Monday, July 15, 2024
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Cupfuls of Love

‘Everybody was just doing stuff for everybody’

by Donna Laframboise

During the weeks Guy and Mike sat in their trucks in Ottawa as part of the Freedom Convoy protest, some members of the public informally adopted them. Amongst these was a married couple from Montreal who had taken a hotel room close by, and who delivered coffee every morning.

Many of the cups had personalized messages inscribed. Guy saved some of them, brought them home to Nova Scotia, and later lined them up so I could take photos.

Inscriptions read: ‘You are now a part of the family,’ ‘Have a beautiful day. Thank you,’ ‘United we stand,’ and Have a beautiful day!”

In his words:

“Everybody was just doing stuff for everybody. One lady, every day she’d be there to pick up your laundry, go do it, and come back. And she lived 20, 30 miles outta town. And the couple that brought coffee every day, they’d just come check up on you, right.”

Inscriptions read: ‘We love you,’ ‘Truth love freedom’ and ‘Thank you for being here. You are incredible.’

When the truckers arrived in town on the last weekend of January 2022, Guy says some local residents had been locked down so long, they were afraid:

“People, they’d come outta their apartment and they’d peek around the corner. So I went up to this lady, I said, ‘No one’s gonna bother you. Why aren’t you coming out to talk?’

“She said, ‘We’ll get arrested if we’re outside without an essential reason.’ Right in Ottawa. Another lady came up the first night and asked, ‘What do you take in your coffee?’

“And I already had like five coffees in the truck. I said, ‘Ma’am, I got too many now.’

“She says, ‘This is the first time in two years I’ve been to Tim Horton’s without a mask, I’m gonna go get you one anyway.’

“Every day there was stuff like that. That’s why I took pictures – one of the reasons. I’ll bet you I could talk for probably a month. I can look at one picture and tell you all about that day. Because so many things happened.”

Donna Laframboise writes a daily blog at It is a first draft of her upcoming book that focuses on interviews with Freedom Convoy truckers. She is a former National Post and Toronto Star columnist, and a former Vice President of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association.