Convoy Organizer Tamara Rich Wins Freedom Award


Tamara Lich, the organizer of the Freedom Convoy, received the annual George Jonas Freedom Award from the Judicial Center for Constitutional Freedom at a ceremony in Toronto on June 16.

The sold-out audience paid $ 150- $ 500 to attend events including receptions, dinners, award presentations, and keynote speeches from columnist and former national radio host Rex Murphy.

“MS. Rich encourages Canadians to exercise their Charter rights and freedoms by actively participating in the democratic process, to organize peaceful protests and to act as one of their leaders. Taking the initiative, the Justice Center wrote: Post online Regarding the selection of Rich in April.

“As a result of peaceful protests in Ottawa, many Canadians have awakened to unfair blockades and compulsory vaccination policies that violate the Charter. Rich was unfairly imprisoned for 18 days for freedom. It is suffering and shows courage, determination and patience. “

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Tamara Rich will speak at the George Jonas Freedom Awards Ceremony on June 16, 2022 in Toronto. (Photographer of Justice Center, Ramona Diaconesque)

February 17, 2022Lich, among others, was charged with counseling to commit mischief and interfere with police. Just a day ago, Judge Hugh McLean of the Ontario Superior Court said Rich and other defendants were “free to engage in peaceful, legal and safe protests” in a civil lawsuit to stop the whistle in downtown Ottawa. Said.

Lich was released on bail 18 days later, provided he did not use social media or protest vaccination obligations or blockades. Her condition was appealed and a hearing was held on May 19th and 20th with her bail. Prosecutor Assistant Moiz Karimjee insisted: Waiting for approval of the Lich AwardsupportWas for the convoy and was therefore a breach of bail conditions.

However, in a ruling released on May 25, Judge Kevin Phillips of the Ontario High Court ruled another.

“I found no link between her release terms and the acceptance of the award aimed at celebrating the defense of constitutional freedom that she and others understand, Mr. Rich. I accept the evidence of this, “he wrote.

“No court seeks to control possession or representation of political views. The court is not the Thought Police. We are to the extent that certain actions violate or are likely to lead to violations of the law. Only strives to manage behavior. “

Still, Phillips reaffirmed that Lich has banned posting on social media.

The award ceremony was named in honor of the late George Jonas, who died in 2016. Born in 1935 as a Hungarian communist, Jonas later became a renowned Canadian writer, poet, and columnist who emphasized the importance of freedom.

In 2021, the award was presented at an online ceremony to all Canadians who resisted the unconstitutional blockade. Canadians called the Justice Center “Canada’s Freedom Fighter.” At the Zoom event, speeches were given by Dr. Jay Battacharia and Dr. Francis Christian. The Society for Academic Freedom and Scholarship won in 2020, journalist Christie Blatchford in 2019, and author Mark Steyn in 2018.

Drew Barnes, Alberta Cypress-Medicine Hat MLA, Congratulations on Twitter, Rich “Your courage, skills, and a principled position on freedom, freedom, and accountability of the elected government have made you the right choice!”

A similar Center of Justice ceremony for Lich will take place in Vancouver on July 13th and in Calgary on August 11th.

Lee Harding


Lee Harding is a Saskatchewan-based journalist and think tank researcher and contributor to The Epoch Times.