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Canadian Trucker Protests Reveal Fault Lines by Age, Work Status

  • Young people, those who can’t work remote have most sympathy
  • 75% of poll respondents express no support for protesters


Mon Mar 7, 2022 - Bloomberg News
ByTheophilos Argitis

Canadians have little sympathy for the erstwhile protesters who occupied downtown Ottawa for weeks and closed border crossings. But younger Canadians and those who can’t work from home register more support for the demonstrators, calling attention to a new potential political challenge for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government.

The blockades were unpopular across all groups, according to a Nanos Research Group survey for Bloomberg News fielded in the days after authorities retook control of downtown Ottawa. Only 22% of Canadians said they were at least somewhat sympathetic with the anti-government movement, compared with three-quarters who said they weren’t sympathetic.

But groups known to have experienced more isolation or work inflexibility during the pandemic were more likely to respond positively about the demonstrators, who drove columns of big-rig trucks into the capital city to protest against Covid-19 restrictions. Offshoot demonstrations spread to key border crossings, prompting Trudeau to invoke emergency police powers.

Roughly 33% of people who couldn’t work remotely or digitally showed at least some sympathy for the protesters. By contrast, only about 18% of Canadians who didn’t need to leave home for work felt similarly. Among those who could work remotely part time, 27% expressed some support.

The convoy was initially prompted by border rules that Trudeau put in place in mid-January, requiring truckers crossing the U.S.-Canada border to be vaccinated. But it quickly galvanized into a broader political protest against government authority.

“There is definitely a class divide element to this,” said Lori Turnbull, director of the School of Public Administration at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia. 


Some writers and political scientists have wondered aloud whether the protests might reflect worsening class divisions between those who work in the physical world and those who work in the digital world. 

This new prospective pool of anti-government voters might explain why some of the more populist-leaning members of the Conservative Party expressed public support for the truckers, at least initially.

The polling suggests that negative sentiment toward government goes beyond the working-class men whom Trudeau has long struggled to win over.

Indeed, younger Canadians -- a group more likely to have lost work during the pandemic and less likely to have gotten seriously ill -- also supported the truckers at higher levels than Canadians overall. About 28% of respondents between 18 to 34 years old expressed at least some sympathy for them, versus 16% for those 55 years and older. Younger Canadians were also more likely not to have a work from home option, with one-third of them unable to work remotely.

That trend tracks with other polling that shows rising support for Conservatives among younger voters. The share of voters between 18 and 29 who support the Conservatives jumped to 34% at the end of February, from about 20% at the end of January, according to separate weekly polling by Nanos. 

Some traditional political fault lines were also evident in the Nanos survey for Bloomberg News, with higher sympathy levels for the truckers in western Canada, where support for Trudeau’s government tends to be low. 

Hundreds of semis and other heavy vehicles blockaded the downtown of Canada’s capital city for three weeks last month in demonstrators that also inspired offshoots along key U.S. border crossings, including the Ambassador Bridge to Detroit. Trudeau lifted the emergency edict on Feb. 23, once all blockades were cleared. 

The hybrid telephone and online random survey of 1,032 Canadians was conducted between Feb. 23 and Feb. 24. It has a margin of error of 3.1 percentage points.

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7 hours ago, Airband said:

75% of poll respondents express no support for protesters

Cool, we are running at nominal percentages (over a range of human ills BTW), it's fun to watch...at least for me.

I'm still enjoying the notion that people who believe men can get pregnant want to control misinformation on the internet. 

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Freedom Convoy protest organizer Tamara Lich granted bail after review

Lich will be released on a total of $25,000 in bond with conditions not to protest COVID mandates


Mon Mar 07, 2022 - National Post

Tamara Lich, one of the principal organizers of the Freedom Convoy protest, has been granted bail after being held for two-and-a-half weeks on mischief charges.

Superior Court Justice John Johnston said an earlier judge made “errors in law” in her Feb. 22 decision to deny Lich bail — he said that the charges she faces are at a “lower scale” than other offences where bail was granted.

“I find that Ms. Lich does require a level of supervision if released,” Johnston said, but that can be “managed” by the surety supervising her bail.

John Carpay, president of the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms, which has provided representation to some convoy participants, said Lich’s custody was “highly unusual,” and noted she has no criminal record and is not charged with a violent crime.

“People accused of drug trafficking, illegal firearms possession and violent offences are routinely granted freedom prior to trial,” said Carpay. A Justice Centre news release describes Lich as a “political prisoner.”

Lich will be released on a total of $25,000 in bond with conditions not to protest COVID mandates or use any form of social media, and she must return to her home in Medicine Hat, Alta.

Lich was arrested Feb. 17 and charged with counselling mischief, the day before police moved in to disperse crowds that had gridlocked downtown Ottawa for three weeks using powers invoked under the federal Emergencies Act.

Ontario Court Justice Julie Bourgeois had ordered Lich detained, prompting her lawyer, Diane Magas, to make allegations of bias.

Bourgeois ran as a Liberal candidate in 2011, before she was appointed as a judge, and Lich’s lawyer produced a video of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau lavishing praise upon Bourgeois as a federal candidate. That video clip referenced in court predated Trudeau’s time as party leader and as prime minister.

That “reasonable apprehension of bias” was rejected by the reviewing judge on Monday, as Johnston found there was no evidence of bias in Bourgeois’s original ruling.

In his decision, Johnston released Lich on bail with a list of strict conditions, including an order that she leave Ottawa within 24 hours, and Ontario within 72 hours.

She must must reside at her home address, and cannot log in or post messages on a variety of social media platforms. She was also ordered not to allow anyone to post messages to social media on her behalf.

Lich’s husband was rejected at her initial bail review hearing as her surety — a person who comes to court and promises to supervise an accused person while they are out on bail.

The defence proposed a new surety during the bail-review, but their identity is shielded by a publication ban.

The Crown prosecutor says Lich will have to give the surety access to her electronic devices, and she will not be allowed to enter Ontario except for court hearing or to meet with counsel.

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another excellent example of "Beware who you vote for"

High gas prices hitting Atlantic Canada hard due to region’s reliance on heating oil

By Danielle Edwards  The Canadian Press
Posted March 9, 2022 12:21 pm

As of press time, Liberals held on to six of seven seats in Newfoundland and Labrador, all four seats in PEI, eight of 11 ridings in Nova Scotia and five of 10 ridings in New Brunswick. Conservatives were projected to win in six ridings, two more than they won in 2019, as per the CBC.

“We’re seeing the Liberals not collapsing but losing support, and Atlantic Canada essentially being its centrist cautious self,” said Tom Urbaniak, a professor of political science at Cape Breton University.

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An oldie, but a goodie.


While taxiing at London's Gatwick Airport , the crew of a US Air flight departing for Ft. Lauderdale made a wrong turn and came nose to
nose with a United 727. An irate female ground controller lashed out at the US Air crew, screaming: "US Air 2771, where the hell are you 
going? I told you to turn right onto Charlie taxiway! You turned right on Delta! Stop right there. I know it's difficult for you to tell the 
difference between C and D, but get it right!" 

Continuing her rage to the embarrassed crew, she was now shouting hysterically:
"God! Now you've screwed everything up! It'll take forever to sort this out! You stay right there and don't move till I tell you to! You can expect progressive taxi instructions in about half an hour, and I want you to go exactly where I tell you, when I tell you, and how I tell you! You got that, US Air 2771?"

"Yes, ma'am," the humbled crew responded.

Naturally, the ground control communications frequency fell terribly silent after the verbal bashing of US Air 2771. Nobody wanted to 
chance engaging the irate ground controller in her current state of mind. Tension in every cockpit out around Gatwick was definitely 
running high.

Just then an unknown pilot broke the silence and keyed his microphone,
asking: "Wasn't I married to you once?"

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For anybody that travels the 401 between Toronto and Montreal may have noticed small 10-12 passenger vans that frequent the roads and Tim Horton along the way. They are always filled, mostly with young people. 
They are illegal charter busses with no licenses for carriage.

There has been another crash:


This happened a few years ago near Prescott, when a van rolled over and 8 or 9 were ejected and killed.

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Is compelled speech OK simply because 70 percenters think it's a good idea? 

The British government has put forth a cartoonishly evil demand for all Russian and Belarusian players participating in professional sports to go in front of cameras and tell the world that they oppose Putin.

Why not ask a 70 percenter if (by demanding this statement on camera) they would feel culpable in the arrest, detainment or incarceration of the athlete's family members back home? The answer I got was a weak sister "nobody forced them" to give the statement. 

The bigger question here is how did so many people turn to unrecognizable mush in such a short period of time? 

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A glimpse into the life of the “international student”……..they are not all 3-4 year science or business degrees..



Mr. Chauhan and his fellow travellers found the rideshare, a method of cheap transit, on Kijiji. On Saturday morning, the car stopped in a live lane just west of Belleville, Ont. Police said one of the passengers exited the van, presumably to look under the hood, and was unhurt in the collision. The other two are grievously injured and in hospital. No charges have been laid so far and the case is under investigation. All five of the deceased were studying at colleges in Montreal. Three, including Mr. Chauhan, were students at Canada College. All five, however, lived in the Greater Toronto Area. The prospect of better job opportunities in the GTA and the presence of a significant Indian diaspora had kept them in Brampton. While managing work and school during much of the pandemic was easier because of remote learning, they had started to make the long commute regularly over the past semester once in-person classes resumed. Mr. Kataria described his roommate’s weekly routine. He said Mr. Chauhan, who was employed as an assembly-line worker in Brampton, would join a rideshare to Montreal every Wednesday evening. He attended school on Thursday and Friday, then after a night class catch a rideshare back to the GTA. While in Quebec, Mr. Chauhan would share a motel room with a few of his friends that cost them each $15 a night. Once back in the GTA, he would return to his factory job.

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-401-crash-indian-students-killed-montreal-toronto-commute/#:~:text=In the early hours of Saturday morning%2C Mr. Chauhan was,also died in the crash.


According to Statistics Canada, the number of international students in Canada jumped to 153,360 in 2019-2020, from 60,318 in 2015-2016. Varun Khanna, a member of the Indian Montreal Student Youth Organization, said it is common for Indian international students to live in Brampton and make the weekly commute to Montreal. “Ontario has more jobs than Quebec. And you don’t have to speak French there. Besides, for Indian students, Brampton offers the comfort of community support. Many even have families in the GTA they can lean on when things get rough,” he said.

These students don’t receive a diploma but rather an “ACS”…an attestation of collegial studies..


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6 hours ago, st27 said:

it’s controversial in the US …how would our woke pm defend womens rights with this situation?

Remember when anyone who publicly warned of bad outcomes for female sports as an unintended consequence of this was invariably shouted down, insulted and ridiculed by.... guess who?

Yup, it was feminists and college age women; the very same people protesting now. IMO, you don't freely convey rights and then retract them after the fact... you think carefully before doing it.

Zero sympathy here, these folks should go back a couple of years and listen to their own responses to those who warned them about this. I predict we will experience something very similar with covid vaccines in a few years time. People who openly ridiculed those questions may have a list of there own by then.

Feminists protesting Lia Thomas say they are politically homeless: 'Democrats don't care about women'


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On 3/18/2022 at 9:19 AM, Wolfhunter said:

Is compelled speech OK simply because 70 percenters think it's a good idea? 

Apparently the answer is yes.

Mandatory medical procedures and compelled speech are both OK now. Imagine the howls when this snake starts eating its own tail.

World's number one tennis player faces Wimbledon ban unless he denounces Putin

Before long, 70 percenters will need a jurisdictional list of what they must say, what they must not say, and when/where they must or must not say it. As always, 30 percenters will ignore the crazies on both sides of the isle and refuse to comply with the madness of either. 

Don't Say Gay' bill passes Florida Senate

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Looking away from the Western World and it's beliefs, it is indeed a complicated world.

The hunt for Nigerians who can change into cats

Armed with a sharp knife, a megaphone and dressed all in black, Gbenga Adewoyin could have passed for a medieval witch hunter, a herbal salesman or an urban preacher as he walked around a market in the south-western Nigerian city of Ibadan.

Warning: This article contains details that might be offensive to some readers

Those curious enough to get close in the Gbagi market quickly dispersed when they heard his message. "Anyone that can provide any evidence for the existence of the supernatural, be it juju or voodoo magic, will be offered 2.5m naira ($6,000, £4,650)," he announced repeatedly in Yoruba and English.

The 24-year-old atheist has recently emerged as a rebel publicly contesting the powers of the supernatural in this deeply religious country.

Belief in African traditional religions and its juju components are widespread in Nigeria, with many combining them with either Christianity or Islam, according to a 2010 report by the Pew Research Centre.

Many Nigerians believe that magic charms can allow humans to morph into cats, protect bare skins from sharp blades and make money appear in a clay pot.

These beliefs are not just held by the uneducated, they exist even at the highest level of Nigeria's academia.

Dr Olaleye Kayode, a senior lecturer in African Indigenous Religions at the University of Ibadan, told the BBC that money-making juju rituals - where human body parts mixed with charms makes money spew out of a pot - really work.

The naira notes that supposedly appear "are gotten by spirits from existing banks", he told the BBC.

Jude Akanbi, a lecturer at the Crowther Graduate Theological Seminary in Abẹ́òkúta, is also unequivocal about juju.

"This ability to be able to transform yourself to [a] cat, to disappear and reappear, these things are possible within the dynamics of traditional African religion.

"Although [it] sounds illogical, like old wives' tales, however from what we have seen and heard, these things are possible," he said.

Such beliefs, especially that human body parts and charms can produce money from a clay pot, have led to a recent wave of gruesome murders in the country, with single women often the victims.

"I feel horrible to see young people engage in these ritual killings.

"If money ritual worked, we would have seen a massive inflation in the economy for the decades that we have believed in it," Mr Adewoyin told the BBC.

He was in Ibadan, Oyo state, on the second of three planned in-country tours offering 2.5m naira, crowd-funded via Twitter, to anyone that can publicly demonstrate these juju powers.

"The knife is for anyone that claims their juju makes them blade-proof," he said.

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Here's your green light for shortages, hoarding, lineups and further inflation.

Circumstances always differ. Results never differ. The MBA crew will always assert the previous 2 sentences aren't true.

So, I'll ask again... do you still think that sourcing the bulk of your essential goods (wheat, energy, pharmaceuticals, etc) from potentially hostile trading partners is a wise choice? If you do, stay the course and know that I'm still rooting for ya. 


Biden warns of 'real' food shortage following sanctions on Russia

'The price of the sanctions is not just imposed upon Russia'

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There will be a real food shortage in Europe and north africa because fully 1/3 of all wheat production comes from Ukraine for that region.  They are entering the spring planting season now and are unable to plant due to the pesky war (special operation) whatever.  Sanctions or not, it will not be a good couple of years.


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This is the predictable result of "polarization for political gain" and ironically, it will result in more polarization at the very time that less is urgently required. Newtons third remains a force to be reckoned with.

The journey to Crazy Island will soon be made by automated high speed transport... and no one will even notice:

Elon Musk giving 'serious thought' to starting new social media platform for free speech

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“To no one's surprise, the ladies hosting the almost gone Academy Awards broadcast immediately virtue-signaled over the new Florida "don't teach little kids things they can't possibly understand" law.


It is not true that Florida has another law in the works called "You Can Say Gay if it Makes You Happy, "... and you're not in a position of brainwashing 5-year-olds.
ABC carries the Oscar telecast, and ABC is owned by Disney, the most woke of corporations. The House of Mouse is deeply invested in shaping America, so it reflects the values of Sunset Boulevard.
I still cannot believe a top Disney executive said publicly that she has rejected brilliant scripts because they were written by white men.
Remember that? Wasn't Walt Disney white? I guess his vision would have hit the waste paper basket were he alive today.
Now don't get me wrong. I have no problem with diversity and inclusion as long as it's accompanied by honesty and merit. And diversity has to include Caucasians. Sorry, Disney Corporation.
I didn't watch the Academy Awards because it's largely pretentious. It's not fun; no one is having a good time. The audience is too busy thinking up ways of being woke. The three hosts might think they are very noble individuals. But they are certainly not looking out for the kids.
And somewhere out there - Walt Disney knows it.
All Americans should support an equal pursuit of happiness for everyone. And if oppression happens, we fight that.
But young children deserve a childhood devoid of complication and indoctrination. And their parents should not have their authority eroded by woke fanatics in the classroom.
That's the message I'd like someone to deliver at the Oscars. Then, I might watch it again.



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