Judge grants 10-day injunction to prevent truck drivers from honking in Ottawa’s protest


A court in Ontario granted a 10-day injunction to prevent truck drivers participating in the Freedom Convoy in downtown Ottawa from honking.

Judge Hugh McLean of the Ontario Superior Court, who granted the injunction on February 7, said the decision was temporary because more evidence needed to be heard, and “countless people” were still in court. He said he may have appeared in court and wished for a trial.

The request for an injunction came from a class action proposal filed by lawyer Paul Champ against the convoy organizer on February 4 on behalf of 21-year-old client Zexi Li in Ottawa. Said Sounding the horn caused “unbearable pain” to her and the other residents living closest to the protest.

The trial will be postponed that day and the court will seek more evidence of how the injunction will be enforced.

The proceedings have nominated four Freedom Convoy organizers (Chris Barber, Benjamin Dichter, Tamararich, Patrick King) and up to 60 big rig drivers of unknown name.

Keith Wilson, a lawyer at the Japan Legal Support Center for Constitutional Freedom (JCCF), representing three of the respondents to the proceedings, told McLean that the ruling on the injunction was nationally important.

Earlier that day, the JCCF issued a statement that the proceedings to the court would reveal a “more realistic situation” in the proceedings than the proceedings alleged.

“A more realistic picture of what’s happening in Ottawa will soon be revealed by the affidavit filed in this court’s application,” JCCF said. In a press release The morning of February 7th.

Freedom Convoy has worked closely with the Ottawa Police Service, RCMP, and Parliamentary Protection Services. “

Convoy leaders urged all truck drivers not to honk from 8 pm to 8 am after receiving complaints from locals on February 1. Said under the oath.

“My main concern is individuals or groups that can deliberately incite a dispute with the Free Convoy movement and damage the credibility of the Free Convoy,” an unnamed witness said in an affidavit. rice field.

Canadian Press contributed to this article

Andrew Chen

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Andrew Chen is a Toronto-based Epoch Times reporter.