding. They do not, however, get to set policy. https://t.co/U7fcMQxQVj
We have now had our Moderna bivalent shot.
Three years ago I had no idea that there would be two sides to the debate on whether to let a deadly and disabling virus circulate around the world unmitigated.— Mask-splaining (@masksplaining) October 15, 2022
Things that make you say, hmmmm.....
The “I had Covid and I’m fine” statement is starting to sound like the “I’ve smoked my whole life and I didn’t get cancer”.— Keith Muise (@keetmuise) October 16, 2022
That’s great, but a lot of other people weren’t so lucky.
#BringBackMasks #COVID19 #CovidIsNotOver #CovidSafetyNow #COVIDisAirborne
Moving to Ukraine, the war continues to go well for the Ukrainians -- people will be writing books about how Ukraine won this war.
When politicians like @PierrePoilievre @ABDanielleSmith say that they will never, ever mandate vaccination, it's useful to be aware of how this can play out. New Yale study. https://t.co/dAwmv7b1AL pic.twitter.com/6V0Sx4KUuf— Bruce Anderson (@bruceanderson) October 15, 2022