Freedom Convoy chief Tamara Lich is not going to be returning to jail, a decide has dominated, after a Crown prosecutor argued in courtroom that she violated her launch circumstances.
At her two-day bail review last week, the organizer of the Ottawa protest that introduced town to a halt for weeks sought an modification to the phrases of her launch to enable her to go to Ontario — and Ottawa, particularly — and to make use of social media.
The Crown, in the meantime, argued Lich ought to be again in custody for allegedly violating her bail situation to not assist something associated to the convoy and to remain off social media.
On Wednesday, Justice Kevin Phillips dominated he would fluctuate Lich’s bail to enable her to come back to Ontario however prohibit her from getting into Ottawa’s downtown core.
The rationale why Lich desires to go to Ottawa is topic to a court-ordered publication ban and can’t be disclosed.
Phillips did reject a request from Lich’s defence lawyer, Lawrence Greenspon, to permit her again on social media. He advised the courtroom Lich was sufficiently old to have lived at a time with out social media, and she or he might proceed to keep up a correspondence with individuals by different means, corresponding to texting.
Accepting award, carrying Freedom Convoy jewellery not breaching bail
Throughout her bail overview, Lich testified she would “love to attend” an event in Toronto in June to accept a freedom award, “nevertheless I will not be breaching my bail circumstances so as to take action.”
On March 28, a charity known as the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms emailed Lich to inform her she’d been chosen for its 2022 George Jonas Freedom Award, she advised courtroom.
The e-mail, which she learn aloud, mentioned the honour was being given “in recognition of your management position within the Freedom Convoy.”
The award announcement on the centre’s website states Lich “took the initiative to assist arrange a peaceable protest and function one in every of its leaders. The ensuing peaceable protest in Ottawa woke up many Canadians to the injustice of Constitution-violating lockdowns and obligatory vaccination insurance policies.”
It additionally states she “suffered for the reason for freedom by spending 18 days unjustly jailed, and exemplifies braveness, dedication and perseverance.”
The day after receiving the e-mail, Lich emailed again to say she was “honoured” to simply accept. She did not inquire about whether or not it might be OK, she testified below cross examination by Karimjee.
Requested whether or not by accepting the award she was supporting one thing associated to the convoy, Lich mentioned, “I suppose, yeah. I suppose so.
“I do not feel that it is a breach. I do not feel that that is what the popularity is for. … I really feel that the popularity is for uplifting Canadians to carry the federal government to account to the rule of regulation and to uphold their Constitution rights,” she continued.
No connection between award and convoy, decide guidelines
Phillips advised courtroom he accepted Lich’s proof that there was no connection between the convoy and receiving the award. He agreed the Freedom Convoy is over and that it might be “practicably unattainable” to mount an identical protest within the metropolis.
He additionally mentioned Lich is just not chargeable for what different individuals put up on-line, rejecting a Crown submission that she had additionally violated her social media ban by taking a photograph of herself carrying a pendant that includes a truck picture and the phrases “Freedom” and “Canada” emblazoned on it.
Lich despatched the picture to the supporter who had given her the pendant, who then posted it on social media.
Phillips additionally mentioned Lich is just not chargeable for the actions of the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms, and mentioned “there’s vital uncertainty” to the diploma to which Lich might be held culpable for her involvement general with the Freedom Convoy.