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

Protest organizer on 3rd fine

The organizer of a Kelowna protest against COVID-19 related measures has been issued a third fine for being in contravention of the provincial Public Health Orders.

Kelowna RCMP responded to the protest on Saturday, (Jan. 16) in the downtown area. Weekly protests over COVID-19 have been taking place around Kelowna for many months, led and organized by David Lindsay.

In a release sent by Cpl. Jocelyn Noseworthy, it was stated that the frontline officers of the Kelowna RCMP were present to ensure the safety of the protesters and the rest of the public.

“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. However, if the activities being engaged in are in violation of the provincial Public Health Orders, those involved can face fines,” it reads.

The $2,300 ticket was given again to the self-identified organizer of this event, which RCMP did not release the name of. When Lindsay received a $2,300 fine in November for organizing a rally in Stuart Park, he stated he would fight the citation in court.

"We are reiterating to the public that the provincial Public Health Orders are not optional. For those who have been abiding by the laws, thank you; now is not the time to give up. Vaccinations are being rolled out across our Province. Please dig deep and find the courage to remain safe and calm." Supt. Kara Triance of the Kelowna RCMP said in the press release.

"We will continue to respond and enforce the provisions available to us, and work with our partners in the BC Health Authorities and BC Prosecution Service to gain compliance with the provincial health orders."

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