David Fraser


David Fraser is an Ottawa-based journalist for CBC News who previously reported in Alberta and Saskatchewan.

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Some prominent figures of 2022 convoy protests don't support latest plan

A group of self-styled "freedom advocates" are travelling to Ontario with mixed objectives — including to "demand" the RCMP arrest Prime Minister Justin Trudeau — but their final destination is unclear, and some leading figures of the February 2022 truck convoy protests question their motives. 

Defence asks for meeting with judge to stop delays as trucker convoy trial breaks

The first three weeks of a criminal trial for two leaders of what became the "Freedom Convoy" ended Friday with defence lawyers requesting a "check in" as soon as possible with the judge to ensure the trial runs more smoothly when it returns in October. 

City officials negotiated moving trucks to Wellington, trial of convoy leaders hears

Kim Ayotte, the city's manager of emergency and protective services, continued his testimony Thursday in the criminal trial of Tamara Lich and Chris Barber. 

Convoy trial defence lawyer argues police directed protesters into downtown Ottawa

The Crown is trying to establish the two had "control and influence" over the crowds and encouraged others to join the protests while also fundraising and giving out information for it.

City official testifies in slow-moving convoy trial

The criminal trial for two leaders of what became the Freedom Convoy continues to move at a glacial pace, with another delay coming Tuesday morning. 

Convoy trial as contentious as trucker protests themselves

Like the convoy itself, there is a significant wedge between how the winter 2022 protest in Ottawa was perceived and whether the actions of Tamara Lich and Chris Barber are criminal. 

Defence shows peaceful side of 'Freedom Convoy' during trial

Chris Barber’s lawyers showed social media videos of the “Freedom Convoy” organizer promoting peace and respect for police during the eighth day of a criminal trial for two leaders of the protest that blockaded large swaths of downtown Ottawa during the winter of 2022. 

Truck convoy trial continues with video of accused

Crown prosecutors continued to play hours worth of video during the seventh day of trial for Tamara Lich and Chris Barber, organizers of the self-described “Freedom Convoy” in Ottawa who are facing criminal charges for the role they played in the 2022 protests.

Blast horns 'as long as possible' if police move in, convoy protesters told in video

Hours' worth of video is being shown on the third day of the criminal trial for Tamara Lich and Chris Barber, two organizers of what's become known as the 'Freedom Convoy.'

Scope of convoy protest 'exceeded expectations,' co-organizers' trial hears

A senior Ottawa police officer who helped oversee operational plans in the early days of what became known as the "Freedom Convoy" says the number of people and vehicles in the downtown core swelled beyond what the force was expecting.