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A cyclist pushes his bike across an intersection past temporary fencing as police watch from their car, Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2022 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

UPDATED: Trudeau says Emergencies Act can now be revoked as crisis calms down

PM says order has been restored, police and legislation will now suffice

A cyclist pushes his bike across an intersection past temporary fencing as police watch from their car, Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2022 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Gov. Gen. Mary Simon walks with her husband Whit Fraser, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau through the foyer of the Senate of Canada building before delivering the Speech from the Throne in Ottawa, on Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Emergencies Act committee members will take oath of secrecy: government Senate rep

On Monday evening a majority of the House of Commons voted in favour of confirming the act

Gov. Gen. Mary Simon walks with her husband Whit Fraser, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau through the foyer of the Senate of Canada building before delivering the Speech from the Throne in Ottawa, on Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
People’s Party of Canada Leader Maxime Bernier leaves after speaking to supporters during the PPC headquarters election night event in Saskatoon, Sask., Monday, Sept. 20, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Liam Richards

People’s Party Leader Maxime Bernier to plead not guilty to COVID-19 charges: lawyer

Bernier was arrested last June and charged with exceeding public gathering limits

People’s Party of Canada Leader Maxime Bernier leaves after speaking to supporters during the PPC headquarters election night event in Saskatoon, Sask., Monday, Sept. 20, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Liam Richards
A pickup truck drives a highway between Vankleek Hill, Ont., and Ottawa, Monday, Feb. 21, 2022, after officers cleared a trucker protest from nearby Ottawa, that was aimed at COVID-19 measures before growing into a broader anti-government protest that occupied the nation capital’s downtown core. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston

Tamara Lich, key organizer of anti-vaccine mandate protests in Ottawa, denied bail

Judge ruled there was a substantial likelihood Lich would reoffend if released

A pickup truck drives a highway between Vankleek Hill, Ont., and Ottawa, Monday, Feb. 21, 2022, after officers cleared a trucker protest from nearby Ottawa, that was aimed at COVID-19 measures before growing into a broader anti-government protest that occupied the nation capital’s downtown core. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston
A police officer speaks with a trucker as he distributes a notice to protesters, Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Police make arrests as Ottawa blockade members defy orders to leave

Near Parliament Hill, a convoy organizer was seen in handcuffs between two police officers

A police officer speaks with a trucker as he distributes a notice to protesters, Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
An OC Transpo LRT train heads towards Lees Station on the Confederation Line during a snowstorm in Ottawa, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Liberals offer $750 million to cities to make up for transit-fare shortfalls

Provinces must match the funding, and work with cities to more quickly increase supply of housing

An OC Transpo LRT train heads towards Lees Station on the Confederation Line during a snowstorm in Ottawa, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
An upside down Canadian flag flies on the bumper of a vehicle parked on Wellington Street during a protest against COVID-19 restrictions and mandates in Ottawa, on Sunday, Feb. 6, 2022. The symbolism attached to national flags often revolves around patriotism, but experts say the Maple Leaf’s prominent appearance at COVID-19 mandate protests comes at a moment of reflection for Canada.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Watching the Maple Leaf flying at protests giving some Canadians pause

Images of flags flying upside down or worn as a cape have captured attention since blockades began

An upside down Canadian flag flies on the bumper of a vehicle parked on Wellington Street during a protest against COVID-19 restrictions and mandates in Ottawa, on Sunday, Feb. 6, 2022. The symbolism attached to national flags often revolves around patriotism, but experts say the Maple Leaf’s prominent appearance at COVID-19 mandate protests comes at a moment of reflection for Canada.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
A police officer speaks with a trucker as he distributes a notice to protesters, Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Police moving in on antigovernment protest convoy in downtown Ottawa

Workers began erecting fencing around Parliament Hill and several other buildings downtown

A police officer speaks with a trucker as he distributes a notice to protesters, Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
A person walks among trucks as Wellington Street is lined with trucks during a protest against COVID-19 measures that has grown into a broader anti-government protest, in Ottawa, on Monday, Feb. 14, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

‘Leave the area now,’ police warn downtown Ottawa demonstrators

Officials say anyone coming to Ottawa to join the ongoing demonstration is breaking the law

A person walks among trucks as Wellington Street is lined with trucks during a protest against COVID-19 measures that has grown into a broader anti-government protest, in Ottawa, on Monday, Feb. 14, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Ottawa Police Chief Peter Sloly speaks at a news conference on updated enforcement measures as a protest against COVID-19 restrictions continues into its second week, in Ottawa, on Friday, Feb. 4, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

UPDATED: OPP, RCMP take control of protest enforcement, Ottawa Chief Peter Sloly quits

Authorities are now figuring out how best to use new powers. granted through the Emergencies Act

Ottawa Police Chief Peter Sloly speaks at a news conference on updated enforcement measures as a protest against COVID-19 restrictions continues into its second week, in Ottawa, on Friday, Feb. 4, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos responds to a question during a news conference, Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Canada expected to announce changes to COVID-19 border restrictions today

Country now advises against all non-essential international travel because of the Omicron variant

Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos responds to a question during a news conference, Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
A truck convoy of anti-COVID-19 vaccine mandate demonstrators blocks the highway at the busy U.S. border crossing in Coutts, Alta., Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

RCMP arrest 11 people, seize weapons at Alberta border crossing

Police say officers executed a search warrant early this morning

A truck convoy of anti-COVID-19 vaccine mandate demonstrators blocks the highway at the busy U.S. border crossing in Coutts, Alta., Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Antigovernment blockades continue to paralyze Ottawa and shutter multiple border crossings. (Canadian Press)

UPDATE: Trudeau invokes Emergencies Act as ‘illegal blockades’ drag on

PM expected to announce move today after phone call with provincial and territorial premiers

Antigovernment blockades continue to paralyze Ottawa and shutter multiple border crossings. (Canadian Press)
A resident holds a sign calling for a convoy participant to remove their Canadian flag as they negotiate to release vehicles from a counter protest that blocked Riverside Drive for hours, in Ottawa, Sunday, Feb. 13, 2022. The protest, which began as a cross country convoy against COVID-19 measures but has manifested into a broader anti-government protest, has been marked by the sound of truck horns and the waving of the Canadian flag, sometimes upside down, which residents argued was a co-opting of the flag. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Ottawa mayor pushes to shrink convoy footprint, as feds eye action

Ottawa’s mayor has set a deadline of noon today for truckers encamped…

A resident holds a sign calling for a convoy participant to remove their Canadian flag as they negotiate to release vehicles from a counter protest that blocked Riverside Drive for hours, in Ottawa, Sunday, Feb. 13, 2022. The protest, which began as a cross country convoy against COVID-19 measures but has manifested into a broader anti-government protest, has been marked by the sound of truck horns and the waving of the Canadian flag, sometimes upside down, which residents argued was a co-opting of the flag. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Protesters gather on Parliament hill as trucks continue to block the downtown core in protest of COVID-19 restrictions in Ottawa, Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Emergencies Act could freeze protest trucks out of area around Parliament Hill

Act could lead to forced towing and regulation or prohibition of public assembly

Protesters gather on Parliament hill as trucks continue to block the downtown core in protest of COVID-19 restrictions in Ottawa, Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
A wooden structure built by protesters is seen beside Confederation Park as a protest against COVID-19 restrictions that has been marked by gridlock and the sound of truck horns continues into its second week, in Ottawa, on Sunday, Feb. 6, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Judge grants interim injunction against loud honking at Ottawa protest

Person from Ohio arrested in connection with a threat against Ottawa police headquarters

A wooden structure built by protesters is seen beside Confederation Park as a protest against COVID-19 restrictions that has been marked by gridlock and the sound of truck horns continues into its second week, in Ottawa, on Sunday, Feb. 6, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Housing and Diversity and Inclusion Minister Ahmed Hussen rises during Question Period, in Ottawa, Thursday, Feb. 3, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Feds pledge to press ahead with anti-hate bill, including crackdown on online abuse

Minister will include the creation of a peace bond to prevent continued threats or racist comments

Housing and Diversity and Inclusion Minister Ahmed Hussen rises during Question Period, in Ottawa, Thursday, Feb. 3, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Conservative MP Candice Bergen rises during question period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Monday, June 21, 2021. Bergen was chosen as interim leader on Wednesday and now her job is to unify the Conservative caucus. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Bergen aims to make protests Trudeau’s ‘problem,’ calls for government ‘olive branch’

Conservative caucus elected the Manitoba MP as interim leader Wednesday

Conservative MP Candice Bergen rises during question period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Monday, June 21, 2021. Bergen was chosen as interim leader on Wednesday and now her job is to unify the Conservative caucus. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
A person walks in a beam of afternoon sunlight as trucks are parked on Metcalfe Street part of a rally against COVID-19 restrictions, which began as a cross-country convoy protesting a federal vaccine mandate for truckers, which continues throughout downtown Ottawa, on Monday, Jan. 31, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Remaining protesters say they will not leave until all COVID restrictions are lifted

Conservative Deputy Leader Candice Bergen said Trudeau ‘gaslighting’ the protesters

A person walks in a beam of afternoon sunlight as trucks are parked on Metcalfe Street part of a rally against COVID-19 restrictions, which began as a cross-country convoy protesting a federal vaccine mandate for truckers, which continues throughout downtown Ottawa, on Monday, Jan. 31, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
A person holds their hand to their heart during a singing of O Canada during a rally against COVID-19 restrictions on Parliament Hill, which began as a cross-country convoy protesting a federal vaccine mandate for truckers, in Ottawa on Sunday, Jan. 30, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Ottawa protest gridlock sparks criticism of police as residents demand city back

Police say they have avoided ticketing and towing trucks to avoid confrontations

A person holds their hand to their heart during a singing of O Canada during a rally against COVID-19 restrictions on Parliament Hill, which began as a cross-country convoy protesting a federal vaccine mandate for truckers, in Ottawa on Sunday, Jan. 30, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang