Day 3 of The Freedom Convoy 2022 Organizer’s Trial

Day 3 of The Freedom Convoy 2022 Organizer’s Trial

Today was Day 3 in the Trial for the organizers of the Freedom Convoy 2022, Tamara Lich and Chris Barber, in an Ottawa Courtroom.

Today’s focus was evidence about the TicToc account of Chris Barber, who reached out to hundreds of thousands of followers, telling them about a protest that would gridlock Ottawa. The crown showed videos of Barber from TicToc’s social media telling supporters to go to Ottawa and flood the city. Ottawa Police Sergeant Joanne Pilotte testified about some of the 5 hours of videos in evidence against Barber and Lich.

The crown is trying to show that the organizers encouraged thousands to head to Ottawa in protest and stay long-term no matter what the police told them. Prosecutors will attempt to prove it was more than just freedom of expression and a simple protest and gathering, that eventually, it was an illegal gathering orchestrated by Lich and Barber.

Apart from the criminal trial, there is a $300-million proposed class-action lawsuit under way for those who claimed they suffered harm as a result of the demonstrations.

The trial will last 16 days; Thursday was just day 3.

While a teenager Tony was fortunate to have the opportunity to pursue his love of aviation and began a career began in the airline world during his days in high school and university as he grew up in Toronto. After completing University at Guelph he moved to Ottawa, following a path in urban agriculture and environmental awareness. He shared his insights for over 2 decades as he appeared on TV, and radio, as the "Plant D octor", and operating his own business in horticulture. Later he reentered the transport industry and became involved in the manufacture and marketing of sustainable fuel-saving and safety products for the truck industry. He is director of an African American art collection based in Washington D.C. Today he writes passionately about transportation, sustainability, concerns of our modern-day world, and the intrigue of the human condition.