The trial of the key organizers of the “Freedom Convoy” demonstration in Ottawa is facing delays as lawyers on both sides grapple with legal arguments. Tamara Lich and Chris Barber are currently facing charges related to their involvement in the protest, which saw big-rig trucks obstruct downtown Ottawa streets in opposition to COVID-19 public health measures.
Originally slated for 16 days, the trial has now entered its third week with only two of the Crown’s planned 21 witnesses having appeared thus far. The proceedings have been slowed legal arguments concerning the admissibility and disclosure of evidence. These delays have left the lawyers uncertain about the best way to move forward, but Justice Heather Perkins-McVey emphasizes that the goal is to ensure fairness to all parties involved and that a resolution will be reached eventually.
The Canadian Press first reported on this trial on September 18, 2023.
– “Freedom Convoy”: A protest demonstration involving big-rig trucks blocking downtown Ottawa streets in opposition to COVID-19 public health measures.
– COVID-19 public health measures: Policies and regulations implemented governments to control the spread of the COVID-19 virus, such as mask mandates, social distancing guidelines, and lockdowns.
– The Canadian Press (September 18, 2023)