Entertainment: Bail review for convoy organizer Pat King abruptly adjourned

New uOttawa project probes disinformation driving 'Freedom Convoy' and other socio-political crises

  New uOttawa project probes disinformation driving 'Freedom Convoy' and other socio-political crises When the truck convoy’s protesters were in town, the University of Ottawa’s Serge Blais could see the subject of his research parked right underneath his office window. Blais directs uOttawa’s Professional Development Institute, which quietly launched its Information Integrity Lab on Feb. 17. The lab focuses on the growing global problem of disinformation and Blais spotted prime examples on the signs and placards of protesters before police dismantled the blockade of Nicholas Street on Feb. 19. “All I can say is that I saw some rather contradictory messaging — for example, ‘COVID was created by Bill Gates,’ but also ‘COVID doesn’t exist,'” Blais says.

Ottawa convoy organizer Pat King's bail review hearing came to an abrupt and unexpected stop after only a few hours Wednesday.

  Bail review for convoy organizer Pat King abruptly adjourned © Provided by The Canadian Press

The Ontario Superior Court was hearing evidence about whether or not to release King on bail after his lawyer requested a review of the court's initial decision to keep him in jail until his trial.

The details of these latest proceedings are subject to a publication ban and cannot be shared outside of court.

Justice Graeme Mew also banned any publication about the reason for the sudden adjournment, at least until court resumes on Thursday.

Convoy organizer Tamara Lich wants out of jail, appeals bail denial

  Convoy organizer Tamara Lich wants out of jail, appeals bail denial A convoy organizer says her bail was denied by a judge who was a former Liberal candidate — one reason to overturn that judge's ruling.Tamara Lich, 49, of Medicine Hat, Alta., asked Ontario Superior Court Justice Hon. John M. Johnston to overturn a ruling made by a lower court judge, Ontario Court Justice Julie Bourgeois, that Lich be held without bail.

King was a key figure in the three-week protest against COVID-19 restrictions and the federal government that swarmed Ottawa's downtown with large trucks, blocking streets and blaring loud horns at all hours.

He faces 10 charges related to his involvement, including mischief, intimidation, obstructing police and disobeying a court order.

King was denied bail on Feb. 25.

On Wednesday, he appeared freshly shaved, in jeans, a grey flannel shirt and tan vest with his hair in a neat braid.

The hearing was initially expected to last two days.

Ontario MPP Randy Hillier announced Wednesday he also intends to take his case to Superior Court to challenge the conditions of his bail related to the protest.

Video: Ottawa convoy leaders face new charges, police reveal national security threat (cbc.ca)

American ‘People’s Convoy’ slowed by lone leisurely cyclist

  American ‘People’s Convoy’ slowed by lone leisurely cyclist In what appeared to be a counter-protest, one cyclist was able to slow down the American convoy.On Saturday, a single bicyclist slowed the pace of the anti-vaccine convoy, which has been rallying at the Hagerstown Speedway in Maryland since March 4, about an hour and a half north of Washington, D.C.

Hillier, an Independent member of the provincial legislature, was released from jail but still faces nine charges, including obstructing or resisting a public officer, assaulting a peace or public officer and counselling an indictable office.

One of the conditions of his release is that he abstain from opposing COVID-19 mandates on social media or supporting anti-mandate causes. He's also banned from downtown Ottawa except to meet his counsel.

His lawyer, David Anber, argued the conditions are at odds with his duties as an MPP.

Anber announced on Twitter that the Superior Court of Ontario will hear Hillier's challenge on April 28.

Another convoy organizer, Tamara Lich, has also announced her intention to challenge the condition of her bail that bans her from using social media.

King's supporters appear to be chipping in to help fund any bond that may be required for his potential release.

Convoy organizer Tamara Lich to appeal bail conditions: lawyers

  Convoy organizer Tamara Lich to appeal bail conditions: lawyers OTTAWA — Tamara Lich is appealing her bail conditions as she awaits trial on charges related to her role in organizing a protest that saw large trucks create gridlock in downtown Ottawa for several weeks. Diane Magas, a lawyer representing Lich, filed an appeal of the bail conditions, including restrictions on use of social media, in an Ontario court. The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms, which is helping with the challenge, says the conditions violate her guarantees of free expression, association and peaceful assembly.

People claiming to be King's friends and family have continued to operate his Facebook page, The Real Pat King, while he has been in custody.

The operators of the fund have solicited donations from supporters to fund his legal defence.

"Pat King requires our support from his friends and family to help cover his legal expenses so he can seek a release on bail then begin to prepare for his trial. The amount to cover the bail review and trial is estimated to exceed over $100,000," a post from March 18 stated.

The page claims to have raised $62,400, though it cannot be verified as the donations were made by e-transfer directly to a private email address.

The protest in Ottawa made international headlines in February when businesses were forced to close their doors for weeks amid what officials called a "state of lawlessness" downtown.

The federal government invoked the Emergencies Act for the first time in an effort to dislodge the protesters. It allowed financial institutions to freeze bank accounts of those involved and granted police extraordinary powers to remove people from the parliamentary precinct.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 13, 2022.

Laura Osman, The Canadian Press

Bail review for convoy organizer Pat King abruptly adjourned .
Prince William is optimistic that “huge strides” can be taken to combat global warming.

See also