Canadian Intelligence Eh!

What really happened during this winter’s Freedom Convoy in Ottawa?

Episode 135 – The Freedom Convoy got a lot of attention in Canada and abroad but what actually happened? Borealis talks to the author of a new book on the event

Canadian Intelligence Eh! Episode 135 – The story behind the Freedom Convoy (

When a host of truckers and others brought downtown Ottawa to a standstill in January and February this year (2022) the reaction in Canada and abroad was one of fear and alarm. Comparisons were made to the January 2021 Trump-inspired riot at the US Capitol and some even called it terrorism. So what actually happened? Borealis talks to Andrew Lawton, a broadcaster and columnist who has just written a new book on the incident.

The Freedom Convoy: The Inside Story of Three Weeks that Shook the World: Lawton, Andrew: 9781989555934: Books –

The Freedom Convoy (Pre-Order) – Sutherland House Publishing (

A bit of humour as well! Trudeau promises to continue timing Canadian laws with American tragedies – The Beaverton

Canadian Intelligence Eh

In a world of multiple voices and opinions it can be very hard to know where to turn.  One choice is to look to those who actually worked in counter-terrorism in the national security world. In these half-hour podcasts, 30-year Canadian intelligence veteran Phil Gurski is joined by a fascinating array of individuals with something meaningful to say about these issues as they provide insight into what they mean and what we need to do about them.

About Andrew Lawton

Andrew Lawton is a broadcaster and columnist. Currently, he is a fellow at True North and publishes the creatively titled “Andrew Lawton” newsletter at Substack. Until 2018, Andrew hosted the Andrew Lawton Show on 980 CFPL in London, and wrote a national column for Global News.

About Phil Gurski

Phil Gurski is the President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting Ltd. and Distinguished Fellow in National Security at the University of Ottawa’s Professional Development Institute (PDI). He worked as a senior strategic analyst at CSIS (Canadian Security Intelligence Service) from 2001-2015, specializing in violent Islamist-inspired homegrown terrorism and radicalisation.

By Phil Gurski

Phil Gurski is the President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting Ltd. Phil is a 32-year veteran of CSE and CSIS and the author of six books on terrorism.

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