When protest becomes an occupation. The truckers “Freedom Convoy” arrived on January 29th 2022. The protest lasted 23 days, until they were removed by police, after the Government invoked the Emergencies Act. Protesters were opposed to the vaccination mandate put through by the Government last year. Truckers can't travel across borders, Provincial or National, without proof of vaccination. 85% of truckers were vaccinated and continued their vital work, transporting goods across Canada and over the border to the US. Downtown Ottawa, was overrun by the so called "Freedom Convoy." During the weekends of the protest, the "Convoy" attracted fairly large crowds of supporters who gathered around Parliament Hill. Most people at the protest were peaceful, some took on an intimidating stance. Many of the protestors left the city, leaving the trucking convoy on the streets, which were blocked. At the start truckers used their horns continuously, until this was stopped by an injunction. It was horrendous for people living and working downtown, not only because of the noise but also the air pollution caused by idling trucks. The truckers said they would stay until the mandates were lifted. On January 18th police started to remove the protesters and their trucks.
The capital of Canada is Ottawa, in the province of Ontario. There are offically ten provinces and three territories in Canada, which is the second largest country in the world in terms of land area.While politically and legally an independant nation, the titular head of state for Canada is still Queen Elizabeth.On the east end of Canada, you have Montreal as the bastion of activity. Montreal is famous for two things, VICE magazine and the Montreal Jazz Festival. One is the bible of hipster life (disposable, of course) and the other is a world-famous event that draws more than two million people every summer. Quebec is a French speaking province that has almost seceded from Canada on several occasions, by the way..When you think of Canada, you think of . . . snow, right?But not on the West Coast. In Vancouver, it rains. And you'll find more of the population speaking Mandarin than French (but also Punjabi, Tagalog, Korean, Farsi, German, and much more).Like the other big cities in Canada, Vancouver is vividly multicultural and Vancouverites are very, very serious about their coffee.Your standard Vancouverite can be found attired head-to-toe in Lululemon gear, mainlining Cafe Artigiano Americanos (spot the irony for ten points).But here's a Vancouver secret only the coolest kids know: the best sandwiches in the city aren't found downtown. Actually, they're hidden in Edgemont Village at the foot of Grouse Mountain on the North Shore."It's actually worth coming to Canada for these sandwiches alone." -- Michelle Superle, VancouverText by Steve Smith.