One of the key organizers of the so-called "Freedom Convoy" demonstrations has won bail, and it's likely he's hanging up his protester hat for good.
"My organizing days are done," Chris Barber, 46, said on Friday, February 18. "I just want to go home."
After being arrested on the night of Thursday, February 17 in downtown Ottawa, Barber was charged with counselling to commit mischief, counselling to disobey a court order and counselling to obstruct police.
Ontario's Justice Julie Bourgeois indicated Barber has 24 hours to leave Ottawa and five days to leave Ontario. Barber owns a farm in Swift Current, Sask.
During his hearing, Barber said he won't be protesting anywhere ever again. Moreover, he offered to cover fuel costs for any trucker who wants to follow him back to his home in Saskatchewan.
Ottawa Police Service homicide detective Chris Benson has been assigned to the mischief case against Barber.
On Friday evening, Barber was released on a $100,000 bond. On top of having to leave the city, Barber must check in by phone with Benson.
Barber is banned from supporting the trucker convoy protests. If he breaches that ban, he loses the bond.