One year since the ‘Freedom Convoy’: a look back at Star stories over a year

It’s hard to believe it’s been a year, but on the weekend of Jan. 28, thousands of people began descending on the nation’s capital, many in trucks, to protest COVID-19 restrictions. They set up shop in downtown Ottawa in front of Parliament Hill, where they remained for three weeks. Ottawa police Chief Eric Stubbs told … Read more

From apathy to stability — a transformative year in Ottawa city politics.

By all accounts, Ottawa had a rough year. Citizens of the capital started the year tired and worn out, thanks partly to a resurgence of the Covid-19 pandemic. Ironically, this mood also seeped into municipal politics, and the fatigue associated became a metaphor for the last chapter of Jim Watson’s tenure as mayor. As recently … Read more

Ukraine war, ‘Freedom Convoy’ among top news stories of 2022 for Canadians: poll – National

The war in Ukraine and the “Freedom Convoy” protests were overwhelmingly chosen by Canadians as the top news stories of 2022, a new poll suggests, with economic concerns like rising inflation not far behind. The Ipsos poll conducted exclusively for Global News found 71 per cent of those surveyed said Russia’s invasion of Ukraine was … Read more

Behind the scenes, the ‘Freedom Convoy’ shook Canadian politics

OTTAWA — “I don’t take edicts from you, you’re not my f—ing boss.” That’s what an Ontario cabinet minister snapped at her federal counterpart in February as he pressed for answers about how the province and Ontario Provincial Police would handle so-called “Freedom Convoy” protesters who had by then paralyzed downtown Ottawa for nearly two … Read more

Transcript reveals Trudeau’s call with former Conservative interim leader

OTTAWA—A newly released document shows former Conservative interim leader Candice Bergen acknowledged the prime minister did have “to be Cautious” and not “set a bad precedent” when it came to demands that he meet convoy protesters. As the prime minister tested Friday, a rough transcript of a Feb. 3 call was shown at a public … Read more

Trudeau compares ‘Freedom Convoy’ harassment to anger he faced during federal election

Trudeau compares ‘Freedom Convoy’ harassment to anger he faced during federal election | The Star n”,”heading”:””,”fullWindow”:false,”fullBleed”:false,”showFullBleedOnMobile”:false,”headColor”:””,”type”:”html5mobile”,”textColor”:””,”mobileImageUrl”:””,”bgColor”:””,”imageUrl”:””,”registeredOnly”:false,”linkUrl”:””,”aodaTitle”:”Twitter timeline “,”internalScroll”:false,”displayStyle”:”small-up”},{“text”:”Trudeau’s appearance serves as the grand finale after 30 days of public hearings in which dozens of police, demonstrators and government officials and cabinet ministers have described their experience of last winter’s so-called “Freedom Convoy” — a protest … Read more

News stories from the Star you should know about on November 25, 2022

Good morning. This is the Friday, Nov. 25 edition of First Up, the Star’s daily morning digest. Sign up to get it earlier each day, in your inbox. Here’s the latest on online gambling in Ontario, iPhone factory workers in China and the Emergencies Act inquiry. DON’T MISS: iPhone factory revolt: What’s next after police … Read more

Trudeau staffers’ evidence contradicts former Conservative interim leader’s recollection of call with prime minister

OTTAWA—Prime Minister’s Office officials say the former Conservative interim leader Candice Bergen told the prime minister there would be “significant concerns” to consider in meeting with convoy participants, a public inquiry heard Thursday. That statement contradicts Bergen’s recollection of a call with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, she said in a statement sent to the Star. … Read more

Freedom Convoy lawyer called ‘idiot’ after mistaken identity

OTTAWA—A lawyer for organizers of the so-called “Freedom Convoy” ran to confront a man outside of the Emergencies Act inquiry on Thursday whom he mistook for the person he has repeatedly accused — despite ardent denials and without providing evidence — of carrying a Nazi flag to last winter’s protests. The lawyer was also served … Read more

What to expect when Trudeau testifies on the Emergencies Act on Friday – National

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is set to close out the Public Order Emergencies Commission hearings on Friday, when he’ll testify about his decision to invoke the Emergencies Act to clear out the “Freedom Convoy” protests earlier this year. The hearings have been underway for weeks and have heard from dozens of witnesses as part of … Read more