The judge was sceptical that she would return home and follow the rules.
On Feb. 19, 2022, Freedom Convoy organiser Tamara Lich arrives in front of a court for a bail hearing, which was postponed until Tuesday. Lich, of Medicine Hat, Alta., was charged with incitement to commit mischief in connection with the Ottawa protests last Thursday. (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation/Lauren Foster-MacLeod)
Tamara Lich, one of the main organisers of the so-called Freedom Convoy, was denied bail in Ottawa on Tuesday morning.
Lich, the Alberta woman behind a now-defunct GoFundMe campaign that gathered more than $10 million for the Ottawa demonstration, was arrested and charged with inciting to do mischief on Thursday.
She told journalists before her detention that she was unconcerned about being detained, that she didn’t believe the demonstration was illegal, and that her bank account had been frozen.
On Tuesday, the court expressed her doubts that Lich would return home, remain there, and cease her supposed counselling.
“Some of the unlawful actions and blockades you participated in, and even led, have already had a significant impact on this community,” Justice Julie Bourgeois remarked.
“You had numerous opportunities to distance yourself and even others from this unlawful behaviour, but you stubbornly refused to do so and continuously advised others not to do so as well.
“Every citizen in Canada has the right to disagree with and protest government choices, but they must do it in a democratic manner and in accordance with democratically established laws.”
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During the initial court appearance on Saturday, Bourgeois described Lich as guarded and “nearly obstructive” at times, and the judge expressed concern that Lich didn’t have a plan to get home when other organisers were arrested.
Dwayne Lich, her husband, who would be accountable as a potential surety for reporting any violation of bail conditions, provided “unreliable and not believable” evidence, according to Bourgeois.
Tamara Lich is due back in court on March 2 and might face a “lengthy” sentence if convicted, according to Bourgeois.
Diane Magas, Lich’s lawyer, confirmed to CBC Tuesday afternoon that she intends to appeal the decision to deny her client bail.