Gabe Oatley’s journalism on this special report is made possible by the Future of Good editorial fellowship on transforming funding models, supported by United Way Centraide Canada and Community Foundations of Canada.
After two-and-a-half weeks of a disruptive, loud, occasionally violent occupation of downtown Ottawa by protesters virulently opposed to COVID-19 public health restrictions, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government put its foot down.
The Freedom Convoy started as an occupation of Canada’s capital city, bankrolled in large part by massive crowdfunding campaigns on platforms like GoFundMe. Since then, it has devolved into a series of rotating blockades of major Canada-U.S. border crossings, rowdy weekend protests in cities like Edmonton and Toronto, and cover for violent opposition to the Canadian government. Thirteen participants from Alberta
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