The Democracy Fund is pleased to announce that the government has stayed all charges against three so-called "gas dealers" arising from the Ottawa Freedom Convoy protest.
TORONTO: During the Freedom Convoy in 2022, a number of protesters in Ottawa were criminally charged with mischief for allegedly transporting fuel contained in jerry cans to trucks parked around the city.
The Democracy Fund (TDF) represented three of those individuals, each of whom entered a plea of not guilty. The Crown sought up to 45 days of jail time for the defendants. However, after numerous court appearances and Crown negotiations, the charges were stayed. The "gas dealers" were mentioned several times by police and politicians during the recent Public Order Emergency Commission.
In response to the stays, TDF lawyer Adam Blake-Galipeau said, "It was never clear that simply carrying jerry cans during a protest could constitute an offence of mischief. My clients are pleased with the outcome and are relieved that they are no longer facing jail time."
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About The Democracy Fund:
Founded in 2021, The Democracy Fund (TDF) is a Canadian charity dedicated to constitutional rights, advancing education and relieving poverty. TDF promotes constitutional rights through litigation and public education. TDF supports an access to justice initiative for Canadians whose civil liberties have been infringed by government lockdowns and other public policy responses to the pandemic.