If you haven't heard of the Trucker Rally, it’s an ongoing protest in Canada against the mandating of the COVID-19 vaccine for truckers to re-enter the country. The protest began on January 22, 2022 with multiple routes throughout the provinces and eventually all converged to Ottawa on January 29, 2022, with a rally at parliament hill. The truckers were joined by peaceful pedestrian protesters with the goal to have COVID-19 restrictions and mandates lifted. They have also received support from fellow Canadians through Go Fund Me, which is currently at $6.3 million in raised funds. It’s inspiring to watch people across the world stand up for what’s right - autonomy over our body and the right to real data and information to justify things that the government wants. The media is going crazy with their opinions on the rally. See pictures below.
Although the convoy has received positive reinforcement and feedback, they have also been condemned by trucking companies and the Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau. On January 27, 2022, Justin Trudeau said that roughly 90% of Canadians are vaccinated against COVID-19, as were many truckers in Canada, and that a “small fringe minority of people” in the convoy “do not represent the views of Canadians”. The media, as per usual, had to spin the truth on the convoy and state that groups and organizers from the protest have had involvement with white nationalism, islamophobia, the QAnon conspiracy and far-right groups. It looks like the protest was receiving too much positive reinforcement so the media and government had to take matters into their own hands. Police forces have also been taking the truckers' reserve gas to prevent the rally from continuing.
Despite the hate towards the situation, people from all over the world have been supporting the movement. Fundraising for the Truckers Rally started on January 14, 2022, through GoFundMe. By January 25, 2022, the convoy’s GoFundMe reached $5 million. GoFunMe issued a response in regards to CTV’s questions saying that the raised fund will not be released until the organizers of the fundraiser showed a clear plan on how they intend to use the funds. On January 27, 2022, GoFundMe released $1 million of the funds after the organizers provided their distribution plan. However, on February 2, GoFundMe put a hold on the account, preventing any further donations, saying it was under investigation to make sure the fundraiser complied with their terms and services. The fundraiser raised an astounding amount of $10,096,500 from roughly 120, 000 donors. After being called to court by a parliamentary committee, GoFundMe proceeded to shut down the campaign for violating terms and conditions. Thankfully the support from around the globe didn’t stop there. A new fundraiser on GiveSendGo launched and has attained over $6.3 million in donations as of Feb 6, 2022. Another group of supporters are donating through a cryptocurrency called Tallycoin. It has currently raised $500 000 as of January 7, 2022.
As the rally continues we hope it remains peaceful and sheds light on the madness of the mandates. As Canadians, let alone human beings, we deserve the right to full autonomy over our body. It’s one thing to heavily suggest the vaccine, but it’s an extreme measure to mandate and ruin families livelihood over it. Hopefully this convoy is a start to changing back to normal.