Cornwall Freedom March organizers charged

In this October 2020, file photo, protestors leave the Eastern Ontario Health Unit office on Pitt Street as part of an anti-lockdown, anti-mask demonstration. Two organizers have been charged under the Provincial Offences Act in connection to a similar demonstration on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston, File)

CORNWALL – Cornwall police have charged a couple of organizers in connection to one of the Freedom March anti-lockdown, anti-mask protests in the city last month.

The Cornwall Police Service says two people have been issued Provincial Offences Act (POA) summonses for failing to comply with the Reopening Ontario Act and hosting or organizing a public event where the number of people attending exceeds the permitted attendance number.

Organizers had been warned that the crowd during the Nov. 21, 2020 march should not exceed 100 people.

But media reports suggest the crowd reached 150 people.

Both people, who were not named because the CPS policy is not to identify people charged under the Provincial Offences Act, will appear in court Jan. 19, 2021.

If convicted, they could each face a fine up to $100,000 and up to a year in jail.

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