- According to authorities, Tamara Lich has been charged with violating her release conditions by agreeing to attend a “Freedom Award” celebration next month.
- Wilson and other JCCF lawyers attended the Ottawa march and spoke on behalf of Lich and other organizers at a press conference.
Crown prosecutors want Tamara Lich, an Ottawa protest organizer, returned to jail to await trial, claiming she violated her bail conditions by agreeing to attend a “Freedom Award” ceremony next month.
The Crown says Lich broke the court-imposed requirement that she does not express support for anything connected to the Freedom Convoy movement she led in Ottawa earlier this year in an application filed ahead of her bail review hearing.
Lich will receive the “George Jonas Freedom Award” at a gala hosted by the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF) on June 16, recognizing her role in the protest that paralyzed Ottawa’s downtown for more than three weeks.
After the federal govt invoked the Emergencies Act, Lich was detained in Ottawa in February. She was charged with mischief and impeding a peace officer, among other things, in connection with the demonstration. Her initial bail request was denied, but after a bail review, the decision was reversed.
She was freed on March 7 after spending 18 days in jail under restrictions that she must live in Alberta and only come to Ontario for court appearances or meetings with counsel.
Lich must also “not support anything related to the Freedom Convoy verbally, in writing, financially, or by any other means,” according to his bail conditions.
A keynote speech by journalist Rex Murphy will be delivered during the Toronto gala, with VIP seats costing $500. This summer, Calgary and Vancouver will host two more galas.
According to promotional material for the events, the occupation of Ottawa was a “peaceful protest” that awakened many to the “injustice” of COVID lockdowns and vaccine mandates. Lich “inspired Canadians to exercise their constitutional rights and freedoms by participating actively in the democratic process,” according to the material.
Lich will not attend the festivities unless her bail restrictions are changed.
“With the benefit of the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms, Tamara Lich has continued to support the Convoy cause,” the Crown’s application states.
The Crown also claims that Lich has a “collaborative and representational” relationship with the Calgary-based JCCF, a registered charity that has led legal challenges against COVID legislation. According to the application, JCCF lawyer Keith Wilson referred to Lich as “the spark that sparked this fire” and identified her as his client on one occasion.
Wilson and other JCCF lawyers visited the Ottawa demonstration and spoke at a press conference on behalf of Lich and other organizers. They also supported the protest by posting footage on social media.
According to the Crown’s application, the organization hired a private detective to follow a Manitoba judge hearing over the JCCF’s legal challenge of provincial lockdown regulations for churches last year.
The Crown also claims that the judge who granted Lich bail made multiple legal errors and that his judgment should be reversed, remanding her in custody.
The application will be considered in an Ottawa court on Thursday and Friday.
Lich will urge the court to amend her bail conditions, which restrict her social media use and ban her from traveling to Ontario during the same session.
Lawrence Greenspon, Lich’s criminal counsel, declined to comment on the Crown’s application.
Source: CTV News
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