On May 15, 2021 officers attended an illegal gathering held at Bellevue Park to ensure it remained peaceful and to investigate the gathering.
The investigation identified one person as having organized the illegal gathering, as well as an illegal gathering held on May 8, 2021. The person from Spring Water Township, Ontario was charged under the Reopening Ontario Act for organizing the May 8, 2021 gathering and the May 15, 2021 gathering. A conviction for organizing an illegal gathering will result in a minimum fine of $10,000.
While on scene of the illegal gathering on May 15, 2021 officers charged eight people under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA) for attending an illegal gathering. A conviction for violating the EMCPA will result in a fine of $750.
The investigation into the April 30, May 8 and May 15 illegal gatherings remain under investigation.