Toronto Protest Against Pandemic Restrictions Results in Arrests

COVID-19 Toronto

Large Group Gathers on Yonge Street to Protest COVID-19 Restrictions

TORONTO – A fairly large protest in Toronto today has resulted in arrests and charges for the organizers. Today, there were 903 new cases in Toronto of COVID-19.

Toronto has remained a hotspot for the virus in Ontario, as well as being the focal point for many of the protests against the restrictions.

Toronto Police have said that they. would prefer to education people as to the Open Ontario Act restrictions. However large gatherings of people protesting have resulted in the arrest of a number of people.

Earlier today, January 16, 2021, the Toronto Police Service arrested organizers of two separate large gatherings held at Nathan Phillips Square and Yonge and Dundas Square.

The organizers were criminally charged.

Lamont Daigle, 49, was arrested at Nathan Phillips Square and charged with:

1. Common Nuisance

Kelly Anne Farkus (Wolfe), 38, was arrested at Yonge Dundas Square and charged with:

1. Common Nuisance

The Toronto Police Service continues to respond to calls to attend large gatherings and will take steps to disperse. Police will issue tickets and summonses to individuals when there is evidence of non-compliance of the provincial order under the EMCPA or the Reopening Ontario Act (ROA).