Trucker convoy live: Joe Rogan says Canada ‘in revolt’ as anti-mandate truckers meet crowds on way to Ottawa

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<p>Supporters of the ‘Freedom Convoy’ of truckers driving from British Columbia to Ottawa in protest against a Covid-19 vaccine mandate gather near a highway overpass outside of Toronto, Ontario</p>
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Supporters of the ‘Freedom Convoy’ of truckers driving from British Columbia to Ottawa in protest against a Covid-19 vaccine mandate gather near a highway overpass outside of Toronto, Ontario

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A convoy of truckers opposed to Covid-19 vaccine mandates made its way through southwestern Ontario on Thursday, as it continues its sneaking journey through the heart of Canada.

The protest is being organized by Canada Unity, a group that opposes Covid-related measures.

Its leaders want prime minister Justin Trudeau and his government to drop the vaccine mandate for truckers crossing the Canada-US border and do away with other public health protections.

The Canadian federal government instituted vaccine mandates for cross-border truckers throughout the country. But as many as 32,000, or 20 per cent, of the 160,000 Canadian and American cross-border truck drivers may be taken off the roads due to the mandate, according to the Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA).

Some high-profile vaccine-sceptics, such as Elon Musk and Joe Rogan, have praised the protesting truckers. Mr Rogan stated that Canada is “in revolt”, with the toronto sun claiming that up to 50,000 truckers will end up completing the journey to the capital.

By contrast, Prime Minister Trudeau has characterized the protesters as a “small fringe minority who are on the way to Ottawa who are holding unacceptable views.”

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US truckers to join ‘Freedom Convoy’ on Saturday

According to Canadian Trucking Magazine publisher Dave MacKenzie, some US truckers are driving from North Dakota to Portal Saskatchewan, where they intend to cross the border and join their Canadian counterparts’ protest.

“Others are just driving in convoys in the US to show support,” he told West Standard Online. “The number of US drivers has gone from hundreds, to thousands, to hundreds again.”

MacKenzie explained travel costs are a large factor contributing to drivers’ ability to stay with the protest convoys.

Truckers left from British Columbia on Sunday and will be met in the nation’s capital on Saturday by other protesters driving from the east and the south of the country – as well as those from the States.

The Toronto Sun estimates that up to 50,000 trucks could be participating, which would exceed the existing record by around 10 times if the convoy stays intact until all the way to Ottowa.

Thomas Fenton28 January 2022 15:32

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GoFundMe releases just $1m of the $6m total raised by truckers

The crowdfunding platform GoFundMe says it has released an initial $1 million of the $6.2 million intended to support a convoy of truckers (and their supporters) which is currently headed for Ottowa.

Ace CBC reports, the fundraising page was launched earlier this month by Tamara Lich to take donations to cover the convoy’s fuel, food and lodging expenses – which is protesting against vaccine mandates for Canadian truckers.

Earlier this week, GoFundMe said it was holding back the funds until it received more details about the group and its financial management.

A spokesperson for GoFundMe stated on Thursday that the organizer has provided a distribution plan and the withdrawn funds are being used to cover participants’ fuel costs.

They added that the platform is working with the organizers to release the rest of the money once participants have been reimbursed for their expenses.

Thomas Fenton28 January 2022 14:30

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Crowd in Toronto cheers on anti-vaccine trucker convoy

A large crowd gathered outside a mall north of Toronto on Thursday to cheer a group of local truckers preparing to join a convoy to Ottawa protesting Canada’s coronavirus vaccine mandate for cross-border drivers.

Some in the crowd threw cash and food up to drivers inside their truck cabs at the Vaughan Mills mall while others waved Canadian flags and signs protesting the government as the truckers gradually rolled out. Worryingly, some journalists were reportedly harassed while they tried to cover the rally.

The convoy of truckers set to descend on Canada’s capital has prompted police to prepare for the possibility of violence, with some politicians also warning against escalating rhetoric linked to the demonstration.

The truckers are protesting a new rule that took effect on 15 January requiring truckers entering Canada to be fully immunized against Covid-19. The United States has imposed the same requirement on truckers entering neighboring countries.

Crowd in Toronto cheers on anti-vaccine trucker convoy

A large crowd gathered outside a mall north of Toronto to cheer a group of local truckers preparing to join a convoy to Ottawa protesting the Canadian government’s coronavirus vaccine mandate for cross-border drivers

Thomas Fenton28 January 2022 14:00

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Elon Musk Tweets out: “Canadian truckers rule”

The Tesla and Space X chief appeared to throw his support behind the Canadian truckers who are traveling to Ottowa this weekend in protest over vaccine mandates.

Mr Musk Tweeted, “Canadian truckers rule”, adding that “CB radios are free from govt/media control” in a follow-up.

As of writing, his original Tweet has over 367k likes.

Thomas Fenton28 January 2022 13:29

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Trudeau blasts ‘fringe minority’ behind trucking convoy

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has blasted the “fringe minority” behind the convoy of truckers protesting Covid passports at the US border.

The convoy is making its way to Ottawa’s Parliament Hill on Friday to protest the country’s Covid-19 vaccine mandates.

“The small fringe minority of people who are on their way to Ottawa who are holding unacceptable views that they are expressing do not represent the views of Canadians who have been there for each other, who know that following the science and stepping up to protect each other is the best way to continue to ensure our freedoms, our rights, our values, as a country,” said Mr Trudeau.

The federal government ended a truckers’ exemption to the vaccine mandate on 15 January, which now means that Canadian truck drivers need to be fully vaccinated to avoid a 14-day quarantine when they cross back into the country from the US.

Thomas Fenton28 January 2022 12:39

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