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Communities across Canada organize to challenge far-right rhetoric of ‘freedom convoy’

By Natasha Bulowski, Canada’s National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

The streets of downtown Ottawa are no longer blocked with trucks and peppered with hate symbols, but residents are not ready to rest while the extreme rhetoric of the so-called “freedom convoy” permeates Canadian politics and society.

“This will emerge again,” said Andrea Harden, an Ottawa resident who participated in many counter-protests against the month-long occupation. “The question for me is when and where?”

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Ontario: Premier declares state of emergency amidst extended protests

By Owen Fullerton, YGK News, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Ontario Premier Doug Ford has declared a state of emergency in response to the ongoing protest in Ottawa and blockades at key border crossings in Ontario.

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Alberta MLA & MP: Supporting peaceful protest

By John Watson, Strathmore Times, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Chestermere-Strathmore MLA Leela Aheer and Bow River Riding MP Martin Shields have shared their thoughts on the trucker convoy protesting in Ottawa, as well as the anti-mandate protests happening locally. 

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Union of BC Indian Chiefs joins First Nations opposition to ‘Freedom Convoy’

The Union of BC Indian Chiefs is the latest First Nations group to speak against the so called truckers ‘Freedom Convey’ which pulled into Ottawa on January 29th.  

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BC’s Largest Climate March Ever

There were climate marches across the province. According to the Vancouver City Police, 100,000 marched through the province’s largest city. Climate Convergence Metro Vancouver estimates 250,000. Someone standing on the Cambie Street Bridge noted it took the demonstrators 74 minutes to cross. SaltSpring Live sent a video of the march in Victoria (embedded below), where 20,000 assembled at the provincial legislature. Some Campbell River demonstrators were among the 3,000 who marched through downtown Courtenay; only two dozen remained behind to protest at Campbell River’s City Hall (story below). A thousand gathered in Kelowna, 400 in Tofino, 400 in Whistler, a hundred in Port Alberni and several dozen in Powell River. I have yet to hear numbers for the events in Kamloops, Chilliwack, Langley, Penticton, Burns Lake, Nanaimo, Qualicum Beach, Ucluelet, North Pender, Mayne, Gabriola and Denman Islands. British Columbia’s largest Climate March ever took place yesterday. 

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