Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Invokes The Emergencies Act


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« Reply #144 on: August 30, 2022, 09:11:25 AM »
Concerns as convoy-connected group establishes in Ottawa neighbourhood

The stark red banners hanging from St. Brigid’s church on Saint Patrick Street are nearly impossible to miss; the white insignia of a tree adorned with maple leaves offering neighbours little indication as to who is behind the new developments at the deconsecrated church.

The group is known as The United People of Canada, a self-described federally incorporated “not-for-profit social enterprise organization.”

Corporate documents show three members on the group’s board of directors: Kimberley Ward, William Komer, and Diane Nolan.

Social media posts show all three have close ties to the 'Freedom Convoy' occupation.

Ward has previously told CTV News she is an advisor to Tamara Lich, and gave interviews to multiple media outlets in March when Lich was originally released on bail, saying at the time “she’s happy., everybody’s happy, we did it.”

Ward and Komer can be seen in multiple photos on social media with Lich’s husband, Dwayne Lich, who has also posted significantly about the new organization, as early as this spring.

For her part, Nolan took part in the occupation, live-streaming from the downtown core several times throughout.

In one Jan. 30 livestream, Nolan appears on Parliament Hill and can be heard saying, “Wow, it’s for real. Enough is enough, we’re standing for freedom, we’re standing for what God intended for this country right from the beginning.”

Lowertown residents say they’re concerned with the group’s appearance at the church, and plans to create what TUPC calls “The Embassy;” a downtown location described by the organization’s social media as a “Forum of the People, where all voices have the opportunity to be heard, regardless of how niche the thought, opinion, expression, or belief.”

“I did hear about it being an HQ, an embassy, an office, that kind of thing. That’s the part makes me a little uncertain,” Mohamed Elmekki said.

City officials and community organizations in the area say they’ve been inundated by residents concerned about the usage of the space.

“We’ve looked online at who the group is, tried to find out what their objectives are, so we’re concerned, not terrified, but we’re in a fact finding mission right now, just trying to get a little more information,” Sylvie Bingras, President of the Lowertown Community Association said.

The building, a designated heritage site, is private property and currently listed at a sale price of $5.95 million.

In an email, Komer told CTV News the group plans to “restore and adaptively reuse surplus and under utilized institutional properties into vibrant community spaces.”

CTV News reached out to the owner of the property to inquire about the potential sale, but did not get a response by deadline.

Sources tell CTV News there has been interest from TUPC in the property.

Neighbours say they’re worried the groups connections to the Freedom movement could bring back the tensions of the convoy occupation.

“It’s not a good feeling, not good memories. It was really terrible for a lot of people,” Lise Letellier, who walks past the church almost everyday, said.

“We are still very fragile in terms of having gone through a very difficult time last February, many of our residents went through really difficult - I have sons who live in Lowertown who were harassed, intimidated,” Bingras said.

“I find myself in a very challenging position saying this is a privately owned property yet we’re here from a city point of view we have to maintain public safety and we have to be accountable and responsible to residents concern,” Rideau-Vanier councillor Mathieu Fleury said.

CTV News reached out to each of the directors of The United People of Canada for an interview but did not get a response by deadline.

In an email, Komer wrote “it is unfortunate that our social enterprise organization…has been subject to such hateful, untrue, and defamatory statements as have been circulating on social media recently."

“I find myself in a very challenging position saying this is a privately owned property yet we’re here from a city point of view we have to maintain public safety and we have to be accountable and responsible to residents concern,” Rideau-Vanier councillor Mathieu Fleury said.

CTV News reached out to each of the directors of The United People of Canada for an interview but did not get a response by deadline.

In an email, Komer wrote “it is unfortunate that our social enterprise organization…has been subject to such hateful, untrue, and defamatory statements as have been circulating on social media recently.

https://ottawa.ctvnews.ca/concerns-as-convoy-connected-group-establishes-in-ottawa-neighbourhood-1.5994659

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PM Trudeau to visit Kitchener Tuesday
He will first participate in a roundtable discussion on housing affordability, then make a housing announcement
https://kitchener.citynews.ca/local-news/pm-trudeau-to-visit-kitchener-tuesday-5754719

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« Reply #146 on: August 31, 2022, 04:59:57 AM »
JustinTrudeau @JustinTrudeau

Sat down with Premier @FordNation today. Whether it’s making housing more affordable, strengthening health care, investing in infrastructure, or meeting the growing demand for electric vehicles, we’ll keep making progress on our shared priorities and delivering for Ontarians.



https://twitter.com/JustinTrudeau/status/1564746566409375744

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« Reply #147 on: September 01, 2022, 05:27:51 AM »
Justin Trudeau @JustinTrudeau

Next week, Cabinet will be meeting in Vancouver for two days. From making housing more affordable, to tackling climate change and creating jobs, to building safer communities, we’re going to be focused on building a better future for you.

More here: https://twitter.com/JustinTrudeau/status/1565053460583776261

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« Reply #148 on: September 02, 2022, 08:35:58 PM »
Justin Trudeau @JustinTrudeau

We’re making child care more affordable. In Manitoba, we’re cutting fees down to $10 a day by next year – saving families up to an average of $2,691 per child per year. For the parents I met at the Stanley Knowles Children’s Centre today and others like them, that’s great news.





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« Reply #149 on: September 03, 2022, 06:45:44 AM »
Karina Gould @karinagould

We know how important affordable and accessible child care is for families here in #BurlON and across the country.

With our #childcare system, parents in Ontario will see fees reduced by 50 percent on average by the end of this year, saving an average of $6,000 per year.




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Anita Anand @AnitaAnandMP

It was great to kick off Labour Day weekend by welcoming Prime Minister @JustinTrudeau to our community. We visited the Ontario Sheet Metal Workers Training Centre to see first-hand the important work that they do right here in Oakville.





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« Reply #151 on: September 05, 2022, 06:08:29 AM »
Majority of Albertans opposed to ‘freedom convoy’ despite vocal minority: survey



A majority of Albertans did not support the so-called “Freedom Convoy,” according to a recent survey.

And still fewer supported their methods like invading downtown Ottawa or blockading border crossings like at Coutts, Alta.

An online survey of 2,224 Albertans done by Pollara for the University of Alberta’s political science research group Common Ground found 61 per cent of Albertans opposed the convoy’s objectives, and 67 per cent disagreed with how they tried to achieve those objectives.

The convoy blockades in Ottawa and Coutts cleared out in mid- to late-February. The survey was conducted between April 8 and May 9, 2022.

“We did that pretty strategically because we wanted to sample people after the dust had settled,” U of A political science assistant professor Feo Snagovsky told Global News.

“We wanted to sort of see what are the lasting implications once people had a time to think a little bit about the lessons that they thought the convoy had taught them or what they thought the implications for Canadian politics and government.”

Support was split along urban-rural and political affiliations.

Seventy per cent of Edmontonians surveyed were against the convoys, but 53 per cent of Red Deerians and 53 per cent of respondents outside the Calgary-Edmonton corridor backed the convoys.

“This aligns with a trend where rural communities feel disenfranchised or left out from government decision-making, and helps explain why support for the Freedom Convoy was higher in non-urban areas,” Common Ground’s report reads.

More than half of those surveyed who identified as United Conservative Party supporters – 56 per cent – said they supported the convoy’s objectives. Only 14 per cent of Alberta NDP supporters backed the convoys.

“We didn’t find necessarily any evidence that the convoy had particular resonance among rural folks.

When it came to action, very few Albertans did anything. Only two per cent contributed money to the convoys, only four per cent flew a Canadian flag, and only four per cent participated in a rally, the survey showed.

And when it came to social media, “supporters were a vocal minority,” the report said.

"For a certain period of time, the national discussion was really dominated by what this small vocal minority had to say. So it might have created the impression that there was an overwhelming amount of support for the convoy’s objectives and methods, and that’s not the case,” Snagovsky said.

“It’s just the case that the small group of people who do support the convoy were really motivated to support the convoy.”

With anti-government protests continuing through the year, Snagovsky and his team plan to continue to track anti-government sentiment like the freedom convoy’s.

The most recent report on hate, extremism and terrorism in Alberta and Canada from the Organization for the Prevention of Violence noted an increase in anti-authority ideology.

"After years of stagnation, or in some cases a decline in activity in Canada, the anti-authority movement has experienced a reinvigoration, partly as a reaction to public health measures enacted during the Covid-19 pandemic and the spread of misinformation and conspiracy theories,” the report reads.

Snagovsky said citizens still look up to leaders – elected and otherwise – and follow their example.

“We know that most people look to their leaders for cues on what they should believe and how they should act. So if political elites are encouraging people or giving them sly nods or dog whistles that this kind of behavior is acceptable, people will continue to do it,” he said.

“It may seem electorally-advantageous to hop on the zeitgeist in the moment, but in the long run, it’s almost certainly going to bite them.”

https://globalnews.ca/news/9101185/majority-albertans-opposed-freedom-convoy-survey/

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