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Ontario Ministry of Transportation shuts down 39 trucking companies for their involvement in Freedom Convoy protests

The Ontario Ministry of Transportation has shut down 39 independent trucking companies for their involvement in the recent Freedom Convoy protest against COVID restrictions. In another round of anti-protest sanctions, the ministry confirmed that 12 trucking companies in Ontario and 27 outside the province have been hit with seizure orders revoking their authority to conduct business in Ontario following their reported involvement in the anti-mandate Freedom Convoy protest. “In an effort to preserve future police investigations into the illegal occupation in Ottawa, the ministry will not release the names of affected businesses at this time,” a ministry spokesperson said. 24 passenger vehicle plates were also suspended, as well as 34 passenger vehicles from outside the province. A total of 115 vehicles were towed. The confirmation of these sanctions was reported by TruckNews on Wednesday, the same day Prime Minister Justin Trudeau revoked the Emergencies Act and Ontario Premier Doug Ford axed the province’s state of emergency. Despite the revocation of the Emergencies Act, World Economic Forum (WEF) member and Canadian Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland has maintained that some of the powers granted to the federal government through the Act could be made permanent. “As of today, all crowdfunding platforms, and the payment service providers they use, must register with FINTRAC, and must report large and suspicious transactions to FINTRAC.” Freeland said that this new measure will be made permanent.

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