The Coutts border blockade – Marco Van Huigenbos (guest)

A southern Alberta town recently became the focus of national news when a rally against COVID mandates was held near the Coutts port-of-entry to the U.S.-Canada border.  The rally quickly turned into a blockade preventing traffic from coming and going. For many in the region the blockade was a huge inconvenience, it also disrupted millions of dollars in federal economic trade, and the mayor of Coutts says it divided the people of his tiny village. It all came to an end though when RCMP arrested 13 people and confiscated a number of firearms near the rallies.

Marco Van Huigenbos is one of the organizers and a spokesperson for the Coutts rally, he joins BCN’s Jeannette Rocher from Fort MacLeod, Alberta to discuss what he believes are some misconceptions surrounding the rallies, why it was there and what it stood for.

Jeannette Rocher

Born in Puerto Rico, raised in Minnesota and Manitoba, Jeannette has had the opportunity to live in a variety of places including New York, Arizona, and Nevada. After completing college and a paid internship with CBC Winnipeg, Jeannette embarked on her journalism career by moving overseas to take a job on the island of Saipan in the Northern Mariana Islands. While overseas she covered stories in Fiji, Guam and Japan including the 2011 tsunami that hit Japan and its surrounding islands. She covered a mass shooting, an Earth quake, murder cases and other substantial court cases. In 2013 she moved to Alberta where she covered the devastating floods of High River and Medicine Hat for CTV News. She then went on to produce and host Go! Southern Alberta for Shaw TV. She now calls Miracle Channel home. In addition to reporting in the field, you can catch her anchoring daily weather reports, as well as longer interview segments on BCN, and the week-in-review show on BCN Weekends. 

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