Convoy Organizer Tamara Lich Receives Freedom Award

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Freedom Convoy organizer Tamara Lich was awarded the yearly George Jonas Freedom Award by the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms astatine a ceremonial successful Toronto June 16.

A sold-out assemblage paid $150 to $500 to be the event, which included a reception, dinner, the grant presentation, and a keynote code from columnist and erstwhile nationalist vigor big Rex Murphy.

“Ms. Lich inspired Canadians to workout their Charter rights and freedoms by participating actively successful the antiauthoritarian process, and took the inaugural to assistance signifier a peaceful protestation and service arsenic 1 of its leaders, the Justice Centre wrote successful an online post regarding Lich’s enactment successful April.

“The resulting peaceful protestation successful Ottawa awakened galore Canadians to the injustice of Charter-violating lockdowns and mandatory vaccination policies. Ms. Lich has suffered for the origin of state by spending 18 days unjustly jailed, and exemplifies courage, determination and perseverance.”

Epoch Times Photo Tamara Lich speaks astatine the astatine the George Jonas Freedom Award ceremonial successful Toronto connected June 16, 2022. (Ramona Diaconescu, Justice Centre photographer)

On February 17, 2022, Lich was charged with counselling to perpetrate mischief and obstructing police, among different charges. Just 1 time prior, Ontario Superior Court Justice Hugh McLean said Lich and different defendants successful a civilian enactment to halt honking successful downtown Ottawa were “at liberty to prosecute successful a peaceful, lawful and harmless protest.”

Lich was released connected bail aft 18 days connected information she does not usage societal media oregon protestation against vaccine mandates and lockdowns. Her conditions were appealed, and hearings were held connected her bail May 19 and 20. Assistant Crown Attorney Moiz Karimjee argued that Lich’s pending acceptance of the award amounted to a nationalist look of “support” for the convoy, and was truthful a breach of bail conditions.

However, successful a determination released May 25, Justice Kevin Phillips of the Ontario Superior Court ruled otherwise.

“I judge Ms. Lich’s grounds that she saw nary transportation betwixt her merchandise presumption and the acceptance of an grant meant to observe her advocacy of law freedoms arsenic she and others recognize them,” helium wrote.

“No tribunal would ever question to power the possession oregon manifestation of governmental views. The courts are not a thought police. We question lone to power behaviour to the grade that definite behaviour volition interruption oregon apt pb to usurpation of the law.”

Even so, Phillips reaffirmed Lich’s prohibition from posting connected societal media.

The grant ceremonial is named successful honour of the precocious George Jonas, who died successful 2016. Jonas was calved successful communist Hungary successful 1935 but aboriginal became a renowned Canadian author, poet, and columnist who emphasized the value of freedom.

In 2021, the grant was presented astatine an online ceremonial to each Canadians resisting unconstitutional lockdowns, who the Justice Centre called “Canada’s Freedom Fighters.” The Zoom lawsuit featured speeches by Dr. Jay Bhattacharya and Dr. Francis Christian. The Society for Academic Freedom and Scholarship won successful 2020, writer Christie Blatchford successful 2019, and writer Mark Steyn successful 2018.

Drew Barnes, MLA for Cypress-Medicine Hat successful Alberta, congratulated Lich connected Twitter, saying, “Your courage, accomplishment and principled basal for freedom, liberty and elected govt accountability made you the close choice!”

Similar Justice Centre ceremonies for Lich volition beryllium held successful Vancouver connected July 13 and Calgary connected Aug. 11.

Lee Harding

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Lee Harding is simply a writer and deliberation vessel researcher based successful Saskatchewan, and a contributor to The Epoch Times.