by Brian Shilhavy
Editor, Health Impact News
Banks in Canada started freezing accounts of those who allegedly were supporting the Trucker Freedom Convoy protests yesterday (2/16/21).
Bank accounts are officially being frozen under Justin Trudeau’s Emergency Economic Measures Order under the Emergencies Act.
Shaun Zimmer recently travelled from Winnipeg to Ottawa to show his support for the trucker’s convoy, and now he no longer has access to his funds.
For whatever reason, the Canadian federal government deemed that he was engaged, either directly or indirectly with the protesters here in Ottawa.
This is the first story we are hearing first-hand about bank accounts being frozen in relation to the truckers’ convoy.
On the ground here in Ottawa, the truckers and their supporters remain on scene despite of the constant threats from the federal government and the Ottawa Police Service to disperse the demonstration.
We have seen notices being handed out by the Ottawa Police telling protesters to leave the area under threat of arrest, but we can now confirm that bank accounts are being frozen. (Full story.)
As news of bank accounts being frozen spread, several major Canadian banks went offline in what appeared to be a bank run.
Days after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he would invoke emergency orders to crack down on demonstrators by freezing their bank accounts, five major Canadian banks went offline on Wednesday night, as customers reported their funds were unavailable, according to technology website Bleeping Computer.
Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), BMO (Bank of Montreal), Scotiabank, TD Bank Canada, and the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) were all hit with unexplainable outages on Wednesday evening. Users began reporting issues with banks around 1600-1700 ET, Downdector data showed.
Canadian Twitter users reported they couldn’t access their funds at the ATMs. One user took a photo of an error message at one of RBC’s ATMs that read, “Tap transactions aren’t available for this card.”
In response, RBC tweeted, “We are currently experiencing technical issues with our online and mobile banking, as well as our phone systems.”
“Our experts are investigating and working to get this fixed as quickly as possible, but we have no ETA to provide at this time. We appreciate your patience.”
BMO customers also reported issues. One customer said, “I’m having trouble and money transfer just auto gets rejected for no reason. Not going over my limit, all info is verified correct and receiving bank says no issues on their end.” (Full story.)
Trudeau faced his critics in Ottawa earlier today at the House of Commons, and reportedly stated:
“We understand that Canadians are frustrated with [COVID-19]. Some protesters came to Ottawa to express their frustrations and fatigue with public health measures. That’s their right. It’s a right that we’ll defend in this free and democratic country. But the illegal blockades and occupations are not peaceful protests. They have to stop.” (Source.)
According to Trudeau’s Justice Minister, apparently those “illegal blockades and occupations” include being a Trump supporter, which can result in your bank account being frozen.
Protesters apparently are not backing down, and Dr. Byram Bridle reportedly called on all Canadians to now head to Ottawa to join the protests. (Source. The interview is over 2 hours long, so I did not have a chance to listen to it to confirm.)
Pat King is reportedly stating that no tow trucks will participate in removing the trucks from Ottawa.
Pat King, one of the protest leaders, predicted Thursday morning that “there’s no tow trucks in Canada that will touch [the rigs parked bumper-to-bumper].”
In a Facebook video, King warned fellow protesters that police were about to move in on them.
“It’s going down!” he said. “Truckers, get up. Get on your radios. Get on your horns. One long blast. Let’s go, guys.”
Protester Tim Watson told the Washington Examiner the written warnings were simply “scare tactics” and that he wasn’t leaving. Watson has been at the protest site since the start, more than three weeks ago. (Source.)
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