Canada’s Trucker Crackdown
Appealing emergency powers ruling: Earlier this week, Canada’s finance minister said the government will appeal a court ruling that declared unreasonable its use of emergency powers to shut down the Canadian trucker COVID-19 mandate protests in 2022.
“A federal judge earlier on Tuesday said the Liberal government’s use of the Emergencies Act to clear the ‘Freedom Convoy’ demonstrations that paralyzed the national capital in 2022 was unreasonable and violated Charter rights,” reports Reuters. The “Freedom Convoy” was a group of truckers who flooded into Canada’s capital, Ottawa, to protest the cross-border vaccine mandate between Canada and the U.S., which threatened their ability to work and infringed on their medical freedom.
It lasted for a month, spanning the end of January 2022 and much of February, and resulted in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau using his emergency powers to arrest protesters and freeze their bank accounts (which they then countered by using bitcoin to buy basic necessities) to attempt to suppress their political speech.
“I conclude that there was no national emergency justifying the invocation of the Emergencies Act and the decision to do so was therefore unreasonable and ultra vires,” wrote Federal Court Justice Richard Mosley in a ruling issued this past Tuesday.
“I was convinced at the time it was the right thing to do, it was the necessary thing to do. I remain and we remain convinced of that,” said Canada’s finance minister in response, announcing the intention to appeal.
TED fellows pitch a fit over “genocide apologists”: Who are these genocide apologists, you might wonder? Defenders of the state of Israel and its response to Hamas’ October 7 attack, during which innocent civilians were burned alive!
“Five participants in the TED fellows program, which supports and promotes emerging voices in a variety of fields across the globe, resigned Wednesday after the public-speaking organization invited hedge-fund manager Bill Ackman and journalist Bari Weiss to speak at its 2024 flagship conference in Vancouver,” reports National Review. A letter sent to TED’s leadership accused the organization of choosing “not only to align itself with enablers and supporters of genocide, but to amplify their racist propaganda.”
Ackman has purportedly “defended Israel’s genocide and ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people and has cynically weaponised antisemitism in his programme to purge American universities of Pro-Palestinian freedom of speech” while Weiss has, in their telling, “weaponised antisemitism to defend Israel’s genocide in Gaza and has a track record of transphobic extremism.” No nuance contained within, about how the Israel-Palestine conflict is, uh, fairly complicated. (And detail provided to substantiate the transphobe claim? A truly unhinged laundry list of all the wrongthinkers Weiss has platformed over the years.)
It remains to be seen whether TED will kowtow to the haters. But it’s a very bad sign when people ostensi
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