According to the Canadian Broadcasting Corp., a Canadian Superior Court granted a request from the Ontario government to freeze access to millions of dollars donated through online fundraising platform GiveSendGo to the truckers convoy protesting Covid-19 restrictions in Ottawa and at several border crossings with the United States.
GiveSendGo was the site chosen by supporters of the trucker blockade after GoFundMe.com decided to freeze the funds and return them to donors. Many Alaskans involved in the Sunday Freedom Convoy 2022 gave funds to the GiveSendGo site.
“A statement from Premier Doug Ford’s office on Thursday said Attorney General Doug Downey brought the application for the order, under 490.8 of the Criminal Code, to prohibit anyone from distributing donations made through the website’s’Freedom Convoy 2022′ and ‘Adopt-a-Trucker’ campaign pages,” the CBC has reported.
The order “binds any and all parties with possession or control over these donations,” according to Ford’s office. It’s unclear how those funds will now be returned to donors.
The primary page, Freedom Convoy 2022, had raised over $8.5 million since the GoFundMe page had been shut down, toward the goal of $16 million to help with food and fuel for truckers protesting the vaccine mandates of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The Adopt-a-Trucker page had raised $7 million.