Tamara Lich, an ordinary mom and grandma from Medicine Hat, Alberta, is facing multiple charges in relation to the Freedom Convoy protest that took place in Ottawa in 2022. Crowdfunding her legal bills, the Democracy Fund, a Canadian charity, is supporting Lich with the aim of raising $300,000 to cover the cost of expert legal representation. Fortunately, Lich has Lawrence Greenspon, one of Ottawa’s top lawyers, on her side. Greenspon and his team, although expensive, are highly skilled and worth every penny.
During the first day of the trial for Lich and fellow organizer Chris Barber, crown prosecutor Tim Radcliffe described the protest as an “occupation.” Radcliffe echoed the narrative pushed by government officials and news media outlets, such as CBC, CTV, and Global News, in his repeated characterization of the Freedom Convoy. However, Barber’s lawyer, Diane Magas, criticized Radcliffe’s use of the term “occupation” as “inflammatory” and “inaccurate” when considering its military context.
The prosecution played an 11-minute video montage in the Ottawa Courthouse, which mainly consisted of footage captured by Ottawa police officers’ body cameras and aerial surveillance drones during the Freedom Convoy. Const. Craig Barlow of the Ottawa Police Service, who compiled the video montage as per the prosecution’s instructions, selected moments that showcased alleged crimes directed by Barber and Lich. However, Barber’s and Lich’s lawyers pointed out that the video montage did not include scenes of demonstrators hugging, playing hockey, or children enjoying bouncy castles.
Despite Barlow’s video compilation lacking certain aspects of the protest, he described it as an accurate reflection of the happenings and atmosphere of the Freedom Convoy, supporting Radcliffe’s claims. Lawrence Greenspon, Lich’s defense counsel, challenged the significance of the video montage, asking Barlow if it captured only the “worst” excesses of the protest. The compilation mainly included footage of demonstrators chanting slogans, standoffs between law enforcement and protesters, and trucks honking their horns.
Justice Heather Perkins-McVey interjected during the cross-examination of Barlow, pointing out that she heard protesters chanting “Love over fear!” in addition to “Hold the line!” This highlighted the defense’s argument that the protest was not solely characterized by confrontational behavior.
Radcliffe argued that the charges against Barber and Lich were not based on their political views but rather their use of “unlawful” means to oppose the government’s “public health” decrees related to Covid-19. Approximately 20 supporters of Barber and Lich attended the trial proceedings.
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It is crucial to ensure that individuals facing legal battles have access to fair and robust representation. By supporting Tamara Lich’s legal defense, the Democracy Fund is working towards upholding democratic values and safeguarding the right to a fair trial.