The trial of Tamara Lich and Chris Barber entered its 17th day today in Ottawa. Lich and Barber, two prominent figures of the Freedom Convoy, are facing charges including mischief, obstructing police, counselling others to commit mischief, and intimidation. The Freedom Convoy demonstrations took place in early 2022 and attracted thousands of Canadians to Ottawa in opposition to COVID-19 restrictions.
The trial proceedings continued with the presence of Lich and Barber at the Ottawa Courthouse. Lincoln Jay, a journalist, shared the update on Twitter, stating that the trial had reached its 17th day.
In a full recap of the previous day’s proceedings, a video was shared on YouTube. The video featured the events that took place during day 16 of the trial, providing viewers with a comprehensive overview of the trial developments.
Rebel News reporter Robert Kraychik and videographer Lincoln Jay were present at the courthouse to cover the trial. Kraychik provided live updates from inside the courtroom, while Jay captured and reported on the reactions and commentary from outside the courthouse.
During the trial, Zexi Li, an Ottawa resident, took the stand as a witness. Li described the Freedom Convoy protest as an “occupation,” using martial language similar to that of politicians. This led to an objection from Diane Magas, Barber’s attorney, and Li was excused from the courtroom. In her testimony, Li spoke about the alleged harms she suffered as a result of the protest, including constant honking and blaring airhorns that disrupted her sleep and made it difficult for her to focus on her work-from-home.
The Crown called Li as a witness, and she is also the lead plaintiff in a class-action lawsuit seeking $290 in damages from Lich, Barber, and others involved in the Freedom Convoy protest.
The trial is still ongoing, with more witnesses expected to testify and evidence to be presented. The defense will have an opportunity to present its case after the Crown has finished presenting its evidence. As the trial progresses, further updates will be provided by Rebel News.
The cost of legal representation for Lich throughout the trial is estimated to be $300,000. Lich, an ordinary mom and grandma from Medicine Hat, Alberta, cannot afford this expense. However, she has received support from The Democracy Fund, a Canadian charity, which is crowdfunding to cover her legal bills. Lawrence Greenspon, one of Ottawa’s top lawyers, is representing Lich in the trial. Although Greenspon and his team are expensive, they are regarded as worth every penny due to their expertise in handling complex and serious cases.
To contribute towards Lich’s legal fees, individuals are encouraged to donate through various channels. Donations can be made through PayPal, E-transfer, or by sending cheques made out to The Democracy Fund. Legal requirements dictate that donors include their full name, email address, full address, and, if applicable, the name of the corporation or business making a contribution.
The trial of Tamara Lich and Chris Barber continues to attract attention as it progresses. As more witnesses testify and evidence is presented, the outcome of the trial will have implications for the future of the Freedom Convoy movement and the broader debate surrounding COVID-19 restrictions in Canada.