Due to continued protests by truckers and their allies against COVID-19 rules and limitations, the federal government has proclaimed a state of emergency.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau remarked at a press conference on Feb. 14 that the protests are not peaceful and are damaging the economy, and that law enforcement institutions need to be strengthened.
“On Friday, Ontario invoked a state of emergency to respond to the blockades. This was the responsible and necessary thing to do. Today, to continue building on these efforts, the federal government is ready to use more tools at its disposal to get the situation fully under control,” Trudeau said.
The implementation of the Emergencies Act, according to Trudeau, will be restricted in time and employed in a targeted and proportionate manner. He went on to say that the act would be utilized to safeguard essential infrastructure like airports and border crossings.
Chrystia Freeland, Canada’s Deputy Prime Minister, outlined a series of steps aimed at reducing funding for the protesters. Anti-money laundering safeguards should be extended to crowdfunding sites and digital currencies, among other things. Banks will also be able to freeze the accounts of protesting organizations.
Trudeau is the first prime minister to use the Act in an emergency.
The Emergency Measures Act, which Trudeau’s father, former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, utilized in 1970 during the October Crisis, when Quebec separatists kidnapped and executed Quebec cabinet minister Pierre Laporte, was replaced by the Emergencies Act in 1988.
The provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Quebec have all stated that they oppose the prime minister’s use of the legislation.
“We have all of the legal and operational resources necessary to maintain order.” On February 14, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney declared on Twitter that the Act would “add no relevant additional powers or resources.”
“The illegal blockades must end,” Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe tweeted, “but police already have sufficient capabilities to enforce the law and clear the blockades, as they did over the weekend in Windsor.”
“As a result, Saskatchewan opposes the Trudeau government’s use of the Emergencies Act.” If the federal government goes ahead with this measure, I’m hoping it will only be used in provinces that ask for it, as the law allows.”
In a tweet, Manitoba Premier Heather Stefanson similarly stated that such powers are not required in her jurisdiction.
“I am proud of Manitoba’s law enforcement officers and have complete faith in their ability to safeguard our communities.” The federal government’s proposal to invoke the Emergencies Act isn’t helping the situation at the Emerson Border.”
According to La Presse, Quebec Premier François Legault took a similar stance, saying that he did not want the act to apply in Quebec since it is an unneeded and divisive policy.
Tamara Lich, the organizer of the Freedom Convoy, said in a press conference earlier on Feb. 14 that the protestors will continue to demonstrate until their demands are met.
“Until the mandates are lifted, we will remain nonviolent, but planted on Parliament Hill,” Lich added.
At the news conference, Brian Peckford, the former premier of Newfoundland and a spokeswoman for the Freedom Convoy, said that the protest in Ottawa had been nonviolent and questioned the need for a state of emergency.
“The situation, particularly in relation to the Convoy 2022, which is currently in Ottawa… is quiet.” Since the truckers arrived, the streets have become cleaner, and crime has decreased,” Peckford added.
The organizers’ legal representation, the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms, stated in a statement ahead of the declaration that it will “immediately submit a court lawsuit aiming to invalidate such a declaration.”
“Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau used the War Measures Act in 1970 to deal with violence, kidnapping and murder committed by terrorists in Quebec. Today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is considering using the Emergencies Act to deal with bouncy castles and ball hockey,” Justice Centre litigation director Jay Cameron said in a statement.
“Peaceful protesters who feed the homeless, shovel snow, pick up garbage, dance in the streets, play street hockey, wave Canadian flags, sing the national anthem and set up bouncy castles for children do not ‘seriously endanger the lives, health or safety of Canadians,’ nor are these peaceful activities ‘of such proportions or nature as to exceed the capacity or authority of a province to deal with it’.”
It’s obvious that the declared state of emergency by Trudeau is motivated by his particular distaste for those who hold liberty dear to their hearts. The neighboring provinces even believe he is over reacting. However that doesn’t take away from the fact that these individuals are being arrested and fined for standing up against medical tyranny. If demonstrators claim they won’t leave until the mandates are lifted, it is the job of the public servant to adhere to the needs of the public. Any other action taken constitutes that individual to be relieved of their responsibilities as a political figure. Stay inquisitive in the word of God, and the world around you.
The Navy reported on Feb. 9 that 240 sailors had been discharged for refusing to comply with the military’s COVID-19 vaccine requirement.
All except one of them who were released were on active duty.
Twenty-two of them were discharged during their initial training periods or within the first 180 days of active duty.
Active-duty sailors must be completely vaccinated against COVID-19 by November 28, 2021, according to the Navy. Reserve forces had until December 28, 2021 to complete their mission. In January, the Navy began releasing sailors.
Some sailors have been waiting for judgments on requests for religious or medical exemptions from the rule.
Despite receiving 3,348 religious exemption requests from active-duty troops alone, the Navy has yet to issue a single religious exception. Ten permanent medical exemptions, 250 interim medical exemptions, and 50 administrative exemptions have been issued by officials.
As of Feb. 9, 8,329 sailors, or around 2.4 percent of the force, were still unvaccinated.
Military lawyers claim the Navy discriminates against religious sailors, and in January, a federal judge agreed, ordering the branch to stop retaliating against a group of 35 service members who sued over the demand.
“The Navy provides a religious accommodation process, but by all accounts, it is theater. The Navy has not granted a religious exemption to any vaccine in recent memory.” In his opinion, U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor, a George W. Bush nominee, stated, “It simply rubber stamps each denial.”
Military authorities say that judges shouldn’t have authority over the military’s health and readiness regulations, and that plaintiffs haven’t exhausted all options, which O’Connor and at least one other judge have dismissed.
The COVID-19 vaccine mandate was implemented in August 2021 by Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, a Biden nominee. In a memorandum, he argued that vaccination restrictions were “essential to safeguard the military and defend the American people.”
Only the Air Force and the Marine Corps have granted religious exemption requests. On Feb. 8, the Air Force announced that it had authorized nine such petitions out of more than 5,700 received. Three have been bestowed by the Marine Corps. The Army and the Coast Guard, in addition to the Navy, have not issued any.
Chaplains decided that many of the rejected warriors had real faith. In a previous interview with The Epoch Times, Jay Richards, a senior research fellow at the Heritage Foundation’s DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society, said that the revelation “confirms what many of us suspected, which is that the procedure for service members to submit religious exemption requests is basically bogus.”
Military officials have defended their handling of exemption petitions and show no signs of softening the mandate, despite the fact that the vaccines provide less protection against the CCP virus’s Omicron variant. Booster shots, on the other hand, are not required by the military.
When they’re eligible, everyone 12 and older should get a booster to enhance protection against the virus that causes COVID-19, according to US health officials.
A political purge is the perfect way to describe what were seeing happen to these service members. Many of whom won’t know where to turn for employment considering the instability of the job market for unvaccinated individuals. Many service members are likely to wake up to the political and spiritual warfare being waged over their heads. In light of such polarization, many will be inclined to recluse and search for answers for themselves. Does that make an individual crazy? Not for the roughly 50% of the unvaccinated American population.
The internet has proved to be a place in which you can tune into various frequencies in search of a perspective that best fits your narrative. I could make up an argument on the fly and back it up with facts and statistics pertaining to my argument. With that being said, the news about COVID-19 is terrifyingly polarizing. There is a spectrum, by which all narratives of the COVID-19 agenda are carefully presented to anyone conducting research. The opposing sides of the spectrum are those who are sold on the COVID-19 pandemic, and those who aren’t sold at all.
But it becomes extremely important that we listen to our gut, when we notice that someone is eyeballing something that rightfully belongs to you. Our civil liberties are merely gods gift to man interpreted by men of power. No man, woman, government, organization, forum, or anything will prosper as a weapon against God. With that being said, when our God given rights are at stake, it is probably best to question the integrity of those who propose the removal of such rights. In summary, if you’re not a “conspiracy theorist” you probably aren’t asking very many questions about the world around you.
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.