Trucks and Trucking

Was Canada Trucker Protest a Blip, or the Start of Something Bigger?

OTTAWA — A cavalcade of big rigs rumbled into the Canadian capital, blocked major streets, drew thousands of supporters, enraged residents and captured the attention of a shocked nation for three weeks. Now they’re gone, leaving Canadians to grapple with some high stakes questions about their country’s political future. Was the occupation an aberration, or […]

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Defiant Protesters in Canada Brace for a Clampdown

The police on Wednesday ordered protesters clogging Ottawa’s streets to leave or face criminal charges, appearing to set the stage for a clampdown aimed at ending demonstrations that have roiled the nation’s capital for weeks, and reverberated around the world. The impetus to stop protests buffeting the country was amplified this week after the Royal […]

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Canadians Donated Half of Funds for Trucker Protest, Leaked Data Shows

The Bitcoin campaign, which has received more than 5,000 mostly small-dollar donations, has been supported by a handful of large infusions from cryptocurrency boosters. The two biggest, with a combined value of more than $300,000 at the time they were made, were donated anonymously. A series of others valued at about $42,000 each appear to […]

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Canada Protests Baffle a Nation of Rule Followers

Traditionally, Canadian politics is a fight for the center, not for the fringes of the ideological spectrum. Political analysts point out that the far-right People’s Party of Canada, whose leader, Maxime Bernier, is a champion of the trucker protest, did not win a single seat in last year’s parliamentary election. But, populism isn’t totally alien […]

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In Ottawa Trucker Protests, a Pressing Question: Where Were the Police?

OTTAWA — Steps from Canada’s Parliament buildings, a sprawling festival erupted on Saturday. D.J.s played music for crowds dancing at intersections, singers belted out songs from an improvised stage and protesters’ trucks still blocked the streets, blowing their horns to cheers. A day after the premier of Ontario, home to Canada’s capital, Ottawa, declared a […]

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How The Trucker Protests Are Snarling the Auto Industry

“What people seem to not understand is that when that truck isn’t moving, they make no money,” Ms. Walker said, noting that drivers with certain types of cargo, such as some hazardous materials, are limited to crossing on the Ambassador Bridge. The slowdown in Canadian trade will disproportionately affect New York, Michigan and Ohio, said […]

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What to Know About the Canada Trucker Protests

Truck drivers protesting vaccine mandates are parking their rigs in the middle of intersections in Canadian cities, blocking traffic and, in some places, bringing daily life and business to a standstill. Mayor Jim Watson of Ottawa said, “We’re in the midst of a serious emergency, the most serious emergency our city has ever faced.” The […]

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The Real Reason America Doesn’t Have Enough Truck Drivers

Every truck stop is like a shrine seeking to ward off the demons of fatigue. Refrigerated display cabinets are stocked with supercaffeinated energy drinks whose brand names attest to the trading of long-term health for a short-term jolt: Red Bull. Java Monster. Bang. “It’s a deal with the devil,” says Mr. Graves, who sticks with […]

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Ottawa Protests Become Rallying Cry for Far-Right and Anti-Vaccine Groups

Both were references to Mr. Trudeau’s dismissal of the protesters last week as a “small fringe minority.” On Monday, Justice Hugh McLean of the Ontario Superior Court offered Ottawa residents a hint of relief, granting a temporary injunction barring the horn honking and authorizing the police to arrest or remove those knowingly violating the order. […]

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