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Recent articles by Marieke:

Texts, e-mails, documents: 30 hours leading up to Emergencies Act’s invocation

Text messages, e-mails, meeting minutes and secret cabinet documents show the mounting pressure on government officials, miscommunications, and last-minute consultations in the frenetic 30 hours leading up the act’s invocation → Read More

What we learned at Emergencies Act inquiry after six weeks of testimony

Through the inquiry, reams of government records have been released, resulting in a rare look inside the most powerful public offices in Canada → Read More

Trudeau says premiers offered no viable Emergencies Act alternative to end convoy protests

The Prime Minister testified in a packed hearing room during an inquiry into the government’s decision to invoke the sweeping powers of the Emergencies Act last winter → Read More

Bank CEOs warned Deputy PM Chrystia Freeland about threat to Canada’s reputation during convoy protests

“I won’t invest another red cent in your banana republic in Canada,” one investor told a bank CEO → Read More

Justice Minister Lametti floated using military in Ottawa during first week of convoy protests

At the Emergencies Act inquiry Wednesday, David Lametti sought to play down the meaning behind his texts with Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino → Read More

Public Safety Minister testifies about ‘broader’ interpretation of Emergencies Act, defending act’s use

“In my judgement, you need to kind of look at both,” Marco Mendicino said appearing before the Public Order Emergency Commission → Read More

CSIS director advised Trudeau to invoke the Emergencies Act to deal with convoy protests

David Vigneault did so despite the fact that the blockades did not meet the definition of a national security threat outlined in the legislation, the inquiry heard → Read More

Federal government rejected CSIS definition of national-security threat when it invoked the Emergencies Act

Prime Minister’s national security and intelligence adviser testifies the government received legal advice that the Emergencies Act is ‘not limited by the CSIS Act’ → Read More

Brenda Lucki vows to keep top RCMP job amid cabinet discontent

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has not made a decision on whether to reappoint Commissioner Lucki when her five-year term comes up for renewal in March → Read More

RCMP did not use Emergencies Act powers at key border blockades, inquiry hears

The Ambassador Bridge blockade in Windsor, Ont., and the Coutts, Alta., blockade were both cleared without direct use of the act, according to witness testimony → Read More

RCMP head Brenda Lucki didn’t share her plans for other options before Emergencies Act invoked

The country’s top Mountie made the admission during hours of testimony at the Emergencies Act inquiry → Read More

CSIS said convoy protests posed no national security threat before Emergencies Act was invoked

Evidence presented at the Emergencies Act inquiry shows legislation was not supported by advice from Canada’s intelligence agency → Read More

Doug Ford wins court fight, won’t have to testify at Emergencies Act inquiry

Court rules that while the summonses issued to the premier and deputy premier were valid, they could not be enforced because of parliamentary privilege → Read More

Creator of far-right, anti-government group testifies that he received police information during convoy protests

Diagolon creator told the Emergencies Act inquiry that he received operational information from a Mountie during the convoy protests → Read More

Tamara Lich disputes knowledge about Ottawa convoy protests during contradictory Emergencies Act inquiry testimony

Over almost five hours of testimony on Thursday and Friday, Ms. Lich recounted her role in the protests, often contradicting documented evidence → Read More

Convoy protests raised $24-million, but the vast majority was refunded or placed in escrow

Only $1-million in donations to the convoy protests were spent by organizers as the majority of funds raised were refunded or held in escrow as result of proposed class-action lawsuit → Read More

Convoy protesters received leaked information from police, lawyer tells Emergencies Act inquiry

They also had former law-enforcement officers and military personnel co-ordinating logistics, Keith Wilson testifies → Read More

Former Ottawa police chief Peter Sloly denies looking for a scapegoat as convoy protests spiralled out of control

During a combative cross-examination, he also said evidence submitted detailing his aggressive behaviour was either wrong or he couldn’t recall the incidents → Read More

Ottawa police senior command considered calling in the military five days into convoy protest, documents show

The documents were tabled as former police chief Peter Sloly, who resigned midway through the protests, testified at the inquiry. He told the commission the police were doing their best under “inhuman circumstances” to address the protests → Read More

RCMP, OPP commissioners discussed retroactive support of Emergencies Act

Days after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau invoked the act, RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki suggested Ottawa could ask the OPP for a letter of support → Read More