Here’s your weekly selection of highlights from the Crosstalk news desk:
–Canadian police started arresting protesters today as part of an operation to end a 3 week blockage of Ottawa by hundreds of truck drivers that crippled the capital and prompted Prime Minister Trudeau to assume emergency powers.
–7 Canadian provinces now oppose an Emergencies Act declaration made Monday by Justin Trudeau who claims that it was needed to stop the Freedom Convoy protesters in Ottawa.
–The Canadian government issued warnings to anyone involved in the protests, saying that in addition to freezing bank accounts and towing their trucks, they might also confiscate their pets.
–The CEO of crowd funding site GiveSendGo told Fox News that about half of the donations received for the Canadian trucker protest are coming from Americans.
–The Canadian House of Commons erupted in shouts of condemnation Wednesday after Prime Minister Trudeau replied to a Jewish member of Parliament by accusing members of the opposition conservative party of standing with those waving swastikas.
–Canadian Pastor Artur Pawlowski arrested for the 5th time since COVID restrictions began and remains in solitary confinement.
–The vaccine mandates for cross-border truckers who are isolated in their trucks began in the U.S.
–A trucker-led convoy will kick off February 23rd from the Barstow, California, area.
–Russia sends an American diplomat home from Moscow as tensions remained at a peak yesterday in the conflict over Ukraine.
–President Biden’s State Department has advised Americans in Ukraine to take refuge in neighboring Poland but only if they’ve been vaccinated for COVID-19.
–The Chinese government is requiring all Olympic athletes to download an app called, “My 2022” during the games. While it’s claimed that it’s intended to limit the spread of COVID-19, the app can secretly record whatever the athletes communicate.
–At least 7 of the women on Canada’s gold-winning ice hockey team are openly LGBTQ.
–Human Rights Campaign announced the launch of “Empower Dallas!” a virtual career fair for transgender and non-binary job seekers.
–Governor Glenn Youngkin of Virginia signed legislation that bars school mask mandates effective March 1st.
–The Centers for Disease Control has no plans to change its guidance on children wearing masks in schools.