3,000 people gathered at Dundas Square on Saturday to protest their governments unconstitutional handling of COVID-19. Protestors marched down Young street on Saturday — shutting it and other roads down for over an hour while being escorted by police the entire march.
Many protesters, knew it was their constitutional right to assemble and protest but some were unsure if they would face a fine under Ontario’s new gathering limits — 10 indoors and 25 outdoors.
Many have been gathering to protest every Saturday for over 20 weeks at Queen’s Park in Toronto. These protests are hosted by The Line and Hugs Over Masks and occasionally bring guest speakers to the stage to share their frustration with Canada’s current state of affairs.
No protesters were fined on Saturday — besides Chris Sky, which police fined $1,000 for “violating the quarantine act.” But this was unrelated to the actual event.
“They know that they cannot enforce an unlawful order. So having been out here since the beginning of April — week after week — the police have not arrested a single one of us. Today was actually the first day that I saw any fines issued where Chris Sky was issued with what I believe was a $750 fine,” ($1000) said James, a protester at the event.
And if organizers of Saturday’s event are to get fined, well — they’ll see authorities in court because it’s unconstitutional.
“There’s absolutely no way that we’re going to get a fine, because if we do then they understand that we have lawyers behind us like Rocco Galati,” said The Line Canada’s Co-Founder and National Director, Lamont Daigle.
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