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  • Freedom Convoy 2022 Numbers Continue to Grow as Thousands Near Ottawa

    Support continues to grow for the tens of thousands of Freedom Convoy 2022 truckers heading to Ottawa. Over $6,000,000 million dollars has been raised so far on GoFundMe. Organizers say the money will be used for fuel, food and accommodations for Freedom Convoy 2022 participants. The Freedom Convoy 2022 has also caught the attention of influencers online. For example, Russell Brand brought the story in a positive light to his 4.7 million subscribers. https://youtu.be/itbSIqY4Nnw Podcaster Joe Rogan also brought the Convoy story to his listeners https://youtu.be/AiOVTroQk5E A Pastor, Henry Hildebrandt said this after a short prayer for the Convoy had this to say on youtube, "Thank you truckers, we are in a critical time right now, this is historical, an epic week for Canada, Canadians are saying enough is enough. First it was the pastors, then it was the business people, then it was Doctors and nurses but when the Government focused on the truckers they touched a nerve" https://youtu.be/hYB0qa3hUCM?t=51 Check out the Freedom Convoys Facebook page for the latest updates https://www.facebook.com/Freedom-Convoy-2022-100286905896085/ In a press release, Tamara Lich and Benjamin Dichter, two of the Freedom Convoy 2022 organizers, stated that because of the size and number of Freedom Convoy trucks heading to Ottawa they can not guarantee the public will not be inconvenienced, Initial estimates were that approximately 1600 trucks would attend. Possibly over 50,000 "Big Rigs" to converge in Ottawa That estimate has grown to approximately 50,000 big trucks expected to arrive in Ottawa on January 29th. The organizers also reiterated participants in the anti-COVID mandate protest are not "terrorists" or "separatists". The press release also restates the group's demands that the Governments Vaccine mandates and the "divisive rhetoric" against those who disagree with the mandates end Freedom Convoy 2022 sometimes broadcasts live on Facebook LIVE. https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?ref=search&v=6828831773858051 The (est) 50,000 trucks in the Freedom Convoy 2022 are expected to arrive in Ottawa on January 29th for their peaceful protest.

  • Freedom Convoy 2022 Truck Convoy GoFundMe Fundraiser Alive and Well: Organizer

    The GoFundMe fundraiser supporting the Freedom Convoy 2022 Truck protest heading to Ottawa is alive and well, according to one of the fundraisers' organizers, Tamara Lich. Freedom Convoy 2022 is a protest against "Government Overreach" regarding vaccine mandates for Canadians, especially truckers. Tens of thousands of truckers from across Canada will be staging a huge demonstration on Parliament Hill on January 29th. Freedom Convoy 2022 Facebook Page Launched on Jan 14th from Medicine Hat the fund has brought in $5,252,510 of its $6,000,000 goal as of January 26th, 2022. Rumors that GoFundMe has stopped accepting donations are not true according to Lich. Lich says GoFundMe is only trying to determine who and how the millions raised are distributed. The donations will be used for fuel, hotels, food and other necessities for the truckers FROM THE FREEDOM CONVOY FACEBOOK PAGE "To our fellow Canadians, the time for political overreach is over. Our current government is implementing rules and mandates that are destroying the foundation of our businesses, industries, and livelihoods. Canadians have been integral to the fabric of humanity in many ways that have shaped the planet. We are a peaceful country that has helped protect nations across the globe from tyrannical governments who oppressed their people, and now it seems it is happening here. We are taking our fight to the doorsteps of our Federal Government and demanding that they cease all mandates against its people. Small businesses are being destroyed, homes are being destroyed, and people are being mistreated and denied fundamental necessities to survive. It's our duty as Canadians to put an end to this mandates. It is imperative that this happens because if we don't our country will no longer be the country we have come to love. We are doing this for our future Generations and to regain our lives back. We are asking for Donations to help with the costs of fuel first, and hopefully food and lodgings to help ease the pressures of this arduous task." Freedom Convoy 2022 routes and other info including what truckers making the journey need and what you can do to help are on the FaceBook page. https://www.facebook.com/Freedom-Convoy-2022-100286905896085/ Fearful of bad press a code of conduct for the truckers is reported to have been written. "The world will be watching, everyone on their best professional behavior" Reports of massive public support for the truckers is also being reported, with people are offering their homes and B&Bs for the truckers. GoFundMe organizers are Tamara Lich and B.J. Dichter. https://www.gofundme.com/f/taking-back-our-freedom-convoy-2022?fbclid=IwAR3jAaVYiIC28X3-opEMtrUMkxRDZ3fCI1lqPNsDy8MGuot9wxdJP_i5rPs

  • Europe Rolling back COVID restrictions, Canada "Redefines" COVID Disease Burden

    New model to determine "disease burden" recommended by researchers United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson said as of January 27th, people won’t have to wear masks in public or show proof of vaccination if they want to visit a pub or have dinner in a restaurant. There will no longer be a work-from-home advisory. Ireland is also planning to roll back COVID restrictions soon. That would spell an end to capacity limits for both indoor and outdoor events plus no more social distancing. In France, the Prime Minister stated publicly French citizens can expect regulations to ease significantly very soon, possibly even end if COVID numbers continue to drop. Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez says he believes the European Union should approach COVID-19 in the same manner that it approaches influenza. New Way to report COVID hospital numbers in Canada Last week British Columbia provincial health officials confirmed that almost half of COVID positive hospital admissions are "not admitted for COVID". Quebec officials are saying the same thing. Less than half, 45% (approx) of COVID cases detected were admitted because of COVID. The remaining COVID positive cases detected are "incidental". What incidental describes, in this case, are people who come into a hospital for a reason not related to COVID. For example, a person comes into the hospital with a cut or a broken leg, not for COVID. They may test positive for COVID, but they are typically showing little or no signs they are infected with the virus. Ontario's numbers are very similar. “Roughly 45 percent” of Ontario’s hospital admissions that are COVID positive are “incidental.” In Alberta, it's estimated that over 40% of hospital admissions reported to be COVID-19 positive are incidental. https://www.alberta.ca/stats/covid-19-alberta-statistics.htm#highlights In Saskatchewan, 46% of patients were admitted due to COVID related illness, 46% were incidental cases. https://dashboard.saskatchewan.ca/health-wellness/covid-19-cases/hospitalized The reporting of COVID admissions to hospital versus "incidental" COVID cases is also an issue in New York. New York state Governor Kathy Hochul recently said she was “disappointed to see that at least a certain percentage of positive COVID cases in hospital settings are not related to being treated for COVID.” Hochul said some of the patients test positive for COVID-19 “but they’re in there for other reasons,” “Think of all the other reasons people end up at a hospital; it’s an overdose, it’s a car accident, a heart attack.” https://nypost.com/2022/01/03/hochul-orders-clearer-accounting-of-covid-cases-in-hospitals/ Why the change in reporting is significant, researchers recommend new model. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, hospitalizations have been the metric used by governments to mount a response to the virus. A recent study has examined that model What the study found is that because of widespread vaccinations and possibly naturally acquired immunity the seriousness of COVID symptoms are often very mild or even asymptomatic. The researchers recommend that SEVERITY should be included in reporting https://www.researchsquare.com/article/rs-898254/v1 "the proportion of hospitalizations that are due to severe COVID-19 has changed with vaccine availability, thus, increasing proportions of mild and asymptomatic cases are included in hospitalization reporting metrics. The addition of simple measures of disease severity to the case definition of a SARS-CoV-2 hospitalization is a straightforward and objective change that should improve the value of the metric for tracking SARS-CoV-2 disease burden. It's unclear if the change in attitude towards how COVID-19 hospitalizations are reported is because of research like the beforementioned study. What it does suggest is COVIDs hold on people's health may be weakening. Light at the end of the tunnel?

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