Another $2,300 ticket handed to organizer to anti-lockdown protest

Protest organizer gets fine

The Kelowna RCMP issued another $2,300 fine to the organizer of an anti-lockdown protest that took place downtown Saturday.

Weekly protests over COVID-19 have been taking place at Kelowna's Stuart Park for many months, led and organized by David Lindsay.

"People in Canada have a democratic right to a lawful and peaceful protest and the RCMP must use discretion when balancing a citizen’s rights with the current potential health risks associated to large public gatherings," says Cpl. Jocelyn Noseworthy, media relations officer of the Kelowna RCMP.

The protest moved throughout the downtown area. It ranged from Stuart Park to Harvey Avenue and a few other locations, Noseworthy tells Castanet.

"If the activities being engaged in are in violation of the provincial public health orders, those involved can face fines," Noseworthy said.

RCMP did not release the name of the "self-identified organizer" of the protest that they handed the $2,300 ticket to on Saturday. Lindsay received a $2,300 fine last month for organizing a rally in Stuart Park, but said he would fight the citation in court.

“Public safety is a priority for the RCMP and we encourage everyone to adhere to the orders being implemented to keep everyone safe and reduce the risks. These orders are not optional,” says Supt. Kara Triance, Officer in Charge of the Kelowna RCMP, in a news release.

“While we will continue to enforce the provisions available to us, we encourage everyone to voluntarily comply with the provincial health orders, so enforcement is not required.”

The second $2,300 fine comes a day after Kelowna mayor Colin Basran released a statement voicing frustration about the planned protest.

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