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Freedom Convoy organizer Tamara Lich to appeal bail conditions: lawyers

Lich's lawyer has filed an appeal to conditions involving restrictions on the use of social media.
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Tamara Lich, organizer for a protest convoy by truckers and supporters demanding an end to COVID-19 vaccine mandates, delivers a statement during a news conference in Ottawa, Thursday, February 3, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Tamara Lich is appealing her bail conditions as she awaits trial on charges related to her role in organizing a protest that created gridlock in downtown Ottawa for several weeks.

Diane Magas, a lawyer representing Lich, filed an appeal of the bail conditions, including restrictions on use of social media, in an Ontario court.

The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms, which is helping with the challenge, says the conditions violate her guarantees of free expression, association and peaceful assembly.

The centre says the ban on Lich’s expression on social media, including comment on COVID-19 health measures, lacks a “rational connection” to a risk to public safety or committing further offences.

Lich was arrested Feb. 17 and initially denied bail, but that decision was reversed March 7 following a review.

She faces charges including mischief and counselling to commit mischief.

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