Millroy: Police Playing The No Name Game

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So our police service is not going to release the names of those charged for attending anti-vaccine and anti-mask protests held in this city.

And , more importantly, they also are not going to release the names of those who organize such events.

I find this hard to understand.

These people are flouting the law that has been put in place to protect us all from a deadly virus. Surely some thought should be given to naming them as a deterrence, since the fines, which total $880 when taxes are included, don’t seem to be doing the job.

But police seem to believe naming the organizers or those who attend could lead to violence.

“Obviously, there is a public safety element here,” spokesperson Lincoln Louttit was quoted as saying after one of the protests at Belleue Park. “We understand COVID and the provincial restrictions are creating tension in the community and some folks are a little bit agitated by some of this. We feel that naming people is not in the best interest of public safety, theirs as well as everybody else’s in the community.”

I think that is a stretch. As much as I abhor those who are against the vaccines and the wearing of masks, I can’t see anyone in this city actually attacking someone physically for the stands they have taken.

And after all, it is not as if the media can’t name them. Sault This Week has already named Frasier Keaney as one of the organizers ticketed.

I probably don’t care all that much about naming those who are just attending the events, but then I think that with most of them being maskless, they could still spread the disease even though it is not as transmissible outside.

But when it comes to those organizing such events, I believe that for the charging process to be fully transparent, they should be named.

The fact is that they have embarked on a dangerous exercise, encouraging human sheep to follow them down a road that is fraught with danger for us all.

The $10,000 fine for such an infraction tells us the importance the government attaches to the offence.

I was actually surprised to see about a dozen people attend a protest at Bellevue Park on Saturday, considering police had ticked organizers and attendees at a protest at the same spot the previous Saturday. Police had also taken photographs of those attending a protest at the park on April 1, planning to charge those they could identify. They also had charged those who had attended a protest on Station Mall grounds in April.

Considering the monetary loss these people are willing to accept, it is obvious they feel strongly that their rights are being trampled by the government.

But then, of course, those of us on the other side are just as strong in our views.
We want the virus gone and are prepared to accept the moves we believe are necessary to bring this about.

I support Premier Doug Ford and his decision to extend the lockdown under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act because the numbers of new cases province wide daily just aren’t coming down that quickly, still in the 2,500 area as I write this. If you will recall, we were down under 900 when he opened up the last time, allowing us to rocket up to 4,500 new cases a day in fairly short order.
I also support the fact that areas of the province that are not affected so deeply by the virus, such as the Sault area, should receive special status, being allowed to reopen while others remain closed.

I believe we are all in this fight together and if we stay locked down together, we will win together.
And simply because we in the Sault area are doing well now does not say that will remain the case if we open up too soon.

Back to the fines for a bit, some of those charged may believe that they may never have to pay anyway.

The Toronto Star reported recently that by the end of January only 990 of the 5,584 charges laid since March 2020 had been dealt with — fines being paid, the charges withdrawn or another disposition.. A total of $469,839 in fines had been paid across the province at that time, which meant that hundreds of thousands of dollars were still to be collected.

In regard to naming those who face charges, it is a mixed bag. A look around the Internet shows some police forces releasing names.

I thought a couple of them revealed police overstepping the bounds in regard to the charges laid.

The CBC reported on the case of Dylan Finlay, a Toronto criminal lawyer, who was ticketed for briefly using a chin-up bar while jogging through Centennial Park in Etobicoke. He said there were no signs at the time saying that the chin-up bar was off-limits, and the park was open for people to walk or jog through.

Finlay received a ticket for $880 and says he intends to fight it, although he is not sure on what grounds.

Another charge I considered frivolous involved a couple from Kingsville, south of Windsor, who during the previous lockdown went for a drive and stopped in a church parking lot to play Pokemon Go. .

The CBC reported that Matthew Steeves and his wife were issued a ticket with its attendant $880 cost by a Ontario Provincial Police officer who had pulled in behind them. They said the officer then told them their trip wasn’t essential and handed them a fine for violating lockdown restrictions.

Some in the media rail against the lockdown, criticizing Ford for a lack of imagination, yet they offer no solutions themselves.

I say cut him some slack. He is commander-in-chief in a battle none of us have ever seen before and one that, like all battles, won’t be won without suffering some pain.

11 COMMENTS

  1. People who refuse to wear masks endanger others. It is not against our “rights” like many say it is.. We all want to prevent others from getting Covid 19. Instead of the government being forcing us to give up our rights they are trying to save lives. Grow up people!

  2. I hope & trust you will ‘stalk’ the organizers & attendees of an illegal ‘injection site’ in Jamestown with as much rabid disgust as you do those who might dare protect our charter.

    Mr. Milroy your ‘privilege’ is showing.. & your virtue signalling is as obvious as the agencies who claim to know nothing about these junkie gypsies in an ‘open-air injection site’.

    I will give the ‘covidiots’ one thing though.. Boomers like you, have indeed destroyed everything we once held sacred in this Country.

    They gave us an ‘UN-ratified’ Charter of Rights & Freedoms, because they knew there would come a day when they could wipe their proverbial asses with it & turn full-blown communist at any given time they choose.. & that time has obviously come.

    Good luck to you & yours Mr. Milroy.. please, be with peace.

  3. Let’s get this province moving again. It is time to open up those small businesses that have suffered the most. There is really no problem here in the Soo. The problem is at Queens park where they lump everyone in with the GTA. Where is Ross Roano through all this? still, hiding in Sudbury?

  4. Doug, I remember reading somewhere the name of one of the organizers, and it was the local constabulary providing the name, as they furnished him with a ticket.
    That’s good enough and as you can see, it’s not much the local people but the agitators inciting others to join under the principle of: I don’t know what they’re talking about, but I support them!

  5. Why are police coming after the few anti-lockdown peaceful protestors, while ignoring the lawbreakers smashing windows and doing other damage to downtown businesses? It seems the cops speak with the lawbreakers and then leave them alone. How is that equal application of the law? I wonder why Doug Millroy does not comment on this destruction of property and commission of actual crime instead of agreeing with those who trample the rights of others.

    • Talk to your liberal judges and lazy crown who keep the scum of downtown out on the streets instead of jail !!!

  6. It is not and anti mask, anti vaccine………….it an anti lockdown protest, there were/are people that wear masks, quit trying to make it into something else.

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